GAMCO Asset Management Inc., a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (GBL: NYSE), is pleased to
announce that the GAM GAMCO Equity Fund, managed by value investor Mario Gabelli since its
launch in October 1987, has been awarded Standard & Poor's AAA Rating for the second consecutive
year. There are only 11 S&P AAA Rated funds in S&P's U.S. Mainstream Sector peer group which
is comprised of 1,120 funds, including all share classes.
Standard & Poor's AAA rating is acknowledged to be a highly regarded measure of excellence and
is defined by S&P as follows: " The fund demonstrates the highest standards of quality in its
sector based on its investment process and management's consistency of performance as compared
to funds with similar objectives."
Mario Gabelli, Chairman of GAMCO Investors, Inc. said, "We are delighted and honored to receive
S&P's AAA Rating which we believe validates our proprietary, research-based Private Market Value
and a Catalyst approach to individual stock selection."
GAM GAMCO Equity Fund is an open-end British Virgin Islands domiciled investment company,
sub-advised by GAMCO Asset Management Inc. since October 1987 for GAM.
Standard & Poor's is a globally recognized provider of objective fund information and a leading
authority in the investment world. S&P's evaluation process is based on an in-depth analysis of
both quantitative and qualitative factors that are considered key contributors to long-term
investment performance. These include the historic performance, volatility and portfolio
construction of a fund; the manager's investment process, risk control, skill, experience and
resources; and the group's corporate management, investment culture and stability.
The following two sections are excerpted from Standard & Poor's AAA Report on GAM GAMCO Equity
Fund, issued in November 2005.
Standard & Poor's Opinion (October 2005)
Management of the fund has been subcontracted to GAMCO Investors since 1987, during which time
the investment team has established one of the strongest track records in the sector.
GAMCO was founded by Mario Gabelli in 1977 to manage assets on a classic Graham & Dodd
value-oriented approach, adapted by Gabelli to include the existence of catalysts - events
or series of circumstances - that can raise the price of the undervalued assets back into
line with their fair market value....
Gabelli has produced a very strong long-term track record using this approach and we are
impressed particularly by his ability to add value in both growth and value phases of the
market cycle. The fund is very comfortably top quartile over three years to date and top
decile over five years.
Our high regard for the manager, team and disciplined approach, together with the very strong
performance record, allows the fund to maintain its AAA-rated status.
Gabelli follows a bottom-up, value-driven approach, developed from Graham & Dodd. The fund is
benchmarked against the S&P 500 index and targets long-term out performance of index plus 5%.
The approach is disciplined in its use of detailed fundamental analysis to highlight stocks
that are currently undervalued, but have a reasonable probability of realizing fair value
through the intervention of a discernible catalyst. Catalysts can be a specific event or
range of circumstances. Time horizons will vary.
Research is focused by themes that reflect Gabelli's areas of interest and experience. There
is often a bias to industries such as media where a wealth of industry data can be used to
compare asset values.
Ideal holdings should have a strong franchise, a shareholder friendly management and the
ability to generate free cash flow. Most opportunities are found in under-researched
GAMCO Investors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manages approximately $27.6 billion in assets
of private institutional and high net worth individual advisory accounts (GAMCO Asset Management
Inc.), mutual funds and closed-end funds (Gabelli Funds, LLC), and partnerships and offshore
funds (Investment Partnerships)
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reasonable assumptions within the bounds of what we currently know about our business and operations,
there can be no assurance that our actual results will not differ materially from what we expect or
believe. Some of the factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our expectations or
beliefs include, without limitation: the adverse effect from a decline in the securities markets; a
decline in the performance of our products; a general downturn in the economy; changes in government
policy or regulation; changes in our ability to attract or retain key employees; and unforeseen costs
and other effects related to legal proceedings or investigations of governmental and self-regulatory
organizations. We also direct your attention to any more specific discussions of risk contained in
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Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We do not undertake to update publicly any forward-looking statements
if we subsequently learn that we are unlikely to achieve our expectations or if we receive any
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