Janus Wins Eight 2011 Lipper Fund Awards

Company Release - 3/24/2011 8:00 AM ET

Best Mixed-Asset Large Company Fund Group for third consecutive year

Five individual funds win top honors

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE: JNS) today announced that the firm has won eight 2011 Lipper Awards, which honor fund management firms and individual mutual funds that excel in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance, relative to their peers.

Janus was recognized by Lipper Inc. as the best Overall Mixed Asset Large Company Group due to excellent performance across four funds: Janus Balanced Fund Class D, Janus Conservative Allocation Fund Class D, Janus Growth Allocation Fund Class D and Janus Moderate Allocation Fund Class D.

“Lipper is proud to recognize Janus Capital Group as this year’s recipient for the best Mixed Asset Large Company Group award,” said Jeff Tjornehoj, Head of Americas Research with Lipper. “This unprecedented occasion marks the third consecutive year that Janus has claimed this title.”

Ranking number one in their respective Lipper categories on a risk-adjusted return basis, the following Janus funds also won 2011 Lipper Fund Awards:

               
Fund         Lipper Classification         Rank
Janus Global Real Estate Fund Class I         Global Real Estate Funds         1 of 70 funds (3-year period)
Janus Conservative Allocation Fund Class D         Mixed-Asset Target Allocation Conservative         1 of 301 funds (5-year period)
Janus Growth Allocation Fund Class D         Mixed-Asset Target Allocation Growth         1 of 409 funds (5-year period)
Janus Moderate Allocation Fund Class D         Mixed-Asset Target Allocation Moderate         1 of 309 funds (5-year period)
Janus Overseas Fund Class D         International Multi-Cap Growth         1 of 119 funds (3-year period)

1 of 81 funds (5-year period)

1 of 41 funds (10-year period)

 

Gibson Smith, Janus Co-Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, says Janus’ success in the mixed asset category is a direct result of the firm’s commitment to deep fundamental research.

"We believe our integrated business model, with a focus on analyzing companies holistically, gives us a competitive advantage in the asset management industry,” said Smith. “Our bottom up, fundamental approach facilitates a deeper understanding of the key drivers of a business and helps us understand how management teams intend to create value for shareholders across different market conditions."

According to Chief Risk Officer Dan Scherman, Janus’ allocation funds, which took home three individual honors, may be a compelling option for investors looking for an asset allocation strategy.

“As active investors, we have to take some form of risk in order to generate above-market returns. It is our job to ensure that each risk is intended and managed accordingly,” said Scherman. “The Janus allocation products are built to match our clients’ specific risk tolerance and designed to be diversified among asset classes and investment styles. If we can produce strong long-term risk-adjusted results within that framework, then we’ve delivered for our clients.”

About Janus Capital Group Inc.

Janus Capital Group Inc. (Janus) is a global investment firm offering strategies from three individual investment boutiques: Janus Capital Management LLC, INTECH Investment Management LLC (INTECH) and Perkins Investment Management LLC (Perkins). Each manager employs a research-intensive approach that is distinct within its respective asset class. This multi-boutique approach enables the firm to provide style-specific expertise across an array of strategies, including growth, value and risk-managed equities, fixed income and alternatives through one common distribution platform.

At the end of December 2010, Janus managed U.S. $169.5 billion in assets for shareholders, clients and institutions around the globe. Based in Denver, Janus also has offices in London, Milan, Munich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Melbourne.

Please consider the charges, risks, expenses and investment objectives carefully before investing. For a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus containing this and other information, please call Janus at 877.33JANUS (52687) or download the file from janus.com/info. Read it carefully before you invest or send money.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Call 800-525-3713 or visit janus.com/mutual-funds for current month-end performance.

Only eligible investors may purchase Class D and Class I Shares. See the prospectus for eligibility requirements.

For Asset Class Group Awards, fund groups with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset portfolios in the respective asset classes are eligible for a group award. The lowest average decile rank of the three years’ Consistent Return measure of the eligible funds per asset class and group will determine the asset class group award winner over the three-year period ending 12-31-2010. In cases of identical results the lower average percentile rank will determine the winner.

For Best Individual Funds the calculation periods extend over 36, 60 and 120 months. The highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value within each eligible classification determines the fund classification winner over three, five or ten year periods ending 12-31-2010 only and not for other time periods.

The Overall Mixed-Asset Large Company asset class award was judged against 46 firms. Individual fund award winners were judged against the following number of funds: Janus Overseas Fund - 119 funds for the 3-year period, 81 funds for the 5-year period and 41 funds for the 10-year period; Janus Conservative Allocation Fund, Janus Moderate Allocation Fund and Janus Growth Allocation Fund - 301, 390 and 409 funds respectively for the 5-year period; Janus Global Real Estate Fund - 70 funds for the 3-year period.

Funds distributed by Janus Distributors LLC (03/11)

Source: Janus Capital Group Inc.

Contact:

Janus Capital Group Inc.

James Aber, 303-336-4513

or

Rona Gilbert, 303-336-4566