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Given its name, you might not expect Royce Value to make our roster of smart growth plays, but co-manager Whitney George and his colleagues run a portfolio loaded with corporations from our list, including Unit, Steel Dynamics, Oil States International, Patterson-UTI, and Reliance Steel & Aluminum.
George and his crew seek out unloved or undiscovered companies with strong balance sheets, high returns on capital, and market values between $500 million and $5 billion.
They also hunt for sizable potential, buying stocks whose prices they think will double or triple over three to five years. Expenses, at 1.31%, are a shade higher than we'd like, but the managers hit their mark often enough to make this a worthwhile bet: The fund has returned nearly 25% a year over the past five years, trouncing the S&P and putting it in the top 1% of all small-cap funds that blend growth and value approaches.