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Form 497K VALIC Co I

September 28, 2022 2:36 PM EDT

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Summary Prospectus
October 1, 2022
VALIC Company I
Capital Appreciation Fund
(Ticker: VAPPX)
The Fund’s Statutory Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information, each dated October 1, 2022, as amended and supplemented from time to time, and the most recent shareholder reports are incorporated into and made part of this Summary Prospectus by reference. The Fund is offered only to registered and unregistered separate accounts of The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its affiliates and to qualifying retirement plans and IRAs and is not intended for use by other investors.
Before you invest, you may want to review the Fund’s Statutory Prospectus, which contains more information about the Fund and its risks. You can find the Statutory Prospectus and the above-incorporated information online at http://valic.onlineprospectus.net/VALIC/FundDocuments/index.html. You can also get this information at no cost by calling 800-448-2542 or by sending an e-mail request to [email protected]
The Securities and Exchange Commission has not approved or disapproved these securities, nor has it determined that this Summary Prospectus is accurate or complete. It is a criminal offense to state otherwise.
Investment Objective
The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in a broadly diversified portfolio of stocks and other equity securities of U.S. companies.
Fees and Expenses of the Fund
This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. The table and the example below do not reflect the separate account fees charged in the variable annuity or variable life insurance policy (“Variable Contracts”) in which the Fund is offered. If separate account fees were shown, the Fund’s annual operating expenses would be higher. Please see your Variable Contract prospectus for more details on the separate account fees.
Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
Management Fees
0.55%
Other Expenses
0.16%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses
0.71%
Expense Example
This Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem or hold all of your shares at the end of those periods. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses include expense reimbursements for year one. The Example does not reflect charges imposed by the Variable Contract. If the Variable Contract fees were reflected, the expenses would be higher. See the Variable
Contract prospectus for information on such charges. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions and the net expenses shown in the fee table, your costs would be:
1 Year
3 Years
5 Years
10 Years
$73
$227
$395
$883
Portfolio Turnover
The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the Example, affect the Fund’s performance.
During the most recent fiscal year, the  Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 46% of the average value of its portfolio.
Principal Investment Strategies of the Fund
The Fund invests in equity securities of large-sized U.S. companies similar in size, at the time of purchase, to those within the Russell 1000® Growth Index. As of May 31, 2022, the largest stock by market capitalization in the Russell 1000® Growth Index was approximately $195.13 million to $2.44 trillion. The subadviser selects stocks using a unique, growth-oriented approach, focusing on high quality companies with sustainable earnings growth that are available at reasonable prices, which combines the use of proprietary analytical tools and the qualitative judgments of the investment team. In general, the subadviser believes companies that are undervalued relative to their fundamentals and exhibit improving investor interest outperform the market over full market cycles. As a result, the subadviser’s investment process begins by using tools to rank stocks based on expected returns, construct preliminary portfolios with the
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use of fundamental factors, and manage risk. All purchases and sales of portfolio securities, however, are subjected ultimately to the investment team’s qualitative judgments developed from their cumulative investment experience. The entire process is designed to focus on company fundamentals through both quantitative and qualitative analysis to balance return generation with risk management. Although the Fund typically invests in common stocks of domestic companies, the Fund may occasionally invest in the equity securities of foreign issuers (up to a maximum of 20% of total assets).
In order to generate additional income, the Fund may lend portfolio securities to broker-dealers and other financial institutions provided that the value of the loaned securities does not exceed 30% of the Fund’s total assets. These loans earn income for the Fund and are collateralized by cash and securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government or its agencies or instrumentalities.
Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund
As with any mutual fund, there can be no assurance that the Fund’s investment objective will be met or that the net return on an investment in the Fund will exceed what could have been obtained through other investment or savings vehicles. Shares of the Fund are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by any bank, government entity or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. If the value of the assets of the Fund goes down, you could lose money.
The following is a summary of the principal risks of investing in the Fund.
Management Risk. The investment style or strategy used by the Fund may fail to produce the intended result. A subadviser’s assessment of a particular security or company may prove incorrect, resulting in losses or underperformance.
Equity Securities Risk. The Fund’s investments in equity securities are subject to the risk that stock prices will fall and may underperform other asset classes. Individual stock prices fluctuate from day-to-day and may decline significantly. The prices of individual stocks may be negatively affected by poor company results or other factors affecting individual prices, as well as industry and/or economic trends and developments affecting industries or the securities market as a whole.
Growth Style Risk. Generally, “growth” stocks are stocks of companies that a subadviser believes have anticipated earnings ranging from steady to accelerated growth. Many investors buy growth stocks because of anticipated superior earnings growth, but earnings disappointments
often result in sharp price declines. Growth companies usually invest a high portion of earnings in their own businesses so their stocks may lack the dividends that can cushion share prices in a down market. In addition, the value of growth stocks may be more sensitive to changes in current or expected earnings than the value of other stocks, because growth stocks trade at higher prices relative to current earnings.
Large-Cap Companies Risk. Investing primarily in large-cap companies carries the risk that due to current market conditions these companies may be out of favor with investors. Large-cap companies may be unable to respond quickly to new competitive challenges or attain the high growth rate of successful smaller companies.
Market Risk. The Fund’s share price can fall because of weakness in the broad market, a particular industry, or specific holdings or due to adverse political or economic developments here or abroad, changes in investor psychology, or heavy institutional selling and other conditions or events (including, for example, military confrontations, war, terrorism, disease/virus, outbreaks and epidemics). The prices of individual securities may fluctuate, sometimes dramatically, from day to day. The prices of stocks and other equity securities tend to be more volatile than those of fixed-income securities.
The coronavirus pandemic and the related governmental and public responses have had and may continue to have an impact on the Fund’s investments and net asset value and have led and may continue to lead to increased market volatility and the potential for illiquidity in certain classes of securities and sectors of the market. Preventative or protective actions that governments may take in respect of pandemic or epidemic diseases may result in periods of business disruption, business closures, inability to obtain raw materials, supplies and component parts, and reduced or disrupted operations for the issuers in which the Fund invests. Government intervention in markets may impact interest rates, market volatility and security pricing. The occurrence, reoccurrence and pendency of such diseases could adversely affect the economies (including through changes in business activity and increased unemployment) and financial markets either in specific countries or worldwide.
Securities Lending Risk. Engaging in securities lending could increase the market and credit risk for Fund investments. The Fund may lose money if it does not recover borrowed securities, the value of the collateral falls, or the value of investments made with cash collateral declines. The Fund’s loans will be collateralized by securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government or
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its agencies and instrumentalities, which subjects the Fund to the credit risk of the U.S. Government or the issuing federal agency or instrumentality. If the value of either the cash collateral or the Fund’s investments of the cash collateral falls below the amount owed to a borrower, the Fund also may incur losses that exceed the amount it earned on lending the security. Securities lending also involves the risks of delay in receiving additional collateral or possible loss of rights in the collateral if the borrower fails. Another risk of securities lending is the risk that the loaned portfolio securities may not be available to the Fund on a timely basis and the Fund may therefore lose the opportunity to sell the securities at a desirable price.
Performance Information
As a result of a reorganization which occurred on May 24, 2021 (the “Reorganization”), the Fund acquired all of the assets and liabilities of the Capital Appreciation Fund (the “Predecessor Fund”), a series of VALIC Company II. The returns presented for the Fund reflect the performance of the Predecessor Fund. The Fund had not yet commenced operations prior to the Reorganization. The performance information below is based on the performance of the Predecessor Fund for periods prior to the date of the Reorganization. The Fund and the Predecessor Fund had substantially similar investment objectives and strategies and had the same portfolio management team as of the date of the Reorganization.
The following Risk/Return Bar Chart and Table illustrate the risks of investing in the Fund by showing changes in the Fund’s performance from calendar year to calendar year and comparing the Fund’s average annual returns to those of the Russell 1000® Growth Index. Fees and expenses incurred at the contract level are not reflected in the bar chart or table. If these amounts were reflected, returns would be less than those shown. Of course, past performance of the Fund is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future.
Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC (“Columbia”) assumed subadvisory responsibility for the Fund effective December 16, 2021. Prior to that, BMO Asset Management Corp. served as subadviser, beginning on June 7, 2018. From December 5, 2011
through June 6, 2018, BNY Mellon Asset Management North America Corporation (formerly known as The Boston Company Asset Management, LLC) served as subadviser to the Predecessor Fund. From August 28, 2006 to December 2, 2011, Bridgeway Capital Management, Inc. served as subadviser to the Predecessor Fund.
During the period shown in the bar chart:
Highest Quarterly
Return:
June 30, 2020
24.11%
Lowest Quarterly
Return:
March 31, 2020
-16.90%
Year to Date Most
Recent Quarter:
June 30, 2022
-23.97%
Average Annual Total Returns (For the periods ended December 31, 2021)
 
1
Year
5
Years
10
Years
Fund
25.98%
20.96%
17.16%
Russell 1000® Growth Index (reflects
no deduction for fees, expenses or
taxes)
27.60%
25.32%
19.79%
Investment Adviser
The Fund’s investment adviser is VALIC.
The Fund is subadvised by Columbia.
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Portfolio Managers
Name and Title
Portfolio
Manager of the
Fund Since
Ernesto Ramos, Ph.D.
Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of
Integrated Equities
2021
J.P. Gurnee, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager
2021*
Jason Hans, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager
2018*
* Includes management of the Predecessor Fund.
Purchases and Sales of Fund Shares
Shares of the Funds may only be purchased or redeemed through Variable Contracts offered by the separate accounts of VALIC or other participating life insurance companies and through qualifying retirement plans (“Plans”) and IRAs. Shares of each Fund may be purchased and redeemed each day the New York Stock Exchange is open, at the Fund’s net asset value determined after receipt of a request in good order.
The Funds do not have any initial or subsequent investment minimums. However, your insurance company may impose investment or account value minimums. The prospectus (or other offering document) for your Variable Contract contains additional information about purchases and redemptions of the Funds’ shares.
Tax Information
A Fund will not be subject to U.S. federal income tax so long as it qualifies as a regulated investment company and distributes its income and gains each year to its shareholders. However, contractholders may be subject to federal income tax (and a federal Medicare tax of 3.8% that applies to net income, including taxable annuity payments, if applicable) upon withdrawal from a Variable Contract. Contractholders should consult the prospectus (or other offering document) for the Variable Contract for additional information regarding taxation.
Payments to Broker-Dealers and
Other Financial Intermediaries
The Funds are not sold directly to the general public but instead are offered to registered and unregistered separate accounts of VALIC and its affiliates and to Plans and IRAs. The Funds and their related companies may make payments to the sponsoring insurance company or its affiliates for recordkeeping and distribution. These payments may create a conflict of interest as they may be a factor that the insurance company considers in including the Funds as underlying investment options in a variable contract. Visit your sponsoring insurance company’s website for more information.
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