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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
FORM N-CSR
CERTIFIED SHAREHOLDER REPORT OF REGISTERED MANAGEMENT INVESTMENT COMPANY
 
Investment Company Act file number 811-01701

DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

2949 East Elvira Road, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85756
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
Lisa J. Cohen
Davis Selected Advisers, L.P.
2949 East Elvira Road, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85756
(Name and address of agent for service)
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 520-806-7600
Date of fiscal year end: July 31, 2022
Date of reporting period: July 31, 2022
 
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ITEM 1. REPORT TO STOCKHOLDERS








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This Annual Report is authorized for use by existing shareholders. Prospective shareholders must receive a current Davis New York Venture Fund (the “Fund”) prospectus, which contains more information about investment strategies, risks, charges, and expenses. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money.

Shares of the Fund are not deposits or obligations of any bank, are not guaranteed by any bank, are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency, and involve investment risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested.

Portfolio Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures
The Fund has adopted Portfolio Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures under which the Fund votes proxies relating to securities held by the Fund. A description of the Fund’s Portfolio Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures is available (i) without charge, upon request, by calling the Fund toll-free at 1-800-279-0279, (ii) on the Fund’s website at www.davisfunds.com, and (iii) on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

In addition, the Fund is required to file Form N-PX, with its complete proxy voting record for the 12 months ended June 30th, no later than August 31st of each year. The Fund’s Form N-PX filing is available (i) without charge, upon request, by calling the Fund toll-free at 1-800-279-0279, (ii) on the Fund’s website at www.davisfunds.com, and (iii) on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
Quarterly Schedule of Investments
The Fund files its complete schedule of investments with the SEC on Form N-CSR (as of the end of the second and fourth quarters) and on Form N-PORT Part F (as of the end of the first and third quarters). The Fund’s Forms N-CSR (Annual and Semi-Annual Reports) and N-PORT Part F are available without charge, upon request, by calling 1-800-279-0279, on the Fund’s website at www.davisfunds.com, and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. A list of the Fund’s quarter-end holdings is also available at www.davisfunds.com on or about the 15th day following each quarter end and remains available on the website until the list is updated for the subsequent quarter.




DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Shareholder Letter


Dear Fellow Shareholder,

As stewards of our customers’ savings, the management team and Directors of Davis New York Venture Fund recognize the importance of candid, thorough, and regular communication with our shareholders. In our Annual and Semi-Annual Reports we include all of the required quantitative information such as audited financial statements, detailed footnotes, performance reports, fund holdings, and performance attribution. Also included is a list of positions opened and closed.

In addition, we produce a Manager Commentary. In this commentary, we give a more qualitative perspective on fund performance, discuss our thoughts on individual holdings, and share our investment outlook. You may obtain a copy of the current Manager Commentary either on the Fund's website at www.davisfunds.com or by calling 1-800-279-0279.

We value the trust you have placed in us and look forward to continuing our investment journey together.


Sincerely,

Christopher C. Davis
Danton G. Goei
President & Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager
   
   
September 2, 2022
 


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Management’s Discussion of Fund Performance


Performance Overview
Davis New York Venture Fund underperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index (“S&P 500®” or the “Index”) for the twelve-month period ended July 31, 2022 (the “period”). The Fund’s Class A shares delivered a total return on net asset value of -17.77%, versus a -4.64% return for the S&P 500®. The sectors1 within the S&P 500® that reported the strongest performance were Energy (up 67%), Utilities (up 15%), and Consumer Staples (up 7%). The sectors within the S&P 500® that reported the weakest performance were Communication Services (down 29%), Consumer Discretionary (down 10%), and Financials (down 7%).

Detractors from Performance
The Fund continued to hold a large position in Financials. These holdings were an important detractor2 from performance both on an absolute basis and relative to the Index. The Fund’s holdings underperformed the S&P 500® sector (down 10%, versus down 7%) and the Fund was significantly overweight in this weaker performing sector (average weighting of 51%, versus 12%). Capital One Financial3 (down 31%) was the overall top detractor during the period. Capital One Financial remained a top ten holding at the end of the period, representing 6.85% of net assets.

The Fund’s Consumer Discretionary holdings were also a significant detractor from performance. The Fund’s holdings underperformed the Index sector (down 29%, versus down 10%). Alibaba (down 36%) and Vroom (down 96%) were top detractors from this sector and are no longer held by the Fund.

The Fund was both overweight (average weighting of 11%, versus 10%) and underperformed (down 37%, versus down 29%) the weakest performing Index sector, Communication Services. Meta Platforms (down 55%) and Alphabet (down 14%) were among the largest detractors during the period.

The Fund’s Information Technology holdings were also a key detractor from performance. The Fund’s holdings underperformed the Index sector (down 21%, versus down 5%). Intel (down 30%) and Applied Materials (down 24%) were top detractors from performance.

The Fund had no exposure in Energy or Utilities and was underweight in Consumer Staples (average weighting of 1%, versus 6%), the three strongest performing sectors of the S&P 500®, respectively. As a result, relative performance suffered.

Additional individual detractors from performance were DiDi Global (down 70%), Viatris (down 29%), and Ping An Insurance (down 29%).

Contributors to Performance
The Fund’s Materials holdings were the most important contributor to performance both on an absolute and relative basis. The Fund’s holdings outperformed the Index sector (up 41%, versus down 5%). OCI (up 49%) and Teck Resources (up 21%), the only holdings in this sector, were among the largest contributors to performance. Teck Resources was a new addition during the period.
The Fund’s Health Care sector was also beneficial to absolute performance. The Fund’s holdings outperformed the Index sector (up 3%, versus up 2%). Cigna (up 22%) was the overall top contributor during the period. Quest Diagnostics (down 2%) started the period off strong but finished on a negative note, thus being down for the entire period. Fortunately, the Fund sold a portion of its shares before the performance declined. As a result, Quest Diagnostics was also a contributor for the period.

Although the aforementioned Financials sector was an important detractor from performance, several individual holdings were key contributors including Berkshire Hathaway (up 8%), DNB Bank (up 11%), Chubb (up 14%), and DBS Group Holdings (up 6%). Berkshire Hathaway was the second-largest holding at the end of the period, representing 8.17% of net assets. The Fund no longer owns DNB Bank.
Additional contributors to performance included two recent additions to the Fund, Owens Corning (up 9%) and Samsung Electronics (up 5%).


Davis New York Venture Fund’s investment objective is long-term growth of capital. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its objective. Davis New York Venture Fund’s principal risks are: stock market risk, common stock risk, financial services risk, foreign country risk, China risk-generally, headline risk, large-capitalization companies risk, manager risk, depositary receipts risk, emerging market risk, fees and expenses risk, foreign currency risk, and mid- and small- capitalization companies risk. See the prospectus for a full description of each risk.

Past performance does not guarantee future results, Fund prices fluctuate, and the value of an investment may be worth more or less than the purchase price. Data provided in this performance overview is for the twelve-month period ended July 31, 2022, unless otherwise noted. Return figures for underlying Fund positions reflect the return of the security from the beginning of the period or the date of first purchase if subsequent thereto through the end of the period or the date the position is completely liquidated. The actual contribution to the Fund will vary based on a number of factors (e.g., trading activity, weighting). Portfolio holding information is as of the end of the twelve-month period, July 31, 2022, unless otherwise noted.

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The companies included in the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index are divided into eleven sectors. One or more industry groups make up a sector. For purposes of measuring concentration, the Fund generally classifies companies at the industry group or industry level. See the SAI for additional information regarding the Fund’s concentration policy.
2
A company’s or sector’s contribution to or detraction from the Fund’s performance is a product both of its appreciation or depreciation and its weighting within the Fund. For example, a 5% holding that rises 20% has twice as much impact as a 1% holding that rises 50%.
3
This Management Discussion of Fund Performance discusses a number of individual companies. The information provided in this report does not provide information reasonably sufficient upon which to base an investment decision and should not be considered a recommendation to purchase, sell, or hold any particular security. The Schedule of Investments lists the Fund’s holdings of each company discussed.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Management’s Discussion of Fund Performance – (Continued)


Comparison of a $10,000 investment in Davis New York Venture Fund Class A versus the
Standard & Poor’s 500® Index over 10 years for an investment made on July 31, 2012


Average Annual Total Return for periods ended July 31, 2022

 Fund & Benchmark Index
1-Year
5-Year
10-Year
Since
Inception
Inception
Date
Gross Expense
Ratio
Net Expense
Ratio
 Class A - without sales charge
(17.77)%
5.72%
9.82%
11.17%
02/17/69
0.91%
0.91%
 Class A - with sales charge*
(21.68)%
4.70%
9.29%
11.08%
02/17/69
0.91%
0.91%
 Class B†, **
(21.14)%
4.56%
9.08%
9.21%
12/01/94
2.06%
1.75%
 Class C††, **
(19.13)%
4.88%
9.13%
9.12%
12/20/94
1.73%
1.73%
 Class R
(18.02)%
5.42%
9.49%
7.30%
08/20/03
1.12%
1.12%
 Class Y
(17.59)%
5.98%
10.09%
8.34%
10/02/96
0.66%
0.66%
 S&P 500® Index***
(4.64)%
12.82%
13.79%
10.31%
     

The Standard & Poor’s 500® Index is an unmanaged index of 500 selected common stocks, most of which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The Index is adjusted for dividends, weighted towards stocks with large market capitalizations, and represents approximately two-thirds of the total market value of all domestic common stocks. Investments cannot be made directly in the Index.
The performance data quoted in this report represents past performance, assumes that all distributions were reinvested, and is not a guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares may be worth more or less than their original cost when redeemed. Current performance may be higher or lower than performance data quoted. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. The operating expense ratios may vary in future years. For most recent month-end performance information, please call Investor Services at 1-800-279-0279 or visit the Fund’s website at www.davisfunds.com.
Average Annual Total Return for periods ended June 30, 2022

 Class A Shares
1-Year
5-Year
10-Year
 With sales charge*
(28.69)%
3.98%
8.75%

*Reflects 4.75% front-end sales charge.
†Because Class B shares automatically convert to Class A shares after 7 years, the “10-Year” and “Since Inception” returns for Class B reflect Class A performance for the period after conversion.
**Includes any applicable contingent deferred sales charge.
††Because Class C shares automatically convert to Class A shares after 8 years, the “10-Year” and “Since Inception” returns for Class C reflect Class A performance for the period after conversion.
***Inception return is from February 17, 1969.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Fund Overview
 
July 31, 2022

Portfolio Composition
 
Industry Weightings
(% of Fund’s 07/31/22 Net Assets)
 
(% of 07/31/22 Stock Holdings)
           
       
Fund
 
S&P 500®
Common Stock (U.S.)
75.48%
 
Banks
22.28%
 
3.61%
Common Stock (Foreign)
22.82%
 
Diversified Financials
20.87%
 
4.99%
Short-Term Investments
1.74%
 
Information Technology
13.70%
 
27.91%
Other Assets & Liabilities
(0.04)%
 
Media & Entertainment
10.21%
 
7.20%
 
100.00%
 
Health Care
9.25%
 
14.32%
     
Retailing
8.88%
 
6.21%
     
Insurance
7.46%
 
2.03%
     
Materials
3.23%
 
2.52%
     
Capital Goods
1.57%
 
5.28%
     
Food, Beverage & Tobacco
1.33%
 
3.52%
     
Transportation
1.22%
 
1.77%
     
Energy
 
4.37%
     
Utilities
 
3.00%
     
Other
 ^
13.27%
       
100.00%
 
100.00%
             
             
      ^ Less than 0.005%
     







Top 10 Long-Term Holdings
(% of Fund’s 07/31/22 Net Assets)
     
Wells Fargo & Co.
Banks
8.35%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Class A
Diversified Financial Services
8.17%
Capital One Financial Corp.
Consumer Finance
6.85%
Alphabet Inc.*
Media & Entertainment
5.84%
Cigna Corp.
Health Care Equipment & Services
4.92%
U.S. Bancorp
Banks
4.87%
Applied Materials, Inc.
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
4.69%
DBS Group Holdings Ltd.
Banks
4.26%
Intel Corp.
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
3.94%
Texas Instruments Inc.
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
3.80%


*Alphabet Inc. holding includes Class A and Class C.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Fund Overview – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

New Positions Added (08/01/21-07/31/22)
(Highlighted positions are those greater than 1.50% of the Fund’s 07/31/22 net assets)
Security
Industry
 
Date of 1st
Purchase
% of Fund’s
07/31/22
Net Assets
JD.com, Inc., Class A, ADR
Retailing
08/20/21
2.70%
Julius Baer Group Ltd.
Capital Markets
02/08/22
1.58%
Owens Corning
Capital Goods
04/05/22
1.47%
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Technology Hardware & Equipment
07/08/22
1.04%
Teck Resources Ltd., Class B
Materials
09/24/21
1.86%




Positions Closed (08/01/21-07/31/22)
(Gains and losses greater than $50,000,000 are highlighted)
Security
Industry
Date of
Final Sale
        Realized
Gain (Loss)
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., ADR
Retailing
07/08/22
$
(101,027,122)
Chengxin Technology, Inc., Series A-1, Pfd.*
Retailing
07/14/22
 
292
DNB Bank ASA
Banks
03/14/22
 
16,004,322
Missfresh Ltd., Class B, ADS
Food & Staples Retailing
05/31/22
 
(7,455,964)
Raytheon Technologies Corp.
Capital Goods
11/16/21
 
34,840,674
Vroom, Inc.
Retailing
05/10/22
 
(84,765,017)


*Includes Full Trillion Development Ltd., Class A, Pfd.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Expense Example


As a shareholder of the Fund, you incur two types of costs: (1) transaction costs, including sales charges (loads) on purchases and contingent deferred sales charges on redemptions; and (2) ongoing costs, including advisory and administrative fees, distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees, and other Fund expenses. The Expense Example is intended to help you understand your ongoing costs (in dollars) of investing in the Fund and to compare these costs with the ongoing costs of investing in other mutual funds. The Expense Example is based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the period and held for the entire period indicated which for each class is for the six-month period ended July 31, 2022.

Actual Expenses

The information represented in the row entitled “Actual” provides information about actual account values and actual expenses. You may use the information in this row, together with the amount you invested, to estimate the expenses that you paid over the period. Simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then multiply the result by the number under the heading “Expenses Paid During Period” to estimate the expenses you paid on your account during this period. An annual maintenance fee of $15, charged on retirement plan accounts per Social Security Number, is not included in the Expense Example. This fee will be waived for accounts sharing the same Social Security Number if the accounts total at least $50,000 at Davis Funds. If this fee was included, the estimate of expenses you paid during the period would be higher, and your ending account value would be lower, by this amount.

Hypothetical Example for Comparison Purposes

The information represented in the row entitled “Hypothetical” provides information about hypothetical account values and hypothetical expenses based on the Fund’s actual expense ratio and an assumed rate of return of 5% per year before expenses, which is not the Fund’s actual return. The hypothetical account values and expenses may not be used to estimate the actual ending account balance or expenses you paid for the period. You may use this information to compare the ongoing costs of investing in the Fund and other funds. To do so, compare this 5% hypothetical example with the 5% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports of the other funds. An annual maintenance fee of $15, charged on retirement plan accounts per Social Security Number, is not included in the Expense Example. This fee will be waived for accounts sharing the same Social Security Number if the accounts total at least $50,000 at Davis Funds. If this fee was included, the estimate of expenses you paid during the period would be higher, and your ending account value would be lower, by this amount.

Please note that the expenses shown in the table are meant to highlight your ongoing costs only and do not reflect any transactional costs, such as front-end or contingent deferred sales charges (loads). Therefore, the information in the row entitled “Hypothetical” is useful in comparing ongoing costs only, and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds. In addition, if these transactional costs were included, your costs would be higher.

 
Beginning
 
Ending
 
Expenses Paid
 
Account Value
 
Account Value
 
During Period*
 
(02/01/22)
 
(07/31/22)
 
(02/01/22-07/31/22)
Class A (annualized expense ratio 0.93%**)
         
Actual
$1,000.00
 
$841.37
 
$4.25
Hypothetical
$1,000.00
 
$1,020.18
 
$4.66
Class B (annualized expense ratio 1.75%**)
         
Actual
$1,000.00
 
$837.82
 
$7.97
Hypothetical
$1,000.00
 
$1,016.12
 
$8.75
Class C (annualized expense ratio 1.75%**)
         
Actual
$1,000.00
 
$837.77
 
$7.97
Hypothetical
$1,000.00
 
$1,016.12
 
$8.75
Class R (annualized expense ratio 1.06%**)
         
Actual
$1,000.00
 
$840.02
 
$4.84
Hypothetical
$1,000.00
 
$1,019.54
 
$5.31
Class Y (annualized expense ratio 0.68%**)
         
Actual
$1,000.00
 
$842.30
 
$3.11
Hypothetical
$1,000.00
 
$1,021.42
 
$3.41

Hypothetical assumes 5% annual return before expenses.
 
*Expenses are equal to each Class's annualized operating expense ratio, multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by 181/365 (to reflect the one-half year period).
 
**The expense ratios reflect the impact, if any, of certain reimbursements from the Adviser.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Schedule of Investments
 
July 31, 2022

 
Shares/Units
 
Value
(Note 1)
COMMON STOCK – (98.30%)
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES – (10.03%)
   
Media & Entertainment – (10.03%)
     
Alphabet Inc., Class A  *
   
1,870,740
 
$
217,604,477
 
Alphabet Inc., Class C  *
   
1,251,840
   
146,014,618
 
ASAC II L.P.  *(a)(b)
   
4,156,451
   
4,071,244
 
IAC Inc.  *
   
794,280
   
54,408,180
 
Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings, Inc., Series A  *
   
169,396
   
116,002
 
Meta Platforms, Inc., Class A  *
   
1,221,717
   
194,375,175
 
Vimeo, Inc.  *
   
1,457,935
   
8,106,119
     
                    Total Communication Services
   
624,695,815
 
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY – (8.73%)
 
Retailing – (8.73%)
 
Amazon.com, Inc.  *
   
1,546,020
   
208,635,399
 
Coupang, Inc., Class A  (South Korea)*
   
3,346,187
   
57,855,573
 
JD.com, Inc., Class A, ADR  (China)
   
2,826,669
   
168,186,806
 
Naspers Ltd. - N  (South Africa)
   
75,589
   
10,679,698
 
Prosus N.V., Class N  (Netherlands)
   
1,499,041
   
97,789,923
 
                    Total Consumer Discretionary
   
543,147,399
 
CONSUMER STAPLES – (1.31%)
 
Food, Beverage & Tobacco – (1.31%)
 
Darling Ingredients Inc.  *
   
1,174,379
   
81,360,977
 
                    Total Consumer Staples
   
81,360,977
 
FINANCIALS – (49.75%)
 
Banks – (21.90%)
 
Danske Bank A/S  (Denmark)
   
7,584,377
   
106,062,187
 
DBS Group Holdings Ltd.  (Singapore)
   
11,627,695
   
265,324,775
 
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
   
1,465,494
   
169,059,388
 
U.S. Bancorp
   
6,418,850
   
302,969,720
 
Wells Fargo & Co.
   
11,847,472
   
519,748,596
     
1,363,164,666
 
Diversified Financials – (20.51%)
 
Capital Markets – (4.83%)
 
Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
   
4,656,637
   
202,377,444
 
Julius Baer Group Ltd.  (Switzerland)
   
1,899,700
   
98,233,572
   
300,611,016
 
Consumer Finance – (7.51%)
 
American Express Co.
   
264,931
   
40,804,673
 
Capital One Financial Corp.
   
3,884,563
   
426,641,554
   
467,446,227
 
Diversified Financial Services – (8.17%)
 
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Class A  *
   
1,127
   
509,065,900
     
1,277,123,143
 
Insurance – (7.34%)
 
Life & Health Insurance – (4.42%)
 
AIA Group Ltd.  (Hong Kong)
   
12,659,990
   
127,190,407
 
Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China, Ltd. - H  (China)
   
25,140,800
   
147,753,451
   
274,943,858


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Schedule of Investments - (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

 
Shares
 
Value
(Note 1)
COMMON STOCK – (CONTINUED)
 
FINANCIALS – (CONTINUED)
   
Insurance – (Continued)
   
Property & Casualty Insurance – (2.92%)
   
Chubb Ltd.
   
606,740
 
$               
114,455,433
 
Loews Corp.
   
534,369
   
31,126,994
 
Markel Corp.  *
   
27,876
   
36,159,075
   
181,741,502
     
456,685,360
       
                    Total Financials
   
3,096,973,169
 
HEALTH CARE – (9.09%)
 
Health Care Equipment & Services – (6.03%)
 
Cigna Corp.
   
1,111,419
   
306,040,336
 
Quest Diagnostics Inc.
   
508,730
   
69,477,256
     
375,517,592
 
Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences – (3.06%)
 
Viatris Inc.
   
19,664,700
   
190,550,943
 
                    Total Health Care
   
566,068,535
 
INDUSTRIALS – (2.74%)
 
Capital Goods – (1.54%)
 
Orascom Construction PLC  (United Arab Emirates)
   
1,446,001
   
4,434,301
 
Owens Corning
   
986,421
   
91,480,683
     
95,914,984
 
Commercial & Professional Services – (0.01%)
 
China Index Holdings Ltd., Class A, ADR  (China)*
   
450,209
   
291,105
 
Transportation – (1.19%)
 
DiDi Global Inc., Class A, ADS  (China)*
   
25,989,288
   
74,329,364
 
                    Total Industrials
   
170,535,453
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – (13.47%)
 
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment – (12.43%)
 
Applied Materials, Inc.
   
2,756,220
   
292,104,196
 
Intel Corp.
   
6,762,900
   
245,560,899
 
Texas Instruments Inc.
   
1,320,910
   
236,297,590
     
773,962,685
 
Technology Hardware & Equipment – (1.04%)
 
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  (South Korea)
   
1,361,450
   
64,444,428
 
                    Total Information Technology
   
838,407,113
 
MATERIALS – (3.18%)
 
OCI N.V.  (Netherlands)
   
2,357,564
   
81,846,695
 
Teck Resources Ltd., Class B  (Canada)
   
3,947,622
   
116,020,611
 
                    Total Materials
   
197,867,306
 
 
                    TOTAL COMMON STOCK – (Identified cost $4,199,405,849)

   
 6,119,055,767


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Schedule of Investments - (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

 
Principal
 
Value
(Note 1)
SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS – (1.74%)
     
StoneX Financial Inc. Joint Repurchase Agreement, 2.25%, 08/01/22,
dated 07/29/22, repurchase value of $66,150,401 (collateralized by: U.S.
Government agency mortgages and obligations in a pooled cash
account, 0.00%-7.00%, 08/15/22-07/20/52, total market value
$67,460,760)
 
$
66,138,000
 
$               
66,138,000
 
Truist Securities, Inc. Joint Repurchase Agreement, 2.25%, 08/01/22,
dated 07/29/22, repurchase value of $42,313,932 (collateralized by: U.S.
Government agency mortgages in a pooled cash account, 3.00%-3.50%,
06/01/34-04/01/50, total market value $43,152,120)
   
42,306,000
   
42,306,000
 
 
                              TOTAL SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS – (Identified cost $108,444,000)

   
 108,444,000
 
 
               Total Investments – (100.04%) – (Identified cost $4,307,849,849)
   
6,227,499,767
 
               Liabilities Less Other Assets – (0.04%)
   
(2,396,313)
       
               Net Assets – (100.00%)
 
$
6,225,103,454
 
 
ADR: American Depositary Receipt
 
 
ADS: American Depositary Share
 
 
*
Non-income producing security.
 
 
(a)
Restricted Security – See Note 6 of the Notes to Financial Statements.
 
 
(b)
The value of this security was determined using significant unobservable inputs. See Note 1 of the Notes to Financial Statements.
 
See Notes to Financial Statements


10


DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Statement of Assets and Liabilities
 
At July 31, 2022

ASSETS:
         
Investments in securities, at value* (see accompanying Schedule of Investments)
 
$
6,227,499,767
Cash
   
421
Receivables:
     
   
Capital stock sold
   
2,750,896
 
Dividends and interest
   
6,309,402
Prepaid expenses
   
67,847
Due from Adviser
   
2,831
   
Total assets
   
6,236,631,164

LIABILITIES:
     
Payables:
     
 
Capital stock redeemed
   
5,985,785
Accrued custodian fees
   
680,797
Accrued distribution and service plan fees
   
859,224
Accrued investment advisory fees
   
2,838,963
Accrued transfer agent fees
   
999,891
Other accrued expenses
   
163,050
 
Total liabilities
   
11,527,710

NET ASSETS
 
$
6,225,103,454

NET ASSETS CONSIST OF:
     

Par value of shares of capital stock
 
$
13,404,632

Additional paid-in capital
   
4,235,206,280

Distributable earnings
   
1,976,492,542
 
Net Assets
 
$
6,225,103,454
         
*Including:
     
 
Cost of investments
 
$
4,307,849,849


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Statement of Assets and Liabilities – (Continued)
 
At July 31, 2022

CLASS A SHARES:
     
Net assets
 
$
4,313,193,031
Shares outstanding
   
186,890,205
Net asset value and redemption price per share (Net assets ÷ Shares outstanding)
 
$
23.08
Maximum offering price per share (100/95.25 of $23.08)†
 
$
24.23

CLASS B SHARES:
     
Net assets
 
$
5,957,217
Shares outstanding
   
331,043
Net asset value and redemption price per share (Net assets ÷ Shares outstanding)
 
$
18.00

CLASS C SHARES:
     
Net assets
 
$
111,676,573
Shares outstanding
   
5,853,451
Net asset value, offering, and redemption price per share (Net assets ÷ Shares outstanding)
 
$
19.08

CLASS R SHARES:
     
Net assets
 
$
55,519,943
Shares outstanding
   
2,398,211
Net asset value, offering, and redemption price per share (Net assets ÷ Shares outstanding)
 
$
23.15

CLASS Y SHARES:
     
Net assets
 
$
1,738,756,690
Shares outstanding
   
72,619,721
Net asset value, offering, and redemption price per share (Net assets ÷ Shares outstanding)
 
$
23.94

†On purchases of $100,000 or more, the offering price is reduced.

See Notes to Financial Statements


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Statement of Operations
 
For the year ended July 31, 2022

INVESTMENT INCOME:
           
Income:
     
Dividends*
 
$
132,802,597
Interest
   
320,606
Net securities lending fees
   
294,130
   
Total income
     
133,417,333

Expenses:
     
Investment advisory fees (Note 3)
 
$
40,779,751
     
Custodian fees
   
2,776,121
     
Transfer agent fees:
     
 
Class A
   
4,757,392
     
 
Class B
   
41,819
     
 
Class C
   
203,980
     
 
Class R
   
70,678
     
 
Class Y
   
1,606,768
     
Audit fees
   
104,608
     
Legal fees
   
48,420
     
Accounting fees (Note 3)
   
344,004
     
Reports to shareholders
   
361,052
     
Directors’ fees and expenses
   
391,337
     
Registration and filing fees
   
104,999
     
Miscellaneous
   
348,120
     
Distribution and service plan fees (Note 3):
     
 
Class A
   
12,056,035
     
 
Class B
   
84,106
     
 
Class C
   
1,501,724
     
 
Class R
   
292,933
     
Total expenses
   
65,873,847
Reimbursement of expenses by Adviser (Note 3):
     
 
Class B
     
(26,736)
 
Net expenses
     
65,847,111
Net investment income
   
67,570,222

REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS) ON INVESTMENTS
AND FOREIGN CURRENCY TRANSACTIONS:
           
Net realized gain from:
     
   
Investment transactions
   
466,399,654
 
Foreign currency transactions
   
52,409
Net realized gain
   
466,452,063
Net decrease in unrealized appreciation
   
(1,960,857,819)
 
Net realized and unrealized loss on investments and
foreign currency transactions
     
(1,494,405,756)
Net decrease in net assets resulting from operations
 
$
(1,426,835,534)
       
*Net of foreign taxes withheld of   $
3,299,160

See Notes to Financial Statements


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Statements of Changes in Net Assets


   
Year ended July 31,
   
2022
 
2021
OPERATIONS:
           
Net investment income
 
$
67,570,222
 
$
22,677,377
Net realized gain from investments and foreign currency transactions
   
466,452,063
   
1,795,905,217
Net increase (decrease) in unrealized appreciation on investments and foreign
currency transactions
   
(1,960,857,819)
   
994,551,293
   
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations
   
(1,426,835,534)
   
2,813,133,887


DIVIDENDS AND DISTRIBUTIONS TO SHAREHOLDERS:
           
 
Class A
   
(829,100,452)
   
(795,737,791)
 
Class B
   
(1,643,309)
   
(1,933,848)
 
Class C
   
(27,108,482)
   
(30,340,597)
 
Class R
   
(10,502,959)
   
(10,684,203)
 
Class Y
   
(338,263,099)
   
(328,399,861)


CAPITAL SHARE TRANSACTIONS:
           
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from capital share transactions
(Note 4):
           
 
Class A
   
146,352,927
   
(178,971,335)
 
Class B
   
(2,015,943)
   
(3,781,263)
 
Class C
   
(18,711,639)
   
(81,671,565)
 
Class R
   
(705,973)
   
(15,104,139)
 
Class Y
   
(27,319,903)
   
(12,616,258)
 

Total increase (decrease) in net assets
   
(2,535,854,366)
   
1,353,893,027

NET ASSETS:
           
Beginning of year
   
8,760,957,820
   
7,407,064,793
End of year
 
$
6,225,103,454
 
$
8,760,957,820


See Notes to Financial Statements


14


DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Notes to Financial Statements
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 1 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The Fund is a separate series of Davis New York Venture Fund, Inc. (a Maryland corporation). The Fund is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, as a diversified, open-end management investment company. The Fund follows the reporting guidance of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification Topic 946, Financial Services – Investment Companies. The Fund’s investment objective is long-term growth of capital. The Fund offers shares in four classes, Class A, Class C, Class R, and Class Y. Class B shares are no longer offered for new purchases. New Class B share account applications will be returned and any investments for existing Class B share accounts will be made in Class A shares of Davis Government Money Market Fund. Class A shares are sold with a front-end sales charge. Class C shares are sold and Class B shares were sold at net asset value and both may be subject to a contingent deferred sales charge upon redemption. Class B shares automatically convert to Class A shares after 7 years. Class C shares automatically convert to Class A shares after 8 years (effective May 1, 2021). Any existing Class C shares held longer than 8 years as of May 1, 2021 converted in May 2021. Class R and Class Y shares are sold at net asset value and are not subject to any contingent deferred sales charge upon redemption. Class R shares generally are available only to retirement and benefit plans. Class Y shares are only available to certain qualified investors. Income, expenses (other than those attributable to a specific class), and gains and losses are allocated daily to each class based upon the relative proportion of net assets represented by each class. Operating expenses directly attributable to a specific class, such as distribution and transfer agent fees, are charged against the operations of that class. All classes have identical rights with respect to voting (exclusive of each class’ distribution arrangement), liquidation, and distributions. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused market disruptions on a global scale and the long-term impact is uncertain. The aforementioned disruptions may adversely affect the value and liquidity of the Fund’s investments and thus Fund performance. The following is a summary of significant accounting policies followed by the Fund in the preparation of its financial statements.

Security Valuation - The Fund calculates the net asset value of its shares as of the close of the New York Stock Exchange (“Exchange”), normally 4:00 P.M. Eastern time, on each day the Exchange is open for business. Securities listed on the Exchange (and other national exchanges including NASDAQ) are valued at the last reported sales price on the day of valuation. Listed securities for which no sale was reported on that date are valued at the last quoted bid price. Securities traded on foreign exchanges are valued based upon the last sales price on the principal exchange on which the security is traded prior to the time when the Fund’s assets are valued. Securities (including restricted securities) for which market quotations are not readily available or securities whose values have been materially affected by what Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. (“Davis Advisors” or “Adviser”), the Fund’s investment adviser, identifies as a significant event occurring before the Fund’s assets are valued, but after the close of their respective exchanges will be fair valued using a fair valuation methodology applicable to the security type or the significant event as previously approved by the Fund’s Pricing Committee and Board of Directors. The Pricing Committee considers all facts it deems relevant that are reasonably available, through either public information or information available to the Adviser’s portfolio management team, when determining the fair value of a security. To assess the appropriateness of security valuations, the Adviser may consider (i) comparing prior day prices and/or prices of comparable securities; (ii) comparing sale prices to the prior or current day prices and challenge those prices exceeding certain tolerance levels with the third-party pricing service or broker source; (iii) new rounds of financing; (iv) the performance of the market or the issuer’s industry; (v) the liquidity of the security; (vi) the size of the holding in a fund; and/or (vii) any other appropriate information. The determination of a security’s fair value price often involves the consideration of a number of subjective factors and is therefore subject to the unavoidable risk that the value assigned to a security may be higher or lower than the security’s value would be if a reliable market quotation for the security was readily available. Fair value determinations are subject to review, approval, and ratification by the Fund’s Board of Directors at its next regularly scheduled meeting covering the period in which the fair valuation was determined. Fair valuation methods used by the Fund may include, but are not limited to, valuing securities initially at cost (excluding commissions) and subsequently adjusting the value due to: additional transactions by the issuer, changes in company specific fundamentals and changes in the value of similar securities. Values may be further adjusted for any discounts related to security-specific resale restrictions.

Short-term investments purchased within 60 days to maturity are valued at amortized cost, which approximates market value.

The Fund’s valuation procedures are reviewed and subject to approval by the Board of Directors. There have been no significant changes to the fair valuation procedures during the period.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 1 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – (CONTINUED)

Fair Value Measurements - Fair value is defined as the price that the Fund would receive upon selling an investment in an orderly transaction to an independent buyer in the principal market for the investment. Various inputs are used to determine the fair value of the Fund’s investments. These inputs are summarized in the three broad levels listed below.

Level 1 – 
quoted prices in active markets for identical securities
Level 2 – 
other significant observable inputs (including quoted prices for similar investments, interest rates,
prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.)
Level 3 – 
significant unobservable inputs (including the Fund’s own assumptions in determining the fair value of
investments)

The inputs or methodologies used for valuing securities are not necessarily an indication of the risks associated with investing in those securities nor can it be assured that the Fund can obtain the fair value assigned to a security if it were to sell the security.

The following is a summary of the inputs used as of July 31, 2022 in valuing the Fund’s investments carried at value:

 
Investments in Securities at Value
 
Valuation Inputs
     
Level 2:
 
Level 3:
   
     
Other Significant
 
Significant
   
 
Level 1:
 
Observable
 
Unobservable
   
 
Quoted Prices
 
Inputs*
 
Inputs
 
Total
Common Stock:
                     
Communication Services
$
620,624,571
 
$
 
$
4,071,244
 
$
624,695,815
Consumer Discretionary
 
434,677,778
   
108,469,621
   
   
543,147,399
Consumer Staples
 
81,360,977
   
   
   
81,360,977
Financials
 
2,352,408,777
   
744,564,392
   
   
3,096,973,169
Health Care
 
566,068,535
   
   
   
566,068,535
Industrials
 
170,535,453
   
   
   
170,535,453
Information Technology
 
773,962,685
   
64,444,428
   
   
838,407,113
Materials
 
116,020,611
   
81,846,695
   
   
197,867,306
Short-Term Investments
 
   
108,444,000
   
   
108,444,000
Total Investments
$
5,115,659,387
 
$
1,107,769,136
 
$
4,071,244
 
$
6,227,499,767

*Includes certain securities trading primarily outside the U.S. whose value the Fund adjusted as a result of significant market movements following the close of local trading.


16


DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 1 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – (CONTINUED)

Fair Value Measurements - (Continued)

The following table reconciles the valuation of assets in which significant unobservable inputs (Level 3) were used in determining fair value during the year ended July 31, 2022. The net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) during the period on Level 3 securities still held at July 31, 2022 was $(177,480). The cost of purchases or proceeds from sales may include securities received or delivered through corporate actions or exchanges. Realized and unrealized gains (losses) are included in the related amounts on investments in the Statement of Operations.

   
Beginning
Balance at
August 1, 2021
 
Cost of
Purchases
 
Proceeds
from Sales
 
Net Change in
Unrealized
Appreciation
(Depreciation)
 
Net Realized
Gain (Loss)
 
Transfers
into
Level 3
 
Transfers
out of
Level 3
   
 
Ending
Balance at
July 31, 2022
Investments in Securities:
     
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Common Stock
 
$
4,248,724
 
$
 
$

$
(177,480)
 
$
 
$
 
$
 
$
4,071,244
Preferred Stock
   
81,500,000
   
   
(81,500,292)

 
   
292
   
   
   
Total Level 3
 
$
85,748,724
 
$

$
(81,500,292)

$
(177,480)
 
$
292
 
$
 
$
 
$
4,071,244

The following table is a summary of those assets in which significant unobservable inputs (Level 3) were used by the Adviser in determining fair value. Note that these amounts exclude any valuations provided by a pricing service or broker.

   
Fair Value at
 
Valuation
 
Unobservable
     
Impact to
Valuation from
   
July 31, 2022
 
Technique
 
Input
 
Amount
 
an Increase in Input
Investments in Securities:
                     
Common Stock
 
$
4,071,244
 
Discounted Cash Flow
 
Annualized Yield
 
3.704%
 
Decrease
Total Level 3
 
$
4,071,244
               

The significant unobservable input listed in the above table is used in the fair value measurement of common stock, and if changed, would affect the fair value of the Fund’s investments. The “Impact to Valuation from an Increase in Input” represents the change in fair value measurement resulting from an increase in the corresponding input. A decrease in the input would have the opposite effect.

Master Repurchase Agreements - The Fund, along with other affiliated funds, may transfer uninvested cash balances into one or more master repurchase agreement accounts. These balances are invested in one or more repurchase agreements, secured by U.S. Government securities. A custodian bank holds securities pledged as collateral for repurchase agreements until the agreements mature. Each agreement requires that the market value of the collateral be sufficient to cover payments of interest and principal; however, in the event of default by the other party to the agreement, retention of the collateral may be subject to legal proceedings.


17


DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 1 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – (CONTINUED)

Currency Translation - The market values of all assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are recorded in the financial statements after translation to United States Dollar (“USD”) on the date of valuation using exchange rates determined as of the close of trading on the Exchange. The cost basis of such assets and liabilities is determined based upon historical exchange rates. Income and expenses are translated at average exchange rates in effect as accrued or incurred.

Foreign Currency - The Fund may enter into forward purchases or sales of foreign currencies to hedge certain foreign currency denominated assets and liabilities against declines in market value relative to USD. Forward currency contracts are marked-to-market daily and the change in market value is recorded by the Fund as an unrealized gain or loss. When the forward currency contract is closed, the Fund records a realized gain or loss equal to the difference between the value of the forward currency contract at the time it was opened and value at the time it was closed. Investments in forward currency contracts may expose the Fund to risks resulting from unanticipated movements in foreign currency exchange rates or failure of the counter-party to the agreement to perform in accordance with the terms of the contract. There were no forward contracts entered into by the Fund.

Reported net realized foreign exchange gains or losses arise from the sales of foreign currencies, currency gains or losses realized between the trade and settlement dates on security transactions, the difference between the amounts of dividends, interest, and foreign withholding taxes recorded on the Fund’s books, and the USD equivalent of the amounts actually received or paid. Net unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses arise from changes in the value of assets and liabilities, other than investments in securities at fiscal period end, resulting from changes in the exchange rate. The Fund includes foreign currency gains and losses realized on the sales of investments together with market gains and losses on such investments in the Statement of Operations.

Federal Income Taxes - It is the Fund’s policy to comply with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to regulated investment companies, and to distribute substantially all of its taxable income, including any net realized gains on investments not offset by loss carryovers, to shareholders. Therefore, no provision for federal income or excise tax is required. The Adviser analyzed the Fund’s tax positions taken on federal and state income tax returns for all open tax years and concluded that as of July 31, 2022, no provision for income tax is required in the Fund’s financial statements related to these tax positions. The Fund’s federal and state (Arizona) income and federal excise tax returns for tax years for which the applicable statutes of limitations have not expired are subject to examination by the Internal Revenue Service and state Department of Revenue. The earliest tax year that remains subject to examination by these jurisdictions is 2019.

At July 31, 2022, the aggregate cost of investments and unrealized appreciation (depreciation) for federal income tax purposes were as follows:

Cost
$
4,331,816,930
 
Unrealized appreciation
 
2,519,045,663
Unrealized depreciation
 
(623,362,826)
Net unrealized appreciation
$
1,895,682,837

Securities Transactions and Related Investment Income - Securities transactions are accounted for on the trade date (date the order to buy or sell is executed) with realized gain or loss on the sale of securities being determined based upon identified cost. Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date. Interest income, which includes accretion of discount and amortization of premium, is accrued as earned.


18


DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 1 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – (CONTINUED)

Dividends and Distributions to Shareholders - Dividends and distributions to shareholders are recorded on the ex-dividend date. Net investment income (loss), net realized gains (losses), and net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments [collectively "Distributable earnings (losses)"] may differ for financial statement and tax purposes primarily due to permanent and temporary differences which may include foreign currency transactions, wash sales, partnership income, corporate actions, passive foreign investment company shares, deferred post-October losses, and equalization. The character of dividends and distributions made during the fiscal year from net investment income and net realized securities gains may differ from their ultimate characterization for federal income tax purposes. Also, due to the timing of dividends and distributions, the fiscal year in which amounts are distributed may differ from the fiscal year in which income or realized gain was recorded by the Fund. The Fund adjusts certain components of capital to reflect permanent differences between financial statement amounts and net income and realized gains/losses determined in accordance with income tax rules. The Fund’s net assets have not been affected by these reclassifications. During the year ended July 31, 2022, amounts have been reclassified to reflect increases (decreases) as follows:


Distributable earnings
$
(25,643,384)
Paid-in capital
 
25,643,384

The tax character of distributions paid during the years ended July 31, 2022 and 2021 was as follows:

 
2022
 
2021
Ordinary income
$
59,999,786
 
$
59,134,284
Long-term capital gain
 
1,146,618,515
   
1,107,962,016
Total
$
1,206,618,301
 
$
1,167,096,300

As of July 31, 2022, the components of distributable earnings on a tax basis were as follows:

Undistributed ordinary income
$
9,729,570
Undistributed long-term capital gain
 
72,013,375
Net unrealized appreciation on investments and foreign currency
transactions
 
 
1,895,615,226
Other temporary differences
 
(865,629)
Total
$
1,976,492,542

Indemnification - Under the Fund’s organizational documents, its officers and directors are indemnified against certain liabilities arising out of the performance of their duties to the Fund. In addition, some of the Fund’s contracts with its service providers contain general indemnification clauses. The Fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown since the amount of any future claims that may be made against the Fund cannot be determined and the Fund has no historical basis for predicting the likelihood of any such claims.

Use of Estimates in Financial Statements - In preparing financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, management makes estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, as well as the reported amounts of income and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

Directors Fees and Expenses - The Fund set up a Rabbi Trust to provide for the deferred compensation plan for Independent Directors that enables them to elect to defer receipt of all or a portion of annual fees they are entitled to receive. The value of an eligible Director’s account is based upon years of service and fees paid to each Director during the years of service. The amount paid to the Director by the Trust under the plan will be determined based upon the performance of the Davis Funds in which the amounts are invested.


19


DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 2 - PURCHASES AND SALES OF SECURITIES

The cost of purchases and proceeds from sales of investment securities (excluding short-term investments) during the year ended July 31, 2022 were $1,271,490,731 and $1,842,919,871, respectively.

NOTE 3 - FEES AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS (INCLUDING AFFILIATES)

Davis Selected Advisers-NY, Inc. (“DSA-NY”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Adviser, acts as sub-adviser to the Fund. DSA-NY performs research and portfolio management services for the Fund under a Sub-Advisory Agreement with the Adviser. The Fund pays no fees directly to DSA-NY.

All officers of the Fund (including Interested Directors) hold positions as executive officers with the Adviser or its affiliates.

Investment Advisory Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses - Advisory fees are paid monthly to the Adviser. The annual rate is 0.55% of the average net assets on the first $3 billion, 0.54% on the next $1 billion, 0.53% on the next $1 billion, 0.52% on the next $1 billion, 0.51% on the next $1 billion, 0.50% on the next $3 billion, 0.485% on the next $8 billion, 0.47% on the next $7 billion, 0.455% on the next $8 billion, 0.44% on the next $7 billion, 0.425% on the next $8 billion, 0.41% on the next $7 billion, and 0.395% of the average net assets in excess of $55 billion. Advisory fees paid during the year ended July 31, 2022 approximated 0.53% of the average net assets. The Adviser is contractually committed to waive fees and/or reimburse the Fund’s expenses to the extent necessary to cap total annual fund operating expenses (Class A shares, 1.00%; Class B shares, 1.75%; Class C shares, 1.75%; Class R shares, 1.25%; and Class Y shares, 0.75%). The Adviser is obligated to continue the expense cap through December 1, 2022. The expense cap cannot be modified prior to this date without the consent of the Board of Directors. After that date, there is no assurance that the Adviser will continue to cap expenses. The Adviser may not recoup any of the operating expenses it has reimbursed to the Fund. During the year ended July 31, 2022, such reimbursements for Class B shares amounted to $26,736.

Transfer Agent and Accounting Fees - DST Asset Manager Solutions, Inc. is the Fund’s primary transfer agent. The Adviser is also paid for certain transfer agent services. The fee paid to the Adviser for these services during the year ended July 31, 2022 amounted to $802,800. State Street Bank and Trust Company (“State Street Bank”) is the Fund’s primary accounting provider. Fees for such services are included in the custodian fees as State Street Bank also serves as the Fund’s custodian. The Adviser is also paid for certain accounting services. The fee paid to the Adviser for these services during the year ended July 31, 2022 amounted to $344,004.

Distribution and Service Plan Fees - The Fund has adopted separate Distribution Plans (“12b-1 Plans”) for Class A, Class B, Class C, and Class R shares. Under the 12b-1 Plans, the Fund reimburses Davis Distributors, LLC (“Distributor”), the Fund’s Underwriter, for amounts paid to dealers as a service fee or commissions with respect to Class A shares sold by dealers, which remain outstanding during the period. The service fee is paid at an annual rate up to 0.25% of the average net assets maintained by the responsible dealers. The Fund pays the Distributor 12b-1 fees on Class B and Class C shares at an annual rate equal to the lesser of 1.25% of the average daily net asset value of Class B or Class C shares or the maximum amount provided by applicable rule or regulation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”), which currently is 1.00%. The Fund pays the 12b-1 fees on Class B and Class C shares in order: (i) to pay the Distributor distribution fees or commissions on Class B and Class C shares which have been sold and (ii) to enable the Distributor to pay service fees on Class B and Class C shares which have been sold. Payments under the Class R 12b-1 Plan are limited to an annual rate of 0.75% of the average daily net asset value of the Class R shares or the maximum amount provided by applicable rule or regulation of the FINRA (1.00%). The effective rate of the Class R 12b-1 Plan is currently 0.50%, of which 0.25% may be used to pay distribution fees and 0.25% may be used to pay service fees.

 
Year ended July 31, 2022
 
Class A
 
Class B
 
Class C
 
Class R
Distribution fees
$
 
$
64,179
 
$
1,126,293
 
$
146,467
Service fees
 
12,056,035
   
19,927
   
375,431
   
146,466

Sales Charges - Front-end sales charges and contingent deferred sales charges (“CDSC”) do not represent expenses of the Fund. They are deducted from the proceeds from sales of Fund shares prior to investment or from redemption proceeds prior to remittance, as applicable.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 3 - FEES AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS (INCLUDING AFFILIATES) –(CONTINUED)

Sales Charges - (Continued)

Class A shares of the Fund are sold at net asset value plus a sales charge and are redeemed at net asset value. On purchases of $1 million or more, the sales charge will not be applied; however a CDSC of 0.50% may be imposed upon redemption if those shares are redeemed within the first year of purchase.

Class B shares are no longer offered for new purchases. Class B shares of the Fund are redeemed at net asset value. A CDSC is imposed upon redemption of certain Class B shares within six years of the original purchase. The charge is a declining percentage starting at 4.00% of the lesser of net asset value of the shares redeemed or the total cost of such shares.

Class C shares of the Fund are sold and redeemed at net asset value. A CDSC of 1.00% is imposed upon redemption of certain Class C shares within the first year of the original purchase.

The Distributor received commissions earned on sales of Class A shares of the Fund, of which a portion was retained by the Distributor and the remaining was re-allowed to investment dealers. Commission advances by the Distributor on the sales of Class C shares of the Fund are re-allowed to qualified selling dealers.

Year ended July 31, 2022
Class A
Commissions
 
Commission advances by the
Distributor on the sale of
 
CDSCs received by the
Distributor from
Retained
 
Re-allowed to
       
by Distributor
 
investment dealers
 
Class C
 
Class B
 
Class C
$
109,755
 
$
599,356
 
$
115,401
 
$
7,071
 
$
11,003

NOTE 4 - CAPITAL STOCK

At July 31, 2022, there were 3.5 billion shares of capital stock ($0.05 par value per share) authorized for Davis New York Venture Fund, Inc., of which 2.325 billion shares are classified as Davis New York Venture Fund. Class B Shares are no longer offered for new purchases. Transactions in capital stock were as follows:

 
Year ended July 31, 2022
   
Sold
   
Reinvestment of
Distributions
   
Redeemed
   
Net Increase (Decrease)
Shares:     Class A
 
5,036,807
^
 
28,999,935
   
(27,404,544)
   
6,632,198
Class B
 
   
73,373
   
(156,919)
   
(83,546)
Class C
 
643,460
   
1,174,958
   
(2,518,941)
^
 
(700,523)
Class R
 
179,304
   
388,147
   
(563,673)
   
3,778
Class Y
 
9,454,818
   
11,228,305
   
(21,305,464)
   
(622,341)
Value:      Class A
$
147,620,753
^
$
781,196,518
 
$
(782,464,344)
 
$
146,352,927
Class B
 
   
1,577,023
   
(3,592,966)
   
(2,015,943)
Class C
 
15,383,323
   
26,638,604
   
(60,733,566)
^
 
(18,711,639)
Class R
 
4,977,731
   
10,499,888
   
(16,183,592)
   
(705,973)
Class Y
 
284,042,747
   
313,707,934
   
(625,070,584)
   
(27,319,903)
                       
 
Year ended July 31, 2021
   
Sold
   
Reinvestment of
Distributions
   
Redeemed
   
Net Decrease
Shares:     Class A
 
6,355,713
^
 
22,930,878
   
(35,146,619)
*
 
(5,860,028)
Class B
 
   
68,382
   
(207,952)
   
(139,570)
Class C
 
695,150
   
1,066,030
   
(4,638,287)
^
 
(2,877,107)
Class R
 
212,533
   
326,597
   
(1,029,541)
   
(490,411)
Class Y
 
9,134,713
*
 
8,981,694
   
(18,904,833)
   
(788,426)
Value:      Class A
$
211,117,292
^
$
747,976,109
 
$
(1,138,064,736)
*
$
(178,971,335)
Class B
 
   
1,832,508
   
(5,613,771)
   
(3,781,263)
Class C
 
20,027,869
   
29,872,425
   
(131,571,859)
^
 
(81,671,565)
Class R
 
7,089,812
   
10,681,215
   
(32,875,166)
   
(15,104,139)
Class Y
 
314,462,200
*
 
302,357,035
   
(629,435,493)
   
(12,616,258)
                       
^ Includes Class C to Class A conversions as disclosed in Note 1 of the Notes to Financial Statements.
* Includes Class A to Class Y conversions authorized under certain eligibility requirements.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 5 - SECURITIES LOANED

The Fund has entered into a securities lending arrangement with State Street Bank. Under the terms of the agreement, the Fund receives fee income from lending transactions; in exchange for such fees, State Street Bank is authorized to loan securities on behalf of the Fund, against receipt of collateral at least equal to the value of the securities loaned. As of July 31, 2022, the Fund did not have any securities on loan. The Fund bears the risk of any deficiency in the amount of the collateral available for return to a borrower due to a loss in an approved investment.

NOTE 6 - RESTRICTED SECURITIES

Restricted securities are not registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and may have contractual restrictions on resale. They are fair valued under methods approved by the Board of Directors. The aggregate value of restricted securities amounted to $4,071,244 or 0.07% of the Fund’s net assets as of July 31, 2022. Information regarding restricted securities is as follows:

Security
 
Initial
Acquisition
Date
 
 
Units
 
Cost per
Unit
 
Valuation per
Unit as of
July 31, 2022

ASAC II L.P.
 
10/10/13
 
4,156,451
 
$
1.00
 
$
0.9795


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND

The following financial information represents selected data for each share of capital stock outstanding throughout each period:

   
Income (Loss) from Investment Operations
 
 
Net Asset Value,
Beginning of
Period
Net Investment
Income (Loss)a
Net Realized and
Unrealized Gains
(Losses)
Total from
Investment
Operations
Davis New York Venture Fund Class A:
       
Year ended July 31, 2022
$33.16
$0.24
$(5.60)
$(5.36)
Year ended July 31, 2021
$27.04
$0.07
$10.68
$10.75
Year ended July 31, 2020
$28.16
$0.14
$(0.29)
$(0.15)
Year ended July 31, 2019
$32.59
$0.20
$(0.91)
$(0.71)
Year ended July 31, 2018
$32.64
$0.18
$4.85
$5.03
Davis New York Venture Fund Class B:
       
Year ended July 31, 2022
$27.00
$(0.01)
$(4.42)
$(4.43)
Year ended July 31, 2021
$22.69
$(0.17)
$8.93
$8.76
Year ended July 31, 2020
$23.84
$(0.09)
$(0.25)
$(0.34)
Year ended July 31, 2019
$28.30
$(0.08)
$(0.83)
$(0.91)
Year ended July 31, 2018
$29.06
$(0.14)
$4.29
$4.15
Davis New York Venture Fund Class C:
       
Year ended July 31, 2022
$28.33
$–e
$(4.67)
$(4.67)
Year ended July 31, 2021
$23.64
$(0.17)
$9.31
$9.14
Year ended July 31, 2020
$24.80
$(0.06)
$(0.26)
$(0.32)
Year ended July 31, 2019
$29.27
$(0.03)
$(0.86)
$(0.89)
Year ended July 31, 2018
$29.85
$(0.08)
$4.42
$4.34
Davis New York Venture Fund Class R:
       
Year ended July 31, 2022
$33.24
$0.18
$(5.61)
$(5.43)
Year ended July 31, 2021
$27.10
$(0.02)
$10.70
$10.68
Year ended July 31, 2020
$28.26
$0.07
$(0.30)
$(0.23)
Year ended July 31, 2019
$32.71
$0.12
$(0.91)
$(0.79)
Year ended July 31, 2018
$32.76
$0.08
$4.87
$4.95
Davis New York Venture Fund Class Y:
       
Year ended July 31, 2022
$34.23
$0.32
$(5.80)
$(5.48)
Year ended July 31, 2021
$27.83
$0.16
$10.99
$11.15
Year ended July 31, 2020
$28.93
$0.22
$(0.30)
$(0.08)
Year ended July 31, 2019
$33.39
$0.28
$(0.93)
$(0.65)
Year ended July 31, 2018
$33.32
$0.27
$4.97
$5.24

a
Per share calculations were based on average shares outstanding for the period.
 
b
Assumes hypothetical initial investment on the business day before the first day of the fiscal period, with all dividends and distributions reinvested in additional shares on the reinvestment date, and redemption at the net asset value calculated on the last business day of the fiscal period. Sales charges are not reflected in the total returns.
 
c
The ratios in this column reflect the impact, if any, of certain reimbursements.


23


Financial Highlights


Dividends and Distributions
     
Ratios to Average Net Assets
 
Dividends
from Net
Investment
Income
Distributions
from
Realized
Gains
Return of
Capital
Total
Distributions
Net Asset
Value, End
of Period
Total Returnb
Net Assets,
End of Period
(in millions)
Gross
Expense
Ratio
Net Expense
Ratioc
Net
Investment
Income
(Loss) Ratio
Portfolio
Turnoverd
                     
$(0.21)
$(4.51)
$–
$(4.72)
$23.08
(17.77)%
$4,313
0.91%
0.91%
0.83%
17%
$(0.18)
$(4.45)
$–
$(4.63)
$33.16
40.63%
$5,977
0.89%
0.89%
0.22%
17%
$(0.28)
$(0.69)
$–
$(0.97)
$27.04
(0.79)%
$5,033
0.90%
0.90%
0.53%
11%
$(0.19)
$(3.53)
$–
$(3.72)
$28.16
(0.95)%
$5,965
0.89%
0.89%
0.70%
17%
$(0.17)
$(4.91)
$–
$(5.08)
$32.59
16.26%
$7,308
0.88%
0.88%
0.53%
25%
                     
$(0.06)
$(4.51)
$–
$(4.57)
$18.00
(18.47)%
$6
2.06%
1.75%
(0.01)%
17%
$–
$(4.45)
$–
$(4.45)
$27.00
39.42%
$11
1.96%
1.75%
(0.64)%
17%
$(0.12)
$(0.69)
$–
$(0.81)
$22.69
(1.69)%
$13
1.99%
1.80%
(0.37)%
11%
$(0.02)
$(3.53)
$–
$(3.55)
$23.84
(1.90)%
$18
1.92%
1.92%
(0.33)%
17%
$–
$(4.91)
$–
$(4.91)
$28.30
15.17%
$27
1.86%
1.86%
(0.45)%
25%
                     
$(0.07)
$(4.51)
$–
$(4.58)
$19.08
(18.45)%
$112
1.73%
1.73%
0.01%
17%
$–
$(4.45)
$–
$(4.45)
$28.33
39.49%
$186
1.71%
1.71%
(0.60)%
17%
$(0.15)
$(0.69)
$–
$(0.84)
$23.64
(1.57)%
$223
1.70%
1.70%
(0.27)%
11%
$(0.05)
$(3.53)
$–
$(3.58)
$24.80
(1.75)%
$407
1.68%
1.68%
(0.09)%
17%
$(0.01)
$(4.91)
$–
$(4.92)
$29.27
15.40%
$636
1.65%
1.65%
(0.24)%
25%
                     
$(0.15)
$(4.51)
$–
$(4.66)
$23.15
(18.02)%
$56
1.12%
1.12%
0.62%
17%
$(0.09)
$(4.45)
$–
$(4.54)
$33.24
40.20%
$80
1.19%
1.19%
(0.08)%
17%
$(0.24)
$(0.69)
$–
$(0.93)
$27.10
(1.06)%
$78
1.18%
1.18%
0.25%
11%
$(0.13)
$(3.53)
$–
$(3.66)
$28.26
(1.24)%
$113
1.18%
1.18%
0.41%
17%
$(0.09)
$(4.91)
$–
$(5.00)
$32.71
15.95%
$162
1.17%
1.17%
0.24%
25%
                     
$(0.30)
$(4.51)
$–
$(4.81)
$23.94
(17.59)%
$1,739
0.66%
0.66%
1.08%
17%
$(0.30)
$(4.45)
$–
$(4.75)
$34.23
40.98%
$2,507
0.64%
0.64%
0.47%
17%
$(0.33)
$(0.69)
$–
$(1.02)
$27.83
(0.55)%
$2,061
0.65%
0.65%
0.78%
11%
$(0.28)
$(3.53)
$–
$(3.81)
$28.93
(0.72)%
$2,455
0.64%
0.64%
0.95%
17%
$(0.26)
$(4.91)
$–
$(5.17)
$33.39
16.59%
$3,086
0.62%
0.62%
0.79%
25%

d
The lesser of purchases or sales of portfolio securities for a period, divided by the monthly average of the market value of portfolio securities owned during the period. Securities with a maturity or expiration date at the time of acquisition of one year or less are excluded from the calculation.
 
e
Less than $0.005.
 
See Notes to Financial Statements


24


DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm


The Shareholders and Board of Directors
Davis New York Venture Fund, Inc.:

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities of Davis New York Venture Fund (a series of Davis New York Venture Fund, Inc.) (the “Fund”), including the schedule of investments, as of July 31, 2022, the related statement of operations for the year then ended, the statements of changes in net assets for each of the years in the two-year period then ended, and the related notes (collectively, the “financial statements”) and the financial highlights for each of the years in the five-year period then ended. In our opinion, the financial statements and financial highlights present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Fund as of July 31, 2022, the results of its operations for the year then ended, the changes in its net assets for each of the years in the two-year period then ended, and the financial highlights for each of the years in the five-year period then ended, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements and financial highlights are the responsibility of the Fund’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and financial highlights based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Fund in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements and financial highlights are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements and financial highlights, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements and financial highlights. Such procedures also included confirmation of securities owned as of July 31, 2022, by correspondence with the custodian and brokers or by other appropriate auditing procedures. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements and financial highlights. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.


KPMG LLP


We have served as the auditor of one or more Davis Funds investment companies since 1998.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 21, 2022


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Federal Income Tax Information (Unaudited)


In early 2023, shareholders will receive information regarding all dividends and distributions paid to them by the Fund during the calendar year 2022. Regulations of the U.S. Treasury Department require the Fund to report this information to the Internal Revenue Service.

The information and distributions reported herein may differ from the information reported as distributions taxable to certain shareholders for the calendar year 2022 with their 2022 Form 1099-DIV.


The information is presented to assist shareholders in reporting distributions received from the Fund to the Internal Revenue Service. Because of the complexity of the federal regulations that may affect your individual tax return and the many variations in state and local regulations, we recommend that you consult your tax adviser for specific guidance.

During the fiscal year 2022, the Fund paid long-term capital gain distributions in the amount of $1,146,618,515. The Fund utilized equalization accounting for tax purposes, whereby a portion of redemption payments was treated as distributions of long-term capital gain. As a result, the Fund designated long-term capital gain distributions in the amount of $1,172,261,897.

During the fiscal year 2022, $59,999,786 of dividends paid by the Fund constituted income dividends for federal income tax purposes. The Fund designates $59,999,786 or 100% as income qualifying for the corporate dividends-received deduction.

For the fiscal year 2022, certain dividends paid by the Fund constitute qualified dividend income for federal income tax purposes. The Fund designates $59,999,786 or 100% as qualified dividend income.


26


DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Director Approval of Advisory Agreements (Unaudited)


Process of Annual Review

The Board of Directors of the Davis Funds oversees the management of each Davis Fund and, as required by law, determines annually whether to approve the continuance of each Davis Fund’s advisory agreement with Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. and sub-advisory agreement with Davis Selected Advisers-NY, Inc. (jointly “Davis Advisors” and “Advisory Agreements”).

With the assistance of counsel to the Independent Directors, the Independent Directors undertook a comprehensive review process in anticipation of their annual contract review meeting, held in March 2022. As part of this process, Davis Advisors provided the Independent Directors with material (including recent investment performance data) that was responsive to questions submitted to Davis Advisors by the Independent Directors. At this meeting, the Independent Directors reviewed and evaluated all information which they deemed reasonably necessary under the circumstances and were provided guidance by their independent counsel. In reaching their decision, the Independent Directors also took into account information furnished to them throughout the year and otherwise provided to them during their quarterly meetings or through other prior communications. The Independent Directors concluded that they had been supplied with sufficient information and data to analyze the Advisory Agreements and that their questions had been sufficiently answered by Davis Advisors. Upon completion of this review, the Independent Directors found that the terms of the Advisory Agreements were fair and reasonable and that continuation of the Advisory Agreements is in the best interests of Davis New York Venture Fund (or the “Fund”) and its shareholders.

Reasons the Independent Directors Approved Continuation of the Advisory Agreements

The Independent Directors’ determinations were based upon a comprehensive consideration of all information provided to them, and they did not identify any single item or piece of information as the controlling factor. Each Independent Director did not necessarily attribute the same weight to each factor. The following considerations and conclusions were important, but not exclusive, to the Independent Directors’ recommendation to renew the Advisory Agreements.

The Independent Directors considered the investment performance of the Fund on an absolute basis as well as relative to its benchmark and other comparable funds. The Independent Directors not only considered the investment performance of the Fund, but also the full range and quality of services provided by Davis Advisors to the Fund and its shareholders, including whether the Fund:
1.
achieves satisfactory investment results over the long-term, after all costs;
2.
efficiently and effectively handles shareholder transactions, inquiries, requests and records, provides quality accounting, legal, and compliance services, and oversees third-party service providers; and
3.
fosters healthy investor behavior.

Davis Advisors is reimbursed a portion of its costs in providing some, but not all, of these services.

A shareholder’s ultimate return is the product of a fund’s results, as well as the shareholder’s behavior, specifically in selecting when to invest or redeem. The Independent Directors concluded that, through its actions and communications, Davis Advisors has attempted to have a meaningful, positive impact on investor behavior.

In aggregate, Davis Advisors, employees of Davis Advisors, and the Davis family have made significant investments in the Fund. The Independent Directors considered that these investments tend to align Davis Advisors’, Davis Advisors’ employees’, and the Davis family’s interests with other shareholders, as they face the same risks, pay the same fees, and are motivated to achieve satisfactory long-term returns.

The Independent Directors noted the importance of reviewing quantitative measures, but recognized that qualitative factors are also important in assessing whether Davis Funds’ shareholders are likely to be well served by the renewal of the Advisory Agreements. They noted both the value and shortcomings of purely quantitative measures, including the data provided by independent service providers, and concluded that, while such measures and data may be informative, the judgment of the Independent Directors must take many factors into consideration in representing the shareholders of the Davis Funds, including those listed below. In connection with reviewing comparative performance information, the Independent Directors generally give greater weight to longer-term measurements.


27


DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Director Approval of Advisory Agreements
 
(Unaudited) – (Continued)

Reasons the Independent Directors Approved Continuation of the Advisory Agreements – (Continued)

The Independent Directors noted that Davis Advisors employs a disciplined, company-specific, research-driven, businesslike, long-term investment philosophy. The Independent Directors considered the quality of Davis Advisors’ investment process, as well as the experience, capability, and integrity of its senior management and other personnel.

The Independent Directors recognized Davis Advisors’ (a) efforts to minimize transaction costs by generally having a long-term time horizon and low portfolio turnover; (b) focus on tax efficiency; (c) record of generally producing satisfactory results over longer-term periods; (d) efforts towards fostering healthy investor behavior by, among other things, providing informative and substantial educational material; and (e) efforts to promote shareholder interests by actively speaking out on corporate governance issues.

The Independent Directors assessed (a) comparative fee and expense information for other funds, as selected and analyzed by a nationally recognized independent service provider; (b) information regarding fees charged by Davis Advisors to other advisory clients, which includes other funds it advises, other funds which it sub-advises, and private accounts, as well as the differences in the services provided to such other clients; and (c) the fee schedule and breakpoints of the Fund, including an assessment of competitive fee schedules (and breakpoints, if applicable).

The Independent Directors reviewed the management fee schedule for the Fund, the profitability of the Fund to Davis Advisors, the extent to which economies of scale might be realized if the Fund’s net assets increase, and whether the fee schedule should reflect those potential economies of scale, at this time. The Independent Directors considered the nature, quality, and extent of the services being provided to the Fund and the costs incurred by Davis Advisors in providing such services. The Independent Directors considered various potential benefits that Davis Advisors may receive in connection with the services it provides under the Advisory Agreements with the Fund, including a review of portfolio brokerage practices. The Independent Directors noted that Davis Advisors does not use client commissions to pay for publications that are available to the general public or for research reports that are created by parties other than the broker-dealers providing trade execution, clearing and/or settlement services to the Fund.

The Independent Directors compared the fees paid to Davis Advisors by the Davis Funds with those paid by Davis Advisors’ advised and sub-advised clients, private account clients, and managed money/wrap clients. To the extent sub-advised, private account, or managed money/wrap fees were lower than fees paid by the Davis Funds, the Independent Directors noted that the range of services provided to the Davis Funds is more extensive, with greater risks associated with operating SEC registered, publicly traded mutual funds. Serving as the primary adviser for mutual funds is more work because of the complex overlay of regulatory, tax, and accounting issues, which are unique to mutual funds. In addition, the operational work required to service shareholders is more extensive because of the significantly greater number of shareholders, and managing trading is more complex because of more frequent fund flows. With respect to risk, not only has regulation become more complex and burdensome, but the scrutiny of regulators and shareholders has become more intense. The Independent Directors concluded that reasonable justifications existed for any differences between the fee rates for the Davis Funds and Davis Advisors’ other lines of business.

The Independent Directors noted that Davis New York Venture Fund Class A shares outperformed its benchmark, the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index (the “S&P 500®”), over the since-inception time period (February 17, 1969), but underperformed the S&P 500® over the one-, three-, five-, and ten-year time periods, all periods ended February 28, 2022.

Broadridge, an independent service provider, presented a report to the Independent Directors that compared the Fund to all Lipper retail and institutional large-cap value funds (the “Performance Universe Average”), as well as the relevant Lipper Index. The report indicated that the Fund underperformed both the Performance Universe Average and Lipper Index over the one-, two-, three-, four-, five-, and ten-year time periods, all periods ended December 31, 2021.

The Independent Directors also reviewed the Fund’s performance versus both the S&P 500® and the Lipper Large-Cap Value category when measured over rolling five- and ten-year time frames. The Fund outperformed the S&P 500® in 29 out of 49 rolling five-year time periods and outperformed the Lipper Large-Cap Value category in 33 out of 49 rolling five-year time periods, all periods ended December 31 for each year from 1973 through 2021. The Fund outperformed the S&P 500® in 34 out of 44 rolling ten-year time periods and outperformed the Lipper Large-Cap Value category in 31 out of 44 rolling ten-year time periods, all periods ended December 31 for each year from 1978 through 2021.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Director Approval of Advisory Agreements
 
(Unaudited) – (Continued)

Reasons the Independent Directors Approved Continuation of the Advisory Agreements – (Continued)

The Independent Directors considered Davis New York Venture Fund’s Class A shares management fee and total expense ratio. The Fund’s management fee is above both the average and median of its expense group, and total expenses are below the average and are in line with the median of its expense group, as determined by Broadridge. The Independent Directors noted that the Fund is competitive when taking into account all fees and when compared to its expense universe, both the management fee and total expense ratio were below the median. The Independent Directors also noted that the Adviser has capped expenses for Class A, Class B, Class C, Class R, and Class Y shares through December 1, 2022.

Approval of Advisory Agreements

The Independent Directors concluded that Davis Advisors had provided Davis New York Venture Fund and its shareholders a reasonable level of both investment and non-investment services. The Independent Directors further concluded that shareholders have received a significant benefit from Davis Advisors’ shareholder-oriented approach, as well as the execution of its investment discipline.

The Independent Directors determined that the advisory fee for Davis New York Venture Fund was reasonable in light of the nature, quality, and extent of the services being provided to the Fund, the costs incurred by Davis Advisors in providing such services, and in comparison to the range of the average advisory fees of its peer group, as determined by an independent service provider. The Independent Directors found that the terms of the Advisory Agreements were fair and reasonable and that continuation of the Advisory Agreements is in the best interests of the Fund and its shareholders. The Independent Directors and the full Board of Directors therefore voted to continue the Advisory Agreements.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Liquidity Risk Management Program


Following is a description of the operation and effectiveness of the Liquidity Risk Management Program (“LRMP”) that was adopted by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) in accordance with Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Liquidity Rule”). The Liquidity Rule is meant to promote effective liquidity risk management practices in order to reduce the likelihood that a fund would be unable to meet its redemption obligations.

The Board has appointed Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. (the “Adviser”) to serve as the Administrator of the LRMP, subject to the supervision of the Board. The Adviser has engaged a third party to perform certain functions, including the production of liquidity classification model information.

The Adviser monitors the adequacy and effectiveness of the implementation of the LRMP on an ongoing basis. This monitoring includes a review of the Fund’s liquidity risk based on a variety of factors including the Fund’s (1) investment strategy, (2) portfolio liquidity and cash flow projections during normal and reasonably foreseeable stressed conditions, (3) shareholder redemptions, and (4) borrowing arrangements and other funding sources. The Liquidity Rule places a 15% limit on a fund’s illiquid investments and requires a fund that does not primarily hold assets that are highly liquid investments to determine and maintain a minimum percentage of the fund’s net assets in highly liquid investments (highly liquid investment minimum or HLIM). The LRMP includes provisions and safeguards that are reasonably designed to comply with the 15% limit on illiquid investments and the Fund is currently classified as a Fund that primarily holds highly liquid investments. The LRMP includes the classification, no less than monthly, of the Fund’s investments into one of four liquidity classifications as provided for in the Liquidity Rule.

At a recent meeting of the Fund’s Board of Directors, the Adviser provided a written report to the Board pertaining to the operation, adequacy, and effectiveness of implementation of the LRMP from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. The report concluded that the LRMP is operating effectively and is reasonably designed to assess and manage the Fund’s liquidity risk. There can be no guarantee that the LRMP will achieve its objectives in the future. Additional information regarding risks of investing in the Fund, including liquidity risks presented by the Fund’s investment portfolio, is found in the Fund’s Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Privacy Notice and Householding


Privacy Notice

While you generally will be dealing with a broker-dealer or other financial adviser, we may collect information about you from your account application and other forms that you may deliver to us. We use this information to process your requests and transactions; for example, to provide you with additional information about our Funds, to open an account for you, or to process a transaction. In order to service your account and execute your transactions, we may provide your personal information to firms that assist us in servicing your account, such as our transfer agent. We may also provide your name and address to one of our agents for the purpose of mailing to you your account statement and other information about our products and services. We may also gather information through the use of “cookies” when you visit our website. These files help us to recognize repeat visitors and allow easy access to and use of the website. We require these outside firms and agents to protect the confidentiality of your information and to use the information only for the purpose for which the disclosure is made. We do not provide customer names and addresses to outside firms, organizations, or individuals except in furtherance of our business relationship with you or as otherwise allowed by law.

We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to those employees who need to know that information to provide products or services to you. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to guard your personal information.

Householding

The Fund may, on occasion, mail notices, reports, prospectuses, or proxy material to shareholders. To avoid sending duplicate copies of materials to households, the Fund will mail only one copy of these items to shareholders having the same last name and address on the Fund’s records. The consolidation of these mailings, called householding, benefits the Fund through reduced mailing expense. If you have a direct account with the Fund and you do not want the mailing of these documents to be combined with those to other members of your household, please contact Davis Funds by phone at 1-800-279-0279. Your instructions will become effective within 30 days of your notice to the Fund.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND
Directors and Officers


For the purpose of their service as Directors to the Davis Funds, the business address for each of the Directors is: 2949 E. Elvira Road, Suite 101, Tucson, AZ 85756. Subject to exceptions and exemptions which may be granted by the Independent Directors, Directors must retire from the Board of Directors and cease being a Director at the close of business on the last day of the calendar year in which the Director attains age seventy-eight (78).

Name, Date of Birth,
Position(s) Held with
Fund, Length of Service
Principal Occupation(s) During Past Five Years
Number of
Portfolios
Overseen
Other Directorships

Independent Directors
       
John S. Gates Jr.
(08/02/53)
Director since 2007
Executive Chairman, TradeLane Properties LLC
(industrial real estate company).
13
 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PortaeCo
LLC (private investment company); Director, Miami
Corp. (diversified investment company).
       
Thomas S. Gayner
(12/16/61)
Director since 2004
Chairman since 2009
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director, Markel Corp.
(diversified financial holding company).
13
Director, Graham Holdings Company (educational
and media company); Director, Cable ONE Inc. (cable
service provider).
       
Samuel H. Iapalucci
(07/19/52)
Director since 2006
Retired; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer, CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. (engineering)
until 2008.
13
None
       
Robert P. Morgenthau
(03/22/57)
Director since 2002
Principal, Spears Abacus Advisors, LLC (investment
management firm) since 2011; Chairman, NorthRoad
Capital Management, LLC (investment management
firm) 2002-2011.
13
None
       
Lara N. Vaughan
(04/20/69)
Director since 2021
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of
Parchman, Vaughan & Company, L.L.C. (investment
bank).
13
None
       
Marsha C. Williams
(03/28/51)
Director since 1999
 
Retired; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer, Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (travel-service
provider) 2007-2010.
13
Chairperson, Modine Manufacturing Company (heat
transfer technology); Director, Fifth Third Bancorp
(diversified financial services); Director, Crown
Holdings, Inc. (manufacturing company).
Interested Directors*
       
Andrew A. Davis
(06/25/63)
Director since 1997
 
President or Vice President of each Davis Fund,
Selected Fund, and Clipper Fund; President, Davis
Selected Advisers, L.P., and also serves as an executive
officer of certain companies affiliated with the Adviser.
16
Director, Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios)
since 1998; Trustee, Clipper Funds Trust (consisting
of one portfolio) since 2014.
       
Christopher C. Davis
(07/13/65)
Director since 1997
 
President or Vice President of each Davis Fund,
Selected Fund, Clipper Fund, and Davis ETF;
Chairman, Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., and also
serves as an executive officer of certain companies
affiliated with the Adviser, including sole member of
the Adviser’s general partner, Davis Investments, LLC.
16
Director, Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios)
since 1998; Trustee, Clipper Funds Trust (consisting
of one portfolio) since 2014; Lead Independent
Director, Graham Holdings Company (educational
and media company); Director, The Coca-Cola
Company (beverage company); Director, Berkshire
Hathaway Inc. (financial services).

* Andrew A. Davis and Christopher C. Davis own partnership units (directly, indirectly, or both) of the Adviser and are considered to be “interested persons” of the Funds as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940. Andrew A. Davis and Christopher C. Davis are brothers.

Officers

Lisa J. Cohen (born 04/25/89, Davis Funds officer since 2021). Vice President and Secretary of the Davis Funds (consisting of 13 portfolios), Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios), Clipper Funds Trust (consisting of one portfolio), and Davis Fundamental ETF Trust (consisting of four portfolios); Vice President, Senior Attorney, and Secretary, Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., and also serves as an executive officer of certain companies affiliated with the Adviser.

Andrew A. Davis (born 06/25/63, Davis Funds officer since 1997). See description in the section on Interested Directors.

Christopher C. Davis (born 07/13/65, Davis Funds officer since 1997). See description in the section on Interested Directors.

Kenneth C. Eich (born 08/14/53, Davis Funds officer since 1997). Executive Vice President and Principal Executive Officer of the Davis Funds (consisting of 13 portfolios), Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios), and Clipper Funds Trust (consisting of one portfolio); Trustee/Chairman, Executive Vice President, and Principal Executive Officer of Davis Fundamental ETF Trust (consisting of four portfolios); Chief Operating Officer, Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., and also serves as an executive officer of certain companies affiliated with the Adviser.

Douglas A. Haines (born 03/04/71, Davis Funds officer since 2004). Vice President, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, Principal Financial Officer, and Principal Accounting Officer of the Davis Funds (consisting of 13 portfolios), Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios), Clipper Funds Trust (consisting of one portfolio), and Davis Fundamental ETF Trust (consisting of four portfolios); Vice President and Director of Fund Accounting, Davis Selected Advisers, L.P.

Randi J. Roessler (born 06/26/81, Davis Funds officer since 2018). Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of the Davis Funds (consisting of 13 portfolios), Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios), Clipper Funds Trust (consisting of one portfolio), and Davis Fundamental ETF Trust (consisting of four portfolios); Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., and also serves as an executive officer of certain companies affiliated with the Adviser.


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DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE FUND


Investment Adviser
Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. (Doing business as “Davis Advisors”)
2949 East Elvira Road, Suite 101
Tucson, Arizona 85756
(800) 279-0279
 
Distributor
Davis Distributors, LLC
2949 East Elvira Road, Suite 101
Tucson, Arizona 85756
 
Transfer Agent
DST Asset Manager Solutions, Inc.
c/o The Davis Funds
P.O. Box 219197
Kansas City, Missouri 64121-9197
 
Overnight Address:
430 West 7th Street, Suite 219197
Kansas City, Missouri 64105-1407
 
Custodian
State Street Bank and Trust Co.
One Lincoln Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
 
Legal Counsel
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1144 15th Street, Suite 3300
Denver, Colorado 80202
 
Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
KPMG LLP
4200 Wells Fargo Center
90 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402









For more information about Davis New York Venture Fund, including management fee, charges, and expenses, see the current prospectus, which must precede or accompany this report. The Fund’s Statement of Additional Information contains additional information about the Fund’s Directors and is available without charge, upon request, by calling 1-800-279-0279 and on the Fund’s website at www.davisfunds.com. Quarterly Fact Sheets are available on the Fund’s website at www.davisfunds.com.














DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
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This Annual Report is authorized for use by existing shareholders. Prospective shareholders must receive a current Davis Research Fund (the “Fund”) prospectus, which contains more information about investment strategies, risks, charges, and expenses. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money.

Shares of the Fund are not deposits or obligations of any bank, are not guaranteed by any bank, are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency, and involve investment risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested.

Portfolio Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures

The Fund has adopted Portfolio Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures under which the Fund votes proxies relating to securities held by the Fund. A description of the Fund’s Portfolio Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures is available (i) without charge, upon request, by calling the Fund toll-free at 1-800-279-0279 and (ii) on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

In addition, the Fund is required to file Form N-PX, with its complete proxy voting record for the 12 months ended June 30th, no later than August 31st of each year. The Fund’s Form N-PX filing is available (i) without charge, upon request, by calling the Fund toll-free at 1-800-279-0279, and (ii) on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Quarterly Schedule of Investments

The Fund files its complete schedule of investments with the SEC on Form N-CSR (as of the end of the second and fourth quarters) and on Form N-PORT Part F (as of the end of the first and third quarters). The Fund’s Forms N-CSR (Annual and Semi-Annual Reports) and N-PORT Part F are available without charge, upon request, by calling 1-800-279-0279 and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.




DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Management’s Discussion of Fund Performance


Performance Overview
Davis Research Fund underperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index (“S&P 500®” or the “Index”) for the twelve-month period ended July 31, 2022 (the “period”). The Fund’s Class A shares delivered a total return on net asset value of -15.71%, versus a -4.64% return for the S&P 500®. The sectors1 within the S&P 500® that reported the strongest performance were Energy (up 67%), Utilities (up 15%), and Consumer Staples (up 7%). The sectors within the S&P 500® that reported the weakest performance were Communication Services (down 29%), Consumer Discretionary (down 10%), and Financials (down 7%).

Detractors from Performance
The Fund’s Consumer Discretionary holdings were the most important detractor2 from performance both on an absolute basis and relative to the Index. The Fund’s holdings underperformed the S&P 500® sector (down 33%, versus down 10%) and a higher average weighting in this weaker performing sector (15%, compared to 12%) also hindered performance. The top two overall detractors during the period were Delivery Hero3 (down 68%) and Amazon (down 19%), respectively.  Alibaba (down 54%) and Vroom (down 96%) were also among the top detractors. The Fund no longer owns Vroom.

The Fund continued to hold a large position in Information Technology. These holdings were also a significant detractor from performance during the period. The Fund’s holdings underperformed the Index sector (down 18%, versus down 5%). Intel (down 30%), SAP (down 34%), and Applied Materials (down 24 %) were top detractors from performance.

The Fund had no exposure in Energy or Utilities and was underweight in Consumer Staples (average weighting of 1%, versus 6%), the three strongest performing sectors of the S&P 500®, respectively. Additionally, the Fund was significantly overweight in the weaker performing Financials sector (average weighting of 31%, versus 12%). Relative performance suffered due to each of these factors.  Capital One Financial (down 31%) was a key detractor from the Financials sector.

Additional individual detractors from performance were Meta Platforms (down 55%) and IAC (down 50%), both from the Communication Services sector.

The Fund had an average weighting of 26% of net assets in foreign securities. The Fund’s foreign holdings underperformed the U.S. holdings (down 26%, versus down 11%).

Contributors to Performance
The Fund’s Financial holdings outperformed the Index sector (down 5%, versus down 7%).  Several individual holdings from Financials were key contributors including Berkshire Hathaway (up 8%), Alleghany (up 25%), Rocket Companies (up 11%), DNB Bank (up 5%), DBS Group Holdings (up 6%), and Loews (up 9%). Berkshire Hathaway was the largest holding at the end of the period, representing 8.17% of net assets. Rocket Companies was a new addition during the period.  The Fund no longer owns Alleghany.
The Fund’s underweight position in the worst performing sector of the Index, Communication Services (average weighting of 7%, versus 10%), benefited relative performance. These holdings also slightly outperformed the Index sector (down 27%, versus down 29%).  Liberty Media, Formula One (up 47%) was the top overall contributor to performance during the period.

The Fund’s Health Care position was the only sector contributing to absolute performance. The Fund’s holdings outperformed the Index sector (up 8%, versus up 2%). UnitedHealth Group (up 33%) and Cigna (up 22%) were key contributors from the Health Care sector.

An additional individual contributor to performance was Ulta Beauty (up 10%), a company no longer held in the Fund.



Davis Research Fund’s investment objective is long-term growth of capital. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its objective. Davis Research Fund’s principal risks are: stock market risk, common stock risk, foreign country risk, depositary receipts risk, emerging market risk, fees and expenses risk, foreign currency risk, headline risk, large-capitalization companies risk, manager risk, and mid- and small-capitalization companies risk. See the prospectus for a full description of each risk.
Class A shares of Davis Research Fund have been registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and, as of the date of this report, in selected states where eligible investors are residents. Shares of Davis Research Fund currently are not available for public sale in any other state or jurisdiction. Currently, only the directors, officers, and employees of the Fund or its investment adviser and sub-adviser (and the investment adviser itself and affiliated companies) are eligible to purchase Fund shares. The Adviser reserves the right to reject any offer to purchase shares.
Past performance does not guarantee future results, Fund prices fluctuate, and the value of an investment may be worth more or less than the purchase price. Data provided in this performance overview is for the twelve-month period ended July 31, 2022, unless otherwise noted. Return figures for underlying Fund positions reflect the return of the security from the beginning of the period or the date of first purchase if subsequent thereto through the end of the period or the date the position is completely liquidated. The actual contribution to the Fund will vary based on a number of factors (e.g., trading activity, weighting). Portfolio holding information is as of the end of the twelve-month period, July 31, 2022, unless otherwise noted.
1
The companies included in the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index are divided into eleven sectors. One or more industry groups make up a sector. For purposes of measuring concentration, the Fund generally classifies companies at the industry group or industry level. See the SAI for additional information regarding the Fund’s concentration policy.
2
A company’s or sector’s contribution to or detraction from the Fund’s performance is a product both of its appreciation or depreciation and its weighting within the Fund. For example, a 5% holding that rises 20% has twice as much impact as a 1% holding that rises 50%.
3
This Management Discussion of Fund Performance discusses a number of individual companies. The information provided in this report does not provide information reasonably sufficient upon which to base an investment decision and should not be considered a recommendation to purchase, sell, or hold any particular security. The Schedule of Investments lists the Fund’s holdings of each company discussed.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Management’s Discussion of Fund Performance – (Continued)

Comparison of a $10,000 investment in Davis Research Fund Class A versus the
Standard & Poor’s 500® Index over 10 years for an investment made on July 31, 2012



Average Annual Total Return for periods ended July 31, 2022

 Fund & Benchmark Index
1-Year
5-Year
10-Year
Since Fund’s
Inception
(10/31/01)
Gross
Expense
Ratio
Net
Expense
Ratio
 Class A - without sales charge
(15.71)%
7.87%
11.16%
7.67%
0.69%
0.69%
 Class A - with sales charge*
(19.71)%
6.83%
10.62%
7.42%
0.69%
0.69%
 S&P 500® Index
(4.64)%
12.82%
13.79%
8.89%
   

The Standard & Poor’s 500® Index is an unmanaged index of 500 selected common stocks, most of which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The Index is adjusted for dividends, weighted towards stocks with large market capitalizations, and represents approximately two-thirds of the total market value of all domestic common stocks. Investments cannot be made directly in the Index.

The performance data quoted in this report represents past performance, assumes that all distributions were reinvested, and is not a guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares may be worth more or less than their original cost when redeemed. Current performance may be higher or lower than performance data quoted. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. The operating expense ratio may vary in future years. For most recent month-end performance information, please call Investor Services at 1-800-279-0279.

Average Annual Total Return for periods ended June 30, 2022

 Class A Shares
1-Year
5-Year
10-Year
 With sales charge*
(26.50)%
5.97%
9.98%

*Reflects 4.75% front-end sales charge.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Fund Overview
 
July 31, 2022

Portfolio Composition
 
Industry Weightings
(% of Fund’s 07/31/22 Net Assets)
 
(% of 07/31/22 Stock Holdings)
             
       
Fund
 
S&P 500®
Common Stock (U.S.)
70.29%
 
Information Technology
24.78%
 
27.91%
Common Stock (Foreign)
27.24%
 
Diversified Financials
16.75%
 
4.99%
Short-Term Investments
2.47%
 
Retailing
14.77%
 
6.21%
Other Assets & Liabilities
– ^
 
Banks
11.96%
 
3.61%
 
100.00%
 
Capital Goods
8.64%
 
5.28%
     
Media & Entertainment
6.66%
 
7.20%
     
Insurance
6.65%
 
2.03%
^Less than (0.005)%.
   
Health Care
5.55%
 
14.32%
     
Consumer Durables & Apparel
1.90%
 
0.85%
     
Materials
1.64%
 
2.52%
     
Food, Beverage & Tobacco
0.70%
 
3.52%
     
Energy
 
4.37%
     
Utilities
 
3.00%
     
Other
 
14.19%
       
100.00%
 
100.00%


Top 10 Long-Term Holdings
(% of Fund’s 07/31/22 Net Assets)
     
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. *
Diversified Financial Services
8.17%
Amazon.com, Inc.
Retailing
7.58%
Microsoft Corp.
Software & Services
4.95%
Intel Corp.
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
3.44%
Wells Fargo & Co.
Banks
3.26%
Applied Materials, Inc.
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
3.21%
Texas Instruments Inc.
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
3.18%
SAP SE, ADR
Software & Services
2.96%
Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
Capital Markets
2.78%
Julius Baer Group Ltd.
Capital Markets
2.78%


* Berkshire Hathaway Inc. holding includes Class A and Class B.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Fund Overview – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

New Positions Added (08/01/21-07/31/22)
(Highlighted positions are those greater than 0.90% of the Fund’s 07/31/22 net assets)
Security
Industry
 
Date of 1st
Purchase
% of Fund’s
07/31/22
Net Assets
Fila Holdings Corp.
Consumer Durables & Apparel
03/02/22
0.89%
iQIYI, Inc., Class A, ADR
Media & Entertainment
10/08/21
0.35%
Owens Corning
Capital Goods
04/05/22
0.83%
Rocket Companies, Inc., Class A
Thrifts & Mortgage Finance
05/06/22
1.32%
Skechers U.S.A., Inc., Class A
Consumer Durables & Apparel
02/04/22
0.96%
Teck Resources Ltd., Class B
Materials
06/23/22
0.59%










Positions Closed (08/01/21-07/31/22)
(Gains and losses greater than $400,000 are highlighted)
   
Date of
 
  Realized
Security
Industry
Final Sale
 
Gain (Loss)
Alleghany Corp.
Reinsurance
05/06/22
$
248,351
American Express Co.
Consumer Finance
10/22/21
 
371,728
Ulta Beauty, Inc.
Retailing
10/25/21
 
738,076
Vroom, Inc.
Retailing
05/10/22
 
(409,648)


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Expense Example


As a shareholder of the Fund, you incur two types of costs: (1) transaction costs, including sales charges (loads) on purchases; and (2) ongoing costs, including advisory and administrative fees and other Fund expenses. The Expense Example is intended to help you understand your ongoing costs (in dollars) of investing in the Fund and to compare these costs with the ongoing costs of investing in other mutual funds. The Expense Example is based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the period and held for the entire period indicated, which is for the six-month period ended July 31, 2022.

Actual Expenses

The information represented in the row entitled “Actual” provides information about actual account values and actual expenses. You may use the information in this row, together with the amount you invested, to estimate the expenses that you paid over the period. Simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then multiply the result by the number under the heading “Expenses Paid During Period” to estimate the expenses you paid on your account during this period. An annual maintenance fee of $15, charged on retirement plan accounts per Social Security Number, is not included in the Expense Example. This fee will be waived for accounts sharing the same Social Security Number if the accounts total at least $50,000 at Davis Funds. If this fee was included, the estimate of expenses you paid during the period would be higher, and your ending account value would be lower, by this amount.

Hypothetical Example for Comparison Purposes

The information represented in the row entitled “Hypothetical” provides information about hypothetical account values and hypothetical expenses based on the Fund’s actual expense ratio and an assumed rate of return of 5% per year before expenses, which is not the Fund’s actual return. The hypothetical account values and expenses may not be used to estimate the actual ending account balance or expenses you paid for the period. You may use this information to compare the ongoing costs of investing in the Fund and other funds. To do so, compare this 5% hypothetical example with the 5% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports of the other funds. An annual maintenance fee of $15, charged on retirement plan accounts per Social Security Number, is not included in the Expense Example. This fee will be waived for accounts sharing the same Social Security Number if the accounts total at least $50,000 at Davis Funds. If this fee was included, the estimate of expenses you paid during the period would be higher, and your ending account value would be lower, by this amount.

Please note that the expenses shown in the table are meant to highlight your ongoing costs only and do not reflect any transactional costs, such as front-end sales charges (loads). Therefore, the information in the row entitled “Hypothetical” is useful in comparing ongoing costs only, and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds. In addition, if these transactional costs were included, your costs would be higher.

 
Beginning
 
Ending
 
Expenses Paid
 
Account Value
 
Account Value
 
During Period*
 
(02/01/22)
 
(07/31/22)
 
(02/01/22-07/31/22)
 
Class A
         
Actual
$1,000.00
 
$868.38
 
$3.29
Hypothetical
$1,000.00
 
$1,021.27
 
$3.56
           
Hypothetical assumes 5% annual return before expenses.
 
*Expenses are equal to the Class’s annualized operating expense ratio (0.71%)**, multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by 181/365 (to reflect the one-half year period).
 
**The expense ratio reflects the impact, if any, of certain reimbursements from the Adviser.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Schedule of Investments
 
July 31, 2022

 
Shares
 
Value
(Note 1)
COMMON STOCK – (97.53%)
 
COMMUNICATION SERVICES – (6.50%)
   
Media & Entertainment – (6.50%)
     
Alphabet Inc., Class C  *
   
6,100
 
$
711,504
 
IAC Inc.  *
   
6,360
   
435,660
 
iQIYI, Inc., Class A, ADR  (China)*
   
45,460
   
173,657
 
Liberty Media Corp., Liberty Formula One, Series A  *
   
9,590
   
594,484
 
Liberty Media Corp., Liberty Formula One, Series C  *
   
11,210
   
759,702
 
Meta Platforms, Inc., Class A  *
   
3,025
   
481,277
 
Vimeo, Inc.  *
   
7,257
   
40,349
     
Total Communication Services
   
3,196,633
 
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY – (16.26%)
 
Consumer Durables & Apparel – (1.85%)
 
Fila Holdings Corp.  (South Korea)
   
18,780
   
440,401
 
Skechers U.S.A., Inc., Class A  *
   
12,400
   
470,704
     
911,105
 
Retailing – (14.41%)
 
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., ADR  (China)*
   
5,330
   
476,342
 
Amazon.com, Inc.  *
   
27,620
   
3,727,319
 
Delivery Hero SE  (Germany)*
   
15,045
   
725,866
 
JD.com, Inc., Class A, ADR  (China)
   
14,923
   
887,919
 
Meituan, Class B  (China)*
   
19,500
   
437,450
 
Naspers Ltd. - N  (South Africa)
   
1,334
   
188,476
 
Prosus N.V., Class N  (Netherlands)
   
9,867
   
643,674
     
7,087,046
 
Total Consumer Discretionary
   
7,998,151
 
CONSUMER STAPLES – (0.68%)
 
Food, Beverage & Tobacco – (0.68%)
 
Darling Ingredients Inc.  *
   
4,840
   
335,315
 
Total Consumer Staples
   
335,315
 
FINANCIALS – (34.49%)
 
Banks – (11.67%)
 
Banks – (10.35%)
 
Danske Bank A/S  (Denmark)
   
51,660
   
722,429
 
DBS Group Holdings Ltd.  (Singapore)
   
56,166
   
1,281,615
 
DNB Bank ASA  (Norway)
   
19,370
   
382,088
 
U.S. Bancorp
   
23,335
   
1,101,412
 
Wells Fargo & Co.
   
36,585
   
1,604,984
     
5,092,528
 
Thrifts & Mortgage Finance – (1.32%)
 
Rocket Companies, Inc., Class A
   
68,020
   
647,551
     
5,740,079
 
Diversified Financials – (16.33%)
 
Capital Markets – (5.56%)
 
Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
   
31,500
   
1,368,990
 
Julius Baer Group Ltd.  (Switzerland)
   
26,400
   
1,365,145
   
2,734,135
 
Consumer Finance – (2.60%)
 
Capital One Financial Corp.
   
11,645
   
1,278,970
 
Diversified Financial Services – (8.17%)
 
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Class A  *
   
4
   
1,806,800


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Schedule of Investments - (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

 
Shares
 
Value
(Note 1)
COMMON STOCK – (CONTINUED)
 
FINANCIALS – (CONTINUED)
   
Diversified Financials – (Continued)
   
Diversified Financial Services – (Continued)
   
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Class B  *
   
7,365
 
$
2,213,919
   
4,020,719
     
8,033,824
 
Insurance – (6.49%)
 
Life & Health Insurance – (3.19%)
 
AIA Group Ltd.  (Hong Kong)
   
86,750
   
871,546
 
Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China, Ltd. - H  (China)
   
119,000
   
699,368
   
1,570,914
 
Property & Casualty Insurance – (3.30%)
 
Loews Corp.
   
11,345
   
660,846
 
Markel Corp.  *
   
740
   
959,884
   
1,620,730
     
3,191,644
     
Total Financials
   
16,965,547
 
HEALTH CARE – (5.41%)
 
Health Care Equipment & Services – (4.52%)
 
Cigna Corp.
   
2,628
   
723,646
 
CVS Health Corp.
   
1,761
   
168,493
 
Humana Inc.
   
500
   
241,000
 
Quest Diagnostics Inc.
   
3,990
   
544,914
 
UnitedHealth Group Inc.
   
1,010
   
547,764
     
2,225,817
 
Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences – (0.89%)
 
Viatris Inc.
   
44,980
   
435,856
 
Total Health Care
   
2,661,673
 
INDUSTRIALS – (8.42%)
 
Capital Goods – (8.42%)
 
Carrier Global Corp.
   
6,420
   
260,203
 
Eaton Corp. plc
   
7,953
   
1,180,146
 
Ferguson plc  (United Kingdom)
   
4,520
   
568,610
 
Johnson Controls International plc
   
4,928
   
265,668
 
Owens Corning
   
4,390
   
407,129
 
Raytheon Technologies Corp.
   
1,787
   
166,566
 
Schneider Electric SE  (France)
   
9,365
   
1,295,215
 
Total Industrials
   
4,143,537
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – (24.17%)
 
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment – (11.08%)
 
Applied Materials, Inc.
   
14,895
   
1,578,572
 
Intel Corp.
   
46,551
   
1,690,267
 
Lam Research Corp.
   
1,228
   
614,626
 
Texas Instruments Inc.
   
8,750
   
1,565,288
     
5,448,753
 
Software & Services – (13.09%)
 
DXC Technology Co.  *
   
9,715
   
306,994
 
Microsoft Corp.
   
8,673
   
2,434,858


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Schedule of Investments - (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

 
Shares/Principal
 
Value
(Note 1)
COMMON STOCK – (CONTINUED)
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – (CONTINUED)
   
Software & Services – (Continued)
     
Oracle Corp.
   
14,350
 
$                 
1,117,004
 
SAP SE, ADR  (Germany)
   
15,620
   
1,455,940
 
VMware, Inc., Class A
   
9,680
   
1,124,816
     
6,439,612
           
                              Total Information Technology
   
11,888,365
 
MATERIALS – (1.60%)
 
Holcim Ltd.  (Switzerland)
   
10,516
   
492,609
 
Teck Resources Ltd., Class B  (Canada)
   
9,940
   
292,136
 
                              Total Materials
   
784,745
 
 
                                   TOTAL COMMON STOCK – (Identified cost $31,288,149)

   
 47,973,966
SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS – (2.47%)
 
StoneX Financial Inc. Joint Repurchase Agreement, 2.25%, 08/01/22,
dated 07/29/22, repurchase value of $741,139 (collateralized by: U.S.
Government agency mortgages and obligations in a pooled cash
account, 0.00%-7.00%, 08/15/22-07/20/52, total market value $755,820)
 
$
741,000
   
741,000
 
Truist Securities, Inc. Joint Repurchase Agreement, 2.25%, 08/01/22,
dated 07/29/22, repurchase value of $474,089 (collateralized by: U.S.
Government agency mortgages in a pooled cash account, 0.00%-4.00%,
08/01/25-04/01/45, total market value $483,480)
   
474,000
   
474,000
 
 
                                   TOTAL SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS – (Identified cost $1,215,000)

   
 1,215,000
 
                    Total Investments – (100.00%) – (Identified cost $32,503,149)
   
49,188,966
 
                    Liabilities Less Other Assets – (–%)^
   
(819)
 
                         Net Assets – (100.00%)
 
$
49,188,147
 
 
ADR: American Depositary Receipt
 
 
*
Non-income producing security.
 
 
^
Less than (0.005)%.
 
See Notes to Financial Statements


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Statement of Assets and Liabilities
 
At July 31, 2022

ASSETS:
           
Investments in securities, at value* (see accompanying Schedule of Investments)
 
$
49,188,966
Cash
   
818
Receivables:
       
   
Dividends and interest
   
69,898
Prepaid expenses
   
396
   
Total assets
   
49,260,078

LIABILITIES:
       
Accrued audit fees
   
20,496
Accrued custodian fees
   
12,714
Accrued investment advisory fees
   
22,603
Other accrued expenses
   
16,118
 
Total liabilities
   
71,931

NET ASSETS
 
$
49,188,147

NET ASSETS CONSIST OF:
       
Par value of shares of capital stock
 
$
107,139

Additional paid-in capital
   
32,171,895

Distributable earnings
   
16,909,113
 
Net Assets
 
$
49,188,147

CLASS A SHARES:
       
Net assets
 
$
49,188,147
Shares outstanding
   
2,142,788
Net asset value and redemption price per share (Net assets ÷ Shares outstanding)
 
$
22.96
Maximum offering price per share (100/95.25 of $22.96)†
 
$
24.10

*Including:
       
 
Cost of investments
 
$
32,503,149

†On purchases of $100,000 or more, the offering price is reduced.
 

See Notes to Financial Statements


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Statement of Operations
 
For the year ended July 31, 2022

INVESTMENT INCOME:
           
Income:
     
Dividends*
 
$
883,004
Interest
   
5,823
   
Total income
     
888,827

Expenses:
     
Investment advisory fees (Note 3)
 
$
325,804
     
Custodian fees
   
25,225
     
Transfer agent fees
   
1,903
     
Audit fees
   
20,496
     
Legal fees
   
285
     
Accounting fees (Note 3)
   
3,000
     
Reports to shareholders
   
750
     
Directors’ fees and expenses
   
6,486
     
Registration and filing fees
   
5,200
     
Miscellaneous
   
16,707
     
 
Total expenses
     
405,856
Net investment income
   
482,971

REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS) ON INVESTMENTS
AND FOREIGN CURRENCY TRANSACTIONS:
           
Net realized gain (loss) from:
     
   
Investment transactions
   
7,680,984
 
Foreign currency transactions
   
(3,224)
Net realized gain
   
7,677,760
Net decrease in unrealized appreciation
   
(16,877,852)
 
Net realized and unrealized loss on investments and
foreign currency transactions
     
(9,200,092)
Net decrease in net assets resulting from operations
 
$
(8,717,121)
                 
*Net of foreign taxes withheld of
 
$
36,563

See Notes to Financial Statements


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Statements of Changes in Net Assets


   
Year ended July 31,
   
2022
 
2021
OPERATIONS:
           
Net investment income
 
$
482,971
 
$
266,347
Net realized gain from investments and foreign currency transactions
   
7,677,760
   
2,525,205
Net increase (decrease) in unrealized appreciation on investments and foreign
currency transactions
   
(16,877,852)
   
14,375,146
   
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations
   
(8,717,121)
   
17,166,698

DIVIDENDS AND DISTRIBUTIONS TO SHAREHOLDERS:
   
(9,693,314)
   
(2,204,964)

CAPITAL SHARE TRANSACTIONS:
           
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from capital share transactions
(Note 4)
   
(6,247,012)
   
2,042,764
 

Total increase (decrease) in net assets
   
(24,657,447)
   
17,004,498

NET ASSETS:
           
Beginning of year
   
73,845,594
   
56,841,096
End of year
 
$
49,188,147
 
$
73,845,594
 
See Notes to Financial Statements


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Notes to Financial Statements
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 1 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The Fund is a separate series of Davis New York Venture Fund, Inc. (a Maryland corporation). The Fund is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, as a diversified, open-end management investment company. The Fund follows the reporting guidance of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification Topic 946, Financial Services – Investment Companies. The Fund’s investment objective is long-term growth of capital. The Fund commenced operations on October 31, 2001. The Fund offers Class A shares which are sold with a front-end sales charge. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused market disruptions on a global scale and the long-term impact is uncertain. The aforementioned disruptions may adversely affect the value and liquidity of the Fund’s investments and thus Fund performance. The following is a summary of significant accounting policies followed by the Fund in the preparation of its financial statements.

Security Valuation - The Fund calculates the net asset value of its shares as of the close of the New York Stock Exchange (“Exchange”), normally 4:00 P.M. Eastern time, on each day the Exchange is open for business. Securities listed on the Exchange (and other national exchanges including NASDAQ) are valued at the last reported sales price on the day of valuation. Listed securities for which no sale was reported on that date are valued at the last quoted bid price. Securities traded on foreign exchanges are valued based upon the last sales price on the principal exchange on which the security is traded prior to the time when the Fund’s assets are valued. Securities (including restricted securities) for which market quotations are not readily available or securities whose values have been materially affected by what Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. (“Davis Advisors” or “Adviser”), the Fund’s investment adviser, identifies as a significant event occurring before the Fund’s assets are valued, but after the close of their respective exchanges will be fair valued using a fair valuation methodology applicable to the security type or the significant event as previously approved by the Fund’s Pricing Committee and Board of Directors. The Pricing Committee considers all facts it deems relevant that are reasonably available, through either public information or information available to the Adviser’s portfolio management team, when determining the fair value of a security. To assess the appropriateness of security valuations, the Adviser may consider (i) comparing prior day prices and/or prices of comparable securities; (ii) comparing sale prices to the prior or current day prices and challenge those prices exceeding certain tolerance levels with the third-party pricing service or broker source; (iii) new rounds of financing; (iv) the performance of the market or the issuer’s industry; (v) the liquidity of the security; (vi) the size of the holding in a fund; and/or (vii) any other appropriate information. The determination of a security’s fair value price often involves the consideration of a number of subjective factors and is therefore subject to the unavoidable risk that the value assigned to a security may be higher or lower than the security’s value would be if a reliable market quotation for the security was readily available. Fair value determinations are subject to review, approval, and ratification by the Fund’s Board of Directors at its next regularly scheduled meeting covering the period in which the fair valuation was determined.

Short-term investments purchased within 60 days to maturity are valued at amortized cost, which approximates market value.

The Fund’s valuation procedures are reviewed and subject to approval by the Board of Directors. There have been no significant changes to the fair valuation procedures during the period.

Fair Value Measurements - Fair value is defined as the price that the Fund would receive upon selling an investment in an orderly transaction to an independent buyer in the principal market for the investment. Various inputs are used to determine the fair value of the Fund’s investments. These inputs are summarized in the three broad levels listed below.

Level 1 – 
quoted prices in active markets for identical securities
Level 2 – 
other significant observable inputs (including quoted prices for similar investments, interest rates,
prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.)
Level 3 – 
significant unobservable inputs (including the Fund’s own assumptions in determining the fair value of
investments)

The inputs or methodologies used for valuing securities are not necessarily an indication of the risks associated with investing in those securities nor can it be assured that the Fund can obtain the fair value assigned to a security if it were to sell the security.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 1 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – (CONTINUED)

Fair Value Measurements - (Continued)

The following is a summary of the inputs used as of July 31, 2022 in valuing the Fund’s investments carried at value:

 
Investments in Securities at Value
 
Valuation Inputs
     
Level 2:
 
Level 3:
   
     
Other Significant
 
Significant
   
 
Level 1:
 
Observable
 
Unobservable
   
 
Quoted Prices
 
Inputs*
 
Inputs
 
Total
Common Stock:
                     
Communication Services
$
3,196,633
 
$
 
$
 
$
3,196,633
Consumer Discretionary
 
5,562,284
   
2,435,867
   
   
7,998,151
Consumer Staples
 
335,315
   
   
   
335,315
Financials
 
11,643,356
   
5,322,191
   
   
16,965,547
Health Care
 
2,661,673
   
   
   
2,661,673
Industrials
 
2,279,712
   
1,863,825
   
   
4,143,537
Information Technology
 
11,888,365
   
   
   
11,888,365
Materials
 
292,136
   
492,609
   
   
784,745
Short-term Investments
 
   
1,215,000
   
   
1,215,000
Total Investments
$
37,859,474
 
$
11,329,492
 
$
 
$
49,188,966

*Includes certain securities trading primarily outside the U.S. whose value the Fund adjusted as a result of significant market movements following the close of local trading.

Master Repurchase Agreements - The Fund, along with other affiliated funds, may transfer uninvested cash balances into one or more master repurchase agreement accounts. These balances are invested in one or more repurchase agreements, secured by U.S. Government securities. A custodian bank holds securities pledged as collateral for repurchase agreements until the agreements mature. Each agreement requires that the market value of the collateral be sufficient to cover payments of interest and principal; however, in the event of default by the other party to the agreement, retention of the collateral may be subject to legal proceedings.

Currency Translation - The market values of all assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are recorded in the financial statements after translation to United States Dollar (“USD”) on the date of valuation using exchange rates determined as of the close of trading on the Exchange. The cost basis of such assets and liabilities is determined based upon historical exchange rates. Income and expenses are translated at average exchange rates in effect as accrued or incurred.

Foreign Currency - The Fund may enter into forward purchases or sales of foreign currencies to hedge certain foreign currency denominated assets and liabilities against declines in market value relative to USD. Forward currency contracts are marked-to-market daily and the change in market value is recorded by the Fund as an unrealized gain or loss. When the forward currency contract is closed, the Fund records a realized gain or loss equal to the difference between the value of the forward currency contract at the time it was opened and value at the time it was closed. Investments in forward currency contracts may expose the Fund to risks resulting from unanticipated movements in foreign currency exchange rates or failure of the counter-party to the agreement to perform in accordance with the terms of the contract. There were no forward contracts entered into by the Fund.

Reported net realized foreign exchange gains or losses arise from the sales of foreign currencies, currency gains or losses realized between the trade and settlement dates on security transactions, the difference between the amounts of dividends, interest, and foreign withholding taxes recorded on the Fund’s books, and the USD equivalent of the amounts actually received or paid. Net unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses arise from changes in the value of assets and liabilities, other than investments in securities at fiscal period end, resulting from changes in the exchange rate. The Fund includes foreign currency gains and losses realized on the sales of investments together with market gains and losses on such investments in the Statement of Operations.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 1 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – (CONTINUED)

Federal Income Taxes - It is the Fund’s policy to comply with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to regulated investment companies, and to distribute substantially all of its taxable income, including any net realized gains on investments not offset by loss carryovers, to shareholders. Therefore, no provision for federal income or excise tax is required. The Adviser analyzed the Fund’s tax positions taken on federal and state income tax returns for all open tax years and concluded that as of July 31, 2022, no provision for income tax is required in the Fund’s financial statements related to these tax positions. The Fund’s federal and state (Arizona) income and federal excise tax returns for tax years for which the applicable statutes of limitations have not expired are subject to examination by the Internal Revenue Service and state Department of Revenue. The earliest tax year that remains subject to examination by these jurisdictions is 2019.

At July 31, 2022, the aggregate cost of investments and unrealized appreciation (depreciation) for federal income tax purposes were as follows:

Cost
 
$
32,711,154
 
Unrealized appreciation
   
19,036,875
Unrealized depreciation
   
(2,559,063)
Net unrealized appreciation
 
$
16,477,812

Securities Transactions and Related Investment Income - Securities transactions are accounted for on the trade date (date the order to buy or sell is executed) with realized gain or loss on the sale of securities being determined based upon identified cost. Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date. Interest income, which includes accretion of discount and amortization of premium, is accrued as earned.

Dividends and Distributions to Shareholders - Dividends and distributions to shareholders are recorded on the ex-dividend date. Net investment income (loss), net realized gains (losses), and net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments [collectively “Distributable earnings (losses)”] may differ for financial statement and tax purposes primarily due to permanent and temporary differences which may include wash sales, corporate actions, Directors’ deferred compensation, passive foreign investment company shares, and foreign currency transactions. The character of dividends and distributions made during the fiscal year from net investment income and net realized securities gains may differ from their ultimate characterization for federal income tax purposes. Also, due to the timing of dividends and distributions, the fiscal year in which amounts are distributed may differ from the fiscal year in which income or realized gain was recorded by the Fund. The Fund adjusts certain components of capital to reflect permanent differences between financial statement amounts and net income and realized gains/losses determined in accordance with income tax rules.

The tax character of distributions paid during the years ended July 31, 2022 and 2021 was as follows:

 
2022
 
2021
Ordinary income
$
                390,573
 
$
                384,267
Long-term capital gain
 
                9,302,741
   
                1,820,697
Total
$
                9,693,314
 
$
                2,204,964

As of July 31, 2022, the components of distributable earnings on a tax basis were as follows:

Undistributed ordinary income
$
380,795
Undistributed long-term capital gain
 
55,375
Net unrealized appreciation on investments and foreign
currency transactions
 
16,476,035
Other temporary differences
 
(3,092)
Total
$
 16,909,113


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 1 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES – (CONTINUED)

Indemnification - Under the Fund’s organizational documents, its officers and directors are indemnified against certain liabilities arising out of the performance of their duties to the Fund. In addition, some of the Fund’s contracts with its service providers contain general indemnification clauses. The Fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown since the amount of any future claims that may be made against the Fund cannot be determined and the Fund has no historical basis for predicting the likelihood of any such claims.

Use of Estimates in Financial Statements - In preparing financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, management makes estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, as well as the reported amounts of income and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

Directors Fees and Expenses - The Fund set up a Rabbi Trust to provide for the deferred compensation plan for Independent Directors that enables them to elect to defer receipt of all or a portion of annual fees they are entitled to receive. The value of an eligible Director’s account is based upon years of service and fees paid to each Director during the years of service. The amount paid to the Director by the Trust under the plan will be determined based upon the performance of the Davis Funds in which the amounts are invested.

NOTE 2 - PURCHASES AND SALES OF SECURITIES

The cost of purchases and proceeds from sales of investment securities (excluding short-term investments) during the year ended July 31, 2022 were $6,104,534 and $16,825,937, respectively.

NOTE 3 - FEES AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS (INCLUDING AFFILIATES)

Davis Selected Advisers-NY, Inc. (“DSA-NY”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Adviser, acts as sub-adviser to the Fund. DSA-NY performs research and portfolio management services for the Fund under a Sub-Advisory Agreement with the Adviser. The Fund pays no fees directly to DSA-NY.

All officers of the Fund (including Interested Directors) hold positions as executive officers with the Adviser or its affiliates.

As of July 31, 2022, one related shareholder’s investment in the Fund represents 99% of outstanding shares. Investment activities of this shareholder (the Adviser) could have a material impact on the Fund.

Investment Advisory Fees - Advisory fees are paid monthly to the Adviser. The fixed annual rate is 0.55% of the average net assets.

Transfer Agent and Accounting Fees - DST Asset Manager Solutions, Inc. is the Fund’s primary transfer agent. The Adviser is also paid for certain transfer agent services. The fee paid to the Adviser for these services during the year ended July 31, 2022 amounted to $364. State Street Bank and Trust Company (“State Street Bank”) is the Fund’s primary accounting provider. Fees for such services are included in the custodian fees as State Street Bank also serves as the Fund’s custodian. The Adviser is also paid for certain accounting services. The fee paid to the Adviser for these services during the year ended July 31, 2022 amounted to $3,000.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Notes to Financial Statements – (Continued)
 
July 31, 2022

NOTE 3 - FEES AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS (INCLUDING AFFILIATES) – (CONTINUED)

Distribution and Service Plan Fees - The Fund has adopted a Distribution Plan (“12b-1 Plan”) for Class A shares. Under the 12b-1 Plan, the Fund reimburses Davis Distributors, LLC (“Distributor”), the Fund’s Underwriter, for amounts paid to dealers as a service fee or commissions with respect to Class A shares sold by dealers, which remain outstanding during the period. The service fee is paid at an annual rate up to 0.25% of the average net assets maintained by the responsible dealers. There was no service fee for Class A shares of the Fund for the year ended July 31, 2022.

Sales Charges - Front-end sales charges and contingent deferred sales charges (“CDSC”) do not represent expenses of the Fund. They are deducted from the proceeds from sales of Fund shares prior to investment or from redemption proceeds prior to remittance, as applicable.

Class A shares of the Fund are sold at net asset value plus a sales charge and are redeemed at net asset value. On purchases of $1 million or more, the sales charge will not be applied; however a CDSC of 0.50% may be imposed upon redemption if those shares are redeemed within the first year of purchase.

The Distributor received no commissions earned on sales of Class A shares of the Fund for the year ended July 31, 2022.

NOTE 4 - CAPITAL STOCK

At July 31, 2022, there were 3.5 billion shares of capital stock ($0.05 par value per share) authorized for Davis New York Venture Fund, Inc., of which 500 million shares are classified as Davis Research Fund. Transactions in capital stock were as follows:

 
Year ended July 31, 2022
   
Sold
   
Reinvestment of
Distributions
   
Redeemed
   
Net Decrease
                       
Shares:     Class A
 
129
   
343,933
   
(568,384)
   
(224,322)
Value:      Class A
$
3,058
 
$
9,681,733
 
$
(15,931,803)
 
$
(6,247,012)
                       
 
 
Year ended July 31, 2021
   
Sold
   
Reinvestment of
Distributions
   
Redeemed
   
Net Increase
                       
Shares:     Class A
 
50
   
80,876
   
(6,301)
   
                 74,625
Value:      Class A
$
1,500
 
$
2,202,237
 
$
(160,973)
 
$
              2,042,764
                       


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Financial Highlights


The following financial information represents selected data for each share of capital stock outstanding throughout each period:

CLASS A
     
               Year ended July 31,
 
2022
 
2021
 
2020
 
2019
 
2018
Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period
 
$
31.20
 
$
24.79
 
$
23.20
 
$
23.73
 
$
21.09

Income (Loss) from Investment Operations:
                             
Net Investment Income
 
0.22
a
0.11
a
0.19
a
0.30
 
0.19
Net Realized and Unrealized Gains (Losses)
 
(4.36)
 
7.27
 
2.86
 
0.03
 
2.93
   
Total from Investment Operations
 
(4.14)
 
7.38
 
3.05
 
0.33
 
3.12

Dividends and Distributions:
                             
Dividends from Net Investment Income
 
(0.17)
 
(0.06)
 
(0.53)
 
(0.19)
 
(0.16)
Distributions from Realized Gains
 
(3.93)
 
(0.91)
 
(0.93)
 
(0.67)
 
(0.32)
 
Total Dividends and Distributions
 
(4.10)
 
(0.97)
 
(1.46)
 
(0.86)
 
(0.48)
Net Asset Value, End of Period
 
$
 
22.96
 
$
 
31.20
 
$
24.79
 
$
23.20
 
$
23.73

Total Returnb
 
(15.71)%
 
30.31%
 
13.52%
 
1.95%
 
14.94%

Ratios/Supplemental Data:
                             
Net Assets, End of Period (in thousands)
 
$
49,188
 
$
73,846
 
$
56,841
 
$
50,123
 
$
49,371
Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets:
                             
 
Gross
 
0.69%
 
0.67%
 
0.69%
 
0.70%
 
0.70%
 
Netc
 
0.69%
 
0.67%
 
0.69%
 
0.70%
 
0.70%
Ratio of Net Investment Income to Average Net Assets
 
0.82%
 
0.39%
 
0.82%
 
1.35%
 
0.85%
Portfolio Turnover Rated
 
11%
 
15%
 
13%
 
23%
 
12%

a
Per share calculations were based on average shares outstanding for the period.
 
b
Assumes hypothetical initial investment on the business day before the first day of the fiscal period, with all dividends and distributions reinvested in additional shares on the reinvestment date, and redemption at the net asset value calculated on the last business day of the fiscal period. Sales charges are not reflected in the total returns.
 
c
The Net Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets reflects the impact, if any, of certain reimbursements.
 
d
The lesser of purchases or sales of portfolio securities for a period, divided by the monthly average of the market value of portfolio securities owned during the period. Securities with a maturity or expiration date at the time of acquisition of one year or less are excluded from the calculation.
 
See Notes to Financial Statements


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm


The Shareholders and Board of Directors
Davis New York Venture Fund, Inc.:

Opinion on the Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities of Davis Research Fund (a series of Davis New York Venture Fund, Inc.) (the “Fund”), including the schedule of investments, as of July 31, 2022, the related statement of operations for the year then ended, the statements of changes in net assets for each of the years in the two-year period then ended, and the related notes (collectively, the “financial statements”) and the financial highlights for each of the years in the five-year period then ended. In our opinion, the financial statements and financial highlights present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Fund as of July 31, 2022, the results of its operations for the year then ended, the changes in its net assets for each of the years in the two-year period then ended, and the financial highlights for each of the years in the five-year period then ended, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements and financial highlights are the responsibility of the Fund’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and financial highlights based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Fund in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements and financial highlights are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements and financial highlights, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements and financial highlights. Such procedures also included confirmation of securities owned as of July 31, 2022, by correspondence with the custodian and brokers or by other appropriate auditing procedures. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements and financial highlights. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.


KPMG LLP

We have served as the auditor of one or more Davis Funds investment companies since 1998.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 21, 2022


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Federal Income Tax Information (Unaudited)


In early 2023, shareholders will receive information regarding all dividends and distributions paid to them by the Fund during the calendar year 2022. Regulations of the U.S. Treasury Department require the Fund to report this information to the Internal Revenue Service.

The information and distributions reported herein may differ from the information reported as distributions taxable to certain shareholders for the calendar year 2022 with their 2022 Form 1099-DIV.

The information is presented to assist shareholders in reporting distributions received from the Fund to the Internal Revenue Service. Because of the complexity of the federal regulations that may affect your individual tax return and the many variations in state and local regulations, we recommend that you consult your tax adviser for specific guidance.

During the fiscal year 2022, the Fund paid long-term capital gain distributions in the amount of $9,302,741.

During the fiscal year 2022, $390,573 of dividends paid by the Fund constituted income dividends for federal income tax purposes. The Fund designates $376,131 or 96% as income qualifying for the corporate dividends-received deduction.

For the fiscal year 2022, certain dividends paid by the Fund constitute qualified dividend income for federal income tax purposes. The Fund designates $390,573 or 100% as qualified dividend income.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Director Approval of Advisory Agreements (Unaudited)


Process of Annual Review

The Board of Directors of the Davis Funds oversees the management of each Davis Fund and, as required by law, determines annually whether to approve the continuance of each Davis Fund’s advisory agreement with Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. and sub-advisory agreement with Davis Selected Advisers-NY, Inc. (jointly “Davis Advisors” and “Advisory Agreements”).

With the assistance of counsel to the Independent Directors, the Independent Directors undertook a comprehensive review process in anticipation of their annual contract review meeting, held in March 2022. As part of this process, Davis Advisors provided the Independent Directors with material (including recent investment performance data) that was responsive to questions submitted to Davis Advisors by the Independent Directors. At this meeting, the Independent Directors reviewed and evaluated all information which they deemed reasonably necessary under the circumstances and were provided guidance by their independent counsel. In reaching their decision, the Independent Directors also took into account information furnished to them throughout the year and otherwise provided to them during their quarterly meetings or through other prior communications. The Independent Directors concluded that they had been supplied with sufficient information and data to analyze the Advisory Agreements and that their questions had been sufficiently answered by Davis Advisors. Upon completion of this review, the Independent Directors found that the terms of the Advisory Agreements were fair and reasonable and that continuation of the Advisory Agreements is in the best interests of Davis Research Fund (or the “Fund”) and its shareholders.

Reasons the Independent Directors Approved Continuation of the Advisory Agreements

The Independent Directors’ determinations were based upon a comprehensive consideration of all information provided to them, and they did not identify any single item or piece of information as the controlling factor. Each Independent Director did not necessarily attribute the same weight to each factor. The following considerations and conclusions were important, but not exclusive, to the Independent Directors’ recommendation to renew the Advisory Agreements.

The Independent Directors considered the investment performance of the Fund on an absolute basis as well as relative to its benchmark and other comparable funds. The Independent Directors not only considered the investment performance of the Fund, but also the full range and quality of services provided by Davis Advisors to the Fund and its shareholders, including whether the Fund:

1.
achieves satisfactory investment results over the long-term, after all costs;
2.
efficiently and effectively handles shareholder transactions, inquiries, requests and records, provides quality accounting, legal, and compliance services, and oversees third-party service providers; and
3.
fosters healthy investor behavior.

Davis Advisors is reimbursed a portion of its costs in providing some, but not all, of these services.

A shareholder’s ultimate return is the product of a fund’s results, as well as the shareholder’s behavior, specifically in selecting when to invest or redeem. The Independent Directors concluded that, through its actions and communications, Davis Advisors has attempted to have a meaningful, positive impact on investor behavior.

In aggregate, Davis Advisors, employees of Davis Advisors, and the Davis family have made significant investments in the Fund. The Independent Directors considered that these investments tend to align Davis Advisors’, Davis Advisors’ employees’, and the Davis family’s interests with other shareholders, as they face the same risks, pay the same fees, and are motivated to achieve satisfactory long-term returns.

The Independent Directors noted the importance of reviewing quantitative measures, but recognized that qualitative factors are also important in assessing whether Davis Funds’ shareholders are likely to be well served by the renewal of the Advisory Agreements. They noted both the value and shortcomings of purely quantitative measures, including the data provided by independent service providers, and concluded that, while such measures and data may be informative, the judgment of the Independent Directors must take many factors into consideration in representing the shareholders of the Davis Funds, including those listed below. In connection with reviewing comparative performance information, the Independent Directors generally give greater weight to longer-term measurements.


21


DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Director Approval of Advisory Agreements
 
(Unaudited) – (Continued)

Reasons the Independent Directors Approved Continuation of the Advisory Agreements – (Continued)

The Independent Directors noted that Davis Advisors employs a disciplined, company-specific, research-driven, businesslike, long-term investment philosophy. The Independent Directors considered the quality of Davis Advisors’ investment process, as well as the experience, capability, and integrity of its senior management and other personnel.

The Independent Directors recognized Davis Advisors’ (a) efforts to minimize transaction costs by generally having a long-term time horizon and low portfolio turnover; (b) focus on tax efficiency; (c) record of generally producing satisfactory results over longer-term periods; (d) efforts towards fostering healthy investor behavior by, among other things, providing informative and substantial educational material; and (e) efforts to promote shareholder interests by actively speaking out on corporate governance issues.

The Independent Directors assessed (a) comparative fee and expense information for other funds, as selected and analyzed by a nationally recognized independent service provider; (b) information regarding fees charged by Davis Advisors to other advisory clients, which includes other funds it advises, other funds which it sub-advises, and private accounts, as well as the differences in the services provided to such other clients; and (c) the fee schedule and breakpoints of the Fund, including an assessment of competitive fee schedules (and breakpoints, if applicable).

The Independent Directors reviewed the management fee schedule for the Fund, the profitability of the Fund to Davis Advisors, the extent to which economies of scale might be realized if the Fund’s net assets increase, and whether the fee schedule should reflect those potential economies of scale, at this time. The Independent Directors considered the nature, quality, and extent of the services being provided to the Fund and the costs incurred by Davis Advisors in providing such services. The Independent Directors considered various potential benefits that Davis Advisors may receive in connection with the services it provides under the Advisory Agreements with the Fund, including a review of portfolio brokerage practices. The Independent Directors noted that Davis Advisors does not use client commissions to pay for publications that are available to the general public or for research reports that are created by parties other than the broker-dealers providing trade execution, clearing and/or settlement services to the Fund.

The Independent Directors compared the fees paid to Davis Advisors by the Davis Funds with those paid by Davis Advisors’ advised and sub-advised clients, private account clients, and managed money/wrap clients. To the extent sub-advised, private account, or managed money/wrap fees were lower than fees paid by the Davis Funds, the Independent Directors noted that the range of services provided to the Davis Funds is more extensive, with greater risks associated with operating Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) registered, publicly traded mutual funds. Serving as the primary adviser for mutual funds is more work because of the complex overlay of regulatory, tax, and accounting issues, which are unique to mutual funds. In addition, the operational work required to service shareholders is more extensive because of the significantly greater number of shareholders, and managing trading is more complex because of more frequent fund flows. With respect to risk, not only has regulation become more complex and burdensome, but the scrutiny of regulators and shareholders has become more intense. The Independent Directors concluded that reasonable justifications existed for any differences between the fee rates for the Davis Funds and Davis Advisors’ other lines of business.

The Independent Directors noted that Class A shares of the Fund have been registered with the SEC and, as of the date of their review, in selected states where eligible investors are residents. Shares of the Fund are not available for general public sale in any state or jurisdiction; only the directors, officers, and employees of the Fund or its investment adviser and sub-adviser (and the investment adviser itself and affiliated companies) are eligible to purchase Fund shares. The Independent Directors also noted that Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. was the beneficial owner of 98.82% of all outstanding shares as of October 31, 2021.

The Independent Directors noted that Davis Research Fund Class A shares underperformed its benchmark, the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index (the “S&P 500®”), over the one-, three-, five-, ten-year, and since-inception time periods, all periods ended February 28, 2022.

Broadridge, an independent service provider, presented a report to the Independent Directors that compared the Fund to all Lipper retail and institutional large-cap core funds (“Performance Universe Average”), as well as the relevant Lipper Index. The report indicated that the Fund underperformed both the Performance Universe Average and Lipper Index over the one-, two-, three-, four-, five-, and ten-year time periods, all periods ended December 31, 2021.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Director Approval of Advisory Agreements
 
(Unaudited) – (Continued)

Reasons the Independent Directors Approved Continuation of the Advisory Agreements – (Continued)

The Independent Directors also reviewed the Fund’s performance versus the S&P 500® and the Lipper Large-Cap Core category when measured over rolling five- and ten-year time periods. The Fund outperformed the S&P 500® in 4 out of 17 rolling five-year time periods and outperformed the Lipper Large-Cap Core category in 7 out of 17 rolling five-year time periods, all periods ended December 31 for each year from 2005 through 2021. The Fund outperformed the S&P 500® in 2 out of 12 rolling ten-year time periods and outperformed the Lipper Large-Cap Core category in 4 out of 12 rolling ten-year time periods, all periods ended December 31 for each year from 2010 through 2021.

The Independent Directors considered the management fee and total expense ratio for the Fund. The management fee and total expense ratio were reasonable and well below the average and median of its expense group, as determined by Broadridge.

Approval of Advisory Agreements

The Independent Directors concluded that Davis Advisors had provided Davis Research Fund and its shareholders a reasonable level of both investment and non-investment services. The Independent Directors further concluded that shareholders have received a significant benefit from Davis Advisors’ shareholder-oriented approach, as well as the execution of its investment discipline.

The Independent Directors determined that the advisory fee for Davis Research Fund was reasonable in light of the nature, quality, and extent of the services being provided to the Fund, the costs incurred by Davis Advisors in providing such service, and in comparison to the range of the average advisory fees of its peer group, as determined by an independent service provider. The Independent Directors found that the terms of the Advisory Agreements were fair and reasonable and that continuation of the Advisory Agreements is in the best interests of the Fund and its shareholders. The Independent Directors and the full Board of Directors therefore voted to continue the Advisory Agreements.


23


DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Liquidity Risk Management Program


Following is a description of the operation and effectiveness of the Liquidity Risk Management Program (“LRMP”) that was adopted by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) in accordance with Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Liquidity Rule”). The Liquidity Rule is meant to promote effective liquidity risk management practices in order to reduce the likelihood that a fund would be unable to meet its redemption obligations.

The Board has appointed Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. (the “Adviser”) to serve as the Administrator of the LRMP, subject to the supervision of the Board. The Adviser has engaged a third party to perform certain functions, including the production of liquidity classification model information.

The Adviser monitors the adequacy and effectiveness of the implementation of the LRMP on an ongoing basis. This monitoring includes a review of the Fund’s liquidity risk based on a variety of factors including the Fund’s (1) investment strategy, (2) portfolio liquidity and cash flow projections during normal and reasonably foreseeable stressed conditions, (3) shareholder redemptions, and (4) borrowing arrangements and other funding sources. The Liquidity Rule places a 15% limit on a fund’s illiquid investments and requires a fund that does not primarily hold assets that are highly liquid investments to determine and maintain a minimum percentage of the fund’s net assets in highly liquid investments (highly liquid investment minimum or HLIM). The LRMP includes provisions and safeguards that are reasonably designed to comply with the 15% limit on illiquid investments and the Fund is currently classified as a Fund that primarily holds highly liquid investments. The LRMP includes the classification, no less than monthly, of the Fund’s investments into one of four liquidity classifications as provided for in the Liquidity Rule.

At a recent meeting of the Fund’s Board of Directors, the Adviser provided a written report to the Board pertaining to the operation, adequacy, and effectiveness of implementation of the LRMP from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. The report concluded that the LRMP is operating effectively and is reasonably designed to assess and manage the Fund’s liquidity risk. There can be no guarantee that the LRMP will achieve its objectives in the future. Additional information regarding risks of investing in the Fund, including liquidity risks presented by the Fund’s investment portfolio, is found in the Fund’s Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Privacy Notice and Householding


Privacy Notice

While you generally will be dealing with a broker-dealer or other financial adviser, we may collect information about you from your account application and other forms that you may deliver to us. We use this information to process your requests and transactions; for example, to provide you with additional information about our Funds, to open an account for you, or to process a transaction. In order to service your account and execute your transactions, we may provide your personal information to firms that assist us in servicing your account, such as our transfer agent. We may also provide your name and address to one of our agents for the purpose of mailing to you your account statement and other information about our products and services. We may also gather information through the use of “cookies” when you visit our website. These files help us to recognize repeat visitors and allow easy access to and use of the website. We require these outside firms and agents to protect the confidentiality of your information and to use the information only for the purpose for which the disclosure is made. We do not provide customer names and addresses to outside firms, organizations, or individuals except in furtherance of our business relationship with you or as otherwise allowed by law.

We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to those employees who need to know that information to provide products or services to you. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to guard your personal information.

Householding

The Fund may, on occasion, mail notices, reports, prospectuses, or proxy material to shareholders. To avoid sending duplicate copies of materials to households, the Fund will mail only one copy of these items to shareholders having the same last name and address on the Fund’s records. The consolidation of these mailings, called householding, benefits the Fund through reduced mailing expense. If you have a direct account with the Fund and you do not want the mailing of these documents to be combined with those to other members of your household, please contact Davis Funds by phone at 1-800-279-0279. Your instructions will become effective within 30 days of your notice to the Fund.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND
Directors and Officers

For the purpose of their service as Directors to the Davis Funds, the business address for each of the Directors is 2949 E. Elvira Road, Suite 101, Tucson, AZ 85756. Subject to exceptions and exemptions, which may be granted by the Independent Directors, Directors must retire from the Board of Directors and cease being a Director at the close of business on the last day of the calendar year in which the Director attains age seventy-eight (78).

Name, Date of Birth,
Position(s) Held with
Fund, Length of Service
Principal Occupation(s) During Past Five Years
Number of
Portfolios
Overseen
Other Directorships

Independent Directors
       
John S. Gates Jr.
(08/02/53)
Director since 2007
Executive Chairman, TradeLane Properties LLC
(industrial real estate company).
13
 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PortaeCo
LLC (private investment company); Director, Miami
Corp. (diversified investment company).
       
Thomas S. Gayner
(12/16/61)
Director since 2004
Chairman since 2009
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director, Markel Corp.
(diversified financial holding company).
13
Director, Graham Holdings Company (educational
and media company); Director, Cable ONE Inc. (cable
service provider).
       
Samuel H. Iapalucci
(07/19/52)
Director since 2006
Retired; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer, CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. (engineering)
until 2008.
13
None
       
Robert P. Morgenthau
(03/22/57)
Director since 2002
Principal, Spears Abacus Advisors, LLC (investment
management firm) since 2011; Chairman, NorthRoad
Capital Management, LLC (investment management
firm) 2002-2011.
13
None
       
Lara N. Vaughan
(04/20/69)
Director since 2021
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of
Parchman, Vaughan & Company, L.L.C. (investment
bank).
13
None
       
Marsha C. Williams
(03/28/51)
Director since 1999
 
Retired; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer, Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (travel-service provider)
2007-2010.
13
Chairperson, Modine Manufacturing Company (heat
transfer technology); Director, Fifth Third Bancorp
(diversified financial services); Director, Crown
Holdings, Inc. (manufacturing company).

Interested Directors*
       
Andrew A. Davis
(06/25/63)
Director since 1997
 
President or Vice President of each Davis Fund, Selected
Fund, and Clipper Fund; President, Davis Selected
Advisers, L.P., and also serves as an executive officer of
certain companies affiliated with the Adviser.
16
Director, Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios)
since 1998; Trustee, Clipper Funds Trust (consisting
of one portfolio) since 2014.
       
Christopher C. Davis
(07/13/65)
Director since 1997
 
President or Vice President of each Davis Fund, Selected
Fund, Clipper Fund, and Davis ETF; Chairman, Davis
Selected Advisers, L.P., and also serves as an executive
officer of certain companies affiliated with the Adviser,
including sole member of the Adviser’s general partner,
Davis Investments, LLC.
16
Director, Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios)
since 1998; Trustee, Clipper Funds Trust (consisting
of one portfolio) since 2014; Lead Independent
Director, Graham Holdings Company (educational
and media company); Director, The Coca-Cola
Company (beverage company); Director, Berkshire
Hathaway Inc. (financial services).

* Andrew A. Davis and Christopher C. Davis own partnership units (directly, indirectly, or both) of the Adviser and are considered to be “interested persons” of the Funds as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940. Andrew A. Davis and Christopher C. Davis are brothers.

Officers


Lisa J. Cohen (born 04/25/89, Davis Funds officer since 2021). Vice President and Secretary of the Davis Funds (consisting of 13 portfolios), Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios), Clipper Funds Trust (consisting of one portfolio), and Davis Fundamental ETF Trust (consisting of four portfolios); Vice President, Senior Attorney, and Secretary, Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., and also serves as an executive officer of certain companies affiliated with the Adviser.
Andrew A. Davis (born 06/25/63, Davis Funds officer since 1997). See description in the section on Interested Directors.

Christopher C. Davis (born 07/13/65, Davis Funds officer since 1997). See description in the section on Interested Directors.

Kenneth C. Eich (born 08/14/53, Davis Funds officer since 1997). Executive Vice President and Principal Executive Officer of the Davis Funds (consisting of 13 portfolios), Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios), and Clipper Funds Trust (consisting of one portfolio); Trustee/Chairman, Executive Vice President, and Principal Executive Officer of Davis Fundamental ETF Trust (consisting of four portfolios); Chief Operating Officer, Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., and also serves as an executive officer of certain companies affiliated with the Adviser.

Douglas A. Haines (born 03/04/71, Davis Funds officer since 2004). Vice President, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, Principal Financial Officer, and Principal Accounting Officer of the Davis Funds (consisting of 13 portfolios), Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios), Clipper Funds Trust (consisting of one portfolio), and Davis Fundamental ETF Trust (consisting of four portfolios); Vice President and Director of Fund Accounting, Davis Selected Advisers, L.P.

Randi J. Roessler (born 06/26/81, Davis Funds officer since 2018). Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of the Davis Funds (consisting of 13 portfolios), Selected Funds (consisting of two portfolios), Clipper Funds Trust (consisting of one portfolio), and Davis Fundamental ETF Trust (consisting of four portfolios); Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Davis Selected Advisers, L.P., and also serves as an executive officer of certain companies affiliated with the Adviser.


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DAVIS RESEARCH FUND


Investment Adviser
Davis Selected Advisers, L.P. (Doing business as “Davis Advisors”)
2949 East Elvira Road, Suite 101
Tucson, Arizona 85756
(800) 279-0279
 
Distributor
Davis Distributors, LLC
2949 East Elvira Road, Suite 101
Tucson, Arizona 85756
 
Transfer Agent
DST Asset Manager Solutions, Inc.
c/o The Davis Funds
P.O. Box 219197
Kansas City, Missouri 64121-9197
 
Overnight Address:
430 West 7th Street, Suite 219197
Kansas City, Missouri 64105-1407
 
Custodian
State Street Bank and Trust Co.
One Lincoln Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
 
Legal Counsel
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1144 15th Street, Suite 3300
Denver, Colorado 80202
 
Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
KPMG LLP
4200 Wells Fargo Center
90 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402










For more information about Davis Research Fund, including management fee, charges, and expenses, see the current prospectus, which must precede or accompany this report. The Fund’s Statement of Additional Information contains additional information about the Fund’s Directors and is available without charge, upon request, by calling 1-800-279-0279.








ITEM 2.  CODE OF ETHICS

The registrant has adopted a code of ethics that applies to the registrant’s principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions.

A copy of the code of ethics is filed as an exhibit to this form N-CSR.

No substantive amendments were approved or waivers granted to this code of ethics during the period covered by this report.

ITEM 3.  AUDIT COMMITTEE FINANCIAL EXPERT

The registrant’s board of directors has determined that independent director Marsha Williams qualifies as the “audit committee financial expert”, as defined in Item 3 of form N-CSR.

ITEM 4.  PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 
(a)
Audit Fees.  The aggregate Audit Fees billed by KPMP LLP (“KPMG”) for professional services rendered for the audits of the financial statements, or services that are normally provided in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for the fiscal year ends July 31, 2022 and July 31, 2021 were $125,104 and $118,048, respectively.
 
 
(b)
Audit-Related Fees.  The aggregate Audit-Related Fees billed by KPMG for services rendered for assurance and related services that are not reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of the fund financial statements, but not reported as Audit Fees for fiscal year ends July 31, 2022 and July 31, 2021 were $0 and $0, respectively.
 
 
(c)
Tax Fees.  The aggregate Tax Fees billed by KPMG for professional services rendered for tax compliance, tax advice and tax planning for the fiscal year ends July 31, 2022 and July 31, 2021 were $19,995 and $18,550, respectively.
 
Fees included in the Tax Fee category comprise all services performed by professional staff in the independent accountant’s tax division except those services related to the audit.  These services include preparation of tax returns, tax advice related to mergers and a review of the fund income and capital gain distributions.
 
 
(d)
All Other Fees.  The aggregate Other Fees billed by KPMG for all other non-audit services rendered to the fund for the fiscal year ends July 31, 2022 and July 31, 2021 were $0 and $0, respectively.
 
 
(e)(1)
Audit Committee Pre-Approval Policies and Procedures.
 
The fund Audit Committee must pre-approve all audit and non-audit services provided by the independent accountant relating to the operations or financial reporting of the funds.  Prior to the commencement of any audit or non-audit services to a fund, the Audit Committee reviews the services to determine whether they are appropriate and permissible under applicable law.
 
The fund Audit Committee has adopted a policy whereby audit and non-audit services performed by the fund independent accountant require pre-approval in advance at regularly scheduled Audit Committee meetings.  If such a service is required between regularly scheduled Audit Committee meetings, pre-approval may be authorized by the Audit Committee Chairperson with ratification at the next scheduled audit committee meeting.
 
 
(e)(2)
No services included in (b) – (d) above were approved pursuant to paragraph (c)(7)(i)(C) of Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X.
 
 
(f)
Not applicable
 
 
(g)
The Funds’ independent accountant did not provide any services to the investment advisor or any affiliate for the fiscal years ended July 31, 2022 and July 31, 2021.  The fund has not paid any fees for non-audit not previously disclosed in items 4 (b) – (d).
 
 
(h)
The registrant’s audit committee of the board of directors has considered whether the provision of non-audit services that were rendered to the registrant’s investment adviser, and any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the investment adviser that provides ongoing services to the registrant that not pre-approved pursuant to paragraph (c)(7)(ii) of Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X is compatible with maintaining the principal accountant’s independence.  No such services were rendered.

ITEM 5.  AUDIT COMMITTEE OF LISTED REGISTRANTS

Not Applicable