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RidgeWorth Funds Reopens the Strong Performing Small Cap Value Equity Fund

2008-08-04 12:05:00

RidgeWorth Funds Reopens the Strong Performing Small Cap Value Equity Fund

    ATLANTA, Aug. 4 /EMWNews/ -- The RidgeWorth Funds Board of Trustees

approved the reopening of the RidgeWorth Small Cap Value Equity Fund,

effective August 1, 2008. The Fund, which is ranked in the 1st Quartile of

its Lipper Small Cap Value peer group for the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods

ending 6/30/08 (out of 248, 199 and 93 funds, respectively), had been

closed to investors since April 30, 2004.

    The reopening is the result of market depreciation in the small cap

space, a larger number of reasonably valued companies within the market

capitalization range and shareholder attrition that can be expected over a

4-year period. The Fund has $466 million in assets (as of 6/30/08).

    The Fund is subadvised by Ceredex Value Advisors LLC and managed by

Brett Barner, CFA, who has managed the Fund (or its predecessor) since

1995. Barner attributes the past success of the Fund to a consistent

adherence to the Ceredex investment philosophy, which includes: (1) a

dividend orientation, (2) a valuation approach that looks at companies

trading in the bottom third of their historical valuation and (3) the

identification of positive catalysts that could lead to price appreciation

over a 12- to 24-month time period.

    For more information about the Fund, please visit .

    Past performance does not guarantee future results. For performance

data current to the most recent month end, visit our website at

    The Small Cap Value Equity Fund ranks 51 out of 314, 40 out of 248, 24

out of 199 and 22 out of 93 Lipper Small Cap Value Funds for the 1-, 3-, 5-

and 10-year periods, respectively. The Lipper ranking is as of 6/30/08,

based on total return and does not reflect a sales charge. Rankings are for

the I Share class only.

    Value-based investments are subject to the risk that the broad market

may not recognize their intrinsic value. Small capitalization funds

typically carry additional risks since smaller companies generally have a

risk of failure. Stocks are more volatile and carry more risk and return

potential than other types of investments. The net asset value per share of

this Fund will fluctuate as the value of the securities in the portfolio


    An investor should consider the fund's investment objectives, risks,

and charges and expenses carefully before investing or sending money. This

and other important information about the RidgeWorth Funds can be found in

the fund's prospectus. To obtain a prospectus, please call 888-784-3863 or

visit Please read the prospectus carefully before

investing. Mutual fund investing involves risk, including possible loss of


    RidgeWorth Funds are distributed by Foreside Distribution Services,

L.P. RidgeWorth Investments is the trade name for RidgeWorth Capital

Management, Inc., the adviser to the RidgeWorth Funds, and is not

affiliated with the distributor.


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