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Bruce Fund

Filed: 5 Mar 20, 4:37pm

united states
securities and exchange commission
washington, d.c. 20549

 

form n-csr
 

certified shareholder report of registered management
investment companies

 

Investment Company Act file number811-01528 

 

Bruce Fund, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

 

 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2414           Chicago, IL60606
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip code)

 

R. Jeffrey Bruce

Bruce & Co.

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2414

Chicago, IL 60606

(Name and address of agent for service)

 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:312-236-9160 

 

Date of fiscal year end:6/30 
   
Date of reporting period:12/31/19 

 

Form N-CSR is to be used by management investment companies to file reports with the Commission not later than 10 days after the transmission to stockholders of any report that is required to be transmitted to stockholders under Rule 30e-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (17 CFR 270.30e-1). The Commission may use the information provided on Form N-CSR in its regulatory, disclosure review, inspection and policymaking roles.

 

A registrant is required to disclose the information specified by Form N-CSR, and the Commission will make this information public. A registrant is not required to respond to the collection of information contained in Form N-CSR unless the Form displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") control number. Please direct comments concerning the accuracy of the information collection burden estimate and any suggestions for reducing the burden to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20549-0609. The OMB has reviewed this collection of information under the clearance requirements of 44 U.S.C. § 3507.

 

 

 

Item 1. Reports to Stockholders.

 

2019

BRUCE FUND, INC.

 

SEMI-ANNUAL

 

REPORT

 

Report to Shareholders

 

December 31, 2019

 

Beginning on January 1, 2021, as permitted by regulations adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, paper copies of the Fund’s shareholder reports like this one may no longer be sent by mail, unless you specifically request paper copies of the reports from the Fund or from the financial intermediary that services your shareholder account. Instead, the reports may be made available on a website, and you will be notified by mail each time a report is posted and provided with a website link to access the report.

 

If you already elected to receive shareholder reports electronically, you will not be affected by this change and you need not take any action. You may be eligible to elect to receive shareholder reports and other communications from the Fund or the financial intermediary that services your shareholder account electronically. If you would like to sign up for electronic delivery of shareholder communications, please contact the Fund or your financial intermediary for instructions.

 

You may elect to receive all future reports in paper free of charge. You can inform the Fund that you wish to continue receiving paper copies of your shareholder reports by calling Shareholder Services at (800) 872-7823. If you hold your account with a financial intermediary, you will need to contact that intermediary or follow instructions included with this document to continue receiving paper copies of shareholder reports. Your election to receive reports in paper will apply to all funds held with your financial intermediary.

 

20 North Wacker Drive ● Suite 2414 ● Chicago, Illinois 60606 ● (312) 236-9160

 

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis (Unaudited)

 

The Bruce Fund (the “Fund”) shares produced a total return of 8.59% for the six months ended December 31, 2019, compared to a total return of 10.92% for the S&P 500® Index for the same period. Stock markets continued to rise in the period as well as for the the year and the Fund lagged the broader Index. Government bond prices in the portfolio showed a gain in the six month period while the corporate bonds also had small gains as well. The Fund’s equities were also up in the period.

 

The worldwide economy has slowed, and yet stock markets have looked beyond the trade tensions and continued to rise despite the slower economic activity. Given the excessive debt levels, the geopolitical, economic and policy uncertainties, we feel caution is warranted. Valuations for some companies show compelling long term opportunities but the market overall is very expensive and any further slowdown might expose the lofty multiples so we believe a more conservative posture is warranted.

 

Management continues to screen investment opportunities for their long-term capital appreciation potential versus the risks that investment might present. The bonds as well as the stocks in the portfolio encompass significant investment risks, which are again outlined in the prospectus.

 

Shareholders are invited to use the toll-free number (800) 872-7823 to obtain any Fund information (including the proxy voting record), or can visit www.thebrucefund.com, to obtain the same.

 

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Investment Results (Unaudited)

 

Average Annual Total Returns for the Periods Ended December 31, 2019

Fund/Index

Six Months

1 Year

5 Year

10 Year

Bruce Fund

8.59%

22.42%

7.20%

10.62%

S&P 500® Index*

10.92%

31.49%

11.70%

13.56%

 

The net expense ratio as of the most recent prospectus dated October 28, 2019 was 0.68%, which represented the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019. Additional information pertaining to the Fund’s expense ratios as of December 31, 2019 can be found in the financial highlights.

 

The performance quoted represents past performance, which does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The returns shown do not reflect deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the redemption of Fund shares. Current performance of the Fund may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses must be considered carefully before investing. Performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by calling l-800-872-7823. Total returns for periods less than one year are not annualized.

 

* The S&P 500® Index (the “Index”) is an unmanaged index that assumes reinvestment of all distributions and excludes the effect of taxes and fees. The Index is a widely recognized unmanaged index of equity prices and is representative of a broader market and range of securities than is found in the Fund’s portfolio. Individuals cannot invest directly in the Index; however, an individual may invest in exchange-traded funds or other investment vehicles that attempt to track the performance of a benchmark index.

 

The Fund is distributed by Ultimus Fund Distributors, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.

 

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Fund Holdings (Unaudited)

 

 

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As a percent of net assets.

2

Ratio rounds to less than 0.05%.

 

Investment Objective

 

The investment objective of the Bruce Fund is long-term capital appreciation.

 

Availability of Portfolio Schedule

 

The Fund files its complete schedule of investments with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the first and third quarters of each fiscal year on Form N-Q. The Fund’s Form N-Q is available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The Fund’s Form N-Qs are also available by calling the Fund at (800) 872-7823.

 

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Bruce Fund
Schedule of Investments (Unaudited)

 

December 31, 2019

 

 

 

Shares/
Principal
Amount

  

Fair Value

 

COMMON STOCKS — 77.5%

        
         

Communication Services — 1.8%

        

Actua Corporation(a)(b)(c)

  130,000  $45,500 

Sirius XM Holdings, Inc.

  1,357,843   9,708,577 
       9,754,077 

Consumer Discretionary — 1.3%

        

General Motors Company

  200,000   7,320,000 
         

Energy — 0.0%

        

Aspire Holdings, LLC.(a)(b)(c)

  193,069   1,931 

PetroQuest Energy, Inc.(a)(b)(c)

  252,248   2,522 
       4,453 

Financials — 5.7%

        

Allstate Corporation (The)

  275,000   30,923,750 
         

Health Care — 24.0%

        

Abbott Laboratories

  164,500   14,288,471 

AbbVie, Inc.

  164,500   14,564,830 

Allergan p.l.c. (Ireland)

  60,000   11,470,200 

Bausch Health Companies, Inc. (Canada)(b)

  1,000,000   29,919,999 

EDAP TMS SA - ADR (France)(b)

  733,094   3,247,606 

Fate Therapeutics, Inc.(b)

  50,000   978,500 

MannKind Corporation(b)

  1,375,723   1,774,683 

Merck & Company, Inc.

  300,000   27,285,000 

Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(b)

  266,552   1,074,205 

Pfizer, Inc.

  450,000   17,631,000 

Prothena Corporation p.l.c. (Ireland)(b)

  3,170   50,181 

Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(b)

  352,105   8,351,931 

Xtant Medical Holdings, Inc.(b)

  182,972   292,755 
       130,929,361 

Industrials — 10.3%

        

AMERCO

  124,167   46,664,442 

General Electric Company

  800,000   8,928,000 

Insteel Industries, Inc.

  27,100   582,379 
       56,174,821 

Information Technology — 6.8%

        

Apple, Inc.

  80,000   23,492,000 

International Business Machines Corporation

  100,000   13,404,000 
       36,896,000 

 

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See accompanying notes which are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

 

Bruce Fund
Schedule of Investments (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

 

 

Shares/
Principal
Amount

  

Fair Value

 

COMMON STOCKS — (continued)

        
         

Materials — 2.9%

        

Ashland Global Holdings, Inc.

  25,000  $1,913,250 

Compass Minerals International, Inc.

  140,000   8,534,399 

Flotek Industries, Inc.(b)

  590,671   1,181,342 

Newmont Goldcorp Corporation

  65,600   2,850,320 

Solitario Exploration & Royalty Corporation(b)

  199,270   59,801 

Valvoline, Inc.

  68,633   1,469,433 
       16,008,545 

Utilities — 24.7%

        

Avista Corporation

  200,000   9,618,000 

CMS Energy Corporation

  450,000   28,278,000 

Duke Energy Corporation

  300,000   27,363,000 

NextEra Energy, Inc.

  175,000   42,378,000 

WEC Energy Group, Inc.

  22,560   2,080,709 

Xcel Energy, Inc.

  400,000   25,396,000 
       135,113,709 

Total Common Stocks (Cost $228,566,999)

      423,124,716 
         

CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCKS — 0.5%

        
         

Consumer Staples — 0.5%

        

Bunge Ltd. (Bermuda), 4.88%

  27,400   2,881,384 

Total Convertible Preferred Stocks (Cost $2,864,600)

      2,881,384 
         

U.S. GOVERNMENT BONDS — 11.0%

        

U.S. Treasury “Strips”, 0.00%, 8/15/2029

 $30,000,000   25,067,001 

U.S. Treasury “Strips”, 0.00%, 2/15/2036

  20,000,000   14,288,102 

U.S. Treasury “Strips”, 0.00%, 2/15/2041

  10,000,000   6,138,824 

U.S. Treasury “Strips”, 0.00%, 5/15/2049

  30,000,000   14,833,559 

Total U.S. Government Bonds (Cost $49,453,289)

      60,327,486 
         

CONVERTIBLE CORPORATE BONDS — 5.0%

        
         

Health Care — 4.8%

        

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., 1.75%, 6/15/2021

  11,000,000   8,322,849 

Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation, 5.75%, 8/1/2021

  2,000,000   2,194,624 

MannKind Corporation, 5.75%, 10/23/2024(a)(c)

  5,000,000   3,750,000 

Novavax, Inc., 3.75%, 2/1/2023

  3,000,000   1,215,000 

Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 4.75%, 5/1/2024

  15,000,000   10,837,501 

Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 7.50%, 11/1/2019(a)(c)(d)(e)

  1,500,000   150 
       26,320,124 

 

 

See accompanying notes which are an integral part of these financial statements.

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Bruce Fund
Schedule of Investments (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

 

 

Shares/
Principal
Amount

  

Fair Value

 

CONVERTIBLE CORPORATE BONDS — (continued)

        
         

Industrials — 0.2%

        

Team, Inc., 5.00%, 8/1/2023(d)

 $1,000,000  $1,049,428 

Total Convertible Corporate Bonds (Cost $33,700,046)

      27,369,552 
         

CORPORATE BONDS — 4.2%

        
         

Consumer Discretionary — 0.3%

        

Land O’Lakes Capital Trust I, 7.45%, 3/15/2028(d)

  1,500,000   1,691,250 
         

Energy — 0.5%

        

ONEOK, Inc., 6.00%, 6/15/2035

  1,000,000   1,202,056 

PetroQuest Energy, Inc., 10.00%, 2/15/2024(a)(c)(f)

  2,385,177   1,192,589 
       2,394,645 

Financials — 0.7%

        

Security Benefit Life Insurance Company, 7.45%, 10/1/2033(d)

  3,000,000   3,900,948 
         

Health Care — 1.7%

        

MannKind Corporation, 0.00%, 6/30/2020(a)(c)

  2,630,750   2,630,750 

MannKind Corporation, 0.00%, 12/30/2020(a)(c)

  2,630,750   2,630,750 

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (Canada), 6.13%, 4/15/2025(d)

  4,000,000   4,141,260 
       9,402,760 

Utilities — 1.0%

        

Constellation Energy Group, Inc., 7.60%, 4/1/2032

  4,000,000   5,529,737 

Total Corporate Bonds (Cost $19,512,537)

      22,919,340 
         

U.S. MUNICIPAL BONDS — 0.0%

        

Indianapolis Airport Authority, 6.50%, 11/15/2031(a)(b)(e)

  972,551   292 

Total U.S. Municipal Bonds (Cost $162,383)

      292 

 

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See accompanying notes which are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

 

Bruce Fund
Schedule of Investments (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

 

 

Shares/
Principal
Amount

  

Fair Value

 

MONEY MARKET FUNDS - 1.6%

        

Morgan Stanley Institutional Liquidity Government Portfolio, Institutional Class, 1.51%(g)

  8,596,946  $8,596,946 

Total Money Market Funds (Cost $8,596,946)

      8,596,946 
         

Total Investments — 99.8% (Cost $342,856,800)

      545,219,716 

Other Assets in Excess of Liabilities — 0.2%

      997,288 

NET ASSETS — 100.0%

     $546,217,004 

 

(a)

Illiquid security. The total fair value of these securities as of December 31, 2019 was $10,254,484, representing 1.88% of net assets.

(b)

Non-income producing security.

(c)

Security is currently being valued according to the fair value procedures approved by the Board of Directors.

(d)

Security exempt from registration under Rule 144A or Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933. The security may be resold in transactions exempt from registration, normally to qualified institutional buyers. The total fair value of these securities as December 31, 2019 was $10,783,036, representing 1.97% of net assets.

(e)

In default.

(f)

Payment in kind security which may pay interest in additional principal.

(g)

Rate disclosed is the seven day effective yield as of December 31, 2019.

ADR – American Depositary Receipt

 

The sectors shown on the schedule of investments are based on the Global Industry Classification Standard, or GICS® (“GICS”). The GICS was developed by and/or is the exclusive property of MSCI, Inc. and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”). GICS is a service mark of MSCI, Inc. and S&P and has been licensed for use by Ultimus Fund Solutions, LLC.

 

 

See accompanying notes which are an integral part of these financial statements.

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Bruce Fund
Statement of Assets and Liabilities (Unaudited)

 

December 31, 2019

 

Assets

Investments in securities, at market value (cost $342,856,800)

 $545,219,716 

Cash

  273,131 

Dividends and interest receivable

  1,228,809 

Receivable for fund shares sold

  1,882 

Prepaid expenses

  10,628 

Total Assets

  546,734,166 

Liabilities

    

Payable for fund shares redeemed

  130,067 

Accrued investment advisory fees

  244,451 

Payable to Administrator

  86,154 

Payable to trustees

  2,011 

Other accrued expenses

  54,479 

Total Liabilities

  517,162 

Net Assets

 $546,217,004 

Net Assets consist of

    

Capital stock (924,991 shares of $1 par value capital stock issued and outstanding)

 $924,991 

Paid-in capital

  342,971,055 

Accumulated earnings

  202,320,958 

Net Assets

 $546,217,004 

Shares outstanding: 2,000,000 shares authorized

  924,991 

Net asset value, offering and redemption price per share

 $590.51 

 

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See accompanying notes which are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

 

Bruce Fund
Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

 

For the Six Months Ended December 31, 2019

 

Investment Income

    

Dividend income

 $4,582,417 

Interest income

  3,141,064 

Total investment income

  7,723,481 

Expenses

    

Investment advisory

  1,419,881 

Administration

  132,593 

Transfer agent

  73,424 

Fund accounting

  49,230 

Audit and tax preparation

  28,729 

Custodian

  22,642 

Postage

  18,584 

Registration

  16,859 

Printing

  10,094 

Director

  2,011 

Insurance

  738 

Other

  1,793 

Net operating expenses

  1,776,578 

Net investment income

  5,946,903 

Net Realized and Change in Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments

    

Net realized gain on investment securities

  6,317,958 

Change in unrealized appreciation on investment securities

  31,513,402 

Net realized and change in unrealized gain on investments

  37,831,360 

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations

 $43,778,263 

 

 

See accompanying notes which are an integral part of these financial statements.

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Bruce Fund
Statements of Changes in Net Assets

 

 

 

For the
Six Months Ended
December 31, 2019
(Unaudited)

  

For the
Year Ended
June 30, 2019

 

Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets due to:

        

Operations

        

Net investment income

 $5,946,903  $10,723,670 

Net realized gain (loss) on investment securities

  6,317,958   (1,163,647)

Net change in unrealized appreciation of investment securities

  31,513,402   33,748,505 

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations

  43,778,263   43,308,528 

Distributions to Shareholders from

        

Earnings

  (10,912,657)  (11,819,986)

Total distributions

  (10,912,657)  (11,819,986)

Capital Transactions

        

Proceeds from shares sold

  2,995,991   13,578,418 

Reinvestment of distributions

  10,092,925   11,014,714 

Amount paid for shares redeemed

  (20,314,064)  (69,463,403)

Net decrease in net assets resulting from capital transactions

  (7,225,148)  (44,870,271)

Total Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets

  25,640,458   (13,381,729)

Net Assets

        

Beginning of period

  520,576,546   533,958,275 

End of period

 $546,217,004  $520,576,546 

Share Transactions

        

Shares sold

  5,241   25,337 

Shares issued in reinvestment of distributions

  17,318   21,961 

Shares redeemed

  (35,546)  (131,178)

Net decrease in shares outstanding

  (12,987)  (83,880)

 

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See accompanying notes which are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

 

Bruce Fund
Financial Highlights

 

Selected data for each share of capital stock outstanding through each period is presented below

 

  

For the
Six Months Ended December 31, 2019

  

For the Year Ended June 30,

 
  

(Unaudited)

  

2019

  

2018

  

2017

  

2016

  

2015

 

Selected Per Share Data

                        

Net asset value, beginning of period

 $555.00  $522.54  $522.91  $535.76  $515.63  $537.94 

Investment operations:

                        

Net investment income

  6.73   11.64   12.71   10.67   9.92   6.66 

Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)

  40.80   33.09   8.52   6.89   33.18   (13.08)

Total from investment operations

  47.53   44.73   21.23   17.56   43.10   (6.42)

Less distributions to shareholders from:

                        

Net investment income

  (12.02)  (12.27)  (11.69)  (10.08)  (8.45)  (8.81)

Net realized gains

        (9.91)  (20.33)  (14.52)  (7.08)

Total distributions

  (12.02)  (12.27)  (21.60)  (30.41)  (22.97)  (15.89)

Net asset value, end of period

 $590.51  $555.00  $522.54  $522.91  $535.76  $515.63 

Total Return(a)

  8.59%(b)  8.81%  4.01%  3.74%  8.73%  (1.13)%
                         

Ratios and Supplemental Data:

                        

Net assets, end of period ($ millions)

 $546.22  $520.58  $534.04  $575.20  $594.78  $545.30 

Ratio of expenses to average net assets

  0.67%(c)  0.67%  0.67%  0.67%  0.67%  0.68%

Ratio of net investment income to average net assets

  2.23%(c)  2.08%  2.31%  2.04%  1.94%  1.30%

Portfolio turnover rate

  10%(b)  7%  20%  5%  26%  14%
                         

 

(a)

Total return represents the rate that the investor would have earned or lost on an investment in the Fund, assuming reinvestment of distributions.

(b)

Not annualized.

(c)

Annualized.

 

 

 

See accompanying notes which are an integral part of these financial statements.

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Bruce Fund
Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

December 31, 2019

 

NOTE A – ORGANIZATION

 

Bruce Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”) is a Maryland corporation incorporated on June 20, 1967. The Fund is an open end diversified management investment company and the Fund’s primary investment objective is long-term capital appreciation. The investment adviser to the Fund is Bruce and Co., Inc. (the “Adviser”).

 

NOTE B – SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Basis of Preparation – The Fund is an investment company and follows accounting and reporting guidance under Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 946, “Financial Services-Investment Companies”. The following is a summary of significant accounting policies followed by the Fund in preparation of its financial statements. These policies are in conformity with the generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”).

 

Estimates – The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make 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 and the reported amounts of increases and decreases in net assets from operations during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Securities Valuation – All investments in securities are recorded at their fair value as described in Note C.

 

Federal Income Taxes – The Fund makes no provision for federal income or excise tax. The Fund has qualified and intends to qualify each year as a regulated investment company (“RIC”) under subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, by complying with the requirements applicable to RICs and by distributing substantially all of its taxable income. The Fund also intends to distribute sufficient net investment income and net capital gains, if any, so that it will not be subject to excise tax on undistributed income and gains. If the required amount of net investment income or gains is not distributed, the Fund could incur a tax expense.

 

As of and during the six months ended December 31, 2019, the Fund did not have a liability for any unrecognized tax benefits. The Fund recognizes interest and penalties, if any, related to unrecognized tax benefits as income tax expense in the statement of operations. During the period, the Fund did not incur any interest or penalties.

 

Security Transactions and Related Income – Investment transactions are accounted for no later than the first calculation of the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) on the business day following the trade date. For financial reporting purposes, however, security transactions are accounted for on the trade date on the last business day of the reporting period. The specific identification method is used for determining gains or losses for financial statements and income tax purposes. Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date and interest income is recorded on an accrual basis. Discounts and premiums on securities purchased are accreted or amortized using

 

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Bruce Fund
Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

the effective interest method. Withholding taxes on foreign dividends have been provided for in accordance with the Fund’s understanding of the applicable country’s tax rules and rates. The ability of issuers of debt securities held by the Fund to meet their obligations may be affected by economic and political development in specific country or region.

 

Distributions – Distributions to shareholders, which are determined in accordance with income tax regulations, are recorded on the ex-dividend date. The Fund intends to distribute substantially all of its net investment income as dividends and distributions to its shareholders on at least an annual basis. The Fund intends to distribute its net realized long-term capital gains and its net realized short-term capital gains at least once a year. The treatment for financial reporting purposes of distributions made to shareholders during the year from net investment income or net realized capital gains may differ from their ultimate treatment for federal income tax purposes. These differences are caused primarily by differences in the timing of the recognition of certain components of income, expenses or realized capital gain for federal income tax purposes. Where such differences are permanent in nature, they are reclassified in the components of the net assets based on their ultimate characterization for federal income tax purposes. Any such reclassifications will have no effect on net assets, results of operations or net asset values per share of the Fund.

 

NOTE C – SUMMARY OF SECURITIES VALUATION AND FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

 

In accordance with Accounting Standards Codification 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures” (“ASC 820”), 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 or most advantageous market of the investment. ASC 820 established a three-tier hierarchy to maximize the use of the observable market data and minimize the use of unobservable inputs and to establish classification of the fair value measurements for disclosure purposes. Inputs refer broadly to the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, including assumptions about risk (the risk inherent in a particular valuation technique used to measure fair value such as pricing model and/or the risk inherent in the inputs to the valuation technique). Inputs may be observable or unobservable. Observable inputs are inputs that reflect the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the reporting entity. Unobservable inputs are inputs that reflect the reporting entity’s own assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, developed based on the best information available in the circumstances. The three-tier hierarchy of inputs is summarized in the three broad levels listed below:

 

 

Level 1 – unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical investments and/or registered investment companies where the value per share is determined and published and is the basis for current transactions for identical assets or liabilities at the valuation date

 

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Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

 

Level 2 – other significant observable inputs (including, but not limited to, quoted prices for an identical security in an inactive market, quoted prices for similar securities, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.)

 

 

Level 3 – significant unobservable inputs (including the Fund’s own assumptions in determining fair value of investments based on the best information available)

 

The inputs used to measure fair value may fall into different levels of the fair value hierarchy. In such cases, for disclosure purposes, the level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement falls in its entirety, is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety.

 

Equity securities, including common stocks, convertible preferred stocks, and American Depositary Receipts (ADR’s), are generally valued by using market quotations, but may be valued on the basis of prices furnished by a pricing service when the Adviser believes such prices more accurately reflect the fair value of such securities. Securities that are traded on any stock exchange are generally valued by the pricing service at the last quoted sale price. Lacking a last sale price, an exchange traded security is generally valued by the pricing service at its last bid price. Securities traded in the NASDAQ over-the-counter market are generally valued by the pricing service at the NASDAQ Official Closing Price. When using the market quotations or close prices provided by the pricing service and when the market is considered active, the security will be classified as a Level 1 security. Sometimes, an equity security owned by the Fund will be valued by the pricing service with factors other than market quotations or when the market is considered inactive. When this happens, the security will be classified as a Level 2 security.

 

When market quotations are not readily available, when the Adviser determines that the market quotation or the price provided by the pricing service does not accurately reflect the current fair value, or when restricted or illiquid securities are being valued, such securities are valued as determined by the Adviser, in conformity with guidelines adopted by and subject to review by the Board of Directors (the “Board”). These securities are generally categorized as Level 3 securities.

 

Investments in mutual funds, including money market mutual funds, are generally priced at the ending NAV provided by the service agent of the funds. These securities will be categorized as Level 1 securities.

 

Fixed income securities, including corporate bonds, convertible corporate bonds, U.S. government bonds, and U.S. municipal bonds are valued using market quotations in an active market, will be categorized as Level 2 securities. However, they may be valued on the basis of prices furnished by a pricing service when the Adviser believes such prices more accurately reflect the fair value of such securities. A pricing service uses various inputs and techniques, which include broker-dealer quotations, live trading levels, recently executed transactions in securities of the issuer or comparable issuers, and option adjusted spread

 

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Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

models that include base curve and spread curve inputs. Adjustments to individual bonds can be applied to recognize trading differences compared to other bonds issued by the same issuer. The broker-dealer quotations received are supported by credit analysis of the issuer that takes into consideration credit quality assessments, daily trading activity, and the activity of the underlying equities, listed bonds and sector-specific trends. To the extent that these inputs are observable, the fixed income securities are categorized as Level 2 securities. If the Adviser decides that a price provided by the pricing service does not accurately reflect the fair value of the securities, when prices are not readily available from a pricing service, or when restricted or illiquid securities are being valued, securities are valued at fair value as determined in good faith by the Adviser, in conformity with guidelines adopted by and subject to review of the Board. These securities are generally categorized as Level 3 securities.

 

The following is a summary of the inputs used to value the Fund’s investments as of December 31, 2019, based on the three levels defined previously:

 

 

 

Level 1

  

Level 2

  

Level 3

  

Total

 

Common Stocks

                

Communication Services

 $9,708,577  $  $45,500  $9,754,077 

Consumer Discretionary

  7,320,000         7,320,000 

Energy

        4,453   4,453 

Financials

  30,923,750         30,923,750 

Health Care

  130,929,361         130,929,361 

Industrials

  56,174,821         56,174,821 

Information Technology

  36,896,000         36,896,000 

Materials

  16,008,545         16,008,545 

Utilities

  135,113,709         135,113,709 

Convertible Preferred Stocks

                

Consumer Staples

  2,881,384         2,881,384 

U.S. Government Bonds

                

U.S. Treasury Strips

     60,327,486      60,327,486 

Convertible Corporate Bonds

                

Health Care

     22,569,974   3,750,150   26,320,124 

Industrials

     1,049,428      1,049,428 

Corporate Bonds

                

Consumer Discretionary

     1,691,250      1,691,250 

Energy

     1,202,056   1,192,589   2,394,645 

Financials

     3,900,948      3,900,948 

Health Care

     4,141,260   5,261,500   9,402,760 

Utilities

     5,529,737      5,529,737 

U.S. Municipal Bonds

     292      292 

Money Market Funds

  8,596,946         8,596,946 

Total

 $434,553,093  $100,412,431  $10,254,192  $545,219,716 

 

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Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

In the absence of a listed price quote, or a supplied price quote which is deemed to be unrepresentative of the actual market price, the Adviser shall use any or all of the following criteria to value Level 3 securities:

 

 

Last sales price

 

 

Price given by pricing service

 

 

Last quoted bid & asked price

 

 

Third party bid & asked price

 

 

Indicated opening range

 

The significant unobservable inputs that may be used in the fair value measurement of the Fund’s investments in common stock, corporate bonds and convertible corporate bonds for which market quotations are not readily available include: broker quotes, discounts from the most recent trade or “stale price” and estimates from trustees (in bankruptcies) on disbursements. A change in the assumption used for each of the inputs listed above may indicate a directionally similar change in the fair value of the investment.

 

The following provides quantitative information about the Fund’s significant Level 3 fair value measurements as of December 31, 2019:

 

Quantitative Information about Significant Level 3 Fair Value Measurements

Asset Category

 

Fair Value At
December 31, 2019

 

Valuation
Techniques

Unobservable Input(s)

 

Range

 

Common Stocks

 $4,453 

Adjusted Broker Quotes

Non-Binding Broker Quotes

  N/A 
   45,500 

Asset Liquidation Analysis

Liquidation Proceeds

  N/A 
           

Convertible Corporate Bonds

  3,750,150 

Adjusted Broker Quotes

Non-Binding Broker Quotes

  N/A 

 

     

Discount for Lack of Marketability

  1%-20% 
           

 

    

Comparable Security Analysis

Matrix Pricing Range

  N/A 
      

Common Stock Valuation

  N/A 
           

Corporate Bonds

  6,454,089 

Price at Par

Liquidation/Reorganization Valuation

  50%-100% 

 

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Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

Following is a reconciliation of assets in which significant unobservable inputs (Level 3) were used in determining fair value for the Fund:

 

 

 

Balance as
of June 30,
2019

  

Realized
gain (loss)

  

Amortization/
Accretion

  

Change in
unrealized
appreciation
(depreciation)

 

Common Stock

 $636,427  $  $  $(586,474)

Convertible Corporate Bonds

  13,658,700   (2,702,043)     3,864,426 

Corporate Bonds

            

Total

 $14,295,127  $(2,702,043) $  $3,277,952 

 

 

 

Purchases

  

Sales

  

Transfer in
Level 3*
(a)

  

Transfer out
Level 3*
(b)

  

Balance as of
December 31,
2019

 

Common Stock

 $  $  $  $  $49,953 

Convertible Corporate Bonds

  5,000,000   (16,070,933)        3,750,150 

Corporate Bonds

  5,261,500      1,192,589      6,454,089 

Total

 $10,261,500  $(16,070,933) $1,192,589  $  $10,254,192 

 

*

The amount of transfers in and/or out are reflected at the reporting period end.

(a)

Transfers in relate primarily to securities for which observable inputs became unavailable during the period. Therefore, the securities were valued at fair value by the Adviser, in conformity with guidelines adopted by and subject to review by the Board, and are categorized as Level 3 inputs as of December 31, 2019.

(b)

Transfer out relate primarily to securities for which observable inputs became available during the period, and as of December 31, 2019, the Fund was able to obtain quotes from its pricing service. These quotes represent Level 2 inputs, which is the level of the fair value hierarchy in which these securities are included as of December 31, 2019.

 

The total change in unrealized depreciation included in the Statement of Operations attributable to Level 3 investments still held at December 31, 2019 was as follows:

 

Total Change in
Unrealized Appreciation

Common Stock

 $(586,474)

Convertible Corporate Bonds

  3,864,426 

Corporate Bonds

   

Total

 $3,277,952 

 

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Bruce Fund
Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

NOTE D – PURCHASES AND SALES OF SECURITIES

 

For the six months ended December 31, 2019, cost of purchases and proceeds from maturities and sales of securities, other than short-term investments and short-term U.S. Government obligations were as follows:

 

 

 

Other

  

U.S.
Government
Obligations

 

Purchases

 $34,362,765  $15,811,000 

Sales

 $37,343,825  $26,295,000 

 

NOTE E – RELATED PARTIES

 

Bruce & Co., Inc., an Illinois corporation, is the investment adviser of the Fund and furnishes investment advice. In addition, it provides office space and facilities and pays the cost of all prospectuses and financial reports (other than those mailed to current shareholders). Compensation to the Adviser for its services under the Investment Advisory Contract is paid monthly based on the following:

 

Annual Percentage Fee

Applied to Average Net Assets of Fund

1.00%

Up to $20,000,000; plus

0.60%

$20,000,000 to $100,000,000; plus

0.50%

over $100,000,000

 

At December 31, 2019, Robert B. Bruce was the beneficial owner of 19,216 Fund shares, R. Jeffrey Bruce was the beneficial owner of 23,444 Fund shares, Robert DeBartolo was the beneficial owner of 24 Fund shares, and W. Martin Johnson was the beneficial owner of 5 Fund shares. Robert B. Bruce, Robert DeBartolo, and W. Martin Johnson are directors of the Fund; both Robert B. Bruce and R. Jeffrey Bruce are officers of the Fund and are officers, directors and owners of the Adviser.

 

NOTE F – FEDERAL INCOME TAXES

 

At December 31, 2019, the breakdown of net unrealized appreciation and tax cost of investments for federal income tax purpose is as follows:

 

Gross Unrealized Appreciation

 $218,302,654 

Gross Unrealized Depreciation

  (15,938,937)

Net Unrealized Appreciation on Investments

 $202,363,717 

Tax Cost

 $342,855,999 

 

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Bruce Fund
Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

At June 30, 2019, the Fund’s most recent fiscal year end, the components of distributable earnings (accumulated losses) on a tax basis were as follows:

 

Undistributed Ordinary Income

 $4,903,576 

Undistributed Long-Term Capital Gains

   

Accumulated Capital and Other Losses

  (6,298,539)

Unrealized Appreciation

  170,850,315 

Total

 $169,455,352 

 

As of June 30, 2019, the Fund had long-term capital loss carryforwards available to offset future gains, not subject to expiration, in the amount of $6,298,539.

 

The tax character of distributions paid during the fiscal year 2019 was as follows:

 

Distributions paid from:

    

Ordinary Income

 $11,819,986 

Long-Term Capital Gain

   

 

 $11,819,986 

 

NOTE G – RESTRICTED SECURITIES

 

The Fund has acquired several securities, the sale of which is restricted, through private placement. At December 31, 2019, the aggregate market value of such securities listed below amounted to $10,783,036, or 1.97% of the Fund’s net assets. 100% of the restricted securities are valued using quoted market prices, while the other 0.00% are valued according to fair value procedures approved by the Board. It is possible that the estimated value may differ significantly from the amount that might ultimately be realized in the near term, and the difference could be material.

 

The chart below shows the restricted securities held by the Fund as of December 31, 2019:

 

Issuer Description

 

Acquisition
Date

  

Principal
Amount

  

Cost

  

Value

 

Corporate Bonds

                

Land O’ Lakes Capital Trust I, 7.45%, 3/15/28

  1/23/09  $1,500,000  $1,123,496  $1,691,250 

Security Benefit Life Insurance Company, 7.45%, 10/1/33

  (a)   3,000,000   2,782,690   3,900,948 

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. 6.13%, 4/15/25

  (b)   4,000,000   3,552,259   4,141,260 
                 

Convertible Corporate Bonds

                

Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 7.50%, 11/1/19

  3/4/15   1,500,000   932,534   150 

Team, Inc., 5.00%, 8/1/23

  8/24/17   1,000,000   916,153   1,049,428 

 

(a)

Purchased multiple taxlots beginning on 4/21/11.

(b)

Purchased multiple taxlots beginning on 5/11/17.

 

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Bruce Fund
Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited) (continued)

 

December 31, 2019

 

NOTE H – SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

In accordance with GAAP, management has evaluated subsequent events through the date these financial statements were issued. All subsequent events determined to be relevant and material to the financial statements as a whole have been accordingly disclosed.

 

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Shareholder Expense Example (Unaudited)

 

As a shareholder of the Fund, you incur ongoing costs, including management fees and other Fund expenses. This 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 example is based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the period (July 1, 2019) and held for the entire period (through December 31, 2019).

 

Actual Expenses

 

The first line of the table below provides information about actual account values and actual expenses. You may use the information in this line, 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 = $8.60), then multiply the result by the number in the first line under the heading entitled “Expenses Paid During the Period” to estimate the expenses you paid on your account during this period.

 

Hypothetical Example for Comparison Purposes

 

The second line of the table below 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.

 

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 redemption fees. Therefore, the second line of the table is useful in comparing ongoing costs only, and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds.

 

 

Beginning
Account Value

Ending
Account Value

Expenses
Paid During
the Period
(a)

 

July 1, 2019

December 31, 2019

July 1 –
December 31, 2019

Actual

$ 1,000.00

$ 1,085.90

$ 3.51

Hypothetical(b)

$ 1,000.00

$ 1,021.77

$ 3.40

 

(a)

Expenses are equal to the Fund’s six month annualized expense ratio of 0.67%, multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by 184/366 (to reflect the partial year period).

(b)

Assumes a 5% return before expenses.

 

 

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Approval of Management Agreement (Unaudited)

 

Information Considered: Director Independence, Fund Activities and Shareholder benefit, Auditor selection.

 

Director Discussion: Director DeBartolo and Director Johnson represented and verified that they continued to be independent directors and have not recently bought or sold any additional shares in the Fund. R. Jeffrey Bruce presented the performance, turnover, and expenses of the Fund to determine whether the Fund activities were being conducted for the benefit of the Shareholders. The Board discussed and reviewed the presentation and Independent Directors Johnson and DeBartolo reviewed the Fund’s activities and performance and stated that the performance of the Fund over the long term validates the Fund’s objective of long-term capital appreciation. The Independent Directors’ noted that the Funds returns and high rankings of “cautious funds” in a recent Morningstar report speaks for itself and the good returns, low expense, reasonable fees and consistent approach of management have all supported the high rankings and reinforced the Fund’s overall investment strategy. The Directors then reviewed and discussed the selection of Grant Thornton as Auditor.

 

Director Vote: Director Johnson made a motion to approve and renew the Investment Advisory Contract (Chairman Bruce and Director R. Jeffrey Bruce abstained), seconded by Director DeBartolo, unanimously approved. Director Bruce moved (seconded by Director DeBartolo) to approve and confirmed the selection of Grant Thornton as Auditor, which motion unanimously carried.

 

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Privacy Policy

 

The following is a description of the Fund’s policies regarding disclosure of nonpublic personal information that you provide to the Fund or that the Fund collects from other sources. In the event that you hold shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary, the privacy policy of your financial intermediary would govern how your nonpublic personal information would be shared with unaffiliated third parties.

 

Categories of Information the Fund Collects. The Fund collects the following nonpublic personal information about you:

 

 

Information the Fund receives from you on or in applications or other forms, correspondence, or conversations (such as your name, address, phone number, social security number, assets, income and date of birth); and

 

 

Information about your transactions with the Fund, or others (such as your account number and balance, payment history, parties to transactions, cost basis information, and other financial information).

 

Categories of Information the Fund Discloses. The Fund does not disclose any nonpublic personal information about its current or former shareholders to unaffiliated third parties, except as required or permitted by law. The Fund is permitted by law to disclose all of the information it collects, as described above, to its service providers (such as the Fund’s custodian, administrator and transfer agent) to process your transactions and otherwise provide services to you.

 

Confidentiality and Security. The Fund restricts access to your nonpublic personal formation to those persons who require such information to provide products or services to you. The Fund maintains physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to guard your nonpublic personal information.

 

Disposal of Information. The Fund, through its transfer agent, has taken steps to reasonably ensure that the privacy of your nonpublic personal information is maintained at all times, including in connection with the disposal of information that is no longer required to be maintained by the Fund. Such steps shall include whenever possible, shredding paper documents and records prior to disposal, requiring off-site storage vendors to shred documents maintained in such locations prior to disposal, and erasing and/or obliterating any data contained on electronic media in such a manner that the information can no longer be read or reconstructed.

 

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Proxy Voting

 

A description of the policies and procedures that the Fund uses to determine how to vote proxies relating to portfolio securities and information regarding how the Fund voted those proxies during the most recent twelve month period ended June 30, are available (1) without charge upon request by calling the Fund at (800) 872-7823 and (2) in Fund documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

 

BRUCE FUND
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

 

Robert B. Bruce
President and Treasurer

 

R. Jeffrey Bruce
Vice President and Secretary

 

Robert DeBartolo
Director

 

W. Martin Johnson
Director

 

Investment Adviser
Bruce and Co., Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

 

Custodian
Huntington National Bank
Columbus, Ohio

 

Administrator, Transfer Agent and Fund Accountant
Ultimus Asset Services, LLC
Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Distributor
Ultimus Fund Distributors, LLC
Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Counsel
Klevatt & Associates
Chicago, Illinois

 

Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Grant Thornton LLP
Chicago, Illinois

 

This report is intended only for the information of shareholders or those who have received the Fund’s prospectus which contains information about the Fund’s management fees and expenses. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

 

Distributed by Ultimus Fund Distributors, LLC
Member FINRA/SIPC

 

 

 

Item 2. Code of Ethics.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 3. Audit Committee Financial Expert.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 4. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 5. Audit Committee of Listed Companies.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 6. Schedule of Investments.

 

(a)Not Applicable (schedule filed with Item 1).
(b)Not Applicable.

 

Item 7. Disclosure of Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for Closed-End Management Investment Companies.

 

Not Applicable - Applies to closed-end funds only.

 

 

 

Item 8. Portfolio Managers of Closed-End Management Investment Companies.

 

Not applicable - Applies to closed-end funds only.

 

Item 9. Purchases of Equity Securities by Closed-End Management Investment Company and Affiliated Purchasers.

 

Not applicable - Applies to closed-end funds only.

 

Item 10. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders. Not Applicable

 

The registrant has not adopted procedures by which shareholders may recommend nominees to the registrant’s board of directors.

 

Item 11. Controls and Procedures.

 

(a) The registrant’s Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer have concluded that the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 30a-3(c) under the Act) are effective in design and operation and are sufficient to form the basis of the certifications required by Rule 30a-2 under the Act, based on their evaluation of these disclosure controls and procedures within 90 days of the filing of this report on Form N-CSR.

 

(b) There were no changes in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 30a-3(d) under the Act (17 CFR 270.30a-3(d))) that occurred during the second fiscal quarter of the period covered by this report that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Item 12. Disclosure of Securities Lending Activities for Closed-End Investment Companies.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 13. Exhibits.

 

(a)(1)Not applicable - Filed with Annual Report
  
(a)(2)Certifications by the registrant's principal executive officer and principal financial officer, pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act of 2002 and required by Rule 30a-2under the Investment Company Act of 1940 are filed herewith.
  
(a)(3)Not Applicable – there were no written solicitations to purchase securities under Rule 23c-1 during the period.
  
(b)Certification pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 is filed herewith.

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

(Registrant)Bruce Funds, Inc. 
   
By/s/ Robert B. Bruce 
 Robert B. Bruce, President 
   
Date03/05/2020 
   
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
   
By/s/ Robert B. Bruce 
 Robert B. Bruce, President 
   
Date03/05/2020 
   
By/s/ R. Jeffrey Bruce 
 R. Jeffrey Bruce, Principal Accounting Officer 
   
Date03/04/2020