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Janus Contrarian Fund Receives Lipper Award

DENVER, April 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Janus Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE:JNS) today announced that the Janus Contrarian Fund (Class I shares) received a 2015 Lipper Fund Award for the the Best Multi-Cap Core Fund for the three-year period ended Dec. 31, 2014.

"Lipper's recognition of the Janus Contrarian Fund reinforces the value of our fundamental, bottom-up investment approach and world-class research team," said Richard M. Weil, Chief Executive Officer of Janus Capital Group. "Dan Kozlowski and the Equity Research team have been able to achieve outstanding risk adjusted returns for clients by focusing on a thorough stock identification and evaluation process."

"Our contrarian, change-factor investment approach is rooted in our core belief that by avoiding Wall Street consensus trends and focusing instead on positive, material change in often unappreciated companies and industries, we can drive powerful returns for the shareholders," said Portfolio Manager Daniel Kozlowski. "Specifically identifying management changes, spinoffs and industry consolidation early on, combined with intensive fundamental research drives fund-holder value – an investment philosophy and process reinforced by receiving this Lipper Award."

The Lipper Awards honor fund management firms and individual mutual funds that excel in delivering consistently strong, risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers. Annual Lipper Awards reflect consistency of return over time. They take into account both short- and long-term, risk-adjusted performance relative to a fund's classification and look back over a variety of holding periods.

"We tip our hats to Dan Kozlowski, and the team behind Janus Contrarian Fund's three-year performance. In a competitive field of 245 peers, Janus Contrarian came out on top," said Jeff Tjornehoj, Head of Lipper Americas Research.

Janus Contrarian Fund is a U.S. centric equity fund, unconstrained by cap and style, which seeks to identify and invest opportunistically in non-consensus ideas. A two-layered approach guided by Portfolio Manager Daniel Kozlowski and Assistant Portfolio Manager Andy Summers identifies underfollowed, underappreciated and/or undervalued companies, which the team believes are poised to undergo significant, positive change at the company, industry or market sentiment level.

About Janus Capital Group Inc.

Janus Capital Group Inc. (JCG) is a global investment firm dedicated to delivering better outcomes for clients through a broad range of actively managed investment solutions, including fixed income, equity, alternative and multi-asset class strategies. It does so through a number of distinct investment platforms, including investment teams within Janus Capital Management LLC (Janus), as well as INTECH Investment Management LLC (INTECH) and Perkins Investment Management LLC (Perkins), in addition to certain exchange-traded products under the VelocityShares brand. Each team brings distinct asset class expertise, perspective, style-specific experience and a disciplined approach to risk. Investment strategies are offered through open-end funds domiciled in both the U.S. and offshore, as well as through separately managed accounts, collective investment trusts and exchange-traded products.

At the end of December 2014, JCG managed approximately $183.1 billion in assets for shareholders, clients and institutions around the globe. Based in Denver, Colorado, JCG also has offices in London, Milan, Munich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Melbourne, Paris, The Hague, Zurich, Frankfurt, Dubai and Taipei.

About the Lipper Fund Awards

The Lipper Fund Awards are part of the Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence, a global family of awards that celebrate exceptional performance throughout the professional investment community. The Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence recognize the world's top funds, fund management firms, sell-side firms, research analysts, and investor relations teams. The Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence also include the Extel Survey Awards, the StarMine Analyst Awards, and the StarMine Broker Rankings. For more information, please contact markets.awards@thomsonreuters.com or visit www.excellence.thompsonreuters.com.

For Lipper Best Individual Funds, the calculation periods extend over 36, 60 and 120 months. The highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value within each eligible classification determines the fund classification winner over 3, 5 or 10 years as of 12/31/14 and no other time periods. 654 Multi-Cap Core Funds were eligible for this award for the 3-year period. Only eligible investors may purchase Class I Shares. See a prospectus for eligibility requirements and other available share classes.

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