United States

Securities and Exchange Commission

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form N-CSR

Certified Shareholder Report of Registered Management Investment Companies

 

 

 

 

811-7115

 

(Investment Company Act File Number)

 

 

Federated Hermes Total Return Series, Inc.

______________________________________________________________

 

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

 

 

Federated Hermes Funds

4000 Ericsson Drive

Warrendale, PA 15086-7561

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

 

(412) 288-1900

(Registrant's Telephone Number)

 

 

Peter J. Germain, Esquire

1001 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-3779

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

(Notices should be sent to the Agent for Service)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Fiscal Year End: 09/30/22

 

 

Date of Reporting Period: Six months ended 03/31/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Item 1. Reports to Stockholders

 

Semi-Annual Shareholder Report
March 31, 2022
Share Class | Ticker
A* | FGFSX
Institutional | FGFIX
R6 | FGFMX
 
*formerly Service Shares

Federated Hermes Core Bond Fund
Fund Established 1997

A Portfolio of Federated Hermes Total Return Series, Inc.
Dear Valued Shareholder,
We are pleased to present the Semi-Annual Shareholder Report for your fund covering the period from October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. This report includes a complete listing of your fund’s holdings, performance information and financial statements along with other important fund information.
As a global leader in active, responsible investment management, Federated Hermes is guided by our conviction that responsible investing is the best way to create wealth over the long term. The company provides capabilities across a wide range of asset classes to investors around the world.
In addition, FederatedInvestors.com offers quick and easy access to valuable resources that include timely fund updates, economic and market insights from our investment strategists and financial planning tools. You can also access many of those insights by following us on Twitter (@FederatedHermes) and LinkedIn.
Thank you for investing with us. We hope you find this information useful and look forward to keeping you informed.
Sincerely,
J. Christopher Donahue, President

Not FDIC Insured ▪ May Lose Value ▪ No Bank Guarantee

CONTENTS

Portfolio of Investments Summary Table (unaudited)
At March 31, 2022, the Fund’s portfolio composition1 was as follows:
Security Type
Percentage of
Total Net Assets2
Corporate Debt Securities
34.0%
U.S. Government Agency Mortgage-Backed Securities
23.0%
Agency Risk Transfer Securities
11.2%
U.S. Treasury Securities
9.3%
Non-Agency Commercial Mortgage-Backed Security
7.3%
U.S. Government Agency Security
6.8%
Asset-Backed Securities
1.8%
Collateralized Mortgage Obligations
0.8%
Non-Agency Mortgage-Backed Securities
0.7%
Foreign Governments/Agencies
0.7%
U.S. Government Agency Adjustable Rate Mortgages
0.6%
U.S. Government Agency Commercial Mortgage-Backed Security
0.2%
Cash Equivalents3
4.6%
Derivative Contracts4
(2.6)%
Repurchase Agreement
0.5%
Other Assets and Liabilities—Net5
1.1%
TOTAL
100%
1
See the Fund’s Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information for a description of the
types of securities in which the Fund invests.
2
As of the date specified above, the Fund owned shares of one or more affiliated investment
companies. For purposes of this table, affiliated investment companies (other than an affiliated
money market mutual fund), in which the Fund invested greater than 10% of its net assets are
not treated as a single portfolio security, but rather the Fund is treated as owning a pro rata
portion of each security and each other asset and liability owned by the affiliated investment
company. Accordingly, the percentages of total net assets shown in the table will differ from
those presented on the Portfolio of Investments.
3
Cash Equivalents include any investments in money market mutual funds.
4
Based upon net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) or value of the derivative contracts as
applicable. Derivative contracts may consist of futures, forwards, options and swaps. The impact
of a derivative contract on the Fund’s performance may be larger than its unrealized
appreciation (depreciation) or value may indicate. In many cases, the notional value or amount of
a derivative contract may provide a better indication of the contract’s significance to the
portfolio. More complete information regarding the Fund’s direct investments in derivative
contracts, including unrealized appreciation (depreciation), value and notional values or amounts
of such contracts, can be found in the table at the end of the Portfolio of Investments included
in this Report.
5
Assets, other than investments in securities and derivative contracts, less liabilities. See
Statement of Assets and Liabilities.
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Portfolio of Investments
March 31, 2022 (unaudited)
Principal
Amount
or Shares
 
 
Value
         
 
AGENCY RISK TRANSFER SECURITIES—   11.2%
 
$  111,505
1
FHLMC - STACR, Series 2015-DNA, Class M3, 4.357% (1-month USLIBOR
+3.900%), 12/25/2027
$   111,885
  881,089
1
FHLMC - STACR, Series 2017-DNA3, Class M2, 2.957% (1-month USLIBOR
+2.500%), 3/25/2030
   886,607
  491,426
1
FNMA - CAS 2016-C04, Class 1M2, 4.707% (1-month USLIBOR
+4.250%), 1/25/2029
   502,953
 
 
TOTAL AGENCY RISK TRANSFER SECURITIES
(IDENTIFIED COST $1,547,489)
1,501,445
 
 
U.S. TREASURIES—   9.3%
 
 
 
U.S. Treasury Bonds—   6.6%
 
  415,000
 
1.750%, 8/15/2041
   360,285
  540,000
 
2.375%, 11/15/2049
   529,151
 
 
TOTAL
889,436
 
 
U.S. Treasury Notes—   2.7%
 
  400,000
 
1.250%, 8/15/2031
   363,641
 
 
TOTAL U.S. TREASURIES
(IDENTIFIED COST $1,351,268)
1,253,077
 
 
COMMERCIAL MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITY—   7.3%
 
 
 
Non-Agency Commercial Mortgage-Backed Security—   7.3%
 
1,000,000
 
Fontainebleau Miami Beach Trust, Class B, 3.447%, 12/10/2036
(IDENTIFIED COST $1,029,990)
   976,067
 
 
GOVERNMENT AGENCY—   6.8%
 
 
 
Federal Farm Credit System—   6.8%
 
1,000,000
 
0.700%, 1/27/2027
(IDENTIFIED COST $1,000,000)
   910,816
 
 
MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES—   3.0%
 
 
 
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation—   0.7%
 
   14,888
 
7.500%, 1/1/2027
    16,030
    1,832
 
7.500%, 1/1/2031
     2,043
      708
 
7.500%, 1/1/2031
       775
    1,309
 
7.500%, 1/1/2031
     1,455
   12,636
 
7.500%, 2/1/2031
    14,098
   58,850
 
7.500%, 2/1/2031
    65,952
 
 
TOTAL
100,353
 
 
Federal National Mortgage Association—   1.7%
 
   16,966
 
5.000%, 4/1/2036
    18,084
  124,495
 
5.500%, 11/1/2035
   134,885
   28,099
 
6.000%, 2/1/2026
    30,168
    1,906
 
6.000%, 5/1/2036
     2,105
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Principal
Amount
or Shares
 
 
Value
 
 
MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES—   continued
 
 
 
Federal National Mortgage Association—   continued
 
$      402
 
6.500%, 7/1/2029
$       436
      725
 
6.500%, 5/1/2030
       784
    3,405
 
6.500%, 2/1/2031
     3,722
    2,890
 
6.500%, 4/1/2031
     3,163
      198
 
6.500%, 4/1/2031
       218
    3,756
 
6.500%, 5/1/2031
     4,109
    3,688
 
6.500%, 6/1/2031
     4,036
    6,392
 
6.500%, 7/1/2031
     7,033
      795
 
6.500%, 8/1/2031
       860
    2,514
 
7.000%, 4/1/2029
     2,771
      774
 
7.000%, 4/1/2029
       853
    4,019
 
7.000%, 5/1/2029
     4,398
    1,914
 
7.000%, 2/1/2030
     2,117
    1,958
 
8.000%, 12/1/2026
     2,109
 
 
TOTAL
221,851
 
 
Government National Mortgage Association—   0.6%
 
   10,486
 
5.000%, 7/15/2023
    10,658
    5,132
 
7.000%, 10/15/2028
     5,542
    1,012
 
7.000%, 12/15/2028
     1,094
    2,842
 
7.000%, 2/15/2029
     3,025
    1,185
 
7.000%, 6/15/2029
     1,288
    3,975
 
8.000%, 10/15/2030
     4,388
   55,384
 
8.000%, 11/15/2030
    61,504
 
 
TOTAL
87,499
 
 
TOTAL MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES
(IDENTIFIED COST $376,528)
409,703
 
 
ASSET-BACKED SECURITIES—   1.1%
 
 
 
Auto Receivables—   0.4%
 
   50,000
 
CarMax Auto Owner Trust 2021-1, Class D, 1.280%, 7/15/2027
    47,261
 
 
Single Family Rental Security—   0.7%
 
  100,000
 
Progress Residential Trust 2022-SFR1, Class E1, 3.930%, 2/17/2041
    96,459
 
 
TOTAL ASSET-BACKED SECURITIES
(IDENTIFIED COST $148,946)
143,720
 
1
ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGES—   0.6%
 
 
 
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ARM—   0.1%
 
   14,475
 
1.965%, 7/1/2035
    14,912
 
 
Federal National Mortgage Association ARM—   0.5%
 
   19,702
 
1.995%, 7/1/2034
    20,345
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Principal
Amount
or Shares
 
 
Value
 
1
ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGES—   continued
 
 
 
Federal National Mortgage Association ARM—   continued
 
$   45,678
 
2.550%, 2/1/2036
$    47,509
 
 
TOTAL
67,854
 
 
TOTAL ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGES
(IDENTIFIED COST $79,854)
82,766
 
 
COLLATERALIZED MORTGAGE OBLIGATIONS—   0.3%
 
 
 
Federal National Mortgage Association—   0.1%
 
   19,794
 
REMIC, Series 1999-13, Class PH, 6.000%, 4/25/2029
    20,938
 
 
Non-Agency Mortgage-Backed Securities—   0.2%
 
   73,939
 
Credit Suisse Mortgage Trust 2007-4, Class 4A2, 5.500%, 6/25/2037
    25,526
    3,796
2
Lehman Structured Securities Corp. Mortgage 2002-GE1, Class A,
0.000%, 7/26/2024
     1,172
 
 
TOTAL
26,698
 
 
TOTAL COLLATERALIZED MORTGAGE OBLIGATIONS
(IDENTIFIED COST $96,045)
47,636
 
 
INVESTMENT COMPANIES—   61.0%
 
437,214
 
Federated Hermes Corporate Bond Strategy Portfolio
4,761,263
270,175
 
Federated Hermes Government Obligations Fund, Premier Shares, 0.19%3
   270,175
341,666
 
Mortgage Core Fund
3,156,993
 
 
TOTAL INVESTMENT COMPANIES
(IDENTIFIED COST $8,785,448)
8,188,431
 
 
TOTAL INVESTMENT IN SECURITIES—100.6%
(IDENTIFIED COST $14,415,568)4
13,513,661
 
 
OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES - NET—(0.6)%5
(85,787)
 
 
TOTAL NET ASSETS—100%
$13,427,874
At March 31, 2022, the Fund had the following outstanding futures contracts:
Description
Number of
Contracts
Notional
Value
Expiration
Date
Value and
Unrealized
Appreciation
(Depreciation)
Long Futures:
 
 
 
 
2United States Treasury Notes 2-Year Long
Futures
5
$1,059,609
June 2022
$(13,721)
2United States Treasury Notes 10-Year Long
Futures
5
$614,375
June 2022
$238
Short Futures:
 
 
 
 
2United States Treasury Notes 10-Year Ultra
Short Futures
2
$270,937
June 2022
$8,152
NET UNREALIZED DEPRECIATION ON FUTURES CONTRACTS
$(5,331)
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At March 31, 2022, the Fund had the following open swap contracts:
Credit Default Swap
Counterparty
Reference
Entity
Buy/
Sell
Pay/
Receive
Fixed
Rate
Expiration
Date
Implied
Credit
Spread at
03/31/20226
Notional
Amount
Market
Value
Upfront
Premiums
Paid/
(Received)
Unrealized
Appreciation
(Depreciation)
OTC Swap:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GOLDMAN SACHS
AND CO.
CMBX.NA.
BBB-.11
Sell
3.000%
11/18/2054
1.50%
$1,000,000
$(79,945)
$(54,097)
$(25,848)
TOTAL CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS
$(79,945)
$(54,097)
$(25,848)
Net Unrealized Appreciation/Depreciation on Futures and Swap Contracts is included in “Other Assets and Liabilities—Net.”
Affiliated fund holdings are investment companies which are managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. Transactions with affiliated fund holdings during the period ended March 31, 2022, were as follows:
 
Federated Hermes
Corporate Bond
Strategy Portfolio
Federated Hermes
Government
Obligations Fund,
Premier Shares
Mortgage
Core Fund
Total of
Affiliated
Transactions
Value as of 9/30/2021
$6,228,970
$1,155,308
$0
$7,384,278
Purchases at Cost
$750,000
$5,676,927
$3,510,148
$9,937,075
Proceeds from Sales
$(1,600,000)
$(6,562,060)
$(250,000)
$(8,412,060)
Change in Unrealized
Appreciation/Depreciation
$(500,474)
N/A
$(98,790)
$(599,264)
Net Realized Gain/(Loss)
$(117,233)
N/A
$(4,365)
$(121,598)
Value as of 3/31/2022
$4,761,263
$270,175
$3,156,993
$8,188,431
Shares Held as of 3/31/2022
437,214
270,175
341,666
1,049,055
Dividend Income
$101,137
$176
$10,153
$111,466
Gain Distributions Received
$40,548
$
$
$40,548
The Fund invests in Federated Hermes Corporate Bond Strategy Portfolio (FCP), a diversified portfolio of Federated Hermes Managed Pool Series (the “Trust”) which is also managed by the Adviser. The investment objective of FCP is to provide total return. Income distributions from FCP are declared daily and paid monthly. All income distributions are recorded by the Fund as dividend income. Capital gain distributions of FCP, if any, are declared and paid annually, and are recorded by the Fund as capital gains received. At March 31, 2022, FCP represents 35.5% of the Fund’s net assets. Therefore, the performance of the Fund is directly affected by the performance of FCP. A copy of FCP’s financial statements is available on the EDGAR Database on the SEC’s website or upon request from the Fund.
1
Floating/adjustable note with current rate and current maturity or next reset date shown.
Adjustable rate mortgage security coupons are based on the weighted average note rates of the
underlying mortgages less the guarantee and servicing fees. These securities do not indicate an
index and spread in their description above.
2
Non-income-producing security.
3
7-day net yield.
4
Also represents cost of investments for federal tax purposes.
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5
Assets, other than investments in securities, less liabilities. See Statement of Assets and
Liabilities.
6
Implied credit spreads, represented in absolute terms, utilized in determining the market value
of credit default swap agreements serve as an indicator of the current status of the payment/
performance risk and represent the likelihood or risk of default for the credit derivative. The
implied credit spread of a particular referenced entity reflects the cost of buying/selling
protection and may include upfront payments required to be made to enter into the agreement.
Wider credit spreads represent a deterioration of the referenced entity’s credit soundness and a
greater likelihood or risk of default or other credit event occurring as defined under the terms of
the agreement. A credit spread identified as “Defaulted” indicates a credit event has occurred
for the referenced entity or obligation.
Note: The categories of investments are shown as a percentage of total net assets at March 31, 2022.
Various inputs are used in determining the 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 securities, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.). Also includes securities valued at amortized cost.
Level 3—significant unobservable inputs (including the Fund’s own assumptions in determining the fair value of investments).
The inputs or methodology used for valuing securities are not an indication of the risk associated with investing in those securities.
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The following is a summary of the inputs used, as of March 31, 2022, in valuing the Fund’s assets carried at fair value:
Valuation Inputs
 
Level 1—
Quoted
Prices
Level 2—
Other
Significant
Observable
Inputs
Level 3—
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
Total
Debt Securities:
 
 
 
 
Agency Risk Transfer Securities
$
$1,501,445
$
$1,501,445
U.S. Treasury Securities
1,253,077
1,253,077
Commercial Mortgage-Backed Security
976,067
976,067
Government Agency
910,816
910,816
Mortgage-Backed Securities
409,703
409,703
Asset-Backed Securities
143,720
143,720
Adjustable Rate Mortgages
82,766
82,766
Collateralized Mortgage Obligations
47,636
47,636
Investment Companies
8,188,431
8,188,431
TOTAL SECURITIES
$8,188,431
$5,325,230
$
$13,513,661
Other Financial Instruments:
 
 
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
Futures Contracts
$8,390
$
$
$8,390
Liabilities
 
 
 
 
Futures Contracts
(13,721)
(13,721)
Swap Contracts
(79,945)
(79,945)
TOTAL OTHER
FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
$(5,331)
$(79,945)
$
$(85,276)
The following acronym(s) are used throughout this portfolio:
 
ARM
—Adjustable Rate Mortgage
CAS
—Connecticut Avenue Securities
FHLMC
—Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation
FNMA
—Federal National Mortgage Association
LIBOR
—London Interbank Offered Rate
REMIC
—Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit
STACR
—Structured Agency Credit Risk
See Notes which are an integral part of the Financial Statements
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Financial HighlightsClass A Shares
(For a Share Outstanding Throughout Each Period)1
 
Six Months
Ended
(unaudited)
3/31/2022
Year Ended September 30,
 
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period
$9.87
$9.77
$9.63
$9.25
$9.59
$9.81
Income From Investment Operations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net investment income (loss)
0.062
0.122
0.172
0.23
0.22
0.18
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)
(0.66)
0.17
0.20
0.39
(0.33)
(0.18)
Total From Investment Operations
(0.60)
0.29
0.37
0.62
(0.11)
Less Distributions:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Distributions from net investment income
(0.15)
(0.19)
(0.23)
(0.24)
(0.23)
(0.22)
Net Asset Value, End of Period
$9.12
$9.87
$9.77
$9.63
$9.25
$9.59
Total Return3
(6.18)%
2.94%
3.89%
6.82%
(1.19)%
0.00%4
Ratios to Average Net Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net expenses5
0.58%6
0.62%
0.66%
0.80%
0.81%
0.81%
Net investment income
1.49%6
1.24%
1.75%
2.46%
2.33%
1.91%
Expense waiver/reimbursement7
1.69%6
1.47%
1.11%
0.69%
0.44%
0.40%
Supplemental Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net assets, end of period (000 omitted)
$2,056
$2,521
$4,534
$4,540
$7,143
$11,269
Portfolio turnover8
84%
216%
333%
391%9
72%
277%
Portfolio turnover (excluding purchases and sales
from dollar-roll transactions)
35%
82%
203%
186%
18%
63%
1
The Fund’s former Service Shares have been re-designated as Class A Shares, effective
May 27, 2021.
2
Per share number has been calculated using the average shares method.
3
Based on net asset value, which does not reflect the sales charge, redemption fee or contingent
deferred sales charge, if applicable. Total returns for periods of less than one year are
not annualized.
4
Represents less than 0.01%.
5
Amount does not reflect net expenses incurred by investment companies in which the Fund
may invest.
6
Computed on an annualized basis.
7
This expense decrease is reflected in both the net expense and the net investment income ratios
shown above. Amount does not reflect expense waiver/reimbursement recorded by investment
companies in which the Fund may invest.
8
Securities that mature are considered sales for purposes of this calculation.
9
The portfolio turnover rate was higher from the prior year as a result of significant client activity
and asset reduction.
See Notes which are an integral part of the Financial Statements
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Financial HighlightsInstitutional Shares
(For a Share Outstanding Throughout Each Period)
 
Six Months
Ended
(unaudited)
3/31/2022
Year Ended September 30,
 
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period
$9.88
$9.78
$9.63
$9.25
$9.59
$9.82
Income From Investment Operations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net investment income (loss)
0.041
0.151
0.211
0.26
0.25
0.21
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)
(0.63)
0.16
0.20
0.39
(0.33)
(0.19)
Total From Investment Operations
(0.59)
0.31
0.41
0.65
(0.08)
0.02
Less Distributions:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Distributions from net investment income
(0.16)
(0.21)
(0.26)
(0.27)
(0.26)
(0.25)
Net Asset Value, End of Period
$9.13
$9.88
$9.78
$9.63
$9.25
$9.59
Total Return2
(6.05)%
3.23%
4.30%
7.14%
(0.89)%
0.20%
Ratios to Average Net Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net expenses3
0.33%4
0.33%
0.37%
0.50%
0.51%
0.50%
Net investment income
1.75%4
1.53%
2.15%
2.75%
2.63%
2.21%
Expense waiver/reimbursement5
1.67%4
1.34%
0.84%
0.48%
0.24%
0.20%
Supplemental Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net assets, end of period (000 omitted)
$11,372
$17,173
$22,347
$44,841
$90,789
$121,240
Portfolio turnover6
84%
216%
333%
391%7
72%
277%
Portfolio turnover (excluding purchases and
sales from dollar-roll transactions)
35%
82%
203%
186%
18%
63%
1
Per share number has been calculated using the average shares method.
2
Based on net asset value. Total returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized.
3
Amount does not reflect net expenses incurred by investment companies in which the Fund
may invest.
4
Computed on an annualized basis.
5
This expense decrease is reflected in both the net expense and the net investment income ratios
shown above. Amount does not reflect expense waiver/reimbursement recorded by investment
companies in which the Fund may invest.
6
Securities that mature are considered sales for purposes of this calculation.
7
The portfolio turnover rate was higher from the prior year as a result of significant client activity
and asset reduction.
See Notes which are an integral part of the Financial Statements
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Financial HighlightsClass R6 Shares
(For a Share Outstanding Throughout the Period)
 
Period
Ended
(unaudited)
3/31/20221
Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period
$9.85
Income From Investment Operations:
 
Net investment income (loss)
0.16
Net realized and unrealized (loss)
(0.73)
Total From Investment Operations
(0.57)
Less Distributions:
 
Distributions from net investment income
(0.16)
Net Asset Value, End of Period
$9.12
Total Return2
(6.16)%
Ratios to Average Net Assets:
 
Net expenses3
0.30%
Net investment income
0.30%
Expense waiver/reimbursement4
0.54%
Supplemental Data:
 
Net assets, end of period (000 omitted)
$05
Portfolio turnover6
84%
Portfolio turnover (excluding purchases and sales from dollar-roll transactions)
35%
1
Reflects operations for the period from November 26, 2021 (date of initial investment) to
March 31, 2022.
2
Based on net asset value, which does not reflect the sales charge, redemption fee or contingent
deferred sales charge, if applicable. Total returns for periods of less than one year are
not annualized.
3
Amount does not reflect net expenses incurred by investment companies in which the Fund
may invest.
4
This expense decrease is reflected in both the net expense and the net investment income ratios
shown above. Amount does not reflect expense waiver/reimbursement recorded by investment
companies in which the Fund may invest.
5
Represents less than $1,000.
6
Securities that mature are considered sales for purposes of this calculation.
See Notes which are an integral part of the Financial Statements
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Statement of Assets and Liabilities
March 31, 2022 (unaudited)
Assets:
 
Investment in securities, at value including $8,188,431 of investment in affiliated
holdings*(identified cost $14,415,568)
$13,513,661
Cash
2,335
Income receivable
36,749
Receivable for investments sold
76
Receivable for variation margin on futures contracts
1,264
Receivable for periodic payments from swap contracts
582
Prepaid expenses
37,241
Total Assets
13,591,908
Liabilities:
 
Payable for investments purchased
5,662
Payable for shares redeemed
11,091
Swaps, at value (premium received $54,097)
79,945
Income distribution payable
11,916
Payable to adviser (Note5)
2,509
Payable for administrative fee (Note5)
29
Payable for custodian fees
4,073
Payable for portfolio accounting fees
43,147
Payable for other service fees (Notes 2 and5)
452
Accrued expenses (Note5)
5,210
Total Liabilities
164,034
Net assets for 1,470,617 shares outstanding
$13,427,874
Net Assets Consist of:
 
Paid-in capital
$16,433,906
Total distributable earnings (loss)
(3,006,032)
Total Net Assets
$13,427,874
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Statement of Assets and Liabilitiescontinued
Net Asset Value, Offering Price and Redemption Proceeds Per Share:
 
Class A Shares:1
 
Net asset value per share ($2,055,736 ÷ 225,299 shares outstanding), $0.001 par value,
500,000,000 shares authorized
$9.12
Offering price per share (100/95.50 of $9.12)
$9.55
Redemption proceeds per share
$9.12
Institutional Shares:
 
Net asset value per share ($11,372,045 ÷ 1,245,308 shares outstanding), $0.001 par
value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized
$9.13
Offering price per share
$9.13
Redemption proceeds per share
$9.13
Class R6 Shares:2
 
Net asset value per share ($93 ÷ 10 shares outstanding), $0.001 par value, 500,000,000
shares authorized
$9.12
Offering price per share
$9.12
Redemption proceeds per share
$9.12
*
See information listed after the Fund’s Portfolio of Investments.
1
The Fund’s former Service Shares have been re-designated as Class A Shares, effective
May 27, 2021.
2
Actual net asset value per share presented differs from calculated net asset value per share due
to rounding.
See Notes which are an integral part of the Financial Statements
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Statement of Operations
Six Months Ended March 31, 2022 (unaudited)
Investment Income:
 
Dividends received from affiliated holdings*
$111,466
Interest
69,816
TOTAL INCOME
181,282
Expenses:
 
Investment adviser fee (Note5)
30,550
Administrative fee (Note5)
7,287
Custodian fees
4,342
Transfer agent fees (Note 2)
9,040
Directors’/Trustees’ fees (Note5)
1,218
Auditing fees
16,969
Legal fees
4,643
Portfolio accounting fees
52,704
Other service fees (Notes 2 and5)
2,793
Share registration costs
35,432
Printing and postage
9,957
Miscellaneous (Note5)
1,112
TOTAL EXPENSES
176,047
Waivers and Reimbursements:
 
Waiver/reimbursement of investment adviser fee (Note5)
(30,550)
Waivers/reimbursements of other operating expenses (Notes 2 and 5)
(115,774)
TOTAL WAIVERS AND REIMBURSEMENTS
(146,324)
Net expenses
29,723
Net investment income
151,559
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Statement of Operationscontinued
Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments, Futures Contracts and Swap
Contracts:
 
Net realized loss on investments (including net realized loss of $(121,598) on sales of
investments in affiliated holdings*)
$(440,400)
Net realized gain on futures contracts
26,742
Net realized gain on swap contracts
10,613
Realized gain distribution from affiliated investment company shares
40,548
Net change in unrealized depreciation of investments (including net change in
unrealized appreciation of $(599,264) on investments in affiliated holdings*)
(795,976)
Net change in unrealized depreciation of futures contracts
3,952
Net change in unrealized appreciation of swap contracts
(25,848)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments, futures contracts and
swap contracts
(1,180,369)
Change in net assets resulting from operations
$(1,028,810)
*
See information listed after the Fund’s Portfolio of Investments.
See Notes which are an integral part of the Financial Statements
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Statement of Changes in Net Assets
 
Six Months
Ended
(unaudited)
3/31/2022
Year Ended
9/30/2021
Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets
 
 
Operations:
 
 
Net investment income
$151,559
$350,315
Net realized gain (loss)
(362,497)
1,226,935
Net change in unrealized appreciation/depreciation
(817,872)
(760,438)
CHANGE IN NET ASSETS RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS
(1,028,810)
816,812
Distributions to Shareholders:
 
 
Class A Shares
(33,858)
(69,841)1
Institutional Shares
(252,933)
(433,386)
Class R6 Shares2
(1)
CHANGE IN NET ASSETS RESULTING FROM DISTRIBUTIONS
TO SHAREHOLDERS
(286,792)
(503,227)
Share Transactions:
 
 
Proceeds from sale of shares
433,468
2,410,257
Net asset value of shares issued to shareholders in payment of
distributions declared
205,975
374,062
Cost of shares redeemed
(5,589,023)
(10,285,290)
CHANGE IN NET ASSETS RESULTING FROM
SHARE TRANSACTIONS
(4,949,580)
(7,500,971)
Change in net assets
(6,265,182)
(7,187,386)
Net Assets:
 
 
Beginning of period
19,693,056
26,880,442
End of period
$13,427,874
$19,693,056
1
The Fund’s former Service Shares have been re-designated as Class A Shares, effective
May 27, 2021.
2
The Fund’s R6 Class commenced operations on November 26, 2021.
See Notes which are an integral part of the Financial Statements
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Notes to Financial Statements
March 31, 2022 (unaudited)
1. ORGANIZATION
Federated Hermes Total Return Series, Inc. (the “Corporation”) is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Act”), as an open-end management investment company. The Corporation consists of three portfolios. The financial statements included herein are only those of Federated Hermes Core Bond Fund (the “Fund”), a diversified portfolio. The financial statements of the other portfolios are presented separately. The assets of each portfolio are segregated and a shareholder’s interest is limited to the portfolio in which shares are held. Each portfolio pays its own expenses. The Fund offers three classes of shares: Class A Shares, Institutional Shares and Class R6 Shares. All shares of the Fund have equal rights with respect to voting, except on class-specific matters. The investment objective of the Fund is to provide total return.
Prior to May 27, 2021, the name of the Fund was Federated Hermes Select Total Return Bond Fund.
The Fund’s Class R6 Shares commenced operations on November 26, 2021.
2. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
The following is a summary of significant accounting policies consistently followed by the Fund in the preparation of its financial statements. These policies are in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
Investment Valuation
In calculating its net asset value (NAV), the Fund generally values investments as follows:

Fixed-income securities are fair valued using price evaluations provided by a pricing service approved by the Fund’s Board of Directors (the “Directors”).

Derivative contracts listed on exchanges are valued at their reported settlement or closing price, except that options are valued at the mean of closing bid and asked quotations.

Over-the-counter (OTC) derivative contracts are fair valued using price evaluations provided by a pricing service approved by the Directors.

Shares of other mutual funds or non-exchange-traded investment companies are valued based upon their reported NAVs, or NAV per share practical expedient, as applicable.

For securities that are fair valued in accordance with procedures established by and under the general supervision of the Directors, certain factors may be considered, such as: the last traded or purchase price of the security, information obtained by contacting the issuer or dealers, analysis of the issuer’s financial statements or other available documents, fundamental analytical data, the nature and duration of restrictions on disposition, the movement of the market in which the security is normally traded, public trading in similar securities or derivative contracts of the issuer or comparable issuers, movement of a relevant index, or other factors including but not limited to industry changes and relevant government actions.
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If any price, quotation, price evaluation or other pricing source is not readily available when the NAV is calculated, if the Fund cannot obtain price evaluations from a pricing service or from more than one dealer for an investment within a reasonable period of time as set forth in the Fund’s valuation policies and procedures, or if information furnished by a pricing service, in the opinion of the valuation committee (“Valuation Committee”), is deemed not representative of the fair value of such security, the Fund uses the fair value of the investment determined in accordance with the procedures described below. There can be no assurance that the Fund could obtain the fair value assigned to an investment if it sold the investment at approximately the time at which the Fund determines its NAV per share, and the actual value obtained could be materially different.
Fair Valuation Procedures
The Directors have ultimate responsibility for determining the fair value of investments for which market quotations are not readily available. The Directors have appointed a Valuation Committee comprised of officers of the Fund, Federated Investment Management Company (the “Adviser”) and certain of the Adviser’s affiliated companies to assist in determining fair value and in overseeing the calculation of the NAV. The Directors have also authorized the use of pricing services recommended by the Valuation Committee to provide fair value evaluations of the current value of certain investments for purposes of calculating the NAV. The Valuation Committee employs various methods for reviewing third-party pricing-service evaluations including periodic reviews of third-party pricing services’ policies, procedures and valuation methods (including key inputs, methods, models and assumptions), transactional back-testing, comparisons of evaluations of different pricing services, and review of price challenges by the Adviser based on recent market activity. In the event that market quotations and price evaluations are not available for an investment, the Valuation Committee determines the fair value of the investment in accordance with procedures adopted by the Directors. The Directors periodically review and approve the fair valuations made by the Valuation Committee and any changes made to the procedures.
Factors considered by pricing services in evaluating an investment include the yields or prices of investments of comparable quality, coupon, maturity, call rights and other potential prepayments, terms and type, reported transactions, indications as to values from dealers and general market conditions. Some pricing services provide a single price evaluation reflecting the bid-side of the market for an investment (a “bid” evaluation). Other pricing services offer both bid evaluations and price evaluations indicative of a price between the prices bid and asked for the investment (a “mid” evaluation). The Fund normally uses bid evaluations for any U.S. Treasury and Agency securities, mortgage-backed securities and municipal securities. The Fund normally uses mid evaluations for any other types of fixed-income securities and any OTC derivative contracts. In the event that market quotations and price evaluations are not available for an investment, the fair value of the investment is determined in accordance with procedures adopted by the Directors.
Repurchase Agreements
The Fund may invest in repurchase agreements for short-term liquidity purposes. It is the policy of the Fund to require the other party to a repurchase agreement to transfer to the Fund’s custodian or sub-custodian eligible securities or cash with a market value (after transaction costs) at least equal to the repurchase price to be paid under the
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repurchase agreement. The eligible securities are transferred to accounts with the custodian or sub-custodian in which the Fund holds a “securities entitlement” and exercises “control” as those terms are defined in the Uniform Commercial Code. The Fund has established procedures for monitoring the market value of the transferred securities and requiring the transfer of additional eligible securities if necessary to equal at least the repurchase price. These procedures also allow the other party to require securities to be transferred from the account to the extent that their market value exceeds the repurchase price or in exchange for other eligible securities of equivalent market value.
The insolvency of the other party or other failure to repurchase the securities may delay the disposition of the underlying securities or cause the Fund to receive less than the full repurchase price. Under the terms of the repurchase agreement, any amounts received by the Fund in excess of the repurchase price and related transaction costs must be remitted to the other party.
The Fund may enter into repurchase agreements in which eligible securities are transferred into joint trading accounts maintained by the custodian or sub-custodian for investment companies and other clients advised by the Fund’s Adviser and its affiliates. The Fund will participate on a pro rata basis with the other investment companies and clients in its share of the securities transferred under such repurchase agreements and in its share of proceeds from any repurchase or other disposition of such securities.
Investment Income, Gains and Losses, Expenses and Distributions
Investment transactions are accounted for on a trade-date basis. Realized gains and losses from investment transactions are recorded on an identified-cost basis. Interest income and expenses are accrued daily. Dividend income and distributions to shareholders are recorded on the ex-dividend date. Distributions of net investment income are declared daily and paid monthly. Amortization/accretion of premium and discount is included in investment income. Gains and losses realized on principal payment of mortgage-backed securities (paydown gains and losses) are classified as part of investment income. Investment income, realized and unrealized gains and losses, and certain fund-level expenses are allocated to each class based on relative average daily net assets, except that select classes will bear certain expenses unique to those classes. The detail of the total fund expense waivers and reimbursements of $146,324 is disclosed in this Note 2 and in Note 5.
Dividends are declared separately for each class. No class has preferential dividend rights; differences in per share dividend rates are generally due to differences in separate class expenses.
Transfer Agent Fees
For the six months ended March 31, 2022, transfer agent fees for the Fund were as follows:
 
Transfer Agent
Fees Incurred
Transfer Agent
Fees Reimbursed
Class A Shares
$1,169
$(350)
Institutional Shares
7,871
(2,376)
Class R6 Shares
TOTAL
$9,040
$(2,726)
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Other Service Fees
The Fund may pay other service fees up to 0.25% of the average daily net assets of the Fund’s Class A and Institutional Shares to unaffiliated financial intermediaries or to Federated Shareholder Services Company (FSSC) for providing services to shareholders and maintaining shareholder accounts. Subject to the terms described in the Expense Limitation note, FSSC may voluntarily reimburse the Fund for other service fees. For the six months ended March 31, 2022, other service fees for the Fund were as follows:
 
Other Service
Fees Incurred
Class A Shares
$2,793
For the six months ended March 31, 2022, the Fund’s Institutional Shares did not incur other service fees.
Federal Taxes
It is the Fund’s policy to comply with the Subchapter M provision of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and to distribute to shareholders each year substantially all of its income. Accordingly, no provision for federal income tax is necessary. As of and during the six months ended March 31, 2022, the Fund did not have a liability for any uncertain tax positions. The Fund recognizes interest and penalties, if any, related to tax liabilities as income tax expense in the Statement of Operations. As of March 31, 2022, tax years 2018 through 2021 remain subject to examination by the Fund’s major tax jurisdictions, which include the United States of America, the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
When-Issued and Delayed-Delivery Transactions
The Fund may engage in when-issued or delayed-delivery transactions. The Fund records when-issued securities on the trade date and maintains security positions such that sufficient liquid assets will be available to make payment for the securities purchased. Securities purchased on a when-issued or delayed-delivery basis are marked to market daily and begin earning interest on the settlement date. Losses may occur on these transactions due to changes in market conditions or the failure of counterparties to perform under the contract.
The Fund may transact in To Be Announced Securities (TBAs). As with other delayed-delivery transactions, a seller agrees to issue TBAs at a future date. However, the seller does not specify the particular securities to be delivered. Instead, the Fund agrees to accept any security that meets specified terms such as issuer, interest rate and terms of underlying mortgages. The Fund records TBAs on the trade date utilizing information associated with the specified terms of the transaction as opposed to the specific mortgages. TBAs are marked to market daily and begin earning interest on the settlement date. Losses may occur due to the fact that the actual underlying mortgages received may be less favorable than those anticipated by the Fund.
Dollar-Roll Transactions
The Fund engages in dollar-roll transactions in which the Fund sells mortgage-backed securities with a commitment to buy similar (same type, coupon and maturity), but not identical mortgage-backed securities on a future date. Both securities involved are TBA mortgage-backed securities. The Fund treats dollar-roll transactions as purchases and sales. Dollar-rolls are subject to interest rate risks and credit risks.
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Swap Contracts
Swap contracts involve two parties that agree to exchange the returns (or the differential in rates of return) earned or realized on particular predetermined investments, instruments, indices or other measures. The gross returns to be exchanged or “swapped” between parties are generally calculated with respect to a “notional amount” for a predetermined period of time. The Fund may enter into interest rate, total return, credit default, currency and other swap agreements. Risks may arise upon entering into swap agreements from the potential inability of the counterparties to meet the terms of their contract from unanticipated changes in the value of the swap agreement. In connection with these agreements, securities or cash may be identified as collateral or margin in accordance with the terms of the respective swap agreements to provide assets of value and recourse in the event of default.
The Fund uses credit default swaps to manage market and sector/asset class risks by either selling protection to increase exposure, or buying protection to reduce exposure. The “buyer” in a credit default swap is obligated to pay the “seller” a periodic stream of payments over the term of the contract provided that no event of default on an underlying reference obligation has occurred. If an event of default occurs, the seller must pay the buyer the full notional value, or the “par value”, of the reference obligation in exchange for the reference obligation. In connection with these agreements, securities may be identified as collateral in accordance with the terms of the respective swap agreements to provide assets of value and recourse in the event of default or bankruptcy/insolvency. Recovery values are assumed by market makers considering either industry standard recovery rates or entity specific factors and considerations until a credit event occurs. If a credit event has occurred, the recovery value is typically determined by a facilitated auction whereby a minimum number of allowable broker bids, together with a specific valuation method, are used to calculate the settlement value. The maximum amount of the payment that may occur, as a result of a credit event payable by the protection seller, is equal to the notional amount of the underlying index or security. The Fund’s maximum exposure to loss of the notional value of credit default swaps outstanding at March 31, 2022, is $1,000,000. The Fund’s maximum risk of loss from counterparty credit risk, either as the protection buyer or as the protection seller, is the fair value of the contract. This risk is mitigated by having a master netting arrangement between the Fund and the counterparty and by the posting of collateral by the counterparty to the Fund to cover the Fund’s exposure to the counterparty.
Upfront payments received or paid by the Fund will be reflected as an asset or liability on the Statement of Assets and Liabilities. Changes in the value of swap contracts are included in “Swaps, at value” on the Statement of Assets and Liabilities, and periodic payments are reported as “Net realized gain (loss) on swap contracts” in the Statement of Operations.
Swap contracts are subject to Master Netting Agreements (MNA) which are agreements between the Fund and its counterparties that provide for the net settlement of all transactions and collateral with the Fund, through a single payment, in the event of default or termination. Amounts presented on the Portfolio of Investments and Statement of Assets and Liabilities are not net settlement amounts but gross. The cash or securities deposited in a segregated account, offsets the amount due to the broker reducing the net settlement amount to zero.
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Swap contracts outstanding, at period end, including net unrealized appreciation/depreciation, are listed after the Fund’s Portfolio of Investments.
The average notional amount of swap contracts held by the Fund throughout the period was $714,286. This is based on amounts held as of each month-end throughout the six-month period.
Futures Contracts
The Fund purchases and sells financial futures contracts to manage duration and yield curve risks. Upon entering into a financial futures contract with a broker, the Fund is required to deposit with a broker, either U.S. government securities or a specified amount of cash, which is shown as due from broker in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities. Futures contracts are valued daily and unrealized gains or losses are recorded in a “variation margin” account. The Fund receives from or pays to the broker a specified amount of cash based upon changes in the variation margin account. When a contract is closed, the Fund recognizes a realized gain or loss. Futures contracts have market risks, including the risk that the change in the value of the contract may not correlate with the changes in the value of the underlying securities. There is minimal counterparty risk to the Fund since futures contracts are exchange traded and the exchange’s clearinghouse, as counterparty to all exchange traded futures contracts, guarantees the futures contracts against default.
Futures contracts outstanding at period end are listed after the Fund’s Portfolio of Investments.
The average notional value of long and short futures contracts held by the Fund throughout the period was $1,633,703 and $335,819, respectively. This is based on amounts held as of each month-end throughout the six-month period.
Option Contracts
The Fund buys or sells put and call options to manage duration and yield curve risks. The seller (“writer”) of an option receives a payment or premium, from the buyer, which the writer keeps regardless of whether the buyer exercises the option. When the Fund writes a put or call option, an amount equal to the premium received is recorded as a liability and subsequently marked to market to reflect the current value of the option written. Premiums received from writing options which expire are treated as realized gains. The Fund, as a writer of an option, bears the market risk of an unfavorable change in the price of the underlying reference instrument. When the Fund purchases a put or call option, an amount equal to the premium paid is recorded as an increase to the cost of the investment and subsequently marked to market to reflect the current value of the option purchased. Premiums paid for purchasing options which expire are treated as realized losses. Premiums received/paid for writing/purchasing options which are exercised or closed are added to the proceeds or offset against amounts paid on the underlying reference instrument to determine the realized gain or loss. The risk associated with purchasing put and call options is limited to the premium paid. Options can trade on securities or commodities exchanges. In this case, the exchange sets all the terms of the contract except for the price. Most exchanges require investors to maintain margin accounts through their brokers to cover their potential obligations to the exchange. This protects investors against potential defaults by the counterparty.
For the six months ended March 31, 2022, the Fund had no written option contracts.
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Restricted Securities
The Fund may purchase securities which are considered restricted. Restricted securities are securities that either: (a) cannot be offered for public sale without first being registered, or being able to take advantage of an exemption from registration, under the Securities Act of 1933; or (b) are subject to contractual restrictions on public sales. In some cases, when a security cannot be offered for public sale without first being registered, the issuer of the restricted security has agreed to register such securities for