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Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund

Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund    Fact Sheet


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A Shares (STSNX)
Inception: 11.16.2015
C Shares (STSOX)
Inception: 11.16.2015
Inst'l Shares (STSCX)
Inception: 04.12.1993
R6 Shares (SCSIX)
Inception: 02.03.2020

Philosophy and Process

The Fund uses a value investment approach to invest primarily in common stock of small capitalization companies (those with market capitalizations that are below the market capitalization of the largest company in the Russell 2000® Index). We believe that undervalued companies with good earnings prospects have superior appreciation potential with reasonable levels of risk. Quantitatively, we focus on a stock's fundamental valuation relative to its peers. Qualitatively, we seek to identify business catalysts which will serve to drive future earnings growth, increase investor interest and expand valuation.

In addition to outperforming the broad market over longer periods of time, we believe that the Small Cap segment of the US equity market, given its less efficient nature, offers significant opportunity to add value through active portfolio management. A combination of a larger investment universe, less research coverage, and strong growth potential creates a favorable backdrop for investment in select under-followed and/or under-appreciated small companies.


Investment Considerations

Small company stocks are generally riskier than large company stocks due to greater volatility and less liquidity. Value stocks can perform differently than other types of stocks and can continue to be undervalued by the market for long periods of time.

Fund Facts

Class A Shares Class C Shares Class Inst'l Shares Class R6 Shares
Ticker STSNXSTSOXSTSCXSCSIX
Inception Date 11.16.201511.16.201504.12.199302.03.2020
Investment Min. $1,000.00$1,000.00$1,000,000.00$0.00
Subsequent Investment Min.* $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
Max. Up Front Sales Charge 5.75%N/AN/AN/A
Max. Deferred Sales Charge N/A1.00%N/AN/A
*If subsequent investments are made as part of an AIP, the minimum is $25.

Management

Gerald M. Van Horn, CFA®
Gerald M. Van Horn, CFA®

Executive Director

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Shawn M. Gallagher, CFA®
Shawn M. Gallagher, CFA®

Executive Director

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Andrew T. DiZio, CFA ®
Andrew T. DiZio, CFA ®

Executive Director

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Performance

Fund Performance as of 09.30.2020

QTR YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since
Inception
A Shares with 5.75% Sales Charge -4.41% -23.94% -17.83% -5.55% 3.44% 7.69% 9.09%
A Shares without Sales Charge 1.42% -19.31% -12.81% -3.66% 4.67% 8.34% 9.32%
Institutional Shares 1.49% -19.13% -12.59% -3.41% 4.92% 8.47% 9.37%
Lipper Small-Cap Core Median 3.74% -14.84% -8.22% -1.69% 4.99% 8.14% N/A

The gross expense ratios for Class A, C, I, and R6* Shares are 1.34%, 2.09%, 1.09%, and 1.09% respectively. The net expense ratios for Class A, C, I, and R6* Shares are 1.24%, 1.99%, 0.99%, and 0.88% respectively.

*The Advisor has contractually agreed to limit certain fees paid by the Fund from February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Performance would have been lower without limitations in effect.

*The Administrator has contractually agreed to waive its administrative fees, pay Fund operating expenses, and/or reimburse the Fund to keep R6* shares net expense ratio to 0.87% from February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Performance would have been lower without limitations in effect.

Past performance does not guarantee future results. The performance data quoted represents past performance and current returns may be lower or higher. 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 the original cost. To obtain performance information current to the most recent month end, please visit the performance summary.

The performance of the Stratton Small Cap Value Fund reflects the deduction of fees for value-added services associated with a mutual fund, such as investment management and fund accounting fees. The inception date for Class A Shares is 11/16/2015. The inception date for Class C Shares is 11/16/2015. The inception date for Class Inst'l Shares is 04/12/1993. The inception date for Class R6 Shares is 02/03/2020. The performance shown reflects the reinvestment of all dividend and capital gains distributions.


Characteristics

Top Ten Holdings as of 09.30.2020

Name Value
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. 4.93%
Qorvo, Inc. 4.14%
First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. 3.87%
Casey'S General Stores, Inc. 3.85%
Caci International, Inc. 3.82%
On Semiconductor Corp. 3.65%
Oshkosh Corp. 3.59%
Enersys 3.51%
Community Bank System, Inc. 3.26%
Mastec, Inc. 3.21%

Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to change and risk. Based on Market Value of securities.

Sector Allocation as of 09.30.2020

Allocations are based on the current weight to funds in the cited Sector. The composition of the fund's holdings is subject to change.

Growth of $10,000 as of 09.30.2020

The Growth of $10,000 chart is hypothetical based upon the performance of A Shares at NAV for the period ended 09/30/2020. It includes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.

Glossary of Terms

Statistics

Risk/Return Statistics vs. Russell 2000® Value Index as of 09.30.2020

Alpha 1.90
Beta 0.90
R-Squared 93.42
Standard Deviation 16.90
Sharpe Ratio 0.47

Summary Statistics as of 09.30.2020

Weighted Median P/E 18.21
Weighted Average P/B 1.76
Weighted Average Market Cap. $6.16B
Annual Turnover 8%
*The Funds composition is subject to change.
*Annual Turnover Ratio is 12 month rolling calculation.
*Alpha, Beta, R-Squared, Standard Deviation, and Sharpe Ratio are based on a 10-year calculation.
*Click for a glossary of terms

Materials

Fact Sheet
Monthly Holdings
Fund Reports
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STERLING CAPITAL FUNDS ARE:

Not a deposit - Not FDIC insured - Not guaranteed by the bank - Not insured by any government agency - May lose value

An investor should consider a fund's investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses carefully before investing or sending money. This and other important information about the Sterling Capital Funds can be found in the Funds' prospectus. To obtain a prospectus, please call 1 (888) 228-1872 or click here. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Sterling Capital Management LLC, a separate subsidiary of Truist Financial Corporation, serves as investment adviser to the Sterling Capital Funds and is paid a fee for its services as described in the prospectus. Shares of the Sterling Capital Funds are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed or endorsed by, Branch Banking and Trust Company now Truist Bank or its affiliates. The Funds are not insured by the FDIC or any other government agency. The Funds are distributed by Sterling Capital Distributors LLC, which is not affiliated with Branch Banking and Trust Company now Truist Bank or its affiliates.