Max. Up Front
1If subsequent investments are made as part of an AIP, the minimum is $25.
Philosophy & 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 2000Â® 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.
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.
|Term||Class A Shares||Class C Shares||Class I Shares||Class R6 Shares|
|Subsequent Investment Min.2||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Max. Up Front Sales Charge||5.75%||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Max. Deferred Sales Charge||N/A||1%||N/A||N/A|
2If subsequent investments are made as part of an AIP, the minimum is $25.
|Term||QTR||YTD||1 Year||3 Years||5 Years||10 Years||Since Inception|
|A Shares with 5.75% Sales Charge||-0.35%||2.17%||6.85%||13.97%||4.60%||7.52%||9.81%|
|A Shares without Sales Charge||5.74%||8.40%||13.36%||16.25%||5.85%||8.16%||10.02%|
|Lipper Small-Cap Core Median||4.08%||6.85%||12.39%||15.11%||5.19%||8.16%||N/A|
The total expense ratios for Class A, C, and I Shares are 1.23%, 1.98% and 0.98%, respectively. The gross expense ratio for Class R6 Shares is 0.98%. The net expense ratio for Class R6 Shares is 0.88%.
The Fund Administrator, Sterling Capital Management LLC, has contractually agreed to waive its administrative fees, pay Fund operating expenses, and/or reimburse the Fund .10% of the Class R6 average daily net assets for the period February 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. 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 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.
|1||United Rentals, Inc.||4.13%|
|3||Caci International, Inc.||4.06%|
|4||ON Semiconductor Corp.||3.93%|
|5||Casey's General Stores, Inc.||3.92%|
|7||West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.||3.83%|
|8||First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.||3.73%|
|9||Selective Insurance Group, Inc.||3.72%|
Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to change and risk. Based on Market Value of securities.
Sector Allocation as of 06.30.2023
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 06.30.2023
The Growth of $10,000 is hypothetical based upon the performance of net A Shares at NAV for the period ended 06.30.2023. It includes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.
3The 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.
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|Weighted Median P/E||18.39|
|Weighted Average P/B||2.14|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$9.48B|
Small Cap Value Fund
09.21.2023 • Andrew Richman, CTFA
While the Federal Reserve (Fed) met expectations with a pause/skip this meeting, the real story was the upward movement in both the Fed Funds rate this year and next year. The consensus is now for one more 25 basis point hike in 2023 with the Fed funds rate median at 5.60%.
09.07.2023 • Shane Burke
An Updated Look at the FOMC and Yield Curve
09.06.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®
- One of the risks in seeking higher dividend yields in non-financial companies can be the increased balance sheet leverage that correlates with higher dividend yield. - For many companies, the cost of this leverage is rising with interest rates, potentially placing pressure on cash flows to pay future dividends as interest expense may take a greater share of corporate cash flow. - We believe that owning stocks with strong balance sheets has the potential to minimize this risk as we endeavor to generate attractive above-average total returns with below-average risk for clients.
08.02.2023 • Andrew Richman, CTFA
Fitch Lowers Long-Term U.S. Debt Rating from AAA to AA+
08.01.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®
- What are the investing environment conditions that can cause dividend payers to lag on a short-term basis? - Looking back at Bloomberg data over the past twenty years, when dividend payers outperformed the Russell 1000 Value, non-earners underperformed and vice versa (56% of the time). - Over the twenty year period, dividend payer’s quarterly outperformance outweighed underperformance in contrast to non-earners. - In our quest to generate above-average returns with below-average risk for our clients, our approach is to take advantage of the long-term benefits of dividend payers that grow their dividends and seek to create value now and in the future.
07.25.2023 • Andrew DiZio, CFA®
Over the last 15 months, the Federal Reserve (Fed) has meaningfully raised the benchmark fed funds rate in an effort to tamp down inflation. The Fed paused its hiking campaign during the June meeting, but issued an outlook suggesting additional rate increases are to be expected. Regardless of whether the Fed has finished raising rates, we believe the end of the tightening cycle is near and view now as a prudent time to examine the performance of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) stocks following historical periods of fed funds increases.