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.
Small Cap Value Fund
|Term||QTR||YTD||1 Year||3 Years||5 Years||10 Years||Since Inception|
|A Shares with 5.75% Sales Charge||-3.37%||-3.37%||-13.83%||18.14%||3.89%||7.17%||9.69%|
|A Shares without Sales Charge||2.53%||2.53%||-8.57%||20.50%||5.13%||7.81%||9.90%|
|Lipper Small-Cap Core Median||2.57%||2.57%||-7.97%||21.45%||5.56%||8.01%||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||First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.||3.84%|
|2||BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc.||3.80%|
|3||On Semiconductor Corp.||3.77%|
|4||Selective Insurance Group, Inc.||3.77%|
|6||United Rentals, Inc.||3.74%|
|7||Caci International, Inc.||3.69%|
|9||Crane Holdings Co||3.63%|
Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to change and risk. Based on Market Value of securities.
Sector Allocation as of 03.31.2023
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 03.31.2023
The Growth of $10,000 is hypothetical based upon the performance of net A Shares at NAV for the period ended 03.31.2023. 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||19.38|
|Weighted Average P/B||2.07|
|Weighted Average Market Cap||$8.61B|
Small Cap Value Fund
05.22.2023 • Andrew Richman, CTFA
Sterling Capital Viewpoint: The Debt Ceiling
Our view on the current market environment in light of the upcoming debt ceiling deadline.
05.05.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®
The Lead - "Perspective on Quality and Dividend Growth"
- In our study, we took a closer look at the characteristics that we believe were additive to performance for the trailing time periods ended December 31, 2022. - BofA Global Research provided data for the performance of ROE over these timeframes, and it performed well relative to the Russell 1000 Value. - We believe dividend growth was additive to our Equity Income strategy over the time periods studied, which is consistent with the data from Ned Davis Research. - As an investment team, we seek to accentuate the benefits of our investment process to deliver positive outcomes for clients.
05.04.2023 • Andrew Richman, CTFA
Fed Raises 25 Basis Points But Sets the Table for a Possible Pause
In a move widely anticipated by the markets, the Federal Reserve (Fed) raised rates an additional 25 basis points to arrange of 5.00% to 5.25%. This is the highest in over 15 years and a 5.0% move in a little over 13 months.
Press Release: Equity Personnel Updates
Today Sterling Capital announces the resignation of Joshua L. Haggerty, CFA®, Co-Portfolio Manager of the firm’s Special Opportunities strategy, effective immediately. Effective tomorrow, James L. Curtis, CFA® will be promoted to serve as Co-Portfolio Manager of the Special Opportunities strategy.
04.12.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®
The Lead - "Equity Income Fund Wins Lipper Awards"
- In March, the Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund received two Refinitiv Lipper fund awards for the “Best Fund Over 3 Years” and the "Best Fund Over 5 Years” in the Equity Income Funds category. - First, we see the awards as confirmation that the investment team is managing its investments consistent with its stated mission. - Second, we recognize the winners are the clients who have been invested in Sterling Capital Equity Income over the past three and five years. - We are happy and excited that the true winners are our valued clients.
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund receives two 2022 Lipper Fund Awards
Sterling Capital Management is delighted to announce that our flagship Equity Income Fund received two Lipper Awards in the March 23, 2023 award ceremony in New York. Co-portfolio managers Chip Wittmann, CFA® and Jeremy Lopez, CFA®, were in attendance to accept this prestigious honor. The Equity Income Fund R6 Share Class (ticker: STREX) won in the three-year performance category, from a peer group of 390 equity income funds. The Equity Income Fund Institutional Share Class (ticker: BAEIX) won in the five-year category, from a peer group of 374 equity income funds.