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Long Duration Corporate Bond Fund

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Long Duration Corporate Bond Fund


Fund Managers

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Mark Montgomery, CFA®

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Peter Brown, CFA®

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Robert Brown, CFA®

Overview

R6
Shares

STRFX

Inception
Date

02.01.2022

Investment
Min.

N/A

Subsequent
Investment Min.1

N/A

Max. Up Front
Sales Charge

N/A

Max. Deferred
Sales Charge

N/A

1If subsequent investments are made as part of an AIP, the minimum is $25.

Philosophy & Process

In managing the fund, the portfolio management team employs a multi-faceted approach to generate excess return and uses a combination of top-down and bottom-up analysis, quantitative vs. qualitative analysis and fundamentals vs. valuation. There is a strong emphasis on risk management and an adherence to certain core investment beliefs:

  • "If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it."
  • Avoid unintended exposures
  • Average duration around 3 to 7 years with focus on high quality and risk management
  • Participate in longer term trends - don't buy on short-term trends or try to time what is going on in the market
  • Attempts to achieve risk-adjusted performance over time

Investment Considerations

The fund is subject to the same risks as the underlying bonds in the portfolio such as credit, call and interest rate risk. As interest rates rise the value of bond prices will decline. The fund may invest in more aggressive investments such as foreign securities which may expose the fund to currency and exchange rate fluctuations; derivatives (futures and swaps); and high yield debt (also known as junk bonds) all of which may cause greater volatility and less liquidity. Derivatives may be more sensitive to changes in market conditions and may amplify risks.

Fund Facts

Term Class A Shares Class C Shares Class I Shares Class R6 Shares
Ticker SCCMXSCCNXSCCPXSTRFX
Inception Date 02.01.201302.01.201302.01.201302.01.2022
Investment Min. $1,000$1,000$1,000,000N/A
Subsequent Investment Min.2 N/AN/AN/AN/A
Max. Up Front Sales Charge 2%N/AN/AN/A
Max. Deferred Sales Charge N/A1%N/AN/A

2If subsequent investments are made as part of an AIP, the minimum is $25.

Long Duration Corporate Bond Fund

Management

View professional designations disclosures

Photo of Mark  Montgomery

Mark Montgomery, CFA®

Co-Portfolio Manager

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Peter Brown, CFA®

Co-Portfolio Manager

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Robert Brown, CFA®

Co-Portfolio Manager

Performance

Fund Performance as of 06.30.2024

Term QTR YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since Inception
A Shares with 2.00% Sales Charge -3.21% -5.09% 0.01% -7.56% -2.55% 0.18% 1.35%
A Shares without Sales Charge -1.29% -3.13% 2.00% -6.92% -2.16% 0.38% 1.51%
Institutional Shares -1.23% -3.02% 2.25% -6.70% -1.94% 0.63% 1.72%
Lipper Corp Debt BBB Rated Median N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

The gross expense ratios for Class A, C and I Shares are 0.95%, 1.70% and 0.70%, respectively. The net expense ratios for Class A, C, and I Shares are 0.91%, 1.66% and 0.66%, respectively.

The Advisor has contractually agreed to limit certain fees paid by the Fund from 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 Corporate 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 02.01.2013. The inception date for Class C Shares is 02.01.2013. The inception date for Class Inst'l Shares is 02.01.2013. The inception date for Class R6 Shares is 02.01.2022. Performance for Class A Shares, Class C Shares and Institutional Shares for periods prior to inception is based on performance of Class S Shares of the Fund which were re-designated as Institutional Shares as of February 1, 2013. Class A Shares, Class C Shares and Institutional Shares of the Fund would have substantially similar performance because the Shares are invested in the same portfolio of securities and the performance would differ only to the extent that the Classes have different expenses. The performance shown reflects the reinvestment of all dividend and capital gains distributions.

Characteristics

Quality Breakdown as of 03.31.2024

Credit quality ratings using Moody's rating symbols reflect the credit quality of the underlying bonds in the fund portfolio and not of the Fund itself. Moody's assigns a range of ratings from AAA being the highest quality to C being the lowest rated class of bonds. Securities not rated by Moody's may be rated by S&P, Fitch or if no agency rating is available, the Fund will assign a rating of not rated. Bond quality ratings are subject to change.

Effective Duration Breakdown as of 03.31.2024

Name Value
0-2 Yr. 0.27
2-4 Yr. 0.65
4-6 Yr. 0.95
6-8 Yr. 2.80
8-10 Yr. 10.10
10-12 Yr. 18.79
12-14 Yr. 26.16
14-16 Yr. 27.91
16-18 Yr. 10.29
20+ Yr. 2.09

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

Summary Statistics as of 03.31.2024

Name Value
Number of Holdings 368
Average Life 22.25 Years
Effective Duration 12.68 Years
Annual Turnover 23%

Portfolio Composition as of 03.31.2024

Composition Fund Index
Corporate 95.7% 100.0%
     Financial Institutions 18.4% 16.5%
     Industrial 62.4% 70.5%
     Utility 14.9% 12.9%
Government Related 0.2% 0.0%
     Agency 0.2% 0.0%
Securitized 0.4% 0.0%
     CMBS 0.4% 0.0%
Treasury 1.6% 0.0%
     Treasury 1.6% 0.0%
Cash 2.1% 0.0%
     Cash 2.1% 0.0%

Top Ten Holdings as of 03.31.2024

# Company Name Value
1 JP Morgan Chase & Co. 3.109% 22-Apr-2041 0.88%
2 U.S. Treasury 2.0% 15-Nov-2041 0.85%
3 AT&T Inc. 3.85% 01-Jun-2060 0.85%
4 Wells Fargo & Company 5.375% 02-Nov-2043 0.81%
5 Anheuser-Busch Companies, Llc. 4.9% 01-Feb-2046 0.72%
6 UnitedHealth Group Incorporated 3.5% 15-Aug-2039 0.71%
7 Bank Of America Corporation 2.676% 19-Jun-2041 0.70%
8 Aercap Ireland Capital Dac 3.85% 29-Oct-2041 0.69%
9 Boeing Company 5.705% 01-May-2040 0.68%
10 AT&T Inc. 4.5% 15-May-2035 0.65%

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

Growth of $10,000 as of 03.31.2024

The Growth of $10,000 is hypothetical based upon the performance of net A Shares at NAV for the period ended 03.31.2024. It includes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.

Distribution

Monthly Dividend Distribution as of 06.30.2024

Month Class A Shares Class C Shares Class Inst'l Shares Class R6 Shares
June 2024 $0.0256 $0.0210 $0.0270 $0.0276
May 2024 $0.0266 $0.0219 $0.0280 $0.0286
April 2024 $0.0261 $0.0220 $0.0274 $0.0280
March 2024 $0.0255 $0.0209 $0.0269 $0.0276
February 2024 $0.0237 $0.0191 $0.0251 $0.0257
January 2024 $0.0253 $0.0204 $0.0267 $0.0273
December 2023 $0.0253 $0.0207 $0.0268 $0.0274
November 2023 $0.0247 $0.0206 $0.0260 $0.0265
October 2023 $0.0256 $0.0215 $0.0268 $0.0273
September 2023 $0.0242 $0.0200 $0.0256 $0.0261
August 2023 $0.0248 $0.0206 $0.0262 $0.0268
July 2023 $0.0247 $0.0205 $0.0262 $0.0267

30-Day SEC Yield as of 05.31.2024

Share Class Without Waivers With Waivers
Class A 4.89% 4.98%
Class C 4.29% 4.29%
Class I 5.25% 5.34%
Class R6 5.24% 5.25%

Long Duration Corporate Bond Fund

Materials

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