Grandeur Peak US Stalwarts Fund
The Fund's investment objective is long-term growth of capital.
Under normal market conditions, the Adviser will invest at least 80% of the Fund’s assets at the time of purchase in equity securities of companies that are economically tied to the United States. The Adviser considers a company to be economically tied to a country if at least one of the following attributes exists: the company (1) is organized in such country, (2) is headquartered in such country, (3) has its primary stock exchange listing in a market located in such country, or (4) during the company’s most recent fiscal year, derived at least 50% of its revenues or profits from goods produced or sold, investments made, or services performed in such country or has at least 50% of its assets in such country. The Fund may also invest in securities of companies economically tied to countries outside of the United States. The Adviser will invest the Fund’s assets primarily inequity securities with market capitalizations of more than $1.5 billion at the time of purchase.
The Adviser uses a process of quantitative screening of the financial trends and health of each company in its investment universe, followed by “bottom up” fundamental analysis to identify growth companies that it believes are among the highest quality in their global peer group. This fundamental analysis generally includes a study of the company’s financial performance, its management, its competitors, its industry, its competitive advantage, its approach to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics, the geographic region(s) to which it is economically tied and talking with the management team. In performing such analysis, the Adviser seeks to evaluate each company’s long-term potential. The Adviser also travels on an as-needed basis to visit companies, when it is considered safe to do so, and expects to speak directly with senior management.
The ESG criteria described above are collectively one of many factors that the Adviser uses as part of its fundamental analysis of a company. In analyzing a company’s approach to these ESG criteria, the Adviser assesses a number of factors through a proprietary analytical framework. This analysis may include factors that the Adviser believes are relevant, such as: local economic development priorities, shareholder rights, management oversight and transparency, board membership and structure, accounting standards, environmental policies, social justice policies, and labor relations. These factors are assessed quantitatively and qualitatively, as applicable, through the Adviser’s research and engagement process.
The Adviser incorporates the results of this analysis into its overall decision-making but does not specifically include or exclude a particular company solely based on the Adviser’s assessment of that company’s ESG factors. The Adviser generally applies this ESG analysis to companies in which the Fund invests, but not to the cash or cash equivalent positions in the Fund’s portfolio.
Because incorporating ESG considerations into the investment research process involves qualitative and subjective analysis, there can be no assurance that the methodology utilized by, or determinations made by, the Adviser will align with the beliefs or values of a particular investor, and other managers may make a different assessment of a company’s ESG criteria.
The Fund may also invest in growth companies that the Adviser believes have hit a temporary setback and therefore have a particularly appealing valuation relative to their long-term growth potential. At times, the Fund may invest in early-stage companies and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs).
The Fund seeks to invest in what the Adviser believes to be the best investments available without regard to benchmark weightings. The Adviser may significantly shift Fund assets between sectors based on where it believes the best growth opportunities and valuations currently exist. The Fund may invest a significant percentage of its assets in a few sectors.
- High-quality growth companies in the small- to mid-cap space with plenty of headroom
- US Market, with a global view point
- Companies over $1.5B market cap at time of purchase
- Investment Types: Best-in-Class Growth, Fallen Angels & Stalwarts
- Around 100 holdings
- Dedicated team of portfolio managers with support from full Research team
Guardian Portfolio Manager
Monthly Performance as of , subject to change
Quarterly Performance as of , subject to change
Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and investment returns and principal value of the Fund will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance quoted. For the most current month-end performance data please visit www.grandeurpeakglobal.com.
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Expense ratios as of prospectus dated are: : Gross / Net
The Advisor may absorb certain Fund expenses, without which total return would have been lower. These expense agreements are in effect through August 31, 2023. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
Diversification does not eliminate the risk of experiencing investment loss.
Calendar Year Inception vs. Benchmark
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000
The chart shown above represents a hypothetical investment of $10,000 in the Fund’s Investor Class shares for the period from inception to . All returns reflect reinvested dividends, but do not reflect the deduction of taxes that an investor would pay on distributions or redemptions. Investing in the Fund is subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested. The Fund also offers Institutional Class shares, performance for which is not reflected in the graphs above. The performance of Institutional Class shares may be higher or lower than the performance of the Investor Class shares shown in the graphs above based upon differences in fees paid by shareholders investing in the Investor Class shares and Institutional Class shares.
The chart shown above represents a hypothetical investment of $10,000 in the Fund’s Institutional Class shares for the period from inception to . All returns reflect reinvested dividends, but do not reflect the deduction of taxes that an investor would pay on distributions or redemptions. Investing in the Fund is subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested.
Top 10 Holdings
Top 7 Countries
Holdings subject to change.
1 Estimated weighted average annual increase in Earnings Per Share (EPS) of the fund's holdings over the next 3 years. These returns are not guaranteed. Actual EPS growth may be higher or lower.
2 The trailing 12-month Price/Earnings (P/E) of the portfolio, calculated as a weighted harmonic average.
3 Weighted average Return on Assets (ROA) of the portfolio's holdings, calculated by dividing a company's annual returns by its total assets.
4 Operating Margin is a measurement of what proportion of a company's revenue is left over after paying for variable costs of production such as wages, raw materials, etc. It is calculated by dividing Operating Income by Net Sales.
5 Debt/Equity is a measure of a company's financial leverage. It is calculated by dividing its total liabilities by stockholders' equity.
6 The average market capitalization of companies held by the fund, weighted in proportion to their percentage of net assets in the fund.
7 A measure of annual trading activity in the fund's portfolio, expressed as a percentage of the fund's average total assets.
8 The median market cap is the midpoint of market capitalization of companies held by the fund.