2The Morningstar Rating noted herein is the mutual fund’s overall Morningstar Rating time period as of 12/31/2018. The overall Morningstar Rating is based on the fund’s risk-adjusted returns and derived from a weighted average of the fund’s three-, five-, and 10-year metrics. The Morningstar Analyst Ratings are subjective in nature and should not be used as the sole basis for investment decisions. Analyst Ratings are based on Morningstar analysts’ current expectations about future events; risks and uncertainties unknown at the time may cause those expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what was expected.
The Morningstar Rating for funds, or star rating, is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed products monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-,five-,and 10 year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five year rating/40%three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10 year rating/30%five-year rating/20%three year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10 year overall rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10 year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Brown Capital Management International Small Company Fund were rated against the following numbers of Foreign Small/Mid Growth Funds over the following time periods as of 12/31/2018: 109 of funds in the 3-year rating. With respect to these Foreign Small/Mid Growth Funds, Brown Capital Management International Small Company Fund received a Morningstar Rating™ of five stars for the 3- year rating.
Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund: As with all mutual funds, an investment in the Fund is subject to investment risks, including, without limitation, market risk, investment style risk, investment advisor risk, market sector risk, equity securities risk, portfolio turnover risk, foreign securities risk, small companies risk, micro companies risk, emerging markets securities risk, and other risks as set forth in the Fund’s prospectus. Foreign investing involves special risks such as risk of loss from currency fluctuation or political or economic uncertainty.
*Brown Capital Management, LLC (the “Advisor”) has entered into an Expense Limitation Agreement with the International Small Company Fund under which it has agreed to reduce the amount of the investment advisory fees to be paid to the Advisor by the International Small Company Fund and to assume other expenses of the International Small Company Fund, if necessary, in an amount that limits the International Small Company Fund’s annual operating expenses (other than interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, other expenditures which are capitalized in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, other extraordinary expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of the International Small Company Fund’s business, and amounts, if any, payable under a Rule 12b-1 distribution plan) to not more than 1.15% until July 31, 2020. The Expense Limitation Agreement may not be terminated by either party prior to that date. Subject to certain conditions such as Fund asset levels being at certain thresholds and operating expenses being less than the operating expense limit for the International Small Company Fund, the International Small Company Fund may reimburse the Advisor for fees waived or limited and other expenses assumed by the Advisor pursuant to the Expense Limitation Agreement. Each waiver or reimbursement of an expense by the Advisor is subject to repayment by the International Small Company Fund within the three fiscal years following the fiscal year in which the expense was incurred, provided that the International Small Company Fund is able to make the repayment without exceeding the expense limitation in place at the time of the waiver and/or reimbursement.
An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the Fund carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the Fund. A copy of the prospectus is available on this site or by calling Shareholder Services at 1-877-892-4226. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing.