Seafarer®

Pursuing Lasting Progress in Emerging Markets

Seafarer Overseas Growth and Income Fund

Overview

Effective November 19, 2018, the Fund’s Institutional Class (SIGIX) is available for purchase by all investors. The Fund’s Investor Class (SFGIX) is closed to most new investors. View the Message to Shareholders.

Factsheet Prospectus Annual Report

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation along with some current income; it also seeks to mitigate adverse volatility in returns.

Strategy

The Fund invests primarily in the securities of companies located in developing countries. The Fund invests in several asset classes including dividend-paying common stocks, preferred stocks, and fixed-income securities.

The Fund seeks to offer investors a relatively stable means of participating in developing countries’ growth prospects, while attempting to mitigate adverse volatility in returns. 

Share Classes

Investor Institutional
Ticker SFGIX SIGIX
CUSIP
NAV
30-Day SEC Yield
Fund Distribution Yield
Gross Expense Ratio2
Load
12b-1 Fee
Minimum Initial Investment – Regular Account
Minimum Initial Investment – Automatic Investment Plan3
Minimum Initial Investment – Retirement Account
Minimum Subsequent Investment

Underlying Portfolio Holdings

Holdings4
Unique Corporate Issuers5
% of Net Assets in Top 10 Holdings
Weighted Average Market Cap
Market Cap of Portfolio Median Dollar
Gross Portfolio Yield6
Price / Book Value6
Price / Earnings67
Earnings Per Share Growth67
   
  • All performance is in U.S. dollars with gross (pre-tax) dividends and/or distributions reinvested. The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Future returns may be lower or higher. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost.

Geographic Focus

Developing countries including, but not limited to:

Africa
Botswana
Ghana
Kenya
Mauritius
Morocco
Nigeria
Tunisia
South Africa
Zimbabwe
East and South Asia
Bangladesh
China
India
Indonesia
Malaysia
Pakistan
Philippines
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
Thailand
Vietnam
Emerging Europe
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Greece
Hungary
Lithuania
Kazakhstan
Poland
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovenia
Turkey
Ukraine
Latin America
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Jamaica
Mexico
Peru
Trinidad and Tobago
Middle East
Bahrain
Egypt
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Palestine
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

Select developed countries with significant economic and financial linkages to developing countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and United Kingdom.

  • Sources: ALPS Fund Services, Inc., Bloomberg, Seafarer
  • Portfolio holdings are subject to change.
  1. The MSCI Emerging Markets Total Return Index, Standard (Large+Mid Cap) Core, Gross (dividends reinvested), USD is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. Index code: GDUEEGF. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
  2. Seafarer Capital Partners, LLC has agreed contractually to waive and/or reimburse fees or expenses in order to limit Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver / Expense Reimbursements (inclusive of acquired fund fees and expenses, and exclusive of brokerage expenses, interest expenses, taxes and extraordinary expenses) to 1.15% and 1.05% of the Fund’s average daily net assets for the Investor and Institutional share classes, respectively. This agreement is in effect through August 31, 2019.
  3. Shareholders who sign up for an Automatic Investment Plan can request a waiver of the Institutional Class investment minimum. View the waiver program criteria.
  4. Excludes short-term government bonds; includes medium- and long-term government bonds.
  5. Excludes all government bonds.
  6. Calculated as a harmonic average of the underlying portfolio holdings.
  7. Based on consensus earnings estimates for next year. Excludes securities for which consensus earnings estimates are not available.

Performance

Factsheet Historical Fund Data

Total Returns

As of (Prior Month)

2 NAV / Index Level () Annualized Cumulative Inception Date Net Expense Ratio1 Gross Expense Ratio1
YTD 1 Mo 3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr Since Inception Since Inception

As of (Prior Quarter)

2 NAV / Index Level () Annualized Cumulative Inception Date Net Expense Ratio1 Gross Expense Ratio1
YTD 1 Mo 3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr Since Inception Since Inception
Growth of a $10,000 Investment Since Inception

The rates of return are hypothetical and do not represent the returns of any particular investment.

  • All performance is in U.S. dollars with gross (pre-tax) dividends and/or distributions reinvested. The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Future returns may be lower or higher. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost.
  • Source: ALPS Fund Services, Inc.

Return Characteristics as of

Relative to the MSCI Emerging Markets Total Return Index2 except where noted.

3 years Since Inception3
Alpha
Beta
R-squared
R-squared vs. S&P 500 Index4
Upside Capture Ratio
Downside Capture Ratio

Source: Morningstar

  1. Seafarer Capital Partners, LLC has agreed contractually to waive and/or reimburse fees or expenses in order to limit Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver / Expense Reimbursements (inclusive of acquired fund fees and expenses, and exclusive of brokerage expenses, interest expenses, taxes and extraordinary expenses) to 1.15% and 1.05% of the Fund’s average daily net assets for the Investor and Institutional share classes, respectively. This agreement is in effect through August 31, 2019.
  2. The MSCI Emerging Markets Total Return Index, Standard (Large+Mid Cap) Core, Gross (dividends reinvested), USD is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. Index code: GDUEEGF. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
  3. As of 3/1/12.  The Fund’s inception date is 2/15/12 but Morningstar data is only available as of the beginning of the following month.
  4. The S&P 500 Total Return Index is a stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 large companies with common stock listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Composition

Factsheet Historical Fund Data

Holdings Portfolio Composition

Top 10 Holdings as of

Holding Sector Country Portfolio Component1 Issuer Mkt Cap ($B) Yield2 Price/ Book Price/ Earnings3 EPS Growth3

Portfolio holdings are subject to change.
Sources: ALPS Fund Services, Inc., Bloomberg, Seafarer

View all Holdings

Portfolio Composition by Region as of

All Holdings ADRs, Common & Preferred Equities Only
% Net Assets Price / Earnings89 EPS Growth89
Region # of Holdings4 Fund +/− vs. Index6 Avg Mkt Cap ($B)7 Gross Yield8 Price / Book8 Prior Year This Year Next Year This Year Next Year

Sources: ALPS Fund Services, Inc., Bloomberg, Seafarer

Portfolio Composition by Sector as of

All Holdings ADRs, Common & Preferred Equities Only
% Net Assets Price / Earnings89 EPS Growth89
Sector # of Holdings4 Fund +/− vs. Index6 Avg Mkt Cap ($B)7 Gross Yield8 Price / Book8 Prior Year This Year Next Year This Year Next Year

Sources: ALPS Fund Services, Inc., Bloomberg, Seafarer

30-Day SEC Yield: SFGIX ; SIGIX ()
The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Future returns may be lower or higher. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. View the Fund’s most recent month-end performance.

Portfolio Composition by Component as of

Portfolio Component1 % Net Assets

Source: Seafarer

Portfolio Composition by Asset Class as of

Asset Class % Net Assets

Source: ALPS Fund Services, Inc.

Portfolio Composition by Market Capitalization as of

Market Capitalization % Net Assets +/− vs. Index6

Sources: ALPS Fund Services, Inc., Seafarer

Due to rounding, percentage values may not sum to 100%. Values less than 0.5% may be rounded to 0%.

  1. Core Holdings: moderately underappreciated growth; moderately elevated current yield. Growth Holdings: higher growth potential; lower current yield. Value Holdings: lower growth potential; higher current yield.
  2. Yield = dividend yield for common and preferred stocks and yield to maturity for bonds.
  3. Based on consensus earnings estimates for next year.
  4. Excludes short-term government bonds; includes medium- and long-term government bonds.
  5. Excludes all government bonds.
  6. The MSCI Emerging Markets Total Return Index, Standard (Large+Mid Cap) Core, Gross (dividends reinvested), USD is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. Index code: GDUEEGF. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
  7. Weighted Average Market Capitalization of Issuer.
  8. Calculated as a harmonic average of the underlying portfolio holdings.
  9. Based on consensus earnings estimates. Excludes securities for which consensus earnings estimates are not available.

Distributions

2019 Distribution Dates

Distribution frequency: Semi-annual

Please note: future dates are subject to change.


Record Date
Ex, Pay and
Reinvest Date
Mid-year Distribution 6/19/19 6/20/19
Year-end Distribution 12/11/19 12/12/19

To be notified of distribution estimates, sign up for Seafarer email updates.

Historical Distributions

Ex, Pay and
Reinvest Date
Reinvest
NAV
Ordinary
Income
Short Term
Capital Gains
Long Term
Capital Gains
Total Distrib.
Per Share
Cumulative Distrib.
Per Share Since Inception
SFGIX (Investor Class)
SIGIX (Institutional Class)

For more information on the Fund’s distribution policies, please see the “Dividends and Distributions” section of the Prospectus.

Should you have any questions, please contact Shareholder Services at (855) 732-9220 (Mon–Fri 9am–8pm ET).

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. There is no guarantee that the Fund will pay or continue to pay distributions.

Portfolio Review

Seafarer Overseas Growth and Income Fund

Portfolio ReviewFirst Quarter 2019

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During the first quarter of 2019, the Seafarer Overseas Growth and Income Fund gained 11.56%.1 The Fund’s benchmark, the MSCI Emerging Markets Total Return Index, returned 9.95%. By way of broader comparison, the S&P 500 Index returned 13.65%.

The Fund began the quarter with a net asset value of $10.29 per share. It paid no distributions during the quarter and finished the period with a value of $11.48 per share.2

Performance

During the first quarter of 2019, emerging market stocks swung to gains, reversing the trend of the prior quarter. However, most of the gains during the three-month period occurred in January; stocks gained only marginally, cumulatively, over the subsequent two months. If the markets’ rebound is any meaningful indication, it suggests that the price declines that took place in the second half of 2018 (predominately in September and October) were either unwarranted or overdone. Measurements of earnings growth in 2018 fell below the over-hyped forecasts of strategists and pundits, and perhaps that gave cause for correction – but in the end, growth was still a respectable 10% for the year – and the rally in the first quarter of 2019 suggests that conditions are not as bad as feared.

Apart from the rather sharp rebound in January, the quarter was a relatively quiet one. The Fund outperformed its benchmark by approximately 1.5%; there was no particularly discernable reason for its slight gain over the index, though individual stocks within the Core, Growth, and Value components of the Fund (as defined in Figure 1) made notable contributions to performance.

Figure 1: Seafarer Overseas Growth and Income Fund – Portfolio Components
Core HoldingsModerately underappreciated growth;
Moderately elevated current yield
Growth HoldingsHigher growth potential;
Lower current yield
Value HoldingsLower growth potential;
Higher current yield

One of the largest contributions to gains within the Core component of the Fund’s portfolio came from Venture Manufacturing. Venture performs specialized design and contract manufacturing services for clients that produce high-value machinery, equipment and consumer devices. The same company was partly responsible for the Fund’s weak performance in the fourth quarter of 2018: some investors sold off the shares, violently, over fears that earnings growth at the company might decelerate. Now it appears those fears were grossly exaggerated: Venture’s results demonstrated substantial cash on hand, excellent margins, and substantial investments in research and development, predominantly undertaken to accommodate prospective clients in the life and health sciences. The company hiked dividends to unexpected levels, continued to buy back its shares, and the stock rose substantially in the first quarter in response.

Within the Growth component of the Fund, the shares of Techtronic lifted performance. Techtronic produces power tools for retail and commercial use; it has acquired and rebuilt several global brands, and it has developed its own proprietary battery management technology which has advanced the company’s success. Techtronic has apparently gained market share based on improvements in distribution and its core product technologies, allowing the company to enjoy steady revenue growth even as demand in the power tool industry has weakened and competition has stiffened. The company has also paid off debts and managed working capital carefully such that it now enjoys a “net cash position” on its balance sheet – in other words, its balance sheet has more cash on hand than it does outstanding debts. With overall good performance in both operational and financial management, the shares performed well, and the Fund gained as a result.

Within the Value component, athletic and leisurewear brand Xtep helped lift performance. The company saw its share price rise when it produced over 60% earnings growth in 2018, even as the rest of the industry grew more slowly. We suspect this strong earnings performance resulted from a focus on higher operational efficiency. Over the past few years, the company has implemented an “enterprise resource planning” tool, a software suite that helps businesses better manage resources. In Xtep’s case, the company has managed inventories more effectively, and this has apparently allowed it to restructure relationships with stores and other distributors on more favorable terms.

Allocation

During the quarter, the Fund undertook several allocative changes, all of which were driven by events specific to the individual companies and stocks in question (as opposed to broader secular or macro-economic events).

The Core component of the portfolio exited Hengan, a China-based manufacturer of diapers and sanitary napkins. We re-evaluated Hengen’s merit in light of the company’s decision to “vertically integrate” its supply chain by purchasing a stake in a Finnish pulp factory. That acquisition, along with some related funding decisions of questionable merit, have compromised the company’s balance sheet in our view. The proceeds from the sale of this stock have been directed to the Growth and Value components of the Fund’s portfolio.

The Growth component of the portfolio initiated a new position in Bank Rakyat of Indonesia. Rakyat is one of the country’s largest-scale retail banks; it is known for its capillary-like “micro-lending” franchise. Basically, the bank has kiosks and mobile banking units that offer credit and deposit-taking services to nearly every corner of Indonesia’s far-flung archipelago. The franchise is so extensive and granular that it has rendered Rakyat a sustained advantage over its competitors, particularly with respect to gathering bank deposits and related funding costs. The bank’s investment in fast-developing financial technologies, including infrastructure such as satellite connections, may also give the bank an advantage in customer acquisition within the country’s burgeoning digital payments businesses.

The Value component made several shifts. It exited a long-held position in Pou Chen, a Taiwan-based holding company with key subsidiaries in athletic apparel production (predominantly shoes) and athletic wear retailing. Despite difficult operating conditions in the subsidiaries’ core business, Pou Chen (the holding company) had seen its value uplifted by growing contributions from a non-core investment stake in one of Taiwan’s largest life insurance companies, Nan Shan. However, our assessment was that despite Nan Shan’s improved contribution, challenges would persist for the core athletic businesses, and thus we took advantage of the current opportunity to exit the stock.

Several new positions were also added: Moneta, a Czech bank, and Pacific Basin, a specialized shipping company operating in East Asia. We believe Moneta is conservatively capitalized and operating in a stable macroeconomic environment. The company has undergone an ownership restructuring in recent years, but might now resume loan growth and recover pricing power in its consumer lending business. The company has paid substantial dividends in the recent past; dividends paid in April of 2019 were equivalent to over 8% of its share price (as of the date of this report).

As a shipping company, Pacific Basin is partially entangled in the swirling sentiments over global trade and U.S.-China relations. Yet the company’s management team has focused the company on niche market segments that allow Pacific Basin to operate somewhat independently of such exogenous shocks, with greater pricing resilience. Meanwhile, we suspect that the global trade disputes will stall capacity additions in the maritime industry, and this may help shipping to achieve better balance between demand and supply in the future, even if trade is curtailed.

Outlook

Concerns over politics and trade continue to hang heavily over the emerging markets, driving day-to-day price movements and market volatility. Yet when we assess the situation from the ground up, it does not look all that bad.

2018 finished up with very decent earnings growth, around 10% across the developing world. This was far below the grossly overhyped forecasts that existed in the first half of the year, and profit growth decelerated in the fourth quarter; yet taken as a whole, the year was a good one, especially for those who had calibrated their expectations for slower-than-expected growth.

Economic conditions have also quietly stabilized across much of the developing world, with China leading the way. Rather than engage in a large-scale, credit-fueled stimulus to stabilize weak conditions at the end of last year, China has wisely enacted a large number of smaller-scale, industry-specific reforms that are generally in keeping with market-based policies. Meanwhile, the country has enacted tax reforms, ostensibly designed to boost private consumption in lieu of centralized government spending; and it has continued to roll out reforms intended to promote greater access to its domestic capital markets by foreign investors. In short, this is the first quarter under Xi Jinping in which China’s former market-based reforms quietly crept to the fore. A few short months does not a counter-trend make; yet after six years of ideologically-driven policies, China’s turn was encouraging.

Other countries in the developing world generally seem to enjoy low-to-moderate levels of growth, coupled with low levels of inflation. This may leave room for many countries to undertake rate cuts ahead, regardless of the rate decisions enacted by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Indeed, in our view, emerging market currencies are becoming less responsive to the Fed over time: they rose even as the Fed hiked rates multiple times in 2017, counter to prediction; they fell in 2018 as the Fed hiked rates, but then suddenly resumed their rise in September of last year, well before the Fed declared its intention to stand pat for the foreseeable future. Measured as a basket, they are up marginally this year.3 Given that emerging market currencies are operating contrary to perception, the Fed’s sway may be on the decline – and this hints that the former “coupling” of the emerging market asset class to the developed world is changing.

Thank you for entrusting us with your capital. We are honored to serve as your investment adviser in the emerging markets.

Andrew Foster
Paul Espinosa
Inbok Song
  • The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Future returns may be lower or higher. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. View the Fund’s most recent month-end performance.
  • The MSCI Emerging Markets Total Return Index, Standard (Large+Mid Cap) Core, Gross (dividends reinvested), USD is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. Index code: GDUEEGF.
  • The MSCI Emerging Markets Currency Index tracks the performance of emerging market currencies relative to the U.S. dollar. The Currency Index measures the total returns of the currencies of countries in the corresponding MSCI equity index (i.e. MSCI Emerging Markets Index). Index code: MXEF0CX0.
  • The S&P 500 Total Return Index is a stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 large companies with common stock listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ.
  • It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
  • The views and information discussed in this commentary are as of the date of publication, are subject to change, and may not reflect Seafarer’s current views. The views expressed represent an assessment of market conditions at a specific point in time, are opinions only and should not be relied upon as investment advice regarding a particular investment or markets in general. Such information does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell specific securities or investment vehicles. It should not be assumed that any investment will be profitable or will equal the performance of the portfolios or any securities or any sectors mentioned herein. The subject matter contained herein has been derived from several sources believed to be reliable and accurate at the time of compilation. Seafarer does not accept any liability for losses either direct or consequential caused by the use of this information.
  • As of March 31, 2019, Venture Corp., Ltd. comprised 4.1% of the Seafarer Overseas Growth and Income Fund, Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd. comprised 2.5% of the Fund, Xtep International Holdings, Ltd. comprised 1.5% of the Fund, Bank Rakyat Indonesia Persero Tbk PT comprised 0.5% of the Fund, Moneta Money Bank AS comprised 0.4% of the Fund, and Pacific Basin Shipping, Ltd. comprised 0.4% of the Fund. The Fund did not own shares in Hengan International Group Co., Ltd., Pou Chen Corp., or Nan Shan Life Insurance Co., Ltd. View the Fund’s Top 10 Holdings. Holdings are subject to change.
  1. References to the “Fund” pertain to the Fund’s Institutional share class (ticker: SIGIX). The Investor share class (ticker: SFGIX) returned 11.61% during the quarter.
  2. The Fund’s Investor share class began the quarter with a net asset value of $10.25 per share; it finished the quarter with a value of $11.44 per share.
  3. All references to currency movements are based on the MSCI Emerging Markets Currency Index (index code: MXEF0CX0).