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Pursuing Lasting Progress in Emerging Markets®

Seafarer Overseas Value Fund

Overview

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation.

Strategy

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

The Fund’s portfolio is comprised of securities identified through a bottom-up security selection process based on fundamental research. The Fund seeks to produce a minimum long-term rate of return by investing in securities priced at a discount to their intrinsic value.

Sources of Value

Seafarer has identified seven distinct sources of value in emerging markets that may give rise to viable opportunities for long-term, value-oriented investments.

Opportunity Set Source of Value
Balance Sheet Balance Sheet Liquidity Cash or highly liquid assets undervalued by the market
Breakup Value Assets whose liquidation value exceeds their market capitalization
Management Change Assets that would become substantially more productive under a new owner / operator
Deleveraging Shift of cash flow accrual from debt holders to equity holders
Asset Productivity Cyclical downturn following a period of asset expansion
Structural Shift Shift to a lower growth regime, but still highly cash generative
Income Statement / Cash Flow Segregated Market Productive, cash-generative assets trading in an illiquid public market
Additional information is available in the white paper On Value in the Emerging Markets.

Fund Characteristics

Inception Date
Net Assets
Active Share vs Index
Portfolio Turnover
12-month period ended
12-month period ended
Distribution Frequency
Status Open
Benchmarks
Morningstar Emerging Markets Net Return USD Index
MSCI Emerging Markets Total Return USD Index

Portfolio Management

Paul Espinosa Lead Manager
Andrew Foster Co-Manager

Ownership of Fund Securities

Seafarer Overseas Value Fund

A Value Approach to Emerging Markets

Paul Espinosa describes the structural changes that have made it possible to realize a value strategy in emerging markets. He explains how the strategy’s research process is based on Seafarer’s framework of seven distinct sources of value in emerging markets.

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Share Classes

Investor Institutional
Ticker SFVLX SIVLX
CUSIP
NAV
30-Day SEC Yield – Subsidized
30-Day SEC Yield – Unsubsidized
Fund Distribution Yield
Net Expense Ratio1
Load
12b-1 Fee
Minimum Initial Investment – Regular Account
Minimum Initial Investment – Automatic Investment Plan2
Minimum Initial Investment – Retirement Account
Minimum Subsequent Investment

Underlying Portfolio Holdings

Holdings
% of Net Assets in Top 10 Holdings
Weighted Average Market Cap
Market Cap of Portfolio Median Dollar
Gross Portfolio Yield3
Price / Book Value3
Price / Earnings34
Earnings Per Share Growth34
Gross expense ratio: for Investor Class; for Institutional Class1
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.

Geographic Focus

Developing countries and territories 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, Georgia, 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, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Select developed countries and territories with significant economic and financial linkages to developing countries, including, but not limited to, Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Sources: ALPS Fund Services, Inc., Bloomberg, Seafarer.
Portfolio holdings are subject to change.
  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 shall continue at least through August 31, 2022.
  2. Shareholders who sign up for an Automatic Investment Plan can request a waiver of the Institutional Class investment minimum. View the waiver program criteria.
  3. Calculated as a harmonic average of the underlying portfolio holdings.
  4. Based on consensus earnings estimates for next year. Excludes securities for which consensus earnings estimates are not available.
The Seafarer Overseas Value Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar, Inc. makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the shareholders of the Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in the Fund or the ability of the Morningstar Emerging Markets Net Return U.S. Dollar Index to track general equity market performance of emerging markets.

Performance

Total Returns

As of (Prior Month)

NAV / Index Level () Annualized Cumulative Inception Date Net Expense Ratio1 Gross Expense Ratio1
YTD 1 Mo 3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 7 Yr 10 Yr Since Inception Since Inception
Gross expense ratio: for Investor Class; for Institutional Class1

As of (Prior Quarter)

NAV / Index Level () Annualized Cumulative Inception Date Net Expense Ratio1 Gross Expense Ratio1
YTD 1 Mo 3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 7 Yr 10 Yr Since Inception Since Inception
Gross expense ratio: for Investor Class; for Institutional Class1
Growth of a $10,000 Investment Since Inception
The rates of return are hypothetical and do not represent the returns of any particular investment.
Fund performance is presented in U.S. dollar terms, with U.S. jurisdiction distributions reinvested on a gross (pre-tax) basis. For the Morningstar index, performance is calculated to reflect the reinvestment of dividends, capital gains, and other corporate actions net of foreign jurisdiction withholding taxes. For the MSCI index, performance is calculated to reflect the reinvestment of dividends, capital gains, and other corporate actions gross of foreign jurisdiction withholding taxes (i.e., such taxes are ignored). 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 Morningstar Emerging Markets Net Return USD Index except where noted.

3 years Since Inception2
Alpha
Beta
R-squared
R-squared vs. S&P 500 Index
Upside Capture Ratio
Downside Capture Ratio
Source: Morningstar.3
  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 shall continue at least through August 31, 2022.
  2. As of 5/31/16.
  3. © 2022 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. The data in the Return Characteristics table is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; may not be copied or distributed; and is not warranted to be accurate, complete, or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
The Seafarer Overseas Value Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar, Inc. makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the shareholders of the Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in the Fund or the ability of the Morningstar Emerging Markets Net Return U.S. Dollar Index to track general equity market performance of emerging markets.

Composition

Top 10 Holdings as of

Holding Sector Country Issuer Mkt Cap ($B) Yield1 Price/ Book Price/ Earnings2 EPS Growth23
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 / Earnings45 EPS Growth45
Region # of Holdings Fund +/− vs. Index Avg Mkt Cap ($B) Gross Yield4 Price / Book4 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 / Earnings45 EPS Growth45
Sector # of Holdings Fund +/− vs. Index Avg Mkt Cap ($B) Gross Yield4 Price / Book4 Prior Year This Year Next Year This Year Next Year
Sources: ALPS Fund Services, Inc., Bloomberg, Seafarer.
30-Day SEC Yield: subsidized SFVLX ; SIVLX / unsubsidized SFVLX ; SIVLX ()
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 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. Index
Source: ALPS Fund Services, Inc.
Due to rounding, percentage values may not sum to 100%. Values less than 0.5% may be rounded to 0%.
  1. Yield = dividend yield for common and preferred stocks and yield to maturity for bonds.
  2. Based on consensus earnings estimates for next year.
  3. Consensus estimates for EPS growth are not available for this security.
  4. Calculated as a harmonic average of the underlying portfolio holdings.
  5. Based on consensus earnings estimates. Excludes securities for which consensus earnings estimates are not available.
The Seafarer Overseas Value Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar, Inc. makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the shareholders of the Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in the Fund or the ability of the Morningstar Emerging Markets Net Return U.S. Dollar Index to track general equity market performance of emerging markets.

Distributions

For More Information

Individual Investors

(855) 732-9220 (Mon–Fri 9am–8pm ET)
seafarerfunds@alpsinc.com

Investment Professionals

(415) 578-5809 (Mon–Fri 9am–8pm ET)
clientservices@seafarerfunds.com

2022 Distribution Dates

Distribution frequency: Annual

Please note: future dates are subject to change.

Record Date Ex, Pay and Reinvest Date
Year-end Distribution 12/14/22 12/15/22

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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
SFVLX (Investor Class)
SIVLX (Institutional Class)

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

Foreign Source Income

The Seafarer Overseas Value Fund has elected to pass through to shareholders the foreign taxes paid on income earned from foreign investments. These foreign taxes are reported in Box 7 of Form 1099-DIV. As a shareholder in the Fund, you may be able to claim a tax credit or an itemized deduction on your federal tax return for the amount of taxes paid to foreign countries. Please consult your tax adviser.

Year Foreign Source Income (as a % of Box 1a on Form 1099-DIV)
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 Value Fund

Portfolio ReviewSecond Quarter 2022

During the second quarter of 2022, the Seafarer Overseas Value Fund returned -6.47%.12 The Fund’s benchmark indices, the Morningstar Emerging Markets Net Return USD Index and the MSCI Emerging Markets Total Return USD Index, returned -11.72% and -11.34%, respectively. By way of broader comparison, the S&P 500 Index returned -16.10%.

The Fund began the quarter with a net asset value of $13.30 per share. It paid no distributions during the quarter and finished the period with a value of $12.44 per share.3

Performance

In the second quarter of 2022, the Seafarer Overseas Value Fund – which in the preceding two quarters delivered positive returns while the Morningstar Emerging Markets Index fell – finally succumbed to overall market forces and delivered a negative return.

Fund holdings more sensitive to global growth clearly suffered, as the market shifted its focus from inflation concerns to the impact of higher prices on global gross domestic product (GDP) growth. Nevertheless, the Fund also captured strong company-specific sources of return, delivering a net performance that outperformed the benchmarks with significantly lower capital loss.

Fund holdings that evidenced the risk of a significant global economic slowdown include Pacific Basin (Asset Productivity source of value; the “source of value” for a Fund holding is hereafter referenced in parentheses), a dry-bulk shipping company headquartered in Hong Kong; and PetroVietnam Technical Services (Management Change and Asset Productivity), a Vietnamese oil services company. The stocks declined following the second quarter downward trajectory of ship charter rates (the BDI Index) in the former’s case, and oil prices in the latter’s case. The short-term behavior of the BDI Index and oil may be used as gauges of real-time economic activity. Ironically but sensibly, the tremendous appreciation of both rates in past quarters led to their eventual undoing in the second quarter as the market estimated that their elevated levels would necessarily result in slower shipping activity (lower economic activity from higher-cost energy would lead to a decline in global trade) and the rationing of energy (fewer economies can afford oil prices at that level).

The growth concern extended to countries as well, such as Brazil, whose currency depreciated 9.8% during the quarter on account of concerns over imported inflation and general economic weakness. The Fund’s Brazilian holdings, Itaú Unibanco (Asset Productivity), Brazil’s largest private bank, Ambev (Structural Shift and Asset Productivity), a Brazil-based brewer in the Americas, and XP, Inc. (Structural Shift), an investment management company, ranked among the quarter’s top detractors to performance.

The pervasive nature of global macro concerns didn’t prevent the Fund from capturing company-specific sources of return. Giordano (Structural Shift), a fashion retailer operating in Asia and the Middle East, returned 23.6% (as measured in U.S. dollars) during the quarter as a result of the company’s owners making a tender offer for the listed shares. The case of Giordano is reminiscent of previous Value Fund holdings that have been privatized, as discussed in past quarterly reviews. I view these privatizations as evidence that the Fund is indeed identifying value, and as testament to the inefficiency of public equity markets, especially in the emerging markets – thus the opportunity for the Value Fund.

Another holding that appreciated in the midst of difficult global conditions was WH Group (Management Change), a Chinese meat processor and owner of U.S.-based Smithfield Foods. The stock appreciated in response to improving hog supply conditions in China, and an expected volume growth recovery as parts of China slowly emerge from Covid-related lockdowns. WH Group’s performance this quarter is a case of industry-specific dynamics having a stronger influence on company earnings than global growth concerns.

It is ironic then, that two of the Fund’s Middle East holdings also contributed positively to performance driven by strong growth expectations. Tabreed (Deleveraging), a supplier of district water cooling services, appreciated meaningfully on the expectation that the company’s drive to grow beyond the United Arab Emirates is gaining traction. Similarly, the appreciation of Qatar Gas Transport (Deleveraging), an owner and operator of transport vessels for liquefied natural gas (LNG), relates to the expectation that the company may need to expand its fleet by more than planned given the global energy shortage.

Allocation

In the second quarter, the Fund introduced Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI) (Asset Productivity and Deleveraging), a global brewer that derives the majority of its revenue from the emerging markets, as a new holding. While ABI is the parent company of existing holding Ambev, ABI contributes a different source of return and risk profile to the Fund. Neither holding aims to capitalize on the demand for beer globally (ABI) or in the Americas (Ambev) in order to generate an investment return for the Fund. Instead, ABI represents the Deleveraging source of return, while Ambev reflects the Structural Shift (both holdings share the Asset Productivity source of return). As such, I expect ABI to generate an investment return based on changes to its balance sheet over time, while I expect to extract an investment return from Ambev based on an improved market positioning relative to the competition, especially in Brazil. The risk profiles also differ in that ABI has a highly levered balance sheet with a low dividend payout ratio, while Ambev benefits from a positive net cash position and a high dividend.

What ABI brings to the table is the possibility of a strongly rising dividend as the company reduces leverage and recovers profitability after its decline since 2020 due to the pandemic and the rise of commodity prices. Furthermore, the implementation of digitalization initiatives in its distribution channels, which were successfully trialed at Ambev, on a global scale has the potential to lift margins beyond historical and industry norms. Finally, I expect these supply-side operating initiatives to improve the return on the intangibles (goodwill) accumulated as ABI expanded globally, thus lifting the overall return on assets, which has suffered as a result of the company’s acquisitive history.

The second notable allocation change was a meaningful increase to the position in XP, Inc. (Structural Shift), a Brazilian investment management platform company. The Fund previously owned a small position in XP, which it received as an in-kind dividend from its stake in Itaú Unibanco in the fourth quarter of 2021. The Fund took advantage of weakness in XP’s share price during the second quarter of 2022 to establish a full position in a company that may be best described as the Charles Schwab of Brazil. While this comparison may already provide an intuitive sense of the growth potential for said business in an emerging market, what is unique for this business in Brazil is that the country suffers from a textbook case of the crowding out effect.

In other words, Brazil’s government has long “crowded out” the private sector as its heavy fiscal deficits absorb a disproportionate share of the national savings, and raise the cost of capital for the private sector, thus limiting growth for corporates and the country. In the context of the investment management industry, this dynamic translates to fixed income and bank savings products dominating capital markets in Brazil, at the expense of stock ownership. XP’s long-term growth prospects would shift from high to extraordinary should the country structurally transition to a lower interest rate regime on improved governance at the country level, which would equate to funds flowing from fixed income to equity markets. The opportunity to purchase a high growth company at a valuation consistent with a value discipline is equally extraordinary.

The Fund did not exit any positions during the second quarter.

Outlook

We are all macro analysts now. The consequences of over a decade of coordinated global debt accumulation are threatening to turn my people – company-focused investors – into an endangered species.

I see the consequences of an incentive structure biased in favor of virtually unconstrained debt buildup through the lens of the balance sheet management of the companies we avoid investing in (though there are exceptions). I also see the consequences of irresponsible debt accumulation at the national level through the inflation, demand swings, and lower sustainable economic growth that the Value Fund holdings are forced to overcome.

In my view, governments and central banks created the present investment environment based on the fundamental error of equating prosperity with GDP growth, together with a lack of understanding of the salutary process that an economic recession represents. As such, fiscal expenditures (debt) rise in order to maintain expenditure (GDP) without consideration for the negative consequences of excessive debt, the draining of savings, and the perpetuation of malinvested capital.

What is important for shareholders of the Seafarer Overseas Value Fund to understand is that policymakers created the present investment context in their attempt to manage demand. The Fund, by virtue of its company-focused, bottom-up approach to portfolio construction, effectively invests primarily on the basis of supply-side economics. The seven sources of value, which the fund uses as a discipline to guide its investment decisions, is testament to the Fund’s focus on supply (operations and capital productivity) over growth considerations to generate the investment return.

It is in this sense that I am optimistic about the prospects for the Value Fund – not because value as an investment style may come back in vogue and outperform growth once again, or because rising interest rates necessarily lower the present value of companies with cash flows in the distant future, but because the Fund has a supply-focus, which has always been relevant, but ever more so in the brave new world the global economy is entering.

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

Paul Espinosa,
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 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 June 30, 2022, Pacific Basin Shipping, Ltd. comprised 2.7% of the Seafarer Overseas Value Fund, PetroVietnam Technical Services Corp. comprised 2.2% of the Fund, Itaú Unibanco Holding SA comprised 2.8% of the Fund, Ambev SA comprised 2.5% of the Fund, XP, Inc. comprised 2.5% of the Fund, Giordano International, Ltd. comprised 2.8% of the Fund, WH Group, Ltd. comprised 3.2% of the Fund, National Central Cooling Co. PJSC (Tabreed) comprised 4.3% of the Fund, Qatar Gas Transport Co., Ltd. comprised 4.4% of the Fund, and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV comprised 3.0% of the Fund. The Fund did not own shares in Charles Schwab Corp. or Smithfield Foods, Inc. View the Fund’s Top 10 Holdings. Holdings are subject to change.
The Seafarer Overseas Value Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar, Inc. makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the shareholders of the Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in the Fund or the ability of the Morningstar Emerging Markets Net Return U.S. Dollar Index to track general equity market performance of emerging markets.
  1. References to the “Fund” pertain to the Fund’s Institutional share class (ticker: SIVLX). The Investor share class (ticker: SFVLX) returned -6.48% during the quarter. All returns are measured inclusive of Fund distributions paid (in relation to Fund performance) or dividends paid (in relation to index performance), reinvested in full (exclusive of any U.S. taxation) on the pertinent ex-date.
  2. 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.
  3. The Fund’s Investor share class began the quarter with a net asset value of $13.27 per share; and it finished the quarter with a value of $12.41 per share.