Form 497K VELA Funds
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|SUMMARY PROSPECTUS||January 30, 2023|
VELA International Fund
Class A (VEILX)
Class I (VEITX)
Before you invest, you may want to review the Funds prospectus and Statement of Additional Information (SAI), which contain more information about the Fund and its risks. You can find the Funds Prospectus, SAI and other information about the Fund online at https://funddocs.filepoint.com/vela/. You can also get this information at no cost by calling 1-833-399-1001 or by sending an email request to [email protected] The current Prospectus and SAI, dated January 30, 2023, are incorporated by reference into this Summary Prospectus.
The investment objective of the VELA International Fund is to provide long-term capital appreciation.
Fees and Expenses of the Fund
This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold, and sell shares of the fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in VELA Funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your financial professional and in the Sales Charges section on page 39 of the funds Prospectus.
(fees paid directly from your investment)
|Class A||Class I|
|Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases as a%of Offering Price||5.00%||None|
|Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (on redemptions in the first year as a percentage of the amount invested or the current value,whichever is less)||None||None|
Annual Fund Operating Expenses
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
|Class A||Class I|
|Distribution (12b-1) fees||0.25%||0.00%|
|Other expenses (administrative fees)1, 2||0.42%||0.42%|
|Acquired fund fees and expenses||0.02%||0.02%|
|Total annual fund operating expenses3||1.44%||1.19%|
|(1)||The funds Other expenses have been restated to reflect current fees.|
|(2)||The funds investment adviser, VELA Investment Management, LLC (the Adviser), pays most of the funds operating expenses (with certain exceptions) in return for an administrative fee (exclusive of the management fee, brokerage and other expenses of executing fund transactions; taxes or governmental fees; costs of borrowing (such as interest charges and dividend expenses on securities sold short); litigation and indemnification expenses and other extraordinary expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of the funds business, as well as any expenses incurred pursuant to the funds Rule 12b-1 Distribution Plan).|
|(3)||Total annual fund operating expenses will not correlate to the funds ratio of total expenses to average net assets in the funds Financial Highlights, which reflects the operating expenses of the fund, but does not include Acquired fund fees and expenses.|
This Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods indicated. It also shows costs if you sold your shares at the end of the period or continued to hold them. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the funds operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
|1 Year||3 Years||5 Years||10 Years|
The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or turns over its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the Example, affect the funds performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the funds portfolio turnover was 23% of the average value of its portfolio.
Principal Investment Strategy
The fund, under normal market conditions, invests its assets primarily in non-U.S. equity securities of companies of any size (including small capitalization, mid capitalization and large capitalization companies) that the Adviser believes are undervalued. Equity securities consist of common and preferred stocks. Under normal market conditions, the fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets in securities issued by companies (i) that are headquartered or have their principal place of business outside the U.S., (ii) whose primary trading markets are outside the U.S. or (iii) that have at least 50% of their assets in, or derive at least 50% of their total revenues or profits from, goods or services produced in or sales made in countries outside the U.S. The fund intends to diversify its investments across different countries and regions. The fund may invest up to 30% of its total assets in securities of companies located in emerging market countries. Emerging market countries include those generally recognized to be an emerging market country by the international financial community; classified by the United Nations as a developing country; or classified as an emerging market country by Morningstar, Inc., or other index or data provider.
The Adviser focuses on estimating a companys value independent of its current stock price. To estimate a companys value, the Adviser concentrates on the fundamental economic drivers of the business. The primary focus is on bottom-up analysis, which takes into consideration earnings, revenue growth, operating margins, balance sheet strength, free cash flow generation, management stewardship, and other economic factors. The Adviser also considers the level of industry competition, regulatory factors, the threat of technological obsolescence, and a variety of other industry factors. If the Advisers estimate of a companys value differs sufficiently from the current market price, the company may be an attractive investment opportunity. In constructing a portfolio of securities, the Adviser is not constrained by the sector or industry weights in the benchmark. The Adviser relies on individual stock selection and discipline in the investment process to add value. The highest portfolio security weights are assigned to companies where the Adviser has the highest level of confidence.
Once a stock is selected, the Adviser continues to monitor the companys strategies, financial performance, and competitive environment. The Adviser may sell a security as it reaches the Advisers estimate of the companys value if it believes that the companys earnings, revenue growth, operating margin or other economic factors are deteriorating, if the companys stock price is discounting more than the companys long range earnings potential, or if it identifies a stock that it believes offers a better investment opportunity.
All investments carry a certain amount of risk and the fund cannot guarantee that it will achieve its investment objective. An investment in the fund is not a deposit or obligation of any bank, is not endorsed or guaranteed by any bank, and is not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency. You may lose money by investing in the fund. Below are the principal risks of investing in the fund. All of the risks listed below are significant to the fund, regardless of the order in which they appear.
Market Risk. The market price of a security or instrument may decline, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably, due to general market conditions that are not specifically related to a particular company, such as real or perceived adverse economic or political conditions throughout the world, changes in the general outlook for corporate earnings, changes in interest or currency rates, or adverse investor sentiment generally. In addition, local, state, regional, or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, the spread of infectious illness or other public health issues, recessions, or other events could have a significant impact on the fund and its investments and could result in decreases to the funds net asset value. The market value of a security or instrument also may decline because of factors that affect a particular industry or industries, such as labor shortages or increased production costs and competitive conditions within an industry.
Political, geopolitical, natural and other events, including war, terrorism, trade disputes, government shutdowns, market closures, natural and environmental disasters, epidemics, pandemics and other public health crises and related events and governments reactions to such events have led, and in the future may lead, to economic uncertainty, decreased economic activity, increased market volatility and other disruptive effects on U.S. and global economies and markets. Such events may have significant adverse direct or indirect effects on the fund and its investments. For example, a widespread health crisis such as a global pandemic could cause substantial market volatility, exchange trading suspensions and closures, and impact the ability to complete redemptions, all of which could affect fund performance. A health crisis may exacerbate other pre -existing political, social, and economic risks. In addition, the increasing interconnectedness of markets around the world may result in many markets being affected by events or conditions in a single country or region or events affecting a single or small number of issuers.
Equity Market Risk. Overall stock market risks may affect the value of the fund. Factors such as U.S. economic growth and market conditions, interest rate levels, and political events affect the securities markets. When the value of the funds investments goes down, your investment in the fund decreases in value.
Management Risk. The Advisers judgments about the attractiveness, value and potential appreciation of a particular asset class or individual security in which the fund invests may prove to be incorrect and there is no guarantee that individual companies will perform as anticipated. The value of an individual company can be more volatile than the market as a whole, and the Advisers intrinsic value-oriented approach may fail to produce the intended results.
Non-U.S. Securities Risk. The fund may invest in non-U.S. securities and U.S. securities of companies domiciled in non-U.S. countries that may experience more rapid and extreme changes in value than a fund that invests exclusively in securities of U.S. companies. These companies may be subject to additional risks, including political and economic risks, civil conflicts and war, greater volatility, expropriation
and nationalization risks, currency fluctuations, regulatory risk, higher transaction costs, delayed settlement, possible non-U.S. controls on investments, and less stringent investor protection and disclosure standards of non-U.S. markets. In addition, the potential departure of one or more other countries from the European Union may have significant political and financial consequences for global markets.
Emerging Markets Risk. Many of the risks with respect to non-U.S. investments are more pronounced for investments in issuers in developing or emerging market countries. Emerging market countries tend to have more government exchange controls, more volatile interest and currency exchange rates, less market regulation, and less developed economic, political and legal systems than those of more developed countries. In addition, emerging market countries may experience high levels of inflation and may have less liquid securities markets and less efficient trading and settlement systems.
Illiquid Securities Risk. The fund may invest up to 15% of the value of its net assets in securities that are illiquid. An illiquid investment is any investment that cannot be disposed of in current market conditions within seven days in the normal course of business at approximately the amount at which it is valued by the fund and without significantly changing the value of the investment. The price the fund pays for illiquid securities or receives upon resale may be lower than the price paid or received for similar securities with a more liquid market. In addition, there may be no market or a limited market in which to sell illiquid securities.
Foreign Tax Risk. The funds income from non -U.S. issuers may be subject to non-U.S. withholding taxes. A fund may also be subject to taxes on trading profits or on transfers of securities in some countries. To the extent foreign income taxes are paid by the fund, shareholders may not be entitled to a credit or deduction for U.S. tax purposes.
Currency Risk. Foreign securities usually are denominated and traded in foreign currencies, while the fund values its assets in U.S. dollars. The exchange rates between foreign currencies and the U.S. dollar fluctuate continuously. As a result, the values of the funds non-U.S. investments will be affected favorably or unfavorably by changes in currency exchange rates relative to the U.S. dollar.
Small Cap and Mid Cap Company Risk. Investments in small cap and mid cap companies may be riskier than investments in larger, more established companies. The securities of these companies may trade less frequently and in smaller volumes than securities of larger companies. In addition, small cap and mid cap companies may be more vulnerable to economic, market and industry changes. As a result, share price changes may be more sudden or erratic than the prices of other equity securities, especially over the short term. Because smaller companies may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources or may depend on a few key employees, they may be more susceptible to particular economic events or competitive factors than large capitalization companies.
Large Cap Company Risk. Returns on investments in securities of larger companies could trail the returns on investments in securities of smaller and mid-sized companies. Larger companies may be unable to respond as quickly as smaller and mid-sized companies to competitive challenges or to changes in business, product, financial, or other market conditions. Larger companies may not be able to maintain growth at the high rates that may be achieved by well-managed smaller and mid-sized companies.
Value-Oriented Investment Strategies Risk. Value stocks are those that are believed to be undervalued in comparison to their peers due to adverse business developments or other factors, or those where the Adviser believes the aggregate present value of the companys future cash flows is materially greater than that which the market is currently reflecting via the target companys share price. Value investing is subject to the risk that the market will not recognize a securitys inherent value for a long time or at all, or that a stock judged to be undervalued may actually be appropriately priced or overvalued. In addition, during some periods (which may be extensive), value stocks generally may be out of favor in the markets.
The following bar chart and table show two aspects of the fund: volatility and performance. The bar chart shows the volatility — or variability — of the funds annual total returns over time, and shows that fund performance can change from year to year. The table shows the funds average annual total returns for certain time periods compared to the returns of a broad-based securities index. The bar chart and table provide some indication of the risks of investing in the fund. Of course, the funds past performance is not necessarily an indication of its future performance. Updated performance information is available at no cost by visiting www.velafunds.com or by calling 1-833-399-1001.
Class I Annual Total Returns – Year Ended 12/31
During the period shown on the bar chart, the funds highest total return for a quarter was 18.81% (quarter ended December 31, 2022) and the funds lowest total return for a quarter was -11.15% (quarter ended September 30, 2022).
Average Annual Total Return as of 12/31/22
After-tax returns are calculated using the highest historical individual federal marginal income tax rate and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on a shareholders tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant for shareholders who hold fund shares in tax-deferred accounts or to shares held by non-taxable entities. After-tax returns are shown for Class I shares only and will vary from the after-tax returns for the other share classes.
|Date of||One||Life of|
|Class I Return Before Taxes||9/30/20||-6.87%||6.91%|
|Return After Taxes on Distributions.||-6.98%||6.84%|
|Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares||-3.56%||5.51%|
|Class A Return Before Taxes||9/30/20||-11.71%||4.16%|
|MSCI World ex USA Index||-14.29%||5.09%|
The MSCI World ex USA Index is an unmanaged free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure global developed market equity performance.
You cannot invest directly in an index. Unlike mutual funds, an index does not incur expenses. If expenses were deducted, the actual returns of an index would be lower.
VELA Investment Management, LLC
The portfolio manager who is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the fund is:
Since inception (September 2020)
Buying and Selling Fund Shares
Minimum Initial Investment
Class A: $1,000
Class I: $2,500
Minimum Subsequent Investment
Class A: None
Class I: None
|To Place Orders|
|Regular Mail:||Overnight Mail:|
|VELA International Fund||VELA International Fund|
|c/o Ultimus Fund Solutions, LLC||c/o Ultimus Fund Solutions, LLC|
|P.O. Box 541150||4221 N 203rd St, Suite 100|
|Omaha, NE 68154||Elkhorn, NE 68022|
In general, you can buy or sell (redeem) shares of the fund by mail or phone on any business day. You can generally pay for shares by check or wire. You may be charged wire fees or other transaction fees; ask your financial professional. When selling shares, you will receive a check, unless you request a wire. You may also buy and sell shares through a financial professional.
Dividends, Capital Gains and Taxes
For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the funds distributions may be taxable as ordinary income, capital gains, qualified dividend income, or Section 199A dividends, except when your investment is in an IRA, 401(k) or other tax-advantaged investment plan. Subsequent withdrawals from such a tax-advantaged investment plan will be subject to special tax rules.
Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries
If you purchase shares through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the fund and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediarys web site for more information.
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