Form 497K VELA Funds
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|SUMMARY PROSPECTUS||January 30, 2023|
VELA Income Opportunities Fund
Class A (VIOAX)
Class I (VIOIX)
|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 primary investment objective of the VELA Income Opportunities Fund is to provide current income and the secondary investment objective 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||0.01%||0.01%|
|Total annual fund operating expenses3||1.18%||0.93%|
|(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)||The funds 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 7% of the average value of its portfolio.
Principal Investment Strategy
The fund, under normal market conditions, invests at least 80% of its net assets in income producing securities. The fund may invest in common equities of large, mid and small capitalization companies (both domestic and foreign, including American Depository Receipts (ADRs)), real estate investment trusts (REITs), preferred equity securities, convertible securities, and master limited partnerships (MLPs). The fund will limit its investments in MLPs to less than 25% of net assets. The fund may also invest in corporate debt securities, including bonds and other debt securities of U.S. and non- U.S. issuers, including obligations of industrial, utility, banking and other corporate issuers. The funds investments in corporate debt securities may include investments in below investment grade securities, including those referred to as high yield securities or junk bonds (or the unrated equivalent) at the time of purchase.
The Adviser may use options, such as puts or calls on individual securities, as well as options on securities indices and exchange-traded funds, to enhance returns, generate income, to reduce portfolio volatility, or to reduce downside risk when the Adviser believes it to be prudent. To enhance income, the Adviser may sell call options on stocks held in the portfolio (covered call writing). In exchange for the option premium received, the fund will give up potential upside in the underlying stock. The Adviser may write put options on stocks that it has deemed to be attractive purchases at lower price levels. The Adviser may also utilize a combination of puts and/or calls regarding the same security (sometimes referred to as straddles, collars or spreads) or utilize puts and calls on related securities.
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 typically 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 conviction.
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, military conflicts, 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, military conflicts, terrorism, trade disputes, government shutdowns, market closures, natural and environmental disasters, climate-change and climate related events, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foreign Tax Risk. The funds income from non-U.S. issuers may be subject to non-U.S. withholding taxes. The 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.
Derivatives Risk. Derivatives, such as options, may be riskier than other types of investments and may increase the volatility of the fund. Derivatives may be sensitive to changes in economic and market conditions and may create leverage, which could result in losses that significantly exceed the funds original investment. Derivatives expose the fund to counterparty risk, which is the risk that the derivative counterparty will not fulfill its contractual obligations (and includes credit risk associated with the counterparty). Certain derivatives are synthetic instruments that attempt to replicate the performance of certain reference assets. With regard to such derivatives, the fund does not have a claim on the reference assets and is subject to enhanced counterparty risk. Derivatives may not perform as expected, so the fund may not realize the intended benefits. When used for hedging, the change in value of a derivative may not correlate as expected with the currency, security or other risk being hedged. In addition, given their complexity, derivatives expose the fund to risks of mispricing or improper valuation. Certain of the funds transactions in derivatives could also affect the amount, timing and character of distributions to shareholders which may result in the fund realizing more short-term capital gain and ordinary income subject to tax at ordinary income tax rates than it would if it did not engage in such transactions, which may adversely impact the funds after-tax returns.
Options Risk. There are risks associated with buying and selling call and put options. If the fund buys a put or call option, the fund risks losing the entire premium invested in the option if the fund does not exercise the option. If the fund sells (writes) a put option, there is risk that the fund may be required to buy the underlying investment at a disadvantageous price. If the fund sells (writes) a covered call option, there is risk that the fund may be required to sell the underlying investment at a disadvantageous price. The fund will receive a premium from writing options, but the premium received may not be sufficient to offset any losses sustained from exercised options.
Fixed Income Risk. The fund may, from time to time, invest in fixed income securities. When the fund invests in fixed income securities, the value of your investment in the fund will fluctuate with changes in interest rates. Typically, a rise in interest rates causes a decline in the value of fixed income securities owned by the fund. In general, the market price of fixed income securities with longer maturities will increase or decrease more in response to changes in interest rates than shorter-term securities. Other risk factors include credit risk (the debtor may default), extension risk (an issuer may exercise its right to repay principal on a fixed rate obligation held by the fund later than expected), and prepayment risk (the debtor may pay its obligation early, reducing the amount of interest payments). These risks could affect the value of a particular investment by the fund, possibly causing the funds share price and total return to be reduced and fluctuate more than other types of investments.
High Yield Securities Risk. The fund may purchase fixed income securities rated below the investment grade category, also known as high yield securities or junk bonds. Securities in this rating category are speculative. Changes in economic conditions or other circumstances may have a greater effect on the ability of issuers of these securities to make principal and interest payments than they do on issuers of higher grade securities.
MLP and MLP-Related Securities. Investments in MLPs and MLP-related securities involve risks different from those of investing in common stock including risks related to limited control and limited rights to vote on matters affecting the MLP or MLP-related security, risks related to potential conflicts of interest between an MLP and the MLPs general partner, cash flow risks, dilution risks (which could occur if the MLP raises capital and then invests it in projects whose return fails to exceed the cost of capital raised) and risks related to the general partners limited call right. MLPs and MLP-related securities are generally considered interest-rate sensitive investments. During periods of interest rate volatility, these investments may not provide attractive returns. Depending on the state of interest rates in general, the use of MLPs or MLP-related securities could enhance or harm the overall performance of the fund.
MLP Tax Risk. MLPs, typically, do not pay U.S. federal income tax at the partnership level. Instead, each partner is allocated a share of the partnerships income, gains, losses, deductions and expenses. A change in current tax law or in the underlying business mix of a given MLP could result in an MLP being treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes, which would result in such MLP being required to pay U.S. federal income tax on its taxable income. The classification of an MLP as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes would have the effect of reducing the amount of cash available for distribution by the MLP. Thus, if any of the MLPs owned by the fund were treated as corporations for U.S. federal income tax purposes, it could result in a reduction of the value of your investment in the fund and lower income, as compared to an MLP that is not taxed as a corporation.
ADRs Risk. ADRs, which are typically issued by a bank, are certificates that evidence ownership of shares of a foreign company and are alternatives to purchasing foreign securities directly in their national markets and currencies. ADRs are subject to the same risks as direct investment in foreign companies and involve risks that are not found in investments in U.S. companies. Although an ADR is priced in the US dollar, movements in the exchange rate of the local currency versus the US dollar are automatically reflected in the price of the ADR in US dollars. Therefore, even if the price of the foreign security does not change on its market, if the exchange rate of the local currency relative to the US Dollar declines, the ADR price would decline by a similar measure.
Convertible Securities Risk. The market value of convertible securities and other debt securities tends to fall when prevailing interest rates rise. The value of convertible securities also tends to change whenever the market value of the underlying common or preferred stock fluctuates.
Preferred Stock Risk. Preferred stocks may be more volatile than fixed income securities and are more correlated with the issuers underlying common stock than fixed income securities. Additionally, the dividend on a preferred stock may be changed or omitted by the issuer. While most preferred stocks pay a dividend, the fund may buy preferred stock where the issuer has omitted, or is in danger of omitting, payment of its dividend.
Real Estate and REIT Risk. The funds investments in REITs are subject to the same risks as direct investments in real estate and mortgages, and their value will depend on the value of the underlying real estate interests. These risks include default, prepayments, changes in value resulting from changes in interest rates and demand for real and rental property, and the management skill and creditworthiness of REIT issuers. The fund will indirectly bear its proportionate share of expenses, including management fees, paid by each REIT in which it invests in addition to the expenses of the fund.
New Fund Risk. The fund is newly organized and has little or no operating history. While the Adviser has experience in investment-related activities, the Adviser has limited experience managing registered investment companies.
Performance information for the fund has been omitted because the fund had not completed a full calendar year of operations. Once the fund has completed a full calendar year of operations, a bar chart and table will be included in this Prospectus that will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the fund by showing the variability of the funds return based on net assets and comparing the variability of the funds return to a broad measure of market performance.
VELA Investment Management, LLC
The Adviser employs a team of portfolio managers who are jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the fund. The portfolio managers are:
Jason Downey, CFA
Portfolio Manager & Research Analyst
Since inception (March 2022)
Bobby Murphy, CFA, CPA
Portfolio Manager & Research Analyst, Director of Research
Since inception (March 2022)
Nick Rinker, CFA
Assistant Portfolio Manager & Research Analyst
Since inception (March 2022)
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 Income Opportunities Fund||VELA Income Opportunities 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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