Form 497K GOLDMAN SACHS TRUST

January 5, 2021 6:51 AM
Summary
Prospectus

December 29, 2020
Goldman Sachs U.S. Equity ESG Fund
Class P: GALPX        
Before you invest, you may want to review the Goldman Sachs U.S. Equity ESG Fund (the “Fund”) Prospectus, which contains more information about the Fund and its risks. You can find the Fund’s Prospectus, reports to shareholders and other information about the Fund online at https://www.gsam.com/content/gsam/us/en/advisors/fund-center/summary-prospectuses.html. You can also get this information at no cost by calling 800-621-2550 or by sending an e-mail request to gs-funds-document-requests@gs.com. The Fund’s Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”), both dated December 29, 2020, are incorporated by reference into this Summary Prospectus.
It is our intention that beginning on January 1, 2021, paper copies of the Fund's annual and semi-annual shareholder reports will not be sent by mail, unless you specifically request paper copies of the reports from the Fund or from your financial intermediary. Instead, the reports will be made available on a website, and you will be notified by mail each time a report is posted and provided with a website link to access the report.
If you already elected to receive shareholder reports electronically, you will not be affected by this change and you need not take any action. At any time, you may elect to receive reports and certain communications from the Fund electronically by calling the applicable toll-free number below or by contacting your financial intermediary.
You may elect to receive all future shareholder reports in paper free of charge. If you hold shares of the Fund directly with the Fund's transfer agent, you can inform the transfer agent that you wish to receive paper copies of reports by calling toll-free 800-621-2550. If you hold shares of the Fund through a financial intermediary, please contact your financial intermediary to make this election. Your election to receive reports in paper will apply to all Goldman Sachs Funds held in your account if you invest through your financial intermediary or all Goldman Sachs Funds held with the Fund's transfer agent if you invest directly with the transfer agent.
Investment Objective
The Goldman Sachs U.S. Equity ESG Fund (the “Fund”) seeks long-term growth of capital.
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.
Annual Fund Operating Expenses
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
  Class P
Management Fees 0.55%
Other Expenses 2.68%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses 3.23%
Expense Limitation1 (2.57)%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Limitation 0.66%
1 The Investment Adviser has agreed to reduce or limit “Other Expenses” (excluding acquired fund fees and expenses, transfer agency fees and expenses, taxes, interest, brokerage fees, expenses of shareholder meetings, litigation and indemnification, and extraordinary expenses) to 0.084% of the Fund’s average daily net assets. This arrangement will remain in effect through at least December 29, 2021, and prior to such date, the Investment Adviser may not terminate the arrangement without the approval of the Board of Trustees.
    
 

 

2    Summary Prospectus — Goldman Sachs U.S. Equity ESG Fund
Expense Example
This Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.
This Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in Class P Shares of the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your Class P Shares at the end of those periods, unless otherwise stated. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same (except that the Example incorporates any applicable fee waiver and/or expense limitation arrangements for only the first year). 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
Class P Shares $67 $753 $1,464 $3,353
    
Portfolio Turnover
The Fund pays transaction costs when it buys and sells securities or instruments (i.e., “turns over” its portfolio). A high rate of portfolio turnover may result in increased transaction costs, including brokerage commissions, which must be borne by the Fund and its shareholders, and is also likely to result in higher short-term capital gains for taxable shareholders. These costs are not reflected in the annual fund operating expenses or in the expense example above, but are reflected in the Fund’s performance. The Fund’s portfolio turnover rate for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2020 was 65% of the average value of its portfolio.
Principal Strategy
The Fund invests, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of its net assets plus any borrowings for investment purposes (measured at the time of purchase) (“Net Assets”) in a diversified portfolio of equity investments in U.S. issuers that the Investment Adviser believes adhere to the Fund’s environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) criteria. Such equity investments may include exchange traded funds (“ETFs”), futures and other instruments with similar economic exposures.
The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing, under normal circumstances, in approximately 30-50 companies that are considered by the Investment Adviser to be positioned for long-term growth of capital.
The Fund’s ESG criteria are generally designed to exclude companies that are not included in the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) All Country World Index (ACWI) ESG Universal Index or companies that are involved in, and/or derive significant revenue from, certain industries or product lines, including:
gambling,
alcohol,
tobacco,
coal, and
weapons.
In determining whether a company is involved in, and/or derives significant revenue from, the industries or product lines listed above, the Fund will use industry classifications assigned by a third-party service provider.
Once the Investment Adviser determines that an issuer meets the Fund’s ESG criteria, the Investment Adviser conducts a supplemental analysis of individual companies’ corporate governance factors and a range of environmental and social factors that may vary by sector. This
supplemental analysis will be conducted alongside traditional fundamental, bottom-up financial analysis of individual companies, using traditional fundamental metrics. The Investment Adviser may engage in active dialogues with company management teams to further inform investment decision-making and to foster best corporate governance practices using its fundamental and ESG analysis. The Fund may invest in a company prior to completion of the supplemental analysis or without engaging with company management. Instances in which the supplemental analysis may not be completed prior to investment include but are not limited to initial public offerings ("IPOs"), in-kind transfers, corporate actions, and/or certain short-term holdings.
The Investment Adviser may sell holdings for several reasons, including, among others, changes in a company’s fundamentals or earnings, a company no longer meeting the Fund’s ESG criteria, or a company otherwise failing to conform to the Investment Adviser’s investment philosophy.
The Fund seeks to provide broad U.S. equity market exposure by investing in securities of U.S. issuers of any investment style and any market capitalization.
The Fund may also invest up to 20% of its Net Assets in equity investments that may not adhere to the Fund’s ESG criteria, in non-U.S. issuers, and in fixed income securities, such as government, corporate and bank debt obligations.
The Fund’s performance benchmark index is the S&P 500® Index; however the Fund uses the MSCI ACWI ESG Universal Index to seek to identify issuers that meet its ESG criteria.
Principal Risks of the Fund
Loss of money is a risk of investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) or any government agency. The Fund should not be relied upon as a complete investment program. There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. Investments in the Fund involve substantial risks which prospective investors should consider carefully before investing. The Fund's principal risks are presented below in alphabetical order, and not in the order of importance or potential exposure.
ESG Standards Risk.  The Fund’s adherence to its ESG criteria and the application of the Investment Adviser’s supplemental ESG analysis when selecting investments may affect the Fund’s exposure to certain companies, sectors, regions, and countries and may affect the Fund’s performance depending on whether such investments are in or out of favor. For example, the Fund generally will not seek to invest in companies that the Investment Adviser believes have adverse social or environmental impacts (i.e., gambling, alcohol, tobacco, coal or weapons companies), and the Fund generally will not seek to invest in companies that the Investment Adviser believes demonstrate weak corporate governance (e.g., certain state-owned enterprises). Adhering to the ESG criteria and applying the Investment Adviser’s supplemental ESG analysis may also affect the Fund’s performance relative to similar funds that do not adhere to such criteria or apply such analysis. Certain investments may be dependent on U.S. and foreign government policies, including tax incentives and subsidies, which may change without notice. The Fund’s ESG criteria and the application of the supplemental ESG analysis may be changed without shareholder approval.

 

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Investment Style Risk.  Different investment styles (e.g., “growth”, “value” or “quantitative”) tend to shift in and out of favor depending upon market and economic conditions and investor sentiment. The Fund may outperform or underperform other funds that invest in similar asset classes but employ different investment styles.
Issuer Concentration Risk.  The Fund intends to invest in up to approximately 50 companies. This relatively small number of issuers may subject the Fund to greater risks, because a decline in the value of any single investment held by the Fund may adversely affect the Fund’s overall value more than it would affect that of a fund holding a greater number of investments.
Large Shareholder Transactions Risk. The Fund may experience adverse effects when certain large shareholders purchase or redeem large amounts of shares of the Fund. Such large shareholder redemptions, which may occur rapidly or unexpectedly, may cause the Fund to sell portfolio securities at times when it would not otherwise do so, which may negatively impact the  Fund's  net asset value (“NAV”) and liquidity. Similarly, large Fund share purchases may adversely affect the  Fund's performance to the extent that the Fund is delayed in investing new cash or otherwise maintains a larger cash position than it ordinarily would. These transactions may also accelerate the realization of taxable income to shareholders if such sales of investments resulted in gains, and may also increase transaction costs. In addition, a large redemption could result in the  Fund's  current expenses being allocated over a smaller asset base, leading to an increase in the  Fund's  expense ratio.
Market Risk. The value of the securities in which the Fund invests may go up or down in response to the prospects of individual companies, particular sectors or governments and/or general economic conditions throughout the world due to increasingly interconnected global economies and financial markets. Events such as war, acts of terrorism, social unrest, natural disasters, the spread of infectious illness or other public health threats could also significantly impact the Fund and its investments.
Stock Risk.  Stock prices have historically risen and fallen in periodic cycles. U.S. and foreign stock markets have experienced periods of substantial price volatility in the past and may do so again in the future.
Performance
The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing: (a) changes in the performance of the Fund’s Class P Shares from year to year; and (b) how the average annual total returns of the Fund’s Class P Shares compare to those of a broad-based securities market index. Between April 17, 2018 through August 30, 2020, the Fund had been known as the Goldman Sachs Blue Chip Fund, and certain of its principal investment strategies differed. Performance information set forth below prior to August 31, 2020 reflects the performance resulting from the Fund’s former strategies. The Fund’s past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. Updated performance information is available at no cost at https://www.gsam.com/content/dam/gsam/pdfs/us/en/fund-resources/monthly-highlights/retail-fund-facts.pdf?sa=n&rd=n or by calling the appropriate phone number on the back cover of the Prospectus.
Performance reflects applicable fee waivers and/or expense limitations in effect during the periods shown.
CALENDAR YEAR (CLASS P)

The total return illustrated in the table above for the 9-month period ended September 30, 2020 was 7.96%.
During the periods shown in the chart above: Returns Quarter ended
Best Quarter Return 13.51% March 31, 2019
Worst Quarter Return -11.85% December 31, 2018
 
AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURN
    
For the period ended December 31, 2019 1 Year Since
Inception
Class P Shares (Inception 4/17/2018)    
Returns Before Taxes 31.48% 14.72%
Returns After Taxes on Distributions 30.09% 12.53%
Returns After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares 19.59% 11.07%
S&P 500® Index (reflects no deduction for fees or expenses) 31.49% 14.58%
After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown. In addition, the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold Fund Shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.
Portfolio Management
Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. is the investment adviser for the Fund (the “Investment Adviser” or “GSAM”).
Portfolio Managers:  Steven M. Barry, Managing Director, Co-Chief Investment Officer—Fundamental Equity U.S. Equity, has managed the Fund since 2010; Stephen E. Becker, CFA, Managing Director,
Co-Chief Investment Officer—Fundamental Equity U.S. Equity, has managed the Fund since 2009; and Kevin Martens, Vice President, has managed the Fund since August 2020.
Buying and Selling Fund Shares
The Fund does not impose minimum purchase requirements for initial or subsequent investments in Class P Shares.

 

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You may purchase and redeem (sell) Class P Shares of the Fund on any business day through the Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management business unit, The Goldman Sachs Trust Company, N.A., The Goldman Sachs Trust Company of Delaware, The Ayco Company, L.P. or with certain intermediaries that are authorized to offer Class P Shares.
Tax Information
The Fund’s distributions are taxable, and will be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account. Investments made through tax-deferred arrangements may become taxable upon withdrawal from such arrangements.
Payments to Broker-Dealers and
Other Financial Intermediaries
If you purchase the Fund through an intermediary that is authorized to offer Class P Shares, the Fund and/or 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 intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your intermediary’s website for more information.
 
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