Netols Small Cap Value
The Frontier Netols Small Cap Value Fund's goal, also referred to as its investment objective, is capital appreciation.
Principal Investment Strategy
The Fund seeks to achieve its goal primarily through investment in a diversified portfolio of equity securities of companies with small market capitalizations. For this purpose, a small market capitalization company is defined as any company with a market capitalization no larger than the largest company included in the Russell 2000 Value Index at the time of initial investment. In constructing a portfolio for the Fund, the Fund's subadviser, Netols Asset Management ("Netols"), selects stocks it believes are undervalued and exhibit potential "change factor" characteristics. These characteristics include, but are not limited to, organizational, operational, financial and regulatory factors. Netols believes that, once change factors are realized, they typically lead to an increase in cash flow, earnings, EBITDA or valuations in the marketplace which tend to deliver better performance than the overall small cap market.
The Fund invests primarily in value-style stocks whose prices Netols believes are undervalued in relation to fundamental measures. Equity securities in which the Fund may invest include common stocks; preferred stocks; warrants to purchase common stocks or preferred stocks; and securities convertible into common or preferred stocks. Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its assets in equity securities of companies with small market capitalizations. For purposes of the 80% policy, net assets include any borrowings for investment purposes.
Total Returns as of March 31, 2017
*Average annual return
The recent growth in the equity market has helped to produce short-term returns for some asset classes that are not typical and may not continue in the future. Because of ongoing market volatility, fund performance may be subject to substantial short-term changes.
Annual Fund Operating Expenses (As of Prospectus Dated 10/31/16)
(expenses that are deducted from Fund assets)
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Pursuant to an expense cap agreement between the Fund’s adviser, Frontegra Asset Management, Inc. (“Frontegra”) and the Fund, Frontegra agreed to waive its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund’s operating expenses to the extent necessary to ensure that the Fund’s total operating expenses (excluding acquired fund fees and expenses) do not exceed 1.50% of the Fund's average daily net assets for Class Y shares and 1.10% of the Fund’s average daily net assets for Institutional Class shares. The expense cap agreement for the Fund will continue in effect until October 31, 2018, with successive renewal terms of one year unless terminated by Frontegra or the Fund prior to any such renewal. “Other Expenses” are presented before any waivers or expense reimbursements.
Past performance does not guarantee future results. The principal value of an investment and investment return will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted and may be obtained by calling 888-825-2100. Investment performance reflects contractual fee waivers in effect. In the absence of such waiver, total returns would be reduced.
The Fund's investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses must be considered carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information about the Frontier Funds, and it may be obtained by downloading or calling 888-825-2100. To download, select the Prospectus option located on the right sidebar.
Mutual fund investing involves risk; principal loss is possible.
Principal Risk Factors. The main risks of investing in the Fund are:
Market Risks. The Fund’s investments are subject to market risk, which may cause the value of the Fund’s investments to decline. If the value of the Fund’s investments goes down, you may lose money. The share price of the Fund is expected to fluctuate. Your shares at redemption may be worth less than your initial investment. U.S. and international markets have experienced extreme volatility, reduced liquidity, credit downgrades, increased likelihood of default and valuation difficulties in recent years.
Stock Selection Risks. The stocks selected for the Fund may decline in value or not increase in value when the stock market in general is rising.
Small Capitalization Risks. The Fund will invest primarily in securities of companies with small market capitalizations, which are often more volatile and less liquid than investments in larger companies. The frequency and volume of trading in securities of small capitalization companies may be substantially less than is typical of larger companies. Therefore, the securities of small capitalization companies may be subject to greater and more abrupt price fluctuations than larger companies. In addition, small capitalization companies may lack the management experience, financial resources and product diversification of larger companies, making them more susceptible to market pressures. Generally, the smaller the company size, the greater these risks.
Equity Security Risks. The Fund invests primarily in common stocks and other equity securities. Common stocks and other equity securities generally increase or decrease in value based on the earnings of a company and on general industry and market conditions. A fund that invests a significant amount of its assets in common stocks and other equity securities is likely to have greater fluctuations in share price than a fund that invests a significant portion of its assets in fixed income securities.
Value Investing Risks. The Fund invests in primarily value-style stocks, stocks whose prices Netols believes are undervalued in relation to fundamental measures. Value stocks may never increase in price or pay dividends as anticipated by Netols, or may decline even further if the market fails to recognize the company’s value, if the factors that Netols believes will increase the price do not occur or if a stock judged to be undervalued is actually appropriately priced.
Management Risk. The Fund is subject to management risk as an actively-managed investment portfolio. Netols and each individual portfolio manager will apply investment techniques and risk analyses in making investment decisions for the Fund, but there can be no guarantee that these will produce the desired results. If Netols is not able to select better-performing securities, the Fund may lose money.
The Frontier Funds are not offered for sale in countries other than the United States and its territories.