Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund

Value Equity

Style: Smid-Cap Value Retail Class: WTSDX Institutional Class: WISDX

Investment Strategy

The Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund invests primarily in the stocks of small- to medium-sized dividend-paying companies that appear to be undervalued. We build the portfolio with what we believe are the “best ideas” generated from our small- and mid-cap value portfolios.

We combine our independent fundamental research with strict adherence to our style and risk controls to help us uncover small- and medium-sized dividend-paying companies whose future cash flow and return on invested capital appear to be undervalued by the market. Through analyzing business models, evaluating products, management and competitive sustainability, we build this diversified smid-cap value portfolio with what we believe are high-quality companies with the most attractive risk reward characteristics.

This Fund is available in both the retail and institutional class.

Management Team

We look for dividend-paying, cash-flow generating businesses at attractive prices. By combining the ‘best ideas’ from our Small-Cap and Mid-Cap strategies, we believe we create a powerful approach that may preserve capital in down markets while also participating in up markets. – Derek R. Anguilm, CFA

Derek R. Anguilm, CFA

Derek R. Anguilm, CFA

Partner, Co-Director of Value Research, Portfolio Manager

Troy Dayton, CFA

Troy Dayton, CFA

Partner, Co-Director of Value Research, Portfolio Manager

Mark M. Adelmann, CFA, CPA

Mark M. Adelmann, CFA, CPA

Partner, Portfolio Manager, Analyst

Lisa Z. Ramirez, CFA

Lisa Z. Ramirez, CFA

Partner, Portfolio Manager, Analyst

Alex A. Ruehle, CFA

Alex A. Ruehle, CFA

Partner, Portfolio Manager, Analyst

Fund Information & Investment Minimums

Retail Class Institutional Class2
Ticker WTSDX WISDX
CUSIP 957904378 957904360
Inception Date 12/16/2016 12/16/2016
Distribution Frequency Annually Annually
Minimum to open a new regular account: $2,500 $250,000
Minimum to open a new retirement, education1 or UGMA/UTMA account: $1,000 $250,000
Minimum to open an Automatic Investment Plan Account: $1,000 $250,000
Automatic Investments: $25 -
Minimum to add to any type of account: $25 -
Retail Class
Ticker WTSDX
CUSIP 957904378
Inception Date 12/16/2016
Minimum to open a new regular account: $2,500
Minimum to open a new retirement, education1 or UGMA/UTMA account: $1,000
Minimum to open an Automatic Investment Plan Account: $1,000
Automatic Investments: $25
Minimum to add to any type of account: $25
Institutional Class2
Ticker WISDX
CUSIP 957904360
Inception Date 12/16/2016
To open a new regular account: $250,000
To open a new retirement, education1 or UGMA/UTMA account: $250,000
To open an Automatic Investment Plan Account: $250,000
NEW FUND RISK: There can be no assurance that the Fund will grow to or maintain an economically viable size. There may be limited or no performance history for investors to evaluate.
Investing in small- and mid-cap funds generally will be more volatile and loss of principal could be greater than investing in large-cap funds.
Dividends are not guaranteed. A company’s future abilities to pay dividends may be limited and a company may cease paying dividends at any time.

The risk profile spectrum provides an approximate illustration of the relative volatility of the Westcore Family of Funds determined by using each fund’s 5-year annualized standard deviation as of 12/31/16. If the fund’s retail class has less than five years of operations as of that date, the standard deviation of the fund’s Morningstar category is used instead. Standard deviation is a statistical measure of the historical volatility of a fund, which we believe can assist in classifying a fund within a risk spectrum. The placement on the risk spectrum (Low to High) is based on the comparison of each Fund’s standard deviation measure, as described above, in relation to the universe of funds with a 5-year standard deviation measure as obtained from a third-party fund database. We believe those measures are accurate but have not independently verified them. Please refer to the prospectus for each fund’s specific risks. Also a fund’s measure of volatility is subject to change without notice as market or economic conditions change, and such changes may include significant and nonrecurring volatility events. Historical volatility is not necessarily indicative of future volatility and there is no guarantee that in any time period any one fund will be more or less volatile than any other fund.

CFA is a trademark owned by CFA Institute.
Lisa Z. Ramirez, CFA is a registered representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.
Please see the prospectus for more detailed information regarding investment minimums. The Funds reserve the right to change the amount of these minimums from time to time or to waive them in whole or in part, including the right to waive the Institutional Class minimums, if in the Advisor’s sole opinion, the investor has adequate intent and availability of assets to reach a future level of investment in the Fund that is equal to or greater than the minimum.
1 A description of the retirement and education accounts available for investment in the Westcore Funds may be found in the SAI for the Funds. Please call 800.392.CORE (2673) to request a free copy of the SAI or click here to download.
2 The minimum investment in the Institutional Class shares is $250,000. Investors generally may meet the minimum investment amount by aggregating multiple accounts with common ownership within the Fund. Common ownership includes individual and joint accounts as well as accounts where an investor has beneficial ownership through acting as a custodian for a minor account or as a beneficiary to a trust account. In addition, Institutional Class accounts offered through a financial intermediary may meet the $250,000 minimum investment amount by aggregating multiple accounts within the Fund, however each separate account must meet a minimum investment requirement of $10,000. Exceptions to the Institutional Class minimums may apply for qualified requirement plans and other account types with lower or no networking and/or omnibus fees charged to the Funds.

Investment Team

Derek R. Anguilm, CFA
Derek R. Anguilm, CFA

Partner, Co-Director of Value Research, Portfolio Manager

2000 to Present: Denver Investments
1999: Everen Securities, Research Assistant
Education:

BS – Metropolitan State College of Denver
Member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Colorado

Troy Dayton, CFA
Troy Dayton, CFA

Partner, Co-Director of Value Research, Portfolio Manager

2002 to Present: Denver Investments
2001 to 2002: Jurika and Voyles, Equity Research Analyst
1998 to 2001: Dresdner RCM Global Investors, Equity Research Associate
1996 to 1998: Jurika and Voyles, Equity Research Associate
1996: Citibank, Trading Support Officer
Education:

BSBA – Colorado State University
Member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Colorado

Mark M. Adelmann, CFA, CPA
Mark M. Adelmann, CFA, CPA

Partner, Portfolio Manager, Analyst

1995 to Present: Denver Investments
1979 to 1995: Deloitte & Touche, Senior Manager
Education:

BS – Oral Roberts University
Member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Colorado
Member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Colorado Society of CPAs

Lisa Z. Ramirez, CFA
Lisa Z. Ramirez, CFA

Partner, Portfolio Manager, Analyst

1989 to Present: Denver Investments
Education:

BS – University of Colorado; MBA – Regis University
Member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Colorado

Alex A. Ruehle, CFA
Alex A. Ruehle, CFA

Partner, Portfolio Manager, Analyst

2008 to Present: Denver Investments
2006 to 2007: First Western Financial Services, Inc., Intern
Education:

BS and MBA – University of Denver
Member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Colorado

Jennifer B. Oldland
Jennifer B. Oldland

Vice President, Analyst

2006 to Present: Denver Investments
Education:

BS – Colorado State University

Guangyan (Yan) Qin, CFA
Guangyan (Yan) Qin, CFA

Vice President, Analyst

2008 to Present: Denver Investments
2007: Investment Protection Services, Wealth Management Intern
2007: First Data Corporation, Treasury Analyst Intern
2005: China Construction Bank, Intern
Education:

BS – University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China; MS – University of Denver
Member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Colorado

Robbie A. Steiner, CFA
Robbie A. Steiner, CFA

Vice President, Analyst

2014 to Present: Denver Investments
2012 to 2013: BMO Capital Markets, Investment Banking Associate
2008 to 2010: Transamerica Investments, Mutual Fund Wholesaler
Education:

BBA – University of Georgia, MBA – Emory University
Member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Colorado

Georgene L.A. Pedrie
Georgene L.A. Pedrie
2002 to Present: Denver Investments
1987 to 2002: NDB Capital Market, Sales Trader
Education:

BA and MA – University of Northern Colorado

Tara Stacy
Tara Stacy

Equity Trader

2009 to Present: Denver Investments
1999 to 2009: LGC Management, Accountant
Education:

BA – University of Colorado Denver; CFA Institute Claritas certificate

CFA is a trademark owned by CFA Institute.
Georgene L.A. Pedrie and Lisa Z. Ramirez, CFA are registered representatives of ALPS Distributors, Inc.

The risk profile spectrum provides an approximate illustration of the relative volatility of the Westcore Family of Funds determined by using each fund’s 5-year annualized standard deviation as of 12/31/16. If the fund’s retail class has less than five years of operations as of that date, the standard deviation of the fund’s Morningstar category is used instead. Standard deviation is a statistical measure of the historical volatility of a fund, which we believe can assist in classifying a fund within a risk spectrum. The placement on the risk spectrum (Low to High) is based on the comparison of each Fund’s standard deviation measure, as described above, in relation to the universe of funds with a 5-year standard deviation measure as obtained from a third-party fund database. We believe those measures are accurate but have not independently verified them. Please refer to the prospectus for each fund’s specific risks. Also a fund’s measure of volatility is subject to change without notice as market or economic conditions change, and such changes may include significant and nonrecurring volatility events. Historical volatility is not necessarily indicative of future volatility and there is no guarantee that in any time period any one fund will be more or less volatile than any other fund.

View Performance as of:
Month-End   Quarter-End
  Monthly Returns (%)
Periods Ended: 2/28/2017
Annualized Returns (%)
Periods Ended: 2/28/2017
1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since Inception
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund 1.10 - 1.41 - - - - 0.70
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund - Institutional 1.10 - 1.41 - - - - 0.70
Russell 2500TM Value Index 1.86 - 2.42 - - - - 2.29
  Monthly Returns (%)
Periods Ended: 12/31/2016
Annualized Returns (%)
Periods Ended: 12/31/2016
1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since Inception
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund - - - - - - - -0.70
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund - Institutional - - - - - - - -0.70
Russell 2500TM Value Index - - - - - - - -0.13
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund
Monthly Returns(%) as of 2/28/2017
1 Month 1.10
3 Months -
YTD 1.41
Annualized Returns(%) as of 2/28/2017
1 Year -
3 Years -
5 Years -
10 Years -
Since Inception 0.70
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund - Institutional
Monthly Returns(%) as of 2/28/2017
1 Month 1.10
3 Months -
YTD 1.41
Annualized Returns(%) as of 2/28/2017
1 Year -
3 Years -
5 Years -
10 Years -
Since Inception 0.70
Russell 2500TM Value Index
Monthly Returns(%) as of2/28/2017
1 Month 1.86
3 Months -
YTD 2.42
Annualized Returns(%) as of 2/28/2017
1 Year -
3 Years -
5 Years -
10 Years -
Since Inception 2.29
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund
Monthly Returns(%) as of 12/31/2016
1 Month -
3 Months -
YTD -
Annualized Returns(%) as of12/31/2016
1 Year -
3 Years -
5 Years -
10 Years -
Since Inception -0.70
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund - Institutional
Monthly Returns(%) as of 12/31/2016
1 Month -
3 Months -
YTD -
Annualized Returns(%) as of 12/31/2016
1 Year -
3 Years -
5 Years -
10 Years -
Since Inception -0.70
Russell 2500TM Value Index
Monthly Returns(%) as of 12/31/2016
1 Month -
3 Months -
YTD -
Annualized Returns(%) as of 12/31/2016
1 Year -
3 Years -
5 Years -
10 Years -
Since Inception -0.13
Retail Class Annual Expense Ratio -- Gross: 4.53%, Net: 1.20%
Institutional Class Annual Expense Ratio -- Gross: 4.28%, Net: 0.95%

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund -0.70* - - - - - - - - -
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund - Institutional -0.70* - - - - - - - - -
Russell 2500TM Value Index -0.13* - - - - - - - - -
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund
2016 -0.70*
2015 -
2014 -
2013 -
2012 -
2011 -
2010 -
2009 -
2008 -
2007 -
Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund - Institutional
2016 -0.70*
2015 -
2014 -
2013 -
2012 -
2011 -
2010 -
2009 -
2008 -
2007 -
Russell 2500TM Value Index
2016 -0.13*
2015 -
2014 -
2013 -
2012 -
2011 -
2010 -
2009 -
2008 -
2007 -
*2016 calendar year returns for the Fund and benchmark are for the period 12/16/2016 through 12/31/2016.
NEW FUND RISK: There can be no assurance that the Fund will grow to or maintain an economically viable size. There may be limited or no performance history for investors to evaluate.
Investing in small- and mid-cap funds generally will be more volatile and loss of principal could be greater than investing in large-cap funds.
Dividends are not guaranteed. A company’s future abilities to pay dividends may be limited and a company may cease paying dividends at any time.
Performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Performance information for the institutional class shares prior to their inception is based on the performance of the retail class. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. To obtain current performance as of the most recent month-end, please call 800.392.CORE(2673). Average annual total returns reflect the reinvestment of dividends, capital gains distributions, all fee waivers and expense reimbursements.  If imposed, the fee would reduce the performance quoted. Investment return and principal value will vary, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Westcore fund shares are not insured by the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Board or any other agency and are subject to investment risk.
Denver Investments (the “Adviser”) has contractually agreed to waive certain investment advisory and/or administration fees and/or to reimburse other expenses from April 30, 2016 until at least April 30, 2017. The first waiver/reimbursement applies so that the ratio of expenses to average net assets, as reported in the Fund’s financial statements, will be no more than a fixed percentage for the Fund’s Retail Class for such period. Please see the Fund’s Prospectus for more information. The second waiver/reimbursement applies so that Fund level Other Expenses (as defined in the Fund’s financial statements) for the Institutional Class will be in the same proportion as the Retail Class waivers/reimbursements. The third waiver/reimbursement applies so that the institutional class-specific Other Expenses are reimbursed. The Adviser has contractually agreed to waive/reimburse all of these class-specific Other Expenses, but only to the extent that the difference between the net Institutional Class and net Retail Class expense ratios, after applying the waiver/reimbursement, does not exceed 25 basis points. These agreements may not be terminated or modified prior to April 30, 2017 without the approval of the Board of Trustees.
All indices are unmanaged and investors cannot invest directly in an index. View index descriptions.
FTSE Russell is the source and owner of the Russell Index data. See Terms of Use for additional disclosure.

The risk profile spectrum provides an approximate illustration of the relative volatility of the Westcore Family of Funds determined by using each fund’s 5-year annualized standard deviation as of 12/31/16. If the fund’s retail class has less than five years of operations as of that date, the standard deviation of the fund’s Morningstar category is used instead. Standard deviation is a statistical measure of the historical volatility of a fund, which we believe can assist in classifying a fund within a risk spectrum. The placement on the risk spectrum (Low to High) is based on the comparison of each Fund’s standard deviation measure, as described above, in relation to the universe of funds with a 5-year standard deviation measure as obtained from a third-party fund database. We believe those measures are accurate but have not independently verified them. Please refer to the prospectus for each fund’s specific risks. Also a fund’s measure of volatility is subject to change without notice as market or economic conditions change, and such changes may include significant and nonrecurring volatility events. Historical volatility is not necessarily indicative of future volatility and there is no guarantee that in any time period any one fund will be more or less volatile than any other fund.

Manager Commentary as of 12/31/2016

 

The Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund opened to investors on December 16, 2016. We are pleased to add this new option to the Westcore Family of Funds. This new fund invests in small- to medium-sized dividend-paying companies that appear to be mispriced by the market. Over time, we believe this strategy can produce attractive and consistent risk-adjusted returns by participating in rising markets and protecting capital in down markets, all while experiencing less volatility along the way. 

As interest rates began to rise in the second half of 2016, we received questions regarding our dividend-only investment strategy and the impact that rising rates might have on our performance. We believe that rising interest rates will not meaningfully influence the success of the Westcore Smid-Cap Value Fund, as our strategy is not focused on the level of dividend yield. Instead, we favor companies that have the ability and desire to grow their dividend over time, and also have the ability to reinvest cash flows into their business to grow the value of the enterprise on a per share basis. As a result, we generally tend to gravitate towards lower-yielding stocks with lower payout ratios. In contrast, we do believe that higher-yielding strategies may be more susceptible to rising rates.

The markets have had an eventful year, and the returns of small- and mid-cap value stocks have been eye-popping to say the least. Small-cap value stocks handily outperformed small-cap growth stocks in 2016, which leads to the question of whether this outperformance is sustainable. While we do not have a crystal ball, we think it is noteworthy that prior to 2016, small- and mid-cap value stocks underperformed small- and mid-cap growth stocks for seven years.

Despite this recent outperformance, small- and mid-cap value stocks are, in our estimation, still significantly undervalued versus small-cap growth stocks. Additionally, we believe that they offer more leverage to an improving economy. Based on performance in previous cycles and current relative valuations, we believe the recent outperformance of value over growth can continue, but the question is whether the markets see positive returns from here. Like many others, we were surprised at the magnitude of the rally this year, particularly the post-election rally, and it remains unclear how much higher the market may move in 2017, unless the underlying cash flows in the economy show further improvement.

As we analyze what has taken place in the political world, we find ourselves with more questions than answers regarding economic outlooks and potential impacts on financial markets. The stock market has quickly priced in higher interest rates and faster economic growth for many sectors and individual stocks. However, we know from history and experience that policy changes take time and don’t always have the expected effect. We also know that, over time, stock prices have historically followed cash flow, not headlines or tweets. As such, we are working diligently to find stocks that have been left behind in this rally but that we believe still have attractive opportunities to grow cash flow and improve returns. In addition, we have taken advantage of individual stock appreciation that we felt was too far ahead of fundamentals by selling stocks that we believe were fully valued. We also note that investor uncertainty has accelerated and uncertainty generally feeds volatility, which we believe can create opportunities for value-oriented long-term investors.

Investing in small- and mid-cap funds generally will be more volatile and loss of principal could be greater than investing in large-cap funds.
Dividends are not guaranteed. A company’s future abilities to pay dividends may be limited and a company may cease paying dividends at any time.
The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investment return and principal value will vary, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. To obtain current performance as of the most recent month-end, please call 800.392.CORE (2673) or visit the Performance tab.
The Top 5 and Bottom 5 performing stocks do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold or recommended by the Funds’ Adviser. The methodology used to construct this chart took into account the weighting of every holding in the Fund that contributed to the Fund’s performance during the measurement period. The contribution of each Fund holding was consistently determined by calculating the weight of each holding multiplied by the rate of return for that holding during the measurement period. To request a complete list of the contribution of each Fund holding to overall Fund performance, please call 800-392-CORE (2673) or visit the Performance tab.
The Manager Commentaries contain certain forward-looking statements about the factors that may affect the performance of the Funds in the future. These statements are based on Fund management’s predictions and expectations concerning certain future events and their expected impact on the Funds, such as performance of the economy as a whole and of specific industry sectors, changes in the levels of interest rates, the impact of developing world events, and other factors that may influence the future performance of the Funds. Management believes these forward-looking statements to be reasonable, although they are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. Actual events may cause adjustments in portfolio management strategies from those currently expected to be employed.
All indices are unmanaged and investors cannot invest directly in an index. View index descriptions.

The risk profile spectrum provides an approximate illustration of the relative volatility of the Westcore Family of Funds determined by using each fund’s 5-year annualized standard deviation as of 9/30/16. If the fund’s retail class has less than five years of operations as of that date, the standard deviation of the fund’s Morningstar category is used instead. Standard deviation is a statistical measure of the historical volatility of a fund, which we believe can assist in classifying a fund within a risk spectrum. The placement on the risk spectrum (Low to High) is based on the comparison of each Fund’s standard deviation measure, as described above, in relation to the universe of funds with a 5-year standard deviation measure as obtained from a third-party fund database. We believe those measures are accurate but have not independently verified them. Please refer to the prospectus for each fund’s specific risks. Also a fund’s measure of volatility is subject to change without notice as market or economic conditions change, and such changes may include significant and nonrecurring volatility events. Historical volatility is not necessarily indicative of future volatility and there is no guarantee that in any time period any one fund will be more or less volatile than any other fund.

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Distributions

The Westcore Smid-Cap Value Dividend Fund pays any income and capital gain distributions at least annually, generally in December.

To view the Fund’s most recent distributions click here.

To view historical distribution information for all of the Westcore Funds click here.

 

Past performance does not guarantee future results.
A fund’s income from dividends and interest and any net realized short-term capital gains are paid to shareholders as income dividends. A fund realizes capital gains whenever it sells securities for a higher price than it paid for them. Net realized long-term gains are paid to shareholders as capital gain dividends. A dividend will reduce the net asset value of a fund share by the amount of the dividend on the ex-dividend date. View the prospectus for more information.

The risk profile spectrum provides an approximate illustration of the relative volatility of the Westcore Family of Funds determined by using each fund’s 5-year annualized standard deviation as of 12/31/16. If the fund’s retail class has less than five years of operations as of that date, the standard deviation of the fund’s Morningstar category is used instead. Standard deviation is a statistical measure of the historical volatility of a fund, which we believe can assist in classifying a fund within a risk spectrum. The placement on the risk spectrum (Low to High) is based on the comparison of each Fund’s standard deviation measure, as described above, in relation to the universe of funds with a 5-year standard deviation measure as obtained from a third-party fund database. We believe those measures are accurate but have not independently verified them. Please refer to the prospectus for each fund’s specific risks. Also a fund’s measure of volatility is subject to change without notice as market or economic conditions change, and such changes may include significant and nonrecurring volatility events. Historical volatility is not necessarily indicative of future volatility and there is no guarantee that in any time period any one fund will be more or less volatile than any other fund.

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