The Driehaus Small/Mid Cap Growth Fund seeks to maximize capital appreciation.
All investments, including those in mutual funds, have risks. No investment is suitable for all investors. The Fund is intended for long-term investors who can accept the risks involved in investing in small cap companies. Of course, there can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its objective. You may lose money by investing in the Fund. Below are the main risks of investing in the Fund:
The Fund is subject to market risk, which is the possibility that stock prices overall will decline over short or long periods. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices. These fluctuations are expected to have a substantial influence on the value of the Fund’s shares. Due to the uncertainty caused by pandemic risks, global markets may experience increased volatility which could adversely affect the performance of the Fund’s investments.
Growth stocks are typically priced higher than other stocks, in relation to earnings and other measures, because investors believe they have more growth potential. This potential may or may not be realized and, if it is not realized, may result in a loss to the Fund. Growth stock prices also tend to be more volatile than the overall market.
The Fund invests in companies that are smaller, less established, with limited operating histories and less liquid markets for their stock, and therefore may be riskier investments. While small-sized companies generally have the potential for rapid growth, the securities of these companies often involve greater risks than investments in larger, more established companies because small-sized companies may lack the management experience, financial resources, product diversification and competitive strengths of larger companies. In addition, in many instances the securities of small companies are traded only over-the-counter or on a regional securities exchange, and the frequency and volume of their trading is substantially less than is typical of larger companies. The value of securities of smaller, less well known issuers can be more volatile than that of larger issuers.
The Fund’s overall risk level will depend on the market sectors in which the Fund is invested. Because the Fund may have significant weightings in a particular company, industry or market sector, the value of Fund shares may be affected by events that adversely affect that company, industry or market sector and may fluctuate more than that of a less focused fund.
To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors of the economy, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors.
Because the Fund is anticipated to have a significant allocation to the information technology sector, it may be vulnerable to setbacks in the industries in that sector. Generally, the companies in this sector develop, produce or distribute products or services related to computer hardware, software, semi-conductors and electronics. Technology companies may be vulnerable to market saturation and rapid product obsolescence. Many technology companies operate in a constantly changing environment and have limited business lines and limited financial resources, making them highly vulnerable to business and economic risks. In addition, technology company securities may be subject to abrupt or erratic market movements, management that is dependent on a limited number of people, short product cycles, changing consumer preferences, aggressive pricing of products and services, new market entrants and dependency on patent protection.
Because the Fund is anticipated to have a significant allocation to the health care sector, it may be vulnerable to setbacks in the industries in that sector. Health care companies may be negatively affected by scientific or technological developments, research and development costs, increased competition within the health care sector, rapid product obsolescence and patent expirations. The price of securities of health care companies may fluctuate widely due to changes in legislation or other government regulations, including uncertainty regarding health care reform and its long-term impact, reductions in government funding and the unpredictability of winning government approvals.
Changes in government regulation, world events and economic conditions may adversely affect companies in the industrials sector. In addition, these companies are at risk for environmental and product liability damage claims. Also, commodity price volatility, changes in exchange rates, imposition of import controls, increased competition, depletion of resources, technological developments and labor relations could adversely affect the companies in this sector.
Because the Fund has a significant allocation to the consumer discretionary sector, it may be vulnerable to setbacks in the industries in that sector. The success of consumer product manufacturers and retailers is tied closely to the performance of domestic and international economies, interest rates, exchange rates, competition, consumer confidence, changes in demographics and consumer preferences. Companies in the consumer discretionary sector depend heavily on disposable household income and consumer spending, and may be strongly affected by social trends and marketing campaigns. These companies may be subject to severe competition, which may have an adverse impact on their profitability.
ADRs represent ownership of securities in foreign companies and are held in banks and trust companies. ADRs are traded on U.S. exchanges and are U.S. dollar dominated. ADRs are subject to the risks inherent in investing in issuers of foreign securities, which include market, political, currency and regulatory risks.
How the Fund’s Adviser manages the Fund will impact the Fund’s performance. The Fund may lose money if the Adviser’s investment strategy does not achieve the Fund’s objective or the Adviser does not implement the strategy successfully.
It is anticipated that the Fund will experience high rates of portfolio turnover, which may result in payment by the Fund of above-average transaction costs and could result in the payment by shareholders of taxes on aboveaverage amounts of realized investment gains, including net short-term capital gains, which are taxed as ordinary income for federal income tax purposes.
The performance data shown represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Principal value and investment returns will fluctuate so that investors' shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Fund will charge a redemption fee of 2.00% on shares held less than 60 days. Performance data represents the rate that an investor would have earned (or lost) on an investment in the Fund (assuming reinvestment of all dividends and distributions). Average annual total return reflects annualized change. Since Fund performance is subject to change after the month-end, please call (800) 560-6111 or view our daily NAVs for more current performance information.
Please consider the investment objectives, risks, fees and expenses of the Fund carefully prior to investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contain this and other important information about the Fund. To obtain a copy of the prospectus/summary prospectus, please call (800) 560-6111. Please read the prospectus and summary prospectus carefully before investing.
Foreside Financial Services, LLC, Distributor
† Represents the Annual Fund Operating Expenses as disclosed in the current prospectus dated April 30, 2023. It is important to understand that a decline in the Fund’s average net assets due to unprecedented market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund’s expense ratio for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented. A shareholder may be required to pay a commission to their financial intermediary. Driehaus Capital Management LLC, the Fund’s investment adviser (the “Adviser”), has entered into a contractual agreement to cap the Fund’s current ordinary annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, other investment-related expenses, acquired fund fees and expenses,and extraordinary expenses, such as litigation and other expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of the Fund’s business), resulting in the current net expense ratios of 0.95% until the earlier of the termination of the investment advisory agreement, by the Board of Trustees or the Fund’s shareholders, or May 1, 2024. Pursuant to the agreement, and so long as the investment advisory agreement is in place, for a period of three years subsequent to the Fund’s commencement of operations on May 1, 2020, the Adviser is entitled to reimbursement for previously waived fees and reimbursed expenses to the extent that the Fund’s expense ratio remains below the operating expense cap that was in place at the time of the waiver / expense reimbursement as well as the current operating expense cap.
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