Advisory Research Investment Management


Advisory Research provides access to institutional-caliber investment management with specialized expertise in targeted asset classes. We offer a wide range of strategies across the asset spectrum, paying close attention to downside protection and the pursuit of attractive risk-adjusted returns.

International Small Cap Value Fund

Investment Overview

The Advisory Research International Small Cap Value Fund invests in equity securities of small capitalization companies outside the United States that we believe are profitable, asset rich, conservatively capitalized and maintain high-quality balance sheets. The Advisory Research investment process focuses on the downside protection and upside potential of individual securities. Downside protection may be discovered through extensive fundamental analysis of companies in order to determine a security’s true net asset value. The team determines upside potential in a particular company through qualitative analysis utilizing senior management interviews, company visits and competitive analysis.

as of 9/30/2017

Fund Facts

CUSIP: 461418741 46141P412
Share Class Investor Institutional
Inception 03/31/2010 12/31/2013
Minimum Investment $2,500 $500,000*
Net Expense Ratio 1.19% 1.16%
Gross Expense Ratio 1.47% 1.44%
Portfolio Managers Kevin Ross,
Stephen Evans
Kevin Ross,
Stephen Evans

*Minimum is $500 for automatic investment plans.

Asset Allocation

Sector Allocation

Top Ten Holdings

Smurfit Kappa Group plc 3.12%
Austevoll Seafood ASA 2.87%
Koninklijke DSM NV 2.68%
Sumito Forestry Co., Inc. 2.50%
Ship Healthcare Holdings, Inc. 2.49%
Aker ASA 2.40%
BUWOG AG 2.21%
OC Oerlikon Corp., AG 2.19%
Talanx AG 2.10%
Daihen Corp. 2.06%
Total 24.62%

Holdings are subject to change and risk.

Monthly Fund PerformancePerformance as of October 31, 2017

1 Month Year to Date 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year Since Inception1

Quarterly Fund PerformancePerformance as of September 30, 2017

3 Months Year to Date 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year Since Inception1

1Inception date: Investor Class (ADVIX): 03/31/2010; Institutional Class (ADVLX): 12/31/2013. The returns for the Institutional Class prior to 12/31/2013 are those of the Investor Class shares that have been recalculated to apply the estimated fees and expenses, net of any fee and expense waivers as disclosed in the most recent prospectus. The MSCI EAFE Small Cap Index inception to date performance is calculated from 03/31/2010.

Performance for periods over one year is annualized. The performance data quoted presents past performance and post performance is not a guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment 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 information quoted. A redemption fee of 2.00% will be imposed on redemptions of Fund shares owned less than 90 days.

The Fund’s advisor has contractually agreed to waive its fees and/or absorb expenses of the Fund to ensure that total annual fund operating expenses (excluding taxes, leverage interest, brokerage commissions, dividend expenses on short sales, acquired fund fees and expenses as determined in accordance with Form N-1A, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization, or extraordinary expenses such as litigation) do not exceed “Net Expense Ratio” listed on the Portfolio tab. This agreement is in effect until March 1, 2017, and it may be terminated before that date only by the Trust’s Board of Trustees. The Fund’s advisor is permitted to seek reimbursement from the Fund, subject to limitations, for fees it waived and Fund expenses it paid for three years from the date of any such waiver or payment.

The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. & Canada.

Principal Risks of Investing

Before you decide whether to invest in the Fund, carefully consider these risk factors and special considerations associated with investing in the Fund, which may cause investors to lose money.

Investment Risks: An investment in the Fund is subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of the entire principal amount that you invest.

Equity Risks: The value of securities held by the Fund may fall due to general market and economic conditions, perceptions regarding the industries in which the issuers of securities held by the Fund participate, or factors relating to specific companies in which the Fund invests.

Small-Cap Company Risks: The securities of small capitalization companies may be subject to more abrupt or erratic market movements and may have lower trading volumes or more erratic trading than securities of larger companies or the market averages in general.

Foreign Investment Risks: The Fund’s investments in non-U.S. issuers may involve unique risks compared to investing in securities of U.S. issuers. Adverse political, economic or social developments could undermine the value of the Fund’s investments or prevent the Fund from realizing the full value of its investments.

Currency Risks: Foreign securities that trade in, and receive revenues in, foreign currencies are subject to the risk that those currencies will decline in value relative to the U.S. dollar or, in the case of hedging positions, that the U.S. dollar will decline in value relative to the currency being hedged.

Emerging Markets Risks: The Fund’s investments in foreign issuers in developing or emerging market countries involve exposure to changes in economic and political factors. The economies of most emerging market countries are in the infancy stage of capital market development. As a result, their economic systems are still evolving and their political systems are typically less stable than those in developed economies. Emerging market countries often suffer from currency devaluation and higher rates of inflation.

Management Risks: The Fund’s portfolio is actively managed. The Fund’s advisor applies 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.

Non-Diversification Risks: The Fund is non-diversified, which means the Fund may focus its investments in the securities of a comparatively small number of issuers. Investment in securities of a limited number of issuers exposes the Fund to greater market risk and potential losses than if its assets were diversified among the securities of a greater number of issuers.

Finance Sector Risks: From time to time, the Fund may invest a significant amount of its total assets in the finance sector, which may be subject to specific risks. These risks include governmental regulation of the sector and governmental monetary and fiscal policies which impact interest rates and currencies and affect corporate funding and international trade.

Value Stock Risk: Value stocks involve the risk that the value of the security will not be recognized for an unexpectedly long period of time or that the security is not undervalued but is appropriately priced. The Fund’s focus on value investing may cause the Fund to underperform when growth investing is in favor.

ETF Risks: The risk of ETFs generally reflects the risk of owning shares of the underlying securities held by the ETFs, although the lack of liquidity in an ETF could result in its value being more volatile than the underlying portfolio of securities. The Fund limits its investment in shares of other investment companies, including ETFs, to the extent allowed by the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).


Kevin Ross



Kevin A. Ross, CFA has 11 years of investment experience and has served as a Senior Vice President of the firm and Portfolio Manager since 2017 and a Research Analyst of the firm since 2013. Prior to joining ARI, Mr. Ross worked as an International Equity Analyst at Driehaus Capital Management in Chicago from August 2008 to April 2013. He also worked as a Senior Research Associate at Raymond James from July 2006 to July 2008 with a focus on the real estate industry. Mr. Ross holds a B.S.B.A. in finance and international business from Washington University, St. Louis and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance, international business, and economics from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Stephen Evans



Stephen Evans, CFA has 23 years of investment experience and has served as a Managing Director of the firm and Portfolio Manager since 2017. Prior to joining ARI, he served as Senior Portfolio Manager within U.S. Trust for 14 years. Mr. Evans was also a portfolio manager with Merrill Lynch Investment Management for five years specializing in trust portfolio management and privately managed accounts. During his tenure in the financial services industry he has held positions as a financial advisor with Paine Webber and a mortgage banker with Arlington Capital Mortgage. Mr. Evans graduated from Hampden Sydney College in 1984 and earned his M.A. in English from McNeese State University. Mr. Evans has also done graduate coursework in Finance and Economics at Princeton University and earned an M.B.A. (with distinction) from Rider University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of both the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA).

Advisory Research Funds are distributed by IMST Distributors, LLC.

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