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Destra Granahan Small Cap Advantage Fund

A Shares

  • ticker: DGASX
  • cusip: 250 64R 753

    I Shares

    • ticker: DGISX
    • cusip: 250 64R 738

Portfolio Managers

Granahan Investment Management, Inc.

Granahan Investment Management is an employee-owned asset manager founded by investment professionals with a passion for small capitalization growth equity investing, with the sole purpose of providing high quality small cap portfolios to institutional investors and wealthy individuals. Founded in 1985, Granahan has over 30 years of experience investing in the small cap space. As of June 30, 2019, GIM had over $2 billion in assets under management.

Co-Lead Portfolio Managers

Gary C. Hatton, CFA
Senior Managing Director

Andrew L. Beja, CFA
Managing Director

Portfolio Managers

Jennifer M. Pawloski
Managing Director

David M. Rose, CFA
Managing Director

Jeffrey A. Harrison, CFA
Managing Director

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks to provide returns from long-term capital appreciation by investing in securities of issuers with small market capitalization.

Investment Process

The Fund’s sub-adviser, Granahan Investment Management, Inc., pursues the Fund’s investment objective by using in-depth, bottom-up, fundamental research and analysis to uncover what it believes are compelling investment opportunities in all areas of the U.S. small cap market.

“Lifecycle” Investment Program

Every company is classified by LifeCycle: Pioneer, Core Growth, or Special Situation. The LifeCycle categories have distinct performance drivers and attract different types of investors, providing an important diversification in the portfolio. LifeCycles expand the opportunity set, though all companies considered have a powerful growth case and are either market leaders or are taking market share.

Pioneers

  • Innovators
  • Creating new markets
  • Many do not yet have earnings
  • Investment case horizon: typically 1-10 years

Core Growth

  • “Quality”
  • Recurring revenues
  • Good visibility on earnings
  • Investment case horizon: typically 1-7 years

Special Situations

  • Improving results
  • New product/market/management
  • Cyclicals
  • Investment case horizon: typically 1-3 years

Performance

as of 9/30/19

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DGASX A at NAV -3.34 - - -7.40 monthly
DGASX A -7.68 - - -11.56 monthly
DGISX I -3.34 - - -7.50 monthly
Index* -0.82 - - -3.17

Data presented reflects past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment results and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Due to market volatility, current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Call 877.855.3434 or access our website at destracapital.com for performance current to the most recent month end. Performance shown for Class A Shares with load includes the Fund’s maximum sales charge of 4.50%. Returns for period of less than one year are not annualized, and include reinvestment of all distributions. The Fund’s Gross/Net Expense ratios are as follows: I Shares 1.74%/1.50% and A Shares 1.99%/1.75%.

The Adviser has agreed to cap expenses such that the total annual fund operating expenses, excluding brokerage commissions and other trading expenses, taxes, interest, acquired fund fees and other extraordinary expenses (such as litigation and other expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of business), do not exceed 1.75%, and 1.50% of the Fund’s average daily net assets attributable to Class A Shares and Class I Shares, respectively. The arrangement will continue in effect until January 28, 2029, may be terminated or modified prior to that date only with the approval of the Fund’s Board of Trustees (“Board”) and will automatically continue in effect for successive twelve-month periods thereafter. Any fee waived and/or expense assumed by the Adviser pursuant to the arrangement is subject to recovery by the Adviser for up to three years from the date the fee was waived and/or expense assumed, but no reimbursement payment will be made by the Fund if such reimbursement results in the Fund exceeding an expense ratio equal to the Fund’s then-current expense caps or the expense caps that were in place at the time the fee was waived and/or expense assumed by the Adviser. Class A Shares include a shareholder servicing fee and/or distribution fee of up to 0.25%.

*The since inception index return is calculated using the Fund’s A Share class inception date of 8/8/2019.

Portfolio Characteristics

as of 9/30/19

The Fund
Number of Holdings 97
Weighted Average Market Cap $3.57 bil
Median Market Cap $1.31 bil
Price to Earnings 38.02
Price to Book 3.62
Price to Sales 2.19
Price to Cash Flow 20

Sector Breakdown

as of 9/30/19

Top 10 Holdings (% of total assets)

as of 9/30/19

LivePerson, Inc. 4.13%
CoStar Corp 3.98%
Etsy, Inc. 3.56%
Paylocity Holdings Corp 3.40%
Brooks Automation, Inc. 2.64%
Axon Enterprise, Inc. 2.64%
Paycom Software 2.30%
SPS Commerce, Inc. 2.00%
Virtusa Corporation 1.93%
Coupa Software Inc. 1.93%

All data is as of 9/30/2019. Percent of Total Managed Assets including Cash. Data is subject to change on a daily basis. Totals may not equal 100% due to rounding. There is no assurance that the investment process will lead to successful investing.

Literature

News

Destra Capital Management LLC (“Destra”) today announced the launch of the Destra Granahan Small Cap Advantage Fund (the “Fund”), a registered 1940 Act open-end fund sub-advised by Granahan Investment Management Inc. (“Granahan”), a specialist in small capitalization growth equity investing for the last 30+ years.

Glossary

Index: The Fund’s primary benchmark is the Russell 2000 Growth™ Index (“Index”). measures the performance of the small-cap growth segment of the U.S. equity universe. It includes those Russell 2000 Index companies with higher price-to-value ratios and higher forecasted growth values.

Weighted Average Market Cap: The weighted average of market capitalization (market price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding) of the stocks in the portfolio, weighted according to its percent held in the fund.

Price to Earnings: A valuation ratio of current share price compared to its per-share operating earnings over the previous four quarters.

Price to Book: A ratio used to compare a stock’s market value to its book value. It is calculated by dividing the current closing price of the stock by the latest quarter’s book value per share.

Price to Sales: A ratio for valuing a stock relative to its own past performance, other companies or the market itself. Price to sales is calculated by dividing a stock’s current price by its revenue per share for the trailing 12 months.

Price to Cash Flow: A measure of the market’s expectations of a firm’s future financial health. Because this measure deals with cash flow, the effects of depreciation and other non-cash factors are removed.

Risks

Risk is inherent in all investing. The value of your investment in the Fund, as well as the amount of return you receive on your investment, may fluctuate significantly from day to day and over time. You may lose part or all of your investment in the Fund or your investment may not perform as well as other similar investments. The following is a summary description of certain risks of investing in the Fund.

Active Management Risk: The Fund is an actively-managed portfolio and its success depends upon the investment skills and analytical abilities of the Sub-Adviser to develop and effectively implement strategies that achieve the Fund’s investment objective. Subjective decisions made by the Sub-Adviser may cause the Fund to incur losses or to miss profit opportunities on which it may otherwise have capitalized.

Cybersecurity Risk: As the use of internet technology has become more prevalent in the course of business, the Fund has become more susceptible to potential operational and information security issues relating to cyber security. A breach in cyber security refers to both intentional and unintentional events that may cause the Fund to lose proprietary information, suffer data corruption or lose operational capacity. Such events could cause the Fund to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, and additional compliance costs associated with corrective measures and/or financial loss. Cyber security breaches may involve unauthorized access to the Fund’s digital information systems through “hacking” or malicious software coding, but may also result from outside attacks (such as denial of service attacks) that are meant to make network services unavailable to their intended users. In addition, cyber security breaches of the Fund’s third-party service providers, such as its Adviser, Sub-Adviser, administrator, transfer agent or custodian, as applicable, or issuers in which a Fund invests, can also subject the Fund to many of the same risks associated with direct cyber security breaches. The Fund has established risk management systems designed to reduce the risks associated with cyber security. However, there is no guarantee that such efforts will succeed, especially because the Fund does not directly control the cyber security systems of issuers or third-party service providers.

Equity Securities Risk: The Fund’s investments in equity and equity-related securities are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time. The value of a convertible security may not increase or decrease as rapidly as the underlying common stock. Common stocks may decline over short or even extended periods of time. The purchase of rights or warrants involves the risk that the Fund could lose the purchase value of a right or warrant if the right to subscribe to additional shares is not executed prior to the right’s or warrant’s expiration. The value of securities convertible into equity securities, such as warrants or convertible debt, is also affected by prevailing interest rates, the credit quality of the issuer and any call provision. Investing in REITs may involve risks similar to those associated with investing in small capitalization companies. REITs may have limited financial resources, may trade less frequently and in a limited volume and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements than larger company securities. Fluctuations in the value of equity securities in which the Fund invests will cause the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”) to fluctuate. The number of issuers in the Fund’s portfolio will vary over time.

General Fund Investing Risks: The Fund is not a complete investment program and you may lose money by investing in the Fund. In general, the Annual Fund Operating Expenses expressed as a percentage of the Fund’s average daily net assets will change as Fund assets increase and decrease, and the Fund’s Annual Fund Operating Expenses may differ in the future. Purchase and redemption activities by Fund shareholders may impact the management of the Fund and its ability to achieve its objective. Investors in the Fund should have long-term investment perspective and be able to tolerate potentially sharp declines in value. All investments carry a certain amount of risk and there is no guarantee that the Fund will be able to achieve its investment objective. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit in a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency, entity or person.

Investment Style Risk: Different investment styles (e.g., “growth” or “value”) 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.

Liquidity Risk: Liquidity risk exists when particular investments are difficult to purchase or sell. The Fund’s investments in illiquid securities, which is limited to 15% of its net assets, may reduce the returns of the Fund because it may be difficult to sell the illiquid securities at an advantageous time or price. To the extent that the Fund’s principal investment strategies involve securities with substantial market and/or credit risk, the Fund will tend to have the greatest exposure to liquidity risk. Liquid investments may become illiquid after purchase by the Fund, particularly during periods of market turmoil. Illiquid investments may be harder to value, especially in changing markets, and if the Fund is forced to sell these investments to meet redemption requests or for other cash needs, the Fund may suffer a loss. In addition, when there is illiquidity in the market for certain securities, the Fund, due to limitations on illiquid investments, may be subject to purchase and sale restrictions.

Market Risk: Market risk is the risk that a particular security owned by the Fund or shares of the Fund in general may fall in value. Securities are subject to market fluctuations caused by such factors as economic, political, regulatory or market developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in securities prices. Overall securities values could decline generally or could underperform other investments.

New Fund Risk: The Fund is new and has no operating history and there can be no assurance that the Fund will grow to or maintain an economically viable size, in which case the Board might determine to liquidate the Fund.

Non-U.S. Investments Risk: The Fund may invest in income-producing or preferred U.S. dollar-denominated ADRs, U.S. dollar-denominated non-U.S. stocks traded on U.S. exchanges and U.S. dollar-denominated and non-U.S. dollar-denominated securities issued by companies organized or headquartered in foreign countries and/or doing significant business outside the United States. ADRs are receipts issued by a bank or trust company to evidence ownership of the underlying securities issued by non-U.S. companies. Investments in non-U.S. issuers could be affected by factors not present in the United States, including expropriation, armed conflict, confiscatory taxation, lack of uniform accounting and auditing standards, less publicly available financial and other information, and potential difficulties in enforcing contractual obligations. Because non-U.S. issuers may not be subject to uniform accounting, auditing and financial reporting standard practices and requirements and regulatory measures comparable to those in the United States, there may be less publicly available information about such non-U.S. issuers. Settlements of securities transactions in foreign countries are subject to risk of loss, may be delayed and are generally less frequent than in the United States, which could affect the liquidity of the Fund’s assets. In addition, European financial markets have recently experienced volatility and adverse trends due to concerns about economic downturns in/or rising government debt levels of several European countries. These events may spread to other countries in Europe, including countries that do not use the euro. These events may affect the value and liquidity of certain of the Fund’s investments.

Portfolio Turnover Risk: The Fund’s strategy may frequently involve buying and selling portfolio securities to - depending on the Sub-Adviser’s assessment of each holding’s risk/reward. High portfolio turnover may result in the Fund paying higher levels of transaction costs and generating greater tax liabilities for shareholders. Portfolio turnover risk may cause the Fund’s performance to be less than you expect.

Sector Risk: The Fund may, at times, invest a significant portion of its total assets in securities of companies conducting business within one or more of the same economic sectors or industries, including the consumer discretionary, heath care, industrials and information technology sectors. Companies in the same sector or industry may be similarly affected by economic, regulatory, political or market events or conditions, which may make the Fund more vulnerable to unfavorable developments in that sector or industry than a fund that invests more broadly. In particular, the Fund may be most susceptible to the sector and/or industry risks listed below.

  • Consumer Discretionary Risk: Companies in the consumer discretionary sector are subject to risks associated with fluctuations in the performance of domestic and international economies, interest rate changes, increased competition and consumer confidence. The performance of such companies may also be affected by factors relating to levels of disposable household income, reduced consumer spending, changing demographics and consumer tastes, among others.
  • Health Care Sector Risk: Companies in the health care sector—which generally includes companies in the health sciences and biotechnology sectors—are subject to substantial risks relating to government regulation, restrictions on government reimbursement for medical expenses, government approval of medical products and services, competitive pricing pressures and the rising cost of medical products and services, among others. The performance of such companies may also be affected by government regulation, the ability of a party to obtain and protect patents, product liability and rapid product obsolescence caused by progressive scientific and technological advances.
  • Industrials Sector Risk: Companies in the industrials sector are subject to risks associated with changes in supply and demand for their products and for industrial sector products in general, including declines in demand for such products due to rapid technological developments and frequent new product introduction. The performance of such companies may also be affected by factors relating to government regulation, world events and economic conditions and risks for environmental damage and product liability claims.

Information Technology and Technology-Related Sectors Risk: Investments in the information technology sector, as well as other technology-related sectors (collectively, the technology sectors)—which generally include companies in the software and internet sectors—are subject to certain risks, including the risk that new services, equipment or technologies will not be accepted by consumers and businesses or will become rapidly obsolete. Performance of such companies may be affected by factors including the ability to obtain and protect patents and significant competitive pressures, including aggressive pricing of products or services, new market entrants, competition for market share and short product cycles due to an accelerated rate of technological developments. Such competitive pressures may lead to limited earnings and/or falling profit margins. As a result, the value of securities issued by companies in technology sectors may fall or fail to rise. In addition, many technology sector companies have limited product lines, markets, financial resources and operating histories and prices of these companies’ securities historically have been more volatile than other securities, especially over the short term.

Smaller Companies Risk: The Fund will hold securities of small- and/or mid-cap companies. Such companies may be more vulnerable to adverse general market or economic developments, and their securities may be less liquid and may experience greater price volatility than those of larger, more established companies. Smaller capitalization issuers are often not as diversified in their business activities and frequently have fewer product lines, financial resources and management experience than issuers with larger market capitalizations. Additionally, reduced trading volume of securities of smaller issuers may make such securities more difficult to sell than those of larger companies.

Special Situation Companies Risk. The Fund will seek to benefit from investments in companies that are experiencing (or are expected to experience) unusual and possibly non-repetitive “special situations,” such as new management, product, and/or marketing changes or other events that are expected to affect a particular issuer. There is a risk that a “special situation” identified by the Sub-Adviser might not occur or will involve a longer time frame than originally expected, which could have a negative impact on the price of the issuer’s securities and the Fund’s NAV. Investments in special situation companies are speculative and involve a substantial degree of risk. The level of analytical sophistication, both financial and legal, necessary for successful investment in special situation companies is unusually high. Therefore, the Fund will be particularly dependent on the analytical abilities of the Sub-Adviser.

Valuation Risk: The sale price that the Fund could receive for a portfolio security may differ from the Fund’s valuation of the security, particularly for securities that trade in low volume or volatile markets or that are valued using a fair value methodology. In addition, the value of the securities in the Fund’s portfolio may change on days when shareholders will not be able to purchase or sell the Fund’s shares.

Investors should consider the investment objectives and policies, risk considerations, charges, and ongoing expenses of an investment carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information relevant to an investment in the Fund. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest or send money. To obtain a prospectus, please contact your investment representative or Destra Capital Investments LLC or download a PDF here.

Risk is inherent in all investing. The value of your investment in the Fund, as well as the amount of return you receive on your investment, may fluctuate significantly from day to day and over time. You may lose part or all of your investment in the Fund or your investment may not perform as well as other similar investments. The risks of the Fund will result from both the Fund’s direct investments and its indirect investments made through the Subsidiary. Accordingly, the risks that result from the Subsidiary’s activities will be described herein as the Fund’s risks.