Fund Facts  

Inception Date: Nov 30, 2000
Ticker Symbol: ATASX
Morningstar Category:Small Growth
As of Jun 30, 2016
Fund Net Assets ($millions) $90

Documents for Fund or Underlying Fund(s)  

Description

Objective  

The investment seeks long-term capital appreciation.

Principal Investment Strategies  

Under normal market conditions, the fund invests at least 80% of its assets in a blended portfolio of growth and value stocks of small-cap companies. The fund's manager generally defines a small-cap company as one having a market capitalization, at the time of acquisition, within the range of market capitalizations of companies constituting the Russell 2000 Index.

Principal Investment Risks  

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. You may lose money by investing in the Fund. Please see the Fund’s prospectus or other disclosure documents for information about the Fund’s risks.

 

Performance & Expenses

Standard Performance As of Jun 30, 2016
Fund/Benchmark Name QtrYTD1-Yr3-Yr5-Yr10-YrSince Inception
ASTON Small Cap Na1.43%-1.73%-15.31%-0.12%3.03%5.12%8.73%
Russell 2000 Indexa,b3.79%2.22%-6.73%7.09%8.35%6.20%N/A
Morningstar Small Growtha,c3.79%-0.66%-9.86%6.46%7.26%6.55%N/A

Fund past performance, as shown, is no guarantee of how the Fund will perform in the future. The performance shown has been annualized for periods greater than one year. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. For current performance, visit www.icmarc.org.

Fund performance is shown comparing it to a "benchmark" which may be a (i) broad-based securities market index (ii) a group of mutual funds with similar investment objectives, or (iii) a short term government backed debt obligation such as a U.S. Treasury Bill. An index is not available for direct investment, is unmanaged, and does not reflect the costs of portfolio management or trading. A fund's portfolio may differ from the securities held in an index.

Annual Fund Operating Expenses
Total Expensesa1.31%

 

a. Certain information including, but not limited to, benchmark performance or other performance and/or fee information, is provided by Morningstar, Inc., © 2016 All rights reserved. This information: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar and/or its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of information. Morningstar is a registered trademark of Morningstar, Inc.

b. The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. The Russell 2000® Index is a subset of the Russell 3000® Index, and includes approximately 2,000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership.

c. The Fund’s Morningstar Category Average is a group of funds with similar investment objectives and strategies and is the equal-weighted return of all funds per category. Morningstar places funds in certain categories based on a fund’s historical portfolio holdings.

Distributions

Dividends and Capital Gains  
Record Date Ex/Payable Date Income/Capital Gains Paid Per Share
Dec 30, 2015Dec 30, 2015$11.967200000
Dec 30, 2014Dec 30, 2014$2.744300000
Dec 30, 2013Dec 30, 2013$2.162400000
Dec 28, 2012Dec 28, 2012$1.976700000
Dec 29, 2011Dec 29, 2011$2.016900000
 

Morningstar Information

Morningstar Rating   As of Jun 30, 2016
Period Stars Category Size
Overall 1 Stars655
3-Year 1 Stars655
5-Year 1 Stars591
10-Year 2 Stars431

For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, fee waivers, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. For funds with loads, the Morningstar rating on a load-waived basis is provided, when available. Load-waived ratings do not include any front- or back-end sales loads and are intended for investors that have access to such purchase terms. Funds with loads are waived for plans administered by ICMA-RC. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Morningstar Stylebox As of Jun 30, 2016
Equity Stylebox
Small Growth
Allocation of Assets As of Mar 31, 2016
Type of Asset Percent
Equity99%
Fixed Income0%
Cash/Other1%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.

 
 

Characteristics

Allocation of Assets As of Mar 31, 2016
Asset ClassPercent
Domestic Stock94.9%
Foreign Stock4.5%
Domestic Bond0.0%
Foreign Bond0.0%
Preferred0.0%
Convertible0.0%
Cash0.6%
Other0.0%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.

 
Equity Sector As of Mar 31, 2016
SectorPercent
Technology22.0%
Healthcare21.3%
Industrials20.6%
Consumer Cyclical14.3%
Consumer Defensive7.3%
Financial Services7.3%
Basic Materials2.6%
Real Estate2.6%
Energy1.5%

Exposure reflects equity securities only and will sum to the equity exposure of the fund.

 
Top Ten Holdings As of Mar 31, 2016
Holding NamePercent
Grand Canyon Education Inc2.8%
Five Below Inc2.2%
MarketAxess Holdings Inc2.2%
Pool Corp2.1%
EPAM Systems Inc2.0%
WageWorks Inc2.0%
Power Integrations Inc2.0%
Burlington Stores Inc2.0%
Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc2.0%
Balchem Corp1.9%
 

Statistics

Portfolio Statistics As of Jun 30, 2016
Statistic3-Year5-Year
Beta0.850.91
Alpha-6.58-4.53
Standard Deviation14.7416.72
 
 

Footnotes

1.

Please read the fund's prospectus carefully for a complete summary of all fees, expenses, investment objectives and strategies, risks, financial highlights, and performance information. Investing involves risk, including possible loss of the amount invested. Investors should carefully consider the information contained in the prospectus before investing. You may contact us to obtain a prospectus or to answer questions by calling 800-669-7400, emailing investorservices@icmarc.org, or visiting www.icmarc.org.

2.

Effective February 1, 2016, the ASTON/TAMRO Small Cap Fund is now known as the ASTON Small Cap Fund.

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Morningstar places funds in certain categories based on the fund's historical portfolio holdings. Placement of a fund in a particular Morningstar category does not mean that the fund will remain in that category or that it will invest primarily in securities consistent with its Morningstar category. A fund's investment strategy and portfolio holdings are governed by its prospectus, guidelines or other governing documents, not its Morningstar category.