Past performance does not guarantee future results. Performance represents past performance; current returns may be lower or higher. Performance information for institutional class shares prior to 5/1/2008, is based on the performance of investor class shares. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed may be worth more or less than the original cost. All returns reflect reinvested dividends and capital gains distributions, but do not reflect the deduction of taxes that an investor would pay on distributions or redemptions. Subject to certain exceptions, shares of a Fund redeemed or exchanged within 10 days (90 days for the International Value Fund) of purchase are subject to a 2% redemption fee. Performance does not reflect this fee, which if deducted would reduce an individual's return.
In the prospectus (pdf) dated 5/1/2013, the gross expense ratio for the Value Fund was 1.09% for investor class shares and 0.93% for institutional class shares. To the extent necessary to maintain net operating expenses for institutional class shares at a ratio of 0.99% of average daily net assets, the Advisor has voluntarily agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses for institutional class shares. This voluntary waiver and/or reimbursement may be discontinued at any time. Without such waiver, total returns would have been lower.
The Value Fund primarily invests in small companies selected on a value basis. Such securities generally are more volatile and less liquid than those of larger companies.
Heartland Advisors considers large-caps to be larger than $10 billion in market cap, mid-caps to be $2 billion to $10 billion, small-caps to be $300 million to $2 billion, and micro-caps to be less than $300 million. This breakdown does not include short-term investments. Portfolio holdings are subject to change without notice.
Value investments are subject to the risk that their intrinsic value may not be recognized by the broad market.
Portfolio holdings are subject to change without notice. Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk.
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As of 11/30/2013 Morningstar Ratings™: The Heartland Value Fund was rated against 153, 257, and 306 U.S.-domiciled Small Value funds over the 10-, 5-, and 3-year periods and received 1, 3, and 2 stars, respectively.
Sector classifications are generally determined by referencing the Global Industry Classification Standard Codes developed by Standard & Poor’s and Morgan Stanley Capital International. Sector allocations are a percent of equity investments and subject to change.
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