Olstein Strategic Opportunities Fund
Highlights & Facts
Olstein Strategic Opportunities Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in the undervalued equity securities of small- to mid-cap companies that face unique strategic choices, challenges, or problems. The Fund may also engage in shareholder activism as a form of value investing.
Investment Process Highlights
- Seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in the undervalued equity securities of small- to mid-size companies that face unique strategic choices, challenges or problems.
- Valuations based on free cash flow. Reliable valuations require: determining if a company's accounting policies reflect business reality, assessing a company's Quality of Earnings, accounting adjustments to eliminate management bias, and identifying positive or negative factors that may affect future free cash flow.
- Opportunistically pursues an Activist agenda, acquiring a significant position in a company for which Olstein has developed a specific plan for unlocking value; attempts to influence management to adopt changes that may increase shareholder returns.
- Analysis focuses on identifying alternative strategies that may increase shareholder value. Recommended approaches include: altering a company's strategic direction through changes in governance, management skill, capital allocation, asset deployment or sale/breakup of the company or compelling the company to use excess cash to increase dividends, engage in share buybacks, or improve the balance sheet to achieve greater operating leverage.
1. Purchases of $1MM or more, or purchases into account(s) with accumulated value of $1MM or more that were not subject to a front-end sales charge are subject to a CDSC of 1.00% if sold within one year of purchase.
2. There is no CDSC if you redeem Class C shares more than one year after purchase. The CDSC may be waived under certain circumstances. Please refer to the Prospectus for more information.
An investment in a portfolio containing small- and mid-cap companies is subject to additional risks, as the share prices of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile than those of larger companies due to several factors, including limited trading volumes, products, financial resources, management inexperience and less publicly available information.
Top Five Industry Group Classifications (% of equity)
The Fund is actively managed and may not meet its investment objective or may underperform the market. Small- and mid-sized companies may be more vulnerable to adverse business or economic events than larger, more established companies. Value stocks may not increase in price as anticipated by OCM (and may actually decline in price) if other investors fail to recognize the stock’s value or if a catalyst that OCM believes will increase the price of the stock does not occur or does not affect the price of the stock in the manner or to the degree anticipated. Investing in foreign companies typically involves more risks than investing in U.S. companies which can increase the potential for losses and may include risks related to currency exchange rate fluctuations, country or government specific issues, unfavorable trading practices, less government supervision, less publicly available information, limited trading markets and greater volatility.