Energy MLP Fund

Co-Founder, President

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James Dondero is Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, LP (an alternative asset manager specializing in high-yield fixed income investments). Jim has over 30 years of experience in the credit markets. Prior to founding Highland in 1993, Jim served as Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary and helped grow the business from concept to over $2 billion between 1989 and 1993. His portfolio management experience includes mortgage-backed securities, investment grade corporates, leveraged bank loans, high-yield bonds, emerging market debt, derivatives, preferred stocks and common stocks. From 1985 to 1989, he managed approximately $1 billion in fixed income funds for American Express. Prior to American Express, he completed the financial training program at JP Morgan. Jim received a BS in Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Virginia. Jim is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Managerial Accountant, and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He currently serves as Chairman for CCS Medical and NexBank and serves on the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Healthcare Group and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Head of Credit Research

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Head of Credit Research

Mr. Poglitsch is Head of Credit Research at Highland Capital Management, where he has spent a substantial amount of time covering the Energy, Competitive Power, Utilities, and Transportation industries. In his previous role at HCM, he served as a Senior Portfolio Analyst on both the Institutional and Retail fund research teams. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Poglitsch was a consultant for Muse Stancil and Co., where he provided mergers & acquisition, valuation, and strategic advisory services to a variety of clients in the midstream and downstream energy sectors, including integrated oil, independent refinery, pipeline, power, and renewable fuel companies. Prior to Muse, Mr. Poglitsch was a senior financial analyst for American Airlines. He received an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Poglitsch has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Managing Director

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Mr. Gray is a Director at Highland Capital Management covering the Chemicals, Competitive Power, and Utilities industries. He has been involved in Highland’s Energy and Materials investment effort since 2008, and has helped manage the Fund since its inception in 2011. Prior to his current role, Mr. Gray worked as a Senior Portfolio Analyst. Prior to joining Highland in July 2007, Mr. Gray was employed by GW Equity as an Associate in Mergers & Acquisitions. He was responsible for issuing private company valuation analysis and performing extensive financial analysis of client companies. Prior to that, Mr. Gray was a Credit Analyst for Reich & Tang Asset Management. He received a BA in Economics and History from Vanderbilt University. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Fund Overview

Investment Objective

Highland Energy MLP Fund aims to provide investors with current income and capital appreciation by investing primarily in large and mid-cap Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) of domestic midstream energy companies.

Combining the Tax Benefits of MLPs with a Mutual Fund Strategy


  • Provides access to a portfolio of MLPs and a wide variety of energy industry subsectors and regional areas

Potential Tax and Estate Planning Benefits

  • Typically all quarterly distributions are considered return of capital
  • Investors receive a 1099 form rather than individual K-1 forms for each underlying investment
  • Potential for greater suitability for IRAs/401k’s due to lack of UBTI (unrelated business taxable income), unlike the circumstance when the underlying securities are directly owned

Experienced Management

  • Supported by a team of energy specialists
  • Highland has extensive expertise in energy-related investing

Growth, Quality, and Daily Liquidity

  • Focused on midstream MLPs that are historically not as susceptible to distribution fluctuations as those from variable-pay MLPs
  • Exposure to North American energy infrastructure expansion

Limited Fund Expenses

  • Fee cap is set at 1.1%
Fund NAV (As of Sep 13, 2019)
HEFAX (Class A)$2.83
HEFCX (Class C)$2.81
HEFYX (Class Y)$2.81
Fund AUM (As of Sep 13, 2019)
Total Net Assets$22.89 M
Class AClass CClass Y
Gross Expense Ratio8.99%9.74%8.74%
Net Expense Ratio17.51%8.26%7.26%

Historical Returns & NAV

As of 09/13/2019Class AClass CClass Y
Net Asset Value (NAV)$2.83$2.81$2.81
Daily NAV Change ($)$0.07$0.06$0.06
Daily NAV Change (%)2.54%2.18%2.18%
As of 08/31/2019 MonthlyQuarterlyClass AClass A (w/sales charge)Class CClass C (w/sales charge)Class Y
One Year-22.27%-26.65%-22.96%-23.65%-22.11%
Three Year-8.06%-9.82%-8.77%-8.77%-7.75%
Five Year-19.14%-20.08%-19.73%-19.73%-19.00%
Since Inception-7.91%-8.62%-8.57%-8.57%-7.69%

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The performance data quoted here represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. 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. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance data quoted.

Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of Highland Funds carefully before investing. A prospectus with this and other information about Highland's mutual funds can be found on the Literature tab above. You may also obtain a prospectus for our mutual funds by calling 877-665-1287. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

  1. The Fund accrues deferred income tax liability for its future tax liability associated with the capital appreciation of its investments, the distributions received by the Fund on equity securities of master limited partnerships ("MLPs") considered to be return of capital and for any net operating gains. The Fund’s accrued deferred tax liability, if any, is reflected each day in the Fund’s net asset value per share. The Fund’s deferred tax liability, if any, depends upon the Fund’s net investment gains and losses and realized and unrealized gains and losses on investments and may vary greatly from year to year depending on the nature of the Fund’s investments, the performance of those investments and general market conditions. Therefore, any estimate of deferred tax liability cannot be reliably predicted from year to year. See "Net Asset Value" in the Fund’s prospectus. Performance results reflect the contractual waivers and/or reimbursements of fund expenses by the Advisor. Absent this limitation, performance results would have been lower. The Advisor has contractually agreed to limit the total annual operating expenses through at least January 31, 2019. Total annual Fund operating expenses excluding deferred taxes (after expense reimbursement) were 2.18%, 2.93% and 1.93% for Class A, Class C and Class Y shares, respectively.

*The maximum sales charge for Class A shares is 5.75%.

Industry Concentration Risk. Because the Fund normally invests at least 80% of the value of its assets in energy and materials companies, the Fund’s performance largely depends on the overall condition of these industries and the Fund is susceptible to economic, political and regulatory risks or other occurrences associated with these industries.

Equity Securities Risk. Equity securities, such as common stocks, are subject to market, economic and business risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate.

Short Sales Risk.Short sales that are not made “against-the-box” (as defined under “Description of Principal Investments”) theoretically involve unlimited loss potential since the market price of securities sold short may continuously increase.

Derivatives Risk.Derivatives are subject to the risk that changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index. Derivatives also expose the Fund to the credit risk of the derivative counterparty.

Leverage Risk. Leverage may increase the risk of loss, cause fluctuations in the market value of the Fund’s portfolio to have disproportionately large effects or cause the NAV of the Fund generally to decline faster than it would otherwise.

Debt Securities Risk.The Fund’s ability to invest in high-yield debt securities generally subjects the Fund to greater risk than securities with higher ratings. Such securities are regarded by the rating organizations as predominantly speculative with respect to capacity to pay interest and repay principal in accordance with the terms of the obligation.

Senior Loans Risks.  Investments in senior loans involves risks similar to the risks of high yield debt securities, although senior loans are typically senior and secured in contrast to below investment grade securities

ETF Risk.The price movement of an ETF may not track the underlying index and may result in a loss. In addition, shareholders bear both their proportionate share of the Fund’s expenses and similar expenses of the underlying investment company when the Fund invests in shares of another investment company.

Non-U.S. Securities Risk. Investments in securities of non-U.S. issuers involve certain risks not involved in domestic investments (for example, expropriation or political or economic instability).

Hedging Risk. Although intended to limit or reduce investment risk, hedging strategies may also limit or reduce the potential for profit. There is no assurance that hedging strategies will be successful.

Market Risk.The Fund’s share price will fluctuate with changes in the market value of its portfolio securities.  Many factors can affect this value and you may lose money by investing in the Fund.

Portfolio Turnover Risk.High portfolio turnover will increase the Fund’s transaction costs and may result in increased realization of net short-term capital gains.

Securities Lending Risk. The Fund may lend its portfolio securities to brokers, dealers and financial institutions.  The risk in lending portfolio securities, as with other extensions of credit, consists of possible loss of rights in the collateral should the borrower fail financially.

Illiquid and Restricted Securities Risk. The Adviser may not be able to sell illiquid or restricted securities at the price it would like or may have to sell them at a loss.

Non-Diversification Risk.As a non-diversified fund, the Fund may invest a larger portion of its assets in the securities of one or a few issuers than a diversified fund. A non-diversified fund’s investment in fewer issuers may result in the fund’s shares being more sensitive to the economic results of those issuers. An investment in the Fund could fluctuate in value more than an investment in a diversified fund.

Management Risk.The Fund relies on Highland’s ability to achieve its investment objective. Highland may be incorrect in its assessment of the intrinsic value of companies whose securities the Fund holds, which may result in a decline in the value of Fund shares.

Risks Related to Current Market Conditions. Recently, domestic and international markets have experienced a period of acute stress starting in the real estate and financial sectors and then moving to other sectors of the world economy. This stress has resulted in unusual and extreme volatility in the equity markets and in the prices of individual stocks.  These market conditions could add to the risk of short-term volatility of the Fund.

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Source: State Street Bank and Trust Company

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