Merger Arbitrage Fund

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The planned merger of the Highland Long/Short Equity Fund into Highland Merger Arbitrage Fund was completed on June 30, 2020.

On November 16, 2019, the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of Highland Funds I (the “Trust”) unanimously approved an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”) for the reorganization of Highland Long/Short Equity Fund (the “Acquired Fund”) into Highland Merger Arbitrage Fund (the “Acquiring Fund,” and together with the Acquired Fund, the “Funds”). Under the Plan, the Acquired Fund was reorganized into the Acquiring Fund on June 30, 2020 (the “Closing Date”).

As of 08/12/2020Class ZClass AClass C
SymbolHMEZXHMEAXHMECX
Inception01/20/1501/01/1501/01/15
Net Asset Value (NAV)$20.40$20.15$19.86

Fund Overview

Investment Objective

Invest in publicly announced mergers to capture the spread between the current price of a target company and the announced offer price for that company

  • Alternative investment that seeks to reduce overall portfolio volatility and correlation
  • Potential alternative or complement to fixed income given similar levels of risk & volatility

Portfolio Managers

James Dondero, CFA

President, Co-Founder

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Eric Fritz

Portfolio Manager

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Brad Heiss, CFA

Portfolio Manager

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Market Commentary

Merger Arbitrage Commentary Q2-2020

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. 

On May 12, 2016, the Predecessor Fund transferred its assets to the Fund in exchange for the Fund’s Class Z shares. The investment policies, objectives, guidelines and restrictions of the Fund are in all material respects equivalent to those of the Predecessor Fund. In addition, the Predecessor Fund’s portfolio manager is the current portfolio manager of the Fund. As a mutual fund registered under the 1940 Act, the Fund is subject to certain restrictions under the 1940 Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) to which the Predecessor Fund was not subject. Had the Predecessor Fund been registered under the 1940 Act and been subject to the provisions of the 1940 Act and the Code, its investment performance could have been adversely affected, but these restrictions are not expected to have a material effect on the Fund’s investment program.

The Predecessor Fund did not have distribution policies. The Predecessor Fund was an unregistered Delaware limited partnership and did not qualify as a regulated investment company for federal income tax purposes.

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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.

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.

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 net asset value (“NAV”) of the Fund generally to decline faster than it would otherwise.

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

Micro, Small and Mid-Cap Securities Risk. Investments in securities of companies with micro, small or medium capitalizations involve certain risks that may differ from, or be greater than, those for larger companies, such as higher volatility, lower trading volume, fewer business lines and lack of public information.

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.

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Source: SEI Investments Global Funds Services

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