Premier Growth Equity Fund

Co-Founder, President

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Co-Founder, President

James Dondero is Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, L.P. Mr. Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the credit and equity markets, focused largely on high-yield and distressed investing. Under Mr. Dondero’s leadership, Highland has been a pioneer in both developing the collateralized loan obligation (CLO) market and advancing credit-oriented solutions for institutional and retail investors worldwide. Highland’s product offerings include institutional separate accounts, CLOs, hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, REITs, and ETFs. Mr. Dondero is the Chairman and President of NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. (NYSE:NXRT), is Chairman of NexBank Capital, Inc., Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding, Inc., and CCS Medical, Inc., and a board member of Jernigan Capital, Inc. (NYSE:JCAP), and MGM Holdings, Inc. He also serves on the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Executive Board. A dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Dondero actively supports initiatives in education, veterans affairs, and public policy. Prior to founding Highland in 1993, Mr. Dondero was involved in creating the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life, where as Chief Investment Officer he helped take the company from inception to over $2 billion between 1989 and 1993. Between 1985 and 1989, Mr. Dondero was a corporate bond analyst and then portfolio manager at American Express. Mr. Dondero began his career in 1984 as an analyst in the JP Morgan training program. Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia where he earned highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi) from the McIntire School of Commerce with dual majors in accounting and finance. He has received certification as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Managing Director

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Managing Director

Mr. Gregory is Managing Director and Head of Healthcare Credit and Healthcare Long/Short Equity investment strategies at Highland Capital Management. In 2006, he founded Cummings Bay Healthcare Fund, a healthcare hedge fund that is currently in the seventh year of operations and became an affiliate of Highland in 2010. Mr. Gregory also worked as a Partner at Sands Point Capital Management LLC, managing a dedicated healthcare equity hedge fund. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, having completed a highly specialized joint program in healthcare within the Yale Schools of Medicine, Management and Public Policy. He holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, lecturer at Yale University, and frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business and Morningstar. He has been profiled in Barron’s, cited by the WSJ as a “Category King” in Healthcare and named by Institutional Investor as “Best Up and Comer” in 2011.

Fund Overview

Investment Objective

The Premier Growth Equity Fund seeks long-term growth by investing in the equities of 30 to 40 large and medium-sized companies in which there is high conviction in those companies potential to generate above-average growth.

Access to Institutionally Managed Growth Equity Platform
  • Invests primarily in large and medium-sized companies with above-average growth histories and/or growth potential
  • Portfolio represents best 30-40 growth equity investments
  • Bottom-up stock selection with long-term investment horizon
  • Focused portfolio of high-quality large and midcap stocks
  • Sector allocation is a by-product of bottom-up process: benchmark awareness, not dependence
  • Large cap growth at a reasonable price
Fund NAV (As of Jan 18, 2018)
HPEAX (Class A)$28.40
HPECX (Class C)$19.42
HPEYX (Class Y)$30.11
Fund AUM (As of Jan 18, 2018)
Total Net Assets$166.7 M
Class AClass CClass Y
Gross Expense Ratio1.29%2.04%1.04%
Net Expense Ratio11.29%2.04%1.04%

Historical Returns & NAV

As of 01/18/2018Class AClass CClass Y
Net Asset Value (NAV)$28.40$19.42$30.11
Daily NAV Change ($)$-0.03$-0.02$-0.04
Daily NAV Change (%)-0.11%-0.10%-0.13%
As of 12/31/2017 MonthlyQuarterlyClass AClass A (w/sales charge)Class CClass C (w/sales charge)Class Y
Year To Date25.39%18.18%24.52%23.61%25.75%
One Year25.39%18.18%24.52%23.61%25.75%
Three Year10.61%8.45%9.80%9.80%10.89%
Five Year15.68%14.32%14.83%14.83%15.97%
Ten Year9.35%8.70%8.53%8.53%9.62%
Since Inception8.94%8.63%5.69%5.69%9.21%

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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.

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

Securities Market Risk. The value of the securities may go up or down, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably, due to factors affecting particular companies or the securities market generally. A general downturn in the securities market may cause multiple asset classes to decline in value simultaneously, although equity securities generally have greater price volatility than fixed income securities.

Small-Cap Company Risk. The risk that investing in the securities of small-cap companies may pose a greater market and liquidity risks than larger, more established companies, because of limited product lines and/or operating history, limited financial resources, limited trading markets, and the potential lack of management depth. In addition, the securities of such companies are typically more volatile than securities of larger capitalization companies.

Allocation Risk. The risk that Highland may not allocate assets of the Fund among investment management styles in an optimal manner, if among other reasons, it does not correctly assess the attractiveness of an investment style.

Foreign Investment Risk. The risk that investing in foreign (non-U.S.) securities may result in the Fund experiencing more rapid and extreme changes in value than a fund that invests exclusively in securities of U.S. companies, due to smaller markets, differing reporting, accounting and auditing standards, nationalization, expropriation or confiscatory taxation, currency blockages and political changes of diplomatic developments. The cost of investing in many foreign markets are higher than the U.S. and investments may be less liquid.

Currency Risk. The risk that the values of foreign investments may be affected by changes in the currency rates or exchange control regulations. If a foreign currency weakens against the U.S. dollar, the value of a foreign investment denominated in that currency would also decline in dollar terms.

Credit Risk. The risk that the Fund could lose money if the issuer or guarantor of a fixed income security, or the counterparty of a derivatives contract or repurchase agreement, is unable or unwilling (or is perceived to be unable or unwilling) to make a timely payment of principal and/or interest, or to otherwise honor its obligations.

Interest Rate Risk. The risk that fixed income securities will decline in value because of changes in interest rates. A fund with a longer average portfolio duration will be more sensitive to changes in interest rates than a fund with a shorter average portfolio duration.

Derivatives Risk. The risk that an investment in derivatives may not correlate completely to the performance of underlying securities and may be volatile, and may result in a loss greater than the principal amount invested. Equity derivatives may also be subject to liquidity risk as well as the risk the derivative may be different than what would be produced through the use of another methodology or if it had been priced using market quotations.

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