Sextant Core Fund

Overview

Investment Objective

Long-term appreciation and capital preservation.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Core Fund invests in a mix of equity and debt securities. It normally invests 40% of its assets in equity securities of US companies, 20% in foreign equity securities, and 40% in investment-grade fixed-income securities (those rated BBB or higher, including government and convertible bonds) including money market instruments and cash. When selecting equities, the Fund follows a value investing approach and principally invests in income-producing securities of companies in mature markets with market capitalizations greater than $5 billion. When selecting fixed-income securities, the Fund may utilize a blend of US government securities, US-dollar issues of foreign governments, and investment grade corporate debt securities, as well as money market instruments. The Fund seeks to maintain a dollar weighted average effective maturity for its fixed-income portfolio of 5-10 years, with the aim of managing portfolio volatility and liquidity.

 
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Investment Style

  • Targeted to investors seeking long-term capital appreciation
  • Diversified across industries and companies
  • Tactical allocation of stocks and bonds
  • Value investment style, favoring income-producing securities of more seasoned companies
  • Balanced approach moderated by secondary objective of capital preservation

Portfolio Managers


Levi Stewart Zurbrugg MBA, CFA®, CPA®
Portfolio Manager since 2023
Bryce Fegley MS, CFA®, CIPM®
Portfolio Manager since 2020

Performance

Short Term Performance

As of May 31, 2024 Ticker 3 Month 6 Month YTD
Sextant Core SCORX 3.92% 9.77% 6.00%
Dow Jones Moderate Portfolio 1.62% 8.05% 2.94%

Average Annual Total Returns (Net of Fees)

Month-end, as of May 31, 2024 Ticker 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Expense Ratio² 30-Day Yield¹
Sextant Core SCORX 13.88% 3.33% 7.56% 5.50% 0.57% 2.22%
Dow Jones Moderate Portfolio 12.35% 0.44% 6.01% 5.40% n/a n/a
Quarter-end, as of March 31, 2024 Ticker 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Expense Ratio² 30-Day Yield¹
Sextant Core SCORX 12.23% 4.22% 7.19% 5.68% 0.57% 2.17%
Dow Jones Moderate Portfolio 11.94% 1.98% 5.87% 5.68% n/a n/a

Performance data quoted represents past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than performance data quoted. Standardized returns current to the most recent month-end can be obtained by visiting our Month-end Returns Page or by calling toll free 1-800-728-8762. The Fund cannot guarantee that its investment objective will be met. Securities of the Fund are offered and sold only through the prospectus or summary prospectus.

¹ A Fund's 30-Day Yield, sometimes referred to as "standardized yield" or "SEC yield,” is expressed as an annual percentage rate using a method of calculation adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The 30-Day Yield provides an estimate of a Fund's investment income rate, but may not equal the actual income distribution rate.

² Expense ratios shown are as stated in the Fund's most recent prospectus or summary prospectus dated March 31, 2023.

Growth of $10,000

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This chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 invested at the beginning of the period and redeemed at the end of the period, and assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains.

The Dow Jones Moderate Portfolio Index is a broad-based index of stock and bond prices that reflects no deductions for fees, expenses, or taxes. Investors cannot invest directly in the index.

Distributions

Record Date Ex, Pay and
Reinvest Date
Ordinary
Income
Qualified
Income
Short-Term
Capital Gains
Long-Term
Capital Gains
Total Distributions
(per share)
12/20/2023 12/21/2023 $0.25000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.25000
12/14/2022 12/15/2022 $0.19200 $0.00 $0.00 $0.02390 $0.21590
12/15/2021 12/16/2021 $0.04300 $0.20300 $0.00 $0.26200 $0.50800
12/16/2020 12/17/2020 $0.02450 $0.18800 $0.00 $0.00 $0.21250

The Sextant Core Fund intends to distribute its net investment income and net realized capital gains, if any, to its shareowners. Distributions from income dividends and net capital gains are paid at the end of the year.

Distributions for the last five years are listed in the table above. For prior distributions, please contact a Saturna representative.

Regulations regarding distributions can be complex, and there are several methods for managing your tax liability. Please consult a tax advisor about your particular circumstances. You also may obtain helpful information by calling the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040 or visiting www.irs.gov.

If applicable, distribution information will appear on Form 1099-DIV, typically sent in late January. For more information on tax documentation, please visit our Tax Documentation page.

The Fund pays per-share distributions to shareowners invested on the Record Date. On the Payable Date, the fund's share price is reduced by the amount of its distribution.

Fees & Minimums

The following tables describe the fees and expenses mutual fund shareowners may pay. There are no shareowner fees (fees paid directly from an investment). The Fund imposes no sales charge (load) on purchases or reinvested dividends, or any deferred sales charge (load) upon redemption. There are no exchange fees or account fees. Investments in mutual funds are subject to ongoing expenses. Saturna endeavors to keep these fees low. We encourage you to compare the following fees with similar fees of other no-load mutual funds:

Shareowner Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)

None.

Annual Fund Operating Expenses  (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
 Investor Shares
Management Fees10.50%
Other Expenses0.31%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses0.81%

1 Effective March 31, 2023, the management fee paid to Saturna Capital Corporation, the Fund's Adviser, for providing services to the Fund is 0.50% of average daily net assets of the Fund. Prior to this date, the management fee consisted of a basic fee at an annual rate of 0.50% of the Fund's average net assets and a positive or negative performance adjustment of up to an annual rate of 0.20% (applied to the average assets at the end of each month), resulting in a total minimum fee of 0.30% and a total maximum fee of 0.70%. The average monthly management fee for the year ended November 30, 2023 was 0.55% (annual rate).

When you buy shares through a financial intermediary, that intermediary may charge a transaction fee or commission which is not reflected in the expenses table. Purchases and redemptions of Fund shares will be made at the daily net asset value established by the Fund (before imposition of a commission).

Minimum Initial Investment

The minimum initial investment is $1,000 (for tax-sheltered accounts, there is no minimum).

Literature

Summary Prospectus

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Prospectus

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Annual Report

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Semi-Annual Report

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Statement of Additional Information

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Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

Market risk: The value of the Fund’s shares rises and falls as the market value of the securities in which the Fund invests goes up and down. Consider investing in the Fund only if you are willing to accept the risk that you may lose money. Fund share prices, yields, and total returns will change with the fluctuations in the securities markets as well as the fortunes of the industries and companies in which the Fund invests.

Equity securities risk: Equity securities may experience significant volatility in response to economic or market conditions or adverse events that affect a particular industry, sector, or company. Larger companies may have slower rates of growth as compared to smaller, faster-growing companies, and at times may be out of favor with investors. Smaller companies may have more limited financial resources, products, or services, and tend to be more sensitive to changing economic or market conditions.

Interest rate risk: Changes in interest rates impact prices of fixed-income and related investments. When interest rates rise, the value of fixed-income investments (paying a lower rate of interest) generally will fall. Investments with shorter terms may have less interest rate risk, but generally have lower returns and, because of the more frequent maturity dates, may involve higher re-investment costs.

Credit risk: Corporate and sovereign issuers of the notes and certificates in which the Fund invests may not be able or willing to make payments when due, which may lead to default or restructuring of the investment. In addition, if the market perceives deterioration in the creditworthiness of an issuer, the value and liquidity of the issuer’s securities may decline.

Foreign investing risk: The Fund may invest in securities that are not traded in the United States when market conditions or investment opportunities arise that, in the judgment of the adviser, warrant such investment. Investments in the securities of foreign issuers may involve risks in addition to those normally associated with investments in the securities of US issuers. All foreign investments are subject to risks of: (1) foreign political and economic instability; (2) adverse movements in foreign exchange rates; (3) currency devaluation; (4) the imposition or tightening of exchange controls or other limitations on repatriation of foreign capital; (5) changes in foreign governmental attitudes towards private investment, including potential nationalization, increased taxation, or confiscation of assets; and (6) differing reporting, accounting, and auditing standards of foreign countries.

Liquidity risk: Liquidity risk exists when particular investments are difficult to sell and may be more difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell these investments during unfavorable conditions to meet redemptions or for other cash needs, the Fund may lose money on its investments. As a result, the Fund may be unable to achieve its objective.

Large transaction risk: A significant percentage of the Fund’s shares may be owned or controlled by the adviser and its affiliates or other large shareholders. Accordingly, the Fund is subject to the potential for large-scale inflows and outflows as a result of purchases and redemptions of its shares by such shareholders. These inflows and outflows could negatively affect the Fund’s net asset value and performance.

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