Sextant Global High Income Fund

Overview

Investment Objective

High income, with a secondary objective of capital preservation.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Global High Income Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in a globally diversified portfolio of income-producing debt and equity securities, including preferred stocks, depositary receipts, and high-yield bonds (“junk bonds”). The Fund may invest in US and non-US government bonds. It applies a consistent, value-oriented approach to security selection, basing investment decisions on current income and expected total return, adjusted for risk. It adjusts allocations to individual securities to manage the portfolio’s fundamental risks, such as industry, country, currency, inflation, interest rate, liquidity, and credit cycle risks. In addition, the Fund will attempt to capitalize on periodic stress in leveraged credit markets, which may result in more volatile current income in exchange for more attractive long-term, risk-adjusted total return consistent with its investment objective. The Fund does not, as a principal investment strategy, target any specific maturity dates for its debt securities, but notes that high-yield bonds have a typical maturity of 3-10 years. When selecting equities, the Fund principally invests in income-producing securities of companies with market capitalizations greater than $5 billion.

Under normal circumstances, the Fund invests its assets as follows:

  • No more than 50% in common stocks
  • No more than 50% in securities of US issuers
  • No more than 50% in bonds rated A3 or higher
  • No more than 33% in securities of emerging market issuers
 
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Investment Style

  • Targeted to investors seeking high current income
  • Flexible allocation of stocks and bonds
  • Global scope, with a maximum of 50% US issuers
  • Diversified across markets, asset classes, countries, currencies, and industries
  • Balanced approach moderated by secondary objective of capital preservation
 
 
 

Portfolio Managers


Bryce Fegley MS, CFA®, CIPM®
Portfolio Manager since 2012
Levi Stewart Zurbrugg MBA, CFA®, CPA®
Deputy Portfolio Manager since 2023

Performance

Short Term Performance

As of May 31, 2024 Ticker 3 Month 6 Month YTD
Sextant Global High Income SGHIX 5.70% 9.87% 4.57%
S&P Global 1200 4.40% 15.28% 10.03%
Bloomberg Barclays Global HY Corp 1.57% 5.70% 1.90%

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 Global High Income SGHIX 13.65% 2.80% 3.90% 3.75% 0.78% 3.79%
S&P Global 1200 24.99% 6.99% 13.13% 9.65% n/a n/a
Bloomberg Barclays Global HY Corp 11.86% 0.24% 3.50% 3.41% 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 Global High Income SGHIX 7.64% 3.08% 2.93% 3.87% 0.78% 4.03%
S&P Global 1200 24.88% 8.91% 12.40% 9.91% n/a n/a
Bloomberg Barclays Global HY Corp 11.03% 0.77% 3.38% 3.51% 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 S&P Global 1200 Index is a global stock market index covering nearly 70% of the world's equity markets. The Bloomberg Global High Yield Corporate Bond Index is a rules-based, market-value weighted index engineered to measure the non-investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable, global corporate bond market. Investors cannot invest directly in the indices.

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 $0.43300 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.43300
12/14/2022 12/15/2022 $0.34200 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.34200
12/15/2021 12/16/2021 $0.04800 $0.16700 $0.00 $0.00 $0.21500
12/16/2020 12/17/2020 $0.18440 $0.17460 $0.00 $0.00 $0.35900

The Sextant Global High Income 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.

The Sextant Global High Income Fund began operations on March 30, 2012. Its entire dividend history is listed above.

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 Expenses0.41%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses0.91%
Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement2-0.16%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses after Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement0.75%

1 Management Fees in the table have been restated to reflect current fees. 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).

2 The Adviser has committed through March 31, 2025, to waive fees and/ or reimburse expenses to the extent necessary to ensure that the Fund’s net operating expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, interest, taxes, and extraordinary expenses, do not exceed the net operating expense ratio of 0.75%. This expense limitation agreement may be changed or terminated only with approval of the Board of Trustees.

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. The Fund also tends to favor growth stocks, which tend to trade based on future earnings expectations, and may be more volatile than slower-growing value stocks, especially when market expectations are not met.

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.

High yield risk: Bonds that are unrated or rated below investment grade, which are known as “junk bonds,” typically offer higher yields to compensate investors for increased credit risk. Issuers of high-yield securities generally are not as strong financially and are more vulnerable to changes that could affect their ability to make interest and principal payments. High-yield securities generally are more volatile and less liquid (harder to sell), which may make such securities more difficult to value. Unrated securities present additional uncertainty because of the difficulties in determining their comparability to rated securities. Unrated securities are often comparable to below investment-grade securities.

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.

Emerging markets risk: There are heightened risks when investing in emerging markets, which are generally less liquid and more volatile than more developed securities markets. These risks include greater political or economic uncertainties; delays and disruptions in securities settlement procedures; weaker corporate governance, accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards; and less publicly available information about issuers. Emerging market countries’ governments may also be more likely to impose capital controls or nationalize an industry.

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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