Saturna Sustainable Equity Fund

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Overview

Investment Style

The Saturna Sustainable Equity Fund actively seeks issuers that demonstrate sustainable financial characteristics as well as a commitment to identifying and managing environmental, social, and governance-related risks.

  • ESG factors considered include resource efficiency, community and labor relations, board composition, and business ethics
  • Characteristics of financial sustainability include management strength, low debt, and strong balance sheets
  • Screens exclude security issuers primarily engaged in higher ESG risk businesses; no alcohol, tobacco, pornography, weapons, gambling, or fossil fuel extraction
  • Globally diversified
  • Targeted to investors seeking long-term capital growth
  • Generally large and mid-cap, but can invest in any capitalization domestic and foreign stocks
 
Saturna Sustainable Equity Fund

Investment Objective

Capital appreciation.

Principal Investment Strategies

Under normal conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in equities of issuers located throughout the world that the Fund's adviser believes demonstrate sustainable characteristics. For purposes of this investment policy, the Fund's adviser considers issuers with sustainable characteristics to be those issuers that are generally larger, more established, consistently profitable, and financially strong, and with robust policies in the areas of the environment, social responsibility, and corporate governance ("ESG").

The Fund's adviser employs a sustainable rating system based on its own, as well as third-party, data to identify issuers believed to present low risks in ESG. The Fund's adviser also uses negative screening to exclude security issuers primarily engaged in higher ESG risk businesses such as alcohol, tobacco, pornography, weapons, gambling, and carbon-based fuels.

The Fund diversifies its investments across industries, companies, and countries, and generally follows a large and mid-cap value investment style. The Fund prefers seasoned companies that are expected to grow revenue and earnings, favoring equities of companies trading for less than the adviser's assessment of their intrinsic value, which typically means companies with low price/earnings multiples, strong balance sheets, and higher dividend yields. The Fund principally invests in securities of companies with market capitalizations of greater than $5 billion. The Fund may invest up to 30% of net assets in companies with headquarters in countries with developing economies and/or markets.

Portfolio Managers


Jane Carten MBA
Portfolio Manager since 2017
Scott Klimo CFA®
Deputy Portfolio Manager since 2019

Performance

Short Term Performance

As of August 31, 2020 Ticker 3 Month 6 Month YTD
Saturna Sustainable Equity SEEFX 17.41% 22.21% 14.98%
S&P Global 1200 14.54% 15.04% 4.70%

Average Annual Total Returns

Month-end, as of August 31, 2020 Ticker 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Expense Ratio² 30-Day Yield¹
Saturna Sustainable Equity SEEFX 25.49% 14.83% 12.75% n/a 1.81% 0.60%
S&P Global 1200 16.75% 9.99% 11.09% 11.17% n/a n/a
Quarter-end, as of June 30, 2020 Ticker 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Expense Ratio² 30-Day Yield¹
Saturna Sustainable Equity SEEFX 11.32% 11.26% 8.53% n/a 1.81% 0.72%
S&P Global 1200 3.17% 7.17% 7.56% 10.44% 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 27, 2020.

Growth of $10,000

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Saturna Sustainable Equity Fund Growth of $10,000

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. 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)
12/18/2019 12/19/2019 $0.00 $0.06960 $0.00 $0.00 $0.06960
12/26/2018 12/27/2018 $0.00 $0.09600 $0.00 $0.00 $0.09600
12/28/2017 12/29/2017 $0.00 $0.08914 $0.00 $0.00 $0.08914
12/29/2016 12/30/2016 $0.00 $0.05345 $0.00 $0.00 $0.05345

The Saturna Sustainable Equity Fund intends to distribute its net investment income and net realized capital gains, if any, to its shareowners. Distributions from net capital gains and dividend income, if any, are paid at the end of the year; as a result of its investment strategy, the Equity Fund may not pay income dividends.

Both dividends and capital gain distributions are paid in additional full and fractional shares of the share class owned. At your option, you may receive dividends and/or capital gain distributions in cash. You are notified of each dividend and capital gain distribution when paid. Returned dividend payments will be automatically reinvested into your account and invested in additional shares of the Fund; future dividends in such accounts will continue to be reinvested until the shareowner is located or the account is closed.

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)
Management Fees 0.65%
Other Expenses 1.16%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses  1.81%
Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement  1.06%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses after Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement  0.75%

The investment adviser has committed through March 31, 2021, 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.

Investment Minimum

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. The market value of securities will fluctuate, sometimes significantly and unpredictably, with stocks generally being more volatile than bonds. When you redeem your shares, they may be worth more or less than what you paid for them. Only consider investing in the Fund if you are willing to accept the risk that you may lose money.

Investment strategy risk: The adviser believes that sustainable investing may mitigate security-specific risk, but the screens used in connection with sustainable investing reduce the investable universe, which limits opportunities and may increase the risk of loss during market declines. In addition, the Fund has a relatively limited operating history, having commenced investment operations in March 2015, and its limited performance history does not provide extensive information on how the Fund may perform in different market conditions.

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. Smaller companies may have more limited financial resources, products, or services, and tend to be more sensitive to changing economic or market conditions.

Growth investing risk: The Fund may invest in growth stocks, which may be more volatile than slower-growing value stocks, especially when market expectations are not met.

Foreign investing risk: Foreign investing involves risks not normally associated with US securities. These risks include fluctuations in currency exchange rates, less public information about securities, less governmental market supervision, and lack of uniform financial, social, and political standards. Foreign investing heightens the risk of confiscatory taxation, seizure or nationalization of assets, currency controls, or adverse political or social developments that affect investments.

Emerging markets risk: In emerging markets and less developed countries, the risks of investing in foreign securities can be magnified by less mature political systems and weaker corporate governance standards than typically found in the developed world.

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.

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