Investment approach

The fund’s investing approach seeks outperformance through a concentrated, low-turnover portfolio of companies with:

  • Best-in-breed business models
  • Attractive valuations
  • Strong or improving sustainable opportunities, stemming from underlying Sustainable Drivers from a company’s products, services or operations

Sustainable Drivers are characteristics that we believe have potential to drive tangible positive outcomes, in terms of financial performance and environmental and social impact. We believe that our integration of fundamental and ESG research adds an informational edge to our investment process that helps us identify high quality investments.

Fund profile

The Brown Advisory Sustainable Small-Cap Core Fund (the “Fund”) seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of small-cap companies. The Fund is a concentrated portfolio of the managers’ best ideas, identified through integrated fundamental and ESG research, which the managers believe help them identify high quality investments with Sustainable Drivers and deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns over time. The Fund will seek to balance growth-oriented and value-oriented holdings to achieve a core portfolio.

(As of Sep 30, 2022)

Sector Fund Benchmark
Communication Services 3.1 2.4
Consumer Discretionary 7.1 10.7
Consumer Staples 3.7 3.4
Energy 5.8
Financials 17.2 17.3
Health Care 18.9 18.7
Industrials 18.4 13.5
Information Technology 22.7 14.1
Materials 4.4 4.1
Real Estate 4.6 6.5
Utilities 3.4
Source: U.S. Bank. Sector breakdown (excluding cash and equivalents) and Fund holdings (including cash and equivalents which was 6.8% as of 09/30/2022 and is provided as Supplemental Information) are subject to change at any time. The information provided in this material is not intended to be and should not be considered to be a recommendation or suggestion to engage in or refrain from a particular course of action or to make or hold a particular investment or pursue a particular investment strategy, including whether or not to buy, sell, or hold any of the securities mentioned. It should not be assumed that investments in such securities have been or will be profitable. Sectors are based on the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) classification system.

(As of Sep 30, 2022)

Portfolio Attribute Fund Benchmark
Number of Holdings 70 1970
Wtd. Avg. Market Capitalization ($B) 3.9 2.5
Wtd. Median Market Capitalization ($B) 3.2 2.3
Earnings Growth 3-5 Yr. Est (%) 13.6 14.5
Price-to-Earnings Ratio (P/E, FY1) 14.2 10.5
Price-to-Earnings Ratio (P/E, FY2) 13.4 10.4
Beta 0.9
Wtd. Median Market Capitalization ($B) 3.2 2.3
Source: Fund net assets provided by U.S. Bank and are as of the last day of the quarter and include all share classes. Characteristics exclude cash and equivalents and are derived from FactSet® and are applicable to the investor share class only. Performance figures and charts include the reinvestment of dividend and capital gain distributions. Returns would have been lower during the specified periods if the payment of certain fees by the Fund had not been waived or expenses reimbursed. Earnings growth 3-5 year estimate is not a measure of the Fund’s future performance.   Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. Investments in foreign securities and ADRs entail certain risks not associated with investments in domestic securities, such as volatility of currency exchange rates, and in some cases, political and economic instability and relatively illiquid markets.
The Brown Advisory funds are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. 1290 Broadway, Suite 1000, Denver, CO 80203. Brown Advisory Funds and ALPS are not affiliated. Sector allocations are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security. ESG considerations that are material will vary by investment style, sector/industry, market trends and client objectives. The Fund seeks to identify companies that it believes may have desirable ESG outcomes, but investors may differ in their views of what constitutes positive or negative ESG outcomes. As a result, the Fund may invest in companies that do not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor. The Fund may also invest in companies that would otherwise be screened out of other ESG-oriented funds. Security selection will be impacted by the combined focus on ESG assessments and forecasts of return and risk. The Fund seeks to identify companies that it believes may have desirable ESG profiles, as determined by Brown Advisory, and may seek to screen out particular companies and industries. Brown Advisory relies on third parties to provide data and screening tools. There is no assurance that this information will be accurate or complete or that it will properly exclude all applicable securities. Investments selected using these tools may perform differently than as forecasted due to the factors incorporated into the screening process, changes from historical trends, and issues in the construction and implementation of the screens (including, but not limited to, software issues and other technological issues). There is no guarantee that Brown Advisory’s use of these tools will result in effective investment decisions. There is no guarantee that the initial investment will be returned. ESG considerations that are material will vary by investment style, sector/industry, market trends and client objectives. The Fund seeks to identify companies that it believes may have desirable ESG outcomes, but investors may differ in their views of what constitutes positive or negative ESG outcomes. As a result, the Fund may invest in companies that do not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor. The Fund may also invest in companies that would otherwise be screened out of other ESG oriented funds. Security selection will be impacted by the combined focus on ESG assessments and forecasts of return and risk. The fund’s performance for very short time periods may not be indicative of future results. Click here for a current prospectus. Please read and consider it carefully before investing. You may obtain a hardcopy of the prospectus by calling 1-800-540-6807. Click here for index and financial term definitions.

Average Annual Total Returns % (As of Sep 30, 2022)

Share Class Three Months YTD One Year Three Year Five Year Ten Year Since Inception
Investor (BIAYX) -0.26 -24.61 -22.80 -22.80
Russell 2000® Index -2.19 -25.10 -23.50 -23.50
Gross Expense Ratios: 1.18% (Institutional), 1.33% (Investor).
Net Expense Ratios: 0.94% (Institutional), 1.09% (Investor).
 
Brown Advisory LLC (the "Adviser") has contractually agreed to waive its fees and/or reimburse certain expenses (exclusive of any front-end or contingent deferred sales loads, taxes, interest, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization and extraordinary expenses) in order to limit the Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses after Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement for Institutional Shares and Investor Shares to 0.94% and 1.09%, respectively, of the Fund’s average daily net assets through October 31, 2022. The Fund may have Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses after Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement higher than these expense caps as a result of any acquired fund fees and expenses or other expenses that are excluded from the calculation. The contractual waivers and expense reimbursements may be changed or eliminated at any time by the Board of Trustees, on behalf of the Fund, upon 60 days written notice to the Adviser. The contractual waivers and expense reimbursements may not be terminated by the Adviser without the consent of the Board of Trustees. The Adviser may recoup any waived amount from the Fund pursuant to this agreement if such reimbursement does not cause the Fund to exceed existing expense limitations or the limitations in place at the time the reduction was originally made and there imbursement is made within three years after the date on which the Adviser incurred the expense.
 
All returns greater than one year are annualized.
Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. For monthly and quarterly performance information, please call 1-800-540-6807.
Performance data does not reflect the 1.00% fee on shares redeemed or exchanged within 14 days of purchase, and if it had, returns would be lower.
ESG considerations that are material will vary by investment style, sector/industry, market trends and client objectives. The strategy seeks to identify companies that it believes may have desirable ESG outcomes, but investors may differ in their views of what constitutes positive or negative ESG outcomes. As a result, the strategy may invest in companies that do not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor. The strategy may also invest in companies that would otherwise be screened out of other ESG-oriented funds. Security selection will be impacted by the combined focus on ESG assessments and forecasts of return and risk.
The Fund seeks to identify companies that it believes may have desirable ESG profiles, as determined by Brown Advisory, and may seek to screen out particular companies and industries. Brown Advisory relies on third parties to provide data and screening tools. There is no assurance that this information will be accurate or complete or that it will properly exclude all applicable securities. Investments selected using these tools may perform differently than as forecasted due to the factors incorporated into the screening process, changes from historical trends, and issues in the construction and implementation of the screens (including, but not limited to, software issues and other technological issues). There is no guarantee that Brown Advisory’s use of these tools will result in effective investment decisions.
 
Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. Investments in foreign securities and ADRs entail certain risks not associated with investments in domestic securities, such as volatility of currency exchange rates, and in some cases, political and economic instability and relatively illiquid markets.

The Brown Advisory funds are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. 1290 Broadway, Suite 1000, Denver, CO 80203. Brown Advisory Funds and ALPS are not affiliated. Total assets under management value as of 09/30/2022. Sector allocations are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security.
 
There is no guarantee that the initial investment will be returned. ESG considerations that are material will vary by investment style, sector/industry, market trends and client objectives. The strategy seeks to identify companies that it believes may have desirable ESG outcomes, but investors may differ in their views of what constitutes positive or negative ESG outcomes. As a result, the strategy may invest in companies that do not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor. The strategy may also invest in companies that would otherwise be screened out of other ESG oriented funds. Security selection will be impacted by the combined focus on ESG assessments and forecasts of return and risk.
 
The Fund launched on 9/30/2021. Holdings will be published when they are available as of 09/30/2022. The fund’s performance for very short time periods may not be indicative of future results.
 
Click here for a current prospectus. Please read and consider it carefully before investing. You may obtain a hardcopy of the prospectus by calling 1-800-540-6807.
 
Click here for index and financial term definitions.

(As of Sep 30, 2022)

Name Percentage
Eastern Bankshares Inc 3.3
Comfort Systems USA Inc 3.0
Onto Innovation Inc 2.7
UMB Financial Corp 2.5
Nexstar Media Group Inc 2.4
Federal Signal Corp 2.4
Ingevity Corp 2.2
HealthEquity Inc 2.2
Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co Ltd 2.1
CTS Corp 2.1
Total 25.0
Source: U.S. Bank Fund holdings include cash and equivalents and are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation or suggestion to engage in or refrain from a particular course of action or to make or hold a particular investment or pursue a particular investment strategy, including whether or not to buy, sell, or hold any of the securities mentioned. It should not be assumed that investments in such securities have been or will be profitable.
Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. Investments in foreign securities and ADRs entail certain risks not associated with investments in domestic securities, such as volatility of currency exchange rates, and in some cases, political and economic instability and relatively illiquid markets.

The Brown Advisory funds are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. 1290 Broadway, Suite 1000, Denver, CO 80203. Brown Advisory Funds and ALPS are not affiliated.
Sector allocations are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security.
ESG considerations that are material will vary by investment style, sector/industry, market trends and client objectives. The Fund seeks to identify companies that it believes may have desirable ESG outcomes, but investors may differ in their views of what constitutes positive or negative ESG outcomes. As a result, the Fund may invest in companies that do not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor. The Fund may also invest in companies that would otherwise be screened out of other ESG-oriented funds. Security selection will be impacted by the combined focus on ESG assessments and forecasts of return and risk.
The Fund seeks to identify companies that it believes may have desirable ESG profiles, as determined by Brown Advisory, and may seek to screen out particular companies and industries. Brown Advisory relies on third parties to provide data and screening tools. There is no assurance that this information will be accurate or complete or that it will properly exclude all applicable securities. Investments selected using these tools may perform differently than as forecasted due to the factors incorporated into the screening process, changes from historical trends, and issues in the construction and implementation of the screens (including, but not limited to, software issues and other technological issues). There is no guarantee that Brown Advisory’s use of these tools will result in effective investment decisions.
There is no guarantee that the initial investment will be returned. ESG considerations that are material will vary by investment style, sector/industry, market trends and client objectives. The Fund seeks to identify companies that it believes may have desirable ESG outcomes, but investors may differ in their views of what constitutes positive or negative ESG outcomes. As a result, the Fund may invest in companies that do not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor. The Fund may also invest in companies that would otherwise be screened out of other ESG oriented funds. Security selection will be impacted by the combined focus on ESG assessments and forecasts of return and risk.
 

The Brown Advisory funds are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. 1290 Broadway, Suite 1000, Denver, CO 80203. Brown Advisory Funds and ALPS are not affiliated.
 
 
Total assets under management value as of 09/30/2022. Fund holdings includes Cash and Equivalents which was 6.8% as of 09/30/2022 and is provided as supplemental information. 

Inception date for Investor share class.

 

 
Click here for a current prospectus. Please read and consider it carefully before investing. You may obtain a hardcopy of the prospectus by calling 1-800-540-6807.
Click here for index and financial term definitions.