Brown Capital Management (BCM) is pleased to announce that the International Equity Fund, Investor Class1, has achieved a Morningstar Overall Rating™ of 5 stars in a category of 694 Foreign Large Blend Funds based on risk adjusted returns as of 12/31/2015.
Launched in December of 1998, the International Equity Fund is managed by Duncan J. Evered, Maurice L. Haywood (CFA), and Martin J. Steinik (CFA). The Fund invests at least 80% of its total assets in the equity securities of non-U.S. based companies. It typically invests in 40 to 70 companies, of different sizes, that the management team believes have the potential for genuine long-term growth.
The Fund joins BCM’s Small Company Fund— Investor and Institutional Classes2—which also has a Morningstar Overall Rating™ of 5 stars in a category of 660 Small Growth Funds based on risk adjusted returns as of 12/31/2015, a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Gold, and whose management team has been nominated for Morningstar, Inc.’s U.S. Domestic-Stock Fund Manager of the Year3 for 2015. This unprecedented honor arrives as the Small Company service approaches its 25th anniversary later this year.
About Brown Capital
Brown Capital Management is an investment management firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. BCM is focused on a growth approach, has deep investment experience in domestic and international markets, and is committed to meeting the investment needs of genuine long-term investors.
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1 For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a funds monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of the funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. Brown Capital Management International Equity Fund Investor Class was rated against the following numbers of U.S.-domiciled Foreign Large Blend funds over the following time periods as of 12/31/2015: 694 of funds in the 3-year rating and for the Overall rating, 604 of funds in the last five years, and 347 of funds in the last ten years. With respect to these Foreign Large Blend funds, Brown Capital Management International Equity Fund Investor Class received a Morningstar Rating™ of five stars for the 3- year rating and five stars for 5- year rating, and four stars for ten-year rating periods, respectively. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
2 Brown Capital Management Small Company Fund were rated against the following numbers of U.S.-domiciled Small Growth funds over the following time periods as of 12/31/2015: 660 of funds in the 3-year rating and for the Overall rating, 588 of funds in the last five years, and 423 of funds in the last ten years. With respect to these Small Growth funds, Brown Capital Management Small Company Fund received a Morningstar Rating™ of five stars for the 3- year rating and five stars for 5- year rating, and five stars for ten-year rating periods, respectively. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
3 Established in 1988, the Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year award recognizes portfolio managers who demonstrate excellent investment skill and the courage to differ from the consensus to benefit investors. To qualify for the award, managers’ funds must have not only posted impressive returns for the year, but the managers also must have a record of delivering outstanding long-term risk-adjusted performance and of aligning their interests with shareholders’. Nominated funds must be Morningstar Medalists—a fund that has garnered a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Gold, Silver, or Bronze. The Fund Manager of the Year award winners are chosen based on Morningstar’s proprietary research and in-depth qualitative evaluation by its fund analysts.
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