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ASTON/River Road Small Cap Value Fund

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CUSIP 00078H12500080Y504
Ticker ARSVXARSIX
Share Class Inception 6/28/200512/13/2006
Gross Exp Ratio (%) 1.351.10
Net Exp Ratio (%) 1.331.08
NAV11.6311.73
NAV Change (%) 0.17 0.17
Dividend Frequency Annual
Benchmark Russell 2000 Value Index
Morningstar Category Small Blend

Overall Morningstar Rating

ASTON/River Road Small Cap Value  Shares received a Morningstar rating.

Among 647 Small Blend funds derived from a weighted average of the Fund’s 3-, 5- and 10-year risk-adjusted returns as of 7/31/15.

Portfolio Managers

James C.  Shircliff, CFA
James C. Shircliff, CFA

James C. Shircliff, CFA

James C.  Shircliff, CFA

Mr. Shircliff is the Chief Investment Officer of River Road Asset Management, and has been a Portfolio Manager of the Fund since its inception. Prior to co-founding the firm in 2005, he was a portfolio manager and Director of Research for Commonwealth SMC (SMC Capital, Inc.) Previously, he was a Partner, Portfolio Manager, and Director of Research for Southeastern Asset Management (Longleaf Funds). He received his BS in Finance from the University of Louisville and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

R. Andrew Beck
R. Andrew Beck

R. Andrew Beck

R. Andrew Beck

Mr. Beck is Chief Executive Officer and President of River Road Asset Management, and has been a Portfolio Manager of the Fund since its inception. Prior to co-founding the firm in 2005, was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Commonwealth SMC (SMC Capital, Inc.). He received his BS in Finance from the University of Louisville and his MBA from the F.W. Olin School at Babson College.

J. Justin  Akin
J. Justin Akin

J. Justin Akin

J. Justin  Akin

Mr. Akin is a portfolio manager at River Road Asset Management, and has served as a Portfolio Manager on the fund since March 2012. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an Equity Research Analyst at Commonwealth SMC (SMC Capital, Inc.). He received his BS in Economics from Centre College.

Investment Strategy

The ASTON/River Road Small Cap Value Fund employs a bottom-up, absolute-value driven fundamental approach in selecting small-cap stocks.

Objective

The Fund seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation.

Risk Considerations

Small- and Mid-cap stocks are considered riskier than large-cap stocks due to greater potential volatility and less liquidity.  Value investing often involves buying the stocks of companies that are currently out of favor that may decline further.

Fund Stats (as of 6/30/15) N SharesI Shares
Origin Of Information BNY Mellon/ FactSetBNY Mellon/ FactSet
Sales Load NoneNone
Total Net Assets (9/3/15)$23,318,329.05$238,136,975.60
Turnover 66%66%
Minimum Investment 2,5001,000,000
Alpha (3 yr.) 0.680.98
Beta (3 yr.) 0.800.80
R-Squared (3 yr.) 83.8683.99
Standard Dev (3 yr.) 10.7210.66
Sharpe Ratio (3 yr.) 1.201.22
Current Wtd Average P/E (trailing) 17.7917.79
Current Wtd Average P/B (trailing) 1.531.53
Median Mkt Cap ($Mil) 1,1981,198
Average Wtd Coupon N/AN/A
Effective Maturity N/AN/A
Sector Breakdown (as of 7/31/15)
Information Technology
20.66%
Consumer Discretionary
20.21%
Industrials
19.00%
Financials
14.93%
Cash Equivalents & Other
10.93%
Health Care
4.29%
Telecommunication Services
4.00%
Energy
3.21%
Consumer Staples
2.75%
Materials
0.04%
Top 10 Holdings (as of 7/31/15)
CompanyTickerCUSIPNumber of SharesMarket Value% of Net Assets
WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP LTD WTM 2339252 16,018 $11,308,708.00 4.11%
UNIFIRST CORP/MA UNF 904708104 91,397 $10,128,615.54 3.68%
CSG SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL INC CSGS 126349109 273,060 $8,492,166.00 3.09%
BLACKHAWK NETWORK HOLDINGS INC HAWK 9.24E+107 177,280 $8,142,470.40 2.96%
SP PLUS CORP SP 78469C103 309,369 $8,089,999.35 2.94%
INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY CORP ISCA 460335201 223,720 $7,666,884.40 2.79%
KLX INC KLXI 482539103 180,900 $7,105,752.00 2.58%
NEUSTAR INC NSR 64126X201 212,830 $6,570,062.10 2.39%
TELEPHONE & DATA SYSTEMS INC TDS 879433829 217,160 $6,386,675.60 2.32%
BIGLARI HOLDINGS INC BH 08986R101 14,549 $6,326,050.69 2.30%
Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of mutual funds will vary with market conditions, so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

As the fund is actively managed, the securities as presented may not represent the current or future composition of the portfolio.

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