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ASTON Small Cap Fund

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CUSIP 00078H21600078H141
Ticker ATASXATSIX
Share Class Inception 11/30/20001/4/2005
Gross Exp Ratio (%) 1.311.06
Net Exp Ratio (%) 1.311.06
NAV0.000.00
NAV Change (%) 0.00 0.00
Dividend Frequency Annual
Benchmark Russell 2000 Index
Morningstar Category Small Growth

Overall Morningstar Rating

ASTON Small Cap  Shares received a Morningstar rating.

Among 660 Small Growth funds derived from a weighted average of the Fund’s 3-, 5- and 10-year risk-adjusted returns as of 12/31/15.

Portfolio Managers

Daniel L. Miller, CFA
Daniel L. Miller, CFA

Daniel L. Miller, CFA

Daniel L. Miller, CFA

Portfolio Manager to the Fund since February 2016. Mr. Miller joined GW&K in December 2008 as Partner and Director of Equities, responsible for overseeing all aspects of GW&K’s equity group, including portfolio management, research and trading. Mr. Miller spent 21
years at Putnam Investments, where he was Chief Investment Officer for the Specialty Growth Group from 1996 to 2004. After retiring from Putnam Investments in 2004, Mr. Miller worked as an investment consultant and financial consultant for various companies
from 2004 to 2008.

Joseph C.  Craigen, CFA
Joseph C. Craigen, CFA

Joseph C. Craigen, CFA

Joseph C.  Craigen, CFA

Investment Strategy

The ASTON Small Cap Fund focuses on bottom-up stock selection with the goal of identifying companies that possess a sustainable competitive advantage combined with an attractive valuation.

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.

Fund Stats (as of 12/31/15) N SharesI Shares
Origin Of Information FactSetFactSet
Sales Load NoneNone
Total Net Assets (2/8/16)$0.00$0.00
Turnover 65%65%
Minimum Investment 2,5001,000,000
Alpha (3 yr.) -5.92-5.68
Beta (3 yr.) 0.930.93
R-Squared (3 yr.) 90.8990.91
Standard Dev (3 yr.) 13.813.8
Sharpe Ratio (3 yr.) 0.380.4
Current Wtd Average P/E (trailing) 25.8425.84
Current Wtd Average P/B (trailing) 3.263.26
Median Mkt Cap ($Mil) 2,0562,056
Average Wtd Coupon N/AN/A
Effective Maturity N/AN/A
Sector Breakdown (as of 12/31/2015)
Information Technology
18.02%
Industrials
17.30%
Health Care
17.30%
Financials
17.22%
Consumer Discretionary
16.72%
Consumer Staples
7.63%
Cash Equivalents & Other
4.06%
Materials
1.75%
Top 10 Holdings (as of 12/31/2015)
CompanyTickerCUSIPNumber of SharesMarket Value% of Net Assets
BANK OF THE OZARKS INC OZRK 63904106 110,029 $5,442,034.34 3.15%
BOFI HOLDING INC BOFI 05566U108 250,648 $5,276,140.40 3.05%
ICU MEDICAL INC ICUI 44930G107 43,336 $4,887,434.08 2.83%
INC RESEARCH HOLDINGS INC INCR 45329R109 98,593 $4,782,746.43 2.77%
MEDIDATA SOLUTIONS INC MDSO 58471A105 90,955 $4,483,171.95 2.59%
ADVISORY BOARD CO/THE ABCO 00762W107 86,409 $4,286,750.49 2.48%
TEXAS ROADHOUSE INC TXRH 882681109 118,387 $4,234,702.99 2.45%
POOL CORP POOL 73278L105 52,191 $4,215,988.98 2.44%
CARDTRONICS INC CATM 14161H108 122,619 $4,126,129.35 2.39%
REPLIGEN CORP RGEN 759916109 144,545 $4,089,178.05 2.36%
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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