PROSPECTUS

 

October 28, 2021

  

Emles Federal Contractors ETF

 

FEDX

 

Principal U.S. Listing Exchange for the Fund: Cboe BZX

 

  Advised by:
  Emles Advisors LLC
  www.emles.com
  Phone: (833) 673-2661

 

This Prospectus provides important information about the Fund that you should know before investing. Please read it carefully and keep it for future reference.

 

These securities have not been approved or disapproved by the Securities and Exchange Commission nor has the Securities and Exchange Commission passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

 

 

 

    

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

FUND SUMMARY 1
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND 7
Investment Objective 7
Principal Investment Strategy 7
Principal Risks 8
INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT 12
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON BUYING AND SELLING FUND SHARES 13
TAX INFORMATION 14
ADDITIONAL NOTICES 16
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS 17

 

 

 

FUND SUMMARY

 

Investment Objective

 

The Emles Federal Contractors ETF (the “Fund”) seeks investment results that correspond, before fees and expenses, to the price and yield performance of the Emles Federal Contractors Index (the “Index”).

 

Fund Fees and Expenses

 

The following table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. The fees are expressed as a percentage of the Fund’s average net assets. Investors purchasing or selling shares of the Fund in the secondary market may be subject to costs (including customary brokerage commissions) charged by their broker. These costs are not included in the expense example below.

 

Shareholder Fees   None  
Annual Fund Operating Expenses
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
     
Management Fees     0.60 %
Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees     None  
Other Expenses     0.00 %
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses     0.60 %

 

Example

 

The following example is intended to help retail investors compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds. It illustrates the hypothetical expenses that such investors would incur over various periods if they were to invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated. This example assumes that the Fund provides a return of 5% a year and that operating expenses remain the same. This example does not include the brokerage commissions that retail investors may pay to buy and sell shares of the Fund. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:

 

    1 Year     3 Years     5 Years     10 Years  
Emles Federal Contractors ETF   $ 61     $ 192     $ 335     $ 750  

 

Portfolio Turnover

 

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the fiscal period from October 14, 2020 (commencement of operations) through June 30, 2021, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 54.68% of the average value of its portfolio.

 

Principal Investment Strategies

 

The Fund attempts to replicate the Index by investing all, or substantially all (no less than 80%), of its assets in the stocks that make up the Index, holding each stock in approximately the same proportion as its weighting in the Index. As of October 22, 2021, there were 19 issues in the Index.

  

  1  

 

 

The Index is comprised of U.S. equity securities that provide exposure to the Index’s theme of U.S. federal contractors. Companies relevant to the Index’s federal contractor theme are those that had at least 40% revenue exposure to federal contracts with the U.S. government in the previous fiscal year (defined as ending on September 30th). Companies that are awarded federal contracts amounting to at least 40% of revenues may include companies whose principal business is offering products or providing services related to: aerospace & defense, information technology, cybersecurity, and healthcare (each of the foregoing, a “sub-theme”). The Index may at times include companies that do not fall into the listed sub-themes, but nonetheless satisfy the 40% revenue exposure requirement. The Index aims to have a weighted average federal contract revenue exposure of 50% or above. The Fund concentrates its investments (i.e., under normal circumstances, invest 25% or more of its total assets) in the aerospace and defense industry, to the extent that the Index is concentrated in that industry.

 

Emles Indexing LLC (the “Index Provider”) analyzes the eligible companies in accordance with its proprietary methodology, which uses publicly available information, such as annual reports, business descriptions, and financial news, to rate and weight the companies based on the degree to which the company, including its products or services, provides exposure to the applicable sub-theme(s). In addition to having a 40% revenue exposure to federal contracts with the U.S. government, securities included in the Index must have, for the six months prior to inclusion in the Index, (i) a minimum average daily trading volume of 100,000 shares, (ii) $10 million in average daily trading value and (iii) a minimum share price of $5.00. Further, each security must have a market capitalization of at least $100 million. Securities must meet the above requirements at that time in which they are selected to be included in the index, including upon rebalancing. The Index Provider’s Index Committee may determine to include a security with less than $10 million average daily trading value, provided it satisfies the remaining inclusion criteria and is deemed appropriate for inclusion in the Index. The Index seeks to rebalance quarterly, and under certain circumstances, such as a merger between two Index constituents, a special rebalance will be completed to maintain the Index’s weighting scheme.

 

Emles Indexing LLC (an affiliate of Emles Advisors LLC (the “Adviser”)) is the index provider for the Index. S&P Opco, LLC (a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC) (“S&P”) is the calculation agent for the Index and independently prices the Index on a continuous basis during equity market hours. The Fund has adopted procedures pursuant to Rule 17j-1 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”) and the Adviser has adopted procedures to address any potential conflicts in accordance with Rule 204(A)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. These procedures address the types of conflicts that may arise in connection with a self-indexing fund.

 

The Index Provider’s methodology does not require that a company from each of the sub-themes be included in the Index. In addition, companies included in the Index may also operate business lines that generate revenue in other sub-themes.

 

The Adviser uses a “passive” or indexing approach to try to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. The Fund does not try to “beat” the index it tracks and would not necessarily sell a security because of overall market decline or if a certain issuer was experiencing financial troubles or appeared overvalued, unless that issuer’s security was removed from the Index. Indexing may eliminate the chance that the Fund will substantially outperform the Index but also may reduce some of the risks of active management, such as poor security selection. Indexing seeks to achieve lower costs and better after-tax performance by keeping portfolio turnover low in comparison to actively managed investment companies.

 

The Adviser uses a full replication strategy, an indexing strategy that involves investing in all securities from the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to that of the Index. The securities selected are expected to have, in the aggregate, investment characteristics (based on factors such as market value and industry weightings) and liquidity measures similar to those of the Index. The Fund may or may not hold all of the securities in the Index. The Fund seeks to invest from 80% (at the minimum) to significantly all of its net assets (plus borrowings for investment purposes) in the component securities of the Index.

 

Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

 

Like all investments, investing in the Fund entails risks, including the risk that you may lose part or all of the money you invest. Some or all of these risks may adversely affect the Fund’s net asset value per share (“NAV”), trading price, yield, total return and/or ability to meet its objective. For more information about the risks of investing in the Fund, see the section in the Fund’s Prospectus titled “Additional Information About the Fund – Principal Risks.”

 

  2  

 

 

Equity Market Risk. Common stock holds the lowest priority in the capital structure of a company, and therefore takes the largest share of the company’s risk and its accompanying volatility. The value of the common stock held by the Fund may fall due to general market and economic conditions, perceptions regarding the industries in which the issuers of securities held by the Fund participate, or facts relating to specific companies in which the Fund invests.

 

Aerospace and Defense Industry RiskThe aerospace and defense industry can be significantly affected by government defense and aerospace regulation and spending policies. The aerospace industry in particular has recently been affected by adverse economic conditions and consolidation within the industry.

 

Concentration Risk. The Fund may be susceptible to an increased risk of loss, including losses due to adverse events that affect the Fund’s investments more than the market as a whole, to the extent that the Fund’s investments are concentrated in the securities of a particular issuer or issuers, country, group of countries, region, market, industry, group of industries, sector or asset class.

 

Information Technology Sector Risk. Companies in the technology sector are subject to rapid changes in technology product cycles; rapid product obsolescence; government regulation; and increased competition, both domestically and internationally, including competition from foreign competitors with lower production costs. Technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology tend to be more volatile than the overall market, and are also are heavily dependent on patent and intellectual property rights. In addition, technology companies may have limited product lines, markets, financial resources or personnel.

 

Healthcare Sector Risk. Companies in the healthcare sector, including drug related companies, may be heavily dependent on clinical trials with uncertain outcomes and decisions made by the governments and regulatory authorities. Further, these companies are dependent on patent protection, and the expiration of patents may adversely affect the profitability of the companies. Additionally, the profitability of some healthcare and life sciences companies may be dependent on a relatively limited number of products, and their products can become obsolete due to sector innovation, changes in technologies or other market developments.

 

Liquidity Risk. The Fund may hold certain investments that may be subject to restrictions on resale, trade over-the-counter or in limited volume, or lack an active trading market. Accordingly, the Fund may not be able to sell or close out of such investments at favorable times or prices (or at all), or at the prices approximating those at which the Fund currently values them. Illiquid securities may trade at a discount from comparable, more liquid investments and may be subject to wide fluctuations in market value.

 

Portfolio Turnover Risk. Frequent purchases and sales of portfolio securities may result in higher Fund expenses and may result in more significant distributions of short-term capital gains to investors, which are taxed to individuals as ordinary income.

 

Thematic Investing Risk. The Fund relies on the Index Provider for the identification of themes and sub-themes and its performance may suffer if such themes or sub-themes are not correctly identified or if a theme or sub-theme develops in an unexpected manner. Performance may also suffer if the stocks included in the Index do not benefit from the development of such themes or sub-themes. Performance may also be impacted by the inclusion of non-theme-relevant exposures in the Index. There is no guarantee that the Index will reflect the theme.

 

Asset Class Risk. Securities and other assets in the Index or in the Fund’s portfolio may underperform in comparison to the general financial markets, a particular financial market or other asset classes.

 

Authorized Participant Concentration Risk. Only an Authorized Participant (as defined under “Buying and Selling Fund Shares”) may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with the Fund. The Fund has a limited number of institutions that may act as Authorized Participants on an agency basis (i.e., on behalf of other market participants). To the extent that Authorized Participants exit the business or are unable to proceed with creation or redemption orders with respect to the Fund and no other Authorized Participant is able to step forward to create or redeem Creation Units (as defined in the Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares section of the Prospectus), Fund shares may be more likely to trade at a premium or discount to NAV and possibly face trading halts or delisting.

 

  3  

 

 

Fluctuation of Net Asset Value, Share Premiums and Discounts Risk. The market price of the Fund’s shares generally fluctuates in accordance with changes in the Fund’s NAV as well as the relative supply of and demand for shares on Cboe BZX (the “Exchange”). The Adviser cannot predict whether shares will trade below, at or above their NAV because the shares trade on the Exchange at market prices and not at NAV. Price differences may be due, in large part, to the fact that supply and demand forces at work in the secondary trading market for shares will be closely related, but not identical, to the same forces influencing the prices of the holdings of the Fund trading individually or in the aggregate at any point in time. However, given that shares can only be purchased and redeemed in Creation Units, and only to and from broker-dealers and large institutional investors that have entered into participation agreements (unlike shares of closed-end funds, which frequently trade at appreciable discounts from, and sometimes at premiums to, their NAV), the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of shares should not be sustained.

 

Index-Related Risk. There is no guarantee that the Fund’s investment results will have a high degree of correlation to those of the Index or that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. Market disruptions and regulatory restrictions could have an adverse effect on the Fund’s ability to adjust its exposure to the required levels in order to track the Index. Errors in index data, index computations or the construction of the Index in accordance with its methodology may occur from time to time and may not be identified and corrected by the Index Provider for a period of time or at all, which may have an adverse impact on the Fund and its shareholders.

 

Index Sampling Risk. This is the risk that the securities selected for the Fund, in the aggregate, will not provide investment performance matching that of the Index. Index sampling risk for the Fund is expected to be low.

 

Indexing Strategy/Index Tracking Risk. The Fund is managed with an indexing investment strategy, attempting to track the performance of an unmanaged index of securities, regardless of the current or projected performance of the Index or of the actual securities comprising the Index. This differs from an actively-managed fund, which typically seeks to outperform a benchmark index. As a result, the Fund’s performance may be less favorable than that of a portfolio managed using an active investment strategy. Errors in Index data, Index computations or the construction of the Index in accordance with its methodology may occur from time to time and may not be identified and corrected by the Index Provider for a period of time or at all, which may have an adverse impact on the Fund and its shareholders. The structure and composition of the Index will affect the performance, volatility, and risk of the Index and, consequently, the performance, volatility, and risk of the Fund. When there are changes made to the component securities of the Index and the Fund in turn makes similar changes to its portfolio, any transaction costs and market exposure arising from such portfolio changes will be borne directly by the Fund and its shareholders. The Fund may recognize gains as a result of rebalancing or reconstituting its securities holdings to reflect changes in the securities included in the Index. The Fund also may be required to distribute any such gains to its shareholders to avoid adverse federal income tax consequences. While the Adviser seeks to track the performance of the Index (i.e., achieve a high degree of correlation with the Index), the Fund’s return may not match the return of the Index. The Fund incurs a number of operating expenses not applicable to the Index, and incurs costs in buying and selling securities. In addition, the Fund may not be fully invested at times, generally as a result of cash flows into or out of the Fund or reserves of cash held by the Fund to meet redemptions. The Adviser may attempt to replicate the Index return by investing in fewer than all of the securities in the Index, or in some securities not included in the Index, potentially increasing the risk of divergence between the Fund’s return and that of the Index.

 

Inflation Risk. Inflation risk is the risk that the value of assets or income from investments will be less in the future as inflation decreases the value of money. As inflation increases, the present value of the Fund’s assets and distributions may decline.

 

  4  

 

 

Limited History of Performance and Operations. The Fund is a newly organized, non-diversified, open-end management investment company with a limited operating history. As a result, prospective investors have a limited track record or history on which to base their investment decision.

 

Market and Geopolitical Risk. The increasing interconnectivity between global economies and financial markets increases the likelihood that events or conditions in one region or financial market may adversely impact issuers in a different country, region or financial market. Securities in the Fund’s portfolio may underperform due to inflation (or expectations for inflation), interest rates, global demand for particular products or resources, natural disasters, climate change and climate related events, pandemics, epidemics, terrorism, regulatory events and governmental or quasi-governmental actions. The occurrence of global events similar to those in recent years may result in market volatility and may have long term effects on both the U.S. and global financial markets.  The current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic and the aggressive responses taken by many governments, including closing borders, restricting international and domestic travel, and the imposition of prolonged quarantines or similar restrictions, as well as the forced or voluntary closure of, or operational changes to, many retail and other businesses, has had negative impacts, and in many cases severe negative impacts, on markets worldwide. It is not known how long such impacts, or any future impacts of other significant events described above, will or would last, but there could be a prolonged period of global economic slowdown, which may impact your Fund investment.

 

Market Capitalization Risk. Securities issued by companies of different market capitalizations tend to go in and out of favor based on market and economic conditions. During a period when securities of a particular market capitalization fall behind other types of investments, the Fund’s performance could be impacted.

 

Market Maker Risk. The Fund faces numerous market trading risks, including the potential lack of an active market for Fund shares due to a limited number of market markers. Decisions by market makers or authorized participants to reduce their role or step away from these activities in times of market stress could inhibit the effectiveness of the arbitrage process in maintaining the relationship between the underlying values of the Fund’s portfolio securities and the Fund’s market price. The Fund may rely on a small number of third-party market makers to provide a market for the purchase and sale of shares. Any trading halt or other problem relating to the trading activity of these market makers could result in a dramatic change in the spread between the Fund’s net asset value and the price at which the Fund’s shares are trading on the Exchange, which could result in a decrease in value of the Fund’s shares. This reduced effectiveness could result in Fund shares trading at a discount to net asset value and also in greater than normal intraday bid-ask spreads for Fund shares.

 

New Adviser Risk. The Adviser is newly registered and has limited experience managing ETFs. Accordingly, investors in the Fund bear the risk that the Adviser’s inexperience may limit its effectiveness.

 

Non-Diversification Risk. The Fund is classified as “non-diversified” under the 1940 Act. As a result, the Fund is only limited as to the percentage of its assets which may be invested in the securities of any one issuer by the diversification requirements imposed by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.  The Fund may invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers. As a result, the Fund may be more susceptible to a single adverse economic or regulatory occurrence affecting one or more of these issuers, experience increased volatility and be highly invested in certain issuers.

 

Operational Risk. The Fund is exposed to operational risks arising from a number of factors, including, but not limited to, human error, processing and communication errors, errors of the Fund’s service providers, counterparties or other third-parties, failed or inadequate processes and technology or systems failures. The Fund seeks to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address significant operational risks.

 

Trading Issues Risk. Although the shares of the Fund are listed for trading on the Exchange, there can be no assurance that an active trading market for such shares will develop or be maintained. Trading in shares on the Exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the Exchange, make trading in shares inadvisable. In addition, trading in shares on the Exchange is subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the Exchange’s “circuit breaker” rules. Market makers are under no obligation to make a market in the Fund’s shares, and authorized participants are not obligated to submit purchase or redemption orders for Creation Units. In the event market makers cease making a market in the Fund's shares or authorized participants stop submitting purchase or redemption orders for Creation Units, Fund shares may trade at a larger premium or discount to their NAV. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the Exchange necessary to maintain the listing of the Fund will continue to be met or will remain unchanged. The Fund may have difficulty maintaining its listing on the Exchange in the event the Fund’s assets are small or the Fund does not have enough shareholders.

 

  5  

 

 

Performance

 

Because the Fund does not yet have a full calendar year of operations, no performance information is presented for the Fund at this time. Once available, performance information will be presented in this section of this Prospectus.

 

Management

 

Investment Adviser

 

Emles Advisors LLC

 

Portfolio Managers

 

Gabriel Hammond, Eric Qian and Yevgeniy Shelkovskiy (collectively, the “Portfolio Managers”) have served as Portfolio Managers since the Fund’s inception and are jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund. See “Management of the Fund” below.

 

Buying and Selling Fund Shares

 

Individual Fund shares may only be purchased and sold on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer at market prices. Because Fund shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount). An investor may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase shares of the Fund (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for shares of the Fund (ask) when buying or selling shares in the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”). Information regarding the Fund’s NAV, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid-ask spread is available on the Fund’s website at www.emles.com.

 

The Fund issues and redeems shares at NAV only in large blocks of shares (“Creation Units”), which only “Authorized Participants” that have entered into contracts with the Fund’s distributor may purchase or redeem. An Authorized Participant is typically a market maker or broker-dealer. Creation Units consist of 25,000 shares, though this may change from time to time. The Fund issues and redeems Creation Units in exchange for a portfolio of securities and/or cash.

 

Tax Information

 

The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account (“IRA”).

 

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

 

If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank) (an “Intermediary”), the Adviser or its affiliates may pay Intermediaries for certain activities related to the Fund, including participation in activities that are designed to make Intermediaries more knowledgeable about exchange traded products, including the Fund, or for other activities, such as marketing, educational training or other initiatives related to the sale or promotion of Fund shares. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the Intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Any such arrangements do not result in increased Fund expenses. Ask your salesperson or visit the Intermediary’s website for more information.

 

  6  

 

 

Additional Information About the Fund

 

Investment Objective

 

The Fund seeks investment results that correspond, before fees and expenses, to the price and yield performance of the Index. The Fund’s investment objective and principal investment strategy, as well as the Index are non-fundamental policies and may be changed by the Board without shareholder approval, as long as shareholders are provided with at least sixty (60) days’ prior written notice of any such change.

 

Principal Investment Strategies

 

The Fund attempts to replicate the Index by investing all, or substantially all (no less than 80%), of its assets in the stocks that make up the Index, holding each stock in approximately the same proportion as its weighting in the Index. As of October 22, 2021, there were 19 issues in the Index.

 

The Index is comprised of U.S. equity securities that provide exposure to the Index’s theme of U.S. federal contractors. Companies relevant to the Index’s federal contractor theme are those that had at least 40% revenue exposure to federal contracts with the U.S. government in the previous fiscal year (defined as ending on September 30th). Companies that are awarded federal contracts amounting to at least 40% of revenues may include companies whose principal business is offering products or providing services related to: aerospace & defense, information technology, cybersecurity, and healthcare (each of the foregoing, a “sub-theme”). The Index may at times include companies that do not fall into the listed sub-themes, but nonetheless satisfy the 40% revenue exposure requirement. The Index aims to have a weighted average federal contract revenue exposure of 50% or above. The Fund concentrates its investments (i.e., under normal circumstances, invest 25% or more of its total assets) in the aerospace and defense industry, to the extent that the Index is concentrated in that industry.

 

The Index Provider analyzes the eligible companies in accordance with its proprietary methodology, which uses publicly available information, such as annual reports, business descriptions, and financial news, to rate and weight the companies based on the degree to which the company, including its products or services, provides exposure to the applicable sub-theme(s). In addition to having a 40% revenue exposure to federal contracts with the U.S. government, securities included in the Index must have, for the six months prior to inclusion in the Index, (i) a minimum average daily trading volume of 100,000 shares, (ii) $10 million in average daily trading value and (iii) a minimum share price of $5.00. Further, each security must have a market capitalization of at least $100 million. Securities must meet the above requirements at that time in which they are selected to be included in the index, including upon rebalancing. The Index Provider’s Index Committee may determine to include a security with less than $10 million average daily trading value, provided it satisfies the remaining inclusion criteria and is deemed appropriate for inclusion in the Index. The Index seeks to rebalance quarterly, and under certain circumstances, such as a merger between two Index constituents, a special rebalance will be completed to maintain the Index’s weighting scheme.

 

Emles Indexing LLC (an affiliate of the Adviser) is the index provider for the Index. S&P is the calculation agent for the Index and independently prices the Index on a continuous basis during equity market hours. The Fund has adopted procedures pursuant to Rule 17j-1 of the 1940 Act, and the Adviser has adopted procedures to address any potential conflicts in accordance with Rule 204(A)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. These procedures address the types of conflicts that may arise in connection with a self-indexing fund.

 

The Index Provider’s methodology does not require that a company from each of the sub-themes be included in the Index. In addition, companies included in the Index may also operate business lines that generate revenue in other sub-themes.

 

The Adviser uses a “passive” or indexing approach to try to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. The Fund does not try to “beat” the index it tracks and would not necessarily sell a security because of overall market decline or if a certain issuer was experiencing financial troubles or appeared overvalued, unless that issuer’s security was removed from the Index. Indexing may eliminate the chance that the Fund will substantially outperform the Index but also may reduce some of the risks of active management, such as poor security selection. Indexing seeks to achieve lower costs and better after-tax performance by keeping portfolio turnover low in comparison to actively managed investment companies.

 

The Adviser uses a full replication strategy, an indexing strategy that involves investing in all securities from the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to that of the Index. The securities selected are expected to have, in the aggregate, investment characteristics (based on factors such as market value and industry weightings) and liquidity measures similar to those of the Index. The Fund may or may not hold all of the securities in the Index. The Fund seeks to invest from 80% (at the minimum) to significantly all of its net assets (plus borrowings for investment purposes) in the component securities of the Index.

 

  7  

 

 

Principal Risks

 

This section provides additional information regarding the principal risks described under “Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund” in the Fund Summary. Each of the factors below could have a negative impact on Fund performance and trading prices.

 

Equity Market Risk. Common stock holds the lowest priority in the capital structure of a company, and therefore takes the largest share of the company’s risk and its accompanying volatility. The value of the common stock held by the Fund may fall due to general market and economic conditions, perceptions regarding the industries in which the issuers of securities held by the Fund participate, or facts relating to specific companies in which the Fund invests.

 

Aerospace and Defense Industry RiskThe aerospace and defense industry can be significantly affected by government defense and aerospace regulation and spending policies. The aerospace industry in particular has recently been affected by adverse economic conditions and consolidation within the industry.

 

Concentration Risk. The Fund may be susceptible to an increased risk of loss, including losses due to adverse events that affect the Fund’s investments more than the market as a whole, to the extent that the Fund’s investments are concentrated in the securities of a particular issuer or issuers, country, group of countries, region, market, industry, group of industries, sector or asset class.

 

Information Technology Sector Risk. Companies in the technology sector are subject to rapid changes in technology product cycles; rapid product obsolescence; government regulation; and increased competition, both domestically and internationally, including competition from foreign competitors with lower production costs. Technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology tend to be more volatile than the overall market, and are also are heavily dependent on patent and intellectual property rights. In addition, technology companies may have limited product lines, markets, financial resources or personnel.

 

Healthcare Sector Risk. Companies in the healthcare sector, including drug related companies, may be heavily dependent on clinical trials with uncertain outcomes and decisions made by the governments and regulatory authorities. Further, these companies are dependent on patent protection, and the expiration of patents may adversely affect the profitability of the companies. Additionally, the profitability of some healthcare and life sciences companies may be dependent on a relatively limited number of products, and their products can become obsolete due to sector innovation, changes in technologies or other market developments.

 

Liquidity Risk. The Fund may hold certain investments that may be subject to restrictions on resale, trade over-the-counter or in limited volume, or lack an active trading market. Accordingly, the Fund may not be able to sell or close out of such investments at favorable times or prices (or at all), or at the prices approximating those at which the Fund currently values them. Illiquid securities may trade at a discount from comparable, more liquid investments and may be subject to wide fluctuations in market value.

 

Portfolio Turnover Risk. Frequent purchases and sales of portfolio securities may result in higher Fund expenses and may result in more significant distributions of short-term capital gains to investors, which are taxed to individuals as ordinary income.

 

Thematic Investing Risk. The Fund relies on the Index Provider for the identification of themes and sub-themes and its performance may suffer if such themes or sub-themes are not correctly identified or if a theme or sub-theme develops in an unexpected manner. Performance may also suffer if the stocks included in the Index do not benefit from the development of such themes or sub-themes. Performance may also be impacted by the inclusion of non-theme-relevant exposures in the Index. There is no guarantee that the Index will reflect the theme.

 

Asset Class Risk. Securities and other assets in the Index or in the Fund’s portfolio may underperform in comparison to the general financial markets, a particular financial market or other asset classes.

 

  8  

 

 

Authorized Participant Concentration Risk. Only an Authorized Participant (as defined under “Buying and Selling Fund Shares” may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with the Fund. The Fund has a limited number of institutions that may act as Authorized Participants on an agency basis (i.e., on behalf of other market participants). To the extent that Authorized Participants exit the business or are unable to proceed with creation or redemption orders with respect to the Fund and no other Authorized Participant is able to step forward to create or redeem Creation Units (as defined in the Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares section of the Prospectus), Fund shares may be more likely to trade at a premium or discount to NAV and possibly face trading halts or delisting. Authorized Participant concentration risk may be heightened for ETFs, such as the Fund, that invest in securities issued by non-U.S. issuers or other securities or instruments that have lower trading volumes.

 

Fluctuation of Net Asset Value, Share Premiums and Discounts Risk. The market price of the Fund’s shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the Fund’s NAV as well as the relative supply of and demand for shares on the Exchange. The Adviser cannot predict whether shares will trade below, at or above their net asset value because the shares trade on the Exchange at market prices and not at net asset value. Price differences may be due, in large part, to the fact that supply and demand forces at work in the secondary trading market for shares will be closely related, but not identical, to the same forces influencing the prices of the holdings of the Fund trading individually or in the aggregate at any point in time. However, given that shares can only be purchased and redeemed in Creation Units, and only to and from broker-dealers and large institutional investors that have entered into participation agreements (unlike shares of closed-end funds, which frequently trade at appreciable discounts from, and sometimes at premiums to, their NAV), the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of shares should not be sustained.

 

Index-Related Risk. There is no guarantee that the Fund’s investment results will have a high degree of correlation to those of the Index or that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. Market disruptions and regulatory restrictions could have an adverse effect on the Fund’s ability to adjust its exposure to the required levels in order to track the Index. Errors in index data, index computations or the construction of the Index in accordance with its methodology may occur from time to time and may not be identified and corrected by the Index Provider for a period of time or at all, which may have an adverse impact on the Fund and its shareholders.

 

Index Sampling Risk. This is the risk that the securities selected for the Fund, in the aggregate, will not provide investment performance matching that of the Index. Index sampling risk for the Fund is expected to be low.

 

Indexing Strategy/Index Tracking Risk. The Fund is managed with an indexing investment strategy, attempting to track the performance of an unmanaged index of securities, regardless of the current or projected performance of the Index or of the actual securities comprising the Index. This differs from an actively-managed fund, which typically seeks to outperform a benchmark index. As a result, the Fund’s performance may be less favorable than that of a portfolio managed using an active investment strategy. The structure and composition of the Index will affect the performance, volatility, and risk of the Index and, consequently, the performance, volatility, and risk of the Fund. When there are changes made to the component securities of the Index and the Fund in turn makes similar changes to its portfolio, any transaction costs and market exposure arising from such portfolio changes will be borne directly by the Fund and its shareholders. The Fund may recognize gains as a result of rebalancing or reconstituting its securities holdings to reflect changes in the securities included in the Index. The Fund also may be required to distribute any such gains to its shareholders to avoid adverse federal income tax consequences. While the Adviser seeks to track the performance of the Index (i.e., achieve a high degree of correlation with the Index), the Fund’s return may not match the return of the Index. The Fund incurs a number of operating expenses not applicable to the Index, and incurs costs in buying and selling securities. In addition, the Fund may not be fully invested at times, generally as a result of cash flows into or out of the Fund or reserves of cash held by the Fund to meet redemptions. The Adviser may attempt to replicate the Index return by investing in fewer than all of the securities in the Index, or in some securities not included in the Index, potentially increasing the risk of divergence between the Fund’s return and that of the Index.

  

  9  

 

 

Inflation Risk. Inflation risk is the risk that the value of assets or income from investments will be less in the future as inflation decreases the value of money. As inflation increases, the present value of the Fund’s assets and distributions may decline.

 

Limited History of Performance and Operations. The Fund is a newly organized, non-diversified, open-end management investment company with a limited operating history. As a result, prospective investors have a limited track record or history on which to base their investment decision.

  

Market and Geopolitical Risk. The increasing interconnectivity between global economies and financial markets increases the likelihood that events or conditions in one region or financial market may adversely impact issuers in a different country, region or financial market. Securities in the Fund’s portfolio may underperform due to inflation (or expectations for inflation), interest rates, global demand for particular products or resources, natural disasters, climate change and climate related events, pandemics, epidemics, terrorism, regulatory events and governmental or quasi-governmental actions. The occurrence of global events similar to those in recent years, such as terrorist attacks around the world, natural disasters, social and political discord or debt crises and downgrades, among others, may result in market volatility and may have long term effects on both the U.S. and global financial markets. It is difficult to predict when similar events affecting the U.S. or global financial markets may occur, the effects that such events may have and the duration of those effects. Any such event(s) could have a significant adverse impact on the value and risk profile of the Fund’s portfolio.  The current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic and the aggressive responses taken by many governments, including closing borders, restricting international and domestic travel, and the imposition of prolonged quarantines or similar restrictions, as well as the forced or voluntary closure of, or operational changes to, many retail and other businesses, has had negative impacts, and in many cases severe negative impacts, on markets worldwide. It is not known how long such impacts, or any future impacts of other significant events described above, will or would last, but there could be a prolonged period of global economic slowdown, which may impact your Fund investment. Therefore, the Fund could lose money over short periods due to short-term market movements and over longer periods during more prolonged market downturns.  During a general market downturn, multiple asset classes may be negatively affected. Changes in market conditions and interest rates can have the same impact on all types of securities and instruments. In times of severe market disruptions, you could lose your entire investment.

 

Market Capitalization Risk. The Fund’s investment strategy considers investment in companies with various levels of capitalization. Below is a summary of the risks associated with each level of capitalization:

 

  Large-Capitalization Investing. The securities of large-capitalization companies may be relatively mature compared to smaller companies and therefore subject to slower growth during times of economic expansion. Large-capitalization companies may also be unable to respond quickly to new competitive challenges, such as changes in technology and consumer tastes.

 

  Mid-Capitalization Investing. The securities of mid-capitalization companies may be more vulnerable to adverse issuer, market, political, or economic developments than securities of large-capitalization companies. The securities of mid-capitalization companies generally trade in lower volumes and are subject to greater and more unpredictable price changes than large capitalization stocks or the stock market as a whole.

 

  Small-Capitalization Investing. The securities of small-capitalization companies may be more vulnerable to adverse issuer, market, political, or economic developments than securities of large- or mid-capitalization companies. The securities of small capitalization companies generally trade in lower volumes and are subject to greater and more unpredictable price changes than large- or mid-capitalization stocks or the stock market as a whole. There is typically less publicly available information concerning smaller-capitalization companies than for larger, more established companies.

 

  10  

 

 

Market Maker Risk. The Fund faces numerous market trading risks, including the potential lack of an active market for Fund shares due to a limited number of market markers. Decisions by market makers or authorized participants to reduce their role or step away from these activities in times of market stress could inhibit the effectiveness of the arbitrage process in maintaining the relationship between the underlying values of the Fund’s portfolio securities and the Fund’s market price. The Fund may rely on a small number of third-party market makers to provide a market for the purchase and sale of shares. Any trading halt or other problem relating to the trading activity of these market makers could result in a dramatic change in the spread between the Fund’s NAV and the price at which the Fund’s shares are trading on the Exchange, which could result in a decrease in value of the Fund’s shares. This reduced effectiveness could result in Fund shares trading at a discount to NAV and also in greater than normal intraday bid-ask spreads for Fund shares.

  

New Adviser Risk. The Adviser is newly registered and has limited experience managing ETFs. Accordingly, investors in the Fund bear the risk that the Adviser’s inexperience may limit its effectiveness.

 

Non-Diversification Risk. The Fund is classified as “non-diversified” under the 1940 Act. As a result, the Fund is only limited as to the percentage of its assets which may be invested in the securities of any one issuer by the diversification requirements imposed by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The Fund may invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers. As a result, the Fund may be more susceptible to a single adverse economic or regulatory occurrence affecting one or more of these issuers, experience increased volatility and be highly invested in certain issuers.

 

Operational Risk. The Fund is exposed to operational risks arising from a number of factors, including, but not limited to, human error, processing and communication errors, errors of the Fund’s service providers, counterparties or other third-parties, failed or inadequate processes and technology or systems failures. The Fund seeks to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address significant operational risks.

 

Trading Issues Risk. Although the shares of the Fund are listed for trading on the Exchange, there can be no assurance that an active trading market for such shares will develop or be maintained. Trading in shares on the Exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the Exchange, make trading in shares inadvisable. In addition, trading in shares on the Exchange is subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the Exchange’s “circuit breaker” rules. Market makers are under no obligation to make a market in the Fund’s shares, and authorized participants are not obligated to submit purchase or redemption orders for Creation Units. In the event market makers cease making a market in the Fund's shares or authorized participants stop submitting purchase or redemption orders for Creation Units, Fund shares may trade at a larger premium or discount to their NAV. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the Exchange necessary to maintain the listing of the Fund will continue to be met or will remain unchanged. The Fund may have difficulty maintaining its listing on the Exchange in the event the Fund’s assets are small or the Fund does not have enough shareholders.

 

Cybersecurity

 

The Fund is susceptible to operational risks through breaches in cyber security. A breach in cyber security refers to both intentional and unintentional events that may cause the Fund to lose proprietary information, suffer data corruption or lose operational capacity. Such events could cause the Fund to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, additional compliance costs associated with corrective measures and/or financial loss. Cyber security breaches may involve unauthorized access to the Fund’s digital information systems through “hacking” or malicious software coding but may also result from outside attacks such as denial-of-service attacks through efforts to make network services unavailable to intended users. In addition, cyber security breaches of the issuers of securities in which the Fund invests or the Fund’s third-party service providers, such as its administrator, transfer agent, or custodian, as applicable, can also subject the Fund to many of the same risks associated with direct cyber security breaches. Although the Fund has established risk management systems designed to reduce the risks associated with cyber security, there is no guarantee that such efforts will succeed, especially because the Fund does not directly control the cyber security systems of issuers or third-party service providers.

 

  11  

 

 

Temporary Defensive Positions

 

The Fund may take temporary defensive positions that are inconsistent with its normal investment policies and strategies—for instance, by allocating assets to cash, cash equivalent investments or other less volatile instruments — in response to unusual market, economic, political, or other adverse conditions. In doing so, the Fund may succeed in avoiding losses but may otherwise fail to achieve its investment objective.

 

Portfolio Holdings Information

 

A description of the Fund policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Fund portfolio holdings is available in the Statement of Additional Information (the “SAI”) and on the Fund’s website at www.emles.com.

 

INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

 

Investment Adviser

 

Emles Advisors LLC, established in 2019, serves as the investment adviser to the Fund. The Adviser, a Delaware limited liability company, is located at 437 Madison Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, New York 10022 and is an SEC-registered investment adviser. Pursuant to the management agreement (the “Management Agreement”) entered into between the Adviser and the Trust (on behalf of the Fund), the Adviser has overall responsibility for the general management and administration of the Trust and the Fund.

 

In accordance with the Management Agreement, the Fund pays the Adviser an annual unitary management fee equal to 0.60% of its average daily net assets. Out of the unitary management fee, the Adviser pays substantially all expenses of the Fund, including the costs of transfer agency, custody, fund administration, legal, audit and other services, except for advisory fees, distribution fees, if any, brokerage expenses, taxes, interest, litigation expenses and other extraordinary expenses (including Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, if any).

 

A discussion regarding the basis for the Board’s approval of the Management Agreement is included in the Fund’s semi-annual report to shareholders for the period ended December 31, 2020.

 

The Adviser and its control persons may invest in the Fund for true investment purposes. However, the Adviser and/or its control persons purchased a significant number of shares in the Fund upon the commencement of investment operations for non-investment purposes (a “Seed Investment”). Seed Investments were made in order to ensure efficient trading and market operations until the Fund reaches more operationally sustainable asset levels, at which time, the Adviser and its control persons may gradually reduce and eventually eliminate the Seed Investments. As such, the majority of the outstanding shares of the Fund will initially be held by the Adviser and/or its control persons. In an attempt to mitigate market risk of the Seed Investments, in each case the Adviser and/or its control persons intend to sell the Fund’s portfolio positions (or highly correlated assets) short, or enter into a swap transaction, in order to achieve a market neutral or hedged Seed Investment. In doing so, the objective is that losses in the Fund will be offset by gains in the short positions or swap, and gains in the Fund will be offset by losses on the short positions or swap. Neither the Adviser nor its control persons intend to profit from the hedging transactions. All transactions are monitored by the Adviser’s chief compliance officer.

 

Portfolio Managers

 

Gabriel Hammond, Eric Qian and Yevgeniy Shelkovskiy are the Portfolio Managers of the Fund. Each of the Portfolio Managers has been a Portfolio Manager of the Fund since inception.

 

 

Gabriel Hammond. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, Mr. Hammond joined Goldman Sachs & Co. in the Energy & Power Group. In 2004, he left Goldman and founded SteelPath, an investment firm that focused exclusively on energy infrastructure, and Alerian, a leading energy infrastructure data and analytics company. In 2005, Alerian created and launched the first real-time index of master limited partnerships (“MLPs”). In 2010, SteelPath launched the first MLP mutual fund and Alerian launched the first MLP exchange traded fund. Mr. Hammond sold SteelPath and its mutual funds family to OppenheimerFunds, Inc. in 2012, but remained a portfolio manager until 2014, and he sold Alerian in 2018. In 2019, Mr. Hammond founded Emles Advisors LLC where he serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

 

  Eric Qian. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2015, Mr. Qian joined BlackRock as a portfolio analyst where he was involved in portfolio construction, implementation, and analytics across multi-sector, public, and private credit funds. During this time, Mr. Qian contributed to internal and external engagements spanning launches of novel asset risk models, equity derivative valuation models, and BlackRock Self Indexing (now, BlackRock Index Services). Prior to joining Emles, Mr. Qian was a lead index manager at Nasdaq where he enabled the index business’ quantitative capabilities and regulatory compliance, while also managing over $50 billion in multi-asset index AUM across sector indexes, systematic factor strategies, and strategic product relationships.

 

  12  

 

 

  Yevgeniy Shelkovskiy. After graduating from Boston University in 2014, Mr. Shelkovskiy began his career at HSBC, where he covered Financials, Mining, Materials, and Retail companies both in the U.S. and globally. Concurrently, his responsibilities also included top-down global equity strategy research. After HSBC, he joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2018, with a coverage focus on North American Mining and Materials companies. He joined Emles Advisors LLC in 2018. Mr. Shelkovskiy is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charterholder.

 

The SAI provides additional information about the portfolio managers’ compensation, other accounts that they manage, and their ownership of securities in the Fund.

 

Additional Information on Buying and Selling Fund Shares

 

Individual Fund shares may only be purchased and sold on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer at market prices. Shares of the Fund trade on the Exchange and elsewhere during the trading day and can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like other shares of publicly traded securities. When buying or selling shares through a broker, most investors will incur customary brokerage commissions and charges. Shares of the Fund trade under the trading symbol listed on the cover of this Prospectus.

 

Share Trading Prices

 

Transactions in Fund shares are priced at NAV only if you are an institutional investor (e.g., broker-dealer) that has signed an agreement with the Distributor (as defined below) and you thereafter purchase or redeem shares directly from the Fund in Creation Units. As with other types of securities, the trading prices of shares in the secondary market can be affected by market forces such as supply and demand, economic conditions and other factors. The price you pay or receive when you buy or sell your shares in the secondary market may be more or less than the NAV of such shares.

 

Determination of Net Asset Value

 

The NAV of the Fund’s shares is calculated each day the national securities exchanges are open for trading as of the close of regular trading on the Exchange, generally 4:00 p.m. New York time (the “NAV Calculation Time”). NAV per share is calculated by dividing the Fund’s net assets by the number of Fund shares outstanding.

 

In calculating its NAV, the Fund generally values its assets on the basis of market quotations, last sale prices, or estimates of value furnished by a pricing service or brokers who make markets in such instruments.

 

Fair value pricing is used by the Fund when reliable market valuations are not readily available or are not deemed to reflect current market values. Securities that may be valued using “fair value” pricing may include, but are not limited to, securities for which there are no current market quotations or whose issuer is in default or bankruptcy, securities subject to corporate actions (such as mergers or reorganizations), securities subject to non-U.S. investment limits or currency controls, and securities affected by “significant events.” An example of a significant event is an event occurring after the close of the market in which a security trades but before the Fund’s next NAV Calculation Time that may materially affect the value of the Fund’s investment (e.g., government action, natural disaster, or significant market fluctuation). When fair-value pricing is employed, the prices of securities used by the Fund to calculate its NAV may differ from quoted or published prices for the same securities.

 

Dividends and Distributions

 

The Fund intends to pay out dividends on a quarterly basis and distribute its net realized capital gains to investors annually. The Fund occasionally may be required to make supplemental distributions at some other time during the year. Distributions in cash may be reinvested automatically in additional whole shares only if the broker through whom you purchased shares makes such option available. Your broker is responsible for distributing the income and capital gain distributions to you.

 

  13  

 

 

Book Entry

 

Shares of the Fund are held in book-entry form, which means that no stock certificates are issued. The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) or its nominee is the record owner of all outstanding shares of the Fund. Investors owning shares of the Fund are beneficial owners as shown on the records of DTC or its participants. DTC serves as the securities depository for all shares of the Fund. Participants include DTC, securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations, and other institutions that directly or indirectly maintain a custodial relationship with DTC. As a beneficial owner of shares, you are not entitled to receive physical delivery of stock certificates or to have shares registered in your name, and you are not considered a registered owner of shares. Therefore, to exercise any right as an owner of shares, you must rely upon the procedures of DTC and its participants. These procedures are the same as those that apply to any securities that you hold in book-entry or “street name” form. Your broker will provide you with account statements, confirmations of your purchases and sales, and tax information.

 

Delivery of Shareholder Documents – Householding

 

Householding is an option available to certain investors of the Fund. Householding is a method of delivery, based on the preference of the individual investor, in which a single copy of certain shareholder documents can be delivered to investors who share the same address, even if their accounts are registered under different names. Householding for the Fund is available through certain broker-dealers. If you are interested in enrolling in householding and receiving a single copy of prospectuses and other shareholder documents, please contact your broker-dealer. If you are currently enrolled in householding and wish to change your householding status, please contact your broker-dealer.

 

Frequent Purchases and Redemptions of Fund Shares

 

The Fund has adopted policies and procedures with respect to frequent purchases and redemptions of Creation Units of Fund shares. Since the Fund is an ETF, only a few institutional investors, or Authorized Participants who have entered into contracts with the Fund’s Distributor, are authorized to purchase and redeem shares directly from the Fund. Because purchase and redemption transactions with Authorized Participants are an essential part of the ETF process and may help keep ETF trading prices in line with NAV, the Fund accommodates frequent purchases and redemptions by Authorized Participants. Frequent purchases and redemptions for cash may increase portfolio transaction costs and may lead to the realization of capital gains. Frequent in-kind creations and redemptions generally do not give rise to these concerns. The Fund reserves the right to reject any purchase order at any time. The Fund reserves the right to impose restrictions on disruptive, excessive, or short-term trading.

 

The Board has not adopted a policy of monitoring for frequent trading activity on the secondary market because shares of the Fund are listed for trading on a national securities exchange.

 

Tax Information

 

Tax Considerations

 

The Fund expects, based on its investment objective and strategies, that its distributions, if any, will be taxable as ordinary income, capital gains, or some combination of both. This is true whether you reinvest your distributions in additional shares or receive them in cash. For federal income tax purposes, Fund distributions of short-term capital gains are taxable to you as ordinary income. Fund distributions of long-term capital gains are taxable to you as long-term capital gains no matter how long you have owned your shares. A portion of income dividends reported by the Fund may be qualified dividend income eligible for taxation by individual shareholders at long-term capital gain rates provided certain holding period requirements are met.

 

As with any investment, you should consider how your Fund investment will be taxed. The tax information in this Prospectus is provided as general information. You should consult your own tax professional about the tax consequences of an investment in the Fund, including the possible application of foreign, state and local taxes. Unless your investment in the Fund is through a tax-exempt entity or tax-deferred retirement account, such as a 401(k) plan, you need to be aware of the possible tax consequences when: (i) the Fund makes distributions, (ii) you sell shares in the secondary market or (iii) you create or redeem Creation Units.

 

  14  

 

 

Taxes on Distributions

 

The Fund intends to distribute, at least annually, substantially all of its net investment income and net capital gains. For federal income tax purposes, distributions of investment income are generally taxable as ordinary income or qualified dividend income. Taxes on distributions of capital gains (if any) are determined by how long the Fund owned the investments that generated them, rather than how long a shareholder has owned his or her shares. Sales of assets held by the Fund for more than one year generally result in long-term capital gains and losses, and sales of assets held by the Fund for one year or less generally result in short-term capital gains and losses. Distributions of the Fund’s net capital gain (the excess of net long-term capital gains over net short-term capital losses) that are reported by the Fund as capital gain dividends (“Capital Gain Dividends”) will be taxable as long-term capital gains, which for non-corporate shareholders are subject to tax at reduced rates of up to 20% (lower rates apply to individuals in lower tax brackets). Distributions of short-term capital gain will generally be taxable as ordinary income. Dividends and distributions are generally taxable to you whether you receive them in cash or reinvest them in additional shares.

 

Distributions reported by the Fund as “qualified dividend income” are generally taxed to noncorporate shareholders at rates applicable to long-term capital gains, provided holding period and other requirements are met. “Qualified dividend income” generally is income derived from dividends paid by U.S. corporations or certain foreign corporations that are either incorporated in a U.S. possession or eligible for tax benefits under certain U.S. income tax treaties. In addition, dividends that the Fund received in respect of stock of certain foreign corporations may be qualified dividend income if that stock is readily tradable on an established U.S. securities market.

 

U.S. individuals with income exceeding specified thresholds are subject to a 3.8% Medicare contribution tax on all or a portion of their “net investment income,” which includes interest, dividends, and certain capital gains (generally including capital gains distributions and capital gains realized on the sale of shares). This 3.8% tax also applies to all or a portion of the undistributed net investment income of certain shareholders, such as estates and trusts, whose gross income as adjusted or modified for tax purposes exceeds certain threshold amounts.

 

In general, your distributions are subject to federal income tax for the year in which they are paid. Certain distributions paid in January, however, may be treated as paid on December 31 of the prior year. Distributions are generally taxable even if they are paid from income or gains earned by the Fund before your investment (and thus were included in the shares’ NAV when you purchased your shares).

 

You may wish to avoid investing in the Fund shortly before a dividend or other distribution, because such a distribution will generally be taxable even though it may economically represent a return of a portion of your investment. Distributions in excess of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits are treated as a tax-free return of your investment to the extent of your basis in the shares, and generally as capital gain thereafter. A return of capital, which for tax purposes is treated as a return of your investment, reduces your basis in shares, thus reducing any loss or increasing any gain on a subsequent taxable disposition of shares. A distribution will reduce the Fund’s NAV per Share and may be taxable to you as ordinary income or capital gain even though, from an economic standpoint, the distribution may constitute a return of capital.

 

Dividends, interest and gains from non-U.S. investments of the Fund may give rise to withholding and other taxes imposed by foreign countries. Tax conventions between certain countries and the United States may, in some cases, reduce or eliminate such taxes.

 

If you are neither a resident nor a citizen of the United States or if you are a foreign entity, distributions (other than Capital Gain Dividends) paid to you by the Fund are generally subject to a U.S. withholding tax at the rate of 30% unless a lower treaty rate applies. The Fund may, under certain circumstances, report all or a portion of a dividend as an “interest-related dividend” or a “short-term capital gain dividend,” which would generally be exempt from this 30% U.S. withholding tax, provided certain other requirements are met.

 

The Fund (or a financial intermediary, such as a broker, through which a shareholder owns shares) generally is required to withhold and remit to the U.S. Treasury a percentage of the taxable distributions and sale or redemption proceeds paid to any shareholder who fails to properly furnish a correct taxpayer identification number, who has underreported dividend or interest income, or who fails to certify that he, she or it is not subject to such withholding.

 

  15  

 

 

Shortly after the close of each calendar year, you will be informed of the character of any distributions received from the Fund.

 

Taxes When Shares are Sold on the Exchange

 

Any capital gain or loss realized upon a sale of shares generally is treated as a long-term capital gain or loss if shares have been held for more than one year and as a short-term capital gain or loss if shares have been held for one year or less. However, any capital loss on a sale of shares held for six months or less is treated as long-term capital loss to the extent of Capital Gain Dividends paid with respect to such shares. The ability to deduct capital losses may be limited.

 

Taxes on Purchases and Redemptions of Creation Units

 

An Authorized Participant having the U.S. dollar as its functional currency for U.S. federal income tax purposes who exchanges securities for Creation Units generally recognizes a gain or a loss. The gain or loss will be equal to the difference between the value of the Creation Units at the time of the exchange and the exchanging Authorized Participant’s aggregate basis in the securities delivered plus the amount of any cash paid for the Creation Units. An Authorized Participant who exchanges Creation Units for securities will generally recognize a gain or loss equal to the difference between the exchanging Authorized Participant’s basis in the Creation Units and the aggregate U.S. dollar market value of the securities received, plus any cash received for such Creation Units. The Internal Revenue Service may assert, however, that a loss that is realized upon an exchange of securities for Creation Units may not be currently deducted under the rules governing “wash sales” (for an Authorized Participant who does not mark-to-market their holdings), or on the basis that there has been no significant change in economic position. Persons exchanging securities should consult their own tax advisor with respect to whether wash sale rules apply and when a loss might be deductible.

 

Any capital gain or loss realized upon redemption of Creation Units is generally treated as long-term capital gain or loss if shares have been held for more than one year and as a short-term capital gain or loss if shares have been held for one year or less.

 

The information in this section “Tax Information” is not intended or written to be used as tax advice. Because everyone’s tax situation is unique, you should consult your tax professional about federal, state, local or foreign tax consequences before making an investment in the Fund.

 

Distribution

 

Foreside Financial Services, LLC, located at Three Canal Plaza, Suite 100, Portland, Maine 04101, serves as the distributor (the “Distributor”) in connection with the continuous offering of the Fund’s shares. The Distributor does not maintain a secondary market in shares of the Fund. The Distributor has no role in determining the policies of the Fund or the securities that are purchased or sold by the Fund.

 

Premium/Discount and NAV Information

 

Information regarding the Fund’s NAV and how often shares of the Fund traded on the Exchange at a price above (i.e., at a premium) or below (i.e., at a discount) the NAV of the Fund during the past calendar year and most recent calendar quarter is available at www.emles.com

 

Additional Notices

 

Listing Exchange

 

Shares of the Fund are not sponsored, endorsed, or promoted by the Exchange. The Exchange is not responsible for the determination of the timing of, prices of, or quantities of the shares of the Fund to be issued, nor in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the shares are redeemable. The Exchange has no obligation or liability to owners of the shares of the Fund in connection with the administration, marketing, or trading of the shares of the Fund.

 

  16  

 

 

Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall the Exchange have any liability for any lost profits or indirect, punitive, special, or consequential damages even if notified of the possibility thereof.

 

The Adviser and the Fund

 

The Adviser and the Fund make no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of shares of the Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Fund particularly or the ability of the Index to track general stock market performance. The Adviser is the licensor of the Index, trademarks, service marks and trade names of the Fund. The Adviser has no obligation to take the needs of the Fund or the owners of shares of the Fund into consideration in determining, composing, or calculating the Index. The Adviser is not responsible for, and has not participated in, the determination of the timing, prices, or quantities of shares of the Fund to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the shares of the Fund are redeemable. The Adviser and the Fund do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or performance of the Index or the data included therein and shall have no liability in connection with the Index or Index calculation. The Index’s past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Index will perform in the future. The Adviser has contracted with an independent calculation agent to calculate the Index.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

The financial highlights table is intended to help you understand the Fund’s financial performance for the period of the Fund’s operations. Certain information reflects financial results for a single Fund share. The total returns in the table represent the rate that an investor would have earned or lost on an investment in the Fund (assuming reinvestment of all dividends and distributions). This information has been audited by Cohen & Company, Ltd., whose report, along with the Fund’s financial statements, are included in the Fund’s annual report to shareholders for the fiscal period ended June 30, 2021, which is available upon request.

 

For a share outstanding throughout the periods indicated

 

Emles Federal Contractors ETF

 

    For the Period through
June 30,
2021*
 
Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period   $ 24.81  
Net Investment Income (loss)(a)     0.32  
Net Realized and Unrealized Gains (Losses) from Investments     4.64  
Total from Investment Activities     4.96  
Distributions from New Investment Income     (0.39 )
Total Distributions     (0.39 )
Net Asset Value, End of Period   $ 29.38  
Total Return at NAV(b)(c)     20.08 %
Total Return at Market(b)(d)     20.15 %
Ratio of Operating Expenses to Average Net Assets(e)     0.60 %
Ratio of Net Investment Income (Loss) to Average Net Assets(e)     1.67 %
Net Assets at End of Period (000s)   $ 5,876  
Portfolio Turnover(b)(f)     54.68 %

 

 

*The Fund commenced operations on October 14, 2020.

(a) Calculated based on average shares method.
(b) Not annualized for periods less than one year.
(c) Net asset value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at net asset value. This percentage is not an indication of the performance of a shareholder’s investment in the Fund based on market value due to differences between the market price of the shares and the net asset value per share of the Fund.
(d) Market value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the market value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at market value. Market value is determined by the composite closing security price. Composite closing security price is defined as the last reported sale price from any primary listing market (e.g., Cboe BZX) or participating regional exchanges or markets. The composite closing price is the last reported sale price from any of the eligible sources, regardless of volume and not an average price and may have occurred on a date prior to the close of the reporting period. Market value may be greater or less than net asset value, depending on the Fund’s closing price on the listing market.
(e) Annualized for periods less than one year.
(f) Excludes impact of in-kind transactions.

 

  17  

 

 

INVESTMENT ADVISER

Emles Advisors LLC

437 Madison Avenue, 17th Floor

New York, NY 10022

 

INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

Cohen & Company, Ltd.

1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 800

Cleveland, OH 44115

 

LEGAL COUNSEL

Thompson Hine LLP

41 South High Street, Suite 1700

Columbus, OH 43215

 

CUSTODIAN & TRANSFER AGENT

Citibank, N.A.

388 Greenwich Street

New York, NY 10013

 

FUND ACCOUNTANT AND FUND ADMINISTRATOR

Citi Fund Services Ohio, Inc.

4400 Easton Commons, Suite 200

Columbus, OH 43219

 

DISTRIBUTOR

Foreside Financial Services, LLC

Three Canal Plaza, Suite 100

Portland, ME 04101

 

  18  

 

 

PRIVACY NOTICE

Rev. July 2020

FACTS WHAT DOES EMLES TRUST DO WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

 

Why?

Financial companies choose how they share your personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your personal information. Please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.

 

What?

The types of personal information we collect and share depend on the product or service you have with us.  This information can include:

 

 

● Social Security number

● Assets

● Checking Account Information

● Purchase History

● Account Balances

● Account Transactions

 

  When you are no longer our customer, we continue to share your information as described in this notice.
How?

All financial companies need to share customers’ personal information to run their everyday business. In the section below, we list the reasons financial companies can share their customers’ personal information; the reasons Emles Trust chooses to share; and whether you can limit this sharing.

 

Reasons we can share your personal information Does Emles Trust share? Can you limit this sharing?

For our everyday business purposes-

such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, or report to credit bureaus

 

Yes No

For our marketing purposes –

to offer our products and services to you

 

No We don’t share

For joint marketing with other financial companies

 

No We don’t share

For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes-

information about your transactions and experiences

 

No We don’t share

For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes –

Information about your creditworthiness

 

No We don’t share

For nonaffiliates to market to you

 

No We don’t share

 

Questions? Call us at (833) 673-2661.

 

  19  

 

  

Page 2  

 

Who are we  
Who is providing this notice?

Emles Trust

 

 

What we do  
How does Emles Trust protect my personal information?

To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with federal law. These measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings.

 

Our service providers are held accountable for adhering to strict policies and procedures to prevent any misuse of your nonpublic personal information.

How does Emles Trust collect my personal information?  

We collect your personal information, for example, when detail is disclosed via an application, in conversation, or regarding your transactions which may include, but is not limited to

▪      Name, phone number, social security number, assets, income, and date of birth; and

▪     Account number, balance, payments, parties to transactions, or cost basis information

 

We also collect your personal information from other companies.

Why can’t I limit all sharing?

Federal law gives you the right to limit only

▪ sharing for affiliates’ everyday business purposes – information about your creditworthiness

▪ affiliates from using your information to market to you

▪ sharing for nonaffiliates to market to you

 

State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing.

 

Definitions  
Affiliates

Companies related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

 

▪ Emles Trust does not share with affiliates.

 

Nonaffiliates

Companies not related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

 

▪ Emles Trust does not share with nonaffiliates so they can market to you.

 

Joint marketing

A formal agreement between nonaffiliated financial companies that together market financial products or services to you.

 

▪ Emles Trust doesn’t jointly market.

 

 

  20  

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

You can find more information about the Fund in the following documents:

 

Statement of Additional Information

 

Please refer to the SAI for additional information on the Fund. The SAI provides additional details about the investments and techniques of the Fund and certain other additional information. A current SAI is on file with the SEC and is incorporated into this Prospectus by reference. This means that the SAI is legally considered a part of this Prospectus even though it is not physically within this Prospectus.

 

Annual and Semi-Annual Reports

 

The Fund’s annual and semi-annual reports provide additional information about the Fund investments. The annual reports contain a discussion of the market conditions and investment strategies that affected the Fund’s performance during the prior fiscal period.

 

To obtain a free copy of the SAI, the annual or semi-annual reports, request other information, and/or make general inquiries about the Fund, please call (833) 673-2661 or visit the Fund’s website at www.emles.com. You may also request the SAI and other information from your financial intermediary (such as a broker dealer or bank).  

 

Reports and other information about the Fund are available:

 

Free of charge from the SEC’s EDGAR database on the SEC’s Internet website at http://www.sec.gov; or for a fee, by electronic request at the following e-mail address: publicinfo@sec.gov.

 

Investment Company Act File # 811-23431

 

  21