Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

(KLDW)

 

SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT

OCTOBER 31, 2021

 

 

Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

A series of Investment Managers Series Trust

 

Table of Contents

 

Schedule of Investments 1
Statement of Assets and Liabilities 10
Statement of Operations 11
Statements of Changes in Net Assets 12
Financial Highlights 13
Notes to Financial Statements 14
Expense Example 22

 

Before investing you should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is available in the Fund’s prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting the Fund’s website at http://www.knowledgeleadersfunds.com/kldw/. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest.

 

 

Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS

As of October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Number
of Shares
        Value  
      COMMON STOCKS — 98.5%
      ARGENTINA — 0.2%
  279     MercadoLibre, Inc.*   $ 413,205  
                 
        AUSTRALIA — 4.2%        
  103,416     ALS Ltd.      1,026,097  
  15,372     Altium Ltd.      423,966  
  326,760     Boral Ltd.*     1,565,840  
  46,407     carsales.com Ltd.      859,556  
  2,214     CSL Ltd.      499,695  
  217,899     Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd.      811,773  
  38,967     IDP Education Ltd.      1,096,091  
  32,457     SEEK Ltd.      797,175  
  14,616     Sonic Healthcare Ltd.      439,452  
  95,232     Technology One Ltd.      873,366  
              8,393,011  
        BELGIUM — 0.3%        
  5,487     Solvay S.A.     652,763  
                 
        CANADA — 1.6%        
  17,304     CAE, Inc.*     525,523  
  15,066     Descartes Systems Group, Inc.*     1,228,446  
  17,577     Open Text Corp.      885,002  
  7,812     Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, Inc.      533,950  
              3,172,921  
        DENMARK — 1.4%        
  5,487     Chr Hansen Holding A/S     437,024  
  4,836     Coloplast A/S - Class B     789,155  
  15,438     Demant A/S*     748,563  
  12,183     GN Store Nord A/S     740,075  
              2,714,817  
        FRANCE — 4.2%        
  4,836     Air Liquide S.A.     807,233  
  5,115     BioMerieux     651,423  
  21,390     Cie de Saint-Gobain     1,474,323  
  5,115     Cie Generale des Etablissements Michelin     803,254  
  23,250     Dassault Systemes S.E.     1,355,527  
  4,557     EssilorLuxottica S.A.     943,445  
  6,510     Pernod Ricard S.A.     1,496,946  
  18,414     Sanofi - ADR     928,618  
              8,460,769  
        GERMANY — 4.4%        
  6,510     Fresenius Medical Care A.G. & Co. KGaA     432,886  

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS - Continued

As of October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Number
of Shares
        Value  
        COMMON STOCKS (Continued)        
        GERMANY (Continued)        
  11,439     HeidelbergCement AG   $ 862,309  
  6,384     HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA     443,273  
  6,603     Merck KGaA     1,560,358  
  15,159     Nemetschek S.E.     1,740,241  
  6,045     Puma S.E.     750,626  
  930     Rational AG     925,138  
  7,347     Siemens AG     1,192,705  
  5,487     Symrise AG     759,122  
  1,302     Vitesco Technologies Group Aktiengesellschaft     74,734  
              8,741,392  
        IRELAND — 1.0%        
  4,464     Flutter Entertainment PLC*     844,120  
  9,765     Kingspan Group PLC     1,125,986  
              1,970,106  
        ISRAEL — 1.4%        
  9,300     Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.*     1,112,280  
  146,754     ICL Group Ltd.      1,257,486  
  1,176     Israel Corp. Ltd.*     433,692  
              2,803,458  
        ITALY — 2.2%        
  123,504     Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A.     1,755,119  
  11,088     De’Longhi S.p.A.     433,708  
  16,647     Interpump Group S.p.A.     1,228,127  
  13,578     Moncler S.p.A.     976,100  
              4,393,054  
        JAPAN — 29.6%        
  9,300     ABC-Mart, Inc.      444,508  
  74,400     Amada Co., Ltd.      732,092  
  33,600     Anritsu Corp.      555,457  
  18,600     Asahi Intecc Co., Ltd.      489,203  
  13,800     Asics Corp.      342,746  
  9,300     Bandai Namco Holdings, Inc.      708,521  
  46,500     Brother Industries Ltd.      896,356  
  37,200     Capcom Co., Ltd.      998,307  
  37,200     Casio Computer Co., Ltd.      523,948  
  33,600     Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Holdings, Inc.      460,867  
  37,200     CyberAgent, Inc.      619,864  
  58,800     Daicel Corp.      440,388  
  18,600     Denso Corp.      1,341,353  
  27,900     Ebara Corp.      1,517,036  
  18,600     Fancl Corp.      561,140  

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS - Continued

As of October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Number
of Shares
        Value  
        COMMON STOCKS (Continued)        
        JAPAN (Continued)        
  27,900     Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.    $ 1,357,992  
  18,600     FUJIFILM Holdings Corp.      1,435,638  
  9,300     Fujitsu Ltd.      1,600,636  
  18,600     Hamamatsu Photonics KK     1,099,443  
  9,300     Harmonic Drive Systems, Inc.      419,224  
  9,300     Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc.      315,641  
  18,600     Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.      591,318  
  9,300     Horiba Ltd.      606,814  
  55,800     Infomart Corp.      543,197  
  25,200     JCR Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.      618,591  
  9,300     JMDC, Inc.*     696,531  
  1,200     Justsystems Corp.      61,671  
  11,700     Kaneka Corp.      447,889  
  21,000     Kewpie Corp.      459,504  
  9,300     Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.      743,021  
  46,500     Komatsu Ltd.      1,209,754  
  27,900     Konami Holdings Corp.      1,531,717  
  111,600     Konica Minolta, Inc.      550,048  
  55,800     K's Holdings Corp.      574,516  
  18,600     Kyocera Corp.      1,085,578  
  27,900     Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd.      915,115  
  46,500     Lion Corp.      772,791  
  18,600     M3, Inc.      1,094,223  
  18,600     Matsumotokiyoshi Holdings Co., Ltd.      820,504  
  18,600     MISUMI Group, Inc.      776,461  
  111,600     Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp.      922,651  
  27,900     Nexon Co., Ltd.      472,483  
  50,400     NGK Insulators Ltd.      836,280  
  9,300     Nihon Kohden Corp.      295,659  
  37,200     Nihon M&A Center, Inc.      1,136,961  
  18,600     Nihon Unisys Ltd.      520,360  
  46,500     Nikon Corp.      509,349  
  50,400     Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd.      538,808  
  46,500     Nippon Television Holdings, Inc.      501,601  
  18,600     Nissan Chemical Corp.      1,032,563  
  18,600     Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.      1,420,794  
  9,300     Nitto Denko Corp.      724,262  
  27,900     Nomura Research Institute Ltd.      1,110,862  
  1,200     NS Solutions Corp.      40,202  
  93,000     Oji Holdings Corp.      460,004  
  27,900     Olympus Corp.      602,043  
  37,200     Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.      778,256  
  37,200     Pan Pacific International Holdings Corp.      778,419  

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS - Continued

As of October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Number
of Shares
        Value  
        COMMON STOCKS (Continued)        
        JAPAN (Continued)        
  27,900     Pola Orbis Holdings, Inc.    $ 594,580  
  21,000     Rakus Co., Ltd.      662,092  
  18,600     Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.      566,849  
  18,600     Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd.      365,067  
  50,400     Sanwa Holdings Corp.      585,219  
  27,900     SCSK Corp.      562,771  
  33,600     Sega Sammy Holdings, Inc.      475,601  
  1,200     SHIFT, Inc.*     275,203  
  18,600     Shimadzu Corp.      752,809  
  37,200     Skylark Holdings Co., Ltd.*     503,395  
  9,300     SMS Co., Ltd.      360,500  
  18,600     Sohgo Security Services Co., Ltd.      792,774  
  260,400     Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.      1,278,877  
  102,300     Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.      1,256,938  
  27,900     Sundrug Co., Ltd.      816,018  
  18,600     Suzuki Motor Corp.      827,845  
  25,200     Taiheiyo Cement Corp.      532,841  
  55,800     Takara Holdings, Inc.      761,943  
  27,900     TBS Holdings, Inc.      440,430  
  50,400     Teijin Ltd.      675,831  
  27,900     Terumo Corp.      1,227,820  
  18,600     Toho Co., Ltd.      872,703  
  19,800     Toho Gas Co., Ltd.      585,187  
              59,414,453  
        NETHERLANDS — 0.9%        
  5,673     Koninklijke DSM N.V.     1,241,128  
  9,300     QIAGEN N.V.*     518,568  
              1,759,696  
        NORWAY — 0.7%        
  12,264     Nordic Semiconductor A.S.A.     362,441  
  106,857     Orkla A.S.A.     1,037,837  
              1,400,278  
        SINGAPORE — 0.2%        
  142,800     Nanofilm Technologies International Ltd.      400,285  
  24,300     SATS Ltd.*     75,504  
              475,789  
        SPAIN — 0.3%        
  25,761     Grifols S.A.     590,127  
                 
        SWEDEN — 5.0%        
  25,854     AddTech A.B. - B Shares     577,978  

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS - Continued

As of October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Number
of Shares
        Value  
        COMMON STOCKS (Continued)        
        SWEDEN (Continued)        
  19,158     Atlas Copco A.B. - A Shares   $ 1,230,877  
  52,266     Dometic Group A.B.     759,785  
  35,619     Elekta A.B. - Class B     413,568  
  35,712     Epiroc A.B. - Class A     888,590  
  31,341     Getinge A.B. - B Shares     1,402,381  
  41,292     Hennes & Mauritz AB - B Shares     774,156  
  60,450     Husqvarna AB - Class B     859,750  
  35,433     Sandvik AB     897,325  
  31,899     SKF AB - Class B     739,116  
  2,046     Spotify Technology S.A.*     592,112  
  69,657     Tele2 A.B. - B Shares     982,587  
              10,118,225  
        SWITZERLAND — 1.2%        
  1,674     Geberit A.G.     1,309,521  
  2,790     Roche Holding AG     1,081,039  
              2,390,560  
        UNITED KINGDOM — 6.4%        
  20,916     Asos PLC     711,604  
  27,528     Avast PLC     211,159  
  16,089     Burberry Group PLC     425,422  
  30,039     Coca-Cola HBC A.G.     1,042,987  
  214,272     ConvaTec Group PLC     627,959  
  8,556     Croda International PLC     1,109,247  
  109,275     DS Smith PLC     574,290  
  43,338     Entain PLC*     1,216,626  
  12,852     Fevertree Drinks PLC     399,727  
  41,943     IMI PLC     939,442  
  93,093     JD Sports Fashion PLC     1,388,367  
  85,374     Meggitt PLC*     877,698  
  8,184     Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC*     664,679  
  726     Renishaw PLC     50,007  
  67,890     Sage Group PLC     661,472  
  37,572     Smiths Group PLC     698,107  
  5,859     Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC     1,253,273  
              12,852,066  
        UNITED STATES — 33.3%        
  1,767     ABIOMED, Inc.*     586,715  
  7,068     Activision Blizzard, Inc.      552,647  
  2,883     Adobe, Inc.*     1,874,988  
  8,184     Advance Auto Parts, Inc.      1,845,656  
  7,440     Agilent Technologies, Inc.      1,171,726  

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS - Continued

As of October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Number
of Shares
        Value  
        COMMON STOCKS (Continued)        
        UNITED STATES (Continued)        
  7,905     Akamai Technologies, Inc.*   $ 833,661  
  1,848     Albemarle Corp.      462,869  
  744     Align Technology, Inc.*     464,531  
  10,974     Amphenol Corp. - Class A     842,474  
  5,208     Analog Devices, Inc.      903,536  
  1,968     ASML Holding N.V.     1,599,748  
  9,765     AstraZeneca PLC - ADR     609,141  
  2,184     Axon Enterprise, Inc.*     393,033  
  2,046     Becton, Dickinson and Co.      490,201  
  3,720     Best Buy Co., Inc.      454,733  
  2,883     Biogen, Inc.*     768,838  
  12,090     Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.      706,056  
  16,461     Brown-Forman Corp. - Class B     1,117,537  
  465     Cable One, Inc.      795,713  
  37,758     Church & Dwight Co., Inc.      3,298,539  
  2,418     Cintas Corp.      1,047,236  
  11,160     Cisco Systems, Inc.      624,625  
  3,162     Cooper Cos., Inc.      1,318,301  
  20,646     Corteva, Inc.      890,875  
  8,370     CoStar Group, Inc.*     720,239  
  4,929     Danaher Corp.      1,536,714  
  3,999     Dollar Tree, Inc.*     430,932  
  9,300     Dynatrace, Inc.*     697,500  
  5,394     Eaton Corp. PLC     888,715  
  10,044     eBay, Inc.      770,576  
  2,511     Edwards Lifesciences Corp.*     300,868  
  8,184     Electronic Arts, Inc.      1,147,806  
  3,720     Eli Lilly & Co.      947,707  
  17,391     Emerson Electric Co.      1,687,101  
  1,848     Etsy, Inc.*     463,275  
  3,906     F5 Networks, Inc.*     824,752  
  2,697     Facebook, Inc. - Class A*     872,668  
  20,832     Fastenal Co.      1,189,091  
  1,848     FedEx Corp.      435,259  
  3,696     Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc. - Class A*     502,360  
  8,148     Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.      826,207  
  924     Generac Holdings, Inc.*     460,669  
  9,300     Genuine Parts Co.      1,219,323  
  7,068     Gilead Sciences, Inc.      458,572  
  16,368     Graco, Inc.      1,230,546  
  13,299     Hasbro, Inc.      1,273,512  
  7,905     Hershey Co.      1,386,142  
  1,302     HubSpot, Inc.*     1,054,919  

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS - Continued

As of October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Number
of Shares
        Value  
        COMMON STOCKS (Continued)        
        UNITED STATES (Continued)        
  1,395     Illumina, Inc.*   $ 579,009  
  15,996     Ingersoll Rand, Inc.      859,945  
  8,370     Intel Corp.      410,130  
  3,069     Intuit, Inc.      1,921,163  
  27,900     Keurig Dr Pepper, Inc.      1,006,911  
  2,232     Lam Research Corp.      1,257,888  
  4,185     Masimo Corp.*     1,186,615  
  7,560     Micron Technology, Inc.      522,396  
  10,788     Novartis A.G. - ADR     892,815  
  5,055     NVIDIA Corp.      1,292,412  
  10,752     ON Semiconductor Corp.*     516,849  
  3,348     Parker-Hannifin Corp.      992,983  
  13,764     PPG Industries, Inc.      2,210,085  
  14,112     PulteGroup, Inc.      678,505  
  5,022     Qorvo, Inc.*     844,851  
  5,394     QUALCOMM, Inc.      717,618  
  3,255     Repligen Corp.*     945,578  
  3,441     Stryker Corp.      915,547  
  5,301     Synopsys, Inc.*     1,766,187  
  2,604     Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.*     471,324  
  13,608     Tapestry, Inc.      530,440  
  2,232     Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.      1,413,012  
              66,911,095  
        TOTAL COMMON STOCKS        
        (Cost $146,993,322)     197,627,785  
        WARRANTS — 0.0%        
        SWITZERLAND — 0.0%        
  26,568     Cie Financiere Richemont S.A., Expiration Date: November 22, 2023*     19,190  
        TOTAL WARRANTS        
        (Cost $0)     19,190  

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS - Continued

As of October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

            Value  
        TOTAL INVESTMENTS — 98.5%        
        (Cost $146,993,322)   $ 197,646,975  
        Other Assets in Excess of Liabilities — 1.5%     3,053,135  
        TOTAL NET ASSETS — 100.0%   $ 200,700,110  

 

ADR – American Depository Receipt
   
PLC – Public Limited Company

 

* Non-income producing security.

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements.

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF 

SUMMARY OF INVESTMENTS 

As of October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Security Type/Sector Percent of
Total Net
Assets
Common Stocks  
Information Technology 19.8%
Industrials 19.2%
Health Care 16.8%
Consumer Discretionary 15.2%
Consumer Staples 10.6%
Materials 10.3%
Communication Services 6.3%
Utilities

0.3%

Total Common Stocks 98.5%
Warrants  
Consumer Discretionary

0.0%

Total Warrants

0.0%

Total Investments 98.5%
Other Assets in Excess of Liabilities

1.5%

Total Net Assets

100.0%

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements. 

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF
STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
As of October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

     
Assets:    
Investments, at value (Cost $146,993,322)   $ 197,646,975  
Foreign currency, at value (Cost $6,768)     6,735  
Cash     2,490,602  
Receivables:        
Dividends and interest     681,128  
Total assets     200,825,440  
         
Liabilities:        
Advisory fees     125,330  
Total liabilities     125,330  
         
Net Assets   $ 200,700,110  
         
Components of Net Assets:        
Paid-in capital (par value of $0.01 per share with an unlimited number of shares authorized)   $ 147,119,233  
Total distributable earnings     53,580,877  
Net Assets   $ 200,700,110  
         
Shares of beneficial interest issued and outstanding     4,200,001  
Net asset value per share   $ 47.79  

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements. 

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

     
Investment Income:        
Dividend (net of foreign withholding taxes of $118,219)   $ 1,226,277  
   Total investment income     1,226,277  
         
Expenses:        
Advisory fees     737,940  
Interest expense     97  
   Total expenses     738,037  
   Net investment income     488,240  
         
Realized and Unrealized Gain:        
Net realized gain on investments     12,574,340  
Net realized loss on foreign currency transactions     (16,496 )
Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) on investments     (1,002,655 )
Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) on foreign currency translation     (17,830 )
      Net realized and unrealized gain     11,537,359  
         
Net Increase in Net Assets from Operations   $ 12,025,599  

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements. 

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF
STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS

 

    For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)   For the Year Ended April 30, 2021
Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets from:        
Operations:        
Net investment income   $ 488,240     $ 1,133,940  
Net realized gain on investments and foreign currency transactions     12,557,844       2,726,407  
Net change in unrealized appreciation/depreciation on investments                
   and foreign currency translation     (1,020,485 )     50,236,250  
   Net increase in net assets resulting from operations     12,025,599       54,096,597  
                 
Distributions to Shareholders:     -       (1,052,798 )
                 
Capital Transactions:                
Net proceeds from shares sold     39,726,265       19,224,590  
Cost of shares redeemed     (34,710,690 )     (19,280,910 )
   Net increase (decrease) in net assets from capital share transactions     5,015,575       (56,320 )
                 
   Total increase in net assets     17,041,174       52,987,479  
                 
Net Assets:                
Beginning of period     183,658,936       130,671,457  
End of period   $ 200,700,110     $ 183,658,936  
                 
Capital Share Transactions:                
Shares sold     850,000       550,000  
Shares redeemed     (750,000 )     (550,000 )
     Net increase in capital share transactions     100,000       -  

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements. 

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

Per share operating performance. 

For a capital share outstanding throughout each period.

 

    For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2021     For the Year Ended April 30,
    (Unaudited)     2021     2020     2019     2018     2017  
Net asset value, beginning of period   $ 44.79     $ 31.87     $ 33.75     $ 34.06     $ 29.34     $ 25.64  
Income from Investment Operations:                                                
Net investment income1     0.12       0.28       0.31       0.39       0.31       0.28  
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments     2.88       12.90       (1.83 )     (0.41 )     4.64       3.59  
Total from investment operations     3.00       13.18       (1.52 )     (0.02 )     4.95       3.87  
                                                 
Less Distributions:                                                
From net investment income     -       (0.26 )     (0.36 )     (0.29 )     (0.23 )     (0.17 )
Total distributions     -       (0.26 )     (0.36 )     (0.29 )     (0.23 )     (0.17 )
                                                 
Net asset value, end of period   $ 47.79     $ 44.79     $ 31.87     $ 33.75     $ 34.06     $ 29.34  
                                                 
Total return2     6.68 %4     41.40 %     (4.64 )%     0.09 %     16.89 %     15.19 %
Total return at market price3     7.30 %4     42.40 %     (5.35 )%     (0.08 )%     16.73 %     16.81 %
                                                 
Ratios and Supplemental Data:                                                
Net assets, end of period (in thousands)   $ 200,700     $ 183,659     $ 130,671     $ 131,628     $ 132,826     $ 73,354  
                                                 
Ratio of expenses to average net assets     0.75 %5     0.75 %     0.75 %     0.75 %     0.75 %     0.75 %
Ratio of net investment income to average net assets     0.50 %5     0.70 %     0.92 %     1.19 %     0.94 %     1.05 %
                                                 
Portfolio turnover rate     21 %4,6     31 %6     19 %6     18 %6     10 %6     47 %6

 

1 Based on average shares outstanding during the period.

2 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 the differences between the market price of the shares and the net asset value per share of the Fund.
3 Market value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at 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 price.  Composite closing security price is defined as the last reported sale price on the NYSE Arca.  The composite closing price is the last reported sale, 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 NYSE Arca.
4 Not annualized.
5 Annualized.
6 Excludes the impact of in-kind transactions related to the processing of capital share transactions in Creation Units.

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements. 

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF 

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS  

October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Note 1 – Organization 

Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF (the ‘‘Fund’’) was organized as a diversified series of Investment Managers Series Trust, a Delaware statutory trust (the “Trust”) which is registered as an open-end management investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). The Fund’s primary investment objective is to seek long-term capital appreciation. The Fund is an actively managed exchange-traded fund (“ETF”).

 

The Fund commenced investment operations on May 25, 2020 following the tax-free reorganization of the Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF (the “Predecessor Fund”), a series of Exchange Listed Funds Trust, into the Fund. The Agreement and Plan of Reorganization was approved by the Board of Trustees of Exchange Listed Funds Trust on February 25, 2020, the Trust’s Board of Trustees on March 12, 2020, and by shareholders of the Predecessor Fund on May 18, 2020. The tax-free reorganization was accomplished as of the close of business on May 22, 2020. As a result of the reorganization, the Fund assumed the performance and accounting history of the Predecessor Fund. Financial information included for the dates prior to the reorganization is that of the Predecessor Fund.

 

The reorganization was accomplished by the following tax-free exchange in which each shareholder of the Predecessor Fund received the same aggregate share net asset value (“NAV”) in the corresponding classes as noted below:

 

Shares Issued   Net Assets
  4,100,001     $ 133,822,264  

 

The net unrealized appreciation of investments transferred was $4,234,983 as of the date of the acquisition.

 

The Fund is an investment company and accordingly follows the investment company accounting and reporting guidance of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standard Codification Topic 946 “Financial Services—Investment Companies”.

 

Note 2 – Accounting Policies 

The following is a summary of the significant accounting policies consistently followed by the Fund in the preparation of its financial statements. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Actual results could differ from these estimates.

 

(a) Valuation of Investments 

The Fund values equity securities at the last reported sale price on the principal exchange or in the principal over the counter (“OTC”) market in which such securities are traded, as of the close of regular trading on the NYSE on the day the securities are being valued or, if the last-quoted sales price is not readily available, the securities will be valued at the last bid or the mean between the last available bid and ask price. Securities traded on the NASDAQ are valued at the NASDAQ Official Closing Price (“NOCP”). Investments in open-end investment companies are valued at the daily closing NAV of the respective investment company. Debt securities are valued by utilizing a price supplied by independent pricing service providers. The independent pricing service providers may use various valuation methodologies including matrix pricing and other analytical pricing models as well as market transactions and dealer quotations. These models generally consider such factors as yields or prices of bonds of comparable quality, type of issue, coupon, maturity, ratings and general market conditions. If a price is not readily available for a portfolio security, the security will be valued at fair value (the amount which the Fund might reasonably expect to receive for the security upon its current sale) as determined in good faith by the Fund’s advisor, subject to review and approval by the Valuation Committee, pursuant to procedures adopted by the Board of Trustees. The actions of the Valuation Committee are subsequently reviewed by the Board at its next regularly scheduled board meeting. The Valuation Committee meets as needed. The Valuation Committee is comprised of all the Trustees, but action may be taken by any one of the Trustees. 

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF 

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Continued 

October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Foreign securities traded in countries outside the U.S. are fair valued by utilizing the quotations of an independent pricing service. The pricing service uses statistical analyses and quantitative models to adjust local prices using factors such as subsequent movement and changes in the prices of indexes, securities and exchange rates in other markets in determining fair value as of the time the Fund calculates the NAVs. The Board reviews the independent third party fair valuation analysis report quarterly.

 

(b) Investment Transactions, Investment Income and Expenses 

Investment transactions are accounted for on the trade date. Realized gains and losses on investments are determined on the identified cost basis. Dividend income is recorded net of applicable withholding taxes on the ex-dividend date and interest income is recorded on an accrual basis. Withholding taxes on foreign dividends, if applicable, are paid (a portion of which may be reclaimable) or provided for in accordance with the applicable country’s tax rules and rates and are disclosed in the Statement of Operations. Withholding tax reclaims are filed in certain countries to recover a portion of the amounts previously withheld. The Fund records a reclaim receivable based on a number of factors, including a jurisdiction’s legal obligation to pay reclaims as well as payment history and market convention. Discounts on debt securities are accreted or amortized to interest income over the lives of the respective securities using the effective interest method. Premiums for callable debt securities are amortized to the earliest call date, if the call price was less than the purchase price. If the call price was not at par and the security was not called, the security is amortized to the next call price and date.

 

(c) Capital Share Transactions 

Fund Shares are listed and traded on the Exchange on each day that the Exchange is open for business (“Business Day”). Individual Fund Shares may only be purchased and sold on the Exchange through a broker-dealer. Because the Fund’s Shares trade at market prices rather than at their NAV, Shares may trade at a price equal to the NAV, greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).

 

The Fund offers and redeems Shares on a continuous basis at NAV only in large blocks of Shares, currently 50,000 Shares for the Fund (“Creation Unit”). Except when aggregated in Creation Units, Shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund. Fund Shares may only be purchased from or redeemed to the Fund by certain financial institutions (“Authorized Participants”). An Authorized Participant is either (i) a broker-dealer or other participant in the clearing process through the Continuous Net Settlement System of the National Securities Clearing Corporation or (ii) a Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) participant and, in each case, must have executed a Participant Agreement with the Distributor. Creation Units are available for purchase and redemption on each Business Day and are offered and redeemed on an in-kind basis, together with the specified cash amount, or for an all cash amount.

 

To the extent contemplated by a participant agreement, in the event an Authorized Participant has submitted a redemption request in proper form but is unable to transfer all or part of the shares comprising a Creation Unit to be redeemed by the Distributor, on behalf of the Fund, by the time as set forth in a participant agreement, the Distributor may nonetheless accept the redemption request in reliance on the undertaking by the Authorized Participant to deliver the missing shares as soon as possible, which undertaking shall be secured by the Authorized Participant’s delivery and maintenance of collateral equal to a percentage of the market value as set forth in the Participant Agreement. A participant agreement may permit the Fund to use such collateral to purchase the missing shares, and could subject an Authorized Participant to liability for any shortfall between the cost of the Fund acquiring such shares and the value of the collateral.

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF 

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Continued 

October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Most retail investors will not qualify as Authorized Participants or have the resources to buy and sell whole Creation Units. Therefore, they will be unable to purchase or redeem the Shares directly from the Fund. Rather, most retail investors will purchase Shares in the secondary market with the assistance of a broker, which will be subject to customary brokerage commissions or fees.

 

A fixed purchase (i.e., creation) transaction fee is imposed for the transfer and other transaction costs associated with the purchase of Creation Units, and investors will be required to pay a creation transaction fee regardless of the number of Creation Units created in the transaction. The Fund may adjust the creation transaction fee from time to time based upon actual experience. In addition, a variable fee may be imposed for cash purchases, non-standard orders, or partial cash purchases of Creation Units. The variable fee is primarily designed to cover non-standard charges, e.g., brokerage, taxes, foreign exchange, execution, market impact, and other costs and expenses, related to the execution of trades resulting from such transaction. The Fund may adjust the non-standard charge from time to time based upon actual experience. Investors who use the services of an Authorized Participant, broker or other such intermediary may be charged a fee for such services which may include an amount for the creation transaction fee and non-standard charges. Investors are responsible for the costs of transferring the securities constituting the deposit securities to the account of the Trust. The Adviser may retain all or a portion of the transaction fee to the extent the Adviser bears the expenses that otherwise would be borne by the Trust in connection with the issuance of a Creation Unit, which the transaction fee is designed to cover. The standard Creation Unit transaction fee for the Fund is $1,800, regardless of the number of Creation Units created in the transaction.

 

A fixed redemption transaction fee may be imposed for the transfer and other transaction costs associated with the redemption of Creation Units, and Authorized Participants will be required to pay a redemption transaction fee regardless of the number of Creation Units created in the transaction. The redemption transaction fee is the same no matter how many Creation Units are being redeemed pursuant to any one redemption request. The Fund may adjust the redemption transaction fee from time to time based upon actual experience. In addition, a variable fee, payable to the Fund, may be imposed for cash redemptions, non-standard orders, or partial cash redemptions for the Fund. The variable fee is primarily designed to cover non-standard charges, e.g., brokerage, taxes, foreign exchange, execution, market impact, and other costs and expenses, related to the execution of trades resulting from such transaction. Investors who use the services of an Authorized Participant, broker or other such intermediary may be charged a fee for such services which may include an amount for the redemption transaction fees and non-standard charges. Investors are responsible for the costs of transferring the securities constituting the Fund securities to the account of the Trust. The non-standard charges are payable to the Fund as it incurs costs in connection with the redemption of Creation Units, the receipt of Fund securities and the cash redemption amount and other transactions costs. The standard redemption transaction fee for Fund is $3,500, regardless of the number of Creation Units created in the transaction.

 

(d) Foreign Currency Translation 

The Fund’s records are maintained in U.S. dollars. The value of securities, currencies and other assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars are translated into U.S. dollars based upon foreign exchange rates prevailing at the end of the reporting period. The currencies are translated into U.S. dollars by using the exchange rates quoted at the close of the London Stock Exchange prior to when the Fund’s NAV is next determined. Purchases and sales of investment securities, income and expenses are translated on the respective dates of such transactions.

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Continued

October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

The Fund does not isolate that portion of its net realized and unrealized gains and losses on investments resulting from changes in foreign exchange rates from the impact arising from changes in market prices. Such fluctuations are included with net realized and unrealized gain or loss from investments and foreign currency.

 

Net realized foreign currency transaction gains and losses arise from sales of foreign currencies, currency gains or losses realized between the trade and settlement dates on securities transactions, and the differences between the amounts of dividends, interest, and foreign withholding taxes recorded on the Fund’s books and the U.S. dollar equivalent of the amounts actually received or paid. Net unrealized foreign currency translation gains and losses arise from changes in the value of assets and liabilities, other than investments in securities, resulting from changes in the exchange rates.

 

(e) Federal Income Taxes

The Fund intends to comply with the requirements of Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to regulated investment companies and to distribute substantially all of its net investment income and any net realized gains to its shareholders. Therefore, no provision is made for federal income or excise taxes. Due to the timing of dividend distributions and the differences in accounting for income and realized gains and losses for financial statement and federal income tax purposes, the fiscal year in which amounts are distributed may differ from the year in which the income and realized gains and losses are recorded by the Fund.

 

Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes (the “Income Tax Statement”) requires an evaluation of tax positions taken (or expected to be taken) in the course of preparing a Fund’s tax returns to determine whether these positions meet a “more-likely-than-not” standard that, based on the technical merits, have a more than fifty percent likelihood of being sustained by a taxing authority upon examination. A tax position that meets the “more-likely-than-not” recognition threshold is measured to determine the amount of benefit to recognize in the financial statements. The Fund recognizes interest and penalties, if any, related to unrecognized tax benefits as income tax expense in the Statement of Operations.

 

The Income Tax Statement requires management of the Fund to analyze tax positions taken in the prior three open tax years, if any, and tax positions expected to be taken in the Fund’s current tax year, as defined by the IRS statute of limitations for all major jurisdictions, including federal tax authorities and certain state tax authorities. As of and during the open years ended April 30, 2018-2021 and as of and during the six months ended October 31, 2021, the Fund did not have a liability for any unrecognized tax benefits. The Fund has no examination in progress and is not aware of any tax positions for which it is reasonably possible that the total amounts of unrecognized tax benefits will significantly change in the next twelve months.

 

(f) Distributions to Shareholders

The Fund will make distributions of net investment income and net capital gains, if any, at least annually. Distributions to shareholders are recorded on the ex-dividend date. The amount and timing of distributions are determined in accordance with federal income tax regulations, which may differ from GAAP.

 

The character of distributions made during the year from net investment income or net realized gains may differ from the characterization for federal income tax purposes due to differences in the recognition of income, expense and gain (loss) items for financial statement and tax purposes.

 

(g) Illiquid Securities

Pursuant to Rule 22e-4 under the 1940 Act, the Fund has adopted a Liquidity Risk Management Program (“LRMP”) that requires, among other things, that the Fund limits its illiquid investments that are assets to no more than 15% of net assets. An illiquid investment is any security which may not reasonably be expected to be sold or disposed of in current market conditions in seven calendar days or less without the sale or disposition significantly changing the market value of the investment. If the Advisor, at any time, determines that the value of illiquid securities held by the Fund exceeds 15% of its NAV, the Advisor will take such steps as it considers appropriate to reduce them as soon as reasonably practicable in accordance with the Fund’s written LRMP.

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Continued

October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Note 3 – Investment Advisory and Other Agreements

The Trust, on behalf of the Fund, entered into an Investment Advisory Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Knowledge Leaders Capital, LLC (the “Advisor”). Under the terms of the Agreement, the Fund pays a monthly investment advisory fee to the Advisor at the annual rate of 0.75% of the Fund’s average daily net assets. The Advisor has agreed to pay all expenses of the Fund except for the advisory fee, interest, taxes, brokerage commissions and other expenses incurred in placing orders for the purchase and sale of securities and other investment instruments, acquired fund fees and expenses, accrued deferred tax liability, extraordinary expenses, and distribution fees and expenses paid under any distribution plan adopted pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act.

 

Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. serves as the Fund’s fund accountant, transfer agent and custodian. UMB Fund Services (“UMBFS”) and Mutual Fund Administration, LLC (“MFAC”) serve as the Fund’s co-administrators.

 

IMST Distributors, LLC serves as the Fund’s distributor (the “Distributor”). The Distributor does not receive compensation from the Fund for its distribution services; the Advisor pays the Distributor a fee for its distribution-related services.

 

Certain trustees and officers of the Trust are employees of UMBFS or MFAC. The Fund does not compensate trustees and officers affiliated with the Fund’s co-administrators.

 

Dziura Compliance Consulting, LLC provides Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) services to the Trust.

 

Note 4 – Federal Income Taxes

At October 31, 2021, gross unrealized appreciation and depreciation on investments owned by the Fund, based on cost for federal income tax purposes were as follows:

 

Cost of investments   $ 147,999,803  
         
Gross unrealized appreciation   $ 53,617,594  
Gross unrealized depreciation     (3,970,422 )
Net unrealized appreciation on investments   $ 49,647,172  

 

The difference between cost amounts for financial statement and federal income tax purposes is due primarily to timing differences in recognizing certain gains and losses in security transactions.

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Continued

October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

As of April 30, 2021, the components of accumulated earnings (deficit) on a tax basis were as follows:

 

Undistributed ordinary income   $ 640,536  
Undistributed long-term capital gains     -  
Tax distributable earnings     640,536  
         
Accumulated capital and other losses     (9,552,223 )
         
Net unrealized appreciation on investments     50,459,863  
Net unrealized appreciation on foreign currency translations     7,102  
         
Total accumulated earnings   $ 41,555,278  

 

As of the tax year ended April 30, 2021, the Fund had $2,611,852 of short-term and $6,940,371 of long-term non-expiring accumulated capital loss carryforwards.

 

To the extent that a fund may realize future net capital gains, those gains will be offset by any of its unused capital loss carryforward. Future capital loss carryover utilization in any given year may be subject to Internal Revenue Code limitations.

 

The tax character of distributions paid during the fiscal years ended April 30, 2021 and April 30, 2020 were as follows:

 

    2021     2020  
Distributions paid from:                
Ordinary income   $ 1,052,798     $ 1,457,405  
Net long-term capital gains     -       -  
Total distributions paid   $ 1,052,798     $ 1,457,405  

 

Note 5 – Investment Transactions

Purchases and sales of investments, excluding in-kind transactions and short-term investments, for the six months ended October 31, 2021 were as follows:

 

Fund   Purchases     Sales  
Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF   $ 53,126,591     $ 7,904,964  

 

Purchases, sales, and realized gain/(loss) of in-kind transactions for the six months ended October 31, 2021 were as follows:

 

Fund   Purchases     Sales     Gain/(Loss)  
Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF   $ 25,822,454     $ 66,792,914     $ 26,632,238  

 

Note 6 – Distribution and Service Plan

The Trust has adopted a Rule 12b-1 Distribution and Service Plan (the “Distribution and Service Plan”) pursuant to which payments of up to a maximum of 0.25% of average daily net assets may be made to compensate or reimburse financial intermediaries for activities principally intended to result in the sale of the Fund’s Shares. In accordance with the Distribution and Service Plan, the Distributor may enter into agreements with financial intermediaries and dealers relating to distribution and/or marketing services with respect to the Trust. The Board of Trustees has not authorized the Fund to make payments under the Distribution and Service Plan.  Currently, no payment is being made by the Fund.

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Continued

October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Note 7 – Indemnifications

In the normal course of business, the Fund enters into contracts that contain a variety of representations which provide general indemnifications. The Fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown, as this would involve future claims that may be made against the Fund that have not yet occurred. However, the Fund expects the risk of loss to be remote.

 

Note 8 – Fair Value Measurements and Disclosure

Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in accordance with GAAP, and expands disclosure about fair value measurements. It also provides guidance on determining when there has been a significant decrease in the volume and level of activity for an asset or a liability, when a transaction is not orderly, and how that information must be incorporated into a fair value measurement.

 

Under Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures, various inputs are used in determining the value of the Fund’s investments. These inputs are summarized into three broad Levels as described below:

 

Level 1 – Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Fund has the ability to access.

 

Level 2 – Observable inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. These inputs may include quoted prices for the identical instrument on an inactive market, prices for similar instruments, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, yield curves, default rates and similar data.

 

Level 3 – Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability, to the extent relevant observable inputs are not available, representing the Fund’s own assumptions about the assumptions a market participant would use in valuing the asset or liability, and would be based on the best information available.

 

The availability of observable inputs can vary from security to security and is affected by a wide variety of factors, including, for example, the type of security, whether the security is new and not yet established in the marketplace, the liquidity of markets, and other characteristics particular to the security. To the extent that valuation is based on models or inputs that are less observable or unobservable in the market, the determination of fair value requires more judgment. Accordingly, the degree of judgment exercised in determining fair value is greatest for instruments categorized in Level 3.

 

The inputs used to measure fair value may fall into different Levels of the fair value hierarchy. In such cases, for disclosure purposes, the Level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement falls in its entirety, is determined based on the lowest Level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety.

20

 

Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Continued

October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

The inputs or methodology used for valuing securities are not an indication of the risk associated with investing in those securities. The following is a summary of the inputs used, as of October 31, 2021, in valuing the Fund’s assets carried at fair value:

 

    Level 1     Level 2**     Level 3**     Total  
Investments                                
Common Stock*   $ 197,627,785     $ -     $ -     $ 197,627,785  
Warrants     19,190       -       -       19,190  
Total Investments   $ 197,646,975     $ -     $ -     $ 197,646,975  

 

* All common stocks held in the Fund are Level 1 securities. For a detailed break-out of common stocks by country classification, please refer to the Schedule of Investments.
** The Fund did not hold any Level 2 or 3 securities at period end.

 

Note 9 – Covid-19 Risks

In early 2020, an outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged globally. This coronavirus has resulted in closing international borders, enhanced health screenings, healthcare service preparation and delivery, quarantines, cancellations, disruptions to supply chains and customer activity, as well as general public concern and uncertainty. The impact of this outbreak has negatively affected the worldwide economy, as well as the economies of individual countries, the financial health of individual companies and the market in general in significant and unforeseen ways. The future impact of COVID-19 is currently unknown, and it may exacerbate other risks that apply to the Fund, including political, social and economic risks. Any such impact could adversely affect the Fund’s performance, the performance of the securities in which the Fund invests and may lead to losses on your investment in the Fund. The ultimate impact of COVID-19 on the financial performance of the Fund’s investments is not reasonably estimable at this time.

 

Note 10 – Events Subsequent to the Fiscal Period End

The Fund has adopted financial reporting rules regarding subsequent events which require an entity to recognize in the financial statements the effects of all subsequent events that provide additional evidence about conditions that existed at the date of the balance sheet. Management has evaluated the Fund’s related events and transactions that occurred through the date of issuance of the Fund’s financial statements.

 

The Fund declared the payment of a distribution to be paid, on December 29, 2021, to shareholders of record on December 23, 2021 as follows:

 

Long Term Capital Gain Short Term Capital Gain Income
$ 0.00000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.23305

 

There were no other events or transactions that occurred during this period that materially impacted the amounts or disclosures in the Fund’s financial statements.

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Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

EXPENSE EXAMPLE

For the Six Months Ended October 31, 2021 (Unaudited)

 

Expense Example

As a shareholder of the Fund you incur an advisory fee. In addition to the advisory fee, a shareholder may pay brokerage expenses, taxes, interest, litigation expenses and other extraordinary expenses (including acquired fund fees and expenses), if any. It is important for you to understand the impact of these ongoing costs on your investment returns. Shareholders may incur brokerage commissions on their purchases and sales of Fund shares, which are not reflected in these examples.

 

These examples are based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the period and held for the entire period from May 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021.

 

Actual Expenses

The information in the row titled “Actual Performance” of the table below provides actual account values and actual expenses. You may use the information in these columns, together with the amount you invested, to estimate the expenses that you paid over the period. Simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then multiply the result by the number in the appropriate row under the column titled “Expenses Paid During Period” to estimate the expenses you paid on your account during this period.

 

Hypothetical Example for Comparison Purposes

The information in the row titled “Hypothetical (5% annual return before expenses)” of the table below provides hypothetical account values and hypothetical expenses based on the Fund’s actual expense ratios and an assumed rate of return of 5% per year before expenses, which is not the Fund’s actual return. The hypothetical account values and expenses may not be used to estimate the actual ending account balance or expenses you paid for the period. You may use this information to compare the ongoing costs of investing in the Fund and other funds. To do so, compare these 5% hypothetical examples with the 5% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports of the other funds.

 

Please note that the expenses shown in the table are meant to highlight your ongoing costs only and do not reflect any transaction costs, such as sales charges (load) or contingent deferred sales charges. Therefore, the information in the row titled “Hypothetical (5% annual return before expenses)” is useful in comparing ongoing costs only, and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds. In addition, if these transactional costs were included, your costs would have been higher.

 

  Beginning Account Value Ending Account Value Expenses Paid During Period*
  5/1/21 10/31/21 5/1/21-10/31/21
Actual Performance $1,000.00 $1,066.80 $3.91
Hypothetical (5% annual return before expenses) 1,000.00 1,021.43 3.82

 

* Expenses are equal to the Fund’s annualized expense ratio of 0.75%, multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by 184/365 (to reflect the six month period). Assumes all dividends and distributions were reinvested.

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FUND INFORMATION

 

  TICKER CUSIP
Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF KLDW 461 43U 849

 

Privacy Principles of the Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF for Shareholders

The Fund is committed to maintaining the privacy of its shareholders and to safeguarding its non-public personal information. The following information is provided to help you understand what personal information the Fund collects, how we protect that information and why, in certain cases, we may share information with select other parties.

 

Generally, the Fund does not receive any non-public personal information relating to its shareholders, although certain non-public personal information of its shareholders may become available to the Fund. The Fund does not disclose any non-public personal information about its shareholders or former shareholders to anyone, except as permitted by law or as is necessary in order to service shareholder accounts (for example, to a transfer agent or third party administrator).

 

 

This report is sent to shareholders of the Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF for their information. It is not a Prospectus, circular or representation intended for use in the purchase or sale of shares of the Fund or of any securities mentioned in this report.

 

Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures

A description of the Fund’s proxy voting policies and procedures related to portfolio securities is available without charge, upon request, by calling the Fund at (844) 428-3525 or on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) website at www.sec.gov.

 

Proxy Voting Record

Information regarding how the Fund voted proxies for portfolio securities, if applicable, during the most recent 12-month period ended June 30, is also available, without charge and upon request by calling (844) 428-3525 or by accessing the Fund’s Form N-PX on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

 

Fund Portfolio Holdings

The Fund files a complete schedule of its portfolio holdings with the SEC for the first and third quarters of each fiscal year on Form N-PORT within 60 days of the end of such fiscal quarter. Shareholders may obtain the Fund’s Form N-PORT on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

 

Prior to the use of Form N-PORT, the Fund filed its complete schedule of its portfolio holdings with the SEC on Form N-Q, which is available online at www.sec.gov.

 

Householding

The Fund will mail only one copy of shareholder documents, including prospectuses, and notice of annual and semi-annual reports availability and proxy statements, to shareholders with multiple accounts at the same address. This practice is commonly called “householding” and is intended to reduce expenses and eliminate duplicate mailings of shareholder documents. Mailings of your shareholder documents may be householded indefinitely unless you instruct us otherwise. If you do not want the mailing of these documents to be combined with those for other members of your household, please call the Fund at (844) 428-3525.

 

Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF

P.O. Box 2175

Milwaukee, WI 53201

Toll Free: (844) 428-3525