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destra dividend total return fund

Tickers: A Shares DHDAX · I Shares DHDIX · C Shares DHDCX

CUSIPS: A Shares 250 64R 845 · I Shares 250 64R 811 · I Shares 250 64R 837

Investment Objective

To seek long-term total return and current income.

Investment Strategy and Philosophy

The Fund’s investment manager, Miller/Howard Investments, Inc., has been managing income oriented equity strategies since 1991. They believe that financially strong stocks with rising dividends offer the prospects of consistent performance as well as potential added value. Their research shows that dividends can be large contributors to total returns, and that by focusing on companies with a consistent track record of increasing their dividends, investors have an opportunity to generate superior risk-adjusted performance over time. To accomplish this goal the Fund will, in normal markets, seek to invest at least 80% of its net assets in income producing equity securities. The securities in which the Fund may invest include common stocks, preferred shares, convertible securities, warrants, shares of other investment companies and securities, or other instruments whose price is linked to the value of common stock, depository receipts, and securities of master limited partnerships (MLPs). The Fund may invest up to 20% of its assets in securities denominated in non-U.S. dollar currencies, and up to 25% of its assets in MLPs.

Standardized Yields

as of 3/31/2014
Destra Dividend Total Return, A Share 2.65 %
Destra Dividend Total Return, I Share 2.94 %

This yield reflects the theoretical income that a portfolio would generate including dividends and interest, during the period after deducting a fund’s expenses the period. A fund’s actual net earnings for a given period under generally accepted accounting principals may differ from this standardized yield.

There is a contractual/voluntary fee waiver currently in place for this Fund through March 31, 2014, had that subsidy not been in place the Fund's standardized yields would have been 2.24% for A shares and 2.63% for I shares.

fund performance

as of 03/31/14
Month End as of 03/31/14 Quarter End, as of 3/31/14
Fund Name Share Class Year to Date 1-Year From Inception Year to Date 1-Year From Inception Dividend Frequency
Destra Dividend Total Return Fund
Inception Date:August 10, 2011 A Shares Max Sales Charge: 5.75% Expense Ratio A: Gross 3.95% / Net 1.60% Expense Ratio I: Gross 6.26% / Net 1.32% A At NAV 3.08 13.07 17.63 3.08 13.07 17.63 Quarterly
A With Load -2.87 6.58 15.00 -2.87 6.58 15.00 Quarterly
I 1.08 13.40 18.02 1.08 13.40 18.02 Quarterly
S&P 500 1.81 21.86 22.05 1.81 21.86 22.05 -

A 2% redemption fee will be imposed on certain redemptions or exchanges out of the Class I shares of the Fund within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions to the redemption fee are listed in the Fund's prospectus.

Data presented reflects past performance, which is no guarantee of future results Investment results and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Due to market volatility, current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Call 877.287.9646 or access our website at for performance current to the most recent month end. Performance shown for Class A Shares with load includes the Fund's maximum sales charge of 5.75%. Returns for period of less than one year are not annualized, and include reinvestment of all distributions. A 2% redemption fee will be imposed on certain redemptions or exchanges out of the Class I shares of each Destra fund within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions to the redemption fee are listed in each fund's prospectus.

The Adviser has agreed to cap expenses such that the total annual fund operating expenses, excluding brokerage commissions and other trading expenses, taxes, acquired fund fees and other extraordinary expenses (such as litigation and other expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of business) at 1.61% for Class A, 2.36% for Class C and 1.33% for Class I. This waiver will continue in effect until February 1, 2022. The waiver may be terminated or modified prior to February 1, 2022 only with the approval of the Board of Trustees of the Trust.

Investment Process

Miller/Howard filters the universe of all stocks traded on US exchanges for those companies with strong financials, high and increasing dividends, with a focus on those stocks with the highest 40% dividend yields.

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Portfolio Highlights
as of 2/28/2014

Top 10 Holdings (% of total assets)
  • Merck & Co Inc - 4.65%
  • Williams Companies Inc - 4.07%
  • Enterprise Product Partners LP - 4.01%
  • General Electric Co - 3.85%
  • NiSource Inc - 3.77%
  • Intel Corp - 3.40%
  • Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. - 3.19%
  • National Grid PLC ADR - 3.04%
  • Johnson & Johnson - 3.03%
  • American Water Works Co Inc - 2.99%


Holdings are subject to change without notice. There is no assurance that the investment process will lead to successful investing.

Portfolio Characteristics
  The Fund The S&P 500 Index
Number of Holdings: 42 500
Average Market Cap $71.7 bil $35.2 bil
Price to Earning: Trailing Operating 18.7x 17.5x
Price to Book 3.3x 4.0x
Master Limited Partnerships 19.30%  
Industry Sectors

Number of Holdings: The total number of individual equities held by the Fund, or covered in the index.

Price/Earnings (trailing): A valuation ratio of a company’s current share price compared to its per-share earnings over the previous 4 quarters.

Weighted Average Market Capital: The average of market capitalization (market price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding) of the stocks, weighted by the market capitalization of each stock in the portfolio.

What are the risks?
While stocks have historically outperformed other asset classes over the long term, they tend to fluctuate dramatically over the short term as a result of factors affecting individual companies, industries or the securities market as a whole.

Other risks of the Fund include: Equity Securities Risk: Stock markets are volatile. The price of equity securities fluctuates based on changes in a company’s financial condition and overall market and economic conditions. Dividend Income Risk: Companies that issue dividend yielding equity securities are not required to continue to pay dividends on such stock. Therefore, there is the possibility that such companies could reduce or eliminate the payment of dividends in the future. In such an event, the yield on the Fund’s dividend paying equity securities would be adversely affected. Depending upon market conditions, income producing equities that meets the Fund’s investment criteria may not be widely available and/or may be highly concentrated in only a few market sectors. This may limit the ability of the Fund to achieve its investment objective. Foreign Investment Risk/Emerging Markets Risk: Because the Fund can invest its assets in foreign instruments, the value of Fund shares can be adversely affected by changes in currency exchange rates and political and economic developments abroad. Foreign markets may be smaller, less liquid and more volatile than the major markets in the United States, and as a result, Fund share values may be more volatile. Trading in foreign markets typically involves higher expense than trading in the United States. The Fund may have difficulties enforcing its legal or contractual rights in a foreign country. These additional risks may be heightened for securities of companies located in, or with significant operations in, emerging market countries. In addition, the European financial markets have recently experienced volatility and adverse trends due to concerns about economic downturns in, or rising government debt levels of several European countries. These events may spread to other countries in Europe, including countries that do not use the Euro. These events may affect the value and liquidity of certain of the Fund’s investments. Depositary Receipts Risk: Depositary receipts may be less liquid than the underlying shares in their primary trading market. Any distributions paid to the holders of depositary receipts are usually subject to a fee charged by the depositary. Holders of depositary receipts may have limited voting rights, and investment restrictions in certain countries may adversely impact the value of depositary receipts because such restrictions may limit the ability to convert equity shares into depositary receipts and vice versa. Such restrictions may cause equity shares of the underlying issuer to trade at a discount or premium to the market price of the depositary receipts. Currency Risk: Since a portion of the Fund’s assets may be invested in securities denominated foreign currencies, changes in currency exchange rates may adversely affect the Fund’s net asset value, the value of dividends and income earned, and gains and losses realized on the sale of securities. Master Limited Partnership Risk and Sector Risk: An investment in units of master limited partnerships (“MLPs”) involves certain risks which differ from an investment in the securities of a corporation. Holders of MLP units have limited control and voting rights on matters affecting the partnership. In addition, there are certain tax risks associated with an investment in MLP units and the potential for conflicts of interest exist between common unit holders and the general partner, including those arising from incentive distribution payments. The benefit the Fund derives from investment in MLP units is largely dependent on the MLPs being treated as partnerships and not as corporations for federal income tax purposes. If an MLP were classified as a corporation for federal income tax purposes, there would be reduction in the after-tax return to the Fund of distributions from the MLP, likely causing a reduction in the value of the Fund’s shares. MLP entities are typically focused in the energy, natural resources and real estate sectors of the economy. A downturn in the energy, natural resources or real estate sectors of the economy could have an adverse impact on the Fund. At times, the performance of securities of companies in the energy, natural resources and real estate sectors of the economy may lag the performance of other sectors or the broader market as a whole.  Energy Companies Risk: The Fund invests in energy companies, including pipeline and gas distribution companies. General problems of energy companies include volatile fluctuations in price and supply of energy fuels, international politics, terrorist attacks, reduced demand as a result of increases in energy efficiency and energy conservation, the success of exploration projects, clean-up and litigation costs relating to oil spills and environmental damage, and tax and other regulatory policies of various governments. Natural disasters such as hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico will also impact energy companies. Health Care Companies Risk: The Fund invests in health care companies, including those that are involved in medical services or health care, including biotechnology research and production, drugs and pharmaceuticals and health care facilities and services, and are subject to extensive competition, generic drug sales or the loss of patent protection, product liability litigation and increased government regulation. Research and development costs of bringing new drugs to market are substantial, and there is no guarantee that the product will ever come to market. Health care facility operators may be affected by the demand for services, efforts by government or insurers to limit rates, restriction of government financial assistance and competition from other providers. Utilities Companies Risk: The Fund invests in utilities companies. Utilities companies are subject to the imposition of rate caps, increased competition due to deregulation, the difficulty in obtaining an adequate return on invested capital or in financing large construction projects, the limitations on operations and increased costs and delays attributable to environmental considerations, and the capital market’s ability to absorb utility debt. In addition, taxes, government regulation, international politics, price and supply fluctuations, volatile interest rates and energy conservation may cause difficulties for utilities. Utilities issuers have been experiencing certain of these problems to varying degrees. Financial Services Companies Risk: The Fund invests in financial services companies. Financial services companies may include banks, thrifts, brokerage firms, broker/dealers, investment banks, finance companies and companies involved in the insurance industry. Banks, thrifts and their holding companies are especially subject to the adverse effects of economic recession; government regulation; decreases in the availability of capital; volatile interest rates; portfolio concentrations in geographic markets and in commercial and residential real estate loans; and competition from new entrants in their fields of business. Convertible Securities Risk: The market value of a convertible security often performs like that of a regular debt security; that is, if market interest rates rise, the value of a convertible security usually falls. In addition, convertible securities are subject to the risk that the issuer will not be able to pay interest or dividends when due, and their market value may change based on changes in the issuer’s credit rating or the market’s perception of the issuer’s creditworthiness. Since it derives a portion of its value from the common stock into which it may be converted, a convertible security is also subject to the same types of market and issuer risks that apply to the underlying common stock. Derivatives Risk: The use of derivatives such as options entail certain execution, market, liquidity, hedging and tax risks. If the investment adviser’s prediction of movements in the direction of the securities, foreign currency, interest rate or other referenced instruments or markets is inaccurate, the consequences to the Fund may leave the Fund in a worse position than if it had not used such strategies. The Fund will be subject to risks that include, among other things, the risk of default and insolvency of the obligor of such asset, the risk that the credit of the obligor or the underlying collateral will decline or the risk that the common stock of the underlying issuer will decline in value. Market Risk and Selection Risk: Market risk is the risk that one or more markets in which the Fund invests will go down in value, including the possibility that the markets will go down sharply and unpredictably. Selection risk is the risk that the securities selected by Fund management will under-perform the markets, the relevant indices or the securities selected by other funds with similar investment objectives and investment strategies. This means you may lose money. Investment risk: When you sell your shares of the Fund, they could be worth less than what you paid for them. Therefore, as with any mutual fund investment, you may lose some or all of your investment by investing in the Fund. Risks Associated with Active Management: The Fund is an actively managed portfolio and its success depends upon the investment skills and analytical abilities of the Fund’s sub-adviser to develop and effectively implement strategies that achieve the Fund’s investment objective. Subjective decisions made by the investment sub-adviser may cause the Fund to incur losses or to miss profit opportunities on which it may otherwise have capitalized. General Fund Investing Risks: The Fund is not a complete investment program and you may lose money by investing in the Fund. All investments carry a certain amount of risk and there is no guarantee that the Fund will be able to achieve its investment objective. In general, the Annual Fund Operating Expenses expressed as a percentage of the Fund’s average daily net assets will change as Fund assets increase and decrease, and the Fund’s Annual Fund Operating Expenses may differ in the future. Purchase and redemption activities by Fund shareholders may impact the management of the Fund and its ability to achieve its objective. Investors in the Fund should have long-term investment perspective and be able to tolerate potentially sharp declines in value. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit in a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency, entity or person.

Investors should consider the investment objective and policies, risk considerations, charges and ongoing expenses of an investment carefully before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contains this and other information relevant to an investment in the fund. Please read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before you invest or send money. To obtain a prospectus, please contact your investment representative or Destra Capital Investments LLC at 877-287-9646 or access our website at

Not FDIC – Insured, Not Bank Guaranteed, May Lose Value.