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Brandes Small Cap Value Fund

The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing predominantly in U.S. equity securities of small-capitalization companies that the Fund’s investment team believes are undervalued relative to their financial strength and upside potential.

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  • Active — Company-focused with average long-term active share over 98%.*
  • Value — The fund consistently applies a disciplined investment process focused on uncovering potentially attractive value opportunities predominantly in U.S. small-cap equity securities.
  • Pioneer — Brandes has been investing in small-cap companies for over 40 years, and managing a dedicated U.S. small-cap strategy for over 20 years.

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  • Experienced Professionals — The Investment Committee is composed of experienced professionals who have managed extreme market cycles.
  • Commitment to Transparent, Easy to Understand Investment Process — The firm consistently applies a Graham-and-Dodd, value investing approach centered on a research-driven process of purchasing potentially undervalued companies with the goal of capturing future price appreciation.
  • Independent Point of View — Brandes Investment Partners is a 100% employee owned firm and its strategies are unhindered by sales quotas or any outside influence that may impede the firm’s pursuit of investment management excellence.

Under normal market conditions, the Small Cap Value Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets measured at the time of purchase in securities issued by small capitalization companies. The Small Cap Fund considers a company to be a small capitalization company if it has a market capitalization of $5 billion or less at the time of purchase. The Small Cap Fund invests predominantly in U.S. equity securities. Equity securities include common and preferred stocks, warrants and rights. Up to 10% of the Small Cap Fund’s total assets, measured at the time of purchase, may be invested in fixed-income securities. Up to 10% of the Small Cap Fund’s total assets, measured at the time of purchase, may be invested in securities of companies located outside of the United States. However the combined total assets, measured at the time of purchase, invested in fixed-income securities and in securities of companies located outside of the United States may not exceed 15%.

Brandes Investment Partners, L.P., the investment advisor (the “Advisor”), uses the principles of value investing to analyze and select equity securities for the Small Cap Value Fund’s investment portfolio. When buying equity securities, the Advisor assesses the estimated “intrinsic” value of a company based on data such as a company’s earnings, cash flow generation, and/or asset value of the underlying business. By choosing securities that are selling at a discount to the Advisor’s estimates of their share of the company’s intrinsic business value, the Advisor seeks to establish an opportunity for long-term capital appreciation. The Advisor may sell a security when its price reaches a target set by the Advisor, the Advisor believes that other investments are more attractive, or for other reasons.

Shareholder Fees
(fees paid directly from your investment)
   Class A    Class I    Class R6
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases (as a percentage of offering price) -0 5.75% -0 None -0 None
Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load) -0 None* -0 None -0 None
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*Investments of $1 million or more are not subject to a front-end sales charge but generally will be subject to a deferred sales charge of 1.00% on amounts of less than $4 million, 0.50% on amounts of at least $4 million but less than $10 million and 0.25% on amounts of at least $10 million, if redeemed within one year from the date of purchase.
Annual Fund Operating Expenses1
(expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment)
   Class A    Class I    Class R6
Management Fees -0 0.70% -0 0.70% -0 0.70%
Distribution (rule 12b-1) Fees -0 0.25% -0 None -0 None
Other Expenses      
Shareholder Service Fees -0 None -0 None -0 None
Other Expenses -0 2.26% -0 2.97% -0 2.29%
Total Other Expenses -0 2.26% -0 2.97% -0 2.29%
       
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses -0 7.18% -0 4.18% -0 3.16%
Less: Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement 0 -6.03% 0 -3.28% 0 -2.44%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement -0 1.15% -0 0.90% -0 0.72%
1 The Advisor has contractually agreed to limit the Small Cap Value Fund’s Class A, Class I and Class R6 annual operating expenses (excluding acquired fund fees and expenses, taxes, interest, brokerage commissions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization or extraordinary expenses such as litigation), including repayment of previous waivers, to 1.15% for Class A, 0.90% for Class I and 0.72% for Class R6, as percentages of the respective Fund classes’ average daily net assets through January 31, 2021 (the “Expense Caps”). The Expense Caps may be terminated at any time by the Board of Trustees upon 60 days’ notice to the Advisor. The Advisor is permitted, with Board approval, to be reimbursed for fee reductions and/or expense payments made in the prior three years with respect to any Class of the Fund. The Advisor may request reimbursement if the aggregate amount paid by the Fund toward operating expenses for the Class for the fiscal year (taking into account the reimbursement) does not exceed the Expense Cap with respect to such Class or any lower expense cap for the Class in effect at the time of the reimbursement.

Because the values of the Fund's investments will fluctuate with market conditions, so will the value of your investment in the Fund. You could lose money on your investment in the Fund, or the Fund could underperform other investments. The values of the Fund’s investments fluctuate in response to the activities of individual companies and general stock market and economic conditions. Investments in small and medium capitalization companies tend to have limited liquidity and greater price volatility than large capitalization companies.

Active Share: A measure of the percentage of stock holdings in a manager’s portfolio that differ from the benchmark index.