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Penn Capital Special Situations Small Cap Equity Fund

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The Special Situations Small Cap Equity Fund seeks to provide catalyst driven capital appreciation and uncorrelated alpha. The Fund utilizes a high conviction, private equity approach to the public market with Penn Capital’s Complete Capital Structure Analysis®. The Fund targets small capitalization companies with complex balance sheets and minimal research coverage to capture inefficiencies that traditional equity analysts frequently avoid. Focusing on undervalued companies moving towards their optimal capital structure, the Fund exhibits a differentiated return profile with 50% greater M&A experience than the Russell 2000 Index.

Effective October 31, 2017 the Penn Capital Small Cap Equity Fund was renamed the Penn Capital Special Situations Small Cap Equity Fund. The fund's investment objective and strategy did not change.


The Penn Capital Special Situations Small Cap Equity Fund seeks to provide capital appreciation.


The Fund generally intends to invest in 50 to 90 securities identified by the Advisor’s fundamental, bottom-up value driven research. The portfolio construction process involves both quantitative and qualitative fundamental analysis.

Investment Type Examples

Common stock, preferred stock, convertible securities, and other investment companies including exchange traded funds (ETFs), American Depository Receipts (ADRs), and real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Industry Examples

Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Energy, Financials, Healthcare, Industrials, Materials, Technology and Telecommunication Services.


AS OF 11/30/2018
Ticker: PSCNX | CUSIP: 707269304
MTD QTD YTD 1 Year Since Inception 2017 2016 1 Year09/30/2017 to 09/30/2018 Inception
to 09/30/2018
Penn Capital Special Situations Small Cap Equity Fund
Russell 2000 Index
AS OF 11/30/2018
Ticker: PSCNX | CUSIP: 707269304
Penn Capital Special Situations Small Cap Equity Fund
MTD 0.98
QTD -12.10
YTD -3.49
1 Year
Since Inception 10.90
2017 15.85
2016 20.61
1 Year (09/30/2017 to 09/30/2018) 18.04
Inception(Inception Date to 09/30/2018) 16.87
Russell 2000 Index
MTD 1.59
QTD -9.44
YTD 0.98
1 Year
Since Inception 12.24
2017 14.65
2016 21.32
1 Year (09/30/2017 to 09/30/2018) 15.24
Inception(Inception Date to 09/30/2018) 17.12

Investment Process

Step 1
Fundamental Financial Analysis

Penn Capital’s analysts and portfolio managers screen for companies with improving financial metrics to determine relative value.

Step 2
Qualitative Research

Penn Capital’s analysts and portfolio managers perform qualitative research to confirm relative value.

Step 3
Liquidity Outlook/Covenant Analysis

Penn Capital’s analysts and portfolio managers screen for liquidity issues and perform covenant analysis, bank loan availability and asset value analysis.

Step 4

Primary and secondary analysts and portfolio managers present best new idea(s) to entire team for evaluation and consideration.

Step 5
Decision Making

Two step approval process requires approval first by the portfolio manager, and second by either the Director of Research or the Chief Investment Officer.

Step 6
Portfolio Construction

Penn’s Equity Strategy Committee meets weekly to discuss macro-view and to determine sector allocations.

Fees & Expenses

Total Fund annual net operating expenses (after fee waiver/expense reimbursement) are: Institutional Class 1.09%.

Total Fund annual gross operating expenses (before fee waiver/expense reimbursement) are: Institutional Class 2.09%.

The Fund's advisor has contractually agreed to waive its fees and/or pay for operating expenses of the Fund to ensure that total annual fund operating expenses do not exceed 1.09% of the average daily net assets for the Institutional Class shares of the Fund, respectively. This agreement is in effect until October 30, 2019. The Fund’s advisor is permitted to seek reimbursement from the Fund of fees waived for a period of three years from the date of the waiver or payment to the extent it does exceed the expenses limits.

Portfolio Managers

Eric Green, CFA

Director of Research, Senior Portfolio Manager, Senior Managing Partner

Mr. Green began his career at Penn Capital in July 1997. As Director of Research, Mr. Green is responsible for guiding the firm’s day-to-day investment research process. He also serves as the Portfolio Manager for Penn Capital’s Small Cap, Smaller Companies Growth, and Mid Cap equity strategies as well as chairing the Penn Capital Equity Strategy Committee. Throughout his career, Mr. Green has focused on the energy, media, gaming, and leisure industries. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee which drives overall strategy and management of the firm.

Prior to joining Penn Capital, Mr. Green gained experience with the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission where he served as a financial analyst in the Division of Investment Management. Mr. Green is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Mid-Atlantic Region and Co-Chairman of the ADL's 2018 Walk Against Hate.

He received a BSBA, Cum Laude, from American University and received an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Joseph Maguire, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, Senior Partner

Mr. Maguire began his career with Penn Capital in January 2005.  He currently serves as a co-portfolio manager for Penn Capital’s Convertible strategy and is the portfolio manager for Penn Capital’s Small to Mid Cap Equity strategy. Prior to joining Penn Capital, he served as a senior audit associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and conducted private equity research for AMS Inc.  During graduate school, Mr. Maguire interned with Penn Capital’s investment team.  Mr. Maguire received a BBA in Accounting from The College of William & Mary and a MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Richard Hocker

Founder, Chief Investment Officer & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hocker founded Penn Capital in 1987 and serves as Chief Investment Officer & Chief Executive Officer, guiding overall portfolio strategy.  His investing and institutional non-investment grade corporate lending experience spans over forty years. While serving as a Partner for Delaware Investment Advisors (DIA) from 1977 to 1987, he was responsible for building the investment side of DIA’s fixed income operation.  During this period, Mr. Hocker developed and managed one of the nation’s first high yield mutual funds, the Delchester High Yield Bond Fund. He also served as the first high yield bond manager for several institutional clients including General Motors, State of Vermont Teachers Retirement Association, and Colorado Fire and Police.  Prior to DIA, Mr. Hocker trained as a corporate lender and supported key senior lenders at Provident National Bank, which is now PNC, a top 20 US Banking institution.  He later rose to serve as head of the investment division.  Mr. Hocker also founded and served as CEO of Covenant Bank, a NJ based regional bank which grew to 16 branches and $500mm in deposits before being acquired by Wachovia Corporation in 1997.

He and his wife, Marcia Hocker, are the founders of the Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation. The Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation provides educational opportunities to less fortunate, deserving Greater Philadelphia-area elementary and high school students. Mr. Hocker received both his BS in accounting and MBA in finance from the Kogod School of Business at American University.