Harbor Small Cap Value Opportunities Fund Institutional Class (HSOVX)

Investment Strategy

The Fund invests primarily in equity securities, principally common stocks, of small cap companies. The Fund defines small cap companies as those with market capitalizations that fall within the range of the Russell 2000® Index, provided that if the upper end of the capitalization range of that Index falls below $2.5 billion, the Fund will continue to define those companies with market capitalizations between the upper end of the range of the Index and $2.5 billion as small cap companies. As of December 31, 2017, the range of the Index was $4 million to $8.9 billion, but it is expected to change frequently.

The Subadviser employs a fundamental bottom-up, research intensive investment process to identify companies to own in the Fund. The Subadviser invests in companies that it believes possess sustainable business models supported by strong competitive positions, solid financial health, capable management teams, and/or attractive positioning in their industries. The Subadviser seeks to invest in these types of companies at attractive valuation levels, typically below their estimate of the long-term intrinsic value of the business. Finally, the Subadviser attempts to identify value drivers that will cause the value of the company to appreciate towards the intrinsic value.

The Fund's sector weightings are a result of the Subadviser's bottom-up stock selection process. A holding may be sold if it becomes fully valued, its fundamentals deteriorate, more attractive opportunities are identified, value drivers are realized, or value drivers are delayed beyond its investment horizon.

Under normal market conditions, the Fund expects to invest in approximately 60 to 70 companies with at least 80% of its net assets, plus borrowings for investment purposes, in a portfolio of small cap equity securities. The Fund may invest up to 10% of its total assets in the securities of foreign issuers.


There is no guarantee that the investment objective of the Fund will be achieved. Stocks fluctuate in price and the value of your investment in the Fund may go down. This means that you could lose money on your investment in the Fund or the Fund may not perform as well as other investment options. Principal risks impacting the Fund include:

Foreign Securities Risk: Because the Fund may invest in securities of foreign issuers, an investment in the Fund is subject to special risks in addition to those of U.S. securities. These risks include heightened political and economic risks, greater volatility, currency fluctuations, higher transaction costs, delayed settlement, possible foreign controls on investment, possible sanctions by governmental bodies of other countries and less stringent investor protection and disclosure standards of foreign markets. Foreign securities are sometimes less liquid and harder to value than securities of U.S. issuers. These risks are more significant for issuers in emerging market countries. Global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, and conditions and events in one country, region or financial market may adversely impact issuers in a different country, region or financial market.

Market and Issuer Risk: Securities markets are volatile and can decline significantly in response to adverse market, economic, political, regulatory or other developments, which may lower the value of securities held by the Fund, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably. Additionally, an adverse event, such as an unfavorable earnings report, may depress the value of a particular issuer's stock.

Selection Risk:The Subadviser's judgment about the attractiveness, value and growth potential of a particular security may be incorrect. The Subadviser potentially will be prevented from executing investment decisions at an advantageous time or price as a result of any domestic or global market disruptions, particularly disruptions causing heightened market volatility and reduced market liquidity, as well as increased or changing regulations. Thus, investments that the Subadviser believes represent an attractive opportunity or in which the Fund seeks to obtain exposure may be unavailable entirely or in the specific quantities or prices sought by the Subadviser and the Fund may need to obtain the exposure through less advantageous or indirect investments or forgo the investment at the time.

Small cap risk: The Fund's performance may be more volatile because it invests primarily in issuers that are smaller companies. Smaller companies may have limited product lines, markets and financial resources. Securities of smaller companies are usually less stable in price and less liquid than those of larger, more established companies. Additionally, small cap stocks may fall out of favor relative to mid or large cap stocks, which may cause the Fund to underperform other equity funds that focus on mid or large cap stocks.

Value Style Risk: Over time, a value oriented investing style may go in and out of favor, which may cause the Fund to underperform other equity funds that use different investing styles.