Fairholme Fund FORM N1A
THE FAIRHOLME FUND
(“The Fairholme Fund”)
The Fairholme Fund’s investment objective is long-term growth of capital.
Fees and Expenses of the Fund
The following table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy and hold shares of The Fairholme Fund.
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For more information about the management fee, see the Investment Management section of the Prospectus. “Other Expenses” include acquired fund fees and expenses, which are incurred indirectly by The Fairholme Fund as a result of The Fairholme Fund’s investing in securities issued by one or more investment companies. Please note that the Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses in the table above may not correlate to the Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets found within the “Financial Highlights” section of this Prospectus.
This Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in The Fairholme Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.
The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in The Fairholme Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that The Fairholme Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
The Fairholme Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when The Fairholme Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect The Fairholme Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, The Fairholme Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 15.59% of the average value of its portfolio.
Principal Investment Strategies
Fairholme Capital Management, L.L.C. (the “Manager”), the investment adviser to The Fairholme Fund, attempts, under normal circumstances, to achieve The Fairholme Fund’s investment objective by investing in a focused portfolio of equity and fixed-income securities. The proportion of The Fairholme Fund’s assets invested in each type of asset class will vary from time to time based upon the Manager’s assessment of general market and economic conditions. The Fairholme Fund may invest in, and may shift frequently among, asset classes and market sectors.
The equity securities in which The Fairholme Fund may invest include common and preferred stock (including convertible preferred stock), partnership interests, business trust shares, depository receipts, rights and warrants to subscribe for the purchase of equity securities, and interests in real estate investment trusts (“REITs”).
The fixed-income securities in which The Fairholme Fund may invest include U.S. corporate debt securities, non-U.S. corporate debt securities, bank debt (including bank loans and participations), U.S. government and agency debt securities, short-term debt obligations of foreign governments and foreign money market instruments.
The Fairholme Fund may also invest in “special situations,” which are situations when the securities of a company are expected to appreciate within a reasonable time due to company-specific developments rather than general business conditions or movements of the market as a whole.
The Manager uses fundamental analysis to identify certain attractive characteristics of companies. Such characteristics may include: high free cash flow yields in relation to market values and risk-free rates; sensible capital allocation policies; strong competitive positions; solid balance sheets; stress-tested owner/managers; participation in stressed industries having reasonable prospects for recovery; potential for long-term growth; significant tangible assets in relation to enterprise values; high returns on invested equity and capital; and the production of essential services and products. The Manager defines free cash flow as the cash a company would generate annually from operations after all cash outlays necessary to maintain the business in its current condition.
Although The Fairholme Fund normally holds a focused portfolio of equity and fixed-income securities, The Fairholme Fund is not required to be fully invested in such securities and may maintain a significant portion of its total assets in cash and securities generally considered to be cash equivalents.
The Fairholme Fund may also use other investment strategies and invest its assets in other types of investments, which are described in the section in this Prospectus entitled “Additional Information about the Funds’ Investments and Risks,” and in The Fairholme Fund’s Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).
Principal Risks of Investing in The Fairholme Fund
General Risks. All investments are subject to inherent risks, and an investment in The Fairholme Fund is no exception. Accordingly, you may lose money by investing in The Fairholme Fund. Markets can trade in random or cyclical price patterns, and prices can fall over time. The value of The Fairholme Fund’s investments will fluctuate as markets fluctuate and could decline over short- or long-term periods.
Equity Risk. The Fairholme Fund is subject to the risk that stock and other equity security prices may fall over short or extended periods of time. Historically, the equity markets have moved in cycles, and the value of The Fairholme Fund’s equity securities may fluctuate drastically from day to day. Individual companies may report poor results or be negatively affected by industry and/or economic trends and developments. The prices of securities issued by such companies may suffer a decline in response. These factors contribute to price volatility.
Focused Portfolio and Non-Diversification Risks. The Fairholme Fund may have more volatility and is considered to have more risk than a fund that invests in securities of a greater number of issuers because changes in the value of a single issuer’s security may have a more significant effect, either negative or positive, on The Fairholme Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”). To the extent that The Fairholme Fund invests its assets in the securities of fewer issuers, The Fairholme Fund will be subject to greater risk of loss if any of those securities decreases in value or becomes impaired. To the extent that The Fairholme Fund’s investments are focused in a particular issuer, region, country, market, industry, asset class or other category, The Fairholme Fund may be susceptible to loss due to adverse occurrences affecting that issuer, region, country, market, industry, asset class or other category.
Special Situation Risk. Investments in special situations may involve greater risks when compared to The Fairholme Fund’s other strategies due to a variety of factors. Mergers, reorganizations, liquidations or recapitalizations may fail or not be completed on the terms originally contemplated, and expected developments may not occur in a timely manner, or at all.
Interest Rate Risk. The Fairholme Fund’s investments are subject to interest rate risk, which is the risk that the value of a security will decline because of a change in general interest rates. Investments subject to interest rate risk will usually decrease in value when interest rates rise and rise in value when interest rates decline. Also, securities with long maturities typically experience a more pronounced change in value when interest rates change.
Credit Risk. The Fairholme Fund’s investments are subject to credit risk. An issuer’s credit quality depends on its ability to pay interest on and repay its debt and other obligations. Defaulted securities (or those expected to default)