Shareholder Letter

April 13, 2018

Dear Shareholders,

During the first quarter of 2018, the Osterweis Strategic Income Fund (the Fund) generated a total return of 0.28%, compared to -1.46% for the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (BC Agg). The Fund’s annualized total returns over the one year, five year and ten year periods ending March 31, 2018 were 4.64%, 4.15% and 6.28%, respectively, compared to 1.20%, 1.82% and 3.63% for the BC Agg over the same periods.

The performance data quoted above represent past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance of the Fund may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by calling (866) 236-0050. An investment should not be made solely on the basis of returns. The Fund’s gross expense ratio was 0.88% as of March 31, 2017.

As discussed in our Investment Outlook, provocative tweets and eye-catching headlines have dominated the news cycle lately, roiling the equity markets. But a closer examination reveals they’re essentially white noise. Fundamentals remain solid both domestically and abroad, and in general, global business and government leaders are still behaving rationally.

Inflation is the biggest threat to the economy, but it appears to be on a gradual trajectory that should contain its damage. We anticipate rising wages will mostly offset rising prices, and for the moment we do not see a material change to long-term interest rates. Short-term interest rates have been rising, but this is a normalization process largely due to the Federal Reserve’s tightening policy.

Despite all the positive economic indicators, we think the volatility of the first quarter is not yet behind us as the news out of Washington D.C. shows no sign of abating. In addition, the duration of the BC Agg (a proxy for the investment grade market) is near historic highs, and rising interest rates, possibly combined with widening spreads, could create a headwind for longer dated bonds.

To address these market challenges, we are pursuing a cautious, disciplined strategy. Specifically, we continue to look for attractive investments in the high yield and convertible bond markets and hope to take advantage of volatility by putting capital to work prudently. In addition, we welcome the rise in short-term interest rates as it has allowed us to invest our cash in higher quality U.S. Treasury bills and 30-day commercial paper.

Carl Kaufman
Bradley Kane
Craig Manchuck

 

Enclosure

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This commentary contains the current opinions of the authors as of the date above, which are subject to change at any time. This commentary has been distributed for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation or offer of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed.

The Osterweis Strategic Income Fund may invest in debt securities that are un-rated or rated below investment grade. Lower-rated securities may present an increased possibility of default, price volatility or illiquidity compared to higher-rated securities. The Fund may invest in foreign and emerging market securities, which involve greater volatility and political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. These risks may increase for emerging markets. Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. This risk is usually greater for longer-term debt securities. Small- and mid-capitalization companies tend to have limited liquidity and greater price volatility than large-capitalization companies. Higher turnover rates may result in increased transaction costs, which could impact performance. From time to time, the Fund may have concentrated positions in one or more sectors subjecting the Fund to sector emphasis risk. The Fund may invest in municipal securities which are subject to the risk of default.

The Osterweis Funds are available by prospectus only. The Funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses must be considered carefully before investing. The summary and statutory prospectuses contain this and other important information about the Funds. You may obtain a summary or statutory prospectus by calling toll free at (866) 236-0050, or by visiting osterweis.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing to ensure the Fund is appropriate for your goals and risk tolerance.

The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (BC Agg) is an unmanaged index that is widely regarded as a standard for measuring U.S. investment grade bond market performance. This index includes reinvestment of dividends and/or interest income. The index does not incur expenses and is not available for investment.

Duration measures the potential volatility of the price of a debt security, or the aggregate market value of a portfolio of debt securities, prior to maturity. Securities with longer durations generally have more volatile prices than securities of comparable quality with shorter durations.

Osterweis Capital Management is the adviser to the Osterweis Funds, which are distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.

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Investment Team

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This commentary contains the current opinions of the authors as of the date above, which are subject to change at any time. This commentary has been distributed for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation or offer of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed.

The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (BC Agg) is an unmanaged index which is widely regarded as the standard for measuring U.S. investment grade bond market performance. This index does not incur expenses and is not available for investment. The index includes reinvestment of dividends and/or interest income.

Criteria for Recommended Funds: Recommended funds are evaluated by Litman Gregory based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative measures, including absolute and relative long-term performance metrics when compared to an appropriate benchmark and peer group, manager skill, investment process and the discipline by which the process is applied, quality and tenure of research team, shareholder orientation, assets under management, and fund expenses. Recommended reflects Litman Gregory’s confidence in a fund’s potential to outperform a relevant benchmark over the long term.

The Osterweis Funds are available by prospectus only. The Funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses must be considered carefully before investing. The summary and statutory prospectuses contain this and other important information about the Funds. You may obtain a summary or statutory prospectus by calling toll free at (866) 236-0050, or by visiting www.osterweis.com/statpro. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing to ensure the Fund is appropriate for your goals and risk tolerance.

Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible.

The Osterweis Strategic Income Fund may invest in debt securities that are un-rated or rated below investment grade. Lower-rated securities may present an increased possibility of default, price volatility or illiquidity compared to higher-rated securities. The Fund may invest in foreign and emerging market securities, which involve greater volatility and political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. These risks may increase for emerging markets. Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. This risk is usually greater for longer-term debt securities. Small- and mid-capitalization companies tend to have limited liquidity and greater price volatility than large-capitalization companies. Higher turnover rates may result in increased transaction costs, which could impact performance. From time to time, the Fund may have concentrated positions in one or more sectors subjecting the Fund to sector emphasis risk. The Fund may invest in municipal securities which are subject to the risk of default.

While the fund is no-load, management fees and other expenses still apply. Please refer to the prospectus for more information.

Osterweis Capital Management is the adviser to the Osterweis Funds, which are distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.

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