Form 497K ALPINE EQUITY TRUST

Summary Prospectus for certain open-end management investment companies filed pursuant to Securities Act Rule 497(k)

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  • Accession No.: 0001398344-17-002904 Act: 33 File No.: 033-25378 Film No.: 17659829
  • CIK: 0000842436
  • Submitted: 2017-03-02

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Before you invest, you may want to review the Fund’s Prospectus, which contains more information about the Fund and its risks. You can find the Fund’s Prospectus and other information about the Fund online at http://www.alpinefunds.com. You may also obtain this information at no cost by calling 1-888-785-5578 or by sending an e-mail request to [email protected] The Fund’s Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information, both dated February 28, 2017, as may be amended or further supplemented, and the independent registered public accounting firm’s report and financial statements in the Fund’s Annual Report to shareholders, dated October 31, 2016, are incorporated by reference into this Summary Prospectus.

 


 

Investment Objectives


 

Alpine Global Infrastructure Fund (the “Infrastructure Fund”) seeks capital appreciation. Current income is a secondary objective.

 

Fees and Expenses of the Fund


 

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.

 

You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $25,000 in the Fund’s Class A shares. More information about these and other discounts is available from your financial intermediary, in the section “Distribution of Fund Shares” on page 87 of the Fund’s Prospectus and in the section “Shareholder Accounts” on page 65 of the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

 

Shareholder Fees

(fees paid directly from your investment)

Class A

Institutional Class

Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases (as a percentage of offering price)

5.50%

None

Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load)

None(1)

None

Redemption Fee
(as a percentage of amount redeemed within less than 60 days of purchase)

1.00%

1.00%

 

Annual Fund Operating Expenses

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

   

Management Fees

1.00%

1.00%

Distribution and Service (12b-1) Fees

0.25%

None

Other Expenses

0.28%

0.28%

Interest Expense

0.01%

0.01%

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

1.54%

1.29%

Fee Waivers and/or Expense Reimbursements(2)

0.08%

0.08%

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waivers and/or Expense Reimbursements

1.46%

1.21%

 

(1)

A contingent deferred sales change of 1.00% will be applied if shares are redeemed within 12 months of purchasing Class A shares as part of an investment greater than $1,000,000 if no front-end sales charge was paid at the time of purchase and a concession was paid to the financial intermediary or dealer.

 

(2)

The Adviser has agreed contractually to waive and/or reimburse expenses of the Fund so that total annual fund operating expenses (including 12b-1 fees, but excluding brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses and extraordinary expenses) do not exceed annually 1.45% of the average net assets of the Class A shares and 1.20% of the average net assets of the Institutional Class shares. Total annual fund operating expenses after waiving fees and/or

 

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reimbursing expenses exceed the expense cap as a result of interest expense. This arrangement cannot be terminated prior to February 28, 2018 without the Board of Trustees’ consent. The Adviser may recapture amounts waived and/or reimbursed to a class if such recapture occurs within three years of the waiver and/or reimbursement and does not cause the total annual fund operating expenses of the Fund for any year to exceed the limits described above.

 

Example

 

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes:

 

 

You invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods

 

 

Your investment has a 5% return each year and the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same

 

 

You reinvest all distributions and dividends without a sales charge (if sales charges were included your costs would be higher)

 

Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:

 

1 Year

3 Years

5 Years

10 Years

Class A

$ 690

$ 1,002

$ 1,336

$ 2,277

Institutional Class

$ 123

$ 401

$ 700

$ 1,549

 

Portfolio Turnover

 

The 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 shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 58% of the average value of its portfolio.

 

Principal Investment Strategies


 

Under normal circumstances, the Infrastructure Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets (plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes) in the equity securities of U.S. and non-U.S. infrastructure-related issuers. An “infrastructure-related” issuer has (i) at least 50% of its assets consisting of infrastructure assets or (ii) 50% of its gross income or net profits attributable to or derived, directly or indirectly, from the ownership, management, construction, development, operation, utilization or financing of infrastructure assets. Infrastructure assets are the physical structures and networks that provide necessary services to society. Examples of infrastructure assets include, but are not limited to, transportation assets (e.g., toll roads, bridges, tunnels, parking facilities, railroads, rapid transit links, airports, refueling facilities and seaports), utility assets (e.g., electric transmission and distribution lines, power generation facilities, gas and water distribution facilities, sewage treatment plants, broadcast and wireless towers, and cable and satellite networks) and social assets (e.g., courthouses, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, stadiums and subsidized housing).

 

The Fund may invest without limitation in the securities of foreign issuers that are publicly traded in the United States or on foreign exchanges. Under normal market conditions, the Fund maintains no less than 40% of its net assets (plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes) in the securities of issuers located outside of the United States and will allocate its assets among issuers located in no fewer than three different countries, one of which may be the United States. The Fund considers an issuer to be located in a country if it meets any of the following criteria: (i) the issuer is organized under the laws of the country or maintains its principal place of business in that country; (ii) the issuer’s securities are traded principally in the country; or (iii) during the issuer’s most recent fiscal year, such issuer derived at least 50% of its revenues or profits from goods produced or sold, investments made, or services performed in the country or has at least 50% of its assets in that country.

 

The Fund’s investment strategies may result in a portfolio turnover rate in excess of 150% on an annual basis.

 

The Fund may invest a portion of its assets in shares of initial public offerings (“IPOs”) (subject to the Adviser’s discretionary policy based on percentage of beneficial ownership of the Fund by the Adviser or principals of the Adviser) and secondary offerings.

 

The Fund’s 80% investment policy may be changed by the Board of Trustees upon 60 days’ prior notice to shareholders.

 

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Principal Investment Risks


 

Risk is inherent in all investing. There is no assurance that the Fund will meet its investment objectives. The value of your investment in the Fund, as well as the amount of return you receive on your investment, may fluctuate significantly. You may lose part or all of your investment in the Fund or your investment may not perform as well as other similar investments. The Fund may take temporary defensive positions; in such a case, the Fund will not be pursuing its principal investment strategies. The following is an alphabetical list of the principal investment risks of investing in the Fund.

 

 

Concentration Risk — The Fund’s strategy of concentrating in companies in a specific industry means that its performance will be closely tied to the performance of a particular market segment. The Fund’s concentration in these companies may present more risks than if it were broadly diversified over numerous industries and sectors of the economy. A downturn in these companies would have a larger impact on the Fund than on a mutual fund that does not concentrate in such companies. At times, the performance of these companies will lag the performance of other industries or the broader market as a whole.

 

 

Currency Risk — The value of investments in securities denominated in foreign currencies increases or decreases as the rates of exchange between those currencies and the U.S. dollar change. Currency conversion costs and currency fluctuations could erase investment gains or add to investment losses. Currency exchange rates can be volatile, and are affected by factors such as general economic conditions, the actions of the U.S. and foreign governments or central banks, the imposition of currency controls and speculation.

 

 

Cybersecurity Risk — Cybersecurity incidents may allow an unauthorized party to gain access to Fund assets, customer data (including private shareholder information), or proprietary information, or cause the Fund, the Adviser and/or its service providers (including, but not limited to, Fund accountants, custodians, sub-custodians, transfer agents and financial intermediaries) to suffer data breaches, data corruption or lose operational functionality.

 

 

Dividend Strategy Risk — There is no guarantee that the issuers of the stocks held by the Fund will declare dividends in the future or that, if dividends are declared, they will remain at their current levels or increase over time. The Fund’s emphasis on dividend-paying stocks could cause the Fund to underperform similar funds that invest without consideration of a company’s track record of paying dividends or ability to pay dividends in the future. Dividend-paying stocks may not participate in a broad market advance to the same degree as other stocks, and a sharp rise in interest rates or economic downturn could cause a company to unexpectedly reduce or eliminate its dividend. The Fund may hold securities for short periods of time related to the dividend payment periods and may experience loss during these periods.

 

 

Equity Securities Risk — The stock or other security of a company may not perform as well as expected, and may decrease in value, because of factors related to the company (such as poorer than expected earnings or certain management decisions) or to the industry in which the company is engaged (such as a reduction in the demand for products or services in a particular industry). Holders of common stock generally are subject to more risks than holders of preferred stock or debt securities because the right to repayment of common stockholders’ claims is subordinated to that of preferred stock and debt securities upon the bankruptcy of the issuer.

 

 

Foreign and Emerging Market Securities Risk — The Fund’s investments in securities of foreign issuers or issuers with significant exposure to foreign markets involve additional risk. Foreign countries in which the Fund may invest may have markets that are less liquid, less regulated and more volatile than U.S. markets. The value of the Fund’s investments may decline because of factors affecting the particular issuer as well as foreign markets and issuers generally, such as unfavorable or unsuccessful government actions, reduction of government or central bank support and political or financial instability. Lack of information may also affect the value of these securities. To the extent the Fund focuses its investments in a single country or only a few countries in a particular geographic region, economic, political, regulatory or other conditions affecting such country or region may have a greater impact on Fund performance relative to a more geographically diversified fund.

 

 

The risks of foreign investments are heightened when investing in issuers in emerging market countries. Emerging market countries tend to have economic, political and legal systems that are less fully developed and are less stable than those of more developed countries. Less developed markets are more likely to experience problems with the clearing and settling of trades and the holding of securities by banks, agents and depositories are less developed than those in the United States. They are often particularly sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect speculative expectations. Low trading volumes may result in a lack of liquidity and in extreme price volatility.

 

 

Foreign Currency Transactions Risk — Foreign securities are often denominated in foreign currencies. As a result, the value of the Fund’s shares is affected by changes in exchange rates. The Fund may enter into foreign currency transactions to try to manage this risk. The Fund’s ability to use foreign currency transactions successfully depends on a number of factors, including the foreign currency transactions being available at prices that are not too costly, the availability of liquid markets and the ability of the Adviser to accurately predict the direction of changes in currency exchange rates.

 

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Growth Stock Risk — Growth stocks typically are very sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect future expectations. When it appears those expectations will not be met, the prices of growth stocks typically fall. Growth stocks as a group may be out of favor and underperform the overall equity market while the market concentrates on undervalued stocks.

 

 

Infrastructure-Related Investment Risk — Because the Fund concentrates its investments in infrastructure-related entities, the Fund has greater exposure to the potential adverse economic, regulatory, political and other changes affecting such entities. Infrastructure-related entities are subject to a variety of factors that may adversely affect their business or operations, including high interest costs in connection with capital construction programs, costs associated with environmental and other regulations, the effects of economic slowdown and surplus capacity, increased competition from other providers of services, uncertainties concerning the availability of fuel at reasonable prices, the effects of energy conservation policies and other factors. Additionally, infrastructure-related entities may be subject to regulation by various governmental authorities and may also be affected by governmental regulation of rates charged to customers, service interruption due to environmental, operational or other mishaps and the imposition of special tariffs and changes in tax laws, regulatory policies and accounting standards.

 

 

Initial Public Offerings and Secondary Offerings Risk — The Fund may invest a portion of its assets in shares of IPOs or secondary offerings of an issuer. IPOs and secondary offerings may have a magnified impact on the performance of a fund with a small asset base. The impact of IPOs and secondary offerings on the Fund’s performance likely will decrease as the Fund’s asset size increases, which could reduce the Fund’s returns. IPOs and secondary offerings may not be consistently available to the Fund for investing. IPO and secondary offering shares frequently are volatile in price due to the absence of a prior public market, the small number of shares available for trading and limited information about the issuer. Therefore, the Fund may hold IPO and secondary offering shares for a very short period of time. This may increase the turnover of the Fund and may lead to increased expenses for the Fund, such as commissions and transaction costs. In addition, IPO and secondary offering shares can experience an immediate drop in value if the demand for the securities does not continue to support the offering price.

 

 

Liquidity Risk — Some assets held by the Fund may be impossible or difficult to sell, particularly during times of market turmoil. These illiquid assets may also be difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell an illiquid asset to meet redemption requests or other cash needs, the Fund may be forced to sell at a loss.

 

 

Management Risk — The Adviser’s judgment about the quality, relative yield or value of, or market trends affecting, a particular security or sector, or about interest rates generally, may be incorrect. The Adviser’s security selections and other investment decisions might produce losses or cause the Fund to underperform when compared to other funds with similar investment objectives and strategies.

 

 

Market Risk — The price of a security held by the Fund may fall due to changing market, economic or political conditions.

 

 

Operational Risk — Your ability to transact with the Fund or the valuation of your investment may be negatively impacted because of the operational risks arising from factors such as processing errors and human errors, inadequate or failed internal or external processes, failures in systems and technology, changes in personnel, and errors caused by third party service providers or trading counterparties. It is not possible to identify all of the operational risks that may affect the Fund or to develop processes and controls that completely eliminate or mitigate the occurrence of such failures. The Fund and its shareholders could be negatively impacted as a result.

 

 

Portfolio Turnover Risk — High portfolio turnover necessarily results in greater transaction costs which may reduce Fund performance.

 

 

Small and Medium Capitalization Company Risk — Securities of small or medium capitalization companies are more likely to experience sharper swings in market values, less liquid markets, in which it may be more difficult for the Adviser to sell at times and at prices that the Adviser believes appropriate and generally are more volatile than those of larger companies.

 

 

Undervalued Stock Risk — The Fund may pursue strategies that may include investing in securities, which, in the opinion of the Adviser, are undervalued. The identification of investment opportunities in undervalued securities is a difficult task and there is no assurance that such opportunities will be successfully recognized or acquired. While investments in undervalued securities offer opportunities for above-average capital appreciation, these investments involve a high degree of financial risk and can result in substantial losses.

 

Performance


 

The accompanying bar chart and table provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows changes in the Fund’s performance from year to year for Institutional Class shares. The Class A shares of the Fund were not issued prior to December 30, 2011. Both Institutional Class and Class A shares would have substantially similar annual returns because the shares are invested in the same portfolio of securities and the annual returns would differ only to the extent that the Classes do not have the same expenses. The Fund’s sales load is not reflected in the bar chart, if it were, returns would be less than those shown. The table following the bar chart compares the Fund’s

 

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performance over time with those of a broad measure of market performance, as well as indices that reflect the market sectors in which the Fund invests. Unless otherwise stated, all index since inception returns reflect the inception date of the Institutional Class. To the extent the Fund engaged in leverage, this may have affected performance. The Fund’s past performance benefitted significantly from IPOs and secondary offerings of certain issuers and there is no guarantee that these results can be replicated in future periods or that the Fund will be able to participate to the same degree in IPOs and secondary offerings in the future. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Updated performance information is available on the Fund’s website at www.alpinefunds.com or by calling 1-888-785-5578.

 

Alpine Global Infrastructure Fund
Total Returns as of 12/31 Each Year
Institutional Class

 

Best and Worst Quarter Results During the periods shown in the Chart for the Fund

Best Quarter

Worst Quarter

20.62%

6/30/09

(18.62)%

9/30/11

 

Average Annual Total Returns

(For the periods ending December 31, 2016)

Alpine Global Infrastructure Fund – Institutional Class

1 Year

5 Years

Since

Inception

Inception

Date

Return Before Taxes

10.13%

9.40%

12.71%

11/3/2008

Return After Taxes on Distributions

8.55%

7.90%

11.07%

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares

6.19%

7.02%

9.96%

 

Alpine Global Infrastructure Fund – Class A

3.81%

7.91%

7.90%

12/30/2011

S&P Global Infrastructure Index
(reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)

12.43%

7.67%

8.40%

 

MSCI All Country World Index
(reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)

7.86%

9.36%

9.70%

 

Lipper Global Infrastructure Funds Average

9.11%

7.95%

9.52%(1)

 

 

(1)

The Lipper Global Infrastructure Funds Average reflects a return from November 6, 2008 to December 31, 2016.

 

The after-tax returns are shown only for Institutional Class shares, are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. After-tax returns for Class A shares will vary from returns shown for Institutional Class shares.

 

 

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Management


 

Investment Adviser

 

Alpine Woods Capital Investors, LLC (the “Adviser”) serves as the Fund’s investment adviser.

 

Portfolio Managers

 

Mr. Joshua Duitz, Portfolio Manager of the Adviser, is the portfolio manager primarily responsible for the investment decisions of the Fund and has managed the Fund since its inception. Mr. Gavin Tam, Portfolio Manager of the Adviser, has been associate portfolio manager of the Fund since February 2016.

 

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares


 

Class A

 

You may purchase or redeem Fund shares on any day the NYSE is open by contacting your financial intermediary. The minimum initial amount of investment in the Fund is $2,500. There is no minimum for subsequent investments.

 

Institutional Class

 

You may purchase, redeem or exchange Fund shares on any business day by written request via mail (Alpine Funds, c/o Boston Financial Data Services, Inc., PO Box 8061, Boston, MA 02266), by wire transfer, by telephone at 1-888-785-5578, or through a financial intermediary. The minimum initial amount of investment in the Fund is $1,000,000. There is no minimum for subsequent investments if payment is mailed by check, otherwise the minimum is $100.

 

Tax Information


 

The Fund’s distributions are taxable, and will be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account.

 

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries


 

If you purchase Fund shares through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Fund and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your financial professional to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your financial professional or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

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