Summary of Risks
Investing in the Fund involves risks, including the risk that you may receive little or no return on your investment or that you may lose part or all of your investment. Consequently, you can lose money by investing in the Fund. No assurance can be given that the Fund will achieve its investment objective, and investment results may vary substantially over time and from period to period. An investment in the Fund is not appropriate for all investors.
New Offering with No Operating History. The Fund is a closed-end investment company with no history of operations. If the Fund commences operations under inopportune market or economic conditions, it may not be able to achieve its investment objective. In addition, because the Fund is not required to raise a minimum amount of proceeds from this offering in order to commence operations, the Fund may experience high expenses, subject to the Fund’s Expense Limitation Agreement (see “Fees and Fund Expenses”), to the extent it is thinly capitalized.
Substantial Conflicts of Interest. The Adviser and/or its general partner, limited partners, officers, affiliates and employees provide investment advice to other parties and manage other accounts and private investment vehicles similar to the Fund. For the purposes of this section, the term “Highland” shall include the Adviser and its affiliated investment advisors, including Highland Capital Management, L.P. and its affiliates. In connection with such other investment management activities, the Adviser and/or its general partner, limited partners, officers, affiliates and employees may decide to invest the funds of one or more other accounts or recommend the investment of funds by other parties, rather than the Fund’s monies, in a particular security or strategy. In addition, the Adviser and such other persons will determine the allocation of funds from the Fund and such other accounts to investment strategies and techniques on whatever basis they consider appropriate or desirable in their sole and absolute discretion.
Leverage Risk. Based on current market conditions, the Fund does not presently intend within the next 12 months as of the date of this prospectus to issue preferred stock or borrow funds for investment purposes, but may do so if the Fund’s Board of Trustees determines it is in the best interest of common shareholders. The Fund is permitted to use leverage up to 33.33% of the Fund’s total assets as permitted by the 1940 Act. The use of leverage, such as borrowing money to purchase securities, will cause the Fund to incur additional expenses and may significantly magnify the Fund’s losses in the event of underperformance of the Latin American Securities held by the Fund. Interest payments and fees incurred in connection with such borrowings may reduce the amount of distributions available to the Fund’s shareholders. The Fund may also invest in REITs that derive their income from the ownership, leasing, or financing of Latin American real estate, BDCs and MLPs, which may incur higher levels of leverage. Accordingly, the Fund, through these investments, may be exposed to higher levels of leverage than the Fund is permitted to, including a greater risk of loss with respect to such investments as a result of higher leverage employed by such entities.
Liquidity Risk. The Fund is a closed-end investment company structured as an “interval fund” and designed for long-term investors. Unlike many closed-end investment companies, the Fund’s shares are not listed on any securities exchange and are not publicly traded. There is currently no secondary market for the shares and the Fund expects that no secondary market will develop. Limited liquidity is provided to shareholders only through the Fund’s quarterly repurchase offers for no less than 5% of the shares outstanding at NAV. There is no guarantee that shareholders will be able to sell all of the shares they desire in a quarterly repurchase offer. The Fund’s investments are also subject to liquidity risk. Liquidity risk exists when particular investments of the Fund would be difficult to purchase or sell, possibly preventing the Fund from selling such illiquid securities at an advantageous time or price, or possibly requiring the Fund to dispose of other investments at unfavorable times or prices in order to satisfy its obligations.
Market Risk. An investment in shares is subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of the entire principal amount invested. An investment in shares represents an indirect investment in the securities owned by the Fund. The value of these securities, like other market investments, may move up or down, sometimes rapidly and unpredictably. The value of your shares at any point in time may be worth less than the value of your original investment, even after taking into account any reinvestment of dividends and distributions.
Non-Diversification Risk. Non-diversification risk is the risk that an investment in the Fund could fluctuate in value more than an investment in a diversified fund. As a non-diversified fund for purposes of the 1940 Act, the Fund may invest a larger portion of its assets in the securities of fewer issuers than a diversified fund. The Fund’s investment in fewer issuers may result in the Fund’s shares being more sensitive to the economic results of those issuers. An investment in the Fund could fluctuate in value more than an investment in a diversified fund.
Repurchase Policy Risk. Quarterly repurchases by the Fund of its shares typically will be funded from available cash or sales of portfolio securities. However, payment for repurchased shares may require the Fund to liquidate portfolio holdings earlier than the Adviser otherwise would liquidate such holdings, potentially resulting in losses, and may increase the Fund’s portfolio turnover. The Adviser may take measures to attempt to avoid or minimize such potential losses and turnover, and instead of liquidating portfolio holdings, may borrow money to finance repurchases of shares. If the Fund borrows to finance repurchases, interest on any such borrowings will negatively affect shareholders who do not tender their shares in a repurchase offer by increasing the Fund’s expenses and reducing net investment income. To the extent the Fund finances repurchase proceeds by selling investments, the Fund may hold a larger proportion of its gross assets in less liquid securities. Also, the sale of securities to fund repurchases could reduce the market price of those securities, which in turn would reduce the Fund’s NAV.
Management Fee Risk. The management fee paid to the Adviser is based on the Fund’s Daily Gross Assets. As a result, investors in the Fund’s shares will invest on a “gross” basis and receive distributions on a “net” basis after expenses, resulting in a lower rate of return than one might achieve through direct investments. Because the management fee is based on the Fund’s gross assets, the Adviser will benefit if and when the Fund issues additional equity, incurs debt or uses leverage. The use of leverage will increase the likelihood of default under any credit facility or other debt instruments the Fund enters into, which would disfavor the holders of Fund shares, including investors in this offering.
Distribution Policy Risk. The Fund’s distribution policy may, under certain circumstances, have certain adverse consequences to the Fund and its shareholders because it may result in a return of capital resulting in less of a shareholder’s assets being invested in the Fund and, over time, increase the Fund’s expense ratio. A return of capital may also reduce a shareholder’s tax basis, resulting in higher taxes when the shareholder sells his or her shares, and may cause a shareholder to pay taxes even if he or she sells such shares for less than the original purchase price. The distribution policy also may cause the Fund to sell a security at a time it would not otherwise do so in order to manage the distribution of income and gain. The initial distribution will be declared on a date determined by the Board. If the Fund’s investments are delayed, the initial distribution may consist principally of a return of capital. Pending the investment of net proceeds in accordance with the Fund’s investment objective and policies, all or a portion of the Fund’s distributions may consist of a return of capital (i.e. from your original investment). Shareholders should not assume that the source of a distribution from the Fund is net profit. Shareholders should note that return of capital will reduce the tax basis of their shares (but not below zero) and potentially increase the taxable gain, if any, upon disposition of their shares.
Securities Market Risk. Securities market risk is the risk that the value of securities owned by the Fund may go up or down, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably, due to factors affecting particular companies or the securities markets generally. A general downturn in the securities market may cause multiple asset classes to decline in value simultaneously. Many factors can affect this value and you may lose money by investing in the Fund.
Portfolio Turnover Risk. Portfolio turnover risk is the risk that the Fund’s portfolio turnover will increase the Fund’s transaction costs and may result in increased realization of net short-term capital gains (which are taxable to shareholders as ordinary income when distributed to them), higher taxable distributions and lower after-tax performance.
Equity Securities Risk. The Fund expects to invest in equity securities. Equity risk is the risk that the value or market price of equity securities held by the Fund will fall due to general market or economic conditions, perceptions regarding the industries in which the issuers of securities held by the Fund participate, changes in interest rates, and the particular circumstances and performance of particular companies whose securities the Fund holds.
Debt Securities Risk. The Fund may invest in debt securities. When the Fund invests in debt securities, the value of your investment in the Fund will fluctuate with changes in interest rates. Typically, a rise in interest rates causes a decline in the value of debt securities. In general, the market price of debt securities with longer maturities will increase or decrease more in response to changes in interest rates than shorter-term securities.
Non-Payment Risk. Debt securities are subject to the risk of non-payment of scheduled interest and/or principal. Nonpayment would result in a reduction of income to the Fund, a reduction in the value of the security experiencing nonpayment and a potential decrease in the NAV of the Fund. There can be no assurance that the liquidation of any collateral would satisfy the borrower’s obligation in the event of non-payment of scheduled interest or principal payments, or that such collateral could be readily liquidated.
Selection Risk. Different types of equity securities tend to shift into and out of favor with investors, depending on market and economic conditions. The performance of funds that invest in healthcare industry equity securities may at times be better or worse than the performance of funds that focus on other types of securities or that have a broader investment style.
Concentration Risk. Under normal market conditions, the Fund expects to invest at least 80% of its total assets in securities of Healthcare Companies. As a result, the Fund’s portfolio will be more sensitive to, and possibly more adversely affected by, regulatory, economic or political factors or trends relating to the healthcare industries than a portfolio of companies representing a larger number of industries. As a result of its concentration policy, the Fund’s investments may be subject to greater risk and market fluctuation than a fund that has securities representing a broader range of investments. The Fund may occasionally make investments in any company with the objective of controlling or influencing the management and policies of that company, which could potentially make the Fund more susceptible to declines in the value of the company’s stock. The Adviser may seek control in public companies only occasionally and most often in companies with a small capitalization.
Healthcare Companies have in the past been characterized by limited product focus, rapidly changing technology and extensive government regulation. In particular, technological advances can render an existing product, which may account for a disproportionate share of a company’s revenue, obsolete. Obtaining governmental approval from agencies such as the FDA for new products can be lengthy, expensive and uncertain as to outcome. Such delays in product development may result in the need to seek additional capital, potentially diluting the interests of existing investors such as the Fund. In addition, governmental agencies may, for a variety of reasons, restrict the release of certain innovative technologies of commercial significance. These various factors may result in abrupt advances and declines in the securities prices of particular companies and, in some cases, may have a broad effect on the prices of securities of companies in particular healthcare industries.
A concentration of investments in any healthcare industry or in Healthcare Companies generally may increase the risk and volatility of an investment company’s portfolio. Such volatility is not limited to the biotechnology industry, and companies in other industries may be subject to similar abrupt movements in the market prices of their securities. No assurance can be given that future declines in the market prices of securities of companies in the industries in which the Fund may invest will not occur, or that such declines will not adversely affect the NAV or the price of the shares.
AN INVESTMENT IN THE NEXPOINT HEALTHCARE OPPORTUNITIES FUND INVOLVES RISK AND THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT THE INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES WILL BE MET. FOR A FULL LIST OF THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH INVESTING IN THE NEXPOINT HEALTHCARE OPPORTUNITIES FUND, PLEASE READ THE FUND PROSPECTUS.