ICON Natural Resources Fund (ICBMX) Wins 2018 Lipper Award

Recognized funds demonstrate consistent, strong risk-adjusted returns relative to peers

DENVER--()--ICON Advisers, Inc., adviser to the ICON Funds, announced today that the ICON Natural Resources Fund has been named a 2018 Lipper Fund Award winner. The Lipper Fund Awards recognize funds that have demonstrated consistent, strong risk-adjusted returns relative to their peers. ICON Advisers won the award for the three-year period, which ended 11/30/2017.

We’re delighted to have this recognition from Lipper for our ICON Natural Resources Fund,” said Dr. Craig Callahan, President & Founder of ICON Advisers, Inc.. “Its performance is primarily a result of favorable industry tilts within the Natural Resources sector based on value. We’re excited about the prospects for natural resources companies this year. ”

The ICON Natural Resources Fund (ICBMX – Class S) seeks long-term capital appreciation using a proprietary quantitative methodology to identify securities which ICON believes are underpriced relative to their intrinsic value. The ICON Natural Resources Fund normally invests in equity securities of companies with operations throughout the world that own, explore or develop natural resources and other basic commodities or supply goods and services to such companies.

About ICON Advisers

ICON Advisers, Inc. is a boutique firm based in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Since its inception, ICON has employed a unique and disciplined investment approach to the way we manage assets. In 1986, Dr. Craig Callahan founded ICON using a modernized Benjamin Graham valuation model to systematically determine the intrinsic value of individual companies in order to make clear, objective investment decisions. Today, ICON offers a diverse lineup of mutual funds, Tactical Allocation Portfolios, and Strategy Based Investing Portfolios providing a wide spectrum of investment options. With our broad scope and commitment to uncovering value, our Funds and Portfolios can accommodate a wide range of investment needs.

About the Lipper Awards

The Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards, granted annually, highlight funds and fund companies that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers.

The Lipper Fund Awards are based on the Lipper Leader for Consistent Return rating, which is a risk-adjusted performance measure calculated over 36, 60 and 120 months. The highest 20% of funds in each category are named Lipper Leaders for Consistent Return and receive a score of 5, the next 20% receive a score of 4, the middle 20% are scored 3, the next 20% are scored 2 and the lowest 20% are scored 1. The fund with the highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value in each eligible classification wins the Lipper Fund Award. For more information, see www.lipperfundawards.com. Although Lipper makes reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained herein, the accuracy is not guaranteed by Lipper.

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  Average Annual Total Returns (%)

Fund Performance as of 12/31/17

  Inception  

YTDa

  1   3   5   10   Since   Expense Ratio
    Date  

 

  Year   Years   Years   Years   Inception   Gross   Net
ICON Natural Resources Fund, Class S (ICBMX)   5/5/1997   16.92   16.92   6.37   9.70   3.73   5.3   1.62%   1.53%
S&P 1500 Index       21.13   21.13   11.41   15.74   8.69   8.18        

a Not annualized. The data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than the data quoted. Please call 1-800-828-4881 or visit www.InvestwithICON.com for performance results current to the most recent month end. Returns assume the reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions and reflect applicable fees and expenses. Performance without maximum sales charge does not include front-end or contingent deferred sales charges. Performance is for the Fund's Class S shares. Performance for the Fund's other share classes will vary due to differences in charges and expenses.

Opinions and forecasts regarding sectors, industries, companies, countries and/or themes, and portfolio composition and holdings, are all subject to change at any time, based on market and other conditions, and should not be construed as a recommendation of any specific security, industry, or sector.

The Lipper Leader Consistent Return measure has ranked ICON Natural Resources Fund, Class S #1 of 19 portfolios and 55 share classes of Natural Resources Small/Mid-Cap Core funds based on cumulative total returns for the 3-year period ended 11/30/2017. The ICON Natural Resources Fund, Class S was ineligible to receive an award in the 5 and 10-year periods since the fund moved into the Natural Resources classification in January 2016. Lipper Inc. doesn’t produce a 1-year ranking for the Lipper Leader Consistent Return measure.

Lipper Inc. ranked ICON Natural Resources Fund, Class S #5 of 88 Natural Resource Small/Mid-Cap Core funds, based on cumulative total returns for the 1-year period ending 12/31/17. Lipper Inc. ranked ICON Natural Resources Fund, Class S #3 of 78 Natural Resources Small/Mid-Cap Core funds, based on cumulative total returns for the 3-year period ending 12/31/17. Lipper Inc. ranked ICON Natural Resources Fund, Class S #3 of 65 Natural Resource Small/Mid-Cap Core funds, based on cumulative total returns for the 5-year period ending 12/31/17. Lipper Inc. ranked ICON Natural Resources Fund, Class S #4 of 55 Natural Resource Small/Mid-Cap Core funds, based on cumulative total returns for the 10-year period ending 12/31/17.

The awards for the ICON Natural Resources Fund are for the Fund’s Class S shares. Performance for the Fund’s other share classes will vary due to differences in charges and expenses. A Lipper Certificate does not ensure positive fund performance. LIPPER and the LIPPER Corporate Marks are proprietary trademarks of Lipper, a Reuters Company.

Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and share classes of each ICON Fund carefully before investing. The prospectus, summary prospectus, and the statement of additional information contain this and other information about the Funds and are available by visiting www.InvestwithICON.com or calling 1-800-828-4881. Please read the prospectus, summary prospectus, and the statement of additional information carefully before investing. ICON Distributors, distributor.

Contacts

MacMillan Communications
Mike MacMillan/Caroline Emerson
212-473-4442
caroline@macmillancom.com

Contacts

MacMillan Communications
Mike MacMillan/Caroline Emerson
212-473-4442
caroline@macmillancom.com