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Private Companies and Pre-IPO Investments. Investments in private companies, including companies that have not yet issued securities publicly in an IPO (“Pre-IPO Shares”) involve greater risks than investments in securities of companies that have traded publicly on an exchange for extended periods of time. Investments in these companies are generally less liquid than investments in securities issued by public companies or may be illiquid and may be difficult to value and may be priced by a method that NBIA believes accurately reflects fair value. Compared to public companies, private companies may have a more limited management group and limited operating histories with narrower, less established product lines and smaller market shares, which may cause them to be more vulnerable to competitors’ actions, market conditions and consumer sentiment with respect to their products or services, as well as general economic downturns. In addition, private companies may have limited financial resources and may be unable to meet their obligations under their existing credit facilities (to the extent that such facilities exist). This could lead to bankruptcy or liquidation of such private company or the dilution or subordination of an investment in such private company. Additionally, there is significantly less information available about private companies’ business models, quality of management, earnings growth potential and other criteria used to evaluate their investment prospects and the little public information available about such companies may not be reliable. Because financial reporting obligations for private companies are not as rigorous as public companies, it may be difficult to fully assess the rights and values of certain securities issued by private companies. Accordingly, the Fund may only have limited access to a private company’s actual financial results and there is no assurance that the information obtained is reliable. Moreover, because securities issued by private companies are generally not freely or publicly tradable, the Fund may not have the opportunity to purchase or the ability to sell these shares in the amounts or at the prices they desire.
Although there is a potential for Pre-IPO Shares to increase in value if the company does issue shares in an IPO, IPOs are risky and volatile and may cause the value of the investment to decrease significantly. The private companies in which the Fund may not ever issue shares in an IPO and a liquid market for their Pre-IPO Shares may never develop, which may negatively affect the price at which the Fund can sell these shares and make it more difficult to sell these shares. Investments in a private company’s securities may involve investing in restricted securities as described below.
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