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N-CEN:Part A: General Information

Item A.1. Reporting period covered.

a. Report for period ending:
2018-09-30 
b. Does this report cover a period of less than 12 months? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

N-CEN:Part B: Information About the Registrant


Item B.1. Background information.

a. Full name of Registrant
Sterling Capital Funds 
b. Investment Company Act file number ( e.g., 811-)
811-06719 
c. CIK
0000889284 
d. LEI
54930017VPAACVI5ZX74 

Item B.2. Address and telephone number of Registrant.

a. Street 1
3605 Glenwood Avenue 
Street 2
Suite 100 
b. City
Raleigh 
c. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
d. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
e. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
27612 
f. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
(800) 228-1872 
g. Public Website, if any
www.sterlingcapitalfunds.com 

Item B.3. Location of books and records.

Instruction. Provide the requested information for each person maintaining physical possession of each account, book, or other document required to be maintained by section 31(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-30(a)) and the rules under that section.
Location books Record: 1
a. Name of person (e.g., a custodian of records)
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
b. Street 1
301 Bellevue Parkway 
Street 2
 
c. City
Wilmington 
d. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
19809 
g. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
(302)-791-1700 
h. Briefly describe the books and records kept at this location:
Records related to its functions as transfer agent 
Location books Record: 2
a. Name of person (e.g., a custodian of records)
U.S. Bank National Association 
b. Street 1
425 Walnut Street 
Street 2
 
c. City
Cincinnati 
d. State, if applicable
OHIO  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
45202 
g. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
513-632-4234 
h. Briefly describe the books and records kept at this location:
Records related to its functions as custodian 
Location books Record: 3
a. Name of person (e.g., a custodian of records)
Sterling Capital Funds 
b. Street 1
3605 Glenwood Avenue 
Street 2
Suite 100 
c. City
Raleigh 
d. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
27612 
g. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
800-228-1872 
h. Briefly describe the books and records kept at this location:
Records related to its function as registrant 
Location books Record: 4
a. Name of person (e.g., a custodian of records)
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
b. Street 1
4350 Congress Street 
Street 2
Suite 1000 
c. City
Charlotte 
d. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
28209 
g. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
704-372-8670 
h. Briefly describe the books and records kept at this location:
Records related to its function as investment adviser and administrator 
Location books Record: 5
a. Name of person (e.g., a custodian of records)
Ropes & Gray LLP 
b. Street 1
Prudential Tower 
Street 2
800 Boylston Street 
c. City
Boston 
d. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
02199-3600 
g. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
617-951-7000 
h. Briefly describe the books and records kept at this location:
Records related to its functions as counsel 
Location books Record: 6
a. Name of person (e.g., a custodian of records)
Sterling Capital Distributors,LLC 
b. Street 1
899 Cassatt Road 
Street 2
400 Berwyn Park, Suite 110 
c. City
Berwyn 
d. State, if applicable
PENNSYLVANIA  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
19312 
g. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
866-251-6920 
h. Briefly describe the books and records kept at this location:
Records related to its functions as distributor 
Location books Record: 7
a. Name of person (e.g., a custodian of records)
The Bank of New York Mellon 
b. Street 1
301 Bellevue Parkway 
Street 2
 
c. City
Wilmington 
d. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
19809 
g. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
800-441-9800 
h. Briefly describe the books and records kept at this location:
Records related to its function as fund accountant and sub-administrator 

Item B.4. Initial of final filings.

Instruction. Respond "yes" to Item B.4.b only if the Registrant has filed an application to deregister or will file an application to deregister before its next required filing on this form.
a. Is this the first filing on this form by the Registrant? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Is this the last filing on this form by the Registrant? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.5. Family of investment companies.

Instruction. "Family of investment companies" means, except for insurance company separate accounts, any two or more registered investment companies that (i) share the same investment adviser or principal underwriter; and (ii) hold themselves out to investors as related companies for purposes of investment and investor services.In responding to this item, all Registrants in the family of investment companies should report the name of the family of investment companies identically.
Insurance company separate accounts that may not hold themselves out to investors as related companies (products) for purposes of investment and investor services should consider themselves part of the same family if the operational or accounting or control systems under which these entities function are substantially similar.
a. Is the Registrant part of a family of investment companies? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.6. Organization.

Instruction. For Item B.6.a.i., the Registrant should include all Series that have been established by the Registrant and have shares outstanding (other than shares issued in connection with an initial investment to satisfy section 14(a) of the Act).
Indicate the classification of the Registrant by checking the applicable item below.
Checkbox checked  a. Open-end management investment company registered under the Act on Form N-1A 
Checkbox not checked  b. Closed-end management investment company registered under the Act on Form N-2  
Checkbox not checked  c. Separate account offering variable annuity contracts which is registered under the Act as a management investment company on Form N-3 
Checkbox not checked  d. Separate account offering variable annuity contracts which is registered under the Act as a unit investment trust on Form N-4 
Checkbox not checked  e. Small business investment company registered under the Act on Form N-5 
Checkbox not checked  f. Separate account offering variable insurance contracts which is registered under the Act as a unit investment trust on Form N-6 
Checkbox not checked  g. Unit investment trust registered under the Act on Form N-8B-2 
i. Total number of Series of the Registrant
25 

Item B.7. Securities Act registration.

Is the Registrant the issuer of a class of securities registered under the Securities Act of 1933 ("Securities Act")? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item B.8. Directors.

Provide the information requested below about each person serving as director of the Registrant (management investment companies only):
Director Record: 1
a. Full Name
Alan G. Priest 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
N/A 
Director Record: 2
a. Full Name
James L. Roberts 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
N/A 
Director Record: 3
a. Full Name
Alexander W. McAlister 
b. CRD number, if any
001465894 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
N/A 
Director Record: 4
a. Full Name
Douglas R. Van Scoy 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
N/A 
Director Record: 5
a. Full Name
Laura C. Bingham 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
N/A 
Director Record: 6
a. Full Name
Drew T. Kagan 
b. CRD number, if any
N/A 
c. Is the person an "interested person" of the Registrant as that term is defined in section 2(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-2(a)(19))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Investment Company Act file number of any other registered investment company for which the person also serves as a director (e.g., 811-)
File Number Record: 1
File Number Record:
N/A 

Item B.9. Chief compliance officer.

Provide the information requested below about each person serving as chief compliance officer of the Registrant for purposes of rule 38a-1 (17 CFR 270.38a- 1):
Chief compliance officer Record: 1
a. Full Name
Charles A. Durham 
b. CRD Number, if any
004645491 
c. Street Address 1
4350 Congress Street 
Street Address 2
Suite 1000 
d. City
Charlotte 
e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Zip code and zip code extension, or foreign postal code
28209 
h. Telephone number (including country code if foreign)
XXXXXX 
i. Has the chief compliance officer changed since the last filing? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If the chief compliance officer is compensated or employed by any person other than the Registrant, or an affiliated person of the Registrant, for providing chief compliance officer services, provide:
CCO employer Record: 1
i. Name of the person
N/A 
ii. Person's IRS Employer Identification Number
N/A 

Item B.10. Matters for security holder vote.

Instruction. Registrants registered on Forms N-3, N-4 or N-6, should respond "yes" to this Item only if security holder votes were solicited on contract-level matters.
Were any matters submitted by the Registrant for its security holders' vote during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.11. Legal proceeding.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, the following proceedings should be described: (1) any bankruptcy, receivership or similar proceeding with respect to the Registrant or any of its significant subsidiaries; (2) any proceeding to which any director, officer or other affiliated person of the Registrant is a party adverse to the Registrant or any of its subsidiaries; and (3) any proceeding involving the revocation or suspension of the right of the Registrant to sell securities.
a. Have there been any material legal proceedings, other than routine litigation incidental to the business, to which the Registrant or any of its subsidiaries was a party or of which any of their property was the subject during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has any proceeding previously reported been terminated? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.12. Fidelity bond and insurance (management investment companies only).

a. Were any claims with respect to the Registrant filed under a fidelity bond (including, but not limited to, the fidelity insuring agreement of the bond) during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.13. Directors and officers/errors and omissions insurance (management investment companies only).

a. Are the Registrant's officers or directors covered in their capacities as officers or directors under any directors and officers/errors and omissions insurance policy owned by the Registrant or anyone else? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
i. If yes, were any claims filed under the policy during the reporting period with respect to the Registrant? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.14. Provision of financial support.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, a provision of financial support includes any (1) capital contribution, (2) purchase of a security from a Money Market Fund in reliance on rule 17a-9 under the Act (17 CFR 270.17a-9), (3) purchase of any defaulted or devalued security at fair value reasonably intended to increase or stabilize the value or liquidity of the Registrant's portfolio, (4) execution of letter of credit or letter of indemnity, (5) capital support agreement (whether or not the Registrant ultimately received support), (6) performance guarantee, or (7) other similar action reasonably intended to increase or stabilize the value or liquidity of the Registrant's portfolio. Provision of financial support does not include any (1) routine waiver of fees or reimbursement of Registrant's expenses, (2) routine inter-fund lending, (3) routine inter-fund purchases of Registrant's shares, or (4) action that would qualify as financial support as defined above, that the board of directors has otherwise determined not to be reasonably intended to increase or stabilize the value or liquidity of the Registrant's portfolio.
Did an affiliated person, promoter, or principal underwriter of the Registrant, or an affiliated person of such a person, provide any form of financial support to the Registrant during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.15. Exemptive orders.

a. During the reporting period, did the Registrant rely on any orders from the Commission granting an exemption from one or more provisions of the Act, Securities Act or Exchange Act? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
Release number Record: 1
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-29738 
Release number Record: 2
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-27742 
Release number Record: 3
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-28021 
Release number Record: 4
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-30433 
Release number Record: 5
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-27845 
Release number Record: 6
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-29524 
Release number Record: 7
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-26419 
Release number Record: 8
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-27543 
Release number Record: 9
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-27743 
Release number Record: 10
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-29172 
Release number Record: 11
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-27386 
Release number Record: 12
i. If yes, provide below the release number for each order
IC-29852 

Item B.16. Principal underwriters.

a. Provide the information requested below about each principal underwriter:
Principal underwriter Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Distributors, LLC 
ii. SEC file number (e.g., 8-)
008-52396 
iii. CRD number
000103934 
iv. LEI, if any
N/A 
v. State, if applicable
PENNSYLVANIA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Is the principal underwriter an affiliated person of the Registrant, or its investment adviser(s) or depositor? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Have any principal underwriters been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.17. Independent public accountant.

Provide the following information about eachthe independent public accountant:
Public accountant Record: 1
a. Full Name
KPMG LLP 
b. PCAOB Number
185 
c. LEI, if any
5493003PVCIGA21K0K42 
d. State, if applicable
PENNSYLVANIA  
e. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
f. Has the independent public accountant changed since the last filing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.18. Report on internal control (management investment companies only).

Instruction. Small business investment companies are not required to respond to this item.
For the reporting period, did an independent public accountant's report on internal control note any material weaknesses? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.19. Audit opinion.

For the reporting period, did an independent public accountant issue an opinion other than an unqualified opinion with respect to its audit of the Registrant's financial statements? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.20. Change in valuation methods.

Instruction. Responses to this item need not include changes to valuation techniques used for individual securities (e.g., changing from market approach to income approach for a private equity security). In responding to Item B.20.c., provide the applicable "asset type" category specified in Item C.4.a. of Form N-PORT. In responding to Item B.20.d., provide a brief description of the type of investments involved. If the change in valuation methods applies only to certain sub-asset types included in the response to Item B.20.c., please provide the sub-asset types in the response to Item B.20.d. The responses to Item B.20.c. and Item B.20.d. should be identical only if the change in valuation methods applies to all assets within that category.
Have there been material changes in the method of valuation (e.g., change from use of bid price to mid price for fixed income securities or change in trigger threshold for use of fair value factors on international equity securities) of the Registrant's assets during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.21. Change in accounting principles and practices.

Have there been any changes in accounting principles or practices, or any change in the method of applying any such accounting principles or practices, which will materially affect the financial statements filed or to be filed for the current year with the Commission and which has not been previously reported? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.22. Net asset value error corrections (open-end management investment companies only).

a. During the reporting period, were any payments made to shareholders or shareholder accounts reprocessed as a result of an error in calculating the Registrant's net asset value (or net asset value per share)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item B.23. Rule 19a-1 notice (management investment companies only).

During the reporting period, did the Registrant pay any dividend or make any distribution in the nature of a dividend payment, required to be accompanied by a written statement pursuant to section 19(a) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-19(a)) and rule 19a-1 thereunder (17 CFR 270.19a-1)? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

N-CEN:Part C: Additional Questions for Management Investment Companies

General Instruction.

Management investment companies that offer multiple series must complete Part C as to each series separately, even if some information is the same for two or more series. To begin this section or add an additional series(s), click on the bar labeled "Add a New Series" below.
Management Investment Record: 1

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003536 

c. LEI

5493008GELKJAG3YEH65 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

4 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

1 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009820 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BBTGX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009822 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BCVCX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009819 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BBISX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 4
i. Full name of Class
Class R6 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000199529 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

STRAX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
Brokers Record: 1
i. Full name of broker
MERRILL LYNCH PROFESSIONAL CLEARING CORP. 
ii. SEC file number

008-33359 

iii. CRD number
000016139 
iv. LEI, if any

549300PMHS66E71I2D34 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

127,870.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 2
i. Full name of broker
CREDIT SUISSE SECURITIES (USA) LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-00422 

iii. CRD number
000000816 
iv. LEI, if any

1V8Y6QCX6YMJ2OELII46 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

233.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 3
i. Full name of broker
WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-65876 

iii. CRD number
000126292 
iv. LEI, if any

VYVVCKR63DVZZN70PB21 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

30,209.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 4
i. Full name of broker
ITG, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-44218 

iii. CRD number
000029299 
iv. LEI, if any

549300S41SMIODVIT266 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

200.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 5
i. Full name of broker
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-35008 

iii. CRD number
000000079 
iv. LEI, if any

ZBUT11V806EZRVTWT807 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

99.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 6
i. Full name of broker
LIQUIDNET, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-52461 

iii. CRD number
000103987 
iv. LEI, if any

213800HSKBBO1GCVRG79 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

107.000000000000 

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

158,718.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

67,674,872.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

67,674,872.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

314,018,270.950000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No


b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 2

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003559 

c. LEI

549300LKP327LLO18298 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

3 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

0 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009899 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BKTAX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009898 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BKITX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000112500 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BKCAX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
i. Full name of broker
ii. SEC file number

iii. CRD number
iv. LEI, if any

v. State, if applicable
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
SWBC INVESTMENT SERVICES, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-66764 

iii. CRD number
000133715 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
TEXAS  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

579,180.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
CitiGroup Global Markets Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-08177 

iii. CRD number
000007059 
iv. LEI, if any

MBNUM2BPBDO7JBLYG310 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

818,552.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 3
i. Full name of dealer
FIFTH THIRD BANK 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
N/A 
iv. LEI, if any

QFROUN1UWUYU0DVIWD51 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

728,237.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 4
i. Full name of dealer
PIPER JAFFRAY & CO. 
ii. SEC file number

008-15204 

iii. CRD number
000000665 
iv. LEI, if any

549300GRQCWQ3XGH0H10 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

272,508.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 5
i. Full name of dealer
M&T Securities, Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35185 

iii. CRD number
000017358 
iv. LEI, if any

254900VRUF9FN7AZI864 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

207,940.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 6
i. Full name of dealer
Mesirow Financial Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-28816 

iii. CRD number
000002764 
iv. LEI, if any

549300BIV46SUHPOFE54 

v. State, if applicable
ILLINOIS  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

861,193.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 7
i. Full name of dealer
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-37180 

iii. CRD number
000019616 
iv. LEI, if any

88KRVSOEKUGQZJ3DKW55 

v. State, if applicable
MONTANA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

581,512.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 8
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

4,786,458.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 9
i. Full name of dealer
OPPENHEIMER & CO., INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-4077 

iii. CRD number
000000249 
iv. LEI, if any

254900VH02JQR2L8XD64 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

611,402.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 10
i. Full name of dealer
MORGAN STANLEY & CO. LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-15869 

iii. CRD number
000008209 
iv. LEI, if any

9R7GPTSO7KV3UQJZQ078 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

386,841.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

9,833,822.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

12,086,999.420000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No


b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 3

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003552 

c. LEI

5493007WQB2TXE5EX752 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

3 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

0 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009873 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

OWVAX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000112499 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BWVCX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009874 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BWVAX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
i. Full name of broker
ii. SEC file number

iii. CRD number
iv. LEI, if any

v. State, if applicable
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
B. C. Ziegler and Company 
ii. SEC file number

008-00094 

iii. CRD number
000000061 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
ILLINOIS  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

1,504,033.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
BARCLAYS CAPITAL, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-41342 

iii. CRD number
000019714 
iv. LEI, if any

AC28XWWI3WIBK2824319 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

2,788,740.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 3
i. Full name of dealer
PIPER JAFFRAY & CO. 
ii. SEC file number

008-15204 

iii. CRD number
000000665 
iv. LEI, if any

549300GRQCWQ3XGH0H10 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

7,984,178.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 4
i. Full name of dealer
M&T Securities, Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35185 

iii. CRD number
000017358 
iv. LEI, if any

254900VRUF9FN7AZI864 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

1,712,851.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 5
i. Full name of dealer
Middlegate Securities Ltd 
ii. SEC file number

008-39031 

iii. CRD number
000021544 
iv. LEI, if any

549300ZVONUQ845QCH95 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

1,225,907.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 6
i. Full name of dealer
RBC Capital Markets 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
N/A 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

3,312,286.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 7
i. Full name of dealer
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-37180 

iii. CRD number
000019616 
iv. LEI, if any

88KRVSOEKUGQZJ3DKW55 

v. State, if applicable
MONTANA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

5,243,805.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 8
i. Full name of dealer
WELLS FARGO SECURITIES LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-65876 

iii. CRD number
000126292 
iv. LEI, if any

VYVVCKR63DVZZN70PB21 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

1,601,355.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 9
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

42,162,697.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 10
i. Full name of dealer
CitiGroup Global Markets Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-08177 

iii. CRD number
000007059 
iv. LEI, if any

MBNUM2BPBDO7JBLYG310 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

2,704,060.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

70,239,910.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

85,741,126.380000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No


b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 4

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000012930 

c. LEI

549300PK01KOCOIROV16 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

5 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

1 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000034900 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

SPSCX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000084355 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

SPSDX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class R6 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000199534 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

STRBX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 4
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000084353 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

SPSAX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 5
i. Full name of Class
Class R 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000084356 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

SPSRX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
Brokers Record: 1
i. Full name of broker
MERRILL LYNCH PROFESSIONAL CLEARING CORP. 
ii. SEC file number

008-33359 

iii. CRD number
000016139 
iv. LEI, if any

549300PMHS66E71I2D34 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

155,875.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 2
i. Full name of broker
CREDIT SUISSE SECURITIES (USA) LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-00422 

iii. CRD number
000000816 
iv. LEI, if any

1V8Y6QCX6YMJ2OELII46 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

1,301.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 3
i. Full name of broker
WELLS FARGO SECURITIES, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-65876 

iii. CRD number
000126292 
iv. LEI, if any

VYVVCKR63DVZZN70PB21 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

138.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 4
i. Full name of broker
INSTINET, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-23669 

iii. CRD number
000007897 
iv. LEI, if any

549300MGMN3RKMU8FT57 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

5,083.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 5
i. Full name of broker
ITG, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-44218 

iii. CRD number
000029299 
iv. LEI, if any

549300S41SMIODVIT266 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

282.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 6
i. Full name of broker
LIQUIDNET, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-52461 

iii. CRD number
000103987 
iv. LEI, if any

213800HSKBBO1GCVRG79 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

1,432.000000000000 

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

164,111.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

70,158,277.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

70,158,277.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

230,649,425.480000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No


b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 5

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003555 

c. LEI

549300OY0KEDTULD2318 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

5 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

1 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Class R 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000084352 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BAERX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009883 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BEGIX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009884 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BAEIX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 4
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009886 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BCEGX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 5
i. Full name of Class
Class R6 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000199533 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

STREX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

1,530.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

7,520.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
Brokers Record: 1
i. Full name of broker
CREDIT SUISSE SECURITIES (USA) LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-00422 

iii. CRD number
000000816 
iv. LEI, if any

1V8Y6QCX6YMJ2OELII46 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

17,412.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 2
i. Full name of broker
RBC Capital Markets 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
N/A 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

25,496.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 3
i. Full name of broker
WILLIAM BLAIR & COMPANY, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-02698 

iii. CRD number
000001252 
iv. LEI, if any

549300J0P7XYE8BMZ775 

v. State, if applicable
ILLINOIS  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

17,032.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 4
i. Full name of broker
ROBERT W. BAIRD & CO. INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-00497 

iii. CRD number
000008158 
iv. LEI, if any

549300772UJAHRD6LO53 

v. State, if applicable
WISCONSIN  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

13,455.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 5
i. Full name of broker
INSTINET, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-23669 

iii. CRD number
000007897 
iv. LEI, if any

549300MGMN3RKMU8FT57 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

90,350.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 6
i. Full name of broker
MORGAN STANLEY & CO LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-15869 

iii. CRD number
000008209 
iv. LEI, if any

9R7GPTSO7KV3UQJZQ078 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

17,881.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 7
i. Full name of broker
STIFEL, NICOLAUS & CO INC 
ii. SEC file number

008-01447 

iii. CRD number
000000793 
iv. LEI, if any

5WUVMA08EYG4KEUPW589 

v. State, if applicable
MISSOURI  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

15,759.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 8
i. Full name of broker
Raymond James & Associates, Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-10999 

iii. CRD number
000000705 
iv. LEI, if any

U4ONQX15J3RO8XCKE979 

v. State, if applicable
FLORIDA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

12,167.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 9
i. Full name of broker
J.P. MORGAN SECURITIES LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-35008 

iii. CRD number
000000079 
iv. LEI, if any

ZBUT11V806EZRVTWT807 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

15,162.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 10
i. Full name of broker
BARCLAYS CAPITAL, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-41342 

iii. CRD number
000019714 
iv. LEI, if any

AC28XWWI3WIBK2824319 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

33,756.000000000000 

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

315,698.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

506,396,332.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

506,396,332.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

1,605,156,428.140000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No vi. If the fund drew on the line of credit during this period, what was the average amount outstanding when the line of credit was in use?
10,871,500.000000000000 
vii. If the fund drew on the line of credit during this period, what was the number of days that the line of credit was in use?
4 



b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 6

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003547 

c. LEI

549300P0GHWWG707JA78 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

3 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

0 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009858 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BSGAX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000112497 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BBSCX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009857 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BBSGX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
i. Full name of broker
ii. SEC file number

iii. CRD number
iv. LEI, if any

v. State, if applicable
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
TD Securities (USA) LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-36747 

iii. CRD number
000018476 
iv. LEI, if any

SUVUFHICNZMP2WKHG940 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

9,884,881.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
BARCLAYS CAPITAL, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-41342 

iii. CRD number
000019714 
iv. LEI, if any

AC28XWWI3WIBK2824319 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

9,899,391.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 3
i. Full name of dealer
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-35008 

iii. CRD number
000000079 
iv. LEI, if any

ZBUT11V806EZRVTWT807 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

6,563,075.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 4
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

195,275,184.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 5
i. Full name of dealer
SCOTIA CAPITAL (USA), INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-03716 

iii. CRD number
000002739 
iv. LEI, if any

549300BLWPABP1VNME36 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

36,663,639.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 6
i. Full name of dealer
MORGAN STANLEY & CO. LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-15869 

iii. CRD number
000008209 
iv. LEI, if any

9R7GPTSO7KV3UQJZQ078 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

25,560,797.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 7
i. Full name of dealer
GOLDMAN SACHS & CO. LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-00129 

iii. CRD number
000000361 
iv. LEI, if any

FOR8UP27PHTHYVLBNG30 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

6,958,881.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 8
i. Full name of dealer
DEUTSCHE BANK SECURITIES, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-17822 

iii. CRD number
000002525 
iv. LEI, if any

9J6MBOOO7BECTDTUZW19 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

6,682,489.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 9
i. Full name of dealer
CREDIT SUISSE SECURITIES (USA) LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-00422 

iii. CRD number
000000816 
iv. LEI, if any

1V8Y6QCX6YMJ2OELII46 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

9,038,694.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 10
i. Full name of dealer
CitiGroup Global Markets Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-08177 

iii. CRD number
000007059 
iv. LEI, if any

MBNUM2BPBDO7JBLYG310 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

8,823,944.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

372,366,969.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

102,907,484.360000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No vi. If the fund drew on the line of credit during this period, what was the average amount outstanding when the line of credit was in use?
17,000.000000000000 
vii. If the fund drew on the line of credit during this period, what was the number of days that the line of credit was in use?
4 



b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 7

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003540 

c. LEI

549300DTZEBG5I4GL551 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

3 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

0 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009836 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BMAAX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009835 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BMAIX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000112494 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BMDCX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
i. Full name of broker
ii. SEC file number

iii. CRD number
iv. LEI, if any

v. State, if applicable
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-37180 

iii. CRD number
000019616 
iv. LEI, if any

88KRVSOEKUGQZJ3DKW55 

v. State, if applicable
MONTANA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

1,710,298.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
CitiGroup Global Markets Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-08177 

iii. CRD number
000007059 
iv. LEI, if any

MBNUM2BPBDO7JBLYG310 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

1,906,233.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 3
i. Full name of dealer
RBC Dain Rauscher 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
N/A 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

828,353.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 4
i. Full name of dealer
PIPER JAFFRAY & CO. 
ii. SEC file number

008-15204 

iii. CRD number
000000665 
iv. LEI, if any

549300GRQCWQ3XGH0H10 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

2,217,156.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 5
i. Full name of dealer
M&T Securities, Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35185 

iii. CRD number
000017358 
iv. LEI, if any

254900VRUF9FN7AZI864 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

5,704,806.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 6
i. Full name of dealer
Fidelity Capital Markets Inc 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
N/A 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

584,940.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 7
i. Full name of dealer
Hutchinson Shockey Erley & Company 
ii. SEC file number

008-05761 

iii. CRD number
000002261 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
ILLINOIS  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

445,513.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 8
i. Full name of dealer
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-00129 

iii. CRD number
000000361 
iv. LEI, if any

FOR8UP27PHTHYVLBNG30 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

472,580.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 9
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

13,665,718.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 10
i. Full name of dealer
MORGAN STANLEY & CO. LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-15869 

iii. CRD number
000008209 
iv. LEI, if any

9R7GPTSO7KV3UQJZQ078 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

844,065.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

28,379,660.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

21,499,166.360000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No


b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 8

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003545 

c. LEI

549300K27C4VU3PLU623 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

3 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

0 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009851 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BSCIX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000112496 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BSCCX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009852 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BASCX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
i. Full name of broker
ii. SEC file number

iii. CRD number
iv. LEI, if any

v. State, if applicable
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-37180 

iii. CRD number
000019616 
iv. LEI, if any

88KRVSOEKUGQZJ3DKW55 

v. State, if applicable
MONTANA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

9,319,840.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
MORGAN STANLEY & CO. LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-15869 

iii. CRD number
000008209 
iv. LEI, if any

9R7GPTSO7KV3UQJZQ078 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

2,708,264.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 3
i. Full name of dealer
M&T Securities, Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35185 

iii. CRD number
000017358 
iv. LEI, if any

254900VRUF9FN7AZI864 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

2,217,602.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 4
i. Full name of dealer
Fidelity Capital Markets Inc 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
N/A 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

2,542,466.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 5
i. Full name of dealer
PNC Capital Markets 
ii. SEC file number

008-32493 

iii. CRD number
000015647 
iv. LEI, if any

7OGNSSLOQJ8U3B9Y5F18 

v. State, if applicable
PENNSYLVANIA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

2,894,024.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 6
i. Full name of dealer
Hutchinson Shockey Erley & Company 
ii. SEC file number

008-05761 

iii. CRD number
000002261 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
ILLINOIS  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

3,201,432.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 7
i. Full name of dealer
Performance Trust Capital Partners LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-47035 

iii. CRD number
000036155 
iv. LEI, if any

549300F8NR5Q23JRIY74 

v. State, if applicable
ILLINOIS  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

3,260,704.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 8
i. Full name of dealer
Middlegate Securities Ltd 
ii. SEC file number

008-39031 

iii. CRD number
000021544 
iv. LEI, if any

549300ZVONUQ845QCH95 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

5,122,954.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 9
i. Full name of dealer
Mesirow Financial Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-28816 

iii. CRD number
000002764 
iv. LEI, if any

549300BIV46SUHPOFE54 

v. State, if applicable
ILLINOIS  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

5,522,665.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 10
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

54,556,935.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

91,346,886.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

84,825,702.400000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No


b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 9

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000033167 

c. LEI

549300912JEZXXK10112 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

3 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

0 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000123273 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

SCSPX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000123272 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

SCSTX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000123271 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

SCSSX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
i. Full name of broker
ii. SEC file number

iii. CRD number
iv. LEI, if any

v. State, if applicable
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-37180 

iii. CRD number
000019616 
iv. LEI, if any

88KRVSOEKUGQZJ3DKW55 

v. State, if applicable
MONTANA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

841,597.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
BARCLAYS CAPITAL, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-41342 

iii. CRD number
000019714 
iv. LEI, if any

AC28XWWI3WIBK2824319 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

1,788,730.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 3
i. Full name of dealer
Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. 
ii. SEC file number

008-33359 

iii. CRD number
000016139 
iv. LEI, if any

549300PMHS66E71I2D34 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

2,077,987.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 4
i. Full name of dealer
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-17212 

iii. CRD number
000006271 
iv. LEI, if any

CSVTK36R0PNGXEM7NS14 

v. State, if applicable
GEORGIA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

1,015,561.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 5
i. Full name of dealer
TD Securities (USA) LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-36747 

iii. CRD number
000018476 
iv. LEI, if any

SUVUFHICNZMP2WKHG940 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

644,992.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 6
i. Full name of dealer
RBC Capital Markets 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
N/A 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

987,789.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 7
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

25,416,939.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 8
i. Full name of dealer
JANNEY MONTGOMERY SCOTT LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-00462 

iii. CRD number
000000463 
iv. LEI, if any

549300QQRY1JCFQHYS08 

v. State, if applicable
PENNSYLVANIA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

767,123.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 9
i. Full name of dealer
GOLDMAN SACHS & CO. LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-00129 

iii. CRD number
000000361 
iv. LEI, if any

FOR8UP27PHTHYVLBNG30 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

1,185,584.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 10
i. Full name of dealer
CitiGroup Global Markets Inc. 
ii. SEC file number

008-08177 

iii. CRD number
000007059 
iv. LEI, if any

MBNUM2BPBDO7JBLYG310 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

751,799.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

44,015,266.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

38,182,957.170000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

10,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No vi. If the fund drew on the line of credit during this period, what was the average amount outstanding when the line of credit was in use?
264,000.000000000000 
vii. If the fund drew on the line of credit during this period, what was the number of days that the line of credit was in use?
1 



b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 10

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003546 

c. LEI

549300GRWOFM5QBU1S05 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

3 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

0 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009854 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BCGAX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009853 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BMGTX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009856 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BCCCX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox not checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
Brokers Record: 1
i. Full name of broker
INSTINET, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-23669 

iii. CRD number
000007897 
iv. LEI, if any

549300MGMN3RKMU8FT57 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

3.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 2
i. Full name of broker
VIRTU AMERICAS LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-68193 

iii. CRD number
000149823 
iv. LEI, if any

549300RA02N3BNSWBV74 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

321.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 3
i. Full name of broker
The Interstate Group 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
N/A 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

103.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 4
i. Full name of broker
CREDIT SUISSE SECURITIES (USA) LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-00422 

iii. CRD number
000000816 
iv. LEI, if any

1V8Y6QCX6YMJ2OELII46 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

71.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 5
i. Full name of broker
Cowen and Company, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-22522 

iii. CRD number
000007616 
iv. LEI, if any

549300WR155U7DVMIW58 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

211.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 6
i. Full name of broker
COWEN EXECUTION SERVICES LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-46838 

iii. CRD number
000035693 
iv. LEI, if any

5493005RJDJD18OPUP27 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

6,516.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 7
i. Full name of broker
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated 
ii. SEC file number

008-07221 

iii. CRD number
000007691 
iv. LEI, if any

8NAV47T0Y26Q87Y0QP81 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

462.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 8
i. Full name of broker
KNIGHT CAPITAL AMERICAS, L.P. 
ii. SEC file number

008-48311 

iii. CRD number
000038599 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
NEW JERSEY  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

366.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 9
i. Full name of broker
BARCLAYS CAPITAL, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-41342 

iii. CRD number
000019714 
iv. LEI, if any

AC28XWWI3WIBK2824319 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

27.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 10
i. Full name of broker
BTIG, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-65473 

iii. CRD number
000122225 
iv. LEI, if any

549300GTG9PL6WO3EC51 

v. State, if applicable
CALIFORNIA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

137.000000000000 

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

8,217.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

14,486,643.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
Cowen and Company, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-22522 

iii. CRD number
000007616 
iv. LEI, if any

549300WR155U7DVMIW58 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

707,401.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 3
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

12,087,613.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

27,281,657.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

22,903,978.960000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No


b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 11

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003554 

c. LEI

549300IA3OUN11YWW573 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

3 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

0 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009879 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BCGTX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009882 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BCMCX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009880 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BAMGX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox not checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
i. Full name of broker
ii. SEC file number

iii. CRD number
iv. LEI, if any

v. State, if applicable
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

9,475,247.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

6,505,745.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

15,980,992.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

30,176,710.300000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No


b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 12

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000055235 

c. LEI

549300QVPIPKEN43VO20 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

3 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

0 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000173693 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

SMDQX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000173692 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

SMDPX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000173694 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

SMDOX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
i. Full name of broker
ii. SEC file number

iii. CRD number
iv. LEI, if any

v. State, if applicable
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
Instinet Corporation 
ii. SEC file number

008-23669 

iii. CRD number
000007897 
iv. LEI, if any

549300MGMN3RKMU8FT57 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

50,177.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

8,998,064.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

9,048,242.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

9,264,430.840000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No


b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 13

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Mid Value Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003539 

c. LEI

5493003AXSW9FCIQHS49 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

5 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

1 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009832 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

OVEAX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009834 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

OVECX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class R6 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000199530 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

STRMX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 4
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009831 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

OVEIX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 5
i. Full name of Class
Class R 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000084349 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

OVERX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 


Item C.10. Transfer agents.

a. Provide the following information about each person providing transfer agency services to the Fund:
Transfer Agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii.SEC file number ( e.g., 84- or 85- )

084-01761 

iii. LEI, if any

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

iv. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
v. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vi. Is the transfer agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. Is the transfer agent a sub-transfer agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a transfer agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.11. Pricing services.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided pricing services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Pricing Services Record: 1
i. Full name
Thomson Reuters Corporation 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300561UZND4C7B569 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
 
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
CANADA (FEDERAL LEVEL)  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 2
i. Full name
PricingDirect Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300WIC0TOJ7N7GD54 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 3
i. Full name
ICE Data Services 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

N/A 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
MASSACHUSETTS  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Pricing Services Record: 4
i. Full name
Bloomberg L.P. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300B56MD0ZC402L06 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the pricing service an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Was a pricing service hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.12. Custodians.

a. Provide the following information about each person that provided custodial services to the Fund during the reporting period:
Custodians Record: 1
i. Full name
U.S. Bank National Association 
ii. LEI, if any

6BYL5QZYBDK8S7L73M02 

iii. State, if applicable
OHIO  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the custodian an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the custodian a sub-custodian? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vii. With respect to the custodian, check below to indicate the type of custody: Radio button checked 1.Bank - section 17(f)(1) (15 U.S.C. 80a-17(f)(1))
Radio button not checked 2.Member national securities exchange - rule 17f-1 (17 CFR 270.17f-1)
Radio button not checked 3.Self - rule 17f-2 (17 CFR 270.17f-2)
Radio button not checked 4.Securities depository - rule 17f-4 (17 CFR 270.17f-4)
Radio button not checked 5.Foreign custodian - rule 17f-5 (17 CFR 270.17f-5)
Radio button not checked 6.Futures commission merchants and commodity clearing organizations - rule 17f-6 (17 CFR 270.17f-6)
Radio button not checked 7.Foreign securities depository - rule 17f-7 (17 CFR 270.17f-7)
Radio button not checked 8.Insurance company sponsor - rule 26a-2 (17 CFR 270.26a-2)
Radio button not checked 9.Other

b. Has a custodian been hired or terminated during the reporting period?* Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.13. Shareholder servicing agents.

a. Provide the following information about each shareholder servicing agent of the Fund:
Shareholder servicing agents Record: 1
i. Full name
BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc. 
ii. LEI, if any, or provide and describe other identifying number

549300CFZQLI9QMJ1Z03 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
DELAWARE  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the shareholder servicing agent an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the shareholder servicing agent a sub-shareholder servicing agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Has a shareholder servicing agent been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.14. Administrators.

a. Provide the following information about each administrator of the Fund:
Administrators Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. LEI, if any, or other identifying number

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

Description of other identifying number

 

iii. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
iv. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
v. Is the administrator an affiliated person of the Fund or its investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
vi. Is the administrator a sub-administrator? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b.Has a third-party administrator been hired or terminated during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.15. Affiliated broker-dealers.

Provide the following information about each affiliated broker-dealer:
Broker Dealers Record: 1
a. Full name
BB&T Securities, LLC 
b. SEC file number

008-67486 

c. CRD number
000142785 
d. LEI, if any

2549000IB2PRJ20M2Q93 

e. State, if applicable
VIRGINIA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 

Broker Dealers Record: 2
a. Full name
BB&T Corporation 
b. SEC file number

N/A 

c. CRD number
N/A 
d. LEI, if any

549300DRQQI75D2JP341 

e. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
f. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
g. Total commissions paid to the affiliated broker-dealer for the reporting period:

0.000000000000 


Item C.16. Brokers.

Instructions to Item C.16 and Item C.17.
To help Registrants distinguish between agency and principal transactions, and to promote consistent reporting of the information required by these items, the following criteria should be used:
1. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies the amount of the commission to be paid by the Registrant, the transaction should be considered an agency transaction and included in determining the answers to Item C.16.
2. If a security is purchased or sold in a transaction for which the confirmation specifies only the net amount to be paid or received by the Registrant and such net amount is equal to the market value of the security at the time of the transaction, the transaction should be considered a principal transaction and included in determining the amounts in Item C.17.
3. If a security is purchased by the Registrant in an underwritten offering, the acquisition should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the underwriters are receiving from the issuer.
4. If a security is sold by the Registrant in a tender offer, the sale should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17 even though the Registrant has knowledge of the amount the offeror is paying to soliciting brokers or dealers.
5. If a security is purchased directly from the issuer (such as a bank CD), the purchase should be considered a principal transaction and included in answering Item C.17.
6. The value of called or maturing securities should not be counted in either agency or principal transactions and should not be included in determining the amounts shown in Item C.16 and Item C.17. This means that the acquisition of a security may be included, but it is possible that its disposition may not be included. Disposition of a repurchase agreement at its expiration date should not be included.
7. The purchase or sales of securities in transactions not described in paragraphs (1) through (6) above should be evaluated by the Fund based upon the guidelines established in those paragraphs and classified accordingly. The agents considered in Item C.16 may be persons or companies not registered under the Exchange Act as securities brokers. The persons or companies from whom the investment company purchased or to whom it sold portfolio instruments on a principal basis may be persons or entities not registered under the Exchange Act as securities dealers.
a. For each of the ten brokers that received the largest dollar amount of brokerage commissions (excluding dealer concessions in underwritings) by virtue of direct or indirect participation in the Fund’s portfolio transactions, provide the information below:
Brokers Record: 1
i. Full name of broker
B. Riley & Co., LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-49016 

iii. CRD number
000040355 
iv. LEI, if any

549300AEVMODVBY3QS51 

v. State, if applicable
CALIFORNIA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

17,034.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 2
i. Full name of broker
BARCLAYS CAPITAL, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-41342 

iii. CRD number
000019714 
iv. LEI, if any

AC28XWWI3WIBK2824319 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

18,878.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 3
i. Full name of broker
RBC Capital Markets 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
N/A 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

18,537.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 4
i. Full name of broker
JEFFERIES LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-15074 

iii. CRD number
000002347 
iv. LEI, if any

58PU97L1C0WSRCWADL48 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

19,955.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 5
i. Full name of broker
EMPIRICAL RESEARCH PARTNERS, LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-65590 

iii. CRD number
000123520 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

30,993.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 6
i. Full name of broker
MORGAN STANLEY & CO LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-15869 

iii. CRD number
000008209 
iv. LEI, if any

9R7GPTSO7KV3UQJZQ078 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

23,467.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 7
i. Full name of broker
CANTOR FITZGERALD & CO. 
ii. SEC file number

008-00201 

iii. CRD number
000000134 
iv. LEI, if any

5493004J7H4GCPG6OB62 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

32,669.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 8
i. Full name of broker
GOLDMAN SACHS & CO. LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-00129 

iii. CRD number
000000361 
iv. LEI, if any

FOR8UP27PHTHYVLBNG30 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

38,894.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 9
i. Full name of broker
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-35008 

iii. CRD number
000000079 
iv. LEI, if any

ZBUT11V806EZRVTWT807 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

67,118.000000000000 

Brokers Record: 10
i. Full name of broker
VIRTU AMERICAS LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-68193 

iii. CRD number
000149823 
iv. LEI, if any

549300RA02N3BNSWBV74 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Gross commissions paid by the Fund for the reporting period

39,851.000000000000 

b. Aggregate brokerage commissions paid by Fund during the reporting period:

459,636.000000000000 


Item C.17. Principal transactions.

a. For each of the ten entities acting as principals with which the Fund did the largest dollar amount of principal transactions (include all short-term obligations, and U.S. government and tax-free securities) in both the secondary market and in underwritten offerings, provide the information below:
Principal Transactions Record: 1
i. Full name of dealer
J.P. MORGAN CHASE BANK 
ii. SEC file number

N/A 

iii. CRD number
N/A 
iv. LEI, if any

N/A 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

1,803,095.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 2
i. Full name of dealer
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC 
ii. SEC file number

008-35008 

iii. CRD number
000000079 
iv. LEI, if any

ZBUT11V806EZRVTWT807 

v. State, if applicable
NEW YORK  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

736,104.000000000000 

Principal Transactions Record: 3
i. Full name of dealer
U.S. BANCORP INVESTMENTS, INC. 
ii. SEC file number

008-35359 

iii. CRD number
000017868 
iv. LEI, if any

H85Z6XZP8B10ES0M2G89 

v. State, if applicable
MINNESOTA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Total value of purchases and sales (excluding maturing securities) with Fund:

560,321,707.000000000000 

b. Aggregate value of principal purchase/sale transactions of Fund during the reporting period:

562,860,906.000000000000 


Item C.18. Payments for brokerage and research.

During the reporting period, did the Fund pay commissions to broker-dealers for "brokerage and research services" within the meaning of section 28(e) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78bb)? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.19. Average net assets.

a. Provide the Fund's (other than a money market fund's) monthly average net assets during the reporting period

703,421,268.920000000000 

b. Provide the money market fund's daily average net assets during the reporting period

0.000000000000 


Item C.20. Lines of credit, interfund lending and interfund borrowing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Does the Fund have available a line of credit? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
If yes, for each line of credit, provide the information requested below:
Line of Credit details Record: 1
i. Is the line of credit a committed or uncommitted line of credit? Radio button not checked Committed Radio button checked Uncommitted
ii. What size is the line of credit?

100,000,000.000000000000 

iii. With which institution(s) is the line of credit?
Line Institutions Record: 1
Name of institution
U.S Bank N.A. 
iv. Is the line of credit just for the Fund, or is it shared among multiple funds? Radio button not checked Sole Radio button checked Shared
1. If shared, list the names of other funds that may use the line of credit.
Shared Credit Users Record: 1
Name of fund
Sterling Capital South Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 2
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Maryland Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 3
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Short Duration Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 4
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Equity Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 5
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Small Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 6
Name of fund
Sterling Capital West Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 7
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Kentucky Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 8
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Real Estate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 9
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral International Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 10
Name of fund
Sterling Capital North Carolina Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 11
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 12
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 13
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Behavioral Large Cap Value Equity Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 14
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Mid Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 15
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Growth Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 16
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Stratton Small Cap Value Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 17
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Corporate Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 18
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Virginia Intermediate Tax-Free Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 19
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 20
Name of fund
Sterling Capital SMID Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 21
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Strategic Allocation Balanced Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 22
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Diversified Income Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 23
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Securitized Opportunities Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
Shared Credit Users Record: 24
Name of fund
Sterling Capital Ultra Short Bond Fund 
SEC File number( e.g., 811- )
811-06719 
v. Did the Fund draw on the line of credit this period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No


b. Did the Fund engage in interfund lending? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

c.Did the Fund engage in interfund borrowing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.21. Swing pricing.

For open-end management investment companies, respond to the following:
a. Did the Fund (if not a Money Market Fund, Exchange-Traded Fund, or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund) engage in swing pricing? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
Management Investment Record: 14

Item C.1. Background information.

a. Full Name of the Fund

Sterling Capital Total Return Bond Fund 

b. Series identication number, if any

S000003549 

c. LEI

549300C78F4HQ4ZBDC92 

d. Is this the first filing on this form by the Fund? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No

Item C.2. Classes of open-end management investment companies.

a. How many Classes of shares of the Fund (if any) are authorized?

5 

b. How many new Classes of shares of the Fund were added during the reporting period?

1 

c. How many Classes of shares of the Fund were terminated during the reporting period?

0 

d. For each Class with shares outstanding, provide the information requested below:
Shares Outstanding Record: 1
i. Full name of Class
Class C 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009866 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BICCX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 2
i. Full name of Class
Institutional 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009863 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BIBTX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 3
i. Full name of Class
Class A 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000009864 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BICAX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 4
i. Full name of Class
Class R6 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000199532 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

STRDX 

Shares Outstanding Record: 5
i. Full name of Class
Class R 
ii. Class identification number, if any

C000084351 

iii. Ticker symbol, if any

BICRX 


Item C.3. Type of fund.

Instructions. 1. "Fund of Funds" means a fund that acquires securities issued by any other investment company in excess of the amounts permitted under paragraph (A) of section 12(d)(1) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(A)), but, for purposes of this Item, does not include a fund that acquires securities issued by another company solely in reliance on rule 12d1-1 under the Act (CFR 270.12d1-1). 2. "Index Fund" means an investment company, including an Exchange-Traded Fund, that seeks to track the performance of a specified index. 3. "Interval Fund" means a closed-end management investment company that makes periodic repurchases of its shares pursuant to rule 23c-3 under the Act (17 CFR 270.23c-3). 4. "Master-Feeder Fund" means a two-tiered arrangement in which one or more funds (each a feeder fund) holds shares of a single Fund (the master fund) in accordance with section 12(d)(1)(E) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-12(d)(1)(E)) or pursuant to exemptive relief granted by the Commission. 5. "Target Date Fund" means an investment company that has an investment objective or strategy of providing varying degrees of long-term appreciation and capital preservation through a mix of equity and fixed income exposures that changes over time based on an investor's age, target retirement date, or life expectancy.
Indicate if the Fund is any one of the types listed below. Check all that apply.
 a. Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund or offers a Class that itself is an Exchange-Traded Fund or Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
      i.   Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Fund 
      ii.  Checkbox not checked   Exchange-Traded Managed Fund 
 b.  Checkbox not checked  Index Fund 

 c.  Checkbox not checked   Seeks to achieve performance results that are a multiple of a benchmark, the inverse of a benchmark, or a multiple of the inverse of a benchmark 
 d.  Checkbox not checked   Interval Fund 
 e.  Checkbox not checked   Fund of Funds 
 f.   Checkbox not checked   Master-Feeder Fund 
 g.  Checkbox not checked   Money Market Fund 
 h.  Checkbox not checked   Target Date Fund 
 i.   Checkbox not checked   Underlying fund to a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract 
      Checkbox checked   N/A 

Item C.4. Diversification.

Does the Fund seek to operate as a “non-diversified company” as such term is defined in section 5(b)(2) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 80a- 5(b) (2))? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.5. Investments in certain foreign corporations.

Instruction. "Controlled foreign corporation" has the meaning provided in section 957 of the Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 957].
a. Does the fund invest in a controlled foreign corporation for the purpose of investing in certain types of instruments such as, but not limited to, commodities? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.6. Securities lending.

Instruction. For purposes of this Item, other adverse impacts would include, for example, (1) a loss to the Fund if collateral and indemnification were not sufficient to replace the loaned securities or their value, (2) the Fund's ineligibility to vote shares in a proxy, or (3) the Fund's ineligibility to receive a direct distribution from the issuer.
a. Is the Fund authorized to engage in securities lending transactions? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. Did the Fund lend any of its securities during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
c. Provide the information requested below about each securities lending agent, if any, retained by the Fund:
i. Full name of securities lending agent
ii. LEI, if any

iii. Is the securities lending agent an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Does the securities lending agent or any other entity indemnify the fund against borrower default on loans administered by this agent? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
v. If the entity providing the indemnification is not the securities lending agent, provide the following information:
1. Name of person providing indemnification
2. LEI, if any, of person providing indemnification

vi. Did the Fund exercise its indemnification rights during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a person providing cash collateral management services to the Fund in connection with the Fund's securities lending activities does not also serve as securities lending agent, provide the following information about each cash collateral manager:
i. Full name of cash collateral manager:
ii. LEI, if any:

iii. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of a securities lending agent retained by the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
iv. Is the cash collateral manager an affiliated person, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Fund? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No

e. Types of payments made to one or more securities lending agents and cash collateral managers (check all that apply): Checkbox not checked  i. Revenue sharing split 
Checkbox not checked  ii. Non-revenue sharing split (other than administrative fee)  
Checkbox not checked  iii. Administrative fee 
Checkbox not checked  iv. Cash collateral reinvestment fee 
Checkbox not checked  v. Indemnification fee 
Checkbox not checked  vi. Other  
Checkbox checked   N/A  
f. Provide the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities on loan during the reporting period

N/A 

g. Provide the net income from securities lending activities

 


Item C.7. Reliance on certain rules.

Did the Fund rely on any of the following rules under the Act during the reporting period? (check all that apply) Checkbox not checked  a. Rule 10f-3 (17 CFR 270.10f-3)  
Checkbox checked  b. Rule 12d1-1 (17 CFR 270.12d1-1) 
Checkbox not checked  c. Rule 15a-4 (17 CFR 270.15a-4)  
Checkbox not checked  d. Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6)  
Checkbox not checked  e. Rule 17a-7 (17 CFR 270.17a-7) 
Checkbox not checked  f. Rule 17a-8 (17 CFR 270.17a-8) 
Checkbox not checked  g. Rule 17e-1 (17 CFR 270.17e-1) 
Checkbox checked  h. Rule 22d-1 (17 CFR 270.22d-1) 
Checkbox not checked  i. Rule 23c-1 (17 CFR 270.23c-1)  
Checkbox checked  j. Rule 32a-4 (17 CFR 270.32a-4) 
Checkbox not checked  N/A 

Item C.8. Expense limitations.

Instruction. Provide information concerning any direct or indirect limitations, waivers or reductions, on the level of expenses incurred by the fund during the reporting period. A limitation, for example, may be applied indirectly (such as when an adviser agrees to accept a reduced fee pursuant to a voluntary fee waiver) or it may apply only for a temporary period such as for a new fund in its start-up phase.
a. Did the Fund have an expense limitation arrangement in place during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
b. Were any expenses of the Fund reduced or waived pursuant to an expense limitation arrangement during the reporting period? Radio button checked Yes Radio button not checked No
c. Are the fees waived subject to recoupment? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
d. Were any expenses previously waived recouped during the period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No

Item C.9. Investment advisers.

a. Provide the following information about each investment adviser (other than a sub-adviser) of the Fund:
Investment Advisers Record: 1
i. Full name
Sterling Capital Management LLC 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

801-64257 

iii.CRD number
000135405 
iv. LEI, if any

549300H8QJNF9O127E84 

v. State, if applicable
NORTH CAROLINA  
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  
vii. Was the investment adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button checked No
b. If an investment adviser (other than a sub- adviser) to the Fund was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to each investment adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Termination date

 

c. For each sub-adviser to the Fund, provide the information requested:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- ), if applicable

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable
 
vii. Is the sub-adviser an affiliated person of the Fund's investment adviser(s)? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
viii. Was the sub-adviser hired during the reporting period? Radio button not checked Yes Radio button not checked No
d. If a sub-adviser was terminated during the reporting period, provide the following with respect to such sub-adviser:
i. Full name
 
ii. SEC file number ( e.g., 801- )

 

iii. CRD number
 
iv. LEI, if any

 

v. State, if applicable
 
vi. Foreign country, if applicable