N-CSR 1 dprdf-ncsra.htm DEARBORN PARTNERS RISING DIVIDEND FUND ANNUAL REPORT 2-28-21

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM N-CSR

CERTIFIED SHAREHOLDER REPORT OF REGISTERED
MANAGEMENT INVESTMENT COMPANIES




Investment Company Act file number 811-10401



Trust for Professional Managers
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)



615 East Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI  53202
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)



Jay Fitton
U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
 615 East Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI  53202
(Name and address of agent for service)



(513) 629-8104
Registrant's telephone number, including area code



Date of fiscal year end: February 28, 2021



Date of reporting period:  February 28, 2021


Item 1. Reports to Stockholders.

(a) [Insert full text of semi-annual or annual report here]




Annual Report






Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
 
Class A Shares
DRDAX
 
Class C Shares
DRDCX
 
Class I Shares
DRDIX
 

 
 


February 28, 2021









Investment Adviser

Dearborn Partners, L.L.C.
200 West Madison Street
Suite 1950
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: (888) 983-3380

Table of Contents

LETTER TO SHAREHOLDERS
   
3
       
EXPENSE EXAMPLE
   
5
       
INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS
   
7
       
SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS
   
9
       
STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
   
13
       
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
   
14
       
STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS
   
15
       
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
   
16
       
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
   
19
       
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED
     
  PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
   
28
       
REVIEW OF LIQUIDITY RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
   
29
       
NOTICE OF PRIVACY POLICY & PRACTICES
   
30
       
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
   
31

Greetings from Dearborn Partners, LLC,
Adviser to the Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund (the “Fund”).
 
On April 10th, 2013 the Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund was launched to provide investors with a generally high quality, relatively defensive equity investment diversified across a multitude of sectors in companies that are anticipated to consistently increase their dividends over time. Patient investors looking to outpace inflation should benefit from participating in what we believe is the long-term wealth-building potential offered by what we consider to be great businesses, while receiving an income stream with potential growth over time.
 
For the year ending February 28th, 2021 (the Fund’s fiscal year), the total returns of the Fund’s Class I shares and S&P 500 benchmark were +16.00% and +31.29%, respectively. The defensive nature of our holdings helped our Fund decline less than the benchmark in March, September, and October of 2020 when the S&P 500 sold off. In the months when the S&P 500 rally was led largely by nondividend-paying, lower quality securities, our Fund generally lagged the benchmark.
 
Eight of the 11 sectors in our Fund generated positive returns during the fiscal year, and we outperformed the S&P 500 in four of 11 sectors. Those sectors were Financials, Consumer Staples, Industrials and Utilities. We continue to maintain the valuation and stock selection disciplines that formed the genesis of our strategy, as we believe that over time, such disciplines can offer attractive total return potential when equity market risk is considered.
 
During this fiscal year, 43 companies in our Fund announced 50 dividend increases. The average of these increases was about 8.9% more than those particular companies paid as dividends a year earlier. A few specific companies in our Fund stand out as worth mentioning for the year. Some of our best performing stocks were Tractor Supply Company (TSCO), Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM). Among the retailers that were deemed essential, Tractor Supply benefitted from stock-up activity, but also from the trend in de-urbanization during the pandemic. Our second-best performing stock was Apple Inc. Demand for iPhones as well as computers for working and schooling from home remained strong last year. Additionally, the scarcity of growth in a volatile environment appeared to lift investor appeal for Apple. Our third-best performing position was Qualcomm Inc. Like Apple, robust smartphone demand kept Qualcomm growing through the pandemic.
 
Some of our worst performing stocks for the fiscal year period were ONEOK Inc. (OKE), Ross Stores Inc. (ROST) and Magellan Midstream Partners LP (MMP).  When the Center for Disease Control shut down activity in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, ONEOK and Magellan suffered from the massive demand shock that created a headwind for the entire Energy industry. Out of concerns about both companies’ ability to consistently increase dividends, we ultimately sold the Fund’s shares in these companies.  Ross Stores, a retailer deemed non-essential, also suffered demand headwinds, as it had no e-commerce to offset the closure of its stores. Although we sold the Fund’s shares in the company near the lows of April, we did exit before the company suspended its dividend the following month. The result is that no companies in our Fund have cut or suspended dividends. In the S&P 500 in calendar year 2020, on the other hand, 42 companies suspended dividends and 25 companies cut their dividends.
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We continue to believe that the companies in our Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund are generally financially strong, well-managed, defensive businesses with products or services that people patronize regardless of the economic or financial environment.  It is our opinion that each company in our portfolio is capable of consistently increasing annual dividends over time. History has shown that rising dividends have tended to cushion the fall of stock prices in challenging markets and enhance total returns over time.
 
A primary goal of our strategy is to help investors keep ahead of the rising costs of living by providing a portfolio of companies that we believe are capable of increasing their annual dividends. We maintain our conviction that a path to long-term wealth building can be accomplished through properly diversified portfolios of stocks of companies that offer the potential to increase dividends consistently over time. We believe our Fund exemplifies those characteristics and, over the long term, offers the potential to provide attractive returns with modified risk.
 
Thank you for your continued interest in the Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund. Please feel free to contact us at any time.
 
Sincerely,
 
The Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund Investment Team
 

 
Past performance does not guarantee future results.
 
Opinions expressed are those of Dearborn Partners, LLC and are subject to change, are not guaranteed, and should not be considered investment advice.
 
There is no guarantee of dividends being paid by companies.
 
Mutual Fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. The Fund’s strategy of investing in dividend-paying stocks involves the risk that such stocks may fall out of favor with investors and underperform the market. In addition, there is the possibility that such companies could reduce or eliminate the payment of dividends in the future or the anticipated acceleration of dividends could not occur. The Fund may invest in foreign securities and ADRs, which involve political, economic and currency risks, greater volatility and differences in accounting methods. Medium- and small-capitalization companies tend to have limited liquidity and greater price volatility than large-capitalization companies. Investments in REIT securities involve risks such as declines in the value of real estate and increased susceptibility to adverse economic regulatory expenses. The Fund may invest in MLPs, which can be negatively influenced when interest rates rise. These investments also entail many of the general tax risks of investing in a partnership. There is always the risk that an MLP will fail to qualify for favorable tax treatments.
 
Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect from loss in a declining market.
 
The S&P 500 Index is a stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 leading companies publicly traded in the U.S. stock market, as determined by Standard & Poor’s. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
 
Fund holdings and sector allocations are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security. For a complete list of Fund holdings please refer to the Schedule of Investments included in this report.
 
This report is intended for shareholders in the Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund and may not be used as literature unless preceded or accompanied by a current prospectus.
 
Dearborn Partners is the adviser of the Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund, which is distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.
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Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Expense Example
(Unaudited)


As a shareholder of the Fund, you incur two types of costs: (1) transaction costs, including sales charges (loads) on purchase payments and (2) ongoing costs, including management fees, distribution (12b-1) and service fees and other fund expenses. This Example is intended to help you understand your ongoing costs (in dollars) of investing in the Fund, and to compare these costs with the ongoing costs of investing in other mutual funds. The Example is based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the period and held for the entire period (September 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021).
 
Actual Expenses
 
The first lines of the following tables provide information about actual account values and actual expenses. If you purchase Class A shares of the Fund you will pay an initial sales charge of up to 5.00% when you invest. Class A shares are also subject to a 1.00% contingent deferred sales charge for purchases made at the $500,000 breakpoint which are redeemed within twelve months of purchase. A 1.00% contingent deferred sales charge is imposed on Class C shares redeemed within twelve months of purchase. In addition, you will be assessed fees for outgoing wire transfers, returned checks and stop payment for all share classes, at prevailing rates charged by U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC, the Fund’s transfer agent (“Transfer Agent”). If you request that a redemption be made by wire transfer, currently a $15.00 fee is charged by the Transfer Agent. Individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”) will be charged a $15.00 annual maintenance fee. To the extent the Fund invests in shares of exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) or other investment companies as part of its investment strategy, you will indirectly bear your proportionate share of any fees and expenses charged by the underlying funds in which the Fund invests in addition to the direct expenses of the Fund. Actual expenses of the underlying funds are expected to vary among the various underlying funds. These expenses are not included in the Example. The Example includes, but is not limited to, management fees, fund administration and accounting, custody and transfer agent fees. You may use the information in this line, together with the amount you invested, to estimate the expenses that you paid over the period. Simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then multiply the result by the number in the first line under the heading titled “Expenses Paid During Period” to estimate the expenses you paid on your account during this period.
 
Hypothetical Example for Comparison Purposes
 
The second lines of the following tables provide information about hypothetical account values and hypothetical expenses based on the Fund’s actual expense ratio and an assumed rate of return of 5% per year before expenses, which is not the Fund’s actual return. The hypothetical account values and expenses may not be used to estimate the actual ending account balance or expenses you paid for the period. You may use this information to compare the ongoing costs of investing in the Fund and other funds. To do so, compare this 5% hypothetical example with the 5% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports of other funds. Please note that the expenses shown in the
5

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Expense Example (Continued)
(Unaudited)


table are meant to highlight your ongoing costs only and do not reflect any transactional costs, such as sales charges (loads), redemption fees or exchange fees. Therefore, the second lines of the tables are useful in comparing ongoing costs only, and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds. In addition, if these transactional costs were included, your costs would have been higher.
 
 
Class A
     
Expenses Paid
 
Beginning
Ending
During Period
 
Account Value
Account Value
September 1, 2020 -
 
September 1, 2020
February 28, 2021
February 28, 2021*
Actual
$1,000.00
$1,033.30
$6.30
Hypothetical (5% return
     
  before expenses)
$1,000.00
$1,018.60
$6.26

*
Expenses are equal to the Fund’s annualized expense ratio of 1.25%, multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by 181/365 (to reflect the one-half year period).

 
Class C
     
Expenses Paid
 
Beginning
Ending
During Period
 
Account Value
Account Value
September 1, 2020 -
 
September 1, 2020
February 28, 2021
February 28, 2021*
Actual
$1,000.00
$1,029.40
$10.06
Hypothetical (5% return
     
  before expenses)
$1,000.00
$1,014.88
$ 9.99

*
Expenses are equal to the Fund’s annualized expense ratio of 2.00%, multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by 181/365 (to reflect the one-half year period).

 
Class I
     
Expenses Paid
 
Beginning
Ending
During Period
 
Account Value
Account Value
September 1, 2020 -
 
September 1, 2020
February 28, 2021
February 28, 2021*
Actual
$1,000.00
$1,034.70
$5.04
Hypothetical (5% return
     
  before expenses)
$1,000.00
$1,019.84
$5.01

*
Expenses are equal to the Fund’s annualized expense ratio of 1.00%, multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by 181/365 (to reflect the one-half year period).
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Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Investment Highlights
(Unaudited)


The Fund seeks current income, rising income over time, and long-term capital appreciation.  Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in the equity securities of companies that pay current dividends and that the Fund’s portfolio managers believe have the potential to increase their dividends with regularity.  The Fund’s allocation of portfolio holdings as of February 28, 2021 was as follows:
 
Portfolio Allocation
(% of Investments)
 

 
 


Average Annual Returns as of February 28, 2021(1)
 
 
One
Five
Since Inception
 
Year
Year
(April 10, 2013)
Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
     
    Class A (with sales charge)
9.95%
11.31%
9.33%
    Class A (without sales charge)
15.73%
12.45%
10.04%
    Class C (with sales charge)
13.85%
11.61%
9.22%
    Class C (without sales charge)
14.85%
11.61%
9.22%
    Class I
16.00%
12.73%
10.32%
S&P 500 Total Return Index
31.29%
16.82%
14.02%

(1)
With sales charge returns reflect the deduction of the current maximum initial sales charge of 5.00% for Class A and the applicable contingent deferred sales charge for Class C. Returns without sales charges do not reflect the current maximum sales charges. Had the sales charges been included, the returns would have been lower.

Performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less
 
Continued
7

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Investment Highlights (Continued)
(Unaudited)


than their original cost. Current performance of the Fund may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by calling (888) 983-3380.
 
Investment performance reflects fee waivers in effect. In the absence of such waivers, total returns would be reduced.
 
The returns shown assume reinvestment of Fund distributions and do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the redemption of Fund shares. The following graph illustrates performance of a hypothetical investment made in the Fund and a broad-based securities index on the Fund’s inception date. The graph does not reflect any future performance.
 
The S&P 500 Total Return Index is a stock market index based on the market capitalization of 500 leading companies publicly traded in the U.S. stock market, as determined by Standard & Poor’s. You cannot invest directly in an index.
 

Growth of $10,000 Investment(1)

 


(1)
The minimum investment for Class I is $500,000.
(2)
The Fund commenced operations on April 10, 2013.
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Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund

Schedule of Investments

February 28, 2021

   
Shares
   
Value
 
COMMON STOCKS – 92.48%
           
             
Banks – 4.28%
           
Glacier Bancorp, Inc.
   
170,555
   
$
9,244,081
 
Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.
   
101,000
     
7,420,470
 
             
16,664,551
 
                 
Beverages – 1.35%
               
The Coca-Cola Co.
   
107,039
     
5,243,841
 
                 
Biotechnology – 1.45%
               
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
   
92,000
     
5,648,800
 
                 
Capital Markets – 4.65%
               
Nasdaq, Inc.
   
72,000
     
9,956,880
 
S&P Global, Inc.
   
24,688
     
8,131,240
 
             
18,088,120
 
                 
Chemicals – 4.14%
               
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
   
29,786
     
7,613,897
 
The Sherwin-Williams Co.
   
12,500
     
8,504,250
 
             
16,118,147
 
                 
Commercial Services & Supplies – 1.91%
               
Republic Services, Inc.
   
83,500
     
7,439,015
 
                 
Containers & Packaging – 2.17%
               
AptarGroup, Inc.
   
65,000
     
8,454,550
 
                 
Diversified Telecommunication Services – 2.86%
               
AT&T, Inc.
   
167,105
     
4,660,558
 
Verizon Communications, Inc.
   
117,100
     
6,475,630
 
             
11,136,188
 
Electric Utilities – 4.55%
               
NextEra Energy, Inc.
   
155,116
     
11,397,924
 
Xcel Energy, Inc.
   
107,673
     
6,308,561
 
             
17,706,485
 
                 
Food & Staples Retailing – 4.38%
               
Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
   
45,500
     
9,189,180
 
Costco Wholesale Corp.
   
23,700
     
7,844,700
 
             
17,033,880
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund

Schedule of Investments (Continued)

February 28, 2021

   
Shares
   
Value
 
             
Food Products – 3.21%
           
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.
   
62,179
   
$
5,375,997
 
McCormick & Co., Inc.
   
84,419
     
7,114,833
 
             
12,490,830
 
                 
Health Care Equipment & Supplies – 6.06%
               
Abbott Laboratories
   
72,500
     
8,684,050
 
Becton Dickinson and Co.
   
26,708
     
6,440,634
 
STERIS plc (a)
   
48,327
     
8,447,560
 
             
23,572,244
 
                 
Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure – 1.74%
               
McDonald’s Corp.
   
32,793
     
6,759,949
 
                 
Household Products – 1.57%
               
Kimberly-Clark Corp.
   
47,500
     
6,095,675
 
                 
Insurance – 3.01%
               
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
   
97,870
     
11,724,826
 
                 
IT Services – 9.86%
               
Accenture plc (a)
   
30,454
     
7,640,909
 
Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
   
48,500
     
8,439,970
 
Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.
   
49,000
     
6,762,000
 
Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.
   
41,235
     
6,120,923
 
MasterCard, Inc. – Class A
   
26,510
     
9,380,563
 
             
38,344,365
 
                 
Machinery – 4.23%
               
Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
   
37,598
     
7,601,564
 
Snap-on, Inc.
   
43,510
     
8,837,316
 
             
16,438,880
 
                 
Multiline Retail – 1.75%
               
Dollar General Corp.
   
36,000
     
6,803,640
 
                 
Multi-Utilities – 1.85%
               
WEC Energy Group, Inc.
   
89,357
     
7,205,748
 
                 
Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels – 1.37%
               
Exxon Mobil Corp.
   
97,986
     
5,327,499
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund

Schedule of Investments (Continued)

February 28, 2021

   
Shares
   
Value
 
             
Pharmaceuticals – 3.05%
           
Johnson & Johnson
   
39,124
   
$
6,199,589
 
Merck & Co., Inc.
   
77,920
     
5,658,550
 
             
11,858,139
 
                 
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment – 5.70%
               
Analog Devices, Inc.
   
72,499
     
11,296,794
 
QUALCOMM, Inc.
   
79,909
     
10,882,807
 
             
22,179,601
 
                 
Software – 2.16%
               
Intuit, Inc.
   
21,500
     
8,388,010
 
                 
Specialty Retail – 4.16%
               
Home Depot, Inc.
   
30,000
     
7,750,200
 
Tractor Supply Co.
   
53,000
     
8,424,880
 
             
16,175,080
 
                 
Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals – 4.89%
               
Apple, Inc.
   
156,888
     
19,024,239
 
                 
Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods – 1.39%
               
VF Corp.
   
68,571
     
5,426,023
 
                 
Trading Companies & Distributors – 4.74%
               
Fastenal Co.
   
188,270
     
8,730,080
 
Watsco, Inc.
   
40,000
     
9,724,000
 
             
18,454,080
 
TOTAL COMMON STOCKS (Cost $243,065,714)
           
359,802,405
 
                 
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS – 4.94%
               
American Tower Corp.
   
36,300
     
7,845,519
 
Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
   
48,000
     
6,467,040
 
Realty Income Corp.
   
81,449
     
4,908,116
 
TOTAL REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS (Cost $12,424,827)
           
19,220,675
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund

Schedule of Investments (Continued)

February 28, 2021

   
Shares
   
Value
 
SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS – 2.45%
           
Fidelity Investments Money Market Funds –
           
  Government Portfolio – Class I, 0.010% (b)
   
9,550,310
   
$
9,550,310
 
TOTAL SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS (Cost $9,550,310)
           
9,550,310
 
Total Investments (Cost $265,040,851) – 99.87%
           
388,573,390
 
Other Assets in Excess of Liabilities – 0.13%
           
493,582
 
TOTAL NET ASSETS – 100.00%
         
$
389,066,972
 
                 
Percentages are stated as a percent of net assets.

(a)
Foreign issued security.
(b)
Seven day yield as of February 28, 2021.

Abbreviations:
plc –
public limited company is a publicly traded company which signifies that shareholders have limited liability.

The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) was developed by and/or is the exclusive property of MSCI, Inc. and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”). GICS is a service mark of MSCI and S&P and has been licensed for use by U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund

Statement of Assets and Liabilities

February 28, 2021

Assets
     
Investments, at value (cost $265,040,851)
 
$
388,573,390
 
Dividends and interest receivable
   
651,993
 
Receivable for Fund shares sold
   
428,684
 
Other assets
   
23,177
 
Total assets
   
389,677,244
 
Liabilities
       
Payable for distribution fees
   
202,298
 
Payable to Adviser
   
171,135
 
Payable for Fund shares redeemed
   
110,168
 
Payable to affiliates
   
91,823
 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
   
34,848
 
Total liabilities
   
610,272
 
Net Assets
 
$
389,066,972
 
Net assets consist of:
       
Paid-in capital
 
$
262,839,740
 
Total distributable earnings
   
126,227,232
 
Net assets
 
$
389,066,972
 
         
Class A Shares:
       
Net assets
 
$
112,208,336
 
Shares of beneficial interest issued and outstanding
       
  (unlimited number of shares authorized $0.001 par value)
   
5,797,522
 
Net asset value and redemption price per share(1)
 
$
19.35
 
Maximum offering price per share ($19.35/0.95)(2)
 
$
20.37
 

       
Class C Shares:
       
Net assets
 
$
110,863,196
 
Shares of beneficial interest issued and outstanding
       
  (unlimited number of shares authorized $0.001 par value)
   
5,782,617
 
Net asset value, offering price and redemption price per share(1)
 
$
19.17
 
         
Class I Shares:
       
Net assets
 
$
165,995,440
 
Shares of beneficial interest issued and outstanding
       
  (unlimited number of shares authorized $0.001 par value)
   
8,559,222
 
Net asset value, offering price and redemption price per share(1)
 
$
19.39
 

(1)
A contingent deferred sales charge (“CDSC”) of 1.00% may be charged on shares redeemed within one year of purchase.  The CDSC on Class A Shares is applied only to purchases of $500,000 that are redeemed within 12 months of purchase.  Redemption price per share is equal to net asset value less any redemption or CDSC fees.
(2)
Reflects a maximum sales charge of 5.00%.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
13

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund

Statement of Operations

For the Year Ended February 28, 2021

Investment Income
Dividend income
 
$
7,272,979
 
Interest
   
11,560
 
Total Investment Income
   
7,284,539
 
         
Expenses
       
Management fees
   
2,897,088
 
Distribution fees – Class C
   
1,054,819
 
Administration fees
   
295,062
 
Distribution fees – Class A
   
237,411
 
Transfer agent fees and expenses
   
168,521
 
Federal and state registration fees
   
73,306
 
Custody fees
   
36,076
 
Legal fees
   
30,313
 
Reports to shareholders
   
22,182
 
Audit and tax fees
   
17,452
 
Chief Compliance Officer fees
   
14,943
 
Trustees’ fees and related expenses
   
10,667
 
Insurance expense
   
3,719
 
Pricing fees
   
1,483
 
Other expenses
   
5,633
 
Total Expenses
   
4,868,675
 
Less: waivers by Adviser (Note 4)
   
(168,106
)
Net Expenses
   
4,700,569
 
         
Net Investment Income
   
2,583,970
 
         
Realized and Unrealized Gain on Investments
       
Net realized gain on:
       
  Investments
   
3,983,922
 
Net change in unrealized appreciation on:
       
  Investments
   
42,594,443
 
         
Net Realized and Unrealized Gain on Investments
   
46,578,365
 
Net Increase in Net Assets from Operations
 
$
49,162,335
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
14

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund

Statements of Changes in Net Assets

   
Year Ended
   
Year Ended
 
   
February 28, 2021
   
February 29, 2020
 
             
From Operations
           
Net investment income
 
$
2,583,970
   
$
1,654,828
 
Net realized gain (loss) on:
               
Investments
   
3,983,922
     
15,984
 
Foreign currency translation
   
     
(1,746
)
Net change in unrealized appreciation on:
               
Investments
   
42,594,443
     
19,635,682
 
Foreign currency translation
   
     
552
 
Net increase in net assets from operations
   
49,162,335
     
21,305,300
 
                 
From Dividend and Distributions to Shareholders
               
Net dividend and distributions – Class A
   
(1,094,739
)
   
(1,109,576
)
Net dividend and distributions – Class C
   
(822,210
)
   
(639,494
)
Net dividend and distributions – Class I
   
(1,868,163
)
   
(1,709,462
)
Net decrease in net assets resulting
               
  from dividend and distributions paid
   
(3,785,112
)
   
(3,458,532
)
                 
From Capital Share Transactions
               
Proceeds from shares sold – Class A
   
25,992,952
     
24,031,766
 
Proceeds from shares sold – Class C
   
20,092,598
     
25,161,911
 
Proceeds from shares sold – Class I
   
53,102,576
     
40,529,268
 
Net asset value of shares issued to shareholders
               
  in payment of distributions declared – Class A
   
1,024,543
     
1,015,386
 
Net asset value of shares issued to shareholders
               
  in payment of distributions declared – Class C
   
793,006
     
619,860
 
Net asset value of shares issued to shareholders
               
  in payment of distributions declared – Class I
   
1,740,432
     
1,590,607
 
Payments for shares redeemed – Class A
   
(15,027,905
)
   
(10,472,088
)
Payments for shares redeemed – Class C
   
(20,960,776
)
   
(11,577,358
)
Payments for shares redeemed – Class I
   
(26,664,244
)
   
(16,503,260
)
Net increase in net assets
               
  from capital share transactions
   
40,093,182
     
54,396,092
 
Total Increase in Net Assets
   
85,470,405
     
72,242,860
 
                 
Net Assets
               
Beginning of year
 
$
303,596,567
   
$
231,353,707
 
End of year
 
$
389,066,972
   
$
303,596,567
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
15

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund – Class A

Financial Highlights

Per Share Data for a Share Outstanding Throughout Each Year

   
Year
   
Year
   
Year
   
Year
   
Year
 
   
Ended
   
Ended
   
Ended
   
Ended
   
Ended
 
   
February
   
February
   
February
   
February
   
February
 
     
28,
     
29,
     
28,
     
28,
     
28,
 
     
2021
     
2020
     
2019
     
2018
     
2017
 
Net Asset Value, Beginning of Year
 
$
16.91
   
$
15.63
   
$
14.09
   
$
13.27
   
$
11.44
 
Income from investment operations:
                                       
Net investment income(1)
   
0.16
     
0.13
     
0.19
     
0.16
     
0.15
 
Net realized and unrealized
                                       
  gain on investments
   
2.48
     
1.38
     
1.53
     
0.87
     
1.79
 
Total from investment operations
   
2.64
     
1.51
     
1.72
     
1.03
     
1.94
 
Less distributions paid:
                                       
From net investment income
   
(0.10
)
   
(0.13
)
   
(0.18
)
   
(0.21
)
   
(0.11
)
From net realized
                                       
  gain on investments
   
(0.10
)
   
(0.10
)
   
     
     
 
Total distributions paid
   
(0.20
)
   
(0.23
)
   
(0.18
)
   
(0.21
)
   
(0.11
)
Net Asset Value, End of Year
 
$
19.35
   
$
16.91
   
$
15.63
   
$
14.09
   
$
13.27
 
Total Return(2)
   
15.73
%
   
9.58
%
   
12.33
%
   
7.85
%
   
17.02
%
                                         
Supplemental Data and Ratios:
                                       
Net assets, end of year (000’s)
 
$
112,208
   
$
88,097
   
$
68,240
   
$
69,227
   
$
70,449
 
Ratio of expenses to average net assets:
                                       
Before waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
1.30
%
   
1.31
%
   
1.33
%
   
1.36
%
   
1.37
%
After waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
1.25
%
   
1.27
%(4)
   
1.34
%
   
1.36
%(3)
   
1.40
%
Ratio of net investment income
                                       
  to average net assets:
                                       
Before waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
0.84
%
   
0.70
%
   
1.30
%
   
1.13
%
   
1.25
%
After waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
0.89
%
   
0.74
%(4)
   
1.29
%
   
1.13
%(3)
   
1.22
%
Portfolio turnover rate
   
14.46
%
   
4.13
%
   
13.69
%
   
12.05
%
   
5.07
%

(1)
Per share net investment income was calculated using average shares outstanding method.
(2)
Total return in the table represents the rate that the investor would have earned or lost on an investment in the Fund, assuming reinvestment of dividends. Excludes the effect of applicable sales charges.
(3)
Effective May 1, 2017 the expense cap for Class A shares was decreased from 1.40% to 1.10% excluding Rule 12b-1 fees of 0.25%.
(4)
Effective June 28, 2019 the expense cap for Class A shares was decreased from 1.10% to 1.00% excluding Rule 12b-1 fees of 0.25%.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
16

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund – Class C

Financial Highlights

Per Share Data for a Share Outstanding Throughout Each Year

   
Year
   
Year
   
Year
   
Year
   
Year
 
   
Ended
   
Ended
   
Ended
   
Ended
   
Ended
 
   
February
   
February
   
February
   
February
   
February
 
     
28,
     
29,
     
28,
     
28,
     
28,
 
     
2021
     
2020
     
2019
     
2018
     
2017
 
Net Asset Value, Beginning of Year
 
$
16.82
   
$
15.56
   
$
14.02
   
$
13.20
   
$
11.39
 
Income from investment operations:
                                       
Net investment income (loss)(1)
   
0.03
     
(0.00
)(5)
   
0.08
     
0.05
     
0.06
 
Net realized and unrealized
                                       
  gain on investments
   
2.46
     
1.38
     
1.53
     
0.87
     
1.78
 
Total from investment operations
   
2.49
     
1.38
     
1.61
     
0.92
     
1.84
 
Less distributions paid:
                                       
From net investment income
   
(0.04
)
   
(0.02
)
   
(0.07
)
   
(0.10
)
   
(0.03
)
From net realized
                                       
  gain on investments
   
(0.10
)
   
(0.10
)
   
     
     
 
Total distributions paid
   
(0.14
)
   
(0.12
)
   
(0.07
)
   
(0.10
)
   
(0.03
)
Net Asset Value, End of Year
 
$
19.17
   
$
16.82
   
$
15.56
   
$
14.02
   
$
13.20
 
Total Return(2)
   
14.85
%
   
8.81
%
   
11.51
%
   
7.01
%
   
16.14
%
                                         
Supplemental Data and Ratios:
                                       
Net assets, end of year (000’s)
 
$
110,863
   
$
96,800
   
$
76,881
   
$
74,254
   
$
79,949
 
Ratio of expenses to average net assets:
                                       
Before waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
2.05
%
   
2.06
%
   
2.08
%
   
2.11
%
   
2.12
%
After waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
2.00
%
   
2.02
%(4)
   
2.09
%
   
2.11
%(3)
   
2.15
%
Ratio of net investment income
                                       
  to average net assets:
                                       
Before waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
0.09
%
   
(0.05
%)
   
0.55
%
   
0.39
%
   
0.50
%
After waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
0.14
%
   
(0.01
%)(4)
   
0.54
%
   
0.39
%(3)
   
0.47
%
Portfolio turnover rate
   
14.46
%
   
4.13
%
   
13.69
%
   
12.05
%
   
5.07
%

(1)
Per share net investment income was calculated using average shares outstanding method.
(2)
Total return in the table represents the rate that the investor would have earned or lost on an investment in the Fund, assuming reinvestment of dividends. Excludes the effect of applicable sales charges.
(3)
Effective May 1, 2017 the expense cap for Class C shares was decreased from 2.15% to 1.10% excluding Rule 12b-1 fees of 1.00%.
(4)
Effective June 28, 2019 the expense cap for Class C shares was decreased from 1.10% to 1.00% excluding Rule 12b-1 fees of 1.00%.
(5)
Amount is between $(0.005) and $0.00.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
17

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund – Class I

Financial Highlights

Per Share Data for a Share Outstanding Throughout Each Year

   
Year
   
Year
   
Year
   
Year
   
Year
 
   
Ended
   
Ended
   
Ended
   
Ended
   
Ended
 
   
February
   
February
   
February
   
February
   
February
 
     
28,
     
29,
     
28,
     
28,
     
28,
 
     
2021
     
2020
     
2019
     
2018
     
2017
 
Net Asset Value, Beginning of Year
 
$
16.94
   
$
15.65
   
$
14.11
   
$
13.29
   
$
11.46
 
Income from investment operations:
                                       
Net investment income(1)
   
0.21
     
0.17
     
0.23
     
0.19
     
0.19
 
Net realized and unrealized
                                       
  gain on investments
   
2.48
     
1.38
     
1.53
     
0.88
     
1.78
 
Total from investment operations
   
2.69
     
1.55
     
1.76
     
1.07
     
1.97
 
Less distributions paid:
                                       
From net investment income
   
(0.14
)
   
(0.16
)
   
(0.22
)
   
(0.25
)
   
(0.14
)
From net realized
                                       
  gain on investments
   
(0.10
)
   
(0.10
)
   
     
     
 
Total distributions paid
   
(0.24
)
   
(0.26
)
   
(0.22
)
   
(0.25
)
   
(0.14
)
Net Asset Value, End of Year
 
$
19.39
   
$
16.94
   
$
15.65
   
$
14.11
   
$
13.29
 
Total Return(2)
   
16.00
%
   
9.89
%
   
12.61
%
   
8.13
%
   
17.27
%
                                         
Supplemental Data and Ratios:
                                       
Net assets, end of year (000’s)
 
$
165,995
   
$
118,700
   
$
86,233
   
$
61,091
   
$
54,379
 
Ratio of expenses to average net assets:
                                       
Before waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
1.05
%
   
1.06
%
   
1.08
%
   
1.11
%
   
1.12
%
After waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
1.00
%
   
1.02
%(4)
   
1.09
%
   
1.11
%(3)
   
1.15
%
Ratio of net investment income
                                       
  to average net assets:
                                       
Before waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
1.08
%
   
0.96
%
   
1.56
%
   
1.37
%
   
1.51
%
After waivers, reimbursements
                                       
  of expenses and recoupments
   
1.13
%
   
1.00
%(4)
   
1.55
%
   
1.37
%(3)
   
1.48
%
Portfolio turnover rate
   
14.46
%
   
4.13
%
   
13.69
%
   
12.05
%
   
5.07
%

(1)
Per share net investment income was calculated using average shares outstanding method.
(2)
Total return in the table represents the rate that the investor would have earned or lost on an investment in the Fund, assuming reinvestment of dividends.
(3)
Effective May 1, 2017 the expense cap for Class I shares was decreased from 1.15% to 1.10%.
(4)
Effective June 28, 2019 the expense cap for Class I shares was decreased from 1.10% to 1.00%.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
18

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Notes to Financial Statements
February 28, 2021


(1)
Organization
   
 
Trust for Professional Managers (the “Trust”) was organized as a Delaware statutory trust under a Declaration of Trust dated May 29, 2001. The Trust is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), as an open-end management investment company. The Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund (the “Fund”) represents a distinct, diversified series with its own investment objectives and policies within the Trust. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek current income, rising income over time, and long-term capital appreciation. The Trust may issue an unlimited number of shares of beneficial interest at $0.001 par value. The assets of the Fund are segregated, and a shareholder’s interest is limited to the class in which shares are held. The Fund currently offers three classes of shares, Class A, Class C and Class I. Each class of shares has identical rights and privileges except with respect to class-specific expenses and voting rights on matters affecting a single class of shares. The classes differ principally in their respective expenses.  Class A shares are subject to an initial maximum sales charge of 5.00% imposed at the time of purchase. The sales charge declines as the amount purchased increases in accordance with the Fund’s prospectus. Class A shares are subject to a contingent deferred sales charge of 1.00% for purchases made at the $500,000 breakpoint that are redeemed within twelve months of purchase. Class C shares are subject to a 1.00% contingent deferred sales charge for redemptions made within twelve months of purchase, in accordance with the Fund’s prospectus. The contingent deferred sales charge for Class C Shares is 1.00% of the lesser of the original cost or the current market value of shares being redeemed. Class I shares are no-load shares.  Class A and Class C shares are subject to a 0.25% and 1.00% distribution fee, respectively.   The Fund is an investment company and accordingly follows the investment company accounting and reporting guidance of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standard Codification Topic 946 “Financial Services—Investment Companies”.  The Fund commenced operations on April 10, 2013.
   
(2)
Significant Accounting Policies
   
 
The following is a summary of significant accounting policies consistently followed by the Fund in the preparation of the financial statements. These policies are in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”).
   
 
(a)  Investment Valuation
   
 
Each security owned by the Fund that is listed on a securities exchange is valued at its last sale price on that exchange on the date as of which assets are valued.  When the security is listed on more than one exchange, the Fund will use the price of the exchange that the Fund generally considers to be the principal exchange on which the stock is traded.
   
 
Portfolio securities listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. (“NASDAQ”) will be valued at the NASDAQ Official Closing Price (“NOCP”), which may not necessarily represent the last sale price. If there has been no sale on such exchange or on
19

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Notes to Financial Statements (Continued)
February 28, 2021


 
NASDAQ on such day, the security is valued at the mean between the most recent bid and asked prices on such day or the security shall be valued at the latest sales price on the “composite market” for the day such security is being valued.  The composite market is defined as a consolidation of the trade information provided by national securities and foreign exchanges and over-the-counter markets as published by an approved pricing service (“Pricing Service”).
   
 
Debt securities, including short-term debt instruments having a maturity of 60 days or less, are valued at the mean in accordance with prices supplied by an approved Pricing Service. Pricing Services may use various valuation methodologies such as the mean between the bid and the asked prices, matrix pricing and other analytical pricing models as well as market transactions and dealer quotations. If a price is not available from a Pricing Service, the most recent quotation obtained from one or more broker-dealers known to follow the issue will be obtained. Quotations will be valued at the mean between the bid and the offer.  Any discount or premium is accreted or amortized using the constant yield to maturity method.  Constant yield amortization takes into account the income that is produced on a debt security.  This accretion/amortization type utilizes the discount rate used in computing the present value of all future principal and interest payments made by a debt instrument and produces an amount equal to the cost of the debt instrument.
   
 
Money market funds, demand notes and repurchase agreements are valued at cost.  If cost does not represent current market value the securities will be priced at fair value.
   
 
Redeemable securities issued by open-end, registered investment companies are valued at the net asset values (“NAVs”) of such companies for purchase and/or redemption orders placed on that day. All exchange-traded funds are valued at the last reported sale price on the exchange on which the security is principally traded.
   
 
Foreign securities will be priced in their local currencies as of the close of their primary exchange or market or as of the time the Fund calculates its NAV, whichever is earlier.  Foreign securities, currencies and other assets denominated in foreign currencies are then translated into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of such currencies against the U.S. dollar, as provided by an approved pricing service or reporting agency.  All assets denominated in foreign currencies will be converted into U.S. dollars using the applicable currency exchange rates as of the close of the NYSE, generally 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
   
 
If market quotations are not readily available, a security or other asset will be valued at its fair value as determined under fair value pricing procedures approved by the Board of Trustees.  These fair value pricing procedures will also be used to price a security when corporate events, events in the securities market and/or world events cause the Adviser to believe that a security’s last sale price may not reflect its actual fair value.  The intended effect of using fair value pricing procedures is to ensure that the Fund is accurately priced.  The Board of Trustees will regularly evaluate whether the Fund’s fair value pricing procedures continue to be appropriate in light of the specific circumstances of the Fund and the quality of prices obtained through the application of such procedures by the Trust’s valuation committee.
20

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Notes to Financial Statements (Continued)
February 28, 2021


 
FASB Accounting Standards Codification, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures” Topic 820 (“ASC 820”), establishes an authoritative definition of fair value and sets out a hierarchy for measuring fair value.  ASC 820 requires an entity to evaluate certain factors to determine whether there has been a significant decrease in volume and level of activity for the security such that recent transactions and quoted prices may not be determinative of fair value and further analysis and adjustment may be necessary to estimate fair value.  ASC 820 also requires enhanced disclosures regarding the inputs and valuation techniques used to measure fair value in those instances as well as expanded disclosure of valuation levels for each class of investments.  These inputs are summarized in the three broad levels listed below:

 
Level 1—
Quoted prices in active markets for identical securities.
     
 
Level 2—
Other significant observable inputs (including quoted prices for similar securities, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.).
     
 
Level 3—
Significant unobservable inputs (including the Fund’s own assumptions in determining the fair value of investments).

 
The inputs or methodology used for valuing securities are not necessarily an indication of the risk associated with investing in those securities.  The following is a summary of the inputs used to value the Fund’s investments carried at fair value as of February 28, 2021:

     
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
   
Total
 
 
Assets
                       
 
Common Stocks(1)
 
$
359,802,405
   
$
   
$
   
$
359,802,405
 
 
Real Estate
                               
 
  Investment Trusts
   
19,220,675
     
     
     
19,220,675
 
 
Short-Term Investments
   
9,550,310
     
     
     
9,550,310
 
 
Total Investments
 
$
388,573,390
   
$
   
$
   
$
388,573,390
 

 
(1)
See the Schedule of Investments for industry classifications.

 
The Fund measures Level 3 activity as of the end of the period. For the year ended February 28, 2021, the Fund did not have any significant unobservable inputs (Level 3 securities) used in determining fair value. Therefore, a reconciliation of assets in which significant unobservable inputs (Level 3) were used in determining fair value is not applicable.

 
The Fund did not hold financial derivative instruments during the reporting period.
   
 
(b)  Foreign Securities and Currency Transactions
   
 
Investment securities and other assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. dollar amounts at the date of valuation.  Purchases and sales of investment securities and income and expense items denominated in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. dollar amounts on the respective dates of such transactions.
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Notes to Financial Statements (Continued)
February 28, 2021


 
The Fund does not isolate the portion of the results of operations from changes in foreign exchange rates on investments from the fluctuations arising from changes in market prices of securities held.  Realized foreign exchange gains or losses arising from sales of portfolio securities and sales and maturities of short-term securities are reported within realized gain (loss) on investments.  Net unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses arising from changes in the values of investments in securities from fluctuations in exchange rates are reported within unrealized gain (loss) on investments.
   
 
(c)  Federal Income Taxes
   
 
The Fund complies with the requirements of Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), necessary to qualify as a regulated investment company and makes the requisite distributions of income and capital gains to its shareholders sufficient to relieve it of all or substantially all federal income taxes. Therefore, no federal income tax provision has been provided.
   
 
As of and during the year ended February 28, 2021, the Fund did not have a liability for any unrecognized tax benefits. The Fund recognizes interest and penalties, if any, related to unrecognized tax benefits as income tax expense in the Statement of Operations. During the year ended February 28, 2021, the Fund did not incur any interest or penalties. At February 28, 2021, the fiscal years 2018 through 2021 remained open to examination in the Fund’s major tax jurisdictions.
   
 
(d)  Distributions to Shareholders
   
 
The Fund will distribute any net investment income and any net realized long- or short-term capital gains at least annually, and as frequently as quarterly.  Distributions from net realized gains for book purposes may include short-term capital gains. All short-term capital gains are included in ordinary income for tax purposes. Distributions to shareholders are recorded on the ex-dividend date. The Fund may also pay a special distribution at the end of the calendar year to comply with federal tax requirements. Income and capital gains distributions may differ from GAAP, primarily due to timing differences in the recognition of income, gains and losses by the Fund. GAAP requires that certain components of net assets relating to permanent differences be reclassified between the components of net assets. These reclassifications have no effect on net assets or NAV per share.
   
 
(e)  Use of Estimates
   
 
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
   
 
(f)  Share Valuation
   
 
The NAV per share of the Fund is calculated by dividing the sum of the value of the securities held by the Fund, plus cash or other assets, minus all liabilities (including estimated accrued expenses) by the total number of shares outstanding for the Fund, rounded to the nearest cent. The Fund’s shares will not be priced on the days on which the NYSE is closed for trading.
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Notes to Financial Statements (Continued)
February 28, 2021


 
(g)  Allocation of Income, Expenses and Gains/Losses
   
 
Income, expenses (other than those deemed attributable to a specific share class), and gains and losses of the Fund are allocated daily to each class of shares based upon the ratio of net assets represented by each class as a percentage of the net assets of the Fund. Expenses deemed directly attributable to a class of shares are recorded by the specific class. Most Fund expenses are allocated by class based on relative net assets. Distribution fees are expensed at 0.25% and 1.00% of average daily net assets of the Class A and Class C shares, respectively. Expenses associated with a specific fund in the Trust are charged to that fund. Common Trust expenses are typically allocated evenly between the funds of the Trust, or by other equitable means.
   
 
(h)  Other
   
 
Investment transactions are recorded on the trade date. The Fund determines the gain or loss from investment transactions on the identified cost basis by comparing the original cost of the security lot sold with the net sale proceeds. Dividend income, less foreign withholding tax, is recognized on the ex-dividend date and interest income is recognized on an accrual basis.  Withholding taxes on foreign dividends have been provided for in accordance with the Fund’s understanding of the applicable country’s tax rules and rates.  Distributions received from the Fund’s investments in Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”) and Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are comprised of ordinary income, capital gains and return of capital, as applicable. For financial statement purposes, the Fund uses estimates to characterize these distributions received as return of capital, capital gains or ordinary income. Such estimates are based on historical information available from each MLP or REIT and other industry sources. These estimates may subsequently be revised based on information received for the security after its tax reporting periods are concluded, as the actual character of these distributions is not known until after the fiscal year end of the Fund. Changes to estimates will be recorded in the period they are known. The distributions received from MLP and REIT securities that have been classified as income and capital gains are included in dividend income and net realized gain on investments, respectively, on the Statement of Operations. The distributions received that are classified as return of capital reduced the cost of investments on the Statement of Assets and Liabilities.
   
(3)
Federal Tax Matters
   
 
The tax character of distributions paid during the years ended February 28, 2021 and February 29, 2020 is as follows:

   
February 28, 2021
February 29, 2020
 
Ordinary Income
$1,762,606
$1,714,124
 
Long-Term Capital Gain
$2,022,506
$1,744,408

 
The Fund designated as long-term capital gain dividend, pursuant to Section 852(b)(3) of the Code, the amount necessary to reduce the earnings and profits of the Fund related to net capital gain to zero for the tax year ended February 28, 2021.
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Notes to Financial Statements (Continued)
February 28, 2021


 
As of February 28, 2021, the components of accumulated earnings on a tax basis were as follows:

 
Cost basis of investments for federal income tax purposes
 
$
265,040,851
 
 
Gross tax unrealized appreciation
   
128,669,750
 
 
Gross tax unrealized depreciation
   
(5,137,211
)
 
Net tax unrealized appreciation
   
123,532,539
 
 
Undistributed ordinary income
   
1,384,165
 
 
Undistributed long-term capital gain
   
1,310,528
 
 
Total distributable earnings
   
2,694,693
 
 
Other accumulated losses
   
 
 
Total distributable earnings
 
$
126,227,232
 

 
As of February 28, 2021, permanent tax adjustments to decrease Paid-In capital and increase Total distributable earnings by $6,016 were required to be made on the Statement of Assets and Liabilities.
   
(4)
Investment Adviser
   
 
The Trust has an Investment Advisory Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Dearborn Partners, L.L.C. (the “Adviser”) to furnish investment advisory services to the Fund. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Fund compensates the Adviser for its management services at the annual rate of 0.85% of the Fund’s average daily net assets.
   
 
The Adviser has contractually agreed to waive its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund’s other expenses at least through June 28, 2022, at the discretion of the Adviser and the Board of Trustees, to the extent necessary to ensure that the Fund’s operating expenses (exclusive of front-end or contingent deferred sales loads, Rule 12b-1 plan fees, shareholder servicing plan fees, taxes, leverage (i.e., any expenses incurred in connection with borrowings made by the Fund), interest (including interest incurred in connection with borrowings made by the Fund), brokerage commissions and other transactional expenses, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividends or interest expense on short positions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization or extraordinary expenses such as litigation, collectively “Excluded Expenses”) do not exceed 1.00% (the “Expense Limitation Cap”) of the Fund’s average daily net assets.  Any such waiver or reimbursement is subject to later adjustment to allow the Adviser to recoup amounts waived or reimbursed within three years from the date such amount was waived or reimbursed, subject to the operating expense limitation agreement, if such recoupments will not cause the Fund to exceed the lesser of: (1) the expense limitation in place at the time of the waiver; or (2) the expense limitation in place at the time of the recoupment.The following table shows the remaining waived or reimbursed expenses subject to potential recovery expiring during the period ending:

   
Class A
Class C
Class I
 
February 28, 2023
$29,951
$32,694
$40,014
 
February 29, 2024
  46,951
  51,791
  69,364
 
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Notes to Financial Statements (Continued)
February 28, 2021


(5)
Distribution Plan
   
 
The Trust has adopted a plan pursuant to Rule 12b-1 (the “12b-1 Plan”), on behalf of the Fund, which authorizes it to pay Quasar Distributors, LLC (the “Distributor” or “Quasar”) a distribution fee of 0.25% and 1.00% of the Fund’s average daily net assets of Class A and Class C shares, respectively for services to prospective Fund shareholders and distribution of Fund shares.  The following table details the fees earned pursuant to the 12b-1 Plan during the year ended February 28, 2021, as well as the fees owed as of February 28, 2021.

   
Fees Earned
Fees Owed as of
   
During Year
February 28, 2021
 
Class A
$   237,411
$  14,808
 
Class C
$1,054,819
$187,490

 
The Distributor acts as the Fund’s principal underwriter in a continuous public offering of the Fund’s shares. The Distributor was an affiliate of U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (doing business as U.S. Bank Global Fund Services (“Fund Services”)) and U.S. Bank, N.A. (“U.S. Bank”) through March 30, 2020. Effective March 31, 2020, Foreside Financial Group, LLC (“Foreside”) acquired Quasar from U.S. Bancorp. As a result of the acquisition, Quasar became a wholly-owned broker-dealer subsidiary of Foreside and is no longer affiliated with Fund Services. The Board of Trustees of the Trust has approved a new Distribution Agreement to enable Quasar to continue serving as the Fund’s principal underwriter.
   
(6)
Related Party Transactions
   
 
Fund Services acts as the Fund’s administrator and fund accountant under an Administration Agreement. Fund Services prepares various federal and state regulatory filings, reports and returns for the Fund; prepares reports and materials to be supplied to the Trustees; monitors the activities of the Fund’s custodian, transfer agent and accountants; coordinates the preparation and payment of the Fund’s expenses; and reviews the Fund’s expense accruals.  Fund Services also serves as the transfer agent to the Fund. U.S. Bank, N.A. (“U.S. Bank”), an affiliate of Fund Services, serves as the Fund’s custodian.  The Trust’s Chief Compliance Officer is also an employee of Fund Services.  The following table details the fees earned for each service during the year ended February 28, 2021, as well as the fees owed as of February 28, 2021.

   
Fees Earned
Fees Owed as of
   
During Year
February 28, 2021
 
Administration/Accounting and Pricing
$296,545
$53,596
 
Custody
    36,076
    6,500
 
Transfer agent
      162,028(1)
  29,227
 
Chief Compliance Officer
     14,943
    2,500

 
(1)
This amount does not include sub-transfer agency fees, therefore it does not agree to the amount on the Statement of Operations.

 
The Fund also has a line of credit with U.S. Bank (see Note 10).
   
 
Certain officers of the Fund are also employees of Fund Services.  A Trustee of the Trust is affiliated with Fund Services and U.S. Bank.
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Notes to Financial Statements (Continued)
February 28, 2021


(7)
Capital Share Transactions

     
Year Ended
   
Year Ended
 
     
February 28, 2021
   
February 29, 2020
 
 
Class A
           
 
Shares sold
   
1,411,509
     
1,386,990
 
 
Shares redeemed
   
(879,734
)
   
(601,013
)
 
Shares issued in
               
 
  reinvestment of dividends
   
56,252
     
57,742
 
 
Net increase
   
588,027
     
843,719
 
                   
 
Class C
               
 
Shares sold
   
1,141,581
     
1,463,269
 
 
Shares redeemed
   
(1,158,663
)
   
(681,590
)
 
Shares issued in
               
 
  reinvestment of dividends
   
43,306
     
34,778
 
 
Net increase
   
26,224
     
816,457
 
                   
 
Class I
               
 
Shares sold
   
2,959,133
     
2,368,277
 
 
Shares redeemed
   
(1,504,643
)
   
(960,017
)
 
Shares issued in
               
 
  reinvestment of dividends
   
96,675
     
90,846
 
 
Net increase
   
1,551,165
     
1,499,106
 
 
(8)
Investment Transactions
   
 
The aggregate purchases and sales of securities, excluding short-term investments, for the Fund for the year ended February 28, 2021, were $88,956,632 and $47,372,519, respectively. There were no purchases or sales of U.S. government securities for the Fund.
   
(9)
Beneficial Ownership
   
 
The beneficial ownership, either directly or indirectly, of more than 25% of the voting securities of a fund creates a presumption of control of the fund, under Section 2(a)(9) of the 1940 Act.  At February 28, 2021, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. held 44.45% of the Fund’s shares outstanding for the benefit of their customers.
   
(10)
Line of Credit
   
 
At February 28, 2021, the Fund had a line of credit in the amount of the lesser of $20,000,000, or 33.33% of the fair value of unencumbered assets, which matures on August 7, 2021. This secured line of credit is intended to provide short-term financing, if necessary, subject to certain restrictions, in connection with shareholder redemptions. The credit facility is with the Fund's custodian, U.S. Bank (the “Lender”). As collateral, the Lender receives a first priority security interest in securities of the Fund in an amount of at least 300% of any draw on the line of the credit by the Fund. Interest
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Notes to Financial Statements (Continued)
February 28, 2021


 
accrues at the Lender's Prime Rate, which as of February 28, 2021 was 3.25%.  During the year ended February 28, 2021, the Fund did not utilize the line of credit.
   
(11)
Subsequent Events
   
 
On March 30, 2021, the Fund declared and paid a distribution from ordinary income to the shareholders of record on March 29, 2021 of $536,964, $99,036 and $1,008,566 for Class A, C, and I shares, respectively.
   
(12)
Recent Market Events
   
 
U.S. and international markets have experienced volatility in recent months and years due to a number of economic, political and global macro factors, including the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, which has resulted in a public health crisis, business interruptions, growth concerns in the U.S. and overseas, layoffs, rising unemployment claims, changed travel and social behaviors and reduced consumer spending. The effects of COVID-19 may lead to a substantial economic downturn or recession in the U.S. and global economies, the recovery from which is uncertain and may last for an extended period of time. These developments as well as other events could result in further market volatility and negatively affect financial asset prices, the liquidity of certain securities and the normal operations of securities exchanges and other markets. As a result, the risk environment remains elevated. The Adviser will monitor developments and seek to manage the Fund in a manner consistent with achieving the Fund’s investment objective, but there can be no assurance that it will be successful in doing so.
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Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 
To the Shareholders of Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund and Board of Trustees of Trust for Professional Managers
 
Opinion on the Financial Statements
 
We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities, including the schedule of investments, of Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund (the “Fund”), a series of Trust for Professional Managers, as of February 28, 2021, the related statement of operations for the year then ended, the statements of changes in net assets for each of the two years in the period then ended, the related notes, and the financial highlights for each of the five years in the period then ended (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Fund as of February 28, 2021, the results of its operations for the year then ended, the changes in net assets for each of the two years in the period then ended, and the financial highlights for each of the five years in the period then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
 
Basis for Opinion
 
These financial statements are the responsibility of the Fund’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Fund’s financial statements based on our audits.  We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Fund in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
 
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB.  Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement whether due to error or fraud.
 
Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements.  Our procedures included confirmation of securities owned as of February 28, 2021, by correspondence with the custodian. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.  We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
 
We have served as the Fund’s auditor since 2013.
 
 
COHEN & COMPANY, LTD.
Cleveland, Ohio
April 27, 2021
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Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Review of Liquidity Risk Management Program

 
In accordance with Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, Trust for Professional Managers (the “Trust”) has adopted and implemented a liquidity risk management program (the “Trust Program”). As required under the Trust Program, Dearborn Partners, LLC (“Dearborn”), the investment adviser to the Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund (the “Fund”), a series of the Trust, has adopted and implemented a liquidity risk management program tailored specifically to the Fund (the “Adviser Program”). The Adviser Program seeks to promote effective liquidity risk management for the Fund and to protect Fund shareholders from dilution of their interests. The Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of the Trust has approved Dearborn as the administrator for the Adviser Program (the “Program Administrator”). The Program Administrator has further delegated administration of the Adviser Program to its Liquidity Risk Committee. The Liquidity Risk Committee currently consists of Don McKinnon (CCO), Matt Guttosch (Equity Analyst), and Michael Andelman (PM). The Program Administrator is required to provide a written annual report to the Board and the Trust’s chief compliance officer regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of the Adviser Program, including the operation of the Fund’s highly liquid investment minimum, if applicable, and any material changes to the Adviser Program.
 
On October 14, 2020, the Board reviewed the Program Administrator’s written annual report for the period December 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 (the “Report”). The Report provided an assessment of the Fund’s liquidity risk: the risk that the Fund could not meet requests to redeem shares issued by the Fund without significant dilution of the remaining investors’ interests in the Fund. The Adviser Program assesses liquidity risk under both normal and reasonably foreseeable stressed market conditions. The Program Administrator provides portfolio investment classification services, and the Report noted that the Fund primarily held investments that were classified as highly liquid during the review period. The Report noted that the Fund’s portfolios are expected to continue to primarily hold highly liquid investments and the determination that the Fund be designated as a “primarily highly liquid fund” (as defined in Rule 22e-4) remains appropriate and the Fund can therefore continue to rely on the exclusion in Rule 22e-4 from the requirements to determine and review a highly liquid investment minimum for the Fund and to adopt policies and procedures for responding to a highly liquid investment minimum shortfall. The Report noted that there were no breaches of the Fund’s restriction on holding illiquid investments exceeding 15% of its net assets during the review period. The Report confirmed that the Fund’s investment strategy was appropriate for an open-end management investment company. The Report also indicated that no material changes had been made to the Adviser Program during the review period.
 
The Program Administrator determined that the Fund is reasonably likely to be able to meet redemption requests without adversely affecting non-redeeming Fund shareholders through significant dilution. The Program Administrator concluded that the Adviser Program was adequately designed and effectively implemented during the review period.
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Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Notice of Privacy Policy & Practices
 

We collect non-public personal information about you from the following sources:
 
information we receive about you on applications or other forms;
   
information you give us orally; and
   
information about your transactions with us or others.

We do not disclose any non-public personal information about our shareholders or former shareholders without the shareholder’s authorization, except as permitted by law or in response to inquiries from governmental authorities.  We may share information with affiliated parties and unaffiliated third parties with whom we have contracts for servicing the Fund.  We will provide unaffiliated third parties with only the information necessary to carry out their assigned responsibility.  All shareholder records will be disposed of in accordance with applicable law.  We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your non-public personal information and require third parties to treat your non-public personal information with the same high degree of confidentiality.
 
In the event that you hold shares of the Fund through a financial intermediary, including, but not limited to, a broker-dealer, bank or trust company, the privacy policy of your financial intermediary would govern how your non-public personal information would be shared with unaffiliated third parties.
 
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Additional Information
(Unaudited)

 
Tax Information
 
For the fiscal year ended February 28, 2021, certain dividends paid by the Fund may be subject to a maximum tax rate of 23.8%, as provided for by the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. The percentage of dividends declared from ordinary income designated as qualified dividend income was 100%.
 
For corporate shareholders, the percent of ordinary income distributions qualifying for the corporate dividends received deduction for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2021 was  100%.
 
Indemnifications
 
Under the Trust’s organizational documents, its officers and trustees are indemnified against certain liabilities arising out of the performance of their duties to the Fund.  In addition, in the normal course of business, the Fund enters into contracts that provide general indemnifications to other parties.  The Fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown as this would involve future claims that may be made against the Fund that have not yet occurred.  However, the Fund has not had prior claims or losses pursuant to these contracts and expects the risk of loss to be remote.
 
Information about Trustees
 
The business and affairs of the Trust are managed under the direction of the Board of Trustees. Information pertaining to the Trustees of the Trust is set forth below. The Statement of Additional Information includes additional information about the Trustees and is available, without charge, upon request by calling (888) 983-3380.
 
Independent Trustees

         
Other
     
Number of
 
Directorships
   
Term of
Portfolios
Principal
Held by
Name,
Position(s)
Office and
in the Trust
Occupation(s)
Trustee
Address and
Held with
Length of
Overseen
During the Past
During the
Year of Birth
the Trust
Time Served
by Trustee
Five Years
Past Five Years
           
Michael D.
Trustee
Indefinite
21
Professor
Independent
Akers, Ph.D.
 
Term; Since
 
Emeritus,
Trustee, USA
615 E. Michigan St.
 
August 22,
 
Department of
MUTUALS
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
2001
 
Accounting
(an open-end
Year of Birth: 1955
     
(June 2019-
investment
       
present);
company),
       
Professor,
(2001-2021).
       
Department of
 
       
Accounting
 
       
(2004-2019);
 
       
Chair,
 
       
Department
 
       
of Accounting
 
       
(2004-2017),
 
       
Marquette
 
       
University.
 

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Additional Information (Continued)
(Unaudited)

         
Other
     
Number of
 
Directorships
   
Term of
Portfolios
Principal
Held by
Name,
Position(s)
Office and
in the Trust
Occupation(s)
Trustee
Address and
Held with
Length of
Overseen
During the Past
During the
Year of Birth
the Trust
Time Served
by Trustee
Five Years
Past Five Years
           
Gary A. Drska
Trustee
Indefinite
21
Pilot, Frontier/
Independent
615 E. Michigan St.
 
Term; Since
 
Midwest Airlines,
Trustee, USA
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
August 22,
 
Inc. (airline
MUTUALS
Year of Birth: 1956
 
2001
 
company)
(an open-end
       
(1986-present).
investment
         
company),
         
(2001-2021).
           
Jonas B. Siegel
Trustee
Indefinite
21
Retired
Independent
615 E. Michigan St.
 
Term; Since
 
(2011-present).
Trustee, Gottex
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
October 23,
   
Trust (an open-
Year of Birth: 1943
 
2009
   
end investment
         
company)
         
(2010-2016).
           
Interested Trustee and Officers
           
Joseph C. Neuberger*
Chairperson
Indefinite
21
President (2017-
Trustee, Buffalo
615 E. Michigan St.
and
Term; Since
 
present), Chief
Funds (an open-
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Trustee
August 22,
 
Operating
end investment
Year of Birth: 1962
 
2001
 
Officer
company)
       
(2016-2020),
(2003-2017);
       
Executive Vice
Trustee, USA
       
President (1994-
MUTUALS
       
2017), U.S.
(an open-
       
Bancorp Fund
end investment
       
Services, LLC.
company)
         
(2001-2018).

*
Mr. Neuberger is deemed to be an “interested person” of the Trust as defined by the 1940 Act due to his position and material business relationship with the Trust.
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Additional Information (Continued)
(Unaudited)

         
Other
     
Number of
 
Directorships
   
Term of
Portfolios
Principal
Held by
Name,
Position(s)
Office and
in the Trust
Occupation(s)
Trustee
Address and
Held with
Length of
Overseen
During the Past
During the
Year of Birth
the Trust
Time Served
by Trustee
Five Years
Past Five Years
           
John P. Buckel
President
Indefinite
N/A
Vice President,
N/A
615 E. Michigan St.
and
Term; Since
 
U.S. Bancorp
 
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Principal
January 24,
 
Fund Services,
 
Year of Birth: 1957
Executive
2013
 
LLC (2004-
 
 
Officer
   
present).
 
           
Jennifer A. Lima
Vice
Indefinite
N/A
Vice President,
N/A
615 E. Michigan St.
President,
Term; Since
 
U.S. Bancorp
 
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Treasurer
January 24,
 
Fund Services,
 
Year of Birth: 1974
and
2013
 
LLC (2002-
 
 
Principal
   
present).
 
 
Financial
       
 
and
       
 
Accounting
       
 
Officer
       
           
Elizabeth B. Scalf
Chief
Indefinite
N/A
Senior Vice
N/A
615 E. Michigan St.
Compliance
Term; Since
 
President,
 
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Officer,
July 1,
 
U.S. Bancorp
 
Year of Birth: 1985
Vice
2017
 
Fund Services,
 
 
President
   
LLC (February
 
 
and
   
2017-present);
 
 
Anti-Money
   
Vice President
 
 
Laundering
   
and Assistant
 
 
Officer
   
CCO, Heartland
 
       
Advisors, Inc.
 
       
(December 2016-
 
       
January 2017);
 
       
Vice President
 
       
and CCO,
 
       
Heartland Group,
 
       
Inc. (May 2016-
 
       
November 2016);
 
       
Vice President,
 
       
CCO and Senior
 
       
Legal Counsel
 
       
(May 2016-
 
       
November 2016),
 
       
Assistant CCO
 
       
and Senior Legal
 
       
Counsel (January
 
       
2016-April 2016),
 
       
Heartland
 
       
Advisors, Inc.
 
33

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund
Additional Information (Continued)
(Unaudited)

         
Other
     
Number of
 
Directorships
   
Term of
Portfolios
Principal
Held by
Name,
Position(s)
Office and
in the Trust
Occupation(s)
Trustee
Address and
Held with
Length of
Overseen
During the Past
During the
Year of Birth
the Trust
Time Served
by Trustee
Five Years
Past Five Years
           
Jay S. Fitton
Secretary
Indefinite
N/A
Assistant Vice
N/A
615 E. Michigan St.
 
Term; Since
 
President, U.S.
 
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
July 22,
 
Bancorp Fund
 
Year of Birth: 1970
 
2019
 
Services, LLC
 
       
(2019-present);
 
       
Partner, Practus,
 
       
LLP (2018-2019);
 
       
Counsel, Drinker
 
       
Biddle &
 
       
Reath LLP
 
       
(2016-2018).
 
           
Kelly A. Burns
Assistant
Indefinite
N/A
Assistant Vice
N/A
615 E. Michigan St.
Treasurer
Term; Since
 
President, U.S.
 
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
April 23,
 
Bancorp Fund
 
Year of Birth: 1987
 
2015
 
Services, LLC
 
       
(2011-present).
 
           
Melissa Aguinaga
Assistant
Indefinite
N/A
Assistant Vice
N/A
615 E. Michigan St.
Treasurer
Term; Since
 
President, U.S.
 
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
July 1,
 
Bancorp Fund
 
Year of Birth: 1987
 
2015
 
Services, LLC
 
       
(2010-present).
 
           
Laura A. Carroll
Assistant
Indefinite
N/A
Assistant Vice
N/A
615 E. Michigan St.
Treasurer
Term; Since
 
President, U.S.
 
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 
August 20,
 
Bancorp Fund
 
Year of Birth: 1985
 
2018
 
Services, LLC
 
       
(2007-present).
 
34

 
A NOTE ON FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
 
Except for historical information contained in this report for the Fund, the matters discussed in this report may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include any adviser or portfolio manager predictions, assessments, analyses or outlooks for individual securities, industries, market sectors and/or markets. These statements involve risks and uncertainties. In addition to the general risks described for the Fund in the current Prospectus, other factors bearing on this report include the accuracy of the Adviser’s or portfolio managers’ forecasts and predictions, and the appropriateness of the investment programs designed by the Adviser or portfolio managers to implement their strategies efficiently and effectively. Any one or more of these factors, as well as other risks affecting the securities markets and investment instruments generally, could cause the actual results of the Fund to differ materially as compared to benchmarks associated with the Fund.
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)
 
The Fund has adopted proxy voting policies and procedures that delegate to the Adviser the authority to vote proxies. A description of the Fund’s proxy voting policies and procedures is available without charge, upon request, by calling the Fund toll free at (888) 983-3380. A description of these policies and procedures is also included in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information, which is available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.
 
The Fund’s proxy voting record for the most recent 12-month period ended June 30 is available without charge, upon request, by calling, toll free, (888) 983-3380, or by accessing the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.
 
The Fund files its complete schedule of portfolio holdings with the SEC for the first and third quarters of each fiscal year on Part F of Form N-PORT. Shareholders may view the Fund’s Form N-PORT on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
 

HOUSEHOLDING (Unaudited)
 
In an effort to decrease costs, the Fund intends to reduce the number of duplicate prospectuses and certain other shareholder documents you receive by sending only one copy of each to those addresses shared by two or more accounts and to shareholders the Fund reasonably believes are from the same family or household. Once implemented, if you would like to discontinue householding for your accounts, please call toll-free at (888) 983-3380 to request individual copies of these documents. Once the Fund receives notice to stop householding, the Fund will begin sending individual copies 30 days after receiving your request. This policy does not apply to account statements.

Dearborn Partners Rising Dividend Fund


Investment Adviser
Dearborn Partners, L.L.C.
 
200 West Madison Street
 
Suite 1950
 
Chicago, Illinois 60606
   
Legal Counsel
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
 
833 East Michigan Street
 
Suite 1800
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
   
Independent Registered Public
Cohen & Company, Ltd.
  Accounting Firm
1350 Euclid Avenue
 
Suite 800
 
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
   
Transfer Agent, Fund Accountant and
U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
  Fund Administrator
615 East Michigan Street
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
   
Custodian
U.S. Bank, N.A.
 
Custody Operations
 
1555 North River Center Drive
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
   
Distributor
Quasar Distributors, LLC
 
111 East Kilbourn Avenue
 
Suite 1250
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202


This report is intended for shareholders of the Fund and may not be used as sales literature unless preceded or accompanied by a current prospectus.
 


DP-ANNUAL

(b) Not applicable.

Item 2. Code of Ethics.

The registrant has adopted a code of ethics that applies to the registrant’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer.  The registrant has not made any amendments to its code of ethics during the period covered by this report.  The registrant has not granted any waivers from any provisions of the code of ethics during the period covered by this report. A copy of the registrant’s Code of Ethics is incorporated by reference to the Registrant’s Form N-CSR filed on May 5, 2014.

Item 3. Audit Committee Financial Expert.

The registrant’s board of trustees has determined that there is at least one audit committee financial expert serving on its audit committee.  Dr. Michael Akers is the “audit committee financial expert” and is considered to be “independent” as each term is defined in Item 3 of Form N‑CSR. Dr. Akers holds a Ph.D. in accountancy and is a professor Emeritus of accounting at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Item 4. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

The registrant has engaged its principal accountant to perform audit services, audit-related services, tax services and other services during the past two fiscal years.  “Audit services” refer to performing an audit of the registrant's annual financial statements or services that are normally provided by the accountant in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for those fiscal years.  “Audit-related services” refer to the assurance and related services by the principal accountant that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit.  “Tax services” refer to professional services rendered by the principal accountant for tax compliance, tax advice, and tax planning. The following table details the aggregate fees billed or expected to be billed for each of the last two fiscal years for audit fees, audit-related fees, tax fees and other fees by the principal accountant.

 
    FYE    2/28/2021
     FYE  2/29/2020
(a) Audit Fees
$14,500
$14,500
(b) Audit-Related Fees
$0
$0
(c) Tax Fees
$3,000
$3,000
(d) All Other Fees
$0
$0

(e)(1) The audit committee has adopted pre-approval policies and procedures that require the audit committee to pre‑approve all audit and non‑audit services of the registrant, including services provided to any entity affiliated with the registrant.

(e)(2) The percentage of fees billed by Cohen & Company, applicable to non-audit services pursuant to waiver of pre-approval requirement were as follows:

 
FYE  2/28/2021
FYE  2/29/2020
Audit-Related Fees
0%
0%
Tax Fees
0%
0%
All Other Fees
0%
0%

(f)  All of the principal accountant’s hours spent on auditing the registrant’s financial statements were attributed to work performed by full‑time permanent employees of the principal accountant.

(g) The following table indicates the non-audit fees billed or expected to be billed by the registrant’s accountant for services to the registrant and to the registrant’s investment adviser (and any other controlling entity, etc.—not sub-adviser) for the last two years.

Non-Audit Related Fees
FYE  2/28/2021
FYE  2/29/2020
Registrant
$0
$0
Registrant’s Investment Adviser
$0
$0

(h) The audit committee of the board of trustees has considered whether the provision of non-audit services that were rendered to the registrant's investment adviser is compatible with maintaining the principal accountant's independence and has concluded that the provision of such non-audit services by the accountant has not compromised the accountant’s independence.

(i) Not applicable.

(j) Not applicable.

Item 5. Audit Committee of Listed Registrants.

Not applicable to registrants who are not listed issuers (as defined in Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934).

Item 6. Investments.

(a)
Schedule of Investments is included as part of the report to shareholders filed under Item 1 of this Form.
(b)
Not Applicable
 
Item 7. Disclosure of Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for Closed-End Management Investment Companies.

Not applicable to open-end investment companies.

Item 8. Portfolio Managers of Closed-End Management Investment Companies.

Not applicable to open-end investment companies.

Item 9. Purchases of Equity Securities by Closed‑End Management Investment Company and Affiliated Purchasers.

Not applicable to open-end investment companies.

Item 10. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

There have been no material changes to the procedures by which shareholders may recommend nominees to the registrant’s board of trustees.

Item 11. Controls and Procedures.

(a)
The Registrant’s President and Treasurer have reviewed the Registrant's disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 30a-3(c) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Act”)) as of a date within 90 days of the filing of this report, as required by Rule 30a-3(b) under the Act and Rules 13a-15(b) or 15d‑15(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Based on their review, such officers have concluded that the disclosure controls and procedures are effective in ensuring that information required to be disclosed in this report is appropriately recorded, processed, summarized and reported and made known to them by others within the Registrant and by the Registrant’s service provider.

(b)
There were no changes in the Registrant's internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 30a-3(d) under the Act) that occurred during the last fiscal half-year covered by this report that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

Item 12. Disclosure of Securities Lending Activities for Closed-End Management Investment Companies

Not applicable to open-end investment companies.

Item 13. Exhibits.



(3) Any written solicitation to purchase securities under Rule 23c‑1 under the Act sent or given during the period covered by the report by or on behalf of the registrant to 10 or more persons.  Not applicable to open-end investment companies.

(4)
Change in the registrant’s independent public accountant.  There was no change in the registrant’s independent public accountant for the period covered by this report.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


(Registrant)    Trust for Professional Managers

By (Signature and Title)*    /s/ John Buckel
John Buckel, President

Date    5/6/2021



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

By (Signature and Title)*    /s/John Buckel
John Buckel, President

Date    5/6/2021

By (Signature and Title)*    /s/Jennifer Lima
Jennifer Lima, Treasurer

Date    5/6/2021

* Print the name and title of each signing officer under his or her signature.