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HighMark Geneva Small Cap Growth Fund Gains Three-Year Track Record

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

HighMark Geneva Small Cap Growth Fund Gains Three-Year Track Record10:00 EDT Tuesday, July 10, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO (Business Wire) -- HighMark Capital Management, Inc. is pleased to announce that HighMark Geneva Small Cap Growth Fund (HGASX) has gained its three-year track record and celebrated its three-year anniversary on June 12, 2012. The Fund employs the same time-tested investment philosophy and process as the notable HighMark Geneva Mid Cap Growth Fund (PNMAX), to seek high-quality companies with superior management teams, low leverage and a consistent, sustainable record of growth. It is also sub-advised by Geneva Capital Management Ltd., and the Fund has exhibited competitive returns since its inception1. “We're very pleased with the performance of both HighMark Geneva Mid and Small Cap Growth Funds,” said Kevin Rowell, Managing Director at HighMark Capital Management, Inc. “We look forward to our continued partnership with Geneva Capital as sub-adviser.” Rowell also said it was encouraging that HighMark is adding value with positive alpha2 on behalf of investors. HighMark is committed to helping clients achieve their long-term financial goals by providing high-quality, competitive products and services, utilizing both seasoned in-house managers and select institutional sub-advisers who are leaders in their field. Their funds utilize disciplined investment processes that aim to deliver consistent long-term investment performance. Risk Considerations: In addition to the normal risks associated with equity investing, funds that invest in small cap and mid cap companies may be subject to greater risks than large company stocks due to greater volatility and less liquidity. The Funds may also invest in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), thus shareholders will bear additional costs. About HighMark Capital Management, Inc. San Francisco-based HighMark Capital Management, Inc. (HCM) is a registered investment adviser, and a proud member of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world's largest financial organizations. HCM is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Union Bank, N.A. Union Bank, N.A. is wholly owned by UnionBanCal Corporation. UnionBanCal Corporation is wholly owned by The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. HCM is also the adviser to the HighMark Funds, a nationally recognized fund company offering a wide range of mutual funds including fixed income funds, domestic and international equity funds, conservatively managed money market funds and asset allocation portfolios. For more information on HighMark Fund's family of mutual funds and services, please visit www.highmarkfunds.com. HighMark Capital Management can be found on the Web at www.highmarkcapital.com. 1Performance               TOTAL RETURNAS OF 6/12/2012TOTAL RETURNAS OF 3/31/2012YTD     1 Year     Annualized 2 Year     Annualized 3 Year1 Year     Annualized 2 Year     SinceInceptionHighMark Geneva Small Cap Growth Fund (Fiduciary HGFSX) 5.78 % 6.07 % 16.16 % 18.33 % 2.82 % 19.34 % 22.06 % HighMark Geneva Small Cap Growth Fund (Retail A NAV HGASX) 5.65 % 5.80 % 15.85 % 18.02 % 2.59 % 19.02 % 21.75 % HighMark Geneva Small Cap Growth Fund (Retail A Maximum Sales Charge) -1.16 % -0.02 % 12.61 % 15.83 % -3.05 % 15.69 % 19.33 % Russell 2000 Growth Index^ 3.63 % -0.93 % 12.02 % 15.12 % 0.68 % 14.86 % 20.04 % Morningstar Small Growth Category 3.41 % -2.75 % 10.92 % 14.98 % 0.52 % --- ---   The performance quoted herein represents past performance. Past performance 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 than their original cost, and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month-end may be obtained on www.highmarkfunds.com and performance reflects fee waivers in effect. Without fee waivers, performance would have been lower. The average annualized total returns reflect the deduction of the Fund's maximum sales load. The Maximum Sales Charge for Class A shares for Equity Funds is 5.50%.A 2.00% redemption fee is applicable to Class A and Fiduciary Shares held 30 days or less. Does not include any wire transfer fees, if applicable.Total Expenses for the Fund are as follows: Fiduciary Shares: Gross 2.01%, Net 1.38%; Class A Shares Gross: 2.26%, Net 1.63%. The Fund's Adviser has contractually agreed to waive fees or reimburse expenses until November 30, 2012. ^The Russell 2000 Growth Index is an unmanaged index and should not be considered indicative of any HighMark investment. It is not possible to directly invest in an index and unlike a mutual fund its performance assumes no taxes, transaction costs, management fee or other expenses. 2Alpha measures the difference between a fund's actual returns and its expected performance, given its level of risk (as measured by beta). Alpha is often seen as a measure of the value added or subtracted by a portfolio manager. HighMark Funds Distributors, LLC, an affiliate of Foreside Funds Distributors LLC, is the principal underwriter of the HighMark Funds. HighMark Capital Management, Inc., a registered investment adviser, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Union Bank, N.A., and serves as an investment adviser for HighMark Funds. Union Bank, N.A., a subsidiary of UnionBanCal Corporation, provides certain services to the Funds and is compensated for these services. NO BANK GUARANTEE, NOT FDIC INSURED, MAY LOSE VALUE. There is no guarantee that the Funds will meet their stated objectives. Investors should consider the Funds' investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. This and other information can be found in the Funds' prospectus, which may be obtained by calling 800-433-6884 or by visiting www.highmarkfunds.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing. HighMark Capital Management, Inc.Jane Yedinak, 415-765-3241jane.yedinak@unionbank.comorJoanne Curran, 213-236-5017joanne.curran@unionbank.com