An actively managed ETF that provides exposure to energy and related industries
First Trust Advisors L.P. (“First Trust”), a leading exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) provider and asset manager, announced today that it has launched a new ETF, the FT Energy Income Partners Strategy ETF (NYSE Arca: EIPX) (the “fund”). The fund is managed and sub-advised by Energy Income Partners, LLC (“EIP”) and seeks risk-adjusted total return by investing at least 80% of its net assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) in a portfolio of equity securities in the broader energy market.
“The energy sector has been a bright spot in 2022, producing robust returns even as the broader equity market declined. In our opinion, the energy sector remains an attractive opportunity as global demand for fossil fuels may reach record levels over the next few years, even as supply remains relatively tight,” said Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President, and ETF Strategist at First Trust. “We believe EIPX offers a unique strategy for long-term investors, providing dynamic exposure to energy, actively-managed by a team with a deep understanding of the sector and a proven track record,” Issakainen said.
The fund’s portfolio is selected based upon EIP’s belief that a professionally managed portfolio of energy companies offers an attractive balance of income and growth through a combination of dividends and capital appreciation. EIP believes that the attractive characteristics of the energy business can be materially enhanced through a rigorous application of investment research and portfolio construction tools that incorporate their wide industry knowledge and the discipline to balance expected total returns among yield, growth and expected changes in valuation.
“Rapid changes to the energy industry over the last five years have created a wider range of opportunities for investors than in the past. Low-cost renewables, shale, government policies, and environmental social and governance (“ESG”) pressures have widened valuation differentials between companies in the energy industry, and in many cases have changed management priorities. Capital discipline among the oil and gas producers today remains the most bullish development for investors, but the energy industry is always changing,” said John Tysseland, Co-Portfolio Manager and Principal of EIP. “EIPX is designed to evolve with these changes and invest in the best managed companies that are successfully navigating these changes,” Tysseland said.
For more information about First Trust, please contact Ryan Issakainen at (630) 765-8689 or RIssakainen@FTAdvisors.com.
About First Trust
First Trust is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the fund’s investment advisor. First Trust and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately held companies that provide a variety of investment services. First Trust has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $178 billion as of September 30, 2022 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. First Trust is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. First Trust and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois. For more information, visit http://www.ftportfolios.com.
Founded in 2003, EIP manages an approximate $4.8 billion portfolio (as of September 30, 2022) of well managed publicly traded energy companies that own natural monopolies or provide services under long term contracts that deliver stable and growing earnings. EIP’s expertise spans the entire energy sector but its investment focus is on companies that benefit from technological improvements that drive down the cost and environmental impact of the energy system while improving reliability and safety. The energy transition will take a long time so a fundamental knowledge of the cost and performance-related competitiveness of competing fuels such as oil, coal, hydrogen, renewables and nuclear is critical to investment success in energy over time.
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Energy companies are subject to certain risks, including volatile fluctuations in price and supply of energy fuels, international politics, terrorist attacks, reduced demand, the success of exploration projects, natural disasters, clean-up and litigation costs relating to oil spills and environmental damage, and tax and other regulatory policies of various governments. Oil production and refining companies are subject to extensive federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations regarding air emissions and the disposal of hazardous materials and may be subject to tariffs. In addition, oil prices are generally subject to extreme volatility.
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The portfolio managers of an actively managed portfolio will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result.
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Securities of small- and mid-capitalization companies may experience greater price volatility and be less liquid than larger, more established companies.
Trading on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or other reasons. There can be no assurance that a fund's requirements to maintain the exchange listing will continue to be met or be unchanged.
Utilities companies are subject to imposition of rate caps, increased competition, difficulty in obtaining an adequate return on invested capital or in financing large construction projects, limitations on operations and increased costs attributable to environmental considerations and the capital market’s ability to absorb utility debt. Utilities companies may also be affected by taxes, government regulation, international politics, price and supply fluctuations, volatile interest rates and energy conservation.
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