SOURCE: Elkhorn Investments

Elkhorn Investments

July 28, 2016 09:29 ET

First High Quality Preferred ETF Declares 5.8% Distribution Yield

WHEATON, IL--(Marketwired - Jul 28, 2016) -  Elkhorn Investments, LLC, a pioneer of research-based investing and a strategic partner of Barclays, announced the initial dividend distribution for the Elkhorn S&P High Quality Preferred ETF (EPRF) of $0.1240 per share, an annualized distribution yield of 5.8% based on the closing NAV on Friday, July 22nd.

The Elkhorn S&P High Quality Preferred ETF tracks the S&P U.S. High Quality Preferred Stock Index, which selects fixed-rate investment grade preferred issues (BBB- or higher) from U.S. listed preferred stocks and overweights cumulative versus non-cumulative preferreds.

"As investors embrace a zero interest rate environment, preferreds are increasingly being used to meet investor's income needs. EPRF is the first ETF to select only investment-grade issues, a strategy that can help improve credit quality and diversify a preferred portfolio," said Ben Fulton, CEO of Elkhorn Investments.

"Improving credit quality within preferreds can help investors manage downside risks," says Graham Day, SVP and Head of Product & Research at Elkhorn. "Similar to investment grade and high yield corporates, investment grade preferreds tend to outperform junk-rated preferreds in down markets; something we saw play out during the Brexit announcement. Investment grade preferreds and EPRF provide a compelling option for investors looking for both high yield and high credit quality."

EPRF charges a 0.47% expense ratio and is unique in only allocating 11% to banks, compared to the S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index's 50% plus weight to banks. Year to date, EPRF's index has a maximum drawdown of 3.8% versus 6.7% for the S&P U.S. Preferred Index1.

Portfolio Ex-Date   Record Date   Pay Date   Ordinary Income   Dividend Yield   30-Day
SEC Yield
Elkhorn S&P High Quality Preferred ETF (EPRF) 7/25/2016   7/27/2016   7/29/2016   $0.12400   5.8%   5.2%
EPRF Performance as of 6/30/2016 Inception
Fund NAV 1.76%
Fund Share Price 2.09%
S&P U.S. High Quality Preferred Stock Index 1.84%
S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index 1.81%

Fund inception is 5/24/2016. Share price returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4 p.m. ET and do not represent the returns an investor would receive if shares were traded at other times. Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than performance data quoted. Returns less than one year are cumulative. Call 630.384.8700 for current month-end performance. The Total Operating Expenses are 0.47%.

1 Source: Bloomberg L.P. as of June 30, 2016
2 Subject to change, as of July 22, 2016

About Elkhorn
Founded in 2013 by Ben Fulton, a recognized leader and pioneer of the ETF industry, Elkhorn is redefining the relationship between investment strategy and product structure: designing, sponsoring and distributing innovative, research-based investments solutions. At Elkhorn, research drives design and advisors drive structural decisions. Elkhorn has a strategic relationship with Barclays which has increased the capacity of investment solutions offered by Elkhorn. To learn more about Elkhorn please visit

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Brexit is a blend of the words 'British' and 'exit' which refers to the possibility of Great Britain leaving the European Union. Drawdown is the loss between the peak and trough of a market cycle. A cumulative preferred stock is a type of preferred stock with a provision that stipulates that if any dividends have been omitted in the past, they must be paid out to preferred shareholders first, before common shareholders can receive dividends. Junk rated is any security with a credit rating below BBB-.

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