The investment objective of Emerge EMPWR Sustainable Dividend Equity ETF (the Fund) is to seek long-term growth of capital.
We seek to achieve this objective by investing primarily in equity securities of U.S. large capitalization issuers that meet the Emerge ETF’s sustainable investment criteria.
In order to achieve its investment objective, this Emerge ETF invests at least 80% of its net assets in dividend-paying equity securities of large-capitalization issuers in the U.S. that, at the time of investment, meet the Emerge ETF’s Sustainability investment criteria.
CAIM applies a “bottom-up” research process to seek to identify equity securities for investment that it believes have the potential to increase dividends in the future. CAIM uses a proprietary screening process to identify companies that it believes have favorable balance sheets and above-average levels of cash flow per share, pay a dividend and demonstrate the ability to increase that dividend over time. CAIM identifies securities for investment that meet the above criteria when it believes they are trading at a discount to their future value. CAIM identifies securities to be sold for several reasons, including when it believes the security is overvalued or management is unable to achieve its goals.
About Our Sub Advisor
CEO/CIO, Catherine Avery Investment Management (CAIM)
Catherine founded CAIM in 2007. She previously worked for Morgan Stanley, Shearson and Lehman Hutton, Prudential Securities, and Merrill Lynch. B.S. in Finance from New York University.
Catherine Avery founded CAIM to focus on creating dividend-yielding portfolios with low volatility. With Catherine’s broad experience gained from over 25 years of global investing, CAIM has generated Top Quartile performance and achieved an impressive 5-star Morningstar Rating. Catherine favors this classic strategy because stable dividends benefit investors, retail or institutional. CAIM’s Dividend Benefit Sustainability has captured growth in the dividends of large-cap stocks in both up and down markets while minimizing risk. Dividend stocks can provide both the necessary growth to keep up with inflation and income for appropriate diversification.
Who Should Invest?
This Emerge ETF may be suitable for investors who:
- seek exposure to dividend-paying equity securities of large-capitalization issuers in the U.S. that meet the Emerge ETF’s Sustainability investment criteria
- have a long-term investment perspective and
- have a risk tolerance.
Commitment to Sustainability
Investing in forward-thinking companies is a part of our core philosophy and product offering. We believe that the future of innovative products and services will be greatly influenced by global sustainability issues and the risk associated with them. Thus, investment managers that effectively assess environmental, social, and government “ESG” factors are more likely to generate sustained performance, while having a positive impact the society.
At Emerge, our focus on environment social, and corporate governance is centered around four broad base categories:
Emerge considers ESG factors within its securities selection process for each equity security for the Fund. Emerge assesses whether a company meets the Fund’s ESG standards based on its proprietary ESG framework. Emerge uses ESG research, ratings, and analytics from independent third-party data providers to screen investments based on ESG criteria determined by Emerge. The Fund may hold securities of issuers for which third-party data is not available. Where an issuer has not been assigned a rating by the third-party data provider, Emerge’s ESG analysis incorporates publicly available data. Emerge has the right to change the third-party data providers that support its ESG framework at any time. In determining whether an issuer meets Emerge’s ESG investment criteria, Emerge considers: (i) negative screening criteria to eliminate certain types of issuers in light of social and environmental considerations; and (ii) governance-related risk ratings published by third party data providers, including Sustainalytics, designed to measure the degree to which a company’s economic value is at risk driven by the magnitude of a company’s unmanaged ESG risks. [As of the date of this Prospectus,] Emerge applies a negative screen to exclude companies for investment that derive 20% or more of their revenues from biological and chemical weapons, thermal coal extraction, gambling, adult entertainment, tobacco production, recreational cannabis and alcoholic beverages. Emerge may modify the above list of negative screens at any time, without prior shareholder approval or notice. ESG risk ratings data compiled by third-party data providers forms the basis for Emerge’s governance-related risk assessment and screening. Emerge may consider excluding, reducing or eliminating exposure to issuers with high ESG risk ratings, as determined by one or more third-party data providers.
All Sustainability-related investment decisions made by Emerge are discussed by the Sustainability committee and documented in a report. Should Emerge decide to divest a company that has been identified, the divestiture will be done in an orderly manner; within a 90-day period.
Top 10 Holdings
As of December 09, 2022
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
NextEra Energy, Inc.
Merck & Company, Inc.
Valero Energy Corporation
CVS Health Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
As of December 09, 2022
As of December 09, 2022
Holdings and allocations are subject to change.
NAV Historical Change
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Past performance does not guarantee future results. The performance data quoted represents past performance and current returns may be lower or higher. The investment return and principal will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares when redeemed may be worth more or less than the original cost.
Returns for less than one year are not annualized. Net asset value (“NAV”) returns are based on the dollar value of a single share of the ETF, calculated using the value of the underlying assets of the ETF minus its liabilities, divided by the number of shares outstanding. The NAV is typically calculated at 4:00 pm Eastern time on each business day the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading. Market returns are based on the trade price at which shares are bought and sold on the NYSE Arca, Inc. using the last share trade. Market performance does not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times. Total Return reflects the reinvestment of distributions on ex-date for NAV returns and payment date for Market Price returns. The market price of the ETF’s shares may differ significantly from their NAV during periods of market volatility.
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Before investing, you should carefully consider the ETF’s investment objectives, strategies, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information are in the prospectus, which may be obtained by visiting www.emergecm.ca or www.sedar.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest.
Benchmark Disclosure: The Russell 1000 Value Index measures the performance of the largecap value segment of the US equity universe. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
You could lose money by investing in the Fund. ETF shares are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed or endorsed by, any bank, and are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, or any other agency of the U.S. government. The Fund is subject to the principal risks noted below, any of which may adversely affect the Fund’s net asset value (NAV), trading price, yield, total return and ability to meet its investment objective. Unlike many ETFs, the Fund is not an index-based ETF.
The Fund is non-diversified, which means it can invest a greater percentage of its assets in a small group of issuers or any one issuer than a diversified fund can. A change in the value of one or a few issuers’ securities will therefore affect the value of the Fund more than if it was a diversified fund.
Market Risk. The market values of securities or other investments owned by the Fund will go up or down, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably. The market value of a security or other investment may be impacted by economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions. Market risk may affect a single issuer, industry, or sector of the economy, or it may affect the market as a whole. Stock prices tend to go up and down more dramatically than those of debt securities. A slower-growth or recessionary economic environment could have an adverse effect on the prices of the various stocks held by the Fund.
Dividend Paying Stock Risk. Issuers that have paid regular dividends or distributions to shareholders may not continue to do so, or may not continue to do so at the same level, in the future. If the dividends or distributions received by the Fund decreases, the Fund may have less income to distribute to the Fund’s shareholders.
Large Capitalization Company Risk. Large capitalization companies may fall out of favor with investors based on market and economic conditions. In addition, larger companies may not be able to attain the high growth rates of successful smaller companies and may be less capable of responding quickly to competitive challenges and industry changes.
Small- and Mid-Capitalization Companies Risk. Securities issued by small- and mid-capitalization companies may be more volatile in price and less liquid than those of large companies and may involve more risks.
ESG Risk. Because the Fund evaluates ESG factors to assess and exclude certain investments for non-financial reasons, the Fund may forego some market opportunities available to funds that do not use these ESG factors. Information used by the Fund to evaluate ESG factors, including data provided by third-party vendors, may not be readily available, complete or accurate, and may vary across providers and issuers and within industries, which could negatively impact the Fund’s ability to apply its methodology and in turn could negatively impact the Fund’s performance. Currently, there is a lack of common industry standards relating to the development and application of ESG criteria which may make it difficult to compare the Fund’s principal investment strategies with the investment strategies of other funds that apply certain ESG criteria or that use a different third-party vendor for ESG data. In addition, the Fund’s assessment of a company may differ from that of other funds or an investor. As a result, the companies deemed eligible for inclusion in the Fund’s portfolio may not reflect the beliefs or values of any particular investor and may not be deemed to exhibit positive or favorable ESG characteristics if different metrics were used to evaluate them. Regulatory changes or interpretations regarding the definitions and/or use of ESG criteria could have a material adverse effect on the Fund’s ability to invest in accordance with its investment policies and/or achieve its investment objective.
These and other risks can be found in the ETF’s prospectus.
The Fund is a new fund, with a limited or no operating history and a small asset base. There can be no assurance that the Fund will grow to or maintain a viable size. Due to the Fund’s small asset base, certain of the Fund’s expenses and its portfolio transaction costs may be higher than those of a fund with a larger asset base. To the extent that the Fund does not grow to or maintain a viable size, it may be liquidated, and the expenses, timing and tax consequences of such liquidation may not be favorable to some shareholders.