(HYLD) Peritus High Yield ETF


How HYLD Works

The investment objective of the AdvisorShares Peritus High Yield ETF (NYSE Arca: HYLD) is to generate a high current income with a secondary goal of capital appreciation. HYLD is sub-advised by Peritus I Asset Management, LLC. Peritus seeks to achieve the Fund’s objective by selecting a focused portfolio largely of high yield corporate debt securities that, via their coupons, generate a high, tangible income stream. Peritus takes a value-based, active credit approach to the markets, primarily focusing on the secondary market where Peritus believes there is less competition and more opportunities for capital gains. Peritus de-emphasizes relative value in favor of long-term, absolute returns.

Fund Documents

Financial Professional Documents

Portfolio Manager Commentaries

Fund Statistics & Industry Breakdown

as of 05/15/2016
  HYLD Barclays U.S. High Yield Index
Coupon 7.93% 6.61%
Yield to Maturity 11.60% 7.74%
Duration 3.09 years 4.20 years
Number of Holdings 97
12-Month Yield 9.64%
Current Yield 9.01%
30-Day SEC Unsubsidized Yield 10.48%
30-Day SEC Subsidized Yield 10.48%

Past Performance is not indicative of future results. HYLD statistics and industry breakdowns are for the actual HYLD security holdings as of the listed date, excluding cash, and the coupon, maturity in years, modified duration, yield to maturity, and ratings breakdown additionally exclude non-fixed income holdings, such as equities. For the purposes of the duration calculation, equity holdings have been excluded and loans assigned a duration of 0.25. Yield to Maturity is the yield if the security is held until the maturity date. Duration is the change of a fixed income security that will result from a 1% change in interest rate. HYLD uses a modified duration calculation and the Barclays High Yield Index a Macaulay duration calculation, both based on the yield to worst date. Current Yield is the bond’s annual coupon income divided by the bond’s current price. 12-Month Yield is the sum of the company’s interest and dividend payments over the last twelve months divided by the fund NAV as of the listed date, expressed as a percentage. 30–Day SEC Yield (Standardized Yield) is an annualized yield furnished by the Fund's custodian that is calculated by dividing the investment income earned by the Fund less expenses over the most recent 30-day period by the current maximum offering price. The Subsidized Yield reflects fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements recorded by the Fund during the period. Without waivers and/or reimbursements, yields would be reduced. The Unsubsidized Yield does not adjust for any fee waivers and/ or expense reimbursements in effect. If the Fund does not incur any fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements during the period, the 30-Day Subsidized Yield and 30-Day Unsubsidized Yield will be identical.

Industry Breakdown

HYLD Credit Ratings

as of 05/15/2016
S&P Issuer Rating (ex-cash, equities)Holdings
Not Rated1.75%

The S&P Issuer Credit Ratings have been provided for the debt holdings in the HYLD ETF, excluding cash and equity investments. The Standard & Poor's Issuer Credit Rating is a forward-looking opinion about an obligor's overall financial capacity (its creditworthiness) to pay its financial obligations. In certain cases when an S&P Issuer Credit Rating was not provided, we utilized the S&P Bond, or issue specific, rating.

The credit ratings are published rankings based on detailed financial analyses by a credit bureau specifically as it relates the bond issue's ability to meet debt obligations. The highest rating is AAA, and the lowest is D. Securities with credit ratings of BBB and above are considered investment grade.

HYLD in the News

The following reprints should not be construed as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy shares of any other funds. They are provided for informational purposes for AdvisorShares only.
02/26/2015 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces February 2015 Distributions

12/30/2014 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces December 2014 Distributions

11/26/2014 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces November 2014 Distributions

10/29/2014 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces October 2014 Distributions

09/26/2014 -

AdvisorShares Press Release, AdvisorShares Announces September 2014 Distributions

Performance -Month-End

HYLD Performance History (%) as of 04/30/2016
 NAVMarket Price ReturnBarclays U.S. High Yield Index
1 Month3.604.813.92
3 Months5.276.459.15
1 Year-13.59-13.75-1.12
3 Years-6.39-6.432.54
5 Years-0.69-0.775.41
Since Inception
(11/30/2010, Annualized)

Performance -Quarter-End

HYLD Performance History (%) as of 03/31/2016
 NAVMarket Price ReturnBarclays U.S. High Yield Index
1 Month2.773.494.44
3 Months-1.30-1.133.35
1 Year-15.27-16.08-3.69
3 Years-6.96-7.371.84
5 Years-1.15-1.434.93
Since Inception
(11/30/2010, Annualized)

Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. Returns less than one year are not annualized.

The Barclays U.S. High Yield Index is an unmanaged index considered representative of the universe of U.S. fixed rate, non investment grade debt. One cannot invest directly in an index.

Fund Distributions

Ex-DateRecord DatePay DateCash DivST Cap GainLT Cap GainReturn of CapitalTotal Distribution
$0.1387$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.1387/per share
$0.1370$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.1370/per share
$0.1893$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.1893/per share
$0.2078$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.2078/per share
$0.2035$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.2035/per share

To view HYLD's complete distribution history, please click here.


Why Invest in HYLD

  • Active Management Strategy - Peritus has an active management strategy, concentrating on the securities they feel offer the best value relative to risk within the company's capital structure. With this strategy, Peritus can address the deficiencies of many of the high yield indexes and index-based products, which don't focus on credit analysis to determine the viability of a credit or industry or sell over-valued names. With this active strategy, they can work to avoid industries and securities they believe may face trouble going forward and position themselves for a given macroeconomic environment and outlook.
  • Unconstrained Investing - Peritus places limited value on the rating agencies and their backward looking methodologies, yet it seems many fixed income investors continue to use ratings as one of their primary investment tools. Additionally, many funds are subject to arbitrary restrictions, such as tranche size constraints, that can limit their investment universe. Peritus believe that these arbitrary restrictions can hinder investment performance.
  • Disciplined Investment Process - Peritus’ investment ideas, themes, and research are generated internally, allowing them to search for value and avoid popular trends. Through their fundamental credit and valuation analysis, Peritus pays particular attention to businesses they see as providing an “essential” product or service, having the ability to generate free cash flow, having a manageable capital structure and/or having hard asset values that are not being reflected in the bond pricing.

5 Key Attributes

  1. Income - Peritus seeks a portfolio generating a high current income largely provided by corporate debt, focusing on the non-investment grade debt market, which typically has higher coupon cash flow yield than other asset classes, including U.S. Treasuries, investment grade bonds, and municipals.
  2. Capital Gains Potential - Peritus primarily focuses on the “secondary” market, often investing in assets at a discount to par ($100), allowing for a potential opportunity to generate capital gains in addition to current yield.
  3. Focused Diversification - The Peritus team lets the value they see in the market dictate the portfolio’s diversification, rather than accepting securities that are viewed as less desirable for the sake of diversification. While still broadly diversified across various industries and securities, HYLD’s portfolio is expected to be more focused and concentrated than many of the larger funds.
  4. Short Duration/Maturity Profile - High yield bonds are typically issued with a maturity of five to ten years, but because Peritus primarily focuses on seasoned credits, their stated duration and maturity tend to be shorter than that of the market indexes, while their actual duration is generally even shorter due to early refinancings and take-outs via calls, poison puts, and tenders. Additionally, Peritus invests a portion of the portfolio in floating rate loans, which helps reduce the fund duration even further.
  5. Expertise - Peritus’ core team averages over 20 years each of in managing high yield corporate bonds and floating rate bank loans through various market cycles. In addition, Peritus’ management team has cultivated many important trading relationships over decades on Wall Street which they view as crucial to execution in the asset class.

About the Portfolio Managers

Timothy Gramatovich, Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Gramatovich, co-founder of Peritus, has 30 years of experience directly involved in the high yield asset class. As the Chief Investment Officer, he leads the investment committee and is responsible for developing investment strategies, themes, and ideas. Prior to co-founding Peritus, Mr. Gramatovich was a Portfolio Manager with Smith Barney’s Asset Management Division in Los Angeles, where he managed high yield portfolios for high net worth individuals and institutions. He began his career with Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1984, assisting in the development and marketing of high yield corporate debt management products. Mr. Gramatovich is a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Finance.

Ronald Heller, CEO & Senior Portfolio Manager
Mr. Heller, co-founder of Peritus, is the Senior Portfolio Manager, overseeing portfolio management and trading activities. With over 20 years in the industry, Mr. Heller has developed long standing relationships with dealers across Wall Street for new issue and secondary trading. He began his career in finance in 1993 with Smith Barney. Prior to Mr. Heller’s investment career, he had a seven year career in the National Football League with San Francisco, Atlanta and Seattle, retiring in 1993. Mr. Heller attended Oregon State University majoring in Kinesiology.


Morningstar Rating ™

10 Yr 5 Yr 3 Yr Overall Category # in Overall Category
N/A High Yield Bond 655
Overall Morningstar rating is derived from a weighted average of the fund's 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) risk-adjusted returns as of 04/30/2016. Category consists of 655 funds in 3 year, 524 in 5 year, and 359 in 10 year.

Manager Minutes, March 2016

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Price History

As of: 05/30/2016
NAV$33.72Closing Price$33.36
Shares Outstanding5,950,000Volume34,030
4PM Bid/Offer Midpoint$33.38Premium/Discount$-0.34
Assets Under Management$200,615,589.47
Premium/Discount Historical Data


As of: 05/30/2016
Name Price Weight
Shearer's Foods 6/14 Cov-Lite 2 06/30/22 Term Loan 90.5 2.00%
Global Tel Link 5/13 2nd Lien C 11/23/20 Term Loan 84 1.83%
Isola 11/29/18 Term Loan 85 1.83%
OSUM PRODUCTION 07/31/20 TERM LOAN 57.5 1.69%
IAMGOLD CORP 6.75 10/1/2020 84.5 1.61%
QUAD GRAPHICS INC 7 5/1/2022 87.25 1.59%
CREDITCORP 12 7/15/2018 51.5 1.56%
ALLIANCE ONE INTL INC 9.875 7/15/2021 88.375 1.53%
HARLAND CLARKE HOLDINGS 9.25 3/1/2021 83.375 1.49%
AMAG PHARMACEUTICALS INC 7.875 9/1/2023 88.5 1.49%


Cash & Cash Equivalents

As of: 05/30/2016

Shares are bought and sold at market price (closing price) not NAV and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Market price returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4:00 pm Eastern Time (when NAV is normally determined), and do not represent the return you would receive if you traded at other times. Holdings and allocations are subject to risks and to change. A holding identified with an "MM" at the end of its name indicates it is a Money Market fund.

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