AADR: April 2020 Portfolio Manager Review

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Strategy

The strategy uses relative strength to allocate towards the strongest performing ADRs in the Developed and Emerging Markets. The strategy starts with a top down approach, first ranking each sector based on its relative strength scores and then setting the weighting of each sector. Holdings are scored daily based on an in-house momentum score which compares each security to the peers in the universe. If a security’s rank falls below our sell threshold it is removed. The strategy is not constrained to holding a set allocation to Emerging or Developed Markets, rather the process identifies areas of strength across the globe regardless of geographical location. This allows the portfolio to overweight or underweight regions and markets to concentrate on areas of strength, often pushing the portfolio to vary dramatically from international benchmarks.

Performance

After one of the worst quarters in the history of equity markets, April provided relief for investors as markets rebounded in the face of a possible end or overreaction to the downturn being caused by COVID-19. A combination of strong security selection and selective investments excluding problem areas around the globe allowed the portfolio to outperform this month. Overall the AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright ADR ETF (AADR) closed the month at 13.49% (at NAV), more than 7% ahead of the MSCI EAFE Index.

Holdings

The portfolio continues to be allocated to securities that we believe to display favorable relative strength characteristics. At any given time the portfolio will be comprised of 30-40 US traded ADR’s from our universe of 300-450 ADR’s. Currently the portfolio consists of 35 securities with weights ranging from ~1.5% to ~6%, with the top 10 holdings comprising roughly 43% of the portfolio. Galapagos NV is currently the largest allocation in the portfolio thanks largely to strong returns in 2019. The top holdings are currently split between emerging and developed markets, this is a departure from 2018’s allocation which was mostly composed of developed markets.

Top 10 Holdings

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
GLPG GALAPAGOS NV-SPON ADR 6.15%
NICE NICE LTD – SPON ADR 5.47%
GFI GOLD FIELDS LTD-SPONS ADR 4.58%
AU ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI-SPON ADR 4.46%
ARGX ARGENX SE – ADR 4.23%
MELI MERCADOLIBRE INC 4.03%
ZTO ZTO EXPRESS CAYMAN INC-ADR 4.00%
AZN ASTRAZENECA PLC-SPONS ADR 3.49%
TAL TAL EDUCATION GROUP- ADR 3.44%
ASML ASML HOLDING NV-NY REG SHS 3.33%

As of 04.30.2020.

 

Geography

The portfolio has continued to have an emerging markets overweight relative to the benchmark for the majority of the year. Currently emerging markets are ~43% of the portfolio relative to the ~25% in the benchmark, with a large portion of that exposure centered in Asia Pacific which is a smaller allocation in the global benchmark.  This quarter the portfolio saw a slight rise in the level of emerging market exposure, as emerging countries outperformed developed markets.  

 As of 04.30.2020.

Sector

The buy/sell process of the strategy starts with a look at the strongest sectors within the universe, overweighting strength and underweighting or eliminating relative weakness. The portfolio has continually had an underweight to financials relative to the benchmark over the past several years and this month the trend continued, with the portfolio allocating nothing to the sector. This month saw a broad based rally across the portfolio as a majority of the sectors posted positive returns. This was in contrast to the benchmark which continued to see weakness across all of its sector allocations, with major areas of weakness in financials and real estate. Overall the sector and selective company exposure propelled the strategy ahead of the index for the month.  


As of 04.30.2020.

Respectfully,

John G. Lewis
Nasdaq Dorsey Wright
AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright ADR ETF (AADR) Portfolio Manager

 

Past Manager Commentary

Definitions:

An American Depositary Receipt (ADR) is a negotiable U.S. Security that generally represents a company’s publicly traded equity or debt. Depositary Receipts are created when a broker purchases a non-U.S. company’s shares on its home stock market and delivers the shares to the depositary’s local custodian bank, and then instructs the depositary bank to issue Depositary Receipts.

The MSCI All Country World Ex-U.S. Index is a free float adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets.


Before investing you should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting www.advisorshares.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest. Foreside Fund Services, LLC, distributor.

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. An investment in the Fund is subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested. Emerging Markets, which consist of countries or markets with low to middle income economics can be subject to greater social, economic, regulatory and political uncertainties and can be extremely volatile. Other Fund risks include concentration risk, foreign securities and currency risk, ADRs which may be less liquid, large-cap risk, early closing risk, counterparty risk and trading risk, which can increase Fund expenses and may decrease Fund performance. The Fund is, also, subject to the same risks associated with the underlying ETFs, which can result in higher volatility. This Fund may not be suitable for all investors. See prospectus for detail regarding risk.

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.

The views in this commentary are those of the portfolio manager and may not reflect his views on the date this material is distributed or anytime thereafter. These views are intended to assist shareholders in understanding their investments and do not constitute investment advice.