DWMC: 1st Quarter 2021 Portfolio Manager Review

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Strategy

The AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Micro-Cap ETF (DWMC) uses relative strength to allocate towards areas of strength in the micro-cap market. The portfolio is systematically managed and reviewed on a daily basis using the Dorsey Wright relative strength ranks. The strategy starts with the smallest 2,000 companies that trade on a US exchange; the securities are then screened for size and liquidity. The companies are each given a relative strength score and the portfolio allocates to approximately 150 – 200 companies that are in the top quartile of the rankings. Securities included are roughly equal- weighted based on the available cash at the time of purchase. This universe and the portfolio are ranked and evaluated for changes on a daily basis. Once a company’s rank fall below a preset threshold, it is removed from the portfolio and the portfolio reallocates to higher relative strength names.

Performance

Smaller companies have started strong out of the gate of the new year, posting double digit performance while large companies are moving more slowly. Microcaps had one of the strongest starts to the year in recent history and the DWMC strategy was able to capitalize on the positive trend. Overall, the portfolio was not able to outperform the broad markets during the quarter, however we have continued to strength from the portfolio as it rebounded from the Covid lows to a triple digit gain over the past year. While these high returns may not be sustainable all the time, we are optimistic for future growth in the space.

Holdings

The portfolio is currently comprised of 155 companies that range in market cap from 76mm to 11,500mm.  Traditionally, micro-cap companies are below 300mm in total market capitalization.  Once a security is included in the portfolio, we will not sell it unless it falls significantly out of favor in our ranks. This means that at times, we may own companies that are more traditionally defined as small or mid cap stocks. This allows the portfolio to fully capitalize on securities that are exhibiting strong momentum characteristics. Currently, our top 10 holdings are comprised of companies that have appreciated to a larger allocation over time in the portfolio; the top 10 holdings comprise 16.6% of the overall portfolio.

Over the course of the year these top positions have continued to hold strength and that has allowed them to power the portfolio forward. The top 10 holdings account for almost half of this quarters return, with names like Riot Blockchain, Aclaris and Digital Turbine contributing ~1.5% each to the portfolios return. Overall a majority of the portfolio participated in the rally in micro caps this quarter.

Top 10 Holdings

Ticker Security Description Portfolio Weight %
CELH CELSIUS HOLDINGS INC 2.72%
RIOT RIOT BLOCKCHAIN INC 2.28%
APPS DIGITAL TURBINE INC 2.03%
ACRS ACLARIS THERAPEUTICS INC 1.91%
SI SILVERGATE CAPITAL CORP-CL A 1.64%
KIRK KIRKLAND’S INC 1.40%
CMBM CAMBIUM NETWORKS CORP 1.18%
AVNW AVIAT NETWORKS INC 1.18%
CALX CALIX INC 1.15%
XPEL XPEL INC 1.12%

As of 03.31.2021. Cash is not included.

Sector

The strategy is positioned to overweight or underweight sector allocations dependent on the relative strength of the investable universe and the portfolio allocation. The sector weight is entirely determined by the strength of the individual names in the portfolio and those that are selected based on the strategies technical buy process.

Over the quarter we began to see changes in the portfolio as new trends emerged and the old trends born of WFH and a stationary existence began to die off. The portfolio adjusted this quarter to include more Materials, Consumer Discretionary and Energy companies. This positions the portfolio to take advantage of new market trends as leadership continues to become more defined in our post Covid world.

As of 03.31.2021.

Allocation Changes

As of 03.31.2021.

Respectfully,

John G. Lewis
Nasdaq Dorsey Wright
AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Micro Cap ETF (DWMC) Portfolio Manager

 

Past Manager Commentary

 


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The Fund is subject to a number of risks that may affect the value of its shares, including the possible loss of principal. Stock prices of microcap companies are significantly more volatile, and more vulnerable to adverse business and economic developments, than those of larger companies. Micro-cap stocks may also be thinly traded, making it difficult for the Fund to buy and sell them. There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

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.