ETRACS Adds Alerian MLP Index ETN to Its Suite of MLP-Related ETNs

NEW YORK--()--UBS announced that today is the first day of trading on the NYSE Arca for the ETRACS Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSE: AMU) linked to the Alerian MLP Index (the “Index”).

The ETRACS Alerian MLP Index ETN (the “ETN”) offers investors:

  • Access to the popular Alerian MLP Index (NYSE: AMZ).
  • Exposure to a portfolio of 50 energy Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”) through a single, exchange-traded security.
  • Income potential in the form of a variable quarterly coupon linked to the cash distributions, if any, on the MLPs in the Index, less investor fees.1
  • Straightforward tax administration, as the coupons associated with the ETN are reported as ordinary income on Form 1099, therefore eliminating the administrative burden associated with K-1 tax forms.2

“MLPs continue to be a highly-favored asset for investors seeking attractive yields and relatively low correlation to other asset classes,” said Christopher Yeagley, Managing Director and US Head of Equity Structured Products. “So we are particularly excited to once again partner with Alerian, a market leader in the MLP space, to offer an ETN linked to their popular Alerian MLP Index.”

About MLPs

MLPs are limited partnerships primarily engaged in the exploration, marketing, mining, processing, production, refining, storage, or transportation of any mineral or natural resource. Because the MLP structure requires the distribution of at least 90% of an MLP’s income to its investors, MLPs typically have higher yields than regular dividend paying stocks.

About the Alerian MLP Index

The Index is a composite of 50 publicly-traded energy MLPs. The Index provides investors with a comprehensive benchmark for this emerging asset class. The Index is calculated using a float-adjusted, capitalization-weighted methodology and is disseminated in real-time on a price-return basis (NYSE: AMZ).

Number of holdings: 50 MLPs

Top 10 Holdings        
Enterprise Products Partners LP   EPD   15.46%
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP   KMP   9.59%
Plains All American Pipeline LP   PAA   6.68%
Energy Transfer Equity LP   ETE   4.83%
Magellan Midstream Partners LP   MMP   4.44%
Energy Transfer Partners LP   ETP   4.44%
Linn Energy LLC   LINE   4.10%
ONEOK Partners LP   OKS   3.84%
Kinder Morgan Management LLC   KMR   3.73%
Enbridge Energy Partners LP   EEP   3.20%
Source: Alerian; as of June 15, 2012 quarterly rebalancing
1 You are not guaranteed any coupon or distribution amount under the ETNs.
2 You should consult your own tax advisor about your tax situation. Significant aspects of the tax treatment of the ETNs are uncertain.


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ETRACS ETNs (the “ETRACS ETNs”), are exchange-traded notes, an innovative class of investment products offering access to markets and strategies that may not be readily available to investors, and offer unique diversification opportunities in a number of different sectors. ETRACS ETNs may offer:

  • Access to asset classes with historically low correlations to more traditional asset classes
  • Convenience of an exchange-traded security
  • Transparent exposure to a published index

ETRACS ETNs are senior unsecured notes issued by UBS AG, are traded on NYSE Arca, and can be bought and sold through a broker or financial advisor. An investment in ETRACS ETNs is subject to a number of risks, including the risk of loss of some or all of the investor’s principal, and is subject to the creditworthiness of UBS. You are not guaranteed any coupon or distribution amount under the ETNs. We urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks described under “Risk Factors” in the prospectus supplement for the ETRACS ETN.

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New York:
Judi Flynn-Echeverria, +1-917-902-9726
Christiaan Brakman, +1-212-882-5694

Release Summary

“MLPs continue to be a highly-favored asset for investors seeking attractive yields and relatively low correlation to other asset classes,” said Christopher Yeagley, US Head of Equity Structured Prod.


New York:
Judi Flynn-Echeverria, +1-917-902-9726
Christiaan Brakman, +1-212-882-5694