DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ALPS, a DST Company focused on asset servicing and asset gathering, today announced the launch of the Alerian Energy Infrastructure Exchange-Traded Fund, the first ETF designed to deliver both energy infrastructure and Master Limited Partnership-focused investments to the retail market.
The Fund provides exposure to the Alerian Energy Infrastructure Index, which is intended to give investors a transparent and intuitive means of tracking the overall performance of the North American Energy Infrastructure sector. The Index is comprised of equity securities of issuers headquartered or incorporated in the U.S. and Canada.
The Fund will be an addition to the ALPS Advisors suite of alternative investment solutions.
“The Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF represents what we think is an excellent way for investors to gain exposure to Alerian’s MLP and energy infrastructure expertise,” said Tom Carter, President of ALPS Advisors. “We believe the underlying index they’ve built provides a comprehensive representation of the major players in the North American energy infrastructure sector.”
ALPS and Alerian introduced the industry’s first MLP ETF in 2010, the Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP), now the largest fund of its kind*. The two firms subsequently combined to launch the first passively managed MLP mutual fund — the ALPS|Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index Fund (ALERX) — in December of 2012, and the ALPS|Alerian Energy Infrastructure Portfolio for the variable annuity market earlier this year.
“The Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF is a product that will allow investors to access 30 core companies that transport, store, and process energy resources across North America,” said Kenny Feng, Alerian’s President and CEO. “We believe these companies will be instrumental in the energy infrastructure build-out necessary to achieve energy independence by 2030.”
Additional information on the Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF can be found at www.alerianenfr.com.
* Source: Alerian as of 9.30.2013
Investments in securities of MLPs involve risks that differ from an investment in common stock. MLPs are controlled by their general partners, which generally have conflicts of interest and limited fiduciary duties to the MLP, which may permit the general partner to favor its own interests over the MLPs.
A portion of the benefits expected to be derived from the Fund’s investment in MLPs depends largely on the MLPs being treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes. As a partnership, an MLP has no federal income tax liability at the entity level. Therefore, treatment of one or more MLPs as a corporation for federal income tax purposes could affect the Fund’s ability to meet its investment objective and would reduce the amount of cash available to pay or distribute to you. Legislative, judicial, or administrative changes and differing interpretations, possibly on a retroactive basis, could negatively impact the value of an investment in MLPs and therefore the value of your investment in the Fund.
The Fund invests primarily in a particular sector and could experience greater volatility than a fund investing in a broader range of industries.
The Fund may be subject to risks relating to its investment in Canadian securities. Because the Fund will invest in securities denominated in foreign currencies and the income received by the Fund will generally be in foreign currency, changes in currency exchange rates may negatively impact the Fund’s return.
An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus, which contains this and other information, call 1.866.759.5679 or visit www.alerianetfs.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.
The Fund is new and has limited operating history.
The Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF is not suitable for all investors. Subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested.
Not FDIC Insured • No Bank Guarantee • May Lose Value
ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., 1290 Broadway, Ste. 1100, Denver, CO 80203 is the distributor for the Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF, Alerian MLP ETF, ALPS | Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index Fund and ALPS | Alerian Energy Infrastructure Portfolio. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. is not affiliated with Alerian.
ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. and ALPS Distributor, Inc. are affiliated.
Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF Shares are not individually redeemable. Investors buy and sell shares of the Alerian MLP ETF on a secondary market. Only market makers or “authorized participants” may trade directly with the Fund, typically in blocks of 50,000 shares.
ALPS provides customized asset servicing and asset gathering solutions to the Financial services community through an entrepreneurial culture based on the commitment to “Do Things Right.” Founded in 1985, ALPS continues to actively promote all of its various business segments, from asset servicing through ALPS Fund Services, Inc. to asset gathering through ALPS Distributors, Inc. and ALPS Advisors, Inc. Headquartered in Denver, with offices in Boston, New York, Seattle, and Toronto, ALPS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DST Systems, Inc., today represents more than 400 employees, over 200 clients, and an executive team that has been in place for more than 18 years. For more information about ALPS and its services, visit www.alpsinc.com. Information about ALPS products is available at www.alpsfunds.com.
Alerian is an independent company that provides objective market information. The company is a leader in MLP and energy infrastructure market intelligence, providing benchmarks, data sets, and analytics that are used extensively by a range of industry stakeholders such as management teams, investment professionals, research analysts, and national media. The Alerian Index Series is used to analyze relative performance and to create index tracking funds. As of September 30, 2013, over $14 billion is directly tied to Alerian’s indices, including the leading benchmark of MLP equities: the Alerian MLP Index (AMZ). For more information, please visit www.alerian.com.
Laura M. Parsons
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