WHEATON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Trust Advisors L.P. (“First Trust”) a leading exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) provider and asset manager, announced today that it has launched the First Trust Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSE Arca: MARB) (the “fund”). The fund seeks to provide investors with capital appreciation by establishing long and short positions in the equity securities of companies that are involved in a publicly-announced significant corporate event, such as a merger or acquisition.
“As the leading provider of actively-managed ETFs, we are happy to expand our lineup to include this merger arbitrage strategy. Since this ETF is expected to have low correlations to both stocks and bonds, we believe it will be an effective tool for investment professionals seeking to further diversify their clients’ portfolios,” said Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President, ETF Strategist at First Trust. Merger arbitrage is driven by a corporate event which may impact an involved company’s stock price. The strategy involves purchasing the stock of a company being acquired (“target company”), while shorting the stock of the acquiring company.
“We are very excited to work with First Trust and add to the firm’s successful range of actively-managed ETF strategies,” said Michael Grayson, Portfolio Manager at Vivaldi Asset Management, LLC (“Vivaldi”), the fund’s sub-advisor. Vivaldi aims to take advantage of the return opportunity presented by the potential profit, or “spread”, emerging from the public announcement of a merger or acquisition. “We believe merger arbitrage presents a compelling opportunity for investors as merger and acquisition activity continues to benefit from record levels of corporate cash reserves, favorable equity market conditions, low cost of debt, and corporate boardroom confidence to pursue growth through acquisitions,” Grayson said. The fund will generally provide exposure to a portfolio of deals across sectors and market capitalizations, but only securities of companies involved in a publicly announced significant corporate event, such as a merger or acquisition, are eligible for inclusion in the fund’s portfolio.
In addition to Michael Grayson, the fund’s portfolio management team from Vivaldi includes Michael Peck, CFA, President and Co-Chief Investment Officer; Scott Hergott, Co-Chief Investment Officer; Brian Murphy; Jeff O’Brien; and Daniel Lancz. The portfolio managers are primarily and jointly responsible for the day-to-day management of the fund.
For more information about First Trust, please contact Ryan Issakainen at (630) 765-8689 or RIssakainen@FTAdvisors.com.
About First Trust
First Trust is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the fund’s investment advisor. First Trust and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately held companies that provide a variety of investment services. First Trust has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $145 billion as of December 31, 2019 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. First Trust is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. First Trust and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois. For more information, visit https://www.ftportfolios.com.
Vivaldi is an SEC registered investment adviser, founded in 2013 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, that specializes in structuring and managing alternative investment, multi-manager, and multi-strategy mutual funds. Vivaldi prides itself on its ability to combine rigorous research and risk management processes with disciplined portfolio construction and management.
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