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WisdomTree Launches Two Quality Dividend Growth UCITS ETFs on the London Stock Exchange

Thursday 09th June '16

 

WisdomTree Quality Dividend Growth ETFs with focus on US and Global equities

Quality Dividend Growth strategies provide tilt toward companies with low debt and high return on equity (ROE), potential for better performance and lower volatility across developed market regions

 

London, 9 June, 2016: WisdomTree, the exchange-traded fund ("ETF") and exchange-traded product ("ETP") sponsor today announced the launch of the WisdomTree US Quality Dividend Growth UCITS ETF (DGRA) and WisdomTree Global Quality Dividend Growth UCITS ETF (GGRA) on the London Stock Exchange.

WisdomTree's Quality Dividend Growth methodology puts an emphasis on the shifting trends in dividends and focuses on fundamental metrics that the company believes are associated with future dividend growth potential. These strategies use quality metrics focused on companies who are growing their dividends using the following criteria:  

 

Growth: Long-Term Earnings Growth Expectations

Firms expected to grow their earnings faster, based on consensus analyst estimates, should have greater potential to increase future dividends.

The constituents selected by WisdomTree’s Quality Dividend Growth Indices exhibit consistently higher median dividend growth compared to market capitalisation-weighted benchmarks excluding Emerging Markets. 

 

Quality: Combining Quality Factors to Target Earnings Inputs

Three-year average return of equity (ROE) and return on assets (ROA) figures are used to determine how efficiently firms are generating profits.

Whilst ROE offers a means of gauging profitability, it can be inflated by leverage. ROA offers a means of mitigating overleverage, and combined with ROE, offers a way of screening for sustainable earnings.


Viktor Nossek, Director of Research at WisdomTree Europe said:

“Investors are keen to explore more developed methodologies to gain access to dividend-related strategies and at WisdomTree, we believe in the power of dividends to deliver the potential for enhanced risk-adjusted returns. In building these new proprietary strategies, we employ the same ’Buffett factors’ of return on equity (ROE) and return on assets (ROA) as a driving force for stock selection in our Quality Dividend Growth strategies, tilting towards quality companies with low debt and high return on equity.”

 

Nizam Hamid, ETF Strategist at WisdomTree Europe said:

“The addition of these new ETFs – based on an evolving but proven investment strategy focused on quality dividends – means that we now offer UCITS ETFs that cover the full spectrum of dividend and income related investment themes. The WisdomTree Global Quality Dividend Growth UCITS ETF (GGRA) also represents our first global equity product to be launched on our UCITS platform. By creating innovative and transparent strategies we aim to bring to clients a breadth of dividend-oriented investment solutions that are critical in today’s low interest rate environment.”

The WisdomTree's Quality Dividend Growth methodology places an emphasis on future dividend potential. Kenneth French and Eugene Fama’s, “A Five-Factor Asset Pricing Model”* academic paper showed that the highest quality basket of stocks in the US market outperformed by 1.5% per annum from 1963 to 2016, leading to double the market’s return. Research by MSCI for the Norwegian Ministry of Finance** also highlighted the benefits of focusing on income and dividends with 78.6% of equity returns over the past 10 years coming from a combination of dividend growth and dividend yield, rising to 93% over 20 years. Warren Buffet has also espoused quality traits in his long run approach to investing.

 

Fund Ticker ISIN Listing Currency Base Currency
WisdomTree US Quality Dividend Growth UCITS ETF - USD Acc DGRA IE00BZ56RG20 USD USD
WisdomTree US Quality Dividend Growth UCITS ETF - USD Acc DGRG IE00BZ56RG20 GBx USD
WisdomTree Global Quality Dividend Growth UCITS ETF - USD Acc GGRA IE00BZ56SW52 USD USD
WisdomTree Global Quality Dividend Growth UCITS ETF - USD Acc GGRG IE00BZ56SW52 GBx USD

*    September 2014
** 
Global Markets & Return Drivers, Abhishek Gupta, Dimitris Melas, Raghu Suryanarayanan, and Andras Urban (February 2016)

Notes to Editors

About WisdomTree Europe Ltd.

WisdomTree Investments, Inc., through its subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe and Japan (collectively, "WisdomTree"), is an exchange-traded fund ("ETF") and exchange-traded product ("ETP") sponsor and asset manager. WisdomTree offers products covering equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities and alternative strategies. Through WisdomTree Europe Ltd, it sponsors WisdomTree UCITS ETFs and Boost short and leverage ETPs. WisdomTree currently has approximately $43.8 billion (as of 30 April 2016) in assets under management globally. For more information, please visit www.wisdomtree.com.

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