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WisdomTree Declares First Quarter Dividend Distributions

Thursday 23rd March '17

WisdomTree, the exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and exchange-traded product (“ETP”) sponsor today announced the dividend distributions for the first quarter of 2017 of the WisdomTree UCITS ETFs, as detailed below:
Announcement Date: 23 March 2017
Ex-Date: 30 March 2017
Record Date: 31 March 2017
Payment Date: 11 April 2017


Sub-Fund/Share Class ISIN  Currency  Amount per Share
WisdomTree US Equity Income UCITS ETF IE00BQZJBQ63 USD 0.1305
WisdomTree US Small Cap Dividend UCITS ETF IE00BQZJBT94 USD 0.1304
WisdomTree US Quality Dividend Growth UCITS ETF - USD IE00BZ56RD98 USD 0.1228


Key points to note:

  1. WisdomTree’s Equity Income ETFs tilt around defensive sectors such as energy, utilities and financials, offering an approach that hunts for valuation opportunities in different regional equity markets.
  2. The yield premium attained with WisdomTree’s Equity Income approach was harnessed by three key components:
  • By screening for the highest dividend-yielding segment of the stock market, all non-dividend payers were automatically excluded from the index, unlike market-cap weighted indices, where size will potentially expose investors to low yields or non-dividend payers.
  • By weighting by total cash-dividends as opposed to just dividend yield, the risks to value traps were mitigated, as stocks demonstrating the largest cash dividends received the highest weight.
  • Through the annual rebalance, sufficient scope allowed for value opportunities to emerge and for expensive growth stocks to be removed. Over several rebalancing cycles, a yield premium over market-cap weighted strategies is maintained, along with the potential for better risk-adjusted returns.

WisdomTree UCITS ETF Index yields vs comparative indices:


Comparisons Trailing 12M Dividend Yield
WisdomTree US Equity Income NTR Index (USD) 3.61%
S&P 500 NTR Index (USD) 1.99%
WisdomTree US SmallCap Dividend NTR Index (USD) 3.60%
Russell 2000 NTR Index (USD) 1.40%
WisdomTree Europe Equity Income NTR Index (EUR) 5.31%
MSCI Europe NTR Index (EUR) 3.42%
WisdomTree Europe SmallCap Dividend NTR Index (EUR) 3.66%
MSCI Europe Small Cap NTR Index (EUR) 2.44%
WisdomTree Emerging Markets High Dividend NTR Index (USD) 5.21%
MSCI Emerging Markets NTR Index (USD) 2.47%
WisdomTree Emerging Markets SmallCap Dividend NTR Index (USD) 4.27%
MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap NTR Index (USD) 2.24%
WisdomTree Emerging Asia Equity Income NTR Index (USD) 5.10%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia NTR Index (USD) 2.27%
WisdomTree UK Equity Income NTR Index (GBP) 4.74%
FTSE 350 TR Index (GBP) 3.72%
WisdomTree U.S. Quality Dividend Growth NTR Index (USD) 2.21%
Dow Jones US Select Dividend NTR Index (USD) 3.48%
WisdomTree Eurozone Quality Dividend Growth NTR Index (EUR) 2.13%
EURO STOXX Select Dividend 30 NTR Index (EUR) 4.58%
WisdomTree Global Developed Quality Dividend Growth NTR Index (USD) 2.40%
STOXX Global Select Dividend 100 NTR Index (USD) NA
WisdomTree Germany GBP-Hedged Equity NTR Index 3.07%
MSCI Germany NTR Index (GBP) 2.57%
WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity NTR Index (USD) 3.23%
MSCI EMU USD Hedged NTR Index 3.20%
WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity NTR Index (USD) 2.40%
MSCI Japan USD Hedged NTR Index 1.97%
Optimised Roll Commodity Total Return Index (USD) N/A
Bloomberg Commodity TR Index (USD) N/A

Source: Bloomberg, WisdomTree as at 28 February 2017.