An index-tracking ETF that provides exposure to companies with high free cash flow yield
First Trust Advisors L.P. (“First Trust”), a leading exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) provider and asset manager, announced today that it has launched a new ETF, the First Trust S&P 500 Diversified Free Cash Flow ETF (NYSE Arca: FCFY) (the “fund”). The fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the fund’s fee and expenses) of an equity index called the S&P 500® Sector-Neutral FCF Index (the “index”).
“As an independent global index provider, S&P Dow Jones Indices is pleased to expand our range of factor-based indices with the recent launch of the S&P 500® Sector-Neutral FCF Index,” said Rupert Watts, Senior Director, Factors and Dividend Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “By creating this index, we’re proud to offer insights on new segments of the market and expand the many benefits of index-based investing to those interested in tracking companies within the S&P 500® Index that have exhibited high free cash flow yield relative to other companies within the same GICS® sector.”
Of the many factors that can be used to determine the financial health of a company, free cash flow (“FCF”) may offer a clearer picture since it measures a company’s ability to generate excess cash after paying for operations and capital expenses. FCF can be used in a variety of ways, including to fund dividends and stock buybacks, to pay down debt, or to pursue projects to bolster profitability. Additionally, FCF Yield − FCF compared to some measure of company value such as Enterprise Value − is a metric that can be used to compare FCF for various stocks.
“In our view, companies with strong free cash flows may be better equipped to endure some of the challenges of a weakening economy and higher interest rate environment,” said Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President and ETF Strategist at First Trust. “We believe FCFY may be an effective core holding for those seeking exposure to the strongest, most profitable stocks in the S&P 500® Index, while also avoiding significant sector biases.”
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 $206 billion as of July 31, 2023 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 http://www.ftportfolios.com.
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Large capitalization companies may grow at a slower rate than the overall market.
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The S&P 500® Sector-Neutral FCF Index (“Index”) is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC or its affiliates (“SPDJI”) and has been licensed for use by First Trust. S&P® is a registered trademark of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by First Trust. The Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, or their respective affiliates and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the Index.
Enterprise Value is the value of a company’s common stock, preferred stock, total debt and minority interest.
The S&P 500® Index is an unmanaged index of 500 companies used to measure large-cap U.S. stock market performance.
The S&P 500® Sector-Neutral FCF Index is designed to measure the constituents of the S&P 500® Index that exhibit high free cash flow yield relative to other companies within the same GICS® sector.