With companies like
surging out of the gate, investor interest in Initial Public
Offerings (IPOs) is on the rise. And with Twitter expected to make
its debut on the markets before the end of the year, the focus on
IPOs is reaching a frenzy.
Many IPOs have been solid performers over the long-term too, as
investors clamor for new stocks with high growth potential.
Companies in the social media space like
have arguably been the best examples of this trend, though
restaurants (like Potbelly's or even Noodles and Company) have been
extremely strong performers too (see
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Thanks to this surge, along with a vast supply of choices, many
investors are looking to allocate more to companies that have just
had their IPO. While buying up these newly trading securities is
certainly one way to do it, investors may want to consider a new
ETF as a way to get basket exposure to this space, the
Renaissance IPO ETF (IPO)
IPO in Focus
This new ETF follows the Renaissance IPO Index, which looks to hold
the largest and most liquid newly-listed U.S. initial public
offerings, while charging investors 60 basis points a year for the
exposure. New companies look to be included on a 'fast entry basis'
on the fifth day of trading, while companies will be removed from
the index once they have been trading for two years.
The current portfolio is focused on large cap stocks, with that cap
level making up nearly two-thirds of the total. Mid caps make up
pretty much the entire rest of the portfolio, with small caps
accounting for around 2% of assets (read
5 ETF Winners this Earnings Season
From a sector look, there is a tilt towards technology stocks
(24.6%), while financials (18.4%), and then two consumer industries
(services with 16.6% and goods with 15.2%) round out the top four.
So, there is definitely a bit of concentration risk in terms of
sectors, as several segments-like utilities (0%) and materials
(0.4%)-receive paltry allocations in the ETF.
Top holdings include the social media giant FB with roughly 10.9%
of the portfolio, followed by Zoetis (
) at 10.1%, and then Delphi Automotive (
) at 9.8%. In total, the ETF holds about 50 stocks in its basket,
with a clear bias towards some of the big names in the fund.
"The launch of the Renaissance IPO ETF, is a direct response
to increased investor demand for systematic exposure to newly
listed IPOs in a low-cost tax-efficient exchange-traded structure,"
said Kathleen Smith
, Chairman of Renaissance Capital in a press release. "When added
to core U.S. equity holdings, a portfolio of unseasoned publicly
traded equities provides investors with more comprehensive exposure
to the full set of U.S. public equities.
How does it fit in a portfolio?
This ETF could be appropriate for those seeking diversified
exposure to IPOs in exchange traded form. Recently public companies
have generally outperformed over the past few years, so this could
be a way to get broad exposure to the markets with a potential for
some solid outperformance (See
Profit from the Booming IPO Market with this
The fund might not be the best choice for those who are looking for
a broad, diversified approach to investing as this product could
face some concentration issues both from a sector as well as an
individual security perspective. Additionally, this portfolio could
skew towards growth stocks, so it might not be a great pick for
value or low beta investors.
Competition and Bottom Line
Investors should note that there is already a pretty entrenched IPO
ETF on the market, the
First Trust IPOX-100 ETF (
. This product has been around since 2006 and although it has
assets of just under $190 million, has been a solid-and strong
performing-- way to play the IPO market in ETF form.
FPX has added over 42% in the past 52 weeks, easily trouncing the
return from the S&P 500 in the same time frame, as the
benchmark has added just 16.6% in comparison. Longer term
performance figures are also favorable for the IPO ETF, with the
two year return coming in just under 78%, and the five year return
for FPX hitting 165% (See
3 Niche ETFs Crushing the Market
The ETF does hold about 100 stocks in its basket, with the same top
holding of FB. The cost is also the same as the Renaissance Capital
fund, while it also has big weightings in technology and consumer
However, FPX does include spin-offs in its portfolio and stocks can
remain in the index for the first 1,000 trading days after they
make their initial debut. With these differences, FPX has a much
wider portfolio than its new cousin in the space, while it also
will hold securities for a bit longer as well.
Thanks to these differences, the new IPO ETF could find a decent
niche in the space, especially if it able to generate some
outperformance over FPX. Though, investors should remember that FPX
has attracted a respectable but not huge asset following, so it
remains to be seen if the space can support more than one IPO ETF
at this time.
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