Adding to its ever-expanding ETF list, IndexIQ launched the first merger arbitrage ETF on Tuesday. The IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage ETF seeks to capitalize on price discrepancies in merger arbitrage deals worldwide.
Touting the transparency, low cost, and high liquidity of this product, IndexIQ aims to provide exposure to the increasing activity in global corporate M&A activity. The ETF will invest predominantly in global companies for which there has been a public announcement of a takeover by an acquirer.
"To date, investors have not had broad access to capitalize on mergers and acquisitions activity in an ETF," stated Adam Patti, chief executive officer at IndexIQ. "The Merger Arbitrage ETF is a hedged strategy designed to take advantage of price disparities that exist in merger activity and strengthen investor portfolios by buying below the target price and realizing the capital appreciation if the deal closes at or above the target price."
Last month, IndexIQ rolled out two hedging ETFs, including the IQ CPI Inflation Hedged ETF, a U.S.-listed “real return” ETF and the IQ ARB Global Resources ETF, which is a global resources hedged ETF.
Company Press Release
FIRST MERGER ARBITRAGE ETF INTRODUCED BY INDEXIQ
IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage ETF is designed to provide exposure to accelerating global M&A
activity; new fund is latest addition to IndexIQ’s roster of alternative investment products
RYE BROOK, New York, (November 17, 2009) - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based
alternative investment solutions, has introduced the first merger arbitrage Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)
designed to give investors exposure to global corporate merger & acquisition activity, which is rapidly
increasing, it was announced today.
The IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSE Arca: MNA) seeks to provide capital appreciation
by investing in global companies for which there has been a public announcement of a takeover by an
acquirer, a strategy generally known as “merger arbitrage.” This strategy generally seeks to take
advantage of the price differential, where it exists, between the current trading price of a stock and the
price of that stock at the time the deal is completed.
“To date, investors have not had broad access to capitalize on mergers and acquisitions activity
in an ETF,” said Adam Patti, chief executive officer at IndexIQ. “The Merger Arbitrage ETF is a hedged
strategy designed to take advantage of price disparities that exist in merger activity and strengthen
investor portfolios by buying below the target price and realizing the capital appreciation if the deal
closes at or above the target price. As such a strategy has not previously been accessible in an ETF
offering investors a highly liquid, transparent, low cost, and easily tradable product,* we are very
excited about providing this ETF solution to investors.”
Merger Arbitrage funds typically have the potential to benefit from buying target companies
below the target price. The “spread” in price, the difference between the target price and market price,
can be quite lucrative for investors, especially if there are competitive bids for a company. Given
today’s relatively low corporate valuations and the significant amount of cash on corporate balance
sheets, industry experts forecast a rapid increase in M&A activity. Cash on the books of non-financial
companies in the S&P 500 Index (SPX) hit a record of more than $700 billion as of June 2009, up more
than 8% in the past year and 16% above the level of two years ago, according to S&P.1 The IQ ARB
Merger Arbitrage ETF, the first of its kind, provides investors unique access to this trend.
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The IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage ETF seeks to track, before fees and expenses, the performance of
the IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage Index. The Index seeks to achieve capital appreciation by investing in
global companies for which there has been a public announcement of a takeover by an acquirer. This
approach is based on a passive strategy of owning certain announced takeover targets with the goal of
generating returns that are representative of global merger arbitrage activity. The Index also includes
short exposure to global equities as a partial equity market hedge.
Key Addition to Firm’s Offerings of Alternative Investment Strategies
The launch of MNA follows IndexIQ’s rollout of other important alternative investment
strategies in the form of ETFs. In October, the firm launched the IQ CPI Inflation Hedged ETF (NYSE
Arca: CPI), the first U.S.-listed “real return” ETF, which seeks to give investors a hedge against the U.S.
inflation rate by providing a return above the rate of inflation as measured by changes in the Consumer
Price Index; and the IQ ARB Global Resources ETF (NYSE Arca: GRES), the first global resources
hedged ETF, which seeks to solve the problems associated with the significant overweight in the energy
sector inherent in other broad-based commodity products. In addition, GRES seeks to provide a hedge
against inflation and a real return through exposure to a diversified portfolio of commodity-related
IndexIQ also is the sponsor of a number of other index-based alternative investment products
designed to “democratize” the alternative investment landscape, including the first U.S.-listed hedge
fund replication ETF, the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (NYSE Arca: QAI); the first market
directional hedge fund replication ETF, the IQ Hedge Macro Tracker ETF (NYSE: MCRO); and the
first open-end, no-load hedge fund replication mutual fund, the IQ ALPHA Hedge Strategy Fund
(IQHIX – Institutional Share Class, and IQHOX – Investor Share Class). IndexIQ products are designed
to be liquid, transparent, low cost, tax efficient, and accessible to a broad range of investors.*
Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
Based in Rye Brook, New York, IndexIQ is a leading developer of index-based alternative investment
solutions that combine the benefits of traditional index investing with the risk-adjusted return potential
sought by the best active managers. The company’s philosophy is to democratize investment
management by making innovative alternative investment strategies available to all investors in low
cost, liquid, transparent and tax-efficient products. IndexIQ strategies are marketed through the
company’s proprietary investment products and select partnerships with leading global financial
Additional information about the company and its products can be found at www.IndexIQ.com.
*IndexIQ’s ETF holdings are available daily on IndexIQ’s website. Brokerage commissions apply to
ETFs. ETFs are liquid in that they are exchange-traded.