Driven by actively managed approach, LBAY crosses two-year mark having delivered total returns in excess of 56%; announces an increased monthly distribution to shareholders
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., December 05, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leatherback Asset Management recently marked the second anniversary of the launch of the Leatherback Long/Short Alternative Yield ETF (LBAY), a fund which has been a consistent top performer in the long/short ETF category and among active ETFs overall.
LBAY, which launched in November 2020 in partnership with Tidal Financial Group, is managed by Leatherback founder and 20-year veteran of the mutual fund and alternative asset management industry Michael Winter, CFA. LBAY is designed to be an actively managed alternative yield strategy that provides a cost-effective, liquid, and potentially tax efficient means for investors to add a high-quality long/short allocation with targeted monthly distributions to their respective portfolios.
In addition to celebrating the Fund recently passing the two-year mark, Leatherback is pleased to announce that the LBAY distribution was increased from 6.5 cents to 7.5 cents for the month of November, with the next targeted distribution set to take place in December 2022.
Over the life of the Fund, LBAY has delivered a cumulative total return in excess of 56% and has paid 24 consecutive months of distributions to shareholders.
LBAY holds long positions in equity securities and other publicly traded instruments that appear well-positioned to deliver attractive yields to shareholders, while simultaneously seeking to identify idiosyncratic opportunities where a security’s price may be poised to decline and will build short positions as determined by the Fund’s management.
LBAY has outperformed the S&P 500 Index year-to-date, delivering over a 22% cumulative total return as of November 30, 2022, with positive contributions coming from both the long and short sides of the Fund’s portfolio. LBAY returns also rank in the top 2% of the Morningstar Long-Short Equity category for the one-year period out of 195 funds as of November 30, 2022.
"The past two years have been challenging for a host of investment strategies, with broad passive exposures experiencing significant downturns and the bulk of long-only active strategies largely disappointing," said Mr. Winter. "We’re very pleased and proud of the way we have been able to navigate LBAY through the choppy markets of 2021 and 2022, a volatile period which has offered numerous opportunities for a long/short strategy such as ours. Part of our mission has been to provide less correlation to equity markets by seeking downside protection through short positions in overvalued securities. Now that we’re two years in, with approximately $60 million in assets under management, and a cumulative total return of over 56% since inception, we feel we’re off to a strong start and are looking forward to continuing to tell the LBAY story to advisors and investors of all types."
Additional information can be found at leatherbackam.com/etfs.
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About Leatherback Asset Management
Leatherback is filling the void in the active, alternative ETFs space. With long/short investing as a core competency and a progressive mindset, Leatherback is looking to disrupt the ETF industry by providing high-quality, actively managed alternatives in a cost-effective, liquid, tax efficient structure. The depth and breadth of the Leatherback Asset Management process is illustrated by the migration patterns of leatherback sea turtles, who swim over 10,000 miles per year and dive deeper than any known turtle. For more information, please visit leatherbackam.com.
About Tidal Financial Group
Formed by ETF industry pioneers and thought leaders, Tidal sets out to disrupt the way ETFs have historically been developed, launched, marketed and sold. With a transparent, partnership approach, Tidal offers a comprehensive suite of services, proprietary tools, and methodologies designed to bring lasting ideas to market. As advocates for ETF innovation, Tidal helps institutions and organizations launch the most interesting and viable ETFs available today. For more information, visit tidalfinancialgroup.com.
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