The Diamond Hill Valuation-Weighted 500 ETF (NYSE:DHVW), a new Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) that uses an intrinsic value capitalization approach to track an index seeking to outperform traditional broad-based market capitalization-weighted index funds, was launched May 12, 2015 by Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc. (“Diamond Hill”), a subsidiary of Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DHIL). Diamond Hill is a leading independent investment firm with approximately $16 billion in assets under management (AUM).
“We strongly believe that a company’s intrinsic value is independent of its current price, which can be affected over the short term by a number of factors including the impact of capital structure on reported earnings and the emotional reaction of investors to market conditions,” said Ric Dillon, chief executive officer and portfolio manager at Diamond Hill. “Our methodology seeks to address these shortcomings and provides a forward-looking framework for assessing a company’s future value. As a result, we believe our ETF gives advisors and investors a better way to establish broad exposure to the US large cap equity markets.”
DHVW seeks to track the total return performance, before fees and expenses, of the Diamond Hill Valuation-Weighted 500 index (inception June 28, 2013). The index uses a patent-pending, rules-based methodology to calculate the intrinsic value of the 700 largest US-listed companies by market capitalization. The calculation of intrinsic value is based on normalized earnings and earnings growth, dividends expected to be paid to shareholders over the next five years, and projected tangible book value. The intrinsic value capitalization of the 700 companies in the initial universe is then estimated, and the 500 largest companies by intrinsic value capitalization are included in the index, eliminating the bottom 200 companies. The remaining 500 holdings are weighted according to their intrinsic value capitalization. The intrinsic value methodology is based on a version of the investment model employed by Diamond Hill since its founding in 2000.
Diamond Hill notes that traditional market capitalization-weighted indexes are based on current market price and can overweight overvalued securities and underweight those that may be undervalued. By contrast, the intrinsic value calculation is designed to look beyond current market price and estimate intrinsic value based on cash flows over the next five years. This forward-looking element is an important distinction to the current price snapshot used by market capitalization-weighted indexes. New information is incorporated through quarterly rebalancing. The strategy seeks to outperform a comparable market capitalization-weighted index over a five-year period.
The Diamond Hill Valuation-Weighted ETF was launched on May 12, 2015 and was originally established as a limited partnership onDecember 30, 2011. The partnership and its investment track record have been reorganized into the newly launched ETF. Diamond Hill is also committed to providing additional capital to support this new initiative.
The total annual operating expenses of the new fund are capped at 0.10% until at least April 30, 2016 through a waiver put in place by Diamond Hill*.