UBS Investment Bank announced that today is the first day of trading on the NYSE Arca for two ETRACS Exchange Traded Notes (the “Internet IPO ETNs”) linked to the performance of the UBS Internet IPO Index (the “Index”). Investors now have the ability to gain either unleveraged or leveraged exposure to a portfolio of Internet-related companies that have gone public within the last three years, all by way of two, convenient exchange-traded securities.
Both Internet IPO ETNS are linked to a unique benchmark index that currently consists of twenty holdings representing the latest generation of Internet-related stocks such as LinkedIn, HomeAway, Pandora Media and OpenTable. Innovative index construction allows for the addition of new Internet-related companies within weeks after their IPOs, and a monthly Index rebalancing feature and 3-year age limit ensure that the companies in the Index remain up-to-date and relevant.
The ETRACs Internet IPO ETN (Ticker: EIPO) provides exposure to the performance of the Index, while the Monthly 2xLeveraged ETRACS Internet IPO ETN (Ticker: EIPL) provides a monthly compounded two times leveraged exposure to the performance of the Index.
“There’s a tremendous amount of investor interest in the current generation of Internet-related companies,” said Christopher Yeagley, Managing Director and US Head of Equity Structured Products. “And now investors have a convenient way to access these stocks in a transparent, low-cost, exchange-traded product. Moreover, as new Internet-related companies go public, investors in these ETNs will gain exposure to them within weeks after their IPOs, provided they meet certain market capitalization and other eligibility requirements.”
About the Index
The UBS Internet IPO Index (NYSE ticker symbol “NETIPO”) is intended to measure, on a total-return basis, the performance of a subset of Internet-related companies listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ that satisfy specified market capitalization and other eligibility requirements. The Index provides exposure specifically to those Internet-related companies that have been publicly traded for less than three years. Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC serves as the calculation agent for the Index. The top 10 holdings in the Index, as of July 7, 2011, are as follows:
Top 10 Holdings
|Rackspace Hosting, Inc.||RAX||10.00%|
|Pandora Media Inc.||P||9.57%|
|SouFun Holdings Ltd.-ADR||SFUN||3.44%|
|Demand Media, Inc.||DMD||3.39%|
Source: Standard & Poor’s, as of July 7, 2011
For further information about ETRACS ETNs, go to http://www.etracs.com.
Exchange Traded Access Securities, ETRACS, are exchange-traded notes (ETNs), an innovative class of investment products offering access to markets and strategies that may not be readily available to investors, and offer unique diversification opportunities in a number of different sectors. ETNs offer:
- Access to asset classes with historically low correlations to more traditional asset classes
- Convenience of an exchange-traded security
- Transparent exposure to a published index
ETRACS ETNs are senior unsecured notes issued by UBS AG (“UBS”), are traded on NYSE Arca, and can be bought and sold through a broker or financial advisor. An investment in ETRACS ETNs is subject to a number of risks, including the risk of loss of some or all of the investor’s principal, and is subject to the creditworthiness of UBS. We urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks described under “Risk Factors” in the prospectus supplement for the ETRACS ETN.
There are 22 other ETRACS ETNs:
ETRACS ETN Name
Master Limited Partnerships
|Alerian MLP Infrastructure||MLPI|
|2x Monthly Leveraged Long Alerian MLP Infrastructure||MLPL|
|1x Monthly Short Alerian MLP Infrastructure TR*||MLPS|
|Alerian Natural Gas MLP||MLPG|
|Wells Fargo MLP Index||MLPW|
Business Development Companies
|Wells Fargo Business Development Company Index||BDCS|
|2x Monthly Leverage Wells Fargo Business Development Company Index||BDCL|
|Daily Long-Short VIX ETN||XVIX|
|Natural Gas Futures Contango ETN||GASZ|
|Oil Futures Contango ETN||OILZ|
|S&P 500 Gold Hedged||SPGH|
|CMCI Agriculture TR||UAG|
|CMCI Energy TR||UBN|
|CMCI Food TR||FUD|
|CMCI Gold TR||UBG|
|CMCI Industrial Metals TR||UBM|
|CMCI Livestock TR||UBC|
|CMCI Long Platinum ER*||PTM|
|CMCI Short Platinum ER*||PTD|
|CMCI Silver TR||USV|
|DJ-UBS Commodity Index TR||DJCI|
|*TR=Total Return and ER=Excess Return|
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