AdvisorShares is to reorganise the AdvisorShares Dent Tactical ETF (DENT) into the AdvisorShares Meidell Tactical Advantage ETF (MATH). The AdvisorShares Trust Board of Trustees approved the plan of reorganisation effective 21 May, 2012.
DENT’s portfolio management team will resign, effective 2 June, 2012, and Laif Meidell, President of American Wealth Management, will act as the interim portfolio manager. Pending shareholder approval, it is planned that the reorganisation could be effective on or after 7 September, 2012, with the Fund retaining the name of the AdvisorShares Meidell Tactical Advantage ETF and Meidell serving as the portfolio manager.
Noah Hamman, CEO of AdvisorShares, says: “It’s our mission to excel not only through our innovative actively managed ETF suite but also in how we service and communicate to our shareholders, guiding them to achieve the financial goals they seek. After a thorough review with the portfolio management teams of DENT and MATH, our collective conclusion is reorganisation is in the best interest of all parties involved, and that the quantitative tactical methodology provided by American Wealth Management is a more advantageous investment solution to shareholders. We also look forward to continuing a productive working relationship with HS Dent Investment Management by utilising their exceptional demographic and economic research capabilities for commentary to our advisor base.”
“We are excited to continue our partnership with AdvisorShares and look forward to the opportunity of supporting additional shareholders,” says Meidell. “Since MATH’s inception nearly a year ago, we are pleased with the performance our quantitative tactical strategy has exhibited. We expect shareholders may benefit from MATH’s ability to take advantage of changes in the economy to determine our asset allocation, as well in how we provide consistent and transparent communication of the portfolio management explaining our investment perspective.”
Rodney Johnson, President of HS Dent Investment Management, says: “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to have teamed with AdvisorShares and believe this transition will allow shareholders access to a desirable alternative investment solution. After observing MATH’s performance and reviewing its investment strategy, we believe American Wealth Management’s quantitative tactical methodology could benefit DENT shareholders very well. We look forward to continue our relationship with AdvisorShares by providing strategic research resources that we believe will be instrumental to the growth of both our firms moving forward.”