Principal Launches Semi-Transparent Real Estate ETF

Principal Global Investors announced the Principal Real Estate Active Opportunities ETF (NYSE Arca: BYRE)the firm’s first semi-transparent ETF, is available for trading upon today’s market open of the New York Stock Exchange. It is a new, actively managed, semi-transparent ETF that has a focused concentration on the non-traditional property sectors of the publicly traded US real estate market. The objective of the fund is to seek total return.

“The Principal Real Estate Active Opportunities ETF Combines two core strengths of Principal – active management and real estate investing – to provide clients with an innovative strategy that seeks to improve portfolio outcomes. The fund is thematic and one of the first semi-transparent ETFs that gives investors exposure to in-demand real estate sectors with the benefits of a liquid ETF structure,” said Jill Brown, managing director of the US Wealth Platform, Principal Global Investors, in a news release.

Due to its concentrated exposure to non-traditional property sectors, BYRE can enhance core equity portfolios for investors as a satellite allocation. This creates the potential for better portfolio outcomes and higher total returns with improved diversification generated by the resilient growth characteristics of many public REITs in the non-traditional sectors.

Non-traditional real estate sectors, which include property types like data centers, life sciences, single-family rental, medical office, and self-storage, have been highly resilient in the past few years. Shifts in the economy and structural themes ranging from demographics and infrastructure to globalization and technological innovation are driving change and opportunity for these non-traditional property types.

“Non-traditional sectors now represent 64% of the public REIT market as they almost doubled their share of the market cap from 2010-2020. And compared to traditional real estate sectors, non-traditional REITs have offered higher returns and higher growth over the last 10 years,” said Todd Kellenberger, client portfolio manager for Principal Real Estate Investors. “This reinforces our belief that our semi-transparent ETF that is focused on these niche property types can be a differentiated strategy for investors seeking resilient growth and potential inflation protection.”

The strategy will be managed by the firm’s dedicated real estate investment team using a bottom-up approach that will emphasize owning publicly traded US real estate companies in non-traditional sectors that can benefit from structural drivers.

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