New ETF Takes the Yield Approach to Infrastructure

Due to an expected boom in global infrastructure, investors can choose from multiple infrastructure exchange traded funds, several of which also offer compelling dividend yields.

The new Guggenheim High Income Infrastructure ETF (NYSEArca: GHII), which debuts today, takes a different, unique approach to infrastructure. Eschewing traditional market capitalization weighting, GHII looks to solidify its status as an option for income investors by weighing its components on the basis of trailing 12-month yield.

GHII is the first yield-weighted infrastructure ETF to come to market. The new ETF tracks the S&P High Income Infrastructure Index, which is composed of the 50 highest-dividend-paying companies within the S&P Global BMI that operate in the energy, transportation, and utilities sectors,” according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The index is home to 50 companies, including three firms listed outside the U.S. in the top 10 holdings. Names familiar to U.S. investors found in GHII’s underlying index include Williams Cos. (NYSE: WMB) and Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI), which have an average dividend yield of 4.6%. GHII’s index allocates just over half its weight to utilities stocks, a third of its weight to the industrial sector and 16.3% to energy names.

Some new ETFs are afflicted with poor timing, particularly thematic funds, but that does not appear to be the case with GHII as the fund debuts at a time when governments all over the world are talking about boosting infrastructure spending. [New Infrastructure Ideas]

Governments are increasing fiscal expenditures to update and expand infrastructure projects. For instance, The Obama administration has proposed $478 billion in spending on roads, bridges, ports and other key transportation nodes, reports Jeffrey Sparshott for the Wall Street Journal.

“While infrastructure investment will continue to be needed even after the economy reaches full employment, time is running out to make these needed investments under ideal economic conditions,” the White House budget said.