Emerging Market ETFs May Offer a Cheap Growth Opportunity | ETF Trends

Emerging market stocks and related ETFs may be a way for investors to capture a relatively cheap segment of the global markets.

“Very often, in the past, emerging market stocks have sold at enormous price-earnings multiples for the market. The emerging markets as a whole, we’ve come down from the high 30s to the 11 to 13 range,” Dr. Burton Malkiel, Princeton Economist, said, referring to the current price-to-earnings ratios for developing market equities.

One way to capture the potential growth opportunity in the developing economies is through the Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF (NYSEArca: EMQQ), which provides exposure to the growing emerging market consumer sector, notably those related to online retailers or the quickly expanding e-commerce industry.

EMQQ is a fund with a long-term growth story underpinning its exposures, covering holdings that have experienced annual revenue growth of over 34.1% for the past four years ended 2018. While most of the ETF’s portfolio has been, and remains, on China, the fund’s tilts toward Latin America, Africa, and India also helped post strong returns.

The Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF recently undergone a rebalance in June. Fourteen companies were added while six were deleted, bringing the total holdings to 65 companies and China remained the largest weighted country in the index at 60.28%, while the weighting of Brazil was increased to 4.60 % during the rebalance. Meanwhile, the weightings in Argentina and Russia were reduced to 6.73% and to 5.84%, respectively.

Significant additions to the index include African e-commerce company Jumia (JMIA), Brazilian online payments services companies Pagseguro Digital (PAGS.N) and Stoneco (STNE.QQ), Chinese discount ecommerce company Pinduoduo (PDD), Chinese video sharing company Bilibili (BILI) and South Africa satellite television company MultiChoice Group (MCHOY).

“2019 has so far been a bounce back year for stocks of Emerging Market ecommerce companies,” Kevin Carter, founder of EMQQ, said in a note. “This remains much more than a quarter-to-quarter or even year-to-year story though, as low smartphone penetration rates in the Emerging Markets coupled with what we believe are strong fundamentals and attractive valuations offer further potential for Emerging Markets internet and ecommerce companies to see growth for potentially decades to come.”

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