We created the Net Lease ETF & Index to define and track the performance of the rapidly expanding public net lease real estate sector. Investors now have the opportunity to own the public net lease sector in a diversified, tradeable and transparent manner.
Not All Real Estate Is Created Equal
Many investors allocate capital to public REITs as if it is a single asset class, or solely based on a property type, such as office, industrial or retail. We believe both approaches fall short. We focus instead on how these companies generate cash flow, rather than on behavioral biases that have little to do with investment results.
Publicly traded net lease REITs share a common business model, which is centered around a specific lease type, not just a property type. This business model creates four layers of diversification: (1) property type; (2) tenant; (3) industry; and (4) geography.
Net lease REITs use this business model to generate predictable cash flow derived from long-term lease contracts with built-in rent increases and minimal to no landlord responsibilities. As a result, net lease REITs have the highest gross profit margins (approximately 90%) and highest EBITDA margins (approximately 79%), relative to any other public REIT sector.
Fundamental Income, through its proprietary public index, the Fundamental Income Net Lease Real Estate Index (NETLXT), calculated by NASDAQ, serves as the index provider to the NETLease Corporate Real Estate ETF (NYSE Arca: NETL). We partner with best-in-class firms to democratize the public net lease sector in a diversified, transparent, and tradable manner.
Broad Based Exposure to the US Economy
Net lease REITs own single-tenant, free-standing commercial properties that serve as the backbone of American business. Including many household names, tenants of publicly traded net lease REITs benefit from the everyday activities of US consumers. Across nearly every sector, industry, and geography, this broad mix of tenants offers investors highly diversified exposure to US corporate real estate and the economy as a whole.
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Net Lease Sector Index Highlights
As of March 31, 2022
Remaining Lease Term
13.1xEquity Cash Flow Multiple
6.0yrsWtd. Avg. Debt / Debt Term Remaining
3.9%Avg. Borrowing Rate
11.2%Avg. Annual Return
Public Net Lease REITs
Gross Assets (billions)
CAGR (Growth Assets)
LTM Dec 22 Asset Growth
Sector Gross Assets
Historical Back Tested Performance
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DISCLAIMER: Back-tested performance is not actual performance, but hypethetical. The back-test calculations are based on the index's current constituents. Prior to 2017 the back-test used an equal weighted methodology. The index inception date was 12/21/2018. All data prior to the inception date is back-tested. Index returns are quoted before fees and expenses.
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