Active ETF

Putnam Emerging Markets ex-China ETF (Class A)  (PEMX)

Pursues alpha over a market cycle through fundamental research in emerging markets beyond China

PEMX aims to explore a range of attractive EM opportunities outside of China.

China exposure has been a performance headwind over the long term.

We believe that offering emerging markets ex-China exposure could lead to risk-adjusted performance for investors.

Source: Morningstar, as of 3/31/23.

Past performance is not indicative of future results. You cannot invest directly in an index. Index performance does not represent actual fund. The PEMX fund pursues an actively managed investment strategy.

NAV as of 06/20/24


Market data all data below as of 06/20/24

Closing market price $53.78
30-day median bid-ask spread 0.13%
Day high $54.01
Day low $53.74
Premium/Discount -0.15%
30-day average trading volume 129
Net assets and outstanding shares Download CSV

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ETF facts as of 05/31/24

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Putnam Emerging Markets ex-China ETF seeks long-term capital appreciation.

Strategy and process

  • Concentrated, best-ideas approachSeeks to capitalize on inefficiencies by targeting 30–60 high-conviction names
  • Focus on mispriced earningsSeeks to overweight high-quality names where we have a differentiated view on earnings
  • Active investment strategyRigorous fundamental approach seeks companies with a durable competitive advantage

Management team

Brian S. Freiwald, CFA

Portfolio Manager

20 years in industry

14 years at Putnam Investments

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Fund information

Fact Sheet (PDF)

Legal documents

Semiannual Report (PDF)

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  • Total return (%) as of 03/31/24

Cumulative Total return (%) as of 03/31/24

Cumulative performance 1 yr. 5 yrs. Life
Net asset value -- -- 25.87%
Market price -- --

Current performance may be lower or higher than the quoted past performance, which cannot guarantee future results. Share price, principal value, and return will vary, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares. Performance assumes reinvestment of distributions and does not account for taxes. Returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized. Market performance is determined using the bid/ask midpoint at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Market performance does not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times throughout the day.

Shares of any ETF are bought and sold at market price (not NAV), may trade at a discount or premium to NAV, and are not individually redeemed from the fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

The fund has limited public trading history.


Performance snapshot

  Net asset value Market price
1 mt. as of 05/31/24 2.26% -
YTD as of 06/20/24 17.19% -


Record date 12/27/23
Ex-date 12/26/23
Payable date 12/29/23
Income $0.3301
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Portfolio holdings

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing 15.01%
Sk Hynix 4.81%
Samsung Electronics 4.38%
Icici Bank 4.00%
Kei Industries 3.07%
Indian Hotels 2.83%
Grupo Financiero Banorte Sab De Cv 2.65%
Kia Corp 2.50%
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Pjsc 2.19%
Tata Consultancy Services 2.15%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 43.60%

Sector weightings as of 05/31/24

Information technology 34.97%
Financials 18.23%
Consumer discretionary 14.05%
Industrials 11.38%
Health care 5.30%
Materials 4.95%
Consumer staples 3.64%
Communication services 2.22%
Real estate 2.05%
Utilities 1.61%
Cash and net other assets 0.82%
Energy 0.78%

The unclassified sector (where applicable) includes exchange traded funds and other securities not able to be classified by sector.

Sectors will vary over time.

Equity statistics as of 05/31/24

Median market cap $16.96B
Weighted average market cap $156.99B
Price to book 1.11
Price to earnings 15.02

Country allocation as of 05/31/24

India 28.23%
Taiwan 22.23%
South Korea 14.81%
Brazil 5.49%
Mexico 4.75%
Indonesia 3.81%
Poland 3.31%
United Kingdom 2.51%
United Arab Emirates 2.19%
United States 2.15%
Philippines 1.94%
Greece 1.86%
Saudi Arabia 1.71%
South Africa 1.01%
France 0.91%
Panama 0.83%
Cash and net other assets 0.82%
Japan 0.78%
Singapore 0.66%

The MSCI Emerging Markets ex-China Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance in the global emerging markets excluding China. You cannot invest directly in an index.

Alpha is a measure of performance on a risk-adjusted basis. Alpha takes the volatility of a mutual fund and compares its risk-adjusted performance to a benchmark index. The excess return of the fund relative to the return of the benchmark index is a fund's alpha.

Consider these risks before investing: International investing involves currency, economic, and political risks. Emerging market securities carry illiquidity and volatility risks. Investments in small and/or midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. From time to time, the fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related geographic areas, industries, or sectors, which would make the fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting those geographic areas, industries, or sectors.

Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and value stocks may fail to rebound. The value of investments in the fund's portfolio may fall or fail to rise over extended periods of time for a variety of reasons, including general economic, political, or financial market conditions; investor sentiment and market perceptions; government actions; geopolitical events or changes; and factors related to a specific issuer, geography, industry, or sector. These and other factors may lead to increased volatility and reduced liquidity in the fund's portfolio holdings.

Our investment techniques, analyses, and judgments may not produce the outcome we intend. The investments we select for the fund may not perform as well as other securities that we do not select for the fund. We, or the fund's other service providers, may experience disruptions or operating errors that could have a negative effect on the fund. You can lose money by investing in the fund.