HANetf lists Future of Defence, European Green Deal, and Uranium Miners ETFs on SIX Swiss Exchange

  • HANetf has listed Future of Defence UCITS ETF (NATO), European Green Deal UCITS ETF (EUGD), and Sprott Uranium Miners UCITS ETF (URNM) on SIX Swiss Exchange.
  • NATO provides exposure to NATO and NATO+ ally defence and cyber defence spending, and has accrued $25 million assets under management (AUM).
  • EUGD focuses on companies expected to benefit from the landmark European Green Deal, and the ETF gained $50 million AUM within two months of its launch.
  • URNM is Europe’s largest uranium ETF by AUM at $255 million, and provides exposure to the growth of nuclear power via uranium miners.[1]

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January 2024, London

HANetf, Europe’s first and only independent white-label UCITS ETF and ETC platform[2], and leading provider of digital asset ETPs, is delighted to announce that Future of Defence UCITS ETF (NATO), European Green Deal UCITS ETF (EUGD), and Sprott Uranium Miners UCITS ETF (URNM) have listed on SIX Swiss Exchange.

NATO launched on London Stock Exchange, Deutsche Börse Xetra, and Borsa Italiana in July of last year, and has since seen its assets under management (AUM) grow to $25 million. The ETF provides exposure to companies generating revenue from NATO and NATO+ ally defence and cyber defence spending, a timely theme given the increasingly tense geopolitical landscape.

The defence market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% to reach $718.12 billion by 2027, and the global cybersecurity market by a CAGR of 8.9% over the same period.[3] These growth rates may accelerate even further to reflect the risks associated with the Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Palestine conflicts.

EUGD also launched in July of last year and saw its AUM surpass $50 million in only two months. The ETF was launched in partnership with Societe Generale and provides exposure to companies expected to benefit from the landmark European Green Deal.

The European Green Deal, described by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as “Europe’s man on the moon moment”, is a groundbreaking economic strategy mobilising €1 trillion to reduce greenhouse gasses by 55% by 2030, and turn Europe into the world’s first carbon neutral continent by 2050.

URNM launched in 2022 and has since become Europe’s largest uranium ETF by AUM.[4] The ETF now has $255 million AUM, having grown from $100 million to $200 million in only two months. URNM provides exposure to the growth of nuclear power via uranium miners, spanning the mining, exploration, development, and production of uranium. Notably, the ETF also has approximately 17% exposure to physical uranium.

As countries around the globe look to decarbonise their energy supplies, nuclear power is set to play a crucial role. The European Parliament has labelled nuclear power as “green”, given that it has less CO2 emissions per gigawatt-hour (GWh) than wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. Nuclear power is therefore seeing something of a renaissance, with numerous countries looking to install new reactors (and restart old ones).

URNM has a US-listed sister ETF, Sprott Uranium Miners ETF, with over $1.6 billion AUM, sitting alongside the Sprott Physical Uranium Trust, which has over $5.8 billion AUM.

URNM is one of three products launched with Sprott Asset Management, along with Sprott Energy Transition Materials UCITS ETF (SETM) and Sprott Copper Miners ESG Screened UCITS ETF (CPPR). SETM provides exposure to the critical materials required for the energy transition, which can be broadly categorised by their role in energy infrastructure:

  • Energy Generation: rare earths, silver
  • Energy Transmission: copper
  • Energy Storage: lithium, nickel, manganese, cobalt, graphite

SETM is classified as Article 8 under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) given its objective to have a positive impact on the environment and society.[5]

CPPR meanwhile provides exposure to copper miners. Copper is essential to the energy transition, and is used in every aspect of power grids. As more and more copper is needed to enable to expansion of clean energy infrastructure, constrained supplies will likely lead to a supply/demand imbalance. Miners will need to step up to meet this demand. The ETF is classified as SFDR Article 8 and employs an ESG screen.[6]

 

Hector McNeil, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of HANetf comments:

“We are delighted to be listing three of our cutting-edge ETFs on SIX Swiss Exchange. At HANetf, we are dedicated to providing innovative ETF solutions to investors across Europe, and beyond. With our highly innovative defence ETF, our European Green Deal ETF launched in association with Societe Generale, and Europe’s largest and fastest-growing uranium miners ETF, we believe these products will be a timely addition to the SIX Swiss Exchange.

“The Swiss investment market is rapidly growing, and has gone from strength to strength. We look forward to continuing to provide new opportunities to Swiss investors.”

[1] As shown in the ETF Database.

[2] As shown in the ETF Database.

[3] https://www.thebusinessresearchcompany.com/report/defense-global-market-report#:~:text=The%20market%20size%20of%20defense,major%20trends%20in%20this%20market.

[4] According to HANetf Data as at 08.01.2023.

[5] https://etp.hanetf.com/HANetf_ICAV_SFDR_Website_Disclosures_Sprott_Energy_Transitions_Materia.pdf

[6] https://www.hanetf.com/product/55/fund/sprott-copper-miners-esg-screened-ucits-etf-acc