March 27, 2017

BNY Mellon's 2016 Depositary Receipt Market Review Finds Strong Price Performance Growth in Emerging Markets, Led by Brazil and Russia, Despite Global Economic Uncertainty and Volatility

NEW YORK, March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The total global trading volume of depositary receipts (DRs)—negotiable financial instruments issued by a bank to represent a foreign company's publicly traded securities—reached US$152.1 billion, and US$2.9 trillion in traded value in 2016 according to The 2016 Depositary Receipt Market Review, released today by BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment services. The Review also reports that over US$8 billion was raised through 37 new DR offerings, and 68 new sponsored DR programs were created.  More than 3,400 sponsored and unsponsored DR programs existed at year end 2016.

The BNY Mellon ADR Index saw a 3.72% total return for the year. While that benchmark underperformed the U.S. market, as measured by the S&P 500—which was up +11.96% as of December 30, 2016—the BNY Mellon Emerging Market Regional DR Index outperformed, growing by 13.65%.  Sub-indices based on securities of companies from the major emerging markets of Brazil and Russia gained 69.05% and 61.02%, respectively. 

At year end, BNY Mellon marked a 57% global market share of all sponsored DR programs—more than the total market share of all its competitors combined.

"Depositary receipts' cost, convenience and liquidity value proposition remains as intact today as ever," said Christopher M. Kearns, CEO of BNY Mellon's Depositary Receipts business. "DRs are an integral component in many investment portfolios and this year's Review celebrates DRs from the point of view of both issuers and investors."

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This release is for informational purposes only. BNY Mellon provides no advice nor recommendation or endorsement with respect to any company or securities. Nothing herein shall be deemed to constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities. Depositary Receipts: Not FDIC, State or Federal Agency Insured; May Lose Value; No Bank, State or Federal Agency Guarantee. BNY Mellon provides no advice nor recommendations or endorsement with respect to any company, security or products based on any index licensed by BNY Mellon, and we make no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the same.





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