First Trust Energy Income and Growth FundFind Ratings Reports
- Last Ratings Update:02/28/2018
- Price as of 02/28/2018 :$23.73
- Net Assets:$449.38 Million
- Peer Rank:63 of 122
- Investment Rating:D-
We rate First Trust Energy Income and Gro at D-. Negative factors that influence this rating include a high expense structure. The fund invests approximately 100% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Sector - Energy/Natural Res strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks well below peers over the last three years. The First Trust Energy Income and Gro has returned an annual rate of 8.78% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of -0.13% in the last five years, -5.39% in the last three years, and -8.67% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 22% of them. It has also outpaced 10% of its competitors on a three year basis and 9% of them over the last year for the period ending 2/28/2018. On a year to date basis, FEN has returned -11.53%.
Downside risk has been above average. FEN has a draw down risk of -41.92%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 22.8%. This fund has experienced a high level of volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 2/28/2018, the fund was trading at a price of $23.73, which is 7.6% below its 52-week high of $25.68 and 1.0% above its 52-week low of $23.50.
High expense ratio hinders performance. On total assets of $449.39 million, FEN maintains a high expense ratio compared to its Sector - Energy/Natural Res peers of 2.68% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As FEN is a closed end fund, it has no front end or back end load.
Manager tenure is a net positive but performance record lags managerial peers. Substandard fund managers tend to be replaced, so a long tenure is usually a good sign that a fund is achieving its objectives. The First Trust Energy Income and Gro has been managed by Eva Pao for the last 11 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than just 27% of other fund managers.