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34a5 Whereas IPOs and SPAC offers 34a5 have stalled within the face 34a5 of a drop in public 34a5 fairness valuations, M&A and startup 34a5 funding in robotics, AI, and 34a5 healthcare applied sciences has remained 34a5 robust over the previous couple 34a5 of quarters. 5 members of 34a5 the ROBO World Innovation Indices 34a5 have obtained takeout gives. On 34a5 this installment of “Comply with 34a5 the Cash”, we spotlight offers 34a5 that illustrate the monetary and 34a5 strategic attraction of key expertise 34a5 traits thus far in 2022.

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34a5 My identify is Jeremie Capron. 34a5 I am the Director of 34a5 Analysis right here at ROBO 34a5 World, and I am speaking 34a5 to you from New York. 34a5 With me on the decision 34a5 are my colleagues from the 34a5 analysis workforce, Nina Deka and 34a5 Zeno Mercer. Right this moment, 34a5 we will discuss robotics, AI 34a5 and healthcare applied sciences with 34a5 a concentrate on offers and 34a5 fundings. So, we will probably 34a5 be each the general 34a5 public fairness facet, the place 34a5 we’ve seen some main shifts 34a5 within the final six months, 34a5 in addition to the personal 34a5 facet and enterprise capital, and 34a5 we’ll focus on among the 34a5 key traits that we’re watching. 34a5 We’ll additionally be certain that 34a5 to avoid wasting time to 34a5 your questions. As a lot 34a5 of , we commonly share 34a5 a few of our analysis 34a5 on the roboglobal.com web site 34a5 and biweekly emails, and we 34a5 simply revealed a brand new 34a5 report that is masking at 34a5 present’s presentation. So, be happy 34a5 to obtain this report at 34a5 roboglobal.com.

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34a5 So, let me begin with 34a5 a fast reminder of what 34a5 we do right here. We’re 34a5 a analysis and funding advisory 34a5 firm that is centered on 34a5 robotics, AI and healthcare applied 34a5 sciences, and we designed thematic 34a5 funding methods round what we 34a5 consider to be a technological 34a5 revolution. Right this moment, there’s 34a5 over $3 billion in funds 34a5 monitoring our methods, they’re primarily 34a5 ETFs. Probably the most notable 34a5 index might be ROBO, R-O-B-O, 34a5 that was the primary robotics 34a5 and automation index portfolio that 34a5 launched in 2013, and now 34a5 in its ninth yr. Our 34a5 analysis round automation led us 34a5 to understand that one thing 34a5 essential is going on in 34a5 two particular areas. So, within 34a5 the final 4 years, we 34a5 launched two further index portfolios. 34a5 The primary one is T-H-N-Q 34a5 or THNQ, that’s the synthetic 34a5 intelligence index. The second is 34a5 H-T-E-C or HTEC, that’s the 34a5 Healthcare Expertise & Innovation Index.

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34a5 These usually are not your 34a5 conventional index ETFs or funding 34a5 methods mix a analysis pushed 34a5 strategy with the advantages of 34a5 index investing and the ETF 34a5 wrapper. The portfolios are picks 34a5 of finest in school corporations 34a5 from world wide, small, mid, 34a5 large-caps which are roughly equal 34a5 weighted and rebalanced quarterly. So, 34a5 they’re diversified with the 60 34a5 to 85 holdings, but they’ve 34a5 a really excessive energetic share 34a5 and low overlap with broad 34a5 fairness indexes just like the 34a5 S&P500. The three methods have 34a5 outperformed world fairness since inception, 34a5 as you possibly can see 34a5 on this desk of index 34a5 returns as of the tip 34a5 of April 2022, even after 34a5 the brutal decline previously few 34a5 months. So, why are we 34a5 speaking about M&A and fund 34a5 flows? That is essential to 34a5 us as a result of 34a5 M&A has been a robust 34a5 tailwind to ROBO’s returns since 34a5 we first designed the portfolio 34a5 in 2013.

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34a5 Within the eight or 9 34a5 years that we have been 34a5 operating it, we have seen 34a5 27 takeover makes an attempt 34a5 on our portfolio corporations. That 34a5 is within the context of 34a5 a little bit greater than 34a5 80 corporations within the index. 34a5 We’ll get again to that. 34a5 However the essential level right 34a5 here is that we’ve seen 34a5 a transparent acceleration previously two 34a5 years, regardless of the numerous 34a5 enterprise disruptions through the pandemic. 34a5 The truth is, 2021 was 34a5 a report yr for mergers, 34a5 for acquisitions and enterprise funding. 34a5 Because the pandemic actually bother 34a5 charged the digitization of our 34a5 economic system and left some 34a5 main scars as we got 34a5 here out to the opposite 34a5 facet. You concentrate on the 34a5 availability chain disruptions, you concentrate 34a5 on rising commodity costs and 34a5 transportation prices and the shortages 34a5 and semiconductors, and now more 34a5 and more urgent labor shortages.

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34a5 So, this has led to 34a5 a race to digitize, to 34a5 automate, and this has made 34a5 automation a high precedence for 34a5 enterprise leaders and corporations world 34a5 wide. Particularly for these bigger 34a5 organizations that more and more 34a5 perceive, they should have a 34a5 presence and capabilities round automation. 34a5 In lots of instances, they’re 34a5 behind the curve and they 34a5 should purchase somewhat than construct. 34a5 They’re able to pay up 34a5 for high quality companies. Now, 34a5 it is a very a 34a5 lot structural pattern in our 34a5 view, however the huge shift 34a5 within the monetary markets over 34a5 the previous six months have 34a5 clearly modified the dynamics when 34a5 it comes to capital deployments. 34a5 In simply six months, we’ve 34a5 moved from a form of 34a5 Goldilocks of robust financial and 34a5 revenue progress to some of 34a5 the advanced macro scenario in 34a5 many years. We’ve conflict in 34a5 Europe, we’ve oil that is 34a5 up 75% previously yr, and 34a5 above $100 a barrel.

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34a5 We’ve indicators of a slowing 34a5 consumption simply when the Fed 34a5 is beginning a fee hike 34a5 cycle. I feel tech is 34a5 absolutely the place the motion 34a5 has been concentrated previously six 34a5 months. We have seen a 34a5 dramatic collapse in essentially the 34a5 most extremely valued segments of 34a5 the markets, essentially the most 34a5 speculative areas of the market. 34a5 We have seen primarily the 34a5 features of the pandemic being 34a5 given again, and in some 34a5 instances, some extra. It is 34a5 not solely the Zoom and 34a5 Peloton and Robin Hood, in 34a5 actual fact, practically half of 34a5 the NASDAQ shares are down 34a5 50% or extra at present 34a5 from the excessive. Multiple in 34a5 5 shares is down greater 34a5 than 75%. So, that’s similar 34a5 to the dot-com crash in 34a5 2000, and the FANG shares 34a5 are down greater than 35% 34a5 on common yr thus far. 34a5 Our three methods are down 34a5 between 27% and 34% as 34a5 of the shut yesterday, so 34a5 on the Could seventeenth.

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34a5 Now, that qualifies because the 34a5 sharpest drawdown we’ve seen since 34a5 we began ROBO in 2013, 34a5 and it’s on par with 34a5 the selloff through the COVID 34a5 lockdown panic. Now, the excellent 34a5 news is that in overview, 34a5 this valuation reset is basically 34a5 performed out. I’ll illustrate this 34a5 with a couple of charts 34a5 in a minute. However earlier 34a5 than that, on this subsequent 34a5 slide, I wish to spotlight 34a5 that the expertise in market 34a5 leaders in AI, in robotics, 34a5 in healthcare applied sciences, the 34a5 businesses in our three index 34a5 portfolios, they are typically prime 34a5 quality companies when it comes 34a5 to their margins, when it 34a5 comes to their return on 34a5 capital, and the energy of 34a5 their steadiness sheets. This chart 34a5 right here reveals the proportion 34a5 of corporations with a internet 34a5 money place for ROBO, HTEC 34a5 and THNQ, and among the 34a5 broad fairness industries. So, 65% 34a5 of the businesses within the 34a5 synthetic intelligence index, and 55% 34a5 of the businesses within the 34a5 ROBO index have extra cash 34a5 than debt, which is a 34a5 measure of steadiness sheet energy.

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34a5 That’s much more that you’re 34a5 going to discover within the 34a5 NASDAQ or the S&P500 index. 34a5 Additionally, wish to level out 34a5 on the following slide that 34a5 the businesses we’re speaking about 34a5 right here, they don’t seem 34a5 to be simply US corporations. 34a5 You’ll be able to see 34a5 right here that we’ve greater 34a5 than 13 nations represented in 34a5 ROBO, and that a number 34a5 of them are small and 34a5 mid-caps. Between 50% and 60% 34a5 of the ROBO and HTEC 34a5 portfolios are in small and 34a5 mid-caps. The overwhelming majority of 34a5 them usually are not represented 34a5 within the S&P500 or world 34a5 fairness industries. So, most traders 34a5 have very restricted publicity to 34a5 the businesses on the forefront 34a5 of robotics, AI and healthcare 34a5 applied sciences. So, let us 34a5 take a look at what’s 34a5 taking place in robotics first, 34a5 then I am going to 34a5 move it on to my 34a5 colleagues to debate healthcare applied 34a5 sciences and AI, and we’ll 34a5 wrap up with what’s taking 34a5 place on the enterprise capital 34a5 facet.

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34a5 So, it is a chart 34a5 of whole returns for ROBO 34a5 over the previous 5 years, 34a5 simply above 12% compounded common. 34a5 You’ll be able to see 34a5 the names of the businesses 34a5 which have obtained a takeover 34a5 provide over the previous 5 34a5 years. As I mentioned earlier, 34a5 within the eight or 9 34a5 years we have been operating 34a5 it, we have seen 27 34a5 takeover makes an attempt on 34a5 our portfolio corporations. That is 34a5 within the context of round 34a5 80 plus corporations within the 34a5 index. You’ll be able to 34a5 see a number of exercise 34a5 in 2020, in 2021. Since 34a5 we final spoke to you 34a5 about six months in the 34a5 past, we have seen one 34a5 other two transactions this yr 34a5 in robotics index portfolio corporations. 34a5 The primary one was Vocera 34a5 which agreed to be acquired 34a5 by Stryker in January for 34a5 slightly below $3 billion. I’ll 34a5 let Nina let you know 34a5 extra about it as Vocera 34a5 is a healthcare automation firm 34a5 that was additionally a member 34a5 of HTEC.

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34a5 Then we promote Blue Prism. 34a5 If we are able to 34a5 flip to the following slide, 34a5 please. You could have an 34a5 inventory of among the most 34a5 essential offers we have been 34a5 watching over the previous few 34a5 months. Blue Prism ultimately agreed 34a5 to a takeover by SS&C, 34a5 which is a non-public fairness 34a5 agency. That got here after 34a5 a brief bidding contest with 34a5 Vista Companions. So Blue Prism 34a5 went for about $1.6 billion. 34a5 Blue Prism is a high 34a5 three participant in robotics course 34a5 of automation, which is actually 34a5 software program robots that automate 34a5 enterprise processes that you’ll find 34a5 on desktop, computer systems and 34a5 enterprise methods. Within the report 34a5 that you’ll find on the 34a5 web site, we additionally focus 34a5 on numerous essential acquisitions made 34a5 by ROBO index corporations like 34a5 Zebra and its buy of 34a5 Matrox Imaging to push into 34a5 laptop imaginative and prescient. A 34a5 deal by Aptiv to spice 34a5 up its autonomous driving and 34a5 linked autos capabilities by buying 34a5 Wind River that is a 34a5 supplier of software program options 34a5 for, I feel, that was 34a5 round $4 billion.

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34a5 So, our view is that 34a5 regardless of the extra advanced 34a5 macro backdrop that we’re going 34a5 through at present, M&A is 34a5 more likely to stay robust 34a5 in robotics automation. That is 34a5 as a result of the 34a5 current market selloff is presenting 34a5 enticing alternatives, and acquirers have 34a5 the monetary capability to amass 34a5 lots of the smaller and 34a5 mid-cap corporations. That’s one thing 34a5 that I wish to conclude 34a5 with this historic chart of 34a5 the value earnings ratio for 34a5 ROBO. You’ll be able to 34a5 see that the world’s main 34a5 robotics automation corporations are actually 34a5 buying and selling on about 34a5 22X earnings, which is beneath 34a5 the historic common of 24X. 34a5 That it additionally beneath the 34a5 pre-COVID ranges of 2019. That 34a5 isn’t too far off the 34a5 19X of the S&P500 index. 34a5 So, the premium relative to 34a5 a broad fairness index is 34a5 comparatively low now. That’s regardless 34a5 of what we anticipate will 34a5 probably be superior earnings’ progress 34a5 over the long-term. So, I’ll 34a5 go away you with that 34a5 and ask Nina to hitch 34a5 us and focus on traits 34a5 in healthcare applied sciences.

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34a5 Thanks, Jeremie. Hello, Nina Deka 34a5 right here. Thanks for taking 34a5 the time at present to 34a5 hitch us. HTEC is for 34a5 these of you knew the 34a5 story, our Healthcare Expertise & 34a5 Innovation Index, this has comprised 34a5 of 80 or so finest 34a5 in school healthcare tech corporations 34a5 that we consider symbolize the 34a5 expansion and disruption over the 34a5 following 5 to 10 years, 34a5 that’s undoubtedly taking place as 34a5 we converse within the healthcare 34a5 sector. Because it pertains to 34a5 current efficiency, proper now, just 34a5 like a number of the 34a5 macro themes that Jeremie was 34a5 discussing, there was a pullback 34a5 in healthcare tech. It has 34a5 not been immune to a 34a5 number of the macro associated 34a5 pressures, resembling rising rates of 34a5 interest, issues about inflation, the 34a5 rising value of debt, clearly. 34a5 So, it prompted a number 34a5 of traders to take a 34a5 pause on some excessive progress 34a5 tech ahead names, notably, those 34a5 that won’t be worthwhile or 34a5 cashflow constructive but.

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34a5 However, as you possibly can 34a5 see on this chart, the 34a5 ROBO World Healthcare Expertise & 34a5 Innovation Index HTEC has tended 34a5 to outperform the broader markets 34a5 over the long-term. The truth 34a5 is, even in a 3 34a5 yr interval, it nonetheless continues 34a5 to outperform world equities. Then, 34a5 should you take a look 34a5 at a ten yr again 34a5 check, it nonetheless double the 34a5 efficiency of worldwide equities. So, 34a5 we’re remaining lengthy and powerful 34a5 on healthcare tech for a 34a5 lot of causes. I am 34a5 going to dive a little 34a5 bit bit deeper into among 34a5 the M&A transactions which have 34a5 taken place over the past 34a5 interval. So, let’s have a 34a5 look at. Jeremie talked about 34a5 earlier Vocera as a result 34a5 of it occurred to be 34a5 an organization in each ROBO 34a5 and HTEC. Vocera is a 34a5 extremely fascinating communications’ supplier with 34a5 a big presence in healthcare. 34a5 This can be a expertise 34a5 that you could be not 34a5 have observed, and the rationale 34a5 why is as a result 34a5 of if it is doing 34a5 its job accurately, you do 34a5 not even know it is 34a5 there.

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34a5 What I imply by that’s, 34a5 I like to provide the 34a5 instance a couple of years 34a5 in the past, I used 34a5 to be in an enormous 34a5 trauma hospital in New York 34a5 Metropolis, Bellevue Hospital. It is 34a5 a very busy metropolis hospital 34a5 and it was very loud. 34a5 I used to be within 34a5 the emergency room. All people 34a5 was shouting, there was noise 34a5 alerts all over the place. 34a5 Few years later, I went 34a5 into this emergency room and 34a5 every thing was quiet. I 34a5 requested one of many nurses 34a5 there, “What is going on 34a5 on? Why is everybody whispering?” 34a5 She mentioned, “Effectively, we just 34a5 lately carried out Vocera, and 34a5 it is actually prompted a 34a5 streamlining of all of our 34a5 operations. We have been capable 34a5 of flip off all of 34a5 the alerts and so they 34a5 actually solely set off when 34a5 the precise particular person must 34a5 be alerted when one thing 34a5 fascinating has occurred. So, somewhat 34a5 than having alarm fatigue, we 34a5 have had all of it 34a5 in our households the place 34a5 you simply hear beep after 34a5 beep, alert after alert.” That 34a5 is harmful in a hospital 34a5 atmosphere while you get alarm 34a5 fatigue.

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34a5 So, Vocera has a method 34a5 of re-coordinating this throughout units 34a5 to verify the fitting particular 34a5 person on the proper time 34a5 will get the communication. While 34a5 you talked about M&A, nicely, 34a5 what occurred? Stryker acquired them. 34a5 Stryker is a world chief 34a5 in orthopedics, neuro, backbone, and 34a5 this firm made a $3 34a5 billion acquisition earlier this yr 34a5 to amass this communication platform. 34a5 So, that is according to 34a5 to Jeremie’s level, how we 34a5 do anticipate to proceed to 34a5 see M&A. That is according 34a5 to healthcare tech more and 34a5 more changing into digitized. Healthcare 34a5 is likely one of the 34a5 final financial sectors to grow 34a5 to be digitized. It is 34a5 solely not that way back 34a5 that folks had been nonetheless 34a5 and perhaps nonetheless are filling 34a5 out paper charts after they 34a5 go to the physician workplace. 34a5 So, there’s an enormous alternative 34a5 for healthcare to proceed to 34a5 be increasingly more digitized. That’s 34a5 driving and rising quantity of 34a5 funding exercise.

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34a5 The Stryker acquisition of Vocera 34a5 is only one instance. Think 34a5 about, Stryker is all over 34a5 the place. They’re within the 34a5 ambulance, the complete affected person’s 34a5 journey, they’re within the emergency 34a5 room, they’re within the working 34a5 room. Then upon discharge, Strykers 34a5 bought stuff that may comply 34a5 with the affected person to 34a5 the house. So, now with 34a5 Vocera, in an integration platform, 34a5 they will combine all of 34a5 these units and higher keep 34a5 watch over the affected person, 34a5 wherever the affected person is. 34a5 So, once we take into 34a5 consideration healthcare in long-term issues, 34a5 we consider decentralization like an 34a5 rising quantity of care outdoors 34a5 of the partitions of the 34a5 hospital, and increasingly more the 34a5 place the affected person is, 34a5 whether or not it is 34a5 their work workplace or their 34a5 house. So, integration, digitization platforms 34a5 goes to assist these units 34a5 comply with the affected person 34a5 wherever they go. Talking of 34a5 digitization and decentralization, and on 34a5 this theme, we noticed one 34a5 other monster acquisition with Masimo 34a5 through the interval.

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34a5 Though this one was fairly 34a5 controversial, when Masimo introduced the 34a5 acquisition of an organization known 34a5 as Sound United, they misplaced 34a5 a few third of their 34a5 market cap that day. The 34a5 explanation why is as a 34a5 result of the market did 34a5 not like the truth that 34a5 this world main affected person 34a5 monitoring firm acquired a shopper 34a5 digital firm. Why does Masimo 34a5 must personal audio system? Effectively, 34a5 what Masimo mentioned they acquired 34a5 was a worldwide distribution channel. 34a5 Masimo is launching a watch, 34a5 not just like the Apple 34a5 watch with all of the 34a5 apps, however extra of a 34a5 watch that’ll compete with garment 34a5 and match. So, what they 34a5 acquired after they purchased Sound 34a5 United was a worldwide distribution 34a5 alternative, an current footprint of 34a5 people that already appreciated that 34a5 firm and use their electronics.

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34a5 What the market could be 34a5 lacking although on this acquisition 34a5 is that Sound United additionally 34a5 has a house working system. 34a5 This can be a multi-room 34a5 working speaker system that integrates 34a5 with all of the expertise 34a5 in a family. Masimo goes 34a5 to combine all of their 34a5 excessive tech hospital grade tools 34a5 into this multi-room working system. 34a5 What I envision and the 34a5 corporate’s not likely speaking about 34a5 that is the chance to 34a5 essentially deliver a hospital at 34a5 house atmosphere a lot, so 34a5 that ought to one thing 34a5 occur to the affected person 34a5 as they transfer from room 34a5 to room in their very 34a5 own house, that doubtlessly one 34a5 in every of their displays 34a5 might set off an occasion 34a5 and so they might real-time 34a5 get a nurse or a 34a5 health care provider on the 34a5 cellphone by means of their 34a5 speaker system and simply say, 34a5 “Hey, did you fall? Are 34a5 you okay?” I feel that 34a5 is revolutionary, and that is 34a5 the way forward for healthcare. 34a5 So, once we take into 34a5 consideration watch and health watches, 34a5 certain, perhaps $1 billion to 34a5 $2 billion market alternative. Once 34a5 we take into consideration house 34a5 telehealth gadget, this may very 34a5 well be $120 billion alternative.

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34a5 I went into all this 34a5 element right here as a 34a5 result of I simply actually 34a5 needed to focus on how 34a5 a lot alternative there’s proper 34a5 now for funding in healthcare 34a5 expertise. The macro atmosphere, though, 34a5 it’s pressuring shares, it’s not 34a5 slowing down funding amongst these 34a5 corporations. Outdoors of digitization, there’s 34a5 quite a bit taking place 34a5 additionally within the diagnostics world. 34a5 I am going to simply 34a5 briefly contact base, Quidel announce 34a5 the acquisition of Ortho Scientific 34a5 Diagnostics that is anticipated to 34a5 shut within the coming weeks. 34a5 That is enormous, $6 billion. 34a5 Quidel is a kind of 34a5 corporations that basically confirmed their 34a5 market expertise management through the 34a5 pandemic, this was the COVID 34a5 antigen check firm. They actually 34a5 modified the face of what 34a5 was taking place within the 34a5 pandemic and let folks return 34a5 to work. However, now that 34a5 the pandemic is changing into 34a5 endemic, Quidel inventory is pulled 34a5 again quite a bit, and 34a5 so has their COVID testing 34a5 quantity. Pairing up with an 34a5 organization like Ortho is absolutely 34a5 going to assist diversify their 34a5 product providing and enlarge their 34a5 footprint, and Ortho is a 34a5 diagnostic chief. So, we’re excited 34a5 when that acquisition is predicted 34a5 to shut for that to 34a5 be an added asset into 34a5 the HTEC portfolio.

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34a5 Then, different cool issues that 34a5 we’re seeing within the diagnostic 34a5 area, because it pertains to 34a5 tug again in COVID quantity, 34a5 corporations like Danaher and Thermo 34a5 Fisher Scientific are market leaders, 34a5 they’re within the HTEC portfolio. 34a5 These are additionally corporations the 34a5 place folks thought, “Wow, you 34a5 guys had a number of 34a5 COVID testing.” However the market 34a5 was fearful that there was 34a5 going to be a pullback 34a5 in income when COVID testing 34a5 pulled again. However these corporations 34a5 are so diversified that they 34a5 bought a number of devices 34a5 for COVID testing over the 34a5 past three years. Now, the 34a5 labs can use their devices 34a5 to run different checks. So, 34a5 whereas COVID volumes have come 34a5 again, they’ve seen an uptick 34a5 in different checks. Persons are 34a5 going to the physician for 34a5 different issues now. So, we’re 34a5 actually joyful to see this 34a5 stage of diversification, and that 34a5 is what you get when 34a5 you will have a portfolio 34a5 full of market leaders, resembling 34a5 those which are in HTEC. 34a5 So, I’ll pause there, and 34a5 switch it over to Zeno 34a5 who’s going to speak about 34a5 THNQ, the AI portfolio. We’ll 34a5 be again round for questions 34a5 on the finish of this.

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34a5 Thanks, Nina. Whats up everybody. 34a5 My identify is Zeno Mercer, 34a5 and I will be discussing 34a5 the THNQ index and technique 34a5 and M&A at present. I 34a5 will nip the bud. I 34a5 noticed a query round efficiency. 34a5 So, yr to day efficiency 34a5 as of at present is 34a5 down 34%. So, these numbers 34a5 are to April thirtieth. That 34a5 is the worst selloff for 34a5 expertise on this area since 34a5 mainly dot-com, and that is 34a5 discounting what occurred in March 34a5 2020 as a result of 34a5 that was a a number 34a5 of sector drop. Talking of 34a5 March 2020, a number of 34a5 contraction is introduced down the 34a5 portfolio to these ranges of 34a5 valuation. So, in March 2020, 34a5 THNQ dropped to a 5X 34a5 for EV-to-sales. We’re now at 34a5 5.22 for the EV-to-sales down 34a5 from 11X on the excessive 34a5 in 2021. We’re buying and 34a5 selling at a 37% low 34a5 cost to the long-term 7.1X 34a5 EV-to-sales common. Whilst earnings and 34a5 high line majority beat expectations.

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34a5 For instance, earnings of corporations 34a5 which have reported thus far 34a5 are up high 30% versus 34a5 the long-term common of 13.7%. 34a5 So, you could be asking, 34a5 why is THNQ performing so 34a5 badly? A few of that’s 34a5 apparent, world macro conflicts, inflation, 34a5 simply basic concern. In our 34a5 opinion, that is fairly shortsighted 34a5 that is why we’ve long-term 34a5 views on these traits, however 34a5 we perceive that persons are 34a5 scared and that is simply 34a5 how issues are. However 34a5 2022, which nonetheless sees progress 34a5 in earnings and revenue high 34a5 line, in addition to a 34a5 ramp up in 2023 and 34a5 past in issues like autonomous 34a5 autos, the metaverse, there’s simply 34a5 a number of long-term performs 34a5 right here that we’re enthusiastic 34a5 about. I am going to 34a5 get on the M&A in 34a5 a second, I simply needed 34a5 to speak about this actual 34a5 fast.

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34a5 Out of the 72 THNQ 34a5 index members, 11 are projected 34a5 the publish destructive earnings this 34a5 yr. The vast majority of 34a5 people who’s below $8 of 34a5 destructive earnings. Of these 11, 34a5 5 are projected to grow 34a5 to be worthwhile within the 34a5 subsequent two years. So, simply 34a5 excited about our portfolio, we’ve 34a5 prime quality corporations which have 34a5 good money balances mentioned earlier 34a5 which are in excessive progress 34a5 areas. I feel the THNQ 34a5 index has actually matured and 34a5 confirmed itself within the face 34a5 of the pandemic. The truth 34a5 is, it is thrived within 34a5 the pandemic and what is 34a5 going on on on this 34a5 planet. The adoption of the 34a5 digitization of every thing, we 34a5 have got cybersecurity changing into 34a5 increasingly more essential as we 34a5 undertake these applied sciences throughout 34a5 eCommerce, healthcare, fintech. So, the 34a5 thesis round AI permeating into 34a5 all sides of society and 34a5 companies is going on.

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34a5 Regardless of any short-term setbacks 34a5 and fears like these, these 34a5 are taking place. So, I 34a5 am going to enter a 34a5 few of these different areas 34a5 like AV and metaverse in 34a5 a second after I’m discussing 34a5 one of many M&A offers. 34a5 So, simply wrapping up right 34a5 here, THNQ has publicity to 34a5 each the picks and shovels, 34a5 the infrastructure, that is community 34a5 and safety, semi-cloud suppliers on 34a5 the infrastructure finish. Then on 34a5 the enterprise facet, these are 34a5 the issues that persons are 34a5 enthusiastic about of, what’s AI 34a5 doing? That is the enterprise 34a5 course of, the buyer, the 34a5 eCommerce, manufacturing facility automation. I 34a5 feel having publicity to each 34a5 gives a terrific upside potential 34a5 right here, particularly as we 34a5 have seen simply a number 34a5 of contraction within the face 34a5 of constructive information, principally. Up 34a5 to now week, we have 34a5 began to check a rebound 34a5 in excessive progress shares throughout 34a5 eCommerce and shopper perhaps indicators 34a5 of being oversold.

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34a5 We have about 7% publicity 34a5 to China. China does have 34a5 good AI. We’re nonetheless majority 34a5 US and we’ve corporations across 34a5 the globe, however, we have 34a5 got indications of dropping controls 34a5 over the expertise corporations. We’re 34a5 additionally seeing de-listing fears proceed 34a5 to fade. So, a number 34a5 of funds bought out of 34a5 that, and so you can 34a5 see giant inflows in constructive 34a5 momentum if that continues to 34a5 go ahead.

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34a5 Shifting on to M&A. So, 34a5 subsequent slide. Thanks. So, after 34a5 a report 2021 that promote 34a5 eight THNQ index members. As 34a5 a reminder, we’ve 72 in 34a5 our ETF proper now in 34a5 our index. We’ve not seen 34a5 any new takeovers gives thus 34a5 far in 2022. Since its 34a5 obsession in 2018, there been 34a5 11 member takeouts. So, eight 34a5 in 2021. The vast majority 34a5 of these had been personal 34a5 fairness funds and consortiums taking 34a5 tech corporations personal, they noticed 34a5 a price.

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34a5 So, since our final M&A 34a5 report in Q3 final yr, 34a5 we have had three takeout 34a5 gives. So these had been 34a5 all in This fall 2021. 34a5 That features Blue Prism, which 34a5 has been mentioned earlier on 34a5 this report. The opposite two 34a5 had been Aspen Expertise and 34a5 McAfee. So, Aspen Expertise, which 34a5 is a worldwide chief in 34a5 asset monetization and optimization software 34a5 program for industrial corporations was 34a5 acquired by Emerson at a 34a5 30% premium for $10.7 billion 34a5 in October 2021. That was 34a5 representing a 31X EBITDA a 34a5 number of. So, Emerson is 34a5 combining Aspen with their very 34a5 own industrials’ workplace enterprise and 34a5 can retain the Aspen model. 34a5 So, now not in a 34a5 portfolio, however that was an 34a5 fascinating deal that is sensible 34a5 for Emerson. On pattern and 34a5 wrapping up final yr’s a 34a5 number of take personal.

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34a5 One other THNQ member, McAfee 34a5 the enterprise safety software program 34a5 firm that does endpoint detection, 34a5 community and information safety was 34a5 taken personal after being public 34a5 for only one yr in 34a5 November by an investor group 34a5 comprising of Introduction, Permira, Crosspoint 34a5 Capital, and plenty of others 34a5 for $14 billion enterprise worth 34a5 representing a 26% premium. Shifting 34a5 on to a few of 34a5 our THNQ index member acquisitions, 34a5 Microsoft acquired Activision, which was 34a5 one of many greatest offers 34a5 within the historical past of 34a5 all offers. The synthetic intelligence 34a5 universe, gaming and cybersecurity have 34a5 been two of essentially the 34a5 most energetic areas of M&A.

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34a5 So, what’s Microsoft’s acquisition of 34a5 Activision Blizzard imply for Microsoft 34a5 and the remainder of the 34a5 ecosystem? Effectively, a number of 34a5 that is the concentrate on 34a5 the metaverse. You could have 34a5 gaming, which is the apparent 34a5 story behind Activision. However should 34a5 you look a little bit 34a5 deeper, the core parts of 34a5 Microsoft are the way in 34a5 which we work together and 34a5 talk digitally, and that is 34a5 altering. That is going to 34a5 be extra built-in. Ultimately, 10 34a5 years from now, 20 years 34a5 from now, we would not 34a5 have screens we’re , may 34a5 very well be overlaid in 34a5 AI and augmented actuality on 34a5 our faces, contact lenses or 34a5 glasses. Microsoft realizes this and 34a5 so they need the perfect 34a5 expertise attainable. So, a gaming 34a5 firm that is aware of 34a5 find out how to design 34a5 nice consumer expertise, interactive design, 34a5 and actually debug advanced interactive 34a5 environments is nice for them 34a5 as they appear to increase 34a5 into this. So, I really 34a5 met and spoke with an 34a5 SVP at Microsoft a number 34a5 of weeks in the past 34a5 at a metaverse convention I 34a5 used to be at, and 34a5 it is fascinating.

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34a5 While you consider metaverse, it 34a5 is a buzzword, to start 34a5 with. However second of all, 34a5 it is actual. If you 34a5 concentrate on their merchandise like 34a5 LinkedIn, Home windows, Groups, these 34a5 different issues, they’re all centered 34a5 on stepping into this immersive 34a5 atmosphere. Quite a lot of 34a5 that’s going to require plenty 34a5 of information, plenty of cloud 34a5 infrastructure funding. In case you’re 34a5 having a simulation of their 34a5 digital world in the actual 34a5 world, and that is all 34a5 being overlaid speaking real-time, that 34a5 is a number of infrastructure 34a5 and communication expertise. So, I 34a5 feel it is actually thrilling 34a5 to see Microsoft on this 34a5 planet heading into this path.

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34a5 One of many issues that 34a5 that requires although, as we 34a5 get extra overlay expertise built-in 34a5 into our lives, unlocking our 34a5 passwords, we’re going passwordless, that 34a5 is a number of AI 34a5 to detect in case you 34a5 are who you’re. In case 34a5 you had intent to entry 34a5 what you are attempting to 34a5 do, requires cybersecurity and THNQ 34a5 index member. Alphabet just lately 34a5 made the acquisition of Mandiant 34a5 cybersecurity for $4.5 billion to 34a5 hitch its cloud computing division. 34a5 So, as extra property and 34a5 companies are digitized and automatic, 34a5 cybersecurity is not only a 34a5 primary want for these corporations, 34a5 however it’s a aggressive moat, 34a5 actually, to make sure that 34a5 their clients, whether or not 34a5 it is you and I, 34a5 or enterprise clients are assured 34a5 in capable of proceed working 34a5 throughout more and more advanced 34a5 environments. So, the THNQ index 34a5 captures a number of direct 34a5 cybersecurity, AI angles by means 34a5 of publicity to the businesses 34a5 resembling Rapid7, Cloudflare, Varonis and 34a5 Darktrace. So, with that, I’ll 34a5 move it on to Jeremie.

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34a5 Thanks, Zeno. The very last 34a5 thing we wish to contact 34a5 on at present is the 34a5 personal facet enterprise capital funding. 34a5 Earlier than I do this, 34a5 I wish to remind everyone, 34a5 you possibly can ask you 34a5 questions utilizing the Q&A field 34a5 on the backside. So, on 34a5 the personal facet, I feel, 34a5 the one line abstract is 34a5 that we had a report 34a5 breaking yr in 2021, and 34a5 the fast decline in tech 34a5 valuations in public fairness markets 34a5 is absolutely put a damper 34a5 on public exits through IPOs 34a5 and notably specs which have 34a5 just about disappeared. The funding 34a5 exercise remains to be robust 34a5 and it is taking place 34a5 at considerably decrease valuations. I 34a5 feel it is essential to 34a5 grasp that on the extent 34a5 of the increase in 2021, 34a5 we bought greater than $640 34a5 billion invested. That was a 34a5 report excessive and nearly a 34a5 doubling yr over yr. Two 34a5 thirds of those funds went 34a5 to late-stage progress corporations with 34a5 very giant rounds pushed by 34a5 monetary establishments, together with hedge 34a5 funds, looking for pre-IPO corporations.

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34a5 I feel that is the 34a5 place a number of this 34a5 exercise is slowed in thus 34a5 far this yr. Within the 34a5 meantime, we noticed early stage 34a5 funding that was additionally very 34a5 robust final yr, however perhaps 34a5 not as excessive as late-stage. 34a5 When it comes to the 34a5 place the motion occurred, it 34a5 is actually fintech corporations that 34a5 raised essentially the most enterprise 34a5 funding in 2021, adopted by 34a5 healthcare and eCommerce and transportation. 34a5 Now, wanting on the first 34a5 quarter of this yr, we 34a5 see that funding is steadily 34a5 declined by nearly 20% with 34a5 the shock within the public 34a5 fairness markets. The variety of 34a5 offers, nonetheless, remains to be 34a5 up yr over yr, and 34a5 with so robust exercise in 34a5 cybersecurity, in logistics automation, and 34a5 healthcare applied sciences. We anticipate 34a5 that over the approaching month, 34a5 the slowdown will proceed to 34a5 have an effect on primarily 34a5 the late-stage pre-IPO corporations.

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34a5 We additionally see that investor 34a5 curiosity stays very robust within 34a5 the areas of automation, particularly 34a5 options that assist with the 34a5 availability chain points and the 34a5 label shortages. With decrease valuations, 34a5 we see a positive outlook 34a5 for early stage investing. Now, 34a5 lastly, this is a brief 34a5 listing of among the current 34a5 offers that we’re watching intently 34a5 as they contact on our 34a5 areas of focus. These corporations 34a5 will seemingly come onto your 34a5 radar as they ultimately go 34a5 public or get acquired. I’ll 34a5 spotlight a couple of of 34a5 them beginning with Samsara on 34a5 the higher proper nook. Samsara 34a5 is a cloud-based IOT or 34a5 provide chain software program firm 34a5 that raised $800 million in 34a5 an IPO a couple of 34a5 months in the past, $12 34a5 billion valuation. Samsara makes cloud-based 34a5 software program options for the 34a5 transportation trade, the logistics trade, 34a5 the development trade and others. 34a5 What they do is they 34a5 assist corporations acquire and handle 34a5 information, together with tools monitoring, 34a5 telematics, or how vans and 34a5 fleets of autos transfer round, 34a5 and so they do video 34a5 analytics utilizing AI and a 34a5 few extra.

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34a5 So, Samsara went public on 34a5 the $12 billion valuation. In 34a5 slightly below six month, its 34a5 share are actually buying and 34a5 selling about 50% beneath the 34a5 IPO worth. Now, one other 34a5 one is Exotec. Exotec is 34a5 a warehouse robotics firm that 34a5 is based mostly in France. 34a5 I am sorry. They raised 34a5 $300 million at a $2 34a5 billion valuation, that was in 34a5 the beginning of the yr 34a5 in January. Exotec makes the 34a5 Skypod System that could be 34a5 a warehouse automation system that 34a5 makes use of stacked beans 34a5 and robots that may attain 34a5 as much as 36 toes 34a5 excessive, and that is used 34a5 for a really excessive density 34a5 storage and retrieval, and that 34a5 participates within the order success 34a5 course of. Exotec is working 34a5 with among the world’s largest 34a5 manufacturers in eCommerce, in retail 34a5 and grocery.

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34a5 The final one I wish 34a5 to spotlight at present is 34a5 Medable, which has a software 34a5 program platform for medical analysis 34a5 in healthcare. Additionally they increase 34a5 greater than $300 million round 34a5 $2 billion valuation. What Medable 34a5 does is that this straightforward 34a5 to make use of software 34a5 program that connects sufferers and 34a5 medical groups and medical trial 34a5 websites to allow medical trials 34a5 anyplace. So, that is a 34a5 giant change for the trade 34a5 that ought to assist the 34a5 increase in medical trials we’re 34a5 seeing at present with the 34a5 enlargement of precision medication and 34a5 genomics specifically and gene-based therapies. 34a5 So, at present, Medable is 34a5 already working with over 150 34a5 decentralized trials that is distant 34a5 and onsite trials, and it 34a5 is the software program that 34a5 permits this to occur. We 34a5 expect that is going to 34a5 alter dramatically the way in 34a5 which medical trials are performed 34a5 going ahead. Many of the 34a5 firm’s success has been pushed 34a5 partially by the COVID-19 pandemic 34a5 that drove up demand for 34a5 distant and hybrid analysis settings.

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34a5 So, with that, I’ll invite 34a5 Zeno and Nina to hitch 34a5 me, and we’re going to 34a5 take your questions. I see 34a5 that we’ve a couple of 34a5 within the queue already. I 34a5 feel we’ll begin with query 34a5 round earnings projections, and revisions 34a5 for the ROBO and in 34a5 addition HTEC indexes. I feel 34a5 that is a extremely essential 34a5 level as a result of 34a5 that 30% or so decline 34a5 within the ROBO and HTEC 34a5 index is absolutely all about 34a5 a number of, all about 34a5 valuations. The truth is, valuations 34a5 have contracted by nearly 35% 34a5 from the excessive. Within the 34a5 meantime, earnings projections, earnings estimates 34a5 have barely moved, and we’re 34a5 coming to the tip of 34a5 this Q1 incomes season. If 34a5 we take a look at 34a5 the three month earnings revisions, 34a5 so adjustments in avenue estimates 34a5 over the previous three months, 34a5 what we see is that 34a5 they’ve actually barely moved. So, 34a5 after I take a look 34a5 at ROBO first over the 34a5 previous three months, the projected 34a5 EPS for this yr has 34a5 come down by 1.5%.

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34a5 In fact, it is a 34a5 mixture of the higher of 34a5 sudden outcomes that we noticed 34a5 total in Q1. As , 34a5 that occurs more often than 34a5 not in public equities, the 34a5 place corporations are available in 34a5 and beat estimates and so 34a5 they strive and ensure they 34a5 do not information too excessive. 34a5 So, we have seen a 34a5 traditional fee of beating estimates. 34a5 On the similar time, administration 34a5 groups have clearly turned much 34a5 more cautious given the adjustments 34a5 within the macro backdrop. So, 34a5 they’ve tended to cut back 34a5 their outlook considerably or keep 34a5 it. In some instances, cut 34a5 back it, however in combination 34a5 for ROBO, the EPS estimate 34a5 has come down by 1.5%, 34a5 and for HTEC it is 34a5 1.8% over the previous three 34a5 months. So, actually not a 34a5 lot of a change. If 34a5 we take a look at 34a5 subsequent yr projections, it is 34a5 the identical story.

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34a5 We’ve a 1.8% discount within 34a5 the EPS estimate for subsequent 34a5 yr. So, after all, something 34a5 might occur, and the noise 34a5 round the potential of a 34a5 recession has elevated. Clearly, we’ve 34a5 power costs going by means 34a5 of the roof, and traditionally 34a5 that has tended to result 34a5 in a extra of a 34a5 recessionary atmosphere, however that is 34a5 on the similar time, we’ve 34a5 a really robust momentum within 34a5 the economic system at present. 34a5 While you take a look 34a5 at the collected financial savings 34a5 through the previous two years, 34a5 and also you take a 34a5 look at the buyer spending 34a5 patterns, shopper spending is sustained 34a5 to extend month over month 34a5 for the 4 consecutive month. 34a5 The newest information level that 34a5 got here out just some 34a5 days in the past was 34a5 displaying extra of that with 34a5 April retail gross sales up 34a5 month of the month.

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34a5 On the commercial facet, you 34a5 take a look at the 34a5 commercial manufacturing numbers, they’re nonetheless 34a5 displaying progress and so they’re 34a5 coming in higher than anticipated. 34a5 So, I feel, after all, 34a5 we’ve to be conscious that 34a5 we might flip into extra 34a5 of a recessionary atmosphere, however 34a5 for now that is not 34a5 the case, and index projections 34a5 are set in that context. 34a5 So, I wish to give 34a5 the following query to Nina. 34a5 I see there is a 34a5 query across the money circulation 34a5 relative to financing wants sooner 34a5 or later. What share of 34a5 corporations within the HTEC portfolio 34a5 will want financing to fund 34a5 progress over the following few 34a5 years? So, Nina, do you 34a5 wish to take this?

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34a5 Yeah, certain. So, we performed 34a5 an evaluation simply to maintain 34a5 observe of the money circulation 34a5 healthiness and the money scenario 34a5 of the portfolio. As we 34a5 talked about earlier, nearly all 34a5 of the businesses and the 34a5 portfolio are internet money constructive. 34a5 However once we take a 34a5 look at free money circulation, 34a5 there are fairly a couple 34a5 of that proceed to be 34a5 money circulation destructive as a 34a5 result of these corporations are 34a5 largely investing of their progress 34a5 in innovation. However once we 34a5 drill down additional and we 34a5 take a look at money 34a5 steadiness in comparison with the 34a5 money burn, what we’re discovering 34a5 is simply about 5 to 34a5 seven of the businesses within 34a5 the portfolio would possibly want 34a5 financing within the subsequent yr 34a5 or two, and that is 34a5 out of about 85 names. 34a5 So, when it comes to 34a5 the p.c about on the 34a5 excessive finish, about 8% might 34a5 doubtlessly want extra financing. So, 34a5 once we look additional of 34a5 the composition of these specific 34a5 corporations, it comprised largely of 34a5 corporations like Guardant, Natera, Editas, 34a5 Destiny, and these are corporations 34a5 in our genomics and our 34a5 precision medication sub-sector.

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34a5 So, once more, corporations which 34a5 are investing closely into their 34a5 R&D, their medical trials on 34a5 applications which have a really 34a5 excessive income market potential. To 34a5 offer you an instance, Guardant 34a5 proper now could be the 34a5 world is awaiting information that 34a5 is anticipated later, doubtlessly in 34a5 September, October timeframe on one 34a5 of many largest ever medical 34a5 trials taking place within the 34a5 genomics area. They’re evaluating to 34a5 see whether or not or 34a5 not you possibly can draw 34a5 blood. So, that check is 34a5 called liquid biopsy with the 34a5 blood draw, a routine blood 34a5 draw that you simply get 34a5 at your regular physician appointment 34a5 to display screen for colorectal 34a5 most cancers. The explanation why 34a5 this could be revolutionary is 34a5 as a result of, proper 34a5 now, the display screen course 34a5 of for colorectal most cancers 34a5 is a little bit bit 34a5 extra tedious both by means 34a5 of colonoscopy or by means 34a5 of stool assortment at house 34a5 that you’d mail in. So, 34a5 whilst you’re having a routine 34a5 blood draw, have them tack 34a5 on a check doubtlessly for 34a5 colorectal most cancers display screen. 34a5 Proving that that may work 34a5 goes to open up an 34a5 enormous market for a lot 34a5 of, many billions of different 34a5 {dollars} of screening for different 34a5 potential kinds of most cancers.

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34a5 There are a number of 34a5 corporations which have invested closely 34a5 on this liquid biopsy area 34a5 over the past couple years. 34a5 Within the HTEC portfolio alone, 34a5 we noticed over $15 billion 34a5 price of M&A. Illumina acquired 34a5 Grail. There’s simply a number 34a5 of M&A folks going after 34a5 this expertise validating its market 34a5 alternative. So, anyway, I deliver 34a5 up Guardant as a result 34a5 of they’re one in every 34a5 of these corporations that will 34a5 doubtlessly want to lift within 34a5 the subsequent couple years, however 34a5 they’re engaged on one thing 34a5 revolutionary, and early information is 34a5 definitely displaying that this may 34a5 very well be fairly promising.

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34a5 Thanks, Nina. Perhaps you possibly 34a5 can remind us the proportion 34a5 of HTEC corporations which are 34a5 worthwhile or money circulation constructive, 34a5 which I consider is the 34a5 overwhelming majority of what is 34a5 within the portfolio. What kind 34a5 of corporations are typically loss 34a5 making at present with expectations 34a5 of future earnings when it 34a5 comes to what sort of 34a5 work they do?

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34a5 Yeah. So, a few third 34a5 of the corporate has destructive 34a5 earnings, and a few quarter 34a5 of the corporate as of 34a5 calendar yr 2022 is money 34a5 circulation destructive. So, once more, 34a5 these are largely comprised of 34a5 perhaps the small mid-cap names 34a5 within the portfolio, and so 34a5 they’re diversified, however largely fall 34a5 into that genomics and precision 34a5 medication sub-sector. We do have 34a5 a number of corporations which 34a5 are greater than half the 34a5 portfolio about 51% of the 34a5 portfolio is large-cap. These are 34a5 single digit, excessive single digit, 34a5 low double digit growers, very 34a5 steady corporations with constructive earnings, 34a5 corporations like Edwards Lifesciences, Boston 34a5 Scientific, and so forth. So, 34a5 a number of actual steady 34a5 worth oriented names within the 34a5 portfolio, however it’s diversified and 34a5 it does comprise 49% small 34a5 mid-cap. Of these, like I 34a5 mentioned, a few quarter are 34a5 cashflow destructive this yr.

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34a5 A lot of them are 34a5 on observe to money circulation 34a5 break even. For instance, Natera, 34a5 one of many corporations I 34a5 discussed. In case you take 34a5 a look at their money 34a5 steadiness, merely $1 billion, however 34a5 a excessive money burn fee, 34a5 nonetheless, they proceed to have 34a5 an enhancing reimbursement atmosphere. They 34a5 maintain getting authorization from the 34a5 facilities for Medicare and Medicaid 34a5 that extra of their testing 34a5 goes to be reimbursable. So, 34a5 what this implies is checks 34a5 that they’ve already been doing 34a5 and never producing a number 34a5 of income on are going 34a5 to generate extra income. Quite 34a5 a lot of that’s going 34a5 to proceed to drop to 34a5 the underside line. So, a 34a5 number of proper issues should 34a5 occur, however ought to this 34a5 firm execute on plan? They 34a5 may really flip money circulation 34a5 break even within the subsequent 34a5 couple years. Does that reply 34a5 your query, Jeremie? Or did 34a5 you will have one thing 34a5 else in thoughts?

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34a5 No, that is nice. Thanks. 34a5 Shifting on. We’ve a query 34a5 about, how the funding methods 34a5 have modified with market situations 34a5 when it comes to avoiding 34a5 unprofitable or excessive P/E corporations? 34a5 That is a superb query. 34a5 I’d begin by reiterating that 34a5 we design our methods for 34a5 long-term investments, and we do 34a5 not change our type together 34a5 with the market fluctuations. The 34a5 truth is, we’ve an embedded 34a5 mechanism within the index building 34a5 course of that ensures that 34a5 each quarter, we rebalance. So, 34a5 each three month, we find 34a5 yourself promoting corporations which have 34a5 seen their share worth transfer 34a5 up essentially the most, and 34a5 we purchase people who have 34a5 come down essentially the most, 34a5 so long as, after all, 34a5 they nonetheless qualify for the 34a5 index, and we primarily suppose 34a5 they’re nice long-term investments. So, 34a5 you will have that smoothing 34a5 or threat administration mechanism that 34a5 is embedded in our course 34a5 of.

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34a5 However I’d say that, usually, 34a5 once more, we do not 34a5 discover a number of unprofitable 34a5 corporations in our thematic index 34a5 portfolios. In the case of 34a5 ROBO, lower than 5% of 34a5 the ROBO members are loss 34a5 making, 95% are worthwhile. In 34a5 lots of instances, extraordinarily worthwhile. 34a5 These corporations have a tendency 34a5 to attain very excessive on 34a5 the standard issue. They’ve truth 34a5 margins and excessive return on 34a5 capital. It is a little 34a5 bit totally different in AI, 34a5 and Zeno talked about that 34a5 we’ve 11 out of 72 34a5 members within the AI portfolio 34a5 which are misplaced making, so 34a5 it is a little bit 34a5 extra. In healthcare applied sciences, 34a5 it is much more, simply 34a5 round 30%. However, once more, 34a5 robotics automation, it is stomach 34a5 any. Now, when it comes 34a5 to the excessive P/Es, that 34a5 is a superb query, and 34a5 I feel you may discover 34a5 it stunning that, in actual 34a5 fact, we’ve extra corporations in 34a5 ROBO which are buying and 34a5 selling on very low multiples 34a5 than we’ve corporations which are 34a5 buying and selling on excessive 34a5 multiples.

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34a5 The metric I am going 34a5 to use right here is 34a5 that gross sales a number 34a5 of, the EV-to-sales the place 34a5 we’ve about 10 corporations or 34a5 so. In ROBO, they’ve a 34a5 double digit EV-to-sales a number 34a5 of, so each 10X, which 34a5 one might qualify as costly. 34a5 However we’ve greater than a 34a5 dozen which are buying and 34a5 selling beneath one occasions EV-to-sales, 34a5 and that’s exceptional. These corporations 34a5 are typically concerned in industrial 34a5 finish markets. There is a 34a5 good member of Japanese manufacturing 34a5 facility automation specialists which have 34a5 a excessive publicity to China. 34a5 Whereas, we have seen a 34a5 renewed lockdown scenario that has 34a5 severely impacted the availability chains 34a5 and the commercial finish markets. 34a5 That is in all probability 34a5 why these corporations are buying 34a5 and selling at comparatively distressed 34a5 ranges proper now, for worry 34a5 that the scenario might deteriorate 34a5 within the China market.

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34a5 General, our view is that 34a5 the perfect time to put 34a5 money into applied sciences when 34a5 the valuations are low. When 34a5 you have an extended sufficient 34a5 time horizon, it is a 34a5 excellent recipe. So, another query 34a5 across the M&A market. I 34a5 feel, Zeno, you can take 34a5 a shot at that. How 34a5 will we see the general 34a5 public market de-rating impacting the 34a5 M&A market? Is {that a} 34a5 maintain or only a short-term 34a5 correction?

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34a5 Yeah. There’s undoubtedly a correlation 34a5 with M&A exercise and the 34a5 re de-rating and the general 34a5 public fairness market sentiment. Regardless 34a5 of what prompted analysis, contraction 34a5 corporations are evaluating their strategic 34a5 strikes. On the opposite facet, 34a5 you will have corporations which 34a5 have giant catch steadiness sheets 34a5 which are nonetheless capable of 34a5 make acquisitions throughout this time 34a5 that they will make $10 34a5 billion acquisitions for a few 34a5 of these corporations and that 34a5 would not affect them that 34a5 a lot. Now, they may 34a5 wait, they could be holding 34a5 off, as we have seen, 34a5 we have had zero like 34a5 M&A has slowed down within 34a5 the THNQ index, for instance, 34a5 on each ends, each buying 34a5 excluding Activision Blizzard and among 34a5 the greater ones. These are 34a5 long-term strategic performs which are 34a5 elementary to the corporate.

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34a5 On the opposite facet, since 34a5 you could be seeing much 34a5 less inventory compensated buyouts as 34a5 a result of they’re at 34a5 depressed inventory valuation, so that 34a5 they’d somewhat be shopping for 34a5 again their inventory than promoting 34a5 an organization with depressed firm 34a5 shares. So, there’s really an 34a5 impetus that you simply would 34a5 possibly see with all the 34a5 company VC that is occurred. 34a5 Company VC is at its 34a5 peak, it might keep and 34a5 continue to grow, however there’s 34a5 so many strategic acquisitions which 34a5 were blade on the market 34a5 that you simply really would 34a5 possibly see a number of 34a5 money steadiness sheet acquisitions for 34a5 these AI and robotics and 34a5 different corporations as a result 34a5 of that strategic implementation. If 34a5 there’s an organization that can 34a5 drive worth for these corporations 34a5 over the long-term, and so 34a5 they’ve made an funding, they’re 34a5 going to purchase it. So, 34a5 if we’re at zero now, 34a5 comparatively, the one method we 34a5 are able to go is 34a5 up from right here.

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34a5 However, I feel that is 34a5 the place we’re at, sentiment 34a5 form of improves. Effectively, these 34a5 corporations, usually are not evaluating 34a5 M&A alternatives. With Ukraine and 34a5 simply China provide chain, I 34a5 feel there’s simply been a 34a5 pair issues that folks have 34a5 been cautious about. However, in 34a5 any other case, I feel 34a5 that is only a core 34a5 a part of enterprise and 34a5 there are a number of 34a5 acquisitions final yr. So, a 34a5 brief pause simply to combine 34a5 a few of these M&A 34a5 acquisitions additionally make sense. So, 34a5 there’s numerous components there, however 34a5 I do suppose it will 34a5 ramp up small mid-cap after 34a5 which giant corporations with steadiness 34a5 sheets could make strikes regardless.

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34a5 Okay. Thanks, Zeno. I feel 34a5 we have lined all of 34a5 it. So, I wish to 34a5 thank everybody for becoming a 34a5 member of us at present 34a5 and be happy to achieve 34a5 out through our web site, 34a5 roboglobal.com if you wish to 34a5 ask the analysis workforce any 34a5 query. You can too join 34a5 biweekly analysis publication, and we 34a5 very a lot stay up 34a5 for talking to you once 34a5 more quickly. Have a terrific 34a5 day. All people bye-bye.

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