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Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond

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Ticker
NAMFX
CUSIP
92828R677
POP
$ (as of )
Inception
12/15/1989
Total Assets by Class
$65,589,667.86 (as of 06/27/2022)
Total Assets by Fund
$250,532,223.04 (as of 06/27/2022)
Morningstar Category
Multisector Bond

Portfolio Overview

Investment Overview

The Fund seeks to generate high current income and total return by investing primarily in intermediate-term debt securities utilizing a relative value, research-driven approach. The investment team seeks to strategically overweight undervalued sectors while applying strict risk controls.

Management Team

Investment Partner

Newfleet Asset Management, LLC

Newfleet Asset Management leverages the knowledge and skill of a team of investment professionals with expertise in every sector of the bond market, including evolving, specialized, and out-of-favor sectors. The team employs active sector rotation and disciplined risk management to portfolio construction.


Learn more about Newfleet Asset Management, LLC

Investment Professional

David Albrycht, CFA

David L. Albrycht, CFA

President and Chief Investment Officer

Industry start date: 1985
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 1994

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Key Features

Diversification

Highly diversified, duration-neutral opportunistic bond portfolio, which allows for higher allocations to lower-rated and non-U.S. debt

Flexibility

Newfleet rotates across 14 major bond segments, including ex-U.S. (Yankees and corporate bonds, and non-U.S. dollar bonds in both developed and emerging markets), in order to benefit from opportunity—and manage risk

Extensive Fundamental Research

Security selection driven by bottom-up analysis of individual bond quality, credit risk, valuation, company management, structure, and technical elements

Portfolio Characteristics

Top Holdings (% Fund)

(as of 03/31/2022)
Security
United States Treasury Note/Bond, 1.8750% 11/15/2051
1.03
 1.03%
Towd Point Mortgage Trust 2018-6, 3.7500%
0.71
 0.71%
AMSR 2020-SFR3 Trust, 1.8060% 09/01/2037
0.69
 0.69%
USASF Receivables 2020-1 LLC, 5.9400% 08/15/2024
0.54
 0.54%
Petroleos Mexicanos, 6.5000% 03/13/2027
0.51
 0.51%
TVC Mortgage Trust 2020-RTL1, 5.1930%
0.50
 0.50%
American Homes 4 Rent 2014-SFR2 Trust, 4.7050% 10/01/2036
0.49
 0.49%
Pertamina Persero PT, 2.3000% 02/09/2031
0.48
 0.48%
Octane Receivables Trust 2020-1, 1.9800% 06/20/2025
0.47
 0.47%
Wells Fargo & Co, 3.9000% 03/15/2170
0.46
 0.46%

Holdings are subject to change.

Characteristics4

(as of 03/31/2022)
Effective Duration (years) 3.54

Sector Allocation (% Fund)

(as of 03/31/2022)
Corporate - High Yield
24.25
 24.25%
Bank Loans
21.63
 21.63%
Corporate - High Quality
15.83
 15.83%
Non-Agency Residential MBS
13.04
 13.04%
Asset Backed Securities
11.11
 11.11%
Emerging Market - High Yield
7.10
 7.10%
Yankee - High Quality
3.29
 3.29%
Non-Agency Commercial MBS
1.31
 1.31%
Treasury
1.04
 1.04%
Cash
0.78
 0.78%
Equity
0.30
 0.30%
Municipals
0.19
 0.19%
Taxable Municipals
0.15
 0.15%

Performance & Risk

Growth of $10,000 Investment

From to
This chart assumes an initial investment of $10,000 made on for Class ddd shares including any applicable sales charges. Performance assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions.

Performance

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As of

Performance data quoted represents past results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Sales Charge and Expenses

Yields / Distributions1

(as of )
30-day SEC Yield
30-day SEC Yield (unsubsidized)
Distribution Rate (at NAV)
Income Distributions Current Month
Income Distributions YTD

Distribution History2

(as of )
Ex-Date
Income
STCG
LTCG
Reinvest NAV

Risk Statistics3

(as of )
Fund Index
R2
Beta
Alpha
Std Dev

Risk Considerations

Credit & Interest: Debt instruments are subject to various risks, including credit and interest rate risk. The issuer of a debt security may fail to make interest and/or principal payments. Values of debt instruments may rise or fall in response to changes in interest rates, and this risk may be enhanced with longer-term maturities.
High Yield Fixed Income Securities: There is a greater risk of issuer default, less liquidity, and increased price volatility related to high yield securities than investment grade securities.
Bank Loans: Bank loans may be unsecured or not fully collateralized, may be subject to restrictions on resale, may be less liquid and may trade infrequently on the secondary market. Bank loans settle on a delayed basis; thus, sale proceeds may not be available to meet redemptions for a substantial period of time after the sale of the loan.
Foreign & Emerging Markets: Investing in foreign securities, especially in emerging markets, subjects the portfolio to additional risks such as increased volatility, currency fluctuations, less liquidity, and political, regulatory, economic, and market risk.
ABS/MBS: Changes in interest rates can cause both extension and prepayment risks for asset- and mortgage-backed securities. These securities are also subject to risks associated with the non-repayment of underlying collateral, including losses to the portfolio.
Market Volatility: The value of the securities in the portfolio may go up or down in response to the prospects of individual companies and/or general economic conditions. Price changes may be short- or long-term. Local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, the spread of infectious illness or other public health issue, recessions, or other events could have a significant impact on the portfolio and its investments, including hampering the ability of the portfolio's manager(s) to invest the portfolio's assets as intended.
Prospectus: For additional information on risks, please see the fund's prospectus.

Commentary

1Q22

Market Review

Volatility returned to global markets during the quarter. The pandemic remained in the headlines while cases flared and eased. The latest variant, Omicron, proved to be generally less severe, though certain global regions were more impacted than others. China’s “zero COVID” policy came under close scrutiny given its potential impact on supply chain disruptions that exacerbate inflation. A secondary market shock occurred as Russia invaded Ukraine. The military operation on the ground in Ukraine resulted in another supply shock, this time centered on commodities. The ultimate economic impact of this latest shock remains largely unknown. However, most forecasts indicate lower growth and higher, more prolonged inflation.

The Federal Reserve (Fed) and other major central banks shifted to a more sharply hawkish tone in response to elevated inflation metrics. As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) completed its asset purchase program and raised its policy rate for the first time since 2018, with more rate increases likely to come. It also signaled that the Fed is likely to begin reducing its $8.9 trillion-dollar balance sheet as soon as its next meeting in May. Markets have priced in significant Fed monetary tightening over the rest of the year. As a result, the U.S. Treasury curve shifted higher and flattened, which inflicted losses on fixed income assets. The 5-year Treasury yield jumped up 160 basis points (bps), the 10-year Treasury yield went up by 83 bps, and the 30-year Treasury yield moved 55 bps higher.

Spread sectors underperformed U.S. Treasuries, and volatility in the fixed income markets increased both due to a more hawkish Fed policy and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. With the spike in U.S. Treasury yields, less interest-rate-sensitive sectors such as high yield bank loans and other shorter-duration asset classes, including asset-backed securities, generally outperformed on a total return basis. Despite the quarter’s volatility, we see value being restored across most of the fixed income sectors in which we invest. Economic growth is expected to remain above-trend, corporate earnings are expected to keep growing, unemployment remains low, and the consumer and housing markets remain well supported. Near-term recession is not our base case. It’s our expectation that supply chains will heal over time and the Fed will be successful in restoring price stability.

As the markets digest global developments, we continue to believe active sector and issuer selection is critical to take advantage of market volatility as it arises. Our approach to fixed income—the approach we’ve implemented for close to three decades—enables us to scan the bond market for the most attractive investment opportunities and is ideally suited for the current environment.

How the Fund Performed

The Fund returned -3.75% in the first quarter versus the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index return of -5.93%.

Allocation to high yield bank loans had a positive impact on performance during the quarter. Loans held in relatively well as demand, while slowed, remains strong for floating rate assets due to inflation, increasing hawkish rhetoric from the Fed, and rising U.S. Treasury yields. Allocation to and issue selection within asset-backed securities (ABS) had a positive impact on performance as the sector benefited from both demand for shorter duration assets, and strength from the U.S. consumer. Securitized product continued to soften from a credit spread perspective, primarily driven by inflation and global macro concerns. However, we remain positive on the U.S. consumer, which is supported by a strong fundamental backdrop, and our portfolios emphasize an overweight to the sector. The Fund’s underweight to and positive issue selection within the corporate high-quality sector was beneficial to performance.  With rates and spreads moving higher, the sector was among the bottom performers.  An underweight to U.S Treasuries detracted from performance. Allocation to the emerging markets (EM) high yield and Yankee high-quality sectors were detractors. Negative EM debt risk sentiment was initially driven by Fed policy early in the quarter, then later by the war in Ukraine. While we continue to stay involved in the EM debt market, our overall exposure as a percentage of the Fund’s total assets remains near 10-year lows.

Current Fund Strategy

Reduced exposure to corporate high yield and Yankee high-quality securities. Increased exposure to corporate high-quality securities and non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). In addition to changes to the Fund’s sector allocation during the quarter, we continue to look for the best relative value, which includes optimizing positions within sectors.

Emerging Markets (EM) debt and non-U.S. exposure: The Fund’s overall EM exposure was unchanged this quarter and remains at historical lows. We began 2022 with volatility in the rates market as central banks faced inflation pressures. To make matters worse, we plunged into geopolitical uncertainty as Russia invaded Ukraine in February, further exacerbating those pressures. Our Fund sustained minimal direct impact from this event, as we had already exited Russia exposure in mid-2021 due to rich valuations. As volatility settled, we selectively added to country exposures with compelling valuations that are less directly impacted by the event. We continue to prefer hard currency debt over local market instruments, but again see some potential opportunities arising as the Fed begins to lift rates. Investment grade (IG) corporates: Our exposure to the asset class is near a five-year low, which positioned us to take advantage of some of the recent spread weakness. We are positioned in the sector with an overweight to the BBB segment of the market, favor financials over industrials, and took advantage of elevated concessions in the new issue market during the quarter. Corporate High Yield: We’ve become less positive on the asset class given that spreads are relatively tight despite an expected aggressive tightening from the Fed and the potential fallout from the Russia/Ukraine war. We reduced exposures to industries challenged by competitive environments and rising input costs. We added names that will benefit from post-COVID reopening dynamics and rising commodity prices, which we expect will persist. Securitized: We continue to focus on the U.S. consumer and the housing sector, maintaining a significant overweight on ABS and non-agency RMBS. This is supported by strong fundamentals in both sectors: this past quarter, unemployment continued to trend lower (3.6%), and job openings remain high. On the housing side, we continue to see the tailwinds of limited supply.

Outlook

Our multi-sector relative value approach enables us to take advantage of opportunities when events that trigger volatility, such as inflation worries or the Russian invasion of Ukraine, affect valuations. In the current environment, we believe some of the best total return and yield opportunities can be found in spread sectors, where credit selection and positioning are key. Specific sectors that demonstrate the best relative value for us include:

  • Out-of-index/off-the-run ABS
  • Non-agency RMBS
  • High yield bank loans
  • Corporate high yield
  • BBB-rated investment grade corporates
The commentary is the opinion of the subadviser. This material has been prepared using sources of information generally believed to be reliable; however, its accuracy is not guaranteed. Opinions represented are subject to change and should not be considered investment advice or an offer of securities.

Related Literature

Marketing Materials

Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund Fact Sheet - I
Virtus Newfleet Mutli-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund Fact Sheet - R6
Newfleet Monthly Sector Review
Braving the New World of Bonds
Spotlight On: Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund
Morningstar - Quarterly Ratings
Newfleet Fixed Income Fund Capabilities
Newfleet Market Review & Outlook
Newfleet Tax-Exempt Market Review
Newfleet 2022 Fixed Income Market Outlook

Distributions

Mutual Fund Distributions

Financial Materials

Virtus Opportunities Trust Statutory Prospectus
Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Summary Prospectus
Virtus Opportunities Trust SAI
Virtus Opportunities Trust Annual Report
Virtus Opportunities Trust Semiannual Report

Holdings

Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund - Monthly Update
Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Quarterly Holdings
Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Top Holdings
Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund Holdings Fiscal Q1
Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund Holdings Fiscal Q3

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of any Virtus Mutual Fund before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contains this and other information about the fund. Please contact your financial representative, call 1-800-243-4361 to obtain a current prospectus and/or summary prospectus. You should read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before you invest or send money.

Performance data quoted represents past results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Average annual total return is the annual compound return for the indicated period. It reflects the change in share price and the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. NAV returns do not include the effect of any applicable sales charges. POP and w/CDSC returns include the effect of maximum applicable sales charges.

Returns for periods of less than one year are cumulative total returns.

1 Yields/Distributions: 30-day SEC Yield is a standardized yield calculated according to a formula set by the SEC, and is subject to change. 30-day SEC Yield (unsubsidized) is the 30-day SEC Yield without the effect of applicable expense waivers. Distribution Rate is calculated by (a) annualizing the latest income distribution for fixed income funds or funds less than 1 year old, or (b) summing all income distributions over the preceding 12 months for all other funds, and dividing the NAV on the last business date of the period, unless otherwise indicated. The Distribution Rate may be comprised of ordinary income, net realized capital gains and returns of capital.

2 Distribution History: Distributions are represented on a cash basis and may be reclassified at year end for tax purposes. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes. STCG: Short Term Capital Gain, LTCG: Long Term Capital Gain

3 Risk Statistics: R2 is a statistical measure that represents the percentage of a fund or security's movements that can be explained by movements in a benchmark index. Beta is a quantitative measure of the volatility of a given portfolio to the overall market. Alpha is a risk adjusted measure of an investment's excess return relative to a benchmark. A positive Alpha indicates that the investment produced a return greater than expected for the risk (as measured by Beta) taken. Standard Deviation measures variability of returns around the average return for an investment fund. Higher standard deviation suggests greater risk. Risk Statistics are calculated using 36 monthly returns.

4 Characteristics: For Equity Funds: Avg. Weighted Market Cap (bn): The total dollar market value of all of a company’s outstanding shares; Trailing P/E Ex-Negative Earnings: Per-share stock price divided by the latest 12-months Earnings per Share; Price/Cash Flow: Per-share stock price divided by the per-share operating cash flow; Price/Book: Per-share stock price divided by the latest 12-month per-share Book Value; 3-Year EPS Growth Rate: Average of earnings per share growth for latest 3-year period. The 3-Year EPS Growth Rate is not a forecast of the fund's performance.

4 Characteristics: For Fixed Income Funds: Effective Duration represents the interest rate sensitivity of a fixed income fund. For example, if a fund's effective duration is five years, a 1% increase in interest rates would result in a 5% decline in the fund's price. Similarly, a 1% decline in interest rates would result in a 5% gain in the fund's price.

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