Goldman Sachs Asset Management Announces Liquidation of Goldman Sachs Defensive Equity ETF

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Goldman Sachs Asset Management (“GSAM”), the investment adviser for the Goldman Sachs Defensive Equity ETF (the “Fund”), announced today that the Fund’s Board of Trustees, at the recommendation of GSAM, has approved a plan of liquidation (the “Plan”) for the Fund. Under the Plan, which is effective today, the Fund will begin the process of liquidating portfolio assets and unwinding its affairs in an orderly fashion over time. The Plan is not subject to shareholder approval.

Shareholders of the Fund may sell their shares on the Fund’s listing exchange, NYSE Arca, Inc. (“NYSE Arca”), until market close on July 12, 2024 and may incur transaction fees from their broker-dealer. The Fund’s shares will no longer trade on NYSE Arca after market close on July 12, 2024, and the shares will subsequently be de-listed. Shareholders who continue to hold shares of the Fund on the Fund’s liquidation date, which is expected to be on or about July 19, 2024, will receive a liquidating distribution of cash in the cash portion of their brokerage accounts equal to the amount of the net asset value of their shares. For tax purposes, shareholders will generally recognize a capital gain or loss equal to the amount received for their shares over their adjusted basis in such shares. The Fund will stop accepting creation orders from Authorized Participants on July 12, 2024.

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GS Defensive Equity ETF (GDEF) began as the GS Defensive Equity Fund, an open-end mutual fund which had operated since September 30, 2020. Effective as of the close of business on January 20, 2023, GDEF acquired its assets and liabilities, and assumed its NAV performance, financial and other historical information. There were no changes to the investment strategy or objective of the Fund.

The Goldman Sachs Defensive Equity ETF (the “Fund”) seeks long-term growth of capital with lower volatility than equity markets. The Fund is an actively managed exchange-traded fund. The Fund typically invests in equity investments in U.S. issuers with public stock market capitalizations within the range of the market capitalization of the S&P 500® Index at the time of investment and other instruments with similar economic exposures. The Fund will also employ a “Put Spread Collar” overlay strategy, which is designed to provide the Fund with some downside protection, whereby the Fund simultaneously purchases a put while selling (writing) a call and put on the same index. The Fund’s investments are subject to market risk, which means that the value of the securities in which it invests may go up or down in response to the prospects of individual companies, particular sectors or governments and/or general economic conditions. The Fund’s options-based overlay strategy may not fully protect it against declines in the value of the market and may cause the Fund to underperform during a rising market. In addition, the Fund is subject to the risks associated with writing (selling) call options, which limits the opportunity to profit from an increase in the market value of stocks in exchange for up-front cash at the time of selling the call option. The Fund may have a high rate of portfolio turnover, which involves correspondingly greater expenses which must be borne by the Fund, and is also likely to result in short-term capital gains taxable to shareholders. Any guarantee on U.S. government securities applies only to the underlying securities of the Fund if held to maturity and not to the value of the Fund’s shares. The Fund may invest in derivative instruments, including futures, options on futures, and swaps. Derivative investments may involve a high degree of financial risk. These risks include the risk that a small movement in the price of the underlying security or benchmark may result in a disproportionately large movement, unfavorable or favorable, in the price of the derivative instrument; risk of default by a counterparty; and liquidity risk. Different investment styles (e.g., “quantitative”) tend to shift in and out of favor, and at times the Fund may underperform other funds that invest in similar asset classes.

Fund shares are not individually redeemable and are issued and redeemed by the Fund at their net asset value (“NAV”) only in large, specified blocks of shares called creation units. Shares otherwise can be bought and sold only through exchange trading at market price (not NAV). Shares may trade at a premium or discount to their NAV in the secondary market. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

ALPS Distributors, Inc. is the distributor of the Goldman Sachs ETFs. ALPS Distributors, Inc. is unaffiliated with Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

A summary prospectus, if available, or a Prospectus for the Fund containing more information may be obtained from your authorized dealer or from Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC by calling (retail – 1-800-526-7384) (institutional – 1-800-621-2550). Please consider a fund’s objectives, risks, and charges and expenses, and read the summary prospectus, if available, and the Prospectus carefully before investing. The summary prospectus, if available, and the Prospectus contains this and other information about the Fund.

The Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Act”) imposes certain limits on investment companies purchasing or acquiring any security issued by another registered investment company. For these purposes the definition of “investment company” includes funds that are unregistered because they are excepted from the definition of investment company by sections 3(c)(1) and 3(c)(7) of the Act. You should consult your legal counsel for more information.

ALPS Control: GST 2580

Compliance Code: 375379-OTU-2049249

Date of first use: 06/12/2024


1 Assets Under Supervision (AUS) includes assets under management and other client assets for which Goldman Sachs does not have full discretion. AUS figure as of March 31, 2024.


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