S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) has announced the launch of the S&P U.S. Spin-Off index, the S&P U.S IPO and Spin-Off index and the S&P U.S. Activist Interest index. These three new indices broaden S&P DJI's event driven index family which includes merger arbitrage indices.
The S&P U.S. Spin-Off index is designed to measure the performance of U.S. companies that have been spun-off from a parent company within the last four years. It is based on the S&P U.S. Broad Market Index (BMI). At each monthly rebalancing, spin-offs that are added to the U.S. BMI and have a float-adjusted market capitalization of at least $1 billion are added to the Index and remain in the Index for up to four years.
The S&P U.S. IPO and Spin-Off index calculates the performance of U.S. companies with in the S&P U.S. BMI that have had initial public offerings (IPOs) or have been spun-off from a parent company within the last five years. The spin-offs should have a float-adjusted market capitalization of at least $1 billion as of the rebalancing reference date while the IPOs are subject to the same criteria but as of the close of their first day of trading.
The S&P U.S. Activist Interest index measures the performance of U.S. domiciled companies that have been targeted by activist investors within the last 24 months. It is an equal-weighted index based on the S&P U.S. BMI. Companies subjected to an activist investor campaign as determined by SEC Form 13D filings are added to the Index, at each monthly balancing, and remain in the Index for a maximum of 24 months.
"Boards of American companies have become more active in pursuing spinoff opportunities and merger activity," says Vinit Srivastava, Senior Director of Strategy Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. "Historically, spin-offs, IPOs and firms targeted by activist investors have generally outperformed the broad market as they uncover value and increase efficiencies. These three new indices, in addition to our existing S&P Merger Arbitrage Index, provide investors sophisticated and transparent benchmarks that reflect how these significant events impact a company's performance."