Travel and Destination Portfolio, Series 1
The coronavirus pandemic heavily impacted the travel and tourism industry as people stayed home. As of May 2, 2021, there were over 104.7 million people fully vaccinated in the U.S. and over 147.0
million with at least one dose of a vaccine. The percentage of the total population that are fully vaccinated has reached 31.6% and those 65 years and older has reached 69.6%. In April 2021, the CDC
issued a new annoucement that will relax the guidance on travel for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This in turn is a step forward and opens the door for travel to resume.
Consider The Following
- As of March 2021, hotel reservations for the next 12 months reached approximately
4.9 million which is the highest level since March 2020.1
- Close to 87% of American travelers now have travel plans in the next six months, the highest
level since March 2020.2
- In 2020, the market size of non-hotel casinos in the U.S. was $10.1 billion. In 2021, that number
is anticipated to increase to $15.2 billion.3
- Despite the challenge in 2020 for the cruise industry, 74% of cruisers are likely to cruise in
the next few years and two out of three are willing to cruise within a year. In addition, 58%
of international vacationers who have never cruised are anticipated to cruise in the next
- On an average day in 2019, approximately 95% of Americans aged 15 years and over were
engaged in some type of leisure activity. On average, adults 75 years and over spent 7.7 hours
per day engaged in leisure activities which represents more than any other age group.5
- According to TSA, on 5/2/2020 checkpoint travel numbers only reached 170,254. On 5/2/2021
that number has reached 1,626,962 . This represents an 856% increase over 5/2/2020.
Portfolio Selection Process
An initial universe of stocks is created by selecting travel & destination stocks that have adequate
liquidity for investment. The following industries are included: airlines, casinos & gaming,
hotels, resorts & cruise lines, interactive media & services, leisure facilities and trucking.
Next we examine the historical financial results of the stocks from the initial universe. The stocks
are then evaluated using fundamental factors such as sales, earnings and cash flow growth;
valuation factors such as price/earnings, price/cash flow, price/sales and price/book; and
technical factors such as price momentum and earnings surprises.
An estimated value is calculated for each of the companies utilizing a Cash Flow Return on
Investment (CFROI) method. A secondary valuation is also made employing a concept called
Economic Margin. The companies which currently trade at an attractive market price relative to
their estimated value are favored over companies that do not.
The final portfolio is then selected by a team of equity analysts who evaluate each stock by
examining the stock’s relative valuation and other qualitative factors such as competitive
advantages, new products and quality of management.
Our selection process attempts to find the stocks with the best prospects for above-average
capital appreciation by identifying those that meet our investment objectives, trade at attractive
valuations, and, in our opinion, are likely to exceed market expectations of future cash flows.
The final portfolio is comprised of 25 equally weighted travel & destination stocks.
This unit investment trust seeks above-average capital appreciation; however, there is no
assurance the objective will be met.
2U.S. Travel Association
4CLIA-Qualtrics Survey December 2020- 4,000 International vacationers each, eight countries, U.S, Canada, Australia, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain
5U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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You should consider the portfolio's investment objectives, risks, and
charges and expenses carefully before investing. Contact your financial professional
or call First Trust Portfolios, L.P. at 1.800.621.1675 to request a prospectus,
which contains this and other information about the portfolio. Read it carefully
before you invest.
An investment in this unmanaged unit investment trust should be made with an understanding of the risks involved with owning common stocks, such as an economic recession and the
possible deterioration of either the financial condition of the issuers of the equity securities or the general condition of the stock market.
You should be aware that the portfolio is concentrated in stocks in the consumer discretionary sector which involves additional risks, including limited diversification. The companies engaged in the consumer discretionary
industry are subject to global competition, changing government regulations and trade policies, currency fluctuations, and the financial and political risks inherent in producing products for foreign markets.
An investment in a portfolio containing equity securities of foreign issuers is subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange
control restrictions impacting foreign issuers.
An investment in a portfolio containing small-cap and mid-cap companies is subject to additional risks, as the share prices of small-cap companies and certain mid-cap companies are often more volatile than those of larger
companies due to several factors, including limited trading volumes, products, financial resources, management inexperience and less publicly available information.
Large capitalization companies may grow at a slower rate than the overall market.
As the use of Internet technology has become more prevalent in
the course of business, the trust has become more susceptible to
potential operational risks through breaches in cybersecurity.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in major disruptions to economies and markets around the world. Financial markets have experienced extreme volatility and severe losses, negatively impacting global economic
growth prospects. The duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects cannot be determined with certainty and may exacerbate other political, social and economic risks.
The value of the securities held by the trust may be subject to steep declines or increased volatility due to changes in performance or perception of the issuers.
Although this portfolio terminates in approximately 15 months, the strategy is long-term. Investors should consider their ability to pursue investing in successive portfolios, if available. There may be tax consequences unless
units are purchased in an IRA or other qualified plan.