Leisure & Entertainment Portfolio, Series 7
Leisure and entertainment refers to those activities or services that provide relaxation and enjoyment. There are several categories that fall under this industry some of which include: gaming, hospitality,
movies, music, restaurants and tourism. Over the past several years there has been a shift in regards to personal-consumption expenditures where consumers are increasingly focused on desirable
experiences, not desirable products.
- 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.1
- In 2019, U.S. casinos experienced a record-setting year with nationwide consumer spending
on casino gaming reaching the highest-ever annual total of $43.61 billion, an increase of 3.7%
over 2018. Since the recession in 2009, the casino industry has grown every year but one.2
- According to the U.S. Travel Association, leisure travel accounted for 80% of all U.S. domestic
travel in 2019. Although air travel is down substantially due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
U.S. airlines carried 30.4 million systemwide passengers in December 2020 compared to
27.4 million in April 2020.3 With two new vaccines approved, this may increase air travel
confidence in 2021.
1 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 American Gaming Association
3 Bureau of Transportation Statistics
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The Baby Boomer Influence
As baby boomers age, the leisure and entertainment choices they make may change along
with them. They may become less likely to participate in physically demanding sports. Instead, we
anticipate that activities such as golf, travel, gambling and less physically demanding activities
will grow in popularity among baby boomers. According to Pew Research Center, between 2011
(when the oldest baby boomer reached age 65) and 2029 (when the youngest baby boomer
turns age 65), roughly 3.8 million baby boomers are expected to turn 65 each year, or about
Portfolio Selection Process
An initial universe of stocks is created by selecting leisure & entertainment stocks that have
adequate liquidity for investment. The following industries are included: airlines, cable &
satellite, casinos & gaming, consumer electronics, hotels, resorts & cruise lines, interactive home
entertainment, interactive media & services, internet & direct marketing retail, leisure facilities,
leisure products, movies & entertainment, restaurants, internet based ride sharing services.
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 30 equally weighted leisure & entertainment stocks.
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 both the communication services and consumer discretionary sectors which involves additional risks, including limited diversification. The companies engaged in
the communication services sector are subject to rapidly changing technology, rapid product obsolescence, loss of patent protection, cyclical market patterns, governmental regulation, evolving industry standards and frequent
new product introductions. Certain companies may be particularly susceptible to cybersecurity threats, which could have an adverse effect on their business. 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.
General risks of the leisure and entertainment industries include the general state of the economy, increased
governmental regulation, cyclical market patterns, intense competition and consumer spending trends. A
decline in the economy which results in a reduction of consumers’ disposable income can negatively impact
consumer spending habits.
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.