N-CSR 1 pptyusdreetf-ncsra.htm PPTY-U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF ANNUAL REPORT 2-29-20

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM N-CSR

CERTIFIED SHAREHOLDER REPORT OF REGISTERED
MANAGEMENT INVESTMENT COMPANIES




Investment Company Act file number  811-22668



ETF Series Solutions
 (Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)



615 East Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 (Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)



Kristina Nelson
ETF Series Solutions
615 East Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 (Name and address of agent for service)


(414) 765-5346
Registrant's telephone number, including area code


Date of fiscal year end: February 29, 2020



Date of reporting period:  February 29, 2020



Item 1. Reports to Stockholders.






Annual Report
February 29, 2020
 

 

 
PPTY – U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
Ticker: PPTY


 
Beginning on January 1, 2021, as permitted by regulations adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, paper copies of the Fund’s shareholder reports will no longer be sent by mail, unless you specifically request paper copies of the Fund’s reports from your financial intermediary, such as a broker-dealer or bank. Instead, the reports will be made available on a website, and you will be notified by mail each time a report is posted and provided with a website link to access the report.
 
If you already elected to receive shareholder reports electronically, you will not be affected by this change and you need not take any action. Please contact your financial intermediary to elect to receive shareholder reports and other Fund communications electronically.
 
You may elect to receive all future reports in paper free of charge. Please contact your financial intermediary to inform them that you wish to continue receiving paper copies of shareholder reports and for details about whether your election to receive reports in paper will apply to all funds held with your financial intermediary.
 





PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF



TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
Page
Letter to Shareholders
1
Performance Summary
4
Portfolio Allocation
6
Schedule of Investments
7
Statement of Assets and Liabilities
12
Statement of Operations
13
Statements of Changes in Net Assets
14
Financial Highlights
15
Notes to Financial Statements
16
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
25
Trustees and Officers
26
Expense Example
28
Federal Tax Information
29
Information About Portfolio Holdings
29
Information About Proxy Voting
29
Frequency Distribution of Premiums and Discounts
29




PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF

Dear Shareholders,
 
On behalf of the entire team, we want to express our appreciation for the confidence you have placed in the PPTY – U.S. Diversified Real Estate ETF (“PPTY” or the “Fund”). The following information pertains to the fiscal year of March 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020. The Fund seeks to track the total return performance, before fees and expenses, of the USREX – U.S. Diversified Real Estate Index (the “Index”). The Index is a passive, rules-based strategy index of U.S. real estate equity securities of issuers domiciled and traded in the United States.
 
The Fund had positive performance during the fiscal period ending on February 29, 2020. The market price for PPTY increased 6.52% and the NAV increased 6.86%, while the MSCI US REIT Index, a broad market index, gained 4.15% over the same period. The Fund’s Index returned 7.46%. Meanwhile, outstanding shares ended the period at 3,950,000.
 
For the year, the largest positive contributor to return was Equinix, Inc. (EQIX US), adding 1.05% to the return of the Fund, gaining 37.72% with an average weighting of 3.21%. The second largest contributor to return was Terreno Realty Corp. (TRNO US), adding 1.02% to the return of the Fund, gaining 36.97% with an average weighting of 3.11%. The third largest contributor to return was Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (MAA US), adding 0.82% to the return of the Fund, gaining 28.78% with an average weighting of 2.97%.
 
For the year, the largest negative contributor to return was Simon Property Group, Inc. (SPG US), detracting 0.67% from the return of the Fund, declining 28.27% with an average weighting of 1.96%. The security contributing second-most negatively was Cousins Properties, Inc. (CUZ US), detracting 0.21% from the return of the Fund, and declining 3.39% with an average weighting of 0.91%. The third largest negative contributor to return was Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT US), detracting 0.21% from the return of the Fund, and declining 20.92% with an average weight of 0.43%.
 
For the year, the best performing security in the Fund was QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (QTS US), gaining 39.68% and contributing 0.24% to the return of the Fund. The second-best performing security for the period was Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (DEA US), gaining 39.27% and contributing 0.65% to the return of the Fund. The third-best performing security was Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. (REXR US), gaining 38.91% for the period and contributing 0.10% to the return of the Fund.
 

 

 
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For the year, the worst performing security in the Fund was The Macerich Co. (MAC US), declining 45.14% and reducing the return of the fund by 0.16%. The second-worst performing security in the Fund was Park Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (PK US), declining 37.33% and reducing the return of the fund by 0.14%. The third-worst performing security in the Fund was Extended Stay America, Inc. (STAY US), declining 36.31% and reducing the return of the fund by 0.05%.
 
Sincerely,
Deborah K. Kimery, CFA
Chief Executive Officer, Vident Advisory, LLC

 
Must be preceded or accompanied by the most recent prospectus.
 
Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
 
Investments involve risk. Principal loss is possible. The Fund has the same risks as the underlying securities traded on the exchange throughout the day at market price. The Fund is a diversified management investment company. The Fund’s investments will be concentrated in an industry or group of industries to the extent the Index is so concentrated, and the Index is expected to be concentrated in real estate-related industries. The composition of the Index is heavily dependent on a proprietary quantitative model as well as information and data supplied by third parties (“Models and Data”). The Fund is expected to invest substantially all of its assets in real estate-related companies. Investments in real estate companies involve unique risks. Real estate companies, including REITs, may have limited financial resources, may trade less frequently and in limited volume, and may be more volatile than other securities. The risks of investing in real estate companies include certain risks associated with the direct ownership of real estate and the real estate industry in general. Securities in the real estate sector are subject to the risk that the value of their underlying real estate may go down. As with all ETFs, shares may be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices. Although it is expected that the market price of shares will approximate the Fund’s NAV, there may be times when the market price of shares is more than the NAV intra-day (premium) or less than the NAV intra-day (discount) due to supply and demand of shares or during periods of market volatility. The equity securities of smaller companies have historically been subject to greater investment risk than securities of larger companies.
 
The USREX – U.S. Diversified Real Estate Index is constructed beginning with the universe of U.S.-listed equity securities with a market capitalization of at least $750 million and meeting certain liquidity thresholds (the “Equity Universe”). Companies in the Equity Universe are then screened to keep only those that derive at least 85% of their income from ownership or management of real property. Companies that meet this criterion are then screened to remove companies that are externally managed or that have a low percentage of their shares directly or indirectly available to the public. The companies remaining after the above screens will constitute the Index. The Index is designed to ensure diversification by property type and by location, while favoring companies with prudent leverage (i.e., the debt-to-enterprise value ratio of real estate investments), all subject to a maximum individual security weighting of 4% at the time of each reconstitution of the Index. The Index is expected to be primarily composed of companies that qualify as real estate investment trusts (“REITs”), but may also include real estate companies that do not qualify as REITs.
 
The MSCI US REIT Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is comprised of equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). The index is based on the MSCI USA Investable Market Index (IMI), its parent index, which captures the large, mid and small cap segments of the USA market. With 149 constituents, it represents about 99% of the U.S. REIT universe and securities are classified under the Equity REITs Industry (under the Real Estate Sector) according to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®), have core real estate exposure (i.e., only selected Specialized REITs are eligible) and carry REIT tax status.
 


 
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Fund holdings and sector allocations are subject to change at any time and are not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Please see the Schedule of Investments for a complete list of Fund holdings.
 
Opinions expressed are those of the Fund manager and are subject to change, are not guaranteed and should not be considered investment advice.
 
ALPS Distributors, Inc., distributor.
 











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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
PERFORMANCE SUMMARY
(Unaudited)

Growth of $10,000



This chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 investment made on March 26, 2018, and is not intended to imply any future performance. The returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the redemption of Fund shares. The chart assumes reinvestment of capital gains and dividends.  It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
 

 

 

 
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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
PERFORMANCE SUMMARY
(Unaudited) (Continued)

Average Annual Returns
One
Since
February 29, 2020
Year
Inception(1)
PPTY – U.S. Diversified Real Estate ETF – NAV
6.86%
13.42%
PPTY – U.S. Diversified Real Estate ETF – Market
6.52%
13.35%
USREX – U.S. Diversified Real Estate Index(2)(3)
7.46%
13.57%
MSCI US REIT Index(2)(4)
4.15%
12.42%

The Performance data quoted is historical.  Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted.  The principal value and investment return of an investment will fluctuate so that your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.  The returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or on the redemptions of Fund shares. The total operating expenses as stated in the fee table to the Fund’s prospectus dated June 30, 2019, supplemented January 22, 2020, is 0.49%.  For performance information current to the most recent month-end, please call 1-800-617-0004.
 
(1)
Inception date is March 26, 2018.
(2)
Indexes are unmanaged statistical composites and their returns do not include fees an investor would pay to purchase the securities they represent.  Such costs would lower performance.  It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
(3)
The index is designed to use stable geographic and property type targets to provide diversified exposure to U.S. real estate. The index is designed to provide diversification by property type and location. This index is formerly known as PPTYX – U.S. Diversified Real Estate Index.
(4)
The MSCI US REIT Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is comprised of equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). REITs are companies that in most cases own and operate income producing real estate assets.


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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
PORTFOLIO ALLOCATION
As of February 29, 2020 (Unaudited)

 
Percentage of
Sector
Net Assets
Residential REITs
   
22.1
%
 
Office REITs
   
16.1
%
 
Industrial REITs
   
14.5
%
 
Retail REITs
   
13.6
%
 
Specialized REITs
   
9.8
%
 
Diversified REITs
   
9.1
%
 
Health Care REITs
   
7.3
%
 
Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines
   
4.4
%
 
Hotel & Resort REITs
   
2.7
%
 
Health Care Facilities
   
0.2
%
 
Short-term Investments
   
0.2
%
 
Other Assets in Excess of Liabilities
   
0.0
%(a)
 
Total
   
100.0
%
 

(a)
Less than 0.05%



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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS
February 29, 2020

Shares
 
Security Description
 
Value
 
COMMON STOCKS – 99.8%
     

     
     
Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines – 4.4%
       
 
5,331
 
Choice Hotels International, Inc.
 
$
486,614
 
 
9,710
 
Extended Stay America, Inc.
   
106,616
 
 
15,555
 
Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
   
1,511,946
 
 
7,848
 
Hyatt Hotels Corporation – Class A
   
601,157
 
 
16,603
 
Marriott International, Inc.
   
2,058,771
 
 
9,938
 
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
   
506,341
 
           
5,271,445
 
     
Health Care Facilities – 0.2%
       
 
3,954
 
National HealthCare Corporation
   
293,426
 
         
     
Diversified REITs – 9.1%
       
 
8,738
 
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
   
164,274
 
 
42,101
 
American Assets Trust, Inc.
   
1,745,086
 
 
6,998
 
Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc. – Class A
   
117,286
 
 
129,278
 
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. – Class A
   
1,512,553
 
 
21,997
 
Essential Properties Realty Trust, Inc.
   
503,951
 
 
20,332
 
PS Business Parks, Inc.
   
3,020,319
 
 
251,629
 
VEREIT, Inc.
   
2,179,107
 
 
4,256
 
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust
   
114,274
 
 
19,890
 
WP Carey, Inc.
   
1,539,685
 
           
10,896,535
 
     
Health Care REITs – 7.3%
       
 
17,549
 
CareTrust REIT, Inc.
   
366,248
 
 
7,004
 
Community Healthcare Trust, Inc.
   
333,601
 
 
14,261
 
Healthcare Realty Trust, Inc.
   
489,152
 
 
19,650
 
Healthcare Trust of America, Inc.
   
611,901
 
 
32,935
 
Healthpeak Properties, Inc.
   
1,042,064
 
 
8,189
 
LTC Properties, Inc.
   
367,113
 
 
5,857
 
Medical Properties Trust, Inc.
   
123,758
 
 
5,613
 
National Health Investors, Inc.
   
458,750
 
 
18,857
 
Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.
   
746,737
 
 
24,810
 
Physicians Realty Trust
   
467,917
 
 
20,963
 
Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc.
   
409,827
 
 
26,343
 
Ventas, Inc.
   
1,416,463
 
 
24,508
 
Welltower, Inc.
   
1,833,689
 
           
8,667,220
 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

Shares
 
Security Description
 
Value
 
COMMON STOCKS – 99.8% (Continued)
     

     
     
Hotel & Resort REITs – 2.7%
       
 
31,581
 
Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc.
 
$
412,764
 
 
7,733
 
Chatham Lodging Trust
   
107,798
 
 
42,327
 
DiamondRock Hospitality Company
   
386,022
 
 
50,450
 
Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
   
730,515
 
 
5,711
 
Park Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
   
104,283
 
 
10,201
 
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
   
206,162
 
 
8,185
 
RLJ Lodging Trust
   
108,124
 
 
5,913
 
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
   
411,013
 
 
11,299
 
Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.
   
104,742
 
 
33,551
 
Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.
   
367,383
 
 
21,884
 
Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
   
327,385
 
           
3,266,191
 
     
Industrial REITs – 14.5%
       
 
8,670
 
Americold Realty Trust
   
265,909
 
 
42,575
 
Duke Realty Corporation
   
1,382,410
 
 
8,355
 
EastGroup Properties, Inc.
   
1,050,474
 
 
21,180
 
First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.
   
815,430
 
 
2,135
 
Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc.
   
196,292
 
 
133,528
 
Lexington Realty Trust
   
1,384,685
 
 
90,651
 
Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
   
1,287,244
 
 
65,915
 
Prologis, Inc.
   
5,555,317
 
 
6,731
 
Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc.
   
314,809
 
 
55,407
 
STAG Industrial, Inc. – Class A
   
1,550,288
 
 
62,712
 
Terreno Realty Corporation
   
3,441,007
 
           
17,243,865
 
     
Office REITs – 16.1%
       
 
12,293
 
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
   
1,867,061
 
 
16,237
 
Boston Properties, Inc.
   
2,093,599
 
 
8,160
 
Brandywine Realty Trust
   
110,813
 
 
40,328
 
Columbia Property Trust, Inc.
   
760,586
 
 
43,237
 
Corporate Office Properties Trust
   
1,095,626
 
 
32,856
 
Cousins Properties, Inc.
   
1,172,630
 
 
25,074
 
Douglas Emmett, Inc.
   
957,325
 
 
135,024
 
Easterly Government Properties, Inc.
   
3,209,520
 
 
45,179
 
Equity Commonwealth
   
1,421,331
 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

Shares
 
Security Description
 
Value
 
COMMON STOCKS – 99.8% (Continued)
     

     
     
Office REITs – 16.1% (Continued)
       
 
45,562
 
Highwoods Properties, Inc.
 
$
2,044,823
 
 
57,625
 
Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.
   
1,860,135
 
 
7,237
 
JBG SMITH Properties
   
265,453
 
 
18,534
 
Kilroy Realty Corporation
   
1,347,236
 
 
9,291
 
Paramount Group, Inc.
   
112,886
 
 
5,627
 
Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc.
   
121,487
 
 
1,411
 
SL Green Realty Corporation
   
110,679
 
 
12,839
 
Vornado Realty Trust
   
687,914
 
           
19,239,104
 
     
Residential REITs – 22.1%
       
 
14,062
 
American Campus Communities, Inc.
   
610,853
 
 
123,049
 
American Homes 4 Rent – Class A
   
3,185,739
 
 
43,114
 
Apartment Investment & Management Company
   
2,062,574
 
 
20,364
 
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
   
4,084,815
 
 
13,642
 
Camden Property Trust
   
1,445,779
 
 
17,655
 
Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.
   
1,206,366
 
 
46,237
 
Equity Residential
   
3,472,399
 
 
6,589
 
Essex Property Trust, Inc.
   
1,867,059
 
 
8,736
 
Independence Realty Trust, Inc.
   
115,839
 
 
13,138
 
Investors Real Estate Trust
   
925,572
 
 
39,271
 
Invitation Homes, Inc.
   
1,126,685
 
 
21,326
 
Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.
   
2,756,599
 
 
8,482
 
Sun Communities, Inc.
   
1,296,728
 
 
44,796
 
UDR, Inc.
   
2,014,924
 
           
26,171,931
 
     
Retail REITs – 13.6%
       
 
57,597
 
Acadia Realty Trust
   
1,315,515
 
 
7,450
 
Agree Realty Corporation
   
535,059
 
 
1,614
 
Alexander’s, Inc.
   
501,954
 
 
6,315
 
Brixmor Property Group, Inc.
   
114,996
 
 
15,168
 
Federal Realty Investment Trust
   
1,764,645
 
 
26,587
 
Getty Realty Corporation
   
753,476
 
 
48,568
 
Kimco Realty Corporation
   
842,655
 
 
7,151
 
Kite Realty Group Trust
   
115,489
 
 
17,454
 
National Retail Properties, Inc.
   
887,536
 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

Shares
 
Security Description
 
Value
 
COMMON STOCKS – 99.8% (Continued)
     

     
     
Retail REITs – 13.6% (Continued)
       
 
17,103
 
Realty Income Corporation
 
$
1,238,086
 
 
22,535
 
Regency Centers Corporation
   
1,294,410
 
 
96,547
 
Retail Opportunity Investments Corporation
   
1,448,205
 
 
23,269
 
Retail Properties of America, Inc.
   
243,626
 
 
8,889
 
RPT Realty
   
115,201
 
 
3,532
 
Saul Centers, Inc.
   
151,911
 
 
3,338
 
Seritage Growth Properties – Class A
   
114,760
 
 
19,138
 
Simon Property Group, Inc.
   
2,355,506
 
 
44,152
 
SITE Centers Corporation
   
508,190
 
 
14,539
 
Spirit Realty Capital, Inc.
   
661,525
 
 
6,764
 
Urban Edge Properties
   
109,577
 
 
26,038
 
Urstadt Biddle Properties, Inc.
   
536,643
 
 
22,171
 
Weingarten Realty Investors
   
597,065
 
           
16,206,030
 
     
Specialized REITs – 9.8%
       
 
7,865
 
CoreSite Realty Corporation
   
815,836
 
 
10,688
 
CubeSmart
   
323,526
 
 
18,678
 
CyrusOne, Inc.
   
1,131,513
 
 
21,849
 
Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
   
2,624,283
 
 
6,680
 
Equinix, Inc.
   
3,826,303
 
 
5,532
 
Extra Space Storage, Inc.
   
555,192
 
 
2,814
 
Life Storage, Inc.
   
303,659
 
 
6,508
 
National Storage Affiliates Trust
   
219,580
 
 
5,014
 
Public Storage
   
1,048,528
 
 
15,457
 
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. – Class A
   
868,220
 
           
11,716,640
 
     
TOTAL COMMON STOCKS
       
     
  (Cost $112,690,343)
   
118,972,387
 

       

   

 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

Shares
 
Security Description
 
Value
 
SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS – 0.2%
     

     
     
Money Market Funds – 0.2%
     
 
211,550
 
First American Government
     
     
  Obligations Fund, Class X, 1.49% (a)
 
$
211,550
 
     
TOTAL SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS
       
     
  (Cost $211,550)
   
211,550
 
     
TOTAL INVESTMENTS – 100.0%
       
     
  (Cost $112,901,893)
   
119,183,937
 
     
Other Assets in Excess of Liabilities – 0.0% (b)
   
51,840
 
     
NET ASSETS – 100.0%
 
$
119,235,777
 

Percentages are stated as a percent of net assets.
(a)
Annualized seven-day yield as of February 29, 2020.
(b)
Less than 0.05%.
REIT – Real Estate Investment Trust

The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) was developed by and/or is the exclusive property of MSCI, Inc. and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”).  GICS® is a service mark of MSCI, Inc. and S&P and has been licensed for use by the Fund’s Administrator, U.S. Bank Global Fund Services, LLC.
 



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
February 29, 2020

ASSETS
     
Investments in Securities, at Value*
 
$
119,183,937
 
Receivable for Securities Sold
   
1,505,538
 
Interest and Dividends Receivable
   
107,863
 
Total Assets
   
120,797,338
 
         
LIABILITIES
       
Payable for Capital Shares Redeemed
   
1,509,315
 
Management Fees Payable, Net of Waiver
   
52,246
 
Total Liabilities
   
1,561,561
 
         
NET ASSETS
 
$
119,235,777
 
         
NET ASSETS CONSIST OF:
       
Paid-in Capital
 
$
113,984,502
 
Total Distributable Earnings (Accumulated Deficit)
   
5,251,275
 
Net Assets
 
$
119,235,777
 
         
Net Asset Value (unlimited shares authorized):
       
Net Assets
 
$
119,235,777
 
Shares Outstanding (No Par Value)
   
3,950,000
 
Net Asset Value, Offering and Redemption Price per Share
 
$
30.19
 
* Identified Cost:
       
    Investments in Securities
 
$
112,901,893
 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
For the Year Ended February 29, 2020

INVESTMENT INCOME
     
Dividends
 
$
3,062,917
 
Interest
   
2,269
 
Total Investment Income
   
3,065,186
 
         
EXPENSES
       
Management Fees
   
629,802
 
Total Expenses
   
629,802
 
Fees Waived by Adviser (See Note 3)
   
(4,265
)
Net Expenses
   
625,537
 
Net Investment Income (Loss)
   
2,439,649
 
         
REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS) ON INVESTMENTS
       
Net Realized Gain (Loss) on:
       
Investments in Securities
   
4,783,288
 
Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation) of:
       
Investments in Securities
   
(590,328
)
Net Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments
   
4,192,960
 
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS
       
  RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS
 
$
6,632,609
 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS


   
Year Ended
   
Period Ended
 
   
February 29, 2020
   
February 28, 2019(a)
 
OPERATIONS
           
Net Investment Income (Loss)
 
$
2,439,649
   
$
1,473,527
 
Net Realized Gain (Loss) on Investments
   
4,783,288
     
2,235,186
 
Change in Unrealized Appreciation
               
  (Depreciation) of Investments
   
(590,328
)
   
6,872,372
 
Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets
               
  Resulting from Operations
   
6,632,609
     
10,581,085
 
                 
DISTRIBUTIONS TO SHAREHOLDERS
               
Net Distributions to Shareholders
   
(2,707,361
)
   
(1,671,135
)
Return of Capital
   
(1,288,826
)
   
 
Total Distributions to Shareholders
   
(3,996,187
)
   
(1,671,135
)
                 
CAPITAL SHARE TRANSACTIONS
               
Proceeds from Shares Sold
   
35,236,370
     
111,926,795
 
Payments for Shares Redeemed
   
(23,852,125
)
   
(15,621,665
)
Transaction Fees (See Note 6)
   
2
     
28
 
Net Increase (Decrease) in
               
  Net Assets Derived from
               
  Capital Share Transactions(b)
   
11,384,247
     
96,305,158
 
Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets
 
$
14,020,669
   
$
105,215,108
 
                 
NET ASSETS
               
Beginning of Year/Period
 
$
105,215,108
   
$
 
End of Year/Period
 
$
119,235,777
   
$
105,215,108
 

(a)
The Fund commenced operations on March 26, 2018. The information presented is for the period from March 26, 2018 to February 28, 2019.
(b)
Summary of capital share transactions is as follows:

     
Year Ended
     
Period Ended
 
   
February 29, 2020
 
February 28, 2019(a)
     
Shares
     
Shares
 
 
Shares Sold
   
1,100,000
       
4,150,000
 
 
Shares Redeemed
   
(750,000
)
     
(550,000
)
 
Net Increase (Decrease)
   
350,000
       
3,600,000
 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
For a capital share outstanding throughout each year/period

   
Year Ended
   
Period Ended
 
   
February 29, 2020
   
February 28, 2019(a)
 
Net Asset Value, Beginning of Year/Period
 
$
29.23
   
$
25.00
 
                 
INCOME FROM
               
  INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
               
Net Investment Income (Loss)(b)
   
0.65
     
0.58
 
Net Realized and Unrealized
               
  Gain (Loss) on Investments
   
1.38
     
4.21
 
Total from Investment Operations
   
2.03
     
4.79
 
                 
LESS DISTRIBUTIONS:
               
From Net Investment Income
   
(0.67
)
   
(0.48
)
From Net Realized Gains
   
(0.05
)
   
(0.08
)
From Return of Capital
   
(0.35
)
   
 
Total Distributions
   
(1.07
)
   
(0.56
)
                 
CAPITAL SHARES TRANSACTIONS:
               
Transaction Fees (See Note 6)
   
(c) 
   
(c) 
Net Asset Value, End of Year/Period
 
$
30.19
   
$
29.23
 
Total Return
   
6.86
%
   
19.32
%(d)
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
               
Net Assets at End of Year/Period (000’s)
 
$
119,236
   
$
105,215
 
                 
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
               
Expenses to Average Net Assets
               
  (Before Management Fees Waived)
   
0.53
%
   
0.53
%(e)
Expenses to Average Net Assets
               
  (After Management Fees Waived)
   
0.53
%
   
0.53
%(e)
Net Investment Income to Average Net Assets
               
  (Before Management Fees Waived)
   
2.05
%
   
2.26
%(e)
Net Investment Income to Average Net Assets
               
  (After Management Fees Waived)
   
2.05
%
   
2.26
%(e)
Portfolio Turnover Rate(f)
   
18
%
   
22
%(d)

(a)
Commencement of operations on March 26, 2018.
(b)
Calculated based on average shares outstanding during the period.
(c)
Less than $0.005.
(d)
Not annualized.
(e)
Annualized.
(f)
Excludes impact of in-kind transactions.


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
February 29, 2020

NOTE 1 – ORGANIZATION
 
PPTY – U.S. Diversified Real Estate ETF (the “Fund”) is a diversified series of ETF Series Solutions (“ESS” or the “Trust”), an open-end management investment company consisting of multiple investment series, organized as a Delaware statutory trust on February 9, 2012. The Trust is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), as an open-end management investment company and the offering of the Fund’s shares is registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The investment objective of the Fund is to track the performance, before fees and expenses, of the USREX – U.S. Diversified Real Estate Index, formerly known as PPTYX – U.S. Diversified Real Estate Index (the “Index”). The Fund commenced operations on March 26, 2018.
 
The end of the reporting period for the Fund is February 29, 2020, and the period covered by these Notes to Financial Statements is the fiscal year ended February 29, 2020 (the “current fiscal period”).
 
NOTE 2 – SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 
The Fund is an investment company and accordingly follows the investment company accounting and reporting guidance of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 946 Financial Services – Investment Companies.
 
The following is a summary of significant accounting policies consistently followed by the Fund. These policies are in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”).
 
A.
Security Valuation. All equity securities, including domestic and foreign common stocks, preferred stocks and exchange traded funds that are traded on a national securities exchange, except those listed on the Nasdaq Global Market®, Nasdaq Global Select Market®, and Nasdaq Capital Market exchanges® (collectively “Nasdaq”) are valued at the last reported sale price on the exchange on which the security is principally traded. Securities traded on Nasdaq will be valued at the Nasdaq Official Closing Price (“NOCP”). If, on a particular day, an exchange-traded or Nasdaq security does not trade, then the mean between the most recent quoted bid and asked prices will be used. All equity securities that are not traded on a listed exchange are valued at the last sale price in the over-the-counter market. If a non-exchange traded security does not trade on a particular day, then the mean between the last quoted closing bid and asked price will be used. Prices denominated in foreign currencies are converted to U.S. dollar equivalents at the current exchange rate, which approximates fair value.
   
 
Investments in mutual funds, including money market funds, are valued at their net asset value (“NAV”) per share.

 
 
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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

 
Securities for which quotations are not readily available are valued at their respective fair values in accordance with pricing procedures adopted by the Fund’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”). When a security is “fair valued,” consideration is given to the facts and circumstances relevant to the particular situation, including a review of various factors set forth in the pricing procedures adopted by the Board. The use of fair value pricing by the Fund may cause the NAV of its shares to differ significantly from the NAV that would be calculated without regard to such considerations.
   
 
As described above, the Fund utilizes various methods to measure the fair value of its investments on a recurring basis. U.S. GAAP establishes a hierarchy that prioritizes inputs to valuations methods. The three levels of inputs are:

 
Level 1 –
Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Fund has the ability to access.
     
 
Level 2 –
Observable inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. These inputs may include quoted prices for the identical instrument on an inactive market, prices for similar instruments, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, yield curves, default rates and similar data.
     
 
Level 3 –
Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability, to the extent relevant observable inputs are not available; representing the Fund’s own assumptions about the assumptions a market participant would use in valuing the asset or liability, and would be based on the best information available.

 
The availability of observable inputs can vary security to security and is affected by a wide variety of variety of factors, including, for example, the type of security, whether the security is new and not yet established in the marketplace, the liquidity of markets, and other characteristics particular to the security. To the extent that valuation is based on models or inputs that are less observable or unobservable in the market, the determination of fair value requires more judgment. Accordingly, the degree of judgment exercised in determining fair value is greatest for instruments categorized in Level 3.
   
 
The inputs used to measure fair value may fall into different levels of the fair value hierarchy. In such cases, for disclosure purposes, the level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement falls in its entirety is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety.

 
 
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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

 
The following is a summary of the inputs used to value the Fund’s investments as of the end of the current fiscal period:

 
Description^
 
Level 1
   
Level 2
   
Level 3
   
Total
 
 
Common Stocks
 
$
118,972,387
   
$
   
$
   
$
118,972,387
 
 
Short-Term Investments
   
211,550
     
     
     
211,550
 
 
Total Investments
                               
 
  in Securities
 
$
119,183,937
   
$
   
$
   
$
119,183,937
 

 
^  See Schedule of Investments for industry breakouts.
   
 
During the current fiscal period, the Fund did not recognize any transfers into or out of Level 3.
   
B.
Federal Income Taxes. The Fund’s policy is to comply with the requirements of Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, applicable to regulated investment companies and to distribute substantially all net investment income and net capital gains to shareholders.  Therefore, no federal income tax provision is required.  The Fund plans to file U.S. Federal and applicable state and local tax returns.
   
 
The Fund recognizes the tax benefits of uncertain tax positions only when the position is more likely than not to be sustained.  Management has analyzed the Fund’s uncertain tax positions and concluded that no liability for unrecognized tax benefits should be recorded related to uncertain tax positions.  Management is not aware of any tax positions for which it is reasonably possible that the total amounts of unrecognized tax benefits will change materially in the next 12 months.  Income and capital gain distributions are determined in accordance with federal income tax regulations, which may differ from U.S. GAAP.  The Fund recognizes interest and penalties, if any, related to unrecognized tax benefits on uncertain tax positions as income tax expense in the Statement of Operations. During the current fiscal period, the Fund did not incur any interest or penalties.
   
C.
Security Transactions and Investment Income. Investment securities transactions are accounted for on the trade date. Gains and losses realized on sales of securities are determined on a specific identification basis.  Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date. Interest income is recorded on an accrual basis.
   
 
Distributions received from the Fund’s investments in real estate investment trusts (“REIT”) may be characterized as ordinary income, net capital gain, or a return of capital. The proper characterization of REIT distributions is generally not known until after the end of each calendar year. As such, the Fund must use estimates in reporting the character of its income and distributions received during the current calendar year for financial statement purposes. The actual character of distributions to the Fund’s shareholders will be reflected on the Form 1099 received by shareholders after the end of the calendar year. Due to the nature of REIT investments, a portion of the distributions received by a Fund’s shareholders may represent a return of capital.

 
 
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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

D.
Distributions to Shareholders. Distributions to shareholders from net investment income are declared and paid by the Fund on a quarterly basis and distributions from net realized gains on securities are normally declared and paid on an annual basis. Distributions are recorded on the ex-dividend date.
   
E.
Use of Estimates. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, as well as the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the current fiscal period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
   
F.
Share Valuation. The NAV per share of the Fund is calculated by dividing the sum of the value of the securities held by the Fund, plus cash and other assets, minus all liabilities (including estimated accrued expenses) by the total number of shares outstanding of the Fund, rounded to the nearest cent. The Fund’s shares will not be priced on the days on which the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (“NYSE”) is closed for trading. The offering and redemption price per share for creation units of the Fund is equal to the Fund’s NAV per share.
   
G.
Guarantees and Indemnifications. In the normal course of business, the Fund enters into contracts with service providers that contain general indemnification clauses.  The Fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown as this would involve future claims that may be against the Fund that have not yet occurred.  However, based on experience, the Fund expects the risk of loss to be remote.
   
H.
Reclassification of Capital Accounts. U.S. GAAP requires that certain components of net assets relating to permanent differences be reclassified between financial and tax reporting. These reclassifications have no effect on net assets or NAV per share. These timing differences are primarily due to differing book and tax treatments for in-kind transactions. For the current fiscal period, following table shows the reclassifications made:

Distributable Earnings
 
(Accumulated Deficit)
Paid-In Capital
$(5,404,758)
$5,404,758

 
During the current fiscal period, the Fund realized $5,406,341 of net capital gains/(losses) resulting from in-kind redemptions, in which shareholders exchanged Fund shares for securities held by the Fund rather than for cash. Because such gains are not taxable to the Fund, and are not distributed to shareholders, they have been reclassified from distributable earnings (accumulated deficit) to paid-in capital.
   
I.
Subsequent Events. In preparing these financial statements, management has evaluated events and transactions for potential recognition or disclosure through the

 
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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

 
date the financial statements were issued. The recent global outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted economic markets and the prolonged economic impact is uncertain.  The operational and financial performance of the issuers of securities in which the Fund invests depend on future developments, including the duration and spread of the outbreak, and such uncertainty may in turn impact the value of the Fund’s investments. There were no other events or transactions that occurred during the current fiscal period that materially impacted the amounts or disclosures in the Fund’s financial statements.
   
J.
Accounting Pronouncement. In August 2018, FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2018-13, Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement (“ASU  2018-13”). The primary focus of ASU 2018-13 is to improve the effectiveness of the disclosure requirements for fair value measurements. The changes affect all companies that are required to include fair value measurement disclosures. In general, the amendments in ASU 2018-13 are effective for all entities for fiscal years and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2019. An entity is permitted to early adopt the removed or modified disclosures upon the issuance of ASU 2018-13 and may delay adoption of the additional disclosures, which are required for public companies only, until their effective date. Management has evaluated the impact of these changes and has adopted the disclosure framework.
 
NOTE 3 – COMMITMENTS AND OTHER RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
 
Vident Advisory, LLC (the “Adviser”) serves as the investment adviser to the Fund, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vident Financial LLC, the Index Provider (“Vident Financial”). Pursuant to an Investment Advisory Agreement (“Advisory Agreement”) between the Trust, on behalf of the Fund, and the Adviser, the Adviser provides investment advice to the Fund and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Fund, subject to the direction and control of the Board and the officers of the Trust. Prior to April 1, 2019, Exchange Traded Concepts, LLC served as the investment adviser to the Fund.  Under the Advisory Agreement, the Adviser has agreed to pay all expenses incurred by the Fund except for the fee paid to the Adviser pursuant to this Agreement, interest charges on any borrowings, dividends and other expenses on securities sold short, taxes, brokerage commissions and other expenses incurred in placing orders for the purchase and sale of securities and other investment instruments, acquired fund fees and expenses, accrued deferred tax liability, extraordinary expenses, and distribution fees and expenses paid by the Trust under any distribution plan adopted pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act (collectively, “Excluded Expenses”). The Adviser may delegate its responsibility to pay some or all expenses incurred by the Fund, except for Excluded Expenses, to one or more third parties, including but not limited to, Vident Investment Advisory, LLC (the “Sub-Adviser”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of
 

 
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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

Vident Financial. For its services, the Sub-Adviser is paid a fee by the Adviser, which is calculated daily and paid monthly, at an annual rate based on the average daily net asset of the Fund. For services provided to the Fund, the Fund paid the Adviser 0.53% at an annual rate based on the Fund’s average daily net assets.  Effective February 1, 2020, the Adviser has contractually agreed to waive 0.04% of its adviser fee until January 31, 2021.  This agreement may only be terminated by or with the consent of the Fund’s Board.  Fees waived under this waiver agreement are not subject to recoupment by the Adviser.
 
U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (“Fund Services” or “Administrator”), doing business as U.S. Bank Global Fund Services, acts as the Fund’s Administrator and, in that capacity, performs various administrative and accounting services for the Fund. The Administrator prepares various federal and state regulatory filings, reports and returns for the Fund, including regulatory compliance monitoring and financial reporting; prepares reports and materials to be supplied to the Board; and monitors the activities of the Fund’s Custodian, transfer agent and fund accountant. Fund Services also serves as the transfer agent and fund accountant to the Fund. U.S. Bank N.A. (the “Custodian”), an affiliate of Fund Services, serves as the Fund’s Custodian.
 
Effective January 2, 2020, ALPS Distributors, Inc. (the “Distributor”) acts as the Fund’s principal underwriter in a continuous public offering of the Fund’s shares. Prior to January 2, 2020, Quasar Distributors, LLC, (“Quasar”), an affiliate, at the time, of the Administrator, acted as the Fund’s principal underwriter in a continuous public offering of the Fund’s shares.
 
A Trustee and all officers of the Trust are affiliated with the Administrator and Custodian.
 
NOTE 4 – PURCHASES AND SALES OF SECURITIES
 
During the current fiscal period, purchases and sales of securities by the Fund, excluding short-term securities and in-kind transactions, were as follows:
 
Purchases
Sales
$21,474,047
$21,943,567

During the current fiscal period, in-kind transactions associated with creations and redemptions were as follows:
 
Purchases
Sales
$35,210,372
$23,784,059

There were no purchases or sales of U.S. Government securities in the Fund during the period.
 


 
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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

NOTE 5 – INCOME TAX INFORMATION
 
The components of distributable earnings (accumulated deficit) and cost basis of investments for federal income tax purposes as of February 29, 2020 were as follows:
 
Tax cost of investments
 
$
113,522,860
 
Gross tax unrealized appreciation
   
10,458,756
 
Gross tax unrealized depreciation
   
(4,797,679
)
Net tax unrealized appreciation (depreciation)
   
5,661,077
 
Undistributed ordinary income
   
 
Undistributed long-term capital gain
   
 
Accumulated gain (loss)
   
 
Other accumulated gain (loss)
   
(409,802
)
Distributable earnings (accumulated deficit)
 
$
5,251,275
 

The difference between book and tax-basis cost is attributable to wash sales.
 
A regulated investment company may elect for any taxable year to treat any portion of any qualified late year loss as arising on the first day of the next taxable year. Qualified late year losses are certain capital and ordinary losses which occur during the portion of the Fund’s taxable year subsequent to October 31 and December 31, respectively. For the taxable year ended February 29, 2020, the Fund did not elect to defer any post-October capital losses or any late-year ordinary losses.
 
As of February 29, 2020, the Fund had the following capital loss carryforwards:
 
Short-Term
Long-Term
Expires
$291,613
$118,189
Indefinite

The tax character of distributions paid by the Fund during the year ended February 29, 2020 was as follows:
 
Ordinary Income
Return of Capital
Long Term Capital Gain
$2,502,526
$1,288,826
$204,835

The tax character of distributions paid by the Fund during the period ended February 28, 2019 was as follows:
 
Ordinary Income
Long Term Capital Gains
$1,513,527
$157,608
 
NOTE 6 – SHARE TRANSACTIONS
 
Shares of the Fund are listed and traded on New York Stock Exchange Arca, Inc. (“NYSE Arca”). Market prices for the shares may be different from their NAV. The Fund issues and redeems shares on a continuous basis at NAV generally in blocks of 50,000 shares, called “Creation Units.” Creation Units are issued and redeemed principally in-kind for securities
 

 
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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

included in a specified universe. Once created, shares generally trade in the secondary market at market prices that change throughout the day. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund. Creation Units may only be purchased or redeemed by certain financial institutions (“Authorized Participants”). An Authorized Participant is either (i) a broker-dealer or other participant in the clearing process through the Continuous Net Settlement System of the National Securities Clearing Corporation or (ii) a Depository Trust Company participant and, in each case, must have executed a Participant Agreement with the Distributor. Most retail investors do not qualify as Authorized Participants nor have the resources to buy and sell whole Creation Units. Therefore, they are unable to purchase or redeem the shares directly from the Fund. Rather, most retail investors may purchase shares in the secondary market with the assistance of a broker and are subject to customary brokerage commissions or fees.
 
The Fund currently offers one class of shares, which has no front end sales load, no deferred sales charge, and no redemption fee. A fixed transaction fee is imposed for the transfer and other transaction costs associated with the creation or redemption of Creation Units. The standard fixed transaction fee for the Fund is $250, payable to the Custodian. The fixed transaction fee may be waived on certain orders if the Fund’s Custodian has determined to waive some or all of the costs associated with the order, or another party, such as the Adviser, has agreed to pay such a fee. In addition, a variable fee, payable to the Fund, may be charged on all cash transactions or substitutes for Creation Units of up to a maximum of 2% as a percentage of the value of the Creation Units subject to the transaction. Variable fees received by the Fund, if any, are displayed in the Capital Shares Transactions section of the Statements of Changes in Net Assets. The Fund may issue an unlimited number of shares of beneficial interest, with no par value. All shares of the Fund have equal rights and privileges.
 
NOTE 7 – PRINCIPAL RISKS
 
Concentration Risk. The Fund’s investments will be concentrated in an industry or group of industries to the extent the Index is so concentrated, and the Index is expected to be concentrated in real estate-related industries. Accordingly, the value of shares may rise and fall more than the value of shares that invest in securities of companies in a broader range of industries.
 
Real Estate Investment Risk. The Fund is expected to invest substantially all of its assets in real estate-related companies. Investments in real estate companies involve unique risks. Real estate companies, including REITs, may have limited financial resources, may trade less frequently and in limited volume, and may be more volatile than other securities. The risks of investing in real estate companies include certain risks associated with the direct ownership of real estate and the real estate industry in general. Securities in the real estate sector are subject to the risk that the value of their underlying real estate may go down. Many factors may affect real estate values, including the general and local
 
 
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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
February 29, 2020 (Continued)

economies, the amount of new construction in a particular area, the laws and regulations (including zoning and tax laws) affecting real estate, and the costs of owning, maintaining and improving real estate. The availability of mortgages and changes in interest rates may also affect real estate values. Real estate companies are also subject to heavy cash flow dependency, defaults by borrowers, and self-liquidation. Because the Fund invests primarily in real estate companies, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect real estate companies.
 
NOTE 8 – BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP
 
The beneficial ownership, either directly or indirectly, of 25% or more of the voting securities of a fund creates a presumption of control of a fund, under section 2(a)(9) of the 1940 Act. As of the end of the reporting period, Thrivent Trust Company, as a beneficial shareholder, owned greater than 25% of the outstanding shares of the Fund.
 






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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED
PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Shareholders of PPTY – U.S. Diversified Real Estate ETF and
Board of Trustees of ETF Series Solutions
 
Opinion on the Financial Statements
 
We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities, including the schedule of investments, of PPTY – U.S. Diversified Real Estate ETF (the “Fund”), a series of ETF Series Solutions, as of February 29, 2020, the related statement of operations for the year then ended, and the statements of changes in net assets and the financial highlights for each of two periods in the period then ended, including the related notes (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Fund as of February 29, 2020, the results of its operations, the changes in its net assets, and the financial highlights for the periods indicated above, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
 
Basis for Opinion
 
These financial statements are the responsibility of the Fund’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Fund’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Fund in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
 
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement whether due to error or fraud.
 
Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our procedures included confirmation of securities owned as of February 29, 2020, by correspondence with the custodian and brokers. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.  We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
 
We have served as the auditor of one or more of Vident Advisory, LLC’s investment companies since 2013.
 
 
COHEN & COMPANY, LTD.
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
April 28, 2020


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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
TRUSTEES AND OFFICERS
(Unaudited)

   
Term of
 
Number of
Other
 
Position
Office
 
Portfolios
Directorships
 
Held
and
 
in Fund
Held by
Name
with
Length
 
Complex
Trustee
and Year
the
of Time
Principal Occupation(s)
Overseen by
During Past
of Birth
Trust
Served
During Past 5 Years
Trustee
5 Years
Independent Trustees
         
Leonard M.
Lead
Indefinite
Retired; formerly Chief
49
Independent
Rush, CPA
Indepen-
term;
Financial Officer,
 
Trustee,
Born: 1946
dent
since 2012
Robert W. Baird & Co.
 
Managed
 
Trustee
 
Incorporated (wealth
 
Portfolio Series
 
and Audit
 
management firm)
 
(39 portfolios)
 
Committee
 
(2000–2011).
 
(since 2011).
 
Chairman
       
           
David A. Massart
Trustee
Indefinite
Co-Founder, President,
49
Independent
Born: 1967
 
term;
and Chief Investment
 
Trustee,
   
since 2012
Strategist, Next Generation
 
Managed
     
Wealth Management, Inc.
 
Portfolio Series
     
(since 2005).
 
(39 portfolios)
         
(since 2011).
           
Janet D. Olsen
Trustee
Indefinite
Retired; formerly Managing
49
Independent
Born: 1956
 
term;
Director and General Counsel,
 
Trustee, PPM
   
since 2018
Artisan Partners Limited
 
Funds
     
Partnership (investment adviser)
 
(9 portfolios)
     
(2000–2013); Executive Vice
 
(since 2018).
     
President and General Counsel,
   
     
Artisan Partners Asset
   
     
Management Inc. (2012–2013);
   
     
Vice President and General
   
     
Counsel, Artisan Funds, Inc.
   
     
(investment company)
   
     
(2001–2012).
   
           
Interested Trustee
         
Michael A. Castino
Trustee
Indefinite
Senior Vice President, U.S.
49
None
Born: 1967
and
term;
Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
   
 
Chairman
Trustee
(since 2013); Managing Director
   
   
since 2014;
of Index Services, Zacks
   
   
Chairman
Investment Management
   
   
since 2013
(2011–2013).
   

 
 
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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
TRUSTEES AND OFFICERS
(Continued) (Unaudited)

   
Term of
 
 
Position(s)
Office
 
 
Held
and
 
Name
with
Length
 
and Year
the
of Time
 
of Birth
Trust
Served
Principal Occupation(s) During Past 5 Years
Principal Officers of the Trust
     
Kristina R. Nelson
President
Indefinite
Senior Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
Born: 1982
 
term;
(since 2020); Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund
   
since 2019
Services, LLC (since 2014–2020); Assistant Vice President,
     
U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (2013–2014).
       
Michael D. Barolsky
Vice
Indefinite
Senior Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
Born: 1981
President
term;
(since 2019); Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund
 
and
since 2014
Services, LLC (2012-2019); Associate, Thompson Hine
 
Secretary
(other roles
LLP (law firm) (2008–2012).
   
since 2013)
 
       
James R. Butz
Chief
Indefinite
Senior Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
Born: 1982
Compliance
term;
(since 2015); Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services,
 
Officer
since 2015
LLC (2014–2015); Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bancorp
     
Fund Services, LLC (2011–2014).
       
Kristen M.
Treasurer
Indefinite
Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
Weitzel, CPA
 
term;
(since 2015); Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund
Born: 1977
 
since 2014
Services, LLC (2011–2015); Manager,
   
(other roles
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (accounting firm)
   
since 2013)
(2005–2011).
       
Brett M. Wickmann
Assistant
Indefinite
Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
Born: 1982
Treasurer
term;
(since 2017); Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund
   
since 2017
Services, LLC (2012–2017).
       
Elizabeth A. Winske
Assistant
Indefinite
Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
Born: 1983
Treasurer
term;
(since 2016); Officer, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
   
since 2017
(2012–2016).
       
Jason E. Shlensky
Assistant
Indefinite
Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
Born: 1987
Treasurer
term;
(since 2019); Officer, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
   
since 2019
(2014–2019).
       
Isabella K. Gentile
Assistant
Indefinite
Regulatory Administration Attorney since 2019, Regulatory
Born: 1994
Secretary
term;
Administration Intern (2018-2019) and Law Student
   
since 2020
(2016-2019).


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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
EXPENSE EXAMPLE
For the Six Months Ended February 29, 2020 (Unaudited)

As a shareholder of the Fund you incur two types of costs: (1) transaction costs, including brokerage commissions on purchases and sales of Fund shares, and (2) ongoing costs, including management fees and other Fund expenses.  This example is intended to help you understand your ongoing costs (in dollars) of investing in the Fund and to compare these costs with the ongoing costs of investing in other funds.  The example is based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the period and held for the entire period as indicated below in the Expense Example Table.
 
 
Actual Expenses
 
The first line of the table provides information about actual account values based on actual returns and actual expenses.  You may use the information in this line, together with the amount you invested, to estimate the expenses that you paid over the period.  Simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then, multiply the result by the number in the first line under the heading entitled “Expenses Paid During the Period” to estimate the expenses you paid on your account during this period.
 
 
Hypothetical Example for Comparison Purposes
 
The second line of the table provides information about hypothetical account values based on a hypothetical return and hypothetical expenses based on the Fund’s actual expense ratios and an assumed rate of return of 5% per year before expenses, which is not the Fund’s actual returns.  The hypothetical account values and expenses may not be used to estimate the actual ending account balance or expenses you paid for the period. You may use this information to compare the ongoing costs of investing in the Fund and other funds.  To do so, compare this 5% hypothetical example with the 5% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports of the other funds.  Please note that the expenses shown in the table are meant to highlight your ongoing costs only and do not reflect any transactional costs, such as brokerage commissions paid on purchases and sales of Fund shares.  Therefore, the second line of the table is useful in comparing ongoing costs only and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds.  If these transactional costs were included, your costs would have been higher.
 
 
Beginning
Ending
 
 
Account Value
Account Value
Expenses
 
September 1,
February 29,
Paid During
 
2019
2020
the Period(a)
Actual
$1,000.00
$   966.40
$2.56
Hypothetical
     
  (5% annual return before expenses)
$1,000.00
$1,022,26
$2.63

(a)
The dollar amounts shown as expenses paid during the period are equal to the annualized expense ratio, 0.52%, multiplied by the average account value during the period, multiplied by 182/366, to reflect the period.

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PPTY - U.S. DIVERSIFIED REAL ESTATE ETF
FEDERAL TAX INFORMATION
(Unaudited)

QUALIFIED DIVIDEND INCOME/DIVIDENDS RECEIVED DEDUCTION (Unaudited)
For the year ended February 29, 2020, certain dividends paid by the Fund may be subject to a maximum tax rate of 23.8%, as provided for by the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.
 
The percentage of dividends declared from ordinary income designated as qualified dividend income was 22.19%.
 
For corporate shareholders, the percent of ordinary income distributions qualifying for the corporate dividends received deduction for the year ended February 29, 2020 was 21.49%.
 
SHORT TERM CAPITAL GAIN (Unaudited)
For the year ended February 29, 2020, the percentage of taxable ordinary income distributions that are designated as short-term capital gain distributions under Internal Revenue Section 871(k)(2)(C) for the Fund was 0.05%.
 

INFORMATION ABOUT PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS
(Unaudited)

The Fund files its complete schedule of portfolio holdings for its first and third fiscal quarters with the SEC on Part F of Form N-PORT. The Fund’s Part F of Form N-PORT is available without charge, upon request, by calling toll-free at (800) 617-0004. Furthermore, you may obtain the Part F of Form N-PORT on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The Fund’s portfolio holdings are posted on its website at www.videntfunds.com daily.
 

INFORMATION ABOUT PROXY VOTING
(Unaudited)

A description of the policies and procedures the Fund uses to determine how to vote proxies relating to portfolio securities is provided in the SAI. The SAI is available without charge upon request by calling toll-free at (800) 617-0004, by accessing the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or by accessing the Fund’s website at www.videntfunds.com.
 
Information regarding how the Fund voted proxies relating to portfolio securities during the period ending June 30 is available by calling toll-free at (800) 617-0004 and by accessing the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
 

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF PREMIUMS AND DISCOUNTS
(Unaudited)

Information regarding how often shares of the Fund trade on an exchange at a price above (i.e., at a premium) or below (i.e., at a discount) the NAV is available, without charge, on the Fund’s website at www.videntfunds.com.
 


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Adviser
Vident Advisory, LLC
1125 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 515
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

Sub-Adviser
Vident Investment Advisory, LLC
1125 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 515
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

Index Provider
Vident Financial, LLC
1125 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 515
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

Distributor
ALPS Distributors, Inc.
1290 Broadway, Suite 1000
Denver, Colorado 80203

Custodian
U.S. Bank National Association
1555 North Rivercenter Drive, Suite 302
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

Transfer Agent
U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
615 East Michigan Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Cohen & Company, Ltd.
342 North Water Street, Suite 830
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Legal Counsel
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541

PPTY – U.S. Diversified Real Estate ETF
Symbol – PPTY
CUSIP – 26922A511


Item 2. Code of Ethics.

The registrant has adopted a code of ethics that applies to the registrant’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer.  The registrant has not made any substantive amendments to its code of ethics during the period covered by this report.  The registrant has not granted any waivers from any provisions of the code of ethics during the period covered by this report.

A copy of the registrant’s Code of Ethics is filed herewith.

Item 3. Audit Committee Financial Expert.

The registrant’s board of trustees has determined that there is at least one audit committee financial expert serving on its audit committee. Mr. Leonard Rush is the “audit committee financial expert” and is considered to be “independent” as each term is defined in Item 3 of Form N CSR.

Item 4. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

The registrant has engaged its principal accountant to perform audit services, audit-related services, tax services and other services during the past two fiscal years.  “Audit services” refer to performing an audit of the registrant's annual financial statements or services that are normally provided by the accountant in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for those fiscal years.  “Audit-related services” refer to the assurance and related services by the principal accountant that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit.  “Tax services” refer to professional services rendered by the principal accountant for tax compliance, tax advice, and tax planning.  There were no “Other services” provided by the principal accountant. The following table details the aggregate fees billed or expected to be billed for each of the last two fiscal years for audit fees, audit-related fees, tax fees and other fees by the principal accountant.

PPTY US Diversified Real Estate ETF
 
FYE  2/29/2020
FYE  2/28/2019
Audit Fees
$14,500
          $14,500
Audit-Related Fees
N/A
N/A
Tax Fees
$4,500
$3,000
All Other Fees
N/A
N/A

The audit committee has adopted pre-approval policies and procedures that require the audit committee to pre approve all audit and non audit services of the registrant, including services provided to any entity affiliated with the registrant.

The percentage of fees billed by Cohen & Company Ltd. applicable to non-audit services pursuant to waiver of pre-approval requirement were as follows:

PPTY US Diversified Real Estate ETF
 
FYE  2/29/2020
FYE  2/28/2019
Audit-Related Fees
0%
0%
Tax Fees
0%
0%
All Other Fees
0%
0%

All the principal accountant’s hours spent on auditing the registrant’s financial statements were attributed to work performed by full-time permanent employees of the principal accountant.  The following table indicates the non-audit fees billed or expected to be billed by the registrant’s accountant for services to the registrant and to the registrant’s investment adviser (and any other controlling entity, etc. – not the sub-adviser) for the last two years.  The audit committee of the board of trustees has considered whether the provision of non-audit services that were rendered to the registrant’s investment adviser is compatible with maintain the principal accountant’s independence and has concluded that the provision of such non-audit services by the accountant has not compromised the accountant’s independence.

PPTY US Diversified Real Estate ETF
 
FYE  2/29/2020
FYE  2/28/2019
Audit-Related Fees
0%
0%
Tax Fees
0%
0%
All Other Fees
0%
0%

Item 5. Audit Committee of Listed Registrants.

The registrant is an issuer as defined in Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, (the “Act”) and has a separately-designated standing audit committee established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Act.  The independent members of the committee are as follows: David A. Massart, Leonard M. Rush and Janet D. Olsen.

Item 6. Investments.

Schedule of Investments is included as part of the report to shareholders filed under Item 1 of this Form.

Item 7. Disclosure of Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for Closed-End Management Investment Companies.

Not applicable to open-end investment companies.

Item 8. Portfolio Managers of Closed-End Management Investment Companies.

Not applicable to open-end investment companies.

Item 9. Purchases of Equity Securities by Closed‑End Management Investment Company and Affiliated Purchasers.

Not applicable to open-end investment companies.

Item 10. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

There have been no material changes to the procedures by which shareholders may recommend nominees to the registrant’s board of trustees.

Item 11. Controls and Procedures.

(a)
The Registrant’s [President/Principal Executive Officer] and [Assistant Treasurer/Acting Principal Financial Officer] have reviewed the Registrant's disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 30a-3(c) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Act”)) as of a date within 90 days of the filing of this report, as required by Rule 30a-3(b) under the Act and Rules 13a-15(b) or 15d‑15(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Based on their review, such officers have concluded that the disclosure controls and procedures are effective in ensuring that information required to be disclosed in this report is appropriately recorded, processed, summarized and reported and made known to them by others within the Registrant and by the Registrant’s service provider.

(b)
There were no changes in the Registrant's internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 30a-3(d) under the Act) that occurred during the second fiscal quarter of the period covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

Item 12. Disclosure of Securities Lending Activities for Closed-End Management Investment Companies

Not applicable to open-end investment companies.

Item 13. Exhibits.



(3) Any written solicitation to purchase securities under Rule 23c‑1 under the Act sent or given during the period covered by the report by or on behalf of the registrant to 10 or more persons.  Not applicable to open-end investment companies.

(4) Change in the registrant’s independent public accountant.  There was no change in the registrant’s independent public accountant for the period covered by this report.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


(Registrant)  ETF Series Solutions 

By (Signature and Title)*    /s/Kristina R. Nelson
Kristina R. Nelson, President (principal executive officer)

Date    April 29, 2020

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

By (Signature and Title)*    /s/Kristina R. Nelson
Kristina R. Nelson, President (principal executive officer)

Date    April 29, 2020

By (Signature and Title)*    /s/Kristen M. Weitzel
Kristen M. Weitzel, Treasurer (principal financial officer)

Date    April 29, 2020

* Print the name and title of each signing officer under his or her signature.