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Form N-CSR T. Rowe Price Exchange-T For: Dec 31

February 22, 2024 10:09 AM EST

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: 811-23494

T. Rowe Price Exchange-Traded Funds, Inc.

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

100 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

 

(Address of principal executive offices)

David Oestreicher

100 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

 

(Name and address of agent for service)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (410) 345-2000

Date of fiscal year end: December 31

Date of reporting period: December 31, 2023


Item 1. Reports to Shareholders

(a) Report pursuant to Rule 30e-1

 


ANNUAL REPORT
December 31, 2023
  T. ROWE PRICE
TEQI Equity Income ETF
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HIGHLIGHTS
The Equity Income ETF underperformed the Russell 1000 Value Index and its Lipper peer group for the 12 months ended December 31, 2023.
For most of the year, we contended with a narrow market, in which valuation and dividend yield were not in favor. Top relative detractors were focused in the communication services and materials sectors, where some of our holdings underperformed due to idiosyncratic reasons. Strong contributors were found in industrials and energy.
Changes in sector allocations resulted from bottom-up stock selection. Our focus on valuation and a willingness to invest in names under near-term stress benefited the portfolio’s returns. More recently, we found opportunities in defensive names given the strength in higher-beta stocks.
Going forward, our aim is to maintain a portfolio that is balanced for a variety of market settings, while also investing in opportunities that have particularly attractive risk/reward characteristics. As always, our focus is on investing in higher-quality companies that offer compelling valuations, attractive long-term fundamentals, and strong dividend yields.
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Market Commentary
Dear Shareholder
Global stock and bond indexes were broadly positive during 2023 as most economies managed to avoid the recession that was widely predicted at the start of the year. Technology companies benefited from investor enthusiasm for artificial intelligence developments and led the equity rally, while fixed income benchmarks rebounded late in the year amid falling interest rates.
For the 12-month period, the technology-oriented Nasdaq Composite Index rose about 43%, reaching a record high and producing the strongest result of the major benchmarks. Growth stocks outperformed value shares, and developed market stocks generally outpaced their emerging markets counterparts. Currency movements were mixed over the period, although a weaker dollar versus major European currencies was beneficial for U.S. investors in European securities.
Within the S& P 500 Index, which finished the year just short of the record level it reached in early 2022, the information technology, communication services, and consumer discretionary sectors were all lifted by the tech rally and recorded significant gains. A small group of tech-oriented mega-cap companies helped drive much of the market’s advance. Conversely, the defensive utilities sector had the weakest returns in the growth-focused environment, and the energy sector also lost ground amid declining oil prices. The financials sector bounced back from the failure of three large regional banks in the spring and was one of the top-performing segments in the second half of the year.
The U.S. economy was the strongest among the major markets during the period, with gross domestic product growth coming in at 4.9% in the third quarter, the highest since the end of 2021. Corporate fundamentals were also broadly supportive. Year-over-year earnings growth contracted in the first and second quarters of 2023, but results were better than expected, and earnings growth turned positive again in the third quarter. Markets remained resilient despite a debt ceiling standoff in the U.S., the outbreak of war in the Middle East, the continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and a sluggish economic recovery in China.
Inflation remained a concern, but investors were encouraged by the slowing pace of price increases as well as the possibility that the Federal Reserve was nearing the end of its rate-hiking cycle. The Fed held rates steady after raising its short-term lending benchmark rate to a target range of 5.25% to 5.50% in July,
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the highest level since March 2001, and at its final meeting of the year in December, the central bank indicated that there could be three 25-basis-point rate cuts in 2024.
The yield of the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note briefly reached 5.00% in October for the first time since late 2007 before falling back to 3.88% by period-end, the same level where it started the year, amid cooler-than-expected inflation readings and less-hawkish Fed rhetoric. Fixed income benchmarks were lifted late in the year by falling yields. Investment-grade and high yield corporate bonds produced solid returns, supported by the higher coupons that have become available over the past year, as well as increasing hopes that the economy might be able to avoid a recession.
Global economies and markets showed surprising resilience in 2023, but considerable uncertainty remains as we look ahead. Geopolitical events, the path of monetary policy, and the impact of the Fed’s rate hikes on the economy all raise the potential for additional volatility. We believe this environment makes skilled active management a critical tool for identifying risks and opportunities, and our investment teams will continue to use fundamental research to help identify securities that can add value to your portfolio over the long term.
Thank you for your continued confidence in T. Rowe Price.
Sincerely,
Robert Sharps
CEO and President
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Management’s Discussion of Fund Performance
INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE
The fund seeks a high level of dividend income and long-term capital growth.
FUND COMMENTARY
How did the fund perform in the past 12 months?
The Equity Income ETF returned 9.59 % (based on net asset value) and 9.65% (at market price) for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2023. The fund underperformed the Russell 1000 Value Index and its peer group, the Lipper Equity Income Funds Index. (Past performance cannot guarantee future results.)
What factors influenced the fund’s performance?
U.S. equities produced strong gains in 2023, driven by generally favorable corporate earnings, a resilient economy, and increased investor interest in artificial intelligence. Within the portfolio, sector allocation drove relative underperformance, while our favorable stock picks tempered losses.
PERFORMANCE COMPARISON
  Total Return
Periods Ended 12/31/23 6 Months 12 Months
Equity Income ETF (Based on Net Asset Value) 7.24% 9.59%
Equity Income ETF (At Market Price)* 7.20 9.65
Russell 1000 Value Index 6.03 11.46
S&P 500 Index 8.04 26.29
Lipper Equity Income Funds Index 5.68 10.12
*Market returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at market close (typically, 4 p.m. ET) and do not represent returns an investor would have received if shares were traded at other times.
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Our underweight exposure to the communication services sector detracted from relative results, as did select names within the sector. In the interactive media and services space, our underweight to Meta Platforms, which was removed from the Russell 1000 Value Index in June, was a notable headwind over the first half of 2023 as the stock advanced significantly following a shift to a cost focus. The company continued to perform well as it experienced a rebound in digital ad spending and improved monetization trends. Walt Disney shares also hindered relative results as the company struggled with weak Disney+ subscriber growth, a slowdown in park attendance, and a weakening in linear TV profits and revenues. (Please refer to the portfolio of investments for a complete list of holdings and the amount each represents in the portfolio.)
After a strong performance the previous year, CF Industries in the materials sector underperformed amid a volatile backdrop for fertilizer demand and pricing. Early in 2023, weak fertilizer demand pressured shares, although the hydrogen and nitrogen products manufacturer benefited from improved sentiment around the fertilizer cycle midyear. However, weak nitrogen pricing late in the year again weighed on the stock. We continue to own a significant position in CF Industries as we believe that fundamentals for the company will improve in 2024.
Our stock choices and underweight allocation to consumer discretionary weighed on relative performance. Here, our position in Las Vegas Sands was a relative detractor despite improving financial performance amid an ongoing recovery in travel and tourism in Macau and Singapore. Earlier this year, China eased some of its COVID-19 restrictions, which precipitated a rebound in the casino and resort company’s Macau business; nonetheless, its most recent financials showed that revenue had not yet returned to 2019 pre-pandemic levels. However, growth in Singapore remained robust, with tables and slots revenue surpassing third-quarter 2019 levels and hotel occupancy rates over 96%.
On a positive note, our industrials and business services sector holdings added the most to relative results. Specifically, GE recorded a double-digit return as the diversified conglomerate’s shares advanced significantly on a better-than-expected recovery in the aviation industry, improvement in its renewables segment, and positive sentiment following the spinoff of its health care business early in 2023.
In energy, TotalEnergies helped relative performance as its shares outpaced the sector with a double-digit return as the French oil and gas major benefited from continued low-cost production growth and shareholder-friendly capital allocation policies. TotalEnergies is a long-term holding, and we continue to
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value the company’s ability to execute in uncertain environments, its focus on returning cash to shareholders, and its attractive dividend yield. Our underweight holding in Chevron also added value as shares of the energy company fell on declining crude oil and natural gas prices.
How is the fund positioned?
The Equity Income ETF seeks to buy well-established, large-cap companies that have a strong record of paying dividends and appear to be undervalued by the market. The fund’s holdings tend to be solid, higher-quality companies going through a period of controversy or stress, reflecting our dual focus on valuation and dividend yield. Each position is the product of careful stock picking based on the fundamental research generated by T. Rowe Price’s equity analysts team, as opposed to selection based on broader market or macroeconomic trends.
Top purchases covered varied sectors of the market. In financials, we leaned
SECTOR DIVERSIFICATION
  Percent of Net Assets
  6/30/23 12/31/23
Financials 21.1% 23.3%
Health Care 17.7 16.0
Industrials and Business Services 11.0 11.8
Information Technology 8.2 9.0
Energy 8.3 8.8
Consumer Staples 7.9 8.1
Utilities 7.5 6.4
Communication Services 4.6 4.8
Real Estate 4.3 4.3
Consumer Discretionary 4.4 3.4
Materials 3.7 3.3
Other and Reserves 1.3 0.8
Total 100.0% 100.0%
Historical weightings reflect current industry/sector classifications.
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heavily into wealth platform Charles Schwab over the second half of the year, as we believe the market underappreciates how quickly net interest margins are likely to improve. We also value the company’s competitive positioning in fast-growing wealth channels and the strength of its platform and the markets it serves. We also added to our position in U.S. Bancorp, one of the largest U.S. banks, for its defensive credit profile and attractive valuation.
In industrials and business services, we initiated a position in Norfolk Southern, a railroad company that primarily operates in the eastern U.S. and services a diverse set of end markets, including agricultural, metals, and chemicals. In our view, the company should benefit from a strong industry backdrop, margin improvements, optionality around growth, and continued capital return. We also found compelling opportunities in consumer staples. We started positions in (1) Kenvue, a consumer health company that we believe has room for operational improvement, margin expansion, and free cash flow conversion, and (2) in Colgate-Palmolive, a household and consumer products company with leading market share in several key categories whose efforts to stabilize market share through premium product innovation and increased ad spend could positively impact shares.
Turning to sales, our largest sale was reducing our position in GE, of which we sold shares to manage our position size. We continue to have a significant overweight in the diversified conglomerate and remain confident that the company will continue to benefit from a recovery in the aerospace business and further streamlining of its portfolio of assets. In utilities, we reduced our position in Sempra, although we continue to find value in its Texas and California utilities and the liquefied natural gas projects in its infrastructure business. In financials, we sold shares of investment bank Goldman Sachs to moderate our capital markets industry exposure.
What is portfolio management’s outlook?
The market was data-point-driven throughout 2023, and the fourth quarter was no exception, as the market rallied sharply on favorable inflation and employment news. While all eyes remain on the direction of monetary policy, we believe that the Federal Reserve will also be heavily influenced by new data. We therefore expect the market will continue to be volatile, switching between optimism and pessimism depending on the next data point.
This backdrop creates a wide range of potential outcomes, and the likelihood of a recession versus a “soft landing” is largely unknown. We believe that our portfolio has a careful balance of both offensive holdings, which should do well if the market moves higher, and defensive holdings, which should perform well if
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the market moves lower. Going forward, our focus will remain on taking advantage of compelling opportunities as they arise. Ultimately, we believe that individual stock picking will be critical and that our understanding of the company fundamentals of portfolio holdings as well as our valuation discipline and long-term investment horizon will help serve shareholders well over time.
The views expressed reflect the opinions of T. Rowe Price as of the date of this report and are subject to change based on changes in market, economic, or other conditions. These views are not intended to be a forecast of future events and are no guarantee of future results.
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RISKS OF INVESTING IN THE FUND
DIVIDEND-PAYING STOCKS
The fund’s emphasis on dividend-paying stocks could cause the fund to underperform similar funds that invest without consideration of a company’s track record of paying dividends. There is no guarantee that the issuers of the stocks held by the fund will declare dividends in the future or that, if dividends are declared, they will remain at their current levels or increase over time. For example, a sharp rise in interest rates or an economic downturn could cause a company to unexpectedly reduce or eliminate its dividend. In addition, stocks of companies with a history of paying dividends may not benefit from a broad market advance to the same degree as the overall stock market.
STOCK INVESTING
The fund’s share price can fall because of weakness in the overall stock markets, a particular industry, or specific holdings. Stock markets as a whole can be volatile and decline for many reasons, such as adverse local, political, regulatory, or economic developments; changes in investor psychology; or heavy institutional selling at the same time by major institutional investors in the market, such as mutual funds, pension funds, and banks. The prospects for an industry or company may deteriorate because of a variety of factors, including disappointing earnings or changes in the competitive environment. In addition, the advisor’s assessment of companies whose stocks are held by the fund may prove incorrect, resulting in losses or poor performance, even in rising markets. In the event that an issuer is liquidated or declares bankruptcy, the claims of owners of the issuer’s bonds and preferred stock take precedence over the claims of those who own common stock.
For a more thorough discussion of risks, please see the fund’s prospectus.
BENCHMARK INFORMATION
Note: London Stock Exchange Group plc and its group undertakings (collectively, the “LSE Group”). © LSE Group 2024. All rights in the FTSE Russell indexes or data vest in the relevant LSE Group company which owns the index or the data. Neither LSE Group nor its licensors accept any liability for any errors or omissions in the indexes or data and no party may rely on any indexes or data
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contained in this communication. No further distribution of data from the LSE Group is permitted without the relevant LSE Group company’s express written consent. The LSE Group does not promote, sponsor or endorse the content of this communication.
Note: Portions of the mutual fund information contained in this report was supplied by Lipper, a Refinitiv Company, subject to the following: Copyright 2024 © Refinitiv. All rights reserved. Any copying, republication or redistribution of Lipper content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Lipper. Lipper shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.
Note: The S& P 500 Index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global, or its affiliates (“SPDJI”) and has been licensed for use by T. Rowe Price.  Standard & Poor’s® and S&P® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a division of S&P Global (“S&P”); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”); T. Rowe Price is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, or their respective affiliates, and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product(s) nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the S&P 500 Index.
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PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS
TWENTY-FIVE LARGEST HOLDINGS
  Percent of
Net Assets
  12/31/23
Wells Fargo 3.1%
TotalEnergies 3.0
Qualcomm 2.9
Southern Company 2.7
American International Group 2.6
GE 2.4
Elevance Health 2.3
News Corp 2.3
Chubb 2.2
Becton, Dickinson & Company 1.8
CF Industries 1.8
L3Harris Technologies 1.8
Boeing 1.7
Equitable Holdings 1.7
Microsoft 1.7
Philip Morris International 1.7
Weyerhaeuser 1.7
Charles Schwab 1.6
MetLife 1.5
Equity Residential 1.4
ExxonMobil 1.4
U.S. Bancorp 1.4
Zimmer Biomet Holdings 1.4
Dominion Energy 1.3
Fifth Third Bancorp 1.3
Total 48.7%
Note: The information shown does not reflect any exchange-traded funds (ETFs), cash reserves, or collateral for securities lending that may be held in the portfolio.
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GROWTH OF $10,000
This chart shows the value of a hypothetical $10,000 investment in the fund over the past 10 fiscal year periods or since inception (for funds lacking 10-year records). The result is compared with benchmarks, which include a broad-based market index and may also include a peer group average or index. Market indexes do not include expenses, which are deducted from fund returns as well as mutual fund averages and indexes.
Equity Income ETF
Note: See the Average Annual Compound Total Return table.
*Since 8/31/20.
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AVERAGE ANNUAL COMPOUND TOTAL RETURN
Periods Ended 12/31/23 One Year Since
Inception
8/4/20
Equity Income ETF (Based on Net Asset Value) 9.59% 14.65%
Equity Income ETF (At Market Price) 9.65 14.65
The fund’s performance information represents only past performance and is not necessarily an indication of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data cited. Share price, principal value, and return will vary, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares. Market returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at market close (typically, 4 p.m. ET) and do not represent returns an investor would have received if shares were traded at other times. For the most recent month-end performance, please visit our website (troweprice.com).
This table shows how the fund would have performed each year if its actual (or cumulative) returns had been earned at a constant rate. Average annual total return figures include changes in principal value, reinvested dividends, and capital gain distributions. Returns do not reflect taxes that the shareholder may pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. When assessing performance, investors should consider both short- and long-term returns.
PREMIUM/DISCOUNT INFORMATION
The frequency at which the daily market prices were at a discount or premium to the fund’s net asset value is available on the fund’s website (troweprice.com).
EXPENSE RATIO
Equity Income ETF 0.54%
The expense ratio shown is as of the fund’s most recent prospectus. This number may vary from the expense ratio shown elsewhere in this report because it is based on a different time period and, if applicable, includes acquired fund fees and expenses but does not include fee or expense waivers.
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FUND EXPENSE EXAMPLE
As a shareholder, you may incur two types of costs: (1) transaction costs, such as brokerage commissions on purchases and sales, and (2) ongoing costs, including management fees and other fund expenses. The following 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 most recent six-month period and held for the entire period.
Actual Expenses
The first line of the following table (Actual) provides information about actual account values and expenses based on the fund’s actual returns. You may use the information on this line, together with your account balance, 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 on the first line under the heading “Expenses Paid During Period” to estimate the expenses you paid on your account during this period.
Hypothetical Example for Comparison Purposes
The information on the second line of the table (Hypothetical) is based on hypothetical account values and expenses derived from the fund’s actual expense ratio and an assumed 5% per year rate of return before expenses (not the fund’s actual return). You may compare the ongoing costs of investing in the fund with other funds by contrasting this 5% hypothetical example and the 5% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports of the other funds. 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 should also be aware that the expenses shown in the table highlight only your ongoing costs and do not reflect any transaction costs, such as brokerage commissions paid on purchases and sales of 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. To the extent a fund charges transaction costs, however, the total cost of owning that fund is higher.
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Equity Income ETF
  Beginning
Account Value
7/1/23
Ending
Account Value
12/31/23
Expenses Paid
During Period*
7/1/23 to 12/31/23
Actual $1,000.00 $1,072.40 $2.82
Hypothetical (assumes 5% return before expenses) 1,000.00 1,022.48 2.75
    
* Expenses are equal to the fund’s annualized expense ratio for the 6-month period (0.54%), multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by the number of days in the most recent fiscal half year (184), and divided by the days in the year (365) to reflect the half-year period.
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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
For a share outstanding throughout each period

  Year
Ended
    8/4/20 (1)
Through
  12/31/23 12/31/22 12/31/21 12/31/20
NET ASSET VALUE        
Beginning of period $  34.10 $  36.08 $  29.49 $  25.00
Investment activities        
Net investment income(2) (3) 0.80 0.74 0.64 0.27
Net realized and unrealized gain/loss 2.40 (1.93) 7.04 4.46
Total from investment activities 3.20 (1.19) 7.68 4.73
Distributions        
Net investment income (0.77) (0.70) (0.59) (0.24)
Net realized gain - (0.09) (0.50) -
Total distributions (0.77) (0.79) (1.09) (0.24)
NET ASSET VALUE        
End of period $ 36.53 $ 34.10 $ 36.08 $ 29.49
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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
For a share outstanding throughout each period

  Year
Ended
    8/4/20 (1)
Through
  12/31/23 12/31/22 12/31/21 12/31/20
Ratios/Supplemental Data
Total return, based on NAV(3) (4) 9.59% (3.25)% 26.25% 19.01%
Ratios to average net
assets:(3)
       
Gross expenses before
waivers/payments by
Price Associates
0.54% 0.54% 0.54% 0.54% (5)
Net expenses after
waivers/payments by
Price Associates
0.54% 0.54% 0.54% 0.54% (5)
Net investment income 2.34% 2.13% 1.85% 2.44% (5)
Portfolio turnover rate(6) 20.4% 19.7% 24.5% 9.0%
Net assets, end of period
(in thousands)
$ 140,451 $ 99,063 $ 57,722 $ 23,883
    
(1)  Inception date
(2)  Per share amounts calculated using average shares outstanding method.
(3)  See Note 6 for details to expense-related arrangements with Price Associates.
(4)  Total return reflects the rate that an investor would have earned on an investment in the fund during each period, assuming reinvestment of all distributions. Total return is not annualized for periods less than one year.
(5)  Annualized
(6)  Portfolio turnover excludes securities received or delivered through in-kind share transactions.
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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December 31, 2023
PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS Shares $ Value
(Cost and value in $000s)    
     
COMMON STOCKS 99.1%
COMMUNICATION SERVICES 4.8%
Diversified Telecommunication Services 0.8%    
AT&T 12,603 211
Verizon Communications 23,944 903
    1,114
Entertainment 1.1%    
Walt Disney 17,982 1,624
    1,624
Interactive Media & Services 0.2%    
Meta Platforms, Class A (1) 727 257
    257
Media 2.7%    
Comcast, Class A 11,808 518
News, Class A 119,002 2,922
News, Class B 12,031 309
    3,749
Total Communication Services   6,744
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY 3.4%
Automobiles 0.7%    
General Motors 27,059 972
    972
Broadline Retail 0.5%    
Kohl's (2) 25,591 734
    734
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  Shares $ Value
(Cost and value in $000s)    
Hotels Restaurants & Leisure 1.0%    
Las Vegas Sands 29,059 1,430
    1,430
Leisure Products 0.5%    
Mattel (1) 39,546 747
    747
Specialty Retail 0.7%    
Best Buy 6,412 502
TJX 4,823 452
    954
Total Consumer Discretionary   4,837
CONSUMER STAPLES 8.1%
Beverages 0.3%    
Constellation Brands, Class A 1,657 401
    401
Consumer Staples Distribution & Retail 1.3%    
Dollar General 2,569 349
Walmart 9,426 1,486
    1,835
Food Products 2.1%    
Conagra Brands 58,006 1,663
Mondelez International, Class A 2,788 202
Tyson Foods, Class A 21,474 1,154
    3,019
Household Products 1.7%    
Colgate-Palmolive 11,616 926
Kimberly-Clark 12,035 1,462
    2,388
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  Shares $ Value
(Cost and value in $000s)    
Personal Care Products 1.0%    
Kenvue 63,421 1,365
    1,365
Tobacco 1.7%    
Philip Morris International 25,644 2,413
    2,413
Total Consumer Staples   11,421
ENERGY 8.8%
Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels 8.8%    
Chevron 1,934 289
ConocoPhillips 3,001 348
Enbridge 23,629 851
EOG Resources 9,521 1,152
EQT 15,399 595
Exxon Mobil 19,135 1,913
Hess 8,485 1,223
Suncor Energy 22,087 708
TC Energy (2) 15,984 625
TotalEnergies, ADR (2) 61,799 4,164
Williams 13,010 453
Total Energy   12,321
FINANCIALS 23.3%
Banks 9.1%    
Bank of America 21,679 730
Citigroup 15,457 795
Fifth Third Bancorp 54,233 1,871
Huntington Bancshares 113,074 1,438
JPMorgan Chase 9,694 1,649
PNC Financial Services Group 147 23
US Bancorp 44,140 1,910
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  Shares $ Value
(Cost and value in $000s)    
Wells Fargo 87,588 4,311
    12,727
Capital Markets 2.7%    
Bank of New York Mellon 5,684 296
Carlyle Group 2,644 108
Charles Schwab 32,929 2,265
Goldman Sachs Group 1,270 490
Morgan Stanley 6,557 611
State Street 388 30
    3,800
Financial Services 3.2%    
Apollo Global Management 4,146 387
Equitable Holdings 72,135 2,402
Fiserv (1) 12,437 1,652
    4,441
Insurance 8.3%    
American International Group 53,159 3,601
Chubb 13,573 3,067
Hartford Financial Services Group 18,632 1,498
Loews 21,275 1,481
MetLife 31,285 2,069
    11,716
Total Financials   32,684
HEALTH CARE 16.0%
Biotechnology 1.1%    
AbbVie 6,619 1,026
Biogen (1) 2,062 533
    1,559
Health Care Equipment & Supplies 4.6%    
Becton Dickinson 10,504 2,561
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  Shares $ Value
(Cost and value in $000s)    
GE HealthCare Technologies 9,525 737
Medtronic 14,373 1,184
Zimmer Biomet Holdings 15,761 1,918
    6,400
Health Care Providers & Services 5.1%    
Cardinal Health 2,317 234
Centene (1) 4,530 336
Cigna 5,080 1,521
CVS Health 21,790 1,721
Elevance Health 6,903 3,255
Humana 370 169
    7,236
Pharmaceuticals 5.2%    
AstraZeneca, ADR 13,838 932
Johnson & Johnson 10,486 1,643
Merck 11,497 1,253
Pfizer 49,665 1,430
Sanofi, ADR 20,486 1,019
Viatris 91,583 992
    7,269
Total Health Care   22,464
INDUSTRIALS & BUSINESS SERVICES 11.8%
Aerospace & Defense 3.6%    
Boeing (1) 9,362 2,440
L3Harris Technologies 12,101 2,549
    4,989
Air Freight & Logistics 1.0%    
United Parcel Service, Class B 9,164 1,441
    1,441
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  Shares $ Value
(Cost and value in $000s)    
Commercial Services & Supplies 0.5%    
Stericycle (1) 15,201 753
    753
Ground Transportation 1.3%    
Norfolk Southern 4,636 1,096
Union Pacific 2,890 710
    1,806
Industrial Conglomerates 2.8%    
3M 2,974 325
General Electric 26,488 3,381
Honeywell International 1,156 242
    3,948
Machinery 1.7%    
Cummins 1,858 445
Flowserve 3,631 150
Stanley Black & Decker 18,341 1,799
    2,394
Passenger Airlines 0.9%    
Southwest Airlines 42,441 1,226
    1,226
Total Industrials & Business Services   16,557
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 8.9%
Communications Equipment 0.2%    
Cisco Systems 5,897 298
    298
Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components 0.5%    
TE Connectivity 5,367 754
    754
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  Shares $ Value
(Cost and value in $000s)    
IT Services 0.5%    
Accenture, Class A 2,183 766
    766
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment 6.0%    
Advanced Micro Devices (1) 600 88
Applied Materials 10,082 1,634
Intel 2,600 131
NXP Semiconductors 5,308 1,219
QUALCOMM 28,059 4,058
Texas Instruments 7,166 1,222
    8,352
Software 1.7%    
Microsoft 6,426 2,416
    2,416
Total Information Technology   12,586
MATERIALS 3.3%
Chemicals 2.1%    
CF Industries Holdings 32,434 2,579
International Flavors & Fragrances 4,044 327
RPM International 304 34
    2,940
Containers & Packaging 1.2%    
International Paper 45,460 1,643
    1,643
Total Materials   4,583
REAL ESTATE 4.3%
Health Care REITs 0.2%    
Welltower, REIT 2,918 263
    263
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  Shares $ Value
(Cost and value in $000s)    
Office REITs 0.1%    
Vornado Realty Trust, REIT 3,425 97
    97
Residential REITs 1.4%    
Equity Residential, REIT 32,468 1,986
    1,986
Specialized REITs 2.6%    
Rayonier, REIT 36,719 1,227
Weyerhaeuser, REIT 70,621 2,455
    3,682
Total Real Estate   6,028
UTILITIES 6.4%
Electric Utilities 3.7%    
NextEra Energy 20,378 1,238
PG&E 10,147 183
Southern 53,480 3,750
    5,171
Multi-Utilities 2.7%    
Ameren 7,547 546
Dominion Energy 40,043 1,882
NiSource 11,521 306
Sempra 15,020 1,122
    3,856
Total Utilities   9,027
Total Common Stocks (Cost $128,964)   139,252
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  Shares $ Value
(Cost and value in $000s)    
SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS 0.7%
Money Market Funds 0.7%    
State Street Institutional U.S. Government Money Market Fund, 5.32% (3) 956,071 956
Total Short-Term Investments (Cost $956)   956
SECURITIES LENDING COLLATERAL 3.6%
Investments in a Pooled Account through Securities Lending Program with State Street Bank 3.6%    
Money Market Funds 3.6%    
T. Rowe Price Government Reserve Fund, 5.42% (3)(4) 5,029,570 5,030
Total Investments in a Pooled Account through Securities Lending Program with State Street Bank   5,030
Total Securities Lending Collateral (Cost $5,030)   5,030
Total Investments in Securities
103.4% of Net Assets (Cost $134,950)
  $145,238
    
   
Shares are denominated in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.
(1) Non-income producing.
(2) All or a portion of this security is on loan at December 31, 2023. See Note 3.
(3) Seven-day yield
(4) Affiliated Companies
ADR American Depositary Receipts
REIT A domestic Real Estate Investment Trust whose distributions pass-through with original tax character to the shareholder
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AFFILIATED COMPANIES
($000s)
The fund may invest in certain securities that are considered affiliated companies. As defined by the 1940 Act, an affiliated company is one in which the fund owns 5% or more of the outstanding voting securities, or a company that is under common ownership or control. The following securities were considered affiliated companies for all or some portion of the year ended December 31, 2023. Net realized gain (loss), investment income, change in net unrealized gain/loss, and purchase and sales cost reflect all activity for the period then ended.
Affiliate Net Realized Gain
(Loss)
Changes in Net
Unrealized
Gain/Loss
Investment
Income
T. Rowe Price Government Reserve Fund $ $— $—++
Totals $—# $— $ —+
    
Supplementary Investment Schedule
Affiliate Value
12/31/22
Purchase
Cost
Sales
Cost
Value
12/31/23
T. Rowe Price Government Reserve Fund $ ¤ ¤ $ 5,030
  Total     $5,030^
    
++ Excludes earnings on securities lending collateral, which are subject to rebates and fees as described in Note 3.
# Capital gain distributions from mutual funds represented $0 of the net realized gain (loss).
+ Investment income comprised $0 of dividend income and $0 of interest income.
¤ Purchase and sale information not shown for cash management funds.
^ The cost basis of investments in affiliated companies was $5,030.
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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December 31, 2023
     STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES    

($000s, except shares and per share amounts)
Assets  
Investments in securities, at value (cost $134,950) $ 145,238 
Receivable for shares sold 1,096 
Dividends receivable 297 
Total assets 146,631 
Liabilities  
Obligation to return securities lending collateral 5,030 
Payable for investment securities purchased 1,085 
Investment management and administrative fees payable 62 
Other liabilities 3 
Total liabilities 6,180 
NET ASSETS $ 140,451
Net assets consists of:  
Total distributable earnings (loss) $ 9,261 
Paid-in capital applicable to 3,845,000 shares of $0.0001 par value
capital stock outstanding; 4,000,000,000 shares authorized
131,190 
NET ASSETS $140,451
NET ASSET VALUE PER SHARE $ 36.53
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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     STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS    

($000s)
  Year
Ended
  12/31/23
Investment Income (Loss)  
Income  
Dividend (net of foreign taxes of $47) $ 3,296 
Securities lending 5 
Total income 3,301 
Investment management and administrative expense 619 
Net investment income 2,682 
Realized and Unrealized Gain / Loss  
Net realized gain (loss)  
Securities (681)
In-kind redemptions 1,248 
Foreign currency transactions (1)
Net realized gain 566 
Change in net unrealized gain / loss on securities 7,820 
Net realized and unrealized gain / loss 8,386 
INCREASE IN NET ASSETS FROM OPERATIONS $11,068
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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     STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS    

($000s)
  Year
Ended
   
  12/31/23   12/31/22
Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets      
Operations      
Net investment income $ 2,682    $ 1,844 
Net realized gain 566    2,855 
Change in net unrealized gain / loss 7,820    (7,462)
Increase (decrease) in net assets from operations 11,068    (2,763)
Distributions to shareholders      
Net earnings (2,633)   (2,076)
Capital share transactions*      
Shares sold 38,192    58,424 
Shares redeemed (5,239)   (12,244)
Increase in net assets from capital share transactions 32,953    46,180 
Net Assets      
Increase during period 41,388    41,341 
Beginning of period 99,063    57,722 
End of period $140,451   $ 99,063
*Share information      
Shares sold 1,095    1,655 
Shares redeemed (155)   (350)
Increase in shares outstanding 940    1,305 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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     NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS    

T. Rowe Price Exchange-Traded Funds, Inc. (the corporation) is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act). The Equity Income ETF (the fund) is a diversified, open-end management investment company established by the corporation. The fund seeks a high level of dividend income and long-term capital growth.
The fund is considered an actively-managed exchange-traded fund (ETF) that does not disclose its portfolio holdings daily, which is different from a traditional ETF and may create additional risks. In order to provide market participants with information on the fund’s investments, the fund publishes a “Proxy Portfolio” on its website daily. A Proxy Portfolio is a basket of securities that is designed to closely track the daily performance of the fund’s portfolio holdings. While the Proxy Portfolio includes some of the fund’s holdings, it is not the fund’s actual portfolio. The fund does disclose its full portfolio holdings on a quarterly basis, similar to mutual funds.
NOTE  1  –   SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Basis of Preparation
The fund is an investment company and follows accounting and reporting guidance in the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification Topic 946 (ASC 946). The accompanying financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP), including, but not limited to, ASC 946. GAAP requires the use of estimates made by management. Management believes that estimates and valuations are appropriate; however, actual results may differ from those estimates, and the valuations reflected in the accompanying financial statements may differ from the value ultimately realized upon sale or maturity.
Investment Transactions, Investment Income, and Distributions
Investment transactions are accounted for on the trade date basis. Income and expenses are recorded on the accrual basis. Realized gains and losses are reported on the identified cost basis. Income tax-related interest and penalties, if incurred, are recorded as income tax expense. Dividends received from other investment companies are reflected as dividend income; capital gain distributions are reflected as realized gain/loss. Dividend income and capital gain distributions are recorded on the ex-dividend date. Distributions from REITs are initially recorded as dividend income and, to the extent such represent a return of capital or capital gain for tax purposes, are reclassified when such information becomes available. Non-cash dividends, if any, are recorded at the fair market value of the asset
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received. Proceeds from litigation payments, if any, are included in either net realized gain (loss) or change in net unrealized gain/loss from securities. Distributions to shareholders are recorded on the ex-dividend date. Income distributions, if any, are declared and paid quarterly. A capital gain distribution, if any, may also be declared and paid by the fund annually. Dividends and distributions cannot be automatically reinvested in additional shares of the fund.
Capital Transactions
The fund issues and redeems shares at its net asset value (NAV) only with Authorized Participants and only in large blocks of 5,000 shares (each, a “Creation Unit”). The fund’s NAV per share is computed at the close of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). However, the NAV per share may be calculated at a time other than the normal close of the NYSE if trading on the NYSE is restricted, if the NYSE closes earlier, or as may be permitted by the SEC. Individual fund shares may not be purchased or redeemed directly with the fund. An Authorized Participant may purchase or redeem a Creation Unit of the fund each business day that the fund is open in exchange for the delivery of a designated portfolio of in-kind securities and/or cash. When purchasing or redeeming Creation Units, Authorized Participants are also required to pay a fixed and/or variable purchase or redemption transaction fee as well as any applicable additional variable charge to defray the transaction cost to a fund.
Individual fund shares may be purchased and sold only on a national securities exchange through brokers. Shares are listed for trading on NYSE Arca, Inc. (NYSE Arca) and because the shares will trade at market prices rather than NAV, shares may trade at prices greater than NAV (at a premium), at NAV, or less than NAV (at a discount). The fund’s shares are ordinarily valued as of the close of regular trading (normally 4:00 p.m. Eastern time) on each day that the NYSE Arca is open.
New Accounting Guidance
In June 2022, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU), ASU 2022-03, Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820) – Fair Value Measurement of Equity Securities Subject to Contractual Sale Restrictions, which clarifies that a contractual restriction on the sale of an equity security is not considered part of the unit of account of the equity security and, therefore, is not considered in measuring fair value. The amendments under this ASU are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023; however, the fund opted to early adopt, as permitted, effective December 1, 2022. Adoption of the guidance did not have a material impact on the fund’s financial statements.
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Indemnification
In the normal course of business, the fund may provide indemnification in connection with its officers and directors, service providers, and/or private company investments. The fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown; however, the risk of material loss is currently considered to be remote.
NOTE  2  –   VALUATION
Fair Value
The fund’s financial instruments are valued at the close of the NYSE and are reported at fair value, which GAAP defines as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The fund’s Board of Directors (the Board) has designated T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. as the fund’s valuation designee (Valuation Designee). Subject to oversight by the Board, the Valuation Designee performs the following functions in performing fair value determinations: assesses and manages valuation risks; establishes and applies fair value methodologies; tests fair value methodologies; and evaluates pricing vendors and pricing agents. The duties and responsibilities of the Valuation Designee are performed by its Valuation Committee. The Valuation Designee provides periodic reporting to the Board on valuation matters.
Various valuation techniques and inputs are used to determine the fair value of financial instruments. GAAP establishes the following fair value hierarchy that categorizes the inputs used to measure fair value:
Level 1  –  quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical financial instruments that the fund can access at the reporting date
Level 2  –  inputs other than Level 1 quoted prices that are observable, either directly or indirectly (including, but not limited to, quoted prices for similar financial instruments in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar financial instruments in inactive markets, interest rates and yield curves, implied volatilities, and credit spreads)
Level 3  –  unobservable inputs (including the Valuation Designee’s assumptions in determining fair value)
Observable inputs are developed using market data, such as publicly available information about actual events or transactions, and reflect the assumptions that market participants would use to price the financial instrument. Unobservable inputs are those for which market data are not available and are developed using the best information available about
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the assumptions that market participants would use to price the financial instrument. GAAP requires valuation techniques to maximize the use of relevant observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. When multiple inputs are used to derive fair value, the financial instrument is assigned to the level within the fair value hierarchy based on the lowest-level input that is significant to the fair value of the financial instrument. Input levels are not necessarily an indication of the risk or liquidity associated with financial instruments at that level but rather the degree of judgment used in determining those values.
Valuation Techniques
Equity securities, including exchange-traded funds, listed or regularly traded on a securities exchange or in the over-the-counter (OTC) market are valued at the last quoted sale price or, for certain markets, the official closing price at the time the valuations are made. A security that is listed or traded on more than one exchange is valued at the quotation on the exchange determined to be the primary market for such security. Listed securities not traded on a particular day are valued at the mean of the closing bid and asked prices for domestic securities.
Investments in mutual funds are valued at the mutual fund’s closing NAV per share on the day of valuation. Assets and liabilities other than financial instruments, including short-term receivables and payables, are carried at cost, or estimated realizable value, if less, which approximates fair value.
Investments for which market quotations are not readily available or deemed unreliable are valued at fair value as determined in good faith by the Valuation Designee. The Valuation Designee has adopted methodologies for determining the fair value of investments for which market quotations are not readily available or deemed unreliable, including the use of other pricing sources. Factors used in determining fair value vary by type of investment and may include market or investment specific considerations. The Valuation Designee typically will afford greatest weight to actual prices in arm’s length transactions, to the extent they represent orderly transactions between market participants, transaction information can be reliably obtained, and prices are deemed representative of fair value. However, the Valuation Designee may also consider other valuation methods such as market-based valuation multiples; a discount or premium from market value of a similar, freely traded security of the same issuer; discounted cash flows; yield to maturity; or some combination. Fair value determinations are reviewed on a regular basis. Because any fair value determination involves a significant amount of judgment, there is a degree of subjectivity inherent in such pricing decisions. Fair value prices determined by the Valuation Designee could differ from those of other market participants, and it is possible that the fair value determined for a security may be materially different from the value that could be realized upon the sale of that security.
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Valuation Inputs
On December 31, 2023, all of the fund’s financial instruments were classified as Level 1, based on the inputs used to determine their fair values.
NOTE  3  –   OTHER INVESTMENT TRANSACTIONS
Consistent with its investment objective, the fund engages in the following practices to manage exposure to certain risks and/or to enhance performance. The investment objective, policies, program, and risk factors of the fund are described more fully in the fund’s prospectus and Statement of Additional Information.
Securities Lending
The fund may lend its securities to approved borrowers to earn additional income. Its securities lending activities are administered by a lending agent in accordance with a securities lending agreement. Security loans generally do not have stated maturity dates, and the fund may recall a security at any time. The fund receives collateral in the form of cash or U.S. government securities. Collateral is maintained over the life of the loan in an amount not less than the value of loaned securities; any additional collateral required due to changes in security values is delivered to the fund the next business day. Cash collateral is invested in accordance with investment guidelines approved by fund management. Additionally, the lending agent indemnifies the fund against losses resulting from borrower default. Although risk is mitigated by the collateral and indemnification, the fund could experience a delay in recovering its securities and a possible loss of income or value if the borrower fails to return the securities, collateral investments decline in value, and the lending agent fails to perform. Securities lending revenue consists of earnings on invested collateral and borrowing fees, net of any rebates to the borrower, compensation to the lending agent, and other administrative costs. In accordance with GAAP, investments made with cash collateral are reflected in the accompanying financial statements, but collateral received in the form of securities is not. At December 31, 2023, the value of loaned securities was $4,925,000; the value of cash collateral and related investments was $5,030,000.
Other
Purchases and sales of portfolio securities excluding in-kind transactions and short-term securities aggregated $23,734,000 and $23,183,000, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2023. Portfolio securities received and delivered through in-kind transactions aggregated $37,679,000 and $5,168,000, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2023.
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NOTE  4  –   FEDERAL INCOME TAXES
Generally, no provision for federal income taxes is required since the fund intends to continue to qualify as a regulated investment company under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code and distribute to shareholders all of its taxable income and gains. Distributions determined in accordance with federal income tax regulations may differ in amount or character from net investment income and realized gains for financial reporting purposes.
The fund files U.S. federal, state, and local tax returns as required. The fund’s tax returns are subject to examination by the relevant tax authorities until expiration of the applicable statute of limitations, which is generally three years after the filing of the tax return but which can be extended to six years in certain circumstances. Tax returns for open years have incorporated no uncertain tax positions that require a provision for income taxes.
Capital accounts within the financial reporting records are adjusted for permanent book/tax differences to reflect tax character but are not adjusted for temporary differences. The permanent book/tax adjustments, if any, have no impact on results of operations or net assets. The permanent book/tax adjustments relate primarily to redemptions in kind.
The tax character of distributions paid for the periods presented was as follows:
($000s)    
  December 31, December 31,
  2023 2022
Ordinary income (including short-term capital gains, if any) $2,633 $1,868
Long-term capital gain 208
Total distributions $2,633 $2,076
At December 31, 2023, the tax-basis cost of investments, (including derivatives, if any) and gross unrealized appreciation and depreciation were as follows:
($000s)  
Cost of investments $134,976
Unrealized appreciation $ 15,105
Unrealized depreciation (4,843)
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) $ 10,262
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At December 31, 2023, the tax-basis components of accumulated net earnings (loss) were as follows:
($000s)  
Undistributed ordinary income $ 49
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) 10,262
Loss carryforwards and deferrals (1,050)
Total distributable earnings (loss) $ 9,261
Temporary differences between book-basis and tax-basis components of total distributable earnings (loss) arise when certain items of income, gain, or loss are recognized in different periods for financial statement purposes versus for tax purposes; these differences will reverse in a subsequent reporting period. The temporary differences relate primarily to the deferral of losses from wash sales. The loss carryforwards and deferrals primarily relate to capital loss carryforwards. Capital loss carryforwards are available indefinitely to offset future realized capital gains.
NOTE  5  –   FOREIGN TAXES
The fund is subject to foreign income taxes imposed by certain countries in which it invests. Additionally, capital gains realized upon disposition of securities issued in or by certain foreign countries are subject to capital gains tax imposed by those countries. All taxes are computed in accordance with the applicable foreign tax law, and, to the extent permitted, capital losses are used to offset capital gains. Taxes attributable to income are accrued by the fund as a reduction of income. Current and deferred tax expense attributable to capital gains is reflected as a component of realized or change in unrealized gain/loss on securities in the accompanying financial statements. To the extent that the fund has country specific capital loss carryforwards, such carryforwards are applied against net unrealized gains when determining the deferred tax liability. Any deferred tax liability incurred by the fund is included in either Other liabilities or Deferred tax liability on the accompanying Statement of Assets and Liabilities.
NOTE  6  –   RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
The fund is managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. (Price Associates), a wholly owned subsidiary of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (Price Group). The investment management and administrative agreement between the fund and Price Associates provides for an all-inclusive annual fee equal to 0.54% of the fund’s average daily net assets. The fee is
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computed daily and paid monthly. The all-inclusive fee covers investment management services and ordinary, recurring operating expenses but does not cover interest and borrowing expenses; taxes; brokerage commissions and other transaction costs; fund proxy expenses; and nonrecurring and extraordinary expenses.
T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc. (Investment Services) serves as distributor to the fund. Pursuant to an underwriting agreement, no compensation for any distribution services provided is paid to Investment Services by the fund.
Cash collateral from securities lending, if any, is invested in the T. Rowe Price Government Reserve Fund (the Price Reserve Fund), a money market fund offered as a short-term investment option to mutual funds, trusts, and other accounts managed by Price Associates or its affiliates and is not available for direct purchase by members of the public. The Price Reserve Fund does not pay investment management fees.
As of December 31, 2023, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., or its wholly owned subsidiaries, owned 1,176,009 shares of the fund, representing 31% of the fund’s net assets.
The fund may participate in securities purchase and sale transactions with other funds or accounts advised by Price Associates (cross trades), in accordance with procedures adopted by the fund’s Board and Securities and Exchange Commission rules, which require, among other things, that such purchase and sale cross trades be effected at the independent current market price of the security. During the year ended December 31, 2023, the fund had no purchases or sales cross trades with other funds or accounts advised by Price Associates.
Price Associates has voluntarily agreed to reimburse the fund from its own resources on a monthly basis for the cost of investment research embedded in the cost of the fund’s securities trades. This agreement may be rescinded at any time. For the year ended December 31, 2023, this reimbursement amounted to $2,000, which is included in Net realized gain (loss) on Securities in the Statement of Operations.
NOTE  7  –   OTHER MATTERS
Unpredictable events such as environmental or natural disasters, war and conflict, terrorism, geopolitical events, and public health epidemics and similar public health threats may significantly affect the economy and the markets and issuers in which the fund invests. Certain events may cause instability across global markets, including reduced liquidity and disruptions in trading markets, while some events may affect certain geographic regions, countries, sectors, and industries more significantly than others, and exacerbate other pre-existing political, social, and economic risks.
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The global outbreak of COVID-19 and related governmental and public responses have led and may continue to lead to increased market volatility and the potential for illiquidity in certain classes of securities and sectors of the market either in specific countries or worldwide.
In February 2022, Russian forces entered Ukraine and commenced an armed conflict, leading to economic sanctions imposed on Russia that target certain of its citizens and issuers and sectors of the Russian economy, creating impacts on Russian-related stocks and debt and greater volatility in global markets.
In March 2023, the banking industry experienced heightened volatility, which sparked concerns of potential broader adverse market conditions.  The extent of impact of these events on the US and global markets is highly uncertain.
These are recent examples of global events which may have a negative impact on the values of certain portfolio holdings or the fund’s overall performance. Management is actively monitoring the risks and financial impacts arising from these events.
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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the Board of Directors of T. Rowe Price Exchange-Traded Funds, Inc. and Shareholders of T. Rowe Price Equity Income ETF
Opinion on the Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities, including the portfolio of investments, of T. Rowe Price Equity Income ETF (one of the funds constituting T. Rowe Price Exchange-Traded Funds, Inc., referred to hereafter as the "Fund") as of December 31, 2023, the related statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2023, the statement of changes in net assets for each of the two years in the period ended December 31, 2023, including the related notes, and the financial highlights for each of the years ended December 31, 2023, 2022 and 2021 and for the period August 4, 2020 (inception) through December 31, 2020 (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 December 31, 2023, the results of its operations for the year then ended, the changes in its net assets for each of the two years in the period ended December 31, 2023 and the financial highlights for each of the years ended December 31, 2023, 2022 and 2021 and for the period August 4, 2020 (inception) through December 31, 2020 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 of these financial statements 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.
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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM 
(CONTINUED)
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 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. Our procedures included confirmation of securities owned as of December 31, 2023 by correspondence with the custodian and brokers; when replies were not received from brokers, we performed other auditing procedures.  We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
/s/  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Baltimore, Maryland
February 16, 2024
We have served as the auditor of one or more investment companies in the T. Rowe Price group of investment companies since 1973.
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TAX INFORMATION (UNAUDITED) FOR THE TAX YEAR ENDED 12/31/23
We are providing this information as required by the Internal Revenue Code. The amounts shown may differ from those elsewhere in this report because of differences between tax and financial reporting requirements. The fund’s distributions to shareholders included:
For taxable non-corporate shareholders, $2,966,000 of the fund’s income represents qualified dividend income subject to a long-term capital gains tax rate of not greater than 20%.
For corporate shareholders,  $2,583,000 of the fund’s income qualifies for the dividends-received deduction.
INFORMATION ON PROXY VOTING POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND RECORDS
A description of the policies and procedures used by T. Rowe Price funds and portfolios to determine how to vote proxies relating to portfolio securities is available in each  fund’s Statement of Additional Information. You may request this document by calling 1-800-638-5660 or by accessing the SEC’s website, sec.gov.
The description of our proxy voting policies and procedures is also available on our corporate website. To access it, please visit the following Web page:
https://www.troweprice.com/corporate/en/utility/policies.html
Scroll down to the section near the bottom of the page that says, “Proxy Voting Policies.”  Click on the Proxy Voting Policies link in the shaded box.
Each fund’s most recent annual proxy voting record is available on our website and  through the SEC’s website. To access it through T. Rowe Price, visit the website location shown above, and scroll down to the section near the bottom of the page that says, “Proxy Voting Records.” Click on the Proxy Voting Records link in the shaded box.
HOW TO OBTAIN QUARTERLY PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS
The fund files a complete schedule of portfolio holdings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the first and third quarters of each fiscal year as an exhibit to its reports on Form N-PORT. The fund’s Form N-PORT is available electronically on the SEC’s website (sec.gov). In addition, most T. Rowe Price funds disclose their first and third fiscal quarter-end holdings on troweprice.com.
TAILORED SHAREHOLDER REPORTS FOR MUTUAL FUNDS AND EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS
In October 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted rule and form amendments requiring Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds to transmit concise and visually engaging streamlined annual and semiannual reports that highlight key information to shareholders. Other information, including financial statements, will no longer appear in
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the funds’ shareholder reports but will be available online, delivered free of charge upon request, and filed on a semiannual basis on Form N-CSR. The rule and form amendments have a compliance date of July 24, 2024.
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Liquidity Risk Management Program
In accordance with Rule 22e-4 (Liquidity Rule) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, the fund has established a liquidity risk management program (Liquidity Program) reasonably designed to assess and manage the fund’s liquidity risk, which generally represents the risk that the fund would not be able to meet redemption requests without significant dilution of remaining investors’ interests in the fund. The fund’s Board of Directors (Board) has appointed the fund’s investment adviser, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. (Adviser), as the administrator of the Liquidity Program. As administrator, the Adviser is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Liquidity Program and, among other things, is responsible for assessing, managing, and reviewing with the Board at least annually the liquidity risk of each T. Rowe Price fund. The Adviser has delegated oversight of the Liquidity Program to a Liquidity Risk Committee (LRC), which is a cross-functional committee composed of personnel from multiple departments within the Adviser. 
The Liquidity Program’s principal objectives include supporting the T. Rowe Price funds’ compliance with limits on investments in illiquid assets and mitigating the risk that the fund will be unable to timely meet its redemption obligations. The Liquidity Program also includes a number of elements that support the management and assessment of liquidity risk, including an annual assessment of factors that influence the fund’s liquidity and the periodic classification and reclassification of a fund’s investments into categories that reflect the LRC’s assessment of their relative liquidity under current market conditions. Under the Liquidity Program, every investment held by the fund is classified at least monthly into one of four liquidity categories based on estimations of the investment’s ability to be sold during designated time frames in current market conditions without significantly changing the investment’s market value.
As required by the Liquidity Rule, at a meeting held on July 24, 2023, the Board was presented with an annual assessment that was prepared by the LRC on behalf of the Adviser and addressed the operation of the Liquidity Program and assessed its adequacy and effectiveness of implementation, including any material changes to the Liquidity Program and the determination of each fund’s Highly Liquid Investment Minimum (HLIM). The annual assessment included consideration of the following factors, as applicable: the fund’s investment strategy and liquidity of portfolio investments during normal and reasonably foreseeable stressed conditions, including whether the investment strategy is appropriate for an open-end fund, the extent to which the strategy involves a relatively concentrated portfolio or large positions in particular issuers, and the use of borrowings for investment purposes and derivatives; short-term and long-term cash flow projections covering both normal and reasonably foreseeable stressed conditions; and holdings of cash and cash equivalents, as well as available borrowing arrangements.
For the fund and other T. Rowe Price funds, the annual assessment incorporated a report related to a fund’s holdings, shareholder and portfolio concentration, any borrowings during the period, cash flow projections, and other relevant data for the period of April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023. The report described the methodology for classifying a fund’s investments (including any derivative transactions) into one of four liquidity
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categories, as well as the percentage of a fund’s investments assigned to each category. It also explained the methodology for establishing a fund’s HLIM and noted that the LRC reviews the HLIM assigned to each fund no less frequently than annually.
During the period covered by the annual assessment, the LRC has concluded, and reported to the Board, that the Liquidity Program continues to operate adequately and effectively and is reasonably designed to assess and manage the fund’s liquidity risk.
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ABOUT THE FUND’S DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Your fund is overseen by a Board of Directors (Board) that meets regularly to review a wide variety of matters affecting or potentially affecting the fund, including performance, investment programs, compliance matters, advisory fees and expenses, service providers, and business and regulatory affairs. The Board elects the fund’s officers, who are listed in the final table. The directors who are also employees or officers of T. Rowe Price are considered to be “interested” directors as defined in Section 2(a)(19) of the 1940 Act because of their relationships with T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. (T. Rowe Price), and its affiliates. The business address of each director and officer is 100 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The Statement of Additional Information includes additional information about the fund directors and is available without charge by calling a T. Rowe Price representative at 1-800-638-5660.
INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS(a)
Name
(Year of Birth)
Year Elected
[Number of T. Rowe Price
Portfolios Overseen]
Principal Occupation(s) and Directorships of Public Companies and
Other Investment Companies During the Past Five Years
Teresa Bryce Bazemore
(1959)
2020
[209]
President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Home Loan
Bank of San Francisco (2021 to present); Chief Executive Officer,
Bazemore Consulting LLC (2018 to 2021); Director, Chimera
Investment Corporation (2017 to 2021); Director, First Industrial
Realty Trust (2020 to present); Director, Federal Home Loan Bank of
Pittsburgh (2017 to 2019)
Melody Bianchetto
(1966)
2023
[209]
Vice President for Finance, University of Virginia (2015 to 2023)
Bruce W. Duncan
(1951)
2020
[209]
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, CyrusOne, Inc. (2020 to
2021); Chair of the Board (2016 to 2020) and President (2009 to 2016),
First Industrial Realty Trust, owner and operator of industrial properties;
Member, Investment Company Institute Board of Governors (2017 to
2019); Member, Independent Directors Council Governing Board (2017
to 2019); Senior Advisor, KKR (2018 to 2022); Director, Boston
Properties (2016 to present); Director, Marriott International, Inc. (2016 to
2020)
Robert J. Gerrard, Jr.
(1952)
2020
[209]
Chair of the Board, all funds (July 2018 to present)
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INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS(a) (continued)
Name
(Year of Birth)
Year Elected
[Number of T. Rowe Price
Portfolios Overseen]
Principal Occupation(s) and Directorships of Public Companies and
Other Investment Companies During the Past Five Years
Paul F. McBride
(1956)
2020
[209]
Advisory Board Member, Vizzia Technologies (2015 to present); Board
Member, Dunbar Armored (2012 to 2018)
Mark J. Parrell
(1966)
2023
[209]
Board of Trustees Member and Chief Executive Officer (2019 to
present), President (2018 to present), Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer (2007 to 2018), and Senior Vice President and
Treasurer (2005 to 2007), EQR; Member, Nareit Dividends Through
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion CEO Council and Chair, Nareit 2021 Audit
and Investment Committee (2021); Advisory Board, Ross Business
School at University of Michigan (2015 to 2016); Member, National
Multifamily Housing Council and served as Chair of the Finance
Committee (2015 to 2016); Member, Economic Club of Chicago;
Director, Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (2015 to 2017); Director, Aviv
REIT, Inc. (2013 to 2015); Director, Real Estate Roundtable and the
2022 Executive Board Nareit; Board of Directors and Chair of the
Finance Committee, Greater Chicago Food Depository
Kellye L. Walker
(1966)
2021
[209]
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Eastman Chemical
Company (April 2020 to present); Executive Vice President and Chief
Legal Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (January 2015 to March
2020); Director, Lincoln Electric Company (October 2020 to present)
  (a)All information about the independent directors was current as of December 31, 2022, unless otherwise indicated, except for the number of portfolios overseen, which is current as of the date of this report.
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INTERESTED DIRECTORS(a)
Name
(Year of Birth)
Year Elected
[Number of T. Rowe Price
Portfolios Overseen]
Principal Occupation(s) and Directorships of Public Companies and
Other Investment Companies During the Past Five Years
David Oestreicher
(1967)
2020
[209]
Director, Vice President, and Secretary, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price
Investment Services, Inc., T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services,
Inc., and T. Rowe Price Services, Inc.; Director and Secretary,
T. Rowe Price Investment Management, Inc. (Price Investment
Management); Vice President and Secretary, T. Rowe Price
International (Price International); Vice President, T. Rowe Price Hong
Kong (Price Hong Kong), T. Rowe Price Japan (Price Japan), and T.
Rowe Price Singapore (Price Singapore); General Counsel, Vice
President, and Secretary, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.; Chair of the
Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Secretary, T. Rowe
Price Trust Company; Principal Executive Officer and Executive Vice
President, all funds
Eric L. Veiel, CFA
(1972)
2022
[209]
Director and Vice President, T. Rowe Price; Vice President, T. Rowe
Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company; Vice President,
Global Funds
  (a)All information about the interested directors was current as of December 31, 2022, unless otherwise indicated, except for the number of portfolios overseen, which is current as of the date of this report.
OFFICERS
Name (Year of Birth)
Position Held With Exchange-Traded Funds, Inc.
Principal Occupation(s)
Christopher P. Brown (1977)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
Armando (Dino) Capasso (1974)
Chief Compliance Officer and Vice
President
Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President, T. Rowe Price and Price Investment Management; Vice President, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.; formerly, Chief Compliance Officer, PGIM Investments LLC and AST Investment Services, Inc. (ASTIS) (to 2022); Chief Compliance Officer, PGIM Retail Funds complex and Prudential Insurance Funds (to 2022); Vice President and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, PGIM Investments LLC and ASTIS (to 2019)
Timothy Coyne (1967)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
Vincent Michael DeAugustino (1983)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
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OFFICERS (continued)
Name (Year of Birth)
Position Held With Exchange-Traded Funds, Inc.
Principal Occupation(s)
Anna Alexandra Dreyer, Ph.D., CFA (1981)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
Alan S. Dupski, CPA (1982)
Principal Financial Officer, Vice
President, and Treasurer
Vice President, Price Investment Management, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Cheryl Emory (1963)
Assistant Secretary
Assistant Vice President and Assistant Secretary, T. Rowe Price; Assistant Secretary, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., Price Investment Management, Price International, Price Hong Kong, Price Singapore, T. Rowe Price Investment Services,
Inc., T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc., and T.
Rowe Price Trust Company
Joseph B. Fath, CPA (1971)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
David Giroux (1975)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, Price Investment Management, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Paul Greene II (1978)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Cheryl Hampton, CPA (1969)
Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company; formerly, Tax Director, Invesco Ltd. (to 2021); Vice President, Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. (to 2019)
Ann M. Holcomb, CFA (1972)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Thomas J. Huber, CFA (1966)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Stephon Jackson, CFA (1962)
Co-president
Director and President, Price Investment Management; Vice President, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
Benjamin Kersse, CPA (1989)
Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price and T. Rowe Price Trust
Company
Paul J. Krug, CPA (1964)
Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Robert M. Larkins, CFA (1973)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
John D. Linehan, CFA (1965)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
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OFFICERS (continued)
Name (Year of Birth)
Position Held With Exchange-Traded Funds, Inc.
Principal Occupation(s)
Jodi Love (1977)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, Price Investment Management and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.; formerly, Managing Director, Jennison Associates LLC (to 2019)
Paul M. Massaro, CFA (1975)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Robert P. McDavid (1972)
Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Investment Management, T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Colin McQueen (1967)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, Price Investment Management and T. Rowe
Price Group, Inc.; formerly, Senior Investment Manager,
Global Equities, Sanlam FOUR Investments UK Limited (to
2019)
Joshua Nelson (1977)
Co-president
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., Price International, and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Jason Nogueira, CFA (1974)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
Alexander S. Obaza (1981)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Donald J. Peters (1959)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price and T. Rowe Price Group,
Inc.
Fran M. Pollack-Matz (1961)
Vice President and Secretary
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc., T. Rowe Price Services, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Jason Benjamin Polun, CFA (1974)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Sebastian Schrott (1977)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and Price
International
Richard Sennett, CPA (1970)
Assistant Treasurer
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.,
and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Gabriel Solomon (1977)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price and T. Rowe Price Group,
Inc.
Peter Stournaras (1973)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price and T. Rowe Price Group,
Inc.; formerly, Managing Director and Chief Portfolio
Strategist, JP Morgan Private Bank (to 2020)
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OFFICERS (continued)
Name (Year of Birth)
Position Held With Exchange-Traded Funds, Inc.
Principal Occupation(s)
Taymour R. Tamaddon, CFA (1976)
Executive Vice President
Vice President, T. Rowe Price, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.,
and T. Rowe Price Trust Company
Ellen York (1988)
Vice President
Vice President, Price Investment Management and T. Rowe
Price
Unless otherwise noted, officers have been employees of T. Rowe Price or Price International for at least 5 years.
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Baltimore, MD 21202
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Item 1. (b) Notice pursuant to Rule 30e-3.

Not applicable.

Item 2. Code of Ethics.

The registrant has adopted a code of ethics, as defined in Item 2 of Form N-CSR, applicable to its principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions. A copy of this code of ethics is filed as an exhibit to this Form N-CSR. No substantive amendments were approved or waivers were granted to this code of ethics during the period covered by this report.

Item 3. Audit Committee Financial Expert.

The registrant’s Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Paul F. McBride qualifies as an audit committee financial expert, as defined in Item 3 of Form N-CSR. Mr. McBride is considered independent for purposes of Item 3 of Form N-CSR.

Item 4. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

(a) – (d) Aggregate fees billed for the last two fiscal years for professional services rendered to, or on behalf of, the registrant by the registrant’s principal accountant were as follows:

 

    

2023

           

2022

      

Audit Fees

     $22,757                   $25,028  

Audit-Related Fees

     -           -  

Tax Fees

     -           4,448  

All Other Fees

     -           -  

Audit fees include amounts related to the audit of the registrant’s annual financial statements and services normally provided by the accountant in connection with statutory and regulatory filings. Audit-related fees include amounts reasonably related to the performance of the audit of the registrant’s financial statements and specifically include the issuance of a report on internal controls and, if applicable, agreed-upon procedures related to fund acquisitions. Tax fees include amounts related to services for tax compliance, tax planning, and tax advice. The nature of these services specifically includes the review of distribution calculations and the preparation of Federal, state, and excise tax returns. All other fees include the registrant’s pro-rata share of amounts for agreed-upon procedures in conjunction with service contract approvals by the registrant’s Board of Directors/Trustees.

(e)(1) The registrant’s audit committee has adopted a policy whereby audit and non-audit services performed by the registrant’s principal accountant for the registrant, its investment adviser, and any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the investment adviser that provides ongoing services to the registrant require pre-approval in advance at regularly scheduled audit committee meetings. If such a service is required between regularly scheduled audit committee meetings, pre-approval may be authorized by one audit committee member with ratification at the next scheduled audit committee meeting. Waiver of pre-approval for audit or non-audit services requiring fees of a de minimis amount is not permitted.

 (2) No services included in (b) – (d) above were approved pursuant to paragraph (c)(7)(i)(C) of Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X.

 


(f) Less than 50 percent of the hours expended on the principal accountant’s engagement to audit the registrant’s financial statements for the most recent fiscal year were attributed to work performed by persons other than the principal accountant’s full-time, permanent employees.

(g) The aggregate fees billed for the most recent fiscal year and the preceding fiscal year by the registrant’s principal accountant for non-audit services rendered to the registrant, its investment adviser, and any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the investment adviser that provides ongoing services to the registrant were $1,524,000 and $2,037,000, respectively.

(h) All non-audit services rendered in (g) above were pre-approved by the registrant’s audit committee. Accordingly, these services were considered by the registrant’s audit committee in maintaining the principal accountant’s independence.

Item 5. Audit Committee of Listed Registrants.

Not applicable.

Item 6. Investments.

(a) Not applicable. The complete schedule of investments is included in Item 1 of this Form N-CSR.

(b) Not applicable.

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

Not applicable.

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

Not applicable.

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

Not applicable.

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

There has been no change to the procedures by which shareholders may recommend nominees to the registrant’s board of directors.

Item 11. Controls and Procedures.

(a) The registrant’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer have evaluated the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures within 90 days of this filing and have concluded that the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective, as of that date, in ensuring that information required to be disclosed by the registrant in this Form N-CSR was recorded, processed, summarized, and reported timely.

(b) The registrant’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer are aware of no change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during 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.

Item 13. Exhibits.

 

(a)(1)    

The registrant’s code of ethics pursuant to Item 2 of Form N-CSR is attached.

    (2)    

Separate certifications by the registrant’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer, pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and required by Rule 30a-2(a) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, are attached.

    (3)    

Written solicitation to repurchase securities issued by closed-end companies: not applicable.

(b)       

A certification by the registrant’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer, pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and required by Rule 30a-2(b) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, is attached.

 


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.

 

T. Rowe Price Exchange-Traded Funds, Inc.
By  

/s/ David Oestreicher

     
  David Oestreicher  
  Principal Executive Officer  
Date    February 16, 2024  

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  

/s/ David Oestreicher

     
  David Oestreicher  
  Principal Executive Officer  
Date   

February 16, 2024

 

 

By  

/s/ Alan S. Dupski

     
  Alan S. Dupski  
  Principal Financial Officer  
Date   

February 16, 2024

 
 

ATTACHMENTS / EXHIBITS

302 CERTIFICATIONS

906 CERTIFICATIONS

CODE OF ETHICS



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