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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 811-23096

 

 

Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

 

 

620 Eighth Avenue, 47th Floor, New York, NY 10018

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

 

 

Marc A. De Oliveira

Franklin Templeton

100 First Stamford Place

Stamford, CT 06902

(Name and address of agent for service)

 

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 1-877-721-1926

Date of fiscal year end: March 31

Date of reporting period: March 31, 2022

 

 

 


ITEM 1.

REPORT TO STOCKHOLDERS.

The Annual Report to Stockholders is filed herewith.


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Annual Report   March 31, 2022

CLEARBRIDGE

LARGE CAP GROWTH ESG ETF

LRGE

 

 

 

 

 

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INVESTMENT PRODUCTS: NOT FDIC INSURED • NO BANK GUARANTEE • MAY LOSE VALUE


What’s inside      
Letter from the president     II  
Fund overview     1  
Fund at a glance     10  
Fund expenses     11  
Fund performance     13  
Schedule of investments     15  
Statement of assets and liabilities     18  
Statements of operations     19  
Statements of changes in net assets     20  
Financial highlights     21  
Notes to financial statements     22  
Report of independent registered public accounting firm     30  
Statement regarding liquidity risk management program     31  
Additional information     32  
Important tax information     38  

Fund objective

The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation through investing in large-capitalization companies with the potential for high future earnings growth.

 

Letter from the president

 

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Dear Shareholder,

We are pleased to provide the annual report of ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF (the “Fund”) for a shortened reporting period ended March 31, 2022. The shortened reporting period is the result of a recent change to the Fund’s fiscal year end from November 30th to March 31st that was proposed by the Fund’s manager, Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC, and approved by the Fund’s Board of Trustees. Please read on for a detailed look at prevailing economic and market conditions during the Fund’s reporting period and to learn how those conditions have affected Fund performance.

As always, we remain committed to providing you with excellent service and a full spectrum of investment choices. We also remain committed to supplementing the support you receive from your financial advisor. One way we accomplish this is through our website, www.franklintempleton.com. Here you can gain immediate access to market and investment information, including:

 

 

Fund net asset value and market price,

 

 

Market insights and commentaries from our portfolio managers, and

 

 

A host of educational resources.

We look forward to helping you meet your financial goals.

Sincerely,

 

LOGO

Patrick O’Connor

President and Chief Executive Officer - Investment Management President

April 29, 2022

 

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Fund overview

 

Q. What is the Fund’s investment strategy?

A. ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF (the “Fund”) seeks long-term capital appreciation through investing in large-capitalization companies with the potential for high future earnings growth.

Under normal circumstances, the Fund seeks to meet its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets, plus borrowings for investment purposes, if any, in equity securities or other instruments with similar economic characteristics of U.S. companies with large market capitalizations that meet its financial and environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) criteria.

The Fund emphasizes investments in equity securities or related instruments of U.S. large-capitalization companies; however, it may invest in equity securities of foreign issuers with similar characteristics.

Large-capitalization companies are those companies with market capitalizations similar to companies in the Russell 1000 Growth Indexi. The size of the companies in the Russell 1000 Growth Index changes with market conditions and its composition. The Fund may also invest in companies that we at ClearBridge Investments, LLC (“ClearBridge”), the Fund’s subadviser, believe are making substantial progress toward becoming a leader in ESG policies. The Fund’s investment strategy focuses on consistent growth of capital while managing volatility.

Determination of a company’s ESG standards is based on the ClearBridge’s proprietary research approach. We will exercise judgment to determine ESG best practices based on over thirty-year history of managing ESG investment strategies through an established proprietary process. We utilize a fundamental, bottom-up research approach that emphasizes company analysis, management and stock selection.

In addition, certain types of companies are excluded from the investment universe. Companies in the tobacco and coal industries are excluded, and companies earning a significant portion of their revenue (in general, approximately 10-15% or more) from controversial arms (e.g., nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; cluster munitions and anti-personnel landmines) or gambling are also excluded. ClearBridge may modify this list of prohibited investments, including revenue thresholds or any particular exclusion, at any time, without shareholder approval or notice.

The ESG evaluation is integrated into a thorough assessment of investment worthiness based on financial criteria as well as ESG considerations including innovative workplace policies, employee benefits and programs; environmental management system strength, eco-efficiency, and life-cycle analysis; community involvement, strategic philanthropy, and reputation management; and strong corporate governance and independence of the board. The ESG analysis is conducted by ClearBridge’s sector analysts on a sector-specific basis, and a proprietary ESG rating is assigned to each company. The weightings of the E, S and G factors are determined by ClearBridge for each respective sector and sub-sectors. All

 

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Fund overview (cont’d)

 

companies are assigned a proprietary ClearBridge ESG rating (A, AA, AAA). Companies that score a rating of “B” are considered uninvestable.

ClearBridge’s proprietary ESG ratings assess whether a company focuses on ESG factors, integrates ESG factors into its business model, and measures such efforts. Companies that the ClearBridge believes have not focused on ESG factors or have a poor ESG record are assigned a rating of “B.” ClearBridge uses a variety of ESG factors, which may change from time to time, as part of its rating process. These factors are further described in the Fund’s current prospectus. Further, to the extent that there is a material/substantial issue with any one of the E, S or G components with respect to a company, such company will be assigned a “B” rating. ClearBridge’s ESG ratings are formally reviewed at least annually. In addition, ClearBridge’s research analysts monitor the companies included in the Fund’s portfolio on an ongoing basis to assess the continued appropriateness of such ratings.

The Fund seeks to invest over the long term in large-capitalization companies that are considered to be of high quality with sustainable competitive advantages as evidenced by high returns on capital, strong balance sheets, and capable management teams that allocate capital in an efficient manner. The Fund seeks to invest in leadership companies where we believe the market price underestimates the magnitude of future growth. Leadership may be assessed both quantitatively and qualitatively. We seek to select securities of companies that are category leaders with characteristics to sustain that position and grow market share consistently. ClearBridge performs rigorous analysis to understand company fundamentals, key competitive dynamics and industry structure with the belief that the best business models win over time. ClearBridge seeks to identify social or economic trends that will have an impact on the economy as a whole to support multi-year investment opportunities, allowing for compounding of earnings and cash flow. ClearBridge seeks companies with self-funding business models with significant recurring revenue and businesses with the ability to generate superior free cash flow over time. In addition, ClearBridge takes a disciplined approach to valuation and stress tests the sustainability of profitability and growth. ClearBridge will also consider emerging companies with promising future prospects that may not yet have demonstrated substantial profitability.

We will utilize fundamental analysis to identify investment candidates with these attributes, and evaluate industry dynamics, the strength of the business model and management skill. Valuation will be carefully examined using a variety of techniques that depend on the type of company being researched. Methods typically used are discounted cash flow analysis, market implied growth and returns relative to the ClearBridge’s expectations, multiple comparisons and scenario analysis.

It is also our intention to engage and encourage management to improve in certain ESG areas identified by ClearBridge through the sector analysts’ lead engagement. ClearBridge engages and encourages management to improve in certain ESG areas in a variety of ways, including through ESG engagement meetings with management personnel of companies to

 

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discuss different topics relevant to the company’s business operations, such as labor standards, workforce diversity, supply chain, environmental targets, carbon intensity, reputation, and executive compensation; applying proprietary methodologies to assess the outcome and progress of these meetings to inform ClearBridge’s ESG rating of the companies; and through proxy voting.

We will sell a security if the issuer no longer meets our financial or ESG criteria. In addition, we will seek to replace securities when the company’s risk/reward profile is no longer favorable due to price appreciation or if the company’s investment fundamentals have deteriorated meaningfully relative to original expectations. Securities may also be sold to permit investment in an issuer considered by us to be a more attractive alternative.

Q. What were the overall market conditions during the Fund’s reporting period?

A. Volatility in equity markets rose in the fourth quarter of 2021, with the Omicron variant emerging as the latest threat from the COVID-19 pandemic. A spike in cases around the world caused many developed markets to re-impose restrictions on mobility and close borders to contain the spread. These moves slowed the reopening process and put further pressure on already constrained global supply chains.

At the same time, amid rising inflation, the Federal Reserve Board (the “Fed”) gave its strongest signals since the start of the pandemic that accommodative monetary policy would soon be going away. At its December meeting, Fed Chair Jerome Powell announced that the central bank would be accelerating its tapering of government bond purchases and indicated several interest rate hikes were on the table for 2022. Higher-growth companies generally sold off in early 2022 on this news. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February further disrupted global supply chains and reduced global commodity reserves due to the sanctions levied on Russia, the world’s eleventh largest economy. The conflict increased the probability of a recession in Europe, which could spread to other developed economies. Oil prices spiked, leading to strong outperformance of the energy sector, while inflation continued to climb higher.

Markets remained volatile in the first quarter of 2022: the Nasdaq entered correction territory in January, the S&P 500 Indexii followed in February and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)iii in early March, though all rebounded after the Fed’s twenty-five basis point rate hike on March 16th. The Russell 1000 Growth Index returned -7.12 for the reporting period.

The yield for the ten-year U.S. Treasury note jumped from 1.63% to as high as 2.48% during the first quarter before ending the reporting period at 2.34%. Mortgage rates spiked, with thirty-year rates approaching 4.67%, the highest we’ve seen since the Global Financial Crisis (they averaged under 3% in 2021). All the while, the yield curve flattened and came close to inverting; some economists view an inverted yield curve as an early warning sign of a recession in the next twelve to eighteen months and doubt the Fed’s ability to orchestrate a soft landing.

 

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Fund overview (cont’d)

 

On a sector basis, energy (+37.44%) and utilities (+10.18%), which maintains minimal weightings in the benchmark, were the best performers, while consumer staples (+6.82%) and industrials (+0.97%) also outperformed. Meanwhile, communication services (-16.15%), materials (-10.85%), consumer discretionary (-10.71%), information technology (“IT”) (-7.07%), financials (-4.29%), health care (-1.58%) and real estate (-0.74%) underperformed.

Q. How did we respond to these changing market conditions?

A. We have carefully constructed the Fund so that we believe it may thrive during different stages of a market cycle, diversifying across three types of growth companies — stable, cyclical and select — and that we believe are driven more by their own execution than broad, macroeconomic forces. In addition, we believe the Fund’s focus on companies that proactively integrate ESG considerations into their business models or demonstrate commitment to improve their practices may promote consistent results. We are committed to participating in the most powerful secular growth trends the Fund’s research efforts have identified. These include cloud computing/software-as-a-service, gaming, digital payments, as well as electrification.

We increased the Fund’s exposure to the IT sector with new positions in Unity Software and PayPal in the select growth bucket. Unity’s platform provides an engine and toolkit for development and monetization of games, e-commerce and industrial applications. Gaming is an attractive end market within the media/technology sector with strong growth and a long runway, particularly in mobile gaming, and this further increases the Fund’s exposure through the Fund’s existing holdings in Nvidia in graphic processing chips and Sea Ltd., which operates an international gaming platform. We entered a position in PayPal in December, well aware of the electronic payment platform’s ambitious goals for user growth and, despite sharply reduced outlook for 2022 revenue and long-term earnings that has weighed on the stock. We believe PayPal is fundamentally holding share in the industry and set up for continued growth in e-commerce once reopening headwinds pass. We also see the company’s strategy to add additional use cases to its wallet such as investing, crypto, savings accounts and bill pay as catalysts to accelerate revenue growth over time.

Finally, we initiated a position in Intel, the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductors, as a cyclical play on the reshoring of semiconductor production. The new CEO Pat Gelsinger has completely revamped the organizational structure and burned down technology sharing between its own product and fabrication customers to better compete in this latter area. Intel has differentiated technologies and a roadmap to achieve product leadership in its core PC and data center markets and is using operating leverage to reinvest in new business opportunities such as chip production and GPUs. Chip production has become a bipartisan national security and intellectual property issue due to geopolitical tensions and Intel is expected to be a prime beneficiary of U.S. and European government subsidies to develop new leading-edge fabrication capacity outside of Asia. We added Intel by trimming exposures to other semiconductor holdings tied to secular growth trends in electric vehicles (NXP) as well as gaming, data center and the metaverse (NVIDIA).

 

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Among mega caps, Meta Platforms (formerly known as Facebook) is the Fund’s second-largest active overweight relative to the benchmark. Meta Platforms shares derated following fourth-quarter earnings results and first-quarter revenue guidance that was weaker than expected. We knew going into Meta Platforms latest reporting period that Apple’s iOS14 privacy changes (measurement, loss of signal) and competition in the social media space further catalyzed multiple compression in the stock. We believe these risks are manageable and Meta Platforms retains a number of advantages around user scale, advertiser scale, new product development and sophistication of its digital advertising technology that we believe are not being valued adequately at current levels. However, we trimmed the position slightly while adding to the Fund’s overweight in Amazon.com. With Amazon’s CapEx build largely done in 2020 and 2021, we believe it is now set up to generate robust revenue growth and margin expansion in all three of its key segments: e-commerce, cloud (AWS) and advertising, and rebounded off post-invasion lows on strength in e-commerce.

We have also been adding countercyclicality to the portfolio with the Fund’s additions in health care. We added to the Fund’s existing position in DexCom, a leader in the market for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems for diabetes patients. Operating results remain strong with growing demand for the company’s CGM devices, with 2021 revenue growth ahead of expectations and expected to continue in 2022. Investors also remain optimistic ahead of the roll-out of DexCom’s latest CGM, the G7 this year. We also added a position in Stryker, a medical technology company that sells surgical implants as well as a wide range of hospital and EMS equipment. These companies offer a more efficient solution to managing chronic health conditions and provide a key point of differentiation for the Fund’s portfolio from passive strategies going forward.

 

Regarding other actions taken during the reporting period, we reduced the Fund’s exposure to the consumer discretionary sector through the sale of Home Depot. We exited the position based on where we are in the consumer and housing cycle as we come out of a period of nesting and dedensification and as government stimulus related to COVID-19 expires. The company has effectively pulled forward demand over the last two years and taken share because of in-stock inventory availability relative to peers. The exit is part of the Fund’s efforts to reduce consumer discretionary exposure and provide better downside protection if volatility persists.

Performance review

For the four-month period from December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF generated a -10.21% return on a net asset value (“NAV”)iv basis and -10.16% based on its market pricev per share.

The performance table shows the Fund’s total return for the four months ended March 31, 2022 based on its NAV and market price as of March 31, 2022. The Fund’s broad-based market index, the Russell 1000 Growth Index, returned -7.12% over the same time frame.

 

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Fund overview (cont’d)

 

The Lipper Large-Cap Growth Funds Category Averagevi returned -10.09% for the same period. Please note that Lipper performance returns are based on each fund’s NAV.

 

Performance Snapshot as of March 31, 2022
(unaudited)
 
     4 months  
ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF:  

$ 53.73 (NAV)

     -10.21 %* 

$ 53.69 (Market Price)

     -10.16 % * 
Russell 1000 Growth Index     -7.12
Lipper Large-Cap Growth Funds Category Average     -10.09

The performance shown represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown above. Principal value and investment returns will fluctuate so shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance data current to the most recent month-end is available at www.franklintempleton.com.

Investors buy and sell shares of an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) at market price (not NAV) in the secondary market throughout the trading day. These shares are not individually available for direct purchase from or direct redemption to the ETF. Market price returns are typically based upon the official closing price of the Fund’s shares. These returns do not represent investors’ returns had they traded shares at other times. Performance figures for periods shorter than one year represent cumulative figures and are not annualized.

Information showing the Fund’s net asset value, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid-ask spreads for various time periods is available by visiting the Fund’s website at www.franklintempleton.com.

As of the Fund’s current prospectus dated March 31, 2022, the gross total annual fund operating expense ratio for the Fund was 0.59%.

* Total returns are based on changes in NAV or market price, respectively. Returns reflect the deduction of all Fund expenses. Returns do not reflect the deduction of brokerage commissions or taxes that investors pay on distributions or the sale of shares.

† Total return assumes the reinvestment of all distributions at NAV.

‡ Total return assumes the reinvestment of all distributions at market price, which typically is based upon the official closing price of the Fund’s shares.

Q. What were the leading contributors to performance?

A. Relative to the benchmark, overall sector allocation effects had a positive contribution on performance. In particular, stock selection in the health care and consumer discretionary sectors and overweight allocations to the industrials and health care sectors were the primary contributors to performance.

In terms of individual securities, leading contributors to performance for the reporting period included UnitedHealth in the health care sector and Palo Alto Networks, Visa, Splunk and Apple in the IT sector.

 

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Q. What were the leading detractors from performance?

A. Relative to the benchmark, overall stock selection had a negative impact on performance. In particular, stock selection in the communication services, IT, industrials and consumer staples sectors as well as an underweight allocation to the consumer staples sector were the primary detractors from returns for the reporting period.

In terms of individual securities, the leading detractors for the reporting period were Meta Platforms, Netflix and Sea Ltd. in the communication services sector and Adobe and Salesforce in the IT sector.

Q. Were there any significant changes to the Fund during the reporting period?

A. Significant changes to the Fund’s portfolio during the reporting period included the initiation of new positions in Stryker in the health care sector and Unity Software, PayPal and Intel in the IT sector. During the reporting period, we also closed positions in Home Depot in the consumer discretionary sector, Qualcomm in the IT sector, BioMarin Pharmaceutical in the health care sector and Ecolab in the materials sector. In addition to the transactions mentioned above, the portfolio gained shares of S&P Global in the financials sector following its acquisition of the Fund’s existing holding, IHS Markit.

Looking for additional information?

The Fund’s daily NAV is available online at www.franklintempleton.com. The Fund is traded under the symbol “LRGE” and its closing market price is available on most financial websites. In a continuing effort to provide information concerning the Fund, shareholders may call 1-877-721-1926 (toll free), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, for the Fund’s current NAV, market price and other information.

Thank you for your investment in ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF. As always, we appreciate that you have chosen us to manage your assets and we remain focused on achieving the Fund’s investment goals.

Sincerely,

 

LOGO

Peter Bourbeau

Portfolio Manager

ClearBridge Investments, LLC

 

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Margaret Vitrano

Portfolio Manager

ClearBridge Investments, LLC

April 19, 2022

 

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Fund overview (cont’d)

 

RISKS: Equity securities are subject to market and price fluctuations. Large-capitalization companies may fall out of favor with investors based on market and economic conditions. The Fund’s environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) investment strategy may limit the types and number of investment opportunities available to the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may underperform funds that are not subject to such criteria. The Fund’s ESG investment strategy may result in the Fund investing in securities or industry sectors that underperform the market as a whole, or forgoing opportunities to invest in securities that might otherwise be advantageous to buy. The Fund may also underperform other funds screened for different ESG standards. In addition, the subadviser may be unsuccessful in creating a portfolio composed of companies that exhibit positive ESG characteristics.

The Fund’s growth-oriented investment style may increase the risks of investing in the Fund. Growth securities typically are very sensitive to market movements because their market prices tend to reflect future expectations. Growth stocks as a group may be out of favor and underperform the overall equity market while the market concentrates on value stocks. Securities or other assets in the Fund’s portfolio may underperform in comparison to the general financial markets, a particular financial market or other asset classes. Please see the Fund’s prospectus for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and the Fund’s investment strategies.

All investments are subject to risk including the possible loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. An index is a statistical composite that tracks a specified financial market, sector or rule-based investment process. Unlike a fund, an index does not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the expenses incurred by a fund. These expenses negatively impact fund performance. All index performance reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes. Please note that an investor cannot invest directly in an index.

The mention of sector breakdowns is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell any securities. The information provided regarding such sectors is not a sufficient basis upon which to make an investment decision. Investors seeking financial advice regarding the appropriateness of investing in any securities or investment strategies discussed should consult their financial professional. The Fund’s top five sector holdings (as a percentage of net assets) as of March 31, 2022 were: information technology (42.3%), consumer discretionary (16.7%), health care (15.1%), industrials (10.1%) and communication services (9.3%). The Fund’s composition may differ over time.

The information provided is not intended to be a forecast of future events, a guarantee of future results or investment advice. Views expressed may differ from those of the firm as a whole.

 

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i

The Russell 1000 Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell 1000 Index companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. (A price-to-book ratio is the price of a stock compared to the difference between a company’s assets and liabilities).

 

ii

The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of the stocks of 500 leading companies, and is generally representative of the performance of larger companies in the U.S.

 

iii

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a widely followed measurement of the stock market. The average is comprised of thirty stocks that represent leading companies in major industries. These stocks, widely held by both individual and institutional investors, are considered to be all blue-chip companies.

 

iv

Net Asset Value (NAV) is calculated by subtracting total liabilities from total assets and dividing the results by the number of shares outstanding.

 

v

Market price is determined by supply and demand. It is the price at which an investor purchases or sells shares of the Fund. The market price may differ from the Fund’s NAV.

 

vi

Lipper, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Refinitiv, provides independent insight on global collective investments. Returns are based on the four-month period ended March 31, 2022, including the reinvestment of all distributions, including returns of capital, if any, calculated among the 689 funds in the Fund’s Lipper category.

 

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Fund at a glance (unaudited)

 

Investment breakdown (%) as a percent of total investments

 

 

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The bar graph above represents the composition of the Fund’s investments as of March 31, 2022 and November 30, 2021. The Fund is actively managed. As a result, the composition of the Fund’s investments is subject to change at any time.

 

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Fund expenses (unaudited)

 

Example

As a shareholder of the Fund, you may incur two types of costs: (1) transaction costs, such as brokerage commissions paid 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.

This example is based on an investment of $1,000 invested on October 1, 2021 and held for the six months ended March 31, 2022, unless otherwise noted.

Actual expenses

The table below titled “Based on Actual Total Return” provides information about actual account values and actual expenses. You may use the information provided in this table, together with the amount you invested, to estimate the expenses that you paid over the period. To estimate the expenses you paid on your account, divide your ending account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 ending account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then multiply the result by the number under the heading entitled “Expenses Paid During the Period”.

Hypothetical example for comparison purposes

The table below titled “Based on Hypothetical Total Return” provides information about hypothetical account values and hypothetical expenses based on the actual expense ratio and an assumed rate of return of 5.00% per year before expenses, which is not the Fund’s actual return. 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 the information provided in this table to compare the ongoing costs of investing in the Fund and other funds. To do so, compare the 5.00% hypothetical example relating to the Fund with the 5.00% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports of the other funds.

Please note that the expenses shown in the table below 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 table is useful in comparing ongoing costs only, and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds. In addition, if these transaction costs were included, your costs would have been higher.

 

Based on actual total return1       Based on hypothetical total return4

Actual

Total

Return2

 

Beginning

Account

Value

 

Ending

Account

Value

 

Annualized

Expense

Ratio

 

Expenses

Paid During

the Period3

     

Hypothetical

Annualized

Total Return

 

Beginning

Account

Value

 

Ending

Account

Value

 

Annualized

Expense

Ratio

 

Expenses

Paid During

the Period5

    -10.21%       $ 1,000.00     $ 897.90       0.59 %     $ 1.86         5.00 %       $1,000.00       $ 1,021.99       0.59 %     $ 2.97

 

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Fund expenses (unaudited) (cont’d)

 

1

For the period December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.

 

2

Assumes the reinvestment of all distributions, including returns of capital, if any, at net asset value. Total return is not annualized, as it may not be representative of the total return for the year. Performance figures may reflect fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements. In the absence of fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, the total return would have been lower. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

 

3

Expenses (net of fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements) are equal to the Fund’s annualized expense ratio multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by the number of days in the most recent fiscal period (121), then divided by 365.

 

4

For the six months ended March 31, 2022.

 

5

Expenses (net of fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements) are equal to the Fund’s annualized expense ratio multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by the number of days in the most recent fiscal half-year (182), then divided by 365.

 

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Fund performance (unaudited)

 

Net Asset Value       
Average annual total returns1        
Twelve Months Ended 3/31/22      8.07
Inception* through 3/31/22      17.96  
Cumulative total returns1        
Inception date of 5/22/17 through 3/31/22      123.04

 

Market Price       
Average annual total returns2        
Twelve Months Ended 3/31/22      7.28
Inception* through 3/31/22      17.94  
Cumulative total returns2        
Inception date of 5/22/17 through 3/31/22      122.88

All figures represent past performance and are not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. NAV returns assume that dividends and capital gain distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at NAV. The returns shown do not reflect the deduction of brokerage commissions or taxes that investors would pay on distributions or the sale of shares. Performance figures may reflect fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements. In the absence of fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, the total return would have been lower.

Investors buy and sell shares of the Fund at market price, not NAV, in the secondary market throughout the trading day. These shares are not individually available for direct purchase from or direct redemption to the Fund. The Fund’s per share NAV is the value of one share of the Fund and is calculated by dividing the value of total assets less total liabilities by the number of shares outstanding. The NAV return is based on the NAV of the Fund and effective July 1, 2020, market price returns typically are based upon the official closing price of the Fund’s shares. Prior to July 1, 2020, market price returns generally were based upon the mid-point between the bid and ask on the Fund’s principal trading market when the Fund’s NAV was determined, which was typically 4:00 p.m. Eastern time (U.S.). Market price performance reported for periods prior to July 1, 2020 continue to reflect market prices calculated based upon the mid-point between the bid and ask on the Fund’s principal trading market typically as of 4:00 p.m. Eastern time (U.S.). These returns do not represent investors’ returns had they traded shares at other times. NAV and market price returns assume that dividends and capital gain distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at NAV and market price, respectively. As with other exchange-traded funds, NAV returns and market price returns may differ because of factors such as the supply and demand for Fund shares and investors’ assessment of the underlying value of the Fund’s portfolio securities.

 

1

Assumes the reinvestment of all distributions, including returns of capital, if any, at net asset value.

 

2

Assumes the reinvestment of all distributions, including returns of capital, if any, at market price.

 

*

Inception date of the Fund is May 22, 2017.

 

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Fund performance (unaudited) (cont’d)

 

Historical performance

Value of $10,000 invested in

ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF vs. Russell 1000 Growth Index† — May 22, 2017 - March 31, 2022

 

LOGO

All figures represent past performance and are not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. NAV returns assume that dividends and capital gain distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at NAV. The returns shown do not reflect the deduction of brokerage commissions or taxes that investors would pay on distributions or the sale of shares. Performance figures may reflect fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements. In the absence of fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, the total return would have been lower.

 

Hypothetical illustration of $10,000 invested in ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF on May 22, 2017 (inception date), assuming the reinvestment of all distributions, including returns of capital, if any, at net asset value through March 31, 2022. The hypothetical illustration also assumes a $10,000 investment in the Russell 1000 Growth Index. The Fund’s per share NAV is the value of one share of the Fund and is calculated by dividing the value of total assets less total liabilities by the number of shares outstanding. The NAV return is based on the NAV of the Fund. The Russell 1000 Growth Index (the “Index”) measures the performance of those Russell 1000 Index companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. The Index is unmanaged and is not subject to the same management and trading expenses as a fund. An index is a statistical composite that tracks a specified financial market, sector, or rules-based investment process. Unlike a fund, an index does not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the expenses incurred by a fund. These expenses negatively impact fund performance. All index performance reflects no deductions for fees, expenses or taxes. Please note that an investor cannot invest directly in an index.

 

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Schedule of investments

March 31, 2022

 

ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF

(Percentages shown based on Fund net assets)

 

Security   Shares     Value  
Common Stocks — 99.0%                
Communication Services — 9.3%                

Entertainment — 5.1%

               

Netflix Inc.

    13,568       $ 5,082,437  * 

Sea Ltd., ADR

    15,619       1,871,000  * 

Walt Disney Co.

    31,481       4,317,934  * 

Total Entertainment

            11,271,371  

Interactive Media & Services — 4.2%

               

Meta Platforms Inc., Class A Shares

    42,420       9,432,511  * 

Total Communication Services

            20,703,882  
Consumer Discretionary — 16.7%                

Auto Components — 1.2%

               

Aptiv PLC

    22,513       2,695,031  * 

Internet & Direct Marketing Retail — 9.4%

               

Amazon.com Inc.

    6,427       20,951,699  * 

Specialty Retail — 4.3%

               

Advance Auto Parts Inc.

    16,523       3,419,600  

Tractor Supply Co.

    15,000       3,500,550  

Ulta Beauty Inc.

    6,560       2,612,323  * 

Total Specialty Retail

            9,532,473  

Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods — 1.8%

               

NIKE Inc., Class B Shares

    30,048       4,043,259  

Total Consumer Discretionary

            37,222,462  
Consumer Staples — 1.7%                

Beverages — 1.7%

               

Monster Beverage Corp.

    48,430       3,869,557  * 
Financials — 2.3%                

Capital Markets — 2.3%

               

S&P Global Inc.

    12,270       5,032,909  
Health Care — 15.1%                

Health Care Equipment & Supplies — 5.9%

               

Alcon Inc.

    39,737       3,152,336  * 

Dexcom Inc.

    6,598       3,375,537  * 

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

    12,491       3,768,285  * 

Stryker Corp.

    10,280       2,748,358  

Total Health Care Equipment & Supplies

            13,044,516  

Health Care Providers & Services — 6.2%

               

CVS Health Corp.

    46,067       4,662,441  

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

    18,002       9,180,480  

Total Health Care Providers & Services

            13,842,921  

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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Schedule of investments (cont’d)

March 31, 2022

 

 

ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF

(Percentages shown based on Fund net assets)

 

Security   Shares     Value  

Life Sciences Tools & Services — 3.0%

               

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

    11,361       6,710,375  

Total Health Care

            33,597,812  
Industrials — 10.1%                

Air Freight & Logistics — 3.0%

               

United Parcel Service Inc., Class B Shares

    31,058       6,660,699  

Electrical Equipment — 1.8%

               

Eaton Corp. PLC

    26,097       3,960,481  

Industrial Conglomerates — 1.8%

               

Honeywell International Inc.

    21,229       4,130,739  

Road & Rail — 1.4%

               

Uber Technologies Inc.

    90,493       3,228,790  

Trading Companies & Distributors — 2.1%

               

W.W. Grainger Inc.

    8,989       4,636,436  

Total Industrials

            22,617,145  
Information Technology — 42.3%                

IT Services — 7.5%

               

Fidelity National Information Services Inc.

    31,597       3,172,971  

PayPal Holdings Inc.

    32,599       3,770,074  * 

Visa Inc., Class A Shares

    43,970       9,751,227  

Total IT Services

            16,694,272  

Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment — 7.4%

               

ASML Holding NV, Registered Shares

    4,555       3,042,421  

Intel Corp.

    43,944       2,177,864  

NVIDIA Corp.

    36,150       9,863,889  

NXP Semiconductors NV

    8,173       1,512,659  

Total Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

            16,596,833  

Software — 22.8%

               

Adobe Inc.

    12,391       5,645,587 *  

Atlassian Corp. PLC, Class A Shares

    13,537       3,977,577 *  

Microsoft Corp.

    51,130       15,763,890  

Palo Alto Networks Inc.

    13,029       8,110,683 *  

salesforce.com Inc.

    37,019       7,859,874 *  

Splunk Inc.

    26,191       3,892,245 *  

UiPath Inc., Class A Shares

    37,575       811,244 *  

Unity Software Inc.

    12,737       1,263,638 *  

Workday Inc., Class A Shares

    14,617       3,500,187 *  

Total Software

            50,824,925  

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF

(Percentages shown based on Fund net assets)

 

Security          Shares     Value  

Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals — 4.6%

                       

Apple Inc.

            58,918     $ 10,287,672  

Total Information Technology

                    94,403,702  
Real Estate — 1.5%                        

Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) — 1.5%

                       

Equinix Inc.

            4,589       3,403,294  

Total Investments before Short-Term Investments (Cost — $208,099,400)

                    220,850,763  
      Rate                  
Short-Term Investments — 0.8%                        

JPMorgan 100% U.S. Treasury Securities Money Market Fund, Institutional Class (Cost — $1,712,903)

    0.139     1,712,903       1,712,903  

Total Investments — 99.8% (Cost — $209,812,303)

                    222,563,666  

Other Assets in Excess of Liabilities — 0.2%

                    409,441  

Total Net Assets — 100.0%

                  $ 222,973,107  

 

*

Non-income producing security.

 

Abbreviation(s) used in this schedule:

ADR   — American Depositary Receipts

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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Statement of assets and liabilities

March 31, 2022

 

Assets:         

Investments, at value (Cost — $209,812,303)

   $ 222,563,666  

Receivable for securities sold

     829,520  

Dividends receivable

     60,353  

Total Assets

     223,453,539  
Liabilities:         

Payable for securities purchased

     338,402  

Investment management fee payable

     120,343  

Payable for Fund shares repurchased

     21,687  

Total Liabilities

     480,432  
Total Net Assets    $ 222,973,107  
Net Assets:         

Par value (Note 5)

   $ 42  

Paid-in capital in excess of par value

     208,387,320  

Total distributable earnings (loss)

     14,585,745  
Total Net Assets    $ 222,973,107  
Shares Outstanding      4,150,000  
Net Asset Value    $ 53.73  

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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Statements of operations

For the Period Ended March 31, 2022 and the Year Ended November 30, 2021

 

      2022†      2021  
Investment Income:                  

Dividends

   $ 456,601      $ 1,025,075  

Interest

     6        212  

Less: Foreign taxes withheld

     (2,717)        (5,655)  

Total Investment Income

     453,890        1,019,632  
Expenses:                  

Investment management fee (Note 2)

     437,818        906,352  

Total Expenses

     437,818        906,352  
Net Investment Income      16,072        113,280  
Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments (Notes 1 and 3):                  

Net Realized Gain From Investment Transactions

     20,094,581        5,530,533  

Change in Net Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation) From Investments

     (46,199,379)        28,210,940  
Net Gain (Loss) on Investments      (26,104,798)        33,741,473  
Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets From Operations    $ (26,088,726)      $ 33,854,753  

 

For the period December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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Statements of changes in net assets

 

 

For the Period Ended March 31, 2022

and the Years Ended November 30,

   2022†      2021      2020  
Operations:                           

Net investment income

   $ 16,072      $ 113,280      $ 510,727  

Net realized gain

     20,094,581        5,530,533        24,816,779  

Change in net unrealized appreciation (depreciation)

     (46,199,379)        28,210,940        7,864,336  

Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets From Operations

     (26,088,726)        33,854,753        33,191,842  
Distributions to Shareholders From (Note 1):                           

Total distributable earnings

     (2,518,597)        (490,001)        (735,000)  

Decrease in Net Assets From Distributions to Shareholders

     (2,518,597)        (490,001)        (735,000)  
Fund Share Transactions (Note 5):                           

Net proceeds from sale of shares (2,300,000, 550,000 and 1,150,000 shares issued, respectively)

     128,530,187        28,894,189        41,397,857  

Cost of shares repurchased (1,150,000, 100,000 and 3,750,000 shares repurchased, respectively)

     (58,595,045)        (5,158,502)        (141,506,206)  

Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets From Fund Share Transactions

     69,935,142        23,735,687        (100,108,349)  

Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets

     41,327,819        57,100,439        (67,651,507)  
Net Assets:                           

Beginning of period

     181,645,288        124,544,849        192,196,356  

End of period

   $ 222,973,107      $ 181,645,288      $ 124,544,849  

 

For the period December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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Financial highlights

 

For a share of beneficial interest outstanding throughout each year ended March 31,

unless otherwise noted:

 
     20221,2     20211,3     20201,3     20191,3     20181,3     20171,4  
Net asset value, beginning of period     $60.55       $48.84       $37.32       $32.09       $28.80       $25.18  
Income (loss) from operations:            

Net investment income

    0.00 5      0.04       0.13       0.18       0.16       0.08  

Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)

    (6.09)       11.85       11.53       5.66       3.24       3.54  

Total income (loss) from operations

    (6.09)       11.89       11.66       5.84       3.40       3.62  
Less distributions from:            

Net investment income

    (0.01)       (0.18)       (0.14)       (0.16)       (0.11)        

Net realized gains

    (0.72)                   (0.45)              

Total distributions

    (0.73)       (0.18)       (0.14)       (0.61)       (0.11)        
Net asset value, end of period     $53.73       $60.55       $48.84       $37.32       $32.09       $28.80  

Total return, based on NAV6

    (10.21)     24.44     31.35     18.80     11.84     14.38
Net assets, end of period (000s)     $222,973       $181,645       $124,545       $192,196       $6,419       $2,880  
Ratios to average net assets:            

Gross expenses

    0.59 %7      0.59     0.59     0.59     0.59     0.59 %7 

Net expenses

    0.59 7       0.59       0.59       0.59       0.59       0.59 7 

Net investment income

    0.02 7      0.07       0.34       0.53       0.52       0.54 7 
Portfolio turnover rate8     9     18     21     21     20     7

 

1

Per share amounts have been calculated using the average shares method.

 

2

For the period December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.

 

3

For the year ended November 30.

 

4

For the period May 22, 2017 (inception date) to November 30, 2017.

 

5

Amount represents less than $0.005 per share.

 

6

Performance figures may reflect fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements. In the absence of fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, the total return would have been lower. The total return calculation assumes that distributions are reinvested at NAV. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Total returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized.

 

7

Annualized.

 

8

Portfolio turnover excludes the value of portfolio securities received or delivered as a result of in-kind fund share transactions.

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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Notes to financial statements

 

1. Organization and significant accounting policies

ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF (the “Fund”) is a separate diversified investment series of Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust (the “Trust”). The Trust, a Maryland statutory trust, is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), as an open-end management investment company. At a meeting held in September 2021, the Fund’s Board of Trustees approved changing the Fund’s fiscal year end from November 30th to March 31st. This change resulted in a short-period annual report for the four-month period from December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.

The Fund is an actively managed exchange-traded fund (“ETF”). ETFs are funds that trade like other publicly-traded securities. Unlike shares of a mutual fund, which can be bought from and redeemed by the issuing fund by all shareholders at a price based on net asset value (“NAV”), shares of the Fund may be directly purchased from and redeemed by the Fund at NAV solely by certain large institutional investors who have entered into agreements with the Fund’s distributor (“Authorized Participants”). Also unlike shares of a mutual fund, shares of the Fund are listed on a national securities exchange and trade in the secondary market at market prices that change throughout the day.

Shares of the Fund are listed and traded at market prices on NASDAQ. The market price for the Fund’s shares may be different from the Fund’s NAV. The Fund issues and redeems shares at NAV only in blocks of a specified number of shares or multiples thereof (“Creation Units”). Only Authorized Participants may purchase or redeem Creation Units directly with the Fund at NAV. Creation Units are created and redeemed principally in-kind (although under some circumstances its shares are created and redeemed partially for cash). Except when aggregated in Creation Units, shares of the Fund are not redeemable securities. Shareholders who are not Authorized Participants may not redeem shares directly from the Fund at NAV.

The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation through investing in large-capitalization companies with the potential for high future earnings growth.

The following are significant accounting policies consistently followed by the Fund and are in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Estimates and assumptions are required to be made regarding assets, liabilities and changes in net assets resulting from operations when financial statements are prepared. Changes in the economic environment, financial markets and any other parameters used in determining these estimates could cause actual results to differ. Subsequent events have been evaluated through the date the financial statements were issued.

(a) Investment valuation. Equity securities for which market quotations are available are valued at the last reported sales price or official closing price on the primary market or exchange on which they trade. The valuations for fixed income securities (which may include, but are not limited to, corporate, government, municipal, mortgage-backed, collateralized mortgage obligations and asset-backed securities) and certain derivative instruments are typically the prices supplied by independent third party pricing services, which may use market prices or broker/dealer quotations or a variety of valuation techniques and methodologies. The independent third party pricing services typically use inputs that are observable such as issuer details, interest rates, yield curves, prepayment

 

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speeds, credit risks/spreads, default rates and quoted prices for similar securities. Investments in open-end funds are valued at the closing net asset value per share of each fund on the day of valuation. When the Fund holds securities or other assets that are denominated in a foreign currency, the Fund will use the currency exchange rates, generally determined as of 4:00 p.m. (London Time). If independent third party pricing services are unable to supply prices for a portfolio investment, or if the prices supplied are deemed by the manager to be unreliable, the market price may be determined by the manager using quotations from one or more broker/dealers or at the transaction price if the security has recently been purchased and no value has yet been obtained from a pricing service or pricing broker. When reliable prices are not readily available, such as when the value of a security has been significantly affected by events after the close of the exchange or market on which the security is principally traded, but before the Fund calculates its net asset value, the Fund values these securities as determined in accordance with procedures approved by the Fund’s Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the valuation process and has delegated the supervision of the daily valuation process to the Global Fund Valuation Committee (the “Valuation Committee”). The Valuation Committee, pursuant to the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees, is responsible for making fair value determinations, evaluating the effectiveness of the Fund’s pricing policies, and reporting to the Board of Trustees. When determining the reliability of third party pricing information for investments owned by the Fund, the Valuation Committee, among other things, conducts due diligence reviews of pricing vendors, monitors the daily change in prices and reviews transactions among market participants.

The Valuation Committee will consider pricing methodologies it deems relevant and appropriate when making fair value determinations. Examples of possible methodologies include, but are not limited to, multiple of earnings; discount from market of a similar freely traded security; discounted cash-flow analysis; book value or a multiple thereof; risk premium/yield analysis; yield to maturity; and/or fundamental investment analysis. The Valuation Committee will also consider factors it deems relevant and appropriate in light of the facts and circumstances. Examples of possible factors include, but are not limited to, the type of security; the issuer’s financial statements; the purchase price of the security; the discount from market value of unrestricted securities of the same class at the time of purchase; analysts’ research and observations from financial institutions; information regarding any transactions or offers with respect to the security; the existence of merger proposals or tender offers affecting the security; the price and extent of public trading in similar securities of the issuer or comparable companies; and the existence of a shelf registration for restricted securities.

For each portfolio security that has been fair valued pursuant to the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees, the fair value price is compared against the last available and next available market quotations. The Valuation Committee reviews the results of such back testing monthly and fair valuation occurrences are reported to the Board of Trustees quarterly.

The Fund uses valuation techniques to measure fair value that are consistent with the market approach and/or income approach, depending on the type of security and the

 

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Notes to financial statements (cont’d)

 

particular circumstance. The market approach uses prices and other relevant information generated by market transactions involving identical or comparable securities. The income approach uses valuation techniques to discount estimated future cash flows to present value.

GAAP establishes a disclosure hierarchy that categorizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to value assets and liabilities at measurement date. These inputs are summarized in the three broad levels listed below:

 

 

Level 1 — quoted prices in active markets for identical investments

 

 

Level 2 — other significant observable inputs (including quoted prices for similar investments, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.)

 

 

Level 3 — significant unobservable inputs (including the Fund’s own assumptions in determining the fair value of investments)

The inputs or methodologies used to value securities are not necessarily an indication of the risk associated with investing in those securities.

The following is a summary of the inputs used in valuing the Fund’s assets carried at fair value:

 

ASSETS  
Description  

Quoted Prices

(Level 1)

   

Other Significant

Observable Inputs

(Level 2)

   

Significant

Unobservable

Inputs

(Level 3)

    Total  
Common Stocks†   $ 220,850,763                 $ 220,850,763  
Short-Term Investments†     1,712,903                   1,712,903  
Total Investments   $ 222,563,666                 $ 222,563,666  

 

See Schedule of Investments for additional detailed categorizations.

(b) Foreign investment risks. The Fund’s investments in foreign securities may involve risks not present in domestic investments. Since securities may be denominated in foreign currencies, may require settlement in foreign currencies or may pay interest or dividends in foreign currencies, changes in the relationship of these foreign currencies to the U.S. dollar can significantly affect the value of the investments and earnings of the Fund. Foreign investments may also subject the Fund to foreign government exchange restrictions, expropriation, taxation or other political, social or economic developments, all of which affect the market and/or credit risk of the investments.

(c) Security transactions and investment income. Security transactions are accounted for on a trade date basis. Interest income (including interest income from payment-in-kind securities), adjusted for amortization of premium and accretion of discount, is recorded on the accrual basis. Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date for dividends received in cash and/or securities. The cost of investments sold is determined by use of the specific identification method. To the extent any issuer defaults or a credit event occurs that impacts the issuer, the Fund may halt any additional interest income accruals and consider the realizability of interest accrued up to the date of default or credit event.

 

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(d) REIT distributions. The character of distributions received from Real Estate Investment Trusts (‘‘REITs’’) held by the Fund is generally comprised of net investment income, capital gains, and return of capital. It is the policy of the Fund to estimate the character of distributions received from underlying REITs based on historical data provided by the REITs. After each calendar year end, REITs report the actual tax character of these distributions. Differences between the estimated and actual amounts reported by the REITs are reflected in the Fund’s records in the year in which they are reported by the REITs by adjusting related investment cost basis, capital gains and income, as necessary.

(e) Distributions to shareholders. Distributions from net investment income and distributions of net realized gains, if any, are declared at least annually. Distributions to shareholders of the Fund are recorded on the ex-dividend date and are determined in accordance with income tax regulations, which may differ from GAAP.

(f) Federal and other taxes. It is the Fund’s policy to comply with the federal income and excise tax requirements of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), as amended, applicable to regulated investment companies. Accordingly, the Fund intends to distribute its taxable income and net realized gains, if any, to shareholders in accordance with timing requirements imposed by the Code. Therefore, no federal or state income tax provision is required in the Fund’s financial statements.

Management has analyzed the Fund’s tax positions taken on income tax returns for all open tax years and has concluded that as of March 31, 2022, no provision for income tax is required in the Fund’s financial statements. The Fund’s federal and state income and federal excise tax returns for tax years for which the applicable statutes of limitations have not expired are subject to examination by the Internal Revenue Service and state departments of revenue.

Under the applicable foreign tax laws, a withholding tax may be imposed on interest, dividends and capital gains at various rates.

(g) Reclassification. GAAP requires that certain components of net assets be reclassified to reflect permanent differences between financial and tax reporting. These reclassifications have no effect on net assets or net asset value per share. During the current period, the following reclassifications have been made:

 

       

Total Distributable

Earnings (Loss)

      

Paid-in

Capital

 
(a)      $ (18,205,247)        $ 18,205,247  

 

(a)

Reclassifications are due to book/tax differences in the treatment of an in-kind distribution of securities.

2. Investment management agreement and other transactions with affiliates

Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC (“LMPFA”) is the Fund’s investment manager and ClearBridge Investments, LLC (“ClearBridge”) is the Fund’s subadviser. Western Asset Management Company, LLC (“Western Asset”) manages the portion of the Fund’s cash and short-term instruments allocated to it. LMPFA, ClearBridge and Western Asset are indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Franklin Resources, Inc. (“Franklin Resources”).

 

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Notes to financial statements (cont’d)

 

LMPFA provides administrative and certain oversight services to the Fund. LMPFA delegates to the subadviser the day-to-day portfolio management of the Fund. The Fund is responsible for paying interest expenses, taxes, brokerage expenses, future 12b-1 fees (if any), acquired fund fees and expenses, extraordinary expenses and the management fee payable to LMPFA under the investment management agreement.

Under the investment management agreement and subject to the general supervision of the Fund’s Board of Trustees, LMPFA provides or causes to be furnished all investment management, supervisory, administrative and other services reasonably necessary for the operation of the Fund, including certain distribution services (provided pursuant to a separate distribution agreement) and investment advisory services (provided pursuant to separate subadvisory agreements) under a unitary fee structure. The Fund pays an investment management fee, calculated daily and paid monthly, at an annual rate of 0.59% of the Fund’s average daily net assets.

As compensation for its subadvisory services, LMPFA pays ClearBridge a fee monthly, at an annual rate equal to 70% of the management fee paid by the Fund to LMPFA, net of (i) all fees and expenses incurred by LMPFA under the investment management agreement (including without limitation any subadvisory fee paid to another subadviser to the Fund) and (ii) expense waivers, if any, and reimbursements. LMPFA pays Western Asset monthly a fee of 0.02% of the portion of the Fund’s average daily net assets allocated to Western Asset for the management of cash and other short-term instruments, net of expense waivers, if any, and reimbursements.

Franklin Distributors, LLC (“Franklin Distributors”) serves as the distributor of Creation Units for the Fund on an agency basis. Franklin Distributors is an indirect, wholly-owned broker-dealer subsidiary of Franklin Resources.

The Fund’s Board of Trustees has adopted a Rule 12b-1 shareholder services and distribution plan and under that plan, the Fund is authorized to pay service and/or distribution fees calculated at an annual rate of up to 0.25% of its average daily net assets. No service and/or distribution fees are currently paid by the Fund, and there are no current plans to impose these fees.

All officers and one Trustee of the Trust are employees of Franklin Resources or its affiliates and do not receive compensation from the Trust.

3. Investments

During the period ended March 31, 2022, the aggregate cost of purchases and proceeds from sales of investments (excluding in-kind transactions and short-term investments) were as follows:

 

Purchases      $ 21,210,651  
Sales        19,676,418  

 

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During the period ended March 31, 2022, in-kind transactions (Note 5) were as follows:

 

Contributions      $ 125,968,252  
Redemptions        57,479,414  
Realized gain (loss)*        18,224,269  

 

*

Net realized gains on redemptions in-kind are not taxable to the remaining shareholders of the Fund.

The in-kind contributions and in-kind redemptions shown in this table may not agree with the Fund Share Transactions on the Statement of Changes in Net Assets. This table represents the accumulation of the Fund’s daily net shareholder transactions while the Statement of Changes in Net Assets reflects gross shareholder transactions including any cash component of the transactions.

At March 31, 2022, the aggregate cost of investments and the aggregate gross unrealized appreciation and depreciation of investments for federal income tax purposes were as follows:

 

      Cost     

Gross

Unrealized

Appreciation

    

Gross

Unrealized

Depreciation

    

Net

Unrealized

Appreciation

 
Securities    $ 210,747,957      $ 24,994,748      $ (13,179,039)      $ 11,815,709  

4. Derivative instruments and hedging activities

During the period ended March 31, 2022 and the year ended November 30, 2021, the Fund did not invest in derivative instruments.

5. Fund share transactions

At March 31, 2022, the Trust had an unlimited number of shares of beneficial interest authorized with a par value of $0.00001 per share. Fund shares are issued and redeemed by the Fund only in Creation Units or Creation Unit aggregations, where 50,000 shares of the Fund constitute a Creation Unit. Such transactions are made principally on an in-kind basis and, under some circumstances partially on a cash basis, with a separate cash payment, which is a balancing cash component to equate the transaction to the net asset value per share of the Fund on the transaction date. Transactions in capital shares of the Fund are disclosed in detail in the Statement of Changes in Net Assets. Authorized Participants are subject to standard creation and redemption transaction fees to offset transfer and other transaction costs associated with the issuance and redemption of Creation Units. Creations and redemptions for cash (when cash creations and redemptions are available or specified) may be subject to an additional variable fee.

 

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Notes to financial statements (cont’d)

 

6. Income tax information and distributions to shareholders

The tax character of distributions paid during the fiscal period ended March 31 and the fiscal years ended November 30, 2021 and 2020, was as follows:

 

        2022        2021        2020  
Distributions paid from:                                 
Ordinary income      $ 685,918        $ 490,001        $ 735,000  
Net long-term capital gains        1,832,679                    
Total distributions paid      $   2,518,597        $   490,001        $   735,000  

As of March 31, 2022, the components of distributable earnings (loss) on a tax basis were as follows:

 

Undistributed ordinary income — net      $ 22,481  
Undistributed long-term capital gains — net        2,747,555  
Total undistributed earnings      $ 2,770,036  
Unrealized appreciation (depreciation)(a)        11,815,709  
Total distributable earnings (loss) — net      $ 14,585,745  

 

(a)

The difference between book-basis and tax-basis unrealized appreciation (depreciation) is attributable to the tax deferral of losses on wash sales.

7. Geopolitical risk

On February 24, 2022, Russia engaged in military actions in the sovereign territory of Ukraine. The current political and financial uncertainty surrounding Russia and Ukraine may increase market volatility and the economic risk of investing in securities in these countries and may also cause uncertainty for the global economy and broader financial markets. The ultimate fallout and long-term impact from these events are not known. The Fund will continue to assess the impact on valuations and liquidity and will take any potential actions needed in accordance with procedures approved by the Board of Trustees.

8. Recent accounting pronouncement

In March 2020, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2020-04, Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848) – Facilitation of the Effects of Reference Rate Reform on Financial Reporting. In January 2021, the FASB issued ASU No. 2021-01, with further amendments to Topic 848. The amendments in the ASUs provide optional temporary accounting recognition and financial reporting relief from the effect of certain types of contract modifications due to the planned discontinuation of the LIBOR and other interbank-offered based reference rates as of the end of 2021 and 2023. The ASUs are effective for certain reference rate-related contract modifications that occur during the period March 12, 2020 through December 31, 2022. Management has reviewed the requirements and believes the adoption of these ASUs will not have a material impact on the financial statements.

 

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9. Other matter

The outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 (commonly referred to as “coronavirus”) has continued to rapidly spread around the world, causing considerable uncertainty for the global economy and financial markets. The ultimate economic fallout from the pandemic, and the long-term impact on economies, markets, industries and individual issuers, are not known. The COVID-19 pandemic could adversely affect the value and liquidity of the Fund’s investments, impair the Fund’s ability to satisfy redemption requests, and negatively impact the Fund’s performance. In addition, the outbreak of COVID-19, and measures taken to mitigate its effects, could result in disruptions to the services provided to the Fund by its service providers.

 

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Report of independent registered public accounting firm

 

To the Board of Trustees of Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust and Shareholders of ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities, including the schedule of investments, of ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF (one of the funds constituting Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust, referred to hereafter as the “Fund”) as of March 31, 2022, the related statement of operations for the period December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 and the year ended November 30, 2021, the statement of changes in net assets for the period December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 and each of the two years in the period ended November 30, 2021, including the related notes, and the financial highlights for the period December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, each of the four years in the period ended November 30, 2021 and the period May 22, 2017 (inception date) to November 30, 2017 (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 March 31, 2022, the results of its operations for the period December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 and the year ended November 30, 2021, the changes in its net assets for the period December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 and each of the two years in the period ended November 30, 2021, and the financial highlights for the period December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, each of the four years in the period ended November 30, 2021 and the period May 22, 2017 (inception date) to November 30, 2017 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.

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 March 31, 2022 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.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

San Francisco, California

May 19, 2022

We have served as the auditor of one or more investment companies in the Franklin Templeton Group of Funds since 1948.

 

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Statement regarding liquidity risk management program (unaudited)

 

Each of the Funds has adopted and implemented a written Liquidity Risk Management Program (the “LRMP”) as required by Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Liquidity Rule”). The LRMP is designed to assess and manage each Fund’s liquidity risk, which is defined as the risk that the Fund could not meet requests to redeem shares issued by the Fund without significant dilution of remaining investors’ interests in the Fund. Each of the Funds is an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) that is considered an “In-Kind ETF” under the Liquidity Rule, which means that the Fund satisfies requests for redemption through in-kind transfers of portfolio securities, positions, and other assets, except for a de minimis amount of cash, and publishes its portfolio holdings daily. In accordance with the Liquidity Rule, the LRMP includes policies and procedures that provide for: (1) assessment, management, and review (no less frequently than annually) of each Fund’s liquidity risk; (2) prohibiting the Fund’s acquisition of Illiquid investments that would result in the Fund holding more than 15% of its net assets in Illiquid assets. The LRMP also requires reporting to the SEC (on a non-public basis) and to the Board if the Fund’s holdings of Illiquid assets exceed 15% of the Fund’s net assets. As an In-Kind ETF, the Fund is not required to include in the LRMP policies and procedures relating to classification of portfolio holdings into four liquidity categories or establishing a highly liquid investment minimum (“HLIM”).

The Funds’ Board of Trustees approved the appointment of the Director of Liquidity Risk within the Investment Risk Management Group (the “IRMG”) as the Administrator of the LRMP. The IRMG maintains the Investment Liquidity Committee (the “ILC”) to provide oversight and administration of policies and procedures governing liquidity risk management for FT products and portfolios. The ILC includes representatives from Franklin Templeton’s Risk, Trading, Global Compliance, Legal, Investment Compliance, Investment Operations, Valuation Committee, Product Management and Global Product Strategy.

In assessing and managing each Fund’s liquidity risk, the ILC considers, as relevant, a variety of factors, including the Fund’s investment strategy and the liquidity of its portfolio investments during both normal and reasonably foreseeable stressed conditions; its short and long-term cash flow projections; and its cash holdings and access to other funding sources including the Funds’ interfund lending facility and line of credit. Because the Funds are ETFs, the ILC also considers, as relevant, (1) the relationship between the Fund’s portfolio liquidity and the way in which, and the prices and spread at which, Fund shares trade, including the efficiency of the arbitrage function and the level of active participation by market participants, including authorized participants and (2) the effect of the composition of baskets on the overall liquidity of the Fund’s portfolio.

 

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Additional information (unaudited)

Information about Trustees and Officers

 

The business and affairs of ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF (the “Fund”) are conducted by management under the supervision and subject to the direction of its Board of Trustees. The business address of each Trustee is One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, California 94403-1906. Information pertaining to the Trustees and officers of the Fund is set forth below.

The Statement of Additional Information includes additional information about Trustees and is available, without charge, upon request by calling the Fund at 1-877-721-1926.

 

Independent Trustees
Rohit Bhagat
Year of birth   1964
Position(s) with Trust   Lead Independent Trustee
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Managing Member, Mukt Capital, LLC (private investment firm) (2014-present); Advisor, Optimal Asset Management (investment technology and advisory services company) (2015- present); and formerly, Chairman, Asia Pacific, BlackRock (2009- 2012); Global Chief Operating Officer, Barclays Global Investors (investment management) (2005-2009); and Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group (management consulting) (1992-2005)
Number of funds in fund complex overseen by Trustee   58
Other Directorships held by Trustee during the past five years   AssetMark Financial Holdings, Inc. (investment solutions) (2018- present) and PhonePe (payment and financial services) (2020- present); and formerly, Axis Bank (financial) (2013-2021), FlipKart Limited (eCommerce company) (2019-2020), CapFloat Financial Services Pvt., Ltd. (non-banking finance company) (2018) and Zentific Investment Management (hedge fund) (2015-2018)
Deborah D. McWhinney
Year of birth   1955
Position(s) with Trust   Trustee
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Director of various companies; and formerly, Board Member, Lloyds Banking Group (2015-2018) (financial institution) and Fresenius Medical Group (2016-2018) (healthcare); Chief Executive Officer (2013-2014) and Chief Operating Officer (2011- 2013), CitiGroup Global Enterprise Payments (financial services); and President, Citi’s Personal Banking and Wealth Management (2009-2011)
Number of funds in fund complex overseen by Trustee   58
Other Directorships held by Trustee during the past five years   IHS Markit (information services) (2015-present), Borg Warner (automotive) (2018-present) and LegalShield (consumer services) (2020-present); and formerly, Fluor Corporation (construction and engineering) (2014-2020) and Focus Financial Partners, LLC (financial services) (2018-2020)

 

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Independent Trustees† (cont’d)
Anantha K. Pradeep
Year of birth   1963
Position(s) with Trust   Trustee
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Chief Executive Officer, Smilable, Inc. (technology company) (2014-present); Chief Executive Officer, MachineVantage (technology company) (2018-present); Founder and Managing Partner, Consult Meridian, LLC (consulting company) (2009- present); and formerly, Founder, BoardVantage (board portal solutions provider delivering paperless process for boards and leadership) (2000-2002)
Number of funds in fund complex overseen by Trustee   58
Other Directorships held by Trustee during the past five years   None
 
Interested Trustee and Officer    
Jennifer M. Johnson3  
Year of birth   1964
Position(s) with Trust   Trustee and Chairperson of the Board
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Chief Executive Officer, President and Director, Franklin Resources, Inc.; officer and/or director or trustee, as the case may be, of some of the other subsidiaries of Franklin Resources, Inc. and of eight of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton; and formerly, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Franklin Resources, Inc. (1994-2015); Executive Vice President of Operations and Technology, Franklin Resources, Inc. (2005-2010); and Senior Vice President, Franklin Resources, Inc. (2003-2005)
Number of funds in fund complex overseen by Trustee   69
Other Directorships held by Trustee during the past five years   None
 
Additional Officers    

Alison E. Baur

Franklin Templeton

One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403-1906

Year of birth   1964
Position(s) with Trust   Vice President
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Deputy General Counsel, Franklin Templeton; and officer of some of the other subsidiaries of Franklin Resources, Inc. and of 43 of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton

 

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Additional information (unaudited) (cont’d)

Information about Trustees and Officers

 

Additional Officers (cont’d)

Fred Jensen

Franklin Templeton

620 Eighth Avenue, 47th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Year of birth   1963
Position(s) with Trust   Chief Compliance Officer
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Director — Global Compliance of Franklin Templeton (since 2020); Managing Director of Legg Mason & Co. (2006 to 2020); Director of Compliance, Legg Mason Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (2006 to 2020); formerly, Chief Compliance Officer of Legg Mason Global Asset Allocation (prior to 2014); Chief Compliance Officer of Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group (prior to 2013); formerly, Chief Compliance Officer of The Reserve Funds (investment adviser, funds and broker-dealer) (2004) and Ambac Financial Group (investment adviser, funds and broker- dealer) (2000 to 2003)

Harris Goldblat

Franklin Templeton

100 First Stamford Place, 6th Floor, Stamford, CT 06902

Year of birth   1969
Position(s) with Trust   Vice President and Assistant Secretary
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Associate General Counsel to Franklin Templeton (since 2020); Assistant Secretary of certain funds associated with Legg Mason & Co. or its affiliates (since 2006); formerly, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel of Legg Mason & Co. (2005 to 2020)

Steven J. Gray

Franklin Templeton

One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403-1906

Year of birth   1955
Position(s) with Trust   Vice President
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Senior Associate General Counsel, Franklin Templeton; Vice President, Franklin Templeton Distributors, Inc. and FASA, LLC; and officer of 43 of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton

 

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Additional Officers (cont’d)

Matthew T. Hinkle
Franklin Templeton

One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403-1906

Year of birth   1971
Position(s) with Trust   Chief Executive Officer — Finance and Administration
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Senior Vice President, Franklin Templeton Services, LLC; officer of 43 of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton; and formerly, Vice President, Global Tax (2012-April 2017) and Treasurer/Assistant Treasurer, Franklin Templeton (2009-2017)

Susan Kerr
Franklin Templeton

620 Eighth Avenue, 47th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Year of birth   1949
Position(s) with Trust   Vice President — AML Compliance
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Senior Compliance Analyst, Franklin Templeton (since 2020); Chief Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer of certain funds associated with Legg Mason & Co. or its affiliates (since 2013) and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer (since 2012), Senior Compliance Officer (since 2011) and Assistant Vice President (since 2010) of Franklin Distributors, LLC; formerly, Assistant Vice President of Legg Mason & Co. (2010 to 2020)

Thomas C. Mandia

Franklin Templeton

100 First Stamford Place, 6th Floor, Stamford, CT 06902

Year of birth   1962
Position(s) with Trust   Vice President and Assistant Secretary
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Senior Associate General Counsel to Franklin Templeton (since 2020); Secretary of LMPFA (since 2006); Assistant Secretary of certain funds associated with Legg Mason & Co. or its affiliates (since 2006); Secretary of LMAS (since 2002) and LMFAM (formerly registered investment advisers) (since 2013); formerly, Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel of Legg Mason & Co. (2005 to 2020)

 

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Additional information (unaudited) (cont’d)

Information about Trustees and Officers

 

Additional Officers (cont’d)

Patrick O’Connor

Franklin Templeton

One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403-1906

Year of birth   1967
Position(s) with Trust   President and Chief Executive Officer — Investment Management
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   President and Chief Investment Officer, Franklin Advisory Services, LLC; Senior Vice President, Franklin Advisers, Inc.; officer of five of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton; and formerly, Managing Director, Head of iShares Product Canada, BlackRock (1998-2014)

Vivek Pai

Franklin Templeton

300 S.E. 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1923

Year of birth   1970
Position(s) with Trust   Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Treasurer, U.S. Fund Administration & Reporting and officer of five of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton

Navid J. Tofigh

Franklin Templeton

One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403-1906

 
Year of birth   1972
Position(s) with Trust   Vice President and Secretary
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   Associate General Counsel and officer of 43 of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton

Craig S. Tyle

Franklin Templeton

One Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403-1906

 
Year of birth   1960
Position(s) with Trust   Vice President
Term of office1 and length of time served2   Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years   General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Franklin Resources, Inc.; and officer of some of the other subsidiaries of Franklin Resources, Inc. and of 43 of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton

 

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Additional Officers (cont’d)

Lori A. Weber

Franklin Templeton

300 S.E. 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1923

Year of birth    1964
Position(s) with Trust    Vice President
Term of office1 and length of time served2    Since July 2021
Principal occupation(s) during the past five years    Senior Associate General Counsel, Franklin Templeton; Assistant Secretary, Franklin Resources, Inc.; Vice President and Secretary, Templeton Investment Counsel, LLC; and officer of 43 of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton

 

Trustees who are not “interested persons” of the Fund within the meaning of Section 2(a)(19) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).

 

1

Each Trustee and officer serves until his or her respective successor has been duly elected and qualified or until his or her earlier death, resignation, retirement or removal.

 

2

Indicates the earliest year in which the Trustee became a board member for a fund in the Legg Mason fund complex or the officer took such office.

 

3

Ms. Johnson is an “interested person” of the Fund, as defined in the 1940 Act, because of her position with LMPFA and/or certain of its affiliates.

 

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Important tax information (unaudited)

 

By mid-February, tax information related to a shareholder’s proportionate share of distributions paid during the preceding calendar year will be received, if applicable. Please also refer to www.franklintempleton.com for per share tax information related to any distributions paid during the preceding calendar year. Shareholders are advised to consult with their tax advisors for further information on the treatment of these amounts on their tax returns.

The following tax information for the Fund is required to be furnished to shareholders with respect to income earned and distributions paid during its fiscal period.

The Fund hereby reports the following amounts, or if subsequently determined to be different, the maximum allowable amounts, for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2022:

 

      Pursuant to:      Amount Reported  
Long-Term Capital Gain Dividends Distributed    § 852(b)(3)(C)      $ 1,832,679  
Income Eligible for Dividends Received Deduction (DRD)    § 854(b)(1)(A)      $ 395,688  
Qualified Dividend Income Earned (QDI)    § 854(b)(1)(B)      $ 432,858  
Short-Term Capital Gain Dividends Distributed    § 871(k)(2)(C)      $ 666,328  

 

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ClearBridge

Large Cap Growth ESG ETF

 

Trustees

Rohit Bhagat

Deborah D. McWhinney

Anantha K. Pradeep

Jennifer M. Johnson

Chair

 

Investment manager

Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC

Subadviser

ClearBridge Investments, LLC

Custodian

The Bank of New York Mellon

 

Transfer agent

The Bank of New York Mellon

240 Greenwich Street

New York, NY 10286

Independent registered public accounting firm

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Baltimore, MD

 

ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF

The Fund is a separate investment series of Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust, a Maryland statutory trust.

ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF

Legg Mason Funds

620 Eighth Avenue, 47th Floor

New York, NY 10018

 

The Fund files its 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 Forms N-PORT are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.To obtain information on Form N-PORT, shareholders can call the Fund at 1-877-721-1926.

Information on how the Fund voted proxies relating to portfolio securities during the prior 12-month period ended June 30th of each year and a description of the policies and procedures that the Fund uses to determine how to vote proxies related to portfolio transactions are available (1) without charge, upon request, by calling the Fund at 1-877-721-1926, (2) at www.franklintempleton.com and (3) on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

 

This report is submitted for the general information of the shareholders of ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF. This report is not authorized for distribution to prospective investors in the Fund unless preceded or accompanied by a current prospectus.

Investors should consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information about the Fund. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

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ETFF425113 5/22 SR22-4411


ITEM 2.

CODE OF ETHICS.

The registrant has adopted a code of ethics that applies to the registrant’s principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller.

 

ITEM 3.

AUDIT COMMITTEE FINANCIAL EXPERT.

The Board of Trustees of the registrant has determined that Rohit Bhagat possesses the technical attributes identified in Instruction 2(b) of Item 3 to Form N-CSR to qualify as an “audit committee financial expert,” and has designated Rohit Bhagat as the Audit Committee’s financial expert. Rohit Bhagat is an “independent” Trustees pursuant to paragraph (a)(2) of Item 3 to Form N-CSR.

 

ITEM 4.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES.

a) Audit Fees. The aggregate fees billed in the previous fiscal year and the current fiscal year March 31, 2022 (the “Reporting Periods”) for professional services rendered by the Registrant’s principal accountant (the “Auditor”) for the audit of the Registrant’s annual financial statements, or services that are normally provided by the Auditor in connection with the statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for the Reporting Periods, were $203,200 in the previous fiscal year and $146,240 in March 31, 2022.

b) Audit-Related Fees. The aggregate fees billed in the Reporting Period for assurance and related services by the Auditor that are reasonably related to the performance of the Registrant’s financial statements were $0 in the previous fiscal year and $0 in March 31, 2022.

(c) Tax Fees. The aggregate fees billed in the Reporting Periods for professional services rendered by the Auditor for tax compliance, tax advice and tax planning (“Tax Services”) were $71,000 in the previous fiscal year and $82,000 in March 31, 2022. These services consisted of (i) review or preparation of U.S. federal, state, local and excise tax returns; (ii) U.S. federal, state and local tax planning, advice and assistance regarding statutory, regulatory or administrative developments, and (iii) tax advice regarding tax qualification matters and/or treatment of various financial instruments held or proposed to be acquired or held.

There were no fees billed for tax services by the Auditors to service affiliates during the Reporting Periods that required pre-approval by the Audit Committee.

d) All Other Fees.

The aggregate fees billed in the Reporting Periods for products and services provided by the Auditor, other than the services reported in paragraphs (a) through (c) for the Item 4 for the Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust, were $0 in the previous fiscal year and $0 in March 31, 2022.

All Other Fees. There were no other non-audit services rendered by the Auditor to Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisors, LLC (“LMPFA”), and any entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with LMPFA that provided ongoing services to Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust requiring pre-approval by the Audit Committee in the Reporting Period.

(e) Audit Committee’s pre–approval policies and procedures described in paragraph (c) (7) of Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X.

(1) The Charter for the Audit Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of each registered investment company (the “Fund”) advised by LMPFA or one of their affiliates (each, an “Adviser”) requires that the Committee shall approve (a) all audit and permissible non-audit services to be provided to the Fund and (b) all permissible non-audit services to be provided by the Fund’s independent auditors to the Adviser and any Covered Service Providers if the


engagement relates directly to the operations and financial reporting of the Fund. The Committee may implement policies and procedures by which such services are approved other than by the full Committee.

The Committee shall not approve non-audit services that the Committee believes may impair the independence of the auditors. As of the date of the approval of this Audit Committee Charter, permissible non-audit services include any professional services (including tax services), that are not prohibited services as described below, provided to the Fund by the independent auditors, other than those provided to the Fund in connection with an audit or a review of the financial statements of the Fund. Permissible non-audit services may not include: (i) bookkeeping or other services related to the accounting records or financial statements of the Fund; (ii) financial information systems design and implementation; (iii) appraisal or valuation services, fairness opinions or contribution-in-kind reports; (iv) actuarial services; (v) internal audit outsourcing services; (vi) management functions or human resources; (vii) broker or dealer, investment adviser or investment banking services; (viii) legal services and expert services unrelated to the audit; and (ix) any other service the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board determines, by regulation, is impermissible.

Pre-approval by the Committee of any permissible non-audit services is not required so long as: (i) the aggregate amount of all such permissible non-audit services provided to the Fund, the Adviser and any service providers controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Adviser that provide ongoing services to the Fund (“Covered Service Providers”) constitutes not more than 5% of the total amount of revenues paid to the independent auditors during the fiscal year in which the permissible non-audit services are provided to (a) the Fund, (b) the Adviser and (c) any entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with the Adviser that provides ongoing services to the Fund during the fiscal year in which the services are provided that would have to be approved by the Committee; (ii) the permissible non-audit services were not recognized by the Fund at the time of the engagement to be non-audit services; and (iii) such services are promptly brought to the attention of the Committee and approved by the Committee (or its delegate(s)) prior to the completion of the audit.

(2) For the Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust, the percentage of fees that were approved by the audit committee, with respect to: Audit-Related Fees were 100% and 100% for the previous fiscal year and March 31, 2022; Tax Fees were 100% and 100% for the previous fiscal year and March 31, 2022; and Other Fees were 100% and 100% for the previous fiscal year and March 31, 2022.

(f) N/A

(g) Non-audit fees billed by the Auditor for services rendered to Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust, LMPFA and any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with LMPFA that provides ongoing services to Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust during the reporting period were $3,664,300 in the previous fiscal year and $1,558,348 in March 31, 2022.

(h) Yes. Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust’s Audit Committee has considered whether the provision of non-audit services that were rendered to Service Affiliates, which were not pre-approved (not requiring pre-approval), is compatible with maintaining the Accountant’s independence. All services provided by the Auditor to the Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust or to Service Affiliates, which were required to be pre-approved, were pre-approved as required.

 

ITEM 5.

AUDIT COMMITTEE OF LISTED REGISTRANTS.

 

  a)

The independent board members are acting as the registrant’s audit committee as specified in Section 3(a)(58)(B) of the Exchange Act. The Audit Committee consists of the following Board members:

Rohit Bhagat

Deborah D. McWhinney

Anantha K. Pradeep

Jennifer M. Johnson

 

  b)

Not applicable.


ITEM 6.

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS.

Included herein under Item 1.

 

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.

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 11.

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

 

  (a)

The registrant’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer have concluded that the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 30a- 3(c) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”)) are effective as of a date within 90 days of the filing date of this report that includes the disclosure required by this paragraph, based on their evaluation of the disclosure controls and procedures required by Rule 30a-3(b) under the 1940 Act and 15d-15(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

  (b)

There were no changes in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 30a-3(d) under the 1940 Act) that occurred during the second fiscal quarter of the period covered by this report that have materially affected, or are 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) Code of Ethics attached hereto.

Exhibit 99.CODE ETH

(a) (2) Certifications pursuant to section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 attached hereto.

Exhibit 99.CERT

(b) Certifications pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 attached hereto.

Exhibit 99.906CERT


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, there unto duly authorized.

 

Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust
By:  

/s/ Matthew T. Hinkle

  Matthew T. Hinkle
  Chief Executive Officer
Date:   May 25, 2022

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/ Matthew T. Hinkle

  Matthew T. Hinkle
  Chief Executive Officer
Date:   May 25, 2022
By:  

/s/ Vivek Pai

  Vivek Pai
  Principal Financial Officer
Date:   May 25, 2022

Code of Conduct for Principal Executive and Financial Officers (SOX)

Covered Officers and Purpose of the Code

The Funds’ code of ethics (the “Code”) for investment companies within the Legg Mason family of mutual funds (each a “Fund,” and collectively, the “Funds”) applies to each Fund’s Principal Executive Officer, Principal Financial Officer, and Controller (the “Covered Officers”) for the purpose of promoting:

 

 

honest and ethical conduct, including ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships;

 

 

full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in reports and documents a registrant files with, or submits to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and in other public communications made by the Funds;

 

 

compliance with applicable laws and governmental rules and regulations;

 

 

prompt internal reporting of Code violations to appropriate persons identified in the Code; and

 

 

accountability for adherence to the Code.

Each Covered Officer should adhere to a high standard of business ethics and should be sensitive to situations that may give rise to actual as well as apparent conflicts of interest.

Covered Officers Should Ethically Handle Actual and Apparent Conflicts of Interest

A “conflict of interest” occurs when a Covered Officer’s private interest interferes with the interests of, or his or her service to, a Fund. For example, a conflict of interest would arise if a Covered Officer, or a member of his or her family, receives improper personal benefits as a result of his or her position with a Fund.

Certain conflicts of interest arise out of the relationships between Covered Officers and a Fund and already are subject to conflict of interest provisions in the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“Investment Company Act”) and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Investment Advisers Act”). For example, Covered Officers may not individually engage in certain transactions (such as the purchase or sale of securities or other property) with a Fund because of their status as “affiliated persons” of the Fund. The Funds’ and the investment advisers’ compliance programs and procedures are designed to prevent, or identify and correct, violations of these provisions. This Code does not, and is not intended to, repeat or replace these programs and procedures, and such conflicts fall outside of the parameters of this Code.

Although typically not presenting an opportunity for improper personal benefit, conflicts arise from, or as a result of, the contractual relationship between a Fund and an investment adviser of which Covered Officers are also officers or employees. As a result, this Code recognizes Covered Officers will, in the normal course of their duties (whether formally for a Fund or for the adviser, or for both), be involved in establishing policies and


implementing decisions that will have different effects on the adviser and the Funds. The participation of Covered Officers in such activities is inherent in the contractual relationship between a Fund and an adviser and is consistent with the performance by Covered Officers of their duties as officers of the Funds. Thus, if performed in conformity with the provisions of the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act, such activities will be deemed to have been handled ethically. In addition, it is recognized by the Funds’ Boards of Directors/Trustees (“Boards”) that Covered Officers may also be officers or employees of one or more other investment companies covered by this or other codes and that such service, by itself does not give rise to a conflict of interest.

Other conflicts of interest are covered by the Code, even if such conflicts of interest are not subject to provisions in the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act. The following list provides examples of conflicts of interest under the Code, but Covered Officers should keep in mind these examples are not exhaustive. The overarching principle is that the personal interest of a Covered Officer should not be placed improperly before the interest of a Fund.

Each Covered Officer must:

 

 

not use his or her personal influence or personal relationships improperly to influence investment decisions or financial reporting by a Fund;

 

 

not cause a Fund to take action, or fail to take action, for the individual personal benefit of the Covered Officer rather than the benefit the Fund; and,

 

 

not use material non-public knowledge of portfolio transactions made or contemplated for the Trust to trade personally or cause others to trade personally in contemplation of the market effect of such transactions.

There are some actual or potential conflict of interest situations that, if material, should always be discussed with the Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) or designate that has been appointed by the Board of the Funds. Examples of these include:

 

 

service as a director on the board of any public company (other than the Funds or their investment advisers or any affiliated person thereof);

 

 

the receipt of any non-nominal gifts (i.e., in excess of $100);

 

 

the receipt of any entertainment from any company with which a Fund has current or prospective business dealings unless such entertainment is business-related, reasonable in cost, appropriate as to time and place, and not so frequent as to raise any question of impropriety;

 

 

any ownership interest in, or any consulting or employment relationship with, any of the Funds’ service providers (other than their investment advisers, or principal underwriter, or any affiliated person thereof);


 

a direct or indirect financial interest in commissions, transaction charges or spreads paid by a Fund for effecting portfolio transactions or for selling or redeeming shares other than an interest arising from the Covered Officer’s employment, such as compensation or equity ownership.

Disclosure and Compliance

Each Covered Officer should:

 

 

familiarize him or herself with the disclosure requirements generally applicable to the Funds;

 

 

not knowingly misrepresent, or cause others to misrepresent, facts about a Fund to others, whether within or outside the Fund, including to the Fund’s Directors/Trustees and auditors, and to governmental regulators and self-regulatory organizations; and

 

 

to the extent appropriate within his or her area of responsibility, consult with other officers and employees of the Funds and the advisers with the goal of promoting full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in the reports and documents the Funds file with, or submit to, the SEC and in other public communications made by the Funds.

It is the responsibility of each Covered Officer to promote compliance with the standards and restrictions imposed by applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Reporting and Accountability

Each Covered Officer must:

 

 

upon adoption of the Code (or thereafter as applicable, upon becoming a Covered Officer), affirm in writing to the Board that he or she has received, read, and understands the Code;

 

 

annually thereafter affirm to the Board that he or she has complied with the requirements of the Code;

 

 

not retaliate against any other Covered Officer or any employee of the Funds or their advisers or any affiliated persons thereof or service providers of the Funds for reports of potential violations that are made in good faith;

 

 

notify the CCO promptly if he or she knows of any violation of this Code, of which failure to do so is itself a violation; and


 

report at least annually, if necessary, any employment position, including officer or directorships, held by the Covered Officer or any immediate family member of a Covered Officer with affiliated persons of or Service Providers to the Funds.

The CCO is responsible for applying this Code to specific situations in which questions are presented and has the authority to interpret this Code in any particular situation. However, approvals or waivers sought by a Covered Officer will be considered by the Compliance Committee or Audit Committee, (the “Committee”) responsible for oversight of the Fund’s code of ethics under Rule 17j-1 under the Investment Company Act. If a Covered Officer seeking an approval or waiver sits on the Committee, the Covered Person shall recuse him or herself from any such deliberations. Any approval or waiver granted by the Committee will be reported promptly to the Chair of the Audit Committees of the Funds.

The Funds will follow these procedures in investigating and enforcing this Code:

 

 

the CCO will take all appropriate action to investigate any potential violations reported to him, which actions may include the use of internal or external counsel, accountants or other personnel;

 

 

if, after such investigation, the CCO believes that no violation has occurred, the CCO is not required to take any further action;

 

 

any matter that the CCO believes is a violation will be reported to the Committee;

 

 

if the Committee concurs that a violation has occurred, it will inform the Board, which will consider appropriate action, which may include review of, and appropriate modifications to, applicable policies and procedures; notification to appropriate personnel of the investment adviser or its board; or a recommendation to dismiss the Covered Officer;

 

 

the Committee will be responsible for granting waivers, as appropriate; and,

 

 

any changes to or waivers of this Code will, to the extent required, be disclosed as provided by SEC rules.

Other Policies and Procedures

This Code shall be the sole code of ethics adopted by the Funds for purposes of Section 406 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the rules and forms applicable to registered investment companies thereunder. Insofar as other policies or procedures of the Funds, the Funds’ advisers, principal underwriter, or other service providers govern or purport to govern the behavior or activities of Covered Officers subject to this Code, they are superseded by this Code to the extent they overlap or conflict with the provisions of this Code. The Funds’ and their investment advisers’ and principal underwriter’s codes of ethics under Rule 17j-1 under the Investment Company Act are separate requirements applying to Covered Officers and others, and are not part of this Code.


Confidentiality

All reports and records prepared or maintained pursuant to this Code will be considered confidential and shall be maintained and protected accordingly. Except as otherwise required by law or this Code, such matters shall not be disclosed to anyone other than the appropriate Board and Fund counsel, and the board of Directors/Trustees and fund counsel of any other investment company for whom a Covered Officer serves in a similar capacity.

Annual Report

No less than annually, the CCO shall provide the Board with a written report describing any issues having arisen since the prior year’s report.

Internal Use

This Code is intended solely for the internal use by the Funds and does not constitute an admission by or on behalf of any Fund, as to any fact, circumstance or legal consideration.

CERTIFICATIONS PURSUANT TO SECTION 302

EX-99.CERT

CERTIFICATIONS

I, Matthew T. Hinkle, certify that:

 

1.

I have reviewed this report on Form N-CSR of Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust – ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF;

 

2.

Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3.

Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations, changes in net assets, and cash flows (if the financial statements are required to include a statement of cash flows) of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4.

The registrant’s other certifying officers and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 30a-3(c) under the Investment Company Act of 1940) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 30a-3(d) under the Investment Company Act of 1940) for the registrant and have:

 

  a)

Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  b)

Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  c)

Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of a date within 90 days prior to the filing date of this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  d)

Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting 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; and

 

5.

The registrant’s other certifying officers and I have disclosed to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  a)

All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize, and report financial information; and

 

  b)

Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date: May 25, 2022      

/s/ Matthew T. Hinkle

      Matthew T. Hinkle
      Chief Executive Officer

 


CERTIFICATIONS

I, Vivek Pai, certify that:

 

1.

I have reviewed this report on Form N-CSR of Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust – ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF;

 

2.

Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3.

Based on my knowledge, the financial information included in this report, and the financial statements on which the financial information is based, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations, changes in net assets, and cash flows (if the financial statements are required to include a statement of cash flows) of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4.

The registrant’s other certifying officers and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 30a-3(c) under the Investment Company Act of 1940) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 30a-3(d) under the Investment Company Act of 1940) for the registrant and have:

 

  a)

Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  b)

Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

  c)

Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of a date within 90 days prior to the filing date of this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  d)

Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting 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; and

 

5.

The registrant’s other certifying officers and I have disclosed to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  a)

All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize, and report financial information; and

 

  b)

Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date: May 25, 2022      

/s/ Vivek Pai

      Vivek Pai
      Principal Financial Officer

CERTIFICATIONS PURSUANT TO SECTION 906

EX-99.906CERT

CERTIFICATION

Matthew T. Hinkle, Chief Executive Officer, and Vivek Pai, Principal Financial Officer of Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust – ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF (the “Registrant”), each certify to the best of their knowledge that:

1.    The Registrant’s periodic report on Form N-CSR for the period ended March 31, 2022 (the “Form N-CSR”) fully complies with the requirements of section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and

2.    The information contained in the Form N-CSR fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Registrant.

 

Chief Executive Officer     Principal Financial Officer
Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust -     Legg Mason ETF Investment Trust -
ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF     ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF

/s/ Matthew T. Hinkle

   

/s/ Vivek Pai

Matthew T. Hinkle     Vivek Pai
Date: May 25, 2022     Date: May 25, 2022

This certification is being furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission solely pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1350 and is not being filed as part of the Form N-CSR with the Commission.



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