Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF 

Annual Report December 31, 2022



Macrae Sykes

Portfolio Manager

BA, Hamilton College

MBA, Columbia Business School


To Our Shareholders,


For the period ended December 31, 2022, the net asset value (NAV) total return of Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF (the Fund) was 0.4% compared with a total return of 2.7% for the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Financials Index. The total return based on the Fund’s Market Price was 0.4%. The Fund’s NAV per share was $24.77, while the price of the publicly traded shares closed at $24.77 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Arca. See page 4 for additional performance information.


Enclosed are the financial statements, including the schedule of investments, for the Fund’s annual report as of December 31, 2022.


As permitted by regulations adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, paper copies of the Fund’s annual and semiannual shareholder reports will no longer be sent by mail, unless you specifically request paper copies of the reports. Instead, the reports will be made available on the Fund’s website, and you will be notified by mail each time a report is posted and provided with a website link to access the report. If you already elected to receive shareholder reports electronically, you will not be affected by this change and you need not take any action. To elect to receive all future reports on paper free of charge, please contact your financial intermediary, or, if you invest directly with the Fund, you may call 800-422-3554 or send an email request to





Investment Objective and Strategy (Unaudited)


We were proud to finish our first calendar year of the Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities Fund (NYSE:GABF). Results in the fourth quarter of 2022 were positive and ahead of the S&P 500. Starting from inception in May, against a volatile backdrop, the Fund has produced a positive return for shareholders, including declaring a distribution in December.


Careful. Optimistic.


Our enthusiasm about the design and launch of the Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities Fund remains unwavering. We invest in durable companies that are harnessing the long term American tailwind that has been built on US entrepreneurship and domestic prosperity. It is not always a straight line, but if long term history is a guide, it remains a powerful economic engine.


Gaining confidence with investors who have entrusted you with a portion of their net worth requires a large amount of demonstrated humility. Therefore, we could never pretend to be able to predict the economy or level of future interest rates. “There is, regrettably, no simple model of the American economy that can effectively explain the levels of output, employment, and inflation. In principle, there may be some unbelievably complex set of equations that does that. But we have not been able to find them.” (Source: Alan Greenspan).


Instead, we focus on the number one correlation that drives stock returns over time: earnings. Companies that increase earnings will do well. It comes back to a simple discipline of investing in companies with competitive moats, admirable returns on equity and demonstrate smart capital allocation while increasing intrinsic value. “If you spend 14 minutes a year on economics, you will have wasted 12 minutes.” (Source: Peter Lynch).


Warren Buffett refers to the risk in an investment as the difference between his estimate of intrinsic value and the current market price. The greater the discount (buying assets at $0.80 worth $1.00), the less risky the capital allocation. On the contrary, some look at risk on the basis of trading volatility. Those equities with higher beta’s (% price swings) may be deemed riskier. Take a stock that was trading at $100 at the beginning of the year and now has fallen to $50 per share. All else equal, the 50% decline in the shares reflects heightened volatility and therefore a more “risky” stock to own. On the contrary, the shares may have become more compelling due to the greater discount to fair value. The good thing about last year’s bear market (which normally come every five to six years) is the opportunity by order of magnitude to take advantage of better risk/reward potential.





Performance Discussion (Unaudited)


We increased our holdings in Focus Financial Partners (4.3% of assets as of December 31, 2022) (NASDAQ:FOCS) after seeing management in December. Focus is one of the largest independent wealth manager platforms with 88 partner firms operating in 5 different countries. Led by entrepreneurial founder Rudy Adolf, the firm has done a great job of acquiring wealth managers and growing its sticky base of advisory fees. In 2022, the company’s shares were impacted by market levels and misunderstood leverage which exacerbated the exodus of small cap growth investors. Fundamentally, the situation couldn’t have been more opposite. The lower market levels have increased the future returns from wealth deals due to seller dynamics and less corporate competition, while management actively re-financed debt ahead of maturities. At a compelling 8x EPS, we see no change in the longer term opportunity for the firm globally or diminution of the acquisition discipline that has helped drive earnings.




Macrae Sykes


The views expressed reflect the opinions of the Fund's portfolio manager and Gabelli Funds, LLC, the Adviser, as of the date of this report and are subject to change without notice based on changes in market, economic, or other conditions. These views are not intended to be a forecast of future events and are no guarantee of future results.





Comparative Results


Cumulative Returns through December 31, 2022


Total returns and cumulative returns reflect changes in share price, reinvestment of distributions, and are net of expenses. Performance returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized.


  (5/09/22) (a)
Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF (GABF)  
NAV Total Return 0.41%
Investment Total Return (b) 0.41  
S&P 500 Financials Index (c) 2.66  


(a) GABF first issued shares May 9, 2022, and shares commenced trading on the NYSE Arca May 10, 2022.


(b) Investment total returns are based on the closing market price on the NYSE Arca at the end of the period.


(c) The S&P 500 Financials Index comprises companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the financials sector. Dividends are considered reinvested, except for the S&P 500 Financials Index. You cannot invest directly in an index.


In the current prospectus of Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF dated April 29, 2022, the gross expense ratio for the Fund is 0.90%. The net expense ratio for the Fund after contractual expense waiver by Gabelli Funds, LLC (the Adviser) is 0.00%. The waiver is in effect through April 30, 2023. Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, sales charges, and expenses of the Fund before investing. The prospectus contains information about these and other matters and should be read carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus, please visit our website at


Returns represent past performance and do not guarantee future results. Investment returns and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. When shares are sold or redeemed they may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data presented. Visit for performance information as of the most recent month end.







Cumulative Returns*
Investment 0.41%




* Past performance is not predictive of future results. The performance tables and graph do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the redemption/sale of Fund shares.


** Since Fund’s inception on 5/09/22.





Discount & Premium Information


Information regarding how often shares of the Fund traded on the New York Stock Exchange Arca at a price above, i.e., at a premium, or below, i.e., at a discount, the NAV can be found at


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


This ETF is different from traditional ETFs. Traditional ETFs tell the public what assets they hold each day. This ETF will not. This may create additional risks for your investment. For example:


You may have to pay more money to trade the ETF’s shares. This ETF will provide less information to traders, who tend to charge more for trades when they have less information.

The price you pay to buy ETF shares on an exchange may not match the value of the ETF’s portfolio. The same is true when you sell shares. These price differences may be greater for this ETF compared with other ETFs because it provides less information to traders.

These additional risks may be even greater in bad or uncertain market conditions.


The differences between this ETF and other ETFs may also have advantages. By keeping certain information about the ETF secret, this ETF may face less risk that other traders can predict or copy its investment strategy. This may improve the ETF’s performance. If other traders are able to copy or predict the ETF’s investment strategy, however, this may hurt the ETF’s performance. For additional information regarding the unique attributes and risks of the ETF, see the Active Shares prospectus/registration statement.





Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF
Disclosure of Fund Expenses (Unaudited) 

For the Six Months Period from July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 Expense Table


We believe it is important for you to understand the impact of fees and expenses regarding your investment. All funds have operating expenses. As a shareholder of a fund, you incur two types of costs, transaction costs, which include brokerage commissions on purchases and sales of fund shares, and ongoing costs, which include costs for portfolio management, administrative services, and shareholder reports (like this one), among others. Operating expenses, which are deducted from a fund’s gross income, directly reduce the investment return of a fund. When a fund’s expenses are expressed as a percentage of its average net assets, this figure is known as the expense ratio. The following examples are intended to help you understand the ongoing costs (in dollars) of investing in your Fund and to compare these costs with those of other funds. The examples are based on an investment of $1,000 made at the beginning of the period shown and held for the entire period.


The Expense Table below illustrates your Fund’s costs in two ways:


Actual Fund Return: This section provides information about actual account values and actual expenses. You may use this section to help you to estimate the actual expenses that you paid over the period after any fee waivers and expense reimbursements. The “Ending Account Value” shown is derived from the Fund’s actual return during the past six months ended December 31, 2022, and the “Expenses Paid During Period” shows the dollar amount that would have been paid by an investor who started with $1,000 in the Fund. You may use this information, together with the amount you invested, to estimate the expenses that you paid over the period.


To do so, simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then multiply the result by the number given for your Fund under the heading “Expenses Paid During Period” to estimate the expenses you paid during this period.


Hypothetical 5% Return: This section provides information about hypothetical account values and hypothetical expenses based on the Fund’s actual expense ratio. It assumes a hypothetical annualized return of 5% before expenses during the period shown. In this case – because the hypothetical return used is not the Fund’s actual return – the results do

not apply to your investment and you cannot use the hypothetical account value and expense to estimate the actual ending account balance or expenses you paid for the period. This example is useful in making comparisons of the ongoing costs of investing in the Fund and other funds. To do so, compare this 5% hypothetical example with the 5% hypothetical examples that appear in shareholder reports of other funds.


Please note that the expenses shown in the table are meant to highlight your ongoing costs only, and do not reflect any transactional costs such as sales charges (loads), redemption fees, or exchange fees, if any, which would be described in the Prospectus. If these costs were applied to your account, your costs would be higher. Therefore, the 5% hypothetical return is useful in comparing ongoing costs only, and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds. The “Annualized Expense Ratio” represents the actual expenses for the last six months and may be different from the expense ratio in the Financial Highlights which is for the period ended December 31, 2022.


Paid During
Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF
Actual Fund Return      
  $1,000.00 $1,061.10 0.00% $0.00
Hypothetical 5% Return        
  $1,000.00 $1,025.21 0.00% $0.00


* Expenses are equal to the Fund’s annualized expense ratio for the last six months multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by the number of days in the most recent fiscal half year (184 days), then divided by 365.




Summary of Portfolio Holdings (Unaudited)


The following table presents portfolio holdings as a percent of net assets as of December 31, 2022:




Financial Services 72.6%
Banking 11.0%
Leasing 5.6%
Computer Software and Services 3.1%
Asset Management 3.0%
Other Assets and Liabilities (Net) 4.7%


The Fund files a complete schedule of portfolio holdings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) for the first and third quarters of each fiscal year on Form N-PORT. Shareholders may obtain this information at or by calling the Fund at 800-GABELLI (800-422-3554). The Fund’s Form N-PORT is available on the SEC’s website at and may also be reviewed and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling 800-SEC-0330.


Proxy Voting


The Fund files Form N-PX with its complete proxy voting record for the twelve months ended June 30, no later than August 31 of each year. A description of the Fund’s proxy voting policies, procedures, and how each Fund voted proxies relating to portfolio securities is available without charge, upon request, by (i) calling 800-GABELLI (800-422-3554); (ii) writing to The Gabelli Funds at One Corporate Center, Rye, NY 10580-1422; or (iii) visiting the SEC’s website at





Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF

Schedule of Investments — December 31, 2022 


Shares         Cost     Market
        COMMON STOCKS – 95.3%                
        Asset Management – 3.0%                
  1,000     Affiliated Managers Group Inc.   $ 156,942     $ 158,430  
        Banking – 11.0%                
  6,300     Bank of America Corp.     223,254       208,656  
  150     Capital One Financial Corp.     18,157       13,944  
  2,250     Citizens Financial Group Inc.     85,414       88,582  
  400     First Republic Bank     48,581       48,756  
  1,250     State Street Corp.     78,433       96,963  
  2,500     The Bank of New York Mellon Corp.     108,179       113,800  
              562,018       570,701  
        Computer Software and Services – 3.1%                
  400     FactSet Research Systems Inc.     147,232       160,484  
        Financial Services – 72.6%                
  1,600     American Express Co.     250,647       236,400  
  1,450     Berkshire Hathaway Inc.,Cl. B†     440,535       447,905  
  3,200     Blackstone Inc.     301,166       237,408  
  20,000     Blue Owl Capital Inc.     189,320       212,000  
  2,500     Cohen & Steers Inc.     176,557       161,400  
  7,000     Compass Diversified Holdings     137,003       127,610  
  1,000     Federated Hermes Inc.     32,870       36,310  
  6,000     Focus Financial Partners Inc., Cl. A†     207,085       223,620  
  3,300     Interactive Brokers Group Inc., Cl. A     179,314       238,755  
  1,500     JPMorgan Chase & Co.     176,671       201,150  
  100     KKR & Co. Inc.     5,118       4,642  
  25     Markel Corp.†     32,251       32,937  
  600     Moody’s Corp.     171,358       167,172  
  1,600     Morgan Stanley     129,576       136,032  
  3,700     Owl Rock Capital Corp.     49,825       42,735  
  250     PayPal Holdings Inc.†     19,636       17,805  
  14,166     Paysafe Ltd.†     258,821       196,766  
  100     Prudential Financial Inc.     9,411       9,946  
  525     S&P Global Inc.     173,203       175,843  
  13,000     Sculptor Capital Management Inc.     115,056       112,580  
  8,500     Silvercrest Asset Management Group Inc., Cl. A     154,574       159,545  
  650     Starwood Property Trust Inc., REIT     15,737       11,915  



Shares         Cost     Value  
  300     Stifel Financial Corp.   $ 17,615     $ 17,511  
  1,100     T Rowe Price Group Inc.     133,144       119,966  
  200     The Charles Schwab Corp.     12,704       16,652  
  600     The PNC Financial Services Group Inc.     93,538       94,764  
  50     Visa Inc., Cl. A     9,338       10,388  
  1,100     W R Berkley Corp.     70,886       79,827  
  6,000     Wells Fargo & Co.     257,809       247,740  
              3,820,768       3,777,324  
        Leasing – 5.6%                
  17,000     FTAI Aviation Ltd.     301,286       291,040  
        TOTAL INVESTMENTS — 95.3%   $ 4,988,246       4,957,979  
        Other Assets and Liabilities (Net) — 4.7%             243,712  
        NET ASSETS — 100.0%           $ 5,201,691  


Non-income producing security.
REIT Real Estate Investment Trust


See accompanying notes to financial statements.





Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF


Statement of Assets and Liabilities 

December 31, 2022 

Investments at value (cost $4,988,246)   $ 4,957,979  
Cash     309,684  
Dividends receivable     2,320  
Total Assets     5,269,983  
Distributions payable     68,292  
Total Liabilities     68,292  
Net Assets   $ 5,201,691  
Net Assets Consist of:        
Paid-in capital   $ 5,260,975  
Total accumulated loss     (59,284 )
Net Assets   $ 5,201,691  
Shares of Beneficial Interest issued and outstanding, no par value; unlimited number of shares authorized:     210,000  
Net Asset Value per share:   $ 24.77  
Statement of Operations
For the Period Ended December 31, 2022*

Investment Income:      
Dividends (net of foreign withholding taxes of $353)   $ 68,133  
Total Investment Income     68,133  
Investment advisory fees     30,553  
Total Expenses     30,553  
Expenses waived by Adviser (See Note 3)     (30,553 )
Net Expenses      
Net Investment Income     68,133  
Net Realized and Unrealized Gain/(Loss) on Investments        
Net realized loss on investments     (29,280 )
Net change in unrealized depreciation on investments     (30,267 )
Net Realized and Unrealized (Loss) on Investments     (59,547 )
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations   $ 8,586  


* For the period May 10, 2022 (commencement of investment operations) through December 31, 2022.


See accompanying notes to financial statements.





Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF


Statement of Changes in Net Assets 

    For the Period
December 31,
Net investment income   $ 68,133  
Net realized loss on investments     (29,280 )
Net change in unrealized depreciation on investments     (30,267 )
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations     8,586  
Distributions to Shareholders:        
Accumulated earnings     (68,292 )
Total Distributions to Shareholders     (68,292 )
Shares of Beneficial Interest Transactions:        
Proceeds from sales of shares     5,261,397  
Net Increase in Net Assets from Shares of Beneficial Interest Transactions     5,261,397  
Net Increase in Net Assets     5,201,691  
Net Assets:        
Beginning of period      
End of period   $ 5,201,691  
Changes in Shares Outstanding:        
Shares outstanding, beginning of period      
Shares sold     210,000  
Shares outstanding, end of period     210,000  



(a) The Fund commenced investment operations on May 10, 2022. The Fund first sold shares on May 9, 2022.


See accompanying notes to financial statements.





Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF 

Financial Highlights 

Selected data for a share of beneficial interest outstanding throughout the period:


    Period Ended
December 31,
Operating Performance:      
Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period   $ 25.00  
Net Investment Income(b)     0.33  
Net Realized and Unrealized Loss on Investments     (0.23 )
Total from Investment Operations     0.10  
Distributions to Shareholders:        
Net Investment Income     (0.33 )
Net Asset Value, End of Period   $ 24.77  
NAV total return†     0.41 %
Market price,End of Period   $ 24.77  
Investment total return† †     0.41 %
Net Assets, End of Period (in 000’s)   $ 5,202  
Ratio to average net assets of:        
Net Investment Income     2.01 %(c)
Operating Expenses Before Waiver     0.90 %(c)
Operating Expenses Net of Waiver     0.00 %(c)
Portfolio Turnover Rate     72 %

Total return represents aggregate total return of a hypothetical investment at the beginning of the period and sold at the end of the period. Total return for a period of less than one year is not annualized.

†† Based on market price per share. Total return for a period of less than one year is not annualized.

(a) The Fund commenced investment operations on May 10, 2022. The Fund first sold shares on May 9, 2022.

(b) Per share data are calculated using the average shares outstanding method.

(c) Annualized.


See accompanying notes to financial statements.





Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF 

Notes to Financial Statements 

1. Organization. The Gabelli ETFs Trust (the Trust) was organized on July 26, 2018 as a Delaware statutory trust and Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF (the Fund) commenced investment operations on May 10, 2022. The Fund is a diversified open-end management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the 1940 Act). The Fund is an actively managed ETF, whose investment objective is to provide capital appreciation.


2. Significant Accounting Policies. As an investment company, the Fund follows the investment company accounting and reporting guidance, which is part of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) that may require the use of management estimates and assumptions in the preparation of its financial statements. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The following is a summary of significant accounting policies followed by the Fund in the preparation of its financial statements.


The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, has caused adverse effects on many companies, sectors, nations, regions, and the markets in general, and may continue for an unpredictable duration. The effects of this pandemic may materially impact the value and performance of the Fund, its ability to buy and sell fund investments at appropriate valuations, and its ability to achieve its investment objectives.


Security Valuation. Portfolio securities listed or traded on a nationally recognized securities exchange or traded in the U.S. over-the-counter market for which market quotations are readily available are valued at the last quoted sale price or a market’s official closing price as of the close of business on the day the securities are being valued. If there were no sales that day, the security is valued at the average of the closing bid and asked prices or, if there were no asked prices quoted on that day, then the security is valued at the closing bid price on that day. If no bid or asked prices are quoted on such day, the security is valued at the most recently available price or, if the Board of Trustees (the Board) so determines, by such other method as the Board shall determine in good faith to reflect its fair market value. Portfolio securities traded on more than one national securities exchange or market are valued according to the broadest and most representative market, as determined by Gabelli Funds, LLC (the Adviser).


Securities and assets for which market quotations are not readily available are fair valued as determined by the Board. Fair valuation methodologies and procedures may include, but are not limited to: analysis and review of available financial and non-financial information about the company; comparisons with the valuation and changes in valuation of similar securities, including a comparison of foreign securities with the equivalent U.S. dollar value American Depositary Receipt securities at the close of the U.S. exchange; and evaluation of any other information that could be indicative of the value of the security.


The inputs and valuation techniques used to measure fair value of the Fund’s investments are summarized into three levels as described in the hierarchy below: 

Level 1 — quoted prices in active markets for identical securities;

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

Level 3 — significant unobservable inputs (including the Board’s determinations as to the fair value of investments).


A financial instrument’s level within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of any input both individually and in the aggregate that is significant to the fair value measurement. The inputs or methodology





Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF 

Notes to Financial Statements (Continued) 

used for valuing securities are not necessarily an indication of the risk associated with investing in those securities. The summary of the Fund’s investments in securities by inputs used to value the Fund’s investments as of December 31, 2022 is as follows:


      Valuation Inputs  
      Level 1
Quoted Prices
      Total Market Value
at 12/31/22
ASSETS (Market Value):                
Common Stocks (a)   $ 4,957,979     $ 4,957,979  
TOTAL INVESTMENTS IN SECURITIES - ASSETS   $ 4,957,979     $ 4,957,979  


(a) Please refer to the Schedule of Investments for the industry classifications of these portfolio holdings.


There were no Level 2 or Level 3 investments held at December 31, 2022.


Additional Information to Evaluate Qualitative Information


General. The Fund uses recognized industry pricing services – approved by the Board and unaffiliated with the Adviser to value most of its securities, and uses broker quotes provided by market makers of securities not valued by these and other recognized pricing sources. Several different pricing feeds are received to value domestic equity securities, international equity securities, preferred equity securities, and fixed income securities. The data within these feeds are ultimately sourced from major stock exchanges and trading systems where these securities trade. The prices supplied by external sources are checked by obtaining quotations or actual transaction prices from market participants. If a price obtained from the pricing source is deemed unreliable, prices will be sought from another pricing service or from a broker/dealer that trades that security or similar securities.


Fair Valuation. Fair valued securities may be common and preferred equities, warrants, options, rights, and fixed income obligations. Where appropriate, Level 3 securities are those for which market quotations are not available, such as securities not traded for several days, or for which current bids are not available, or which are restricted as to transfer. When fair valuing a security, factors to consider are recent prices of comparable securities that are publicly traded, reliable prices of securities not publicly traded, and the use of valuation models, current analyst reports, valuing the income or cash flow of the issuer, or cost if the preceding factors do not apply. A significant change in the unobservable inputs could result in a lower or higher value in Level 3 securities. The circumstances of Level 3 securities are frequently monitored to determine if fair valuation measures continue to apply.


The Adviser reports quarterly to the Board the results of the application of fair valuation policies and procedures. These may include back testing the prices realized in subsequent trades of these fair valued securities to fair values previously recognized.


Foreign Taxes. The Fund may be subject to foreign taxes on income, gains on investments, or currency repatriation, a portion of which may be recoverable. The Fund will accrue such taxes and recoveries as applicable, based upon its current interpretation of tax rules and regulations that exist in the markets in which it invests.


Securities Transactions and Investment Income. Securities transactions are accounted for on the trade date with realized gain/(loss) on investments determined by using the identified cost method. Interest income





Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF 

Notes to Financial Statements (Continued) 

(including amortization of premium and accretion of discount) is recorded on an accrual basis. Premiums and discounts on debt securities are amortized using the effective yield to maturity method. Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date, except for certain dividends from foreign securities that are recorded as soon after the ex-dividend date as the Fund becomes aware of such dividends.


Distributions to Shareholders. Distributions to shareholders are recorded on the ex-dividend date. Distributions to shareholders are based on income and capital gains as determined in accordance with federal income tax regulations, which may differ from income and capital gains as determined under GAAP. These differences are primarily due to differing treatments of income and gains on various investment securities held by a Fund and timing differences. These book/tax differences are either temporary or permanent in nature. To the extent these differences are permanent, adjustments are made to the appropriate capital accounts in the period when the differences arise. Permanent differences were primarily due to a taxable distribution in excess of net investment income. These reclassifications have no impact on the NAV of the Fund. For the period ended December 31, 2022, reclassifications were made to decrease paid-in capital by $422, with an offsetting adjustment to total accumulated earnings.


The tax character of distributions paid during the period ended December 31, 2022 was as follows:


    Period Ended December 31, 2022  
Distributions paid from:        
Ordinary income   $ 68,292  
Total distributions paid   $ 68,292  


Provision for Income Taxes. The Fund intends to qualify as a regulated investment company under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code). It is the policy of the Fund to comply with the requirements of the Code applicable to regulated investment companies and to distribute substantially all of the Fund’s net investment company taxable income and net capital gains on an annual basis. Therefore, no provision for federal income taxes is required.


At December 31, 2022, the components of accumulated earnings/losses on a tax basis were as follows:


Accumulated capital loss carryforwards   $ (23,912 )
Unrealized depreciation on investments     (35,372 )
Total accumulated earnings   $ (59,284 )


At December 31, 2022, the Fund had net short term capital loss carryforwards of $23,912 for federal income tax purposes which are available to reduce future required distributions of net capital gains to shareholders. The Fund is permitted to carry capital losses forward for an unlimited period. Capital losses that are carried forward will retain their character as either short term or long term capital losses.


At December 31, 2022, the temporary difference between book basis and tax basis net unrealized appreciation/depreciation on investments were primarily due to deferral of losses from wash sales for tax purposes.





Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF 

Notes to Financial Statements (Continued) 

The following summarizes the tax cost on investments and the net unrealized depreciation at December 31, 2022:


  Cost   Gross
Investments $     4,993,351   $     221,877   $     (257,249)   $     (35,372)


The Fund is required to evaluate tax positions taken or expected to be taken in the course of preparing the Fund’s tax returns to determine whether the tax positions are “more-likely-than-not” of being sustained by the applicable tax authority. Income tax and related interest and penalties would be recognized by the Fund as tax expense in the Statement of Operations if the tax positions were deemed not to meet the more-likely-than-not threshold. For the period ended December 31, 2022, the Fund did not incur any income tax, interest, or penalties. The Fund’s federal and state tax returns will remain open and subject to examination for three years. On an ongoing basis, the Adviser will monitor the Fund’s tax positions to determine if adjustments to these conclusions are necessary.


3. Investment Advisory Agreement and Other Transactions. Pursuant to an Investment Advisory Agreement with the Trust, the Adviser manages the investment of the Fund’s assets. Under the Investment Advisory Agreement, the Fund will pay the Adviser a fee, computed daily and paid monthly, at the annual rate of 0.90% of the value of its average daily net assets and the Adviser is responsible for substantially all expenses of the Fund, except (i) interest and taxes; (ii) brokerage commissions and other expenses connected with the execution of portfolio transactions; (iii) distribution fees; (iv) the advisory fee payable to the Adviser; and (v) litigation expenses and any extraordinary expenses.


The Adviser has contractually agreed to waive its investment advisory fee of 0.90% on the first $25 million in net assets for one year from the commencement of the Fund’s operations (the Fee Waiver). The Fee Waiver shall not apply to any brokerage costs, acquired Fund fees and expenses, interest, taxes, and extraordinary expenses that the Fund may incur. This agreement may be terminated only by, or with the consent of, the Fund’s Board of Trustees.


During the period ended December 31, 2022, the Adviser waived expenses in the amount of $30,553.


4. Portfolio Securities. Purchases and sales of securities during the period ended December 31, 2022, other than short term securities and U.S. Government obligations, aggregated $8,398,610 and $3,381,084, respectively.


5. Capital Share Transactions. Capital shares are issued and redeemed by the Fund only in aggregations of a specified number of shares or multiples thereof (Creation Units) at NAV, in return for securities, other instruments, and/or cash (the Basket). Except when aggregated in Creation Units, shares of the Fund are not redeemable. Transactions in capital shares for the Fund are disclosed in detail in the Statement of Changes in Net Assets. Purchasers and redeemers of Creation Units are charged a transaction fee to cover the estimated cost to the Fund of processing the purchase or redemption, including costs charged to it by the NSCC (National Securities Clearing Corporation) or DTC (Depository Trust Company), and the estimated transaction costs, e.g., brokerage commissions, bid-ask spread, and market impact trading costs, incurred in converting the Basket to or from the desired portfolio composition. The transaction fee is determined daily and will be limited to amounts approved by the Board and determined by the Adviser to be appropriate to defray the expenses that the Fund





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incurs in connection with the purchase or redemption. The purpose of transaction fees is to protect the Fund’s existing shareholders from the dilutive costs associated with the purchase and redemption of Creation Units. The amount of transaction fees will differ depending on the estimated trading costs for portfolio positions and Basket processing costs and other considerations. Transaction fees may include fixed amounts per creation or redemption transactions, amounts varying with the number of Creation Units purchased or redeemed, and varying amounts based on the time an order is placed. The Fund may impose higher transaction fees when cash is substituted for Basket instruments. Higher transaction fees may apply to purchases and redemptions through the DTC than through the NSCC.


6. Transactions with Affiliates and Other Arrangements. During the period ended December 31, 2022, the Fund paid $2,471 in brokerage commissions on security trades to G.research, LLC, an affiliate of the Adviser.


The Adviser pays retainer and per meeting fees to Trustees not affiliated with the Adviser, plus specified amounts to the Lead Trustee and Audit Committee Chairman. Trustees are also reimbursed for out of pocket expenses incurred in attending meetings. Trustees who are directors or employees of the Adviser or an affiliated company receive no compensation or expense reimbursement from the Trust.


7. Significant Shareholder. As of December 31, 2022, the Fund’s Adviser and its affiliates beneficially owned 98.7% of the voting securities of the Fund.


8. Indemnifications. The Fund enters into contracts that contain a variety of indemnifications. The Fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown. However, the Fund has not had prior claims or losses pursuant to these contracts. Management has reviewed the Fund’s existing contracts and expects the risk of loss to be remote.


9. Subsequent Events. Management has evaluated the impact on the Fund of all subsequent events occurring through the date the financial statements were issued and has determined that there were no subsequent events requiring recognition or disclosure in the financial statements.





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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm 

To the Board of Trustees of Gabelli ETFs Trust and Shareholders of Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF:


Opinion on the Financial Statements


We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities, including the schedule of investments, of Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF (one of the funds constituting Gabelli ETFs Trust, referred to hereafter as the “Fund”) as of December 31, 2022, and the related statements of operations and changes in net assets, including the related notes, and the financial highlights for the period May 10, 2022 (commencement of operations) through December 31, 2022 (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Fund as of December 31, 2022, and the results of its operations, changes in its net assets and the financial highlights for the period May 10, 2022 (commencement of operations) through December 31, 2022 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 audit. 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 audit 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 audit 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 audit also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. Our procedures included confirmation of securities owned as of December 31, 2022, by correspondence with the custodian. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.


/s/PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 

New York, New York

March 1, 2023


We have served as the auditor of one or more investment companies in the Gabelli Fund Complex since 1986.





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Liquidity Risk Management Program (Unaudited) 

In accordance with Rule 22e-4 under the 1940 Act, the Fund has established a liquidity risk management program (the LRM Program) to govern its approach to managing liquidity risk. The LRM Program is administered by the Liquidity Committee (the Committee), which is comprised of members of Gabelli Funds, LLC management. The Board has designated the Committee to administer the LRM Program.


The LRM Program’s principal objectives include supporting the Fund’s compliance with limits on investments in illiquid assets and mitigating the risk that the Fund will be unable to meet its redemption obligations in a timely manner. The LRM Program also includes elements that support the management and assessment of liquidity risk, including an annual assessment of factors that influence the Fund’s liquidity and the monthly classification and re-classification of certain investments that reflect the Committee’s assessment of their relative liquidity under current market conditions.


At a meeting of the Board held on August 16, 2022, the Board received a written report from the Committee regarding the design and operational effectiveness of the LRM Program. The Committee determined, and reported to the Board, that the LRM Program is reasonably designed to assess and manage the Fund’s liquidity risk and has operated adequately and effectively since its implementation. The Committee reported that there were no liquidity events that impacted the Fund or its ability to timely meet redemptions without dilution to existing shareholders. The Committee noted that the Fund is primarily invested in highly liquid securities and, accordingly, continues to be exempt from the requirement to determine a “highly liquid investment minimum” as defined in the Rule 22e-4. Because of that continued qualification for the exemption, the Fund has not adopted a “highly liquid investment minimum” amount. The Committee further noted that while changes to the LRM Program were made during the Review Period and reported to the Board, no material changes were made to the LRM Program as a result of the Committee’s annual review.


There can be no assurance that the LRM Program will achieve its objectives in the future. Please refer to the Fund’s Prospectus for more information regarding its exposure to liquidity risk and other principal risks to which an investment in the Fund may be subject.





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Additional Fund Information (Unaudited) 

The business and affairs of the Fund are managed under the direction of the Fund’s Board of Trustees. Information pertaining to the Trustees and officers of the Fund is set forth below. The Fund’s Statement of Additional Information includes additional information about the Fund’s Trustees and is available without charge, upon request, by calling 800-GABELLI (800-422-3554) or by writing to Gabelli Financial Services Opportunities ETF at One Corporate Center, Rye, NY 10580-1422.


Name, Position(s)
and Year of Birth
  Term of Office
Length of
Time Served2
  Number of
in Fund
by Trustee3
  Principal Occupation(s)
During Past Five Years
  Other Directorships
Held by Trustee4
INTERESTED TRUSTEES5:                

Christopher J. Marangi



  Since 2021   5   Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Value team of GAMCO Investors, Inc.; Portfolio Manager for Gabelli Funds, LLC and GAMCO Asset Management Inc.  

Agnes Mullady



  Since 2021   13   Senior Vice President of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (2008 - 2019); Executive Vice President of Associated Capital Group, Inc. (November 2016 - 2019); President and Chief Operating Officer of the Fund Division of Gabelli Funds, LLC (2010 - 2019); Vice President of Gabelli Funds, LLC (2006 - 2019); Chief Executive Officer of G.distributors, LLC (2011 - 2019); and an officer of all of the Gabelli/ Teton Funds (2006 - 2019)  

John Birch



  Since 2021   8   Partner, The Cardinal Partners Global; Chief Operating Officer of Sentinel Asset Management and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Sentinel Group Funds (2005-2015)  

Anthony S. Colavita7



  Since 2021   22   Attorney, Anthony S. Colavita, P.C., Supervisor, Town of Eastchester, NY  

Michael J. Ferrantino7



  Since 2021   6   Chief Executive Officer of InterEx Inc.   President, CEO, and Director of LGL Group; Director of LGL Systems Acquisition Corp. (Aerospace and Defense Communications)





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Name, Position(s)
and Year of Birth
  Term of Office
Length of
Time Served2
  Number of
in Fund
by Trustee3
  Principal Occupation(s)
During Past Five Years
  Other Directorships
Held by Trustee4

Leslie F. Foley7



  Since 2021   15   Attorney; Serves on the Boards of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy Andover, Vice President, Global Ethics & Compliance and Associate General Counsel for News Corporation (2008-2010)  

Michael J. Melarkey



  Since 2021   23   Of Counsel in the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP; Partner in the law firm of Avansino, Melarkey, Knobel, Mulligan & McKenzie (1980-2015)   Chairman of Southwest Gas Corporation (natural gas utility)

Kuni Nakamura



  Since 2021   36   President of Advanced Polymer, Inc. (chemical manufacturing company); President of KEN Enterprises, Inc. (real estate); Trustee on Long Island University Board of Trustees; Trustee on Fordham Preparatory School Board of Trustees  

Salvatore J. Zizza7,8



  Since 2021   34   President of Zizza & Associates Corp. (private holding company); Chairman of Bergen Cove Realty Inc. (residential real estate)   Director and Chairman of Trans-Lux Corporation (business services); Director and Chairman of Harbor Diversified Inc. (pharmaceuticals) (2009-2018); Retired Chairman of BAM (semiconductor and aerospace manufacturing)





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Name, Position(s)
and Year of Birth
  Term of Office
and Length of
Time Served2
  Principal Occupation(s)
During Past Five Years

John C. Ball



  Since 2021   Officer of registered investment companies within the Gabelli Fund Complex since 2017; Vice President and Assistant Treasurer of AMG Funds, 2014-2017; Chief Executive Officer, G.distributors, LLC since December 2020

Peter Goldstein

Secretary and Vice



  Since 2021   General Counsel, GAMCO Investors, Inc. and Chief Legal Officer, Associated Capital Group, Inc. since 2021; General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Buckingham Capital Management, Inc. (2012-2020); Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, The Buckingham Research Group, Inc. (2012-2020)

Chandler Iorio



  Since 2021   Vice President of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (since 2019); Assistant Treasurer for Gabelli NextShares (2016-2019); Senior Fund Administrator for Gabelli Fund Complex (2011-2016)

Richard J. Walz

Chief Compliance



  Since 2021   Chief Compliance Officer of registered investment companies within the Fund Complex since 2013


1 Address: One Corporate Center, Rye, NY 10580-1422, unless otherwise noted.

2 Each Trustee will hold office for an indefinite term until the earliest of (i) the next meeting of shareholders if any, called for the purpose of considering the election or re-election of such Trustee and until the election and qualification of his or her successor, if any, elected at such meeting, or (ii) the date a Trustee resigns or retires, or a Trustee is removed by the Board or shareholders, in accordance with the Company By-Laws and Declaration of Trust. For officers, includes time served in prior officer positions with the Trust. Each officer will hold office for an indefinite term or until the date he or she resigns or retires or until his or her successor is elected and qualified.
3 The “Fund Complex” or the “Gabelli Fund Complex” includes all the U.S. registered investment companies that are considered part of the same Fund complex as the Fund because they have common or affiliated investment advisers.
4 This column includes only directorships of companies required to report to the SEC under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “1934 Act”), as amended, i.e. public companies, or other investment companies registered under the 1940 Act.
5 “Interested persons” of a Fund as defined in the 1940 Act. Mr. Christopher J. Marangi and Ms. Agnes Mullady are considered to be “interested persons” because of their affiliation with the Trust’s Adviser.

6 Trustees who are not considered to be “interested persons” of a Fund as defined in the 1940 Act are considered to be Independent Trustees.

7 Mr. Colavita’s father, Anthony J. Colavita, and Ms. Foley’s father, Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., serve as directors of other funds in the Gabelli Fund Complex. Mr. Ferrantino is the President, CEO and a Director of the LGL Group, Inc. and a Director of LGL Systems Acquisition Corp., Mr. Zizza is an independent director of Gabelli International Ltd., and Mr. Birch is a director of Gabelli Merger Plus+ Trust Plc, GAMCO International SICAV, Gabelli Associates Limited, and Gabelli Associates Limited IIE, all of which may be deemed to be controlled by Mario J. Gabelli and/or affiliates and in that event would be deemed to be under common control with the Fund’s Adviser.

8 Mr. Zizza is an independent director of Gabelli International Ltd., which may be deemed to be controlled by Mario J. Gabelli and/or affiliates and in that event would be deemed to be under common control with the Fund’s Adviser. On September 9, 2015, Mr. Zizza entered into a settlement with the SEC to resolve an inquiry relating to an alleged violation regarding the making of false statements or omissions to the accountants of a company concerning a related party transaction. The company in question is not an affiliate of, nor has any connection to, the Fund. Under the terms of the settlement, Mr. Zizza, without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings and allegation, paid $150,000 and agreed to cease and desist committing or causing any future violations of Rule 13b2-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Board has discussed this matter and has determined that it does not disqualify Mr. Zizza from serving as an independent director.





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During the period ended December 31, 2022, the Fund paid to shareholders ordinary income distributions totaling $0.33 per share. For the period ended December 31, 2022, 84.87% of the ordinary income distribution qualifies for the dividends received deduction available to corporations. The Fund designates 86.62% of the ordinary income distribution as qualified dividend income pursuant to the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. The Fund designates 0% of the ordinary income distribution as qualified interest income pursuant to the Tax Relief, Unemployment Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.


All designations are based on financial information available as of the date of this annual report and, accordingly, are subject to change. For each item, it is the intention of the Fund to designate the maximum amount permitted under the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations thereunder.







One Corporate Center 

Rye, NY 10580-1422


Portfolio Manager Biography


Macrae Sykes joined the firm in 2008 as an analyst focused on financial services. He was ranked #1 investment services analyst by the Wall Street Journal in 2010, was a runner-up in the annual StarMine analyst awards for stock picking in 2014 and 2018, and received several honorable mentions for coverage of brokers and asset managers from Institutional Investor. In 2018, Mac was a contributing author to The Warren Buffet Shareholder: Stories from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting edited by Lawrence Cunningham and Stephen Cuba. Mac holds a BA in economics from Hamilton College and an MBA degree in Finance from Columbia Business School.


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