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First Trust International Developed Capital Strength ETF (FICS)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust International Developed Capital Strength ETF seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the Fund's fees and expenses) of an index called The International Developed Capital Strength IndexSM. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing, under normal market conditions, at least 90% of its net assets (including investment borrowings) in the common stocks and real estate investment trusts ("REITs") that comprise The International Developed Capital Strength IndexSM.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • From the stocks in the NASDAQ Developed ex-US Index, the largest 500 companies with a minimum three-month average daily dollar trading volume of $5 million are selected.
  • The index then ranks the remaining securities by float-adjusted market capitalization and excludes all securities not in the top 500.
  • To be eligible for inclusion in the index, companies must:
    • have at least $500 million in cash or short term investments.
    • have a long term debt to market cap ratio less than 30%.
    • have a return on equity greater than 15%.
    • not currently be in bankruptcy proceedings.
    • not have entered into a definitive agreement/arrangement that would likely result in the security no longer being eligible.
  • Eligible companies are then ranked by a combined short-term (three-months) and long-term (one year) historical volatility.
  • The 50 companies with the lowest combined volatility score are selected for inclusion in the index.
  • A maximum weight of 30% in any one industry or country as determined by the Industry Classification Benchmark is allowed. If an industry or country has a weight greater than 30%, the highest ranking security by volatility will be removed and replaced with the next eligible security from a different industry or country. This process is repeated until no industry or country has a weight greater than 30%.
    • If the number of securities in the index is less than 50, then the securities that had the highest return on equity that failed the criteria but passed the debt to market cap ratio and cash and short term investment constraints are selected from the top 500 by free float adjusted market capitalization to go back into the eligible universe until there are 60 eligible securities.
  • The index stocks are equally weighted initially and on each rebalancing effective date. The index is reconstituted and rebalanced semi-annually.
Fund Overview
TickerFICS
Fund TypeInternational Equity
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBrown Brothers Harriman
CUSIP33738R662
ISINUS33738R6624
Intraday NAVFICSIV
Fiscal Year-End09/30
ExchangeNasdaq
Inception12/15/2020
Inception Price$30.09
Inception NAV$30.09
Rebalance FrequencySemi-Annual
Expense Ratio0.70%
Current Fund Data (as of 4/12/2021)
Closing NAV1$32.64
Closing Market Price2$32.72
Bid/Ask Midpoint$32.73
Bid/Ask Premium0.28%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread30.13%
Total Net Assets$3,264,271
Outstanding Shares100,002
Daily Volume841
Average 30-Day Daily Volume968
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$32.87 / $30.06
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$32.74 / $30.06
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)49
Top Holdings (as of 4/12/2021)*
Holding Percent
Tokyo Electron Limited 2.91%
Epiroc AB (Class A) 2.88%
Sony Corporation 2.76%
Partners Group Holding AG 2.67%
Kuehne + Nagel International AG (Registered) 2.61%
Constellation Software Inc 2.48%
BHP Group Ltd 2.43%
Logitech International S.A. 2.40%
Atlas Copco AB (Class A) 2.38%
Investor AB (Class B) 2.29%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt (as of 4/13/2021)4$0.0497
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 3/31/2021)50.95%
Index Yield (as of 3/31/2021)61.84%
Fund Characteristics (as of 3/31/2021)7
Maximum Market Cap.$314,792
Median Market Cap.$40,611
Minimum Market Cap.$7,024
Price/Earnings22.42
Price/Book4.48
Price/Cash Flow16.64
Price/Sales2.70
Top Country Exposure (as of 4/12/2021)
Country Percent
Japan 22.76%
Switzerland 17.21%
Sweden 11.49%
United Kingdom 11.42%
Canada 10.28%
France 5.91%
The Netherlands 5.67%
Australia 4.60%
Denmark 3.35%
Germany 3.34%
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 4/12/2021)
  2020 Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Q3 2021
Days Traded at Premium 7 52 7 ---
Days Traded at Discount 4 9 0 ---
Top Sector Exposure (as of 4/12/2021)
Industrials 29.77%
Technology 15.09%
Consumer Discretionary 14.58%
Financials 14.46%
Health Care 14.12%
Consumer Staples 7.36%
Basic Materials 2.44%
Telecommunications 2.18%
Month End Performance (as of 3/31/2021)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception8
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 1.62% 1.62% N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.42%
After Tax Held 1.55% 1.55% N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.35%
After Tax Sold 0.96% 0.96% N/A N/A N/A N/A 2.62%
Market Price 2.04% 2.04% N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.82%
Index Performance **
The International Developed Capital Strength IndexSM 1.89% 1.89% N/A N/A N/A N/A 5.23%
MSCI World ex USA Index 4.04% 4.04% N/A N/A N/A N/A 6.04%
Quarter End Performance (as of 3/31/2021)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception8
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 1.62% 1.62% N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.42%
After Tax Held 1.55% 1.55% N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.35%
After Tax Sold 0.96% 0.96% N/A N/A N/A N/A 2.62%
Market Price 2.04% 2.04% N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.82%
Index Performance **
The International Developed Capital Strength IndexSM 1.89% 1.89% N/A N/A N/A N/A 5.23%
MSCI World ex USA Index 4.04% 4.04% N/A N/A N/A N/A 6.04%

*Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than performance quoted. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate and shares when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

After Tax Held returns represent return after taxes on distributions. Assumes shares have not been sold. After Tax Sold returns represent the return after taxes on distributions and the sale of fund shares. Returns do not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times. Market Price returns are determined by using the midpoint of the national best bid offer price ("NBBO") as of the time that the fund's NAV is calculated. Returns are average annualized total returns, except those for periods of less than one year, which are cumulative.

After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown. The after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.

**Performance information for The International Developed Capital Strength IndexSM is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent actual fund performance.
Indexes do not charge management fees or brokerage expenses, and no such fees or expenses were deducted from the performance shown. Indexes are unmanaged and an investor cannot invest directly in an index.

MSCI World ex USA Index - The Index includes developed markets and is designed to provide a broad measure of stock performance throughout the world, with the exception of U.S.-based companies.

Footnotes
1 The NAV represents the fund's net assets (assets less liabilities) divided by the fund's outstanding shares .
2 Fund shares are purchased and sold on an exchange at their market price rather than net asset value (NAV), which may cause the shares to trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).
3 The median bid-ask spread is calculated by identifying the national best bid and national best offer ("NBBO") for the fund as of the end of each 10 second interval during each trading day of the last 30 calendar days and dividing the difference between each such bid and offer by the midpoint of the NBBO. The median of those values is identified and that value is expressed as a percentage rounded to the nearest hundredth.
4 Most recent distribution paid or declared to today's date. Subject to change in the future. There is no guarantee that the fund will declare dividends.
5 The 30-day SEC yield is calculated by dividing the net investment income per share earned during the most recent 30-day period by the maximum offering price per share on the last day of the period and includes the effects of fee waivers and expense reimbursements, if applicable.
6 Index yield represents the weighted average trailing 12-month dividend of the constituents of The International Developed Capital Strength Index(SM).
7 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
8 Inception Date is 12/15/2020

You should consider the fund's investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses carefully before investing. You can download a prospectus or summary prospectus, or contact First Trust Portfolios L.P. at 1-800-621-1675 to request a prospectus or summary prospectus which contains this and other information about the fund. The prospectus or summary prospectus should be read carefully before investing.

ETF Characteristics

The fund lists and principally trades its shares on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC.

The fund's return may not match the return of The International Developed Capital Strength IndexSM.  Securities held by the fund will generally not be bought or sold in response to market fluctuations.

Investors buying or selling fund shares on the secondary market may incur customary brokerage commissions. Market prices may differ to some degree from the net asset value of the shares. Investors who sell fund shares may receive less than the share's net asset value. Shares may be sold throughout the day on the exchange through any brokerage account. However, unlike mutual funds, shares may only be redeemed directly from the fund by authorized participants, in very large creation/redemption units. If the fund's authorized participants are unable to proceed with creation/redemption orders and no other authorized participant is able to step forward to create or redeem, fund shares may trade at a discount to the fund's net asset value and possibly face delisting.

Risk Considerations

A fund’s shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in a fund. Market risk is that a particular security or shares of a fund may fall in value. There can be no assurance that a fund’s investment objective will be achieved.

The outbreak of the respiratory disease designated as COVID-19 in December 2019 has caused significant volatility and declines in global financial markets, which have caused losses for investors. The COVID-19 pandemic may last for an extended period of time and will continue to impact the economy for the foreseeable future.

An adverse economic business or political development may affect the value of investments greater for a fund that has significant exposure to a single asset class, country, region, industry or sector than a more broadly diversified fund.

Non-U.S. securities are subject to additional risks, including but not limited to currency fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting non U.S. issuers.

Because securities held by the fund trade on non-U.S. exchanges that are closed when the fund’s primary listing exchange is open, there are likely to be deviations between the current price of an underlying security and the last quoted price for the underlying security. A fund may be subject to inflation risk which is the risk that the value of assets or income from investments will be less in the future as inflation decreases the value of money.

A portfolio comprised of low volatility stocks may not produce investment exposure that has lower variability to changes in such stocks’ price levels. Low volatility stocks are likely to underperform the broader market during periods of rapidly rising stock prices.

REITs typically own and operate income-producing real estate and are subject to the risks associated with investing in real estate.

A passive investment fund invests in securities included in or representative of the index regardless of investment merit and generally will not attempt to take defensive positions in declining markets.

High portfolio turnover may result in higher levels of transaction costs and may generate greater tax liabilities for shareholders.

There is no assurance that the index provider, or any agents that act on its behalf, will compile the index accurately, or that the index will be determined, maintained, constructed, reconstituted, rebalanced, composed, calculated, or disseminated accurately. The fund's return may not match the return of the Index.

Large capitalization companies may grow at a slower rate than the overall market.

The fund is subject to risks arising from various operational factors. As the use of Internet technology has become more prevalent in the course of business, a fund has become more susceptible to potential operational risks through breaches in cyber security.

A fund classified as “non-diversified” may invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers. As a result, a fund may be more susceptible to a single adverse economic or regulatory occurrence affecting one or more of these issuers, experience increased volatility and be highly concentrated in certain issuers.

Large inflows and outflows may impact a newer fund’s market exposure for limited periods of times.

The fund may be a constituent of one or more indices.

First Trust Advisors L.P. is the adviser to the fund. First Trust Advisors L.P. is an affiliate of First Trust Portfolios L.P., the fund’s distributor.

Please see the fund’s prospectus for a complete list of all the risks of investing in the fund.
Nasdaq® and The International Developed Capital Strength Index℠ are registered trademarks and service marks of Nasdaq, Inc. (together with its affiliates hereinafter referred to as the “Corporations”) and are licensed for use by First Trust. The Fund has not been passed on by the Corporations as to its legality or suitability. The Fund is not issued, endorsed, sold or promoted by the Corporations. THE CORPORATIONS MAKE NO WARRANTIES AND BEAR NO LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE FUND.
Not FDIC Insured • Not Bank Guaranteed • May Lose Value
 
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