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Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Water ETF is an exchange-traded fund. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield, before fees and expenses, of an equity index called the ISE Clean Edge Water Index.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
  • The ISE Clean Edge Water Index is a modified market capitalization-weighted index comprised of exchange-listed companies that derive a substantial portion of their revenues from the potable and wastewater industry.
  • The Index begins by establishing the total population of stocks in the potable and wastewater industry and eliminates stocks which do not meet the Index's baseline eligibility requirements.
  • To meet Index eligibility, a stock must satisfy market capitalization, liquidity and weighting concentration requirements.
  • The Index selects the top 36 stocks in the industry by market capitalization.
  • The Index is rebalanced on the application of the above model on a semi-annual basis.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeSector - Water
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
Fiscal Year-End12/31
ExchangeNYSE Arca
Inception Price$20.00
Inception NAV$20.00
Rebalance FrequencySemi-Annual
Gross Expense Ratio*0.55%
Net Expense Ratio*0.55%
* As of 5/1/2019
Expenses are capped contractually at 0.60% per year, at least until April 30, 2020.
Current Fund Data (as of 9/20/2019)
Closing NAV1$56.09
Closing Market Price2$56.15
Bid/Ask Midpoint$56.09
Bid/Ask Discount0.00%
Total Net Assets$468,357,431
Outstanding Shares8,350,002
Daily Volume12,935
Average 30-Day Daily Volume47,081
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$56.69 / $41.46
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$56.66 / $41.40
Number of Holdings37
Fund Characteristics (as of 8/30/2019)8
Maximum Market Cap.$101,931
Median Market Cap.$2,851
Minimum Market Cap.$475
Price/Cash Flow19.10
Top Holdings (as of 9/20/2019)
Holding Percent
Agilent Technologies, Inc. 4.27%
Danaher Corporation 4.02%
A.O. Smith Corporation 3.98%
Xylem Inc. 3.94%
Aqua America, Inc. 3.91%
IDEX Corporation 3.89%
Roper Technologies, Inc. 3.82%
Flowserve Corporation 3.79%
American Water Works Company, Inc. 3.76%
Ecolab Inc. 3.70%

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 9/22/2019)3$0.1303
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 8/30/2019)40.52%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 8/30/2019)50.52%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 8/30/2019)60.71%
Index Yield (as of 8/30/2019)71.16%
Bid/Ask Midpoint vs. NAV (as of 6/30/2019)
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Above NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
6/30/2019 61 0 0 0
3/31/2019 46 0 0 0
12/31/2018 31 5 1 0
9/30/2018 56 0 0 1
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
6/30/2019 1 0 1 0
3/31/2019 15 0 0 0
12/31/2018 24 1 0 1
9/30/2018 6 0 0 0

The price used to calculate market return is determined by using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer on the stock exchange, on which shares of the Fund are listed for trading, as of the time that the Fund's NAV is calculated.

Top Sector Exposure (as of 9/20/2019)
Industrials 55.47%
Utilities 22.24%
Health Care 11.99%
Information Technology 5.30%
Materials 3.70%
Consumer Staples 1.30%
Month End Performance (as of 8/30/2019)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 10.30% 25.49% 8.59% 14.90% 11.12% 13.04% 9.42%
After Tax Held 10.19% 25.28% 8.24% 14.47% 10.74% 12.67% 9.08%
After Tax Sold 6.09% 15.09% 5.07% 11.48% 8.64% 10.74% 7.66%
Market Price 10.23% 25.53% 8.55% 14.89% 11.11% 13.04% 9.42%
Index Performance **
ISE Clean Edge Water Index 10.48% 26.02% 9.20% 15.39% 11.69% 13.73% 10.09%
Russell 3000® Index 6.40% 18.02% 1.31% 12.24% 9.60% 13.35% 7.73%
Quarter End Performance (as of 6/28/2019)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 7.48% 25.01% 14.82% 16.81% 10.49% 13.97% 9.53%
After Tax Held 7.38% 24.80% 14.45% 16.38% 10.11% 13.60% 9.18%
After Tax Sold 4.43% 14.80% 8.75% 13.02% 8.12% 11.57% 7.74%
Market Price 7.46% 25.07% 14.75% 16.80% 10.50% 13.95% 9.53%
Index Performance **
ISE Clean Edge Water Index 7.67% 25.40% 15.46% 17.29% 11.05% 14.66% 10.19%
Russell 3000® Index 4.10% 18.71% 8.98% 14.02% 10.19% 14.67% 7.90%
3-Year Statistics (as of 8/30/2019)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
FIW 14.98% 2.22 1.04 0.90 0.87
Russell 3000® Index 12.54% --- 1.00 0.86 1.00
Standard Deviation is a measure of price variability (risk). Alpha is an indication of how much an investment outperforms or underperforms on a risk-adjusted basis relative to its benchmark.Beta is a measure of price variability relative to the market. Sharpe Ratio is a measure of excess reward per unit of volatility. Correlation is a measure of the similarity of performance.

*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 based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread on the stock exchange on which shares of the fund are listed for trading 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. The fund's performance reflects fee waivers and expense reimbursements, absent which performance would have been lower.

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 ISE Clean Edge Water Index 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.

Russell 3000® Index - The Index is comprised of the 3000 largest and most liquid stocks based and traded in the U.S.

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 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.
4 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.
5 The unsubsidized 30-day SEC yield is calculated the same as the 30-day SEC yield, however it excludes contractual fee waivers and expense reimbursements.
6 12-Month Distribution Rate is calculated by dividing the sum of the fund's trailing 12-month ordinary distributions paid or declared by the NAV price. Distribution rates may vary.
7 Index yield represents the weighted average trailing 12-month dividend of the constituents of the ISE Clean Edge Water Index.
8 All market capitalization numbers are in USD$ Millions.
9 Inception Date is 5/8/2007

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 NYSE Arca, Inc.

The fund's return may not match the return of the ISE Clean Edge Water Index.  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

The fund's shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in the fund. One of the principal risks of investing in the fund is market risk. Market risk is the risk that a particular stock owned by the fund, fund shares or stocks in general may fall in value. There can be no assurance that the fund's investment objective will be achieved.

The fund may invest in securities issued by companies concentrated in a particular sector which involves additional risks including limited diversification. The fund may invest in small capitalization and mid capitalization companies. Such companies may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies.

An investment in a fund containing securities of non-U.S. issuers is subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting non-U.S. issuers. These risks may be heightened for securities of companies located in, or with significant operations in, emerging market countries. The fund may invest in depositary receipts which may be less liquid than the underlying shares in their primary trading market.

Adverse developments in the potable water and wastewater business may significantly affect the value of the shares of the fund. Companies involved in the potable water and wastewater business are subject to environmental considerations, taxes, government regulation, price and supply fluctuations, competition and conservation.

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.

The First Trust Water ETF is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Nasdaq, Inc., or its affiliates (Nasdaq, with its affiliates, are referred to as the "Corporations"). The Corporations' only relationship to First Trust is in the licensing of Nasdaq, Inc. and certain trade names of the Corporations and the use of the ISE Index which is determined, composed and calculated by Nasdaq, Inc. without regard to First Trust or the Fund.

Not FDIC Insured • Not Bank Guaranteed • May Lose Value
The information presented is not intended to constitute an investment recommendation for, or advice to, any specific person. By providing this information, First Trust is not undertaking to give advice in any fiduciary capacity within the meaning of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code or any other regulatory framework. Financial advisors are responsible for evaluating investment risks independently and for exercising independent judgment in determining whether investments are appropriate for their clients.
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