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First Trust Tactical High Yield ETF (HYLS)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Tactical High Yield ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund. The fund's primary investment objective is to provide current income. The fund's secondary investment objective is to provide capital appreciation. Under normal market conditions, the fund invests at least 80% of its net assets (plus the amount of any borrowing for investment purposes) in high yield debt securities that are rated below investment grade at the time of purchase or unrated securities deemed by the fund's advisor to be of comparable quality.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeHigh Yield Bond
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon
Fiscal Year-End10/31
Inception Price$50.00
Inception NAV$50.00
Fees And Expenses
Management Fees0.95%
Borrow Costs0.21%
Total Annual Expenses1.16%
Current Fund Data (as of 6/14/2019)
Closing NAV1$47.93
Closing Market Price2$48.08
Bid/Ask Midpoint$48.08
Bid/Ask Premium0.29%
Total Net Assets$1,217,540,818
Outstanding Shares25,400,002
Daily Volume136,621
Average 30-Day Daily Volume153,048
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$48.35 / $44.51
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$48.30 / $44.81
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)256
Fund Characteristics (as of 5/31/2019)
Net Weighted Average Effective Duration (Includes Short Positions)62.39 Years
Weighted Average Effective Duration (Long Positions)62.39 Years
Weighted Average Maturity (Long Positions)5.30 Years
Weighted Average Price$98.99
Weighted Average Coupon6.07%
Weighted Average Yield-To-Maturity76.51%
Long Positions108.48%
Short Position - U.S. Treasury Securities-9.56%
Option-Adjusted Spread8415 bps
3-Month LIBOR92.50%
Portfolio information statistics exclude cash and other assets and liabilities. Weighted average maturity excludes defaulted assets.
Top Holdings (as of 6/14/2019)*
Holding Percent
TENET HEALTHCARE CORP 8.125%, due 04/01/2022 2.43%
MPH ACQUISITION HOLDINGS 7.125%, due 06/01/2024 2.33%
GRAY TELEVISION INC 5.875%, due 07/15/2026 2.26%
VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS 6.125%, due 04/15/2025 1.84%
AMWINS GROUP INC 7.75%, due 07/01/2026 1.82%
SINCLAIR TELEVISION GROUP 5.625%, due 08/01/2024 1.65%
CRC ESCROW ISSUER LLC 5.25%, due 10/15/2025 1.56%
SIX FLAGS ENTERTAINMENT 4.875%, due 07/31/2024 1.54%

* 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 6/17/2019)3$0.2150
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 5/31/2019)44.92%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 5/31/2019)55.51%
Bid/Ask Midpoint vs. NAV (as of 3/31/2019)
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Above NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
3/31/2019 23 0 0 0
12/31/2018 24 1 0 0
9/30/2018 47 0 0 0
6/30/2018 37 0 0 0
Number of Days Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV
Quarter Ended 0-49
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
Basis Points
3/31/2019 37 1 0 0
12/31/2018 35 3 0 0
9/30/2018 16 0 0 0
6/30/2018 27 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.

Asset Type Breakdown (as of 5/31/2019)
  Asset Percent
Bond 63.39%
Loan 36.61%
Credit Quality (as of 5/31/2019)
BBB- 3.62%
BB+ 3.32%
BB 9.34%
BB- 15.45%
B+ 20.50%
B 20.02%
B- 20.07%
CCC+ 5.96%
CCC 1.12%
CCC- 0.05%
NR 0.55%
The ratings are by Standard & Poor's except where otherwise indicated. A credit rating is an assessment provided by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization (NRSRO) of the creditworthiness of an issuer with respect to debt obligations except for those debt obligations that are only privately rated. Ratings are measured on a scale that generally ranges from AAA (highest) to D (lowest). Investment grade is defined as those issuers that have a long-term credit rating of BBB- or higher. "NR" indicates no rating. The credit ratings shown relate to the creditworthiness of the issuers of the underlying securities in the Fund, and not to the Fund or its shares. Credit ratings are subject to change.
Top Industry Exposure (as of 5/31/2019)
Health Care Providers & Services 15.66%
Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure 13.83%
Media 13.41%
Software 7.55%
Insurance 6.19%
Pharmaceuticals 4.98%
Real Estate Management & Development 3.95%
Diversified Financial Services 3.56%
Building Products 3.27%
Auto Components 2.79%
Month End Performance (as of 5/31/2019)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 1.17% 7.96% 6.16% 5.44% 3.75% N/A 4.94%
After Tax Held 0.61% 6.95% 3.79% 3.06% 1.31% N/A 2.45%
After Tax Sold 0.70% 4.71% 3.60% 3.09% 1.73% N/A 2.63%
Market Price 1.26% 8.42% 6.30% 5.39% 3.73% N/A 4.93%
Index Performance **
ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index 1.09% 7.52% 5.36% 7.06% 4.38% N/A 5.17%
Quarter End Performance (as of 3/29/2019)
  3 Mos YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) 7.37% 7.37% 5.82% 5.94% 3.85% N/A 4.99%
After Tax Held 6.76% 6.76% 3.48% 3.54% 1.41% N/A 2.49%
After Tax Sold 4.36% 4.36% 3.39% 3.46% 1.80% N/A 2.66%
Market Price 8.03% 8.03% 6.05% 5.92% 3.85% N/A 5.01%
Index Performance **
ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index 7.38% 7.38% 5.93% 8.68% 4.70% N/A 5.29%
3-Year Statistics (as of 5/31/2019)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
HYLS 4.13% -0.99 0.90 0.98 0.95
ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index 4.34% --- 1.00 1.28 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.

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.

**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.

ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index - The Index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar denominated below investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market but caps issuer exposure at 2%.

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 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.
6 A measure of a bond's sensitivity to interest rate changes that reflects the change in a bond's price given a change in yield. It accounts for the likelihood of changes in the timing of cash flows in response to interest rate movements.
7 The annualized return that would be earned on a debt security if held to maturity, weighted by the value of each debt security in the fund's portfolio. The calculation does not include the effect of fund fees and expenses.
8 A measurement of the spread of a fixed-income security rate and the risk-free rate of return, which is adjusted to take into account an embedded option.
9 A short-term funding rate estimated by banks in London that they would be charged if borrowing from other banks assuming a three month maturity.
10 Inception Date is 2/25/2013

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.

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. The fund is subject to management risk because it is an actively managed portfolio. In managing the fund's investment portfolio, the advisor will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result. There can be no assurance that the fund's investment objectives will be achieved.

The fund is subject to market risk. Market risk is the risk that a particular security owned by the fund or shares of the fund in general may fall in value.

High-yield securities, or "junk" bonds, are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings, and therefore, may be highly speculative. These securities are issued by companies that may have limited operating history, narrowly focused operations, and/or other impediments to the timely payment of periodic interest and principal at maturity. The market for high-yield securities is smaller and less liquid than that for investment grade securities.

High-yield securities are subject to credit risk, interest rate risk, income risk and prepayment risk. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and that the value of a security may decline as a result. Interest rate risk is the risk that if interest rates rise, the prices of the fixed-rate instruments held by the fund may fall. Income risk is the risk that if interest rates fall, the income from the fund's portfolio will decline as the fund intends to hold floating-rate debt that will adjust lower with falling interest rates. Prepayment risk is the risk that during periods of falling interest rates, an issuer may exercise its right to pay principal on an obligation earlier than expected. This may result in a decline in the fund's income.

Companies that issue bank loans tend to be highly leveraged and thus are more susceptible to the risks of interest deferral, default and/or bankruptcy. Senior floating rate loans, in which the fund may invest, are usually rated below investment grade but may also be unrated. As a result, the risks associated with these loans are similar to the risks of high-yield fixed income instruments. Loans are subject to prepayment risk. The degree to which borrowers prepay loans may be affected by general business conditions, the financial condition of the borrower and competitive conditions among loan investors, among others. The fund may not be able to reinvest the proceeds received on terms as favorable as the prepaid loan.

The market values of convertible bonds tend to decline as interest rates increase and, conversely, to increase as interest rates decline. A convertible bond's market value also tends to reflect the market price of the common stock of the issuing company.

The fund may invest in distressed securities and many distressed securities are illiquid or trade in low volumes and thus may be more difficult to value.

In times of unusual or adverse market, economic, regulatory or political conditions, the fund may not be able, fully or partially, to implement its short selling strategy. Short selling creates special risks which could result in increased volatility of returns and may result in greater gains or greater losses. The fund invests in securities of non-U.S. issuers which are subject to higher volatility than securities of U.S. issuers. Because the fund's NAV is determined on the basis of U.S. dollars and the fund invests in non-U.S. securities, you may lose money if the local currency of a non-U.S. market depreciates against the U.S. dollar.

The fund will, under most circumstances, effect a portion of creations and redemptions for cash, rather than in-kind securities. As a result, the fund may be less tax-efficient.

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.

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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