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First Trust Senior Floating Rate Income Fund II (FCT)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Senior Floating Rate Income Fund II is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund's primary investment objective is to seek a high level of current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund will attempt to preserve capital. The Fund will pursue these objectives through investment in a portfolio of senior secured floating rate corporate loans. It is anticipated that at least 80% of the Fund's managed assets will be invested in lower grade debt instruments.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Fund Overview
Fund TypeLoan Participation
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc.
Fiscal Year-End05/31
Inception Price$20.00
Inception NAV$19.10
Current Fund Data (as of 1/17/2018)
Closing NAV1$14.09
Closing Share Price2$12.84
Discount to NAV8.87%
Total Managed Assets$523,027,076
Common Shares Outstanding26,696,982
Dividend FrequencyMonthly
Dividend Per Share Amt3$0.0635
Distribution Rate45.93%
Daily Volume124,675
Average 30-Day Daily Volume143,188
Closing Share Price 52-Week High/Low$13.95 / $12.72
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$14.37 / $14.01
Expense Ratios (as of 5/31/2017)
Annual ExpensesPercent of
Net Assets
Percent of
Management Fees1.06%0.75%
Other Expenses
Total Operating Expenses1.33%0.94%
Leverage Costs0.73%0.52%
Total Annual Expenses2.06%1.46%
Leverage costs include interest, fees and any upfront/offering costs associated with borrowings by the Fund.
Leverage Information (as of 1/17/2018)6
Total Net Assets with Leverage$523,027,076
Amount Attributable to Common Shares$376,027,076
Amount Attributable to Preferred Shares$0
Amount Attributable to Other Borrowings$147,000,000
Leverage (% of Total Net Assets)28.11%
Top 10 Issuers (as of 11/30/2017)7
Holding Percent
MultiPlan, Inc. (MPH Acquisition Holdings LLC) 3.21%
Portillo's Holdings LLC 3.03%
Caesars Growth Partners LLC 2.89%
Energy Future Intermediate Holding Co. 2.87%
Caesars Entertainment Resort Properties LLC 2.80%
BMC Software Finance, Inc. 2.70%
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. 2.54%
Reynolds Group Holdings, Inc. 2.46%
Amaya Holdings B.V. 2.39%
CHS/Community Health Systems, Inc. 2.33%
S&P Ratings (as of 11/30/2017)7
  S&P Rating Percent
BBB- 4.83%
BB+ 2.13%
BB 7.53%
BB- 23.90%
B+ 19.69%
B 20.84%
B- 10.27%
CCC+ 3.45%
CCC 3.55%
CCC- 0.84%
D 1.30%
NR 1.42%
NR (Privately rated securities) 0.25%
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.
Portfolio Characteristics (as of 11/30/2017)7
Weighted Average Maturity4.81 Years
Weighted Average Price$98.21
Percent of Assets with LIBOR Floors73.93%
Please note: Weighted average maturity excludes defaulted assets.
Share Price and NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
% Premium/Discount (Since Inception)
Cumulative Total Returns (as of 12/31/2017)5
Period Share Price NAV
3 Months -2.96% 1.13%
1 Year -1.06% 4.00%
3 Years 20.01% 17.94%
5 Years 16.37% 29.22%
10 Years 60.27% 52.80%
Year to Date -1.06% 4.00%
Inception to Date 56.17% 78.36%
Calendar Year Returns (as of 12/31/2017)5
Period Share Price NAV
2005 -5.44% 6.25%
2006 16.19% 7.39%
2007 -9.04% -0.11%
2008 -49.44% -47.61%
2009 79.47% 74.18%
2010 22.20% 11.01%
2011 0.81% 2.89%
2012 22.94% 13.04%
2013 1.66% 7.14%
2014 -4.62% 2.27%
2015 1.53% 0.37%
2016 19.47% 12.99%
2017 -1.06% 4.00%
Average Annual Returns (as of 12/31/2017)5
Period Share Price NAV
3 Years 6.27% 5.65%
5 Years 3.08% 5.26%
10 Years 4.83% 4.33%
Inception to Date 3.33% 4.35%
Industry Breakdown (as of 11/30/2017)7
Industry Percent
Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure 18.41%
Health Care Providers & Services 17.35%
Software 9.93%
Pharmaceuticals 6.95%
Media 4.33%
Food & Staples Retailing 4.04%
Life Sciences Tools & Services 3.41%
Electric Utilities 3.33%
Containers & Packaging 3.16%
Diversified Financial Services 3.11%
Professional Services 3.06%
Diversified Telecommunication Services 2.66%
Food Products 2.48%
Insurance 2.18%
Capital Markets 2.03%
Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals 1.99%
Specialty Retail 1.39%
Commercial Services & Supplies 1.38%
Diversified Consumer Services 1.35%
Health Care Equipment & Supplies 1.25%
Building Products 1.22%
Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment 0.84%
Auto Components 0.61%
Diversified Business Services 0.55%
Aerospace & Defense 0.52%
Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels 0.50%
Chemicals 0.46%
Health Care Technology 0.38%
Independent Power and Renewable Electricity Producers 0.36%
Real Estate Management & Development 0.29%
Machinery 0.22%
Trading Companies & Distributors 0.13%
Construction Materials 0.11%
Industrial Conglomerates 0.02%
1 The NAV represents the fund's net assets (assets less liabilities) divided by the fund's common shares outstanding.
2 Fund shares are purchased and sold on an exchange at their share 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 Distribution rates are calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution paid or declared through today's date and then dividing by the most recent market price. The distribution consists of the sum of net investment income, net realized short-term capital gains, net realized long-term capital gains, and return of capital. Distribution rates may vary. Any distribution adjustment will not be reflected until after the declaration date for the next distribution. See the fund's 19a-1 Notices, if any, located under the "News & Literature" section of the website for estimates of distribution sources. Final determination of the source and tax status of all distributions paid in the current year will be made after year-end.
5 Total return is the combination of reinvested dividend income and reinvested capital gains distributions, at prices obtained by the Dividend Reinvestment Plan, if any, and changes in the NAV and Share Price. The NAV total return takes into account the fund's total annual expenses and does not reflect sales load. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
6 Leverage is a technique where a closed-end fund's manager borrows assets at one rate and invests the proceeds from the borrowed assets at another rate, seeking to increase yield and total return. Use of leverage can result in additional risk and cost, and can magnify the effect of any losses.
7 Market value information used in calculating the percentages is based upon trade date plus one recording of transactions, which can differ from regulatory financial reports (Forms N-CSR and N-Q) that are based on trade date recording of security transactions. Holdings are subject to change.

Risk Considerations

Investment return and market value of an investment in the fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

The Senior Loans in which the fund invests are generally considered to be "high-yield securities". High yield securities are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings. Lower-quality debt tends to be less liquid than higher-quality debt.

The fund's portfolio is also subject to credit risk, interest rate risk, liquidity risk and prepayment risk. Interest rate risk is the risk that fixed-income securities will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates. 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. Credit risk may be heightened for the fund because it invests in below investment grade securities. Liquidity risk is the risk that the fund may have difficulty disposing of senior loans if it seeks to repay debt, pay dividends or expenses, or take advantage of a new investment opportunity. Prepayment risk is the risk that, upon a prepayment, the actual outstanding debt on which the fund derives interest income will be reduced. The fund may not be able to reinvest the proceeds received on terms as favorable as the prepaid loan.

Use of leverage can result in additional risk and cost, and can magnify the effect of any losses.

A second lien loan may have a claim on the same collateral pool as the first lien or it may be secured by a separate set of assets. Second lien loans are typically secured by a second priority security interest or lien on specified collateral securing the Borrower's obligation under the interest and present a greater degree of investment risk. These loans are also subject to the risk that Borrower cash flow and property securing the loan may be insufficient to meet scheduled payments after giving effect to those loans with a higher priority. These loans also have greater price volatility than those loans with a higher priority and may be less liquid. However, second lien loans often pay interest at higher rates than first lien loans reflecting such additional risks.

The risks of investing in the fund are spelled out in the prospectus, shareholder report and other regulatory filings.

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 and the Internal Revenue Code. First Trust has no knowledge of and has not been provided any information regarding any investor. Financial advisors must determine whether particular investments are appropriate for their clients. First Trust believes the financial advisor is a fiduciary, is capable of evaluating investment risks independently and is responsible for exercising independent judgment with respect to its retirement plan clients.
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