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First Trust Flexible Municipal High Income ETF (MFLX)
Investment Objective/Strategy - The First Trust Flexible Municipal High Income ETF (the "Fund") (formerly First Trust Municipal CEF Income Opportunity ETF) seeks to provide current income. Under normal market conditions, the Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets (plus any investment borrowings) in municipal debt securities that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal income taxes. Municipal debt securities are generally issued by or on behalf of states, territories or possessions of the United States and the District of Columbia and their political subdivisions, agencies, authorities and other instrumentalities. The Fund may invest in a range of municipal securities, including, but not limited to, municipal lease obligations (and certificates of participation in such obligations),municipal general obligation bonds, municipal revenue bonds, municipal notes, municipal cash equivalents, private activity bonds (including without limitation industrial development bonds), and pre-refunded and escrowed to maturity bonds.
There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved.
Fund Overview
TickerMFLX
Fund TypeTax-Free Fixed Income
Investment AdvisorFirst Trust Advisors L.P.
Investor Servicing AgentBank of New York Mellon Corp
CUSIP33740F508
ISINUS33740F5089
Intraday NAVMFLXIV
Fiscal Year-End08/31
ExchangeNasdaq
Inception9/27/2016
Inception Price$20.05
Inception NAV$20.05
Gross Expense Ratio*0.86%
Net Expense Ratio*0.66%
* As of 4/14/2022
First Trust has contractually agreed to waive management fees of 0.20% of average daily net assets until April 14, 2023.
Current Fund Data (as of 6/24/2022)
Closing NAV1$16.63
Closing Market Price2$16.55
Bid/Ask Midpoint$16.55
Bid/Ask Discount0.48%
30-Day Median Bid/Ask Spread31.62%
Total Net Assets$14,971,315
Outstanding Shares900,002
Daily Volume744
Average 30-Day Daily Volume3,212
Closing Market Price 52-Week High/Low$21.67 / $16.26
Closing NAV 52-Week High/Low$21.63 / $16.47
Number of Holdings (excluding cash)70
Top Holdings (as of 6/24/2022)*
Holding Percent
PALM BEACH CNTY FL HLTH FACS AUTH 5%, due 11/01/2041 2.46%
LONG BEACH CA ARPT REVENUE 5%, due 06/01/2037 2.24%
OREGON ST FACS AUTH REVENUE 5%, due 06/01/2052 2.13%
CHICAGO IL BRD OF EDU N/C, 5%, due 12/01/2030 2.12%
KENTUCKY ST PUBLIC ENERGY AUTH Variable rate, due 12/01/2050 2.04%
SAN FRANCISCO CITY & CNTY CA PUB UTIL COMMN 4%, due 11/01/2042 2.01%
MONTGOMERY CNTY OH HOSP REVENUE 4%, due 08/01/2041 1.95%
FAIRFAX CNTY VA ECON DEV AUTH 5%, due 10/01/2039 1.91%
MUNI ELEC AUTH OF GEORGIA N/C, 5%, due 01/01/2029 1.90%
ILLINOIS ST FIN AUTH ACADEMIC FACS 5%, due 10/01/2034 1.87%

* Excluding cash.  Holdings are subject to change.

Top State Exposure (as of 3/31/2022)
State Percent
Illinois 11.17%
California 10.05%
New York 9.25%
Texas 7.55%
Florida 6.95%
Fund Composition (as of 3/31/2022)
Percent
CEF 80.53%
Cash 12.09%
ETF 7.38%
NAV History (Since Inception)
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Distribution Information
Dividend per Share Amt (as of 6/28/2022)4$0.0575
30-Day SEC Yield (as of 5/31/2022)53.07%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 5/31/2022)62.87%
Taxable Equivalent 30-Day SEC Yield (as of 5/31/2022)74.85%
12-Month Distribution Rate (as of 5/31/2022)84.33%
Distribution Rate (as of 5/31/2022)93.99%
Taxable Equivalent Annualized Distribution Rate (as of 5/31/2022)106.75%
Fund Characteristics (as of 3/31/2022)
Weighted Average Option-Adjusted Duration115.58 Years
Weighted Average Leverage Option-Adjusted Duration128.58 Years
Weighted Average Effective Maturity7.19 Years
Weighted Average Leverage1328.87%
Weighted Average Premium/Discount14-4.59%
Credit Quality (as of 3/31/2022)
Credit Quality Percent
AAA 6.04%
AA 26.30%
A 22.69%
BBB 17.11%
BB 6.91%
B 1.52%
CCC-D 0.98%
N/R 18.45%
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.
Bid/Ask Premium/Discount (as of 6/24/2022)
  2021 Q1 2022 Q2 2022 Q3 2022
Days Traded at Premium 202 39 15 ---
Days Traded at Discount 50 23 43 ---
Weighted Avg Premium/Discount14
Current Weighted Average Premium Discount Information (as of 6/24/2022)
Current-0.68%
52-Week Average-2.34%
52-Week High0.77%
52-Week Low-6.95%
Top Sector Exposure (as of 3/31/2022)
National Municipal Leveraged 68.89%
Cash 12.09%
National Municipal ETF 7.38%
National Municipal Non-Leveraged 4.81%
National Municipal High Yield 2.95%
Term Fund 2.65%
Hypothetical Growth of $10,000 Since Inception (as of 6/24/2022) *


Month End Performance (as of 5/31/2022)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception15
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -7.83% -16.70% -14.55% 0.70% 1.71% N/A 0.95%
After Tax Held -8.21% -17.28% -15.89% -0.73% 0.25% N/A -0.53%
After Tax Sold -4.63% -9.87% -8.49% 0.00% 0.72% N/A 0.12%
Market Price -8.30% -17.28% -14.99% 0.52% 1.59% N/A 0.86%
Index Performance **
Bloomberg Municipal Bond Index -4.52% -7.47% -6.79% 0.50% 1.78% N/A 1.58%
Blended Benchmark -5.27% -8.16% -6.53% 1.50% 3.04% N/A 2.69%
Bloomberg Municipal Long Bond Index (22+) Index -7.56% -11.30% -9.95% 0.20% 2.12% N/A 1.75%
First Trust Municipal Closed-End Fund Total Return Index -7.88% -16.52% -14.61% 1.03% 2.36% N/A 1.51%
Quarter End Performance (as of 3/31/2022)
  3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since
Fund
Inception15
Fund Performance *
Net Asset Value (NAV) -13.43% -13.43% -7.63% 2.81% 3.12% N/A 1.69%
After Tax Held -13.79% -13.79% -9.04% 1.38% 1.64% N/A 0.20%
After Tax Sold -7.94% -7.94% -4.40% 1.60% 1.78% N/A 0.66%
Market Price -13.68% -13.68% -7.73% 2.79% 3.10% N/A 1.67%
Index Performance **
Bloomberg Municipal Bond Index -6.23% -6.23% -4.47% 1.53% 2.52% N/A 1.87%
Blended Benchmark N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bloomberg Municipal Long Bond Index (22+) Index N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
First Trust Municipal Closed-End Fund Total Return Index -14.19% -14.19% -8.58% 2.95% 3.69% N/A 2.07%
3-Year Statistics (as of 5/31/2022)
  Standard Deviation Alpha Beta Sharpe Ratio Correlation
MFLX 10.94% 0.88 1.33 0.05 0.91
Bloomberg Municipal Bond Index 5.06% 0.07 0.66 -0.01 0.99
Bloomberg Municipal Long Bond Index (22+) Index 7.55% --- 1.00 -0.03 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 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. 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 each listed 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.

On April 14, 2022 the fund converted from the First Trust Municipal CEF Income Opportunity ETF to the First Trust Flexible Municipal High Income ETF. Therefore, the fund's performance and historical returns shown for the periods prior to this date are not necessarily indicative of the performance that the fund would have generated.

Bloomberg Municipal Bond Index - The Index is a rules-based, market-value-weighted index engineered for the long-term tax-exempt bond market.

Blended Benchmark - The Benchmark consists of a 50/50 blend of the Bloomberg Municipal High Yield Bond Index, which includes state and local general obligation bonds and revenue bonds and is a measure of the non-investment grade and non-rated USD-denominated tax exempt bond market, and the Bloomberg Municipal Bond Index, which is a rules-based, market-value-weighted index engineered for the long-term tax-exempt bond market. The Blended Benchmark returns are calculated by using the monthly returns of the two indices during each period shown above. At the beginning of each month the two indices are rebalanced to a 50/50 ratio to account for divergence from that ratio that occurred during the course of each month. The monthly returns are then compounded for each period shown above, giving the performance for the Blended Benchmark for each period shown above.

Bloomberg Municipal Long Bond Index (22+) Index - The Index covers the USD-denominated long-term tax exempt bond market and has four main sectors: state and local general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, insured bonds and prerefunded bonds.

First Trust Municipal Closed-End Fund Total Return Index - The Index is a cap weighted index (based on NAV) designed to provide a broad representation of the national municipal closed-end fund universe. Funds included in the index trade on an U.S. Stock Exchange and have a market cap of at least $100 million.

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 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.
7 The taxable equivalent yield is for illustrative purposes only. This information illustrates approximately what you would have to earn on taxable investments to equal the tax-exempt yield using the highest federal tax bracket and Medicare tax for 2022. This information is based on present law as of the date of publication and does not account for any proposed changes in tax rates. This information does not account for limitations on deductions, the alternative minimum tax or taxes other than Federal personal income tax and Medicare tax.
8 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.
9 Distribution Rate is calculated by dividing the fund's most recent ordinary distribution paid or declared, on an annualized basis, by the NAV price. Distribution rates may vary.
10 The taxable equivalent annualized distribution rate is for illustrative purposes only. This information illustrates approximately what you would have to earn on taxable investments to equal the tax-exempt annualized distribution rate using the highest federal tax bracket and Medicare tax for 2022. This information is based on present law as of the date of publication and does not account for any proposed changes in tax rates. This information does not account for limitations on deductions, the alternative minimum tax or taxes other than Federal personal income tax and Medicare tax.
11 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 and is adjusted for option provisions.
12 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 that is adjusted for option provisions and the leveraging process.
13 The use of various financial instruments or borrowed capital to increase the potential return of an investment.
14 A premium occurs when an underlying fund's market price is higher than its NAV, and a discount occurs when an underlying fund's market price is lower than its NAV.
15 Inception Date is 9/27/2016

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.

Risk Considerations

You could lose money by investing in a fund. An investment in a fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed. There can be no assurance that a fund's objective(s) will be achieved. Investors buying or selling shares on the secondary market may incur customary brokerage commissions. Please refer to each fund's prospectus and SAI for additional details on a fund's risks. The order of the below risk factors does not indicate the significance of any particular risk factor.

All or a portion of a fund's otherwise exempt- interest dividends may be taxable to those shareholders subject to the federal and state alternative minimum tax.

Unlike mutual funds, shares of the fund may only be redeemed directly from a fund by authorized participants in very large creation/redemption units. If a 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 premium or discount to a fund's net asset value and possibly face delisting and the bid/ask spread may widen.

During periods of falling interest rates if an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments, a fund may be forced to invest the proceeds at lower interest rates, likely resulting in a decline in the fund's income.

A fund that effects all or a portion of its creations and redemptions for cash rather than in-kind may be less tax-efficient.

Because the shares of CEFs cannot be redeemed upon demand, shares of many CEFs will trade on exchanges at market prices rather than net asset value, which may cause the shares to trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount). A fund that invests in the shares of CEFs involves additional expenses that would not be present in a direct investment in the underlying funds. In addition, a fund's investment performance and risks will be related to the investment performance and risks of the underlying funds. CEFs may utilize leverage and the fund may be indirectly exposed to leverage.

An issuer or other obligated party of a debt security may be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and the value of a security may decline as a result.

Ratings assigned by a credit rating agency are opinions of such entities, not absolute standards of credit quality and they do not evaluate risks of securities. Any shortcomings or inefficiencies in the process of determining credit ratings may adversely affect the credit ratings of the securities held by a fund and their perceived or actual credit risk.

The differences in yield between debt securities of different credit quality may increase which may reduce the market value of a fund's debt securities.

Custodial receipt trusts may hold inverse floater securities, which would subject a fund to the inverse floaters risks.

A fund is susceptible to operational risks through breaches in cyber security. Such events could cause a fund to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, additional compliance costs associated with corrective measures and/or financial loss.

Investments in debt securities subject the holder to the credit risk of the issuer and the value of debt securities will generally change inversely with changes in interest rates. In addition, debt securities generally do not trade on a securities exchange making them less liquid and more difficult to value.

Distressed securities are speculative and often illiquid or trade in low volumes and thus may be more difficult to value and pose a substantial risk of default.

Extension risk is the risk that, when interest rates rise, certain obligations will be paid off by the issuer (or other obligated party) more slowly than anticipated, causing the value of these debt securities to fall. Rising interest rates tend to extend the duration of debt securities, making their market value more sensitive to changes in interest rates.

High yield securities, or "junk" bonds, are less liquid and are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings, and therefore, are considered to be highly speculative.

A fund's income may decline when interest rates fall or if there are defaults in its portfolio.

Industrial development bonds are normally secured only by the revenues from the project and are not general obligations of the issuer or otherwise secured by state or local government tax receipts.

As inflation increases, the present value of a fund's assets and distributions may decline.

Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the debt securities in a fund's portfolio will decline because of rising interest rates. Interest rate risk is generally lower for shorter term debt securities and higher for longer-term debt securities.

Inverse floating rate securities are a type of debt instrument that has a coupon rate that varies inversely with a benchmark rate. Inverse floaters create effective leverage and will typically be more volatile and involve greater risk than the fixed rate municipal bonds underlying the inverse floaters.

The portfolio managers of an actively managed portfolio will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result.

Market risk is the risk that a particular security, or shares of a fund in general may fall in value. Securities are subject to market fluctuations caused by such factors as general economic conditions, political events, regulatory or market developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in securities prices. Shares of a fund could decline in value or underperform other investments as a result. In addition, local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, spread of infectious disease or other public health issues, recessions, or other events could have significant negative impact on a fund. In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine which has caused and could continue to cause significant market disruptions and volatility within the markets in Russia, Europe, and the United States. The hostilities and sanctions resulting from those hostilities could have a significant impact on certain fund investments as well as fund performance. The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused and may continue to cause significant volatility and declines in global financial markets. While the U.S. has resumed "reasonably" normal business activity, many countries continue to impose lockdown measures. Additionally, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective against emerging variants of the disease.

A fund faces numerous market trading risks, including the potential lack of an active market for fund shares due to a limited number of market makers. Decisions by market makers or authorized participants to reduce their role or step away in times of market stress could inhibit the effectiveness of the arbitrage process in maintaining the relationship between the underlying values of a fund's portfolio securities and a fund's market price.

Participation interests in municipal leases pose special risks because many leases and contracts contain "non-appropriation" clauses that provide that the governmental issuer has no obligation to make future payments under the lease or contract unless money is appropriated for this purpose by the appropriate legislative body.

The values of municipal securities may be adversely affected by local political and economic conditions and developments. Income from municipal securities could be declared taxable because of, among other things, unfavorable changes in tax laws, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of an issuer.

Inventories of municipal securities have decreased in recent years and some municipal securities may have resale restrictions lessening the ability to make a market in these securities. This reduction in market making capacity has the potential to decrease a fund's ability to buy or sell municipal securities and increase price volatility and trading costs.

There is no assurance that a fund will be able to sell a portfolio security at the price established by a pricing service, which could result in a loss to a fund.

A fund and a fund's advisor may seek to reduce various operational risks through controls and procedures, but it is not possible to completely protect against such risks. The fund also relies on third parties for a range of services, including custody, and any delay or failure related to those services may affect the fund's ability to meet its objective.

The market price of a fund's shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the fund's net asset value ("NAV") as well as the relative supply of and demand for shares on the exchange, and a fund's investment advisor cannot predict whether shares will trade below, at or above their NAV.

Prepayment risk is the risk that the issuer of a debt security will repay principal prior to the scheduled maturity date. Debt securities allowing prepayment may offer less potential for gains during a period of declining interest rates, as a fund may be required to reinvest the proceeds of any prepayment at lower interest rates.

The securities held in an escrow fund pledged to pay the principal and interest of a pre-refunded bond do not guarantee the price of the bond.

Private activity bonds can have a substantially different credit profile than the municipality or public authority that issued them and may be negatively impacted by conditions affecting the general credit of the private enterprise or the project itself.

A fund may be unable to sell a restricted security on short notice or only sell them at a price below current value.

A fund with significant exposure to a single asset class, country, region, industry, or sector may be more affected by an adverse economic or political development than a broadly diversified fund.

If a fund does not qualify as a RIC for any taxable year and certain relief provisions were not available, a fund's taxable income would be subject to tax at the fund level and to a further tax at the shareholder level when such income is distributed. Further, there may be other tax implications to a fund based on the type of investments in a fund.

Trading on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or other reasons. There can be no assurance that a fund's requirements to maintain the exchange listing will continue to be met or be unchanged.

Zero coupon bonds do not pay interest on a current basis, they may be highly volatile, and they do not produce cash flow. A fund could be forced to liquidate zero coupon bond securities at an inopportune time to generate cash to distribute to shareholders as required by tax laws.

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.

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