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FlexShares Quality Dividend Index Fund

QDF seeks to provide exposure to the long-term growth potential of U.S. securities while providing dividend payments. It is intended as a core stock market option that also helps investors try to meet their income needs. The strategy applies a proprietary scoring model approach that determines a "quality factor" and an optimization process that seeks to maximize this factor, match the beta of the Parent Index (Northern Trust 1250) and improve on the Parent Index's dividend yield. If occurring, dividends from net investment income are generally declared and paid quarterly. Distributions of net realized securities gains, if any, are generally declared and paid once a year, but the Fund may make such distributions on a more frequent basis.

Spotlight on QDF

Fund Facts

as of 08/27/2014
Inception12/14/2012
CUSIP33939L860
Total Net Assets$ 513,856,614.26
Shares Outstanding14,400,001
# of Holdings207
Gross Expense Ratio.39%
Net Expense Ratio*.38%
Index ProviderNORTHERN TRUST
Primary ExchangeNYSE
Options AvailableN
MarginableY
Derivative UseY
Securities LendingN
*NTI has contractually agreed to reimburse the fees and expenses of the Fund’s independent trustees and independent legal counsel until March 1, 2015.

Tickers

ETF TickerQDF
Related IndexNTUQD
NAVQDF.NV
IOPVQDF.IV
Shares OutstandingQDF.SO
Estimated CashQDF.EU
Total CashQDF.TC

Fund Characteristics

 as of 08/27/2014
SEC Subsidized Yield* (as of 07/31/2014)2.87%
SEC Unsubsidized Yield**
 (as of 07/31/2014)
2.86%
Distribution Yield***2.87%
12-Month Dividend Yield****2.70%
Weighted Average Dividend Yield*****3.24%
Weighted Average Market Cap100,536,274,861.86
Weighted Average Beta.99
Price to Earnings (as of 07/31/2014)19.13
Price to Book  (as of 07/31/2014)4.18
Price to Cash Flow  (as of 07/31/2014)12.43
Price to Sales  (as of 07/31/2014)2.28
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*SEC Subsidized Yield
The 30-Day SEC Subsidized Yield is computed under an SEC standardized formula based on net income earned over the past 30 days. It is a "subsidized" yield, which means it includes contractual expense reimbursements and it would be lower without those reimbursements. It may also include an inflation adjustment that can cause the yield to vary substantially from one month to the next.
**SEC Unsubsidized Yield
The 30-Day SEC Unsubsidized Yield calculation is also computed under the same SEC standardized formula based on net income earned over the past 30 days, but excludes contractual expense reimbursements, resulting in a lower yield. It may also include an inflation adjustment that can cause the yield to vary substantially from one month to the next.
***Distribution Yield
This yield is calculated by taking the most recent distribution annualized and dividing by the fund NAV from the as of date. For Funds that distribute quarterly, an NA will be displayed if the fund has not distributed within the last 95 days.
****Dividend Yield
For an equity security, dividend yield is calculated using the (expected) annual dividend divided by the most recent closing price. To calculate annual dividend, we utilize the most recent dividend payment and multiply that payment by the expected frequency over a year. For example, if the most recent dividend for a company is $2.50 and dividends are expected to be paid quarterly (4 dividend payments/year), the annual expected dividend would be calculated as $2.50 x 4 dividend payments/year, or $10.
*****Weighted Average Dividend Yield
For a portfolio of equities, this is the sum of the dividend yield of the underlying securities weighed by its market value with respect to the total market value of the portfolio.

Market Cap (%)

as of 08/27/2014
Large-Cap77.67
Mid-Cap21.79
Micro-Cap.54
Total100.00

Style (%)

as of 08/27/2014
Value59.70
Core29.49
Growth10.81
Total100.00

SECTOR ALLOCATIONS

Sector Allocations

Performance information presented on this website is historical, and is not indicative of future results. Investment returns and principal may vary, and at the time of sale an investment may be worth more or worth less than its original value. For most recent month end performance please call 1-855-353-9383 (1-855-FlexETF). All performance figures assume reinvestment of dividend and capital gains at net asset value; actual returns may differ. Performance 1-year and less are cumulative; performance over 1-year are average annualized total returns. The fund inception date is generally several days prior to when the fund begins trading. NAV prices are used to calculate market price performance prior to 12/19/2012, when the fund first traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Market performance is determined using the bid/ask midpoint at 4:00pm Eastern time, when the NAV is typically calculated. They do not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times. Index performance does not represent FlexShares fund performance. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Month End Performance (%)

as of 07/31/2014
 1 MonthQTDYTD1 YearSince Inception
12/14/2012
Market Price-1.94-1.945.0113.8124.61
NAV-2.00-2.004.8613.7924.50
Northern Trust Quality Dividend Index (NTUQDTR)-1.95-1.955.2914.4025.12
Dow Jones US Select Dividend Index (DJDVY)-4.23-4.235.2213.0021.09

Quarter End Performance (%)

as of 06/30/2014
 1 MonthQTDYTD1 YearSince Inception
12/14/2012
Market Price1.954.977.0922.7127.74
NAV1.924.887.0022.5327.67
Northern Trust Quality Dividend Index (NTUQDTR)1.945.047.3823.1528.30
Dow Jones US Select Dividend Index (DJDVY)2.985.909.8624.5425.85
Performance information presented on this website is historical, and is not indicative of future results. Investment returns and principal may vary, and at the time of sale an investment may be worth more or worth less than its original value. For most recent month end performance please call 1-855-353-9383 (1-855-FlexETF). All performance figures assume reinvestment of dividend and capital gains at net asset value; actual returns may differ. Performance 1-year and less are cumulative; performance over 1-year are average annualized total returns. The fund inception date is generally several days prior to when the fund begins trading. NAV prices are used to calculate market price performance prior to 12/19/2012, when the fund first traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Market performance is determined using the bid/ask midpoint at 4:00pm Eastern time, when the NAV is typically calculated. They do not represent the returns you would receive if you traded shares at other times. Index performance does not represent FlexShares fund performance. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Expense Ratios

 as of 08/27/2014
Gross Expense Ratio.39%
Net Expense Ratio*.38%
*NTI has contractually agreed to reimburse the fees and expenses of the Fund’s independent trustees and independent legal counsel until March 1, 2015.


Definitions

  • Net Asset Value (NAV)
    NAV is a fund’s price per share, which is calculated by dividing the total value of all the securities in the fund’s portfolio plus cash, interest and receivables less any liabilities by the number of fund shares outstanding.
  • Market Price
    Because ETFs trade like stocks, ETF shares trade at market value on the secondary market, which can be a dollar value above (trading at a premium) or below (trading at a discount) the fund’s NAV.

Market Price

as of 08/27/2014
Price$35.72
Price $ Change$.15
Price % Change.42%
Avg Bid/Ask Spread$.07
Bid/Ask Midpoint$35.71
Closing Bid Price$35.67
Closing Ask Price$35.75

Trading

as of 08/27/2014
52-Week High$35.73
52-Week Low$29.60
Premium/Discount$.03
Daily Trading Volume (Shares)10,600
Average Trading Volume (Shares)66,609
Shares Outstanding14,400,001

NAV Price

as of 08/27/2014
Price$35.68
Price $ Change$.09
Price % Change.25%

TOP TEN HOLDINGS

as of 08/27/2014
NameTickerFund
Weight %
SectorMarket CapCountry

DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE

View by year:
Ex-DateRecord DatePayable DateIncomeShort-Term
Capital Gains
Long-Term
Capital Gains
Return of CapitalTotal Distribution
12/29/201412/31/201401/05/2015
12/19/201412/23/201412/26/2014
09/19/201409/23/201409/25/2014
06/20/201406/24/201406/26/20140.2554750000.255475
03/21/201403/25/201403/27/20140.2067500000.206750
12/27/201312/31/201301/03/20140.2966400000.296640
09/03/201309/05/201309/09/20130.2036310000.203631
06/03/201306/05/201306/07/20130.1342780000.134278
03/01/201303/05/201303/07/20130.0582110000.058211
12/27/201212/31/201201/03/20130.0612800000.061280

The Northern Trust Quality Dividend Index is designed to provide exposure to a high-quality income-oriented portfolio of long-only U.S. equity securities, with an emphasis on long-term capital growth and a targeted overall beta that is similar to that of the Northern Trust 1250 Index (Parent Index). Companies included in the index are selected based on expected dividend payment and fundamental factors such as profitability, solid management, and reliable cash flow.