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FlexShares STOXX® Global ESG Impact Index Fund

Objective and Strategy

The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the STOXX® Global ESG Impact IndexSM (Underlying Index).

Different, by Design

1. Track STOXX® index designed to serve as a core equity holding with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) exposure in an effort to enhance risk adjusted returns
2. Index assesses global companies based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in ESG categories
3. Index aggregates criteria into one score and "tilts" the portfolio to companies with the highest scores
4. Constraints are utilized in an effort to minimize overall risk within the strategy

Fund Facts

as of 10/16/2017
Inception07/13/2016
CUSIP33939L688
Total Net Assets$ 27,440,849.68
Shares Outstanding300,001
# of Holdings*708
Gross Expense Ratio.45%
Net Expense Ratio**.42%
Index ProviderSTOXX
Primary ExchangeNASDAQ
MarginableY
Derivative UseY
*Cash positions and derivatives such as futures and currency forwards are not included in the number of holdings.

**Northern Trust Investments, Inc. ("NTI" or "Investment Adviser") has contractually agreed to reimburse the fees and expenses of the Trust’s independent trustees and their independent legal counsel until March 1, 2018.

Tickers

ETF TickerESGG
Related IndexSXEIMGL
NAVESGG.NV
IOPVESGG.IV
Shares OutstandingESGG.SO
Estimated CashESGG.EU
Total CashESGG.TC

Fund Characteristics1

as of 10/16/2017
SEC Subsidized Yield2 (as of 09/30/2017)1.93%
SEC Unsubsidized Yield3
 (as of 09/30/2017)
1.90%
Distribution Yield41.54%
Weighted Average Market Cap169,919,507,260.29
Price to Earnings (as of 09/30/2017)24.89
Price to Book  (as of 09/30/2017)4.84
Price to Cash Flow  (as of 09/30/2017)15.69
Price to Sales  (as of 09/30/2017)3.27
View Standardized Performance

Market Cap (%)

as of 10/16/2017
Large-Cap91.62
Mid-Cap7.08
Small-Cap1.28
Micro-Cap.02
Total100.00

Style (%)

as of 10/16/2017
Value36.09
Core32.78
Growth31.13
Total100.00

SECTOR ALLOCATIONS

COUNTRY 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 07/14/2016, when the fund first traded on NASDAQ. 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.

Definitions

1Glossary contains definitions of widely used investment terms found on this page.
2SEC 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.
3SEC 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.
4Distribution 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 monthly, an NA will be displayed if the fund has not distributed within the last 35 days.

Month End Performance (%)

as of 09/30/2017
 1 MonthQTDYTD1 YearSince Inception
07/13/2016
Market Price1.915.0720.2419.2718.52
NAV1.975.3217.1319.3818.36
STOXX® Global ESG Impact Index (SXEIMGV)2.015.3416.9719.1818.25
MSCI World Index (M1WO)2.244.8416.0118.1716.84

Quarter End Performance (%)

as of 09/30/2017
 1 MonthQTDYTD1 YearSince Inception
07/13/2016
Market Price1.915.0720.2419.2718.52
NAV1.975.3217.1319.3818.36
STOXX® Global ESG Impact Index (SXEIMGV)2.015.3416.9719.1818.25
MSCI World Index (M1WO)2.244.8416.0118.1716.84
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 07/13/2016, when the fund first traded on NASDAQ. 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 10/16/2017
Gross Expense Ratio.45%
Net Expense Ratio*.42%
*Northern Trust Investments, Inc. ("NTI" or "Investment Adviser") has contractually agreed to reimburse the fees and expenses of the Trust’s independent trustees and their independent legal counsel until March 1, 2018.


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 10/16/2017
Price$91.54
Price $ Change$.37
Price % Change.41%
Avg Bid/Ask Spread$.18
Bid/Ask Midpoint$91.51
Closing Bid Price$91.42
Closing Ask Price$91.60

Trading

as of 10/16/2017
52-Week High$91.54
52-Week Low$74.89
Premium/Discount$.04
Daily Trading Volume (Shares)710
Average Trading Volume (Shares)11,247
Shares Outstanding300,001

NAV Price

as of 10/16/2017
Price$91.47
Price $ Change$.18
Price % Change.20%

TOP TEN HOLDINGS

as of 10/16/2017
NameTickerFund
Weight %
SectorMarket CapCountry
APPLE INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.00001AAPL4.8977Information TechnologyLarge-CapUnited States
MICROSOFT CORP COMMON STOCK USD 0.00000625MSFT4.3543Information TechnologyLarge-CapUnited States
AMAZON.COM INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.01AMZN1.9057Consumer DiscretionaryLarge-CapUnited States
BANK OF AMERICA CORP COMMON STOCK USD 0.01BAC1.6924FinancialsLarge-CapUnited States
PROCTER & GAMBLE CO/THE COMMON STOCK USD 0PG1.4276Consumer StaplesLarge-CapUnited States
CITIGROUP INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.01C1.4183FinancialsLarge-CapUnited States
FACEBOOK INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.000006FB1.3647Information TechnologyLarge-CapUnited States
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO COMMON STOCK USD 0.06GE1.3432IndustrialsLarge-CapUnited States
INTEL CORP COMMON STOCK USD 0.001INTC1.3429Information TechnologyLarge-CapUnited States
ALPHABET INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.001GOOG1.3039Information TechnologyLarge-CapUnited States
CHEVRON CORP COMMON STOCK USD 0.75CVX1.2846EnergyLarge-CapUnited States
PFIZER INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.05PFE1.2385Health CareLarge-CapUnited States
EXXON MOBIL CORP COMMON STOCK USD 0XOM1.1863EnergyLarge-CapUnited States
NESTLE SA COMMON STOCK CHF 0.1NESN VX1.1285Consumer StaplesLarge-CapSwitzerland
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.0033BRK/B1.1055FinancialsLarge-CapUnited States
NOVARTIS AG COMMON STOCK CHF 0.5NOVN VX0.8263Health CareLarge-CapSwitzerland
JPMORGAN CHASE & CO COMMON STOCK USD 1JPM0.8210FinancialsLarge-CapUnited States
MERCK & CO INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.5MRK0.8114Health CareLarge-CapUnited States
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP COMMON STOCKIBM0.8014Information TechnologyLarge-CapUnited States
AT&T INC COMMON STOCK USD 1T0.7446Telecommunication ServicesLarge-CapUnited States
HSBC HOLDINGS PLC COMMON STOCK GBP 0.5HSBA LN0.6939FinancialsLarge-CapUnited Kingdom
COCA-COLA CO/THE COMMON STOCK USD 0.25KO0.6876Consumer StaplesLarge-CapUnited States
3M CO COMMON STOCK USD 0.01MMM0.6871IndustrialsLarge-CapUnited States
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC COMMON STOCK GBP 0.07RDSA NA0.6668EnergyLarge-CapUnited Kingdom
PEPSICO INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.017PEP0.6503Consumer StaplesLarge-CapUnited States
ACCENTURE PLC COMMON STOCK USD 0.0000225ACN US0.6321Information TechnologyLarge-CapUnited States
AMGEN INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.0001AMGN0.5957Health CareLarge-CapUnited States
MCDONALD'S CORP COMMON STOCK USD 0.01MCD0.5882Consumer DiscretionaryLarge-CapUnited States
CISCO SYSTEMS INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.001CSCO0.5776Information TechnologyLarge-CapUnited States
NVIDIA CORP COMMON STOCK USD 0.001NVDA0.5688Information TechnologyLarge-CapUnited States
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC COMMON STOCK USD 1TXN0.5647Information TechnologyLarge-CapUnited States
UNILEVER NV DUTCH CERT EUR 0.16UNA NA0.5645Consumer StaplesLarge-CapNetherlands
COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA COMMON STOCK AUD 0CBA AU0.5558FinancialsLarge-CapAustralia
HONDA MOTOR CO LTD COMMON STOCK JPY7267 JP0.5425Consumer DiscretionaryLarge-CapJapan
SIEMENS AG COMMON STOCK EUR 0SIE GR0.5351IndustrialsLarge-CapGermany
ABBOTT LABORATORIES COMMON STOCK USD 0ABT0.5331Health CareLarge-CapUnited States
DOWDUPONT INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.01DWDP0.5278MaterialsLarge-CapUnited States
SANOFI COMMON STOCK EUR 2SAN FP0.5066Health CareLarge-CapFrance
UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.01UPS0.4719IndustrialsLarge-CapUnited States
ABBVIE INC COMMON STOCK USD 0.01ABBV0.4665Health CareLarge-CapUnited States
BAYER AG COMMON STOCK EUR 0BAYN GR0.4558Health CareLarge-CapGermany
JAPAN TOBACCO INC COMMON STOCK JPY2914 JP0.4526Consumer StaplesLarge-CapJapan
HOME DEPOT INC/THE COMMON STOCK USD 0.05HD0.4464Consumer DiscretionaryLarge-CapUnited States
ASTELLAS PHARMA INC COMMON STOCK JPY4503 JP0.4391Health CareLarge-CapJapan
SAP SE COMMON STOCK EUR 0SAP GR0.4377Information TechnologyLarge-CapGermany
BRIDGESTONE CORP COMMON STOCK JPY5108 JP0.4234Consumer DiscretionaryLarge-CapJapan
ELI LILLY & CO COMMON STOCK USD 0LLY0.4117Health CareLarge-CapUnited States
JPMORGAN CHASE & CO COMMON STOCK USD 1JPM0.4105FinancialsLarge-CapUnited States
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORP COMMON STOCK JPY6503 JP0.4088IndustrialsLarge-CapJapan
TOTAL SA COMMON STOCK EUR 2.5FP FP0.4004EnergyLarge-CapFrance
 

DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE

View by year:
Ex-DateRecord DatePayable DateIncomeShort-Term
Capital Gains
Long-Term
Capital Gains
Return of CapitalTotal Distribution
12/21/201712/22/201712/28/2017
09/18/201709/19/201709/22/20170.3550190000.355019
06/19/201706/21/201706/23/20170.6750630000.675063
03/20/201703/22/201703/24/20170.3003520000.300352
12/22/201612/27/201612/29/20160.4467560000.446756
09/19/201609/21/201609/23/20160.2325740000.232574

The STOXX® Global ESG Impact Index offers exposure to a set of global, developed-market companies that is tilted towards companies scoring better with respect to a select set of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) key performance indicators (KPIs). Eligible securities are selected from the STOXX Global 1800 Index. The bottom 50% of such companies based on their ESG KPI scores are excluded from the Index, as are companies that do not adhere to the UN Global compact principles, are involved in controversial weapons or are coal miners (ICB Subsector 1771). Components are then weighted by free-float market cap combined with a cap factor that is based on a company’s aggregate ESG KPI score. Component weightings may also be adjusted to ensure that the weight representation of each country in the Underlying Index does not vary from that in the STOXX Global 1800 Index by more than +/-1 percentage point and that the weight of a single company is less than 5% at time of each index rebalancing or reconstitution.