State Street Global Advisors Announces Dividend Distributions Resulting From Modifications to The Financial Select Sector SPDR® Fund

BOSTON--()--State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), today announced the expected distribution breakdown of the special dividend associated with the upcoming modifications to the index constituents of the Financial Select Sector Index (Financial Sector Index), and the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF).

As announced in June, in order to facilitate an efficient transition to the reconstituted Financial Sector Index, XLF has sought to obtain its real estate exposure in shares of The Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLRE) in advance of the Financial Select Sector Index reconstitution. XLRE seeks to track the Real Estate Select Sector Index. For a full listing of companies in the Real Estate Select Sector Index, please click here.

Upon the completion of the changes to the Financial Select Sector Index, on September 16, XLF will issue a special dividend to its shareholders. The special dividend will be comprised of shares of XLRE.

The distribution for the special dividend is 0.139146 shares of XLRE or $4.44356 per share of XLF as of September 16, 2016. The dividend distribution will be characterized as both return of capital and income for tax purposes. As of September 16, 2016, the approximate percentage of the dividend that will be treated as return of capital is 74%, and the remaining 26% will be taxed as ordinary income. The amounts and sources of distributions reported are estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund's investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on the tax regulations. U.S. Shareholders will receive a form 1099-DIV in early 2017 that will inform them how to report distributions for federal income tax purposes. Important dates for this special dividend are as follows:

Declaration Date: September 16, 2016

Ex-Date: September 19, 2016

Record Date: September 21, 2016

Pay Date: September 22, 2016

Effective on the date of index reconstitution, the Financial Select Sector Index will include securities of companies from the following industries: diversified financial services, insurance, banks, capital markets, consumer finance, thrifts and mortgage finance, and mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs). The Real Estate Select Sector Index includes real estate management, development and REITs, with the exception of mortgage REITs.

SSGA’s leading suite of US-listed select sector SPDR ETFs includes 11 funds with $ 94.3 billion in assets as of August 31, 20161.

About SPDR Exchange Traded Funds

SPDR ETFs are a comprehensive family spanning an array of international and domestic asset classes. SPDR ETFs are managed by SSGA Funds Management, Inc., a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of State Street Corporation. The funds provide investors with the flexibility to select investments that are precisely aligned to their investment strategy. Recognized as an industry pioneer, State Street created the first US listed ETF in 1993 (SPDR S&P 500® – Ticker SPY) and has remained on the forefront of responsible innovation, as evidenced by the introduction of many ground-breaking products, including first-to-market launches with gold, international real estate, international fixed income, and sector ETFs. For more information, visit

About State Street Global Advisors

For nearly four decades, State Street Global Advisors has been committed to helping financial professionals and those who rely on them achieve their investment objectives. We partner with institutions and financial professionals to help them reach their goals through a rigorous, research-driven process spanning both active and index disciplines. We take pride in working closely with our clients to develop precise investment strategies, including our pioneering family of SPDR® ETFs. With approximately 28 trillion in assets under custody and administration and 2 trillion* in assets under management, our scale and global footprint provide unrivaled access to markets and asset classes, and allow us to deliver expert insights and investment solutions.

State Street Global Advisors is the investment management arm of State Street Corporation.

*Assets under management were $2.3 trillion as of June 30, 2016. AUM reflects approx. $40 billion (as of 6/30/2016) with respect to which State Street Global Markets, LLC (SSGM) serves as marketing agent; SSGM and State Street Global Advisors are affiliated.

In general, ETFs can be expected to move up or down in value with the value of the applicable index. Although ETF shares may be bought and sold on the exchange through any brokerage account, ETF shares are not individually redeemable from the Fund. Investors may acquire ETFs and tender them for redemption through the Fund in Creation Unit Aggregations only. Please see the prospectus for more details.

ETFs trade like stocks, are subject to investment risk, fluctuate in market value and may trade at prices above or below the ETF's net asset value. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Index-based ETFs are passively managed and seek to track an index of securities. Expenses may cause the ETF's returns to deviate from the returns of the index.

Equity Securities may increase or decrease as a result of market fluctuations, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in stock prices.

Financial Services Sector Concentration Risk. Financial services companies may be subject to the risks of government regulation, deterioration of credit markets, losses resulting from financial difficulties of borrowers and losses resulting from investment activities.

Non-diversified funds invest a greater portion of assets in fewer securities and therefore may be more vulnerable to adverse changes in the market.

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS) investing may be subject to risks including, but not limited to, declines in the value of real estate, risks related to general economic conditions, changes in the value of the underlying property owned by the trust and defaults by borrowers.

It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Index performance does not reflect charges and expenses associated with the fund or brokerage commissions associated with buying and selling a fund. Index performance is not meant to represent that of any particular fund.

Investing involves risk, including the risk of loss of principal.

Select Sector SPDR Funds bear a higher level of risk than more broadly diversified funds. All ETFs are subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal. Sector ETFs products are also subject to sector risk and nondiversification risk, which generally results in greater price fluctuations than the overall market.

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Distributor: State Street Global Markets, LLC, member FINRA, SIPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of State Street Corporation. References to State Street may include State Street Corporation and its affiliates. Certain State Street affiliates provide services and receive fees from the SPDR ETFs.ALPS Distributors, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, is distributor for SPDR® S&P® 500, SPDR® S&P® MidCap 400 and SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average, and all unit investment trusts. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. is distributor for Select Sector SPDRs. ALPS Distributors, Inc. and ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. are not affiliated with State Street Global Markets, LLC

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