First Trust to List May Series of the Target Outcome ETFs®

Actively managed ETFs seeking a balance of upside performance potential with a downside buffer

WHEATON, Ill.--()--First Trust Advisors L.P. (“First Trust”) a leading exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) provider and asset manager, announced today that it expects to launch the May Series of the Target Outcome ETFs® on May 18, 2020. The FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF – May (Cboe: FMAY) and the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF – May (Cboe: DMAY) (collectively, the “funds”) seek an outcome that provides investors with returns (before fees and expenses) that match the price return of the SPDR® S&P 500® ETF Trust (“SPY” or “underlying ETF”), up to a predetermined upside cap, while providing a buffer against potential SPY losses. The funds are managed and sub-advised by Cboe Vest Financial LLC (“Cboe Vest”) using a “target outcome strategy” or pre-determined target investment outcome.

Below are the anticipated outcome period values for the May Series of the Target Outcome ETFs®.

Ticker

Cap*

Buffer

Target Outcome Period

FMAY

14.44% - 22.44% (Net)

15.30% - 23.30% (Gross)

10%

5/18/2020 – 5/21/2021

DMAY

7.54% - 12.54% (Net)

8.40% - 13.40% (Gross)

25%**

5/18/2020 – 5/21/2021

*The cap ranges shown reflect the high and low upside cap based on model pricing for the options package representing a fund’s underlying strategy from 4/1/2020 to 4/30/2020. The gross cap is before fees, expenses and taxes. The net cap is after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the funds’ management fee. The ranges are not actual upside caps but based on a model that seeks to replicate similar market factors utilized when pricing this option trade for market participants quoting FLEX Options. The actual upside cap for a fund will be determined at the inception date of the Target Outcome Period in each calendar year. The upside cap set by a fund on inception date of the Target Outcome Period may be higher or lower than the ranges shown due to prevailing market conditions at the time of the trade. The cap investors will experience may be different than what is illustrated herein.

**FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF seeks to shield investors against losses from -5% to -30%, over the outcome period.

If an investor purchases shares after the first day of the Target Outcome Period, they will likely have a different return potential than an investor who purchased shares at the start of the Target Outcome Period and the buffer the funds seek may not be available. The funds have a perpetual structure meaning that a new Target Outcome Period begins, and the cap and buffer are reset, annually at the end of each Target Outcome Period. However, the funds may be held indefinitely, providing investors a buy and hold investment opportunity.

“We are pleased to work with First Trust to offer the May series of Target Outcome ETFs®. For investors who may want to reduce their equity risk in this market, FMAY and DMAY provide an opportunity for upside returns to a maximum cap on U.S. Large Cap Equities while protecting against a targeted level of losses,” said Karan Sood, CEO of Cboe Vest and portfolio manager for the funds. The two new ETFs represent the latest additions to the suite of Target Outcome Investments®, providing advisors with a full arsenal of options-based risk management strategies,” Sood added.

We believe a buffer against a level of losses can help investors stay invested during volatile times. “Target Outcome ETFs have been enormously useful for investors seeking exposure to potential equity upside, while also desiring some downside protection, especially as volatility spiked earlier this year. Given the level of uncertainty that lies ahead, we also believe these ETFs will be tremendously helpful tools going forward,” said Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President, ETF Strategist at First Trust. The funds offer a way to gain access to outcome-based investing—specifically to buffer against a level of downside risk while allowing growth to a maximum cap— eliminating bank credit risk, in a convenient, flexible investment vehicle.

In addition to Karan Sood, Howard Rubin, of Cboe Vest, will also serve as a portfolio manager for the funds. The portfolio managers are jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the funds.

For more information about First Trust, please contact Ryan Issakainen at (630) 765-8689 or RIssakainen@FTAdvisors.com.

About First Trust

First Trust is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the funds’ investment advisor. First Trust and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately held companies that provide a variety of investment services. First Trust has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $115 billion as of March 31, 2020 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. First Trust is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. First Trust and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois. For more information, visit www.ftportfolios.com.

About Cboe Vest:

Cboe Vest is the creator of Target Outcome Investments®, which strive to buffer losses, amplify gains or provide consistent income to a diverse spectrum of investors. Today, Cboe Vest’s Target Outcome Strategies™ are available in mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), unit investment trusts (UITs), collective investment trusts (CITs), and customizable managed accounts / sub-advisory services. For more information about Cboe Vest and the evolution of Target Outcome Investments, visit www.cboevest.com or contact Linda Werner at lwerner@cboevest.com or 703-864-5483.

The information in the prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. The prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.

You should consider the funds’ investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses carefully before investing. Contact First Trust Portfolios L.P. at 1-800-621-1675 or visit www.ftportfolios.com to obtain a prospectus or summary prospectus which contains this and other information about the funds. The prospectus or summary prospectus should be read carefully before investing.

ETF Characteristics

The funds list and principally trade their shares on Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.

Investors buying or selling fund shares on the secondary market may incur customary brokerage commissions. Market prices may differ to some degree from the net asset value of the shares. Investors who sell fund shares may receive less than the share’s net asset value. Shares may be sold throughout the day on the exchange through any brokerage account. However, unlike mutual funds, shares may only be redeemed directly from the funds by authorized participants, in very large creation/redemption units. If the funds’ 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 discount to the funds’ net asset value and possibly face delisting.

Risk Considerations

The funds’ shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in the fund. One of the principal risks of investing in the funds is market risk. Market risk is the risk that a particular security owned by the funds, fund shares or securities in general may fall in value.

There can be no assurance that the funds’ investment objectives will be achieved. The outbreak of the respiratory disease designated as COVID-19 in December 2019 has caused significant volatility and declines in global financial markets, which have caused losses for investors. The impact of this COVID-19 pandemic may be short term or may last for an extended period of time, and in either case could result in a substantial economic downturn or recession.

In managing the funds’ investment portfolios, the advisor will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result.

A fund may be a constituent of one or more indices which could greatly affect a fund’s trading activity, size and volatility.

The use of options and other derivatives can lead to losses because of adverse movements in the price or value of the underlying asset, index or rate, which may be magnified by certain features of the derivatives.

If the reference asset experiences gains during a target outcome period, the funds will not participate in those gains beyond the cap. In the event an investor purchases fund shares after the first day of a target outcome period and the funds have risen in value to a level near to the cap, there may be little or no ability for that investor to experience an investment gain on their fund shares.

The funds may invest in FLEX Options that reference an ETF, which subjects the funds to certain of the risks of owning shares of an ETF as well as the types of instruments in which the reference ETF invests.

Because the funds may hold FLEX Options that reference the index and/or reference ETFs, the funds have exposure to the equity securities markets.

The FLEX Options held by the funds will be exercisable at the strike price only on their expiration date. Prior to the expiration date, the value of the FLEX Options will be determined based upon market quotations or other recognized pricing methods.

There can be no guarantee that a liquid secondary trading market will exist for the FLEX Options and FLEX options may be less liquid than exchange-traded options.

The funds’ investment strategy is designed to deliver returns that match the reference asset if a fund’s shares are bought on the day on which the fund enters into the FLEX Options (i.e., the first day of a target outcome period) and held for the entire target outcome period, subject to a pre-determined cap, or until those FLEX Options expire at the end of the target outcome period. If an investor does not hold its fund shares for an entire target outcome period, the returns realized by that investor may not match those a fund seeks to achieve. In the event an investor purchases fund shares after the first day of a target outcome period or sells shares prior to the expiration of the target outcome period, the value of that investor’s investment in fund shares may not be buffered against a decline in the value of the reference asset and may not participate in a gain in the value of the reference asset up to the cap for the investor’s investment period.

A new cap is established at the beginning of each target outcome period and is dependent on prevailing market conditions. As a result, the cap may rise or fall from one target outcome period to the next and is unlikely to remain the same for consecutive target outcome periods.

The funds may, under certain circumstances, effect a significant portion of creations and redemptions for cash rather than in-kind securities. As a result, the funds may be less tax-efficient.

High portfolio turnover may cause a fund’s performance to be less than expected.

A fund may be subject to the risk that a counterparty will not fulfill its obligations which may result in significant financial loss to a fund.

As the use of Internet technology has become more prevalent in the course of business, the funds have become more susceptible to potential operational risks through breaches in cyber security.

The funds currently have fewer assets than larger funds, and like other relatively new funds, large inflows and outflows may impact the funds’ market exposure for limited periods of time.

The funds intend to qualify as “regulated investment companies” (“RICs”), however, the federal income tax treatment of certain aspects of the proposed operations of the funds are not entirely clear. If, in any year, the funds fail to qualify as RICs under the applicable tax laws, the funds would be taxed as ordinary corporations.

The funds are classified as “non-diversified” and may invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers. As a result, the funds may be more susceptible to a single adverse economic or regulatory occurrence affecting one or more of these issuers, experience increased volatility and be highly concentrated in certain issuers.

First Trust Advisors L.P. is the adviser to the funds. First Trust Advisors L.P. is an affiliate of First Trust Portfolios L.P., the funds’ distributor.

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, the Internal Revenue Code or any other regulatory framework. Financial advisors are responsible for evaluating investment risks independently and for exercising independent judgment in determining whether investments are appropriate for their clients.

Cboe® is a registered trademark of Cboe Exchange, Inc., which has been licensed for use in the name of the funds. The funds are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or marketed by Cboe Exchange, Inc. or any of its affiliates (“Cboe”) or their respective third-party providers, and Cboe and its third-party providers make no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the funds and shall have no liability whatsoever in connection with the funds.

Contacts

Ryan Issakainen
First Trust
(630) 765-8689
RIssakainen@FTAdvisors.com

Contacts

Ryan Issakainen
First Trust
(630) 765-8689
RIssakainen@FTAdvisors.com