RARE EARTHS & CRITICAL MATERIALS INDEX

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CONSTITUENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Global equities listed on a regulated stock exchange in the form of shares tradeable for foreign investors without restrictions, excluding U.S. over the counter listed companies.
  • Companies currently generating at least 50% of their revenue from rare earths or critical metal mining, production, recycling, processing and/or refining of rare earths or critical metals; or engaged in projects that have the potential, when developed, to generate 50% of revenue from rare earth or critical metal mining, production, recycling, processing and/or refining.
  • Minimum market capitalization of at least $250 million USD.
  • Average daily traded value over the last 6 months of at least $500 thousand USD.
  • Latest reported revenue must be positive.
  • China-headquartered companies will be included only as exchange traded ADR versions or Hong Kong exchange traded versions if available.

The daily price and return of the EQM Rare Earths & Critical Materials Index (CRITNTR) is calculated and published by Solactive AG.

The EQM Rare Earths & Critical Materials Index is a passively managed index. It is not possible to invest in an index. For more information on the ETF tracking this index, contact TBD.

Quotes for the EQM Rare Earths & Critical Materials Index can be found each day under the symbol CRITNTR on Bloomberg, on Reuters as .CRITNTR and from other financial data providers.

The company did not meet the selection criteria when the index was last reconstituted and/or did not satisfy the risk optimization process.

Eligible initial public offerings will be considered for inclusion on the index’s next scheduled semi-annual reconstitution date.  In the event of an IPO which the index committee deems has “high importance” for the Index, the index committee can decide to include these companies on an extraordinary adjustment event basis.

If an index component’s stock is discontinued due to a merger or acquisition, the index committee may, at its sole discretion, replace the discontinued component at the time of discontinuation if more than 30 calendar days remain until the next reconstitution date. The discontinued component will either be deleted entirely or be replaced with another eligible security that meets exclusion and optimization criteria. If there are not more than 30 calendar days remaining until the next reconstitution date, the index committee will wait until the next reconstitution date to make the replacement. In this scenario, any funds received from the discontinued security will be distributed to the remaining index components pro rata.

The index is rebalanced semi-annually on the last business day of February and August.