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PIMCO EQUITY SERIES®

Semiannual Report

 

December 31, 2022

 

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity ETF | MFEM | NYSE Arca

 

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF | MFDX | NYSE Arca

 

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Equity ETF | MFUS | NYSE Arca

 

PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF | RAFE | NYSE Arca

 

 

 


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Chairman’s Letter

 

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Important Information About the Funds

 

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Expense Examples

 

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Financial Highlights

 

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Statements of Assets and Liabilities

 

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Statements of Operations

 

     21  

Statements of Changes in Net Assets

 

     22  

Notes to Financial Statements

 

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Glossary

 

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Distribution Information

 

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Approval of Investment Advisory Contract and Other Agreements

 

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Fund    Fund
Summary
     Schedule of
Investments
 
     

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity ETF

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PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF

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PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Equity ETF

     13        46  

PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF

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This material is authorized for use only when preceded or accompanied by the current PIMCO Equity Series prospectus. The Shareholder Reports for the other series of the PIMCO Equity Series are printed separately.


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Chairman’s Letter

 

Dear Shareholder,

 

2022 was a challenging year in the financial markets. We continue to work tirelessly to navigate global markets and manage the assets that you have entrusted with us. Following this letter is the PIMCO Equity Series Semiannual Report, which covers the six-month reporting period ended December 31, 2022 (the “reporting period”). On the subsequent pages, you will find details regarding investment results and a discussion of the factors that most affected performance during the reporting period.

 

For the six-month reporting period ended December 31, 2022

 

The global economy faced significant headwinds in 2022, including those related to higher inflation, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In the U.S., second quarter 2022, prior to the beginning of the reporting period, annualized gross domestic product (“GDP”) was -0.6%. The economy then strengthened, as third quarter annualized GDP was +3.2%. The Commerce Department’s initial estimate for fourth quarter 2022 annualized GDP — released after the reporting period ended — was 2.9%.

 

The Federal Reserve Board (the “Fed” or “U.S. central bank”) took actions to combat elevated inflation. In March 2022, the Fed raised the federal funds rate 0.25% to a range between 0.25% and 0.50%, its first rate hike since 2018. The U.S. central bank then raised rates at its next six meetings, for a total increase of 4.25% in 2022. At the end of the year, the federal funds rate was in a range between 4.25% and 4.50%.

 

Economies outside the U.S. also faced several headwinds. In its October 2022 World Economic Outlook Update, the International Monetary Fund (the “IMF”) downgraded its expectation for 2022 GDP citing “turbulent challenges” including high inflation, tightening financial conditions, as well as the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and COVID-19 pandemic. For 2022, the IMF included in its projections that GDP would grow 1.6% in the U.S. (from 5.7% in 2021), 3.1% in the eurozone (from 5.2% in 2021), 3.6% in the U.K. (from 7.4% in 2021), and 1.7% in Japan (the same as in 2021).

 

Several central banks tightened their respective monetary policies in recent years. For example, in December 2021, prior to the beginning of the reporting period, the Bank of England (the “BoE”) raised rates for the first time since COVID-19 began. The BoE again raised rates at its next eight meetings, for a total of 3.50% in rate hikes since its first increase. The European Central Bank raised rates four times in 2022, for a total increase of 2.50%. In contrast, the Bank of Japan (the “BoJ”) maintained its loose monetary policy for most of 2022. However, in December 2022 the BoJ announced that it would allow its 10-year government bond yield to rise to 0.5% (previously limited to 0.25%). The news sent the 10-year bond yield and Japanese yen higher, as market participants interpreted the announcement to mean that the BoJ may pivot from its previous monetary stance.

 

During the reporting period, short- and long-term U.S. Treasury yields moved higher. The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note was 3.88% on December 31, 2022, versus 2.98% on June 30, 2022. The Bloomberg Global Treasury Index (USD Hedged), which tracks fixed-rate, local currency government debt of investment grade countries, including developed and emerging markets, returned -2.97%. Meanwhile, the Bloomberg Global Aggregate Credit Index (USD Hedged), a widely used index of global investment grade credit bonds, returned -1.59%. In contrast, riskier fixed income asset classes, including high yield corporate bonds and emerging market debt, generated positive returns. The ICE BofAML Developed Markets High Yield Constrained Index (USD Hedged), a widely used index of below-investment-grade bonds, returned 3.82%, whereas emerging market external debt, as represented by the JPMorgan Emerging Markets Bond Index (EMBI) Global (USD Hedged), returned 2.93%. Emerging market local bonds, as represented by the JPMorgan Government Bond Index-Emerging Markets Global Diversified Index (Unhedged), returned 3.33%.

 

Amid periods of volatility, global equities generally posted mixed results during the reporting period as economic and geopolitical concerns impacted investor sentiment. U.S. equities, as represented by the S&P 500 Index, returned 2.31%. Global equities, as represented by the MSCI World Index, returned 2.97%, while emerging market equities, as

 

       
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measured by the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, returned -2.99%. Meanwhile, Japanese equities, as represented by the Nikkei 225 Index (in Japanese yen), returned -0.06% and European equities, as represented by the MSCI Europe Index (in euro), returned 5.05%.

 

Commodity prices were volatile and generated mixed returns during the reporting period. Brent crude oil, which was approximately $119.78 a barrel at the start of the reporting period, fell to roughly $82.82 a barrel at the end of December 2022. In contrast, prices of other commodities, such as copper and gold, edged higher during the period.

 

Finally, there were also periods of volatility in the foreign exchange markets. We believe this was driven by several factors, including economic growth expectations and changing central bank monetary policies, as well as rising inflation, COVID-19 variants, and geopolitical events. The U.S. dollar was mixed against several major currencies. For example, during the reporting period, the U.S. dollar returned -2.11%, +0.78%, and -3.51% versus the euro, the British pound and the Japanese yen, respectively.

 

Thank you for the assets you have placed with us. We deeply value your trust, and we will continue to work diligently to meet your broad investment needs. For any questions regarding the funds, please contact your account manager or financial adviser, or call one of our shareholder associates at (888) 87-PIMCO. We also invite you to visit our website at www.pimco.com to learn more about our global.

 

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Sincerely,

 

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Peter G. Strelow

Chairman of the Board
PIMCO Equity Series

 

 

 

 

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Unless otherwise noted, index returns reflect the reinvestment of income distributions and capital gains, if any, but do not reflect fees, brokerage commissions or other expenses of investing. It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.

 

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Important Information About the Funds              

 

PIMCO Equity Series (the “Trust”) is an open-end management investment company that includes PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity ETF, PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF, PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Equity ETF and PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF, which are exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) that seek to provide total return that closely corresponds, before fees and expenses, to the total return of a specified index (each, a “Fund” and collectively, the “Funds”). Each Fund employs a representative sampling strategy in seeking to achieve its investment objective. In using this strategy, PIMCO seeks to invest in a combination of instruments such that the portfolio effectively provides exposure to the underlying index. A Fund may not track its underlying index with the same degree of accuracy as a fund that replicates the composition and weighting of the underlying index. Shares of the Funds will be listed and traded at market prices on NYSE Arca, Inc. (“NYSE Arca”) and other secondary markets. The market price for each Fund’s shares may be different from the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”). Each Fund issues and redeems shares at its NAV only in blocks of a specified number of shares (“Creation Units”). Only certain large institutional investors may purchase or redeem Creation Units directly with the Funds at NAV (“Authorized Participants”). These transactions are in exchange for certain securities similar to a Fund’s portfolio and/or cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, shares of a Fund are not redeemable securities. Shareholders who are not Authorized Participants may not redeem shares from the Funds at NAV.

 

We believe that equity funds have an important role to play in a well-diversified investment portfolio. It is important to note, however, that equity funds are subject to notable risks. Among other things, equity and equity-related securities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic, and industry conditions.

 

The values of equity securities, such as common stocks and preferred securities, have historically risen and fallen in periodic cycles and may decline due to general market conditions, which are not specifically related to a particular company, such as real or perceived adverse economic conditions, changes in the general outlook for corporate earnings, changes in interest or currency rates or adverse investor sentiment generally. Equity securities may also decline due to factors that affect a particular industry or industries, such as labor shortages, increased production costs and competitive conditions within an industry. In addition, the value of an equity security may decline for a number of reasons that directly relate to the issuer, such as management performance, financial leverage and reduced demand for the issuer’s goods or services, as well as the historical and prospective earnings of the issuer and the value of its assets. Different types of equity securities may react differently to these developments and a change in the financial condition of a single issuer may affect securities markets as a whole.

During a general downturn in the securities markets, multiple asset classes, including equity securities, may decline in value simultaneously. The market price of equity securities owned by a Fund may go up or down, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably. Equity securities generally have greater price volatility than fixed income securities and common stocks generally have the greatest appreciation and depreciation potential of all equity securities.

 

The Funds may be subject to various risks as described in each Fund’s prospectus and in the Principal and Other Risks in the Notes to Financial Statements.

 

Classifications of the Funds’ portfolio holdings in this report are made according to financial reporting standards. The classification of a particular portfolio holding as shown in the Allocation Breakdown and Schedule of Investments sections of this report may differ from the classification used for the Funds’ compliance calculations, including those used in the Funds’ prospectus, investment objectives, regulatory, and other investment limitations and policies, which may be based on different asset class, sector or geographical classifications. Each Fund is separately monitored for compliance with respect to prospectus and regulatory requirements.

 

The geographical classification of foreign (non-U.S.) securities in this report, if any, are classified by the country of incorporation of a holding. In certain instances, a security’s country of incorporation may be different from its country of economic exposure.

 

Beginning in January 2020, global financial markets have experienced and may continue to experience significant volatility resulting from the spread of a novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in travel and border restrictions, quarantines, supply chain disruptions, lower consumer demand and general market uncertainty. In 2022, many countries lifted some or all restrictions related to COVID-19. However, the effects of COVID-19 have and may continue to adversely affect the global economy, the economies of certain nations and individual issuers, all of which may negatively impact the Funds’ performance. In addition, COVID-19 and governmental responses to COVID-19 may negatively impact the capabilities of the Funds’ service providers and disrupt the Funds’ operations.

 

The United States’ enforcement of restrictions on U.S. investments in certain issuers and tariffs on goods from certain other countries has contributed to and may continue to contribute to international trade tensions and may impact portfolio securities. The United States’ enforcement of sanctions or other similar measures on various Russian entities and persons, and the Russian government’s response, may also negatively impact securities and instruments that are economically tied to Russia.

 

       
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A Fund may have significant exposure to issuers in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union may impact Fund returns. The withdrawal may cause substantial volatility in foreign exchange markets, lead to weakness in the exchange rate of the British pound, result in a sustained period of market uncertainty, and destabilize some or all of the other European Union member countries and/or the Eurozone.

 

A Fund may invest in certain instruments that rely in some fashion upon the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”). LIBOR is an average interest rate, determined by the ICE Benchmark Administration, that banks charge one another for the use of short-term money. The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, which regulates LIBOR, has announced plans to ultimately phase out the use of LIBOR. There remains uncertainty regarding future utilization of LIBOR and the nature of any replacement rate (e.g., the Secured Overnight Financing Rate, which is intended to replace U.S. dollar LIBOR and measures the cost of overnight borrowings through repurchase agreement transactions collateralized with U.S. Treasury securities). Any potential effects of the transition away from LIBOR on a Fund or on certain instruments in which a Fund invests can be difficult to ascertain, and they may vary depending on a variety of factors. Any such effects of the transition away from LIBOR, as well as other unforeseen effects, could result in losses to a Fund.

 

A Fund may invest in securities and instruments that are economically tied to Russia. Investments in Russia are subject to various risks such as, but not limited to political, economic, legal, market and currency risks. The risks include uncertain political and economic policies, short-term market volatility, poor accounting standards, corruption and crime, an inadequate regulatory system, regional armed conflict and unpredictable taxation. Investments in Russia are particularly subject to the risk that further economic sanctions and other similar measures may be imposed by the United States and/or other countries. Other similar measures may include, but are not limited to, banning Russia or certain persons or entities associated with Russia from global payment systems that facilitate cross-border payments, restricting the settlement of securities transactions by certain investors, and freezing Russian assets or those of particular countries, entities or persons with ties to Russia. Such sanctions and other similar measures — which may impact companies in many sectors, including energy, financial services and defense, among others — may negatively impact a Fund’s performance and/or ability to achieve its investment objective. For example, certain investments may be prohibited and/or existing investments may become illiquid (e.g., in the event that transacting in certain existing investments is prohibited, securities markets close, or market participants cease transacting in certain investments in light of geopolitical events, sanctions or related considerations), which could render any such securities held by a Fund

unmarketable for an indefinite period of time and/or cause the Fund to sell other portfolio holdings at a disadvantageous time or price in order to meet shareholder redemptions. In addition, such sanctions or other similar measures, and the Russian government’s response, could result in a downgrade of Russia’s credit rating or of securities of issuers located in or economically tied to Russia, devaluation of Russia’s currency and/or increased volatility with respect to Russian securities and the ruble. Moreover, disruptions caused by Russian military action or other actions (including cyberattacks, espionage or other asymmetric measures) or resulting actual or threatened responses to such activity may impact Russia’s economy and Russian issuers of securities in which a Fund invests. Such resulting actual or threatened responses may include, but are not limited to, purchasing, selling and financing restrictions, withdrawal of financial intermediaries, boycotts or changes in consumer or purchaser preferences, sanctions, tariffs or cyberattacks on the Russian government, Russian companies or Russian individuals, including politicians. Sanctions and other similar measures have resulted in defaults on debt obligations by certain corporate issuers and the Russian Federation that could lead to cross-defaults or cross-accelerations on other obligations of these issuers. Default by the Russian Federation on its sovereign debt will have implications to credit default swaps in relation to the Russian Federation. A Fund’s ability to participate in any resulting credit default swap auction or physical settlement process may be limited by, among other things, sanctions or other similar measures. The Russian securities market is characterized by limited volume of trading, resulting in difficulty in obtaining accurate prices and trading. These issues can be magnified as a result of sanctions and other similar measures that may be imposed and the Russian government’s response. The Russian securities market, as compared to U.S. markets, has significant price volatility, less liquidity, a smaller market capitalization and a smaller number of traded securities. There may be little publicly available information about issuers. Settlement, clearing and registration of securities transactions are subject to risks. Prior to the implementation of the National Settlement Depository (“NSD”), a recognized central securities depository, there was no central registration system for equity share registration in Russia, and registration was carried out by either the issuers themselves or by registrars located throughout Russia. Title to Russian equities held through the NSD is now based on the records of the NSD and not the registrars. Although the implementation of the NSD has enhanced the efficiency and transparency of the Russian securities market, issues resulting in loss can still occur. Ownership of securities issued by Russian companies that are not held through depositories such as the NSD may be recorded by companies themselves and by registrars. In such cases, the risk is increased that a Fund could lose ownership rights through fraud, negligence or oversight. While applicable Russian regulations impose liability on registrars for losses resulting from their errors, it may be difficult for a Fund to enforce any rights it may have against the registrar or issuer of the securities in the event of loss of share

 

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registration. In addition, issuers and registrars are still prominent in the validation and approval of documentation requirements for corporate action processing in Russia. Because the documentation requirements and approval criteria vary between registrars and issuers, there remain unclear and inconsistent market standards in the Russian market with respect to the completion and submission of corporate action elections. To the extent that a Fund suffers a loss relating to title or corporate actions relating to its portfolio securities, it may be difficult for the Fund to enforce its rights or otherwise remedy the loss. Russian securities laws may not recognize foreign nominee accounts held with a custodian bank, and therefore the custodian may be considered the ultimate owner of securities they hold for their clients. Adverse currency exchange rates are a risk and there may be a lack of available currency hedging instruments. Investments in Russia may be subject to the risk of nationalization or expropriation of assets. Oil, natural gas, metals, and timber account for a significant portion of Russia’s exports, leaving the country vulnerable to swings in world prices, and to sanctions or other actions that may be directed at the Russian economy as a whole or at Russian oil, natural gas, metals or timber industries.

 

Foreign investors also face a high degree of currency risk when investing in Russian securities and a lack of available currency hedging instruments. In addition, there is the risk that the Russian government may impose capital controls on foreign portfolio investments in the event of extreme financial or political crisis. Such capital controls may prevent the sale of a portfolio of foreign assets and the repatriation of investment income and capital.

 

Engaging in a responsible investment strategy, which may select or exclude securities of certain issuers for reasons other than performance, carries the risk that a Fund may underperform funds that do not utilize a responsible investment strategy. The application of this strategy may affect a Fund’s exposure to certain sectors or types of investments, which could negatively impact the Fund’s performance. Responsible investing is qualitative and subjective by nature, and there is no guarantee that the criteria utilized or any judgment exercised in pursuing a responsible investment strategy will reflect the beliefs or values of any particular investor. In evaluating a company, the information and data obtained through voluntary or third-party reporting may be incomplete, inaccurate or unavailable, which could cause an incorrect assessment of a company’s business practices with respect to the environment, social responsibility and corporate governance (“ESG practices”). Socially responsible norms differ by region, and a company’s ESG practices or the assessment of a company’s ESG practices may change over time.

 

On each individual Fund Summary page in this Shareholder Report, the Average Annual Total Return table and the Cumulative Returns chart measure performance assuming that any dividend and capital gain

distributions were reinvested. Returns do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on: (i) Fund distributions; or (ii) the sale of Fund shares. Each Fund’s performance is measured against the performance of at least one broad-based securities market index (“benchmark index”). A Fund’s past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. There is no assurance that any Fund, including any Fund that has experienced high or unusual performance for one or more periods, will experience similar levels of performance in the future. High performance is defined as a significant increase in either 1) a Fund’s total return in excess of that of the Fund’s benchmark between reporting periods or 2) a Fund’s total return in excess of the Fund’s historical returns between reporting periods. Unusual performance is defined as a significant change in a Fund’s performance as compared to one or more previous reporting periods. Historical performance for a Fund may have been positively impacted by fee waivers or expense limitations in place during some or all of the periods shown, if applicable. Future performance (including total return or yield) and distributions may be negatively impacted by the expiration or reduction of any such fee waivers or expense limitations.

 

The following table discloses the inception dates of each Fund along with each Fund’s diversification status as of period end:

 

Fund Name         Fund
Inception
    Diversification
Status
 

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity ETF

      08/31/17       Diversified  

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF

      08/31/17       Diversified  

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Equity ETF

      08/31/17       Diversified  

PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF

      12/18/19       Diversified  

 

An investment in a Fund is not a bank deposit and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. It is possible to lose money on investments in the Funds.

 

The Trustees are responsible generally for overseeing the management of the Trust. The Trustees authorize the Trust to enter into service

agreements with the Adviser, the Distributor, the Administrator and other service providers in order to provide, and in some cases authorize service providers to procure through other parties, necessary or desirable services on behalf of the Trust and the Funds. Shareholders are not parties to or third-party beneficiaries of such service agreements. Neither a Fund’s prospectus nor a Fund’s summary prospectus, the Trust’s Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”), any contracts filed as exhibits to the Trust’s registration statement, nor any other communications, disclosure documents or regulatory filings (including this report) from or on behalf of the Trust or a Fund creates a contract between or among any shareholder of a Fund, on the one hand, and the Trust, a Fund, a service provider to the Trust or a Fund, and/or the Trustees or officers of the Trust, on the other hand. The Trustees (or the Trust and its officers, service providers or other

 

       
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delegates acting under authority of the Trustees) may amend the most recent prospectus or use a new prospectus, summary prospectus or SAI with respect to a Fund or the Trust, and/or amend, file and/or issue any other communications, disclosure documents or regulatory filings, and may amend or enter into any contracts to which the Trust or a Fund is a party, and interpret the investment objective(s), policies, restrictions and contractual provisions applicable to any Fund, without shareholder input or approval, except in circumstances in which shareholder approval is specifically required by law (such as changes to fundamental investment policies) or where a shareholder approval requirement is specifically disclosed in the Trust’s then-current prospectus or SAI.

 

On each business day, before commencement of trading on NYSE Arca, each Fund will disclose on www.pimcoetfs.com the identities and quantities of the Fund’s portfolio holdings. The frequency at which the daily market prices were at a discount or premium to each Fund’s NAV is disclosed on www.pimcoetfs.com. Please see “Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings” in the SAI for information about the availability of the complete schedule of each Fund’s holdings. Fund fact sheets provide additional information regarding a Fund and may be requested by calling (888) 400-4ETF and are available on the Fund’s website at www.pimcoetfs.com.

 

PIMCO has adopted written proxy voting policies and procedures (“Proxy Policy”) as required by Rule 206(4)-6 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. The Proxy Policy has been adopted by the Trust as the policies and procedures that PIMCO will use when voting proxies on behalf of a Fund. A description of the policies and procedures that PIMCO uses to vote proxies relating to portfolio securities of a Fund, and information about how the Fund voted proxies relating to portfolio securities held during the most recent twelve-month period ended June 30th, are available without charge, upon request, by calling the Trust at (888) 400-4ETF, on the Fund’s website at www.pimcoetfs.com, and on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) website at www.sec.gov.

 

The Funds file portfolio holdings information with the SEC on Form N-PORT within 60 days of the end of each fiscal quarter. The Funds’ complete schedule of securities holdings as of the end of each fiscal quarter will be made available to the public on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on PIMCO’s website at www.pimcoetfs.com, and will be made available, upon request, by calling PIMCO at (888) 400-4ETF.

 

SEC rules allow the Funds to fulfill their obligation to deliver shareholder reports to investors by providing access to such reports online free of charge and by mailing a notice that the report is electronically available. Investors may elect to receive all future reports in paper free of charge by contacting their financial intermediary. Any election to receive reports in paper will apply to all funds held in the investor’s account at the financial intermediary.

In October 2020, the SEC adopted a rule related to the use of derivatives, short sales, reverse repurchase agreements and certain other transactions by registered investment companies that rescinds and withdraws the guidance of the SEC and its staff regarding asset segregation and cover transactions. Subject to certain exceptions, the rule requires funds that trade derivatives and other transactions that create future payment or delivery obligations to comply with a value-at-risk leverage limit and a certain derivatives risk management program and reporting requirements. These requirements may limit the ability of the Funds to use derivatives and reverse repurchase agreements and similar financing transactions as part of their investment strategies and may increase the cost of the Funds’ investments and cost of doing business, which could adversely affect investors. The rule went into effect on February 19, 2021. The compliance date for the new rule and related reporting requirements was August 19, 2022.

 

In December 2020, the SEC adopted a rule addressing fair valuation of fund investments. The new rule sets forth requirements for good faith determinations of fair value as well as for the performance of fair value determinations, including related oversight and reporting obligations. The new rule also defines “readily available market quotations” for purposes of the definition of “value” under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Act”), and the SEC noted that this definition will apply in all contexts under the Act. The effective date for the rule was March 8, 2021. The compliance date for the new rule and the related reporting requirements was September 8, 2022.

 

In May 2022, the SEC proposed amendments to a current rule governing fund naming conventions. In general, the current rule requires funds with certain types of names to adopt a policy to invest at least 80% of their assets in the type of investment suggested by the name. The proposed amendments would expand the scope of the current rule in a number of ways that would result in an expansion of the types of fund names that would require the fund to adopt an 80% investment policy under the rule. Additionally, the proposed amendments would modify the circumstances under which a fund may deviate from its 80% investment policy and address the use and valuation of derivatives instruments for purposes of the rule. The proposal’s impact on the Funds will not be known unless and until any final rulemaking is adopted.

 

In May 2022, the SEC proposed a framework that would require certain registered funds (such as the Funds) to disclose their environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) investing practices. Among other things, the proposed requirements would mandate that funds meeting three pre-defined classifications (i.e., integrated, ESG focused and/or impact funds) provide prospectus and shareholder report disclosure related to the ESG factors, criteria and processes used in managing the fund. The proposal’s impact on the Funds will not be known unless and until any final rulemaking is adopted.

 

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In October 2022, the SEC adopted changes to the mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) shareholder report and registration statement disclosure requirements and the registered fund advertising rules, which will impact the disclosures provided to shareholders. The rule amendments are effective as of January 24, 2023, but the SEC is providing an 18-month compliance period following the effective date for such amendments other than those addressing fee and expense information in advertisements that might be materially misleading.

 

In November 2022, the SEC proposed rule amendments which, among other things, would require funds to adopt swing pricing in order to mitigate dilution of shareholders’ interests in a fund by requiring the adjustment of fund net asset value per share to pass on costs stemming from shareholder purchase or redemption activity. In addition the proposed rule would amend the liquidity rule framework. The proposal’s impact on the Funds will not be known unless and until any final rulemaking is adopted.

 

In November 2022, the SEC adopted amendments to Form N-PX under the act to improve the utility to investors of proxy voting information reported by mutual funds, ETFs and certain other funds. The rule amendments will expand the scope of funds’ Form N-PX reporting obligations, subject managers to Form N-PX reporting obligations for “Say on Pay” votes, enhance Form N-PX disclosures, permit joint reporting by funds, managers and affiliated managers on Form N-PX; and require website availability of fund proxy voting records. The amendments will become effective on July 1, 2024. Funds and managers will be required to file their first reports covering the period from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024 on amended Form N-PX by August 31, 2024.

 

       
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PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity ETF

 

Cumulative Returns Through December 31, 2022

 

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$10,000 invested at the end of the month when the Fund commenced operations.

 

Investment Objective and Strategy Overview

 

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity ETF seeks to track the investment results of the RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Index (the “Underlying Index”) by investing under normal circumstances, at least 80% of its total assets (exclusive of collateral held from securities lending) in the component securities (“Component Securities”) of the Underlying Index. The Fund may invest the remainder of its assets in cash, securities and instruments that are not Component Securities, but which PIMCO believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. The Underlying Index is designed to provide long-only exposure to multiple equity factors that seek to produce attractive long-term returns, and which may lower risk compared to less diversified strategies. Fund strategies may change from time to time. Please refer to the Fund’s current prospectus for more information regarding the Fund’s strategy.

 

Average Annual Total Return for the period ended December 31, 2022  
        6 Months*     1 Year     5 Years     Fund Inception
(08/31/17)
 
LOGO   PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity ETF (Based on Net Asset Value)     1.69%       (19.41)%       0.13%       0.92%  
LOGO   PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity ETF (At Market Price)(1)(2)     0.45%       (19.55)%       (0.09)%       0.77%  
LOGO   RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Index±     2.39%       (18.49)%       0.86%       1.69%  
LOGO   MSCI Emerging Markets Index±±     (2.99)%       (20.09)%       (1.40)%       (0.05)%  

 

All Fund returns are net of fees and expenses and include applicable fee waivers and/or expense limitations. Absent any applicable fee waivers and/or expense limitations, performance would have been lower and there can be no assurance that any such waivers or limitations will continue in the future.

 

* Cumulative return.

 

Market Returns do not include brokerage commissions that may be payable on secondary market transactions. If brokerage commissions were included, market returns would be lower. Market and NAV returns assume that dividends and capital gain distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at market price and NAV, respectively.

 

(1) The market price is determined using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer on the listing exchange, as of the time that the Fund’s NAV is calculated.

 

(2) The Fund was seeded on August 31, 2017, but was not listed for trading until September 6, 2017. Accordingly, there is no Market Price information for August 31, 2017 through September 5, 2017.

 

± The RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Index strategy takes time-varying exposures to four return factors; value, low volatility, quality, and momentum. The index uses recent and historical metrics to tilt toward factor portfolios which are particularly attractive on a forward looking basis. It is not possible to invest directly in the index.

 

±± The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets.

 

It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.

 

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Shares may be worth more or less than original cost when redeemed by authorized participants. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of Fund shares. Differences in the Fund’s performance versus the index and related attribution information with respect to particular categories of securities or individual positions may be attributable, in part, to differences in the pricing methodologies used by the Fund and the index. Performance data current to the most recent month-end is available at www.pimcoetfs.com or (888) 400-4ETF.

 

The Fund’s total annual operating expense ratio in effect as of period end was 0.52%. Details regarding any changes to the Fund’s operating expenses, subsequent to period end, can be found in the Fund’s current prospectus, as supplemented.

 

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  Ticker symbol - MFEM

 

Top 10 Holdings as of December 31, 2022§

 

Vale SA

       1.7%  

Infosys Ltd.

       1.6%  

POSCO Holdings, Inc.

       1.4%  

Bank of China Ltd. ‘H’

       1.3%  

Pinduoduo, Inc. ADR

       1.2%  

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

       1.1%  

America Movil SAB de CV

       1.1%  

Hyundai Motor Co.

       1.1%  

Reliance Industries Ltd.

       1.1%  

Meituan ‘B’

       1.0%  

 

Geographic Breakdown as of December 31, 2022†**

 

China

       17.3%  

India

       16.6%  

South Korea

       13.8%  

Taiwan

       13.5%  

Brazil

       6.6%  

Thailand

       6.2%  

South Africa

       4.7%  

Turkey

       4.6%  

Mexico

       3.2%  

Hong Kong

       2.8%  

Saudi Arabia

       2.8%  

Indonesia

       2.5%  

Malaysia

       1.8%  

Chile

       1.1%  

Short-Term Instruments

       0.4%  

Other

       2.1%  

 

% of Investments, at value.

 

§ Top 10 Holdings and % of Investments exclude securities sold short, financial derivative instruments and short-term instruments, if any.

 

** Geographic Breakdown and % of Investments exclude securities sold short and financial

derivative instruments, if any.

 

 

Fund Insights at NAV

 

The following affected performance (on a gross basis) during the reporting period:

 

»   Overweight exposure to, and security selection in, the energy sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, as the sector and the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Security selection in the industrials sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, as the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Underweight exposure to, and security selection in, the consumer discretionary sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, as the sector underperformed the secondary benchmark index and the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   There were no material detractors for this Fund.

 

       
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PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF

 

Cumulative Returns Through December 31, 2022

 

LOGO

$10,000 invested at the end of the month when the Fund commenced operations.

 

Investment Objective and Strategy Overview

 

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF seeks to track the investment results of the RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Developed Ex-U.S. Index (the “Underlying Index”) by investing under normal circumstances at least 80% of its total assets (exclusive of collateral held from securities lending) in the component securities (“Component Securities”) of the Underlying Index. The Fund may invest the remainder of its assets in cash, securities and instruments that are not Component Securities, but which PIMCO believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. The Underlying Index is designed to provide long-only exposure to multiple equity factors that seek to produce attractive long-term returns, and which may lower risk compared to less diversified strategies. Fund strategies may change from time to time. Please refer to the Fund’s current prospectus for more information regarding the Fund’s strategy.

 

Average Annual Total Return for the period ended December 31, 2022  
        6 Months*     1 Year     5 Years     Fund Inception
(08/31/17)
 
LOGO   PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF (Based on Net Asset Value)     4.65%       (10.38)%       1.99%       3.19%  
LOGO   PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF (At Market Price)(1)(2)     4.31%       (10.28)%       1.91%       3.08%  
LOGO   RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Developed Ex-U.S. Index±     4.86%       (10.47)%       2.16%       3.50%  
LOGO   MSCI EAFE Index±±     6.36%       (14.45)%       1.54%       2.71%  

 

All Fund returns are net of fees and expenses and include applicable fee waivers and/or expense limitations. Absent any applicable fee waivers and/or expense limitations, performance would have been lower and there can be no assurance that any such waivers or limitations will continue in the future.

 

* Cumulative return.

 

Market Returns do not include brokerage commissions that may be payable on secondary market transactions. If brokerage commissions were included, market returns would be lower. Market and NAV returns assume that dividends and capital gain distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at market price and NAV, respectively.

 

(1) The market price is determined using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer on the listing exchange, as of the time that the Fund’s NAV is calculated.

 

(2) The Fund was seeded on August 31, 2017, but was not listed for trading until September 6, 2017. Accordingly, there is no Market Price information for August 31, 2017 through September 5, 2017.

 

± The RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Developed Ex-U.S. Index takes time-varying exposures to five return factors; value, low volatility, quality, momentum and size. The index uses recent and historical metrics to tilt toward factor portfolios which are particularly attractive on a forward looking basis. It is not possible to invest directly in the index.

 

±± MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged index designed to represent the performance of large and mid-cap securities across 21 developed markets, including countries in Europe, Australasia and the Far East, excluding the U.S. and Canada.

 

It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.

 

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Shares may be worth more or less than original cost when redeemed by authorized participants. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of Fund shares. Differences in the Fund’s performance versus the index and related attribution information with respect to particular categories of securities or individual positions may be attributable, in part, to differences in the pricing methodologies used by the Fund and the index. Performance data current to the most recent month-end is available at www.pimcoetfs.com or (888) 400-4ETF.

 

The Fund’s total annual operating expense ratio in effect as of period end was 0.40%. Details regarding any changes to the Fund’s operating expenses, subsequent to period end, can be found in the Fund’s current prospectus, as supplemented.

 

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  Ticker symbol - MFDX

 

Top 10 Holdings as of December 31, 2022§

 

AstraZeneca PLC

       1.5%  

BP PLC

       1.4%  

Novo Nordisk AS ‘B’

       1.4%  

Glencore PLC

       1.1%  

Equinor ASA

       1.0%  

Nestle SA

       1.0%  

Eni SpA

       0.9%  

Zurich Insurance Group AG

       0.8%  

Shell PLC

       0.8%  

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

       0.8%  

 

Geographic Breakdown as of December 31, 2022**

 

Japan

       26.6%  

United Kingdom

       13.7%  

France

       7.9%  

Canada

       7.0%  

Switzerland

       6.9%  

Germany

       6.0%  

Australia

       5.1%  

Spain

       4.3%  

Netherlands

       4.0%  

Italy

       2.7%  

Denmark

       2.4%  

Sweden

       2.2%  

Hong Kong

       1.9%  

Norway

       1.9%  

Singapore

       1.7%  

Finland

       1.2%  

Ireland

       1.0%  

Short-Term Instruments

       0.3%  

Other

       3.2%  

 

% of Investments, at value.

 

§ Top 10 Holdings and % of Investments exclude securities sold short, financial derivative instruments and short-term instruments, if any.

 

** Geographic Breakdown and % of investments exclude securities sold short and financial derivative instruments, if any.

 

Fund Insights at NAV

 

The following affected performance (on a gross basis) during the reporting period:

 

»   Underweight exposure to, and security selection in, the health care sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the MSCI EAFE Index, as the sector underperformed the secondary benchmark index and the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Overweight exposure to, and security selection in, the materials sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the MSCI EAFE Index, as the sector and the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Overweight exposure to the energy sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the MSCI EAFE Index, as the sector outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Overweight exposure to, and security selection in, the communication services sector detracted from relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the MSCI EAFE Index, as the sector and the Fund’s holdings underperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Underweight exposure to, and security selection in, the consumer discretionary sector detracted from relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the MSCI EAFE Index, as the sector outperformed the secondary benchmark index and the Fund’s holdings underperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Overweight exposure to, and security selection in, the utilities sector detracted from relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the MSCI EAFE Index, as the sector and the Fund’s holdings underperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

       
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PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Equity ETF

 

Cumulative Returns Through December 31, 2022

 

LOGO

$10,000 invested at the end of the month when the Fund commenced operations.

 

Investment Objective and Strategy Overview

 

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Equity ETF seeks to track the investment results of the RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Index (the “Underlying Index”) by investing under normal circumstances, at least 80% of its total assets (exclusive of collateral held from securities lending) in the component securities (“Component Securities”) of the Underlying Index. The Fund may invest the remainder of its assets in cash, securities and instruments that are not Component Securities, but which PIMCO believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. The Underlying Index is designed to provide long-only exposure to multiple equity factors that seek to produce attractive long-term returns, and which may lower risk compared to less diversified strategies. Fund strategies may change from time to time. Please refer to the Fund’s current prospectus for more information regarding the Fund’s strategy.

 

Average Annual Total Return for the period ended December 31, 2022  
        6 Months*     1 Year     5 Years     Fund Inception
(08/31/17)
 
LOGO   PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Equity ETF (Based on Net Asset Value)     7.01%       (5.62)%       8.81%       10.39%  
LOGO   PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Equity ETF (At Market Price)(1)(2)     7.07%       (5.86)%       8.76%       10.36%  
LOGO   RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Index±     7.16%       (5.41)%       9.17%       10.78%  
LOGO   S&P 500 Index±±     2.31%       (18.11)%       9.42%       10.55%  

 

All Fund returns are net of fees and expenses and include applicable fee waivers and/or expense limitations. Absent any applicable fee waivers and/or expense limitations, performance would have been lower and there can be no assurance that any such waivers or limitations will continue in the future.

 

* Cumulative return.

 

Market Returns do not include brokerage commissions that may be payable on secondary market transactions. If brokerage commissions were included, market returns would be lower. Market and NAV returns assume that dividends and capital gain distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at market price and NAV, respectively.

 

(1) The market price is determined using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer on the listing exchange, as of the time that the Fund’s NAV is calculated.

 

(2) The Fund was seeded on August 31, 2017, but was not listed for trading until September 6, 2017. Accordingly, there is no Market Price information for August 31, 2017 through September 5, 2017.

 

± The RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. index takes time-varying exposures to five return factors; value, low volatility, quality, momentum and size. The index uses recent and historical metrics to tilt toward factor portfolios which are particularly attractive on a forward looking basis.

 

±± S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged market index generally considered representative of the stock market as a whole. The Index focuses on the largecap segment of the U.S. equities market.

 

It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.

 

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Shares may be worth more or less than original cost when redeemed by authorized participants. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of Fund shares. Differences in the Fund’s performance versus the index and related attribution information with respect to particular categories of securities or individual positions may be attributable, in part, to differences in the pricing methodologies used by the Fund and the index. Performance data current to the most recent month-end is available at www.pimcoetfs.com or (888) 400-4ETF.

 

The Fund’s total annual operating expense ratio in effect as of period end was 0.30%. Details regarding any changes to the Fund’s operating expenses, subsequent to period end, can be found in the Fund’s current prospectus, as supplemented.

 

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  Ticker symbol - MFUS

 

Top 10 Holdings as of December 31, 2022§

 

Exxon Mobil Corp.

       2.6%  

Chevron Corp.

       2.3%  

Walmart, Inc.

       2.0%  

Johnson & Johnson

       2.0%  

AT&T, Inc.

       2.0%  

Merck & Co., Inc.

       1.9%  

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

       1.6%  

International Business Machines Corp.

       1.6%  

Procter & Gamble Co.

       1.6%  

Pfizer, Inc.

       1.4%  

 

Sector Breakdown as of December 31, 2022**

 

Health Care

       17.9%  

Consumer Staples

       14.5%  

Energy

       12.7%  

Financials

       11.9%  

Consumer Discretionary

       9.9%  

Industrials

       9.9%  

Information Technology

       9.5%  

Communication Services

       4.9%  

Materials

       3.9%  

Real Estate

       2.2%  

Utilities

       2.1%  

Short-Term Instruments

       0.6%  

 

% of Investments, at value.

 

§ Top 10 Holdings and % of Investments exclude securities sold short, financial derivative instruments and short-term instruments, if any.

 

** Sector Breakdown and % of investments exclude securities sold short and financial derivative instruments, if any.

 

Fund Insights at NAV

 

The following affected performance (on a gross basis) during the reporting period:

 

»   Overweight exposure to, and security selection in, the energy sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the sector and the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Underweight exposure to, and security selection in, the information technology sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the sector underperformed the secondary benchmark index and the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Security selection in the consumer discretionary sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Security selection in the financials sector detracted from relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the Fund’s holdings underperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Security selection in the industrials sector detracted from relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the Fund’s holdings underperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Security selection in the utilities sector detracted from relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the Fund’s holdings underperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

       
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PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF

 

Cumulative Returns Through December 31, 2022

 

LOGO

$10,000 invested at the end of the month when the Fund commenced operations.

 

Investment Objective and Strategy Overview

 

PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF seeks to provide total return that closely corresponds, before fees and expenses, to the total return of the RAFI ESG US Index (the “Underlying Index”) by investing under normal circumstances, at least 80% of its total assets (exclusive of collateral held from securities lending) in the component securities (“Component Securities”) of the Underlying Index. The Fund may invest the remainder of its assets in cash, securities and instruments that are not Component Securities, but which PIMCO believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. The Underlying Index is a long-only, smart beta index that seeks to achieve the dual objectives of social responsibility and long-horizon outperformance of the broad market. Fund strategies may change from time to time. Please refer to the Fund’s current prospectus for more information regarding the Fund’s strategy.

 

Average Annual Total Return for the period ended December 31, 2022  
        6 Months*     1 Year     Fund Inception
(12/18/19)
 
LOGO   PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF (Based on Net Asset Value)     3.10%       (13.84)%       6.03%  
LOGO   PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF (At Market Price)(1)(2)     3.25%       (13.80)%       5.86%  
LOGO   RAFI ESG US Index±     3.28%       (13.66)%       6.37%  
LOGO   S&P 500 Index±±     2.31%       (18.11)%       8.02%  

 

All Fund returns are net of fees and expenses and include applicable fee waivers and/or expense limitations. Absent any applicable fee waivers and/or expense limitations, performance would have been lower and there can be no assurance that any such waivers or limitations will continue in the future.

 

* Cumulative return.

 

Market Returns do not include brokerage commissions that may be payable on secondary market transactions. If brokerage commissions were included, market returns would be lower. Market and NAV returns assume that dividends and capital gain distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at market price and NAV, respectively.

 

(1) The market price is determined using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer on the listing exchange, as of the time that the Fund’s NAV is calculated.

 

(2) The Fund was seeded on December 18, 2019, but was not listed for trading until December 19, 2019. Accordingly, there is no Market Price information for December 18, 2019.

 

± The RAFI ESG US Index is a long-only, smart beta index that seeks to achieve the dual objectives of social responsibility and long-horizon outperformance of the broad market. The Index is constructed by RAFI Indices, LLC (the “Index Provider”) using a rules-based approach within publicly traded U.S. equities to create an integrated ESG strategy which overweights companies that rate well across various ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) themes and excludes companies with a major involvement in industries such as tobacco, gaming, weapons and fossil fuels. The strategy supplements traditional ESG metrics with metrics linked to long-term value creation, specifically financial discipline and diversity, for improved return potential. It is not possible to invest directly in the index.

 

±± S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged market index generally considered representative of the stock market as a whole. The Index focuses on the largecap segment of the U.S. equities market.

 

It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.

 

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Shares may be worth more or less than original cost when redeemed by authorized participants. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of Fund shares. Differences in the Fund’s performance versus the index and related attribution information with respect to particular categories of securities or individual positions may be attributable, in part, to differences in the pricing methodologies used by the Fund and the index. Performance data current to the most recent month-end is available at www.pimcoetfs.com or (888) 400-4ETF.

 

The Fund’s total annual operating expense ratio in effect as of period end was 0.30%. Details regarding any changes to the Fund’s operating expenses, subsequent to period end, can be found in the Fund’s current prospectus, as supplemented.

 

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  Ticker symbol - RAFE

 

Top 10 Holdings as of December 31, 2022§

 

Microsoft Corp.

       4.7%  

Apple, Inc.

       4.4%  

Johnson & Johnson

       3.4%  

AT&T, Inc.

       3.2%  

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

       2.9%  

Cisco Systems, Inc.

       2.7%  

Intel Corp.

       2.6%  

Pfizer, Inc.

       2.5%  

Procter & Gamble Co.

       2.4%  

Merck & Co., Inc.

       2.4%  

 

Sector Breakdown as of December 31, 2022**

 

Information Technology

       28.0%  

Health Care

       23.0%  

Financials

       15.0%  

Communication Services

       9.0%  

Consumer Staples

       7.6%  

Consumer Discretionary

       7.5%  

Industrials

       4.6%  

Materials

       3.2%  

Real Estate

       1.8%  

Utilities

       0.3%  

 

% of Investments, at value.

 

§ Top 10 Holdings and % of Investments exclude securities sold short, financial derivative instruments and short-term instruments, if any.

 

** Sector Breakdown and % of investments exclude securities sold short and financial derivative instruments, if any.

 

Fund Insights at NAV

 

The following affected performance (on a gross basis) during the reporting period:

 

»   Underweight exposure to, and security selection in, the consumer discretionary sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the sector underperformed the secondary benchmark index and the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Overweight exposure to, and security selection in, the health care sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the sector and the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Overweight exposure to, and security selection in, the financials sector contributed to relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the sector and the Fund’s holdings outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Underweight exposure to the energy sector detracted from relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the sector outperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Underweight exposure to, and security selection in, the industrials sector detracted from relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the sector outperformed the secondary benchmark index and the Fund’s holdings underperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

»   Overweight exposure to, and security selection in, the information technology sector detracted from relative returns compared to the Fund’s secondary benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, as the sector and the Fund’s holdings underperformed the secondary benchmark index.

 

       
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Expense Examples              

 

Example

As a shareholder of a Fund, you incur two types of costs: (1) transaction costs, including sales charges (loads) on purchase payments and exchange fees and (2) ongoing costs, including management fees and other Fund expenses. The Example is intended to help you understand your ongoing costs (in dollars) of investing in a Fund and to compare these costs with the ongoing costs of investing in other mutual funds.

 

The Example is based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the period and held for the entire period indicated, which for all Funds and share classes is from July 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022 unless noted otherwise in the table and footnotes below.

 

Actual Expenses

The information in the table under the heading “Actual” provides information about actual account values and actual expenses. You may use this information, together with the amount you invested, to estimate the expenses that you paid over the period. Simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 account value divided by $1,000 = 8.60), then multiply the result by the number in the appropriate row for your share class, in the column entitled “Expenses Paid During Period” to estimate the expenses you paid on your account during this period.

 

Hypothetical Example for Comparison Purposes

The information in the table under the heading “Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)” provides information about hypothetical account values and hypothetical expenses based on a Fund’s actual expense ratio and an assumed rate of return of 5% per year before expenses, which is not the Fund’s actual return. The hypothetical account values and expenses may not be used to estimate the actual ending account balance or expenses you paid for the period. You may use this information to compare the ongoing costs of investing in a Fund and other funds. To do so, compare this 5% hypothetical example with the 5% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports of the other funds.

 

Please note that the expenses shown in the table are meant to highlight your ongoing costs only and do not reflect any transactional costs, such as sales charges (loads) on purchase payments and exchange fees. Therefore, the information under the heading “Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)” is useful in comparing ongoing costs only, and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds. In addition, if these transactional costs were included, your costs would have been higher.

 

Expense ratios may vary period to period because of various factors, such as an increase in expenses not covered by the management fees (such as expenses of the independent trustees and their counsel, extraordinary expenses and interest expense).

 

          Actual           Hypothetical
(5% return before expenses)
              
          Beginning
Account Value
(07/01/22)
    Ending
Account Value
(12/31/22)
    Expenses Paid
During Period*
          Beginning
Account Value
(07/01/22)
    Ending
Account Value
(12/31/22)
    Expenses Paid
During Period*
          Net Annualized
Expense Ratio**
 
PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity ETF     $  1,000.00     $  1,016.90     $  2.52             $  1,000.00     $  1,022.98     $  2.53               0.49
PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF       1,000.00       1,046.50       2.03               1,000.00       1,023.49       2.01               0.39  
PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Equity ETF       1,000.00       1,070.10       1.53               1,000.00       1,024.00       1.50               0.29  
PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF       1,000.00       1,031.00       1.50         1,000.00       1,024.00       1.50         0.29  

 

* Expenses Paid During Period are equal to the net annualized expense ratio for the fund, multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by 186/365 (to reflect the one-half year period).

 

** Net Annualized Expense Ratio is reflective of any applicable contractual fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements or voluntary fee waivers. Details regarding fee waivers, if any, can be found in Note 9, Fees and Expenses, in the Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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Financial Highlights              

 

          Investment Operations     Less Distributions(c)  
                                           
Selected Per Share Data for the Year or Period Ended*:       
Net Asset
Value
Beginning
of Year
or Period(a)
    Net
Investment
Income
(Loss)(b)
    Net
Realized/
Unrealized
Gain (Loss)
    Total     From Net
Investment
Income
    From Net
Realized
Capital
Gains
    Total  

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity ETF

             

07/01/2022 - 12/31/2022+

  $   18.33     $ 0.42     $ (0.14   $ 0.28     $ (0.53   $ (0.59   $ (1.12

06/30/2022

    31.06       1.21       (6.94     (5.73     (2.46       (4.54       (7.00

06/30/2021

    20.84       0.50         10.14         10.64         (0.42     0.00       (0.42

06/30/2020

    24.24       0.59       (3.41     (2.82     (0.58     0.00       (0.58

06/30/2019

    23.94       0.64       0.39       1.03       (0.73     0.00       (0.73

08/31/2017 - 06/30/2018

    25.00       0.42       (1.41     (0.99     (0.07     0.00       (0.07

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor International Equity ETF

             
Institutional Class              

07/01/2022 - 12/31/2022+

  $ 25.16     $   0.31     $ 0.83     $ 1.14     $ (0.63   $ 0.00     $ (0.63

06/30/2022

    29.66       0.95       (4.57     (3.62     (0.88     0.00       (0.88

06/30/2021

    22.86       0.69       6.53       7.22       (0.42     0.00       (0.42

06/30/2020

    24.94       0.53       (1.84     (1.31     (0.77     0.00       (0.77

06/30/2019

    25.87       0.72       (0.89     (0.17     (0.76     0.00       (0.76

08/31/2017 - 06/30/2018

    25.00       0.62       0.44       1.06       (0.19     0.00       (0.19

PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor U.S. Equity ETF

             
Institutional Class              

07/01/2022 - 12/31/2022+

  $ 36.24     $ 0.43     $ 2.08     $ 2.51     $ (0.61   $ 0.00     $ (0.61

06/30/2022

    39.00       0.75       (2.90     (2.15     (0.61     0.00       (0.61

06/30/2021

    27.74       0.52       11.28       11.80       (0.54     0.00       (0.54

06/30/2020

    29.21       0.62       (1.44     (0.82     (0.65     0.00       (0.65

06/30/2019

    28.30       0.59       0.91       1.50       (0.59     0.00       (0.59

08/31/2017 - 06/30/2018

    25.00       0.43       3.17       3.60       (0.30     0.00       (0.30

PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF

             
Institutional Class              

07/01/2022 - 12/31/2022+

  $ 27.58     $ 0.32     $ 0.52     $ 0.84     $ (0.48   $ 0.00     $ (0.48

06/30/2022

    30.72       0.60       (3.22     (2.62     (0.52     0.00       (0.52

06/30/2021

    21.40       0.51       9.32       9.83       (0.51     0.00       (0.51

12/18/2019 - 06/30/2020

    25.00       0.33       (3.72     (3.39     (0.21     0.00       (0.21

 

+ 

Unaudited

*

Annualized, except for organizational expense, if any.

(a) 

Includes adjustments required by U.S. GAAP and may differ from net asset values and performance reported elsewhere by the Funds.

(b) 

Per share amounts based on average number of shares outstanding during the year or period.

(c) 

The tax characterization of distributions is determined in accordance with Federal income tax regulations. The actual tax characterization of distributions paid is determined at the end of the fiscal year. See Note 2, Distributions to Shareholders, in the Notes to Financial Statements for more information.

(d) 

Includes adjustments required by U.S. GAAP and may differ from net asset values and performance reported elsewhere by the Funds. Additionally, excludes initial sales charges and contingent deferred sales charges.

 

       
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            Ratios/Supplemental Data  
                  Ratios to Average Net Assets        
Net Assets
End of Year
or Period(a)
    Total
Return(d)
    Net Assets
End of Year or
Period (000s)
    Expenses     Expenses
Excluding
Waivers
    Expenses
Excluding
Interest
Expense
    Expenses
Excluding
Interest
Expense
and
Waivers
    Net
Investment
Income (Loss)
    Portfolio
Turnover
Rate
 
               
$ 17.49       1.69   $ 72,044       0.49 %*      0.50 %*      0.49 %*      0.50 %*      4.69 %*      31
  18.33       (23.00     75,517       0.49       0.50       0.49       0.50       4.50       54  
  31.06       51.62       494,452       0.50       0.51       0.50       0.51       1.91       58  
  20.84       (11.86     619,324       0.49       0.50       0.49       0.50       2.66       59  
  24.24       4.53       477,943       0.49       0.50       0.49       0.50       2.75       43  
  23.94       (3.99     357,169       0.50     0.55     0.50     0.55     1.94     52  
               
               
$ 25.67       4.65   $ 107,810       0.39 %*      0.40 %*      0.39 %*      0.40 %*      2.46 %*      12
  25.16       (12.60     85,539       0.39       0.40       0.39       0.40       3.30       39  
  29.66       31.87       88,978       0.40       0.40       0.40       0.40       2.54       48  
  22.86       (5.37     24,231       0.40       0.41       0.40       0.41       2.21       35  
  24.94       (0.59     42,888       0.39       0.40       0.39       0.40       2.96       24  
  25.87       4.22       28,976       0.40     0.87     0.40     0.87     2.81     36  
               
               
$ 38.14       7.01   $   115,196       0.29 %*      0.30 %*      0.29 %*      0.30 %*      2.26 %*      21
  36.24       (5.66     94,954       0.29       0.30       0.29       0.30       1.88       43  
  39.00       43.02       82,677       0.29       0.30       0.29       0.30       1.53       63  
  27.74       (2.80     25,525       0.30       0.31       0.30       0.31       2.12       36  
  29.21       5.50       96,980       0.29       0.30       0.29       0.30       2.08       40  
  28.30       14.43       65,658       0.29     0.60     0.29     0.60     1.89     56  
               
               
$   27.94       3.10   $ 27,939       0.29 %*      0.30 %*      0.29 %*      0.30 %*      2.21 %*      8
  27.58       (8.73     28,615       0.29       0.30       0.29       0.30       1.94       26  
  30.72       46.63       20,584       0.30       0.31       0.30       0.31       1.91       32  
  21.40       (13.42     8,988       0.30     0.86     0.30     0.86     2.75     12  

 

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Statements of Assets and Liabilities          December 31, 2022   (Unaudited)

 

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)  

PIMCO

RAFI Dynamic
Multi-Factor
Emerging Markets
Equity ETF

   

PIMCO

RAFI Dynamic
Multi-Factor
International
Equity ETF

   

PIMCO

RAFI Dynamic
Multi-Factor
U.S. Equity ETF

   

PIMCO

RAFI ESG
U.S. ETF

 

Assets:

       

Investments, at value

                               

Investments in securities*^

  $ 71,724     $ 107,479     $ 115,515     $ 27,852  

Investments in Affiliates

    6       0       0       0  

Cash

    0       0       0       184  

Foreign currency, at value

    177       344       0       0  

Receivable for investments sold

    0       602       394       76  

Interest and/or dividends receivable

    378       411       160       24  

Reimbursement receivable from PIMCO

    1       1       1       0  

Other assets

    3       0       0       0  

Total Assets

    72,289       108,837       116,070       28,136  

Liabilities:

       

Payable for investments purchased

  $ 0     $ 107     $ 149     $ 0  

Payable upon return of securities loaned

    6       0       0       0  

Distributions payable

    206       882       694       190  

Accrued management fees

    33       38       31       7  

Total Liabilities

    245       1,027       874       197  

Net Assets

  $ 72,044     $ 107,810     $ 115,196     $ 27,939  

Net Assets Consist of:

       

Paid in capital

  $ 79,771     $ 118,769     $ 122,164     $ 31,108  

Distributable earnings (accumulated loss)

    (7,727     (10,959     (6,968     (3,169

Net Assets

  $ 72,044     $ 107,810     $ 115,196     $ 27,939  

Shares Issued and Outstanding

    4,120       4,200       3,020       1,000  

Net Asset Value Per Share Outstanding(a):

  $ 17.49     $ 25.67     $ 38.14     $ 27.94  

Cost of investments in securities

  $   73,830     $   104,448     $   102,828     $   29,239  

Cost of investments in Affiliates

  $ 6     $ 0     $ 0     $ 0  

Cost of foreign currency held

  $ 173     $ 343     $ 0     $ 0  

* Includes repurchase agreements of:

  $ 257     $ 320     $ 709     $ 0  

^ Includes securities on loan of:

  $ 5     $ 0     $ 0     $ 0  

 

 

A zero balance may reflect actual amounts rounding to less than one thousand.

(a) 

Includes adjustments required by U.S. GAAP and may differ from net asset values and performance reported elsewhere by the Funds.

 

       
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Statements of Operations              

 

Six Months Ended December 31, 2022 (Unaudited)                        
(Amounts in thousands)  

PIMCO

RAFI Dynamic
Multi-Factor
Emerging Markets
Equity ETF

   

PIMCO

RAFI Dynamic

Multi-Factor
International

Equity ETF

   

PIMCO

RAFI Dynamic
Multi-Factor

U.S. Equity ETF

   

PIMCO

RAFI ESG

U.S. ETF

 

Investment Income:

       

Interest

  $ 2     $ 2     $ 3     $ 0  

Dividends, net of foreign taxes*

    2,099       1,399       1,387       357  

Securities lending income

    2       2       1       0  

Total Income

    2,103       1,403       1,391       357  

Expenses:

       

Management fees

    198       191       158       41  

Trustee fees

    3       3       3       1  

Interest expense

    2       1       0       0  

Miscellaneous expense

    2       2       3       1  

Total Expenses

    205       197       164       43  

Waiver and/or Reimbursement by PIMCO

    (3     (3     (3     (1

Net Expenses

    202       194       161       42  

Net Investment Income (Loss)

    1,901       1,209       1,230       315  

Net Realized Gain (Loss):

       

Investments in securities

      (2,402     (567     (2,463     (692

In-kind redemptions

    457       0       0       502  

Over the counter financial derivative instruments

    0       4       0       0  

Foreign currency

    (67     (6     0       0  

Net Realized Gain (Loss)

    (2,012     (569       (2,463       (190

Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation):

       

Investments in securities

    1,181       4,595       8,639       643  

Foreign currency assets and liabilities

    (44     10       0       0  

Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation)

    1,137       4,605       8,639       643  

Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

  $ 1,026     $   5,245     $ 7,406     $ 768  

* Foreign tax withholdings - Dividends

  $ 317     $ 143     $ 0     $ 0  

 

 

A zero balance may reflect actual amounts rounding to less than one thousand.

 

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Statements of Changes in Net Assets              

 

   

PIMCO

RAFI Dynamic

Multi-Factor

Emerging Markets

Equity ETF

   

PIMCO

RAFI Dynamic

Multi-Factor

International

Equity ETF

   

PIMCO

RAFI Dynamic

Multi-Factor

U.S. Equity ETF

   

PIMCO

RAFI ESG

U.S. ETF

 
(Amounts in thousands)  

Six Months Ended

December 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

    Year Ended
June 30, 2022
   

Six Months Ended

December 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

    Year Ended
June 30, 2022
   

Six Months Ended

December 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

    Year Ended
June 30, 2022
   

Six Months Ended

December 31, 2022

(Unaudited)

    Year Ended
June 30, 2022
 

Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets from:

               

Operations:

               

Net investment income (loss)

  $ 1,901     $ 8,155     $ 1,209     $ 3,110     $ 1,230     $ 1,638     $ 315     $ 499  

Net realized gain (loss)

    (2,012     82,414       (569     1,573       (2,463     938       (190     412  

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation)

    1,137       (124,916     4,605       (17,528     8,639       (8,348     643       (4,250

Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

    1,026       (34,347     5,245       (12,845     7,406       (5,772     768       (3,339

Distributions to Shareholders:

               

From net investment income and/or net realized capital gains

    (4,723     (35,613     (2,354     (2,872     (1,730     (1,311     (486     (411

Total Distributions(a)

    (4,723     (35,613     (2,354     (2,872     (1,730     (1,311     (486     (411

Fund Share Transactions:

               

Receipts for shares sold

    18,083       19,206       19,380       36,080       14,566       31,146       4,319       17,482  

Cost of shares redeemed

      (17,859       (368,181     0         (23,802     0         (11,786     (5,277     (5,701

Net increase (decrease) resulting from Fund share transactions

    224       (348,975     19,380       12,278       14,566       19,360       (958     11,781  

Total Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets

    (3,473     (418,935     22,271       (3,439     20,242       12,277       (676     8,031  

Net Assets:

               

Beginning of period

    75,517       494,452       85,539       88,978       94,954       82,677       28,615       20,584  

End of period

  $ 72,044     $ 75,517     $   107,810     $ 85,539     $   115,196     $ 94,954     $   27,939     $   28,615  

Shares of Beneficial Interest:

               

Shares sold

    1,000       800       800       1,200       400       800       150       550  

Shares redeemed

    (1,000     (12,600     0       (800     0       (300     (188     (182

Net increase (decrease) in shares outstanding

    0       (11,800     800       400       400       500       (38     368  

 

 

A zero balance may reflect actual amounts rounding to less than one thousand.

(a) 

The tax characterization of distributions is determined in accordance with Federal income tax regulations. The actual tax characterization of distributions paid is determined at the end so the fiscal year. See Note 2, Distributions to Shareholders, in the Notes to Financial Statements for more information.

 

       
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Schedule of Investments   PIMCO RAFI Dynamic Multi-Factor Emerging Markets Equity  ETF          December 31, 2022   (Unaudited)

 

(Amounts in thousands*, except number of shares, contracts, units and ounces, if any)

 

        SHARES         MARKET
VALUE
(000S)
 
INVESTMENTS IN SECURITIES 99.6%

 

COMMON STOCKS 96.9%

 

BRAZIL 4.7%

 

COMMUNICATION SERVICES 0.1%

 

Telefonica Brasil SA

      6,373     $     46  
       

 

 

 
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY 0.2%

 

Vibra Energia SA

      54,632         160  
       

 

 

 
CONSUMER STAPLES 0.6%

 

Ambev SA

      85,279         233  

BRF SA (b)

      8,558         13  

JBS SA

      33,660         141  

Raia Drogasil SA

      17,623         79  
       

 

 

 
          466  
       

 

 

 
ENERGY 0.3%

 

Cosan SA

      6,640         21  

Ultrapar Participacoes SA

      71,988         171  
       

 

 

 
          192  
       

 

 

 
FINANCIALS 0.9%

 

B3 SA - Brasil Bolsa Balcao

      67,702         169  

Banco BTG Pactual SA

      11,038         50  

Banco do Brasil SA

      50,977         330  

BB Seguridade Participacoes SA

      10,497         67  

Porto Seguro SA

      2,300         10  
       

 

 

 
          626  
       

 

 

 
HEALTH CARE 0.1%

 

Hypera SA

      7,080         61  
       

 

 

 
INDUSTRIALS 0.2%

 

CCR SA

      11,271         23  

Rumo SA

      5,100         18  

WEG SA

      14,681         107  
       

 

 

 
          148  
       

 

 

 
MATERIALS 1.9%

 

Cia Siderurgica Nacional SA

      13,277         36  

Klabin SA

      21,990         83  

Suzano SA

      6,992         65  

Vale SA

      72,500         1,228  
       

 

 

 
          1,412  
       

 

 

 
UTILITIES 0.4%

 

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA

      8,157         65  

Cia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo

      4,455         48  

Cia Paranaense de Energia

      13,189         96  

Engie Brasil Energia SA

      2,735         20  

Equatorial Energia SA

      6,640         34  
       

 

 

 
          263  
       

 

 

 

Total Brazil

            3,374  
       

 

 

 
CHILE 0.8%

 

CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY 0.1%

 

Falabella SA

      30,586         60  
       

 

 

 
        SHARES         MARKET
VALUE
(000S)
 
CONSUMER STAPLES 0.2%

 

Cencosud SA

      44,749     $     73  

Cia Cervecerias Unidas SA

      8,490         57  
       

 

 

 
          130  
       

 

 

 
ENERGY 0.1%

 

Empresas COPEC SA

      5,050         38  
       

 

 

 
FINANCIALS 0.2%

 

Banco de Chile

      1,117,437         116  

Banco de Credito e Inversiones SA

      998         28  

Banco Santander Chile

      569,195         23  
       

 

 

 
          167  
       

 

 

 
MATERIALS 0.0%

 

Empresas CMPC SA

      14,616         24  
       

 

 

 
UTILITIES 0.2%

 

Aguas Andinas SA ‘A’

      151,770         35  

Colbun SA

      321,144         33  

Enel Americas SA

      630,958         85  

Enel Chile SA

      418,221         19  
       

 

 

 
          172  
       

 

 

 

Total Chile

            591  
       

 

 

 
CHINA 17.2%

 

COMMUNICATION SERVICES 0.2%

 

China Tower Corp. Ltd. ‘H’

      392,000         42  

China United Network Communications Ltd. ‘A’

      51,500         33  

Tencent Music Entertainment Group ADR (b)

      10,784         90  
       

 

 

 
          165  
       

 

 

 
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY 3.2%

 

ANTA Sports Products Ltd.

      4,400         57  

BAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. ‘H’

      98,000         26  

Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      6,900         12  

Dongfeng Motor Group Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      68,000         39  

Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Ltd.

      9,600         40  

Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      42,000         54  

Huayu Automotive Systems Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      5,000         12  

Meituan ‘B’ (b)

      33,600         744  

Pinduoduo, Inc. ADR (b)

      10,480         855  

SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. ‘A’

      18,100         37  

Shenzhou International Group Holdings Ltd.

      4,400         49  

Trip.com Group Ltd. ADR (b)

      4,387         151  

Vipshop Holdings Ltd. ADR (b)

      3,205         44  

Wuchan Zhongda Group Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      21,200         15  

Yum China Holdings, Inc.

      3,561         195  
       

 

 

 
            2,330  
       

 

 

 
CONSUMER STAPLES 0.9%

 

Dali Foods Group Co. Ltd.

      49,000         22  

Hengan International Group Co. Ltd.

      20,500         109  
        SHARES         MARKET
VALUE
(000S)
 

Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      5,900     $     26  

Jiangsu Yanghe Brewery Joint-Stock Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      600         14  

Kweichow Moutai Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      100         25  

Muyuan Foods Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      3,900         27  

Nongfu Spring Co. Ltd.

      17,600         99  

Tingyi Cayman Islands Holding Corp.

      72,000         127  

Tsingtao Brewery Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      6,000         59  

Uni-President China Holdings Ltd.

      35,000         35  

Want Want China Holdings Ltd.

      80,000         54  

Wens Foodstuffs Group Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      21,700         61  

Wuliangye Yibin Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      700         18  
       

 

 

 
            676  
       

 

 

 
ENERGY 2.7%

 

China Coal Energy Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      11,000         9  

China Oilfield Services Ltd. ‘H’

      16,000         19  

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. ‘H’

      1,528,000         736  

China Shenhua Energy Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      165,000         475  

PetroChina Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      922,000         421  

Shaanxi Coal Industry Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      5,100         14  

Yankuang Energy Group Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      86,000         262  
       

 

 

 
            1,936  
       

 

 

 
FINANCIALS 5.4%

 

Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. ‘H’

      1,216,000         416  

Bank of Beijing Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      107,300         67  

Bank of China Ltd. ‘H’

      2,581,000         934  

Bank of Communications Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      447,000         257  

Bank of Jiangsu Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      78,500         82  

Bank of Nanjing Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      31,500         47  

China Cinda Asset Management Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      297,000         41  

China CITIC Bank Corp. Ltd. ‘H’

      392,000         173  

China Construction Bank Corp. ‘H’

      681,000         426  

China Everbright Bank Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      114,000         35  

China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      37,000         63  

China Minsheng Banking Corp. Ltd. ‘H’

      102,000         35  

China Zheshang Bank Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      73,000         26  

GF Securities Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      16,034         23  

Huaxia Bank Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      28,800         21  

Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. ‘H’

      571,000         293  

Industrial Bank Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      69,600         176  

People’s Insurance Co. Group of China Ltd. ‘H’

      109,000         36  

PICC Property & Casualty Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      58,000         55  

Ping An Insurance Group Co. of China Ltd. ‘H’

      66,500         437  

Postal Savings Bank of China Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      341,000         211  

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      8,700         9  
       

 

 

 
            3,863  
       

 

 

 
HEALTH CARE 0.5%

 

China Resources Pharmaceutical Group Ltd.

      114,000         92  

 

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        SHARES         MARKET
VALUE
(000S)
 

CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Ltd.

      107,680     $     112  

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      25,200         42  

Sinopharm Group Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      48,800         123  
       

 

 

 
          369  
       

 

 

 
INDUSTRIALS 1.9%

 

Air China Ltd. ‘H’

      46,000         41  

China Communications Services Corp. Ltd. ‘H’

      56,000         20  

China Energy Engineering Corp. Ltd. ‘H’

      282,000         33  

China National Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      11,000         13  

China Railway Group Ltd. ‘H’

      484,000         254  

China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd. ‘A’

      231,300         180  

CITIC Ltd.

      142,000         149  

Daqin Railway Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      24,000         23  

Guangshen Railway Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      108,000         20  

Jiangsu Expressway Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      50,000         45  

Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      9,100         21  

Metallurgical Corp. of China Ltd.

      159,000         35  

Power Construction Corp. of China Ltd. ‘A’

      49,100         50  

Shanghai Construction Group Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      36,300         14  

Shanghai International Airport Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      2,200         18  

Sinopec Engineering Group Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      56,500         25  

Sinotrans Ltd. ‘H’

      34,000         11  

TBEA Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      13,400         39  

Weichai Power Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      40,000         53  

Xiamen C & D, Inc. ‘A’

      12,800         25  

Xiamen ITG Group Corp. Ltd. ‘A’

      21,600         22  

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings Ltd.

      236,100         240  

Zhejiang Expressway Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      36,000         28  

Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co. Ltd.

      6,900         34  
       

 

 

 
            1,393  
       

 

 

 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 0.3%

 

AAC Technologies Holdings, Inc.

      5,000         11  

BYD Electronic International Co. Ltd.

      2,000         7  

Lenovo Group Ltd.

      212,000         173  
       

 

 

 
          191  
       

 

 

 
MATERIALS 0.9%

 

Angang Steel Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      84,000         23  

Anhui Conch Cement Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      26,000         91  

Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      18,400         15  

China Hongqiao Group Ltd.

      12,000         11  

China National Building Material Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      228,000         186  

China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd. «(b)

      338,800         0  

Hesteel Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      75,900         25  

Jiangxi Copper Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      61,000         89  

Shandong Gold Mining Co. Ltd.

      22,250         41  

Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      148,000         25  

Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      48,400         22  
        SHARES         MARKET
VALUE
(000S)
 

Wanhua Chemical Group Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      1,000     $     13  

Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      50,000         67  
       

 

 

 
          608  
       

 

 

 
REAL ESTATE 0.3%

 

China Evergrande Group «(b)

      116,000         12  

China Vanke Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      18,400         37  

Greentown China Holdings Ltd.

      18,500         27  

KE Holdings, Inc. ADR (b)

      9,707         135  

Poly Developments & Holdings Group Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      14,700         32  
       

 

 

 
          243  
       

 

 

 
UTILITIES 0.9%

 

CGN Power Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      157,000         37  

China Yangtze Power Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      26,300         79  

Datang International Power Generation Co. Ltd. ‘H’

      320,000         52  

ENN Energy Holdings Ltd.

      12,600         176  

GD Power Development Co. Ltd. ‘A’

      38,900         24  

Huadian Power International Corp. Ltd. ‘H’

      286,000         118  

Huaneng Power International, Inc. ‘H’

      330,000         156  
       

 

 

 
          642  
       

 

 

 

Total China

            12,416  
       

 

 

 
GREECE 0.6%

 

COMMUNICATION SERVICES 0.1%

 

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization SA

      4,185         65  
       

 

 

 
CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY 0.1%

 

OPAP SA

      3,797         54  
       

 

 

 
ENERGY 0.0%

 

Motor Oil Hellas Corinth Refineries SA

      1,423         33  
       

 

 

 
FINANCIALS 0.4%

 

Alpha Services & Holdings SA (b)

      97,053         104  

Eurobank Ergasias Services & Holdings SA (b)

      77,762         87  

National Bank of Greece SA (b)

      21,171         85  
       

 

 

 
          276  
       

 

 

 
INDUSTRIALS 0.0%

 

Mytilineos SA

      344         8  
       

 

 

 
UTILITIES 0.0%

 

Public Power Corp. SA (b)

      3,059         22  
       

 

 

 

Total Greece

          458  
       

 

 

 
HONG KONG 2.8%

 

CONSUMER STAPLES 0.1%

 

China Resources Beer Holdings Co. Ltd.

      8,000         56  
       

 

 

 
        SHARES         MARKET
VALUE
(000S)
 
FINANCIALS 0.5%

 

BOC Hong Kong Holdings Ltd.

      99,000     $     336  

Far East Horizon Ltd.

      31,000         24  
       

 

 

 
          360  
       

 

 

 
INDUSTRIALS 0.1%

 

Orient Overseas International Ltd.

      4,500         81