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S&P Dow Jones Indices Licenses Pan Asia Dividend Aristocrats Index to State Street Global Advisors

Thursday, April 25, 2013

S&P Dow Jones Indices Licenses Pan Asia Dividend Aristocrats Index to State Street Global Advisors

11:00 EDT Thursday, April 25, 2013

NEW YORK and LONDON, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Dow Jones Indices announced today that it has licensed the S&P Pan Asia Dividend Aristocrats® Index to State Street Global Advisors for the launch of an exchange traded fund (ETF) based upon the Index.

The S&P Pan Asia Dividend Aristocrats Index measures the performance of constituents within the S&P Pan Asia Broad Market Index (BMI) that have followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least seven years.

The S&P Pan Asia Dividend Aristocrats Index is part of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats index series that measures the performance of companies around the world that have followed a managed dividend policy of consistently increasing dividends or maintaining stable dividends every year for a set number of consecutive years. The indices have both capital growth and dividend income characteristics, in contrast to other indices which focus on pure yield or pure capital appreciation. Unlike indices that focus only on high dividend yields that are typically from the Financials and Utility sectors, this series is well diversified across all sectors.

Below is a table depicting the country breakdown for the 46 companies in the S&P Pan Asia Dividend Aristocrats Index as of April 1, 2013:                       

Country Name

Number of Companies

Japan

20

Australia

8

China

6

Hong Kong    

4

Taiwan

2

Malaysia

2

South Korea

2

Singapore

1

India

1

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices

The complete methodology for the S&P Pan Asia Dividend Aristocrats Index, including inclusion criteria, can be found at www.spindices.com.

About S&P Dow Jones IndicesS&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., is the world's largest, global resource for index-based concepts, data and research. Home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average(SM), S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC has over 115 years of experience constructing innovative and transparent solutions that fulfill the needs of institutional and retail investors. More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other provider in the world. With over 830,000 indices covering a wide range of asset classes across the globe, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC defines the way investors measure and trade the markets. To learn more about our company, please visit www.spdji.com.

Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P"), a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC ("Dow Jones").  These trademarks have been licensed to S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P and their respective affiliates (collectively "S&P Dow Jones Indices") do not sponsor, endorse, sell, or promote any investment fund or other investment vehicle that is offered by third parties and that seeks to provide an investment return based on the performance of any index. This document does not constitute an offer of services in jurisdictions where S&P Dow Jones Indices does not have the necessary licenses. S&P Dow Jones Indices receives compensation in connection with licensing its indices to third parties.

SOURCE S&P Dow Jones Indices

For further information: David R. Guarino, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Communications, +1 212 438 1471, dave_guarino@spdji.com, or Soogyung Cho, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Communications, +1 212 438 2297, soogyung_cho@spdji.com

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