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First Trust Announces Adjournment of Special Shareholder Meeting for First Trust FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Markets Real Estate Index Fund

First Trust Advisors L.P. (“FTA”) announced today that the special shareholder meeting for First Trust FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Markets Real Estate Index Fund (NYSE Arca: FFR) (the “Fund”), a series of First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund II (the “Trust”), has been adjourned in order to permit additional solicitation of shareholders and to allow shareholders additional time to vote to approve two proposals as follows: 1) a change in the Fund’s diversification status from “diversified to “non-diversified” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended; and 2) a new investment management agreement for the Fund that would implement a unitary management fee for the Fund (collectively, the “proposals”). The Proposals relate to a change to the Fund’s investment objective that would result in the replacement of the Fund’s current index with the Alerian Disruptive Technology Real Estate Index. The special shareholder meeting for the Fund will reconvene on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Central time at the offices of FTA at 120 East Liberty Drive, Suite 400 in Wheaton, Illinois.

FTA is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the Fund’s investment advisor. FTA and its affiliate, First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately-held companies that provide a variety of investment services. FTA has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $196 billion as of July 31, 2022 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and SMAs. FTA is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. FTA and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the goals, beliefs, plans or current expectations of FTA and its respective representatives, taking into account the information currently available to them. Forward-looking statements include all statements that do not relate solely to current or historical fact. For example, forward-looking statements include the use of words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “expect,” “believe,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “would,” “will” or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Fund to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. When evaluating the information included in this press release, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the judgment of FTA and its respective representatives only as of the date hereof. No obligation will be undertaken to publicly revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events and circumstances that arise after the date hereof.

In connection with the solicitation of proxies to approve the Proposals, the Trust filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a proxy statement on behalf of the Fund. Because the proxy statement contains important information, the Fund’s shareholders are urged to read the proxy statement and accompanying materials carefully. The Fund’s shareholders may also obtain copies of these documents by calling FTA toll-free at 800-621-1675. The proxy statement also is available free of charge at the SEC’s website, This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, shares of the Fund, nor is it a solicitation of any proxy. The Trust, the Fund, FTA and certain of their respective directors/trustees, officers and affiliates may be deemed under the rules of the SEC to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in connection with the matters described above. Information about the trustees and officers of the Trust may be found in the Fund’s annual reports previously filed with the SEC.

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