VanEck Announces Preliminary Yearend Distribution Estimates for VanEck Vectors Equity ETFs

VanEck announced today preliminary yearend distribution estimates for its VanEck Vectors® equity exchange-traded funds.

Please note that these yearend estimates were made as of October 31, 2017 based upon the best information available and may be subject to significant change based on a number of factors, including but not limited to changes in the number of shares outstanding, changes in income that may occur prior to record date, and certain tax adjustments and reclassifications. These factors may also result in some VanEck Vectors ETFs which currently show no estimated income or capital gain distributions making a distribution at yearend. VanEck strongly urges shareholders to consult with their tax adviser regarding the tax consequences of these distributions. You should not make investment decisions based on this information.

Distribution estimates will not be provided for ETFs that may potentially be subject to significant passive foreign investment company (PFIC) income. Final distribution amounts for these ETFs are expected to be declared on December 15, 2017 (see tables below).

Ex-Date: December 18, 2017Record Date: December 19, 2017Payable Date: December 22, 2017
Hard Assets ETFsTicker

Estimated
Income

Estimated
Short-Term
Capital Gain

Estimated
Long-Term
Capital Gain

VanEck Vectors Agribusiness ETF MOO $0.880 None None
VanEck Vectors Coal ETF KOL $0.418 None None
VanEck Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF GEX $1.193 None None
VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF GDX $0.197 None None
VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF GDXJ None None
VanEck Vectors Natural Resources ETF HAP $0.679 None None
VanEck Vectors Oil Refiners ETF CRAK $0.370 None $0.070
VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF OIH $0.812 None None
VanEck Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF REMX None None
VanEck Vectors Steel ETF SLX $1.169 None None
VanEck Vectors Unconventional Oil and Gas ETF FRAK $0.125 None None
VanEck Vectors Uranium+Nuclear Energy ETF NLR $2.050 None None
Country/Regional ETFsTicker

Estimated
Income

Estimated
Short-Term
Capital Gain

Estimated
Long-Term
Capital Gain

VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF AFK None None
VanEck Vectors Brazil Small-Cap ETF BRF None None
VanEck Vectors ChinaAMC CSI 300 ETF PEK $0.633 None None
VanEck Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF CNXT None None
VanEck Vectors Egypt Index ETF EGPT None None
VanEck Vectors India Small-Cap Index ETF SCIF None None
VanEck Vectors Indonesia Index ETF IDX $0.567 None None
VanEck Vectors Israel ETF ISRA $0.472 None None
VanEck Vectors Poland ETF PLND $0.881 None None
VanEck Vectors Russia ETF RSX $0.880 None None
VanEck Vectors Russia Small-Cap ETF RSXJ $1.462 None None
VanEck Vectors Vietnam ETF VNM $0.177 None None
Strategic Equity ETFsTicker

Estimated
Income

Estimated
Short-Term
Capital Gain

Estimated
Long-Term
Capital Gain

VanEck Vectors Global Spin-Off ETF SPUN $0.241 None None
VanEck Vectors Morningstar International Moat ETF MOTI $0.994 $0.832 $0.124
VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wide Moat ETF MOAT $0.531 None None
VanEck Vectors NDR CMG Long/Flat Allocation ETF LFEQ $0.107 None None

The expected income cannot be determined at this time due to significant Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) Income. See explanatory paragraph on Page 4.

Ex-Date: December 18, 2017Record Date: December 19, 2017Payable Date: December 22, 2017
Industry ETFsTicker

Estimated
Income

Estimated
Short-Term
Capital Gain

Estimated
Long-Term
Capital Gain

VanEck Vectors Biotech ETF

BBH

$0.645 None None
VanEck Vectors Environmental Services ETF EVX $0.810 None None
VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF BJK $1.376 None None
VanEck Vectors Generic Drugs ETF GNRX $0.164 None None
VanEck Vectors Retail ETF RTH $1.915 None None
VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF SMH $0.995 None None
Ex-Date: December 27, 2017Record Date: December 28, 2017Payable Date: January 3, 2018
Industry ETFsTicker

Estimated
Income

Estimated
Short-Term
Capital Gain

Estimated
Long-Term
Capital Gain

VanEck Vectors Pharmaceutical ETF PPH ** None None
** The ETF pays a quarterly scheduled income; therefore, no estimate is provided.

Due to yearend tax adjustments, the December distributions may be different than the regular quarterly distributions paid during the year.

About VanEck

VanEck’s mission is to offer investors forward-looking, intelligently designed investment strategies that take advantage of targeted market opportunities. Founded in 1955, the firm is a pioneer in global investing with a history of placing clients’ interests first in all market environments. Today, VanEck continues this tradition by offering innovative active and passive investment portfolios in hard assets, emerging markets equity and debt, precious metals, fixed income, and other alternative asset classes. VanEck Vectors exchange-traded products are one of the largest ETP families in the world, managing more than 70 funds that span a range of sectors, asset classes, and geographies. As of October 31, 2017, VanEck managed approximately $42.8 billion in assets, including mutual funds, ETFs, and institutional accounts.

Please call 800.826.2333 or visit vaneck.com for the most recent month-end performance of VanEck Vectors ETFs. This information will be available no later than seven business days after the most recent month end.

The principal risks of investing in VanEck Vectors ETFs include sector, market, economic, political, foreign currency, world event, index tracking and non-diversification risks, as well as fluctuations in net asset value and the risks associated with investing in less developed capital markets. The assets of some Funds may be concentrated in a particular sector and may be subject to more risk than investments in a diverse group of sectors. The Funds may loan their securities, which may subject them to additional credit and counterparty risk.

Important Disclosures

Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) Income

Several VanEck Vectors ETFs may make investments in non-U.S. corporations classified as “passive foreign investment companies.” Generally speaking, PFICs are non-U.S. corporations having 50% or more of their assets invested in cash or securities, or having 75% or more of their gross income originating from passive sources, including but not limited to interest, dividends and rents. In other words, these foreign companies primarily derive their revenue streams from investments (rather than operations). Please refer to your VanEck Vectors ETF’s Statement of Additional Information (SAI) for further information on PFICs.

IRS Circular 230 disclosure: VanEck does not provide legal, tax or accounting advice. Any statement contained in this communication concerning U.S. tax matters is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding penalties imposed on the relevant taxpayer. Shareholders or potential shareholders of the VanEck Vectors ETFs should obtain their own independent tax advice based on their particular circumstances.

All registered investment companies, including VanEck Vectors ETFs, are obliged to distribute portfolio gains to shareholders at yearend regardless of performance. Trading VanEck Vectors ETFs will also generate tax consequences and transaction expenses. The information provided is not intended to be tax advice. Tax consequences of income distributions may vary by individual taxpayer. There is no guarantee that income will be paid.

To receive a distribution, you must have been a registered shareholder of the relevant VanEck Vectors ETFs on the record date. Distributions are paid to shareholders on the payment date. Past distribution are not indicative of future distributions.

The “Net Asset Value” (NAV) of an ETF is determined at the close of each business day, and represents the dollar value of one share of the ETF; it is calculated by taking the total assets of an ETF subtracting total liabilities, and dividing by the total number of shares outstanding. The NAV is not necessarily the same as an ETF's intraday trading value. Investors should not expect to buy or sell shares at NAV. Total returns are based upon closing “market price” (price) of the ETF on the dates listed.

Fund shares are not individually redeemable and will be issued and redeemed at their NAV only through certain authorized broker-dealers in large, specified blocks of shares called “creation units” and otherwise can be bought and sold only through exchange trading. Shares may trade at a premium or discount to their NAV in the secondary market. You will incur brokerage expenses when trading Fund shares in the secondary market.

Investing involves substantial risk and high volatility, including possible loss of principal. Bonds and bond funds will decrease in value as interest rates rise. An investor should consider the investment objective, risks, charges and expenses of a Fund carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus and summary prospectus, which contains this and other information, call 800.826.2333 or visit vaneck.com. Please read the prospectus and summary prospectus carefully before investing.

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