VanEck Announces Yearend Distributions for VanEck Vectors Equity ETFs

VanEck announced today the following 2018 annual distributions per share for its VanEck Vectors® equity exchange-traded funds.

Ex-Date: December 20, 2018

Record Date: December 21, 2018

Payable Date: December 27, 2018

Hard Assets ETFs

Ticker

Income

Approximate
% of Income
from PFICs

Short-Term
Capital Gain

Long-Term
Capital Gain

VanEck Vectors Agribusiness ETF

MOO

0.964

6%

None

None

VanEck Vectors Coal ETF

KOL

0.824

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF

GEX

0.337

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF

GDX

0.105

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF

GDXJ

0.136

16%

None

None

VanEck Vectors Natural Resources ETF

HAP

0.919

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Oil Refiners ETF

CRAK

0.517

None

0.133

None

VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF

OIH

0.299

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF

REMX

1.685

88%

None

None

VanEck Vectors Steel ETF

SLX

2.182

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Unconventional Oil & Gas ETF

FRAK

0.088

None

None

VanEck Vectors Uranium + Nuclear Energy ETF

NLR

1.936

None

None

None

† The income distributions for these funds were reduced due to Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) losses. See explanatory paragraph on Page 3.

Country/Regional ETFs

Ticker

Income

Approximate
% of Income
from PFICs

Short-Term
Capital Gain

Long-Term
Capital Gain

VanEck Vectors Africa Index ETF

AFK

0.336

None

None

VanEck Vectors Brazil Small-Cap ETF

BRF

0.511

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors ChinaAMC CSI 300 ETF

PEK

0.309

None

None

$2.539

VanEck Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF

CNXT

None

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Egypt Index ETF

EGPT

0.477

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors India Small-Cap Index ETF

SCIF

0.049

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Indonesia Index ETF

IDX

0.476

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Israel ETF

ISRA

0.212

None

None

VanEck Vectors Poland ETF

PLND

0.244

None

None

VanEck Vectors Russia ETF

RSX

0.967

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Russia Small-Cap ETF

RSXJ

1.217

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Vietnam ETF

VNM

0.122

None

None

None

Strategic Equity/Guided Allocation ETFs

Ticker

Income

Approximate
% of Income
from PFICs

Short-Term
Capital Gain

Long-Term
Capital Gain

VanEck Vectors Morningstar Global Wide Moat ETF

GOAT

0.110

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Morningstar International Moat ETF

MOTI

1.057

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wide Moat ETF

MOAT

0.738

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Real Asset Allocation ETF

RAAX

0.139

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors NDR CMG Long/Flat Allocation ETF

LFEQ

0.262

None

None

None

Industry ETFs

Ticker

Income

Approximate
% of Income
from PFICs

Short-Term
Capital Gain

Long-Term
Capital Gain

VanEck Vectors Biotech ETF

BBH

0.551

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Environmental Services ETF

EVX

0.317

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF

BJK

1.133

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Generic Drugs ETF

GNRX

0.006

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Retail ETF

RTH

0.984

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF

SMH

1.638

None

None

None

VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF

ESPO

0.010

30%

None

None

† The income distributions for these funds were reduced due to Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) losses. See explanatory paragraph on Page 3.

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 November 30, 2018, VanEck managed approximately $44.5 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 distributions are not indicative of future distributions.

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.

Van Eck Securities Corporation, Distributor, 666 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017

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Mike MacMillan / Chris Sullivan
MacMillan Communications
212-473-4442
chris@macmillancom.com

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