iShares ESG MSCI EM Leaders ETF

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As part of its investment objective this fund seeks to track an index that applies the following business involvement screens: alcohol, civilian firearms, controversial weapons, conventional weapons, fossil fuel extraction, gambling, nuclear power, nuclear weapons, thermal coal and tobacco. The business involvement screens are based on revenue or percentage of revenue thresholds for certain categories and categorical exclusions for others. Please read the definition for each screen here.




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  1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
-1.97 1.31 - - -1.45
Market Price (%) -1.34 1.23 - - -1.39
Benchmark (%) -1.65 1.74 - - -1.08
After Tax Pre-Liq. (%) 0.43 1.77 - - -1.01
After Tax Post-Liq. (%) 2.97 2.16 - - -0.03
  YTD 1m 3m 6m 1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
2.76 4.01 -0.51 2.76 -1.97 3.98 - - -4.83
Market Price (%) 5.80 3.88 -0.94 5.80 -1.34 3.73 - - -4.65
Benchmark (%) 2.36 3.76 -0.70 2.36 -1.65 5.31 - - -3.63
After Tax Pre-Liq. (%) 2.44 3.69 -0.81 2.44 0.43 5.40 - - -3.39
After Tax Post-Liq. (%) 1.64 2.38 -0.30 1.64 2.97 6.63 - - -0.09
  2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total Return (%) - - - -0.61 -21.57
Market Price (%) - - - -2.01 -22.51
Benchmark (%) - - - 0.50 -21.55
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Key Facts

Key Facts

Net Assets of Fund as of Aug 23, 2023 $52,816,563
Fund Launch Date Feb 05, 2020
Exchange NASDAQ
Asset Class Equity
Benchmark Index MSCI EM Extended ESG Leaders 5% Issuer Capped Net Index (USD)
Bloomberg Index Ticker NU728105
Shares Outstanding as of Aug 23, 2023 1,200,000
Distribution Frequency Semi-Annual
Premium/Discount as of Aug 22, 2023 -0.30%
CUSIP 46436E601
Closing Price as of Aug 22, 2023 43.42
Non-FV NAV as of Aug 23, 2023 43.83
30 Day Avg. Volume as of Aug 22, 2023 2,673.00
30 Day Median Bid/Ask Spread as of Aug 22, 2023 0.36%
Daily Volume as of Aug 22, 2023 1,791.00

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

Number of Holdings as of Aug 22, 2023 485
Equity Beta (3y) as of Jul 31, 2023 0.62
30 Day SEC Yield as of Jul 31, 2023 2.27%
12m Trailing Yield as of Jul 31, 2023 1.25%
Standard Deviation (3y) as of Jul 31, 2023 18.50%
P/E Ratio as of Aug 22, 2023 12.01
P/B Ratio as of Aug 22, 2023 1.69
This information must be preceded or accompanied by a current prospectus. For standardized performance, please see the Performance section above.

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics provide investors with specific non-traditional metrics. Alongside other metrics and information, these enable investors to evaluate funds on certain environmental, social and governance characteristics. Sustainability Characteristics do not provide an indication of current or future performance nor do they represent the potential risk and reward profile of a fund. They are provided for transparency and for information purposes only. Sustainability Characteristics should not be considered solely or in isolation, but instead are one type of information that investors may wish to consider when assessing a fund. Learn more

This fund seeks to follow a sustainable, impact or ESG investment strategy, as disclosed in its prospectus. For more information regarding the fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.

Review the MSCI methodologies behind Sustainability Characteristics using the links below.

MSCI ESG Fund Rating (AAA-CCC) as of Aug 21, 2023 A
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of Aug 21, 2023 99.75%
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of Aug 21, 2023 6.5
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of Aug 21, 2023 89.02%
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of Aug 21, 2023 Equity Emerging Mkts Global
Funds in Peer Group as of Aug 21, 2023 1,320
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of Aug 21, 2023 231.48
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity % Coverage as of Aug 21, 2023 98.96%
MSCI Implied Temperature Rise (0-3.0+ °C) as of Aug 21, 2023 > 2.5° - 3.0° C
MSCI Implied Temperature Rise % Coverage as of Aug 21, 2023 98.96%

What is the Implied Temperature Rise (ITR) metric? Learn what the metric means, how it is calculated, and about the assumptions and limitations for this forward-looking climate-related metric.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges in human history and will have profound implications for investors. To address climate change, many of the world's major countries have signed the Paris Agreement. The temperature goal of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and ideally 1.5 °C, which will help us avoid the most severe impacts of climate change.

What is the ITR metric?

The ITR metric is used to provide an indication of alignment to the temperature goal of the Paris Agreement for a company or a portfolio. Scientific consensus suggests that reducing emissions until they reach net zero around mid-century (2050-2070) is how this goal could be met. A net zero emissions economy is one that balances emissions and removals.

How is the ITR metric calculated?

The ITR metric is calculated by looking at the current emissions intensity of companies within the fund's portfolio as well as the potential for those companies to reduce its emissions over time. If emissions in the global economy followed the same trend as the emissions of companies within the fund's portfolio, global temperatures would ultimately rise within this band.

Note, only corporate issuers are covered within the calculation. A summary explanation of MSCI’s methodology and assumptions for its ITR metric can be found here.

Because the ITR metric is calculated in part by considering the potential for a company within the fund’s portfolio to reduce its emissions over time, it is forward-looking and prone to limitations. As a result, BlackRock publishes MSCI’s ITR metric for its funds in temperature range bands. The bands help to underscore the underlying uncertainty in the calculations and the variability of the metric.

Thermometer-style chart of yellow to red temperature bands showing an investment’s position relative to the Paris Agreement temperature goals. Metric data source MSCI

What are the key assumptions and limitations of the ITR metric?

This forward-looking metric is calculated based on a model, which is dependent upon multiple assumptions. Also, there are limitations with the data inputs to the model. Importantly, an ITR metric may vary meaningfully across data providers for a variety of reasons due to methodological choices (e.g., differences in time horizons, the scope(s) of emissions included and portfolio aggregation calculations).

There is not a universally accepted way to calculate an ITR. There is not a universally agreed upon set of inputs for the calculation. At present, availability of input data varies across asset classes and markets. To the extent that data becomes more readily available and more accurate over time, we expect that ITR metric methodologies will evolve and may result in different outputs. Where data is not available, and / or if data changes, the estimation methods vary, particularly those related to a company’s future emissions.

The ITR metric estimates a fund’s alignment with the Paris Agreement temperature goal. However, there is no guarantee that these estimates will be reached. The ITR metric is not a real time estimate and may change over time, therefore it is prone to variance and may not always reflect a current estimate.

The ITR metric is not an indication or estimate of a fund’s performance or risk. Investors should not rely on this metric when making an investment decision and instead should refer to a fund’s prospectus and governing documents. This estimate and the associated information is not intended as a recommendation to invest in any fund, nor is it intended to indicate any correlation between a fund’s ITR metric and its future investment performance.

All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of Aug 21, 2023, based on holdings as of Jul 31, 2023. As such, the fund’s sustainable characteristics may differ from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings from time to time.

To be included in MSCI ESG Fund Ratings, 65% (or 50% for bond funds and money market funds) of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities with ESG coverage by MSCI ESG Research (certain cash positions and other asset types deemed not relevant for ESG analysis by MSCI are removed prior to calculating a fund’s gross weight; the absolute values of short positions are included but treated as uncovered), the fund’s holdings date must be less than one year old, and the fund must have at least ten securities.

Business Involvement

Business Involvement

Business Involvement metrics can help investors gain a more comprehensive view of specific activities in which a fund may be exposed through its investments.

Business Involvement metrics are not indicative of a fund’s investment objective, and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.

Review the MSCI methodology behind the Business Involvement metrics, using links below.

MSCI - Controversial Weapons as of Aug 22, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of Aug 22, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of Aug 22, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of Aug 22, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of Aug 22, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands as of Aug 22, 2023 0.00%
MSCI - Tobacco as of Aug 22, 2023 0.00%

Business Involvement Coverage as of Aug 22, 2023 99.73%
Percentage of Fund not covered as of Aug 22, 2023 0.27%
BlackRock business involvement exposures as shown above for Thermal Coal and Oil Sands are calculated and reported for companies that generate more than 5% of revenue from thermal coal or oil sands as defined by MSCI ESG Research. For the exposure to companies that generate any revenue from thermal coal or oil sands (at a 0% revenue threshold), as defined by MSCI ESG Research, it is as follows: Thermal Coal 0.78% and for Oil Sands 0.00%.

Business Involvement metrics are calculated by BlackRock using data from MSCI ESG Research which provides a profile of each company’s specific business involvement. BlackRock leverages this data to provide a summed up view across holdings and translates it to a fund's market value exposure to the listed Business Involvement areas above.

Business Involvement metrics are designed only to identify companies where MSCI has conducted research and identified as having involvement in the covered activity. As a result, it is possible there is additional involvement in these covered activities where MSCI does not have coverage. This information should not be used to produce comprehensive lists of companies without involvement. Business Involvement metrics are only displayed if at least 1% of the fund’s gross weight includes securities covered by MSCI ESG Research.



as of current prospectus
Management Fee 0.16%
Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses 0.00%
Other Expenses 0.00%
Expense Ratio 0.16%

The amounts shown above are as of the current prospectus, but may not include extraordinary expenses incurred by the Fund over the past fiscal year. Amounts are rounded to the nearest basis point, which in some cases may be "0.00".




Ticker Name Sector Asset Class Market Value Weight (%) Notional Value Shares CUSIP ISIN SEDOL Price Location Exchange Currency FX Rate Accrual Date
Holdings are subject to change.

In general, the values shown for “market value,” “weight,” and “notional value” (the “calculated values”) are based off of a price provided by a third-party pricing vendor for the portfolio holding and do not reflect the impact of fair valuation (“the vendor price”). The vendor price is not necessarily the price at which the Fund values the portfolio holding for the purposes of determining its net asset value (the “valuation price”). Additionally, where applicable, foreign currency exchange rates with respect to the portfolio holdings denominated in non-U.S. currencies for the valuation price will be generally determined as of the close of business on the New York Stock Exchange, whereas for the vendor price will be generally determined as of 4 p.m. London. The calculated values may have been different if the valuation price were to have been used to calculate such values. The vendor price is as of the most recent date for which a price is available and may not necessarily be as of the date shown above.

For Russian equity securities, as well as American Depositary Receipts and Global Depositary Receipts evidencing ownership of Russian equity securities and for which trading has been suspended, the calculated values are based on the Fund’s valuation price.

Please see the “Determination of Net Asset Value” section of each Fund’s prospectus for additional information on the Fund’s valuation policies and procedures.

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

as of Aug 22, 2023

% of Market Value

Type Fund
as of Aug 22, 2023

% of Market Value

Type Fund
Geographic exposure relates principally to the domicile of the issuers of the securities held in the product, added together and then expressed as a percentage of the product's total holdings, excluding currency holdings. Percentages do not reflect fair valuation. In some instances, percentages may reflect the location where the issuer of the securities carries out much of their business. Bonds are included in U.S. bond indices when the securities are denominated in U.S. dollars regardless of the domicile of the issuer.
Allocations are subject to change.




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