S&P Dow Jones Indices today clarified the eligibility criteria of the Dow Jones China Offshore 50 Index as outlined the index methodology

Hong Kong, July 7, 2015: S&P Dow Jones Indices today clarified the eligibility criteria the Dow Jones China Offshore 50 Index as outlined the index methodology

During the annual methodology review for the Dow Jones China Offshore 50 Index, S&P Dow Jones Indices identified that the index selection rules outlined in steps 1 and 2 of the Index methodology (as outlined in Table 1 below) were not applied for the semi-annual rebalances implemented after the October 2005 introduction of the index. The S&P Dow Jones Indices Asia Index Committee has determined that the error did not have a material impact on the overall characteristics of the index and the index will not be restated. Table 2 describes the index selection rules of the index as it was maintained since October 2005.

Effective with the September 2015 index rebalance S&P Dow Jones Indices will change the eligibility criteria for the Dow Jones China Offshore 50 Index as documented in the methodology. The references to the use of the 19 Supersectors as defined by the proprietary classification system used by S&P Dow Jones Indices will be removed as will the 60% limit of stocks within each Supersector. The revised eligibility criteria that will apply from the September 2015 Rebalance are outlined in Table 2.

In conjunction with these changes, S&P Dow Jones will update the Dow Jones China Offshore 50 Index Methodology for changes that were announced on June 11, 2015 with regards to the stock replacement policy for Dow Jones indices that have a fixed number of constituents. References to the creation of the monthly selection list for stock removal replacements will be removed as will references to adding stocks between rebalances.

Please note the index methodology on the S&P Dow Jones Indices website is being updated to reflect these changes.

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Table 1: Selection Rules as they appear in the current methodology
[Prior to the September 2015 Rebalance]

1. Within each of the 19 Supersectors defined by the proprietary classification system used by S&P Dow Jones Indices, stocks in the index universe are ranked by float-adjusted market capitalization.
2. The largest stocks are added to a selection list until the float-adjusted market-cap coverage of each Supersector is as close to 60% as possible
3. Any current index constituent not already on the selection list is added to it
4. Stocks on the selection list are ranked by float-adjusted market capitalization.
5. The largest 50 stocks are included in the index, selecting current constituents first and then moving to non-constituents, subject to the following buffer rules:
• Any current index constituent ranked 61 or lower is replaced by the highest-ranked non-constituent stock.
• Any non-constituent stock ranked 40 or higher replaces the lowest ranked current index constituent.

Table 2: Selection Rules as they will be applied at the September 2015 rebalance.

1. All stocks in the index universe are ranked by float-adjusted market capitalization.
2. The largest 50 stocks are included in the index, selecting current constituents first and then moving to non-constituents, subject to the following buffer rules:
• Any current index constituent ranked 61 or lower is replaced by the highest-ranked non-constituent stock.
• Any non-constituent stock ranked 40 or higher replaces the lowest ranked current index constituent.

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