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Invesco PowerShares to Expand Low Volatility Suite With US Mid-Cap & Small-Cap Listings

PowerShares International Low Volatility ETFs Cross One-Year Mark Achieving Better Risk-Adjusted Returns Than MSCI Benchmark Indexes

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 02/13/13 -- Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a leading global provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), announced today plans to expand its low volatility suite of ETFs with strategies covering the US mid-cap and small-cap segments. The new ETFs are expected to begin trading on Feb. 15, 2013 on the NYSE Arca and will expand the PowerShares Low Volatility suite to five portfolios.

Low Volatility Strategies (anticipated listing on Feb. 15, 2013):

  • PowerShares S&P MidCap Low Volatility Portfolio (XMLV)
  • PowerShares S&P SmallCap Low Volatility Portfolio (XSLV)

"Investors continue to embrace low-volatility ETF strategies as a simple and effective way to maintain equity exposure while mitigating overall portfolio risk," said Ben Fulton, Invesco PowerShares managing director of global ETFs. "The two new PowerShares ETFs will provide investors with convenient access to low volatility strategies covering the US mid-cap and small-cap segments."

The PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (EELV) and PowerShares S&P International Developed Low Volatility Portfolio (IDLV) recently passed their one year anniversary. Since inception on January 13, 2012, both EELV and IDLV have achieved better risk-adjusted returns compared to their respective MSCI benchmarks*.

"We are very pleased with the one-year performance for the PowerShares Low Volatility ETFs covering emerging markets (EELV) and international developed markets (IDLV)," Fulton said. "Combined with the award-winning(1) PowerShares S&P Low Volatility Portfolio (SPLV), investors can efficiently achieve global access to a low volatility investment approach which has shown the potential to improve risk-adjusted returns."

Invesco PowerShares' existing family of low volatility ETFs based upon the S&P Dow Jones Indices have gathered more than $3 billion in AUM in less than two years.

  • PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (EELV)
  • PowerShares S&P International Developed Low Volatility Portfolio (IDLV)
  • PowerShares S&P 500® Low Volatility Portfolio (SPLV)

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    PowerShares Low
     Volatility ETF      Performance   Volatility  Return/Risk  30-day SEC
  vs. Market Benchmark      Since         Since        (%)        Yield*
         Index           Inception*    Inception*
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EELV                       17.08%        10.21%       1.71%        2.28%
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MSCI Emerging Markets
Index                      13.65%        14.37%       1.06%         N/A
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IDLV                       15.37%         8.36%       2.21%        4.81%
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MSCI EAFE Index            17.07%        15.36%       1.51%         N/A
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SPLV                       10.30%        13.62%       1.73%        3.00%
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S&P 500 Index              10.57%        19.52%       0.85%         N/A
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*Source: Bloomberg L.P., as of Jan.31, 2013, Volatility measured by standard deviation, EELV and IDLV Inception: Jan. 13, 2012, SPLV Inception: May 5, 2011. Risk-Adjust Return is the realized rate of return per unit of risk, Return / Risk.

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Standardized performance as of Dec. 31, 2012
Since Fund Inception                             EELV      IDLV      SPLV
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NAV                                               17.08%    15.37%    10.30%
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Market Price                                      17.89%    15.83%    10.25%
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Performance data quoted represents past performance. As stated in the Funds' prospectuses, the expense ratios of 0.29% (EELV and IDLV) and 0.25% (SPLV) are expressed as a unitary fee to cover expenses incurred in connection with managing the portfolio. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results; current performance may be higher or lower than performance quoted. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate and Shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. See invescopowershares.com to find the most recent month-end performance numbers. Market returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4 p.m. ET and do not represent the returns an investor would receive if shares were traded at other times.

The PowerShares S&P MidCap Low Volatility Portfolio (XMLV) is based on the S&P MidCap 400 Low Volatility Index. Standard & Poor's compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of 80 of the least volatile stocks from the S&P MidCap 400 Index over the past 12 months. S&P weights the securities within the Underlying Index based upon the inverse of each security's volatility, with the least volatile securities receiving the highest weights in the Underlying Index. S&P rebalances the Underlying Index quarterly.

The PowerShares S&P SmallCap Low Volatility Portfolio (XSLV) is based on the S&P SmallCap 600 Low Volatility Index. Standard & Poor's compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of 120 of the least volatile stocks from the S&P SmallCap 600 Index over the past 12 months. S&P weights the securities within the Underlying Index based upon the inverse of each security's volatility, with the least volatile securities receiving the highest weights in the Underlying Index. S&P rebalances the Underlying Index quarterly.

The PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (EELV) is based on the S&P BMI Emerging Markets Low Volatility Index. Standard & Poor's compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of 200 of the least volatile stocks of the S&P Emerging BMI plus LargeMid Cap Index. The S&P Emerging BMI Plus LargeMid Cap Index includes all publicly listed equity securities with float-adjusted market values of at least $100 million and annual dollar value traded of at least $50 million from the following countries: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.

The PowerShares S&P International Developed Low Volatility Portfolio (IDLV) is based on the S&P BMI International Developed Low Volatility Index. Standard & Poor's compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of 200 of the least volatile stocks of the S&P Developed ex US and South Korea LargeMid Cap BMI Index. The S&P Developed ex US and South Korea LargeMid Cap BMI Index includes all publicly listed equity securities with float adjusted market values of at least $100 million and annual dollar value traded of at least $50 million from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The PowerShares S&P 500® Low Volatility Portfolio (SPLV) is based on the S&P 500® Low Volatility Index (Index). The Fund will invest at least 90% of its total assets in common stocks that comprise the Index. The Index is compiled, maintained and calculated by Standard & Poor's and consists of the 100 stocks from the S&P 500® Index with the lowest realized volatility over the past 12 months. Volatility is a statistical measurement of the magnitude of up and down asset price fluctuations over time. The Fund is rebalanced and reconstituted quarterly in Feb, May, Aug, and Nov.

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC is Leading the Intelligent ETF Revolution® through its family of more than 140 domestic and international exchange-traded funds, which seek to outperform traditional benchmark indexes while providing advisors and investors access to an innovative array of focused investment opportunities. With franchise assets over $70 billion as of Dec. 31, 2012, PowerShares ETFs trade on both U.S. stock exchanges. For more information, please visit us at invescopowershares.com or follow us on Twitter @PowerShares.

Invesco, Ltd. Is a leading independent global investment management firm, dedicated to helping investors worldwide achieve their financial objectives. By delivering the combined power of our distinctive investment management capabilities, Invesco provides a wide range of investment strategies and vehicles to our retail, institutional and high net worth clients around the world. Operating in more than 20 countries, the firm is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IVZ. Additional information is available at www.invesco.com.

1 The PowerShares S&P 500® Low Volatility Portfolio (SPLV) received the William F. Sharpe ETF of the Year Award for having the most significant impact on the ETF market in 2012.

Volatility is the annualized standard deviation of index returns. Unforeseen market conditions may prevent the fund from achieving its goal of providing low volatility.

There are risks involved with investing in ETFs, including possible loss of money. Shares are not actively managed and are subject to risks including those regarding short selling and margin maintenance requirements. Ordinary brokerage commissions apply. The fund's return may not match the return of the underlying index.

Foreign securities have additional risks, including exchange-rate changes, decreased market liquidity, political instability and taxation by foreign governments. Shares are not FDIC insured, may lose value and have no bank guarantee.

Shares are not individually redeemable and owners of the shares may acquire those shares from the Funds and tender those shares for redemption to the Funds in Creation Unit aggregations only, typically consisting of 50,000 shares.

Invesco Distributors, Inc. is the distributor of the PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II. PowerShares® is a registered trademark of Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC. Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC and Invesco Distributors, Inc. are indirect, wholly owned subsidiaries of Invesco Ltd.

An investor should consider the Fund's investment objective, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. For this and more complete information about the Fund, call 800 983 0903. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

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