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PIMCO

June 17, 2011 08:00 ET

PIMCO Launches PIMCO 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond Index Fund

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 17, 2011) - PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, has launched a new Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF), the PIMCO 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond Index Fund (NYSE: HYS). HYS employs PIMCO's "smart passive" approach to indexation, and gives investors access to the short-term high-yield U.S. corporate credit market in the ETF vehicle.

HYS offers the same features as other PIMCO ETFs, including daily portfolio disclosure, broad accessibility, intra-day pricing and a single share class structure for all investors.

Like the broad high yield corporate bond market, the short-term segment of the high yield corporate bond market has had a low correlation with other asset classes, and historically has produced returns similar to those of equities, but with lower volatility. The short-term segment of the high-yield market may replicate the desirable return characteristics of the broader spectrum of high-yield bonds, and an investment in the sector may improve portfolio diversification and offer the potential for higher yield.

PIMCO's "smart passive" approach incorporates credit analysis, which aims to remove credits that can create undesirable risks in the portfolio, as well as real-time views on market liquidity. The fund will be managed by Vineer Bhansali, a Managing Director based in Newport Beach, California.

About PIMCO
PIMCO is a leading global investment management firm, with offices in 10 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1971, PIMCO offers a wide range of innovative solutions to help millions of investors worldwide meet their needs. Our goal is to provide attractive returns while maintaining a strong culture of risk management and long-term discipline. PIMCO is owned by Allianz Global Investors, a subsidiary of the Munich-based Allianz S.E., a leading global diversified financial services provider.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the funds carefully before investing. This and other information are contained in the Fund's prospectus, which may be obtained by contacting your PIMCO representative. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest or send money.

Exchange Traded Funds ("ETF") are afforded certain exemptions from the Investment Company Act. The exemptions allow, among other things, for individual shares to trade on the secondary market. Individual shares cannot be directly purchased from or redeemed by the ETF. Purchases and redemptions directly with ETFs are only accomplished through creation unit aggregations or "baskets" of shares. Shares of an ETF are bought and sold at market price (not NAV). Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Investment policies, management fees and other information can be found in the individual ETF's prospectus.

A word about risk:Past performance is not a guarantee or reliable indicator of future results. An investment in an ETF involves risk, including the loss of principal. Investment return, price, yield and Net Asset Value (NAV) will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Investments may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. High-yield, lower-rated, securities involve greater risk than higher-rated securities; portfolios that invest in them may be subject to greater levels of credit and liquidity risk than portfolios that do not. Investing in foreign denominated and/or domiciled securities may involve heightened risk due to currency fluctuations, and economic and political risks, which may be enhanced in emerging markets. Investing in derivatives could lose more than the amount invested. The Fund is non-diversified, which means that it may invest its assets in a smaller number of issuers than a diversified fund.

The value of fixed income securities contained in the fund can be impacted by changes in interest rates. Bonds with longer durations tend to be more sensitive and more volatile than securities with shorter durations; bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise.

The Fund uses an indexing approach and may be affected by a general decline in market segments or asset classes relating to its Underlying Index. The Fund invests in securities and instruments included in, or representative of, its Underlying Index regardless of the investment merits of the Underlying Index.

Premiums (when market price is above NAV) or discounts (when market price is below NAV) reflect the differences (expressed as a percentage) between the NAV and the Market Price of the Fund on a given day, generally at the time the NAV is calculated. A discount or premium could be significant. Data in chart format displaying the frequency distribution of discounts and premiums of the Market Price against the NAV can be found on the Premium/Discount tab for each Fund at www.pimcoetfs.com.

This material has been distributed for informational purposes only and should not be considered as investment advice or a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. No part of this material may be reproduced in any form, or referred to in any other publication, without express written permission of Pacific Investment Management Company LLC. ©2011, PIMCO.

PIMCO advised funds are distributed by PIMCO Investments LLC, 1345 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10105-4800, (888) 87-PIMCO. Prior to 2/14/2011 PIMCO advised funds were distributed by Allianz Global Investors Distributors LLC.

Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the performance of financial markets, the investment performance of PIMCO's sponsored investment products and separately managed accounts, general economic conditions, future acquisitions, competitive conditions and government regulations, including changes in tax laws. Readers should carefully consider such factors. Further, such forward-looking statements speak only on the date at which such statements are made. PIMCO undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statement.

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    Michael Reid
    PIMCO - Media Relations
    212-739-3253