John Hancock Investments honored with 2017 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards

John Hancock Fundamental Global Franchise Fund and John Hancock International Value Fund win for exceptional risk-adjusted performance over 3 years and 10 years, respectively

BOSTON, March 31, 2017 – Two funds in the John Hancock Investments family were honored at the 2017 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards event held last week in New York City. John Hancock Fundamental Global Franchise Fund won for its performance over a 3-year period in the Global Large-Cap Growth Fund's category, and John Hancock International Value Fund won for its 10-year record among funds in the International Multi-Cap Value Fund's category.

The Thomson Reuters Lipper mutual fund awards honor funds and fund management firms that have excelled in providing consistently strong risk-adjusted 3-, 5-, and 10-year performance relative to their peers, based on Lipper's proprietary methodology.

"We are honored to receive these awards. Recognition from Thomson Reuters Lipper is an important measure of how well we are achieving our number one goal as asset managers: to consistently deliver strong risk-adjusted performance to our fund shareholders," said Andrew G. Arnott, president and CEO of John Hancock Investments.

"Attaining these performance milestones is also a testament to the strength of our multimanager approach, where we seek to hire the very best specialized managers from around the world, and then we carefully oversee them on a daily basis."

John Hancock Fundamental Global Franchise Fund is managed by a team of portfolio managers at John Hancock Asset Management, led by Jonathan White, CFA, and Emory W. (Sandy) Sanders, Jr., CFA. The fund is available in Class I (JFGIX), Class A (JFGAX), and Class R6 (JFGFX) shares.

John Hancock International Value Fund is managed by a team of portfolio managers at Franklin Templeton, led by Tucker Scott, CFA, Cindy L. Sweeting, CFA, and Peter A. Nori, CFA. This fund is one of several that are on John Hancock Investments' asset allocation platform.

About John Hancock Investments
John Hancock has helped individuals and institutions build and protect wealth since 1862. Today, we are one of the strongest and most-recognized financial brands. We serve investors globally through a unique multimanager approach: We search the world to find proven portfolio teams with specialized expertise for every strategy we offer, then we apply robust investment oversight to ensure they continue to meet our uncompromising standards and serve the best interests of our shareholders. Our approach to asset management has led to a diverse set of investments deeply rooted in investor needs, along with strong risk-adjusted returns across asset classes.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.

For additional information on Lipper methodology, please see http://lipperfundawards.com/.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife
John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada, and the United States. Operating as Manulife in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, our group of companies offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents, and distribution partners. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were $977 billion (US$728 billion) as of December 31, 2016. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at manulife.com.

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.

A fund's investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses should be considered carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information about the fund. To obtain a prospectus, contact your financial professional, call John Hancock Investments at 800-225-5291, or visit our website at jhinvestments.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money.

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