TORONTO, December 8 2015 - First Asset Investment Management Inc. ("First Asset") announces the estimated annual special year-end distributions (the "Special Distributions") for the 2015 tax year for the First Asset ETFs listed below. Please note that these are estimated amounts only as of November 30, 2015 and include certain forward-looking information which may cause the estimated Special Distributions to change before the First Asset ETFs' tax year-end on December 15, 2015. These estimated amounts are for the Special Distributions only and do not include the ongoing regular monthly or quarterly cash distribution amounts which are expected to be announced in a separate press release on or before December 17, 2015.
Each of the First Asset ETFs is required to distribute any net income and capital gains that it has earned in the year. The Special Distributions will generally consist of capital gains and/or any excess net income at year end. The Special Distributions will not be paid in cash, but will be reinvested and the resulting units immediately consolidated so that the number of units held by each investor will not change. Investors holding their units outside registered plans will have taxable amounts to report and an increase in the adjusted cost base of their investment. In all cases, the Special Distributions will be paid to unitholders of record on December 30, 2015. The ex-dividend date in each case is December 24, 2015.
First Asset expects to announce the final Special Distribution amounts (subject to any further revisions to per unit amounts resulting from subscription and redemption activity prior to the record date) on or about December 30, 2015. The actual taxable amounts of all distributions for 2015, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. or "CDS") in early 2016.
|Fund Name||TSX Trading Symbol||Estimated Special Distributions per Fund Unit as at November 30, 2015|
|First Asset Morningstar National Bank Quebec Index ETF||QXM||$0.9700|
|First Asset Morningstar Canada Momentum Index ETF||WXM||$0.1000|
|First Asset Morningstar US Value Index ETF||XXM||$0.2700|
|First Asset Morningstar US Dividend Target 50 Index ETF||UXM||$0.0400|
|First Asset MSCI World Low Risk Weighted ETF||RWW||$0.0500|
|First Asset Canadian REIT ETF||RIT||$0.5800|
|First Asset Can-Energy Covered Call ETF||OXF||$0.0000|
|First Asset Can-Materials Covered Call ETF||MXF||$0.0000|
|First Asset Canadian Convertible Bond ETF||CXF||$0.0000|
|First Asset Tech Giants Covered Call ETF||TXF||$0.0000|
|First Asset Energy Giants Covered Call ETF||NXF||$0.0000|
|First Asset Morningstar Canada Dividend Target 30 Index ETF||DXM||$0.0000|
|First Asset Morningstar Canada Value Index ETF||FXM||$0.0000|
|First Asset Morningstar US Momentum Index ETF||YXM||$0.0000|
|First Asset Morningstar International Value Index ETF||VXM||$0.0000|
|First Asset Morningstar International Momentum Index ETF||ZXM||$0.0000|
|First Asset Provincial Bond Index ETF||PXF||$0.0000|
|First Asset 1-5 Year Laddered Government Strip Bond Index ETF||BXF||$0.0000|
|First Asset MSCI Canada Low Risk Weighted ETF||RWC||$0.0000|
|First Asset MSCI USA Low Risk Weighted ETF||RWU||$0.0000|
|First Asset MSCI Europe Low Risk Weighted ETF||RWE||$0.0000|
|First Asset Hamilton Capital European Bank ETF||FHB||$0.0000|
|First Asset Active Canadian Dividend ETF||FDV||$0.0000|
|First Asset U.S. & Canada Lifeco Income ETF||FLI||$0.0000|
|First Asset Active Utility & Infrastructure ETF||FAI||$0.0000|
|First Asset Active Credit ETF||FAO||$0.0000|
|First Asset Core Canadian Equity ETF||CED||$0.0000|
|First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF||CES||$0.0000|
|First Asset Core Balanced ETF||CBB||$0.0000|
|First Asset CanBanc Income ETF||CIC||$0.0000|
|First Asset Core Canadian Equity Income ETF||CSY||$0.0000|
First Asset provides estimated distributions for information purposes only. These estimates are not intended to be, nor should they be construed to be, legal or tax advice to any particular person.
This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the estimated Special Distributions for the First Asset ETFs. By their nature, these forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual distributions to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Material factors that could cause the actual Special Distributions to differ from the estimated Special Distributions between now and December 15, 2015 (the First Asset ETFs' tax year-ends) include, without limitation: the actual amounts of distributions received by the First Asset ETFs; the actual amount of capital gains generated from sales of securities; and subscription and redemption activity in the First Asset ETFs.
For further information, please contact Investor Relations, First Asset at 416-642-1289 or 1-877-642-1289 or visit www.firstasset.com.
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