TORONTO, January 4, 2007 - First Asset Equal Weight REIT Income Fund (TSX: RIT.UN) announces that it has filed a preliminary short form prospectus in connection with the offering of Rights to its Unitholders to subscribe for Units of the Fund (the "Rights Offering"). The Rights Offering is subject to receipt of all regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Rights and Subscription Price. Each Unitholder will receive one Right for each Unit held on the record date. Three Rights will entitle the holder to purchase one Unit (the "Basic Subscription Privilege"). The record date, exercise price and rights expiration date have not yet been determined. The Fund will make a further announcement with respect to these matters subsequent to the filing of the final short form prospectus.
Additional Subscription Privilege. Holders of Rights who fully exercise their Rights under the Basic Subscription Privilege are entitled to subscribe pro rata for additional Units that were not subscribed for initially under the Basic Subscription Privilege, if any.
Step Up Privilege. Holders of Rights not evenly divisible by three will be entitled to round up subscriptions to the next highest whole number of Units, subject to certain limits.
Use of Proceeds. The Fund will use the net proceeds of the Rights Offering to acquire, in the open market, securities of real estate investment trusts in accordance with the Fund's investment policies and restrictions.
Dealer Manager. National Bank Financial Inc. will be engaged to be the Dealer Manager for the Rights Offering.
A preliminary prospectus relating to these securities has been filed with securities commissions or similar authorities in each of the provinces of Canada but has not yet become final for the purpose of a distribution to the public. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy these securities in any province of Canada prior to the time a receipt for the final prospectus or other authorization is obtained from the securities commission or similar authority in such province.
For further information, please call Paul Dinelle, Executive Vice-President, First Asset Funds Inc. at 416-642-1289 or 1-877-642-1289 or visit www.firstassetfunds.com.