TORONTO, January 28, 2016 - First Asset Investment Management Inc. announces that it has called special meetings of the shareholders of First Asset Core Canadian Equity Income ETF (TSX: CSY), Can-Financials Income Corp. (TSX: FIC.UN) and CanBanc 8 Income Corp. (TSX: CBF) (collectively, the "Funds"). The meetings will be held jointly on Wednesday February 24, 2016. If required, an adjourned meeting will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016.
At the meeting, shareholders of the Funds will be asked to approve a variety of changes which will result, through a corporate amalgamation with First Asset Fund Corp., in shareholders of each Fund becoming shareholders of an exchange traded fund ("ETF") under an umbrella known as a "Corporate Class". Each Fund will be a separate share class of a single mutual fund corporation but will trade independently under its own ETF ticker symbol, with its own specific investment objectives and referable to a separate portfolio of investments; all as further described in a joint management information circular to be mailed to shareholders on or about January 28, 2016 (the "Circular").
As detailed in the Circular, the amalgamation will result in several benefits to shareholders of all the Funds. These benefits include: tax deferral advantages afforded by the ability to switch between funds inside the Corporate Class structure, pooled use of available tax-loss carry-forwards, broader investment choices, as well as continued low costs and economies of scale.
In addition to the merger, shareholders of Can-Financials Income Corp. are being asked to approve a change in investment objectives in order to pursue a broader, more diversified and lower cost strategy.
If the proposed transactions are approved, the following will occur:
- First Asset Core Canadian Equity Income ETF will become part of the Corporate Class structure, with its investment objectives, strategies and restrictions unchanged.
- CanBanc 8 Income Corp. will become part of the Corporate Class structure by merging into First Asset CanBanc Income ETF, an ETF with substantially similar investment objectives and strategies. As it is currently a closed-end fund, holders of equity shares of CanBanc 8 Income Corp. will have the right to redeem their investments prior to the implementation of the changes even if they vote in favour of the proposed transactions.
- Can-Financials Income Corp. will no longer have a final redemption date on or about February 28, 2016, but will instead become part of the Corporate Class structure by merging into a newly formed ETF called First Asset MSCI Canada Quality Index ETF, which will have the investment objectives, strategies and restrictions described in the Circular. As it is currently a closed end fund, holders of equity shares of Can-Financials Income Corp. will have the right to redeem their investments prior to the implementation of the changes even if they vote in favour of the proposed transactions.
If shareholders approve the changes necessary to accomplish the results above (all as further described in the Circular), the manager (First Asset Investment Management Inc.) anticipates implementing the amalgamations on or about March 31, 2016, subject to obtaining all necessary regulatory and third party approvals.
Shareholders are encouraged to review the Circular for further details regarding the meeting and the proposed transactions.
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