TORONTO, December 19, 2016 - First Asset Investment Management Inc. ("First Asset") announces that a special meeting of the unitholders of First Asset Canadian Convertible Debenture Fund (the "Fund") will be held on February 13, 2017. If required, an adjourned meeting will be held on February 23, 2017. Unitholders of record on December 30, 2016 will be entitled to receive notice of and vote at the meeting. The Notice and Management Information Circular which details the matters to be considered at the meeting will be available on www.sedar.com on or about January 13, 2017.
At the meeting, unitholders of the Fund will be asked to approve a merger (the "Merger") of the Fund into First Asset Canadian Convertible Bond Fund (the "Continuing Fund"), an existing mutual fund also managed by First Asset with a substantially similar mandate to the Fund. First Asset believes that, given the similarities of the investment mandates between the Fund and the Continuing Fund, the Merger would be in the best interests of the Fund and its unitholders for the following reasons: (a) the aggregate management fee payable on the Class A units of the Continuing Fund that the unitholders of the Fund will receive in connection with the Merger is lower (1.90% per year) than the aggregate management fee payable on the units of the Fund (2.25% per year); (b) the Merger will eliminate the operating and regulatory costs of operating the Fund as a separate mutual fund; (c) after the Merger, the Continuing Fund will have a portfolio of considerable size and will have the potential to grow an even larger portfolio, as the Continuing Fund is in continuous distribution; and (d) the Continuing Fund, as a result of its greater size, may over time benefit from a reduction of its management expense ratio as the non-trading portion of its operating costs and its regulatory costs will be spread over a larger asset base.
Pursuant to the Merger, units of the Fund will be exchanged for Class A Units (Initial Sales Charge Option) of the Continuing Fund at an exchange ratio calculated by dividing the net asset value per unit of the Fund by the net asset value per Class A Unit of the Continuing Fund, as determined at the close of business on the effective date of the Merger.
If unitholders of the Fund approve the Merger, the Merger is anticipated to be completed in early March 2017, subject to receipt of required approvals, if any.
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