TORONTO, October 15, 2008 - First Asset Energy & Resource Fund (the "Fund") (TSX: "TRF.UN") announced today acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") of the Fund's Notice of Intention to make a Normal Course Issuer Bid (the "NCIB").
Pursuant to the NCIB, the Fund proposes to purchase through the facilities of the TSX, from time to time, if it is considered advisable, up to 135,546 Units of the Fund, representing approximately 10% of the public float which is the same number as the Fund's issued and outstanding Units, being 1,355,460 Units as of the date hereof. The Fund will not purchase in any given 30-day period, in the aggregate, more than 27,109 Units, being 2% of the issued and outstanding Units as of the date hereof. Purchases of Units under the NCIB may commence on October 17, 2008. The Board of Directors of First Asset (I) General Partner Inc., the general partner of the Fund, believes that such purchases are in the best interests of the Fund and are a desirable use of the Fund's funds. All purchases will be made through the facilities of the TSX in accordance with its rules and policies. All Units purchased by the Fund pursuant to the NCIB will not be cancelled and will be held for resale. The NCIB will expire on October 16, 2009.
On October 15, 2007, the Fund announced that it was making a Normal Course Issuer Bid, which commenced October 17, 2007, to purchase up to 181,122 Units through the facilities of the TSX. Under the bid, which expires on October 16, 2008, an aggregate of 76,100 Units were repurchased and cancelled at an average price of $24.3028 per Unit excluding commissions.
For further information, please contact Rob MacNiven, Investor Relations, First Asset at 416-642-1289 or 1-877-642-1289 or visit www.firstasset.com.