TORONTO, December 7, 2018 - First Asset Investment Management Inc. ("First Asset") announces the estimated annual special year-end distributions (the "Special Distributions") for the 2018 tax year for the First Asset ETFs listed below. Please note that these are estimated amounts as of November 23, 2018 and include certain forward-looking information which may cause the Special Distributions to change before the First Asset ETFs' tax year-end on December 15, 2018. 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 12, 2018.
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 reinvested on or about December 31, 2018 to unitholders of record on December 28, 2018. The ex-dividend date in each case is December 27, 2018.First Asset expects to announce the final, confirmed 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 31, 2018. The actual taxable amounts of all distributions for 2018, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. or "CDS") and will be posted on the First Asset website in early 2019.
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.
|Fund Name||TSX Trading Symbol||Estimated Special Distributions
per Fund Unit
as at November 23, 2018
|First Asset Morningstar Canada Momentum Index ETF||WXM||$0.34|
|First Asset Morningstar National Bank Québec Index ETF||QXM||$0.35|
|First Asset Morningstar International Momentum Index ETF||ZXM||$0.54|
|First Asset Morningstar International Value Index ETF||VXM||$0.67|
|First Asset Morningstar US Dividend Target 50 Index ETF||UXM||$0.66|
|First Asset Morningstar US Value Index ETF||XXM||$0.10|
|First Asset MSCI Europe Low Risk Weighted ETF||RWE||$0.44|
|First Asset MSCI USA Low Risk Weighted ETF||RWU||$0.10|
|First Asset MSCI World Low Risk Weighted ETF||RWW||$0.08|
|First Asset Canadian Buyback Index ETF||FBE||$0.65|
|First Asset U.S. Tactical Sector Allocation Index ETF||FUT||$0.21|
|First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF||CES||$0.30|
|First Asset Active Utility & Infrastructure ETF||FAI||$0.47|
|First Asset Canadian REIT ETF||RIT||$0.03|
|First Asset European Bank ETF||FHB||$0.06|
|First Asset Preferred Share ETF||FPR||$0.05|
|First Asset Active Credit ETF||FAO||$0.01|
|First Asset Investment Grade Bond ETF||FIG||$0.01|
|First Asset Enhanced Short Duration Bond ETF||FSB||$0.15|
|ETFS listed below are not currently anticipating any special distributions:|
|First Asset Morningstar Canada Dividend Target 30 Index ETF||DXM||-|
|First Asset Morningstar Canada Value Index ETF||FXM||-|
|First Asset Morningstar US Momentum Index ETF||YXM||-|
|First Asset MSCI Canada Low Risk Weighted ETF||RWC||-|
|First Asset MSCI International Low Risk Weighted ETF||RWX||-|
|First Asset U.S. Buyback Index ETF||FBU||-|
|First Asset U.S. Trendleaders Index ETF||SID||-|
|First Asset Core Canadian Equity ETF||CED||-|
|First Asset Can-Materials Covered Call ETF||MXF||-|
|First Asset Energy Giants Covered Call ETF||NXF||-|
|First Asset Health Care Giants Covered Call ETF||FHI||-|
|First Asset Tech Giants Covered Call ETF||TXF||-|
|First Asset 1-5 Year Laddered Government Strip Bond Index ETF||BXF||-|
|First Asset Active Canadian Dividend ETF||FDV||-|
|First Asset Canadian Convertible Bond ETF||CXF||-|
|First Asset U.S. & Canada Lifeco Income ETF||FLI||-|
|First Asset Enhanced Government Bond ETF||FGO||-|
|First Asset Long Duration Fixed Income ETF||FLB||-|
|First Asset Global Financial Sector ETF||FSF||-|
|CORPORATE CLASS ETFs||Note 1|
|First Asset CanBanc Income Class ETF||CIC||-|
|First Asset Core Canadian Equity Income ETF||CSY||-|
|First Asset Short Term Government Bond Index Class ETF||FGB||-|
|First Asset MSCI Canada Quality Index Class ETF||FQC||-|
|Note 1 - The Corporate Class ETFs have a tax year end of December 31, but none of the Corporate Class ETFs currently anticipate a special distribution for 2018.|
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 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.
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