ProShares announced today that it will execute reverse share splits on nine ProShares ETFs. The reverse splits will be effective for shareholders of record after the close of the markets on April 14, 2010. Seven of the funds will execute a 1-for-5 reverse split of shares, and two will execute a 1-for-10 reverse split of shares. The funds will trade at their post-split prices on April 15. The ticker symbols for the funds will not change, and all will continue to trade on NYSE Arca.
The reverse splits will reduce the number of shares outstanding for the funds, and result in a proportionate increase in the price per share of each fund. The reverse splits do not change the value of a shareholder’s investment. For example, for the 1-for-5 reverse splits, every five pre-split shares held by a shareholder will result in the receipt of one post-split share, which will be priced five times higher than the pre-split shares.
|DUG||UltraShort Oil & Gas||1:5||74347R586||74347X591|
|EEV||UltraShort MSCI Emerging Markets||1:5||74347R354||74347X575|
|FXP||UltraShort FTSE/Xinhua China 25||1:5||74347R321||74347X567|
|SMN||UltraShort Basic Materials||1:5||74347R651||74347X617|
|SRS||UltraShort Real Estate||1:5||74347R552||74347X583|
|URE||Ultra Real Estate||1:5||74347R677||74347X625|
For shareholders who hold quantities of shares that are not an exact multiple of the reverse split ratio (for example: a multiple of 5 for a 1-to-5 split), the reverse splits will result in the creation of fractional shares. Post-split fractional shares will be redeemed for cash. This redemption may cause some shareholders to realize gains or losses, which could be a taxable event for those shareholders.
Illustration of a Reverse Split
The following table shows the effect of a hypothetical 1-for-5 reverse split:
Hypothetical Example of 1-for-5 Reverse Split:
# of Shares
|Value of Shares|
|Pre-Split||100||$ 9.00||$ 900.00|
|Post-Split||20||$ 45.00||$ 900.00|
ProShares is part of ProFunds Group, the leader in leveraged and inverse funds.1 ProShares introduced the first leveraged and inverse ETFs in the U.S. in 2006. Since 1997, ProFunds mutual funds have provided investors with access to sophisticated investment strategies.
For more information, please visit proshares.com or call 866-776-5125.
Most ProShares ETFs and many ProFunds employ leveraged investment techniques that magnify gains and losses, and result in greater volatility in value. Each Short or Ultra ProShares ETF and leveraged or inverse ProFund seeks a return that is a multiple or inverse multiple (e.g., -200%) of the return of an index or other benchmark (target) for a single day, before fees and expenses. Due to the compounding of daily returns, Short or Ultra ProShares’ and leveraged and inverse ProFunds’ returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the target return for the same period. Investors should monitor holdings consistent with their strategies, as frequently as daily. For more on correlation, leverage and other risks, please read the ProShares or ProFunds prospectus.
1 Source: Lipper, based on a worldwide analysis of all of the known providers of funds in these categories. The analysis covered ETFs, ETNs and mutual funds by the number of funds and assets (as of 6/30/2009).
All investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. ProShares entail certain risks, including the use of aggressive investment techniques (futures contracts, options, forward contracts, swap agreements and similar instruments), imperfect benchmark correlation, leverage and market-price variance risks, all of which can increase volatility and decrease performance. ProShares are non-diversified and narrowly focused investments typically exhibit higher volatility. Short ProShares should lose value when their market indexes rise. There is no guarantee that any ProShares ETF will achieve its investment objective.
Carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of ProShares and ProFunds before investing. This and other information can be found in their summary and full prospectuses. Read them carefully before investing. For ProShares ETF prospectuses visit proshares.com. For ProFunds mutual fund prospectuses visit profunds.com.
“ProFunds Group” includes ProFunds mutual funds and ProShares ETFs. ProFunds Distributors, Inc. is distributor for ProFunds mutual funds. ProShares ETFs registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co., which is not affiliated with ProFunds Group or its affiliates.
MSCI, MSCI Inc. and MSCI Index are service marks of MSCI. "FTSE/Xinhua China 25” is a trademark of FTSE/Xinhua Index Limited ("FXI"). All have been licensed for use by ProShares. "FTSE®" is a trademark of the London Stock Exchange PLC and The Financial Times Limited and is used by FXI under license. "Xinhua®" is a trademark of Xinhua Finance Limited and is used by FXI under license. ProShares have not been passed on by these entities or their subsidiaries or affiliates as to their legality or suitability. ProShares are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by these entities or their subsidiaries or affiliates, and they make no representation regarding the advisability of investing in these products. THESE ENTITIES AND THEIR SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES MAKE NO WARRANTIES AND BEAR NO LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO PROSHARES.
Tucker Hewes, 212-207-9451
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