Benvest New Look Income Fund

Benvest New Look Income Fund

December 18, 2009 11:04 ET

Benvest New Look Income Fund Announces Monthly Distribution for December 2009

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2009) - Benvest New Look Income Fund (TSX:BCI.UN) (the "Fund") today announced that a cash distribution of $0.0542 per unit has been declared for the period of December 1st through December 31st, 2009. The distribution will be paid on January 20th, 2010 to unitholders of record at the close of business on December 31st, 2009. The distribution of $0.0542 per unit includes for tax purposes a portion of $0.0173 as "eligible dividend" and a portion of $0.0022 as "ordinary dividend", the difference being "other income".

The Fund's operating subsidiary, New Look Eyewear Inc., has also declared dividends for December 2009 on its exchangeable shares totaling $0.0426 per exchangeable share, payable on January 20th, 2010 to the holders of exchangeable shares of record as at the close of business on December 31st, 2009. In accordance with requirements of Canada Revenue Agency, the corporation notifies its shareholders that one of the dividends in the amount of $0.0378 per exchangeable share is an "eligible dividend" for tax purposes, i.e. a dividend entitling shareholders who are Canadian resident individuals to a higher dividend tax credit. The exchangeable shares, which are not freely tradable, have been exchangeable on a one-for-one basis into units of the Fund since May 1st, 2006.

On May 1, 2005, Benvest Capital Inc. was converted into an income trust named the Benvest New Look Income Fund, the purpose of which is to hold securities of New Look Eyewear Inc. This subsidiary is a leading enterprise in the eye care industry in Eastern Canada, with growth opportunities based on demographic trends and the consolidation of the industry in Canada. As of November 30th, 2009, 6,139,328 units of the Fund were issued and outstanding. In addition, 3,870,404 exchangeable shares (on a consolidated basis) of the subsidiary were also issued and outstanding.

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements that reflect the current views and / or expectations of Benvest New Look Income Fund with respect to its performance, business, and future events. Such statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Actual results and events may vary. The statements contained in this release are not to be construed as tax advice and holders of units and exchangeable shares should seek their own independent tax advice.

Contact Information

  • Benvest New Look Income Fund
    Lise Melanson
    514-877-4299, ext. 2234