YEARS Financial Trust

YEARS Financial Trust
Dividend Growth Split Corp.

Dividend Growth Split Corp.

December 01, 2008 16:44 ET

YEARS Financial Trust Unitholders Approve Merger Into Dividend Growth Split Corp.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2008) - At a special meeting of unitholders held today, YEARS Financial Trust ("YTU") (TSX:YTU.UN) unitholders approved the extraordinary resolution to merge into Dividend Growth Split Corp. ("DGS") (TSX:DGS)(TSX:DGS.PR.A).

The merger was proposed to address the economic inefficiencies of operating a small investment fund like YTU and to provide investors with a high quality portfolio at a low cost.

DGS invests on an equally weighted basis in a portfolio of large capitalization Canadian equities that have among the highest dividend growth rates on the TSX and utilizes a split share structure. The merger is expected to provide YTU unitholders with the following benefits:

- Lower General and Administration Costs per Unit: DGS offers lower general and administration costs per unit than YTU and these costs are expected to decrease further after the merger is completed due to the larger combined fund size.

- Lower Management Fee: DGS offers a lower management fee of 0.60% per annum as compared to the YTU management fee of 0.85% per annum.

- Enhanced Liquidity: Following the merger, DGS will have a larger market capitalization and a greater number of securities and securityholders than YTU, which is expected to provide enhanced liquidity. In addition, DGS offers quarterly redemptions at net asset value less costs, whereas YTU only offers redemptions at net asset value less costs on an annual basis.

- Diversified Portfolio: DGS's portfolio includes 19 blue-chip Canadian equities and is invested in equities of financial, utilities, telecommunication and energy issuers, providing greater diversification by number of securities and by industry sectors.

The effective date of the merger is expected to be December 31, 2008 subject to applicable regulatory approvals.

Under the merger proposal, unitholders of YTU will receive units of DGS (each unit consisting of one DGS Preferred Share and one DGS Class A Share) and the number of DGS units to be received will be based on the relative net asset values per unit of each fund. The merger is expected to be a taxable transaction for YTU unitholders. For a copy of the information circular that was previously mailed to unitholders concerning the merger proposal or additional information regarding the Funds including information on the tax consequences of the merger, please visit our website at or consult your investment advisor.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information may relate to matters disclosed in this press release and to other matters identified in public filings relating to the funds, to the future outlook of the funds and anticipated events or results and may include statements regarding the future financial performance of the funds. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by terms such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue" or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Actual results may vary from such forward-looking information for a variety of reasons, including those set forth below.

Forward-looking statements in this press release include among other things, the proposed timing of the merger and the expected completion thereof; the expected benefits of the merger; and the funds that are proposed to be merged. These statements are based on certain factors and assumptions. In arriving at our conclusions regarding the proposed timing of the merger, we have assumed that any regulatory approvals and third party consents and actions are given or carried out (as the case may be) in a timely manner. Our expectations regarding the merger are based on a single fund being more cost effective to operate and a larger fund having greater trading volume and liquidity. While we consider these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to us, they may prove to be incorrect. There are no assurances that the actual outcomes will match the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from what we currently expect. These factors include changes in market and competition, governmental or regulatory developments and general economic conditions. Other than as required under securities laws, we do not undertake to update this information at any particular time.

Contact Information

  • Brompton Funds Management Limited
    David E. Roode
    Senior Vice President
    (416) 642-6008