Harvest Portfolios Group Inc.

Harvest Portfolios Group Inc.
Brand Leaders Plus Income Fund
TSX : HBF.UN

Brand Leaders Plus Income Fund

August 12, 2014 09:06 ET

Brand Leaders Plus Income Fund Raises an Additional $2,150,000 for Total Gross Proceeds of Approximately $50,150,000 as the Over-Allotment Option is Exercised by the Agents

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 12, 2014) - Harvest Portfolios Group Inc. (the "Manager") is pleased to announce that Brand Leaders Plus Income Fund (the "Fund") issued an additional 215,000 Class A Units of the Fund today pursuant to the exercise of the over-allotment option by the syndicate of agents. Total gross proceeds raised by the Fund in its initial public offering were approximately $50,150,000. The Class A Units are now trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HBF.UN.

The Fund's investment objectives are to provide unitholders with (i) monthly cash distributions; (ii) the opportunity for capital appreciation; and (iii) lower overall volatility of portfolio returns than would otherwise be experienced by owning equity securities of Brand Leaders directly.

To seek to achieve its investment objectives, the Fund invests in an equally-weighted portfolio of equity securities of 20 Brand Leaders from the Brand Leaders Investable Universe that have a market capitalization of at least US$10 billion at the time of investment and meet certain investment characteristics.

In order to seek to generate additional returns, Highstreet Asset Management Inc. (the "Investment Manager" or "Highstreet") may sell call options each month on up to 33% of each equity security held in the portfolio.

Highstreet is responsible for the execution of the Fund's overall investment strategy, including managing the composition of the portfolio.

The indicative distribution amount is $0.0542 per Class A Unit per month ($0.65 per annum representing an annual cash distribution of 6.5% based on the $10.00 per Class A Unit issue price) or US$0.0542 per Class U Unit per month (US$0.65 per annum representing an annual cash distribution of 6.5% based on the US$10.00 per Class U Unit issue price). The initial cash distribution is anticipated to be payable on or before September 15, 2014 to Unitholders of record on August 29, 2014.

The syndicate of agents was co-led by CIBC, BMO Capital Markets and Scotia Capital Inc., and included National Bank Financial Inc., Canaccord Genuity Corp., Desjardins Securities Inc., GMP Securities L.P., Raymond James Ltd., Dundee Securities Ltd., Global Securities Corporation, Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. and Mackie Research Capital Corporation (collectively, the "Agents").

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP acted as counsel for the Fund and the Manager and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP acted as counsel for the Agents.

Certain statements included in this news release constitute forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, those identified by the expressions "expect", "intend", "will" and similar expressions to the extent they relate to the Fund, the Manager and/or the Investment Manager. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts but reflect the Fund's, the Manager's, and/or the Investment Manager's current expectations regarding future results or events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Although the Fund, the Manager, and/or the Investment Manager believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein. The Fund, the Manager and/or the Investment Manager undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement or information whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors which affect this information, except as required by law.

All capitalized terms noted herein but not defined are as defined in the Fund's prospectus dated June 26, 2014.

For additional information or a copy of the Prospectus, please contact your registered financial advisor.

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