Global Healthcare Income & Growth Fund

Global Healthcare Income & Growth Fund

October 15, 2015 08:38 ET

Global Healthcare Income & Growth Fund Closes Overallotment

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 15, 2015) -


Brompton Funds Limited (the "Manager") is pleased to announce that Global Healthcare Income & Growth Fund (the "Fund") (TSX:HIG.UN) has completed the issuance of a further 150,000 units at $10.00 per unit for total gross proceeds of approximately $1.5 million. This issuance was pursuant to the exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the agents in connection with the Fund's recently completed initial public offering. With the exercise of the over-allotment option, total gross proceeds raised by the Fund pursuant to the initial public offering are approximately $65.5 million. The units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HIG.UN.

The initial distribution target for the Fund is $0.05 per unit per month representing an initial yield on the unit subscription price of 6.0% per annum.

The Fund has been created to provide investors with exposure to an equal-weight portfolio of equity securities of large capitalization global healthcare companies. To be considered for inclusion in the portfolio, at the time of investment and at the time of each periodic reconstitution and rebalancing, each healthcare company comprising the portfolio must (i) have a market capitalization of at least U.S.$5 billion, and (ii) have options in respect of their equity securities listed on a recognized options exchange. After applying the above mentioned criteria, the Manager will select global healthcare companies which represent attractive investment opportunities for the portfolio, giving consideration to the following metrics (among others, as applicable): (i) valuation; (ii) growth prospects; (iii) profitability; (iv) liquidity; (v) balance sheet strength; and (vi) dividend yield.

The Manager expects that between 20 and 30, but no less than 20, healthcare companies will comprise the portfolio. The initial indicative portfolio included Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie Inc., Allergan plc, Amgen Inc., Anthem Inc., Bayer AG, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Cardinal Health Inc., Celgene Corporation, Gilead Sciences Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc, Johnson & Johnson, McKesson Corporation, Merck & Co., Novartis AG, Pfizer Inc., Quest Diagnostics Inc., Roche Holding AG, Sanofi S.A., United Therapeutics Corporation, and UnitedHealth Group Inc. Following the initial closing of the IPO, the Manager added two additional healthcare companies to the Fund's portfolio: Stryker Corp., and Universal Health Services Inc.

The portfolio will be rebalanced and reconstituted at least semi-annually. The Manager will write covered call options from time to time on up to, but not more than, 33% of the portfolio, in order to earn option premiums and lower the overall volatility of returns associated with owning a portfolio of equity securities. The Manager will seek to hedge substantially all of the portfolio's foreign currency exposure back to the Canadian dollar.

The syndicate of agents was led by RBC Capital Markets, CIBC and Scotiabank and included BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc., TD Securities Inc., GMP Securities L.P., Raymond James Ltd., Canaccord Genuity Corp., Desjardins Securities Inc., Dundee Securities Ltd., Haywood Securities Inc., Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. and Mackie Research Capital Corporation.

About Brompton Funds

Brompton Funds is a member of the Brompton Group, a provider of investment management and portfolio advisory services to TSX-listed investment funds since 2002 with total assets under management of approximately $2.2 billion as of June 30, 2015. Brompton's investment solutions include TSX listed closed-end funds, mutual funds, hedge funds and flow-through limited partnerships. Brompton currently manages over $1.0 billion of assets for funds that employ covered call strategies.

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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 news release and to other matters identified in public filings relating to the Fund, to the future outlook of the Fund and anticipated events or results and may include statements regarding the future financial performance of the Fund. 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. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and we assume no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or any applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities nor will there be any sale of such securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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