Sentry Select Capital Corp.

Sentry Select Capital Corp.


June 12, 2007 15:07 ET

Strategic Energy Fund (TSX:SEF.UN) Announces Intention to Make Normal Course Issuer Bid

TORONTO, ONTARIO and CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2007) -

Strategic Energy Management Corp. (the "Manager")(TSX:SEF.UN), the manager of Strategic Energy Fund (the "Fund"), announces that the Fund intends to purchase up to 2,844,153 of the units of the Fund (the "Units") for cancellation by way of a normal course issuer bid through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "Exchange"). The 2,844,153 Units represent approximately 10% of the public float of the Fund. As of June 12, 2007, 31,043,037 Units are issued and outstanding. The public float of 28,441,533 Units has been calculated as the issued and outstanding Units less Units held by insiders of the Fund.

The purchases may commence on June 14, 2007 and will terminate on June 13, 2008, or on such earlier date as the Fund may complete its purchase or provide notice of termination. Any such purchases will be made by the Fund at the prevailing market price at the time of such purchases in accordance with the requirements of the Exchange.

Pursuant to a Trust Agreement, the Fund is permitted, but not required, to purchase Units at prices equal to or less than 90% of the latest determined net asset value ("NAV") per Unit, not exceeding 1.25% of the number of Units outstanding in any calendar quarter, subject to the maximum number of Units described above.

In the 12 months preceding the date of this release, the Fund has purchased for cancellation 152,098 Units pursuant to a mandatory buy-back program at an average price of $9.2284.

To the knowledge of the Manager, no director, senior officer or other insider of the Manager intends at present to sell any Units under this bid. However, sales by such persons through the facilities of the Exchange or elsewhere may occur if the circumstances or decisions of any such person change. The benefits to any such person whose Units are purchased would be the same as the benefits available to all other holders whose Units are purchased.

Strategic Energy Fund

Strategic Energy Fund is an investment trust that seeks to provide unitholders with superior rates of return through a diversification strategy focused on investment opportunities within the Canadian energy sector. The Fund invests in established companies, early-stage energy companies and, to a lesser extent, special energy issuers, each with prospects for high growth in the near to medium term and the potential for long-term capital appreciation.

The Fund's investments in established companies, including energy royalty and income trusts, are made with a view to generate sufficient income to permit the Fund to make monthly cash distributions to unitholders.

Investments in early-stage energy companies are focused on both private and public issuers with strong, experienced management teams that have proven track records of enhancing shareholder value and successfully executing exit strategies. As well, the Fund may invest in undervalued issuers where Sentry Select Capital Corp., the investment advisor to the Fund, believes that capital appreciation can be realized.

Trading information and NAV

Strategic Energy Fund units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SEF.UN.

Sentry Select Capital Corp.

Sentry Select Capital Corp. is a Canadian wealth management company that manages over $8 billion in gross assets as of April 30, 2007. The company offers a diverse range of investment products including closed-end trusts, mutual funds, principal-protected notes and flow-through limited partnerships, covering a variety of domestic and global mandates. Sentry Select Capital Corp. provides management and advisory services to 32 exchange-listed entities.

Forward-looking statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the future performance of the Fund, including the potential for future purchases under the normal course issuer bid. These statements reflect Sentry Select's current expectations, but are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Due to the many risks and uncertainties, Sentry Select cannot assure that the forward-looking statements contained in this news release will be realized.

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