US Financial 15 Split Corp.
TSX : FTU
TSX : FTU.PR.A

US Financial 15 Split Corp.

February 18, 2009 16:46 ET

US Financial 15 Split Corp.: Suspension of Dividends

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2009) - US Financial 15 Split Corp. ("the Company") announces that it has suspended its regular monthly dividends effectively immediately for Priority Equity ("Preferred") shareholders in order to preserve cash and to assist in rebuilding the net asset value in an attempt to meet longer term objectives. Since the Preferred shares are cumulative, this suspended dividend (and all subsequent dividends not paid) will be accrued to the benefit of the Preferred shareholders and recorded as a liability in the Company's net asset value. Also, there will not be a distribution paid to Class A Shares for February 27, 2009 as per the Prospectus which states no regular monthly dividends or other distributions will be paid on the Class A Shares in any month as long as the net asset value per unit is equal to or less than $15.00. The net asset value as of February 13, 2009 was $4.17 and has been adversely impacted by the significant declines in the US financial services companies held in the portfolio.

Since inception Class A shareholders have received a total of $3.70 per share and Preferred shareholders have received a total of $2.08 per share, for a combined total of $5.78.

The Company invests in a portfolio consisting of 15 U.S. financial services companies as follows: American Express, American International Group, Bank of America, Citigroup, Fifth Third Bancorp, The Goldman Sachs Group, J.P. Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, PNC Bank, SunTrust Banks, U.S. Bancorp, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo. Shares held within the Portfolio are expected to range between 4-8% in weight but may vary from time to time.

Contact Information

  • US Financial 15 Split Corp.
    Investor Relations
    (416) 304-4443 or Toll Free: 1-877-4-Quadra (1-877-478-2372)
    Website: www.financial15.com