Global Diversified Investment Grade Income Trust - Special Measures for the 2013 Annual Redemption and Early Termination of the Financial Contracts

MONTREAL, Aug. 2, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Global Diversified Investment Grade Income Trust ("Global DIGIT" or the "Trust") announces today enhanced tendering procedures. These procedures have been established by its Trustee for this year's annual redemption of Global DIGIT Units to help Unitholders in deciding whether or not to participate in the 2013 redemption process. This press release summarizes both the special procedures which have been adopted this year for the benefit of Unitholders and the existing procedures for an annual redemption. The Trust also announces that further to Deutsche Bank A.G. Canada Branch ("Deutsche Bank") election to early terminate the Financial Contracts in September 2014, it is anticipated that the liquidation process of the Trust will start shortly thereafter.

The highlights of the information contained in this press release are as follows:

  • Special measures have been established following an agreement with Deutsche Bank and National Bank of Canada ("National Bank") to provide the Trust with indicative and firm bids for the unwind of the Financial Contracts and the Permitted Investments in relation to the 2013 annual redemption and to maintain those firm bids until August 30, 2013.

  • The annual redemption date for 2013 is August 30. The payment date for the redeemed Units is September 16, 2013.

  • An indicative annual redemption price will be announced by press release on August 26, 2013 at the close of markets.

  • The definitive annual redemption price will be announced by press release on August 29, 2013 before the opening of the markets.

  • Unitholders will have until 4:00 p.m. EDT on August 30, 2013 to tender their Units or withdraw their Units tendered under the 2013 annual redemption process.

  • Deutsche Bank has confirmed that it will terminate the Financial Contracts on September 9, 2014, leaving approximately 13 months to maturity and the expected redemption price at such date should be approximately $9.50 per Unit, in the absence of any default in the portfolios up to September 9, 2014 leading to losses for the Trust. Shortly thereafter, the Trust will start its liquidation process.

Special Procedures Adopted for the 2013 Annual Redemption Privilege

As further described below, key components in establishing the Unwind Price are the bids received by Deutsche Bank and National Bank to unwind the applicable portion of the credit default swap agreements between Deutsche Bank and the Trust (the "Financial Contracts") and of the debt securities given as collateral to secure the Trust's obligations under the Financial Contracts (the "Permitted Investments") in connection with the annual redemption.

Determination of the Annual Redemption Price. For the 2013's annual redemption, the Trustee has obtained confirmation from each of Deutsche Bank and National Bank to provide to the Trust their respective indicative bid on August 26, 2013 and their firm respective bid in support of the annual redemption privilege, on August 29, 2013 and maintain such firm bids until the close of business on August 30, 2013. Ordinarily, the bids are established only following the completion of the tendering process on the last business day of August of each year (an "Annual Redemption Date") when all values are established by Deutsche Bank and National Bank. Because the bids for this year's annual redemption will be received without the benefit of all of this information and remained committed while market factors may change, it is understood that the bid prices may reflect the cost of the added market risk being borne by Deutsche Bank and National Bank.

The Trustee intends to communicate the indicative annual redemption price for the 2013 annual redemption by press release on August 26, 2013 at the close of markets and the final annual redemption price by press release on August 29, 2013 before the opening of the markets. Such firm bids will be held until the close of business on August 30, 2013. The press releases for each of the indicative annual redemption price and final annual redemption price bids will be posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the web site info.fbn.ca/trusts.

Extended Tendering and Withdrawal Times.  For the 2013 annual redemption privilege, the Trustee will enable Unitholders to tender their Units for redemption up to 4:00 p.m. EDT on August 30, 2013 (the "Tendering/Withdrawal Deadline"). In addition, the Trustee will permit Unitholders who have previously tendered their Units for redemption to withdraw their Units up to the Tendering/Withdrawal Deadline.

Existing Annual Redemption Procedure

Under the existing annual redemption process, Unitholders must irrevocably surrender Units for redemption without prior knowledge of the price at which they will be redeemed. More specifically, Units of the Trust must be surrendered for an annual redemption by Unitholders at any time prior to 4:00 p.m. on the 20th business day immediately preceding the Annual Redemption Date, while the redemption price is only established as of the Annual Redemption Date.

For 2013, the Annual Redemption Date is August 30, 2013. Apart from the special procedures, the final date to tender Units for redemption would have been August 2, 2013.

Annual Redemption Price

The redemption price per Unit tendered is equal to the annual redemption price, being a price equal to the Unwind Price per Unit as of the Annual Redemption Date.

The Unwind Price is equal to the sum of (i) the bid price received by the Trust from Deutsche Bank to terminate the applicable portion of the Financial Contracts and (ii) the market value of such portion of the Permitted Investments as determined by National Bank, less the unwind costs. The unwind costs are equal to the sum of all applicable costs and expenses of Deutsche Bank including applicable hedge termination costs incurred to unwind a portion of the Financial Contracts (including hedge termination costs), any unamortized issuance costs and the pro rata share amongst the Unitholders who have surrendered their Units for redemption of any current or future operating costs of the Trust which would dilute the value of the remaining Units as a result of the redemption of Units, up to the liquidation of the Trust (calculated on a present value basis).

Any unpaid monthly distribution which might be payable to holders of Units of record on a record date which falls on or before an Annual Redemption Date, on which Units are redeemed (or would be redeemed but for the Trust's election to recirculate such Units) will be paid on the Units tendered for redemption.

Tender/Withdrawal Procedure

The tender/withdrawal procedure remains unchanged.

A Unitholder who wishes to tender Units for redemption must cause a broker, dealer, bank or other financial institution participating (a "CDS Participant") in the book-entry system maintained by CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. ("CDS") to deliver to CDS (at its office in the City of Montreal, Québec or Toronto, Ontario) on behalf of the Unitholder a written redemption notice no later than the Tendering/Withdrawal Deadline. A Unitholder who wishes to have Units redeemed should ensure that the CDS Participant is provided with instructions sufficiently in advance of the Tendering/Withdrawal Deadline to permit the CDS Participant to deliver a notice to CDS by the Tendering/Withdrawal Deadline. Similarly, a Unitholder who has tendered Units for redemption but wishes to withdraw such tendered Units should ensure that a CDS Participant is notified of the Unitholder's intention sufficiently before the Tendering/Withdrawal Deadline in order for that CDS Participant to notify CDS before the Tendering/Withdrawal Deadline. Any Unitholder who does not cause a CDS Participant to tender it's Units before the Tendering/Withdrawal Deadline will not be able to have such Units redeemed as part of the 2013 annual redemption process, and any Unitholder who has submitted Units for redemption in connection with the 2013 annual redemption process but elects to withdraw them subsequently must take the necessary steps prior to the Tendering/Withdrawal Deadline or such Units will be redeemed at the annual redemption price.

To initiate the tender or withdrawal procedure, Unitholders should contact their investment advisor.

The time period between the announcement of the annual redemption price for the 2013 annual redemption and the deadline to tender Units, or, as the case may be, withdraw Units previously tendered for redemption, is very short. As a result, Unitholders are encouraged to consult with their investment advisor in advance of the announcement of the 2013 indicative annual redemption price and to consider the press releases announcing the indicative annual redemption price and the definitive 2013 annual redemption price.

No recommendation

The boards of directors of the Trustee makes no recommendation regarding whether any Unitholder should continue to hold their Units, sell their Units in the market, or tender their Units for redemption under the annual redemption. These are determinations that Unitholders should make in consultation with their own financial and tax advisors.

Early Termination of the Financial Contracts

The Financial Contracts had a scheduled termination date of September 9, 2014 but Deutsche Bank had an option to extend such contracts on a quarterly basis for a period up to September 9, 2016. As earlier disclosed, Deutsche Bank confirmed that it will not exercise its privilege to extend the Financial Contracts. In the absence of any default in the portfolios leading to losses for the Trust up to September 9, 2014, it is expected that the redemption price of the Units at the maturity should be approximately $ 9.50 per Unit.

About Global DIGIT

Global DIGIT provides an economic interest in a mezzanine tranche of credit default swap agreements in respect of portfolios of synthetic corporate exposures, mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and structured finance securities.

SOURCE Global Diversified Investment Grade Income Trust

For further information:

Louis Arteau : (514) 394-7563  
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