Horizons ETFs Announces Estimated 2013 Annual Capital Gains Distributions

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. ("Horizons ETFs") announces today the estimated capital gains to be distributed to unitholders of certain of the exchange traded funds managed by it and its affiliate AlphaPro Management Inc. (the "ETFs") for the 2013 tax year as indicated in the table below. With respect to the Horizons BetaPro family of leveraged, inverse, inverse leveraged, volatility and single ETFs, this is expected to be the seventh consecutive year with no capital gains distributions. This includes the Horizons S&P/TSX 60TM Index ETF and the Horizons S&P 500® ETF, which have both completed 3 full calendar years of operations since their inception without any capital gains distributions to unitholders.

Please note that these are estimated amounts only. Circumstances may arise which could cause these estimates to change before an ETF's tax year ends on December 15, 2013 and December 31, 2013, as applicable.

Each of the ETFs is required to distribute any net income and capital gains that is has earned in the year. The final annual capital gains distributions will not be paid in cash but will be reinvested and reported as taxable distributions, and will be used to increase each unitholder's adjusted cost base for the respective ETF. These estimated amounts are for the annual capital gains distributions and do not include any estimates of the regular monthly or quarterly cash distributions, as applicable, including those capital gains that may form part of the monthly distributions for the Horizons Enhanced Income ETFs or Horizons Yield ETFs.

Horizons ETFs expects to announce the final year-end income and capital gains distribution amounts, as well as regular monthly or quarterly distribution amounts, on or about December 18 and 19, 2013. The ex-dividend date for these distributions is anticipated to be December 27, 2013, for all unitholders of record on December 31, 2013. In early 2014, the tax characteristics of all distributions for 2013 for the ETFs will be reported to brokers via CDS.

ETF Name Ticker
Symbol
Estimated
Annual
Capital Gain
per Unit as of
Dec. 4, 2013
Net Asset
Value per Unit
as of Dec. 4,
2013
Estimated
Capital
Gains as a %
of NAV as of
Dec. 4, 2013
Horizons Active Diversified Income ETF HAA $0.837 $10.9321 7.65%
HAA.A $0.837 $10.9275 7.66%
Horizons Active Corporate Bond ETF HAB - $10.4922 0.00%
HAB.A - $10.5083 0.00%
Horizons Seasonal Rotation ETF HAC $0.570 $13.8005 4.13%
HAC.A $0.496 $13.6373 3.64%
Horizons Active Cdn Bond ETF HAD -   $9.5742 0.00%
HAD.A -   $9.5743 0.00%
Horizons Active Yield Matched Duration ETF HAF -   $8.2664 0.00%
HAF.A -   $8.2628 0.00%
Horizons Active Emerging Markets Dividend ETF HAJ - $11.0110 0.00%
HAJ.A - $11.0111 0.00%
Horizons Active Cdn Dividend ETF HAL - $12.9850 0.00%
HAL.A - $12.9929 0.00%
Horizons Active Global Dividend ETF HAZ - $14.0885 0.00%
HAZ.A - $14.1032 0.00%
Horizons Active Floating Rate Bond ETF HFR - $10.1366 0.00%
HFR.A - $10.1454 0.00%
Horizons Active US Floating Rate Bond (USD) ETF(1) HUF.U - $10.0684 0.00%
HUF.V - $10.0687 0.00%
Horizons Active Preferred Share ETF HPR -   $9.8790 0.00%
HPR.A -   $9.8939 0.00%
Horizons Active Floating Rate Preferred Share ETF HFP - $10.0231 0.00%
HFP.A - $10.0225 0.00%
Horizons Active High Yield Bond ETF HYI - $10.7590 0.00%
HYI.A - $10.7634 0.00%
Horizons Universa Canadian Black Swan ETF HUT $0.088 $10.6368 0.83%
HUT.A $0.088 $10.6227 0.83%
Horizons Universa US Black Swan ETF(1) HUS.U $1.364 $12.0640 11.31%
HUS.V $1.363 $12.0483 11.31%
Horizons S&P/TSX 60 Equal Weight Index ETF HEW - $11.4569 0.00%
Horizons Morningstar Hedge Fund Index ETF HHF - $11.2683 0.00%
HHF.A - $11.1156 0.00%
Horizons Auspice Managed Futures Index ETF HMF -   $9.2999 0.00%
HMF.A -   $9.1652 0.00%
Horizons Auspice Broad Commodity Index ETF HBR -   $9.5502 0.00%
HBR.A -   $9.4881 0.00%
Horizons Enhanced Income Equity ETF HEX -   $7.0677 0.00%
HEX.A -   $7.0947 0.00%
Horizons Enhanced Income Energy ETF HEE -   $6.0715 0.00%
HEE.A -   $6.1115 0.00%
Horizons Enhanced Income Financials ETF HEF -   $8.7771 0.00%
HEF.A -   $8.8140 0.00%
Horizons Enhanced Income Gold Producers ETF HEP -   $5.7092 0.00%
HEP.A -   $5.6831 0.00%
Horizons Enhanced Income International Equity ETF HEJ -   $8.4614 0.00%
HEJ.A -   $8.4601 0.00%
Horizons Enhanced Income US Equity (USD) ETF(1) HEA.U - $11.2119 0.00%
HEA.V - $11.2150 0.00%
Horizons Enhanced US Equity Income ETF HES -   $9.2942 0.00%
HES.A -   $9.2955 0.00%
Horizons Active S&P/TSX 60TM Index Covered Call ETF HAX -   $9.9318 0.00%
HAX.A -   $9.9275 0.00%
Horizons Gold Yield ETF HGY -   $6.4313 0.00%
HGY.A -   $6.4290 0.00%
Horizons Silver Yield ETF HZY -   $5.0760 0.00%
HZY.A -   $5.0753 0.00%
Horizons Crude Oil Yield ETF HOY -   $7.6443 0.00%
HOY.A -   $7.6440 0.00%
Horizons Natural Gas Yield ETF HNY -   $7.7198 0.00%
HNY.A -   $7.7223 0.00%

(1) Distributions, if any, for Horizons Active US Floating Rate Bond (USD) ETF, Horizons Universa US Black
Swan ETF and Horizons Enhanced Income US Equity (USD) ETF are declared and paid in U.S. dollars.


Reasons for the larger estimated capital gains distribution for:

HAA / HAA.A

Horizons Active Diversified Income ETF realized a number of capital gains from long-time holdings at the beginning of 2013 when the portfolio was rebalanced upon Horizons Investment Management Inc. assuming the portfolio management responsibilities from the ETF's previous investment sub-advisor. Since then, PŮR Investing Inc. was appointed as sub-advisor to the ETF effective September 19, 2013.

HUS.U / HUS.V

Horizons Universa US Black Swan ETF realized capital gains consistently throughout the year largely as a result of the ETF's objective to capture the performance of the S&P 500®, which has returned 26.6% year to date to the end of November. The ETF also maintains an actively managed basket of put and call options (the "US Black Swan Overlay") that seeks to provide protection from significant market declines over rolling one-month periods and seeks to reduce the overall volatility of returns of the ETF. The capital gains realized on the US Black Swan Overlay are the largest contributor to the estimated capital gains distribution.

Certain  statements  may  constitute  a  forward  looking  statement,  including  those  identified  by  the expressions "estimate" or "expect" and similar expressions (including grammatical variations thereof) to the extent they relate to the ETFs or Horizons ETFs. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts but reflect the ETFs, the ETF's managers or Horizons ETFs 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. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on the ETFs' forward looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and the ETFs do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that is contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investments in the ETFs. The ETFs are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Please read the prospectus before investing.

About Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (www.HorizonsETFs.com)

Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. and its affiliate AlphaPro Management Inc. are innovative financial services companies offering the Horizons ETFs family of exchange-traded funds. The Horizons ETFs family includes a broadly diversified range of investment tools with solutions for investors of all experience levels to meet their investment objectives in a variety of market conditions. With approximately $4.4 billion in assets under management and 73 ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Horizons ETFs family makes up one of the largest families of ETFs in Canada. Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. and AlphaPro Management Inc. are members of the Mirae Asset Financial Group.

SOURCE Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.

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Martin Fabregas, Investor Relations, (416) 601-2508 or 1-866-641-5739.