AIC Global Financial Split Corp. Announces Distribution

TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - AIC Global Financial Split Corp. (TSX: ASC/ASC.PR.A) (the "Corporation") today announced that an accrued quarterly cash distribution in the amount of $0.08798 per Preferred Share of the Corporation will be included in the final redemption amount to be paid on or about June 6, 2011 to Preferred shareholders of record as of May 31, 2011.  Such distribution will consist of $0.00443 of eligible Canadian dividends and $0.08355 return of capital and has been prorated to reflect the previously announced termination of the Corporation effective May 31, 2011.  Class A shareholders are not entitled to this accrued cash distribution.  It is not expected that the Corporation will declare any special capital gain dividends prior to the final redemption payment.  As previously announced, at a special meeting held on April 4, 2011 the Corporation's shareholders voted to terminate the Corporation effective May 31, 2011, in accordance with its constating documents.  Shareholders need not take any action to receive the final redemption proceeds on termination of the Corporation.  In advance of the termination of the Corporation, the Preferred Shares and the Class A Shares will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange as at the close of trading on May 31, 2011.

A shareholder that has continually held shares since inception will have received in distributions a total of $5.542 per Class A Share and $3.6755 per Preferred Share as of the distribution payment date.

About Manulife Investments

Manulife Investments is the brand name describing certain Canadian subsidiaries and operating divisions of Manulife Financial Corporation that offer personal wealth management products and services in Canada. As one of Canada's leading integrated financial services providers, Manulife Investments offers a variety of products and services including segregated funds, mutual funds, annuities and guaranteed investment contracts. 

About Manulife Financial

Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group operating in 22 countries and territories worldwide. For more than 120 years, clients worldwide have looked to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions.  Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients around the world. We provide asset management services to institutional customers worldwide as well as reinsurance solutions, specializing in life and property and casualty retrocession. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were $478 billion (US$492 billion) as at March 31, 2011. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK.  Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.

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