CI Financial posts asset growth of $2.9 billion in April



    TSX Symbol: CIX

    TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ - CI Financial Corp. ("CI") today reported gross
sales of $575 million and net sales of $59 million in April. Assets under
management increased by $2.9 billion or 5.4% over the month to $56.1 billion
at April 30, 2009. Total fee-earning assets were $82.1 billion, an increase of
$4.1 billion or 5.2%.
    "This is the second straight month where assets have grown by more than
5%, resulting in CI's assets under management increasing by about $6 billion
since February 28," said Stephen A. MacPhail, CI President. "This is very
positive news for investors in our funds as the gains reflect significantly
improved equity values since early March."
    CI subsidiaries CI Investments Inc. and United Financial Corporation had
combined retail net sales of $82 million in long-term funds and net
redemptions of $23 million in money market funds.
    Also in March, CI Investments completed the initial public offering of
Trident Performance Corp. II for total gross proceeds of $44 million. (This
amount is not included in CI's sales but is reflected in assets under
management for structured products.) The closed-end fund, which trades on the
TSX under the symbol TCZ, provides exposure to a portfolio managed by Trident
Investment Management, LLC of New York, which is led by Chief Investment
Officer Nandu Narayanan.
    Assets under management at April 30, 2009, consisted of investment funds
at CI Investments and United Financial of $51.7 billion, institutional assets
of $3.9 billion and structured product assets of $439 million. CI also
reported assets under administration of $25.2 billion, which consisted of
$18.6 billion in assets under administration at Assante Wealth Management
(Canada) Ltd. and $6.6 billion in assets under administration at Blackmont
Capital Inc. Other fee-earning assets totalled $834 million.
    In other developments in March, Lipper announced that CI Investments had
received 11 Lipper Fund Awards. The Lipper Fund Awards program highlights
funds that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted
performance, relative to peers. Lipper, a Thomson Reuters company, is a global
fund research and analysis organization.
    "These awards provide additional recognition of the strength of CI's
lineup of portfolio managers, and are consistent with CI's long-time
leadership in having the most funds with four and five-star ratings from
Morningstar Canada," Mr. MacPhail said.
    Additional information about CI's sales, assets and financial position
can be found below in the tables of preliminary statistics and on its website,
www.ci.com/cix, in the Statistics section. The sales and assets reported in
this release are the only statistics authorized by CI and CI takes no
responsibility for reporting by any external sources.

    
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                             CI FINANCIAL CORP.
                               April 30, 2009
                            MONTH-END STATISTICS
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    MONTHLY SALES DATA       GROSS SALES       REDEMPTIONS         NET SALES
    RETAIL MANAGED FUNDS     (millions)         (millions)        (millions)
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    Long-term funds              $492              $410               $82
    Short-term funds              $83              $106              -$23
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    TOTAL RETAIL FUNDS           $575              $516               $59
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    FEE-EARNING ASSETS                   March 31/09   April 30/09       %
                                         (millions)    (millions)     Change
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    Retail managed funds                   $49,152       $51,728        5.2%
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    Structured products                        379           439       15.8%
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    TOTAL retail assets under management   $49,531       $52,167        5.3%
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    Institutional managed assets             3,667         3,917        6.8%
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    TOTAL assets under management          $53,198       $56,084        5.4%
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    Assante assets under administration(*)  17,680        18,617        5.3%
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    Blackmont assets under administration    6,225         6,566        5.5%
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    TOTAL assets under administration      $23,905       $25,183        5.3%
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    CI other fee-earning assets                942           834      -11.5%
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    TOTAL FEE-EARNING ASSETS               $78,045       $82,101        5.2%
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    MONTHLY AVERAGE RETAIL               March 31/09   April 30/09       %
    ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT              (millions)    (millions)     Change
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    Monthly average retail assets          $47,828       $51,480        7.6%
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    QUARTERLY AVERAGE RETAIL             March 31/09   April 30/09       %
    ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT              (millions)    (millions)     Change
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    Quarterly average retail assets        $48,681       $51,480        5.7%
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    FISCAL AVERAGE RETAIL ASSETS       December 31/08  April 30/09       %
    UNDER MANAGEMENT                     (millions)    (millions)     Change
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    Fiscal year average retail assets      $60,208       $49,381      -18.0%
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    EQUITY                                 FINANCIAL POSITION
                                           (millions unless otherwise
                                           indicated)
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    Total outstanding shares  293,518,840  Bank debt                    $920
    QTD weighted avg. shares  292,489,138  Cash and marketable
    Yield at $15.70                  3.1%   securities                   (43)
    In-the-money options        5,344,503  ----------------------------------
    Percentage of all options         74%  Net debt outstanding         $877
    All options % of shares          2.5%  ----------------------------------
                                           In-the-money option liability
                                            (net of tax)                 $13
                                           Terminal redemption value
                                            of funds                    $795
                                           Quarter-to-date equity-based
                                            compensation(xx)              $2
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    (*)  Includes CI and United Financial investment fund assets administered
         by Assante advisors.
    (xx) Estimate partially based on marked-to-market pre-tax option expense
         accrual from change in share price and vesting from last quarter-end
         ($13.99) to April 30, 2009 ($15.70).

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    GEOGRAPHIC EXPOSURE OF AUM
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    Canada                      46%             Asia                      3%
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    United States               24%             Other                     4%
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    Europe                       9%             Cash                     14%
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    CI Financial Corp. (TSX: CIX) is an independent, Canadian-owned wealth
management company. CI offers a broad range of investment products and
services, including an industry-leading selection of investment funds, and is
on the Web at www.ci.com/cix.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to CI
and its products and services, including its business operations and strategy
and financial performance and condition. Although management believes that the
expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such
statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ
materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations
include, among other things, general economic and market factors, including
interest rates, business competition, changes in government regulations or in
tax laws, and other factors discussed in materials filed with applicable
securities regulatory authorities from time to time.




For further information:

For further information: Stephen A. MacPhail, President, CI Financial
Corp., (416) 364-1145


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