TORONTO, May 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Manulife Investments is pleased to
announce that a preliminary prospectus for Manulife U.S. Regional Bank
Trust (the "Fund"), a closed-end investment fund, has been filed and
receipted by the securities regulatory authorities of all the Canadian
provinces and territories for an initial public offering (the
"Offering") of Class A Units and Class U Units of the Fund
(collectively, the "Units") at a price of $10.00 per Class A Unit and
US$10.00 per Class U Unit.
The Fund has been created to invest in an actively managed portfolio
(the "Portfolio") comprised primarily of securities of U.S. regional
banks and lending companies, including commercial banks and industrial
banks, savings and loan associations, and bank and financial holding
companies. Manulife Asset Management Limited (the "Manager") will act
as trustee, manager and investment manager of the Fund. The Portfolio
will be actively managed by Manulife Asset Management (US) LLC (the
The Fund's investment objectives are to:
Maximize total return through capital appreciation and distributions;
Provide holders of the Units with monthly distributions.
The Fund's initial target distribution amount is expected to be $0.0416
per Class A Unit per month (or $0.50 per annum), and US$0.0416 per
Class U Unit per month (or US$0.50 per annum), representing an initial
yield on the original Unit issue price of 5.00% per annum.
The offering is being conducted by a syndicate of Agents co-led by RBC
Capital Markets and CIBC, that also includes Scotia Capital Inc., TD
Securities Inc., BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Inc., GMP
Securities L.P., Manulife Securities, Raymond James Ltd., Canaccord
Genuity Corp., Desjardins Securities Inc., Dundee Securities Limited
and Mackie Research Capital Corporation.
A preliminary prospectus containing important information relating to
these securities has been filed with securities commissions or similar
authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada. The
prospectus is still subject to completion or amendment. Copies of the
preliminary prospectus may be obtained from one of the dealers noted
above. There will not be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy
the securities until a receipt for the final prospectus has been
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a
solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Fund's securities set out
herein in the United States.
For more information, please contact Manulife Customer Service at
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements included in this news release constitute
forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, those
identified by the expressions "expect", "intend", "will" and similar
expressions to the extent they relate to the Fund, the Manager and/or
the Advisor. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts
but reflect the Fund's, the Manager's, and/or the Advisor's 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. Although the Fund, the Manager, and/or the Advisor
believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking
statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not
guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, readers are
cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements due to the
inherent uncertainty therein. The Fund, the Manager and/or the Advisor
undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any
forward-looking statement or information whether as a result of new
information, future events or other such factors which affect this
information, except as required by law.
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 fund contracts, mutual funds, annuities and
guaranteed interest contracts.
About Manulife Asset Management
Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife
Financial, providing comprehensive asset management solutions for
institutional investors and investment funds in key markets around the
world. This investment expertise extends across a broad range of public
and private asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions. As at
March 31, 2014, assets under management for Manulife Asset Management
were C$298 billion (US$269 billion).
Manulife Asset Management's public markets units have investment
expertise across a broad range of asset classes including public equity
and fixed income, and asset allocation strategies. Offices with full
investment capabilities are located in the United States, Canada, the
United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia,
Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In addition, Manulife
Asset Management has a joint venture asset management business in
China, Manulife TEDA. The public markets units of Manulife Asset
Management also provide investment management services to affiliates'
retail clients through product offerings of Manulife and John Hancock.
John Hancock Asset Management and Declaration Management and Research
are units of Manulife Asset Management. Additional information about
Manulife Asset Management may be found at ManulifeAM.com.
Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with
principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients
look 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. We also provide asset management services to
institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife and its
subsidiaries were approximately C$635 billion (US$574 billion) as at
March 31, 2014. Our group of companies operates as Manulife 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 can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.
SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation
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