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TORONTO, March 18 /CNW/ - Big Bank Big Oil Split Corp. (the "Company") announced today that it will reduce the monthly distribution on the Company's Class A capital shares ("Capital Shares") to the targeted distribution rate of $0.05 per share, effective immediately.
Pursuant to the share provisions governing the Capital Shares, no distributions in excess of $0.05 per month on the Capital Shares are to be made if, after payment of the distribution, the combined net asset value per unit of the Capital Shares and Class A preferred shares ("Preferred Shares") would be less than $25.00. This restriction does not affect the quarterly dividend on the Preferred Shares.
As the distribution reduction does not reflect the ability of the Company to pay distributions on the Capital Shares in excess of $0.05 per month, the Company proposes to call a meeting of holders of Capital Shares and Preferred Shares to obtain shareholder approval to, among other things, remove the restriction from the share provisions. The proposed amendment should allow the Company to pay distributions at the higher level where dividends on the portfolio shares and premiums from option writing support such distributions.
The Company also announced a proposal to extend the termination date of the fund from December 30, 2011 to December 30, 2016 to enable shareholders to continue to enjoy the benefits of investing in the Company beyond the current termination date. The Company will prepare a management information circular describing the proposals and mail it to shareholders in connection with the shareholder vote. Such proposals would be subject to all regulatory approvals.
About the Company
The Company has been created to provide investors with a diversified and equal-weighted investment in the six largest Canadian banks and ten largest Canadian oil and gas companies by market capitalization using a split-share structure on a low cost basis. Holders of Capital Shares receive the benefits of monthly cash distributions of an amount targeted to be $0.05 per Capital Share representing a yield on the issue price of 4.0% per annum, as well as low management fees and the opportunity for growth in net asset value. Holders of Preferred Shares receive fixed cumulative quarterly distributions of $0.13125 per share representing a yield on the issue price of 5.25% per annum. Claymore Advisors, LLC, as investment advisor to the Company, selectively writes covered call and cash covered put options to generate additional distributable income for the Company.
About Claymore Investments
Claymore Investments, Inc. is a leader in bringing intelligent, low cost exchange traded funds in Canada through its family of 26 ETFs and 2 closed-end funds across broad asset classes including core equity, global sectors, fixed income and commodities. Claymore Investments, Inc., which, as of December 31, 2009 had approximately $4.4 billion in assets under management, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Claymore Group, Inc., a financial services and asset management company based in the Chicago, Illinois area. In aggregate, Claymore Group Inc. and its affiliates have approximately 175 employees providing supervisory, management, servicing or distribution services on approximately US$15.2 billion in assets as of December 31, 2009.
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SOURCE BIG BANK BIG OIL SPLIT CORP.
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