TORONTO, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - Global Plus Income Trust (TSX: GIP.UN), which operates as Premium Global Plus Fund (the "Trust"), is pleased to announce that holders ("Unitholders") of Units of the Trust have overwhelmingly approved a proposal (the "Proposal") to reposition the Trust and its portfolio.
Under the Proposal the term of the Trust will be extended and the Trust will be repositioned so that it might grow in size, increase in value and utilize its existing tax losses. Since its inception, the Trust has accumulated approximately $29.96 million of capital losses for which it would receive no value if the Trust ceased to operate. Under the Proposal:
- the investment strategy and investment restrictions of the Trust will
be changed. The Trust will invest in a portfolio principally
consisting of common shares selected from the energy, financials and
materials sectors of the S&P/TSX 60 Index. In addition, the Trust may
invest up to 20% of its net assets in equity securities of other
issuers selected from the S&P/TSX Composite Index;
- the investment objectives of the Trust will be amended. The Trust's
new investment objectives will be (a) to maximize total returns for
Unitholders including both long-term appreciation in net asset value
("NAV") per Unit and distributions; and (b) to pay Unitholders monthly
tax-deferred distributions in an amount targeted to be 6.5% per annum
on the NAV of the Trust;
- the redemption provisions of the Units will be amended. A one-time
redemption right will be added to permit Unitholders to redeem their
Units at 100% of NAV on November 16, 2009. Unitholders will also have
an annual redemption right in November of each year (commencing in
November 2010) at NAV per Unit and a monthly redemption right at a
redemption price determined by reference to market price for Units
redeemed on the last day of any other month;
- the termination date of the Trust will be extended to December 31,
2014 from December 31, 2009;
- the Trust will be permitted to issue additional Units, but only on a
non-dilutive basis; and
- an annual service fee of 0.40% of NAV will become payable if the Trust
completes a public offering of additional Units after the November 16,
2009 redemption date.
In connection with the approval of the Proposal, effective today the Trust has changed its name to Premier Canadian Income Fund and Mulvihill Capital Management Inc., as investment manager of the Trust, has agreed to reduce its fees from 1.15% to 1.00% of NAV.
The Trust retained RBC Capital Markets to provide financial advisory services in connection with the Proposal.
The Trust's Units are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol GIP.UN.
SOURCE GLOBAL PLUS INCOME TRUST
For further information: For further information: John Mulvihill, President and CEO, John Germain, Senior Vice-President, Sheila Szela, Vice-President, Finance and CFO, Mulvihill Structured Products, A member of the Mulvihill Capital Management Inc. Group of Funds, 121 King Street West, Suite 2600, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3T9, (416) 681-3900, (800) 725-7172, www.mulvihill.com, email@example.com