ProShares, the nation’s fourth most successful exchange traded fund (ETF) company,1 announced today a reverse share split on one of its ETFs, the ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (NYSE: UVXY). The reverse split will not change the value of a shareholder’s investment. UVXY is the only ETF in the United States offering magnified exposure to VIX futures.
UVXY will reverse split 1-for-6. The reverse split will apply to shareholders of record as of the close of the markets on March 7, 2012. The fund will trade at its post-split price on March 8, 2012. The ticker symbol for the fund will not change. The fund will be issued a new CUSIP number.
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ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term
The reverse split will increase the price per share of the fund with a proportionate decrease in the number of shares outstanding. For a 1-for-6 reverse split, every six pre-split shares held by a shareholder will result in the receipt of one post-split share, which will be priced six times higher than the net asset value ("NAV") of a pre-split share.
Fractional Shares from Reverse Splits
For shareholders who hold quantities of shares that are not an exact multiple of the reverse split ratio (for example, not a multiple of 6 for a 1-to-6 reverse split), the reverse split will result in the creation of a fractional share. Post-reverse split fractional shares will be redeemed for cash and sent to your broker of record. This redemption may cause some shareholders to realize gains or losses, which could be a taxable event for those shareholders.
Illustration of a Reverse Split
The following table shows the effect of a hypothetical 1-for-6 reverse split:
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ProShares is the country’s fourth most successful exchange traded fund (ETF) company,1 with 131 funds and nearly $23 billion in assets.2 ProShares’ lineup includes the largest family of geared (leveraged and inverse) ETFs.3 ProShare Advisors and ProShare Capital Management are affiliated with ProFund Advisors, which was founded in 1997. Together, they manage more than $26 billion in ETF and mutual fund assets.2
1 Source: Financial Research Corporation, based on analysis of organic net sales of U.S. exchange traded products (as of 6/30/2011). Includes products launched by their current management company; excludes products acquired through purchase or merger.
2 Assets as of 12/31/2011.
3 Source: Lipper, based on a worldwide analysis of all known providers of funds in these categories. The analysis covered ETFs and ETNs by the number of funds and assets (as of 6/30/2011).
This Ultra ProShares ETF seeks a return that is 2x the return of an index or other benchmark (target) for a single day, as measured from one NAV calculation to the next, before fees and expenses. Due to the compounding of daily returns, ProShares' returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the target return for the same period. These effects may be more pronounced in funds with larger or inverse multiples and in funds with volatile benchmarks. Investors should monitor their holdings consistent with their strategies, as frequently as daily. For more on correlation, leverage and other risks, please read the prospectus.
This fund is not an investment company regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is not afforded its protections. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing. Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. This ProShares ETF is non-diversified and entails certain risks, including risk associated with the use of derivatives (swap agreements, futures contracts and similar instruments), imperfect benchmark correlation, leverage and market price variance, all of which can increase volatility and decrease performance. There is no guarantee any ProShares ETF will achieve its investment objective.
Investing in this ETF involves a substantial risk of loss. This ETF invests in futures. VIX futures are among the most volatile futures contracts. A fund's exposure to its index may subject that fund to greater volatility than investments in traditional securities, which may adversely affect an investor's investment in that fund. VIX futures indexes are mean reverting; funds benchmarked to them should not be expected to appreciate over extended periods. Due to defined time periods and other features, VIX futures indexes and funds benchmarked to them can be expected to perform differently than the VIX. This ETF is not suitable for all investors. This fund generates a K-1 tax form.
ProShares Trust II (issuer) has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents the issuer has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the issuer and this offering. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at sec.gov. Alternatively, the issuer will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling toll-free 866.776.5125, or visit ProShares.com.
VIX® Short-Term Futures IndexTM" is a trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P") and have been licensed for use by ProShares. "VIX®" is a trademark of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated ("CBOE") and CBOE has agreed that S&P may use the "VIX®" trademark in the names of the Indexes as licensed to ProShares. ProShares have not been passed on by S&P or CBOE or their respective affiliates as to their legality or suitability. ProShares are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by S&P or CBOE or their respective affiliates, and S&P and CBOE and their respective affiliates make no representation regarding the advisability of investing in ProShares. THESE ENTITIES AND THEIR AFFILIATES MAKE NO WARRANTIES AND BEAR NO LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO PROSHARES.
ProShares are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co., which is not affiliated with the fund’s sponsor.
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