TORONTO – February 3, 2022 – Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (“Horizons ETFs” or the “Manager”) is announcing the suspension of new subscriptions to the Horizons Cash Maximizer ETF (“HSAV” or the “ETF”), effective at the close of business today, February 3, 2022. The suspension of new subscriptions follows HSAV reaching approximately $2.0 billion in net asset value (“NAV”), as of February 3, 2022.
Launched on February 6, 2020, HSAV seeks to generate modest capital growth by investing primarily in high-interest deposit accounts with Canadian banks. While any decision to pay dividends or other distributions is within the discretion of the Manager, HSAV has not made any distributions since its inception, nor is it currently expected to make any regular cash distributions.
In January 2021, Horizons ETFs announced that it would suspend subscriptions of HSAV once its NAV exceeded $1.5 billion. It is the Manager’s view that this suspension will help manage potential tax implications and ensure that HSAV can continue to reinvest its distributions, consistent with HSAV’s current investment objectives.
“Less than one year after its launch in February 2020, HSAV reached a milestone of $1 billion in assets – one of only approximately 60 Canadian ETFs to do so within their first twelve months of trading,” said Steve Hawkins, President and CEO of Horizons ETFs. “This decision to suspend HSAV subscriptions will allow the ETF’s current investors to continue to potentially generate modest growth while being invested solely in cash deposits.”
As noted in HSAV’s prospectus, if the ETF experiences a significant increase in total NAV, the Manager may, in its sole discretion and if determined to be in the best interests of shareholders, decide to suspend subscriptions for new ETF shares if considered necessary or desirable in order to manage potential tax implications and/or to permit HSAV to achieve, or continue to achieve, its investment objectives.
This suspension of subscriptions will not affect the ability of existing shareholders of HSAV to sell their shares in the secondary market at a price reflective of at least its NAV per share, assuming normal course market conditions. However, investors and potential investors should note that during a period of suspended subscriptions, the Manager expects shares of HSAV to trade at a premium to its NAV per share. Due to this expected premium, Horizons ETFs is strongly discouraging purchases of shares of HSAV during this suspension of subscriptions.
The Manager currently anticipates that if the NAV of HSAV were to drop below $1.5 billion, the Manager intends to resume subscriptions for shares of the ETF. Any subsequent resumption of subscriptions for HSAV will be announced by press release and posted on the Manager’s website.
In November 2021, Horizons ETFs launched the Horizons High Interest Savings ETF (“CASH”). CASH seeks to maximize monthly income for unitholders while preserving capital and liquidity by investing primarily in high interest deposit accounts with Canadian banks. The investment objective of CASH is similar to HSAV, except unlike HSAV, CASH seeks to pay out regular monthly distributions of income.
“We launched CASH to provide investors with another competitive ETF solution which currently has an industry high net yield compared to the other Canadian high interest savings exchange traded funds that make regular distributions,” said Mr. Hawkins. “CASH has many of the same characteristics as HSAV, however CASH is a conventional money market exchange traded fund that has been designed to pay out monthly distributions instead of reinvesting them the way HSAV does.”
As CASH is structured as a conventional money market exchange traded fund that pays out regular cash distributions, the Manager has no intention of suspending subscriptions for the units of CASH.
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