TORONTO – January 3, 2020 – Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (“Horizons ETFs”) is providing an update to the nominal payment date disclosed in the press release issued on December 31, 2019 confirming the annual non-cash distributions (the “Non-Cash Distributions”) to unitholders of certain of the exchange traded funds (the “ETFs”) that it manages for the 2019 tax year as indicated in the table below. There are no other changes to the information previously provided on December 31, 2019.
Each of the ETFs is required to distribute any net income and capital gains that they have earned in the year. The annual Non-Cash Distributions will not be paid in cash but will be reinvested and reported as taxable distributions and will be used to increase each unitholder’s adjusted cost base for the respective ETF. The nature of the Non-Cash Distributions for the respective ETFs as either income or capital gains is disclosed in the footnotes to the table below. The Non-Cash Distributions will be reinvested automatically in additional units of the respective ETFs and immediately consolidated so that the number of units held by the unitholder, the units outstanding of the ETFs, and the net asset value of the ETFs, will not change as a result of the Non-Cash Distributions. These amounts do not include the regular monthly or quarterly cash distributions, as applicable, announced on December 20, 2019.
The ex-dividend date for these distributions was December 30, 2019, for all unitholders of record on December 31, 2019. The nominal payment date applied to these Non-Cash Distributions will be January 13, 2020, though in actuality there will be no physical payment made as would be the case with cash distributions. In early 2020, the tax characteristics of all distributions for 2019 for the ETFs will be reported to brokers via the CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. (“CDS”) and will be posted on our website shortly thereafter.
|Final Confirmed Annual
Non- Cash Distribution
Distribution As a
% of Dec. 30, 2019 NAV
|Estimated Annual Non-Cash
Distribution per Unit announced
on Dec. 20, 2019
As disclosed above, the final determination of the nature of these Non-Cash Distributions will be reported to brokers via CDS in early 2020. The expected nature of the Non-Cash Distributions for each of the ETFs in the table above is as follows:
(1) Horizons Industry 4.0 Index ETF (FOUR) – 99% capital gains, 1% income.
(2) Horizons Seasonal Rotation ETF (HAC) – 100% capital gains.
(3) Horizons Active Cdn Dividend ETF (HAL) – 100% capital gains.
(4) Horizons Active US Dividend ETF (HAU/HAU.U) – 100% capital gains. Please note that distributions for Horizons Active US Dividend ETF are declared and paid in Canadian dollars, including those listed under the U.S. dollar traded ticker HAU.U. The approximate U.S. dollar equivalent distribution rate for HAU.U is $0.21507 per unit. For unitholders who hold the U.S. dollar traded HAU.U, distribution payments will typically be converted to U.S. dollars by the unitholder’s account holder.
(5) Horizons Active Global Dividend ETF (HAZ) – 100% capital gains.
(6) Horizons Global Risk Parity ETF (HRA) – 100% capital gains.
(7) Horizons Active A.I. Global Equity ETF (MIND) – 100% capital gains.
About Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (www.HorizonsETFs.com)
Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. is an innovative financial services company and offers one of the largest suites of exchange traded funds in Canada. The Horizons ETFs product family includes a broadly diversified range of solutions for investors of all experience levels to meet their investment objectives in a variety of market conditions. Horizons ETFs has more than $10 billion of assets under management and 91 ETFs listed on major Canadian stock exchanges.
For further information:
Martin Fabregas, Investor Relations, (416) 601-2508 or 1-866-641-5739.
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