BlackRock Investments Canada Inc. (BlackRock Canada), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (BLK), today announced that unitholders approved the proposed merger of the iShares Natural Gas Commodity Index Fund (GAS) and the iShares Broad Commodity Index Fund (CBR) (the Merger Proposal). Unitholders of CBR also approved a proposal (the Change in Investment Objective Proposal) to change the investment objective of CBR in order to change to the index which CBR seeks to replicate to the Morningstar® Global Long/Flat Commodity Index(SM) or such other broad-based commodity index as may be selected by BlackRock Canada and notified to unitholders by press release, net of expenses.
The Merger Proposal remains subjects to the receipt of stock exchange approval. Provided such approval is obtained and the Merger Proposal and Change in Investment Objective Proposal are implemented by BlackRock Canada, they are expected to be implemented on or about November 30, 2012.
If the Merger Proposal is implemented, effective November 30, 2012 GAS will be terminated and unitholders of GAS will become unitholders of CBR. CBR will also seek to replicate the performance of the Morningstar® Global Long/Flat Commodity Index(SM) which aims to capture upward trends in the broad commodities markets while potentially limiting exposure during periods of down trends.
"We believe the change in investment objective of CBR and merger of the funds are in the long-term interest of the funds and their unitholders," said Mary Anne Wiley, Managing Director and Head of iShares at BlackRock Canada. "The merger and change of investment objective will allow for efficient implementation of the continuing fund''s investment strategy, as well as allow for an expansive universe of holdings which is expected to provide broad exposure to the futures commodities markets and encourage further diversification within the fund''s portfolio."
If the Merger Proposal and the Change in Investment Objective Proposal are implemented, the prospectus disclosure of CBR, as the continuing fund, will be updated to reflect the implementation of the Merger Proposal and Change in Investment Objective Proposal.
More information available
An information circular dated October 12, 2012 providing more details on the proposed changes is available on the iShares website at www.iShares.ca and on SEDAR.
Further information on the iShares funds can be found at iShares.ca.
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