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INDEXPLUS Income Fund Unitholders Approve Conversion to a Mutual Fund

CALGARY, March 7, 2017 /CNW/ - Middlefield Group is pleased to announce a special meeting of unitholders of INDEXPLUS Income Fund (the "Fund"), was held today at which approximately 96.2% of the unitholders of the Fund present in person or represented by proxy voted in favour of a resolution authorizing the tax-deferred conversion of the Fund into an open-end mutual fund trust on or about June 5, 2017 (the "Effective Date").

The conversion is expected to benefit unitholders of the Fund by providing an opportunity to hold units of an open-end mutual fund that offers daily purchases at net asset value. Following the conversion, the Fund's investment objectives will remain unchanged.

Investment Objective – the Fund will continue the successful low cost strategy of investing in a diversified portfolio of equity income securities, 50% to 80% of which tracks the S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend Index with the remainder of the portfolio actively managed to enhance returns and reduce the risks associated with indexing.

Distribution – the Fund currently provides and intends to maintain a monthly distribution of $0.05/unit, representing a current annualized yield of approximately 5.2%.

Performance – As at February 28, 2017, the Fund generated an annualized total return of 9.7% since its inception in August 2003. The Fund's 1, 3, 5 and 10 year annualized total returns were 20.2%, -0.1%, 3.8% and 6.2%, respectively.

Completion of the conversion is subject to the receipt of all necessary approvals and customary closing conditions. Middlefield Limited will submit an application to de-list the Fund's units from trading on the TSX as of the trading day immediately prior to the Effective Date.

Certain statements in this press release may be viewed as forward-looking statements. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects", "is expected", "anticipates", "plans", "estimates" or "intends" (or negative or grammatical variations thereof), or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Statements which may constitute forward-looking statements relate to: the proposed timing of the conversion and completion thereof and the benefits of the conversion. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements including as a result of changes in the general economic and political environment, changes in applicable legislation, and the performance of the fund. There are no assurances the fund can fulfill such forward-looking statements and the fund does not undertake any obligation to update such statements. Such forward-looking statements are only predictions; actual events or results may differ materially as a result of risks facing the fund, many of which are beyond the control of the fund.