TORONTO (October 2, 2020) – CI Investments Inc. (“CI”) today announced that it is merging three exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) into other investment funds with identical mandates. The mergers are part of CI’s ongoing initiative to streamline and modernize its fund lineup and will result in continuing funds with a dual-class structure that offers both mutual fund and ETF series.
The mergers will be effected at the close of business on or about January 15, 2021, and relate to the CI Liquid Alternatives™ fund offerings. Details are as follows:
- CI Lawrence Park Alternative Investment Grade Credit ETF (TSX: CRED, CRED.U) will be merged into CI Lawrence Park Alternative Investment Grade Credit Fund.
- CI Marret Alternative Absolute Return Bond ETF (TSX: CMAR, CMAR.U) will be merged into CI Marret Alternative Absolute Return Bond Fund.
- CI Munro Alternative Global Growth ETF (TSX: CMAG) will be merged into CI Munro Alternative Global Growth Fund.
No action is required by securityholders in the merging ETFs. The ticker symbols of each merging ETF will carry over to the ETF series of the continuing funds, and the fund codes for the mutual fund series will not change. For each merger, the investment objectives and the portfolio management team for the merging ETF and continuing investment fund are identical and will not change due to the merger.
The benefits of the dual-class structure, which CI introduced earlier this year, include reducing the duplication of funds, simplifying CI’s lineup, creating larger funds with greater economies of scale and portfolio diversification opportunities, and increasing the consistency of fund performance between different fund structures with the same mandates.
CI’s lineup of liquid alternative funds also includes CI Marret Alternative Enhanced Yield Fund, which was introduced in May 2020 with the dual-class structure that includes both ETF and mutual fund series.
Please note that the continuing funds pay fixed administration fees in exchange for CI bearing most operating expenses. The fixed administration fee charged to each continuing fund will be the same as or lower than the operating expenses currently being paid by the corresponding merging ETF. Fixed administration fees offer several benefits to investors, including greater predictability and transparency of the MER for each fund, as well as protection from potential increases in future operating expenses.
Details of the mergers
Following the mergers, securityholders of the merging ETFs will receive the equivalent dollar amount in units of the appropriate series of the continuing mutual fund. Common Units will be exchanged for ETF C$ Series units of the continuing fund, and US$ Common Units will be exchanged for ETF US$ Hedged Series units of the continuing fund. There will be no taxable disposition for securityholders as a result of the mergers, though the funds may pay a distribution at that time. The costs and expenses associated with the mergers are being borne by CI, not the funds.
The mergers will not require regulatory or securityholders’ approval. However, securityholders of the merging ETFs will be notified of the mergers in accordance with applicable securities laws.
CI has applied to list the ETF series units of the continuing funds on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”). Listing of those ETF series units is subject to the approval of the TSX in accordance with its original listing requirements. The TSX has conditionally approved CI’s listing application and subject to satisfying the TSX’s original listing requirements, the ETF series units of the continuing funds will be listed on the TSX and investors will be able to buy or sell such units on the TSX through registered brokers and dealers in the province or territory where the investor resides.
The Independent Review Committee of the merging funds has reviewed the proposed mergers with respect to potential conflict of interest matters and provided its approval, having determined that the mergers achieve a fair and reasonable result for each of the funds.
More information about CI Liquid Alternatives can be found at www.ci.com/liquidalts.