ProShares announced today share splits on seven of its ETFs. The splits will not change the value of a shareholder’s investment.
Two ETFs will forward split shares 2-for-1:
|Ticker||ProShares ETF||Split Ratio|
|BZQ||UltraShort MSCI Brazil Capped||2:1|
All splits will apply to shareholders of record as of the close of the markets on November 10, 2015, payable after the close of the markets on November 12, 2015. The funds will trade at their post-split price on November 13, 2015. The ticker symbol and CUSIP numbers for the funds will not change.
The forward splits will decrease the price per share of each fund with a proportionate increase in the number of shares outstanding. Every pre-split share will result in the receipt of two post-split shares, which will be priced at half the net asset value (“NAV”) of a pre-split share.
Illustration of a Forward Split
The following table shows the effect of a hypothetical 2-for-1 split:
|Period||# of Shares Owned||Hypothetical NAV||Value of Shares|
Four ETFs will reverse split shares 1-to-3, and one will reverse split 1-to-5:
|Ticker||ProShares ETF||Split Ratio||Old CUSIP||New CUSIP|
|GDXX||Ultra Gold Miners||1:3||74348A251||74347B482|
|GDJJ||Ultra Junior Miners||1:3||74348A277||74347B466|
|UOP||Ultra Oil & Gas Exploration & Production||1:3||74347B672||74347B458|
|UBR||Ultra MSCI Brazil Capped||1:3||74347X120||74347B490|
|UBIO||UltraPro Nasdaq Biotechnology||1:5||74347B631||74347B474|
All reverse splits will be effective at the market open on November 13, 2015 when the funds will begin trading at their post-split price. The ticker symbol for the funds will not change. All funds undergoing a reverse split will be issued a new CUSIP number, listed above.
The reverse splits will increase the price per share of each fund with a proportionate decrease in the number of shares outstanding. For example, for a 1-for-3 reverse split, every three pre-split shares will result in the receipt of one post-split share, which will be priced three times higher than the NAV of a pre-split share.
Illustration of a Reverse Split
The following table shows the effect of a hypothetical 1-for-3 reverse split:
|Period||# of Shares Owned||Hypothetical NAV||Value of Shares|
Fractional Shares from Reverse Splits
For shareholders who hold quantities of shares that are not an exact multiple of the reverse split ratio (for example, not a multiple of 3 for a 1-to-3 reverse split), the reverse split will result in the creation of a fractional share. Post-reverse split fractional shares will be redeemed for cash and sent to your broker of record. This redemption may cause some shareholders to realize gains or losses, which could be a taxable event for those shareholders.
ProShares helps investors to go beyond the limitations of conventional investing and face today's market challenges. ProShares helps investors build better portfolios by providing access to a wide array of investment exposures delivered with the liquidity, transparency and cost effectiveness of ETFs. Our wide array of ETFs can help you reduce volatility, manage risk and enhance returns.
Geared (Short or Ultra) ProShares ETFs seek returns that are either 3x, 2x, -1x, -2x or -3x the return of an index or other benchmark (target) for a single day, as measured from one NAV calculation to the next. Due to the compounding of daily returns, ProShares' returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the target return for the same period. These effects may be more pronounced in funds with larger or inverse multiples and in funds with volatile benchmarks. Investors should monitor their ProShares holdings consistent with their strategies, as frequently as daily. For more on correlation, leverage and other risks, please read the prospectus.
Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. ProShares ETFs are generally non-diversified and each entails certain risks, which may include risk associated with the use of derivatives (swap agreements, futures contracts and similar instruments), imperfect benchmark correlation, leverage and market price variance, all of which can increase volatility and decrease performance. Short positions lose value as security prices increase. Leverage can increase market exposure and magnify investment risk. Investments in smaller companies typically exhibit higher volatility. Smaller company stocks also may trade at greater spreads or lower trading volumes, and may be less liquid than stocks of larger companies. International investments may also involve risk from unfavorable fluctuations in currency values, differences in generally accepted accounting principles, and from economic or political instability. Securities focusing on a single country may be subject to higher volatility. In emerging markets, many risks are heightened, and lower trading volumes may occur. GDXX and GDJJ are subject to risks faced by the gold and silver mining industry, including risks related to changes in the price of gold and silver. Gold and silver mining companies may also be adversely affected by changing inflation expectations, the availability of alternatives, disruptions in the supply chain, rising production costs, rising regulatory compliance costs, increased environmental regulations, and changes in industrial, government and global consumer demand. Gold and silver mining companies may dramatically outperform or underperform more traditional equity investments. Technology companies may be subject to severe competition and product obsolescence. Narrowly focused investments typically exhibit higher volatility. There are additional risks related to commodity investments due to large institutional purchases or sales, and natural and technological factors such as severe weather, unusual climate change, and development and depletions of alternative resources. There are additional risks due to debt levels in the underlying countries, inflation and interest rates, investment activity, and global political and economic concerns. The price of silver is volatile and may be affected by large institutional purchases or sales, indirect investment in gold and silver, industrial usage, and political and economic concerns. Certain derivative instruments will subject ZSL to counterparty risk and credit risk, which could result in significant losses for the fund. Please see the summary and full prospectuses for a more complete description of risks. There is no guarantee any ProShares ETF will achieve its investment objective.
Investing in ETFs involves a substantial risk of loss. ZSL is not an investment company regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is not afforded its protections. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing. This ETF generates a K-1 tax form. This ETF is not suitable for all investors.
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