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ProShares Announces Reverse Share Splits Of Nine ETFs

ProShares announced today that it will execute reverse share splits on nine ProShares ETFs. The reverse splits will be effective for shareholders of record after the close of the markets on April 14, 2010. Seven of the funds will execute a 1-for-5 reverse split of shares, and two will execute a 1-for-10 reverse split of shares. The funds will trade at their post-split prices on April 15. The ticker symbols for the funds will not change, and all will continue to trade on NYSE Arca.

The reverse splits will reduce the number of shares outstanding for the funds, and result in a proportionate increase in the price per share of each fund. The reverse splits do not change the value of a shareholder’s investment. For example, for the 1-for-5 reverse splits, every five pre-split shares held by a shareholder will result in the receipt of one post-split share, which will be priced five times higher than the pre-split shares.

Table 1Split Ratios and CUSIPs for Funds UndergoingReverse Splits Effective April 15, 2010

                         
Ticker     Fund     Split Ratio    

CUSIP Pre-

Reverse Split

   

CUSIP Post-

Reverse Split

DUG     UltraShort Oil & Gas     1:5     74347R586     74347X591
EEV     UltraShort MSCI Emerging Markets     1:5     74347R354     74347X575
FXP     UltraShort FTSE/Xinhua China 25     1:5     74347R321     74347X567
GLL     UltraShort Gold     1:5     74347W700     74347W718
SMN     UltraShort Basic Materials     1:5     74347R651     74347X617
SRS     UltraShort Real Estate     1:5     74347R552     74347X583
URE     Ultra Real Estate     1:5     74347R677     74347X625
UYG     Ultra Financials     1:10     74347R743     74347X633
ZSL     UltraShort Silver     1:10     74347W833     74347W726
               

Fractional Shares

For shareholders who hold quantities of shares that are not an exact multiple of the reverse split ratio (for example: a multiple of 5 for a 1-to-5 split), the reverse splits will result in the creation of fractional shares. Post-split fractional shares will be redeemed for cash. This redemption may cause some shareholders to realize gains or losses, which could be a taxable event for those shareholders.

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