Barclays Bank PLC announced today that it will implement a 1 for 4 reverse split of its iPath ® S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures TM Exchange Traded Notes (the “ETNs”) effective Thursday, October 5, 2012. The ETNs trade on the NYSE Arca under the ticker symbol VXX and on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) under ticker symbols VXX and VXX.U. Barclays Bank PLC has the right (but not the obligation) to initiate such a reverse split if the closing indicative value of the ETNs falls below $25.00 on any business day, as described in the pricing supplement relating to the ETNs. On September 21, 2012, the closing indicative value of the ETNs was $8.71.
The record date for the reverse split will be the close of business, New York time, on October 4, 2012. The closing indicative value of the ETNs on the record date will be multiplied by four to determine the reverse-split adjusted value of the ETNs. The reverse split will be effective at the open of trading on October 5, 2012 and the ETNs will begin trading on the NYSE Arca and the TSX on a reverse-split adjusted basis on such date. The reverse-split adjusted ETNs will have a new CUSIP, but will retain the same ticker symbols.
Investors who, as of the record date, hold a number of ETNs that is not divisible by four will receive one reverse-split adjusted ETN for every four ETNs held on the record date and a cash payment for any odd number of ETNs remaining (the “partials”). The cash amount due on any partials will be determined on October 12, 2012, based on the closing indicative value of the reverse-split adjusted ETNs on such date and will be paid by Barclays Bank PLC on October 17, 2012.
For more information regarding the reverse split process, see the pricing supplement relating to the ETNs under the heading “Valuation of the ETNs—Split or Reverse Split” and the Frequently Asked Questions document “iPath ® ETNs Splits and Reverse Splits.” The pricing supplement can be found on EDGAR, the SEC website at: www.sec.gov. The pricing supplement and Frequently Asked Questions are also available on www.iPathETN.com.Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, we operate in over 50 countries and employ over 140,000 people.We provide large corporate, government and institutional clients with a full spectrum of solutions to their strategic advisory, financing and risk management needs. Our clients also benefit from access to the breadth of expertise across Barclays. We’re one of the largest financial services providers in the world, and are also engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate banking, and wealth and investment management.Barclays offers premier investment banking products and services to its clients through Barclays Bank PLC.For more information, visit www.barclays.com. iPath ETNs For further information about the iPath ETNs go to: http://www.iPathETN.com. An investment in the iPath ETNs described herein (the “ETNs”) involves risks. Selected risks are summarized here, but we urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks described under “Risk Factors” in the applicable prospectus supplement and pricing supplement.