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Barclays today 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 Friday, November 8, 2013. The ETNs trade on the NYSE Arca stock exchange 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 no 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 October 25, 2013, the closing indicative value of the ETNs was $12.85.
The record date for the reverse split will be the close of business, New York time, on November 7, 2013. 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 November 8, 2013 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 November 15, 2013, based on the closing indicative value of the reverse-split adjusted ETNs on such date and will be paid by Barclays Bank PLC on November 20, 2013.
An investment in iPath ETNs involves significant risks and may not be suitable for all investors. The ETNs are riskier than ordinary unsecured debt securities and have no principal protection. For more information on risks associated with the ETNs, please see "Selected Risk Considerations" below and the risk factors included in the relevant prospectus.
For more information regarding the reverse split process, including how the reverse-split adjusted value is determined, see the pricing supplement relating to the ETNs under the heading “Specific Terms of the ETNs—Split or Reverse Split.” The pricing supplement relating to the ETNs can be found on EDGAR, the SEC website, at:
www.sec.gov. The prospectus is also available on the product website at
Selected Risk Considerations
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.