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Manulife Investments Announces Results Of Special Meeting Of Securityholders To Extend The Term Of Copernican International Financial Split Corp.

Stocks in this article: CIRMFC

TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC    SEHK:945 

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Manulife Asset Management Limited, the manager (the "Manager") of Copernican International Financial Split Corp. (TSX: CIR.PR.A; CIR) (the "Fund"), today announced that securityholders have approved a special resolution proposed by the Manager.

By approving the special resolution, securityholders have approved the following:  

  • Extending the scheduled final redemption date for Preferred Shares and Class A Shares of the Fund from December 2, 2013 to December 2, 2018;
  • Providing a special retraction right (the " Special Retraction Right") to holders of Preferred Shares and Class A Shares of the Fund to enable them to retract their Shares on December 2, 2013 in a manner calculated on the same basis as would have applied had the Fund redeemed all Preferred Shares and Class A Shares in accordance with its existing terms;
  • Providing for further extensions of additional terms of approximately five years each, if the Board of Directors of the Fund so determines, and providing holders of Preferred Shares and Class A Shares with a continuing special retraction right (the " Continuing Special Retraction Right"), beginning on December 2, 2018 or on such other date as may be determined by the Board of Directors of the Fund, in connection with such extension;
  • Providing a special redemption right to the Fund in connection with the Special Retraction Right and Continuing Special Retraction Right that would permit the Fund to redeem Class A Shares and Preferred Shares on a pro rata basis, or take such other action as the Board of Directors of the Fund so determines, to maintain the same number of Class A Shares and Preferred Shares outstanding;
  • Amending the management agreement effective December 1, 2013 for the Fund to provide for a reduction in the management fees paid to the Manager from the current 1.95% per annum of the net asset value (" NAV") of the Fund (plus applicable taxes) to 1.65% per annum of the NAV of the Fund (plus applicable taxes);
  • Broadening the investment strategy and removing an investment restriction for the Fund; and
  • Permitting the Fund to be terminated prior to any scheduled final redemption date if the Preferred Shares or Class A Shares are delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange or if the NAV of  the Fund declines to less than $5 million for a period of 60 consecutive business days.

Certain statements included in this news release constitute forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, those identified by the expressions "expect", "intend", "will" and similar expressions to the extent they relate to the Fund and/or the Manager. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts but reflect the Fund's and/or the Manager's current expectations regarding future results or events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Although the Fund and/or the Manager believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein. Neither the Fund nor the Manager undertake any obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement or information whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors which affect this information, except as required by law.

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