ProShares temporarily suspends ability of Authorized Participants to purchase new creation units in eleven Exchange Traded Funds
The temporary suspension is due to a regulatory filing requirement that we expect be resolved in the next few business days. The following press release was issued this morning:
Bethesda, MD – May 02, 2014 – ProShare Capital Management LLC ("PCM"), the sponsor and commodity pool operator of the funds, has temporarily suspended the ability of Authorized Participants to purchase new Creation Units in ProShares Ultra DJ-UBS Commodity (UCD), ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity (CMD), ProShares Ultra DJ-UBS Natural Gas (BOIL), ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Natural Gas (KOLD), ProShares Ultra Australian Dollar (GDAY), ProShares UltraShort Australian Dollar (CROC), ProShares Ultra Euro (ULE), ProShares Short Euro (EUFX), ProShares Ultra Yen (YCL), ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (SVXY) and ProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures ETF (VIXM), pending the effectiveness of a post-effective amendment to the funds' registration statement, as well as approval by the National Futures Association. The funds will file another Form 8-K to announce the resumption of the offering of Creation Units, which PCM expects will occur shortly. The ability of Authorized Participants to redeem Creation Units is not affected.
During the suspension, the sponsor believes that Authorized Participants and other groups that make a market in shares of the funds will continue to actively trade the shares. However, there may be increases in the spread they quote between offers to buy and sell shares to allow them to adjust to the potential uncertainty as to when they might be able to purchase additional Creation Units. In addition, there could be a significant variation between the market price at which shares are traded and the shares' net asset value, which is also the price at which shares can be redeemed by Authorized Participants in Creation Units. The potential impact of either wider spreads between bid and offer prices, or reduced number of shares on which quotes may be available, could increase trading costs to investors. The sponsor believes that any potential impact to the market in shares of the funds will not extend beyond the time when additional shares are available for issuance.
Any forward-looking statements herein are based on expectations of the sponsor at this time. Whether or not actual results and developments will conform to the sponsor's expectations and predictions, however, is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the special considerations discussed in the funds' prospectus, general economic, market and business conditions, changes in laws or regulations or other actions made by governmental authorities or regulatory bodies, and other world economic and political developments. The funds and the sponsor undertake no duty to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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May 2, 2014