TORONTO, April 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (TSX:HIG) (TSX:TLF) Brompton Funds Limited (the “Manager”), the manager of each of Global Healthcare Income & Growth Fund (“HIG.UN”) and Tech Leaders Income Fund (“TLF.UN” and together, the “Funds”) is pleased to announce that the Funds have completed their conversions to exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) as approved by unitholders at a meeting held on February 28, 2018.  A final prospectus dated March 28, 2018 has been filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each province and territory in Canada.

Commencing today, HIG.UN has become Global Healthcare Income & Growth ETF (new TSX ticker symbol: HIG) and TLF.UN has become Tech Leaders Income ETF (new TSX ticker symbol: TLF). Units of the Funds were converted to units of the applicable ETF on a 1:1 basis.

Investors and investment advisors are invited to listen to an update recorded on April 2, 2018 on Global Healthcare Income & Growth ETF, hosted by Laura Lau, Senior Portfolio Manager, Brompton Funds.

www.bromptonfunds.com/hig_Apr2018

Investors and investment advisors are also invited to listen to an update recorded on April 2, 2018 on Tech Leaders Income ETF, hosted by Mike Clare, Portfolio Manager, Brompton Funds.

www.bromptonfunds.com/tlf_Apr2018

The benefits of the conversions are as follows:

  • Increased Trading Liquidity: Both ETFs are expected to realize improved trading liquidity compared to the Funds’ previous levels. Investors are expected to be able to buy or sell large blocks of ETF units without substantially impacting the trading price of the ETFs.
     
  • Reduced Bid/Ask Spreads: The market-making mechanism available to ETFs is expected to reduce bid-ask spreads, which is expected to result in a lower effective cost to buy or sell ETF units.
     
  • Lower MER: TLF will longer pay a service fee, and the Manager intends to waive a portion of each ETF’s management fee or reimburse certain expenses to the ETFs, at the Manager’s discretion, to ensure the MER of each ETF is lowered to approximately 0.95% per annum.
     
  • Potential for Lower Expenses per Unit due to Growth: As each of the ETFs will distribute units on a continuous basis, they will have the potential to increase the number of units outstanding through the issuance of new units, thereby spreading operating expenses across more units, resulting in reduced expenses per unit.

About Brompton Funds
Brompton Funds, a division of Brompton Group which was founded in 2000, is an experienced investment fund manager with approximately $2 billion in assets under management. Brompton’s investment solutions include TSX traded funds, mutual funds and flow-through limited partnerships.  For further information, please contact your investment advisor, call Brompton’s investor relations line at 416-642-6000 (toll-free at 1-866-642-6001), email us at info@bromptongroup.com or visit our website at www.bromptongroup.com.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with exchange-traded fund investments.  Please read the prospectus before investing.  The indicated rate[s] of return is [are] the historical annual compounded total return[s] including changes in share value and reinvestment of all distributions and does not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income tax payable by any securityholder that would have reduced returns.  Exchange-traded funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

 Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information may relate to matters disclosed in this press release and to other matters identified in public filings relating to the ETFs, to the future outlook of the ETFs and anticipated events or results and may include statements regarding the future financial performance of the ETFs.  In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by terms such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “intend”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “continue” or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts.  Actual results may vary from such forward-looking information. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and we assume no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.