• VanEck Vectors® ETFs: Fund Closure FAQs

    September 8, 2017


    Which funds are closing? 

    Why and how were these funds selected?  

    What will be the final day of trading? 

    Can I sell my shares now? 

    What if I do not sell my shares before market close on September 29, 2017? 

    Does this schedule apply to all funds? 

    What distributions will be made to shareholders? 

    On what date will liquidating distributions be made? 

    Is there anything I need to do in order to receive a distribution? 

    How should this be treated for tax purposes? 

    How will these closures be communicated to shareholders? 



    Which funds are closing? 

    Four funds are closing:

    1. VanEck Vectors AMT-Free 12-17 Year Municipal Index ETF (ITML)
    2. VanEck Vectors AMT-Free 6-8 Year Municipal Index ETF (ITMS)
    3. VanEck Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT)
    4. VanEck Vectors Treasury-Hedged High Yield Bond ETF (THHY)

    Why and how were these funds selected? 

    As the sponsor of VanEck Vectors Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), VanEck is proud to be an industry leader in offering unique, targeted exposures to numerous asset classes through ETFs which seek to meet investor needs. VanEck continuously monitors and evaluates its ETF offerings across a number of factors, including performance, liquidity, assets under management, and investor interest, among others. The decision was made to liquidate these funds based on an analysis of these factors.


    What will be the final day of trading? 

    The last day of trading of shares of each of the above referenced fund on their relevant exchange is expected to be Friday, September 29, 2017. In addition, after the close of business (4:00pm EST) on September 29, 2017, the funds are expected to no longer accept creation orders from authorized participants.


    Can I sell my shares now? 

    Yes. Investors can sell their shares during normal market hours until market close on September 29, 2017. Please be advised that ordinary brokerage commissions will generally apply.


    What if I do not sell my shares before market close on September 29, 2017? 

    The funds are expected to be de-listed after market close on September 29, 2017. Shareholders who do not sell their shares of the funds before the market close on September 29, 2017 and continue to hold their shares through the liquidation date are expected to receive cash on or about Friday, October 6, 2017 in the cash portion of their brokerage accounts equal to the amount of the net asset value (NAV) of their shares.


    Does this schedule apply to all funds? 

    Yes.


    What distributions will be made to shareholders? 

    Shareholders who do not sell their shares prior to the liquidation date will receive a cash distribution based on the closing net asset value (NAV) of their shares. This is posted against a shareholder’s adjusted cost basis, and there likely will be a gain or loss on the transaction.

    Shareholders may also receive a final distribution of dividends, capital gains, and/or income earned by the fund(s) and not previously distributed prior to liquidation.


    On what date will liquidating distributions be made? 

    Liquidating payments are expected to be made on or about Friday, October 6, 2017.


    Is there anything I need to do in order to receive a distribution? 

    No action is required on the part of the shareholder or the financial advisor.


    How should this be treated for tax purposes? 

    Shareholders should generally treat the liquidating distribution as a gain/loss issue in the same manner as they would handle the sale of a security. Shareholders will generally recognize a capital gain or loss equal to the amount received for their shares over their adjusted basis in such shares. Information regarding the final tax status of distributions will be provided to shareholders with the year-end tax reporting of the funds.

    The final tax status of distributions made by the funds, including the liquidating distribution, will be provided to shareholders with the year-end tax reporting for the funds (including any portion which may be treated as a return of capital for tax purposes, reducing a shareholder’s basis in such shares).

    Please consult a qualified tax advisor with any tax-related questions.


    How will these closures be communicated to shareholders? 

    VanEck has issued a formal press release and this FAQ document to notify shareholders of the fund closures. In addition, the registration statement for each fund has been supplemented.





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    Please call 800.826.2333 or visit our website for the most recent month-end performance of VanEck Vectors ETFs. This information will be available no later than seven business days after the most recent month end.

    The “net asset value” (NAV) of an ETF is determined at the close of each business day, and represents the dollar value of one share of the ETF; it is calculated by taking the total assets of an ETF subtracting total liabilities, and dividing by the total number of shares outstanding. The NAV is not necessarily the same as an ETF's intraday trading value. Investors should not expect to buy or sell shares at NAV.

    Fund shares are not individually redeemable and will be issued and redeemed at their NAV only through certain authorized broker-dealers in large, specified blocks of shares called “creation units” and otherwise can be bought and sold only through exchange trading. Shares may trade at a premium or discount to their NAV in the secondary market. You will incur brokerage expenses when trading Fund shares in the secondary market.

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