VanEck Vectors® ETFs: Fund Closure FAQs
March 5, 2019
Three funds are closing:
- VanEck Vectors Generic Drugs ETF (GNRX)
- VanEck Vectors Poland ETF (PLND)
- VanEck Vectors Pre-Refunded Municipal Index ETF (PRB)
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.
The last day of trading of shares of each of the above referenced funds on the NASDAQ Stock Market (for GNRX), NYSE Arca (for PLND), and Cboe BZX Exchange (for PRB) is expected to be Friday, April 5, 2019. In addition, after the close of business (4:00 p.m. ET) on Friday, April 5, 2019, the funds are expected to no longer accept creation orders from authorized participants.
Yes, investors can sell their shares on each Fund’s respective listing exchange during normal market hours until market close on Friday, April 5, 2019. Please be advised that ordinary brokerage commissions will generally apply.
The funds are expected to be de-listed after market close on Friday, April 5, 2019. Shareholders who do not sell their shares of the funds before the market close on Friday, April 5, 2019 and continue to hold their shares through the liquidation date are expected to receive cash on or about Friday, April 12, 2019 in the cash portion of their brokerage accounts equal to the amount of the net asset value (NAV) of their shares.
Shareholders who do not sell their shares prior to the liquidation date will receive a cash distribution based on the closing 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.
Liquidating payments are expected to be made on or about Friday, April 12, 2019 although this may occur prior to or later than this date.
No action is required on the part of the shareholder or the financial advisor.
Shareholders should generally treat the liquidating distribution 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.
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 that 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.
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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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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