TORONTO, Mar. 3, 2010 (Canada NewsWire Group) -- /CNW/ -- Sprott Asset Management LP ("Sprott") today announced that Sprott Physical Gold Trust (the "Trust") has completed its initial public offering (the "Offering") of 40,000,000 units ("Units") at US$10.00 per Unit, for gross proceeds of US$400,000,000.
The Units are listed on the NYSE Arca and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols 'PHYS' and 'PHY.U', respectively. The Offering was made simultaneously in the United States and Canada through a syndicate of underwriters led by Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets in the United States and RBC Capital Markets and Morgan Stanley in Canada. The underwriters for the Offering in the United States included HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and the underwriters for the Offering in Canada included BMO Capital Markets, Scotia Capital Inc., TD Securities Inc., Canaccord Adams, GMP Securities L.P., Dundee Securities Corporation and HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc.
The Trust has also granted the underwriters an over-allotment option which is exercisable in whole or in part to purchase up an additional 6,000,000 Units at US$10.00 per Unit up to 30 days from February 25, 2010.
The Trust was created to invest and hold substantially all its assets in physical gold bullion. It aims to provide a secure, convenient and exchange-traded way for investors interested in holding physical gold bullion without the inconvenience that is typical of a direct investment in physical gold bullion. The Trust intends to achieve its objective by investing primarily in long-term holdings of unencumbered, fully allocated, physical gold bullion and will not speculate with regard to short-term changes in gold prices. The Trust will not invest in gold certificates or other financial instruments that represent gold or that may be exchanged for gold. The Trust expects to own only London Good Delivery physical gold bullion, which will be stored at the Royal Canadian Mint.
The Trust will be managed by an experienced team of precious metals investors from Sprott, including Eric Sprott, John Embry, Charles Oliver and Jamie Horvat. Sprott is a recognized leader in gold investing.
In addition to daily liquidity through the NYSE Arca and the Toronto Stock Exchange, unitholders will be able to redeem Units on a monthly basis for physical gold bullion, for a redemption price equal to 100% of the NAV of the redeemed Units, less related expenses, including handling, delivery and storage.
Additional detail on the Trust can be found in the final prospectus available on EDGAR (www.edgar.com) and SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or on the Trust's website at www.sprottphysicalgoldtrust.com.
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Sprott Asset Management LP. (www.sprott.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprott Inc. (www.sprottinc.com) is a fund company dedicated to achieving superior returns for its investors over time. SAM manages assets primarily for institutions, endowments and high net worth individuals. Sprott Asset Management LP. is the investment manager of the Sprott Funds. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Mutual Funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. The information contained herein does not constitute an offer or solicitation by anyone in the United States or in any other jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is not authorized or to any person to whom it is unlawful to make such an offer or solicitation. Prospective investors should consult their financial advisor to determine if these Funds may be sold in their jurisdiction.