NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Trustees of the Direxion Shares ETF Trust has decided to liquidate and close the Direxion Daily Cyber Security & IT Bear 2X Shares (Ticker: HAKD), Direxion Daily Pharmaceutical & Medical Bull 2X Shares (Ticker: PILL) and Direxion Daily Pharmaceutical & Medical Bear 2X Shares (Ticker: PILS) (each a "Fund" and collectively the "Funds") based on the recommendation of Rafferty Asset Management, LLC, the Trust's advisor.
Due to the Funds' inability to attract sufficient investment assets, Rafferty believes it cannot continue to conduct its business and operations in an economically efficient manner. As a result, the Board concluded that liquidating and closing the Funds would be in the best interest of each Fund and its shareholders.
Shares of each Fund will stop trading on the NYSE Arca, Inc., and will no longer be open to purchase by investors, at the close of regular trading on March 31, 2017 ("the Closing Date"). Shareholders may sell their holdings in each Fund prior to the Closing Date and customary brokerage charges may apply to these transactions. However, from April 3, 2017, through April 7, 2017 (the "Liquidation Date"), shareholders may only be able to sell their shares to certain broker-dealers and there is no assurance that there will be a market for each Fund's shares during this time period. Between the Closing Date and the Liquidation Date, each Fund will be in the process of closing down and liquidating its portfolio. This process will result in each Fund increasing its cash holdings and, as a consequence, not tracking its underlying index, which may not be consistent with each Fund's investment objective and strategy.
On or about the Liquidation Date, the Funds will liquidate their assets and distribute cash pro rata to all remaining shareholders who have not previously redeemed or exchanged their shares. These distributions are taxable events. In addition, these payments to shareholders will include accrued capital gains and dividends, if any. As calculated on the Liquidation Date, each Fund's net asset value will reflect the costs of closing the Fund. Once the distributions are complete, the Funds will terminate.
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There is no guarantee that the Funds will achieve their objectives.
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The ETFs are not suitable for all investors and should be utilized only by investors who understand the risks associated with seeking daily leveraged and inverse investment results, and intend to actively monitor and manage their investments. Due to the daily nature of the leveraged and inverse investment strategies employed, there is no guarantee of long-term inverse returns. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of Direxion ETFs carefully before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contains this and other information about Direxion ETFs. Download a prospectus and summary prospectus at direxioninvestments.com. The prospectus and summary prospectus should be read carefully before investing.
An investment in the ETFs involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. The ETFs are non-diversified and include risks associated with concentration risk that results from the Funds' investments in a particular industry or sector which can increase volatility. The use of derivatives such as futures contracts, forward contracts, options and swaps are subject to market risks that may cause their price to fluctuate over time. The Funds do not attempt to, and should not be expected to, provide returns which are a multiple of the return of the Index for periods other than a single day. For other risks including correlation, compounding, market volatility and specific risks regarding each sector, please read the prospectus.
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