ETF Securities to sell its European ETF platform to LGIM

LONDON, November 15th, 2017 : ETF Securities Limited ( ETF Securities ) has agreed to sell its European Exchange Traded Fund platform, known as Canvas, to Legal & General Investment Management (Holdings) Limited ( LGIM ).

The ETF platform comprises an Irish-based UCITS fund and a UK-based investment manager and has $2.7* billion of AUM spread across 17 products.  The Canvas team will be moving to LGIM.

The sale is subject to regulatory approval and is anticipated to close in Q1 2018.

Graham Tuckwell, Founder and Chairman of ETF Securities, says: “We have built the Canvas business from scratch to be Europe’s largest independent ETF provider and it is now of a size and quality that can be taken to the next level of growth by a large and highly respected firm such as LGIM.  Combining the ETF expertise and capabilities of Canvas with the scale and reach of LGIM should be transformative for existing and new customers.”

Mark Weeks, the UK CEO of ETF Securities says: “This transaction reflects growing appetite for innovative content ETFs across the industry and is the result of extensive discussions with LGIM on how we can best work together to deliver new and exciting products to our customers.  We strongly believe that ownership by LGIM it is in the best long-term interests of our ETF investors and we intend to deliver a seamless handover of the business.”

ENDS

*As at November 10th 2017

Contact: PR@etfsecurities.com  

Notes

ETF Securities has also agreed to sell its main operation in Europe, being its Exchange Traded Commodity business with $17.6* billion of AUM.  Details are contained in a separate announcement .

About ETF Securities

The ETF Securities Group is one of the world’s leading innovators of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) and provides specialist investment solutions to investors around the world, enabling them to intelligently build and diversify their portfolios.

We are pioneers in specialist investments, having developed the world’s first gold exchange traded product. Today we offer one of the most innovative ranges of specialist ETPs covering commodities, FX, equities and fixed income. Using that pioneering spirit, our unrivalled expertise and by working with best-in-class third parties, we seek out the most interesting investment opportunities and make them accessible to investors as the intelligent alternative.

For further information, please visit: www.etfsecurities.com  

Important Information

This financial promotion has been issued and approved for the purpose of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 by ETF Securities (UK) Limited (“ETFS UK”) which is authorised and regulated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”).

The fund discussed in this document (the “ Fund ”) is issued by GO UCITS ETF Solutions Plc (the " Issuer "). The Issuer has been authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland as a UCITS pursuant to the European Communities (Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) Regulations, 2003 and shall issue a separate class of shares (the " Shares ") representing each sub-fund although it may not have to comply with the same rules as those applicable to a similar product approved in the UK. The Fund is a recognised scheme for the purposes of section 264 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and may, therefore, be offered to the public in the United Kingdom.

The information in this document is provided for information only. Nothing in this document amounts to, and nothing in this document should be construed as, investment advice, an offer for sale or a solicitation or an offer to buy securities and should not be used as the basis for any investment decision. Any decision to invest should be based on the information contained in the prospectus which includes information on the risks associated with an investment in this product. You should consult an independent investment adviser prior to making any investment in order to determine its suitability to your circumstances.

The price of securities may go up or down.  An investor may not get back the amount originally invested and may lose all of their investment. Securities are priced in US Dollars and the value of the investment in other currencies will be affected by exchange rate movements. Past performance and back-tested data is not a reliable indicator of future results. Please read the prospectus before investing. Further information, including the prospectus, fund specific supplement and the Key Investor Information Document for the Fund(s), can be found at www.etfsecurities.com  

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