ProShares Announces ETF Reverse Share Split


ProShares.com – Bethesda – ProShares, the largest provider of geared ETFs,1 announced today a 1:2 reverse split on ProShares Short S&P 500 (SH).

SH is the largest geared fund in the United States with approximately $3 billion in assets.2 The fund has an average daily volume of about 7 million shares.

The details of the reverse split are as follows:

Ticker ProShares ETF Split Ratio Old CUSIP New CUSIP
SH Short S&P 500 1:2 74347R503 74347B425

The reverse split will be effective on June 24, 2016, when the fund will begin trading at its post-split price. The ticker symbol for the fund will not change. The fund will be issued a new CUSIP number, listed above.

The reverse split will increase the price per share of the fund with a proportionate decrease in the number of shares outstanding. Every two pre-split shares will result in the receipt of one post-split share, which will be priced two times higher than the NAV of a pre-split share.

Illustration of a Reverse Split

The following table shows the effect of a hypothetical 1-for-2 reverse split:

Period # of Shares Owned Hypothetical NAV Value of Shares
Pre-Split 1,000 $10.00 $10,000.00
Post-Split 500 $20.00 $10,000.00

Fractional Shares from Reverse Splits

For shareholders who hold quantities of shares that are not an exact multiple of the reverse split ratio, that is, not a multiple of 2, the reverse split will result in the creation of a fractional share. Post-reverse split fractional shares will be redeemed for cash and sent to your broker of record. This redemption may cause some shareholders to realize gains or losses, which could be a taxable event for those shareholders.

About ProShares

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