Frequently Asked Questions About Reverse Splits
Effective October 17, 2011
- What is a reverse split?
- Which ProFunds are subject to reverse splits, and what are the ratios?
- Who will participate in the reverse splits?
- How many shares of each fund will be received as a result of the reverse splits?
- Will ProFunds shareholders participating in reverse splits incur any additional fees?
- Will the ticker symbols or CUSIP numbers change?
What is a reverse split?
A reverse split increases the NAV and proportionately reduces the number of shares outstanding for a fund. A reverse split does not change the value of investors' investments. For example, in a 1:5 reverse split, every five pre-split shares held by a shareholder will result in the receipt of one post-split share, which will be priced five times higher than the NAV of pre-split shares.
|UltraShort NASDAQ 100||USPIX||USPSX||1:5|
|UltraShort Small Cap||UCPIX||UCPSX||1:5|
Funds subject to 1:10 reverse splits effective on October 17:
|UltraShort Emerging Mkts||UVPIX||UVPSX||1:10|
|Mobile Telecom UltraSector||WCPIX||WCPSX||1:10|
|Record Date||Effective Date|
|October 14, 2011||October 17, 2011|
Any shareholder as of the close of the markets on the record date (see table above) will participate in the reverse split. Shares will begin trading at post-split prices on the effective date, October 17, 2011.
How many shares of each fund will be received as a result of the reverse splits?
The number of shares to be received will be different for each fund, depending upon the fund's split ratio (see tables for split ratios).
As an example, ProFunds UltraShort NASDAQ-100 (USPIX) will undergo a 1-for-5 reverse split. This means for every five shares of the fund, an investor will receive one share. As a result of these reverse splits, share prices will be adjusted proportionately higher.
Example of a hypothetical 1-for-5 reverse split:
|# of Shares Owned on Record Date||Hypothetical NAV||Value of Shares|
After the reverse split, shareholders will own fewer shares, but the price per share will be proportionately higher. As a result, the value of an investment will not change.
Will ProFunds shareholders participating in reverse splits incur any additional fees?
Accounts held directly at ProFunds will not incur a fee for this reverse split. ProFunds shareholders holding shares through a brokerage platform could incur a corporate action processing fee. Shareholders should check with their brokerage firms to determine whether their accounts will be charged.
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