Direxion Announces Reverse Splits of Five ETFs

NEW YORK—February 28, 2018— Direxion has announced it will execute a reverse split of the issued and outstanding shares of the Direxion Daily Technology Bear 3X Shares, Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3X Shares, Direxion Daily MSCI Emerging Markets Bear 3X Shares, Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bear 3X Shares and the Direxion Daily FTSE China Bear 3X Shares (each a “Fund” and collectively the “Funds”). The total market value of the shares outstanding will not be affected as a result of these splits, except with respect to the redemption of fractional shares, as outlined below.

After the close of the markets on March 28, 2018, the Funds will affect reverse splits of their issued and outstanding shares as follows:

Fund Name Reverse Split Ratio Approximate decrease
in total number
of outstanding shares
Direxion Daily Technology Bear 3X Shares 1 for 5 80%
Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3X Shares 1 for 5 80%
Direxion Daily MSCI Emerging Markets Bear 3X Shares 1 for 5 80%
Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bear 3X Shares 1 for 10 80%
Direxion Daily FTSE China Bear 3X Shares 1 for 10 80%

 

The following table summarizes the five Funds undergoing reverse splits (please note the CUSIP changes, effective March 29, 2018):

Fund Name Ticker Current CUSIP New CUSIP
Direxion Daily Technology Bear 3X Shares TECS 25490K760 25460E562
Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3X Shares ERY 25459Y454 25460E554
Direxion Daily MSCI Emerging Markets Bear 3X Shares EDZ 25459Y470 25460E547
Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bear 3X Shares LABD 25490K745 25460E539
Direxion Daily FTSE China Bear 3X Shares YANG 25490K836 25460E521

As a result of this reverse split, every five or ten shares of a Fund will be exchanged for one share as indicated in the table above. Accordingly, the total number of the issued and outstanding shares for the Funds will decrease by the approximate percentage indicated above. In addition, the per-share net asset value (“NAV”) and next day’s opening market price will be approximately five- or ten-times higher for the Funds. Shares of the Funds will begin trading on the NYSE Arca, Inc. (the “NYSE Arca”) on a split-adjusted basis on March 29, 2018.

The next day’s opening market value of the Funds’ issued and outstanding shares, and thus a shareholder’s investment value, will not be affected by the reverse split. The table below illustrates the effect of a hypothetical one-for-five or one-for-ten reverse split anticipated for the Funds, as applicable and described above:

1-for-5 Reverse Split

Period # of Shares Owned Hypothetical NAV Total Market Value
Pre-Split 120 $10 $1,200
Post-Split 24 $50 $1,200

1-for-10 Reverse Split

Period # of Shares Owned Hypothetical NAV Total Market Value
Pre-Split 120 $10 $1,200
Post-Split 12 $100 $1,200

The Trust’s transfer agent will notify the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) of the reverse split and instruct DTC to adjust each shareholder’s investment(s) accordingly. DTC is the registered owner of the Funds’ shares and maintains a record of the Funds’ record owners.

Redemption of Fractional Shares and Tax Consequences for the Reverse Split

As a result of the reverse splits, a shareholder of a Fund’s shares potentially could hold a fractional share. However, fractional shares cannot trade on the NYSE Arca. Thus, a Fund will redeem for cash a shareholder’s fractional shares at the Fund’s split-adjusted NAV as of the Record Date. Such redemption may have tax implications for those shareholders and a shareholder could recognize a gain or loss in connection with the redemption of the shareholder’s fractional shares. Otherwise, the reverse splits will not result in a taxable transaction for holders of Fund shares. No transaction fee will be imposed on shareholders for such redemption.

“Odd Lot” Unit

Also as a result of the reverse splits, each Fund may have outstanding one aggregation of less than 50,000 shares to make a creation unit, or an “odd lot unit.” Thus, each Fund will provide one authorized participant with a one-time opportunity to redeem the odd lot unit at the split-adjusted NAV or the NAV on such date the authorized participant seeks to redeem the odd lot unit.

Press Release (pdf)

 

About Direxion:

Direxion builds bold products for investors who want more than the status quo. Our index-based products deliver directional options, magnified exposure, and long-term, rules-based strategies. Founded in 1997, the company has approximately $13.4 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2017. Direxion’s diverse suite of products helps investors navigate today’s ever-changing markets. For more information, please visit www.direxioninvestments.com.

 

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There is no guarantee that the Funds will achieve their investment objectives.

For more information on all Direxion Shares daily leveraged ETFs, go to direxioninvestments.com, or call us at 866.476.7523.

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.

Direxion Shares Risks – An investment in each Fund involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Each Fund is non-diversified and includes risks associated with the Fund concentrating its investments in a particular industry, sector, or geographic region which can result in increased volatility. The use of derivatives such as futures contracts and swaps are subject to market risks that may cause their price to fluctuate over time. Each Fund does not attempt to, and should not be expected to, provide returns which are three times the inverse (or opposite) performance of its underlying index for periods other than a single day. Risks of each Fund include Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk, Leverage Risk, Counterparty Risk, Intra-Day Investment Risk, Daily Inverse Index Correlation/Tracking Risk and risks related to Shorting and Cash Transactions. Please see the summary and full prospectuses for a more complete description of these and other risks of the Funds.

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