Market Vectors® Egypt Index ETF (EGPT) and Africa Index ETF (AFK) to Begin Accruing for Potential Tax Liability
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to a 10% tax liability imposed by Egypt on dividends and capital gains from investments in Egyptian issuers, Market Vectors® Egypt Index ETF (NYSE Arca: EGPT®) and Market Vectors® Africa Index ETF (NYSE Arca: AFK®) will begin accruing for such tax effective July 18, 2014, it was announced today.
It is estimated that, as of July 18, 2014, the accrual of this tax will reduce EGPT’s net asset value by $0.08 per share while having no material impact on AFK’s net asset value. However, the future impact of such tax liability on EGPT’s and AFK’s net asset value will fluctuate over time.
EGPT seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the Market Vectors Egypt Index (MVEGPTTR) (the “Egypt Index”). The Egypt Index consists of at least 25 companies targeting coverage of 90% of the free-float market capitalization of the Egyptian investable universe. AFK seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the Market Vectors GDP Africa Index (MVAFKTR) (the “Africa Index”). The Africa Index tracks the performance of the largest and most liquid companies in Africa. The weighting of a country in the Africa Index is determined by the size of its gross domestic product.
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The Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF and the Market Vectors Africa Index ETF (“the Funds”) may be subject to risks which include, among others, imposition of capital controls, expropriation and/or normalization of assets, political instability, armed conflict, civil war, social instability, unreliable material information, premium/discount risk, restrictions on foreign investment, repatriation requirements, and restricted markets, all of which may adversely affect each Fund. Foreign, frontier markets, and African investments are subject to risks, which include changes in economic and political conditions, foreign currency fluctuations, changes in foreign regulations, changes in currency exchange rates, unstable governments, restrictions of foreign ownership, and limited trading capacity which may make these investments volatile in price or difficult to trade. Small-, medium-, and micro-capitalization companies may be subject to elevated risks. The Funds’ assets may be concentrated in a particular sector and may be subject to more risk than investments in a diverse group of sectors.
Market Vectors Egypt Index and Market Vectors GDP Africa Index (the “Indexes”) are the exclusive property of Market Vectors Index Solutions GmbH (a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Eck Associates Corporation), which has contracted with Solactive AG to maintain and calculate the Indexes. Solactive AG uses its best efforts to ensure that the Indexes are calculated correctly. Irrespective of its obligations towards Market Vectors Index Solutions GmbH, Solactive AG has no obligation to point out errors in the Indexes to third parties. The Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, or promoted by Market Vectors Index Solutions GmbH, and Market Vectors Index Solutions GmbH makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Funds.
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