Barclays Bank PLC Extends Consent Solicitation Period for iPath® Bloomberg Energy Subindex Total Return ETN

NEW YORK--()--Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”) announced today that it has extended by one month the expiration date of its consent solicitation (the “Consent Solicitation”) for the iPath® Bloomberg Energy Subindex Total ReturnSM ETN (“the ETNs”). The ETNs trade on the NYSE Arca exchange under the ticker symbol JJE.

Barclays is continuing to solicit consents (the “Consents”) for the ETNs to the proposed amendments described below (collectively, the “Proposed Amendment”) on the terms and conditions as set forth in the Consent Solicitation Statement, dated October 1, 2015 (the “Consent Solicitation Statement”) and the accompanying Voter Instruction Form (the “VIF”). Consents are being solicited from each person in whose name beneficial ownership of the ETNs was recorded as of 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on September 24, 2015, the record date for the Consent Solicitation.

The Consent Solicitation will now expire on November 30, 2015, or such earlier date (the “Effective Time”) on which the approval of holders of a majority in aggregate principal amount (the “Required Consents”) of the ETNs is received and Barclays declares the Proposed Amendment to be effective. Barclays may terminate or extend the Consent Solicitation at any time in its sole discretion.

If the Required Consents are received for the ETNs in accordance with the Consent Solicitation Statement, the Proposed Amendment would, as of the date on which the Proposed Amendment is made effective:

  • require Barclays to automatically redeem all, but not less than all, of the outstanding ETNs if, on any calendar day prior to or on the final valuation date, the closing indicative note value is less than $3.00 per ETN;
  • reduce the investor fee for the ETNs applicable to the period beginning on the day after the Amendment Date and continuing until the maturity date from an amount equal to 0.75% per annum times the principal amount of the holder’s ETNs times the index factor to an amount equal to 0.70% per annum times the principal amount of the holder’s ETNs times the index factor, in each case calculated on a daily basis; and
  • reduce the minimum number of the ETNs required to be redeemed for a holder to exercise its right to redeem ETNs prior to maturity will be reduced from 50,000 ETNs to 30,000 ETNs.

The Proposed Amendment for the ETNs cannot be partitioned and will take effect as a single proposal if all conditions are met. If any conditions fail to be met for the ETNs, none of the amendments listed above will become effective.

Under the indenture relating to the ETNs, the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), as registered holder of the ETNs, must deliver (and not revoke) valid Consents in respect of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the outstanding ETNs to approve the Proposed Amendment. For purposes of the Consent Solicitation, DTC has provided an omnibus proxy to the financial institutions acting as participants in its system to submit Consents on its behalf and such financial institutions have, in turn, provided proxies to Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (“Broadridge”) to submit Consents on their behalf after soliciting and obtaining consent to the Proposed Amendment from the beneficial owners of the ETNs.

The process for vote submission described in the Consent Solicitation Statement allows beneficial owners of the ETNs to submit their Consents to the Proposed Amendment to Broadridge, which has been engaged by Barclays as the solicitation agent and tabulation agent for the Consent Solicitation. The Consent Solicitation is subject to the terms and conditions of the Consent Solicitation Statement and the VIF, including with respect to the timing for delivering Consents and the effectiveness of the Proposed Amendment.

None of Barclays, Broadridge, The Bank of New York Mellon (in its capacity as indenture trustee for the ETNs) or any of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates makes any recommendation as to whether beneficial owners of the ETNs should deliver Consents to the Proposed Amendment pursuant to the Consent Solicitation, and no one has been authorized by any of them to make such a recommendation. The Consent Solicitation Statement and the VIF, which contain important information regarding the terms and conditions of the Consent Solicitation and the respective rights and obligations of Barclays and the beneficial owners of the ETNs, should be read before any decision is made with respect to the Consent Solicitation.

Any questions or requests for assistance concerning the Consent Solicitation may be directed to Broadridge, the solicitation agent and tabulation agent for the Consent Solicitation, at the following address and telephone number:

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717
Attn: Barclays Commodities Consent Solicitation

Consents may be submitted as follows:

     

 

By First Class Mail:
Proxy Services
P.O. Box 9175

Farmingdale, NY 11735-9847

 

 

 

By Courier:
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
1155 Long Island Ave.

Edgewood, NY 11717

 

By Electronic Communication:
www.proxyvote.com

 

 

To Confirm Please Call:
1-855-601-2252

 

 

About iPath® ETNs

An investment in iPath ETNs involves significant risks and may not be suitable for all investors. The ETNs are riskier than ordinary unsecured debt securities and have no principal protection. For more information on risks associated with the ETNs, please see "Selected Risk Considerations" below and the risk factors included in the relevant prospectus.

The prospectus relating to the ETNs can be found on EDGAR, the SEC website, at: www.sec.gov. The prospectus is also available on the product website at www.iPathETN.com.

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Selected Risk Considerations

An investment in the iPath ETNs described herein (the “ETNs”) involves risks. Selected risks are summarized here, but we urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks described under “Risk Factors” in the applicable prospectus supplement and pricing supplement.

You May Lose Some or All of Your Principal: The ETNs are exposed to any decrease in the level of the underlying index between the inception date and the applicable valuation date. Additionally, if the level of the underlying index is insufficient to offset the negative effect of the investor fee and other applicable costs, you will lose some or all of your investment at maturity or upon redemption, even if the value of such index has increased. Because the ETNs are subject to an investor fee and any other applicable costs, the return on the ETNs will always be lower than the total return on a direct investment in the index components. The ETNs are riskier than ordinary unsecured debt securities and have no principal protection.

Credit of Barclays Bank PLC: The ETNs are unsecured debt obligations of the issuer, Barclays Bank PLC, and are not, either directly or indirectly, an obligation of or guaranteed by any third party. Any payment to be made on the ETNs, including any payment at maturity or upon redemption, depends on the ability of Barclays Bank PLC to satisfy its obligations as they come due. As a result, the actual and perceived creditworthiness of Barclays Bank PLC will affect the market value, if any, of the ETNs prior to maturity or redemption. In addition, in the event Barclays Bank PLC were to default on its obligations, you may not receive any amounts owed to you under the terms of the ETNs.

Market and Volatility Risk: The prices of physical commodities, including the commodities underlying the index components, can fluctuate widely due to supply and demand disruptions in major producing or consuming regions. Additionally, the market value of the ETNs may be influenced by many unpredictable factors including changes in supply and demand relationships, governmental policies and economic events.

A Trading Market for the ETNs May Not Develop: Although the ETNs are listed on NYSE Arca, a trading market for the ETNs may not develop and the liquidity of the ETNs may be limited, as we are not required to maintain any listing of the ETNs.

No Interest Payments from the ETNs: You may not receive any interest payments on the ETNs.

Restrictions on the Minimum Number of ETNs and Date Restrictions for Redemptions: You must redeem at least 50,000 ETNs (30,000 ETNs if the Proposed Amendment is accepted for an issue) of the same issue at one time in order to exercise your right to redeem your ETNs on any redemption date. You may only redeem your ETNs on a redemption date if we receive a notice of redemption from you by certain dates and times as set forth in the pricing supplement.

Uncertain Tax Treatment: Significant aspects of the tax treatment of the ETNs are uncertain. You should consult your own tax advisor about your own tax situation.

BlackRock Investments, LLC, assists in the promotion of the ETNs.

The ETNs may be sold throughout the day on the exchange through any brokerage account. There are restrictions on the minimum number of ETNs you may redeem directly with the issuer as specified in the applicable prospectus. Commissions may apply and there are tax consequences in the event of sale, redemption or maturity of ETNs. Sales in the secondary market may result in significant losses.

“Bloomberg®”, “Bloomberg Commodity IndexSM”, “Bloomberg Commodity Index Total ReturnSM”, “Bloomberg Energy Subindex Total ReturnSM” and “BCOM” are service marks of Bloomberg Finance L.P. and its affiliates (collectively, “Bloomberg”) and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by Barclays Bank PLC. Any ETNs based on the indices are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Bloomberg, UBS AG, UBS Securities LLC (“UBS”), or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates. None of Bloomberg, UBS AG, UBS Securities or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of or counterparties to the ETNs or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities or commodities generally or in the ETNs particularly.

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Contacts

Barclays
Mark Lane, +1-212-412-1413
mark.lane@barclays.com

Contacts

Barclays
Mark Lane, +1-212-412-1413
mark.lane@barclays.com