NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Effective December 23, 2022, the Franklin FTSE Russia ETF (FLRU) has suspended the right of redemption of its shares pursuant to an exemptive order issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in order to permit FLRU to liquidate its portfolio.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted a range of sanctions and other capital controls that prevent Franklin Templeton and other non-Russian investors from buying and selling Russian securities. As a result, FLRU’s current holdings of Russian equity securities cannot immediately be liquidated. Franklin Templeton cautions investors that it is expected that the liquidation of FLRU will take an extended period of time if circumstances involving Russian securities markets do not improve.
Franklin Templeton anticipates that FLRU will remain in existence until at least December 31, 2023, to allow FLRU to sell the securities, if conditions permit; FLRU may be terminated sooner if all of the Russian securities have been sold before that date (or they cease to represent valid interests in their issuers). After December 31, 2023, FLRU may be terminated at any time, at the discretion of FLRU’s Board of Trustees, even if not all of the Russian securities have been sold. Due to the uncertainty involved, there can be no assurance that shareholders would receive any liquidating distribution relating to any unsold Russian securities.
Please see FLRU’s web page for future updates about FLRU and the status of the liquidation.
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Effective March 1, 2022, FLRU suspended new creations of its shares effective until further notice in light of ongoing issues related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In addition, effective March 4, 2022, NYSE Arca, Inc., FLRU’s primary listing exchange, halted trading of FLRU. Since trading in FLRU’s shares is halted, FLRU no longer has a daily closing price, and a premium/discount to net asset value (NAV) cannot be calculated. Additionally, the value and liquidity of Russian securities experienced significant declines due to the circumstances related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The Russian securities markets did not open for trading on February 28, 2022, and were closed for a period of time before reopening on March 24, 2022, but significant trading limitations have remained. As a result, FLRU fair valued all Russian equity securities at $0 (as of December 21, 2022, such securities continue to be fair valued at $0). Accordingly, as of December 21, 2022, FLRU’s portfolio is comprised of Russian equity securities (currently fair valued at $0 as noted above) and cash. In addition, FTSE Russell has suspended rebalancings/reconstitutions of the FTSE Russia RIC Capped Index, FLRU’s underlying index, including application of the capping methodology, as well as other index policies, until further notice.
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