TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/28/11 -- Central GoldTrust (TSX: GTU.UN)(TSX: GTU.U)(NYSE Amex: GTU) of Ancaster, Ontario announced today that it has entered into an underwriting agreement with CIBC World Markets Inc., as lead underwriter, and Credit Suisse Securities (Canada), Inc. (the "Underwriters"), under which the Underwriters have agreed to buy and sell to the public in Canada (except Quebec) and in the United States under the multijurisdictional disclosure system, 2,375,000 Units of Central GoldTrust. The Underwriters have been granted the right to increase the size of the offering (the "Right") by up to an additional 300,000 Units, exercisable in whole or in part, at any point prior to 4:00 p.m. (EST) on October 28, 2011. The offering will be made under an initial prospectus supplement to Central GoldTrust's US $1,000,000,000 base shelf prospectus dated October 11, 2011.
The purchase price of U.S. $67.90 per Unit is expected to result in gross proceeds of approximately U.S. $161.3 million, prior to the exercise of the Right. Substantially all the net proceeds of the offering have been committed to purchase gold bullion for settlement at closing, in keeping with the asset allocation provisions outlined in Central GoldTrust's Declaration of Trust and the related policies established by its Board of Trustees. Any additional capital raised by the offering is expected to assist in reducing the annual expense ratio in favour of all Unitholders of Central GoldTrust.
Closing is expected to occur on or about November 4, 2011.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. Central GoldTrust has filed a base shelf prospectus and registration statement with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities (except Quebec) and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the base shelf prospectus and prospectus supplement and any other documents Central GoldTrust has filed with the securities commissions in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Quebec, and the SEC for more complete information about Central GoldTrust and this offering. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus filed in the United States from CIBC World Markets Corp., 425 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10017, by fax at 212-667-6303 or by e-mail at email@example.com. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus filed in Canada from CIBC, fax 416-594-7242 or request a copy by telephone at 416-594-7270.
Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Central GoldTrust's actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those risks detailed in Central GoldTrust's filings with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the SEC.
Central GoldTrust, founded in April 2003, is a passive, self-governing, single purpose, closed-end trust, which presently holds approximately 98% of its net assets in unencumbered, long-term holdings of gold bullion, primarily in physical 400 troy ounce international bars with very minor amounts in certificate form. Central GoldTrust does not actively speculate with regard to short-term changes in gold prices. Central GoldTrust's gold bullion is held unencumbered in allocated and segregated safekeeping in Canada, in the treasury vaults of one of the largest banks in Canada. The gold bullion is physically inspected by appointed Trustees and Officers of Central GoldTrust in the presence of representatives of its auditors, Ernst & Young LLP and bank officials. Central GoldTrust Units are quoted on the NYSE Amex LLC, symbol GTU and on the Toronto Stock Exchange, symbols GTU.UN (Cdn. $) and GTU.U (U.S. $).
J.C. Stefan Spicer
President and CEO