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RBC Global Asset Management Inc. announces maturity date of RBC Target 2020 Corporate Bond Index ETF and Change of Fiscal Year-End of RBC ETFs

TORONTO, April 16, 2020 — RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (“RBC GAM Inc.”) today announced that RBC Target 2020 Corporate Bond Index ETF (TSX:RQH) will mature on Friday, November 13, 2020 (the “maturity date”).

Unlike traditional exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), which have a perpetual life, target maturity ETFs have a specified maturity date that is established when the ETF is launched and disclosed in its prospectus. When the ETF reaches its maturity date, the ETF’s final net asset value (“NAV”) is returned to the current unitholders. 

A target maturity ETF’s portfolio contains securities that mature throughout its stated maturity year. This structure results in a duration profile similar to that of an individual bond, where the ETF’s duration can be expected to decline as it approaches maturity, reducing sensitivity to interest rate changes. These ETFs do not seek to return any predetermined amount at maturity. 

The RBC family of Target Maturity Corporate Bond ETFs includes six ETFs with maturities ranging from 2020 to 2025. 

RBC GAM Inc. will issue an additional press release on or about the maturity date confirming final details of the maturity. Further details of the maturity will be mailed to unitholders of the RBC Target 2020 Corporate Bond Index ETF at least 60 days prior to the maturity date.

In addition, the fiscal year-end of the ETFs managed by RBC GAM Inc. (the “RBC ETFs”) will be changed from December 31 to September 30. As a result, the 2020 fiscal year for the RBC ETFs will be for the period from January 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020 as they transition to the new year-end. The change in fiscal year does not change the RBC ETFs’ tax year-end, which remains December 15 or December 31, as applicable.

For further information regarding RBC ETFs, please visit www.rbcgam.com/etfs.

Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investments in exchange-traded funds. Please read the applicable prospectus or ETF Facts document before investing. ETFs are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. ETF units are bought and sold at market price on a stock exchange and brokerage commissions will reduce returns. RBC ETFs do not seek to return any predetermined amount at maturity. Index returns do not represent RBC ETF returns. RBC ETFs are managed by RBC GAM Inc., a member of the RBC GAM group of companies and an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada.

About RBC Global Asset Management

RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM) is the asset management division of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and includes money managers BlueBay Asset Management and Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management. RBC GAM is a provider of global investment management services and solutions to institutional, high-net-worth and individual investors through separate accounts, pooled funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, exchange-traded funds and specialty investment strategies. The RBC GAM group of companies manage approximately $460 billion in assets and have approximately 1,400 employees located across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.