ProShares, a premier provider of ETFs, announced today forward and reverse share splits on seventeen of its ETFs. The splits will not change the total value of a shareholder’s investment and will be effective on two separate dates.
Seven ETFs will forward split shares at the following split ratios:
ProShares Large Cap Core Plus
ProShares Ultra Technology
ProShares Ultra S&P500
ProShares UltraPro QQQ
ProShares Ultra Consumer Services
ProShares UltraPro S&P500
ProShares Ultra Consumer Goods
All forward splits will apply to shareholders of record as of market close on January 11, 2022, payable after market close on January 12, 2022. All forward splits will be effective prior to market open on January 13, 2022, when the funds will begin trading at their post-split prices. The ticker symbols and CUSIP numbers for the funds will not change.
The forward splits will decrease the price per share of each fund with a proportionate increase in the number of shares outstanding. For example, for a two-for-one split, every pre-split share will result in the receipt of two post-split shares, which will be priced at one-half the net asset value (“NAV”) of a pre-split share.
Illustration of a Forward Split
The following table shows the effect of a hypothetical two-for-one forward split:
# of Shares Owned
Value of Shares
Reverse Splits – Phase 1
ProShares will implement reverse splits for ten ETFs in two phases, on two separate dates. Nine ETFs will reverse split shares at the following split ratios:
ProShares Short Real Estate
ProShares UltraShort Technology
ProShares UltraShort Financials
ProShares UltraShort Oil & Gas
ProShares UltraShort Dow30
ProShares Short Basic Materials
ProShares UltraShort S&P500
ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ
ProShares UltraPro Short Russell2000
All reverse splits for Phase 1 will be effective prior to market open on January 13, 2022, when the funds will begin trading at their post-split prices. The ticker symbols for the funds will not change. All funds undergoing a reverse split will be issued new CUSIP numbers, listed above.
Reverse Splits – Phase 2
One ETF will reverse split shares at the following split ratio:
ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas
All reverse splits for Phase 2 will be effective prior to market open on January 14, 2022, when the fund will begin trading at its post-split price. The ticker symbol for the fund will not change. The fund undergoing a reverse split will be issued a new CUSIP number, listed above.
The reverse split will increase the price per share of each fund with a proportionate decrease in the number of shares outstanding. For example, for a one-for-five reverse split, every five pre-split shares will result in the receipt of one post-split share, which will be priced five times higher than the NAV of a pre-split share.
Illustration of a Reverse Split
The following table shows the effect of a hypothetical one-for-five reverse split:
# of Shares Owned
Value of Shares
Fractional Shares from Reverse Splits
For shareholders who hold quantities of shares that are not an exact multiple of the reverse split ratio (for example, not a multiple of five for a one-for-five reverse split), the reverse split will result in the creation of a fractional share. Post-reverse split fractional shares will be redeemed for cash and sent to your broker of record. This redemption may cause some shareholders to realize gains or losses, which could be a taxable event for those shareholders.
ProShares has been at the forefront of the ETF revolution since 2006. ProShares now offers one of the largest lineups of ETFs, and along with its affiliates, manages approximately $75 billion in assets. The company is the leader in strategies such as dividend growth, interest rate hedged bond, thematics and geared (leveraged and inverse) ETF investing. ProShares continues to innovate with products that provide strategic and tactical opportunities for investors to manage risk and enhance returns.
December 22, 2021
Geared (leveraged or short) ProShares ETFs seek returns that are a multiple of (e.g., 2x or -2x) the return of an index or other benchmark (target) for a single day, as measured from one NAV calculation to the next. Due to the compounding of daily returns, ProShares' returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the target return for the same period. These effects may be more pronounced in funds with larger or inverse multiples and in funds with volatile benchmarks. Investors should monitor their ProShares holdings consistent with their strategies, as frequently as daily. For more on correlation, leverage and other risks, please read the prospectus.
Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. ProShares ETFs are generally non-diversified, and each entails certain risks, which may include risk associated with the use of derivatives (swap agreements, futures contracts and similar instruments), imperfect benchmark correlation, leverage and market price variance, all of which can increase volatility and decrease performance. Short positions lose value as security prices increase. Narrowly focused investments typically exhibit higher volatility. Investments in smaller companies typically exhibit higher volatility. Smaller company stocks also may trade at greater spreads or lower trading volumes and may be less liquid than stocks of larger companies. Please see summary and full prospectuses for a more complete description of risks. There is no guarantee any ProShares ETF will achieve its investment objective.
Carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of ProShares before investing. This and other information can be found in their summary and full prospectuses. Read them carefully before investing. Separate ProShares Trust II prospectuses available for Volatility, Commodity, and Currency ProShares.
ProShares are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co., which is not affiliated with the funds' advisor or sponsor.