SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16
UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of July, 2008
CENTRAL FUND OF CANADA LIMITED
(Translation of registrants name into English)
Suite 805, 1323 - 15th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta , Canada T3C 0X8
(Address of principal executive office)
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
CENTRAL FUND OF CANADA LIMITED
|Date: July 22, 2008
By: /s/ J.C. STEFAN SPICER
J.C. Stefan Spicer, President & CEO
CENTRAL FUND CLOSES U.S.$150,052,500 CLASS A SHARE ISSUE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
on July 22, 2008
and U.S. Disclosure Circuit
TSX SYMBOLS: CEF.A and CEF.U
AMEX SYMBOL: CEF
TORONTO, Ontario (July 22, 2008) - Central Fund of Canada Limited (Central Fund) of Calgary, Alberta is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of 11,115,000 Class A Shares of Central Fund at a price of U.S.$13.50 to CIBC World Markets Inc. (the Underwriter), raising total gross proceeds of U.S.$150,052,500.00. The Class A Shares offered were primarily sold to investors in Canada and in the United States under the multijurisdictional disclosure system.
The underwritten price of U.S.$13.50 per Class A Share was non-dilutive and accretive for the existing shareholders of Central Fund. In keeping with the policies established by the board of directors of Central Fund, Central Fund has invested substantially all of the net proceeds of the issue (after deducting fees payable to the Underwriter and expenses of the issue) in gold and silver bullion, with the balance of the net proceeds reserved for additional bullion purchases and working capital purposes. It is anticipated that the additional capital raised by the issue will assist Central Funds objective of reducing the annual expense ratio in favour of all shareholders of Central Fund.
The new total of issued and outstanding Class A Shares of Central Fund is 140,567,713. The investment holdings of Central Fund are now represented by approximately 897,982 fine ounces of gold, 44,893,456 ounces of silver and U.S.$38,385,618 in cash.
The Class A Shares of Central Fund are qualified investments for RRSPs, DPSPs, RRIFs, RESPs and RDSPs. The Class A Shares are also eligible investments in the United States for various regulated investors and accounts.
Central Fund has filed a prospectus supplement to the base shelf prospectus and registration statement dated March 31, 2008 with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the offering to which this communication relates. An investor should read the base shelf prospectus including the prospectus supplement and any other documents Central Fund 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 Fund and this offering. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus and a prospectus supplement in respect of the offering filed in the United States from CIBC World Markets Corp., 300 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10017 or request a copy by telephone at 212-667-7014. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus and a prospectus supplement in respect of the offering filed in Canada from CIBC World Markets Inc., by requesting a copy by fax 416-594-7242 or 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 Funds 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 Funds filings with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the SEC.
Central Fund of Canada Limited (est. 1961) is an exchange tradeable refined gold and silver bullion holding company. Central Funds Class A Shares are qualified for inclusion in many North American regulated accounts. Bullion holdings are stored on an unencumbered, allocated, segregated and insured basis in the treasury vaults of a major Canadian bank and are counted semi-annually in the presence of Central Funds auditors and bank representatives. Class A Shares are quoted on the AMEX, symbol CEF and the TSX, symbol CEF.A (Cdn.$) and CEF.U (U.S.$).
For further information, please contact J.C. Stefan Spicer, President and CEO at 905-648-7878
Website: www.centralfund.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.