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 January, 2009
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: January 26, 2008||
By: /s/ J.C. STEFAN SPICER
J.C. Stefan Spicer, President & CEO
CENTRAL FUND ANNOUNCES PROPOSED OFFERING
For Immediate Release to
U. S. Disclosure Circuit
TSX SYMBOLS: CEF.A (Cdn. $) and CEF.U (U.S. $)
NYSE ALTERNEXT US SYMBOL: CEF
TORONTO, Ontario (January 26, 2009) Central Fund of Canada Limited (Central Fund) of Calgary, Alberta announced today that it plans to offer Class A Shares of Central Fund to the public in Canada and the United States under its existing U.S.$750,000,000 base shelf prospectus dated March 31, 2008 and filed with the securities commissions in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Québec, and under the multijurisdictional disclosure system in the United States pursuant to a proposed underwritten offering by CIBC World Markets Inc. Central Fund will only proceed with the offering if it is non-dilutive to the net asset value of the Class A Shares owned by the existing shareholders of Central Fund.
The remaining amount of approximately U.S.$470,000,000 of the original U.S.$750,000,000 provided for in the base shelf prospectus is available for this offering.
Substantially all of the net proceeds of the offering will be used for gold and silver bullion purchases, in keeping with the asset allocation policies established by the Board of Directors of Central Fund. Any additional capital raised by the offering is expected to assist in reducing the annual expense ratio in favour of the shareholders of Central Fund.
Central Fund has filed a base shelf prospectus and registration statement with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities 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 supplements and any other documents Central Fund has filed with the securities commissions in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Québec, and the SEC for more complete information about Central Fund and this offering. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus and prospectus supplements 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus and prospectus supplements filed in Canada from CIBC World Markets Inc., 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 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. Class A Shares are qualified for inclusion in many North American regulated accounts. Central Funds bullion holdings are stored on an unencumbered, allocated, segregated and insured basis in the treasury vaults of a major Canadian bank and are audited semi-annually in the presence of Central Funds auditors and bank representatives. Class A Shares are quoted on the NYSE Alternext US, symbol CEF and the TSX, symbols 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: email@example.com.