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 May, 2010
Commission File Number 001-09038
CENTRAL FUND OF CANADA LIMITED
(Translation of registrant’s 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: May 18, 2010
By: /s/ J.C. STEFAN SPICER
J.C. Stefan Spicer, President & CEO
EXHIBIT NO. DESCRIPTION
99.1 Press Release dated May 18, 2010
CENTRAL FUND CLOSES U.S. $375,705,000 CLASS A SHARE ISSUE
For Immediate Release to
U.S. Disclosure Circuit
TSX SYMBOLS: CEF.A (Cdn.$) and CEF.U (U.S.$)
NYSE AMEX EQUITIES SYMBOL: CEF
TORONTO, Ontario (May 18, 2010) - Central Fund of Canada Limited (“Central Fund”) of Calgary, Alberta is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of 25,300,000 Class A Shares of Central Fund at a price of U.S.$14.85 per Class A Share to a syndicate of underwriters (the “Underwriters”) led by CIBC, raising total gross proceeds of U.S.$375,705,000. 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. $14.85 per Class A Share was non-dilutive and accretive for the existing Shareholders of Central Fund. Substantially all of the net proceeds of the offering have been invested in gold and silver bullion in international banker bar denominations, in keeping with the asset allocation requirements in the constating documents of Central Fund and the policies established by the Board of Directors of Central Fund, with the balance of the net proceeds reserved for working capital purposes. The additional capital raised by this underwriting is expected to assist in reducing the annual expense ratio in favour of the Shareholders of Central Fund.
The new total of issued and outstanding Class A Shares of Central Fund is 238,282,713. The refined bullion and small bullion certificate holdings of Central Fund are now represented by approximately 1,504,234 fine ounces of gold and 75,209,103 ounces of silver. Cash and short-term interest bearing certificates, less accrued liabilities, now total a net amount of approximately U.S. $86,000,000.
Central Fund has filed a second prospectus supplement to the base shelf prospectus and registration statement dated September 8, 2009 with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the offering to which this communication relates. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus and prospectus supplement filed in the United States from CIBC World Markets Corp., 425 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10017, by fax at 212-667-6303 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus and prospectus supplement filed in Canada from CIBC, fax 416-594-7242 or request a copy by telephone at 416-594-7270.
Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Central Fund’s actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those risks detailed in Central Fund’s filings with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the SEC.
Central Fund of Canada Limited (Est. 1961) is an exchange-tradeable, refined gold and silver bullion holding company. Class A Shares are qualified for inclusion in many North American regulated accounts. Central Fund’s bullion holdings are stored unencumbered in allocated and segregated safekeeping in Canada, in the treasury vaults of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The gold and silver bullion holdings are physically inspected by Central Fund’s Officers and Directors along with Ernst & Young LLP representatives in the presence of bank officials. Class A Shares are quoted on the NYSE Amex Equities, symbol CEF and on the TSX, symbols CEF.A (Cdn.$) 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