On January 23, 2023, MarketVector Indexes (the “Index Sponsor”), announced a restructuring of the MVIS US Business Development Companies Index (the “Index”), effective after close of trading on June 16, 2023. The Index underlies the ETRACS Quarterly Pay 1.5x Leveraged MVIS BDC Index ETN due June 10, 2050 (“BDCX”) and the ETRACS MVIS Business Development Companies Index ETN due April 26, 2041 (“BDCZ” and together with BDCX, the “ETNs”), each issued by UBS AG (“UBS” or the “Issuer”).
Following the effectiveness of the restructuring of the Index (which we expect will occur on June 16, 2023), two versions of the Index will be available with different weighting schemes. UBS intends to use Version 2 (defined below) of the Index for the ETNs, as required to comply with the continued listing standards of NYSE Arca, Inc. (“NYSE Arca”). As a result (and assuming its effectiveness), the Index underlying the ETNs will be renamed “MarketVectorTM US Business Development Companies Liquid Index” and UBS will rename the ETNs as described in Table 1 below. The ETN tickers will remain unchanged.
Current ETN Name and Prospectus Supplement*
New ETN Name
ETRACS MVIS Business Development Companies Liquid Index ETN
ETRACS Quarterly Pay 1.5x Leveraged MVIS BDC Liquid Index ETN
* The table above provides a hyperlink to the relevant prospectus supplement for each of the ETRACS ETNs that is the subject of this communication.
The two versions of the Index, as reported by the Index Sponsor, are described below:
Version 1: MVIS® US Business Development Companies Index (name is unchanged)
Tickers: MVBDC, MVBDCTR, MVBDCTRG (changed)
Weighting scheme: The 4.5% / 20% / 45% capping scheme as described in section 3.2.10 of the Index Guide (unchanged).
Version 2: MarketVectorTM US Business Development Companies Liquid Index (name has changed)
Tickers: MVBIZD, MVBIZDTR, MVBIZDTG (unchanged)
Weighting scheme: The 4.5% / 20% / 50% capping scheme as described in section 3.2.9 of the Index Guide (changed).
The history of the current index will be used for both versions.
In January 2023, UBS received a notice from NYSE Regulation (“NYSE”) on behalf of NYSE Arca stating that the ETNs may be non-compliant with Rule 5.2-E(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(iii) (the “Rule”) of NYSE Arca. UBS determined that this was the result of a change that was made to the Index methodology implemented by the Index Sponsor in June 2022. The Rule requires that the five highest dollar weighted component securities in an index may not account for more than 50% of the dollar weight of the index at the time of each index rebalancing. As of the last rebalancing of the Index in December 2022, the top five weighted securities represented 53.88% of the Index.
UBS informed NYSE of the Index Sponsor’s planned Index restructuring in response to the Index non-compliance referred to herein, and NYSE has granted UBS a cure period through June 30, 2023 to bring the ETNs into compliance with NYSE Arca rules. UBS expects this will occur on June 16, 2023, assuming the effectiveness of the Index restructuring. The notice from NYSE has no immediate effect on the listing of the ETNs, other than NYSE will attach a “below compliance” (.BC) designation to the ticker symbols for BDCZ and BDCX. The below compliance designation will be removed by NYSE if and when the Index, and therefore the ETNs, are compliant with NYSE Arca’s continued listing standards. If the Index Sponsor (and therefore UBS) is unable to cure the deficiency within the cure period referenced above, NYSE may initiate procedures to suspend and delist the ETNs.
The Index Sponsor is an independent third party with whom UBS has no affiliation (other than the licensing of the Index and certain related intellectual property) and, accordingly, UBS has no control over its actions.
About the MVIS® US Business Development Companies Index and the Index Sponsor
The MVIS® US Business Development Companies Index is a modified market cap-weighted index that tracks the performance of the largest and most liquid companies which are treated as Business Development Companies (BDC) and are incorporated in the United States. To qualify as a BDC, a company must be organized under the law of and have its principal place of business in the United States, be registered with the SEC and have elected to be regulated as a BDC under the 1940 Act. The Index was publicly disseminated starting from August 4, 2011 and has no live performance history prior to that date.
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The ETRACS MVIS Business Development Companies Index ETN and the ETRACS Quarterly Pay 1.5x Leveraged MVIS BDC Index ETN (“ETNs”) are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by MV Index Solutions GmbH (“Licensor”) and Licensor makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the ETNs or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the ETNs particularly or the ability of the MVIS US Business Development Companies Index to track the performance of the US BDC market. The ETNs are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by MV Index Solutions GmbH (“Licensor”) and Licensor makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the ETNs or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the ETNs particularly or the ability of the MVIS US Business Development Companies Index to track the performance of the US BDC market. As of April 13 2022, MV Index Solutions GmbH effectively changed the name of the company to MarketVector Indexes GmbH.
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