NEW YORK--()--UBS AG announced today that it has launched a consent solicitation (the “Consent Solicitation”) for its Exchange Traded Access Securities (ETRACS) linked to the UBS Bloomberg Constant Maturity Commodity Index Total Return due 2038, CUSIP No. 902641778 (the “Securities”). The Securities trade on the NYSE Arca under the ticker symbol “UCI”.
Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Consent Solicitation Statement dated October 16, 2012 (the “Statement”) and the accompanying Letter of Transmittal (the “Letter of Transmittal”), UBS AG (“UBS”) is soliciting consents (“Consents”) to the proposed amendment (the “Proposed Amendment”) of the Indenture from each person in whose name Securities were registered at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 15, 2012 (the “Record Date”), or their duly designated proxies, including persons who held Securities through The Depository Trust Company as of the Record Date (“DTC Participants” and, together with registered holders as of the Record Date, the “Holders”).
Pursuant to the terms of the Securities, UBS has the right to redeem all, but not less than all, outstanding Securities on any “Trading Day” (as defined in the Securities) on or after April 4, 2013, provided that the aggregate principal amount of the Securities outstanding must be less than $10,000,000 on the fifth Trading Day prior to the applicable “Call Settlement Date” (as defined in the Securities). Also, pursuant to the terms of the Securities, the “Fee Amount” is currently an amount equal to 0.65% per annum calculated on a daily basis.
The Proposed Amendment would give UBS the right, on or after April 4, 2013, to redeem all, but not less than all, outstanding Securities, without regard to the amount of Securities outstanding. If UBS receives the Requisite Consents (as defined below) to make such change to the redemption provision of the Securities and enters into the Supplemental Indenture (as defined in the Statement), then UBS will also reduce the Fee Amount of the Securities applicable to the period beginning on the day after such Supplemental Indenture is entered into and continuing until the “Maturity Date” (as defined in the Securities) from an amount equal to 0.65% per annum to an amount equal to 0.55% per annum, calculated on a daily basis.
Under the Indenture, Holders must deliver (and not revoke) valid Consents in respect of at least 662/3% in principal amount of the outstanding Securities (the “Requisite Consents”) to approve the Proposed Amendment.
The Consent Solicitation is being made pursuant to the Statement and accompanying Letter of Transmittal, and investors should review these documents for important terms and conditions relating to the Consent Solicitation.
A beneficial owner of an interest in Securities held through a DTC Participant must properly instruct such DTC Participant sufficiently in advance of 5:00 p.m., New York City Time, on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 (which time and date may be extended, pursuant to the terms of the Statement) to cause a Consent to be delivered by such DTC Participant with respect to the Proposed Amendment.
Requests for assistance in completing and delivering the Letter of Transmittal or requests for additional copies of the Statement, the Letter of Transmittal and other related documents should be directed to the Tabulation Agent at its address and telephone number below.
All other requests regarding the Consent Solicitation should be directed to UBS Securities LLC, at its address and telephone number below.
The Securities were issued pursuant to the Indenture, dated as of November 21, 2000, between UBS and U.S. Bank Trust National Association , as supplemented by the First Supplemental Indenture thereto, dated as of February 28, 2006, the Second Supplemental Indenture thereto, dated as of December 13, 2010, and the global security with respect to the Securities, dated April 4, 2008.
None of UBS, its subsidiaries or affiliates, the Solicitor, or the Tabulation Agent makes any recommendation as to whether Holders should deliver Consents to the Proposed Amendment pursuant to the Consent Solicitation, and no one has been authorized by any of them to make such a recommendation. The Statement and the Letter of Transmittal contain important information that should be read before any decision is made with respect to the Consent Solicitation.
UBS Securities LLC, the Solicitor for the Consent Solicitation can be contacted at:
UBS Securities LLC
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10019
U.S Bank Trust National Association, the Tabulation Agent for the Consent Solicitation, can be contacted at:
U.S. Bank Trust National Association
60 Livingston Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55107
Attn: Specialized Finance
For further information about ETRACS ETNs, go to http://www.etracs.com.
Exchange Traded Access Securities, ETRACS, are exchange-traded notes (ETNs), an innovative class of investment products offering access to markets and strategies that may not be readily available to investors, and offer unique diversification opportunities in a number of different sectors. ETNs offer:
- Access to asset classes with historically low correlations to more traditional asset classes
- Convenience of an exchange-traded security
- Transparent exposure to a published index
ETRACS ETNs are senior unsecured notes issued by UBS AG, are traded on NYSE Arca, and can be bought and sold through a broker or financial advisor. An investment in ETRACS ETNs is subject to a number of risks, including the risk of loss of some or all of the investor’s principal, and is subject to the creditworthiness of UBS AG. We urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks described under “Risk Factors” in the prospectus supplement for the ETRACS ETN.
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