Toronto, June 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Not for distribution to U.S. newswire services or for dissemination in the United States.

This announcement and the information contained herein is restricted and is not for release, publication, or distribution, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly in, or into or from the United States or any other jurisdiction in which the same would be unlawful. Further, this announcement is for information purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the solicitation to buy, subscribe for or otherwise acquire any securities of The Bitcoin Fund or the 3iQ CoinShares Bitcoin ETF in any jurisdiction in which any such offer or solicitation would be unlawful.

3iQ Corp. (“3iQ”), the largest digital asset manager in Canada, announced today that, as of May 31, 2021, being the cut-off date relating to both the annual redemption feature of The Bitcoin Fund (the “Fund”) as well as the voluntary conversion option to the 3iQ CoinShares Bitcoin ETF (the “ETF”): 1,971,302 units of the Fund (each, a “Unit”), representing 9.42% of the outstanding Units, were surrendered for in-kind redemption on June 16, 2021 (the “Annual Redemption Date”); 189,073 Units, representing 0.90% of the outstanding Units, were surrendered for cash redemption on the Annual Redemption Date; and 7,098,564 Units (the “Conversion Units”), representing 33.94% of the outstanding Units, were surrendered for conversion to units of the ETF (“ETF Units”).

The Conversion Units will be converted to 47,325,940 ETF Units on June 1, 2021 on a relative net asset value basis (NAV-for-NAV) resulting in a new total of 155,900,940 outstanding ETF Units and assets under management in the 3iQ CoinShares Bitcoin ETF of C$1.164 billion.

Under the terms of the annual redemption of the Fund, the redemption price per Unit will be determined by 3iQ on the Annual Redemption Date and Unitholders who have redeemed Units can expect to receive payment of the redemption price per Unit on or before July 8, 2021.  Further details will be announced on June 17, 2021 following the Annual Redemption Date.

About 3iQ Corp.

Founded in 2012, 3iQ is Canada’s largest digital asset investment fund manager with more than C$2.5 billion in assets under management. 3iQ was the first Canadian investment fund manager to offer a public bitcoin investment fund, The Bitcoin Fund (TSX: QBTC, QBTC.U), and a public Ether investment fund, The Ether Fund (TSX: QETH.UN, QETH.U). More recently, 3iQ launched the 3iQ CoinShares Bitcoin ETF (TSX: BTCQ, BTCQ.U) and the 3iQ CoinShares Ether ETF (TSX: ETHQ, ETHQ.U). 3iQ offers investors convenient and familiar investment products to gain exposure to digital assets. For more information about 3iQ and its digital asset investment funds, visit www.3iQ.ca or follow us on Twitter @3iQ_corp.

Please read the prospectus before investing. Important information about The Bitcoin Fund and the 3iQ CoinShares Bitcoin ETF (together, the “Funds”) is contained in the prospectus. Copies of the prospectus may be obtained from 3iQ Corp. or at www.sedar.com.  

You will usually pay brokerage fees to your dealer if you purchase or sell units of the Funds on a stock exchange or other alternative Canadian trading system (an “exchange”).  If units of the Funds are purchased or sold on an exchange, investors may pay more than the current net asset value when buying units of the Funds and may receive less than the current net asset value when selling them.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently, and past performance may not be repeated.

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