Fiera Capital Corporation Announces Risk Level Change to the Hedged Series of Fiera Capital Defensive Global Equity Fund, Merger of Fiera Capital Equity Growth Fund and Capping of Series A of Fiera Capital Core Canadian Equity Fund

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MONTREAL, Nov. 2, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Fiera Capital Corporation (TSX: FSZ) ("Fiera Capital" or the "Company") today announced the following changes to certain of the Fiera Capital Mutual Funds:

Change of Investment Risk Level of the Hedged Series of Fiera Capital Defensive Global Equity Fund

Fiera Capital today announced that the investment risk level of the series AH and FH (the "hedged series") of Fiera Capital Defensive Global Equity Fund has been changed from "medium" to "low to medium".

This change will be reflected in the amendments to the simplified prospectus, annual information form and fund facts of the Fiera Capital Mutual Funds that will be filed on or about November 2, 2018.

This change results from the application of the industry wide updated risk classification methodology introduced by the Canadian Securities Administrators to determine the investment risk level of investment funds (the "CSA Methodology"), and is not a result of any changes to the investment objectives, strategies or management of the hedged series. More specifically, because the hedged series have been in existence for less than 10 years, the CSA Methodology requires that the standard deviation of the hedged series used to determine their risk level be calculated by using the return history of the hedged series and imputing the return history of a reference index for the remainder of the 10-year period. In accordance with the CSA Methodology, Fiera Capital's most recent calculation of the risk level of the hedged series spans over a more recent 10-year evaluation window which no longer includes the four months of 2008's high volatility environment. As a result, the standard deviation of the hedged series has shifted to a lower investment risk level category.

Merger of Fiera Capital Equity Growth Fund into Canoe Canadian Small Mid Cap Portfolio Class

Fiera Capital proposes to merge Fiera Capital Equity Growth Fund into a new mutual fund to be managed by Canoe Financial LP ("Canoe"), with the same investment objectives and strategies, which will be named Canoe Canadian Small Mid Cap Portfolio Class and will be sub-advised by Fiera Capital. This merger is being proposed in connection with the agreement entered into by Fiera Capital with Canoe, pursuant to which Canoe has agreed to acquire the rights to manage certain retail mutual funds currently managed by Fiera Capital, including Fiera Capital Equity Growth Fund. Unitholders of Fiera Capital Equity Growth Fund will be asked to approve this merger along with certain other changes, including a change of manager-trustee. Additional information about these other changes is available in the press release issued on October 23, 2018, which is accessible at www.fieracapital.com. Further details about these changes will be contained in the meeting materials to be mailed to unitholders.

Series A Units of Fiera Capital Core Canadian Equity Fund No Longer Offered

Fiera Capital has determined to cease offering for sale Series A units of Fiera Capital Core Canadian Equity Fund starting November 2, 2018.

This change will be reflected in the amendments to the simplified prospectus, annual information form and fund facts of the Fiera Capital Mutual Funds that will be filed on or about November 2, 2018.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document may contain certain forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or future performance, and reflect management's expectations or beliefs regarding future events, including business and economic conditions and Fiera Capital's growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue", "target", "intend" or the negative of these terms, or other comparable terminology. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and a number of factors could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. In evaluating these statements, readers should specifically consider various factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement. These factors include, but are not limited to, market and general economic conditions, the nature of the financial services industry, and the risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Fiera Capital's interim condensed and annual consolidated financial statements, and its latest Annual Report and Annual Information Form filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this document, and Fiera Capital assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.

About Fiera Capital Corporation

Fiera Capital is a leading independent asset management firm with approximately C$143.5 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2018. The Firm provides institutional, retail and private wealth clients with access to full-service integrated money management solutions across traditional and alternative asset classes. Clients and their portfolios derive benefit from Fiera Capital's depth of expertise, diversified offerings and outstanding service. Fiera Capital trades under the ticker FSZ on the Toronto Stock Exchange. www.fieracapital.com

In the U.S., asset management services are provided by the Firm's U.S. affiliates who are investment advisers that are registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Registration with the SEC does not imply a certain level of skill or training.

Additional information about Fiera Capital Corporation, including the Firm's annual information form, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

 

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