Fund Merger News and Proxy Proposals
Shortly after proxy materials were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, we began a period of proxy mailings and shareholder vote solicitations that concluded for most funds. We are now pleased to announce that shareholders have approved many fund mergers as well as proposals relating to Columbia AMT-Free Tax-Exempt Bond Fund. There are also some important dates and pieces of information we would like to remind you of.
Fund merger proposals
The following acquired funds have merged into their corresponding acquiring fund on the date provided in the table below.
|Acquired fund||Acquiring fund||Merger status|
|Columbia International Opportunities Fund||Columbia Select International Equity Fund||Merger completed May 20, 2016|
|Columbia International Value Fund||Columbia Overseas Value Fund||Merger completed June 24, 2016|
|Columbia Large Cap Growth Fund II
Columbia Large Cap Growth Fund V
|Columbia Large Cap Growth Fund III||Merger anticipated October 28, 2016|
|Columbia Large Cap Growth Fund IV||Columbia Large Cap Growth Fund||Merger completed May 20, 2016|
|Columbia Multi-Advisor Small Cap Value Fund||Columbia Select Smaller-Cap Value Fund||Merger completed May 20, 2016|
|Columbia Value and Restructuring Fund||Columbia Contrarian Core Fund||Merger completed June 24, 2016|
|Acquired variable portfolio||Acquiring variable portfolio||Merger status|
|Columbia Variable Portfolio - International Opportunities Fund||Columbia Variable Portfolio - Select International Equity Fund||Merger completed April 29, 2016|
|Columbia Variable Portfolio - Large Cap Growth Fund II
Columbia Variable Portfolio - Large Cap Growth Fund III
|Columbia Variable Portfolio - Large Cap Growth Fund||Merger completed April 29, 2016|
|Variable Portfolio - Loomis Sayles Growth Fund II||Variable Portfolio - Loomis Sayles Growth Fund||Merger completed April 29, 2016|
Approved proxy proposal for Columbia AMT-Free Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (now known as Columbia Strategic Municipal Income Fund)
Shareholders of Columbia AMT-Free Tax-Exempt Bond Fund approved changes to the fund's investment objective and 80% investment policy to permit, among other things, investing, without limit, in AMT-generating securities, which became effective April 18, 2016. These and associated strategy changes are intended to provide Columbia Threadneedle with greater flexibility to invest the fund's assets in a broader universe of fixed income securities and will enhance the fund's investment flexibility to adjust to changing economic environments in an effort to more effectively manage risk and enhance performance.
Restrictions and policiesCertificates of shares
If you currently hold any shares of an acquired fund in certificate form, those shares will be considered null and void upon completion of the fund merger. Shares will be held in book entry form in the corresponding acquiring fund.New accounts
New account applications for the purchase of shares of an acquired fund, received in good order, will be accepted through the close of business on that acquired fund’s merger date. After that, any account application for shares of an acquired fund will be rejected.Purchases, exchanges and redemptions of shares of an acquired fund
Purchases, exchanges and redemptions of an acquired fund will be accepted through the close of business on the acquired fund’s merger date. In addition, requests to purchase, exchange or redeem shares of an acquired fund received in good order within 30 days after the merger date, will automatically be treated as a purchase, exchange or redemption of the corresponding acquiring fund. After this 30-day period, any such requests will be rejected.Systematic investment plan and systematic withdrawal plan transactions
If you are currently participating in the systematic investment plan or systematic withdrawal plan with an acquired fund, your current systematic transactions will be carried over to its corresponding acquiring fund.
Additional information about existing accounts, share transfer, taxes, services and distributionsExisting accounts
Account numbers will be carried over whenever possible. But, if an account number in an acquiring fund is already being used by another shareholder, a new account number will be created. We will also target existing accounts for the same shareholder in the acquiring funds whenever possible.Share transfer
The full value of your account in an acquired fund will be exchanged for shares of the acquiring fund on the date of the mergers. While the number of shares may differ based on each fund’s net asset value, the value of your account will not change as a direct result of the merger transaction. If your shares are currently subject to a CDSC, the CDSC will carry over with the merger transaction. Any applicable CDSC will be assessed on redemptions based on the CDSC schedule applicable to shares of the acquired funds.Taxes
Each retail mutual fund merger is intended to be a tax-free reorganization for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Shareholders of the funds are not expected to realize any gains or losses as a direct result of the mergers.Services
Account-level features and options such as dividend distributions, dividend diversification, automatic investment plans, systematic withdrawals and dollar cost averaging will automatically carry over during the merger transaction. If a shareholder of an acquired fund also owns a pre-existing account in an acquiring fund, the account level features do not carry over.Distributions
Prior to each acquired fund’s merger event, ordinary income and capital gains, if any, will be distributed to shareholders of record in the acquired funds and possibly in the acquiring funds.
The foregoing is not an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, shares of any Acquiring Fund, nor is it a solicitation of any proxy. For information regarding an Acquiring Fund, or to receive a free copy of a prospectus/proxy statement relating to a proposed merger, please call the proxy solicitor or visit its website. The telephone number and website for the proxy solicitor is 800-708-7953 and proxy-direct.com/col-27405. The prospectus/proxy statement contains important information about fund objectives, strategies, fees, expenses and risk considerations. The prospectus/proxy statement is also available for free on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov). Please read the prospectus/proxy statement carefully before making any decision to invest or when considering a merger proposal.
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