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Sentry Select Capital Corp. proposes merger of Diversified Income Trust II (TSX: DTT.UN) and Alliance Split Income Trust (TSX: ASI.UN) with Premier Value Income Trust (TSX: PVN.UN)

TORONTO: The Board of Directors of Sentry Select Capital Corp. (“Sentry Select” or the “Manager”) announces that it is proposing a merger of Diversified Income Trust II (“DIT II”) and Alliance Split Income Trust (“Alliance”) (collectively, the “Terminating Funds”) with Premier Value Income Fund (the “Continuing Fund”) (the “Mergers”).

If approved, the Terminating Funds will transfer all of their assets to the Continuing Fund in exchange for units of the Continuing Fund and the assumption by the Continuing Fund of all the liabilities of the Terminating Funds. Each unitholder of a Terminating Fund will receive units of the Continuing Fund having the same aggregate net asset value as their units of a Terminating Fund as of the close of business on the effective date of the Merger, expected to be August 1, 2008.

The Merger: The Manager believes that the Mergers will result in significant benefits to unitholders of the Terminating Funds for the following reasons:

  • The larger combined Continuing Fund will have the advantage of increased economies of scale and lower proportionate fund operating expenses.
  • The Mergers will eliminate the administrative and regulatory costs of operating separate investment funds.
  • Units of the Continuing Fund will have greater liquidity on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Units of the Continuing Fund have the support of a mandatory market purchase program, unlike capital units of Alliance.

Costs of the Merger: All costs and expenses associated with the Mergers will be borne by the Manager.

Alliance preferred securities: If the Mergers are approved, 451,491 Alliance preferred securities, with a face value of $4,514,910, will be called and repaid by the Trust in accordance with the trust indenture.

Net asset values: As of May 26, 2008, the net asset value of DIT II was $27,500,831, the net asset value of Alliance was $8,065,197 and the net asset value of the Continuing Fund was $88,794,085.

Unitholder approval: Each Merger will require approval of two-thirds of the votes cast by unitholders of each Terminating Fund at a special meeting of the unitholders to be held on June 18, 2008. The Merger of Alliance with the Continuing Fund will not be consummated unless the Merger of DIT II with the Continuing Fund is approved by the Unitholders of DIT II. The record date for the purpose of determining the unitholders entitled to receive notice and vote at the meetings was the close of business on May 13, 2008.

The proposed Mergers are subject to the acceptance and approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Sentry Select Capital Corp.: Sentry Select Capital Corp. is a Canadian wealth management company that manages over $6.5 billion in gross assets as of March 31, 2008. The company offers a diverse range of investment products including closed-end trusts, mutual funds, principal-protected notes and flow-through limited partnerships, covering a variety of domestic and global mandates.

More information: Investor Services (broker/investor inquiries) or Kinga Lam (media inquiries) Tel:  1-888-246-6656   Fax: 416-364-1197

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