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CLARIFICATION: Diversified Preferred Share Trust (TSX: DPS.UN) announces $0.13 per unit distribution

TORONTO: Diversified Preferred Share Trust is pleased to announce a distribution of $0.13 per unit. The distribution amount reflects the regular $0.30 per unit distribution, pro-rated for the period of January 1, 2006 to February 7, 2006 to ensure that the income accrued for that period is paid to existing unitholders. This distribution will not be received by purchasers of units pursuant to the current offering scheduled to close on or about February 8, 2006. The distribution is payable on February 15, 2006 to unitholders of record on February 7, 2006.

This is not a special distribution. Going forward, the Fund will resume its quarterly distributions.

Diversified Preferred Share Trust: Diversified Preferred Share Trust is designed to provide holders of units with the opportunity to receive quarterly cash distributions by investing in an equally weighted diversified portfolio of preferred shares and preferred securities of Canadian issuers managed on a passive basis and to receive the benefits of a low management expense ratio. The Trust’s units are rated Pfd 2 (low) by Dominion Bond Rating Service Limited and trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol DPS.UN.

Sentry Select Capital Corp.: Sentry Select Capital Corp., the administrator of the Trust, provides investment, administrative and marketing services to 22 exchange-listed closed-end funds, 11 mutual funds, 8 principal-protected notes and 4 flow-through limited partnerships. Sentry Select is one of the largest Canadian investment managers in the income trust sector. As of December 31, 2005, the firm had approximately $8.5 billion in gross assets under management.

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