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Sentry Select Capital Corp. closes offering for Precious Metals and Mining Trust; raises $95 million

TORONTO Sentry Select Capital Corp. is pleased to announce that Precious Metals and Mining Trust (the “Trust”) has closed its initial public offering.

Gross proceeds: At the closing, the Trust issued 9,500,000 units for total gross proceeds of $95,000,000. The agents have been granted an over-allotment option to purchase up to 1,425,000 units at any time during the next 30 days.

Trading information: The Trust units began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange today under the symbol MMP.UN.

Investment objectives: The Trust will invest in an actively managed portfolio consisting primarily of equity securities of metals and minerals mining and exploration issuers that are listed on a North American stock exchange. The Trust’s investment objectives are to provide unitholders with:

(i) long-term capital appreciation; and (ii) monthly cash distributions.

The indicative distribution for the first 12 months of the Trust is $0.50 per unit, representing a yield of 5% per annum based on a $10 per unit issue price.

Distribution reinvestment plan: Effective for the distribution payable to unitholders of record on September 29, 2006, the Trust will offer a distribution reinvestment plan whereby residents of Canada may elect to have their cash distributions reinvested in additional units of the Trust.

Sentry Select Capital Corp.: Sentry Select Capital Corp. provides investment, administrative and marketing services to 24 exchange-listed closed-end funds, 15 of which have exposure to the income trust sector, 16 mutual funds, 13 principal-protected notes and three flow-through limited partnerships. Sentry Select is one of the largest Canadian investment managers in the income trust sector. As of May 31, 2006, the firm had approximately $8.0 billion in gross assets under management.

Agents: A syndicate of agents co-led by CIBC World Markets Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, includes BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., TD Securities Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., Scotia Capital Inc., Canaccord Capital Corporation, HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., Raymond James Ltd., Berkshire Securities Inc., Blackmont Capital Inc., Desjardins Securities Inc., Dundee Securities Corporation, Wellington West Capital Inc., IPC Securities Corporation and Research Capital Corporation.

More information: Investor Services (broker/investor inquiries) or Brian McOstrich (media inquiries) Tel: 1-888-246-6656 Fax: 416-364-1330

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