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Unitholders approve 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”) is pleased to announce that at special meetings held concurrently today, the unitholders of Diversified Income Trust II and Alliance Split Income Trust (“Alliance”) (collectively the “Terminating Funds”) approved the mergers of the Terminating Funds with Premier Value Income Trust (“Continuing Fund”) (the “Mergers”).

Completion of the Merger: The effective date of the Merger is expected to be on or about August 1, 2008 (The “Merger Date”). 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 the Terminating Funds will receive units of the Continuing Fund having the same aggregate net asset value as their units of the Terminating Fund as of the close of business on the day prior to the Merger Date.

The proposed Merger is subject to the acceptance and approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”).

The Mergers: The Manager believes that the Merger will result in significant benefits to unitholders 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 TSX.
  • 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 Merger will be borne by the Manager.

Alliance preferred securities: 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.

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.

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