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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended July 31, 2014

or

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission File Number 001-32906

 

 

CurrencyShares® British Pound Sterling Trust

Sponsored by Guggenheim Specialized Products, LLC,

d/b/a Guggenheim Investments

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

New York     No. 03-6118853

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

   

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

805 King Farm Boulevard, Suite 600

Rockville, Maryland 20850

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(301) 296-5100

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (d232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “non-accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   x
Non-accelerated filer   ¨      Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

 

 

 


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CURRENCYSHARES® BRITISH POUND STERLING TRUST

INDEX

 

Caption

   Page  
PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION   
Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited)   
Statements of Financial Condition at July 31, 2014 and October 31, 2013      2   
Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three months ended July 31, 2014, the three months ended July 31, 2013, the nine months ended July 31, 2014 and the nine months ended July 31, 2013      3   
Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the nine months ended July 31, 2014 and the year ended October 31, 2013      4   
Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended July 31, 2014 and the nine months ended July 31, 2013      5   
Notes to Financial Statements      6   
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      10   
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk      14   
Item 4. Controls and Procedures      14   
Part II OTHER INFORMATION   
Item 1. Legal Proceedings      15   
Item 1A. Risk Factors      15   
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds      15   
Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities      15   
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures      15   
Item 5. Other Information      15   
Item 6. Exhibits      16   
SIGNATURES      17   

 

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements

CurrencyShares® British Pound Sterling Trust

Statements of Financial Condition

 

     July 31, 2014
(Unaudited)
     October 31, 2013  

Assets

     

Current Assets:

     

British Pound Sterling deposits, interest bearing

   $ 91,359,727       $ 47,544,974   

British Pound Sterling deposits, non-interest bearing

     —           —     

Receivable from accrued interest

     4,081         2,475   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Current Assets

   $ 91,363,808       $ 47,547,449   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities, Redeemable Capital Shares and Shareholders’ Equity

     

Current Liabilities:

     

Accrued Sponsor’s fee

   $ 28,577       $ 16,150   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Current Liabilities

     28,577         16,150   

Commitments and Contingent Liabilities (note 8)

     —           —     

Redeemable Capital Shares, at redemption value, no par value, 13,000,000 authorized – 550,000 and 300,000 issued and outstanding, respectively

     91,335,231         47,531,299   

Shareholders’ Equity:

     

Retained Earnings

     —           —     

Cumulative Translation Adjustment

     —           —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Liabilities, Redeemable Capital Shares and Shareholders’ Equity

   $ 91,363,808       $ 47,547,449   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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CurrencyShares® British Pound Sterling Trust

Statements of Comprehensive Income

(Unaudited)

 

     Three months
ended
    Three months
ended
    Nine months
ended
    Nine months
ended
 
     July 31, 2014     July 31, 2013     July 31, 2014     July 31, 2013  

Income

        

Interest Income

   $ 10,526      $ 11,763      $ 27,205      $ 31,962   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Income

     10,526        11,763        27,205        31,962   

Expenses

        

Sponsor’s fee

     (75,182     (77,839     (202,313     (216,626
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Expenses

     (75,182     (77,839     (202,313     (216,626

Net Loss

   $ (64,656   $ (66,076   $ (175,108   $ (184,664
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic and Diluted Earnings per Share

   $ (0.14   $ (0.13   $ (0.42   $ (0.39

Weighted-average Shares Outstanding

     449,457        509,239        413,370        473,077   

Cash Dividends per Share

   $ —        $ —        $ —        $ —     

Other Comprehensive Income/(Loss):

        

Currency translation adjustment

     226        620        (1,005     225   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Comprehensive Loss

   $ (64,430   $ (65,456   $ (176,113   $ (184,439
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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CurrencyShares® British Pound Sterling Trust

Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

 

     Nine months ended
July 31, 2014
(Unaudited)
    Year Ended
October 31, 2013
 

Retained Earnings, Beginning of Period

   $ —        $ —     

Net Loss

     (175,108     (233,148

Adjustment of redeemable capital shares to redemption value

     175,108        233,148   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Retained Earnings, End of Period

   $ —        $ —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cumulative Translation Adjustment, Beginning of Period

   $ —        $ —     

Currency translation adjustment

     (1,005     (532

Adjustment of redeemable capital shares to redemption value

     1,005        532   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cumulative Translation Adjustment, End of Period

   $ —        $ —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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CurrencyShares® British Pound Sterling Trust

Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

 

     Nine months ended
July 31, 2014
    Nine months ended
July 31, 2013
 

Cash flows from operating activities

    

Cash received for accrued income

   $ 25,705      $ 32,259   

Cash paid for expenses

     (190,551     (216,987
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities

     (164,846     (184,728

Cash flows from financing activities

    

Cash received to purchase redeemable shares

     65,527,282        92,152,766   

Cash paid to redeem redeemable shares

     (24,571,048     (92,144,335
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

     40,956,234        8,431   

Adjustment to period cash flows due to currency movement

     3,023,365        (4,227,179
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase/(Decrease) in cash

     43,814,753        (4,403,476

Cash at beginning of period

     47,544,974        71,759,412   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash at end of period

   $ 91,359,727      $ 67,355,936   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Reconciliation of net loss to net cash used in operating activities

    

Net Loss

   $ (175,108   $ (184,664

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

    

Receivable from accrued interest

     (4,081     (3,530

Prior period receivable from accrued interest

     2,475        3,969   

Currency translation adjustment

     (559     1,023   

Accrued sponsor fee

     28,577        23,044   

Prior period accrued sponsor fee

     (16,150     (24,570
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities

   $ (164,846   $ (184,728
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See Notes to Financial Statements.

 

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CurrencyShares® British Pound Sterling Trust

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

1. Organization and Description of the Trust

The CurrencyShares® British Pound Sterling Trust (the “Trust”) was formed under the laws of the State of New York on June 8, 2006 when Guggenheim Specialized Products, LLC d/b/a “Guggenheim Investments” (the “Sponsor”) deposited 100 British Pounds Sterling in the Trust’s primary deposit account held by JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., London Branch (the “Depository”). The Sponsor is a Delaware limited liability company whose sole member is Security Investors, LLC. (also d/b/a “Guggenheim Investments”). The Sponsor is responsible for, among other things, overseeing the performance of The Bank of New York Mellon (the “Trustee”) and the Trust’s principal service providers, including the preparation of financial statements. The Trustee is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Trust.

The investment objective of the Trust is for the Trust’s shares (the “Shares”) to reflect the price of the British Pound Sterling plus accrued interest less the Trust’s expenses and liabilities. The Shares are intended to provide investors with a simple, cost-effective means of gaining investment benefits similar to those of holding British Pounds Sterling. The Trust’s assets primarily consist of British Pounds Sterling on demand deposit in two deposit accounts maintained by the Depository: a primary deposit account which may earn interest and a secondary deposit account which does not earn interest. The secondary deposit account is used to account for any interest that may be received and paid out on creations and redemptions of blocks of 50,000 Shares (“Baskets”). The secondary account is also used to account for interest earned, if any, on the primary deposit account, pay Trust expenses and distribute any excess interest to holders of Shares (“Shareholders”) on a monthly basis.

The accompanying unaudited financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial information and with the instructions for Form 10-Q. In the opinion of management, all material adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, considered necessary for a fair statement of the interim period financial statements have been made. Interim period results are not necessarily indicative of results for a full-year period. These financial statements and the notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the Trust’s financial statements included in the Form 10-K as filed on January 14, 2014.

2. Significant Accounting Policies

A. Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of the assets, liabilities and disclosures of contingent liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the period and the evaluation of subsequent events through the issuance of the financial statements. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

B. Foreign Currency Translation

The Trustee calculates the Trust’s net asset value (“NAV”) each business day, as described in Note 4. As of November 13, 2008, British Pound Sterling deposits (cash) are translated for NAV calculation purposes at the Closing Spot Rate, which is the USD/British Pound Sterling exchange rate as determined by The WM Company, at 4:00 PM (London time/London fixing) on each day that NYSE Arca is open for regular trading.

The functional currency of the Trust is the British Pound Sterling in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards. For financial statement reporting purposes, the U.S. Dollar is the reporting currency. As a result, the financial records of the Trust are translated from British Pounds Sterling to USD. The Closing Spot Rate on the last day of the period is used for translation in the statements of financial condition. The average Closing Spot Rate for the period is used for translation in the statements of comprehensive income and the statements of cash flows. Any currency translation adjustment is included in comprehensive income.

 

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C. Federal Income Taxes

The Trust is treated as a “grantor trust” for federal income tax purposes and, therefore, no provision for federal income taxes is required. Interest, gains and losses are passed through to the Shareholders.

Shareholders generally will be treated, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, as if they directly owned a pro-rata share of the assets held in the Trust. Shareholders also will be treated as if they directly received their respective pro-rata portion of the Trust’s income, if any, and as if they directly incurred their respective pro-rata portion of the Trust’s expenses. The acquisition of Shares by a U.S. Shareholder as part of a creation of a Basket will not be a taxable event to the Shareholder.

The Sponsor’s fee accrues daily and is payable monthly. For U.S. federal income tax purposes, an accrual-basis U.S. Shareholder generally will be required to take into account as an expense its allocable portion of the USD-equivalent of the amount of the Sponsor’s fee that is accrued on each day, with such USD-equivalent being determined by the currency exchange rate that is in effect on the respective day. To the extent that the currency exchange rate on the date of payment of the accrued amount of the Sponsor’s fee differs from the currency exchange rate in effect on the day of accrual, the U.S. Shareholder will recognize a currency gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

The Trust does not expect to generate taxable income except for interest income (if any) and gain (if any) upon the sale of British Pounds Sterling. A non-U.S. Shareholder generally will not be subject to U.S. federal income tax with respect to gain recognized upon the sale or other disposition of Shares, or upon the sale of British Pounds Sterling by the Trust, unless: (1) the non-U.S. Shareholder is an individual and is present in the United States for 183 days or more during the taxable year of the sale or other disposition, and the gain is treated as being from United States sources; or (2) the gain is effectively connected with the conduct by the non-U.S. Shareholder of a trade or business in the United States.

A non-U.S. Shareholder’s portion of any interest income earned by the Trust generally will not be subject to U.S. federal income tax unless the Shares owned by such non-U.S. Shareholder are effectively connected with the conduct by the non-U.S. Shareholder of a trade or business in the United States.

D. Revenue Recognition

Interest on the primary deposit account, if any, accrues daily as earned and is received on a monthly basis.

E. Dividends

To the extent that the interest earned by the Trust exceeds the sum of the Sponsor’s fee for the prior month plus other Trust expenses, if any, the Trust will distribute, as a dividend (herein referred to as dividends or distributions), the excess interest earned in British Pounds Sterling effective on the first business day of the subsequent month. The Trustee will direct that the excess British Pounds Sterling be converted into USD at the prevailing market rate and the Trustee will distribute the USD as promptly as practicable to Shareholders on a pro-rata basis (in accordance with the number of Shares that they own).

3. British Pound Sterling Deposits

British Pound Sterling principal deposits are held in a British Pound Sterling-denominated, interest-bearing demand account. For the nine months ended July 31, 2014, there were British Pound Sterling principal deposits of 39,388,845, British Pound Sterling principal redemptions of 14,769,805 and British Pound Sterling withdrawals (to pay expenses) of 99,090, resulting in an ending British Pound Sterling principal balance of 54,113,463. This equates to 91,359,727 USD. For the year ended October 31, 2013, there were British Pound Sterling principal deposits of 69,154,062, British Pound Sterling principal redemptions of 83,948,697 and British Pound Sterling withdrawals (to pay expenses) of 153,852, resulting in an ending British Pound Sterling principal balance of 29,593,513. This equates to 47,544,974 USD.

Net interest, if any, associated with creation and redemption activity is held in a British Pound Sterling-denominated non-interest-bearing account, and any balance is distributed in full as part of the monthly income distributions, if any.

 

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4. Redeemable Capital Shares

Shares are classified as “redeemable” for financial statement purposes, since they are subject to redemption. Shares are issued and redeemed continuously in Baskets in exchange for British Pounds Sterling. Individual investors cannot purchase or redeem Shares in direct transactions with the Trust. Only Authorized Participants (as defined below) may place orders to create and redeem Baskets. An Authorized Participant is a Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) participant that is a registered broker-dealer or other institution eligible to settle securities transactions though the book-entry facilities of the DTC and which has entered into a contractual arrangement with the Trust and the Sponsor governing, among other matters, the creation and redemption process. Authorized Participants may redeem their Shares at any time in Baskets.

Due to expected continuing creations and redemptions of Baskets and the three-day period for settlement of each creation or redemption, the Trust reflects Shares created as a receivable. Shares redeemed are reflected as a liability on the trade date. Outstanding Shares are reflected at a redemption value, which is the NAV per Share at the period end date. Adjustments to redeemable capital Shares at redemption value are recorded against retained earnings or, in the absence of retained earnings, by charges against the cumulative translation adjustment.

Activity in redeemable capital Shares is as follows:

 

     Nine months ended
July 31, 2014

(Unaudited)
    Year ended
October 31, 2013
 
           U.S. Dollar           U.S. Dollar  
     Shares     Amount     Shares     Amount  

Opening balance

     300,000      $ 47,531,299        450,000      $ 71,738,811   

Shares issued

     400,000        65,527,282        700,000        107,977,153   

Shares redeemed

     (150,000     (24,571,048     (850,000 )     (131,077,496 )

Adjustment to period Shares due to currency movement and other

     —          2,847,698        —         (1,107,169 )
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ending balance

     550,000      $ 91,335,231        300,000      $ 47,531,299   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The Trustee calculates the Trust’s NAV each business day. To calculate the NAV, the Trustee subtracts the Sponsor’s accrued fee through the previous day from the British Pounds Sterling held by the Trust (including all unpaid interest accrued through the preceding day) and calculates the value of the British Pounds Sterling in USD based upon the Closing Spot Rate. If, on a particular evaluation day, the Closing Spot Rate has not been determined and announced by 6:00 PM (London time), then the most recent Closing Spot Rate will be used to determine the NAV of the Trust unless the Trustee, in consultation with the Sponsor, determines that such price is inappropriate to use as the basis for the valuation. If the Trustee and the Sponsor determine that the most recent Closing Spot Rate is not an appropriate basis for valuation of the Trust’s British Pounds Sterling, they will determine an alternative basis for the valuation. The Trustee also determines the NAV per Share, which equals the NAV of the Trust, divided by the number of outstanding Shares. Shares deliverable under a purchase order are considered outstanding for purposes of determining NAV per Share; Shares deliverable under a redemption order are not considered outstanding for this purpose.

 

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5. Sponsor’s Fee

The Sponsor’s fee accrues daily at an annual nominal rate of 0.40% of the British Pounds Sterling in the Trust (including all unpaid interest but excluding unpaid fees, each as accrued through the immediately preceding day) and is paid monthly.

The Sponsor assumes and pays the following administrative and marketing expenses incurred by the Trust: the Trustee’s monthly fee, NYSE Arca listing fees, SEC registration fees, typical maintenance and transaction fees of the Depository, printing and mailing costs, audit fees and expenses, up to $100,000 per year in legal fees and expenses, and applicable license fees.

In certain exceptional cases the Trust will pay for some expenses in addition to the Sponsor’s fee. These exceptions include expenses not assumed by the Sponsor (i.e., expenses other than those identified in the preceding paragraph), taxes and governmental charges, expenses and costs of any extraordinary services performed by the Trustee or the Sponsor on behalf of the Trust or action taken by the Trustee or the Sponsor to protect the Trust or the interests of Shareholders, indemnification of the Sponsor under the Depositary Trust Agreement, and legal expenses in excess of $100,000 per year.

6. Related Parties

The Sponsor is a related party of the Trust. The Sponsor oversees the performance of the Trustee and the Trust’s principal service providers, including the preparation of financial statements, but does not exercise day-to-day oversight over the Trustee or the Trust’s service providers.

7. Concentration Risk

All of the Trust’s assets are British Pounds Sterling, which creates a concentration risk associated with fluctuations in the price of the British Pound Sterling. Accordingly, a decline in the British Pound Sterling to USD exchange rate will have an adverse effect on the value of the Shares. Factors that may have the effect of causing a decline in the price of the British Pound Sterling include national debt levels and trade deficits, domestic and foreign inflation rates, domestic and foreign interest rates, investment and trading activities of institutions and global or regional political, economic or financial events and situations. Substantial sales of British Pounds Sterling by the official sector (central banks, other governmental agencies and related institutions that buy, sell and hold British Pounds Sterling as part of their reserve assets) could adversely affect an investment in the Shares.

All of the Trust’s British Pounds Sterling are held by the Depository. Accordingly, a risk associated with the concentration of the Trust’s assets in accounts held by a single financial institution exists and increases the potential for loss by the Trust and the Trust’s beneficiaries in the event that the Depository becomes insolvent.

8. Commitments and Contingencies

Under the Trust’s organizational documents, the Sponsor is indemnified against any liability or expense it incurs without negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct on its part. The Trust’s maximum exposure under this arrangement is unknown, as this would involve future claims that may be made against the Trust that have not yet occurred.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “outlook” and “estimate” and other similar words. Forward-looking statements are based upon our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on us. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Various factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements. These factors include fluctuations in the price of the British Pound Sterling, as the value of the Shares relates directly to the value of the British Pounds Sterling held by the Trust and price fluctuations could materially adversely affect an investment in the Shares. Readers are urged to review the “Risk Factors” section contained in the Trust’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K for a description of other risks and uncertainties that may affect an investment in the Shares.

Neither Guggenheim Specialized Products, LLC d/b/a Guggenheim Investments (the “Sponsor”) nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of forward-looking statements contained in this report. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this report, and will not be revised or updated to reflect actual results or changes in the Sponsor’s expectations or predictions.

Trust Overview

The CurrencyShares® British Pound Sterling Trust (the “Trust”) is a grantor trust that was formed on June 8, 2006. The Trust issues shares (the “Shares”) in blocks of 50,000 (a “Basket”) in exchange for deposits of British Pound Sterling and distributes British Pound Sterling in connection with the redemption of Baskets. The shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the ticker symbol “FXB” on June 26, 2006. The primary listing of the Shares was transferred to NYSE Arca on October 30, 2007.

The Trust is a passive investment vehicle. The Trust does not have any officers, directors or employees. The investment objective of the Trust is for the Shares to reflect the price of the British Pound Sterling plus accrued interest, if any, less the expenses of the Trust’s operations. The Trust does not engage in any activities designed to obtain profit from, or ameliorate losses caused by, changes in the price of the British Pound Sterling.

Definition of Net Asset Value

The Trustee calculates, and the Sponsor publishes, the Trust’s Net Asset Value (“NAV”) each business day. To calculate the NAV, the Trustee adds to the amount of British Pounds Sterling in the Trust at the end of the preceding day accrued but unpaid interest, if any, British Pounds Sterling receivable under pending purchase orders and the value of other Trust assets, and subtracts the accrued but unpaid Sponsor’s fee, British Pounds Sterling payable under pending redemption orders and other Trust expenses and liabilities, if any. The NAV is expressed in USD based on the British Pound Sterling/USD exchange rate as determined by The WM Company, at 4:00 PM (London time/London fixing) (the “Closing Spot Rate”) on each day that NYSE Arca is open for regular trading. If, on a particular evaluation day, the Closing Spot Rate has not been determined and announced by 6:00 PM (London time), then the most recent Closing Spot Rate is used to determine the NAV of the Trust unless the Trustee, in consultation with the Sponsor, determines that such price is inappropriate to use as the basis for the valuation.

The Trustee also determines the NAV per Share, which equals the NAV of the Trust, divided by the number of outstanding Shares. The NAV of the Trust and the NAV per Share are published by the Sponsor on each day that NYSE Arca is open for regular trading and are posted on the Trust’s website, www.currencyshares.com.

 

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Movements in the Price of British Pound Sterling

The investment objective of the Trust is for the Shares to reflect the price of the British Pound Sterling plus accrued interest, less the expenses of the Trust’s operations. The Shares are intended to provide institutional and retail investors with a simple, cost-effective means of gaining investment benefits similar to those of holding British Pounds Sterling. Each outstanding Share represents a proportional interest in the British Pounds Sterling held by the Trust. The following chart provides recent trends on the price of the British Pound Sterling. The chart illustrates movements in the price of British Pound Sterling in USD and is based on the Closing Spot Rate.

 

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NAV per Share; Valuation of British Pound Sterling

The following chart illustrates the movement in the price of the Shares based on (1) NAV per Share, (2) the “bid” and “ask” midpoint offered on the NYSE Arca and (3) the Closing Spot Rate, expressed as a multiple of 100 British Pounds Sterling:

 

 

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Liquidity

The Sponsor is not aware of any trends, demands, conditions or events that are reasonably likely to result in material changes to the Trust’s liquidity needs. The Trust’s Depository, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., London Branch, maintains two deposit accounts for the Trust, a primary deposit account that may earn interest and a secondary deposit account that does not earn interest. Interest on the primary deposit account, if any, accrues daily and is paid monthly. The interest rate in effect as of July 31, 2014 was an annual nominal rate of 0.03%. The following chart provides the daily rate paid by the Depository since July31, 2009:

 

 

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In exchange for a fee, the Sponsor bears most of the expense incurred by the Trust. As a result, the only ordinary expense of the Trust during the periods covered by this report was the Sponsor’s fee. Each month the Depository deposits into the secondary deposit account accrued but unpaid interest, if any, and the Trustee withdraws British Pounds Sterling from the secondary deposit account to pay the accrued Sponsor’s fee for the previous month plus other Trust expenses, if any. When the interest deposited, if any, exceeds the sum of the Sponsor’s fee for the prior month plus other Trust expenses, if any, the Trustee converts the excess into USD at a prevailing market rate and distributes the USD as promptly as practicable to Shareholders on a pro-rata basis (in accordance with the number of Shares that they own). The Trust did not make any distributions during the quarter ended April 30, 2014.

Critical Accounting Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires the Sponsor’s management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of the assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the period covered by this report.

In addition to the description below, please refer to Note 2 to the financial statements for further discussion of our accounting policies.

The functional currency of the Trust is the British Pound Sterling in accordance with ASC 830, Foreign Currency Translation.

 

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Results of Operations

As of October 31, 2013, the number of British Pounds Sterling owned by the Trust was 29,593,513, resulting in a redeemable capital share value of $47,531,299. During the nine months ended July 31, 2014, an additional 400,000 Shares were created in exchange for 39,388,845 British Pounds Sterling, and 150,000 Shares were redeemed in exchange for 14,769,805 British Pound Sterling. In addition, 99,090 British Pounds Sterling were withdrawn to pay the portion of sponsor fee that exceeded interest earned. As of July 31, 2014, the number of British Pounds Sterling owned by the Trust was 54,113,463, resulting in a redeemable capital Share value of $91,335,231.

An increase in the Trust’s redeemable capital Share value from $47,531,299 at October 31, 2013 to $91,335,231 at July 31, 2014, was primarily the result of an increase in the number of Shares outstanding from 300,000 at October 31, 2013 to 550,000 at July 31, 2014 coupled with an increase in the Closing Spot Rate from 1.6066 at October 31, 2013 to 1.6883 at July 31, 2014.

Interest income decreased from $11,763 for the three months ended July 31, 2013 to $10,526 for the three months ended July 31, 2014, and decreased from $31,962 for the nine months ended July 31, 2013 to $27,205 for the nine months ended July 31, 2014, attributable primarily to a decrease in the weighted-average British Pounds Sterling in the Trust and a slight decrease in the annual nominal interest rate paid by the Depository, as set forth in the chart above.

The Sponsor’s fee accrues daily at an annual nominal rate of 0.40% of the British Pounds Sterling in the Trust. Due primarily to a decrease in the weighted-average British Pound Sterling in the Trust, the Sponsor’s fee decreased from $77,839 for the three months ended July 31, 2013 to $75,182 for the three months ended July 31, 2014, and decreased from $216,626 for the nine months ended July 31, 2013 to $202,313 for the nine months ended July 31, 2014. This decrease in Sponsor’s fee was partially offset by an increase in the Closing Spot Rate, as set forth in the chart above. The only expense of the Trust during the three months and nine months ended July 31, 2014 was the Sponsor’s fee.

The Trust’s net loss for the three months ended July 31, 2014 was $64,656 due to the Sponsor’s fee of $75,182 exceeding interest income of $10,526. The Trust’s net loss for the nine months ended July 31, 2014 was $175,108 due to the Sponsor’s fee of $202,313 exceeding interest income of $27,205.

Cash dividends were not paid by the Trust during the three months ended July 31, 2013, the three months ended July 31, 2014, the nine months ended July 31, 2013 and the nine months ended July 31, 2014, as the Trust’s interest income did not exceed the Trust’s expenses during those periods.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

Except as described above with respect to fluctuations in the USD/British Pound Sterling exchange rate and changes in the nominal annual interest rate paid by the Depository on British Pounds Sterling held by the Trust, the Trust is not subject to market risk. The Trust does not hold securities and does not invest in derivative products.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

The Trust maintains disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) designed to ensure that material information relating to the Trust is recorded, processed and disclosed on a timely basis. The Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures are designed by or under the supervision of the Sponsor’s chief executive officer and chief financial officer, who exercise oversight over the Trust as the Trust has no officers. The chief executive officer and chief financial officer of the Sponsor have evaluated the effectiveness of the Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures as of July 31, 2014. Based on that evaluation, the chief executive officer and chief financial officer of the Sponsor have concluded that the disclosure controls and procedures of the Trust were effective as of the end of the period covered by this report.

There were no changes in the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the Trust’s last fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

None.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

There have been no material changes from the risk factors disclosed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Trust’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 14, 2014.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

 

(a) None.

 

(b) Not applicable.

(c) During the quarter ended July 31, 2014, 1 Baskets (50,000 Shares registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) were redeemed by the Trust, as follows:

 

                  Period    Total Number of
Registered Shares Redeemed
   Average Price
Per Share
 

05/01/2014 – 05/31/2014

   50,000    $ 166.32   

06/01/2014 – 06/30/2014

       —      $ —     

07/01/2014 – 07/31/2014

       —      $ —     

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

Item 5. Other Information

None.

 

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Item 6. Exhibits

 

Exhibit
No.
  

Description

  31.1    Certification by Principal Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  31.2    Certification by Principal Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  32.1    Certification by Principal Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  32.2    Certification by Principal Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101.INS    XBRL Instance Document.
101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document.
101.CAL    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document.
101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document.
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document.
101.PRE    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

    CURRENCYSHARES®
    BRITISH POUND STERLING TRUST
    By   Guggenheim Specialized Products, LLC
      Sponsor of the CurrencyShares®
      British Pound Sterling Trust
Date: September 8, 2014       By:  

/s/ JOSEPH ARRUDA

        Joseph Arruda
        Chief Financial Officer
        (principal financial officer)

 

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