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Invesco CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust
Price67.50 EPS1
Shares1 P/E128
MCap101 P/FCF180
Net Debt-145 EBIT1
TEV-44 TEV/EBIT-56
TTM 2019-09-30, in MM, except price, ratios
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FXA 10K Annual Report

Part I
Item 1. Business
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
Item 2. Properties
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
Part II
Item 5. Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Item 6. Selected Financial Data
Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
Note 1 - Background
Note 2 - Organization
Note 3 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Note 4 - Australian Dollar Deposits
Note 5 - Concentration Risk
Note 6 - Service Providers and Related Party Agreements
Note 7 - Share Purchases and Redemptions
Note 8 - Commitments and Contingencies
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures
Item 9B. Other Information
Part III
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
Item 11. Executive Compensation
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services
Part IV
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
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EX-31.1 fxa-ex311_6.htm
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Invesco CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust Earnings 2020-12-31

Balance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow
1058463422102012201420172020
Assets, Equity
4.13.32.51.60.80.02012201420172020
Rev, G Profit, Net Income
354-27-58-89-1202012201420172020
Ops, Inv, Fin

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

 

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

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020

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 001-32911

 

 

Invesco CurrencyShares® Australian Dollar Trust

Sponsored by Invesco Specialized Products, LLC (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

New York

20-4685355

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

 

3500 Lacey Road, Suite 700

Downers Grove, Illinois

60515

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

(800) 983-0903

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Units of Beneficial Interest

FXA

NYSE Arca

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes      No  

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      No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (δ232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes      No  

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

 

Large accelerated filer

 

Accelerated filer 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer

 

Smaller reporting company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.  

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

State the market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter: $89,609,000

Number of Redeemable Capital Shares outstanding as of January 31, 2021: 2,050,000

 

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

 

Page

 

 

 

 

 

PART I

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 1.

 

BUSINESS

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 1A.

 

RISK FACTORS

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 1B.

 

UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 2.

 

PROPERTIES

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 3.

 

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 4.

 

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

PART II

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 5.

 

MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 6.

 

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 7.

 

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 7A.

 

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 8.

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 9.

 

CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 9A.

 

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 9B.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

PART III

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 10.

 

DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 11.

 

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

29

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 12.

 

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS.

 

29

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 13.

 

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 14.

 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

PART IV

 

 

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 15.

 

EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

 

31

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT CONCERNING 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 Australian Dollar, as the value of the Shares relates directly to the value of the Australian Dollars 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 in this report for a description of other risks and uncertainties that may affect an investment in the Shares.

 

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PART I

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

Overview

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

The investment objective of the Trust is for the Shares to reflect the price in USD of the Australian Dollar plus accrued interest, if any, less the expenses of the Trust’s operations.  The Shares are intended to offer investors an opportunity to participate in the market for the Australian Dollar through an investment in securities.  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 the Australian Dollar.  The Shares are bought and sold on NYSE Arca like any other exchange-listed security.  The Shares are backed by the assets of the Trust, which does not hold or use derivative products.   The Trust is a passive investment vehicle and does not have any officers, directors or employees. The Trust does not engage in any activities designed to obtain profit from, or ameliorate losses caused by, changes in the price of the Australian Dollar.  Investing in the Shares does not insulate the investor from certain risks, including price volatility.  The value of the holdings of the Trust is reported on the Trust’s website, www.invesco.com/etfs, each business day.  

Change in Fiscal Year End

On January 9, 2019, Invesco Specialized Products, LLC (the “Sponsor”) changed the Trust’s fiscal year from the period beginning on November 1 and ending on October 31 to the period beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31. Unless otherwise noted, all references to “years” in this report refer to the twelve-month fiscal year, which prior to November 1, 2018 ended on October 31 and beginning after December 31, 2018 ends on December 31 of each year.

The Trust

General

The Trust holds Australian Dollars and, from time to time, issues Baskets in exchange for deposits of Australian Dollars and distributes Australian Dollars in connection with redemptions of Baskets.  The Australian Dollars held by the Trust will be sold only (1) if needed to pay Trust expenses, (2) in the event the Trust terminates and liquidates its assets or (3) as otherwise required by law or regulation.

The Sponsor

The Sponsor of the Trust generally oversees the performance of the Trustee and the Trust’s principal service providers.  The Sponsor is Invesco Specialized Products, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company. The Sponsor changed its name from Rydex Specialized Products LLC to Guggenheim Specialized Products, LLC on March 30, 2012, and subsequently changed its name to Invesco Specialized Products, LLC as of April 6, 2018.

The Trust’s only ordinary recurring expense is the Sponsor’s fee. The Sponsor is responsible for payment of the following administrative and marketing expenses of the Trust: the Trustee’s monthly fee, typical maintenance and transaction fees of the Depository, NYSE Arca listing fees, printing and mailing costs, audit fees and expenses, up to $100,000 per year in legal fees and expenses, and applicable license fees. The Sponsor also paid the costs of the Trust’s organization, including the applicable Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) registration fees. The Sponsor’s fee accrues daily at an annual nominal rate of 0.40% of the Australian Dollars in the Trust (including all unpaid interest but excluding unpaid fees, each as accrued through the immediately preceding day). The Trust incurred $464,501 for the year ended December 31, 2020 in Sponsor’s fees.

The Trustee

The Bank of New York Mellon, a banking corporation with trust powers organized under the laws of the State of New York, serves as the Trustee.  The Trustee is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Trust, including keeping the Trust’s operational records.  

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 Australian Dollars in the Trust at the end of the preceding day accrued but unpaid interest, if any, Australian Dollars receivable under pending purchase orders and the value of other Trust assets, and subtracts the accrued but unpaid Sponsor’s fee, Australian Dollars payable under pending redemption orders and other Trust expenses and liabilities, if any.  

 

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The NAV is expressed in U.S. Dollars (“USD”) based on the Australian Dollar/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.invesco.com/etfs.

Depository and Deposit Accounts

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., London Branch, is the Depository.  The Depository 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 (collectively, the “Deposit Accounts”). Interest on the primary deposit account, if any, accrues daily and is paid monthly.  If the Sponsor believes that the interest rate paid by the Depository is not competitive, the Sponsor’s recourse is to remove the Depository by terminating the Deposit Account Agreement and closing the Deposit Accounts. The Depository is not paid a fee for its services to the Trust.  The Depository may earn a “spread” or “margin” over the rate of interest it pays to the Trust on the Australian Dollar deposit balances.

The secondary deposit account is used to account for any interest that may be received and paid on creations and redemptions of Baskets.  The secondary deposit account is also used to account for interest earned on the primary deposit account, if any, pay Trust expenses and distribute any excess interest to Shareholders on a monthly basis. In the event that the interest deposited exceeds the sum of the Sponsor’s fee for the prior month plus other Trust expenses, if any, then the Trustee will direct that the excess 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).

Trust Expenses

In certain cases, the Trust may pay expenses in addition to the Sponsor’s fee. These exceptions include expenses not assumed by the Sponsor, expenses resulting from a negative interest rate, 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.

Termination

The Trust will terminate upon the occurrence of any of the termination events listed in the Depositary Trust Agreement and will otherwise terminate on June 8, 2046.

The Shares

General

Each Share represents a proportional interest, based on the total number of Shares outstanding, in the Australian Dollars owned by the Trust, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, less accrued but unpaid expenses (both asset-based and non-asset based) of the Trust.  All Shares are of the same class with equal rights and privileges.  Each Share is transferable, is fully paid and non-assessable and entitles the holder to vote on the limited matters upon which Shareholders may vote under the Depositary Trust Agreement.

Limited Rights

The Shares are not a traditional investment. They are dissimilar from the shares of a corporation operating a business enterprise, with management and a board of directors. Trust Shareholders do not have rights normally associated with owning shares of a business corporation, including, for example, the right to bring “oppression” or “derivative” actions. Shareholders have only those rights explicitly set forth in the Depositary Trust Agreement. The Shares do not entitle their holders to any conversion or pre-emptive rights or, except as described herein, any redemption or distribution rights.

Voting and Approvals

Shareholders have no voting rights under the Depositary Trust Agreement, except in limited circumstances. If the holders of at least 25% of the Shares outstanding determine that the Trustee is in material breach of its obligations under the Depositary Trust Agreement, they may provide written notice to the Trustee (or require the Sponsor to do so) specifying the default and requiring the Trustee to cure such default. If the Trustee fails to cure such breach within 30 days after receipt of such notice, the Sponsor, acting on behalf of the Shareholders, may remove the Trustee. The holders of at least 66 2/3% of the Shares outstanding may vote to remove the Trustee. The Trustee must terminate the Trust at the request of the holders of at least 75% of the outstanding Shares.

 

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Creation and Redemption of Shares

The creation and redemption of Baskets requires the delivery to the Trust or the distribution by the Trust of the amount of Australian Dollars represented by the Baskets being created or redeemed. This amount is based on the combined NAV per Share of the number of Shares included in the Baskets being created or redeemed, determined on the day the order to create or redeem Baskets is accepted by the Trustee.

Only Authorized Participants 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 securities market participant, such as a bank or other financial institution that is not required to register as a broker-dealer to engage in securities transactions.

Before initiating a creation or redemption order, an Authorized Participant must have entered into a Participant Agreement with the Sponsor and the Trustee. The Participant Agreement provides the procedures for the creation and redemption of Baskets and for the delivery of Australian Dollars required for creations and redemptions. The Participant Agreements may be amended by the Trustee and the Sponsor. Authorized Participants pay a transaction fee of $500 to the Trustee for each order that they place to create or redeem one or more Baskets. In addition to the $500 transaction fee paid to the Trustee, Authorized Participants pay a variable fee to the Sponsor for creation orders and redemption orders of two or more Baskets to compensate the Sponsor for costs associated with the registration of Shares. The variable fee paid to the Sponsor by an Authorized Participant will not exceed $2,000 for each creation or redemption order, as set forth in the Participant Agreement. Authorized Participants who make deposits with the Trust in exchange for Baskets receive no fees, commissions or other form of compensation or inducement of any kind from either the Sponsor or the Trust. No Authorized Participant has any obligation or responsibility to the Sponsor or the Trust to effect any sale or resale of Shares.

Availability of SEC Reports and Other Information

The Sponsor, on behalf of the Trust, files quarterly and annual reports and other information with the SEC which are available on the SEC’s Internet site at http://www.sec.gov. The reports and other information can be accessed through the Trust’s website at www.invesco.com/etfs.

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

You should consider carefully the risks described below before making an investment decision. You should also refer to the other information included in this report, including the Trust’s financial statements and the related notes.

ECONOMIC CONDITIONS

The value of the Shares relates directly to the value of the Australian Dollars held by the Trust. Fluctuations in the price of the Australian Dollar could materially and adversely affect the value of the Shares.

The Shares are designed to reflect the price of the Australian Dollar, plus accumulated interest, if any, less the Trust’s expenses. Several factors may affect the price of the Australian Dollar, including:

Sovereign debt levels and trade deficits;

Domestic and foreign inflation rates and interest rates and investors’ expectations concerning those rates;

Currency exchange rates;

Investment and trading activities of mutual funds, hedge funds and currency funds; and

Global, regional or national political, economic or financial events and situations.

In addition, the Australian Dollar may not maintain its long-term value in terms of purchasing power in the future. When the price of the Australian Dollar declines, the Sponsor expects the price of a Share to decline as well.

The Australian Dollar/USD exchange rate, like foreign exchange rates in general, can be volatile and difficult to predict. This volatility could materially and adversely affect the performance of the Shares.

Foreign exchange rates are influenced by the factors identified in the preceding risk factor and may also be influenced by: changing supply and demand for a particular currency; monetary policies of governments (including exchange control programs, restrictions on local exchanges or markets and limitations on foreign investment in a country or on investment by residents of a country in other countries); changes in balances of payments and trade; trade restrictions; and currency devaluations and revaluations. Also, governments from time to time intervene in the currency markets, directly and by regulation, in order to influence prices directly. These events and actions are unpredictable. The resulting volatility in the Australian Dollar/USD exchange rate could materially and adversely affect the performance of the Shares.

 

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If interest earned by the Trust does not exceed the Trust’s expenses, the Trustee will withdraw Australian Dollars from the Trust to pay these excess expenses, which will reduce the amount of Australian Dollars represented by each Share on an ongoing basis and may result in adverse tax consequences for Shareholders.

Each outstanding Share represents a fractional, undivided interest in the Australian Dollars held by the Trust. Recently, the amount of interest earned by the Trust has not exceeded the Trust’s expenses; accordingly, the Trustee has been required to withdraw Australian Dollars from the Trust to pay these excess expenses. As long as the amount of interest earned does not exceed expenses, the amount of Australian Dollars represented by each Share will gradually decline over time. This is true even if additional Shares are issued in exchange for additional deposits of Australian Dollars into the Trust, as the amount of Australian Dollars required to create Shares will proportionately reflect the amount of Australian Dollars represented by the Shares outstanding at the time of creation. Assuming a constant Australian Dollar price, if expenses exceed interest earned, the trading price of the Shares will gradually decline relative to the price of the Australian Dollar as the amount of Australian Dollars represented by the Shares gradually declines. In this event, the Shares will only maintain their original price if the price of the Australian Dollar increases.  There is no guarantee that interest earned by the Trust in the future will exceed the Trust’s expenses.

Investors should be aware that a gradual decline in the amount of Australian Dollars represented by the Shares may occur regardless of whether the trading price of the Shares rises or falls in response to changes in the price of the Australian Dollar.  The estimated ordinary operating expenses of the Trust, which accrue daily, are described in “Business – The Trust – Trust Expenses.”

The payment of expenses by the Trust will result in a taxable event to Shareholders.  To the extent Trust expenses exceed interest paid to the Trust, a gain or loss may be recognized by Shareholders depending on the tax basis of the tendered Australian Dollars. 

The interest rate paid by the Depository, if any, may not be the best rate available.  If the Sponsor determines that the interest rate is inadequate, then its sole recourse is to remove the Depository and terminate the Deposit Accounts.

The Depository is committed to endeavor to pay a competitive interest rate on the balance of Australian Dollars in the primary deposit account of the Trust, but there is no guarantee of the amount of interest that will be paid, if any, on this account. Interest on the primary deposit account, if any accrues daily and is paid monthly. The Depository may change the rate at which interest accrues, including reducing the interest rate to zero or below zero, based upon changes in market conditions or the Depository’s liquidity needs. The Depository notifies the Sponsor of the interest rate applied each business day after the close of such business day. The Sponsor discloses the current interest rate on the Trust’s website. If the Sponsor believes that the interest rate paid by the Depository is not adequate, the Sponsor’s sole recourse is to remove the Depository and terminate the Deposit Accounts. The Depository is not paid a fee for its services to the Trust; rather, it generates income or loss based on its ability to earn a “spread” or “margin” over the interest it pays to the Trust by using the Trust’s Australian Dollars to make loans or in other banking operations. For these reasons, you should not expect that the Trust will be paid the best available interest rate at any time or over time.

If the Trust incurs expenses in USD, the Trust would be required to sell Australian Dollars to pay these expenses.  The sale of the Trust’s Australian Dollars to pay expenses in USD at a time of low Australian Dollar prices could adversely affect the value of the Shares.

The Trustee will sell Australian Dollars held by the Trust to pay Trust expenses, if any, incurred in USD, irrespective of then-current Australian Dollar prices. The Trust is not actively managed and no attempt will be made to buy or sell Australian Dollars to protect against or to take advantage of fluctuations in the price of the Australian Dollar. Consequently, if the Trust incurs expenses in USD, the Trust’s Australian Dollars may be sold at a time when the Australian Dollar price is low, resulting in a negative effect on the value of the Shares.

The Shares may trade at a price which is at, above, or below the NAV per Share.

The NAV per Share fluctuates with changes in the market value of the Trust’s assets. The market price of Shares can be expected to fluctuate in accordance with changes in the NAV per Share, but also in response to market supply and demand. As a result, the Shares might trade at prices at, above or below the NAV per Share.

Disruptions in the ability to create and redeem Baskets may adversely impact the price of the Shares.

It is generally expected that the public trading price per Share will track the NAV per Share closely over time. The relationship between the public trading price per Share and the NAV per Share depends, to a considerable degree, on the ability of Authorized Participants or their clients or customers to purchase and redeem Baskets in the ordinary course. If the Trust were to issue all Shares that have been registered or if the Trust does not have an effective registration statement with the SEC with sufficient Shares available, each of which may happen from time to time, the Trust would not be able to create new Baskets until it registered additional Shares and those additional Shares became available for sale. In addition, the Trust may, in its discretion, suspend the creation of Baskets for any reason and at any time. If the process for creating or redeeming Shares is impaired for any reason, Authorized Participants and their clients or customers may not be able to purchase and redeem Baskets. The inability to purchase and redeem Baskets could result

 

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in the Shares trading at a premium or discount to the NAV of the Trust. Such a premium or discount could be significant, depending upon the nature or duration of the impairment.

Substantial sales of Australian Dollars by the official sector could adversely affect an investment in the Shares.

The official sector consists of central banks, other governmental agencies and multi-lateral institutions that buy, sell and hold Australian Dollars as part of their reserve assets. The official sector holds a significant amount of Australian Dollars that can be mobilized in the open market. In the event that future economic, political or social conditions or pressures require members of the official sector to sell their Australian Dollars simultaneously or in an uncoordinated manner, the demand for Australian Dollars might not be sufficient to accommodate the sudden increase in the supply of Australian Dollars to the market. Consequently, the price of the Australian Dollar could decline, which would adversely affect an investment in the Shares.

REGULATORY MATTERS

Changes to United States tariff and trade policies may increase the volatility of foreign exchange rates.  This volatility could materially and adversely affect the performance of the Shares.

There have been ongoing discussions and commentary regarding potential significant changes to United States trade policies, treaties and tariffs. The current administration, along with Congress, has created significant uncertainty about the future relationship between the United States and other countries with respect to trade policies, treaties and tariffs. These developments, or the perception that any of them could occur, may have a material adverse effect on global economic conditions and the stability of global financial markets, and may increase the volatility of foreign exchange rates, including the USD/Australian Dollar exchange rate. The resulting volatility could materially and adversely affect the performance of the Shares.

The Deposit Accounts are not entitled to payment at any office of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. located in the United States.

The federal laws of the United States prohibit banks located in the United States from paying interest on unrestricted demand deposit accounts.  Therefore, payments out of the Deposit Accounts will be payable only at the London branch of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., located in England. The Trustee will not be entitled to demand payment of these accounts at any office of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. that is located in the United States.  JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. will not be required to repay the deposit if its London branch cannot repay the deposit due to an act of war, insurrection or civil strife or an action by a foreign government or instrumentality (whether de jure or de facto) in England.

Shareholders do not have the protections associated with ownership of a demand deposit account insured in the United States by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the protection provided for bank deposits under English law.

Neither the Shares nor the Deposit Accounts and the Australian Dollars deposited in them are deposits insured against loss by the FDIC, any other federal agency of the United States or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme of England.

Shareholders do not have the protections associated with ownership of shares in an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

The Investment Company Act is designed to protect investors by preventing: insiders from managing investment companies to their benefit and to the detriment of public investors; the issuance of securities having inequitable or discriminatory provisions; the management of investment companies by irresponsible persons; the use of unsound or misleading methods of computing earnings and asset value; changes in the character of investment companies without the consent of investors; and investment companies from engaging in excessive leveraging.  To accomplish these ends, the Investment Company Act requires the safekeeping and proper valuation of fund assets, restricts greatly transactions with affiliates, limits leveraging, and imposes governance requirements as a check on fund management.

The Trust is not registered as an investment company under the Investment Company Act and is not required to register under that act. Consequently, Shareholders do not have the regulatory protections afforded to investors in registered investment companies.

Shareholders do not have the rights enjoyed by investors in certain other financial instruments.

As interests in a grantor trust, the Shares have none of the statutory rights normally associated with the ownership of shares of a business corporation, including, for example, the right to bring “oppression” or “derivative” actions.  Apart from the rights afforded to them by federal and state securities laws, Shareholders have only those rights relative to the Trust, the Trust property and the Shares that are set forth in the Depositary Trust Agreement.  In this connection, the Shareholders have limited voting and distribution rights.  They do not have the right to elect directors.  See “Business – The Shares – Limited Rights” for a description of the limited rights of the Shareholders.

 

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Shareholders that are not Authorized Participants may only purchase or sell their Shares in secondary trading markets.

Only Authorized Participants may create or redeem Baskets through the Trust.  All other investors that desire to purchase or sell Shares must do so through NYSE Arca or in other markets, if any, in which the Shares are traded.

INSOLVENCY OR TERMINATION OF THE DEPOSITORY OR TRUST

If the Depository becomes insolvent, its assets may not be adequate to satisfy a claim by the Trust or any Authorized Participant.  In addition, in the event of the insolvency of the Depository or the U.S. bank of which it is a branch, there may be a delay and costs incurred in recovering the Australian Dollars held in the Deposit Accounts.

Australian Dollars deposited in the Deposit Accounts by an Authorized Participant are commingled with Australian Dollars deposited by other Authorized Participants and are held by the Depository in either the primary deposit account or the secondary deposit account of the Trust.  Australian Dollars held in the Deposit Accounts are not segregated from the Depository’s other assets.

The Trust has no proprietary rights in or to any specific Australian Dollars held by the Depository and will be an unsecured creditor of the Depository with respect to the Australian Dollars held in the Deposit Accounts in the event of the insolvency of the Depository or the U.S. bank of which it is a branch. In the event the Depository or the U.S. bank of which it is a branch becomes insolvent, the Depository’s assets may not be adequate to satisfy a claim by the Trust or any Authorized Participant for the amount of Australian Dollars deposited by the Trust or the Authorized Participant and, in such event, the Trust and any Authorized Participant will generally have no right in or to assets other than those of the Depository.

In the case of insolvency of the Depository or JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., the U.S. bank of which the Depository is a branch, a liquidator may seek to freeze access to the Australian Dollars held in all accounts by the Depository, including the Deposit Accounts. The Trust and the Authorized Participants could incur expenses and delays in connection with asserting their claims.  These problems would be exacerbated by the fact that the Deposit Accounts are not held in the U.S. but instead are held at the London branch of a U.S. national bank, where they are subject to English insolvency law.  Further, under U.S. law, in the case of the insolvency of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., the claims of creditors in respect of accounts (such as the Trust’s Deposit Accounts) that are maintained with an overseas branch of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. will be subordinate to claims of creditors in respect of accounts maintained with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in the U.S., greatly increasing the risk that the Trust and the Trust’s beneficiaries would suffer a loss.

The License Agreement with The Bank of New York Mellon may be terminated by The Bank of New York Mellon in the event of a material breach. Termination of the License Agreement might lead to early termination and liquidation of the Trust.

The Bank of New York Mellon and the Sponsor have entered into a License Agreement granting the Sponsor a non-exclusive, personal and non-transferable license to certain patent applications made by The Bank of New York Mellon covering systems and methods for securitizing a commodity for the life of such patents and patent applications. The license grant is solely for the purpose of allowing the Sponsor to establish, operate and market a currency-based securities product based solely on the securitization, in whole or in part, of a single non-U.S. currency. The License Agreement provides that either party may provide notice of intent to terminate the License Agreement in the event the other party commits a material breach. If the License Agreement is terminated and one or more of The Bank of New York Mellon’s patent applications issue as patents, then The Bank of New York Mellon may claim that the operation of the Trust violates its patent or patents and seek an injunction forcing the Trust to cease operation and the Shares to cease trading. In that case, the Trust might be forced to terminate and liquidate, which would adversely affect Shareholders.

Shareholders may incur significant fees upon the termination of the Trust.

The occurrence of any one of several events would either require the Trust to terminate or permit the Sponsor to terminate the Trust.  For example, if the Depository were to resign or be removed, then the Sponsor would be required to terminate the Trust.  Shareholders tendering their Shares within 90 days of the Trust’s termination will receive the amount of Australian Dollars represented by their Shares.  Shareholders may incur significant fees if they choose to convert the Australian Dollars they receive to USD.

DEPOSITARY TRUST AGREEMENT

The Depository owes no fiduciary duties to the Trust or the Shareholders, is not required to act in their best interest and could resign or be removed by the Sponsor, which would trigger early termination of the Trust.

The Depository is not a trustee for the Trust or the Shareholders. As stated above, the Depository is not obligated to maximize the interest rate paid to the Trust. In addition, the Depository has no duty to continue to act as the depository of the Trust. The Depository can terminate its role as depository for any reason whatsoever upon 90 days’ notice to the Trust. If directed by the Sponsor, the Trustee must terminate the Depository. Such a termination might result, for example, if the Sponsor determines that the interest rate paid by the Depository is inadequate.  In the event that the Depository was to resign or be removed, the Trust will be terminated.

 

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Redemption orders are subject to rejection by the Trustee under certain circumstances.

The Trustee will reject a redemption order if the order is not in proper form as described in the Participant Agreement or if the fulfillment of the order, in the opinion of its counsel, might be unlawful. Any such rejection could adversely affect a redeeming Shareholder. For example, the resulting delay would adversely affect the value of the Shareholder’s redemption distribution if the NAV were to decline during the delay.  In the Depositary Trust Agreement, the Sponsor and the Trustee disclaim any liability for any loss or damage that may result from any such rejection.

The liability of the Sponsor and the Trustee under the Depositary Trust Agreement is limited and, except as set forth in the Depositary Trust Agreement, they are not obligated to prosecute any action, suit or other proceeding in respect of any Trust property.

The Depositary Trust Agreement provides that neither the Sponsor nor the Trustee assumes any obligation or is subject to any liability under the Trust Agreement to any Shareholder, except that they each agree to perform their respective obligations specifically set forth in the Depositary Trust Agreement without negligence or bad faith.  Additionally, neither the Sponsor nor the Trustee is obligated to, although each may in its respective discretion, prosecute any action, suit or other proceeding in respect of any Trust property.  The Depositary Trust Agreement does not confer upon Shareholders the right to prosecute any such action, suit or other proceeding.

The Depositary Trust Agreement may be amended to the detriment of Shareholders without their consent.

The Sponsor and the Trustee may amend most provisions (other than those addressing core economic rights) of the Depositary Trust Agreement without the consent of any Shareholder.  Such an amendment could impose or increase fees or charges borne by the Shareholders.  Any amendment that increases fees or charges (other than taxes and other governmental charges, registration fees or other expenses), or that otherwise prejudices any substantial existing rights of Shareholders, will not become effective until 30 days after written notice is given to Shareholders.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 is harming the global, regional and national economies in unexpected, unpredictable ways that could materially and adversely affect the value of the Shares.

COVID-19 spread globally throughout 2020 and continues to spread in 2021. This pandemic has had material adverse effects on the global economy, including lower levels of economic activity and widespread unemployment. The economic turmoil has led to unprecedented amounts of stimulus in regional and national economies by central banks and other governmental authorities. Despite massive intervention, the humanitarian and economic crisis continues, and financial markets have generally experienced heightened volatility. No assurance can be given that the disruption will end soon or that the value of the Shares will not be affected materially and adversely by the pandemic and its consequences. Escalation or prolonged continuation of the pandemic could exacerbate other risk factors identified in this Report and materially and adversely affect the value of the Shares.

OTHER RISKS

Due to the increased use of technologies, intentional and unintentional cyber attacks pose operational and information security risks.

With the increased use of technologies such as the Internet and the dependence on computer systems to perform necessary business functions, the Trust is susceptible to operational and information security risks. In general, cyber incidents can result from deliberate attacks or unintentional events. Cyber attacks include, but are not limited to gaining unauthorized access to digital systems for purposes of misappropriating assets or sensitive information, corrupting data, or causing operational disruption.

Cyber attacks may also be carried out in a manner that does not require gaining unauthorized access, such as causing denial-of-service attacks on websites. Cyber security failures or breaches of the Trust’s third party service providers (including, but not limited to, the Trustee and the Sponsor) have the ability to cause disruptions and impact business operations, potentially resulting in financial losses, the inability of Shareholders or Authorized Participants to transact business in Shares and Baskets respectively, violations of applicable privacy and other laws, regulatory fines, penalties, reputational damage, reimbursement or other compensation costs, and/or additional compliance costs. In addition, substantial costs may be incurred in order to prevent any cyber incidents in the future. The Trust and its Shareholders could be negatively impacted as a result.

While the Sponsor has established business continuity plans and systems reasonably designed to detect and prevent such cyber attacks from being effective, there are inherent limitations in such plans and systems. For instance, it is possible that certain existing risks have not been identified or that new risks will emerge before countervailing measures can be implemented. Furthermore, the Trust cannot control, or even necessarily influence, the cyber security plans and systems put in place by the Trust’s third party service providers. Since the Trust is dependent upon third party service providers (including the Sponsor and Trustee) for substantially all of its operational needs, the Trust is subject to the risk that a cyber attack on a service provider will materially impair its normal operations even if the Trust itself is not subject to such an attack. In addition, a service provider that has experienced a cyber security

 

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incident may divert resources normally devoted to servicing the Trust to addressing the incident, which would be likely to have an adverse effect on the Trust’s operations.

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

The Trust does not own or use physical properties in the conduct of its business. The Sponsor’s headquarters are located at 3500 Lacey Road, Suite 700, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515.

None.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable.

 

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PART II

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Market Information

The Shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on June 26, 2006 under the symbol “FXA”.  The primary listing of the Shares was transferred to NYSE Arca on October 30, 2007.

Holders

As of January 31, 2021, the Trust had 71 holders of record of its Shares.

Sales of Unregistered Securities and Use of Proceeds of Registered Securities

(a) There have been no unregistered sales of the Shares. No Shares are authorized for issuance by the Trust under equity compensation plans.

(b) Not applicable.

(c) Although the Trust did not redeem Shares directly from its shareholders, the Trust redeemed Baskets from Authorized Participants during the three months ended December 31, 2020 as follows:

Period of Redemption

 

Total Number

of Shares

Redeemed

 

 

Average Price

Paid per

Share

 

October 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020

 

 

 

 

$

 

November 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

$

 

December 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020

 

 

150,000

 

 

$

74.71

 

Total

 

 

150,000

 

 

$

74.71

 

 

ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

On January 9, 2019, the Sponsor changed the Trust’s fiscal year from the period beginning on November 1 and ending on October 31 to the period beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31. The following table summarizes the relevant 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 financial data for the Trust and should be read in conjunction with the Trust’s financial statements, and the notes and schedules related thereto, which are included in this Report.

 

 

 

Fiscal Years

Ended December 31,

 

 

Two Months

Ended December 31,

 

 

Fiscal Years Ended October 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

Interest Income

 

$

84,292

 

 

$

885,616

 

 

$

251,151

 

 

$

1,735,658

 

 

$

2,135,832

 

 

$

2,576,284

 

Net Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

$

(398,350

)

 

$

472,691

 

 

$

173,016

 

 

$

1,226,700

 

 

$

1,455,322

 

 

$

1,862,467

 

Basic and Diluted Earnings (Loss)

    per Share

 

$

(0.24

)

 

$

0.32

 

 

$

0.11

 

 

$

0.73

 

 

$

0.65

 

 

$

0.77

 

Cash Dividends per Share

 

$

0.02

 

 

$

0.38

 

 

$

0.12

 

 

$

0.72

 

 

$

0.66

 

 

$

0.81

 

Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash

 

$

55,746,698

 

 

$

(14,241,750

)

 

$

(4,328,594

)

 

$

(21,357,005

)

 

$

(36,975,692

)

 

$

(3,109,064

)

 

 

 

As of December 31,

 

 

As of October 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

Redeemable Capital Shares at

   Redemption Value

 

$

157,611,098

 

 

$

91,378,070

 

 

$

116,248,970

 

 

$

120,594,430

 

 

$

141,941,827

 

 

$

178,918,567

 

Total Assets

 

$

157,666,229

 

 

$

101,956,052

 

 

$

116,288,105

 

 

$

120,634,683

 

 

$

141,992,962

 

 

$

178,980,152

 

 

 

 

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Selected Quarterly Financial Data (Unaudited)

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

 

December 31, 2020

 

 

September 30, 2020

 

 

June 30, 2020

 

 

March 31, 2020

 

Interest Income

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

84,292

 

Net Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

$

(158,412

)

 

$

(137,269

)

 

$

(87,670

)

 

$

(14,999

)

Basic and Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share (1)

 

$

(0.07

)

 

$

(0.07

)

 

$

(0.07

)

 

$

(0.01

)

Cash Dividends per Share (1)

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

0.02

 

          

(1)

The amount shown for a Share outstanding for quarterly statements may not correlate with year to date amounts due to timing of subscriptions and redemptions in relation to income earned or distributed.

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

 

December 31, 2019

 

 

September 30, 2019

 

 

June 30, 2019

 

 

March 31, 2019

 

Interest Income

 

$

106,498

 

 

$

133,342

 

 

$

285,125

 

 

$

360,651

 

Net Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

$

6,538

 

 

$

33,088

 

 

$

178,773

 

 

$

254,292

 

Basic and Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share (1)

 

$

0.00

 

 

$

0.02

 

 

$

0.12

 

 

$

0.17

 

Cash Dividends per Share (1)

 

$

0.00

 

 

$

0.05

 

 

$

0.14

 

 

$

0.18

 

 

(1)

The amount shown for a Share outstanding for quarterly statements may not correlate with year to date amounts due to timing of subscriptions and redemptions in relation to income earned or distributed.

 

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Introduction

The following discussion and analysis was prepared to supplement information contained in the accompanying financial statements and is intended to explain certain items regarding the Trust's financial condition as of December 31, 2020, and its results of operations for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019. It should be read in conjunction with the “Selected Financial Data” and the accompanying audited financial statements and related notes thereto contained in this report.

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 Australian Dollar, as the value of the Shares relates directly to the value of the Australian Dollars 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 in this report for a description of other risks and uncertainties that may affect an investment in the Shares.

Neither 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.

Movements in the Price of the Australian Dollar

The investment objective of the Trust is for the Shares to reflect the price in USD of the Australian Dollar plus accrued interest, if any, 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 Australian Dollars. Each outstanding Share represents a proportional interest in the Australian Dollars held by the Trust. The following chart provides recent trends on the price of the Australian Dollar. The chart illustrates movements in the price of the Australian Dollar in USD and is based on the Closing Spot Rate:

 


 

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NAV per Share; Valuation of the Australian Dollar

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 NYSE Arca and (3) the Closing Spot Rate, expressed as a multiple of 100 Australian Dollars:

 

 

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 December 31, 2020 was an annual nominal rate of 0.00%. The following chart provides the daily rate paid by the Depository since December 31, 2015:

 

 

 

 

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In exchange for a fee, the Sponsor bears most of the expenses incurred by the Trust. As a result, the only ordinary expense of the Trust during the period 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 Australian Dollars from the secondary deposit account to pay the accrued Sponsor’s fee for the previous month plus other Trust expenses (including, without limitation, expenses resulting from negative interest rates), 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 the 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 pay any distributions during the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Results of Operations

For the year ended December 31, 2020 and the year ended December 31, 2019

During the year ended December 31, 2020, an additional 1,150,000 Shares were created in exchange for 114,776,341 Australian Dollars and 400,000 Shares were redeemed in exchange for 39,913,155 Australian Dollars. In addition, 529,228 Australian Dollars were withdrawn to pay the Sponsor’s fee and the interest expense on currency deposits, due to the negative interest rate. As of December 31, 2020, the number of Australian Dollars owned by the Trust was 204,323,450, resulting in a redeemable capital Share value of $157,611,098. During the year ended December 31, 2019, an additional 200,000 Shares were created in exchange for 20,000,018 Australian Dollars and 550,000 Shares were redeemed in exchange for 54,998,678 Australian Dollars. In addition, 11,848 Australian Dollars were withdrawn to pay the portion of the Sponsor’s fee that exceeded interest earned. As of December 31, 2019, the number of Australian Dollars owned by the Trust was 129,989,492, resulting in a redeemable capital Share value of $91,378,070.  

An increase in the Trust’s redeemable capital Share value from $91,378,070 at December 31, 2019 to $157,611,098 at December 31, 2020, was primarily the result of an increase in the number of Shares outstanding from 1,300,000 at December 31, 2019 to 2,050,000 at December 31, 2020, coupled with an increase in the Closing Spot Rate from 0.7029 at December 31, 2019 to 0.7717 at December 31, 2020.  

Interest income decreased from $885,616 for the year ended December 31, 2019 to $84,292 for the year ended December 31, 2020, attributable primarily to a decrease in the annual nominal interest rate paid by the Depository, as set forth in the FXA Daily Rate chart above.

The Sponsor’s fee accrues daily at an annual nominal rate of 0.40% of the Australian Dollars in the Trust. Due primarily to an increase in the weighted-average Australian Dollars in the Trust, the Sponsor’s fee increased from $412,925 for the year ended December 31, 2019 to $464,501 for the year ended December 31, 2020. Because the annual interest rate paid by the Depository fell briefly below 0.00% and remained at 0.00% during the year ended December 31, 2020 (as set forth in the chart above), the Trust incurred interest expense on currency deposits. Due primarily to a decline in the interest rate (below 0.00%), interest expense on currency deposits increased from $0 for the year ended December 31, 2019 to $18,141 for the year ended December 31, 2020. The only expenses of the Trust during the year ended December 31, 2020 were the Sponsor’s fee and interest expense on currency deposits. The only expense of the Trust during the year ended December 31, 2019 was the Sponsor’s fee.

The Trust’s net comprehensive income (loss) for the year ended December 31, 2020 was $(398,350) due to the Sponsor’s fee of $464,501 and interest expense on currency deposits of $18,141 exceeding interest income of $84,292. The Trust’s net comprehensive income (loss) for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $472,691 due to interest income of $885,616 exceeding the Sponsor’s fee of $412,925.  

Cash dividends per Share decreased from $0.38 per Share for the year ended December 31, 2019 to $0.02 per Share for the year ended December 31, 2020.  The decrease in cash dividends per Share was primarily the result of a decrease in the annual nominal interest rate paid by the Depository.

Critical Accounting Policies

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 3 to the financial statements for further discussion of our accounting policies.

The functional currency of the Trust is the Australian Dollar in accordance with ASC 830, Foreign Currency Translation.

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

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

 

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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

Index to Financial Statements

Documents

 

Page

 

 

 

Report of Management on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

15

 

 

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

16

 

 

 

Statements of Financial Condition at December 31, 2020 and 2019

 

18

 

 

 

Statements of Comprehensive Income for the Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

 

19

 

 

 

Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity and Redeemable Capital Shares for the Year Ended December 31, 2020

 

20

 

 

 

Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity and Redeemable Capital Shares for the Year Ended December 31, 2019  

 

21

 

 

 

Statements of Cash Flows for the Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019      

 

22

 

 

 

Notes to Financial Statements

 

23

 

 

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Report of Management on Internal Control

Over Financial Reporting

Management of Invesco Specialized Products, LLC, as sponsor (the “Sponsor”) of the Invesco CurrencyShares® Australian Dollar Trust (the “Trust”), is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as defined under Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

We, Anna Paglia, Principal Executive Officer, and Kelli Gallegos, Principal Financial and Accounting Officer, Investment Pools, of the Sponsor, assessed the effectiveness of the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020. In making this assessment, we used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) in Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013). Based on our assessment and those criteria, we have concluded that the Trust maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020.

The Trust’s independent registered public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, has audited the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, as stated in their report on page 16 of the Trust’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

 

By:

 

/S/    ANNA PAGLIA        

Name:

 

Anna Paglia

Title:

 

Principal Executive Officer

 

 

By:

 

/S/    KELLI GALLEGOS

Name:

 

Kelli Gallegos

Title:

 

Principal Financial and Accounting Officer,

Investment Pools

 

February 25, 2021

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Managers of Invesco Specialized Products, LLC (as Sponsor of Invesco CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust) and Shareholders of Invesco CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust

 

Opinions on the Financial Statements and Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

We have audited the accompanying statements of financial condition of Invesco CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust (the “Trust”) as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the related statements of comprehensive income, of changes in shareholders’ equity and redeemable capital shares and of cash flows for each of the two years in the period ended December 31, 2020, including the related notes (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). We also have audited the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).  

 

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Trust as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the two years in the period ended December 31, 2020 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also in our opinion, the Trust maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the COSO.

 

Basis for Opinions

 

The Trust's management is responsible for these financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Report of Management on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express opinions on the Trust’s financial statements and on the Trust's internal control over financial reporting based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Trust in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud, and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.  

 

Our audits of the financial statements included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

 

Definition and Limitations of Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

 

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Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

Critical Audit Matters

 

Critical audit matters are matters arising from the current period audit of the financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that (i) relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (ii) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. We determined there are no critical audit matters.

 

 

 

 

/s/PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Chicago, Illinois

February 25, 2021

 

We have served as the Trust’s auditor since 2018.

 

 

 

 

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Invesco CurrencyShares® Australian Dollar Trust

Statements of Financial Condition

December 31, 2020 and 2019

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Dollar deposits, interest bearing

 

$

157,666,229

 

 

$

101,919,531

 

Receivable from accrued interest

 

 

 

 

 

36,521

 

Total Assets

 

$

157,666,229

 

 

$

101,956,052

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redemption Payable

 

$

 

 

$

10,543,357

 

Accrued Sponsor’s fee

 

 

55,131

 

 

 

34,625

 

Total Liabilities

 

 

55,131

 

 

 

10,577,982

 

Commitments and Contingent Liabilities (note 8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemable Capital Shares and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemable Capital Shares, at redemption value, no par value, 44,500,000 and

   41,500,000 authorized, respectively – 2,050,000 and 1,300,000, issued

   and outstanding, respectively

 

 

157,611,098

 

 

 

91,378,070

 

Shareholders’ Equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retained Earnings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities, Redeemable Capital Shares and Shareholders’ Equity

 

$

157,666,229

 

 

$

101,956,052

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements which are an integral part of the financial statements.

 

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Invesco CurrencyShares® Australian Dollar Trust

Statements of Comprehensive Income

For the Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Income

 

$

84,292

 

 

$

885,616

 

Total Income

 

 

84,292

 

 

 

885,616

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor’s fee

 

 

(464,501

)

 

 

(412,925

)

Interest Expense on currency deposits

 

 

(18,141

)

 

 

 

Total Expenses

 

 

(482,642

)

 

 

(412,925

)

Net Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

$

(398,350

)

 

$

472,691

 

Basic and Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share

 

$

(0.24

)

 

$

0.32

 

Weighted-average Shares Outstanding

 

 

1,650,273

 

 

 

1,481,370

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements which are an integral part of the financial statements.

 

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Invesco CurrencyShares® Australian Dollar Trust

Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity and Redeemable Capital Shares

For the Year Ended December 31, 2020

 

 

 

Retained

Earnings

 

 

Total

Shareholders'

Equity

 

 

Shares

 

 

Redeemable

Capital Shares

 

Balance at December 31, 2019

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

 

1,300,000

 

 

$

91,378,070

 

Purchases of Shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,150,000

 

 

 

81,647,198

 

Redemption of Shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(400,000

)

 

 

(27,594,313

)

Net Increase (Decrease) due to Share Transactions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

750,000

 

 

 

54,052,885

 

Distributions

 

 

(25,880

)

 

 

(25,880

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

 

(398,350

)

 

 

(398,350

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment of Redeemable Capital Shares to Redemption

   Value related to Retained Earnings

 

 

424,230

 

 

 

424,230

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(424,230

)

Adjustment of Redeemable Capital Shares to Redemption

   Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,604,373

 

Balance at December 31, 2020

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

 

2,050,000

 

 

$

157,611,098

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements which are an integral part of the financial statements.

 

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Invesco CurrencyShares® Australian Dollar Trust

Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity and Redeemable Capital Shares

For the Year Ended December 31, 2019

 

 

 

Retained

Earnings

 

 

Total

Shareholders'

Equity

 

 

Shares

 

 

Redeemable

Capital Shares

 

Balance at December 31, 2018

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

 

1,650,000

 

 

$

116,248,970

 

Purchases of Shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

200,000

 

 

 

14,241,193

 

Redemption of Shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(550,000

)

 

 

(38,719,406

)

Net Increase (Decrease) due to Share Transactions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(350,000

)

 

 

(24,478,213

)

Distributions

 

 

(559,837

)

 

 

(559,837

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

 

472,691

 

 

 

472,691

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment of Redeemable Capital Shares to Redemption

   Value related to Retained Earnings

 

 

87,146

 

 

 

87,146

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(87,146

)

Adjustment of Redeemable Capital Shares to Redemption

   Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(305,541

)

Balance at December 31, 2019

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

 

1,300,000

 

 

$

91,378,070

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements which are an integral part of the financial statements.

 

 

 

 

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Invesco CurrencyShares® Australian Dollar Trust

Statements of Cash Flows

For the Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

$

(398,350

)

 

$

472,691

 

Adjustments to reconcile net comprehensive income (loss) to net cash

   provided by (used in) operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receivable from accrued interest

 

 

36,521

 

 

 

90,303

 

Accrued Sponsor’s fee

 

 

20,506

 

 

 

(4,316

)

Accrued interest expense

 

 

 

 

 

(194

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

 

(341,323

)

 

 

558,484

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distributions paid to shareholders

 

 

(25,880

)

 

 

(559,837

)

Proceeds from purchases of redeemable capital Shares

 

 

81,647,198

 

 

 

14,241,193

 

Redemptions of redeemable capital Shares

 

 

(38,088,173

)

 

 

(28,225,546

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 

43,533,145

 

 

 

(14,544,190

)

Effect of exchange rate on cash

 

 

12,554,876

 

 

 

(256,044

)

Net change in cash

 

 

55,746,698

 

 

 

(14,241,750

)

Cash at beginning of period

 

 

101,919,531

 

 

 

116,161,281

 

Cash at end of period

 

$

157,666,229

 

 

$

101,919,531

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for interest

 

$

18,141

 

 

$

194

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Financial Statements which are an integral part of the financial statements.

 

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Invesco CurrencyShares® Australian Dollar Trust

Notes to Financial Statements

December 31, 2020

Note 1 – Background

On September 28, 2017, Guggenheim Capital, LLC (“Guggenheim”) and Invesco Ltd. entered into a Transaction Agreement (the “Transaction Agreement”), pursuant to which Guggenheim agreed to transfer all of the membership interests of Guggenheim Specialized Products, LLC (the “Sponsor”) to Invesco Capital Management LLC (“Invesco Capital Management”).

The Transaction Agreement was consummated on April 6, 2018 (the “Closing”) and immediately following the Closing, Invesco Capital Management changed the name of the Sponsor to Invesco Specialized Products, LLC.

On January 9, 2019, the Sponsor changed the Trust’s fiscal year from the period beginning on November 1 and ending on October 31 to the period beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31. Unless otherwise noted, all references to “years” in this report refer to the twelve-month fiscal year, which prior to November 1, 2018 ended on October 31 and beginning after December 31, 2018 ends on December 31 of each year.

Note 2 – Organization

The Invesco CurrencyShares® Australian Dollar Trust (the “Trust”) was formed under the laws of the State of New York on June 8, 2006 when the Sponsor deposited 100 Australian Dollars 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 Invesco Capital Management.

The investment objective of the Trust is for the Trust’s shares (the “Shares”) to reflect the price in U.S. Dollars (“USD”) of the Australian Dollar plus accrued interest, if any, 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 Australian Dollars. The Trust’s assets primarily consist of Australian Dollars 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.

This Annual Report (the “Annual Report”) covers the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019.

Note 3 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

A.

Basis of Presentation

The financial statements of the Trust have been prepared using accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”).

B.

Accounting Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates by a significant amount. In addition, the Trust monitors for material events or transactions that may occur or become known after the period-end date and before the date the financial statements are issued.

C.

Foreign Currency Translation

For Net Asset Value (“NAV”) calculation purposes, Australian Dollar deposits (cash) are translated at the Closing Spot Rate, which is the Australian Dollar/USD exchange rate as determined and published by The WM Company at 4:00 PM (London time / London fixing) on each day that NYSE Arca, Inc. (“NYSE Arca”) is open for regular trading.

The Trust maintains its books and records in Australian Dollars. 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 Australian Dollars 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. The redeemable capital Shares are adjusted to redemption value and these adjustments are recorded against retained earnings.

 

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D.

Interest Income

Interest on the primary deposit account, if any, accrues daily as earned and is received or paid on a monthly basis. Any interest below zero for the period is reflected as interest expense on currency deposits. The Depository may change the rate at which interest accrues, including reducing the interest rate to zero or below zero, based upon changes in market conditions or based on the Depository’s liquidity needs.

E.

Distributions

To the extent that the interest earned by the Trust, if any, 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 Australian Dollars effective on the first business day of the subsequent month. The Trustee (as defined below) will direct that the excess Australian Dollars 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).

The table below shows distributions per Share and in total for the periods presented:

 

 

 

Years Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Distributions per Share

 

$

0.02

 

 

$

0.38

 

Distributions paid

 

$

25,880

 

 

$

559,837

 

 

There was no income distribution for the month ended December 31, 2020.

F.

Routine Operational, Administrative and Other Ordinary Expenses

The Sponsor is responsible for all routine operational, administrative and other ordinary expenses of the Trust, including, but not limited to, 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. The Trust does not reimburse the Sponsor for the routine operational, administrative and other ordinary expenses of the Trust. Accordingly, such expenses are not reflected in the Statements of Comprehensive Income of the Trust.

G.

Non-Recurring Fees and Expenses

In certain 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), expenses resulting from negative interest rates, 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, audit fees and legal expenses in excess of $100,000 per year. The only expenses of the Trust during the year ended December 31, 2020 were the Sponsor’s fee and interest expense on currency deposits. The only expense of the Trust during the year ended December 31, 2019 was the Sponsor’s fee.

H.

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.

 

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The Trust does not expect to generate taxable income except for interest income (if any) and gain (if any) upon the sale of Australian Dollars. 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 Australian Dollars 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.

Note 4 – Australian Dollar Deposits

Australian Dollar principal deposits are held in an Australian Dollar-denominated, interest-bearing demand account. The interest rate in effect as of December 31, 2020 was an annual nominal rate of 0.00%. For the year ended December 31, 2020, there were Australian Dollar principal deposits of 114,776,341, Australian Dollar principal redemptions of 39,913,155 and Australian Dollar withdrawals (to pay expenses) of 529,228, resulting in an ending Australian Dollar principal balance of 204,323,450. This equates to 157,666,229 USD. For the year ended December 31, 2019, there were Australian Dollar principal deposits of 20,000,018, Australian Dollar principal redemptions of 54,998,678 and Australian Dollar withdrawals (to pay expenses) of 11,848, resulting in an ending Australian Dollar principal balance of 129,989,492. This equates to 91,376,174 USD (which includes USD redemptions payable).

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

Note 5 – Concentration Risk

All of the Trust’s assets are Australian Dollars, which creates a concentration risk associated with fluctuations in the price of the Australian Dollar. Accordingly, a decline in the Australian Dollar 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 Australian Dollar 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 Australian Dollars by the official sector (central banks, other governmental agencies and related institutions that buy, sell and hold Australian Dollars as part of their reserve assets) could adversely affect an investment in the Shares.

All of the Trust’s Australian Dollars 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.

Note 6 – Service Providers and Related Party Agreements

The Trustee

The Bank of New York Mellon (the “Trustee”), a banking corporation with trust powers organized under the laws of the State of New York, serves as the Trustee. The Trustee is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Trust, including keeping the Trust’s operational records.

The Sponsor

The Sponsor of the Trust generally oversees the performance of the Trustee and the Trust’s principal service providers. The Sponsor is Invesco Specialized Products, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and a related party of the Trust.  The Trust pays the Sponsor a Sponsor’s fee, which accrues daily at an annual nominal rate of 0.40% of the Australian Dollars in the Trust (including all unpaid interest but excluding unpaid fees, each as accrued through the immediately preceding day) and is paid monthly.

Note 7 – Share Purchases and Redemptions

Shares are issued and redeemed continuously in Baskets in exchange for Australian Dollars. 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 through 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 two-day period for settlement of each creation or redemption, the Trust reflects Shares created as a receivable on the trade date. Shares redeemed are reflected as a liability on the trade

 

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date. Outstanding Shares are reflected at redemption value, which is the NAV per Share at the period end date. Adjustments to redeemable capital Shares at redemption value are recorded directly to redeemable capital shares and retained earnings.

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 Australian Dollars held by the Trust (including all unpaid interest, if any, accrued through the preceding day) and calculates the value of the Australian Dollars 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 Australian Dollars, 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.

Note 8 – Commitments and Contingencies

The Trust’s organizational documents provide for the Trust to indemnify the Sponsor and any affiliate of the Sponsor that provides services to the Trust to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, subject to certain exceptions for disqualifying conduct by the Sponsor or such an affiliate. The Trust’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown as this would involve future claims that may be made against the Trust that have not yet occurred. Further, the Trust has not had prior claims or losses pursuant to these contracts. Accordingly, the Sponsor expects the risk of loss to be remote.

 

 

 

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ITEM 9. CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

None.

ITEM 9A. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Under the supervision and with the participation of the management of the Sponsor, including Anna Paglia, its Principal Executive Officer, and Kelli Gallegos, its Principal Financial and Accounting Officer, Investment Pools, the Trust carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of its disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) or 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) as of December 31, 2020, the end of the period covered by this Annual Report, and, based upon that evaluation, Anna Paglia, the Principal Executive Officer of the Sponsor, and Kelli Gallegos, the Principal Financial and Accounting Officer, Investment Pools, of the Sponsor concluded that the Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective to provide reasonable assurance that information the Trust is required to disclose in the reports that it files or submits with the SEC under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed by the Trust in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to management of the Sponsor, including its Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There has been no change in internal control over financial reporting (as defined in the Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act) that occurred during the Trust’s quarter ended December 31, 2020, that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting.

Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Management of the Sponsor is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as defined under Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act, for the Trust. Anna Paglia, the Principal Executive Officer of the Sponsor, and Kelli Gallegos, the Principal Financial and Accounting Officer, Investment Pools, of the Sponsor, assessed the effectiveness of the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020. Their report in connection with their assessment may be found in the “Report of Management on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting” on page 15 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The Trust’s independent registered public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, has audited the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, as stated in their report on page 16 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

ITEM 9B. OTHER INFORMATION

Not applicable.

 

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PART III

ITEM 10. DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

The following executive officers of the Sponsor serve in the capacities specified for them:

Name

 

Capacity

Anna Paglia

 

Chief Executive Officer and Principal Executive Officer; Board of Managers

Kelli Gallegos

 

Principal Financial and Accounting Officer, Investment Pools

Annette J. Lege

 

Chief Financial Officer

Melanie Zimdars

 

Chief Compliance Officer

Jordan Krugman

 

Board of Managers

John M. Zerr

 

Board of Managers

The Sponsor is managed by a Board of Managers. The Board of Managers is composed of Ms. Paglia, Mr. Krugman and Mr. Zerr.

Anna Paglia (46) currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Principal Executive Officer of the Sponsor, and also serves as a member of the Sponsor’s Board of Managers. She has served in such capacities since June 12, 2020. She is also Global Head of ETFs and Indexed Strategies at Invesco, Ltd., a global investment management company and affiliate of the Sponsor (“Invesco”), and has served in the role since June 15, 2020.  Prior to her transitioning to her current positions in June 2020, she served as Head of Legal, US ETFs at Invesco, and had served in such capacity since September 2010. In that role, she was responsible for the registration and listing of exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), as well as providing support to the Invesco US ETF Board, serving as a global ETF expert/resource and providing day-to-day support to Invesco and its affiliates. In addition, she is a team leader for, and provides legal support to, Invesco’s unit investment trusts. Prior to joining Invesco, Ms. Paglia was a partner in the investment management group at K&L Gates LLP and in that role she served as fund counsel and counsel to the independent directors for a number of mutual funds and ETFs. Ms. Paglia earned a JD from L.U.I.S.S. Law School in Rome, a law school certificate from Kingston University School of Law in London and a master’s degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. She is admitted to practice law in Illinois and New York.

Kelli Gallegos (50) currently serves as Principal Financial and Accounting Officer, Investment Pools of the Sponsor and has served in this capacity since September 2018. Additionally, since September 2018, Ms. Gallegos has been Principal Financial and Accounting Officer, Investment Pools of Invesco Capital Management LLC, the managing owner of a suite of commodity exchange-traded funds (“ICM”), Head of North America Fund Reporting of Invesco, Ltd., a global investment management company (“Invesco”), and Vice President and Treasurer of Invesco Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, Invesco Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, Invesco India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, Invesco Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, Invesco Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust and Invesco Exchange-Traded Self-Indexed Fund Trust, each a registered investment company offering series of exchange-traded funds (the “Invesco ETFs”). She has also served as Vice President (since March 2016), Principal Financial Officer (since March 2016) and Assistant Treasurer (since December 2008) for a suite of mutual funds advised by Invesco Advisers, Inc., a registered investment adviser (the “Invesco Funds”). In her roles with the Sponsor, ICM, Invesco, the Invesco ETFs and the Invesco Funds, Ms. Gallegos has financial and administrative oversight responsibilities for, and serves as Principal Financial Officer of, the Invesco ETFs, the CurrencyShares Trusts sponsored by the Sponsor, of which the registrant is one (the “CurrencyShares Trusts”), and the exchange-traded commodity funds for which ICM serves as managing owner (the “Commodity Funds”). Previously, she was Director of Fund Financial Services from December 2008 to September 2018, Assistant Treasurer for ICM from January 2013 to September 2018, Assistant Treasurer of the Sponsor from April 2018 to September 2018, Assistant Treasurer for the Invesco ETFs from September 2014 to September 2018 and Assistant Vice President for the Invesco Funds from December 2008 to March 2016. In such roles, Ms. Gallegos managed the group of personnel responsible for the preparation of fund financial statements and other information necessary for shareholder reports, fund prospectuses, regulatory filings, and for the coordination and oversight of third-party service providers of the CurrencyShares Trusts, the Invesco ETFs, the Invesco Funds and the Commodity Funds. Ms. Gallegos earned a BBA in accounting from Harding University in Searcy, AR.

Annette Lege (51) currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Sponsor and has served in this capacity since April 6, 2018. Ms. Lege also serves as Chief Accounting Officer and Head of Finance and Corporate Services (“FCS”) Business Services for Invesco and has served in such capacity since March 2017. In her roles for the Sponsor and Invesco, she is responsible for all aspects of Corporate Accounting, including group financial reporting, internal controls and group accounting policies. Ms. Lege also manages Invesco’s Finance operations and shared service centers and has held this role since September 2015. Ms. Lege also serves as Director, Treasurer and/or Chief Financial Officer of a number of other Invesco wholly-owned subsidiaries, which service or serviced portions of Invesco’s businesses since August 2020. Previously, Ms. Lege was Head of FCS Transformation Office from October 2013 through September 2015, with responsibility for business transformation initiatives taking place across FCS at Invesco. Before assuming that role in October 2013, Ms. Lege held the position of North American Corporate Controller at Invesco from March 2007 to October 2013. Ms. Lege is a CPA, is licensed by FINRA as a Financial Operations Principal, and is a member of the Texas State Board of Public Accountants. Ms. Lege earned a BBA in accounting from the University of Houston.

Melanie H. Zimdars (44) currently serves as Chief Compliance Officer of the Sponsor and has served in this capacity since April 6, 2018. In her role, she is responsible for all aspects of regulatory compliance for the Sponsor. Ms. Zimdars has also served as Chief Compliance Officer of Invesco Capital Management, Invesco Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, Invesco Exchange-Traded Fund

 

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Trust II, Invesco India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, Invesco Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust and Invesco Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust since November 2017. From September 2009 to October 2017, she served as Vice President and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer at ALPS Holdings, Inc. where she was Chief Compliance Officer for six different mutual fund complexes, including active and passive ETFs and open-end and closed-end funds. Through its subsidiary companies, ALPS Holdings, Inc. is a provider of investment products and customized servicing solutions to the financial services industry. Ms. Zimdars received a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Jordan Krugman (43) currently serves as a member of the Board of Managers of the Sponsor and has served in this capacity since October 30, 2020. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of the Americas for Invesco Ltd., a global investment management company affiliated with the Sponsor. He was appointed to this position in October 2020. In this capacity, Mr. Krugman is responsible for general management support, in addition to executing on various strategic initiatives and overseeing the financial framework for the business units operating within the Americas division of Invesco Ltd. He has also served as a Member of the Board of Managers of the Sponsor since October 2020. From March 2019 to October 2020, Mr. Krugman served as the Global Head of Financial Planning and Analysis at Invesco Ltd. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing Invesco’s forecasting, budgeting, strategic planning and financial target setting processes, including analytics and decision support for Invesco Ltd.’s executive team. From March 2017 to March 2019, Mr. Krugman served as Invesco Ltd.’s Head of Finance & Corporate Strategy, North America. In this role, Mr. Krugman was responsible for strategic and financial planning for Invesco Ltd.’s global investments organization, including global real estate, private equity and global fixed income. Prior to that, Mr. Krugman was Invesco Ltd.’s Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations from May 2011 to March 2017. In this role, he was responsible for management of Invesco Ltd.’s liquidity and capital management programs. Additionally, Mr. Krugman managed the communication with Invesco Ltd.’s external stakeholders, including equity shareholders, debt investors, rating agencies and research analysts. Mr. Krugman earned a BA degree in American civilizations, with a US history concentration, from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1999, and earned an MBA from Santa Clara University in California in 2007. He is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).

John Zerr (58) currently serves as a member of the Board of Managers of the Sponsor and has served in this capacity since April 6, 2018.  Mr. Zerr is also a member of the Board of Managers of Invesco Capital Management and the Chief Operating Officer of Americas for Invesco Ltd., and has served in these roles since March 2006 and February 2018, respectively.  Mr. Zerr previously served as the Managing Director and General Counsel for U.S. Retail of Invesco Management Group, Inc., a registered investment adviser affiliated with the Sponsor, from March 2006 through March 2018. Mr. Zerr has also been a Senior Vice President of IDI since March 2006. He also served as a Director and Secretary of that entity until February 2010 and March 2018, respectively. Mr. Zerr has served as Senior Vice President of Invesco Advisers, Inc., a registered investment adviser affiliated with the Sponsor, since December 2009. Mr. Zerr serves as a Director and Vice President of Invesco Investment Services, Inc., a registered transfer agency since May 2007. He also served as Secretary of that entity until March 2018. Mr. Zerr has served as Director, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of a number of other Invesco wholly-owned subsidiaries which service or serviced portions of Invesco’s U.S. Retail business since May 2007 and since June 2010 with respect to certain Van Kampen entities engaged in the asset management business that were acquired by Invesco from Morgan Stanley. In each of the foregoing positions Mr. Zerr is responsible for overseeing legal operations. In such capacity, Mr. Zerr also is responsible for overseeing the legal activities of various Invesco funds. Mr. Zerr earned a BA degree in economics from Ursinus College. He graduated cum laude with a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

The Trust has no employees, officers or directors.  The Sponsor receives a Sponsor’s fee, which accrues daily at an annual nominal rate of 0.40% of the Australian Dollars in the Trust (including all unpaid interest but excluding unpaid fees, each as accrued through the immediately preceding day) and is paid monthly.

For the year ended December 31, 2020, the Trust incurred Sponsor’s Fees of $464,501 of which $409,370 had been paid at December 31, 2020. Sponsor’s Fees of $55,131 were unpaid at December 31, 2020 and are reported as a liability on the Statement of Financial Condition.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, the Trust incurred Sponsor’s Fees of $412,925 of which $378,300 had been paid at December 31, 2019. Sponsor’s Fees of $34,625 were unpaid at December 31, 2019 and are reported as a liability on the Statement of Financial Condition.

ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

The Trust has no officers or directors. The following table sets forth certain information regarding beneficial ownership of our Shares as of January 31, 2021, as known by management. No person is known by us to own beneficially more than 5% of outstanding Shares.

Title of Class

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner

 

Amount and Nature of

Beneficial Ownership

 

Percent

of Class

Shares

  

Directors and Officers of Invesco Specialized Products, LLC as a group

  

  

Less than 0.1%

The Trust has no securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plans.

 

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ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

See Item 11.

ITEM 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

On April 19, 2018, the Board of Managers of the Sponsor, on behalf of the Trust, approved the engagement of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Trust, effective that same date.  As previously disclosed on Form 8-K filed on April 9, 2018, on April 8, 2018, Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”) resigned as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Trust as EY was no longer independent of the Trust as of that date under the applicable independence standards.  The reports of EY on the Trust's financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 did not contain any adverse opinion or a disclaimer of opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principles. During the interim period commencing on November 1, 2017 and continuing through the date of EY's resignation, (i) there was no disagreement between the Trust and EY on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreement, if not resolved to the satisfaction of EY, would have caused it to make a reference to the subject matter thereof in its report on the financial statements of the Trust for any such period, and (ii) there were no “reportable events” as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC.

Audit and Non-Audit Fees

The following table sets forth the fees for professional services rendered by PwC, the Trust’s independent registered public accounting firm for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

 

 

Fiscal Years Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Audit Fees

 

$

35,000

 

 

$

35,000

 

Audit-Related Fees (1)

 

 

8,500

 

 

 

 

Tax fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

All other Fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$

43,500

 

 

$

35,000

 

          

 

(1)

Audit-Related Fees for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 include fees billed for reviewing regulatory filings.

The following table sets forth the fees for professional services rendered by EY, the Trust’s former independent registered public accounting firm for the year ended December 31, 2019.

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended

 

 

 

December 31, 2019

 

Audit Fees

 

$

 

Audit-Related Fees (1)

 

 

2,500

 

Tax fees

 

 

 

All other Fees

 

 

 

Total

 

$

2,500

 

          

 

(1)

Audit-Related Fees for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 include fees billed for reviewing regulatory filings.

Approval of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm Services and Fees

The Sponsor approved all of the services provided by PwC and EY to the Trust described above. The Sponsor pre-approved all audit and allowed non-audit services of the Trust’s independent registered public accounting firm, including all engagement fees and terms.

 

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PART IV

ITEM 15. EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

(a)(1) Financial Statements

See financial statements commencing on page 14 hereof.

(a)(2) Financial Statement Schedules

No financial statement schedules are filed herewith because (i) such schedules are not required or (ii) the information required has been presented in the aforementioned financial statements.

(a)(3) Exhibits

The following documents (unless otherwise indicated) are filed herewith and made a part of this Annual Report:

 

Exhibit

No.

 

Description

 3.1

 

Certificate of Formation of the Sponsor dated September 14, 2005, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1/A (File number 333‑132362) filed by the Trust on June 9, 2006.

 3.2

 

Certificate of Amendment to Certificate of Formation of the Sponsor dated March 27, 2012, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by the Trust on December 21, 2012.

 3.3

 

Certificate of Amendment to the Certificate of Formation of the Sponsor dated April 6, 2018, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Trust on April 9, 2018.

 3.4

 

Third Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of the Sponsor, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Trust on April 9, 2018.

 4.1

 

Depositary Trust Agreement dated as of June 8, 2006 among the Sponsor, The Bank of New York Mellon, all registered owners and beneficial owners of Australian Dollar Shares issued thereunder and all depositors, incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Annual Report on Form 10-K/A filed by the Tru