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VGBT 2019-07-31
Part I. Financial Information
Item 1.Financial Statements (Unaudited)
Item 2.Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 3.Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 4.Controls and Procedures
Part II. Other Information
Item 1.Legal Proceedings
Item 1A.Risk Factors
Item 2.Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
Item 3.Defaults Upon Senior Securities
Item 4.Mine Safety Disclosures
Item 5.Changes in and Disagreements with Accounting and Financial Disclosure
Item 6.Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
Item 7.Executive Compensation
Item 8.Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
Item 9.Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
Item 10.Principal Accounting Fees and Services
Item 11.Other Information
Item 12.Exhibits
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

____________________________________

 

Form 10-Q

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

 

For the Quarterly Period Ended July 31, 2019

 

OR

 

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

 

For the Transition Period from ________ to ________

 

Commission File Number: 333-194144

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VAULTED GOLD BULLION TRUST

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

____________________________________

 

Delaware 46-7176227
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

c/o Bank of Montreal

3 Times Square

New York, New York 10036

Attention: Legal Department

 

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(212) 885-4000

 

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code) 

 

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

 

Title of each class    Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

 

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

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes x No o

 

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 o    Accelerated filer o 

Non-accelerated filer x

 

Smaller reporting company o

Emerging growth company x

 

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. x 

 

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

 

As of July 31, 2019, there were 153,356 Gold Deposit Receipts outstanding. 

 

 

  

 

 

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FORM 10-Q

 

FOR THE QUARTER ENDED JULY 31, 2019

 

INDEX

 

      Page No.
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION  
  Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited) 4
  Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 17
  Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 21
  Item 4. Controls and Procedures 21
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION  
  Item 1. Legal Proceedings 22
  Item 1A.   Risk Factors 22
  Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 22
  Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities 22
  Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 22
  Item 5. Changes in and Disagreements with Accounting and Financial Disclosure 22
  Item 6. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance 22
  Item 7. Executive Compensation 22
  Item 8. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related
Stockholder Matters
22
  Item 9. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence 22
  Item 10. Principal Accounting Fees and Services 22
  Item 11. Other Information 23
  Item 12. Exhibits 23
  Signatures 24

 

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CAUTIONARY NOTE CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 

 

The statements contained in this report that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. The Vaulted Gold Bullion Trust’s (the “Trust”) forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding its expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipates,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predicts,” “project,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements in this report may include, for example, statements about:

 

·The gold industry;
·Sources of and demand for gold bullion; and
·The performance of the gold market.

 

The forward-looking statements contained in this report are based on the Trust’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Trust. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Trust will be those that it has anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond the Trust’s control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include those factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Trust’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on January 29, 2019. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the Trust’s assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. The Trust undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1.Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

VAULTED GOLD BULLION TRUST

 

Financial Statements

 

Statements of Assets and Liabilities

 

(Amounts in US$, except for Receipt data) 

As of July 31,
2019

(Unaudited)

   As of October 31,
2018
 
ASSETS        
Investment in gold (Cost: $203,538,552 and $203,470,539,
respectively) (see Notes 2.2, 2.5)
  $218,923,358   $186,256,695 
Total assets  $218,923,358   $186,256,695 
           
           
Paid In Capital  $203,538,552   $203,470,539 
Unrealized gain (loss) on investment in gold   15,384,806    (17,213,844)
NET ASSETS  $218,923,358   $186,256,695 
           
 Receipts issued, issuable and outstanding (see Note 2.3)   153,356    153,304 
Net Asset Value per Receipt  $1,427.55   $1,214.95 

 

See Notes to the Unaudited Financial Statements

 

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Schedules of Investments

 

(Amounts in US$,

except for Troy oz data)

 

As of July 31, 2019

(Unaudited)

    
Description  Troy Oz   Cost   Fair
Value
   % of Net
Assets (1)
            
Investment in gold                   
Gold   153,356   $203,538,552   $218,923,358    100%
Total investment in gold   153,356   $203,538,552   $218,923,358    100%

 

 

 

   As of October 31, 2018
Description  Troy Oz   Cost   Fair
Value
   % of Net
Assets (1)
            
Investment in gold                   
Gold   153,304   $203,470,539   $186,256,695    100%
Total investment in gold   153,304   $203,470,539   $186,256,695    100%

 

 

(1)Calculated as investment in gold at fair value divided by net assets

 

See Notes to the Unaudited Financial Statements

 

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Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in US$)
                 
   Three Months
Ended
July 31, 2019
  

 

Three Months
Ended
July 31, 2018

   Nine Months
Ended
July 31, 2019
  

 

Nine Months
Ended
July 31, 2018

 
                     
Net realized loss on
redemption of Receipts
(see Note 2.3)
  $-   $-   $(434)  $- 
Net change in unrealized gain
(loss) on investment in gold
   22,273,916    (33,144,761)   32,598,650    (35,801,597)
Total gain (loss) on investment
in gold
   22,273,916    (33,144,761)   32,598,216    (35,801,597)
                     
Increase (decrease) in net
assets from operations
   22,273,916    (33,144,761)   32,598,216    (35,801,597)
                     
Increase (decrease) in net
assets from
operations per Receipt*
   145.25    (103.29)   212.60    (231.53)
Weighted average number of
receipts
   153,348    320,902    153,330    154,633 

  

* - Based on weighted average number of Receipts issued and outstanding over the period

 

See Notes to the Unaudited Financial Statements

 

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Statements of Changes in Net Assets
(Unaudited)

 

  

Three Months Ended

July 31, 2019

  

Three Months Ended

July 31, 2018

  

Nine Months Ended

July 31, 2019

  

Nine Months Ended

July 31, 2018

 
(Amounts in
US$, except
for Receipt
data)
   Receipts    Amount    Receipts    Amount    Receipts    Amount    Receipts    Amount 
Opening
balance
   153,346   $196,635,576    209,848   $275,572,394    153,304   $186,256,695    29,656   $37,667,568 
                                         
From
Operations:
                                        
Net change in
unrealized gain
(loss) on
investment in
gold
        22,273,916         (33,144,761)        32,598,650         (35,801,597)
Net realized
loss on
redemption of
Receipts
        -         -         (434)        - 
                                         
From Trust
Receipt
activity:
                                        
Issuances   10    13,866    132,688    175,791,696    57    74,726    312,880    416,353,358 
Redemptions   -    -    -    -    (5)   (6,279)   -    - 
Closing
balance at
period end
   153,356   $218,923,358    342,536   $418,219,329    153,356   $218,923,358    342,536   $418,219,329 

 

See Notes to the Unaudited Financial Statements

 

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VAULTED GOLD BULLION TRUST

July 31, 2019

(Unaudited)

 

Notes to the Financial Statements

 

1.Organization

 

The Vaulted Gold Bullion Trust (the “Trust”) was initially formed on December 10, 2013. The Trust is governed by the second amended and restated Depositary Trust Agreement, dated May 11, 2017 (the “Depositary Trust Agreement”). Commencement of operations occurred on August 5, 2016. The Bank of New York Mellon is the trustee (the “Trustee”) and BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware is the Delaware trustee (the “Delaware Trustee”). The Bank of Montreal (the “Initial Depositor”) sells Gold Bullion (“Gold”) to the Trust, arranges custodial services through its storage account and provides administrative services from time to time. The Vaulted Gold Bullion Trust is not a registered investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).

 

The Trust is intended to hold Gold for the benefit of owners of Gold Deposit Receipts (“Receipts”). One Receipt represents the undivided beneficial ownership of one troy ounce of Gold. Investors (through registered broker-dealers, or banks or trust companies that become party to the distribution agreement (“Authorized Participants”)) are able to acquire, hold, transfer and surrender only whole Receipts (i.e., no fractional interests), with a minimum of one Receipt per transaction. The Trustee performs only administrative and ministerial acts. The property of the Trust consists of the Gold and all monies or other property, if any, received by the Trustee. The fiscal year end for the Trust is October 31.

 

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(Unaudited)

 

2.Significant Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) requires those responsible for preparing financial statements to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts and disclosures. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The following is a summary of significant accounting policies followed by the Trust.

 

2.1.Basis of Accounting

 

The Trust is an investment company for financial reporting purposes in accordance with GAAP and is not registered as an investment company under the 1940 Act nor is it required to register under such act. 

 

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2.2.Valuation of Gold

 

The Gold is held for the benefit of holders of the Receipts in a custodial account operated by Bank of Montreal at the Royal Canadian Mint (the “Mint”) and is valued, for financial statement purposes, at fair value. Fair value is determined by the London Bullion Market Association (“LBMA”) (PM) Gold Price, which is set using the afternoon session of the ICE Benchmark Administration (“IBA”) equilibrium auction.

 

The Trust follows GAAP guidance for determining fair value and GAAP requires disclosure regarding the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.

 

The Trust records its investment in gold at fair value and recognizes changes in fair value of the investment in gold as changes in unrealized gains or losses on investment in gold through the Statement of Operations. Realized gains and losses on the redemption of Receipts are calculated as the difference between the fair value and cost of gold redeemed. Realized gains and losses are recorded using the specific identification method for cost relief.

 

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2.2.Valuation of Gold (continued)

 

Valuation Techniques and Significant Inputs

 

A valuation hierarchy exists that prioritizes inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The three levels of inputs are as follows:

 

Level 1. Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Trust has the ability to access.
     
Level 2. Observable inputs other than quoted prices in an active market that are observable for the asset or liability either directly or indirectly. These inputs may include quoted prices for the identical instrument on an inactive market, prices for similar instruments and similar data.
     
Level 3. Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability to the extent that relevant observable inputs are not available, representing the Trust’s own assumptions about the assumptions that a market participant would use in valuing the asset or liability, and that would be based on the best information available.

 

The Trust classifies its investment in gold as Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy. There were no re-allocations or transfers between levels during the period.

 

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2.3.Issuance and Redemption of Receipts

 

The Trust issues Receipts on a continuous basis pursuant to the Depositary Trust Agreement.  Authorized capital is unlimited.  There were 153,356 Receipts issued and outstanding on July 31, 2019 (153,304 Receipts issued and outstanding on October 31, 2018).

 

Holders of Receipts will receive no distributions.

 

Subject to certain exceptions, holders of Receipts have the option to redeem their Receipts for physical gold (to be delivered directly to them by the service carrier) subject to payment of a withdrawal and delivery fee to the Initial Depositor, or exchange their Receipts for cash. Changes in the Receipts for the nine months ended July 31, 2019 and July 31, 2018 are set out below:

 

 

   Nine Months Ended
July 31, 2019
   Nine Months Ended
July 31, 2018
 
(Amounts in US$ except for Receipt and per Receipt data)    
Number of Receipts Transactions        
Opening balance   153,304    29,656 
Receipts issued   57    312,880 
Receipts redeemed   (5)   - 
Closing balance   153,356    342,536 
           
Amount of Receipts (at cost)          
Opening balance  $203,470,539   $36,067,530 
Issuances   74,726    416,353,358 
Redemptions   (6,713)   - 
Closing balance  $203,538,552   $452,420,888 
           
Net Asset Value per Receipt at period end  $1,427.55   $1,220.95 

 

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2.4.Income Taxes

 

The Trust is classified as a “grantor trust” for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As a result, the Trust itself is not subject to U.S. federal income tax.

 

The Trustee has evaluated whether or not there are uncertain tax positions that require financial statement recognition and has determined that no reserves for uncertain tax positions are required as of July 31, 2019 and October 31, 2018.

 

2.5.Investment in Gold

 

Changes in ounces of the Trust’s investment in gold and the respective values for the nine months ended July 31, 2019 and the year ended October 31, 2018 are set out below:

 

 

(Amounts in US$ except for ounces data)  Nine Months Ended
July 31, 2019
   Year Ended
October 31, 2018
 
Ounces of gold        
Opening balance   153,304    29,656 
Purchases
Redemptions
   

57

(5)

    

312,880

(189,232)

 
Closing balance   153,356    153,304 
           
Investment in gold          
Opening balance  $186,256,695   $37,667,568 
Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on
investment in gold
   32,598,650    (18,813,882)
Net realized loss on redemption of
Receipts
   (434)   (18,134,617)

Purchases

   74,726    416,353,358 
Redemptions   (6,279)   (230,815,732)
Closing balance  $218,923,358   $186,256,695 

 

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July 31, 2019

(Unaudited) 

 

2.6.Fees and Expenses

 

The expenses of the Trust are expected to include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

·any expenses or liabilities of the Trust;

 

·any taxes and other governmental charges that may fall on the Trust or its property; and

 

·fees and expenses of the Trustee and any indemnification of the Trustee.

 

The expenses of the Trust are borne by the Initial Depositor without recharge. Additionally, the Trustee’s and Mint’s fees are paid by the Initial Depositor and are not separate expenses of the Trust.

 

2.7.Related Party Transactions

 

On May 11, 2017, the Trust entered into the Depositary Trust Agreement with The Bank of New York Mellon, BNY Trust of Delaware, Bank of Montreal and BMO Capital Markets Corp. On July 11, 2018, the Trust entered into the Second Amended and Restated Distribution Agreement with Bank of Montreal and BMO Capital Markets Corp (the “Distribution Agreement”).

 

Bank of Montreal acts as the Initial Depositor of the Trust and holds gold that it transfers to the Trust from time to time in connection with the sale by the Trust of Receipts. Pursuant to the Depositary Trust Agreement and the Distribution Agreement, the offering price for each Receipt consists of the spot price at the time of sale to an investor for one troy ounce of gold, plus: (1) in the case of a Class A Gold Deposit Receipt, a deposit fee of 2.00%, payable to Bank of Montreal, plus a sales fee of 2.00% to any participating broker-dealer that sells Gold Deposit Receipts to an investor; (2) in the case of a Class F Gold Deposit Receipt, which is sold only through fee-based programs, a deposit fee of 2.00%, payable to Bank of Montreal, plus a sales fee of 0.25%; (3) in the case of a Class F-1 Gold Deposit Receipt, which is sold to trust or fiduciary accounts, a deposit fee of 2.00%, payable to Bank of Montreal, and no sales fee; (4) in the case of a Class F-2 Gold Deposit Receipt, which is sold solely to an Institutional Account, a deposit fee of 1.50%, payable to Bank of Montreal, and no sales fee; (5) in the case of a Class F-3 Gold Deposit Receipt, which is sold solely to an Institutional Account, a deposit fee of 1.00%, payable to Bank of Montreal, and no sales fee; and (6) in the case of a Class S Gold Deposit Receipt, which is sold solely to an Institutional Account, neither a deposit fee nor a sales fee. The deposit fee and the sales fee are not expenses of the Trust and have no impact on the financial highlights of the Trust. The Trust uses the proceeds of the issuance of Receipts, net of these fees, to purchase gold from Bank of Montreal in an amount that corresponds to the amount of Receipts.

 

Bank of Montreal charges holders of Receipts a withdrawal and delivery fee if physical delivery of the gold is requested (the “Withdrawal and Delivery Fee”). Bank of Montreal additionally reserves the right to charge the holders of Receipts a custody fee, not to exceed 0.50% per annum of the daily average closing price of gold represented by the Receipts, as calculated by the Initial Depositor, acting in good faith (the “Custody Fee”). Bank of Montreal did not charge any Custody Fee during the three or nine months ended July 31, 2019 or for the fiscal year ended 2018. None of the Deposit Fee, Withdrawal and Delivery Fee or Custody Fee is paid by the Trust to Bank of Montreal.

 

Pursuant to the terms of the Distribution Agreement, BMO Capital Markets Corp., one of Bank of Montreal’s affiliates, acts as the Underwriter of the continuous offerings of Receipts and as the calculation agent responsible for calculating the spot price at which Receipts are offered to the public.

 

BMO Financial Group (“BMO”) held 153,118 Receipts as at July 31, 2019. The Net Asset Value per Receipt of those holdings is $1,427.55 for a total market value of $218,583,601 (Cost: $203,243,629). BMO held 153,118 Receipts as at October 31, 2018 with a total market value of $186,030,714 (Cost: $203,243,629).

 

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2.8.New Accounting Pronouncement

  

In August 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update 2018-13, Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Disclosure Framework --Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement (“ASU 2018-13”). The update provides guidance that eliminates, adds and modifies certain disclosure requirements for fair value measurements. ASU 2018-13 will be effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2019. Management is currently assessing the potential impact of these changes to future financial statements.

 

3.Concentration of Risk

 

The Trust’s sole business activity is the investment in gold, and substantially all the Trust’s assets are holdings of gold which creates a concentration of risk associated with fluctuations in the price of gold. Several factors could affect the price of gold, including: (i) global gold supply and demand, which is influenced by factors such as forward selling by gold producers, purchases made by gold producers to unwind gold hedge positions, central bank purchases and sales, and production and cost levels in major gold-producing countries; (ii) investors’ expectations with respect to the rate of inflation; (iii) currency exchange rates; (iv) interest rates; (v) investment and trading activities of hedge funds and commodity funds; and (vi) global or regional political, economic or financial events and situations. In addition, there is no assurance that gold will maintain its long-term value in terms of purchasing power in the future. In the event that the price of gold declines, the value of an investment in the Receipts will decline proportionately. Subject to certain restrictions, Receipts may be redeemed after notice at the option of the holder. There is concentration risk which could trigger a termination event when Receipts are not widely held. As at July 31, 2019, BMO held 153,118 of the Receipts issued and outstanding (153,118 as at October 31, 2018). Each of these events could have a material effect on the Trust’s financial position and results of operations.

 

4.Indemnification

 

Under the Trust’s organizational documents, the Trustee (and its directors, employees and agents) and the Initial Depositor (and its members, managers, directors, officers, employees and affiliates) are indemnified by the Trust against any liability, cost or expense it incurs without gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct on its part and without reckless disregard on its part of its obligations and duties under the Trust’s organizational documents. 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.

 

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5.Financial Highlights

 

The Trust is presenting the following financial highlights related to investment performance and operations of a Receipt outstanding for the three and nine months ended July 31, 2019 and July 31, 2018.

 

Net Asset Value  Three
Months
Ended
July 31,
2019
   Three
Months
Ended
July 31,
2018
   Nine
Months
Ended
July 31,
2019
   Nine
Months
Ended
July 31,
2018
 
                 
Net asset value per Receipt, beginning of period  $1,282.30   $1,313.20   $1,214.95   $1,270.15 
Change in unrealized investment in gold  $145.25   $(92.25)  $212.60   $(49.20)
Net Asset Value per Receipt, end of period  $1,427.55   $1,220.95   $1,427.55   $1,220.95 
Total Return*   11.33%   (7.02)%   17.50%   (3.87)%
Portfolio Turnover   0.00%   0.00%   0.00%   0.00%

* Not annualized

 

6.Subsequent Events

 

The Trust evaluated subsequent events from July 31, 2019 through the date the financial statements were issued. The Trust concluded that no subsequent events have occurred that would require recognition or disclosure in the financial statements.

 

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

 

Overview

 

The Trust holds Gold Bullion for the benefit of owners of Gold Deposit Receipts. One Gold Deposit Receipt represents the undivided beneficial ownership of one troy ounce of Gold Bullion. The Trustee performs only administrative and ministerial acts. The property of the Trust consists of the Gold Bullion and all monies or other property, if any, received by the Trustee. The Initial Depositor sells Gold Bullion to the Trust and arranges custodial services through its gold storage account. As of July 31, 2019, there were 153,356 Gold Deposit Receipts outstanding.

 

The Trust is not managed like a corporation or an active investment vehicle. It does not have any officers, directors, or employees and is administered by the Trustee pursuant to the Depositary Trust Agreement. The expenses of the Trust are borne by the Initial Depositor.

 

The fiscal year end for the Trust is October 31.

 

Gold Industry

 

The participants in the gold industry may be classified in the following sectors: (1) mining and producer; (2) banking; (3) official; (4) investment; and (5) manufacturing. The following is a brief description of each of the sectors.

 

Mining and Producer Sector. This group includes mining companies that specialize in gold and silver production; mining companies that produce gold as a byproduct of other production (such as a copper or silver producer); scrap merchants; and recyclers.

 

Banking Sector. Bullion banks provide a variety of services to the gold industry and its participants, thereby facilitating interactions between other parties. Services provided by the bullion banking community include traditional banking products as well as mine financing, physical gold purchases and sales, hedging and risk management, inventory management for industrial users and consumers, and gold deposit and loan instruments.

 

The Official Sector. The official sector encompasses the activities of the various central banking operations of gold-holding countries. In September 1999, a group of 15 central banks acting to clarify their intentions with respect to their gold holdings signed the Central Bank Gold Agreement commonly called the “Washington Agreement on Gold.” The signatories included the European Central Bank (the “ECB”) and the central banks of Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and England. The original agreement limited incremental sales by the 15 signatories to 400 tonnes per annum over the ensuing five-year period. The original Washington Agreement on Gold expired in September 2004, and was renewed by almost all of the original signatories for a second five-year period (England did not renew in 2004). The second Washington Accord Agreement expired in September 2009 and was renewed again by all signatories of the second agreement for a third agreement to last another five-year period. In addition, the central banks of Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia signed in 2009. The annum limit on gold sales under the third agreement was 400 tonnes, with total sales not to exceed 2,000 tonnes in the five-year period. In May 2014, before the third agreement was set to expire in September 2014, a fourth agreement was reached between the ECB and the central banks of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, which will expire after a five-year period. The signatories agreed to, among other things, continue to coordinate their gold transactions to avoid disturbances to the gold market and have acknowledged that they each do not have plans to sell significant amounts of gold. On July 26, 2019, the ECB announced that it and the 21 other central bank signatories have decided not to renew the fourth agreement upon its expiry in September 2019, citing that they no longer see the need for a formal agreement as the market has developed and matured. The signatories confirmed that gold remains an important element of global monetary reserves and none of them currently has plans to sell significant amounts of gold.

 

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The Investment Sector. This sector includes the investment and trading activities of both professional and private investors and speculators. These participants range from large hedge and mutual funds to day-traders on futures exchanges and retail-level coin collectors.

 

The Manufacturing Sector. The fabrication and manufacturing sector represents all the commercial and industrial users of gold for whom gold is a daily part of their business. The jewelry industry is a large user of gold. Other industrial users of gold include the electronics and dental industries.

 

World Gold Supply and Demand (from calendar year 2009-2019)

 

The following table sets forth a summary of the world gold supply and demand from calendar year 2009-2019:

 

WORLD GOLD
SUPPLY AND
DEMAND
(tonnes)(1)
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Q1

2019*

Q2

2019*

Supply                        
Mine Production 2,651 2,771 2,868 2,882 3,076 3,180 3,222 3,252 3,259 3,332 818 829
Scrap 1,765 1,743 1,698 1,700 1,303 1,159 1,180 1,306 1,210 1,178 306 302
Net Hedging
Supply
-234 -106 18 -40 -39 108 21 32 -41 8 -25 -4
Total Supply 4,182 4,407 4,584 4,543 4,340 4,446 4,422 4,590 4,428 4,518 1,098 1,136
                         
Demand                        
Jewelry 1,879 2,096 2,109 2,075 2,737 2,569 2,474 1,962 2,222 2,129 454 460
Industrial
Fabrication
426 480 470 432 428 411 376 366 380 391 94 92
…of which
Electronics
295 346 342 310 306 297 267 264 277 288 69 68
…of which
Dental & Medical
53 48 43 39 36 34 32 30 29 29 7 6
…of which Other
Industrial
79 86 85 84 85 80 76 71 73 74 18 17
Net Official
Sector
-34 77 457 544 409 466 443 253 366 536 152 108
Retail Investment 866 1,263 1,617 1,407 1,871 1,165 1,172 1,051 1,031 1,097 265 238
…of which Bars 562 946 1,248 1,057 1,444 886 875 785 771 800 193 171
…of which Coins 304 317 369 350 426 279 296 266 261 297 72 67
                         
Physical
Demand
3,138 3,915 4,652 4,458 5,445 4,611 4,464 3,631 3,999 4,154 1,019 935
Physical
Surplus/Deficit
1,044 492 -69 85 -1,105 -164 -42 959 429 365 80 192
ETF Inventory
Build
623 384 189 279 -879 -155 -117 539 177 59 32 69
Exchange
Inventory Build
39 54 -6 -10 -98 1 -48 86 0 -21 -11 -13
                         
Net Balance 382 54 -251 -185 -129 -10 124 334 252 327 59 136
Gold Price
(London PM,
US$/oz)
972.35 1,224.52 1,571.69 1,668.98 1,411.23 1,266.40 1,160.06 1,250.80 1,257.15 1,268.49 1,303.8 1,309.4

 

Note: Totals may not add due to independent rounding. Net producer hedging is the change in the physical market impact of mining companies’ gold loans, forwards and options positions. Implied net investment is the residual from combining all other Thomson Reuters GFMS data on the gold supply/demand as shown in the Summary Table. As such, it captures the net physical impact of all transactions not covered by the other supply/demand variables.

 

(1) “Tonne” refers to one metric ton. This is equal to 1,000 kilograms or 32,150.7465 troy ounces.

 

Source: Gold Survey 2019, GFMS, Refinitiv

* Source: Gold Survey H1 2019 Update and Outlook, GFMS, Refinitiv

 

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Historic Movements in the Price of Gold

 

As movements in the price of gold are expected to directly affect the price of the Gold Deposit Receipts, investors should understand what the recent movements in the price of gold have been. Investors, however, should also be aware that past movements in the gold price are not indicators of future movements.

 

The following chart provides historical background on the price of gold. The chart illustrates movements in the price of gold in U.S. dollars per ounce over the period from July 2009 to July 2019, and is based on the LBMA (PM) Gold Price, an offering of ICE Benchmark Administration.

 

 

 

Source: LBMA.org.uk (accessed September 2019)

 

The price of gold followed an upward trend in 2009. After rallying to $1,212.50 per ounce in early December 2009, it fell back down to $1,087.50 per ounce to close the year following the collapse of Lehman Brothers. This still resulted in a gain of over 25 percent for 2009. Upward price movement for gold price continued in 2010, reaching a new pre-inflation adjusted record high of $1,421.00 per ounce on November 9, 2010 and closing at $1,405.50 per ounce on December 30, 2010. In August 2011, the price of gold experienced a notable increase partially due to the first U.S. downgrade by Standard & Poor’s, reaching a high of $1,895.00 per ounce on September 5, 2011. By December 29, 2011, the price of gold had fallen to $1,531.00 per ounce. The annual average price of gold in 2012 was 6.2 percent higher than 2011, reaching a high of $1,791.75 on October 4, 2012. In particular, uncertainty over U.S. monetary policy became an increasingly significant driver of market appetite towards the end of 2012, and on December 28, 2012, the price of gold had fallen slightly to $1,657.50 per ounce.

 

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In 2013, the twelve-year bull run of gold ended. 2013 opened near the annual high, and the price declined approximately 29 percent over the year to $1,204.50 per ounce on December 30, 2013. For 2013, the price of gold was impacted, in part, by improving sentiment towards the U.S. economy, which contributed to a strengthening of the U.S. dollar and equities, luring investors away from gold in the process. During 2014, the underlying driver behind investor sentiment of gold was global monetary policy. On one end, the improving economic conditions in the United States (along with the announcement of the Federal Reserve Board’s tapering measures at the end of 2013) diminished demand for gold for U.S. investors, while loosening of monetary policy in other advanced and emerging markets enhanced demand for gold globally, causing gold prices to fluctuate between a low of $1,132.00 and a high of $1,392.00 per ounce. Gold prices deteriorated throughout 2015, in part as a result of the Federal Reserve Board’s announcement that it would raise interest rates as well as a significant rally of the U.S. dollar index, falling to $1,060.00 per ounce on December 30, 2015. However, the price of gold rebounded during the first half of 2016. In July 2016, gold prices experienced a rapid increase following the United Kingdom’s referendum held on June 23, 2016 to leave the European Union (i.e., “Brexit”), reaching a 28-month high of $1,366.25 per ounce on July 6, 2016. The initial market volatility and negative sentiment in connection with Brexit has somewhat subsided and gold prices have receded from the high prices displayed during July 2016, leveling off at prices similarly exhibited during the beginning of 2016. Gold prices rallied robustly in the first seven months of 2016 before leveling off for much of the third calendar quarter. Gold hit a near eleven-month low price of $1,125.70 per ounce in late December and ended the year 8 percent higher than it started. This lower price followed a few days after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates on December 15, 2016.

 

In the first half of 2017, physical demand was up 17 percent compared to the same period a year earlier. In September 2017, gold prices rose to their highest level for thirteen months, but then slipped to a near five-month low by mid-December. Gold prices near $1,300.00 per ounce in the later half of 2017 indicated that physical demand had slipped compared to prior calendar quarters. The final weeks of 2017 saw gold prices recover the bulk of previous losses as the dollar weakened against other major currencies after the Federal Reserve reiterated that a gradual path of rate increases remained appropriate even in light of the new tax reform. Gold closed at $1,291.00 per ounce on December 28, 2017.

 

Gold started 2018 strongly, extending the rally that followed the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in December 2017. This rally hit a barrier just below $1,360.00 in late January. While gold started off to a positive year in 2018, a recovery in the U.S. dollar weakened prices and uncertainty on the U.S-China trade front weakened the yuan, further pulling gold down. In mid-August 2018, the price of gold was at $1,178.40, which was both the lowest price point for the year-to-date and the lowest since the start of 2017. By the end of August, gold prices had gone down approximately 7.7 percent in 2018. Investment sector demand grew in the fourth calendar quarter of 2018, as a short covering rally in net managed positions on COMEX pushed up net short positions into net long positions for the first time since July 2018. Official sector purchases rose to 196 tonnes in the last calendar quarter of 2018, their highest quarterly level in 50 years. A January 2019 study by the World Gold Council, an industry trade group, reported that the amount of gold purchased by central banks reached 651 tonnes in 2018, the highest level since 1967. Gold closed at $1,279.00 per ounce on December 28, 2018.

 

On January 30, 2019, the Federal Reserve announced it would keep its target range for its benchmark interest rate at 2.25% to 2.5% and declared it would be patient in deciding when to raise interest rates again. Gold closed at $1,323.25 per ounce on January 31, 2019. By the end of the first calendar quarter in 2019, gold demand grew to 1.053 tonnes, up approximately 7% from the first calendar quarter of 2018. While demand grew, supply remained relatively unchanged throughout the first calendar quarter of 2019, flatlining at approximately 1,150 tonnes. Gold reached a high of $1,343.75 in the first calendar quarter of 2019, but fell to around $1,295.40 by the end of March.

 

In the second calendar quarter of 2019, gold demand was 1,123 tonnes, up 8% from the prior year period, while gold supply grew 6% to 1,186.7 tonnes. For the first half of 2019, gold demand grew to a three-year high of 2,181.7 tonnes, largely due to central bank purchases and ETF inflows, while gold supply reached 2,323.9 tonnes, the highest since 2016. The price of gold broke through the $1,430 per ounce level in late June, trading at a six-year high, as the Federal Reserve re-opened the door for interest rate cuts amid rising global economic and political uncertainties. Gold closed at $1,409 per pounce on June 28, 2019. On July 31, 2019, the Federal Reserve lowered the target range for its benchmark interest rate to 2% to 2.25% (from 2.25% to 2.5%) and declared it would continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook.

 

As of September 11, 2019, the price of gold was $1,490.65 per ounce.

 

Results of Operations for the Nine Months Ended July 31, 2019

 

The Trust’s Net Asset Value increased from $186,256,695 at October 31, 2018 to $218,923,358 at July 31, 2019, a 17.54% increase for the period.  

 

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Net Asset Value per Receipt increased 17.50% from $1,214.95 at October 31, 2018 to $1,427.55 at July 31, 2019.

 

For the nine months ended July 31, 2019, the Trust issued 57 Receipts (cost — $74,726) and redeemed 5 Receipts (cost — $6,713), resulting in an increase in the number of Receipts issued and outstanding from 153,304 Receipts at October 31, 2018 to 153,356 Receipts at July 31, 2019.

 

The increase in net assets from operations for the nine months ended July 31, 2019 was $32,598,216, resulting from a change in unrealized gain on investment of gold of $32,598,650 and a net realized loss of $434 on the redemption of receipts.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The Trust is not aware of any trends, demands, commitments, conditions, events or uncertainties that are reasonably likely to result in material changes to its liquidity needs. In exchange for the Initial Depositor’s fee, the Initial Depositor has agreed to assume the expenses incurred by the Trust.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

The Trust has no off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The Trust prepares its financial statements in accordance with GAAP.

 

The Trust has adopted the provisions of Topic 946, Investment Companies, and follows specialized accounting. As a result of the adoption of this provision, the Trust records its investment in gold at fair value and expects that there will be fluctuations in the value of investments based on changes in the price of gold.

 

Item 3.Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

The Trust does not engage in transactions in foreign currencies which could expose the Trust or holders of Gold Deposit Receipts to any foreign currency related market risk. The Trust does not invest in any derivative financial instruments or long-term debt instruments. The Trust’s sole business activity is the investment in gold, and substantially all the Trust’s assets are holdings of gold which creates a concentration of risk associated with fluctuations in the price of gold.

 

Item 4.Controls and Procedures

 

The Trust maintains disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in its reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the SEC, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to an executive or senior officer of the Initial Depositor familiar with and responsible for supervising the Trust and its operations, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Under the supervision and with the participation of an executive or senior officer of the Initial Depositor, the Initial Depositor conducted an evaluation of the Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures, as defined under Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e). Based on this evaluation, the designated officer of the Initial Depositor concluded that, as of July 31, 2019, the Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

 

There have been no changes in the Trust’s or Initial Depositor’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the Trust’s most recent fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2019 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Trust’s or Initial Depositor’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1.Legal Proceedings

 

None.

 

Item 1A.Risk Factors

 

There have been no material changes to the risk factors previously disclosed in the Trust’s Form 10-K filed with the SEC on January 29, 2019.

 

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

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 3.Defaults Upon Senior Securities

 

None.

 

Item 4.Mine Safety Disclosures

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 5.Changes in and Disagreements with Accounting and Financial Disclosure

 

There have been no changes in auditors and no disagreements with auditors during the Trust’s fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2019.

 

Item 6.Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 7.Executive Compensation

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 8.Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 9.Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

  

On May 11, 2017, the Trust entered into the Second Amended and Restated Depositary Trust Agreement with The Bank of New York Mellon, BNY Trust of Delaware, Bank of Montreal and BMO Capital Markets Corp. On July 11, 2018, the Trust entered into the Second Amended and Restated Distribution Agreement with Bank of Montreal and BMO Capital Markets Corp.

 

Item 10.Principal Accounting Fees and Services

 

Audit Fees. Bank of Montreal, as the Initial Depositor, was billed $32,500 for professional services rendered by KPMG LLP.

 

All Other Fees. There were no other fees billed for products or services provided by KPMG LLP, other than those reported in this Item 10.

 

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Item 11.Other Information

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 12.Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description
   
1.1

Second Amended and Restated Distribution Agreement by and among the Vaulted Gold Bullion Trust, Bank of Montreal and BMO Capital Markets Corp. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 1.1 to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-226132) filed July 11, 2018).*

   
1.2

Second Amended and Restated Depositary Trust Agreement by and among Bank of Montreal, BMO Capital Markets Corp., The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee and BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware, as Delaware Trustee, and included as an exhibit thereto, form of Gold Deposit Receipt (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 1.2 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed May 12, 2017).*

   
10.1

Form of Gold Carrier Agreement by and among Bank of Montreal and Carrier (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-211858) filed June 6, 2016).*

   
31.1 Certifications pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
32.1 Certifications pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

  

* Previously filed.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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

 

 

BANK OF MONTREAL

Initial Depositor of the Vaulted Gold Bullion Trust

(Registrant)

   
   

Date: September 13, 2019

/s/ Rob Yeung
  *Head, Global FICC
BMO Capital Markets
   
   

Date: September 13, 2019

/s/ Neil Puddicombe
  *Assistant Corporate Secretary

 

__________

* The Registrant is a trust and the persons are signing in their capacities as officers of Bank of Montreal, the Initial Depositor of the Registrant.

 

 

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