BAF » Topics » Profitability

This excerpt taken from the BAF DEF 14A filed Jun 16, 2006.
Profitability. Management of the Advisors stated to the Boards that, following the Transaction, the current intention is to continue to determine profitability and report profitability to the Boards in the same way as they did prior to the Transaction, subject to management's desire to preserve the best practices of MLIM. Management of the Advisors stated that any changes in the methods used to determine profitability and report profitability to the Board would be discussed with the Board. The Boards considered the potential for increased economies of scale as a result of the Transaction and whether any economies of scale should be reflected in the Trusts' fee structures. The Boards also considered that the process of integrating the operations of the Advisors and MLIM was in the early stages and that considerable expense would be incurred in connection with integrating such operations, all of which made it difficult to conclude that economies of scale would be realized as a result of the Transaction. In light of the foregoing, the Boards concluded that, at this time, no changes were necessary to the fee structure of the Trusts as a result of the Transaction.


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