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ISHARES GOLD TRUST 10-Q 2009

Documents found in this filing:

  1. 10-Q
  2. Ex-31.1
  3. Ex-31.2
  4. Ex-32.1
  5. Ex-32.2
  6. Ex-32.2
Form 10-Q for iShares Comex Gold Trust
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

x Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2009.

 

¨ 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: 001-32418

 

 

iShares® COMEX® Gold Trust

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

New York   81-6124036

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

c/o Barclays Global Investors International Inc.

400 Howard Street

San Francisco, California 94105

Attn: BGI’s Product Management Team

Intermediary Investor and Exchange-Traded Products Department

(Address of principal executive offices)

(415) 597-2000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

N/A

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

 

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

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§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  ¨    No  ¨

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

 

Large accelerated filer  x      Accelerated filer  ¨  
Non-accelerated filer  ¨   (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

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

 

 

 


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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  

Item 1.

  Financial Statements    1
  Balance Sheets at September 30, 2009 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2008    1
  Income Statements (Unaudited) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008    2
 

Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity (Deficit) for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 (Unaudited) and the year ended December 31, 2008

   3
  Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008    4
  Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited)    5

Item 2.

  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations    9

Item 3.

  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk    11

Item 4.

  Controls and Procedures    11

Item 4T.

  Controls and Procedures    11

PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1.

  Legal Proceedings    12

Item 1A.

  Risk Factors    12

Item 2.

  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds    12

Item 3.

  Defaults Upon Senior Securities    12

Item 4.

  Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders    12

Item 5.

  Other Information    12

Item 6.

  Exhibits    13

SIGNATURES

   14

 

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Part I – Financial Information

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

iShares® COMEX® Gold Trust

Balance Sheets

At September 30, 2009 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2008

 

(Dollar amounts in $000’s)

   September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

ASSETS

    

Current assets

    

Gold bullion inventory (fair value of $2,419,882 and $1,896,894, respectively)

   $ 1,710,024      $ 1,448,373   
                

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 1,710,024      $ 1,448,373   
                

LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE CAPITAL SHARES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)

    

Current liabilities

    

Sponsor’s fees payable

   $ 785      $ 589   
                

Total liabilities

     785        589   

Commitments and contingent liabilities (Note 5)

     —          —     

Redeemable capital shares, no par value, unlimited amount authorized (at redemption value) – 24,450,000 issued and outstanding at September 30, 2009 and 21,800,000 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2008

     2,419,097        1,896,305   

Shareholders’ equity (deficit)

     (709,858     (448,521
                

TOTAL LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE CAPITAL SHARES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)

   $ 1,710,024      $ 1,448,373   
                

See notes to the financial statements.

 

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iShares® COMEX® Gold Trust

Income Statements (Unaudited)

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 

(Dollar amounts in $000’s, except for per share amounts)

   2009     2008     2009     2008  

Revenues

        

Proceeds from sales of gold to pay expenses

   $ 2,192      $ 1,766      $ 6,085      $ 5,242   

Cost of gold sold to pay expenses

     (1,621     (1,271     (4,524     (3,665
                                

Gain on sales of gold to pay expenses

     571        495        1,561        1,577   

Gain on gold distributed for the redemption of shares

     —          20,050        24,879        70,432   
                                

Total gain on sales and distributions of gold

     571        20,545        26,440        72,009   

Expenses

        

Sponsor’s fees

     (2,276     (1,720     (6,281     (5,293
                                

Total expenses

     (2,276     (1,720     (6,281     (5,293
                                

NET INCOME (LOSS)

   $ (1,705   $ 18,825      $ 20,159      $ 66,716   
                                

Net income (loss) per share

   $ (0.07   $ 0.95      $ 0.88      $ 3.35   

Weighted-average shares outstanding

     23,964,130        19,891,848        22,932,784        19,940,511   

See notes to the financial statements.

 

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iShares® COMEX® Gold Trust

Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity (Deficit)

For the nine months ended September 30, 2009 (Unaudited)

and the year ended December 31, 2008

 

(Dollar amounts in $000’s)

   Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2009
    Year Ended
December 31,
2008
 
    

Shareholders’ equity (deficit) - beginning of period

   $ (448,521   $ (477,629

Net income

     20,159        75,276   

Adjustment of redeemable capital shares to redemption value

     (281,496     (46,168
                

Shareholders’ equity (deficit) - end of period

   $ (709,858   $ (448,521
                

See notes to the financial statements.

 

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iShares® COMEX® Gold Trust

Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

For the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008

 

      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 

(Dollar amounts in $000’s)

   2009     2008  

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

    

Proceeds from sales of gold

   $ 6,085      $ 5,242   

Expenses – Sponsor’s fee paid

     (6,085     (5,242
                

Net cash provided by operating activities

     —          —     
                

Increase (decrease) in cash

     —          —     

Cash, beginning of period

     —          —     
                

Cash, end of period

   $ —        $ —     
                

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

    

Net income

   $ 20,159      $ 66,716   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

(Gain) on gold distributed for the redemption of shares

     (24,879     (70,432

Cost of gold sold to pay expenses

     4,524        3,665   

Increase in Sponsor’s fees payable

     196        51   
                

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ —        $ —     
                

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information:

    

Carrying value of gold received for creation of shares

   $ 330,139      $ 521,203   

Carrying value of gold distributed for redemption of shares, at average cost

   $ (63,964   $ (182,650

See notes to the financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

As of September 30, 2009 (Unaudited)

1 - Organization

The iShares® COMEX® Gold Trust (the “Trust”) was organized on January 21, 2005 as a New York trust. The trustee is The Bank of New York Mellon (the “Trustee”) and is responsible for the day to day administration of the Trust. The Trust’s sponsor is Barclays Global Investors International Inc. (the “Sponsor”), a Delaware corporation. The Trust is governed by the First Amended and Restated Depositary Trust Agreement dated as of February 6, 2007 (the “Trust Agreement”).

The objective of the Trust is for the value of its shares to reflect, at any given time, the price of gold owned by the Trust at that time, less the Trust’s expenses and liabilities. The Trust is designed to provide a vehicle for investors to own interests in gold bullion.

On June 16, 2009, the Board of Directors of Barclays PLC (“Barclays”), the ultimate parent company of the Sponsor of the Trust, accepted a binding offer and entered into an agreement to sell its interests in the Sponsor and certain affiliated companies to BlackRock, Inc. (the “BlackRock Transaction”). The BlackRock Transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals, as well as other conditions to closing. The previously announced agreement, providing for the sale by Barclays of its interests in the Sponsor and certain affiliated companies to a holding company of CVC Capital Partners Group SICAV-FIS S.A., was terminated in connection with the BlackRock Transaction.

It is not expected that the BlackRock Transaction will materially affect the Trust, its shareholders, or an investment in its shares.

The accompanying unaudited financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions for Form 10-Q and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). In the opinion of management, all material adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, considered necessary for a fair statement of the interim period financial statements have been made. Interim period results are not necessarily indicative of results for a full-year period. These financial statements and the notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the Trust’s financial statements included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 as filed with the SEC on February 27, 2009.

2 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

A. Basis of Accounting

The following is a summary of significant accounting policies consistently followed by the Trust in the preparation of its financial statements. The policies are in conformity with U.S. GAAP. The preparation of financial statements 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 and these differences could be material.

 

B. Gold Bullion

The Bank of Nova Scotia, (the “Custodian”), is responsible for safekeeping the gold owned by the Trust.

For financial statement purposes, the gold bullion held by the Trust is valued at the lower of cost or market, using the average cost method. Should the market value of the gold held be lower than its average cost during the interim periods of the same fiscal year, an adjustment of value below cost (“market value reserve”) is recorded by the Trust. Should the market value of the gold held increase subsequent to the market value reserve being recorded, a “market value recovery” is recorded by the Trust. Gain or loss on sales of gold bullion is calculated on a trade date basis. Fair value of the gold bullion is based on the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (“COMEX”) settlement price for the spot month gold futures contract, which at any time is the contract then closest to maturity (“COMEX Spot Settlement Price”).

 

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The following table summarizes activity in gold bullion for the three months ended September 30, 2009 (all balances in 000’s):

 

     Ounces     Average
Cost
    Fair
Value
    Realized
Gain (Loss)

Beginning balance

   2,275.3      $ 1,589,041      $ 2,109,432        —  

Gold contributed

   127.7        122,604        122,604        —  

Gold distributed

   —          —          —          —  

Gold sold

   (2.3     (1,621     (2,192   $ 571

Adjustment for realized gain

   —          —          571        —  

Adjustment for unrealized gain on gold bullion

   —          —          189,467        —  
                            

Ending balance

   2,400.7      $ 1,710,024      $ 2,419,882      $ 571
                            

The following table summarizes activity in gold bullion for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 (all balances in 000’s):

 

     Ounces     Average
Cost
    Fair
Value
    Realized
Gain (Loss)

Beginning balance

   2,146.8      $ 1,448,373      $ 1,896,894        —  

Gold contributed

   353.9        330,139        330,139        —  

Gold distributed

   (93.4     (63,964     (88,843   $ 24,879

Gold sold

   (6.6     (4,524     (6,085     1,561

Adjustment for realized gain

   —          —          26,440        —  

Adjustment for unrealized gain on gold bullion

   —          —          261,337        —  
                            

Ending balance

   2,400.7      $ 1,710,024      $ 2,419,882      $ 26,440
                            

 

C. Redeemable Capital Shares

Shares of the Trust are classified as “redeemable” for balance sheet purposes, since they are subject to redemption. Trust shares are issued and redeemed continuously in aggregations of 50,000 shares in exchange for gold bullion rather than cash. Individual investors cannot purchase or redeem shares in direct transactions with the Trust. The Trust only transacts with registered broker-dealers eligible to settle securities transactions through the book-entry facilities of the Depository Trust Company and which have entered into a contractual arrangement with the Trust and the Sponsor governing, among other matters, the creation and redemption processes (such broker-dealers are the “Authorized Participants”). Holders of shares of the Trust may redeem their shares at any time acting through an Authorized Participant and in the prescribed aggregations of 50,000 shares; provided, that redemptions of shares may be suspended during any period while regular trading on NYSE Arca or COMEX is suspended or restricted, or in which an emergency exists as a result of which delivery, disposal or evaluation of gold is not reasonably practicable.

The per-share amount of gold exchanged for a purchase or redemption is calculated daily by the Trustee, using the daily COMEX Spot Settlement Price to calculate the gold amount in respect of any liabilities for which covering gold sales have not yet been made, and represents the per-share amount of gold held by the Trust, after giving effect to its liabilities, sales to cover expenses and liabilities and any losses that may have occurred.

When gold is exchanged in settlement of a redemption, it is considered a sale of gold for financial statement purposes.

Due to the expected continuing sales and redemption of capital stock and the three-day period for share settlement the Trust reflects capital shares sold as a receivable, rather than as contra equity. Shares redeemed are reflected as a contra asset on the trade date. Outstanding Trust shares are reflected at redemption value, which is the net asset value per share at the period ended date. Adjustments to redemption value are reflected in shareholders’ equity.

 

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Net asset value is computed by deducting all accrued fees, expenses and other liabilities of the Trust, including the Sponsor’s fees, from the fair value of the gold bullion held by the Trust.

Activity in redeemable capital shares is as follows (all balances in 000’s):

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30, 2009
   Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2009
 
     Shares    Amount    Shares     Amount  

Beginning balance

   23,150    $ 2,108,731    21,800      $ 1,896,305   

Shares issued

   1,300      122,604    3,600        330,139   

Shares redeemed

   —        —      (950     (88,843

Redemption value adjustment

   —        187,762    —          281,496   
                          

Ending balance

   24,450    $ 2,419,097    24,450      $ 2,419,097   
                          

 

D. 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. Any interest and gains and losses are deemed “passed through” to the holders of shares of the Trust.

3 - Expenses

The Trust pays to the Sponsor a Sponsor’s fee that accrues daily at an annualized rate equal to 0.40% of the adjusted daily net asset value of the Trust, paid monthly in arrears. The Sponsor has agreed to assume the following administrative and marketing expenses incurred by the Trust: the Trustee’s fee, the Custodian’s fee, NYSE Arca listing fees, SEC registration fees, printing and mailing costs, audit fees and expenses, and up to $100,000 per annum in legal fees and expenses.

4 - Related Parties

The Sponsor and the Trustee are considered to be related parties to the Trust. The Trustee’s fee is paid by the Sponsor and is not a separate expense of the Trust.

5 - Indemnification

Under the Trust’s organizational documents, the Sponsor is indemnified against liabilities or expenses it incurs without negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct on its part. 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.

6 - Concentration Risk

Substantially all of the Trust’s assets are holdings of gold bullion, which creates a concentration risk associated with fluctuations in the price of gold. Accordingly, a decline in the price of gold will have an adverse effect on the value of the shares of the Trust. Factors that may have the effect of causing a decline in the price of gold include large sales by the official sector (governments, central banks and related institutions), an increase in the hedging activities of gold producers, and changes in the attitude towards gold of speculators and other market participants.

 

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7 - Review for Subsequent Events

In connection with the preparation of the financial statements of the Trust as of and for the period ended September 30, 2009, events and transactions subsequent to September 30, 2009 through November 6, 2009, the date the financial statements were issued, have been evaluated by management for possible adjustment and/or disclosure. No subsequent events requiring financial statement disclosure have been identified.

 

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

This information should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes to the financial statements included in Item 1 of Part I of this Form 10-Q. The discussion and analysis that follows may contain statements that relate to future events or future performance. In some cases, such forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Neither the Sponsor, nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of forward-looking statements. Neither the Trust nor the Sponsor is under a duty to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform such statements to actual results or to a change in the Sponsor’s expectations or predictions.

Introduction

The iShares® COMEX® Gold Trust (the “Trust”) is a grantor trust formed under the laws of the State of New York. The Trust does not have any officers, directors, or employees, and is administered by The Bank of New York Mellon (the “Trustee”) acting as trustee pursuant to the First Amended and Restated Depositary Trust Agreement (the “Trust Agreement”) between the Trustee and Barclays Global Investors International Inc., the sponsor of the Trust (the “Sponsor”). The Trust issues shares representing fractional undivided beneficial interests in its net assets. The assets of the Trust consist primarily of gold bullion held by a custodian as an agent of the Trust and responsible only to the Trustee.

The Trust is a passive investment vehicle and the objective of the Trust is merely for the value of each share to approximately reflect, at any given time, the price of the gold bullion owned by the Trust less the Trust’s liabilities (anticipated to be principally for accrued operating expenses) divided by the number of outstanding shares. The Trust does not engage in any activities designed to obtain a profit from, or ameliorate losses caused by, changes in the price of gold.

The Trust issues and redeems shares only in exchange for gold, only in aggregations of 50,000 shares or integral multiples thereof (each, a “Basket”), and only in transactions with registered broker-dealers that have previously entered into an agreement with the Trust governing the terms and conditions of such issuance (such dealers, the “Authorized Participants”). A list of current Authorized Participants is available from the Sponsor or the Trustee.

Shares of the Trust trade on NYSE Arca under the symbol “IAU.”

On June 16, 2009, the Board of Directors of Barclays PLC (“Barclays”), the ultimate parent company of the Sponsor of the Trust, accepted a binding offer and entered into an agreement to sell its interests in the Sponsor and certain affiliated companies to BlackRock, Inc. (the “BlackRock Transaction”). The BlackRock Transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals, as well as other conditions to closing. The previously announced agreement, providing for the sale by Barclays of its interests in the Sponsor and certain affiliated companies to a holding company of CVC Capital Partners Group SICAV-FIS S.A., was terminated in connection with the BlackRock Transaction.

It is not expected that the BlackRock Transaction will materially affect the Trust, its shareholders, or an investment in its shares.

Valuation of Gold; Computation of Net Asset Value

On each business day, as soon as practicable after 4:00 p.m. (New York time), the Trustee evaluates the gold held by the Trust and determines the net asset value of the Trust and the net asset value per share. The Trustee values the gold held by the Trust using the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (“COMEX”) settlement price for the spot month gold futures contract, which at any time is the contract then closest to maturity (“COMEX Spot Settlement Price”). Having valued the gold held by the Trust, the Trustee then subtracts all accrued fees (other than the fees to be computed by reference to the value of the Trust or its assets), expenses and other liabilities of the Trust from the value of the gold and other assets of the Trust. The result is the adjusted net asset value of the Trust, which is used to compute all fees (including the Sponsor’s fee), which are calculated from the value of the Trust’s assets. To determine the net asset

 

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value of the Trust, the Trustee subtracts from the adjusted net asset value of the Trust the amount of accrued fees computed from the value of the Trust’s assets. The Trustee also computes the net asset value per share, by dividing the net asset value of the Trust by the number of shares outstanding on the date the computation is made.

Liquidity

The Trust is not aware of any trends, demands, conditions or events that are reasonably likely to result in material changes to its liquidity needs. In exchange for a fee, the Sponsor has agreed to assume 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. The Trust’s only source of liquidity is its sales of gold.

Critical Accounting Estimates

The financial statements and accompanying notes are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The preparation of these financial statements relies on estimates and assumptions that impact the Trust’s financial position and results of operations. These estimates and assumptions affect the Trust’s application of accounting policies. Below we describe the valuation of gold bullion, a critical accounting policy that we believe is important to understanding our results of operations and financial position. In addition, please refer to Note 2 to the Financial Statements for further discussion of our accounting policies.

Valuation of Gold Bullion

Gold bullion held by the Trust is recorded at the lower of cost or market. For purposes of this calculation, market values are based on the COMEX Spot Settlement Price. Should the market value of the gold bullion held be lower than its average cost, an adjustment of value below cost (“market value reserve”) is recorded by the Trust and the COMEX Spot Settlement Price is used as the value for financial statement purposes. Should the market value of the gold held increase subsequent to the market value reserve being recorded, a “market value recovery” is recorded by the Trust. As indicated above, the COMEX Spot Settlement Price is also used to value gold bullion held for purposes of calculating the net asset value of the Trust, which in turn is used for the calculation of the redemption value of outstanding Trust shares.

There are other indicators of the value of gold bullion that are available that could be different than that chosen by the Trust. The COMEX Spot Settlement Price is used since it is commonly used by the U.S. gold market as an indicator of the value of gold, and is required by the Trust Agreement. The use of an indicator of value of gold bullion other than the COMEX Spot Settlement Price could result in materially different fair value pricing of the gold in the Trust, and as such, could result in different lower of cost or market adjustments or in different redemption value adjustments of the outstanding redeemable capital shares.

The Quarter Ended September 30, 2009

The Trust’s net asset value grew from $2,108,731,246 at June 30, 2009 to $2,419,097,116 at September 30, 2009, a 14.72% increase for the quarter. The increase in the Trust’s net asset value resulted primarily from an increase in the COMEX Spot Settlement Price, which rose 8.73% from $927.10 at June 30, 2009 to $1,008.00 at September 30, 2009 and an increase in outstanding shares, which grew from 23,150,000 shares at June 30, 2009 to 24,450,000 shares at September 30, 2009, a consequence of 1,300,000 shares (26 Baskets) being created and zero shares being redeemed during the quarter.

The 8.62% increase in the Trust’s net asset value per outstanding share from $91.09 at June 30, 2009 to $98.94 at September 30, 2009 directly relates to an increase in the COMEX Spot Settlement Price, which rose 8.73%.

The Trust’s net asset value per share increased less than the COMEX Spot Settlement Price on a percentage basis due to the Sponsor’s fees, which were $2,275,985 for the quarter, or 0.10% of the Trust’s average weighted assets of $2,261,002,621 during the quarter. The net asset value per share of $100.03 on September 16, 2009 was the highest during the quarter, compared with a low during the quarter of $89.30 on July 8, 2009. The net asset value of the Trust is obtained by subtracting the Trust’s expenses and liabilities on any day from the value of the gold owned by the Trust on that day; the net asset value per share is obtained by dividing the net asset value of the Trust on a given day by the number of shares outstanding on that day.

 

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Net losses for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 were $1,704,608, resulting from a net gain of $571,377 on the sales of gold to pay expenses, offset by the Sponsor’s fees of $2,275,985. Other than the Sponsor’s fees, the Trust had no expenses during the quarter.

The Nine Months Ended September 30, 2009

The Trust’s net asset value grew from $1,896,304,989 at December 31, 2008 to $2,419,097,116 at September 30, 2009, a 27.57% increase. The increase in the Trust’s net asset value resulted primarily from an increase in the COMEX Spot Settlement Price, which rose 14.08% from $883.60 at December 31, 2008 to $1,008.00 at September 30, 2009 and an increase in outstanding shares, which grew from 21,800,000 shares at December 31, 2008 to 24,450,000 shares at September 30, 2009, a consequence of 3,600,000 shares (72 Baskets) being created and 950,000 shares (19 Baskets) being redeemed during the period.

The 13.74% increase in the Trust’s net asset value per outstanding share from $86.99 at December 31, 2008 to $98.94 at September 30, 2009 directly relates to the COMEX Spot Settlement Price, which rose 14.08%.

The Trust’s net asset value per share increased less than the COMEX Spot Settlement Price on a percentage basis due to the Sponsor’s fees, which were $6,281,104 for the period, or 0.30% of the Trust’s average weighted assets of $2,101,773,015 during the period. The net asset value per share of $100.03 on September 16, 2009 was the highest during the period, compared with a low during the period of $79.40 on January 15, 2009. The net asset value of the Trust is obtained by subtracting the Trust’s expenses and liabilities on any day from the value of the gold owned by the Trust on that day; the net asset value per share is obtained by dividing the net asset value of the Trust on a given day by the number of shares outstanding on that day.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 was $20,159,089, resulting from a net gain of $1,561,037 on the sales of gold to pay expenses and a net gain of $24,879,156 on gold distributed for the redemption of shares, offset by the Sponsor’s fees of $6,281,104. Other than the Sponsor’s fees, the Trust had no expenses during the period.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Not applicable.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

The duly authorized officers of the Sponsor, performing functions equivalent to those a principal executive officer and principal financial officer of the Trust would perform if the Trust had any officers, and with the participation of the Trustee, have evaluated the effectiveness of the Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures, and have concluded that the disclosure controls and procedures of the Trust have been effective as of the end of the period covered by this quarterly report.

There were no changes in the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the period covered by this report that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Item 4T. Controls and Procedures

Not applicable.

 

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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 last reported under Part I, Item 1A of the registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 27, 2009.

 

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

 

a) None.

 

b) Not applicable.

 

c) For the quarter ended September 30, 2009, 26 Baskets (1,300,000 shares) have been created. No redemptions of shares occurred during the quarter ended September 30, 2009.

 

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

 

Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

None.

 

Item 5. Other Information

None.

 

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Item 6. Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description

4.1   

First Amended and Restated Depositary Trust Agreement

  

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 filed with Current Report on Form 8-K on February 7, 2007

4.2    Standard Terms for Authorized Participant Agreements   

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 filed with Amendment No. 1 to Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by the Registrant on November 12, 2008

10.1    Custodian Agreement   

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 filed with Amendment No. 1 to Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by the Registrant on November 12, 2008

10.2    Sub-license Agreement   

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 filed with Amendment No. 1 to Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by the Registrant on November 12, 2008

31.1   

Certification by Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

  
31.2   

Certification by Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

  
32.1   

Certification by Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, As Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

  
32.2   

Certification by Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, As Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

  

 

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SIGNATURES

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

Barclays Global Investors International Inc.

Sponsor of the iShares® COMEX® Gold Trust (Registrant)

 

/s/    Lee T. Kranefuss        

Lee T. Kranefuss
Chief Executive Officer
(Principal executive officer)

Date: November 6, 2009

/s/    Michael A. Latham        

Michael A. Latham
Chief Financial Officer
(Principal financial and accounting officer)

Date: November 6, 2009

 

 

* The Registrant is a trust and the persons are signing in their capacities as officers of Barclays Global Investors International Inc., the Sponsor of the Registrant.

 

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