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IShares Silver 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 Silver Trust

 

 

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 March 31, 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: 001-32863

 

 

iShares® Silver Trust

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

New York   13-7474456

(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 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 March 31, 2009 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2008    1
   Income Statements (Unaudited) for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008    2
  

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

   3
   Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) for the three months ended March 31, 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    11

Item 1A.

   Risk Factors    11

Item 2.

   Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds    11

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® Silver Trust

Balance Sheets

At March 31, 2009 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2008

 

(Dollar amounts in $000’s)

   March 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

ASSETS

    

Current assets

    

Silver bullion inventory (fair value of $3,497,126 and $2,356,533, respectively)

   $ 3,535,996     $ 2,928,317  

Market value reserve (Note 1A)

     (38,870 )     (571,784 )
                

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 3,497,126     $ 2,356,533  
                

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

    

Current liabilities

    

Sponsor’s fees payable

   $ 1,448     $ 935  
                

Total liabilities

     1,448       935  

Commitments and contingent liabilities (Note 1F)

     —         —    

Redeemable capital shares, no par value, unlimited amount authorized (at redemption value) – 270,550,000 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2009 and 221,250,000 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2008

     3,495,678       2,355,598  

Shareholder’s equity (deficit)

     —         —    
                

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

   $ 3,497,126     $ 2,356,533  
                

See notes to the financial statements.

 

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iShares® Silver Trust

Income Statements (Unaudited)

For the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,  

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

   2009     2008  

Revenues

    

Proceeds from sales of silver to pay expenses

   $ 3,295     $ 3,103  

Cost of silver sold to pay expenses

     (3,573 )     (2,236 )
                

Gain (loss) on sales of silver to pay expenses

     (278 )     867  

Gain (loss) on silver distributed for the redemption of shares

     (334 )     7,965  
                

Total gain (loss) on sales and distributions of silver

     (612 )     8,832  

Market value recovery (Note 1A)

     532,914       —    
                

Total revenues

     532,302       8,832  

Expenses

    

Sponsor’s fees

     (3,808 )     (3,654 )
                

Total expenses

     (3,808 )     (3,654 )
                

NET INCOME

   $ 528,494     $ 5,178  
                

Net income per share (Note 1B)

   $ 2.12     $ 0.03  

Weighted-average shares outstanding (Note 1B)

     249,623,333       168,280,220  

See notes to the financial statements.

 

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iShares® Silver Trust

Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity (Deficit)

For the three months ended March 31, 2009 (Unaudited)

and the year ended December 31, 2008

 

(Dollar amounts in $000’s)

   Three Months
Ended
March 31,
2009
    Year Ended
December 31,
2008
 

Shareholders’ equity (deficit) – beginning of period

   $ —       $ (387,329 )

Net income (loss)

     528,494       (603,345 )

Adjustment of redeemable shares to redemption value

     (528,494 )     990,674  
                

Shareholders’ equity (deficit) – end of period

   $ —       $ —    
                

See notes to the financial statements.

 

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iShares® Silver Trust

Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

For the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 

(Dollar amounts in $000’s)

   2009     2008  

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

    

Proceeds from sales of silver

   $ 3,295     $ 3,103  

Expenses – Sponsor’s fee paid

     (3,295 )     (3,103 )
                

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

   $ 528,494     $ 5,178  

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

    

(Gain) loss on silver distributed for the redemption of shares

     334       (7,965 )

Cost of silver sold to pay expenses

     3,573       2,236  

Increase in Sponsor’s fees payable

     513       551  

Market value recovery

     (532,914 )     —    
                

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ —       $ —    
                

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information:

    

Carrying value of silver received for creation of shares

   $ 730,272     $ 540,180  

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

   $ (119,020 )   $ (24,816 )

See notes to the financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

As of March 31, 2009 (Unaudited)

 

1. ORGANIZATION AND SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The iShares® Silver Trust (the “Trust”) was organized on April 21, 2006 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 Depositary Trust Agreement (the “Trust Agreement”) executed at the time of organization of the Trust by the Trustee and the Sponsor.

The objective of the Trust is for the value of its shares to reflect, at any given time, the price of silver 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 silver bullion.

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 accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. 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.

The accompanying unaudited financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial information and with the instructions for Form 10-Q 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.

 

A. Silver Bullion

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., acting through its London Branch (the “Custodian”), is responsible for safekeeping the silver owned by the Trust.

For financial statement purposes, the silver 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 silver 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 silver 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 silver bullion is calculated on a trade date basis. Fair value of the silver bullion is based on the price for an ounce of silver set each working day by three market making members of The London Bullion Market Association (“The London Fix”).

 

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The following table summarizes activity in silver bullion during the three months ended March 31, 2009 (all balances in 000’s):

 

March 31, 2009

   Ounces     Average
Cost
    Fair Value     Realized
Gain (Loss)
 

Beginning balance

   218,399.7     $ 2,356,533     $ 2,356,533       —    

Silver contributed

   57,594.0       730,272       730,272       —    

Silver distributed

   (8,972.4 )     (119,020 )     (118,686 )   $ (334 )

Silver sold

   (268.7 )     (3,573 )     (3,295 )     (278 )

Adjustment for realized loss

   —         —         (612 )     —    

Adjustment for unrealized gain on silver bullion

   —         —         532,914       —    

Market value recovery

   —         532,914       —         —    
                              

Ending balance

   266,752.6     $ 3,497,126     $ 3,497,126     $ (612 )
                              

The following table summarizes activity in silver bullion for the year ended December 31, 2008 (all balances in 000’s):

 

December 31, 2008

   Ounces     Average
Cost
    Fair Value     Realized
Gain (Loss)
 

Beginning balance

   150,801.2     $ 1,838,497     $ 2,225,826       —    

Silver contributed

   93,510.3       1,438,131       1,438,131       —    

Silver distributed

   (24,955.7 )     (335,617 )     (316,791 )   $ (18,826 )

Silver sold

   (956.1 )     (12,694 )     (14,313 )     1,619  

Adjustment for realized loss

   —         —         (17,207 )     —    

Adjustment for unrealized loss on silver bullion

   —         —         (959,113 )     —    

Market value reserve

   —         (571,784 )     —         —    
                              

Ending balance

   218,399.7     $ 2,356,533     $ 2,356,533     $ (17,207 )
                              

 

B. 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 silver 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 is suspended or restricted, or in which an emergency exists as a result of which delivery, disposal or evaluation of silver is not reasonably practicable.

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

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

 

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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.

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 silver bullion held by the Trust.

On July 11, 2008, the Board of Directors of the Sponsor authorized a ten-for-one split of the shares of the Trust for shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 21, 2008, payable after the close of trading on July 23, 2008. All share and per share amounts are restated to reflect the ten-for-one share split.

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

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31, 2009
    Year Ended
December 31, 2008
 
     Shares     Amount     Shares     Amount  

Beginning balance

   221,250     $ 2,355,598     152,000     $ 2,224,932  

Shares issued

   58,400       730,272     94,500       1,438,131  

Shares redeemed

   (9,100 )     (118,686 )   (25,250 )     (316,791 )

Redemption value adjustment

   —         528,494     —         (990,674 )
                            

Ending balance

   270,550     $ 3,495,678     221,250     $ 2,355,598  
                            

 

C. Federal Income Taxes

The Trust is treated as a “grantor trust” for federal income tax purposes and, therefore, no provision for federal income taxes is required. Any interest and gains and losses are deemed “passed through” to the holders of shares of the Trust.

 

D. Expenses

The Trust pays to the Sponsor a Sponsor’s fee that accrues daily at an annualized rate equal to 0.50% 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.

 

E. 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.

 

F. Indemnifications

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.

 

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2. CONCENTRATION RISK

Substantially all of the Trust’s assets are holdings of silver bullion, which creates a concentration risk associated with fluctuations in the price of silver. Accordingly, a decline in the price of silver 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 silver include a change in economic conditions (such as a recession), an increase in the hedging activities of silver producers, and changes in the attitude towards silver of speculators, investors and other market participants.

 

3. SUBSEQUENT EVENT

On April 9, 2009, Barclays Global Investors UK Holdings Limited, the parent company of the Sponsor of the Trust, entered into an agreement which contemplates the sale of its interest in the Sponsor and certain affiliated entities to Blue Sparkle, L.P., a Cayman Islands limited partnership. Blue Sparkle, L.P. is an investment vehicle for private equity funds affiliated with CVC Capital Partners Group SICAV-FIS S.A., a private equity and investment advisory firm. The sale is subject to certain regulatory approvals and other conditions.

It is not expected that the change of ownership of the Sponsor will affect the Trust, its shareholders, or an investment in its shares.

 

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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® Silver 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 a Depositary 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 silver 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 silver 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 silver.

The Trust issues and redeems shares only in exchange for silver, 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.

On July 11, 2008, the Board of Directors of the Sponsor authorized a ten-for-one split of the shares of the Trust for shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 21, 2008, payable after the close of trading on July 23, 2008. All share and per share amounts are restated to reflect the ten-for-one share split.

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

On April 9, 2009, Barclays Global Investors UK Holdings Limited, the parent company of the Sponsor of the Trust, entered into an agreement which contemplates the sale of its interest in the Sponsor and certain affiliated entities to Blue Sparkle, L.P., a Cayman Islands limited partnership. Blue Sparkle, L.P. is an investment vehicle for private equity funds affiliated with CVC Capital Partners Group SICAV-FIS S.A., a private equity and investment advisory firm. The sale is subject to certain regulatory approvals and other conditions.

It is not expected that the change of ownership of the Sponsor will affect the Trust, its shareholders, or an investment in its shares.

Valuation of Silver; 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 silver held by the Trust and determines the net asset value of the Trust and the net asset value per share. The Trustee values the silver held by the Trust using the announced price for an ounce of silver set each working day by three market making members of The London Bullion Market Association (“The London Fix”). Having valued the silver 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 silver 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 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.

 

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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 silver.

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 silver 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 1 to the Financial Statements for further discussion of our accounting policies.

Valuation of Silver Bullion

Silver 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 London Fix. Should the market value of the silver bullion held be lower than its average cost, an adjustment of value below cost (“market value reserve”) is recorded by the Trust and The London Fix is used as the value for financial statement purposes. Should the market value of the silver held increase subsequent to the market value reserve being recorded, a “market value recovery” is recorded by the Trust. As indicated above, The London Fix is also used to value silver 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 silver bullion that are available that could be different than that chosen by the Trust. The London Fix is used since it is commonly used by the U.S. silver market as an indicator of the value of silver, and is required by the Depositary Trust Agreement. The use of an indicator of value of silver bullion other than The London Fix could result in materially different fair value pricing of the silver 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 March 31, 2009

The Trust’s net assets grew from $2,355,597,515 at December 31, 2008 to $3,495,678,416 at March 31, 2009, a 48.40% increase. The increase in the Trust’s net assets resulted primarily from a increase in The London Fix price, which rose 21.50% from $10.79 at December 31, 2008 to $13.11 at March 31, 2009 and an increase in outstanding shares, which rose from 221,250,000 shares at December 31, 2008 to 270,550,000 shares at March 31, 2009, a consequence of 58,400,000 shares (1,168 Baskets) being created and 9,100,000 (182 Baskets) shares being redeemed during the quarter.

The 21.31% increase in the Trust’s net asset value per outstanding share from $10.65 at December 31, 2008 to $12.92 at March 31, 2009 directly relates to an increase in The London Fix price, which rose 21.50%.

The Trust’s net asset value per share increased slightly less than the price of silver on a percentage basis due to the Sponsor’s fees, which were $3,807,821 for the quarter, or 0.12% of the Trust’s average weighted assets of $3,101,125,466 during the quarter. The net asset value per share of $14.19 on February 24, 2009 was the highest during the quarter, compared with a low during the quarter of $10.37 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 silver 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 date.

 

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Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $528,494,269, resulting from a market value recovery of $532,913,873, offset by a net loss of $277,552 on the sale of silver to pay expenses, a net loss of $334,231 on silver distributed for the redemption of shares, and Sponsor’s fees of $3,807,821. Other than the Sponsor’s fees the Trust had no expenses during the quarter.

 

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

Part II—Other Information

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

None.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

There have been no material changes to Risk Factors since last reported under Part I, Item 1A of the registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended on 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 March 31, 2009, 1,168 Baskets (58,400,000 shares) have been created, and 182 Baskets (9,100,000 shares) have been redeemed as follows:

 

Period

   Total Number of Shares
Redeemed
   Average Ounces of Silver
Per Share

01/01/09 to 01/31/09

   —      —  

02/01/09 to 02/28/09

   6,400,000    0.9860

03/01/09 to 03/31/09

   2,700,000    0.9859

 

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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   

Depositary Trust Agreement

  

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 filed with Registration Statement No. 333-125920 on April 24, 2006

4.2    Standard Terms for Authorized Participant Agreements   

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 filed with Registration Statement No. 333-156506 on December 30, 2008

10.1    Custodian Agreement   

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 filed with Registration Statement No. 333-156506 on December 30, 2008

10.2    Sub-license Agreement   

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 filed with Registration Statement No. 333-156506 on December 30, 2008

10.3   

Amendment No. 1 to Custodian Agreement

   Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 filed with Registration Statement No. 333-137621 on September 27, 2006
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® Silver Trust (Registrant)

 

/s/ Lee T. Kranefuss

Lee T. Kranefuss

Chief Executive Officer

(Principal executive officer)

Date: May 11, 2009

/s/ Michael A. Latham

Michael A. Latham

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal financial and accounting officer)

Date: May 11, 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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