RYE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 12, 2018--Gabelli Funds, LLC, a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE: GBL) (“GAMCO”), announced today that Gabelli Pet Parents™ NextShares™ (the “Fund”) would list and commence trading on Nasdaq Stock Market LLC on or about June 19, 2018 under the symbol PETZC.

The primary objective of the Fund is capital appreciation. Under normal conditions, the Fund will primarily invest in common shares of publicly traded domestic and foreign companies of all capitalization ranges in the pet industry.

The companion pet market is approaching $70 billion (a) in the United States, a 30% increase in the last five years. Today, nearly 68% percent of the 126 million U.S. households have pets, with a concentration in dogs, cats, fresh water fish, birds, and other small animals.

Spending on food by “Pet Parents” has reached nearly $30 billion annually, driven by innovation in natural and organic products. In addition, a variety of diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics have contributed to a sharp increase in veterinary revenues, estimated to be almost $18 billion this year. Vitamins, healthy treats and other pet supplies continue to grow as a category, and should surpass $15 billion in 2018.

Investors interested in purchasing the Fund should contact 1-800-GABELLI (1-800-422-3554).

The Fund is the fourth member of the Gabelli NextShares Trust, a non-transparent, exchange traded managed fund (“ETMF”), offered under an agreement with NextShares Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV).

NextShares™, an innovative way to invest in actively managed strategies, offer the potential for benchmark-beating returns by applying their managers’ proprietary investment research. As exchange-traded products, NextShares may offer cost and tax efficiencies that can enhance shareholder returns. NextShares are expected to be offered by a range of well-known asset managers and across fund asset classes. The first NextShares funds began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC on December 1, 2016.

GAMCO Investors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manages private advisory accounts (GAMCO Asset Management, Inc.), mutual funds and closed end funds (Gabelli Funds, LLC). As of March 31, 2018, GAMCO had $40.9 billion in equity assets under management.

(a) Source: American Pet Products Association

THE INFORMATION IN THIS PRESS RELEASE IS NOT COMPLETE AND MAY BE CHANGED. THIS PRESS RELEASE IS NOT AN OFFER TO SELL THESE SECURITIES AND IS NOT SOLICITING AN OFFER TO BUY THESE SECURITIES IN ANY STATE WHERE THE OFFER OF SALE IS NOT PERMITTED.

Commercial success also requires completion of enabling implementation technology and acceptance by market participants, which cannot be assured.

The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only, are not intended as investment or tax advice.

Shares of NextShares funds are normally bought and sold in the secondary market through a broker, and may not be individually purchased or redeemed from the fund. In the secondary market, buyers and sellers transact with each other, rather than with the fund. These transactions do not affect the fund or its investments. When a NextShares fund does issue or redeem shares, the transactions are made through designated authorized participants and are normally in kind when practicable, meaning that the fund receives or delivers securities rather than cash. By transacting in kind, a NextShares fund can lower its trading costs and enhance fund tax efficiency by avoiding forced sales of securities to meet redemptions. As exchange-traded securities, NextShares can operate with low transfer agency expenses by utilizing the same highly efficient share processing system as used for exchange-listed stocks.

Market trading prices of NextShares are linked to the fund’s next-computed net asset value (NAV) and will vary from NAV by a market-determined premium or discount, which may be zero. Buyers and seller of NextShares will not know the value of their purchases and sales until after the fund’s NAV is determined at the end of the trading day. Market trading prices may vary significantly from anticipated levels. NextShares do not offer investors the opportunity to buy and sell intraday based on current (versus end-of-day) determinations of fund value. NextShares trade execution prices will fluctuate based on changes in NAV. Although limit orders may be used to control trading costs, they cannot be used to control or limit trade execution prices. As a new type of fund, NextShares have a limited operating history and may initially be available through a limited number of brokers. There can be no guarantee that an active trading market for NextShares will develop or be maintained, or that their listing will continue unchanged. Buying and selling NextShares may require payment of brokerage commissions and expose transacting shareholders to other trading costs. Frequent trading may detract from realized investment returns. The return on a shareholder’s NextShares investment will be reduced if the shareholder sells shares at a greater discount or narrower premium to NAV than he or she acquired the shares. NextShares funds issue and redeem shares only in specified creation unit quantities in transactions by or through authorized participants. In such transactions, a fund issues and redeems shares in exchange for the basket of securities, other instruments and/or cash that the fund specifies each business day. The basket is not intended to be representative of the fund’s current portfolio positions and may vary significantly from current positions.

Gabelli Pet Parents' is a trademark of GAMCO Investors, Inc. All rights reserved.

NextShares™ is a trademark of NextShares Solutions LLC. All rights reserved.

Creation units of Gabelli NextShares will be distributed by G.distributors, LLC, an affiliate of Gabelli Funds, LLC, the investment adviser to Gabelli NextShares.

All investments are subject to risks, including possible loss of principal. Please consider the investment objectives, risk, charges and expenses of Gabelli NextShares before investing. Please carefully read a copy of the Gabelli NextShares prospectus or summary prospectus before investing, which contains this and other information about Gabelli NextShares; you can obtain a copy of the prospectus or summary prospectus by calling 1-800-GABELLI (1-800-422-3554).

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CONTACT: For Gabelli Funds, LLC

Daniel M. Miller, 914-921-5193

Portfolio Manager

or

For further information, please visit

www.gabelli.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BANKING FINANCE RETAIL SPECIALTY CONSUMER PETS

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