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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 March 31, 2012

 

¨ 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 BlackRock Asset Management International Inc.

400 Howard Street

San Francisco, California 94105

Attn: Product Management Team

iShares® Product Research & Development

(Address of principal executive offices)

(415) 670-2000

(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  x    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    ¨   Smaller reporting company   ¨
(Do not check if a 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, 2012 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2011      1   
  Income Statements (Unaudited) for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011      2   
  Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity (Deficit) for the three months ended March 31, 2012 (Unaudited) and the year ended December 31, 2011      3   
  Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011      4   
  Notes to 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   

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.

  Mine Safety Disclosures      12   

Item 5.

  Other Information      12   

Item 6.

  Exhibits      13   

SIGNATURES

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements

iShares® Silver Trust

Balance Sheets

At March 31, 2012 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2011

 

(Dollar amounts in $000’s)

   March 31,
2012
    December 31,
2011
 

ASSETS

    

Current assets

    

Silver bullion inventory (fair value of $10,096,173 and $8,702,922, respectively)

   $ 7,460,340      $ 7,191,460   

Payable for capital Shares redeemed

     (48,551     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 7,411,789      $ 7,191,460   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

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

    

Current liabilities

    

Sponsor’s fees payable

   $ 4,400      $ 4,042   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     4,400        4,042   

Commitments and contingent liabilities (Note 5)

     —          —     

Redeemable capital Shares, no par value, unlimited amount authorized (at redemption value) – 320,450,000 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2012 and 317,500,000 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2011

     10,091,773        8,698,880   

Shareholders’ equity (deficit)

     (2,684,384     (1,511,462
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

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

   $ 7,411,789      $ 7,191,460   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to financial statements.

 

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iShares® Silver Trust

Income Statements (Unaudited)

For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 

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

   2012     2011  

Revenue

    

Proceeds from sales of silver to pay expenses

   $ 12,165      $ 12,422   

Cost of silver sold to pay expenses

     (8,872     (6,652
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gain on sales of silver to pay expenses

     3,293        5,770   

Gain on silver distributed for the redemption of Shares

     105,953        473,132   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total gain on sales and distributions of silver

     109,246        478,902   

Expenses

    

Sponsor’s fees

     (12,523     (13,412
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total expenses

     (12,523     (13,412
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET INCOME

   $ 96,723      $ 465,490   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per Share

   $ 0.30      $ 1.32   

Weighted-average Shares outstanding

     319,067,033        352,079,444   

See notes to financial statements.

 

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iShares® Silver Trust

Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity (Deficit)

For the three months ended March 31, 2012 (Unaudited)

and the year ended December 31, 2011

 

(Dollar amounts in $000’s)

   Three Months
Ended
March 31, 2012
    Year Ended
December 31, 2011
 

Shareholders’ equity (deficit) – beginning of period

   $ (1,511,462   $ (5,105,181

Net income

     96,723        3,070,085   

Adjustment of redeemable capital Shares to redemption value

     (1,269,645     523,634   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Shareholders’ equity (deficit) – end of period

   $ (2,684,384   $ (1,511,462
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to financial statements.

 

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iShares® Silver Trust

Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011

 

      Three Months Ended
March 31,
 

(Dollar amounts in $000’s)

   2012     2011  

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

    

Proceeds from sales of silver

   $ 12,165      $ 12,422   

Expenses – Sponsor’s fees paid

     (12,165     (12,422
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

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

   $ 96,723      $ 465,490   

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

    

Gain on silver distributed for the redemption of Shares

     (105,953     (473,132

Cost of silver sold to pay expenses

     8,872        6,652   

Increase in Sponsor’s fees payable

     358        990   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ —        $ —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information:

    

Carrying value of silver received for creation of Shares

   $ 516,557      $ 1,404,780   

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

   $ (287,356   $ (584,043

See notes to financial statements.

 

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iShares® Silver Trust

Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

March 31, 2012

1 - Organization

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”), which is responsible for the day to day administration of the Trust. The Trust’s sponsor is BlackRock Asset Management 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 Trust issues units of beneficial interest (or “Shares”) representing fractional undivided beneficial interests in its net assets.

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 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, 2011 as filed with the SEC on February 29, 2012.

The Trust is not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

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 in conformity with U.S. GAAP. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make certain estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates and these differences could be material.

 

B. Silver Bullion

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., London branch (the “Custodian”), is responsible for the safekeeping of silver bullion 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 bullion held be lower than its average cost during the interim periods, an adjustment (“market value reserve”) to cost may be recorded by the Trust to reflect market value. At the end of the Trust’s fiscal year, management will make a determination on whether the reserve is recovered or whether the cost basis of silver should be written down. 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 (“London Fix”).

 

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The following table summarizes activity in silver bullion for the three months ended March 31, 2012 (all balances in 000’s):

 

      Ounces     Average
Cost
    Fair
Value
    Realized
Gain (Loss)
 

Beginning balance

     308,833.3      $ 7,191,460      $ 8,702,922      $ —     

Silver contributed

     15,061.0        516,557        516,557        —     

Silver distributed

     (12,194.2     (287,356     (393,309     105,953   

Silver sold

     (378.0     (8,872     (12,165     3,293   

Adjustment for realized gain

     —          —          109,246        —     

Adjustment for unrealized gain on silver bullion

     —          —          1,172,922        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ending balance

     311,322.1      $ 7,411,789      $ 10,096,173      $ 109,246   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The following table summarizes activity in silver bullion for the year ended December 31, 2011 (all balances in 000’s):

 

      Ounces     Average
Cost
    Fair
Value
    Realized
Gain (Loss)
 

Beginning balance

     351,136.8      $ 5,650,138      $ 10,755,319      $ —     

Silver contributed

     139,996.4        5,175,079        5,175,079        —     

Silver distributed

     (180,659.8     (3,600,654     (6,703,559     3,102,905   

Silver sold

     (1,640.1     (33,103     (57,898     24,795   

Adjustment for realized gain

     —          —          3,127,700        —     

Adjustment for unrealized loss on silver bullion

     —          —          (3,593,719     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ending balance

     308,833.3      $ 7,191,460      $ 8,702,922      $ 3,127,700   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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 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 of Shares (such broker-dealers, 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, Inc. (“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.

Activity in redeemable capital Shares was as follows (all balances in 000’s):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31, 2012
    Year Ended
December 31, 2011
 
     Shares     Amount     Shares     Amount  

Beginning balance

     317,500      $ 8,698,880        359,200      $ 10,750,994   

Shares issued

     15,500        516,557        143,550        5,175,079   

Shares redeemed

     (12,550     (393,309     (185,250     (6,703,559

Redemption value adjustment

     —          1,269,645        —          (523,634
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ending balance

     320,450      $ 10,091,773        317,500      $ 8,698,880   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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 - Trust 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 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 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.

 

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7 - Subsequent Events

In connection with the preparation of the financial statements of the Trust as of and for the period ended March 31, 2012, management has evaluated the impact of all subsequent events through the date the financial statements were issued and has determined that there were no subsequent events requiring adjustment or disclosure in the financial statements.

 

 

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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 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 any 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 the Depositary Trust Agreement (the “Trust Agreement”) between the Trustee and BlackRock Asset Management International Inc., the sponsor of the Trust (the “Sponsor”). The Trust issues units of beneficial interest (or “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 responsible only to the Trustee.

The Trust is a passive investment vehicle and the objective of the Trust is for the value of each Share to approximately reflect, at any given time, the price of silver 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 broker-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, Inc. under the symbol “SLV.”

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 (“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.

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.

 

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Critical Accounting Policies

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 2 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 during the interim periods, an adjustment (“market value reserve”) to cost may be recorded by the Trust to reflect market value. At the end of the Trust’s fiscal year, management will make a determination on whether the reserve is recovered or whether the cost basis of silver should be written down. 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 by the Trust because it is commonly used by the U.S. silver market as an indicator of the value of silver, and is permitted to be used under the Trust Agreement. The use of an indicator of the 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.

Results of Operations

The Quarter Ended March 31, 2012

The Trust’s net asset value grew from $8,698,880,266 at December 31, 2011 to $10,091,773,011 at March 31, 2012, a 16.01% increase. The increase in the Trust’s net asset value resulted primarily from an increase in the London Fix price, which rose 15.08% from $28.18 at December 31, 2011 to $32.43 at March 31, 2012. Net asset value also increased due to an increase in outstanding Shares, which rose from 317,500,000 Shares at December 31, 2011 to 320,450,000 Shares at March 31, 2012, a consequence of 15,500,000 Shares (310 Baskets) being created and 12,550,000 Shares (251 Baskets) being redeemed during the quarter.

The 14.93% increase in the Trust’s net asset value per Share from $27.40 at December 31, 2011 to $31.49 at March 31, 2012 is directly related to the 15.08% increase in the London Fix price.

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 $12,522,960 for the quarter, or 0.12% of the Trust’s average weighted assets of $10,088,115,977 during the quarter. The net asset value per Share of $36.17 on February 29, 2012 was the highest during the quarter, compared with a low during the quarter of $27.98 on January 3, 2012. 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 day.

Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 was $96,722,951, resulting from a net gain of $3,292,738 on the sales of silver to pay expenses, a net gain of $105,953,173 on silver distributed for the redemption of Shares, offset by Sponsor’s fees of $12,522,960. Other than the Sponsor’s fees, the Trust had no expenses during the quarter.

 

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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 report to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed in the reports that the Trust files or submits under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the applicable rules and forms, and that it is accumulated and communicated to 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, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

There are inherent limitations to the effectiveness of any system of disclosure controls and procedures, including the possibility of human error and the circumvention or overriding of the controls and procedures.

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.

 

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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, 2011, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 29, 2012.

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

 

a) None.

 

b) Not applicable.

 

c) 12,550,000 Shares (251 Baskets) were redeemed during the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

 

Period

   Total Number of Shares
Redeemed
     Average Ounces of Silver
Per Share
 

01/01/12 to 01/31/12

     3,000,000         0.9722   

02/01/12 to 02/29/12

     4,500,000         0.9717   

03/01/12 to 03/31/12

     5,050,000         0.9712   
  

 

 

    

Total

     12,550,000         0.9716   
  

 

 

    

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

Item 5. Other Information

None.

 

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Item 6. Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.   

Description

4.1    Depositary Trust Agreement is incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 filed with Registration Statement No. 333-156506 on December 30, 2008
4.2    First Amendment to Depositary Trust Agreement is incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 filed with Current Report on Form 8-K on December 2, 2009
4.3    Standard Terms for Authorized Participant Agreements is incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 filed with Registration Statement No. 333-156506 on December 30, 2008
10.1    Custodian Agreement is incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 filed with Registration Statement No. 333-156506 on December 30, 2008
10.2    Sub-license Agreement is 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 is incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 filed with Registration Statement No. 333-137621 on September 27, 2006
10.4    Second Amendment to Custodian Agreement is incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 filed with Current Report on Form 8-K on February 10, 2010
10.5    Third Amendment to Custodian Agreement is incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.5 filed with Registration Statement No. 333-170492 on November 9, 2010
10.6    Fourth Amendment to Custodian Agreement is incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 filed with Current Report on Form 8-K on February 14, 2012
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
101.INS*    XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH*    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL*    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF*    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB*    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE*    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

* Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, these interactive data files are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under those sections.

 

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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.

BlackRock Asset Management International Inc.

Sponsor of the iShares® Silver Trust (registrant)

 

/s/ Michael A. Latham
Michael A. Latham
President and Chief Executive Officer
(Principal executive officer)

Date: May 9, 2012

 

/s/ Jack Gee
Jack Gee
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
(Principal financial and accounting officer)

Date: May 9, 2012

 

* The registrant is a trust and the persons are signing in their capacities as officers of BlackRock Asset Management International Inc., the Sponsor of the registrant.

 

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