OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 18, 2016) - Brand Leaders Plus Income Fund (TSX:HBF.UN), Healthcare Leaders Income Fund (TSX:HHL.UN), US Buyback Leaders Fund (TSX:HUL.UN) and Energy Leaders Plus Income Fund (TSX:HPF.UN) (the "Funds") announce that special meetings of the Funds (the "Meetings") will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016. If required, adjourned Meetings will be held on Monday, September 19, 2016.

At the Meetings, unitholders of each class of a Fund will be asked to approve the conversion of the Fund from a closed-end fund into an exchange-traded fund (each, a "Conversion"), and, in respect of the US Buyback Leaders Fund, certain amendments to the investment objectives of the Fund.

Harvest Portfolios Group Inc., the manager of the Funds (the "Manager") believes that the Conversions will benefit existing unitholders of the Funds because, as exchange-traded funds, the Funds will offer greater market liquidity and efficient trading as well as participation in potential benefits from economies of scale through the continuous offering of units. In respect of US Buyback Leaders Fund, the adoption of a broader mandate via certain changes to the investment objectives will provide for a larger and more diversified opportunity from which investors can achieve capital and distribution income. If the Conversion is approved, the Manager anticipates implementing the Conversions in October, 2016, subject to obtaining a receipt for the final prospectus of the exchange traded funds and any necessary third party or regulatory approvals.

Further details of the Meetings and the Manager's proposals are further described in a management information circular to be mailed to unitholders on or about August 17, 2016.

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Harvest Portfolios Group Inc.