CUSTODIAN SERVICES AGREEMENT
THIS AGREEMENT is made as of November 23, 2009 by and between PFPC TRUST COMPANY, a limited purpose trust company incorporated under
the laws of Delaware (“PFPC Trust”) and each of the investment companies listed on Appendix B attached hereto and made a part hereof ( each, the “Fund” and together, the “Funds”). Capitalized terms not otherwise defined
shall have the meanings set forth in Appendix A.
A. The Fund is registered as an open-end management investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940
B. This Agreement shall be considered a separate agreement between PFPC Trust and each Fund and reference to
“the Fund” shall refer to each Fund separately.
C. The Fund wishes to retain PFPC Trust to provide custodian
services, and PFPC Trust wishes to furnish custodian services, either directly or through an affiliate or affiliates, as more fully described herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants herein contained, and intending to be legally bound hereby, the parties hereto agree as follows:
1. Appointment. The Fund hereby appoints PFPC Trust to provide custodian services to the Fund as set forth herein, on behalf of each of its
investment portfolios listed on Appendix B hereto (each, a “Portfolio”), and PFPC Trust accepts such appointment and agrees to furnish such services. PFPC Trust shall be under no duty to take any action hereunder on behalf of the Fund or
any Portfolio except as specifically set forth herein or as may be specifically agreed to by PFPC Trust and the Fund in a written amendment hereto. PFPC Trust shall not bear or otherwise be responsible for, any fees, costs or expenses charged by any
third party service providers engaged by the Fund.
(a) Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement, PFPC Trust shall act only upon Oral Instructions or Written Instructions.
(b) PFPC Trust shall be entitled to rely upon any Oral Instruction or Written Instruction it receives pursuant to this Agreement. PFPC Trust
may assume that any Oral Instructions or Written Instructions received hereunder are not in any way inconsistent with the provisions of organizational documents of the Fund or of any vote, resolution or proceeding of the Fund’s Board of
Trustees or of the Fund’s shareholders, unless and until PFPC Trust receives Written Instructions to the contrary.
(c) The Fund agrees to forward to PFPC Trust Written Instructions confirming Oral
Instructions (except where such Oral Instructions are given by PFPC Trust or its affiliates) so that PFPC Trust receives the Written Instructions by the close of business on the same day that such Oral Instructions are received. The fact that such
confirming Written Instructions are not received by PFPC Trust or differ from the Oral Instructions shall in no way invalidate the transactions or enforceability of the transactions authorized by the Oral Instructions or PFPC Trust’s ability to
rely upon such Oral Instructions, provided that PFPC Trust’s actions comply with the other provisions of this Agreement.
to Receive Advice.
(a) Advice of the Fund. If PFPC Trust is in doubt as to any action it should or should not
take, PFPC Trust may request directions or advice, including Oral Instructions or Written Instructions, from the Fund.
Advice of Counsel. If PFPC Trust shall be in doubt as to any question of law pertaining to any action it should or should not take, PFPC Trust may request advice at its own cost from counsel of its own choosing (who may be counsel for the
Fund, the Fund’s investment adviser or PFPC Trust, at the option of PFPC Trust).
(c) Conflicting Advice. In the
event of a conflict between directions or advice or Oral Instructions or Written Instructions PFPC Trust receives from the Fund, and the advice it receives from counsel, PFPC Trust shall be entitled to rely upon and follow the advice of counsel. In
the event PFPC Trust so relies on the advice of counsel, PFPC Trust remains liable for any action or omission on the part of PFPC Trust which constitutes willful misfeasance, bad faith, negligence or reckless disregard by PFPC Trust of any duties,
obligations or responsibilities set forth in this Agreement.
(d) No Obligation to Seek Advice. Nothing in this section
shall be construed so as to impose an obligation upon PFPC Trust (i) to seek directions or advice or Oral Instructions or Written Instructions or (ii) to act in accordance with such directions or advice or Oral Instructions or Written
Instructions unless, under the terms of other provisions of this Agreement, the same is a condition of PFPC Trust’s properly taking or not taking such action. Nothing in this subsection shall excuse PFPC Trust when an action or omission on the
part of PFPC Trust constitutes willful misfeasance, bad faith, negligence or reckless disregard by PFPC Trust of any duties, obligations or responsibilities set forth in this Agreement.
4. Records; Visits. The books and records pertaining to the Fund and any Portfolio, which are in the possession or under the control of PFPC Trust, shall be the property of the Fund. Such
books and records shall be prepared and maintained as required by the 1940 Act. The Fund and Authorized Persons shall have access to such books and records at all times during PFPC Trust’s normal business hours. Upon the reasonable request of
the Fund, copies of any such books and records shall be provided by PFPC Trust to the Fund or to an authorized representative of the Fund.
5. Confidentiality. Each party shall keep confidential any information relating to the other
party’s business (“Confidential Information”). Confidential Information shall include (a) any data or information that is competitively sensitive material, and not generally known to the public, including, but not limited to,
information about portfolio holdings, portfolio transactions, product plans, marketing strategies, finances, operations, customer relationships, customer profiles, customer lists, sales estimates, business plans, and internal performance results
relating to the past, present or future business activities of the Fund or PFPC Trust, their respective subsidiaries and affiliated companies; (b) any scientific or technical information, design, process, procedure, formula, or improvement that
is commercially valuable and secret in the sense that its confidentiality affords the Fund or PFPC Trust a competitive advantage over its competitors; (c) all confidential or proprietary concepts, documentation, reports, data, specifications,
computer software, source code, object code, flow charts, databases, inventions, know-how, and trade secrets, whether or not patentable or copyrightable; and (d) anything designated as confidential. Notwithstanding the foregoing, information
shall not be Confidential Information and shall not be subject to such confidentiality obligations if: (a) it is already known to the receiving party at the time it is obtained; (b) it is or becomes publicly known or available through no
wrongful act of the receiving party; (c) it is rightfully received from a third party who, to the best of the receiving party’s knowledge, is not under a duty of confidentiality; (d) it is released by the protected party to a third
party without restriction; (e) it is requested or required to be disclosed by the receiving party pursuant to a court order, subpoena, governmental or regulatory agency request or law; (f) release of such information by PFPC Trust is
necessary or reasonably desirable in connection with the provision of services under this Agreement; or (g) it has been or is independently developed or obtained by the receiving party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, PFPC Trust shall be
permitted to disclose Fund information to third parties in connection with an independent third party compliance or other review; provided, however, that such third parties shall be bound by confidentiality obligations substantially
similar to those contained in this Section 5. The provisions of this Section 5 shall survive termination of this Agreement.
Cooperation with Accountants. PFPC Trust shall cooperate with the Fund’s independent public accountants and shall take all reasonable action to make any requested information available to such accountants as reasonably requested by
7. PFPC System. PFPC Trust shall retain title to and ownership of any and all data bases, computer programs, screen
formats, report formats, interactive design techniques, derivative works, inventions, discoveries, patentable or copyrightable matters, concepts, expertise, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and other related legal rights utilized by PFPC Trust in
connection with the services provided by PFPC Trust to the Fund.
8. Disaster Recovery. PFPC Trust shall enter into and shall
maintain in effect with appropriate parties one or more agreements making reasonable provisions for emergency use of electronic data processing equipment to the extent appropriate equipment is available. In the event of equipment failures, PFPC
Trust shall, at no additional expense to the Fund, take reasonable steps to minimize service interruptions. PFPC Trust shall have no liability with
respect to the loss of data or service interruptions caused by equipment failure provided such loss or interruption is not caused by PFPC Trust’s own intentional misconduct, bad faith,
negligence with respect to, or reckless disregard of, its duties under this Agreement.
(a) As compensation for custody services rendered by PFPC Trust pursuant to this Agreement, the Fund, on behalf of each of the Portfolios,
will pay to PFPC Trust a fee or fees as may be agreed to in writing from time to time by the Fund and PFPC Trust. The Fund acknowledges that PFPC Trust may receive float benefits in connection with maintaining certain accounts required to provide
services under this Agreement.
(b) The undersigned hereby represents and warrants to PFPC Trust that (i) the terms of
this Agreement, (ii) the fees and expenses associated with this Agreement, and (iii) any benefits accruing to PFPC Trust or to the adviser or sponsor to the Fund in connection with this Agreement, including but not limited to any fee
waivers, conversion cost reimbursements, up front payments, signing payments or periodic payments made or to be made by PFPC Trust to such adviser or sponsor or any affiliate of the Fund relating to this Agreement have been fully disclosed to the
Board of Trustees of the Fund and that, if required by applicable law, such Board of Trustees has approved or will approve the terms of this Agreement, any such fees and expenses, and any such benefits.
(c) Notwithstanding the termination of this Agreement, the Fund shall remain responsible for paying PFPC Trust the fees and other amounts
set forth in this Agreement and in the applicable fee letter that have accrued during the term of this Agreement.
10. Standard of
Care/Limitations of Liability.
(a) PFPC Trust shall be obligated to exercise reasonable care and diligence in the
performance of its duties hereunder, to act in good faith and to use its best efforts, within reasonable limits, in performing services provided for under this Agreement. Subject to the terms of this Section 10, PFPC Trust shall be liable to
the Fund (or any person or entity claiming through the Fund) for damages arising out of PFPC Trust’s failure to perform its duties under this Agreement only to the extent caused by PFPC Trust’s own intentional misconduct, bad faith,
negligence with respect to, or reckless disregard of, its duties under this Agreement (“Standard of Care”). Except as otherwise specifically set forth in this Agreement, PFPC Trust also shall be responsible and liable for the acts
and omissions of any other person or entity used by PFPC Trust to perform the services under this Agreement to the same extent that PFPC Trust is responsible for its own acts and omissions under this Agreement.
(b) Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Agreement, the Fund shall be responsible for all filings, tax returns and reports on
any transactions undertaken in connection with this Agreement, or in respect of the Property or any collections undertaken in connection with this Agreement, which may be requested by any relevant authority; provided, however, that PFPC Trust shall
be responsible for providing support services to enable the Fund to respond to any such relevant authority, to the extent that such support services are services otherwise to be provided by PFPC Trust under this Agreement. In addition, the Fund
shall be responsible for the payment of all taxes and similar items (including without limitation penalties and interest related thereto).
(c) PFPC Trust’s liability to the Fund and any person or entity claiming through the
Fund for any loss, claim, suit, controversy, breach or damage in connection with any loss of assets caused by a breach of PFPC’s Standard of Care in the performance of its duties hereunder, and regardless of the form of action or legal theory
(“Loss”), shall not exceed the fair market value of such assets at the time of such Loss.
(d) PFPC Trust shall not
be liable for damages (including without limitation damages caused by delays, failure, errors, interruption or loss of data) occurring directly or indirectly by reason of circumstances beyond its reasonable control, including without limitation acts
of God; action or inaction of civil or military authority; national emergencies; public enemy; war; terrorism; riot; fire; flood; catastrophe; sabotage; epidemics; labor disputes; civil commotion; interruption, loss or malfunction of utilities,
transportation, computer or communications capabilities; insurrection; elements of nature; non-performance by a third party; failure of the mails; or functions or malfunctions of the internet, firewalls, encryption systems or security devices caused
by any of the above; provided, however, PFPC Trust shall remain liable for such damages only to the extent such damages were caused by PFPC Trust’s failure to maintain such back-up system(s) and disaster recovery plan(s) as are required by this
Agreement, and it being understood that PFPC Trust shall use commercially reasonable efforts to resume performance as soon as practicable under the circumstances.
(e) PFPC Trust shall not be under any duty or obligation to inquire into and shall not be liable for the validity or invalidity, authority or lack thereof, or truthfulness or accuracy or lack thereof, of
any instruction, direction, notice, instrument or other information which PFPC Trust reasonably believes to be genuine. PFPC Trust shall not be liable for any damages that are caused by actions or omissions taken by PFPC Trust in accordance with
Oral Instructions or Written Instructions or advice of counsel, provided that PFPC Trust’s actions comply with the other provisions of this Agreement. PFPC Trust shall not be liable for any damages arising out of any action or omission to act
by any prior service provider of the Fund or for any failure to discover any such error or omission.
(f) Neither PFPC Trust
nor its affiliates shall be liable for any consequential, incidental, exemplary, punitive, special or indirect damages, whether or not the likelihood of such damages was known by PFPC Trust or its affiliates.
(g) Each party shall have a duty to mitigate damages for which the other party may become responsible.
(h) This Section 10 shall survive termination of this Agreement.
(a) Absent PFPC Trust’s failure to meet its Standard of Care (defined in Section 10 above), the Fund agrees to indemnify, defend
and hold harmless PFPC Trust and its affiliates and their respective directors, trustees, officers, agents and employees from all claims, suits, actions, damages, losses, liabilities, obligations, costs and reasonable expenses (including
attorneys’ fees and court costs, travel costs and other reasonable out-of-pocket costs related to dispute resolution) arising directly or indirectly from any of the following: (a) any action or omission to act by any prior service provider
of the Fund; and (b) any action taken or omitted to be taken by PFPC Trust in connection with the provision of services to the Fund; provided, however, that this indemnification shall not extend to any indirect, special or consequential
damages, or lost profits or loss of business. This Section 11 shall survive termination of this Agreement.
Trust agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Fund and its affiliates and their respective directors, trustees, officers, agents and employees from all claims, suits, actions, damages, losses, liabilities, obligations, costs and reasonable
expenses (including attorneys’ fees and court costs, travel costs and other reasonable out-of-pocket costs related to dispute resolution) arising directly or indirectly from PFPC Trust’s failure to meet its Standard of Care; provided,
however, that this indemnification shall not extend to any indirect, special or consequential damages, or lost profits or loss of business. This Section 11 shall survive termination of this Agreement.
12. Description of Services.
(a) Delivery of the Property. The Fund will deliver or arrange for the delivery to PFPC Trust of all the Property owned by the Portfolios, including cash received as a result of the distribution of Shares, during the term of this
Agreement. PFPC Trust will not be responsible for any assets until actual receipt.
(b) Receipt and Disbursement of
Money. PFPC Trust, acting upon Written Instructions, shall open and maintain a separate account for each separate Portfolio of the Fund (each an “Account”). PFPC Trust shall maintain in the Account of a particular Portfolio all cash
and other assets received from or for the Fund specifically designated to such Account, subject to the terms of this Agreement. PFPC Trust shall make cash payments from or for the Account of a Portfolio only for:
||purchases of securities in the name of a Portfolio, PFPC Trust, PFPC Trust’s nominee or a sub-custodian or nominee thereof as provided in sub-section (j) and
for which PFPC Trust has received a copy of the broker’s or dealer’s confirmation or payee’s invoice, as appropriate; |
||redemption of Shares of the Fund upon receipt of Written Instructions; |
||payment of, subject to Written Instructions, interest, taxes (provided that tax which PFPC Trust considers is required to be deducted or withheld “at source”
will be governed by Section 12(h)(3)(B) of this Agreement), administration, accounting, distribution, advisory or management fees and similar expenses which are to be borne by a Portfolio; |
||payment to, subject to receipt of Written Instructions, the Fund’s transfer agent, as agent for the shareholders, of an amount equal to the amount of dividends and
distributions stated in the Written Instructions to be distributed in cash by the transfer agent to shareholders, or, in lieu of paying the Fund’s transfer agent, PFPC Trust may arrange for the direct payment of cash dividends and distributions
to shareholders in accordance with procedures mutually agreed upon from time to time by and among the Fund, PFPC Trust and the Fund’s transfer agent; |
||payments, upon receipt of Written Instructions, in connection with the conversion, exchange or surrender of securities owned or subscribed to by the Fund and held
pursuant to this Agreement or delivered to PFPC Trust; |
||payments of the amounts of dividends received with respect to securities sold short; |
||payments to PFPC Trust in connection with this Agreement; |
||payments to a sub-custodian pursuant to provisions in sub-section (c) of this Section; and |
||other payments, upon Written Instructions. |
PFPC Trust is hereby authorized to endorse and collect all checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money received as custodian for the Fund.
(c) Receipt of Securities; Sub-custodians.
||PFPC Trust shall hold all securities received by it for each Portfolio in a separate account that physically segregates such securities from those of any other persons,
firms or corporations, except for securities held in a Book-Entry System or through a sub-custodian or depository. All such securities shall be held or disposed of only upon Written Instructions or otherwise pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.
PFPC Trust shall have no power or authority to assign, hypothecate, pledge or otherwise dispose of any such securities or other investments, except upon the express terms of this Agreement or upon Written Instructions authorizing the transaction. In
no case may any member of the Fund’s Board of Trustees or any officer, employee or agent of the Fund withdraw any securities upon their mere receipt. |
||At PFPC Trust’s own expense and for its own convenience, PFPC Trust may enter into sub-custodian agreements with other United States banks or trust companies to
perform duties described in this Agreement with respect to domestic assets. Such bank or trust company shall have aggregate capital, surplus and undivided profits, according to its last published report, of at least one million dollars ($1,000,000),
if it is a subsidiary or affiliate of PFPC Trust, or at least twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) if such bank or trust company is not a subsidiary or affiliate of PFPC Trust. In addition, such bank or trust company must be qualified to act as
custodian and agree to comply with the relevant provisions of the 1940 Act and other applicable rules and regulations. Any such arrangement will not be entered into without prior written notice to the Fund (or as otherwise provided in the 1940 Act).
||As of the date hereof, the Fund and PFPC Trust are parties to a letter agreement setting forth the understanding of the parties with respect to services regarding
foreign assets (the “17f-5/17f-7 Letter Agreement”). PFPC Trust may enter into arrangements with sub-custodians with respect to services regarding foreign assets. Any such arrangement will not be entered into without prior written notice
to the Fund (or as otherwise provided in the 1940 Act) and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the 17f-5/17f-7 Letter Agreement. |
||Sub-custodians utilized by PFPC Trust may be subsidiaries or affiliates of PFPC Trust, and such entities will be compensated for their services at such rates as are
agreed between the entity and PFPC Trust. PFPC Trust shall remain responsible for the acts and omissions of any sub-custodian chosen by PFPC Trust under the terms of this sub-section (c) to the same extent that PFPC Trust is responsible for its
own acts and omissions under this Agreement. |
(d) Transactions Requiring Instructions. Upon receipt of
Oral Instructions or Written Instructions and not otherwise, PFPC Trust shall:
||deliver any securities held for a Portfolio against the receipt of payment for the sale of such securities or otherwise in accordance with standard market practice;
||execute and deliver to such persons as may be designated in such Oral Instructions or Written Instructions, proxies, consents, authorizations, and any other instruments
received by PFPC Trust as custodian whereby the authority of a Portfolio as owner of any securities may be exercised; |
||deliver any securities held for a Portfolio to the issuer thereof, or its agent, when such securities are called, redeemed, retired or otherwise become payable at the
option of the holder; provided that, in any such case, the cash or other consideration is to be delivered to PFPC Trust; |
||deliver any securities held for a Portfolio against receipt of other securities or cash issued or paid in connection with the liquidation, reorganization, refinancing,
tender offer, merger, consolidation or recapitalization of any corporation or other entity, or the exercise of any conversion privilege; |
||deliver any securities held for a Portfolio to any protective committee, reorganization committee or other person in connection with the reorganization, refinancing,
merger, consolidation, recapitalization or sale of assets of any corporation or other entity, and receive and hold under the terms of this Agreement such certificates of deposit, interim receipts or other instruments or documents as may be issued to
it to evidence such delivery; |
||make such transfer or exchanges of the assets of the Portfolios and take such other steps as shall be stated in said Oral Instructions or Written Instructions to be for
the purpose of effectuating a duly authorized plan of liquidation, reorganization, merger, consolidation or recapitalization of a Portfolio or the Fund; |
||release securities belonging to a Portfolio to any bank or trust company for the purpose of a pledge or hypothecation to secure any loan incurred by the Fund on behalf
of that Portfolio; provided, however, that securities shall be released only upon payment to PFPC Trust of the monies borrowed, except that in cases where additional collateral is required to secure a borrowing already made subject to proper prior
authorization, further securities may be released for that purpose; and repay such loan upon redelivery to it of the securities pledged or hypothecated therefor and upon surrender of the note or notes evidencing the loan; |
||release and deliver securities owned by a Portfolio in connection with any repurchase agreement entered into by the Fund on behalf of that Portfolio, but only on
receipt of payment therefor; and pay out monies of a Portfolio in connection with such repurchase agreements, but only upon the delivery of the securities; |
||release and deliver or exchange securities owned by a Portfolio in connection with any conversion of such securities, pursuant to their terms, into other securities;
||release and deliver securities to a broker in connection with the broker’s custody of margin collateral relating to futures and options transactions for a
||release and deliver securities owned by a Portfolio for the purpose of redeeming in kind Shares of the Portfolio upon delivery thereof to PFPC Trust; and
||release and deliver or exchange securities owned by a Portfolio for other purposes. |
(e) Use of Book-Entry System or Other Depository. PFPC Trust will deposit in Book-Entry Systems and other depositories all securities
belonging to the Portfolios eligible for deposit therein and will utilize Book-Entry Systems and other depositories to the extent possible in connection with settlements of purchases and sales of securities by the Portfolios, and deliveries and
returns of securities loaned, subject to repurchase agreements or used as collateral in connection with borrowings. PFPC Trust shall continue to perform such duties until it receives Written Instructions or Oral Instructions authorizing contrary
actions. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, PFPC Trust’s use of a Book-Entry System shall comply with the requirements of Rule 17f-4 under the 1940 Act.
PFPC Trust shall administer a Book-Entry System or other depository as follows:
||With respect to securities of each Portfolio which are maintained in a Book-Entry System or another depository, the records of PFPC Trust shall identify by book-entry
or otherwise those securities as belonging to each Portfolio. |
||Assets of each Portfolio deposited in a Book-Entry System or another depository will (to the extent consistent with applicable law and standard practice) at all times
be segregated from any assets and cash controlled by PFPC Trust in other than a fiduciary or custodian capacity but may be commingled with other assets held in such capacities. |
||All books and records maintained by PFPC Trust that relate to a Portfolio’s participation in a Book-Entry System or another depository will at all times during
PFPC Trust’s regular business hours be open to the inspection of Authorized Persons, and PFPC Trust will furnish to the Fund all information in respect of the services rendered as the Fund may reasonably require. |
PFPC Trust will also promptly provide the Fund with (a) any reports PFPC Trust receives from a depository on such depository’s system of internal
accounting control, and (b) such reports on PFPC Trust’s own system of internal control as the Fund may reasonably request from time to time. In the absence of a specific Fund request, PFPC Trust will provide the Fund a report on PFPC
Trust’s own system of internal control at least annually.
(f) Registration of Securities. All securities held for
a Portfolio which are issued or issuable only in bearer form, except such securities maintained in the Book-Entry System or in another depository, shall be held by PFPC Trust in bearer form; all other securities maintained for a Portfolio may be
registered in the name of the Fund on behalf of that Portfolio, PFPC Trust,
a Book-Entry System, another depository, a sub-custodian, or any duly appointed nominee of the Fund, PFPC Trust, a Book-Entry System, a depository or a sub-custodian. The Fund reserves the right
to instruct PFPC Trust as to the method of registration and safekeeping of the securities of the Fund. The Fund agrees to furnish to PFPC Trust appropriate instruments to enable PFPC Trust to maintain or deliver in proper form for transfer, or to
register in the name of its nominee or in the name of a Book-Entry System or in the name of another appropriate entity, any securities which it may maintain pursuant to this Agreement. With respect to uncertificated securities which are registered
in the name of the Fund or a Portfolio (or a nominee thereof), PFPC Trust will reflect such securities on its records based upon the holdings information provided to it by the issuer of such securities, but notwithstanding anything in this Agreement
to the contrary PFPC Trust shall not be obligated to safekeep such securities or to perform other duties with respect to such securities other than to make payment for the purchase of such securities upon receipt of Oral or Written Instructions,
accept in sale proceeds received by PFPC Trust upon the sale of such securities of which PFPC Trust is informed pursuant to Oral or Written Instructions, and accept in other distributions received by PFPC Trust with respect to such securities or
reflect on its records any reinvested distributions with respect to such securities of which it is informed by the issuer of the securities.
(g) Voting. Neither PFPC Trust nor its nominee shall vote any of the securities held pursuant to this Agreement by or for the account of a Portfolio, except in accordance with Written Instructions.
PFPC Trust, directly or through the use of another entity, shall execute in blank and promptly deliver all notices, proxies and proxy soliciting materials received by PFPC Trust as custodian of the Property to the registered holder of such
securities. If the registered holder is not the Fund on behalf of a Portfolio, then Written Instructions or Oral Instructions must designate the person who owns such securities.
(h) Transactions Not Requiring Instructions. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement requiring instructions in order to take a
particular action, in the absence of a contrary Written Instruction PFPC Trust is authorized to take the following actions without the need for instructions:
||Collection of Income and Other Payments. |
||collect and receive for the account of each Portfolio, all income, dividends, distributions, coupons, option premiums, other payments and similar items, included or to
be included in the Property, and, in addition, promptly advise each Portfolio of such receipt and credit such income to each Portfolio’s custodian account; |
||endorse and deposit for collection, in the name of the applicable Portfolio, checks, drafts, or other orders for the payment of money; |
||receive and hold for the account of each Portfolio all securities received as a distribution on the Portfolio’s securities as a result of a stock dividend, share
split-up or reorganization, recapitalization, readjustment or other rearrangement or distribution of rights or similar securities issued with respect to any securities belonging to a Portfolio and held by PFPC Trust hereunder;
||present for payment and collect for the Account of each Portfolio the amount payable upon all securities held for the Portfolio which may mature or be called, redeemed,
retired or otherwise become payable (on a mandatory basis) on the date such securities become payable; and |
||take any action which may be necessary and proper in connection with the collection and receipt of the aforementioned income and other payments and the endorsement for
collection of checks, drafts, and other negotiable instruments. |
||Miscellaneous Transactions. |
||PFPC Trust is authorized to deliver or cause to be delivered Property against payment or other consideration or written receipt therefor in the following cases:
||for examination by a broker or dealer selling for the account of a Portfolio in accordance with street delivery custom; |
||for the exchange of interim receipts or temporary securities for definitive securities; and |
||for transfer of securities into the name of the Fund on behalf of a Portfolio or PFPC Trust or a sub-custodian or a nominee of one of the foregoing, or for exchange of
securities for a different number of bonds, certificates, or other evidence, representing the same aggregate face amount or number of units bearing the same interest rate, maturity date and call provisions, if any; provided that, in any such case,
the new securities are to be delivered to PFPC Trust. |
||pay all income items held by it which call for payment upon presentation and hold the cash received by it upon such payment for the account of each Portfolio;
||collect interest and cash dividends received, with notice to the Fund, to the account of each Portfolio; |
||hold for the account of each Portfolio all stock dividends, rights and similar securities issued with respect to any securities held by PFPC Trust hereunder; and
||subject to receipt of such documentation and information as PFPC Trust may request, execute as agent on behalf of the Fund all necessary ownership certificates required
by a national governmental taxing authority or under the laws of any U.S. state now or hereafter in effect, inserting the Fund’s name, on behalf of a Portfolio, on such certificate as the owner of the securities covered thereby, to the extent
it may lawfully do so. |
||Subject to receipt of such documentation and information as PFPC Trust may reasonably request, PFPC Trust will, in such jurisdictions as PFPC Trust may agree from time
to time, seek to reclaim or obtain a reduction with respect to any withholdings or other taxes relating to assets maintained; and |
||PFPC Trust is authorized to deduct or withhold any sum in respect of tax which PFPC Trust considers is required to be deducted or withheld “at source” by any
relevant law or practice. |
(i) Segregated Accounts.
||PFPC Trust shall upon receipt of Written Instructions or Oral Instructions establish and maintain segregated accounts on its records for and on behalf of each
Portfolio. Such accounts may be used to transfer cash and securities, including securities in a Book-Entry System or other depository: |
||for the purposes of compliance by the Fund with the procedures required by a securities or option exchange, providing such procedures comply with the 1940 Act and any
releases of the SEC relating to the maintenance of segregated accounts by registered investment companies; and |
||upon receipt of Written Instructions, for other purposes. |
||PFPC Trust shall arrange for the establishment of IRA custodian accounts for such shareholders holding Shares through IRA accounts, in accordance with the Fund’s
prospectuses, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (including regulations promulgated thereunder), and with such other procedures as are mutually agreed upon from time to time by and among the Fund, PFPC Trust and the Fund’s transfer
(j) Purchases of Securities. PFPC Trust shall settle purchased securities upon receipt of Oral
Instructions or Written Instructions that specify:
||the name of the issuer and the title of the securities, including CUSIP number if applicable; |
||the number of shares or the principal amount purchased and accrued interest, if any; |
||the date of purchase and settlement; |
||the purchase price per unit; |
||the total amount payable upon such purchase; |
||the Portfolio involved; and |
||the name of the person from whom or the broker through whom the purchase was made. PFPC Trust shall upon receipt of securities purchased by or for a Portfolio (or
otherwise in accordance with standard market practice) pay out of the monies held for the account of the Portfolio the total amount payable to the person from whom or the broker through whom the purchase was made, provided that the same conforms to
the total amount payable as set forth in such Oral Instructions or Written Instructions. |
(k) Sales of
Securities. PFPC Trust shall settle sold securities upon receipt of Oral Instructions or Written Instructions that specify:
||the name of the issuer and the title of the security, including CUSIP number if applicable; |
||the number of shares or principal amount sold, and accrued interest, if any; |
||the date of trade and settlement; |
||the sale price per unit; |
||the total amount payable to the Fund upon such sale; |
||the name of the broker through whom or the person to whom the sale was made; |
||the location to which the security must be delivered and delivery deadline, if any; and |
||the Portfolio involved. |
Trust shall deliver the securities upon receipt of the total amount payable to the Portfolio upon such sale, provided that the total amount payable is the same as was set forth in the Oral Instructions or Written Instructions. Notwithstanding
anything to the contrary in this Agreement, PFPC Trust may accept payment in such form as is consistent with standard market practice and may deliver assets and arrange for payment in accordance with standard market practice.
(l) Reports; Proxy Materials.
||PFPC Trust shall furnish to the Fund the following reports: |
||such periodic and special reports as the Fund may reasonably request; |
||a monthly statement summarizing all transactions and entries (including disbursements) for the account of each Portfolio, listing each portfolio security belonging to
each Portfolio (with the corresponding security identification number) held at the end of such month and stating the cash balance of each Portfolio at the end of such month; |
||the reports required to be furnished to the Fund pursuant to Rule 17f-4 of the 1940 Act; and |
||such other information as may be agreed upon from time to time between the Fund and PFPC Trust. |
||PFPC Trust shall transmit promptly to the Fund, pursuant to the Fund’s Instructions, any proxy statement, proxy material, notice of a call or conversion or similar
communication received by it as custodian of the Property. PFPC Trust shall be under no other obligation to inform the Fund as to such actions or events; provided, however, that if PFPC Trust fails to receive such material due to a breach of its
Standard of Care, PFPC Trust shall be responsible and liable to the Fund for the failure to transmit the material to the Fund. For clarification, upon termination of this Agreement with respect to a particular Portfolio PFPC Trust shall have no
responsibility to transmit such material or to inform such Portfolio or any other person of such actions or events. |
(m) Crediting of Accounts. PFPC Trust may in its sole discretion credit an Account
with respect to income, dividends, distributions, coupons, option premiums, other payments or similar items prior to PFPC Trust’s actual receipt thereof, and in addition PFPC Trust may in its sole discretion credit or debit the assets in an
Account on a contractual settlement date with respect to any sale, exchange or purchase applicable to the Account; provided that nothing herein or otherwise shall require PFPC Trust to make any advances or to credit any amounts until PFPC
Trust’s actual receipt thereof. If PFPC Trust credits an Account with respect to (a) income, dividends, distributions, coupons, option premiums, other payments or similar items on a contractual payment date or otherwise in advance of PFPC
Trust’s actual receipt of the amount due, (b) the proceeds of any sale or other disposition of assets on the contractual settlement date or otherwise in advance of PFPC Trust’s actual receipt of the amount due or (c) provisional
crediting of any amounts due, and (i) PFPC Trust is subsequently unable to collect full and final payment for the amounts so credited within a reasonable time period using reasonable efforts or (ii) pursuant to standard industry practice,
law or regulation PFPC Trust is required to repay to a third party such amounts so credited, or if any Property has been incorrectly credited, PFPC Trust shall have the absolute right in its sole discretion without demand to reverse any such credit
or payment, to debit or deduct the amount of such credit or payment from the Account, and to otherwise pursue recovery of any such amounts so credited from the Fund. The Fund hereby grants to PFPC Trust and to each sub-custodian utilized by PFPC
Trust in connection with providing services to the Fund a first priority contractual possessory security interest in and a right of setoff against the assets maintained in an Account in the amount necessary to secure the return and payment to PFPC
Trust and to each such sub-custodian of any advance or credit made by PFPC Trust and/or by such sub-custodian (including charges related thereto) to such Account. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, PFPC Trust shall be
entitled to assign any rights it has under this sub-section (m) to any sub-custodian utilized by PFPC Trust in connection with providing services to the Fund which sub-custodian makes any credits or advances with respect to the Fund. PFPC Trust
shall advise the Fund whenever it intends to realize upon such security interest or right of setoff, or assign its rights under this sub-section (m).
(n) Collections. All collections of monies or other property in respect, or which are to become part, of the Property (but not the safekeeping thereof upon receipt by PFPC Trust) shall be at the
sole risk of the Fund. If payment is not received by PFPC Trust within a reasonable time after proper demands have been made, PFPC Trust shall notify the Fund in writing, including copies of all demand letters, any written responses and memoranda of
all oral responses and shall await instructions from the Fund. PFPC Trust shall not be obliged to take legal action for collection unless and until reasonably indemnified to its satisfaction. PFPC Trust shall also notify the Fund as soon as
reasonably practicable whenever income due on securities is not collected in due course and shall provide the Fund with periodic status reports of such income collected after a reasonable time.
(o) Excess Cash Sweep. PFPC Trust will sweep any net excess cash balances daily into
an investment vehicle or other instrument designated in Written Instructions, so long as the investment vehicle or instrument is acceptable to PFPC Trust, subject to a fee, paid to PFPC Trust for such service, to be agreed between the parties. Such
investment vehicle or instrument may be offered by an affiliate of PFPC Trust or by a PFPC Trust client and PFPC Trust may receive compensation therefrom.
(p) Foreign Exchange. PFPC Trust, its sub-custodians and the respective affiliates of such entities (together, “Affiliated Entities”) jointly or separately may act as principal and/or
agent for foreign exchange (“FX”) transactions for the Fund, and any of the Affiliated Entities may arrange FX transactions for the Fund with third parties that act as principal or agent. Affiliated Entities and third parties may receive
fees and other compensation in connection with FX transactions for the Fund, and PFPC Trust may receive from such entities a portion of their fees or other compensation. Unless PFPC Trust itself is the principal for a FX transaction, PFPC Trust will
not be responsible and shall have no liability for the actions or omissions of any principal (including any other Affiliated Entity) to any FX transaction for the Fund nor any responsibility to monitor the commercial terms of any such FX
13. Duration and Termination.
(a) This Agreement shall be effective on the date first written above and unless terminated pursuant to its terms shall continue for a period of three (3) years (the “Initial Term”).
(b) Upon the expiration of the Initial Term, this Agreement shall automatically renew for successive terms of one
(1) year (“Renewal Terms”) each, unless the Fund or PFPC Trust provides written notice to the other of its intent not to renew. Such notice must be received not less than sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the Initial
Term or the then current Renewal Term.
(c) In the event of termination, all actual expenses associated with movement of
records and materials and conversion thereof to a successor service provider will be borne by the Fund and paid to PFPC Trust prior to any such conversion.
(d) If a party hereto is guilty of a material failure to perform its duties and obligations hereunder (a “Defaulting Party”) the other party (the “Non-Defaulting Party”) may give
written notice thereof to the Defaulting Party, and if such material failure shall not have been remedied within thirty (30) days after such written notice is given of such material failure, then the Non-Defaulting Party may terminate this
Agreement by giving thirty (30) days written notice of such termination to the Defaulting Party. In all cases, termination by the Non-Defaulting Party shall not constitute a waiver by the Non-Defaulting Party of any other rights it might have
under this Agreement or otherwise against the Defaulting Party.
(e) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to
the contrary, if the Fund gives notice to PFPC Trust terminating it as the provider of any of the services hereunder or if the Fund otherwise terminates this Agreement PFPC Trust shall, if requested by the Fund, make a good faith effort to
facilitate a conversion to the Fund’s successor service provider, provided that
PFPC Trust does not guarantee that it will be able to effect a conversion on the date(s) requested by the Fund. If any of the Fund’s assets serviced by PFPC Trust under this Agreement are
removed from the coverage of this Agreement (“Removed Assets”) and are subsequently serviced by another service provider (including the Fund or any affiliate of the Fund), this Agreement will remain in full force and effect with respect to
all non-Removed Assets.
(f) In the event this Agreement is terminated (pending appointment of a successor to PFPC Trust or vote of the
shareholders of the Fund to dissolve or to function without a custodian of its cash, securities or other property), PFPC Trust shall not deliver cash, securities or other property of the Portfolios to the Fund. It may deliver them to a bank or trust
company of PFPC Trust’s choice, having aggregate capital, surplus and undivided profits, as shown by its last published report, of not less than twenty million dollars ($20,000,000), as a custodian for the Fund to be held under terms similar to
those of this Agreement. PFPC Trust shall not be required to make any delivery or payment of assets upon termination until full payment shall have been made to PFPC Trust of all of its fees, compensation, costs, expenses and other amounts owing to
it hereunder. PFPC Trust shall have a first priority contractual possessory security interest in and shall have a right of setoff against the Property as security for such payment of its fees, compensation, costs, expenses and other amounts owing to
14. Notices. Notices shall be addressed (a) if to PFPC Trust at 8800 Tinicum Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19153, Attention: Edward A. Smith, III (or such other address as PFPC Trust may inform the Fund in writing); (b) if to the Fund, in care of Virtus Investment Partners at 100 Pearl Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06103, Attention: Legal
Counsel (or such other address as the Fund may inform PFPC Trust in writing); or (c) if to neither of the foregoing, at such other address as shall have been given by like notice to the sender of any such notice or other communication by
the receiving party. If notice is sent by confirming electronic delivery, hand or facsimile sending device, it shall be deemed to have been given immediately. If notice is sent by first-class mail, it shall be deemed to have been given five days
after it has been mailed. If notice is sent by messenger, it shall be deemed to have been given on the day it is delivered.
Amendments. This Agreement, or any term hereof, may be changed or waived only by a written amendment, signed by the party against whom enforcement of such change or waiver is sought.
16. Assignment. PFPC Trust may assign this Agreement to any affiliate of PFPC Trust or of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., provided
that: (i) PFPC Trust gives the Fund thirty (30) days’ prior written notice of such assignment; (ii) the assignee agrees with PFPC Trust and the Fund to comply with all relevant provisions of the 1940 Act; (iii) PFPC Trust
and such assignee promptly provide such information as the Fund may request, and respond to such questions as the Fund may ask, relative to the assignment, including (without limitation) the capabilities of the assignee.
17. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
(a) Entire Agreement. This Agreement embodies the entire agreement and understanding between the parties and supersedes all prior
agreements and understandings relating to the subject matter hereof, provided that: (i) PFPC Trust’s performance of the services described in this Agreement shall be subject to additional provisions (addressing such topics as applicable
procedures and service standards) set forth in writing between the parties, as they may be amended from time to time by mutual written agreement; provided, however, that to the extent the provisions of any such document conflict with the provisions
of this Agreement, the provisions of this Agreement shall control; and (ii) the parties may embody in one or more other separate documents their agreement, if any, with respect to delegated duties.
(b) Non-Solicitation. During the term of this Agreement and for one year thereafter, the Fund shall not (with the exceptions noted in
the immediately succeeding sentence) knowingly solicit or recruit for employment or hire any of PFPC Trust’s employees, and the Fund shall cause the Fund’s sponsor and the Fund’s affiliates to not (with the exceptions noted in the
immediately succeeding sentence) knowingly solicit or recruit for employment or hire any of PFPC Trust’s employees. To “knowingly” solicit, recruit or hire within the meaning of this provision does not include, and therefore does not
prohibit, solicitation, recruitment or hiring of a PFPC Trust employee by the Fund, the Fund’s sponsor or an affiliate of the Fund if the PFPC Trust employee was identified by such entity solely as a result of the PFPC Trust employee’s
response to a general advertisement by such entity in a publication of trade or industry interest or other similar general solicitation by such entity.
(c) No Warranties. Except as expressly provided in this Agreement, PFPC Trust hereby disclaims all warranties, express or implied, made to the Fund or any other person, including, without
limitation, any warranties regarding quality, suitability, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or otherwise (irrespective of any course of dealing, custom or usage of trade), of any services or any goods provided incidental to services
provided under this Agreement. PFPC Trust disclaims any warranty of title or non-infringement except as otherwise set forth in this Agreement.
(d) No Changes that Materially Affect Obligations. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, the Fund agrees not to make any modifications to its registration statement
or adopt any policies which would affect materially the obligations or responsibilities of PFPC Trust hereunder without the prior written approval of PFPC Trust, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed. The scope of services to
be provided by PFPC Trust under this Agreement shall not be increased as a result of new or revised regulatory or other requirements that may become applicable with respect to the Fund, unless the parties hereto expressly agree in writing to any
(e) Captions. The captions in this Agreement are included for convenience of reference only and in no
way define or delimit any of the provisions hereof or otherwise affect their construction or effect.
(f) Information. The Fund will provide such information and documentation as PFPC
Trust may reasonably request in connection with services provided by PFPC Trust to the Fund.
(g) Governing Law. This
Agreement shall be deemed to be a contract made in Delaware and governed by Delaware law, without regard to principles of conflicts of law.
(h) Partial Invalidity. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held or made invalid by a court decision, statute, rule or otherwise, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected
(i) Parties in Interest. This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the parties
hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns. Except as may be explicitly stated in this Agreement, (i) this Agreement is not for the benefit of any other person or entity and (ii) there shall be no third party
(j) Facsimile Signatures. The facsimile signature of any party to this Agreement shall
constitute the valid and binding execution hereof by such party.
(k) Customer Identification Program Notice. To help
the U.S. government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, U.S. Federal law requires each financial institution to obtain, verify, and record certain information that identifies each person who initially opens an account
with that financial institution on or after October 1, 2003. Consistent with this requirement, PFPC Trust may request (or may have already requested) the Fund’s name, address and taxpayer identification number or other government-issued
identification number, and, if such party is a natural person, that party’s date of birth. PFPC Trust may also ask (and may have already asked) for additional identifying information, and PFPC Trust may take steps (and may have already taken
steps) to verify the authenticity and accuracy of these data elements.
(l) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained
herein, each Fund shall be treated as a separate party to the Agreement with respect to itself and each Portfolio thereof. PFPC Trust acknowledges and agrees that, with respect to any obligation of a Fund arising under the Agreement, including any
obligation with respect to the payment of fees, PFPC Trust shall have recourse solely to the particular Portfolio of the particular Fund to which such obligation relates and no other Portfolio or Fund shall have any liability to PFPC Trust therefor.
PFPC Trust further acknowledges and agrees that no officer, director, trustee or shareholder of any Portfolio or Fund shall have any liability to PFPC Trust for the obligations of a Fund arising under the Agreement.
(m) This Agreement supersedes and terminates, as of the date hereof, any prior contract between a Fund and PFPC Trust relating to the
custody of such Fund’s assets, including, without limitation, the Custodian Services Agreement, dated as of February 2, 2004, by and between PFPC Trust and Virtus Insight Trust (f/k/a Harris Insight Funds Trust).
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed as of the
day and year first above written.
|PFPC TRUST COMPANY|
/s/ Edward A. Smith, III
Edward A. Smith, III
Vice President & Senior Director
VIRTUS MUTUAL FUNDS:
VIRTUS EQUITY TRUST
VIRTUS INSIGHT TRUST
VIRTUS INSTITUTIONAL TRUST
/s/ W. Patrick Bradley
W. Patrick Bradley
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
As used in this Agreement:
||“1933 Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. |
||“1934 Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. |
||“Authorized Person” means any officer of the Fund and any other person authorized by the Fund to give Oral or Written Instructions on behalf of the
Fund. An Authorized Person’s scope of authority may be limited by setting forth such limitation in a written document signed by the Fund and provided to PFPC Trust. |
||“Book-Entry System” means the Federal Reserve Treasury book-entry system for United States and federal agency securities, its successor or successors,
and its nominee or nominees and any book-entry system registered with the SEC under the 1934 Act. |
||“Oral Instructions” mean oral instructions received by PFPC Trust from an Authorized Person. PFPC Trust may, in its sole discretion in each separate
instance, consider and rely upon instructions it receives from a person reasonably believed to be an Authorized Person via electronic mail as Oral Instructions. |
||any and all securities and other investment items which the Fund may from time to time deposit, or cause to be deposited, with PFPC Trust or which PFPC Trust may from
time to time hold for the Fund; |
||all income in respect of any of such securities or other investment items; |
||all proceeds of the sale of any of such securities or investment items; and |
||all proceeds of the sale of securities issued by the Fund, which are received by PFPC Trust from time to time, from or on behalf of the Fund. |
||“SEC” means the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. |
||“Securities Laws” mean the 1933 Act, the 1934 Act and the 1940 Act. |
||“Shares” mean the shares of beneficial interest of any series or class of the Fund. |
||“Written Instructions” mean (i) written instructions signed by two Authorized Persons and received by PFPC Trust or (ii) trade instructions
transmitted by means of an electronic transaction reporting system which requires the use of a password or other authorized identifier in order to gain access. The instructions may be delivered electronically (with respect to sub-item
(ii) above) or by hand, mail or facsimile sending device. |
List of Funds and Portfolios
|Virtus Equity Trust
Virtus Capital Growth Fund
Virtus Growth & Income Fund
Virtus Mid-Cap Core Fund
Virtus Mid-Cap Growth Fund
Virtus Mid-Cap Value Fund
Virtus Quality Small-Cap Fund
Virtus Small-Cap Core
Virtus Small-Cap Growth Fund
Virtus Small-Cap Sustainable Growth Fund
Virtus Quality Large Cap Value Fund
|Virtus Insight Trust
Virtus Balanced Allocation Fund
Virtus Core Equity Fund
Virtus Disciplined Small-Cap Opportunity Fund
Virtus Disciplined Small-Cap Value Fund
Virtus High Yield Income Fund
Virtus Insight Government Money Market Fund
Insight Money Market Fund
Virtus Insight Tax-Exempt Money Market Fund
Virtus Intermediate Government Bond Fund
Virtus Intermediate Tax-Exempt Bond Fund
Virtus Short/Intermediate Bond Fund
Tax-Exempt Bond Fund
Virtus Value Equity Fund
|Virtus Institutional Trust
|Virtus Opportunities Trust
Virtus Alternatives Diversifier Fund
Virtus Real Estate Securities Fund
Virtus AlphaSectorSM Rotation Fund
Virtus AlphaSectorSM Allocation