UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 40-F

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

OR

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13(a) OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019

 

Commission file number 001-34928

 

SPROTT PHYSICAL SILVER TRUST

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Not Applicable

(Translation of Registrant’s Name into English (if applicable))

 

Province of Ontario, Canada
(Province or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)

 

1040
(Primary Standard Industrial
Classification Code
Number (if applicable))

 

Not Applicable
(I.R.S. Employer Identification
Number (if applicable))

 

Suite 2600, South Tower

Royal Bank Plaza

200 Bay Street

Toronto, Ontario

Canada, M5J 2J1

(Address and telephone number of Registrant’s principal executive offices)

 

Anthony Tu-Sekine

Seward & Kissel LLP

901 K Street NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 737-8833

(Name, address (including zip code) and telephone number (including area code) of agent for service in the United States)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Trading Symbol

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Units

 

PSLV

 

NYSE Arca

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act: None

 

For annual reports, indicate by check mark the information filed with this Form:

 

☒ Annual Information Form        ☒ Audited annual financial statements

 

Indicate the number of outstanding shares of the issuer’s classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report:

 

162,213,311

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant by filing the information contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). If “Yes” is marked, indicate the file number assigned to the Registrant in connection with such Rule.

 

Yes   ☐

No   ☑

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act during the preceding 12 months (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   ☑

No   ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted 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 such files).

 

Yes   ☑

No   ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Emerging growth company   ☐

 

If an emerging growth company that prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards† provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

 

† The term “new or revised financial accounting standard” refers to any update issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board to its Accounting Standards Codification after April 5, 2012.

 

 

 

ANNUAL INFORMATION FORM

 

The Annual Information Form of the Registrant for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 is filed as Exhibit 99.5 to this annual report on Form 40-F, and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

The Audited Financial Statements of the Registrant for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 are filed as Exhibit 99.6 to this annual report on Form 40-F, and are incorporated herein by reference.

 

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 is filed as Exhibit 99.6 to this annual report on Form 40-F, and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

CERTIFICATIONS

 

See Exhibits 99.1, 99.2, 99.3 and 99.4 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F.

 

DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

As of the end of the period covered by this report, an evaluation was carried out under the supervision of and with the participation of the Registrant’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that the design and operation of these disclosure controls and procedures were effective in ensuring that information required to be disclosed by the Registrant in reports that it files with or submits to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods required.

 

No changes were made in the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting or in other factors during the period covered by this annual report on Form 40-F that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

 

Management’s report on internal control over financial reporting is filed as exhibit 99.7 to this annual report on Form 40-F, and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

ATTESTATION REPORT OF THE REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

The attestation report of KPMG LLP on management’s internal control over financial reporting is filed as Exhibit 99.8 to this annual report on Form 40-F, and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

CHANGES IN INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

 

None.

 

NOTICE PURSUANT TO REGULATION BTR

 

None.

 

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AUDIT COMMITTEE FINANCIAL EXPERT

 

Pursuant to the provisions of Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Rule 5.3 of NYSE Arca, the Registrant is not required to have, and does not have, an audit committee.

 

CODE OF ETHICS

 

Under the applicable provisions of Rule 5.3 of NYSE Arca, the Registrant is not required to adopt, and the Registrant has not adopted, a code of ethics.

 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

KPMG LLP have been the auditors of the Registrant since January 1, 2016. The following table presents fees for professional services rendered by KPMG LLP to the Registrant for the audit of the Registrant's financial statements for years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, and fees billed for other services rendered by KPMG LLP during periods from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, and from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The dollar values disclosed in the following table are in Canadian dollars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Year Ended 

    

Year Ended 

 

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Audit Fees(1)

 

$

 104,250

 

$

 96,500

 

Audit-related Fees

 

 

-

 

 

 -

 

Tax Fees(2)  

 

 

7,610

 

 

3,000

 

All Other Fees

 

 

-

 

 

 -

 

Total

 

$

111,860

 

$

99,500

 


NOTES:

(1)

Consist of fees related to statutory audits, related audit work in connection with registration statements,  prospectus filings and other filings with various regulatory authorities, quarterly reviews of interim financial statements, French translation and performing inventory count procedures.

(2)

Consist of fees for tax consultation and compliance services, including indirect taxes.

 

OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

 

The Registrant has no off-balance sheet arrangements as defined by Form 40-F under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

TABULAR DISCLOSURE OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS

 

The Registrant has no long-term contractual obligations to be disclosed pursuant to General Instruction B.12 of Form 40-F.

 

IDENTIFICATION OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

 

Pursuant to the provisions of Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Rule 5.3 of NYSE Arca, the Registrant is not required to have, and does not have, an audit committee.

 

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

A number of statements in the documents incorporated by reference in this Form 40-F constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Please refer to disclosure under the heading “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in the Annual Information Form of the Registrant for the year ended December 31, 2019, dated March 30, 2020, incorporated herein and forming an integral part of this document, for a discussion of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to vary from those forward-looking statements.

 

INTERACTIVE DATA FILE

 

The Interactive Data File for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019  is filed as Exhibit 101 to this annual report on Form 40-F, and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

UNDERTAKING AND CONSENT TO SERVICE OF PROCESS

 

The Registrant undertakes to make available, in person or by telephone, representatives to respond to inquiries made by the Commission staff, and to furnish promptly, when requested to do so by the Commission staff, information relating to the securities in relation to which the obligation to file an annual report on Form 40-F arises or transactions in said securities.

 

Consent to Service of Process

 

We have previously filed a Form F-X in connection with the class of securities in relation to which the obligation to file this report arises.

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

99.1

    

Certificate of the Chief Executive Officer under Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

 

99.2

 

Certificate of the Chief Financial Officer under Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

 

99.3

 

Certificate of the Chief Executive Officer under Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

 

99.4

 

Certificate of the Chief Financial Officer under Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

 

99.5

 

Annual Information Form of the Registrant dated March 30, 2020.

 

 

 

99.6

 

Audited financial statements of the Registrant and notes thereto and Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm thereon, and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of the Registrant for the year ended December 31, 2019 dated March 30, 2020.

 

 

 

99.7

 

Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting.

 

 

 

99.8

 

Attestation Report of KPMG LLP.

 

 

 

99.9

 

Consent of KPMG LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.

 

 

 

101.INS

 

XBRL Instance Document

 

 

 

101.SCH

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema

 

 

 

101.CAL

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase

 

 

 

101.DEF

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase

 

 

 

101.LAB

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase

 

 

 

101.PRE

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Exchange Act, the Registrant certifies that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form 40-F and has duly caused this Annual Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

SPROTT PHYSICAL SILVER TRUST

 

By:

Sprott Asset Management LP, by its general partner
Sprott Asset Management GP Inc., as manager of
Sprott Physical Silver Trust

 

 

 

Date: March 30, 2020

By:

/s/ John Ciampaglia 

 

 

John Ciampaglia

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

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