July 20, 2011

BNY Mellon Asset Servicing to Provide Sub-Transfer Agency Services for The Delaware Investments® Family of Funds and Optimum Fund Trust

Extends Existing Outsourcing and Mutual Fund Servicing Relationship

NEW YORK, July 20, 2011 — BNY Mellon Asset Servicing, the global leader in investment services, has been selected to provide mutual fund sub-transfer agency services to Delaware Service Company, Inc., the transfer agent for The Delaware Investments Family of Funds and Optimum Fund Trust.  

BNY Mellon will provide shareholder services, call center servicing and financial and regulatory reporting services for The Delaware Investments Family of Funds.  It will provide various back office support functions for the Optimum Fund Trust. These two mutual fund complexes had a combined $36 billion in assets and more than one million shareholder accounts as of May 2011.

"We have selected BNY Mellon for its technology platform and scalable call center capabilities," said Phil Russo, chief administrative officer of Delaware Investments.  "We also view BNY Mellon as a key provider that can work with us to further strengthen our account servicing in today's rapidly evolving marketplace."

"We are pleased to extend our relationship with Delaware Investments, which has been a significant client for middle-office, custody, fund administration and fund accounting services," said Michael DeNofrio, head of U.S. investor services within BNY Mellon Asset Servicing's Global Financial Institutions business. "We look forward to further supporting Delaware Investments with our investor services technology and helping  it compete in today's challenging market."

BNY Mellon Asset Servicing offers clients worldwide a broad spectrum of specialized asset servicing capabilities including custody and fund services, securities lending, performance and analytics, and execution services.  

BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36 countries and serving more than 100 markets.  BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services through a worldwide client-focused team.  It has $26.3 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.3 trillion in assets under management, services $11.8 trillion in outstanding debt and processes global payments averaging $1.7 trillion per day.  BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK).  Additional information is available at www.bnymellon.com and through Twitter @bnymellon.