To prevent any further confusion, here's the applicable extract from the NR. As it takes 3 trading days to clear, today is indeed the last day you can purchase POE and collect the special dividend. GLTA
The distribution will be a return of capital as part of a capital reorganization, and is expected to be generally more tax advantageous to shareholders than a dividend. Shareholder approval was obtained at a meeting on August 20, 2012, with over 99.9% of votes cast being in favour of the required special resolution. Pan Orient's directors resolved at a meeting today to implement the reorganization effective September 6, 2012 and set the record date for the resulting
.75 per common share special distribution to shareholders as August 30, 2012 and the payment date as September 6, 2012. Pan Orient expects that its common shares will commence trading "ex-distribution" on August 28, 2012.