RYE, N.Y. -- (Business Wire)
The Board of Trustees of The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust (NYSE
MKT:GLU) (the “Fund”) approved the continuation of its policy of paying
fixed monthly cash distributions. The Board of Trustees declared cash
distributions of $0.10 per share for each of October, November and
The distribution for October 2012 will be payable on October 24, 2012 to
common shareholders of record on October 17, 2012.
The distribution for November 2012 will be payable on November 23, 2012
to common shareholders of record on November 15, 2012.
The distribution for December 2012 will be payable on December 20, 2012
to common shareholders of record on December 14, 2012.
Under the Fund’s initial distribution policy, the Fund pays a minimum
annual distribution of 6% of the initial public offering price of $20.00
per share. Pursuant to this policy, the Fund intends to pay a
distribution of $0.10 per share each month and, if necessary, an
adjusting distribution in December which includes any additional income
and net realized capital gains in excess of the monthly distributions
for that year to satisfy the minimum distribution requirements of the
Internal Revenue Code.
Each quarter, the Board of Trustees reviews the amount of any potential
distribution and the income, capital gain, or capital available. The
Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the Fund’s distribution
level, taking into consideration the Fund’s net asset value and the
financial market environment. The Fund’s distribution policy is subject
to modification by the Board of Trustees at any time. The distribution
rate should not be considered the dividend yield or total return on an
investment in the Fund.
A portion of the distribution may be treated as long-term capital gain
and qualified dividend income for individuals, each subject to the
maximum federal income tax rate, which is currently 15% in taxable
accounts for individuals. If the Fund does not generate sufficient
earnings (dividends and interest income and realized net capital gain)
equal to or in excess of the aggregate distributions paid by the Fund in
a given year, then the amount distributed in excess of the Fund’s
earnings would be deemed a return of capital. Since this would be
considered a return of a portion of a shareholder’s original investment,
it is generally not taxable and is treated as a reduction in the
shareholder’s cost basis. Under federal tax regulations, some or all of
the return of capital distributed by the Fund may be taxable as ordinary
income in certain circumstances. This may occur when the Fund has a
capital loss carry forward, net capital gains are realized in a fiscal
year, and distributions are made in excess of investment company taxable
Long-term capital gains, qualified dividend income, ordinary income, and
paid-in capital, if any, will be allocated on a pro-rata basis to all
distributions to common shareholders for the year. Based on the
accounting records of the Fund as of August 14, 2012, each of the
distributions paid to common shareholders in 2012 would include
approximately 42% from net investment income, 56% from net capital gains
and 2% from paid-in capital on a book basis. The estimated components of
each distribution are updated and provided to shareholders of record in
a notice accompanying the distribution and are available on our website (www.gabelli.com).
The final determination of the sources of all distributions in 2012 will
be made after year end and can vary from the monthly estimates. All
shareholders with taxable accounts will receive written notification
regarding the components and tax treatment for all 2012 distributions in
early 2013 via Form 1099-DIV.
The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust is a non-diversified,
closed-end management investment company with $63 million in total net
assets whose primary investment objective is to seek a consistent level
of after-tax total return for its investors with an emphasis on
tax-advantaged dividend income under current tax law. The Fund is
managed by Gabelli Funds, LLC, a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc.
(NYSE:GBL), which is a publicly traded NYSE listed company.
The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust
Adam Tokar or David
Source: The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust
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