NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2017 / Dividend and Income Fund (the ''Fund'') (DNI) (XDNIX) today announced that its Board of Trustees approved the terms of a non-transferable rights offering which would allow the Fund's record date shareholders to purchase up to 3,600,000 additional shares of beneficial interest.
The Board of Trustees has determined that it would be in the best interests of the Fund and its shareholders to increase the assets of the Fund and that the rights offering is currently an effective and efficient way to raise additional assets for the Fund. Additionally, the rights offering provides Fund shareholders with the opportunity to purchase additional shares at a price below market value, and potentially below net asset value (''NAV''), without paying any commissions.
The record date of the rights offering is December 26, 2017. The rights offering is expected to expire on January 26, 2018, unless otherwise extended by the Fund (the ''expiration date'').
The Fund will distribute to shareholders of record one right for each share held on the record date, rounded up to the nearest number of rights evenly divisible by three. These rights entitle holders to buy new shares of the Fund. For every three rights received, shareholders can buy one new share of the Fund, plus in certain circumstances additional new shares pursuant to an over-subscription privilege. Fractional common shares will not be issued. Shares obtained through the exercise of rights will not be eligible to receive the Fund's quarterly dividend to be paid in December 2017.
The subscription price per share will be determined based upon a formula equal to 95% of the market price or 79% of the NAV per share, whichever is greater, on the expiration date. Market price per share will be determined based on the average of the last reported sales prices of a share on the New York Stock Exchange for the five trading days preceding the expiration date (not including the expiration date). The estimated subscription price has not yet been determined by the Fund.
Record date shareholders who fully exercise all of their primary subscription rights will be eligible for an over-subscription privilege entitling those shareholders to subscribe, subject to certain limitations and subject to allotment, for additional shares covered by any unexercised rights. In addition, the Fund may increase the number of shares subject to subscription through the exercise of the over-allotment option by up to 25%.
The Fund expects to send a prospectus for the offer and subscription certificates evidencing the rights offering to record date shareholders within the United States following the record date. Shareholders who hold their shares through a broker, bank or trust company and wish to exercise their rights should contact their representative with instructions to exercise their rights. Shareholders who hold shares directly and wish to exercise their rights should complete the subscription certificate they receive in the mail and send it to the subscription/information agent for the offer, together with their payment, as described in the subscription certificate or in the prospectus.
The Fund is a diversified, closed end investment company. The Fund's primary investment objective is to seek high current income. Capital appreciation is a secondary objective. The Fund seeks to achieve its objectives by investing, under normal circumstances, at least 50% of its total assets in income generating equity securities. There is no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be attained. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment products, including shares of closed end funds, are not federally or FDIC insured, are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by, any financial institution and involve investment risk, including possible loss of principal and fluctuation in value. Consult with your tax advisor or attorney regarding specific tax issues. This information and other information concerning the Fund can be found on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the ''SEC'') and www.DividendandIncomeFund.com.
Shares of closed end investment companies frequently trade at a discount from their NAVs. The market price of the shares is determined by a number of factors, several of which are beyond the control of the Fund. Therefore, the Fund cannot predict whether its shares will trade at, below, or above their NAV.
Investors should consider the Fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. The Fund's prospectus (including the prospectus supplement) contains this and other information about the Fund and the rights offering and should be read carefully before investing. For further information regarding the Fund's rights offering, or to obtain the prospectus (including the prospectus supplement) relating to the rights offering, please contact AST Fund Solutions, the Fund's information agent, toll-free at 1-800-814-4284 or the Fund's subscription agent:
By First Class Mail:
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC Operations Center
Attn: Reorganization Department
P.O. Box 2042
New York, New York 10272-2042
By Express Mail, Overnight Courier or by Hand:
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC Operations Center
Attn: Reorganization Department 6201 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11219
The information in this communication is not complete and may be changed. The Fund may not sell these securities except pursuant to an effective registration statement which has been filed with the SEC. This communication is not an offer to sell these securities and is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
This release contains certain ''forward-looking statements'' as defined under the U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words ''believe,'' ''expect,'' ''intend,'' ''estimate,'' ''anticipate,'' ''project,'' ''will,'' and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from the Fund's historical experience and its current expectations or projections indicated in any forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, equity securities risk, corporate bonds risk, credit risk, interest rate risk, leverage and borrowing risk, additional risks of certain securities in which the Fund invests, market discount from NAV, distribution policy risk, management risk, and other risks discussed in the Fund's filings with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Fund undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein.
SOURCE: Dividend and Income Fund