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Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: HIO) (the "Fund") announced today additional details concerning its previously announced cash tender offer for up to 25% of the Fund’s outstanding shares of common stock (the "Shares") at a price per Share equal to 99.5% of the Fund’s net asset value per Share as of the business day immediately following the expiration date of the tender offer (the "Offer").
The Fund currently intends to commence the Offer on or about October 19, 2020 with an expiration time of 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on or about November 16, 2020, unless extended. If the Offer expires on November 16, 2020, the net asset value per Share for purposes of the Offer would be calculated as of the close of regular trading session on the New York Stock Exchange on November 17, 2020 (or if the Offer is extended, as of the close of the next trading day after the day to which the Offer is extended). The Fund will repurchase Shares tendered and accepted in the Offer in exchange for cash. In the event the Offer is oversubscribed, Shares will be repurchased on a pro rata basis.
The Fund has not commenced the Offer described in this release. The Offer will be made, and the stockholders of the Fund will be notified, in accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and other applicable rules and regulations, either by publication or mailing or both. This announcement is not a recommendation, an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to purchase shares of the Fund and the statements in this press release are not intended to constitute an offer to participate in any tender offer. The Offer will be made only by an Offer to Purchase and the related Letter of Transmittal, and related documents. The Fund will file the tender offer documentation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). STOCKHOLDERS OF THE FUND SHOULD READ THESE DOCUMENTS WHEN THEY ARE FILED AND BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE OFFER. These and other filed documents will be available to investors for free both at the website of the SEC and from the Fund. There can be no assurance that any Share repurchases will reduce or eliminate the discount of the Fund’s market price per Share to the Fund’s net asset value per Share.
About the Fund
Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund Inc., a diversified, closed-end management investment company, is managed by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc., and is sub-advised by Western Asset Management Company, LLC and Western Asset Management Company Limited, affiliates of the investment manager.
This press release may contain statements regarding plans and expectations for the future that constitute forward-looking statements within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on the Fund’s current plans and expectations, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning such risks and uncertainties are contained in the Fund’s filings with the SEC.
For more information about the Fund, please call Investor Relations: 1-888-777-0102, or consult the Fund’s web site at www.lmcef.com. The information contained on the Fund’s web site is not part of this press release. Hard copies of the Fund’s complete audited financial statements are available free of charge upon request.
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