U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, Inc. (NYSE:USB) today announced distributions for two closed-end funds which are expected to reorganize effective September 8, 2014.
As previously announced, shareholders of each of American Strategic Income Portfolio Inc. (NYSE:ASP), American Strategic Income Portfolio Inc.–II (NYSE:BSP), American Strategic Income Portfolio Inc.–III (NYSE:CSP) and American Select Portfolio Inc. (NYSE:SLA) (each a "Fund" and, collectively, the "Funds") approved proposals to merge the Funds into a newly organized closed-end fund, Diversified Real Asset Income Fund (the “Acquiring Fund”), which will be managed by Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC and sub-advised by Nuveen Asset Management, LLC, both current sub-advisors of the Funds. The reorganization is expected to become effective on September 8, 2014.
Regulations require that acquired funds in any reorganization fully distribute any accumulated undistributed net investment income (UNII) and realized capital gains prior to effecting the reorganization.
Accordingly, CSP and SLA are declaring distributions which will comply with these regulations, payable October 1, 2014 to fund shareholders of record on September 5, 2014. Following the merger, Diversified Real Asset Income Fund is expected to declare an additional distribution, payable October 1, 2014. The total dollar amount of the pre- and post-merger ordinary income distributions received on October 1, 2014 will be equal to or greater than each Fund’s prior monthly dividend.
The following dates apply to distribution declarations for the following Closed-End Funds:
|Record Date||September 5, 2014|
|Ex-Dividend Date||September 3, 2014|
|Payable Date||October 1, 2014|
|Reinvest Date||October 1, 2014|
|Per Share Distribution Amount|
|CSP||American Strategic Income Portfolio Inc. III||0.0000||0.0000||0.0407|
|SLA||American Select Portfolio Inc.||0.0023||0.0337||0.0476|
These distributions are payable in cash or, pursuant to the Acquiring Fund’s dividend reinvestment plan, reinvested in additional shares of the Acquiring Fund’s common stock. Under the Acquiring Fund’s plan, the number of common shares you will receive will be determined as follows: (1) If the common shares are trading at or above net asset value at the time of valuation, the Acquiring Fund will issue new common shares at a price equal to the greater of (i) net asset value per common share on that date or (ii) 95% of the market price on that date. (2) If common shares are trading below net asset value at the time of valuation, the plan agent will receive the dividend or distribution in cash and will purchase common shares in the open market, on the New York Stock Exchange or elsewhere, for the participants’ accounts. It is possible that the market price for the common shares may increase before the plan agent has completed its purchases. Therefore, the average purchase price per share paid by the plan agent may exceed the market price at the time of valuation, resulting in the purchase of fewer common shares than if the dividend or distribution had been paid in common shares issued by the Acquiring Fund. The plan agent will use all dividends and distributions received in cash to purchase common shares in the open market within 30 days of the valuation date. Interest will not be paid on any uninvested cash payments. The plan provides that if common shares start trading at or above net asset value before the plan agent has completed its purchases, the plan agent may cease purchasing common shares in the open market, and may invest the uninvested portion in new common shares at a price equal to the greater of (i) net asset value per common share determined on the last business day immediately prior to the purchase date or (ii) 95% of the market price on that date.
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, Inc. serves as investment advisor to the First American Closed-End Funds. A subsidiary of U.S. Bank National Association, U.S. Bancorp Asset Management focuses on providing investment management services to institutional clients, including corporations, public entities and nonprofits. It has combined assets under management of more than $51 billion as of July 31, 2014. First American Closed-End Funds are subadvised by Nuveen Fund Advisors, Inc. and Nuveen Asset Management, LLC.
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