NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Saba Capital Income & Opportunities Fund (NYSE: BRW) (the “Fund”), a closed-end management investment company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, declared a monthly dividend of $0.085 per share on November 30, 2023, payable on December 29, 2023 to shareholders of record as of December 11, 2023.
Managed Distribution Plan. The above distribution was declared in accordance with the Fund’s currently effective managed distribution plan, whereby the Fund will make monthly distributions to shareholders at an annual minimum fixed rate of 12.00%, based on the average monthly net asset value of the Fund’s common shares as of the last business day of June or December, as more fully described below. As of July 2023, the Fund will (a) for the distributions that are paid in the months of January, February, March, April, May, and June (each, a “First Half Distribution”), use the average net asset value for the month of December from the previous calendar year (the “December NAV Month”) and (b) for the distributions that are paid in the months of July, August, September, October, November, and December (each, a “Second Half Distribution”), use the average net asset value for the month of June from the current calendar year (the “June NAV Month” and together with the December NAV Month, each a “NAV Month”). Such average net asset value calculations for a NAV Month will be based on the number of business days in such applicable NAV Month. The distribution will be calculated as 12.00% of the applicable NAV Month’s average net asset value, divided by twelve. Prior to July 2023, under the managed distribution plan, monthly distributions were based on the average net asset value for the month in which the distribution was declared. The Fund will generally distribute amounts necessary to satisfy the Fund’s plan and the requirements prescribed by excise tax rules and Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code. The plan is intended to provide shareholders with a constant, but not guaranteed, fixed minimum rate of distribution each month and is intended to narrow the discount between the market price and the net asset value of the Fund’s common shares, but there is no assurance that the plan will be successful in doing so.
Under the managed distribution plan, to the extent that sufficient investment income is not available on a monthly basis, the Fund will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return of capital in order to maintain its managed distribution rate. As a result, long-term capital gains and/or return of capital may be a material source of any distribution. No conclusions should be drawn about the Fund’s investment performance from the amount of the Fund’s distributions or from the terms of the Fund’s managed distribution plan. The Board of Trustees (the “Board”) may amend the terms of the plan or terminate the plan at any time. No level of distribution can be guaranteed. The amendment or termination of the plan could have an adverse effect on the market price of the Fund’s common shares. The plan is subject to the periodic review by the Board, including a yearly review of the annual minimum fixed rate to determine if an adjustment should be made.
In compliance with Rule 19a-1 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, shareholders will receive a notice that details the source of income for the above dividend, such as net investment income, gain from the sale of securities and return of principal; however, determination of the actual source of the foregoing dividend can only be made at year-end. The actual source amounts of all Fund dividends will be included in the Fund’s annual or semiannual reports. In addition, the tax treatment may differ from the accounting treatment used to calculate the source of the Fund’s dividends as shown on shareholders’ statements. Shareholders should refer to their Form 1099-DIV for the character and amount of distributions for income tax reporting purposes. Since each shareholder’s tax situation is unique, it may be advisable to consult a tax advisor as to the appropriate treatment of Fund distributions.
Past performance is no assurance of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Investors should consider the investment objective, risks and expenses carefully. You can obtain the Fund’s most recent periodic reports and filings by visiting https://www.sec.gov/edgar/browse/?CIK=826020&owner=exclude.
Principal Risk Factor(s): The Fund’s investment objective is to provide investors with a high level of current income, with a secondary goal of capital appreciation. There can be no assurance that the Fund will meet its investment objective. The Fund invests globally in debt and equity securities of public and private companies, which includes, but is not limited to, investing in registered closed‐end funds and special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”), public and private debt instruments as well as derivatives where the Fund’s investment manager, Saba Capital Management, LP (the “Investment Manager”) believes the Fund can achieve attractive risk‐adjusted returns and/or as a way to reduce portfolio risk. The Fund may also invest up to 15% of its total assets in private funds on a discretionary basis, if the Investment Manager determines that such an arrangement represents the best way to access a particular investment opportunity or otherwise expand the investment expertise available to the Fund.
The value of the Fund’s equity securities of public and private, listed and unlisted companies and equity derivatives generally varies with the performance of the issuer and movements in the equity markets more generally. As a result, the Fund may suffer losses if it invests in equity instruments of issuers whose performance diverges from the Investment Manager’s expectations or if equity markets generally move in a single direction and the Fund has not hedged against such a general move. The Fund’s investments in closed-end funds and SPACs are subject to additional risks and considerations. The Fund’s high yield investments carry a higher than normal risk that borrowers may default in the timely payment of principal and interest on their bonds or loans, which would likely cause the value of the Fund’s common shares to decrease. Changes in short-term market interest rates will directly affect the yield on the Fund’s common shares and is subject to additional risks. If such rates fall, the Fund’s yield will also fall. If interest rate spreads on the Fund’s bonds and loans decline in general, the yield on the Fund’s bonds and loans will fall and the value of the Fund’s bonds and loans may decrease. When short-term market interest rates rise, because of the lag between changes in such short term rates and the resetting of the floating rates on bonds and loans in the Fund’s portfolio, the impact of rising rates will be delayed to the extent of such lag. Because of the limited secondary market for certain bonds and loans, the Fund’s ability to sell such securities in a timely fashion and/or at a favorable price may be limited. An increase in the demand for bonds and loans may adversely affect the rate of interest payable on new bonds and loans acquired by the Fund, and it may also increase the price of bonds and loans purchased by the Fund in the secondary market. A decrease in the demand for bonds and loans may adversely affect the price of bonds and loans in the Fund’s portfolio, which would cause the Fund’s net asset value to decrease. The Fund’s use of leverage, if any, through borrowings or issuance of preferred shares can adversely affect the yield on the Fund’s common shares. Investment in foreign borrowers involves special risks, including potentially less rigorous accounting requirements, differing legal systems and potential political, social and economic adversity. The Fund may engage in currency exchange transactions to seek to hedge, as closely as practicable, all of the economic impact to the Fund arising from foreign currency fluctuations. Other risks include, but are not limited to, risks relating to the use of derivatives, the potential lack of diversification in the Fund’s portfolio, and the fact that the Fund’s portfolio may be concentrated in a small group of industries or industry sectors from time to time. Investors should consult the Fund’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the materials on the Fund’s website for a more detailed discussion of the Fund’s risks.
About Saba Capital Income & Opportunities Fund. Saba Capital Income & Opportunities Fund is a publicly-traded registered closed-end management investment company with an investment objective to provide investors with a high level of current income, with a secondary goal of capital appreciation. The Fund’s common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “BRW”. The Fund is managed by Saba Capital Management, L.P.
Forward-Looking Statements. This press release contains forward-looking statements subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates” and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Certain factors could cause actual results and conditions to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. These factors, including the “Principal Risk Factor(s)” noted above, are identified from time to time in the Fund’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the materials on the Fund’s website. The Fund undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect subsequent events, except as may be required by law.