SOURCE: Bancroft Convertible Fund, Inc.

June 15, 2005 12:23 ET

Bancroft Convertible Fund Announces Monthly Portfolio Data

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 15, 2005 -- Bancroft Convertible Fund, Inc. (AMEX: BCV) today reported monthly portfolio data for the month ended May 31, 2005. Data is based on market value. Holdings may change without notice.

Top Ten Holdings by underlying common stock
                                             % of Net Assets
Chesapeake Energy Corp.                           3.0
The Walt Disney Company                           2.8
Nuveen Investments, Inc.                          2.7
GlobalSantaFe Corp.                               2.6
Weatherford International Ltd.                    2.3
International Rectifier Corp.                     2.0
The St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc.            2.0
Comverse Technology, Inc.                         1.8
Lear Corp.                                        1.8
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.               1.8

Major Industry Exposure
                                             % of Net Assets
Energy                                           15.9
Financial and Insurance                          11.7
Pharmaceuticals                                  11.2
Banking/Savings and Loan                          9.4
Health Care                                       6.2
Technology                                        5.2
Telecommunications                                5.1
Entertainment                                     4.5
Retail                                            3.7
Consumer Goods                                    3.1

Portfolio Composition
                                             % of Net Assets
Convertible Bonds and Notes                      50.1
Convertible Preferred Stocks                     22.2
Mandatory Convertible Securities                 16.8
Cash and Equivalents                             10.9
  TOTAL NET ASSETS                              100.0
Data is unaudited and as of May 31, 2005. This selected information should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes included in the Company's Annual Report to Stockholders for the twelve months ended October 31, 2004.

Detailed quarterly portfolio information, as of April 30, 2005 is available on our website (http://www.bancroftfund.com). Visit us there or contact us by email at info@bancroftfund.com or call us at (973) 631-1177.

Bancroft is a diversified closed-end management investment company. Bancroft's investment objective is to seek a high level of total return on its assets through a combination of current income and capital appreciation. It seeks to achieve this objective by investing primarily in convertible securities.

AMEX - BCV

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