SOURCE: Bancroft Fund Ltd.

February 09, 2015 17:00 ET

Bancroft Fund Ltd. Declares Quarterly Dividend, Announces Results of Annual Shareholders' Meeting and Reports on Share Repurchase Program Activity

MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwired - Feb 9, 2015) - The Board of Trustees of Bancroft Fund Ltd. (NYSE MKT: BCV) announced today that it had declared a dividend of 25 cents ($0.25) per share. The dividend is payable on March 26, 2015 to shareholders of record on March 12, 2015. Based on our current estimates, the Fund anticipates that approximately $0.198 per share of the dividend will be paid from accumulated net investment income, and approximately $0.052 per share will represent a return of capital. These estimates and the sources of the Fund's dividends and distributions are determined at the time of declaration. However dividends and distributions are subject to re-characterization for tax purposes after the end of the fiscal year. A non-taxable return of capital, if any, cannot be determined until after the end of the Fund's fiscal year. Shareholders with taxable accounts will receive written notification regarding the components and tax treatment of distributions via Form 1099-DIV.

As previously reported, the Fund has adopted a minimum distribution policy pursuant to which it will distribute to its shareholders each fiscal year (ending October 31) an aggregate amount of money which equals or exceeds 5% of the Fund's trailing 12-month average month-end market price. Such distributions will be made from undistributed investment income or realized capital gains, but may also include the return of capital. The minimum distribution policy will be subject to regular review by the Board of Trustees and may be terminated prospectively at any time.

The trailing 12-month average month-end market price is currently $19.97. If such average were to remain at such amount throughout the remainder of fiscal year 2015 (which, of course, cannot be assured), then the Fund would distribute to shareholders not less than $1.00 per share during 2015 pursuant to the minimum distribution policy.

The following actions were taken at the Annual Shareholders' meeting held on Monday, February 9th: (1) two trustees were elected and (2) the selection of Tait, Weller & Baker LLP as independent registered public accountants for the 2015 fiscal year was ratified.

In accordance with the revised share repurchase program adopted by its Board of Trustees (up to 7% of the Fund's outstanding shares or approximately 377,000 shares), the Fund began making open market purchases of its shares in November 2014. As of February 6, 2015, the Fund had repurchased 40,166 shares in the open market pursuant to the repurchase program at an aggregate cost of $807,224. Purchases pursuant to the repurchase program have been made in accordance with the limitations of Rule 10b-18 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The extent to which the Fund repurchases its shares and the timing of such repurchases depends on market conditions and other considerations as determined by the Fund's management team, and in accordance with the limitations of Rule 10b-18.

Bancroft Fund Ltd. operates as a closed-end, diversified management investment company and invests primarily in convertible securities, with the objectives of providing income and the potential for capital appreciation; which objectives the Fund considers to be relatively equal, over the long-term, due to the nature of the securities in which it invests. Its shares are traded on the NYSE MKT Exchange under the ticker symbol BCV.

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