Canadian Utilities & Telecom Income Fund

TSX : UTE.UN


Canadian Utilities & Telecom Income Fund

August 28, 2014 16:03 ET

Canadian Utilities & Telecom Income Fund Announces Semi-Annual Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 28, 2014) - Canadian Utilities & Telecom Income Fund (the "Fund") (TSX:UTE.UN) announces results for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Increase in net assets attributable to equity holders amounted to $5.3 million or $1.39 per unit. Net assets attributable to equity holders as at June 30, 2014 were $45.7 million or $12.73 per unit. Cash distributions to equity holders in the amount of $1.6 million or $0.43 per unit were paid during the period.

The Fund's investment objectives are (i) to provide holders of its Units monthly distributions in an amount targeted to be 7.0% per annum on the net asset value ("NAV") of the Fund; and (ii) to preserve and enhance the Fund's NAV while reducing portfolio volatility.

The Fund achieves its investment objectives by investing in a portfolio consisting principally of equity securities of large capitalization (over $1 billion) Utilities and, to a lesser degree, Telecommunication Services issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX"). Issuers selected for inclusion in the portfolio must have a minimum distribution yield in excess of 2.0% per annum.

The Fund employs a proprietary investment strategy, Strathbridge Selective Overwriting ("SSO"), to enhance the income generated by the portfolio and to reduce volatility. The Fund may, from time to time, selectively write covered call options in respect of up to a maximum of 25 percent of the securities in the portfolio. In addition, the Fund may write cash covered put options in respect of securities in which it is permitted to invest.

The Fund's investment portfolio is managed by its investment manager, Strathbridge Asset Management Inc. The Fund's units are listed on TSX under the symbol UTE.UN.

Selected Financial Information: ($ Millions)
Statement of Comprehensive Income
For the six months ended June 30, 2014
(Unaudited)
Income (including Net Gain on Investments) $ 5.9
Expenses (0.6 )
Increase in Net Assets Attributable
to Equity Holders $ 5.3

For further information, please contact Investor Relations at 416.681.3966or toll free at 1.800.725.7172 or visit www.strathbridge.com.

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Contact Information

  • Strathbridge Asset Management Inc.
    Aaron Ho
    Vice-President, Finance
    416.681.3966 or toll free at 1.800.725.7172

    Strathbridge Asset Management Inc.
    121 King Street West, Suite 2600
    Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3T9
    416.681.3966 or 1.800.725.7172
    info@strathbridge.com
    www.strathbridge.com