SOURCE: Ellsworth Fund Ltd.

May 01, 2012 10:10 ET

Ellsworth Fund Ltd. Announces Earnings and Financial Update

MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - Ellsworth Fund Ltd. (NYSE Amex: ECF) today reported earnings, financial highlights and certain portfolio information for the six months ended March 31, 2012:

EARNINGS REPORT Six Months Ended
March 31
2012 2011
Net Income $1,752,000 $1,612,000
Per Share $0.13 $0.12
Shares Outstanding 13,453,777 13,409,101
Total Net Assets $113,626,000 $116,858,000
Net Asset Value Per Share $8.45 $8.71
FUND STATISTICS
Market price $7.35
Net asset value (NAV) $8.45
Premium/(Discount) (12.97)%
Total Net Assets $113,626,000
12-Month income distribution $0.2455
Yield on market price 3.34%
Ratio of expenses (annualized) 1.14%
Ratio of net income (annualized) 4.35%
Portfolio turnover 18.96%
Shares outstanding 13,453,777
TOP TEN HOLDINGS
by underlying common stock % of Net
Assets
EMC 3.1%
Intel 2.8%
Equinix 2.7%
Verizon Communications 2.0%
Wells Fargo 2.0%
AT&T 1.9%
Gilead Sciences 1.9%
Nuance Communications 1.9%
SBA Communications 1.9%
Chesapeake Energy 1.8%
MAJOR INDUSTRY % of Net
EXPOSURE Assets
Telecommunications 12.8%
Pharmaceuticals 11.2%
Energy 10.1%
Financial Services 8.3%
Semiconductors 8.1%
Computer Software 7.9%
Banking/Savings and Loan 5.9%
Metals and Mining 5.0%
Computer Hardware 4.4%
Healthcare 2.7%
QUALITY ALLOCATION *
(From Moody's or S&P when Moody's is
unavailable)
% of Portfolio
AAA 1
AA 3
A 18
BBB 24
BB 20
B 10
CCC & below 2
Not Rated 22
* Excludes equity securities and cash
ASSET ALLOCATION % of Net
Assets
Convertible Bonds & Notes 64.6
Convertible Preferred Stocks 12.7
Mandatory Convertible
Securities 9.6
Common Stocks 10.2
Cash & Equivalents 2.9

Data is unaudited and as of March 31, 2012. This selected information should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes included in the Company's Annual Report to Shareholders for the twelve months ended September 30, 2011.

Detailed portfolio information is available on our website (www.ellsworthfund.com). Contact us by email at info@ellsworthfund.com or call us at (973) 631-1177.

Ellsworth 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 Amex under the ticker symbol ECF.

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