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August 29, 2017 16:49 ET

Madison Covered Call & Equity Strategy Fund and Madison Strategic Sector Premium Fund Announce Results of Joint Annual Meeting of Shareholders

MADISON, WI--(Marketwired - August 29, 2017) - Madison Asset Management, LLC ("Madison") and the Boards of Trustees of the Madison Covered Call & Equity Strategy Fund (NYSE: MCN) and Madison Strategic Sector Premium Fund (NYSE: MSP) announced today that the independent inspector of elections for the joint annual meeting of shareholders held on August 22, 2017, has certified the voting results of the annual meetings.

MCN Results:

  • Trustees: The one incumbent trustee standing for election was re-elected.
  • The shareholder proposal requesting the investment advisory agreement be terminated did not receive the requisite votes for approval and was defeated. Madison will continue as the investment adviser.
  • The non-binding shareholder proposal requesting the Board of Trustees to authorize a self-tender offer for all outstanding common shares of the Fund did not receive the requisite votes for approval and was defeated.

MSP Results:

  • Trustees: The two incumbent trustees standing for election were not re-elected. The two shareholder activist's nominees were elected.
  • The shareholder proposal requesting the investment advisory agreement be terminated did not receive the requisite votes for approval and was defeated. Madison will continue as the investment adviser.
  • The non-binding shareholder proposal requesting the Board of Trustees to authorize a self-tender offer for all outstanding common shares of the Fund was approved and will be considered by the Board at a future meeting.

Details of the certified voting results will be posted on the Funds' website (www.madisonfunds.com). The results will also be communicated to shareholders in each fund's annual report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017.

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Annual and Semi-Annual Reports and other regulatory filings of the Funds with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and on Madison Asset Management's website at www.madisonfunds.com, and may discuss these or other factors that affect the Funds. The information contained on Madison Asset Management's website is not a part of this press release.

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