TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 20, 2014) - (TSX:SSF.UN) Symphony Floating Rate Senior Loan Fund (the "Fund") announces monthly distributions in the amount of $0.05 per class A unit and USD $0.05 per class U unit for record dates in August and September 2014 as follows:
|August 29, 2014
||September 15, 2014
|September 30, 2014
||October 15, 2014
This monthly distribution rate is a reduction from $0.05833 per unit per month previously.
The Fund believes that the new distribution level is more appropriate given the current market environment for senior loans and high yield bonds and the Fund's portfolio. Increased demand for leveraged credit products has caused credit spreads on senior loans to compress, which, among other market factors, has resulted in reduced yields on senior loans. Symphony Asset Management ("Symphony"), the Fund's sub-advisor, has been managing the risk/return profile of the Fund's portfolio based on ongoing market conditions. Despite lower yields across the yield spectrum, the Fund believes that senior loans continue to be an attractive asset class that offer both: (i) capital preservation by being at the top of a company's capital structure; and (ii) growth in income when short-term interest rates rise (subject to applicable portfolio senior loan LIBOR floors and credit spreads). Senior loan closed-end funds sub-advised by Symphony have achieved top Lipper performance rankings in the Loan Participation Fund category over 3, 5 and 10 years (as at June 30, 2014).
Since inception on November 1, 2011, the Fund's class A units have had an annualized compound return of 10.2% to July 31, 2014, which includes total cash distributions of $2.02 per unit.
Investors and investment advisors are invited to listen to an update on the US senior loan market, hosted by Larry Holzenthaler of Symphony Asset Management. The recording of the update call is available on Brompton's website at www.bromptongroup.com/symphony.
The Fund does not have a fixed distribution, but intends to set periodic distribution targets based on, among other things, the actual and expected returns on the portfolio and the Fund's estimated expenses. The amount of distributions may fluctuate from month to month and there can be no assurance that the Fund will make any distribution in any particular month.
Symphony Asset Management LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nuveen Investments, Inc., the Fund's sub-advisor, manages over US$13 billion focused on senior loans, with over US$17 billion in assets under management as at June 30, 2014. Senior loan closed-end funds sub-advised by Symphony have achieved top three-, five- and ten-year performance rankings in the Loan Participation Fund category by Lipper as at June 30, 2014.
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