SOURCE: Zweig Total Return Fund

December 11, 2008 10:24 ET

The Zweig Total Return Fund, Inc. Discloses Sources of Distribution - Section 19A Notice

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 11, 2008) - The Board of Directors of The Zweig Total Return Fund, Inc. (NYSE: ZTR) declared a distribution of $0.032 per share to shareholders of record on December 11, 2008, payable December 24, 2008. The Fund has a Managed Distribution Plan to pay 10 percent of the Fund's net asset value ("NAV") on an annualized basis. The Board believes that regular, fixed cash payouts will enhance shareholder value and serve the long-term interests of shareholders.

The following is a required Section 19A notice:

You should not draw any conclusions about the Fund's investment performance from the amount of this distribution or from the terms of the Fund's Managed Distribution Plan.

This notice discloses information on the sources of the distribution as required by SEC Rule 19(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Fund's SEC Exemptive Order under Section 19(b) as follows:

Distribution Estimates
                        December 2008 (MTD)       Year-to-date (YTD) (1)
                    --------------------------- ---------------------------
                                 Percentage of               Percentage of
                     Per Share      Current      Per Share      Current
   (Sources)           Amount     Distribution     Amount     Distribution
                    ------------ -------------  ------------ -------------
Net Investment
 Income             $      0.008          23.3% $      0.093          22.4%
                    ------------ -------------  ------------ -------------
Net Realized
 Short-Term Capital
 Gains                         -           0.0%        0.042          10.2%
                    ------------ -------------  ------------ -------------
Net Realized
 Long-Term Capital
 Gains                     0.003          10.2%        0.007           1.5%
                    ------------ -------------  ------------ -------------
Return of Capital
 (or other Capital
 Source)                   0.021          66.5%        0.275          65.9%
                    ------------ -------------  ------------ -------------
Total Distribution  $      0.032         100.0% $      0.417         100.0%
                    ------------ -------------  ------------ -------------

(1) YTD February 1, 2008 to December 10, 2008. (The distribution paid on
    January 10, 2008 is reportable for tax on Form 1099 in 2007)

The Fund estimates that it has distributed more than its income and net realized capital gains; therefore, a portion of your distribution may be a return of capital. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the money that you invested in the Fund is paid back to you. A return of capital distribution does not necessarily reflect the Fund's investment performance and should not be confused with "yield" or "income."

The amounts and sources of distributions reported in this Notice are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund's investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

Information regarding the Fund's performance and distribution rates is set forth below. Please note that all performance figures are based on the Fund's NAV and not the market price of the Fund's shares. Performance figures are not meant to represent individual shareholder performance.

Average Annual Total Return on NAV for the 5-year period
 ended November 28, 2008 (2)                                        2.52%
Current Fiscal YTD Annualized Distribution Rate (3)                11.95%

YTD Cumulative Total Return on NAV (4)                            -13.42%
YTD Cumulative Distribution Rate (5)                               10.95%

(2)  Average Annual Total Return on NAV is the annual compound return for
     the five year period.  It reflects the change in the Fund's NAV and
     reinvestment of all distributions.
(3)  Current Fiscal YTD Annualized Distribution Rate is the Cumulative
     Distribution Rate annualized as a percentage of the Fund's NAV as of
     November 28, 2008.
(4)  YTD Cumulative Total Return on NAV is the percentage change in the
     Fund's NAV from January 1, 2008 to November 28, 2008, including
     distributions paid and assuming reinvestment of those distributions.
(5)  YTD Cumulative Distribution Rate is the dollar value of distributions
     from January 1, 2008 to November 28, 2008 as a percentage of the
     Fund's NAV as of November 28, 2008.

The Zweig Total Return Fund, Inc. is a closed-end fund with an investment objective to seek the highest total return, consisting of capital appreciation and current income, consistent with the preservation of capital. The Zweig closed-end funds are advised by Zweig Advisers LLC. For more information on the Fund, please contact Shareholder Services at 800.272.2700 or visit us on the web at www.virtus.com.

ZTR Cusip: 989837109

On the web at www.virtus.com.

Contact Information

  • For Further Information:
    Zweig Funds Shareholder Services
    (800) 272-2700
    Patricia Baronowski
    The Altman Group
    (212) 400-2604