H&Q Life Sciences Investors announced today the reinstatement of distributions pursuant to its managed distribution policy (the “Policy”). The Policy will provide for quarterly distributions at an annualized rate equal to 5% of net assets.
The Policy was in place from 2000 until 2009 and provided for quarterly distributions at an annualized rate equal to 8% of net assets. During that time, the Fund distributed a total of $18.08 per share. The Board of Trustees determined in August 2009 that distributions under the Policy should be suspended in view of the marked decline in the portfolio value as a result of the prevailing financial market environment.
The Fund’s Board of Trustees believes that reinstating distributions pursuant to the Policy is appropriate given the improvement in market conditions and may also serve as a catalyst for the Fund’s shareholders to realize value. The Board of Trustees recognizes that cash flow is a consideration for many of the Fund’s shareholders and believes that periodic cash distributions may attract investors seeking a consistent level of cash flow.
Distributions under the Policy may consist of net investment income, net realized long-term capital gains, net realized short-term capital gains or return of capital. However, the Fund intends to make distributions, to the extent possible, in a tax advantaged manner from the realization of long-term capital gains. The Fund will seek to realize capital gains for this purpose in a manner which the Adviser believes is consistent with prudent portfolio management and the investment objective of the Fund. The Fund may also make additional distributions for the purpose of avoiding federal income tax on the Fund and for the purpose of avoiding federal excise tax. The Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the Policy and may change the rate of distribution or suspend distributions as they deem warranted.