Equus Total Return, Inc. (NYSE: EQS) (“Equus” or the “Fund”) today announced that it has received $2,604,132.07 in cash from Trulite, Inc. (“Trulite”) as payment in full against a certain convertible promissory note (“Note”) issued by Trulite to the Fund in the principal amount of $2,307,391. Trulite defaulted on the Note in January 2010 and the Fund commenced legal action on April 22, 2010 to recover amounts owed thereunder. The Fund has cancelled the Note in full satisfaction of payment and retains certain warrants to acquire shares of Trulite stock that it received in connection with the initial investment in Trulite.
“We are taking steps to collect obligations owing to the Fund in an effort to monetize existing holdings wherever possible,” stated John Hardy, Executive Chairman. “We are pleased that we have recovered funds from Trulite, which will enhance the Fund’s cash position.”
The Fund is a business development company that trades as a closed-end fund on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol "EQS". Additional information on the Fund may be obtained from the Fund’s website at
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