The Reaves Utility Income Fund (NYSE Amex: UTG) today announced the next three monthly dividends at a rate of $0.115 per common share per month, unchanged from the per share rate paid for the previous quarter. The dividend represents an annualized yield of 6.0% based on the current market price. As of December 20, 2010, the Fund’s market price was $23.16 per share and its net asset value was $22.26 per share.
A portion of each distribution may be treated as paid from sources other than net income, including but not limited to short-term capital gain, long-term capital gain and return of capital. The final determination of the source of these distributions, including the percentage of qualified dividend income, will be made after the Fund’s year end.
Not less than eighty percent of the Fund’s assets will continue to be invested in the securities of utility companies. As a policy, the Fund continues to strive to provide a high level of after-tax income and total return consisting primarily of tax-advantaged dividend income and capital appreciation.
Ronald Sorenson, CEO, Chief Investment Officer of W. H. Reaves and portfolio manager recently stated that the 51.6% total return, assuming dividend reinvestment, of the Fund for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2010 in part reflected investor demand for high-quality, dividend-paying stocks, which form the core of the Fund’s investable universe. Mr. Sorenson noted that the Fund maintained its dividend throughout the economic and market turmoil of the last couple of years and re-iterated the Fund’s long-term goal of growing the dividend over time commensurate with the rising earnings power of the Fund’s underlying investments.The following dates apply to the upcoming dividends that have been declared: Ex-Distribution Date: December 29, 2010Record Date: December 31, 2010Payable Date: January 18, 2011 Ex-Distribution Date: February 16, 2011Record Date: February 18, 2011Payable Date: February 28, 2011