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The European Equity Fund, Inc. (NYSE: EEA) and The New Germany Fund, Inc. (NYSE: GF) (each a “Fund” and, collectively, the “Funds”) announced today that the fourth and final measurement period will commence on March 5, 2012 and will expire on May 25, 2012. The measurement period is being set in accordance with the terms of each Fund’s previously announced Discount Management Program (the “Program”). Pursuant to the Program, each Fund’s Board of Directors approved a series of up to four, consecutive, semi-annual tender offers each for up to 5% of the Fund’s outstanding shares of common stock at a price equal to 98% of net asset value (“NAV”) if the Fund’s shares trade at an average discount to NAV of more than 10% during the applicable twelve-week measurement period.
The Funds also announced today the Funds’ Boards of Directors approved a new Discount Management Program (the “New Program”) on the same terms of each Fund’s current Program. Pursuant to the New Program, each Fund’s Board of Directors approved a series of up to four, consecutive, semi-annual tender offers each for up to 5% of the fund’s outstanding shares of common stock at a price equal to 98% of NAV if the Fund’s shares trade at an average discount to NAV of more than 10% during the applicable twelve-week measurement period. The first measurement period under the New Program is expected to be announced in late July 2012.
The European Equity Fund, Inc. is a diversified, closed-end investment company seeking long-term capital appreciation through investment primarily (normally at least 80% of its assets) in equity and equity-linked securities of companies domiciled in European countries utilizing the Euro currency.The New Germany Fund, Inc. is a diversified, closed-end investment company seeking capital appreciation primarily through investment in the Mittelstand – an important group of small and mid-cap German companies.The Fund may invest up to 35% of its assets in large cap German companies, and up to 20% in other Western European companies.Closed-end funds, unlike open-end funds, are not continuously offered. There is a one-time public offering and once issued, shares of closed-end funds are bought and sold in the open market through a stock exchange. Shares of closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to the net asset value. The price of a fund’s shares is determined by a number of factors, several of which are beyond the control of the fund. Therefore, a fund cannot predict whether its shares will trade at, below or above net asset value.Investing in foreign securities presents certain risks, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic changes, and market risks. Any fund that concentrates in a particular segment of the market will generally be more volatile than a fund that invests more broadly.Investments in funds involve risk. Some funds have more risk than others. These include funds that allow exposure to or otherwise concentrate investments in certain sectors, geographic regions, security types, market capitalization or foreign securities (e.g., political or economic instability, which can be accentuated in emerging market countries).Past performance is no guarantee of future results.This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of such state or jurisdiction.NOT FDIC/ NCUA INSURED • MAY LOSE VALUE • NO BANK GUARANTEENOT A DEPOSIT • NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY
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