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Global High Income Fund Inc. (the "Fund") (NYSE: GHI), a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company seeking high current income and secondarily, capital appreciation through investments primarily in securities of emerging market debt issuers, today announced that the Fund’s Board of Directors declared a regular monthly distribution of $0.0889 per share. The distribution is payable on March 30, 2012 to shareholders of record as of March 22, 2012. The ex-distribution date is March 20, 2012.
The Fund adopted a managed distribution policy (“Policy”) in December 1999. Pursuant to the Policy as currently in effect, the Fund makes regular monthly distributions at an annualized rate equal to 8% of the Fund’s net asset value, determined as of the last day on which the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading during the first week of that month. Based on information available at this time, the Fund estimates that portions of the current regular monthly distribution may be comprised of net investment income and capital gain distributions. Further information regarding the estimated sources of the current regular monthly distribution will be provided around month-end; however, information provided will be an estimate and subject to change based on the Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year.
The Fund’s Board receives recommendations from UBS Global Asset Management (Americas) Inc., the Fund’s investment advisor, periodically and no less frequently than annually will reassess the annualized percentage of net assets at which the Fund’s monthly distributions will be made. The Fund’s Board may change or terminate the managed distribution policy at any time without prior notice to Fund shareholders; any such change or termination may have an adverse effect on the market price for the Fund’s shares.
To the extent that the Fund’s taxable income in any fiscal year exceeds the aggregate amount distributed based on a fixed percentage of its net asset value, the Fund would make an additional distribution in the amount of that excess near the end of the fiscal year. To the extent that the aggregate amount distributed by the Fund based on a fixed percentage of its net asset value exceeds its current and accumulated earnings and profit, the amount of that excess would constitute a return of capital or net realized capital gains for tax purposes. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the money that shareholders invested in the Fund is deemed to be paid back to shareholders. A return of capital distribution does not necessarily reflect the Fund’s investment performance and should not be confused with “yield” or “income.”