Aug. 13, 2012
John Hancock Bank
and Thrift Opportunity Fund (NYSE: BTO) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund managed by John Hancock Advisers, LLC (the "Adviser"), and subadvised by John Hancock Asset Management a division of Manulife Asset Management (U.S.), LLC, announced today that its Board of Trustees voted to amend its current managed distribution plan (the "Plan"), increasing the annual distribution rate by 30%, from 5.00% of the Fund's net asset value ("NAV") to 6.50% of the Fund's NAV.
Under the amended Plan, the Fund will distribute each quarter a fixed dollar amount per share rather than a fixed percentage of NAV. The Fund will make quarterly distributions of an amount equal to
per share, based upon an annual distribution rate of 6.50% of the Fund's NAV of
July 31, 2012
(representing a quarterly distribution rate of 1.625% of the Fund's
July 31, 2012
NAV). This amount will be paid quarterly until further notice.
Pursuant to its amended Plan, the Fund declared its quarterly distribution today as follows:
August 13, 2012
September 12, 2012
September 14, 2012
September 28, 2012
Distribution Amount Per Share:
So far this year, data suggesting a slight recovery in the U.S. economy coupled with improving company fundamentals, has led to positive returns in equity markets. The Portfolio Management team is encouraged by these trends and sees good opportunities across the financial sector. A number of factors contribute to this optimistic outlook, among them are a pick-up in loan growth, an upturn in merger activity, increased consumer spending and better access to financing. If these trends persist and the equity markets continue to improve, then valuations in financial shares may continue to move towards historic levels, which may result in increased gains to help support the Plan over the long-term.