The Reaves Utility Income Fund (NYSE MKT: UTG) is pleased to announce today an increase in its monthly dividends, to a rate of $0.13125 per common share per month. This is the 6 th increase since the Fund’s inception in February 2004. The increased dividend rate represents an annualized yield of 6.30% based on the current market price. As of September 20, 2012, the Fund’s market price was $24.99 per share and its net asset value was $25.87 per share.
Ronald J. Sorenson, the Fund’s portfolio manager and Chief Investment Officer at Reaves Asset Management, the Fund’s investment adviser, recently commented that the Fund’s ability to increase its dividend is a function of the ability of the companies in which the Fund invests to increase their dividends. “The majority of companies in which we invest have the earnings visibility and growth potential to raise their dividends nearly every year. Ultimately, it is the demonstrated dividend growth ability of our investments that give us the confidence to raise our dividend.”
The Fund has formally implemented the 19b-1 exemption received from the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2009. 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.The following dates apply to the upcoming dividends that have been declared:
|Ex-Distribution Date: October 17, 2012|
|Record Date: October 19, 2012|
|Payable Date: October 31, 2012|
|Ex-Distribution Date: November 15, 2012|
|Record Date: November 19, 2012|
|Payable Date: November 30, 2012|
|Ex-Distribution Date: December 14, 2012|
|Record Date: December 18, 2012|
|Payable Date: December 31, 2012|