Eaton Vance Massachusetts Municipal Bond Fund Report of Earnings

Dec 22, 2010, 14:48 ET from Eaton Vance Management

BOSTON, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eaton Vance Massachusetts Municipal Bond Fund (NYSE Amex: MAB) (the "Fund"), a closed-end management investment company, today announced the earnings of the Fund for the three months and year ended September 30, 2010.  The Fund's fiscal year ended on September 30, 2010.

For the three months ended September 30, 2010, the Fund had net investment income of $386,361 ($0.219 per common share).  From this amount, the Fund paid dividends on preferred shares of $14,084 (equal to $0.008 for each common share), resulting in net investment income after the preferred dividends of $372,277, or $0.211 per common share. The Fund's net investment income for the year ended September 30, 2010 was $1,553,462 ($0.882 per common share, before deduction of the preferred share dividends totaling $0.031 per common share), resulting in net investment income after the preferred dividends of $0.851 per common share. In comparison, for the three months ended September 30, 2009, the Fund had net investment income of $366,756 ($0.209 per common share).  From this amount, the Fund paid dividends on preferred shares of $16,007 (equal to $0.009 for each common share), resulting in net investment income after the preferred dividends of $350,749, or $0.200 per common share. The Fund's net investment income for the year ended September 30, 2009 was $1,583,454 ($0.901 per common share, before deduction of the preferred share dividends totaling $0.099 per common share), resulting in net investment income after the preferred dividends of $0.802 per common share.

Net realized and unrealized gains for the three months ended September 30, 2010 were $1,516,272 ($0.861 per common share). The Fund's net realized and unrealized gains for the year ended September 30, 2010 were $63,777 ($0.036 per common share). In comparison, net realized and unrealized gains for the three months ended September 30, 2009 were $3,823,648 ($2.181 per common share). The Fund's net realized and unrealized gains for the year ended September 30, 2009 were $4,360,236 ($2.486 per common share).  

On September 30, 2010, net assets of the Fund applicable to common shares were $25,919,749.  The net asset value per common share on September 30, 2010 was $14.71 based on 1,762,574 common shares outstanding.  In comparison, on September 30, 2009, net assets of the Fund applicable to common shares were $25,770,589.  The net asset value per common share on September 30, 2009 was $14.66 based on 1,758,401 common shares outstanding.

The Fund is managed by Eaton Vance Management, a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV), based in Boston, one of the oldest investment management firms in the United States, with a history dating back to 1924. Eaton Vance and its affiliates managed $185.2 billion in assets as of October 31, 2010, offering individuals and institutions a broad array of investment strategies and wealth management solutions.  The Company's long record of providing exemplary service and attractive returns through a variety of market conditions has made Eaton Vance the investment manager of choice for many of today's most discerning investors.  For more information about Eaton Vance, visit www.eatonvance.com.

SOURCE Eaton Vance Management



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