NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund Announces the Regular Monthly Dividend

Jan 04, 2016, 19:56 ET from NexPoint Advisors, L.P.

DALLAS, Jan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund (NYSE: NHF) ("NHF" or the "Fund") today announced its regular monthly dividend on its common stock of $.24 per share. The dividend will be payable on January 29, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business January 22, 2016. 

The Fund is a closed-end fund managed by NexPoint Advisors, L.P. (the "Manager"), an affiliated adviser of Highland Capital Management, L.P. The Fund invests primarily in below investment grade debt and equity and has the ability to hedge risk. The Manager attempts to deliver consistent returns in excess of the Credit Suisse Hedge Fund and the HFRX Global Hedge Fund indices in a transparent, registered fund format with consistent monthly dividends. 

Fund Earnings
In 2014, the Manager recommended, and the board approved, two dividend increases totaling 20%. The increases were driven by increased earnings on portfolio positions. Prior to recommending increases in the dividend to the board, the Manager carefully analyzed each position in the Fund and its long-term earning potential as well as the Fund's expense run rate. While no assurance can be given as to the future level of dividends, the Manager believes NHF can continue to pay the $.24 per share dividend for the remainder of 2016 based on the following annualized projected earnings rate analysis as of December 31, 2015, excluding any one-time income and expense items:

Income/Expense Item



Amount ($m)


Estimated Interest Income (including discount amortization)



$

18.3


Estimated Dividend Income (including CLO equity)




49.2


Total Income




67.5


Expense Projection




(17.2)


Net Income Available to Common Shareholders



$

50.3






Per Share Net Income



$

0.2624


Current Per Share Dividend1



$

0.2400






     

Total Returns as of 12/31/15

1-year

3-year

5-year

Since Inception

(6/29/06)

NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund (NAV)

-20.08%

17.75%

12.57%

2.22%

NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund (Market Price)

-18.09%

16.46%

9.74%

0.14%






Total operating expenses as of the most recent fund annual report are 1.68%. Performance data represents past performance, which does not guarantee future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the figures shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with market conditions, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares. For most recent month-end performance please visit www.nexpointadvisors.com or call 866-351-4440.

The information in this press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements often include words such as "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "intends," "plans," "believes" and words and terms of similar substance in connection with discussions of future operating or financial performance.

These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions regarding the fund's portfolio and performance, the economy and other future conditions and forecasts of future events, circumstances and results. As with any projection or forecast, they are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. The fund's actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied in its forward-looking statements.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund carefully before investing. This and other information can be found in the Fund's prospectuses, which may be obtained by calling 1-866-351-4440 or visiting www.nexpointadvisors.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest.

(1)  NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund effected its 1-for-4 reverse stock split of the Fund's issued and outstanding shares on October 6, 2015.  As a result of the reverse stock split, every 4 outstanding Fund shares (CUSIP # 65340G106) were converted into 1 share (CUSIP # 65340G 205), thereby reducing by a factor of 4 the number of shares outstanding.  Stockholders hold the same percentage of the Fund's outstanding common stock immediately following the reverse stock split as such stockholder held immediately prior to the reverse stock split, subject to adjustments for fractional shares resulting from the reverse stock split.  Stockholders will be paid cash for any fractional shares resulting from the reverse stock split once the reverse stock split is processed by the Fund's transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC ("AST").

Additionally, please note that the Fund's dividend policy will not change due to the Reverse Stock Split; however, the regular monthly dividend payable on October 30, 2015, of $.06 per pre-split share, will represent $.24 per new share, reflecting the smaller number of shares outstanding post-split.

Interest Rate Risk. Interest rate risk is the risk that debt securities, and the Fund's net assets, may decline in value because of changes in interest rates. Generally, fixed rate debt securities will decrease in value when interest rates rise and increase in value when interest rates decline.

Leverage Risk. The Fund uses leverage through borrowings from notes and a credit facility, and may also use leverage through the issuances of preferred shares. The use of leverage magnifies both the favorable and unfavorable effects of price movements in the investments made by the Fund. Insofar as the Fund employs leverage in its investment operations, the Fund will be subject to substantial risks of loss.

Credit Risk. Investments rated below investment grade are commonly referred to as high-yield, high risk or "junk debt." They are regarded as predominantly speculative with respect to the issuing company's continuing ability to meet principal and/ or interest payments.

Illiquidity of Investments Risk. The investments made by the Fund may be illiquid, and consequently the Fund may not be able to sell such investments at prices that reflect the Investment Adviser's assessment of their value or the amount originally paid for such investments by the Fund.

About NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund
NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund is a closed-end fund managed by NexPoint Advisors, L.P. The Fund's investment objectives are to provide both current income and capital appreciation. The Fund is invested primarily in below investment grade debt and equity securities and has the ability to hedge risk. The manager attempts to exceed the return of Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index in a transparent, registered fund format with monthly dividends. An investment in the Fund is not appropriate for all investors. No assurance can be given that the Fund will achieve its investment objectives.

Shares of closed-end investment companies frequently trade at a discount to net asset value. The price of the Fund's shares is determined by a number of factors, several of which are beyond the control of the Fund. Therefore, the Fund cannot predict whether its shares will trade at, below or above net asset value. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

CONTACT:
Lucy Bannon
972-419-6272
lbannon@highlandcapital.com

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