The Zweig Fund, Inc. Authorizes Declaration Of A Distribution

21 Dec, 2015, 12:54 ET from The Zweig Fund, Inc.

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Zweig Fund, Inc. (NYSE: ZF) announced that its board of directors declared a distribution payable January 11, 2016 to stockholders of record on December 31, 2015.

The Zweig Fund intends to distribute the greater of 1.5% (6% annualized) of its net asset value on December 31, 2015 or all available net investment income and net short and long term capital gains, in accordance with requirements under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Distributions may represent earnings from net investment income, capital gains, or if necessary, return of capital. You should not draw any conclusions about the Fund's investment performance from the amount of this distribution or from the terms of the Fund's Plan. The amount of the distribution will be announced on January 4, 2016.

The following chart discloses information on the sources of the most recent distribution:

Distribution Estimates

September 2015 (QTD)

Year-to-date (YTD) (1)

 

 

(Sources)

Per Share

Amount

Percentage of Current Distribution

Per Share Amount

Percentage

of Current Distribution

Net Investment Income

$        0.026

11.7%

$        0.091

12.4%

Net Realized Foreign Currency Gains

-

0.0%

-

0.0%

Net Realized Short-Term Capital Gains

-

0.0%

-

0.0%

Net Realized Long-Term Capital Gains

0.196

88.3%

0.646

87.6%

Return of Capital (or other Capital Source)

-

0.0%

-

0.0%

Total Distribution

$        0.222

100.0%

$        0.737

100.0%

(1) YTD February 2, 2015 to January 11, 2016. (The distribution paid on January 9, 2015 was reportable for tax on Form 1099 in 2014)

Under the terms of the Fund's managed distribution policy, the Fund seeks to maintain a consistent distribution level that may be paid in part or in full from net investment income and realized capital gains, or a combination thereof. Shareholders should note, however, that if the Fund's aggregate net investment income and net realized capital gains are less than the amount of the distribution level, the difference will be distributed from the Fund's assets and will constitute a return of the shareholder's capital. A return of capital is not taxable; rather it reduces a shareholder's tax basis in his or her shares of the Fund.

The amounts and sources of distributions reported in this notice are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund's investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The Fund will send shareholders a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

Information regarding the Fund's performance and distribution rates is set forth below. Please note that all performance figures are based on the Fund's NAV and not the market price of the Fund's shares. Performance figures are not meant to represent individual shareholder performance.

September 30, 2015

Average Annual Total Return on NAV for the 5-year period ended this quarter (2)

9.37%

Current Fiscal YTD Annualized Distribution Rate (3)

7.01%

YTD Cumulative Total Return on NAV (4)

-11.26%

YTD Cumulative Distribution Rate (5)

5.26%

(2)

Average Annual Total Return on NAV is the annual compound return for the five-year period.  It reflects the change in the Fund's NAV and reinvestment of all distributions.

(3)

Current Fiscal YTD Annualized Distribution Rate is the cumulative distribution rate annualized as a percentage of the Fund's NAV at quarter end.

(4)

YTD Cumulative Total Return on NAV is the percentage change in the Fund's NAV from the first day of the year to this quarter end, including distributions paid and assuming reinvestment of those distributions.

(5)

YTD Cumulative Distribution Rate is the dollar value of distributions from the first day of the year to this quarter end as a percentage of the Fund's NAV at quarter end.

Section 19(a) notices are posted on the Fund's website at: ZF 19A Notices

The Zweig closed-end funds are advised by Zweig Advisers LLC.  For more information on the Fund, please contact shareholder services at 800.272.2700, by email at zweig@virtus.com, or visit us on the web at www.virtus.com.

SOURCE The Zweig Fund, Inc.



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