HOUSTON, Dec. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Center Coast MLP & Infrastructure Fund (NYSE: CEN) (the "Fund") announces adjustments to the Fund's estimates of its deferred tax asset balance in light of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which was signed into law on December 22, 2017.
Because of the Fund's concentration in master limited partnership (MLP) investments, the Fund is not eligible to be treated as a "regulated investment company" under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"). Instead, the Fund will be treated as a regular corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes and, as a result, unlike most investment companies, is subject to corporate income tax to the extent the Fund recognizes taxable income.
In calculating the Fund's net asset value in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the Fund, among other things, accounts for its deferred tax liability and/or asset balances. The Fund accrues a deferred income tax liability balance, at the currently effective statutory U.S. federal income tax rate plus an estimated state and local income tax rate, for its future tax liability associated with the capital appreciation of its investments and the distributions received by the Fund on equity securities of MLPs considered to be return of capital and for any net operating gains. Any deferred tax liability balance will reduce the Fund's net asset value. The Fund accrues a deferred tax asset balance which reflects an estimate of the Fund's future tax benefit associated with net operating losses and unrealized losses. To the extent the Fund has a deferred tax asset balance, the Fund will assess whether a valuation allowance, which would offset some or all of the value of the Fund's deferred tax asset balance, is required, considering all positive and negative evidence related to the realization of the Fund's deferred tax asset. Any deferred tax asset balance, net of any valuation allowance, will increase the Fund's net asset value.
The Fund's deferred tax liability and/or asset balances are estimated using estimates of effective tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years such balances are realized. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 reduces the statutory income tax rate applicable to corporations, such as the Fund, from 35% to 21%. As a result, the Fund has adjusted its estimates of its net deferred tax asset balance to reflect the aforementioned reduction in the corporate rate. Therefore, the Fund's net deferred tax asset balance of $27,458,455 as of December 21, 2017 was reduced on December 22, 2017 to $17,365,617, which amount continues to be completely offset by a valuation allowance of $17,365,617 and therefore the adjustment had no impact on the Fund's net asset value.
The Fund will continue to assess whether a valuation allowance is required based on the evaluation that it is more-likely-than-not that some portion or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized. Further modifications of the Fund's estimates or assumptions regarding its deferred tax liability and/or asset balances and any applicable valuation allowance could result in increases or decreases in the Fund's net asset value per share, which could be material.
About Center Coast Capital Advisors, LP
Center Coast Capital Advisors, LP ("Center Coast") serves as the Fund's investment advisor and is responsible for the management of the Fund. Center Coast is a registered investment advisor headquartered in Houston, Texas focused on energy infrastructure investments. Center Coast combines the expertise of midstream and energy infrastructure operators and financial and investment professionals. The Lead Portfolio Managers on the fund are Dan Tutcher, Rob Chisholm and Jeff Jorgensen.
About the Center Coast MLP & Infrastructure Fund (NYSE: CEN)
The Fund is a non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Fund's investment objective is to provide a high level of total return with an emphasis on distributions to shareholders. The "total return" sought by the Fund includes appreciation in the net asset value of the Fund's common shares and all distributions made by the Fund to its common shareholders, regardless of the tax characterization of such distributions, including distributions characterized as return of capital. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing primarily in a portfolio of master limited partnerships ("MLPs") and energy infrastructure companies. Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its managed assets in securities of MLPs and energy infrastructure companies. The Fund may invest up to 20% of its managed assets in unregistered or restricted securities, including securities issued by private companies. The Fund utilizes leverage as part of its investment strategy. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.
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