DALLAS, April 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cushing® Renaissance Fund declared a distribution for April 2020 of $0.1367 per common share. The Fund's distribution will be payable on April 30, 2020 to shareholders of record on April 14, 2020. The ex-date for the Fund's distribution is April 13, 2020.
It is anticipated but not certain that approximately 73% of the Fund's distribution will be treated as a return of capital. The final determination of such amounts will be made and reported to shareholders in early 2021, after the end of the calendar year when the Fund determines its earnings and profits for the year. The final tax status of the distribution may differ substantially from this preliminary information.
In addition, as was previously announced, the Board of Trustees of the Fund has approved certain changes in the Fund's non-fundamental investment policies and other related matters as described below, each of which will become effective as of April 3, 2020.
Effective as of April 3, 2020, the Fund's name will change to the Cushing® NextGen Infrastructure Income Fund. The Fund's ticker symbol (SZC) will remain the same.
Principal Investment Strategies of the Fund
The Fund will continue to pursue its investment objective to seek a high total return with an emphasis on current income. There can be no assurance that the Fund's investment objective will be achieved.
The Fund currently pursues its investment objective by investing, under normal market conditions, in at least 80% of its Managed Assets (as defined in the Fund's prospectus) in a portfolio of Renaissance Companies, which are (i) Energy Companies, which are companies across the energy supply chain spectrum, including upstream, midstream and downstream energy companies (i.e., companies engaged in exploration and production, gathering, transporting and processing and marketing and distribution, respectively), as well as oil and gas services companies, (ii) Industrial Companies, which are energy-intensive chemical, metal and industrial and manufacturing companies and engineering and construction companies that the Investment Adviser expects to benefit from growing energy production and lower feedstock costs relative to global costs and, (iii) Logistics Companies, which are transportation and logistics companies providing solutions to the U.S. manufacturing industry.
Effective as of April 3, 2020, under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets, plus any borrowings for investment purposes, in a portfolio of equity and debt securities of infrastructure companies, including: (i) energy infrastructure companies, (ii) industrial infrastructure companies, (iii) sustainable infrastructure companies, and (iv)technology and communication infrastructure companies.
The Fund is non-diversified and it may invest in companies of any market capitalization size.
The infrastructure investment landscape is rapidly evolving due to technological advancement and obsolescence. While some energy and industrial infrastructure companies (sometimes referred to as "traditional" infrastructure companies) are now in their maturity phase, many traditional infrastructure companies have become leaders in implementing technological innovations. The Fund's next generation focus within the infrastructure investment landscape consists of these innovative infrastructure companies along with sustainable infrastructure companies and technology and communication infrastructure companies. Similar to traditional infrastructure assets, which provide the underlying foundation of basic services, facilities and institutions and are often said to form the "backbone" of the economy, technology and communication infrastructure assets provide the underlying foundation of the data that drives the modern knowledge economy.
The Fund considers an infrastructure company to be any company that has at least 50% of its assets, income, revenue, sales or profits committed to or derived from the ownership, operation, management, construction, development, servicing or financing of infrastructure assets. Infrastructure assets include energy and industrial infrastructure assets, sustainable infrastructure assets and technology and communication infrastructure assets. Energy and industrial infrastructure assets are physical structures, networks and systems of transportation, energy, water and sewage, security and communications. Examples of energy and industrial infrastructure assets include: toll roads; bridges and tunnels; airports; seaports; railroads; electricity transmission and distribution lines; facilities used in gathering, treating, processing, fractionation, transportation and storage of hydrocarbon products; water and sewage treatment facilities and distribution pipelines; communication towers, cables, and satellites; and security systems related to the foregoing assets. Sustainable infrastructure assets include renewable energy infrastructure assets such as power generation from renewable and other clean energy sources, including utility scale and distributed solar power, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal power, renewable energy storage and electric vehicle charging networks, as well as waste collection and recycling, water purification and desalinization. Technology and communication infrastructure assets consist of assets, systems and technologies that collect, enable, analyze, optimize, automate, transmit and secure the data that allows businesses and other organizations to operate. Examples of technology and communications infrastructure assets include: data centers, cloud, hosting, and database systems, transactional and financial back end systems, customer relationship management systems, smart city technologies, network security and cybersecurity, automation systems, human resource and workforce management and industry specific infrastructure software.
The Fund will continue to invest at least 25% of its assets in companies operating in the energy and energy infrastructure sectors. The Fund will continue to invest no more than 25% of its total assets in securities of energy master limited partnerships ("MLPs") that qualify as publicly traded partnerships under the Internal Revenue Code.
No other changes to the Fund's investment policies are being made in connection with these changes, nor are any such further changes currently anticipated.
In connection with the changes to the Fund's investment policies, effective as of April 3, 2020, the Fund's portfolio management team will be comprised of Jerry Swank, Saket Kumar, Alex Palma and Hari Kusumakar.
- Jerry V. Swank is Founder, Chairman, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of the Investment Adviser. Mr. Swank formed Swank Capital, LLC and the Cushing Asset Management (the "Investment Adviser") in 2000 and 2003. Prior to forming the firm, Mr. Swank was President of John S. Herold, Inc., an oil and gas research company (now part of IHS Markit). Prior to joining John S. Herold, Inc., Mr. Swank held institutional equity and fixed-income sales roles at Credit Suisse First Boston and served as an analyst and portfolio manager with Mercantile Texas Corp. He received a BA from the University of Missouri (Economics) and an MBA from the University of North Texas. Mr. Swank currently serves on the board of directors of The Cushing® MLP & Infrastructure Total Return Fund, The Cushing® Energy Income Fund, and Cushing® Mutual Funds Trust. Mr. Swank has been a portfolio manager of the Fund since inception.
- Saket Kumar is a Partner, Portfolio Manager and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Global Equity Strategies, of the Investment Adviser. Mr. Kumar originally joined the firm in 2008 as a Senior Research Analyst and rejoined the Investment Adviser in 2012 after a one-year research analyst position with Citadel Investment Group. Mr. Kumar received an MBA in finance and accounting from Southern Methodist University and a BS in marine engineering from Marine Engineering and Research Institute in India.
- Alex Palma is a Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst of the Investment Adviser. Mr. Palma joined the Investment Adviser in 2013 to cover the industrials and oil field services sectors. Previously, he worked as a research analyst and trader for an event driven hedge fund. Prior to that, he worked in institutional equity sales for Merrill Lynch. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Furman University. Mr. Palma is also a CFA® charterholder.
- Hari Kusumakar is a Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst of the Investment Adviser. Mr. Kusumakar has worked in investment research since 2010 and joined the Investment Adviser in 2018. Previously he worked as an equity research analyst for Tiger Legatus Capital Management, a tiger-seeded long/short equity hedge fund in New York. Prior to that, he worked at Moody's Investor Service as a credit research analyst. He earned his MBA in Investment Management from MIT Sloan School of Management; MS in Industrial Engineering from The Ohio State University; and B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.
For its services, the Investment Adviser is currently paid a fee at the end of each calendar month equal to 1.25% of the average daily value of the Fund's Managed Assets (as defined in the advisory agreement) during such month. Effective as of April 3, 2020, the advisory fee will equal 1.00% of the average daily value of the Fund's Managed Assets for the next twelve months.
No action is required by shareholders of the Fund in connection with these changes.
The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company with an investment objective of seeking a high total return with an emphasis on current income. The Fund is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SZC."
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Cushing, a subsidiary of Swank Capital, is an SEC-registered investment adviser headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Cushing serves as investment adviser to affiliated funds and managed accounts providing active management in markets where inefficiencies exist. As of December 31, 2019, Cushing had approximately $1.8 billion of assets under management in closed-end funds, mutual funds, privately offered funds and separately managed accounts.
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