The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. (NYSE:GAB) (the “Fund”) is pleased to announce the completion of a rights offering to acquire Series G Cumulative Preferred Stock (the “Series G Preferred”). In the offering, existing 6.20% Series F Cumulative Preferred Stock (the “Series F Preferred”) shareholders received one transferable right (the “Right”) for each share of Series F Preferred held on the record date (June 22, 2012). Holders of Rights were entitled to purchase one share of Series G Preferred by submitting one Right plus $25.00 (the “Subscription Price”) pursuant to the offering. The purchase price was payable in cash, by surrender of Series F Preferred at the liquidation preference or any combination of cash and such shares. The rights offering expired at 5:00 PM Eastern Time on July 24, 2012 and the Rights no longer trade through the NASDAQ Capital Market.
The Series G Preferred will pay distributions quarterly and for the first twelve months beginning from the date of issuance will have an annual dividend rate of 6.00% and thereafter will have an annual dividend rate of 5.00% for all future dividend periods.
The Fund will submit an application to list the Series G Preferred on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”). The Series G Preferred is expected to commence trading on the NYSE shortly after the date of issuance, which is estimated to be August 1, 2012. Further details about the amount raised in the offering and related matters will be forthcoming.
Those shareholders of record as of June 22, 2012 who exercised their full primary subscription Rights were eligible for an over-subscription privilege entitling them to subscribe, subject to certain limitations and a pro-rata allotment, for any Series G Preferred not purchased pursuant to the primary subscription. Details regarding any Series G Preferred to be allocated pursuant to the over-subscription privilege are not yet available.
The rights offering was managed by Gabelli & Company, Inc.
The Board of Directors would like to thank all the full service brokers and financial advisers who assisted our shareholders, as well as all of our subscribing shareholders for their support.
The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company with approximately $1.3 billion in net assets whose primary investment objective is long-term growth of capital. Income is a secondary investment objective. The Fund is managed by Gabelli Funds, LLC, a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE:GBL), which is a publicly traded NYSE listed company.
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Molly Marion, Carter Austin, or Laurissa Martire, (914) 921-5070
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