September 12, 2012 at 13:38 PM EDT
ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund, ING International High Dividend Equity Income Fund, ING Infrastructure, Industrials and Materials Fund, ING Global Advantage and Premium Opportunity Fund, ING Risk Managed Natural Resources Fund, ING Asia Pacific High Dividend Equity Income Fund and ING Emerging Markets High Dividend Equity Fund Declare Monthly/Quarterly Distributions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- www.ingfunds.com – ING Investments, LLC announced the distributions on the common shares of seven of its closed-end funds (each a "Fund" and collectively, the "Funds"): ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund (NYSE: IGD) and ING International High Dividend Equity Income Fund (NYSE: IID) declare monthly distributions. ING Infrastructure, Industrials and Materials Fund (NYSE: IDE), ING Global Advantage and Premium Opportunity Fund (NYSE: IGA), ING Risk Managed Natural Resources Fund (NYSE: IRR), ING Asia Pacific High Dividend Equity Income Fund (NYSE: IAE) and ING Emerging Markets High Dividend Equity Fund (NYSE: IHD) declare quarterly distributions.

The distributions announced today are reduced from distributions paid in prior periods in an effort to align the Funds distributions with the current equity market environment. The Funds' management considered a number of factors before deciding to decrease each Fund's distribution, including general market outlook, the dividend yield expectations of the underlying equity portfolios and prevailing implied option volatilities.

With respect to each Fund, the distribution will be paid on October 15, 2012, to shareholders of record on October 3, 2012. The ex-dividend date is October 1, 2012. The distribution per share for each Fund is as follows:

Fund

Distribution Per Share

Change from

previous period

Monthly Distributions



ING Global Equity Dividend and Premium

Opportunity Fund (NYSE: IGD)

$0.084

-$0.009




ING International High Dividend Equity Income

Fund (NYSE: IID)

$0.077

-$0.009

 

Quarterly Distributions

 



ING Infrastructure, Industrials and Materials

Fund (NYSE: IDE)

$0.405

-$0.045




ING Global Advantage and Premium

Opportunity Fund (NYSE: IGA)

$0.280

-$0.032




ING Risk Managed Natural Resources Fund

(NYSE: IRR)

$0.280

-$0.050




ING Asia Pacific High Dividend Equity Income

Fund (NYSE: IAE)

$0.355

-$0.041




ING Emerging Markets High Dividend Equity

Fund (NYSE: IHD)

$0.360

-$0.040

Each Fund intends to make regular monthly or quarterly distributions based on the past and projected performance of the Fund. The amount of distributions may vary, depending on a number of factors. As portfolio and market conditions change, the rate of distributions on the common shares may change.  There can be no assurance that a Fund will be able to declare a distribution in each period.  Past Performance is no guarantee of future results. 

The tax treatment and characterization of a Fund's distributions may vary significantly from time to time depending on the net investment income of the Fund and whether the Fund has realized gains or losses from its options strategy versus gain or loss realizations in the equity securities in the portfolio. Each Fund's distributions will normally reflect past and projected net investment income, and may include income from dividends and interest, capital gains and/or a return of capital.

The portion of each Fund's distributions estimated to come from the Fund's option strategy, for tax purposes, may be treated as a combination of long-term and short-term capital gains, and/or a return of capital. The tax character of each Fund's option strategy is largely determined by movements in, and gain and loss realizations in the underlying equity portfolio. Under certain conditions, federal tax regulations may also cause some or all of the return of capital to be taxed as ordinary income. The final tax characteristics of the distributions cannot be determined with certainty until after the end of the calendar year, and will be reported to shareholders at that time.

Monthly Distributions

IGD estimates that for the current fiscal year as of August 31, 2012, approximately 30% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income and 70% is characterized as return of capital.

IID estimates that for the current fiscal year as of August 31, 2012, approximately 31% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income, 14% is characterized as short-term capital gain and 55% is characterized as return of capital.

Quarterly Distributions

IDE estimates that for the current fiscal year as of June 30, 2012, approximately 24% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income and 76% is characterized as return of capital.

IGA estimates that for the current fiscal year as of June 30, 2012, approximately 31% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income, 27% is characterized as short-term capital gain and 42% is characterized as return of capital.

IRR estimates that for the current fiscal year as of June 30, 2012, approximately 6% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income and 94% is characterized as return of capital.

IAE estimates that for the current fiscal year as of June 30, 2012, approximately 24% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income, 24% is characterized as short-term capital gain and 52% is characterized as return of capital.

IHD estimates that for the current fiscal year as of June 30, 2012, approximately 23% of each distribution is characterized as net investment income and 77% is characterized as return of capital.

Certain statements made on behalf of the Funds in this release are forward- looking statements. The Funds actual future results may differ significantly from those anticipated in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including but not limited to a decline in value in equity markets in general or the Funds investments specifically. Neither the Funds nor ING undertake any responsibility to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement.

This information should not be used as a basis for legal and/or tax advice. In any specific case, the parties involved should seek the guidance and advice of their own legal and tax counsel.

ING U.S. Investment Management (ING U.S. IM) is a leading active asset management firm. As of June 30, 2012, ING U.S. IM manages approximately $173 billion for both affiliated and external institutions as well as individual investors. Drawing on 40 years of history in investment management, ING U.S. IM has the experience and resources to invest responsibly across asset classes, geographies and investment styles. We provide clients with access to domestic, regional and global investment solutions.

SHAREHOLDER INQUIRIES: ING Funds Shareholder Services at (800) 992-0180; www.ingfunds.com

 

SOURCE ING U.S. Investment Management

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