Amount of Distribution
December 10, 2020
December 11, 2020
December 18, 2020
January 6, 2021
December 31, 2020
January 11, 2021
February 10, 2021
February 11, 2021
February 19, 2021
March 10, 2021
March 11, 2021
March 18, 2021
For record date December 31, 2020, the fund intends to distribute the greater of $0.08 per share 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. The amount of any supplemental distribution over the $0.08 per share, if any, will be announced on January 4, 2021.
Under the terms of its Managed Distribution Plan, the fund will seek 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. 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 Managed Distribution Plan.
The fund estimates that it has distributed more than its income and capital gains; therefore, a portion of your distribution may be a return of capital. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the money that you invested in the fund is paid back to you. A return of capital distribution does not necessarily reflect the fund’s investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’.
The fund provided this estimate of the sources of the distributions:
October 2020 (MTD)
Fiscal Year-to-Date (YTD)(1)
Net Investment Income
Net Realized Short-Term Capital Gains
Net Realized Long-Term Capital Gains
Return of Capital (or other Capital Source)
(1) Fiscal year started December 1, 2019.
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.
October 30, 2020
Average Annual Total Return on NAV for the 5-year period (2)
Current Fiscal YTD Annualized Distribution Rate (3)
Fiscal YTD Cumulative Total Return on NAV (4)
Fiscal YTD Cumulative Distribution Rate (5)
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.
Current Fiscal YTD Annualized Distribution Rate is the current distribution rate annualized as a percentage of the fund’s NAV at month end.
Fiscal YTD Cumulative Total Return on NAV is the percentage change in the fund’s NAV from the first day of the fiscal year to this month end, including distributions paid and assuming reinvestment of those distributions.
Fiscal YTD Cumulative Distribution Rate is the dollar value of distributions from the first day of the fiscal year to this month end as a percentage of the fund’s NAV at month end.
The amounts and sources of distributions reported in this notice are estimates only and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the distributions will depend on the fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The fund or your broker will send shareholders a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell shareholders what distributions to report for federal income tax purposes.
About the Fund
Virtus Total Return Fund Inc. is a diversified closed-end fund whose investment objective is capital appreciation, with income as a secondary objective. Virtus Investment Advisers, Inc. has been the investment adviser, and Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. and Newfleet Asset Management, LLC have been subadvisers to the fund since December 9, 2011. Performance and characteristics prior to December 9, 2011 were attained by the previous adviser using a different investment strategy.
An investment in a fund is subject to risk, including the risk of possible loss of principal. A fund’s shares may be worth less upon their sale than what an investor paid for them. Shares of closed-end funds may trade at a discount to their net asset value. For more information about each fund’s investment objective and risks, please see the fund’s annual report. A copy of the fund’s most recent annual report may be obtained free of charge by contacting "Shareholder Services" as set forth at the end of this press release.
About Duff & Phelps Investment Management
Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. has more than 35 years of experience managing investment portfolios, including institutional separate accounts and open- and closed-end funds investing in utilities, master limited partnerships (MLPs), infrastructure and real estate investment trusts (REITs). For more information, visit www.dpimc.com.
About Newfleet Asset Management
Newfleet Asset Management, an affiliated manager of Virtus Investment Partners, provides comprehensive fixed income portfolio management in multiple strategies. The Newfleet Multi-Sector Strategies team that manages the Virtus Total Return Fund leverages the knowledge and skill of investment professionals with expertise in every sector of the bond market, including evolving, specialized, and out-of-favor sectors. The team employs active sector rotation and disciplined risk management to portfolio construction, avoiding interest rate bets and remaining duration neutral to each strategy’s stated benchmark. For more information, visit www.newfleet.com.
About Virtus Investment Partners
Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ: VRTS) is a distinctive partnership of boutique investment managers singularly committed to the long-term success of individual and institutional investors. The company provides investment management products and services through its affiliated managers and select subadvisers, each with a distinct investment style, autonomous investment process, and individual brand. For more information, visit www.virtus.com.
SOURCE: Virtus Total Return Fund Inc.