MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Municipal Income Portfolio Inc. (NYSE: XAA) (the "Fund”) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a proposal to merge the Fund into Nuveen Investment Quality Municipal Fund, Inc. (NYSE: NQM), a closed-end fund managed by Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC and sub-advised by Nuveen Asset Management, LLC, both current sub-advisors of the Fund. The proposal will be submitted to shareholders of the Fund for a vote at a Special Meeting of Shareholders anticipated to be held during the third quarter of 2014. The Board recommends that shareholders of the Fund vote in favor of the merger, which would allow shareholders to maintain their investments in a fund that would have a higher allocation to investment grade bonds and a larger asset base.
If the merger is approved, the Nuveen entities would serve as advisor and sub-advisor to the combined fund with responsibility for all investment management, fund administration and marketing functions and the combined fund would be on the Nuveen Funds closed-end funds platform. For a period of two years following the closing of the mergers, Nuveen has agreed to waive fees so that expenses of the combined fund, excluding leverage costs, do not exceed the Fund's expense ratio, excluding leverage costs, in effect prior to the closing. The combined fund will continue to be managed using the NQM strategy, which invests in municipal securities that are exempt from federal income taxes. NQM invests at least 80% of its managed assets in municipal securities rated investment grade at the time of investment, or, if they are unrated, judged by the manager to be of comparable quality. NQM may invest up to 20% of its managed assets in municipal securities rated below investment grade quality or judged by the manager to be of comparable quality.
Completion of the proposed merger is subject to a number of conditions and other factors, including approval by Fund shareholders. At the Annual Meeting of Shareholders, shareholders will consider the election of the Fund’s current Directors who will serve until consummation of the merger. Further announcements regarding the Annual and Special Meetings of Shareholders will be made in the upcoming months.
For more information about the Funds, visit www.firstamericanfunds.com or call 800.677.3863.
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, Inc. serves as investment advisor to the First American Closed-End Funds. A subsidiary of U.S. Bank National Association, U.S. Bancorp Asset Management focuses on providing investment management services to institutional clients, including corporations, public entities and nonprofits. It has combined assets under management of more than $52 billion as of March 31, 2014. First American Closed-End Funds are subadvised by Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC and Nuveen Asset Management, LLC.
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