HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kayne Anderson Energy Development Company (the “Company”) (NYSE:KED) announced today its quarterly distribution of $0.48 per share for the quarter ended November 30, 2015. The distribution will be payable on January 15, 2016 to common stockholders of record on January 8, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of January 6, 2016.
“The board has elected to reduce the quarterly distribution from $0.53 per share to $0.48 per share, a reduction of $0.05 per share, in light of the weak conditions in the energy and MLP markets,” said Kevin McCarthy, CEO of the Company. “Our net distributable income has declined over the past twelve months due to a variety of factors, including merger activity (where the acquirer has a lower yield) and the dividend cut by Kinder Morgan, Inc. Further, we’ve become more convinced that MLP management teams will slow their distribution growth rates in 2016, and many MLPs will opt to build coverage instead and keep distribution levels flat. As a result of these factors, we’ve reduced the Company’s dividend to a level that we believe is sustainable, given current market conditions, and can grow over time as the market recovers.”
Separately, the advisor to the Company, KA Fund Advisors (or “KAFA”), and its principals have agreed to purchase newly issued shares of KED, KYN, KYE and KMF, funded in part with 100% of the after-tax management fees received during the quarter. These purchases total $14 million across all the four closed-end funds managed by KAFA, and of this amount, $0.7 million will be invested in KED. The purchases will be made at the greater of market price or net asset value as of the close of business on Friday, December 18. As of Wednesday, December 16, the purchase price for KED would have represented a premium of 12.7% to the closing market price. Bob Sinnott, President and CEO of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors commented, “Kayne Anderson continues to believe in the long-term prospects of the Company as well as the sustainability of the MLP market. Because Kayne Anderson is purchasing primary shares, this transaction at the same time strengthens the Company’s balance sheet.” The transaction is expected to close on December 23, 2015.
The Company estimates that none of its distribution for the quarter ended November 30, 2015 will be treated as a return of capital for tax purposes. This estimate is based on the Company’s anticipated earnings and profits for fiscal 2016 and its accumulated earnings and profits as of November 30, 2015. The final determination of the tax character of the distribution will be made in early 2017 when the Company can determine its actual earnings and profits for the full year (including gains and losses on the sale of securities during fiscal 2016) and may differ substantially from this preliminary information.
The Company is a non-diversified, closed-end investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Company's investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation primarily through equity and debt investments. The Company will seek to achieve this objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets together with the proceeds of any borrowings (its "total assets") in securities of companies that derive the majority of their revenue from activities in the energy industry, including: (a) Midstream Energy Companies, which are businesses that operate assets used to gather, transport, process, treat, terminal and store natural gas, natural gas liquids, propane, crude oil or refined petroleum products; (b) Upstream Energy Companies, which are businesses engaged in the exploration, extraction and production of natural resources, including natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil, from onshore and offshore geological reservoirs; and (c) Other Energy Companies, which are businesses engaged in owning, leasing, managing, producing, processing and sale of coal and coal reserves; the marine transportation of crude oil, refined petroleum products, liquefied natural gas, as well as other energy-related natural resources using tank vessels and bulk carriers; and refining, marketing and distributing refined energy products, such as motor gasoline and propane to retail customers and industrial end-users.
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