MFS Releases Closed-End Fund Income Distribution Sources for Certain Funds

BOSTON--()--MFS Investment Management® (MFS®) released today the distribution income sources for six of its closed-end funds for February 2017: MFS® Charter Income Trust (NYSE: MCR), MFS® Government Markets Income Trust (NYSE: MGF), MFS® Intermediate High Income Fund (NYSE: CIF), MFS® Intermediate Income Trust (NYSE: MIN), MFS® Multimarket Income Trust (NYSE: MMT) and MFS® Special Value Trust (NYSE: MFV). This information also can be obtained by visiting MFS.com by clicking on Products & Performance > Closed End Funds > Dividend Source Information.

MFS Charter Income Trust
Distribution period: February 2018
Distribution amount per share: $ 0.06136

The following table sets forth the estimated amounts of the current distribution and the cumulative distributions paid this fiscal year to date from the following sources: net investment income, net realized short-term capital gains, net realized long-term capital gains and return of capital or other capital source. The fund’s fiscal year begins each December 1st. All amounts are expressed per common share.

     

Total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

 

% Breakdown of the
total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

Current
distribution

% Breakdown of
current distribution

Net Investment Income $ 0.03012 49% $ 0.08929 48%
Net Realized ST Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Net Realized LT Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Return of Capital or Other Capital Source 0.03124   51%   0.09552   52%
Total (per common share) $ 0.06136 100% $ 0.18481 100%
 
Average annual total return (in relation to NAV) for the five years ended 01-31-2018     5.53%
Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of month end NAV as of 01-31-2018 8.04%
Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 01-31-2018 0.37%
Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 01-31-2018 2.02%
 

MFS Government Markets Income Trust
Distribution period: February 2018
Distribution amount per share: $ 0.03032

The following table sets forth the estimated amounts of the current distribution and the cumulative distributions paid this fiscal year to date from the following sources: net investment income, net realized short-term capital gains, net realized long-term capital gains and return of capital or other capital source. The fund’s fiscal year begins each December 1st. All amounts are expressed per common share.

     

Total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

 

% Breakdown of the
total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

Current
distribution

% Breakdown of
current distribution

Net Investment Income $ 0.01077 36% $ 0.03208 35%
Net Realized ST Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Net Realized LT Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Return of Capital or Other Capital Source 0.01955   64%   0.05977   65%
Total (per common share) $ 0.03032 100% $ 0.09185 100%
 
Average annual total return (in relation to NAV) for the five years ended 01-31-2018     1.72%
Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of month end NAV as of 01-31-2018 7.31%
Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 01-31-2018 -0.70%
Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 01-31-2018 1.84%
 

MFS Intermediate High Income Fund
Distribution period: February 2018
Distribution amount per share: $ 0.02198

The following table sets forth the estimated amounts of the current distribution and the cumulative distributions paid this fiscal year to date from the following sources: net investment income, net realized short-term capital gains, net realized long-term capital gains and return of capital or other capital source. The fund’s fiscal year begins each December 1st. All amounts are expressed per common share.

     

Total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

 

% Breakdown of the
total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

Current
distribution

% Breakdown of
current distribution

Net Investment Income $ 0.01209 55% $ 0.03599 54%
Net Realized ST Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Net Realized LT Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Return of Capital or Other Capital Source 0.00989   45%   0.03016   46%
Total (per common share) $ 0.02198 100% $ 0.06615 100%
 
Average annual total return (in relation to NAV) for the five years ended 01-31-2018     6.72%
Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of month end NAV as of 01-31-2018 9.56%
Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 01-31-2018 0.50%
Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 01-31-2018 2.40%
 

MFS Intermediate Income Trust
Distribution period: February 2018
Distribution amount per share: $ 0.03083

The following table sets forth the estimated amounts of the current distribution and the cumulative distributions paid this fiscal year to date from the following sources: net investment income, net realized short-term capital gains, net realized long-term capital gains and return of capital or other capital source. The fund’s fiscal year begins each November 1st. All amounts are expressed per common share.

     

Total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

 

% Breakdown of the
total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

Current
distribution

% Breakdown of
current distribution

Net Investment Income $ 0.00757 25% $ 0.03028 24%
Net Realized ST Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Net Realized LT Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Return of Capital or Other Capital Source 0.02326   75%   0.09486   76%
Total (per common share) $ 0.03083 100% $ 0.12514 100%
 
Average annual total return (in relation to NAV) for the five years ended 01-31-2018     2.16%
Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of month end NAV as of 01-31-2018 8.56%
Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 01-31-2018 -0.90%
Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 01-31-2018 2.90%
 

MFS Multimarket Income Trust
Distribution period: February 2018
Distribution amount per share: $ 0.04387

The following table sets forth the estimated amounts of the current distribution and the cumulative distributions paid this fiscal year to date from the following sources: net investment income, net realized short-term capital gains, net realized long-term capital gains and return of capital or other capital source. The fund’s fiscal year begins each November 1st. All amounts are expressed per common share.

     

Total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

 

% Breakdown of the
total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

Current
distribution

% Breakdown of
current distribution

Net Investment Income $ 0.02149 49% $ 0.08581 49%
Net Realized ST Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Net Realized LT Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Return of Capital or Other Capital Source 0.02238   51%   0.09091   51%
Total (per common share) $ 0.04387 100% $ 0.17672 100%
 
Average annual total return (in relation to NAV) for the five years ended 01-31-2018     5.29%
Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of month end NAV as of 01-31-2018 8.05%
Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 01-31-2018 0.24%
Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 01-31-2018 2.70%
 

MFS Special Value Trust
Distribution period: February 2018
Distribution amount per share: $ 0.05052

The following table sets forth the estimated amounts of the current distribution and the cumulative distributions paid this fiscal year to date from the following sources: net investment income, net realized short-term capital gains, net realized long-term capital gains and return of capital or other capital source. The fund’s fiscal year begins each November 1st. All amounts are expressed per common share.

     

Total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

 

% Breakdown of the
total cumulative
distributions for the
fiscal year to date

Current
distribution

% Breakdown of
current distribution

Net Investment Income $ 0.01033 20% $ 0.04786 24%
Net Realized ST Cap Gains 0.00000 0% 0.00000 0%
Net Realized LT Cap Gains 0.03834 76% 0.03834 19%
Return of Capital or Other Capital Source 0.00185   4%   0.11446   57%
Total (per common share) $ 0.05052 100% $ 0.20066 100%
 
Average annual total return (in relation to NAV) for the five years ended 01-31-2018     7.57%
Annualized current distribution rate expressed as a percentage of month end NAV as of 01-31-2018 10.00%
Cumulative total return (in relation to NAV) for the fiscal year through 01-31-2018 3.01%
Cumulative fiscal year distributions as a percentage of NAV as of 01-31-2018 3.31%
 

The above funds have adopted a managed distribution plan. Under a managed distribution plan, to the extent that sufficient investment income is not available on a monthly basis, the fund will distribute long-term capital gains and/or return of capital in order to maintain its managed distribution level. Investors should not draw any conclusions about the fund’s investment performance from the amount of the fund’s distributions or from the terms of the fund’s managed distribution plan.

The Board of the fund may amend the terms of the plan or terminate the plan at any time without prior notice to the fund's shareholders. The amendment or termination of a plan could have an adverse effect on the market price of the fund’s common shares. The plan will be subject to periodic review by the Board. With each distribution that does not consist solely of net investment income, the fund will issue a notice to shareholders and an accompanying press release which will provide detailed information regarding the amount and estimated composition of the distribution and other related information.

The amounts and sources of distributions reported above are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the fund’s investment experience during its full fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The fund will send shareholders a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell them how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes. The fund may at times distribute more than its net investment income and net realized capital gains; therefore, a portion of the distribution may result in a return of capital. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the money that shareholders invested in the fund is paid back to them. A return of capital does not necessarily reflect a fund’s investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’. Any such returns of capital will decrease the fund's total assets and, therefore, could have the effect of increasing the fund's expense ratio. In addition, in order to make the level of distributions called for under its plan, the fund may have to sell portfolio securities at a less than opportune time.

About MFS Investment Management

Established in 1924, MFS is an active, global asset manager with investment offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. We employ a uniquely collaborative approach to build better insights for our clients. Our investment approach has three core elements: integrated research, global collaboration and active risk management. As of January 31, 2018, MFS manages US $510.6 billion in assets on behalf of individual and institutional investors worldwide. Please visit mfs.com for more information.

The Funds are closed-end Funds. Common shares of the Funds are only available for purchase/sale on the NYSE at the current market price (NYSE-MKT for MFS California Municipal Fund). Shares may trade at a discount to NAV.

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Contacts

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or
MFS Investment Management:
Shareholders or Advisors (investment product information):
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or
Media Only:
James Aber, 617-954-6154
or
Dan Flaherty, 617-954-4256

Release Summary

MFS releases closed end fund distribution sources for six funds for February 2018.

Contacts

Computershare Shareholders Services:
Shareholders (account information, quotes): 800-637-2304
or
MFS Investment Management:
Shareholders or Advisors (investment product information):
Jeffrey Schwarz, 800-343-2829, ext. 55872
or
Media Only:
James Aber, 617-954-6154
or
Dan Flaherty, 617-954-4256