LEAWOOD, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tortoise Essential Assets Income Term Fund (NYSE: TEAF) today provided an update on the fund’s investment of the IPO proceeds and a podcast on the recent market performance.
“We are very pleased with the progress we’ve made on the fund’s investments since the IPO as we have now made direct investments in each of the investment verticals,” said Managing Director and Closed-End Fund CEO, Brad Adams. “We were able to invest the initial proceeds efficiently, achieving our yield, liquidity and diversification targets. Our goal is to allocate approximately 60% of the portfolio into direct investments within the first year. We have made good progress and see a strong path ahead in our pipeline of future direct investments.”
Since the fund’s inception, it has closed on four direct investments totaling more than $22 million. The social infrastructure direct investment is a new charter school in Philadelphia that is expected to house 900 students. The sustainable infrastructure deal is a utility scale solar project in Bermuda. The fund also participated in two private investments in public equity (PIPE) energy infrastructure deals including a midstream energy company with prominent natural gas assets in the Permian Basin and a supplier of wood pellets used by global power generators as a renewable energy source. Each of these investments were made at or above our forecasted yield target.
As previously announced, the fund declared its initial monthly distributions ahead of schedule achieving the fund’s distribution rate target. The $0.1085 per share monthly distributions represent a 6.51% distribution rate on its $20.00 public offering price.
“We believe the investment potential of the fund remains strong, and are uncertain of what’s driving the fund’s recent market performance,” said Adams. “Fundamentals are strong across the various segments of the portfolio, and in our opinion, the recent market performance can be attributed to the expiration of the penalty bid and overallotment option, combined with light trading volume, the fund going ex-dividend and recent equity market volatility weighing on equities broadly. The confluence of these factors have caused downward pressure on the stock price, resulting in a market price that is bifurcated from the fund’s net asset value. Our ongoing conviction in the fund remains strong and the adviser to the fund, as well as certain members of management individually, have recently purchased additional shares of the fund.”
This fund is managed with a long-term focus on essential assets through public and direct investments across social infrastructure, sustainable infrastructure and energy infrastructure. These assets tend to be uncorrelated assets that have attractive potential for high total return with an emphasis on current income as well as a relatively inelastic demand profile.
Tortoise invests in essential assets – those assets and services that are indispensable to the economy and society. With a steady wins approach and a long-term perspective, Tortoise strives to make a positive impact on clients and communities. For additional information, please visit tortoiseadvisors.com.
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