WHEATON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Macquarie/First Trust Global Infrastructure/Utilities Dividend & Income Fund (NYSE: MFD), First Trust Energy Income and Growth Fund (NYSE American: FEN), First Trust Enhanced Equity Income Fund (NYSE: FFA), First Trust Mortgage Income Fund (NYSE: FMY), First Trust/Aberdeen Emerging Opportunity Fund (NYSE: FEO), First Trust Specialty Finance and Financial Opportunities Fund (NYSE: FGB), First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund (NYSE: FIF), First Trust MLP and Energy Income Fund (NYSE: FEI), First Trust Intermediate Duration Preferred & Income Fund (NYSE: FPF), First Trust New Opportunities MLP & Energy Fund (NYSE: FPL) and First Trust Dynamic Europe Equity Income Fund (NYSE: FDEU) (each a “Fund” and collectively the “Funds”) announced today that the Joint Annual Meetings of Shareholders of the Funds to be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 12:00 noon Central Time (collectively, the “Annual Meeting”) will be held exclusively in a telephonic format (a “telephonic meeting”). The Annual Meeting will be held exclusively as a telephonic meeting due to the public health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, recommendations from the federal government, and the shelter in place order from the Governor of the State of Illinois. Shareholders will not be able to attend the Annual Meeting in person.
Attending the Annual Meeting as a Shareholder of Record
Any shareholder of record as of the close of business on February 3, 2020 (i.e., you held your shares in your own name as reflected in the records of the relevant Fund(s)) is entitled to participate in and vote at the Annual Meeting or any postponement or adjournment thereof. To participate in the Annual Meeting, you must go to www.proxy-direct.com and use the information from your proxy card you previously received to access instructions on how to attend the Annual Meeting. You may vote during the Annual Meeting by following the instructions that will be provided during the Annual Meeting.
Registering to Attend the Annual Meeting as a Beneficial Owner
If you were a beneficial owner of record as of February 3, 2020 (i.e., you held your shares in an account at a brokerage firm, bank or other similar agent), you must register in advance to attend the Annual Meeting. To register, you must submit proof of your proxy power (legal proxy) reflecting your holdings in the relevant Fund(s) along with your name and e-mail address to Computershare Fund Services. You may forward an e-mail from your intermediary or attach an image of your legal proxy to email@example.com. Requests for registration must be received no later than 12:00 noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Computershare of your registration and a control number that will allow you to vote at the Annual Meeting. Once you have received the e-mail, please go to www.proxy-direct.com to access the instructions on how to attend the Annual Meeting. You may vote during the Annual Meeting by following the instructions that will be provided during the Annual Meeting.
If you have already voted your shares in advance of the Annual Meeting, you do not need to vote again unless you wish to change your vote. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, if you have not already voted, we urge you to vote FOR the election of Robert F. Keith as the Class I Trustee of your Fund(s) and submit your proxy in advance of the Annual Meeting by one of the methods described in the proxy materials for the Annual Meeting. The Joint Proxy Statement dated March 11, 2020 is available on the Internet at https://www.ftportfolios.com/LoadContent/gehukpj1ga4y. The proxy card included with the proxy materials previously distributed will not be updated to reflect that the Annual Meeting will be held as a telephonic meeting only, and the proxy card may continue to be used to vote your shares in connection with the Annual Meeting. Please contact Computershare (Shareholder Services) at 866-340-1104 with any questions regarding accessing the Annual Meeting.