Declares Year End Income Distribution (For Release 4 p.m. EDT December 17, 1998)
Toronto, December 17, 1998: First Premium U.S. Income Trust has declared a quarterly income distribution of C$1.50 per Unit payable December 31, 1998 to holders of record on such date. This distribution consists of the regular quarterly distribution of C$0.50 per Unit and a special distribution of C$1.00 per Unit. The special distribution will ensure that the Trust distributes sufficient of its net income and net realized capital gains for 1998 so that it will not be liable for tax. The amount of the distribution may therefore be subject to minor adjustment.
The total distribution for Unitholders for the year ending December 31, 1998 should therefore be $3.25 per unit (including special distributions during the year of $1.25) equivalent to a 13% annual distribution yield on the original issue price of $25.00.
Unitholders of First Premium U.S. Income Trust may elect to have their distributions re-invested into additional units by enrolling in the Trust's Distribution Reinvestment Plan. Unitholders should contact their broker or the Plan Agent (Montreal Trust Company of Canada) to enroll in the plan.
The Trust's investment objectives are to provide Unitholders with a stable stream of quarterly distributions of at least $0.50 per Unit. The Trust intends to achieve its investment objectives by investing in a diversified portfolio consisting primarily of common shares issued by corporations that rank in the top 50 of the Standard & Poor's 100 Index. In order to generate returns above the dividend income generated by the portfolio, the Trust will write covered call options in respect of all or part of the securities in the portfolio.
The Trust's investment portfolio is managed by it's investment manager, Mulvihill Capital Management. Trust Units are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange and The Montreal Exchange under the symbol FPU.un