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Announces 1996 Results
(For Release 4 p.m. EDT May 16, 1997)

Toronto, May 16, 1997: First Premium Income Trust announces results for the period from commencement of operations June 25, 1996 to December 31, 1996. Total results from financial operations amounted to $23.4 million or $3.60 per unit. Net assets increased from $155.9 million to $169.5 million. Distributions to Unitholders amounted to $9.9 million or $1.50 per unit, which included a $0.50 special distribution.

First Premium Income Trust was launched in June 1996 to provide investors with a stable stream of income. The Trust's objectives are to provide quarterly distributions to holders of at least $0.50 per unit. The Trust invests in a diversified portfolio consisting primarily of common shares issued by major Canadian issuers. In order to generate additional returns above the dividend income received, the Trust writes 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 FPI.un

First Premium Income Trust offers investors the opportunity to conveniently acquire additional units of the Trust by re-investing their cash distributions through the Trust's Distribution Reinvestment Plan. Unitholders may enroll in the Plan by contacting their investment advisor.

Selected Financial Information:
($ millions unless stated otherwise)

Statement of Net Assets 1996
Assets $ 169.7
Liabilities 0.2
Net Assets (Unitholders Equity)  $ 169.5
Statement of Financial Operations:
Income $ 3.7
Expenses 1.2
Net Investment Income 2.5
Net Gain on Investments 20.9
Total Results from Financial Operations $ 23.4

For more information, please contact:
John Mulvihill, Chairman & CEO, Mulvihill Capital Management
Don Biggs, Vice President, Mulvihill Capital Management

First Premium Income
121 King Street West, Suite 2600
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3T9
(416) 681-3966   (800) 725-7172