Year End Financial Results
Toronto, January 15, 1999: Premium Income Corporation (the "Company") announces results for the year ended October 31, 1998. Net income before distributions amounted to $9.6 million or $2.39 per Unit. Total assets decreased from $111.9 million to $96.4 million. Distributions to shareholders in the year amounted to $3.5 million to Preferred shareholders or $0.884397 per Preferred Share, and $5.2 million to Class A shareholders or $1.30 per Class A Share which included a $0.50 special distribution.
Each Unit consists of one Class A Share and one Preferred Share. Preferred Shares receive dividends at a rate of 5.75% of their par value of $15.00. The Company's dividend policy on the Class A Shares has been set at a rate of $0.80 per Share, equivalent to 8% based on the Class A Shares initial public offering price of $10.00.
Premium Income Corporation is a mutual fund corporation which invests in the common shares of Bank of Montreal, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, and The Toronto-Dominion Bank. To generate additional returns above the dividend income earned on the Portfolio, the Company from time to time writes covered call options in respect to all or part of the common shares in the portfolio.
The Company's investment portfolio is managed by its investment manager, Mulvihill Capital Management Inc. The Company's Preferred and Class A Shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Montreal Exchange under the symbols PIC.PR.A and PIC.A.