NXG NextGen Infrastructure Fund (NYSE: NXG) Increases Monthly Distribution 26.64%; Announces Trustee Retirement and Trustee Appointment
DALLAS, Feb. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- NXG NextGen Infrastructure Fund declared monthly distributions of $0.27 per common share for each of February, March, April, and May 2023. The... | February 1,…
DALLAS, Feb. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- NXG NextGen Infrastructure Fund (NYSE: NXG) (the "Fund") declared monthly distributions of $0.27 per common share for each of February, March, April, and May 2023. The Fund's monthly distribution for January 2023 was $0.2132 per share. These monthly distributions will be payable to common shareholders pursuant to the table below:
February 15, 2023
February 14, 2023
February 28, 2023
March 15, 2023
March 14, 2023
March 31, 2023
April 18, 2023
April 17, 2023
April 28, 2023
May 15, 2023
May 12, 2023
May 31, 2023
Additional information regarding these distributions is set forth below:
January 2023 Distribution Amount
Declared Distribution Amount
Annualized Distribution Rate(as a percentage of)
* Declared distribution for February, March, April, and May 2023, annualized, as a percentage of net asset value ("NAV") per share or market price, as applicable, in each case as of January 31, 2023.
The Fund highlights that this is an increased distribution rate compared to what it has distributed previously. The Fund's February, March, April, and May 2023 distributions, annualized, reflect a distribution rate of approximately 6.07% of the Fund's NAV as of January 31, 2023. The Fund's management and Board of Trustees have been monitoring its trading dynamics and further, believe investors prefer higher and consistent distributions.
Saket Kumar, the Fund's portfolio manager, in supporting the distribution increase said:
We believe the Fund presents an attractive investment opportunity with a blend of secular growth from its renewable energy infrastructure allocation and favorable cash generation from its traditional energy infrastructure allocation. We expect renewable infrastructure companies will benefit from growing adoption and cost advantages, as well as tax incentives like the Inflation Reduction Act and REPowerEU plan. The long-term cost deflation in renewable power will continue to increase the sector's leading economics, helping it grow relative to fossil-fuel power generation. Traditional energy companies are also expected to increasingly play a critical role during the transition in global energy. Energy infrastructure offers a compelling investment opportunity given the convergence of a robust macro energy environment and a reformed focus on positive free cash flows and shareholder returns.
The Fund's Board of Trustees considered various alternatives and believes that the Fund's increased distribution rate benefits shareholders by providing them with liquidity and flexibility in managing their investment in the Fund. Shareholders have the option of reinvesting distributions in additional shares of the Fund or receiving them in cash. Shareholders may consider reinvesting their distributions through the Fund's dividend reinvestment plan which may at times provide additional benefit to shareholders.
The Fund's net investment income can vary significantly over time; however, the Fund seeks to maintain a more stable monthly distribution per share. The distributions paid by the Fund for any particular month may be more or less than the amount of net investment income for that monthly period. The Fund may distribute more than the entire amount of the net investment income earned in a particular period, in which case all or a portion of a distribution may be a return of capital. Return of capital is the return of a portion of the shareholder's original investment. In any given year, there can be no guarantee the Fund's investment returns will exceed the amount of distributions. To the extent the amount of distributions paid to shareholders in cash exceeds the total net investment returns of the Fund, the assets of the Fund will decline, which may have the effect of increasing the Fund's expense ratio. In addition, in order to make such distributions, the Fund may have to sell a portion of its investment portfolio at a time when independent investment judgment might not dictate such action. Shareholders should not assume that the source of a distribution from the Fund is net income or profit. Alternatively, the Fund may also distribute less than its net investment income in a particular period. The undistributed net investment income may be available to supplement future common share distributions. Undistributed net investment income is included in the Common Shares' net asset value, and, correspondingly, distributions from net investment income will reduce the Common Shares' net asset value.
With each distribution that does not consist solely of net investment income, the Fund will issue a notice to shareholders that will provide estimated information regarding the amount and composition of the distribution. The final determination of such amounts will be made and reported to shareholders in early 2024, after the end of the calendar year when the Fund determines its earnings and profits for the year. It is currently anticipated, but not certain, that approximately 88% of the Fund's distributions will be treated as a return of capital. Accordingly, the Fund's distributions should not be used as a measure of performance or confused with yield or income. The amounts and sources of distributions reported in each notice will be estimated, are likely to change over time and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for accounting and tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund's investment experience during its full fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The Fund will send each shareholder a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell shareholders how to report distributions for federal income tax purposes.
The distribution shall be paid on the payment date unless the payment of such distribution is deferred by the Fund's Board of Trustees upon a determination that such deferral is required in order to comply with applicable law or to ensure that the Fund remains solvent and able to pay its debts as they become due and continue as a going concern.
TRUSTEE RESIGNATION AND TRUSTEE APPOINTMENT
The Fund also announced today that Jerry V. Swank, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Fund (the "Board"), has resigned his role as a trustee of the Fund, effective immediately. The Board has appointed John H. Alban to serve as an interested trustee of the Fund to fill the vacancy created upon the resignation of Mr. Swank. Mr. Alban will serve the remainder of Mr. Swank's term as a Class II trustee of the Fund. The term of the Class II trustees of NXG NextGen Infrastructure Income Fund continues until the annual meeting of shareholders to be held in 2024.
Mr. Alban previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Cushing Asset Management, LP, the Fund's investment adviser, and as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Fund and other funds in the Cushing Fund Complex, until his retirement in November 2022.
Brian R. Bruce, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Fund, said, "On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we sincerely thank Jerry Swank for his leadership and service to the Fund in many capacities since its inception, including as a Trustee, and previously as chief executive officer and portfolio manager. In addition, we welcome John Alban back to the Fund and look forward to the service he can provide in the capacity of a Trustee."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND
The Fund is a closed-end management investment company with an investment objective of seeking a high total return with an emphasis on current income. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing, under normal market conditions, at least 80% of its net assets, plus any borrowings for investment purposes, in a portfolio of equity and debt securities of infrastructure companies, including: (i) energy infrastructure companies, (ii) industrial infrastructure companies, (iii) sustainable infrastructure companies, and (iv) technology and communication infrastructure companies. The Fund will invest no more than 25% of its Managed Assets in securities of energy master limited partnerships ("MLPs") that qualify as publicly traded partnerships under the Internal Revenue Code. The Fund's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NXG."
There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objectives. Investments in the Fund involve operating expenses and fees. The net asset value of the Fund will fluctuate with the value of the underlying securities. It is important to note that closed-end funds trade on their market value, not net asset value, and closed-end funds often trade at a discount to their net asset value.
Future distributions will be made by the Fund if and when declared by the Fund's Board of Trustees, based on a consideration of number of factors, including the Fund's continued compliance with terms and financial covenants of its leverage financing facility, the Fund's net investment income, financial performance, and available cash. There can be no assurance that the amount or timing of distributions in the future will be equal or similar to that described herein or that the Board of Trustees will not decide to suspend or discontinue the payment of distributions in the future.
ABOUT CUSHING® ASSET MANAGEMENT, LP
Cushing is an SEC-registered investment adviser headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Cushing serves as investment adviser to affiliated funds and managed accounts. Cushing is doing business as NXG Investment Management providing Next Generation investment strategies to investors seeking long-term growth in companies focused on a clean and sustainable future as well as traditional and transformational infrastructure companies.
Contact: Blake NelsonCushing® Asset Management, LP214-692-6334