Brigade Announces That Leading Independent Proxy Advisory Firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Recommends Change at the Board of PIMCO Income Strategy Fund II
Brigade Capital Management, LLC, or “Brigade”, an investment advisor whose affiliates hold approximately 25.9% of the auction rate preferred shares of PIMCO Income Strategy Fund II (NYSE: PFN), or the “Fund”, announced today that Institutional Shareholder Services, or “ISS”, is recommending that the preferred shareholders of the Fund vote in favor of the election of Alan Bruce Miller, Brigade's nominee, to serve as a preferred shares trustee of the Fund.
In its reports dated July 22, 2013, ISS concluded that “[s]upport of ARPS holders FOR Brigade's nominee, Alan Bruce Miller, is warranted given that the nomination of Mr. Miller would further influence the Fund's board to provide liquidity for the holders of ARPS and by the Fund's failure to provide liquidity to ARPS holders at levels consistent with industry average. Additionally, a WITHHOLD recommendation for the Fund's incumbent nominees also appears warranted under standard ARPS policy for the same failure to provide ARPS liquidity at or above industry average levels.” (1)
In response to ISS' report, Donald E. Morgan, the managing member of Brigade, issued the following statement: “We are extremely pleased that ISS is endorsing change at the board of the Fund by recommending Brigade's nominee for election to the board of the Fund. We believe that there are very attractive financing alternatives to the preferred shares and that the Fund's trustees could pursue these financing opportunities to provide preferred shareholders with a redemption of or offer to repurchase their securities and at the same time protect the interests of the common shareholders. While interest rates remain low by historical standards, they have increased significantly. We believe that the dramatic, recent market place changes and volatility have only confirmed the wisdom of redemption, yet the Fund's directors continue to resist this logical step already taken by most other funds. In our view, ISS' report provides independent validation that the board should take action to immediately redeem the preferred shares.”
VOTE THE GREEN PROXY CARD TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE FUND'S FUTURE
Brigade urges all preferred shareholders to follow ISS' recommendation for change on the board of the Fund – it is important that the preferred shareholders of the Fund return the GREEN proxy card and vote FOR Alan Bruce Miller. The preferred shareholders of the Fund SHOULD NOT RETURN THE WHITE PROXY CARD or any other proxy card furnished to them on behalf of the Fund.
If you have already returned a proxy card, you have every right to change your vote by signing, dating, and returning a later dated GREEN proxy card or by voting in person at the upcoming annual meeting.
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