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Western Asset High Income Fund II Inc. Portfolio Composition as of September 30, 2012


Western Asset High Income Fund II Inc. (NYSE: HIX) announces its portfolio composition as of September 30, 2012.

Investment Objective: The Fund seeks to maximize current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund seeks capital appreciation to the extent consistent with its objective of seeking to maximize current income.


Portfolio Composition*:


Asset Allocation


High Yield Corporate Bonds


Emerging Market Debt


Sovereign Debt External Currency


Sovereign Debt Local Currency


Corporates External Currency


Investment Grade Corporate Bonds


Bank Loans


Mortgage-Backed Securities


Cash & Other Securities



Credit Quality Allocation**

A 0.3%
BBB 7.1%
BB 15.9%
B 42.3%
CCC 28.8%
CC 2.8%
Not Rated 2.7%

Top Ten High Yield Industries

Consumer Cyclical 13.7%
Communications 12.2%
Consumer Non Cyclical 9.0%
Basic Industry 8.0%
Energy 8.0%
Capital Goods 7.1%
Transportation 6.4%
Electric 6.1%
Technology 2.8%
Financial Other 2.2%

Top Five Emerging Market Countries

Brazil 2.9%
Russia 2.0%
Mexico 1.8%
India 0.7%
South Africa 0.5%

Currency Allocation

US Dollars 99.7%
Brazilian Reals 0.9%
Peruvian Nuevos Soles 0.2%
Indonesian Rupiahs 0.2%
British Pound 0.1%
Euros -1.1%

Average Life (years)


Effective Duration (years)


Average Coupon (%)


Portfolio Statistics:


Inception Date


May 28, 1998

Inception Price

$ 15.00

Total Assets***

$ 1,021,012,244

Net Assets

$ 775,566,831



Preferred Shares****


Reverse Repos****


Market Price

$ 10.59


$ 9.06

(Daily NAV is available on market quotation systems using the symbol XHGIX.)


Distribution Rate


0.0825 per share


Monthly (Declared quarterly, paid monthly)


* Portfolio holdings and weightings are historical and are presented here for informational purposes only. They are subject to change at any time. Negative allocations and allocations in excess of 100%, if any, are primarily due to the Fund's unsettled trade activity.

** Credit quality is a measure of a bond issuer's ability to repay interest and principal in a timely manner. The credit ratings shown are based on each portfolio security's rating as provided by Standard and Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and/or Fitch Ratings, Ltd. and typically range from AAA (highest) to D (lowest). For this purpose, if two or more of the agencies have assigned differing ratings to a security, the lowest rating is used. Securities that are unrated by all three agencies are reflected as such. The credit quality of the investments in the Fund's portfolio does not apply to the stability or safety of the Fund. These ratings are updated monthly and may change over time. Please note, the Fund itself has not been rated by an independent rating agency.

*** The difference between total assets and net assets, if any, is due primarily to the Fund's use of borrowings; net assets do not include borrowings. The Fund may employ leverage in the form of loans, preferred stock, reverse repurchase agreements and/or other instruments. When the Fund engages in transactions that have a leveraging effect on the Fund's portfolio, the value of the Fund will be more volatile and all other risks will tend to be compounded.

**** Percentages based on total assets.

Western Asset High Income Fund II Inc., a diversified closed-end investment management company, is advised by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc., and is sub-advised by Western Asset Management Company, an affiliate of the advisor.

An investment in the Fund involves risk, including loss of principal. Investment return and the value of shares will fluctuate. Fixed income securities are subject to credit risk, inflation risk, call risk, and interest rate risks. As interest rates rise, bond prices fall, reducing the value of the Fund's share price. High yield ("junk") bonds are subject to greater risk and potential loss than higher rated bonds. International investing is subject to additional risks. These risks are greater in emerging markets.

Data and commentary provided in this press release are for informational purposes only. Legg Mason and its affiliates do not engage in selling shares of the Fund.

For more information, please call Fund Investor Services at 888-777-0102, or consult the Fund's web site at


Western Asset High Income Fund II Inc.
Maria Rosati, 1-212-805-6036

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