Deutsche High Income Trust Announces Additional Details Regarding Its Liquidation
Deutsche High Income Trust (NYSE: KHI) (the "Fund") announced today that its Board of Trustees has approved a Plan of Liquidation and Termination for the Fund (the "Plan") related to the previously approved liquidation of the Fund to occur on or before November 30, 2016. As further described below, pursuant to the Plan, a final liquidating distribution is expected to be made on or about November 11, 2016.
Under the terms of the Plan, the "Cessation Date" for the Fund's planned liquidation is expected to occur on or about November 4, 2016. As provided in the Plan, at the close of business on the Cessation Date, the Fund will cease to engage in any business activities, except for the purpose of liquidating and winding up its affairs, and the books of the Fund will be closed. Effective the business day following the Cessation Date, the Fund's shares will not be transferable (except for the settlement of prior transactions), and it is anticipated that trading in the Fund's shares on the New York Stock Exchange will cease. The Fund will subsequently seek to reduce all remaining portfolio securities to cash or cash equivalents and make a final liquidating distribution to shareholders on or about November 11, 2016. All Fund shareholders as of the close of business on the Cessation Date will be entitled to receive a liquidating distribution. The Cessation Date may be extended if necessary or appropriate in connection with the orderly liquidation of the Fund or to protect the interests of Fund shareholders.
Prior to the Cessation Date, the Fund intends to reduce and eliminate its financial leverage by paying back its bank line of credit. It is anticipated that the Fund's de-levering will occur in stages over time and, subject to portfolio management's discretion, may be completed as early as mid to late August. In addition, prior to the Cessation Date and subject to portfolio management's discretion, the Fund intends to begin the process of converting its portfolio securities to more liquid investments, including cash or cash equivalents. As the Fund de-levers and begins to transition its portfolio to more liquid investments, its net investment income may decline, which, in turn, may reduce its remaining regular monthly dividends. The Fund's last anticipated regular monthly dividend will be for the month of October. The Fund does not expect to pay its regular November monthly dividend. Any net investment income earned in November would consequently be included as part of the Fund's final liquidating distribution to shareholders.
Deutsche High Income Trust seeks to provide the highest current income obtainable, consistent with reasonable risk, with capital gains secondary. Bond investments are subject to interest-rate and credit risks. When interest rates rise, bond prices generally fall. Credit risk refers to the ability of an issuer to make timely payments of principal and interest. Investments in lower-quality ("junk bonds") and non-rated securities present greater risk of loss than investments in higher-quality securities. Investing in derivatives entails special risks relating to liquidity, leverage and credit that may reduce returns and/or increase volatility. Leverage results in additional risks and can magnify the effect of any gains or losses. Investing in foreign securities, particularly those of emerging markets, presents certain risks, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic changes, and market risks.
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