DWS Municipal Income Trust (NYSE: KTF) and DWS Strategic Municipal Income Trust (NYSE: KSM) (each, a “Fund,” and together, the “Funds”) announced today a new refinancing plan that is expected to result in the outstanding leverage remaining unchanged for each Fund. Pursuant to the new refinancing plan, each Fund intends to redeem all of its currently outstanding Floating Rate Municipal Term Preferred Shares, Series 2018 (the “Series 2018 MTPS”). The redemption of each Fund’s Series 2018 MTPS will be conditioned on the receipt of proceeds from the issuance of new preferred shares in an amount equal to the aggregate liquidation preference of the Series 2018 MTPS. The Series 2018 MTPS of each Fund will be redeemed at its liquidation preference per share plus an amount equal to any unpaid dividends and other distributions on such share accumulated from and including the Series original issue date to (but excluding) the optional redemption date for such Series.
To facilitate the implementation of the new refinancing plan, effective as of today, the terms of the Series 2018 MTPS have been modified to (i) extend the Series 2018 MTPS term redemption date to June 1, 2021, and (ii) permit the Funds, at any time after September 1, 2020, to redeem the Series 2018 MTPS with the proceeds of new leverage. In connection with these changes, effective September 3, 2020, the current Series 2018 MTPS dividend rate of the SIFMA Municipal Swap Index (the “SIFMA Index”) plus 1.00% will increase to the SIFMA Index plus 1.75%. DWS Investment Management Americas, Inc. and/or its affiliates, and not the Funds, will bear the cost of this incremental increase in the Series 2018 MTPS dividend rate. Except for the above-described changes and certain related technical amendments, the material terms, rights and preferences of each Fund’s Series 2018 MTPS remain the same. The aggregate Series 2018 MTPS liquidation preference for KTF remains at $198,750,000, and the aggregate Series 2018 MTPS liquidation preference for KSM remains at $70,000,000.
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DWS Municipal Income Trust. Bond investments are subject to interest-rate, credit, liquidity and market risks to varying degrees. 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. 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. Although the fund seeks income that is exempt from federal income taxes, a portion of the fund’s distributions may be subject to federal, state and local taxes, including the alternative minimum tax.
DWS Strategic Municipal Income Trust. Bond investments are subject to interest-rate, credit, liquidity and market risks to varying degrees. 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. 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. Although the fund seeks income that is exempt from federal income taxes, a portion of the fund’s distributions may be subject to federal, state and local taxes, including the alternative minimum tax.
Closed-end funds, unlike open-end funds, are not continuously offered. There is a one-time public offering and once issued, shares of closed-end funds are bought and sold in the open market through a stock exchange. Shares of closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to their net asset value. The price of a fund’s shares is determined by a number of factors, several of which are beyond the control of the fund. Therefore, the fund cannot predict whether its shares will trade at, below or above net asset value.
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