Pioneer US Closed-End Funds to Redomicile to Maryland
April 07, 2021 at 09:00 AM EDT
The Board of each of Pioneer Diversified High Income Trust (NYSE American: HNW), Pioneer Floating Rate Trust (NYSE: PHD), Pioneer High Income Trust (NYSE: PHT), Pioneer Municipal High Income Advantage Trust (NYSE: MAV) and Pioneer Municipal High Income Trust (NYSE: MHI) (each, a “Fund”) announced today that it has voted to redomicile the Fund from a Delaware statutory trust to a Maryland corporation (in each case, the “redomiciling”).
Each Fund’s name will change in connection with the redomiciling, as follows:
Amundi Asset Management US, Inc. will continue to serve as each Fund’s investment adviser following the redomiciling. There will be no change to a Fund’s investment objective and strategies, portfolio management team, policies and procedures or the members of the Board overseeing the Fund as a result of the Fund’s redomiciling.
For each Fund, the redomiciling will be effected through a statutory merger of the current Delaware statutory trust with and into a newly-established Maryland corporation formed for the purpose of effecting the redomiciling. For each Fund, each outstanding share of beneficial interest of the Delaware statutory trust will be automatically converted into one share of common stock of the Maryland corporation. There will be no tax impact to a Fund or its shareholders as a direct result of the Fund’s redomiciling. It is anticipated that each Fund’s redomiciling will be consummated mid-April.
Following each Fund’s redomiciling, the rights of shareholders will be governed by Maryland General Corporation Law and the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Fund. Each Fund’s Board has adopted a resolution to cause the Fund to be subject to the Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act (the “Control Share Act”) following the redomiciling, as reflected in each Fund’s Bylaws.
The Control Share Act protects the interests of all stockholders by generally providing that any holder of “control shares” acquired in a “control share acquisition” may not exercise voting rights with respect to the “control shares,” except to the extent approved by a vote of two-thirds of all the votes entitled to be cast on the matter. Generally, "control shares" are shares that, when aggregated with shares already owned by an acquiring person, would entitle the acquiring person to exercise 10% or more, 33 1/3% or more, or a majority of the total voting power of shares entitled to vote in the election of directors. The Control Share Act provides that a “control share acquisition” does not include the acquisition of shares in a merger, consolidation or share exchange. Therefore, a Fund shareholder that acquires shares of a successor fund as a result of the merger of a Fund will be able to exercise voting rights as to those shares even if the number of such shares acquired by the shareholder in the merger exceeds one or more of the thresholds of the Control Share Act.
The above description of the Control Share Act is only a high-level summary and does not purport to be complete. Investors should refer to the actual provisions of the Control Share Act for more information, including definitions of key terms, various exclusions and exemptions from the statute’s scope, and the procedures by which stockholders may approve the reinstatement of voting rights to holders of “control shares.”
About the Funds
Pioneer Diversified High Income Trust is an NYSE American listed closed-end fund that seeks a high level of current income. It also seeks capital appreciation as a secondary objective to the extent consistent with its primary goal.
Pioneer Floating Rate Trust is an NYSE listed closed-end fund that seeks a high level of current income by investing primarily in floating-rate loans. It also seeks capital preservation as a secondary objective to the extent consistent with its primary goal.
Pioneer High Income Trust is an NYSE listed closed-end fund that seeks a high level of current income by investing in a portfolio of below-investment grade bonds and convertible securities. It also seeks capital appreciation as a secondary objective.
Pioneer Municipal High Income Advantage Trust is an NYSE listed closed-end fund that seeks high current income exempt from regular federal income tax. It also seeks capital appreciation as a secondary objective.
Pioneer Municipal High Income Trust is an NYSE listed closed-end fund that seeks high current income exempt from regular federal income tax. It also seeks capital appreciation as a secondary objective.
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