Madison Strategic Sector Premium Fund Board Meeting Update

11/10/17 12:29 PM EST

MADISON, Wis., Nov. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Madison Asset Management (MAM) announced today that the newly constituted Board for the Madison Strategic Sector Premium Fund (MSP or Fund) (NYSE:MSP) met for the first time at MAM’s offices on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.  The Trustees of the Fund are Jim Imhoff, Artie Regan, Dan Robeson and Rich Struthers, each of whom is an “independent trustee,” as that term is defined under the Investment Company Act.  All of the Board members were present and participated in the meeting.  In addition to the standard agenda items, the Board clarified its approach to conflicts of interest and considered a non-binding shareholder proposal (submitted in connection with the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in August 2017) for MSP to engage in a self-tender offer.  With regard to conflicts of interest, the individual Board members and the Board as a whole agreed that if any Board member has a conflict, or the perception of a conflict, they would recuse themselves from voting on any matters that relate to the conflict.  The Board reaffirmed its commitment to listening to shareholder feedback and acting in the best interests of all shareholders.  To that end, the Board determined that additional information was needed before it could take action on the proposal. Specifically, the Board unanimously voted to direct MAM to provide a detailed analysis of the effects a self tender at varying levels would have on Fund expenses and liquidity, among other things.  The Board also directed MAM to provide information on a number of alternative measures for Board consideration that have the potential to reduce MSP’s discount while potentially providing additional liquidity to shareholders, thereby benefiting shareholders.   The Board is expected to consider these strategic options at its next meeting. 

About Madison Asset Management, LLC

Madison Asset Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Madison Investment Holdings, Inc., is MSP’s investment adviser. Its affiliates include Madison Investment Advisors, LLC, with offices in Madison, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona; and Hansberger Growth Investors L.P., Toronto, Canada.

CONTACT:
Madison Asset Management, LLC
Greg Hoppe, Treasurer
gregh@madisonadv.com
800-368-3195

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