LEAWOOD, Kan. – March 26, 2018 – Tortoise today announced the launch of the Tortoise Tax-Advantaged Social Infrastructure Fund (TSIFX), a closed-end interval fund that offers investors access to the firm‘s direct lending strategy that was previously available only to qualified purchasers through a private fund. The fund will provide capital for social infrastructure projects related to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofits and other entities authorized to issue private activity and tax-exempt bonds focused on education, healthcare, housing, industrial infrastructure, human service providers and social services, where there is currently a capital dislocation. The fund seeks to generate attractive total return with an emphasis on tax-advantaged income.
"The capital supply demand imbalance that resulted from the financial crisis provides our team an opportunity to potentially benefit 501(c)(3) entities with the capital needed to fund social infrastructure projects and investors with tax-advantaged income and diversification in their portfolios,” said Garey Fuqua, senior portfolio manager and team lead for Tortoise‘s social infrastructure and direct lending strategies. “We believe our team‘s extensive experience sourcing and structuring direct origination deals and our differentiated credit philosophy and approach gives us a competitive advantage in a rather opaque market."
"Tortoise is very thoughtful about structuring products to best meet the needs of our investors,” said Jeremy Goff, a managing director focusing on the firm‘s direct lending platform. “Utilizing an interval fund structure for this strategy allows investors to capitalize on the potential illiquidity premium of direct origination private deals, while also offering quarterly liquidity."
Liquidity will be provided to shareholders through the fund‘s quarterly repurchase offerings.
Tortoise invests in assets and services that serve essential needs in society and can also serve essential client needs, such as diversification and income. Tortoise‘s expertise spans traditional energy investing across the entire energy value chain, sustainable infrastructure including wind, solar and water infrastructure, credit investing, direct lending to social infrastructure projects and index construction. Through a variety of investment vehicles, Tortoise provides access to a wide range of client solutions, focused on their evolving needs. For more information, visit www.tortoiseadvisors.com.
This press release contains certain statements that may include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are "forward-looking statements." Although the fund and Tortoise Index Solutions believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the funds‘ reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Other than as required by law, the fund and Tortoise Index Solutions do not assume a duty to update this forward-looking statement.
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The closed-end interval fund has adopted, pursuant to Rule 23c-3 under the 1940 Act, a fundamental policy, which cannot be changed without shareholder approval, requiring the fund to offer to repurchase at least 5% and up to 25% of its common shares at NAV on a regular schedule. Although the policy permits repurchases of between 5% and 25% of the fund's outstanding common shares, for each quarterly repurchase offer, the fund currently expects to offer to repurchase 5% of the fund's outstanding common shares at NAV subject to approval of the Board. It is possible that a repurchase offer may be oversubscribed, in which case shareholders may only have a portion of their shares repurchased. Subject to the above, quarterly repurchase offers and liquidity are limited.
Before investing in the fund, investors should consider their investment goals, time horizons and risk tolerance. The fund‘s investment objective, risks, charges and expenses must be considered carefully before investing. The statutory and summary prospectus contain this and other important information about the funds. Copies of the fund‘s prospectus may be obtained by visiting www.tortoiseadvisors.com or calling 855-TCA-FUND. Read it carefully before investing.
Mutual fund investing involves risks. Principal loss is possible. The fund is suitable only for investors who can bear the risks associated with the limited liquidity of the fund and should be viewed as a long-term investment. The fund will ordinarily accrue and pay distributions from its net investment income, if any, once a quarter; however, the amount of distributions that the fund may pay, if any, is uncertain. There currently is no secondary market for the fund‘s shares and the adviser does not expect that a secondary market will develop. Limited liquidity is provided to shareholders only through the fund‘s quarterly Repurchase Offers for no less than 5% of the fund‘s shares outstanding at net asset value. There is no guarantee that shareholders will be able to sell all of the shares they desire in a quarterly Repurchase Offer. The fund invests in Municipal- Related Securities. Litigation, legislation or other political events, local business or economic conditions or the bankruptcy of the issuer could have a significant effect on the ability of an issuer of municipal bonds to make payments of principal and/or interest. Changes related to taxation, legislation or the rights of municipal security holders can significantly affect municipal bonds. Because the fund concentrates its investments in Municipal-Related Securities the fund may be subject to increased volatility. Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. This risk is usually greater for longer-term debt securities. Investment by the fund in lower-rated and non-rated securities presents a greater risk of loss to principal and interest than higher-rated securities. The fund may invest in derivative securities, which derive their performance from the performance of an underlying asset, index, interest rate or currency exchange rate. Derivatives can be volatile and involve various types and degrees of risks. Depending on the characteristics of the particular derivative, it could become illiquid. The fund may utilize leverage, which is a speculative technique that may adversely affect common shareholders if the return on investments acquired with borrowed fund or other leverage proceeds do not exceed the cost of the leverage, causing the fund to lose money.
Tortoise Credit Strategies is the adviser to the Tortoise Tax-Advantaged Social Infrastructure Fund, Inc., which is distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.
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