The Board of Directors of The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. (NYSE:GAB) declared a $0.45 per share
cash distribution payable on December 27, 2005 to Preferred Shareholders of record on
December 19, 2005.
The Preferred Shares, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GAB Pr B",
are rated 'Aaa' by Moody's Investors Service and have an annual dividend rate of $1.80 per
share. The Preferred Shares were issued on June 20, 2001 at $25.00 per share and pay
distributions quarterly. The Preferred Shares will be callable at any time at the liquidation
value of $25.00 per share plus accrued dividends following the expiration of the five-year
call protection on June 20, 2006.
A portion of the distribution may be treated as long-term capital gain and qualified dividend
income for individuals, each subject to the maximum Federal income tax rate, which is currently
15% in taxable accounts for individuals. Long-term capital gains, qualified dividend income
and ordinary income, if any, will be allocated on a pro-rata basis to all distributions for
the year. Based on earnings to date, the distribution would include approximately 37% from
net investment income and 63% from capital gains. The final determination of the source of
all distributions in 2005 will be made after year-end. All shareholders will receive written
notification regarding the components and tax treatment for all 2005 distributions in early
2006 via Form 1099-DIV.
The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company
with $1.8 billion in total assets whose primary investment objective is long-term growth of
capital. The Fund is managed by Gabelli Funds, LLC, a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc.
(NYSE:GBL), which is a publicly traded NYSE listed company.