The Board of Directors of The Gabelli Convertible and Income Securities Fund Inc. (NYSE:GCV)
declared a $0.20 per share cash distribution payable on March 27, 2006 to common stock shareholders
of record on March 17, 2006, pursuant to the Gabelli Convertible and Income Securities Fund's
8% Distribution Policy.
Under the Convertible and Income Securities Fund's distribution policy, the Fund pays a minimum
annual distribution of 8% of the average net asset value of the Fund. Pursuant to this policy,
the Fund pays $0.20 per share in each of the first three quarters of the year and an adjusting
distribution in the fourth quarter of a sufficient amount to pay 8% of the average net asset
value of the Fund, as of the last day of the four preceding calendar quarters, or to satisfy
the minimum distribution requirements of the Internal Revenue Code, whichever is greater. Each
quarter, the Board of Directors reviews the amount of any potential distribution and the income,
capital gains or paid-in capital available.
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. If the Fund does not generate earnings from dividends,
interest and net realized capital gains equal to or in excess of the aggregate distributions paid
by the Fund for the year, then the amount distributed in excess of the Fund's investment income
and net realized capital gains will be deemed a non-taxable return of capital.
Long-term capital gains, qualified dividend income, ordinary income and paid-in capital, if any,
will be allocated on a pro-rata basis to all distributions to common shareholders for the year.
As of February 15, 2006, the date of this press release, the current distribution would include
approximately 21% from net investment income, 37% from net capital gains and 42% from paid-in
capital. The estimated components of each distribution are provided to shareholders of record
in a notice accompanying the distribution and are available on our website (www.gabelli.com).
The final determination of the sources of all distributions in 2006 will be made after year-end.
All shareholders with taxable accounts will receive written notification regarding the components
and tax treatment for all 2006 distributions in early 2007 via Form 1099-DIV.
The Gabelli Convertible and Income Securities Fund Inc. is a diversified, closed-end management
investment company with $148 million in total assets whose primary investment objective is to
seek a high level of total return through a combination of current income and capital appreciation.
The Fund is managed by Gabelli Funds, LLC, a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE:GBL), which
is a publicly traded NYSE listed company.