The Board of Trustees of The Gabelli Dividend & Income Trust (NYSE:GDV) declared a $0.225 per
share initial 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 "GDV Pr D",
are rated 'Aaa' by Moody's Investors Service and have an annual dividend rate of $1.50 per
share. The 2,600,000 Preferred Shares were issued on November 3, 2005 at $25.00 per share
and will pay distributions quarterly. This initial distribution represents the accrual period
from November 3, 2005 through December 26, 2005.
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 34% from
net investment income and 66% 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 Dividend & Income Trust is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment
company with $2.2 billion in total assets whose primary investment objective is to provide
a high level of total return with an emphasis on dividends and income. The Fund is managed
by Gabelli Funds, LLC, a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE:GBL), which is a publicly
traded NYSE listed company.