The Board of Directors of The Gabelli Multimedia Trust Inc. (NYSE:GGT) declared a $0.13
per share cash distribution payable on September 25, 2006 to common stock shareholders of record
on September 15, 2006, pursuant to the Gabelli Multimedia Trust's 5% Distribution Policy.
Under the Gabelli Multimedia Trust's distribution policy, the Fund pays a minimum annual
distribution of 5% of the average net asset value of the Fund. The Fund's current quarterly
distribution level for 2006 was increased to $0.13 per share in each of the first three quarters
of the year with an adjusting distribution in the fourth quarter of a sufficient amount to pay
5% 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 based on the income, capital gains, or capital available.
We note that 5% of the current average net asset value per share would be $0.59 based on the
ending net asset values per share for the previous three quarters, December 31, 2005, March 31,
2006 and June 30, 2006, of $11.77, $12.08, and $11.86, respectively, and the net asset value
per share on July 31, 2006 of $11.53. The average net asset value per share is subject to
change as of year-end.
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 August 17, 2006, the date of this press release, each of the distributions paid in 2006
would include approximately 45% from net investment income and 55% from net capital gains.
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 Multimedia Trust Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment
company with $216 million 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.