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Sprott Focus Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq-FUND) Declares First Quarter Common Stock Distribution of $0.10 Per Share

Sprott Focus Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq-FUND) Declares First Quarter Common Stock Distribution of $0.10 Per Share

Sprott Focus Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq-FUND) (the “Fund” or “FUND”) has declared a quarterly distribution of $0.10 per share on its Common Stock.  The distribution, optionally payable in additional shares of Common Stock or in cash by specific stockholder election, is to be paid on March 28, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2017 (ex-dividend on March 13, 2017).  The price of shares issued for reinvestment will be determined on March 22, 2017.

The Fund currently has adopted a Distribution Policy of paying quarterly distributions on its Common Stock.  Distributions are being made at the annual rate of 5% of the rolling average of the prior four calendar quarter-end net asset values (“NAVs”), with the fourth quarter distribution being the greater of 1.25% of the rolling average or the minimum distribution required by IRS regulations. The policy, including the annual rate, is subject to change at the discretion of the Fund’s Board of Directors.

The Fund’s estimated sources of the distribution to be paid on March 28, 2017 and for 2017 year-to-date are as follows:

Estimated Allocations as of February 28, 2017

 

Distribution
Per Share

Net Investment
Income

Net Realized
Short-Term Gains

Net Realized
Long-Term Gains

Return of Capital

FUND

$ 0.1000

$ 0.0902 (90%)

$0.0028 (3%)

$0.0066 (7%)

$0.0003 (0%)

 

Estimated Allocations for 2017 through February 28, 2017

 

Distribution
Per Share

Net Investment
Income

Net Realized
Short-Term Gains

Net Realized
Long-Term Gains

Return of Capital

FUND

$ 0.1000

$ 0.0902 (90%)

$0.0028 (3%)

$0.0066 (7%)

$0.0003 (0%)

You should not draw any conclusions about the Fund’s investment performance from the amount of the current distribution or from the terms of the Fund’s Distribution Policy.  The amounts and sources of distributions reported herein are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes.  The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations.  The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

Fund Performance and Distribution Rate Information:

 

Average Annual Total Return (in relation to NAV for the 5-year period ending on 2/28/2017)1

Annualized Current Distribution Rate
(expressed as a percentage of NAV
as of 2/28/2017)2

Cumulative total return
(in relation to NAV for the fiscal year through 2/28/2017)3

Cumulative fiscal year Distribution Rate (as a percentage of NAV
as of 2/28/2017)4

FUND

6.40%

4.74%

4.58%

1.18%

1     Average Annual Total Return in relation to NAV represents the compound average of the Annual NAV Total Returns of the Fund for the five year period ended February 28, 2017.  Annual NAV Total Return is the percentage change in the Fund’s NAV over a year, assuming reinvestment of distributions paid.

2       The annualized Current Distribution Rate is the current fiscal period’s distribution rate annualized as a percentage of the Fund’s NAV as of February 28, 2017.

3     Cumulative Total Return is the percentage change in the Fund’s NAV from December 31, 2016 to February 28, 2017, assuming reinvestment of distributions paid.

4     The Cumulative Fiscal Year Distribution Rate is the dollar value of distributions for the fiscal year period (January 1, 2017 to February 28, 2017) as a percentage of the Fund’s NAV as of February 28, 2017.

About Sprott Focus Trust

Sprott Focus Trust, Inc. is a closed-end diversified management investment company whose shares of Common Stock are listed and traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.  The Fund’s investment goal is long-term capital growth, which it seeks by normally investing at least 65% of its assets in equity securities.

 An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. The Fund is a closed-end fund and closed-end funds do not continuously issue shares for sale as open-end mutual funds do. The Fund trades in the secondary market. Investors wishing to buy or sell shares need to place orders through an intermediary or broker.

Contact

Glen Williams
Managing Director, Investor Relations
Sprott 
Telephone: 416.943.4394
Email: gwilliams@sprott.com

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