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Strong Performance, Positive Outlook Prompts Dividend Increases in 5 Calamos Closed-end Funds

In a move designed to provide more income to shareholders as a result of recent portfolio performance and Calamos’ optimistic market view, we’ve increased the distribution levels for five closed-end funds, including:

“We are pleased these funds are well positioned to raise their monthly distributions following our effective active management, resulting in strong portfolio performance in 2020, as well as our market positioning to optimize opportunities we see for our shareholders in 2021,” said Calamos Founder, Chairman and Global Chief Investment Officer John P. Calamos, Sr. in the announcement.

“We remain committed to our closed-end fund shareholders to provide both attractive and sustainable distributions so as they may better participate in the portfolio’s returns,” he continued.

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Each Fund’s payable date is February 19, 2021; their record dates are February 12, 2021; and their ex-dividend dates are February 11, 2021.

Of note, CPZ also raised its monthly distribution rate last December by $0.01 per share (see post). This amount, combined with this most recent increase, constitutes a more than 18% raise over the past two months.

Calamos CEF distributions have 0% return on capital in 2020.

Outpacing Peers

Distribution changes reflect not only the strong recent performance of the portfolio, but also consider the portfolio management team’s expectations of returns over the next several months.

Last year all Calamos closed-end funds outperformed their respective peer group averages for both price and NAV, scoring top rankings in all respective peer groups, for both NAV and price total returns. Four Calamos funds ranked at the top, on the basis of NAV and price in 2020:

  • Convertibles category: Calamos Dynamic Convertible and Income Fund (CCD) NAV, price
  • World Allocation category: Calamos Global Total Return Fund (CGO), NAV and Calamos Global Dynamic Income Fund (CHW), price
  • 50%-70% Equities category: Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund (CSQ) NAV, price

calamos cef q4 total return on nav vs morningstar category average

calamos cef 2020 total return on market price vs morningstar category average

What’s more, all Calamos closed-end funds outperformed their respective peer group averages in the fourth quarter for both NAV and for price.

calamos cef q4 2020 performance vs general indexes

The Calamos Advantage

The portfolio management teams have the flexibility to invest in a range of investments to optimize returns during all market cycles. In 2020, that included what Senior Vice President and Director of Closed-End Fund Products Robert F. Bush, Jr. describes as “the Calamos advantage”—Calamos’ significant expertise in convertible securities in an outstanding year for actively managed convertibles.

Convertibles contributed to the three closed-end funds with a convertible focus (CCD, CHY and CHI), as well as three funds whose focus is general total return, and do not have a minimum investment threshold for convertibles (CHW, CGO and CSQ).

“The flexibility of these funds that do not necessarily invest in convertibles but may and did invest in them during 2020, combined with our unparalleled management capabilities in this asset class, propelled the funds' overwhelming outperformance last year on both an absolute and relative basis,” Bush added.

Inexpensive, judicious use of leverage also contributed to performance success during the year, said Bush.

Despite the funds’ strong performance, unusual pricing dynamics relative to NAV performance have created compelling value opportunities in several of the closed-end funds. They may offer solid values, and thus buying opportunities, as these assets may be purchased at excessive discounts to the NAV of the underlying portfolios, according to Bush.

For a comprehensive overview of the funds’ recent performance and a Q1 outlook from the portfolio management teams, join us this week for two webcasts. At 3:30 p.m. CST, Wednesday, Jan. 27, we’ll be hosting a CPZ-focused webcast. Our webcast the next day, at 3:30 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 28, will include a review of the six other funds.

Investment professionals, for more information on any of our seven closed-end funds, contact your Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or

Before investing carefully consider the fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Please see the prospectus and summary prospectus containing this and other information which can be obtained by calling 1-800-582-6959. Read it carefully before investing.

Click here to view CHI's standardized performance.

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The Calamos Closed-end Funds maintain a level distribution policy. Under the Fund's level rate distribution policy, distributions paid to common shareholders typically include net investment income and net realized short-term capital gains. When the net investment income and net realized short-term capital gains are not sufficient, a portion of the level rate distribution will be a return of capital. In addition, a limited number of distributions per calendar year may include net realized long-term capital gains. Distributions are subject to re-characterization for tax purposes after the end of the fiscal year.

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