UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM N-CSR

CERTIFIED SHAREHOLDER REPORT OF REGISTERED MANAGEMENT

INVESTMENT COMPANIES

Investment Company Act file number            811-21529                    

                         The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust                        

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

One Corporate Center

                      Rye, New York 10580-1422                      

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

Bruce N. Alpert

Gabelli Funds, LLC

One Corporate Center

                      Rye, New York 10580-1422                      

(Name and address of agent for service)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  1-800-422-3554

Date of fiscal year end:  December 31

Date of reporting period:  June 30, 2020

Form N-CSR is to be used by management investment companies to file reports with the Commission not later than 10 days after the transmission to stockholders of any report that is required to be transmitted to stockholders under Rule 30e-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (17 CFR 270.30e-1). The Commission may use the information provided on Form N-CSR in its regulatory, disclosure review, inspection, and policymaking roles.

A registrant is required to disclose the information specified by Form N-CSR, and the Commission will make this information public. A registrant is not required to respond to the collection of information contained in Form N-CSR unless the Form displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) control number. Please direct comments concerning the accuracy of the information collection burden estimate and any suggestions for reducing the burden to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20549-0609. The OMB has reviewed this collection of information under the clearance requirements of 44 U.S.C. § 3507.

 


Item 1. Reports to Stockholders.

The Report to Shareholders is attached herewith.


The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust

Semiannual Report — June 30, 2020

(Y)our Portfolio Management Team

 

LOGO

   LOGO    LOGO   
 

Mario J. Gabelli, CFA

   Timothy M. Winter, CFA    Jose Garza   
 

Chief Investment Officer

   Portfolio Manager    Portfolio Manager   
     BA, Rollins College    BA, Yale University   
     MBA, University of    MBA, Columbia   
     Notre Dame    Business School   

To Our Shareholders,

For the six months ended June 30, 2020, the net asset value (NAV) total return of The Gabelli Utility & Income Trust (the Fund) was (18.8)%, compared with a total return of (11.1)% for the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Utilities Index. The total return for the Fund’s publicly traded shares was (13.0)%. The Fund’s NAV per share was $15.98, while the price of the publicly traded shares closed at $15.83 on the NYSE American. See page 2 for additional performance information.

Enclosed are the financial statements, including the schedule of investments, as of June 30, 2020.

 

Beginning on January 1, 2021, as permitted by regulations adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, paper copies of the Fund’s annual and semiannual shareholder reports will no longer be sent by mail, unless you specifically request paper copies of the reports. Instead, the reports will be made available on the Fund’s website (www.gabelli.com), and you will be notified by mail each time a report is posted and provided with a website link to access the report. If you already elected to receive shareholder reports electronically, you will not be affected by this change and you need not take any action. To elect to receive all future reports on paper free of charge, please contact your financial intermediary, or, if you invest directly with the Fund, you may call 800-422-3554 or send an email request to info@gabelli.com.


Comparative Results

 

Average Annual Returns through June 30, 2020 (a) (Unaudited)
    

Year to Date

 

1 Year

 

3 Year

 

5 Year

 

10 Year

 

Since
Inception
(05/28/04)

Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust

                        

NAV Total Return (b)

       (18.82 )%       (13.93 )%       (2.82 )%       0.95 %       5.59 %       5.46 %

Investment Total Return (c)

       (13.03 )       (9.90 )       (0.62 )       4.62       5.72       5.67

S&P 500 Utilities Index

       (11.14 )       (2.11 )       6.41       10.17       11.31       9.68

Lipper Utility Fund Average

       (12.60 )       (6.09 )       4.59       6.25       9.85       8.89

S&P Global 1200 Utilities Index

       (7.82 )       1.20       6.81       8.13       7.59       7.80
  (a)

Returns represent past performance and do not guarantee future results. Investment returns and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. The Fund’s use of leverage may magnify the volatility of net asset value changes versus funds that do not employ leverage. When shares are sold, they may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data presented. Visit www.gabelli.com for performance information as of the most recent month end. Performance returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized. Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the Fund before investing. The S&P 500 Utilities Index is an unmanaged indicator of electric and gas utility stock performance. The Lipper Utility Fund Average reflects the average performance of mutual funds classified in this particular category. The S&P Global 1200 Utilities Index is an unmanaged indicator of electric and gas utility stock performance. Dividends are considered reinvested. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 
  (b)

Total returns and average annual returns reflect changes in the NAV per share, reinvestment of distributions at NAV on the ex-dividend date, and adjustments for the rights offering and are net of expenses. Since inception return is based on an initial NAV of $19.06.

 
  (c)

Total returns and average annual returns reflect changes in closing market values on the NYSE American, reinvestment of distributions, and adjustments for the rights offering. Since inception return is based on an initial offering price of $20.00.

 

 


Summary of Portfolio Holdings (Unaudited)

The following table presents portfolio holdings as a percent of total investments as of June 30, 2020:

The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust

 

U.S. Government Obligations

     27.1

Energy and Utilities: Integrated

     19.8

Telecommunications

     6.7

Food and Beverage

     5.0

Cable and Satellite

     4.5

Financial Services

     3.6

Natural Gas Utilities

     2.7

Consumer Products

     2.6

Alternative Energy

     2.5

Electric Transmission and Distribution

     2.5

Natural Gas Integrated

     2.2

Diversified Industrial

     2.2

Water

     2.0

Services

     1.8

Electronics

     1.8

Entertainment

     1.8

Hotels and Gaming

     1.7

Specialty Chemicals

     1.6

Wireless Communications

             1.6

Business Services

     1.2

Machinery

     1.2

Health Care

     0.8

Computer Software and Services

     0.5

Aerospace

     0.4

Oil

     0.4

Building and Construction

     0.4

Natural Resources

     0.3

Environmental Services

     0.3

Consumer Services

     0.2

Transportation

     0.2

Independent Power Producers and Energy Traders

     0.2

Closed-End Funds

     0.1

Automotive

     0.1

Automotive: Parts and Accessories

     0.0 %* 
  

 

 

 
         100.0
  

 

 

 

 

  *

Amount represents less than 0.05%.

 

 

The Fund files a complete schedule of portfolio holdings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) for the first and third quarters of each fiscal year on Form N-PORT. Shareholders may obtain this information at www.gabelli.com or by calling the Fund at 800-GABELLI (800-422-3554). The Fund’s Form N-PORT is available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and may also be reviewed and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling 800-SEC-0330.

Proxy Voting

The Fund files Form N-PX with its complete proxy voting record for the twelve months ended June 30, no later than August 31 of each year. A description of the Fund’s proxy voting policies, procedures, and how the Fund voted proxies relating to portfolio securities is available without charge, upon request, by (i) calling 800-GABELLI (800-422-3554); (ii) writing to The Gabelli Funds at One Corporate Center, Rye, NY 10580-1422; or (iii) visiting the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Certifications

The Fund’s Chief Executive Officer has certified to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that, as of June 5, 2020, he was not aware of any violation by the Fund of applicable NYSE corporate governance listing standards. The Fund reports to the SEC on Form N-CSR which contains certifications by the Fund’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer that relate to the Fund’s disclosure in such reports and that are required by Rule 30a-2(a) under the 1940 Act.

 

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The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust

Schedule of Investments — June 30, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Shares

         

Cost

    

Market
Value

 
  

COMMON STOCKS — 72.8%

     
  

ENERGY AND UTILITIES — 36.1%

     
  

Alternative Energy — 2.5%

     
  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  68,000     

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA†

     $    1,143,018        $    1,205,555  
  450     

SolarEdge Technologies Inc.†

     47,095        62,451  
  1,700     

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

     169,141        173,114  
  

U.S. Companies

     
  36,314     

NextEra Energy Partners LP

     1,430,965        1,862,182  
  8,150     

Ormat Technologies Inc.

     372,055        517,443  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        3,162,274        3,820,745  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

Diversified Industrial — 1.5%

     
  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  16,000     

Bouygues SA†

     562,608        546,647  
  16,500     

Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd.

     893,304        688,710  
  17,000     

Jardine Strategic Holdings Ltd.

     566,077        366,350  
  

U.S. Companies

     
  17,000     

Flowserve Corp.

     678,845        484,840  
  20,000     

General Electric Co.

     192,372        136,600  
  4,500     

Mueller Water Products Inc., Cl. A

     44,107        42,435  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        2,937,313        2,265,582  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

Electric Transmission and Distribution — 2.5%

 

  
  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  8,000     

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

     58,369        103,418  
  1,000     

Ascendant Group Ltd.

     35,343        30,500  
  1,700     

Boralex Inc., Cl. A

     34,193        38,693  
  28,000     

Enel Chile SA, ADR

     78,326        105,560  
  1,000     

Equatorial Energia SA†

     6,061        4,290  
  11,000     

Fortis Inc.

     339,143        418,334  
  1,250     

Fortis Inc.

     52,024        47,600  
  7,600     

Landis+Gyr Group AG†

     495,959        491,720  
  1,100     

Orsted A/S

     111,506        126,942  
  20,000     

Red Electrica Corp. SA

     227,553        373,112  
  

U.S. Companies

     
  2,400     

Consolidated Edison Inc.

     109,137        172,632  
  350     

Sempra Energy

     52,206        41,031  
  27,500     

Twin Disc Inc.†

     402,288        152,350  
  4,000     

Unitil Corp.

     175,048        179,280  
  16,300     

WEC Energy Group Inc.

     663,688        1,428,695  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        2,840,844        3,714,157  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

Energy and Utilities: Integrated — 19.8%

 

  
  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  140,000     

A2A SpA

     257,158        198,263  
  18,000     

BP plc, ADR

     651,993        419,760  
  10,000     

Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc.

     149,071        125,214  

Shares

         

Cost

    

Market
Value

 
  152,000     

Datang International Power Generation Co. Ltd., Cl. H

   $ 59,610      $ 19,808  
  2,000     

E.ON SE

     20,087        22,504  
  14,000     

E.ON SE, ADR

     162,822        156,520  
  19,000     

EDP - Energias de Portugal SA

     77,365        90,722  
  9,000     

EDP - Energias de Portugal SA, ADR

     241,083        433,368  
  10,000     

Electric Power Development Co. Ltd.

     252,321        189,396  
  33,000     

Emera Inc.

     1,314,190        1,298,512  
  8,500     

Endesa SA

     198,665        209,425  
  28,000     

Enel Americas SA, ADR

     88,325        210,280  
  152,000     

Enel SpA

     887,041        1,311,181  
  4,000     

Eni SpA

     66,742        38,154  
  6,000     

Eni SpA, ADR

     167,606        115,620  
  225,000     

Hera SpA

     461,298        845,823  
  12,000     

Hokkaido Electric Power Co. Inc.

     106,603        46,011  
  22,000     

Hokuriku Electric Power Co.

     238,434        140,181  
  14,000     

Huaneng Power International Inc., ADR

     389,439        211,400  
  221,546     

Iberdrola SA

     1,695,530        2,568,707  
  1,800     

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

     25,131        25,324  
  34,000     

Korea Electric Power Corp., ADR†

     392,916        271,320  
  22,000     

Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc.

     297,967        184,395  
  14,000     

Shikoku Electric Power Co. Inc.

     186,683        103,079  
  15,000     

The Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc.

     218,583        200,185  
  14,000     

The Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc.

     162,292        135,494  
  10,000     

Tohoku Electric Power Co. Inc.

     151,406        95,022  
  100     

Uniper SE

     1,124        3,224  
  2,000     

Verbund AG

     33,429        89,565  
  

U.S. Companies

     
  2,000     

ALLETE Inc.

     71,269        109,220  
  1,400     

Alliant Energy Corp.

     76,524        66,976  
  18,500     

Ameren Corp.

     721,946        1,301,660  
  25,000     

American Electric Power Co. Inc.

     2,082,289        1,991,000  
  13,100     

Avangrid Inc.

     627,490        549,938  
  17,100     

Avista Corp.

     651,524        622,269  
  600     

Black Hills Corp.

     15,133        33,996  
  500     

CMS Energy Corp.

     31,518        29,210  
  11,007     

Dominion Energy Inc.

     467,615        893,548  
  1,000     

DTE Energy Co.

     122,992        107,500  
  10,700     

Duke Energy Corp.

     498,621        854,823  
  500     

Entergy Corp.

     59,918        46,905  
  3,000     

Evergy Inc.

     145,687        177,870  
  20,700     

Eversource Energy

     1,074,732        1,723,689  
  380,000     

Gulf Coast Ultra Deep Royalty Trust

     9,538        6,840  
 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust

Schedule of Investments (Continued) — June 30, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Shares

         

Cost

    

Market
Value

 
  

COMMON STOCKS (Continued)

     
  

ENERGY AND UTILITIES (Continued)

     
  

Energy and Utilities: Integrated (Continued)

 

  
  

U.S. Companies (Continued)

     
  16,000     

Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc.

   $ 419,560      $ 576,960  
  300     

IDACORP Inc.

     24,834        26,211  
  10,000     

MGE Energy Inc.

     221,454        645,100  
  5,300     

NextEra Energy Inc.

     393,398        1,272,901  
  36,000     

NiSource Inc.

     282,621        818,640  
  10,500     

NorthWestern Corp.

     303,804        572,460  
  35,000     

OGE Energy Corp.

     432,547        1,062,600  
  11,000     

Otter Tail Corp.

     270,452        426,690  
  13,500     

PG&E Corp.†

     123,043        119,745  
  14,000     

Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

     674,487        1,026,060  
  500     

Portland General Electric Co.

     23,231        20,905  
  8,400     

PPL Corp.

     247,022        217,056  
  15,000     

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.

     499,650        737,400  
  121,500     

The AES Corp.

     1,604,649        1,760,535  
  19,000     

The Southern Co.

     597,707        985,150  
  18,500     

Xcel Energy Inc.

     341,939        1,156,250  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        22,072,108        29,698,564  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

Environmental Services — 0.3%

     
  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  2,500     

Cia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo, ADR

     37,424        26,275  
  900      Pentair plc      31,672        34,191  
  2,500     

Suez SA

     32,816        29,309  
  13,000     

Veolia Environnement SA

     213,867        292,401  
  

U.S. Companies

     
  300     

Tetra Tech Inc.

     26,336        23,736  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        342,115        405,912  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

Independent Power Producers and Energy Traders — 0.1%

 

  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  3,000     

Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure plc

     81,239        87,300  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

Natural Gas Integrated — 2.2%

     
  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  80,000     

Snam SpA

     288,733        389,538  
  1,100     

TC Energy Corp.

     57,893        47,146  
  

U.S. Companies

     
  3,500     

Apache Corp.

     72,697        47,250  
  14,000     

Kinder Morgan Inc.

     232,788        212,380  
  60,000     

National Fuel Gas Co.

     2,761,921        2,515,800  
  4,000     

ONEOK Inc.

     21,613        132,880  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        3,435,645        3,344,994  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Shares

         

Cost

    

Market
Value

 
  

Natural Gas Utilities — 2.7%

     
  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  1,500     

Enagas SA

   $ 37,053      $ 36,654  
  1,000     

Engie SA†

     15,461        12,358  
  9,800     

Engie SA, ADR†

     245,743        121,128  
  16,000     

Italgas SpA

     72,388        92,935  
  101,000     

National Grid plc

     1,201,440        1,237,971  
  15,700     

National Grid plc, ADR

     982,057        953,618  
  

U.S. Companies

     
  6,000     

Atmos Energy Corp.

     148,311        597,480  
  1,900     

Chesapeake Utilities Corp.

     51,654        159,600  
  1,300     

ONE Gas Inc.

     32,391        100,165  
  10,000     

Southwest Gas Holdings Inc.

     381,768        690,500  
  2,000     

Spire Inc.

     70,415        131,420  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        3,238,681        4,133,829  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

Natural Resources — 0.3%

     
  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  12,000     

Cameco Corp.

     119,302        123,000  
  200     

Linde plc

     42,364        42,422  
  

U.S. Companies

     
  15,000     

California Resources Corp.†

     81,300        18,300  
  8,000     

CNX Resources Corp.†

     103,571        69,200  
  1,000     

CONSOL Energy Inc.†

     7,053        5,070  
  1,200     

Diamondback Energy Inc.

     53,021        50,184  
  12,000     

Occidental Petroleum Corp.

     251,680        219,600  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        658,291        527,776  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

Oil — 0.4%

     
  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  5,000     

PetroChina Co. Ltd., ADR

     296,718        165,350  
  10,000     

Petroleo Brasileiro SA, ADR

     83,744        82,700  
  4,800     

Royal Dutch Shell plc, Cl. A, ADR

     245,830        156,912  
  

U.S. Companies

     
  1,000     

Chevron Corp.

     60,050        89,230  
  1,000     

ConocoPhillips

     28,509        42,020  
  2,000     

Devon Energy Corp.

     44,337        22,680  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        759,188        558,892  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

Services — 1.8%

     
  

Non U.S. Companies

     
  1,000     

ABB Ltd.

     23,097        22,513  
  37,000     

ABB Ltd., ADR

     640,633        834,720  
  23,000     

Enbridge Inc.

     485,412        699,660  
  5,726     

First Sensor AG

     181,141        249,605  
  8,044     

Weatherford International plc†

     31,333        15,847  
  

U.S. Companies

     
  23,000     

AZZ Inc.

     868,316        789,360  
 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust

Schedule of Investments (Continued) — June 30, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Shares

          

Cost

    

Market

Value

 
   COMMON STOCKS (Continued)      
   ENERGY AND UTILITIES (Continued)      
   Services (Continued)      
   U.S. Companies (Continued)      
  10,000      Halliburton Co.    $ 152,978      $ 129,800  
  2,000      National Oilwell Varco Inc.      29,026        24,500  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        2,411,936        2,766,005  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Water — 2.0%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  500     

Cia de Saneamento de Minas Gerais-COPASA

     8,100        5,379  
  5,000      Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.      60,554        72,150  
  2,000      Fluidra SA†      24,136        26,425  
  36,000      Severn Trent plc      929,565        1,105,819  
  35,000      United Utilities Group plc      346,011        394,739  
   U.S. Companies      
  500      Artesian Resources Corp., Cl. A      18,961        18,145  
  5,400      California Water Service Group      76,295        257,580  
  8,000      Essential Utilities Inc.      95,796        337,920  
  40,000      Fluence Corp. Ltd.†      9,946        6,625  
  4,000      Middlesex Water Co.      75,033        268,720  
  6,000      Primo Water Corp.      40,260        82,500  
  6,500      SJW Group      107,743        403,715  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        1,792,400        2,979,717  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   TOTAL ENERGY AND UTILITIES      43,732,034        54,303,473  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   OTHER — 23.8%      
   Aerospace — 0.4%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  85,000      Rolls-Royce Holdings plc      626,316        300,592  
  7,000      Transat AT Inc.†      69,121        29,545  
   U.S. Companies      
  13,000      AAR Corp.      422,423        268,710  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        1,117,860        598,847  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Automotive — 0.1%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  350      Ferrari NV.      13,358        59,853  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Automotive: Parts and Accessories — 0.0%

 

  
   Non U.S. Companies      
  2,000      Linamar Corp.      63,423        54,066  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Building and Construction — 0.4%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  500      Acciona SA      25,414        48,956  
  1,700      Sika AG      256,442        327,189  
   U.S. Companies      
  4,000      Arcosa Inc.      101,624        168,800  

Shares

          

Cost

    

Market

Value

 
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
      $ 383,480      $ 544,945  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Business Services — 1.2%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  52,000      JCDecaux SA†      1,510,679        966,879  
  140,000      Sistema PJSC FC, GDR      474,533        663,600  
   U.S. Companies      
  12,000      Diebold Nixdorf Inc.†      98,578        72,720  
  5,000      Macquarie Infrastructure Corp.      153,511        153,450  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        2,237,301        1,856,649  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Computer Software and Services — 0.5%

 

  
   Non U.S. Companies      
  2,000      Prosus NV†      167,807        185,916  
  2,000      Tencent Holdings Ltd.      86,905        128,663  
   U.S. Companies      
  2,430      Global Payments Inc.      360,295        412,177  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        615,007        726,756  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Consumer Products — 2.6%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  16,000      Essity AB, Cl. B†      478,025        517,010  
  500      Ferguson plc      44,684        40,964  
  1,500      Salvatore Ferragamo SpA†      24,778        20,307  
  15,000      Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S      205,275        221,184  
  43,000      Swedish Match AB      1,829,469        3,022,579  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        2,582,231        3,822,044  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Consumer Services — 0.2%      
   U.S. Companies      
  16,000      Matthews International Corp., Cl. A      538,180        305,600  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Diversified Industrial — 0.7%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  40,000      Ardagh Group SA      682,662        516,400  
  600      Sulzer AG      61,527        47,813  
   U.S. Companies      
  23,000      Trinity Industries Inc.      477,055        489,670  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        1,221,244        1,053,883  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Electronics — 1.8%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  5,000      Kyocera Corp.      307,028        271,591  
  1,000      Signify NV†      34,849        25,829  
  34,000      Sony Corp., ADR      1,182,114        2,350,420  
   U.S. Companies      
  400      Hubbell Inc.      58,570        50,144  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        1,582,561        2,697,984  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Shares

          

Cost

    

Market

Value

 
   COMMON STOCKS (Continued)

 

   OTHER (Continued)

 

  
   Entertainment — 1.8%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  84,000      Grupo Televisa SAB, ADR†    $ 987,462      $ 440,160  
  16,000      Manchester United plc, Cl. A      299,703        253,280  
  2,000      Naspers Ltd., Cl. N      447,122        364,571  
  48,000      Vivendi SA      1,272,825        1,231,709  
   U.S. Companies      
  15,000      Fox Corp., Cl. B      528,648        402,600  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        3,535,760        2,692,320  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Financial Services — 3.6%

 

  
   Non U.S. Companies      
  4,500     

Brookfield Asset Management Inc., Cl. A

     30,437        148,050  
  55,000      Commerzbank AG†      292,033        245,130  
  48,000      Credit Suisse Group AG      606,648        496,389  
  26,000      Credit Suisse Group AG, ADR      318,993        268,060  
  8,000      Deutsche Bank AG†      59,019        76,160  
  65,000      GAM Holding AG†      266,360        149,148  
  24,000      Janus Henderson Group plc      528,063        507,840  
  10,000      Kinnevik AB, Cl. A      264,223        261,853  
  100,000      Resona Holdings Inc.      498,028        340,634  
  30,000      UBS Group AG      355,170        345,295  
  26,000      UBS Group AG, ADR      302,734        300,040  
   U.S. Companies      
  9,000      AllianceBernstein Holding LP      236,250        245,160  
  20,000      Bank of America Corp.      513,699        475,000  
  1,500      M&T Bank Corp.      167,637        155,955  
  11,000      The Bank of New York Mellon Corp.      430,781        425,150  
  2,500      The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.      416,904        494,050  
  14,430      UGI Corp.      653,117        458,874  
  2,500      Wells Fargo & Co.      77,348        64,000  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        6,017,444        5,456,788  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Food and Beverage — 5.0%

 

  
   Non U.S. Companies      
  110      Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli AG      553,941        905,589  
  3,000      Chr. Hansen Holding A/S      114,931        309,386  
  80,000      Davide Campari-Milano SpA      371,813        674,097  
  7,500      Diageo plc, ADR      844,336        1,007,925  
  1,500      Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV, ADR      122,086        93,015  
  6,000      Heineken NV      406,982        553,164  
  1,000      Kerry Group plc, Cl. A      118,898        123,697  
  3,300      Kikkoman Corp.      163,257        158,620  
  38,000      Maple Leaf Foods Inc.      823,531        798,011  

Shares

          

Cost

    

Market

Value

 
  10,000      Nestlé SA    $ 718,339      $ 1,105,494  
  2,000      Pernod Ricard SA      223,358        314,691  
  3,000      Remy Cointreau SA      368,171        408,503  
  1,000      Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd.      51,696        58,810  
   U.S. Companies      
  1,000      General Mills Inc.      46,773        61,650  
  5,500      McCormick & Co. Inc., Non-Voting      388,245        986,755  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        5,316,357        7,559,407  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Health Care — 0.8%      
   U.S. Companies      
  40,000      Owens & Minor Inc.      179,131        304,800  
  25,000      Pfizer Inc.      974,069        817,500  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        1,153,200        1,122,300  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Hotels and Gaming — 1.7%

 

  
   Non U.S. Companies      
  150,000      Genting Singapore Ltd.      143,064        81,802  
  460,000     

Mandarin Oriental International Ltd.

     777,273        694,600  
  340,000      The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels Ltd.      407,732        307,516  
  775,000      William Hill plc      1,462,396        1,092,821  
   U.S. Companies      
  2,700      Churchill Downs Inc.      231,552        359,505  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        3,022,017        2,536,244  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Machinery — 1.2%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  185,000      CNH Industrial NV†      1,604,980        1,300,550  
   U.S. Companies      
  6,000      CIRCOR International Inc.†      181,806        152,880  
  6,000      Xylem Inc.      173,899        389,760  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        1,960,685        1,843,190  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Specialty Chemicals — 1.6%

 

   Non U.S. Companies      
  6,000      Axalta Coating Systems Ltd.†      138,344        135,300  
  600      Givaudan SA      1,516,339        2,234,208  
   U.S. Companies      
  300      Air Products and Chemicals Inc.      71,064        72,438  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        1,725,747        2,441,946  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Transportation — 0.2%

 

  
   U.S. Companies      
  5,000      GATX Corp.      179,156        304,900  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   TOTAL OTHER      33,265,011        35,677,722  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Shares

          

Cost

    

Market

Value

 
   COMMON STOCKS (Continued)

 

  
   COMMUNICATIONS — 12.8%

 

  
   Cable and Satellite — 4.5%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  10,000      Cogeco Inc.    $ 195,069      $ 596,788  
  70,000      ITV plc.      135,360        64,775  
  25,104      Liberty Global plc, Cl. A†      509,902        548,773  
  44,000      Liberty Global plc, Cl. C†      801,618        946,440  
  15,500      Liberty Latin America Ltd., Cl. A†      264,960        150,660  
  45,000      Rogers Communications Inc., Cl. B      1,898,796        1,808,550  
   U.S. Companies      
  200      Charter Communications Inc., Cl. A†      42,289        102,008  
  14,000      Comcast Corp., Cl. A      355,285        545,720  
  38,000      DISH Network Corp., Cl. A†      850,738        1,311,380  
  6,000      EchoStar Corp., Cl. A†      122,586        167,760  
  168      Liberty Broadband Corp., Cl. B†      8,321        21,542  
  85,000      WideOpenWest Inc.†      638,059        447,950  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        5,822,983        6,712,346  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Telecommunications — 6.7%

 

  
   Non U.S. Companies      
  34,000      BCE Inc.      1,299,900        1,420,180  
  142,500      BT Group plc, Cl. A      464,440        201,379  
  56,000      Deutsche Telekom AG, ADR      915,070        939,120  
  465,000      Koninklijke KPN NV      1,371,180        1,232,923  
  3,500      Maroc Telecom†      53,424        49,939  
  5,000      Orange SA, ADR      59,303        59,500  
  27,000      Orascom Investment Holding, GDR†      37,959        2,565  
  60,000      Pharol SGPS SA†      9,134        6,943  
  8,000      Proximus SA      178,511        163,041  
  1,200      Swisscom AG      384,765        628,086  
  2,000      Swisscom AG, ADR      88,550        105,060  
  40,000      Telecom Italia SpA      31,273        15,715  
  12,000      Telefonica Brasil SA, ADR      186,918        106,320  
  45,000      Telefonica Deutschland Holding AG      230,345        132,814  
  67,000      Telefonica SA, ADR      800,200        322,940  
  70,000      Telekom Austria AG†      606,149        483,664  
  22,500      Telenet Group Holding NV      1,012,852        926,209  
  5,000      TELUS Corp.      77,636        83,861  
  250,000      VEON Ltd., ADR      709,371        450,000  
   U.S. Companies      
  7,000      AT&T Inc.      218,596        211,610  
  65,500      CenturyLink Inc.      1,099,518        656,965  
  4,000      Telephone and Data Systems Inc.      98,875        79,520  

Shares

          

Cost

    

Market

Value

 
  1,000      T-Mobile US Inc.†    $ 22,694      $ 104,150  
  32,000      Verizon Communications Inc.      1,352,836        1,764,160  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        11,309,499        10,146,664  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   Wireless Communications — 1.6%

 

  
   Non U.S. Companies      
  3,000      America Movil SAB de CV, Cl. L, ADR      43,419        38,070  
  22,000      Millicom International Cellular SA, SDR      1,099,327        575,605  
  6,000      Mobile TeleSystems PJSC, ADR      64,059        55,140  
  2,000      NTT DOCOMO Inc.      53,224        53,383  
  6,000      SK Telecom Co. Ltd., ADR      137,159        115,920  
  20,000      Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A/S, ADR      136,221        115,200  
  77,000      Vodafone Group plc, ADR      1,626,870        1,227,380  
   U.S. Companies      
  6,500      United States Cellular Corp.†      231,245        200,655  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
        3,391,524        2,381,353  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   TOTAL COMMUNICATIONS      20,524,006        19,240,363  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS AND ENERGY TRADERS — 0.1%

 

  
   Independent Power Producers and Energy Traders — 0.1%

 

   U.S. Companies      
  3,000      NRG Energy Inc.      66,531        97,680  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIAL — 0.0%

 

  
   Electronics — 0.0%      
   U.S. Companies      
  100      Roper Technologies Inc.      25,045        38,826  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES — 0.0%

 

  
   Water — 0.0%      
   U.S. Companies      
  1,500      Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.†      17,487        27,900  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   TOTAL COMMON STOCKS      97,630,114        109,385,964  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   CLOSED-END FUNDS — 0.1%

 

  
  10,000      Altaba Inc., Escrow†      186,300        215,000  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   RIGHTS — 0.0%      
   OTHER — 0.0%      
   Health Care — 0.0%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  17,029      Ipsen SA/Clementia, CVR†(a)      22,989        22,989  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Shares

          

Cost

    

Market

Value

 
   RIGHTS (Continued)      
   COMMUNICATIONS — 0.0%      
   Telecommunications — 0.0%      
   U.S. Companies      
  1,000      T-Mobile US Inc., expire 07/27/20†    $                         0      $             168  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
  

TOTAL RIGHTS

     22,989        23,157  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   WARRANTS — 0.0%      
   COMMUNICATIONS — 0.0%      
   Telecommunications — 0.0%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  6,000      Bharti Airtel Ltd., expire 12/02/20†(b)      32,855        44,460  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   ENERGY AND UTILITIES — 0.0%      
   Services — 0.0%      
   Non U.S. Companies      
  2,850     

Weatherford International plc, expire 12/13/23†

     0        485  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
   TOTAL WARRANTS      32,855        44,945  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Principal
Amount

         

Cost

    

Market

Value

 
  

U.S. GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS — 27.1%

 

  
  $40,680,000    U.S. Treasury Bills,      
   0.080% to 1.547%††, 07/09/20 to 11/05/20(c)    $ 40,665,855      $ 40,672,279  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 
 

TOTAL INVESTMENTS — 100.0%

   $ 138,538,113        150,341,345  
     

 

 

    
 

Other Assets and Liabilities (Net)

       150,954  
 

PREFERRED SHARES

     
 

    (1,292,258 preferred shares outstanding)

        (64,612,900
        

 

 

 
 

NET ASSETS — COMMON SHARES

     
 

    (5,373,578 common shares outstanding)

      $ 85,879,399  
        

 

 

 
 

NET ASSET VALUE PER COMMON SHARE

    
 

    ($85,879,399 ÷ 5,373,578 shares
    outstanding)

      $ 15.98  
        

 

 

 

 

(a)

Security is valued using significant unobservable inputs and is classified as Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy.

(b)

Security exempt from registration under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. This security may be resold in transactions exempt from registration, normally to qualified institutional buyers.

(c)

At June 30, 2020, $500,000 of the principal amount was pledged as collateral for equity contract for difference swap agreements.

Non-income producing security.

††

Represents annualized yields at dates of purchase.

ADR

American Depositary Receipt

CVR

Contingent Value Right

GDR

Global Depositary Receipt

SDR

Swedish Depositary Receipt

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Geographic Diversification

  

% of Total
Investments

 

Market

Value

United States

       58.2 %     $ 87,470,425

Europe

       30.6       45,994,534

Canada

       5.2       7,740,739

Japan

       3.0       4,452,434

Asia/Pacific

       2.0       3,051,439

Latin America

       0.8       1,214,699

South Africa

       0.2       364,571

Africa/Middle East

       0.0 *       52,504
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total Investments

           100.0 %     $ 150,341,345
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

        

 

 

*

Amount represents less than 0.05%.

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust

Statement of Assets and Liabilities

June 30, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

Assets:

  

Investments, at value (cost $138,538,113)

   $ 150,341,345  

Foreign currency, at value (cost $10,410)

     10,446  

Cash

     84,997  

Dividends receivable

     350,327  

Deferred offering expense

     58,621  

Prepaid expenses

     2,126  
  

 

 

 

Total Assets

     150,847,862  
  

 

 

 

Liabilities:

  

Distributions payable

     35,849  

Payable for investment advisory fees

     62,398  

Payable for payroll expenses

     62,414  

Payable for accounting fees

     11,250  

Payable for shareholder communications expenses

     78,461  

Payable for legal and audit fees

     52,019  

Other accrued expenses

     53,172  
  

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

     355,563  
  

 

 

 

Preferred Shares:

  

Series A Cumulative Preferred Shares ($50 liquidation value, $0.001 par value, 1,200,000 shares authorized with 34,229 shares issued and outstanding)

     1,711,450  

Series B Cumulative Preferred Shares ($50 liquidation value, 1,370,433 shares authorized with 1,258,029 shares issued and outstanding)

     62,901,450  
  

 

 

 

Total Preferred Shares

     64,612,900  
  

 

 

 

Net Assets Attributable to Common Shareholders

   $ 85,879,399  
  

 

 

 

Net Assets Attributable to Common Shareholders Consist of:

  

Paid-in capital

   $ 77,174,970  

Total distributable earnings

     8,704,429  
  

 

 

 

Net Assets

   $ 85,879,399  
  

 

 

 

Net Asset Value per Common Share:

  

($85,879,399 ÷ 5,373,578 shares outstanding at $0.001 par value; unlimited number of shares authorized)

   $ 15.98  
  

 

 

 

Statement of Operations

For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

Investment Income:

  

Dividends (net of foreign withholding taxes of $131,088)

   $ 1,758,739  

Interest

     139,624  
  

 

 

 

Total Investment Income

     1,898,363  
  

 

 

 

Expenses:

  

Investment advisory fees

     388,910  

Payroll expenses

     70,917  

Shareholder communications expenses

     44,570  

Legal and audit fees

     34,009  

Trustees’ fees

     26,961  

Custodian fees

     25,162  

Accounting fees

     22,500  

Shareholder services fees

     21,684  

Interest expense

     222  

Miscellaneous expenses

     32,233  
  

 

 

 

Total Expenses

     667,168  
  

 

 

 

Less:

  

Expenses paid indirectly by broker (See Note 3)

     (1,113
  

 

 

 

Net Expenses

     666,055  
  

 

 

 

Net Investment Income

     1,232,308  
  

 

 

 

Net Realized and Unrealized Gain/(Loss) on Investments and Foreign Currency:

  

Net realized loss on investments

     (2,801,732

Net realized gain on foreign currency transactions

     16,062  
  

 

 

 

Net realized loss on investments and foreign currency transactions

     (2,785,670
  

 

 

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation/depreciation:

  

on investments

     (17,798,073

on foreign currency translations

     (2,254
  

 

 

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation/ depreciation on investments and foreign currency translations

     (17,800,327
  

 

 

 

Net Realized and Unrealized Gain/(Loss) on Investments and Foreign Currency

     (20,585,997
  

 

 

 

Net Decrease in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

     (19,353,689
  

 

 

 

Total Distributions to Preferred Stock Shareholders

     (1,290,546
  

 

 

 

Net Decrease in Net Assets Attributable to Common Shareholders Resulting from Operations

   $ (20,644,235
  

 

 

 
 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Statement of Changes in Net Assets Attributable to Common Shareholders

 

 

 

     Six Months Ended
June 30,  2020
(Unaudited)
  Year Ended
December 31,  2019

Operations:

        

Net investment income

     $ 1,232,308     $ 3,072,938

Net realized gain/(loss) on investments, swap contracts, and foreign currency transactions

       (2,785,670 )       5,643,568

Net change in unrealized appreciation/depreciation on investments, swap contracts, and foreign currency translations

       (17,800,327 )       11,144,414
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

Net Increase/(Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

       (19,353,689 )       19,860,920
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

Distributions to Preferred Shareholders

        

Accumulated earnings

       (1,143,366 )*       (4,445,514 )

Return of capital

       (147,180 )*      
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total Distributions to Preferred Shareholders.

       (1,290,546 )       (4,445,514 )
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

Net Increase/(Decrease) in Net Assets Attributable to Common Shareholders Resulting from Operations

       (20,644,235 )       15,415,406
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

Distributions to Common Shareholders

        

Accumulated earnings

             (4,232,975 )

Return of capital

       (3,222,205 )*       (2,210,216 )
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total Distributions to Common Shareholders

       (3,222,205 )       (6,443,191 )
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

Fund Share Transactions:

        

Net increase in net assets from common shares issued upon reinvestment of distributions

       64,355      

Net increase in net assets from repurchase of preferred shares

             39,181

Offering costs charged to paid-in-capital

             15,102
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

Net Increase in Net Assets from Fund Share Transactions

       64,355       54,283
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

Net Increase/(Decrease) in Net Assets Attributable to Common Shareholders

       (23,802,085 )       9,026,498

Net Assets Attributable to Common Shareholders:

        

Beginning of year

       109,681,484       100,654,986
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

End of period

     $ 85,879,399     $ 109,681,484
    

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

  *

Based on year to date book income. Amounts are subject to change and recharacterization at year end.

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Financial Highlights

 

 

Selected data for a common share of beneficial interest outstanding throughout each period:

 

   

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2020

    Year Ended December 31,  
    (Unaudited)                 2019                 2018                 2017                 2016                 2015  

Operating Performance:

                                                                                        

Net asset value, beginning of year

    $ 20.43       $ 18.75       $ 22.43       $ 19.83       $ 19.57       $ 21.93  
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Net investment income

      0.23         0.57         0.58         0.62         0.78         0.60  

Net realized and unrealized gain/(loss) on investments, swap contracts, and foreign currency transactions

      (3.84       3.13         (2.15       3.65         1.11         (1.39
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total from investment operations

      (3.61       3.70         (1.57       4.27         1.89         (0.79
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Distributions to Preferred Shareholders: (a)

                                    

Net investment income

      (0.21 )*        (0.29       (0.12       (0.18       (0.24       (0.25

Net realized gain

              (0.54       (0.16       (0.29       (0.19       (0.12

Return of capital

      (0.03 )*                                         
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total distributions to preferred shareholders

      (0.24       (0.83       (0.28       (0.47       (0.43       (0.37
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Net Increase/(Decrease) in Net Assets Attributable to Common Shareholders Resulting from Operations

      (3.85       2.87         (1.85       3.80         1.46         (1.16
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Distributions to Common Shareholders:

                       

Net investment income

              (0.27       (0.49       (0.44       (0.59       (0.22

Net realized gain

              (0.52       (0.64       (0.76       (0.49       (0.11

Return of capital

      (0.60 )*        (0.41       (0.07               (0.12       (0.87
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total distributions to common shareholders

      (0.60       (1.20       (1.20       (1.20       (1.20       (1.20
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Fund Share Transactions:

                       

Decrease in net asset value from common shares issued in rights offering

                      (0.55                        

Increase in net asset value from repurchase of preferred shares

              0.01         0.00 (b)                         

Increase in net asset value from repurchase of common shares

                                              0.00 (b) 

Net decrease from costs charged to repurchase of common shares

                                              (0.00 )(b) 

Offering expenses charged to paid-in capital

              0.00 (b)        (0.08                        
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total Fund share transactions

              0.01         (0.63                       0.00 (b) 
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Net Asset Value Attributable to Common Shareholders, End of Period

    $ 15.98       $ 20.43       $ 18.75       $ 22.43       $ 19.83       $ 19.57  
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

NAV total return †

      (18.82 )%        15.83       (8.86 )%        19.59       7.53       (5.52 )% 
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Market value, end of period

    $ 15.83       $ 18.88       $ 16.10       $ 21.30       $ 16.80       $ 16.70  
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

Investment total return ††

      (13.03 )%        25.09       (16.74 )%        34.83       7.81       (8.16 )% 
   

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Financial Highlights (Continued)

 

 

Selected data for a common share of beneficial interest outstanding throughout each period:

 

   

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2020

    Year Ended December 31,  
    (Unaudited)                 2019                 2018                 2017                 2016                 2015  

Ratios to Average Net Assets and Supplemental Data:

                                                                                 

Net assets including liquidation value of preferred shares, end of period (in 000’s)

    $ 150,492       $ 174,294       $ 165,875       $ 143,533       $ 132,847       $ 131,749  

Net assets attributable to common shares, end of period (in 000’s)

    $ 85,879       $ 109,681       $ 100,655       $ 92,229       $ 81,543       $ 80,445  

Ratio of net investment income to average net assets attributable to common shares before preferred share distributions

      2.69 %(c)        2.90       2.73       2.88       3.83       2.81

Ratio of operating expenses to average net assets attributable to common shares(d)(e)

      1.46 %(c)(f)        1.33 %(f)        1.33 %(f)        1.34       1.39 %(g)        1.41

Portfolio turnover rate

      7.9       71.0       12.8       9.2       21.8       14.2

Cumulative Preferred Shares:

                       

Series A Preferred

                       

Liquidation value, end of period (in 000’s)

    $ 1,711       $ 1,711       $ 2,319       $ 51,304       $ 51,304       $ 51,304  

Total shares outstanding (in 000’s)

      34         34         46         1,026         1,026         1,026  

Liquidation preference per share

    $ 50.00       $ 50.00       $ 50.00       $ 50.00       $ 50.00       $ 50.00  

Average market value(h)

    $ 45.92       $ 46.84       $ 49.10       $ 50.90       $ 51.17       $ 50.49  

Asset coverage per share(i)

    $ 116.46       $ 134.88       $ 127.17       $ 139.88       $ 129.47       $ 128.40  

Series B Preferred

                       

Liquidation value, end of period (in 000’s)

    $ 62,901       $ 62,901       $ 62,901                          

Total shares outstanding (in 000’s)

      1,258         1,258         1,258                          

Liquidation preference per share

    $ 50.00       $ 50.00       $ 50.00                          

Average market value(h)

    $ 51.37       $ 52.15       $ 51.32                          

Asset coverage per share(i)

    $ 116.46       $ 134.88       $ 127.17                          

Asset coverage(j)

      233       270       254       280       259       257

 

 

Based on net asset value per share, adjusted for reinvestment of distributions at the net asset value per share on the ex-dividend dates and adjustments for the rights offering. Total return for a period of less than one year is not annualized.

††

Based on market value per share at initial public offering of $20.00 per share, adjusted for reinvestments of distributions at prices obtained under the Fund’s dividend reinvestment plan and adjustments for the rights offering. Total return for a period of less than one year is not annualized.

*

Based on year to date book income. Amounts are subject to change and recharacterization at year end.

(a)

Calculated based on average common shares outstanding on the record dates throughout the years.

(b)

Amount represents less than $0.005 per share.

(c)

Annualized.

(d)

The Fund received credits from a designated broker who agreed to pay certain Fund operating expenses. For all periods presented, there was no impact on the expense ratios.

(e)

Ratio of operating expenses to average net assets including liquidation value of preferred shares for the six months ended June 30, 2020, and the years ended December 31, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015, would have been 0.86%, 0.83%, 1.00%, 0.85%, 0.86%, and 0.89%, respectively.

(f)

The Fund incurred interest expense during the six months ended June 30, 2020 and years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018. If expense had not been incurred, the expense ratios would have been 1.45%, 1.32% and 1.31% attributable to common shares and 0.85%, 0.82% and 0.99% including liquidation of preferred shares, respectively. For the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016, and 2015, there was no impact on the expense ratios.

(g)

During the year ended December 31, 2016, the fund received a reimbursement of custody expenses paid in prior years. Had such reimbursement been included in 2016, the expense ratios would have been 1.18% attributable to common shares and 0.73% including liquidation value of preferred shares.

(h)

Based on weekly prices.

(i)

Asset coverage per share is calculated by combining all series of preferred shares.

(j)

Asset coverage is calculated by combining all series of preferred shares.

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

 

1. Organization. The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust (the Fund) is a non-diversified closed-end management investment company organized as a Delaware statutory trust on March 8, 2004 and registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the 1940 Act). Investment operations commenced on May 28, 2004.

The Fund’s investment objective is to seek a consistent level of after-tax total return over the long term with an emphasis currently on qualified dividends. The Fund will attempt to achieve its investment objective by investing, under normal market conditions, at least 80% of its assets in equity securities (including preferred securities) of domestic and foreign companies involved to a substantial extent in providing products, services, or equipment for the generation or distribution of electricity, gas, or water and infrastructure operations, and in equity securities (including preferred securities) of companies in other industries, in each case in such securities that are expected to pay periodic dividends.

2. Significant Accounting Policies. As an investment company, the Fund follows the investment company accounting and reporting guidance, which is part of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) that may require the use of management estimates and assumptions in the preparation of its financial statements. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The following is a summary of significant accounting policies followed by the Fund in the preparation of its financial statements.

Security Valuation. Portfolio securities listed or traded on a nationally recognized securities exchange or traded in the U.S. over-the-counter market for which market quotations are readily available are valued at the last quoted sale price or a market’s official closing price as of the close of business on the day the securities are being valued. If there were no sales that day, the security is valued at the average of the closing bid and asked prices or, if there were no asked prices quoted on that day, then the security is valued at the closing bid price on that day. If no bid or asked prices are quoted on such day, the security is valued at the most recently available price or, if the Board of Trustees (the Board) so determines, by such other method as the Board shall determine in good faith to reflect its fair market value. Portfolio securities traded on more than one national securities exchange or market are valued according to the broadest and most representative market, as determined by Gabelli Funds, LLC (the Adviser).

Portfolio securities primarily traded on a foreign market are generally valued at the preceding closing values of such securities on the relevant market, but may be fair valued pursuant to procedures established by the Board if market conditions change significantly after the close of the foreign market, but prior to the close of business on the day the securities are being valued. Debt obligations for which market quotations are readily available are valued at the average of the latest bid and asked prices. If there were no asked prices quoted on such day, the securities are valued using the closing bid price, unless the Board determines such amount does not reflect the securities’ fair value, in which case these securities will be fair valued as determined by the Board. Certain securities are valued principally using dealer quotations. Futures contracts are valued at the closing settlement price of the exchange or board of trade on which the applicable contract is traded. OTC futures and options on futures for which market quotations are readily available will be valued by quotations received from a pricing service or, if no quotations are available from a pricing service, by quotations obtained from one or more dealers in the instrument in question by the Adviser.

Securities and assets for which market quotations are not readily available are fair valued as determined by the Board. Fair valuation methodologies and procedures may include, but are not limited to: analysis and review of available financial and non-financial information about the company; comparisons with the valuation and

 

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Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited) (Continued)

 

 

 

changes in valuation of similar securities, including a comparison of foreign securities with the equivalent U.S. dollar value American Depositary Receipt securities at the close of the U.S. exchange; and evaluation of any other information that could be indicative of the value of the security.

The inputs and valuation techniques used to measure fair value of the Fund’s investments are summarized into three levels as described in the hierarchy below:

 

   

Level 1 — quoted prices in active markets for identical securities;

   

Level 2 — other significant observable inputs (including quoted prices for similar securities, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.); and

   

Level 3 — significant unobservable inputs (including the Board’s determinations as to the fair value of investments).

A financial instrument’s level within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of any input both individually and in the aggregate that is significant to the fair value measurement. The inputs or methodology used for valuing securities are not necessarily an indication of the risk associated with investing in those securities. The summary of the Fund’s investments in securities and other financial instruments by inputs used to value the Fund’s investments as of June 30, 2020 is as follows:

 

     Valuation Inputs       
     Level 1      Level 2 Other Significant   Level 3 Significant      Total Market Value
     Quoted Prices      Observable Inputs   Unobservable Inputs(a)      at 06/30/2020

INVESTMENTS IN SECURITIES:

          

ASSETS (Market Value):

          

Common Stocks:

          

ENERGY AND UTILITIES

          

Electric Transmission and Distribution

   $ 3,683,657        $       30,500           —              $ 3,714,157  

Other Industries (b)

     50,589,316              —                50,589,316  

COMMUNICATIONS

                       

Cable and Satellite

     6,690,804        21,542       —                6,712,346  

Other Industries (b)

     12,528,017              —                12,528,017  

Independent Power Producers and Energy Traders

     97,680              —                97,680  

Diversified Industrial

     38,826              —                38,826  

Environmental Services

     27,900              —                27,900  

OTHER

                       

Other Industries (b)

     35,677,722              —                35,677,722      

 

 

Total Common Stocks

     109,333,922        52,042       —                109,385,964  

 

 

Closed End Funds

            215,000       —                 

Rights (b)

     168              $22,989                23,157  

Warrants (b)

     485        44,460       —                44,945  

U.S. Government Obligations

            40,672,279       —                40,672,279  

 

 

TOTAL INVESTMENTS IN SECURITIES – ASSETS

   $ 109,334,575        $40,983,781       $22,989              $ 150,341,345  

 

 

 

  (a)

Level 3 securities are valued by the last available closing price and merger/acquisition price analysis. The inputs for these securities are not readily available and are derived based on the judgment of the Adviser according to procedures approved by the Board of Trustees.

  (b)

Please refer to the Schedule of Investments (SOI) for the industry classifications of these portfolio holdings.

During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Fund did not have transfers into or out of Level 3.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited) (Continued)

 

 

 

Additional Information to Evaluate Qualitative Information.

General. The Fund uses recognized industry pricing services – approved by the Board and unaffiliated with the Adviser – to value most of its securities, and uses broker quotes provided by market makers of securities not valued by these and other recognized pricing sources. Several different pricing feeds are received to value domestic equity securities, international equity securities, preferred equity securities, and fixed income securities. The data within these feeds are ultimately sourced from major stock exchanges and trading systems where these securities trade. The prices supplied by external sources are checked by obtaining quotations or actual transaction prices from market participants. If a price obtained from the pricing source is deemed unreliable, prices will be sought from another pricing service or from a broker/dealer that trades that security or similar securities.

Fair Valuation. Fair valued securities may be common or preferred equities, warrants, options, rights, or fixed income obligations. Where appropriate, Level 3 securities are those for which market quotations are not available, such as securities not traded for several days, or for which current bids are not available, or which are restricted as to transfer. Among the factors to be considered to fair value a security are recent prices of comparable securities that are publicly traded, reliable prices of securities not publicly traded, the use of valuation models, current analyst reports, valuing the income or cash flow of the issuer, or cost if the preceding factors do not apply. A significant change in the unobservable inputs could result in a lower or higher value in Level 3 securities. The circumstances of Level 3 securities are frequently monitored to determine if fair valuation measures continue to apply.

The Adviser reports quarterly to the Board the results of the application of fair valuation policies and procedures. These may include backtesting the prices realized in subsequent trades of these fair valued securities to fair values previously recognized.

Investments in Other Investment Companies. The Fund may invest, from time to time, in shares of other investment companies (or entities that would be considered investment companies but are excluded from the definition pursuant to certain exceptions under the 1940 Act) (the Acquired Funds) in accordance with the 1940 Act and related rules. Shareholders in the Fund would bear the pro rata portion of the periodic expenses of the Acquired Funds in addition to the Fund’s expenses. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Fund’s pro rata portion of the periodic expenses charged by the Acquired Funds was less than 1 basis point.

Derivative Financial Instruments. The Fund may engage in various portfolio investment strategies by investing in derivative financial instruments for the purposes of increasing the income of the Fund, hedging against changes in the value of its portfolio securities and in the value of securities it intends to purchase, or hedging against a specific transaction with respect to either the currency in which the transaction is denominated or another currency. Investing in certain derivative financial instruments, including participation in the options, futures, or swap markets, entails certain execution, liquidity, hedging, tax, and securities, interest, credit, or currency market risks. Losses may arise if the Adviser’s prediction of movements in the direction of the securities, foreign currency, and interest rate markets is inaccurate. Losses may also arise if the counterparty does not perform its duties under a contract, or, in the event of default, the Fund may be delayed in or prevented from obtaining payments or other contractual remedies owed to it under derivative contracts. The creditworthiness of the counterparties is closely monitored in order to minimize these risks. Participation in derivative transactions involves investment risks, transaction costs, and potential losses to which the Fund would not be subject absent the use of these

 

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Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited) (Continued)

 

 

 

strategies. The consequences of these risks, transaction costs, and losses may have a negative impact on the Fund’s ability to pay distributions.

Collateral requirements differ by type of derivative. Collateral requirements are set by the broker or exchange clearing house for exchange traded derivatives, while collateral terms are contract specific for derivatives traded over-the-counter. Securities pledged to cover obligations of the Fund under derivative contracts are noted in the Schedule of Investments. Cash collateral, if any, pledged for the same purpose will be reported separately in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities.

The Fund’s policy with respect to offsetting is that, absent an event of default by the counterparty or a termination of the agreement, the master agreement does not result in an offset of reported amounts of financial assets and financial liabilities in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities across transactions between the Fund and the applicable counterparty. The enforceability of the right to offset may vary by jurisdiction.

The Fund’s derivative contracts held at June 30, 2020, if any, are not accounted for as hedging instruments under GAAP and are disclosed in the Schedule of Investments together with the related counterparty.

Swap Agreements. The Fund may enter into equity contract for difference swap transactions for the purpose of increasing the income of the Fund. The use of swaps is a highly specialized activity that involves investment techniques and risks different from those associated with ordinary portfolio security transactions. In an equity contract for difference swap, a set of future cash flows is exchanged between two counterparties. One of these cash flow streams will typically be based on a reference interest rate combined with the performance of a notional value of shares of a stock. The other will be based on the performance of the shares of a stock. Depending on the general state of short term interest rates and the returns on the Fund’s portfolio securities at the time an equity contract for difference swap transaction reaches its scheduled termination date, there is a risk that the Fund will not be able to obtain a replacement transaction or that the terms of the replacement will not be as favorable as on the expiring transaction.

Unrealized gains related to swaps are reported as an asset and unrealized losses are reported as a liability in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities. The change in value of swaps, including the accrual of periodic amounts of interest to be received or paid on swaps, is reported as unrealized gain or loss in the Statement of Operations. A realized gain or loss is recorded upon receipt or payment of a periodic payment or termination of swap agreements. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Fund held no investments in equity contract for difference swap agreements.

Forward Foreign Exchange Contracts. The Fund may engage in forward foreign exchange contracts for the purpose of hedging a specific transaction with respect to either the currency in which the transaction is denominated or another currency as deemed appropriate by the Adviser. Forward foreign exchange contracts are valued at the forward rate and are marked-to-market daily. The change in market value is included in unrealized appreciation/depreciation on foreign currency translations. When the contract is closed, the Fund records a realized gain or loss equal to the difference between the value of the contract at the time it was opened and the value at the time it was closed.

The use of forward foreign exchange contracts does not eliminate fluctuations in the underlying prices of the Fund’s portfolio securities, but it does establish a rate of exchange that can be achieved in the future. Although forward foreign exchange contracts limit the risk of loss due to a decline in the value of the hedged currency,

 

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they also limit any potential gain that might result should the value of the currency increase. There were no forward foreign exchange contracts outstanding at June 30, 2020.

Limitations on the Purchase and Sale of Futures Contracts, Certain Options, and Swaps. Subject to the guidelines of the Board, the Fund may engage in “commodity interest” transactions (generally, transactions in futures, certain options, certain currency transactions, and certain types of swaps) only for bona fide hedging or other permissible transactions in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Pursuant to amendments by the CFTC to Rule 4.5 under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), the Adviser has filed a notice of exemption from registration as a “commodity pool operator” with respect to the Fund. The Fund and the Adviser are therefore not subject to registration or regulation as a commodity pool operator under the CEA. In addition, certain trading restrictions are now applicable to the Fund which permit the Fund to engage in commodity interest transactions that include (i) “bona fide hedging” transactions, as that term is defined and interpreted by the CFTC and its staff, without regard to the percentage of the Fund’s assets committed to margin and options premiums and (ii) non-bona fide hedging transactions, provided that the Fund does not enter into such non-bona fide hedging transactions if, immediately thereafter, either (a) the sum of the amount of initial margin deposits on the Fund’s existing futures positions or swaps positions and option or swaption premiums would exceed 5% of the market value of the Fund’s liquidating value, after taking into account unrealized profits and unrealized losses on any such transactions, or (b) the aggregate net notional value of the Fund’s commodity interest transactions would not exceed 100% of the market value of the Fund’s liquidating value, after taking into account unrealized profits and unrealized losses on any such transactions. Therefore, in order to claim the Rule 4.5 exemption, the Fund is limited in its ability to invest in commodity futures, options, and certain types of swaps (including securities futures, broad based stock index futures, and financial futures contracts). As a result, in the future the Fund will be more limited in its ability to use these instruments than in the past, and these limitations may have a negative impact on the ability of the Adviser to manage the Fund, and on the Fund’s performance.

Foreign Currency Translations. The books and records of the Fund are maintained in U.S. dollars. Foreign currencies, investments, and other assets and liabilities are translated into U.S. dollars at current exchange rates. Purchases and sales of investment securities, income, and expenses are translated at the exchange rate prevailing on the respective dates of such transactions. Unrealized gains and losses that result from changes in foreign exchange rates and/or changes in market prices of securities have been included in unrealized appreciation/depreciation on investments and foreign currency translations. Net realized foreign currency gains and losses resulting from changes in exchange rates include foreign currency gains and losses between trade date and settlement date on investment securities transactions, foreign currency transactions, and the difference between the amounts of interest and dividends recorded on the books of the Fund and the amounts actually received. The portion of foreign currency gains and losses related to fluctuation in exchange rates between the initial purchase trade date and subsequent sale trade date is included in realized gain/(loss) on investments.

Foreign Securities. The Fund may directly purchase securities of foreign issuers. Investing in securities of foreign issuers involves special risks not typically associated with investing in securities of U.S. issuers. The risks include possible revaluation of currencies, the inability to repatriate funds, less complete financial information about companies, and possible future adverse political and economic developments. Moreover, securities of many foreign issuers and their markets may be less liquid and their prices more volatile than securities of comparable U.S. issuers.

 

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Foreign Taxes. The Fund may be subject to foreign taxes on income, gains on investments, or currency repatriation, a portion of which may be recoverable. The Fund will accrue such taxes and recoveries as applicable, based upon its current interpretation of tax rules and regulations that exist in the markets in which it invests.

Restricted Securities. The Fund is not subject to an independent limitation on the amount it may invest in securities for which the markets are restricted. Restricted securities include securities whose disposition is subject to substantial legal or contractual restrictions. The sale of restricted securities often requires more time and results in higher brokerage charges or dealer discounts and other selling expenses than the sale of securities eligible for trading on national securities exchanges or in the over-the-counter markets. Restricted securities may sell at a price lower than similar securities that are not subject to restrictions on resale. Securities freely saleable among qualified institutional investors under special rules adopted by the SEC may be treated as liquid if they satisfy liquidity standards established by the Board. The continued liquidity of such securities is not as well assured as that of publicly traded securities, and, accordingly, the Board will monitor their liquidity. For the restricted securities held as of June 30, 2020, please refer to the Schedule of Investments.

Securities Transactions and Investment Income. Securities transactions are accounted for on the trade date with realized gain/(loss) on investments determined by using the identified cost method. Interest income (including amortization of premium and accretion of discount) is recorded on an accrual basis. Premiums and discounts on debt securities are amortized using the effective yield to maturity method. Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date, except for certain dividends from foreign securities that are recorded as soon after the ex-dividend date as the Fund becomes aware of such dividends.

Distributions to Shareholders. Distributions to shareholders are recorded on the ex-dividend date. The characterization of distributions to shareholders is based on income and capital gains as determined in accordance with federal income tax regulations, which may differ from income and capital gains as determined under GAAP. These differences are primarily due to differing treatments of income and gains on various investment securities and foreign currency transactions held by the Fund, and timing differences. Distributions from net investment income for federal income tax purposes include net realized gains on foreign currency transactions. These book/tax differences are either temporary or permanent in nature. To the extent these differences are permanent, adjustments are made to the appropriate capital accounts in the period when the differences arise. These reclassifications have no impact on the NAV of the Fund.

Under the fund’s current common share distribution policy, the Fund declares and pays monthly distributions from net investment income, capital gains, and paid-in capital. The actual source of the distribution is determined after the end of the calendar year. Pursuant to this policy, distributions during the year may be made in excess of required distributions. To the extent such distributions are made from current earnings and profits, they are considered ordinary income or long term capital gains. Distributions sourced from paid-in capital should not be considered as dividend yield or the total return from an investment in the Fund. The Board will continue to monitor the Fund’s distribution level, taking into consideration the Fund’s NAV and the financial market environment. The Fund’s distribution policy is subject to modification by the Board at any time.

Distributions to shareholders of the Fund’s 3.80% Series A Cumulative Preferred Shares (Series A Preferred) and Series B Cumulative Preferred Shares (Series B Preferred) are recorded on a daily basis and are determined as described in Note 5.

 

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The tax character of distributions paid during the year ended December 31, 2019 was as follows:

 

     Common      Preferred  

Distributions paid from:

     

Ordinary income (inclusive of short term gains)

   $ 1,952,259      $ 2,050,282  

Net long term capital gains

     2,280,716        2,395,232  

Return of capital

     2,210,216         
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total distributions paid

   $ 6,443,191      $ 4,445,514  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Provision for Income Taxes. The Fund intends to continue to qualify as a regulated investment company under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code). It is the policy of the Fund to comply with the requirements of the Code applicable to regulated investment companies and to distribute substantially all of its net investment company taxable income and net capital gains. Therefore, no provision for federal income taxes is required.

The following summarizes the tax cost of investments and the related net unrealized appreciation at June 30, 2020:

 

     Cost        Gross
Unrealized
Appreciation
     Gross
Unrealized
Depreciation
       Net Unrealized
Appreciation

Investments and derivatives instruments

   $ 139,301,190        $23,193,297      $ (12,153,142      $11,040,155

The Fund is required to evaluate tax positions taken or expected to be taken in the course of preparing the Fund’s tax returns to determine whether the tax positions are “more-likely-than-not” of being sustained by the applicable tax authority. Income tax and related interest and penalties would be recognized by the Fund as tax expense in the Statement of Operations if the tax positions were deemed not to meet the more-likely-than-not threshold. During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Fund did not incur any income tax, interest, or penalties. As of June 30, 2020, the Adviser has reviewed all open tax years and concluded that there was no impact to the Fund’s net assets or results of operations. The Fund’s federal and state tax returns for the prior three years remain open, subject to examination. On an ongoing basis, the Adviser will monitor the Fund’s tax positions to determine if adjustments to this conclusion are necessary.

3. Investment Advisory Agreement and Other Transactions. The Fund has entered into an investment advisory agreement (the Advisory Agreement) with the Adviser which provides that the Fund will pay the Adviser a fee, computed weekly and paid monthly, currently equal on an annual basis to 0.50% of the value of the Fund’s average weekly total assets including the liquidation value of preferred shares. In accordance with the Advisory Agreement, the Adviser provides a continuous investment program for the Fund’s portfolio and oversees the administration of all aspects of the Fund’s business and affairs.

During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Fund paid $6,517 in brokerage commissions on security trades to G.research, LLC, an affiliate of the Adviser.

During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Fund received credits from a designated broker who agreed to pay certain Fund operating expenses. The amount of such expenses paid through this directed brokerage arrangement during this period was $1,113.

The cost of calculating the Fund’s NAV per share is a Fund expense pursuant to the Advisory Agreement. Under the sub-administration agreement with Bank of New York Mellon, the fees paid include the cost of calculating

 

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Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited) (Continued)

 

 

 

the Fund’s NAV. The Fund reimburses the Adviser for this service. During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Fund accrued $22,500 in accounting fees in the Statement of Operations.

As per the approval of the Board, the Fund compensates officers of the Fund, who are employed by the Fund and are not employed by the Adviser (although the officers may receive incentive based variable compensation from affiliates of the Adviser). During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Fund accrued $70,917 in payroll expenses in the Statement of Operations.

The Fund pays each Trustee who is not considered an affiliated person an annual retainer of $3,000 plus $1,000 for each Board meeting attended. Each Trustee is reimbursed by the Fund for any out of pocket expenses incurred in attending meetings. All Board committee members receive $500 per meeting attended. The Audit Committee Chairman receives an annual fee of $3,000, the Nominating Committee Chairman receives an annual fee of $2,000, and the Lead Trustee receives an annual fee of $1,000. A Trustee may receive a single meeting fee, allocated among the participating funds, for participation in certain meetings held on behalf of multiple funds. Trustees who are directors or employees of the Adviser or an affiliated company receive no compensation or expense reimbursement from the Fund.

4. Portfolio Securities. Purchases and sales of securities during the six months ended June 30, 2020, other than short term securities and U.S. Government obligations, aggregated $9,849,704 and $21,337,382, respectively.

5. Capital. The Fund is authorized to issue an unlimited number of common shares of beneficial interest (par value $0.001). The Board has authorized the repurchase of its shares on the open market when the shares are trading at a discount of 10% or more (or such other percentage as the Board may determine from time to time) from the NAV of the shares. During the six months ended June 30, 2020 and the year ended December 31, 2019, the Fund did not repurchase and retire any common shares in the open market.

The Fund’s Declaration of Trust, as amended, authorizes the issuance of an unlimited number of shares of $0.001 par value Preferred Shares. Preferred Shares are senior to the common shares and result in the financial leveraging of the common shares. Such leveraging tends to magnify both the risks and opportunities to common shareholders. Dividends on the Series A and Series B Preferred are cumulative and the liquidation value is $50 per share. The Fund is required by the 1940 Act and by the Fund’s Statement of Preferences to meet certain asset coverage tests with respect to the Preferred Shares. If the Fund fails to meet these requirements and does not correct such failure, the Fund may be required to redeem, in part or in full, the Series A and Series B Preferred Shares at the redemption price of $50 per share plus an amount equal to the accumulated and unpaid dividends whether or not declared on such shares in order to meet these requirements. Additionally, failure to meet the foregoing asset coverage requirements could restrict the Fund’s ability to pay dividends to common shareholders and could lead to sales of portfolio securities at inopportune times. The income received on the Fund’s assets may vary in a manner unrelated to the fixed and variable rates, which could have either a beneficial or detrimental impact on net investment income and gains available to common shareholders.

The Fund has an effective shelf registration authorizing the offering of an additional $150 million of common or preferred shares. As of June 30, 2020, after considering the common and preferred shares rights offerings, the Fund has approximately $65 million available for issuance under the current shelf registration.

 

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The Series A Preferred has an annual dividend rate of 3.80%. The Fund may redeem at any time all or any part of the Series A Preferred at the liquidation value plus accumulated and unpaid dividends. During the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Fund did not repurchase and retire any shares of the Series A Preferred in the open market.

The Series B Preferred paid distributions quarterly at an annualized dividend rate of 7.00% of the $50 per share liquidation preference for the quarterly dividend periods ending on or prior to December 26, 2019 (Year 1). During the last dividend period of Year 1, the Board determined that the dividend rate for the next eight quarterly dividend periods (Year 2 and Year 3) will be 4.00%. During the last dividend period occurring in Year 3, the Board will determine and publicly announce at least 30 days prior to the end of such dividend period a fixed annual dividend rate that will apply for all remaining dividend periods. The reset dividend rate will be determined by the Board or a committee thereof in its sole discretion, and such rate will be at least 200 basis points over the yield of the ten year U.S. Treasury Note at the date of determination, but in no case will such rate be less than an annualized rate of 4.00% nor greater than an annualized rate of 7.00%. The Series B may be put back to the Fund during the 30 day period prior to each of December 26, 2021 and December 26, 2023 at the liquidation preference of $50 per share, plus any accumulated and unpaid dividends, and redeemed by the Fund, at its option, at the liquidation preference of $50 per share, plus any accumulated and unpaid dividends, at any time commencing on December 26, 2023.

The following table summarizes Cumulative Preferred Share information:

 

                   Number of Shares                 Dividend   Accrued  
                   Outstanding at           2020 Dividend     Rate at   Dividends at  
Series    Issue Date      Authorized      06/30/20    Net Proceeds      Rate Range     06/30/20   06/30/20  

A 3.800%

     April 11, 2013        1,200,000           34,229    $  70,286,465        Fixed Rate     3.800%     $     904      

B

     December 19, 2018        1,370,433      1,258,029      84,586,957        4.000%/7.000   4.000%     34,945      

The holders of Preferred Shares generally are entitled to one vote per share held on each matter submitted to a vote of shareholders of the Fund and will vote together with holders of common shares as a single class. The holders of Preferred Shares voting together as a single class also have the right currently to elect two Trustees and under certain circumstances are entitled to elect a majority of the Board of Trustees. In addition, the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast by holders of all outstanding shares of the Preferred Shares, voting as a single class, will be required to approve any plan of reorganization adversely affecting the Preferred Shares, and the approval of two-thirds of each class, voting separately, of the Fund’s outstanding voting stock must approve the conversion of the Fund from a closed-end to an open-end investment company. The approval of a majority (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the outstanding Preferred Shares and a majority (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Fund’s outstanding voting securities are required to approve certain other actions, including changes in the Fund’s investment objectives or fundamental investment policies.

6. Industry Concentration. Because the Fund primarily invests in common stocks and other securities of foreign and domestic companies in the utility industry, its portfolio may be subject to greater risk and market fluctuations than a portfolio of securities representing a broad range of investments.

7. Indemnifications. The Fund enters into contracts that contain a variety of indemnifications. The Fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown. However, the Fund has not had prior claims or losses pursuant to these contracts. Management has reviewed the Fund’s existing contracts and expects the risk of loss to be remote.

 

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8. Subsequent Events. Management has evaluated the impact on the Fund of all subsequent events occurring through the date the financial statements were issued and has determined that there were no subsequent events requiring recognition or disclosure in the financial statements.

 

Shareholder Meeting – May 11, 2020 – Final Results

The Fund’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders was held virtually on May 11, 2020. At that meeting, common and preferred shareholders, voting together as a single class, re-elected Salvatore J. Zizza as Trustee of the Fund, with 5,451,440 votes cast in favor of this Trustee, and 185,844 votes withheld for this Trustee, respectively.

In addition, preferred shareholders, voting as a separate class, re-elected Leslie F. Foley as a Trustee of the Fund, with 928,843 votes cast in favor of this Trustee and 55,268 votes withheld for this Trustee.

James P. Conn, Vincent D. Enright, Salvatore M. Salibello, and Michael J. Melarkey continue to serve in their capacities as Trustees of the Fund.

We thank you for your participation and appreciate your continued support.

 

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The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust

Board Consideration and Re-Approval of Investment Advisory Agreement (Unaudited)

At a meeting on May 13, 2020, the Board of Trustees (Board) of the Fund approved the continuation of the investment advisory agreement with the Adviser for the Fund on the basis of the recommendation by the trustees who are not “interested persons” of the Fund (the Independent Board Members). The following paragraphs summarize the material information and factors considered by the Independent Board Members as well as their conclusions relative to such factors.

Nature, Extent and Quality of Services. The Independent Board Members considered information regarding the portfolio manager, the depth of the analyst pool available to the Adviser and the portfolio manager, the scope of supervisory, administrative, shareholder, and other services supervised or provided by the Adviser and the absence of significant service problems reported to the Board. The Independent Board Members noted the experience, length of service, and reputation of the portfolio managers.

Investment Performance. The Independent Board Members reviewed the performance of the Fund for the one, three, five, and ten year periods ended March 31, 2020 against a peer group of utility and infrastructure funds selected by the Adviser (the Adviser Peer Group) and against a peer group consisting of funds in the Fund’s Lipper category (the Lipper Peer Group). The Independent Board Members noted that the Fund’s performance was in the fourth quartile for the one, three, and ten year periods and the third quartile for the five year period for the Adviser Peer Group, and was in the fourth, fourth, third, and fourth quartiles for the one, three, five, and ten year periods, respectively, for the Lipper Peer Group. The Independent Board Members noted that they had engaged in an extensive discussion with the Adviser on the Fund’s portfolio and the Fund’s absolute returns.

Profitability. The Independent Board Members reviewed summary data regarding the profitability of the Fund to the Adviser both with an administrative overhead charge and without such charge. The Board also reviewed materials showing that a portion of the Fund’s portfolio transactions was executed by the Adviser’s affiliated broker, resulting in incremental profits to the broker.

Economies of Scale. The Independent Board Members considered the major elements of the Adviser’s cost structure and the relationship of those elements to potential economies of scale. The Independent Board Members noted that the Fund was a closed-end fund and unlikely to realize any economies of scale potentially available through growth in the absence of additional offerings.

Sharing of Economies of Scale. The Independent Board Members noted that the investment advisory fee schedule for the Fund does not take into account any potential economies of scale.

Service and Cost Comparisons. The Independent Board Members compared the expense ratios of the investment advisory fee, other expenses, and total expenses of the Fund with similar expense ratios of the Adviser Peer Group and the Lipper Peer Group and noted that the advisory fee includes substantially all administrative services of the Fund as well as investment advisory services of the Adviser. The Independent Board Members noted that the Fund’s total expense ratio was above average for the Adviser Peer Group, but below average for the Lipper Peer Group, and the Fund’s size was below average within the applicable peer groups. The Independent Board Members noted that the advisory fee reflected by Lipper is the aggregate fee paid by a fund (including fees attributable to both common and preferred shares) as a percentage of the assets attributable to common shares, which may result in the calculation of a higher advisory fee percentage than the stated contractual fee for any funds employing leverage. The Independent Board Members were presented with information comparing

 

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the advisory fee with the fee for other types of accounts managed by the Adviser. The Independent Board Members noted that within each group, the Fund’s investment advisory fee was below average.

Conclusions. The Independent Board Members concluded that the Fund enjoyed highly experienced portfolio advisory services, good ancillary services, and an acceptable performance record within its relatively conservative stance and that the Independent Board Members were pleased with the stability of the Fund’s performance. The Independent Board Members also concluded that the Fund’s expense ratios were acceptable in light of the Fund’s size, and that, in part due to the Fund’s structure as a closed-end fund, economies of scale were not a significant factor in their thinking. The Independent Board Members did not view the potential profitability of ancillary services as material to their decision. On the basis of the foregoing and without assigning particular weight to any single conclusion, the Independent Board Members determined to recommend continuation of the Advisory Agreement to the full Board.

Based on a consideration of all these factors in their totality, the Board Members, including all of the Independent Board Members, determined that the Fund’s advisory fee was appropriate in light of the quality of services provided and in light of the other factors described above that the Board deemed relevant. Accordingly, the Board Members determined to approve the continuation of the Fund’s Advisory Agreement. The Board Members based their decision on evaluations of all these factors as a whole and did not consider any one factor as all important or controlling.

 

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THE GABELLI GLOBAL UTILITY & INCOME TRUST

One Corporate Center

Rye, NY 10580-1422

Portfolio Manager Biography

Mario J. Gabelli, CFA, is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer - Value Portfolios of GAMCO Investors, Inc. that he founded in 1977, and Chief Investment Officer - Value Portfolios of Gabelli Funds, LLC and GAMCO Asset Management Inc. He is also Executive Chairman of Associated Capital Group, Inc. Mr. Gabelli is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University and holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School and Honorary Doctorates from Fordham University and Roger Williams University.

Timothy M. Winter, CFA, joined Gabelli in 2009 and covers the utility industry. He has over 25 years of experience as an equity research analyst covering the industry. Currently, he continues to specialize in the utility industry and also serves as a portfolio manager of Gabelli Funds, LLC. Mr. Winter received his BA in Economics in 1991 from Rollins College and MBA in Finance from Notre Dame in 1992.

Jose Garza began his career at GAMCO Investors, Inc. in 2007 as a member of the Utilities research team. Mr. Garza rejoined GAMCO Investors, Inc. in July 2013 after graduate school as research analyst covering Water and Industrial Gas companies. Mr. Garza graduated from Yale University with a dual BA in Economics and Biology, and holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School, where he participated in the school’s Value Investing Program.

 

 

We have separated the portfolio managers’ commentary from the financial statements and investment portfolio due to corporate governance regulations stipulated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. We have done this to ensure that the content of the portfolio manager’s commentary is unrestricted. Both the commentary and the financial statements, including the portfolio of investments, will be available on our website at www.gabelli.com.

The Net Asset Value per share appears in the Publicly Traded Funds column, under the heading “Specialized Equity Funds,” in Monday’s The Wall Street Journal. It is also listed in Barron’s Mutual Funds/Closed End Funds section under the heading “Specialized Equity Funds.”

The Net Asset Value per share may be obtained each day by calling (914) 921-5070 or visiting www.gabelli.com.

The NASDAQ symbol for the Net Asset Value is “XGLUX.”

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 23(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, that the Fund may from time to time purchase its common shares in the open market when the Fund’s shares are trading at a discount of 10% or more from the net asset value of the shares. The Fund may also, from time to time, purchase its preferred shares in the open market when the preferred shares are trading at a discount to the liquidation value.


THE GABELLI GLOBAL UTILITY & INCOME TRUST

One Corporate Center

Rye, NY 10580-1422

t  800-GABELLI (800-422-3554)

f   914-921-5118

e   info@gabelli.com

 GABELLI.COM

 

   

TRUSTEES

 

James P. Conn

Former Managing Director &

Chief Investment Officer,

Financial Security Assurance

Holdings Ltd.

 

Vincent D. Enright

Former Senior Vice President &

Chief Financial Officer,

KeySpan Corp.

 

Leslie F. Foley

Attorney

 

Michael J. Melarkey

Of Counsel,

McDonald Carano Wilson LLP

 

Salvatore M. Salibello

Senior Partner,

Bright Side Consulting

 

Salvatore J. Zizza

Chairman,

Zizza & Associates Corp.

  

OFFICERS

 

Bruce N. Alpert

President

 

John C. Ball

Treasurer

 

Andrea R. Mango

Secretary & Vice President

 

Richard J. Walz

Chief Compliance Officer

 

Adam E. Tokar

Vice President & Ombudsman

 

David I. Schachter

Vice President

 

INVESTMENT ADVISER

 

Gabelli Funds, LLC

One Corporate Center

Rye, New York 10580-1422

 

CUSTODIAN

 

State Street Bank and Trust

Company

 

COUNSEL

 

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &

Flom LLP

 

TRANSFER AGENT AND

REGISTRAR

 

Computershare Trust Company, N.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLU Q2/2020

LOGO

 


Item 2. Code of Ethics.

Not applicable.

Item 3. Audit Committee Financial Expert.

Not applicable.

Item 4. Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

Not applicable.

Item 5. Audit Committee of Listed Registrants.

Not applicable.

Item 6. Investments.

 

(a)

Schedule of Investments in securities of unaffiliated issuers as of the close of the reporting period is included as part of the report to shareholders filed under Item 1 of this form.

 

(b)

Not applicable.

 

Item 7.

Disclosure of Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for Closed-End Management Investment Companies.

Not applicable.

 

Item 8.

Portfolio Managers of Closed-End Management Investment Companies.

Effective January 2, 2020, Timothy M. Winter, CFA, and Jose Garza were named portfolio managers of the Fund.

Mr. Winter joined Gabelli in 2009 and covers the utility industry. He has over 25 years of experience as an equity research analyst covering the industry. Currently, he continues to specialize in the utility industry and serves as a portfolio manager of Gabelli Funds, LLC. Mr. Winter received his BA in Economics in 1991 from Rollins College and MBA in Finance from Notre Dame in 1992.

Mr. Garza rejoined G.research, LLC in July 2013 as a research analyst covering Water and Industrial Gas companies. Mr. Garza graduated from Yale University with a dual BA in Economics and Biology, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

There have been no other changes to the portfolio management team since December 31, 2019.


MANAGEMENT OF OTHER ACCOUNTS

The table below shows the number of other accounts managed by Messrs. Winter and Garza and the total assets in each of the following categories: registered investment companies, other pooled investment vehicles and other accounts as of December 31, 2019. For each category, the table also shows the number of accounts and the total assets in the accounts with respect to which the advisory fee is based on account performance.

 

Name of Portfolio

Manager

  Type of accounts    Total #
managed
   Total
assets
   No. of
Accounts
where
Advisory
Fee is Based
on
Performance
   Total Assets
with
Advisory
Fee Based
on
Performance

Timothy M. Winter

  Registered Investment Companies    1    $2.3 billion    0    $0
  Other Pooled Investment Vehicles    0    $0    0    $0
  Other accounts    12    $0.9 million    0    $0
             

Jose Garza

  Registered Investment Companies    0    $0    0    $0
  Other Pooled Investment Vehicles    0    $0    0    $0
  Other accounts    5    $0.2 million    0    $0

POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

As reflected above, the Portfolio Managers manage accounts in addition to the Fund. Actual or apparent conflicts of interest may arise when a Portfolio Manager also has day to day management responsibilities with respect to one or more other accounts. These potential conflicts include:

ALLOCATION OF LIMITED TIME AND ATTENTION. As indicated above, the Portfolio Managers manage multiple accounts. As a result, he/she will not be able to devote all of their time to the management of the Trust. The Portfolio Managers, therefore, may not be able to formulate as complete a strategy or identify equally attractive investment opportunities for each of those accounts as might be the case if he/she were to devote all of their attention to the management of only the Fund.

ALLOCATION OF LIMITED INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES. As indicated above, the Portfolio Managers manage managed accounts with investment strategies and/or policies that are similar to the Trust. In these cases, if the Portfolio Manager identifies an investment opportunity that may be suitable for multiple accounts, a fund may not be able to take full advantage of that opportunity because the opportunity may be allocated among all or many of these accounts or other accounts managed primarily by other Portfolio Managers of the Adviser, and their affiliates. In addition, in the event a Portfolio Manager determines to purchase a security for more than one account in an aggregate amount that may influence the market price of the security, accounts that purchased or sold the security first may receive a more favorable price than accounts that made subsequent transactions.


SELECTION OF BROKER/DEALERS. Because of Mr. Gabelli’s indirect majority ownership interest in G.research, LLC, he may have an incentive to use G.research to execute portfolio transactions for a fund.

PURSUIT OF DIFFERING STRATEGIES. At times, the Portfolio Managers may determine that an investment opportunity may be appropriate for only some of the accounts for which he/she exercises investment responsibility, or may decide that certain of the funds or accounts should take differing positions with respect to a particular security. In these cases, the Portfolio Manager may execute differing or opposite transactions for one or more accounts which may affect the market price of the security or the execution of the transaction, or both, to the detriment of one or more other accounts.

VARIATION IN COMPENSATION. A conflict of interest may arise where the financial or other benefits available to the Portfolio Manager differs among the accounts that they manage. If the structure of the Adviser’s management fee or the Portfolio Manager’s compensation differs among accounts (such as where certain accounts pay higher management fees or performance-based management fees), the portfolio managers may be motivated to favor certain accounts over others. The portfolio managers also may be motivated to favor accounts in which they have an investment interest, or in which the Adviser, or their affiliates have investment interests. Similarly, the desire to maintain assets under management or to enhance a Portfolio Manager’s performance record or to derive other rewards, financial or otherwise, could influence the Portfolio Manager in affording preferential treatment to those accounts that could most significantly benefit the Portfolio Manager. For example, as reflected above, if the Portfolio Manager manages accounts which have performance fee arrangements, certain portions of his/her compensation will depend on the achievement of performance milestones on those accounts. The Portfolio Manager could be incented to afford preferential treatment to those accounts and thereby be subject to a potential conflict of interest.

The Adviser, and the Funds have adopted compliance policies and procedures that are designed to address the various conflicts of interest that may arise for the Adviser and their staff members. However, there is no guarantee that such policies and procedures will be able to detect and prevent every situation in which an actual or potential conflict may arise.

COMPENSATION STRUCTURE FOR MARIO J. GABELLI

Mr. Gabelli receives incentive-based variable compensation based on a percentage of net revenues received by the Adviser for managing the Trust. Net revenues are determined by deducting from gross investment management fees the firm’s expenses (other than Mr. Gabelli’s compensation) allocable to this Fund. Five closed-end registered investment companies managed by Mr. Gabelli have arrangements whereby the Adviser will only receive its investment advisory fee attributable to the liquidation value of outstanding preferred stock (and Mr. Gabelli would only receive his percentage of such advisory fee) if certain performance levels are met. Additionally, he receives similar incentive based variable compensation for managing other accounts within the firm and its affiliates. This method of compensation is based on the premise that superior long-term performance in managing a portfolio should be rewarded with higher compensation as a result of growth of assets through appreciation and net investment activity. The level of compensation is not determined with specific reference to the performance of any account against any specific benchmark. One of the other closed-end registered investment companies managed by Mr. Gabelli has a performance (fulcrum) fee arrangement for which his compensation is adjusted up or down based on the performance of the investment company relative to an index. Mr. Gabelli manages other accounts with performance fees. Compensation for managing these accounts has two components. One component is based on a percentage of net revenues to the


investment adviser for managing the account. The second component is based on absolute performance of the account, with respect to which a percentage of such performance fee is paid to Mr. Gabelli. As an executive officer of the Adviser’s parent company, GBL, Mr. Gabelli also receives ten percent of the net operating profits of the parent company. He receives no base salary, no annual bonus, and no stock options.

COMPENSATION STRUCTURE FOR THE PORTFOLIO MANAGERS OTHER THAN MR. GABELLI

The compensation for the Portfolio Managers other than Mr. Gabelli for the Trust is structured to enable the Adviser to attract and retain highly qualified professionals in a competitive environment. The Portfolio Managers other than Mr. Gabelli receive a compensation package that includes a minimum draw or base salary, equity-based incentive compensation via awards of restricted stock, and incentive based variable compensation based on a percentage of net revenue received by the Adviser for managing the Trust to the extent that the amount exceeds a minimum level of compensation. Net revenues are determined by deducting from gross investment management fees certain of the firm’s expenses (other than the Portfolio Managers’ compensation) allocable to the Trust (the incentive-based variable compensation for managing other accounts is also based on a percentage of net revenues to the investment adviser for managing the account). This method of compensation is based on the premise that superior long-term performance in managing a portfolio should be rewarded with higher compensation as a result of growth of assets through appreciation and net investment activity. The level of equity-based incentive and incentive-based variable compensation is based on an evaluation by the Adviser’s parent, GBL, of quantitative and qualitative performance evaluation criteria. This evaluation takes into account, in a broad sense, the performance of the accounts managed by the Portfolio Managers, but the level of compensation is not determined with specific reference to the performance of any account against any specific benchmark. Generally, greater consideration is given to the performance of larger accounts and to longer term performance over smaller accounts and short-term performance.

OWNERSHIP OF SHARES IN THE FUND

Timothy Winter and Jose Garza owned $0 and $0, respectively, of shares of the Fund as of December 31, 2019.


Item 9.

Purchases of Equity Securities by Closed-End Management Investment Company and Affiliated Purchasers.

REGISTRANT PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Period

 

 

(a) Total Number of
Shares (or Units)
Purchased)

 

 

(b) Average Price Paid
per Share (or Unit)

 

 

(c) Total Number of
Shares (or Units)
Purchased as Part of
Publicly Announced
Plans or Programs

 

 

(d) Maximum Number (or
Approximate Dollar Value) of
Shares (or Units) that May Yet
be Purchased Under the Plans or
Programs

 

Month #1
01/01/2020 through 01/31/2020

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B –  N/A

 

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B –  N/A

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B –  N/A

 

Common – 5,369,326

Preferred Series A – 34,229

Preferred Series B –  1,258,029

Month #2
02/01/2020 through 02/29/2020


 

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

 

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

 

Common – 5,369,326

Preferred Series A – 34,229

Preferred Series B – 1,258,029

Month #3
03/01/2020 through 03/31/2020

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

Common – 5,369,326

Preferred Series A – 34,229

Preferred Series B – 1,258,029

Month #4
04/01/2020 through 04/30/2020

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

Common – 5,370,687

Preferred Series A – 34,229

Preferred Series B – 1,258,029

Month #5
05/01/2020 through 05/31/2020

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

Common – 5,370,687

Preferred Series A – 34,229

Preferred Series B – 1,258,029

Month #6
06/01/2020 through 06/30/2020

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

Common – 5,373,578

Preferred Series A – 34,229

Preferred Series B – 1,258,029

Total

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

Common – N/A

Preferred Series A – N/A

Preferred Series B – N/A

 

N/A




Footnote columns (c) and (d) of the table, by disclosing the following information in the aggregate for all plans or programs publicly announced:

 

a.

The date each plan or program was announced – The notice of the potential repurchase of common and preferred shares occurs semiannually in the Fund’s reports to shareholders in accordance with Section 23(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

b.

The dollar amount (or share or unit amount) approved – Any or all common shares outstanding may be repurchased when the Fund’s common shares are trading at a discount of 10% or more from the net asset value of the shares.

Any or all preferred shares outstanding may be repurchased when the Fund’s preferred shares are trading at a discount to the liquidation value of $50.00.

c.

The expiration date (if any) of each plan or program – The Fund’s repurchase plans are ongoing.

d.

Each plan or program that has expired during the period covered by the table – The Fund’s repurchase plans are ongoing.

e.

Each plan or program the registrant has determined to terminate prior to expiration, or under which the registrant does not intend to make further purchases. – The Fund’s repurchase plans are ongoing.

 

Item 10.

Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

There have been no material changes to the procedures by which the shareholders may recommend nominees to the registrant’s Board of Trustees, where those changes were implemented after the registrant last provided disclosure in response to the requirements of Item 407(c)(2)(iv) of Regulation S-K (17 CFR 229.407) (as required by Item 22(b)(15) of Schedule 14A (17 CFR 240.14a-101)), or this Item.

 

Item 11.

Controls and Procedures.

 

  (a)

The registrant’s principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, have concluded that the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 30a-3(c) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”) (17 CFR 270.30a-3(c))) are effective, as of a date within 90 days of the filing date of the report that includes the disclosure required by this paragraph, based on their evaluation of these controls and procedures required by Rule 30a-3(b) under the 1940 Act (17 CFR 270.30a-3(b)) and Rules 13a-15(b) or 15d-15(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (17 CFR 240.13a-15(b) or 240.15d-15(b)).

 

  (b)

There were no changes in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 30a-3(d) under the 1940 Act (17 CFR 270.30a-3(d))) that occurred during the period covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Item 12.

Disclosure of Securities Lending Activities for Closed-End Management Investment Companies.

Not applicable.


Item 13. Exhibits.

 

(a)(1)

  

Not applicable.

(a)(2)

  

Certifications pursuant to Rule 30a-2(a) under the 1940 Act and Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 are attached hereto.

(a)(3)

  

Not applicable.

(a)(4)

  

Not applicable.

(b)

  

Certifications pursuant to Rule 30a-2(b) under the 1940 Act and Section 906 of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act of 2002 are attached hereto.

 


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

(Registrant)                            The Gabelli Global Utility & Income Trust                       
By (Signature and Title)*      /s/ Bruce N. Alpert                                                              
                                                Bruce N. Alpert, Principal Executive Officer   
Date                                        September 4, 2020                                                              

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

By (Signature and Title)*      /s/ Bruce N. Alpert                                                              
                                                Bruce N. Alpert, Principal Executive Officer
Date                                        September 4, 2020                                                               
By (Signature and Title)*      /s/ John C. Ball                                                                    
                                                John C. Ball, Principal Financial Officer and Treasurer   
Date                                        September 4, 2020                                                               

* Print the name and title of each signing officer under his or her signature.