The Board of Trustees of The Gabelli Utility Trust (NYSE:GUT) declared a $0.3515625 per share
cash distribution payable on September 26, 2006 to Preferred Shareholders of record on
September 19, 2006.
The Preferred Shares, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GUT Pr A",
are rated 'Aaa' by Moody's Investors Service and have an annual dividend rate of $1.40625 per
share. The Preferred Shares were issued on July 31, 2003 at $25.00 per share and pay distributions
quarterly. The Preferred Shares will be callable at any time at the liquidation value of $25.00
per share plus accrued dividends following the expiration of the five-year call protection on
July 31, 2008.
A portion of the distribution may be treated as long-term capital gain and qualified dividend
income for individuals, each subject to the maximum Federal income tax rate, which is currently
15% in taxable accounts for individuals. Long-term capital gains, qualified dividend income,
and ordinary income, if any, will be allocated on a pro-rata basis to all distributions for
the year. As of August 17, 2006, the date of this press release, each of the distributions
paid in 2006 would include approximately 63% from net investment income and 37% from net capital
gains. The estimated components of each distribution are provided to shareholders of record
in a notice accompanying the distribution and are available on our website (www.gabelli.com).
The final determination of the sources of all distributions in 2006 will be made after year-end.
All shareholders with taxable accounts will receive written notification regarding the components
and tax treatment for all 2006 distributions in early 2007 via Form 1099-DIV.
The Gabelli Utility Trust is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company with
$278 million in total assets whose primary investment objective is to seek long-term growth
of capital and income by investing primarily in utility companies involved in the distribution
of electricity, gas, and water. The Fund is managed by Gabelli Funds, LLC, a subsidiary of
GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE:GBL), which is a publicly traded NYSE listed company.