Gabelli Equity Trust (GAB) has announced the sale of a new issue of perpetual preferred stock.
The CEF had already announced the redemption of the GAB-D 5.875% issue for 12/26/2019. With the new issue the company will have 4 issues outstanding–none of which have coupons above 5.45% and this one is not redeemable until 2021.
Of course being a CEF and needing to have at least 200% asset coverage ratio this will be a high quality issue.
When we could last accurately calculate the leverage GAB was at 465% (6/30/2019). Being that their assets are level 1 (directly observable prices–i.e. common stocks) investors should feel fairly secure here.
The issue will likely be unrated–they were last rated by Moodys at A1, but now they are unrated. I will need to update lists etc for this change (as well as check other Gabelli CEFs).
EarlyBird and mcg were right on this new issue.