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August 2021 Credit Update

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What Sets CION Apart?

We’re redefining the way individual investors build their portfolios. We provide the everyday investor with access to premier, institutional style alternative investments through innovative fund structures. Our aim? To help investors achieve their investment goals with strategies that, because of their lower correlation to traditional investments, can help to create a more diversified portfolio.
Investor-First At Our Core

Investor-First At Our Core

Every decision starts with the investor in mind, their goals, their desires. We keep a constant pulse on the market and spot the opportunities on the horizon.

Disruption And Innovation In Our DNA

Disruption And Innovation In Our DNA

We specialize in alternative investments that, until now, have only been available to institutional investors. We focus on innovating through our structures, strategies, and partnerships.

Partner-Focused In All Operations

Partner-Focused In All Operations

Through our partnerships & relationships, we want to create opportunities for investors that help them build for the future and navigate a market that’s moving faster than ever.

Our Products

CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund

CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund (CADC) is a globally diversified unlisted close-end fund with an emphasis on U.S. and Europe and focused on floating rate debt.

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Inception Date 1/26/2017

Daily Class I Share NAV1

$25.90

Current Distribution Rate2

5.38% based on daily NAV

Current Class I Share Performance Since Inception (Annualized) as of September 24, 20213

6.64%

Class I shares (CADUX) may not be available to all potential investors. Sales charges and performance may vary across other share classes.

CION Investment Corporation

(CLOSED TO NEW INVESTORS)

CION Investment Corporation (CIC) is a leading BDC that focuses on the senior secured debt of U.S. middle market companies.

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Inception Date 12/17/2012

NAV4

$8.17

Current Distribution Rate5

6.48% as of June 30, 2021

Current Performance Since Inception (Cumulative) as of June 30, 20216

76.57% (without sales charge) 58.91% (with sales charge)

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CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund:

1 The public offering price is equal to the NAV plus an upfront sales charge of up to 5.75% for Class A, 4.25% for Class L, 3.00% for Class W and offering costs of up to $0.25 per share. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Please see the current prospectus, as amended and supplemented, for more information including, but not limited to, annual fund expenses.

2 Current distribution rate is expressed as a percentage equal to the projected annualized distribution amount (which is calculated by annualizing the current daily cash distribution per share without compounding), divided by the relevant net asset value per share. The current distribution rate shown may be rounded.

A portion of distributions may be a direct result of expense support payments provided by CION Ares Management, LLC (CAM), which are subject to repayment by CADC within three years. The purpose of this arrangement is to ensure that CADC bears an appropriate level of expenses. Any such distributions may not be entirely based on investment performance and can only be sustained if positive investment performance is achieved in future periods and/or CAM continues to make such expense support payments. Future repayments will reduce cash otherwise potentially available for distributions. There can be no assurance that such performance will be achieved in order to sustain these distributions. CAM has no obligation to provide expense support payments in future periods.

CADC may fund distributions from unlimited amounts of offering proceeds or borrowings, which may constitute a return of capital, as well as net income from operations, capital and non-capital gains from the sale of assets, dividends or distributions from equity investments and expense support payments from CAM, which are subject to repayment. For the year ending December 31, 2020, distributions were paid from taxable income and did not include a return of capital for tax purposes. It is not anticipated that the current distribution rate will contain a return of capital. If expense support payments from CAM were not provided, some or all of the distributions may have been a return of capital which would reduce the available capital for investment. The sources of distributions may vary periodically. Please refer to the semi-annual or annual reports filed with the SEC for the sources of distributions.

3 Returns include reinvestment of distributions and reflect fund expenses inclusive of recoupment of previously provided expense support. The estimated expense ratio is 3.52%. Expense ratios are annualized and calculated as a percentage of estimated average net assets. Share values will fluctuate, therefore if repurchased, they may be worth more or less than their original cost. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to purchase the securities described herein. Such an offering is made only by means of a prospectus. Please read the prospectus prior to making any investment decision and consider the risks, charges, expenses and other important information described therein. A copy of the prospectus must be made available to you in connection with any offering. Click here to view the prospectus.

Please be aware that the Fund, the Advisers, the Distributor or the Wholesale Marketing Agent and their respective officers, directors, employees and affiliates do not undertake to provide impartial investment advice or to give advice in a Fiduciary capacity in connection with the Fund’s public offering of shares.

CION Securities, LLC (CSL) is the wholesale marketing agent for CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund, advised by CION Ares Management, LLC (CAM) and distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc (ADI). CSL, member FINRA, and CAM are not affiliated with ADI, member FINRA. Check the background of these firms on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.

 

CION Investment Corporation:

4 Estimated net asset value per share as of June 30, 2021.

5 On March 19, 2020, CIC’s co-chief executive officers determined to temporarily suspend the payment of distributions to shareholders commencing with the month ended April 30, 2020. On July 15, 2020, CIC’s co-chief executive officers determined to recommence the payment of distributions to shareholders in August 2020. On December 17, 2020, CIC’s co-chief executive officers declared one-time special cash distributions of $0.15180 per share for the year ended December 31, 2020, which were paid on December 22, 2020 to shareholders of record as of December 21, 2020. Current distribution rate includes these one-time special distributions. Distributions in respect of future months will be evaluated by management and the Board based on circumstances and expectations existing at the time of consideration.

The determination of the tax attributes of CIC’s distributions is made annually as of the end of CIC’s fiscal year based upon its taxable income and distributions paid, in each case, for the full year. Therefore, a determination as to the tax attributes of the distributions made on a quarterly basis may not be representative of the actual tax attributes for a full year. CIC intends to update shareholders quarterly with an estimated percentage of its distributions that resulted from taxable ordinary income. The actual tax characteristics of distributions to shareholders will be reported to shareholders annually on a Form 1099-DIV. The payment of future distributions on CIC’s common stock is subject to the discretion of the Board and applicable legal restrictions, and therefore, there can be no assurance as to the amount or timing of any such future distributions.

CIC may fund its cash distributions to shareholders from any sources of funds available to it, including borrowings, net investment income from operations, capital gains proceeds from the sale of assets, non-capital gains proceeds from the sale of assets, dividends or other distributions paid to it on account of preferred and common equity investments in portfolio companies and expense support from CION Investment Management, LLC (CIM), which is subject to recoupment. To date, distributions have not been paid from offering proceeds and distributions have not included a return of capital. CIC has not established limits on the amount of funds it may use from available sources to make distributions. Shareholders should understand that any such distributions are not based on CIC’s investment performance, and can only be sustained if CIC achieves positive investment performance in future periods. There can be no assurance that CIC will be able to pay distributions at all.

6 Total investment return-net asset value is a measure of the change in total value for shareholders who held CIC’s common stock at the beginning and end of the period, including distributions paid or payable during the period. Total investment return-net asset value is presented on a “net” basis and reflects management and incentive fees, offering, organizational and other costs, interest expense on borrowed funds and other related expenses that are borne by investors. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

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