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Q4 2019 MARKET OUTLOOK

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CION Investments seeks to redefine the way individual investors can build their portfolios and help meet their long-term investment goals. We strive to level the playing field by building better fund structures with true partnership at the core.
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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 A Share Nav1

$25.46

Current Distribution Rate2

5.47% based on daily NAV

Current Class A Share Performance Since Inception (Annualized) as of November 13, 20193

6.28% without sales charge 4.06% with sales charge

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

$8.34

Current Distribution Rate5

8.77%

Current Performance Since Inception (Cumulative) as of September 30, 20196

58.48% (without sales charge) 42.63% (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 October 31, 2018, 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 expense support which will remain in effect at least until July 11, 2019 and may be subject to reimbursement in the future. The net expense ratio, inclusive of expense support, is 3.06% as of April 30, 2019. The gross expense ratio, without expense support, is 3.58% as of April 30, 2019. Expense ratios are annualized and calculated as a percentage of average net assets. The sales charge for Class A is 5.75%. 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 Net asset value per share as of September 30, 2019.

5 Current distribution rate is expressed as a percentage equal to the projected annualized distribution amount (which is calculated by annualizing the current regular weekly cash distribution per share without compounding), divided by the NAV per share. The current distribution rate shown may be rounded.

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. On January 2, 2018, CIC entered into an expense support and conditional reimbursement agreement with CIM for purposes of, among other things, replacing CION Investment Group, LLC (“CIG”) and Apollo Investment Management, L.P. with CIM as the expense support provider pursuant to the terms of the expense support and conditional reimbursement agreement. To date, distributions have not been paid from offering proceeds or borrowings.  In certain prior periods, if expense support from CIG was not supported, some or all of the distributions may have been a return of capital; however, distributions have not included a return of capital as of the date hereof.  CIC has not established limits on the amount of funds it may use from available sources to make distributions.  The purpose of this arrangement is to avoid such distributions being characterized as returns of capital. 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 and/or CIM continues to provide such expense support. Shareholders should also understand that CIC’s future repayments of expense support will reduce the distributions that they would otherwise receive.  There can be no assurance that CIC will achieve such performance in order to sustain these distributions, or be able to pay distributions at all.  CIM has no obligation to provide expense support to CIC in future periods.

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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