As of June 25, 2020.
On March 19, 2020, CIC’s co-chief executive officers determined to temporarily suspend the payment of distributions to shareholders commencing with the month ending April 30, 2020. Distributions in respect of future months will be reevaluated 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. 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. 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.