Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance Fund Announces Quarterly Distribution of $0.160 Per Share

NEW YORK--()--Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance Fund (the “Fund”) (NYSE:GER) announces its quarterly distribution of $0.160 per common share. This represents a reduction of $0.175 per share from the previous quarter’s distribution of $0.335 per share. The distribution is payable on the date noted below.

“We recognize the impact that the volatility of the sector has had on the performance of the Fund and we believe that, in light of our analysis, the Fund’s distribution amount is prudent given the current market environment”

The distribution schedule is as follows:

Ex-Date:       February 18, 2016
Record Date: February 22, 2016
Payable Date: February 29, 2016
Amount: $0.160 per share
 

As the broader energy sector has continued to be under extraordinary pressure, master limited partnerships (“MLPs”) have also been negatively impacted. In the short term, Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s (“GSAM’s”) Energy & Infrastructure Team expects continued volatility as long as headwinds persist, such as the historically low price of oil, financing concerns, and technical factors including increased correlation of MLPs to crude oil prices.

In this challenging environment, the Fund’s distributable cash flow has declined due to factors including portfolio deleveraging in response to adverse market conditions, distribution cuts affecting certain holdings of the Fund, as well as merger & acquisition activity resulting in lower yielding companies. From December 31, 2014 through December 31, 2015, the Fund reduced its leverage from $435.0 million, representing 27.6% of managed assets (26.5% of managed assets, net of cash held by the Fund) to $165.0 million, representing 26.3 % of managed assets (22.6% of managed assets, net of cash held by the Fund). This is a 62.1% decrease from the end of 2014 to the end of 2015.

To determine a distribution amount that the Fund believes is reasonable given the current environment, the Fund’s investment adviser analyzed the impact of a range of potential investment scenarios on the Fund’s potential distributable cash flows, including different leverage levels and potential distribution cuts by certain of the Fund’s largest holdings. “We recognize the impact that the volatility of the sector has had on the performance of the Fund and we believe that, in light of our analysis, the Fund’s distribution amount is prudent given the current market environment,” said Kyri Loupis, Managing Director of GSAM’s Energy & Infrastructure Team and Portfolio Manager of the Fund.

It is currently anticipated that a portion of this distribution will be treated for tax purposes as a return of capital; however, the final characterization of such distribution will be made in the coming months when the Fund can determine its earnings and profits for the full year. The final tax status of the distribution may differ substantially from this preliminary information.

First Quarter 2016 MLP Closed-End Funds Conference Call

Goldman Sachs Asset Management (“GSAM”) will host a master limited partnership (“MLP”) market update conference call on February 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST. The call will cover the market environment for U.S. energy and provide an update on the closed-end fund investment strategies.

The live webcast can be accessed via the web portal using conference ID: gsammlp2016 or through the GSAM Closed-End Fund landing page at www.GSAMFUNDS.com/cef. Questions may be submitted via the webcast during the call.

Dial In Number: 1-866-464-2452

Conference ID: 31376993

Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance Fund

Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company which began trading on the NYSE on September 26, 2014. The Fund seeks a high level of total return with an emphasis on current distributions to shareholders. The Fund invests primarily in Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”) and other energy investments. The Fund currently expects to concentrate its investments in the energy sector, with an emphasis on midstream MLP investments. The Fund invests across the energy value chain, including upstream, midstream and downstream investments. The Fund is managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s (“GSAM’s”) Energy & Infrastructure Team, which is among the industry’s largest MLP investment groups.

About Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P.

GSAM is the asset management arm of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), and supervises $1.08 trillion as of December 31, 2015.1 GSAM has been providing discretionary investment advisory services since 1988 and has investment professionals in all major financial centers around the world. The company offers investment strategies across a broad range of asset classes to institutional and individual clients globally. Founded in 1869, Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals.

1Assets Under Supervision (AUS) includes assets under management and other client assets for which Goldman Sachs does not have full discretion.

Disclosures

Shares of closed-end investment companies frequently trade at a discount from their net asset value (“NAV”), which may increase investors’ risk of loss. At the time of sale, an investor’s shares may have a market price that is above or below NAV, and may be worth more or less than the original investment. There is no assurance that the Fund will meet its investment objective. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investments in securities of MLPs involve risks that differ from investments in common stock, including among others risks related to limited control and limited rights to vote on matters affecting MLPs, potential conflicts of interest risk, cash flow risks, dilution risks and trading risks.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any security. The Fund has completed its initial public offering. Investors should consider their investment goals, time horizons and risk tolerance before investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not appropriate for all investors, and the Fund is not intended to be a complete investment program. Investors should carefully review and consider the Fund’s investment objective, risks, charges and expenses before investing. MLP distributions consist largely of return of capital and not of current income. The ultimate composition of these distributions may vary due to a variety of factors including projected income and expenses, depreciation and depletion, and any tax elections made by the MLP. The final characterization of such distribution will be made when an MLP can determine each investor's share of the MLP's income, expenses, gains and losses. The final tax status of the distribution may differ substantially from this information.

For additional information, please visit the Fund’s website at www.gsamfunds.com/cef.

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