Gabelli Equity Trust Announces the Offering of $80 Million of 5.45% Series J Cumulative Preferred Stock

RYE, N.Y.--()--The Board of Directors of The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. (NYSE:GAB) (the “Fund”) is pleased to announce the completion of an offering of 3.2 million shares of 5.45% Series J Cumulative Preferred Stock (“Series J Preferred”) valued at $80 million. The offering is expected to close on Thursday, March 31, 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

The Fund expects to use the proceeds from the offering for investment purposes consistent with the Fund’s investment objectives.

The Series J Preferred is perpetual, non-callable for five years, and will be issued at $25 per share. Distributions are scheduled to be paid quarterly beginning on June 27, 2016. Shares of the Series J Preferred are expected to commence trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “GAB Pr J” within thirty days of the date of issuance.

The Board of Directors would like to thank all participants in the offering, which was led by UBS Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. G.research, LLC also participated in the offering.

The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company with approximately $1.6 billion in net assets whose primary investment objective is to achieve long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in a portfolio of equity securities consisting of common stock, preferred stock, convertible or exchangeable securities, and warrants and rights to purchase such securities. Income is a secondary investment objective. The Fund is managed by Gabelli Funds, LLC, a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE:GBL), which is a publicly traded NYSE listed company.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is effective. This press release is not an offering, which can only be made by a prospectus. Investors should consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. The Fund’s prospectus supplement relating to the Series J Preferred and the Fund’s base prospectus contain this and additional information about The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. and the Series J Preferred, and should be read carefully before investing. Visit www.gabelli.com for more information about the Fund.

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