Declares capital gains distributions
THE SWISS HELVETIA FUND, INC. DECLARES CAPITAL GAINS DISTRIBUTIONS
The Board of Directors of The Swiss Helvetia Fund, Inc. (NYSE: SWZ), a closed-end investment company, announced today the declaration of a short- term capital gains distribution in the amount of $0.261 per share and a long-term capital gains distribution in the amount of $1.162 per share. The distributions will be paid on January 29, 2008 in the form of stock, with an option to take cash, to stockholders of record on December 17, 2007. The shares will trade "ex-dividend" on December 13, 2007.
The Board of Directors also announced a continuation of the Fund's stock repurchase program to purchase up to 500,000 shares of its Common Stock during 2008 in openmarket transactions to be effected on the New York Stock Exchange. The principal purpose of the stock repurchase program is to enhance stockholder value by increasing the Fund's net asset value per share without creating a meaningful adverse effect upon the Fund's expense ratio.
The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end investment company whose objective is to seek long-term capital appreciation through investment primarily in equity and equity-linked securities of Swiss companies. The Fund is managed by Hottinger Capital Corp. and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWZ.
For further information regarding the Fund, please contact Rudolf Millisits, Executive Vice President of Hottinger Capital Corp. at 1-888-SWISS-00 or (212) 332-2760, 1270 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 400, New York, New York, 10020.