Madison Strategic Sector Premium Fund (NYSE:MSP) and Madison Covered Call & Equity Strategy Fund (NYSE:MCN) Announce Results of Shareholder Vote at Meetings Relating to the Merger of MSP with and into MCN

Madison, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Madison Strategic Sector Premium Fund (“MSP”) and Madison Covered Call & Equity Strategy Fund (“MCN”) (collectively, the “Funds”), announced today that at a special meeting of shareholders of MSP, and the annual meeting of shareholders of MCN, the requisite shareholders of the Funds have approved the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger”) pursuant to which MSP will be merged with and into MCN, and the transactions contemplated thereby.

It is currently expected that the Merger will be effective with the open of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) on October 8, 2018, subject to all regulatory requirements and customary closing conditions being satisfied. Holders of MSP Common Shares will receive newly issued MCN Common Shares. The aggregate net asset value, as of the close of trading of the NYSE on October 5, 2018, of MCN Common Shares received by MSP shareholders (including, for this purpose, fractional MCN Common Shares to which shareholders would be entitled) will be equal to the aggregate net asset value of the MSP Common Shares held by MSP shareholders as of such time. Fractional shares will be aggregated and sold on the open market and MSP shareholders will receive cash in lieu of such fractional shares.

This communication is not intended to, and shall not, constitute an offer to purchase or sell shares of MSP or MCN, the surviving fund in the Merger.

Madison Asset Management, LLC
Greg Hoppe, Treasurer

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