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Daily Price (as of 6/22/2017)

NAV Per Share: 13.42
Closing Market Price: 12.22
Premium/Discount: -8.94%

Key Stats (as of 6/22/2017)

Performance Inception: 2/24/2005
Ticker: ZF
CUSIP: 92837G100
Net Assets: $304,093,123
Total Managed Assets: $409,093,123

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Section 16 SEC Filings (Forms 3, 4 & 5)

Form 8937: Organizational Actions

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Investment Opportunity

The Fund has a current target allocation of investing approximately 60% of its total assets in equity securities and 40% fixed income. The Fund's investment objective is capital appreciation, with current income as a secondary objective. The equity portion of the Fund invests globally in owners/operators of infrastructure in the communications, utility, energy, and transportation industries. The fixed income portion of the Fund is designed to generate high current income and total return through the application of a time-tested approach of active sector rotation, extensive credit research and disciplined risk management designed to capitalize on opportunities across undervalued areas of the fixed income markets. The fund also pursues an options income strategy whereby it purchases and sells out-of-the money puts and calls, creating an options spread.

Effective April 3, 2017, this Fund changed its name to Virtus Total Return Fund Inc.

Management Team

Connie Luecke, CFA

Connie Luecke, CFA
Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co.
Industry start date: 1983
Start date with Fund: 2016

Randle Smith, CFA

Randle Smith, CFA
Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co.
Industry start date: 1990
Start date with Fund: 2016

David L. Albrycht, CFA

David L. Albrycht, CFA
Newfleet Asset Management, LLC
Industry start date: 1985
Start date with Fund: 2016

Performance (as of 5/31/2017)

Net Asset Value (NAV)
YTD One Year Five Years Ten Years Since Inception
16.11% 22.50% 14.10% -1.63% 0.83%
Market Price
YTD One Year Five Years Ten Years Since Inception
10.67% 17.64% 14.01% -2.52% -0.41%

Sales Charge and Expense

The fund class gross expense ratio is 2.33%.

Shares of the Fund are bought and sold on the NYSE and are not subject to a sales charge. Excluding interest expense on the line of credit, the expense ratio would have been 1.87%.

The Fund's historical performance prior to 4/3/17 reflects the performance of the Virtus Total Return Fund (DCA). This change is due to the fact that DCA was the accounting survivor when the Fund and DCA merged on 4/3/17.  Also, performance and characteristics prior to December 9, 2011 were attained by a different investment adviser using a different investment strategy.

Inception date shown reflects performance inception date. The Fund began operations on 10/2/86.

Performance reflects the deduction of fund operating expenses. Performance does not reflect the incurrence of brokerage expenses, which typically apply to exchange traded products. T
otal return net of brokerage expenses would be lower than the total returns on market value shown in the table.

Performance data quoted represents past results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Net Asset Value vs. Market Price 

Net Asset Value (NAV) represents the total value of all assets held by the Fund (minus its total liabilities), divided by the total number of common shares outstanding. The net asset value returns reflect the performance of the manager. Market price is the price at which investors may purchase or sell shares of the Fund. Market price is determined in the open market by buyers and sellers, based on supply and demand. The Fund’s Market Price fluctuates throughout the day and may differ from its underlying NAV. Shares of the Fund may trade at a premium (higher than) or a discount (lower than) to NAV. This characteristic is a risk separate and distinct from the risk that the Fund’s net asset value could decline. The Fund has no control over the market price. The difference between the market price and the NAV (Premium/Discount) is expressed as a percentage of NAV.

Automatic Reinvestment Plan

This plan offers shareholders a convenient way to acquire additional shares of the fund. Registered holders will be automatically placed in the Plan. If shares are held at a brokerage firm, contact your broker about participation in the Plan.

Fund Distributions and Managed Plan

Under the terms of the Fund’s managed distribution policy, the Fund seeks to maintain a consistent distribution level that may be paid in part or in full from net investment income and realized capital gains, or a combination thereof. Shareholders should note, however, that if the Fund’s aggregate net investment income and net realized capital gains are less than the amount of the distribution level, the difference will be distributed from the Fund’s assets and will constitute a return of the shareholder’s capital. A return of capital is not taxable; rather it reduces a shareholder’s tax basis in his or her shares of the Fund.

The amounts and sources of distributions reported in Section 19(a) Notices are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of the fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. Please note that the characterization of Fund distributions for federal income tax purposes is different from book accounting generally accepted account principles (“GAAP”). The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

You should not necessarily draw any conclusions about the Fund’s investment performance from the amount of this distribution. Contact your financial representative for more information, or email or call Virtus Closed-End Funds for service at 1-866-270-7788.


There can be no assurance that the fund will achieve its investment objectives.

This information does not represent an offer, or the solicitation of an offer, to buy or sell securities of the Fund.

Contact your financial representative for more information, or email or call for service at 1-866-270-7788.

Fund Risks

Fundamental Risk of Investing: There can be no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objectives. An investment in the shares of the Fund is subject to the risk of loss of principal; shares may decrease in value.

Equity Securities: The market price of equity securities may be adversely affected by financial market, industry, or issuer-specific events. Focus on a particular style or on small or medium-sized companies may enhance that risk.

Credit & Interest: Debt securities are subject to various risks, the most prominent of which are credit and interest rate risk. The issuer of a debt security may fail to make interest and/or principal payments. Values of debt securities may rise or fall in response to changes in interest rates, and this risk may be enhanced with longer-term maturities.

Foreign Investing: Investing internationally involves additional risks such as currency, political, accounting, economic, and market risk.

High Yield-High Risk Fixed Income Securities: There is a greater level of credit risk and price volatility involved with high yield securities than investment grade securities.

Industry/Sector Concentration: A fund that focuses its investments in a particular industry or sector will be more sensitive to conditions that affect that industry or sector than a non-concentrated fund.

Leverage: When a fund leverages its portfolio, the value of its shares may be more volatile and all other risks may be compounded.

Call/Put Spreads: Buying and selling call and put option spreads on the SPX Index risks the loss of the premium when buying, can limit upside participation and increase downside losses.

Market Price/NAV: At the time of purchase and/or sale, an investor's shares may have a market price that is above or below the fund's NAV, which may increase the investor's risk of loss.