Legg Mason’s Clearbridge American Energy MLP Fund completes private placement

Legg Mason‘s ClearBridge American Energy MLP Fund said Wednesday that it has closed a $275 million private placement of senior secured notes. The transaction was completed on October 15, 2013. According to the fund, proceeds from the offering will be used to repay debts, make new investments and for “general corporate purposes.” ClearBridge American Energy MLP Fund is a management investment firm.


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ClearBridge American Energy MLP Fund Inc. (“the Fund”) (NYSE:CBA) announced today it completed a private placement of $275 million of fixed-rate senior secured notes on October 15, 2013. Net proceeds from the offering will be used to repay outstanding borrowings on a floating rate line of credit, make new portfolio investments, and for general corporate purposes. After the refinancing, the Fund’s total leverage is $375 million or 26% of managed assets, comprised of approximately 73% in fixed-rate securities and 27% in floating rate borrowings.
The table below summarizes the key terms of the offering.

Security Amount Rate Maturity
Senior secured notes
Series A $55M 3.25% 10/15/18
Series B $60M 3.89% 10/15/20
Series C $85M 4.51% 10/15/23
Series D $75M 4.66% 10/15/25
For more information, please contact the Fund at 1-888-777-0102 or visit the Fund’s website at: www.lmcef.com
ClearBridge American Energy MLP Fund Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company which is advised by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC (“LMPFA”) and subadvised by ClearBridge Investments, LLC (“ClearBridge”).
The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its managed assets in U.S. based energy master limited partnerships (“MLPs”), under normal market conditions. The Fund focuses its investments on MLPs that, in the Fund’s opinion, are poised to benefit from the growing production and usage of natural gas, while minimizing exposure to commodity price fluctuations. There is no assurance that the Fund’s investment objective will be obtained.
LMPFA and ClearBridge are wholly owned subsidiaries of Legg Mason, Inc. (“Legg Mason”).
About Legg Mason
Legg Mason is a global asset management firm with $645 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2013. Legg Mason provides active asset management in many major investment centers throughout the world. Legg Mason is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: LM).
About ClearBridge
ClearBridge Investments, LLC is Legg Mason’s largest equity manager with approximately $77 billion in assets under management, including $5.3 billion in energy MLPs, as of September 30, 2013. Led by the insight of proprietary, fundamental research and a team of portfolio managers with an average of 24 years of investment industry experience, their investment process provides clients with a diverse menu of equity-focused strategies in a number of investment vehicles and personalized, value-added client service.
All investments are subject to risk, including the risk of loss. The Fund’s concentration of investments in energy related MLPs subject it to the risks of MLPs and the energy sector, including the risks of declines in energy and commodity prices, decreases in energy demand, adverse weather conditions, natural or other disasters, changes in government regulation, and changes in tax laws. Leverage may result in greater volatility of NAV and the market price of common shares and increases a shareholder’s risk of loss. Derivative instruments can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses, and have a potentially large impact on Fund performance. The Fund may invest in small capitalization or illiquid securities which can increase the risk and volatility of the Fund.
ClearBridge American Energy MLP Fund Inc. is not sold or distributed by Legg Mason or any Legg Mason affiliate. Shares of the fund are bought and sold through non-affiliated broker/dealers and trade on nationally recognized stock exchanges.