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Western Asset Middle Market Income Fund Inc. Raises $327 Million for its Initial Public Offering

September 13, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Investment Weekly News -- Western Asset Middle Market Income Fund Inc. ("XWMFX" or the "Fund") announced that pricing has been completed for its initial public offering. The Fund raised gross proceeds of approximately $327 million in its common stock offering.

The Fund is a newly organized non-diversified, non-traded limited term closed-end investment management company and is advised by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC and subadvised by Western Asset Management Company ("Western Asset"), both of which are wholly owned subsidiaries of Legg Mason, Inc. ("Legg Mason"). BofA Merrill Lynch ("Merrill Lynch") and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC ("Morgan Stanley") acted as dealers in connection with the Fund's initial public offering.

"We believe middle market debt packaged in this structure presents a timely and potentially compelling income opportunity for investors. We greatly appreciate the partnership with both Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley and look forward to utilizing the breadth and depth of our credit resources to manage the Fund," concluded Mike Buchanan, Head of Global Credit at Western Asset.

The Fund's primary investment objective is to provide high income. As a secondary investment objective, the Fund will seek capital appreciation. There can be no assurance the Fund will achieve its investment objectives.

Western Asset will employ an opportunistic strategy that invests in fixed income securities issued by middle market companies. Under normal market conditions, at least 80% of the Fund's managed assets will consist of securities, including loans, issued by middle market companies. For investment purposes, "middle market" refers to companies with annual revenues of between $100 million and $1 billion at the time of investment by the Fund.

The Fund will not be publicly traded but, beginning in 2016, intends, but is not obligated, to conduct quarterly tender offers for up to 2.5% of its common stock then outstanding in the sole discretion of its board of directors. The Fund does not expect to make a tender offer for its common stock during its first 18 months of operations. It is anticipated that the Fund will terminate on December 30, 2022.

"Western Asset is committed to bringing innovative investment strategies to the market that provide compelling opportunities to our clients. The Fund enables investors to participate in a long-term, high-yielding investment that was previously unavailable. We will continue to work with our partners to identify new investment solutions and make them available to our clients," stated Jim Hirschmann, Chief Executive Officer of Western Asset.

"The development and launch of the Fund has been a true collaborative effort between our largest fixed income affiliate and our longstanding partnerships with Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Our previous success with Western Asset on the Western Asset Middle Market Debt Fund Inc. and continued interest in higher yielding securities led to the development of this innovative structure which clearly resonated with our clients," said Fran Cashman, Co-Head of Sales for Legg Mason.

Contact the Fund at 1-888-777-0102 for additional information, or consult the Fund's web site at Data and commentary provided in this press release are for informational purposes only.

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