Marret Asset Management Announces Write-down of Private Portfolio of Marret High Yield Strategies Fund and Marret Multi-Strategy Income Fund

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Marret Asset Management Inc. (“Marret”) today announced that Marret High Yield Strategies Fund (“MHY”) (CSE: MHY.UN) and Marret Multi-Strategy Income Fund (“MMF”) (CSE: MMF.UN) will take a full write-down of the value of securities held in Cline Mining Corporation (“Cline”). Cline is the main asset of MHY and MMF. As a result of the write-down, the net asset value per unit of all classes of MHY and MMF on December 22, 2023 will decrease to $0.00.

New Elk Coal Company, LLC (“NECC”) filed for Chapter 11 protection on February 21, 2023. NECC is the issuer of the secured notes held by Cline (“NECC Notes”). In addition to NECC, its parent company Allegiance Coal Limited (“AHQ”) and three other related entities also filed for insolvency protection. The write-down reflects the decreased likelihood of any recovery from the bankruptcy process and the intention of virtually all of Cline’s stakeholders to wind up the corporation.

About Marret Asset Management

Marret Asset Management Inc. is a specialist fixed-income manager. With mandates in investment grade credit, short-term cash alternatives, high yield and opportunistic distressed securities, Marret’s focus is on achieving positive absolute returns with emphasis on risk management. CI Financial Corp. (TSX: CIX) has a 65% ownership stake in Marret.

Forward-looking information

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