5/02/2011 TYG

Tortoise Energy Capital Corp. Provides Unaudited Balance Sheet Information and Asset Coverage Ratio Update as of April 30, 2011

LEAWOOD, Kan.--May 2, 2011--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tortoise Energy Capital Corp. (NYSE: TYY) today announced that as of April 30, 2011, the company's unaudited total assets were approximately $838.7 million and its unaudited net asset value was $530.8 million, or $27.38 per share.

As of April 30, 2011, the company was in compliance with its asset coverage ratios under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act) and basic maintenance covenants. The company's asset coverage ratio under the 1940 Act with respect to senior securities representing indebtedness was 620 percent, and its coverage ratio for preferred shares was 428 percent. For more information on calculation of coverage ratios, please refer to our most recent applicable prospectus.

The company issued 7,700 shares of common stock under its at-the-market equity offering program for gross proceeds of approximately $0.2 million during the month of April 2011.

Set forth below is a summary of the company's unaudited balance sheet at April 30, 2011, and a summary of its top 10 holdings.

Unaudited Balance Sheet

      (in Millions)     Per Share
    Investments $829.8     $42.80
    Cash and Cash Equivalents 0.4     0.02
    Receivable for Investments Sold 2.4     0.12
    Other Assets 6.1     0.32
    Total Assets 838.7     43.26
    Short-Term Borrowings 4.3     0.22
    Senior Notes 107.5     5.55
    MRP Shares 50.0     2.58
    Total Leverage 161.8     8.35
    Payable for Investments Purchased 2.5     0.12
    Other Liabilities 1.9     0.10
    Deferred Tax Liability 141.7     7.31
    Net Assets $530.8     $27.38

   19.39 million common shares currently outstanding.

Top 10 Holdings (as of April 30, 2011)



(in Millions)


% of

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.   $ 62.5       7.5%
Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.   61.9       7.5%
Kinder Morgan Management, LLC   57.4       6.9%
Enterprise Products Partners L.P.   53.9       6.5%
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.   51.2       6.2%
El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P.   41.0       4.9%
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.   37.1       4.5%
TC PipeLines, LP   36.4       4.4%
NuStar Energy L.P.   36.3       4.4%
Buckeye Partners, L.P.   35.6       4.3%
Total   $ 473.3       57.1%

(1) Percent of Investments and Cash Equivalents.

About Tortoise Energy Capital Corp.

Tortoise Energy Capital Corp. provides financing for master limited partnerships (MLPs) in the energy infrastructure sector, focusing on crude oil and refined petroleum products MLPs and natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines MLPs. Tortoise Energy Capital Corp. seeks to provide its stockholders a high level of total return with an emphasis on current distributions.

About Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC

Tortoise is an investment manager specializing in listed energy infrastructure investments, such as pipeline and power companies. As of March 31, 2011, the adviser had approximately $6.6 billion of assets under management in six NYSE-listed investment companies and private accounts. For more information, visit our Web site at www.tortoiseadvisors.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of such state or jurisdiction.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are "forward-looking statements." Although the company and Tortoise Capital Advisors believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the company's reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Other than as required by law, the company and Tortoise Capital Advisors do not assume a duty to update this forward-looking statement.

Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC
Pam Kearney, 866-362-9331
Investor Relations

Source: Tortoise Energy Capital Corp.