September 29, 2005 (Overland Park, KS) - Tortoise Energy Capital Corporation (NYSE: TYY) announced today that, based on anticipated closings, it expects to achieve -- almost two months ahead of what was anticipated -- full investment of the equity capital raised during its initial public offering in May of this year. The capital has been invested in the securities of MLPs and other companies in the energy infrastructure sector. The Company anticipates using leverage to permit it to pursue its investment strategy.
"In implementing our investment policies, we sought to invest a large percentage of this capital through direct placements with MLPs and their affiliates," said David Schulte, CEO of Tortoise Energy Capital Corporation, "and over 70% of these funds were invested through direct purchases. We are pleased with the quality of our opportunities and the pace of our investment activities."
The Company also stated it does not expect that recent hurricane activity in the Gulf of Mexico will adversely affect its distributions to investors or diminish long-term growth prospects of the industry. The Company reaffirmed its expectation that upon full investment of the capital raised in its initial public offering and anticipated leverage the portfolio will achieve an annual distribution rate of 6.0%, based upon the initial public offering price of $25.00.
About Tortoise Capital
Tortoise Energy Capital Corporation's investment objective is to provide its stockholders with a high level of total return with an emphasis on current distributions paid to stockholders. Tortoise Capital provides financing primarily for master limited partnerships and their affiliates in the energy infrastructure sector which engage in the business of gathering, transporting, processing, storing, distributing or marketing natural gas, natural gas liquids, coal, crude oil, refined petroleum products or other natural resources, or exploring, developing, managing or producing such commodities.
Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC serves as the adviser to Tortoise Energy Capital Corporation.
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