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Virtus Total Return Fund Inc. Declares Distribution

The Virtus Total Return Fund Inc. (NYSE: ZF) announced the following quarterly distribution:

Amount of Distribution

Record DatePayable Date

$0.361July 11, 2018July  12, 2018July  19, 2018

Under the terms of its managed distribution plan, the fund will seek to maintain a consistent distribution level that may be paid in part or in full from net investment income and realized capital gains, or a combination thereof. Shareholders should note, however, that if the fund’s aggregate net investment income and net realized capital gains are less than the amount of the distribution level, the difference will be distributed from the fund’s assets and will constitute a return of the shareholder’s capital. You should not draw any conclusions about the fund’s investment performance from the amount of this distribution or from the terms of the fund’s managed distribution plan.

The fund estimates that it has distributed more than its income and capital gains; therefore, a portion of your distribution may be a return of capital. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the money that you invested in the fund is paid back to you. A return of capital distribution does not necessarily reflect the fund’s investment performance and should not be confused with ‘yield’ or ‘income’.

The fund provided this estimate of the sources of the distributions:

Distribution EstimatesMarch 2018 (QTD)Year-to-date (YTD) (1)



Per Share


of Current
Per Share

of Current

Net Investment Income$     0.06317.4%$     0.10915.1%
Net Realized Foreign Currency Gains0.0%0.0%
Net Realized Short-Term Capital Gains0.0%0.0%
Net Realized Long-Term Capital Gains0.0%0.07911.0%
Return of Capital (or other Capital Source)0.29882.6%0.53473.9%
Total Distribution$     0.361100.0%$     0.722100.0%
(1)YTD December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018.

Information regarding the fund’s performance and distribution rates is set forth below. Please note that all performance figures are based on the fund’s NAV and not the market price of the fund’s shares. Performance figures are not meant to represent individual shareholder performance.

March 29, 2018
Average Annual Total Return on NAV for the 5-year period (2)8.09%
Current Fiscal YTD Annualized Distribution Rate (3)12.63%
YTD Cumulative Total Return on NAV (4)-12.59%
YTD Cumulative Distribution Rate (5)6.32%
(2)Average Annual Total Return on NAV is the annual compound return for the five-year period.  It reflects the change in the fund’s NAV and reinvestment of all distributions.
(3)Current Fiscal YTD Annualized Distribution Rate is the current distribution rate annualized as a percentage of the fund’s NAV at quarter end.
(4)YTD Cumulative Total Return on NAV is the percentage change in the fund’s NAV from the first day of the year to this quarter end, including distributions paid and assuming reinvestment of those distributions.
(5)YTD Cumulative Distribution Rate is the dollar value of distributions from the first day of the year to this quarter end as a percentage of the fund’s NAV at quarter end.

The amounts and sources of distributions reported in this notice are estimates only and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the distributions will depend on the fund’s investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The fund or your broker will send shareholders a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell shareholders what distributions to report for federal income tax purposes.