Gabelli Utility Trust Continues Monthly Distributions, Declaring Distributions of $0.05 Per Share

  Gabelli Utility Trust Continues Monthly Distributions, Declaring
  Distributions of $0.05 Per Share

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RYE, N.Y. -- November 19, 2012

The Board of Trustees of The Gabelli Utility Trust (NYSE:GUT) (the “Fund”)
approved the continuation of its policy of paying fixed monthly cash
distributions. The Board of Trustees declared cash distributions of $0.05 per
share for each of January, February, and March 2013.

The distribution for January 2013 will be payable on January 24, 2013 to
common shareholders of record on January 16, 2013.

The distribution for February 2013 will be payable on February 21, 2013 to
common shareholders of record on February 13, 2013.

The distribution for March 2013 will be payable on March 21, 2013 to common
shareholders of record on March 14, 2013.

Each quarter, the Board of Trustees reviews the amount of any potential
distribution from the income, capital gain, or capital available. The Board of
Trustees will continue to monitor the Fund’s distribution level, taking into
consideration the Fund’s net asset value and the financial market environment.
If necessary, the Fund will pay an adjusting distribution in December which
includes any additional income and net realized capital gains in excess of the
monthly distributions for that year to satisfy the minimum distribution
requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. The Fund’s distribution policy is
subject to modification by the Board of Trustees at any time. The distribution
rate should not be considered the dividend yield or total return on an
investment in the Fund. The Gabelli Utility Trust has paid a distribution to
shareholders every month since October 1999.

The Fund’s shares are currently trading at a premium to net asset value. The
Board of Trustees believes that the premium at which the Fund shares trade
relative to net asset value is not likely to be sustainable. Shareholders
participating in the Fund’s dividend reinvestment plan should note that at the
current market price, the reinvestment of distributions occurs at a premium to
net asset value.

A portion of the distribution may be treated as long-term capital gain and
qualified dividend income for individuals, each subject to the maximum federal
income tax rate, which is currently 15% in taxable accounts for individuals.
If the Fund does not generate sufficient earnings (dividends and interest
income and realized net capital gain) equal to or in excess of the aggregate
distributions paid by the Fund in a given year, then the amount distributed in
excess of the Fund’s earnings would be deemed a return of capital. Since this
would be considered a return of a portion of a shareholder’s original
investment, it is generally not taxable and is treated as a reduction in the
shareholder’s cost basis. Under federal tax regulations, some or all of the
return of capital distributed by the Fund may be taxable as ordinary income in
certain circumstances. This may occur when the Fund has a capital loss carry
forward, net capital gains are realized in a fiscal year, and distributions
are made in excess of investment company taxable income.

Long-term capital gains, qualified dividend income, ordinary income, and
paid-in capital, if any, will be allocated on a pro-rata basis to all
distributions to common shareholders for the year. Based on the accounting
records of the Fund as of November 13, 2012, each of the distributions paid to
common shareholders in 2012 would include approximately 19% from net
investment income, 46% from net capital gains and 35% from paid-in capital on
a book basis. The estimated components of each distribution are updated and
provided to shareholders of record in a notice accompanying the distribution
and are available on our website (www.gabelli.com). The final determination of
the sources of all distributions in 2012 will be made after year end and can
vary from the monthly estimates. All shareholders with taxable accounts will
receive written notification regarding the components and tax treatment for
all 2012 distributions in early 2013 via Form 1099-DIV.

It should be noted that the Fund’s total assets include capital from preferred
shares issued in prior years. Gabelli Funds, LLC (the “Investment Adviser”)
does not receive a management fee on the incremental assets attributable to
the Fund’s outstanding preferred shares unless the total return of the net
asset value of the common shares during the year, including distributions and
management fee subject to reduction, exceeds the stated dividend rate or
corresponding swap rate of each particular series of preferred shares for the
fiscal year.

The Gabelli Utility Trust is a non-diversified, closed-end management
investment company with $217 million in total net assets whose primary
investment objective is to seek long-term growth of capital and income by
investing primarily in utility companies involved in the generation and
distribution of electricity, gas, and water. The Investment Adviser is a
subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE:GBL), which is a publicly traded
NYSE listed company.

Contact:

The Gabelli Utility Trust
David Schachter, 914-921-5070
 
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