PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy Fund

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM N-CSR

CERTIFIED SHAREHOLDER REPORT OF REGISTERED MANAGEMENT

INVESTMENT COMPANIES

Investment Company Act file number: 811-10555

PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy Fund

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

(Address of principal executive offices)

Trent W. Walker

Treasurer (Principal Financial & Accounting Officer)

650 Newport Center Drive

Newport Beach, CA 92660

(Name and address of agent for service)

Copies to:

David C. Sullivan

Ropes & Gray LLP

Prudential Tower

800 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02199

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (844) 337-4626

Date of fiscal year end: July 31

Date of reporting period: July 31, 2018

Form N-CSR is to be used by management investment companies to file reports with the Commission not later than 10 days after the transmission to stockholders of any report that is required to be transmitted to stockholders under Rule 30e-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (17 CFR 270.30e-1). The Commission may use the information provided on Form N-CSR in its regulatory, disclosure review, inspection, and policymaking roles.

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Item 1.

Reports to Shareholders.

The following is a copy of the report transmitted to shareholders pursuant to Rule 30e-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”) (17 CFR 270.30e-1).


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PIMCO Closed-End Funds

 

 

Annual Report

 

July 31, 2018

 

 

 

PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund | PTY | NYSE

PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy Fund | PCN | NYSE

PIMCO High Income Fund | PHK | NYSE

PIMCO Income Strategy Fund | PFL | NYSE

PIMCO Income Strategy Fund II | PFN | NYSE


Table of Contents

 

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Letter from the Chairman of the Board & President

        2  

Important Information About the Funds

        4  

Financial Highlights

        16  

Statements of Assets and Liabilities

        18  

Statements of Operations

        19  

Statements of Changes in Net Assets

        20  

Statements of Cash Flows

        22  

Notes to Financial Statements

        79  

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

        102  

Glossary

        103  

Federal Income Tax Information

        104  

Shareholder Meeting Results

        105  

Changes to Boards of Trustees

        106  

Dividend Reinvestment Plan

        107  

Management of the Funds

        109  

Approval of Investment Management Agreement

        112  

Privacy Policy

        118  
     
Fund    Fund
Summary
     Schedule of
Investments
 
     

PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund

     11        23  

PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy Fund

     12        36  

PIMCO High Income Fund

     13        47  

PIMCO Income Strategy Fund

     14        58  

PIMCO Income Strategy Fund II

     15        68  


Letter from the Chairman of the Board & President

 

Dear Shareholder,

 

Following is the PIMCO Closed-End Funds Annual Report, which covers the 12-month reporting period ended July 31, 2018. On the subsequent pages you will find specific details regarding investment results and a discussion of factors that most affected performance over the reporting period.

 

For the 12-month reporting period ended July 31, 2018

 

The U.S. economy continued to expand during the reporting period. Looking back, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annual pace of 2.8% and 2.3% during the third and fourth quarters of 2017, respectively. First-quarter 2018 GDP then moderated to an annual pace of 2.2%. The Commerce Department’s second reading — released after the end of the reporting period — showed that second-quarter 2018 GDP grew at an annual pace of 4.2%.

 

The Federal Reserve (Fed) continued to normalize monetary policy during the reporting period. In October 2017, the Fed started to reduce its balance sheet. The Fed then raised interest rates in December 2017, moving the federal funds rate up to a range between 1.25% and 1.50%. At its March 2018 meeting, the Fed again increased rates to a range between 1.50% and 1.75%. Finally, at its meeting that concluded on June 13, 2018, the Fed raised rates to a range between 1.75% and 2.00%.

 

Economic activity outside the U.S. initially accelerated during the reporting period, but then moderated somewhat as the reporting period progressed. Against this backdrop, the European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of Japan largely maintained their highly accommodative monetary policies. Other central banks took a more hawkish stance. In November 2017, the Bank of England instituted its first rate hike since 2007, and again raised rates at its meeting in August 2018 (after the reporting period ended). Elsewhere, the Bank of Canada raised rates once during the reporting period. Meanwhile, in June 2018, the ECB indicated that it plans to end its quantitative easing program by the end of the year, but it did not expect to raise interest rates “at least through the summer of 2019.”

 

The U.S. Treasury yield curve flattened during the reporting period as short-term rates moved up more than their longer-term counterparts. In our view, the increase in rates at the short end of the yield curve was mostly due to Fed interest rate hikes. The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note was 2.96% at the end of the reporting period, up from 2.30% on July 31, 2017. U.S. Treasuries, as measured by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Index, returned -1.23% over the twelve months ended July 31, 2018. Meanwhile, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, a widely used index of U.S. investment grade bonds, returned -0.80% over the period. Riskier fixed income asset classes, including high yield corporate bonds and emerging market debt, generated mixed results versus the broad U.S. market. The ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Index gained 2.49% over the reporting period, whereas emerging market external debt, as represented by the J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index (EMBI) Global, returned -1.09% over the reporting period. Emerging market local bonds, as represented by the J.P. Morgan Government Bond Index-Emerging Markets Global Diversified Index (Unhedged), returned -2.50% over the period.

 

Global equities generally rose over the first six months of the period. We believe this rally was driven by a number of factors, including improving global growth, corporate profits that often exceeded expectations and, in the U.S., optimism surrounding the passage of a tax reform bill in December 2017. A portion of those gains in the U.S. were given back in February and March 2018 partially due to concerns over less accommodative central bank policies and fears of a trade war. However, U.S. equities rallied over the last four months of the reporting period. All told, U.S. equities, as represented by the S&P 500 Index, returned 16.24% during the reporting period. Emerging market equities, as measured by the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, returned 4.36% over the period, whereas global equities, as represented by the MSCI World Index, returned 11.88%. Elsewhere, Japanese equities, as represented by the Nikkei 225 Index (in JPY), returned 15.37% over the reporting period and European equities, as represented by the MSCI Europe Index (in EUR), returned 6.44%.

 

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Commodity prices fluctuated and generated mixed results during the twelve months ended July 31, 2018. When the reporting period began, crude oil was approximately $50 a barrel. By the end of the period, it was roughly $69 a barrel. We believe this ascent was driven partly by planned and observed production cuts by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the collapse in Venezuelan oil production, as well as demands from global growth. Elsewhere, gold and copper prices moved modestly lower over the reporting period.

 

Finally, during the reporting period, there were episodes of volatility in the foreign exchange markets, due in part to rising trade tensions, signs of improving global growth, decoupling central bank policies and a number of geopolitical events. The U.S. dollar generally strengthened against other major currencies over the reporting period. For example, the U.S. dollar returned 1.28%, 0.69% and 1.44% versus the euro, British pound and Japanese yen, respectively, during the twelve months ended July 31, 2018.

 

Thank you for the assets you have placed with us. We deeply value your trust, and will continue to work diligently to meet your broad investment needs. If you have questions regarding any of your PIMCO Closed-End Funds investments, please contact your financial advisor or call the Funds’ shareholder servicing agent at (844) 33-PIMCO. We also invite you to visit our website at pimco.com to learn more about our views.

 

Sincerely,

 

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Hans W. Kertess   Peter G. Strelow
Chairman of the Board of Trustees   President

 

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

 

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Important Information About the Funds

 

We believe that bond funds have an important role to play in a well-diversified investment portfolio. It is important to note, however, that in an environment where interest rates may trend upward, rising rates would negatively impact the performance of most bond funds, and fixed-income securities and other instruments held by a Fund are likely to decrease in value. A wide variety of factors can cause interest rates to rise (e.g., central bank monetary policies, inflation rates, general economic conditions). In addition, changes in interest rates can be sudden and unpredictable, and there is no guarantee that Fund management will anticipate such movement accurately. A Fund may lose money as a result of movement in interest rates.

 

As of the date of this report, interest rates in the U.S. and many parts of the world, including certain European countries, are at or near historically low levels. As such, bond funds may currently face an increased exposure to the risks associated with a rising interest rate environment. This is especially true as the Fed ended its quantitative easing program in October 2014 and has begun, and may continue, to raise interest rates. To the extent the Federal Reserve Board continues to raise interest rates, there is a risk that rates across the financial system may rise. Further, while bond markets have steadily grown over the past three decades, dealer inventories of corporate bonds are near historic lows in relation to market size. As a result, there has been a significant reduction in the ability of dealers to “make markets.” Bond funds and individual bonds with a longer duration (a measure used to determine the sensitivity of a security’s price to changes in interest rates) tend to be more sensitive to changes in interest rates, usually making them more volatile than securities or funds with shorter durations. In addition, in the current low interest rate environment, the market price of the Funds’ common shares may be particularly sensitive to changes in interest rates or the perception that there will be a change in interest rates. All of the factors mentioned above, individually or collectively, could lead to increased volatility and/or lower liquidity in the fixed income markets or negatively impact a Fund’s performance or cause a Fund to incur losses.

 

The use of derivatives may subject the Funds to greater volatility than investments in traditional securities. The Funds may use derivative instruments for hedging purposes or as part of an investment strategy. Use of these instruments may involve certain costs and risks such as liquidity risk, interest rate risk, market risk, call risk, credit risk, leverage risk, management risk and the risk that a Fund may not be able to close out a position when it would be most advantageous to do so. Changes in regulation relating to a Fund’s use of derivatives and related instruments could potentially limit or impact a Fund’s ability to invest in derivatives, limit a Fund’s ability to employ certain strategies that use derivatives and/or adversely affect the value or performance of derivatives and the Fund. Certain derivative transactions may have a

leveraging effect on a Fund. For example, a small investment in a derivative instrument may have a significant impact on a Fund’s exposure to interest rates, currency exchange rates or other investments. As a result, a relatively small price movement in an asset, instrument or component of the index underlying a derivative instrument may cause an immediate and substantial loss or gain, which translates into heightened volatility in a Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”). A Fund may engage in such transactions regardless of whether the Fund owns the asset, instrument or components of the index underlying the derivative instrument. A Fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in these types of instruments. If it does, a Fund’s investment exposure could far exceed the value of its portfolio securities and its investment performance could be primarily dependent upon securities it does not own.

 

Certain Funds’ monthly distributions may include, among other possible sources, interest income from its debt portfolio and payments and premiums (characterized as capital for financial accounting purposes and as ordinary income for tax purposes) generated by certain types of interest rate derivatives.

 

Strategies involving interest rate derivatives may attempt to capitalize on differences between short-term and long-term interest rates as part of a Fund’s duration and yield curve active management strategies. For instance, in the event that long-term interest rates are higher than short-term interest rates, the Fund may elect to pay a floating short-term interest rate and to receive a long-term fixed interest rate for a stipulated period of time, thereby generating payments as a function of the difference between current short-term interest rates and long-term interest rates, so long as the floating short-term interest rate (which may rise) is lower than the fixed long-term interest rate.

 

A Fund may also enter into opposite sides of multiple interest rate swaps or other derivatives with respect to the same underlying reference instrument (e.g., a 10-year U.S. treasury) that have different effective dates with respect to interest accrual time periods for the principal purpose of generating distributable gains (characterized as ordinary income for tax purposes) and that are not part of the Fund’s duration or yield curve management strategies (“paired swap transactions”). In a paired swap transaction, a Fund would generally enter into one or more interest rate swap agreements whereby the Fund agrees to make regular payments starting at the time the Fund enters into the agreements equal to a floating interest rate in return for payments equal to a fixed interest rate (the “initial leg”). The Fund would also enter into one or more interest rate swap agreements on the same underlying instrument, but take the opposite position (i.e., in this example, the Fund would make regular payments equal to a fixed interest rate in return for receiving payments equal to a floating interest rate) with respect to a contract whereby the payment obligations do

 

 

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not commence until a date following the commencement of the initial leg (the “forward leg”).

 

A Fund’s income- and gain-generating strategies, including certain derivatives strategies, may generate current, distributable income, even if such strategies could potentially result in declines in a Fund’s net asset value. A Fund’s income and gain-generating strategies, including certain derivatives strategies, may generate current income and gains taxable as ordinary income sufficient to support monthly distributions even in situations when the Fund has experienced a decline in net assets due to, for example, adverse changes in the broad U.S. or non-U.S. equity markets or the Fund’s debt investments, or arising from its use of derivatives. For instance, a significant portion of a Fund’s monthly distributions may be sourced from paired swap transactions utilized to produce current distributable ordinary income for tax purposes on the initial leg, with a substantial possibility that the Fund will later realize a corresponding capital loss and potential decline in its net asset value with respect to the forward leg (to the extent there are not corresponding offsetting capital gains being generated from other sources). Because some or all of these transactions may generate capital losses without corresponding offsetting capital gains, portions of a Fund’s distributions recognized as ordinary income for tax purposes (such as from paired swap transactions) may be economically similar to a taxable return of capital when considered together with such capital losses.

 

The notional exposure of a Fund’s interest rate derivatives may represent a multiple of the Fund’s total net assets. There can be no assurance a Fund’s strategies involving interest rate derivatives will work as intended and such strategies are subject to the risks related to the use of derivatives generally, as discussed above (see also Notes 6 and 7 in the Notes to Financial Statements for further discussion on the use of derivative instruments and certain of the risks associated therewith).

 

A Fund’s use of leverage creates the opportunity for increased income for the Fund’s common shareholders, but also creates special risks. Leverage is a speculative technique that may expose a Fund to greater risk and increased costs. If shorter-term interest rates rise relative to the rate of return on a Fund’s portfolio, the interest and other costs of leverage to the Fund could exceed the rate of return on the debt obligations and other investments held by the Fund, thereby reducing return to the Fund’s common shareholders. In addition, fees and expenses of any form of leverage used by a Fund will be borne entirely by its common shareholders (and not by preferred shareholders, if any) and will reduce the investment return of the Fund’s common shares.

 

There can be no assurance that a Fund’s use of leverage will result in a higher yield on its common shares, and it may result in losses. Leverage creates several major types of risks for a Fund’s common shareholders, including: (1) the likelihood of greater volatility of net asset value and

market price of the Fund’s common shares, and of the investment return to the Fund’s common shareholders, than a comparable portfolio without leverage; (2) the possibility either that the Fund’s common share dividends will fall if the interest and other costs of leverage rise, or that dividends paid on the Fund’s common shares will fluctuate because such costs vary over time; and (3) the effects of leverage in a declining market or a rising interest rate environment, as leverage is likely to cause a greater decline in the net asset value of the Fund’s common shares than if the Fund were not leveraged and may result in a greater decline in the market value of the Fund’s common shares. Moreover, to make payments of interest and other loan costs, a Fund may be forced to sell portfolio securities when it is not otherwise advantageous to do so.

 

A Fund’s investments in and exposure to foreign securities involve special risks. For example, the value of these investments may decline in response to unfavorable political and legal developments, unreliable or untimely information or economic and financial instability. Foreign securities may experience more rapid and extreme changes in value than investments in securities of U.S. issuers. The securities markets of certain foreign countries are relatively small, with a limited number of companies representing a small number of industries. Issuers of foreign securities are usually not subject to the same degree of regulation as U.S. issuers. Reporting, accounting, auditing and custody standards of foreign countries differ, in some cases significantly, from U.S. standards. Also, nationalization, expropriation or other confiscation, currency blockage, political changes or diplomatic developments could adversely affect a Fund’s investments in foreign securities. In the event of nationalization, expropriation or other confiscation, a Fund could lose its entire investment in foreign securities. Investing in foreign (non-U.S.) securities may entail risk due to foreign (non-U.S.) economic and political developments; this risk may be increased when investing in emerging markets. For example, if a Fund invests in emerging market debt, it may face increased exposure to interest rate, liquidity, volatility, and redemption risk due to the specific economic, political, geographical, or legal background of the foreign (non-U.S.) issuer.

 

The geographical classification of foreign (non-U.S.) securities in this report are classified by the country of incorporation of a holding. In certain instances, a security’s country of incorporation may be different from its country of economic exposure.

 

Investments in loans (including whole loans) are generally subject to risks similar to those of investments in other types of debt obligations, including, among others, credit risk, interest rate risk, variable and floating rate securities risk, and, as applicable, risks associated with mortgage-related securities. In addition, in many cases loans are subject to the risks associated with below-investment grade securities. In the case of a loan participation or assignment, a Fund generally has

 

 

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Important Information About the Funds (Cont.)

 

no right to enforce compliance with the terms of the loan agreement with the borrower. As a result, a Fund may be subject to the credit risk of both the borrower and the lender that is selling the loan agreement. In the event of the insolvency of the lender selling a loan participation, a Fund may be treated as a general creditor of the lender and may not benefit from any set-off between the lender and the borrower. A Fund may be subject to heightened or additional risks and potential liabilities and costs by investing in mezzanine and other subordinated loans, including those arising under bankruptcy, fraudulent conveyance, equitable subordination, lender liability, environmental and other laws and regulations, and risks and costs associated with debt servicing and taking foreclosure actions associated with the loans.

 

Mortgage-related and other asset-backed securities represent interests in “pools” of mortgages or other assets such as consumer loans or receivables held in trust and often involve risks that are different from or possibly more acute than risks associated with other types of debt instruments. Generally, rising interest rates tend to extend the duration of fixed rate mortgage-related securities, making them more sensitive to changes in interest rates. As a result, in a period of rising interest rates, if a Fund holds mortgage-related securities, it may exhibit additional volatility since individual mortgage holders are less likely to exercise prepayment options, thereby putting additional downward pressure on the value of these securities and potentially causing the Fund to lose money. This is known as extension risk. Mortgage-backed securities can be highly sensitive to rising interest rates, such that even small movements can cause an investing Fund to lose value. Mortgage-backed securities, and in particular those not backed by a government guarantee, are subject to credit risk. In addition, adjustable and fixed rate mortgage-related securities are subject to prepayment risk. When interest rates decline, borrowers may pay off their mortgages sooner than expected. This can reduce the returns of the Funds because the Funds may have to reinvest that money at the lower prevailing interest rates. The Funds’ investments in other asset-backed securities are subject to risks similar to those associated with mortgage-related securities, as well as additional risks associated with the nature of the assets and the servicing of those assets. Payment of principal and interest on asset-backed securities may be largely dependent upon the cash flows generated by the assets backing the securities, and asset-backed securities may not have the benefit of any security interest in the related assets. Additionally, investments in subordinate mortgage-backed and other asset-backed securities will be subject to risks arising from delinquencies and foreclosures, thereby exposing a Fund’s investment portfolio to potential losses. Subordinate securities of mortgage-backed and other asset-backed securities are also subject to greater credit risk than those mortgage-backed or other asset-backed securities that are more highly rated.

A Fund may also invest in the residual or equity tranches of mortgage-related and other asset-backed instruments, which may be referred to as subordinate mortgage-backed or asset-backed instruments and interest-only mortgage-backed or asset-backed instruments. Subordinate mortgage-backed or asset-backed instruments are paid interest only to the extent that there are funds available to make payments. To the extent the collateral pool includes a large percentage of delinquent loans, there is a risk that interest payment on subordinate mortgage-backed or asset-backed instruments will not be fully paid. There are multiple tranches of mortgage-backed and asset-backed instruments, offering investors various maturity and credit risk characteristics. Tranches are categorized as senior, mezzanine, and subordinated/equity or “first loss,” according to their degree of risk. The most senior tranche of a mortgage-backed or asset-backed instrument has the greatest collateralization and pays the lowest interest rate. If there are defaults or the collateral otherwise underperforms, scheduled payments to senior tranches take precedence over those of mezzanine tranches, and scheduled payments to mezzanine tranches take precedence over those to subordinated/equity tranches. Lower tranches represent lower degrees of credit quality and pay higher interest rates intended to compensate for the attendant risks. The return on the lower tranches is especially sensitive to the rate of defaults in the collateral pool. The lowest tranche (i.e., the “equity” or “residual” tranche) specifically receives the residual interest payments (i.e., money that is left over after the higher tranches have been paid and expenses of the issuing entities have been paid) rather than a fixed interest rate. Each Fund expects that investments in subordinate mortgage-backed and other asset-backed instruments will be subject to risks arising from delinquencies and foreclosures, thereby exposing its investment portfolio to potential losses. Subordinate securities of mortgage-backed and other asset-backed instruments are also subject to greater credit risk than those mortgage-backed or other asset-backed securities that are more highly rated.

 

The risk of investing in collateralized loan obligations (“CLOs”), include prepayment risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, market risk, structural risk, legal risk and interest rate risk. CLOs may carry additional risks, including, but not limited to: (i) the possibility that distributions from collateral securities will not be adequate to make interest or other payments; (ii) the quality of the collateral may decline in value or default; (iii) the possibility that the investments in CLOs are subordinate to other classes or tranches thereof; and (iv) the complex structure of the security may not be fully understood at the time of investment and may produce disputes with the issuer or unexpected investment results.

 

High-yield bonds (commonly referred to as “junk bonds”) typically have a lower credit rating than other bonds. Lower-rated bonds generally involve a greater risk to principal than higher-rated bonds. Further,

 

 

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markets for lower-rated bonds are typically less liquid than for higher-rated bonds, and public information is usually less abundant in markets for lower-rated bonds. Thus, high yield investments increase the chance that a Fund will lose money. PIMCO does not rely solely on credit ratings, and develops its own analysis of issuer credit quality. A Fund may purchase unrated securities (which are not rated by a rating agency) if PIMCO determines that the security is of comparable quality to a rated security that a Fund may purchase. Unrated securities may be less liquid than comparable rated securities and involve the risk that PIMCO may not accurately evaluate the security’s comparative credit quality, which could result in a Fund’s portfolio having a higher level of credit and/or high yield risk than PIMCO has estimated or desires for the Fund, and could negatively impact the Fund’s performance and/or returns. Certain Funds may invest a substantial portion of their assets in unrated securities and therefore may be particularly subject to the associated risks. Analysis of the creditworthiness of issuers of high yield securities may be more complex than for issuers of higher-quality debt obligations. To the extent that a Fund invests in high yield and/or unrated securities, the Fund’s success in achieving its investment objectives may depend more heavily on the portfolio manager’s creditworthiness analysis than if the Fund invested exclusively in higher-quality and rated securities. The Funds may hold defaulted securities that may involve special considerations including bankruptcy proceedings, other regulatory and legal restrictions affecting the Funds’ ability to trade, and the availability of prices from independent pricing services or dealer quotations. Defaulted obligations might be repaid only after lengthy workout or bankruptcy proceedings, during which the issuer might not make any interest or other payments. Defaulted securities are often illiquid and may not be actively traded. Sales of securities in bankrupt companies at an acceptable price may be difficult and differences compared to the value of the securities used by the Funds could be material. The credit quality of a particular security or group of securities does not ensure the stability or safety of the overall portfolio.

 

Contingent convertible securities (“CoCos”) are a form of hybrid debt security issued primarily by non-U.S. issuers, which have loss absorption mechanisms built into their terms. CoCos have no stated maturity, have fully discretionary coupons and are typically issued in the form of subordinated debt instruments. CoCos generally either convert into equity of the issuer or have their principal written down upon the occurrence of certain triggering events (“triggers”) linked to regulatory capital thresholds or regulatory actions relating to the issuer’s continued viability. As a result, an investment by a Fund in CoCos is subject to the risk that interest payments will be cancelled by the issuer or a regulatory authority, the risk of ranking junior to other creditors in the event of a liquidation or other bankruptcy-related event as a result of holding subordinated debt, the risk of the Fund’s investment

becoming further subordinated as a result of conversion from debt to equity, the risk that the principal amount due can be written down to a lesser amount, and the general risks applicable to fixed income investments, including interest rate risk, credit risk, market risk and liquidity risk, any of which could result in losses to the Fund. In certain scenarios, investors in CoCos may suffer a loss of capital ahead of equity holders or when equity holders do not. There is no guarantee that a Fund will receive a return of principal on CoCos. Any indication that an automatic write-down or conversion event may occur can be expected to have an adverse effect on the market price of CoCos. CoCos are often rated below investment grade and are subject to the risks of high yield securities. Because CoCos are issued primarily by financial institutions, CoCos may present substantially increased risks at times of financial turmoil, which could affect financial institutions more than companies in other sectors and industries. Further, the value of an investment in CoCos is unpredictable and will be influenced by many factors and risks, including interest rate risk, credit risk, market risk and liquidity risk. An investment by a Fund in CoCos may result in losses to the Fund.

 

Variable and floating rate securities generally are less sensitive to interest rate changes but may decline in value if their interest rates do not rise as much, or as quickly, as interest rates in general. Conversely, floating rate securities will not generally increase in value if interest rates decline. Inverse floating rate securities may decrease in value if interest rates increase. Inverse floating rate securities may also exhibit greater price volatility than a fixed rate obligation with similar credit quality. When a Fund holds variable or floating rate securities, a decrease (or, in the case of inverse floating rate securities, an increase) in market interest rates will adversely affect the income received from such securities and the NAV of the Funds’ shares.

 

The global economic crisis brought several small countries in Europe to the brink of default and many other economies into recession and weakened the banking and financial sectors of many European countries. For example, the governments of Greece, Spain, Portugal, and the Republic of Ireland have all experienced large public budget deficits, the effects of which are still yet unknown and may slow the overall recovery of the European economies from the global economic crisis. In addition, due to large public deficits, some European countries may be dependent on assistance from other European governments and institutions or other central banks or supranational agencies such as the International Monetary Fund. Assistance may be dependent on a country’s implementation of reforms or reaching a certain level of performance. Failure to reach those objectives or an insufficient level of assistance could result in a deep economic downturn which could significantly affect the value of a Fund’s European investments. It is possible that one or more Economic and Monetary Union of the

 

 

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Important Information About the Funds (Cont.)

 

European Union member countries could abandon the euro and return to a national currency and/or that the euro will cease to exist as a single currency in its current form. The exit of any country out of the euro may have an extremely destabilizing effect on other eurozone countries and their economies and a negative effect on the global economy as a whole. Such an exit by one country may also increase the possibility that additional countries may exit the euro should they face similar financial difficulties. In June 2016, the United Kingdom approved a referendum to leave the European Union. Significant uncertainty remains in the market regarding the ramifications of that development, and the range and potential implications of possible political, regulatory, economic and market outcomes are difficult to predict.

 

As the use of technology has become more prevalent in the course of business, the Funds have become potentially more susceptible to operational and information security risks resulting from breaches in cyber security. A breach in cyber security refers to both intentional and unintentional cyber events that may, among other things, cause a Fund to lose proprietary information, suffer data corruption and/or destruction or lose operational capacity, result in the unauthorized release or other misuse of confidential information, or otherwise disrupt normal business operations. Cyber security breaches may involve unauthorized access to a Fund’s digital information systems (e.g., through “hacking” or malicious software coding), but may also result from outside attacks such as denial-of-service attacks (i.e., efforts to make network services unavailable to intended users). In addition, cyber security breaches involving a Fund’s third party service providers (including but not limited to advisers, sub-advisers, administrators, transfer agents, custodians, distributors and other third parties), trading counterparties or issuers in which a Fund invests can also subject a Fund to many of the same risks associated with direct cyber security breaches. Moreover, cyber security breaches involving trading counterparties or issuers in which a Fund invests could adversely impact such counterparties or issuers and cause the Fund’s investment to lose value.

 

Cyber security failures or breaches may result in financial losses to a Fund and its shareholders. These failures or breaches may also result in disruptions to business operations, potentially resulting in financial losses; interference with a Fund’s ability to calculate its net asset value, process shareholder transactions or otherwise transact business with shareholders; impediments to trading; violations of applicable privacy and other laws; regulatory fines; penalties; reputational damage; reimbursement or other compensation costs; additional compliance and cyber security risk management costs and other adverse consequences. In addition, substantial costs may be incurred in order to prevent any cyber incidents in the future.

Like with operational risk in general, the Funds have established business continuity plans and risk management systems designed to reduce the risks associated with cyber security. However, there are inherent limitations in these plans and systems, including that certain risks may not have been identified, in large part because different or unknown threats may emerge in the future. As such, there is no guarantee that such efforts will succeed, especially because the Funds do not directly control the cyber security systems of issuers in which a Fund may invest, trading counterparties or third party service providers to the Funds. There is also a risk that cyber security breaches may not be detected. The Funds and their shareholders could be negatively impacted as a result.

 

The Funds may invest in securities and instruments that are economically tied to Russia. Investments in Russia are subject to various risks such as political, economic, legal, market and currency risks. The risks include uncertain political and economic policies, short-term market volatility, poor accounting standards, corruption and crime, an inadequate regulatory system, and unpredictable taxation. Investments in Russia are particularly subject to the risk that economic sanctions may be imposed by the United States and/or other countries. Such sanctions — which may impact companies in many sectors, including energy, financial services and defense, among others — may negatively impact the Funds’ performance and/or ability to achieve their investment objectives. The Russian securities market is characterized by limited volume of trading, resulting in difficulty in obtaining accurate prices. The Russian securities market, as compared to U.S. markets, has significant price volatility, less liquidity, a smaller market capitalization and a smaller number of traded securities. There may be little publicly available information about issuers. Settlement, clearing and registration of securities transactions are subject to risks because of registration systems that may not be subject to effective government supervision. This may result in significant delays or problems in registering the transfer of securities. Russian securities laws may not recognize foreign nominee accounts held with a custodian bank, and therefore the custodian may be considered the ultimate owner of securities they hold for their clients. Ownership of securities issued by Russian companies is recorded by companies themselves and by registrars instead of through a central registration system. It is possible that the ownership rights of the Funds could be lost through fraud or negligence. While applicable Russian regulations impose liability on registrars for losses resulting from their errors, it may be difficult for the Funds to enforce any rights they may have against the registrar or issuer of the securities in the event of loss of share registration. Adverse currency exchange rates are a risk and there may be a lack of available currency hedging instruments. Investments in Russia may be subject to the risk of nationalization or expropriation of assets. Oil, natural gas,

 

 

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metals, and timber account for a significant portion of Russia’s exports, leaving the country vulnerable to swings in world prices.

 

The common shares of the Funds trade on the New York Stock Exchange. As with any stock, the price of a Fund’s common shares will fluctuate with market conditions and other factors. If you sell your common shares of a Fund, the price received may be more or less than your original investment. Shares of closed-end management investment companies frequently trade at a discount from their net asset value.

 

The common shares of a Fund may trade at a price that is less than the initial offering price and/or the net asset value of such shares. Further, if a Fund’s shares trade at a price that is more than the initial offering price and/or the net asset value of such shares, including at a substantial premium and/or for an extended period of time, there is no assurance that any such premium will be sustained for any period of time and will not decrease, or that the shares will not trade at a discount to net asset value thereafter.

 

The Funds may be subject to various risks, including, but not limited to, the following: asset allocation risk, credit risk, stressed securities risk, distressed and defaulted securities risk, corporate bond risk, contingent convertible securities risk, high yield risk, market risk, issuer risk, liquidity risk, equity securities and related market risk, mortgage-related and other asset-backed securities risk, extension risk, prepayment risk, privately issued mortgage-related securities risk, mortgage market/ subprime risk, foreign (non-U.S.) investment risk, emerging markets risk, currency risk, redenomination risk, non-diversification risk, management risk, municipal bond risk, inflation-indexed security risk, senior debt risk, loans, participations and assignments risk, reinvestment risk, real estate risk, U.S. Government securities risk, foreign (non-U.S.) government securities risk, valuation risk, segregation and cover risk, focused investment risk, credit default swaps risk, event-linked securities risk, counterparty risk, preferred securities risk, confidential information access risk, other investment companies risk, private placements risk, inflation/deflation risk, regulatory risk, tax risk, recent economic conditions risk, market disruptions and geopolitical risk, potential conflicts of interest involving allocation of investment opportunities, repurchase agreements risk, securities lending risk, zero-coupon bond and payment-in-kind securities risk, portfolio turnover risk, smaller company risk, short sale risk and convertible securities risk. A description of certain of these risks is available in the Notes to Financial Statements of this Report.

 

On each Fund Summary page in this Shareholder Report, the Average Annual Total Return table measures performance assuming that all dividend and capital gain distributions were reinvested. Total return is calculated by determining the percentage change in NAV or market price (as applicable) in the specified period. Returns do not reflect the

deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions. Total return for a period of more than one year represents the average annual total return. Performance at market price will differ from results at NAV. Although market price returns tend to reflect investment results over time, during shorter periods returns at market price can also be influenced by factors such as changing views about a Fund, market conditions, supply and demand for the Fund’s shares, or changes in the Fund’s dividends. Performance shown is net of fees and expenses.

 

The following table discloses the commencement of operations and diversification status of each Fund:

 

Fund Name         Commencement
of Operations
    Diversification
Status
 

PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund

      12/27/02       Diversified  

PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy Fund

      12/21/01       Diversified  

PIMCO High Income Fund

      04/30/03       Diversified  

PIMCO Income Strategy Fund

      08/29/03       Diversified  

PIMCO Income Strategy Fund II

      10/29/04       Diversified  

 

An investment in a Fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. It is possible to lose money on investments in the Funds.

 

The Trustees are responsible generally for overseeing the management of the Funds. The Trustees authorize the Funds to enter into service agreements with the Investment Manager and other service providers in order to provide, and in some cases authorize service providers to procure through other parties, necessary or desirable services on behalf of the Funds. Shareholders are not parties to or third-party beneficiaries of such service agreements. Neither a Fund’s original or any subsequent prospectus or Statement of Additional Information (SAI), any press release or shareholder report, any contracts filed as exhibits to a Fund’s registration statement, nor any other communications, disclosure documents or regulatory filings from or on behalf of a Fund creates a contract between or among any shareholders of a Fund, on the one hand, and the Fund, a service provider to the Fund, and/or the Trustees or officers of the Fund, on the other hand.

 

The Trustees (or the Funds and their officers, service providers or other delegates acting under authority of the Trustees) may amend its most recent or use a new prospectus or SAI with respect to a Fund, adopt and disclose new or amended policies and other changes in press releases and shareholder reports and/or amend, file and/or issue any other communications, disclosure documents or regulatory filings, and may amend or enter into any contracts to which a Fund is a party, and interpret the investment objective(s), policies, restrictions and contractual provisions applicable to any Fund, without shareholder input or approval, except in circumstances in which shareholder

 

 

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Important Information About the Funds (Cont.)

 

approval is specifically required by law (such as changes to fundamental investment policies) or where a shareholder approval requirement was specifically disclosed in a Fund’s prospectus, SAI or shareholder report and is otherwise still in effect.

 

PIMCO has adopted written proxy voting policies and procedures (“Proxy Policy”) as required by Rule 206(4)-6 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The Proxy Policy has been adopted by the Funds as the policies and procedures that PIMCO will use when voting proxies on behalf of the Funds. A description of the policies and procedures that PIMCO uses to vote proxies relating to portfolio securities of each Fund, and information about how each Fund voted proxies relating to portfolio securities held during the most recent twelve-month period ended June 30, are available without charge, upon request, by calling the Funds at (844) 33-PIMCO, on the Funds’ website at www.pimco.com, and on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) website at http://www.sec.gov.

 

Each Fund files a complete schedule of its portfolio holdings with the SEC for the first and third quarters of its fiscal year on Form N-Q. A copy of each Fund’s Form N-Q is available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov and may be reviewed and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room in Washington, D.C., and is available without charge, upon request by calling the Funds at (844) 33-PIMCO and on the Funds’ website at www.pimco.com.

 

Updated portfolio holdings information about a Fund will be available at www.pimco.com approximately 15 calendar days after such Fund’s most recent fiscal quarter end, and will remain accessible until such Fund files a Form N-Q or a shareholder report for the period which includes the date of the information. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling 1-800-SEC-0330.

 

The SEC has adopted a rule that, beginning in 2021, generally will allow the Funds to fulfill their obligation to deliver shareholder reports to investors by providing access to such reports online free of charge and by mailing a notice that the report is electronically available. Pursuant to the rule, investors may still elect to receive a complete shareholder report in the mail. PIMCO currently is evaluating how to make the electronic delivery option available to shareholders in the future.

 

 

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PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund

 

  Symbol on NYSE -  PTY

 

Allocation Breakdown as of 07/31/2018§

 

Corporate Bonds & Notes

    46.2%  

Non-Agency Mortgage-Backed Securities

    15.7%  

Asset-Backed Securities

    14.3%  

Loan Participations and Assignments

    5.8%  

Municipal Bonds & Notes

    3.6%  

Sovereign Issues

    3.4%  

U.S. Government Agencies

    3.4%  

Short-Term Instruments

    3.0%  

Preferred Securities

    1.9%  

Common Stocks

    1.2%  

Real Estate Investment Trusts

    1.0%  

Other

    0.5%  
    

% of Investments, at value.

 

  § 

Allocation Breakdown and % of investments exclude securities sold short and financial derivative instruments, if any.

 

Fund Information (as of July 31, 2018)(1)

 

Market Price

    $17.95  

NAV

    $14.80  

Premium/(Discount) to NAV

    21.28%  

Market Price Distribution Rate(2)

    8.69%  

NAV Distribution Rate(2)

    10.54%  

Total Effective Leverage(3)

    44%  
 

 

Average Annual Total Return(1) for the period ended July 31, 2018  
    1 Year     5 Year     10 Year     Commencement
of Operations
(12/27/02)
 
Market Price     16.78%       13.74%       17.55%       14.52%  
NAV     10.56%       12.98%       17.20%       14.37%  

 

All Fund returns are net of fees and expenses.

 

(1) 

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. Total return, market price, NAV, market price distribution rate, and NAV distribution rate will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. The NAV presented may differ from the NAV reported for the same period in other Fund materials. Performance current to the most recent month-end is available at www.pimco.com or via (844) 33-PIMCO. Performance is calculated assuming all dividends and distributions are reinvested at prices obtained under the Fund’s dividend reinvestment plan. Performance does not reflect any brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase or sale of Fund shares.

 

(2) 

Distribution rates are not performance and are calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution per share and dividing by the NAV or Market Price, as applicable, as of the reported date. Distributions may be comprised of ordinary income, net capital gains, and/or a return of capital (‘‘ROC’’) of your investment in the Fund. Because the distribution rate may include a ROC, it should not be confused with yield or income. If the Fund estimates that a portion of its distribution may be comprised of amounts from sources other than net investment income in accordance with its policies and good accounting practices, the Fund will notify shareholders of the estimated composition of such distribution through a Section 19 Notice. Please refer to the most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable, for additional information regarding the estimated composition of distributions. Please visit www.pimco.com for most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable. Final determination of a distribution’s tax character will be made on Form 1099 DIV sent to shareholders each January.

 

(3) 

Represents total effective leverage outstanding, as a percentage of total managed assets. Total effective leverage consists of preferred shares, reverse repurchase agreements and other borrowings, credit default swap notional and floating rate notes issued in tender option bond transactions, as applicable (collectively “Total Effective Leverage”). The Fund may engage in other transactions not included in Total Effective Leverage disclosed above that may give rise to a form of leverage, including certain derivative transactions. For the purpose of calculating Total Effective Leverage outstanding as a percentage of total managed assets, total managed assets refer to total assets (including assets attributable to Total Effective Leverage that may be outstanding) minus accrued liabilities (other than liabilities representing Total Effective Leverage).

 

Investment Objective and Strategy Overview

 

PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund’s investment objective is to seek maximum total return through a combination of current income and capital appreciation.

 

Fund Insights at NAV

 

The following affected performance during the reporting period:

 

»  

Exposure to securitized products, including non-agency residential mortgage backed securities, benefited absolute performance, as spreads tightened during the period.

 

»  

Exposure to the U.S. dollar benefited absolute performance, as the U.S. dollar appreciated against most major currencies.

 

»  

Exposure to corporate credit benefited absolute performance.

 

»  

Exposure to the intermediate portion of the U.S. yield curve detracted from absolute performance, as rates rose during the period.

 

»  

Exposure to the Argentine peso (“ARS”) detracted from absolute performance, as the ARS depreciated against most major currencies.

 

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PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy Fund

 

  Symbol on NYSE - PCN

 

Allocation Breakdown as of 07/31/2018†§

 

Corporate Bonds & Notes

    40.0%  

Non-Agency Mortgage-Backed Securities

    19.5%  

Asset-Backed Securities

    16.7%  

U.S. Government Agencies

    5.2%  

Municipal Bonds & Notes

    4.0%  

Sovereign Issues

    3.7%  

Loan Participations and Assignments

    3.1%  

Preferred Securities

    3.0%  

Short-Term Instruments

    1.8%  

Real Estate Investment Trusts

    1.2%  

Common Stocks

    1.1%  

Other

    0.7%  
    

% of Investments, at value.

 

  § 

Allocation Breakdown and % of investments exclude securities sold short and financial derivative instruments, if any.

Fund Information (as of July 31, 2018)(1)

 

Market Price

    $18.09  

NAV

    $14.90  

Premium/(Discount) to NAV

    21.41%  

Market Price Distribution Rate(2)

    7.46%  

NAV Distribution Rate(2)

    9.06%  

Total Effective Leverage(3)

    22%  
 

 

Average Annual Total Return(1) for the period ended July 31, 2018  
    1 Year     5 Year     10 Year     Commencement
of Operations
(12/21/01)
 
Market Price     9.61%       13.21%       15.08%       12.57%  
NAV     6.36%       10.61%       15.43%       12.09%  

 

All Fund returns are net of fees and expenses.

 

(1) 

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. Total return, market price, NAV, market price distribution rate, and NAV distribution rate will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. The NAV presented may differ from the NAV reported for the same period in other Fund materials. Performance current to the most recent month-end is available at www.pimco.com or via (844) 33-PIMCO. Performance is calculated assuming all dividends and distributions are reinvested at prices obtained under the Fund’s dividend reinvestment plan. Performance does not reflect any brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase or sale of Fund shares.

 

(2) 

Distribution rates are not performance and are calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution per share and dividing by the NAV or Market Price, as applicable, as of the reported date. Distributions may be comprised of ordinary income, net capital gains, and/or a return of capital (‘‘ROC’’) of your investment in the Fund. Because the distribution rate may include a ROC, it should not be confused with yield or income. If the Fund estimates that a portion of its distribution may be comprised of amounts from sources other than net investment income in accordance with its policies and good accounting practices, the Fund will notify shareholders of the estimated composition of such distribution through a Section 19 Notice. Please refer to the most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable, for additional information regarding the estimated composition of distributions. Please visit www.pimco.com for most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable. Final determination of a distribution’s tax character will be made on Form 1099 DIV sent to shareholders each January.

 

(3) 

Represents total effective leverage outstanding, as a percentage of total managed assets. Total effective leverage consists of preferred shares, reverse repurchase agreements and other borrowings, credit default swap notional and floating rate notes issued in tender option bond transactions, as applicable (collectively “Total Effective Leverage”). The Fund may engage in other transactions not included in Total Effective Leverage disclosed above that may give rise to a form of leverage, including certain derivative transactions. For the purpose of calculating Total Effective Leverage outstanding as a percentage of total managed assets, total managed assets refer to total assets (including assets attributable to Total Effective Leverage that may be outstanding) minus accrued liabilities (other than liabilities representing Total Effective Leverage).

 

Investment Objective and Strategy Overview

 

PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy Fund’s primary investment objective is to seek high current income, with a secondary objective of capital preservation and appreciation.

 

Fund Insights at NAV

 

The following affected performance during the reporting period:

 

»  

Exposure to securitized products, including non-agency residential mortgage backed securities, benefited absolute performance, as spreads tightened during the period.

 

»  

Exposure to the U.S. dollar benefited absolute performance, as the U.S. dollar appreciated against most major currencies.

 

»  

Exposure to investment grade corporates benefited absolute performance.

 

»  

Exposure to the intermediate portion of the U.S. yield curve detracted from absolute performance, as rates rose during the period.

 

»  

Exposure to the Argentine peso (“ARS”) detracted from absolute performance, as the ARS depreciated against most major currencies.

 

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PIMCO High Income Fund

 

Symbol on NYSE -  PHK

 

Allocation Breakdown as of 07/31/2018§

 

Corporate Bonds & Notes

    48.0%  

Non-Agency Mortgage-Backed Securities

    14.9%  

Asset-Backed Securities

    9.1%  

Municipal Bonds & Notes

    5.9%  

Short-Term Instruments

    5.2%  

Preferred Securities

    3.9%  

Sovereign Issues

    3.5%  

U.S. Government Agencies

    3.2%  

Loan Participations and Assignments

    2.5%  

Real Estate Investment Trusts

    1.8%  

Common Stocks

    1.5%  

Other

    0.5%  
    

% of Investments, at value.

 

  § 

Allocation Breakdown and % of investments exclude securities sold short and financial derivative instruments, if any.

Fund Information (as of July 31, 2018)(1)

 

Market Price

    $8.67  

NAV

    $6.54  

Premium/(Discount) to NAV

    32.57%  

Market Price Distribution Rate(2)

    11.17%  

NAV Distribution Rate(2)

    14.81%  

Total Effective Leverage(3)

    28%  
 

 

Average Annual Total Return(1) for the period ended July 31, 2018  
    1 Year     5 Year     10 Year     Commencement
of Operations
(04/30/03)
 
Market Price     13.13%       6.95%       11.59%       10.29%  
NAV     9.48%       13.23%       14.72%       11.94%  

 

All Fund returns are net of fees and expenses.

 

(1) 

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. Total return, market price, NAV, market price distribution rate, and NAV distribution rate will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. The NAV presented may differ from the NAV reported for the same period in other Fund materials. Performance current to the most recent month-end is available at www.pimco.com or via (844) 33-PIMCO. Performance is calculated assuming all dividends and distributions are reinvested at prices obtained under the Fund’s dividend reinvestment plan. Performance does not reflect any brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase or sale of Fund shares.

 

(2) 

Distribution rates are not performance and are calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution per share and dividing by the NAV or Market Price, as applicable, as of the reported date. Distributions may be comprised of ordinary income, net capital gains, and/or a return of capital (‘‘ROC’’) of your investment in the Fund. Because the distribution rate may include a ROC, it should not be confused with yield or income. If the Fund estimates that a portion of its distribution may be comprised of amounts from sources other than net investment income in accordance with its policies and good accounting practices, the Fund will notify shareholders of the estimated composition of such distribution through a Section 19 Notice. Please refer to the most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable, for additional information regarding the estimated composition of distributions. Please visit www.pimco.com for most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable. Final determination of a distribution’s tax character will be made on Form 1099 DIV sent to shareholders each January.

 

(3) 

Represents total effective leverage outstanding, as a percentage of total managed assets. Total effective leverage consists of preferred shares, reverse repurchase agreements and other borrowings, credit default swap notional and floating rate notes issued in tender option bond transactions, as applicable (collectively “Total Effective Leverage”). The Fund may engage in other transactions not included in Total Effective Leverage disclosed above that may give rise to a form of leverage, including certain derivative transactions. For the purpose of calculating Total Effective Leverage outstanding as a percentage of total managed assets, total managed assets refer to total assets (including assets attributable to Total Effective Leverage that may be outstanding) minus accrued liabilities (other than liabilities representing Total Effective Leverage).

 

Investment Objective and Strategy Overview

 

PIMCO High Income Fund’s primary investment objective is to seek high current income, with capital appreciation as a secondary objective.

 

Fund Insights at NAV

 

The following affected performance during the reporting period:

 

»  

Exposure to securitized products, including non-agency residential mortgage backed securities, benefited absolute performance, as spreads tightened during the period.

 

»  

Exposure to the U.S. dollar benefited absolute performance, as the U.S. dollar appreciated against most major currencies.

 

»  

Exposure to corporate credit benefited absolute performance.

 

»  

Exposure to the intermediate portion of the U.S. yield curve detracted from absolute performance, as rates rose during the period.

 

»  

Exposure to the Argentine peso (“ARS”) detracted from absolute performance, as the ARS depreciated against most major currencies.

 

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PIMCO Income Strategy Fund

 

Symbol on NYSE -  PFL

 

Allocation Breakdown as of 07/31/2018§

 

Corporate Bonds & Notes

    43.2%  

Asset-Backed Securities

    20.0%  

Non-Agency Mortgage-Backed Securities

    10.7%  

Short-Term Instruments

    5.1%  

Municipal Bonds & Notes

    4.6%  

Loan Participations and Assignments

    4.6%  

Sovereign Issues

    3.2%  

U.S. Government Agencies

    3.2%  

Preferred Securities

    2.6%  

Real Estate Investment Trusts

    1.1%  

Common Stocks

    1.0%  

Other

    0.7%  
    

% of Investments, at value.

 

  § 

Allocation Breakdown and % of investments exclude securities sold short and financial derivative instruments, if any.

Fund Information (as of July 31, 2018)(1)

 

Market Price

    $12.23  

NAV

    $11.14  

Premium/(Discount) to NAV

    9.78%  

Market Price Distribution Rate(2)

    8.83%  

NAV Distribution Rate(2)

    9.69%  

Total Effective Leverage(3)

    25%  
 

 

Average Annual Total Return(1) for the period ended July 31, 2018  
    1 Year     5 Year     10 Year     Commencement
of Operations
(08/29/03)
 
Market Price     10.37%       11.20%       10.57%       7.36%  
NAV     5.62%       9.28%       9.24%       7.10%  

 

All Fund returns are net of fees and expenses.

 

(1) 

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. Total return, market price, NAV, market price distribution rate, and NAV distribution rate will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. The NAV presented may differ from the NAV reported for the same period in other Fund materials. Performance current to the most recent month-end is available at www.pimco.com or via (844) 33-PIMCO. Performance is calculated assuming all dividends and distributions are reinvested at prices obtained under the Fund’s dividend reinvestment plan. Performance does not reflect any brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase or sale of Fund shares.

 

(2) 

Distribution rates are not performance and are calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution per share and dividing by the NAV or Market Price, as applicable, as of the reported date. Distributions may be comprised of ordinary income, net capital gains, and/or a return of capital (‘‘ROC’’) of your investment in the Fund. Because the distribution rate may include a ROC, it should not be confused with yield or income. If the Fund estimates that a portion of its distribution may be comprised of amounts from sources other than net investment income in accordance with its policies and good accounting practices, the Fund will notify shareholders of the estimated composition of such distribution through a Section 19 Notice. Please refer to the most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable, for additional information regarding the estimated composition of distributions. Please visit www.pimco.com for most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable. Final determination of a distribution’s tax character will be made on Form 1099 DIV sent to shareholders each January.

 

(3) 

Represents total effective leverage outstanding, as a percentage of total managed assets. Total effective leverage consists of preferred shares, reverse repurchase agreements and other borrowings, credit default swap notional and floating rate notes issued in tender option bond transactions, as applicable (collectively “Total Effective Leverage”). The Fund may engage in other transactions not included in Total Effective Leverage disclosed above that may give rise to a form of leverage, including certain derivative transactions. For the purpose of calculating Total Effective Leverage outstanding as a percentage of total managed assets, total managed assets refer to total assets (including assets attributable to Total Effective Leverage that may be outstanding) minus accrued liabilities (other than liabilities representing Total Effective Leverage).

 

Investment Objective and Strategy Overview

 

PIMCO Income Strategy Fund’s investment objective is to seek high current income, consistent with the preservation of capital.

 

Fund Insights at NAV

 

The following affected performance during the reporting period:

 

»  

Exposure to securitized products, including non-agency residential mortgage backed securities, benefited absolute performance, as spreads tightened during the period.

 

»  

Exposure to the U.S. dollar benefited absolute performance, as the U.S. dollar appreciated against most major currencies.

 

»  

Exposure to investment grade corporates benefited absolute performance.

 

»  

Exposure to the intermediate portion of the U.S. yield curve detracted from absolute performance, as rates rose during the period.

 

»  

Exposure to the Argentine peso (“ARS”) detracted from absolute performance, as the ARS depreciated against most major currencies.

 

14   PIMCO CLOSED-END FUNDS     


PIMCO Income Strategy Fund II

 

Symbol on NYSE -  PFN

 

Allocation Breakdown as of 07/31/2018§

 

Corporate Bonds & Notes

    43.8%  

Non-Agency Mortgage-Backed Securities

    16.3%  

Asset-Backed Securities

    15.6%  

Municipal Bonds & Notes

    6.2%  

Loan Participations and Assignments

    4.0%  

Sovereign Issues

    3.2%  

Preferred Securities

    3.1%  

U.S. Government Agencies

    2.6%  

Short-Term Instruments

    2.1%  

Common Stocks

    1.3%  

Real Estate Investment Trusts

    1.1%  

Other

    0.7%  
    

% of Investments, at value.

 

  § 

Allocation Breakdown and % of investments exclude securities sold short and financial derivative instruments, if any.

 

Fund Information (as of July 31, 2018)(1)

 

Market Price

    $10.70  

NAV

    $10.07  

Premium/(Discount) to NAV

    6.26%  

Market Price Distribution Rate(2)

    8.97%  

NAV Distribution Rate(2)

    9.53%  

Total Effective Leverage(3)

    23%  
 

 

Average Annual Total Return(1) for the period ended July 31, 2018  
    1 Year     5 Year     10 Year     Commencement
of Operations
(10/29/04)
 
Market Price     9.19%       11.63%       10.03%       6.37%  
NAV     7.10%       10.02%       8.29%       6.24%  

 

All Fund returns are net of fees and expenses.

 

(1) 

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Returns shown do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. Total return, market price, NAV, market price distribution rate, and NAV distribution rate will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. The NAV presented may differ from the NAV reported for the same period in other Fund materials. Performance current to the most recent month-end is available at www.pimco.com or via (844) 33-PIMCO. Performance is calculated assuming all dividends and distributions are reinvested at prices obtained under the Fund’s dividend reinvestment plan. Performance does not reflect any brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase or sale of Fund shares.

 

(2) 

Distribution rates are not performance and are calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution per share and dividing by the NAV or Market Price, as applicable, as of the reported date. Distributions may be comprised of ordinary income, net capital gains, and/or a return of capital (‘‘ROC’’) of your investment in the Fund. Because the distribution rate may include a ROC, it should not be confused with yield or income. If the Fund estimates that a portion of its distribution may be comprised of amounts from sources other than net investment income in accordance with its policies and good accounting practices, the Fund will notify shareholders of the estimated composition of such distribution through a Section 19 Notice. Please refer to the most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable, for additional information regarding the estimated composition of distributions. Please visit www.pimco.com for most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable. Final determination of a distribution’s tax character will be made on Form 1099 DIV sent to shareholders each January.

 

(3) 

Represents total effective leverage outstanding, as a percentage of total managed assets. Total effective leverage consists of preferred shares, reverse repurchase agreements and other borrowings, credit default swap notional and floating rate notes issued in tender option bond transactions, as applicable (collectively “Total Effective Leverage”). The Fund may engage in other transactions not included in Total Effective Leverage disclosed above that may give rise to a form of leverage, including certain derivative transactions. For the purpose of calculating Total Effective Leverage outstanding as a percentage of total managed assets, total managed assets refer to total assets (including assets attributable to Total Effective Leverage that may be outstanding) minus accrued liabilities (other than liabilities representing Total Effective Leverage).

 

Investment Objective and Strategy Overview

 

PIMCO Income Strategy Fund II’s investment objective is to seek high current income, consistent with the preservation of capital.

 

Fund Insights at NAV

 

The following affected performance during the reporting period:

 

»  

Exposure to securitized products, including non-agency residential mortgage backed securities, benefited absolute performance, as spreads tightened during the period.

 

»  

Exposure to the U.S. dollar benefited absolute performance, as the U.S. dollar appreciated against most major currencies.

 

»  

Exposure to investment grade corporates benefited absolute performance.

 

»  

Exposure to the intermediate portion of the U.S. yield curve detracted from absolute performance, as rates rose during the period.

 

»  

Exposure to the Argentine peso (“ARS”) detracted from absolute performance, as the ARS depreciated against most major currencies.

 

  ANNUAL REPORT   JULY 31, 2018   15


Financial Highlights

 

         

Investment Operations

          Less Distributions to Preferred
Shareholders(b)
          Less Distributions to Common Shareholders(b)  
                                                                   
Selected Per Share Data for the Year or Period Ended^:  

Net Asset

Value
Beginning
of Year
or Period

    Net
Investment
Income
(Loss)(a)
    Net
Realized/
Unrealized
Gain (Loss)
           From Net
Investment
Income
    From Net
Realized
Capital Gains
   

Net Increase
(Decrease)

in Net Assets
Applicable

to Common

Shareholders
Resulting
from
Operations

    From Net
Investment
Income
    From Net
Realized
Capital
Gains
    Tax Basis
Return of
Capital
    Total  

PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund

                     

07/31/2018

  $   14.87     $   1.30     $ 0.16             $ (0.09   $ 0.00     $ 1.37     $ (1.56   $ 0.00     $ 0.00     $ (1.56

07/31/2017

    13.27       1.21       2.06               (0.04     0.00       3.23       (1.59     0.00       (0.14     (1.73

07/31/2016

    14.23       1.30       (0.65             (0.02     0.00       0.63       (1.59     0.00       0.00       (1.59

12/01/2014 - 07/31/2015(g)

    15.41       0.68       (0.33             (0.00     0.00       0.35       (1.69     0.00       0.00       (1.69 )(j) 

11/30/2014

    16.62       1.14       1.06               (0.00     (0.01     2.19       (1.56       (1.84     0.00       (3.40

11/30/2013

    17.58       1.43       0.19               (0.00       (0.00     1.62       (1.82     (0.76     0.00       (2.58

PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy Fund

                     

07/31/2018

  $ 15.32     $ 1.20     $ (0.24           $ (0.03   $ 0.00     $ 0.93     $ (1.35   $ 0.00     $ 0.00     $ (1.35

07/31/2017

    14.28       1.12       1.70               (0.01     0.00       2.81       (1.75     0.00       (0.02     (1.77

07/31/2016

    14.75       1.24       (0.84 )(k)              (0.01     0.00       0.39 (l)       (1.37     0.00       0.00       (1.37

11/01/2014 - 07/31/2015(h)

    15.60       0.73       (0.21             (0.00     0.00       0.52       (1.37     0.00       0.00       (1.37 )(j) 

10/31/2014

    16.04       0.99       0.87               (0.00     (0.00     1.86       (1.35     (0.95     0.00       (2.30

10/31/2013

    15.90       1.28       0.44               (0.01     0.00       1.71       (1.57     0.00       0.00       (1.57

PIMCO High Income Fund

                     

07/31/2018

  $ 6.90     $ 0.62     $   0.01             $   (0.02   $ 0.00     $   0.61     $   (0.84   $ 0.00     $ (0.13   $   (0.97

07/31/2017

    6.63       0.67       0.71               (0.01     0.00       1.37       (0.91     0.00         (0.19     (1.10

07/31/2016

    7.37       0.74       (0.48 )(k)              (0.00     0.00       0.26 (l)       (1.18     0.00       (0.08     (1.26

04/01/2015 - 07/31/2015(i)

    7.59       0.21       0.06               (0.00     0.00       0.27       (0.33     0.00       (0.16     (0.49 )(j) 

03/31/2015

    8.23       0.94       (0.12             (0.00     0.00       0.82       (1.46     0.00       0.00       (1.46

03/31/2014

    8.65       0.84       0.20               (0.00     0.00       1.04       (1.35     0.00       (0.11     (1.46

PIMCO Income Strategy Fund

                     

07/31/2018

  $ 11.60     $ 0.87     $ (0.19           $ (0.06   $ 0.00     $ 0.62     $ (1.07   $ 0.00     $ (0.01   $ (1.08

07/31/2017

    10.53       0.88       1.31               (0.04     0.00       2.15       (1.08     0.00       0.00       (1.08

07/31/2016

    11.46       0.88       (0.70             (0.03     0.00       0.15       (1.08     0.00       0.00       (1.08

07/31/2015

    12.15       0.79       (0.34             (0.03     0.00       0.42       (1.22     0.00       0.00       (1.22

07/31/2014

    11.70       0.79       0.78               (0.04     0.00       1.53       (1.08     0.00       0.00       (1.08

PIMCO Income Strategy Fund II

                     

07/31/2018

  $ 10.33     $ 0.79     $ (0.05           $ (0.04   $ 0.00     $ 0.70     $ (0.96   $ 0.00     $ 0.00     $ (0.96

07/31/2017

    9.42       0.80       1.10               (0.03     0.00       1.87       (0.96     0.00       0.00       (0.96

07/31/2016

    10.27       0.87       (0.67             (0.02     0.00       0.18       (1.03     0.00       0.00       (1.03

07/31/2015

    10.88       0.70       (0.29             (0.03     0.00       0.38       (1.11     0.00       0.00       (1.11

07/31/2014

    10.29       0.72       0.87               (0.04     0.00       1.55       (0.96     0.00       0.00       (0.96

 

^

A zero balance may reflect actual amounts rounding to less than $0.01 or 0.01%.

*

Annualized

(a) 

Per share amounts based on average number of common shares outstanding during the year or period.

(b) 

The tax characterization of distributions is determined in accordance with Federal income tax regulations. See Note 2, Distributions—Common Shares, in the Notes to Financial Statements for more information.

(c) 

See Note 14, Auction-Rate Preferred Shares, in the Notes to Financial Statements.

(d) 

Total investment return is calculated assuming a purchase of a common share at the market price on the first day and a sale of a common share at the market price on the last day of each year or period reported. Dividends and distributions, if any, are assumed, for purposes of this calculation, to be reinvested at prices obtained under the Funds’ dividend reinvestment plan. Total investment return does not reflect brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase or sale of Fund shares.

(e) 

Calculated on the basis of income and expenses applicable to both common and preferred shares relative to the average net assets of common shareholders. The expense ratio and net investment income do not reflect the effects of dividend payments to preferred shareholders.

(f) 

Interest expense primarily relates to participation in borrowing and financing transactions. See Note 5, Borrowings and Other Financing Transactions, in the Notes to Financial Statements for more information.

(g) 

Fiscal year end changed from November 30th to July 31st.

(h) 

Fiscal year end changed from October 31st to July 31st.

(i) 

Fiscal year end changed from March 31st to July 31st.

(j) 

Total distributions for the period ended July 31, 2015 may be lower than prior fiscal years due to fiscal year end changes resulting in a reduction of the amount of days in the period ended July 31, 2015.

(k) 

The amount previously reported in the Funds’ 2016 Annual Report has been revised due to a misstatement. The misstatement was not considered material to the prior period Annual Report. In the Funds’ 2016 Annual Report, PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy Fund and PIMCO High Income Fund reported amounts of (0.33) and (0.22), respectively.

(l) 

The amount previously reported in the Funds’ 2016 Annual Report has been revised due to a misstatement. The misstatement was not considered material to the prior period Annual Report. In the Funds’ 2016 Annual Report, PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy Fund and PIMCO High Income Fund reported amounts of 0.90 and 0.52, respectively.

(m) 

The NAV presented may differ from the NAV reported for the same period in other Fund materials.

 

16   PIMCO CLOSED-END FUNDS        See Accompanying Notes  


                        Common Share          

Ratios/Supplemental Data

 
                                                      Ratios to Average Net Assets              
Increase
resulting  from
at-the-market
Offering
    Offering Cost
Charged to
Paid in Capital
   

Increase
Resulting from
Tender and
Repurchase of
Auction-Rate
Preferred
Shares(c)

           Net Asset
Value End of
Year or
Period
    Market Price
End of Year
or Period
    Total
Investment
Return(d)
           Net Assets
Applicable
to Common
Shareholders
(000s)
    Expenses(e)(f)     Expenses
Excluding
Waivers(e)(f)
    Expenses
Excluding
Interest
Expense(e)
    Expenses
Excluding
Interest
Expense and
Waivers(e)
    Net
Investment
Income (Loss)
    Preferred
Shares
Asset
Coverage
Per Share
    Portfolio
Turnover
Rate
 
                             
$ 0.12     $ 0.00     $   0.00             $   14.80 (m)     $   17.95       16.78           $   1,219,515       1.26     1.26     0.81     0.81     8.73   $   153,072       19
    0.10         0.00       0.00               14.87       16.92       29.18               1,140,768       1.08       1.08       0.83       0.83       8.68       144,819       39  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               13.27       14.75       16.09               946,843       0.89       0.89       0.85       0.85       9.93       124,468       45  
  N/A       N/A       0.16               14.23       14.31       (13.61             1,006,484       0.91     0.91     0.90     0.90     7.01     130,743       34  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               15.41       18.50       26.04               1,082,000       0.91       0.91       0.91       0.91       7.36       108,229       44  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               16.62       17.75       (0.15             1,149,779       0.91       0.91       0.91       0.91       8.49       113,443       118  
                             
$ N/A     $ N/A     $ 0.00             $ 14.90 (m)     $ 18.09       9.61           $ 586,592       1.36     1.36     0.94     0.94     7.97   $ 289,023       20
  N/A       N/A       0.00               15.32       17.92       30.63               599,266       1.17       1.17       0.93       0.93       7.65       294,755       38  
  N/A       N/A       0.51               14.28       15.43       24.21               553,569       1.10       1.10       1.02       1.02       8.91       274,223       43  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               14.75       13.71       (7.12             570,122       1.07     1.07     1.07     1.07     6.51     109,336       40  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               15.60       16.18       8.84               599,980       1.09       1.09       1.09       1.09       6.32       113,753       48  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               16.04       17.15       3.48               612,225       1.10       1.10       1.09       1.09       7.91       115,565       108  
                             
$ N/A     $ N/A     $ 0.00             $ 6.54 (m)     $ 8.67       13.13           $ 847,052       1.48     1.48     0.90     0.90     9.30   $ 232,587       27
  N/A       N/A       0.00               6.90       8.71       (1.45             884,912       1.25       1.25       0.90       0.90       10.08       241,894       32  
  N/A       N/A       0.26               6.63       10.03       19.92               841,102       1.08       1.08       0.95       0.95       11.20       231,185       42  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               7.37       9.71       (18.40             925,598       1.05     1.05     1.03     1.03     8.14     104,245       8  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               7.59       12.48       12.30               949,880       1.18       1.18       1.02       1.02       11.53       106,324       58  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               8.23       12.56       15.51               1,021,120       1.14       1.14       1.03       1.03       10.14       112,424       159  
                             
$ N/A     $ N/A     $ 0.00             $ 11.14 (m)     $ 12.23       10.37           $ 284,677       1.48     1.48     1.17     1.17     7.67   $ 163,725       21
  N/A       N/A       0.00               11.60       12.17       28.11               294,525       1.35       1.35       1.17       1.17       8.01       168,552       40  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               10.53       10.48       12.41               266,347       1.17       1.17       1.13       1.13       8.49       154,837       38  
  N/A       N/A       0.11               11.46       10.39       (2.62             289,909       1.30       1.30       1.25       1.25       6.67       166,328       67  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               12.15       11.87       9.95               306,475       1.19       1.19       1.18       1.18       6.71       122,004       113  
                             
$ N/A     $ N/A     $ 0.00             $ 10.07 (m)     $ 10.70       9.19           $ 600,890       1.41     1.41     1.10     1.10     7.79   $ 187,429       18
  N/A       N/A       0.00               10.33       10.76       26.32               612,310       1.26       1.26       1.09       1.09       8.15       190,527       26  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               9.42       9.39       11.92               556,840       1.14       1.14       1.07       1.07       9.25       175,544       38  
  N/A       N/A       0.12               10.27       9.41       (0.12             606,974       1.16       1.16       1.13       1.13       6.58       189,105       63  
  N/A       N/A       0.00               10.88       10.50       12.39               642,119       1.14       1.14       1.14       1.14       6.79       124,695       119  

 

  ANNUAL REPORT   JULY 31, 2018   17


Statements of Assets and Liabilities

 

July 31, 2018

 

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)   PIMCO
Corporate &
Income
Opportunity
Fund
   

PIMCO
Corporate &
Income
Strategy

Fund

    PIMCO High
Income Fund
   

PIMCO Income
Strategy

Fund

   

PIMCO Income
Strategy

Fund II

 

Assets:

         

Investments, at value

                                       

Investments in securities*

  $ 1,694,909     $ 717,931     $ 1,092,881     $ 365,046     $ 752,152  

Financial Derivative Instruments

                                       

Exchange-traded or centrally cleared

    1,471       679       2,064       381       815  

Over the counter

    4,656       871       1,852       463       1,097  

Cash

    0       0       0       2       1  

Deposits with counterparty

    38,379       9,315       32,046       5,916       12,695  

Foreign currency, at value

    3,358       1,909       2,147       1,142       2,167  

Receivable for investments sold

    14,742       4,826       40,777       3,491       4,524  

Receivable for Fund shares sold

    1,492       0       0       0       0  

Interest and/or dividends receivable

    16,153       6,143       11,477       3,173       6,721  

Other assets

    233       121       7       29       55  

Total Assets

    1,775,393       741,795       1,183,251       379,643       780,227  

Liabilities:

         

Borrowings & Other Financing Transactions

                                       

Payable for reverse repurchase agreements

  $ 238,412     $ 80,777     $ 193,340     $ 29,264     $ 57,560  

Financial Derivative Instruments

                                       

Exchange-traded or centrally cleared

    1,354       622       2,141       353       843  

Over the counter

    25,216       591       3,294       514       1,338  

Payable for investments purchased

    23,713       9,063       14,274       4,977       10,080  

Payable for unfunded loan commitments

    10,759       1,960       3,652       5,397       10,411  

Deposits from counterparty

    6,872       1,665       6,348       561       1,303  

Distributions payable to common shareholders

    10,615       4,429       10,458       2,301       4,775  

Distributions payable to preferred shareholders

    103       19       36       27       35  

Overdraft due to custodian

    49       88       23       0       0  

Accrued management fees

    766       424       588       256       512  

Accrued reimbursement to PIMCO

    0       0       0       0       (1

Other liabilities

    69       40       70       41       31  

Total Liabilities

    317,928       99,678       234,224       43,691       86,887  

Preferred Shares ($0.00001 par value and $25,000 liquidation preference per share)

    237,950       55,525       101,975       51,275       92,450  

Net Assets Applicable to Common Shareholders

  $ 1,219,515     $ 586,592     $ 847,052     $ 284,677     $ 600,890  

Net Assets Applicable to Common Shareholders Consist of:

         

Common Shares:

                                       

Par value ($0.00001 per share)

  $ 1     $ 0     $ 1     $ 0     $ 1  

Paid in capital in excess of par

    1,204,391       579,446       986,459       293,931       611,553  

Undistributed (overdistributed) net investment income

    (7,885     (1,879     (18,534     (3,189     1,732  

Accumulated undistributed net realized gain (loss)

    (110,611     (40,201     (139,722     (26,330     (63,307

Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation)

    133,619       49,226       18,848       20,264       50,911  

Net Assets Applicable to Common Shareholders

  $ 1,219,515     $ 586,592     $ 847,052     $ 284,676     $ 600,890  

Net Asset Value Per Common Share:

  $ 14.80     $ 14.90     $ 6.54     $ 11.14     $ 10.07  

Common Shares Outstanding

    82,395       39,366       129,590       25,562       59,684  

Preferred Shares Issued and Outstanding

    10       2       4       2       4  

Cost of investments in securities

  $   1,646,016     $   689,900     $   1,062,006     $   356,044     $   731,361  

Cost of foreign currency held

  $ 3,348     $ 1,922     $ 2,162     $ 1,164     $ 2,199  

Cost or premiums of financial derivative instruments, net

  $ (18,057   $ 14,313     $ 144,662     $ 8,517     $ 18,416  

* Includes repurchase agreements of:

  $ 23,093     $ 9,080     $ 52,730     $ 17,004     $ 11,433  

 

  

A zero balance may reflect actual amounts rounding to less than one thousand.

 

18   PIMCO CLOSED-END FUNDS        See Accompanying Notes  


Statements of Operations

 

Year Ended July 31, 2018                              
(Amounts in thousands)   PIMCO
Corporate &
Income
Opportunity
Fund
   

PIMCO
Corporate &
Income
Strategy

Fund

    PIMCO High
Income Fund
   

PIMCO Income
Strategy

Fund

   

PIMCO Income
Strategy

Fund II

 

Investment Income:

         

Interest

  $   117,039     $ 54,232     $ 92,173     $ 26,072     $ 54,611  

Dividends

    2,237       969       953       363       1,165  

Total Income

    119,276       55,201       93,126       26,435       55,776  

Expenses:

         

Management fees

    9,295       5,247       7,347       3,211       6,359  

Trustee fees and related expenses

    165       78       117       42       84  

Interest expense

    5,410       2,497       5,007       886       1,891  

Auction agent fees and commissions

    233       96       148       54       105  

Auction rate preferred shares related expenses

    29       77       44       56       50  

Miscellaneous expense

    37       32       51       15       37  

Total Expenses

    15,169       8,027       12,714       4,264       8,526  

Net Investment Income (Loss)

    104,107       47,174       80,412       22,171       47,250  

Net Realized Gain (Loss):

         

Investments in securities

    25,673       5,505       14,717       4,529       7,505  

Exchange-traded or centrally cleared financial derivative instruments

    18,233       41,306       7,907       8,170       19,536  

Over the counter financial derivative instruments

    15,169       122       4,091       (821     (630

Foreign currency

    (1,502     (238     (457     (146     (180

Net Realized Gain (Loss)

    57,573       46,695       26,258       11,732,       26,231  

Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation):

         

Investments in securities

    (42,701     (10,629     (15,709     (9,296     (12,209

Exchange-traded or centrally cleared financial derivative instruments

    (8,070       (48,353     (13,194     (9,510     (20,755

Over the counter financial derivative instruments

    4,308       2,793       1,143       2,038       4,009  

Foreign currency assets and liabilities

    309       (138     (142     (106     (276

Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation)

    (46,154     (56,327     (27,902     (16,874     (29,231

Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

  $ 115,526     $ 37,542     $ 78,768     $ 17,029     $ 44,250  

Distributions on Preferred Shares from Net Investment Income

  $ (6,886   $ (1,205   $ (2,361   $ (1,409   $ (2,540

Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets Applicable to Common Shareholders Resulting from Operations

  $ 108,640     $ 36,337     $ 76,407     $ 15,620     $ 41,710  

 

  

A zero balance may reflect actual amounts rounding to less than one thousand.

 

  ANNUAL REPORT   JULY 31, 2018   19


Statements of Changes in Net Assets

 

    PIMCO
Corporate & Income Opportunity Fund
    PIMCO
Corporate & Income Strategy Fund
 
(Amounts in thousands)   Year Ended
July 31, 2018
    Year Ended
July 31, 2017
    Year Ended
July 31, 2018
    Year Ended
July 31, 2017
 

Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets from:

       

Operations:

       

Net investment income (loss)

  $ 104,107     $ 87,904     $ 47,174     $ 43,690  

Net realized gain (loss)

    57,573       92,938       46,695       15,010  

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation)

    (46,154     56,494       (56,327     51,352  

Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

    115,526       237,336       37,542       110,052  

Distributions on preferred shares from net investment income

    (6,886     (3,233     (1,205     (567

Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets Applicable to Common Shareholders Resulting from Operations

    108,640       234,103       36,337       109,485  

Distributions to Common Shareholders:

       

From net investment income

    (125,322     (114,836     (52,992     (68,101

Tax basis return of capital

    0       (10,356     0       (834

Total Distributions to Common Shareholders(a)

    (125,322     (125,192     (52,992     (68,935

Common Share Transactions**:

       

Net proceeds from at-the-market offering

    83,648       74,138       0       0  

Net at-the-market offering costs

    16       103       0       0  

Issued as reinvestment of distributions

    11,765       10,773       3,981       5,147  

Total increase (decrease) in net assets applicable to common shareholders

    95,429       85,014       3,981       5,147  

Total increase (decrease) in Net Assets

    78,747       193,925       (12,674     45,697  

Net Assets Applicable to Common Shareholders:

       

Beginning of year

    1,140,768       946,843       599,266       553,569  

End of year*

  $   1,219,515     $   1,140,768     $   586,592     $   599,266  

* Including undistributed (overdistributed) net investment income of:

  $ (7,885   $ (11,726   $ (1,879   $ (5,855

** Common Share Transactions:

       

Shares sold

    4,971       4,606       0       0  

Shares issued as reinvestment of distributions

    731       748       245       346  

 

  

A zero balance may reflect actual amounts rounding to less than one thousand.

(a) 

The tax characterization of distributions is determined in accordance with Federal income tax regulations. See Note 2, Distributions—Common Shares, in the Notes to Financial Statements for more information.

 

20   PIMCO CLOSED-END FUNDS        See Accompanying Notes  


 

PIMCO
High Income Fund
    PIMCO
Income Strategy Fund
    PIMCO
Income Strategy Fund II
 
Year Ended
July 31, 2018
    Year Ended
July 31, 2017
    Year Ended
July 31, 2018
    Year Ended
July 31, 2017
    Year Ended
July 31, 2018
    Year Ended
July 31, 2017
 
         
         
$ 80,412     $ 85,665     $ 22,171     $ 22,314     $ 47,250     $ 47,461  
         
  26,258       67,117       11,732       24,162       26,231       52,874  
  (27,902     21,235       (16,874     9,143       (29,231     11,835  
         
  78,768       174,017       17,029       55,619       44,250       112,170  
  (2,361     (1,109     (1,409     (1,018     (2,540     (1,835
         

 

76,407

 

    172,908       15,620       54,601       41,710       110,335  
         
         
  (107,631     (116,768     (27,170     (27,356     (57,119     (56,792
  (17,226     (24,148     (345     0       0       0  
         
    (124,857       (140,916     (27,515     (27,356     (57,119     (56,792
         
         
  0       0       0       0       0       0  
  0       0       0       0       0       0  
         
  10,590       11,818       2,047       933       3,989       1,927  
  10,590       11,818       2,047       933       3,989       1,927  
         
  (37,860     43,810       (9,848     28,178       (11,420     55,470  
         
         
  884,912       841,102       294,525       266,347       612,310       556,840  
$   847,052     $   884,912     $   284,677     $   294,525     $   600,890     $   612,310  
         
$ (18,534   $ (13,517   $ (3,189   $ (1,141   $ 1,732     $ 3,791  
         
         
  0       0       0       0       0       0  
  1,409       1,346       179       83       390       191  
         

 

  ANNUAL REPORT   JULY 31, 2018   21


Statements of Cash Flows

 

Year Ended July 31, 2018                  
(Amounts in thousands)   PIMCO
Corporate &
Income
Opportunity
Fund
    PIMCO
Corporate &
Income
Strategy
Fund
    PIMCO High
Income Fund
 

Cash Flows Provided by (Used for) Operating Activities:

     

Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations

  $ 115,526     $ 37,542     $ 78,768  

Adjustments to Reconcile Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets from Operations to Net Cash Provided by (Used for) Operating Activities:

     

Purchases of long-term securities

    (555,761     (167,640     (325,461

Proceeds from sales of long-term securities

    391,949       174,449       341,709  

(Purchases) Proceeds from sales of short-term portfolio investments, net

    39,497       (183     12,637  

(Increase) decrease in deposits with counterparty

    (7,869     3,626       (6,426

(Increase) decrease in receivable for investments sold

    (5,969     9,916       (17,870

(Increase) decrease in interest and/or dividends receivable

    (2,137