12-29-17 8:30 AM EST | Email Article

Closed End Funds Advised or Administered by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC Change Custodians

ClearBridge American Energy MLP Fund Inc. (NYSE: CBA),

ClearBridge Energy MLP Fund Inc. (NYSE: CEM),

ClearBridge Energy MLP Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: EMO),

ClearBridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund Inc. (NYSE: CTR),

Legg Mason BW Global Income Opportunities Fund Inc. (NYSE: BWG),

LMP Capital and Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: SCD),

Western Asset Corporate Loan Fund Inc. (NYSE: TLI),

Western Asset Emerging Markets Debt Fund Inc. (NYSE: EMD),

Western Asset Global Corporate Defined Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: GDO),

Western Asset Global High Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: EHI),

Western Asset High Income Fund II Inc. (NYSE: HIX),

Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: HIO),

Western Asset High Yield Defined Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: HYI),

Western Asset Intermediate Muni Fund Inc. (NYSE: SBI),

Western Asset Investment Grade Defined Opportunity Trust Inc. (NYSE: IGI),

Western Asset Managed Municipals Fund Inc. (NYSE: MMU),

Western Asset Mortgage Defined Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE: DMO),

Western Asset Municipal Defined Opportunity Trust Inc. (NYSE: MTT),

Western Asset Municipal High Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: MHF),

Western Asset Municipal Partners Fund Inc. (NYSE: MNP),

Western Asset Variable Rate Strategic Fund Inc. (NYSE: GFY),

Western Asset Income Fund (NYSE: PAI),

Western Asset Premier Bond Fund (NYSE: WEA),

Western Asset Middle Market Debt Fund Inc. (NASDAQ: XWAMX), and

Western Asset Middle Market Income Fund Inc. (NASDAQ: XWMFX) (together, the “Funds”)

The Funds announced today that each has entered into an agreement with The Bank of New York Mellon (“BNY”) to serve as Custodian, effective January 1, 2018. Pursuant to the current custody agreement between State Street Bank and Trust (“State Street”) and the Funds (the “Agreement”), State Street will continue to provide custody services to each Fund until the custody function is converted to BNY during 2018, although the Agreement will terminate effective December 31, 2017.

Each Fund is managed or administered by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc., and sub-advised by other affiliates of Legg Mason, Inc.

Contact each Fund at 1-888-777-0102 for additional information, or consult the Funds’ web site at www.lmcef.com. Hard copies of each Fund’s complete audited financial statements are available free of charge upon request.

Data and commentary provided in this press release are for informational purposes only. Legg Mason and its affiliates do not engage in selling shares of the Funds.

For Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC
Maria Rosati, 212-805-6036

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