Flexible Credit Income Fund

PFLEX

Updated October 18, 2021

Objective

The Fund seeks to provide attractive risk adjusted returns and current income.

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Overview

Fund Overview

The fund utilizes a flexible, multi-sector credit strategy and can provide access to less liquid investment strategies given its limited expected share repurchases in an attempt to provide risk-adjusted returns and current income. To achieve its objective, the fund looks to allocate across a wide array of global credit sectors, including corporate, mortgage, consumer emerging market, and municipal credit markets, and has the flexibility to invest in both public and private credit sectors.

The fund will invest, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of its assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) in a portfolio of debt instruments of varying maturities. At least 25% of its total assets will typically be invested in public and private issued mortgage-related assets, and up to 40% of its total assets may be invested in securities of issuers economically tied to emerging market countries. The average portfolio duration of the fund is expected to be between zero and eight years. (See the fund prospectus for more detailed portfolio information.)

The Fund is an interval fund and as such offers limited expected share repurchases. The fund has adopted a fundamental investment policy to make quarterly offers to repurchase between 5% and 25% of its outstanding common shares at net asset value. Subject to applicable law and approval of the Board of Trustees, for each quarterly repurchase offer, the fund currently expects to offer to repurchase 5% of the fund’s outstanding common shares at net asset value.

SECONDARY BENCHMARK

BofAML US High Yield Master II Index

SECONDARY BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Master II Index tracks the performance of below investment grade U.S. dollar-denominated corporate bonds publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market. Qualifying bonds must have at least one year remaining term to maturity, a fixed coupon schedule and a minimum amount outstanding of USD 100 million. Bonds must be rated below investment grade based on a composite of Moody’s and S&P. It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.

DIVIDEND FREQUENCY

Quarterly with Daily Accrual

SHARE CLASS INCEPTION

02/22/2017

CUSIP

72202M106

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Managers

Daniel J. Ivascyn

Group Chief Investment Officer

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Alfred T. Murata

Portfolio Manager, Mortgage Credit

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Marc P. Seidner

CIO Non-traditional Strategies

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Mark R. Kiesel

CIO Global Credit

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Christian Stracke

Global Head of Credit Research

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Eve Tournier

Head of European Credit Portfolio Management

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Jamie Weinstein

Portfolio Manager, Head of Corporate Special Situations

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Distributions

Historical Prices & Distributions

1 - Day Distribution Yield as of 10/18/2021 -
NAV Distribution Rate as of 09/30/2021 8.08%
Latest Distribution ($ Share)1 as of 09/30/2021 $0.195040000
Distribution (YTD) 2 as of 09/30/2021 $0.560420000

disclosures

1Data does not include special cash dividends.
2Data is based on distributions since the most recent calendar year end and does not include special cash dividends.

Distribution rates are not performance and are calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution per share and dividing by the NAV 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. A negative value for Undistributed Net Investment Income represents the potential for a ROC on an estimated tax basis. Please refer to the most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable, for additional information regarding the composition of distributions. Final determination of a distribution’s tax character will be made on Form 1099 DIV sent to shareholders each January.


A negative value for Undistributed Net Investment Income represents the potential for a ROC on an estimated tax basis. Please refer to the most recent Section 19 Notice, if applicable, for additional information regarding the composition of distributions. Final determination of a distribution’s tax character will be made on Form 1099 DIV sent to shareholders each January.


It is important to note that differences exist between the fund’s daily internal accounting records, the fund’s financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and recordkeeping practices under income tax regulations. It is possible that the fund may not issue a Section 19 Notice in situations where the fund’s financial statements prepared later and in accordance with U.S. GAAP or the final tax character of those distributions might later report that the sources of those distributions included capital gains and/or a return of capital. Please see the fund’s most recent shareholder report for more details.

Fees & Expenses

Effective as of 11/01/2020
Gross Expense Ratio 3.74%
Adjusted Expense Ratio 2.20%
The Adjusted Expense Ratio excludes certain investment expenses, such as interest expense from borrowings and repurchase agreements and dividend expense from investments on short sales, incurred directly by the Fund or indirectly through the Fund’s investments in underlying PIMCO Funds (if applicable), none of which are paid to PIMCO.
Management Fee (on Net Assets) 2.18%
Management Fee (on Total Managed Assets) 1.30%
PIMCO is paid a management fee of 1.30% on total managed assets for advisory, supervisory, administrative and other services, which is equivalent to 2.18% on the Fund's common share net assets. The Fund remains responsible for certain fees and expenses that are not covered by the management fee. Please see "Management of the Fund - Management Fee" in the prospectus for an explanation of the management fee and definition of "total managed assets".

Prices & Performance

Daily Statistics

All data as of 10/18/2021

NAV $9.60 One Day Return -0.39%
Daily Change $-0.04 Daily YTD Return 10.41%

All data as of

All data as of

Performance quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee or a reliable indicator of future results. Investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate. Shares may be worth more or less than original cost when redeemed. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance shown. For performance current to the most recent month-end, visit www.pimco.com or call (888) 87-PIMCO.

Differences in the Fund’s performance versus the index and related attribution information with respect to particular categories of securities or individual positions may be attributable, in part, to differences in the pricing methodologies used by the Fund and the index.

There is no assurance that any fund, including any fund that has experienced high or unusual performance for one or more periods, will experience similar levels of performance in the future. High performance is defined as a significant increase in either 1) a fund’s total return in excess of that of the fund’s benchmark between reporting periods or 2) a fund’s total return in excess of the fund’s historical returns between reporting periods. Unusual performance is defined as a significant change in a fund’s performance as compared to one or more previous reporting periods.

Certain Funds may offer a share class with an inception date which is different than the inception date of the Fund. For the periods prior to the inception date of a share class, performance information is based on the performance of the Fund’s oldest class shares, adjusted to reflect the fees and expenses paid by that class of shares.

Calendar Year Returns %

All data as of

Growth of $10,000 (hypothetical)

Morningstar and Lipper

disclosures

Performance figures presented reflect the total return performance after fees, unless otherwise noted, and reflect changes in share price and reinvestment of dividend and capital gain distributions on the payable date. All periods longer than one year are annualized. Periods less than on year are cumulative.

Investments made by a Fund and the results achieved by a Fund are not expected to be the same as those made by any other PIMCO-advised Fund, including those with a similar name, investment objective or policies. A new or smaller Fund’s performance may not represent how the Fund is expected to or may perform in the long-term. New Funds have limited operating histories for investors to evaluate and new and smaller Funds may not attract sufficient assets to achieve investment and trading efficiencies. A Fund may be forced to sell a comparatively large portion of its portfolio to meet significant shareholder redemptions for cash, or hold a comparatively large portion of its portfolio in cash due to significant share purchases for cash, in each case when the Fund otherwise would not seek to do so, which may adversely affect performance.
Total return performance does not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares.
Daily YTD return is from the most recent calendar year end.
Growth of $10,000 is calculated at NAV and assumes that all dividend and capital gain distributions were reinvested. It does not take into account sales charges or the effect of taxes. Results are not indicative of future performance.

Assets & Leverage

All data as of 09/30/2021 unless otherwise stated

Assets (in millions)

Common Net Assets $2,508
Outstanding Preferred Shares $0
Total Managed Assets $4,313

Leverage

% of Total Managed Assets % of Common Net Assets
Total Effective Leverage 41.84 71.93
Preferred Shares3 0.00 0.00
Reverse Repurchase Agreements4 39.07 67.16
Floating Rate Notes Issued5 0.00 0.00
Credit Default Swaps6 2.77 4.76

disclosures

3Preferred Shares (%) consists of Preferred Shares divided by Total Managed Assets.
4Reverse Repurchase Agreements (%) consists of Reverse Repurchase Agreements divided by Total Managed Assets.
5Floating Rate Notes Issued (%) consists of Floating Rate Notes Issued in transactions divided by Total Managed Assets. In TOB transactions, a fund sells a fixed rate municipal bond to a broker who places that bond in a Special Purpose Trust from which Floating Rate Notes and Inverse Floaters are issued.
6Credit Default Swaps (“CDS”) (%) consists of the aggregate notional amount of sell protection CDS plus the net market value of buy protection CDS, as applicable, divided by Total Managed Assets.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investing in securities entails risk, including possible loss of principal. The use of leverage may cause a Fund to liquidate portfolio positions when it may not be advantageous to do so to satisfy its obligations or to meet segregation requirements. The use of leverage may cause a Fund to be more volatile, which may increase the risk of investment loss.

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Disclosures

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the funds carefully before investing. This and other information are contained in the fund’s prospectus and summary prospectus, if available, which may be obtained by contacting your investment professional or PIMCO representative.  Please read them carefully before you invest or send money.

The fund is an unlisted closed-end “interval fund.” Limited liquidity is provided to shareholders only through the fund’s quarterly offers to repurchase between 5% to 25% of its outstanding shares at net asset value (subject to applicable law and approval of the Board of Trustees, the Fund currently expects to offer to repurchase 5% of outstanding shares per quarter). There is no secondary market for the fund’s shares and none is expected to develop. Investors should consider shares of the fund to be an illiquid investment.


It is important to note that differences exist between the fund’s daily internal accounting records, the fund’s financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and recordkeeping practices under income tax regulations. It is possible that the fund may not issue a Section 19 Notice in situations where the fund’s financial statements prepared later and in accordance with U.S. GAAP or the final tax character of those distributions might later report that the sources of those distributions included capital gains and/or a return of capital. Please see the fund’s most recent shareholder report for more details.


The fund’s distribution rate may be affected by numerous factors, including changes in realized and projected market returns, fund performance, and other factors. There can be no assurance that a change in market conditions or other factors will not result in a change in the fund distribution rate at a future time.

A word about risk: Investing in the bond market is subject to risks, including market, interest rate, issuer, credit, inflation risk, and liquidity risk. The value of most bonds and bond strategies are impacted by changes in interest rates. Bonds and bond strategies with longer durations tend to be more sensitive and volatile than those with shorter durations; bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise, and the current low interest rate environment increases this risk. Current reductions in bond counterparty capacity may contribute to decreased market liquidity and increased price volatility. Bond investments may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. Investing in foreign denominated and/or domiciled securities may involve heightened risk due to currency fluctuations, and economic and political risks, which may be enhanced in emerging markets. Mortgage-related assets and other asset-backed instruments may be sensitive to changes in interest rates, subject to early repayment risk, and their value may fluctuate in response to the market’s perception of issuer creditworthiness; while generally supported by some form of government or private guarantee, there is no assurance that private guarantors will meet their obligations. High-yield, lower-rated, securities involve greater risk than higher-rated securities; portfolios that invest in them may be subject to greater levels of credit and liquidity risk than portfolios that do not. Equities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic, and industry conditions. Bank loans are often less liquid than other types of debt instruments and general market and financial conditions may affect the prepayment of bank loans, as such the prepayments cannot be predicted with accuracy. There is no assurance that the liquidation of any collateral from a secured bank loan would satisfy the borrower’s obligation, or that such collateral could be liquidated. 


Investments in distressed loans and bankrupt companies are speculative and the repayment of default obligations contains significant uncertainties. The value of real estate and portfolios that invest in real estate may fluctuate due to: losses from casualty or condemnation, changes in local and general economic conditions, supply and demand, interest rates, property tax rates, regulatory limitations on rents, zoning laws, and operating expenses. Structured products such as collateralized debt obligations are also highly complex instruments, typically involving a high degree of risk; use of these instruments may involve derivative instruments that could lose more than the principal amount invested. Derivatives may involve certain costs and risks such as liquidity, interest rate, market, credit, management and the risk that a position could not be closed when most advantageous. Investing in derivatives could lose more than the amount invested. The use of leverage may cause a portfolio to liquidate positions when it may not be advantageous to do so to satisfy its obligations or to meet segregation requirements. Leverage, including borrowing, may cause a portfolio to be more volatile than if the portfolio had not been leveraged. An investment in an interval fund is not suitable for all investors. Unlike typical closed-end funds an interval fund’s shares are not typically listed on a stock exchange. Although interval funds provide limited liquidity to investors by offering to repurchase a limited amount of shares on a periodic basis, investors should consider shares of the Fund to be an illiquid investment. Investments in interval funds are therefore subject to liquidity risk as an investor may not be able to sell the shares at an advantageous time or price. There is also no secondary market for the Fund’s shares and none is expected to develop. There is no guarantee that an investor will be able to tender all or any of their requested Fund shares in a periodic repurchase offer.

Investments made by a Fund and the results achieved by a Fund are not expected to be the same as those made by any other PIMCO-advised Fund, including those with a similar name, investment objective or policies. A new or smaller Fund’s performance may not represent how the Fund is expected to or may perform in the long-term. New Funds have limited operating histories for investors to evaluate and new and smaller Funds may not attract sufficient assets to achieve investment and trading efficiencies. A Fund may be forced to sell a comparatively large portion of its portfolio to meet significant shareholder redemptions for cash, or hold a comparatively large portion of its portfolio in cash due to significant share purchases for cash, in each case when the Fund otherwise would not seek to do so, which may adversely affect performance.
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