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EXHIBIT NO. 99.(h) 11

 

As of May 4, 2022

 

Master Administrative Services Agreement - Exhibit A

 

Funds

 

I.     MFS Family of Funds

 

MFS Series Trust I:

MFS Core Equity Fund

MFS Low Volatility Equity Fund

MFS Low Volatility Global Equity Fund

MFS New Discovery Fund

MFS Research International Fund

MFS Technology Fund

MFS U.S. Government Cash Reserve Fund

MFS Value Fund

 
MFS Series Trust II:
MFS Growth Fund
 
MFS Series Trust III:

MFS Global High Yield Fund

MFS High Income Fund

MFS High Yield Pooled Portfolio

MFS Municipal High Income Fund

 

MFS Series Trust IV:

MFS Blended Research Emerging Markets Equity Fund

MFS Blended Research International Equity Fund

MFS Global New Discovery Fund

MFS Mid Cap Growth Fund

MFS U.S. Government Money Market Fund

 
MFS Series Trust V:

MFS International New Discovery Fund

MFS Research Fund

MFS Total Return Fund

 
MFS Series Trust VI:

MFS Global Equity Fund

MFS Global Total Return Fund

MFS Utilities Fund

 
MFS Series Trust VII:

MFS Emerging Markets Equity Research Fund

MFS Equity Income Fund

MFS Intrinsic Value Fund

 
MFS Series Trust VIII:

MFS Global Growth Fund

MFS Income Fund

 

 

 

MFS Series Trust IX:

MFS Corporate Bond Fund

MFS Inflation-Adjusted Bond Fund

MFS Limited Maturity Fund

MFS Municipal Limited Maturity Fund

MFS Total Return Bond Fund

 
MFS Series Trust X:

MFS Aggressive Growth Allocation Fund

MFS Blended Research Growth Equity Fund

MFS Blended Research Mid Cap Equity Fund

MFS Blended Research Small Cap Equity Fund

MFS Blended Research Value Equity Fund

MFS Conservative Allocation Fund

MFS Emerging Markets Debt Fund

MFS Emerging Markets Debt Local Currency Fund

MFS Emerging Markets Equity Fund

MFS Global Opportunistic Bond Fund

MFS Growth Allocation Fund

MFS International Diversification Fund

MFS International Growth Fund

MFS International Intrinsic Value Fund

MFS International Large Cap Value Fund

MFS Managed Wealth Fund

MFS Moderate Allocation Fund

 
MFS Series Trust XI:
MFS Blended Research Core Equity Fund
MFS Mid Cap Value Fund
 
MFS Series Trust XII:

MFS Core Bond Fund

MFS Lifetime Income Fund

MFS Lifetime 2020 Fund

MFS Lifetime 2025 Fund

MFS Lifetime 2030 Fund

MFS Lifetime 2035 Fund

MFS Lifetime 2040 Fund

MFS Lifetime 2045 Fund

MFS Lifetime 2050 Fund

MFS Lifetime 2055 Fund

MFS Lifetime 2060 Fund

MFS Lifetime 2065 Fund

 
MFS Series Trust XIII:
MFS Diversified Income Fund
MFS Global Real Estate Fund
MFS Government Securities Fund
MFS New Discovery Value Fund
 
MFS Series Trust XIV:
MFS Institutional Money Market Portfolio
 
MFS Series Trust XV:
MFS Commodity Strategy Fund
MFS Global Alternative Strategy Fund

 

 

 

MFS Series Trust XVI:
MFS Prudent Investor Fund  
 
MFS Municipal Series Trust:
MFS Alabama Municipal Bond Fund
MFS Arkansas Municipal Bond Fund
MFS California Municipal Bond Fund
MFS Georgia Municipal Bond Fund
MFS Maryland Municipal Bond Fund
MFS Massachusetts Municipal Bond Fund
MFS Mississippi Municipal Bond Fund
MFS Municipal Income Fund
MFS Municipal Intermediate Fund
MFS New York Municipal Bond Fund
MFS North Carolina Municipal Bond Fund
MFS Pennsylvania Municipal Bond Fund
MFS South Carolina Municipal Bond Fund
MFS Virginia Municipal Bond Fund
MFS West Virginia Municipal Bond Fund
 
Massachusetts Investors Growth Stock Fund
 
Massachusetts Investors Trust
 

 

II.    MFS Closed-End Funds

 

MFS Charter Income Trust

MFS Government Markets Income Trust

MFS Intermediate Income Trust

MFS Multimarket Income Trust

MFS Municipal Income Trust

MFS Special Value Trust

MFS High Income Municipal Trust

MFS Intermediate High Income Fund

MFS Investment Grade Municipal Trust

MFS High Yield Municipal Trust

 

III.  MFS Institutional Funds

 

MFS Institutional Trust:

MFS Institutional International Equity Fund

 

 

 

MFS Variable Insurance Trust:

MFS Global Equity Series

MFS Growth Series

MFS Investors Trust Series

MFS Mid Cap Growth Series

MFS New Discovery Series

MFS Total Return Bond Series

MFS Research Series

MFS Total Return Series

MFS Utilities Series

MFS Value Series

 

MFS Variable Insurance Trust II:

MFS Blended Research Core Equity Portfolio

MFS Corporate Bond Portfolio

MFS Core Equity Portfolio

MFS Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio

MFS Global Governments Portfolio

MFS Global Growth Portfolio

MFS Global Research Portfolio

MFS Global Tactical Allocation Portfolio

MFS Government Securities Portfolio

MFS High Yield Portfolio

MFS Income Portfolio

MFS International Growth Portfolio

MFS International Intrinsic Value Portfolio

MFS Massachusetts Investors Growth Stock Portfolio

MFS U.S. Government Money Market Portfolio

MFS Research International Portfolio

MFS Technology Portfolio

 

MFS Variable Insurance Trust III:

MFS Blended Research Small Cap Equity Portfolio

MFS Conservative Allocation Portfolio

MFS Global Real Estate Portfolio

MFS Growth Allocation Portfolio

MFS Inflation-Adjusted Bond Portfolio

MFS Limited Maturity Portfolio

MFS Mid Cap Value Portfolio

MFS Moderate Allocation Portfolio

MFS New Discovery Value Portfolio

 

 

EXHIBIT NO. 99.(h) 14

 

As of May 4, 2022

 

Attachment 1 to Exhibit D

 

Fund  Fee Type
MFS Series Trust I – MFS Core Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust I – MFS Low Volatility Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust I – MFS Low Volatility Global Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust I – MFS New Discovery Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust I – MFS Research International Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust I – MFS Technology Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust I – MFS U.S. Government Cash Reserve Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust I – MFS Value Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust II – MFS Growth Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust III – MFS Global High Yield Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust III – MFS High Income Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust III – MFS Municipal High Income Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust IV – MFS Blended Research Emerging Markets Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust IV – MFS Blended Research International Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust IV – MFS Global New Discovery Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust IV – MFS Mid Cap Growth Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust IV – MFS U.S. Government Money Market Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust V – MFS International New Discovery Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust V – MFS Research Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust V – MFS Total Return Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust VI – MFS Global Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust VI – MFS Global Total Return Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust VI – MFS Utilities Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust VII - MFS Emerging Markets Equity Research Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust VII – MFS Equity Income Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust VII – MFS Intrinsic Value Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust VIII – MFS Global Growth Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust VIII – MFS Income Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust IX – MFS Corporate Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust IX – MFS Inflation-Adjusted Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust IX – MFS Limited Maturity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust IX – MFS Municipal Limited Maturity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust IX – MFS Total Return Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Blended Research Growth Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Blended Research Mid Cap Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Blended Research Small Cap Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Blended Research Value Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Emerging Markets Debt Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Emerging Markets Debt Local Currency Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Emerging Markets Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Global Opportunistic Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS International Growth Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS International Intrinsic Value Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS International Large Cap Value Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Managed Wealth Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust XI – MFS Blended Research Core Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust XI – MFS Mid Cap Value Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust XIII – MFS Diversified Income Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust XIII – MFS Global Real Estate Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust XIII – MFS Government Securities Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee

 

 

 

As of May 4, 2022

 

MFS Series Trust XIII – MFS New Discovery Value Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust XV – MFS Commodity Strategy Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust XV – MFS Global Alternative Strategy Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust XVI – MFS Prudent Investor Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS Alabama Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS Arkansas Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS California Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS Georgia Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS Maryland Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS Massachusetts Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS Mississippi Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS Municipal Income Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS Municipal Intermediate Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS New York Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS North Carolina Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS Pennsylvania Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS South Carolina Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS Virginia Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Municipal Series Trust – MFS West Virginia Municipal Bond Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
Massachusetts Investors Growth Stock Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
Massachusetts Investors Trust  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Closed-End Funds – MFS Charter Income Trust  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Closed-End Funds – MFS Government Markets Income Trust  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Closed-End Funds – MFS High Income Municipal Trust  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Closed-End Funds – MFS High Yield Municipal Trust  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Closed-End Funds – MFS Intermediate High Income Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Closed-End Funds – MFS Intermediate Income Trust  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Closed-End Funds – MFS Investment Grade Municipal Trust  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Closed-End Funds – MFS Multimarket Income Trust  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Closed-End Funds – MFS Municipal Income Trust  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Closed-End Funds – MFS Special Value Trust  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Institutional Trust – MFS Institutional International Equity Fund  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust – MFS Global Equity Series  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust – MFS Growth Series  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust – MFS Investors Trust Series  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust – MFS Mid Cap Growth Series  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust – MFS New Discovery Series  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust – MFS Research Series  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust – MFS Total Return Bond Series  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust – MFS Total Return Series  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust – MFS Utilities Series  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust – MFS Value Series  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Blended Research Core Equity Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Core Equity Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Corporate Bond Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Global Governments Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Global Growth Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Global Research Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Global Tactical Allocation Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Government Securities Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS High Yield Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS International Growth Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS International Intrinsic Value Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee

 

 

 

As of May 4, 2022

 

MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Massachusetts Investors Growth Stock Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS U.S. Government Money Market Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Research International Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Income Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust II – MFS Technology Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust III – MFS Blended Research Small Cap Equity Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust III – MFS Global Real Estate Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust III – MFS Inflation-Adjusted Bond Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust III – MFS Limited Maturity Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust III – MFS Mid Cap Value Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Variable Insurance Trust III – MFS New Discovery Value Portfolio  Flat fee + asset based fee
MFS Series Trust III – MFS High Yield Pooled Portfolio  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Aggressive Growth Allocation Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Conservative Allocation Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Growth Allocation Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust X – MFS International Diversification Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust X – MFS Moderate Allocation Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Core Bond Fund  Flat Fee Only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime 2020 Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime 2025 Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime 2030 Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime 2035 Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime 2040 Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime 2045 Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime 2050 Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime 2055 Fund   Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime 2060 Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime 2065 Fund  Flat Fee only
MFS Series Trust XII – MFS Lifetime Income Fund  Flat fee only
MFS Series Trust XIV – MFS Institutional Money Market Portfolio  Flat fee only
MFS Variable Insurance Trust III – MFS Conservative Allocation Portfolio  Flat fee only
MFS Variable Insurance Trust III – MFS Growth Allocation Portfolio  Flat fee only
MFS Variable Insurance Trust III – MFS Moderate Allocation Portfolio  Flat fee only

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT NO. 99.(i) 2

 

LEGAL OPINION CONSENT

 

I consent to the incorporation by reference in this Post-Effective Amendment No. 71 to the Registration Statement (File Nos. 2-60491 and 811-02794) (the “Registration Statement”) of MFS® Series Trust III (the “Trust”), of my opinion dated May 30, 2017, appearing in Post-Effective Amendment No. 62 to the Trust’s Registration Statement, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 30, 2017.

 

 

  Susan A. Pereira 
  Susan A. Pereira 
  Vice President and Assistant General Counsel

 

Boston, Massachusetts 

May 26, 2022

 

 

EXHIBIT NO. 99.(j). 1

 

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

We consent to the incorporation by reference in this Post-Effective Amendment No. 71 to Registration Statement No. 2-60491 on Form N-1A of our reports, each dated March 18, 2022, relating to the financial statements and financial highlights of MFS Global High Yield Fund, MFS High Income Fund, and MFS High Yield Pooled Portfolio appearing in the Annual Reports on Form N-CSR of MFS Series Trust III for the year ended January 31, 2022, and to the references to us under the headings “Financial Highlights” in the Prospectuses and “Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm(s) and Financial Statements” and “Appendix M – Recipients of Non-Public Portfolio Holdings on an Ongoing Basis” in the Statement of Additional Information, which are part of such Registration Statement.

 

Deloitte & Touche LLP  
Deloitte & Touche LLP  

 

Boston, Massachusetts 

May 25, 2022

 

 

EXHIBIT NO. 99.(j) 2

 

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

We consent to the references made to our firm under the captions “Financial Highlights” in the Prospectus and “Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm(s) and Financial Statements” and “Appendix M – Recipients of Non-Public Portfolio Holdings on an Ongoing Basis” in the Statement of Additional Information of MFS Municipal High Income Fund, a series of MFS Series Trust III, in Post-Effective Amendment No. 71 to the Registration Statement (Form N-1A, No. 2-60491).

 

We also consent to the incorporation by reference, in such Statement of Additional Information of our report, dated March 18, 2022, with respect to the financial statements and financial highlights of MFS Municipal High Income Fund, included in the Annual Reports to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2022.

 

 

Ernst & Young LLP  
Ernst & Young LLP  

 

 

Boston, Massachusetts 

May 25, 2022

 

 

EXHIBIT NO. 99.(n) 2

 

MFS Funds 

Amended and Restated Plan Pursuant to Rule 18f-3(d) Under the 

Investment Company Act of 1940

 

Effective September 6, 1996, as amended and restated:

 

August 15, 2003

 

January 25, 2005 (Addition of R Share Classes)

 

January 24, 2006 (Addition of W Share Class)

 

April 25, 2006 (Addition of Voluntary Conversion)

 

June 25, 2006 (Addition of Methodology for Allocating Income, Realized Gains and Losses and Dividends)

 

October 25, 2006 (Addition of A1 and B1 Share Classes)

 

November 1, 2007 (Conversion of Class R and R2 Shares)

 

February 28, 2008 (Termination of Master Class R Administration and Service Agreement)

 

April 19, 2008 (Conversions and Redesignations of Class R Share Suite)

 

May 1, 2009 (Conversions - Class A, Class I, Class W; removal of Class J; revisions to money market exchanges)

 

May 1, 2011 (Class C Share Voluntary Conversions and Removal of references to sales in Japan)

 

July 1, 2011 (Clarify Conversion/Exchange Features Applicable to Class 529 Shares)

 

December 13, 2011 (Addition of Class R5; Mandatory Conversion of Class W; Revisions to Allocation Methodology)

 

May 30, 2012 (Eliminate reference to Class W; Provide Conversion Feature from Class I to Class R5, Revisions to Allocation Methodology)

 

August 26, 2016 (Redesignation of Class R5 as Class R6)

 

March 14, 2017 (Addition of Class T Shares)

 

April 4, 2017 (Class R Share Eligibility)

 

A-1

 

 

June 13, 2017 (Provide Conversion Feature from Class C / Class 529C to Class A / Class 529A; Revisions to Allocation Methodology Exhibit)

 

April 23, 2018 (Provide Automatic Conversion Feature from Class C / Class 529C to Class A / Class 529A)

 

March 2, 2020 (Provide Exchange Feature Applicable to Class R6 Shares)

 

June 1, 2020 (Provide for Lower Net Asset Value Breakpoint for Certain Funds)

 

July 17, 2020 (Conversion for Class A, Class B, and Class C Held Directly with MFSC and for which No Financial Intermediary Is Specified to Class I)

 

September 30, 2020 (Changes to Exchange Features Section)

 

May 6, 2021 (Board-Approved Conversion of One Class to Another Within the Same Fund)

 

EXHIBIT A, as revised:

 

July 26, 2005 (Addition of MFS Series Trust XII)

 

April 25, 2006 (Addition of MFS Diversified Income Fund, series of MFS Series Trust XIII (formerly MFS Government Securities Fund))

 

July 26, 2006 (Addition of MFS Sector Rotational Fund)

 

June 22, 2007 (Termination of AGF, MVF, IBF and MMB)

 

September 25, 2007 (Redesignation of MFS Government Limited Maturity Fund as MFS Series Trust XV and Addition of MFS Diversified Target Return Fund)

 

April 1, 2008 (Redesignation of MFS Emerging Growth Fund as MFS Growth Fund)

 

June 1, 2008 (Redesignation of MFS Union Standard Equity Fund as MFS Blended Research Core Equity Fund)

 

September 23, 2008 (Addition of MFS Commodity Strategy Fund and MFS Fundamental 130/30 Fund, each a series of MFS Series Trust XV, and MFS Global Real Estate Fund, a series of MFS Series Trust XIII)

 

May 31, 2010 (Addition of MFS Global Bond Fund)

 

July 21, 2010 (Addition of MFS Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Fund, MFS European Equity Fund, MFS Latin American Equity Fund, and MFS Lifetime 2050 Fund)

 

February 15, 2011 (Addition of MFS Absolute Return Fund and MFS Global Tactical Allocation Fund)

 

A-2

 

 

April 12, 2011 (Addition of MFS New Discovery Value Fund and Termination of MFS Research Bond Fund J)

 

July 20, 2011 (Addition of MFS Global Brands Fund and MFS Emerging Markets Debt Local Currency Fund)

 

September 13, 2011 (Redesignation of MFS Global Brands Fund as MFS Global Leaders Fund)

 

October 18, 2011 (Addition of MFS Global New Discovery Fund)

 

July 17, 2012 (Addition of MFS Equity Income Fund, MFS Lifetime 2015 Fund, MFS Lifetime 2025 Fund, MFS Lifetime 2035 Fund, MFS Lifetime 2045 Fund, and MFS Lifetime 2055 Fund)

 

September 10, 2013 (Addition of MFS Low Volatility Equity Fund and MFS Low Volatility Global Equity Fund, and Redesignation of MFS Sector Rotational Fund as MFS Equity Opportunities Fund)

 

February 1, 2014 (Redesignation of MFS Diversified Target Return Fund as MFS Global Alternative Strategy Fund)

 

March 31, 2014 (Redesignation of MFS High Yield Opportunities Fund as MFS Global High Yield Fund)

 

May 6, 2014 (Addition of MFS Managed Wealth Fund)

 

June 20, 2014 (Reorganization of MFS Lifetime 2010 Fund into MFS Lifetime Retirement Income Fund)

 

July 1, 2014 (Redesignation of MFS Cash Reserve Fund as MFS U.S. Government Cash Reserve Fund)

 

July 23, 2014 (Termination of MFS Asia Pacific ex-Japan Fund, MFS European Equity Fund, and MFS Latin American Equity Fund)

 

August 28, 2014 (Redesignation of MFS Lifetime Retirement Income Fund as MFS Lifetime Income Fund)

 

March 31, 2015 (Redesignation of MFS Research Bond Fund as MFS Total Return Bond Fund)

 

April 30, 2015 (Redesignation of MFS Bond Fund as MFS Corporate Bond Fund)

 

July 15, 2015 (Addition of MFS Blended Research Emerging Markets Equity Fund, MFS Blended Research Global Equity Fund, MFS Blended Research International Equity Fund, MFS Blended Research Growth Equity Fund, MFS Blended Research Small Cap Equity Fund, and MFS Blended Research Value Equity Fund)

 

November 18, 2015 (Termination of MFS Global Leaders Fund)

 

A-3

 

 

June 14, 2016 (Addition of MFS Blended Research Mid Cap Equity Fund)

 

August 5, 2016 (Reorganization of MFS Lifetime 2015 Fund into MFS Lifetime Income Fund)

 

September 13, 2016 (Addition of MFS Lifetime 2060 Fund)

 

October 10, 2017 (Addition of MFS Prudent Investor Fund)

 

March 29, 2018 (Terminations of MFS Absolute Return Fund and MFS Global Multi-Asset Fund)

 

June 1, 2019 (Redesignation of MFS International Value Fund as MFS International Intrinsic Value Fund)

 

October 25, 2019 (Termination of MFS Equity Opportunities Fund)

 

May 7, 2020 (Addition of MFS International Large Cap Value Fund)

 

July 1, 2020 (Redesignation of MFS Strategic Income Fund as MFS Income Fund)

 

August 21, 2020 (Termination of MFS Blended Research Global Equity Fund)

 

December 9, 2020 (Addition of MFS Emerging Markets Equity Research Fund)

 

April 8, 2021 (Addition of MFS Municipal Intermediate Fund)

 

April 30, 2021 (Redesignation of MFS Global Bond Fund as MFS Global Opportunistic Bond Fund)

 

July 16, 2021 (Addition of MFS Lifetime 2065 Fund and Removal of Class T Shares)

 

October 1, 2021 (Termination of MFS Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund)

 

December 8, 2021 (Addition of MFS Intrinsic Value Fund)

 

May 4, 2022 (Addition of MFS Core Bond Fund)

 

A-4

 

 

MFS Funds

Amended and Restated Plan Pursuant to Rule 18f-3(d) Under the 

Investment Company Act of 1940

 

Effective September 6, 1996, as amended and restated August 15, 2003, as amended and restated January 25, 2005, as amended and restated January 24, 2006, as amended and restated April 25, 2006, as amended and restated June 25, 2006, as amended and restated October 25, 2006, as amended and restated November 1, 2007, as amended and restated March 1, 2008, as amended and restated April 19, 2008 as amended and restated May 1, 2009, as amended and restated May 1, 2011, as amended and restated July 1, 2011, as amended and restated December 13, 2011, as amended and restated August 26, 2016, as amended and restated March 14, 2017, as amended April 4, 2017, as amended and restated June 13, 2017, as amended and restated April 23, 2018, as amended and restated effective March 2, 2020, as amended and restated effective June 1, 2020, as amended and restated effective July 17, 2020, as amended and restated effective September 30, 2020, and as amended and restated effective May 6, 2021.

 

This Plan relating to Multiple Classes of Shares (the “Plan”) has been adopted by each of the registered investment companies (the “Trust” or “Trusts”), identified on behalf of its various series from time to time on Exhibit A hereto, severally and not jointly, pursuant to Rule 18f-3(d) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), and sets forth the methodology for allocating income, gains and losses and expenses among the classes of shares representing interests in the same portfolio issued by the Trusts under a multiple distribution arrangement and the conversion and exchange feature, if any, of each such class of shares (the “Multiple Distribution System”).

 

A.            The Trusts and Funds

 

Each Trust is an open-end management investment company registered under the 1940 Act, some consisting of multiple investment portfolios or series, each of which has separate investment objectives and policies and segregated assets (the “Fund” or “Funds”).

 

Each Trust (if it has no series) and each Trust on behalf of each Fund (if it has series) has entered into an investment advisory agreement with Massachusetts Financial Services Company or an affiliate thereof (“MFS”) pursuant to which MFS, subject to the general supervision of the Board of Trustees of the Trust, provides portfolio management services. Each Trust has also entered into an administrative services agreement with MFS pursuant to which MFS provides financial operations, legal and other administrative services to each Fund. Each Trust has also entered into a distribution agreement with MFS Fund Distributors, Inc. (“MFD”) to provide certain distribution services for each Fund, pursuant to which MFD acts as each Fund’s distributor. Certain Funds have adopted a distribution plan (a “Rule 12b-1 Plan”) with respect to one or more of such Funds’ share classes in accordance with Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act. Transfer agency and recordkeeping functions are provided to each Fund by MFS Service Center, Inc. (“MFSC”) pursuant to a shareholder servicing agent agreement. Certain Trusts, on behalf of certain of their series which offer 529 share classes, have entered (or intend to enter)

 

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into one or more agreements with MFD pursuant to which MFD or a third party receives compensation from the Funds in recognition of the rendering of administrative services relating to qualified tuition programs established in accordance with Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code through which the 529 share classes are sold.

 

Share Classes

 

The Funds offer Class A, Class B, Class C, Class 529A, Class 529B, Class 529C, Class I, Class R1, Class R2, Class R3, Class R4, Class R6, and Class T shares as specified in this Rule 18f-3 plan. Class 529A, Class 529B and Class 529C shares have identical characteristics for purposes of this Rule 18f-3 Plan as the corresponding Class A, Class B and Class C shares, except as noted below in Sections E and F. Class A1 and Class B1 shares have identical characteristics for purposes of this Rule 18f-3 plan as the corresponding Class A and Class B shares. Therefore, unless noted otherwise, references in this 18f-3 Plan to Class A, Class B and Class C shares will refer to the corresponding Class 529A, Class 529B, Class 529C, Class A1 and Class B1 shares.

 

C.            The Multiple Distribution System

 

Under the Multiple Distribution System, each Fund may provide investors with the option of purchasing shares: (1) with a front-end sales load (except sales of $250,000 or more, $500,000 or more or $1 million or more (depending on the Fund) and purchases by certain retirement plans, which may be subject to a contingent deferred sales charge (“CDSC”)) which may vary among Funds and, in some cases, a distribution fee and/or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 Plan (“Class A” and “Class 529A” shares); (2) without a front-end sales load, but subject to a CDSC as well as a distribution fee and/or a service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 Plan (“Class B” and “Class 529B” shares); (3) without a front-end load, but subject to a CDSC, (which may differ from the CDSC applicable to Class B shares) as well as a distribution fee and/or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 Plan (“Class C” and “Class 529C” shares); (4) without a front-end load or CDSC and without a distribution or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 plan (“Class I and Class R4 shares”); (5) without a front-end load or CDSC and without a distribution or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 plan and without subaccounting service fees (“Class R6 shares”); (6) without a front-end load or CDSC but with a distribution and/or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 plan (“Class R1, Class R2 and Class R3 shares”); and (7) with a front-end sales load and subject to a distribution and/or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 Plan (“Class T Shares”). Some of the Funds presently offer only certain of these classes of shares to investors. This Plan shall apply to the classes of shares of each Fund only to the extent each Trust has designated particular classes of shares for that Fund. The Funds may from time to time create one or more additional classes of shares, the terms of which may differ from the Class A shares, Class B shares, Class C shares, Class I shares, Class R1 shares, Class R2 shares, Class R3 shares, Class R4 shares, Class R6 shares, and Class T shares described below. In addition, MFS may elect to waive all or a portion of any front-end sales load, CDSC, distribution or service fee assessed with respect to any class of shares of any Fund to the extent permitted by applicable law.

 

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1.            Class A Shares

 

Class A shares are offered to investors at net asset value plus a front-end sales load (except for certain sales, which may be subject to a CDSC). The sales load is at rates competitive in the industry and is subject to reduction for larger purchases and under a right of accumulation or a letter of intention. In accordance with Section 22(d) of the 1940 Act, the front-end sales load is waived for certain types of investors or in connection with certain classes of transactions. Class A shareholders are assessed an ongoing service fee and/or distribution fee under a Rule 12b-1 Plan based upon a percentage of the average daily net asset value of the Class A shares. Proceeds from the front-end load, service fee and distribution fee are used by MFD primarily to pay initial commissions, ongoing service fees and certain distribution-related expenses, respectively. Amounts payable under the Rule 12b-1 Plan are subject to such further limitations as the Trustees may from time to time determine and as set forth in the registration statement of each Trust as from time to time in effect. Class 529A shares pay an administrative service fee to MFD.

 

2.Class B Shares

 

Class B shares are offered to investors at net asset value without the imposition of a sales load at the time of purchase. However, an investor’s proceeds from a redemption of Class B shares (on which a dealer commission has been paid) within a specified period of time after purchase may be subject to a CDSC. The CDSC is paid to and retained by MFD. The amount of any applicable CDSC will be based upon the lower of the net asset value at the time of purchase or at the time of redemption as required by Rule 6c-10 under the 1940 Act. Class B shares that are redeemed will not be subject to a CDSC to the extent that the shares represent (1) reinvestment of dividends or capital gain distributions, (2) shares redeemed after a defined period of time, or (3) increases in the value of an account due to capital appreciation. Class B shareholders are assessed a distribution fee and/or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 Plan. Class B shares that are outstanding for a specified period of time will automatically convert to Class A shares of the Fund. See “Conversion Features – Automatic Conversions” below. Amounts payable under the Rule 12b-1 Plan are subject to such further limitations as the Trustees may from time to time determine and as set forth in the registration statement of each Trust as from time to time in effect. Class 529B shares pay an administrative services fee to MFD.

 

3.Class C Shares

 

Class C shares are offered to investors at net asset value without the imposition of a front-end sales load. Class C shareholders are assessed a distribution fee and/or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 Plan. In addition, an investor’s proceeds from a redemption of Class C shares (on which a dealer commission has been

 

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paid) within a specified period of time after purchase may be subject to a CDSC. The CDSC is paid to and retained by MFD. Class C shares that are redeemed will not be subject to a CDSC to the extent that the shares represent (i) reinvestment of dividends or capital gains distributions, (ii) shares redeemed after a defined period of time, or (iii) increases in the value of an account due to capital appreciation. Class C shares differ from Class B shares in that (i) the Class C shares would be subject to a lower CDSC than the Class B shares and (ii) the CDSC would be imposed on the Class C shares for a shorter period of time than the Class B shares. Class C shares that are outstanding for a specified period of time will automatically convert to Class A shares of the Fund. See “Conversion Features – Automatic Conversions” below. Amounts payable under the Rule 12b-1 Plan are subject to such further limitations as the Trustees may from time to time determine and as set forth in the registration statement of each Trust as from time to time in effect. Class 529C shares pay an administrative services fee to MFD.

 

4.Class I Shares

 

Class I shares are offered to certain investors at net asset value without the imposition of a front-end load or a CDSC and without a distribution fee and/or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 Plan.

 

5.Class R1, Class R2, Class R3, Class R4, and Class R6

 

Class R1, Class R2, Class R3, Class R4 and Class R6 shares are offered to certain investors at net asset value without the imposition of a front-end load or CDSC. Class R1, Class R2 and Class R3 shareholders are assessed a distribution fee and/or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 Plan. Amounts payable under the Rule 12b-1 Plan are subject to such limitations as the Trustees may from time to time determine and as set forth in the registration statement of each Trust as from time to time in effect. Class R4 shares are offered without a distribution or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 Plan. Class R6 shares are offered without a distribution or service fee pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 Plan and without sub-accounting service fees.

 

6.Class T Shares

 

Class T shares are offered to investors at net asset value plus a front-end sales load. The sales load is at rates competitive in the industry and is subject to reduction for larger purchases. Class T shareholders are assessed an ongoing service fee under a Rule 12b-1 Plan based upon a percentage of the average daily net asset value of the Class T shares. Proceeds from the front-end load and service fee are used by MFD primarily to pay initial commissions and ongoing service fees, respectively. Amounts payable under the Rule 12b-1 Plan are subject to such further limitations as the Trustees may from time to time determine and as set forth in the registration statement of each Trust as from time to time in effect.

 

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D.Income, realized gains and losses, unrealized appreciation and depreciation and Expenses:

 

1.Permissible Methods of Allocating Income, Realized Gains and Losses, Unrealized Appreciation and Depreciation and Expenses

(a)Income, realized gains and losses, unrealized appreciation and depreciation, and expenses of a Fund not allocated to a particular class (“Fundwide Expenses”) shall be allocated based on one of the following methods (which method shall be applied on a consistent basis):

(i)To each class based on the net assets of that class in relation to the net assets of the Fund (“relative net assets”);

(ii)To each class based on the Simultaneous Equations Method (as defined below);

(iii)To each class based on the Settled Shares Method (as defined below), provided that the Fund is a Daily Dividend Fund (as defined below) (such a Fund may allocate income and Fundwide Expenses based on the Settled Shares Method (as defined below) and realized gains and losses and unrealized appreciation and depreciation based on relative net assets);

(iv)To each share without regard to class, provided that the Fund is a Daily Dividend Fund (as defined below) that maintains the same net asset value per share in each class; that the Fund has received undertakings from its investment adviser, underwriter, or any other provider of services to the Fund, agreeing to waive or reimburse the Fund for payments to such service provider by one or more classes, as allocated under Rule 18f-3(a)(1), to the extent necessary to assure that all classes of the Fund maintain the same net asset value per share; and that payments waived or reimbursed under such an undertaking may not be carried forward or recouped at a future date; or

(v)To each class based on any other appropriate method, provided that a majority of the Trustees of the relevant Trust, and a majority of the Trustees who are not “interested persons” of the Trust (“Disinterested Trustees”), determine that the method is fair to the shareholders of each class and that the annualized rate of return of each class will generally differ from that of the other classes only by the expense differentials among the classes.

(b)For purposes of this Policy:

(i)Daily Dividend Fund means any Fund that has a policy of declaring distributions of net investment income daily, including any money market fund that determines net asset value using the amortized cost method permitted by Rule 2a-7;

(ii)Fundwide Expenses means expenses of the Fund not allocated to a particular class under Rule 18f-3(a)(1);

(iii)The Settled Shares Method means allocating to each class based on relative net assets, excluding the value of subscriptions receivable; and

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to each class of undistributed net investment income, undistributed realized gains or losses, and unrealized appreciation or depreciation, based on the operating results of the Fund, changes in ownership interests of each class, and expense differentials between the classes, so that the annualized rate of return of each class generally differs from that of the other classes only by the expense differentials among the classes.

 

2.            Allocation Methodology

 

Under the Multiple Distribution System, all income, realized gains and losses, unrealized appreciation and depreciation and expenses incurred by a Fund (other than expenses incurred solely on behalf of a particular class) are borne proportionately by each class of shares in accordance with the methodology set forth on Exhibit B hereto, except for the different (i) distribution and service fees (and any other costs relating to implementing the Rule 12b-1 Plan or an amendment to such Plan including obtaining shareholder approval of the Rule 12b-1 Plan or an amendment to such Plan); (ii) administration and certain other fees and expenses attributable to a class; and (iii) sub-accounting service fees. The fees and expenses described in sub-paragraph (i) and (ii) shall be borne directly by the class incurring such fees and expenses, and the fees and expenses described in sub-paragraph (iii) shall be allocated only to those classes that are eligible to incur sub-accounting service fees and then in proportion to each class’ relative net assets, provided however, that: (a) transfer agency cost, including sub-accounting service fees, if incurred by a Fund that invests the majority of its assets in other MFS mutual funds (so-called “Top-Tier Funds”) and that are passed through the relevant Top-Tier Fund to one or more of the other MFS mutual funds in which that Top-Tier Fund invests (so-called “Underlying Funds”) pursuant to the Special Servicing Agreement among the Top-Tier Funds and the Underlying Funds shall be borne proportionately by each class of shares of such Underlying Fund in accordance with the methodology set forth on Exhibit B hereto; and (b) sub-accounting service fees incurred by any Top-Tier Fund that does not offer Class R6 shares shall be borne proportionately by each class of shares of such Top-Tier Fund in accordance with the methodology set forth on Exhibit B hereto.

 

3.            Approval of Allocation Methodology

 

The allocation methodology set forth on Exhibit B hereto shall be approved initially by a vote of a majority of the Disinterested Trustees. No material amendment may be made to the allocation methodology without the approval of a majority of the Trustees, including a majority of the Disinterested Trustees.

 

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E.            Conversion Features

 

1.            Automatic Conversions

 

A.          Conversion of Class B shares

 

If a shareholder’s Class B shares of a Fund remain outstanding for a specified period of time, they will automatically convert to Class A shares of that Fund at the relative net asset values of each of the classes, and will thereafter be subject to the lower fee under the Class A Rule 12b-1 Plan (the Class B shares will convert into Class A shares, Class B1 shares will convert to Class A1 shares, and Class 529B shares will convert to Class 529A shares). Shares purchased through the reinvestment of distributions paid in respect of Class B shares will be treated as Class B shares for purposes of the payment of the distribution and service fees under the Rule 12b-1 Plan applicable to Class B shares. However, for purposes of conversion to Class A, all shares in a shareholder’s account that were purchased through the reinvestment of distributions paid in respect of Class B shares (and which have not converted to Class A shares as provided above) will be held in a separate sub-account. Each time any Class B shares in the shareholder’s account (other than those in the sub-account) convert to Class A, a portion of the Class B shares then in the sub-account will also convert to Class A. The portion will be determined by the ratio that the shareholder’s Class B shares not acquired through distributions that are converting to Class A bears to the shareholder’s total Class B shares not acquired through distributions.

 

B.            Conversion of Class C shares

 

If a shareholder’s Class C shares of a Fund remain outstanding for a specified period of time, they will automatically convert to Class A shares of that Fund at the relative net asset values of each of the classes, and will thereafter be subject to the lower fee under the Class A Rule 12b-1 Plan (the Class C shares will convert into Class A shares and Class 529C shares will convert to Class 529A shares). Shares purchased through the reinvestment of distributions paid in respect of Class C shares will be treated as Class C shares for purposes of the payment of the distribution and service fees under the Rule 12b-1 Plan applicable to Class C shares. However, for purposes of conversion to Class A shares, all shares in a shareholder’s account that were purchased through the reinvestment of distributions paid in respect of Class C shares (and which have not converted to Class A shares as provided above) will be held in a separate sub-account. Each time any Class C shares in the shareholder’s account (other than those in the sub-account) convert to Class A, a portion of the Class C shares then in the sub-account will also convert to Class A. The portion will be determined by the ratio that the shareholder’s Class C shares not acquired through distributions that are converting to Class A bears to the shareholder’s total Class C shares not acquired through distributions.

 

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C.Conversion of Other Classes

  

Any other class of shares may provide that shares in that class (the “Purchase Class”) will, after a period of time, automatically convert into another class of shares (the “Target Class”) in accordance with the provisions of Rule 18f-3. Such a conversion feature would be described in the relevant Fund’s prospectus.

 

2.Voluntary Conversions

 

A.Class A Conversions

 

Class A shares of a Fund may be converted into Class I shares of that Fund (if available) at the election of the shareholder, provided that following the conversion the shareholder meets applicable eligibility requirements for Class I shares (as described in the Fund’s prospectus). Any such conversion will occur at the respective net asset values of the two share classes, without the imposition of any sales load, fee or other charge. Class 529A shares may not be converted.

 

B.Class C Conversions

 

Class C shares of a Fund may be converted into Class I shares of that Fund (if available) at the election of the shareholder, provided that at the time of the conversion the Class C shares to be converted are no longer subject to a CDSC and following the conversion the shareholder meets applicable eligibility requirements for Class I shares (as described in the Fund’s prospectus). Any such conversion will occur at the respective net asset values of the two share classes, without the imposition of any sales load, fee or other charge.

 

Class C shares and Class 529C shares of a Fund may also be converted into Class A shares or Class 529A shares, respectively, of that Fund (if available) at the election of the shareholder, subject to the conditions described in the Fund’s prospectus, and provided that following the conversion the shareholder meets applicable eligibility requirements for Class A or Class 529A shares, if any (as described in the Fund’s prospectus). Any such conversion will occur at the respective net asset values of the two share classes, without the imposition of any sales load, fee or other charge.

 

Class C shares of a Fund may also be converted into Class T shares of that Fund (if available) at the election of the shareholder, subject to the conditions described in the Fund’s prospectus, and provided that following the conversion the shareholder meets applicable eligibility requirements for Class T shares, if any (as described in the Fund’s prospectus). Any such conversion will occur at the respective net asset values of the two share classes, without the imposition of any sales load, fee or other charge.

 

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Shares purchased through the reinvestment of distributions paid in respect of Class C shares are not subject to a CDSC. Class 529C shares may only be converted to Class 529A shares.

 

C.Class I Conversions

 

Class I shares of a Fund may be converted into Class A or Class R6 shares of the Fund at the election of the shareholder, provided that, for conversions to Class R6, following the conversion the shareholder meets applicable eligibility requirements for the other share class (as described in the Fund’s prospectus). Any such conversion will occur at the respective net asset values of the two share classes, without the imposition of any sales load, fee or other charge. Class I shares may not be converted into Class 529A shares.

 

3.Conversions Authorized by MFD for Class A, Class B, and Class C shares held directly on MFSC’s books and for which No Financial Intermediary Is Specified

 

MFD is authorized to convert Class A, Class B, and Class C shares of a Fund that are held directly on MFSC’s books and for which no financial intermediary is specified into Class I shares of that Fund. Such conversion shall be effected at the respective net asset values of the two share classes, without the imposition of any sales load, fee or other charge. Class 529A, Class 529B and Class 529C shares may not be converted.

 

4.Other Conversion of Shares

 

The Trustees from time to time may establish conversion privileges to convert any class of shares into any other class of shares of the same Fund. Any such conversion will convert into another class of shares on the basis of the relative net asset values of the two classes, without the imposition of any sales load, fee or other charge, and in a manner that is consistent with the provisions of Rule 18f-3, as amended from time to time.

 

5.General

 

Any conversion of shares of one class to shares of another class would be subject to the continuing availability of a ruling of the Internal Revenue Service or an opinion of legal counsel to the effect that the conversion of these shares does not constitute a taxable event under federal tax law. Any such conversion may be suspended if such a ruling or opinion is no longer available. In the event such conversion does not occur, these shares would continue to be subject for an indefinite period to the higher distribution fees and, in some cases, higher shareholder servicing fees of the class.

 

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F.              Exchange Features

 

Each class of shares may have different exchange features applicable to the shares of that class. Currently, Class A shares and Class A1 shares of a Fund may be exchanged, either all or in part, at net asset value for Class A shares of another Fund and for shares of the MFS U.S. Government Money Market Fund to the extent provided in the Fund’s prospectuses and statements of additional information. Class A shares of MFS U.S Government Cash Reserve Fund may be exchanged for Class A shares of another Fund at net asset value plus that Fund’s normal front-end load (except in certain situations described in MFS U.S. Government Cash Reserve Fund’s prospectus). Class B shares and Class B1 shares may be exchanged, either all or in part, at net asset value for Class B shares of another Fund. Class C shares may be exchanged, either all or in part, at net asset value for Class C shares of another Fund. The same exchange privilege rules apply to the Class 529 share classes (e.g., Class 529A shares of one Fund may be exchanged for Class 529A shares of another Fund). Class I shares may be exchanged, either all or in part, at net asset value for Class I shares of another Fund available for purchase by the shareholder and for shares of the MFS U.S. Government Money Market Fund to the extent provided in the Fund’s prospectuses and statements of additional information. Class R1, Class R2, Class R3, Class R4 and Class R6 shares may be exchanged, either all or in part, at net asset value for Class R1, Class R2, Class R3, Class R4 and Class R6 shares, respectively, of another Fund available for purchase by the shareholder. Class R6 shares may be exchanged, either all or in part, at net asset value for shares of the MFS Institutional International Equity Fund to the extent provided in the Fund’s prospectus and statement of additional information. Currently, Class T shares may not be exchanged for shares of another Fund. With respect to an exchange involving shares subject to a CDSC, the CDSC will be unaffected by the exchange and the holding period for purposes of calculating the CDSC will carry over to the acquired shares. Other exchange privileges and limitations may apply as described in the Funds’ prospectuses and statements of additional information. For example, certain classes of shares of a Fund may be exchanged for certain other classes of shares of the same Fund under the circumstances described in the Fund’s prospectus. Each exchange is subject to share availability and must involve shares having an aggregate minimum value as set forth in the Fund’s prospectus.

 

G.             Plan Duration

 

This Plan shall continue in effect indefinitely unless terminated or amended as provided herein.

 

H.             Termination and Amendment Procedure

 

This Plan may be terminated at any time with respect to a Fund by a vote of a majority of the Disinterested Trustees or by a vote of the holders of a “majority of the outstanding voting securities” of that Fund. No material amendment may be made to this Plan without the approval of a majority of the Trustees, including a majority of the

 

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Disinterested Trustees, after a finding that the Plan is in the best interests of: (i) each class of shares individually that is affected by the amendment; and (ii) each Fund as a whole that is affected by the amendment. This Plan may be amended without Trustee approval to make a change that is not material which includes, by way of example, to supply any omission, to cure, correct or supplement any ambiguous, defective or inconsistent provision hereof.

 

I.               Scope of Trust’s Obligations

 

A copy of the Declaration of Trust of each Trust is on file with the Secretary of State of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is acknowledged that the obligations of or arising out of this Plan are not binding upon any of the Trust’s trustees, officers, employees, agents or shareholders individually, but are binding solely upon the assets and property of the Trust in accordance with its proportionate interest hereunder. If this Plan is adopted by the Trust on behalf of one or more series of the Trust, it is further acknowledged that the assets and liabilities of each series of the Trust are separate and distinct and that the obligations of or arising out of this Plan are binding solely upon the assets or property of the series on whose behalf the Trust has adopted this Plan. If the Trust has adopted this Plan on behalf of more than one series of the Trust, it is also acknowledged that the obligations of each series hereunder shall be several and not joint, in accordance with its proportionate interest hereunder, and no series shall be responsible for the obligations of another series. It is further acknowledged that the obligations and liabilities attributable to a particular class are binding solely upon the assets of that class.

 

J.              Miscellaneous Provisions

 

As used in this Plan, the terms “interested person” and “majority of the outstanding voting securities” are used as defined in the 1940 Act, and in accordance with each Trust’s Declaration of Trust. This Plan shall be administered and construed in accordance with the laws of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the applicable provisions of the 1940 Act and the Rules and Regulations promulgated thereunder. If any provision of this Plan shall be held or made invalid by a court decision, statute, rule or otherwise, the remainder of the Plan shall not be affected thereby.

 

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EXHIBIT A

 

Dated: May 4, 2022

 

MFS® Series Trust I: 

MFS® Core Equity Fund 

MFS® Low Volatility Equity Fund 

MFS® Low Volatility Global Equity Fund 

MFS® New Discovery Fund 

MFS® Research International Fund 

MFS® Technology Fund 

MFS® U.S. Government Cash Reserve Fund 

MFS® Value Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust II: 

MFS® Growth Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust III: 

MFS® Global High Yield Fund 

MFS® High Income Fund 

MFS® Municipal High Income Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust IV: 

MFS® Blended Research Emerging Markets Equity Fund 

MFS® Blended Research International Equity Fund 

MFS® Global New Discovery Fund

MFS® Mid Cap Growth Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust V:

MFS® International New Discovery Fund

MFS® Research Fund

MFS® Total Return Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust VI:

MFS® Global Equity Fund

MFS® Global Total Return Fund

MFS® Utilities Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust VII:

MFS® Emerging Markets Equity Research Fund

MFS® Equity Income Fund

MFS® Intrinsic Value Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust VIII:

MFS® Global Growth Fund

MFS® Income Fund

 

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MFS® Series Trust IX:

MFS® Corporate Bond Fund

MFS® Inflation-Adjusted Bond Fund

MFS® Limited Maturity Fund

MFS® Municipal Limited Maturity Fund

MFS® Total Return Bond Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust X:

MFS® Aggressive Growth Allocation Fund

MFS® Blended Research Growth Equity Fund

MFS® Blended Research Mid Cap Equity Fund

MFS® Blended Research Small Cap Equity Fund

MFS® Blended Research Value Equity Fund

MFS® Conservative Allocation Fund

MFS® Emerging Markets Debt Fund

MFS® Emerging Markets Debt Local Currency Fund

MFS® Emerging Markets Equity Fund

MFS® Global Opportunistic Bond Fund

MFS® Growth Allocation Fund

MFS® International Diversification Fund

MFS® International Growth Fund

MFS® International Intrinsic Value Fund

MFS® International Large Cap Value Fund

MFS® Managed Wealth Fund

MFS® Moderate Allocation Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust XI:

MFS® Mid Cap Value Fund

MFS® Blended Research Core Equity Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust XII:

MFS® Core Bond Fund

MFS® Lifetime Income Fund

MFS® Lifetime 2020 Fund

MFS® Lifetime 2025 Fund

MFS® Lifetime 2030 Fund

MFS® Lifetime 2035 Fund

MFS® Lifetime 2040 Fund

MFS® Lifetime 2045 Fund

MFS® Lifetime 2050 Fund

MFS® Lifetime 2055 Fund

MFS® Lifetime 2060 Fund

MFS® Lifetime 2065 Fund

 

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MFS® Series Trust XIII:

MFS® Diversified Income Fund

MFS® Global Real Estate Fund

MFS® Government Securities Fund

MFS® New Discovery Value Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust XV:

MFS® Commodity Strategy Fund

MFS® Global Alternative Strategy Fund

 

MFS® Series Trust XVI:

MFS® Prudent Investor Fund

 

MFS® Municipal Series Trust:

MFS® Alabama Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® Arkansas Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® California Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® Georgia Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® Maryland Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® Massachusetts Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® Mississippi Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® Municipal Income Fund

MFS® Municipal Intermediate Fund

MFS® New York Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® North Carolina Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® Pennsylvania Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® South Carolina Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® Virginia Municipal Bond Fund

MFS® West Virginia Municipal Bond Fund

 

Massachusetts Investors Trust

 

Massachusetts Investors Growth Stock Fund

 

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EXHIBIT B

 

ALLOCATION METHODOLOGY

 

Allocation Methodology

 

Accrual and Allocation Methods – MFS Funds

 

Dividend
Frequency
  Expense
Allocation
Method
  Income
Allocation
Method
  Capital
Gain/Loss and
Unrealized
Appreciation
and
Depreciation
Allocation
Method
  Capital
Gain
Dividend
Entitlement
  Income
Dividend
Entitlement
Periodic  Relative Net Assets  Relative Net Assets  Relative Net Assets  Shares Outstanding  Shares Outstanding
Daily  Settled Shares Method  Settled Shares Method  Relative Net Assets  Shares Outstanding  Settled Shares

 

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