Form DEF 14A Voya PRIME RATE TRUST For: Jul 07

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Voya Prime Rate Trust

7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100

Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034

(800) 992-0180

 

May 18, 2016

 

Dear Shareholder:

 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees (the “Board”), we are pleased to invite you to the annual meeting of shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Voya Prime Rate Trust (the “Fund”). The Annual Meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Local time, on July 7, 2016, at 7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034.

 

At the Annual Meeting, shareholders of the Fund will be asked to elect 12 nominees to the Board of Trustees of the Fund (the “Proposal”).

 

Formal notice of the Annual Meeting appears on the next page followed by the proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”). The Proposal is discussed in detail in the enclosed Proxy Statement, which you should read carefully.

 

After careful consideration, the Board recommends that you vote “FOR” the Proposal.

 

Your vote is important regardless of the number of shares you own. To avoid the added cost of follow-up solicitations and possible adjournments, please take a few minutes to read the Proxy Statement and cast your vote. It is important that your vote be received no later than July 6, 2016.

 

We appreciate your participation and prompt response in this matter and thank you for your continued support.

 

  Sincerely,
 
  Shaun P. Mathews
  President and Chief Executive Officer

 

   
   

 

NOTICE OF Annual MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

 

OF

 

Voya Prime Rate Trust

7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100

Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034

(800) 992-0180

 

Scheduled for July 7, 2016

 

To the Shareholders:

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an annual meeting of the shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Voya Prime Rate Trust (the “Fund”) is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Local time on July 7, 2016 at 7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034.

 

At the Annual Meeting, shareholders will be asked:

 

1.To elect 12 nominees to the Board of Trustees of the Fund (the “Proposal”);

 

2.To transact such other business, not currently contemplated, that may properly come before the Annual Meeting, or any adjournments or postponements thereof, in the discretion of the proxies or their substitutes.

 

Please read the enclosed proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”) carefully for information concerning the Proposal to be placed before the Annual Meeting.

 

The Board of Trustees recommends that you vote “FOR” the Proposal.

 

Shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 8, 2016, are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting, and are also entitled to vote at any adjournments or postponements thereof. Your attention is called to the accompanying Proxy Statement. Regardless of whether you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, please complete, sign, and return promptly, but in no event later than July 6, 2016, the enclosed Proxy Ballot so that a quorum will be present and a maximum number of shares may be voted. Proxies may be revoked at any time before they are exercised by submitting a revised Proxy Ballot, by giving written notice of revocation to the Fund or by voting in person at the Annual Meeting.

 

  By Order of the Board of Trustees
 
  Huey P. Falgout, Jr.
  Secretary

May 18, 2016

 

   
   

 

PROXY STATEMENT

May 18, 2016

 

Voya Prime Rate Trust

7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100

Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034

(800) 992-0180

 

 

 

Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Scheduled for July 7, 2016

 

 

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials

for the Shareholder Meeting to be Held on July 7, 2016

This Proxy Statement and Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders are available at: www.proxyvote.com/voya

 

   
   

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Introduction 1
Why did you send me this booklet? 1
What proposals will be considered at the Annual Meeting? 1
Who is eligible to vote? 1
How do I vote? 1
When and where will the Annual Meeting be held? 1
How can I obtain more information about the Fund? 2
Who is the adviser to the Fund? 2
Who is the sub-adviser to the Fund? 2
Who is the distributor for the Fund? 3
Proposal One – Election of the Nominees 4
What is Proposal One? 4
Who are the Nominees and what are their qualifications? 4
How long will the Trustees serve on the Board? 8
What is the required vote? 8
What is the Board’s recommendation? 9
Further Information about the Trustees and Officers 10
How is the Board structured? 10
What are the Trustees paid for their services? 15
Do the Trustees own shares of the Fund or certain affiliates? 16
How often does the Board meet? 17
Who are the officers of the Fund? 18
What are the officers paid for their services? 18
General Information about the Proxy Statement 19
Who is asking for my vote? 19
How is my proxy being solicited? 19
What happens to my proxy once I submit it? 19
Can I revoke my proxy after I submit it? 19
How will my shares be voted? 19
How many shares are outstanding? 20
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance 20
Shareholder Communications with the Board of Trustees 21
What is the deadline to submit a proposal for the 2017 Annual Meeting? 21
Who are the Fund’s independent public accountants? 21
Why did my household only receive one copy of this Proxy Statement? 22
Who pays for this proxy solicitation? 23
Appendix A: Nominees 24
Appendix B: Trustee Compensation Table 28
Appendix C: Shares Owned by Trustees 29
Appendix D: Officers 30
Appendix E: 5% Beneficial Ownership 34
Appendix F: Fees Paid to the Independent Registered Public Accountants 35

 

   
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Introduction

 

Why did you send me this booklet?

 

This booklet includes a proxy statement (“Proxy Statement”) and a Proxy Ballot for Voya Prime Rate Trust (the “Fund”). It provides you with information you should review before providing voting instructions on the matters listed in the Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The words “you” and “shareholder” are used in this Proxy Statement to refer to the person or entity that has voting rights or is being asked to provide voting instructions in connection with the shares.

 

What proposal will be considered at the Annual Meeting?

 

At the annual meeting of shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”), shareholders are being asked to approve the election of 12 nominees to the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) for the Fund (the “Proposal”).

 

Who is eligible to vote?

 

Shareholders holding an investment in shares of the Fund as of the close of business on April 8, 2016 (the “Record Date”) are eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof.

 

How do I vote?

 

You may submit your Proxy Ballot in one of four ways:

 

·By Internet. The web address and instructions for voting can be found on the enclosed Proxy Ballot. You will be required to provide your control number located on the Proxy Ballot.

 

·By Telephone. The toll-free number for telephone voting can be found on the enclosed Proxy Ballot. You will be required to provide your control number located on the Proxy Ballot.

 

·By Mail. Mark the enclosed Proxy Ballot, sign and date it, and return it in the postage-paid envelope we provided. Joint owners must each sign the Proxy Ballot.

 

·In Person at the Annual Meeting. You can vote your shares in person at the Annual Meeting. If you expect to attend the Annual Meeting in person, please call Shareholder Services toll-free at (800) 992-0180.

 

To be certain your vote will be counted, a properly executed Proxy Ballot must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Local time, on July 6, 2016.

 

When and where will the Annual Meeting be held?

 

The Annual Meeting is scheduled to be held at 7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034, on July 7, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., Local time, and, if the Annual Meeting is adjourned or postponed, any adjournments or postponements of the Annual Meeting will also be held at

 

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the above location. If you expect to attend the Annual Meeting in person, please call Shareholder Services toll-free at (800) 992-0180.

 

How can I obtain more information about the Fund?

 

Should you have any questions about the Fund, please contact Shareholder Services toll free at (800) 992-0180. This Proxy Statement should be read in conjunction with the Annual and Semi-Annual Reports. Copies of the Fund’s Annual Report for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016 and the Semi-Annual Report for the period ended August 31, 2015 were previously mailed to shareholders and are available upon request without charge on the Internet at http://www.voyainvestments.com/literature or by contacting the Fund at:

 

Voya Prime Rate Trust

7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100

Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034

(800) 992-0180

 

Who is the adviser to the Fund?

 

Voya Investments, LLC (“Voya Investments” or the “Adviser”), an Arizona limited liability company, serves as the investment adviser to the Fund. Voya Investments has overall responsibility for the management of the Fund. Voya Investments oversees all investment advisory and portfolio management services for the Fund and assists in managing and supervising all aspects of the general day-to-day business activities and operations of the Fund, including custodial, transfer agency, dividend disbursing, accounting, auditing, compliance, and related services. Voya Investments is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as an investment adviser.

 

The Adviser is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Voya Financial, Inc. Voya Financial, Inc. is a U.S.-based financial institution whose subsidiaries operate in the retirement, investment, and insurance industries.

 

Voya Investments' principal office is located at 7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034. As of December 31, 2015, Voya Investments managed approximately $50.4 billion in assets.

 

Who is the sub-adviser to the Fund?

 

Voya Investment Management Co. LLC (“Voya IM”) serves as the sub-adviser to the Fund. Voya IM, a Delaware limited liability company, was founded in 1972 and is registered with the SEC as an investment adviser. Voya IM is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Voya Financial, Inc. and is an affiliate of the Adviser. Voya IM has acted as adviser or sub-adviser to mutual funds since 1994 and has managed institutional accounts since 1972. Voya IM's principal office is located at 230 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10169. As of December 31, 2015, Voya IM managed approximately $81.7 billion in assets.

 

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Who is the distributor for the Fund?

 

Voya Investments Distributor, LLC (the “Distributor”) serves as the distributor for the Fund. The Distributor is a Delaware limited liability company with its principal offices at 7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034. The Distributor is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Voya Financial, Inc. and is an affiliate of the Adviser and Voya IM.

 

The Distributor is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). To obtain information about FINRA member firms and their associated persons, you may contact FINRA at www.finra.org or the Public Disclosure Hotline at 800-289-9999.

 

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Proposal One – Election of the Nominees

 

What is Proposal One?

 

The Board has nominated 12 individuals (the “Nominees”) for election as Trustees of the Fund. Shareholders are being asked to elect the Nominees as Trustees, each to serve until his or her death, resignation, or retirement or until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified.

 

The Nominees include each of the current Trustees of the Board, 11 of whom are not “interested persons” of the Fund, as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). Such persons are commonly referred to as “Independent Trustees.” The remaining Nominee is considered an interested person. Each Nominee has consented to serve as a Trustee and to being named in this Proxy Statement.

 

Please read the section entitled “Further Information about the Trustees and Officers” before voting on the Proposal.

 

Who are the Nominees and what are their qualifications?

 

Set forth below is pertinent information about each Nominee.

 

Independent Nominees

 

Colleen D. Baldwin has been a Trustee of the Fund and a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds since 2007. She also has served as the Chairperson of the Board’s Domestic Equity Funds Investment Review Committee (“DE IRC”) since January 23, 2014 and, prior to that, as the Chairperson of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee since 2009. Ms. Baldwin is currently an Independent Board Director of DSM/Dentaquest and is currently the Chairperson of its Audit Committee and a member of its Finance/Investment Review Committee. Ms. Baldwin has been President of Glantuam Partners, LLC, a business consulting firm, since 2009. Prior to that, she served in senior positions at the following financial services firms: Chief Operating Officer for Ivy Asset Management, Inc. (2002-2004), a hedge fund manager; Chief Operating Officer and Head of Global Business and Product Development for AIG Global Investment Group (1995-2002), a global investment management firm; Senior Vice President at Bankers Trust Company (1994-1995); and Senior Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Company (1987-1994). Ms. Baldwin began her career in 1981 at AT&T/Bell Labs as a systems analyst. Ms. Baldwin holds a B.S. from Fordham University and an M.B.A. from Pace University.

 

John V. Boyer has been a Trustee of the Fund and a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds since 2005. He also has served as the Chairperson of the Board since January 22, 2014 and, prior to that, as the Chairperson of the Board’s Investment Review Committee for the International/Balanced/Fixed-Income Funds (“I/B/F IRC”) since 2006. Prior to that, he served as the Chairperson of the Compliance Committee for other funds in the Voya family of funds. Since 2008, Mr. Boyer has been President and CEO of the Bechtler Arts Foundation for which, among his other duties,

 

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Mr. Boyer oversees all fiduciary aspects of the Foundation and assists in the oversight of the Foundation’s endowment fund. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (2006-2007) and as Executive Director of The Mark Twain House & Museum (1989-2006) where he was responsible for overseeing business operations, including endowment funds. He also served as a board member of certain predecessor mutual funds of the Voya family of funds (1997-2005). Mr. Boyer holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. from Princeton University.

 

Patricia W. Chadwick has been a Trustee of the Fund and a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds since 2006. She also has served as the Chairperson of the Board’s I/B/F IRC since January 23, 2014 and, prior to that, as the Chairperson of the Board’s DE IRC since 2007. Since 2000, Ms. Chadwick has been the Founder and President of Ravengate Partners LLC, a consulting firm that provides advice regarding financial markets and the global economy. She also is a director of The Royce Funds (since 2009), Wisconsin Energy Corp. (since 2006), and AMICA Mutual Insurance Company (since 1992). Previously, she served in senior roles at several major financial services firms where her duties included the management of corporate pension funds, endowments, and foundations, as well as management responsibilities for an asset management business. Ms. Chadwick holds a B.A. from Boston University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

 

Peter S. Drotch has been a Trustee of the Fund and a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds since 2007. He has also served as the Chairperson of the Board’s Audit Committee since January 1, 2015. Prior to his retirement in 2000, he was a partner at the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was the leader of the firm’s U.S. Investment Management practice group and a member of its global leadership team where he acquired extensive experience with respect to audits and other financial matters relating to registered investment companies. Since his retirement, he also has served on the boards of registered investment companies in other fund complexes (the State Street Research Funds and BlackRock Funds) from 2004 to 2006 and as a consultant with respect to investment company regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Drotch is also a Director of First Marblehead Corporation (student loans), Tufts Health Plan (health insurance), and the University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. Mr. Drotch holds a B.S. from the University of Connecticut and is a retired Certified Public Accountant.

 

Martin J. Gavin has been a Trustee of the Fund since August 1, 2015. Mr. Gavin previously served as a Trustee of the Fund from May 21, 2013 until September 12, 2013, and as a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds from 2009 until 2010 and from 2011 until September 12, 2013. Mr. Gavin was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center from 2006 to 2015. Prior to his position at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Mr. Gavin worked in the

 

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insurance and investment industries for more than 27 years. Mr. Gavin served in several senior executive positions with The Phoenix Companies during a 16 year period, including as President of Phoenix Trust Operations, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Phoenix Duff & Phelps, a publicly-traded investment management company, and Senior Vice President of Investment Operations at Phoenix Home Life. Mr. Gavin holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

 

Russell H. Jones has been a Trustee of the Fund since May 21, 2013, and a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds since December 2007. He also has served as the Chairperson of the Board’s Compliance Committee since January 23, 2014. From 1973 until his retirement in 2008, Mr. Jones served in various positions at Kaman Corporation, an aerospace and industrial distribution manufacturer, including Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer, Principal Investor Relations Officer, Principal Public Relations Officer and Corporate Parent Treasurer. Mr. Jones served as an Independent Director and Chair of the Contracts Committee for CIGNA Mutual Funds from 1995 until 2005. Mr. Jones also served as President of the Hartford Area Business Economists from 1986 until 1987. Mr. Jones holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. from the Hartford Seminary.

 

Patrick W. Kenny has been a Trustee of the Fund and a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds since 2005. He also has served as the Chairperson of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee since January 23, 2014 and, prior to that, as the Chairperson of the Board’s Compliance Committee since 2006. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer (2001-2009) of the International Insurance Society (insurance trade association), Executive Vice President (1998-2001) of Frontier Insurance Group (property and casualty insurance company), Senior Vice President (1995-1998) of SS&C Technologies (software and technology company), Chief Financial Officer (1988-1994) of Aetna Life & Casualty Company (multi-line insurance company), and as Partner (until 1988) of KPMG LLP (accounting firm). Mr. Kenny currently serves (since 2004) on the board of directors of Assured Guaranty Ltd. (provider of financial guaranty insurance) and previously served on the boards of Odyssey Re Holdings Corporation (multi-line reinsurance company) (2006-2009) and of certain predecessor mutual funds of the Voya family of funds (2002-2005). Mr. Kenny holds a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from the University of Missouri and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Joseph E. Obermeyer has been a Trustee of the Fund since May 21, 2013, and a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds since 2003. He also has served as the Chairperson of the Board’s Joint Investment Review Committee (“Joint IRC”) since January 23, 2014. Mr. Obermeyer is the founder and President of Obermeyer & Associates, Inc., a provider of financial and economic consulting services since 1999. Prior to founding Obermeyer & Associates, Mr. Obermeyer had more than 15 years of experience in accounting, including serving as a Senior Manager at Arthur

 

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Andersen LLP from 1995 until 1999. Previously, Mr. Obermeyer served as a Senior Manager at Coopers & Lybrand LLP from 1993 until 1995, as a Manager at Price Waterhouse from 1988 until 1993, Second Vice President from 1985 until 1988 at Smith Barney, and as a consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1984 until 1985. Mr. Obermeyer holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati, an M.B.A. from Indiana University, and post graduate certificates from the University of Tilburg and INSEAD.

 

Sheryl K. Pressler has been a Trustee of the Fund and a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds since 2006. She also has served as the Chairperson of the Board’s Contracts Committee since 2007. Ms. Pressler has served as a consultant on financial matters since 2001. Previously, she held various senior positions involving financial services, including as Chief Executive Officer (2000-2001) of Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, Inc. (real estate investment management and mortgage servicing firm), Chief Investment Officer (1994-2000) of California Public Employees’ Retirement System (state pension fund), Director of Stillwater Mining Company (May 2002-May 2013), and Director of Retirement Funds Management (1981-1994) of McDonnell Douglas Corporation (aircraft manufacturer). Ms. Pressler holds a B.A. from Webster University and an M.B.A. from Washington University.

 

Christopher P. Sullivan has been a Trustee of the Fund since October 1, 2015. He retired from Fidelity Management & Research in October 2012, following three years as first the President of the Bond Group and then the Head of Institutional Fixed Income. Previously, Mr. Sullivan served as Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Fixed Income at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (2001-2009) and prior to that, Senior Vice President at PIMCO (1997-2001). He currently serves as a Director of Rimrock Funds (since 2013), a fixed income hedge fund. He is also a Senior Advisor to Asset Grade (since 2013), a private wealth management firm, and serves as a Trustee of the Overlook Foundation, a foundation that supports Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. In addition to his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, Mr. Sullivan holds an M.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

 

Roger B. Vincent has been a Trustee of the Fund and a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds since 1994. He also has served as the Chairperson of the Fund’s Board of Trustees from 2007-January 21, 2014 and, prior to that, as the Chairperson of the Board’s Contracts Committee and the DE IRC. Mr. Vincent retired as President of Springwell Corporation (a corporate finance firm) in 2011 where he had worked since 1989. He is a Director of UGI Corporation and UGI Utilities, Inc. (since 2006). He previously worked for 20 years at Bankers Trust Company where he was a Managing Director and a member of the bank’s senior executive partnership. He also previously served as a Director of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (1998-2006), Tatham Offshore, Inc. (1996-2000), and Petrolane, Inc. (1993-1995), and as a board member of certain predecessor funds of the Voya family of funds (1993-2002). Mr. Vincent is a member of the board of the Mutual

 

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Fund Directors Forum and a past Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Vincent holds a B.S. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

 

Interested Nominee

 

Shaun P. Mathews has been a Trustee of the Fund and a board member of other investment companies in the Voya family of funds since 2007. He also is President and Chief Executive Officer of Voya Investments, LLC since 2006. Mr. Mathews previously served as President of Voya Mutual Funds and Investment Products (2004-2006) and several other senior management positions in various aspects of the financial services business.

 

For additional information on the Nominees, please see Appendix A.

 

No Nominee is a party adverse to the Fund or any of its affiliates in any material pending legal proceeding, nor does any Nominee have an interest materially adverse to the Fund.

 

If any or all of the Nominees become unavailable due to events not now known or anticipated, the persons named as proxies will vote for such other nominee or nominees as the current Trustees may recommend or the Board may reduce the number of Trustees as provided for in the Fund’s charter documents.

 

How long will the Trustees serve on the Board?

 

If elected, each Nominee would serve as a Trustee until the next meeting of shareholders, if any, called for the purpose of electing Trustees and until a successor is duly elected and qualified, or if sooner, until their death, resignation, or retirement. The Independent Trustees have adopted a policy requiring each Independent Trustee to retire, without further action on the part of the Independent Trustee or the Board, at the close of business on December 31 of the calendar year in which such Independent Trustee attains the age of 75 (the “Retirement Date”); provided, however, by vote of a majority of the other Independent Trustees, the Retirement Date for an Independent Trustee may be extended to a later date if, as a result of such retirement, the Fund would be required to hold a meeting of shareholders to appoint a successor or otherwise comply under applicable law, in which case the Independent Trustee shall continue to be a member of the Board until the date of the shareholder meeting or until such time as the shareholder meeting is no longer required (as determined by vote of a majority of the other Independent Trustees). However, nothing in this retirement policy precludes an Independent Trustee from voluntarily retiring from the Board effective upon an earlier date than is specified in the retirement policy, and any such voluntary retirement will be deemed to be a retirement consistent with, and in accordance with, the retirement policy.

 

What is the required vote?

 

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a plurality of the votes cast at the Annual Meeting at which a quorum is present. Shareholders who vote for the Proposal will vote for each Nominee. Those shareholders who wish to withhold their vote on any specific nominee may do so on the Proxy Ballot. Shareholders do not have appraisal rights in connection with the Proposal.

 

What is the Board’s recommendation?

 

After consideration of the above factors and other information it considered relevant, the Board, including all of the Independent Trustees, unanimously approved the nomination of each of the Nominees. The Board is recommending that the shareholders vote “FOR” each of the Nominees.

 

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Further Information about the Trustees and Officers

 

How is the Board structured?

 

The Fund is governed by the Board, which oversees the Fund’s business and affairs. The Board delegates the day-to-day management of the Fund to the Fund’s Officers and to various service providers that have been contractually retained to provide such day-to-day services. The Voya entities that render services to the Fund do so pursuant to contracts that have been approved by the Board. The Trustees are experienced executives who, among other duties, oversee the Fund’s activities, review contractual arrangements with companies that provide services to the Fund, and review the Fund’s investment performance.

 

The Board Leadership Structure and Related Matters

 

The Board is comprised of twelve (12) members, eleven (11) of whom are Independent Trustees.

 

The Fund is one of 24 registered investment companies (with a total of approximately 151 separate series) in the Voya family of funds and all of the Trustees serve as members of, as applicable, each investment company’s Board of Directors or Board of Trustees. The Board employs substantially the same leadership structure with respect to each of these investment companies.

 

One of the Independent Trustees, currently John V. Boyer, serves as the Chairperson of the Board of the Fund. The responsibilities of the Chairperson of the Board include: coordinating with management in the preparation of agendas for Board meetings; presiding at Board meetings; between Board meetings, serving as a primary liaison with other Trustees, officers of the Fund, management personnel, and legal counsel to the Independent Trustees; and such other duties as the Board periodically may determine. Mr. Boyer does not hold a position with any firm that is a sponsor of the Fund. The designation of an individual as the Chairperson does not impose on such Independent Trustee any duties, obligations or liabilities greater than the duties, obligations or liabilities imposed on such person as a member of the Board, generally.

 

The Board performs many of its oversight and other activities through the committee structure described below in the “Board Committees” section. Each Committee operates pursuant to a written Charter approved by the Board. The Board currently conducts regular meetings eight (8) times a year. Six (6) of these regular meetings consist of sessions held over a three-day period, and two (2) of these meetings consist of a one-day session. In addition, during the course of a year, the Board and many of its Committees typically hold special meetings by telephone or in person to discuss specific matters that require action prior to the next regular meeting. The Independent Trustees have engaged independent legal counsel to assist them in performing their oversight responsibilities.

 

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The Board believes that its committee structure is an effective means of empowering the Trustees to perform their fiduciary and other duties. For example, the Board’s committee structure facilitates, as appropriate, the ability of individual Board members to receive detailed presentations on topics under their review and to develop increased familiarity with respect to such topics and with key personnel at relevant service providers. At least annually, with guidance from its Nominating and Governance Committee, the Board analyzes whether there are potential means to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Board’s operations.

 

Board Committees

 

Audit Committee. The Board has established an Audit Committee whose functions include, among other things, (i) meeting with the independent registered public accounting firm of the Fund to review the scope of the Fund’s audit, the Fund’s financial statements and accounting controls; (ii) meeting with management concerning these matters, internal audit activities and other matters; and (iii) overseeing the implementation of the Voya funds’ valuation procedures and the fair value determinations made with respect to securities held by the Voya funds for which market value quotations are not readily available. The Audit Committee currently consists of six (6) Independent Trustees. The following Trustees currently serve as members of the Audit Committee: Ms. Baldwin and Messrs. Drotch, Gavin, Kenny, Obermeyer, and Vincent. Mr. Drotch currently serves as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee. Ms. Baldwin and Messrs. Drotch, Kenny, Obermeyer, and Vincent have each been designated as Audit Committee Financial Experts under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The Audit Committee currently meets regularly five (5) times per year, and may hold special meetings by telephone or in person to discuss specific matters that may require action prior to the next regular meeting. The Audit Committee held six (6) meetings during the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016. The Audit Committee and Compliance Committee sometimes meet jointly to consider matters that are reviewed by both Committees. The Committees held one (1) such additional joint meetings during the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016.

 

Compliance Committee. The Board has established a Compliance Committee for the purpose of, among other things: (i) providing oversight with respect to compliance by the funds in the Voya family of funds and their service providers with applicable laws, regulations, and internal policies and procedures affecting the operations of the funds; (ii) serving as a committee, and in such capacity, to receive, retain, and act upon reports of evidence of possible material violations of applicable U.S. federal or state securities laws and breaches of fiduciary duty arising under U.S. federal or state laws; (iii) coordinating activities between the Board and the Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) of the Funds; (iv) facilitating information flow among Board members and the CCO between Board meetings; (v) working with the CCO and management to identify the types of reports to be submitted by the CCO to the Compliance Committee and the Board; (vi) making recommendations regarding the role, performance and oversight of the CCO; (vii) overseeing management’s

 

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administration of proxy voting; and (viii) overseeing the effectiveness of brokerage usage by the Fund’s advisers or sub-advisers, as applicable, and compliance with regulations regarding the allocation of brokerage for services.

 

The Compliance Committee currently consists of five (5) Independent Trustees: Mses. Chadwick and Pressler, and Messrs. Boyer, Jones, and Sullivan. Mr. Jones currently serves as the Chairperson of the Compliance Committee. The Compliance Committee currently meets regularly four (4) times per year, and may hold special meetings by telephone or in person to discuss specific matters that may require action prior to the next regular meeting. The Compliance Committee held five (5) meetings during the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016. The Audit Committee and Compliance Committee sometimes meet jointly to consider matters that are reviewed by both Committees. The Committees held one (1) such additional joint meetings during the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016.

 

Contracts Committee. The Board has established a Contracts Committee for the purpose of overseeing the annual renewal process relating to investment advisory and sub-advisory agreements and, at the discretion of the Board, other agreements or plans involving the Voya funds (including the Fund). The responsibilities of the Contracts Committee include, among other things: (i) identifying the scope and format of information to be provided by service providers in connection with applicable contract approvals or renewals; (ii) providing guidance to independent legal counsel regarding specific information requests to be made by such counsel on behalf of the Trustees; (iii) evaluating regulatory and other developments that might have an impact on applicable approval and renewal processes; (iv) reporting to the Trustees its recommendations and decisions regarding the foregoing matters; (v) assisting in the preparation of a written record of the factors considered by Trustees relating to the approval and renewal of advisory and sub-advisory agreements; (vi) recommending to the Board specific steps to be taken by it regarding the contracts approval and renewal process, including, for example, proposed schedules of meetings by the Trustees; and (vii) otherwise providing assistance in connection with Board decisions to renew, reject, or modify agreements or plans.

 

The Contracts Committee currently consists of all eleven (11) of the Independent Trustees of the Board. Ms. Pressler currently serves as the Chairperson of the Contracts Committee. It is expected that the Contracts Committee will meet regularly six (6) times per year and may hold special meetings by telephone or in person to discuss specific matters that may require action prior to the next regular meeting. The Contracts Committee held six (6) meetings during the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016.

 

Investment Review Committees. The Board has established, for all of the funds under its direction, the following three Investment Review Committees: (i) the Joint IRC; (ii) the DE IRC; and (iii) the I/B/F IRC. Each of the Investment Review Committees perform the following functions, among other things: (i) monitoring the investment performance of the funds in the Voya family of funds

 

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that are assigned to that Committee; and (ii) making recommendations to the Board with respect to investment management activities performed by the advisers and/or sub-advisers on behalf of such Voya funds, and reviewing and making recommendations regarding proposals by management to retain new or additional sub-advisers for these Voya funds. The Fund is monitored by the Joint IRC. Each committee is described below.

 

The Joint IRC currently consists of eleven (11) Independent Trustees and one (1) Trustee who is an “interested person” of the funds in the Voya family of funds, as defined in the 1940 Act (“Interested Trustee”). Mr. Obermeyer currently serves as the Chairperson of the Joint IRC. The Joint IRC currently meets regularly six (6) times per year. The Joint IRC held six (6) meetings during the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016.

 

The DE IRC currently consists of six (6) Independent Trustees. The following Trustees serve as members of the DE IRC: Ms. Baldwin, and Messrs. Drotch, Gavin, Jones, Obermeyer, and Vincent. Ms. Baldwin currently serves as the Chairperson of the DE IRC. The DE IRC currently meets regularly six (6) times per year. The DE IRC held six (6) meetings during the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016.

 

The I/B/F IRC currently consists of five (5) Independent Trustees and one (1) Interested Trustee. The following Trustees serve as members of the I/B/F IRC: Mses. Chadwick and Pressler, and Messrs. Boyer, Kenny, Mathews, and Sullivan. Ms. Chadwick currently serves as the Chairperson of the I/B/F IRC. The I/B/F IRC currently meets regularly six (6) times per year. The I/B/F IRC held six (6) meetings during the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016.

 

Nominating and Governance Committee. The Board has established a Nominating and Governance Committee for the purpose of, among other things: (i) identifying and recommending to the Board candidates it proposes for nomination to fill Independent Trustee vacancies on the Board; (ii) reviewing workload and capabilities of Independent Trustees and recommending changes to the size or composition of the Board, as necessary; (iii) monitoring regulatory developments and recommending modifications to the Committee’s responsibilities; (iv) considering and, if appropriate, recommending the creation of additional committees or changes to Trustee policies and procedures based on rule changes and “best practices” in corporate governance; (v) conducting an annual review of the membership and chairpersons of all Board committees and of practices relating to such membership and chairpersons; (vi) undertaking a periodic study of compensation paid to independent board members of investment companies and making recommendations for any compensation changes for the Independent Trustees; (vii) overseeing the Board’s annual self-evaluation process; (viii) developing (with assistance from management) an annual meeting calendar for the Board and its committees; and (ix) overseeing actions to facilitate attendance by Independent Trustees at relevant educational seminars and similar programs.

 

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of factors, but it has not at this time set any specific minimum qualifications that must be met. Specific qualifications of candidates for Board membership will be based on the needs of the Board at the time of nomination. The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider nominations received from shareholders and shall assess shareholder nominees in the same manner as it reviews nominees that it identifies as potential candidates. A shareholder nominee for Trustee should be submitted in writing to the Fund’s Secretary at 7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034. Any such shareholder nomination should include at least the following information as to each individual proposed for nomination as Trustee: such person’s written consent to be named in a proxy statement as a nominee (if nominated) and to serve as a Trustee (if elected), and all information relating to such individual that is required to be disclosed in the solicitation of proxies for election of Trustees, or is otherwise required, in each case under applicable federal securities laws, rules, and regulations, including such information as the Board may reasonably deem necessary to satisfy its oversight and due diligence duties.

 

The Secretary shall submit all nominations received in a timely manner to the Nominating and Governance Committee. To be timely in connection with a shareholder meeting to elect Trustees, any such submission must be delivered to the Fund’s Secretary not earlier than the 90th day prior to such meeting and not later than the close of business on the later of the 60th day prior to such meeting or the 10th day following the day on which public announcement of the date of the meeting is first made, by either the disclosure in a press release or in a document publicly filed by the Fund with the SEC.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee currently consists of six (6) Independent Trustees. The following Trustees serve as members of the Nominating and Governance Committee: Mses. Baldwin and Chadwick, and Messrs. Boyer, Drotch, Jones, and Kenny. Mr. Kenny currently serves as the Chairperson of the Nominating and Governance Committee. The Nominating and Governance Committee typically meets three (3) times per year and on an as-needed basis. The Nominating and Governance Committee held three (3) meetings during the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016.

 

The Board’s Risk Oversight Role

 

The day-to-day management of various risks relating to the administration and operation of the Fund is the responsibility of management and other service providers retained by the Board or by management, most of whom employ professional personnel who have risk management responsibilities. The Board oversees this risk management function consistent with and as part of its oversight duties. The Board performs this risk management oversight function directly and, with respect to various matters, through its committees. The following description provides an overview of many, but not all, aspects of the Board’s oversight of risk management for the Fund. In this connection, the Board has been advised that it is not practicable to identify all of the risks that may impact the Fund or to develop procedures or controls that are designed to

 

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eliminate all such risk exposures, and that applicable securities law regulations do not contemplate that all such risks be identified and addressed.

 

The Board, working with management personnel and other service providers, has endeavored to identify the primary risks that confront the Fund. In general, these risks include, among others: (i) investment risks; (ii) credit risks; (iii) liquidity risks; (iv) valuation risks; (v) operational risks; (vi) reputational risks; (vii) regulatory risks; (viii) risks related to potential legislative changes; (ix) the risk of conflicts of interest affecting Voya affiliates in managing the Fund, and (x) cybersecurity risks. The Board has adopted and periodically reviews various policies and procedures that are designed to address these and other risks confronting the Fund. In addition, many service providers to the Fund have adopted their own policies, procedures, and controls designed to address particular risks to the Fund. The Board and persons retained to render advice and service to the Board periodically review and/or monitor changes to, and developments relating to, the effectiveness of these policies and procedures.

 

The Board oversees risk management activities in part through receipt and review by the Board or its committees of regular and special reports, presentations and other information from Officers of the Fund, including the CCOs for the Fund and the Adviser and the Fund’s Chief Investment Risk Officer (“CIRO”), and from other service providers. For example, management personnel and the other persons make regular reports and presentations to: (i) the Compliance Committee regarding compliance with regulatory requirements; (ii) the Investment Review Committees regarding investment activities and strategies that may pose particular risks; (iii) the Audit Committee with respect to financial reporting controls and internal audit activities; (iv) the Nominating and Governance Committee regarding corporate governance and best practice developments; and (v) the Contracts Committee regarding regulatory and related developments that might impact the retention of service providers to the Fund. The CIRO oversees an Investment Risk Department (“IRD”) that provides an independent source of analysis and research for Board members in connection with their oversight of the investment process and performance of portfolio managers. Among its other duties, the IRD seeks to identify and, where practicable, measure the investment risks being taken by the Fund’s portfolio managers. Although the IRD works closely with management of the Fund in performing its duties, the CIRO is directly accountable to, and maintains an ongoing dialogue with, the Independent Trustees.

 

What are the Trustees paid for their services?

 

Each Trustee is reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in connection with each meeting of the Board or any of its Committee meetings attended. Each Independent Trustee is compensated for his or her services, on a quarterly basis, according to a fee schedule adopted by the Board. The Board may from time to time designate other meetings as subject to compensation.

 

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Chairperson of the Board, receives an additional annual retainer of $100,000; (iii) Mses. Baldwin, Chadwick, and Pressler and Messrs. Drotch, Jones, Kenny, and Obermeyer as the Chairpersons of Committees of the Board, each receive an additional annual retainer of $30,000, $30,000, $65,000, $25,000, $25,000, $25,000, and $30,000, respectively; (iv) $10,000 per attendance at any of the regularly scheduled meetings (four (4) quarterly meetings, two (2) auxiliary meetings, and two (2) annual contract review meetings); and (v) out-of-pocket expenses. The Board at its discretion may from time to time designate other special meetings as subject to an attendance fee in the amount of $5,000 for in-person meetings and $2,500 for special telephonic meetings.

 

The pro rata share paid by the Fund is based on the Fund’s average net assets as a percentage of the average net assets of all the funds managed by the adviser or its affiliates for which the Trustees serve in common as Trustees.

 

Certain future payment arrangements apply to certain Trustees. More particularly, each Independent Trustee, with the exception of Messrs. Jones and Obermeyer, who was a Trustee on or before May 9, 2007, and who will have served as an Independent Trustee for five or more years for one or more funds in the Voya family of funds is entitled to a future payment (“Future Payment”), if such Trustee: (i) retires in accordance with the Board’s retirement policy; (ii) dies; or (iii) becomes disabled. The Future Payment shall be made promptly to, as applicable, the Trustee or the Trustee’s estate, in an amount equal to two (2) times the annual compensation payable to such Trustee, as in effect at the time of his or her retirement, death or disability if the Trustee had served as Trustee for at least five years as of May 9, 2007, or in a lesser amount calculated based on the proportion of time served by such Trustee (as compared to five years) as of May 9, 2007. The annual compensation determination shall be based upon the annual Board membership retainer fee in effect at the time of that Trustee’s retirement, death or disability (but not any separate annual retainer fees for chairpersons of committees and of the Board), provided that the annual compensation used for this purpose shall not exceed the annual retainer fees as of May 9, 2007. This amount shall be paid by the Voya fund or Voya funds on whose Board the Trustee was serving at the time of his or her retirement, death, or disability. Each applicable Trustee may elect to receive payment of his or her benefit in a lump sum or in three substantially equal payments.

 

Appendix B details the compensation paid to the Trustees by the Fund and by all funds in the Voya family of funds.

 

Do the Trustees own shares of the Fund or certain affiliates?

 

In order to further align the interests of the Independent Trustees with shareholders, it is the policy of the Board for Independent Trustees to own, beneficially, shares of one or more funds in the Voya family of funds at all times (“Ownership Policy”). For this purpose, beneficial ownership of shares of a Voya fund include, in addition to direct ownership of Voya fund shares, ownership of a variable contract whose proceeds are invested in a Voya fund within the Voya

 

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family of funds, as well as deferred compensation payments under the Board’s deferred compensation arrangements pursuant to which the future value of such payments is based on the notional value of designated funds within the Voya family of funds. On May 22, 2014, the Board amended the Ownership Policy to increase the initial value of investments that a Trustee must own in the Voya family of funds to $230,000.

 

On January 22, 2015, the Board again amended the Ownership Policy (the “Amended Ownership Policy”) to require the initial value of investments in the Voya family of funds that are directly or indirectly owned by the Trustees to equal or exceed the annual retainer fee for Board services (excluding any annual retainers for service as chairpersons of the Board or its committees or as members of committees), as such retainer shall be adjusted from time to time.

 

The Amended Ownership Policy provides that existing Trustees shall have a reasonable amount of time from the date of any recent or future increase in the minimum ownership requirements in order to satisfy the minimum share ownership requirements. In addition, the Amended Ownership Policy provides that a new Trustee shall satisfy the minimum share ownership requirements within a reasonable time of becoming a Trustee. For purposes of the Amended Ownership Policy, a reasonable period of time will be deemed to be, as applicable, no more than three years after a Trustee has assumed that position with the Voya family of funds or no more than one year after an increase in the minimum share ownership requirement due to changes in annual Board retainer fees. A decline in value of any fund investments will not cause a Trustee to have to make any additional investments under this Policy.

 

Investment in mutual funds of the Voya family of funds by the Trustees pursuant to this Ownership Policy are subject to: (i) policies, applied by the mutual funds of the Voya family of funds to other similar investors, that are designed to prevent inappropriate market timing trading practices; and (ii) any provisions of the Code of Ethics for the Voya family of funds that otherwise apply to the Trustees.

 

As of April 8, 2016, none of the Independent Trustees or their immediate family members owned any shares of the adviser or principal underwriter or of any entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with the investment adviser or principal underwriter of the Fund (not including registered investment companies).

 

Appendix C provides the dollar value of all shares of the Fund and of all funds in the Voya family of funds held directly or indirectly by each Independent Trustee as of a recent date.

 

How often does the Board meet?

 

The Board currently conducts regular meetings eight (8) times a year. Six (6) of these regular meetings consist of sessions held over a three-day period, and two (2) of these meetings consist of a one-day session. In addition, during the course of a year, the Board and many of its Committees typically hold

 

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special meetings by telephone or in person to discuss specific matters that require action prior to the next regular meeting.

 

For fiscal year ended, February 29, 2016, no Trustee attended fewer than 75% of the total meetings held by the Board or any Committees of which he or she is a member.

 

Who are the officers of the Fund?

 

The Fund’s officers are elected by the Board and hold office until they resign, are removed, or are otherwise disqualified to serve. The officers of the Fund, together with such person’s position with the Fund and principal occupation for the last five years, are listed in Appendix D.

 

What are the officers paid for their services?

 

The Fund does not pay its officers for the services they provide to the Fund. Instead, the officers, who are also officers or employees of Voya Investments or its affiliates, are compensated by Voya Investments or its affiliates.

 

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General Information about the Proxy Statement

 

Who is asking for my vote?

 

The Board is soliciting your vote for the Annual Meeting of the Fund’s shareholders.

 

How is my proxy being solicited?

 

Solicitation of proxies is being made primarily by the mailing of the Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the Proxy Statement, and the Proxy Ballot on or about May 18, 2016. In addition to the solicitation of proxies by mail, employees of Voya Investments, and its affiliates, without additional compensation, may solicit proxies in person or by telephone, telegraph, facsimile, or oral communications.

 

If a shareholder wishes to participate in the Annual Meeting, the shareholder may submit the Proxy Ballot originally sent with the Proxy Statement, attend in person, or vote online by logging on to www.proxyvote.com/voya and following the online directions. Should shareholders require additional information regarding the proxy or require replacement of the proxy, they may contact Shareholder Services toll-free at (800) 992-0180.

 

What happens to my proxy once I submit it?

 

The Board has named Huey P. Falgout, Jr., Secretary, Theresa K. Kelety, Assistant Secretary, and Todd Modic, Assistant Secretary, or one or more substitutes designated by them, as proxies who are authorized to vote Fund shares as directed by shareholders.

 

Can I revoke my proxy after I submit it?

 

A shareholder may revoke the accompanying proxy at any time prior to its use by filing with the Fund a written revocation or a duly executed proxy bearing a later date. In addition, any shareholder who attends the Annual Meeting in person may vote by ballot at the Annual Meeting, thereby canceling any proxy previously given.

 

How will my shares be voted?

 

If you follow the voting instructions, your proxies will vote your shares as you have directed. If you submitted your Proxy Ballot but did not vote on the proposals, your proxies will vote on the proposals as recommended by the Board. If any other matter is properly presented, your proxies will vote in their discretion in accordance with their best judgment, including on any proposal to adjourn the meeting. At the time this Proxy Statement was printed, the Board knew of no matter that needed to be acted upon at the Annual Meeting other than the proposals discussed in this Proxy Statement.

 

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Quorum and Tabulation

 

Each shareholder of the Fund is entitled to one vote for each share held as to any matter on which such shareholder is entitled to vote and for each fractional share that is owned, the shareholder shall be entitled to a proportionate fractional vote. A majority of shares entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum.

 

Adjournments

 

If a quorum is not present at the Annual Meeting, if there are insufficient votes to approve the Proposal, or for any other reason deemed appropriate by your proxies, your proxies may propose one or more adjournments of the Annual Meeting to permit additional time for the solicitation of proxies, in accordance with the Fund’s organizational documents and applicable law. Solicitation of votes may continue to be made without any obligation to provide any additional notice of the adjournment. The persons named as proxies will vote in favor of such adjournments in their discretion.

 

Broker Non-Votes and Abstentions

 

If a shareholder abstains from voting as to any matter, or if a broker returns a “non-vote” proxy, indicating a lack of authority to vote on a matter, then the shares represented by such abstention or non-vote will be treated as shares that are present at the Annual Meeting for purposes of determining the existence of a quorum. However, abstentions and broker non-votes will be disregarded in determining the “votes cast” on a proposal.

 

How many shares are outstanding?

 

The Fund has 147,787,547.488 shares issued and outstanding as of the Record Date. Shares have no preemptive or subscription rights. To the knowledge of Voya Investments, as of the Record Date, no current Trustee owns 1% or more of the outstanding shares of the Fund, and the officers and Trustees own, as a group, less than 1% of the shares of the Fund.

 

Appendix E hereto lists the persons that, as of the Record Date owned beneficially or of record 5% or more of the outstanding shares of the Fund.

 

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 30(h) of the 1940 Act, as applied to the Fund, require the Fund’s officers, Trustees, investment adviser, affiliates of the investment adviser, and persons who beneficially own more than 10% of a registered class of the Fund’s outstanding securities (“Reporting Persons”), to file reports of ownership of the Fund’s securities and changes in such ownership with the SEC and the New York Stock Exchange. Such persons are required by the SEC regulations to furnish the Fund with copies of all such filings.

 

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during the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016, its Reporting Persons complied with all applicable filing requirements.

 

Shareholder Communications with the Board of Trustees

 

Shareholders may send other communications to the Board, a Committee thereof, or an individual Trustee. Such communications should be sent to the Fund’s Secretary at the address on the front of this Proxy Statement.

 

What is the deadline to submit a proposal for the 2017 Annual Meeting?

 

It is anticipated that the next annual meeting of the Fund will be held in July 2017, but the exact date, time, and location of such meeting have yet to be determined. Any proposals of shareholders that are intended to be presented at the Fund’s next annual meeting must be in writing and received at the Fund’s principal executive offices no later than January 18, 2017, in order for the proposal to be considered for inclusion in the Fund’s proxy statement for that meeting. The submission of a proposal does not guarantee its inclusion in the Fund’s proxy statement or presentation at the meeting.

 

In addition, pursuant to relevant SEC proxy rules, a company may use discretionary voting authority to vote on matters coming before an annual meeting of shareholders if the company does not have notice of the matter at least 45 days before the date corresponding to the date on which the company first mailed its proxy materials for the prior year’s annual meeting of stockholders or the date specified by an overriding advance notice provision in the company’s bylaws. As the Fund’s bylaws do not contain such an advance notice provision, for the Fund’s 2017 Annual Meeting of shareholders, shareholders must submit to the Fund written notice of a shareholder proposal on or before April 3, 2017.

 

Who are the Fund’s independent public accountants?

 

The Board has selected the accounting firm of KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) as the independent auditor of the Fund for the current fiscal year.

 

As part of its oversight of the Fund’s financial statements, in April 2016, the Audit Committee held a telephonic meeting to review and discuss with the Adviser and KPMG the Fund’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016. The Audit Committee discussed with KPMG the matters required to be discussed by Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees. The Audit Committee has also received and reviewed the written disclosures and the letter from KPMG pursuant to PCAOB Rule 3526 and discussed KPMG’s independence with KPMG.

 

Based on the reviews and discussion referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board that the audited financial statements be included in the Fund’s Annual Reports to shareholders.

 

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Submitted by the Audit Committee of the Board

 

Colleen D. Baldwin

Peter S. Drotch, Chairperson

Martin J. Gavin

Patrick W. Kenny

Joseph E. Obermeyer

Roger B. Vincent

 

The fees paid to KPMG for professional audit services during the Fund’s most recent fiscal years ended February 28, 2015 and February 29, 2016, amounts billed for other services rendered by KPMG to the Fund, and the aggregate non-audit fees billed by KPMG for services rendered to the Fund, the Adviser, and any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the Adviser that provides ongoing services to the Fund for the fiscal years ended February 28, 2015 and February 29, 2016 are described in Appendix F.

 

All of the services provided by the Fund’s independent public accountants were approved by the Audit Committee pursuant to pre-approval policies and procedures adopted by the Audit Committee. Pursuant to such policies and procedures, the Audit Committee approves: (i) all audit and non-audit services to be rendered to the Fund by KPMG; and (ii) all non-audit services impacting the operations and financial reporting of the Fund provided by KPMG to the Adviser or any affiliate thereof that provides ongoing services to the Fund (collectively, “Covered Services”). The Audit Committee has adopted pre-approval procedures authorizing one or more members of the Audit Committee to approve from time to time, on behalf of the Audit Committee, all Covered Services to be provided by KPMG which are not otherwise approved at a meeting of the Audit Committee, provided that such delegate reports to the full Audit Committee at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The pre-approval procedures do not include delegation of the Audit Committee’s responsibilities to management. Pre-approval has not been waived with respect to any of the services described above since the date on which the Audit Committee adopted its current pre-approval procedures.

 

The Audit Committee of the Board has considered and will periodically consider whether KPMG’s provision of non-audit services to the Adviser and all entities controlling, controlled by, or under common control with the Adviser that provide ongoing services to the Fund that were not required to be pre-approved is compatible with maintaining the independence of KPMG.

 

Representatives of KPMG are not expected to be at the Annual Meeting but have been given the opportunity to make a statement if they wish.

 

Why did my household only receive one copy of this Proxy Statement?

 

Only one copy of this Proxy Statement may be mailed to each household, even if more than one person in the household is the Fund shareholder of record, unless the Fund has received contrary instructions from one or more of the household’s shareholders. If a shareholder needs an additional copy of this Proxy Statement, please contact Shareholder Services at (800) 992-0180. If in

 

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the future, any shareholder does not wish to combine or wishes to recombine the mailing of a proxy statement with household members, please inform the Fund in writing at 7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85258-2034 or via telephone at (800) 992-0180.

 

Who pays for this proxy solicitation?

 

The Fund will pay the expenses incurred in connection with the Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Proxy Statement, and the Annual Meeting, including printing, mailing, vote tabulation, legal, and out of pocket expenses.

 

In order that the presence of a quorum at the Annual Meeting may be assured, prompt execution and return of the enclosed Proxy Ballot is requested. A self-addressed postage paid envelope is enclosed for your convenience. You also may vote via telephone or via the Internet. Please follow the voting instructions as outlined on your Proxy Ballot.

 

 
  Huey P. Falgout, Jr.
  Secretary

 

May 18, 2016

 

7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100

Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034

 

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Appendix A: Nominees

 

The following table sets forth information concerning the Nominees of the Fund. The address for each Nominee is 7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034.

 

Name and Age   Positions
Held with
the Fund
  Term of
Office and
Length of
Time
Served1
 

Principal Occupations During

the Past 5 Years

  Number of
Funds in Fund
Complex
Overseen by
Trustee2
  Other Board Positions Held by
Trustee
Independent Trustees        
Colleen D. Baldwin
Age: 55
  Trustee   10/2007-Present   President, Glantuam Partners, LLC, a business consulting firm (01/2009-Present).   151   DSM/Dentaquest, Boston MA (02/2014-Present).
                     
John V. Boyer
Age: 62
  Chairperson   01/2014-Present   President and Chief Executive Officer, Bechtler Arts Foundation, an arts and education foundation (01/2008-Present).   151   None.
Trustee   01/2005-Present
                     
Patricia W. Chadwick
Age: 67
  Trustee   01/2006-Present   Consultant and President, Ravengate Partners LLC, a consulting firm that provides advice regarding financial markets and the global economy (01/2000-Present).   151   Wisconsin Energy Corporation (06/2006-Present); The Royce Funds (35 funds) (12/2009-Present); and AMICA Mutual Insurance Company (1992-Present).

 

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Name and Age   Positions
Held with
the Fund
  Term of
Office and
Length of
Time
Served1
 

Principal Occupations During

the Past 5 Years

  Number of
Funds in Fund
Complex
Overseen by
Trustee2
  Other Board Positions Held by
Trustee
Peter S. Drotch
Age: 74
  Trustee   10/2007-Present   Retired.   151   First Marblehead Corporation (09/2003-Present).
                     
Martin J. Gavin
Age: 66
  Trustee   08/2015-Present   Retired. Formerly, President and Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (05/2006-11/2015)   151   None.
                     
Russell H. Jones
Age: 72
  Trustee   05/2013-Present   Retired.   151   None.
                     
Patrick W. Kenny
Age: 73
  Trustee   01/2005-Present   Retired.   151   Assured Guaranty Ltd. (04/2004-Present).
                     
Joseph E. Obermeyer
Age: 58
  Trustee   05/2013-Present   President, Obermeyer & Associates, Inc., a provider of financial and economic consulting services (11/1999-Present).   151   None.

 

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Name and Age   Positions
Held with
the Fund
  Term of
Office and
Length of
Time
Served1
 

Principal Occupations During

the Past 5 Years

  Number of
Funds in Fund
Complex
Overseen by
Trustee2
  Other Board Positions Held by
Trustee
Sheryl K. Pressler
Age: 65
  Trustee   01/2006-Present   Consultant (05/2001-Present).   151   None.
                     
Christopher P. Sullivan
Age: 62
  Trustee   10/2015-Present   Retired. Formerly, President, Bond Division, Fidelity Management and Research (06/2009-09/2012).   151   None.
                     
Roger B. Vincent
Age: 70
  Trustee   02/2002-Present   Retired. Formerly, President, Springwell Corporation, a corporate finance firm (03/1989-08/2011).   151   UGI Corporation (02/2006-Present) and UGI Utilities, Inc. (02/2006-Present).
                     
Trustee who is an “Interested Person”        
Shaun P. Mathews3
Age: 60
  Trustee   06/2006-Present   President and Chief Executive Officer, Voya Investments, LLC (12/2006-Present).   151   Voya Capital Corporation, LLC and Voya Investments Distributor, LLC, (12/2005-Present); Voya Funds Services, LLC, Voya Investments, LLC and Voya Investment Management, (03/2006-Present); and Voya Investment Trust Co. (04/2009-Present).

 

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1.Trustees serve until their successors are duly elected and qualified. The tenure of each Independent Trustee is subject to the Board’s retirement policy, which states that each duly elected or appointed Independent Trustee shall retire from and cease to be a member of the Board of Trustees at the close of business on December 31 of the calendar year in which the Independent Trustee attains the age of 75. A majority vote of the Board’s other Independent Trustees may extend the retirement date of an Independent Trustee if the retirement would trigger a requirement to hold a meeting of shareholders of the Fund

 

2.For the purposes of this table, “Fund Complex” means the Voya family of funds, including the following investment companies: Voya Asia Pacific High Dividend Equity Income Fund; Voya Balanced Portfolio, Inc.; Voya Emerging Markets High Dividend Equity Fund; Voya Equity Trust; Voya Funds Trust; Voya Global Advantage and Premium Opportunity Fund; Voya Global Equity Dividend and Premium Opportunity Fund; Voya Infrastructure, Industrials and Materials Fund; Voya Intermediate Bond Portfolio; Voya International High Dividend Equity Income Fund; Voya Investors Trust; Voya Money Market Portfolio; Voya Mutual Funds; Voya Natural Resources Equity Income Fund; Voya Partners, Inc.; Voya Prime Rate Trust; Voya Senior Income Fund; Voya Separate Portfolios Trust; Voya Series Fund, Inc.; Voya Strategic Allocation Portfolios, Inc.; Voya Variable Funds; Voya Variable Insurance Trust; Voya Variable Portfolios, Inc.; and Voya Variable Products Trust. The number of funds in the Fund Complex is as of February 29, 2016.

 

3.Mr. Mathews is deemed to be an Interested Trustee because of his current affiliation with any of the Voya funds, Voya Financial, Inc. and Voya Financial, Inc.’s affiliates.

 

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Appendix B: Trustee Compensation Table

 

The following tables have been provided to the Fund by the Adviser and its affiliates and sets forth information regarding the compensation paid to the Independent Trustees for the Fund’s fiscal year ended February 29, 2016 for service on the Board.

 

Name of Trustee  Aggregate
Compensation from
the Fund
(fiscal year ended
February 29, 2016)
   Total Compensation
from Fund and Complex
Paid to Trustees1
 
Colleen D. Baldwin  $2,904    367,500 
John V. Boyer  $3,456    437,500 
Patricia W. Chadwick  $2,904    367,500 
Albert E. DePrince, Jr.2  $2,719    337,500 
Peter S. Drotch  $2,865    362,500 
Martin J. Gavin3  $1,253    151,440 
Russell H. Jones  $2,865    362,500 
Patrick W. Kenny  $2,845    360,000 
Joseph E. Obermeyer  $2,904    367,500 
Sheryl K. Pressler  $3,180    402,500 
Christopher P. Sullivan4  $1,202    148,940 
Roger B. Vincent  $2,668    337,500 

 

1.During the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016, Mses. Baldwin and Pressler and Messrs. Boyer, Gavin, Jones, Kenny, and Obermeyer deferred $50,000, $60,000, $20,000, $75,720, $112,500, $90,000, and $36,750, respectively, of their compensation from the Voya family of funds.

 

2.Dr. DePrince retired as Trustee effective December 31, 2015.

 

3.Mr. Gavin was appointed as Trustee effective August 1, 2015.

 

4.Mr. Sullivan was appointed as Trustee effective October 1, 2015.

 

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Appendix C: Shares Owned by Trustees

 

The following table sets forth information regarding the dollar range of equity securities of the Fund and other funds in the Voya family of funds beneficially owned by each Trustee as of February 29, 2016.

 

Name of Trustee  Dollar Range
of Equity
Securities in
the Fund
   Aggregate Dollar Range of Equity
Securities in all Registered Investment
Companies Overseen by Trustee in
Family of Investment Companies
Independent Trustees        
Colleen D. Baldwin  $0   Over $100,0003
John V. Boyer  $0  

Over $100,000

Over $100,0003

Patricia W. Chadwick  $0   Over $100,000
Peter S. Drotch  $0   Over $100,000
Martin J. Gavin1  $0   Over $100,0003
Russell H. Jones  $0   Over $100,0003
Patrick W. Kenny  $0  

Over $100,000

Over $100,0003

Joseph E. Obermeyer  $0   Over $100,0003
Sheryl K. Pressler  $0   Over $100,0003
Christopher P. Sullivan2  $0   None
Roger B. Vincent  $0  

Over $100,000

Over $100,0003

Trustee who is an “Interested Person”        
Shaun P. Mathews  $0  

Over $100,000

Over $100,0003

 

1.Mr. Gavin was appointed as Trustee effective August 1, 2015.

 

2.Mr. Sullivan was appointed as Trustee effective October 1, 2015.

 

3.Includes the value of shares in which a Trustee has an indirect interest through a deferred compensation plan and/or a 401(k) Plan.

 

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Appendix D: Officers

 

Information for each Officer of the Fund is set forth in the table below:

 

Name and Age   Positions Held with the
Funds
  Term of Office and
Length of Time
Served1
  Principal Occupation During the Last Five Years
Shaun P. Mathews
Age: 60
  President and Chief Executive Officer   11/2006-Present   President and Chief Executive Officer, Voya Investments, LLC (11/2006-Present).
             
Michael J. Roland
Age: 57
  Executive Vice President   02/2002-Present   Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Voya Investments, LLC and Voya Funds Services, LLC (03/2012-Present). Formerly, Chief Compliance Officer, Directed Services LLC and Voya Investments, LLC (03/2011-12/2013); Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Voya Investments, LLC and Voya Funds Services, LLC (01/2007-04/2012) and Chief Compliance Officer, Voya Family of Funds (03/2011-02/2012).
             
Stanley D. Vyner
Age: 66
  Chief Investment Risk Officer

  09/2009-Present   Executive Vice President, Voya Investments, LLC (07/2000-Present) and Chief Investment Risk Officer, Voya Investments, LLC (01/2003-Present).
 

Executive Vice President

  08/2003-Present  
             
Kevin M. Gleason
Age: 49
  Chief Compliance Officer   02/2012-Present   Senior Vice President, Voya Investment Management and Chief Compliance Officer, Voya Family of Funds (02/2012- Present). Formerly, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, (06/2004-01/2012).

 

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Name and Age   Positions Held with the
Funds
  Term of Office and
Length of Time
Served1
  Principal Occupation During the Last Five Years
Todd Modic
Age: 48
 

Senior Vice President, Chief/Principal Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary

  03/2005-Present   Senior Vice President, Voya Investments, LLC and Voya Funds Services, LLC (04/2005-Present).
             
Daniel A. Norman
Age: 58
  Senior Vice President and Treasurer   04/1995-Present   Managing Director and Group Head, Voya Investment Management Co. LLC (01/2012-Present)
             

Kimberly A. Anderson
Age: 51

  Senior Vice President   11/2003-Present   Senior Vice President, Voya Investments, LLC (09/2003-Present).
             

Jeffrey A. Bakalar
Age: 56 

  Senior Vice President   11/1999-Present   Managing Director and Group Head, Voya Investment Management Co. LLC (01/2012-Present)
             
Julius A. Drelick III
Age: 49
  Senior Vice President   07/2012-Present   Senior Vice President – Fund Compliance, Voya Investments LLC (06/2012-Present) ; Chief Compliance Officer of Directed Services LLC and Voya Investments, LLC (01/2014-Present). Formerly, Vice President-Platform Product Management & Project Management, Voya Investments, LLC (04/2007-06/2012).
             
Elliot A. Rosen
Age: 63
  Senior Vice President   05/2002-Present   Senior Vice President, Voya Investment Management Co. LLC (02/1999-Present)
             
Robert Terris
Age: 45
  Senior Vice President   05/2006-Present   Senior Vice President, Head of Division Operations, Voya Investments, LLC (10/2015-Present) and Voya Funds Services, LLC (03/2006-Present).

 

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Name and Age   Positions Held with the
Funds
  Term of Office and
Length of Time
Served1
  Principal Occupation During the Last Five Years
Fred Bedoya
Age: 43
  Vice President and Treasurer   09/2012-Present   Vice President, Voya Investments, LLC (10/2015-Present) and Voya Funds Services, LLC (07/2012-Present). Formerly, Assistant Vice President-Director, Voya Funds Services, LLC (03/2003-03/2012).
             
Maria M. Anderson
Age: 57
  Vice President   09/2004-Present   Vice President, Voya Investments, LLC (10/2015-Present) and Voya Funds Services, LLC (09/2004-Present).
             
Lauren D. Bensinger
Age: 62
  Vice President   08/2003-Present   Vice President, Voya Funds Services, LLC (02/1996-Present) and Voya Investments, LLC (10/2004-Present); and Vice President and Money Laundering Reporting Officer, Voya Investments Distributor, LLC (04/2010-Present). Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer, Voya Financial, Inc. (01/2013-Present); Money Laundering Reporting Officer, Voya Investment Management Trust Co. (10/2012-Present).
             
Sara Donaldson
Age: 56
  Vice President   09/2014-Present   Vice President, Voya Investments, LLC (10/2015-Present). Formerly, Vice President, Voya Funds Services, LLC (04/2014-10/2015). Formerly, Director, Compliance, AXA Rosenberg Global Services, LLC (09/1997-03/2014).
             
Robyn L. Ichilov
Age: 48
  Vice President   11/1997-Present   Vice President, Voya Funds Services, LLC (11/1995-Present) and Voya Investments, LLC (08/1997-Present). Formerly, Treasurer, Voya Family of Funds (11/1999-02/2012).
             
Jason Kadavy
Age: 40
  Vice President   09/2012-Present   Vice President, Voya Investments, LLC (10/2015-Present) and Voya Funds Services, LLC (07/2007-Present).

  

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Name and Age   Positions Held with the
Funds
  Term of Office and
Length of Time
Served1
  Principal Occupation During the Last Five Years
Kimberly K. Springer
Age: 59
  Vice President   03/2006-Present   Vice President-Mutual Fund Product Development, Voya Investments, LLC (07/2012-Present); Vice President, Voya Family of Funds (03/2010-Present) and Vice President, Voya Funds Services, LLC (03/2006-Present). Formerly Managing Paralegal, Registration Statements (06/2003-07/2012).
             
Craig Wheeler
Age: 47
  Vice President   05/2013-Present   Vice President-Director of Tax, Voya Investments, LLC (10/2015-Present). Formerly, Vice President-Director of Tax, Voya Funds Services, LLC (03/2013-10/2015). Formerly, Assistant Vice President-Director of Tax, Voya Funds Services, LLC (03/2008-02/2013).
             
Huey P. Falgout, Jr.
Age: 52
  Secretary   08/2003-Present   Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Voya Investment Management-Mutual Fund Legal Department (03/2010-Present).
             
Paul A. Caldarelli
Age: 64
  Assistant Secretary   06/2010-Present   Vice President and Senior Counsel, Voya Investment Management-Mutual Fund Legal Department (03/2010-Present).
             
Theresa K. Kelety
Age: 53
  Assistant Secretary   08/2003-Present   Vice President and Senior Counsel, Voya Investment Management-Mutual Fund Legal Department (03/2010-Present).

 

1.The officers hold office until the next annual meeting of the Trustees and until their successors have been elected and qualified.

 

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Appendix E: 5% Beneficial Ownership

  

Name and Address of Shareholder1  Percentage of Fund 
Cede & Co
PO Box 20
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274
   95.83%

 

1.This entity is the shareholder of record and may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of the shares listed for certain purposes under the securities laws, although in certain instances it may not have an economic interest in these shares and would, therefore, ordinarily disclaim any beneficial ownership therein.

 

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Appendix F: Fees Paid to the Independent Registered Public Accountants

 

The following table shows fees paid to KPMG for professional audit services during the Fund’s most recent fiscal years ended February 29, 2016 and February 28, 2015, as well as fees billed for other services rendered by KPMG to the Fund.

 

Audit Fees1   Audit-Related Fees2   Tax Fees3   All Other Fees4 
2016   2015   2016   2015   2016   2015   2016   2015 
$70,500   $70,500   $7,575   $9,975   $7,491   $7,360   $0   $385 

 

1.Audit fees consist of fees billed for professional services rendered for the audit of the Fund’s year-end financial statements and services that are normally provided by KPMG in connection with statutory and regulatory filings.

 

2.Audit-related fees consist principally of fees billed for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of the Fund’s consolidated financial statements and are not reported under “Audit Fees.” These services include attest services that are not required by statute or regulations and consultations concerning financial accounting and reporting standards.

 

3.Tax fees consist of fees billed for professional services for tax compliance. These services include assistance regarding federal, state, and local tax compliance.

 

4.All other fees would include fees for products and services other than the services reported above, including those related to the review and issuance of consents on various SEC filings.

 

The following tables presents: (i) the aggregate non-audit fees (i.e., fees for audit-related, tax, and other services) billed to each Registrant by the independent registered public accounting firm for each Registrant's fiscal years ended February 29, 2016 and February 28, 2015; and (ii) the aggregate non-audit fees billed to the investment adviser, or any of its affiliates, by the independent registered public accounting firm for the same time periods.

 

Aggregate Non-Audit Fees
Registrant/Investment Adviser  2016   2015 
Voya Prime Rate Trust  $15,066   $17,720 
Voya Investments, LLC1  $178,050   $211,825 

 

1.Includes fees paid by the Adviser and any affiliates of the Adviser that are subsidiaries of Voya Financial, Inc.

 

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VOYA PRIME-PRX-0518

 

   

 

 

 

PROXY PROXY EVERY SHAREHOLDER’S VOTE IS IMPORTANT EASY VOTING OPTIONS: Please detach at perforation before mailing. VOYA PRIME RATE TRUST ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS TO BE HELD ON JULY 7, 2016 THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. The undersigned hereby appoints Huey P. Falgout, Jr., Theresa K. Kelety, or Todd Modic, in any capacity, with full power of substitution as proxy or proxies of the undersigned, to vote all shares of Voya Prime Rate Trust (the “Fund”) which the undersigned is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the Fund to be held July 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. (Local time), at 7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258-2034, and any adjournment(s) or postponement(s) thereof. The undersigned hereby acknowledges receipt of the Notice of the Annual Meeting and the accompanying Proxy Statement/Prospectus, the terms of each of which are incorporated by reference, and revokes any proxy heretofore given with respect to such Annual Meeting. If this Proxy is executed but no instructions are given, the votes entitled to be cast by the undersigned will be cast “FOR” the nominees for trustee (Proposal 1). VOTE VIA THE INTERNET: www.proxy-direct.com VOTE VIA THE TELEPHONE: 1-800-337-3503 PLEASE SIGN, DATE AND RETURN THE PROXY PROMPTLY USING THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE. Note: Please sign exactly as your name(s) appear(s) on this Proxy. Joint owners should each sign personally. When signing as attorney, executor, administrator, trustee, officer of corporation or other entity or in another representative capacity, please give the full title under the signature. Signature and Title, if applicable Signature (if held jointly) Date PRT_27724_042516 VOTE ON THE INTERNET Log on to: www.proxy-direct.com or scan the QR code Follow the on-screen instructions available 24 hours VOTE BY PHONE Call 1-800-337-3503 Follow the recorded instructions available 24 hours VOTE BY MAIL Vote, sign and date this Proxy Card and return in the postage-paid envelope VOTE IN PERSON Attend Shareholder Meeting 7337 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 100 Scottsdale, Arizona on July 7, 2016

 

   
   

  

 

FOR WITHHOLD FOR ALL ALL ALL EXCEPT EVERY SHAREHOLDER’S VOTE IS IMPORTANT Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Shareholders Meeting to Be Held on July 7, 2016. The Proxy Statement/Prospectus and Notice of Annual Meeting are available at: www.proxyvote.com/voya IF YOU VOTE ON THE INTERNET OR BY TELEPHONE, YOU NEED NOT RETURN THIS PROXY CARD Please detach at perforation before mailing. In their discretion, the proxy holders are authorized to vote upon the matters set forth in the Notice of Meeting and Proxy Statement dated May 18, 2016 and upon all other such matters as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” THE PROPOSAL. TO VOTE, MARK BLOCKS BELOW IN BLUE OR BLACK INK. Example: 1. To elect 12 nominees to the Board of Trustees of the Fund. 01. Colleen D. Baldwin 02. John V. Boyer 03. Patricia W. Chadwick 04. Peter S. Drotch 05. Martin J. Gavin 06. Russell H. Jones 07. Patrick W. Kenny 08. Joseph E. Obermeyer 09. Sheryl K. Pressler 10. Christopher P. Sullivan 11. Roger B. Vincent 12. Shaun P. Mathews INSTRUCTIONS: To withhold authority to vote for any individual nominee(s), mark the box “FOR ALL EXCEPT” and write the nominee’s number on the line provided below. 2. To transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting. PLEASE SIGN AND DATE ON THE REVERSE SIDE PRT_27724_042516

 

   

   

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