MINT announces normal course issuer bid

TORONTO, Dec. 24 /CNW/ - MINT Income Fund announced today its intention to make a normal course issuer bid for its units through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX"). This normal course issuer bid will commence on December 30, 2009 and will terminate on December 29, 2010. In accordance with the Trust Agreement by which MINT is governed, market purchases pursuant to its normal course issuer bid may only be effected if unitholders are offering their units for sale at less than net asset value per unit.

The Fund had 11,262,686 units issued and outstanding as at December 17, 2009. MINT may, during the 12 month period commencing December 30, 2009 purchase on the TSX up to 1,121,666 units, being 10% of the public float of 11,216,665 units and may not, in any 30 day period, purchase more than 225,253 units, being 2% of the units issued and outstanding. MINT will hold in treasury for resale all units purchased pursuant to the bid. As at December 17, 2009 MINT had purchased 182,900 units at an average price of $7.32 per unit under its previously approved normal course issuer bid.

MINT has traded at prices which are less than the net asset value per unit. As a result, depending on future stock price movements and other factors, MINT believes that its units may represent an attractive investment for the Fund and a desirable use of its available funds. Any normal course purchases made by MINT will also afford an increased degree of liquidity to those unitholders of MINT who wish to dispose of their units.

MINT trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MID.UN".

SOURCE MINT Income Fund

For further information: For further information: visit our website at www.middlefield.com or contact the undersigned: Nancy Tham, Senior Vice President, (416) 847-5349


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