As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 6, 2022
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549
FORM N-CSR
CERTIFIED SHAREHOLDER REPORT OF
REGISTERED MANAGEMENT INVESTMENT COMPANIES
Investment Company Act file number: 811-22396
NEUBERGER BERMAN HIGH YIELD STRATEGIES FUND INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
c/o Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10104-0002
(Address of principal executive offices – Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (212) 476-8800
Joseph V. Amato
Chief Executive Officer and President
Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.
c/o Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10104-0002
Lori L. Schneider, Esq.
K&L Gates LLP
1601 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006-1600
(Names and addresses of agents for service)
Date of fiscal year end: October 31
Date of reporting period: April 30, 2022
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Item 1.  Report to Stockholders.

(a)
Following is a copy of the semi-annual report transmitted to stockholders pursuant to Rule 30e-1 under the Act.




       

 

 

Neuberger Berman
High Yield Strategies
Fund Inc.


 




 

 

 

 
 
           
                                    

 

Semi-Annual Report

April 30, 2022


 



           
 
          
                            
           
            Contents
 
PRESIDENT’S LETTER 1
 
PORTFOLIO COMMENTARY 2
 
SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS 7
     Positions by Country 21
 
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 24
 
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 28
           
        FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS 38
 
Distribution Reinvestment Plan for the Fund 40
Directory 43
Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures 44
Quarterly Portfolio Schedule 44
Privacy Notice Located after the Fund’s Report
 
           
           
           

The “Neuberger Berman” name and logo and “Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC” name are registered service marks of Neuberger Berman Group LLC. The individual Fund name in this piece is either a service mark or registered service mark of Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC. ©2022 Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC. All rights reserved.




     
President’s Letter

Dear Stockholder,

I am pleased to present this semi-annual report for Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund Inc. (the Fund) for the six months ended April 30, 2022 (the reporting period). The report includes a portfolio commentary, a listing of the Fund’s investments and its unaudited financial statements for the reporting period.

The Fund seeks high total return (income plus capital appreciation). To pursue that objective, we have assembled a portfolio that consists primarily of high yield debt securities.

As previously announced on December 15, 2021, Co-Portfolio Managers Russ Covode and Dan Doyle plan to retire from the asset management business on or about June 30, 2022 and will cease their portfolio management responsibilities at that time. Current Co-Portfolio Managers Joseph Lind and Christopher Kocinski, with an average of 19 years of industry experience, will continue to manage the Fund with the support of Neuberger Berman’s broader Non-Investment Grade Credit team following the retirements of Russ Covode and Daniel Doyle.

As previously announced, the Fund commenced a transferable rights offering (Offer) on April 19, 2022 (Record Date), whereby the Fund issued one transferable right (Right) for each share of common stock of the Fund (Common Stock) held by stockholders of record as of the Record Date. Holders of Rights were entitled to purchase Common Stock by submitting three Rights and the subscription price per share for each share purchased. The final subscription price of $8.60 per share of Common Stock was equal to 87% of the Fund’s net asset value per share of Common Stock at the close of trading on the NYSE American on May 17, 2022, the expiration date of the Offer. The Offer resulted in the issuance of 4,763,981 shares of Common Stock and the gross proceeds of the Offer were approximately $40.9 million.

Subsequent to the reporting period end, on June 3, 2022, the Fund completed a private placement of $26,500,000 via a Floating Rate Senior Note (Note) with a major unaffiliated financial institution. The Note pays interest based on a floating rate and matures in September 2023. The issuance of the Note increased the amount of leverage employed by the Fund in order to bring it more in line with the Fund’s asset level following the Offer.

Thank you for your confidence in the Fund. We will continue to do our best to retain your trust in the years to come.

Sincerely,


Joseph V. Amato
President and CEO
Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.

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Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.
Portfolio Commentary (Unaudited)

Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund Inc. (the Fund) generated a -10.97% total return on a net asset value (NAV) basis for the six-month period ended April 30, 2022 (the reporting period), underperforming its benchmark, the ICE BofA U.S. High Yield Constrained Index (the Index), which provided a -7.21% total return for the same period. (Fund performance on a market price basis is provided in the table immediately following this commentary.) The use of leverage (typically a performance enhancer in up markets and a detractor during market retreats) detracted from the Fund’s performance during the reporting period.

The overall high yield market, as measured by the Index, generated weak results, but outperformed all other longer duration fixed income categories during the reporting period. U.S. Treasury yields moved sharply higher as inflation hit a four-decade high, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board (Fed) indicated it would aggressively raise interest rates, and the tragic war in Ukraine triggered numerous supply shortages and fueled spikes in commodity prices. Meanwhile, consumer spending was generally resilient and the impact from COVID-19 and its variants appeared to wane. Concurrently, U.S. credit spreads widened given the risk aversion and the tightening of financial conditions.

From a sector perspective, security selection within the real estate & homebuilders and super retail sectors and security selection within and an overweight to the media-cable sector versus the Index detracted the most from results. In contrast, security selection within the diversified financial services, gas distribution, and health care sectors were the top contributors to relative performance.

In terms of the Fund’s portfolio credit quality, an underweight to not rated, security selection within CCC and below, and security selection within B were the primary detractors from performance. Conversely, security selection within and an underweight to BB, and an overweight to B rated issuers contributed the most to performance.

The Fund’s use of swap contracts contributed positively to performance during the reporting period.

As it became increasingly clear that the Fed would have to become more aggressive with tightening monetary policy, thus creating more volatility, we selectively increased the Fund’s exposure to shorter duration and lower beta1 (risk) BB rated issuers, while reducing some CCC and below and B rated issuers that had performed well. As credit spreads widened over the reporting period, we subsequently looked to decrease the Fund’s exposure to higher beta issuers, particularly in the CCC and below credit tier. Based on individual credit decisions and looking to reduce duration, the Fund’s BBB and above rated exposure also decreased over the reporting period.

Looking ahead, we believe current valuations present an attractive opportunity. While the Russia-Ukraine conflict and tightening of financial conditions are creating incremental volatility, real U.S. GDP growth is estimated to be around historical trend rates for 2022 and input costs for many issuers are being passed on to end markets. We believe that if real growth slows back toward trend it will help alleviate some of the inflationary pressures. Our analysts continue focus on the outlook for issuer margins given rising input costs. Mitigating this are strong consumer and business balance sheets, growing wages, solid jobs growth and businesses working to clear supply bottlenecks. While there is near zero direct exposure to Russia and Ukraine in the high yield market, our global research team continues to monitor the investment thesis for each issuer in the portfolio given the secondary impacts from the Russia-Ukraine conflict related to commodity prices and trade disruptions. Even with the heightened uncertainty, which is resulting in short-term volatility, we believe our bottom-up, fundamental credit research focused on security selection while seeking to avoid credit deterioration and putting only our “best ideas” into portfolios, position us well to take advantage of the increased volatility.

Sincerely,

Russ Covode, Daniel Doyle, Joe Lind and Chris Kocinski
Portfolio Co-Managers

1 Beta is a measure of the systematic risk of a portfolio. It is the covariance of the portfolio and a market index divided by the variance of the market index. Beta measures the historical sensitivity of a portfolio’s returns to movements in the market index. The beta of the market index will always be one. A portfolio with a beta above the market index (i.e. >1) means that the portfolio has greater volatility than the market index. If the beta of the portfolio is 1.2, a market increase in return of 1% implies a 1.2% increase in the portfolio’s return. If the beta of the portfolio is 0.8, a market decrease in return of 1% implies a 0.8% decrease in the portfolio’s return.

The portfolio composition, industries and holdings of the Fund are subject to change without notice.

The opinions expressed are those of the Fund’s portfolio managers. The opinions are as of the date of this report and are subject to change without notice.

The value of securities owned by the Fund, as well as the market value of shares of the Fund’s common stock, may decline in response to certain events, including those directly involving the issuers whose securities are owned by the Fund; conditions affecting the general economy; overall market changes; local, regional, national or global political, social or economic instability; regulatory or legislative developments; price, currency and interest rate fluctuations, including those resulting from changes in central bank policies; and changes in investor sentiment.

The performance of certain rated bonds within the Index, as noted above, represent issues that are rated Baa3/BBB- and above, Ba1/BB+ through Ba3/BB-, B1/B+ through B3/B- and Caa1/CCC+ or lower, based on an average of Moody’s, S&P Global and Fitch ratings, as calculated by ICE BofA.

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High Yield Strategies Fund Inc. (Unaudited)

TICKER SYMBOL
High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.       NHS
 
PORTFOLIO BY MATURITY DISTRIBUTION
(as a % of Total Investments*)
Less than One Year 0.0 %
One to less than Five Years 26.4
Five to less than Ten Years 69.7
Ten Years or Greater 3.9
Total 100.0 %

* Does not include Short-Term Investments or the impact of the Fund’s open positions in derivatives, if any.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS1
Six Month Average Annual Total Return
Period Ended 04/30/2022
Inception Ended
  Date   04/30/2022   1 Year   5 Years   10 Years   Life of Fund 
At NAV2   
High Yield Strategies
Fund Inc. 07/28/2003 -10.97% -9.49% 3.57% 6.01% 8.30%
At Market Price3
High Yield Strategies
Fund Inc. 07/28/2003 -22.19% -16.76% 4.39% 4.82% 7.62%
Index
ICE BofA
U.S. High Yield
Constrained Index4 -7.21% -4.96% 3.54% 5.19% 6.87%

Listed closed-end funds, unlike open-end funds, are not continually offered. Generally, there is an initial public offering and, once issued, shares of common stock of closed-end funds are sold in the secondary market on a stock exchange.

The performance data quoted represent past performance and do not indicate future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For current performance data, please visit www.nb.com/cef-performance.

The results shown in the table reflect the reinvestment of income dividends and other distributions, if any. The results do not reflect the effect of taxes a stockholder would pay on Fund distributions or on the sale of shares of the Fund’s common stock.

The investment return and market price will fluctuate and shares of the Fund’s common stock may trade at prices above or below NAV. Shares of the Fund’s common stock, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Returns would have been lower if Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC (“NBIA”) had not waived certain expenses during certain of the periods shown. The waived fees are from prior years that are no longer disclosed in the Financial Highlights.


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Endnotes (Unaudited)

1 The performance information for periods prior to August 6, 2010 is that of a predecessor fund (Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund).
 
2 Returns based on the NAV of the Fund.
 
3 Returns based on the market price of shares of the Fund’s common stock on the NYSE American.
 
4 Please see “Description of Index” on page 5 for a description of the index.

For more complete information on Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund Inc., call Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC at (877) 461-1899, or visit our website at www.nb.com.

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Description of Index (Unaudited)

ICE BofA U.S. High Yield
Constrained Index:

The index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar-denominated, below investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market. In addition to meeting other criteria, qualifying securities must have a below investment grade rating (based on an average of Moody’s, S&P and Fitch ratings) and have risk exposure to countries that are members of the FX-G10, Western Europe or territories of the U.S. and Western Europe. Securities in legal default are excluded from the index. Index constituents are capitalization-weighted, provided the total allocation to an individual issuer does not exceed 2%.

Please note that the index does not take into account any fees and expenses or any tax consequences of investing in the individual securities that it tracks and that individuals cannot invest directly in any index. Data about the performance of this index are prepared or obtained by NBIA and include reinvestment of all income dividends and other distributions, if any. The Fund may invest in securities not included in the above described index and generally does not invest in all securities included in the index.

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Legend April 30, 2022 (Unaudited)

Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.

Benchmarks
LIBOR = London Interbank Offered Rate
CME Term SOFR = CME Group, Inc. Term Secured Overnight Financing Rate

Currency Abbreviations:
USD = United States Dollar

Other Abbreviations:
Management or NBIA = Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC

Clearinghouses:
CME = CME Group, Inc.

Index Periods/Payment Frequencies:
1M = 1 Month
3M = 3 Months
6M = 6 Months

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Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^ (Unaudited) April 30, 2022

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT       VALUE  
 
Loan Assignments(a)4.9%
 
Automotive 0.3%
$ 452,743       Tenneco, Inc., Term Loan B, (1M USD LIBOR + 3.00%), 3.76%, due 10/1/2025 $ 446,328
 
Containers & Glass Products 0.5%
544,975 BWAY Holding Company, Term Loan B, (1M USD LIBOR + 3.25%), 3.71%, due 4/3/2024 533,666
250,000 Trident TPI Holdings, Inc., Term Loan B1, (3M USD LIBOR + 3.25%), 4.26%, due 10/17/2024 248,333 (b)(c)
           781,999
 
Diversified Insurance 0.5%
656,617 Gainwell Acquisition Corp., Term Loan B, (3M USD LIBOR + 4.00%), 5.01%, due 10/1/2027 653,747
162,014 Hub International Limited, Term Loan B, (3M USD LIBOR + 3.25%), due 4/25/2025 161,045 (b)(c)
814,792
 
Drugs 0.3%
399,887 Bausch Health Companies Inc., Term Loan B, (1M USD LIBOR + 3.00%), due 6/2/2025 397,472 (b)(c)
 
Electronics - Electrical 0.5%
746,250 Redstone Holdco 2 LP, Term Loan, (3M USD LIBOR + 4.75%), 5.93%, due 4/27/2028 715,698
 
Financial Intermediaries 0.2%
370,000 Asurion LLC, Second Lien Term Loan B4, (1M USD LIBOR + 5.25%), 6.01%, due 1/20/2029 358,530
 
Health Care 1.3%
250,000 PetVet Care Centers, LLC, Term Loan B3, (1M USD LIBOR + 3.50%), due 2/14/2025 248,203 (b)(c)
250,000 RegionalCare Hospital Partners Holdings, Inc., Term Loan B, (1M USD LIBOR + 3.75%), due
11/16/2025 246,770 (b)(c)
1,603,231 Team Health Holdings, Inc., Term Loan B, (1M SOFR + 5.25%), 6.25%, due 3/2/2027 1,503,029
1,998,002
 
Leisure Goods - Activities - Movies 0.3%
255,000 Carnival Corporation, Term Loan B, (3M USD LIBOR + 3.00%), 3.75%, due 6/30/2025 250,583
250,000 Delta 2 (LUX) S.a.r.l., Term Loan, (1M USD LIBOR + 2.50%), due 2/1/2024 248,555 (b)(c)
499,138
 
Oil & Gas 0.5%
375,000 Ascent Resources - Utica, Second Lien Term Loan, (3M USD LIBOR + 9.00%), 10.02%, due
11/1/2025 399,533
395,000 Prairie ECI Acquiror LP, Term Loan B, (1M USD LIBOR + 4.75%), 5.51%, due 3/11/2026 386,440 (b)(c)
785,973
 
Retailers (except food & drug) 0.5%
790,405 Great Outdoors Group, LLC, Term Loan B1, (1M USD LIBOR + 3.75%), 4.51%, due 3/6/2028 781,513
Total Loan Assignments (Cost $7,705,267) 7,579,445

See Notes to Financial Statements 7



 
Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited) (cont’d)

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT VALUE
 
Corporate Bonds 150.1%
 
Advertising 0.7%      
$ 1,110,000       Cars.com, Inc., 6.38%, due 11/1/2028 $ 1,040,092 (d)
 
Aerospace & Defense 1.9%
TransDigm, Inc.
1,535,000        6.38%, due 6/15/2026 1,515,736
505,000        7.50%, due 3/15/2027 508,787
980,000        5.50%, due 11/15/2027 898,650
2,923,173
 
Air Transportation 2.7%
515,000 Air Canada, 3.88%, due 8/15/2026 476,208 (d)(e)
300,000 American Airlines Group, Inc., 3.75%, due 3/1/2025 267,750 (d)
American Airlines, Inc./AAdvantage Loyalty IP Ltd.
810,000        5.50%, due 4/20/2026 802,912 (d)
825,000        5.75%, due 4/20/2029 794,949 (d)
400,000 United Airlines, Inc., 4.38%, due 4/15/2026 386,200 (d)
VistaJet Malta Finance PLC/XO Management Holding, Inc.
720,000        7.88%, due 5/1/2027 677,304 (d)
935,000        6.38%, due 2/1/2030 815,956 (d)
4,221,279
 
Auto Loans 0.7%
Ford Motor Credit Co. LLC
635,000        4.06%, due 11/1/2024 621,133
390,000        4.13%, due 8/4/2025 374,400
995,533
 
Auto Parts & Equipment 1.6%
165,000 Dana, Inc., 4.50%, due 2/15/2032 136,125
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
985,000        9.50%, due 5/31/2025 1,032,881
455,000        5.00%, due 7/15/2029 405,723
285,000        5.63%, due 4/30/2033 245,476
167,000 Panther BF Aggregator 2 L.P./Panther Finance Co., Inc., 6.25%, due 5/15/2026 168,670 (d)
475,000 Tenneco, Inc., 7.88%, due 1/15/2029 479,888 (d)
2,468,763
 
Automakers 2.3%
Ford Motor Co.
600,000        9.63%, due 4/22/2030 733,500
760,000        4.75%, due 1/15/2043 611,800
1,860,000        7.40%, due 11/1/2046 2,001,751
225,000 Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC, 5.88%, due 1/15/2028 197,437 (d)
3,544,488

See Notes to Financial Statements

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Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited) (cont’d)

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT VALUE
 
Building & Construction 0.6%
$ 365,000       Global Infrastructure Solutions, Inc., 7.50%, due 4/15/2032       $ 340,019 (d)
Shea Homes L.P./Shea Homes Funding Corp.
300,000        4.75%, due 2/15/2028 268,500 (d)
280,000        4.75%, due 4/1/2029 242,339 (d)
850,858
 
Building Materials 3.1%
975,000 Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc., 6.13%, due 1/15/2029 811,249 (d)
1,775,000 Jeld-Wen, Inc., 4.88%, due 12/15/2027 1,609,606 (d)
1,370,000 Masonite Int'l Corp., 5.38%, due 2/1/2028 1,311,638 (d)
Standard Industries, Inc.
405,000        4.75%, due 1/15/2028 372,600 (d)
715,000        4.38%, due 7/15/2030 596,206 (d)
4,701,299
 
Cable & Satellite Television 5.5%
CCO Holdings LLC/CCO Holdings Capital Corp.
645,000        5.00%, due 2/1/2028 614,362 (d)
570,000        4.25%, due 2/1/2031 480,396 (d)
CSC Holdings LLC
430,000        7.50%, due 4/1/2028 396,396 (d)
535,000        6.50%, due 2/1/2029 508,250 (d)
4,720,000        5.75%, due 1/15/2030 3,917,600 (d)
880,000        4.63%, due 12/1/2030 673,200 (d)
DISH DBS Corp.
595,000        7.75%, due 7/1/2026 559,696
505,000        7.38%, due 7/1/2028 441,562
710,000        5.13%, due 6/1/2029 554,588
390,000 Radiate Holdco LLC/Radiate Finance, Inc., 6.50%, due 9/15/2028 343,200 (d)
8,489,250
 
Chemicals 4.3%
325,000 Illuminate Buyer LLC/Illuminate Holdings IV, Inc., 9.00%, due 7/1/2028 308,750 (d)
NOVA Chemicals Corp.
65,000        5.00%, due 5/1/2025 64,350 (d)
1,171,000        5.25%, due 6/1/2027 1,109,522 (d)
Olympus Water U.S. Holding Corp.
700,000        4.25%, due 10/1/2028 618,562 (d)
285,000        6.25%, due 10/1/2029 236,550 (d)
610,000 PMHC II, Inc., 9.00%, due 2/15/2030 491,050 (d)
SCIH Salt Holdings, Inc.
730,000        4.88%, due 5/1/2028 631,118 (d)
1,015,000        6.63%, due 5/1/2029 809,625 (d)
400,000 SCIL IV LLC/SCIL USA Holdings LLC, 5.38%, due 11/1/2026 365,000 (d)
635,000 Tronox, Inc., 4.63%, due 3/15/2029 566,738 (d)
1,655,000 WR Grace Holdings LLC, 5.63%, due 8/15/2029 1,409,894 (d)
6,611,159

See Notes to Financial Statements 9



 
Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited) (cont’d)

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT VALUE
 
Consumer - Commercial Lease Financing 3.0%
$ 715,000       AerCap Global Aviation Trust, 6.50%, due 6/15/2045       $ 693,550 (d)(f)
2,732,508 Global Aircraft Leasing Co. Ltd., 6.50% Cash/7.25% PIK, due 9/15/2024 2,356,733 (d)(g)
435,000 OneMain Finance Corp., 3.88%, due 9/15/2028 368,663
Springleaf Finance Corp.
495,000        6.88%, due 3/15/2025 497,475
365,000        7.13%, due 3/15/2026 369,562
370,000 World Acceptance Corp., 7.00%, due 11/1/2026 320,971 (d)
4,606,954
 
Diversified Capital Goods 0.4%
705,000 Resideo Funding, Inc., 4.00%, due 9/1/2029 627,450 (d)
 
Electric - Generation 5.1%
Calpine Corp.
420,000        5.13%, due 3/15/2028 381,518 (d)
1,365,000        4.63%, due 2/1/2029 1,192,935 (d)
2,695,000        5.00%, due 2/1/2031 2,298,107 (d)
450,000 Leeward Renewable Energy Operations LLC, 4.25%, due 7/1/2029 402,750 (d)
NRG Energy, Inc.
515,000        5.25%, due 6/15/2029 485,063 (d)
595,000        3.63%, due 2/15/2031 495,338 (d)
1,545,000 Vistra Corp., 7.00%, due 12/15/2026 1,502,512 (d)(f)(h)
1,240,000 Vistra Operations Co. LLC, 4.38%, due 5/1/2029 1,125,275 (d)
7,883,498
 
Electric - Integrated 0.5%
FirstEnergy Corp.
385,000        Ser. B, 4.40%, due 7/15/2027 373,523 (i)
390,000        Ser. C, 5.35%, due 7/15/2047 364,533 (i)
738,056
 
Energy - Exploration & Production 9.3%
525,000 Antero Resources Corp., 5.38%, due 3/1/2030 512,972 (d)
400,000 Apache Corp., 5.10%, due 9/1/2040 362,000
Ascent Resources Utica Holdings LLC/ARU Finance Corp.
810,000        7.00%, due 11/1/2026 816,350 (d)
190,000        9.00%, due 11/1/2027 264,356 (d)
455,000        8.25%, due 12/31/2028 473,200 (d)
600,000        5.88%, due 6/30/2029 580,746 (d)
Callon Petroleum Co.
510,000        6.13%, due 10/1/2024 503,503
250,000        8.00%, due 8/1/2028 258,580 (d)
740,000 Chesapeake Energy Corp., 6.75%, due 4/15/2029 744,625 (d)
635,000 Colgate Energy Partners III LLC, 5.88%, due 7/1/2029 631,825 (d)
Comstock Resources, Inc.
662,000        6.75%, due 3/1/2029 669,401 (d)
505,000        5.88%, due 1/15/2030 485,967 (d)

See Notes to Financial Statements 10



 
Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited) (cont’d)

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT VALUE
     
Hilcorp Energy I L.P./Hilcorp Finance Co.
$ 520,000              6.25%, due 11/1/2028       $ 517,738 (d)
338,000        5.75%, due 2/1/2029 331,240 (d)
373,000        6.00%, due 2/1/2031 359,960 (d)
575,000 Northern Oil and Gas, Inc., 8.13%, due 3/1/2028 572,125 (d)
Occidental Petroleum Corp.
345,000        8.00%, due 7/15/2025 371,737
600,000        5.50%, due 12/1/2025 610,500
240,000        5.55%, due 3/15/2026 246,000
560,000        6.13%, due 1/1/2031 588,594
225,000        7.50%, due 5/1/2031 256,500
565,000        7.88%, due 9/15/2031 660,587
335,000        6.60%, due 3/15/2046 365,150
1,040,000 PDC Energy, Inc., 5.75%, due 5/15/2026 1,012,086
310,000 Rockcliff Energy II LLC, 5.50%, due 10/15/2029 300,700 (d)
1,310,000 Southwestern Energy Co., 4.75%, due 2/1/2032 1,238,775
605,000 Tap Rock Resources LLC, 7.00%, due 10/1/2026 611,177 (d)
14,346,394
 
Environmental 0.2%
405,000 GFL Environmental, Inc., 4.38%, due 8/15/2029 359,316 (d)
 
Food - Wholesale 3.2%
Performance Food Group, Inc.
1,390,000        5.50%, due 10/15/2027 1,348,891 (d)
525,000        4.25%, due 8/1/2029 466,583 (d)
380,000 Pilgrim's Pride Corp., 5.88%, due 9/30/2027 382,776 (d)
Post Holdings, Inc.
65,000        5.50%, due 12/15/2029 59,150 (d)
865,000        4.63%, due 4/15/2030 739,575 (d)
300,000        4.50%, due 9/15/2031 249,480 (d)
U.S. Foods, Inc.
1,365,000        4.75%, due 2/15/2029 1,260,850 (d)
460,000        4.63%, due 6/1/2030 411,700 (d)
4,919,005
 
Forestry & Paper 0.4%
605,000 Ahlstrom-Munksjo Holding 3 Oy, 4.88%, due 2/4/2028 533,670 (d)
 
Gaming 3.6%
1,225,000 Boyd Gaming Corp., 4.75%, due 12/1/2027 1,157,797
Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
1,185,000        8.13%, due 7/1/2027 1,238,325 (d)
460,000        4.63%, due 10/15/2029 394,450 (d)
120,000 Everi Holdings, Inc., 5.00%, due 7/15/2029 108,876 (d)
730,000 SC Games Holdings L.P./ U.S. FinCo LLC, 6.63%, due 3/1/2030 693,500 (d)
1,240,000 Scientific Games Int'l, Inc., 7.00%, due 5/15/2028 1,269,496 (d)
730,000 Wynn Las Vegas LLC/Wynn Las Vegas Capital Corp., 5.50%, due 3/1/2025 706,275 (d)
5,568,719

See Notes to Financial Statements 11



 
Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited) (cont’d)

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT VALUE
     
Gas Distribution 14.8%
$ 1,800,000       Antero Midstream Partners L.P./Antero Midstream Finance Corp., 7.88%, due 5/15/2026       $ 1,882,782 (d)
Buckeye Partners L.P.
910,000        4.13%, due 12/1/2027 839,475
460,000        5.85%, due 11/15/2043 366,850
785,000 Cheniere Energy Partners L.P., 4.50%, due 10/1/2029 751,637
2,250,000 CQP Holdco L.P./BIP-V Chinook Holdco LLC, 5.50%, due 6/15/2031 2,075,175 (d)
70,000 Crestwood Midstream Partners L.P./Crestwood Midstream Finance Corp., 5.63%, due 5/1/2027 68,163 (d)
920,000 DCP Midstream LLC, 5.85%, due 5/21/2043 836,160 (d)(f)
305,000 DCP Midstream Operating L.P., 5.60%, due 4/1/2044 291,574
EQM Midstream Partners L.P.
250,000        6.50%, due 7/1/2027 252,500 (d)(e)
320,000        4.50%, due 1/15/2029 288,070 (d)
320,000        4.75%, due 1/15/2031 285,312 (d)
EQT Midstream Partners L.P.
450,000        4.13%, due 12/1/2026 417,938
1,095,000        5.50%, due 7/15/2028 1,045,725
Genesis Energy L.P./Genesis Energy Finance Corp.
165,000        6.50%, due 10/1/2025 156,750
270,000        6.25%, due 5/15/2026 251,775
275,000        8.00%, due 1/15/2027 269,703
645,000        7.75%, due 2/1/2028 620,813
125,000 Global Partners L.P./GLP Finance Corp., 6.88%, due 1/15/2029 121,883
735,000 Harvest Midstream I L.P., 7.50%, due 9/1/2028 745,775 (d)
610,000 Howard Midstream Energy Partners LLC, 6.75%, due 1/15/2027 591,008 (d)
685,000 ITT Holdings LLC, 6.50%, due 8/1/2029 606,225 (d)
New Fortress Energy, Inc.
1,435,000        6.75%, due 9/15/2025 1,410,806 (d)
1,770,000        6.50%, due 9/30/2026 1,713,041 (d)
NuStar Logistics L.P.
400,000        5.75%, due 10/1/2025 398,000
355,000        6.00%, due 6/1/2026 354,162 (e)
435,000        5.63%, due 4/28/2027 417,139 (e)
550,000 Solaris Midstream Holdings LLC, 7.63%, due 4/1/2026 563,750 (d)
Summit Midstream Holdings LLC/Summit Midstream Finance Corp.
585,000        5.75%, due 4/15/2025 468,000
445,000        8.50%, due 10/15/2026 415,465 (d)
Tallgrass Energy Partners L.P./Tallgrass Energy Finance Corp.
375,000        7.50%, due 10/1/2025 382,695 (d)
500,000        6.00%, due 3/1/2027 480,000 (d)
525,000        5.50%, due 1/15/2028 489,384 (d)
405,000        6.00%, due 12/31/2030 374,625 (d)
350,000        6.00%, due 9/1/2031 319,375 (d)
Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LLC
525,000        3.88%, due 8/15/2029 479,063 (d)
525,000        4.13%, due 8/15/2031 476,438 (d)

See Notes to Financial Statements 12  



 
Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited) (cont’d)

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT VALUE
             
$ 1,270,000       Western Midstream Operating L.P., 4.55%, due 2/1/2030 $ 1,166,736 (i)
22,673,972
 
Health Facilities 2.1%
470,000 Acadia Healthcare Co., Inc., 5.50%, due 7/1/2028 457,714 (d)
CHS/Community Health Systems, Inc.
227,000        8.00%, due 12/15/2027 235,163 (d)
530,000        6.88%, due 4/15/2029 464,821 (d)
455,000        5.25%, due 5/15/2030 398,876 (d)
480,000        4.75%, due 2/15/2031 406,800 (d)
HCA, Inc.
485,000        5.38%, due 2/1/2025 498,944
360,000        5.88%, due 2/15/2026 372,780
415,000        3.50%, due 9/1/2030 371,769
3,206,867
 
Health Services 2.7%
580,000 Envision Healthcare Corp., 8.75%, due 10/15/2026 241,535 (d)
380,000 IQVIA, Inc., 5.00%, due 10/15/2026 378,100 (d)
1,275,000 Minerva Merger Sub, Inc., 6.50%, due 2/15/2030 1,173,561 (d)
819,000 Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc./Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics SA, 7.25%, due 2/1/2028 827,190 (d)
700,000 Team Health Holdings, Inc., 6.38%, due 2/1/2025 596,568 (d)
320,000 U.S. Acute Care Solutions LLC, 6.38%, due 3/1/2026 310,800 (d)
550,000 Vizient, Inc., 6.25%, due 5/15/2027 567,875 (d)
4,095,629
 
Hotels 1.2%
1,895,000 Park Intermediate Holdings LLC/PK Domestic Property LLC/PK Finance Co-Issuer, 5.88%, due
10/1/2028 1,838,150 (d)
 
Insurance Brokerage 6.6%
Alliant Holdings Intermediate LLC/Alliant Holdings Co-Issuer
2,215,000        6.75%, due 10/15/2027 2,094,570 (d)
365,000        5.88%, due 11/1/2029 340,363 (d)
780,000 AmWINS Group, Inc., 4.88%, due 6/30/2029 713,957 (d)
AssuredPartners, Inc.
1,515,000        7.00%, due 8/15/2025 1,494,032 (d)
815,000        5.63%, due 1/15/2029 716,760 (d)
550,000 BroadStreet Partners, Inc., 5.88%, due 4/15/2029 477,125 (d)
2,605,000 GTCR AP Finance, Inc., 8.00%, due 5/15/2027 2,595,114 (d)
1,740,000 HUB Int'l Ltd., 7.00%, due 5/1/2026 1,724,636 (d)
10,156,557
 
Investments & Misc. Financial Services 0.5%
280,000 MoneyGram Int'l, Inc., 5.38%, due 8/1/2026 285,617 (d)
535,000 MSCI, Inc., 4.00%, due 11/15/2029 492,762 (d)
778,379

See Notes to Financial Statements 13



 
Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited) (cont’d)

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT VALUE
 
Machinery 1.3%
$ 1,175,000       SPX FLOW, Inc., 8.75%, due 4/1/2030       $ 1,058,475 (d)
730,000 Terex Corp., 5.00%, due 5/15/2029 670,826 (d)
360,000 Vertical U.S. Newco, Inc., 5.25%, due 7/15/2027 337,255 (d)
2,066,556
 
Managed Care 3.1%
Centene Corp.
895,000        4.63%, due 12/15/2029 866,830
445,000        2.50%, due 3/1/2031 369,906
170,000 HealthEquity, Inc., 4.50%, due 10/1/2029 155,338 (d)
880,000 Molina Healthcare, Inc., 3.88%, due 5/15/2032 772,622 (d)
MPH Acquisition Holdings LLC
620,000        5.50%, due 9/1/2028 574,275 (d)
2,345,000        5.75%, due 11/1/2028 2,042,460 (d)
4,781,431
 
Media Content 2.2%
1,070,000 Lions Gate Capital Holdings LLC, 5.50%, due 4/15/2029 948,544 (d)
Sirius XM Radio, Inc.
1,855,000        5.50%, due 7/1/2029 1,783,880 (d)
690,000        3.88%, due 9/1/2031 582,712 (d)
3,315,136
 
Medical Products 0.7%
Mozart Debt Merger Sub, Inc.
710,000        3.88%, due 4/1/2029 620,370 (d)
575,000        5.25%, due 10/1/2029 500,250 (d)
1,120,620
 
Metals - Mining Excluding Steel 4.1%
2,080,000 Century Aluminum Co., 7.50%, due 4/1/2028 2,087,800 (d)
First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
965,000        6.88%, due 3/1/2026 967,413 (d)
1,020,000        6.88%, due 10/15/2027 1,025,100 (d)
FMG Resources August 2006 Pty Ltd.
655,000        5.88%, due 4/15/2030 650,284 (d)
625,000        6.13%, due 4/15/2032 620,322 (d)
Hudbay Minerals, Inc.
415,000        4.50%, due 4/1/2026 383,690 (d)
560,000        6.13%, due 4/1/2029 529,911 (d)
6,264,520
 
Oil Field Equipment & Services 0.7%
635,000 Nabors Industries, Inc., 7.38%, due 5/15/2027 647,827 (d)
347,000 TechnipFMC PLC, 6.50%, due 2/1/2026 359,145 (d)
1,006,972

See Notes to Financial Statements 14



 
Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited) (cont’d)

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT VALUE
 
Packaging 2.5%      
$ 690,000       Ardagh Packaging Finance PLC/Ardagh Holdings USA, Inc., 5.25%, due 8/15/2027 $ 592,537 (d)
335,000 BWAY Holding Co., 7.25%, due 4/15/2025 317,413 (d)
270,000 Graham Packaging Co., Inc., 7.13%, due 8/15/2028 243,454 (d)
495,000 Intelligent Packaging Ltd. Finco, Inc./Intelligent Packaging Ltd. Co-Issuer LLC, 6.00%, due
9/15/2028 465,300 (d)
410,000 Pactiv Evergreen Group Issuer LLC/Pactiv Evergreen Group Issuer, Inc., 4.38%, due 10/15/2028 361,825 (d)
1,270,000 Trident TPI Holdings, Inc., 9.25%, due 8/1/2024 1,247,775 (d)
690,000 Trivium Packaging Finance BV, 8.50%, due 8/15/2027 681,375 (d)
3,909,679
 
Personal & Household Products 0.5%
335,000 Diamond BC BV, 4.63%, due 10/1/2029 288,177 (d)
575,000 Energizer Holdings, Inc., 4.75%, due 6/15/2028 505,552 (d)
793,729
 
Pharmaceuticals 1.7%
305,000 Bausch Health Cos., Inc., 5.25%, due 2/15/2031 211,975 (d)
335,000 Grifols Escrow Issuer SA, 4.75%, due 10/15/2028 305,654 (d)
590,000 Organon & Co./Organon Foreign Debt Co-Issuer BV, 5.13%, due 4/30/2031 533,212 (d)
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int'l, Inc.
858,000        6.13%, due 4/15/2025 860,523 (d)
760,000        5.50%, due 11/1/2025 735,300 (d)
2,646,664
 
Rail 0.1%
145,000 Watco Cos. LLC/Watco Finance Corp., 6.50%, due 6/15/2027 139,925 (d)
 
Real Estate Development & Management 1.5%
Realogy Group LLC/Realogy Co-Issuer Corp.
1,646,000        5.75%, due 1/15/2029 1,379,792 (d)
1,225,000        5.25%, due 4/15/2030 992,483 (d)
2,372,275
 
Real Estate Investment Trusts 8.9%
1,250,000 American Finance Trust, Inc./American Finance Operating Partner L.P., 4.50%, due 9/30/2028 1,064,300 (d)
EPR Properties
430,000        4.50%, due 6/1/2027 413,617
180,000        3.75%, due 8/15/2029 159,385
Hospitality Properties Trust
142,000        4.65%, due 3/15/2024 133,835
683,000        4.35%, due 10/1/2024 632,759
300,000        4.95%, due 2/15/2027 259,972
115,000        3.95%, due 1/15/2028 91,137
325,000        4.38%, due 2/15/2030 249,431

See Notes to Financial Statements 15



 
Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited) (cont’d)

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT VALUE
         
      Iron Mountain, Inc.      
$ 2,605,000        5.25%, due 3/15/2028 $ 2,481,341 (d)
245,000        5.00%, due 7/15/2028 232,096 (d)
2,120,000        4.88%, due 9/15/2029 1,942,015 (d)
905,000        5.63%, due 7/15/2032 818,319 (d)
1,345,000 RHP Hotel Properties L.P./RHP Finance Corp., 4.75%, due 10/15/2027 1,254,159
650,000 RLJ Lodging Trust L.P., 4.00%, due 9/15/2029 580,274 (d)
1,285,000 Uniti Group L.P./Uniti Fiber Holdings, Inc./CSL Capital LLC, 7.88%, due 2/15/2025 1,307,487 (d)
2,280,000 Uniti Group L.P./Uniti Group Finance, Inc./CSL Capital LLC, 6.50%, due 2/15/2029 1,967,435 (d)
166,000 VICI Properties L.P./VICI Note Co., Inc., 4.25%, due 12/1/2026 157,307 (d)
13,744,869
 
Recreation & Travel 5.8%
Carnival Corp.
205,000        7.63%, due 3/1/2026 200,644 (d)
990,000        5.75%, due 3/1/2027 896,460 (d)
1,095,000        9.88%, due 8/1/2027 1,180,131 (d)
1,005,000 Cedar Fair L.P./Canada's Wonderland Co./Magnum Management Corp./Millennium Op, 5.50%,
due 5/1/2025 1,010,025 (d)
315,000 Lindblad Expeditions LLC, 6.75%, due 2/15/2027 309,094 (d)
900,000 Motion Bondco Designated Activity Co., 6.63%, due 11/15/2027 825,750 (d)
NCL Corp. Ltd.
1,005,000        5.88%, due 3/15/2026 928,429 (d)
405,000        5.88%, due 2/15/2027 386,062 (d)
1,085,000 NCL Finance Ltd., 6.13%, due 3/15/2028 976,500 (d)
1,340,000 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., 5.50%, due 4/1/2028 1,222,750 (d)
925,000 Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc., 7.00%, due 7/1/2025 960,843 (d)
8,896,688
 
Software - Services 3.7%
530,000 Ahead DB Holdings LLC, 6.63%, due 5/1/2028 466,400 (d)
1,535,000 Condor Merger Sub, Inc., 7.38%, due 2/15/2030 1,373,364 (d)
975,000 Endurance Int'l Group Holdings, Inc., 6.00%, due 2/15/2029 789,146 (d)
645,000 Open Text Corp., 3.88%, due 12/1/2029 573,186 (d)
435,000 Open Text Holdings, Inc., 4.13%, due 12/1/2031 377,071 (d)
995,000 Presidio Holdings, Inc., 8.25%, due 2/1/2028 966,314 (d)
1,415,000 Rackspace Technology Global, Inc., 5.38%, due 12/1/2028 1,152,843 (d)
5,698,324
 
Specialty Retail 3.1%
Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.
275,000        4.63%, due 11/15/2029 247,536 (d)
185,000        5.00%, due 2/15/2032 164,188 (d)
Carvana Co.
400,000        5.63%, due 10/1/2025 346,424 (d)
1,080,000        5.50%, due 4/15/2027 864,270 (d)
865,000        4.88%, due 9/1/2029 631,277 (d)

See Notes to Financial Statements 16



 
Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited) (cont’d)

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT VALUE
         
$ 525,000       Crocs, Inc., 4.13%, due 8/15/2031       $ 418,982 (d)
Gap, Inc.
265,000        3.63%, due 10/1/2029 215,552 (d)
310,000        3.88%, due 10/1/2031 247,132 (d)
645,000 L Brands, Inc., 6.63%, due 10/1/2030 641,520 (d)
720,000 LCM Investments Holdings II LLC, 4.88%, due 5/1/2029 630,950 (d)
365,000 Petsmart, Inc./Petsmart Finance Corp., 4.75%, due 2/15/2028 339,450 (d)
4,747,281
 
Steel Producers - Products 1.2%
420,000 Allegheny Technologies, Inc., 4.88%, due 10/1/2029 382,162
440,000 Carpenter Technology Corp., 7.63%, due 3/15/2030 448,018
409,000 Joseph T Ryerson & Son, Inc., 8.50%, due 8/1/2028 439,675 (d)
670,000 TMS Int'l Corp., 6.25%, due 4/15/2029 582,900 (d)
1,852,755
               
Support - Services 14.3%
830,000 Allied Universal Holdco LLC/Allied Universal Finance Corp., 6.00%, due 6/1/2029 686,825 (d)
Allied Universal Holdco LLC/Allied Universal Finance Corp./Atlas Luxco 4 S.a.r.l.
565,000        4.63%, due 6/1/2028 500,025 (d)
415,000        4.63%, due 6/1/2028 364,163 (d)
APX Group, Inc.
2,090,000        6.75%, due 2/15/2027 2,071,712 (d)
855,000        5.75%, due 7/15/2029 700,544 (d)
Aramark Services, Inc.
1,660,000        6.38%, due 5/1/2025 1,690,494 (d)
300,000        5.00%, due 2/1/2028 279,765 (d)
1,405,000 BCPE Empire Holdings, Inc., 7.63%, due 5/1/2027 1,316,808 (d)
530,000 Clarivate Science Holdings Corp., 4.88%, due 7/1/2029 467,078 (d)
880,000 Garda World Security Corp., 6.00%, due 6/1/2029 729,159 (d)
Hertz Corp.
605,000        4.63%, due 12/1/2026 551,470 (d)
585,000        5.00%, due 12/1/2029 511,875 (d)
785,000 IAA Spinco, Inc., 5.50%, due 6/15/2027 767,338 (d)
1,025,000 KAR Auction Services, Inc., 5.13%, due 6/1/2025 1,036,531 (d)
530,000 Korn/Ferry Int'l, 4.63%, due 12/15/2027 502,175 (d)
McGraw-Hill Ed., Inc.
675,000        5.75%, due 8/1/2028 602,438 (d)
445,000        8.00%, due 8/1/2029 398,275 (d)
Nielsen Finance LLC/Nielsen Finance Co.
1,755,000        5.63%, due 10/1/2028 1,700,648 (d)
805,000        5.88%, due 10/1/2030 772,027 (d)
150,000 PECF USS Intermediate Holding III Corp., 8.00%, due 11/15/2029 138,375 (d)
Prime Security Services Borrower LLC/Prime Finance, Inc.
345,000        5.75%, due 4/15/2026 330,769 (d)
990,000        6.25%, due 1/15/2028 887,387 (d)
270,000 Ritchie Bros Holdings, Inc., 4.75%, due 12/15/2031 270,000 (d)

See Notes to Financial Statements 17



 

Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^ (Unaudited) (cont’d)


PRINCIPAL AMOUNT       VALUE
       
   SRS Distribution, Inc.
$ 475,000      4.63%, due 7/1/2028 $ 434,867 (d) 
265,000      6.13%, due 7/1/2029 233,857 (d) 
505,000 Summer BC Bidco B LLC, 5.50%, due 10/31/2026 484,901 (d) 
United Rentals N.A., Inc.
250,000      5.25%, due 1/15/2030 242,500
1,630,000      3.75%, due 1/15/2032 1,418,100
735,000 Univar Solutions USA, Inc., 5.13%, due 12/1/2027 704,556 (d) 
860,000 White Cap Buyer LLC, 6.88%, due 10/15/2028 787,975 (d) 
380,000 ZipRecruiter, Inc., 5.00%, due 1/15/2030 355,300 (d) 
  21,937,937
 
Technology Hardware & Equipment 2.6%
925,000 CommScope Finance LLC, 8.25%, due 3/1/2027 786,250 (d) 
CommScope Technologies LLC
929,000      6.00%, due 6/15/2025 812,875 (d) 
1,375,000      5.00%, due 3/15/2027 1,079,375 (d) 
CommScope, Inc.
660,000      7.13%, due 7/1/2028 526,350 (d) 
305,000      4.75%, due 9/1/2029 255,007 (d) 
550,000 Imola Merger Corp., 4.75%, due 5/15/2029 511,500 (d) 
3,971,357
 
Telecom - Wireless 1.6%
Sprint Capital Corp.
885,000      6.88%, due 11/15/2028 971,367
180,000      8.75%, due 3/15/2032 228,749
70,000 Sprint Corp., 7.63%, due 2/15/2025 74,463
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
410,000      2.25%, due 2/15/2026 377,200
405,000      2.63%, due 4/15/2026 375,637
575,000      2.63%, due 2/15/2029 497,064
2,524,480
 
Telecom - Wireline Integrated & Services 12.6%
2,355,000 Altice France Holding SA, 6.00%, due 2/15/2028 1,944,830 (d) 
Altice France SA
1,960,000      8.13%, due 2/1/2027 1,974,700 (d) 
675,000      5.50%, due 1/15/2028 594,844 (d) 
Consolidated Communications, Inc.
540,000      5.00%, due 10/1/2028 441,288 (d) 
500,000      6.50%, due 10/1/2028 435,671 (d) 
Frontier Communications Corp.
3,215,000      5.88%, due 10/15/2027 3,078,362 (d) 
235,000      6.75%, due 5/1/2029 211,759 (d) 
1,145,000      5.88%, due 11/1/2029 994,003
650,000      6.00%, due 1/15/2030 565,559 (d)(e) 

See Notes to Financial Statements 18



 

Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^ (Unaudited) (cont’d)


PRINCIPAL AMOUNT       VALUE
 
   Iliad Holding SASU
$ 250,000      6.50%, due 10/15/2026 $ 240,303 (d) 
225,000      7.00%, due 10/15/2028 212,625 (d) 
Level 3 Financing, Inc.
1,845,000      4.63%, due 9/15/2027 1,658,194 (d) 
1,395,000      3.75%, due 7/15/2029 1,133,437 (d) 
Lumen Technologies, Inc.
1,645,000      4.50%, due 1/15/2029 1,299,797 (d) 
1,275,000      5.38%, due 6/15/2029 1,038,245 (d) 
Northwest Fiber LLC/Northwest Fiber Finance Sub, Inc.
615,000      6.00%, due 2/15/2028 514,571 (d) 
375,000      10.75%, due 6/1/2028 384,375 (d) 
800,000 Virgin Media Finance PLC, 5.00%, due 7/15/2030 696,000 (d) 
1,570,000 Virgin Media Vendor Financing Notes IV Designated Activity Co., 5.00%, due 7/15/2028 1,426,282 (d) 
645,000 Zayo Group Holdings, Inc., 6.13%, due 3/1/2028 540,187 (d) 
19,385,032
 
Theaters & Entertainment 0.9%
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
655,000      6.50%, due 5/15/2027 679,432 (d) 
770,000      4.75%, due 10/15/2027 723,415 (d) 
1,402,847
Total Corporate Bonds (Cost $250,451,879) 230,757,587
 
Convertible Bonds 1.0%
 
Media 1.0%
1,862,000 DISH Network Corp., 3.38%, due 8/15/2026 (Cost $1,762,060) 1,596,665
 
Asset-Backed Securities 4.6%
500,000 AIG CLO Ltd., Ser. 2019-2A, Class ER, (3M USD LIBOR + 6.40%), 7.58%, due 10/25/2033 481,254 (a)(d)(j) 
500,000 Ares LIV CLO Ltd., Ser. 2019-54A, Class E, (3M USD LIBOR + 7.34%), 8.38%, due 10/15/2032 495,515 (a)(d)(j) 
500,000 Balboa Bay Loan Funding Ltd., Ser. 2021-2A, Class E, (3M USD LIBOR + 6.60%), 6.81%, due
1/20/2035 486,520 (a)(d)(j) 
250,000 Barings CLO Ltd., Ser. 2017-1A, Class E, (3M USD LIBOR + 6.00%), 7.04%, due 7/18/2029 239,561 (a)(d)(j) 
500,000 Carlyle U.S. CLO Ltd., Ser. 2020-2A, Class DR, (3M USD LIBOR + 6.70%), 7.88%, due 1/25/2035 489,794 (a)(d)(j) 
500,000 Catskill Park CLO Ltd., Ser. 2017-1A, Class D, (3M USD LIBOR + 6.00%), 7.06%, due 4/20/2029 469,370 (a)(d)(j) 
350,000 Cedar Funding X CLO Ltd., Ser. 2019-10A, Class ER, (3M USD LIBOR + 6.50%), 7.56%, due
10/20/2032 335,176 (a)(d)(j) 
250,000 Crown City CLO II, Ser. 2020-2A, Class DR, (3M CME Term SOFR + 7.11%), 7.96%, due
4/20/2035 230,399 (a)(d)(j) 
250,000 Galaxy XXIV CLO Ltd., Ser. 2017-24A, Class E, (3M USD LIBOR + 5.50%), 6.54%, due
1/15/2031 227,439 (a)(d)(j) 
1,000,000 Magnetite XV Ltd., Ser. 2015-15A, Class ER, (3M USD LIBOR + 5.20%), 6.38%, due 7/25/2031 931,908 (a)(d)(j) 
500,000 OCP CLO Ltd., Ser. 2019-17A, Class ER, (3M USD LIBOR + 6.50%), 7.56%, due 7/20/2032 472,882 (a)(d)(j) 
1,000,000 Octagon Investment Partners 48 Ltd., Ser. 2020-3A, Class ER, (3M USD LIBOR + 6.70%), 7.76%,
due 10/20/2034 979,811 (a)(d)(j) 
1,000,000 Parallel 2021-2 Ltd., Ser. 2021-2A, Class D, (3M USD LIBOR + 7.20%), 8.26%, due 10/20/2034 930,700 (a)(d)(j) 

See Notes to Financial Statements 19



 

Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^ (Unaudited) (cont’d)


PRINCIPAL AMOUNT       VALUE
 
$ 250,000    Voya CLO Ltd., Ser. 2019-2A, Class E, (3M USD LIBOR + 6.60%), 7.66%, due 7/20/2032 $ 241,075 (a)(d)(j) 
Total Asset-Backed Securities (Cost $7,103,205) 7,011,404
 
NUMBER OF SHARES
         
Short-Term Investments 0.8%
Investment Companies 0.8%
1,208,367 State Street Institutional U.S. Government Money Market Fund Premier Class, 0.29%(k) 
(Cost $1,208,367) 1,208,367 (e) 
Total Investments 161.4% (Cost $268,230,778) 248,153,468
Liabilities Less Other Assets (12.0)% (18,389,067) (l) 
Liquidation Preference of Mandatory Redeemable Preferred Shares (49.4)% (76,000,000)
Net Assets Applicable to Common Stockholders 100.0% $ 153,764,401

(a) Variable or floating rate security. The interest rate shown was the current rate as of April 30, 2022 and changes periodically.
(b)

All or a portion of this security was purchased on a delayed delivery basis.

(c)

All or a portion of this security had not settled as of April 30, 2022 and thus may not have an interest rate in effect. Interest rates do not take effect until settlement.

(d)

Securities were purchased under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or are otherwise restricted and, unless registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or exempted from registration, may only be sold to qualified institutional investors or may have other restrictions on resale. At April 30, 2022, these securities amounted to $198,158,251, which represents 128.9% of net assets applicable to common stockholders of the Fund.

(e)

All or a portion of this security is segregated in connection with obligations for swap contracts and/or delayed delivery securities with a total value of $3,273,935.

(f)

Security issued at a fixed coupon rate, which converts to a variable rate at a future date. Rate shown is the rate in effect as of period end.

(g)

Payment-in-kind (PIK) security.

(h)

Perpetual security. Perpetual securities have no stated maturity date, but they may be called/redeemed by the issuer. The date shown reflects the next call date.

(i)

Step Bond. Coupon rate is a fixed rate for an initial period that either resets at a specific date or may reset in the future contingent upon a predetermined trigger. The interest rate shown was the current rate as of April 30, 2022. (j) Value determined using significant unobservable inputs.

(j)

Value determined using significant unobservable inputs.

(k)

Represents 7-day effective yield as of April 30, 2022.

(l)

Includes the impact of the Fund's open positions in derivatives at April 30, 2022.


See Notes to Financial Statements 20



 

Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^ (Unaudited) (cont’d)


Positions By Country            
Investments Percentage of
Country at Value Net Assets
United States $216,680,267 140.9%
Cayman Islands 8,898,767 5.8%
Canada 5,337,713 3.5%
United Kingdom 3,504,614 2.3%
France 3,022,472 2.0%
Luxembourg 2,193,385 1.4%
Zambia 1,992,513 1.3%
Switzerland 1,493,260 0.9%
Australia 1,270,606 0.8%
Ireland 693,550 0.5%
Netherlands 681,375 0.4%
Finland 533,670 0.4%
Germany 337,255 0.2%
Spain 305,654 0.2%
Liquidation Preference of Mandatory Redeemable Preferred Shares (76,000,000 ) (49.4)%
Short-Term Investments and Other Liabilities-Net (17,180,700 ) (11.2)%
$153,764,401 100.0%

See Notes to Financial Statements 21



 

Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^ (Unaudited) (cont’d)

Derivative Instruments

Interest rate swap contracts ("interest rate swaps")

At April 30, 2022, the Fund had outstanding interest rate swaps as follows:

Centrally cleared interest rate swaps
Fund Accrued
Receives/ Frequency Net
Pays of Fund Unrealized Interest
Notional Floating Floating Rate Annual Receipt/ Maturity       Appreciation/ Receivable/
Clearinghouse    Amount    Rate    Index    Fixed-Rate    Payment       Date (Depreciation)       (Payable)       Value
CME USD 25,000,000 Receive 3M LIBOR 0.29% 3M/6M   6/21/2023   $ 662,276 $ 373 $ 662,649
CME USD 20,000,000 Receive 3M LIBOR 0.33% 3M/6M 7/3/2023 539,935 (5,596) 534,339
Total $ 1,202,211 $ (5,223) $ 1,196,988

For the six months ended April 30, 2022, the average notional value for the months where the Fund had interest rate swaps outstanding was $45,000,000 when the Fund paid the fixed rate.

The following is a summary, categorized by Level (see Note A of the Notes to Financial Statements), of inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of April 30, 2022:

Asset Valuation Inputs       Level 1       Level 2       Level 3(b)        Total
Investments:
Loan Assignments(a)  $— $ 7,579,445 $ $ 7,579,445
Corporate Bonds(a)  230,757,587 230,757,587
Convertible Bonds(a)  1,596,665 1,596,665
Asset-Backed Securities 7,011,404 7,011,404
Short-Term Investments 1,208,367 1,208,367
Total Investments $— $ 241,142,064 $ 7,011,404 $ 248,153,468

(a)

The Schedule of Investments provides information on the industry or sector categorization as well as a Positions by Country summary.


See Notes to Financial Statements 22



 
Schedule of Investments High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.^
(Unaudited)
(cont’d)

(b) The following is a reconciliation between the beginning and ending balances of investments in which unobservable inputs (Level 3) were used in determining value:

Net change
in unrealized
appreciation/
(depreciation)
Beginning Change from
balance, Accrued in unrealized Transfers   Transfers Balance, investments
as of discounts/ Realized appreciation/ into out of as of   still held as of
    11/1/2021     (premiums)     gain/(loss)     (depreciation)     Purchases     Sales     Level 3     Level 3     4/30/2022     4/30/2022
Investments in
Securities:
Asset-Backed
Securities(c) $— $— $— $ (262,948 ) $ 747,500 $— $ 6,526,852 $— $ 7,011,404 $ (262,948 )
Total $— $— $— $ (262,948 ) $ 747,500 $— $ 6,526,852 $— $ 7,011,404 $ (262,948 )

(c) Asset-Backed Collateralized Loan Obligations rated below investment grade are generally deemed Level 3 by Management.

The following is a summary, categorized by Level (see Note A of the Notes to Financial Statements), of inputs used to value the Fund's derivatives as of April 30, 2022:

Other Financial Instruments       Level 1       Level 2       Level 3       Total
Swaps
Assets $— $ 1,196,988 $— $ 1,196,988
Total $— $ 1,196,988 $— $ 1,196,988

^ A balance indicated with a "—", reflects either a zero balance or an amount that rounds to less than 1.

See Notes to Financial Statements 23



 
Statement of Assets and Liabilities (Unaudited)

Neuberger Berman

HIGH YIELD
STRATEGIES
FUND INC.
      April 30, 2022
Assets
Investments in securities, at value* (Note A)—see Schedule of Investments:
Unaffiliated issuers(a) $ 248,153,468
Interest receivable 3,842,773
Receivable for securities sold 28,590
Receivable for accumulated variation margin on centrally cleared swap contracts (Note A) 1,196,988
Prepaid expenses and other assets 4,618
Total Assets 253,226,437
         
Liabilities
Notes payable (net of unamortized deferred issuance costs of $175,930) (Note A) 19,324,070
Mandatory Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series C ($12.50 liquidation preference per share; 6,080,000 shares
issued and outstanding) (Note A) 76,000,000
Distributions payable—preferred shares 450,481
Distributions payable—common stock 13,950
Cash collateral segregated for centrally cleared swap contracts due to broker (Note A) 737,360
Payable to investment manager (Note B) 126,081
Payable for securities purchased 2,436,761
Payable to administrator (Note B) 10,507
Payable to directors 2,682
Interest payable (Note A) 37,043
Other accrued expenses and payables 323,101
Total Liabilities 99,462,036
Net Assets applicable to Common Stockholders $ 153,764,401
         
Net Assets applicable to Common Stockholders consist of:
Paid-in capital—common stock $ 202,137,609
Total distributable earnings/(losses) (48,373,208 )
Net Assets applicable to Common Stockholders $ 153,764,401
Shares of Common Stock Outstanding ($0.0001 par value; 992,397,100 shares authorized) 14,668,559
Net Asset Value Per Share of Common Stock Outstanding $ 10.48
         
* Cost of Investments:
(a) Unaffiliated Issuers $ 268,230,778

See Notes to Financial Statements 24



 
Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

Neuberger Berman

HIGH YIELD
STRATEGIES
FUND INC.
For the Six
Months Ended
      April 30, 2022
Investment Income:
Income (Note A):
Interest and other income-unaffiliated issuers     $ 7,459,733
Income from securities loaned-net 42,002
Total income $ 7,501,735
Expenses:
Investment management fees (Note B) 795,039
Administration fees (Note B) 66,253
Audit fees 36,234
Basic maintenance (Note A) 6,199
Custodian and accounting fees 57,219
Insurance 3,729
Legal fees 160,141
Stockholder reports 117,590
Stock exchange listing fees 4,164
Stock transfer agent fees 14,730
Distributions to mandatory redeemable preferred shareholders (Note A) 904,996
Directors’ fees and expenses 22,306
Interest 217,535
Miscellaneous 24,140
Total expenses 2,430,275
Net investment income/(loss) $ 5,071,460
Realized and Unrealized Gain/(Loss) on Investments (Note A):
Net realized gain/(loss) on:
Transactions in investment securities of unaffiliated issuers (1,288,682 )
Expiration or closing of swap contracts (32,114 )
Change in net unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) in value of:
Investment securities of unaffiliated issuers (24,231,541 )
Swap contracts 1,057,765
Net gain/(loss) on investments (24,494,572 )
Net increase/(decrease) in net assets applicable to Common Stockholders resulting from operations $ (19,423,112 )

See Notes to Financial Statements 25



 
Statements of Changes in Net Assets

Neuberger Berman

HIGH YIELD
STRATEGIES FUND INC.
Six Months Ended Fiscal Year Ended
April 30, 2022 October 31,
      (Unaudited)       2021
Increase/(Decrease) in Net Assets Applicable to Common Stockholders:
From Operations (Note A):
Net investment income/(loss)         $ 5,071,460         $ 11,439,916
Net realized gain/(loss) on investments (1,320,796 ) 15,377,349
Change in net unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments (23,173,776 ) (18,561 )
Net increase/(decrease) in net assets applicable to Common Stockholders resulting
from operations (19,423,112 ) 26,798,704
Distributions to Common Stockholders From (Note A):
Distributable earnings (7,964,107 ) (11,528,512 )
Tax return of capital (4,832,395 )
Total distributions to Common Stockholders (7,964,107 ) (16,360,907 )
From Capital Share Transactions (Note D):
Proceeds from reinvestment of dividends and distributions 59,569 103,128
Payments for shares repurchased in connection with common stock tender offer (Note E) (58,768,306 )
Net increase/(decrease) from capital share transactions 59,569 (58,665,178 )
Net Increase/(Decrease) in Net Assets Applicable to Common Stockholders (27,327,650 ) (48,227,381 )
Net Assets Applicable to Common Stockholders:
Beginning of period 181,092,051 229,319,432
End of period $ 153,764,401 $ 181,092,051

See Notes to Financial Statements 26



 
Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

Neuberger Berman

HIGH YIELD
STRATEGIES
FUND INC.
For the
Six Months Ended
      April 30, 2022
Increase/(Decrease) in cash:
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net decrease in net assets applicable to Common Stockholders resulting from operations           $ (19,423,112 )
Adjustments to reconcile net increase in net assets applicable to Common Stockholders resulting from
operations to net cash provided by operating activities:
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Purchase of investment securities (60,029,482 )
Proceeds from disposition of investment securities 52,802,685
Purchase/sale of short-term investment securities, net 21,417,568
Increase/decrease in receivable/payable for accumulated variation margin on centrally cleared swap contracts (1,057,765 )
Increase in interest receivable (223,581 )
Decrease in unamortized deferred issuance costs 67,486
Decrease in receivable for securities lending income 5,059
Decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets 13,986
Decrease in receivable for securities sold 349,489
Decrease in payable for collateral on loaned securities (9,778,010 )
Increase in distributions payable on preferred shares 19,609
Decrease in payable for securities purchased (3,197,585 )
Increase in interest payable 13,963
Net amortization/(accretion) of premium/(discount) on investments 295,841
Decrease in payable to investment manager (15,366 )
Decrease in payable to directors (11,207 )
Decrease in payable to administrator (1,280 )
Increase in other accrued expenses and payables 87,369
Unrealized depreciation on investment securities of unaffiliated issuers 24,231,541
Net realized loss from transactions in investment securities of unaffiliated issuers 1,288,682
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 6,855,890
Cash flows from financing activities:
Cash distributions paid on common stock (7,905,059 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and restricted cash (1,049,169 )
Cash:
Cash and restricted cash at beginning of period 311,809
Cash and restricted cash at end of period $ (737,360 )
Supplemental disclosure
Cash paid for interest $ 203,572

The following table provides a reconciliation of cash and restricted cash, if any, reported within the Statement of Assets and Liabilities that sum to the total of such amounts shown on the Statement of Cash Flows.

      April 30, 2022       October 31, 2021
Cash        $ $          —
Deposit for derivative collateral
Cash collateral segregated for centrally cleared swap contracts due from/(to) broker (737,360 ) 311,809
Total cash and restricted cash as shown in the Statement of Cash Flows $ (737,360 ) $311,809

See Notes to Financial Statements 27



 
Notes to Financial Statements High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.
(Unaudited)

Note A—Summary of Significant Accounting Policies:

1

General: Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund Inc. (the “Fund”) was organized as a Maryland corporation on March 18, 2010, and registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), as a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. Under the 1940 Act, the status of a fund that was registered as non-diversified may, under certain circumstances, change to that of a diversified fund. The Fund is currently a diversified fund. The Fund’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) may classify or re-classify any unissued shares of capital stock into one or more classes of preferred stock without the approval of stockholders.

A balance indicated with a “—”, reflects either a zero balance or a balance that rounds to less than 1.

The Fund is an investment company and accordingly follows the investment company accounting and reporting guidance of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 946 “Financial Services—Investment Companies.”

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) requires Management to make estimates and assumptions at the date of the financial statements. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

          
2

Portfolio valuation: In accordance with ASC 820 “Fair Value Measurement” (“ASC 820”), all investments held by the Fund are carried at the value that Management believes the Fund would receive upon selling an investment in an orderly transaction to an independent buyer in the principal or most advantageous market for the investment under current market conditions. Various inputs, including the volume and level of activity for the asset or liability in the market, are considered in valuing the Fund’s investments, some of which are discussed below. Significant Management judgment may be necessary to value investments in accordance with ASC 820.

ASC 820 established a three-tier hierarchy of inputs to create a classification of value measurements for disclosure purposes. The three-tier hierarchy of inputs is summarized in the three broad Levels listed below.

          

Level 1 – unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical investments

Level 2 – other observable inputs (including quoted prices for similar investments, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, amortized cost, etc.) 

Level 3 – unobservable inputs (including the Fund’s own assumptions in determining the fair value of investments)

 

The inputs or methodology used for valuing an investment are not necessarily an indication of the risk associated with investing in those securities.

The value of the Fund’s investments in debt securities is determined by Management primarily by obtaining valuations from independent pricing services based on readily available bid quotations, or if quotations are not available, by methods which include various considerations based on security type (generally Level 2 inputs). In addition to the consideration of yields or prices of securities of comparable quality, coupon, maturity and type, indications as to values from dealers, and general market conditions, the following is a description of other Level 2 inputs and related valuation techniques used by independent pricing services to value certain types of debt securities held by the Fund:

 
          

Corporate Bonds. Inputs used to value corporate debt securities generally include relevant credit information, observed market movements, sector news, U.S. Treasury yield curve or relevant benchmark curve, and other market information, which may include benchmark yield curves, reported trades, broker-dealer quotes, issuer spreads, comparable securities, and reference data, such as market research publications, when available (“Other Market Information”).


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Asset-Backed Securities. Inputs used to value asset-backed securities generally include models that consider a number of factors, which may include the following: prepayment speeds, cash flows, spread adjustments and Other Market Information.

Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs). The value of collateralized loan obligations is primarily determined by cash flow data, relevant loan pricing data and market color, and research from market participants and trading desks (Level 2 or 3 inputs).

Convertible Bonds. Inputs used to value convertible bonds generally include underlying stock data, conversion rates, credit specific details, relevant listed bond and preferred stock prices and Other Market Information.

High Yield Securities. Inputs used to value high yield securities generally include a number of observations of equity and credit default swap curves related to the issuer and Other Market Information.

                       

The value of loan assignments is determined by Management primarily by obtaining valuations from independent pricing services based on broker quotes (generally Level 2 or Level 3 inputs depending on the number of quotes available).

The value of interest rate swaps is determined by Management primarily by obtaining valuations from independent pricing services based on references to the underlying rates including the local overnight index swap rate and the respective interbank offered forward rate to produce the daily price. The present value is calculated based off of expected cash flows based on swap parameters along with reference to the underlying yield curve and reference rate (Level 2 inputs).

Management has developed a process to periodically review information provided by independent pricing services for all types of securities.

Investments in non-exchange traded investment companies with a readily determinable fair value are valued using the respective fund’s daily calculated net asset value (“NAV”) per share (Level 2 inputs).

If a valuation is not available from an independent pricing service, or if Management has reason to believe that the valuation received does not represent the amount the Fund might reasonably expect to receive on a current sale in an orderly transaction, Management seeks to obtain quotations from brokers or dealers (generally considered Level 2 or Level 3 inputs depending on the number of quotes available). If such quotations are not readily available, the security is valued using methods the Fund’s Board has approved in the good-faith belief that the resulting valuation will reflect the fair value of the security. Inputs and assumptions considered in determining the fair value of a security based on Level 2 or Level 3 inputs may include, but are not limited to, the type of the security; the initial cost of the security; the existence of any contractual restrictions on the security’s disposition; the price and extent of public trading in similar securities of the issuer or of comparable companies; quotations or evaluated prices from broker-dealers and/or pricing services; information obtained from the issuer and/or analysts; an analysis of the company’s or issuer’s financial statements; an evaluation of the inputs that influence the issuer and the market(s) in which the security is purchased and sold.

Fair value prices are necessarily estimates, and there is no assurance that such a price will be at or close to the price at which the security is next quoted or next trades.

In December 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted Rule 2a-5 under the 1940 Act, which establishes requirements for determining fair value in good faith for purposes of the 1940 Act, including related oversight and reporting requirements. The rule also defines when market quotations are “readily available” for purposes of the 1940 Act, which is the threshold for determining whether a fund must fair value a security. The rule became effective on March 8, 2021, however, the SEC adopted an eighteen-month transition period beginning from the effective date. Management is currently evaluating the rule.


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3

Securities transactions and investment income: Securities transactions are recorded on trade date for financial reporting purposes. Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date. Interest income, including accretion of discount (adjusted for original issue discount, where applicable) and amortization of premium, where applicable, is recorded on the accrual basis. Realized gains and losses from securities transactions are recorded on the basis of identified cost and stated separately in the Statement of Operations.

          
4

Income tax information: It is the policy of the Fund to continue to qualify for treatment as a regulated investment company (“RIC”) by complying with the requirements of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code applicable to RICs and to distribute substantially all of its net investment income and net realized capital gains to its stockholders. To the extent the Fund distributes substantially all of its net investment income and net realized capital gains to stockholders, no federal income or excise tax provision is required.

ASC 740 “Income Taxes” sets forth a minimum threshold for financial statement recognition of a tax position taken, or expected to be taken, in a tax return. The Fund recognizes interest and penalties, if any, related to unrecognized tax positions as an income tax expense in the Statement of Operations. The Fund is subject to examination by U.S. federal and state tax authorities for returns filed for the tax years for which the applicable statutes of limitations have not yet expired. As of April 30, 2022, the Fund did not have any unrecognized tax positions.

For federal income tax purposes, the estimated cost of investments held at April 30, 2022 was $268,551,950. The estimated gross unrealized appreciation was $2,468,492 and estimated gross unrealized depreciation was $21,488,231 resulting in net unrealized depreciation in value of investments of $19,019,739 based on cost for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

Income distributions and capital gain distributions are determined in accordance with income tax regulations, which may differ from GAAP. These differences are primarily due to differing treatments of income and gains on various investment securities held by the Fund, timing differences and differing characterization of distributions made by the Fund.

Any permanent differences resulting from different book and tax treatment are reclassified at year-end and have no impact on net income, NAV or NAV per share of common stock of the Fund. For the year ended October 31, 2021, the Fund recorded permanent reclassifications primarily related to nondeductible restructuring costs. For the year ended October 31, 2021, the Fund recorded the following permanent reclassifications:

 
Total
Distributable
Paid-in Capital       Earnings/(Losses)
$(136,090) $136,090

The tax character of distributions paid during the years ended October 31, 2021, and October 31, 2020, was as follows:

Distributions Paid From:
Ordinary Income Long-Term Capital Gain Return of Capital Total
2021       2020       2021       2020       2021       2020       2021       2020
$13,351,098 $16,669,919 $— $— $4,832,395 $6,171,475 $18,183,493 $22,841,394

As of October 31, 2021, the components of distributable earnings (accumulated losses) on a U.S. federal income tax basis were as follows:

Undistributed Undistributed Unrealized Loss Other
Ordinary Long-Term Appreciation/ Carryforwards Temporary
Income       Capital Gain       (Depreciation)       and Deferrals       Differences       Total
$— $— $4,014,813 $(24,553,057) $(447,745) $(20,985,989)

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The temporary differences between book basis and tax basis distributable earnings are primarily due to: losses disallowed and recognized on wash sales, timing differences of fund level distributions, tax adjustments related to swap contracts and amortization of bond premium.

To the extent the Fund’s net realized capital gains, if any, can be offset by capital loss carryforwards, it is the policy of the Fund not to distribute such gains. Capital loss carryforward rules allow for RICs to carry forward capital losses indefinitely and to retain the character of capital loss carryforwards as short-term or long-term. As determined at October 31, 2021, the Fund had unused capital loss carryforwards available for federal income tax purposes to offset future net realized capital gains, if any, as follows:

          
Capital Loss Carryforwards
Long-Term       Short-Term
$24,553,057 $—

During the year ended October 31, 2021, the Fund utilized capital loss carryforwards of $15,527,383.

          
5

Foreign taxes: Foreign taxes withheld, if any, represent amounts withheld by foreign tax authorities, net of refunds recoverable.

 
6

Distributions to common stockholders: The Fund earns income, net of expenses, daily on its investments. It is the policy of the Fund to declare and pay monthly distributions to common stockholders. The Fund has adopted a policy to pay common stockholders a stable monthly distribution. The Fund’s ability to satisfy its policy will depend on a number of factors, including the amount and stability of income received from its investments, the availability of capital gains, distributions paid on any preferred shares, interest paid on any notes and the level of other Fund fees and expenses. In an effort to maintain a stable monthly distribution amount, the Fund may pay distributions consisting of net investment income, net realized gains and paid-in capital. There is no assurance that the Fund will always be able to pay distributions of a particular size, or that distributions will consist solely of net investment income and net realized capital gains. The composition of the Fund’s distributions for the calendar year 2022 will be reported to Fund stockholders on IRS Form 1099-DIV. The Fund may pay distributions in excess of those required by its stable distribution policy to avoid excise tax or to satisfy the requirements of Subchapter M of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Distributions to common stockholders are recorded on the ex-date. Net realized capital gains, if any, will be offset to the extent of any available capital loss carryforwards. Any such offset will not reduce the level of the stable distribution paid by the Fund. Distributions to preferred stockholders are accrued and determined as described in Note A-8.

On April 7, 2022, the Fund declared a monthly distribution to common stockholders in the amount of $0.0905 per share, payable on May 31, 2022 to stockholders of record on May 4, 2022, with an ex-date of May 3, 2022. Subsequent to April 30, 2022, the Fund declared a monthly distribution on May 31, 2022 to common stockholders in the amount of $0.0905 per share, payable on June 30, 2022 to stockholders of record on June 15, 2022, with an ex-date of June 14, 2022.

 
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Expense allocation: Certain expenses are applicable to multiple funds within the complex of related investment companies, which includes open-end and closed-end investment companies for which NBIA serves as investment manager. Expenses directly attributable to the Fund are charged to the Fund. Expenses borne by the complex of related investment companies that are not directly attributable to a particular investment company (e.g., the Fund) are allocated among the Fund and the other investment companies or series thereof in the complex on the basis of relative net assets, except where a more appropriate allocation of expenses to each of the investment companies or series thereof in the complex can otherwise be made fairly.

 
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Financial leverage: In September 2013, the Fund issued privately placed notes (“PNs”) with an aggregate principal value of $90,000,000 and Mandatory Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series B with an aggregate liquidation preference of $35,000,000. In August 2020, the Fund issued Mandatory Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series C

 
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(“MRPS” and, together with the PNs, “Private Securities”) with an aggregate liquidation preference of $95,000,000. The Fund used the proceeds from the issuance of the MRPS to repurchase the outstanding Mandatory Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series B and to prepay $60,000,000 of the aggregate principal balance of the PNs. In December 2020, in connection with the reduction in the Fund’s asset level following the tender offer (Note E), the Fund prepaid $10,500,000 of the outstanding PNs and redeemed $19,000,000 of the MRPS, reducing the PNs aggregate principal value to $19,500,000 and the MRPS aggregate liquidation preference to $76,000,000. The PNs have a maturity date of September 18, 2023 and the MRPS have a maturity date of August 3, 2023. The interest on the PNs is accrued daily and paid quarterly. The MRPS have a liquidation preference of $12.50 per share plus any accumulated unpaid distributions, whether or not earned or declared by the Fund, but excluding interest thereon (“Liquidation Value”). Distributions on the MRPS are accrued daily and paid quarterly. For financial reporting purposes only, the liquidation preference of the MRPS is recognized as a liability in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities.

During the six months ended April 30, 2022, the average principal balance outstanding and average annualized interest rate of the PNs were $19,500,000 and 1.55%, respectively. During the six months ended April 30, 2022, the average aggregate liquidation preference outstanding and average annualized distribution rate of the MRPS were $76,000,000 and 2.40%.

The table below sets forth key terms of the MRPS.

          
Mandatory Aggregate
Redemption Interest Shares Liquidation
Series       Date       Rate       Outstanding       Preference
Series C 8/3/23 2.45%* 6,080,000 $76,000,000

*Current floating rate as of April 30, 2022.

The Fund has paid organizational expenses which are being amortized over the life of the PNs and MRPS. The expenses are included in the Interest expense that is reflected in the Statement of Operations.

The Fund may redeem the MRPS or prepay the PNs, in whole or in part, at its option after giving notice to the relevant holders of the Private Securities but may incur additional expenses on the MRPS if it chooses to so redeem. The Fund is also subject to certain restrictions relating to the Private Securities. Failure to comply with these restrictions could preclude the Fund from declaring any distributions to common stockholders or repurchasing shares of common stock and/or could trigger the mandatory redemption of the MRPS at Liquidation Value and certain expenses and/or mandatory prepayment of the PNs at par plus accrued but unpaid interest and certain expenses. The holders of the MRPS are entitled to one vote per share and will vote with holders of shares of common stock as a single class, except that the holders of the MRPS will vote separately as a class on certain matters, as required by law or the Fund’s organizational documents. The holders of the MRPS, voting as a separate class, are entitled at all times to elect two Directors of the Fund, and to elect a majority of the Directors of the Fund if the Fund fails to pay distributions on the MRPS for two consecutive years.

Subsequent to April 30, 2022, on June 3, 2022, in connection with the increase in the Fund’s asset level following the rights offering (Note F), the Fund issued a privately placed note with a principal value of $26,500,000 (“Series B Note”). The Series B Note has a maturity date of September 18, 2023 and interest on the Series B Note is accrued daily and paid quarterly.

          
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Concentration of credit risk: The Fund will normally invest at least 80% of its total assets in high yield debt securities of U.S. and foreign issuers, which include securities that are rated below investment grade by a rating agency or are unrated debt securities determined to be of comparable quality by the Fund’s investment manager.

Due to the likelihood of volatility and potential illiquidity of the high yield securities in which the Fund invests and the real or perceived difficulty of issuers of those high yield securities to meet their payment obligations during economic downturns or because of negative business developments relating to the issuer or its industry in general,


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the value and/or price of the Fund’s shares of common stock may fluctuate more than would be the case if the Fund did not concentrate in high yield securities.

          
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Derivative instruments: The Fund’s use of derivatives during the six months ended April 30, 2022, is described below. Please see the Schedule of Investments for the Fund’s open positions in derivatives, at April 30, 2022. The disclosure requirements of ASC 815 “Derivatives and Hedging” (“ASC 815”) distinguish between derivatives that qualify for hedge accounting and those that do not. Because investment companies value their derivatives at fair value and recognize changes in fair value through the Statement of Operations, they do not qualify for hedge accounting. Accordingly, even though the Fund’s investments in derivatives may represent economic hedges, they are considered non-hedge transactions for purposes of this disclosure.

In October 2020, the SEC adopted new regulations governing the use of derivatives by registered investment companies. Rule 18f-4 will impose limits on the amount of derivatives a fund could enter into, eliminate the asset segregation framework currently used by funds to comply with Section 18 of the 1940 Act, and require funds whose use of derivatives is more than a limited specified exposure to establish and maintain a derivatives risk management program and appoint a derivatives risk manager. While the new rule became effective February 19, 2021, funds will not be required to fully comply with the new rule until August 19, 2022. It is not currently clear what impact, if any, the new rule will have on the availability, liquidity or performance of derivatives. When fully implemented, the new rule may require changes in how the Fund will use derivatives, may adversely affect the Fund’s performance and may increase costs related to the Fund’s use of derivatives.

Interest rate swap contracts: During the six months ended April 30, 2022, the Fund used interest rate swaps to reduce the risk that an increase in short-term interest rates could reduce common share net earnings as a result of leverage. Under the terms of the interest rate swaps, the Fund agrees to pay the swap counterparty a fixed-rate payment in exchange for the counterparty’s paying the Fund a variable-rate payment that is intended to approximate all or a portion of the Fund’s variable-rate payment obligations on the Fund’s Private Securities. The fixed-rate and variable rate payment flows are paid by one party to the other on a periodic basis and netted against each other when applicable. The Fund segregates cash or liquid securities having a value at least equal to the Fund’s net payment obligations under any interest rate swap transaction, marked to market daily. There is no guarantee that these interest rate swap transactions will be successful in reducing or limiting risk.

Risks may arise if the counterparty to a swap contract fails to comply with the terms of its contract. The loss incurred by the failure of a counterparty is generally limited to the net interest payment to be received by the Fund and/or the termination value at the end of the contract. Additionally, risks may arise if there is no liquid market for these agreements or from movements in interest rates unanticipated by Management.

Periodic expected interim net interest payments or receipts on the swaps are recorded as an adjustment to unrealized gains/losses, along with the fair value of the future periodic payment or receivable streams on the swaps. The unrealized gains/losses associated with the periodic interim net interest payments or receipts are reclassified to realized gains/ losses in conjunction with the actual net receipt or payment of such amounts. The reclassifications do not impact the Fund’s total net assets applicable to common stockholders or its total net increase (decrease) in net assets applicable to common stockholders resulting from operations.

Certain clearinghouses currently offer clearing for limited types of derivative transactions. In a cleared derivative transaction, the Fund typically enters into the transaction with a financial institution counterparty that is then cleared through a central clearinghouse. Upon acceptance of a swap by a central clearinghouse, the original swap is extinguished and replaced with a swap with the clearinghouse, thereby reducing or eliminating the Fund’s exposure to the credit risk of the original counterparty. The Fund typically will be required to post specified levels of both initial and variation margin with the clearinghouse or at the instruction of the clearinghouse. The daily change in valuation is recorded as a receivable or payable for variation margin and settled in cash with the central clearing party. For financial reporting purposes, unamortized upfront payments, if any, are netted with unrealized appreciation or depreciation and net interest received or paid on swap contracts to determine the fair value of swaps.


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           At April 30, 2022, the Fund had the following derivatives (which did not qualify as hedging instruments under ASC 815), grouped by primary risk exposure:

Asset Derivatives       Interest Rate Risk       Statement of Assets and Liabilities Location
Centrally cleared swaps(a) $1,196,988 Receivable for accumulated variation margin on centrally cleared swap contracts
         
Total Value - Assets $1,196,988

           (a) “Centrally cleared swaps” reflect the cumulative unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of the centrally cleared swap contracts plus accrued interest as of April 30, 2022.

           The impact of the use of these derivative instruments on the Statement of Operations during the six months ended April 30, 2022, was as follows:

Realized Gain/(Loss)
      Interest Rate Risk       Statement of Operations Location
Swaps $(32,114) Net realized gain/(loss) on:
Total Realized Gain/(Loss) $(32,114) Expiration or closing of swap contracts
 
Change in Appreciation/(Depreciation)
Interest Rate Risk Statement of Operations Location
Swaps $1,057,765 Change in net unrealized appreciation/
Total Change in Appreciation/(Depreciation) $1,057,765 (depreciation) in value of: Swap contracts

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Securities lending: The Fund, using State Street Bank and Trust Company (“State Street”) as its lending agent, may loan securities to qualified brokers and dealers in exchange for negotiated lender’s fees. These fees, if any, would be disclosed within the Statement of Operations under the caption “Income from securities loaned-net” and are net of expenses retained by State Street as compensation for its services as lending agent.

The initial cash collateral received by the Fund at the beginning of each transaction shall have a value equal to at least 102% of the prior day’s market value of the loaned securities (105% in the case of international securities). Thereafter, the value of the cash collateral is monitored on a daily basis, and cash collateral is moved daily between a counterparty and the Fund until the close of the transaction. The Fund may only receive collateral in the form of cash (U.S. dollars). Cash collateral is generally invested in a money market fund registered under the 1940 Act that is managed by an affiliate of State Street. The risks associated with lending portfolio securities include, but are not limited to, possible delays in receiving additional collateral or in the recovery of the loaned securities. Any increase or decrease in the fair value of the securities loaned and any interest earned or dividends paid or owed on those securities during the term of the loan would accrue to the Fund.

As of April 30, 2022, the Fund did not have any outstanding loans of securities.

          
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When-issued/delayed delivery securities: The Fund may purchase securities with delivery or payment to occur at a later date beyond the normal settlement period. At the time the Fund enters into a commitment to purchase a security, the transaction is recorded and the value of the security is reflected in the NAV. The price of such security and the date when the security will be delivered and paid for are fixed at the time the transaction is negotiated. The value of the security may vary with market fluctuations. No interest accrues to the Fund until payment takes place. At the time the Fund enters into this type of transaction it is required to segregate cash or other liquid assets at least equal to the amount of the commitment. When-issued and delayed delivery transactions can have a leverage-like effect on the Fund, which can increase fluctuations in the Fund’s NAV. Certain risks may arise upon entering into when-issued or delayed delivery securities transactions from the potential inability of counterparties to meet the terms of their contracts or if the issuer does not issue the securities due to political, economic, or other factors. Additionally, losses may arise due to changes in the value of the underlying securities.


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Indemnifications: Like many other companies, the Fund’s organizational documents provide that its officers (“Officers”) and directors (“Directors”) are indemnified against certain liabilities arising out of the performance of their duties to the Fund. In addition, both in some of its principal service contracts and in the normal course of its business, the Fund enters into contracts that provide indemnifications to other parties for certain types of losses or liabilities. The Fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown as this could involve future claims against the Fund.

          
14

Arrangements with certain non-affiliated service providers: In order to satisfy rating agency requirements and the terms of the Private Securities, the Fund is required to provide the rating agency and holders of Private Securities a report on a monthly basis verifying that the Fund is maintaining eligible assets having a discounted value equal to or greater than the basic maintenance amount, which is the minimum level set by the rating agency as one of the conditions to maintain the rating on the PNs and the MRPS. “Discounted value” refers to the fact that the rating agency requires the Fund, in performing this calculation, to discount portfolio securities below their face value, at rates determined by the rating agency. The Fund pays State Street for the preparation of this report, which is reflected in the Statement of Operations under the caption “Basic maintenance (Note A).”

   
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Unfunded loan commitments: The Fund may enter into certain credit agreements all or a portion of which may be unfunded. The Fund is obligated to fund these commitments at the borrower’s discretion. As of April 30, 2022, the Fund had no outstanding unfunded loan commitments.

Note B—Investment Management Fees, Administration Fees, and Other Transactions with Affiliates:

          

The Fund retains NBIA as its investment manager under a Management Agreement. For such investment management services, the Fund pays NBIA an investment management fee computed at an annual rate of 0.60% of the Fund’s average daily Managed Assets. Managed Assets equal the total assets of the Fund, less liabilities other than the aggregate indebtedness entered into for purposes of leverage. For purposes of calculating Managed Assets, the liquidation preference of any MRPS outstanding and principal amount of the PNs are not considered liabilities.

The Fund retains NBIA as its administrator under an Administration Agreement. The Fund pays NBIA an administration fee at an annual rate of 0.05% of its average daily Managed Assets under this agreement. Additionally, NBIA retains State Street as its sub-administrator under a Sub-Administration Agreement. NBIA pays State Street a fee for all services received under the Sub-Administration Agreement.

Note C—Securities Transactions:

          

During the six months ended April 30, 2022, there were purchase and sale transactions of long-term securities (excluding swap contracts) of $56,342,951 and $49,116,176, respectively.

Note D—Capital:

          

Transactions in shares of common stock for the six months ended April 30, 2022, and for the year ended October 31, 2021 were as follows:


For the Six Months Ended April 30, 2022 For the Year Ended October 31, 2021
Stock Issued on
Reinvestment of
Dividends and
Distributions
      Net Increase/
(Decrease) In
Common Stock
Outstanding
      Stock Issued on
Reinvestment of
Dividends and
Distributions
      Repurchase of Common
Stock in connection with
Tender Offer (Note E)
      Net Increase/
(Decrease) In
Common Stock
Outstanding
4,957 4,957 8,163 (4,885,146) (4,876,983)

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Note E—Common Stock Tender Offer:

          

On November 10, 2020, the Fund commenced a tender offer to purchase up to 25% of its outstanding shares of common stock for cash at a price equal to 96% of its NAV per share determined on December 10, 2020. The Fund’s tender offer expired on December 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., New York City time.

In accordance with the terms of the tender offer, since the tender offer was oversubscribed, the Fund purchased 25% of its outstanding shares of common stock on a pro-rata basis, with appropriate adjustment to avoid purchase of fractional shares of common stock, based on the number of shares properly tendered. The Fund purchased 4,885,146 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $12.03 per share, representing 96% of the NAV per share as of the close of the regular trading session of the NYSE on December 10, 2020. Shares of the Fund’s common stock that were tendered but were not purchased remain outstanding.

Note F—Common Stock Rights Offering:

          

On April 19, 2022 (the “Record Date”), the Fund commenced a transferable rights offering (the “Offer”) whereby the Fund issued one transferable right (a “Right”) for each share of common stock of the Fund held by stockholders of record as of the Record Date. Pursuant to the Offer, holders of Rights were entitled to purchase shares of common stock by submitting three Rights and the subscription price per share for each share purchased. The Offer expired at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 17, 2022 (the “Expiration Date”). The final subscription price of $8.60 per share of common stock was equal to 87% of the Fund’s NAV per share of common stock at the close of trading on the NYSE American on the Expiration Date. The Offer resulted in the issuance of 4,763,981 shares of common stock and the gross proceeds of the Offer were approximately $40.9 million.

Note G—Recent Accounting Pronouncement:

          

In January 2021, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2021-01 (“ASU 2021-01”), “Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848)”. ASU 2021-01 is an update of ASU 2020-04, which is in response to concerns about structural risks of interbank offered rates, and particularly the risk of cessation of LIBOR, regulators have undertaken reference rate reform initiatives to identify alternative reference rates that are more observable or transaction based and less susceptible to manipulation. ASU 2020-04 provides optional guidance for a limited period of time to ease the potential burden in accounting for (or recognizing the effects of) reference rate reform on financial reporting. ASU 2020-04 is elective and applies to all entities, subject to meeting certain criteria, that have contracts, hedging relationships, and other transactions that reference LIBOR or another reference rate expected to be discontinued because of reference rate reform. The ASU 2021-01 update clarifies that certain optional expedients and exceptions in Topic 848 for contract modifications and hedge accounting apply to derivatives that are affected by the discounting transition. The amendments in this update are effective immediately through December 31, 2022, for all entities. Management is currently evaluating the implications, if any, of the additional requirements and its impact on the Fund’s financial statements.

Note H—Other Matters:

          

Coronavirus: The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in many countries has, among other things, disrupted global travel and supply chains, and adversely impacted global commercial activity, the transportation industry and commodity prices in the energy sector. The impact of this virus has negatively affected and may continue to affect the economies of many nations, individual companies and the global securities and commodities markets, including liquidity and volatility. The development and fluidity of this situation precludes any prediction as to its ultimate impact, which may have a continued adverse effect on global economic and market conditions. Such conditions (which may be across industries, sectors or geographies) have impacted and may continue to impact certain issuers of the securities held by the Fund and in turn, may impact the financial performance of the Fund.


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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and corresponding events in late February 2022, have had, and could continue to have, severe adverse effects on regional and global economic markets for securities and commodities. Following Russia’s actions, various governments, including the United States, have issued broad-ranging economic sanctions against Russia. The current events have had, and could continue to have, an adverse effect on global markets performance and liquidity, thereby negatively affecting the value of the Fund’s investments beyond any direct exposure to Russian or Ukrainian issuers. The duration of ongoing hostilities and the vast array of sanctions and related events cannot be predicted. Those events present material uncertainty and risk with respect to markets globally and the performance of the Fund and its investments or operations could be negatively impacted.

Note I—Unaudited Financial Information:

          

The financial information included in this interim report is taken from the records of the Fund without audit by an independent registered public accounting firm. Annual reports contain audited financial statements.


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Financial Highlights

High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.

The following table includes selected data for a share of common stock outstanding throughout each period and other performance information derived from the Financial Statements. Amounts that do not round to $0.01 or $(0.01) per share are presented as $0.00 or $(0.00), respectively. Ratios that do not round to 0.01% or (0.01)% are presented as 0.00% or (0.00)%, respectively. A “—” indicates that the line item was not applicable in the corresponding period.

Six Months
Ended
April 30,
2022 Year Ended October 31,
(Unaudited) 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
Common Stock Net Asset Value,
Beginning of Period     $ 12.35     $ 11.74     $ 12.67     $ 12.45     $ 13.43     $ 13.12
Income From Investment Operations
Applicable to Common Stockholders:
Net Investment Income/(Loss)@ 0.35 0.75 0.73 0.78 0.76 0.87
Net Gains or (Losses) on Securities (both
realized and unrealized) (1.68 ) 0.78 (0.57 ) 0.38 (0.92 ) 0.35
Total From Investment Operations
Applicable to Common Stockholders (1.33 ) 1.53 0.16 1.16 (0.16 ) 1.22
Less Distributions to Common
Stockholders From:
Net Investment Income (0.54 ) (0.77 ) (0.77 ) (0.82 ) (0.79 ) (0.87 )
Tax Return of Capital (0.32 ) (0.32 ) (0.12 ) (0.03 ) (0.04 )
Total Distributions to
Common Stockholders (0.54 ) (1.09 ) (1.09 ) (0.94 ) (0.82 ) (0.91 )
Accretive Effect of Common Stock
Tender Offer 0.17 d
Common Stock Net Asset Value,
End of Period $ 10.48 $ 12.35 $ 11.74 $ 12.67 $ 12.45 $ 13.43
Common Stock Market Value, End of Period $ 9.76 $ 13.16 $ 10.75 $ 11.93 $ 10.33 $ 12.13
Total Return, Common Stock
Net Asset Value (10.97 )%* 14.81 %a 2.28 % 10.43 % (0.20 )%a 10.41 %ab
Total Return, Common Stock Market Value (22.19 )%* 33.61 %a (0.53 )% 25.32 % (8.32 )%a 12.70 %ab
Supplemental Data/Ratios
Net Assets Applicable to Common
Stockholders, End of Period (in millions) $ 153.8 $ 181.1 $ 229.3 $ 247.5 $ 243.3 $ 262.5
Preferred Stock Outstanding, End of Period
(in millions)^^ $ 76.0 $ 76.0 $ 95.0 $ 35.0 $ 35.0 $ 35.0
Preferred Stock Liquidation Preference
Per Share^^ $ 12.50 $ 12.50 $ 12.50 $ 25,000 $ 25,000 $ 25,000
Ratios are Calculated Using Average
Net Assets Applicable to Common
Stockholders
Ratio of Gross ExpensesØØ 2.85 %** 2.55 % 3.17 % 3.52 % 2.96 % 2.47 %
Ratio of Net ExpensesØØ 2.85 %** 2.55 % 3.17 % 3.52 % 2.96 % 2.45 %c
Ratio of Net Investment Income/(Loss)
Excluding Preferred Stock Distributions 5.96 %** 5.96 % 6.21 % 6.20 % 5.88 % 6.56 %c
Portfolio Turnover Rate 19 %* 66 % 102 % 89 % 62 % 65 %
Asset Coverage Per Share of
Preferred Stock, End of Period¢ $ 38 $ 42 $ 43 $ 201,899 $ 198,912 $ 212,582
Notes Payable (in millions) $ 19.3 ^ $ 19.3 ^ $ 29.6 ^ $ 89.9 ^ $ 89.9 ^ $ 89.9 ^
Asset Coverage Per $1,000 of
Notes Payable¢¢ $ 12,915 $ 14,374 $ 11,969 $ 4,147 $ 4,103 $ 4,308

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Notes to Financial Highlights
High Yield Strategies Fund Inc. (Unaudited)

@

Calculated based on the average number of shares of common stock outstanding during each fiscal period.

   

Total return based on per share NAV reflects the effects of changes in NAV on the performance of the Fund during each fiscal period. Total return based on per share market value assumes the purchase of shares of common stock at the market price on the first day and sale of common stock at the market price on the last day of the period indicated. Distributions, if any, are assumed to be reinvested at prices obtained under the Fund’s distribution reinvestment plan. Results represent past performance and do not indicate future results. Current returns may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investment returns will fluctuate and shares of common stock, when sold, may be worth more or less than original cost.

   
^

Net of unamortized deferred issuance costs. The unamortized deferred issuance costs were:


Six Months Ended April 30, Year Ended October 31,
2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
$175,930       $243,416       $379,506       $88,436       $110,770       $133,104

*

Not annualized.

   
** Annualized.
 
^^

From September 18, 2013 to August 4, 2020, the Fund had 1,400 Mandatory Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series B outstanding. From August 5, 2020 to December 13, 2020, the Fund had 7,600,000 MRPS outstanding. Effective December 14, 2020, the Fund has 6,080,000 MRPS outstanding (see Note A of the Notes to Financial Statements).

   
ØØ

Distributions to mandatory redeemable preferred stockholders and interest expense is included in expense ratios. The annualized ratios of distributions to mandatory redeemable preferred stockholders and interest expense to average net assets applicable to common stockholders were:


Six Months Ended April 30, Year Ended October 31,
2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
Distributions to mandatory redeemable                                    
preferred stockholders 0.18% 0.15 % 0.71 % 0.71 % 0.62 % 0.48 %
Interest 1.06% 0.95 % 0.89 % 1.38 % 1.16 % 0.81 %

¢

Calculated by subtracting the Fund’s total liabilities (excluding the liquidation preference of mandatory redeemable preferred shares and accumulated unpaid distributions on mandatory redeemable preferred shares) from the Fund’s total assets and dividing by the number of mandatory redeemable preferred shares outstanding.

   
¢¢

Calculated by subtracting the Fund’s total liabilities (excluding the liquidation preference of mandatory redeemable preferred shares, the outstanding principal of the PNs and accumulated unpaid liabilities on the PNs and the mandatory redeemable preferred shares) from the Fund’s total assets and dividing by the outstanding Notes Payable balance.

   
a

The class action proceeds received in 2021, 2018 and 2017 had no impact on the Fund’s total returns for the years ended October 31, 2021, 2018 or 2017.

   
b

In May 2016, the Fund’s custodian, State Street, announced that it had identified inconsistencies in the way in which the Fund was invoiced for categories of expenses, particularly those deemed “out-of-pocket” costs, from 1998 through November 2015, and refunded to the Fund certain expenses, plus interest, determined to be payable to the Fund for the period. These amounts had no impact on the Fund’s total return for the year ended October 31, 2017.

   
c

The custodian expenses refund noted in (b) above is non-recurring and is included in these ratios. Had the Fund not received the refund, the annualized ratio of net expenses to average net assets applicable to common stockholders and the annualized ratio of net investment income/(loss) to average net assets applicable to common stockholders would have been:


Ratio of Ratio of Net Investment Income/(Loss)
Net Expenses to Average Net Assets to Average Net Assets Applicable to
Applicable to Common Stockholders Common Stockholders
Year Ended October 31, 2017 Year Ended October 31, 2017
2.47%       6.54%

d During the year ended October 31, 2021, the Fund conducted a tender offer and repurchased 25% of its outstanding shares of common stock at a price equal to 96% of the Fund’s NAV per share. During the year ended October 31, 2021, final payment for the tender offer was made at $12.03 per share representing 96% of the NAV per share on December 10, 2020.

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Distribution Reinvestment Plan for the Fund

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (the “Plan Agent”) will act as Plan Agent for stockholders who have not elected in writing to receive dividends and distributions in cash (each a “Participant”), will open an account for each Participant under the Distribution Reinvestment Plan (“Plan”) in the same name as their then-current shares of the Fund’s common stock (“Shares”) are registered, and will put the Plan into effect for each Participant as of the first record date for a dividend or capital gains distribution.

Whenever the Fund declares a dividend or distribution with respect to the Shares, each Participant will receive such dividends and distributions in additional Shares, including fractional Shares acquired by the Plan Agent and credited to each Participant’s account. If on the payment date for a cash dividend or distribution, the net asset value is equal to or less than the market price per Share plus estimated brokerage commissions, the Plan Agent shall automatically receive such Shares, including fractions, for each Participant’s account. Except in the circumstances described in the next paragraph, the number of additional Shares to be credited to each Participant’s account shall be determined by dividing the dollar amount of the dividend or distribution payable on their Shares by the greater of the net asset value per Share determined as of the date of purchase or 95% of the then-current market price per Share on the payment date.

Should the net asset value per Share exceed the market price per Share plus estimated brokerage commissions on the payment date for a cash dividend or distribution, the Plan Agent or a broker-dealer selected by the Plan Agent shall endeavor, for a purchase period lasting until the last business day before the next date on which the Shares trade on an “ex-dividend” basis, but in no event, except as provided below, more than 30 days after the payment date, to apply the amount of such dividend or distribution on each Participant’s Shares (less their pro rata share of brokerage commissions incurred with respect to the Plan Agent’s open-market purchases in connection with the reinvestment of such dividend or distribution) to purchase Shares on the open market for each Participant’s account. No such purchases may be made more than 30 days after the payment date for such dividend or distribution except where temporary curtailment or suspension of purchase is necessary to comply with applicable provisions of federal securities laws. If, at the close of business on any day during the purchase period the net asset value per Share equals or is less than the market price per Share plus estimated brokerage commissions, the Plan Agent will not make any further open-market purchases in connection with the reinvestment of such dividend or distribution. If the Plan Agent is unable to invest the full dividend or distribution amount through open-market purchases during the purchase period, the Plan Agent shall request that, with respect to the uninvested portion of such dividend or distribution amount, the Fund issue new Shares at the close of business on the earlier of the last day of the purchase period or the first day during the purchase period on which the net asset value per Share equals or is less than the market price per Share, plus estimated brokerage commissions, such Shares to be issued in accordance with the terms specified in the third paragraph hereof. These newly issued Shares will be valued at the then-current market price per Share at the time such Shares are to be issued.

For purposes of making the reinvestment purchase comparison under the Plan, (a) the market price of the Shares on a particular date shall be the last sales price on the New York Stock Exchange (or if the Shares are not listed on the New York Stock Exchange, such other exchange on which the Shares are principally traded) on that date, or, if there is no sale on such Exchange (or if not so listed, in the over-the-counter market) on that date, then the mean between the closing bid and asked quotations for such Shares on such Exchange on such date and (b) the net asset value per Share on a particular date shall be the net asset value per Share most recently calculated by or on behalf of the Fund. All dividends, distributions and other payments (whether made in cash or Shares) shall be made net of any applicable withholding tax.

Open-market purchases provided for above may be made on any securities exchange where the Fund’s Shares are traded, in the over-the-counter market or in negotiated transactions and may be on such terms as to price, delivery and otherwise as the Plan Agent shall determine. Each Participant’s uninvested funds held by the Plan Agent will not bear interest, and it is understood that, in any event, the Plan Agent shall have no liability in connection with any inability to purchase Shares within 30 days after the initial date of such purchase as herein provided, or with the timing of any purchases effected. The Plan Agent shall have no responsibility as to the value of the Shares acquired for each

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Participant’s account. For the purpose of cash investments, the Plan Agent may commingle each Participant’s funds with those of other stockholders of the Fund for whom the Plan Agent similarly acts as agent, and the average price (including brokerage commissions) of all Shares purchased by the Plan Agent as Plan Agent shall be the price per Share allocable to each Participant in connection therewith.

The Plan Agent may hold each Participant’s Shares acquired pursuant to the Plan together with the Shares of other stockholders of the Fund acquired pursuant to the Plan in noncertificated form in the Plan Agent’s name or that of the Plan Agent’s nominee. The Plan Agent will forward to each Participant any proxy solicitation material and will vote any Shares so held for each Participant only in accordance with the instructions set forth on proxies returned by the Participant to the Fund.

The Plan Agent will confirm to each Participant each acquisition made for their account as soon as practicable but not later than 60 days after the date thereof. Although each Participant may from time to time have an undivided fractional interest (computed to three decimal places) in a Share, no certificates for a fractional Share will be issued. However, dividends and distributions on fractional Shares will be credited to each Participant’s account. In the event of termination of a Participant’s account under the Plan, the Plan Agent will adjust for any such undivided fractional interest in cash at the market value of the Shares at the time of termination, less the pro rata expense of any sale required to make such an adjustment.

Any Share dividends or split Shares distributed by the Fund on Shares held by the Plan Agent for Participants will be credited to their accounts. In the event that the Fund makes available to its stockholders rights to purchase additional Shares or other securities, the Shares held for each Participant under the Plan will be added to other Shares held by the Participant in calculating the number of rights to be issued to each Participant.

The Plan Agent’s service fee for handling capital gains and other distributions or income dividends will be paid by the Fund. Participants will be charged their pro rata share of brokerage commissions on all open-market purchases.

Each Participant may terminate their account under the Plan by notifying the Plan Agent in writing. Such termination will be effective immediately if the Participant’s notice is received by the Plan Agent not less than ten days prior to any dividend or distribution record date, otherwise such termination will be effective the first trading day after the payment date for such dividend or distribution with respect to any subsequent dividend or distribution. The Plan may be terminated by the Plan Agent or the Fund upon notice in writing mailed to each Participant at least 30 days prior to any record date for the payment of any dividend or distribution by the Fund.

These terms and conditions may be amended or supplemented by the Plan Agent or the Fund at any time or times but, except when necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable law or the rules or policies of the Securities and Exchange Commission or any other regulatory authority, only by mailing to each Participant appropriate written notice at least 30 days prior to the effective date thereof. The amendment or supplement shall be deemed to be accepted by each Participant unless, prior to the effective date thereof, the Plan Agent receives written notice of the termination of their account under the Plan. Any such amendment may include an appointment by the Plan Agent in its place and stead of a successor Plan Agent under these terms and conditions, with full power and authority to perform all or any of the acts to be performed by the Plan Agent under these terms and conditions. Upon any such appointment of any Plan Agent for the purpose of receiving dividends and distributions, the Fund will be authorized to pay to such successor Plan Agent, for each Participant’s account, all dividends and distributions payable on Shares held in their name or under the Plan for retention or application by such successor Plan Agent as provided in these terms and conditions.

The Plan Agent shall at all times act in good faith and agrees to use its best efforts within reasonable limits to ensure the accuracy of all services performed under this Agreement and to comply with applicable law, but assumes no responsibility and shall not be liable for loss or damage due to errors unless such error is caused by the Plan Agent’s negligence, bad faith, or willful misconduct or that of its employees. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the State of Maryland.

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Reinvested dividends and distributions are taxed in the same manner as cash dividends and distributions — i.e., reinvestment in additional Shares does not relieve stockholders of, or defer the need to pay, any income tax that may be payable (or that is required to be withheld) on Fund dividends and distributions. Participants should contact their tax professionals for information on how the Plan impacts their personal tax situation. For additional information about the Plan, please contact the Plan Agent by telephone at 1-866-227-2136 or by mail at 6201 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11219 or online at www.astfinancial.com.

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Directory

Investment Manager and Administrator
Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104-0002
877.461.1899

Plan Agent
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC
Plan Administration Department
P.O. Box 922
Wall Street Station
New York, NY 10269-0560

   

Custodian
State Street Bank and Trust Company
One Lincoln Street
Boston, MA 02111

Overnight correspondence should be sent to:
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC
6201 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11219

   

Transfer Agent
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC
6201 15th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Shareholder Services 866.227.2136

Legal Counsel
K&L Gates LLP
1601 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1600

Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Ernst & Young LLP
200 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116


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Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures

A description of the policies and procedures that the Fund uses to determine how to vote proxies relating to portfolio securities is available, without charge, by calling 800-877-9700 (toll-free) and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Information regarding how the Fund voted proxies relating to portfolio securities during the most recent 12-month period ended June 30 is also available upon request, without charge, by calling 800-877-9700 (toll-free), on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, and on Neuberger Berman’s website at www.nb.com.

Quarterly Portfolio Schedule

The Fund files a complete schedule of portfolio holdings with the SEC for the first and third quarters of each fiscal year as an exhibit to its report on Form N-PORT. The Fund’s Forms N-PORT are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The portfolio holdings information on Forms N-PORT are available upon request, without charge, by calling 800-877-9700 (toll-free).

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FACTS

     

WHAT DOES NEUBERGER BERMAN
DO WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

 

Why?

Financial companies choose how they share your personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your personal information. Please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.

 

What?

The types of personal information we collect and share depend on the product or service you have with us. This information can include:

Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other numerical identifiers
Names and addresses
Driver’s licenses, passports and other identification documents
Usernames and passwords
Internet protocol addresses and other network activity information
Income, credit history, credit scores, assets, transaction history and other financial information

When you are no longer our customer, we continue to share your information as described in this notice.

 

How?

All financial companies need to share customers’ personal information to run their everyday business. In the section below, we list the reasons financial companies can share their customers’ personal information; the reasons Neuberger Berman chooses to share; and whether you can limit this sharing.

 

Reasons we can share your personal information

Does Neuberger
Berman share?

Can you limit this sharing?

For our everyday business purposes—
such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, or report to credit bureaus

Yes

No

For our marketing purposes—
to offer our products and services to you

Yes

No

For joint marketing with other financial companies

No

We don’t share

For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes—
information about your transactions and experiences

Yes

No

For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes—
information about your creditworthiness

No

We don’t share

For nonaffiliates to market to you

No

We don’t share

 

Questions?

     

Call 646.497.4003 or 866.483.1046 (toll-free)
 
Email NBPrivacyOfficer@nb.com






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Who we are

Who is providing this notice?

Entities within the Neuberger Berman family of companies, mutual funds, and private investment funds.

 

What we do

How does Neuberger Berman protect my personal information?

To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with federal law. These measures include physical, electronic and procedural safeguards, including secured files and buildings.

We restrict access to customer information to those employees who need to know such information in order to perform their job responsibilities.

How does Neuberger Berman collect my personal information?

We collect your personal information directly from you or your representatives, for example, when you

seek advice about your investments
give us your contact or income information
provide account information or open an account
direct us to buy or sell securities, or complete other transactions
visit one of our websites, portals or other online locations

We may also collect your personal information from others, such as credit bureaus, affiliates, or other companies.

Why can’t I limit all sharing?

Federal law gives you the right to limit only

sharing for affiliates’ everyday business purposes—information about your creditworthiness
affiliates from using your information to market to you
sharing for nonaffiliates to market to you

State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing.

 

Definitions

Affiliates

Companies related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

Our affiliates include companies with a Neuberger Berman name; financial companies, such as investment advisers or broker dealers; mutual funds, and private investment funds.

Nonaffiliates

Companies not related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

Nonaffiliates we share with can include companies that perform administrative services on our behalf (such as vendors that provide data processing, transaction processing, and printing services) or other companies such as brokers, dealers, or counterparties in connection with servicing your account.

Joint marketing

A formal agreement between nonaffiliated financial companies that together market financial products or services to you.

Neuberger Berman doesn’t jointly market.



   
         

Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers LLC
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104-0002
Internal Sales & Services
877.461.1899
www.nb.com

 

Statistics and projections in this report are derived from sources deemed to be reliable but cannot be regarded as a representation of future results of the Fund. This report is prepared for the general information of stockholders and is not an offer for shares of the Fund.

 
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(b) Not applicable to the Registrant.

Item 2.  Code of Ethics.
The Board of Directors (“Board”) of Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund Inc. (“Registrant” or “Fund”) has adopted a code of ethics that applies to the Registrant’s principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions (“Code of Ethics”).  During the period covered by this Form N-CSR, there were no substantive amendments to the Code of Ethics and there were no waivers from the Code of Ethics granted to the Registrant’s principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions.
A copy of the Code of Ethics is incorporated by reference to Neuberger Berman Income Funds’ Form N-CSR, Investment Company Act file number 811-03802 (filed June 30, 2020). The Code of Ethics is also available, without charge, by calling 1-800-877-9700 (toll-free).
Item 3.  Audit Committee Financial Expert.
Not applicable to semi-annual reports on Form N-CSR.
Item 4.  Principal Accountant Fees and Services.
Not applicable to semi-annual reports on Form N-CSR.
Item 5.  Audit Committee of Listed Registrants.
Not applicable to semi-annual reports on Form N-CSR.
Item 6.  Schedule of Investments.
(a)
The complete schedule of investments for the Registrant is disclosed in the Registrant’s semi-annual report, which is included as Item 1 of this Form N-CSR.
(b)
Not applicable.
Item 7.  Disclosure of Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for Closed-End Management Investment Companies.
Not applicable to semi-annual reports on Form N-CSR.
Item 8.  Portfolio Managers of Closed-End Management Investment Companies.
(a)
Not applicable to semi-annual reports on Form N-CSR.
(b)
There have been no changes in any of the Portfolio Managers since the Registrant’s most recent annual report on Form N-CSR.
Item 9.  Purchases of Equity Securities by Closed-End Management Investment Company and Affiliated Purchasers.
No reportable purchases for the period covered by this report.

Item 10.  Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
There were no material changes to the procedures by which stockholders may recommend nominees to the Board.
Item 11.  Controls and Procedures.
(a)
Based on an evaluation of the disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 30a-3(c) under the Act) as of a date within 90 days of the filing date of this report, the Chief Executive Officer and President and the Treasurer and Principal Financial and Accounting Officer of the Registrant have concluded that such disclosure controls and procedures are effectively designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Registrant on Form N-CSR is accumulated and communicated to the Registrant’s management to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
(b)
There were no significant changes in the Registrant’s internal controls over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 30a-3(d) under the Act) that occurred during the Registrant’s most recent fiscal half-year period covered by this report that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
Item 12.  Disclosure of Securities Lending Activities for Closed-End Management Investment Companies.
(a)
The Fund engaged in securities lending activity during the fiscal year ended October 31, 2021.
Gross income from securities lending activities
$46,591
Fees and/or compensation paid by the Fund for securities lending activities and related services
Fees paid to securities lending agent from a revenue split
$4,451
Fees paid for any cash collateral management service (including fees deducted from a pooled cash collateral reinvestment vehicle) that are not included in the revenue split
$1,997
Administrative fees not included in revenue split
$0
Indemnification fees not included in revenue split
$0
Rebate (paid to borrower)
$0
Other fees relating to the securities lending program that are not included in the revenue split
$0
Aggregate fees/compensation for securities lending activities
$6,448
Net income from securities lending activities
$40,143

(b)
The Fund engaged in securities lending activity during the fiscal year ended October 31, 2021.  State Street Bank and Trust Company, as the Fund’s securities lending agent, effected loans of available securities of the Fund to qualified brokers and dealers in exchange for negotiated lender’s fees.
Item 13.  Exhibits.
(a)(1)
(a)(2)

(a)(3)
Not applicable to the Registrant.
(a)(4)
Not applicable to the Registrant.
(b)
The certification furnished pursuant to Rule 30a-2(b) under the Act and Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act will not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liability of that section.  Such certification will not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except to the extent that the Registrant specifically incorporates it by reference.

SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Neuberger Berman High Yield Strategies Fund Inc.

By:
/s/ Joseph V. Amato
 
 
Joseph V. Amato
 
 
Chief Executive Officer and President
 
Date: July 6, 2022


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.


By:
/s/ Joseph V. Amato
 
 
Joseph V. Amato
 
 
Chief Executive Officer and President
 
Date: July 6, 2022

By:
/s/ John M. McGovern
 
 
John M. McGovern
 
 
Treasurer and Principal Financial
 
 
and Accounting Officer
Date: July 6, 2022

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