May 01, 2012 at 08:00 AM EDT
Western Asset Income Fund as of March 31, 2012

Western Asset Income Fund (NYSE: PAI) announces its portfolio composition as of March 31, 2012.

Investment Objective: The Fund's seeks a high level of current income, consistent with prudent investment risk. Capital appreciation is a secondary objective.

Portfolio Composition*:

Asset Allocation

Investment Grade Corporate Bonds

83.4%

High Yield Corporate Bonds

14.1%

Government

0.7%

Emerging Market

0.6%

Municipal

0.5%

Mortgage-Backed Securities

0.3%

Asset-Backed Securities

0.2%

Cash & Other Securities

0.1%

Credit Quality Allocation**

AAA 1.6%
AA 6.2%
A 32.7%
BBB 44.7%
BB 12.0%
B 2.1%
CC 0.2%
C 0.2%
Not Rated 0.4%

Top Ten Investment Grade Industries

Banking 20.4%
Communications 9.8%
Energy 9.0%
Finance Companies 7.1%
Insurance 6.6%
Consumer Non Cyclical 6.3%
Basic Industry 5.7%
Electric 4.5%
Transportation 2.8%
Natural Gas 2.6%

Top Five High Yield Industries

Banking 3.2%
Finance Companies 3.1%
Consumer Non Cyclical 1.8%
Natural Gas 1.7%
Financial Other 1.1%

Average Life (years)

11.4

Effective Duration (years)

6.3

Average Coupon (%)

6.6

Portfolio Statistics:

Inception Date

March 22, 1973

Total Assets***

$ 135,844,141

Net Assets

$ 134,086,522

Loans

0.00%

Preferred Shares

0.00%

Reverse Repos

0.00%

Market Price

$ 14.55

NAV

$ 14.20
(Daily NAV is available on market quotation systems using the symbol XPAIX.)

Distribution Rate

$0.0600 per share

Frequency

Monthly (declared monthly, paid monthly)

* Portfolio holdings and weightings are historical and are presented here for informational purposes only. They are subject to change at any time.

** Credit quality is a measure of a bond issuer's ability to repay interest and principal in a timely manner. The credit ratings shown are based on each portfolio security's rating as provided by Standard and Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and/or Fitch Ratings, Ltd. and typically range from AAA (highest) to D (lowest). For this purpose, if two or more of the agencies have assigned differing ratings to a security, the highest rating is used. Securities that are unrated by all three agencies are reflected as such. The credit quality of the investments in the Fund's portfolio does not apply to the stability or safety of the Fund. These ratings are updated monthly and may change over time. Please note, the Fund itself has not been rated by an independent rating agency.

*** The difference between total assets and net assets, if any, is due primarily to the Fund’s use of borrowings; net assets do not include borrowings. The Fund may employ leverage in the form of loans, preferred stock, reverse repurchase agreements and/or other instruments. When the Fund engages in transactions that have a leveraging effect on the Fund’s portfolio, the value of the Fund will be more volatile and all other risks will tend to be compounded.

Western Asset Income Fund, a diversified closed-end investment management company, is advised by Western Asset Management Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc. and is sub-advised by Western Asset Management Company Limited, an affiliate of the advisor.

An investment in the Fund involves risk, including loss of principal. Investment return and the value of shares will fluctuate. Fixed income securities are subject to credit risk, inflation risk, call risk, and interest rate risks. As interest rates rise, bond prices fall, reducing the value of the Fund's share price. High yield bonds are subject to additional risk and volatility.

Data and commentary provided in this press release are for informational purposes only. Legg Mason and its affiliates do not engage in selling shares of the Fund.

For more information, please call Fund Investor Relations at 888-777-0102 or consult the Fund’s web site at www.leggmason.com/cef.

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Contacts:

Western Asset Income Fund
Fund Investor Relations
888-777-0102
www.leggmason.com/cef
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