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At close 23-Apr-2015Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||1.46%|
Source: Morningstar, NAV = Net Asset Value, excluding income.
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Registered in England and Wales as an Investment Company Number 3106339
To maximise total return to Shareholders over the long term from a portfolio of smaller quoted companies (with a market capitalisation of up to approximately US$1 billion at time of investment) in the economies of Asia and Australasia, excluding Japan.
In this webcast, Christopher Wong gives an update on a wide range of subjects including the Trust’s performance, the geographic and sectoral positioning of the portfolio for the Trust.
The small-cap equities benchmark rose in sterling terms in March, but key Asian markets diverged. China and Hong Kong gained after Beijing indicated it was open to further stimulus. Conversely, India was hampered by weaker business sentiment and Middle East tensions.
There were no major portfolio changes in March.
Earnings news was largely mixed. Aeon Malaysia’s fourth-quarter results were hampered by the company’s investment into new stores, although the property management division benefited from the contributions of new malls. Fashion retailer Giordano’s full-year earnings declined, although profitability improved in the second half as sales recovered in most markets except Korea and the Middle East. The business continues to be cash generative and its balance sheet remains healthy. Cement maker Holcim Indonesia saw profits decline given operational delays, higher costs exacerbated by the weaker rupiah and a hike in royalty fees to its parent.
Elsewhere, Yoma Strategic received the first of two major approvals for the long-awaited lease extension of its Landmark Development in downtown Yangon.
Familiar concerns remain. In China, the effects of the slowdown are reverberating through the corporate sector and deflationary threats are rising. Given Beijing’s anti-corruption crackdown and caution surrounding new infrastructure projects, growth is unlikely to pick up. However, the government’s initiative to better connect China to other countries along the Silk Road could help revive the economy. Reforms being rolled out across the region also offer some optimism, although implementation could be long drawn and fraught. Thus, short-term policy measures will likely dictate market direction. Meanwhile, we should see further divergence as central banks everywhere, including China, Japan and Europe, appear to be more accommodative, except in the US. Yet, the normalisation of Fed policy is based on the assumption of a sustainable US recovery, which should bode well for export-led economies in Asia. That said, the region still boasts some of the world’s fastest-growing countries, despite slower expansion. Policymakers have tried to fix structural weaknesses and the region seems better able to withstand short-term fund outflows. At the corporate level, there are few signs of an earnings recovery, but companies are making progress in cutting costs to operate more efficiently. We remain confident in the region’s prospects, given favourable demographics and the anticipated improvement in corporate profitability.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited