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At close 26-Mar-2015Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||1.48%|
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.
Accommodative monetary policy, made possible by still-weak energy and commodity prices, continued to support Asian small-cap stocks in February.
In February, we continued to take profits from our Indian holdings on the back of share price strength, including Godrej Consumer Products, Gujarat Gas and Kansai Nerolac Paints. We also pared Chevron Lubricants in Sri Lanka which rose on expectations that the company will benefit from lower oil prices. With the proceeds, we added to our Hong Kong consumer holdings AEON Stores and Convenience Retail Asia.
In corporate results, Hong Kong-listed Pacific Basin Shipping’s full-year results met expectations, following its profit warning with weaker earnings due to impairments caused by the fall in commodity prices and sluggish dry-bulk shipping environment. Nevertheless, the company continues to position itself for a sector turnaround. POS Malaysia met expectations, with increased earnings from courier, postal and over-the-counter services counterbalanced by higher costs. In Indonesia, Bank OCBC Nisp’s full-year results were ahead of our estimates, due partly to higher investment income and robust loan growth. Philippine-based Jollibee Foods’ full-year results were behind forecasts amid IT and taxrelated expenses. Meanwhile, Singapore developer Bukit Sembawang fared well as a result of profits realised from its projects.
Deflationary threats have come to the fore, exacerbated by weaker commodity and energy prices in recent months. We maintain the view that cheaper oil and commodities is a good thing as it helps lower costs for consumers and businesses alike. Central banks are likely to continue with more easing measures to spur growth, and this should be supportive of asset prices in the medium term. At the time of writing, India surprised with a second rate cut this year. Conversely, the expected normalisation of Federal Reserve monetary policy and the US dollar’s strength could prove a significant dampener for Asia. In addition, localised headwinds have surfaced. Across Asia, elevated household debt might negate the positive effects of cheaper oil and commodities, while exports will continue to be weighed down by the Chinese slowdown. However, cost cuts and capital preservation in a period of weak demand should boost margins and place well-run companies in good stead for a cyclical upturn.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited