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At close 29-Jan-2015Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||1.41%|
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.
Asian small-cap equities fell in sterling terms in December, hurt by the Russian rouble’s collapse amid the weaker oil price, which ignited fears of contagion emanating from emerging markets. Expectations of an imminent Federal Reserve rate hike and the stronger US dollar also weighed on sentiment. Malaysia, in particular, was depressed by the prospect of lower government revenues due to cheaper oil; severe flooding that displaced thousands; and the third tragic crash of a Malaysia-linked passenger jet in nine months. The ringgit was the region’s worst-performing currency.
In December, we took profits from Godrej Consumer Products and AEON Thana Sinsap on the back of relative share price strength.
In portfolio-related news, CDL Hospitality Trusts made its foray into the Japanese market by acquiring two business hotels in Tokyo for S$66 million. These purchases are yield accretive and will provide favourable exposure to the growth in visitor arrivals. Straits Trading made its first property acquisition in China, paying S$142 million for a retail mall in Chongqing.
Asia faces a number of risks in 2015. Key among these is China’s slowing economy. While the potential for a credit crisis remains, we believe Beijing has the balance sheet strength to mitigate systemic risk in its financial markets. In India and Indonesia, the pace of reforms is encouraging, although failure to live up to expectations could exasperate investors. Stability has returned to Thailand after the coup but any slip-up by the military could re-ignite unrest. Meanwhile, for many Asian corporates, a more sustainable driver of growth is likely to come from a recovery in the broader global economy, given that they have expanding businesses abroad. This is particularly so for companies in Taiwan and Korea as they are export-oriented.
In the near term, the prospect of a US rate hike and a stronger dollar could compel fund outflows from Asia. But we think the normalisation of American monetary policy is a good thing as it weans markets off speculative capital. Furthermore, Asia is on a firmer footing today to withstand short-term outflows than back in late 2013, when it experienced the first tremors from tapering. In addition, we are likely to see greater monetary policy divergence. Unlike the US, some Asian economies may choose to cut rates to stimulate demand as inflationary pressures ease on the back of lower oil prices. While this is likely to be a volatile year on the macroeconomic front, we remain confident of the quality of our companies, characterised by prudent management, solid finances and good growth prospects. Notwithstanding higher household debt, Asia’s long-term story still holds, buttressed by rising wealth, young populations and pent-up demand for housing, consumer durables, transport and banking services.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited