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See latest monthly factsheet below for performance history.
At close 29-Aug-2014Ord
|Net Dividend Yield||1.05%|
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 performance, a sector breakdown, top twenty largest investments and an outlook for the Trust.
Asian small-cap equities rose in July as markets focused on rosier Chinese economic data, augmented by targeted easing measures and the government redoubling its anti-corruption and reform drive. In Indonesia, Joko Widodo won the presidential election, although his opponent Prabowo Subianto mounted a legal challenge subsequently.
In July, we sold Regional Container Lines given concerns over its weak balance sheet amid a tough industry outlook. Elsewhere, we pared Ramco Cements on the back of price strength and increasingly rich valuations, and trimmed Café de Coral on valuation grounds. Conversely, we added to United International Enterprises, the parent of United Plantations, which trades at a discount to the value of its underlying entities. United Plantations is a palm oil producer and a core holding in the fund. As part of the dividend-in-species for our holding in New Zealand-listed Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, we received shares in newly Singapore-listed First Sponsor Group. We subsequently increased our holding in the company given the discount to the value of its underlying assets in China.
Earnings news was mixed. AEON Thana Sinsap saw profits rise marginally and Indonesian lender OCBC Nisp enjoyed better earnings. Against this, Tisco Financial Group was hit by higher non-performing loans and losses from repossessed cars, while Pacific Basin Shipping was hurt by an impairment in its towage business. CDL Hospitality Trusts also disappointed as businesses slashed travel budgets.
Elsewhere, Commercial Bank of Ceylon will acquire Indra Finance as part of the financial consolidation initiated by the Sri Lankan central bank. The acquisition should enhance its exposure to the leasing and used car markets.
Still ample liquidity has helped markets stay relatively resilient, despite the weaker macro environment. A premature tightening of US interest rates, however, could upset this trend. On the flip side, tighter monetary policy would signal a US recovery, which should bode well for the region’s exports. An escalation of violence in Ukraine or a further unravelling of Europe’s banking system could also jolt markets. Nevertheless, we remain optimistic about Asia’s long-term prospects, given rising middle class aspirations. Recent elections have put in place new governments that appear focused on reform. Finances are healthy, despite higher leverage at the consumer level. Corporates are seeing cost cuts aid margin recovery. Valuations remain supportive on both an absolute and a relative basis, and we believe prudent stock-picking will reward the patient investor over the long term.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited