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At close 27-Aug-2015Ord
* Debt at market value
** Debt at par
Source: Morningstar, NAV = Net Asset Value, excluding income.
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40 Princes Street,
Registered in Scotland as an Investment Company Number 106049
To achieve long term capital growth through investment in the Far East. The company’s benchmark index is the MSCI All Country Asia (ex Japan) Index. Investments are made in stock markets in the region, with the exception of Japan and Australasia, principally in large companies. When appropriate, the trust will utilise gearing to maximise long term returns.
In this webcast, Adrian Lim, gives an update on a wide range of subjects including performance, a sector breakdown, the twenty largest investments and an outlook for the Trust.
Asian stock markets continued to fall in July. China hogged the spotlight again as local equities declined sharply, despite upbeat GDP data and the government’s support measures. Other headwinds included ongoing jitters over Greece and falling commodity and energy prices. Market declines were exacerbated by a rout in regional currencies amid expectations of a Fed rate hike later this year.
In earnings news, Samsung Electronics’ second-quarter profits fell amid intense competition in the mobile segment, although losses were mitigated by a solid showing in semiconductors. Siam Cement expects good cement demand in the second half to buttress full-year results. The company’s second-quarter net profit growth was driven by healthy chemical margins and an inventory gain.
In Singapore, Keppel’s results were weighed down by softness in the offshore and marine sector, as well as losses linked to its Middle Eastern infrastructure projects. On a positive note, the property division was relatively resilient. Among the banks, UOB’s results triggered concerns over asset quality, given the jump in provisions for local mortgages. However, DBS and OCBC fared better, extending previous periods’ good performance.
Meanwhile, the UK will introduce an 8% surcharge on domestic banks from next January. In return, it will reduce the bank levy from 0.21% to 0.1% in 2021; by then, the levy will apply only to UK profits instead of global earnings, which seems like good news for HSBC and Standard Chartered.
In portfolio activity, we added to Oriental Holdings, Kerry Logistics and Holcim Indonesia. Conversely, we pared the positions in Venture, Shinsegae and China Mobile.
Despite the blitz of supportive measures from Beijing, the decline in Chinese markets has raised questions over the efficacy of these measures as a sustainable long-term solution. How markets will perform remains uncertain, but a further correction would not be surprising, given that economic activity is expected to be subdued. Indeed, the mainland’s muted growth outlook continues to be a major concern that is likely to weigh on Asian markets in the medium term. Nevertheless, regional economies are still growing at rates not seen elsewhere in the developed world. Governments here have many options at hand, including monetary and fiscal measures, to prop up their economies should the need arise. Infrastructure spending should also offer impetus for growth, provided projects do not get derailed by political bickering. The key is to invest in companies with management who possess the financial nous to weather the current slowdown and reap the rewards of Asia’s robust fundamentals over the long term. The region is not trading at prohibitive valuations, and remains attractive relative to developed market peers.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited