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See latest monthly factsheet below for performance history.
At close 28-Jul-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 equities fell in June amid uncertainty over Greek debt negotiations and expectations of an imminent US interest rate hike. China dominated headlines as mainland stocks gyrated amid a crackdown on margin trading and perceptions that valuations were stretched.
China Resources Enterprise’s (CRE’s) parent increased its offer for CRE’s non-beer assets, following our engagement with the company. We had felt that the initial offer undervalued the non-beer assets substantially and wrote to express our opinion. We had a fruitful meeting with management and are encouraged by the level of transparency and receptiveness towards shareholder dialogue.
HSBC announced a strategy overhaul that included streamlining and capital redeployment. We felt reassured after meeting CEO Stuart Gulliver, who outlined plans to reduce costs and balance sheet risk, and reach a target of 10% return on equity. We are confident of management’s execution ability. Meanwhile, Bill Winters officially took the helm at Standard Chartered, emphasising capital strength in a letter to staff. Along with talk that UK Chancellor George Osborne would replace an annual bank levy with a corporate tax surcharge, this lifted Standard Chartered’s share price.
Our Thai holding PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) and its joint venture partner Pancontinental withdrew their operations from one the offshore oil blocks in Kenya, as part of PTTEP’s plans to diversify away from riskier projects.
In portfolio activity, we introduced Astra International, which is a proxy for the Indonesian economy with interests spanning autos, commodities, financial services and infrastructure. It is part of the Jardine stable of companies and so shares the same management and financial discipline that we admire elsewhere in the group. We also topped up BAT Malaysia and CIMB. These are well-run companies with good long-term prospects that look attractively valued after the share price correction.
Recent sharp sell-offs in China suggest that investors are finding it harder to support valuations in the absence of significant earnings and economic growth. Conditions in the mainland remain challenging, and a worse-than-expected slowdown could dent confidence further. We are unperturbed. A reversal would allow fundamentals to chart the market course, rightfully. This could receive further impetus when the Federal Reserve finally hikes interest rates. Although corporate earnings growth in the region is likely to remain muted, given still-sluggish exports and anaemic domestic demand in the face of rising household debt, our strategy of investing in financially sound and prudent companies with sustainable business models should help ensure healthy returns over the long term.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited