PHILADELPHIA, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/— Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund, Inc.1 (the “Fund”) (NYSE MKT: ABE2), a closed-end equity fund, announced today its performance data and portfolio composition as of February 28, 2017.

The Fund’s total returns for various periods through February 28, 2017 are provided below.  (All figures are based on distributions reinvested at the dividend reinvestment price and are stated net-of-fees):  

 

Cumulative as of 02/28/17

Annualized as of 02/28/17

1 Month

3 Month

YTD

1 Year

3 Years

5 Years

10 Years

Since Inception

NAV

2.7

5.7

7.3

17.0

1.0

0.2

1.9

6.3

Market Price

3.3

6.4

7.4

15.2

-0.3

-0.6

1.1

5.6

MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap

5.2

10.0

10.1

23.0

1.8

2.0

n/a³

n/a3

 

On February 28, 2017, the Fund’s net assets amounted to US$134.0 million and the Fund’s NAV per share was US$14.08.

1 The Fund changed its name, benchmark, investment objective and strategy effective March 15, 2013.  Performance information for periods prior to March 15, 2013 does not reflect the current investment strategy. The MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap Index is the Fund’s benchmark. Please refer to the Fund’s January 14, 2013 proxy statement at aberdeenABE.com for additional information. 
2 The Fund’s ticker symbol changed from ETF to ABE at market close on July 31, 2015.
3 There is no 10 year or since inception figure for the MSCI EM Small Cap Index because the inception date of the Index is June 1, 2007. The inception date of the Fund is June 17, 1992.      

As of February 28, 2017, the portfolio was invested as follows:

 

Portfolio Composition

Percent of 
Net Assets

Consumer Staples

18.9

Industrials

16.6

Consumer Discretionary

12.9

Materials

12.4

Real Estate

11.5

Information Technology

10.6

Financials

8.6

Health Care

7.1

Energy

1.6

 

Portfolio Composition

Geographic Exposure %

India

15.3

Brazil

9.9

South Africa

7.8

Indonesia

6.8

Turkey

6.6

Malaysia

5.8

Thailand

5.2

United States

5.0

Chile

4.1

Singapore

3.9

Philippines

3.7

Hong Kong

3.6

Mexico

2.8

China

2.5

South Korea

2.2

Netherlands

2.0

Sri Lanka

1.9

Romania

1.8

United Kingdom

1.5

Poland

1.3

Taiwan

1.2

Kenya

1.1

Egypt

1.1

Russia

1.0

Nigeria

1.0

Israel

0.4

Peru

0.4

Luxembourg

0.1

 

The Fund’s ten largest equity holdings as of February 28, 2017, representing 28.7% of net assets, were:

 

Stock

Percent of

Net Assets

Godrej Consumer Products

3.8

Parque Arauco

3.4

AKR Corporindo

3.2

Ramco Cements Ltd.

3.1

Epam Systems Inc.

2.9

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte

2.8

Delfi Ltd.

2.5

Iguatemi

2.5

Pacific Basin Shipping

2.3

Clicks Group

2.2

 

Important Information

Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. has prepared this report based on information sources believed to be accurate and reliable.  However, the figures are unaudited and neither the Fund, Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited (the Investment Adviser), nor any other person guarantees their accuracy.  Investors should seek their own professional advice and should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before acting on this information. Aberdeen is a U.S. registered service mark of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC.

Closed-end funds are traded on the secondary market through one of the stock exchanges. The Fund’s investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares may be worth more or less than the original cost. Shares of closed-end funds may trade above (a premium) or below (a discount) the net asset value (NAV) of the fund’s portfolio. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

Total return figures with distributions reinvested at the dividend reinvestment price are stated net-of-fees and represents past performance.  Past performance is not indicative of future results, current performance may be higher or lower.  Holdings are subject to change and are provided for informational purposes only and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell the securities shown.  Inception date June 17, 1992.

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SOURCE Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund, Inc.