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At close 16-Apr-2014Ord
Source: Morningstar, NAV = Net Asset Value, excluding income.
Sir Walter Raleigh House
48 – 50 Esplanade
Incorporated in Jersey with registered number 91671
The objective of Aberdeen Asian Income Fund Limited is to provide investors with a total return primarily through investing in Asian Pacific securities, including those with an above-average yield. The Company does not expect, at least initially, to have any significant Japanese exposure.
In this webcast, Flavia Cheong gives an update on a wide range of subjects including the Trust’s performance, the geographic and sectoral positioning of the portfolio and an outlook for the Trust.
Easing concerns over Fed tapering and emerging markets contagion, coupled with Janet Yellen’s assurance to keep US rates low, lifted Asian equities in February. The recent sell-off, which appeared excessive, also helped revive risk appetite. Within Southeast Asia, further support came from some better-than-expected GDP numbers. However, Chinese shares wobbled on disappointing manufacturing news, with further uncertainty fuelled by the yuan’s tumble.
In February, we exited from Singapore Press, whose core newspaper business has been in gradual decline. In addition, the hidden value in the property business has largely been realised after it was spun off and cash has been returned to shareholders in the form of a special dividend. The company was also trading at a higher valuation relative to its peers. With the proceeds, we topped up positions in Giordano and Far East Hospitality Trust. Their share prices have been weak but the companies remain cash flow generative, which has enabled them to offer attractive dividend yields relative to their peers.
In corporate news, BHP Billiton is slashing capital investments amid rising overcapacity and weaker commodity prices. This has allowed the company to post positive free cash flow for the first time since 2011. We are pleased that there were no further surprises in QBE Insurance’s fourth-quarter results and, having met incoming chairman William Marston Becker, we are supportive of the changes at the board level.
Our Singapore banks DBS, OCBC and UOB all registered robust annual loan growth, although interest margins contracted due to the competitive environment. In comparison, HSBC’s revenues were weaker than expected, particularly in its global banking and markets segment. We think its strategy of cross-selling across its divisions, while taking advantage of its global network should stand it in good stead in its Asian expansion.
The prospect of tighter liquidity after years of central bank largesse has been factored into share prices to some extent. However, questions remain as to the speed and scale of withdrawal. Still, the odds of a precipitous tightening are small given the mixed outlook on the US jobs front. Furthermore, bolder monetary action from other parts of the rich world cannot be ruled out, as in the case of Japan and Europe, both of which remain under the threat of deflation. Meanwhile, Russian interference in Ukraine has heightened geopolitical risks, although the impact on the broader global economy appears limited. Against this backdrop, volatility is likely to persist. Discounting these external uncertainties, however, Asia’s prospects remain undiminished. The region is far less vulnerable than it was during the 1997-98 financial crisis. Government finances are healthier, debt levels are lower and countries have moved to flexible exchange rates. In China, fears of weaker growth and defaults appear overblown. Its government’s coffers are full and recent bailouts of failing investment trusts suggest it is willing to do whatever it takes to prevent a rout. The current cyclical slowdown in Asia should pass, and companies that have taken this time to exact capital discipline amid waning demand should be well positioned for an imminent recovery. Earnings revisions have also stabilised somewhat. Valuations have become more palatable, hovering below long-term averages, which could throw up some opportunities for the far-sighted investor.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited