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At close 19-Sep-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 performance, a sector breakdown, the twenty largest investments and an outlook for the Trust.
Uneven economic growth and the prospect of higher US interest rates jostled against hopes of additional stimulus in Europe, returning mixed US dollar-based performances across Asian markets in August.
In August, we sold Global Brands, which we had received through the holding in Li & Fung, as its dividend yield is not sufficiently attractive. Elsewhere, we took profits from Singapore Post and Pos Malaysia on the back of price strength. With the proceeds, we introduced Indonesia-based coal miner Indo Tambangraya Megah, Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto and emerging markets-focused lender Standard Chartered, all of which have solid yield prospects.
In corporate news, OCBC plans to raise S$3.37 billion in a rights issue to fund its acquisition of Hong Kong bank Wing Hang. On the results front, the Singapore lender, along with compatriots DBS and UOB, reported good loan growth and robust capital adequacy. Meanwhile, HSBC’s earnings fell as good performance in commercial banking was overshadowed by softer revenues in global banking and retail. Positively, asset quality improved. China Mobile posted higher data revenues, but profits fell because of increased expenses and subsidies related to the rollout of 4G handsets and base stations. Nevertheless, the telco made good progress in growing its 4G subscriber base.
Swire Pacific benefited from good results from its subsidiary Swire Properties, which was boosted by residential sales.
BHP Billiton’s board said its preferred option for streamlining its portfolio is to spin off a selection of non-core assets into a separately listed entity, which has the potential to unlock significant value. This came on the back of lower-than-anticipated net profits owing to higher impairments and depreciation as well as weaker commodity prices, which overshadowed cost cuts and improved efficiency.
Interest rate decisions taken by major central banks will continue to shape the direction of capital flows into Asia. While Europe and Japan are expected to keep rates pinned to the floor, the US recovery has given investors reason to worry about an earlier-than-expected normalisation of Fed policy. This could result in market volatility over the short term as the cost of capital rises and liquidity declines. Uncertainty is also likely to persist should tensions in Ukraine spike amid claims of widespread Russian troop presence and violence in the Middle East escalate. On the other hand, the prospect of continued selective stimulus in China and additional quantitative easing in Europe could help buffer against any market downside, while gradually improving demand from the US should underpin Asian exports. We remain watchful, but take comfort in the strength of our holdings, which we believe will withstand the current headwinds. Their focus on controlling costs and improving margins should reap dividends when the cycle turns.
Source: Monthly Factsheet Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited