Aberdeen Asian Income Fund Limited

Targeting the income and growth potential of Asia's most compelling and sustainable companies

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Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Online Shareholder Presentation

The Board has been monitoring closely the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic upon the arrangements for the Company's upcoming AGM on 12 May 2021. Due to restrictions in place at the time of writing, the Board decided to hold an interactive Online Shareholder Presentation on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

During the presentation, attendees received updates from the Chairman and Manager and a recording is available to watch below. Shareholders can still submit their proxy votes prior to the AGM on 12 May 2021 and the Board would encourage all shareholders to lodge their votes in advance in this manner.

Latest news

An update from our investment manager, Yoojeong Oh - 22 April 2021

Rising inflation is emerging as a cause for concern. We believe this will be temporary, driven by higher energy and food prices as well as bottleneck effects as economies re-open. The fiscal stimulus in the US and elsewhere is also unlikely to lead to sustained inflation given the amount of slack in the global economy, among other factors. Hence, we expect major central banks to keep policy loose for now. This underpins the recovery story, as well as Asian stock valuations which remain reasonably attractive compared to developed markets, such as the US.

In an environment of rising inflation and input costs, companies with stronger balance sheet and pricing power, such as those that we own, should perform better as they will likely be able to support dividend payout as well as pass costs through to their customers and protect margins. We remain watchful of macroeconomic developments and their potential impact on the portfolio, and continue to monitor the earnings and guidance from our holdings across the region. While we track market developments closely, we adopt a long-term investment perspective. We believe many of the changes sparked by the pandemic are here to stay, including faster adoption of cloud computing, e-commerce and 5G networks. In addition, Asia’s burgeoning middle class will fuel rising demand for healthcare services and wealth management, while the region’s urbanisation and infrastructure needs remain vast. We remain focused on quality Asian companies that will benefit from a recovery and are best-placed to capitalise on these structural growth opportunities. Their robust balance sheets and healthy cash levels underpin their ability to pay dividends to shareholders. Hence, we will stay disciplined in putting capital to work on our best ideas that can help generate sustainable returns and income over the long run.

Key people

Yoojeong Oh

Yoojeong Oh

Investment Director

Yoojeong Oh is an Investment Director on the Asian Equities Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Yoojeong joined Aberdeen in 2005 and was initially a member of the UK and European Equities Team in London before moving to Singapore.

Yoojeong graduated with an MEng in Engineering, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and is a CFA® charterholder.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

Christina Woon

Christina Woon

Investment Manager

Christina Woon is an Investment Manager on the Asian Equities Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Christina joined Aberdeen Asset Management in January 2013 as a graduate. Christina holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Singapore Management University. She is a CFA charterholder.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

Flavia Cheong

Flavia Cheong

Head of Equities - Asia Pacific

Flavia Cheong is the Head of Asia Pacific Equities on the Asian Equities team at Aberdeen Standard Investments, where, as well as sharing responsibility for company research, she oversees regional portfolio construction. Before joining Aberdeen Asset Management in 1996, she was an economist with the Investment Company of the People’s Republic of China, and earlier with the Development Bank of Singapore. Flavia graduated with a BA in Economics and an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Auckland. She is a CFA charterholder.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

Hugh Young

Hugh Young

Chairman of Asia Pacific

Hugh Young is the Chairman for Aberdeen Standard Investments business in Asia. He was previously the Head of Asia Pacific for Aberdeen Standard Investments, a main board director and Head of Investments for Aberdeen Asset Management (before its merger with Standard Life plc). Hugh joined the company in 1985 to manage Asian equities from London, having started his investment career in 1980. He founded Singapore-based ASI Asia in 1992 as the regional headquarters. Hugh is a director of a number of group subsidiary companies and group-managed investment trusts and funds. Hugh graduated with a BA (Hons) in Politics from Exeter University.

  • Yoojeong Oh

    Yoojeong Oh

    Investment Director

    Yoojeong Oh is an Investment Director on the Asian Equities Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Yoojeong joined Aberdeen in 2005 and was initially a member of the UK and European Equities Team in London before moving to Singapore.

    Yoojeong graduated with an MEng in Engineering, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and is a CFA® charterholder.

    CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

  • Christina Woon

    Christina Woon

    Investment Manager

    Christina Woon is an Investment Manager on the Asian Equities Team at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Christina joined Aberdeen Asset Management in January 2013 as a graduate. Christina holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Singapore Management University. She is a CFA charterholder.

    CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

  • Flavia Cheong

    Flavia Cheong

    Head of Equities - Asia Pacific

    Flavia Cheong is the Head of Asia Pacific Equities on the Asian Equities team at Aberdeen Standard Investments, where, as well as sharing responsibility for company research, she oversees regional portfolio construction. Before joining Aberdeen Asset Management in 1996, she was an economist with the Investment Company of the People’s Republic of China, and earlier with the Development Bank of Singapore. Flavia graduated with a BA in Economics and an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Auckland. She is a CFA charterholder.

    CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

  • Hugh Young

    Hugh Young

    Chairman of Asia Pacific

    Hugh Young is the Chairman for Aberdeen Standard Investments business in Asia. He was previously the Head of Asia Pacific for Aberdeen Standard Investments, a main board director and Head of Investments for Aberdeen Asset Management (before its merger with Standard Life plc). Hugh joined the company in 1985 to manage Asian equities from London, having started his investment career in 1980. He founded Singapore-based ASI Asia in 1992 as the regional headquarters. Hugh is a director of a number of group subsidiary companies and group-managed investment trusts and funds. Hugh graduated with a BA (Hons) in Politics from Exeter University.

Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke

Chairman

Appointed a Director on 29 March 2012 and appointed Chairman on 16 May 2018, he is a Jersey resident graduate chartered accountant and former senior partner of KPMG in the Channel Islands who has previously worked for KPMG in Kuala Lumpur. Charles has a portfolio of independent NED appointments and runs an offshore corporate governance consultancy.

Ian Cadby

Ian Cadby

Non-Executive Director

Appointed a Director on 11 May 2016, he is a Jersey resident board executive and investment manager with over 33 years' experience within the asset management and wealth management industry spanning a number of jurisdictions including Asia. Ian is the former Group CEO of Ermitage Ltd with extensive experience in derivatives trading, board strategy, corporate governance and risk management. Ian is also a director of CQS New City High Yield Fund Limited.

Mark Florence

Mark Florance

Audit Committee Chairman

Appointed a Director on 10 May 2017, he is a Singapore Permanent Resident with over 30 years' experience in corporate finance advisory, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, debt capital markets and debt restructuring in Asia primarily at NM Rothschild & Sons. Mark is on the board of Butterfield Trust (Asia) Limited and is an independent member of the investment committee of renewable energy fund, Climate Investor One and water fund, Climate Investor Two.

Nicky McCabe

Nicky McCabe

Non-Executive Director

Appointed a Director on 16 May 2018, she was formerly head of product and investment trusts at Fidelity International with experience across the full spectrum of asset management in back office operations, the investment team, proprietary investment, distribution and product management. Nicky is currently a non-executive director of BMO Capital and Income Investment Trust PLC, Artemis Investment Management Limited and Vitality Life Insurance.

Krystyna Nowak

Krystyna Nowak

Senior Independent Director

Appointed a Director on 7 May 2015, she is a partner at Ridgeway Partners and former Managing Director of the Board Practice at Norman Broadbent. Krystyna studied at Oxford University, before joining Citibank, originally in London followed by nine years in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Hugh Young

Hugh Young

Non-Executive Director

Appointed a Director on 11 November 2005, he is a resident of Singapore and is Chairman Asia for ASI. Hugh is also a director of Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust PLC, Aberdeen Australia Equity Fund Inc., Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Investment Company Limited and The India Fund Inc.

  • Charles Clarke

    Charles Clarke

    Chairman

    Appointed a Director on 29 March 2012 and appointed Chairman on 16 May 2018, he is a Jersey resident graduate chartered accountant and former senior partner of KPMG in the Channel Islands who has previously worked for KPMG in Kuala Lumpur. Charles has a portfolio of independent NED appointments and runs an offshore corporate governance consultancy.

  • Ian Cadby

    Ian Cadby

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed a Director on 11 May 2016, he is a Jersey resident board executive and investment manager with over 33 years' experience within the asset management and wealth management industry spanning a number of jurisdictions including Asia. Ian is the former Group CEO of Ermitage Ltd with extensive experience in derivatives trading, board strategy, corporate governance and risk management. Ian is also a director of CQS New City High Yield Fund Limited.

  • Mark Florence

    Mark Florance

    Audit Committee Chairman

    Appointed a Director on 10 May 2017, he is a Singapore Permanent Resident with over 30 years' experience in corporate finance advisory, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, debt capital markets and debt restructuring in Asia primarily at NM Rothschild & Sons. Mark is on the board of Butterfield Trust (Asia) Limited and is an independent member of the investment committee of renewable energy fund, Climate Investor One and water fund, Climate Investor Two.

  • Nicky McCabe

    Nicky McCabe

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed a Director on 16 May 2018, she was formerly head of product and investment trusts at Fidelity International with experience across the full spectrum of asset management in back office operations, the investment team, proprietary investment, distribution and product management. Nicky is currently a non-executive director of BMO Capital and Income Investment Trust PLC, Artemis Investment Management Limited and Vitality Life Insurance.

  • Krystyna Nowak

    Krystyna Nowak

    Senior Independent Director

    Appointed a Director on 7 May 2015, she is a partner at Ridgeway Partners and former Managing Director of the Board Practice at Norman Broadbent. Krystyna studied at Oxford University, before joining Citibank, originally in London followed by nine years in Hong Kong and Singapore.

  • Hugh Young

    Hugh Young

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed a Director on 11 November 2005, he is a resident of Singapore and is Chairman Asia for ASI. Hugh is also a director of Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust PLC, Aberdeen Australia Equity Fund Inc., Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Investment Company Limited and The India Fund Inc.

 

Financial calendar

Year End 31 December
Accounts Published April
Annual General Meeting May
Dividend Paid February, May, August, November

Trust details

Aberdeen Asian Income Fund Limited

Registered Office:
1st Floor,
Sir Walter Raleigh House
48 – 50 Esplanade
St Helier,
Jersey
JE2 3QB


Incorporated in Jersey with registered number 91671

Launch Date: December 2005

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