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Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund, Inc. Announces Performance Data And Portfolio Composition

PHILADELPHIA, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund, Inc. (the "Fund") (NYSE MKT: ETF), a closed-end equity fund, announced today its performance data and portfolio composition as of March 31, 2013.

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The Fund's total returns for various periods through March 31, 2013 are provided below.  (All figures are based on distributions reinvested at the dividend reinvestment price and are stated net-of-fees):    


Cumulative as of 03/31/13

Annualized as of 03/31/13


1 Month

3 Month

YTD

1 Year

3 Years

5 Years

10 Years

Since Inception

NAV

-1.6

-2.0

-2.0

9.7

9.4

0.6

15.3

8.0

Market Price

-2.1

-2.0

-2.0

11.2

9.8

1.2

16.0

7.4

MSCI EM Infrastructure

-1.1

-2.4

-2.4

1.0

6.9

0.3

18.2

**n/a

**There is no since inception figure for the MSCI EM Infrastructure Index because the inception date of the Index is January 4, 1998 and the inception date of the Fund is June 17, 1992.

On March 31, 2013, the Fund's net assets amounted to US$193.8 million and the Fund's NAV per share was $23.50.

As of March 31, 2013, the portfolio was invested as follows:

Portfolio Composition

Percent of

Net Assets

Financials

20.0

Consumer Staples

19.5

Industrials

13.9

Consumer Discretionary

12.7

Materials

11.1

Telecommunications

6.7

Information Technology

6.7

Health Care

5.2

Cash

4.4

 

Portfolio Composition

Geographic Exposure %

Brazil

12.3

Malaysia

10.1

Hong Kong

9.1

Thailand

8.5

South Africa

8.0

India

5.2

Indonesia

4.7

Kenya

4.0

Turkey

3.9

Mexico

3.6

South Korea

3.6

Singapore

3.4

Chile

3.3

Russia

3.0

Others

17.0

 

The Fund's ten largest equity holdings as of March 31, 2013, representing 24.2% of net assets, were:

Stock

Percent of

Net Assets

Aeroportuario del Centro Norte

3.6

DiGi.com Berhad

2.7

Spar Group

2.4

Aeon co (M) Berhad

2.4

Multiplan Empreendimentos

2.3

Safaricom

2.3

Clicks Group

2.2

African Oxygen

2.1

Eurocash

2.1

Parque Arauco

2.1

 

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 (effective March 1, 2012, 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. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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.

If you wish to receive this information electronically, please contact: InvestorRelations@aberdeen-asset.com

SOURCE Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund, Inc.



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