Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund, Inc.(1) Announces Corrected Benchmark Performance

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund, Inc.1 (the "Fund") (NYSE MKT: ETF), a closed-end equity fund, announced today corrected performance for the MSCI EM Small Cap Index, the Fund's current benchmark, for periods ending June 30, 2013, July 31, 2013, August 31, 2013 and September 30, 2013.  The Fund had previously disclosed incorrect benchmark performance for these period ends, although the Fund correctly disclosed its NAV and Market Price performance for these period ends. 

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The returns for the Fund and the MSCI EM Small Cap Index for various periods ending June 30, 2013, July 31, 2013, August 31, 2013 and September 30, 2013 are provided below.*


Cumulative (%)

Annualized (%)


1
Month

3
Months

YTD

1
Year

3
Years

5
Years

10
Years

Since
Inception

MSCI EM Small Cap

June 30, 2013

-8.7

-7.4

-3.5

10.2

4.0

4.9

N/A**

N/A**

ETF Market Price

June 30, 2013

-6.1

-5.6

-7.4

8.1

10.4

1.5

13.7

7.0

ETF Net Asset Value

June 30, 2013

-8.0

-6.6

-8.5

4.3

8.6

1.0

13.0

7.6

 


Cumulative (%)

Annualized (%)


1
Month

3
Months

YTD

1
Year

3
Years

5
Years

10
Years

Since
Inception

MSCI EM Small Cap

July 31, 2013

0.6

-8.7

-2.8

11.0

1.8

5.4

N/A**

N/A**

ETF Market Price

July 31, 2013

-0.1

-7.7

-7.5

3.4

7.0

1.6

13.5

7.0

ETF Net Asset Value

July 31, 2013

0.3

-8.5

-8.2

0.8

6.4

1.2

12.8

7.6

 


Cumulative (%)

Annualized (%)


1
Month

3
Months

YTD

1
Year

3
Years

5
Years

10
Years

Since
Inception

MSCI EM Small Cap

August 31, 2013

-3.3

-11.2

-6.0

4.9

0.6

6.3

N/A**

N/A**

ETF Market Price

August 31, 2013

-7.4

-13.1

-14.3

-4.7

4.5

1.7

12.0

6.6

ETF Net Asset Value

August 31, 2013

-6.2

-13.5

-13.9

-6.7

4.3

1.3

11.6

7.2

 


Cumulative (%)

Annualized (%)


1
Month

3
Months

YTD

1
Year

3
Years

5
Years

10
Years

Since
Inception

MSCI EM Small Cap

September 30, 2013

6.5

3.6

0.1

5.2

-1.1

12.7

N/A**

N/A**

ETF Market Price

September 30, 2013

7.2

-0.8

-8.2

-4.0

3.7

7.6

12.9

6.9

ETF Net Asset Value

September 30, 2013

7.6

1.2

-7.4

-4.0

4.4

5.1

12.2

7.5

 

* The benchmark for the Fund changed from the MSCI EM Infrastructure Index effective April 1, 2013 at the time when the Fund had implemented a restructuring from an infrastructure focus to a smaller companies focus.  The Fund's performance information for periods that include performance prior to April 1, 2013, such as one-, three- and five-year performance information, includes periods when the Fund was managed with an infrastructure focus.  In light of this, a comparison of that performance to the MSCI EM Small Cap Index may not provide useful information to investors evaluating older Fund performance in relation to its current Index. 

** 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 and the inception date of the Fund is June 17, 1992. 

¹ As of 03/15/2013, Fund name changed from Aberdeen Emerging Markets Telecommunications and Infrastructure Fund, Inc.

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.

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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