Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund, Inc.(1) Announces Performance Data And Portfolio Composition

PHILADELPHIA, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund, Inc.1 (the "Fund") (NYSE MKT: ETF), a closed-end equity fund, announced today its performance data and portfolio composition as of February 28, 2014.

The Fund's total returns for various periods through February 28, 2014 are provided below.  (All figures are based on distributions reinvested at the dividend reinvestment price and are stated net-of-fees): 


Cumulative as of 02/28/14

Annualized as of 02/28/14


1

Month

3

Month

YTD

1

Year

3

Years

5

Years

10 Years

Since Inception

NAV

2.9

-6.8

-9.9

-13.2

2.8

12.1

9.5

7.1

Market Price

1.6

-7.7

-9.6

-14.3

2.4

12.4

9.5

6.4

MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap

4.2

0.9

1.4

-1.1

-0.4

22.7

*n/a

*n/a

MSCI Emerging Markets Infrastructure

1.7

-6.4

-5.9

-5.1

0.6

12.5

11.2

*n/a


*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. There is no since inception figure for the MSCI EM Infrastructure Index because the inception date of the Index is January 4, 1998. The inception date of the Fund is June 17, 1992. The benchmark for the Fund changed from the MSCI EM Infrastructure Index effective April 1, 2013.

On February 28, 2014, the Fund's net assets amounted to US$136.8 million and the Fund's NAV per share was $14.01.

As of February 28, 2014, the portfolio was invested as follows:

Portfolio Composition*

Percent of

Net Assets

Financials

23.7

Consumer Staples

19.5

Consumer Discretionary

17.2

Industrials

13.7

Materials

12.1

Information Technology

7.2

Health Care

5.9

Cash

0.6

 

Portfolio Composition *

Geographic Exposure %

Brazil

13.8

South Africa

9.4

India

8.6

Malaysia

8.3

Hong Kong

6.9

Indonesia

5.8

Thailand

5.7

Turkey

4.8

South Korea

3.8

Singapore

3.6

Chile

3.5

Russia

3.0

Mexico

2.7

Philippines

2.1

Poland

2.1

United Kingdom

2.0

Kenya

1.8

Romania

1.8

Netherlands

1.7

China

1.4

Nigeria

1.3

Oman

1.3

Sri Lanka

1.3

Lebanon

1.1

U. S.

0.9

Israel

0.8

Belarus

0.3

Europe

0.2


*Compositions are subject to change. Figures may not appear to sum due to rounding.

The Fund's ten largest equity holdings as of February 28, 2014, representing 24.2% of net assets, were:

Stock

Percent of

Net Assets

Aeon Malaysia

3.4

Aeroportuario del Centro Norte pls

2.7

Parque Arauco

2.4

Petra Foods

2.4

BS Financial Group

2.3

Arezzo Industria e Comercio

2.3

Spar Group

2.2

Cimsa

2.2

Clicks Group

2.2

Jollibee Foods

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.

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

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

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SOURCE Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund, Inc.



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