BALTIMORE, April 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Board of Directors of The Adams Express Company (NYSE: ADX) today declared an interim dividend of $0.05 per share, payable June 1, 2008, to stockholders of record May 15, 2008, and announced the Fund's performance for the first quarter. First Quarter NAV Performance Tops Benchmarks For the three months ended March 31st, the total return on Adams Express' net asset value, after adjusting for income dividends and capital gain distributions paid, was -7.5%. Comparable figures for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and the Lipper Large Cap Core Mutual Fund Average were -9.4% and -10.2%, respectively. The total return on Adams Express' market value, after adjustment, was -11.1%. For the twelve months ended March 31st, the total return on Adams Express' net asset value, after adjusting for income dividends as well as capital gain distributions paid, was -3.3%. Comparable figures for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and the Lipper Large Cap Core Mutual Fund Average were -5.1% and -5.6%, respectively. The total return on Adams Express' market value, after adjustment, was -4.1%. Adams Express' net asset value at March 31, 2008, is compared with the year earlier in the following table:
Net Asset Value 3/31/08 3/31/07 Net assets $1,262,297,665 $1,386,292,178 Shares outstanding 87,133,182 86,079,089 Net assets per share $14.49* $16.10 *After capital gain distribution of $0.02 per share paid in March 2008. The net capital gain realized on investments at the end of the first quarter was $0.10 per share. The Company repurchased 575,308 shares of its Common Stock during the quarter. Securities Transactions During the first quarter, three new names were added to the Company's portfolio with the purchases of shares of Prudential Financial Inc., Transocean Inc., and Visa Inc. The Company added to its existing holdings in CVS/Caremark, Morgan Stanley, Northeast Utilities, Oshkosh, Prosperity Bancshares, Spirit AeroSystems, Tata Motors, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, and Zimmer. The holdings in PepsiCo, Rohm & Haas, and State Street were reduced. The First Quarter Report is expected to be released on or about April 18, 2008.
The Adams Express Company is a Baltimore-based closed-end investment company. It is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ADX. For further information, please contact Joseph M. Truta, President Lawrence L. Hooper, Jr., Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary 410-752-5900 or 800-638-2479 E. Mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.adamsexpress.com For your convenience, all press releases are posted to our website. If you would like to receive future press releases by fax or e-mail, please let us know.
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