Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. Announces Performance Data and Portfolio Composition

Jan 05, 2010, 14:29 ET from Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc.

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. (the "Fund") (NYSE AMEX: FAX), a closed-end bond fund, announced today its performance data and portfolio composition as of November 30, 2009.

The Fund's total returns for various periods through November 30, 2009 are provided below. (All figures are based on distributions reinvested at the dividend reinvestment price and are stated net-of-fees):




    Period              NAV Total Return %      Market Price Total Return %
    ------              ------------------       --------------------------
                    Cumulative    Annualized    Cumulative      Annualized
                    ----------    ----------    ----------      ----------
    Since Inception     716.2         9.3         696.6             9.2
    (April 1986)        -----         ---         -----             ---
    ---------------
    10-years            158.4        10.0         185.8            11.1
    --------            -----        ----         -----            ----
    5-years              43.7         7.5          41.5             7.2
    -------              ----         ---          ----             ---
    3-years              27.8         8.5          30.3             9.2
    -------              ----         ---          ----             ---
    1-year                     48.4                        90.7
    ------                     ----                        ----


The Fund's returns, which are denominated in U.S. dollars, are affected by the performance of the U.S. dollar against the various currencies listed below.

As of November 30, 2009, the portfolio was invested as follows:




                   Currency Exposure % Geographic Exposure %
                   -------------------  ---------------------
    Australia                     49.1                   49.1
    ---------                     ----                   ----
    New Zealand                    0.2                    0.2
    -----------                    ---                    ---


    United States*                32.5                    1.4
    --------------                ----                    ---


    South Korea                    3.1                   13.9
    -----------                    ---                   ----
    Philippines                    1.2                    6.7
    -----------                    ---                    ---
    Malaysia                       1.6                    5.7
    --------                       ---                    ---
    Singapore                      2.1                    3.8
    ---------                      ---                    ---
    Thailand                       1.0                    2.3
    --------                       ---                    ---
    Hong Kong                      0.1                    6.8
    ---------                      ---                    ---
    Indonesia                      0.3                    4.8
    ---------                      ---                    ---
    China                          4.2                    1.7
    -----                          ---                    ---
    India                          1.8                    3.6
    -----                          ---                    ---
    Taiwan                         2.8                      -
    ------                         ---                    ---


    * Of which 30.6% is invested in US$ denominated bonds issued by
    foreign issuers.

As of November 30, 2009, the top ten holdings of the portfolio based on total assets were as follows:




    Holding                                       Coupon / Maturity      (%)
    -------                                       -----------------      ---
    Western Australia Treasury Corporation         8.00%, 06/15/2013       5.4
    --------------------------------------         -----------------       ---
    Western Australia Treasury Corporation         8.00%, 07/15/2017       4.1
    --------------------------------------         -----------------       ---
    Queensland Treasury Corporation                6.00%, 10/14/2015       1.7
    -------------------------------                -----------------       ---
    India Government                               7.02%, 08/17/2016       1.5
    ----------------                               -----------------       ---
    European Investment Bank                       6.50%, 08/07/2019       1.4
    ------------------------                       -----------------       ---
    Malaysian Government                          5.094%, 04/30/2014       1.3
    --------------------                          ------------------       ---
    Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau                7.50%, 08/26/2011       1.2
    -------------------------------                -----------------       ---
    International Finance Corporation              7.50%, 02/28/2013       1.2
    ---------------------------------              -----------------       ---
    Commonwealth Bank of Australia                 8.50%, 06/24/2011       1.2
    ------------------------------                 -----------------       ---
    Queensland Treasury Corporation                6.50%, 04/16/2012       1.1
    -------------------------------                -----------------       ---
    TOTAL                                                                 20.1
    -----                                                                 ----


As of November 30, 2009 the holdings of the portfolio represented approximately 39.7% sovereign and state government securities, 1.1% supranationals, 56.0% corporates, 1.4% cash and 1.8% asset backed securities.

As of November 30, 2009, the Fund's net assets, including $600 million in bank borrowing, amounted to US$2,339 million with a net asset value per share of US$6.66.

As of November 30, 2009, 74.5% of the portfolio was invested in securities where either the issue or the issuer was rated "A" or better, or judged by the Investment Manager to be of equivalent quality. The credit quality and maturity breakdown of the portfolio was as follows:




                          Credit Quality (%)
                          ------------------
     AAA/Aaa AA/Aa    A       BBB/Baa     BB/Ba    B      NR
     ------- -----   ---      -------     -----   ---    ---
       29.8     10.8   33.9        9.6       14.0    1.8    0.1
       ----     ----   ----        ---       ----    ---    ---


As of November 30, 2009, the average credit quality of the portfolio was A+.




                                   Maturity (%)
                                   ------------
         <3 Years          3-5 Years        5-10 Years          >10 Years
         --------          ---------        ----------        ---------
           26.1                    27.3             36.4               10.2
           ----                    ----             ----               ----


As of November 30, 2009, the average maturity of the portfolio was 6.8 years.

A revolving credit loan facility, in the amount of $600,000,000, was entered into on April 18, 2008 with the Bank of Nova Scotia, in order to fund the redemption of the Fund's Auction Market Preferred Stock ("AMPS") that took place in April 2008. The outstanding balance on the loan as of November 30, 2009 is $600,000,000 which represents no change from the previous month.

The leverage is used with the intent of enhancing returns by borrowing at interest rates that are lower than the relatively higher yields of the emerging market fixed income securities in which the Fund invests. The Fund has entered into interest rate swap agreements in order to fix the interest payable on an aggregate notional amount of $412.5 million, Hong Kong Dollar 74.0 million and Thailand Baht 69.5 million, which represents 74% of the bank loan facility. Details regarding the revolving credit loan facility and the interest rate swap agreements are contained in the Fund's annual and semi-annual reports to shareholders.

Important Information

Aberdeen Asset Management Inc., the Fund's Administrator, has prepared this report based on information sources believed to be accurate and reliable. However, the figures are unaudited and neither the Fund, the Administrator, Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited (the Investment Manager), Aberdeen Asset Management Limited (the Investment Adviser), Aberdeen Asset Management Investment Services Limited (the Sub-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.

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 April 25, 1986.

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

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