Aberdeen Australia Equity Fund, Inc. Announces Performance Data and Portfolio Composition

Jun 02, 2010, 10:45 ET from Aberdeen Australia Equity Fund, Inc.

PHILADELPHIA, June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aberdeen Australia Equity Fund, Inc. (the "Fund") (NYSE Amex: IAF), a closed-end equity fund, announced today its performance data and portfolio composition as of April 30, 2010.

The Fund's total returns for various periods through April 30, 2010 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

(December 1985)

687.2

8.8

718.9

9.0

10-years

264.3

13.8

364.1

16.6

5-years

78.2

12.3

86.9

13.3

3-years

5.6

1.8

2.9

1.0

1-year

53.7

70.7

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

On April 30, 2010, the Fund's net assets amounted to US$219.9 million and the Fund's NAV per share was $11.42.

As of April 30, 2010, the portfolio was invested as follows:

Portfolio Composition

Percent of Net Assets

Consumer Discretionary

6.1

Consumer Staples

10.1

Energy

4.1

Finance

31.7

Health Care

3.8

Industrials

3.5

Information Technology

1.9

Materials

22.3

Other

3.5

Property

4.1

Telecommunications

3.3

Utilities

5.6

The Fund's ten largest equity holdings as of April 30, 2010, representing 64.6% of total assets, were:

Stock

Percent of

Total Assets

BHP Billiton Limited

12.9

QBE Insurance Group Limited

8.2

Westpac Banking Corporation Limited

7.5

Rio Tinto Limited

6.7

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Limited

5.8

Woolworths Limited

5.8

Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Limited

5.0

Woodside Petroleum Limited

4.3

AGL Energy Limited

4.2

Westfield Group

4.2

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), 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 December 12, 1985.

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

SOURCE Aberdeen Australia Equity Fund, Inc.



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