BALTIMORE, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Adams Express Company (NYSE: ADX) announces the Company's superior investment returns for 2009.
2009 INVESTMENT RETURNS
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, the total return on Adams Express' net asset value, with dividends and capital gains reinvested, was 30.6%. Comparable figures for the S&P 500 Composite Stock Index ("S&P 500") and the Lipper Large-Cap Core Mutual Fund Average ("Lipper Peer Group") were 26.5% and 27.1%, respectively. The total return on Adams Express' market value was 32.1%. As shown in the last chart provided below, the Company has also outperformed both the S&P 500 and the Lipper Peer Group on a total return on net asset value basis for the five year period ended December 31, 2009.
The annual distribution rate of dividends and capital gains paid to stockholders by the Company in 2009 was 5.2%, calculated by dividing the total dividends and capital gains distributed during the year by the average daily market price of the Company's Common Stock.
NET ASSET VALUE ANNOUNCED
The net asset value of Adams Express at the end of 2009 is compared with the prior year in the following table:
Net asset value per share
During the year, the Company repurchased 1,369,749 shares of its common stock.
SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS DURING THE FOURTH QUARTER
During the fourth quarter, Adams Express added six new names to its investment list with the purchases of Bank of America Corp. Common Equivalent Securities, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Morgan Stanley, and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., and the receipt of shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. in exchange for shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. tendered. The Company increased its holdings in Bank of America common, Chevron, JPMorgan Chase, Oshkosh, Pfizer (through the merger with Wyeth Co.), QUALCOMM, Senomyx, Spectra Energy, and UnitedHealth Group. Three holdings were eliminated from the investment list with the sales of Corning Inc. and DuPont, and the merger of Wyeth Co. into Pfizer. The Company reduced its holdings in Avon, Bristol-Myers Squibb (by tender for shares of Mead Johnson), Capital One, Coca-Cola, ConocoPhillips, Dell, Hospira, and Unilever.
OTHER SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Unrealized appreciation (depreciation)
Net investment income
Net realized gain
Net investment income to
average net assets
Expense ratio (to average net assets)
Net cash & short-term investments
to net assets
* For 2009, net investment income and expenses to average net assets were 1.44% and 0.76%, respectively, after adjusting for non-recurring pension expenses.
TEN LARGEST PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS (12/31/09)
% of Net Assets
Petroleum & Resources Corporation*
Unilever plc ADR
General Electric Co.
United Technologies Corp.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Procter & Gamble Co.
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
SECTOR WEIGHTINGS (12/31/09)
% of Net Assets
ANNUALIZED ONE, FIVE AND TEN YEAR COMPARATIVE RETURNS
Returns on net asset value (12/31/09)
Large-Cap Core Mutual Funds
The Adams Express Company is a Baltimore-based closed-end investment company. Its stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ADX.
For further information please contact:
Lawrence L. Hooper, Jr., Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
410-752-5900 or 800-638-2479
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SOURCE Adams Express Company