Petroleum & Resources Announces 2009 Performance

Jan 14, 2010, 14:40 ET from Petroleum & Resources Corporation

BALTIMORE, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Petroleum & Resources Corporation (NYSE: PEO) announces the Corporation's performance for 2009.

2009 INVESTMENT RETURNS

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2009, the total return on Petroleum & Resources' net asset value, with dividends and capital gains reinvested, was 26.7%. The comparable figures for the Dow Jones U. S. Oil & Gas Index, the Dow Jones U. S. Basic Materials Index, and the S&P 500 Composite Stock Index were 17.3%, 65.5%, and 26.5%, respectively. The total return on Petroleum & Resources' market value was 30.3%.

The annual distribution rate of dividends and capital gains paid to stockholders by the Corporation in 2009 was 6.6%, calculated by dividing the total dividends and capital gains distributed during the year by the average daily market price of the Corporation's Common Stock.

NET ASSET VALUE ANNOUNCED

The net asset value of Petroleum & Resources at the end of 2009 is compared with the prior year in the following table:

12/31/09

12/31/08

Net assets

$650,718,323

$538,936,942

Shares outstanding

24,327,307

23,958,656

Net asset value per share

$26.75

$22.49

During the year, the Corporation repurchased 215,835 shares of its common stock.

SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS DURING THE FOURTH QUARTER

During the fourth quarter, the Corporation added four new names to its investment portfolio through the purchases of Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc., Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Pioneer Natural Resources Co., and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. The Corporation increased its holdings in Anadarko Petroleum, Chevron, Forest Oil, Royal Dutch Shell ADR, Southwestern Energy, and Spectra Energy. One position was eliminated from the Corporation's list of holdings with the sale of DuPont. The Corporation reduced its holdings in Devon Energy, EOG Resources, EQT Corp., Noble Energy, and XTO Energy.

OTHER SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION

12/31/09

12/31/08

Unrealized appreciation

$253,661,346

$151,455,732

Net investment income

$6,706,626

$9,651,706

Net realized gain

$24,709,496

$57,867,203

Key Ratios

Net investment income to

 average net assets

1.18%*

1.10%

Expense ratio

 (to average net assets)

0.96%*

0.51%

Portfolio turnover

14.35%

16.89%

Net cash & short-term

 Investments to net assets

3.8%

12.2%

* For 2009, net investment income and expenses to average net assets were 1.36% and 0.78%, respectively, after adjusting for non-recurring pension expenses.

TEN LARGEST PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS (12/31/09)

% of Net Assets

Chevron Corp.

11.1

Exxon Mobil Corp.

10.7

Occidental Petroleum Corp.

5.5

Noble Corp.

4.9

Transocean Inc.

3.9

XTO Energy Inc.

3.3

Halliburton Co.

3.2

ConocoPhillips

3.2

Apache Corp.

3.2

Royal Dutch Shell plc ADR

3.0

Total

52.0%

SECTOR WEIGHTINGS (12/31/09)

% of Net Assets

Integrated

32.3

Exploration &  Production

21.7

Services

17.2

Utilities

16.6

Basic Materials and Other

8.4

Short-Term Investments

4.1

ANNUALIZED ONE, FIVE AND TEN YEAR COMPARATIVE RETURNS

Returns on net asset value  

(12/31/09)

1 Year

5 Year

10 Year

Petroleum & Resources

26.7%

8.8%

8.1%

DJ U.S. Oil & Gas Index

17.3%

10.8%

10.4%

DJ U.S. Basic Materials Index

65.5%

6.0%

4.9%

Petroleum & Resources Corporation is a Baltimore-based closed-end investment company.  Its stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PEO.


    For further information please contact:
    Lawrence L. Hooper, Jr., Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
    410-752-5900 or 800-638-2479
    E-mail: contact@peteres.com
    Website: www.peteres.com

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SOURCE Petroleum & Resources Corporation



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