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:
Net asset value per share
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
Net investment income
Net realized gain
Net investment income to
average net assets
(to average net assets)
Net cash & short-term
Investments to net assets
* For 2009, net investment income and expenses to average net assets were 1.36% and 0.78%, respectively, after adjusting for non-recurring pension expenses.
TEN LARGEST PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS (12/31/09)
% of Net Assets
Exxon Mobil Corp.
Occidental Petroleum Corp.
XTO Energy Inc.
Royal Dutch Shell plc ADR
SECTOR WEIGHTINGS (12/31/09)
% of Net Assets
Exploration & Production
Basic Materials and Other
ANNUALIZED ONE, FIVE AND TEN YEAR COMPARATIVE RETURNS
Returns on net asset value
Petroleum & Resources
DJ U.S. Oil & Gas Index
DJ U.S. Basic Materials Index
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.
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SOURCE Petroleum & Resources Corporation