The Taiwan Fund, Inc. Announces 1st Quarter Earnings

Jan 20, 2010, 14:05 ET from The Taiwan Fund, Inc.

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Taiwan Fund, Inc. (NYSE: TWN) announced today details regarding its investment performance for the three month period ended November 30, 2009.

The Fund reported a net asset value per share of $15.47 as of the close of business on November 30, 2009.  This represents an increase of $1.63 per share from the net asset value per share of $13.84 reported on August 31, 2009.  The Fund's share price as traded on the New York Stock Exchange on November 30, 2009 was $13.67, representing a discount to net asset value of 11.64%.  This represents an increase of $1.53 per share from the share price of $12.14 on August 31, 2009, which represented a discount to net asset value of 13.68%.  The Fund had a total return of 11.78% for the three months ended November 30, 2009, based on the change in its net asset value.  For the same period, the Taiwan Stock Exchange Index had a total return of 13.62% (in US$ terms).

For the three-month period ended November 30, 2009, the Fund had net realized gains of $13,467,872 on investment transactions and a change in net unrealized gains of $17,661,838 on investments held.  The Fund's net investment loss (consisting of dividend and interest income less operating expenses) for the same period was $899,426.

The Fund is a diversified closed-end investment company, which seeks long term capital appreciation primarily through investments in equity securities listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.  Shares of the Fund are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "TWN." For additional information on the Fund, including information on the Fund's holdings, please visit the Fund's website at www.thetaiwanfund.com or call 1-800-636-9242.

CONTACT:

Monique Labbe

State Street Corporation

617-662-2983

Quarter Ended November 30, 2009

Year Ended August 31, 2009

Quarter Ended November 30, 2008

Total Net Assets

$287,292,332

$257,062,048

$181,488,549.26

Gross Investment Income

Per Share

$111,512

$0.01

$8,536,455

$1,639,902

$0.09

Net Investment Income (Loss)

Per Share

$(899,426)

$(0.05)

$3,426,079

$477,982

$0.03

Net Realized Gain (Loss) on Investments

$13,467,872

$(81,913,015)

$(44,390,460)

Change in Net Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments

$17,661,838

$46,832,774

$(66,476,452)

Total Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments

Per Share

$31,129,710

$1.68

$(35,080,241)

$(110,866,912)

$(5.97)

Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

Per Share

$30,230,284

$1.63

$(31,654,162)

$(110,388,930)

$(5.94)

SOURCE The Taiwan Fund, Inc.



RELATED LINKS

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