The Malaysia Fund, Inc. Announces Change in Benchmark, Information Regarding Share Repurchase Program, Portfolio Manager Change and Creation of Closed-End Fund Committee
The Malaysia Fund, Inc. MAY -2.35 percent (the “Fund”) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a change in the Fund’s benchmark to the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Total Return Index. The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (formerly the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange Composite (KLSE) Index), which had historically been used by the Fund as its benchmark, is a price only index, which does not include the reinvestment of dividends in its calculation of index performance.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Total Return Index is a free-float adjusted and liquidity-screened index comprized of the largest 30 companies listed on the Main Board of the Bursa Malaysia by full market capitalisation that meet the eligibility requirements of the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Ground Rules. The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Total Return Index measures the total return on the underlying constituents, combining both capital performance and reinvested gross dividend income. The index is calculated in USD.
The Fund continues to maintain a share repurchase program (the “Program”) for purposes of enhancing stockholder value and reducing the discount at which the Fund’s shares trade from their net asset value. Since the inception of the Program on July 15, 2002, the Fund has repurchased 8.9 percent of its shares. The Fund expects to continue to repurchase its outstanding shares at such time and in such amounts as it believes will further the accomplishment of the foregoing objectives of the Program, subject to review by the Board of Directors. On a monthly basis, the Fund intends to make available on its public website information regarding the Fund’s repurchase activity.
In addition, Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc. (“MSIM”), the investment adviser to the Fund, announced that James Cheng, a portfolio manager of the Fund, will retire effective December 31, 2012. Munib Madni, a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management Company, the sub-adviser to the Fund, and Ruchir Sharma, a Managing Director of MSIM, will continue to be jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio upon Mr. Cheng’s retirement.
The change in benchmark as well as the change in portfolio management team does not affect the investment objective of the Fund, nor the way in which the Fund’s portfolio is managed.
On March 23, 2012, the Fund announced that the Board adopted a proposal to liquidate the Fund, subject to stockholder approval of the plan of liquidation and dissolution (the “Plan”) adopted by the Board. The Board plans to submit the proposal to stockholders to approve the Plan at the Fund’s annual meeting of stockholders.
The Board of Directors has also approved the creation of a committee of independent Directors to consider a range of issues unique to closed-end funds.
The Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company that seeks long-term capital appreciation through investment in equity securities of Malaysian companies. The Fund’s shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MAY.”
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