BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – November 10, 2016 – Adams Diversified Equity Fund, Inc. (NYSE:ADX) declared today a year-end distribution of $0.84 per share. The total distributions by the Fund for 2016 will be $0.99, including the distributions of $0.15 per share made prior to today’s announcement. The annual distribution rate represented by these distributions is 7.8%.

The year-end distribution consists of the following:

  • $0.79 per share from net capital gains realized during 2016, comprised all of long-term gain.
  • $0.05 per share from 2016 net investment income.

This marks the 52nd consecutive year that the Fund has paid out capital gains and the 81st consecutive year it has paid out dividends to its shareholders.

Commenting on the year-end distribution, Mark E. Stoeckle, CEO of Adams Diversified Equity Fund, said: "Our 7.8% distribution rate for this year exceeds the commitment we made to our shareholders that we will distribute each year an amount equal to at least 6% of the Fund’s trailing 12-month average month-end market price. We are proud of our long history of providing dividend income and capital gains to our shareholders and this year’s distributions add to that exceptional track record.”

The payable date for the distribution is December 28, 2016, the record date is November 25, 2016, and the ex-dividend date is November 22, 2016. The year-end distribution is payable in stock or cash at the option of each shareholder.

Details regarding the annual 6% minimum distribution rate can be found at

Adams Diversified Equity Fund is a Baltimore-based closed-end fund that has been operating as an investment company since 1929. Its stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ADX.

For further information, please contact:

Nancy J. Floyd Prue, CFA
Director of Shareholder Communications
410.752.5900 or 800.638.2479