Baltimore, Maryland, November 15, 2018 – Adams Diversified Equity Fund, Inc. (NYSE:ADX) declared today a year-end distribution of $1.85 per share. The total distributions by the Fund for 2018 will be $2.00, including the distributions of $0.15 per share made prior to today’s announcement. The annual distribution rate represented by these distributions is 12.9%.
The year-end distribution consists of the following:
- $0.07 per share from 2018 net investment income
- $1.78 per share from net capital gains realized during 2018, all of which was long-term gain.
This marks the 54th consecutive year that the Fund has paid out capital gains and the 83rd 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: "The U.S. equity market is in the midst of the longest bull market in history. We realized significant gains this year as we positioned the portfolio for new opportunities. Our 12.9% distribution rate for this year far 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. While future market conditions are uncertain, we are proud of our long history of providing dividend income and capital gains to our shareholders under all market conditions, and this year’s distributions add to that exceptional track record.”
The payable date for the distribution is December 26, 2018, the record date is November 26, 2018, and the ex-dividend date is November 23, 2018. The year-end distribution is payable in stock and/or cash at the option of each shareholder.
Details regarding the annual 6% minimum distribution rate can be found at adamsfunds.com.
Since 1929, Adams Funds have consistently helped generations of investors reach their investment goals. Adams Funds is comprised of two closed-end funds, Adams Diversified Equity Fund, Inc. (NYSE: ADX) and Adams Natural Resources Fund, Inc. (NYSE: PEO). The Funds are actively managed by an experienced team with a disciplined approach and have paid dividends for more than 80 years across many market cycles. The Funds are committed to paying an annual distribution rate of 6% or more, providing reliable income to long-term investors. Shares can be purchased through our transfer agent or through a broker. For more information about Adams Funds, please visit: adamsfunds.com.
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