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Aberdeen Income Credit Strategies Fund Announces Performance Data And Portfolio Composition

PHILADELPHIA, May 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Aberdeen Income Credit Strategies Fund (the "Fund") (NYSE: ACP), a closed-end bond fund, announced today its performance data and portfolio composition as of April 30, 2019.

Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. At Aberdeen, asset management is our business. We only manage assets for clients, allowing us to focus solely on their needs and deliver independent, objective investment advice. We know global markets from the local level upwards, drawing on more than 1,900 staff, across 32 offices in 23 countries. Investment teams are based in the markets or regions where they invest, delivering local perspective in a global investment environment. (PRNewsFoto/Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.)

The Fund's total returns for various periods through April 30, 2019 are provided below.  (All figures are based on distributions reinvested at the dividend reinvestment price, and are stated net-of-fees):

Period

NAV Total Return %

Market Price Total Return %


Cumulative

Annualized

Cumulative

Annualized

Since Inception

(January 2011)

56.5

5.6

44.9

4.6

10-years

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

5-years

19.9

3.7

25.4

4.6

3-years

34.4

10.4

51.2

14.8

1-year

-3.1

2.4

 

The Fund's returns, which are denominated in U.S. dollars, are affected by the performance of the U.S. dollar against the various currencies listed below.

As of April 30, 2019, the portfolio was invested as follows:


Currency Exposure %

Geographic Exposure %

United Kingdom

0.3

32.2

Canada

-

1.0

United States

99.4

27.0




Europe

0.3

31.9

Asia

-

-

Africa

-

4.0

Caribbean

-

1.7

Middle East

-

1.3

 

As of April 30, 2019, the portfolio was invested as follows:

Portfolio Composition

Percent of Net Assets

Financials

22.7

Consumer Discretionary

20.7

Telecommunication Services

13.7

Energy

12.4

Health Care

10.6

Materials

5.7

Industrials

5.4

Information Technology

4.0

Capital Goods

1.5

Consumer Staples

0.5

Utilities

0.1

Cash

2.6

 

As of April 30, 2019, the top ten holdings of the portfolio based on total assets were as follows:

Holding

(%)

CYBG PLC

3.8

California Resources Corporation

3.5

Altice

3.3

Nemean Bondco PLC

2.8

Voyage Care BondCo PLC

2.5

First Quantum Minerals, Ltd.

2.5

Unilabs Subholding

2.5

Mizzen Bondco Ltd.

2.4

Vodafone Group PLC

2.1

Arrow Global

2.1

TOTAL

27.4

As of April 30, 2019, the Fund's net assets, including US$74.0 million in bank borrowing, amounted to US$242.9 million with a net asset value per share of common stock of US$12.92.

As of April 30, 2019, the credit quality and maturity breakdown of the portfolio was as follows:

Credit Quality (%)

BB

B

CCC

CC

Not Rated

18.9

41.3

39.1

0.6

0.1

 

Maturity (%)

<3 Years

3-5 Years

5-10 Years

>>10 Years

22.0

35.3

30.8

11.9

As of April 30, 2019, the average maturity of the portfolio was 10.0 years.

The Fund has in place leverage in the form of a loan facility.  The outstanding balance on the loan as of April 30, 2019 is US$75,000,000, which represents an increase of US$1,000,000 from the previous month.

The leverage is used with the intent of enhancing returns by borrowing at interest rates that are lower than the relatively higher yields of the fixed income securities in which the Fund invests.  Details regarding the revolving credit loan facility and the interest rate swap agreements are contained in the Fund's annual and semi-annual reports to shareholders. 

Important Information

Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc. has prepared this report based on information sources believed to be accurate and reliable. However, the figures are unaudited and neither the Fund, its investment adviser, nor any other person guarantees their accuracy. Investors should seek their own professional advice and should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before acting on this information. Aberdeen is a U.S. registered service mark of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC.

Aberdeen Standard Investments is a brand of the investment businesses of Standard Life Aberdeen plc, its affiliates and subsidiaries. In the United States, Aberdeen Standard Investments is the marketing name for the following affiliated, registered investment advisers:  Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc., Aberdeen Asset Managers Ltd., Aberdeen Standard Investments Australia Ltd., Aberdeen Standard Investments (Asia) Ltd., Aberdeen Capital Management, LLC, Aberdeen Standard Investments ETFs Advisors LLC and Standard Life Investments (Corporate Funds) Ltd.

Closed-end funds are traded on the secondary market through one of the stock exchanges. The Fund's investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares may be worth more or less than the original cost. Shares of closed-end funds may trade above (a premium) or below (a discount) the net asset value (NAV) of the fund's portfolio. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  Investment returns and principle value will fluctuate and shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. NAV return data includes investment management fees, custodial charges and administrative fees (such as Director and legal fees) and assumes the reinvestment of all distributions. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. Holdings are subject to change and are provided for informational purposes only and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell the securities shown.  Inception date January 27, 2011.

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