The European Equity Fund, Inc. (NYSE: EEA) and The New Germany Fund, Inc. (NYSE: GF)
(each a "Fund" and, collectively, the "Funds") announced today that after consideration of the votes received on a stockholder proposal presented at each Fund's Annual Meeting of Stockholders and in an effort to reduce the Funds' market discounts, the Board of Directors has authorized a Discount Management Program (the "Program"). The Board approved a series of up to four, consecutive, semi-annual tender offers each for up to 5% of the Funds´ outstanding shares at a price equal to 98% of net asset value ("NAV"). A Fund will conduct a tender offer if its shares trade at an average discount to NAV of more than 10% during the applicable twelve-week measurement period. The first measurement period will commence on September 1, 2010. The Program also provides for the continuation of share repurchases by each Fund such that EEA and GF are authorized to repurchase up to 600,000 and 950,000 shares, respectively, during the period August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2011. Under the terms of the previous repurchase program, EEA and GF repurchased 507,692 and 742,430 shares, respectively, from November 1, 2009 through July 16, 2010. Repurchases will be made from time to time when they are believed to be in the best interests of a Fund.
EEA also announced that with the Fund's outperformance of its benchmark in 2009 and the first half of 2010 by a total of 4.85% the current partial management and advisory fee waivers totalling 0.35% per annum would expire on August 31, 2010.
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The European Equity Fund, Inc. is a diversified, closed-end investment company seeking long-term capital appreciation through investment primarily (normally at least 80% of its assets) in equity and equity-linked securities of companies domiciled in European countries utilizing the Euro currency. Investing in foreign securities, particularly those of emerging markets, presents certain risks, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic changes, and market risks. Any fund that concentrates in a particular segment of the market will generally be more volatile than a fund that invests more broadly.
The New Germany Fund, Inc. is a diversified, closed-end investment company seeking capital appreciation primarily through investment in the Mittelstand – an important group of small and mid-cap German companies.
The Fund may invest up to 35% of its assets in large cap German companies, and up to 20% in other Western European companies. Investing in foreign securities, particularly those of emerging markets, presents certain risks, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic changes, and market risks. Any fund that concentrates in a particular segment of the market will generally be more volatile than a fund that invests more broadly.
Closed-end funds, unlike open-end funds, are not continuously offered. There is a one-time public offering and once issued, shares of closed-end funds are sold in the open market through a stock exchange. Shares of closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to the net asset value. The price of a fund’s shares is determined by a number of factors, several of which are beyond the control of the fund. Therefore, a fund cannot predict whether its shares will trade at, below or above net asset value. There can be no assurance that the Program will be effective in reducing the Funds’ market discounts.
Investments in funds involve risk. Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as government regulations and differences in liquidity which may increase the volatility of your investment. Foreign security markets generally exhibit greater price volatility and are less liquid than the US market. Additionally, this fund focuses its investments in certain geographical regions, thereby increasing its vulnerability to developments in that region and potentially subjecting the fund’s shares to greater price volatility. Some funds have more risk than others. These include funds that allow exposure to or otherwise concentrate investments in certain sectors, geographic regions, security types, market capitalization or foreign securities (e.g., political or economic instability, which can be accentuated in emerging market countries).
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of such state or jurisdiction.
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