The Mexico Equity and Income Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”) (NYSE:MXE) (NYSE:MXEPR) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.023 per share payable on December 31, 2010 to stockholders of record on December 28, 2010. The dividend on each class of stock will consist entirely of ordinary income.
The Fund also announced the results of the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Fund, which was held on November 26, 2010. At the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the common and preferred stockholders, voting together, elected Gerald Hellerman and Maria Pichardo and the preferred stockholders voting separately elected Glenn Goodstein as Directors of the Fund to serve until the 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
The Fund also announced that, in accordance with its previously announced share repurchase program, the Fund repurchased 795,804 shares of its common stock during the period from December 1, 2009 to October 31, 2010 at a cost of $6,922,318, approximately $1,112,000 below net asset value.
On October 31, 2010, the net assets of the Fund were $83,911,107 and the net asset value (“NAV”) for the common and preferred stock was $11.91 per share, based on 6,968,166 and 68,939 shares outstanding, respectively. The Fund’s common stock closed on the New York Stock Exchange on that date at $10.56.For the three month period ended October 31, 2010, the Fund’s net realized and unrealized gains totaled $10,116,784 and the Fund’s net investment loss was $(183,187). On October 31, 2010, the Fund’s investments in equity and fixed income securities of Mexican companies totaled $82,978,537 or 98.89% of the Fund’s net assets, while cash and cash equivalents (excluding foreign currency) totaled $1,069,067 or 1.27% of the Fund’s net assets and other liabilities in excess of assets totaled $(136,497) or (0.16)% of the Fund’s net assets. As of October 31, 2010, the Fund’s 10 largest equity investments represented 68.5% of the Fund’s net assets were:
|1.||America Movil, S.A. de C.V. – Class – L||21.8%|
|2.||Genomma Lab Internacional S.A.||8.2%|
|3.||Grupo Mexico, S.A.||6.9%|
|4.||Wal-Mart de Mexico||5.0%|
|5.||Grupe Sab de C.V.||4.9%|
|6.||Corp Geo S.A.B. de C.V.||4.9%|
Promotora y Operadora de Infraestructura, S.A. de C.V.
|9.||Mexichem S.A.B. de C.V.||4.1%|
|10.||Alfa, S.A. de C.V. – Class A||4.0%|