Morgan Stanley Asia-Pacific Fund, Inc.

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$15.11 -0.08 | -0.53%
Today's Range: 15.11 - 15.11
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03/28/17 - 9:34 AM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:02/28/2017
  • Price as of 02/28/2017 :$14.83
  • Net Assets:$215.59 Million
  • NAV:$16.91
  • Premium-12.3%
  • Peer Rank:262 of 358
  • Investment Rating:D+
  • Performance:D
  • RiskC+
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We rate Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific Fund at D+. Negative factors that influence this rating include a well below average total return. The fund invests approximately 94% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Non-US Equity strategy.


Total return ranks well below peers over the last three years. The Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific Fund has returned an annual rate of 3.00% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 2.15% in the last five years, -1.15% in the last three years, and 12.91% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 33% of them. It has also outpaced 24% of its competitors on a three year basis and 43% of them over the last year for the period ending 2/28/2017. On a year to date basis, APF has returned 8.44%.

Downside risk has been below average. APF has a draw down risk of -29.08%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 16.1%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 2/28/2017, the fund was trading at a price of $14.83, which is 1.1% below its 52-week high of $15.00 and 3.8% above its 52-week low of $14.29.

High expense ratio hinders performance. On total assets of $215.59 million, APF maintains a high expense ratio compared to its Non-US Equity peers of 1.29% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As APF is a closed end fund, it has no front end or back end load.

Manager lacks tenure and performance record lags managerial peers. Substandard fund managers tend to be replaced, so a long tenure is usually a good sign that a fund is achieving its objectives. The Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific Fund has been managed by Munib M. Madni for only 5 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than just 47% of other fund managers.

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