Morgan Stanley Asia-Pacific Fund, Inc.

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Today's Range: 14.58 - 15.08
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09/23/16 - 4:02 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:08/31/2016
  • Price as of 08/31/2016 :$14.83
  • Net Assets:$215.59 Million
  • NAV:$17.04
  • Premium-12.97%
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  • Peer Rank:127 of 335
  • Investment Rating:C-
  • Performance:C-
  • RiskB-
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SUMMARY


We rate Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific Fund at C-. Positive factors that influence this rating include a low price volatility and low expense structure. The fund invests approximately 94% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking a Non-US Equity strategy.


POSITIVES AND RISKS


Total return ranks below peers over the last three years. The Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific Fund has returned an annual rate of 3.02% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 3.81% in the last five years, 0.97% in the last three years, and 18.06% 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 29% of its competitors on a three year basis and 68% of them over the last year for the period ending 8/31/2016. On a year to date basis, APF has returned 7.66%.

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 16.2%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 8/31/2016, the fund was trading at a price of $14.83, which is 1.3% below its 52-week high of $15.02 and 2.9% above its 52-week low of $14.41.

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 4 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than just 45% of other fund managers.


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