BALTIMORE, June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Douglas G. Ober, the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and long-time lead portfolio manager for The Adams Express Company (NYSE: ADX), has informed the Board of Directors that he plans to retire within the next eighteen months. Mr. Ober, 66, joined the Company as a research analyst in 1980 and has been the lead portfolio manager since April 1, 1991. During his 21-year tenure as the lead portfolio manager, the Company has provided to its stockholders, on an annual basis, a total return based on net asset value, with dividends and capital gains reinvested, of 7.89% and an annualized total return of 7.81% based on market value, through March 31, 2012. Said Daniel Emerson, Lead Director of the Board: "Doug has done an outstanding job guiding the Company through some remarkably turbulent times over the past 21 years. His steady hand and unflappable adherence to his investment principles has served, and will continue to serve, our stockholders well. He has built a strong team at the Company and when he does step down, the Fund will continue in good hands. With his announcement, he has given us the time to carefully identify his successor." The Board is retaining an outside search firm to assist in the selection of Mr. Ober's successor. The Adams Express Company is a Baltimore-based closed-end investment company that trades on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbol ADX. For further information, please contact Lawrence L. Hooper, Jr., Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary410-752-5900 or 800-638-2479 E. Mail: email@example.com Website: www.adamsexpress.com For your convenience, all press releases are posted to our website. If you would like to receive future press releases by fax or e-mail, please let us know.