SOURCE: The Mexico Fund

The Mexico Fund

January 19, 2010 16:30 ET

The Mexico Fund, Inc. Pays Distribution

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - January 19, 2010) - The Mexico Fund, Inc. (NYSE: MXF) announced that it will pay today a distribution of $0.4629 per share in cash to stockholders of record as of December 30, 2009, consisting of (1) a distribution of $0.42 per share pursuant to its Managed Distribution Plan (MDP) (the equivalent of 2.5% of the Fund's net asset value per share (NAV) as of December 31, 2008) and (2) an additional distribution of $0.0429 per share paid by the Fund to meet applicable tax requirements under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. This combined distribution is the last corresponding to the fiscal year 2009.

As a general matter, the amount of distributable income for each fiscal period depends on the aggregate gains and losses realized by the Fund during the entire year. Distributions may consist of net investment income, capital gains and return of capital, but the character of these distributions cannot be determined until after the end of the Fund's current fiscal year. On January 14, 2010, the Fund issued a press release announcing the final composition of distributions corresponding to the fiscal year 2009.

Under the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Fund is required to indicate the source of each distribution to stockholders. The following table sets forth (A) the source of the combined distribution (including the portion of the distribution paid pursuant to the MDP and the additional distribution) and (B) an estimate of the source of distributions for the current fiscal period:


                                                     Fiscal Year-to-date
Distribution Estimates        January 2010                (YTD)(1)
                        ------------------------- -------------------------
                                     Percent of                Percent of
      Source             Per Share     Current     Per Share   Fiscal Year
                           Amount    Distribution    Amount   Distributions
                        ------------ -----------  ------------ -----------
Net Investment Income              -           -             -           -
                        ------------ -----------  ------------ -----------
Net Realized Short-Term
 Capital Gains                     -           -             -           -
                        ------------ -----------  ------------ -----------
Net Realized Long-Term
 Capital Gains          $     0.4629      100.00% $     0.4629      100.00%
                        ------------ -----------  ------------ -----------
Return of Capital (or
 other Capital Source)             -           -             -           -
                        ------------ -----------  ------------ -----------
Total Distribution      $     0.4629      100.00% $     0.4629      100.00%
                        ------------ -----------  ------------ -----------

Information regarding the Fund's performance and distribution rates is set forth below:

Average Annual Total Return for the 5-year period ended on
 December 31, 2009(2)                                                22.79%
                                                               -----------
Annualized Distribution Rate (current fiscal year)(3)                    -
                                                               -----------
Current Fiscal Year Cumulative Total Return(4)                       10.45%
                                                               -----------
Cumulative Distribution Rate (current fiscal year)(5)                    -
                                                               -----------

(1) The Fund's current fiscal year began on November 1, 2009.

(2) Average Annual Total Return represents the simple arithmetic average of the Annual NAV Total Returns of the Fund for the last five years. Annual NAV Total Return is the percentage change in the Fund's NAV over a year including distributions paid and assuming reinvestment of those distributions.

(3) The Current Annualized Distribution Rate is the Cumulative Distribution Rate as of December 31, 2009, annualized as a percentage of the Fund's NAV at the same date. This rate is zero because no distribution was paid between the beginning of the current fiscal year, November 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009.

(4) Fiscal Year Cumulative Total Return is the percentage change in the Fund's NAV from November 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009, including distributions paid and assuming reinvestment of those distributions.

(5) Cumulative Distribution Rate for the Fund's current fiscal period (November 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009) measured on the dollar value of distributions in the period as a percentage of the Fund's NAV as of December 31, 2009. This rate is zero because no distribution was paid between the beginning of the current fiscal year, November 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009.

You should not draw any conclusions about the Fund's investment performance from the amount of this distribution or from the terms of the Fund's MDP.

The amounts and sources of distributions for the current fiscal period reported above are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for accounting and tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund's investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report the distribution for federal income tax purposes.

For further information, contact the Fund's Investor Relations office at 011-52-55-5282-8900, or by email at investor-relations@themexicofund.com.

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The Mexico Fund, Inc. is a non-diversified closed-end management investment company with the investment objective of long-term capital appreciation through investments in securities, primarily equity, listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange. The Fund provides a vehicle to investors who wish to invest in Mexican companies through a managed non-diversified portfolio as part of their overall investment program.

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements regarding future circumstances. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Fund's current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements including, in particular, the risks and uncertainties described in the Fund's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results, events, and performance may differ. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Fund undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by The Mexico Fund or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Eduardo Solano
    The Mexico Fund, Inc.
    011-52-55-5282-8900

    Patricia Baronowski
    The Altman Group, Inc.
    (212) 400-2604