SOURCE: The Mexico Fund

The Mexico Fund

December 08, 2010 17:03 ET

The Mexico Fund, Inc. Declares Distribution and Ratifies Continuation of Managed Distribution Plan for Fiscal 2011

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - The Mexico Fund, Inc. (NYSE: MXF) announced today that the Board of Directors (Board) declared a distribution of $0.6620 per share to stockholders of record on December 20, 2010, which is payable in cash on January 19, 2011, consisting of (1) a distribution of $0.6300 per share pursuant to its Managed Distribution Plan (MDP) and (2) an additional distribution of $0.0320 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 2010. 

Under the Fund's MDP, the Fund pays quarterly distributions at an annual rate of 10% of the Fund's net asset value (NAV) per share recorded on the last business day of the previous calendar year. The Board has ratified the continuation of the Fund's MDP during fiscal 2011 at the same annual rate of 10%, with distributions to be based on the Fund's NAV per share as of December 31, 2010. Distributions are expected to be made during April, July and October 2011 and January 2012. The Board may amend or terminate the MDP at any time without prior notice to stockholders; however, at this time, there are no reasonably foreseeable circumstances that might cause the termination of the MDP.

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 fiscal year.

However, 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) an estimate of the source of the combined January 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 year:

Distribution Estimates January 2011 Fiscal Year-to-date (YTD)1
Source Per Share Amount Percent of Current Distribution Per Share Amount Percent of Fiscal Year Distributions
Net Investment Income $0.1016 15.35% $0.1016 15.35%
Net Realized Short-Term Capital Gains $0.3784 57.16% $0.3784 57.16%
Net Realized Long-Term Capital Gains $0.1820 27.49% $0.1820 27.49%
Return of Capital (or other Capital Source) - - - -
Total Distribution $0.6620 100.00% $0.6620 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 November 30, 20102
Annualized Distribution Rate (current fiscal year)3 -
Current Fiscal Year Cumulative Total Return4 2.88%
Cumulative Distribution Rate (current fiscal year)5 -

1 The Fund's current fiscal year began on November 1, 2010.

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 November 30, 2010 annualized as a percentage of the Fund's NAV at the same date. As of the date of this press release, this rate is zero because the $0.6620 distribution has not been paid yet.

4 Fiscal Year Cumulative Total Return is the percentage change in the Fund's NAV from November 1, 2010 through November 30, 2010, including distributions paid and assuming reinvestment of those distributions.

5 Cumulative Distribution Rate for the Fund's current fiscal period (November 1, 2010 through November 30, 2010) measured on the dollar value of distributions in the period as a percentage of the Fund's NAV as of November 30, 2010. As of the date of this press release, this rate is zero because the $0.6620 distribution has not been paid yet.

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 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 the calendar 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

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

    Eduardo Solano
    The Mexico Fund, Inc.

    Patricia Baronowski
    The Altman Group
    (212) 400-2604