ASA Gold and Precious Metals Limited (the Company) (NYSE:ASA) reported that the total return for the nine months ended August 31, 2018, based on the Companys net asset value (NAV), was negative 20.2%, including the reinvestment of distributions paid on the Company shares. On August 31, 2018, the NAV of the Company was $10.08 per share versus $14.23 per share on August 31, 2017.
For the nine months ended August 31, 2018, the total return based on the Companys share price was negative 19.8%, including the reinvestment of distributions paid on the Companys shares. The return for the FTSE Gold Mines Total Return Index during the same period was negative 18.6%.
The closing price of the Companys shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 31, 2018 was $8.84, representing a share price discount to NAV of 12.3%. The share price of closed-end funds, such as the Company, is determined by trading activity in the open market and consequently may reflect a premium (higher than) or discount (lower than) to its underlying NAV.
Nine Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
August 31, 2018
November 30, 2017
August 31, 2017
|Net assets||$194,518||$10.08||$244,202||$ 12.66||$274,425||$14.23|
|Net investment income (loss)||$(995)||$(0.05)||$ (1,669)||$ (0.09)||$(1,244)||$(0.06)|
|Ending shares outstanding||19,290||19,290||19,290|
The Company is a non-diversified, closed-end, internally managed fund that seeks long-term capital appreciation primarily through investing in companies engaged in the exploration for, development of projects or mining of precious metals and minerals.
It is a fundamental policy of the Company that at least 80% of its total assets must be (i) invested in common shares or securities convertible into common shares of companies engaged, directly or indirectly, in the exploration, mining or processing of gold, silver, platinum, diamonds or other precious minerals, (ii) held as bullion or other direct forms of gold, silver, platinum or other precious minerals, (iii) invested in instruments representing interests in gold, silver, platinum or other precious minerals such as certificates of deposit therefor, and/or (iv) invested in securities of investment companies, including exchange traded funds, or other securities that seek to replicate the price movement of gold, silver or platinum bullion.
The Company employs bottom-up fundamental analysis and relies on detailed primary research including meetings with company executives, site visits to key operating assets, and proprietary financial analysis in making its investment decisions.
Investors are encouraged to visit the Companys website for additional information, including historical and current share prices, news releases, financial statements, tax and supplemental information. The site may be found at www.asaltd.com, or you may contact the Company directly at (800) 432-3378.
Certain Tax Information
The Company is a passive foreign investment company for United States federal income tax purposes. As a result, United States shareholders holding shares in taxable accounts are encouraged to consult their tax advisors regarding the tax consequences of their investment in the Companys common shares.
ASA Gold and Precious Metals Limited
Christensen, (800) 432-3378 or (650) 376-3135
Chief Executive Officer