Aberdeen Latin American Income Fund Limited

Capturing the powerful income potential of Latin American equities and bonds

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An update from our investment manager, Viktor Szabo

The Latin American economies were one of the last Emerging Markets to face covid-19 contagion and as such one could expect government authorities to be in a better position to act to the health crisis as and when. Whilst countries such as Chile, Colombia and Peru seem to have taken firmer actions in early days to avoid agglomeration and the spread of the virus, Brazil and Mexico have been slower to react. Would also note that from an economic impact point of view, in a first stage policymakers in the region were expecting the main impact from covid-19 to come from lower global growth, it is now becoming evident that the impact to the region's economic growth should be larger from both the effect of a likely contracting global economy, but also from the significant impact that social distancing measures and quarantines should cause on domestic supply and demand and the imminent secondary effects on the economy as a result.

Mexico in particular hasn't yet announced specific measures aiming to contain the virus contagion, instead authorities have focused efforts on providing market liquidity. Coming to Brazil and where we can give a better grasp of the situation on the ground, the Bolsonaro administration which was previously on what seemed to be nearly a denial mode to accept and react to the covid-19 pandemic, has in recent days taken a more pro-active approach and announced measures to contain the crisis. At a country level they announced the closing of all of its land borders to neighboring countries and imposed travel restrictions from foreigners coming from Europe and Asia.

Other measures have come in different forms via state governors and municipalities, but in Sao Paulo for example, the city which has the largest number of cases officially confirmed so far (240 at time of writing) it has been decreed that shopping malls and gyms be closed until end of April and we have seen as well some businesses proactively shutting down stores at a national level such as our holding Lojas Renner and the food chain McDonalds. Schools and universities have been shut and the population has been strongly advised to stay at home and work from home. Traffic of vehicles and people on the streets have been declining day by day.

On the fiscal front the government has announced some measures at the federal level aiming to provide relief to lower income families and providing some flexibility for companies in terms of working hours and salaries and temporarily suspending the collection of some taxes. On the monetary front, the CB cut interest rates this week by another 50bps to a record low level of 3.75% and there are expectations that there will be support provided to banks via additional liquidity measures and allowing more flexibility for these entities to renegotiate credit with clients.

As a result of all the above we have seen consistent downward revisions to GDP estimates, with some economists still expecting the Brazilian economy to grow around 1% this year from a pickup in 2H but some houses have cut GDP estimates to a 1% recession.

With regards to our companies we have been focusing the analysis on their financial strength and available liquidity to withstand the ongoing crisis and believe that they are in most part in good shape especially on a relative basis, as well as their responses to the crisis, which so far we have seen reactions coming quite quickly. But it is still very early days to try and assess how long this halt will last and the ultimate impact on the local economies and on our holdings as a result.

Key people

Viktor Szabo

Viktor Szarbo

Senior Investment Manager

Viktor Szabo is an investment manager on the emerging markets fixed income team. Viktor joined Aberdeen in July 2009 following the acquisition of certain asset management businesses from Credit Suisse Asset Management. Previously, Viktor worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management Hungary as country chief investment officer. Prior to that, Viktor worked for the National Bank of Hungary as the head of market analysis team.

Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor

Director - Head of Brazilian Equities

Peter has been based in São Paulo since 2016 at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Peter joined Aberdeen Asset Management’s Asian Equities team in Singapore in 2007 and transferred to London in 2011 to cover Global Emerging Markets. Previously, he was with the International Finance Corporation, where he worked on corporate governance and capital markets development from their Washington DC and Hong Kong offices. Peter graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MA in International Economics and International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. Peter is a CFA charterholder.

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Brett Diment

Brett Diment

Head of Global Emerging Market Debt

Brett Diment is the Head of Emerging Markets Debt at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Brett joined Aberdeen Asset Management via the acquisition of Deutsche Asset Management's London and Philadelphia fixed income businesses in 2005, where he held the same role since 1999. Brett joined Deutsche Asset Management in 1991 as a graduate and began researching emerging markets in 1995.

Brett graduated with a BSc from the London School of Economics.

Devan Kaloo

Devan Kaloo

Global Head of Equities

Devan Kaloo is Global Head of Equities and Head of Global Emerging Markets Equities for Aberdeen Standard Investments. Devan joined Aberdeen in 2000 as part of the Asian equities team in Singapore, before later transferring to London where he took up the position of Head of Global Emerging Markets Equities in 2005. In 2015 he was promoted to Global Head of Equities and joined Aberdeen’s Group management board. Devan started in fund management with Martin Currie in 1994 covering Latin America, before subsequently working with the North American equities, global asset allocation and eventually the Asian equities teams.

Devan graduated with an MA (Hons) in International Relations and Management from the University of St Andrews and has a postgraduate diploma in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling.

  • Viktor Szarbo

    Senior Investment Manager

    Viktor Szabo is an investment manager on the emerging markets fixed income team. Viktor joined Aberdeen in July 2009 following the acquisition of certain asset management businesses from Credit Suisse Asset Management. Previously, Viktor worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management Hungary as country chief investment officer. Prior to that, Viktor worked for the National Bank of Hungary as the head of market analysis team.

  • Peter Taylor

    Director - Head of Brazilian Equities

    Peter has been based in São Paulo since 2016 at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Peter joined Aberdeen Asset Management’s Asian Equities team in Singapore in 2007 and transferred to London in 2011 to cover Global Emerging Markets. Previously, he was with the International Finance Corporation, where he worked on corporate governance and capital markets development from their Washington DC and Hong Kong offices. Peter graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MA in International Economics and International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. Peter is a CFA charterholder.

    CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

  • Brett Diment

    Head of Global Emerging Market Debt

    Brett Diment is the Head of Emerging Markets Debt at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Brett joined Aberdeen Asset Management via the acquisition of Deutsche Asset Management's London and Philadelphia fixed income businesses in 2005, where he held the same role since 1999. Brett joined Deutsche Asset Management in 1991 as a graduate and began researching emerging markets in 1995.

    Brett graduated with a BSc from the London School of Economics.

  • Devan Kaloo

    Global Head of Equities

    Devan Kaloo is Global Head of Equities and Head of Global Emerging Markets Equities for Aberdeen Standard Investments. Devan joined Aberdeen in 2000 as part of the Asian equities team in Singapore, before later transferring to London where he took up the position of Head of Global Emerging Markets Equities in 2005. In 2015 he was promoted to Global Head of Equities and joined Aberdeen’s Group management board. Devan started in fund management with Martin Currie in 1994 covering Latin America, before subsequently working with the North American equities, global asset allocation and eventually the Asian equities teams.

    Devan graduated with an MA (Hons) in International Relations and Management from the University of St Andrews and has a postgraduate diploma in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling.

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Richard Prosser

Chairman

Richard is a chartered accountant, a group director of the Estera Group (formerly known as Appleby Group) and a director of its wholly-owned trust company, Estera Trust (Jersey) Limited. He is a director of a number of companies including property companies, hedge funds and investment management companies. He chairs the investment policy committee of Estera Trust which monitors and evaluates the performance of asset managers throughout the Estera Group. He is also a director of Qannas Investments Limited.

Hazel Adam

Hazel Adam

Non-Executive Director

Hazel has over 20 years experience in the fund management and investment banking industries. After leaving Standard Life Investments in 2005, she joined Goldman Sachs International, as an executive director on the Emerging Market equities desk. She subsequently worked at HSBC Holdings plc, as a director on the Emerging Market equities desk.
Having both buy and sell side experience affords her a unique perspective on global markets and investment strategies. She holds the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma.

Heather MaCullum cropped

Heather MacCallum

Non-Executive Director

Heather MacCallum is a chartered accountant and was a partner of KPMG, Channel Islands, from 2001 until retiring from the partnership in 2016. She was a member of KPMG's financial services practice in the Channel Islands for 20 years. She is also a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Jersey Water and Blackstone / GSO Loan Financing Limited and is a non-executive director of Kedge Capital Fund Management Limited and City Merchants High Yield Trust Limited.

  • Richard Prosser

    Chairman

    Richard is a chartered accountant, a group director of the Estera Group (formerly known as Appleby Group) and a director of its wholly-owned trust company, Estera Trust (Jersey) Limited. He is a director of a number of companies including property companies, hedge funds and investment management companies. He chairs the investment policy committee of Estera Trust which monitors and evaluates the performance of asset managers throughout the Estera Group. He is also a director of Qannas Investments Limited.

  • Hazel Adam

    Non-Executive Director

    Hazel has over 20 years experience in the fund management and investment banking industries. After leaving Standard Life Investments in 2005, she joined Goldman Sachs International, as an executive director on the Emerging Market equities desk. She subsequently worked at HSBC Holdings plc, as a director on the Emerging Market equities desk.
    Having both buy and sell side experience affords her a unique perspective on global markets and investment strategies. She holds the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma.

  • Heather MacCallum

    Non-Executive Director

    Heather MacCallum is a chartered accountant and was a partner of KPMG, Channel Islands, from 2001 until retiring from the partnership in 2016. She was a member of KPMG's financial services practice in the Channel Islands for 20 years. She is also a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Jersey Water and Blackstone / GSO Loan Financing Limited and is a non-executive director of Kedge Capital Fund Management Limited and City Merchants High Yield Trust Limited.

Financial calendar

Year End 31 August
Accounts published November
Annual General Meeting December
Dividend Paid January, May, July, October

Trust details

Aberdeen Latin American Income Fund Limited

Registered Office:
1st Floor,
Sir Walter Raleigh House
48 – 50 Esplanade,
Jersey
JE2 3QB

Registered in Jersey as an Investment Company Number 106012

Launch Date: 16 August 2010

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