6.3% return for my ASM

Amanah Saham Malaysia (ASM) income distribution of financial year ended March 31, 2010. is 6.30 sen per unit.

The income distribution is 0.05 sen higher than year 2009 income distribution which is 6.25 sen.

According to PNB chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, the income distribution involved a total payout of RM654.06 million, an increase of 60.5 per cent from RM407.58 million paid in 2009.

The ASM has the capable of paying 7.40 sen per unit, with the declaration of only 6.30 sen PNB has about RM118 million ASM reserves for 2011.

The payment will benefit 552,000 unitholders who had subscribed to 11.2 billion ASM units as at March 19, 2010.

Up until March 19, 2010, ASM had recorded a gross income of RM800.83 million. The breakdown of the gross income is as below

-Profit from the sale of shares contributed RM429.83 million, or 53.7 per cent
- Dividend income provided RM259.69 million or 32.4 per cent
- Investments in short-term instruments.is RM111.31 million or 13.9 per cent

ASM is a fixed priced equity-income fund aimed at providing unitholders with a long-term investment opportunity that generates regular and competitive returns through a diversified portfolio of investments.

Amanah Saham Malaysia (ASM) Dividend Rate Since year 2001

Year Dividend
2010 - 6.30
2009 - 6.25 (Lowest)
2008 - 7.80 (Highest)
2007 - 6.80
2006 - 6.75
2005 - 7.20
2004 - 7.00
2003 - 6.60
2002 - 7.00
2001 - 7.80 (Highest)

Are you satisfied with the 6.30 percent dividend rate for ASM year 2010? It is higher than the EPF and bank 12 months fixed deposit rate.

The ASM income distribution will be reinvested in additional ASM units and will be automatically credited into the unitholders' accounts on April 1, 2010. That means, unit holders are able to update the passbook on the ASNB, Maybank, RHB and Pos Malaysia offices.

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