Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Fund, Inc. (NYSE: MSF) (the “Fund”) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a tender offer to acquire in exchange for cash up to 15 percent of the Fund’s outstanding shares at a price equal to 98.5 percent of the Fund’s net asset value per share as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) on the business day immediately following the day the offer expires (the “Tender Offer”). The timing of the Tender Offer will be announced as soon as practicable. Additional terms and conditions of the Tender Offer will be set forth in its offering materials, which will be distributed to the Fund’s stockholders. If more than 15 percent of the Fund’s outstanding shares are tendered, the Fund will purchase its shares from tendering stockholders on a pro rata basis at a price of 98.5 percent of the Fund’s net asset value per share.
The Fund continues to maintain a share repurchase program (the “Program”) for purposes of enhancing stockholder value and reducing the discount at which the Fund’s shares trade from their net asset value. Since the inception of the Program on July 30, 1998, the Fund has repurchased 24.5 percent of its shares. The Fund expects to continue to repurchase its outstanding shares at such time and in such amounts as it believes will further the accomplishment of the foregoing objectives of the Program, subject to review by the Board of Directors. On a monthly basis, the Fund intends to make available on its public website information regarding the Fund’s repurchase activity. In connection with the Tender Offer, the Fund has temporarily suspended any purchases of shares in the open market pursuant to the Program until on or about 10 business days after the termination of the Tender Offer, as required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
In addition, Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc. (“MSIM”), the investment adviser to the Fund, announced that James Cheng, a portfolio manager of the Fund, will retire effective December 31, 2012. Effective immediately, Munib Madni, a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management Company (“MSIM Company”), the sub-adviser to the Fund, and Samuel Rhee, an Executive Director of MSIM Company, have been added to the team primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio. Mr. Madni has been associated with MSIM Company in an investment management capacity since February 2005. Mr. Rhee has been associated with MSIM Company in an investment management capacity since July 2005. Messrs. Madni and Rhee, along with Ana Cristina Piedrahita, an Executive Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management Limited (“MSIM Limited”), a sub-adviser to the Fund, and Eric Carlson, Paul C. Psaila and Ruchir Sharma, each a Managing Director of MSIM, will continue to be jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio upon Mr. Cheng’s retirement.
The change in portfolio management team does not affect the investment objective of the Fund, nor the way in which the Fund’s portfolio is managed.
The Board of Directors has also approved the creation of a committee of independent Directors to consider a range of issues unique to closed-end funds.
The Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company that seeks long-term capital appreciation through investments primarily in emerging country equity securities. The Fund’s shares are listed on the NYSE under the symbol “MSF.”
Morgan Stanley Investment Management, together with its investment advisory affiliates, has approximately 620 investment professionals around the world and $304 billion in assets under management or supervision as of March 31, 2012. MSIM strives to provide outstanding long-term investment performance, service and a comprehensive suite of investment management solutions to a diverse client base, which includes governments, institutions, corporations and individuals worldwide.
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This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful under the securities laws of any such state.