ASB Unitholders Get 8.9% Dividend & Bonus for 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) unitholders will receive a dividend of 7.75 sen per unit for financial year ending Dec 31, 2012 compared with 7.65 sen last year.
The 7.82 million unit holders, who currently held a total of 110.2 billion ASB units, will also receive a bonus of 1.15 sen per unit.
Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) chairman, Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, said the income distribution portion involved a total payout of RM8.13 billion while the bonus portion RM712.21 million.
"In fact, this is the highest payout for the past five years since 2008 until 2012, seven sen in 2008, 7.30 sen in 2009 and 7.50 sen in 2010," he said to reporters at the ASB income distribution announcement here today.
Up to last Wednesday, he said, the scheme registered a gross income of RM8.54 billion.
"Dividend income from investee companies contributed RM4.80 billion, or 56.21 per cent, of the gross income, and profit from the sale of shares contributed RM2.68 billion, or 31.38 per cent," he said.
He said the remaining 12.41 per cent, or RM1.06 billion, was derived from other incomes.
PNB president/chief executive officer, Tan Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman, said this year the number of new unit holders amounted to 543,000 for all schemes and 472,821 holders for ASB, specifically.
On prospects next year, he said, with Malaysian economy being stable, the performance of the fund was expected to be better.