The Morgan Stanley Frontier Emerging Markets Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”) has issued 7,100,000 shares of common stock at a price of $20 per share resulting in gross proceeds to the Fund of approximately $142,000,000. The Fund’s shares began trading on August 25, 2008 on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FFD.”
The newly organized, non-diversified closed-end fund’s investment objective is to seek long-term capital appreciation. "There can be no assurance that the Fund’s investment objective will be achieved." Morgan Stanley said as the Fund’s lead underwriter.
The Fund will seek to achieve its investment objective by investing, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of companies operating in frontier emerging market countries.
Frontier emerging market countries in which the Fund currently intends to invest include: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macao, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
The Fund's assets are managed within Morgan Stanley Investment Management's Emerging Markets Equity team. “We have a long tradition of emerging markets investing dating back to the mid-1980’s, with the objective of helping investors capture growth opportunities in developing economies,” said Ruchir Sharma, a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
“We launched a Frontier Fund to invest in markets that we believe are continuing to grow and are not currently on most investors' radar screens. The Fund's registration in over 30 frontier markets across geographical regions gives us a wide footprint to make active country allocation decisions, and we are excited about the potential opportunities."