Matthews Asia Dividend Fund

  • Total return strategy seeks to access the growth of Asia Pacific with lower volatility
  • Unconstrained all-cap portfolio with a quality bias
  • Flexible approach offers participation in both growth and value markets


Inception Date


YTD Return (USD)

(as of 21/05/2024)



(as of 21/05/2024)


1 Day NAV Change

(as of 21/05/2024)


Seeks total return through capital appreciation and current income.


The Fund promotes environmental and social characteristics according to Article 8 of SFDR. Furthermore, the Fund uses both activity- and norm-based exclusions. Information relating to the environmental and social characteristics of this Fund is available in the prospectus.


The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing, directly or indirectly, at least 65% of its total net assets, in income-paying publicly traded common stocks, preferred stocks, convertible preferred stocks and other equity-related instruments of companies located in the Asia Pacific region, and may invest the remainder of its net assets in other permitted assets on a worldwide basis.


The value of an investment in the Fund can go down as well as up and possible loss of principal is a risk of investing. Investments in international, emerging and frontier market securities may involve risks such as social and political instability, market illiquidity, exchange-rate fluctuations, a high level of volatility and limited regulation, which may adversely affect the value of the Fund's assets. The Fund invests in holdings denominated in foreign currencies, and is exposed to the risk that the value of the foreign currency will increase or decrease. The Fund invests primarily in equity securities, which may result in increased volatility. There is no guarantee that the Fund or the companies in its portfolio will pay or continue to pay dividends.

These and other risks associated with investing in the Fund can be found in the prospectus.

Fund Facts
Inception Date 26/08/2010
Fund Assets $64.02 million (30/04/2024)
Base Currency USD
ISIN: LU0491818414 (USD) LU0594556721 (GBP)
Benchmark MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index
Geographic Focus Asia Pacific: Consists of all countries and markets in Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand including all developed, emerging and frontier countries and markets in Asia
SFDR Classification Article 8
Fees & Expenses
Management Fee 0.75%
Total Expense Ratio 0.90% ( USD ) 0.90% ( GBP )


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As of 30/04/2024
Annualized Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (USD)
-1.15% 3.83% 1.41% 4.89% -9.79% -0.27% 3.08% 4.36% 26/08/2010
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (USD)
-1.42% 5.40% 3.64% 11.67% -2.88% 4.17% 5.19% 5.80%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (GBP)
-0.32% 5.05% 2.82% 4.40% -6.61% 0.46% 6.16% 6.00% 28/02/2011
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (GBP)
-0.54% 7.19% 5.52% 12.09% 0.43% 5.01% 8.38% 6.73%
As of 31/03/2024
Annualized Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (USD)
2.50% 2.58% 2.58% 4.63% -8.74% 0.12% 3.20% 4.48% 26/08/2010
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (USD)
2.82% 5.13% 5.13% 12.11% -1.96% 4.80% 5.30% 5.95%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (GBP)
2.48% 3.15% 3.15% 2.47% -6.10% 0.82% 6.08% 6.06% 28/02/2011
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (GBP)
2.96% 6.09% 6.09% 9.73% 0.96% 5.45% 8.26% 6.82%
For the years ended December 31st
Name 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (USD)
4.90% -29.98% -1.70% 31.20% 10.75% -12.91% 33.54% 4.07% 3.87% -1.00%
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (USD)
11.81% -16.92% -1.19% 20.07% 19.74% -13.25% 32.04% 5.21% -1.68% 0.29%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (GBP)
-0.66% -21.57% -0.43% 26.83% 7.42% -8.04% 21.83% 25.12% 9.19% 5.03%
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (GBP)
5.50% -6.45% -0.28% 16.36% 15.12% -7.86% 20.61% 25.50% 4.01% 6.53%
For the period ended 31/03/2024
Name 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020 Inception Date
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (USD)
4.63% -14.46% -15.08% 57.37% -15.89% 26/08/2010
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (USD)
12.11% -7.42% -9.22% 52.20% -11.84%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (GBP)
2.47% -9.33% -10.88% 41.26% -10.93% 28/02/2011
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (GBP)
9.73% -1.41% -4.87% 36.79% -7.35%

Source: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A.

All returns over 1 year are annualized

Since inception performance for share classes with less than one year of history represents actual performance, not annualised. In addition, for share classes less than a year old, Year to Date Return is calculated since inception. Where no past performance is shown there was insufficient data available in that year to provide performance.

Performance details provided are based on a NAV-to-NAV basis with any dividends reinvested, and are net of management fees and other expenses. Performance data has been calculated in the respective currencies stated above, including ongoing charges and excluding subscription fee and redemption fee you might have to pay.

All performance quoted represents past performance and is not indicative of future performance. Investors may not get back the full amount invested. Investors investing in funds denominated in non-local currency should be aware of the risk of currency exchange fluctuations that may cause a loss of principal.

Additional performance, attribution, liquidity, value at risk (VaR), security classification and holdings information is available on request for certain time periods.


(as of 30/04/2024)
2.78% Dividend Yield

Source: FactSet Research Systems, Bloomberg, Matthews Asia

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 30/04/2024)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Positions 52 1,462
Weighted Average Market Cap $93.7 billion $107.4 billion
Active Share 82.3 n.a.
P/E using FY1 estimates 16.0x 14.5x
P/E using FY2 estimates 14.2x 13.1x
Price/Cash Flow 10.1 9.3
Price/Book 2.1 1.7
Return On Equity 17.4 13.8
EPS Growth (3 Yr) 8.0% 13.0%

Sources: Factset Research Systems, Inc.

Risk Metrics (3 Yr Return)

(as of 31/03/2024)
Upside Capture
Downside Capture
Sharpe Ratio
Information Ratio
Tracking Error

Fund Risk Metrics are reflective of Class I USD ACC shares.

Sources: Zephyr StyleADVISOR

Top 10 Holdings

(as of 30/04/2024)
Name Sector Country % Net Assets
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Information Technology Taiwan 5.2
Tencent Holdings, Ltd. Communication Services China/Hong Kong 3.5
ITOCHU Corp. Industrials Japan 3.0
HDFC Bank, Ltd. Financials India 2.9
Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. Financials Japan 2.8
AIA Group, Ltd. Financials China/Hong Kong 2.6
ORIX Corp. Financials Japan 2.5
Suzuki Motor Corp. Consumer Discretionary Japan 2.4
Macquarie Korea Infrastructure Fund Financials South Korea 2.2
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Information Technology South Korea 2.2
TOTAL 29.3

Top 10 holdings may combine more than one security from the same issuer and related depositary receipts.
Source: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A

Portfolio Breakdown (%)

(as of 30/04/2024)
  • Sector Allocation
  • Country Allocation
  • Asset Type Breakdown
  • Market Cap Exposure
Sector Fund Benchmark Difference
Financials 19.9 19.7 0.2
Information Technology 17.8 19.7 -1.9
Consumer Discretionary 14.2 14.9 -0.7
Consumer Staples 10.1 4.7 5.4
Communication Services 9.8 7.8 2.0
Industrials 8.8 12.7 -3.9
Real Estate 4.6 3.2 1.4
Health Care 3.6 5.6 -2.0
Utilities 3.6 2.2 1.4
Materials 3.1 6.5 -3.4
Energy 1.8 3.0 -1.2
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 2.6 0.0 2.6

Sector data based on MSCI’s revised Global Industry Classification Standards. For more details, visit

Country Fund Benchmark Difference
Japan 30.9 33.6 -2.7
China/Hong Kong 24.7 19.9 4.8
Australia 9.8 10.5 -0.7
Taiwan 9.1 10.9 -1.8
India 8.4 11.6 -3.2
South Korea 6.1 7.7 -1.6
Singapore 3.2 2.0 1.2
Indonesia 1.7 1.1 0.6
Thailand 1.7 1.0 0.7
Vietnam 1.7 0.0 1.7
Malaysia 0.0 0.9 -0.9
Philippines 0.0 0.4 -0.4
New Zealand 0.0 0.3 -0.3
Macau 0.0 0.1 -0.1
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 2.6 0.0 2.6

Not all countries are included in the benchmark index(es).

Asset Type Fund
Common Equities and ADRs 97.4
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 2.6
Equity market cap of issuer Fund Benchmark Difference
Mega Cap (over $25B) 56.5 63.1 -6.6
Large Cap ($10B-$25B) 10.5 20.6 -10.1
Mid Cap ($3B-$10B) 19.7 15.8 3.9
Small Cap (under $3B) 10.6 0.6 10.0
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 2.6 0.0 2.6

Source: FactSet Research Systems.

Percentage values in data are rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent, so the values may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Percentage values may be derived from different data sources and may not be consistent with other Fund literature.

ESG Characteristics

(as of 31/03/2024)
  • Business Involvement
  • Sustainability Attributes
Name Fund Benchmark Difference
Controversial Weapons
Fund Coverage: 98% Benchmark Coverage: 100%
0.0 0.6 -0.6
Fund Coverage: 98% Benchmark Coverage: 99%
0.0 0.5 -0.5
Name Fund Benchmark Difference
UN Global Compact Violators
Fund Coverage: 100% Benchmark Coverage: 100%
0.0 1.7 -1.7
Board Diversity
Fund Coverage: 100% Benchmark Coverage: 100%
21.9 20.9 1.0

Board Diversity: Represents the weighted average ratio of female board members in investee companies.
Tobacco: Represents companies that generate more than 5% of revenue from tobacco manufacturing exposure to or production or that generate more than 50% of revenue from tobacco retail. 
UN Global Compact Violators: Represents companies that have been assessed as failing to comply with the 10 United Nations Global Compact Principles by ISS-ESG Norms-Based Research. Different ESG research providers may come to different conclusions on the severity of the violation.
Controversial weapons include companies with involvement in the following: anti-personnel mines; biological and chemical weapons; cluster weapons; depleted uranium; nuclear weapons and white phosphorus. A company is excluded if it is directly involved in the production, selling and/or distribution of (parts of) controversial weapons and this involvement concerns the core weapon system, or components/services of the core weapon system that are tailor-made and essential for the lethal use of the weapon.

Source: Sustainalytics, Factset, MSCI, Matthews Asia.

GHG Intensity

(as of 31/03/2024)

Fund Coverage: 100%; Benchmark Coverage: 99% as of 31/03/2024

GHG Intensity: Represents the normalized portfolio’s total weighted average (scope 1 + scope 2) carbon emissions intensity, using the most recently available data (emissions data from 2020, 2021). Carbon intensity represents the issuer’s total carbon emissions per EUR million of revenue (tCO2e divided by EUR million in revenue).

Source: Sourced from ISS ESG. Where not covered by external data providers, we have tried to source these data points.

Sustainability-related Disclosures

This Fund Yes No
Complies with Article 8 of SFDR  
Investment process integrates ESG factors and sustainability risks based on proprietary and third-party research  
Applies norms- and activity-based exclusions  
Promotes environmental and social characteristics  
Has a sustainable investment objective  
Conducts engagement  
Exercises Voting Rights  

Investors should not invest in the Fund solely based on the information in this material alone. Please refer to the Prospectus for further details of the Fund’s investment objective and risk factors.

For more information, please refer to our Responsible Investment and Stewardship Policy and our ESG-Related Investment Policy of Matthews Asia Funds.


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The Overall Morningstar®️ Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and (if applicable) ten-year ratings.

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Portfolio Managers

Robert J. Horrocks, PhD photo
Kenneth  Lowe, CFA photo
Kenneth Lowe, CFA

Lead Manager

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Elli Lee


Siddharth  Bhargava photo
Siddharth Bhargava


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Winnie Chwang



Currency Record Date Ex Date Reinvest Date Payment Date Income Distributions
USD 26/03/2024 27/03/2024 28/03/2024 03/04/2024 $0.071528
GBP 26/03/2024 27/03/2024 28/03/2024 03/04/2024 £0.086216
USD 12/12/2023 13/12/2023 14/12/2023 29/12/2023 $0.048868
GBP 12/12/2023 13/12/2023 14/12/2023 29/12/2023 £0.178654
USD 26/09/2023 27/09/2023 28/09/2023 04/10/2023 $0.134272


The Fund may, at its discretion, pay dividends out of the capital or effectively out of capital in respect of the distribution shares. Dividends may be distributed out of gross income while all or part of the fees and expenses are paid out of capital, resulting in an increase in distributable income for the payment of dividends and, therefore, the Fund may effectively pay dividend out of capital. Payment of dividends out of capital and/or effectively out of capital represents a return or withdrawal of part of an investor's original investment, or from any capital gains attributable to that original investment. Any distribution may result in an immediate reduction of the net asset value per share of the Fund.

Please note that a positive distribution yield does not imply a positive return, and past yields are no guarantee of future yields. There is no guarantee that the Fund will pay or continue to pay distributions.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with changing market conditions so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

As of April 1, 2014, distributions for this class of the sub fund will pay gross income which may result in expenses being paid out of capital and thereby limit an investor’s potential to generate total return and income.


Period ended 31 March 2024

Market Environment

  • The first quarter of the year was a period of contrast across markets in Asia. In particular, markets linked to technology, communication services and the global supply chains of semiconductors and artificial intelligence (AI) benefited while other interest-rate sensitive areas were held back by a reset in expectations as to the trajectory of U.S. Federal Reserve cuts. In terms of markets, Japan, Taiwan and India were the strongest performing markets while China/Hong Kong struggled. 
  • Japan was the best performing market in Asia as well globally in the first quarter. Larger payouts to minority shareholders and the robust buyback of shares have allowed returns on equity (ROE) to be maintained far above what the country’s GDP growth would imply. The Bank of Japan’s recent decision to end its negative interest rate policy is a key signal that the country’s growth momentum is real while monetary policy is set to remain accommodative.
  • India outperformed the broad emerging markets though there was some consolidation over concerns regarding elevated valuations. Unique characteristics underpinning India’s elevated valuations include having one of the world’s highest nominal GDP growth rates supported by higher-than-market earnings growth and a long runway of powerful demographics and wage growth.
  • Taiwan did well thanks to its exposure to global supply chains in technology. Its strong ties to the rapidly growing contribution of generative AI to economies and world trade helped.
  • Chinese stocks were volatile in the first quarter but rebounded from January’s sell-off as investors weighed positive statements from the Chinese government regarding its 5% GDP growth target, efforts to underpin the local stock markets via ETF purchases and green-shoots of improvement in corporate earnings revisions. Nevertheless, the market still ended the period in negative territory. 

Contributors and Detractors

  • For the quarter ended March 31, 2024, the Asia Dividend Fund returned 2.54%, (I Acc USD) while its benchmark, the MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index, returned 5.13% over the same period.
  • The top three contributors to relative performance, on a country basis, were Australia due to stock selection, Vietnam due to an off-benchmark position and Indonesia due to stock selection. The top three detractors to relative performance were Japan and India due to stock selection and China/Hong Kong due to an overweight allocation.
  • The top three contributors to relative performance, on a sector basis, were materials due to an underweight allocation, and information technology (IT) and communication services due to stock selection. The top three detractors to relative performance were financials, consumer discretionary and real estate due to stock selection.
  • By individual holdings, the largest contributors to absolute performance during the quarter included Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, a leading Taiwanese chip manufacturer, Disco, a Japanese semiconductor equipment manufacturer and Tokio Marine Holdings, a Japanese insurance company. The top three detractors to performance included Guangdong Investment, a Chinese infrastructure company, AIA Group, an insurance services provider, and HDFC Bank, a leading Indian bank and financial services company.


  • The outlook for the U.S. economy and the Federal Reserve’s pace of interest rate adjustments remains an input in determining the pathway for markets in the near term, particularly with regards to its impact on currencies as inflation appears somewhat sticky and economic data robust. Any weakening of the U.S. dollar may be helpful for risk assets such as emerging markets.
  • Within Asia, we continue to remain concerned around some of the short and medium-term challenges that China faces including private sector and consumer sentiment, the weak property market, and geopolitical tensions. However, market expectations appear downbeat and valuations are reasonable, potentially providing some support.
  • Additionally, while we expect some consolidation in Japanese equities, recent structural improvements in capital allocation should lead to an equal structural re-rating in expected stock multiples in our view.
  • For the region broadly, valuations appear reasonable, and earnings growth is expected to be robust. 


Rolling 12 Month Returns For the period ended 31/03/2024 - I (Dist)
Name 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020 Inception Date
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (USD)
4.63% -14.46% -15.08% 57.37% -15.89% 26/08/2010
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (USD)
12.11% -7.42% -9.22% 52.20% -11.84%
Matthews Asia Dividend Fund (GBP)
2.47% -9.33% -10.88% 41.26% -10.93% 28/02/2011
MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index (GBP)
9.73% -1.41% -4.87% 36.79% -7.35%

Sources: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A, Matthews Asia, FactSet Research Systems, Bloomberg

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Performance figures discussed in the Fund Manager Commentary above reflect that of the Institutional Accumulation Class Shares and has been calculated in USD. Performance details provided for the Fund are based on a NAV-to-NAV basis, with any dividends reinvested, and are net of management fees and other expenses. Past performance information is not indicative of future performance. Investors may not get back the full amount invested.

The information contained herein has been derived from sources believed to be reliable and accurate at the time of compilation, but no representation or warranty (express or implied) is made as to the accuracy or completeness of any of this information. Matthews Asia and its affiliates do not accept any liability for losses either direct or consequential caused by the use of this information.

Information contained herein is sourced from Matthews Asia unless otherwise stated. The views and opinions in this commentary were as of the report date, subject to change and may not reflect the writer’s current views. They are not guarantees of performance or investment results and should not be taken as investment advice. Investment decisions reflect a variety of factors, and the managers reserve the right to change their views about individual stocks, sectors, and the markets at any time. As a result, the views expressed should not be relied upon as a forecast of the Fund’s future investment intent. It should not be assumed that any investment will be profitable or will equal the performance of any securities or any sectors mentioned herein. The information does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any securities mentioned.

Investors should not invest in the Fund solely based on the information in this material alone. Please refer to the Prospectus for further details of the risk factors. 

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