TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2011) - ABERDEEN INTERNATIONAL INC. ("Aberdeen", or the "Company") (TSX:AAB) today announces that the value of its investment portfolio as at January 31, 2011, the end of its 2011 fourth fiscal quarter, was approximately $123.7 million including a cash balance of $14.4 million. This equates to a value of $1.43 per share based on Aberdeen's investment portfolio alone and does not include the value of its gold royalties. This report of the portfolio value is not equivalent to the "Net Asset Value" or "NAV" that has been previously reported by Aberdeen as it does not include assets and liabilities of the Company that are not treated as portfolio investments. Rather, this press release refers only to the cash, equity investments (private and public), option-type investments (e.g. warrants) and corporate debt/loans receivable of the Company.

The value of the investment portfolio increased from the third quarter results for the period ending October 31, 2010 by approximately $36.6 million or 42%. The audited year-end financial results are expected to be released in early to mid-April, 2011, and will include shareholders' equity value (previously referred to as "net asset value") which includes the value for our royalties as well as other assets and liabilities.

Aberdeen International Inc.            
  January 31, 2011 October 31,2010 January 31, 2010
Shares outstanding   86,677,339   86,897,339   87,503,839
  $ $/Shares $ $/Shares $ $/Shares
Cash on hand (incl. o/s settlement) 14,356,645 0.17 4,968,479 0.06 3,266,356 0.04
  Publicly traded 68,463,448 0.79 51,372,947 0.59 38,408,733 0.44
  Private 18,679,608 0.22 14,196,210 0.16 7,734,541 0.09
  Non-trading warrants            
    Intrinsic value 13,035,800 0.15 5,663,786 0.07 6,058,725 0.07
    Option value 2,009,361 0.02 3,560,178 0.04 4,825,560 0.06
  15,045,162 0.17 9,223,964 0.11 10,884,285 0.12
Portfolio Investments 102,188,218 1.18 74,793,121 0.86 57,027,559 0.65
Equity accounted investment - - - - - -
Loans receivable/Corporate Debt 7,116,809 0.08 7,297,293 0.08 8,264,387 0.09
Total 123,661,672 1.43 87,058,893 1.00 68,558,302 0.78

New Dividend Policy

Aberdeen's board of directors has approved a $0.02 per year dividend to be paid semi-annually. It is anticipated that the payment date for the first semi-annual dividend of $0.01 will be March 31st with the second payment being made on September 30th. The record date to determine those shareholders entitled to receive the dividend payment will be set in accordance with the policies of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Company's opinion is that by initiating a dividend policy, it will send a message to the market that Aberdeen's business model is sustainable and generates significant free cash flow. Our first and most important priority will be to continue making great investments in early-stage resource companies, and returning a relatively small amount of capital to our shareholders that should not materially affect our liquidity or ability to execute on new opportunities. The Company believes this will simultaneously enhance shareholder value, while providing the Company with the flexibility and liquidity to pursue its corporate objectives. In addition to paying dividends, the Company will also use excess capital, when available, to purchase Aberdeen shares through a continuing Normal Course Issuer Bid (see Aberdeen news release dated February 8, 2011). Management believes the combination of a secure and growing dividend combined with an active NCIB program is the best way to optimize the capital structure and enhance shareholder value at this time. Issuance of the dividend payment remains subject to receipt of all necessary approvals, including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Royalty Income

During our fourth quarter we received royalty revenue of USD $554,635 from combined gold production of 40,624 oz between October and December, 2010 at the Buffelsfontein Mine and Mine Waste Solutions operations in South Africa. Royalty revenue for the year totaled $1.9 million from 156,689 oz of gold production at the two operations. Aberdeen holds a 1% royalty on gold production from the Buffelsfontein Mine (operated by Simmer & Jack Mines Ltd.) and a 1% royalty on gold production from Mine Waste Solutions (First Uranium Corp.).


David Stein, Aberdeen's President and COO, commented, "The past year has seen exceptional performance from our portfolio as demonstrated by these results. Our investment portfolio has more than tripled over the past two years - this is organic growth without raising capital and while implementing a substantial NCIB program. Our strategy of restructuring distressed public companies in 2008-2009 has resulted in tremendous profits - some of which we were able to crystalize in the past year. Increasingly, we have been investing in private situations where we can effectively exercise our active shareholder strategy and acquire interests in great resource assets at a much better price and valuation than we typically see in the public markets. While the majority of the value increase in the portfolio last year came from growth in our public holdings, such as Sulliden Gold, Avion Gold and Crocodile Gold, we also realized significant growth from private holdings going public such as Forbes & Manhattan Coal Corp. and Aguia Resources. What particularly excites me as a shareholder of the Company is that I see a number of value-creating events within our portfolio that do not necessarily rely on a robust or "hot" junior mining market. We have three private holdings currently completing "going public" transactions at the moment (either through mergers with a public company or by initial public offerings), and we anticipate performance shares from Forbes & Manhattan Coal Corp., Aguia Resources and Sagres Energy likely to be vested to us this year as well, at no additional cost. That being said, I think the portfolio is well positioned to take advantage of a broader shift into the commodities of global economic growth. This is represented by large investments in iron ore, coal, uranium, oil & gas, and agricultural minerals, while at the same time retaining a large weighting in gold and precious metals holdings."

Shareholder Conference Call

Aberdeen plans to host a conference call at 11:00 AM (EST) today to discuss operations and the investment portfolio. To participate in the call please dial:

International: +1 416-340-2216

Toll Free: 866-226-1792

Toronto Area: 416-340-2216

A play back of the recording will be available shortly after the completion of the call on the investor's page of the company website at

About Aberdeen International Inc.:

Aberdeen is a publicly traded global investment and merchant banking company focused on small cap companies in the resource sector. Aberdeen will seek to acquire significant equity participation in pre-IPO and/or early stage public resource companies with undeveloped or undervalued high-quality resources. Aberdeen will focus on companies that: (i) are in need of managerial, technical and financial resources to realize their full potential; (ii) are undervalued in foreign capital markets; and/or (iii) operate in jurisdictions with moderate local political risk. Aberdeen will seek to provide value-added managerial and board advisory services to companies. The Corporation's intention will be to optimize the return on its investment over an 18 to 24 month investment time frame.

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Cautionary Note

Except for statements of historical fact contained herein, the information in this press release constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities law. Such forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "plans", "proposes", "estimates", "intends", "expects", "believes", "may", "will" and include without limitation, statements regarding the impact of the appointment on Aberdeen; past success as an indicator of future success; net asset value of the Company; the potential of investee companies and the appreciation of their share price; the future intentions of the Company with regard to its shareholdings; the Company's plan of business operations; the proposed dividend policy; and anticipated returns. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others, metal prices, competition, financing risks, acquisition risks, risks inherent in the mining industry, and regulatory risks. Most of these factors are outside the control of the Company. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information. Except as otherwise required by applicable securities statutes or regulation, the Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information: Aberdeen International
Mike McAllister
Manager, Investor Relations
+1 416-309-2134
Aberdeen International
David Stein
President, Chief Operating Officer
+1 416-861-5812