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Adams Diversified Equity Fund Announces First-Half Performance, Declares Distribution, And Schedules Conference Call

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Adams Diversified Equity Fund Announces First-Half Performance, Declares Distribution, And Schedules Conference Call

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BALTIMORE, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Adams Diversified Equity Fund, Inc. (NYSE:ADX) today declared a distribution of $.05 per share from net investment income payable August 31, 2018, to shareholders of record August 17, 2018.  This represents the third payment this year toward the Fund's annual 6% minimum distribution rate commitment.  In 2017, the Fund paid out distributions at an annual rate of 9.8%.  Details regarding the Fund's annual 6% minimum distribution rate commitment can be found at www.adamsfunds.com.

FIRST-HALF PERFORMANCE

Adams Funds (PRNewsFoto/Adams Funds)

For the six months ended June 30th, the total return on Adams Diversified Equity's net asset value, with dividends and capital gains reinvested, was 2.7%. Comparable figures for the S&P 500 and the Lipper Large-Cap Core Funds Average were 2.7% and 1.7%, respectively.  The total return on the market price of the Fund's shares for the period was 3.3%.

For the twelve months ended June 30th, the total return on Adams Diversified Equity's net asset value, with dividends and capital gains reinvested, was 15.8%.  Comparable figures for the S&P 500 and the Lipper Large-Cap Core Funds Average were 14.4% and 12.7%, respectively. The total return on the market price of the Fund's shares for the period was 18.0%.

NET ASSET VALUE


6/30/2018

6/30/2017

Net assets

$1,811,151,478

$1,671,661,063

Shares outstanding

101,105,230

98,833,094

Net asset value per share

$17.91

$16.91

The Fund repurchased 619,015 shares of its common stock during the six-month period for $9.5 million, at an average price per share of $15.36 and a weighted average discount to NAV of 14.4%.

The Semi-Annual Report to Shareholders is expected to be released on or about July 27, 2018.

The Fund will be holding a conference call on July 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT to discuss first half 2018 performance.  The dial in number is 1-877-270-2148. Please ask to be joined to the Adams Funds call.

Since 1929, Adams Funds have consistently helped generations of investors reach their investment goals. Adams Funds is comprised of two closed-end funds, Adams Diversified Equity Fund, Inc. (NYSE:ADX) and Adams Natural Resources Fund, Inc. (NYSE:PEO). The Funds are actively managed by an experienced team with a disciplined approach and have paid dividends for more than 80 years across many market cycles. The Funds are committed to paying an annual distribution rate of 6% or more, providing reliable income to long-term investors. Shares can be purchased through our transfer agent or through a broker. For more information about Adams Funds, please visit: www.adamsfunds.com.

Contact:
Lyn Walther
Director of Shareholder Communications
800.638.2479 | walther@adamsfunds.com

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