Adams Express Announces 2012 Performance: NAV Up 14.7%, Market Value Up 16.9%

Date: 
01/14/2013

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 14, 2013 - The Adams Express Company (NYSE:ADX) announces the Fund’s investment returns for 2012.

2012 INVESTMENT RETURNS

On net asset value, the total return on Adams Express was 14.7%, with dividends and capital gains reinvested, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012. Comparable figures for the Lipper Large-Cap Core Mutual Funds Average (“Lipper Peer Group”) and the S&P 500 Composite Stock Index (“S&P 500”) were 15.0% and 16.0%, respectively.

On market value, the total return on Adams Express was 16.9% for 2012, significantly outperforming both the Lipper Peer Group and the S&P 500.

The Fund paid $0.67 per share in income dividends and realized capital gains to shareholders in 2012, producing an annual distribution rate of 6.3%, exceeding the 6% minimum annual distribution rate commitment that the Fund made in 2011. Details regarding the 6% minimum annual distribution rate can be found at www.adamsexpress.com.

NET ASSET VALUE ANNOUNCED

The net assets, shares outstanding, and net asset value per share of Adams Express at the end of 2012 compared with the end of 2011 were:

12/31/12 12/31/11
Net assets $1,155,997,037 $1,050,733,678
Shares outstanding  93,029,724   91,073,899
Net asset value per share  $12.43 $11.54

SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS DURING THE FOURTH QUARTER

During the fourth quarter, Adams Express added nine new names to its investment list with the purchases of Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc., Calpine Corp., Covidien plc, Hologic, Inc., LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (Class A), MasterCard, Inc., MEDNAX, Inc., and WellCare Health Plans, Inc., and the receipt of shares of Eaton Corp. plc via merger. The Fund added to its holdings in Apple, Catamaran, Coach, Digital Realty Trust, Fifth Third Bancorp, General Mills, Google, HCP, IDACORP, International Business Machines, Intuitive Surgical, Kansas City Southern, Kinder Morgan, MetLife, Philip Morris International, PNC Financial, QUALCOMM, and UnitedHealth Group.

Seven holdings were eliminated from the investment list with the sales of ADTRAN, Inc., Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Amerigroup Corp., Life Technologies Corp., MDU Resources Group, Inc., and Prudential Financial, Inc., and the merger of Eaton Corp. The Fund reduced its holdings in Bunge, Cisco, Emerson Electric, FedEx, Gilead Sciences, McDonald's, Medtronic, NetApp, Norfolk Southern, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Spectra Energy, and Wells Fargo.

OTHER SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION

12/31/12 12/31/11
Unrealized appreciation $143,061,370 $62,511,196
Net investment income  $17,547,510  $13,858,578
Net realized gain  $47,997,411  $45,998,641
KEY RATIOS:
Net investment income to average net assets  1.54%  1.25%
Expense ratio (to average net assets)  0.65%  0.55%
Portfolio turnover  27.4%  21.5%
Net cash & short-term investments to net assets  0.2% 4.5%

TEN LARGEST PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS (12/31/12)

% of Net Assets

Petroleum & Resources Corporation* 4.5
Apple 4.3
JPMorgan Chase 2.3
QUALCOMM 2.2
Lowe's 1.8
International Business Machines 1.7
Wells Fargo 1.7
Microsoft 1.6
AT&T 1.6
Google 1.6
 Total

23.3

*Non-controlled affiliate

SECTOR WEIGHTINGS (12/31/12)

% of Net Assets
Consumer Discretionary 10.9%
Consumer Staples 10.0%
Energy 10.4%
Financials 14.9%
Health Care 13.0%
Industrials 10.8%
Information Technology 19.3%
Materials 3.9%
Telecom Services 4.0%
Utilities 2.6%
Short-Term Investments 0.0%

ANNUALIZED ONE, THREE AND FIVE YEAR COMPARATIVE RETURNS
Returns on net asset value (12/31/12)

1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
Adams Express 14.7% 7.4% 1.2%
Lipper Peer Group 15.0% 8.9% 0.7%
S&P 500 16.0%

10.9%

1.7%

The Adams Express Company is a Baltimore-based closed-end investment company. Its stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ADX.

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For further information, please contact:

Lawrence L. Hooper, Jr., Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
at (410) 752-5900 or (800) 638-2479

E-mail: contact@adamsexpress.com
Website: www.adamsexpress.com

Adams Express Announces 2012 Performance: NAV Up 14.7%, Market Value Up 16.9%

Stock and Distribution

Nav & Stock Price Per Share
Net Asset Value: $15.54
Closing Price: $13.36
Discount:

-14.0%

This is the closing price from the NYSE on 10/17/2014

annual DISTRIBUTION Rate
2013 7.1%

*The annual distribution rate is the total dividends and capital gain distributions divided by the average month-end market price of the Fund's Common Stock for the twelve months ended October 31.

As of September 8, 2011, the Fund committed to an annual distribution rate of at least 6%.