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Established in 1927, General American Investors is a closed-end investment company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Its objective is long-term capital appreciation through investment in companies with above average growth potential.

Company Information
Stock Exchange NYSE
Common Stock Symbol GAM
Preferred Stock Symbol GAM Pr b
Common Stock Cusip 368802104
Preferred Stock Cusip 368802401
Quarter Ended Data 03/31/2017
NAV (XGAMX) $39.93
Common Closing Price $33.51
Preferred Liquidation Preference $25.00
Preferred Closing Price $26.05
Net Assets - Common $1,079.7 mil.
Liquidation Value - Preferred $190.1 mil.
Total $1,269.8 mil.
Asset Coverage 668%
Annual Data
Expense Ratio 1.27%
2016 Dividend & Distribution $3.28

Share Buy Back Information

Since March 1995, the Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of Common Stock in the open market when the shares trade at a discount to net asset value of at least 8%. Through March 31, 2017, the Company has repurchased a total of 24.5 million shares of Common Stock at a total cost of $711.0 million. During the three months ended March 31, 2017, 183,608 shares of Common Stock were repurchased at a cost of $5,957,827, a discount of 16.7% to net asset value.

Investment Results on an Annualized Basis

For Periods ended 03/31/2017
or Period
GAM Stockholder Return
(Market Price)*
GAM Net Asset
Value Return*
Standard & Poor's 500
Stock Index Return*
3 Months** 8.1% 7.0% 6.1%
1 Year 18.6% 17.0% 17.2%
3 Years 6.4% 7.0% 10.4%
5 Years 10.8% 10.8% 13.3%
10 Years 5.2% 5.5% 7.5%
20 Years 10.3% 10.1% 7.8%
* With dividends and distributions reinvested/with income.
**Not annualized.

20-Year Investment Results

For the period ended March 31, 2017, assuming an initial investment of $10,000
20 Year Investment Results

Largest Sectors

As of 03/31/2017
Industry Sector % Common Net Assets*
Financials 20.4%
Information Technology 17.4%
Consumer Discretionary 16.3%
Consumer Staples 15.9%
Industrials 10.3%
Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences 9.0%
Energy 7.1%
Telecommunication Services 1.1%
Materials 1.1%
Other 3.4%
Total Long-Term Investments 102.0%
Cash, equivalents, receivables and other assets less liabilities 15.6%
Preferred Stock, at liquidation value -17.6%
Total Net Assets Applicable to Common Stock 100.0%
* Net Assets Applicable to the Company's Common Stock

Ten Largest Holdings

As of 03/31/2017
Holding Shares Value % Common
Net Assets*
The TJX Companies, Inc.

Through its T.J. Maxx and Marshalls divisions, TJX is the leading off-price retailer. The continued growth of these divisions in the U.S. and Europe, along with expansion of related U.S. and foreign off-price formats, provide ongoing growth opportunities.

919,768 $72,735,253 6.7%
Republic Services, Inc.

Republic Services is a leading provider of non-hazardous, solid waste collection and disposal services in the U.S. The efficient operation of its routes and facilities combined with appropriate pricing enables Republic Services to generate significant free cash flow.

787,800 $49,481,718 4.6%
Arch Capital Group Ltd.

Arch Capital, a Bermuda-based insurer/reinsurer, generates premiums of approximately $6 billion and has a high quality, well-reserved A+ rated balance sheet. This company has a strong management team that exercises prudent underwriting discipline, efficient expense control, and steady capital management resulting in above-average earnings and book value growth.

445,000 $42,172,650 3.9%
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft is a leading global provider of software, services and hardware devices. The company produces the Windows operating system, Office productivity suite, Azure public cloud service, and Xbox gaming console.

605,686 $39,890,480 3.7%
Unilever N.V.

Unilever N.V. is a well-managed, primarily emerging market-based, global consumer goods manufacturer focusing on personal care, home care, food and refreshment products and operates with a solid A+ rated balance sheet. Advantaged geographies coupled with above average volume growth, pricing power and management execution generates above average long-term shareholder returns.

704,378 $34,990,836 3.2%
Nestlé S.A.

Nestlé is a well-managed, global food company with a favorably-positioned product portfolio and an excellent AA rated balance sheet. High market share, solid volume growth, strong pricing power, expense control and steady capital management yield durable, above-average, long-term total return potential.

450,000 $34,534,152 3.2%
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Gilead Sciences is a U.S. based biotechnology company that discovers, develops and commercializes therapeutics. Originally founded to focus predominantly on antiviral drugs to treat patients with HIV, Hepatitis B, CMV, influenza and Hepatitis C, the company has expanded its reach into cardiopulmonary medicine and oncology and other related areas.

483,600 $32,846,112 3.1%
Everest Re Group, Ltd.

Everest Re is one of the largest independent U.S. property and casualty reinsurers, generates annual premiums of approximately $6 billion, has a high quality investment portfolio, and a well-reserved A+ balance sheet. This Bermuda domiciled company has a strong management team that exercises prudent underwriting discipline and efficient expense control, resulting in above-average earnings and book value growth.

125,000 $29,226,250 2.7%
Costco Wholesale Corporation

Costco is the world's largest wholesale club with a record of steady growth in sales and profits as it continues to gain share of the consumer dollar in the U.S. and overseas.

168,781 $28,302,886 2.6%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A

Berkshire Hathaway is a holding company owning many well-operated subsidiaries mainly in insurance, railroad, utility/energy, aerospace, manufacturing, retail and finance industries. The company also holds various thoughtfully selected principally long-term common stock investments mostly in consumer non-durable and financial services industries. Berkshire is uniquely positioned to provide above average long term high quality relatively defensive returns operating a conservative well-reserved AA rated balance sheet.

     110 $27,483,500 2.6%
$391,663,837 36.3%
* Net Assets Applicable to the Company's Common Stock