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BNY Mellon Appreciation Fund

Filed: 28 Feb 13, 7:00pm

 

  

 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549

FORM N-CSR

CERTIFIED SHAREHOLDER REPORT OF REGISTERED MANAGEMENT
INVESTMENT COMPANIES

Investment Company Act file number

811-3081

 

 

 

Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc.

 

 

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in charter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

c/o The Dreyfus Corporation

200 Park Avenue

New York, New York 10166

 

 

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

 

 

 

 

 

Janette E. Farragher, Esq.

200 Park Avenue

New York, New York 10 166

 

 

(Name and address of agent for service)

 

 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:

(212) 922-6000

 

 

Date of fiscal year end:

 

12/31

 

Date of reporting period:

12/31/12

 

       

 

 


 

 

FORM N-CSR

Item 1.                        Reports to Stockholders.

 


 




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The views expressed in this report reflect those of the portfolio manager only through the end of the period covered and do not necessarily represent the views of Dreyfus or any other person in the Dreyfus organization. Any such views are subject to change at any time based upon market or other conditions and Dreyfus disclaims any responsibility to update such views.These views may not be relied on as investment advice and, because investment decisions for a Dreyfus fund are based on numerous factors, may not be relied on as an indication of trading intent on behalf of any Dreyfus fund.




 

Contents

 

THE FUND

2     

A Letter from the President

3     

Discussion of Fund Performance

6     

Fund Performance

7     

UnderstandingYour Fund’s Expenses

7     

ComparingYour Fund’s Expenses With Those of Other Funds

8     

Statement of Investments

12     

Statement of Assets and Liabilities

13     

Statement of Operations

14     

Statement of Changes in Net Assets

15     

Financial Highlights

16     

Notes to Financial Statements

25     

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

26     

Important Tax Information

27     

Information About the Renewal of the Fund’s Investment Advisory and Sub-Investment Advisory Agreements

32     

Board Members Information

34     

Officers of the Fund

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

Back Cover



Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc.

The Fund

A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Shareholder:

We are pleased to present this annual report for Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc., covering the 12-month period from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. For information about how the fund performed during the reporting period, as well as general market perspectives, we provide a Discussion of Fund Performance on the pages that follow.

In retrospect, 2012 was notable for the global equity markets’ resilience in the face of some tough macroeconomic challenges. Worries regarding sluggish employment growth, weak housing markets and Congressional gridlock weighed on investor sentiment in the United States at times during the year, yet U.S. stocks posted respectable gains, on average.An ongoing debt crisis led to recessionary conditions in Europe, particularly for some of the continent’s more peripheral nations, but aggressive actions from monetary policymakers helped some European stock markets produce double-digit returns.While China’s economy slowed in response to inflation-fighting measures, officials there appeared to have engineered a “soft landing,” and Chinese stocks generally ended the year with positive absolute returns.

We currently expect the U.S. and global economies to be modestly stronger in 2013, especially during the second half of the year.The global economy seems likely to benefit from Europe’s ongoing efforts to support its banking system and common currency, and by China’s moves toward more stimulative fiscal policies under new government leadership. In the United States, greater certainty regarding U.S. tax and fiscal policies, the resumption of postponed spending by businesses, and a continued housing recovery could support modestly higher rates of economic growth.We encourage you to discuss the implications of our economic analysis with your financial advisor, who can help you align your investments with the year’s challenges and opportunities.

Thank you for your continued confidence and support.

Sincerely,


J. Charles Cardona
President
The Dreyfus Corporation
January 15, 2013

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DISCUSSION OF FUND PERFORMANCE

For the period of January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012, as provided by Fayez Sarofim, Portfolio Manager of Fayez Sarofim & Co., Sub-Investment Adviser

Fund and Market Performance Overview

For the 12-month period ended December 31, 2012, Dreyfus Appreciation Fund produced a total return of 10.18%.1 In comparison, the total return of the fund’s benchmark, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Stock Price Index (“S&P 500 Index”), was 15.99% for the same period.2

Despite bouts of volatility, stocks generally advanced over the reporting period as global and domestic economic conditions improved. The fund produced a lower return than its benchmark, mainly due to shortfalls in the financials and energy sectors.

The Fund’s Investment Approach

The fund seeks long-term capital growth consistent with the preservation of capital. Its secondary goal is current income.To pursue these goals, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in common stocks.The fund focuses on blue-chip companies with total market capitalizations of more than $5 billion at the time of purchase, including multinational companies. These are established companies that have demonstrated sustained patterns of profitability, strong balance sheets, an expanding global presence and the potential to achieve predictable, above-average earnings growth.

In choosing stocks, the fund first identifies economic sectors it believes will expand over the next three to five years or longer. Using fundamental analysis, the fund then seeks companies within these sectors that have proven track records and dominant positions in their industries.The fund employs a “buy-and-hold” investment strategy, which generally has resulted in an annual portfolio turnover of below 15%. A low portfolio turnover rate helps reduce the fund’s trading costs and minimizes tax liability by limiting the distribution of capital gains.3

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DISCUSSION OF FUND PERFORMANCE (continued)

Improving Macroeconomic Conditions Fueled Market Gains

Several positive macroeconomic developments drove stocks higher during the first quarter of 2012. These included strong corporate earnings reports, domestic employment gains, and a quantitative easing program in Europe that forestalled a more severe banking crisis. However, investor sentiment turned cautious during the spring, when the U.S. labor market’s rebound slowed and measures designed to relieve fiscal pressures in Europe encountered resistance.

Stocks rebounded over the summer amid more encouraging economic news, including sharp declines in the unemployment rate.The market lost ground again in November when concerns mounted over automatic tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled for the start of 2013. Nevertheless, continued corporate earnings strength and signs of an improving U.S. housing market enabled stocks to resume their rally, and the S&P 500 Index ended the year with double-digit gains.

Sector Allocations Weighed on Results

Although the fund participated significantly in the market’s gains, its relative performance was undermined by an overweighted position in the energy sector, where a sluggish global economy and a glut of domestic, shale-sourced oil and gas pressured large, integrated energy producers. Underweighted exposure to the financials sector helped support returns in previous years, but it prevented the fund from benefiting when major banks rallied from depressed levels in 2012.

The fund also was hindered by disappointments among individual stocks. Brazilian casual dining franchisee Arcos Dorados Holdings, Class A, struggled in a slower local economy. Occidental Petroleum encountered problems at one of its oil fields, and Apache struggled when declining oil prices limited production growth. Fast food giant McDonald’s was hurt by lower same-store sales comparisons and weakness in Europe.

The fund achieved better results in other areas. Among the fund’s information technology holdings, electronics innovator Apple continued to score success with its tablet computer and smartphone products.The fund held no stocks in the utilities sector, avoiding its relative weak returns. Global bank HSBC Holdings,ADR rallied as legal and regulatory issues were addressed. Media conglomerate News Corp., Classes A and B gained value amid increased advertising spending and plans to

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unlock value by splitting the company in two. Consumer discretionary holding Christian Dior benefited from rising demand for luxury goods in the recovering global economy. Pharmaceuticals developer Novo Nordisk,ADR saw demand rise for its diabetes drugs.

We made a number of changes to the fund’s composition in 2012, adding new positions in global spirits maker Diageo, ADR, enterprise software developer Oracle, brewer SABMiller, technology firm Xilinx, and energy producer Canadian Natural Resources. We eliminated only one holding, Green Mountain Coffee, during the year.

Stocks May Be Poised for Additional Gains

Aggressively accommodative monetary policies among the world’s central banks and continued signs of improvement in the U.S. and global economies underlie a generally optimistic outlook for equities in 2013.We expect corporate earnings and dividends to continue to grow over the coming year, but at a lower rate than in 2012. Meanwhile, valuations across most sectors remain attractive even in the wake of recent market rallies, and persistently low interest rates may continue to attract investors to dividend-paying stocks. Therefore, we have maintained our focus on high quality, multinational companies with strong balance sheets, dominant brands, and above-average earnings and dividend growth characteristics.

January 15, 2013

Equity funds are subject generally to market, market sector, market liquidity, issuer, and investment style risks, among 
other factors, to varying degrees, all of which are more fully described in the fund’s prospectus. 
1 Total return includes reinvestment of dividends and any capital gains paid. Past performance is no guarantee of future 
results. Share price and investment return fluctuate such that upon redemption fund shares may be worth more or less 
than their original cost. 
2 SOURCE: LIPPER INC. — Reflects reinvestment of dividends and, where applicable, capital gain distributions. 
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Stock Price Index is a widely accepted, unmanaged index of U.S. stock 
market performance. Investors cannot invest directly in any index. 
3 Achieving tax efficiency is not a part of the fund’s investment objective, and there can be no guarantee that the fund 
will achieve any particular level of taxable distributions in future years. In periods when the manager has to sell 
significant amounts of securities (e.g., during periods of significant net redemptions or changes in index components) 
funds can be expected to be less tax efficient than during periods of more stable market conditions and asset flows. 

 

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FUND PERFORMANCE


Average Annual Total Returns as of 12/31/12       
 1Year 5 Years 10 Years 
Fund 10.18% 2.27% 6.25% 
Standard & Poor’s 500       
Composite Stock Price Index 15.99% 1.66% 7.10% 

 

† Source: Lipper Inc. 
Past performance is not predictive of future performance.The fund’s performance shown in the graph and table does not 
reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. 
The above graph compares a $10,000 investment made in Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc. on 12/31/02 to a 
$10,000 investment made in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Stock Price Index (the “Index”) on that date.All 
dividends and capital gain distributions are reinvested. 
The fund’s performance shown in the line graph above takes into account all applicable fees and expenses.The Index is a 
widely accepted, unmanaged index of U.S. stock market performance. Unlike a mutual fund, the Index is not subject to 
charges, fees and other expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in any index. Further information relating to fund 
performance, including expense reimbursements, if applicable, is contained in the Financial Highlights section of the 
prospectus and elsewhere in this report. 

 

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR FUND’S EXPENSES (Unaudited)

As a mutual fund investor, you pay ongoing expenses, such as management fees and other expenses. Using the information below, you can estimate how these expenses affect your investment and compare them with the expenses of other funds.You also may pay one-time transaction expenses, including sales charges (loads) and redemption fees, which are not shown in this section and would have resulted in higher total expenses. For more information, see your fund’s prospectus or talk to your financial adviser.

Review your fund’s expenses

The table below shows the expenses you would have paid on a $1,000 investment in Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc. from July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. It also shows how much a $1,000 investment would be worth at the close of the period, assuming actual returns and expenses.

Expenses and Value of a $1,000 Investment 
assuming actual returns for the six months ended December 31, 2012 
 
Expenses paid per $1,000 $4.96 
Ending value (after expenses) $1,035.80 

 

COMPARING YOUR FUND’S EXPENSES WITH THOSE OF OTHER FUNDS (Unaudited)

Using the SEC’s method to compare expenses

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has established guidelines to help investors assess fund expenses. Per these guidelines, the table below shows your fund’s expenses based on a $1,000 investment, assuming a hypothetical 5% annualized return. You can use this information to compare the ongoing expenses (but not transaction expenses or total cost) of investing in the fund with those of other funds.All mutual fund shareholder reports will provide this information to help you make this comparison. Please note that you cannot use this information to estimate your actual ending account balance and expenses paid during the period.

Expenses and Value of a $1,000 Investment 
assuming a hypothetical 5% annualized return for the six months ended December 31, 2012 
 
Expenses paid per $1,000 $4.93 
Ending value (after expenses) $1,020.26 
 
† Expenses are equal to the fund’s annualized expense ratio of .97%, multiplied by the average account value over the 
period, multiplied by 184/366 (to reflect the one-half year period). 

 

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STATEMENT OF INVESTMENTS

December 31, 2012

Common Stocks—94.1% Shares   Value ($) 
Banks—.4%     
HSBC Holdings, ADR 418,166a 22,192,070 
Capital Goods—4.5%     
Berkshire Hathaway, Cl. A 322b 43,167,320 
Caterpillar 932,500   83,533,350 
General Electric 1,877,400   39,406,626 
United Technologies 976,600   80,090,966 
    246,198,262 
Consumer Services—3.1%     
Arcos Dorados Holdings, Cl. A 1,050,000a 12,558,000 
McDonald’s 1,764,700   155,664,187 
    168,222,187 
Diversified Financials—4.4%     
American Express 250,000   14,370,000 
BlackRock 315,000   65,113,650 
Franklin Resources 415,000   52,165,500 
JPMorgan Chase & Co. 2,458,400   108,095,848 
    239,744,998 
Energy—19.7%     
Apache 230,000   18,055,000 
Canadian Natural Resources 551,000   15,907,370 
Chevron 2,022,400   218,702,336 
ConocoPhillips 1,456,700   84,474,033 
Exxon Mobil 3,058,598   264,721,657 
Imperial Oil 1,300,000 a 55,900,000 
Occidental Petroleum 1,585,600   121,472,816 
Phillips 66 808,350   42,923,385 
Royal Dutch Shell, Cl. A, ADR 2,036,800   140,437,360 
Total, ADR 2,139,900 a 111,296,199 
    1,073,890,156 
Food & Staples Retailing—1.5%     
Walgreen 1,822,200   67,439,622 
Whole Foods Market 157,500   14,384,475 
    81,824,097 
Food, Beverage & Tobacco—19.2%     
Altria Group 3,403,700   106,944,254 
Coca-Cola 6,650,000   241,062,500 

 

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Common Stocks (continued) Shares   Value ($) 
Food, Beverage & Tobacco (continued)     
Diageo, ADR 450,000  52,461,000 
Kraft Foods Group 686,856  31,231,343 
Mondelez International, Cl. A 1,950,568  49,680,967 
Nestle, ADR 2,461,150  160,393,146 
PepsiCo 1,009,300  69,066,399 
Philip Morris International 3,393,700  283,849,068 
SABMiller 1,150,000  54,128,558 
    1,048,817,235 
Health Care Equipment & Services—1.4%     
Intuitive Surgical 91,200b 44,721,744 
Medtronic 709,500  29,103,690 
    73,825,434 
Household & Personal Products—5.1%     
Christian Dior 326,500  56,447,426 
Estee Lauder, Cl. A 1,335,800  79,960,988 
Procter & Gamble 2,082,300  141,367,347 
    277,775,761 
Materials—4.2%     
Air Products & Chemicals 510,000  42,850,200 
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold 1,851,200  63,311,040 
Praxair 625,100  68,417,195 
Rio Tinto, ADR 969,200a  56,300,828 
    230,879,263 
Media—3.9%     
McGraw-Hill 657,000  35,918,190 
News, Cl. A 2,212,308  56,502,346 
News, Cl. B 166,900  4,379,456 
Time Warner Cable 560,000  54,426,400 
Walt Disney 1,200,000  59,748,000 
    210,974,392 
Pharmaceuticals, Biotech &     
Life Sciences—9.1%     
Abbott Laboratories 1,996,300  130,757,650 
Abbott Laboratories-W/I 50,000b 1,570,000 
Johnson & Johnson 2,065,900  144,819,590 
Merck & Co. 1,034,000  42,331,960 

 

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STATEMENT OF INVESTMENTS (continued)

Common Stocks (continued) Shares Value ($) 
Pharmaceuticals, Biotech &    
Life Sciences (continued)    
Novo Nordisk, ADR 553,500 90,336,735 
Roche Holding, ADR 1,773,400a 89,556,700 
   499,372,635 
Retailing—3.7%    
Target 1,724,100 102,014,997 
Wal-Mart Stores 1,449,100 98,872,093 
   200,887,090 
Semiconductors & Semiconductor    
Equipment—2.8%    
Intel 3,334,500 68,790,735 
Texas Instruments 2,222,200 68,754,868 
Xilinx 495,000 17,770,500 
   155,316,103 
Software & Services—4.6%    
Automatic Data Processing 972,800 55,459,328 
International Business Machines 800,000 153,240,000 
Oracle 1,300,000 43,316,000 
   252,015,328 
Technology Hardware & Equipment—6.5%    
Apple 569,200 303,400,676 
QUALCOMM 875,000 54,267,500 
   357,668,176 
Total Common Stocks    
(cost $3,586,420,391)   5,139,603,187 
 
Other Investment—7.1%    
Registered Investment Company;    
Dreyfus Institutional Preferred    
Plus Money Market Fund    
(cost $390,408,570) 390,408,570c 390,408,570 

 

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Investment of Cash Collateral     
for Securities Loaned—3.0% Shares Value ($) 
Registered Investment Company;     
Dreyfus Institutional Cash Advantage Fund     
(cost $162,075,525) 162,075,525c 162,075,525 
Total Investments (cost $4,138,904,486) 104.2% 5,692,087,282 
Liabilities, Less Cash and Receivables (4.2%) (230,767,077) 
Net Assets 100.0% 5,461,320,205 

 

ADR—American Depository Receipts
W/I—When Issued

a Security, or portion thereof, on loan.At December 31, 2012, the value of the fund’s securities on loan was 
$160,309,141 and the value of the collateral held by the fund was $162,075,525. 
b Non-income producing security. 
c Investment in affiliated money market mutual fund. 

 

Portfolio Summary (Unaudited)   
 
 Value (%)  Value (%) 
Energy 19.7 Materials 4.2 
Food, Beverage & Tobacco 19.2 Media 3.9 
Money Market Investments 10.1 Retailing 3.7 
Pharmaceuticals,  Consumer Services 3.1 
Biotech & Life Sciences 9.1 Semiconductors &  
Technology Hardware & Equipment 6.5 Semiconductor Equipment 2.8 
Household & Personal Products 5.1 Food & Staples Retailing 1.5 
Software & Services 4.6 Health Care Equipment & Services 1.4 
Capital Goods 4.5 Banks .4 
Diversified Financials 4.4  104.2 
 
† Based on net assets.    
See notes to financial statements.    

 

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STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

December 31, 2012

 Cost Value 
Assets ($):    
Investments in securities—See Statement of Investments (including    
securities on loan, valued at $160,309,141)—Note 1(c):    
Unaffiliated issuers 3,586,420,391 5,139,603,187 
Affiliated issuers 552,484,095 552,484,095 
Cash  7,035,217 
Receivable for shares of Common Stock subscribed  10,841,677 
Dividends and securities lending income receivable  9,845,777 
Prepaid expenses  133,090 
  5,719,943,043 
Liabilities ($):    
Due to The Dreyfus Corporation and affiliates—Note 3(b)  2,984,506 
Due to Fayez Sarofim & Co.  989,546 
Liability for securities on loan—Note 1(c)  162,075,525 
Payable for investment securities purchased  80,075,679 
Payable for shares of Common Stock redeemed  10,738,136 
Accrued expenses  1,759,446 
  258,622,838 
Net Assets ($)  5,461,320,205 
Composition of Net Assets ($):    
Paid-in capital  3,915,843,661 
Accumulated undistributed investment income—net  988,913 
Accumulated net realized gain (loss) on investments  (8,695,165
Accumulated net unrealized appreciation    
(depreciation) on investments  1,553,182,796 
Net Assets ($)  5,461,320,205 
Shares Outstanding    
(300 million shares of $.001 par value Common Stock authorized)  124,308,361 
Net Asset Value, offering and redemption price per share ($)  43.93 
 
See notes to financial statements.    

 

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STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

Year Ended December 31, 2012

Investment Income ($):   
Income:   
Cash dividends (net of $3,508,431 foreign taxes withheld at source):   
Unaffiliated issuers 129,265,427 
Affiliated issuers 229,688 
Income from securities lending—Note 1(c) 1,069,288 
Total Income 130,564,403 
Expenses:   
Investment advisory fee—Note 3(a) 16,154,531 
Sub-investment adivsory fee—Note 3(a) 10,567,250 
Shareholder servicing costs—Note 3(b) 18,597,712 
Prospectus and shareholders’ reports 677,419 
Directors’ fees and expenses—Note 3(c) 274,649 
Registration fees 250,296 
Custodian fees—Note 3(b) 180,538 
Professional fees 110,072 
Loan commitment fees—Note 2 65,914 
Miscellaneous 433,412 
Total Expenses 47,311,793 
Less—reduction in fees due to earnings credits—Note 3(b) (5,809
Net Expenses 47,305,984 
Investment Income—Net 83,258,419 
Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments—Note 4 ($):   
Net realized gain (loss) on investments and foreign currency transactions (3,297,242
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments 359,203,198 
Net Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments 355,905,956 
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations 439,164,375 
 
See notes to financial statements.   

 

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STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS

 Year Ended December 31, 
 2012 2011 
Operations ($):     
Investment income—net 83,258,419 58,609,878 
Net realized gain (loss) on investments (3,297,2423,358,951 
Net unrealized appreciation     
(depreciation) on investments 359,203,198 207,695,590 
Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets     
Resulting from Operations 439,164,375 269,664,419 
Dividends to Shareholders from ($):     
Investment income—net (82,869,015) (58,519,141) 
Capital Stock Transactions ($):     
Net proceeds from shares sold 2,403,754,297 1,748,789,188 
Dividends reinvested 62,923,290 42,533,901 
Cost of shares redeemed (1,545,186,624(1,046,729,101
Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets     
from Capital Stock Transactions 921,490,963 744,593,988 
Total Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets 1,277,786,323 955,739,266 
Net Assets ($):     
Beginning of Period 4,183,533,882 3,227,794,616 
End of Period 5,461,320,205 4,183,533,882 
Undistributed investment income—net 988,913 589,291 
Capital Share Transactions (Shares):     
Shares sold 55,365,359 44,260,586 
Shares issued for dividends reinvested 1,426,767 1,055,796 
Shares redeemed (35,706,157(26,597,361
Net Increase (Decrease) in Shares Outstanding 21,085,969 18,719,021 
 
See notes to financial statements.     

 

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

The following table describes the performance for the fiscal periods indicated. Total return shows how much your investment in the fund would have increased (or decreased) during each period, assuming you had reinvested all dividends and distributions.These figures have been derived from the fund’s financial statements.

   Year Ended December 31,   
 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 
Per Share Data ($):           
Net asset value,           
beginning of period 40.53 38.20 33.52 28.23 44.70 
Investment Operations:           
Investment income—neta .74 .65 .57 .56 .64 
Net realized and unrealized           
gain (loss) on investments 3.38 2.26 4.54 5.37 (15.16
Total from Investment Operations 4.12 2.91 5.11 5.93 (14.52
Distributions:           
Dividends from           
investment income—net (.72(.58(.43(.64(.72
Dividends from net realized           
gain on investments     (1.23
Total Distributions (.72(.58(.43(.64(1.95
Net asset value, end of period 43.93 40.53 38.20 33.52 28.23 
Total Return (%) 10.18 7.62 15.26 21.01 (32.37
Ratios/Supplemental Data (%):           
Ratio of total expenses           
to average net assets .97 .97 .99 1.09 .97 
Ratio of net expenses           
to average net assets .97 .97 .99 1.07 .96 
Ratio of net investment income           
to average net assets 1.71 1.63 1.66 1.95 1.65 
Portfolio Turnover Rate .50 2.59 28.73 .92 6.98 
Net Assets, end of period           
($ x 1,000) 5,461,320 4,183,534 3,227,795 2,323,522 2,471,236 
 
a Based on average shares outstanding at each month end.       
See notes to financial statements.           

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

NOTE 1—Significant Accounting Policies:

Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc. (the “fund”) is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Act”), as a diversified open-end management investment company.The fund’s investment objective is to seek long-term capital appreciation consistent with the preservation of capital. The Dreyfus Corporation (the “Manager” or “Dreyfus”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (“BNY Mellon”), serves as the fund’s investment adviser. Fayez Sarofim & Co. (“Sarofim”) serves as the fund’s sub-investment adviser. MBSC Securities Corporation (the “Distributor”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dreyfus, is the distributor of the fund’s shares, which are sold without a sales charge.

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification is the exclusive reference of authoritative U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) recognized by the FASB to be applied by nongovernmental entities. Rules and interpretive releases of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under authority of federal laws are also sources of authoritative GAAP for SEC registrants. The fund’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP, which may require the use of management estimates and assumptions.Actual results could differ from those estimates.

The fund enters into contracts that contain a variety of indemnifications. The fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown.The fund does not anticipate recognizing any loss related to these arrangements.

(a) Portfolio valuation: The fair value of a financial instrument is the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date (i.e., the exit price). GAAP establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs of valuation techniques used to measure fair value.This hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements).

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Additionally, GAAP provides guidance on determining whether the volume and activity in a market has decreased significantly and whether such a decrease in activity results in transactions that are not orderly. GAAP requires enhanced disclosures around valuation inputs and techniques used during annual and interim periods.

Various inputs are used in determining the value of the fund’s investments relating to fair value measurements.These inputs are summarized in the three broad levels listed below:

Level 1—unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical investments.

Level 2—other significant observable inputs (including quoted prices for similar investments, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.).

Level 3—significant unobservable inputs (including the fund’s own assumptions in determining the fair value of investments).

The inputs or methodology used for valuing securities are not necessarily an indication of the risk associated with investing in those securities.

Changes in valuation techniques may result in transfers in or out of an assigned level within the disclosure hierarchy. Valuation techniques used to value the fund’s investments are as follows:

Investments in securities are valued at the last sales price on the securities exchange or national securities market on which such securities are primarily traded. Securities listed on the National Market System for which market quotations are available are valued at the official closing price or, if there is no official closing price that day, at the last sales price. Securities not listed on an exchange or the national securities market, or securities for which there were no transactions, are valued at the average of the most recent bid and asked prices, except for open short positions, where the asked price is used for valuation purposes. Bid price is used when no asked price is available. Registered investment companies that are not traded on an exchange are valued at their net asset value. All of the preceding securities are categorized within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy.

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

Fair valuing of securities may be determined with the assistance of a pricing service using calculations based on indices of domestic securities and other appropriate indicators, such as prices of relevant ADRs and financial futures. Utilizing these techniques may result in transfers between Level 1 and Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

When market quotations or official closing prices are not readily available, or are determined not to reflect accurately fair value, such as when the value of a security has been significantly affected by events after the close of the exchange or market on which the security is principally traded (for example, a foreign exchange or market), but before the fund calculates its net asset value, the fund may value these investments at fair value as determined in accordance with the procedures approved by the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”). Certain factors may be considered when fair valuing investments such as: fundamental analytical data, the nature and duration of restrictions on disposition, an evaluation of the forces that influence the market in which the securities are purchased and sold, and public trading in similar securities of the issuer or comparable issuers.These securities are either categorized within Level 2 or 3 depending on the relevant inputs used.

For restricted securities where observable inputs are limited, assumptions about market activity and risk are used and are categorized within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy.

The following is a summary of the inputs used as of December 31, 2012 in valuing the fund’s investments:

  Level 2—Other Level 3—  
 Level 1— Significant Significant  
 Unadjusted Observable Unobservable  
 Quoted Prices Inputs Inputs Total 
Assets ($)     
Investments in Securities:    
Equity Securities—    
Domestic     
Common     
Stocks 4,221,687,795 — — 4,221,687,795 

 

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  Level 2—Other Level 3—  
 Level 1— Significant Significant  
 Unadjusted Observable Unobservable  
 Quoted Prices Inputs Inputs Total 
Assets ($) (continued)     
Equity Securities—      
Foreign      
Common      
Stocks 807,339,408 110,575,984†† — 917,915,392 
Mutual Funds 552,484,095  — 552,484,095 

 

 See Statement of Investments for additional detailed categorizations. 
†† Securities classified as Level 2 at period end as the values were determined pursuant to the fund’s 
 fair valuation procedures. 

 

At December 31, 2011, no exchange traded foreign equity securities were classified within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

(b) Foreign currency transactions: The fund does not isolate that portion of the results of operations resulting from changes in foreign exchange rates on investments from the fluctuations arising from changes in the market prices of securities held. Such fluctuations are included with the net realized and unrealized gain or loss on investments.

Net realized foreign exchange gains or losses arise from sales of foreign currencies, currency gains or losses realized on securities transactions between trade and settlement date, and the difference between the amounts of dividends, interest and foreign withholding taxes recorded on the fund’s books and the U.S. dollar equivalent of the amounts actually received or paid. Net unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses arise from changes in the value of assets and liabilities other than investments resulting from changes in exchange rates. Foreign currency gains and losses on foreign currency transactions are also included with net realized and unrealized gain or loss on investments.

(c) Securities transactions and investment income: Securities transactions are recorded on a trade date basis. Realized gains and losses from securities transactions are recorded on the identified cost basis. Dividend income is recognized on the ex-dividend date and interest

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

income, including, where applicable, accretion of discount and amortization of premium on investments, is recognized on the accrual basis.

Pursuant to a securities lending agreement with The Bank of New York Mellon, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon and an affiliate of Dreyfus, the fund may lend securities to qualified institutions. It is the fund’s policy that, at origination, all loans are secured by collateral of at least 102% of the value of U.S. securities loaned and 105% of the value of foreign securities loaned. Collateral equivalent to at least 100% of the market value of securities on loan is maintained at all times. Collateral is either in the form of cash, which can be invested in certain money market mutual funds managed by Dreyfus, U.S. Government and Agency securities or letters of credit.The fund is entitled to receive all income on securities loaned, in addition to income earned as a result of the lending transaction. Although each security loaned is fully collateralized, the fund bears the risk of delay in recovery of, or loss of rights in, the securities loaned should a borrower fail to return the securities in a timely manner. During the period ended December 31, 2012,The Bank of New York Mellon earned $458,266 from lending portfolio securities, pursuant to the securities lending agreement.

(d) Affiliated issuers: Investments in other investment companies advised by Dreyfus are defined as “affiliated” in the Act. Investments in affiliated investment companies for the period ended December 31, 2012 were as follows:

Affiliated       
Investment Value  Value Net 
Company 12/31/2011($) Purchases ($) Sales ($) 12/31/2012($) Assets (%) 
Dreyfus       
Institutional     
Preferred       
Plus Money     
Market       
Fund 291,501,201 1,185,187,208 1,086,279,839 390,408,570 7.1 
Dreyfus       
Institutional     
Cash       
Advantage       
Fund 79,547,648 1,702,436,737 1,619,908,860 162,075,525 3.0 
Total 371,048,849 2,887,623,945 2,706,188,699 552,484,095 10.1 

 

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(e) Dividends to shareholders: Dividends are recorded on the ex-dividend date. Effective March 31, 2012, dividends from investment income-net are declared and paid quarterly. Prior to March 31, 2012, dividends from investment income-net were declared and paid annually. Dividends from net realized capital gains, if any, are normally declared and paid annually, but the fund may make distributions on a more frequent basis to comply with the distribution requirements of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).To the extent that net realized capital gains can be offset by capital loss carryovers, it is the policy of the fund not to distribute such gains. Income and capital gain distributions are determined in accordance with income tax regulations, which may differ from GAAP.

(f) Federal income taxes: It is the policy of the fund to continue to qualify as a regulated investment company, if such qualification is in the best interests of its shareholders, by complying with the applicable provisions of the Code, and to make distributions of taxable income sufficient to relieve it from substantially all federal income and excise taxes.

As of and during the period ended December 31, 2012, the fund did not have any liabilities for any uncertain tax positions.The fund recognizes interest and penalties, if any, related to uncertain tax positions as income tax expense in the Statement of Operations. During the period, the fund did not incur any interest or penalties.

Each of the tax years in the four-year period ended December 31, 2012 remains subject to examination by the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities.

At December 31, 2012, the components of accumulated earnings on a tax basis were as follows: undistributed ordinary income $988,913, accumulated capital losses $7,945,440 and unrealized appreciation $1,552,433,071.

Under the Regulated Investment Company Modernization Act of 2010 (the “2010 Act”), the fund is permitted to carry forward capital losses incurred in taxable years beginning after December 22, 2010

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

(“post-enactment losses”) for an unlimited period. Furthermore, post-enactment capital loss carryovers retain their character as either short-term or long-term capital losses rather than short-term as they were under previous statute.The 2010 Act requires post-enactment losses to be utilized before the utilization of losses incurred in taxable years prior to the effective date of the 2010 Act (“pre-enactment losses”).As a result of this ordering rule, pre-enactment losses may be more likely to expire unused.

The accumulated capital loss carryover is available for federal income tax purposes to be applied against future net realized capital gains, if any, realized subsequent to December 31, 2012. If not applied, $4,637,980 of the carryover expires in fiscal year 2017.The fund has $3,228,381 of post-enactment short-term capital losses and $79,079 of post-enactment long-term losses which can be carried forward for an unlimited period.

The tax character of distributions paid to shareholders during the fiscal periods ended December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 were as follows: ordinary income $82,869,015 and $58,519,141, respectively.

During the period ended December 31, 2012, as a result of permanent book to tax differences, primarily due to the tax treatment for foreign currency gains and losses, the fund increased accumulated undistributed investment income-net by $10,218 and decreased accumulated net realized gain (loss) on investments by the same amount. Net assets and net asset value per share were not affected by this reclassification.

NOTE 2—Bank Lines of Credit:

The fund participates with other Dreyfus-managed funds in a $210 million unsecured credit facility led by Citibank, N.A. and a $300 million unsecured credit facility provided by The Bank of New York Mellon, (each, a “Facility”), each to be utilized primarily for temporary or emergency purposes, including the financing of redemptions. Prior to October 10, 2012, the unsecured credit facility with Citibank, N.A. was $225 million. In connection therewith, the fund has agreed

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to pay its pro rata portion of commitment fees for each Facility. Interest is charged to the fund based on rates determined pursuant to the terms of the respective Facility at the time of borrowing. During the period ended December 31, 2012, the fund did not borrow under the Facilities.

NOTE 3—Investment Advisory Fee, Sub-Investment Advisory Fee and Other Transactions With Affiliates:

(a) Fees payable by the fund pursuant to an investment advisory agreement with Dreyfus and a sub-investment advisory agreement with Sarofim are payable monthly, at the annual rates of .3325% and .2175%, respectively, of the value of the fund’s average daily net assets.

(b) Under the Shareholder Services Plan, the fund pays the Distributor for the provision of certain services at the annual rate of .25% of the value of the fund’s average daily net assets.The services provided may include personal services relating to shareholder accounts, such as answering shareholder inquiries regarding the fund and providing reports and other information, and services related to the maintenance of shareholder accounts. The Distributor may make payments to Service Agents (securities dealers, financial institutions or other industry professionals) with respect to these services.The Distributor determines the amounts to be paid to Service Agents. During the period ended December 31, 2012, the fund was charged $12,146,264 pursuant to the Shareholder Services Plan.

The fund compensates Dreyfus Transfer, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dreyfus, under a transfer agency agreement for providing transfer agency services for the fund and, since May 29, 2012, cash management services related to fund subscriptions and redemptions. During the period ended December 31, 2012, the fund was charged $907,555 for transfer agency services and $28,231 for cash management services. Cash management fees were partially offset by earnings credits of $3,278.These fees are included in Shareholder servicing costs in the Statement of Operations.

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

The fund compensates The Bank of New York Mellon under a custody agreement for providing custodial services for the fund. During the period ended December 31, 2012, the fund was charged $180,538 pursuant to the custody agreement.

Prior to May 29, 2012, the fund compensated The Bank of New York Mellon under a cash management agreement for performing cash management services related to fund subscriptions and redemptions. During the period ended December 31, 2012, the fund was charged $65,243 pursuant to the cash management agreement, which is included in Shareholder servicing costs in the Statement of Operations.These fees were partially offset by earnings credits of $2,531.

During the period ended December 31, 2012, the fund was charged $8,783 for services performed by the Chief Compliance Officer and his staff.

The components of “Due to The Dreyfus Corporation and affiliates” in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities consist of: investment advisory fees $1,512,755, Shareholder Services Plan fees $1,137,409, custodian fees $78,016, Chief Compliance Officer fees $3,981 and transfer agency fees $252,345.

(c) Each Board member also serves as a Board member of other funds within the Dreyfus complex. Annual retainer fees and attendance fees are allocated to each fund based on net assets.

NOTE 4—Securities Transactions:

The aggregate amount of purchases and sales of investment securities, excluding short-term securities, during the period ended December 31, 2012, amounted to $918,094,022 and $23,085,195, respectively.

At December 31, 2012, the cost of investments for federal income tax purposes was $4,139,654,211; accordingly, accumulated net unrealized appreciation on investments was $1,552,433,071, consisting of $1,614,715,026 gross unrealized appreciation and $62,281,955 gross unrealized depreciation.

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED
PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

Shareholders and Board of Directors
Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc.

We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities of Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc., including the statement of investments, as of December 31, 2012, and the related statement of operations for the year then ended, the statement of changes in net assets for each of the two years in the period then ended, and the financial highlights for each of the five years in the period then ended.These financial statements and financial highlights are the responsibility of the Fund’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and financial highlights based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States).Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements and financial highlights are free of material misstatement.We were not engaged to perform an audit of the Fund’s internal control over financial reporting. Our audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Fund’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements and financial highlights, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our procedures included confirmation of securities owned as of December 31, 2012 by correspondence with the custodian and others. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements and financial highlights referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc. at December 31, 2012, the results of its operations for the year then ended, the changes in its net assets for each of the two years in the period then ended, and the financial highlights for each of the five years in the period then ended, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

 

NewYork, NewYork
February 27, 2013

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IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION (Unaudited)

In accordance with federal tax law, the fund hereby reports 100% of the ordinary dividends paid during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 as qualifying for the corporate dividends received deduction. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, certain dividends paid by the fund may be subject to a maximum tax rate of 15%, as provided for by the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. Of the distributions paid during the fiscal year, $82,869,015 represents the maximum amount that may be considered qualified dividend income. Shareholders will receive notification in early 2013 of the percentage applicable to the preparation of their 2012 income tax returns.

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE RENEWAL OF THE FUND’S
INVESTMENT ADVISORY AND SUB-INVESTMENT
ADVISORY AGREEMENTS (Unaudited)

At a meeting of the fund’s Board of Directors held on July 24, 2012, the Board considered the renewal of the fund’s Investment Advisory Agreement, pursuant to which Dreyfus provides the fund with investment advisory and administrative services (the “Agreement”), and the Sub-Investment Advisory Agreement (together, the “Agreements”), pursuant to which Fayez Sarofim & Co. (the “Sub-Adviser”) provides day-to-day management of the fund’s investments.The Board members, none of whom are “interested persons” (as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended) of the fund, were assisted in their review by independent legal counsel and met with counsel in executive session separate from representatives of Dreyfus and the Sub-Adviser. In considering the renewal of the Agreements, the Board considered all factors that it believed to be relevant, including those discussed below. The Board did not identify any one factor as dispositive, and each Board member may have attributed different weights to the factors considered.

Analysis of Nature, Extent, and Quality of Services Provided to the Fund.The Board considered information previously provided to them in presentations from Dreyfus representatives regarding the nature, extent, and quality of the services provided to funds in the Dreyfus fund complex, and Dreyfus representatives confirmed that there had been no material changes in this information. Dreyfus provided the number of open accounts in the fund, the fund’s asset size and the allocation of fund assets among distribution channels. Dreyfus also had previously provided information regarding the diverse intermediary relationships and distribution channels of funds in the Dreyfus fund complex (such as retail direct or intermediary, in which intermediaries typically are paid by the fund and/or Dreyfus) and Dreyfus’ corresponding need for broad, deep, and diverse resources to be able to provide ongoing shareholder services to each intermediary or distribution channel, as applicable to the fund.

The Board also considered research support available to, and portfolio management capabilities of, the fund’s portfolio management personnel and that Dreyfus also provides oversight of day-to-day fund operations,

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE RENEWAL OF THE FUND’S INVESTMENT ADVISORY
AND SUB-INVESTMENT ADVISORY AGREEMENTS (Unaudited) (continued)

including fund accounting and administration and assistance in meeting legal and regulatory requirements.The Board also considered Dreyfus’ extensive administrative, accounting, and compliance infrastructures, as well as Dreyfus’ supervisory activities over the Sub-Adviser.The Board also considered portfolio management’s brokerage policies and practices (including policies and practices regarding soft dollars) and the standards applied in seeking best execution.

Comparative Analysis of the Fund’s Performance and Management Fee and Expense Ratio.The Board reviewed reports prepared by Lipper, Inc. (“Lipper”), an independent provider of investment company data, which included information comparing (1) the fund’s performance with the performance of a group of comparable funds (the “Performance Group”) and with a broader group of funds (the “Performance Universe”), all for various periods ended June 30, 2012, and (2) the fund’s actual and contractual management fees and total expenses with those of a group of comparable funds (the “Expense Group”) and with a broader group of funds (the “Expense Universe”), the information for which was derived in part from fund financial statements available to Lipper as of the date of its analysis. Dreyfus previously had furnished the Board with a description of the methodology Lipper used to select the Performance Group and Performance Universe and the Expense Group and Expense Universe.

Dreyfus representatives stated that the usefulness of performance comparisons may be affected by a number of factors, including different investment limitations that may be applicable to the fund and comparison funds. The Board discussed the results of the comparisons and noted that the fund’s total return performance was at or above the Performance Group and Performance Universe medians for all periods, and ranked in the first quartile of the Performance Universe for most of the periods. Dreyfus also provided a comparison of the fund’s calendar year total returns to the returns of the fund’s benchmark index.

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The Board also reviewed the range of actual and contractual management fees and total expenses of the Expense Group and Expense Universe funds and discussed the results of the comparisons.The Board noted that the fund’s contractual management fee was below the Expense Group median, the fund’s actual management fee was below the Expense Group and Expense Universe medians and the fund’s total expenses were above the Expense Group median and below the Expense Universe median.

Dreyfus representatives reviewed with the Board the management or investment advisory fees (1) paid by funds advised or administered by Dreyfus that are in the same Lipper category as the fund and (2) paid to Dreyfus or the Sub-Adviser or its affiliates for advising any separate accounts and/or other types of client portfolios that are considered to have similar investment strategies and policies as the fund (the “Similar Clients”), and explained the nature of the Similar Clients.They discussed differences in fees paid and the relationship of the fees paid in light of any differences in the services provided and other relevant factors.The Board considered the relevance of the fee information provided for the Similar Clients to evaluate the appropriateness and reasonableness of the fund’s management fee.

The Board considered the fee to the Sub-Adviser in relation to the fee paid to Dreyfus by the fund and the respective services provided by the Sub-Adviser and Dreyfus.

Analysis of Profitability and Economies of Scale. Dreyfus representatives reviewed the expenses allocated and profit received by Dreyfus and the resulting profitability percentage for managing the fund, and the method used to determine the expenses and profit. The Board concluded that the profitability results were not unreasonable, given the services rendered and service levels provided by Dreyfus. The Board previously had been provided with information prepared by an

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE RENEWAL OF THE FUND’S INVESTMENT ADVISORY
AND SUB-INVESTMENT ADVISORY AGREEMENTS (Unaudited) (continued)

independent consulting firm regarding Dreyfus’ approach to allocating costs to, and determining the profitability of, individual funds and the entire Dreyfus fund complex. The consulting firm also had analyzed where any economies of scale might emerge in connection with the management of a fund.

The Board’s counsel stated that the Board should consider the profitability analysis (1) as part of the evaluation of whether the fees under the Agreements bear a reasonable relationship to the mix of services provided by Dreyfus and the Sub-Adviser, including the nature, extent and quality of such services, and (2) in light of the relevant circumstances for the fund and the extent to which economies of scale would be realized if the fund grows and whether fee levels reflect these economies of scale for the benefit of fund shareholders. Dreyfus representatives noted that, as a result of shared and allocated costs among funds in the Dreyfus fund complex, the extent of economies of scale could depend substantially on the level of assets in the complex as a whole, so that increases and decreases in complex-wide assets can affect potential economies of scale in a manner that is disproportionate to, or even in the opposite direction from, changes in the fund’s asset level.The Board also considered potential benefits to Dreyfus and the Sub-Adviser from acting as investment adviser and sub-investment adviser, respectively, and noted the soft dollar arrangements in effect for trading the fund’s investments.

At the conclusion of these discussions, the Board agreed that it had been furnished with sufficient information to make an informed business decision with respect to the renewal of the Agreements. Based on the discussions and considerations as described above, the Board concluded and determined as follows.

  • The Board concluded that the nature, extent and quality of the services provided by Dreyfus and the Sub-Adviser are adequate and appropriate.

  • The Board was satisfied with the fund’s performance.

  • The Board concluded that the fees paid to Dreyfus and the Sub- Adviser were reasonable in light of the considerations described above.

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  • The Board determined that the economies of scale which may accrue to Dreyfus and its affiliates in connection with the management of the fund had been adequately considered by Dreyfus in connection with the fee rate charged to the fund pursuant to the Agreement and that, to the extent in the future it were determined that material economies of scale had not been shared with the fund, the Board would seek to have those economies of scale shared with the fund.

In evaluating the Agreements, the Board considered these conclusions and determinations and also relied on its previous knowledge, gained through meetings and other interactions with Dreyfus and its affiliates and the Sub-Adviser, of the fund and the services provided to the fund by Dreyfus and the Sub-Adviser.The Board also relied on information received on a routine and regular basis throughout the year relating to the operations of the fund and the investment management and other services provided under the Agreements, including information on the investment performance of the fund in comparison to similar mutual funds and benchmark performance indices; general market outlook as applicable to the fund; and compliance reports. In addition, it should be noted that the Board’s consideration of the contractual fee arrangements for this fund had the benefit of a number of years of reviews of prior or similar agreements during which lengthy discussions took place between the Board and Dreyfus representatives. Certain aspects of the arrangements may receive greater scrutiny in some years than in others, and the Board’s conclusions may be based, in part, on their consideration of the same or similar arrangements in prior years.The Board determined that renewal of the Agreements was in the best interests of the fund and its shareholders.

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BOARD MEMBERS INFORMATION (Unaudited)

Joseph S. DiMartino (69) 
Chairman of the Board (1995) 
Principal Occupation During Past 5Years: 
• Corporate Director and Trustee 
Other Public Company Board Memberships During Past 5Years: 
• CBIZ (formerly, Century Business Services, Inc.), a provider of outsourcing functions for small 
and medium size companies, Director (1997-present) 
• Sunair Services Corporation, a provider of certain outdoor-related services to homes and 
businesses, Director (2005-2009) 
• The Newark Group, a provider of a national market of paper recovery facilities, paperboard 
mills and paperboard converting plants, Director (2000-2010) 
No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 151 
——————— 
Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. (79) 
Board Member (1981) 
Principal Occupation During Past 5Years: 
• President of Alexander & Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm (January 1981-present) 
No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 41 
——————— 
Francine J. Bovich (61) 
Board Member (2012) 
Principal Occupation During Past 5Years: 
• Trustee,The Bradley Trusts, private trust funds (2011-present) 
• Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Investment Management (1993-2010) 
No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 46 
——————— 
Peggy C. Davis (69) 
Board Member (1990) 
Principal Occupation During Past 5Years: 
• Shad Professor of Law, NewYork University School of Law (1983-present) 
No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 63 
——————— 
Diane Dunst (73) 
Board Member (2007) 
Principal Occupation During Past 5Years: 
• President of Huntting House Antiques 
No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 17 

 

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Nathan Leventhal (69) 
Board Member (1989) 
Principal Occupation During Past 5Years: 
• Chairman of the Avery-Fisher Artist Program (November 1997-present) 
• Commissioner, NYC Planning Commission (March 2007-November 2011) 
Other Public Company Board Memberships During Past 5Years: 
• Movado Group, Inc., Director (2003-present) 
No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 39 
——————— 
Robin A. Melvin (49) 
Board Member (2012) 
Principal Occupation During Past 5Years: 
• Director, Boisi Family Foundation, a private family foundation that supports youth-serving orga- 
nizations that promote the self sufficiency of youth from disadvantaged circumstances (1995-2012) 
No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 97 
——————— 
† Board Member of the fund as of November 7, 2012. 
Once elected all Board Members serve for an indefinite term, but achieve Emeritus status upon reaching age 80.The 
address of the Board Members and Officers is c/o The Dreyfus Corporation, 200 Park Avenue, NewYork, NewYork 
10166.Additional information about the Board Members is available in the fund’s Statement of Additional Information 
which can be obtained from Dreyfus free of charge by calling this toll free number: 1-800-DREYFUS. 
David W. Burke, Emeritus Board Member 
Jay I. Meltzer, Emeritus Board Member 
Daniel Rose, Emeritus Board Member 
Sander Vanocur, Emeritus Board Member 

 

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OFFICERS OF THE FUND (Unaudited)


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NOTES




 

 

Item 2.                        Code of Ethics.

The Registrant has adopted a code of ethics that applies to the Registrant's principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions.  There have been no amendments to, or waivers in connection with, the Code of Ethics during the period covered by this Report.

Item 3.                        Audit Committee Financial Expert.

The Registrant's Board has determined that Joseph S. DiMartino, a member of the Audit Committee of the Board, is an audit committee financial expert as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").   Mr. DiMartino is "independent" as defined by the SEC for purposes of audit committee financial expert determinations.

Item 4.                        Principal Accountant Fees and Services.

 

(a)  Audit Fees.  The aggregate fees billed for each of the last two fiscal years (the "Reporting Periods") for professional services rendered by the Registrant's principal accountant (the "Auditor") for the audit of the Registrant's annual financial statements or services that are normally provided by the Auditor in connection with the statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for the Reporting Periods, were $30,312 in 2011 and $30,857 in 2012.

 

(b)  Audit-Related Fees. The aggregate fees billed in the Reporting Periods for assurance and related services by the Auditor that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit of the Registrant's financial statements and are not reported under paragraph (a) of this Item 4 were $12,000 in 2011 and $6,000 in 2012.These services consisted of one or more of the following: (i) agreed upon procedures related to compliance with Internal Revenue Code section 817(h), (ii) security counts required by Rule 17f-2 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, (iii) advisory services as to the accounting or disclosure treatment of Registrant transactions or events and (iv) advisory services to the accounting or disclosure treatment of the actual or potential impact to the Registrant of final or proposed rules, standards or interpretations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Accounting Standards Boards or other regulatory or standard-setting bodies.

 

The aggregate fees billed in the Reporting Periods for non-audit assurance and related services by the Auditor to the Registrant's investment adviser (not including any sub-investment adviser whose role is primarily portfolio management and is subcontracted with or overseen by another investment adviser), and any entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with the investment adviser that provides ongoing services to the Registrant ("Service Affiliates"), that were reasonably related to the performance of the annual audit of the Service Affiliate, which required pre-approval by the Audit Committee were $0 in 2011 and $0 in 2012.

 

(c)  Tax Fees.  The aggregate fees billed in the Reporting Periods for professional services rendered by the Auditor for tax compliance, tax advice, and tax planning ("Tax Services") were $3,528 in 2011 and $3,376 in 2012. These services consisted of: (i) review or preparation of U.S. federal, state, local and excise tax returns; (ii) U.S. federal, state and local tax planning, advice and assistance regarding statutory, regulatory or administrative developments; (iii) tax advice regarding tax qualification matters and/or treatment of various financial instruments held or proposed to be acquired or held, and (iv) determination of Passive Foreign Investment Companies. The aggregate fees billed in the Reporting Periods for Tax Services by the Auditor to Service Affiliates, which required pre-approval by the Audit Committee were $0 in 2011 and $0 in 2012.

 

 


 

 

(d)  All Other Fees.  The aggregate fees billed in the Reporting Periods for products and services provided by the Auditor, other than the services reported in paragraphs (a) through (c) of this Item, were $1,130 in 2011 and $6,003 in 2012. These services consisted of a review of the Registrant's anti-money laundering program.

 

The aggregate fees billed in the Reporting Periods for Non-Audit Services by the Auditor to Service Affiliates, other than the services reported in paragraphs (b) through (c) of this Item, which required pre-approval by the Audit Committee, were $0 in 2011 and $200,000 in 2012.

 

(e)(1) Audit Committee Pre-Approval Policies and Procedures. The Registrant's Audit Committee has established policies and procedures (the "Policy") for pre-approval (within specified fee limits) of the Auditor's engagements for non-audit services to the Registrant and Service Affiliates without specific case-by-case consideration. The pre-approved services in the Policy can include pre-approved audit services, pre-approved audit-related services, pre-approved tax services and pre-approved all other services.  Pre-approval considerations include whether the proposed services are compatible with maintaining the Auditor's independence.  Pre-approvals pursuant to the Policy are considered annually.

(e)(2) Note: None of the services described in paragraphs (b) through (d) of this Item 4 were approved by the Audit Committee pursuant to paragraph (c)(7)(i)(C) of Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X.

 

(f) None of the hours expended on the principal accountant's engagement to audit the registrant's financial statements for the most recent fiscal year were attributed to work performed by persons other than the principal account's full-time, permanent employees.

Non-Audit Fees. The aggregate non-audit fees billed by the Auditor for services rendered to the Registrant, and rendered to Service Affiliates, for the Reporting Periods were $21,800,128 in 2011 and $49,204,697 in 2012.

 

Auditor Independence. The Registrant's Audit Committee has considered whether the provision of non-audit services that were rendered to Service Affiliates, which were not pre-approved (not requiring pre-approval), is compatible with maintaining the Auditor's independence.

 

Item 5.                        Audit Committee of Listed Registrants.

                        Not applicable.  [CLOSED-END FUNDS ONLY]

Item 6.                        Investments.

(a)                    Not applicable.

Item 7.            Disclosure of Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for Closed-End Management            Investment Companies.

                        Not applicable.  [CLOSED-END FUNDS ONLY]

Item 8.                        Portfolio Managers of Closed-End Management Investment Companies.

Not applicable.  [CLOSED-END FUNDS ONLY, beginning with reports for periods ended on and after December 31, 2005]

 


 

 

Item 9.                        Purchases of Equity Securities by Closed-End Management Investment Companies and             Affiliated Purchasers.

                        Not applicable.  [CLOSED-END FUNDS ONLY]

Item 10.          Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

There have been no material changes to the procedures applicable to Item 10.

Item 11.          Controls and Procedures.

(a)        The Registrant's principal executive and principal financial officers have concluded, based on their evaluation of the Registrant's disclosure controls and procedures as of a date within 90 days of the filing date of this report, that the Registrant's disclosure controls and procedures are reasonably designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Registrant on Form N-CSR is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the required time periods and that information required to be disclosed by the Registrant in the reports that it files or submits on Form N-CSR is accumulated and communicated to the Registrant's management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

(b)        There were no changes to the Registrant's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the second fiscal quarter of the period covered by this report that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Registrant's internal control over financial reporting. 

Item 12.          Exhibits.

(a)(1)   Code of ethics referred to in Item 2.

(a)(2)   Certifications of principal executive and principal financial officers as required by Rule 30a-2(a) under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

(a)(3)   Not applicable.

(b)        Certification of principal executive and principal financial officers as required by Rule 30a-2(b) under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

 


 

 

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Dreyfus Appreciation Fund, Inc.

By: /s/ Bradley J. Skapyak

Bradley J. Skapyak,

President

 

Date:

February 26, 2013

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, this Report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

By: /s/ Bradley J. Skapyak

Bradley J. Skapyak,

President

 

Date:

February 26, 2013

 

By: /s/ James Windels

James Windels,

Treasurer

 

Date:

February 26, 2013

 

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

(a)(1)   Code of ethics referred to in Item 2.

(a)(2)   Certifications of principal executive and principal financial officers as required by Rule 30a-2(a) under the Investment Company Act of 1940.  (EX-99.CERT)

(b)        Certification of principal executive and principal financial officers as required by Rule 30a-2(b) under the Investment Company Act of 1940.  (EX-99.906CERT)