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Ashmore Group plc Strong growth in AuM of 24%

Ashmore Group plc (LON:AHT), the specialist Emerging Markets asset manager, announced today the following update to its assets under management in respect of the quarter ended 30 June 2019.

Assets under management

ThemeActual
31 March 2019(US$ billion)
Estimated
30 June 2019(US$ billion)
Movement(%)1
External debt16.719.1+14.4%
Local currency119.119.7+9.4%
Corporate debt14.115.5+10.0%
Blended debt122.024.3+5.0%
Equities4.74.4-6.4%
Alternatives1.61.6
Multi-asset0.50.5
Overlay / liquidity6.66.7+1.5%
Total85.391.8+7.6%

 1. During the period, theme reclassifications totalling US$1.2 billion were made from local currency to blended debt, reflecting a change in investment guidelines and benchmarks for those assets. The % movement in the period is stated excluding the reclassifications.

Assets under management increased by US$6.5 billion during the period, through net inflows of US$3.3 billion and positive investment performance of US$3.2 billion.

Client activity levels remain healthy and the period saw a consistent pattern of existing institutional clients increasing allocations across a broad range of strategies, coupled with continuing demand from retail clients particularly for corporate debt and local currency products. The net inflows were highest in external debt, local currency and corporate debt, with positive flows also seen in the blended debt, overlay and alternatives themes. There was a small net outflow in the equities theme.

Global market conditions improved through the quarter as US/China trade tensions eased, central banks in Europe and the US turned more dovish and the US dollar weakened. Against this backdrop, Emerging Markets delivered good returns. Investment performance was positive in local currency, blended debt, external debt and corporate debt, reflecting tighter spreads and Emerging Markets currencies appreciating against the US dollar. There was a small return of capital in the alternatives theme. Ashmore’s active investment processes continue to generate strong relative investment performance over one, three and five years.

Mark Coombs, Chief Executive Officer, Ashmore Group plc, commented:

“Ashmore has delivered strong growth in assets under management of 24% over the past year, through net inflows of US$10.7 billion and positive performance of US$6.9 billion. The consistent implementation of Ashmore’s active investment processes is delivering outperformance for clients, and the Group’s focused strategy is successfully driving higher allocations to Emerging Markets and diversifying Ashmore’s business. The outlook for Emerging Markets remains positive, with supportive economic fundamentals, attractive valuations in fixed income and equities, limited opportunities in Developed Markets and a clear opportunity to continue raising investor allocations to higher, more representative levels.”

Notes

The investment performance figure of US$3.2 billion includes the effect of translating non-US dollar share classes or funds into US dollars for reporting purposes. Over the quarter, this resulted in a positive contribution to reported investment performance of US$0.1 billion.

For the translation of US dollar-denominated balance sheet items, the GPD:USD exchange rate was 1.2727 at 30 June 2019 (30 June 2018: 1.3200; 31 December 2018: 1.2736). For the translation of US dollar management fees, the average GBP:USD exchange rate for the financial year was 1.2958 (FY2017/18: 1.3464).

Ashmore will announce its results in respect of the year ended 30 June 2019 on 6 September 2019.

Ashmore’s Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is 549300U3L59WB4YI2X12.