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Released 07:00 09-Apr-2019

RNS Number : 5028V
Premier Asset Management Group PLC
09 April 2019
 

9 April 2019

Premier Asset Management Group PLC

("Premier" or the "Company")

Q2 Trading Update and Interim Dividend

 

Premier Asset Management Group PLC (AIM: PAM) today announces a trading update for the Company's quarter ended 31 March 2019.

 

Highlights

 

·    Total assets under management (AUM) were £6.8 billion as at 31 March 2019 (31 March 2018: £6.4 billion)

·    Total net inflows of £3m in the three months to 31 March 2019 (3 months to 31 March 2018: £175m)

·    Twenty fourth successive quarter of positive net inflows

·    Total net inflows of £67m in the six months to 31 March 2019 (6 months to 31 March 2018: £411m)

·    Total net inflows of £390m for the rolling twelve months to 31 March 2019 (rolling twelve months to 31 March 2018: £847m)

·    Continued strong investment performance net of fund charges*:

Over three years to 31 March 2019: 72% of AUM were above median

Over five years to 31 March 2019: 83% of AUM were above median

·    Quarterly dividend per share of 1.70p vs 1.65p for the same period last year

 

* Performance figures represent 81% of Premier's total AUM as at 31 March 2019 and exclude absolute return funds, investment trusts and segregated mandates. Figures are shown relative to respective Investment Association sectors. Source: FE Analytics, data to 31 March 2019.  Net income reinvested. Data shown net of all fund charges.  C share class, or, where a C share class was not available for the full time period, the pre RDR bundled or equivalent retail share class has been used for the period the C share class was not available.

 

Mike O'Shea, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

 

"Despite continued political and economic uncertainty caused by the ongoing Brexit negotiations, low investor confidence, volatile markets and record low investment industry net flow figures, Premier managed to produce positive net inflows and has continued to produce good long term investment performance after fund charges.

 

"Notwithstanding net outflows for the industry as a whole, it is encouraging to note that support for our multi asset funds remained positive, albeit at lower levels during this more difficult period, with net inflows of £125m over the six months. In common with much of the industry, we did however experience net outflows from our UK equity funds, a sector which has been out of favour with investors for some months now.

 

Looking forward, we continue to believe the combination of our relevant product range, investment performance record, strong brand and distribution capabilities, means we are well placed to help our clients in these challenging conditions and when the investment environment and confidence improves."

 

AUM reconciliation

  (£m)

Six months ended

31 March 2019

Six months ended

31 March 2018

 

Opening AUM

6,865.5

6,087.8

 

Sales

866.0

1,134.7

 

Redemptions

(798.6)

(723.3)

 

Net flows

67.4

411.4

 

Performance

(139.7)

(133.9)

 

Closing AUM

6,793.2

6,365.3

 

 

 

Dividend 

 

The Board of Premier has approved the payment of an interim dividend of 1.70 pence per share for the three-month period ended 31 March 2019. The ex-dividend date will be 2 May 2019 and the associated record date will be 3 May 2019.  The payment date will be 7 June 2019.

 

Enquiries:

 

Premier Asset Management Group PLC

Tel: 01483 306090

Mike O'Shea

 

Numis Securities Limited

(NOMAD and Broker)

Tel: 020 7260 1000

Kevin Cruickshank

Charles Farquhar

 

Liberum Capital Limited

(Joint Broker)

Tel: 020 3100 2000

Richard Crawley

Jamie Richards

 

Smithfield Consultants

(Financial PR)

Tel: 020 3047 2544

John Kiely

Andrew Wilde

 

Note to editors 

About Premier

Premier is a UK retail asset management group with a focus on delivering good investment outcomes for investors through relevant products and active management across its range of investment strategies, which include multi-asset, equity and absolute return funds.  Premier had £6.8 billion of assets under management as at 31 March 2019.

 

LEI Number: 213800LK2M4CLJ4H2V85

 


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