From 31 December 2012, Group assets under management have risen by CHF 2.8 billion or 2%. At CHF 119.0 billion, assets are currently CHF 8.4 billion higher than on 31 March 2012. Year-to-date, average asset levels were CHF 117.8 billion.
Client activity during the first quarter was strong, with robust levels of gross inflows for both GAM and Swiss & Global Asset Management. Demand remained high for fixed income products, particularly unconstrained strategies and funds investing in emerging market bonds, and it recovered considerably for equities. Inflows were recorded into the non-directional strategies managed by GAM as well as into a number of differentiated long-only products with strong performance, such as GAM’s Chinese and European equity fund and the Julius Baer-branded luxury brands strategy. GAM’s global rates strategy was also an important contributor of fresh assets.
Due to the loss of one large historical institutional mandate at GAM and an unexpected quarter of substantial outflows recorded by Swiss & Global Asset Management’s private labelling (PLF) partners, which reduces the low-margin PLF asset base, the Group ended the period with overall net new money outflows. However, these were more than offset by the positive impact of market performance and currency movements and had a limited impact on the Group’s profitability.
Given the exceptional and concentrated nature of the first-quarter outflows, the underlying business dynamics remain as expressed at the annual results presentation on 5 March 2013. The positive trend in client demand and the continued track record of strong investment performance, both of which contribute to the growth of higher-margin assets, confirm the Group’s positive outlook for the remainder of 2013.
The Group’s balance sheet remains strong and debt-free, with capital levels exceeding regulatory requirements. Tangible equity as at 31 March 2013 was CHF 501.5 million, compared to CHF 581.3 million at year-end, largely due to the repurchase of own shares over the second trading line as part of the Group’s buy-back programme. Cash and cash equivalents declined by CHF 23.5 million to CHF 480.5 million.
At today’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), shareholders of GAM Holding AG will be asked to approve a dividend of CHF 0.50 per share for 2012, leading to a total cash distribution of around CHF 82 million in the second quarter.
Shareholders today will also vote on the cancellation of 10.1 million shares repurchased in 2012 under the Group’s 2011-2014 buy-back programme. A further 5.7 million shares were bought back under the same programme in first quarter 2013, reducing the Group’s outstanding shares as at 31 March 2013 to 163.6 million1.
Since the programme’s launch in May 2011, the Group has repurchased a total of 28.8 million shares over the second trading line – approximately 70% of the defined maximum limit – at an average price of CHF 13.50. As indicated at the annual results presentation, for the remainder of the programme, which runs until April 2014, the Group will control the pace of buy-backs based inter-alia on stock price developments, other opportunities to deploy capital for business growth, as well as the priority to retain a strong and liquid balance sheet. At the present time, the Group does not anticipate fully utilising the stated limit of 41.3 million shares.
17 Apr 2013 Ordinary Annual General Meeting, further information on www.gamholding.com
19 Apr 2013 Ex-dividend date
23 Apr 2013 Dividend record date
24 Apr 2013 Dividend payment date
13 Aug 2013 Publication of half-year results 2013
1The Group’s outstanding shares exclude all shares held in treasury as at 31 March 2013:
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Notes to Editors
GAM Holding AG is an independent, pure-play and well-diversified asset management group. With global distribution networks and investment teams based in Europe, the US and Asia, its operating businesses - GAM and Swiss & Global Asset Management - serve institutions, intermediaries and third-party asset managers as well as private clients around the world.
Headquartered in Zurich, GAM Holding AG is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and is a component of the Swiss Market Index Mid (SMIM) with the symbol "GAM". The Group has assets under management of CHF 119.0 billion (as at 31 March 2013) and employs over 1,000 staff with offices in ten countries.
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