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Press Release

15 July 2019

GAM has received all proceeds from the sale of the remaining absolute return bond investments: 100.5%* of portfolio value being returned to investors

GAM Holding AG today announced that it has received all the proceeds from the sale of the remaining assets within its unconstrained/absolute return bond funds (ARBF) in line with the agreement announced on 17 April 2019. The sale will result in an average of 100.5%* of net asset value being returned to clients relative to the valuations at the time the liquidation of the respective funds commenced.

GAM’s priority throughout the liquidation process has been to maximise liquidity and value for its clients. Since the beginning of September 2018, when the liquidation of the ARBF funds commenced, clients have already received funds in four tranches equivalent to 89–95%** of the Luxembourg-regulated GAM Multibond and the Ireland-regulated GAM Star funds and 80–84%** of the Cayman master funds’ and the associated Cayman and Australian feeder funds’ assets. The final payments to clients are expected to be made by the end of July 2019.

David Jacob, Group CEO, said: “We are very pleased that we will be making the final payment to our ARBF investors over the coming weeks. We would like to thank all our clients for their continued patience during the liquidation process. We are fully focused on further stabilising the business for future growth, executing our restructuring programme and delivering value for our clients and shareholders. With our distinctive set of investment strategies and a global distribution network, we believe we are well placed to help our clients find attractive returns.”

 

*Calculated as at 15 July 2019, representing the AuM-weighted average of the amount of each fund to be returned to investors as percentages of the net asset value of the relevant fund as at 3 September 2018 for Luxembourg and the Cayman funds and as at 4 September 2018 for the Ireland funds. The percentage of assets to be returned to investors range between 99.7% and 101.5% depending on the respective fund in question. These numbers are not final and may be subject to slight changes.

 

**The amount of each fund returned to investors as percentages of the net asset value of the relevant fund as at 3 September 2018 for Luxembourg and the Cayman funds and as at 4 September 2018 for the Ireland funds.

Upcoming events:
30 July 2019 Half-year results 2019
17 October 2019 Q3 2019 interim management statement
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About GAM

GAM is a leading independent, pure-play asset manager. The company provides active investment solutions and products for institutions, financial intermediaries and private investors. The core investment business is complemented by private labelling services, which include management company and other support services to third-party asset managers. GAM employs around 900 people in 14 countries with investment centres in London, Cambridge, Zurich, Hong Kong, New York, Milan and Lugano. The investment managers are supported by an extensive global distribution network. Headquartered in Zurich, GAM is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and is a component of the Swiss Market Index Mid (SMIM) with the symbol ‘GAM’. The Group had assets under management of CHF 137.4 billion (USD 138.0 billion) as at 31 March 2019, excluding ARBF-related AuM of CHF 1.35 billion in liquidation at that time.

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