UOB Asset Management's two China-focused funds attract more than SGD 1 billion in assets under management in less than two years
Asset manager achieves strong performance on the back of the success of Ping An FMC, the 10-year joint venture with Ping An Trust.
In less than two years, UOB Asset Management Ltd (UOBAM) has attracted more than S$1 billion in assets under management (AUM) from individual investors across Asia for two funds. This achievement comes on the back of the successful 10-year old joint venture between UOBAM and Ping An Trust Co. Ltd (Ping An Trust) – Ping An Fund Management Company (Ping An FMC).
Ping An FMC, which was established in 2011, leverages its domestic investment capabilities and track record and combines them with UOBAM’s regional network and Renminbi (RMB) Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) licence to offer investment opportunities in China’s onshore financial market.
Ping An FMC is the investment adviser of the two UOBAM funds, the United China-A Shares Innovation Fund and the United China-A Shares Consumption Upgrade Fund, which have drawn strong investor interest from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand4. More than one third of the total AUM was invested in the second half of 2020, as investors from across the region rode on China’s equity market boom backed by its economic and corporate earnings growth. This was in turn driven by the country’s early recovery from COVID-19, as well as favourable fiscal and monetary policies.
As at 29 April 2021, the United China-A Shares Innovation Fund has achieved returns of 143.13 per cent since its inception in August 2019 and an annualised return of 67.70 per cent, outperforming major indices such as the CSI300 Index and MSCI China A Shares Index.
Mr Thio Boon Kiat, Chief Executive Officer of UOBAM and Director of Ping An FMC, said, “At UOBAM, we partner best-in-class investment managers and combine our expertise and experience for the benefit of our investors. Our joint venture with Ping An Trust dates back to 2011 when we expanded into China, through the setup of Ping An FMC, to capitalise on China’s long-term economic and financial market growth potential. Since UOBAM obtained our RQFII licence in 2015, we have been tapping Ping An FMC’s local expertise to offer investors outside China direct access to the country’s onshore investment opportunities. We are extremely proud of the success of Ping An FMC and are pleased with the United China A-Shares Innovation Fund and the United China-A Shares Consumption Upgrade Fund crossing the S$1 billion AUM mark. This symbolises a milestone in our ongoing strategic partnership with Ping An FMC. We will continue to help more individual and institutional investors across the region access Ping An FMC’s expertise and resources in China for more investment opportunities in the country.”
The United China-A Shares Innovation Fund and the United China-A Shares Consumption Upgrade Fund are riding on the global megatrends of technology, innovation and quality consumption prevailing in China. The country is home to many high-growth companies across various sectors that are leading the world in innovation, from precision engineering and artificial intelligence to clean energy and electric vehicles. With rising disposable income, China’s increasingly affluent consumers are also purchasing more quality brands and products. Companies tapping these megatrends present a wealth of investment opportunities for investors across the region.
Mr Luo Chunfeng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ping An FMC, said, “As more Chinese companies emerge and expand their presence on the global stage, they present a wealth of investment opportunities in global asset allocation. At Ping An FMC, we are committed to identifying quality and high-growth companies as part of our approach to long-term and value investing, so as to create sustainable returns for our investors. We are honoured to work with UOBAM to provide foreign investors with investment opportunities in China’s A-share market and will continue to offer more and better solutions.”
As at the end of 2020, Ping An FMC had more than 110 million customers with assets under management totalling more than RMB600 billion. Over the years, Ping An FMC has been ranked consistently among the top 15 fund management companies in China by China Galaxy Securities based on investment returns of actively-managed equities. It also received numerous industry awards in recognition of its investment capabilities. In 2020, it was named as the Wealth Management Pioneer by Securities Daily and also received the prestigious Golden Fund Award in the Three-Year Dynamic Allocation Fund Category at Shanghai Securities News’ 17th Golden Fund Awards.