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TOP-RANKED EFG HERMES ASSET MANAGEMENT FORTIFIES ITS POSITION AS THE FUND MANAGER OF CHOICE IN THE ARAB WORLD WITH STELLAR PERFORMANCE ACROSS ALL ASSET CLASSES

EFG Hermes Asset Management has received a number of prestigious regional awards in 2014 for its ability to deliver consistently superior returns across a broad and diverse product spectrum that encompasses sector, sub-sector, single-country and regional funds

23 June 2014

(Cairo, Egypt) — As the winner in five different categories in the recently announced Thomson Reuters / Zawya MENA Asset Management Awards, EFG Hermes Asset Management, one of the region’s largest and most diverse asset management houses, has clearly demonstrated its ability to outperform its peers.

With USD 2.8 billion in AUM and growing, the division is recognized as the top-performer in the field regionally. In Egypt, its five conventional equity funds beat their competitors’ average two-year return (as of 31 December 2013) by nearly 10 points. Its Egyptian Islamic equity funds have performed similarly, and the division has taken home regional and global industry awards for its track records in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

“Staying atop the leaderboard is often more challenging than getting there in the first place,” said Amr Seif, Head of EFG Hermes Asset Management. “It’s all about remaining a consistent top performer and growing at the same time.We’re doing this in a number of ways. We serve a broad range of investors, and we are always on the lookout for investment themes to develop into.”

At the Thomson Reuters MENA Asset Management Awards 2014 the EFG Hermes MEDA Fund, which achieved a return of 45.8%, received the Zawya Fund Award for being the Top Performing MENA Equity Fund in 2013.

Commenting on the Division’s ability to garner such an impressive number of regional and country-specific awards this year Seif said, “We have a fairly unconventional approach to asset management. Rather than being risk-averse, we hold that risk-taking is what we do. We like risk and encourage it — that’s how returns are made. While we do this, of course, we strive to balance the risk-return equation and rather than looking for predictability we look to identify the risks and hence pick the outperforming stocks.”

At the June 1, 2014 Thomson Reuters MENA Asset Management Awards ceremony, the division’s Banque du Caire Fund I was named Zawya’s Top Performing Equity Fund in Egypt in 2013, and the Credit Agricole Egypt Fund III was named Top Performing Money Market Fund in Egypt in 2013.

Amr Seif
Amr Seif

The division’s Saudi Equity Fund — which achieved a 48.8% Net Total Return — was recognized at the Thomson Reuters event as Zawya’s Top-Performing Equity Fund in Saudi Arabia in 2013. Also this year, the division was named Best Asset Manager Saudi Arabia and Best Asset Manager UAE at the Global Banking & Finance Awards 2014. Meanwhile, Al Waseela Fund (F Class) was named Zawya’s Top Performing Equity fund in Qatar in 2013.

At Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards 2014, EFG Hermes’ Al Baraka Fund was recognized as the Best Islamic Equity Fund over both two-year and one-year periods in the Global Islamic Category.

Others of the division’s Egypt funds have been consistently ranked in the top three in equity and money markets, as well as in the top two in Qatar.

EFG Hermes-managed money market funds have performed especially well, outperforming other non-EFG Hermes funds by an annual average of almost 30 basis points since 2006. As of the end of May 2014, the funds were atop this year’s league tables with a 0.57% annualized return rate, placing the firm’s five managed money market funds at the top of their peer groups in 2014.

“Even as we actively maintain our responsiveness to our current market, we are gradually widening the universe of what we view as interesting or investable. This is obviously in developing markets with characteristics similar to ours, primarily in Africa,” said Seif. “We have relatively large analytical resources that, in addition to the fund managers who actually manage the funds, are covering a very wide universe that spans from Morocco to Oman with the capacity to cover more markets. I’m a firm believer that products absolutely must follow the research effort, not vice versa.”

“In a nutshell, this is our investment story, and the formula for our success, even in these very challenging waters. I am confident about the strength of the firm and the quality of our team. My role is to nurture what we have and ensure that we maintain growth and remain a consistent top performer.”

The table, overleaf, shows the complete list of awards and rankings achieved by the EFG Hermes Asset Management division this year.

Organization Award Fund / Division Period

MENA Fund Manager Performance Awards 2014

   
  Asset Manager of the Year EFG Hermes Asset Management Division 2013 for the second year in a row and third time in four years
  Best Money Market Fund Arab Investment Bank Money Market Fund 2013
  Best Hedge Fund The MENA Opportunities Fund 2013
  Best Qatar Equity Fund Al Waseela Fund (F Class) 2013
Global Banking & Finance Awards 2014

     
  Best Asset Manager Saudi Arabia 2014 EFG Hermes Asset Management Division 2014
  Best Asset Manager UAE EFG Hermes Asset Management Division 2014
Thomson Reuters MENA Asset Management Awards 2014

     
  Zawya Fund Award:
Top performing MENA Equity fund in 2013
EFG Hermes MEDA Fund 2013
  Zawya Fund Award: Top performing Equity fund in Egypt in 2013 Banque du Caire Fund I 2013
  Zawya Fund Award: Top performing Equity fund in Qatar in 2013 Al Waseela Fund (F Class) 2013
  Zawya Fund Award: Top performing Equity fund in Saudi Arabia in 2013 EFG Hermes Saudi Arabia Equity Fund 2013
  Zawya Fund Award: Top performing Money Market fund in Egypt in 2013 Credit Agricole Egypt Fund III 2013

About EFG Hermes Asset Management

EFG Hermes Asset Management is the leading asset manager in the Arab world with c. USD 2.8 billion in assets under management. The team of 29 experienced professionals across three countries manages 17 country-specific and nine regionally dedicated funds, making it the largest and oldest investment manager in the region.

The Division is a market pioneer that manages a diversified portfolio of high-performance funds including both institutional funds and dedicated portfolios, offering traditional and alternative investment solutions including equity, fixed income, money market, indexed, capital guaranteed, as well as Shariah-compliant (Islamic) funds and portfolios with a distinguished track record that dates back 17 years. Clients include institutional investors, family offices, as well as high-net worth individuals.

About EFG Hermes

Established in 1984, EFG Hermes, the leading investment bank in the Arab world, draws on 30 years of experience to serve as the preeminent investment bank in the region to provide a comprehensive spectrum of financial services including Investment Banking, Asset Management, Securities Brokerage, Research and Private Equity. Additionally, EFG Hermes owns a 63.7% majority stake in the Lebanese commercial bank Crédit Libanais.

Through its operations in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with more than 800 employees of 25 nationalities, EFG Hermes serves a considerable and diversified client base from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe, Africa and the United States. Our clients include governments, corporations, financial institutions, high net worth clients and individual customers.

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