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17 Apr 2024 07:00

RNS Number : 8716K
Liontrust Asset Management PLC
17 April 2024
 

LEI: 549300XVXU6S7PLCL855

For immediate release

17 April 2024

Stock Exchange Announcement

LIONTRUST ASSET MANAGEMENT PLC

Trading Update

 

Liontrust Asset Management Plc ("Liontrust" or the "Company"), the specialist independent fund management group, today issues its trading update for both the financial year ended 31 March 2024 (the "Financial Year") and the three months ended 31 March 2024 (the "Period").

 

Highlights

 

· Net outflows of £1.2 billion in the Period.

 

· Assets under management and advice ("AuMA") were £27.8 billion as at 31 March 2024, a marginal increase over the Period and a decrease of 11.5% over the Financial Year.

 

· AuMA as at 12 April 2024 were £27.6 billion.

 

Commenting, John Ions, Chief Executive Officer, said:

 

"We start the new financial year with confidence to drive the business forward after the challenges of the last 18 months.

 

Liontrust has improving investment performance in the short term as well as excellent performance over the long term and it appears the UK and other developed economies have reached peak interest rates. This follows a period in which many of our core investment strategies, notably quality growth, small/mid-caps and UK equities, have been out of favour, impacting both performance and flows. This led to outflows of £1.2 billion over the three months to 31 March 2024.

 

Of our product range, we have seen continuous flows into the European Dynamic Fund - with its AuMA increasing from £747 million as at 31 March 2023 to more than £1.4 billion as at 31 March 2024 - and positive net sales by the Global Innovation team in the Period.

 

We have made continued progress against our strategic objectives, enabling us to seek to generate growth through an expanding product range, distribution and client base.

 

Investment performance

 

The European Dynamic Fund is the best performer in its IA sector over three years and is ranked 2nd over five years to 31 March 20241. The Global Technology Fund is the best performer in its IA sector over one year and ranked 7th over three years1.

 

We are also seeing stronger performance across other funds. For example, of the 10 UK-domiciled funds managed by the Sustainable Investment team, five are now in the 1st quartile of their respective IA sectors over one year and another two are in the 2nd quartile1.

 

Of the eight Sustainable Investment team's funds with a 10-year tracked record, four are in the 1st quartile and three are in the 2nd quartile1.

 

Strategic objectives

 

The investment focus of Liontrust - long-term active management with distinctive processes - remains as relevant as ever and are the foundations for future growth. Rigorous and robust processes deliver for clients over the long term and we believe they will continue to do so.

 

Our four strategic objectives will also be drivers of future growth:

 

1) Continue to enhance the client experience and outcomes;

2) Diversify the product range and investment offering;

3) Further broaden distribution and the client base; and

4) Strengthen our technological, data and digital capability to advance investment management, client service and business efficiencies.

 

I am pleased with the progress we are making against these objectives.

 

In-line with these objectives, we successfully launched the Ireland-domiciled Liontrust GF Pan-European Dynamic Fund at the end of February 2024, which is managed by the Cashflow Solution team. The fund is already around £130 million in AuMA and we are confident it will continue to grow with the demand we have seen and strong long-term performance of the institutional strategy.

 

Our investment capability will be diversified further when Mark Hawtin and his team join Liontrust next month. They manage both long only and long/short global equity funds and have historically attracted assets from European-based clients. Mark, who has 37 years of investment experience, previously managed one of Europe's largest technology, media and telecoms hedge funds.

 

The arrival of Jeremy Roberts last month as Head of Global Distribution ex-UK will enhance our capability to expand distribution internationally. He will focus on building out the client base and sales platform we already have in Europe and Latin America in particular.

 

We have also restructured the UK sales team, including the appointment of Kristian Cook as Head of UK Distribution, Mark Wright as Head of UK Regional Distribution and Sophie Andrews joining in June from Franklin Templeton as Head of Strategic Partners and Consolidators. Since the start of 2024, there has been substantial activity with clients for the Economic Advantage, Sustainable Investment, Global Innovation and Multi-Asset investment teams in particular and strong client engagement with our communications.

 

The leadership team at Liontrust has been strengthened to help drive the future growth of the business. David Boyle, Edward Catton, Martin Kearney and Sally Buckmaster have all taken on greater responsibility to support Vinay and I and the rest of the senior leadership team.

 

Liontrust is investing in our technology, data and digital infrastructure which will improve the efficiency of the business and operations and enhance the experience of our clients. These projects will start bearing fruit during 2024.

 

Outlook

 

We believe our focus on active management can deliver both for clients and the Company. Liontrust has excellent investment teams with proven processes and strong long-term performance. As market sentiment changes, Liontrust is well positioned to benefit.

 

We have put in place the structure to drive sales in the UK over the next few years and are investing in the expansion of our distribution globally. Liontrust has a strong brand in the UK and is seeking to build the same profile internationally. The broadening of our investment capability will also help to increase the client base.

 

Along with strengthening the infrastructure of the business, these developments give me great confidence for the future."

 

1 Source: Financial Express to 31 March 2024 as at 15 April 2024, bid-bid, total return, net of fees, based on primary share classes.

 

Directorate and leadership changes

 

Miriam Greenwood succeeded George Yeandle as Chair of the Remuneration Committee on 1 April 2024. Mr Yeandle remains a member of the Remuneration Committee and as previously announced will retire from the Board at the 2024 AGM.

 

Commenting on the Remuneration Committee changes, Alastair Barbour, Non-executive Chair, said: "I would like to thank George for his outstanding leadership of the Remuneration Committee over the last nine years and to welcome Miriam as the new Chair of our Remuneration Committee. Miriam brings great experience and expertise to the Committee."

 

Liontrust announces the appointment of Katherine Damsell as an Independent Non-executive Director of Liontrust Fund Partners LLP ("LFP"), the authorised corporate director of our UK funds, with effect from 1 April 2024. In due course and subject to appropriate regulatory approvals, Katherine will be appointed as Independent Chair of LFP. Katherine was CEO of The Bank of New York Mellon International UK between 2018 and 2022 and held a number of senior positions during 20 years at Bank of New York Mellon. Prior to joining Bank of New York Mellon, Katherine spent 18 years at Barclays Global Investors.

 

Liontrust has also made four appointments to strengthen the leadership team to help drive the future growth of the Company:

 

· David Boyle becomes Chief Strategy Officer, reporting to John Ions. David was previously our Head of Corporate Development;

 

· Edward Catton becomes Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Vinay Abrol. Edward was previously our Chief Risk Officer;

 

· Martin Kearney takes on additional responsibilities as our Chief Risk Officer, reporting to Vinay Abrol, while retaining responsibility for compliance; and

 

· Sally Buckmaster, our Company Secretary, takes on additional responsibilities as our General Counsel.

 

Assets under management and advice

 

On 31 March 2024, our AuMA stood at £27,822 million and were broken down by type and investment process as follows:

 

Process

Total

Institutional Accounts & Funds

Investment Trusts

UK Retail Funds & MPS

Alternative Funds

International Funds & Accounts

 

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

Sustainable Investment

10,433

323

-

9,624

-

486

Economic Advantage

6,571

450

-

5,998

-

123

Multi-Asset

4,344

-

-

4,220

124

-

Global Innovation

827

-

-

827

-

-

Cashflow Solution

2,184

556

-

1,404

112

112

Global Fundamental

3,267

412

1,135

1,706

-

14

Global Fixed Income

196

-

-

36

-

160

Total

27,822

1,741

1,135

23,815

236

895

 

AuMA as at 12 April 2024 were £27,583 million.

 

Flows

 

The net outflows over the Period were £1,206 million (2023: £2,024 million). A reconciliation of fund flows and AuMA over the Period is as follows:

 

Total

Institutional Accounts & Funds

Investment Trusts

UK Retail Funds & MPS

Alternative Funds

International Funds & Accounts

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

Opening AuMA - 1 January 2024

27,812

1,723

1,115

23,824

259

891

 

Net flows

(1,206)

(270)

(26)

(872)

(24)

(14)

 

Market and Investment performance

1,216

288

46

863

1

18

 

Closing AuMA - 31 March 2024

27,822

1,741

1,135

23,815

236

895

 

The net outflows over the Financial Year were £6,083 million (2023: £4,842 million). A reconciliation of fund flows and AuMA over the Financial Year is as follows:

 

Total

Institutional Accounts & Funds

Investment Trusts

UK Retail Funds & MPS

Alternative Funds

International Funds & Accounts

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

(£m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening AuMA - 1 April 2023

31,430

2,394

1,139

25,721

1,084

1,092

Net flows

(6,083)

(925)

(92)

(3,999)

(821)

(246)

 

Market and Investment performance

2,475

272

88

2,093

(27)

49

 

Closing AuMA - 31 March 2024

27,822

1,741

1,135

23,815

236

895

 

Fund Performance (Quartile ranking)

 

 

Quartile ranking - Since Launch / Manager Appointed

Quartile ranking - 5 year

Quartile ranking - 3 year

Quartile ranking - 1 year

Launch Date/ Manager Appointed

Economic Advantage funds

Liontrust UK Growth Fund

1

1

1

3

25/03/2009

Liontrust Special Situations Fund

1

2

3

4

10/11/2005

Liontrust UK Smaller Companies Fund

1

1

2

3

08/01/1998

Liontrust UK Micro Cap Fund

1

1

1

2

09/03/2016

Sustainable Future funds

Liontrust SF Monthly Income Bond Fund

1

1

2

1

12/07/2010

Liontrust SF Managed Growth Fund

2

1

2

1

19/02/2001

Liontrust SF Corporate Bond Fund

1

2

2

1

20/08/2012

Liontrust SF Cautious Managed Fund

2

3

4

3

23/07/2014

Liontrust SF Defensive Managed Fund

1

3

4

2

23/07/2014

Liontrust SF European Growth Fund

3

4

4

4

19/02/2001

Liontrust SF Global Growth Fund

3

2

3

2

19/02/2001

Liontrust SF Managed Fund

1

1

3

1

19/02/2001

Liontrust UK Ethical Fund

3

4

4

3

01/12/2000

Liontrust SF UK Growth Fund

3

4

4

2

19/02/2001

Liontrust GF SF US Growth Fund

2

-

-

-

07/07/2023

Global Innovation funds

Liontrust Global Dividend Fund

2

1

2

1

20/12/2012

Liontrust Global Innovation Fund

1

2

4

1

31/12/2001

Liontrust Global Technology Fund

2

2

1

1

15/12/2015

Global Fundamental Global Equity funds

Liontrust Balanced Fund

1

1

1

1

31/12/1998

Liontrust China Fund

4

3

4

3

31/12/2004

Liontrust Emerging Market Fund

3

4

3

1

30/09/2008

Liontrust Global Smaller Companies Fund

1

3

3

1

01/07/2016

Liontrust Global Alpha Fund

1

3

4

2

31/12/2001

Liontrust India Fund

4

2

1

1

29/12/2006

Liontrust Japan Equity Fund

2

1

2

1

22/06/2015

Liontrust Latin America Fund

3

4

4

3

03/12/2007

Cashflow Solution funds

Liontrust European Dynamic Fund

1

1

1

1

15/11/2006

Global Fixed Income funds

Liontrust Strategic Bond Fund

3

3

3

3

08/05/2018

Global Fundamental funds

Liontrust UK Equity Fund

1

3

2

1

27/03/2003

Liontrust UK Focus Fund

1

4

3

1

29/09/2003

Liontrust Income Fund

1

1

1

1

31/12/2002

Liontrust US Opportunities Fund

1

3

3

1

31/12/2002

Liontrust GF US Equity Fund

2

1

3

1

26/06/2014

Liontrust GF UK Equity Fund

4

3

2

1

03/03/2014

Liontrust GF International Equity Fund

4

-

4

4

17/12/2019

Edinburgh Investment Trust Plc

1

-

1

1

27/03/2020

 

Source: Financial Express to 31 March 2024 as at 4 April 2024, bid-bid, total return, net of fees, based on primary share classes.

 

Past performance is not a guide to future performance, investments can result in total loss of capital. The above funds are all UK authorised unit trusts, OEICs, Irish authorised OEICs (primary share class) or UK listed investment trusts. Liontrust Russia Fund is not included as it is currently suspended and in an IA sector that is not rankable (e.g., Specialist) so it would not be a fair comparison to make. Liontrust GF Tortoise fund is not included as it is not in an IA sector. Edinburgh Investment Trust Plc uses the IT UK Equity Income sector.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Teneo (Tel: 020 7353 4200, Email: liontrust@teneo.com)

Tom Murray, Colette Cahill, Jessica Pine

 

Liontrust Asset Management Plc (Tel: 020 7412 1700, Website: liontrust.co.uk)

Stephen Corbett: Head of Investor Relations

Simon Hildrey: Chief Marketing Officer

 

Singer Capital Markets (Tel: 020 7496 3000)

Corporate Broking: Charles Leigh-Pemberton

Corporate Finance: James Moat

 

Panmure Gordon (Tel: 020 7886 2500)

Corporate Broking: David Watkins

Corporate Advisory: Atholl Tweedie

 

HSBC Bank plc (Tel: 020 7991 8888)

Corporate Broking: Sam McLennan, James Hopton

Corporate Advisory: Alexander Paul

 

Forward Looking Statements

This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and businesses and plans of Liontrust. These statements and forecasts involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon circumstances that have not yet occurred. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements and forecasts. As a result, the Liontrust's actual future financial condition, results of operations and business and plans may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Liontrust undertakes no obligation publicly to update or revise forward-looking statements, except as may be required by applicable law and regulation (including the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority). Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast or be relied upon as a guide to future performance.

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