Volkswagen: SRI saved around €650m, Cedrus AM estimates

French boutique Cedrus AM, involved in active fund selection and asset allocation, has assessed that SRI filters have globally avoided the loss of around €650m of assets at the start of the Volkswagen scandal on 18 September 2015.

Between 18 September and 5 October, Volkswagen’s stock valuation dropped by 48% whilst VW bonds decreased by 10%.

Cedrus AM explained 25% of SRI Eurozone equity funds it has in portfolios were exposed to Volkswagen as at 18 September 2015. The firm’s equities’ exposure to the German automotive firm was 0.28% against 0.75% for the Eurostoxx index.

Cedrus AM has evaluated SRI Eurozone equity funds’ assets under management at €100bn. On that basis, SRI filters have saved approximately €225m, the firm said.

The French boutique was also exposed to Volkswagen through 70% of SRI credit funds it has in portfolios as at 18 September 2015. Its exposure to Volkswagen’s corporate bonds reached 0.64% against 1,69%  for the Barclays Euro Corporate Bond index.

Cedrus AM estimated that Eurozone fixed income funds’ AUM currently amount to €400bn.  According to the company, SRI filters have therefore avoided the loss of €420m in assets under management.


Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is deputy editor and French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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