Liontrust reports AUM up as alternatives lead push into Continent

Liontrust Asset Management has reported net inflows of £110m (€155m) in the six months to September 2015 as it continued to push distribution across Continental Europe through its alternatives portfolios.

The manager said total AUM hit £4.4bn (€6.2bn) by the end of the period, of which some £1.08bn (€1.5bn) was invested no behalf of institutional clients.

UK retail clients represent the bulk of the manager’s asset still – some £3.06bn (€4.3bn) – but it is intent on boosting its presence across the region.

“We have broadened our fund management offering and we now have seven excellent teams. This is reflected in the growth of our alternative investments capability, with these funds being central to the expansion of our distribution in Continental Europe. We continue to enhance our distribution capability, in both the UK and internationally, and this is key to the future growth of the business,” said chief executive John Ions.

Adrian Collins, chairman, added: “The continued expansion of Liontrust is illustrated by the fact we now have seven fund management teams, including a very wide range of Multi-Asset portfolios, broader reach across the institutional, wealth management and advisory markets in the UK, enhanced distribution in continental Europe and a growing profile among consumers.”

“We will be enhancing our fund offering further through new launches where we have the expertise or hires and acquisitions where we do not. For example, we will launch the GF Water and Agriculture and the UK Micro Cap funds over the next few months.”

Liontrust, which is a listed company, has seen its share price fluctuate in a range of 247p-393.5p over the past 52 weeks, according to its own investor relations page online. The market capitalisation value is about £125m (€176m) as of its most recent share price.

 

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