Nikko Asset Management Named "Asia-Based Asset Manager of the Year"

Press Release

27 April 2012

Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd. (Nikko AM) is pleased to announce that AsianInvestor has selected Nikko AM as the winner in a number of categories in its most coveted annual Investment Performance Awards 2012: "Asia-Based Asset Manager of the Year" and "Best Japan Onshore Fund House". In addition, Hwang Investment Management Berhad (HwangIM), which is an affiliate of Nikko AM in Malaysia, has won the award for "Best Malaysia Onshore Fund House".

The awards recognise best-in-class fund managers for outstanding performance, product innovation and market leadership across the Asia region. The judges referred to Nikko AM's busy year of expansion across Asia as one of the key ingredients to winning this year's inaugural Asia-Based Asset Manager of the Year award.

In particular, the judges pointed to the Nikko AM group's successful acquisition of Tyndall Investment Management Limited in Australia and Tyndall Investment Management New Zealand Limited, which gave it a stronghold in the Pacific region, as well as the landmark deal to acquire DBS Asset Management (now renamed Nikko Asset Management Asia Limited), one of Singapore's leading investment management firms. In addition, stakes in Malaysia's fastest growing and largest independent investment manager, HwangIM, and Asian Islamic Investment Management Sdn. Bhd. added a further six offices in Southeast Asia to the Nikko AM group's Asian footprint.

The Nikko AM group has now grown to 19 offices across nine different countries and regions and has more than 50% of its employees outside of Japan. Current AUM is US$158 billion* , making it the largest regional asset management company headquartered in Asia. This Asian expansion, combined with Nikko AM's leading position in its home market of Japan, made it the first choice to win Asia-Based Asset Manager of the Year, as well as Best Japan Onshore Fund House for the second consecutive year.

Blair Pickerell, Nikko AM's Head of Asia, commented: "The key to our success in Asia is through the 'multi-local' approach that we adopt with each new acquisition, ensuring that local managers have the autonomy to manage the business according to the needs of local investors. This is the reason we have been able to grow so quickly into the regional asset manager we are today. We are delighted to win the "Asia-Based Asset Manager of the Year" award from AsianInvestor in recognition of this."

The AsianInvestor gala awards dinner will be held on May 24, 2012, where [Blair Pickerell] will receive the awards on behalf of Nikko AM.

*Consolidated assets under management and advice of Nikko AM and its subsidiaries as at 31 March 2012.

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About Nikko Asset Management

With USD203.9 billion* under management, Nikko Asset Management is one of Asia’s largest asset managers, providing high-conviction, active fund management across a range of equity, fixed income, multi-asset and alternative strategies. In addition, its complementary range of passive strategies covers more than 20 indices and includes some of Asia’s leading exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Headquartered in Asia since 1959, Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries employ personnel representing around 30 nationalities, including approximately 200 investment professionals**. The firm has a presence through subsidiaries or affiliates in a total of 11 countries and regions. More than 400 banks, brokers, financial advisors and life insurance companies around the world distribute the firm’s products.

The investment teams benefit from a unique global perspective complemented by the firm's historic Asian DNA, striving to deliver consistent excellence in performance. The firm also prides itself on its progressive, solution-driven approach, which has led to many innovative funds launched for its clients.

For more information about Nikko Asset Management and to access its investment insights, please visit the firm’s homepage.

* Consolidated assets under management and sub-advisory of Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries as of .
** Including employees of Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries as of .

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