Nikko AM wins "Best Japan Fund House" for third year at Asian Investor's Investment Performance Awards 2013

Press Release

2 May 2013
Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd (Nikko AM) is pleased to announce that it has once again been selected as "Best Japan Fund House" in the Asian Investor Investment Performance Awards. This is the third consecutive year that Nikko AM has been honoured with such distinction. The award is testament to the efforts of the teams in Japan who have continued to lead the way with innovative and client-focused products.

Nikko AM has been building on its success in Japan with the expansion of its presence across Asia-Pacific. Its distinct competitive advantage lies in the unique multi-local approach it adopts across the region, ensuring that local clients and distributors are provided with local servicing and localised products. With the earlier acquisitions of Tyndall Investment Management in Australia and New Zealand, DBS Asset Management in Singapore and Hwang Investment Management in Malaysia, Nikko AM has widened its investment capabilities and has successfully introduced a number of cross-selling initiatives, creating localised products and bolstering sales growth.

In addition, Nikko AM picked up the award for "Best Retail Product" on the strength of the Nikko Gravity Americas Fund1 launch. The Fund, which invests in North and South American companies that are expected to benefit from the growing productivity of the US economy, was launched in December 2012 and raised an unprecedented US$2.3 billion2 in its initial launch period. This is the largest amount ever raised from Japanese retail investors in a US equity-oriented fund and the largest retail fund launch in Japan since 20063

Hiroki Tsujimura, CIO Japan at Nikko AM, commented as follows: "In order to offer leading-edge products and superior performance to investors, Nikko AM has strengthened its investment operations both domestically and overseas. We think this award represents a high evaluation for our investment organization, and for the collaborative structure we have built with our fabulous investment partners."

The Asian Investor gala awards dinner will be held on May 23rd 2013 at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Hong Kong.

1This fund is domiciled in Japan and is available for investors in Japan only.
2Based on the exchange rate of US$1= JPY86.54 at the end of December 2012.
3According to research by Nikko AM (based on data from The Investment Trusts Association, Japan).

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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