Nikko AM Wins Four Categories in Asia Asset Management's 2023 Best of the Best Awards

Press Release

10 February 2023

Two performance awards for Japan large cap equity (10 years, 20 years)
Two country awards for ETF Manager of the Year, Japan, Fund Launch of the Year, Japan

Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd. (Nikko AM) was selected in four categories in Asia Asset Management's 2023 Best of the Best Awards. The wins include two performance awards for Japan large cap equity: 10 years and 20 years. The firm also took home Japan country awards for ETF Manager of the Year as well as Fund Launch of the Year. This marks the tenth consecutive year Nikko AM has been awarded by Asia Asset Management, The Journal of Investments and Pensions, regarded as one of the most influential publications about the asset management industry in Asia.

Nikko AM's performance awards were for Japan Large Cap Equity (10 years) for the Japan Cash-Rich Company Equity Strategy1,2,3, and Japan Large Cap Equity (20 years) went to Japan Equity Active Value Strategy 1,2,3. Asia Asset Management decides performance awards based on monthly gross returns compared to relevant benchmark, for the period ending 30 September 2022.

Nikko AM Chief Investment Officer Hiroshi Yoh commented, "We are honoured to be chosen by Asia Asset Management for our performance. This recognition is particularly meaningful as Japan equity is one of our core asset classes as a global asset manager headquartered in Japan. I would like to thank our portfolio managers and the rest of our investment professionals."

In the Japan country awards, which cover the year ending 30 November, 2022, Nikko AM was selected for ETF Manager of the Year for the sixth time, following wins in the 2013, 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2021 awards. During the award period, the firm increased its Japan ETF AUM by 1.5% year-on-year, and held a share of 19.8% of all ETFs trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The Japan business listed four new ETFs on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, all addressing clients' needs for funds tracking single country fixed income indices. The team also registered for Japan two ETFs already listed in Singapore by local subsidiary Nikko Asset Management Asia Limited, and provided videos, web pages and other support for securities companies in Japan to promote Nikko AM ETFs and ETFs in general.

Nikko AM won Fund Launch of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. This year's award comes for the 29 July 2022 launch of the Global Agriculture & Food Equity Fund1,2, which Nikko AM supported with videos and other promotional materials, online and in-person seminars, media interviews and more. Based on research from Lazard Asset Management LLC, this fund invests in companies addressing the issues of food security and the technological revolution in agriculture. Furthermore, Nikko AM identified the diversification benefit to investors, thanks to agriculture and food company equities' unique correlation with technology and other sectors' equities.

Nikko AM President Stefanie Drews explained, "These awards from Asia Asset Management are the latest symbol of our commitment to identifying and meeting clients' needs though innovation."

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1The fund is not registered for sale in Singapore.
2The fund is not authorised by the Securities and Futures Commission and is not available to retail investors in Hong Kong.
3Nikko AM's benchmark for both strategies is the TOPIX (including dividends.)

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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.

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