Financial Services: Fund managers - June 2022 mark to market

About the author:

Scott Murdoch
Author name:
By Scott Murdoch
Job title:
Senior Analyst
Date posted:
12 July 2022, 9:00 AM
Sectors Covered:
Diversified Financials, Professional Services

  • We mark-to-market forecasts for GQG Parters (ASX:GQG), Magellan Financial Group (ASX:MFG), Pendal Group (ASX:PDL) and Pinnacle Investment Management Group (ASX:PNI).
  • Market moves in the June-22 quarter include: ASX200 -12.6%; MSCI World - 17.8%; MSCI World AUD -9.6%; S&P500 -17.8%; FTSE -5.4%; AUDUSD -8.1%.
  • GQG and MFG have reported June-22 FUM and flows. June-22 quarter flows in order of strength: GQG (US$2.8bn inflow; ~12% flows/starting FUM); PNI (we expect mild inflows in both retail/institutional); PDL (we expect accelerated US outflows); and MFG (A$5.2bn outflows; ~30% outflow/starting FUM).
  • Our current sector preference order is: GQG, PNI, PDL, MFG. PNI (Hold): structural growth but a premium valuation; PDL (Hold): accelerating US outflows; MFG (Hold): least preferred with risk of accelerated retail outflows and retail fee cuts (new CEO).
  • Our preferred pick across is GQG (Add). We view the balance of investment performance, flows strength, and valuation as attractive.

GQG Partners (GQG) – Add

GQG ended Jun-22 with US$86.7bn in FUM, down 8.4% mom (US$94.6bn); and down 4.9% in CY22 YTD. Three (of four) strategies underperformed in the month. On a three-year basis, relative investment outperformance is approximately: Global Equity +3.6% pa; US Equity +6.8% pa; International +2.3% pa; and Emerging Markets -0.5% pa.

GQG’s June-22 quarter inflows were US$2.8bn, in line with our estimates for the quarter. The flows run rate remains solid at ~US$10m pa (MorgansE FY22 US$9.2bn). We expect net inflows to slow to ~US$6bn pa from 2H22.

View: EPS downgrades of ~6-10% on lower June-22 FUM. We expect GQG’s solid investment outperformance (1-3 years+) will cement the FUM base and near-term outlook for flows. Trading on <11x FY22F PE, we maintain an Add rating.

Magellan Financial Group (MFG) – Hold

MFG reported Jun-22 FUM of A$61.3bn, down ~5.7% over the month (May-22 A$65bn). Global equities accounts for A$33.3bn of the A$61.3bn FUM base.

Net outflows for the quarter were A$5.2bn, comprising A$3.5bn in Insto and A$1.7bn in Retail. The listed open-ended Global fund vehicle (MGOC) averaged monthly outflows of ~A$335m, annualising at ~42% FUM outflow pa.

View: minor FY22 EPS change and ~3% FY23/24 downgrades. We view the risk/reward as unfavourable until more certainty is achieved on the FUM base. There remains risk of accelerated retail outflows (fund rating changes) and fee reductions (new CEO).

Pendal Group (PDL) – Hold

We expect PDL FUM to fall ~7.5% to ~A$115.5m as at June-22. Investment performance (absolute) for the quarter across some of PDL’s major funds include (approximately): TSW International -12.8%; JOHCM International Select -20.5%; UK Equity Income -8%; Global Select -19.9%.

We expect persistent outflows and accelerated outflows in key retail/higher margin US pooled funds (eg, International Select).

View: we downgrade FY22F by 1.2% and ~4.7% in outer years. Whilst PDL is cheap on headline valuation (~10x FY23F PE), we expect outflows to persist (or accelerate) and stabilisation is required to see a sustained re-rating. There is some upside risk from a revisited PPT bid.

Pinnacle Investment Mgmt – Hold

PNI has announced FY22 performance fees (PNI NPAT share) of A$16.4m (1H22 A$6.4m; 2H22 A$10.0m), down ~15.9% on pcp (A$19.5m), however a strong result given markets (10 Affiliates crystalised performance fees in FY22).

We expect the retail flows run rate to have softened further through 4Q22 (from 1H22 ~A$480/month; 3Q A$165m/month), a combination of market conditions and investment performance across some funds (notably growth funds, ie Hyperion).

View: FY22 EPS -4.8% captures PNI’s 2H unrealised loss on principal investments. FY23/24 lowered by ~3% on lower starting FUM. Hold rating on a short-term view, preferring to let the risk of negative market sentiment to slowing flows and market volatility pass (given PNI’s premium valuation to peers).

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