Miton Group Plc - Trading Statement

Highlights

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AuM of £4,376 million as at 31 December 2018 (2017: £3,823) (+14.5%)

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£1,019 million net inflows for the Year (2017: £494 million) (+106%)

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Average AuM for the Year was £4,369 million (2017: £3,361 million) (+30%)

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£25.5 million of cash balances as at 31 December 2018 (2017: £19.9 million)

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A total of 5,502,180 ordinary shares of 0.1p each in the Company ("Ordinary Shares") acquired and cancelled during the Year at a cash cost of £2.6 million (2017: 15,152,963 Ordinary Shares)

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Overall financial performance for 2018 is expected to be in line with market expectations

 

 

Assets under Management

 

Opening

AuM

1 Jan

2018

£m

Q1

net

flows

£m

Q2

net

flows

£m

Q3

net

flows

£m

Q4

net

flows

£m

Twelvemonth

net

flows

£m

Market / investment performance

£m

Closing

AuM

31 Dec

2018

£m

 

Equity funds^

2,379

269

266

286

128

949

(313)

3,015

Multi-asset funds

839

61

47

23

(36)

95

(87)

847

Investment trusts

605

(14)

(13)

2

-

(25)

(66)

514

 

Total

3,823

316

300

311

92

1,019

(466)

4,376

 ^includes segregated mandate

Fund commentary

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13 out of 16 funds were first or second quartile performers since manager tenure to 31 December 20181

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LF Miton UK Multi Cap Income Fund is the best performing fund in the IA UK Equity Income sector since launch. The fund continued to see strong demand ending the Year with £1,265 million of AuM (+25%)

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LF Miton European Opportunities Fund celebrated its three-year anniversary in December and is the best performing fund in the IA Europe sector over 3 years and since launch. The fund saw net inflows of £210 million in the Year growing its AuM to £364 million at the year end (+101%)

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LF Miton US Smaller Companies Fund was launched in March and finished the Year as the second-best performing fund in the IA US Smaller Companies sector since inception. The fund gained strong traction and contributed to the aggregate AuM being managed by the US team which ended the Year at £626 million (+64%)

David Barron, Chief Executive Officer of Miton Group plc, commented:

"We have generated strong fund flows in 2018 and net sales in excess of £1 billion since the start of the financial year. These flows are testament to the breadth of our fund management capability, the strength of our distribution and the attraction of genuinely active fund management. This growth has been achieved despite the impact of the weak market performance in Q4.

Miton has positive business momentum and is well placed as we enter 2019, despite uncertainties in global stock markets. Our funds are highly relevant for the changing UK market and we are a resilient business that is increasingly diversified with proven distribution capabilities."