Saturday, January 29, 2022 UTC
Recognized by industry leaders for extensive coverage on African Asset Management
News > Funds > Markets and Industry News

Black-owned asset managers diversify into private markets

Anna Lyudvig
Aug. 20, 2019, 10:12 p.m.
99

Word count: 311

Black-owned asset management firms are introducing product offerings that cater towards increased interest from institutional investors towards real assets such as infrastructure and private equity, according to Fatima Vawda, 27four Investment Managers Managing Director.

Choose ONE Magazine and TWO Articles for FREE when you register an account
Share:

Black-owned asset management firms are introducing product offerings that cater towards increased interest from institutional investors towards real assets such as infrastructure and private equity, according to Fatima Vawda, 27four Investment Managers Managing Director.

That’s one of many findings emanating from 27four Investment Managers’ 2019 edition of BEE.conomics, an annual survey which measures the rate of transformation in South Africa’s asset management sector.

The BEE.conomics results will be released in Johannesburg on September 18, 2019.

Vawda said the number of companies listed on the JSE has halved from its peak in 1990 (696) to 354 currently.

“From the peak of the “Ramaphoria” era to the end of June 2019 foreigners have been net sellers of both South African equities and bonds to the tune of R85bn and R75bn respectively,” she said. 

Over the same period volumes traded on the JSE have fallen by a staggering 44% and performance has been sub-par.

“This structurally low growth environment has spurred the appetite of institutional investors towards real assets such as infrastructure and private equity in search for returns that can immunise long-term liabilities. This has seen a resultant increase in the number of black-owned asset managers introducing product offerings to cater for this need,” said Vawda.

The BEE.conomics survey, now in its 11 edition also shows that merger and acquisition activity has increased across the sector with established firms doing deals to become black-owned and transforming their investment team composition.

“This is a positive signal of normalisation within the asset management -sector,” commented Akona Mlamleli, Investment Executive at 27four Investment Managers.

The total industry assets under management (AUM) of black-owned firms is R579bn, representing an increase of 18% from last year. 

The BEE.conomics data spans the period from 2009 to 2019, and the companies surveyed range in size (AUM) from firms managing over R100bn to small companies, managing less than R1bn.

Registration Login
Sign in with social account
or
Lost your Password?
Registration Login
Sign in with social account
or
Registration Login
Registration