Polar Capital
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Polar Capital Holdings plc is a specialist active asset management group.

AUM slightly down, FY23 forecasts unchanged

AUM fell 1.6% over Q3 of FY23 (to 31 Dec 22) to £18.47bn. Over the first nine months of the FY the AUM fall totalled 16%, although this was heavily impacted by the significant sell off in technology stocks in Q1 (Apr – Jun 22). Net outflows totalled £304m during the quarter, lower than the £529m recorded in Q2 and the £316m of Q1. Market movements and investment performance contributed +£19m over the quarter (Q2: +£342m; Q1: -£2,393m). The closure of Phaeacian mutual funds in Q1 resulted in a -£469 impact on AUM.

The lower net outflows of the latest quarter and two consecutive quarters of positive investment performance suggests a degree of positivity in some of the major sectors Polar is exposed to, and perhaps some stability in the most significant technology sector. More specifically, Polar has reported:
• continued demand and inflows into the Global Insurance, Healthcare Blue Chip, Smart Energy and Emerging Market Stars funds, with combined net inflows of £190m in the quarter;
• a continuing decline in the rate of outflows from its open-ended Technology funds, with £217m of outflows in Q3 compared to £252m in Q2 and £380m in Q1.

This latest AUM update suggests Polar is on track to meet our previous FY23 forecasts, which remain unchanged (we will revisit forecasts & valuation with the Q4 AUM update in April), as does our fundamental valuation of 600p per share (20% above the closing 11 Jan 2023 share price). We also highlight that Polar’s PER of 9.8 is significantly below the 12.2 median PER of a UK-listed active fund manager peer group.


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