Accounting net income of €663m (up 41% vs. 9M 2017)
Adjusted net income of €721m (up 11% vs. 9M 2017)
Net asset management revenue up 3.2%4 vs. 9M 2017
Cost/income ratio3: 51.2%, an improvement of 1.9 percentage points4 vs. 9M 2017
In Q3 2018, accounting net income2 of €209m (up 13.3% vs. Q3 2017) and adjusted net income3 of €230m, up 5.8% vs. Q3 2017
Strong net inflows, driven mainly by MLT assets
In the first nine months of 2018, net inflows of +€48.5bn, of which +€42.2bn in MLT assets (vs. +€25.8bn in the first nine months of 20174). These net inflows are to be compared with an average yearly target of €50bn.
In Q3 2018, net inflows of +€6.1bn (+€12.6bn, excluding the reinternalization by the Italian distributor Fineco of a €6.5bn asset management mandate)
Inflows still driven by the International segment
Assets under management5 of €1,475bn at 30 September 2018 (up 5.4% vs. 30 September 2017)
Amundi’s Board of Directors, chaired by Xavier Musca, convened on 25 October 2018 to review the financial statements for the first nine months and third quarter of 2018.
Commenting on the figures, Yves Perrier, CEO, said:
“In a more difficult environment, Amundi’s results over the first nine months of 2018 are sharply up (accounting net income up +41% and +11% at a comparable scope3,4) driven by robust business activity (+€48.5bn in net inflows) and by an improved operational efficiency (cost-income ratio at 51.2%). These good performances reflect the strength of the Group's business model, based on its business lines diversity (client segments, investment expertise and regions). This business model is further strengthened by the successful integration of Pioneer.
Thanks to its comprehensive investment expertise range, to its wide international network, Amundi has powerful assets to pursue its profitable growth.
Since its creation, Amundi has chosen to make responsible investment one of the company's founding pillars. An ambitious three-year plan has been adopted to extend this commitment, with three priorities: integrate ESG (environment, social, governance) criteria across Amundi funds,deploy advisory services for institutional clients, increase investments in funds related to projects dedicated to energy transition or with strong social impact”.
I. Sharp improvement in results
Amundi’s nine-month results show strong growth thanks to a high level of business activity, to good control of operating expenses, mainly attributable to synergies associated with the integration of Pioneer.
These strong results confirm the Group’s ability to generate a high level of profitability in a less favourable environment.
First nine months of 2018
Accounting net income at the end of September 2018 stood at €663m, up by a sharp 40.5% compared with the first nine months of 2017, benefiting from the effects of the integration of Pioneer (consolidated as from 1 July 2017), growth momentum and achievement of synergies targeted when Pioneer was acquired.
Net asset management revenue reached€1,968m (+3.2%), due mainly to:
Net management fees of €1,874m (up 3.5%9), in relation with the growth in assets under management over 12 months;
Almost stable performance fees (€94m) in a market environment that has been less favourable since the 2nd quarter of 2018.As a reminder, performance fees are recognised on the funds’ anniversary date, reflecting the performance over the previous 12 months.
The negative contribution of net financial income (-€6m) was linked mainly to interest expense and to the mark-to-market effect on the investment portfolio. As a reminder, financial income over the first nine months of 2017 included a significant amount of investment capital gains realised in the context of the financing of the Pioneer acquisition.
Operating expenses fell sharply (€1,005m, down 4.0%9), due to the rapid execution of the Pioneer integration plan (€71m in cost synergies achieved over the first nine months), despite the recognition of external research costs related to MiFID (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive).
Thanks to this positive jaws effect, the cost/income ratio came in at 51.2%7 (among the lowest in the industry), a 1.9 point9 decrease from the first nine months of 2017, and gross operating income reached €957m7, up 3.5%9 vs. the first nine months of 2017.
Taking into consideration the improved contribution (+55% vs. the first nine months of 2017) from equity-accounted entities (primarily the Asian joint ventures) and a tax charge of €275m7, adjusted net income, Group share, totalled €721m, up 11.0%9 compared with the first nine months of 2017. This increase was higher than the stated target of 7% per year.
In the third quarter of 2018
Q3 2018 accounting net income6 was €209m, a sharp increase of 13.3% compared to Q3 2017.
Net asset management revenue held steady at €622m as the rise in net management fees (+3.6%) was offset by lower performance fees.
Thanks to the decline in operating expenses (€328m, down 2.7%), the cost/income ratio stood at 52.8%, a 0.6‑point decrease vs. Q3 2017. Gross operating income stood at €293m.
Taking into consideration the increased contribution (up 41.5% vs. Q3 2017) from equity-accounted entities (primarily the Asian joint ventures), adjusted net income Group share totalled €230m, up 5.8%9 compared with Q3 2017.
II. A strong level of activity
Activity in the first nine months of 2018 was characterised by strong net inflows, (+€48.5bn, compared to an average target of €50bn per year) driven by medium/long-term assets and International.
Net inflows in the third quarter were buoyant (+€6.1bn, and +€12.6bn, excluding the reinternalisation by Fineco of an asset management mandate), driven by medium/long-term assets, both for Institutionals and Retail.
First nine months of 2018
Amundi's assets under management amounted to €1,475bn at 30 September 2018, reflecting strong business activity (net inflows of +€48.5bn), with a slightly positive market effect (+€0.6bn). These net inflows represent an annualised growth rate of 4.5%.
Note: all variation figures below are computed vs. combined 2017 data (9 months Amundi + 9 months Pioneer).
The Retail segment enjoyed strong momentum (+€30.2bn), with a high level of net inflows driven by all distribution channels. The reinternalisation (expected) in July 2018 of a €6.5bn asset management mandate by Fineco, formerly recognised in Italy under third-party distributors, should be noted.
The French networks (+€2.4bn and +€3.8bn in MLT assets) continued to deliver strong commercial performance, driven by unit-linked life insurance and discretionary portfolio management.
Net flows remained brisk in the international networks at +€5.4bn (mostly in MLT products), particularly in Italy with net inflows of +€5.1bn, reflecting the success of the partnership with UniCredit.
Net inflows for third-party distributors were up €5.2bn (excluding the reinternalisation by Fineco of an asset management mandate), driven by Europe (Italy, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, etc.) and Asia.
Net flows were strong once again in the Asian joint ventures (+€23.7bn), primarily in China and in India.
Net flows in the Institutional segment were strong at +€18.3bn in the first nine months of 2018, with a significant MLT component and robust commercial activity for sovereign and other institutional clients. Business activity in the Corporates segment (-€5.4bn) was affected by net outflows in Q2 in treasury products. Nevertheless, net inflows in MLT assets remained positive, especially in Employee Savings.
By asset class, net inflows consisted primarily of MLT assets (+€42.2bn or 87% of the total), mainly in Multi-asset and Equities.
Commercial successes as at the end of September included:
Continued market share gains in ETFs: ETF net inflows remained steady in the first nine months of 2018 at +€5.1bn (Amundi is #2 in net flows among European ETF providers), bringing AuM to €43.5bn at 30 September 2018 in Europe (#513). Overall, ETF / passive management and smart beta assets under management amounted to €104bn at 30 September 2018, up +24% over 12 months.
Ongoing development of real assets: Real Estate recorded net inflows of +€2bn12 in the first nine months of 2018, bringing AuM to €30bn12 at 30 September 2018.
From a geographic viewpoint, net inflows continued to be driven by the International segment with a significant contribution from Asia (+€30.8bn), led by the JVs (China and India), Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and from Italy (+€9.2bn, excluding the reinternalisation by Fineco of an asset management mandate), where the partnership with UniCredit is yielding results. In France, business activity was strong in MLT assets (+€9.5bn), offset by treasury product outflows.
Over one year, international assets under management increased by 13.4%, and they now represent 43% of Amundi’s total AuM, and 58% of AuM excluding Crédit Agricole and Societe Generale insurance companies.
In the third quarter of 2018
In Q3 2018, net inflows reached +€6.1bn (+12.6bn if the reinternalisation by Fineco of an asset management mandate is excluded), in particular with a high level of inflows from Institutionals.
In Retail, net inflows in MLT assets remained strong (+€3.5bn). The French networks posted good performance, with net flows in MLT assets of €1.5bn (unit-linked life insurance and discretionary portfolio management); to be noted in international networks: in Italy, flows remained positive (+€0.7bn in MLT assets). There were positive inflows of +€1.5bn for third-party distributors14, including Italy. In the Asian joint ventures, which had shown exceptionally high net inflows in the first-half (+€23.5bn), flows are slightly positive, at +€0.3bn.
Strong net inflows in the Institutionals segment (+€10.5bn), driven primarily by Institutional clients, and sustained by MLT assets.
III. Responsible Investing policy
Enhancement of the commitment to responsible investing
A pioneer in the field of responsible investing (€280bn in responsible assets under management at 30 September 2018, i.e. 19% of its net assets), Amundi announced an ambitious three-year plan on 8 October to give its commitments a new dimension:
The explicit inclusion ofESG (environmental, social and governance) factors will be broad-based in the management of all the Group’s funds within three years
Voting policy in general shareholders' meetings will regularly factor in the results of the ESG rating of businesses
Specific advisory activities designed for Amundi’s institutional clients will be developed to support them with their ESG strategy
Specific initiatives in favour of investing in high socio-environmental impact programmes will be doubled
Investments in the social and solidarity-based economy will reach €500m.
Responsible investment has always been one of Amundi’s founding principles, since its creation in 2010. This approach was related to the belief that when putting their savings to work, investors must consider the impact on society in general, beyond financial criteria. This policy has been implemented in three dimensions:
Applying ESG criteria in investments policies, in addition to traditional financial analysis. A dedicated Amundi team gives issuers (currently 5,500) an ESG rating from A to G. This rating may mean certain stocks are overweighted or underweighted in portfolios, or excluded completely. It gives company managements the incentive to improve their environmental and social impact. Assets under management incorporating this policy represent €270 billion.
€10 billion of dedicated funds with targeted investments, particularly to tackle climate change or finance energy transition. Examples include €4 billion invested in low-carbon index funds in partnership with MSCI, €2 billion invested in green bonds, largely from emerging countries in partnership with the World Bank, and €500 million invested in energy transition through a JV with EDF.
Support for social and solidarity economy companies through a dedicated €200 million fund.
Financial disclosure schedule
Publication of full-year 2018 results: 13 February 2019
Publication of Q1 2019 results: 26 April 2019
AGM for the 2018 financial year: 16 May 2019
Publication of H1 2019 results: 31 July 2019
Amundi’s financial disclosures for the first nine months of 2018 consist of this press release
1- Combined data in the first nine months of 2018 and 2017 (9 months Amundi + 9 months Pioneer)
2- Excluding amortisation of UniCredit, SG, and Bawag distribution contracts.
3- Excluding costs associated with the integration of Pioneer
Change in assets under management from end-December 2016 to end-September 2018
and FX effect
Flows in Q1 2017
Flows in Q2 2017
Integration of Pioneer
Flows in Q3 2017
Flows in Q4 2017
Flows in Q1 2018
Flows in Q2 2018
Flows in Q3 2018
Combined assets under management1 and net inflows by client segment
% chg. vs.
Institutionals3 and sovereigns
Employee Savings Plans
CA & SG insurers
AuM (excl. JVs)
1-Combined assets under management and inflows: at 9M 2017 and 9M 2018 include assets under advisory and assets sold and take into account 100% of the Asian JVs’ inflows and assets under management. For Wafa in Morocco, assets are reported on a proportional consolidation basis
2- French networks: net inflows on medium/long-term assets +€3.8bn at 9M 2018, and +€1.5bn in Q3 2018
3- Including funds of funds
* Including the €6.5bn in assets reinternalised by Fineco in Q3 2018
Combined assets under management and net inflows by asset class
% chg. vs.
Real, alternative and structured assets
* Including the €6.5bn in assets reinternalised by Fineco in Q3 2018
Combined assets under management and net inflows by region
% chg. vs.
Europe excl. France and Italy
Rest of world***
TOTAL excl. France
* Of which €405bn for CA and SG insurers ** Including the €6.5bn in assets reinternalised by Fineco in Q3 2018
*** Mainly the US
^ All net income figures provided in this press release are net income, Group share.
^ After integration costs and amortisation of distribution contracts
^ Adjusted 9M 2018 data: before amortisation of distribution contracts (€53m before tax and €37m after tax) and before costs associated with the integration of Pioneer (€30m before tax and €21m after tax). In Q3 2018: before amortisation of distribution contracts (€18m before tax and €12m after tax) and before costs associated with the integration of Pioneer (€12m before tax and €6m after tax). Refer to methodology section on page 8 of this release.
^ Assets under management and inflows include assets under advisory and assets sold, and take into account 100% of assets under management and inflows on the Asian JVs. For Wafa in Morocco, assets are reported on a proportional consolidation basis.
^ Including integration costs and amortisation of distribution contracts
^ Adjusted 9M 2018 data: before amortisation of distribution contracts (€53m before tax and €37m after tax) and before costs associated with the integration of Pioneer (€30m before tax and €21m after tax). In Q3 2018: before amortisation of distribution contracts (€18m before tax and €12m after tax) and before costs associated with the integration of Pioneer (€12m before tax and €8m after tax). Refer to methodology section on page 7 of this release.
^ On a comparable basis in 2017 and 2018: 9 months Amundi + 9 months Pioneer
^ Change using comparable and adjusted 2017 data
^ Target calculated based on 2017 adjusted and combined net income excluding the non-recurring level of financial income. Press release of 09/02/2018.
^ As expected, Fineco decided to reinternalise the financial management of its assets, which had been managed by Amundi in Italy. The end of this management mandate resulted in an outflow of €6.5bn at the beginning of the third quarter of 2018
At 9M 2018, the data corresponds to nine months of activity for Amundi and nine months of Pioneer's activity. The nine-month 2018 results are compared with nine-month 2017 figures, which included only three months of Pioneer Investments
To present an income statement that is closer to the economic reality, the following adjustments have been made:
At 9M 2018: restatement of Pioneer-related integration costs and amortisation of distribution contracts (deducted from net revenues) with SG, BAWAG and UniCredit.
At 9M 2017: restatement of Pioneer-related integration costs and amortisation of distribution contracts (deducted from net revenues) with SG and BAWAG over nine months and with UniCredit over three months (as the contract with UniCredit did not start until Q3 2017).
The combined data are different from the pro forma data (as presented in the 2017 Registration Document), which included restatements for the financing assumptions for the acquisition of Pioneer: additional financing costs, reduced financial income.
Costs associated with the integration of Pioneer Investments:
9M 2018: €30m before tax and €21m after tax
9M 2017: €59m before tax and €41m after tax
Amortisation of distribution contracts:
9M 2018: €53m before tax and €37m after tax
9M 2017: €26m before tax and €18m after tax
Reminder of amortisation of distribution contracts with UniCredit
When Pioneer was acquired, 10-year distribution contracts were entered into with UniCredit networks in Italy, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic; the gross valuation of these contracts came to €546m (posted to the balance sheet under Intangible Assets). At the same time, a Deferred Tax Liability of €161m was recognised. Thus, the net amount is €385m which is amortised using the straight-line method over 10 years, as from 1 July 2017.
In the Group's income statement, the net tax impact of this amortisation is €38m over a full year (or €55m before tax), posted under "Other revenues," and is added to existing amortisations of the SG and Bawag distribution contracts of €11m after tax over a full year (€17m before tax).
To present an income statement that is closer to the economic reality, Amundi publishes adjusted data which are defined as follows: they have excluded costs associated with the integration of Pioneer and amortisation of the distribution contracts with SG, Bawag and UniCredit since 1 July 2017 (see above).
To assess the new group’s performance on a comparable basis, Amundi also publishes combined data for 9M 2017, which include nine months of Pioneer and nine months of Amundi. These combined and adjusted data are reconciled with accounting data as follows:
Amundi is Europe’s largest asset manager by assets under management and ranks in the top 10 globally. It manages more than 1.470 trillion euros of assets across six main investment hubs. Amundi offers its clients in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas a wealth of market expertise and a full range of capabilities across the active, passive and real assets investment universes. Clients also have access to a complete set of services and tools. Headquartered in Paris, and listed since November 2015, Amundi is the 1st asset manager in Europe by market capitalization.
Thanks to its unique research capabilities and the skills of close to 4,500 team members and market experts based in 37 countries, Amundi provides retail, institutional and corporate clients with innovative investment strategies and solutions tailored to their needs, targeted outcomes and risk profiles.
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This information is based on scenarios that employ a number of economic assumptions in a given competitive and regulatory context. As such, the projections and results indicated may not necessarily come to pass due to unforeseeable circumstances. The reader should take all of these uncertainties and risks into consideration before forming their own opinion.
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^ Source IPE “Top 400 asset managers” published in June 2018 and based on AUM as of end December 2017