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Gottex assets down 2.1% ($7.41bn) in Q2, flagship funds of hedge funds post positive returns YTD

Friday, July 20, 2012

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In today’s trading statement for the second quarter of 2012, Gottex Fund Management Holdings Ltd, an independent global fund of funds group incorporated in Guernsey and listed in Switzerland, revealed that its flagship fund of hedge fund products continue to outperform their benchmark and post positive returns YTD. This was due to "exceptional performance" by alternative credit strategies (up 5.9% YTD), and equity portable alpha strategies (up 11.2% YTD).

Gottex’s core market neutral strategies were up around 2% YTD and have continued to outperform their benchmark as they did in 2011, according to the statement. Gottex expects its core flagship market neutral plus product (1.1% away from its high water mark at the end of June) to start accruing performance fees in H2. Meanwhile, the firm’s second largest market neutral product was 6% away from regaining its high water mark.

Total fee-earning assets for the group decreased by 2.1% to $7.41bn, compared to $7.57bn at the end of March, primarily as a result of $140m negative impact from technical factors and foreign exchange, partly due to depreciation of the Euro. This total consisted of $5.67bn in AuM (compared to $ 5.71bn at 31 March 2012), and LUMA GSS assets of $1.74bn (managed account platform and outsourced middle office services subsidiary).

This is not taking into account the pending acquisition of Hong Kong based Penjing Asset Management (......................

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