Standard Life Aberdeen plc is publishing assets under management and administration (AUMA) information as well as an update on pro forma new business flows for the nine months to 30 September 2017.

  2017
£bn
2016
£bn
Standard Life Aberdeen total AUMA at 1 January 647.6 586.6
Growth Aberdeen Standard Investments (16.4) (14.9)
  Standard Life Pensions and Savings 6.3 4.5
  Eliminations (0.5) (0.9)
  (10.6) (11.3)
Mature Aberdeen Standard Investments (11.7) (10.9)
  Standard Life Pensions and Savings (3.2) (3.1)
  Eliminations 2.1 1.3
  (12.8) (12.7)
  India and China life net flows  0.4 0.2
  Markets and performance 25.3 78.5
  Corporate actions1 (3.7) 1.1
Standard Life Aberdeen total AUMA* at 30 September 646.2 642.4

*We have redefined our measure of AUMA to exclude £10.7bn (31 December 2016: £11.6bn) of corporate assets which do not generate revenue.

Total AUMA was stable at £646.2bn (31 December 2016: £647.6bn). Within total AUMA, Aberdeen Standard Investments assets under management were £569.7bn (31 December 2016: £580.6bn) while Standard Life Pensions and Savings assets under administration increased to £182.3bn (31 December 2016: £171.6bn).

Within our growth channels, net outflows have reduced to £10.6bn (2016: £11.3bn). Aberdeen Standard Investments growth channel net outflows increased by £1.5bn with an increase of £4.5bn in outflows from our Institutional channel, where market conditions remain challenging, partly offset by a £3.0bn improvement in outflows from the Wholesale channel.

We attracted record growth channel net inflows into Standard Life Pensions and Savings which increased by £1.8bn (40%), further demonstrating the benefits of diversification as well as our investment company business model. Combined AUA across our retail platforms, Wrap and Elevate, now exceed £50bn, benefiting from industry-leading net inflows of £5.4bn. In addition, Parmenion net flows amounted to £1.0bn with AUM now £4.0bn. Within our mature books of business net outflows were stable at £12.8bn. We are seeing good momentum across a wide range of products with gross inflows across the Group of £58.6bn (2016: £60.0bn). We continue to see particularly strong demand for emerging market debt and multi-asset solutions such as MyFolio and our diversified growth funds.

We have also continued to innovate, launching a number of new funds including the Global Equity Impact Fund, the European Logistics Income investment trust and the Secured Credit Fund – all designed to meet the growing demand for “new active” investment solutions.

Martin Gilbert and Keith Skeoch, Chief Executive Officers, commented: “Standard Life Aberdeen is making good progress towards creating a world-class investment company. The integration of Aberdeen Standard Investments is on track and we are delighted with the way the teams are coming together to deliver for clients.

“While the combined business has experienced net outflows, these were in line with our expectations given the asset classes affected and the structural outflows from our lower margin mature books. Nevertheless the momentum in our business is good with £58.6bn of gross inflows during the period. We continue to innovate, launching new funds with strong backing from clients and winning new mandates across a wide range of investment strategies. Standard Life, our pensions and savings business has had record flows year to date demonstrating further strength and diversity of our business.

“The successful lPO of HDFC Life in India and our recent registration as a private securities fund manager in China, have further strengthened our business. We remain confident of delivering long-term value for our clients, our people and our shareholders.”


Unless otherwise stated, all figures reported are for the nine months ending 30 September 2017. All flow figures and comparatives have been presented on a pro forma2 basis.

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Notes

1. Corporate actions in the nine months to 30 September 2017 include the closure of an uneconomic multi-manager fund range and the rationalisation of the US fixed income business previously reported by Aberdeen Asset Management. The comparative period included the decision to exit low margin property management business as well as the benefit from the acquisition of Parmenion and the increased stake in HDFC Life.

2. Pro forma results for the Group are prepared as if Standard Life and Aberdeen had always been merged and are included in these results to assist in explaining trends in financial performance.

 

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