PNB’s AUM up 6.8%, net income at RM15.3b for first 11 months

KUALA LUMPUR: Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), which saw a 6.8% in asset under management (AUM) to RM295.2 billion as at Nov 30, 2018, recorded proforma net income of RM15.30 billion for the first 11 months of 2018.

PNB chairman Tan Sri Zeti Aziz said at a media briefing that the strategy forward is to embark on a more robust risk management and assess investments activities taken on a case-by-case basis against the backdrop of a challenging environment due to moderate gross domestic product growth both domestically and internationally.

She noted that it is crucial to have a diverse portfolio ranging from fixed income, equity, financial and real estate, to spread the investment risk.

“We are also looking at investments with recurring income,” she added.

On paring down stakes in strategic and core companies, Zeti said assessments will be made based on the outlook of the industry and the potential of these companies being restructured with organisational transformation.

She said divestments could potentially be made in parts rather than a blanket one.

PNB plans to undertake a mid-term review of its strategic plan concentrating on the areas of strategic asset allocation, enterprise risk management and organisational transformation as well as to accelerate the diversification of its investment portfolio in higher yielding asset.

PNB’s unit trust management company Amanah Saham Nasional Bhd declared an income distribution of 6.50 sen per unit and a bonus of 0.5 sen per unit representing a total payout of 7 sen for Amanah Saham Bumiputera for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2018.

As for Amanah Saham Nasional, it announced an income distribution of 3.25 sen per unit representing a dividend yield of 5.1% based on the net asset value of the fund as at December 20, 2018.

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