February 12, 2020

Morningstar Announces Finalists for 2020 Morningstar Australia Awards

SYDNEY, 13 February 2020 -- Morningstar Australasia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, has today announced the finalists of the 2020 Morningstar Australia Awards. The annual Awards program, now in its 20th year, recognize and celebrate the best of the Australian fund management profession who are selected by Morningstar’s Manager Research analysts.

“In 2019, all major asset classes had positive returns, resulting in an expansive list of potential contenders for the awards,” said Aman Ramrakha, Morningstar Australasia’s Director, Manager Research Ratings. “Morningstar’s annual awards highlight the quality and breadth of investments available to Australian investors and 2019 was no exception. The nominated fund managers have not only demonstrated an ability to offer consistent, high-performing investments but have also shown themselves to be long-term, first-class stewards of their investors’ capital.”

Award finalists and winners are determined by a combination of qualitative research by Morningstar's manager research analysts; risk-adjusted medium- to long-term performance track records; and performance in the 2019 calendar year. The table below shows the category finalists, including finalists for the overall Fund Manager of the Year and Undiscovered Manager.

Award Finalists
Overall Fund Manager of the Year
  • Fidelity International
  • Hyperion Asset Management
  • Western Asset Management
Fund Manager of the Year: Undiscovered Manager
  • GAM Systematic Alternative Risk Premia
  • GQG Partners
  • Legg Mason Western Asset Global Bond
Fund Manager of the Year: Domestic Equities - Large Cap
  • Greencape Capital
  • Hyperion Asset Management
  • Platypus Asset Management
Fund Manager of the Year: Domestic Equities - Small Caps
  • Fidelity International
  • First Sentier Investors
  • Hyperion Asset Management
Fund Manager of the Year: Fixed Interest
  • Colonial First State FirstChoice Investments
  • Legg Mason Western Asset
  • PIMCO Australia
Fund Manager of the Year: Global Equities
  • Franklin Global Growth
  • VanEck Vectors QUAL
  • Zurich Global Growth (American Century Investments)
Fund Manager of the Year: Listed Property & Infrastructure
  • Cromwell Property Group
  • Magellan Global Infrastructure
  • Pendal Group
Fund Manager of the Year: Multisector
  • Advance Asset Management
  • AustralianSuper
  • Vanguard Investments Australia

Methodology

Only fund managers with products available for sale in Australia qualify for inclusion in the Morningstar Australia Awards. Morningstar determines winners based on a combination of qualitative research by its manager research analysts; risk-adjusted returns over medium- to long-term periods; and performance in the 2019 calendar year. Morningstar's manager research analysts assess the track record for a fund based on Morningstar's Risk-Adjusted Return measure over the one-, three-, and five-year periods. The objective is to screen for fund managers that have provided consistently strong returns over the long term, and not just reward those with the most impressive one-year return.

Morningstar's manager research analysts then conduct a qualitative assessment of the fund managers under consideration. This incorporates the key pillars of the Morningstar Analyst Rating™ – People, Process and Parent. The qualitative assessment also captures practical issues that quantitative screens cannot. After assessing the quantitative and qualitative outcomes for each fund manager, Morningstar's analysts then debate and decide on the fund managers they believe are worthy winners and finalists across the various Award categories. If a verdict cannot be reached by a unanimous decision, then each analyst casts a vote to decide.

To receive the overall Fund Manager of the Year award, a fund manager must have offered products in multiple award categories or delivered an outstanding outcome for investors. Fund managers were assessed not only on whether they were a finalist in more than one category, but on products that had peer-beating returns but did not obtain a top three position. The winner must have strong returns across multiple categories, proven themselves a good steward of investors' capital, and in Morningstar's opinion, has achieved the highest level of funds management excellence.

The award for Undiscovered Manager includes managers or specific funds with strong investment merit that Morningstar considers worthy of bringing to the attention of the retail market. For example, a manager that may be newer to the retail market but has a successful track record offshore or in the institutional space.

The winners for the 2020 Morningstar Australia Awards will be announced on Friday 28 February at the Establishment Ballroom in Sydney. Full-time members of the news media are invited to attend the event. To register, list “media” in the Company field, here. For more information about Morningstar Awards, visit https://go.morningstar.com/Morningstar-Awards

About Morningstar Australasia Pty Limited

Morningstar Australasia is a subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company offers an extensive line of products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers, retirement plan providers and sponsors, and institutional investors in the private capital markets. Morningstar provides data and research insights on a wide range of investment offerings, including managed investment products, publicly listed companies, private capital markets, and real-time global market data. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its investment advisory subsidiaries, with about USD $217 billion in assets under advisement and management as of 30 September 2019. The company has operations in 27 countries. For more information, visit www.morningstar.com/company. Follow Morningstar on Twitter @MorningstarInc.

The Awards are copyrighted to Morningstar. Fund managers may not publicise the Award(s) without the prior written consent of Morningstar.

Analyst Ratings and Award nominees and winners are subjective in nature and should not be used as the sole basis for investment decisions. Analyst Ratings are based on Morningstar’s current expectations about future events and therefore involve unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause Morningstar’s expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what was expected. Morningstar does not represent its Analyst Ratings to be guarantees nor should they be viewed as an assessment of a fund’s or the fund’s underlying securities’ creditworthiness. The references above should not be considered a solicitation by Morningstar to buy securities.

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