Friday, 31 October 2014
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Feb 17 2010 | 2:03am ET
Assets under management, fees and revenue are all down at Asia biggest hedge fund firm. But Sparx Group has also imposed draconian cost cuts, helping cut its nine-month loss by more than three-quarters.
Sparx President Shuhei Abe has made it his mission to return the firm to profitability after it suffered its first-ever annual loss in its last fiscal year. It will need a heck of a fourth fiscal quarter to do that, but at the very least Sparx is on the right track.
The firm posted an ¥896 million (US$10 million) loss in the last nine months of 2009. Not good, to be sure, but a good deal better than the ¥4.01 billion (US$44.5 million) loss it suffered in the year-earlier period, thanks to a 46% decline in operating costs.
Unfortunately for the firm, everything else is lower as well. Revenue is down 36% to ¥6 billion (US$66.6 million), management fees dropped 42% to ¥4.7 billion (US$52.2 million) and performance fees plummeted 76% to ¥555 million (US$6.2 million). Assets under management are down to ¥617 billion (US$6.9 billion), from ¥2 trillion (US$22.2 billion) three-and-a-half years ago.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
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