First State Investments (‘First State’) announces the launch of the First State China A Shares Fund, a sub-fund of its Dublin-domiciled UCITS Fund1. The Fund is designed to meet the growing demand from investors for exposure to companies in mainland China, through securities listed on the Chinese Stock Exchanges.

The First State China A Shares Fund (the ‘Fund’) will be managed by the First State Stewart Asia team and incorporate the team’s bottom-up approach to stock-picking with an integrated focus on environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) issues.

The Fund’s investment philosophy places an emphasis on investing in high-quality companies over the long term, seeking those with well-governed management teams and strong and stable franchises.

First State Investments has a long track record of investing in both mainland China and the Greater China regions. The First State Stewart Asia team has been managing funds throughout the region for more than a decade, with assets under management of USD 533m in its current China A shares strategy and USD 4,476m2 in Greater China strategies. The Fund will be managed from Hong Kong by Portfolio Manager Quanqiang Xian, together with the wider First State Stewart Asia investment team.

Michael Stapleton, Managing Partner, First State Stewart Asia said “The launch of the First State China A Shares Fund reflects investor demand for a UCITS product with access to an equity market that is still relatively untapped and underrepresented in investor portfolios. The China A shares market is complex to navigate; we believe that our detailed company analysis through our active, bottom-up investment approach, together with our experience of investing in China, will provide European investors with a good way of accessing this developing market.”

Quanqiang Xian, Portfolio Manager, First State Stewart Asia added: “Ten years ago we were one of the first companies to receive a quota approval under the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor programme. With the launch of this new Fund we remain focused on investing in companies with good governance and proven capabilities, as well as looking for evidence of increasing ESG standards and rising cash flows. We believe that such companies should provide satisfactory financial returns at lower volatilities for investors over the medium to long term.”

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1 First State Global Umbrella Fund plc
2 Data as at 31.12.2018, sourced from First State Investments

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