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Amundi: Very good results in Q2 2021 in a highly favourable market context
Strong inflows1 in MLT assets2 (+€22bn)3
Paris, 30 July 2021
Amundi’s Board of Directors, chaired by Yves Perrier, convened on 29 July 2021 to review the financial statements for the second quarter of 2021.
Commenting on the figures, Valérie Baudson, CEO, said:
“Amundi posted very good financial and operating performance in the second quarter of 2021, driven by a growth momentum in all business lines, especially with buoyant inflows in MLT assets. The strong growth in net income was amplified by a very favourable market environment.
The recent strategic initiatives (the partnership with Banco Sabadell, the joint venture with Bank of China, and Amundi Technology) are starting to bear fruits. The acquisition of Lyxor, whose integration is being actively prepared, will be a new growth driver.
Such strong performances prove that Amundi's development strategy is relevant. Our Group has all the strengths needed to pursue its profitable growth trajectory”.
I. High level of activity in MLT assets
High inflows of +€22bn in MLT assets, driven by active management in particular
Amundi’s assets under management totalled €1,794bn at 30 June 2021, an increase of +12.7% year-on-year and +2.2% vs. the end of March 2021.
In very favourable market conditions (average equity market increase of 36% year-on-year and +8% in Q29), the second quarter featured confirmation of improved customer risk appetite, leading to high inflows in MLT assets (+€22bn excluding JVs) and seasonal outflows in treasury products (-€17.0bn excl. JVs).
In total, net flows amounted to +€7.2bn over the quarter:
In Retail, inflows were once again robust in MLT assets (+€9.5bn vs. +€7.8bn in Q1 2021), driven by most customer segments, specifically third-party distributors (+€4.4bn), as well as international networks (+€3.2bn), particularly in Italy and Spain (Banco Sabadell network). The new subsidiary Amundi BOC Wealth Management showed solid business activity (+€2.5bn) thanks to ~30 fund launches in Q2; AuM stood at €3.5bn after just six months. In the French networks, inflows were slightly negative (-€0.5bn) due to early redemptions on structured products tied to favourable market conditions: however, business activity remained strong on unit-linked products (+€0.7bn).
In terms of institutional clients, this quarter was characterised by +€12.1bn of inflows in MLT assets (vs. +€2.0bn of inflows in Q1 2021) driven by all institutional client segments. In Treasury Products, the -€15.0bn outflow was due to the market context (negative yield on treasury products) and the seasonal effect of dividend payments.
Business activity in the JVs was marked by good momentum, despite expected outflows on Channel Business in China. The Indian JV pursues its development trajectory with +€1.9bn of inflows (essentially in treasury products) in a less favourable environment (health crisis). However, SBI MF has maintained its leading position in the Indian market with a 15.8% market share at end-June 202110. In Korea, flows returned to positive (+€2.6bn vs. -€0.8bn in Q1 2021), primarily in treasury products. In China (ABC-CA), activity was mixed, with Mutual Fund flows still solid at +€1.1bn, and -€3.2bn in expected outflows on low-margin (Channel Business) products due to regulatory changes (vs. -€7.0bn in Q1 2021).
Inflows in the JVs totalled +€2.6bn, an improvement over the first quarter of 2021 (-€4.0bn).
High inflows of +€22bn in MLT assets11 were driven primarily by active management:
Active investment strategies showed significant inflows (+€18.9bn), driven by all asset classes and illustrated by the success of multi-+asset funds for Retail, OCIO12 solutions for Institutional investors, thematic funds (CPR Food For Generation, Smart Trends, and Climate Action), and launches of ESG Improvers fixed-income funds.
Real and Structured Assets activity was mixed, with -€1.2bn of outflows in Q2 2021, linked to early redemptions in structured products. Real asset flows remained solid (+€1.0bn), specifically in private debt and Real Estate.
Passive management, ETFs and smart beta had a good second quarter with +€4.0bn in net inflows, bringing AuM to €184bn at end-June 2021. With inflows of +€2.3bn in Q2 2021 in ETPs13, Amundi is the number five provider in Europe14. In total, ETP assets were €77bn at 30 June 2021 (ranked fifth in Europe14).
II. Strategic initiatives launched in 2020 are bearing fruit
The year 2020 saw the launch of several strategic initiatives that will fuel the group's growth in the coming years and are already showing results in the first quarter of 2021:
Sabadell AM: successful integration and partnership with Banco Sabadell:
Twelve months after the acquisition of Sabadell AM on 30 June 2020, its integration is complete both technologically (IT migration to ALTO15) and operationally (management teams, sales teams, and control functions). The beginning of the partnership with Banco Sabadell is very promising, resulting in gains in market share16; record business activity was achieved over the first 12 months with more than €1.5bn in net inflows (Amundi and Sabadell AM funds) in the Banco Sabadell network. More than 50% of the announced synergies17 should be achieved in 2021.
Successful start-up of the new Wealth Management subsidiary with Bank of China (fourth-largest Chinese bank)
After the operational start-up of this new subsidiary (of which Amundi holds 55%) in the fourth quarter of 2020, sales momentum is strong with the launch of ~50 funds since its creation and increasing interest from the BoC network for the subsidiary’s products (specifically maturity funds and green funds). Total net inflows for the first half of the year already stand at +€3.4bn.
Ramping up of Amundi Technology
Amundi Technology, the new business line dedicated to technology services, expanded its development, generating €19m in revenue in the first half of 2021, including €12m in Q2 2021. Deployment of services continued with seven new customers (i.e. 29 customers overall at the end of June 2021), including:
AG2R La Mondiale (€120bn AuM) with an offer including the cloud based ALTO Investment platform (PMS) but also services such as dealing, Middle Office, and Reporting
Agrica with Alto ESR, the ALTO range group insurance software
III. Very good results in a highly favourable market backdrop
Adjusted net income18 of €345m, up sharply by +48% vs. Q2 2020 and by +12% vs. Q1 2021
Exceptionally high performance fees (€155m)
Excellent operational efficiency
At €345m, Amundi's quarterly adjusted net income17 rose sharply compared to both the second quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. This growth is notably due to the very high performance fees, related in particular to the market upswing over the past 12 months. The effect of this exceptional level of performance fees on adjusted net income is estimated at about €70m in Q2 2021 and €40m in Q1 2021.19
Revenues benefited from improved market conditions and business dynamics:
Net asset management fees were up significantly compared to both Q2 2020 (+20.2%) and Q1 2021 (+3.8%), partly due to the increase in the average equity market (+36% Q2/Q2 and +8% Q2/Q1 for the EuroStoxx 600 Index) and partly to vigorous inflows, particularly on Retail and MLT assets, for several quarters. As a result, the average margin20 improved slightly from 17.7bp in H1 2020 to 18.0bp to H1 2021.
Performance fees were exceptionally high (€155m, compared to a quarterly average of €42m between 2017 and 2020). This exceptional level was largely a reflection of the 12-month increase in the Equity markets and should normalise over the next few quarters.21
Operating expenses were under control (€388m). Their increase (+22.2% compared to Q2 2020 and +3.4% compared to Q1 2021) was driven by:
increased variable compensation provisioning, owing to growth in operating income
the scope effect compared to Q2 2020 (+€14m) linked to the creation of Amundi BOC WM22, the integration of Sabadell AM23, and the full consolidation of Fund Channel24;
continued development investments, specifically at Amundi Technology.
The result was an exceptionally low cost/income ratio of 45.7%, vs. 50.9% in Q2 2020 and 48.8% in Q1 2021. Excluding the exceptional level of performance fees25, the cost/income ratio was about 50%.
Given the robust activity of the equity-accounted companies (mainly the Asian joint ventures), their contribution to income increased to €21m compared to €18m in Q2 2021.
Net accounting income (Group share) was €448m. It includes the usual amortisation on distribution contracts (-€12m per quarter). It also includes a one-off tax gain (net of substitution tax) of +€114m (no cash impact) resulting from the application of the “Affrancamento” mechanism of the Italian Budget Law for 2021 (Law no. 178/2020), resulting in the recognition of Deferred Tax Assets on intangible assets (goodwill).
IV. Responsible Investing: confirmed leadership
Amundi continued to implement its ESG action plan, thus confirming its leadership:
ESG assets under management stood at €798bn at 30 June 2021. The change from 31 December 2020 (AuM of €378bn) resulted from:
continued integration of ESG criteria into traditional management processes;
high inflows in H1 (+€18.7bn in MLT), the majority in active management, with good momentum for Climate & Environment solutions, ESG fixed-income funds, the range of thematic Equity funds;
Some 700 open-ended funds, dedicated funds and mandates, representing over €680bn in AuM (compared to €450bn at end-March 2021) are classified in Articles 8 and 926 under SFDR27 regulations, making Amundi a leader in this area.
In addition, Amundi is scaling up its ESG commitment:
In the lead-up to the Glasgow COP 26, Amundi has joined the “Net Zero Asset Managers” initiative (commitments in line with the Paris Agreement trajectory) for asset managers committed to the target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Amundi is a founding member of Investors for a Just Transition, an international coalition of asset managers and asset owners who are committed to promoting a just transition to low-carbon economies, and representing €3.6 trillion in assets.
Development of ESG products and solutions continued with the expansion of the “ESG Improvers” range (new fixed-income funds) and the launch of the social-impact fund BFT France Emploi ISR.
V. Other information
A solid financial structure
Tangible equity28 amounted to €3.5bn at the end of June 2021, a +€0.3bn increase compared with end-2020. The CET1 ratio was 19.9% at the end of June 2021, allowing to absorb the impact of the Lyxor acquisition expected at year-end, while keeping a level well above regulatory requirements29.
As a reminder, in May 2021, rating agency Fitch confirmed Amundi’s A+ rating with a stable outlook, the best in the sector.
Successful capital increase reserved to employees
The “We Share Amundi” capital increase reserved to employees (announced on 14 June) was successfully completed on 29 July 2021: over one in three employees worldwide, and over half of employees in France, participated to this capital increase, which, for the third consecutive year, offered a share subscription with a 30% discount. Nearly 1,700 employees present in 15 countries subscribed to this capital increase for nearly €25m.
The reserved capital increase, which was implemented under existing legal authorisations approved by the General Shareholders’ Meeting on 10 May 2021, reflects Amundi's ambition to involve its employees not only in the company's growth but also in its economic value creation. It also helps strengthen our employees’ sense of belonging.
The impact of this reserved capital increase on net earnings per share is negligible: 488,698 shares were created (representing 0.2% of capital before the transaction). This issue brings the number of shares making up Amundi's share capital to 203,074,651.
Employees now hold 0.8% of Amundi’s share capital, compared with 0.6% before the capital increase.
Financial disclosure schedule
Publication of Q3 and 9M 2021 results: 4 November 2021
Publication of 2021 annual results: 9 February 2022
Publication of Q1 2022 results: 29 April 2022
AGM for the 2021 financial year: 18 May 2022
Publication of Q2 and H1 2022 results: 29 July 2022
Publication of Q3 and 9M 2022 results: 28 October 2022
Adjusted net revenue
Net asset management revenue
o/w net management fees
o/w performance fees
Net financial income and other net income
Adjusted gross operating income
Adjusted cost/income ratio
Cost of risk & Other30
Adjusted income before taxes
Adjusted net income, Group share
Amortisation of distribution contracts after tax
Impact of Affrancamento*
Net income, Group share including Affrancamento*
Adjusted data: excluding amortisation of the distribution contracts and, in Q2 and H1 2021, excluding the impact of Affrancamento.
*Net accounting income for Q2 2021 includes a net one-off tax gain (no cash impact) of +€114m: “Affrancamento” mechanism under the 2021 Italian Budget Law (Law No. 178/2020), resulting in the recognition of Deferred Tax Assets on intangible assets (goodwill); item excluded from Adjusted Net Income.
Change in assets under management1 from end-December 2019 to end-June 2021
Change in AuM vs. previous quarter
1. Assets under management and net inflows, including Sabadell AM as of Q3 2020 and BOC WM as of Q1 2021, include assets under advisory and assets marketed and take into account 100% of the Asian JVs’ assets under management and net inflows. For Wafa in Morocco, assets are reported on a proportional consolidation basis.
Assets under management and net inflows by client segment1
% chg. vs.
o/w Amundi BOC WM
Retail (excl. JVs)
Institutionals2 and sovereigns
CA & SG insurers
Average first-half AuM (excl. JVs)
1. Assets under management and net inflows, including Sabadell AM as of Q3 2020 and BOC WM as of Q1 2021, include assets under advisory and assets marketed and take into account 100% of the Asian JVs’ assets under management and net inflows. For Wafa in Morocco, assets are reported on a proportional consolidation basis. 2. Including funds of funds. 3. Including -€3.2bn in outflows from “channel business” products in China in Q2 2021 and -€7bn in Q1 2021. 4. French networks: net outflows on medium/long-term assets of -€0.5bn in Q2 2021, net inflows of +€0.8bn in Q1 2021 and +€1.2bn in Q2 2020.
Assets under management and net inflows by asset class1
% chg. vs.
Real, alternative and structured assets
MLT ASSETS excl. JVs
Treasury Products excl. JVs
ASSETS excl. JVs
o/w MLT Assets
o/w Treasury products
1. Assets under management and net inflows, including Sabadell AM as of Q3 2020 and BOC WM as of Q1 2021, include assets under advisory and assets marketed and take into account 100% of the Asian JVs’ assets under management and net inflows. For Wafa in Morocco, assets are reported on a proportional consolidation basis. 2. Including -€3.2bn in outflows from “channel business” products in China in Q2 2021 and -€7bn in Q1 2021.
Assets under management and net inflows by region1
% chg. vs.
Europe excl. France and Italy
Rest of world5
TOTAL excl. France
1. Assets under management and net inflows, including Sabadell AM as of Q3 2020 and BOC WM as of Q1 2021, include assets under advisory and assets marketed and take into account 100% of the Asian JVs’ assets under management and net inflows. For Wafa in Morocco, assets are reported on a proportional consolidation basis. 2. Of which €448bn for CA & SG insurers. 3. France: net inflows on medium/long-term assets: +€5.6bn in Q2 2021, +€1.5bn in Q1 2021 and +€4.4bn in Q2 2020. 4. Including -€3.2bn in outflows from “channel business” products in China in Q2 2021 and -€7bn in Q1 2021. 5. Mostly the United States.
I. Accounting and adjusted data
1. Accounting data:
Information corresponds to data after amortisation of the distribution contracts and, in Q2 and H1 2021, after the impact of Affrancamento.
2. Adjusted data
To present an income statement that is closer to the economic reality, the following adjustments have been made:
Restatement of the amortisation of distribution contracts (deducted from net revenues) with SG until November 2020, Bawag, UniCredit and Banco Sabadell.
In Q2 and H1 2021, to the non-recognition of the one-off tax gain (net of substitution tax) of +€114m (no cash flow impact): “Affrancamento” mechanism under the 2021 Italian Budget Law (Law no. 178/2020), resulting in the recognition of Deferred Tax Assets on intangible assets (goodwill); this was excluded from Adjusted Net Income.
Amortisation of distribution contracts:
Q2 2020: €18m before tax and €12m after tax
Q2 2021: €17m before tax and €12m after tax
H1 2020: €36m before tax and €25m after tax
H1 2021: €34m before tax and €24m after tax
II. Reminder of amortisation of distribution contracts with Banco Sabadell
When Sabadell AM was acquired, a 10-year distribution contract was entered into with the Banco Sabadell networks in Spain; this contract's gross valuation is €108m (posted to the balance sheet under Intangible Assets). At the same time, a Deferred Tax Liability of €27m was recognised. Thus the net amount is €81m which is amortised using the straight-line method over 10 years, as from 1 July 2020. In the Group's income statement, the net tax impact of this amortisation is €8m over a full year (or €11m before tax), posted under “Other revenues”, and is added to existing amortisations of the distribution contracts:
with Bawag in the amount of €2m after tax over a full year (€3m before tax);
with UniCredit in the amount of €38m after tax over a full year (€55m before tax).
NB: the SG contract has not been amortised as of 1 November 2020
III. Alternative Performance Indicators31
To present an income statement that is closer to the economic reality, Amundi publishes adjusted data which excludes amortisation of the distribution contracts with SG, Bawag, UniCredit and Banco Sabadell since 1 July 2020 and the Affrancamento (see above).
These combined and adjusted data are reconciled with accounting data as follows:
Net revenues (a)
+ Amortisation of distribution contracts before tax
Adjusted net revenues (b)
Operating expenses (c)
Gross operating income (d) = (a)+(c)
Adjusted gross operating income (e) = (b)+(c)
Cost/income ratio (c)/(a)
Adjusted cost/income ratio (c)/(b)
Cost of risk & Other (f)
Share of net income of equity-accounted entities (g)
Income before tax (h) = (d)+(f)+(g)
Adjusted income before tax (i) = (e)+(f)+(g)
Income tax (j)
Adjusted income tax (k)
Minority interests (l)
Net income, Group share (h)+(j)+(l)
Impact of Affrancamento
Net income, Group share (h)+(j)+(l) including Affrancamento
Adjusted net income, Group share (i)+(k)+(l)
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1 Assets under management and net inflows, including Sabadell AM as of Q3 2020 and BOC WM as of Q1 2021, include assets under advisory and assets marketed and take into account 100% of the Asian JVs’ assets under management and net inflows. For Wafa in Morocco, assets are reported on a proportional consolidation basis.
2 Medium/Long-Term Assets: excluding treasury products
3 Excl. JVs
4 Adjusted data: excluding amortisation of the distribution contracts and the impact of Affrancamento. See page 8 for definitions and methodology.
5 Exceptional performance fees = difference compared to average performance fees per quarter in 2017-2020
6Accounting data: including amortisation of distribution contracts and, in Q2 and H1 2021, including the one-off tax gain (see below).
7One-off tax gain (net of substitution tax) of +€114m (no cash impact): “Affrancamento” mechanism in compliance with the Italian Budget Law for 2021 (Law No.178/2020), resulting in the recognition of Deferred Tax Assets on intangible assets (goodwill); item excluded from Adjusted Net Income.
8 As a reminder (Press Release 07/04/2021): cash consideration of €825m, AuM of €124bn as of 31/12/2021 (transaction scope)
9Eurostoxx 600 Index Average: +36% Q2 2021/Q2 2020 and +8% Q2 2021/Q1 2021
10 Source: AMFI
11 Excl. JVs
12 Outsourced Chief Investment Officer Solutions
13ETP: Exchange Traded Products, including ETF (Exchange Traded Funds) and ETC (Exchange Traded Commodities).
14 Source: ETF GI, end of June 2021
15 PMS (Portfolio Management System).
16From 5.46% at end-June 2020 to 5.58% end-June 2021; Source: Inverco - funds under Spanish law / data completed with activity on international funds marketed to Banco Sabadell
17Announced run-rate synergies of €20m before tax
18 Adjusted data: excluding amortisation of the distribution contracts and Affrancamento. See page 8 for definitions and methodology.
19Exceptional performance fees = difference compared to average performance fees per quarter in 2017-2020
20 Excl. JVs
21 NB: Under the new ESMA regulations ("Guidelines on Performance Fees,” applicable mainly to UCITS funds) and implemented in July 2021 for existing funds, the reference period will be five years if the funds underperform their benchmark. These new regulatory provisions should result in a partial and gradual decrease in performance fees beginning in 2022.
22 Consolidated from Q4 2020
23 Consolidated from Q3 2020
24 Consolidated from Q1 2021
25Exceptional performance fees = difference compared to average performance fees per quarter in 2017-2020
26Scope: European funds. Article 8: products that promote environmental and/or social characteristics; Article 9: products that have sustainable investment objective.
27The new European Sustainable Financial Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) requires fund managers to rank their European assets by degree of ESG integration
28 Equity excluding goodwill and intangible assets.
29 As a reminder, estimated regulatory impact of this acquisition for Amundi on the basis of 31/12/2020 figures: CET1 capital impact of ~670 bps ; pro-forma CET1 ratio of 13.3% as of December 31/12/2020, vs 20.0% published.
30 The cost of risk (-€18m) accounts for the adjustment of provisions for regulatory risks, following the hearing held by the AMF Enforcement Committee on 7 July 2021. Following a special enquiry conducted between 2017 and 2019, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (« AMF »), the French regulatory body, notified Amundi of various complaints on June 12th 2020. These grievances relate to a limited number of transactions executed in 2014 and 2015 by two former employees. Amundi fully cooperated with the regulatory authorities to address this issue.
31 Please refer to section 4.3 of the 2020 Universal Registration Document filed with the French AMF on 12/04/2021
32 Source: IPE “Top 500 Asset Managers” published in June 2021, based on assets under management as at 31/12/2020
33 Boston, Dublin, London, Milan, Paris and Tokyo
34 Amundi data as of 30/06/2021