DeA Capital, a De Agostini group company, is Italy’s leading alternative asset manager of real estate, private equity and NPLs, with Combied AUM of c €22.6bnbn at 31 December 2019. The portfolio, including co-investment in funds managed, investment in the asset management platform and direct investment, amounted to c €387m.
FY19 results are due 10 March 2020. Q319 AUM of the alternative asset management (AAM) platform was c €11.8bn, similar to Q219 and up c €0.4bn from a year earlier. The AAM platform net operating result was €11.2m (9M18: €10.2m). Group NAV per share was €1.73 and the holding company net financial position was €78.6m or c €0.30 per share. In early November DeA completed the €12.2m acquisition of Quaestio NPL management business, adding NPL AUM of €2.35bn directly and significantly broadening its capabilities. DeA also completed the acquisition of a 38.8% stake in the Quaestio holding company (for €14.1m), becoming the single largest shareholder and cementing a strategic agreement between the two companies. Quaestio’s asset management subsidiary retains c €7.5bn of assets under management and the strategic agreement provides for both DeA and Quaestio to offer each other’s products to their customers, and allows DeA to provide added-value investment solutions and capital allocation strategies and broaden its market reach..
Low interest rates support demand for alternative assets, while fund maturities and other divestments are supporting cash flow for reinvestment and distributions to shareholders, even after meeting outstanding investment commitments.