Australian Ethical’s (ASX:AEF) investment in growth pays dividends,

with record annual FUM growth, revenue, and profit.

Media release by Public Relations agency Third Hemisphere.


Sydney, 26 August 2021: Australia’s original responsible investment manager Australian Ethical today announced FY21 underlying profit after tax (UPAT) of $11.1 million and operating revenue of $58.7 million, up 19% and 18% respectively on FY20.



These strong results were driven by strategic investment to strengthen investment capability, distribution and brand awareness, as well as a seismic shift in consumer attitudes towards responsible investing and the ongoing relative outperformance of ESG and green funds.



These three crucial factors combined with strong performance across most funds in the investment portfolio to drive record net inflows of $1.03 billion and funds under management (FUM) to $6.07 billion, a 56% and 50% increase respectively on FY20.



Broken down further super FUM increased 43% to $3.9 billion and managed funds FUM increased 63% to $2.17 billion. Managed funds net flows increased 122% to $0.42 billion, as the strategic focus on climate-friendly funds and investment in marketing gained significant traction.



As a result, Australian Ethical’s customer base grew by 23%, with managed fund customers increasing by 31% and super members by 22%. Australian Ethical remains one of the fastest growing super funds in the country by both number of members and FUM.



Strong investment performance also multiplied the positive impact of rapidly-growing FUM on the stellar annual results, including $2.9 million in performance fees from Australian Ethical’s Emerging Companies Fund.



These outstanding annual results allowed the Board to declare a fully franked final dividend of 4 cents per share for FY21, as well as a special performance fee dividend of 1 cent per share, bringing the total dividend for the year to 8 cents per share, an increase of 33% on the previous year.


John McMurdo on Australian Ethical’s Ethical Investment Strategy



John McMurdo, Australian Ethical CEO and MD, said: “It has been a pivotal year for ethical investing with climate pledges and sustainable commitments being made around the world. As the pandemic continues to reshape economies and global markets, a near-universal desire for a more sustainable future is emerging.



“The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is a historic moment for investors and corporations to step up and support urgent and large-scale initiatives to reduce emissions.



“We strongly believe that profit and purpose can go hand-in-hand. Embedding ethics into the investment process can allow for excellent investment performance that also creates a positive impact for people, planet and animals, and addresses growing issues like climate change.



“Australian Ethical’s success and impact proves that when purpose is a genuine part of your corporate identity and is embedded in your strategy and your governance, it’s possible for the average Australian to find great investment products to use their money as a force for good.



“Our ethical investment approach is rapidly gaining popularity due to our climate-friendly portfolios that achieve strong performance, as our award-winning products achieve record net inflows.



“This presents a once-in-a-business-lifetime opportunity for Australian Ethical to grow into one of Australia’s largest and most successful investment managers. Expenses in the short-term reflect deliberate investment to realise ambitious growth in FUM and revenue to achieve just that.



“More broadly, our strategic focus remains on deepening our investment capability, expanding our product offering, growing our brand awareness, fully digitising and upgrading the customer experience and significantly expanding our customer base.



“This will help to cement our leadership in ethical and climate-friendly investment and, in turn, achieve much greater profit growth over the medium and long-term.”



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Australian Ethical: Leading Responsible Investment



Australian Ethical is Australia’s original responsible investment and fastest-growing super fund manager, with a 35-year track record, over $6 billion in Funds Under Management (FUM), and above-market returns in its premium products.



Australian Ethical offers eight managed funds and 13 investment options in its superannuation fund. These are managed by an in-house team of investment professionals consisting of sector specialists with an average of over 16 years’ experience, and an internal ethics team with a separate reporting line. Every decision made by both teams is guided by the Australian Ethical Charter and its responsible investment philosophy. The investment team combines the most comprehensive ethical assessment process in the market with fundamental bottom-up stock analysis that goes far deeper than generic ESG investing.


Australian Ethical is rated as one of the top-performing super fund and investment managers by Super Ratings, Chant West, Morningstar, Money Magazine, Rainmaker, Forbes, and Financial Standard.



Recently, Australian Ethical was awarded:

  • 1 of just 6 global leaders for ESG commitment, and the only Australian asset manager, by Morningstar

  • Australian Ethical Australian Shares option is 1st over 1 year, 3, 5, 7 and 10 years in the SR50 Australian Shares Index in the SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey as at 30 June 2021

  • Australian Ethical Balanced option is 2nd for 3 years (9.99%) in the SR50 Balanced (60-76) Index, and has outperformed the SR50 Balanced (60-76) Index over the 5 and 7 years in the SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey as at 30 June 2021

  • Emerging Companies Fund (Wholesale) and the Diversified Shares Fund (Wholesale) 5-star rating by Canstar

  • Money Magazine Best of the Best Award: ESG Trailblazer

  • Green Superannuation Fund of the Year

  • SuperRatings Infinity Award for best sustainable super fund, best performing SR50 Australian shares option over 5 years and Gold for MyChoice Super and MySuper++

  • Financial Standard Investment Leadership Award: ESG – Australian Equities