Emerging markets fund specialist Ashmore's share price edges up after firm beats profit expectations

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Ashmore Group’s share price rose by one per cent yesterday after the emerging markets fund specialist beat profit expectations in its full-year results.

The figures

Assets under management (AUM) of $52.6bn (£39.4bn) were down from $58.9bn in the year ending 30 June 2015.

Ashmore’s net revenue for the period came in at £232.5m, down 18 per cent.

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And the company reported a pre-tax profit of £167.7m. This was down by eight per cent, but was ahead of a mean consensus forecast of £142.8m, according to Thomson Reuters.

On Tuesday, Ashmore’s share price edged up by one per cent to 358p.

6 September 2016 @ 2:15pmAshmore Group (ASHM)

Why it’s interesting

Chief executive Mark Coombs said the profits came in above expectations after a “rally in emerging markets asset prices and improving investor sentiment”.

He added that “ongoing challenges" in the developed world - “high indebtedness, political risk and reluctance to reform” - provide a “clear incentive” for investors to shift their focus to emerging markets.

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What the company said

Coombs added:

Ashmore’s strategy and business model are designed to deal with the fluctuations of market cycles, and while the past few years have presented challenges to emerging markets, these results for the financial year demonstrate that the group has maintained its high profitability and continued to generate cash.

In weaker markets, Ashmore’s consistent investment processes acquire risk and these actions usually provide strong outperformance for clients as markets recover.

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