M&G LAUNCHES TWO SUSTAINABLE CREDIT STRATEGIES
New funds to be sustainable versions of flagship M&G European Credit Investment and
M&G Total Return Credit Investment funds
London, 21 October 2021 - M&G today announces the launch of two new credit Luxembourg-based SICAV strategies combining M&G Public Fixed Income team's rigorous value-driveninvestment approach with sustainability factors.
The M&G Sustainable European Credit Investment Fund, managed by Gaurav Chatley and the wider Institutional Public Debt team, has been designed as a sustainable core proposition following the investment philosophy behind the strong 10-yeartrack record of the €3.3bn M&G European Credit Investment Fund1. With a strict bottom-up, research-drivenand value-basedapproach to individual credit selection, the fund will be able to invest across the European investment grade universe.
Following the same value-driven approach, 14-year track record fund manager Richard Ryan will lead the M&G Sustainable Total Return Credit Investment Fund, designed as a flexible sustainable bond proposition sharing the same investment philosophy behind the €2.5bn M&G Total Return Credit Investment Fund2. Capable of investing across the globe and with a focus on identifying attractive opportunities in developed markets, the fund will be able to invest in investment grade and high yield corporate bonds, while keeping the overall duration of the fund close to zero throughout the investment cycle.
The two funds, which will be classified as Article 8 under SFDR, will have sustainability factors at the core of their investment process. The teams will ensure environmental and social safeguards are in place and measure a range of additional sustainability indicators:
Avoidance of harmful issuers: no exposure to companies deemed to be in breach of the UN Global Compact Principles of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, and countries classified as "Not Free" by Freedom House.
Less harmful to the climate: the funds will typically have a lower weighted average carbon intensity than that of each funds' investment universe3.
More sustainable businesses: promoting the inclusion of issuers with superior ESG characteristics and excluding ESG laggards4.
David Lloyd, Head of Institutional Public Debt at M&G Investments comments: "Investors are rapidly growing their appetite for sustainable and ESG-orientatedsolutions capable of meeting their long- term financial needs. M&G holds a long track record in providing clients with some of the best-in-classcredit strategies, based on the same rigorous analysis and engagement we follow with ESG criteria. The funds we're launching today have been designed with investors' needs in mind, to strike the right balance between achieving favourable ESG outcomes while delivering attractive investment returns."
M&G European Credit Investment Fund has EUR 3,3 billion of AUM (as of 30 September 2021).
M&G Total Return Credit Investment Fund has EUR 2,5 billion of AUM (as of 30 September 2021).
The investment universe for the M&G Sustainable European Credit Investment Fund will be EUR-denominated investment grade corporate bonds / The investment universe for the M&G Sustainable Total Return Credit Investment Fund will be global corporate bonds
4 ESG laggards are issuers classified as ESG laggard based on MSCI (ESG rating of B or CCC) unless our in-house ESG assessment takes a different view.
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About Gaurav Chatley
Gaurav joined M&G Investments in 2005 as an assistant fund manager in the fixed income team. He became a Credit Fund Manager, managing a range of institutional corporate bond funds, in 2006. Prior to joining M&G, Gaurav worked for London and Capital Asset Management as an investment analyst, with responsibility for the analysis of quantitative investment strategies. Gaurav graduated from the London School of Economics with a MSc. in Finance and Economics and holds a degree in Mathematics and Scientific Computing from the Indian Institute of Technology. He is a CFA charterholder.
About Richard Ryan
Richard joined M&G Investments in 2001 and is a senior credit fund manager looking after Pan European credit strategies, absolute return strategies and fixed income asset allocation. Prior to joining M&G, Richard worked for Nomura Asset Management as an institutional fixed income fund manager. Before this, he worked for Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in the Credit Products Group trading corporate bonds. Richard graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Economics.
M&G's ten point sustainability plan, published in May 2021
Develop a pathway to net zero 2050
Integrate ESG into investments and accelerate engagement
Grow the Planet+ fund range
Set standards in sustainability and ESG policies
Set standards in disclosure and measurement
Help customers and their advisers to understand opportunities, risks and outcomes of sustainable investing
Lead collective action to deliver change
Develop pathway to net zero 2030 and set an example in corporate sustainability practices
Be diverse and inclusive in the business and as an investor
Align all M&G's people behind its sustainability ambition
About M&G Investments
M&G Investments is part of M&G plc, a savings and investment business which was formed in 2017 through the merger of Prudential plc's UK and Europe savings and insurance operation and M&G, its wholly owned international investment manager. M&G plc listed as an independent company on the London Stock Exchange in October 2019 and has €431 billion of assets under management (as at 30 June 2021). M&G plc has over 5 million customers in the UK, Europe, the Americas and Asia, including individual savers and investors, life insurance policy holders and pension scheme members.
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