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Wermuth Asset Management

PRI reporting framework 2019

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Basic information

OO 01. Signatory category and services

01.1. Select the services and funds you offer

Select the services and funds you offer
% of asset under management (AUM) in ranges
Fund management
Fund of funds, manager of managers, sub-advised products
Other
Total 100%

Further options (may be selected in addition to the above)

01.2. Additional information. [Optional]

Wermuth Asset Management GmbH (“WAM”) is a German family office and BaFin-regulated investment adviser.

 

We prove through high risk-adjusted total returns that a positive environmental, social and governance impact can be synergetic with strong performance.

 

Attracting capital through performance, we contribute to the move of trillions of euros into resource-efficient companies and renewable power needed to stop climate change.

 

As the world economy is undergoing major structural changes we see outstanding investment opportunities. The internet, decentralized renewable energy and progress in resource-efficiency have changed the rules of the game.

 

We have substantial experience working and investing in western Europe and emerging markets. Since we allocate our own money alongside that of other investors we achieve a clear alignment of interests. For investment professionals who look to work in such a partnership we offer an institutional home. The aim is to generate significant returns and have a positive impact on the world. Our investment teams are based in Berlin.


OO 02. Headquarters and operational countries

02.1. Select the location of your organisation’s headquarters.

Germany

02.2. Indicate the number of countries in which you have offices (including your headquarters).

02.3. Indicate the approximate number of staff in your organisation in full-time equivalents (FTE).

10 FTE

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]

Wermuth Asset Management GmbH (“WAM”) is a German family office and BaFin-regulated investment adviser.
We prove through high risk-adjusted total returns that a positive environmental, social and governance impact can be synergetic with strong performance.
Attracting capital through performance, we contribute to the move of trillions of euros into resource-efficient companies and renewable power needed to stop climate change.
As the world economy is undergoing major structural changes we see outstanding investment opportunities. The internet, decentralized renewable energy and progress in resource-efficiency have changed the rules of the game.
We have substantial experience working and investing in western Europe and emerging markets. Since we allocate our own money alongside that of other investors we achieve a clear alignment of interests. For investment professionals who look to work in such a partnership we offer an institutional home. The aim is to generate significant returns and have a positive impact on the world. Our investment teams are based in Berlin.


OO 03. Subsidiaries that are separate PRI signatories

03.1. Indicate whether you have subsidiaries within your organisation that are also PRI signatories in their own right.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]


OO 04. Reporting year and AUM

04.1. Indicate the year end date for your reporting year.

31/12/2018

04.2. Indicate your total AUM at the end of your reporting year.

Include the AUM of subsidiaries, but exclude advisory/execution only assets, and exclude the assets of your PRI signatory subsidiaries that you have chosen not to report on in OO 03.2
Total AUM
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds
Currency
Assets in USD
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds

04.4. Indicate the total assets at the end of your reporting year subject to an execution and/or advisory approach.

Total AUM
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds
Currency
Assets in USD
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds

04.5. Additional information. [Optional]

Our current flagship fund is Green Growth Fund 2 (GGF2). The target fund size is €250m. Maximum size of the Fund is €300m. Minimum target size for a  “closing” at which at least a somewhat diversified portfolio with at least five investments can be achieved is €100m. For the First Initial Closing - which allows smaller-size commitments from semi-professional and professional investors -, the minimal target size was just €10m; the Fund may therefore be highly concentrated. At the end of 2018 there were €12m committed to GGF2. 


OO 06. How would you like to disclose your asset class mix

06.1. Select how you would like to disclose your asset class mix.

Internally managed (%)
Externally managed (%)

 

Listed equity <10% 1.6 0 0
Fixed income 0 0 0 0
Private equity >50% 98.4 0 0
Property 0 0 0 0
Infrastructure 0 0 0 0
Commodities 0 0 0 0
Hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Fund of hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Forestry 0 0 0 0
Farmland 0 0 0 0
Inclusive finance 0 0 0 0
Cash 0 0 0 0
Money market instruments 0 0 0 0
Other (1), specify 0 0 0 0
Other (2), specify 0 0 0 0

06.2. Publish asset class mix as per attached image [Optional].

06.3. Indicate whether your organisation has any off-balance sheet assets [Optional].

06.5. Indicate whether your organisation uses fiduciary managers.

06.6. Provide contextual information on your AUM asset class split. [Optional]

GREEN GROWTH IMPACT FUND 2 (GGF2)
GGF2 is targeting best-in-class energy and resource-efficient companies in the EU that make a real difference economically and environmentally and actively supports them to grow globally. Our approach is highly profitable, investing into surging growth markets, providing the basis for the strong financial returns investors can expect from this fund.
Our target companies are in the growth or early growth stage. They will have a proven technology and typically a proven business model which they will look to expand globally. We will invest typically between €5m – €30m across several rounds and usually hold a minority position with strong contractual controlling, veto and exit rights. We plan to have a portfolio of 12-15 companies where we typically take a lead investor role either on our own or together with other investors, which ideally should also bring strategic value to the portfolio companies e.g. by having ties in key markets.
Our portfolio companies will be based in the EU, typically within two hours of travel from Berlin in Germany or Scandinavia, where we have an established network and relationships. Moreover, they should have the ability and ambition to grow globally. This region also is among the most advanced globally in terms of energy-, transport- and agrarian transition which is currently underway in the global “green industrial revolution” and thus we are likely to find global champions in this new industrial revolution in this region.
The financial objective for the portfolio is to deliver a gross return of 3x on the company level. Some companies are expected to deliver considerably higher returns while some may fail. On top of that, all companies need to deliver a real environmental impact; in most cases a reduction of CO2 emissions. On an overall fund level, the aim is to deliver investors a financial return of more than 20% per annum, a multiple on capital called of more than 2x and a net positive
environmental impact.
Over the past decade, WAM has developed several investment strategies in relation to listed assets (equities and bonds), addressing the opportunities and risks of the green industrial revolution. These strategies have been tested via investments by the family office via its long-term investment vehicle “REEF”.
Subject to raising about €50m of seed capital for each strategy, they could be made available to professional investors as hedge funds or to the public as mutual or “UCITS” funds. This would be desirable as it would contribute to the “democratization” of “impact investing” and “divest-invest” strategies. We thus welcome offers or leads to raise the required seed capital.


OO 07. Fixed income AUM breakdown (Not Applicable)


OO 08. Segregated mandates or pooled funds (Not Applicable)


OO 09. Breakdown of AUM by market

09.1. Indicate the breakdown of your organisation’s AUM by market.

99.6 Developed Markets
0.4 Emerging Markets
0 Frontier Markets
0 Other Markets
Total 100% 100%

09.2. Additional information. [Optional]

Our portfolio companies are / will be based in the EU, typically within two hours of travel from Berlin in Germany or Scandinavia, where we have an established network and relationships. Moreover, they should have the ability and ambition to grow globally. This region also is among the most advanced globally in terms of energy-, transport- and agrarian transition which is currently underway in the global “green industrial revolution” and thus we are likely to find global champions in this new industrial revolution in this region.

The Fund is pursuing a dual strategy: (1) it invests growth capital in small and medium sized companies which make their clients more resource efficient, with proven technologies and customers, typically with over €5m in revenues per annum and mainly in Western Europe; and (2) it adds value in a unique fashion by assisting the portfolio companies to sell to growth markets (in the EU and globally, including emerging markets), thereby allowing them to benefit from megatrends and globalisation.

The Fund’s aim is to add value and accelerate the growth of portfolio companies by assisting them with access to growth markets. Based on its track record and ability to add value in growth markets, WAM focuses on expansion opportunities in that area. For resource efficiency companies, emerging growth markets are particularly attractive places: some use four times more energy per unit of GDP than, say, Germany; in addition, their average energy consumption is expected to double (again) by 2040.The key differentiating factor is thus that WAM has a truly international team with long experience working in difficult international markets and a proven track-record of supporting portfolio companies there, or selling to them as in the case of GGF1 and GGF2. Few other investment teams can offer such added value to potential portfolio companies. As a result, WAM is often a sought-after partner even when companies are not in fundraising mode, and can thus choose its partners without fierce competition.

The key differentiating factor is thus that WAM has a truly international team with long experience working in difficult international markets and a proven track-record of supporting portfolio companies there, or selling to them as in the case of GGF1 and GGF2. Few other investment teams can offer such added value to potential portfolio companies. As a result, WAM is often a sought-after partner even when companies are not in fundraising mode, and can thus choose its partners without fierce competition.


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