ASNB announces income distribution totalling RM650.73m

by TMR 

AMANAH Saham Nasional Berhad (ASNB), the wholly- owned unit trust management company of Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), announced 4.00 sen per unit for Amanah Saham Malaysia (ASM3), 2.85 sen per unit for ASN Equity 5 and 2.80 sen per unit for ASN Sara 2 for the financial year ending 30 September 2021.

In a statement today the PNB said, ASM 3 declared a total income distribution payout of RM593.04 million benefitting 525,038 unit holders who currently own 14.83 billion units.

“ASM 3 recorded a net realised income of RM653.27 million for this financial year, reflecting an increase of 17.87% from last year.

“The return of 4.00 sen per unit remains competitive and exceeds the benchmark Maybank 12-Month Fixed Deposit return of 1.85% by 215 basis points (bps) for the financial year ending 30 September 2021,” said PNB.

ASNB declared a total income distribution of RM9.80 million for the unit holders of ASN Equity 5, which is equivalent to 2.85 sen per unit to 11,202 unit holders with 343.80 million units.

While, the unit holders of ASN Sara 2 will receive a total income distribution payout of RM47.88 million, equivalent to 2.80 sen per unit to 42,860 unit holders with 1.71 billion units.

“These distributions translate into a dividend yield of 2.95% for ASN Equity 5 and 2.75% for ASN Sara 2 respectively, based on the Net Asset Value (NAV) of the funds as at 23 September 2021,” said PNB.

These returns are benchmarked against the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Top 100 Index (FBM 100) and Maybank 12-Month Fixed Deposit, at a ratio customised to each fund.

PNB added the gains, dividends and other income from local and international investments driven by the gradual recovery of global and domestic financial markets.

It further added the positive impact of the diversification initiatives undertaken in line with PNB’s long-term Strategic Plan was evident in the improved performance of these funds, demonstrating the institution’s resolute aim to continuously deliver sustainable returns for its unit holders.