Pension Industry In Need Of New Members; Asset Under Management Increased By 14.4% in Feb 2019

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The assets under management (AUM) of the regulated pension industry increased by 14.4% y/y in February to N8.91trn (US$29.0bn) and by 1.9% m/m. They are growing at a decent rate yet, at just 7.0% of 2018 GDP, are running behind peer markets. 

The comparable regulator in Kenya, the Retirement Benefits Authority, has put AUM at end-2018 at KES1.17trn (US$11.4bn), equivalent to 15.0% of the most recent nominal GDP figure available. Nigeria was relatively late (2004) in the establishment of its regulated industry.

The Nigerian industry’s holdings of FGN paper amounted to 73.1% of their AUM in February, compared with 70.7% one year earlier.

The role of the PFAs in naira debt markets remains a core element of any assessment of direction. Their holdings of FGN bonds at end-February represented 48.1% of the stock of the instruments at end-year.

In the far smaller sukuk market, the PFAs held 47.9% of the Islamic bonds in issuance.

The share of AUM invested in domestic equities has declined over 12 months from 9.4% to 6.8%. By way of explanation, we note that the NSEASI fell by 26.8% over the same period.

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The latest PenCom data show a total of 8.57 million scheme memberships, implying an average portfolio of N1.04m (a marginal increase on the month).

AUM of PFAs, Feb 2019 (% shares) Total: N8.91trn

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Sources: National Pension Commission (PenCom); FBNQuest Capital Research

This average should decline now that the PFAs are able to market micro pensions for the self-employed and employees of small firms. In January the regulator suggested an increase in AUM over an unspecified timeframe of N3trn, and an additional 12 million contributors over five years.