Public Bank’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Public Mutual, declared distributions for three of its funds. The total gross distributions declared for the financial year ended 31 December 2009 are as follows:
Fund Gross Distribution / Unit
Public Savings Fund 8.00 sen per unit
Public Focus Select Fund 0.75 sen per unit
Public Islamic Enhanced Bond Fund 2.00 sen per unit
Public Mutual Chief Executive Officer Ms. Yeoh Kim Hong said Public Savings Fund, which was launched in 1981, is the company’s maiden fund. The fund aims to achieve long-term capital appreciation while at the same time producing a reasonable level of income. “According to The Edge-Lipper Fund Table dated 14 December 2009, Public Savings Fund generated a one-year return of 46.08% for the period ended 4 December 2009,” she said.
Public Focus Select Fund, which was launched in 2004, generated a one-year return of 45.49% for the period ended 4 December 2009. This fund aims to achieve capital growth through investments in medium-sized companies in term of market capitalisation from diversified economic sectors.
Meanwhile, Public Islamic Enhanced Bond Fund was launched in 2006 and recorded a one-year return of 10.26% for the same period. As a Shariah-based bond fund, it aims to provide a combination of annual income and modest capital growth primarily through a portfolio allocation across Islamic debt securities and equities that comply with Shariah requirements.
Public Mutual is Malaysia’s largest private unit trust company with 72 funds under management. It has over 2,000,000 accountholders and as at 30 November 2009, the total net asset value of the funds managed by the company was RM34.7 billion.