Value Partners Malaysia launches a Shariah China A-Shares 100 ETF
Value Partners Group Limited has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Value Partners Asset Management Malaysia has launched a Shariah China A-Shares 100 ETF, described as the world’s first A-share ETF that tracks the performance of the Dow Jones Islamic Market China A-Shares 100 Index.
The Shariah China A-Shares ETF adopts a full replication strategy, in which the ETF will hold every constituent of the Benchmark Index, having substantially the same weightings. The product is also Value Partners Malaysia’s first ETF to be listed on the local bourse.
The Shariah China A-Shares ETF is designed to provide investors with exposure to Shariah-compliant stocks within the China A-Shares equity universe. With the quantitative criteria adopted by the Benchmark Index, the Shariah China A-Shares ETF provides investors with exposure to China’s new economy, allowing them to participate in the country’s changing dynamics and positive growth trends of the economic structure as China moves toward focusing on becoming a consumption- and services-led economy. China’s new economy includes companies in the technology, consumption, healthcare and 5G space.
The Shariah methodology adopted requires companies to be screened on two levels. The first is a sector-based screen, where companies in the sin sectors (such as alcohol, tobacco, and gambling), pork-related products, conventional financial services, and weapons and defence, are excluded. The second is a quantitative screening of liquidity and total debt, based on specified and approved metrics. Because of these screens, Shariah-compliant companies usually have strong business fundamentals supported by healthy balance sheets.
To meet its investment objective, the Shariah China A-Shares ETF can invest up to 100 per cent of its NAV in authorised securities, with an option to invest a maximum of 10 per cent in Islamic collective investment schemes, Islamic money market instruments and/or Islamic deposits.
Durraini Baharuddin, Managing Director of Value Partners Malaysia says: “Value Partners, co-founded by Dato’ Seri CHEAH Cheng Hye, our Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer, is known as a well-recognised China investing expert. We have a long track record of delivering superior investment performance for nearly 30 years and have always strived to provide innovative products to our investors. Our new Shariah China A-Shares ETF is a unique tool for Malaysian investors to capture opportunities in China’s new economy within Shariah principles.
“We trust that our new ETF will meet the needs of both institutional and individual investors who wish to find value in the China A-shares market.”
With the recent inclusion of China A-shares into global indices, the expected increase of foreign participation in the market may also lead to upward asset revaluation, the firm says.
Kamal Mustadza, Fund Manager of Value Partners Malaysia, says: “We have a positive outlook on foreign capital inflows into Chinese markets and continue to remain optimistic. China's continued efforts of developing and improving market accessibility over the years have made the market too big for investors to ignore.”
The Shariah China A-Shares 100 ETF is managed by Value Partners Malaysia and holds physical shares as underlying investments. It is the flagship fund of Value Partners Malaysia’s offering to institutional and individual investors in Malaysia.