Evli Plc’s Half Year Financial Report January–June 2023



Highlights for the period

  • Alternative investment funds continued to grow, driven by strong client demand.
  • Fund sales successful despite challenging market – Evli collected the third most fund subscriptions in Finland.
  • Evli was once again chosen as Finland's best and most used institutional asset manager. As proof of long-term work for investors, the company has been among the top positions for 11 years in a row.

Financial performance JanuaryJune 2023 (comparison period 16/2022*)

  • Net revenue was EUR 52.2 million (EUR 46.2 million).
  • Operating profit was EUR 19.1 million (EUR 18.0 million).
  • Operating result of the Wealth Management and Investor Clients segment increased to EUR 17.8 million (EUR 15.5 million).
  • Operating result of the Advisory and Corporate Clients segment decreased to EUR 1.8 million (EUR 2.0 million).
  • At the end of June, assets under management amounted to EUR 16.8 billion (EUR 14.5 billion) on a net basis.
  • Return on equity was 22.6 percent (28.6%).
  • Earnings per share, fully diluted, was EUR 0.52 (EUR 0.50).
  • The ratio of recurring revenues to operational costs was 128 percent (125%).

Financial performance AprilJune 2023 (comparison period 46/2022)

  • The Group's net revenue was EUR 26.4 million (EUR 22.9 million).
  • The Group's operating profit was EUR 9.8 million (EUR 8.3 million).
  • Diluted earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.26 (EUR 0.24).


Uncertain sentiment in investment markets has persisted due to heightened interest rate and inflation fears, increased geopolitical risks and market volatility.

As a result of the acquisitions made during 2022, Evli has managed to strengthen its position in the market. With synergies from the acquisitions and non-recurring costs allocated to 2022, we estimate that the operating result will be well above the comparison period's level (EUR 30.9 million in 2022).


Income statement key figures    
Net revenue, M€26.422.952.246.2
Operating profit/loss, M€9.88.319.118.0
Operating profit margin, %36,936.436.739.1
Profit/loss excl. non-recurring items related to mergers and acquisitions, M€    
Profit/loss for the financial year, M€7.86.315.314.1
Profitability key figures    
Return on equity (ROE), %--22.628.6
Return on assets (ROA), %--8.47.5
Balance sheet key figures    
Equity-to-assets ratio, %--35.424.8
Key figures per share    
Earnings per Share (EPS), fully diluted, €
Dividend per share, € -1.15**1.06
Equity per share, € -4.663.83
Share price at the end of the period, € -19.417.2
Personnel figures    
Number of permanent employees--304259
Number of temporary employees--5341
Share of personnel worked in Finland, %--9492
Other key figures    
Expense ratio (operating costs to net revenue)0.630.640.640.61
Recurring revenue ratio, %** -128125
Market value, M€  513.8410.3
* Includes carve-out figures for 1-3/2022.
** Dividend approved by the General Meeting. The dividend was paid on March 23, 2023.
** The calculation formula has been changed, which has resulted in an update of the previously reported benchmark figure. In the future, discretionary bonus payments will also be included as part of the operating costs.


Economic growth slowed down in the early part of the year but remained positive. Higher consumer prices, tighter monetary policy, geopolitical tensions, difficulties in the real estate sector and momentarily elevated banking concerns have so far not led to a broad-based decline in consumer and business confidence, but recession risks are increasing.

Stock prices rose in the second quarter, driven by developed markets, especially US equities. Technology shares, especially the so-called "Magnificent seven" shares (Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Nvidia and Tesla) led the way. The combined market capitalization of these companies already exceeded $11 trillion, and their returns in the first half of the year exceeded the 16 percent return of the S&P 500 index. Investor interest in technology shares has been fuelled by enthusiasm for the opportunities and growth prospects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. In other parts of the world, however, the development of equities was more uneven, and in Finland and England, for example, share prices fell.

Fixed income investments developed weaker than equities in the second quarter. Yields on government bonds and higher-rated investment grade bonds were weighed down by rising interest rates, while lower-rated high-yield bonds continued to develop well.

The uncertainty of the operating environment and the uneven development of international markets, together with increased costs, were reflected in the development and result of Evli's business areas. Net revenue increased due to the merger with EAB Group Plc completed last year and the continued strong growth in commission income from alternative investment products and incentive business. In the second quarter, the Group's net revenue increased by 15 percent from the comparison period and was EUR 26.4 million (EUR 22.9 million). Operating profit, in turn, increased by 17 percent to EUR 9.8 million (EUR 8.3 million). Commission income from traditional funds was also higher than in the previous year. By contrast, commission income from the Corporate Finance and brokerage activities remained lower than in the previous year because of the slowdown in M&A activity and lower trading volumes.

Evli's return on equity in January–June was 22.6 percent (28.6%). The ratio of recurring revenue to operational costs was 128 percent (125%). The Group's solvency and liquidity were at an excellent level.

The Wealth Management and Investor Clients segment's net revenue increased by 18 percent in the second quarter and was EUR 20.8 million (EUR 17.6 million). As a result of positive market development and net subscriptions, customer assets under management increased to EUR 16.8 billion (EUR 14.5 billion). Evli Fund Management Company's mutual fund capital, including alternative investment products, was approximately EUR 12.2 billion (EUR 10.2 billion). Net subscriptions of traditional investment funds amounted to approximately EUR 80 million in the second quarter, mainly from short-term funds and US equities.

The Advisory and Corporate Clients segment's net revenue increased by 14 percent in the second quarter to EUR 5 million (EUR 4.4 million). The Corporate Finance unit's invoicing for the quarter was EUR 1.6 million (EUR 1.7 million). The unit's mandate base is still good, although the tightened availability of funding makes project completion more challenging. Income from the Incentive business increased to EUR 3.1 million (EUR 2.5 million). The company has continued to win new clients, and its prospects are also good.

The key drivers of Evli's strategy, international sales and alternative investment products, developed twofold during the quarter. Net subscriptions from international clients amounted to nearly EUR -100 million coming mainly from Evli's corporate bond funds and Evli Europe equity fund. International customers accounted for 19 percent (22%) of Evli's total fund capital, including alternative investment products. Sales of alternative investment products totalled some EUR 90 million (EUR 76 million) in the second quarter. The sales was divided into several funds, of which Evli Private Debt II, Evli Private Equity I and Evli Leveraged Loan funds raised the largest subscription amounts.

During the second quarter, Evli continued its active work related to climate targets and the joint research project together with UNICEF Finland to discover how investors can promote child rights. In addition, Evli continued its research related to biodiversity indicators regarding portfolio-specific analyses. Evli was also placed first overall in sustainable investments expertise in the recent Kantar Prospera’s "External Asset Management Finland 2023" survey.


Additional information:
Maunu Lehtimäki, CEO, Evli Plc, tel. +358 (0)50 553 3000, maunu.lehtimaki@evli.com
Juho Mikola, CFO, Evli Plc, tel. +358 (0)40 717 8888, juho.mikola@evli.com

Evli Plc

We see wealth as an engine to drive progress. We draw on our heritage, broad expertise and Nordic values to grow and manage wealth for institutions, corporations and private persons in a responsible way.

We are the best fund house in the Nordics1 and the leading asset manager in Finland2 offering a broad range of services including mutual funds, asset management and capital markets services, alternative investment products, equity research, share plan design and administration as well as Corporate Finance services. Responsible investing is integrated in every investment decision and our expertise is widely acknowledged by our clients. Evli has Finland's best expertise in responsible investment3.

Evli Group employs around 300 professionals and Evli has approximately EUR 16.7 billion in client assets under management (net 3/2023). Evli Plc’s B shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

1 Lipper Fund Awards 2023.
2 Morningstar Awards 2023 (c). Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Awarded to Evli for the Best Fund House in Finland. Kantar Prospera External Asset Management Finland 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023. Kantar Prospera Private Banking 2019, 2020 Finland.
3 SFR Scandinavian Financial Research Institutional Investment Services Finland 2021, 2022. Kantar Prospera External Asset Management Finland 2023.

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