Carbon360 Releases List Of 'Top 40 Administrators' Illustrating Sweeping Impact Of Hedge Fund Industry Asset Losses

Bangalore, India (PressExposure) October 28, 2009 -- For the Top 40 administrators, the force of hedge fund asset losses translated into an overall decline in assets under administration (AUA) of -24%.

The 2009 Fact Book is a comprehensive, 500+ page in-depth industry analysis of 150 administrators (market breakdown, growth, revenues, costs, and profit) and identifies trends in the fund administration space.

To obtain the full ranking, intelligence and competitive matrix of all 150 administrators, please go here: [https://www.carbon360.com/viewAbstract.do?documentID=7225].

Top 5 administrators While Citco Fund Administration saw its assets decline by -33%, the administrator remained firmly at the top of the list with an AUA of $440bn, staying $188bn ahead of its nearest competitor – State Street. SEI was a newcomer to the top of the list, increasing its AUA by 18% to achieve $205bn, while Fortis Prime Fund Solutions and The Bank of New York Mellon each suffered setbacks but managed to secure fourth and fifth place rankings. Altogether, these five represent $1,296tln of the 2.8tln assets administered by third party service providers.

Largest asset base increases went to administrators under $100bn Number 14 ranked Northern Trust gained an astounding 90% in AUA adding 40bln in assets year over year, but industry volatility was such that this only meant saw the firm moving up 6 places from its previous ranking of 21. Other firms that were able to increase assets even as the industry shrank by historic records include AIS Fund Administration (+29%), SEI (18.%), JP Morgan Fund Services (14%), and Ophedge Investment Services (13%). Of these five increases, four took place in administrator firms with less than $100bn in AUA.

While largest declines tended to hit bigger firms The largest declines in assets hit the following firms: HSBC Securities Services (-46%), Caceis (-44%), Citi (-43%), CIBC (-39%), and RBC Dexia (-39%).

While the top 11 firms all have assets over $100bn, ten saw asset declines. Out of the remaining 29 firms (with AUA under $100bn), seven managed to increase assets during the turbulent period.

M&A will likely define changes to administrator industry in 2010 Carbon 360° has determined that asset level drops have seen hedge fund managers utilizing fewer available administrator services, resulting in a 5% drop in fees to 7.78bps for single strategy funds and to 6.5bps for fund of funds. This has impacted administrator profits, contributing to an industry income decline of -27% and may well result in increased M&A activity within the administrator space in the future.

The Top 40 Hedge Fund Administrators: Company Total 2009 ($ Billions) Total 2008 ($ Billions) % Change 1 Citco Fund Services (USA) Inc. 440 664 -33.7 2 State Street 252.3 326.8 -22.8 3 SEI 205 173 18.5 4 Fortis Prime Fund Solutions 200.5 325.6 -38.4 5 The Bank of New York Mellon 199.5 248 -19.6 6 Citi* 192 342 -43.9 7 HSBC Securities Services 173.49 324.5 -46.5 8 Goldman Sachs Administration Services 156.7 201.8 -22.3 9 UBS Global Asset Management Alternative Fund Services 153.9 228.4 -32.6 10 Caceis 113.49 205.4 -44.7 11 SS&C Fund Services 110 140 -21.4 12 JPMorgan Hedge Fund Services 96 83.9 14.4 13 GlobeOp Financial Services 91 109.5 -16.9 14 Northern Trust 84.5 44.4 90.3 15 BNP Paribas* 82.6 76.05 8.6 16 PNC Global Investment Servicing 75.7 120.9 -37.4 17 Butterfield Fulcrum* 75 74.8 0.3 18 Morgan Stanley 73 91.5 -20.2 19 Société Générale Securities Services 54.56 65.7 -16.9 20 Ophedge Investment Services 39 34.5 13 21 RBC Dexia 35.29 57.9 -39.1 22 NAV Consulting, Inc. 32 31 3.2 23 Heritage International** 31.91 40 -20.2 24 Admiral Administration 30 34.6 -13.3 25 HedgeServ 25 n/a n/a 26 Custom House Global Fund Services Ltd* 24.91 40.2 -38 27 Trident Trust 20.04 26.3 -23.8 28 Citadel Solutions LLC 19.97 30.3 -34.1 29 Harmonic Fund Services 19 25.47 -25.4 30 Maples Finance** 18.03 22.6 -20.2 31 Spectrum Global Fund Administration** 17.5 22.5 -22.2 32 UMB Fund Services 16.69 n/a n/a 33 Anson Fund Managers** 15.96 20 -20.2 34 AIS Fund Administration 15.5 12 29.2 35 Kaufman Rossin Fund Services, LLC 14.7 17.09 -14 36 CIBC 14 23 -39.1 37 Caledonian Global Fund Services 12.7 18 -29.4 38 Lacrosse Global Fund Services** 11.57 14.6 -20.8 39 NottinghamInvestment Administration 10.8 n/a n/a 40 Meridian Fund Services 10.61 15.8 -32.8

Total for Top 40 3264.42 4332.11 -24.65

* Restated 2008 AUA ** Estimated

About Carbon360° Research Carbon 360 Research is a leading provider of technology and operations research for the institutional investment community and is the publisher of the annual "Fund Administration Fact Book", a comprehensive report on the global fund administration industry. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in New York City.

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