Kuwait’s Public Institution for Social Security had its best ever annual performance, emerging as a new regional investment powerhouse.
24 June 2021, 12:00 AM
10 July 2021, 12:00 AM
Despite political deadlock in the country, Kuwait’s Public Institution for Social Security had its best ever annual performance.
The $134 billion pension fund, which owns a quarter of U.S. private equity firm Stone Point Capital LLC, recorded 20.9% growth in assets in the year ended March 31, according to a statement on Wednesday.
PIFSS, as the fund is known, also owns 25% of Oak Hill Advisors and 10% of TowerBrook Capital Partners LP.
After its former head was found guilty of personally profiting from the organization over decades, a new management team was brought into the fund in 2017 to transform the state-owned institution. Cash now accounts for 4% of its investments, down from about 11.5% a year ago.
Director General Meshal Al-Othman said, “The performance reflects the fund’s “robust” investment policy and the record performance of capital markets. The management follows a conservative investment strategy well positioned to absorb and overcome expected fluctuations in international markets in the medium-term”.