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Mark Mobius steps down from Templeton Emerging Markets trust

Mark Mobius is to step down as lead manager of the Templeton Emerging Markets investment trust after more than a quarter of a century in charge.

Mark Mobius steps down from Templeton Emerging Markets trust

Mark Mobius is to step down as lead manager on the Templeton Emerging Markets (TEM ) investment trust 26 years after he launched the £1.6 billion fund.

Carlos Hardenberg, who has been part of Templeton's emerging markets team for 13 years, will replace Mobius as lead manager. Mobius will continue as a portfolio manager on the trust.

Hardenberg will relocate to London as part of the reorganisation, which will take effect from 1 October.  

Mobius said: ‘The Templeton Emerging Markets Group routinely reviews portfolio management assignments and makes changes based on what we believe is in the best interests of our clients.’

The trust’s chair Peter Smith added: ‘We believe that the appointment of Carlos Hardenberg as lead portfolio manager, supported by Mark Mobius and Chetan Sehgal, will provide renewed focus for the next stage in the company's development.’

Although the fund's long-term record remains intact with a 10-year shareholder return of 184%, helped by an impressive rally after the financial crisis, it has gone off the boil since then, hit by the downturn in emerging markets and its unfashionable value-investment style. The shares are down 1.7% over five years and trading at a 10.4% discount.

'We believe that the change in management responsibilities has been made in order to reassure investors,' said analysts at Numis.

'It is interesting that Carlos Hardenberg and Chetan Sehgal specialise in frontier markets and small cap, respectively, and time will tell if this leads to any change in focus for the trust over time. However, we don not expect and change to the long-term, value-oriented approach.'

Speculation has long mounted over a succesor to Mobius, who is 78 years old. Hardenberg, Sehgal and Allan Lam, who had taken on a stock selection role for the trust, were among the most senior members on the 53-strong Templeton emerging markets team.

Numis analysts said Lam was 'unimpressive at a recent analyst meeting, in our view, with no convincing explanation for the degree of recent underperformance'.

Shares in the trust inched 0.1% higher to 504.2p on the news. 

5 comments so far. Why not have your say?

Awesome Dave

Jul 13, 2015 at 18:31

And not before time. Totally overated. Living on, and no doubt being paid based on, past glories

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Ray Freeburn

Jul 13, 2015 at 20:08

Totally agree Dave"

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Jul 13, 2015 at 21:34

In the last 5 years, TEM has outperformed the index in only one quarter (Q1 of 2013). That followed an acrimonious continuation vote and a tender offer. Time for another one!

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joseph o neill

Jul 14, 2015 at 08:42

Very stale fund , set in their ways, any mug can choose a style and stick with it.

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gary so

Jul 18, 2015 at 10:30

Most of the fund performance were dissatisfied, e.g. China, Latin America, Korea. When we compare Fidelity and JP Morgan, they have been performing much better. This is the fund house which caused me huge losses

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