06 Apr 2006

CITIC Prudential Fund Management Company launches first fund in China

Prudential's asset management joint venture with CITIC, CITIC Prudential Fund Management Company, today announced the launch of its first fund product. The fund is a balanced fund and is targeted at domestic retail and institutional investors. The fund is being distributed through the Agricultural Bank of China, China CITIC Bank and several securities companies.

The fund was developed in response to consumer research conducted by CITIC Prudential Fund Management Company indicating that many Chinese retail investors are risk averse and prefer more stable investment funds. The fund aims to provide regular income and capital growth by investing in equities and bonds.

In addition to the launch of the balanced fund, CITIC Prudential Fund Management Company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Agricultural Bank of China providing distribution support for the balanced fund and subsequent fund products and support for Prudential’s Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor application.

Ajay Srinivasan, Chief Executive, Fund Management, Asia added: “The launch of our first fund is an important milestone in our plan to build a quality fund management business in China. With the strong support of our partner CITIC and our customer centric approach, I believe we will make a positive contribution to both the Chinese funds management industry and Chinese investors.”

CITIC Prudential Fund Management Company Chief Executive Officer, CheeSeng Shek said, “Partnering with an important bank like China Agricultural Bank is a great first step for CITIC Prudential Fund Management Company. I am sure the launch of our first fund will be a strong start to a very long relationship.”

CITIC Prudential Fund Management Company is headquartered in Shanghai and will offer its new investment products nationwide. This funds management operation is Prudential’s ninth in Asia and adds to its rapidly growing portfolio of funds businesses.

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About CITIC Group (China International Trust and Investment Corporation)

CITIC was established on October 4 1979 by Rong Yiren. The creation of CITIC was initiated and approved by Deng Xiaoping, chief architect of China's reform.

CITIC is a window on the way China has opened to the outside world. Since its inception, CITIC has always adhered to the principle of innovation. In line with government laws, regulations and policies, CITIC has attracted and utilized foreign capital, introduced advanced technologies, and adopted advanced and scientific international practices in operations and management. CITIC has established successful, strong performing businesses in many fields. As a result, CITIC has made significant contributions to the country's reform and opening up drive and has improved China’s reputation both domestically and abroad.

CITIC has grown into a large multinational conglomerate. It now owns 44 subsidiaries in countries including Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company has also set up representative offices in Tokyo, New York and Frankfurt. CITIC's core business ranges from financial services to service industries. By the end of 2004, CITIC had total assets of over RMB 701.6 billion (US$84 billion).

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