Searches and Hires

Energy Super hires Bell Asset Management for global smidcap

Energy Super, a Brisbane-based A$7.4 billion ($5.4 billion) superannuation fund, awarded Melbourne-based Bell Asset Management a mandate to invest A$130 million ($94 million) in global small- and midcap equities, a spokeswoman for Energy Super confirmed Thursday.

In a news release, Rob Sullivan, managing director for strategy and distribution at Bell Asset, said the Energy Super mandate was "indicative of a strengthening pivot toward quality-focused asset management approaches that have shown to be more resilient in volatile markets."

The news release said Bell's global smidcap equities strategy outperformed the MSCI World SMID Cap index, in Australian-dollar terms, by 9.6% for the 12 months through Oct. 31 — a period that saw the Australian currency weaken by roughly 6% against the U.S. dollar.

A spokesman for Bell Asset said the firm had assets under management of A$1.8 billion as of Nov. 30.