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