UC Investments posts strong gains, endowment up 8.24 percent

The University of California’s Office of the Chief Investment Officer (UC Investments) announced today (Sept. 12) that its assets under management grew to $126.1 billion as of June 30, a one-year jump of $7.4 billion and a five-year gain of $30 billion.

UC’s $126.1 billion is spread across seven unique financial products. The endowment ended the fiscal year at $13.4 billion, and the pension stood at $70 billion. Working capital was at $14.8 billion, with total return at $9.2 billion and short-term at $5.6 billion. The retirement savings program ended the year at $25.6 billion, Fiat Lux Insurance at $1.1 billion, and the newly created Blue & Gold Pool at $1.3 billion for the three months since its inception.

“What stands out for me in these numbers is our team’s growth and success,” said Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Singh Bachher. “When I joined UC in April 2014, our total assets under management were valued at $91.6 billion. Five years later they total $126.1 billion. We’ve added $2.4 billion in value above our benchmarks and saved $1 billion by reducing management costs.”

Said UC Regent Richard Sherman, chair of the Investments Committee, “Jagdeep and the UC Investments team have delivered solid absolute returns above their benchmarks. They continue to innovate and work collaboratively among themselves and with their partners. They’re right-sized: agile and well-placed to take advantage of economies of scale, best of breed managers and passive equity products. This leads to an extraordinarily low cost of management that enhances our net returns for the benefit of all UC stakeholders.”

“UC Investments has been key to the university’s success on some of our most important and exciting initiatives,” added UC President Janet Napolitano. “Their approach helps our long-term financial outlook and well positions us to meet the challenges of the next 150 years at the University of California. UC Investments has found ways to deepen its relationships with our 10 campuses and add value to the day-to-day benefit of UC.”

The UC endowment grew 8.2 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. The endowment has earned 10.7 percent over three years, 6.8 percent over five years, 9.4 percent over 10 years, 6.3 percent over 20 years and 9.2 percent over 25 years. Over the past five years the endowment has earned $710 million above the market gains of $2.9 billion.

The UC pension gained 6 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. The pension has earned 9.4 percent over three years, 6 percent over five years, 9.3 percent over 10 years, 5.7 percent over 20 years, and 8.7 percent over 25 years. It gained $1.2 billion over the market gains of $16.7 billion since 2014.

The UC Total Return Investment Pool (TRIP) earned 6.3 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. TRIP has earned 6.1 percent over three years, 4.2 percent over five years and 7.5 percent over 10 years. The UC Short-Term Investment Pool earned 2.3 percent for the year, 1.8 percent over three years, 1.6 percent over five years, 1.9 percent over 10 years, 3.2 percent over 20 years and 3.8 percent over 25 years. Working capital added value of $290 million over the past five years.

Performance results will be discussed at the September 17, 2019 meeting of the UC Board of Regents’ Investments Committee. Results are available online at:  https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/sept19/i1.pdf

The digital version of UC Investments’ annual report for FY2018-2019  is available here: https://ucop.edu/investment-office/_files/report/annual-report-2018-2019.pdf