Man Group shares rise after U.K. fund manager unveils new share buyback program

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Man Group shares rise after U.K. fund manager unveils new share buyback program
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By Scott Kanowsky

Investing.com -- Shares in Man Group PLC (LON: EMG ) surged towards the top of the pan-European STOXX 600 on Friday after the fund manager announced a new share buyback program worth up to $125 million.

In a statement, the London-based firm - Britain's largest listed hedge fund - said the repurchases will run from today until December 8, 2023.

"The Share Buyback Programme is in line with the Company's policy to distribute capital to shareholders while maintaining a prudent balance sheet after taking into account required capital and potential strategic opportunities," it added.

The announcement comes after Man reported a decline in assets under management in the third quarter, dipping to $138.4B on September 30 from $142.3B at the end of June.

The company described the three-month period as "very difficult" for the wider asset management industry, with a slide in U.K. stocks and bonds compounding investor jitters over the outlook for the global economy. Man's closest rivals, including Rathbones (LON: RAT ), Quilter (LON: QLT ), and Liontrust Asset Management (LON: LIO ), all saw AUMs slip, with the combined outflows for all four businesses amounting to $9.8B during the quarter.

Man also booked a negative quarterly foreign exchange impact of $4.5B, mainly due to a recent surge in the strength of the U.S. dollar .

Shares in Man Group are down by more than 7% over the last one-year period.

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