APRA’s annual launch of fund-level superannuation statistics gives a great alternative to mirror on the state of Australia’s superannuation business. There are some fascinating developments, a few of which appear set to persist.

Cleansing the information

From the APRA knowledge we did the next:

  1. Aggregated a number of suppliers underneath the identical father or mother firm (e.g. Insignia Monetary)
  2. Accounted for introduced merger intentions
  3. Estimated property for CSC based mostly on property managed somewhat than outlined profit liabilities

The panorama

Most tremendous property (excluding SMSF’s after all) are managed by a fairly small variety of funds, as highlighted within the chart beneath.

Aggregating the numbers within the chart there emerges fourteen funds within the “massive fund membership” (the “Large 14”), who handle simply over 80% of business property. We created our personal definitions to divide the Large 14 into three sub-categories (all approximations): mega (>$250b), very giant (>$100b), and enormous funds (>$50b).

The remaining 20% of business property are managed by (once more, our definitions) medium (>$30b), small (>$10b) and really small funds (<$10b). We omit to incorporate very small funds within the chart beneath.

Altering panorama in 2022

There are three essential highlights of 2022. The primary was the clear emergence of a mega fund class, the place AustralianSuper (which continues to learn from large internet inflows) was joined by Australian Retirement Belief (the merger between Sunsuper and QSuper). The second was Mercer Tremendous becoming a member of the massive fund membership by means of its acquisition of a few of BT’s tremendous operations. The third is decreased numbers of very small funds, as a result of mergers.

What to anticipate in 2023 and past

Past the shrinking variety of very small funds, the very fact that there have been solely two important modifications to the tremendous fund panorama means that, particularly with respect to the massive fund membership, issues transfer slowly.

May we see the emergence of one other mega fund? This is able to require a merger between two very giant funds or probably a really giant fund and a big fund. Nevertheless, the lifelike variety of candidate mergers is small when you account for fund varieties (it’s troublesome for a profit-for-member fund with a comparatively small vary of merchandise to merge with a platform-based for-profit fund). Additional, most of the Large 14 funds are digesting substantial merger exercise and could also be hesitant to tackle the scale of merger required to create a 3rd mega fund.

May we see a brand new entry into the massive fund membership? This is able to require mergers amongst mid-sized funds or, in some circumstances, a mid-sized and a small fund. Nevertheless, the identical issues come up as soon as extra: there are few pure mergers as a result of fund constructions, and plenty of mid and small-sized funds are bedding down their very own mergers.

An fascinating query is the pathway for small funds to exceed the $30b threshold cited by APRA. For many members of this class substantial development could be required, making a merger, probably a number of mergers, probably the most lifelike pathway.

Total, we count on the form of the business to evolve slowly. System flows and efficiency could have influence, however step-change comes by means of merger exercise. However that is an business which may shock. Not many individuals predicted the merger between QSuper and Sunsuper, or tipped Mercer Tremendous to be the fund to select up a few of BT’s tremendous property.


David Bell is government director at The Conexus Institute.

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