Wellington-based investment back-office firm, Adminis, is revving up to compete head-on in the New Zealand market with its public website going live a fortnight ago.
Adminis, which has links to Xero, TradeMe and FNZ, emerged out of private wealth firm, Crema Capital, in 2013 but has been operating behind the scenes until this month.
Martin Kay, Adminis chief, said the firm offers investment administration, fund accounting and registry services via a platform originally developed in-house for Crema.
Kay said since spinning out from Crema in 2013, Adminis has accrued eight clients covering 26 funds and two wealth managers.
“We currently have well over $500 million of assets under administration on the platform and are on track to achieving well over $1 billion by the end of the year,” he said.
But after finding a willing market in the low to mid-tier range of local investment firms, Kay said Adminis was ready to expand its offering in New Zealand – and eventually, offshore.
He said the group was also pitching to investment managers with “special requirements” such as property and private equity funds, wealth management firms and limited liability partnerships (LLPs),
“Ultimately we want to be seen as the Xero of investment administration,” Kay said.
“Our aim is to bring investors, investment managers, administrators, custodians and all of the other main stakeholders involved in the management of an investment structure around a single source of truth to support better outcomes for investors.”
As well as competing on cost, he said Adminis was also able to work on a mix-and-match basis, fitting its services around other admin providers such as custodians or wraps.
“We believe our platform provides us with a significant differentiator,” Kay said. “It gives us the flexibility to deal with different scenarios. It allows us to partner with our customers and help them with innovations they have in mind, but maybe couldn’t achieve previously.”
Adminis planned to launch a website specifically aimed at fund managers this year giving them access to a number of portfolio management tools such as daily balancing, he said.
The platform was initially built to manage the assets of a group of TradeMe investors – including Kay – within the Crema Capital structure.
Adminis retained links with TradeMe associates with backing from Wellington-based private investment group, Movac, which was an early investor in the online auction business.
The group also has several Xero associations including chair, Sam Knowles, who fills the same role for the listed cloud accounting firm. Knowles was Kiwibank’s inaugural CEO, amongst other career highlights.
Matt Vaughan, Xero general counsel, is also on the Adminis board along with former head of BNP Paribas NZ, Hugh Stevens.
In addition, Adminis chief revenue officer, Matan Gan-El, was one of the early developers of New Zealand’s most successful investment platform export, FNZ.
Gan-El held several roles with FNZ over a five-year period starting in 2005.