Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Melbourne, 7 February 2018 – Australia Ratings has assigned a ‘STRONG’ investment rating to Aura High Yield SME Fund (“the Fund”).

A STRONG investment rating indicates a strong conviction that the fund can deliver a risk adjusted return in line with the fund’s investment objective; based on an investment rating scale used by Australia Ratings to indicate how well we believe a fund will perform against a range of risks.

The Aura High Yield SME Fund - managed by Aura Funds Management Limited – invests in non-bank lenders specialising in providing finance to small to medium (SME) businesses in Australia. The Fund obtains this exposure through structured notes that are backed by secured and unsecured loans to SMEs that provide an attractive risk adjusted return.

The Fund offers monthly income, targeting returns at 12% p.a. (net of management fees) with low level of capital loss from a diversified portfolio of debt securities, principally issued by lenders to SME businesses. As at 31 December 2017, the Fund had $6 million assets under management since its inception in August 2017.

Australia Ratings’ analyst Daniel Liptak said “The Fund offers an attractive investment on a risk-return basis that captures the higher interest rate premium of SME loans without the substantial cost overhead typical of a bank lender. “ Mr Liptak adds “the Strong investment rating reflects the investment managers’ deep industry experience and the investment team’s long history in FinTech and AltFi Fintech financing.”

Australia Ratings has also assigned its Product Complexity Indicator of ‘YELLOW’ indicating the fund as a Complex financial product. This indicates that the investment manager will seek to outperform their chosen specialist market secto - the Australian SME loan market. A key risk is the ability of Aura to identify and validate superior loan underwriting and servicing standards of non-bank lenders with experience in the SME sector.

A full rating report is available from


Daniel Liptak, Director 03 8080 6684



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