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KB Asset bets on hydrogen supply chain in new equity fund

A visual concept image of a hydrogen fuel car charging station (123rf)
A visual concept image of a hydrogen fuel car charging station (123rf)
South Korea‘s fund manager KB Asset Management said Monday it has launched an equity fund to target companies at home and abroad dedicated to hydrogen supply chain.

The instrument will become the first fund product publicly sold to investors in Korea’s fund management industry to bet on the growth of the global hydrogen mobility ecosystem.

The equity fund will invest in companies devoted to production, storage, transportation and distribution of hydrogen, as well as hydrogen-powered goods such as batteries and cars.

Expected portfolio components are hydrogen producers such as German-based Siemens, Norwegian firm Nel Hydrogen; suppliers such as international firm Linde and France-based Air Liquide; hydrogen battery makers Plug Power and Doosan Fuel Cell; as well as hydrogen vehicle maker Hyundai Motor, according to KB Asset.

The fund is the latest addition to KB Asset‘s hydrogen-related investment product lineup, including an exchange-traded fund launched in October. The ETF has topped 180 billion won ($163 million) by net asset value and logged over a 20 percent return since January 2021.

This comes in line with the Korean government’s move to nurture a domestic hydrogen energy ecosystem, by introducing Hydrogen Portfolio Standard by 2022 to enforce utilities firms to generate more power using hydrogen fuel cell, and by enacting the Hydrogen Economy Promotion and Hydrogen Safety Management Act in January.

“The introduction of the new law in Korea will greatly boost hydrogen-related infrastructure and industries,” said KB Asset in a statement. “Investing in companies with a competitive edge in the field of business will offer investors a good opportunity.”

The product will began selling to investors through Korea‘s fund distribution channels Monday.

By Son Ji-hyoung (consnow@heraldcorp.com)
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