Saturna Capital Named Best Islamic Fund Manager U.S.
Dubai, UAE; March 24, 2008 — Saturna Capital Corporation, advisor to the Amana Growth Fund (AMAGX) and Amana Income Fund (AMANX) has received the 2007 Best Fund Manager - U.S. Award from Failaka Advisors, the world leader in Islamic funds research. Nicolas Kaiser, the funds’ portfolio manager and president of Saturna Capital Corporation, has been awarded this distinction every year since the debut of the Failaka awards in 2005.
"The Amana Funds have been empowering Muslim investors since 1986, and it is my privilege to accept this award that acknowledges the consistency and strength of our long-term performance," said Kaiser. "It’s gratifying to be recognized for our core principles: our value-oriented philosophy and our ability to stay the course in a tumultuous market."
The Amana Funds are designed for American Muslims who wish to invest according to Islamic principles. In addition to Amana’s awards from Failaka, Monem Salam, Director and Vice President of Islamic Investing for Saturna, was recently recognized by Institutional Investor News as one of the "Twenty Rising Stars" in the mutual fund industry. Moreover, The Amana Funds have, over the last couple of years, received strong long-term performance ratings from investment research firm Morningstar (both the Amana Income and the Amana Growth Funds rate 5 stars overall). In addition, Amana Income recently placed first for the second consecutive year for Best Equity Income over three-years at the 2008 Lipper Fund Awards.
Saturna Capital Corporation, established in 1989 in Bellingham, WA, is the investment adviser and administrator to over $1 billion in assets in the Amana Mutual Funds Trust, which includes the Amana Growth and Amana Income funds, and the Saturna Investment Trust. Saturna Investment Trust consists of six funds: Sextant Growth (domestic equities), Sextant International (ADRs and foreign stocks), Sextant Core (bonds and equities), Sextant Bond Income (long-term bonds), Sextant Short-Term Bond, and the Idaho Tax-Exempt Fund. Saturna Capital also manages private accounts for families, businesses and endowments. Saturna Brokerage Services provides general discount brokerage services and underwrites the Saturna mutual funds.
|Average Annual Returns Before Taxes as of 12/31/2007:||1 Year||5 Years||10 Years||Expense Ratio*|
|Amana Income Fund||14.12%||19.22%||8.75%||1.38%|
|Amana Growth Fund||12.24%||20.74%||12.55%||1.36%|
|Average Annual Returns Before Taxes as of 3/31/2008:||1 Year||5 Years||10 Years||Expense Ratio*|
|Amana Income Fund||5.48%||19.25%||7.00%||1.38%|
|Amana Growth Fund||3.00%||19.46%||10.81%||1.36%|
*Expense ratios are as of the Funds' prospectus dated 8/20/2007. To view updated information, please see each Fund's individual pages by following the links above or visiting Average Annual Returns.
Performance data quoted represents past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. The Adviser has absorbed, currently or in the past, certain Fund expenses, without which total returns would have been lower. Returns quoted above do not reflect the potential deduction of a 2% redemption fee on shares held less than 90 calendar days. Current performance may be signaificantly higher or lower than data quoted herein. Performance current to the most recent month-end can be obtained by visiting Average Annual Returns.
The Failaka criteria for "Best Islamic Fund Manager - U.S.":
The fund company must:
- Have been duly nominated by fully and accurately completing the required nomination form
- Have been established for over 5-years as a Sharia compliant fund manager
- Have provided a consistent and long-term return relative to prevailing market conditions
- Manage more than one Sharia compliant fund
- Have surpassed the benchmark for its equity fund(s) in the year for which the award is given.
In the case of a tie, credence is given to:
- the higher returning fund/family of funds
- the better relative performance as compared to the relevant benchmark
- asset growth over the past year
- any notable achievement or advancement in the field of Islamic compliant asset management.
The "Best Fund Manager - U.S." award is given to the manager based in the U.S. with the most consistent performance in any geographic market across all Sharia compliant fund categories. The manager must have at least a 3-year history in managing such funds.
|Morningstar Rankings™ as of 12/31/2007|
|Amana Income Fund|
|Funds in Large Value category||1166||1166||922||419|
|Amana Growth Fund|
|Funds in Lage Growth category||1449||1449||1215||554|
|Morningstar Rankings™ as of 3/31/2008|
|Amana Income Fund|
|Funds in Large Value category||1174||1174||926||432|
|Amana Growth Fund|
|Funds in Lage Growth category||1442||1442||1207||564|
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