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April 2011

FLASH AWARDS

Victoires des SICAV : Natixis Asset Management awarded In the 2011 Victoires des SICAV, Natixis Asset Management was awarded by La Tribune in partnership with EuroPerformance, for its management of the CNP Assur Performance fund in the category "Diversified– Flexible international management". The 15th Victoires des SICAV awarded Natixis Asset Management's expertise in its management of the CNP Assur Performance fund which reached the 1st place in the "Diversified - Flexible international management" category. This prize illustrates the quality of its fund management and its ability to create performance over the long-term within a managed risk framework. The EuroPerformance methodology takes account of risk-adjusted performance not just over 1 year, but also over 3 and 5 years. CNP Assur Performance thus offers the best risk/return profile in its EuroPerformance category.

Source: Supplement La Tribune – Les Victoires des Sicav, 01/04/2011.

The quoted figures refer to the past. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. References to a ranking, prize, or grading for a UCITS are not an indication of its future performance.

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METHODOLOGY The Victoires des SICAV are awarded by La Tribune in partnership with EuroPerformance, and aim to reward asset management companies for the quality of their products. Only funds with at least a 5-year track record are considered, which, on the one hand, guarantees the statistical significance of the results, and, on the other hand, awards a premium for consistent results and long-term investments. There are two types of prizes: prizes by company and by category.

UNIVERSE

n by category

As there is not a single universal criterion for judging the quality of products, a pragmatic approach has been adopted, depending upon the types of funds analyzed:

This prize highlights the products with the best risk/return profile within homogenous categories. The category prizes thus reward: - funds, and not complete fund ranges, - non-institutional units.

n For other fund categories, where the choice of a benchmark index for the entire category may prove difficult, the Sharpe ratio is used, which measures the excess performance of the fund compared to a risk-free asset, relative to the total risk taken (its volatility).

CALCULATION METHOD

n In order to attribute particular importance to the recent past, for category prizes, this year’s rating is an average of the ratings for the following periods: 1 year, 3 years, 5 years.

nE  quity funds: for funds within the equity segment, the adjusted Information ratio (also called the Appraisal ratio) is used. The adjusted Information Ratio equals the alpha divided by the fund’s specific risk, relative to the chosen benchmark index by category.

The range of funds is subject to the following restrictions: • open funds, • funds with a five-year track record at December 31, 2010, • funds distributed in France, • units present in the EuroPerformance Awards (maximum 2 unit classes per sub-fund: retail units + institutional units, or one mixed unit class), • funds belonging to the EuroPerformance 2010 categories defined in the methodology. Disqualifying conditions: • units hedged completely against exchange rate movements, • index funds or ETFs, • Bear funds, • 130/30 funds.

PRIZES AWARDED n by company This prize assesses the overall quality of the company’s range of funds.

1/ Ratios The prize uses calculations made for 5 years, calculated monthly, 3 years, calculated monthly, and 1 year, calculated weekly.

nO  ther funds: for other funds (bonds or diversified), the Sharpe ratio is used. 2/ Calculation of percentiles A percentile is calculated for each unit in an eligible fund (with no constraints on the fund management company), and for each period (1, 3, 5 years). 3/ Calculation of the average percentile by sub-fund An average percentile is calculated for each eligible sub-fund, for each period. 4/ Calculation of the rating by sub-fund For each sub-fund, the average of the 3 periods for the ratings in step 3 is calculated. This score gives the final rating, the fund with the lowest rating is the winner.

For more information on the methodology for the Victoires des SICAV: www.latribune.fr For more information about Natixis Asset Management: www.am.natixis.com

The quoted figures refer to the past. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. References to a ranking, prize, or grading for a UCITS are not an indication of its future performance.

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n For equity funds the information ratio is used. This measures the outperformance of fund managers relative to the risk taken compared to a benchmark index for the market in which they are investing.


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