2011 LIPPER FUND AWARD - FÉRIQUE EQUITY FUND ranks first in Canada for its superior 5-year performance

MONTREAL, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - FÉRIQUE EQUITY FUND has just been honoured with the prestigious Lipper Fund Award for 2011 for its 5-year performance, ranking first in Canada out of more than 250 Canadian equity funds.

The Lipper Fund Awards recognize funds that have delivered stronger and more consistent performance than their peers for a given period. Funds are assessed on a risk-adjusted basis, and the Award is given to the fund that has outperformed all the others in its classification in this regard. Lipper rankings are established annually at the national and international levels by Thomson Reuters. The FÉRIQUE EQUITY Fund posted lower volatility and higher average returns during the period in question thanks to its investment philosophy, which focuses on consistent long-term performance while keeping risk to a reasonable level. This philosophy also underlies the nine other mutual funds offered by FÉRIQUE.

"The Lipper Fund Award for the five-year period is particularly significant, in our opinion, since few funds in Canada have a performance history of 5 years or more, and this period was marked by one of the worst financial crises in history," said Fabienne Lacoste, Executive Director of Gestion FÉRIQUE. "We are also very proud of the FÉRIQUE EQUITY Fund's overall performance, which was better than its benchmark index, net of management fees, over every period observed - 1 year, 3 years, 5 years and 10 years - as at December 31, 2010."

Created in 1974, the FÉRIQUE EQUITY Fund is one of the oldest of the approximately 250 funds in this classification in Canada, whose median age fluctuates around the 4-year mark. This Fund has total assets of $538 million as at December 31, 2010, and is managed using a combination of styles to provide investors with optimal exposure not only to the various Canadian market sectors, but also to different management approaches. Currently, three managers are sharing the Fund's total assets: BlackRock, Natcan Investment Management, and Montrusco Bolton Investments.

Offered by a not-for-profit company, FÉRIQUE Funds benefit from one of the most advantageous fee structures in the industry, allowing the investors to look forward to superior net returns and the managers to adopt a more conservative risk level to achieve the same performance objectives. "Our EQUITY Fund has a management fee ratio of 0.77%, compared to an average of about 2.12% for Canadian funds in the same category," said Mrs. Lacoste. "Along with an astute choice of managers, this difference has definitely contributed to how well the Fund has performed over the past 36 years."

About Gestion FÉRIQUE
Founded on January 1, 2000, Gestion FÉRIQUE (www.ferique.com) manages the FÉRIQUE Funds, launched in 1974 by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. FÉRIQUE is the only not-for-profit mutual fund company in Canada whose sole purpose is to serve the interests of engineers and their families. The firm offers ten mutual funds diversified across all asset classes. Management of the funds is entrusted to renowned investment firms which are hand-picked by Gestion FÉRIQUE, based on their superior asset class expertise. FÉRIQUE Funds have $1.5 billion in assets under management and over 20,000 clients.

SOURCE Gestion Férique Inc.

For further information:

Manon Duhamel
Director, Marketing and Communications
514-840-9206, ext. 450; manon.duhamel@ferique.com

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