Company Profile

Kaplan Funds Management Pty Limited (KFM) ABN 98 079 218 643, AFSL 240815 has been managing funds with an absolute return philosophy since 1998. The manager’s philosophy is derived from an income oriented investment style combined with active, risk averse and disciplined portfolio management. Kaplan’s management style has appealed to charities, foundations, defined pension funds, self-managed super and high net worth individuals seeking consistent returns with low volatility.

Kaplan is a wholesale fund manager with approximately $1.2 billion under management in both equities and interest rate benchmarked portfolios. Wholesale products include investment trusts for the professional investor market and charities, a pooled superannuation trust and discrete equities and income mandates for corporate clients. Kaplan manages the portfolio of Ironbark Capital Limited, an ASX listed Investment Company (ASX code IBC) capitalised in excess of $60m.

Key people

Sam Kaplan

Sam Kaplan, the Managing Director of Kaplan has over 35 years experience in the funds management industry and investment markets and a proven track record over a number of market cycles.

He successfully managed funds in his position as Investment Manager for the NRMA Group for over 15 years and has managed smaller funds for high net worth individuals and proprietary funds for Jamison Equity Limited and Patrick Corporation Limited.

Sam was integral in the establishment of the listed Qube Logistics previously known as KFM Diversified Infrastructure & Logistics Fund. Kaplan Funds Management was the investment manager of the fund until corporatisation in August 2011. Sam is the Deputy Chairman of Qube Logistics.

He has achieved above-average returns for investors over a number of market cycles through patient investing and by focusing on value opportunities and a disciplined approach to risk.

Douglas Hew

Doug Hew is an investment manager at Kaplan and has over 25 years experience in the funds management industry.

Previously, he was a director of Hopkins Partners Funds Management Limited and a senior fund manager at Potter Warburg Asset Management Limited and Hambros Australia Limited.


Kaplan Funds Management is wholly owned by Kaplan Partners. The directors of Kaplan Partners are: Sam Kaplan, Chris Corrigan, Tony Berg, Gilles Kryger, John Gerahty, and Peter Scanlon.

Investment Trusts for Retail Investors

KFM Income Fund (formerly Ventura KFM Income Fund)
Consistent income from high yielding securities for retail investors

Investment Trusts for Wholesale Investors

Equities Fund
Absolute return focus over the medium to long term

Kaplan Charitable Equities Fund
Consistent income with modest growth

Kaplan Master Income Fund
Consistent income from high yielding securities

Pooled Super Trust (PST)
Absolute return focus over the medium to long term

Discrete Mandates

Portfolios designed to meet individual client requirements.

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Listed Investment Companies (LIC's)

Investment Manager for Ironbark Capital Limited (ASX code IBC)

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Latest Bulletins

  • Master Trust 2021 annual tax statements will be available by the 17th September 2021
  • The Ventura KFM Income Fund (retail fund) has been renamed the KFM Income Fund. Retail investors can access Kaplan’s income capabilities through this fund. Note: the Kaplan Master Income Fund is for wholesale investors.
  • Master Trust Distribution rates (cents per unit) for the six month period to 30 June 2021 are:
    2.0000 cents Equities Fund
    1.0000 cents Charitable Equities Fund
    1.1000 cents Master Income Fund
  • An amendment to the Trust Deed for the Kaplan Master Trust is being made to allow for eligible funds to apply the tax law applying to attribution managed investment trusts (AMIT). This law is currently applicable to the Equities Fund.
  • 2020 Financial Reports for the Kaplan Master Trust funds and Kaplan Pooled Superannuation Trust are available under Investment Reports.
  • The Kaplan Pooled Super Trust (PST) now offers investors a tax exempt “Pension Unit”. A letter introducing this new unit will be mailed to unitholders shortly together with an updated PDS and application form. The new PST PDS and application form is also available on our website.
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