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									 MLC Global Private
 MLC Annual Review

 September 2009

 MLC Investment Management
 Level 12, 105 –153 Miller Street
 North Sydney NSW 2060

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MLC Global Private Assets
Benefits and risks of global                   These are investments in assets that are not traded on listed
private assets                                 exchanges. An example of this is an investment in a privately owned

                                               Things to consider
                                                    Private assets are illiquid which makes them difficult to buy or sell.
                                                    To access private assets you generally need to do so via a
                                                     managed fund.
                                                    Because private assets are not listed on an exchange, they’re
                                                     infrequently priced so determining their value is difficult and may
                                                     involve a considerable time lag. This means you need to be
                                                     careful in interpreting the unit price of any fund with a substantial
                                                     holding of private assets.
                                                    Returns are driven by many factors including the economic
                                                     environment in various countries.
                                                    Investing overseas exposes your investment to movements in the
                                                     exchange rate between the Australian dollar and foreign
                                                     currencies. These movements can largely be removed by hedging
                                                     the currency exposure back to Australian dollars.
                                                    Private assets can be volatile and are usually included in a
                                                     portfolio for their growth characteristics.

                                                                                                5          3                     3
The table outlines the                                                                                             1 Year
                                         Performance to 30-Sept-09           Product          Years      Years                 Months
performance                                                                                   % pa       % pa                    %
                                         MLC Global Private
                                         Assets Hedged
                                         (before taking into                                  10.4        5.2          -19.0    3.6
                                         account fees and tax)                MLC
                                         MSCI All Country World              Super
                                         Index Hedged into AUD            Fundamentals
                                         (MSCI World Index Hedged                              5.1       -4.1          -4.0    15.9
                                         prior to July 2002)

Absolute and Market                     The MLC private assets portfolio has returned 6.2% from inception to 30
Relative Returns                        September 2009 . This is a premium of 8.6% when compared with the
                                        investable MSCI for the same period (-2.4%). The portfolio experienced
                                        an increased valuation of approximately 3.6% for the quarter based on
                                        Managers’ audited 30 June 2009 reports. In general, managers with
                                        which MLC invests have aggressively cut costs and paid down debt
                                        since the onset of the recession, and many have accumulated sufficient
                                        cash to purchase competitors or expand their market footprint. While
                                        trading conditions remain challenging, we believe this period offers
                                        excellent opportunities for well prepared and managed firms.

1 Performance represents the most recent valuations received from underlying management groups. Performance for this
asset class is reported with a lag of one quarter.
2 The investable MSCI is the benchmark return objective set out in MLC’s Private Assets mandates.

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The graph shows absolute                                                                                           Rolling Performance in Excess of the Index
returns of your strategy                                                                                               MLC Global Private Assets Portfolio
                                                                                                                            (before taking into account fees and tax)



                              (MSCI All Country World Hedged Index)

                                    Annualised Excess Return


























                                                                                                                             1 Year                                 3 Years                                   5 Years

Strategy exposures           The MLC private assets portfolio is invested in Western Europe, the
                             United States, China, India, Japan, and Australia. Across our markets
                             we’re generally seeing public debt and equity markets continue to
                             improve, resulting in increased deal activity as investors begin to regain
                             confidence. However, the average macro numbers mask a wide
                             dispersion in regional, economic, sector and industry activity. Further,
                             the speed with which all this has occurred, and the valuations being
                             attributed to public companies, are of some concern when the more
                             sobering underlying economic conditions are considered, especially in
                             the United States and Europe. Asia and Australia are presenting more
                             optimistic data. We are also cautious about the sustainability of the US
                             recovery after the massive government stimulus is withdrawn.
                             The alternative asset market has certainly benefited from the recovery in
                             the equity and debt market in 2009, however it’s still unclear whether
                             institutional investors as a whole have regained a sustained appetite for
                             new investment. Nonetheless, improvement in public market valuations
                             has flowed through to our portfolio as public market comparables impact
                             private assets portfolio company valuations. Accordingly, we are seeing
                             our NAV gradually improve.
                             Australia is increasingly being recognised globally as a reliable source of
                             stable capital due to our compulsory superannuation system. This has
                             favourably benefited MLC’s ability to access managers and opportunities
                             globally in a capital constrained environment. In order to capitalise on
                             this opportunity while the window remains open, the private assets team
                             has been on the road pro-actively searching for new opportunities in a
                             number of areas, including venture capital and distressed debt. The
                             team travelled extensively through the US and Asia during 2009. We
                             were also active participants at premier international industry events
                             representing MLC on investor panels, and furthering our global
                             reputation as a through-the-cycle global investor.
                             We anticipate achieving a 2009 vintage year commitment exceeding
                             AUD $500 million. This maintains our strategic objective for vintage year
                             diversification. Our portfolio currently has AUD $1.6billion in undrawn
                             commitments (‘dry powder’) yet to be invested into the recessionary
                             environment, an opportunity that historically has produced the best
                             vintages for private assets.
                             During the year we were presented with a unique opportunity to second
                             Richard Baker for 6 months to one of our important venture capital
                             managers in Silicon Valley. MLC has circa $1billion of commitments to
                             the venture capital strategy, largely centred in Silicon Valley, and this

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                             opportunity enabled us to better understand the asset class, develop
                             deeper relationships, investigate co-investment opportunities, and
                             elevate our profile among key managers in the close-knit venture capital
                             community. We have already seen early benefits of this with some
                             exceptional quality co-investment deal opportunities being presented to
                             us from top-tier venture capital managers.

Sector and region                                                                                           USA Growth, 3%
                                                 Australia Buy-Out,
                                                         6%                          USA
                                                                                 Buy-Out, 19%
                                            Asia Other, 2%                                              USA
                                                                                                   Venture Capital,
                                          Asia Buy-Out, 3%                                              19%
                                         Europe Other, 1%
                                                                                                                           USA Distressed,
                                                  Europe                                                                        4%
                                              Distressed, 2%
                                                                                      Europe Buy-Out,
                                          Europe Venture                                   34%
                                           Capital, 4%                                                                 USA Other, 1%
                                            Vintage year commitments
                                                         Europe Growth,

Vintage year commitments                 1000

                              $ AUD Ms

                                                                                                          500                          486

                                           250                   174            186
                                                           126                         135
                                                    46                                        61

                                                  1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Stock story                  During the quarter, the Investment Committee met twice and approved
                             two investments. The first was a commitment to a global distressed debt
                             manager established by two former senior Goldman Sachs partners in
                             New York. In addition, approximately 20% of the fund was already
                             called, which enabled us to buy in at a substantial discount to market
                             The second was a co-investment in an Australian industrial rental-
                             services firm managed by one of our trusted managers. As part of an
                             industry consolidation to create an Australasian market leader, with
                             strong leadership, potential for economic growth and attractive pricing.
                             We are optimistic as to the potential for this investment.
                             In aggregate, the third quarter commitment activity for 2009 totalled $59
                             million bringing total commitments for the calendar year 2009 to $205
                             million. As at 30 September 2009, MLC’s private assets programme
                             invests with 46 managers across 105 funds (including legacy

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