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- April 1, 2013: Vol. 6, Number 4

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Greener Pastures: Why Core Infrastructure Investors Should Consider Greenfield Projects

by Tyson Freeman

 

Many institutional investors have grown more comfortable with the risk/return attributes of newly constructed infrastructure; other investors, not so much. Operating brownfield investments will always be the core of institutional infrastructure portfolios. But many infrastructure managers are frustrated by some basic misunderstanding — and mispricing — of certain greenfield risk.

This is not an academic question. Brandon Prater, co-head of private infrastructure at Partners Group, says exposure to greenfield assets with core infrastructure characteristics offer attractive premiums at the moment with manageable additional risk to brownfield investments. Investors may be missing opportunities.

Even if the goal of an infrastructure allocation is decidedly conservative and yield-driven, there eventually will be greenfield investments along the way. Most would agree there should be some exposure. Such exposure provides diversification and additional

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