Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

February 3, 2014: Vol. 7, Number 2

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Eyes wide open: In infrastructure investing, value is in the eye of the beholder

Infrastructure can prove difficult to define, especially when you try to base a definition on the types of facilities that make up the asset class. A better approach for investors is to be clear on the types of returns they are seeking.

What is infrastructure? The answer if you are, for example, a civil engineer, might be pretty straightforward; infrastructure is the term for those structures that underpin civilization, the things we cannot do without — water treatment works, power stations, waste disposal facilities, roads and railways.

However, when you put the same question to four infrastructure fund managers, you may well receive five or six answers.


Mapping private infrastructure capital: The role listed and unlisted private sector capital plays in infrastructure investment

The following article is an excerpt from Private Infrastructure Finance and Investment in Europe,a report commissioned by the European Investment Bank. The entire report with footnotes and references is available at Inderst Advisory and the Social Science Research Network page.

Private capital is provided to infrastructure projects in two main forms: corporate finance (operating or service companies operating in infrastructure sectors) and project finance, a contractual financing arrangement that is particularly important in infrastructure.

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