Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

March 1, 2017: Vol. 10, Number 3

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Closing the stable door: President Trump's hostility toward renewables flies in the face of global market trends and investor appetite

Europe has long been familiar with President Donald Trump’s attitude toward renewable energy. For the past 10 years developers of the proposed European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) have been engaged in a legal battle with the billionaire over their planned 100MW wind farm, which would be situated off the coast near Trump’s golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland.


Betting on catastrophe: As infrastructure in the United States continues to fail, the next disaster is always expected to open the investment floodgates

Northern California is experiencing what should be an oddity, but tragically it is becoming all too familiar in the United States — the Lake Oroville dam, which is a key part of California’s water infrastructure system and supports one of the world’s leading agricultural regions, is near failure due to torrential rains and deferred maintenance. 


The appetite for African infrastructure: Participating in African infrastructure investing takes patience and the right team

Institutional investors all over the world are watching patiently as many Western and Eastern nations discuss renewed commitments to infrastructure spending. In the United States, Republicans and Democrats are providing their versions of what they would like to get done. For example, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer of New York introduced a 10-year, $1 trillion infrastructure-building plan. Republicans, on the other hand, have already tangled with President Trump’s vision of infrastructure, as senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he hopes to “avoid a trillion-dollar stimulus.”


Listed airports: A flight to quality

Global infrastructure provides the structures and systems that are essential for society to function, ranging from utility provision to transportation networks. It consists of physical assets that are costly to develop and difficult to replace. Airports are one such stable provider of infrastructure assets, even in the sometime turbulent aviation industry. 


Infrastructure fundraising cycle slows: Average fund took nearly 20 percent longer to close in 2016 than 2015

The average time for infrastructure private equity funds to be on offer from start to finish has steadily fallen since 2012, reaching a low of 15.4 months in 2015. That year, the trimmed mean, which drops the top and bottom 5 percent, was even lower at 13.8 months, with the median coming in at a remarkable 11.0 months. In the years to come, we might very well look back on 2015 as the benchmark to compare all other years to, as 2016 tells a very different story.


Allianz makes solar and toll road investments

AREF2’s purchase of Mount Farm in the West Midlands was completed in December 2016. However, the closing of the two additional projects, “Vine Farm” and “Rose & Crown,” in the East of England took place Jan. 26. The total capacity of these additions to the portfolio amounts to 100 megawatts of power.

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