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Institutional Investing in Infrastructure

May 2011: Vol. 4, Number 5

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  • It's All in the Structure: How Managers Craft Infrastructure Deals to Create the Right Value for Investors

    Investors expect infrastructure investments to provide certain performance characteristics — cash yields, low volatility and inflation hedging are some of these — but it is not enough to simply acquire an asset and expect these benefits to flow forth. When setting expectations, investors should understand that how a transaction is structured is as important as buying a good asset in the first place. 

  • Global Listed Infrastructure: A Review of Current Trends and Data Points

    In April 2011, Cohen & Steers published a white paper titled Listed Infrastructure: A Secular Investment Opportunity/An Emerging Asset Class, which provided a timely analysis of listed infrastructure markets. The following is a review of some of the paper’s main points, including recently announced government infrastructure sales, historical correlation between listed infrastructure and other asset classes, inflation and volatility, and emerging listed infrastructure structures.

  • A Conversation with Rich Little

    Richard Little is a senior fellow in the School of Policy Planning and Development and director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the University of Southern California. He has lectured and published extensively on lifecycle management and financing of infrastructure, risk management, and decision making for critical infrastructure. Little was appointed to the California Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission to assist the state in implementing public-private partnerships (P3) for transportation. Institutional Investing in Infrastructure assistant editor Tyson Freeman spoke with Little about infrastructure investment in the United States.

  • AMP Fund Raises $357 Million for Debt Fund

    AMP Capital, an Australian investment manager with $98 billion in assets under management, has raised an initial €241 million ($357 million) for its infrastructure debt fund.

  • Chilean Roads Interests Change Hands

    A consortium of Italian toll road developers — Atlantia and SIAS, together with the local bank, Mediobanca — has acquired the 50 percent share it did not already own in three Chilean toll road concessionaires.

  • Google Invests in More Energy

    Internet company Google and subsidiaries of Itochu Corp. and Sumitomo Corp. have teamed up with GE Energy Financial Services and developer and managing member Caithness Energy as investors in the 845-megawatt Shepherds Flat wind project under construction near Arlington, Ore.