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CalPERS Purchases Interest in Power Transmission Line

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According to the press release, “The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced today that it has agreed to acquire a stake in a 65-mile submarine electric power transmission line that runs from Sayreville, New Jersey, to Hicksville, Long Island, New York.

The agreement to purchase an interest in the Neptune Regional Transmission System from Arclight Capital marks CalPERS second direct infrastructure investment, following the 2010 purchase of a 12.7 percent equity stake in London’s Gatwick Airport.

“This agreement is a good fit for our growing infrastructure program,” said Joseph Dear, CalPERS Chief Investment Officer. “It’s an income-generating investment with stable revenues located in the United States, very much in line with the type of investment we said we would be looking to make when we described our vision for infrastructure in September.”

Over the next three years, CalPERS plans to invest up to $5 billion in infrastructure projects, including up to $4 billion in the United States and up to $800 million in California. CalPERS plans call for investments in both public and private infrastructure, including, but not limited to, transportation, energy, natural resources, utilities, water, communications and other social support services.

The deal for the transmission line is expected to close in the first quarter of 2012. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.”

Read more: CalPERS Press Release

GIC Buys Large Stake in Nordic Aviation Capital

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, a yield-hungry sovereign investor, invested in Denmark-based Nordic Aviation Capital A/S, becoming a significant minority shareholder. Other shareholders in Nordic Aviation Capital include EQT VI Limited fund, KIRKBI Invest (wealth origins tied to Legos), and Martin Møller, the founder of Nordic Aviation Capital. EQT VI will remain the largest shareholder of Nordic Aviation Capital. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Trump Wants Pharma Companies to Disclose Drug Prices in Advertisements

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U.S. President Trump is progressing on plans to mandate pharmaceutical companies to reveal their prices in drug advertisements. “The drug industry remains resistant to providing real transparency around their prices, including the sky-high list prices that many patients pay,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. “So while the pharmaceutical industry’s action today is a small step in the right direction, we will go further.”

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department would require pharmaceutical companies to include drugs’ sticker prices in their video advertisements. This would be similar to how drug companies disclose the laundry list of side effects.

Increasingly, sovereign funds like Temasek Holdings have backed mid-stage pharmaceutical companies and other therapies, while market investors like Norway’s GPFG have large holdings in listed pharmaceutical companies.

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Kazatomprom Treads Closer to IPO

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Kazatomprom is the world’s biggest uranium producer, accounting for around 20% of production market share. The company is moving forward on floating up to a 25% company stake for its planned initial public offering in London and Astana, Kazakhstan. Kazatomprom’s IPO plans are subject to market conditions. The global market price of uranium generated significant price gains year-to-date through almost three quarters. So far, during 2018, the uranium spot price has moved from US$ 20 per pound to US$ 27 per pound.

Kazatomprom’s sole shareholder is Samruk-Kazyna. Samruk-Kazyna would retain at least a 75% stake in the company.

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Credit Suisse and JPMorgan are joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners for the share offering. China International Capital Corporation, Halyk Finance, and Mizuho International plc were joint bookrunners.

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