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CPPIB and the Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec Invest $159.7 Million in Genivar

The press release states, “GENIVAR Inc.(“GENIVAR” or the “Company”) announced today that it has completed an equity private placement (the “Private Placement”) of 6,500,000 common shares from treasury at a price of $24.57 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $159,705,000. Participants in the Private Placement are Canada’s top two institutional investors, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”) and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (the “Caisse”), each of whom invested a gross amount of $79,852,500.

Proceeds from the Private Placement will primarily be used to repay debt and for general corporate purposes.

“We are very happy to have received such support from Canada’s two largest institutional investors. CPPIB and the Caisse’s decision to support GENIVAR, is a sign of their commitment to our domestic and international growth strategy,” stated Pierre Shoiry, President and Chief Executive Officer of GENIVAR. “This financing will allow us to continue growing our Canadian business while moving forward on executing our international expansion plans. Our objective is to deliver on our disciplined strategy, which has proven successful in the past and will create long-term value for our shareholders.”

“In a time of great market volatility, our strong balance sheet and financial position will firstly allow us to execute our growth strategy, and secondly, ensure the sustainability of our firm in the long run with two strong partners alongside GENIVAR,” commented Alexandre L’Heureux, Chief Financial Officer of GENIVAR. “Both institutions have clearly signaled their long-term commitment to GENIVAR, in part by agreeing to have portions of their acquired common shares locked-up for up to 18 months before such common shares can be freely tradable. The institutions are also subject to certain other investment restrictions. Additionally, in keeping with their interest in supporting our international expansion plans, CPPIB and the Caisse have each been granted a pre-emptive right to participate pro rata in future offerings of the Company.”

“We believe that GENIVAR’s strong and experienced management team combined with its future growth opportunities, both in Canada and globally, make this a compelling investment for CPPIB,” said Scott Lawrence, Vice-President and Head of Relationship Investments, CPPIB. “This investment builds on our Relationship Investments strategy to be a cornerstone minority shareholder in public companies where CPPIB can participate in, and contribute to, their future success.”

“The Caisse is proud to invest in this Quebec company that has become a Canadian leader in the engineering consulting industry,” explained Normand Provost, Executive Vice-President Private Equity and Chief Operations Officer at the Caisse. “By supporting GENIVAR in its international development projects and its continued growth in Canada, we once again combine returns with economic development in Quebec.”

GENIVAR has also agreed to provide CPPIB and the Caisse with the right to nominate one individual each to GENIVAR’s board of directors so long as CPPIB and the Caisse each own greater than 9.5% of GENIVAR’s outstanding common shares.

Pursuant to this Private Placement, the number of common shares of GENIVAR issued to CPPIB and the Caisse represents 19.92% of the outstanding common shares of the Company. The number of GENIVAR’s common shares held by CPPIB now is 3,257,700 or 9.98% of common shares outstanding, while the Caisse owns 3,250,000 or 9.96% of GENIVAR’s common shares outstanding.
This Private Placement, which does not require shareholders’ approval, has been approved by the Toronto Stock Exchange.”

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Asian Sovereign Funds Not Slowing Down on Tech Investing

According to data from SWFI’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, Asian sovereign funds invested US$ 6.05 billion directly into companies and assets in the information technology sector from Jan 2017 to November 22, 2017. In a comparable time frame from Jan 2016 to November 22, 2016, this same group of Asian sovereign funds directly invested US$ 5.02 billion in the sector. These are direct investments, not fund commitments or manager allocations.

Asian sovereign funds such as GIC Private Limited, Temasek Holdings and the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) have demonstrated bullish signals to the technology community over other sectors. GIC and Temasek have also been major investors in the private side of deals, funding a wide range of tech startups, while providing financial firepower in buyout transactions.

Some notable direct tech investments in 2017 by sovereign funds include Meituan-Dianping, SoundCloud, Nets A/S, Visma AS, Turn, Inc. and Vantiv.

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Future Fund Makes a Guardian Out of Former J.P. Morgan ANZ Chair

The Australian government has appointed Robert Priestley – current non-executive chair of J.P Morgan for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and a non-executive director of ASX – to serve on the Future Fund Board of Guardians for a five-year term from November 7, 2017. Priestley replaces former Morgan Stanley Australia chief executive Steven J. Harker.

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Associated British Ports Reboots Property Development Arm to Capitalize on Land Bank

Associated British Ports (ABP) – operator of 21 major ports throughout the United Kingdom – has announced a reboot of its ABP Property division, complete with a new team of specialists in commercial development and logistics led by Huw Turner, in order to identify and develop strategically significant locations in its 2,372 acre land bank.

ABP is owned in large part by a consortium of pensions and sovereign funds, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) at 33.88% ownership, OMERS at 30%, Singapore’s GIC Ventures Pte Ltd at 20.00% ownership, and the Kuwait Investment Authority at 10.00% ownership. Large institutional investors such as sovereign funds, pensions, and endowments have slowly increased allocation towards infrastructure over the past six years as an alternative to equities and bonds, according to asset allocation data from SWFI.

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