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Friday SWFI News Roundup, August 7, 2015

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GIC Possible Assist in Worldpay Bid

Private equity giants Blackstone Group and Hellman & Friedman are teaming up to acquire U.K.-based Worldpay, a payments processing company that is trying to float £6 billion onto the London stock exchange. The private equity group may include Singapore’s GIC Private Limited to have additional financial firepower in the deal. Worldpay is currently owned by private equity firms Bain Capital and Advent who acquired the company from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

New York State Teachers’ Retirement System Awards Grosvenor RE Debt Mandate

The New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS) hired Grosvenor Capital Management to manage a US$ 100 million separate account. The allocation will target real estate debt, placing money with emerging real estate debt managers. The money will target a net IRR of around 9% to 10%.

Furthermore, NYSTRS extended its contract one year starting in September with Cohen & Steers Capital Management on a separate account REIT mandate. NYSTRS invested with Cohen & Steers back in 2007 with a US$ 100 million allocation. As of June 30, 2015, the market value of the account is US$ 165.6 million.

GIC Bets on East Germany Real Estate

In early August, Singapore’s GIC Private Limited acquired a more than 10% shareholding in Berlin-based TLG IMMOBILIEN, a real estate company that targets commercial property in east Germany.

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Oman Antimony JV Slightly Alters Capital Structure to Favor Debt

London-based Tri-Star Resources PLC, a mining company, basically agreed in principle to change the capital structure of its holding joint venture company which is building a 20,000 ton per year antimony processing facility in Oman. The development is part of the greater the Oman Antimony Roaster project. The joint venture company is called Strategic and Precious Metals Processing LLC and Tri-Star Resources owns a 40% stake in it. Other investors in the JV are the Oman Investment Fund and DNR Industries Ltd, which was formerly known as Castell Investments Ltd. Total funding for the project had not been modified from US$ 70 million. What is changing is the mix of funding, using more debt and less equity. Under the amended terms, US$ 15 million in equity is being provided by the JV partners versus the previous US$ 20 million. This is while a US$ 15 million mezzanine loan is being used over the previous US$ 10 million mezzanine loan.

Qatari Diar and JV Partner Unloads 2 London Buildings

The joint venture between Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co., a unit of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Canary Wharf Group (controlled now by QIA and Brookfield Property Partners LP), agreed to sell two London office buildings located in South Bank district to Almacantar SA for more than £550 million pounds. Almacantar is headed by Land Securities Plc executive Mike Hussey.

Origin Energy Lists Stake in Contact Energy for Sale

Macquarie Capital has been hired to sell Origin Energy’s NZ$ 1.81 billion stake in Contact Energy. Possible investors include Australia investors and Asian sovereign wealth funds.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Reserves Keep Falling

Saudi Arabia’s net foreign reserves dropped to 2.492 trillion riyals (US$ 664.5 billion) in June. This is down 1.2% from May 2015. Reserves are at their lowest levels since March 2013. In June, SAMA sold US$ 32.4 billion of securities, while boosting deposits to US$ 22.9 billion.

Youtube is Crashing

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Youtube, a video service of Google, is crashing. Institutional investors are major investors in Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

At 6:41 PM on October 16, 2018, Team YouTube tweeted, “Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.”

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Investors Eye Tencent’s Next Moves

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Formed in Shenzhen in 1998, Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Limited is the largest gaming company in the world and the largest gaming market is in China. In August 2018, China’s Education Ministry disclosed its monitoring how many new games are coming online. Tencent needs approval from the Chinese government to publish games. In 2017, almost 9,000 games were approved in China compared to only 1,931 in 2018. Chinese President Xi Jinping is keen on combating shortsightedness in children from the overuse of video games.

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Tencent will inject US$ $317.6 million into Chinese streaming site Bilibili in return for 12.3 % equity in the company. Bilibili is a video sharing site known for streaming anime, comics, and games. Tencent’s investment follows previous funding rounds from Tiger Global Management, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, BlackRock, and Alkeon Capital Management. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Ireland Strategic Investment Fund Signs MoU with IFC

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will initially focus on investment opportunities in the food and agriculture sector, given its strength and importance for the Irish economy. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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