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Friday SWFI News Roundup, October 31, 2014

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Photo: Gerard Lyons addressing delegates of asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, pensions and policymakers.

Harrods Pays £118 Million Dividend to Qatar Holding

Harrods, a luxury department business, paid a £118 million dividend to its owner Qatar Holding, a sovereign wealth enterprise of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). For 2014, Harrods posted record sales and profits, turnover increased by 10% to £843 million. Qatar Holding acquired Harrods in 2010 from Mohamed Al Fayed.

Most of Rosneft’s Aid Request to be Denied

Rosneft, an integrated oil company majority owned by the Russian government, filed a request for over 2 trillion rubles (US$ 48 billion) from Russia’s National Welfare Fund. Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev, on October 29th, addressed the media, “We’ll work with the company (Rosneft). The request in its current form does not comply with the requirements, which are set to projects entitled to financing from the National Welfare Fund because it actually aims to cover the company’s financial gaps as a whole and with regard to its investment program.”

GIC Invests in Turkish Real Estate Firm

Singapore’s GIC Private Limited acquired a 20% stake in Rönesans Gayrimenkul Yatýrým A.S., a Turkish real estate firm for €250 million. The Turkish firm has 25 properties in its portfolio. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

CPPIB Invests Big in Brazil

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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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