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Goodman forms partnership with China Investment Corporation

Press release states, “CIC participation in Finance Facility CIC has committed to the Facility on the same terms as those announced to the market on 19 May 2009. To facilitate CIC’s participation, Macquarie Bank and its associates have sold down A$15m of their exposure which combined with CIC’s commitment of A$200m takes the final Facility size to A$485m. The Facility will not be increased in size beyond A$485m. Goodman and CIC have agreed to work in good faith towards a broader relationship between the two groups.

Greg Goodman, Group CEO of Goodman said: ‘We are very pleased with the support shown to the Group by CIC and are excited about the opportunity to partner with an institution of this calibre as we seek to grow our business globally. We view a relationship with CIC as highly strategic and believe that together we can capitalise on the significant opportunities created by current market conditions.’

The key terms of the A$485 million Facility are as follows:

9 month term expiring in February 2010, extendable for a further 15 months; and
Secured facility with covenants comparable to those in Goodman’s existing common
terms deed poll.

In conjunction with the Facility, additional Options will be granted over 255.3 million Goodman stapled securities with a two year term (Options). These additional Options are to be issued with a strike price of $0.40 and the lenders will share the two tranches of Options on a pro rata basis.

Approval from Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board will be sought in respect of CIC’s participation in the transaction. The issue of options (apart from the first 120 million Options which were issued within placement capacity) will also be subject to security holder approval. In the event that the Options are not approved by security holders, the lenders under the Facility will be entitled to a cash amount from Goodman equivalent to the value of the Options as if they had been granted and were exercised. Further details of this grant will be distributed as part of a notice of extraordinary general meeting.”

read more: Goodman Press Release

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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