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MODI EFFECT: SWFs and Pensions Intensify Direct Investments in India

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Source: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database - June 2016.  Direct data on sovereign wealth funds and public pensions.  Billions USD.

Source: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database – June 2016. Direct data on sovereign wealth funds and public pensions. Billions USD.

Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister of India on May 26, 2014. Somewhat stronger private property rights, slightly-loosened regulation and friendlier foreign investment laws have increased the flows of foreign institutional investor capital. Since 2013, direct investments by sovereign funds and public pensions into India have ramped up, according to time-series data from SWFI’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database (SWFTD). This data is adding in both sovereign wealth funds and large public pensions (mostly Canadian public investors). In 2006, just US$ 101 million was directly invested into India by public institutional investors. Most capital flowing in before the global financial crisis were private equity investors. In 2012, US$ 1.38 billion was directly invested into India by public institutional investors. By 2015, the number amounted to US$ 5.44 billion.

“Despite a prolonged slowdown in oil prices and turmoil in select emerging markets, long-term public investor capital seems committed to India in an upward steady pace,” commented Michael Maduell, President of SWFI.

Modi’s economic reformist agenda has lessened the historic fears of institutional investors. Increasingly, wealth funds are participating in more investment channels and with higher capital amounts such as being cornerstone investors in IPO deals. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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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