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Norway’s GPFG announces first property investment

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Yngve Slyngstad

According to the press release, “Norges Bank, which manages the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has agreed to buy a 150-year lease on a 25 percent stake in The Crown Estate’s Regent Street properties in London. The purchase price is expected to be £448 million, or approximately 4.2 billion Norwegian kroner. A final agreement and completion of the transaction is anticipated by the end of March 2011, giving the fund its first investment in real estate after the Norwegian government on 1 March gave permission to invest in the asset class.

“A move into real estate will strengthen the fund, which today is solely invested in stocks and bonds,” says Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive officer of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM).

Regent Street is one of London’s busiest shopping streets with retailers including Apple, Burberry, Banana Republic and Hamleys. The properties in the Regent Street portfolio, which consists of 113 buildings spread over 39 blocks, are owned by The Crown Estate on behalf of the United Kingdom. The partnership would give the fund 25 percent of the properties’ net income, which would mainly come from office and retail space rent. The Crown Estate would retain 75 percent of the income.

“The Crown Estate would continue to be responsible for the management of the portfolio, while NBIM would take part in significant capital decisions,” says Slyngstad.

The Crown Estate has since 2002 been implementing a regeneration programme in Regent Street to transform it into an international destination for business and retail. Further development of the area is set to continue. The fund got a mandate on 1 March to gradually invest as much as 5 percent of its assets in real estate through a corresponding decrease in fixed-income investments. Real estate investments will mainly be in unlisted real estate, well-developed property markets and traditional property types, initially in Europe. The fund’s investments consisted of 60 percent equities and 40 percent fixed-income securities at the end of the third quarter.”

Source: NBIM Press Release

Italian ANAS and RDIF Invest and Build the Fourth Section of Moscow’s Central Ring Road

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) inked a deal with ANAS S.p.A. (formerly known as Azienda Nazionale Autonoma delle Strade), the Italian state highway management company, to implement a concession agreement to build and operate the fourth section of the massive Moscow Central Ring Road. The transaction expects to be finalized in the first quarter of 2019. This is the final section of Central Ring Road, which is 96.5 kilometers long. According to the RDIF, “Under the terms of the concession agreement, the cost of construction is 85.4 billion rubles, of which the concessionaire will provide 49.7 billion rubles and private investors will provide 35.7 billion rubles.”

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Follow the Money – Episode 48

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This long-form podcast was recorded on December 11, 2018. Michael Maduell dissects the latest geopolitical trends that can impact institutional investors such as pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments. Maduell lends his opinion on the lawsuit of Neiman Marcus and bumps in the road for augmented reality.

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CONTENTS
1:15 Huawei, Canada, Brexit, and Macron Headache
6:30 Sovereign Wealth Fund Asset Allocation
9:58 India Gets a New Central Bank Governor
13:26 Pensions Go Bust on U.S. Retailers
17:04 Augmented Reality and Sovereign Funds
22:00 Former CalPERS CIO Goes to Morgan Stanley Investment Management
24:30 Oman Investment Fund Goes on Defense in Public Markets
25:00 Japanese Scandals and Opportunities

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The views in this media are expressed by Michael Maduell and other participants and are not reflective of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI).

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Danica Pensions Sells Danica Pension Sweden

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Danica Pension sold Danske Pension Försikringsaktiebolag (publ) (also known as Danica Pension Sweden) to a group of investors for around 2.6 billion SEK. Danica Pension is part of Danske Bank A/S. Of the total amount, 2.3 billion SEK is being paid in cash, while the rest is in the form of a debt instrument from Danica Pension.

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