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Norway’s Sovereign Fund Increases Tech Stock Holdings

institutionalinvestorsIn a pair of recent SEC filings, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the institutional investor in charge of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, has significantly increased ownership in two technology companies: Itron Inc. and GT Advanced Technologies Inc.

According to an amended 13G filing made on September 12th, 2013, Norges Bank upped its stake in Itron Inc. to 1,956,728 shares, representing a nearly one million share increase according to a second quarter filing. The aggregate value of the shares totaled US$ 37,683,000 in June of 2013 and nearly US$ 76,980,000 on the date of the purchase on September 11th, 2013. On September 12th, 2013, Itron Inc. announced it would lay off 9% of its staff and consolidate some of its facilities. The move, Itron estimates, will save the company US$ 30 million per annum.

The investor also made a 13G amendment on September 12th, 2013 for a September 5th increase in its holdings of GT Advanced Technologies Inc. According to the filing, Norges Bank augmented its holding from 2,060,168 shares in the second quarter to 6,175,432 on September 5th. The stock has enjoyed a 52.36% increase in price since June of 2013.

Merrimack–based GT Advanced Technologies is a technology company focused on crystal growth equipment for the solar, LED and consumer electronics industries.

Washington-based Itron is a technology company designed to help utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water.

Ardian Auctions Off €1 Billion in Infrastructure Assets to APG

French private equity giant Ardian has auctioned off an undisclosed stake in a portfolio of European infrastructure assets valued at €1 billion to Dutch asset owner manager APG Investments. APG, which first invested in the portfolio in 2006, plans on buying out partnership interests in the portfolio held by other investors. French multinational insurance firm AXA SA will retain its stake as a co-owner of the portfolio alongside APG, with Ardian staying on as asset manager and advisor. The transaction remains subject to regulatory approval.

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Tribal Council Approves Cherokee Nation Sovereign Wealth Fund Act

Tahlequah, Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved the creation of the Cherokee Nation Sovereign Wealth Fund Act to establish a fund to ensure the continuation of tribal operations and the general welfare of tribal citizens.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Temasek Participates in Series D Round in Chinese Mafengwo Travel Platform

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Chinese social travel platform Mafengwo has raised US$ 133 million in a Series D funding round with aid from new investors, including private equity investor General Atlantic, tourism-centric Ocean Link, the Yuantai Changqing venture capital fund, Hopu Investment Management, and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. Existing investors Capital Today, Qiming Venture Partners, and Hillhouse Capital also participated in the latest funding round.

Founded in 2010 by chief executive Gang Chen and chief operations officer Gang Lv in 2010, Mafengwo is popular among the Chinese millennial demographic, who use the app to look up travel information and booking services for nearly 60,000 destinations around the world. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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