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SWFI First Read, July 14, 2017

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ADNOC Explores Opening up Service Stations Unit

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), a government-owned oil company, is looking to have an initial public offering (IPO) of its service stations unit. ADNOC considering all options for the service stations unit, including not having an IPO. ADNOC’s service station distribution includes an excess of 300 gas stations across the country.

NEC Contemplates Buying Civica from OMERS PE

NEC Corporation, a Japan-based information technology company, is contemplating the purchase of Civica, a U.K.-based software company, for 900 million GBP. Other suitors for the company include Partners Group, BC Partners and Boston-based Berkshire Partners. OMERS Private Equity, the PE unit of Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System, owns Civica and acquired the company from 3i Group in 2013 for approximately 300 million GBP. OMERS hired Goldman Sachs to assist in disposing of Civica.

Australia’s Future Fund Invests in Move Guides

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Norway GPFG Would Prioritize Value in Tesla Stake

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Sovereign wealth fund giant Norway Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) is an investor in Tesla, holding a 0.48% stake at the end of 2017. GPFG owns roughly 1.4% of all globally listed company shares, minus stocks from its exclusion pool. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Anbang Insurance Set to Sell its US Luxury Portfolio

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Distressed Beijing-based holding company Anbang Insurance Group is set to sell its U.S. luxury hotel properties, which were purchased for US$ 5.5 billion from the Blackstone Group in 2016. This is a move to raise quick cash, following the firm’s seizure at the hands of the Chinese government six months ago. Bids had already been ongoing for selected properties, including the famed Essex House Hotel, overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park. The portfolio of hotels is strategically placed in geographically diverse regions, including Miami and Chicago. Anbang is looking to cash in on the properties quickly, as its properties in China are already being liquidated. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norway GPFG Returns 1.8% for Second Quarter of 2018

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Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) returned 1.8% for the second quarter of 2018. Listed equity investments generated a 2.7% return for the period, while fixed income returned 0%. Unlisted real estate investments posted a 1.9% return for the second quarter. In addition, the Norwegian krone depreciated against the U.S. dollar during the quarter. Furthermore, 2 billion NOK was withdrawn from the fund.

“North American and European stocks had a positive development in the quarter despite the prospect of increased trade barriers. This made a positive contribution to the fund’s return,” says Trond Grande, Deputy CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management, according to the press release.

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