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Temasek Gets a Little Boost

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings got a little boost, moving up to a S$ 223 billion net portfolio value. Temasek marks its 40th anniversary; however, returns struggled with a 1.5% total shareholder return in Singapore dollars. The previous fiscal year, the sovereign fund inked 8.9%. The reason for lowered performance given in Temasek’s annual report is weakness in key Asian markets.

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Lim Boon Heng, the chairman of Temasek Holdings, mentioned in the press release, “This year has been one of our most active years for new investments – the most active since the Global Financial Crisis – driven by softer Asian markets of interest, as well as the continued recovery of the global economy.”

Sovereign Wealth Centering on Dollar Assets

Despite recent major Asian investments like the investment in A.S. Watson Group, Temasek is betting big on America investing in numerous sectors. To adapt, manage investments and find more attractive deals, Temasek is sending boots to the ground in London and New York. Recently, Temasek Holdings flew out its CEO Ho Ching to open up the New York office, along with the Prime Minister of Singapore (whose wife is Ho Ching). The opening fanfare was courted with CEOs and U.S. policymakers. A giving signal for more U.S. investments is the shift in Temasek’s currency holdings. Temasek’s currency mix in assets in U.S. Dollars started at 6 percent in 2013 to 12 percent in 2014.

Investment Wins Over Divestment

In over a decade, Temasek has invested S$ 180 billion while divesting S$ 110 billion. For March 2014 end, Temasek had net investment of S$ 14 billion, compared to S$7 billion in both 2012 and 2013. The last time net investment crossed S$ 10 billion was in 2008 at S$ 15 billion.

Group Net Profit – Temasek Holdings

Period Group Net Profit
31 March 2014 S$11 billion
31 March 2013 S$11 billion
31 March 2012 S$11 billion
31 March 2011 S$13 billion
31 March 2010 S$5 billion
31 March 2009 S$6 billion
31 March 2008 S$18 billion
31 March 2007 S$9 billion
31 March 2006 S$13 billion
31 March 2005 S$8 billion

Source: Temasek Holdings

Atlas Merchant Capital and GIC Scoop Up Stake in Ascensus

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Atlas Merchant Capital LLC and Singapore’s GIC Private Limited acquired just under a 25% equity stake in Dresher, Pennsylvania-based Ascensus, the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. San Francisco Genstar Capital LLC and New York-based Aquiline Capital Partners LLC were the sellers of the shares in Ascensus and will maintain control over the company.

Atlas Merchant Capital LLC was founded by Bob Diamond and David Schamis. Diamond is the former group chief executive of Barclays plc.

GIC is an investor in Alight Solutions, a provider of human capital solutions.

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Barclays acted as the lead financial advisor and J.P. Morgan acted as financial advisor to Ascensus in connection with this transaction. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acted as legal counsel to Ascensus.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP acted as legal counsel to Atlas Merchant Capital and Sidley Austin LLP acted as legal counsel to GIC.

In 2015, JC Flowers sold Ascensus to Genstar Capital and Aquiline Capital Partners.

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The Value of Research: Skill, Capacity, and Opportunity

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How much should a portfolio manager be willing to pay for research? The question is of importance to any manager, but has become particularly pertinent since newly imposed European rules require that the costs of investment research—previously offered by many investment banks as an in-kind consideration in return for brokerage business—be unbundled from trading.

Unfortunately, attempts to determine a fair value for research in the most general circumstances are doomed to fail. Even if we only consider direct recommendations to buy or sell certain securities, the value of such recommendations to a portfolio manager will vary according to the absolute size of positions taken in response. Instead, we provide a framework for estimating relative research values across markets and constituents, under certain stylized (but reasonable) assumptions.

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Khazanah to Scale Back International Investments, Preps 2019 Dividend

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Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional Berhad is prepping to declare more than 1 billion MYR in a dividend payout to the Malaysian government for 2019. Khazanah Nasional is undergoing a significant strategy shift to focus more on domestic assets, while selling off venture tech investments, overseas real estate, fund investments, and other non-strategic assets. The wealth fund also plans to scale back its overseas presence in markets such as San Francisco and London.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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