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Temasek Holdings Buys Stake in Repsol SA

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings increased their stake in Repsol SA. Repsol is Spain’s largest oil company; they recently announced the sale of their liquefied natural gas assets to Royal Dutch Shell Plc for US $4.4 billion cash excluding debt. Temasek Holdings purchased 5.04% of treasury shares (64.7 million shares at € 16.01) from Repsol for 1.68 billion SGD (US$ 1.35 billion). Temasek Holdings now holds a 6.3% stake in Repsol.

Temasek Holdings has been steadily augmenting their portfolio in the energy sector, backing both emerging companies and established players.

Tay Sulian, managing director of investment at Temasek Holdings, said: “The investment in Repsol deepens our exposure to the energy sector through a high quality growth-oriented company.”

He added, “The sector is a good proxy for the needs of transforming economies and growing middle-income populations, both of which are part of Temasek’s investment themes. We are pleased to have the opportunity to invest in Repsol, and will continue to look for good, long-term investments in the energy space.”

In May 2012, the government of Argentina’s nationalization of YPF SA exerted stress on Repsol’s financial health. Repsol’s credit rating was on the verge of junk status, a major risk for a capital intensive industry.

For Repsol, the deal with Temasek Holdings was discounted causing a €148 million cash loss for the company. On the other hand, the deal should have a positive impact on the company’s credit rating, while increasing the stability of their balance sheet.

SWFI First Read, September 21, 2018

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U.S. Public Becomes More Aware that Gmail Scans Emails

Alphabet is a major stock holding for sovereign wealth funds and large pensions. Search giant Google is under fire for allowing third-party partners and companies, like Return Path Inc and other advertisers, to share data from Gmail accounts. Many experts and tech observers already knew this, but more people in the public are becoming aware of Google’s practices when it comes to privacy. Google disclosed in a letter to U.S. lawmakers this finding. The Wall Street Journal reported that in some instances, app companies were able to read people’s emails in order to improve their algorithms. In 2017, Google said they would stop scanning all of one’s Gmail messages for the goal of personalized ads.

GPIF Infrastructure Exposure Almost Reached 200 Billion Yen in March 2018

Japan Government Pension Investment Fund’s (GPIF) exposure to infrastructure real estate was 196.8 billion JPY at the end of March 2018. At that period, 57% of the exposure was to the UK, 15% was to Australia, 15% to Sweden, 10% to Spain and 3% to Finland. 21% of GPIF’s infrastructure portfolio was linked to airports versus 27% to ports.

AIMCo-backed sPower Closes $498.7 Million Bond Deal

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Iceland Contemplates a Sovereign Wealth Fund

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The Government of Iceland is looking to possibly form a sovereign wealth fund to stabilize the country from unforeseen shocks to the national economy. The Iceland government released a statement saying, “The state’s contributions to the Fund will be equivalent to new revenues from publicly owned power production companies which are expected to accrue in the coming years.”

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CBRE Global Wins First GPIF Global Real Estate Mandate

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Japan Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) awarded its first global real estate mandate by hiring CBRE Global Investment Partners Limited. This is a global core real estate fund-of-funds separate account. Overseeing this mandate as a gatekeeper is Asset Management One Co., Ltd., which is a unit of Mizuho Financial Group. This RFP was launched in April 2017.

CBRE Global Investment Partners is the multi-manager arm of CBRE Global Investors.

In addition, on August 8, 2018, GPIF hired two custodians for short-term investments. These custodians are Trust & Custody Services Bank, Ltd and The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd.

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