The Most Active Sovereign Wealth Fund Investors of 2013
Sovereign Wealth Fund Direct Transactions by Year
Source: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database – March 2014
2013 was a milestone year for sovereign wealth funds acquiring companies and assets. According to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s proprietary transaction database, 2012 transactions amounted to US$ 65.09 billion, a drop from 2011’s US$ 90.04 billion. 2013 has set a record of US$ 174.73 billion in direct sovereign wealth fund transactions. This rebound of direct transactions reflects sovereign funds’ growth in assets, maturation of internal operations in the larger funds and improved confidence in the world economy.
The investment strategies of sovereign wealth funds has changed over the past eight years. Broadening direct investment tactics from acquiring manufacturing companies to farmland in Australia, fosters a growing role of sovereign funds as serious forms of long-term capital.
The majority of direct sovereign wealth fund investment activity flows from three key geographic areas: Asia, Gulf States and Northern Europe. Excluding Norway, the Asian sovereign wealth funds outmatched the Gulf-based sovereign funds on direct purchases in terms of total transaction amounts.
Who were the most active sovereign wealth funds in direct investing for 2013?
3. The Towers of Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s buying splurge of core assets in Europe and Australia has pushed up the level of direct investment activity in both observations and transaction amounts for the fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]
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