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Russian Direct Investment Fund Consortium to Acquire Shares in Vladivostok International Airport

Posted on 26 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The consortium comprising the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), a $10 billion fund established to make equity investments into Russian economy, Changi Airports International (CAI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the world’s leading airport operator Changi Airport Group, and Basic Element, one of Russia’s diversified industrial groups, has been announced as the winner of the tender to acquire shares in Vladivostok International Airport in Russia’s Far East. Each member will hold an equal share in the consortium.
The consortium’s bid was recognised as the best based on the strength of the technical, legal and financial components in the submission. The transaction will be closed after regulatory approvals are received. Vladivostok International Airport is strategically important for the development of the air transportation system in the region due to its geographical location - the crossing of two air routes between the Russian Far East and the Asia Pacific region. (Press Release)

Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund to optimize its costs

Posted on 24 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna in 2014 commissioned 13 projects worth US $2.9 billion and created more than 5.6 thousand temporary and 1.2 thousand permanent jobs, the Fund’s CEO Umirzak Shukeyev said last Friday while reporting on measures to implement the head of state’s instructions and Nurly Zhol program, and on the Fund’s financial results for the past year.
Samruk-Kazyna group of companies closed the year 2014 fairly well, Shukeyev said. According to preliminary data, the net income of the group was estimated at 458 billion tenge, the Fund said in a press release. The Fund has developed a set of measures in line with the President’s instructions, including optimization of its costs by 337 billion tenge or 7%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SOFAZ assets rose to $ 37.42 bln in 2014

Posted on 24 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

For current year estimated decline 3 billion in the wake value crude (Il Sole 24 Ore Thomson Financial) - Baku, Feb. 23 - Sofaz, the Sovereign Fund of Azerbaijan closes 2014 with assets worth a total of 37.42 billion dollars , up from 3.42 billion on an annual basis. During 2014, revenues primarily from royalties until amounted to 15.729 billion dollars.
The outputs in favor of the state budget were approximately 12.9 billion in addition to funding for other special initiatives: scholarships for deserving students abroad, support for refugees from the region of Nagorno Karabakh occupied by Armenia, financing Kars railway line Baku Tbilis connection with Turkey, the company ‘management of pipelines and refinery Tap and Tanap Star-Petkim in Turkey……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Manat öldu: Devaluation in favour of Oil Fund

Posted on 24 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Devaluation of manat on February 21 has identified the only player who won as a result of the Central Bank’s decision: the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ). In spite of foreign estimates manat devaluation didn’t cause total panic in Baku. In general, people treated this situation from philosophical point of view and even tried to joke. Thus, for example, today a man and his wife exchanged the following words while admiring fresh frosty air in the morning: “Nə “клёво”? Manat öldu” (What’s good in it? Manat has died).
Manat has died. It can rise from dead but there’s a direct beneficiary of its death. Such beneficiary is SOFAZ, which receives revenue in US dollars and transfers manats to the state budget………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Projected earnings of Temasek Holdings to be part of Govt’s Net Investment Returns Framework

Posted on 24 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

With government spending set to increase, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said that it is necessary to take steps to strengthen future revenues, with the first step being to include the projected earnings of Temasek Holdings in the Net Investment Returns (NIR) framework. Under this framework, the Government is allowed to spend up to 50 per cent of the expected long-term real returns on net assets managed by the investment entities of Monetary Authority of Singapore and GIC.
The portolios of GIC and MAS are already part of the NIR framework. The inclusion of Temasek Holdings was deferred as there was no established methodology for projecting the long term expected real returns on its portfolio, as well as its still evolving investment strategy, said Mr Tharman, who delivered the Budget Statement in Parliament today (Feb 23)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek to contribute more to govt coffers

Posted on 24 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In a surprise move, Temasek Holdings from 2017 will be contributing more to the government’s coffers as it gets included in the Net Investment Returns (NIR) framework. It has been contributing about S$2 billion of dividends on average in the last five years. Singapore will include the total expected returns from Temasek Holdings in its NIR framework, said Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, on Monday.
The current NIR framework - implemented in 2009 - permitted the government to spend up to 50 per cent of the expected long-term real returns on its net assets managed by GIC, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

GIC among shareholders in HKBN IPO that could raise S$1b

Posted on 24 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

HKBN, Hong Kong’s second-largest broadband Internet provider, will launch its initial public offering today, with shareholders including GIC looking to raise up to HK$5.8 billion (S$1 billion), Thomson Reuters’ IFR reported. At the top of its indicative range, the IPO would be the second-largest in the Asia-Pacific region this year, after the US$1.13 billion (S$1.5 billion) raised by Jasmine International’s Internet infrastructure fund in Bangkok earlier this month.
GIC, private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, HKBN’s management and other shareholders will offer 645 million existing shares in an indicative range of HK$8 to HK$9 each, IFR said, citing sources familiar with the plans. HKBN, previously known as Hong Kong Broadband Network, will raise no funds from the IPO, with all proceeds going to GIC and other selling shareholders………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Malaysia’s teetering state investment fund plagued by scandal

Posted on 24 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

By meeting a repayment deadline for the first time in months, Malaysia’s troubled sovereign wealth fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad, seems to have staved off a debt crisis that threatened the country’s entire banking system. Reports in Kuala Lumpur say Malaysian billionaire Ananda Krishnan came up with the $693 million that the fund, known as 1MDB, was due to repay by February 18 to the country’s largest bank, Malayan Banking Bhd, and a smaller financial house, RHB Capital Bhd.
While the payment appears to have given 1MDB some breathing space after the fund repeatedly failed to meet debt repayment deadlines, it has done nothing to remove questions about the $14.5 billion in debts the fund has accumulated since its founding in 2009………………………………………..Full Article: Source

1MDB chief: PetroSaudi deal made RM1.78b in profits

Posted on 24 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Troubled sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) claimed that a joint venture (JV) with a Saudi Arabian company six years ago, which critics claimed was shady, had earned it a profit of US$488 million (RM1.78 billion).
In a statement on the company’s website, 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy also claimed that the money it had invested in the JV had been converted into murabaha notes when the plan did not go through. Earlier reports claimed that 1MDB had put US$1 billion into the deal with PetroSaudi International Ltd, a company with an allegedly sketchy track record………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Show Proof Of 1MDB’s US$488m Profit Whereabouts, DAP Insists

Posted on 24 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

DAP’s National Publicity Secretary Tony Pua today demanded the country’s 1Malaysia Development Board (IMDB) president Arul Kanda Kandasamy show proof of the whereabouts of a purported US$488 million profit from its joint venture with PetroSaudi International.
“Arul Kanda Kandasamy proudly announced that the sovereign fund made the US$488 million of profit from the PetroSaudi transaction but what we have at hand is at least US$1.1 billion missing in unknown whereabouts. “The next question to ask is hence, where exactly is the US$488 million of paper profit Arul was talking about,” said Pua who is also MP for Petaling Jaya in a press conference at the DAP’s headquarters………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Howai: No HSF deposits this year

Posted on 24 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

There will be no deposits to the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF) for this year. This has been confirmed by Finance Minister Larry Howai who told Guardian Media Limited who explained that because the price of oil has fallen below the price identified in the national budget, “there will be no room to make any deposits this year.”
Over the past 42 years that T&T has been exporting oil and gas, billions of dollars have been earned in revenue which has been used for many of the social and infrastructural projects the country benefits from today………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kazakh state wealth fund considers up to $2.5 bln borrowing in 2015

Posted on 23 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna is considering borrowing up to $2.5 billion this year abroad or domestically, depending on market conditions, fund chief Umirzak Shukeyev said on Friday. “We will probably need to borrow $2 billion or up to $2.5 billion this year,” Shukeyev told a news briefing. “We are now thinking where to borrow. It will all depend on conditions.”
“If conditions on external markets are attractive enough for us, we will tap foreign markets, although right now we see that the siatuation on the internal market is more favourable for us to borrow.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Kazakh Fund Says FX Sales Alone Won’t Shore Up Tenge

Posted on 23 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund, which controls oil producer KazMunaiGaz and the nation’s rail monopoly, said selling its companies’ foreign-currency earnings alone won’t stave off pressure on the tenge to decline.
“We are ready to fully support” a request to stabilize the tenge and the Kazakh financial sector, “but we will do it intelligently, taking into account the needs of every unit,” Yelena Bakhmutova, deputy chief executive officer of the fund, known as Samruk-Kazyna, said in an interview in Almaty on Friday. “We will try to implement our part, but I am afraid that our deeds alone won’t change the situation on the market.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Malaysia’s 1MDB Says May Sell Land Assets, Equity in Projects

Posted on 20 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Malaysia’s 1MDB said it may sell assets and its real estate projects will sell land development rights and could enter into profit-sharing joint ventures, as the state fund seeks to cut down on its massive debt burden. Announcing the completion of a strategic review that begun last month, the fund also said it will meet maturing debt by refinancing from “best available sources” or repay it through the sale of land development rights.
1MDB has racked up debt of 41.9 billion ringgit ($11.6 billion) in a major spending spree to build up a portfolio of power plants. It confirmed that it plans to list its power assets this year. 1MDB’s debt woes have weighed on the ringgit in recent months. The ringgit was up 0.2 percent against the dollar after the announcement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Permanent Fund gains 3.2 percent in most recent quarter

Posted on 19 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Alaska Permanent Fund returned 3.2 percent in the most recent quarter of fiscal 2015, bringing the year-to-date return to 1.9 percent.
The fund’s value is $52.8 billion as of Dec. 31, 2014, according to a news release. The statuatory net income — the amount used to calculate the annual Permanent Fund Dividend — was $597 million for the quarter………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Alaska Permanent gains 3.2% in quarter, surpassing benchmark by 110 basis points

Posted on 18 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., Juneau, returned 3.2% for the quarter ended Dec. 31 and 1.9% fiscal-year-to-date, said a news release from the $52.8 billion sovereign wealth fund. The permanent fund’s strategic risk benchmark returned 2.1% and 0.5%, respectively, during the same periods. The permanent fund’s fiscal year ends June 30.
For the quarter, U.S. equity returned 5%; real estate, 4.6%; non-U.S. bonds, 2.8%; private equity, 2.2%; outsourced CIO allocations, 1.3%; U.S. bonds, 1.1%; global equity, 0.7%; infrastructure, 0.3%; absolute-return funds, 0.1%; private markets outsourced CIO allocations, -1.39%; non-U.S. equity, -3.7%; and multiasset emerging markets, -3.5 %………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Khazanah signs up luxury hotel firm

Posted on 18 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Khazanah Nasional Bhd unit Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd (DRH) is set to venture into another luxury hotel development here, tying up with Thailand-based Minor Hotel Group. The two parties inked an agreement last week to set up the first Anantara luxury resort in Malaysia, at a location yet to be decided.
Minor Hotel chairman William Heinecke said in a statement that the Thai firm may open more than one Anantara hotel in Malaysia. “We believe there is a vast potential for growth in the tourism sector in this beautiful country.” DRH is now undertaking the development of Desaru Coast, the region’s first integrated destination resort located at the south eastern Johor coastline………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Azerbaijan’s Devaluation in Disguise

Posted on 18 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Though Azerbaijan is not as tied to the Russian economy, it still is facing difficulties driven by the drop in oil prices. Government finances are based on a $90 a barrel price of oil while currently it is a fraction of that. Thus one of the moves is to tap the $37 billion oil fund – State Oil Fund of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOFAZ).
While some of the investment that will proceed is for prestige projects including that of the May 2015 European Games, much of it will be spent on infrastructure that should in the long-term boost the economic potential of Azerbaijan………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek sold 7.3 million shares in Alibaba during rally

Posted on 17 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Temasek Holdings sold shares in Alibaba Group Holding in the fourth quarter as the Chinese Internet firm’s shares rallied following its initial public offering in September. The Singapore investment firm sold 7.3 million American Depositary Receipts (ADR) in Alibaba, leaving it with 10.7 million shares, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The value of Temasek’s holding in Alibaba declined by US$487.5 million (S$660 million), the biggest decrease among the firm’s US-listed holdings. “They must have made about US$300 million through that sale,” said Mr Enrico Soddu, an analyst at Institutional Investor’s Sovereign Wealth Centre in London………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China’s Silk Road dream falls into place with US$40b fund

Posted on 17 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Beijing has launched its US$40 billion Silk Road infrastructure fund along the lines of a long-term private equity venture to boost businesses in countries and regions along the route, the central bank governor said. The announcement serves as a prelude to the publication of a blueprint that sheds light on the country’s ambitions to create the New Silk Road economic belt and the 21st-century maritime Silk Road.
The fund’s investors included China’s foreign-exchange reserves, Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank and the country’s sovereign wealth fund, the PBOC said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek Sold Alibaba Shares Last Quarter, Added Gilead

Posted on 16 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Temasek Holdings Pte sold shares in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in the fourth quarter as the Chinese Internet firm’s shares rallied following its initial public offering, and put more money into pharmaceuticals maker Gilead Sciences Inc.
Singapore’s state-owned investment firm sold 7.3 million American depositary receipts in Alibaba, leaving it with 10.7 million shares, according to a Feb. 13 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The value of its holding in Alibaba declined by $487.5 million, the biggest decrease among the firm’s U.S.-listed holdings………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Malaysian Fund 1MDB Settles $550M Loan With Lenders

Posted on 16 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd has settled a 2 billion ringgit ($550 million) loan with Malaysian lenders, its president said on Friday, a move that could help the state-backed investor move forward with a $3 billion initial public offering.
According to a media report posted on the fund’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, 1MDB President Arul Kanda said, “the loan was settled in advance of the due date, per the terms of the loan facility agreement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World’s biggest wealth fund has peaked as oil sinks, Norway says

Posted on 16 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund has reached its peak amid a collapse in oil prices, according to the governor of Norway’s central bank. The development means western Europe’s biggest crude producer needs to get used to lower revenue from its petroleum industry, Governor Oeystein Olsen said in the text of a speech delivered in Oslo on Thursday.
“At an oil price of around US$60 per barrel, transfers to” the wealth fund “may come to a halt,” he said. As head of the central bank, Olsen oversees Norway’s US$860 billion Government Pension Fund Global………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Return on assets of the Oil Fund of Azerbaijan fell to 1.43%

Posted on 12 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan Republic (SOFAZ) reports about drop in return on assets in 2014. According to SOFAZ, by the end of the last year return on assets fell to 1.47% (to 1.43% taking into account gold) against 1.77% in 2013 and 2.16% in 2012. Return on assets reached its peak in 2007 (4.49%), and over the last 10 year it was estimated at the average level of 2.56%.
Last year investments into bonds brought 0.7% of return, investments into shares – 0.3%, investments into deposits – 0.18%, using money market instruments – 0.01%, investments into real estate – 0.24%. Investments into gold were unprofitable (-0.05%)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan did not buy physical gold for 3 quarters at a run

Posted on 12 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) did not buy physical gold over three quarters in a row (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters of 2014). The Fund informs that as of 1 January 2015 it owned physical gold worth $1.15 bn which was equivalent to 3.13% of its investment portfolio ($36.7 bn).
“By the reported date SOFAZ had 30.17 tons of gold (970,146 ounces of gold),” SOFAZ said in a statement. This level of reserves conformed to the indicator by 1 April 2014………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Yield of Azerbaijan’s oil fund in euro reached 10.04% of yield

Posted on 12 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) has called the euro the most successful investment in 2014. SOFAZ reports that last year its investments in euro (EUR 10.25 bn or 33.9% of assets) ensured for it 10.04% of yield in base currency, including 8.57% from currency difference.
At that, the operations in the base currency, the U.S. dollar, were unprofitable (-2.79%), including losses from exchange rate difference (-4.27%). The Fund kept $19.869 bn or 33.9% of its assets in the American currency. Assets in the British currency were estimated at 1.159 bn pounds (4.9% of all assets) and in the Australian currency- $214.9 (0.5%)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Enough with the lies – how involved is Jho Low with 1MDB?

Posted on 10 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

DAP National Publicity Secretary Tony Pua has accused 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and Jho Low of hiding the truth from Malaysians regarding the latter’s apparent non-involvement in the government’s sovereign wealth fund. Quoting an expose by the New York Times and more shocking revelations by the Sarawak Report that showed otherwise, the MP for Petaling Jaya Utara said, “it is now clear that both Jho Low and 1MDB have at best, been economical with the truth. At worst, they are lying through their teeth to Malaysians.
In the NYT expose, three people who had regular dealings with 1MDB said Low was “regularly consulted”, something Pua pointed out, that Low himself had admitted to when he agreed he was consulted from “time to time and without receiving compensation”………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil To Account For Only 5% Of UAE’s GDP By 2021- Deputy PM

Posted on 10 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The contribution of oil revenues to the UAE’s GDP is set to drop from around 30 per cent at present to only five per cent by 2021, the country’s deputy PM said on Monday. Speaking at the Government Summit in Dubai, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, who is also the UAE’s Interior minister, said that the current drop in oil prices was a “challenge, but not a crisis.”
Sheikh Saif stressed that the country was diversifying into sectors such as investment – through institutions such as sovereign wealth fund ADIA, and into developing its human resources. “While oil is considered the wealth of a country, our true wealth lies in investing in the mind, investing in the education of our children,” he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan announced growth of its assets by 3.42% in 2014 in spite of AZN 1.612 bn loss

Posted on 10 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) announced growth of its assets by 3.42% in 2014. According to the Fund, last year SOFAZ assets grew from $35.877 bn up to $37.104 bn. Budget revenues of SOFAZ for 2014 reached AZN 12.731 bn, while budget expenditures constituted AZN 10.117 bn. In other words, SOFAZ budget was executed with surplus of AZN 2.613 bn.
According to the Fund, revenue of AZN 12.343 bn was received from implementation of oil and gas agreements, including AZN 12.319 bn from the sale of profit oil and gas, AZN 1.7 million as acreage fees, AZN 8.9 million as transit payments, AZN 13.3 million as bonus payments and AZN 0.1 million from the sale of assets received from foreign companies. The revenues from managing assets of the Fund for 2014 amounted to AZN 387.2 million………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SOFAZ assets jump

Posted on 10 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Azerbaijan’s state oil fund SOFAZ which is in charge of accumulating and managing the country’s oil and gas revenues, announced about the increase in its assets. The fund reported that its assets increased by 3.42 percent as of January 1, 2015, compared to $35.877 billion in early 2014 and exceeded $37.104.
SOFAZ revenues totaled 12.731 million manats while budget expenditures constituted 10.117, 2 billion manats. Revenue of 12.343, 8 billion manats was received from the implementation of oil and gas agreements, including 12.319, 8 billion manats from the sale of profit oil and gas, 8.9 million manats as transit payments, 13.3 million manats as bonus payments………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek tells S&P: S’pore is not debt-ridden Greece

Posted on 09 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A plan by ratings agency Standard & Poor’s to overhaul the way it rates investment holding companies has drawn a strongly worded response from Temasek Holdings.The Singapore investment firm noted that the “confusing” proposal lumps Singapore together with countries such as Jamaica and even Greece, which is battling a debt crisis.
Temasek has issued bonds targeted at professional investors. It has previously said that it is also looking at offering retail bonds.Temasek spokesman Stephen Forshaw said a company should be rated based on its underlying credit quality, according to business and financial factors………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia’s Future Fund surges; aims to reduce risk

Posted on 06 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Australian sovereign wealth fund, the Future Fund, said a dramatic fall in the local currency helped it return 13 percent in calendar 2014, as it moves to de-risk its portfolio to offset volatile commodity and equity markets. The fund set up in 2006 to cover public servant pensions, grew by nearly A$13 billion ($10 billion) to A$109 billion by Dec. 31, partly by boosting cash to 12.8 percent of its portfolio from 9 percent a year earlier.
The fund reduced its investments in equities over the year due to increased market volatility, said managing director David Neal. Developed global equities were cut to 20.9 percent of the portfolio from 24.5 percent a year earlier, and Australian equities to 8.8 percent from 10.1 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Future Fund assets swell to $109 billion

Posted on 06 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Australia’s Future Fund assets have swelled to $109 billion after investments in private equity and infrastructure and a shift into US dollars, and away from the Australian dollar, helped it generate a 13.2 per cent return in 2014. But as interest rates fall and central banks hit their limits the fund’s investment team is warning of lower returns and rising economic and investment risks as it moved more than $5 billion of assets into cash.
Stephen Gilmore, the head of risk and investment strategy warned that the investment environment was becoming more challenging as risks are rising when falling interest rates are reducing returns……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Norway Oil Fund Divests Risky Assets

Posted on 06 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund on Thursday said it divested itself from 49 risky assets in 2014 due to uncertainty about the sustainability of their business models. The world’s biggest fund, which has been built on the country’s oil and gas revenues, said it divested from companies that could be exposed to new climate and environmental regulations. The companies were predominantly in coal and gold mining.
“We have gradually increased the scope of risk-based divestments, both geographically and thematically,” said the fund’s Chief Executive Yngve Slyngstad. “In total, we have divested from 114 companies in the past three years.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Russia’s ‘anti-crisis’ fund has little to spare

Posted on 06 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As Russia grapples with plunging oil prices and Western sanctions, attention is focusing on a $74 billion National Wealth Fund used to help the country weather crises. The NWF was used heavily in 2009 to fund emergency measures for banks and companies during the economic downturn, and it has been tapped in recent months to help firms cope with sanctions imposed over the Ukraine conflict - leading some to dub it an “anti-crisis fund”.
Last week, Russia announced a $35 billion “anti-crisis” spending plan to help the economy. But conflicting government statements have sown confusion about how exactly Moscow will finance the new measures as the country heads for recession and companies struggle to refinance their debts………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia’s $85 Billion Sovereign Fund Cuts Stocks to Add Cash

Posted on 05 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Australia’s Future Fund, the country’s sovereign wealth manager, moved more of its A$109.2 billion ($85 billion) into cash and pared equity holdings in anticipation of continued volatility in global markets.
The Melbourne-based fund lowered its allocation to global stocks to 30.3 percent as of Dec. 31, down 2.8 percentage points from a year earlier, according to an e-mailed statement today. Cash holdings rose 3.8 percentage points to 12.8 percent. Private equity and property allocations also increased, while the fund reduced investments in debt and Australian shares. The Future Fund posted a 13.2 percent return in 2014………………………………………..Full Article: Source

1MDB’s debt burden sparks fears of fallout for Malaysian economy

Posted on 05 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

When Ananda Krishnan, Malaysia’s second-richest man, sold a collection of power plants to a little-known fund called 1MDB in 2009, few outside Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy paid any attention. But reports that the 76-year-old tycoon, whose fortune is estimated by Forbes at $9.8bn, is close to getting his hands back on some of those assets have catapulted the now heavily indebted state-run 1MDB - or 1Malaysia Development Berhad - into the spotlight.
Set up six years ago, 1MDB has no less a figure than the country’s prime minister, Najib Razak, chairing its advisory board, while Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street bank, has twice arranged multibillion-dollar debt issues for it……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Temasek Leads Series D Round In Data Analytics Company Manthan System; IDG Ventures, DFJ Exit

Posted on 05 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapores’s sovereign wealth fund, Teamsek has led an investment round worth R370 Cr in big data analytics firm, Manthan Systems, buying out existing investors IDG Ventures and DFJ eVentures. Other existing investor Norwest Ventures also participated in this fourth round.
Fidelity has partially exited with this investment. The valuation of the current round is not ascertained, however reports previously pegged the latest round’s valuation to be around R5000 Cr. Manthan’s will use the investment to accelerate its focus on consumerization of technology, boost the SaaS adoption of its product portfolio, for product development and to expand its marketing footprint globally………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Resurgent banking market sees Irish SWF shift to junior debt, equity funding

Posted on 04 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A resurgent banking sector has seen the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) reassess its role as debtor to Irish companies, with rising competition from lenders leading the sovereign wealth fund to consider other roles.
Donal Murphy, the €7.1bn fund’s head of infrastructure and credit finance, told IPE the funding gap that existed after the financial crisis was often no longer there, replaced by a “wall of liquidity coming from bank debt back into Ireland”. “There are plenty of scenarios where there is a very competitive bank market with a large number of banks seeking roles on individual transactions and individual deals,” he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Russia to spend $7.9 bln from wealth fund on infrastructure projects-minister

Posted on 04 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Russia’s economy minister said on Tuesday the government planned to spend 525 billion roubles ($7.9 billion) from the state’s National Wealth Fund to support infrastructure projects including one to produce liquefied natural gas, Yamal LNG.
The money from the fund will not be used for state anti-crisis spending programme, the minister, Alexei Ulyukayev, told reporters after President Vladimir Putin met officials at a residence outside Moscow……………………………………….Full Article: Source

China’s NSSF returns 11.43%

Posted on 03 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF), China’s supplementary pension fund, realised a return of 11.43% on investment in 2014, boosting its total AUM to more than 1.5 trillion RMB (US$240 billion), according to a report from Securities Daily. This beat the returns of 6.2% and 7% achieved in 2013 and 2012, respectively. China’s CPI inflation rate lingered somewhere between 1.4% and 2.5% in 2014.
“The NSSF has displayed an inflation-beating [average] return of 8.5% per annum since its inception in 2000. Over the previous seven to eight years, our equities investments have not only managed to deliver better than market performance, but they also outperformed the fund’s fixed income return,” Wang Zhongmin, the fund’s vice chairman, said during a conference in Beijing………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Sharp rise for Uganda NSSF profit

Posted on 02 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has recorded a 23% increase in operating profit for half year ending December 31, 2014 when compared to the same period in the last fiscal year.
The Fund reports better returns on its investments and better cost management. Profit before interest for the six months increased to Ushs202 billion up from Ushs156 billion during the same period last Financial Year. Over the same period, NSSF’s total assets grew from Ushs3.9 trillion to Ushs4.9 trillion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bidders line up for $5bn port contest

Posted on 02 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Global Infrastructure Partners has teamed up with Queensland Investment Corporation and ­Borealis in the contest to buy the Port of Melbourne, which could sell for as much as $5 billion. The consortium, advised by Credit Suisse and Gresham, will compete with other parties for Australia’s busiest container and cargo port, being sold by advisers Morgan Stanley and Flagstaff.
Other bidders known to be ­preparing to compete in the sales process are IFM, advised by JPMorgan, and Hastings Funds Management together with Wren House, which are advised by Royal Bank of Canada and UBS. Wren House is the infrastructure arm of sovereign wealth fund Kuwait ­Investment Authority………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Chinese money flows into UK

Posted on 02 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Chinese companies are increasingly investing in the United Kingdom’s infrastructure sector, with the potential to invest 105 billion pounds ($170 billion) in the energy, property and transport sectors by 2025. In the years following the outbreak of the global financial crisis, Chinese companies and sovereign wealth funds have invested in UK infrastructure projects as financial investors.
In 2012, China Investment Corp, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, bought an 8.68 per cent stake in Thames Water Utilities Ltd and a 10 per cent stake in Heathrow Airport Holdings. In 2011, Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings purchased the UK utility company Northumbrian Water for 2.4 billion pounds. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

1MDB is turning into a serial borrower

Posted on 02 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, look at it this way. The PM (as chairman of the sovereign fund) is caught between a rock and a hard place. If the loan is not repaid, those banks that lend the money to 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) would be in trouble in respect of their capital ratio adequacy caused by the non-performing loan (NPL) and BNM (Bank Negara Malaysia) would be forced to take action.
This is turn might cause a severe stress on the financial and banking system which the central bank can ill-afford at the present time………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Disgraceful for M’sia that Najib’s 1MDB has to ‘beg’ RM2 bil from Ananda to repay overdue loan

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It is a complete embarrassment for the Malaysian Government that 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) had to stoop to begging a loan from billionaire Ananda Krishnan to repay an overdue RM2 billion debt.
Yesterday, it was reported by both Reuters and The Edge Financial Daily that businessman Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan is understood to have firmed up an agreement to loan beleaguered 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) as much as RM2 billion to help the strategic investment fund settle a debt obligation to Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) and RHB Bank Bhd due at the end of this month. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

What does AK want in return?

Posted on 02 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Treasury must come clean and make public all the terms behind Ananda Krishnan’s RM2bn rescue of the government investment company 1Malaysia Development Bhd, the DAP’s publicity secretary Tony Pua, said.
He said it was “a complete embarrassment” for the government that 1MDB “had to stoop to begging a loan” from billionaire Ananda Krishnan to repay 1MDB’s overdue RM2 billion debt to Malayan Banking and RHB Bank. Ananda Krishnan (AK) sold his power-generatIng group Tanjung Energy to 1MDB, which paid him through a two-part loan totalling RM5.5bn, the Edge has previously reported. It said there were no problems with the first part, a RM3.5bn 10-year loan. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Canary Wharf Group directors to pocket £23m from Qatari-led takeover

Posted on 30 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Directors of Canary Wharf Group are in line for a £23m windfall following the £2.6bn Qatari-led takeover of the property firm’s parent. Sir George Iacobescu, the head of Canary Wharf Group, will get the biggest share, £3.8m, from the sale of his Songbird shares to the Qatari Investment Authority and Canadian firm Brookfield Properties.
In 2013, Iacobescu was awarded more shares that have not been released yet and would be worth a further £2.3m, taking his potential total windfall to £6.1m. A Romanian engineer who escaped Nicolae Ceauşescu’s communist regime in the 1970s, Iacobescu has been involved in the construction of the Docklands financial district in east London from its beginnings in the late 1980s……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Ananda Krishnan to lend 1MDB up to RM2 billion to settle debts

Posted on 30 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Businessman T. Ananda Krishnan (AK) is understood to have firmed up an agreement to loan beleaguered 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) as much as RM2 billion to help the strategic investment fund settle a debt obligation to Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) and RHB Bank Bhd due at the end of this month, sources say.
It is understood that the loan, however, is merely an interim measure. “It (the loan) is more for 1MDB to clear this obstacle – the two banks – than anything else. The two (AK and 1MDB) are still looking at how to resolve the issue,” the source said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Where is 1MBD’s RM7bil in Cayman Islands?

Posted on 30 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) future looks really bleak. If, as according to this report, that it has to sell its stake in order to pay its debt every month, then eventually it will have nothing left when all its properties are sold.
Secondly, it seems like a desperate measure of a person who is about to go bankrupt, when it (1MDB) sells its property (Edra Global Energy Bhd) back to the same person, T Ananda Krishnan, who sold the property to them two years ago……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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