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Azerbaijan Oil Fund’s assets exceed $37.6 bn and gold assets – 30.1 tons

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) announces about growth of its assets by 4.86% in the first half of 2014. According to the SOFAZ, its assets as of July 1, 2014 has grown by 4.86% compared to the beginning of 2014 ($35.877 bn) and stood at $37.6 bn.
“Starting from 2012 the Oil Fund has begun purchase of gold and the amount of gold as of July 1, 2014 was 30 tons 175 kg (970 146 ounces),” the SOFAZ informed………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oman Fund Working To Rescue Bulgaria’s Corpbank

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Omani sovereign wealth fund is potentially a key player in Bulgaria’s banking crisis because it owns 30 per cent of Corpbank, which it bought in 2009. Bulgarian Finance Minister Petar Chobanov spoke to the head of Oman’s State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) last week about the prospect of it helping out after a planned state bailout of the bank ran into opposition in Bulgaria’s parliament.
“The Bulgarians have agreed to work with the shareholders to provide a feasible working plan within a time frame of three months, as a substitute for the nationalisation option,” the source said, declining to be named under briefing rules………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oman SWF mulling Bulgarian bank rescue

Posted on 21 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bulgarian finance ministry officials held talks on Friday with Oman’s sovereign wealth fund on the chances of recapitalising the fourth-largest Bulgarian bank, CCB, which is on the brink of collapse.
Finance Minister Petar Chobanov and the head of Oman’s fund Abdul Salam Al-Murshidi confirmed in a phone call “their readiness to find a working solution for the bank,” Chobanov’s office said in a statement. The Omani fund owns 30 percent of the Corporate Commercial Bank, which was shut on June 20 after media reports of alleged fraud sparked a three-day run on the bank………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oman fund working to rescue Bulgaria’s Corpbank-source

Posted on 21 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

An Omani sovereign wealth fund and other shareholders in Bulgaria’s Corporate Commercial Bank are seeking to stabilise the troubled lender and hope a feasible plan will be put together within three months, a fund source told Reuters on Sunday.
Bulgarian Finance Minister Petar Chobanov spoke to the head of Oman’s State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) last week about the prospect of it helping out after a planned state bailout of the bank ran into opposition in Bulgaria’s parliament………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bulgaria speaks to shareholder Oman about Corpbank rescue

Posted on 21 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bulgaria’s finance minister spoke to the head of Oman’s sovereign wealth fund on Friday about help for Corporate Commercial Bank and said the government now hoped to engineer a private rescue rather than a state bailout of the failing bank.
Corpbank, was forced into the control of Bulgaria’s central bank in June after depositors unnerved by reports of shady deals by the bank’s main owner withdrew more than a fifth of its total deposits. A subsequent audit showed activities at the bank “incompatible with the law and good banking practices” according to the central bank………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Government Fund With Majority Malaysia Airlines Stake Considers Taking It Private

Posted on 21 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The government fund that owns a majority stake in Malaysia Airlines is increasingly leaning toward taking the company private, after the carrier lost a second plane in five months, according to people familiar with the matter.
Khazanah Nasional Bhd., Malaysia’s state investment fund and holder of a 69% stake in flag-carrier operator Malaysian Airline System Bhd., had already been considering a purchase of the rest of the company, along with other restructuring proposals, even before a full flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Ukraine on Thursday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SOFAZ earns enormous profit from ACG, Shah Deniz projects

Posted on 18 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Azerbaijan’s state oil fund SOFAZ has gained over $102.8 billion from 2001 to July 1, 2014 by implementing the project of developing the giant Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) block of oil and gas fields in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.
The fund earned around $7.78 billion from ACG project from January 1 to July 1, SOFAZ told Trend Agency on July 16. The ACG block of fields has been active since 1997. Production started from the Chirag part of the field. It was followed successfully by Azeri Project; Central Azeri production in February 2005, West Azeri in December 2005, and East Azeri in October 2006………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Singapore says no plan to manage pension money separately

Posted on 18 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore’s government has clarified that there are no imminent plans for contributions to its Central Provident Fund (CPF) retirement scheme to be managed as a separate investment entity within the city state’s sovereign wealth fund (SWF).
As things currently stand, pensions money contributed to the CPF is invested in Special Singapore Government Securities (SSGS); debt instruments whose proceeds are managed by the Government Investment Corporation (GIC) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). As a result, retirement contributions are pooled with other government surpluses and managed collectively by the GIC, rather than as a separate pension fund………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Will 1MDB go bust without asset revaluations?

Posted on 18 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Finance Ministry must explain whether 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) may go bankrupt or even insolvent if they continue to rely on an Asset Revaluation Gain of RM2.7 billion to record a profit of RM778 million and ignores the rise in total debts to RM42.3 billion that nearly matches its total assets of RM44.7 billion.
When 1MDB finally submitted its much-delayed accounts for financial year 2013 ended March 31to the Companies Commission of Malaysia, after having changed auditors, 1MDB revealed once againthat it cannot make money without creatively manufacturing a paper profit from land revaluation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ECA rises to $4.5bn as FG, States, LGs share N755.9bn in June

Posted on 18 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) yesterday shared a total distributable revenue amounting to about N755.95 billion among the three tiers of government for June as it emerged that the money, Excess Crude Account (ECA) kept to provide succour in rainy days had increased from about $3.6 billion to about $4.5 billion.
In the previous month, to total revenue collection in the month under review was significantly helped by the Company Income Tax (CIT), Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT)-particularly, the upward review of estimates by some companies………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Qatar Bank Masraf Gives JV Sale Details After Bourse Suspension

Posted on 17 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Qatari lender Masraf Al Rayan offered more detail into the sale of its stake in a real estate joint venture to a state fund on Tuesday, after the country’s stock exchange suspended the bank’s shares for a lack of clarity on the deal.
Masraf Al Rayan, which has the largest MSCI weighting of any Qatari stock, said on Sunday it was selling its 50 per cent stake in Seef Lusail Real Estate Development Co to the real estate arm of the Gulf state’s sovereign wealth fund………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ECA swells to $4.05b

Posted on 16 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) has increased to $4.05 billion, following the approval by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) for the transfer of N50.35 billion into the ECA.
At the end of the FACC meeting for the distribution of June 2013 allocation to the three tiers of government, members of the committee, especially those from the states, kicked against the retention of fuel subsidy. They described the retention of fuel subsidy as a fraud against the country………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Calpers, Calstrs Report 18% Gain on Investment for Year Ended June 30

Posted on 15 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The nation’s two biggest pension funds reported investment gains of at least 18% for the fiscal year ending June 30, bolstering their coffers even as they continue to battle persistent shortfalls.
The two California funds, California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, benefited from a stock-market surge as their investments in domestic and international equities notched returns of nearly 25%—higher than internal goals set by both funds. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

GIC Said to Have Backed Out of Lone Star’s Tokyo Property Sale

Posted on 14 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

GIC Pte, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, backed out of buying a Tokyo property from Lone Star Funds, according to people familiar with the transaction. GIC, which had entered exclusive negotiations with the U.S. fund, withdrew from pursuing Meguro Gajoen, an office and banquet hall complex in Tokyo, because of a dispute between two other parties involving land included in the sale, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.
Both GIC and Hudson Japan K.K., a local unit of Lone Star, declined to comment. GIC’s withdrawal comes after Dallas-based Lone Star renewed efforts earlier this year to sell the property by including the land in the offer amid rising interest from investors in Japan’s property market………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kazakhstan’s National Fund reaches $77 billion

Posted on 14 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The National Fund of Kazakhstan has reached $77 billion, Kazakhstan National Bank Chairman Kairat Kelimbetov said yesterday during his meeting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the presidential press service reported.
According to the National Bank, in January-June 2014 Kazakhstan’s total international reserves including the National Bank gold and forex reserves and National Fund assets increased from $95.5 billion to $103 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kazakhstan announces its international reserves figure

Posted on 11 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Aggregated international reserves of Kazakhstan comprising the gold and FX reserves of the Central Bank and assets of the National Oil Fund grew from January 2014 to June 2014 from $95.507 billion to $103.078 billion, according to the Central Bank’s Press Service.
The National Fund of Kazakhstan was created in 2000 as a stabilization fund that accumulates windfall revenues from oil sales and ensures the economy of Kazakhstan will be stable against the price swings of oil. The assets of the National Fund assets are monitored by the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Tengrinews.kz reported earlier this year that $2.7 billion out of the National Oil Fund is to be allocated in 2014 to stimulate the country’s economy growth……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Qatar sells $443 mln of LSE shares at 1915p - source

Posted on 11 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Sovereign wealth fund Qatar Holding has sold 260.1 million pounds ($442.6 million) worth of shares in London Stock Exchange Group (LSE), a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, ahead of the LSE’s impending $1.6 billion rights issue.
Qatar sold the shares at 1,915 pence each as part of its portfolio management, the source said, adding that Qatar remained a supportive shareholder of the LSE. The disposal leaves Qatar with a stake of around 10.3 percent in the company………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Norwegians are wealthier than Nigerians

Posted on 11 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Last month, the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) announced that it made capital gains of N1.2 billion ($7.75 million) in the first quarter of 2014 – a return of 0.5 percent on a total capital of $1.55 billion.
If the entire $1.55 billion was shared among an estimated 174.5m Nigerians each of us would get $8.88, according to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute. For majority of Nigerians who live on $1.25 a day this is a pittance. In Norway, each of 5.06m Norwegians would get $173,518. Though the Norway Government Pension Plan was set up much earlier than the NSIA (it was established in 1990) it’s size and performance is testimony to how surplus oil wealth can be managed………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Qatar to sell down stake in LSE

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Qatar Investment Authority is to sell down a third of its stake in the London Stock Exchange Group ahead of the bourse’s $1.6bn rights issue to help purchase Frank Russell, the US index compiler.
The sovereign wealth fund has instructed Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup to sell a near 5 per cent stake in an accelerated bookbuild, said two people familiar with the situation. The QIA is expected to retain a 10 per cent stake in the LSE, with the deal announced on Thursday morning………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Abu Dhabi Said to Explore $2 Billion Sale of Fund Stakes

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world’s largest sovereign-wealth funds, is said to be considering selling as much as $2 billion in private-equity fund stakes.
ADIA, which invests on behalf of the government of Abu Dhabi, hired Cogent Partners to advise on the sale, two people with knowledge of the deal said. The portfolio consists mostly of positions in buyout funds, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bahrain fund open to McLaren stake sale

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The chief executive of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat Holding Company, has confirmed that while there were no talks with Honda about buying its stake in U.K. automaker McLaren, a sale of the luxury sports car group was still an option.
“Our stake in McLaren, you know, we are happy to have it there. If there is a business opportunity for somebody to buy from us we look at it commercially, but there is no talk at the moment directly with them (Honda) no,” Mahmood Al Kooheji said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Upbeat Temasek profit unchanged

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore’s state-investment firm remained upbeat on Asian economies, where it sealed half its new investments in the past fiscal year, even as it trawled the US and Europe for investments. It continues to favour companies in the financial services, life ­sciences, energy and consumer-product sectors.
Fiscal-year net profit rose slightly to $S10.9 billion ($9.3bn) from $S10.6bn a year earlier, Temasek said. Its portfolio value during the period grew 3.7 per cent to a record $S223bn, from $S215bn a year earlier…………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek’s portfolio growth slows; holdings hit record $179 bln

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd said its portfolio grew by 3.72 percent in the last financial year, slower than the previous year, due to a drop in the value of its bank holdings which include Standard Chartered PLC.
Temasek reported on Tuesday its portfolio size had increased to a record S$223 billion ($179 billion) in its last financial year that ended in March. Last financial year, Temasek’s portfolio grew 8.6 percent…………………………………..Full Article: Source

Leakages, political bickering threaten Nigeria SWF goals

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The goals of Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), which include providing a countercyclical rainy day fund, as well as savings for future generations is being threatened by political bickering and oil revenue leakages.
While the SWF announced last month that it made capital gains of N1.2 billion ($7.75 million) in the first quarter (Q1) of 2014 representing 0.5 percent return on total capital of $1.55 billion, the need to grow the fund through regular monthly transfers by the Government has failed to materialise…………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek set to show slower asset growth on banks holdings

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Temasek Holdings Pte’s assets probably grew at a slower pace in the year to March because the value of some of its biggest financial assets declined. Singapore’s state-owned investment company, which releases its annual review tomorrow, may have increased the value of its holdings by about 4 percent to a record S$224 billion ($180 billion) in the year to March 31, according to CIMB Research Pte and Institutional Investor’s Sovereign Wealth Center.
That compares with an 8.6 percent gain in the previous year.China Construction Bank Corp. and Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., among the top four lenders in Temasek’s portfolio, declined as China’s economy heads for the weakest expansion in 24 years amid rising debt and a clampdown on shadow banking……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Abu Dhabi’s ADIA sells shares worth $70 mln in India’s Kotak Mahindra

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds, sold 4.21 billion rupees ($70.2 million) worth of shares in India’s Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd in stock market deals on Monday, exchange data showed.
ADIA sold about 4.8 million shares at 874.55 rupees a piece, according to data from the Bombay Stock Exchange. Kotak Mahindra shares ended down 1.3 percent at 870.90 rupees, while the main Mumbai market index rose 0.5 percent……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Banks line up 1.5 bln euro loan to buy TDF unit

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bankers are lining up a 1.5 billion euro ($2.05 billion) debt financing to back a potential formal bid for broadcasting masts group TDF’s French unit by Canadian pension fund PSP Investment, banking sources said on Monday.
TDF owners TPG, Ardian, Charterhouse and French sovereign wealth fund FSI decided last year to sell the company, hiring Goldman Sachs and Rothschild to manage the process. They hoped to fetch 4 billion euros to be able to repay TDF’s 3.8 billion euro debt pile and avoid a costly restructuring……………………………………..Full Article: Source

The UK must start helping oil giants, not hindering them

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Lady Thatcher was Britain’s greatest post-war leader but in one area of economic policy she erred. In the 1980s, as oil prices continued to skyrocket following the Islamic revolution in Tehran and the so-called “tanker war” in the Gulf, her government failed to realise the long-term benefits for the UK’s economy from the creation of a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) to recycle the tax revenues from Brent.
Without the involvement of these companies, which can use the very latest technology to find and then extract more oil from the North Sea, the hope of ever creating a UK sovereign wealth fund will be lost for ever…………………………………….Full Article: Source

Kazkommertsbank, BTA Bank complete merger in Kazakhstan

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Kazkommertsbank (KKB), one of the largest banks in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, has announced the completion of the acquisition of BTA Bank shares. In accordance with previous agreements, on 30 June, 2014, Kazkommertsbank and Kenes Rakishev, a 34-year-old entrepreneur and venture investor from Kazakhstan, each acquired 46.5% of BTA Bank’s shares from Kazakhstan’s state-owned Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna, KKB said.
Simultaneously, Samruk-Kazyna transferred its remaining 4.26% stake in BTA to KKB in accordance with the Trust Agreement. This provided KKB with more than 50% of voting rights and operational control of BTA……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek Set to Show Slower Asset Growth on Banks

Posted on 07 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Temasek Holdings Pte’s assets probably grew at a slower pace in the year to March because of losses on some of its biggest financial assets.
Singapore’s state-owned investment company, which releases its annual review tomorrow, may have increased the value of its holdings by about 4 percent to a record S$224 billion ($180 billion) in the year to March 31, according to CIMB Research Pte and Institutional Investor’s Sovereign Wealth Center. That compares with an 8.6 percent gain in the previous year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bumi transfers 19% KPC stake to China’s CIC in debt deal

Posted on 07 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Coal miner Bumi Resources confirmed the transfer of a 19 per cent stake in Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) valued at US$950 million (RM3.03 billion) to China Investment Corporation as part of the debt-to-equity deal agreed to in October last year, Bumi said in a statement last Thursday.
The coal miner said it owes US$1.99 billion to the Chinese sovereign wealth fund in the form of a principal loan, deferred interest and make-whole costs. With the share transfer, its debt to CIC has been further reduced to US$1.04 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Indonesia’s Bumi Transfers 19% KPC Stake to China’s CIC

Posted on 04 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Coal miner Bumi Resources confirmed a transfer of a 19 percent stake in coal mining Kaltim Prima Coal valued at $950 million to China Investment Corporation as part of the debt-to-equity deal agreed on October 2013, Bumi said in a statement on Thursday.
The coal miner said it owes $1.99 billion to the Chinese sovereign wealth fund in the form of a principal loan, deferred interest and make-whole costs. With the share transfer, its debt to CIC has been reduced to $1.04 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

FG Withdraws N1.9tn From Excess Crude Account

Posted on 04 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Reports obtained from the Budget Office of the Federation has revealed that the Federal Government withdrew the sum N1.99tn from the Excess Crude Account in the 2013 fiscal year.
The office, in its 2013 consolidated budget implementation report jointly signed by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Director-General, BoF, Dr. Bright Okogu, said the amount was used to settle various obligations of the Federal Government owing to its inability to meet its revenue targets. The withdrawals for 2013 were marginally lower than the N2.07tn taken in the 2012 period by N800m or 3.86 per cent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australian Super backtracked on airport valuation: Future Fund

Posted on 02 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Future Fund has accused AustralianSuper of backtracking on its own valuation of the Perth Airport, a dispute which is at the heart of the legal case one of the country’s biggest superannuation funds is waging against Australia’s sovereign wealth fund. According to the defence the Future Fund has lodged with the Supreme Court of Victoria, AustralianSuper had previously agreed with the now disputed valuation and it believes AustralianSuper may be pursuing the legal action in a bid to achieve a commercial settlement.
A spokesperson for the Future Fund told Financial Standard that the “Future Fund is pleased to have finally been provided with the opportunity to lodge its defence with the Victorian Supreme Court. We have consistently and strongly maintained that Future Fund has acted appropriately at all times, and we totally reject the allegations of wrongful conduct that have been made. “Future Fund remains confident in its position and will vigorously defend this matter.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Azerbaijan plans to gain financial benefit from replacement of Oil Fund allocations with the loans from foreign markets

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Replacement of the State Oil Fund (SOFAZ) allocations with the loans from foreign markets promises to provide a financial benefit for Azerbaijan. According to the informed sources, Azerbaijan’s government plans to take advantage of such loans’ benefits.
“Today the markets demonstrate profitable financial conditions and this effect is enhanced by Azerbaijan’s financial stability and solvency. Many lenders and investors are ready to provide finances to Azerbaijan. In this regard, governmental experts believe that today it’s quite possible to get foreign loans at the rate of LIBOR level or LIBOR +0…% and we should take this opportunity”, - the source said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oil Fund’s relations with budget of Azerbaijan may change drastically

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) can change the system of relations with the state budget, known as the system of annual transfers. The new format of SOFAZ ties is still considering by government experts.
The article is disseminated only on condition of close subscription. If you are interested, contact with marketing service of news agency Fineko………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Oman Fund Held Talks With Bulgaria About Corpbank Rescue

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Oman’s sovereign wealth fund held talks with the Bulgarian government and central bank on Tuesday about recapitalising Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank), Oman’s honorary consul in Sofia told Reuters on Wednesday.
Bulgaria plans to nationalise the bank, which suffered a run on deposits last week and was subsequently taken over by the central bank, if talks with shareholders including Oman fail. That prospect looked the most likely outcome after Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said on Tuesday that shareholders were “unlikely” to rescue the country’s fourth-largest lender………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Nigeria: NSIA Rakes in N1.2 Billion By Investing 20 Percent of SWF

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As a result of its investment strategies, the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has revealed that it earned N1.2 billion as at the end of the first quarter of 2014 by investing only 20 per cent of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF).
The agency stated that its first quarter 2014 performance was wholly in line with its projections. The Managing Director, NSIA, Mr. Uche Orji, who revealed this while briefing the media in Lagos also said that the agency’s audited net profit for the period stood at N1.2 billion. He pointed out that with the changing interest rate landscape in key global markets, the NSIA would be adjusting its asset allocation strategies to take advantage of inherent benefits………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Sovereign Wealth Fund Records Modest Q1 Outing

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Buoyed by its humble performance at the end of its first full year of operation, the management of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) at the weekend announced a net profit of N1.2 billion for its operations in the first quarter of 2014, which is more than double the N525 million reported for the whole of last year.
The NSIA, which started out with seed funding of $1 billion from the federal and state governments, reported the 2013 profit on the back of a total investment income of N1.466 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

NSIA Rakes in N1.2bn by Investing 20% of SWF

Posted on 25 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As a result of its investment strategies, the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has revealed that it earned N1.2 billion as at the end of the first quarter of 2014 by investing only 20 per cent of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF). The agency stated that its first quarter 2014 performance was wholly in line with its projections.
The Managing Director, NSIA, Mr. Uche Orji, who revealed this while briefing the media in Lagos also said that the agency’s audited net profit for the period stood at N1.2 billion. He pointed out that with the changing interest rate landscape in key global markets, the NSIA would be adjusting its asset allocation strategies to take advantage of inherent benefits………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Heritage Fund earns $852 million more than expected in 2013

Posted on 25 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund earned $2.1 billion in interest in 2013-14, with a record 16-per-cent return on investment. The heritage fund is Alberta’s long-term savings account. It currently holds roughly $17.5 billion. Established in 1976, it was originally meant to save non-renewable resource revenue for future generations.
In recent years, the government has transferred most of the interest to general revenues to be spent. In total, interest from the fund has contributed roughly $36.5 billion to pay Alberta’s annual expenses. Over the next three years, however, the money taken out of the fund will be gradually reduced to zero………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Alberta heritage fund earned $2.1B in 2013-14

Posted on 25 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Alberta government says its nest egg earned $2.1 billion in the last fiscal year — a 16 per cent rate of return. The value of the Heritage Savings Trust Fund now sits at $17.5 billion.
Most of the money earned is being moved into general revenue to pay for government programs. Just under $200 million is being kept in the fund, as required by law, to protect against inflation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Luye Pharma, Owners Seek Up to $764 Million From Hong Kong IPO

Posted on 24 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Luye Pharma Group Ltd., a Chinese drugmaker backed by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, and existing owners are seeking to raise as much as $764 million from a Hong Kong initial public offering.
The company and its investors are selling 999.6 million shares at HK$5.38 to HK$5.92 each, according to terms for the deal obtained by Bloomberg News. The shareholders include GIC Pte as well as Chinese private equity firms CDH Investments Fund Management Co. and Citic Private Equity Funds Management Co., the terms show………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Nigeria: Sovereign Wealth Fund yields N1.2bn profit in Q1

Posted on 23 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority has announced a profit of N1.2bn from its investment of the Sovereign Wealth Fund for the first quarter of this year, up from the N525m made in the 15-month period ended December 31, 2013.
In what may be considered a justification of the decision of the Federal Government to set up the SWF to save some portion of the money realised from the sale of crude oil, the NSIA also expressed optimism that it would match if not surpass the first quarter profit margin when the result of the second quarter audit was ready………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China’s CIC Vows to Improve Management After Irregularities Uncovered

Posted on 20 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China Investment Corp., the nation’s sovereign-wealth fund, said Thursday that it plans to improve the management of its overseas investments after it was publicly criticized by the government’s auditing agency for a string of irregularities that led to unspecified losses.
China’s National Audit Office said Wednesday that CIC was found to have management shortcomings that resulted in overseas losses on six projects between 2008 and 2012. The extent of the losses wasn’t given. The auditing agency blamed the losses at CIC on dereliction of duty by management, insufficient due diligence and poor post-investment management……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Audits hit home at CIC

Posted on 20 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China Investment Corp, the nation’s US$575 billion (HK$4.48 billion) sovereign wealth fund, said it is improving how it manages overseas investments after state auditors said mismanagement led to losses. The fund has drafted plans to rectify issues identified by the National Audit Office, analyzed the causes, and is amending related mechanisms and procedures, Beijing-based CIC said.
CIC will also strengthen due diligence for overseas deals and enhance post-investment management, and standardize the selection of external managers. An audit last year found dereliction of duty by managers and inadequate due diligence and management in 12 investments made abroad between 2008 and 2013, leading to losses………………………………………..Full Article: Source

$5b-plus irregularities at China fund, banks

Posted on 20 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Irregularities amounting to more than $5 billion have been found at China’s sovereign wealth fund and two large state-owned banks, according to the state auditor, offering a glimpse into the opaque management of government-controlled firms.
China Investment Corporation (CIC), Bank of China and Agricultural Development Bank of China violated regulations in areas including asset selling, loan issuance and fraudulent invoicing, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). “The audit found CIC breached rules on overseas investment and risk control, domestic subsidiaries operation and financial management,” the NAO said in a statement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Closer Look: Audit of CIC Shows Its Corporate Governance Must Be Enhanced

Posted on 20 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China Investment Corp. (CIC), the country’s US$ 575 billion sovereign wealth fund, has been blamed by the state auditor for flaws in its management of both domestic and overseas investment projects, leading to losses. On June 18, the National Audit Office issued a report on CIC’s operations in 2012. It criticized CIC for a series of irregularities in investment assessments, subsidiary operations, and personnel and financial management.
Internal and external supervision are crucial for a sovereign wealth fund like CIC. The auditor’s report rings the alarm and should prompt the sovereign wealth fund to reexamine itself. However, assessing the investment performance of a sovereign wealth fund is not straightforward………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Chinese sovereign wealth fund mismanaged investments

Posted on 19 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China Investment Corp failed to conduct adequate due diligence on overseas investments which led to losses, the mainland’s auditor finds. The mainland’s US$575 billion sovereign wealth fund mismanaged some of its overseas investments between 2008 and last year that led to losses, the National Audit Office said yesterday without specifying the size of the loss.
It said some employees of China Investment Corp (CIC) did not conduct adequate due diligence before investing in 12 overseas projects in the past six years. And they subsequently also failed to track the performance of those investments, it said………………………………….Full Article: Source

Auditor blames CIC

Posted on 19 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Mismanagement at China Investment Corp, the nation’s US$575 billion sovereign wealth fund, led to overseas investment losses that could widen, according to the National Audit Office.
A dereliction of duty by managers and inadequate due diligence and post- investment management were identified in 12 investments made abroad by the fund between 2008 and 2013, according to results of an audit conducted last year. Six of the deals were unprofitable, four of them had unrealized losses, and two may potentially lose money. The report released yesterday did not name the investments or disclose their size………………………………….Full Article: Source

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