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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing - Archive | April, 2014

Yatra.com raises $23mln in a new round from IDG Ventures and Temasek’s VC arm

Posted on 17 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gurgaon-based Yatra Online Travel Pvt Ltd, the company behind the online travel portal Yatra.com, has raised Rs 140 crore ($23 million) led by IDG Ventures and Vertex Venture Management, the VC investment arm of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek. Existing investors including seed investor Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) also participated in this round.
The fresh capital will be used to accelerate the company’s growth plans by enabling Yatra to further strengthen its position in the domestic hotels and holidays businesses, besides strategically investing in mobile technology, the firm said in a statement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Singapore’s Keppel Corp Q1 net profit falls 5 pct

Posted on 17 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore’s Keppel Corporation Ltd said on Wednesday its net profit in the first quarter dropped 5 percent on the year to S$339 million ($270.46 million). Singapore’s state investor Temasek Holdings owns a stake of more than 20 percent in Keppel.
Keppel is the world’s top offshore jackup drilling rig producer and has business in property development and infrastructure. The firm booked revenue of nearly S$3 billion for the quarter, up 8.6 percent from a year earlier, it said in a statement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Excess Crude Account rises to $3.6bln FG, states, LGs share N641.3bln in March

Posted on 17 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It emerged Tuesday that the Excess Crude Account (ECA) now stands at about $3.6 billion compared to $3.4 billion in February. The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Jonah Otunla, disclosed this after the monthly meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) which also yesterday shared a total distributable revenue amounting to N641.38 billion among the three tiers of government March.
Also, the committee also voted unanimously at its plenary to remove oil subsidy from its books, according to Chairman, Commissioners of Finance Forum, Mr. Timothy Odah. He said their resolution would be communicated to the presidency for immediate action………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Libya goes head to head with SocGen in $1.5 bln lawsuit

Posted on 17 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has filed a $1.5 billion lawsuit against Société Générale (SocGen), claiming the French investment bank helped channel bribes worth tens of millions of dollars to associates of Saif al-Islam, the son of the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The LIA, a $60 billion fund set up to invest the country’s vast oil wealth, alleges that SocGen fraudulently paid over $58 million to a company called Leinada for “advisory services”. These services related to $2.1 billion of derivatives trades that the LIA entered into with SocGen between 2007 and 2009………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bank of America forecasts increase in Middle East M&A deals

Posted on 17 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Bank of America, the second-largest US lender by assets, expects mergers and acquisitions in the Middle East to increase as cash-rich global companies target investments in the region. The trend is a shift from previous years when activity was mostly limited to sovereign wealth funds and government-related entities targeting overseas deals, Wadih Boueiz, the co-head of corporate and investment banking for the Middle East and North Africa said in an interview this week.
The Gulf region’s sovereign wealth funds, which together control more than US$1 trillion in investments globally, are finding it more “challenging” to deploy capital while interest rates are low and liquidity in international markets increases, Mr Boueiz said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why not use permanent fund to build a gas line?

Posted on 17 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Unlike with other resource issues, Alaskans stand pretty much united in our efforts to monetize the huge gas reserves of Alaska’s North Slope. The Legislature has spent a good portion of the session holding hearings and listening to consultants on the administration’s proposal, Senate Bill 138, and its two components, the memorandum of understanding and the Heads of Agreement.
I have expressed my concerns to the House and Senate committees regarding the MOU’s proposal to have TransCanada acquire what would otherwise be the state’s 25 percent equity interest in the gas line in exchange for being the bank and financing construction of the gas line………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kazakh National Welfare Fund to put over 200 companies on sale

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Kazakh National Welfare Fund, Samruk-Kazyna will put up over 200 companies for sale within the framework of privatization program, the Chairman of the Board of Samruk Kazyna, Umirzak Shukeev said. In particular, the companies which are engaged in non-core business will be privatized, for example, those companies which produce solar panels in Kazatomprom.
Furthermore, the privatization will include those companies that compete in the market with private companies or do not have strategic importance, do not relate to matters of national security, and have no social significance………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Samruk-Kazyna head on forthcoming IPOs and privatization plans

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Umirzak Shukeyev, Head of Samruk-Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund, announced a list of companies to run IPOs in 2014-2016 and unveiled plans to privatize some state-owned companies. “In 2014 plans are there to float 10% minus one share in Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company (KEGOC) and 75% in Mangistau Distribution Company. 100% in the Atyrau thermal power plant, 75.6% in Temirzhol Zhondeu, 51% in Temirzhol Energo, 49% in Semser Security; 51% in Lokomotiv-2030, 50% in Zhambyl regional power plant will be offered through auctions”, Shukeyev said.
According to Shukeyev, 10% minus one share in Samruk-Energo, up to 49% in KazTransGasAimak and KazTransGas-Almaty, 49% in Transtelecom, and 10% minus one share in KazTemirTrans will be floated in 2015. “Shares in 14 companies, including Eurasia-Air and KazMortransFlot owned by KMG will be offered through auctions”, he elaborated………………………………………..Full Article: Source

$2.7 billion out of Kazakhstan National Oil Fund to stimulate economy in 2014

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

$2.7 billion out of the National Oil Fund accumulating windfall oil revenues is to be allocated in 2014 to stimulate the country’s economy growth, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing the country’s Minister of Economic Affairs Yerbolat Dossayev.
“One of the sources to boost the country’s economy growth will be $5.5 billion out of the National Oil Fund to be allocated in 2014 and 2015. $2.7 of the amount will be allocated this year, with $552 million being spent to support small and middle-sized businesses, another $1.3 billion being spent to bolster the country’s banking sector, and $ 828 million to support the Industrial Development Program………………………………………..Full Article: Source

$1.3 billion to finance Toxic Assets Fund of Kazakhstan

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

$1.3 billion will be allocated out of the National Oil Fund to finance the Toxic Assets Fund, the country’s Minister of Economic Affairs Yerbolat Dossayev told a briefing April 14. The vehicle will be buying out toxic assets from the country’s banks. Regulating rules will be formulated by July 1, 2014.
The toxic assets fund under the National Bank of Kazakhstan was launched in April 2012. Mid-February 2014 at the extended government sitting Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev commissioned banks’ heads to reduce the share of NPLs “in any possible ways” to 15% of their portfolio by 2015 and further to 10% by 2016………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Norges Bank goes shopping in Tesco despite analysts’ fears over sales

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Do the Norwegians know something the market doesn’t? Norway’s $840 billion national government pension fund, run by the country’s central Norges Bank, seems to.
The fund has been buying Tesco in a big way in advance of full-year numbers due out this morning. A statement by the company dropped just after the closing bell yesterday revealing that Norges Bank, already Tesco’s largest investor, has upped its bet on Britain’s biggest supermarket chain again………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Abu Dhabi SWF and CVC in GBP1.5bln Spire race

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Abu Dhabi’s vast sovereign wealth fund has joined forces with the largest shareholder in Formula One motor racing in the race to buy Spire Healthcare, one of Britain’s biggest private hospital groups. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is backing a takeover bid for Spire that is being assembled by CVC Capital Partners, the London-based private equity firm.
The pair are competing against other financial investors such as KKR and Onex, with rival hospital operators including HCA and Ramsay, an Australian company, also monitoring the situation. Spire, which employs nearly 8,000 people, has been owned by Cinven, another buyout firm, since it was formed from the purchase of Bupa’s hospitals business in 2007………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Zimbabwe: A sovereign wealth fund is critical to development

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In the Zimbabwe we want, a Sovereign Wealth Fund must be managed as the country’s endowment to future generations. It is not a fund to be plundered by government and used to meet current needs, but a savings account that must accumulate over time and be used to meet future developmental needs.
The Sovereign Wealth Fund can only be viable where there is disciplined fiscal management and there is no temptation to use that money for recurrent expenditure. In a country such as Zimbabwe there exists a huge probability of abuse of a Sovereign Wealth Fund to meet current revenue gaps………………………………………..Full Article: Source

KIA’s Al-Ajial Fund invests 400 mln euro in Morocco

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Al-ajial investment fund of kuwait investment authority (kia) is investing 400 million euro in the wessal capital gulf-morocco venture an equal share to that put in by the sovereign funds of saudi arabia qatar the uae and morocco.
Al ajial investment fund general manager waleed al-fehaid told reporters in casablanca late tuesday that 780 million of the total investment would be channeled to the wessal casablanca-port project. king mohammed vi had earlier in the day inaugurated the project which is aimed to bolster this gulf-morocco partnership………………………………………..Full Article: Source

1MDB’s accounts finally submitted

Posted on 16 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has submitted its long-awaited accounts for the financial year ended March 31, 2013 on April 9, according to the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM). “1MDB has submitted the company’s annual return together with the audited financial statement for the financial year ended March 31, 2013 on April 9, 2014,” SSM said.
“As such, 1MDB has complied with the requirement of section 165(4) Companies Act 1965 (Act 125) which requires company to submit its annual return within one month after the annual general meeting (AGM),” it added………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek widens its Africa footprint

Posted on 15 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Temasek, Singapore’s state investment company, has signalled a big push into the booming sub-Saharan African market, closing on Monday its first major deal in Nigeria.
The move by Temasek, one of the world’s most influential investors, comes amid burgeoning investments in Africa by Singaporean companies and could encourage other global investors, bankers and officials said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek’s dealmaking reflects big bets on rise of the consumer

Posted on 15 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

From toothpaste and shampoo in China to instant noodles and tomato paste in Africa, Temasek is betting big on growth in an emerging middle class – a significant shift for Singapore’s $171bn national investment agency, long known for its emphasis on the financial sector.
Last month Temasek struck a $5.7bn deal with Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest man, for a 25 per cent stake in his AS Watson health and beauty stores business. That came on the heels of a tender offer for Olam in a deal that values the Singapore-listed cashews-to-cotton company at $4.2bn………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Lessons for Australia from Norway’s petro-wealth debate

Posted on 15 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As the Minerals Council of Australia launches its latest defence against the fossil fuel divestment campaign and Prime Minister Abbott directs the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to cease financing renewables, on the other side of the world Norway is considering whether to divest its Sovereign Wealth Fund of fossil fuels and invest more of its oil-driven fortune in green technology.
At $840 billion, the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund is the largest shareholder in Europe and owns 1 per cent of all publicly listed companies worldwide. Its investments are spread across more than 8000 companies in 82 countries so, as World Wide Fund for Nature Norway chief executive Nina Jensen points out, “every decision Norway makes on this fund sends signals around the world.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Kazakhstan: $2.7 bln out of the National Oil Fund to stimulate the economy in 2014

Posted on 15 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

$2.7 billion out of the National Oil Fund accumulating windfall oil revenues is to be allocated in 2014 to stimulate the country’s economy growth, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing the country’s Minister of Economic Affairs Yerbolat Dossayev.
“One of the sources to boost the country’s economy growth will be $5.5 billion out of the National Oil Fund to be allocated in 2014 and 2015. $2.7 of the amount will be allocated this year, with $552 million being spent to support small and middle-sized businesses, another $1.3 billion being spent to bolster the country’s banking sector, and $ 828 million to support the Industrial Development Program………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Codelco could tap sovereign wealth fund for needed mine expansions

Posted on 15 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Chile’s state-owned copper producer Codelco needs to invest roughly $30 billion in the next decade to counter dwindling ore grades in its massive mines and deposits, and has not ruled out turning to its sovereign wealth fund to finance such investment, CEO Thomas Keller told Minería Chilena (in Spanish).
The company, which produces about 10% of the world’s copper supply, said that Chile’s sovereign wealth fund reached about US$23 billion by the end of February and that it wouldn’t be the first time Codelco has to make use of those funds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Qatar Investment Authority again reduces ABC H-shares

Posted on 15 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Biggest sovereign wealth fund from Middle East Qatar Investment Authority once again reduced shares in Agricultural Bank Of China Limited.
Information from the Hong Kong bourse said that Qatar Investment Authority sold off 50 million H-shares in ABC through affiliated Qatar Holding for HKD 3.47 per share or HKD 173.5 million in total, diluting stake from 21.07% to 20.91%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Zimbabwe we want - A sovereign wealth fund is critical to development

Posted on 15 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In the Zimbabwe we want, a Sovereign Wealth Fund must be managed as the country’s endowment to future generations. It is not a fund to be plundered by government and used to meet current needs, but a savings account that must accumulate over time and be used to meet future developmental needs.
We all know that the mining and other resources of a country cannot be replenished. It is therefore important that we save the income generated from those depleting resources now for the future. The fund can also be used to replenish the resource industry in the future and replace industries………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Australia looks to Gulf funds for A$700bln infrastructure investment

Posted on 14 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Australia is seeking Gulf sovereign wealth fund investment to help plug a A$700 billion (Dh2.41 trillion) infrastructure funding gap. It comes as the country launches its largest ever trade and investment mission to the Gulf states – targeting agribusiness, education and infrastructure among other sectors.
“There are some serious opportunities for major-league projects in Australia over the next decade,” said Andrew Robb, the minister for trade and investment. “It’s one of the major priorities for the new government. We have got a A$700bn infrastructure deficit.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Malaysia: Time for a sovereign fund derived from O&G?

Posted on 14 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The question of whether Malaysia should have a sovereign wealth fund derived from its natural resources is one that has been raised many times. The government has been using revenue derived from the country’s natural resources – in particular dividends from the nation’s oil and gas (O&G) company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) – for development.
O&G-producing nations like Norway, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United States, Russia, Algeria and Kazakhstan have set up their own sovereign wealth funds derived from the sector………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iraqi Farouk al-Kasim behind Norway oil fund that is envy of world

Posted on 14 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway has squirrelled much of its oil revenue away in an $850B fund for future generations. Today, less than 25 years since its inception, that nest egg has grown into the world’s most valuable sovereign wealth fund, worth about $850 billion – more than $165,000 per Norwegian citizen, according to an SWF Institute report. It is the envy of the world, funding initiatives ranging from infrastructure improvements and green energy projects to public pensions.
Meanwhile, the Alberta Heritage Fund, which is 14 years older, is worth about $17 billion. The Alaska Permanent Fund sits at $50 billion. Even combined, they represent a fraction of the wealth Norway has amassed, and which it will be able to draw on long after its oilfields run dry………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Swiss bank UBS to relocate head of SWF business to Dubai

Posted on 14 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

UBS is relocating Alberto Palombi, head of the investment bank’s global sovereign wealth fund business, to Dubai as deals pick up in the Middle East, said two people familiar with the decision who asked not to be identified as the information is not public.
Palombi, currently based in London, joined the largest Swiss bank in 2012 after the appointment of Andrea Orcel as head of UBS’s investment bank. Prior to joining UBS, Mr Palombi worked as a managing director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Dubai, the people said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SOFAZ 2014 expenditures reduced up to AZN 760 mln

Posted on 14 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

President Ilham Aliyev has issued a decree on amendments to the decree “On 2014 budget of State oil Fund of Azerbaijan”. APA-Economics reports that the amendment is related to task to the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan on establishment of closed joint-stock company (OJSC), of which authorized capital makes AZN 100 mln and 51%-equity belongs to state, 49% - to SOCAR, under the President’s order on “several measures regarding other projects on Shah Deniz-2 and establishment of Southern Gas Corridor” dated to February 25, 2014, and task to the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan on providing the financing of OJSC’s shares belonging to the state.……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Taxpayers’ AIB stake worth up to EUR11bln – Noonan

Posted on 14 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

State-owned AIB could be worth between “€10bn and €11bn”, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan. This is the first time that the Government has revealed what its stake in AIB could be worth.
In February, it emerged that a Gulf sovereign wealth fund had made a €500m offer to buy a stake in AIB. The “tentative” approach had been made in September by an unnamed “sovereign wealth fund”. The approach was rebuffed at an early stage………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Codelco plans expansion via sovereign wealth fund

Posted on 14 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Chile is betting on the expansion of state-owned copper producer Codelco, and may turn to its sovereign wealth fund to finance the investment, even as metal prices and economic growth approach four-year lows.
Gross domestic product will expand about 3.5 per cent this year, Deputy Finance Minister Alejandro Micco forecast, the first estimate by President Michelle Bachelet’s government that came to office March 11………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why not the Permanent Fund?

Posted on 14 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Unlike other resource issues, Alaskans stand pretty much united in our efforts to monetize the huge gas reserves of Alaska’s North Slope. The Legislature has spent a good portion of the current session holding hearings and listening to consultants on the administration’s proposal (SB138) and its two components, the MOU and the Heads of Agreement.
I have expressed my concerns to the House and Senate committees regarding the MOU’s proposal to have TransCanada acquire what would otherwise be the state’s 25 percent equity interest in the gasline in exchange for being the bank and financing construction of the gasline………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Angolan wealth fund buys fixed income but no project investments yet

Posted on 11 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Angola’s $5 billion sovereign wealth fund, sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest, has this year made its first investments by buying fixed income securities but is yet to start financing infrastructure projects, its chairman said.
Africa’s biggest oil producing nation after Nigeria set up the FSDEA fund in 2012 to invest foreign exchange reserves and finance economic diversification and infrastructure but it has been criticised for making a slow start………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Qatar SWF executive said to start hedge fund

Posted on 11 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A top investment executive at Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is leaving to start a hedge fund, people briefed on the development said. Kamel Maamria has served as head of the global investment portfolio at Qatar Holding, a branch of the Qatar Investment Authority, the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund. He has also served on the board of Harrods on behalf of Qatar Holding.
The fund will be one of relatively few based and focused on the Middle East, with offices in both Qatar and Dubai. Goldman Sachs is expected to act as its prime broker………………………………………..Full Article: Source

RRJ, Temasek’s fund invest $250 mln in Chinese developer

Posted on 11 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

RRJ Capital Ltd., run by Charles Ong, and a fund owned by his former employer, Temasek Holdings Pte, have invested $250 million in Chinese logistics warehouse developer Shanghai Yupei Group Co.
The investment follows a $200 million stake purchase by the Carlyle Group and Townsend Group in August and completes the company’s equity financing needs for the foreseeable future, Yupei said in a press release yesterday. Temasek is Singapore’s state-owned investment company………………………………………..Full Article: Source

It’s official: Temasek spins off PE holdings into Astrea II

Posted on 11 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of Singapore government, has launched a new co-investment vehicle, Astrea II. The $215-billion fund will hive off part of its holdings into this new vehicle to enable participation by wider set of investors.
The new vehicle will have holdings in 36 private equity funds across geographies, sectors and vintages. With Temasek as the single largest investor at 38 per cent, Astrea II will be managed by ARDIAN, a global private investment company and leading secondary fund manager………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Alvin Jiang, the princeling of private equity

Posted on 11 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The 28-year-old wears black-framed glasses perched on cheeks still round with youth. A discerning eye might notice the resemblance to his grandfather: former Chinese president and Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin.
Alvin Jiang has a knack for landing lucrative deals in China, the world’s biggest emerging market for private equity. He is a founding partner at Hong Kong-based Boyu Capital, now one of the hottest firms in China. Boyu has attracted high-profile investors such as Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek Holdings Private Limited……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Reserve currency: Is the yuan tearing down the US dollar?

Posted on 11 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

At least 40 central banks have invested in the yuan and several others are preparing to do so, putting the mainland currency on the path to reserve status even before full convertibility, Standard Chartered said.
Twenty-three countries have publicly declared their holdings in yuan, in either the onshore or offshore markets, yet the real number of participating central banks could be far more than that, said Jukka Pihlman, Standard Chartered’s Singapore-based global head of central banks and sovereign wealth funds. Pihlman, who formerly worked at the International Monetary Fund advising central banks on asset-management issues, said at least 12 central banks had invested in yuan assets without declaring they had done so………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Bill would let landlords garnish Permanent Fund dividends

Posted on 11 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Landlords would be entitled to garnish the Permanent Fund dividends of renters under a bill approved by a House committee. House Bill 282 updates the Alaska Landlord and Tenant Act for the first time in decades.
The House Judiciary moved the bill Wednesday to the full House. It would have to be passed by both the House and Senate before the legislative session ends April 20 to become law. Among other things, the bill allows landlords to garnish the PFDs of tenants to cover repairs that cost more than the renter’s security deposit………………………………………..Full Article: Source

GIC to buy Tokyo property for $1.3 bln from Lone Star-sources

Posted on 10 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC will buy a Tokyo property from US investment fund Lone Star Funds for about 134 billion yen (S$1.6 billion), the highest price since Japan’s real estate market recovery accelerated last year, people with direct knowledge of the sale told Reuters.
Lone Star had put up the property, called Meguro Gajoen, for auction late last year for at least 96 billion yen. The property comprises a complex of office towers, with the Japanese unit of Amazon.com its main tenant. GIC was chosen from three final bidders, which included a consortium of New York-based real estate investment firm Aetos Capital Real Estate and China’s sovereign fund China Investment Corp, two of the people said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek sets up private-equity investment vehicle Astrea II

Posted on 10 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore investment company Temasek has launched a new co-investment vehicle, Astrea II, which has broadly diversified holdings in 36 private equity funds.This is the latest of Temasek’s continuing efforts to develop co-investment platforms where diversified portfolios of assets can be made available to a broader base of investors, including retail investors in the long term.
It is the single largest investor in Astrea II at 38 per cent. Mr Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara, Head of Enterprise Development Group in Temasek, said, “Temasek continues to be an active investor in high quality private equity or PE funds globally. These investments have created value for us in the form of direct returns, as well as opportunities for us to make further direct investments alongside the PE fund managers.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Temasek spins off selected investments into special-purpose vehicle

Posted on 10 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Temasek Holdings is securitising more of its investments into a special-purpose vehicle to reach a broader base of investors, including retail investors, over the longer term. The Singapore investment firm has launched Astrea II, a co-investment vehicle with broadly diversified holdings in 36 private equity funds.
The name refers to Astrea, the first special-purpose vehicle through which it securitised some of its investments in private equity and venture capital funds in 2006………………………………………..Full Article: Source

NewQuest, GIC partially exited stake of IKang in its $153mln IPO

Posted on 10 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Beijing-based private medical services provider iKang Guobin Healthcare Group has raised $153 million by offering 10.9 million shares at $14 per share on the NASDAQ. NewQuest Capital Partners and Singapore’s GIC Private Ltd. has partially exited from iKang.
At the same time, Best Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of China’s sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation, is to pay $40 million for a stake of about 4.6% of iKang at $13.00 per share, according to a previous filing. Last April, GIC Private and Goldman Sachs jointly committed $100 million to iKang. Goldman Sachs is not selling in the IPO, but its stake will be diluted from 13% to 10.8%………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Angolan wealth fund buys fixed income but no project investments yet

Posted on 10 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Angola’s $5 billion sovereign wealth fund, sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest, has this year made its first investments by buying fixed income securities but is yet to start financing infrastructure projects, its chairman said.
Africa’s biggest oil producing nation after Nigeria set up the FSDEA fund in 2012 to invest foreign exchange reserves and finance economic diversification and infrastructure but it has been criticized for making a slow start………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Norway to examine return on $850bln wealth fund before restructuring

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Norway will wait to see whether property investments by its $850bn (€616bn) sovereign wealth fund pay off before considering new asset classes including infrastructure and private equity. “Whether we do it next year or the year after, that hasn’t been decided,” Paal Bjoernestad, state secretary in charge of the fund at the Finance Ministry, said. “We will come back to it – it’s not off the table.”
Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s Conservative-led government, in power since October, has backed away from pre-election talk of restructuring the fund and is now signaling any changes to the world’s largest sovereign investor are likely to be slow………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Dubai would “do the same again” – CEO of sovereign wealth fund

Posted on 09 April 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Dubai told international bankers on Monday that it was gearing up for another boom and did not regret the pro-growth policies which brought it to the brink of default five years ago. It appeared to win the endorsement of many of the bankers.
Over a dozen top Dubai officials and executives met about 100 representatives of financial powerhouses including Deutsche Bank, Nomura Holdings and Fidelity Investments for the emirate’s first big investor roadshow since the crisis………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kerzner deal a good fit for Investment Corporation of Dubai

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Last week’s transaction between Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) and Kerzner International is a transformational deal on multiple levels. ICD, under its chief executive Mohammed Al Shaibani, bought about 46 per cent of the company that controls the international up-market hotel group.
The global operations of the Atlantis and One & Only chains, as well as the Mazagan beach resort in Morocco, thus fall under the control of Dubai. With another significant shareholding in Kerzner, about 25 per cent, held by Istithmar World, a subsidiary of Dubai World, the emirate becomes the majority shareholder in one of the biggest and most luxurious hotel operators in the world………………………………………..Full Article: Source

LIA presents its 2013 annual report to Audit Bureau

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The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), Libya’s sovereign wealth fund, presented its 2013 annual report to the Audit Bureau last week, the Audit Bureau reports.The presentation was attended by, amongst others, the Audit Bureau head Khalid Shakshak, GNC LIA Committee member Asia Megherbi, Central Bank of Libya Governor Sadik El-Kabir, LIA head Abdulmajid Briesh, as well as representatives of the NOC, the Libyan Foreign Bank and the Administrative Control Authority.
During the presentation, the head of the LIA Abdulmajid Briesh reviewed the activities of the LIA and its international and domestic investments as part of the LIA’s 2013 Annual Report. Briesh also made a presentation of how the LIA would be transformed into a global sovereign wealth fund that would support the future of Libya………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Angola’s sovereign wealth fund appoints audit board

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Angola’s sovereign wealth fund, the Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA), now has its first audit board that will guarantee the “highest level” of openness in its operations, it emerged on Tuesday.
This audit board was picked by the country’s finance ministry, with José Filomeno dos Santos, Chairman of the Board of Directors at FSDEA, describing the move as another critical milestone in the development of the country’s sovereign wealth fund………………………………………..Full Article: Source

1MDB yet to notify SSM of meeting date

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Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) is monitoring 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) which is yet to notify and update the former on the status of its AGM to table its overdue accounts, as at press time.
“We (SSM) are currently monitoring the situation,” it said. According to SSM, it has issued a notice to the sovereign wealth fund’s company secretary to notify and update it on the status of 1MDB’s AGM as well as on the tabling of its audited accounts for the financial year ended March 31, 2013………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek private equity arm backs Southeast Asia cab booking app

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A unit of Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings is putting its substantial clout behind an app that eases the pain of booking taxis in Singapore and Malaysia, aiming to expand the service in other busy Southeast Asian cities.
Vertex Venture Holdings, a $1.2 billion venture capital firm that focuses on emerging companies and funds in Asia and the United States, said on Tuesday it was leading a group of mostly Malaysian investors putting an unspecified “eight-figure sum” into smartphone app company GrabTaxi………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Norway hands SWF ethical investment responsibilities to central bank

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The Norwegian finance ministry has adopted a report recommending changes to the way the country’s sovereign wealth fund – the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – is run, including giving more power over its ethical investment policy to the fund managers at the Norwegian central bank.
Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the arm of Norges Bank that runs the fund, will then be responsible for deciding which companies to exclude from its investments on ethical grounds. It will also be expected to report regularly on the scale of its investments in renewable energy and in emerging markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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