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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing - Archive | July, 2014

Norway Says $890 Billion Fund Likely to Follow EU Sanctions

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway’s government, which sets the strategy for the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, signaled it will probably abide by sanctions against Russia agreed by the European Union and the U.S. “In such a situation we have to react,” Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said in a statement today. The government of Norway, which isn’t an EU member, will now “study the measures carefully” before arriving at a final conclusion, he said.
EU governments agreed yesterday on their most sweeping sanctions against Russia to date, barring state-owned banks from selling shares or bonds in Europe, restricting the export of equipment to modernize the oil industry and prohibiting export of equipment with military uses………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan starts investing in renminbi

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) has applied to the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) for indirect renminbi investment in China’s onshore market to diversify its current investment portfolio. According to Israfil Mammadov, deputy CEO of SOFAZ, the Fund applied for the PBoC quota not long ago.
“We intend to invest in a gradual manner, initially through Chinese government debt securities. As our experience grows, we will consider other investment tools available in the Chinese financial markets,” said Mammadov. Mammadov said the decision was made as a result of a careful evaluation of the SOFAZ portfolio and with the aim of using various opportunities in Chinese markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Azerbaijan determines broker on placement of Southern Gas Corridor second issue of bonds

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The new issue of Canub Qaz Dehlizi’s bonds (”Southern Gas Corridor”) to the amount of $1.2 billion was put for mass sale at the Baku Stock Exchange (BSE). “InvestAZ” company was chosen the broker of the acquirer, InvestAZ said on July 30. The total volume of the issue is $1,246,355. Its prospectus has been recently registered by the Azerbaijani State Securities Committee.
The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) has been instructed to provide equity financing for the CJSC, which is under direct state ownership. The funds remitted to the CJSC for financing the equity will provide a long-term return on investment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek bets big on Indian e-commerce

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Unlike several foreign equity investors who have been struggling to exit from India investments, Temasek Holdings Pvt. Ltd, the investment arm of the Singapore government, is focusing on new investments in the country’s e-commerce sector. In India, Temasek has investments in traditional firms such as Bharti Airtel Ltd, GMR Energy Ltd, Tata Teleservices Ltd and National Stock Exchange Ltd.
After investing an undisclosed amount in Snapdeal.com in May, the firm is ready to stay invested in the e-commerce sector in India for the long term even as several firms jostle for the top slot. Snapdeal raised about $100 million from Premji Invest, Temasek and BlackRock Inc………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek expects more deals in India

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore government-owned sovereign fund Temasek remains optimistic on India and it expects more deals in current financial year. The firm believes the change in the Indian government will drive more investments to the country as the hurdles in decision making are expected to be removed.
Temasek, one of the more active sovereign wealth funds in India, did not make many fresh investments in FY14; it put in more money in its existing portfolio firm Tata Sky and invested in Star Agri-warehousing and Collateral Management, an agri-solutions company. It had made a co-investment in e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal. Temasek is also in discussions to acquire ChrysCapital’s stake in Intas Pharmaceuticals………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek Holdings scouts for unlisted companies, may focus on consumer goods, healthcare sectors

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore government-owned investment firm Temasek Holdings is bullish on the India story and is scouting for unlisted companies, particularly in consumer goods and healthcare sectors, senior company officials said.
With the new government at the Centre seeking to revive growth, Temasek, like other foreign funds, could pump more money into the country this fiscal than in the past year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Doubts raised over Qatar interest in VTB bond issue

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Sanctions imposed on the Russian bank VTB have thrown into doubt interest from one of the institution’s key shareholders in a planned bond issue. Qatar Holding, the direct investment arm of the gas-rich state’s sovereign wealth fund, had been a supportive shareholder of VTB since acquiring a 2.9 per cent stake during the Russian lender’s initial public offering last year.
Qatar Holding, which expanded into Russian property this year, had been mulling investing in a VTB bond that was being planned before the imposition of US and EU sanctions………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Size of 2014 PFD checks may double from 2013’s $900

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. predicts the size of the annual dividend check that qualifying Alaskans will receive this year will be considerably more than the $900 checks distributed in 2013, and may approach the all-time record. “I think the punchline is that the dividend is going to be right about doubling from last year,” said Mike Burns, the executive director of APFC.
That could mean a 2014 check of $1,500-$2,000, depending on how the final numbers work out, according to Burns. The largest Permanent Fund payout in history was the $2,069 paid in 2008; the least was the $331 paid in 1984, the third year of Permanent Fund distributions………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Why Sovereign Wealth Centers on San Francisco Bay Area

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A number of Asian sovereign wealth funds continue to build ties to Silicon Valley, the hotbed for technology innovation and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. In a trailblazing signal, Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional chose to open its U.S. office in San Francisco, not in New York City. Singapore’s GIC Private Limited also has an office in San Francisco and has invested in numerous investment funds and properties in the Bay Area.
Whether it’s Singapore’s Temasek Holdings investing in a Series round for a startup or allocating convertible debt to firms like Emeryville-based Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc., sovereign wealth capital continues to target opportunities rooted in the bay area………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Institutions Shift to Exchange-Traded Funds as Futures Grow Costly

Posted on 31 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Institutional investors, like endowments and sovereign wealth funds, are trading some of their stock futures contracts for exchange-traded funds, an action they say saves them money and effort while providing comparable returns.
It is a shift prompted by the regulation-driven rising cost of futures trading, and it has ETF issuers such as BlackRock Inc salivating. In the past six months, the largest U.S. ETF provider said it had some $2 billion in trades into ETFs from investors that previously bought futures and swaps with that money………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Macau: Sovereign wealth fund an option

Posted on 30 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The International Monetary Fund thinks it’s a good idea that Macau establish a sovereign wealth fund. Anselmo Teng Lin Seng of the Monetary Authority here is well aware of the option.
Macau’s Monetary Authority president Anselmo Teng Lin Seng said that establishing a sovereign wealth fund as suggested by the International Monetary Authority is “one of the options” to further diversify the city’s reserves, although he did not confirm if such an option was a near-term goal………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Flipkart Gets $1 Billion From Investors Led by Tiger

Posted on 30 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Flipkart.com, India’s biggest online retailer, raised $1 billion as investors, including Tiger Global Management LLC and South Africa’s Naspers Ltd. (NPN), increased their stakes.
Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s DST Global, also made investments, Flipkart said in a statement today. The e-commerce company said it has 22 million registered users and handles 5 million shipments a month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

GIC invests in India’s Flipkart

Posted on 30 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has invested in Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce company. GIC joined existing investors Accel Partners, DST Global, Iconiq Capital, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Sofina in injecting a combined US$1 billion into Flipkart.
The injection of funds is one of the largest amounts raised for any e-commerce company globally, and the single largest raised for an Internet company from India. The new funds will be used to make long-term strategic investments in India, especially in mobile technology………………………………………..Full Article: Source

With a $1 billion funding round wrapped up, what next for Flipkart?

Posted on 30 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Shopping website Flipkart said it has received $1 billion in funding from Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, and existing investors Accel Partners, DST Global, ICONIQ Capital, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Sofina. This is the biggest round of funding into any Indian startup. The investment was co-led by existing investors Tiger Global Management and Naspers.
This is one of the largest investments raised in a single round globally. Taxi rental startup Uber raised $1.2 billion earlier this year. Facebook had raised $1 billion in 2011………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Confirmed: Metlife and Norway SWF Acquire One Beacon Street Tower in Boston

Posted on 30 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

This is confirmation that Metlife and Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) through Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) have bought the One Beacon Street office building in Boston for approximately $561 million. This is the second property investment in Boston and the fourth overall for the joint venture, which now has a real estate portfolio with a gross value of approximately $2.4 billion.
MetLife and Norges Bank Investment Management bought the 34-story office tower from a joint venture of Beacon Capital Partners and insurer Allianz. MetLife will own 52.5 percent of One Beacon Street and be the managing member, while Norges Bank Investment Management will own the remaining 47.5 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SOFAZ issue over $118 mln for youth education

Posted on 29 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Azerbaijan’s state oil fund SOFAZ has allocated more than $118 million for youth education abroad. SOFAZ, an entity that accumulates and manages Azerbaijan’s oil and gas revenues, was established in 1999 with assets worth $271 million.
As of July 1, SOFAZ has allocated about 93 million manats as part of the State Program on education of Azerbaijani youth abroad in 2007-2015, SOFAZ reports………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Norway’s Oil Fund Buys Into Boston Property

Posted on 29 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund said Monday it had acquired a 47.5% stake in an office property at One Beacon Street in Boston, in a joint venture with U.S. life insurer MetLife Inc. Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages Norway’s $891 billion fund, usually referred to as the “oil fund,” said it had paid $122.3 million for the stake, and said the property was valued at $561.5 million. The transaction included $304 million of existing debt, NBIM said.
The 1 million-square-feet property consists of nearly 100% office space, with a small retail component housing a bank and a lunchtime diner, NBIM said, adding that MetLife will manage the property………………………………………..Full Article: Source

MetLife Joins Norway Fund in $561 Million Boston Deal

Posted on 29 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

MetLife Inc. (MET), the largest U.S. life insurer, added another Boston office tower to its real estate partnership with Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund, expanding their joint venture to about $2.4 billion.
MetLife and Norges Bank Investment Management acquired the One Beacon Street building for about $561 million, the New York-based company said today in a statement. The insurer will own 52.5 percent of the 34-story tower, with Norges Bank controlling the rest………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kazakh central bank fund seeks advisers on managing $110bn reserves

Posted on 29 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Kazakhstan’s National Investment Corporation (NIC), a sovereign wealth fund managed by the country’s central bank, is looking to appoint consultants to help it pick external investment managers to manage around $110 billion of the country’s wealth.
The NIC manages Kazakhstan’s foreign reserves and says it is aiming to become one of the world’s largest institutional investors in alternative assets. The consulting mandate will also cover the $80 billion Kazakh National Fund, a domestic stabilisation fund, and $30 billion in foreign exchange reserves held by the central bank………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Aberdeen’s assets drop as client withdraws £4bn

Posted on 29 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Aberdeen Asset Management’s assets dropped in the second quarter of 2014, following a substantial withdrawal by a major client. In the three months to the end of June, the Asian Sovereign Wealth Fund withdrew £4bn from Asia Pacific and global equities mandates.
The withdrawal took total net outflows from Aberdeen’s assets in the period to £5.5bn, with money flowing out of equity, fixed income and Aberdeen Solutions products………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Call to use Exchange Fund for social policies rejected

Posted on 29 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Exchange Fund remains the last line of defense for financial stability and should not be used to support social policies or adopt a more aggressive investment strategy, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief said. “It is clearly not appropriate for the fund to adopt an overly aggressive investment approach, nor is it appropriate to directly compare the fund with other investment funds or sovereign wealth funds,” Norman Chan Tak-lam said yesterday in his column on the authority’s website.
He said the fund must remain highly liquid “and thus should not concentrate on highly volatile assets such as equities.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Temasek Fully Exits From New China Life Insurance

Posted on 29 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings exited its entire stake in New China Life Insurance (NCI) last week for a total of proceeds of US$276 million, according to media reports.
It sold 78 million shares at HK$27.45 per share, representing a 5.5% discount to the Hong Kong-listed firm’s closing price last Friday at HK$29.05. Goldman Sachs and UBS AG managed the selldown………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Abu Dhabi SWF says ‘ready’ to buy more hotel assets

Posted on 28 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority is ready to purchase more real estate hotel assets as the right opportunities appear, according to its head of hospitality.ADIA, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, continues to see the United States as a viable investment option, but is also looking elsewhere around the globe, said Mike Goodson.
Goodson was quoted as saying: “We’re always very likely to be a net investor as long as our overall fund keeps growing. Given the world situation, that should happen………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SOFAZ allocates over $300 million for construction of new drilling rig in Azerbaijan

Posted on 28 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As of June 30, 2014, over 236.44 million AZN was allocated for the construction of new generation floating drilling rig from the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ), according to the official website of the fund.
The report notes that the cost of the construction project of new generation floating drilling rig in Azerbaijan amounts to $1.116 billion. SOFAZ owns 90 percent share in “Azerbaijan Rigs” LLC, created for the construction of a new platform. The remaining 10 percent of shares in the company is owned by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek exits New China Life with $276 mln share selldown

Posted on 28 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings said on Friday it had sold all of its remaining shares in New China Life Insurance (NCI), on the back of a 27 percent rally in the stock over the past year.
Temasek sold 78 million shares in NCI, China’s third-largest life insurer at HK$27.45 each raising $2.14 billion ($276 million), after offering the stock in a HK$27.30 to HK$27.85 per share indicative range, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Singapore GIC invests almost $500 million in 2 Philippine companies

Posted on 28 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore GIC, one of the ten largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, manages more than US$100 billion in assets and has decided to invest a part of those assets in the Philippine market.
A report by Milbank, one of GIC’s financial advisers, reveals that the fund made an approximately US$77 million investment through its private equity arm in the form of an exchangeable loan in Century Canning Corp., parent company of Century Pacific Food (CNPF), one of the Philippine’s largest canned fish and meat dairy products. The investment is exchangeable for shares of CNPF that would give GIC a roughly 11% stake in the company………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Malaysia Airlines considers rebranding

Posted on 28 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A government-led review of Malaysia Airlines – the carrier reeling from the disappearance of one aircraft and the alleged shooting down of another – is examining the case for renaming the company.
Two people familiar with the situation said the Malaysian government – which through the country’s sovereign wealth fund has a 69 per cent stake in Malaysia Airlines – was looking at a rebranding alongside other potentially far-reaching options to safeguard the carrier’s future. The review is also expected to consider the case for Khazanah Nasional, the sovereign wealth fund, reducing its stake in Malaysia Airlines, thereby allowing more private investors to buy shares………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Dubai builder Arabtec posts major cash deficit for second quarter

Posted on 28 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Arabtec is likely to need a capital injection or new debt financing after its second-quarter earnings figures showed a significant worsening of its cash position, analysts said.
Aabar, which owns 18.94 per cent of Arabtec, is the company’s second-largest shareholder. Aabar is owned by International Petroleum Investment Corporation, an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund that manages $65.3bn in assets, according to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute………………………………………..Full Article: Source

New Zealand SWF to invest in catastrophe reinsurance

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The New Zealand Super Fund (NZSF) is looking to invest in catastrophe risk insurance due to the sector’s cyclical nature and strong liquidity, according to Pablo Matias Sosa, senior investment strategist at the $22 billion sovereign wealth fund (SWF).
Catastrophe reinsurance typically sees firms underwrite losses on large scale, tail-risk events, such as Hurricane Katrina, and Sosa said that this was an alternative investment the fund was considering diversifying into………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek divests New China Life stake in block

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore’s Temasek Holdings sold its stake in New China Life, China’s third largest insurer, on Thursday after launching a 78 million share block trade after the market close.
Joint leads Goldman Sachs and UBS marketed the deal at HK$27.30 to HK$27.85 per share before pricing towards the bottom of the range at HK$27.45. This represented a 5.5% discount to the stock’s HK$29.05 close. About 100 accounts placed orders in the $276 million deal but allocations were skewed towards a couple of large anchor accounts, which the leads had built the deal around………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Khazanah denies MAS-AAX merger

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Speculation of Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) being merged with a budget long haul carrier has been dismissed by Khazanah Nasional Bhd, which has a 69.4% stake in the ailing national carrier.
“Khazanah Nasional wishes to state that media reports of a possible merger between MAS and AirAsia X Bhd (AAX), are unfounded and speculative,” it said in a statement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Qatari Investment Authority weighs up Sainsbury swoop seven years after walking away from GBP10.6bn bid

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It’s almost seven years since the Qatari Investment Authority walked away from its £10.6bn or £6 a share indicative bid for J Sainsbury, blaming its retreat on credit markets which made raising funding more expensive. It retained a 26 per cent stake and has remained a loyal shareholder. Until now.
Rumours suggest the Qataris were underwhelmed with Mike Coupe’s appointment as chief executive to succeed Justin King, who was credited with turning the group around during an impressive 10-year tenure. But with the shares still languishing just above £3 a pop and the grocer continuing to suffer increasing pressure from foreign discounters Aldi and Lidl, the Qataris are believed to be ready to go on the offensive again………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Likely to Acquire State Tower Namsan

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the three largest sovereign funds in the world, is emerging as a promising candidate for the acquisition of the State Tower Namsan located in Seoul.
According to industry sources, Shinhan BNP Paribas Asset Management and Savills Korea, which are moving ahead with the sale of the office building, have interviews with the ADIA and IGIS Asset Management on July 24 in order to select a preferred bidder.The final candidates include the ADIA, IGIS Asset Management, RREEF under Deutsche Bank, and Ascendas of Singapore. The preferred bidder is selected late this month after overall evaluation of funding and asset management capabilities……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Goldman, ADIA Said to Weigh Joining Gavea in Snagged Fleury Deal

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s private-equity arm and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority are considering joining Gavea Investimentos Ltda. in a bid for Brazilian medical-services company Fleury SA, people with knowledge of the matter said.
In joining Gavea, the two investors would be wading into a bid for a company that has been on the market for more than six months. Fleury, which has a market value of about 2.6 billion reais ($1.2 billion), said in March that it was in exclusive talks with Gavea………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Fitch Affirms Mubadala Development Company PJSC at ‘AA’; Outlook Stable

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Mubadala Development Company PJSC’s (Mubadala) Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR), senior unsecured rating at ‘AA’ and Short-term IDR at ‘F1+’. The Outlook on the Long-term IDR is Stable.
Mubadala Development Company -GMTN B.V.’s (MDC) global medium-term note (GMTN) programme and outstanding notes and MDC’s euro commercial paper programme (ECP) have also been affirmed at ‘AA’ and ‘F1+’, respectively………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Norway Fund’s Top Russia Holding Include VTB, GAZ Auto

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway’s $890 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest, has said it’s reassessing its investments in Russia as the European Union considers expanding sanctions against the country.
The fund will make “the necessary adjustments” if its holdings were to be affected by sanctions against Russia that Norway backs, Runar Malkenes, a Finance Ministry spokesman, said this week. Below is a list of the fund’s 20 biggest stakes in Russian companies, ranked by percent of ownership, as of Dec. 31, according to data from the wealth fund’s website………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Norway’s State-Run Investment Fund May Sell $8B Of Russian Assets

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway, whose government-managed investment fund is worth more than $900 billion, is considering selling its Russian-based investments, totaling as much as $8 billion, as the European Union mulls new sanctions against Russia following the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 last week.
Bloomberg News reported on Thursday that Norway, which is not an EU member country said it’s prepared to make the changes and quoted Runar Malkenes, a Finance Ministry spokesman, saying “If the oil fund’s investments become affected by economic sanctions against Russia that Norway supports,” the fund “will need to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate the new situation.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Western Threats Mean Little to Putin

Posted on 25 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Russia has become deeply unpopular, even toxic. Europe and the U.S. are working non-stop on new economic sanctions, the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund is thinking of cutting its $8 billion Russia investment, and in Holland some people are calling for the deportation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughter.
Not even the intention of Norway’s $890 billion sovereign wealth fund to review its $8 billion investment in 65 Russian financial instruments, the biggest of which is a 4.6 percent stake in VTB, is a serious threat: The fund can’t sell all its holdings at once and will protect its investment unless forced to act otherwise by some extra-severe sanctions, the likes of which are not even under discussion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Among Reach Energy Investors

Posted on 24 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Malaysia’s Reach Energy Bhd. has attracted investors including Norway’s $890 billion sovereign wealth fund in an initial public offering to fund its acquisitions of oil and gas fields. orges Bank Investment Management, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, is among cornerstone buyers in the 750 million-ringgit ($237 million) IPO of Reach Energy, Managing Director Shahul Hamid Mohd Ismail said in a July 21 interview.
State-run funds Koperasi Permodalan Felda Malaysia Bhd. and Lembaga Tabung Haji are also buying stakes in the so-called special-purpose acquisition company, Shahul said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Norway sovereign fund buys into Reach Energy IPO

Posted on 24 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Malaysia’s Reach Energy Bhd has attracted investors including Norway’s US$890 billion (RM2.82 trillion) sovereign wealth fund in an initial public offering (IPO) to fund its acquisitions of oil and gas fields.
Norges Bank Investment Management, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, is among cornerstone buyers in the RM750 million IPO of Reach Energy, managing director Shahul Hamid Mohd Ismail said in an interview……………………………………….Full Article: Source

World’s biggest wealth fund reviews US$8 billion Russian holdings

Posted on 24 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway’s US$890 billion (RM2.82 trillion) sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest, is reassessing its holdings in Russia as the European Union considers expanding sanctions against the country. Since the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by a missile that the US says was probably supplied by the Russian military, sentiment toward assets based in Russia has soured further.
The government of Norway, which isn’t an EU member, said it’s ready to adjust the fund’s holdings to reflect the changing geopolitical climate. The European Commission will present proposals for more “targeted measures” to national officials……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Goldman, Khazanah among investors nearing Huarong deal

Posted on 24 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Goldman Sachs and private equity firm Warburg Pincus are among the investors nearing a deal to buy an up to 20% stake in China Huarong Asset Management Ltd for about US$2bil (RM6.25bil), seeking a share in the profitable business of bad loan management in China.
Other investors preparing to buy into China’s biggest manager of non-performing loans include Malaysian state investor Khazanah Nasional Bhd, China state-backed CITIC Group, China International Capital Corp (CICC), conglomerate Fosun Group and China state-backed COFCO Corp, the people familiar with the matter told Reuters………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Saudi state investment fund to set up new companies

Posted on 24 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) aims to establish companies in areas including housing, petrochemicals and technology as it expands its investments locally and overseas, Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf said.
His statement, quoted on Wednesday by the al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper, was a fresh sign that Saudi authorities plan to use government-owned funds more actively to support economic reforms and development. The PIF was established in 1971 to help finance strategic economic projects. It has assets under management worth about $5.3 billion, according to the Sovereign Wealth Fund institute, which tracks state-run funds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kazkommertsbank will buy back shares at $5.2 per GDR

Posted on 24 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Kazkommertsbank offered Samruk-Kazyna and minority shareholders to repurchase 79 million common shares at 475 tenge per share, or $5.2 per GDR (P/B of 1.0x). The buyback will reduce outstanding shares by 10.2%, a half of Samruk-Kazyna’s stake of 21.2%. KKB will spend only T37.6bn on the repurchase, constrained by a clause in the company’s law, which limits buyout expenses to no more than 10% of its book equity (T376.6bn at the end of March 2014).
Assuming all minority shareholders participate, and given that the legislation guarantees equal treatment of Samruk-Kazyna and minority shareholders, the buyback size restriction translates into a purchase of 35.8% of shares owned by these two groups of eligible shareholders……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Philippines should divert reserves to form a SWF, says BSP’s Medalla

Posted on 24 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The increasing level of political and economic stability in the Philippines means the country’s central bank should move a portion of its reserves into a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) based on a pension-fund model, according to Felipe Medalla, member of the monetary board of the Central Bank of the Philippines (BSP).
The BSP has reserves of $80 billion, equivalent to about one third of the country’s GDP. These assets are managed on a conservative basis, primarily invested in highly rated sovereign paper. Medalla said that in addition to looking to invest in higher yielding assets, the central bank should consider moving a portion of its assets into a SWF……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Taiwan: Central bank turns down sovereign wealth fund idea

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The central bank yesterday rejected suggestions that it use the nation’s foreign-exchange reserves to establish a sovereign wealth fund, saying the two differ in operations and objectives. Local media reported last week that former minister without portfolio Schive Chi had called for the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund to better manage the nation’s forex reserves, raise their profitability and help narrow the nation’s deficit.
However, the central bank did not agree, issuing a 49-page reference report in response. “There are foreign-exchange reserves to maintain stability in the foreign-exchange market,” the bank said in the report………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Assets of Azerbaijani State Oil Fund exceed $37 billion

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The revenues of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan amounted to 6,493.6 million AZN and expenses - 5,163.1 million AZN in the first half of 2014, the fund reported.
The revenues from the implementation of oil and gas contracts stood at 6,374.8 million AZN, including the sale of profitable oil and gas - at the level of 6,335.4 million AZN during the reported period. The fund`s income from transit operations amounted to 4.4 million AZN. The fund implemented bonus payments in the amount of 13.3 million AZN in January-June. The contributions from payments acreage payment amounted to 1.7 million AZN in the first half of the year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kazkommertsbank Plans $205 Million Buyback From State

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Kazkommertsbank, Kazakhstan’s largest lender, plans to spend 37.6 billion tenge ($205 million) on buying back part of a stake acquired by sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna at the height of the financial crisis.
Kazkommertsbank offered to buy a maximum of 79.2 million of ordinary shares from minority stakeholders for 475.3667 tenge apiece, the Almaty-based lender said by e-mail today. Samruk-Kazyna invested 36 billion tenge in 2009 for 165.7 million shares, or a 21 percent stake………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Norges Bank to acquire US office assets worth nearly $1bn

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, is in talks to buy two office buildings in the US for $915m (€677m), according to sources. The properties in Boston and San Francisco are being bought in joint ventures with US insurer MetLife and TIAA-CREF, respectively.
The Boston property – the 1m sqft One Beacon Street building – is expected to be sold for around $565m by Allianz Real Estate and Beacon Capital Partners, which bought the asset for its closed-end Strategic Partners IV fund in 2006………………………………………..Full Article: Source

IL&FS Transportation Networks to raise up to $166M via QIP, convertible bonds

Posted on 23 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd, a subsidiary of IL&FS that develops and manages toll roads, has received the board approval to raise up to Rs 1,000 crore ($165.9 million) through further issue of equity shares of the company, the company said in a stock market disclosure. It is backed by StanChart IL&FS Asia Infrastructure Growth Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners and Norwegian sovereign wealth fund Government Pension Fund Global.
Its private equity investors include Standard Chartered IL&FS Asia Infrastructure Growth Fund and Bessemer Venture Partners. The firm also counts Norwegian sovereign wealth fund Government Pension Fund Global as a shareholder………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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