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The infrastructure investor pool reaches 4,000 institutions

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The make-up of the investor universe has not changed significantly in recent years, but the overall pool is expanding as investors look to infrastructure for stable returns, said a study.

The infrastructure investor pool consists of almost 4,000 institutions as of the start of 2020, according to Preqin.

This represents 35% of the total alternatives investor universe, and is an increase of around 50% compared to the end of 2015, as institutions have been increasingly drawn to infrastructure in recent years.

Strong and consistent returns, as well as regular cash flows and a hedge against inflation, have proved to be durable attractions. While the overall universe has expanded, the constituent investor types have stayed proportionately equal, and average allocations to the asset class have remained the same over the past five years.

The make-up of the investor universe has not changed

The largest proportion of infrastructure investors are pension funds, with foundations, insurance companies, and banks making up significant proportions.

These institutions are most likely to have long investment horizons and need regular, stable cash flows, making infrastructure an appealing investment.

"It is notable that, unlike in private equity where we have seen a development in the balance of investor types, the make-up of infrastructure investors has remained stable," Preqin said.

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