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Infrastructure industry assets touch $582bn in 2019, right on the way to hit $1tn by 2023

Monday, February 17, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Although the infrastructure industry remains a relatively small part of the private capital industry overall, it has grown phenomenally over the past decade and total AUM has quintupled since 2009.

Sustained investor appetite and strong long-term performance have boosted infrastructure assets past $0.5tn, and the industry is on the way to hit $1tn by 2023, said Preqin.

As of June 2019, the industry holds $582bn in assets, up from just $129bn at the end of 2009. Can infrastructure keep up this rate of growth?

Sustained interest from investors is a key driver of the industry's expansion. Fundraising has exceeded $50bn annually since 2015 and set five consecutive annual records.

Totals in 2018 and 2019 both approached $100bn - a substantial increase compared with full-year fundraising of $17bn back in 2009. This flood of capital shows no sign of slowing, either, as 84% of surveyed investors intend to commit as much or more capital over the next 12 months compared with the previous year.

2020 begins with 250 infrastructure funds are collectively seeking more than $200bn

A booming community of fund managers has sprung up to service this demand. Over 250 infrastructure funds are collectively seeking more than $200bn from investors at the start of 2020, which is more than double the total capital targeted at the start of 2015.

Given that investor interest looks set to continue, it seems likely that fund managers......................

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