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24 natural resources funds closed in Q1 2022, securing $57bn

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Global natural resource fund managers have secured a staggering $57bn from 24 funds- the most successful first quarter on record of any year for the asset class in terms of aggregate capital raised, said a study.

According to Preqin's Q1 2022 Natural Resources Report, while the number of funds closed remains on the lower side at 24, it does indicate the growing size of funds among successful fundraises. This quarter saw the fourth largest fund of $17bn for KKR Global Infrastructure Investors IV.

As per data, net cash flows reached a positive $2.9bn in Q1 2022. this is the first-time natural resources net cash flows have surpassed the zero threshold.

"This means that more capital is being distributed back to investors than called up by fund managers for investment - this is likely the result of Q3 2021 being one of the weakest quarters for fundraising, leading to less capital called," the report said.

The proportion of investors planning to commit capital of $300mn or more has more than tripled from 8% in Q1 2021 to 28% in Q1 2022.

"Natural resources have shown investors the potential it can offer them beyond the single-use case of diversification we have seen in years past. The asset class offers inflation indexing, prospects of a new commodity supercycle, as well as improving returns," Preqin said.

Confidence in the asset class is building, but where the best returns will be realized is less clear. On......................

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