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Global infrastructure funds secure $70bn of capital through 20 funds in Q1 2022

Monday, April 18, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Global infrastructure funds closing in Q1 2022 secured $70bn of capital through 20 funds, delivering a record quarter in capital raised, 42% higher than the previous peak in Q4 2019, said a study.

According to Preqin's Q1 2022 Infrastructure Quarterly Report, this is in part driven by two particularly large mega-funds in KKR and Stonepeak's IV generation infrastructure funds, at $17bn and $14bn, respectively. Their closing, and the lack of any funds in the market targeting more than $12.5bn, suggests the rest of the year could be quieter after this busy quarter.

The Preqin report also shows North America remains the favored region for managers with six of the largest ten funds in the market focussing there, alongside an uptick in investors' interest in the region. This is no doubt buoyed by anticipated deployment opportunities created by the recently signed Infrastructure and Jobs Act in the US.

Meanwhile, returns bounced back from the pandemic lull, re-enforcing the long-term benefits of infrastructure commitments. While the one year to Q3 2021 return of 14.7% is partly driven by tempered valuations amid the worst of the pandemic period, the 8.5% 10-year performance alongside the low volatility at the heart of the asset class will continue to provide a pull away from fixed-income allocations.

Despite the challenges of deployment, Preqin data shows infrastructure's recent performance will continue to underpin the longer-term ......................

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