Investing in infrastructure can be one of the most direct ways of capturing emerging markets (EM) growth. With improved regulation and a growing amount of assets, EM companies are an increasingly attractive part of the global listed infrastructure universe. Charles Hamieh, Senior Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager at RARE Infrastructure explains the scope of the sector.
Listed infrastructure opportunities
The Chinese Government’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative is a foreign trade policy and economic strategy to develop the historic Silk Road trade route from China to Europe. RARE assesses the opportunities for investors in global listed infrastructure.
More spend on airports, roads, rail and water is likely to flow from the Trump Administration’s infrastructure reform. The acquisition of publicly owned assets by listed infrastructure companies is another potential outcome.
Rising bond yields can have a different impact on the fundamental valuation and market price of regulated utilities and user-pay infrastructure. An in-depth understanding of these impacts enables an active, benchmark-unaware manager to better navigate through the economic cycles.
Infrastructure stocks have been the one of the hardest hit sectors of the equity market over the past five months. It is our view that sentiment and not true fundamentals have caused much of this impact. But such sentiment is reversible given long-term fundamentals for infrastructure, with large investors now seeing multiples here at attractive valuations.
Chart of the Week
Source: Bloomberg, June 22, 2018.Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indexes are unmanaged, and not available for direct investment. Index returns do not include fees or sales charges. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not reflect the performance of an actual investment.
CHART OF THE WEEK
OPEC made a deal to hike production by 1 million barrels – and included Russia; Emerging Market election season begins with Turkey; European service growth beat expectations for June; U.S. tax revenue from its metals tariffs netted nearly $800 million so far; the costs have yet to be tallied.
Because they impact trade flows, tariffs have implications for port, road and rail systems. This could end up stimulating investment in new infrastructure capabilities.
In this Q&A, Richard Elmslie, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Co-Chief Executive of RARE Infrastructure, explains the growth potential for infrastructure assets over the next decade and their resilience in the face of future downturns.
Global Listed Infrastructure
Select emerging market (EM) companies are an increasingly attractive part of the global listed infrastructure universe. When added to a portfolio of developed market stocks, EM securities offer a greater source of income and differentiation in returns.
The fortunes of individual global infrastructure companies will be driven by three key themes in the year ahead. Nick Langley and Richard Elmslie, Co-CEOs and Co-CIOs of RARE Infrastructure, explain the risk and opportunities to companies for each of these themes and give their general outlook for 2018.
The RARE 200 is a proprietary investment universe used to select securities for the RARE Infrastructure Value Strategy. The companies chosen for the universe must have high levels of liquidity, quality, and what RARE believes constitutes core infrastructure.
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