The long-lived, semi-monopolistic position of infrastructure assets supports a steady cash flow profile and historically low volatility as compared to broad market equities.
Why invest in infrastructure?
We manage global listed infrastructure investments for clients around the world.
As a real asset category, infrastructure offers a distinct risk, return and diversification profile relative to other asset classes, and thus merits consideration for a discrete allocation in a diversified portfolio.
Infrastructure investments typically feature steady cash flows derived from tangible, long-life assets with monopoly-like pricing power; many are regulated and may feature income linked directly to inflation.
Long-term return potential
"Pure play" infrastructure assets—which include toll roads, regulated utilities, airports, seaports and cell towers—are essential to the fluid, effective functioning of societies, and accordingly they have highly inelastic demand patterns.
Infrastructure is a fundamental building block to the functioning of modern society and can include energy, transportation and communication networks and systems. Within the broad infrastructure investment universe, there exists what we call pure play infrastructure. Pure play infrastructure assets typically provide essential services, operate in monopoly-like competitive positions and enjoy sustainable cash flows producing reliable income streams. By way of example, we consider an airport to be a pure play infrastructure asset, as opposed to an airline. Another example would be a toll road, as opposed to a construction company that builds the toll road.
Today, infrastructure is recognized by the institutional investment community as a stand-alone asset class. To wit, many pension plans around the world have been attracted to the infrastructure asset class since the early 1990s.
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A chat with Zach
Russell Investments' Chairman and CEO, Zach Buchwald, sat down with Michael Steingold, CFA, Director of Private Markets, to get his perspective on how infrastructure is evolving and whether it's an option for retail investors and large institutions.
Demand and opportunities in listed infrastructure
Upgrading the world's infrastructure will likely be a dominant theme over the coming decades. Listed infrastructure companies are well placed to take advantage of the structural trends around infrastructure modernization, decarbonization of electricity, data, and population growth. Darren Spencer, Client Portfolio Manager, wrote this article for Institutional Real Estate magazine. Reprinted with permission.Read the article reprint
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