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Unlisted infrastructure industry expands to USD373bn in 2016

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The total assets under management of the unlisted infrastructure industry reached a record USD373 billion as of the end of June 2016, according to Preqin’s 2017 Global Infrastructure Report.

The report reveals that the pace of growth for the industry has accelerated in recent years, with both the value of assets held by fund managers and the level of capital available for them to deploy rising consistently.
 
This comes despite fund managers distributing record levels of capital to investors in 2015 and H1 2016. The growth is the result of a boom period for the global unlisted infrastructure industry, which has seen strong activity in the fundraising, dealmaking and exit markets.
 
Tom Carr (pictured), head of real assets products at Preqin, says: “2016 marked a truly landmark year for unlisted infrastructure; fundraising, deal volumes and dry powder all substantially exceeded previous records. Moreover, the long-term performance of infrastructure funds continues to meet or surpass the expectations of investors, with distributions being made at double the rate seen prior to 2015.
 
“There appears little reason why the industry should suffer any slowdown in the near future, as global infrastructure spending needs are likely to amount to trillions of dollars over the next decade. However, the industry will have to evolve to meet the challenges this will present. In particular, governments may increasingly look to use private funding to meet the shortfall between national infrastructure spending and budgetary constraints, and fund managers will have to ensure that they are able to appeal to these public institutions when vying for opportunities.” 


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