First State Investments (UK) Limited (‘First State’) announces the launch of the First State Sustainable Listed Infrastructure Fund, as part of its Dublin-domiciled Fund¹ range.

 The Fund is designed to meet the growing demand from UK and European investors for inflation-protected income and strong capital growth offered by listed infrastructure in a product that also meets their sustainability criteria.

The First State Sustainable Listed Infrastructure Fund (the ‘Fund’) consists of a high conviction portfolio of global listed infrastructure stocks. The Fund will build on the team’s best-in-class stock selection with an enhanced focus on sustainability, including tailored portfolio construction and active engagement on environmental, social and governance issues.

The Fund’s investment philosophy places an emphasis on investing in quality companies over the long term, seeking those with high barriers to entry, strong pricing power, sustainable growth and predictable cash flows. Its investable universe includes utilities, toll roads, passenger and freight rail, ports, airports, energy pipelines and storage facilities, mobile towers and satellites.

The new Fund builds on First State’s investment expertise in listed and unlisted infrastructure including a 10 year track record within the global listed infrastructure asset class, as well as complementing First State’s wider commitment to responsible investment across its fund range. The Fund will be managed from Sydney by Portfolio Manager Rebecca Sherlock.

Peter Meany, Head of Global Listed Infrastructure at First State said “Our clients are seeking investment solutions that deliver on their commitments to sustainable investing. The launch of the First State Sustainable Listed Infrastructure Fund reflects investor demand for the real income and structural growth of infrastructure assets together with a greater emphasis on meeting sustainability criteria.”

Rebecca Sherlock, Portfolio Manager added: “Infrastructure assets are large scale, long life, tangible assets having significant environmental footprints and social licenses to operate. This means that small changes to the way a company operates can have meaningful changes to people, the planet and its ability to generate sustainable economic returns. This fund was developed through our fundamental belief that a focus on sustainability is integral to reducing risk and achieving positive long-term return outcomes.”

¹ Irish-domiciled fund range

 

For further information please contact:

Phillippa Cantrill

FTI Consulting

(UK PR representative of First State Investments)

+44 (0)20 3727 1084

firststateinvestmentsLondon@fticonsulting.com

 

Sarah Mahomed Ross

Communications Manager

First State Investments

+44 (0) 20 7332 6844

sarah.mahomedross@firststate.co.uk

 

About First State Investments:

First State Investments is a global asset management business with experience across a range of asset classes and specialist investment sectors. First State Investments is owned by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and as at 30 September 2017 managed £127.5 billion of assets on behalf of clients worldwide. In Australia First State operates as Colonial First State Global Asset Management. First State Investments offers a range of investment solutions to institutional and retail investors globally, including equities, debt, multi-asset and unlisted infrastructure.

Our approach to investment is driven by a commitment to providing the best possible outcomes over the long term for our investors. To achieve this, we ensure our interests are aligned with our investors and uphold a culture of always acting in our clients’ best interests.

 

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