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Specialist in Asia Pacific, Japan, China, India and South East Asia and Global Emerging Market equities.

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Stewart Investors manage investment portfolios on behalf of our clients over the long term and have held shares in some companies for over 20 years. They launched their first investment strategy in 1988.

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Responsible Listed Infrastructure

The strategy's investable universe includes utlities, toll roads, railroads, airports, energy infrastructure, mobile towers and data centres. These assets have high barriers to entry, effective pricing power, sustainable growth and predictable cash flows. Within this space, we seek companies that are contributing to sustainable development within a framework of good corporate governance. 

Why invest in Sustainable Listed Infrastructure?

  • Make a positive difference - The strategy invests in high quality infrastructure companies that take a responsible approach to sustainability. 

  • Long-term focus - A sustainability lens can provide important insights into how a company operates, its long term risks and potential rewards for investors. 

  • Attractive performance - A sustainability focus has the potential to improve performance and help deliver positive risk adjusted returns, thanks to a strong focus on, and understanding of, ESG related risks.

  • Inflation protected income - The nature of infrastructure assets means they are typically able to increase prices in line with inflation, providing a stable and growing distribution yield over time.

  • Diversification - As well as low correlation with other asset classes, the portfolio itself is well diversified by sector and country, reducing exposure to event, regulatory and political risk. 

  • Liquid and transparent - The size of the listed infrastructure market is more than US$2 trillion, so investors can have freedom to move in and out of positions. Listed funds also provide daily pricing so investors know exactly what their portfolio is worth.

Case study

The potential of solar

The last decade has seen carbon-free renewables, with the help of low cost natural gas, start to displace coal and oil from the developed world's electricity supply. The International Energy Agency predicts that between 2019 and 2024, the world will add enough renewable generation capacity to power the entire United States. 

The continued build-out of renewables, and the need to upgrade and expand energy transmission networks, is expected to underpin stable earnings growth across the utilities sector. Consumers and the environment stand benefit from increasing supplies of clean, affordable energy. One of the largest positions in our portfolio is NextEra Energy, a large cap US utility whose assets include regulated utility businesses and clean energy leader NextEra Energy Resources.

Australia is both leading and lagging in the development of solar

While Australia leads the world in rooftop solar, we lag other markets like the US in the development of large scale solar infrastructure, with government policies and incentives less attractive than other markets.

Whether it is solar, wind or water, the opportunity for investors is ever growing. But not all countries are developing at the same pace – making global research and access to global markets vital to investment success.

Australia leads the world in rooftop solar...

… but lags in large scale utility solar

Source: Bloomberg as at 2018.
Source: Australian Photovoltaic Institute, Bloomberg as at 30 November 2019.

Disclaimer: Reference to specific securities (if any) is included for the purpose of illustration only and should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell the same. All securities mentioned herein may or may not form part of the holdings of First Sentier Investors’ portfolios at a certain point in time, and the holdings may change over time.

Meet the Investment team

Peter Meany

Head of Global Listed Infrastructure

Rebecca Myatt

Portfolio Manager

Resources

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Aiming for sustainable capital growth and inflation protected income