KBI Global Investors appoints Bill Lynch as Senior Vice President Business Development

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News Release Wednesday 26th October 2016 

                             

 

 

 

 

 

KBIGI SNARES BILL LYNCH FOR US BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ROLE

Dublin-based KBI Global Investors (formerly Kleinwort Benson Investors) is pleased to announce the appointment of William Lynch as Senior Vice President Business Development, North America.

Lynch, formerly a Partner and Head of Marketing and Client Service at New Amsterdam Partners LLC, has enjoyed a long career in institutional asset management, with earlier spells at Avatar Associates and Prudential Securities.  He is a CFA Charter holder and a member of both the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute.

As a member of the KBIGI North American Business Development team, Lynch will work out of the Company’s office in Boston, Massachusetts – opened earlier this year to better service the Company’s growing North American client base, from the East Coast to the West Coast, and into Canada, where KBIGI has been awarded a number of sizeable mandates.

KBIGI has grown significantly in recent years, with its North American client assets alone growing from just under $1bn in December 2012 to no less than $4.3bn as of 30th September 2016 – and it is this growth that has underpinned the need for a fully-equipped Boston office and the evolution of the North American business development capability.  The Company has secured a number of prestigious North American mandates over the last two or three years from public funds, endowments and foundations – and a number of large sub-advisory relationships with the likes of Mercer and SEI.

Commenting on the appointment, Geoff Blake, Head of Business Development & Client Services at KBI Global Investors said, “We opened our new Boston office back in January to accommodate the growth we anticipate across our investment strategies, and which we expect to accelerate.  Bill’s appointment means that we now have three Business Development Managers based at our Boston Place offices, underlining our long-term commitment to the North American market, our growth to date and our expectations for the future.  Bill has a tremendous track record in gathering assets, and we look forward to working with him as we embark on a new phase of growth.”

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Journalists seeking further information and/or who wish to speak with KBI Global Investors should contact:

Gordon Puckey

Phoenix Financial PR

00 44 (0) 7799 767 468

gordon@phoenixfinancialpr.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

About KBI Global Investors (‘KBIGI’)

KBI Global Investors is a specialist equity manager, offering a range of Global Equities and Natural Resources strategies.  Established in 1980, KBIGI has been managing assets for institutional clients for more than 35 years – public and corporate pension schemes, sub-advisory investors, foundations and endowments, wealth managers, private banks and investment intermediaries included.  The firm enjoys an increasingly global client base, and holds mandates in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.  Part of the Amundi Group, KBIGI is headquartered in Dublin, with sales offices in both New York and Boston.

Originally focused only on the Irish market, managing predominantly domestic balanced mandates, KBIGI is today a specialist institutional asset management boutique.

The firm enjoys significant coverage across the global institutional consultant community, continues to manage pension fund assets for some of Ireland’s largest and best-known corporations, and offers investment services on both a segregated and unitised basis.

KBIGI’s highly experienced management teams manage some €8.6bn at 30th September 2016*.  The firm boasts an excellent track record for consistent risk-adjusted investment performance over the longer term, and has seen its assets under management grow by on average 28% per annum between 2011 and 2015.

The firm is headed by CEO, Sean Hawkshaw, and has a headcount of approximately 60 people, with the KBIGI management team and a number of key employees holding 12.5% of the equity in KBI Global Investors.

* This is the combined AUM of KBI Global Investors Ltd and KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd as at 30th September 2016.

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KBI Global Investors Ltd is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.  Details about the extent of our regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority are available from KBI Global Investors on request.  KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd is a registered investment adviser with the SEC and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.  KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KBI Global Investors Ltd.  Form ADV Part 1 and Part 2 are available on request. ‘KBI Global Investors’ refers to KBI Global Investors Ltd and KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd.

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A SUSTAINABLE, DIFFERENTIATED AND FORWARD-LOOKING SOLUTION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS

New KBIGI Infrastructure strategy offers exposure to the World’s most critical resources, better liquidity than the private market, and importantly enables investors to deploy their capital with immediate effect

Interest in an allocation to infrastructure has grown significantly in recent years, as investors place a greater emphasis on real assets and look to achieve broader diversification.  Sadly, many continue to steer clear of the asset class on the grounds of liquidity, or rather a lack of it – but that is to miss an opportunity.  The listed market offers an increasingly popular means of accessing infrastructure assets, and combines the most attractive attributes of private infrastructure with the benefits of liquidity and daily pricing.  Demand for infrastructure exposure continues to increase, the attractive risk-adjusted-return profile receiving greater attention – and with the World requiring trillions of dollars of investment in sustainable infrastructure over the coming years*, KBI Global Investors today confirmed the launch of its Global Sustainable Infrastructure Strategy.

Significant population growth, rapidly expanding cities, growing societal and economic demand, and the number of ageing and depleted assets in need of rehabilitation or replacement means the demand for clean, safe and high-quality water, energy and food will continue to grow.  The new Global Sustainable Infrastructure Strategy will therefore offer access to a global portfolio of sustainable publicly traded infrastructure companies, delivering solutions in these critical areas – where Dublin-based KBIGI, a pioneer in Natural Resources investing, boasts a core competence.  Its experienced and professional team of nine dedicated investment professionals has been investing in infrastructure since the inception of its Natural Resources strategies in December 2000, and has been managing specialised infrastructure investments in water and clean energy since 2001, and in food since 2008.

Investment summary

The Strategy seeks to deliver strong investment returns within a robust framework, lower volatility and a dividend yield of between 3.5% and 4.5%.  It will deliver material and diverse exposure to water and clean energy infrastructure, food storage and transportation, and to farmland – investing in the owners and operators of infrastructure assets, as well as the beneficiaries of infrastructure investment – as part of a portfolio of publicly listed high conviction stock holdings.  It will:

  • focus on high quality and sustainable infrastructure;
  • be diversified across multiple regions, sectors and end markets;
  • operate a disciplined and long-established investment process;
  • be benchmark agnostic in its approach;
  • be managed with a strong ESG emphasis.

The objective is to deliver a portfolio of securities with the desired risk and projected return parameters – constructed utilising the stock-specific research and stock models from the broader investment team, but focusing heavily on long-term contractual businesses and infrastructure specific investment characteristics, namely: high regulatory support; predictable and stable cashflow; low volatility of earnings; quality of assets and management.

Listed or Private Market?

An allocation to listed infrastructure can provide an important and complementary allocation within investors’ infrastructure portfolios, with many of the same characteristics being sought out in private markets i.e. asset intensive businesses with stable cashflow generation; long duration contracts, often with strong regulatory and/or government backing; attractive dividend yields and attractive risk-adjusted returns; protection against inflation.  However, listed infrastructure provides numerous benefits relative to the private market approach – greater diversity, improved liquidity, lower costs, and most importantly, immediate availability for investment.

Colm O’Connor, Senior Portfolio Manager at KBI Global Investors, who has been appointed Lead Manager on the new Strategy, cites the construction of the infrastructure necessary in the provision of our most critical resources i.e. clean, safe and high-quality water, energy and food to the global population as “our most critical need, and essential for sustainable future social and economic development.  Yet”, says O’Connor, “many institutional investors remain woefully underexposed to infrastructure, and particularly to companies in these critical areas.  For many the realisation is only now starting to dawn that a very high level of investment will be required, particularly over the next decade, if we are to ensure the provision of these most critical resources to the global population.”

The Global Sustainable Infrastructure Strategy – which will offer a lower correlation to the broader equities market, a high and sustainable dividend yield, and predictable cashflow generation – forms part of the KBIGI Natural Resources suite, which includes strategies investing in Water, Energy Solutions and Agribusiness.

To coincide with the launch of the new Strategy, KBIGI has commissioned a new video. This can be accessed at: https://vimeo.com/240138862

* Sources: World Economic Forum (2013-2030); McKinsey Global Institute (2016-2030); United Nations Conference on Climate Change December 2015.

Journalists seeking further information should contact:

Gordon Puckey
Phoenix Financial PR
+44 7799 767 468
gordon@phoenixfinancialpr.co.uk

Investors seeking further information on the new Strategy should contact KBI Global Investors at…….

Peter Fox
Senior Vice President Business Development & Client Services
KBI Global Investors
+353 1 438 4400
peter.fox@kbigi.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

About KBI Global Investors (‘KBIGI’)

Established in 1980, KBI Global Investors is a specialist institutional asset management boutique, offering a range of Global Equities and Natural Resources strategies.  The firm manages assets for a broad range of clients – public and corporate pension schemes, sub-advisory investors, foundations and endowments, wealth managers, private banks and investment intermediaries included.  KBIGI enjoys an increasingly global client base and today holds mandates in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.  Part of the Amundi Group, the firm is headquartered in Dublin, with additional offices in Boston, Massachusetts.

Originally focused exclusively on the Irish market, managing predominantly domestic balanced mandates, KBIGI continues to manage pension fund assets for some of Ireland’s largest and best-known corporations; today the firm enjoys significant coverage across the global institutional consultant community, offering investment services on both a segregated and unitised basis.

KBIGI boasts a track record of delivering consistent and outstanding risk-adjusted investment performance over the longer term, its highly experienced investment team today managing over €9.7bn*.

The firm is headed by Sean Hawkshaw and has a headcount of 63 people, with members of the KBIGI team holding 12.5% of the equity in the firm.

* This is the combined AUM of KBI Global Investors Ltd and KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd as at 30th September 2017.

Disclaimers

KBI Global Investors Ltd. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. Details about the extent of our regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority are available from us on request. KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd. is a registered investment adviser with the SEC and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KBI Global Investors Ltd. ‘KBI Global Investors’ refers to KBI Global Investors Ltd and KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd.

IMPORTANT RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

This material is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase any security, product or service including any group trust or fund managed by KBI Global Investors. The information contained herein does not set forth all of the risks associated with this strategy*, and is qualified in its entirety by, and subject to, the information contained in other applicable disclosure documents relating to such a strategy*. KBI Global Investors’ investment products, like all investments, involve the risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors, especially those who are unable to sustain a loss of their investment. This introductory material may not be reproduced or distributed, in whole or in part, without the express prior written consent of KBI Global Investors. The information contained in this introductory material has not been filed with, reviewed by or approved by any regulatory authority or self-regulatory authority and recipients are advised to consult with their own independent advisors, including tax advisors, regarding the products and services described therein. The views expressed are those of KBI Global Investors and should not be construed as investment advice. We do not represent that this information is accurate or complete and it should not be relied upon as such. Opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS

Any projections, market outlooks or estimates in this document are forward-looking statements and are based upon certain assumptions. Other events which were not taken into account may occur and may significantly affect the returns or performance of the strategy. Any projections, outlooks or assumptions should not be construed to be indicative of the actual events which will occur. Discussions of market conditions, market high/lows, objectives, strategies, styles, positions, and similar information set forth herein is specifically subject to change if market conditions change, or if KBIGI believes, in its discretion, that investors returns can better be achieved by such changes and/or modification. Style descriptions, market movements over time and similar items are meant to be illustrative, and may not represent all market information over the period discussed. Form ADV Part 1 and Part 2 are available on request.

Portfolio Adviser: News Round- Up September 2017
Sector Report - Infrastructure

Matt Sheldon, Senior Portfolio Manager, KBI Global Investors discusses water infrastructure investment.  

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Tuesday, 19th September 2017


Pound Could Fall Victim to Politics

Markets want to see a coordinated vision on Brexit within the U.K. cabinet, says Noel O’Halloran, CIO at KBI Global Investors. He told Daybreak Europe’s Nejra Cehic and Markus Karlsson the lack of unity looks set to weigh on sterling. He also explained why he believes equities will climb and Treasuries fall.

Please click here to listen to the interview

KBI GLOBAL INVESTORS NOW UN ‘PRI’ A+ RATED ACROSS ALL MODULES

The United Nations supported PRI (‘Principles for Responsible Investment’) has awarded institutional investor KBI Global Investors (‘KBIGI’), an A+ rating – its highest rating – across all three modules relevant to the firm’s overall approach to Responsible Investment, and the management of equities:

  • Strategy and Governance
  • Listed Equity – Incorporation (Screening and Integration)
  • Listed Equity – Active Ownership (Engagement and Proxy Voting)

Signatories of the PRI are assessed against a comprehensive range of Responsible Investing indicators across the aforementioned modules on an annual basis, this year’s PRI’s award underlining the continuing focus on and improvement made by KBI Global Investors in its investment practices.

The PRI is the World's leading proponent of responsible investment, an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice – https://www.unpri.org/about/the-six-principles – works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (‘ESG’) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions.  It acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, the financial markets and economies in which they operate – and ultimately the environment and society at large. 

The PRI is truly independent and encourages investors to use Responsible Investment to enhance returns and better manage risks.  As of April this year there were over 1,700 signatories (Asset Owners and Asset Managers), with combined assets owned and assets under management of almost $85 trillion).

KBIGI has always had a strong focus on ESG, and is a member of or signatory to the Carbon Disclosure Project, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and the UK Stewardship Code (with Tier 1 status), and part of a network of investors which support and promote the long-term benefits of sustainable investment within the context of their individual investment processes and fiduciaries duties.  Earlier this year, the firm’s Water, Energy Solutions and Agribusiness funds were approved as compliant with the European SRI Transparency Code (http://www.eurosif.org/transparency-code).


Welcoming the news of its A+ rating across the board, Eoin Fahy, Head of Responsible Investing at KBIGI said, “We have been part of a vanguard movement, building ESG criteria into our investment processes from an early stage.  Our flagship Global Equities suite of strategies has a strong ESG focus, with the breakout Global ESG Equity Strategy integrating ESG factors into its investment process and maintaining a targeted overall ESG score as calculated by an independent external ESG rating provider.  ESG factors are also clearly at the heart of our Natural Resource strategies, focussing as they do on equity investment in companies providing solutions to the global shortages of clean water, clean energy and safe food.

“The award of an A+ rating, the PRI’s highest rating, across all modules bears testament to the progress we have made as a firm; we will be reviewing our practices to ensure we maintain our focus, and we will look to build on our achievements in this area across both our Global Equity and Natural Resource Strategies.”

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Journalists seeking further information or who wish to speak with Eoin Fahy should contact:

Gordon Puckey

Phoenix Financial PR

+44 7799 767 468

gordon@phoenixfinancialpr.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

About UNPRI Assessment and the KBIGI Rating

Principles for Responsible Investing 2017 Assessment:

Signatories of the PRI are assessed against a range of Responsible Investing indicators within each module.  KBI Global Investors was awarded an A+ rating for all modules relevant to equity investors i.e. Strategy and Governance, Listed Equity – Incorporation, and Listed Equity – Active Ownership.  Details are available on request.

KBI Global Investors submission to the UNPRI, which gives complete transparency on all the firm’s Responsible Investing activity and policies is available at this link: https://www.unpri.org/download_report/34772

The methodology of assessment is detailed at this link:  https://www.unpri.org/download_report/19935

About KBI Global Investors (‘KBIGI’)

Established in 1980, KBI Global Investors is a specialist institutional asset management boutique, offering a range of Global Equities and Natural Resources strategies.  The firm has been managing assets for institutional clients for more than 35 years – public and corporate pension schemes, sub-advisory investors, foundations and endowments, wealth managers, private banks and investment intermediaries included.  KBIGI enjoys an increasingly global client base and today holds mandates in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.  Part of the Amundi Group, the firm is headquartered in Dublin, with additional offices in Boston, Massachusetts.

Originally focused exclusively on the Irish market, managing predominantly domestic balanced mandates, KBIGI continues to manage pension fund assets for some of Ireland’s largest and best-known corporations; today the firm enjoys significant coverage across the global institutional consultant community, offering investment services on both a segregated and unitised basis.

KBIGI boasts a track record of delivering consistent and outstanding risk-adjusted investment performance over the longer term, its highly experienced investment team today managing over €9bn*.

The firm is headed by Sean Hawkshaw and has a headcount of 63 people, with members of the KBIGI team holding 12.5% of the equity in the firm.

* This is the combined AUM of KBI Global Investors Ltd and KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd as at 30th June 2017.

KBI Global Investors Ltd is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. Details about the extent of our regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority are available from us on request. KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd is a registered investment adviser with the SEC and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KBI Global Investors Ltd. ‘KBI Global Investors’ or ‘KBIGI’ refer to KBI Global Investors Ltd and KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd.

Principles for Responsible Investing 2017 Assessment:

Signatories of the PRI are assessed against a range of Responsible Investing indicators within each module.  KBI Global Investors was awarded an A+ rating for all modules relevant to equity investors i.e. Strategy and Governance, Listed Equity – Incorporation, and Listed Equity – Active Ownership.  KBIGI’s Transparency Report, reporting the data on which the Assessment was made, is published at this link:

https://reporting.unpri.org/surveys/PRI-Reporting-Framework-2016/4940910f-b725-433e-84ca-573cb8533111/79894dbc337a40828d895f9402aa63de/html/2/?lang=&a=1

The methodology of assessment is detailed at this link:

https://www.unpri.org/download_report/19935

 

 

 

 

 

KBIGI has been recognised as an Award winner in the eleventh annual Finance Dublin Deals of the Year Awards 2017 for its Winning Deal - IFS Deal of the Year - Amundi's acquisition of Kleinwort Benson Investors. The Awards recognise the deal makers, the company advisors and the company principals/ representatives. A&L Goodbody nominated KBIGI for the Award. 

Details regarding the win may be found on page 14 of the following Awards Report

(Irish Independent) - After surviving five changes of ownership, along with a drastic switch in its client base, KBIGI has hit a sweet spot in the specialist space and aims to double assets under management to €20bn with the next four years.

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(Bloomberg) -- Political risk in Europe is low according to Noel O’Halloran, chief investment officer at KBI Global Investors. He told Daybreak Europe’s Caroline Hepker and Markus Karlsson that he expects the French election to end in a market-friendly result.

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The UN World Water Day sets the backdrop for a "third wave" of water investing, which will see $12trn to be allocated to spending on water through 2030, according to Matt Sheldon, senior portfolio manager at Dublin-based KBI Global Investors (KBIGI) writes Alicia Villeagas from Investment Europe. 

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World Water Day: Water's investment wave: The favourable investment climate for water companies

World Water Day is held annually on 22nd March as a means of focussing
attention on the importance of fresh water. Notwithstanding the efforts
of the United Nations, which inaugurated this event, the importance of
fresh water is almost always underappreciated, and as a result investors
continue to be significantly underinvested in water. However, this offers
investors an opportunity to gain exposure to a clean natural resource
which has extremely strong demand/supply fundamentals, and which
is the subject of what we believe to be a wave of signifcant investment. When we think about water (and most investors often don’t!), there are some genuinely powerful drivers of the investment theme. 

Click here to read the full article from Matt Sheldon, Senior Porfolio Manager, KBI Global Investors which featured in responsible-investor.com  

UN WORLD WATER DAY SETS BACKDROP FOR ‘THIRD WAVE’ OF WATER INVESTING

US$12 trillion to be allocated to spending on Water through 2030,making it the largest component of global infrastructure spending over the next 20 years 1

Wednesday 22nd March heralds the 25th World Water Day and the United Nations’ continuing campaign for freshwater and sanitation.  Staged as a means of focusing the World’s attention on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources, World Water Day seeks to highlight a specific aspect of freshwater each year, with ‘Wastewater’ the designated theme in 2017.  For Dublin-based KBI Global Investors (‘KBIGI’), a pioneer in Natural Resources investing, it is also the perfect backdrop for what Matt Sheldon, Senior Portfolio Manager on the firm’s long-established Water Strategy refers to as Water Investing’s ‘Third Wave’.

“We are”, says Sheldon, “at the front end of the next wave of investing in Water.  If you look back at the early 2000s Water spending was driven by the developed market housing boom.  After the great financial crisis, we saw Wave 2, driven by Industrial Water – whether it was the energy renaissance in the US, Chinese stimulus or global corporations taking seriously for the first time their responsibilities in addressing their energy and water footprints.

“Wave 3 is driven by infrastructure and policy-led initiatives.  We’re going to see US$12 trillion spent on water infrastructure by 2030, as much as in Telecoms and Power.  The populism that we are seeing in politics around the World is now flooding the water space, and people are demanding better quality water, no longer content with contamination.  In the past politicians knew that the way of maintaining their leadership was the delivery of low-cost water; today their motivation is to ensure they’re not on the front page because they left problems unaddressed.  We only need look back a couple of years to the crisis in Flint, Michigan – where cost-cutting measures led to tainted drinking water – to see how media sentiment has changed.”  

 

Increasing commitment to infrastructure spending

A key plank of the case for Water Investing is KBI Global Investors’ view that spending on the water infrastructure of the US has been far too low for too long, and needs to increase substantially – and at KBIGI more than 75% of the portfolio can be classed as infrastructure stocks i.e. companies involved in building, or providing equipment or services for water infrastructure.  Increased infrastructure spending will therefore benefit the KBIGI Water Strategy, with Trump’s commitment to infrastructure being particularly supportive.

Trump and infrastructure

“We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become second to none, and we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it”, said the newly elected President.  He has since published the details of an ‘America’s Infrastructure First’ plan, which is designed to “transform America’s crumbling infrastructure into a golden opportunity for accelerated economic growth.”

Whilst all the noise is about Trump right now, Sheldon notes cross-party political support for extra infrastructural spending; the Democrats have just published their own policy document, ‘A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure’, proposing an additional $110bn spend on the rehabilitation of water and sewer infrastructure.

Water is however a global investment opportunity.  The Chinese water market is huge; its commitment to water infrastructure is expected to double that of the US and Europe combined, with India stepping up her own water investment and committed to a number of major programmes.

China crisis

Water and wastewater treatment plants are amongst the largest of infrastructure projects.  With demographic changes resulting in significant amounts of human, industrial and agricultural waste reaching our water supplies, these projects are now essential.  Regulation has emerged as a key support to these initiatives as countries look to improve their water quality and restore the water ecology function.  In China, for example, pollution from industrialisation has led to more than 70% of Chinese rivers, lakes and groundwater being designated as polluted, leading to an urgent need for wastewater treatment. 

On a separate note, the dislocation between water supply and demand is most prevalent in emerging economies, where population growth and urbanisation is most significant.  In China, the ‘Chinese South-North Water Transfer Project’ is designed to bring water from the southern region of China (which has water in abundance) to northern Chinese cities.  The construction of this enormous project will not be complete before 2050, and will provide opportunities for companies across the water infrastructure spectrum.

The Modi project

India is among the fastest growing markets globally, growing at 12% per annum from 2014-2018.  Only 70% of urban households and 30% of rural areas have access to piped water – the level of ‘Non-Revenue Water’ (i.e. that lost in the system) between 30-50% on average, and wastewater treatment low or non-existent in most regions.  India is notoriously bureaucratic and project delays are commonplace, but with Prime Minister Modi focused on reviving investment through the introduction of new and more straightforward financing mechanisms, removing bottlenecks and encouraging foreign direct investment, we are seeing some real and meaningful project activity on the ground.

KBI Global Investors’ proven track record

KBI Global Investors has a fully dedicated specialist team of investment managers looking to identify companies that will benefit from the significant water infrastructure spend over the coming years.  

The firm established its standalone Water Strategy as long ago as 2000.  A high conviction, global, long-only equity portfolio, it invests in 35-50 publicly traded companies providing value-added solutions to meet the vital, global need for water – and the Strategy, one of the first of its kind globally, has delivered strong, consistent returns relative to the broader market since inception, outperforming the MSCI ACWI in 12 of 16 calendar years.

2016 was a tremendous year for the KBIGI Water Strategy, which delivered an excess return vs. MSCI ACWI of +7.3% (USD to 31.12.2016, gross of fees), the portfolio’s infrastructure stocks being the standout performers over the period.  The firm believes the multi-year tailwinds specific to global water provide a compelling opportunity given elevated broad market valuations and the stubbornly slow growth environment, and Sheldon believes its portfolio to be well positioned.

The KBI Global Investors Water Strategy was recently approved as compliant with the European SRI Transparency Code by Brussels-based Eurosif, the leading European association for the promotion and advancement of sustainable and responsible investment across Europe.

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1 McKinsey & Company: McKinsey Global Institute McKinsey Infrastructure Practice, January 2013

Journalists seeking further information and/or who wish to speak with KBI Global Investors should contact:

Gordon Puckey
Phoenix Financial PR
+44 7799 767 468
gordon@phoenixfinancialpr.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. Water Investing

Water is a key resource, which will need significant investment to ensure its adequate provision to a growing global population.  Growing demand for fresh water from a rapidly-expanding global population, coupled with unrelenting demand from industry and agriculture, has focused the world’s attention on how we manage our scarce water resources.  The KBIGI Water Strategy gives investors the opportunity to invest in companies that are poised to generate significant revenue growth from providing solutions to the growing need to address water scarcity.

The primary drivers of the Water investment theme are:

  • Inadequate supply: < 1% of water is available for use
  • Increasing demand: growing 40% by 2030
  • Increasing regulation and government support
  • Increasing investment in infrastructure: $121 trillion required through 2030
  • Increasing investment in technology: to enhance infrastructure, increase efficiency and assure quality

Water is essential for feeding the world with nearly 70% of water supply going to agriculture.  Industrial use accounts for a little more than 20% of the water supply and further highlights its importance for economic growth.  These uses far outstrip domestic water use of a little under 10%, but should not obscure the vital need to provide domestic water as today nearly 800 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation.

As a result, this vital resource has a supply/demand imbalance, which will drive significant investment in solutions over the next two decades in which technology and infrastructure in areas such as desalination, water re-use, filtration, and metering will play a major role.  Further, environmental regulations continue to support spending on treatment technologies and testing equipment to encourage compliance with water quality standards.

Whether it is the European Union’s Water Framework Directive, the Safe Drinking Water Act in the US, or China’s water standards, regulation – both economic and environmental – has been a backbone of support for investment in water.  While other areas of clean technology saw regulatory support wane during the global credit crisis, the essential need for clean water provided the impetus for continued consistent regulatory support.

An estimated $121 trillion is expected to be allocated to spending on water through 2030, making it the largest component of global infrastructure spending in the next 20 years.  As a specialist active manager, KBIGI is well positioned to understand how this capital will be deployed and which companies will provide the dominant solutions to ensure the demand for this most vital resource is met.

  1. About World Water Day

World Water Day, which falls on 22nd March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis.  Today, there are more than 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22nd as World Water Day.  World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

Wastewater – UN-Water’s theme for 2017

Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.  Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it.  In our homes, we can reuse greywater on our gardens and plots.  In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces.  In industry and agriculture, we can treat and recycle discharge for things like cooling systems and irrigation.

By exploiting this most valuable resource, we will make the water cycle work better for every living thing.  And we will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling and safe reuse.

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  1. About KBI Global Investors (‘KBIGI’)

KBI Global Investors is a specialist equity manager, offering a range of Global Equities and Natural Resources Strategies.  Established in 1980, KBIGI has been managing assets for institutional clients for more than 35 years – public and corporate pension schemes, sub-advisory investors, foundations and endowments, wealth managers, private banks and investment intermediaries included.  The firm enjoys an increasingly global client base, and holds mandates in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.  Part of the Amundi Group, KBIGI is headquartered in Dublin, with a sales office in Boston.

Originally focused on the Irish market, managing predominantly domestic balanced mandates, KBIGI is today a specialist institutional asset management boutique.

The firm enjoys significant coverage across the global institutional consultant community, continues to manage pension fund assets for some of Ireland’s largest and best-known corporations, and offers investment services on both a segregated and unitised basis.

KBIGI’s highly experienced teams manage some €9.1bn at 31st December 2016*, the firm boasting an excellent track record for consistent risk-adjusted investment performance over the longer term.

KBIGI is a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, members of or signatories to the Carbon Disclosure Project, Global Impact Investing Network and UK Stewardship Code (Tier 1 status), and part of a network of investors which support and promote the long-term benefits of sustainable investment within the context of their individual investment processes and fiduciary duties. 

KBIGI is headed by CEO, Sean Hawkshaw, and has a headcount of approximately 63 people – the KBIGI management team along with a number of key employees holding 12.5% of the equity in the firm.

* This is the combined AUM of KBI Global Investors Ltd and KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd as at 31st December 2016.

  1. Disclaimers

KBI Global Investors Ltd is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.  Details about the extent of our regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority are available from us on request.  KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd is a registered investment adviser with the SEC and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.  KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KBI Global Investors Ltd.  ‘KBI Global Investors’ or ‘KBIGI’ refer to KBI Global Investors Ltd and KBI Global Investors (North America) Ltd.

Portfolio returns are gross of fees in USD.  All returns are to 31/12/2016.

IMPORTANT RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

This material is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase any security, product or service including any group trust or fund managed by KBI Global Investors.  The information contained herein does not set forth all of the risks associated with this strategy, and is qualified in its entirety by, and subject to, the information contained in other applicable disclosure documents relating to such a strategy.  KBI Global Investors’ investment products, like all investments, involve the risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors, especially those who are unable to sustain a loss of their investment.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS

This introductory material may not be reproduced or distributed, in whole or in part, without the express prior written consent of KBI Global Investors.  The information contained in this introductory material has not been filed with, reviewed by or approved by any regulatory authority or self-regulatory authority and recipients are advised to consult with their own independent advisors, including tax advisors, regarding the products and services described therein.  The views expressed are those of KBI Global Investors and should not be construed as investment advice.  We do not represent that this information is accurate or complete and it should not be relied upon as such.  Opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice.  The products mentioned in this Document may not be eligible for sale in some states or countries, nor suitable for all types of investors.  Past performance may not be a reliable guide to future performance and the value of investments may fall as well as rise. Investments denominated in foreign currencies are subject to changes in exchange rates that may have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of the product.  Income generated from an investment may fluctuate in accordance with market conditions and taxation arrangements.  In some tables and charts, due to rounding, the sum of the individual components may not appear to be equal to the stated total(s).  Additional information will be provided upon request.  Performance for periods of more than 1 year is annualized. 

Information about indices is provided to allow for comparison of the performance of the Adviser to that of certain well-known and widely recognized indices.  There is no representation that such index is an appropriate benchmark for such comparison.  You cannot invest directly in an index, which also does not take into account trading commissions and costs.  The volatility of the indices may be materially different from that of the strategy.  In addition, the strategy’s holdings may differ substantially from the securities that comprise the indices shown.

USA Performance Disclaimer:

Gross results shown do not show the deduction of Adviser's fees.  A client’s actual return will be reduced by the advisory fees and any other expenses which may be incurred in the management of an investment advisory account.  See Part 2 of Adviser's Form ADV for a complete description of the investment advisory fees customarily charged by Adviser.  For example, a $1,000,000 investment with an assumed annual return of 5% with an advisory fee of 0.85% would accumulate $8,925 in fees during the first year, $48,444 in fees over five years and $107,690 in fees over ten years.  The performance results are that of a representative strategy which has been managed on a discretionary basis since its inception.  Performance returns for individual investors may differ due to the timing of investments, subsequent subscriptions/redemptions, share classes, fees and expenses.  Performance for periods of more than 1 year is annualized.  Investments denominated in foreign currencies are subject to changes in exchange rates that may have an adverse effect on the value, price and income of the product.  Income generated from an investment may fluctuate in accordance with market conditions and taxation arrangement.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT A RELIABLE GUIDE TO FUTURE PERFORMANCE AND THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS MAY GO DOWN AS WELL AS UP.

Stocks mentioned in this document may or may not be held in this strategy at this time.  Any projections, market outlooks or estimates in this document are forward-looking statements and are based upon certain assumptions.  Other events which were not taken into account may occur and may significantly affect the returns or performance of the strategy.  Any projections, outlooks or assumptions should not be construed to be indicative of the actual events which will occur.  Discussions of market conditions, market high/lows, objectives, strategies, styles, positions, and similar information set forth herein is specifically subject to change if market conditions change, or if KBIGI (North America) believes, in its discretion, that investors returns can better be achieved by such changes and/or modification.  Style descriptions, market movements over time and similar items are meant to be illustrative, and may not represent all market information over the period discussed.

Water Representative Strategy Performance Disclaimer:

Returns up to 09/30/07 are based on a Belgian Fund which followed the same strategy as the KBI Global Investors Water Strategy and was managed by KBIGI.  Returns from 10/01/07 are actual returns from the KBI Global Investors Water Strategy.


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