Quaero's real assets fund to focus on infrastructure

Ridhima Sharma
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Quaero's real assets fund to focus on infrastructure

Quaero Capital’s real assets fund, run by managers Mark Ebert and Christopher Gelli, will focus wholly on infrastructure investments, moving away from its previous holdings in real estate, forestry and agriculture.

The fund will be re-orientated towards the infrastructure sector, which has better prospects in the current environment and an excellent long term outlook. Currently, some 90% of the fund is allocated to infrastructure stocks; this will be moving to 100%.

The fund, now a Luxembourg-registered Ucits structure, will remain an actively-managed, long-only strategy investing exclusively in listed equities, globally. It will continue to be conservatively managed, with no leverage, no shorting, and no hedge fund or private equity holdings, and it will continue to offer weekly liquidity to investors.

The format provides investors with a compelling opportunity to invest in global infrastructure with low fees, maximum liquidity, portfolio transparency and diversification.

Ebert commented, “For investors, the growth fundamentals in certain Infrastructure sectors continue to be attractive. As interest rates start to normalise, investors may gravitate away from investing in infrastructure solely to capture yield and focus instead on infrastructure companies which reinvest their earnings in high return projects. This how we have approached the sector for the past four years, and it will continue to be our strategy moving forward.”

“A considered, conservative approach to listed infrastructure is to invest in companies that have constructed and operate one-off, difficult-to-replicate assets, renting out capacity. This avoids exposure to commodity prices and production margins, smoothing out volatility over the cycles, as we face an era of potentially volatile equity markets,” he added.

The fund will consist of a concentrated portfolio of the managers’ best ideas, comprising approximately 40-50 equity positions with a maximum position size of 6%. Stocks will be selected in conjunction with a constant screening process to identify preferred subsectors, compelling valuations, and recurring, sustainable earnings and cash flow from a universe of 250 companies. The fund will invest principally in developed markets, with opportunistic allocations to emerging markets.