Macquarie Global Infrastructure Debt Fund closes with USD645m of investor commitments

Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS) has completed fundraising for its Macquarie Global Infrastructure Debt Fund (the Fund), raising US645 million of investor commitments.

The Fund is helping to finance essential infrastructure around the world with debt investments in 18 investment grade infrastructure businesses. The pooled fund, first launched in 2016, invests alongside MIDIS’ other separate accounts and pooled funds which have so far raised a total of $US10.2 billion for investment grade assets.

All commitments to the Fund were raised from investors new to the MIDIS platform, with institutional investors increasingly recognising the diversification characteristics and superior risk adjusted returns offered by infrastructure debt compared to corporate bonds. The Fund attracted commitments from pension funds and insurance companies from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Singapore and Portugal, with investors seeking high quality assets that generate stable, long-term cash flows to match their long-dated liabilities.

Tim Humphrey, Co-Head of MIDIS, says: “As familiarity with the defensive characteristics of the asset class grows, we are seeing more institutional investors recognise the important role that infrastructure debt can play as part of their broader investment portfolio. Over the past year we have raised more than $US2.3 billion from investors and we would like to thank our clients for the confidence they have shown in our ability to effectively navigate the investment market.”

The Fund has already made investments in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States and Australia. Today, the fund’s geographically diverse pool of investments includes transport, utilities and energy infrastructure. In response to growing investor allocations to renewable energy assets, more than 25 per cent of the assets currently held in the Fund are in the solar, onshore and offshore wind sectors.

Kit Hamilton, Co-Head of MIDIS, says: “Leveraging our proprietary channels, our team continues to carefully deploy capital in attractive opportunities on behalf of our investors. With a number of investments already across a diverse range of sectors, the Fund is helping to finance infrastructure relied on by communities and powering the world’s transition to clean energy.”

MIDIS was established in 2012 and has quickly become one of the world’s largest infrastructure debt asset managers – raising more than USD11 billion of commitments from some of the world’s most prominent institutional investors for its investment grade and sub-investment grade strategies. MIDIS is the infrastructure debt platform of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, the world’s largest infrastructure manager.