BlackRock Raises US$5.1 Billion for Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III, Third Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund

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15.04.2020, 14:00  |  252   |   |   

BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund (‘GEPIF’) has achieved a US$5.1 billion final close of Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III (‘GEPIF III’ or ‘the Fund’), making it the largest alternative investment fundraise in BlackRock history. The final close value also exceeded both the original Fund target of US$3.5 billion and the original hard cap of US$4.5 billion.

“This milestone is a testament to BlackRock’s focus on helping clients achieve better investment outcomes,” said Edwin Conway, Global Head of BlackRock Alternative Investors. “Investors are looking to build resilience into their portfolios and ballast against equity market shocks by increasing their allocations to less correlated exposures in private markets. The current market volatility has underscored the value of our commitment to delivering solutions that can help our clients match their long-term liabilities and support their beneficiaries. Investor demand for this fundraise reinforces our belief that infrastructure will play an increasingly important role in portfolio construction moving forward.”

The Fund’s commitments include investment mandates from over 50 institutional investors, including public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, insurance companies and non-profit organizations across the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Over 70% of the commitments are from investors in the prior fund, which reflects investors’ high-level of confidence and trust in the GEPIF team and its expertise in the space.

Building on the investment strategy of its predecessor funds, GEPIF III aims to generate strong uncorrelated returns from investments in high-quality and essential energy infrastructure businesses and assets. These companies will generally have long-term contracts and visible revenue streams from strong counterparties and seek to provide robust dividend yields to investors. The investments are diversified geographically and by energy sub-sectors, which primarily consist of: 1) the power sector, including electric power generated from renewable sources (solar, wind, hydro and waste-to-energy) and from natural gas, while excluding coal-generated power, 2) the midstream sector, including energy transportation and storage, and 3) the utility sector.

Mark Florian, Head of the Global Energy & Power Infrastructure team within BlackRock Real Assets, said: “The success of the fundraise reflects the search for diversified returns in a yield-starved environment, which continues to be front of mind for investors. Our strong off-market sourcing capabilities are differentiated by a disciplined investment approach focused on creating an optimized risk-adjusted return for our investors and a tailored solution for our partners and their customers. This philosophy has led to strong investment deployment and origination that includes multiple repeat partnerships with great companies, and we believe this strategy will continue to create many investment opportunities for our Funds.”

BlackRock Alternative Investors is designed to serve investors today and tomorrow as they seek outperformance in real estate, infrastructure, private equity, credit, hedge funds and alternative solutions. We strive to bring our investors the highest quality investments by drawing upon our global footprint, superior execution capabilities and position as a preferred partner.

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About BlackRock Real Assets

In today’s dynamic and complex global investing market, we seek to help our clients’ access real assets that could help meet their investment goals by providing a distinct range of well defined, outcome orientated strategies, along the investment risk - return spectrum.

Our dedicated teams of industry and sector specialists deliver global reach, with deep local expertise. They have decades of relevant experience, are deeply embedded in their operating industries by sector and geography and have developed strong partnership networks over time. BlackRock’s culture of risk management, knowledge sharing, and investment discipline sets us apart and underpins all that we do. With over 400 professionals in 27 offices managing over US$50 billion in client commitments as of December 31, 2019, BlackRock Real Assets partners with clients to provide solutions tailored to individual portfolio needs such as income, growth, liquid or balanced real assets outcomes.

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