Swiss Re to invest USD 500 million in infrastructure debt through Macquarie platform

28 November 2012, Zurich

  • Commitment to invest USD 500 million into infrastructure debt in order to match long-term liabilities with long-term assets
  • Macquarie awarded external mandate to manage investment

Swiss Re announces today that it will engage in long-term financing of infrastructure businesses and assets. For this purpose it has committed an initial USD 500 million for investments in senior secured debt of infrastructure businesses and assets located primarily in northern Europe.

Institutional investment in infrastructure businesses and assets is expected to rapidly grow in importance as traditional sources of financing in the European infrastructure market, lending by states, governments and banks, are increasingly scarce. Investments in infrastructure debt offer an alternative for long-term investments in other assets, such as government bonds where yields have been very low recently.

Klaus Weber, Managing Director and Head of External Investment Mandates of Swiss Re, said: “We expect the market to evolve substantially over the next few years and are excited to participate in this development. With its particular characteristics, infrastructure debt fits well with our asset and liability management approach and provides attractive long-term investments, well aligned with our balanced investment strategy.”

For sourcing and managing the investments, Swiss Re has awarded a mandate to Macquarie Group, an Australia-based global financial services provider, following a rigorous due diligence process. The mandate is the first to be launched by the new Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS) business platform. MIDIS will deliver infrastructure debt investment opportunities to long-term institutional investors, underpinned by Macquarie’s position as the world’s leading infrastructure specialist.

"We are delighted to work with Macquarie in what is an important initiative for us and are confident it will give us access to high quality assets and deliver favourable risk adjusted returns," Weber commented.

James Wilson, Senior Managing Director and CEO of MIDIS, said: “The launch of the MIDIS platform will leverage Macquarie’s unrivalled global infrastructure expertise and relationships and provide long-term investors the opportunity to access stable and superior risk adjusted returns. It is an asset class which lends itself well to insurance companies and pension funds seeking robust long-dated assets to match their long-term liabilities. We are delighted to work together with Swiss Re to manage its infrastructure debt investment and we look forward to a successful partnership.”

Notes to editors

Swiss Re
The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dealing direct and working through brokers, its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients. From standard products to tailor-made coverage across all lines of business, Swiss Re deploys its capital strength, expertise and innovation power to enable the risk-taking upon which enterprise and progress in society depend. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863, Swiss Re serves clients through a network of over 60 offices globally and is rated "AA-" by Standard & Poor's, "A1" by Moody's and "A+" by A.M. Best. Registered shares in the Swiss Re Group holding company, Swiss Re Ltd, are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and trade under the symbol SREN. For more information about Swiss Re Group, please visit: www.swissre.com or follow us on Twitter @SwissRe.

Macquarie
Macquarie Group is a leading provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. Our global operations include offices in the world's major financial centres. Founded in 1969, Macquarie employs more than 13,400 people in 28 countries.

Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS) is part of the Macquarie Funds Group, a global asset management business with over €272billion of assets under management.  MIDIS offers infrastructure debt investment opportunities to institutional investors such as pension funds and insurers seeking exposure to high-quality, long-term infrastructure debt at attractive yields.

All figures as at 30 September 2012.

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  • further instability affecting the global financial system and developments related thereto, including as a result of concerns over, or adverse developments relating to, sovereign debt of euro area countries;
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  • changing levels of competition; and
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