All figures in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
TORONTO, ON (February 9, 2018): The CPP Fund ended its third quarter of fiscal 2018 on December 31, 2017, with net assets of $337.1 billion, compared with $328.2 billion at the end of the previous quarter. The $8.9 billion net increase in assets for the quarter consisted of $13.1 billion in net income after all CPPIB costs, less $4.2 billion in net Canada Pension Plan (CPP) cash outflows, which are used to pay CPP benefits. The CPP Fund routinely receives more CPP contributions than required to pay benefits during the first part of the calendar year, partially offset by benefit payments exceeding contributions in the final months. On an annual basis, contributions to the Fund continue to exceed outflows.
The portfolio achieved strong 10-year and five-year annualized net nominal returns of 7.4% and 12.1%, respectively, and 4.0% net of all CPPIB costs for the quarter. These returns are net of all CPPIB costs.
For the nine-month fiscal year-to-date period, the CPP Fund increased by $20.4 billion consisting of $21.2 billion in net income after all CPPIB costs, less $0.8 billion in net CPP cash outflows. The portfolio delivered a net return of 6.7% after all CPPIB costs during the period.
“Exceptional performance across public equity markets internationally during the third quarter helped bring the CPP Fund to a new high in line with our dual focus on total, as well as value-added, returns,” said Mark Machin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). “Our emphasis on diversification contemplates the role private assets play in strengthening the resiliency of portfolios over extended durations. To create value-building growth over multiple generations of beneficiaries, our investment portfolio is designed to benefit from, yet not mirror, public markets even during periods of rapid market growth.”
The CPP’s multi-generational funding and liabilities give rise to an exceptionally long investment horizon. To meet long-term investment objectives, CPPIB continues to build a portfolio designed to generate and maximize long-term returns at an appropriate risk level. Accordingly, long-term investment returns are a more appropriate measure of CPPIB’s performance than returns in any given quarter or single fiscal year.
“Extreme market movements resulting in short-term upswings and declines, as we’ve seen recently, illustrate why we emphasize 10-year returns, which is well above the Chief Actuary’s assumption to help ensure the sustainability of the Fund,” added Mr. Machin.
CPPIB’s 10-year annualized net nominal rate of return of 7.4%, or 5.7% on a net real rate of return basis, was above the Chief Actuary’s assumption of expected performance over this same period. The real rate of return is reported net of all CPPIB costs to be consistent with the Chief Actuary’s approach.
In the most recent triennial review released in September 2016, the Chief Actuary of Canada reaffirmed that, as at December 31, 2015, the CPP remains sustainable at the current contribution rate of 9.9% throughout the forward-looking 75-year period covered by the actuarial report. The Chief Actuary’s projections are based on the assumption that the Fund’s prospective real rate of return, which takes into account the impact of inflation, will average 3.9% over 75 years.
The Chief Actuary’s report confirmed that the Fund’s performance was ahead of projections for the 2013-2015 period as investment income was 248%, or $70 billion, higher than anticipated.
Q3 Investment Highlights:
· Invested US$250 million in Meituan-Dianping, China’s largest
service-focused e-commerce platform, alongside Tencent, Trustbridge and other
investors through a Series C financing. Meituan-Dianping connects more than 280
million annual active buying consumers with more than five million annual
active local merchants across 2,800 cities in China.
· Signed an agreement to invest approximately £675
million for a 30% stake in BGL Group, a U.K.-based leading digital distributor
of insurance and household financial services. BGL Group owns brands including
comparethemarket.com, LesFurets.com and online life insurer BeagleStreet.com.
· Signed an agreement with Votorantim Energia, the
energy subsidiary of Brazil’s Votorantim Group, to form a new joint venture
focusing on investments and developments in the Brazilian power generation
sector. The joint venture has initially acquired two operational wind parks in
Northeastern Brazil with combined generation capacity of 565 megawatts. As part
of the transaction, CPPIB has initially contributed approximately R$ 690
million (C$272 million) in equity. The acquisitions are subject to
customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
· Invested HK$1.94 billion (C$320 million) to
acquire an interest in Goodman Hong Kong Logistics Partnership (GHKLP). GHKLP
is one of Goodman’s flagship logistics partnerships, with the largest portfolio
of high-quality, modern logistics properties in Hong Kong.
· Partnered with Alpha Investment Partners Limited (Alpha) and
Keppel Data Centres Holding Pte. Ltd., for an initial allocation of up to
US$350 million alongside the Alpha Data Centre Fund (ADCF), with the option to
invest another US$150 million. Launched in 2016 by Alpha, ADCF aims to develop
a quality portfolio of new and existing data centre assets in Asia Pacific and
· Sold our 18% ownership stake in ista
International GmbH, a European heat and water sub-metering company. Net
proceeds to CPPIB from the sale were €659 million. CPPIB acquired its ownership
interest in 2013.
following the quarter end include:
· Acquired the 3.25-acre south portion of New York
City’s historic St. John’s Terminal site alongside Oxford Properties Group for
US$700 million. CPPIB will own a 47.5% interest in the real estate development.
The existing St. John’s Terminal structure was built in 1934 as the terminus to
the elevated freight rail that is now the High Line. The partnership expects to
announce further details of the development in the second half of 2018.
· Entered into a partnership agreement with
Thomson Reuters for its Financial & Risk (F&R) business as part of a
consortium led by Blackstone. Under the partnership agreement, the consortium
will, subject to regulatory approvals, own 55% of the equity in a new
corporation created to hold the F&R business and Thomson Reuters will
retain a 45% equity stake, at an overall valuation of US$20 billion. Thomson
Reuters F&R is a world-leading data and financial technology platform.
· Extended cooperation with Longfor Properties to
develop two new mixed-use real estate development projects in Chengdu and
Shanghai in China, for a total CPPIB commitment of approximately RMB 4,200
million (C$800 million).
· Announced CPPIB is investing US$144 million in ReNew Power
Ventures Pvt. Ltd. (ReNew Power) for a 6.3% ownership stake. ReNew Power is a
leading Indian renewable energy developer and operator with clean energy
capacity diversified across wind, utility-scale solar and rooftop solar
· Launched a major U.K. Build-to-Rent investment partnership with
Lendlease, with an initial target to invest £1.5 billion in the sector via a
develop-to-hold strategy. The partnership will begin with an investment of
approximately £450 million in the next phase of new homes at Lendlease’s
Elephant Park development in Elephant & Castle, London. CPPIB will invest
approximately £350 million for
80 per cent. Going forward, new projects will be funded on a 50:50 basis.
· Committed US$380 million to a newly formed fund managed by Enfoca
through a direct secondary transaction. The fund will focus on investing in
Peruvian mid-market companies. CPPIB led the transaction with Goldman Sachs
Asset Management LP’s Vintage Funds as co-lead. In aggregate, the transaction
represents a total capital commitment of over US$950 million.
· Formed a joint venture with GIC and Cortland Partners with a
targeted equity amount of
US$550 million to acquire and renovate 8,000 to 10,000 Class B multifamily
units in the U.S. CPPIB and GIC will each own a 45% interest in the joint
venture and Cortland Partners will own the remaining 10% interest. The joint
venture has initially acquired three value-add, Class B garden-style
communities located in high-growth markets of major U.S. metropolitan areas.
· Acquired a U.S. student housing portfolio for approximately US$1.1
billion through a joint venture with GIC and The Scion Group LLC (Scion). CPPIB
and GIC each own a 45% interest in the newly acquired portfolio and Scion owns
the remaining 10%. The portfolio consists of 24 quality assets located in 20
diversified university campus markets across the U.S. comprising 13,666 beds.
The joint venture’s well-diversified national portfolio now includes 73 student
housing communities in 52 top-tier university markets comprising 46,500
· Earlier this week, announced the following
senior executive changes:
Zelenczuk, Senior Managing Director & Chief Operations Officer, will retire
from CPPIB effective May 31, 2018.
Wetlaufer, Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Public Market
Investments, will be leaving CPPIB effective May 31, 2018.
an announcement in July 2017 of his stepping back from his role as Global Head
of Real Assets, Graeme Eadie will retire from CPPIB effective March 31, 2018.
· Natasa Kovacevic, Principal, Portfolio Value
Creation, was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list in the finance
· In partnership with Hillhouse Capital Group and Caixin Global,
hosted a roundtable discussion on long-term capital allocation across different
stakeholders in the Chinese markets as part of CPPIB’s commitment to investing
in and supporting sustainable growth in Chinese businesses. Market participants
met to share research insights and best practices related to “long-termism,”
the idea that long-term horizons allow for significant value creation. CPPIB is
a long-term investor in China.
About Canada Pension
Plan Investment Board
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a
professional investment management organization that invests the funds not
needed by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to pay current benefits on behalf of 20
million contributors and beneficiaries. In order to build a diversified
portfolio of CPP assets, CPPIB invests in public equities, private equities,
real estate, infrastructure and fixed income instruments. Headquartered in
Toronto, with offices in Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, New York City,
São Paulo and Sydney, CPPIB is governed and managed independently of the Canada
Pension Plan and at arm’s length from governments. At December 31, 2017, the
CPP Fund totalled $337.1 billion. For more information about CPPIB,
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