Aug 4 2014

IFM Investors expands global capabilities over 2013/14

IFM Investors grew its global capabilities over the 2013/14 financial year, adding $3.3 billion to investor returns.  The number of investors also grew by 38 to 153 to June 30. 

IFM Investors CEO Brett Himbury said that the firm had a year of disciplined investing in an increasingly competitive market for global assets.

“We are pleased with our investment performance across all asset classes over the year, which will add to the retirement savings of the 15 million people around the world on whose behalf we focus our efforts.

“IFM Investors is uniquely positioned to enhance the retirement savings of pension members, while also contributing to communities – investing in businesses, creating jobs and building critical infrastructure.

 “The growth in new investors in the North American and European markets reflects IFM Investors appeal to overseas pension funds; our unique ownership model and pure focus on investment returns. 

“We have put tremendous energy into understanding our investors needs over the last year.”

Underscoring the global scale of the business, in the last 12 months IFM Investors has opened an Asian office in Japan, that will service the region and invested US$1.3 billion in equity in the Freeport LNG gas liquefaction and export facility in Texas. 

“The Freeport investment gives the millions of people on whose behalf we invest significant access to the rapidly growing energy sector in North America,” Mr. Himbury said.

IFM Investors also developed a world-class infrastructure debt team over the financial year, with significant new appointments in Australia, London and New York.

The firm raised $3.6 billion in infrastructure credit over 2013/14, between infrastructure equity and debt.

IFM Investors re-invigorated its brand over the last 12 months, with a successful re-naming and re-branding for the organisation.

IFM Investors Small Caps team has also been highly successful over the financial year, with new mandates meaning that the fund is now reaching its capacity of $800 million, meaning it will shortly be closed to new investment.