Mar 13 2014

Significant awards reinforce value to members and power of collective investing

A flurry of significant international and local awards for IFM Investors was a tribute to the power of collective investing, IFM Investors’ CEO Brett Himbury said today.

Last night, the IFM Investors-led NSW Ports consortium was awarded Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s “Financial Excellence Award” for its 2013 acquisition of Port Botany and Port Kembla.

In the last week, IFM Investors has also received Infrastructure Investor’s “European Infrastructure Deal of The Year” for its investment in Manchester Airports Group and acquisition of Stansted Airport, and its “Asia Pacific Deal of The Year” for NSW Ports.

The NSW Ports acquisition has also recently won Project Finance International’s “Transport Deal of the Year”, FinanceAsia’s “Best M&A Deal” and “Best Project Finance Deal” and the Australian Financial Review’s CFO Awards “M&A of the Year”.

IFM Investors’ CEO, Brett Himbury, said the awards, while gratifying, should be seen as a culmination of a collective investing model for infrastructure, pioneered in Australia over 20 years ago, for the benefit of working people.

“IFM Investors is the largest infrastructure investor in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Our scale now truly allows the average working Australian, who is a member of an industry superannuation fund, to invest in the best infrastructure assets as if they were a billionaire – around the world, at an amazing scale and across investment cycles.”

“This marriage of superannuation money and infrastructure investing can unlock the value of unlisted assets for the betterment of millions of working Australians we invest on behalf of.”

“My warmest congratulations to our staff and the consortium teams that have worked so hard on these significant acquisitions and which have received such kudos. But I know that for all of us at IFM Investors, our greatest satisfaction is derived from delivering great returns for 5 million hard working Australians on whose behalf we invest.”