NAV and Investment Update
12 July 2019
Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund Limited
("SEQI" or the "Company")
Net Asset Value as at 28 June 2019 and Investment Update
The NAV for SEQI, the specialist investor in economic infrastructure debt, increased to 104.22p from the prior month's NAV of 103.04p per share. The changes in NAV arose primarily through:
· Interest income net of expenses of 0.57p;
· An increase of 0.08p in asset valuations;
· A loss from FX of 0.02p; and
· A gain of 0.55p from issuing shares at a premium to NAV.
As at 28 June 2019, the Company had cash of £216.3m and outstanding drawings on its Revolving Credit Facility of £195.1m. On 04 July 2019, the Company announced that £170.1m of the Revolving Credit Facility was repaid using proceeds from the recent equity issue, resulting in a cash surplus of £21.2m (net of outstanding leverage). The Company also had undrawn commitments, and one additional investment in settlement, collectively valued at £72.3m.
The Company's invested portfolio comprised 52 private debt investments and 21 infrastructure bonds across 8 sectors and 26 sub-sectors and had an annualised yield-to-maturity (or yield-to-worst in the case of callable bonds) of 8.4% and a weighted average life of approximately 4.4 years. Private debt investments represented 84.8% of the total portfolio and 69.6% of the portfolio comprised floating rate assets. The weighted average purchase price of the Company's investments was 95.7% of par. Investments which are pre-operational represented 15.2% of total assets.
The Company's invested portfolio remains geographically diverse with 45% located across the US, 17% in the UK, 30% in Europe, and 8% in Australia/New Zealand. Currently the Company is not investing in Portugal or Italy but has selectively invested in opportunities in Spain. The Company's pipeline of economic infrastructure debt investments remains strong and is diversified by sector, sub-sector, and jurisdiction.
Approximately 98% of the Company's NAV consisted of either Sterling assets or was hedged into Sterling. The Company has adequate resources to cover the cash costs associated with its hedging activities.
The Company's settled investment activities during June include:
· A €50m primary mezzanine loan to Euroports, a leading international ports operator;
· A €20m secondary loan acquisition to Project Serrezuela, a portfolio of operational solar PV plants in the Murcia region of Spain;
· A $20m primary loan to Salt Creek Midstream TopCo, a midstream oil & gas company located in the Permian Basin in Texas, USA;
· An additional $8.0m secondary bond purchase of GenOn's variable rate 2039 bonds backed by a portfolio of power generation assets in the US;
· An additional €1.8m secondary bond purchase of Naviera Armas SA's variable rate 2023 bonds backed by a fleet of twenty-three passenger and freight ferries in Spain;
· An additional €800k disbursement to Hatch Student Housing in Cork, Ireland; and
· An additional $630k disbursement to Bourzou Equity LLC, a company created for the construction of a data center in Virginia.
The following investments were called/repaid in June:
· NOK 139m (£12.9m) and $4.8m of 2019 bonds issued by Exmar, an operator of LNG and LPG vessels.
Ordinary Portfolio Summary (15 largest settled investments)
Yield to maturity / worst (%)
Hawaiki Mezzanine Loan
Salt Creek Midstream
Tracy Hills TL 2025
Scandlines Mezzanine 2032
Euroports 2nd Lien 2026
Bannister Senior Secured
Adani Abbot HoldCo 2021
Kaveh Senior Secured TL 2021
Whittle Schools B
Bizkaia TL 2021
Bulb Senior TL 2021
Genon Energy Senior Secured
Solar & wind
Sunrun Hera 2017-B
Solar & wind
Note (1) - excluding accrued interest
A total of 79 project finance transactions closed in June throughout the Company's eligible jurisdictions, worth $18.7bn in aggregate. Notable transactions, outside of the Company's investment activities, during the month include:
· A $284m financing of the 243MW El Campo wind project in Texas;
· A $1.6bn financing for 1.2GW Jackson Generation CCGT plant in Illinois.
The US June jobs report was positive, with 224,000 additional jobs added and expectations for GDP growth of 1.5% for Q2 2019. The unemployment rate has risen slightly, to 3.7%. The Federal Reserve will next meet at the end of July, when they are expected to cut interest rates in response to slowing global growth.
Overall, the Eurozone economy remains fragile despite the German economy posting positive GDP growth of 0.4% in Q1 2019 but is expected to contract in Q2 2019. Unemployment in the Eurozone has fallen to 7.5%, the lowest level since July 2008, but this has not translated into inflation growth, with the ECB leaning towards more monetary stimulus.
The UK economy has experienced its first quarter of contracted growth since 2012, with estimates that UK GDP contracted by 0.1% for Q2 2019.
The Company's monthly investor report and additional portfolio disclosure will be made available at http://www.seqifund.com/.
For further information please contact:
Sequoia Investment Management Company +44 (0)20 7079 0480
Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited +44 (0)20 7710 7600
Gaudi Le Roux
Tulchan Communications (Financial PR) +44 (0)20 7353 4200
James Macey White
Praxis Fund Services Limited (Company Secretary) +44 (0) 1481 755530
About Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund Limited
The Company seeks to provide investors with regular, sustained, long-term distributions and capital appreciation from a diversified portfolio of senior and subordinated economic infrastructure debt investments. The Company is advised by Sequoia Investment Management Company Limited.
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