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PSP Investments Posts 18.4% Return in Fiscal 12 months 2021 and Surpasses $200 Billion in Property Below Administration

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Highlights:

  • 10-year web annualized return of 8.9% led to $11.3 billion in cumulative web funding positive factors above Reference Portfolio
  • 5-year web annualized return of 9.3% led to $4 billion in cumulative web funding positive factors above Reference Portfolio
  • One-year return of 18.4% marks finest web return of the previous 10 years
  • Web belongings underneath administration elevated by 20.4% to $204.5 billion in fiscal yr 2021
  • Continued deal with accountable funding actions enhances method to ESG components, local weather change and information integration
  • Immediate response to COVID-19 pandemic features a shift to an more and more hybrid office

MONTRÉAL, June 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – The Public Sector Pension Funding Board (PSP Investments) ended its fiscal yr on March 31, 2021, with $204.5 billion of web belongings underneath administration (AUM) and an 18.4% one-year web portfolio return. Web belongings underneath administration grew by almost $34.7 billion, up 20.4% from $169.8 billion on the finish of the earlier fiscal yr. $31.6 billion got here from web revenue that was impacted by damaging foreign money motion of $13.4 billion, whereas $3.0 billion got here from web contributions acquired by PSP Investments.

PSP Investments’ funding method is designed to realize the mandate set by the Authorities of Canada with out exceeding its tolerance for funding threat, as expressed by the Reference Portfolio. Absolutely targeted on long-term success, PSP Investments measures success primarily based on the next efficiency goals:

  • Obtain a return web of bills larger than the return of the Reference Portfolio over 10-year durations. As of March 31, 2021, PSP Investments’ 10-year efficiency generated an annualized return of 8.9% that exceeded the efficiency of the Reference Portfolio by $11.3 billion, or 0.7% yearly. This represents the worth added by PSP Investments’ strategic asset allocation selections and energetic asset administration actions.
  • Obtain a return web of bills, exceeding the Whole Fund benchmark return over 10-year and five-year durations. As of March 31, 2021, PSP Investments’ 10-year annualized return of 8.9% exceeded the Whole Fund benchmark by 1.1% per yr, whereas the five-year annualized return of 9.3% exceeded the Whole Fund benchmark by 1.0% per yr. This represents the worth added by PSP Investments’ energetic asset administration actions.

“Our fiscal yr started and ended within the midst of an energetic world pandemic, with all PSP Investments staff working from house,” stated Neil Cunningham, President and Chief Government Officer at PSP Investments. “I’m exceptionally happy with our resilient and proficient workforce that delivered PSP’s strongest absolute return in over 10 years via exceptionally turbulent instances.”

“This funding efficiency demonstrates the power of our portfolio and the impressed strategic actions taken to guard and improve the long-term worth of our holdings, and to create high-quality, long-term returns for our contributors and beneficiaries,” he added.  “One of many long-term traits that has accelerated throughout the pandemic is the investor deal with ESG, together with local weather change. ESG dangers and alternatives have lengthy been built-in into our decision-making course of for each energetic funding.”

“A key measure of PSP’s success is our long-term efficiency in comparison with the Reference Portfolio,” stated Eduard van Gelderen, Senior Vice President and Chief Funding Officer and Interim World Head of Capital Markets at PSP Investments. “This margin demonstrates the long-term worth PSP Investments provides via portfolio building and energetic funding actions. Over the previous yr, we continued to reinforce our funding decision-making, remaining aggressive, agile and able to spot alternatives in immediately’s fast-changing funding surroundings.”

 

ASSET CLASS

(at March 31, 2021)

NET ASSETS

UNDER

MANAGEMENT

(billion $)1

ONE-

YEAR

RETURN

FIVE-YEAR

RETURN

% OF TOTAL

NET ASSETS

Capital Markets

$97.5B

26.6%

10.0%

47.6%

Personal Fairness

$31.7B

28.4%

11.3%

15.5%

Credit score Investments

$14.5B

10.5%

11.7%

7.1%

Actual Property

$26.8B

3.8%

6.1%

13.1%

Infrastructure

$18.4B

4.5%

10.5%

9.0%

Pure Assets

$9.7B

10.6%

9.0%

4.7%

Complementary Portfolio

$0.2B

0.2%

11.2%2

0.1%

_________________________

1 

This tables excludes Money and Money equivalents.

2 

Since Complementary Portfolio inception in 2017 (4.2 years).

As at March 31, 2021:

Capital Markets, which is comprised of two teams, Public Market Equities and Fastened Earnings, ended the fiscal yr with $97.5 billion of web belongings underneath administration, a rise of $16.4 billion from the top of fiscal yr 2020. The group generated portfolio revenue of $20.5 billion, for a one-year return of 26.6% versus the benchmark of 23.0%. The five-year annualized return was 10.0%, in comparison with the 9.3% benchmark. Public Market Equities, with a year-end AUM of $60.2 billion ($48.4 billion in 2020) and a five-year return of 13.1% (versus 12.1% for the benchmark), was in a position to outperform as world fairness markets recovered from their preliminary March 2020 lows. Inner and exterior hedge funds largely contributed to the efficiency, which benefited from the surge in mergers, public providing actions and event-driven conditions. Fastened Earnings ended the fiscal yr with a web AUM of $37.3 billion, up from $32.7 billion on the finish of fiscal yr 2020, and outperformed its benchmark by 0.25%.

Personal Fairness ended the fiscal yr with web belongings underneath administration of $31.7 billion, up $7.7 billion from the top of the earlier fiscal yr, and generated portfolio revenue of $7.2 billion, leading to a one-year return of 28.4% versus the benchmark of 31.7%. The five-year annualized return was 11.3% versus the benchmark of 15.1%, primarily because of the underperformance of sure legacy investments within the communications, shopper staples and industrials sectors. Nonetheless, the latest portion of the portfolio, invested over the previous six years following a change in asset class technique and representing now over 85% of the asset class AUM, has generated a five-year return in extra of the benchmark. The portfolio revenue was primarily attributable to direct and co-investments within the well being care, shopper discretionary, expertise and financials sectors, which benefited from continued progress, beneficial market circumstances and profitable exits. Efficiency was pushed by $5.1 billion in acquisitions and $8.3 billion in valuation positive factors. New co-investments totalling $2.3 billion had been made primarily within the US financials and communications sectors together with, amongst others, the acquisition of great pursuits in SitusAMC, a number one supplier of providers and expertise supporting the actual property finance {industry}, headquartered within the US; and Ziply Fiber, a US-based supplier of communication providers to residential and business prospects within the Pacific Northwest area.

Credit score Investments ended the fiscal yr with web belongings underneath administration of $14.5 billion, up from $13.3 billion from the top of the earlier fiscal yr, and generated portfolio revenue of $1.4 billion, leading to a ten.5% one-year return that exceeded the benchmark of 9.6%. The 11.7% five-year annualized return additionally beat the 5.1% benchmark. The online AUM enhance was primarily pushed by $5.8 billion in acquisitions and web valuation positive factors of $1.6 billion, offset by $5.0 billion in tendencies primarily because of opportunistic refinancing by debtors because the market recovered. Credit score Investments continues to profit from sturdy credit score choice, permitting for curiosity revenue that has exceeded the benchmark since inception.

Actual Property ended the fiscal yr with $26.8 billion in web belongings underneath administration, up by $3.0 billion from the top of the earlier fiscal yr, and generated $1.0 billion in portfolio revenue, leading to a 3.8% one-year return (versus -6.0% for the benchmark). The 6.1% five-year return exceeded the three.7% return for the benchmark. Actual Property maintained its deal with constructing a world-class portfolio of belongings in main worldwide cities and deploying into high-conviction sectors. Key acquisitions included an funding in a U.S. residential single-family rental portfolio with Pretium, a number of acquisitions in PSP Investments’ U.S. life science partnership with Longfellow, the event of a second totally leased constructing to Amazon within the Boston Seaport district with WS Improvement and a big life science portfolio in main U.S. and U.Okay. innovation markets via a Blackstone Fund.

Infrastructure ended the fiscal yr with $18.4 billion in web belongings underneath administration, a $0.1 billion enhance from the top of the earlier fiscal yr, and generated $0.8 billion of portfolio revenue, resulting in a 4.5% one-year return that exceeded the benchmark of three.5%. The five-year annualized return of 10.5% additionally exceeded the 4.3% benchmark. Portfolio revenue was primarily attributable to the communications sector for which the underlying investments benefited from sustained progress and beneficial market circumstances. Infrastructure deployment was principally completed throughout present platforms and portfolio corporations to supply vital capital to help progress and acquisitions. Notable deployments embrace AirTrunk, one of many largest Asia-Pacific hyperscale information centre operators.

Pure Assets ended the fiscal yr with web belongings underneath administration of $9.7 billion, a rise of $2.1 billion from the top of the earlier fiscal yr, and generated portfolio revenue of $0.9 billion, for a one-year return of 10.6%, versus 7.7% for the benchmark. The 9.0% five-year annualized return additionally beat the benchmark of three.7%. With the addition of over 200,000 hectares throughout fiscal yr 2021, Pure Assets now has a world footprint of over 1.6 million hectares of farmland and virtually 0.9 million hectares of timberland. Different notable developments embrace the acquisition of a high-quality timberland asset situated within the coronary heart of Chile’s forestry area, representing the group’s first timber footprint in Latin America; the acquisition of a diversified portfolio of wine grape vineyards in the US; and a stake in one of many world’s largest olive producers within the Iberian Peninsula.

Whole Prices

PSP Investments continued to ship sturdy outcomes whereas working effectively. Whole working prices decreased from the earlier yr, primarily because of administration selections taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A short lived hiring and wage freeze led to decrease compensation prices progress than throughout the earlier fiscal yr. On the finish of fiscal yr 2021, the working value ratio was 28.0 bps, a 3.8 bps lower versus the top of fiscal yr 2020 (31.8 bps). PSP Investments’ whole value ratio decreased from 72.4 bps on the finish of fiscal yr 2020 to 67.1 bps on the finish of fiscal yr 2021.

Company Highlights

  • We assembled a devoted taskforce to information PSP Investments’ COVID-19 response and we shifted your complete group to work remotely as of March 2020. All year long, the taskforce monitored the evolving state of affairs and adjusted our workplace opening and shutting plans consistent with native authorities pointers and authorized well being and security necessities. One of many anticipated everlasting modifications popping out of our pandemic expertise can be a shift to an more and more hybrid–digital/bodily–office, the place staff do not essentially come into the workplace each day. This evolution ought to assist us entice and retain the highest expertise wanted going ahead.
  • With our folks working from house in fiscal yr 2021, staying linked to them–and to what they wanted to remain wholesome and work productively–was one among our prime priorities. We supplied a monetary allowance to help staff in organising their distant places of work and we prioritized the well being, security and wellness of our staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure that we might proceed to meet our mandate and tasks. This included enhancing our profit plans with wellness and digital bodily and psychological healthcare help, which was prolonged to our workforce and their relations, in addition to planning alternate voluntary return-to-office workspace choices within the geographies the place we have now a presence, all whereas assembly authorities and authorized well being and security necessities.
  • We had been proud to see our folks responding with elevated dedication, resilience and power. In addition they demonstrated a renewed sense of neighborhood, rallying round our COVID-19 Emergency Aid Initiative and PSP Offers Again marketing campaign to assist elevate $1.17 million for non-profits serving native communities and susceptible residents within the geographies the place we have now a presence.
  • Spearheaded by our Fairness, Inclusion and Variety (Ei&D) Council and its eight affinity teams, we continued to reinforce our sturdy dedication to Ei&D. Within the wake of the horrific incidents of racism witnessed throughout the yr, we stepped up our Ei&D efforts to work more durable for change. Our battle in opposition to racism goals at addressing all types of hate and discrimination primarily based on tradition or faith. Our actions, instructional communications and occasions targeted on addressing the rise in hate crimes in opposition to folks of Asian descent and the systemic racism which considerably impacts our Black and Indigenous communities. As a part of our dedication, in July 2020 we signed on to the BlackNorth Initiative, by which we pledged to work towards ending anti-Black systemic racism.
  • Different Ei&D important accomplishments embrace finishing up a structural inclusion audit and creating a three-year plan with the objective of advancing Ei&D, narrowing underrepresentation gaps, creating equitable practices and eradicating limitations to profession development. Final however not least, we additionally launched a Veteran Integration Program pilot to create alternatives for veterans to leverage their wide-ranging ability units within the enterprise world. The tailor-made, one-year program features a private growth plan, teaching, mentoring and sponsorship help.
  • We continued to broaden our accountable funding actions by additional enhancing our method to environmental, social and governance (ESG) components, local weather change and information integration. Accountable funding achievements throughout the previous yr included a scientific evaluation of local weather change bodily and transition dangers when evaluating funding alternatives, growth instruments to raised combine and assess potential materials local weather change and ESG dangers and alternatives as a part of our funding processes, and main engagement efforts on range and inclusion. PSP Investments was acknowledged as a sustainability frontrunner in a United Nations report on sustainable practices of pension and sovereign wealth funds. Our 2021 annual Accountable Funding Report could be consulted right here.
  • Throughout fiscal yr 2021 PSP Investments and our CEO Neil Cunningham joined the CEOs of Canada’s largest pension plan funding managers in an announcement advocating for standardized disclosure of corporations’ ESG dangers and alternatives. The group referred to as on corporations to measure and disclose their efficiency on materials, industry-relevant ESG components utilizing the Sustainability Accounting Requirements Board (SASB) requirements and the Process Power on Local weather-related Monetary Disclosures (TCFD) framework.
  • Fiscal yr 2021 additionally marked the top of PSP Investments’ earlier company technique, Imaginative and prescient 2021, which executed transformative progress primarily based on goals set in 2016. These included shifting to a complete fund funding method and mindset all through the group, growing our world footprint and bettering the model domestically and internationally. Our whole fund funding method contributed to over 50 transactions accomplished throughout the fiscal yr that entailed cross-asset class collaboration.
  • The Board of Administrators authorized our new strategic plan, PSP Ahead, to advance how PSP Investments operates as a world group targeted on insight-driven decision-making that enhances whole fund efficiency and our investments. The brand new technique will even allow us to additional fulfil our mandate and function as an insightful world investor and a valued accomplice that’s selective throughout markets and targeted on the long run. Our expertise and digital technique can be a key enabler of PSP Ahead supporting PSP Investments with scalable methods, organized information and superior analytics.
  • No less than each 10 years, a particular examination of PSP Investments is required by laws. This train features a rigorous evaluation of our insurance policies and practices. Throughout fiscal yr 2021, the Examiners, which included the Auditor Normal of Canada and Deloitte LLP, concluded that PSP Investments’ methods and practices present affordable assurance that belongings are safeguarded and managed, assets are managed economically and effectively, and operations are carried out successfully.
  • Board renewal was one other focus space in fiscal yr 2021, as three Administrators ̶–Mr. Léon Courville, Ms. Lynn Haight and Ms. Micheline Bouchard–totally accomplished their mandates with PSP Investments. We thanked departing Board Administrators for his or her distinctive service, and we welcomed two new Board Administrators: Ms. Marianne Harris and Ms. Susan Kudzman. Following these appointments, PSP Investments maintained its gender-balanced Board of Administrators, now composed of 5 males and 5 ladies.
  • Throughout fiscal yr 2021, Mr. David Ouellet was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Know-how and Knowledge Officer and joined PSP Investments’ Government Committee in recognition of the vital function expertise and information will play in our group transferring ahead.

“I want to specific my deepest gratitude to our world-class world groups who proved their mettle and delivered the PSP edge in a rare yr,” stated Neil Cunningham, President and Chief Government Officer of PSP Investments. “Seeking to the longer term, I’m enthusiastic about our new company technique, PSP Ahead, which, we imagine, will guarantee PSP Investments stays well-positioned within the rapidly altering funding panorama. We’ll proceed to construct on the muse we have established via the spectacular efforts of our folks, whose engagement and resilience has enhanced our efficiency, agility and our ongoing dedication to fairness, inclusion and variety.”

For extra data on PSP Investments’ fiscal yr 2021 efficiency, go to investpsp.com or obtain the annual report right here.

About PSP Investments
The Public Sector Pension Funding Board (PSP Investments) is one among Canada’s largest pension funding managers with $204.5 billion of web belongings underneath administration as of March 31, 2021. It manages a diversified world portfolio composed of investments in public monetary markets, personal fairness, actual property, infrastructure, pure assets and credit score investments. Established in 1999, PSP Investments manages and invests quantities transferred to it by the Authorities of Canada for the pension plans of the federal Public Service, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Power. Headquartered in Ottawa, PSP Investments has its principal enterprise workplace in Montréal and places of work in New York, London and Hong Kong. For extra data, go to investpsp.com or observe us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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