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Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund Limited - Net Asset Value & Investment Update

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Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund Limited

("SEQI" or the "Company")

Net Asset Value as at 31 January 2020 and Investment Update

The NAV for SEQI, the specialist investor in economic infrastructure debt, increased to 105.55p from the prior month's NAV of 104.76p per share (being the 31 December 2019 cum-income NAV of 106.32p less the dividend of 1.5625p per share declared in respect of the quarter ended 31 December 2019). The changes in NAV arose primarily through:

  • Interest income net of expenses of 0.70p;
  • An increase of 0.25p in asset valuations; and
  • Unhedged FX losses of -0.16p.

As at 31 January 2020, the Company had cash of £131.8m and had drawn £224m on its £280m Revolving Credit Facility ("RCF"). The Company also had undrawn commitments on existing investments collectively valued at £83.8m. The Investment Adviser has identified potential near-term investments available for purchase, with a total value of £380m.

The Company's invested portfolio comprised of 61 private debt investments and 13 infrastructure bonds across 8 sectors and 30 sub-sectors. It had an annualised yield-to-maturity (or yield-to-worst in the case of callable bonds) of 8.1% and a weighted average life of approximately 4.0 years. Private debt investments represented 92% of the total portfolio and 71% of the portfolio comprised floating rate assets. The weighted average purchase price of the Company's investments was 95.1% of par. Investments which are pre-operational represented 13.2% of total assets.

The Company's invested portfolio remains geographically diverse with 45% located across the US, 18% in the UK, 31% in Europe, and 6% 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.

At month end, approximately 99% 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 January include:

  • An initial $12.5m primary holdco disbursement to Sierra financing 2024, the financing of a portfolio of nine Californian gas turbines;
  • An additional $17.0m disbursement to Sunrun Radcliffe, a leader in the US residential solar market; and
  • An additional $5.0m secondary acquisition of EIF Van Hook Midstream, a midstream oil & gas company that operates primarily in North Dakota, USA.

The following investments were sold or prepaid in January:

  • $49m Nasco Senior Secured 2020, the bridge financing of a helium extraction and processing plant in the USA; and
  • £47m Theatre (Hospital) plc bonds, the financing of operating hospitals in the UK.

On 10 February 2020, the Company announced a proposed partially pre-emptive issue of Ordinary Shares seeking to raise £250 million of gross proceeds before expenses. The Board have determined that the New Ordinary Shares will be issued at a price of 112.0 pence per New Ordinary Share. The results of the initial issue will be announced on 28 February 2020. The Company intends to use the proceeds raised from the issue to repay the drawn commitments under its £280m RCF. Any Net Issue Proceeds raised in excess of the amount drawn or committed under its RCF are expected to be deployed into the Company's near-term pipeline.

Ordinary Portfolio Summary (15 largest settled investments)

Investment name

Currency

Type

Ranking

Value £m(1)

Sector

Sub-sector

Yield to maturity / worst (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AP Wireless Junior

EUR

Private

Mezz

57.1

TMT

Telecom towers

6.3

Hawaiki Mezzanine Loan

USD

Private

Mezz

56.2

TMT

Undersea cable

11.7

Salt Creek Midstream

USD

Private

Senior

52.0

Utility

Midstream

7.6

Scandlines Mezzanine 2032

EUR

Private

HoldCo

43.6

Transport

Ferries

5.9

Tracy Hills TL 2025

USD

Private

Senior

43.6

Other

Residential infra

9.6

Euroports 2nd Lien 2026

EUR

Private

Mezz

42.0

Transport

Port

7.7

Bannister Senior Secured

GBP

Private

Senior

41.3

Accomm.

Health care

8.4

Adani Abbot HoldCo 2021

AUD

Private

HoldCo

38.1

Transport

Port

9.6

Corral HoldCo 2024

USD

Private

HoldCo

37.9

Other

Refinery

11.2

Kaveh Senior Secured TL 2021

USD

Private

Senior

37.9

TMT

Data centers

8.4

Whittle Schools B

USD

Private

Senior

37.7

Other

Private schools

10.8

Bizkaia TL 2021

EUR

Private

HoldCo

37.3

Power

Elec. generation

7.7

Warnow Tunnel

EUR

Private

Senior

35.4

Transport

Road

6.6

EIF Van Hook TL B 2024

USD

Private

Senior

35.4

Utility

Midstream

8.0

Bulb Senior TL 2021

GBP

Private

Senior

35.0

Utility

Electricity supply

7.2

Note (1) - excluding accrued interest

Market Summary

A total of 7 project finance transactions closed in January throughout the Company's eligible jurisdictions, worth $1.23 bn in aggregate. Notable transactions outside of the Company's investment activities during the month include:

  • A €57m financing for the construction and operation of three solar PV projects in Spain;
  • A €575m refinancing of Empark, a Spanish car park operator's debt; and
  • Van Oord's 50% acquisition of the 600MW Saare Offshore Wind farm off the coast of Estonia.

The US economy grew 2.3% in 2019, with 0.5% quarter on quarter growth for Q4 2019.

The Eurozone economy's final 2019 growth numbers was 1.0%, with 0.1% growth in Q4.

The UK economy was confirmed to have had 0.0% growth in Q4 2019, leading to 1.1% growth for the year.