TORONTO, ONTARIO (November 3, 2016) — InstarAGF Asset Management Inc. (“InstarAGF” or the “Company”) and AGF Management Limited (TSX: AGF.B; “AGF”) today announced the InstarAGF Essential Infrastructure Fund (the “Fund”) has now raised approximately $522 million in aggregate equity commitments from institutional and high net worth investors, representing approximately 70% of the Fund’s targeted $750 million size. All amounts are in Canadian dollars.
“We deeply appreciate the support we have received from an exceptional and diverse group of investors in Canada and internationally,” said Gregory Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of InstarAGF. “InstarAGF’s middle-market, North American focus is distinctive and positions us to deliver stable income and long-term value to our investors as we help communities and partners to renew, build and modernize their critical infrastructure.”
The Fund seeks to acquire energy, utilities, civil and social infrastructure assets that exhibit sustainable downside protection, typically as a result of long-term contracts, concession agreements or a regulatory regime, and where InstarAGF’s expertise and ability to add value to the asset creates the potential for capital appreciation.
Approximately $210 million, or 40%, of the capital raised by the Fund has already been committed to three investments: an interest in the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, a vital transportation hub for the city of Toronto and surrounding region; a 30-megawatt wind power development project in British Columbia that is expected to start operating in the first quarter of 2017; and
an interest in Steel Reef Infrastructure Corp., a Canadian midstream energy services company that operates in top-quartile basins in Western Canada.
“The team’s success in raising and deploying capital to high quality infrastructure investments clearly validates InstarAGF’s expertise and value proposition,” said Blake C. Goldring, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AGF. “For institutional, high net worth and retail clients globally, InstarAGF broadens our offering of innovative products that deliver downside risk protection and long-term capital growth.” InstarAGF expects to complete the final closing of the Fund, which has a targeted size of $750 million, in early 2017.
About InstarAGF Asset Management
Launched in 2014, InstarAGF is an independent alternative asset management firm with an emphasis on North American middle-market opportunities in the infrastructure sector and other alternative real asset categories. InstarAGF, which makes direct investments and co-investments with like-minded investors and strategic partners, is a joint venture between Instar Group Inc., a company owned by Gregory J. Smith, and AGF Management Limited, one of Canada’s largest independent investment management firms. For more information: www.instaragf.com
About AGF Management Limited
AGF Management Limited is one of Canada’s premier independent investment management firms with offices across Canada and subsidiaries around the world. AGF’s products include a diversified family of mutual funds, mutual fund wrap programs and pooled funds. AGF also manages assets on behalf of institutional investors including pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, foundations and endowments as well as for private clients. With over $34 billion in total assets under management, AGF serves more than
one million investors. For more information: www.agf.com
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