GIIA, in partnership with Alvarez & Marsal, is pleased to launch the new GIIA Infrastructure Pulse Survey for both the European and Americas markets. This quarterly survey aims to provide a regular temperature check of sentiment in the sector and to monitor emerging trends.
Speaking on the release of the Survey, CEO Lawrence Slade said:
“We are excited to work with Alvarez & Marsal on the Infrastructure Pulse Survey which will monitor some of the key trends and issues affecting the infrastructure investment space in both Europe and the Americas. We are confident this will become a valuable market tool in understanding what is happening in the sector.”
Against a backdrop of Covid-19, a number of interesting common themes emerged from the first survey:
- Most respondents raising capital expressed a neutral or marginally positive view of the
fundraising environment. For those investing new capital, almost three quarters of respondents indicated that infra debt markets remain favourable for funding of new infrastructure deals in both geographies.
- In terms of general outlook and views of the impact of Covid-19, respondents highlighted the only positive impact of Covid-19 was in communications infrastructure (due to the increased criticality of connectivity as more work from home), which continued the overall positive outlook for the sector. Unsurprisingly, the most negative outlook was noted for airport transactions and oil & gas related midstream assets.
- Respondents indicated that the most positive outlook in Europe was for the Nordics, Iberia and Germany, whilst in the Americas the most positive outlook was in the USA. The most negative sentiment was reserved for Greece/Cyprus, Eastern Europe, and Mexico.
- ESG is emerging as an important consideration for investors and their LP’s across both the Americas and Europe. Covid-19 and other events in 2020 are likely to accelerate the ESG agenda with a flow through to investment criteria.
Results from the next quarter’s survey are anticipated in mid-October.