Analysis compiled by EY on behalf of Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA), reveals that since 2017 its members have acquired an additional 230 infrastructure assets. This increases the total assets held by GIIA members to 1,160, held across six continents.
Assets owned and managed by GIIA members therefore increased by 19% in 2018 taking the total assets owned to over $500bn.
Globally, GIIA members have increased their investments the most in the transport sector, which rose by 37% in airports, 37% in rail, 33% in roads and 23% in rolling stock. Significant increases were also seen in renewable energy sources such as hydro & biomass 34% and wind 19.4%.
Telecommunications also saw significant growth in assets, with members increasing ownership of telecommunications towers by 43%. Assets in social infrastructure have increased too, with educational facilities growing by 45% and hospitals by 22%.
Based on submissions by GIIA members, the findings show that for every $100bn of assets under management, GIIA members are forecast to invest $77.3bn in capital expenditure on their assets over the next five years, indicating that private investors will continue to spend substantial capital on improving their assets as owner managers.