Emerging Markets Strategy

A strategy suitable for investors seeking exposure to the emerging markets from a portfolio of listed infrastructure securities across a number of infrastructure sub-sectors such as gas, electricity and water utilities, renewables, toll-roads, airports, rail and communication infrastructure.

Key Portfolio Information

Growth of AUD $10,000

30 April 2024

As at 30 April 2024 (returns in AUD)

Performance 1 Month 3 Months 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Inception4
ClearBridge Emerging Markets Strategy123 -0.5% 4.3% 11.7% 10.2% 3.6% 8.3%
S&P Emerging Markets Infrastructure Index - Net Return AUD Unhedged 1.2% 8.2% 7.1% 6.9% 0.2% 2.4%
Excess Returns -1.7% -3.9% 4.6% 3.3% 3.4% 5.9%
MSCI Emerging Markets Index - Net Return AUD 0.9% 9.8% 11.8% -0.1% 3.5% 4.3%

As at 30 April 2024

  • Regulated & Contracted Utilities
  • User Pays Infrastructure
  • Cash
  • Other

As at 30 April 2024

Top 10 Positions Region Sector Weight % Forward Dividend %
Jasa Marga Asia Pacific Developing Toll Roads 4.6% 1.4%
ICTS Asia Pacific Developing Ports 4.5% 0.0%
CCR SA Latin America Toll Roads 4.5% 3.2%
NTPC LTD Asia Pacific Developing Electric 4.5% 1.7%
Equatorial Latin America Electric 4.4% 2.5%
Power Grid Asia Pacific Developing Electric 4.3% 1.4%
Rumo Logistica Latin America Rail 4.0% 0.1%
China Resources Gas Asia Pacific Developing Gas 3.7% 4.9%
Eletrobras Latin America Electric 3.5% 5.1%
Sabesp Latin America Water 3.4% 1.8%
Portfolio Weighted Average April 2024
Avg Market Capitalisation 19.9bn (AUD)
Div Yield (Forward) Gross 3.7%
5 Yr DPS Growth (p.a.) 9.0%
Avg Stock Gearing (Net Debt/EV) 32.2%
Interest Cover (Historic) 5.0x
EV/EBITDA (Forward) 8.9x

Product Commentary

Infrastructure Insights
Infrastructure Multiples Point to a Potential Rerating

Infrastructure Multiples Point to a Potential Rerating

Despite headwinds to defensive stocks, infrastructure’s strong earnings growth, attractive valuations and predictable dividend stream make us quite constructive on the sector.

Infrastructure Insights Portfolio Insights
Emerging Markets Strategy April Commentary

Emerging Markets Strategy April Commentary

We remain defensively positioned as impacts of tightened financial conditions are expected to impact the economy and ultimately corporate earnings.

Infrastructure Insights Video
Valuation of Infrastructure Assets Q1 2024

Valuation of Infrastructure Assets Q1 2024

In our latest Valuation update, Portfolio Manager, Simon Ong discusses the contributors to infrastructure returns in the first quarter of 2024, and weighs in on the factors impacting different infrastructure sectors across the globe.


Investment Committee

The Emerging Markets Strategy is managed by an experienced investment committee comprising of the following members:

Nick Langley
Nick Langley
Shane Hurst
Shane Hurst
Charles Hamieh
Charles Hamieh
David Pow, CFA
David Pow, CFA

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1. Sources: Internal calculations for the Emerging Markets Strategy. All index data sourced from FactSet. Results over one year annualised.
2. Strategy performance is gross of fees.
3. All values on an AUD unhedged basis and net of withholding taxes for benchmarks, if applicable. Non-AUD values converted into AUD using FactSet Forex data.
4. Performance inception date for the Emerging Markets Strategy is 31/03/2008.

Past performance is not indicative of future performance. 

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