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‘Pension funds earns 20% from infrastructure investment’

10% of Nigerians have access to pensions’

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sigma Pensions, Mr Dave Uduanu, has said Pension Fund Administrators’ investments in infrastructure yielded as high as 20 per cent.

Though the exposures of PFAs to infrastructure was small, he said the ripple impact of investing in the critical infrastructure needed by Nigeria was also a gain for the PFAs.

In a statement, he said this in Lagos at the Private Equity and Venture Capital Association of Nigeria conference where stakeholders converged to discuss ‘The road ahead, private capital for national development’.

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“One of the infrastructure debt funds although in the early days is tracking at 20 percent of returns and it is naira based.”

Asides it providing competitive returns, he said, another gain for his firm was being able to reduce the infrastructure deficit in Nigeria.

He added, “We are currently invested in two infrastructure funds and they are doing very well. Infrastructure funds are doing better than private equity funds and we would begin to see more interest in that area. We would allocate more money to infrastructure because as we know the country needs a lot of infrastructures and the pension funds are getting competitive returns from these infrastructure funds.”

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Speaking on the sidelines on PFAs investing through private equities, he said that the space was an emerging space with enormous prospects for PFAs and institutional investors.

He said, “The private equity market is a space where companies raise money outside the listed market and investors like pension funds invest through fund managers. The regulation doesn’t allow us to invest directly in unlisted securities, so private equity is the only way to access unlisted securities, growing companies, infrastructure, and real estate.”

Punch

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