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USS backs Macquarie purchase of UK Green Investment Bank

first_imgOne of these is L1 Renewables, which lends to the UK renewable energy sector. The spokesperson said that USS would expand the L1 Renewables platform as part of the GIB transaction. After this was completed, L1 Renewables and other USS subsidiaries would have combined commitments of more than £500m to UK renewable energy.In late 2014, L1 Renewables acquired a portfolio of around £320m worth of loans in the renewable energy sector.USS will also invest in a new low carbon lending platform alongside GCP Infrastructure, a UK-listed fund managed by Gravis Capital Partners.The GIB’s existing offshore wind farm fund had £1.12bn in assets under management as at January. Investors in the fund include UK local authority pension schemes such as Strathclyde Pension Fund, Swedish life insurance and pension company AMF, and a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund.The three new investment vehicles will mean GIB will manage or supervise more than £4bn of green infrastructure assets and projects, according to the statement.Special shares, designed to safeguard the bank’s environmental purpose, will be held by five independent trustees.Macquarie said the GIB will become its main platform for principal investments in green infrastructure projects in the UK and Europe.It said it was committed to the Green Investment Bank’s newly established target of £3bn of new investment in green energy projects over the next three years, either directly or by arranging capital from other investors.The UK government will invest alongside the GIB in a new green infrastructure investment platform, which the statement said would comprise a small number of the bank’s existing investments.Mike Powell, head of private markets at USS, said: “This transaction has enabled USS to acquire a portfolio of high quality renewable energy assets on behalf of our members. The assets include offshore wind projects and a portfolio of renewable loans, illustrating our capability to invest across the capital structure.”USS’s involvement in the GIB deal comes after it entered into a private debt partnership with Credit Suisse earlier this year. A Macquarie-led consortium that includes the UK’s biggest pension fund is to acquire the Green Investment Bank (GIB) from the UK government for £2.3bn (€2.7bn).The consortium comprises Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (MEIF5), and the £57bn Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). When the deal is completed, Macquarie will be the owner of the GIB, according to a statement from the asset manager and USS.USS will invest in two of three new GIB investment vehicles to be created in connection with the bank’s sale to Macquarie.A USS spokesperson said that the pension scheme had invested in a newly established investment management vehicle that will hold all of the GIB’s existing offshore wind investments. In addition, it has acquired a significant portion of the bank’s existing loan portfolio via a number of its wholly owned subsidiary entities.last_img read more

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Memphis holds off Clippers

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. — With Tony Allen back, the Memphis Grizzlies were able to turn up their defense pressure and hold off the Clippers down the stretch.Zach Randolph had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Grizzlies survived a late rally for a 102-96 victory over the Clippers on Friday night.Allen, the Grizzlies’ defensive sparkplug, missed the previous 21 games with a sprained left wrist. His return sparked a defensive effort that held the Clippers to 33 percent shooting in the second half and gave Memphis a double-digit lead that was enough of a buffer for the Grizzlies to win their fourth straight. Allen scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting with two steals and a block.“With TA back in the lineup, it’s great,” Randolph said. “He’s a leader on this team, and he gets guys going with his energy. What else can I say? We’re happy to have him back.” Allen drew a standing ovation when he entered the game late in the first quarter and seemed even more animated than usual in seeing his first action since Jan. 3. He said his goal was “to get in there and cause havoc.”“I kind of had butterflies in my stomach when they did that,” Allen said of the ovation, “but I got focused on the game.”James Johnson added 15 for Memphis, and Mike Miller finished with 13, hitting 5 of 8 from the field. Courtney Lee scored 10 for Memphis. Gasol had four blocks.Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford had 23 points. Chris Paul added 18 points and 14 assists, but was 4 of 13 from the field as Los Angeles lost its second straight.“It was just one of those games that we missed a lot of easy ones,” Griffin said after Los Angeles shot 39 percent for the game. Clippers coach Doc Rivers thought the game started slipping away in the second quarter. Rivers, who coached Allen in Boston, noted that he was a key.“I thought Tony Allen, Mike Miller and James Johnson turned the game around for them with their energy,” Rivers said.Another key was the bench scoring. Memphis’ reserves outscored their Clippers’ counterparts 43-7.“When we don’t score, that’s fine,” Rivers said, “but we’ve got to be able to get stops. Our second unit didn’t kill this offense, they gave up 32 points defensively, and that that’s what hurt us.”The Grizzlies opened the fourth quarter connecting on their first four shots for an 11-4 run to take the lead to double digits. Mike Conley’s layup gave Memphis an 84-72 lead with 9:23 remaining.The margin stayed between seven and 11 points, and Memphis still led by 10 approaching the 4-minute mark. But Los Angeles chipped away, and a pair of free throws from Paul brought the Clippers within 98-96 with 1:05 left.That was as close as Los Angeles could get. Memphis scored the last four points while the Clippers were missing their final four shots.As has become the norm when the two teams face each other, the play was physical and defense stout.“Every game we play against them is going to be a battle, and we understand that,” Conley said. “Both teams get up for each other, and (Los Angeles) is the most competitive team, I think, as far as rivalries go.”NOTES Griffin has scored at least 25 points in 10 straight games. … The Clippers and Grizzlies have played 23 times since Jan. 26, 2012, including 13 games in the postseason. … The loss snapped the Clippers’ three-game regular-season winning streak in Memphis. … The Grizzlies’ promotion Friday night was a temporary “GRIZZLIES” neck tattoo as a nod to reserve F James Johnson, who has his son’s name NAYMIN tattooed on his neck. … The Grizzlies were 16-5 during Allen’s absence.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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