Figures show 2021 has seen record fundraising by investment companies

Figures complied the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) show fundraising by existing investment companies (known as secondary fundraising) has bounced back strongly this year. £8.71 billion has been raised so far. The secondary fundraising figures are from 1 January to 4 October 2021.

Fundraising by existing companies has been led by the Renewable Energy Infrastructure sector, which raised £1.69 billion. This was followed by Infrastructure (raising £988 million), Growth Capital (£803 million) and Property – Europe (£556 million).

The largest individual secondary fundraising was by Schiehallion (£503 million), followed by Digital 9 Infrastructure, which raised £300 million in its IPO in March then went on to raise a further £450 million.

There were nine IPOs up to 4 October raising £2.08 billion, which already exceeds the funds raised by IPOs in both 2019 and 2020.

Richard Stone, Chief Executive of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), said: “Healthy fundraising by investment companies this year is a sign that they have bounced back from the pandemic and are continuing to meet investors’ needs.

“It’s particularly encouraging to see such significant fundraising for long-term assets in areas such as renewable energy infrastructure and ambitious growth companies. Directing capital into these areas is critical to rebuilding the economy as the recovery from the pandemic gathers pace. There is clearly strong investor demand and the closed-ended structure of investment companies continues to provide investors with a proven means of gaining exposure to less liquid assets.”

For comparison, in July 2020, the AIC revealed that in the first half of that year, despite the impact of COVID-19, £2.27bn was raised by existing investment companies.

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