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Quarterly Performance and Portfolio Update at 30 June 2017

Fund Overview

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) was established on 22 December 2014 with a statutory mandate to invest on a commercial basis in a manner designed to support economic activity and employment in the State.


The Discretionary Portfolio was valued at €8.5 billion as at 30 June 2017. (Figures in this statement are preliminary and unaudited. Total may not add due to rounding.)


The Directed Portfolio (public policy investments in Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland made at the direction of the Minister for Finance) was valued at €11.2 billion at 30 June 2017.


The Total Fund size at 30 June 2017 was €19.7 billion.

Fund at 30 June 2017 €bn % Fund
Discretionary Portfolio 8.5 43%
Directed Portfolio 11.2 57%
Total Fund 19.7 100%

Fund Performance

The Discretionary Portfolio earned a preliminary year to date return of +1.7% and has generated an annualised return of +2.4% since inception on 22 December 2014.

Performance 31 December 2016 to 30 June 2017 22 December 2014 to 30 June 2017*
Discretionary Portfolio +1.7% +2.4% p.a.
Directed Portfolio +12.2% +8.1% p.a.

*Returns for periods greater than one year are calculated on an annualized basis

Asset Allocation

(a) Discretionary Portfolio

The Discretionary Portfolio Asset Allocation as at 30 June 2017 is set out below:

Asset Allocation Value €m Fund Weight
Quoted Equities 868 10%
Fixed Income 3,609 43%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 771 9%
Total Financial Assets 4,380 52%
Private Equity 554 7%
Property 301 4%
Forestry 41 0%
Infrastructure 339 4%
Absolute Return 1,985 23%
Total Alternative Assets 3,220 38%
Total 8,468

Irish Portfolio

The ISIF and third party commitments as at 30 June 2017 to investments aligned with the ISIF mandate are set out below:

30/06/2017 Total ISIF Commitment (€m)
Water 450
Infrastructure 376
Energy 155
SME 430
Food & Agriculture 120
Real Estate 515
Venture Funds 504
Direct Equity 146
Innovation 12
Other 142
Total 2,850

The ISIF’s €2.9bn has unlocked third party capital to generate a total investment commitment of €8.0bn in Ireland. €1.7bn of the Fund’s Irish commitments have been drawn by investee entities as at 30 June 2017.


Global Portfolio

The breakdown of the Global Portfolio by manager is set out below:

ManagersMandatesMarket Value €m
Goldman Sachs Asset ManagementMulti-Asset1,557
J.P. Morgan Asset ManagementMulti-Asset1,231
Irish Life Investment ManagersMulti-Asset831
Amundi Asset ManagementFixed Income714
Deutsche Asset ManagementFixed Income293
BlackRock Investment Management Fixed Income320
Muzinich & Co.Fixed Income233
Acadian Asset ManagementEquity259
Generation Investment ManagementEquity196
Blackstone Alternative Asset ManagementAbsolute Return234
AQR Capital ManagementAbsolute Return194
Bridgewater AssociatesAbsolute Return216
Global Property (21 legacy managers)Property112
Cash & Financial AssetN/A362

(b) Directed Portfolio

The Directed Portfolio consists of public policy investments in Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (“SBCI”) that were undertaken on foot of directions from the Minister for Finance.


At 30 June 2017 the Directed Portfolio comprised;

(i)  ordinary shares in Allied Irish Banks valued at €4.95 per share;

(ii) ordinary shares in Bank of Ireland valued at the market price of €0.23 per share and

(iii) €215m in cash, committed for lending to SBCI.


In March 2017, and in line with contractual agreements, the Fund’s €25 million loan to SBCI was converted to equity in SBCI, ownership of which was transferred to the Minister for Finance.


Since 2009 the Fund has invested €20.7 billion in preference shares and ordinary shares in Bank of Ireland (€4.7 billion) where the Fund’s shareholding is 13.9 per cent, and Allied Irish Banks (€16.0 billion) where the Fund’s shareholding is 71.1 per cent.


In conjunction with the Allied Irish Banks IPO, on 27 June 2017, the Fund was directed to sell 780 million shares at a price of €4.40 per share, which resulted in a reduction of ISIF percentage holding from 99.9 per cent to 71.1 per cent. On 29 June 2017, €2,986 million of proceeds was transferred to the Exchequer on foot of Ministerial Directions.


At 30 June 2017, the Fund had received a total of €9.4 billion in cash from its directed investments comprising (i) in respect of Bank of Ireland – preference share dividends, redemption of preference shares and repurchase of warrants by the Bank and the sale of ordinary and preference shares to private investors, totalling €4.2 billion; and (ii) in respect of Allied Irish Banks – the sale of ordinary shares, preference and ordinary share dividends and redemption of preference shares totalling €5.2 billion.


At 30 June 2017 the Directed Portfolio was valued at €11.2 billion. This consisted of an investment value in Allied Irish Banks of €9.5 billion and in Bank of Ireland of €1.0 billion, together with €0.2 billion in cash and €0.4 billion in receivables in respect of the sale in June of shares in Allied Irish Banks.


Category Investment value at 30 June 2017(€bn)
Allied Irish Banks 9.5
Cash receivable from AIB sale 0.4
Bank of Ireland 1.0
Cash and Equivalent 0.2
Total* 11.2

*Sum may not add to total due to rounding.


On 6 July 2017 and on foot of directions from the Minister for Finance, the €448 million of cash proceeds from the sale in June of Allied Irish Banks ordinary shares was received and transferred to the Exchequer.

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