EDHECinfra is a venture of the renowned international EDHEC Business School. We are an international provider of indexes and research on the global infrastructure universe. Our research hub, as well as the team of experts who create and maintain our indices, are based in Singapore, but we also have a business centre in London to serve the financial community in Europe and North America.
We provide indexes, research and data on privately held infrastructure and debt to the global investment community. Because the majority of global infrastructure assets are not publicly traded, there has traditionally been a vast knowledge gap when it comes to gauging the prices of these assets and their evolution. We are closing that gap with calculated indexes that already cover 25 countries representing an investable universe of 5,500 companies.
We are first and foremost an infrastructure index data and analytics provider. You can access our data by purchasing an index licence just as you would with any other index provider.
You can also have us make a customised solutions including custom benchmarks that match your portfolio exposures to various TICCS® segments of the market.
In addition, we provide other related services such as asset valuation. You might for example ask us to apply our methodology and modelling to private assets that you have in your portfolio.
Our customers are organisations within the asset management industry that invest in infrastructure – or who plan to. We serve three types of key customers: asset owners, asset managers and investment consultants.
The world’s pension funds, insurance companies and Sovereign wealth funds hold the savings of the world. We help them understand what infrastructure investment can do for them. Should a Californian pension plan, for example, invest 5%, 10% or even 15% of its capital in infrastructure assets? We can help answer these kinds of strategy questions. Asset Owners also need to assess their performance, especially how much risk they are taking if assets are valued on fair value (IFRS 13) basis.
Asset managers need to have a basis for comparison to demonstrate how they are performing and how much of their good (or bad) performance is due to their skills or to the market: we can give them a market benchmark for assets that are not publicly traded and are very illiquid on the surface. Market benchmarks also make useful marketing tools for fund-raising especially to demonstrate the appeal of different strategies.
Consultants advise on the use of benchmarks and which strategies fit investors' better, they need objective and reliable information about performance and risk.
In the future, we have two key aims:
- We will continue to deliver and to expand the coverage of the EDHECinfra indices;
- We will work with the industry to develop investable indices of unlisted infrastructure investment.