CPP Investment Board

CPP Investment Board

February 13, 2015 09:00 ET

CPP Fund Totals $238.8 Billion at Third Quarter Fiscal 2015

All figures in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 13, 2015) - The CPP Fund ended its third quarter of fiscal 2015 on December 31, 2014, with net assets of $238.8 billion, compared to $234.4 billion at the end of the previous quarter. The $4.4 billion increase in assets for the quarter consisted of $7.3 billion in net investment income after all CPPIB costs, less $2.9 billion in cash outflows. The CPP Fund routinely receives more CPP contributions than are required to pay benefits during the first part of the calendar year and then remits a portion of those funds for benefit payments in the latter part of the year. The portfolio delivered a gross investment return of 3.3% for the quarter.

For the nine month fiscal year-to-date period, the CPP Fund increased by $19.7 billion from $219.1 billion at March 31, 2014. This included $18.3 billion in net investment income after all CPPIB costs and $1.4 billion in net CPP contributions. The portfolio delivered a gross investment return of 8.4% during this period.

"The continuing climb in value across most international public equity markets contributed to the Fund's return this quarter, as did our private investments and fixed income assets," said Mark Wiseman, President & Chief Executive Officer, CPP Investment Board (CPPIB). "Our globally diversified investments continue to benefit the Fund, providing total portfolio resiliency against significant fluctuations within specific sectors or geographies, such as the rapid decline in oil prices recently."

The Canada Pension Plan's multi-generational funding and liabilities give rise to an exceptionally long investment horizon. To meet long-term investment objectives, CPPIB is building a portfolio and investing in assets designed to generate and maximize long-term returns. Long-term investment returns are a more appropriate measure of CPPIB's performance than returns in any given quarter or fiscal year.

Long-Term Sustainability

In the most recent triennial review released in December 2013, the Chief Actuary of Canada reaffirmed that, as at December 31, 2012, the CPP remains sustainable at the current contribution rate of 9.9% throughout the 75-year period of his report. The Chief Actuary's projections are based on the assumption that the Fund will attain a prospective 4.0% real rate of return, which takes into account the impact of inflation. CPPIB's 10-year annualized nominal rate of return of 7.3%, or 5.5% on a real rate of return basis, is above the Chief Actuary's assumption over this same period. These figures are reported net of all CPPIB costs to be consistent with the Chief Actuary's approach.

The Chief Actuary's report also indicates that CPP contributions are expected to exceed annual benefits paid until the end of 2022, after which a portion of the investment income from CPPIB will be needed to help pay pensions.

Asset Mix

For the period ending December 31, 2014
($ billions)
$ %
Public 73.8 30.9
Private 44.3 18.6
118.1 49.5
Fixed Income

(includes bonds, money market securities, other debt and debt financing liabilities)
Real Assets
Real Estate 26.3 11.0
Infrastructure 13.2 5.5
39.5 16.5
Total1 $238.8 100
(1) Excludes non-investment assets such as premises and equipment and non-investment liabilities.

Q3 Investment Highlights:

Private Investments

  • Completed a INR10 billion (approximately C$182 million) investment in L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited (L&T IDPL), a subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T). L&T IDPL has a portfolio of 20 infrastructure assets, including India's largest private toll road concession portfolio spanning over 2,000 kilometres.

  • Made a commitment of approximately US$60 million in Neusoft Medical, a leading domestic producer of diagnostic imaging equipment such as CT, MRI, ultrasound and X-ray machines in China, alongside our fund partner Hony Capital. Neusoft Medical's products have been sold to over 90 countries and regions around the globe, serving nearly 8,000 medical institutions worldwide.

  • Wilton Re, a portfolio company owned by CPPIB and Wilton Re management, signed an agreement to acquire Transamerica Life Canada and other businesses from Aegon N.V. for $600 million. Subject to regulatory approval, Wilton Re will fund the transaction with additional equity capital provided by CPPIB.

Real Estate Investments

  • Formed a new U.K. regional joint venture with Hermes Real Estate for a 50% ownership of Wellington Place in Leeds. The total Gross Development Value is in excess of £185 million. The masterplan envisages 1.5 million square feet of commercial, retail, leisure and residential space that will make Wellington Place one of the biggest new city centre business quarters in Europe.

  • Committed an additional equity allocation of US$400 million to Goodman China Logistics Holding (GCLH) joint venture with Goodman Group, which committed an additional US$100 million. With this increase, the partners have allocated a combined US$2 billion to GCLH, which was formed in 2009, and has invested in 27 logistics projects in 12 markets across mainland China.

  • Expanded CPPIB's real estate portfolio in Brazil during the quarter with additional equity commitments to retail and logistics assets. Most recently, we completed two retail investments, including a 44% equity ownership in a new shopping centre development in Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, for R$187 million (C$90 million) with joint venture partner Ancar Ivanhoe, and an increased interest in Iguatemi Shopping, located in Salvador, from 15% to 18% for an additional R$56 million (C$25 million). Over the past nine months, CPPIB's total equity commitments to Brazilian retail and logistics assets were approximately R$1.2 billion (C$560 million).

Investment highlights following the quarter end include:

  • Announced CPPIB's A$525 million investment to build and operate a new tunnel motorway in Australia as part of a consortium that includes Transurban Group and Queensland Investment Corporation. This investment represents a 25% ownership interest for CPPIB. Called NorthConnex, the nine-kilometre motorway will connect Sydney's northern suburbs with the Orbital road network and will be the longest road tunnel project in Australia.

  • Committed an additional $330 million to the Canadian private equity market through a fund-of-funds program that will be managed by CPPIB's longstanding investment partner, Northleaf Capital Partners. Since 2005, CPPIB has committed $1.2 billion to Canadian private equity investments through its partnership with Northleaf.

  • Committed RMB 1,250 million (C$234 million) to jointly develop the Times Paradise Walk project, a major mixed-use development in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, with Longfor Properties Company Ltd. The mixed-use development comprises residential, office, retail and hotel space for a total gross floor area of 7.9 million square feet. It is designed to be a top quality, one-stop commercial destination in Suzhou with completion scheduled in multiple phases between 2016 and 2019.

  • Formed a joint venture with Hudson Pacific Properties through which CPPIB acquired a 45% interest in a prime San Francisco office property, 1455 Market Street, for US$219.2 million. 1455 Market Street is a 1.0-million-square-foot, 22-storey, Class-A office building that fronts an entire block along 11th Street in San Francisco's thriving Mid-Market neighbourhood. Hudson retains a 55% ownership stake and will continue to oversee management and leasing.

Asset Dispositions:

  • Following quarter end, CPPIB sold its 50% interest in 151 Yonge Street to GWL Realty Advisors. Proceeds from the sale to CPPIB were approximately $76 million. Located in downtown Toronto, 151 Yonge Street was acquired in 2005 as part of a larger Canadian office portfolio acquisition.

  • Announced the sale of two London, U.K. office properties held through our London office joint venture with Hermes Real Estate. CPPIB and Hermes exchanged contracts to sell the freehold interest in 100 New Oxford Street, WI, to Tishman Speyer Properties (UK) Limited. The partnership also completed the sale of its long leasehold interest in 69 Carter Lane, EC4, to The Low Carbon Workplace Fund for £17.6 million.

  • Sold a 39.4% interest in a Denver office properties joint venture to Ivanhoé Cambridge. CPPIB had made an equity investment of US$114 million in the joint venture in 2007. Proceeds from the sale to CPPIB were approximately US$132 million.

Corporate Highlights:

  • On January 27, 2015, CPPIB announced the following senior executive appointments:

    • Mark Jenkins was promoted to Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Private Investments responsible for leading the direct private equity, infrastructure, principal credit investments, natural resources and portfolio value creation functions. Mr. Jenkins, who becomes a member of CPPIB's Senior Management Team, joined CPPIB in 2008 and most recently held the role of Managing Director, Head of Principal Investments.

    • Pierre Lavallée is appointed to the new role of Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Investment Partnerships. Mr. Lavallée will lead this new investment department to focus on broadening relationships with CPPIB's external managers in private and public market funds, secondaries and co-investments, expanding direct private equity investments in Asia and further building thematic investing capabilities. Mr. Lavallée, who joined CPPIB in 2012, will continue in his current role as Senior Managing Director & Chief Talent Officer until a successor is appointed.

  • It was also announced that André Bourbonnais will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, effective March 30, 2015, leaving CPPIB today. Mr. Bourbonnais joined CPPIB in 2006 and was most recently Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Private Investments.

Five and 10-Year Returns1

(for the period ending December 31, 2014)

Investment Rate
of Return (Nominal)
Investment Rate
of Return (Real)
5-Year Annualized 10.5 % 8.7 % $90.3 billion
10-Year Annualized 7.3 % 5.5 % $108.8 billion
(1) After all CPPIB costs.
(2) Dollar figures are cumulative.

About Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is a professional investment management organization that invests the funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to pay current benefits on behalf of 18 million contributors and beneficiaries. In order to build a diversified portfolio of CPP assets, CPPIB invests in public equities, private equities, real estate, infrastructure and fixed income instruments. Headquartered in Toronto, with offices in Hong Kong, London, New York City and São Paulo, CPPIB is governed and managed independently of the Canada Pension Plan and at arm's length from governments. At December 31, 2014, the CPP Fund totalled $238.8 billion. For more information about CPPIB, please visit www.cppib.com.

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