Industry

28 SEP 2020

RENEWABLES AND TELECOMS AMONGST THE MOST RESILIENT IN PANDEMIC, SAYS NEW REPORT

Renewable energy and telecoms have proved to be amongst the most pandemic resilient, according to a new study into the resilience of infrastructure to global pandemics published by infrastructure and private equity investment management company Foresight.

The analysis, which examines 23 infrastructure sub-sectors spanning economic and social infrastructure, shows that while infrastructure as an asset-class has proved to be highly pandemic resilient, with many sub-sectors largely immune to the impact, there are substantial differences in the performance of various infrastructure sub-sectors.

Foresight’s white paper Infrastructure Pandemic Resilience: a true test of infrastructure’s defensive characteristics considers the resilience of infrastructure to global pandemics through five investment fundamentals: revenues; costs; financials; political and regulatory environments; and operations.  

Nigel Aitchison, partner and head of infrastructure at Foresight, said: “Infrastructure as an asset class has long been sold on its robust defensive and uncorrelated characteristics. The Covid-19 global pandemic has been the biggest test of its resilience yet. Foresight’s research drills down into the infrastructure sector and reveals substantial differences in the performance of 23 sub-sectors. Diversification across a range of these sub-sectors will be key to limiting the adverse impact of future pandemic threats.”

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