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SPACs, Impact Investing Returns and Green Recovery

Here are 5 things you might have missed this week:

  • Special-Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC) are becoming increasingly popular to fund sustainable enterprises-

  • McKinsey analyzed the performance of recent SPACs—a mixed track record—and found that SPACs that are led or co-led by operators, rather than solely by investors, tend to outperform throughout the deal cycle.

  • As of August 2020, SPACs that were actively seeking business combinations held about $60 billion of capital (across more than 100 SPACs) and made up 81 out of 111 US IPOs.

  • "Done well, SPACs combine the best of private and public ownership: the superior rigor of PE-style governance and the lower capital costs of public firms."

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  • Impact investing returns in emerging market and developing economies-

  • An examination of every equity investment made by the IFC, one of the largest and longest-operating impact investors across 130 emerging market and developing economies, shows its portfolio outperformed the S&P 500 by 15 percent.

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  • Global banks and insurance companies move closer to climate targets for loans and investments-

  • Fifty-five firms including HSBC Holdings Plc, Societe Generale SA, BNP Paribas SA and others committed to the Science Based Targets initiative.

  • The SBTi is a consortium that developed a framework to help companies figure out how they should change their operations to align with the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

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  • Financial innovations to drive climate action and a green recovery-

  • The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab) launched eight innovative financial solutions to drive private resources to climate action.

  • "After a thorough process of analysis, development and stress-testing, these solutions are ready to provide investment opportunities for a post-COVID, green economic recovery."

  • The Lab is an initiative of over 60 public and private investors and institutions to accelerate investment solutions to support sustainable development goals in emerging markets.

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One more thing: Our Planet: Too Big to Fail. This 42-minute film explores the risks of inaction, the impact of investing-as-usual, and the role the finance sector can play in powering a sustainable future.

Watch the video here-

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