Charles Jillings, Utilico Emerging Markets
Investing in the Infrastructure of Emerging Markets
Meet the Manager: Charles Jillings, Utilico Emerging Markets
Duration : 22:42
Meet the Manager
The type of successful company that Utilico invests in is Rumo, a Brazilian rail operator that transports agricultural products to ports for export. Once a concession woefully focused on short-term profits, Utilico has proven instrumental in turning it around. This volte-face has involved stabilizing fixed revenues and upping capacity so that today, the company owns seven trans-shipment terminals, 50 locomotives and a shipment capacity of approximately 14 million tonnes of sugar annually.
Utilico believes that global infrastructural investment demand is likely to remain robust for years to come. While infrastructure improvements across the developed world remain a given, with transit costs totalling somewhere between 0.6 and 2.0% of the value of traded goods, in the developing world that price can easily hit 40%, creating a real drag on growth and presenting huge opportunities to companies like Utilico that invest in emerging market infrastructure.