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Point Roberts, WA, United States, 2007/09/20 - Water Stocks Audio Podcast with Craig McIntosh, Investment Manager of the MFS Water Fund Discusses Challenges and Investment Opportunities within Australia and Globally.
Water-Stocks.com, an investor and industry portal for the water sector, presents an audio investor podcast with Mr. Craig McIntosh, Investment Manager of the MFS Water Fund, a dynamically managed Australian dollar denominated fund focused on growth prospects and investment opportunities related to the Global Water Sector. The MFS Water Fund focuses on publicly traded water companies of all sizes from around the world, following more than 250 companies.
Investing in the water business has proven to be a successful strategy for many investors and with issues of water scarcity, quality and infrastructure repair or replacement continuing to escalate, the upside potential of this sector is very compelling.
McIntosh identifies three key factors that underpin the growing interest in the water sector. “The first factor is a very significant demand over supply for water, coupled with a very large demand for investment in infrastructure. What we observe is the price of water going up generally around the world and as a result of that there is a lot of money in the sector being invested in infrastructure and new technology. Secondly, we believe that water stocks are being re-valued as the sector is discovered and thirdly, there is quite a lot of mergers and acquisition activity due to the globalization of the industry which creates good opportunities for investors to sell out of very successful companies.”
Australia is in the midst of a very prolonged drought, in particular within its rural areas, which according to Mr. McIntosh has generated enormous mainstream interest in the water industry and as a result there has been considerable investments made in the water sector, a trend that is expected to continue for the next decade.
“We are seeing significant investment activity in areas such as the creation of desalination plants for most of the large cities in Australia. A second area of very significant investment is in the upgrade of the irrigation networks in Australia which are very inefficient from a water evaporation point of view, and thirdly, a lot of the water networks are now being re-engineered to optimize the ability to recycle water with the introduction of pipelines and interconnectivity of all the different components of the water systems, something that has never been done until now,” describes McIntosh.
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