Legal & General Capital has committed around €5.7bn (£5bn) towards levelling up the UK’s towns and cities across 2022, driving regional economic growth, tackling the housing crisis, and supporting the climate transition, whilst expanding its footprint into the US for the first time. Despite global economic uncertainty, the company has significantly increased its alternative asset commitments in 2022, backing the delivery of over 17,000 new homes, 2.7m ft² of commercial real estate across the UK and US, and investing in multiple innovative clean energy businesses to support the transition to a low carbon economy.
Legal & General Capital’s commitments in 2022 mean it is on track to deliver against its stated ambitions to generate up to €682m (£600m) in profit from alternative assets by 2025, with returns of around 10% to 12% per annum, across its key focus areas of housing, SME finance, specialist commercial real estate, digital infrastructure and clean energy.
Laura Mason, CEO of Legal & General Capital, said: “2022 has been a landmark year for Legal & General Capital as we have made major commitments to deliver transformational schemes in all our alternative asset specialisms across both the UK and, for the first time, the USA. Much of this has come through strategic partnerships with like-minded investors, who are seeking stable, long-term returns, but also looking to drive positive social impact and limit the impacts of climate change. With an increasingly uncertain picture over the next 12 months, it’s essential that financial institutions continue to invest in the real economy, recycling pensions funds and savings into projects that help to create jobs, housing and vital infrastructure. Despite headwinds, our appetite to continue to invest globally, alongside other institutional partners, remains strong for 2023.”