The United States has made improving its infrastructure a clear objective.
In recent speeches promoting his renewed emphasis on the economy, President Barack Obama has been reinforcing his commitment to investing in the country’s infrastructure, saying, “We know strong infrastructure is a key ingredient to a thriving economy.”
That comes on the heels of his “fix it first” infrastructure proposal earlier this year that would allocate $40 billion for ailing highways, bridges and airports while setting another $10 billion aside to create a national infrastructure bank.
The push for more spending on infrastructure comes in response to data from the National Association of Civil Engineers that says domestic infrastructure is in dire need of an upgrade, projecting long-term spending needs in excess of $2 trillion.
Long-term investments in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure will benefit the entire economy, but there is one company in better position than others to profit.
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE:BIP) ‘s largest division is utilities, with more than 6,000 miles of electricity transmission lines in the Americas and the United Kingdom. The utilities division recently completed the merger and recapitalization of its U.K. regulated distribution business, doubling in size, while also increasing its ownership interest in its Chilean electricity transmission system. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE:BIP) has also invested $750 million in a transmission system in Texas that is near completion and set to go online next year.
Its energy division operates about 2.5 million electricity and natural gas connections in the U.K., New Zealand and Colombia. Its transport division provides energy distribution and storage services through more than 9,600 miles of natural gas transmission lines, primarily in the United States.
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE:BIP) also owns one of the world’s largest coal-export terminals in Queensland, Australia, with 85 million tons of annual capacity that is 100 % contracted through 2018. The company’s broad portfolio of assets and exposure to global markets creates a highly diversified revenue stream to protect Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE:BIP) against regional or market-specific weakness.
Although Brookfield will benefit from investments in domestic and international infrastructure projects, the company is also making strategic moves to focus on its core assets.