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Japan, New Zealand and Thailand Infrastructure Report Q4 2015 Market Report; Launched via

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Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/18/2015 -- The sluggish growth in construction and infrastructure growth in Japan is a sign the government's aggressive stimulus measures have already begun to wear off. This again underscores our long-held view that Japan's fiscal stimulus programme is not sustainable for the infrastructure sector and significant structural reforms are needed to restore competitiveness. To this end, a new market on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for infrastructure funds has the potential to boost private participation in the industry, while simultaneously taking pressure off government expenditure. Following a 1.6% contraction in 2014, we expect the construction industry to recover only slightly in 2015, with a forecast real growth rate of 0.8%.

Key Trends and Developments
- The opening of a new market for infrastructure funds in Japan will boost the funding environment for domestic and regional infrastructure significantly. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) - a unit of the Japan Exchange Group (JXG) - opened as ofApril 2015. The market will target funds that invest in infrastructure projects such as renewable energy facilities, as well as airports and railways. The creation of such a market will allow investors to buy and sell funds listed on the exchange as shares and receive dividends based on the returns generated by the infrastructure.

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We expect New Zealand's construction sector to experience a growth slowdown in 2015, due primarily to the limited upside potential for housing demand. The country's property market is highly overvalued and the central bank has put measures in place to make it more difficult for residential developers to borrow, which should help to slow property price growth, and could trigger a 10-15% fall over the next year. This should result in the deceleration of the construction market, but growth will still remain in positive territory at CAGR 4.9% over the next five years.

Key Trends and Developments
- The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has shortlisted three consortiums to build a highway linking Puhoi to Warkworth. The groups will receive a request for proposals to finance, design, build, manage and maintain the public-private partnership project. The three consortiums are Northlink including Cintra Developments Australia, InfraRed Infrastructure III General Partner and Ferrovial Agroman; Northern Express Group including Accident Compensation Corporation and Acciona Concesiones; and Pacific Connect including Pacific Partnerships, VINCI Concessions and Leighton Contractors. The agency expects to announce a preferred bidder by mid-2016 and the contract is expected to be awarded in October 2016.

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Thailand's construction sector will see a strong recovery in 2015, with the government's infrastructure plans being supported by near-term political stability and a favourable funding outlook. Beyond 2015, politics remains a key risk, while labour constraints will also limit long-term growth for the sector.

Key Trends and Developments
- We forecast Thailand's construction sector to register strong growth of 14.8% in 2015, while a more uncertain political outlook will weigh on growth beyond 2015.
- Our strong growth forecast for 2015 is underpinned by low base effects from 2014, and near term political stability which will facilitate the government's infrastructure projects.
- An improving funding outlook, with possibility of further monetary easing will help to lower cost of capital for companies, at the same time providing support for the property market.

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