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Call for social impact investing ‘wholesaler’ to attract capital

June 15, 2022

The new Labor Government has not yet responded to the Social Impact Investing Taskforce's report, but as the AFR indicates, there are high hopes the Albanese Government will be attracted to its suggestions for policy reform, including the creation of a “social investing wholesaler” to direct and coordinate investment.

Our Executive Director Michael Traill, who chaired the taskforce, said government could help to “catalyse and crowd-in more funding” for social impact investing.

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For Purpose Investment Partners Announces Landmark A$75 million Commitment from Qantas Super

24 April, 2024 - Leading Australian impact investment fund manager For Purpose Investment Partners (“For Purpose”) has announced a $75 million commitment from Qantas Superannuation Limited (“Qantas Super”) to its aged care platform. The funds from Qantas Super, one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit corporate super funds, represent the first major institutional commitment to For Purpose. Australia’s leading ethical investment fund manager, Australian Ethical Investment (AEF), has also made an initial $10 million commitment to the For Purpose aged care platform, with the potential for that to grow.  

These commitments will enable the anticipated completion of a large-scale aged care acquisition. The acquisition will take the number of facilities owned by For Purpose’s not-for-profit aged care platform FP Aged Care Australia from four to nineteen, including development sites. Luson Aged Care, a wholly owned subsidiary of FP Aged Care Australia, will remain as the operator and approved provider of the facilities.

In addition to Qantas Super’s $75 million commitment, which is being led by Qantas Super’s Chief Investment Officer Andrew Spence, For Purpose manages almost $100 million committed from family offices, foundations, and high net worth individuals.  It has just under $80 million is in its Social Impact Fund, which aims to drive institutionally appropriate risk weighted returns with measurable social purpose.


Alongside its existing $20 million investment in FP Aged Care Australia, For Purpose also manages investments in vocational education and training, specialist disability accommodation, and disability food services.


Mr Traill described the Qantas Super investment as a breakthrough for the aged care platform.
“The commitment of Qantas Super will enable us to significantly grow our platform in aged care, and hopefully together we can achieve our ambition of transforming the aged care sector. Andrew and his team backed our practical belief that the right way to drive attractive long term financial returns is to be very explicit about quality and measurable social impact,” he said.  

“We have been very patient in building the right aged care team and platform led by Executive Chair Toby Hall, who has been key in driving this work and finding the right assets.  Toby brings a depth of experience from his prior roles as CEO at Mission Australia and St Vincent's Health Australia, as well as being a founding colleague on the first board of Goodstart. That combination of accessing capital and operating critical human service sectors at ethical scale is vital.”  


Mr Spence said that the commitment to For Purpose aligns with Qantas Super’s approach of partnering with best-in-class investment managers.  

“We’re very open to backing early stage or first-time fund managers which has been a consistent source of value add for Qantas Super’s members.  Our focus is on identifying a manager’s sustainable competitive advantage in terms of people, capability, alignment of interest, and a strong track record. Michael has assembled an outstanding team who share the twin passions of delivering attractive financial returns, which is our first priority, and a strong ethical focus. I can’t think of a more important combination in aged care.

“For us, it’s always about partnering with the right talent. With our team having worked very closely with the For Purpose team, we are confident our investment partnership is in good hands.”


Australian Ethical’s Chief Investment Officer Ludovic Theau said “we are delighted to partner with For Purpose to grow its aged care platform, delivering high quality services to residents, and offer appropriate risk-adjusted returns for investors.”  

“We’re growing our investment in impact investing more broadly; we see strong alignment between For Purpose’s values and culture and Australian Ethical’s Investment Charter.”


The partnership through its focus on social impact reflects Qantas Super’s commitment to investing in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) themes, which is further supported by both partners in Qantas Super and For Purpose being not-for-profit fund managers.  

“At Qantas Super, we believe ESG factors increasingly impact investment returns and risks and contribute to us delivering sustainable growth to our members,” Mr Spence said.  

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About For Purpose

For Purpose was founded in 2018 by leading impact investor Michael Traill and philanthropist and entrepreneur Mark Carnegie to focus on large-scale impact investing. Its approach is modelled on the precedent established by Goodstart Early Learning, which Mr Traill launched in 2010 and became one of the country’s most successful large scale social enterprises, and the largest provider of early learning and care. For more information, visit www.fpinvest.com.au

About Qantas Super  

Qantas Super is one of Australia’s largest corporate super funds. It exists for people who are working for, or have worked for, the Qantas Group and their spouses. Qantas Super has been working for its members since 1939 and has over 26,000 members and approximately $8.5 billion in assets under management. For more information, visit www.qantassuper.com.au

About Australian Ethical

Australian Ethical is Australia’s leading ethical investment manager. Since 1986, Australian Ethical has provided investors with investment management products that align with their values and provide long-term risk adjusted returns. Investments are guided by the Australian Ethical charter which shapes its ethical approach and underpins both its culture and vision. Australian Ethical have over $9.0 billion in funds under management across managed funds and superannuation. For more information, visit www.australianethical.com.au  

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For Purpose Investment Partners Innovative Aged Care Platform Grows With Acquisition of Signature Care, Appointment of a Group CEO

Highlights

· Established by For Purpose Investment Partners (FPIP), For Purpose Aged Care Australia (FPACA) is a not-for-profit aged care platform focused on achieving excellent health and wellbeing outcomes for residents and attracting and retaining quality staff.

· The acquisition will bring together aged care providers Luson and Signature Care under FPACA, led by Group CEO Matthew Filocamo.

· Backed by $85m commitment from institutional investors, FPACA will become a top-15 national aged care provider with this acquisition.

 

24 April 2024 - For Purpose Aged Care Australia (FPACA), owner of a leading not-for-profit aged care provider Luson, proudly announces the strategic acquisition of Signature Care, a provider of residential aged care services across Australia. This acquisition will see FPACA become a top-15 aged care provider in Australia with an initial 1,394 residential aged care places and increasing to over 2,500 places within two years across 18 sites in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia. Alongside this significant portfolio growth, FPACA is delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Filocamo as Group CEO, commencing a new leadership era.

The FPACA Chair, Toby Hall, expressed enthusiastic support for both the acquisition and Matthew Filocamo's appointment, stating, "This is a transformative moment for FPACA and the broader aged care community in Australia. The acquisition of Signature Care is a strategic step that aligns with our mission to deliver exceptional care services to Australians from all backgrounds. We have demonstrated new and innovative ways of growing the sector to have a broader social impact that is customer centric. Matt and I have worked closely together with For Purpose Investment Partners for almost two years. Matt's experience and leadership in aged care make him the ideal leader to guide FPACA through this exciting next chapter."

With a mission to develop a model of aged care that achieves excellent health and wellbeing outcomes for residents of all socioeconomic backgrounds, FPACA's approach attracts top staff and enables residents to age in place with dignity and choice. This pivotal move, scheduled for completion on 1 June 2024, signifies a major advancement in FPACA's goal to improve aged care services nationally. FPACA currently own and operate Luson, a Victorian based aged care provider with three operational homes with 305 places and a further development site that would yield 136 places.

The acquisition of Signature Care merges the strengths and capabilities of both organisations, promising to enhance the care and services provided to older Australians and provide great benefits and conditions to staff. This partnership reflects a shared commitment to excellence and innovation in aged care.

FPACA was established by social impact investment manager FPIP. FPIP Founder and Executive Director Michael Traill AM said “We are very excited to reach an agreement to acquire Signature Care. We believe investors like FPIP have an important role to play as stewards of these crucial social assets going forward, ensuring residents get a great experience at an affordable price while also making sure that the business is run in a manner that delivers appropriate risk-adjusted returns for investors and attracts further capital to a sector which badly needs it. The business is in great hands led by Matt and supported by Toby as Chair, and we will look to support them to continue to grow the business."

Matthew Filocamo said "I am honoured and excited to lead FPACA into this new era. The partnership with Signature Care underscores our shared dedication to enhancing aged care in Australia. I look forward to driving our collective vision forward, fostering innovation, and making a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve."

Signature Care Director, Amal Witnish, said “It has been a privilege over the past 3 years to develop the business to this point and make Signature Care what it is today, a leader in the provision of high-quality care and accommodation, with embedded IT, enabling person-centred care. FPACA and Luson, as not-for-profits, will provide additional incentives to attract and retain staff through salary packaging and other employment benefits and will ensure residents receive quality care by retaining and further advancing Signature Care’s innovation and investment in the sector.”

There will be no disruption to residents or employees of Signature Care’s and Luson’s businesses during the transition of ownership, and the businesses will continue to operate under their individual brands for the foreseeable future overseen by the Group CEO and Board.

The transaction is contingent on receiving the necessary approvals from the Department of Health and Aged Care. The parties were introduced by Amicum Pty Limited, FPIP were advised by Gilbert +Tobin and PwC, and Signature Care were advised by K&L Gates, Madgwicks Lawyers and Deloitte.

 

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About For Purpose Investment Partners (FPIP)

For Purpose Investment Partners is a not-for-profit social impact investment manager, created to pursue an important mission; bringing private sector capital and capabilities into sizeable businesses and projects to create significant social impact. Established in 2018 by pioneering impact investor Michael Traill AM, FPIP have grown to have $185m of funds under management.

 

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Outstanding achievement 2023 - Michael Traill AM

Congratulations to our co-founder and Executive Director Michael Traill AM, who was awarded one of the Individual Outstanding Achievement Awards by Social Impact Hub this year for his contributions to the sector.

A true pioneer of social impact investing in Australia, his leadership at For Purpose Investment Partners and advocacy with the Government's Social Impact Investing Taskforce is invaluable, remarkable and inspirational.  

Congratulations to all the other winners.

For more information about the awards, please see article here.

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We believe that diversity, equity and inclusion at For Purpose Investment Partners are critical in our efforts to create significant social impact. Diversity in the team allows us to better represent the diversity of thought and experiences of the communities that we are aiming to serve, promotes a healthy and thriving working environment, and delivers innovative and sustainable outcomes for our communities, our people, our investors and our partners.