FAQs

 

  1. What is Macquarie Atlas Roads' ASX code and when did it list?
  2. How do I invest in MQA?
  3. Will MQA be listed on any other stock exchange?
  4. How is MQA structured?
  5. What is an MQA security?
  6. Why use a stapled security structure?
  7. What are the management fees paid to the MQA management company?
  8. How frequently does MQA pay dividends?
  9. Does MQA send out annual tax statements?
  10. How do I apportion the MQA share price between MARL and MARIL?
  11. I was formerly a MIG investor and received MQA Securities as a result of the demerger. What is my cost base in MQA for capital gains tax?
  12. Why does MQA invest in assets outside Australia? Doesn't this increase the risk?
  13. How does MQA manage foreign exchange risk?
  14. How does MQA manage its exposure to interest rate movements?
  15. How do I change my shareholding details, including my address for all MQA correspondence?
  16. How do I contact MQA's share registry?
  17. How do I contact MQA?
  18. What is the Australian Tax Office's view of stapled securities?

Investing in MQA

1. What is Macquarie Atlas Roads' ASX code and when did it list?

Macquarie Atlas Roads' code on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is "MQA" and it listed on 25 January 2010.

2. How do I invest in MQA?

MQA is listed on the ASX and therefore MQA securities can be purchased through any ASX registered broker.

3. Will MQA be listed on any other stock exchange?

The directors have no current intention to list MQA on any other stock exchange.

MQA's structure

4. How is MQA structured?

MQA is a stapled structure consisting of Macquarie Atlas Roads Limited (MARL) (an Australian public company) and Macquarie Atlas Roads International Limited (MARIL) (an exempted mutual fund company incorporated in Bermuda).

MQA was created out of Macquarie Infrastructure Group. MQA owns and manages the interests of the MQA portfolio being APRR, Dulles Greenway, the M6 Toll, Chicago Skyway and Indiana Toll Road and the Warnow Tunnel.

The MARL shares and MARIL shares which together comprise an MQA security are each linked together and cannot be traded separately.

Macquarie Fund Advisers Pty Limited (MFA) is the manager of MARL and adviser to MARIL.

Macquarie Atlas Roads structure

Structure diagram

  • MARL = Macquarie Atlas Roads Limited
  • MARIL = Macquarie Atlas Roads International Limited
5. What is an MQA security?

An MQA Security is made up of:

one share in Macquarie Atlas Roads Limited; and

one share in Macquarie Atlas Roads International Limited.

The shares which comprise an MQA Security are stapled together and cannot be traded separately.

6. Why use a stapled security structure?

Stapling allows investors to invest in different entities that are traded as one. This means that investors can receive the benefits of investing in different types of entities (eg Australian and Bermudan companies) within the one traded instrument. Generally, a stapling deed governs the stapling arrangements.

Where a foreign security is stapled to a domestic security, the regulatory/corporate governance requirements of both jurisdictions must be considered. This gives additional comfort to security holders, given the regulatory/corporate governance standards must always meet the "highest common standard".

7. What are the management fees paid to the MQA management company?

Fees paid to MFA comprise a base management fee and a performance fee.

The base management fee is payable quarterly in arrears, and is calculated as a percentage of the market capitalisation of MQA at the end of each quarter, as follows:

Market capitalisation of MQA Base management fee percentage
Up to A$1.0 billion 2.00%; plus
Between A$1.0 billion and A$3.0 billion 1.25%; plus
More than A$3.0 billion 1.00%

The performance fee calculated is 15% of the dollar value of MQA's outperformance of the S&P/ASX 300 Industrials Accumulation Index (Benchmark Return). It is determined annually and is payable in three equal annual instalments. The second and third instalments are only paid if MQA's performance equals or exceeds that of the index on a cumulative basis over the two- and three-year periods to each respective instalment date.

Any underperformance of the Benchmark Return in a particular year must be carried forward and recouped before a performance fee may be earned in a subsequent period.

Dividends/distributions

8. How frequently does MQA pay dividends?

MQA commenced payment of dividends in April 2013. The potential for payment of a dividend is assessed by the boards every six months as cash is received by MQA from its assets.

Tax considerations for MQA investors

9. Does MQA send out annual tax statements?

No, MQA does not send out annual tax statements or tax booklets. Investors should refer to the dividend statements sent at the time of each dividend payment when completing their tax returns.

10. How do I apportion the MQA share price between MARL and MARIL?

For capital gains tax purposes, investors may need to allocate the acquisition or sale price of an MQA Security between MARL and MARIL. Suggested splits are provided here. We recommend that investors consult a professional tax advisor if they have any questions about calculating cost bases or taxes.

11. I was formerly a MIG investor and received MQA Securities as a result of the demerger. What is my cost base in MQA for capital gains tax?

Your cost base in MQA will depend on your original cost base in MIG. A calculator to help you determine the apportionment of your MIG cost base into your cost bases in MQA and Intoll is provided here. We recommend that investors consult a professional tax advisor if they have any questions about calculating cost bases or taxes.

MQA's business

12. Why does MQA invest in assets outside Australia? Doesn't this increase the risk?

While there is always some additional risk (mainly currency risk) in diversifying overseas, our research showed that toll road usage behaviour is very similar in western developed countries to that in Australia, and the same toll road fundamentals apply.

13. How does MQA manage foreign exchange risk?

MQA does not currently hedge foreign exchange exposure on overseas investments and does not intend to do so in the future. However MQA often hedges the foreign exchange risk of future overseas equity commitments, and in the case of new acquisitions, if any, MQA will hedge the foreign exchange risk on the acquisition price.

14. How does MQA manage its exposure to interest rate movements?

Generally, MQA's investments reduce their interest rate exposure by fixing some proportion of the debt for each asset.

Contacts

15. How do I change my shareholding details, including my address for all MQA correspondence?

All changes to your shareholding details need to be made through the share registry, Computershare. Contact details are below.

You can also download the change of address form from the internet yourself. Simply log onto the Computershare website. Go to investors/address change. Once you've filled out the form you can either:

Fax to: +61 2 8234 5050 or
Mail to: Computershare Investor Services Pty Ltd
GPO Box 7045
Sydney NSW 1115

16. How do I contact MQA's share registry?

MQA's share registry is Computershare Investor Services Pty Limited. Their details are:

  • Telephone: 1800 267 108 (toll free number for calling within Australia)
  • Telephone: +61 3 9415 4053 (for international calls)
  • Fax: +61 8234 5050
  • Address: Computershare Investor Services Pty Ltd, GPO Box 7045, Sydney NSW 1115
  • Email: web.queries@computershare.com.au
  • Website: www.computershare.com
17. How do I contact MQA?

MQA's investor relations team can be contacted toll free within Australia on 1800 621 694. The international phone number is +61 2 8232 7455. All correspondence can be sent to:

Attention: MQA Investor Relations
PO Box 4294
Sydney NSW 1164

18. What is the Australian Tax Office's view of stapled securities?

The ATO has developed information to assist investors who own stapled securities determine their capital gains tax (CGT) obligations. Click on the following link to read more: ATO information on stapled securities.

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