Brookfield Infrastructure Partners owns and operates a global network of infrastructure companies in utilities, transportation, energy and communications infrastructure. It invests in transmission and telecommunication lines, toll roads, ports and pipelines. The company has an equity market capitalization of about US$17. 7 billion with an investment-return target of 12 to 15 percent. Its annualized total returns since inception have been 18% on the NYSE and 26% on the TSX.