Nedgroup Investments launches two property fund share classes

Nedgroup Investments launches two property fund share classes

Nedgroup Investments has announced the launch of two new share classes - GBP (Accumulation and Distribution) - for their Global Property fund.

The launch also follows strong performance for the fund, which benefited from early allocations to sectors that were resilient during government policy responses to covid-19, such as logistics, data centres and life science offices, and the nature of the strategy, which outperforms in falling markets by focusing on quality buildings, held by strong companies, managed by excellent teams.

The share classes are currently in the fund raising stage, and already have around $50m in committed capital, with a significant pipeline of interest and inquiries. Whilst the fund runs a growth strategy, the income share class will benefit from a dividend yield of around 3%.

We based our decision to launch these two new share classes on investor demand, and we anticipate further uptake in future.”

Robin Johnson, head of investments at Nedgroup Investments, commented: "Even in uncertain and unprecedented times, our commitment to providing clients  access to sector leading strategies remains as strong as ever. We based our decision to launch these two new share classes on investor demand, and we anticipate further uptake in future."

The fund's disciplined investment process emphasizes a global sectoral perspective and focuses on long term wealth preservation and appreciation. Investing in global REITs the Fund has outperformed its benchmark and peer group significantly since inception. It typically outperforms in falling markets, which has been the case over the last 12 months where the market was down by about 21%. The relative performance has been around positive 900bps and over the longer term about 370 bps of relative outperformance.

The Global Property fund is run by Nedgroup Investments best-of-breed partner Resolution Capital, with CIO and Founding Partner Andrew Parsons one of four managers on the portfolio.

The company said that the Sydney-based team has over 29 years' in combined experience in global financial and property markets. 

Looking at the current state of the property industry, Parson noted the relief rally in 2Q with the market up about 10%. Many of the hardest hit sub-sectors from 1Q regained some of their losses partly due to the substantial fiscal and monetary policy response that backstopped some of the markets. Retail and hotels have been the ‘losers' or worst affected sectors, while data centres and towers, industrial, residential and self-storage were the 'winners', or least affected.

Commenting on this, Parsons said: "Going into the covid-19 pandemic, we had about 50% of the portfolio in the ‘winners' segment of the market and only about 11% in the ‘losers' segment, so we were well positioned."

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