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Our philosophy is very simple. We are constantly searching for high quality businesses and when we acquire them, we will work relentlessly with them to create long-term sustainable value through innovation, ESG-led and proactive asset management.

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This is a financial promotion for The First Sentier Global Property Securities Strategy. This information is for professional clients only in the EEA and elsewhere where lawful. Investing involves certain risks including:

  • The value of investments and any income from them may go down as well as up and are not guaranteed. Investors may get back significantly less than the original amount invested.
  • Currency risk: Changes in exchange rates will affect the value of assets which are denominated in other currencies.
  • Single sector risk: Investing in a single sector may be riskier than investing in a number of different sectors. Investing in a larger number of sectors helps spread risk.
  • Single country / specific region risk: Investing in a single country or specific region may be riskier than investing in a number of different countries or regions. Investing in a larger number of countries or regions helps spread risk.
  • Charges to capital risk: The fees and expenses may be charged against the capital property. Deducting expenses from capital reduces the potential for capital growth.
  • Property securities risk: Investments are made in the shares of companies that are involved in property (like real estate investment trusts) rather than property itself. The value of these investments may fluctuate more than actual property.
  • Emerging market risk: Emerging markets may not provide the same level of investor protection as a developed market; they may involve a higher risk than investing in developed markets.

 

For details of the FCA authorised firms issuing this information and any funds referred to, please see Terms and Conditions and Important Information below

For a full description of the terms of investment and the risks please see the Prospectus and Key Investor Information Document for each Fund.

If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of our funds for your investment needs, please seek investment advice.

Global property securities

Global Property Securities

Global property opportunities are built on solid ESG foundations

Confirming our portfolio net zero overlay intention has further deepened our understanding of the global property securities sector we invest in. Our continuous focus on in-depth, in-house research means we can see things differently, which has led to discoveries into new risks and opportunities. Our focus on capital preservation remains as strong as always with a preference for allocating capital to well managed assets in high barrier to entry markets in many of the world’s most bustling cities.

Total portfolio net zero carbon emissions overlay

To get the full picture of the risks and opportunities, investors need to look how companies are identifying, measuring, addressing, reducing, renewing and supplementing their carbon reduction and renewable energy ambitions, not just how they operate their assets. Putting carbon measurement and Environmental, Sustainability and Governance factors at the centre of our process for analysing companies ensures the full picture is apparent when it comes to valuing companies and deploying capital in this segment. 

“We believe the meticulous understanding of the global property securities sector we have garnered over many years has facilitated our in-depth ESG analysis”

Stephen Hayes

Head of Global Property Securities

Net Zero

Embodied CO2 p.a

9,467
tonnes

Operational CO2 p.a

7,213
tonnes

Development
Embodied Carbon

2,164
tonnes

Operational
Carbon Intensity

2022
121 kg
C02 sqm
2027
92 kg
C02 sqm

Solar Energy
Generation

2,252mw
“Equivalent to powering 1 million homes”

Solar Generation
to Energy

2027
9.5%
2022
5.3%

Cogeneration Energy

20%
of portfolio
energy use is cogeneration

Energy Sourced from Renewables

2027
53%
2022
46%

Development Embodied Carbon Offset

183
tonnes

Employee Diversity

100%
of portfolio
has employee
diversity plan
in place

Waste Management

100%
of portfolio has
defined waste management
program

Charity

100%
of portfolio has a
charity or foundation
plan in place

All data is sourced from First Sentier Investors, as at March 31, 2022

FSI estimates of total portfolio carbon emissions. FSI estimates of Total portfolio operational controlled and non-controlled carbon emissions. FSI estimates of total portfolio embodied carbon emissions from development activities.

Why invest with us in global property securities?

Diversified exposure

Real estate security returns are driven by a combination of local real estate fundamentals and broader capital market conditions. Due to the fundamentally localised nature of real estate,asset class returns across different regions have historically been characterised by low levels of correlation, and by a lack of uniformity. This phenomenon can lead to pricing anomalies – presenting opportunities to generate excess returns by capital allocation, and regional or stock selection.

Our portfolio can provide access to property assets such as:

Central business district and suburban office buildings

Super-regional / regional / sub-regional and convenience shopping centres

Logistical warehousing

Hotels

Healthcare

Self-storage

Data centres

Retirement assets

Residential investment and development

Global team – local experts

We believe that having specialist property investors in each region is the most effective way to manage a global property securities portfolio.

As such, the team’s highly experienced regional specialists are based across the world’s major property markets to provide on-the-ground research and knowledge that allows them to assess the risks and opportunities in the asset class.

Under the leadership of Stephen Hayes, the global property securities team consists of seven portfolio managers and three analysts, all of whom are focused solely on investing in publicly traded real estate securities.

They have a full understanding of stock specific endogenous risks, of the wider real estate market and of the macroeconomic conditions that can influence returns.

Case study

Data centres - tapping internet growth via listed property

Investing in listed property stocks that own data centres - the specialist buildings which house the infrastructure required to power modern internet usage – gives investors access to one of the greatest structural shifts of our time.

Reliable data centres are expensive to build which means that the supply of new centres is well controlled. A turn-key data centre in the US can cost twice as much as an office tower to build.

This cost reflects the highly specified plant and equipment required for the data centre to have virtually no risk of down time in operations.

Data centres have a wide range of business models appealing to a diverse range of customers - from governments to telecommunication companies to vast internet-centric firms.

With the industry thematic of a high rate of adoption of the internet, together with the large growth in cloud computing, data centres with the right business model can deliver high cash flows well into the future.

Data Centres - Total Operational Floorspace 

Source: 451 Research and Digital Realty

Case study

Build to rent boom

With accelerating tenant demand now an established long-term trend, the supply of purpose-built rental accommodation has failed to keep up with vacancy rates that are very low in most global cities*.

Strong house price inflation has affected housing affordability. Purpose-built, professionally owned and managed residential rental properties are emerging, with luxury amenities like gyms, community facilities, parcel delivery and even child care being included.

Within the ‘residential for rent’ asset class, cash flows have proved stable through economic cycles, with occupancy levels typically remaining high through periods of economic slowdowns. Rents are correlated to employment and wages growth, demographic trends and supply levels. From an institutional investment perspective, we believe the returns have been competitive.

* The vacancy rates for residential real estate is 7.2 % in Paris as of December 2019 and 3.9% in New York as of June 2020. Over the past 3 years, house price inflation in London, Paris and New York has been 2.2% (to 31 March 2020), 17.3% (to 31 May 2020) and 8.7% respectively (31 March 2020). Source: The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau, HM Land Registry, Federal Reserve Economic Data (S&P/Case-Shiller NY-New York Home Price Index).

U.S. Household Formation vs Total Housing Completions 

Source: Government data as at March 2020

Meet the team

Stephen Hayes

Head of Global Property Securities

Tuan Pham

Senior Portfolio Manager Asia Pacific

Stuart Axelrod CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager Americas

Daniela Lungu

Senior Portfolio Manager UK and Europe

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