Forsyth Barr Listed Property Fund
The fund aims to achieve positive long-term returns by investing in selected listed property vehicles, subject to the risks associated with investments in listed property assets.
AS AT 5 May 2021
Month End Unit Price
As at 31 Mar 2021
Most equity markets delivered positive returns during the quarter with New Zealand being the exception. Overall the positive market dynamic was helped by better than expected company earnings, increasing confidence in the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, and a strong outlook for global growth due to the substantial level of fiscal stimulus being deployed by policy makers.
New Zealand equities had a positive return in March but still ended down for the quarter. Higher interest rates continued to impact negatively on the defensive dividend stocks. Weakness in large companies such as A2 Milk and the electricity retailers also helped drag the index down over the quarter.
The listed property sector also declined in the March quarter, modestly underperforming the broader New Zealand market, with higher bond yields continuing to weigh on investor sentiment.
The Forsyth Barr Listed Property Fund decreased by -2.84% (gross of fees and tax) in the quarter ending March 2021, outperforming the reference index by 1.24%. This brings the 12 month return to 31.98% (gross of fees and tax), a period which begins just post the COVID-19 market low, outperforming the reference index by 5.66%.
Key contributors to performance during the quarter under review included overweight positions in CDL Investments and Australian names Charter Hall Long WALE REIT, Scentre Group, and takeover tussle target Vitalharvest. Carrying underweights in New Zealand names, in particular Kiwi Property, and Goodman Property Trust, plus our overweight position in Charter Hall Group in Australia cost performance during the quarter.
With upward pressure likely to remain on interest rates (particularly at the long end of the curve), the next year is likely to be tougher for the listed property indices than 2020. Sector and stock selection will become more important. We prefer high quality retail REIT’s (at the right price), supermarket, and healthcare property, along with fund managers (Charter Hall Group and Goodman Group), over expensive industrial and office property, which is likely to suffer from the working from home movement. Broadly speaking the Australian sector trades on more favourable metrics than New Zealand and we are likely to further up weight Australia in the coming months.
We actively manage the fund’s foreign currency exposures. As at 31 March 2021, these exposures represented 14.79% of the value of the fund. After allowing for foreign currency hedges in place, 11.63% of the value of the fund was unhedged and exposed to foreign currency risk.
As at 31 Mar 2021
|Goodman Property Trust||15.10%|
|Kiwi Property Group Limited||13.59%|
|Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited||10.92%|
|Stride Property Group||9.03%|
|Vital Healthcare Property Trust||9.00%|
|Property For Industry Limited||8.28%|
|Argosy Property Limited||7.84%|
|Investore Property Limited||3.54%|
|Charter Hall Group Limited||2.46%|
|Charter Hall Long Wale REIT||2.31%|
|Major holdings as % of total portfolio||82.08%|
|Total portfolio holdings||28|
Performance over time
As at 31 Mar 2021
|1 Month||3 Months||1 Year||3 Years||Since commenced operation|
|Net Fund Return||1 Month 1.37%||3 Months -3.19%||1 Year 29.94%||3 Years 12.58%||Since commenced operation 8.12%|
|Gross Fund Return||1 Month 1.54%||3 Months -2.84%||1 Year 31.98%||3 Years 14.57%||Since commenced operation 9.82%|
|S&P/NZX All Real Estate Gross Index||1 Month 0.49%||3 Months -4.08%||1 Year 26.32%||3 Years 15.37%||Since commenced operation 10.52%|
The unit prices shown do not take into account any adjustment for PIE tax.
Net Fund Returns are calculated after deduction of fund charges, trading expenses and accrued tax for a New Zealand resident paying individual tax at the highest Prescribed Investor Rate (28%). Gross Fund Returns are calculated before deduction of taxes and fund charges but after deduction of trading expenses and including imputation credits where applicable. Market index returns do not have any deductions for fund charges, trading expenses or tax.
The S&P/NZX All Real Estate Gross Index (“Index”) is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and/or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by Forsyth Barr Limited. Copyright © 2015 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a subsidiary of McGraw Hill Financial Inc., and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Redistribution, reproduction and/or photocopying in whole or in part are prohibited without written permission of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. For more information on any of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC’s indices please visit www.spdji.com. S&P® is a registered trademark of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. Neither S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC, their affiliates nor their third party licensors make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the ability of any index to accurately represent the asset class or market sector that it purports to represent and neither S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC, their affiliates nor their third party licensors shall have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of any index or the data included therein.
As at 31 March 2021
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Target investment mix
|Cash and cash equivalents||5.00%|
|New Zealand fixed interest||0.00%|
|International fixed interest||0.00%|
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