Wednesday, 27 January 2016 12:28

South African listed property once again outclassed bonds, cash and equities in 2015

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Listed property returned 7.99% to its investors, outstripping cash’s 6.46%, equities 5.13% and bonds’ -3.93%, according to figures from Catalyst Fund Managers.

Mark_Stevens_SAREIT

Commenting on the sector’s top performance, SA REIT Association Chairman, Laurence Rapp says: “Despite a tough operating environment and the brutal turmoil that hit local markets in December, the SA REIT sector continued its excellent track record of outperformance for investors in 2015.”

While being the best performing asset class of 2015, listed property’s returns were somewhat lower than in recent years after it took a nasty knock in December, with other sectors, as capital markets responded to what has been coined Nenegate. As the market was rocked by the news, listed property dropped around 10% in two days.

It later recovered to some extent. Despite these gains, in December listed property still lost 6.12%. Before then, listed property wasn’t only leading other asset classes but outperforming market expectations.

Rapp notes that while the limp local economy will put all sectors under pressure in 2016, the listed property sector is already ahead in its quest to find greater value for investors by entering new markets and subsectors. “International and sectoral diversification has been a growing trend in the sector for some years now, and certainly dominated strategies in 2015,” says Rapp.

This focus is likely to continue in 2016. Rapp adds: “Given the stagnant economy, weakened Rand and further threats of a credit downgrade, the sector will work hard to sustain value in local markets while also looking for offshore assets with more attractive fundamentals and Rand hedge benefits.

However, property is a long-term game, so REITs favour taking a corresponding long view when making investments. It is this approach that has sustained the sector’s performance in tough times.”

In its pursuit to continue its outperformance, remain attractive to investors locally and internationally, and to grow despite tough times, the sector will come together for the SA REIT Conference 2016 on 17 March -- an event that already looks set to sell out.

The conference’s headline speaker is internationally acclaimed business trailblazer and ex-CEO of global property giant Unibail-Radamco, Guillaume Poitrinal. It is his first time speaking in South Africa. Poitrinal will be joined by outspoken international keynote speaker Andrew Parsons, MD of Resolution Capital (Australia). The conference’s full programme addresses the big issues South Africa’s listed property sector, and its partner industries, face as we enter 2016.

“This conference couldn’t happen at a better time,” says Mark Stevens, Chairman of the SA REIT Marketing Committee.

“We’ve started the year on an uneasy footing with yet another set of economic hurdles. This is the ideal opportunity to come together, hash out challenges and learn from one of the world’s best business leaders, Poitrinal. His commercial insights are invaluable, but he also has a wealth of knowledge for the public sector.

Poitrinal has been appointed by French President Francois Hollande to lead the charge to make France more business friendly by simplifying administrative and fiscal formalities.”

The one-day executive SA REIT Conference is hosted by the SA REIT Association and sponsored by Property Finance at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (NCIB). It takes place on 17 March 2016 at The Maslow in Sandton Central. 

The SA REIT Association represents South Africa’s listed REIT sector. SA REIT members comprise all listed SA REITs and represent more than R300 billion worth of real estate assets. The quality of these SA REITs influences our economy and the quality of people's lives. 

Last modified on Thursday, 28 January 2016 21:21
Nedbank Property Finance is a market leader in commercial property finance, enabling you to realise your property opportunities through a diverse range of financing solutions.

Most Popular

Echo Polska Properties finalises EUR 120 million Towarowa retail development acquisition

Jan 09, 2017
Hadley Dean
Echo Polska Properties NV (EPP) has concluded an agreement to purchase a stake in the 22…

2016 represented further average house price growth slowing, moving into negative territory in real terms

Jan 09, 2017
John LoosFNB
The FNB House Price Index for 2016 as a whole rose by 5%, slower than the 7.2% and 6.5%…

2017 could prove to be a tough year for retailers, with real retail sales growth expected to underperform economic growth

Jan 09, 2017
John LoosFNB
Retail Sales growth tends to be more cyclical than overall economic growth, outperforming…

Consumers will need to continue to “create their own luck” in 2017 despite some likely improvement in the economy

Jan 09, 2017
John LoosFNB
While economic growth is expected to be mildly better in 2017, this is not yet expected…

Redefine International lets remaining space at City Point, Leeds

Jan 09, 2017
Adrian Horsburgh Redefine International
Redefine International (“Redefine International” or the “Company”), the opportunistic…