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This fund aims to provide investors with a total return consistent with a balanced commercial property portfolio. The portfolio is diversified across the UK with a bias to the South East. Generally the focus is on prime (quality) buildings although some higher quality secondary properties that offer asset management opportunities may also be included. At least 10% of the fund's assets will be held in cash or near cash; a small position will also be held in higher yielding property equities and bonds. Investors should note that the management group reserves the right to swing the unit price without notice to reflect net fund flows.
|Sector||UK Direct Property|
|Dividends paid||28 Feb, 31 May, 31 Aug, 30 Nov|
|Standard initial charge||0.00%|
|Initial charge via Bestinvest||0.00%|
|Additional bid/offer spread||0.00%|
|Annual management charge||0.67%|
|Ongoing charges figure||0.81%|
Before investing make sure you have understood the risks relevant to the fund by reviewing our Risk Warnings section. Further information on the risks are contained in the fund's Key Information Investor Document, which we make available to you before you make a decision to invest, alternatively it is available on request.
A UK bricks and mortar commercial property fund offering core exposure to the asset class. Manager Gerry Ferguson targets low risk properties that will provide steady rental growth. The fund has a strategic direct property exposure range of 70-80% and uses property shares and fixed income for liquidity management. The team of eight under Ferguson directly running this trust also benefits from around forty dedicated real estate professionals in the wider Aberdeen real estate team covering UK and international markets.
|High yield bonds||0|
Generally the focus is on prime (quality) buildings let to low risk tenants although some higher quality secondary properties that offer asset management opportunities may also be included. 75% to 80% of the fund is invested directly in physical property with the remainder in a mix of liquid property-related investments (listed equities and bonds) and cash to help meet investor redemptions. Active asset management aims to reduce vacancy rates, increase lease lengths and includes some new build developments (both agreed pre-lets and speculative) and opportunistic sales. The fund is directly run by a team of eight under Gerry Ferguson along with around 40 dedicated real estate professionals in the wider Aberdeen real estate team covering UK and international markets.
|Fund data updated on||23/05/19|
|High yield bonds||0|
As at: 31/01/2019
6.409%Basingstoke, Gastons Wood Ie And Rp
5.7882%London, Broadwalk Sc, Edgware
5.067%Cambridge, Newmarket Road
4.8874%Sheffield, The Moor
4.3335%Winchester, Moorside Road, Winnal
3.9988%Reading, Morrisons, Basingstoke Road
3.9805%London, 24 Minories
3.8831%Russell Way, Crawley
3.6336%Speke, Boulevard Industrial Park
3.5606%Manchester, Sunlight House, Quay Street
As at 31/12/17: fund size £2.5bn; number of properties 53; average lease length 9.8 years; voids 4.3%; liquidity 23.4%; p; direct property 76.6% of which: Retail 50%; Offices 18%; Industrial 15%. Top 10 direct property holdings 42.8%
The fund offers exposure across retail, office and industrial properties. Not more than 10% of the fund's assets can be held in collective investment schemes.
|Average monthly relative returns||Bestinvest MRI|
|14/15||15/16||16/17||17/18||18/19||3 years||5 years||Career||3 years||5 years||Career|
|Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.|
Sankey is Fund Manager for the Aberdeen UK Property Fund, with a particular responsibility for the Fund’s strategy. Sankey joined the APF team in Jun 14. Sankey has been a member of the Aberdeen’s Property investment Committee since 2007 and is a member of the UK Investment Strategy Group which oversees the strategy formulation of all UK property products and mandates.
The track record of Tim Sankey in managing mutual funds in this sector is still too short for us to draw any meaningful conclusions and so our assessment is based largely on qualitative aspects.
|Periods of worst performance|
|Absolute||-2% (November 2018 - April 2019)|
|Relative||-4% (March 2018 - March 2019)|
Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.