Aberdeen, LGIM apply value cuts to UK property funds

Added 7th July 2016

Aberdeen Asset Management has announced a 17% value cut to its commercial property funds, following suspensions of trading by the UK’s largest property funds.

Aberdeen, LGIM apply value cuts to UK property funds

The company confirmed it will make a 'dilution adjustment' - a change to the share price of a single priced open-ended fund - by reducing the dealing price of its UK Property Fund and UK Property Feeder Unit Trust by 17%.

The asset manager said the levy was imposed “solely to reflect the need to dispose of properties quickly in order to provide liquidity”, although the firm is “mindful” the 17% drop in share value could deter investors from pulling their money.

“Reducing the share price of the fund reflects the changing market conditions over the past week or so and uncertainty around prices in the property market; sellers requiring liquidity are having to market properties at sometimes significant discounts to their recent valuations,” said Martin Gilbert, chief executive at Aberdeen Asset Management.

Dilution adjustments are usually applied by fund management companies to protect existing investors from bearing the costs of buying or selling the underlying investments as a result of large inflows into or outflows from a fund.

Legal & General Investment Management also took steps to deal with the spike in redemption demands.

Rather than halting trading as its peers have done LGIM has also taken a different approach, making a 15% ‘fair value adjustment’ to L&G UK Property.

“At this time it is still difficult to predict the exact impact of the vote to leave and subsequent market events on commercial property values,” said a spokesperson. “In the interests of treating customers fairly, we have made a further fair value adjustment of -10%, so that the underlying property assets of the UK Property Fund and the UK Property Feeder Fund are now subject to a total fair value adjustment of -15%.” 

“The new prices were applied from the valuation point on 6 July,” she continued. “The adjustment has been made considering the broader market response and other economic metrics. We will continue to monitor market events closely, using all available sources and our experience of the property market.

The L&G UK Property Fund invests in over 100 UK commercial properties across retail, industrial and office sectors. The fund, was £2.3bn in size as at 30th June 2016, with no borrowings.

Meanwhile, Canada Life has become the seventh company to suspend trading in its commercial property funds, worth up to £500m, as the Brexit fallout continues to spook investors.

Canada Life said that the company took the decision to suspend trading on Tuesday at 3pm. The halt in trading could last up to six months to ensure “property values reflect market conditions”.

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