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HENDERSON UK PROPERTY A

HENDERSON UK PROPERTY A - Overview

Overview of HENDERSON UK PROPERTY A

The fund aims to achieve a high income together with some growth of both income and capital through investment primarily in commercial property and property-related assets. Approximately three-quarters of its assets are in bricks and mortar property, with the balance in cash and UK listed property company shares. The focus is mainly on prime (as opposed to secondary) bricks and mortar properties, located principally in the South East of England. The current portfolio is overweight to regional offices and lower risk tenants.
Investors should note that the management group reserves the right to swing the unit price without notice to reflect net fund flows. The property market can be illiquid; consequently, there can be times when investors in property funds will be unable to sell their holdings. Property valuations are subjective and a matter of judgement.

  • Standard Initial Charge 5.00%
  • Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%

Fund summary

Sector Property
Structure OEIC
Launched June, 1999
Size £2,585m
Yield 3.4%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid 31/01, 30/04, 31/07, 31/10

Charges

Standard initial charge 5.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.24%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.70%

Risks

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 Investor Information Document, which we make available to you before you make a decision to invest, alternatively it is available on request.

Bestinvest view

The portfolio consists of 80 quality properties, negligible voids and long leases. Around 60% of the portfolio is invested in the South East. It also has an above average allocation to higher quality tenants. It has c.15% in cash which gives it flexibility to invest quickly and to meet redemption requests, but could also be a drag on performance and dividends. This fund will be merging with the Old Mutual Property fund, which completes in early 2015. This will add to the numbers of properties and tenants that will need managing. We are slightly concerned about the high level of cash being a drag on performance. Also the large size of the fund may limit its ability to buy smaller properties in the UK regions where there is more scope for capital value growth. So in November 2014 we reduced the rating of this fund from 5 to 4 stars.

Portfolio

Allocation Proportion(%)
Equity 4
High yield bonds 0
Quality bonds 0
Property 81
Commodities 0
Hedge 0
Fund cash 15
Allocation Proportion(%)
UK 100
Europe 0
North America 0
Japan 0
Pacific 0
Other Equity 0
Allocation Proportion(%)
Large Caps 56
Mid Caps 44
Small Caps 0

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Investment process

The fund manager's strategy is to focus predominantly on prime (as opposed to secondary) bricks and mortar property assets. The portfolio managers apply research over the long and the short term, to identify those property sectors where outperformance is expected and where they feel they can best add value. The dedicated research team provide regular reports and analysis of the position of the market and future forecasts. Once purchased, properties are actively managed by a dedicated team of experienced investment professionals. Opportunities to add value include legal and physical improvements eg improving lease structures, diversifying tenant mix, refurbishments and amending planning consents. The team uses a four stage approach; Strategy, Target, Analyse and Return (“Star”). Strategy: identify an attractive overall opportunity; find the best way to access that opportunity; estimate its risk/return profile. Target: top-down macro analysis to select target markets. Analyse: build a live portfolio. Return: ongoing monitoring of investments. The investment process is agnostic of market conditions and is intended to be stable and robust through rising and falling value cycles, to which the UK property market is prone.

Live feed

Bid price(inc) (5.51p) 101.84p
Accum units 204.64p
Fund commentary 31/12/14
Fund data updated on 27/02/15

* This fund is part of our annual bonus scheme to which conditions apply. If you qualify for the bonus it will be paid on any holding of this fund that you have in your Investment, ISA or SIPP accounts.

Asset allocation

Allocation Proportion(%)
Equity 4
High yield bonds 0
Quality bonds 0
Property 81
Commodities 0
Hedge 0
Fund cash 15

Equity Geographic

Allocation Proportion(%)
UK 100
Europe 0
North America 0
Japan 0
Pacific 0
Other Equity 0

Equity Capitalisation

Allocation Propor
tion(%)
Large Caps 56
Mid Caps 44
Small Caps 0

Top 10 holdings

As at: 30/09/2014
7.7% 440 Strand, West End
3.9% Rd Park, Hoddesdon
3.8% Ryder Court, West End, London
3.1% Robin Shopping Park, Wigan
2.6% Windsor Office Park, Windsor
2.5% Travelodge, London
2.4% Capital Park, Cambridge
2.4% Plot M, Derby
2.3% Hardcase Unit, West Thurrock
2% Sainsburys, Trinity Walk, Wakefield
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Offices - Property 30%
Retail - Property 27%
Money Market 16%
Industrial - Property 16%
Other - Property 8%
Property Shares 4%

Portfolio details

Portfolio as at 30/11/14: Total assets £2.5bn, property value £2bn (82%); cash £340m (15%); property securities: 3%; average lease length 11 yrs; number of properties 77; tenants 286; void 1%; offices 28%; retail 27%; industrial 16%.

Constraints

Asset Allocation: up to 20% property shares; 15-25% cash; 5% fixed interest; balance in bricks and mortar property.
The portfolio usually has very little commonality with the Index and so performance can be expected to differ markedly on occasions.

Average monthly relative returns Bestinvest MRI
10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14 14/15   3 years 5 years Career 3 years 5 years Career
-0.69% -0.31% -0.20% -0.21% -0.61%   -0.34% -0.41% -0.33% 1.70% 2.40% 8.20%
Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Marcus Langlands Pearse / Ainslie McLennan

Manager. •Langlands Pearse has been working in commercial property since 1991. He worked at HypoVereinsbank on their property investment and property finance teams for 8 years. He then moved into private equity with a property focus for 4 years. Langlands Pearse joined New Star in September 2003 and graduated from Assistant Fund Manager to Director of UK Property. He joined Henderson on the acquisition of New Star and is now the Lead Fund Manager on the Henderson UK Property fund and a Director of UK Property. •McLennan began her career in 1996 working in the Investment Department at Ryden Property Consultants in Edinburgh qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1998. In 2001 she joined PJ Leggate & Co where she was involved with acquiring and managing a portfolio of commercial property. In 2002 McLennan joined Henderson Global Investors running both UK commercial and residential property portfolios.

Track record

Marcus Langlands Pearse / Ainslie Mclennan has 5.6 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.33%. During the worst period of relative performance (from November 2009 - December 2014) there was a decline of 24% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 4%.

Periods of worst performance
Absolute -4% (August 2010 - September 2010)
Relative -24% (November 2009 - December 2014)

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Sector record since July 2009 (6 yrs)




About the MRI

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.

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