- Civitas Social Housing, the first real estate investment trust (“REIT”) dedicated to existing portfolios of social homes in England and Wales added to Seneca portfolios
- Investment also made in PRS REIT, the first quoted REIT to focus purely on the private rented sector (“PRS”)
Richard Parfect, fund manager, Seneca Investment Managers, says:
“Traditionally the REIT sector was all about shops and office space, but recently we’ve added two specialist REITs in very different sectors, both offering the opportunity for an excellent yield and potential for future growth.
“PRS REIT is the first REIT investing in the private rented sector. It floated on the London Stock Exchange on 31 May raising £250 million and is supported by the UK Government’s Homes and Communities Agency. We took part in the IPO as we recognise the potential for income, with an attractive dividend yield of 6%, and capital growth. In essence, the fund is focused on providing quality family housing to rent, which is a growing segment of the UK market where there is a great shortage of family properties. With the initial capital raised, the fund’s objective is to provide funding and work in conjunction with housebuilding partners to develop in excess of 2,500 new rental homes across key regions in the UK.
“Civitas is the UK’s first REIT dedicated to building up a portfolio of social homes. The company works in partnership with Registered Providers (RPs) such as housing associations and local authorities to support the provision of capital to deliver more social homes. It has an appealing deal flow as evidenced by the recent acquisition of a portfolio of social housing in Southampton. Through these acquisitions, RPs are able to free up capital to reinvest in further social homes. With a target yield of around 5% plus the potential for capital growth, we view this as an attractive stock for our specialist allocation across the Seneca portfolios.”
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