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Overview
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Overview

UK Commercial Property REIT (UKCM) is the largest generalist commercial property trust in its AIC sector with net assets of over £1.1bn. Manager Will Fulton, of Aberdeen Standard Investments, aims to buy assets which are benefitting from structural social and economic themes which should support capital values and income growth. This has led to a progressively high allocation to the industrials sector, helpful during the pandemic, as it benefits from the shift of retailing online. It has also led to an increasing allocation to areas of the alternatives sector which Will thinks are benefitting from secular growth trends, including student accommodation and supermarkets.

As discussed in performance, the portfolio has been relatively resilient during the crisis thanks to the industrials weighting and to prudent levels of gearing when the pandemic broke out. However, the dividend was cut in half in April 2020 as a response to the lockdowns and their unknown impact. In fact, the rent collection has outperformed these feared worst-case scenarios, and so potentially there is scope for a raised final dividend payment this year - which could lift the annualised yield on the current share price to 2.1% or above.

UKCM trades on a discount of c. 17% to NAV. While during the earlier period of the crisis it was narrower than its generalist peers on average, this is now in line with the peer group tracked by JPM Cazenove.

UKCM has the lowest net gearing of the generalist UK commercial property trusts at just 6.4%. Will has a total of £218m of cash and undrawn credit facilities to put to work to boost income, in what he hopes will be a year of recovery.

Analyst's View

We think UKCM is an excellent core property portfolio to hold for the long term, although we acknowledge the yield is unexciting in the short term. Will’s approach to identifying secular themes and positioning the portfolio accordingly really paid off in 2020, even if via a black swan event. With capital values in retail and offices likely to be under pressure in a weak economic environment, the focus on alternatives also looks well-timed with attractive yields of over 5%, although the income generated from the student properties will not come online until the 2022/2023 academic year.

In the short term it may take an increase in the dividend to close the discount, or at least the market seeing a clear path to that, given that most property investors are probably seeking a yield rather than share price appreciation. As we discuss in the dividend section, we think the outlook on this front is good. A deployment of the substantial cash and borrowing facilities on hand in the coming months would be one potential source of dividend growth. In the immediate term, with the current quarterly dividend more than covered by the rental income being collected, this means that a top-up payment to the dividend in April is a distinct possibility.

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A portfolio tilted to the top-performing and resilient industrial sector
Commercial property is sensitive to GDP and the UK is passing through a downturn
Lots of uninvested cash and borrowing facilities on hand
Unpredictable outlook for alternatives sub-sectors in the short term
Scope for dividend reinstatement depending on progress of recovery
Yield is low relative to peers
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Fund History

08 Jun 2022 Safe as warehouses
We look into the attractions of the often-overlooked commercial property sector…
04 May 2022 Time to change the record
We ask whether equities can still offer meaningful diversification or whether investors need to turn to alternatives…
26 Apr 2022 Fund Analysis
UKCM looks well-placed to grow the dividend this year and further on…
09 Sep 2021 Fund Analysis
UKCM is in a strong position to take advantage of post-pandemic opportunities...
30 Mar 2021 Fund Analysis
UKCM has weathered the pandemic, and now has cash to invest for income growth…
17 Mar 2021 After the storm
We look at the outlook for dividends in the UK commercial property sector and consider how the portfolio of the future will look after COVID…
26 Aug 2020 Fund Analysis
UKCM’s portfolio is well set up to be resilient to the current downturn…
10 Jun 2020 Pick your poison
We discuss the compromises between yield, value and security in the property sectors…
09 Dec 2019 Fund Analysis
UKCM is well positioned to take advantage of property market volatility…
21 Mar 2019 Fund Analysis
A commercial property trust focused on sectors and locations benefiting from structural change in society and the economy...
13 Mar 2019 Carry on doctor
With a sector average yield of 4.5% and a highly differentiated risk profile, the primary healthcare sector could be a healthy addition to the property portfolios of income-hungry investors...
28 Nov 2018 Fund Analysis
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15 Aug 2018 The income edge
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30 May 2018 Fund Analysis
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22 Mar 2018 Property income: opportunities for growth during structural change
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02 Nov 2017 Bricking it...
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01 Nov 2017 Fund Analysis
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20 Oct 2017 Finding income that doesn’t depend on the FTSE
We highlight a number of trusts and strategies which aren't correlated to an index that these days seems to be defying gravity...
19 Sep 2017 Find secure income amid uncertainty
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30 Nov 2016 Property makes a comeback
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15 Aug 2016 Hot property
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