iNVEZZ on UK REITs – A Sector “Infant” Presenting Interesting Investment Options

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Investors’ portal iNVEZZ has recently published an analysis covering the UK real estate investment trust (REIT) market. Born just five years ago, this “infant” in the country’s property investment sector presents some appealing investment options, which the author of the editorial, Xavier Basil, reviews in depth.



Using a range of financial and investment criteria, BDO came up with a ranking which saw the sixth smallest real estate trust of the group – A&J Mucklow Group plc (LON:MKLW) - rated number one.

iNVEZZ has recently released an analysis entitled “UK REITs – An Infant With a Promising Future.” After covering the wider REIT market and explaining its basics in an editorial published earlier this week, Xavier Basil of the investors’ portal has now looked into Britain and its real estate investment trusts. The author of this latest analysis introduces readers to the topic with a short, but helpful “background” section, which points at the real estate trust origin and succesful emergence in the UK, and of course, at the main aim of the REIT as an investment, which as Basil writes, “was to create an investment vehicle which allows ordinary folk to invest in sizeable holdings of real estate, hitherto the preserve of large funds and wealthy individuals.”

Moving towards the core of his recently-published analysis, Basil narrows readers’ attention to the list of UK real estate investment trusts. According to the author of the editorial, there are 20 UK REITs listed and traded on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and five which Basil referrers to as “not truly UK REITs” -- three of them listed in the Channel Islands, one in Luxembourg and one “though notionally still listed, at death’s door, having been put into receivership in 2011.” Overall, the number of operating, listed and traded REITs in the UK is tiny compared to the US real estate trust scene, Basil remarks. Yet he explains this with the fact that the UK real estate investment trust market is still in infancy, with this property investment vehicle was introduced to Britain just five years ago.

After making this important note regarding the infancy of the UK real estate trust market, Basil points at some of the major British REITs and compares their market capitalisation. “But as elsewhere in investment – and life – size isn’t everything,” the author of the recently-published analysis writes. He cites recent survey data provided by accountancy firm BDO which reviews the performance of the 20 listed UK REITs over the year to 31 March 2012. As noted by Basil: “Using a range of financial and investment criteria, BDO came up with a ranking which saw the sixth smallest real estate trust of the group – A&J Mucklow Group plc (LON:MKLW) - rated number one.”

Moving on, Basil looks into the particular investment options that Britain’s real estate investment trusts provide. The detailed overview of the REIT opportunities offered to the UK investor makes the recently-published iNVEZZ analysis a helpful source of information for anyone interested in property holdings in the form of a real estate investment trust.

In conclusion to his new editorial, Basil outlines that while UK REITs are still in their early days, these property investment vehicles “look to have come of age in the UK.” Nevertheless he remarks: “The cautious investor may yet conclude that REITs need more time – and observation – before a position is taken in this interesting investment alternative.”

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