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It is attractive for income investors, with a current yield of 5.1% and a steady monthly dividend payment. It converted to a UK real estate investment trust in June 2019, which means it must pay out at least 90% of its tax-exempt income. The trust’s performance has struggled amid a 32% allocation to retail and retail warehouses, which have been hit by company administrations and store rationalisation programmes. Its shares have gone from a 5% premium in March 2017 to a 13% discount at the end of 2019. But that masks a decent longer-term rise in net asset value, up 15% and 40% over three and five years respectively.
The quality and diversity of the portfolio are plus points, as are various limits that help to maintain diversification and reduce risk. For example, no single property can account for more than 15% of gross assets at the time of acquisition, and the largest five properties must be no more than 40% of gross assets. There are also limits on the proportion of short-leasehold properties (with less than 60 years remaining) and the proportion of the portfolio in different sectors. The trust owns properties located throughout the country but had 58% of its assets in London and the South East at the end of 2019.
Shares in the trust have consistently traded at a small premium, such is the demand for the steady and reliable stream of income it generates but dipped closer to net asset value in 2019.
UPDATE: The Board of BCPT have temporarily suspended the monthly dividend of the property trust.
Part of their statement from 16th April 2020:
Notwithstanding the Group's strong balance sheet and its high quality and diversified portfolio, in view of the current uncertainty the impact that COVID-19 will have on future rental receipts, particularly in relation to the Group's retail and leisure tenants, the Board considers it prudent to temporarily suspend its future monthly dividend payments in order to strengthen cash reserves and protect the long-term value of the Group. The Board currently intends to re-introduce distributions when conditions improve and believe that the portfolio is well positioned to begin its recovery once the temporary restrictions surrounding COVID-19 are lifted.
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