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Forsyth Barr Listed Property Fund

The fund aims to achieve positive long-term returns by investing in selected listed property vehicles, subject to the risks associated with investments in listed property assets.

Unit Price

AS AT 27 Oct 2020

2.5912 NZD

Buy/sell spreads may apply when transacting. There are currently none.

Month End Unit Price

As at 30 Sep 2020

2.4536 NZD

Manager's Comment

Market Commentary

Share markets globally have just finished a second successive quarter of strong gains, despite most regions taking a breather in September. The performance of financial asset prices over the past six months would have surprised everyone when considering the dire global outlook we faced back in March. This is testament to the unprecedented (yes that word again) support given to financial markets and economies in general by central banks and governments around the world. Central banks have committed to continuing their extraordinary levels of liquidity support for the foreseeable future, while many governments are trying to be more nuanced by balancing the type and level of ongoing fiscal support with political realities such as budget constraints and for some, election cycles.

September was the third consecutive month of property outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Gross with Imputation Index, capping off a strong quarter. The S&P/NZX All Real Estate Gross (with imputation) Index returned 2.70%/13.42% over the month of September and Q3 respectively. The top performer of the month was Stride Property Group (SPG), up 10.90%. Property for Industry (PFI) gained 3.94% after reporting a solid interim result and reinstating its pre-COVID-19 dividend guidance. Vital Healthcare Property Trust (VHP) was up 3.51% over the month as it announced the appointment of a new Chairman, and provided a positive trading update.

Portfolio Performance and Positioning

The Forsyth Barr Listed Property Fund increased 2.53% (Gross Fund Return) in the month of September underperforming the reference index by -0.17%.  Over the September quarter, the fund increased 13.18%, again modestly underperforming the reference index by -0.24%. The yearly return of the fund has printed relative outperformance of 1.37%.

Key contributors to performance during the quarter under review included overweight positions in Australian names Charter Hall (CHC), Charter Hall Long WALE (CLW), Centuria Capital (CNI) (inherited from our Augusta overweight position), Goodman Group (GMG) and out of index positions in aged care.

In order to fund these out of index Australian names, we had to underweight New Zealand names. With the NZ Property Index up 13.42% for the quarter, this was always going to cost performance, in particular industrial names Goodman Property Trust (GMT), Property for Industry (PFI) and Argosy (ARG).  Whilst industrial names have undoubtedly been least affected by COVID-19 they are certainly priced for perfection at 30-40% premium to NTA, and we remain comfortable with our large underweight positions in GMT and PFI.     

During the quarter we added Mirvac (MGR) to the portfolio. We see MGR’s pipeline as very attractive, especially in a low interest rate environment and supported by the Group’s asset creation track record and low gearing.  MGR trades on 15x FY21e earnings (in line with LT average, but around 20% below the Australian sector), with an FY21-24e EPS CAGR of around 7%.  


While there are many uncertainties surrounding the virus and how long it will continue to disrupt global activity, one thing we do know is that interest rates are going to remain at current or lower levels for some years to come.

Some NZ LPVs went into the pandemic with relatively ungeared balance sheets, while others have sold (or are in the process of selling) assets or raised capital to reduce gearing. With debt costs low, and marginal debt costs even lower with line fees already being paid on unused debt facilities, adding to portfolios is highly accretive. SPG and GMT have recently taken advantage of this spread and acquired assets, Investore Property (IPL) has signalled meaningful acquisitions are on the horizon, while ARG has sold non-core assets at a solid premium to book value.  The Australian sector enjoys the same tailwinds, yet is trading on more favourable metrics with stronger growth in earnings.  All other things being equal, we expect the next move for the fund will be a further rotation into Australian opportunities as we identify them (currently ~10% of the fund is invested in Australia).

We actively manage the fund’s foreign currency exposures. As at 30 September 2020, these exposures represented 10.39% of the value of the fund and were unhedged.

Major Investments

As at 30 Sep 2020

Company name Volume
Goodman Property Trust 18.01%
Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited 13.50%
Kiwi Property Group Limited 13.13%
Property For Industry Limited 9.58%
Vital Healthcare Property Trust 8.11%
Stride Property Group 7.19%
Argosy Property Limited 7.05%
Investore Property Limited 4.54%
ANZ transactional bank account 4.06%
Asset Plus Limited 2.67%
Major holdings as % of total portfolio 87.86%
Total portfolio holdings 20

Performance over time

Return Comparison

As at 30 Sep 2020

1 Month 3 Months 1 Year 3 Years* Since commenced operation*
Net Fund Return 1 Month 2.37% 3 Months 12.79% 1 Year -3.91% 3 Years* 10.86% Since commenced operation* 7.94%
Gross Fund Return 1 Month 2.53% 3 Months 13.18% 1 Year -2.38% 3 Years* 12.85% Since commenced operation* 9.63%
S&P/NZX All Real Estate Gross Index 1 Month 2.70% 3 Months 13.42% 1 Year -3.75% 3 Years* 14.83% Since commenced operation* 10.59%

The unit prices shown do not take into account any adjustment for PIE tax.

Net Fund Returns are calculated after deduction of fund charges, trading expenses and accrued tax for a New Zealand resident paying individual tax at the highest Prescribed Investor Rate (28%). Gross Fund Returns are calculated before deduction of taxes and fund charges but after deduction of trading expenses and including imputation credits where applicable. Market index returns do not have any deductions for fund charges, trading expenses or tax.

The S&P/NZX All Real Estate Gross Index (“Index”) is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and/or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by Forsyth Barr Limited. Copyright © 2015 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a subsidiary of McGraw Hill Financial Inc., and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Redistribution, reproduction and/or photocopying in whole or in part are prohibited without written permission of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. For more information on any of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC’s indices please visit S&P® is a registered trademark of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. Neither S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC, their affiliates nor their third party licensors make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the ability of any index to accurately represent the asset class or market sector that it purports to represent and neither S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC, their affiliates nor their third party licensors shall have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of any index or the data included therein.

Morningstar, are a leading global provider of independent investment research that rank and report on Funds within New Zealand and Australia. View the latest Fund Report for the Listed Property Fund here.

Fund update

As at 30 September 2020

This document tells you how the Forsyth Barr Listed Property Fund has performed and what fees were charged. The document will help you to compare the fund with other funds.

General Fund Information

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Target investment mix

Cash and cash equivalents 5.00%
New Zealand fixed interest 0.00%
International fixed interest 0.00%
Australasian equities 20.00%
International equities 5.00%
Listed property 70.00%

Things to note

  • Manager: Forsyth Barr Investment Management Limited
  • Date the fund started: 26 June 2008
  • Tax status: Portfolio Investment Fund (PIE)
  • Minimum suggested investment time frame: At least five years
  • Benchmark: None
  • Currency: New Zealand dollars
  • View the Product Disclosure Statement for detailed information about this Fund and Forsyth Barr Investment Funds Scheme.


Annual fund charges are currently 1.28% of the net asset value of the fund (estimated), made up of our management fee (1.25%) and other annual fund charges (0.03%, estimated).

All fees and charges are quoted exclusive of GST.

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