The steady climb in European property shares this year came to an abrupt halt in September. The Trust’s benchmark, FTSE EPRA Nareit Developed Europe Net TR (in GBP) fell -3.5% in the month and this was the first material monthly fall since the Jan / February correction. Investors returned from their summer holidays to be confronted by a long list of macro woes ranging from the risks surrounding a US/China full scale trade war and Brexit through to the impact of a strong USD on emerging markets. The Euro also weakened against Sterling returning to pre summer levels as investors focused on concerns of a Brussels / Rome rift over the Italian’s desire to spend beyond their means and breach EU budget deficit restrictions.
Pan European property shares initially continued their positive run with the benchmark FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Europe Index TR in GBP) gaining over 2.5% in the first 3 weeks of August. However there was an abrupt pullback in the last few days of the month, coinciding with the end of the holiday period. This resulted in a monthly return of 0.87% whilst the NAV total return slightly exceeded this returning 1.22%.
Pan European property shares extended their gains in July, with the benchmark (FTSE European Public Real Estate Association/National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (EPRA/NAREIT) Developed Europe Index total return in sterling) rising 2.1%, bringing the financial year (31 March) to-date performance up to 8.2%. The fund’s total return in July was 2.8%, exceeding the benchmark by 68 basis points (bps).
After the strong performance of real estate equities from the February lows, June saw the market pause with the benchmark, FTSE EPRA / NAREIT Europe Index TR (in GBP) rising 1.06%. The Trust’s NAV was slightly behind at 1.01% whilst the share price rallied 3.9% nudging the stock back to a small premium to asset value.
Pan European real estate equities had a volatile month with the index initially continuing its April rally then retreated before finishing with a rally off the month low point with the FTSE/EPRA NAREIT Developed Europe Index (in GBP) returning 0.46%. Continental Europe and the UK returned near identical numbers. The Trust’s NAV was 0.49% in line with the benchmark. The share price however rose 2%.