Friday, 02 March 2007 02:00

Low gearing sets up blue-chip to expand

Big challenge is to find suitable properties

Thursday, 15 February 2007 02:00

Some property firms distribute one-off items

Some companies are distributing trading profits and others non recurring items to their unit holders

Sector more like equities than bonds.

With competition increasing and listed property companies seeking to outperform each other in a buoyant market

Monday, 05 February 2007 02:00

Funds with bad habits

Listed property fund managers are eagerly preparing to join the globalising trend of property that will bring more capital,greater liquidity and higher prices. But they're ignoring some bad habits that they will have to change before international investors rate them equal to Australian, American or European funds. 
Funds are devouring each other to crack the R15bn-plus market capitalisation that would attract big international investors. Their managers are debating how best to change their property unit trusts and property loan stock companies into real estate investment trusts (Reits) - the format that is understood throughout the world.

In spite of a sell-off in the middle of last year, SA’s listed property sector had bounced back and recorded a return of 28,6% for the year to December, said Catalyst Fund Managers yesterday.

Listed  property company Atlas, which has a market capitalisation of just more than R1bn and property assets worth more than R1,3bn, said on Friday that its distributable earnings a unit had increased 9,3% to 115,26c for the year to September.

In a surprise turn of events, ApexHi Properties’ new C units, which were introduced on to the JSE’s main board six weeks ago, have doubled in value in the first month of trading.

Thursday, 16 November 2006 02:00

Property recovers but volatility remains

The South African listed property sector has regained most of the losses that occurred in the second quarter of this year. But analysts do not rule out further price volatility in the sector in the short term as uncertainty around interest rates and inflation figures persists.

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 02:00

Listed property's lustre returning

After a torrid three months, the listed property sector has bounced back, with some commentators saying it is a more attractive buy than fixed property.

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