Strong syndication uptake signals ongoing investor demand

Inghams Portfolio Scheme settles 

Inghams portfolio Scheme - Waihekau Road Waitoa

The rapid uptake of Silverfin Capital’s largest-ever property syndication scheme shows there is still plenty of investor demand for well-structured schemes with good projected returns, says the company’s CEO.

The Inghams Portfolio Scheme, marketed by Colliers International’s Syndications team, settled last week after attracting more than a thousand enquiries from investors.

The high level of investor demand resulted in all 932 units, of $50,000 each, being snapped up three weeks before closing.

Established by New Zealand-based company Silverfin Capital Limited, the scheme is underpinned by a Waikato property portfolio on long-term lease to Australasia’s leading poultry producer, Inghams.

Miles Brown, Silverfin’s Chief Executive Officer, says it is the company’s fourth scheme in a row to be oversubscribed before closing.

“We were confident the demand was there, but we’ve been surprised by the very high level of investor interest.

“We’re particularly pleased to have welcomed more than 100 new investors into the Silverfin family.

“The unprecedented level of interest shows there’s still plenty of appetite in the market for well-structured schemes with good projected returns, underpinned by solid property fundamentals.”

The Inghams Portfolio Scheme is structured as a long-term managed investment in six properties, comprising four breeder farms, a hatchery and a processing plan, which make up the 186ha Inghams Portfolio.

The facilities in and around Matamata – strategically located to support Inghams’ fully integrated poultry supply chain – are on long term 20-year leases.

Investors are projected to receive a pre-tax cash return 8.25 per cent per annum to 31 March 2024. Silverfin intends to pay cash distributions to investors on a monthly basis.

The scheme is registered as a portfolio investment entity (PIE) scheme, which falls under special tax rules. As a result, investors will be paid returns at their prescribed investor rate (PIR), rather than their personal income tax rate.

The Inghams Portfolio was purchased for $86m and Silverfin will manage the properties on behalf of investors.

Brown says a number of external factors gave the scheme a boost in the market.

“Recent interest rate cuts have resulted in more and more investors seeking high-yielding alternatives to term deposits with banks.

“In addition, the rejection of a capital gains tax has helped to boost investor confidence in all property asset classes, including syndication schemes.”

Charlie Oscroft, Colliers International’s Syndications Director, says the scheme’s fundamentals were a decisive factor for many investors.

“The Inghams Portfolio is underpinned by the success of the poultry industry, which continues to see strong growth.

“Chicken is New Zealand’s most popular meat, with consumption more than doubling over the last three decades, to 37.5kg per person every year – that’s 20 chickens each, annually.

“To meet this enormous demand, the country has 180 poultry farms employing 3,500 people.

“The industry’s growth story really resonated with investors, which was reflected in uptake of the scheme.”

Associate Director Kris Ongley of Colliers International says there were some 90 enquiries over the first weekend of the campaign alone.

“We also had unprecedented levels of interest in our national roadshow, where we introduced the scheme to potential investors.

 “We expect this level of interest to carry over to future syndication offers, given the ongoing low interest rate environment.”

Founded in 2016, Silverfin has steadily become a leading player in the New Zealand property syndication and management market.

It currently has about $388 million of commercial property assets under management.

Colliers International is a leading commercial property services company with more than 650 people in over two dozen locations throughout New Zealand.

Its specialist Syndications team is part of the Investment Sales service line, which connects investors with all sizes of commercial property investment opportunities.

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