Brandeaux Suspended Funds Update
The following is an extract from Brandeaux on the latest update of their suspended funds. In many cases we will be able to help you if you have money frozen in these funds, please contact me below to find out more:
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Ground Rent Income Fund Limited, The Ground Rent Portfolio Limited Ground Rent Portfolio Plus Limited (the “Ground Rent Funds”)
Brandeaux Dual Asset Fund (Sterling) LimitedBrandeaux Dual Asset Fund (US Dollar) LimitedBrandeaux Dual Asset Fund (Euro) Limited(the “Dual Asset Funds”)
Brandeaux Student Accommodation Fund (Sterling) LimitedBrandeaux Student Accommodation Fund (Multi Currency) Limited(the “Student Funds”)
(and together the “Brandeaux Funds”)
The Ground Rent Funds
Update on sales The Brandeaux Update of 26 September 2013 reported that the Ground Rent Funds were in negotiations on sale transactions representing approximately 80% of the total value of the ground rent properties.
Brandeaux is pleased to report that property sales to release approximately £173 million of liquidity available for shareholders have now been achieved representing approximately 37% of the total remaining assets of the Ground Rent Funds. The sale prices for these properties are in line with the directors’ expectations as communicated in our last Brandeaux Update of 26 September 2013 and therefore there is no change to the current share price of any of the Ground Rent Funds.
The potential buyer for the remaining properties that we reported in our September Update as being at an advanced stage failed to complete the purchase in the agreed time frame. This was unexpected and disappointing, but the continuing interest that has been shown in these properties is very positive and a reflection of their inherent value. Brandeaux has recommenced marketing of these properties and will report progress as it develops. In addition, Brandeaux is actively marketing two remaining portfolios and has received significant interest.
Future of the Ground Rent Funds Given the desire that has been expressed by investors in the Ground Rent Funds to realise liquidity, and following the positive results achieved in property sales so far, the directors of the Ground Rent Funds have resolved to market and sell all the remaining properties within the Ground Rent Funds. Once completed, the intention is to wind-up the Ground Rent Funds.
The directors do not wish to wait until winding-up the Ground Rent Funds is completed before releasing to shareholders the proceeds of the sales achieved thus far and so, after allowing for ongoing operating cash requirements and transaction costs, it is intended that the net proceeds will be released to shareholders as quickly as possible. It is presently anticipated that this will take place early in the New Year.
In view of the intention to wind-up the Ground Rent Funds, the directors consider that the best way of ensuring that all shareholders benefit fairly from the liquidity created by the sales is to make compulsory pro rata share redemptions to all shareholders. The effect is that every shareholder will
receive a proportion of the available liquidity based on their current percentage shareholding. The directors have written separately to all shareholders in the Ground Rent Funds to provide further details of the arrangements, process and timing of the redemptions.
The directors will keep under review the progress of further sales and whether further redemptions can be made as further property sales are achieved prior to the commencement of the winding-up process. It is not possible to say definitively when further property sales will complete and, therefore, when the winding-up process will commence. However, the directors are taking steps to progress these matters as quickly as possible while at the same time preserving shareholder value.
The Dual Asset FundsThe Dual Asset Funds, which are shareholders in Ground Rent Income Fund Limited (as well as in Brandeaux Student Accommodation Fund (Sterling) Limited), will receive their share of the net proceeds of the Ground Rent property sales as these are distributed. The Dual Asset Funds will distribute their share of the proceeds of each redemption to their own shareholders on the same basis as the Ground Rent Funds, namely by way of a compulsory pro rata share redemption to all shareholders. It is intended that this will be carried out promptly following the share redemptions by the Ground Rent Funds. The effect is that every shareholder will receive a proportion of the available liquidity based on their current percentage shareholding.
The directors have written separately to all shareholders in the Dual Asset Funds to provide further details of the arrangements, process and timing of the redemptions.
Future of the Dual Asset Funds The Dual Asset Funds were created to give investors exposure to both the Ground Rent and Student Accommodation asset classes within one fund. Once the Ground Rent Funds are wound-up, the Dual Asset Funds will no longer be invested in both asset classes. The directors therefore intend to wind-up the Dual Asset Funds in due course. In order for this process to be completed it will be necessary for the Dual Asset Funds to first realise their investment in Brandeaux Student Accommodation Fund (Sterling) Limited and then distribute the proceeds to shareholders. Accordingly, it will be necessary for liquidity to be achieved in the Student Funds before the Dual Asset Funds can be wound-up.
Important information for IFA’s who have clients invested in The Ground Rent Funds and the Dual Asset Funds through institutional platformsThe shareholders of the Brandeaux Funds are the institutional platforms that hold Participating Shares in these funds. Brandeaux does not have details of any underlying investors (neither their names nor bond numbers) and are unable to identify their individual holdings. IFA’s should contact the relevant platform for information concerning queries from their clients, and the process and timing of distributions from the platforms over which Brandeaux has no control.
The Student Funds The directors are actively continuing the process for the creation of liquidity for shareholders through property sales and other means, although the timeframe remains, at present, uncertain. A number of discussions have taken place over the past six months and the directors are actively looking at various alternative ways to create liquidity for investors but at this time there is nothing further to report.
A further update will be sent when there is information of significance to report.
16 December 2013
This Update is for information purposes only and is not intended as an offer or solicitation to anyone in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is not authorised, or to any person to whom it would be unlawful to make such an offer or solicitation. Persons who receive this Update are required to inform themselves about and observe any such restrictions and should seek professional advice. This Update should be read in conjunction with the Funds’ Articles of Association and Private Placement Memoranda. Information and representations herein are based on information available at the date hereof, and are, therefore, subject to change. In particular, past returns are not a guide to future returns and the value of shares may go down as well as up. Moreover, returns in non-sterling denominated shares classes may increase or decrease subject to currency fluctuations. Brandeaux calculates its returns net of Brandeaux charges. This Update is distributed on behalf of Brandeaux Managers Limited by Brandeaux Administrators Limited, Brandeaux House, 13 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, which is authorised and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland under the Investment Intermediaries Act, 1995.