Investment Objective and Investment Policy
We aim to create value through a top‑down approach to investment, supported by an appropriate mix of financing, followed by hands‑on asset management with best‑in‑class processes
The Company’s investment objective is to provide Shareholders with an attractive level of total return. The focus is capital growth whilst also providing a growing level of income by investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of UK properties that are leased or intended to be leased to tenants operating in the life science sector.
The Company seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing in a diversified portfolio of properties across the UK which are typically leased or intended to be leased to tenants operating in, or providing a benefit to, the life science sector (“Life Science Properties”). Life science is the branch of sciences concerned with all processes affecting living organisms. This encompasses servicing and the study of the breadth of life systems, and the structure and behaviour of living things.
Companies operating in the life science sector include, but are not limited to, those involved in the innovation, development and/or production of assets directly or indirectly for human health purposes. These assets include compounds, products and devices derived and designed for application in numerous fields.
The Company does not limit itself in relation to the types of properties it acquires or develops, but examples may include wet and dry laboratories, offices, incubators and co-working space, manufacturing and testing facilities and data centres. The Company retains flexibility to acquire individual buildings, a group of buildings across a single science park or the entirety of a science park.
This may include purchasing or developing buildings that are leased or intended to be leased to tenants providing ancillary services to employees of companies operating in, or providing a benefit to, the life science sector.
The Company typically invests in income producing assets. The Company focuses on investing where it believes that the underlying property is consistent with the overarching objective of providing Shareholders with capital growth whilst also providing a growing level of income. Investment decisions are based on analysis and due diligence, including but not limited to, location, tenant profile and demand, rental growth prospects, lease terms and/or asset management/enhancement opportunities.
The Company may acquire properties either directly or through corporate structures (whether onshore or offshore) and also through joint venture or other shared ownership or co-investment arrangements. In circumstances where the Company does not hold a controlling interest in the relevant investment, the Company will seek, through contractual and other arrangements to, inter alia, ensure that each investment is operated and managed in a manner that is consistent with the Company’s investment policy.
Any asset management or development opportunities that the Company pursues are conducted in such a way as to minimise any development risk, typically through the use of forward funding or similar arrangements. Asset management opportunities may include, but are not limited to, refurbishing or extending existing assets or where the Company may seek to maximise or change alternative use values of existing operational assets. The Company may from time to time invest in development opportunities without a forward funding arrangement including pre-developed land or land where planning permission may be required, subject to a restriction that maximum exposure to these developments, will not exceed 15 per cent. of Gross Asset Value.
It is anticipated that properties will be held for the long term. However, the Company may undertake opportunistic disposals of properties considered to be in the best interests of Shareholders.
The full Investment Policy can be viewed in the Prospectus.