Data as at: 19/05/2022

Gearing

Gearing policy
The PRS REIT is using gearing to enhance equity returns. The level of borrowing is prudent for the asset class, whilst maintaining flexibility in the underlying security requirements and the structure of both the PRS portfolio and the Group.
Borrowing limits
The aggregate borrowings of the Group are always subject to an absolute maximum, calculated at the time of drawdown of the relevant borrowings, of not more than 45% of the gross asset value, although the Investment Adviser expects actual gearing to settle to around 40% following stabilisation of the initial portfolio.

Ways in which investment companies can magnify income and capital returns, but which can also magnify losses.

At its simplest, gearing means borrowing money to buy more assets in the hope the company makes enough profit to pay back the debt and interest and leave something extra for shareholders.

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However, if the investment portfolio doesn’t perform well, gearing can increase losses. The more an investment company gears, the higher the risk.

Investment companies can usually borrow at lower rates of interest than you’d get as an individual. They also have flexible ways to borrow – for example they might get an ordinary bank loan or, for split capital investment companies, issue different classes of share.

Not all investment companies use gearing, and most use relatively low levels of gearing.

An indication of the maximum and minimum levels that the company would expect to be geared in normal market conditions.

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