Growthpoint has SA’s top performing industrial property portfolio

Engelbert Binedell, Growthpoint Industrial Division Director
Engelbert Binedell, Growthpoint Industrial Division Director

Growthpoint Properties’ industrial portfolio delivered the highest returns to investors in its sector for the three years ending December 2015, as recorded in the MSCI database. It was named the top-performing industrial portfolio at the recent MSCI South African Real Estate Investment Conference.

The portfolio of industrial properties owned by Growthpoint achieved total returns of 18.9% for the three-year period, significantly outclassing the MSCI benchmark return of 15.5%.

As a leading provider of research-based indexes and analytics, MSCI’s total return calculations are entirely numeric and based on validated property and financial results in its database – no subjective judgements are made, no qualitative criteria are considered.

With its sector-leading returns, Growthpoint won the South African Real Estate Investment Award for the industrial sector.

Engelbert Binedell, Growthpoint Industrial Division Director, comments: “Growthpoint has assembled a well-diversified portfolio of industrial properties, making it highly defensive. Its performance is driven by a great team that works hard to develop solid relationships with our clients and the broking community, and collaborate with developers to grow value from the portfolio. In this tough market, our relationships, flexibility and creative deal making are all strategic advantages.”

Growthpoint is invested in a portfolio of 227 industrial properties in South Africa, valued at R11,bn and covering a whopping 2.3m square metres of gross lettable area. The portfolio offers exposure in every significant industrial node in the country.

Binedell adds: “We are driven to create value for all our stakeholders through innovative and sustainable property solutions. However, it is also pleasing to be acknowledged for our performance by a respected organisation like MSCI.”

Stan Garrun, Executive Director of MSCI, comments: “This recognition comes down to pure performance and quality of management extracting value through investing in real estate. We congratulate Growthpoint. MSCI is proud to recognise consistent top performance of the property funds – listed and unlisted – in our database. In this way, we showcase superior returns and illustrate the fundamental value of investing in commercial property.”