Launched in December 2017, Hearthstone Residential Fund 1 (HRF1) has been designed specifically for institutional investors seeking a strategic allocation to high quality private rented residential assets in the UK. It seeks to invest at scale in selected areas where strong rental demand is expected to provide the basis for a reliable, stable income stream offering good inflation protection. Our strategy also seeks to identify under-supplied markets where healthy consumer demand is expected to support modest capital growth over the long term.
HRF1 is the sole focus of Hearthstone Investment Management Limited*, a 50:50 joint venture between the Fund’s senior management team and Hearthstone Investments Plc.
*Hearthstone Investment Management Limited is an appointed representative of Langham Hall Fund Management LLP, an entity which is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority of the UK.
The Fund objective is to provide a strong and stable income return (a net distributable income before fees of at least 4.5% on stabilisation), supplemented by modest capital growth over the life of the Fund.
Income is distributed to investors, after deduction of operating costs and expenses.
Target Fund Size
The Fund size is targeted at £200 million. The Fund is open to new investors for a limited period of 12 months from first close which raised just over £100 million in December 2017.
Fund Structure & Governance
The Fund structure is an English Limited Partnership, a widely used and tax transparent structure. The Fund is closed-ended, with a life of 10 years. Governance is based on industry best practice principles. An independent Investment Committee is mandated to review and approve the Fund’s Investment Plan and all transactions. An investor-led Advisory Committee reviews operational matters and acts as a formal communication forum with the Fund’s management team. Langham Hall Fund Management LLP operates as the external third-party AIFM.
Our strategy is to acquire and actively manage good quality, market rented residential stock in areas of strong rental demand across the UK, including a mix of low-rise apartment blocks and clusters of houses.
Acquisitions include bulk purchases of newly-built stock from housebuilders and standing investment assets. Stock selection will focus on efficient-to-manage, readily lettable flats and houses, typically ranging from one to four bedrooms, particularly suitable for young professionals and families in areas of solid rental demand and good local infrastructure, but where there is a lack of suitable quality rented housing stock.
We will achieve the appropriate level of diversification through a combination of the Fund’s scale and strategy to ensure exposure across the six principal UK regions.
The investment style is core: HRF1 is unleveraged and will not take development risk. Investments will be made for the long term to limit turnover costs. Nevertheless, it will seek to exploit opportunities to add value through active asset management and through strategic rebalancing.
Hearthstone Residential Fund 1 media
|Date||11th March 2019|
|Source||FT Pensions Expert|
|Date||25th February 2019|
|Source||Hearthstone Investment Management Ltd|
|Date||11th January 2019|
|Source||TheBusinessDesk.com (Yorkshire edition)|