|Fish or fowl?|
One of the great things about being a DIY Income Investor is that there are regular opportunities for reinvestment. My selling strategy also throws up lumps of cash that can be used to correct or adjust the direction of the portfolio. Or even try something new...
I have bought a chunk of Redefine International PLC (LSE: RDI), which is:
- a small-cap company
- a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) - but only recently
Both of these characteristics mark it out as slightly unusual in the portfolio. I don't currently hold any REITs, although I've held them in the past (and sold at a profit). At least it has a good yield: 6.3%, so it is firmly in the high-yield territory. The dividend cover is just 0.8 but in the world of REITs, which must pay out 90% of their income, this is hopefully not a sign of future problems but more the result of a turbulent year of two, including capital raising in 2013.
Small-caps can be flaky, because they often lack the resources to withstand a major internal or external shock. The company in its present form only dates from 2011. And although RDI was only the 14th largest UK-quoted REIT in December 2013, it still had a £1 billion portfolio of office, retail, industrial and hotel assets in the UK, Europe and Australia.
To quote their website: "In making investments Redefine International will seek to achieve a reasonable level of diversification across a spread of assets and geographies. The Group currently has investments in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany the Netherlands, the Channel Islands and Australia concentrating on the retail, government, commercial (office and industrial) and hotel property sectors."
Their loan-to-value was fairly comfortable, at around 50%. Moreover, "Redefine International’s directors intend that Redefine International’s level of borrowing will be between 50% and 65% of the gross value of its total assets through the cycle but will not exceed 85% of the gross value of Redefine International’s total assets at any point in time."
The company also has a secondary listing in Johannesburg; This strikes me as odd, but maybe that's just me...
[Note for those new to REITs: the income can come in the form of Property Income Distribution (PID) that are potentially fully taxable (for UK tax purposes) in shareholders hands as property letting income or as non-PID income that will be treated in the same way as dividends paid by non-UK-REIT companies. I invest in tax-exempt ISAs and SIPPs, so avoiding any tax liability.]
This looks like a company has *redefined* itself quite effectively and could be well placed to benefit from an economic upturn. In the meantime, the yield will help to raise the average of the DIY Income Investor portfolio.
So what does the latest portfolio buy mean for the strategy? It is a bit of a hybrid between shares and fixed-income and, although London-based, it has international operations. So this probably does not change a lot in the strategy - although the numbers are a little shaky and the future for property is as uncertain as the economies of the various countries (and currencies) involved. Small-caps have stormed ahead for the past couple of years - with a bit of luck, RDI will take off.
[Purchase price: £0.5075]
I am not a financial adviser and the information provided does not constitute financial advice. You should always do your own research on top of what you learn here to ensure that it's right for your specific circumstances.