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GCP Student Living

Strong FY18 progress and positive outlook

Update | Financials | 12 Sep 2018

GCP Student Living (DIGS) saw strong growth in FY18 rental income, driven by an increasing number of operational beds, continuing full occupancy and good levels of rental growth. Growing dividends should be fully covered once current development projects are completed and let. Capital values also grew, with investor interest in the asset class remaining strong, contributing to 11.5% NAV total return for the FY18 year. The company continues to find attractive investment opportunities, maintaining its selective approach to investment, both by location and asset quality, and is seeking to raise up to GBP 55m in a share pacing.

GCP Student Living

Quality assets in and around London

Initiation | Financials | 30 May 2018

GCP Student Living (DIGS) REIT provides exposure to the specialist purpose-built student accommodation real estate sector, with a focus on London (95% of the investment portfolio value). The sector benefits from a positive demand-supply balance and good levels of rental growth, while being much less exposed to economic-led cycles than mainstream commercial real estate. With a growing student population and competing demands for space, the supply shortage in London is particularly acute. DIGS aims for regular sustainable dividends with RPI-inflation linked characteristics and modest capital appreciation. Shareholder returns since the IPO are well ahead of the 8–10% long-term target.