5 December 2019 - M&G Investments (M&G) has announced that it is temporarily suspending dealing in the shares of the M&G Property Portfolio and its feeder fund with immediate effect.
In an announcement yesterday, the company said that “In recent months, unusually high and sustained outflows from the M&G Property Portfolio have coincided with a period where continued Brexit-related political uncertainty and ongoing structural shifts in the UK retail sector have made it difficult for us to sell commercial property. Given these circumstances, we have now reached a point where M&G believes it will best protect the interests of the funds’ customers by applying a temporary suspension in dealing.”
The Funds will continue to be actively managed during the suspension, but in recognition of customers’ temporary inability to access their investment, M&G is waiving 30% of its annual charge, which will end when the funds resume dealing. Suspension will be regularly reviewed.
The company added that “In accordance with the fund’s strategy, the suspension will allow the fund managers time to raise cash levels to pay redemptions, whilst ensuring that asset sales are achieved at market prices and investors in the fund are safeguarded. In all other aspects, the fund will continue to operate as normal throughout the suspension and customers will continue to receive income payments.”
The decision to suspend was made by M&G Securities Limited, the funds’ Authorised Corporate Director, in agreement with the Fund’s Depositary and the Financial Conduct Authority was informed.
Orders placed after midday on 4 December 2019, will not be accepted until the suspension is lifted.
The suspension will be monitored daily, formally reviewed every 28 days and will only continue as long as it is in the best interests of customers, reopening as soon as liquidity levels have been sufficiently rebuilt. M&G will keep customers fully updated via the M&G website.