HSC Fund to be listed on SIX Swiss Exchange on 11 November 2019

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Oct 20, 2019

The Fund Management company Helvetica Property Investors plans to float its Swiss real estate fund Helvetica Swiss Commercial Fund (HSC Fund) on the SIX Swiss Exchange on 11 November 2019.


In view of a future listing, the HSC Fund was admitted by FINMA as a mutual fund in the first quarter of 2018 and has since been accessible to all investors. The planned listing will provide investors the benefit of increased liquidity and visibility of their fund shares. The HSC Fund will be listed in the "SXI Real Estate Broad" and "SXI Real Estate Funds Broad" indices. 


Focus on long-term capital preservation and good locations

The portfolio of the HSC Fund is designed to generate long-term value and is characterized by good location and high property quality as well as wide diversity in Swiss economic regions. The HSC Fund, launched in 2016, is thus looking back on a successful performance in terms of earnings and value. The fund currently holds real estate worth around CHF 600 million. At the end of 2019, the Fund Management company expects the market value to have increased to around CHF 700 million, mainly as a result of further planned acquisitions.


"When the HSC Fund was launched in 2016, we pledged to our investors to float the fund on the SIX Swiss Exchange after 3 years. I am delighted that we now list the HSC Fund on the SIX Swiss Exchange and thus keep our promise. I am extremely proud of our team," says Hans R. Holdener, CEO and Managing Partner. "The strategic expansion of the portfolio with a clear focus on quality has proven to be successful, with the fund focusing on commercial properties in central locations in Swiss urban agglomerations," comments Hans R. Holdener.


New Market Maker

Following the listing, the market making of the fund shares will be handled by Bank J. Safra Sarasin. The bank's Real Estate Hub has many years of extensive experience in the indirect real estate market.


Attractive dividend policy

The investment objective of the HSC Fund is also the distribution of adequate profit. The HSC Fund aims to ensure a high payout ratio in the long-term. However, the dividend amount will finally be based on the Fund's liquidity reserves. For the 2019 fiscal year, the Fund Management company plans to pay a higher dividend than in the previous year.


The planned listing is subject to FINMA's approval of the fund contract amendments and SIX Swiss Exchange's approval of the listing application.


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