Listed property sector pursues consolidation
Market watchers foresee tougher economic conditions ahead
THE impressive rise in the fortunes of the listed property sector reads like a Cinderella story: it has gone from what one fund manager described as the “most unloved sector on the JSE”, with a collective market capitalisation of just R20-billion in 2003, to one valued at more than R400-billion.
In a flurry of deals in the past four months, the Competition Tribunal has approved more than 10 large mergers, acquisitions and share buy-ins. There is also increased interest by investors on the JSE who are finally recognising the sector as a separate asset class…