Private Placement Industry Highlights – June and YTD 2018

Monday, July 9th, 2018 and is filed under AI Insight News

A review of private placements on the AI Insight Platform.

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1031 Exchange Programs

  • There were 10 new 1031 programs activated on the AI Insight platform in June for a total of $302.4 million in total offering amount, with 42 activated YTD as of the end of June for a total offering amount of $1,198.7 million.
  • The aggregate June offering amount was well above May levels and YTD is approximately 68% above 2017 YTD levels.
  • Inland Private Capital remains the top sponsor in the industry with 32% of the offering amount YTD. Passco Companies, LLC comes in at second with 12% of offering amount YTD, while the remainder of the programs were evenly spread between different sponsors.
  • One new sponsor entered the market in June with one offering.
  • Multifamily and net lease programs continue to dominate the space, with 60% and 13% of offering amounts YTD, respectively. Student housing represented just under 8% and healthcare represented approximately 5%.
  • ON DECK: As of July 5th, two DST programs were activated in July with one coming soon.

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  • Five energy focused programs were activated in June, for a total of nine programs YTD with $499.1 million in maximum offering amount.
  • A large program focused on drilling activated in June, which puts the sector ahead of its 2017 run rate – a welcome sign after a few dismal years.
  • Energy focused private placements are still well below their 2013-2014 peak, which corresponds with oil pricing trends. The entire energy industry has seen significant consolidation, debt reduction, and restructuring. It remains to be seen whether the private placement structure can thrive once again after all of these changes.

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  • 20 non-1031 real estate focused private placement programs have been activated on the AI Insight platform so far in 2018.
  • As of June 30, 2018, the total maximum offering amount for real estate focused funds was over $1.5 billion, which more than doubles the total offering amount of $688 million for the full year 2017.
  • ON DECK: As of July 5th, there was one non-1031 real estate private placement programs coming soon.

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  • One private equity program activated in June, bringing the total for private equity/debt programs to three for the year.
  • Preferred programs are slightly below 2017 levels, with no new activations in June.
  • Three conservation easement programs have activated so far in 2018, This is on par with 2017; however, the year was back-end heavy with 24 programs for $294 million offered between May and the end of 2017.
  • One private non-traded REIT activated in June.
  • ON DECK: As of July 5th, there was one hedge fund program coming soon.

 

Glossary:

Activated: Program and education module are live on the AI Insight platform. Subscribers are able to view and download data for the program and take the education module.

Charts Source: AI Insight. Data as of June 30, 2018, based on programs activated on the AI Insight platform as of this date.

Private Placement Industry Highlights – May and YTD 2018

Monday, July 2nd, 2018 and is filed under AI Insight News

A review of private placements on the AI Insight Platform:Chart 1

 

1031 Exchange Programs

  • There were four new 1031 programs activated on the AI Insight platform in May for a total of $84.9 million in total offering amount, with 32 activated YTD as of the end of May for a total offering amount of $896.2 million.
  • The aggregate May offering amount was above April levels and YTD is approximately 71% above 2017 YTD levels.
  • Inland Private Capital remains the top sponsor in the industry with 32% of the offering amount YTD. The remainder of the programs were evenly spread between different sponsors.
  • Multifamily and net lease programs represented the top sectors at 53% and 12% of offering amounts YTD, respectively. Student housing represented just under 9%, and two of the first healthcare programs were activated as well. Retail net lease programs represent less than 5% of offering amounts, a major shift from the dominance of the sector in prior years.
  • ON DECK: As of June 25th, nine DST programs were activated in June with two more coming soon.

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Energy

  • Two energy focused programs were activated in May, for a total of four programs YTD with $172.1 million in maximum offering amount.
  • A large program focused on oil and gas development activated in May, which brings the sector back to a similar run rate as 2017 in terms of offering amount.
  • ON DECK: As of June 25th, four programs have been activated in June. The sector seems to be ramping up as the year moves on, as it typically does. It will be interesting to see whether the reversal in oil prices brings new life to the energy sector, which has seen much slower activity since the 2014 peak in oil prices.

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Real Estate

  • 13 non-1031 real estate focused private placement programs have been activated on the AI Insight platform so far in 2018. This is on-par with last year’s numbers, but the offering amounts are higher.
  • As of May 31, 2018, the total maximum offering amount for real estate focused funds was over $1.3 billion, which doubles the total offering amount of $687 million for the full year 2017.
  • ON DECK: As of June 25th, seven real estate private placement programs were activated so far in June with two more coming soon.

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  • Similar to real estate, we have seen the same amount of private equity and debt programs YTD as we did last year, but the offering sizes have increased, including a $1 billion+ program offered by GPB.
  • Preferred programs appear to be on par with 2017 levels.
  • Two conservation easement programs have activated so far in 2017, both offered by EcoVest Capital. There were no offerings as of this time last year, however, the year was back-end heavy with 24 programs for $294 million offered between May and the end of the year.Chart 5

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Charts Source: AI Insight. Data as of May 31, 2018, based on programs activate on the AI Insight platform as of this date.

Glossary:

Activated: Program and education module are live on the AI Insight platform. Subscribers are able to view and download data for the program and take the education module.

 

3 Key Takeaways from the Morningstar Investment Conference

Thursday, June 21st, 2018 and is filed under AI Insight News

Last week AI Insight made their first appearance at the annual Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago, IL. As we look to expand our capabilities into alternative mutual funds, it was important to learn about the latest trends and developments within the financial industry.

Here are three key takeaways to consider:

  • Goals-based financial planning is a growing trend within the advisory space. To help facilitate, advisors can make use of various product sets including liquid alts, interval funds, socially responsible investments, and ETFs. The challenge is in educating clients and applying within a portfolio context as these products can be complex.
  • Transparency is the key to gaining client trust. This message needs to be clear to clients – that their interests are ahead of the firm or advisor interests. This is the essence of the DOL rule, which should simply be part of the process regardless. The real premise of investing is in people, not just how you invest their money.
  • There’s never been a better time for financial advice considering lower fees, technology integration and the breadth of product offerings available. However, there has been a disconnect between what advisors and investors value within financial goals. To be successful, advisors need to be resourceful with technology in order to provide more efficient and client-centric advice.

Alternatives are complex. Here’s how to make sense of them for clients.

Monday, June 18th, 2018 and is filed under AI Insight News

About 67% of advisers say lack of understanding is one of the main reasons why they don’t invest more heavily in alternatives.[i] Regulatory requirements and operational challenges add to the complexity. But, as complex investments become easily accessible to everyday investors who are looking for new investing opportunities, it’s critical that you stay one step ahead to understand these products and help your clients make sense of them.

Obstacle: Complex products can be difficult to track because many managers don’t make their data available.

Opportunity: Lack of understanding complex products can be addressed by gaining more transparency to help you better explain these products to your clients. Using an unbiased online resource to get hard-to-find industry data on complex products can help. For example, AI Insight provides data on hundreds of Alternative Investments including 120+ private offerings. Plus, get unbiased monitoring of key performance metrics for 140+ nontraded REITs, BDCs and closed-end interval funds.

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Obstacle: Not only do you need be able to clearly differentiate between traded and nontraded alts, but you also need training at the product level to gain a deeper understanding of the complex products you’re offering — and meet your regulatory requirements. Plus, the operational requirements can be overwhelming for broker dealers, RIAs and advisors. Working with illiquids requires a significant amount of paperwork, due diligence research and an infallible way to track for compliance purposes.

Opportunity: Over 150 broker dealers and RIAs use AI Insight to help research new products for due diligence purposes. Most require their advisors to use the platform to facilitate product education on nontraded alts, including 72 percent of the top broker dealers in 2016[ii]. Working with traded alts? Research reports will be available on AI Insight starting in August. Get more information.

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Obstacle: You’re concerned that you can’t explain certain alternative investment products to clients, but you want to include more complex products to provide more diversification in clients’ portfolios.

Opportunity: Educating yourself on complex products can better equip you to answer client questions and feel more confident in adding Alternative Investments to your clients’ portfolios. AI Insight’s News and Alerts feature can provide you with all the regulatory updates on the hundreds of funds available on the platform according to your preferences. If you need a deeper dive, you can easily connect with fund managers directly through the platform.

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Obstacle: Compliance and regulatory issues are ranked as the most stressful concern for advisors. [iii]

Opportunity: As the number of complex products available to investors increases, so do the regulatory requirements. When you conduct research or complete a product-specific education module on AI Insight, it automatically tracks your activity. You can access or download your documentation in the Training, Education and Research log.

 

Use AI Insight’s easy-to-use online platform as a solution help explain offerings efficiently to clients, enhance their portfolios and create confidence in your process. Contact us to learn more and request a live tour customized to your business needs.

[i] More Advisors Use Alts, But Few Understand Them by John Waggoner, InvestmentNews

[ii] Top Broker Dealers of 2016 – InvestmentNews Broker Dealer Data Center

[iii] Insights into Advisor Wellness by Flexshares

3 Key Takeaways from the FINRA Annual Conference

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 and is filed under AI Insight News

It was great to connect with many of our industry partners at the recent FINRA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss regulatory topics relevant to our industry. Here are three key takeaways to consider:

  • The industry continues moving forward with a new approach to the standard of care registered representatives must undertake when working with clients. SEC Chairman Clayton was adamant about having industry stakeholders submit comments to help shape the actual outcome of the proposal. He was also quite vocal on the confusion people seem to have around the term “fiduciary” and that he was very much against using it in this proposal. The SEC’s Brett Redfearn provided an overview of Regulation Best Interest and enhancing the standard of conduct for broker-dealers. Read more
  • On a suitability panel, “inadequate training relative to products and risks” was noted by FINRA as a common weakness found.

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  • Heightened diligence and advisor education are needed for the increasingly complex products being offered through traditional ’40 Act structures such as Alternative Mutual Funds and Interval Funds. FINRA mentioned their guidance on complex products as a resource when working with Alternative Mutual Funds, leveraged ETFs, Interval Funds and other alternative investments.

Do you know your regulatory responsibility when working with Alternative Mutual Funds?

Monday, June 11th, 2018 and is filed under AI Insight News

As Alternative Mutual Funds evolve, regulators are taking a closer look at these investments.

FINRA has highlighted a need for investor awareness around the unique characteristics and risks in their investor alert, “Alternative Funds Are Not Your Typical Mutual Funds”. Specific considerations include ensuring that investors fully understand the alternative fund’s:

  • Investment structure
  • Strategy risk factors
  • Investment objectives
  • Operating expenses
  • Fund manager
  • Performance history

Additionally, the SEC has implemented liquidity rules for registered investment companies to help improve management of fund liquidity risks. The rules are intended to better protect investors and strengthen securities markets.

Not only is it important to get the resources you need to stay compliant, but also to have a reliable regulatory-compliant documentation system in place. Check out these related resources to support your efforts:

Preview: Non-Traded Industry Roundup

Monday, May 21st, 2018 and is filed under AI Insight News

Challenges faced by the non-traded industry over the last market cycle have caused investors and advisors to pause.

  • As predicted, capital raise slowed again in 2017 causing continued consolidation and changes in the non-traded space. The traditional “lifecycle” non-traded REIT has become less prevalent, as has the non-traded BDC structure.
  • Sponsors have shifted either to a more institutional “perpetual life” structure in the real estate category or a more flexible closed-end interval fund structure.
  • Institutional money managers have replaced the original non-traded REIT sponsors as industry leaders.
  • All are trends many believe are the keys to helping right the non-traded industry ship.

To view NTR and BDC data in more detail, read the full article by Laura Sexton, AI Insight Senior Director-Project Management, in the June issue of Real Assets Adviser.

Private Placement Industry Highlights – April and YTD 2018

Monday, May 14th, 2018 and is filed under AI Insight News

A review of the private placements on the AI Insight Platform by Laura Sexton – AI Insight Senior Director-Project Management

 

1031 Exchange Programs

  • There were seven new 1031 programs activated on the AI Insight platform in April for a total of $68.1 million in total offering amount, with 23 activated YTD as of the end April for a total offering amount of $728.3 million.
  • The aggregate number of offerings and offering amounts were above March levels and YTD the category is approximately 76% above the aggregate YTD offering amount levels in 2017.
  • Inland Private Capital remains the top sponsor in the industry with 35% of the offering amount YTD. The remainder of the programs were evenly spread between different sponsors, including two new entrants on the AI Insight platform.

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Energy

  • One energy focused program activated in April after only one activated in Q1. A third activated in May. All three for the year have been focused on royalty and mineral interests. As of May 9, 2018, there were two programs in entry.
  • Energy programs generally ramp up towards the middle to the end of the calendar year. However, the category is roughly 66% behind in terms of offering amounts as compared to the same time last year. We have seen a steady decline in the number of energy programs since the cyclical peak in 2014, which coincides with the cyclical peak in oil prices the same year.

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  • There have been 10 real estate focused private placement programs activated on the AI Insight platform so far in 2018. The number of programs activated is on-par with last year’s numbers, but the offering amounts are higher.
  • As of April 30, the total max offering amount for real estate focused funds was just over $1 billion, which already eclipses to the total offering amount of $687 million for the full year 2017.

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  • Similar to real estate, we have seen the same amount of private equity and debt programs YTD as we did last year, but the offering sizes have increased, including one $1 billion+ program offered by GPB.
  • Preferred programs and offering amounts appear to be on par with 2017 levels.
  • Two conservation easement programs have activated so far in 2017, both offered by EcoVest Capital. There were no offerings as of this time last year. However, the year was back-end heavy, with 24 programs for $294 million offered between May and the end of the year.

Source: AI Insight. Data as of April 30, 2018, based on programs activated on the AI Insight platform as of this date.

3 Key Takeaways from IPA

Monday, April 23rd, 2018 and is filed under AI Insight News

It was great to connect with many of our AI Insight subscribers and industry partners last week at the 2018 IPASummit in Washington, D.C. to discuss the increasing importance of due diligence and impacts future legislation may have on our industry. Here are three key takeaways to keep in mind:

1. SEC proposes new standard of conduct rules for brokers

If the rule passes, “broker-dealers will be required to act in the best interest of a retail customer when making a recommendation of any securities transaction or investment strategy involving securities to a retail customer.”

Our take: The industry seemed more accepting of the SEC taking the lead on a uniform standard of care proposal versus the Department of Labor.

2. A push for institutional products

  • The industry seemed to agree that the best way to improve the non-traded marketplace was the growing push towards an institutionalized product structure – more streamlined (lower and simplified) fee structure, further transparency around fees and conflicts of interest, and managing performance expectations.
  • What does this mean for the product wrapper itself? It seems the industry is still trying to figure this out. The Non-Traded Evergreen (Perpetual) REIT seems to be the front runner with the success of Blackstone and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), and now Nuveen entering the space with a perpetual REIT.

Our take: It will be interesting to see how the existing landscape of sponsors will handle the institutional pedigree of Blackstone, JLL, and Nuveen entering the market. It seems some will be able to survive the transition, others will not. Also, it seems that there is risk that the initial transition to an institutionalized product is going to lower the number of products available on the market, at least initially.

3. The jury is still out on interval funds

  • The product structure seems to make a lot of sense on paper and there have been sponsors who have had success in both the IBD channel and the RIA channel.
  • However, concerns still exist around (a) down market performance and what this will do to the liquidity provisions, and (b) what exactly is the health of the distributions for these funds. Industry still seems to be figuring out how coverage works and its impacts to the investor. Both are simply just going to require more time for these funds to develop a healthy performance track record as an industry.

Our take: An establishment of a performance track record will also help with determining whether there’s value in using one of these products versus one of their liquid mutual fund counterparts. Do these products provide enough alpha/diversification/volatility reduction to make it suitable for an investor to give up daily liquidity?

Non-Traded REIT Industry Capital Raise Early Insights – Full Year 2017

Monday, April 16th, 2018 and is filed under AI Insight News

  • Non-traded REITs raised $6.6 billion in 2017, an increase over the $5.9 billion raised in 2016 when including DRP and merger proceeds from open and closed programs.
  • The $6.6 billion includes $921.9 million from the merger of American Finance Trust, Inc. with Retail Centers of America (RCA). Removing this would reflect a total capital raise for the year of $5.7 billion.
  • Approximately $4.3 billion was raised by REITs actively raising capital during the year, with the remainder raised through dividend reinvestment in closed programs.
  • 11 programs closed during 2017, reducing the number of those actively raising from 33 at the beginning of the year to 22 as of December 31, 2017.
  • Capital raise for actively raising funds was highest in Q1. Capital raise slowed in Q2 and Q3 but saw a modest increase in Q4. The higher raise early in the year was likely due to program closures, including those sponsored by W.P. Carey who exited the non-traded REIT business in June.
  • Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, which began its capital raise in January 2017, led the pack. The program raised $1.7 billion, or 40% of the raise for open programs during the year. Carter Validus came in second, raising $418 million or 10%.

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Chart Source: AI Insight. Data based on open, closed, or liquidated programs reporting on the AI Insight platform as of December 31, 2017.