20 November 2023: As announced on 19 October, M&G Investments intends to close the M&G Property Portfolio due to declining interest in open-ended daily dealing property strategies from UK retail investors. The decision was made in the best interests of all investors to suspend the Fund – and its feeder fund - ahead of seeking regulatory approval to close.
The FCA has given its authorisation and M&G is now in a position to finalise the closure process. In agreement with the Fund’s Depositary, the M&G Property Portfolio remains suspended whilst this takes place. We will write to customers and clients with further details as soon as we can.
19 Oct 23 – We’ve written to investors in the M&G Property Portfolio and the M&G Feeder of Property Portfolio (the “Funds”) regarding the suspension of dealings and proposed closure of both Funds.
Subject to receiving approval for the closures from the FCA, we will write to investors again to provide them with further details on the closures, including the options available.
Please be reassured that the suspension of these Funds has no effect on any other M&G investments.
We will continue to publish daily prices so you can value your portfolio, but no instructions will take place at these prices while the Funds are in suspension. We’ll update this page with more information as soon as it’s available.
Please be aware that we are not in a position to give you investment advice. If you are uncertain as to how the changes may affect you, you should consult a financial adviser. Find information on how to access financial advice.
It’s common for a fund closure announcement to trigger significant outflows. However the assets owned by the Fund, such as office buildings and warehouses, cannot be sold quickly to accommodate sudden large withdrawal requests. If we didn’t suspend the Funds now, it‘s likely that only a limited number of investors would be able to sell their holdings before dealings in the Funds had to be suspended to allow the fund manager to sell more properties in order to meet further withdrawal requests. The immediate suspension will therefore protect investors in the Funds by allowing the proceeds to be paid out fairly and equitably.
It would also not be desirable to allow investors to invest in either Fund at this time. This is because under the Funds’ pricing methodology, the purchase price for Shares can be in excess of 6% higher than the price at which Shares are being sold, and investing for a short period of time is more likely to result in a negative return on investment.
The decision to suspend with a view to closing the Funds was taken in agreement with the Funds’ Depositary/Trustee and we have informed the FCA.
No. This is the only daily dealing property fund we have.
No. Any instructions to buy, sell or switch in or out of Shares/Units in the Funds will no longer be accepted after 12:00 on 19 October 2023. For postal instructions on M&G, we will make our customers aware that their deals have been rejected as soon as we can after the date of receipt. Subject to receiving approval for the closures from the FCA, we will write to you again to provide you with further details on the closure process, including the options available to you.
The Funds will be actively managed in suspension but we understand that being unable to deal during this time is very frustrating for our customers. In recognition of this inability for customers to access their investment, M&G is waiving 30% of its annual charge until the Funds closes. In addition, effective from the date of the suspension, no charges will be applied to any cash that is held within the Funds’ portfolios.
Yes. The Funds will continue to make income distributions.
As the Funds are suspended, it’s not possible to use your income to purchase new Shares/Units in either Fund, so the income will be paid out to you. This will be via cheque unless we have verified your bank account details for previous income or withdrawal payments.
In practice, yes. Income received for Accumulation Shares is not paid out but is reflected in the value of your holding by including it in the price of Accumulation Shares.
No. We will continue to produce financial statements as normal, including extra detail on the suspension.
Yes. The latest share prices enable you to calculate the value of your holding can be found on our website. M&G investors can register for or log in to My Account for a valuation and myM&G investors can log in to their account for a valuation.
No. There are no other M&G funds affected by the suspension.
For M&G investors (ISA, Junior ISA and/or Savings Plan) and myM&G investors holding a GIA account, we will stop collecting Direct Debits for investments into the suspended fund. If you are an investor in multiple funds, then collections will be made for investment into funds unaffected by suspension activity. You can make amendments to your Direct Debit Instruction, such adding or changing funds, at any time by calling our Customer Relations team on 0800 390 390 or download the relevant Direct Debit form.
MyM&G customers can manage their Direct Debit Instructions from their Dashboard.
For myM&G investors holding an ISA/Junior ISA account, we will continue to collect the full Direct Debit amount, but the amount allocated for investment into the suspended fund will be held in your Cash Park. If you are an investor in multiple funds, then collections will be made for investment into funds unaffected by suspension activity.
Any valid instructions to transfer ownership of Shares of these Funds will be processed as normal during the suspension period.
No. You will not be able to buy, sell or switch in or out of Shares in the Fund.