First public offer provides Belgian investors access to sustainable real estate

Brussels, September 27, 2018 – After the launch of our family of sustainable REITs indices earlier this year together with Euronext, Goldman Sachs has now launched investment products linked to the Euronext Reitsmarket GRESB Global Sustainable Index. The scoop is for Nagelmackers, Belgium’s oldest bank. Starting now, Nagelmackers’ clients can sign in on 2 capital guaranteed notes, issued by Goldman Sachs, giving investors exposure to the underlying sustainable REITs index.

In the past decade, real estate has taken a definite place in well diversified portfolios of both small and big investors. For an increasingly large group, achieving only good risk-returns is no longer sufficient. They are looking for investments in companies that are also aware of their environmental and social responsibilities. Until now, the investment world lacked initiatives that connected real estate and sustainable investing. The Euronext Reitsmarket GRESB Global Sustainable Index is a notable exception and innovation. With the launch of two capital guaranteed notes, Belgian clients of Nagelmackers are now the first to be able to access sustainable listed real estate that is well diversified both globally and across real estate sectors.


Euronext Reitsmarket GRESB Global Sustainable Index

For our sustainable REITs indices, Reitsmarket partnered up with GRESB, a Dutch specialist in the sustainability analysis of real assets that has its origins in the world of Dutch pension funds. Index constituents are first screened based on data collected by GRESB, focusing on the ESG awareness and transparency of REIT companies. Each company is examined in detail on the availability of public reports and certificates regarding energy and water consumption, waste policy, renewable energy, stakeholder engagements and many other ESG aspects.
After this screening, Reitsmarket quarterly selects 30 REIT constituents through quantitative and algorithmic methodologies. Given their general investment philosophy that emphasizes providing stability for portfolios, REITs with a low risk profile are clearly preferred in the selection. The whole methodology is completely systematic, which allows the construction of specialized indices that aim to outperform the general real estate market. The end result is a real estate index that is globally diversified both globally and across different real estate sectors, within a sustainable framework.

About Reitsmarket

Reitsmarket is a Luxembourg specialist boutique offering global quantitative and algorithmic REITs related research, specific REITs market advisory and smart indexation. Reitsmarket was founded by Rego Partners, a Belgium based financial boutique owned by Benedict Peeters and Christophe Pecoraro, two financial experts. Reitsmarket provides tailor-made financial research solutions and services for institutional clients within the global REITs market, generally designed with the purpose to add portfolio stability and the aim to enhance return over long-term periods.


The Euronext® Reitsmarket GRESB Global Sustainable Index is administered by Euronext N.V. and the intellectual property of Rego Partners and its subsidiary Reitsmarket which has contracted Euronext N.V. to administer and calculate the Index. Euronext N.V. will use its best efforts to ensure that the Index is calculated correctly. Irrespective of its obligations towards Rego Partners, Euronext N.V. has no obligation to point out errors in the Index to third parties.

Index returns do not represent actual fund or portfolio returns. A fund or portfolio may differ significantly from the Index. The Index does not reflect any management fees, transaction fees, brokerage expenses, or other expenses that may reduce returns. Index returns may assume that dividends have been excluded. Investors cannot invest directly in the Index.

There are risks associated with investing, including the possible loss of principal.

For more information about the Index and the associated risks, we refer to the Index’ rulesbook.

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