TRUST WATCH: Assura Real Estate Investment Trust

What is it? Assura buys and helps to develop property. It aims to provide its investors with an attractive return, but also have a positive social impact by managing crucial infrastructure.

What does it invest in? Healthcare properties, which it usually lets to GPs and primary care trusts. 

It owns hundreds around the UK, from Cornwall to the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

What do the experts like? Helen Bradshaw, income portfolio manager at Quilter Investors, said: ‘The leases on these properties tend to be long and linked to inflation, meaning investors can take confidence that the income stream will be more resilient despite the challenging economic backdrop facing the country.’

She adds that the trust ‘is a good diversifier for income investors who have been hit hard by recent dividend cuts’.

Any downsides? Bradshaw says the pandemic has demonstrated the resilience of Assura’s business model, but adds: ‘The defensive nature of the trust means it may lag should we see a V-shaped recovery in the economy.’

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