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Starlight Investments Capital LP ("Starlight Capital"), on behalf of Starlight Hybrid Global Real Assets Trust (the "Trust"), announced today the Trust’s financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.
Q1 2021 HIGHLIGHTS
As at March 31, 2021 ("Q1 2021"), the Trust had an investment of $24,567,022 (December 31, 2020 - $25,209,036) in Starlight Global Real Assets LP (the "Public Portfolio") and $16,893,611 in three investments in the private portfolio (December 31, 2020 - $16,893,611 in three investments). The Public Portfolio had 63 investments (December 31, 2020 – 57 investments) with a market value of $24,262,820 (December 31, 2020 - $23,907,534) in publicly traded global real estate and infrastructure securities.
The Public Portfolio’s investment portfolio remains liquid and the Trust does not anticipate any issues in being able to meet the liquidity needs of the Public Portfolio LP or the Trust.
On January 14, 2021, Starlight Capital announced the 2021 monthly distributions to unitholders of record for the Trust of $0.0433 per unit (2020 - $0.0433 per unit) for a total distribution of $0.52 per unit per annum (2020 - $0.52 per unit per annum).
As at March 31, 2021, the Trust declared three distributions of $0.0433 per series A and series C unit for a total distribution of $0.1296 per unit. In addition, the distributions declared included a component funded by the Trust’s distribution reinvestment plan.
Q1 Redesignation of Units
On January 14, 2021 the Trust announced that given the current number of outstanding series A units and series C units, redesignation requests of series A units into series C units are not currently being accepted by the Trust.
Series C units were redesignated as series A units, at the option of the holder, in accordance with the amended and restated declaration of trust at net asset value ("NAV").
On March 31, 2021, 2,954 series C units with a NAV of $30,657 were redesignated as series A units. Series C unitholders received 3,091 series A units with a NAV per unit of $9.92 in exchange for 2,954 series C units with a NAV per unit of $10.38.
The series A units are listed on the NEO Exchange under the ticker SCHG.UN. Series C units are unlisted.
Update on the Impact of COVID-19
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) ("COVID-19") was a global pandemic. Governments around the world enacted a series of public health measures to combat the spread of the virus. These measures significantly curtailed economic output and business activity globally. As at March 31, 2021, many of these measures remain in place as governments continue to combat the spread of the virus. Since the latter part of February 2020, financial markets have experienced significant volatility in response to COVID-19 resulting in increased risks related to the portfolio issuers and fluctuations in NAV and NAV for each series of unit of the Trust. COVID-19 has also resulted in increased infrastructure risk and real estate risk for the Trust. Further, public health crises, including the ongoing health crisis related to COVID-19, or relating to any other virus, flu, epidemic, pandemic or any other similar disease or illness could increase the Trust’s risks related to the portfolio issuers, fluctuations in NAV and NAV or each series of unit of the Trust, infrastructure risk and real estate risk.
In Q1 2020, the progressive shutdown of large global economies resulted in significant broad market selloffs of global equity markets causing declines in the Public Portfolio investment valuations and the Trust’s NAV. Equity markets have experienced elevated volatility in the face of rising unemployment and sharply declining economic output. The Public Portfolio has also experienced elevated volatility as equity investors have sought liquidity and safety in the face of uncertainty. In addition to impacting the Trust's NAV, this may create difficulty in raising capital in equity markets, which could in turn adversely impact the Trust's strategy. Liquidity of the Public Portfolio has remained high and has not been materially impacted by COVID-19. As a result of COVID-19, trading volumes in the Public Portfolio have increased as the investment manager looks to take advantage of investment opportunities brought about by the elevated level of market volatility.
While the events surrounding COVID-19 have resulted in unprecedented market volatility, the investment manager believes that the Trust’s portfolio is well positioned to navigate through this challenging time. The Trust has not experienced any material distribution or dividend cuts from investments in the Public Portfolio or the private portfolio. As the Public Portfolio remains liquid, and although not expected, any distribution cuts made by portfolio investments resulting from COVID-19 or otherwise are not expected to have an impact on the Trust’s ability to pay its monthly distributions given the liquid nature of the Public Portfolio and the Trust’s ability to adjust its portfolio accordingly. The private portfolio has not experienced a significant impact from COVID-19 and no material changes to valuations have been required as a result of COVID-19. The Public Portfolio is currently positioned in sectors and geographies believed to be the most resilient during and after COVID-19 and to realize significant upside potential upon an economic recovery. The investment manager continues to review the portfolio on a daily basis and remains committed to owning high-quality businesses with long term growth potential.
Starlight Capital has implemented appropriate cautionary measures to ensure it is conducting business in a safe and effective manner (including, without limitation, limiting visits to their corporate office to essential personnel and ensuring proper protocols around sanitation and social distancing), and continues to diligently work with its service providers to remain operational through the pandemic. There can be no assurance that any actions taken will prevent the impact of COVID-19 on the Trust or Starlight Capital’s employees or service providers.
In response to the global pandemic, governments and central banks have reacted with significant monetary and fiscal stimulus programs designed to stabilize economic conditions. Governments have also declared emergencies requiring various restrictions such as stay at home orders, mandatory closures of certain types of businesses and reduced limits on social gatherings impacting businesses and economies. At this time the duration and magnitude of COVID-19 is still unknown, as is the efficacy of the government and central bank interventions. While vaccine programs continue to be implemented and the distribution of vaccines is progressing globally, vaccine roll-outs remain fluid as public health authorities continue to make adjustments to their plans due to continued outbreaks and the timing and volume of shipments from vaccine suppliers. As of May 6, 2021, the U.S. has administered over 148 million doses, with over 107 million people fully vaccinated and over 56% of adults in the U.S. receiving at least one vaccine shot. Comparatively in Canada over 11 million doses have been administered with over 29% of the population receiving at least one dose and only approximately 2.5% of the population having received two doses. Many countries/regions had begun to ease restrictions in Q1 2021, but the emergence of COVID-19 variants that are more transmissible and carry increased health risks have caused a surge in cases and an increase in hospitalizations. Some countries have been forced to reintroduce emergency measures to counter the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Although emergency measures are expected to ease as more people receive vaccinations, the uncertainty created by variants and closures of certain businesses could impact the Trust for a prolonged period.
It is impossible to forecast the duration and full scope of the economic impact of COVID-19 and other consequential changes it will have on the Trust’s business and portfolio values, both in the short term and in the long term. The full impact will depend on future developments that are highly uncertain and cannot be accurately predicted, including new information which may emerge concerning the severity of and the actions required to contain COVID-19 or remedy its impact, among others. The portfolio could experience further volatility and market value declines, which could materially adversely impact the performance of the Trust, its NAV and its ability to raise capital. While the situation continues to evolve, the Trust is confident the tactical measures implemented to date will allow it to provide long-term value creation to unitholders.
FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
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Net assets attributable to holders of redeemable units per series
ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
The Trust’s financial performance and results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 are summarized below:
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Investment gain (loss)
Net Investment income (loss)
Increase/(decrease) in net assets attributable to holders of redeemable units
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the outlook for the Trust’s business and results of operations and the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the Trust’s business and operations. Forward-looking statements ("FLS") are provided for the purpose of assisting the reader in understanding the Trust’s financial performance, financial position and cash flows as at and for the periods ended on certain dates and to present information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. FLS involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may be general or specific and which give risk to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, assumptions may not be correct and objectives, strategic goals and priorities may not be achieved. FLS are statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or that include words such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," or "estimate," or other similar expressions. Statements that look forward in time or include anything other than historical information are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results, actions or events could differ materially from those set forth in the FLS. FLS are not guarantees of future performance and are by their nature based on numerous assumptions.
Information contained in FLS is based upon certain material assumptions applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including management’s perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other considerations believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. Although the FLS contained herein are based upon what Starlight Capital believe to be reasonable assumptions including with respect to COVID-19, Starlight Capital cannot be sure that actual results will be consistent with these FLS. The reader is cautioned to consider the FLS carefully and not to place undue reliance on FLS.
The forward-looking statements relate only to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made in this press release. Unless required by applicable law, it is not undertaken, and specifically disclaimed that there is any intention or obligation to update or revise FLS, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
The Trust’s investment objective is to provide unitholders with stable monthly cash distributions and long-term capital appreciation through exposure to institutional quality real assets in the global real estate and global infrastructure sectors.
The Trust’s unaudited condensed interim financial statements, the notes thereto, and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three month period ended March 31, 2021, can be found on Starlight Capital’s website at www.starlightcapital.com or www.sedar.com.
About Starlight Capital and Starlight Investments
Starlight Capital is an independent asset management firm offering mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, offering memorandum funds and structured products. Our goal is to deliver superior risk adjusted returns to investors through a disciplined investment approach, Focused Business Investing. Starlight Capital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Starlight Investments. Starlight Investments is a privately held, full service, real estate investment and asset management company. The firm manages over $20.0 billion of assets on behalf of institutional joint ventures as well as publicly listed REITs, closed-end funds and investment funds and is driven by an experienced team of over 300 professionals. Please visit us at www.starlightcapital.com and connect with us on LinkedIn.
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