Investing in any asset involves risk. One key thing investors need to understand, consider, and decide upon is whether the return that they are taking adequately compensates them for that risk.
At British Pearl we aim to help our investors answer that question in two crucial ways - both of them focus on a core belief of ours. That is: transparency.
It sounds obvious, but before any money is exchanged potential investors should make sure they really understand what they are investing in. This is the first place where transparency comes in: everything they need to know should be clear and publicly available.
Our approach to transparency is to make sure we’re equipping people with the right information at the right time. So we provide detailed information on our investment process and complete clarity on each investment. This means that our investors are best positioned to be able to understand each individual investment and assess if it’s right for them.
British Pearl is an asset manager not an intermediary, unlike the vast majority of P2P platforms. We act as the Investment Manager for each property in our capacity as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager ('AIFM'). This means that we manage the entire process from property sourcing and acquisition through to exit.
Our Investment Team draws on a wealth of experience in property investing to identify the best opportunities on your behalf. All decisions are made against a detailed macro and micro backdrop, comprising economic outlook, interest rate expectations, ongoing management costs, regional supply and other localised considerations, e.g. proximity to local amenities in order to identify areas most likely to offer superior returns for investors.
Our expert team sources all properties and carries out a thorough due diligence process in terms of deal structure, legals, and investment analysis. If the investment fulfills all of our criteria, then it will be acquired in a way that ensures we build in as much capital protection for investors as possible. We work hard on the following three areas:
If you would like to review our process in more detail then please take a look at our blog here.
As well as the transparency in our investment process, we're also transparent in our financial modeling. We carry out detailed modeling for each investment over the entirety of each investment term. This means that we model both the annual profit and loss statement along with the balance sheet (or capital) valuations. We tend towards the more cautious side with this modeling process and focus on the longer-term which aligns with our approach to property investment. We believe that making general property forecasts is very much an inexact science and therefore we look to the wider property market to provide guidance and independent input before deciding on broader growth prospects across regions.
The inputs to the model also include other assumptions together with all fees in place and combined with the leverage that is applied as a result of the investments being partially funded through debt (our loan offering) to produce net average capital gains for each year.
Every step of the investment process and ultimate property purchase is an opportunity for us to reduce investor risks. At British Pearl we want our investors to be able to make informed investment decisions. We believe that the best way to do this is through transparency at each and every step of our process.
James Newbery is Investment Director at British Pearl
When you invest with British Pearl, your capital is at risk and invested sums are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Forecasts are not guarantees and performance may vary. Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and may change. Read our key risk statement.