June 10, 2022
This article appeared originally on Nurole on 10th June 2022 here: Joining the board of a company trading on the world’s first regulated stock exchange for real estate | IPSX CEO, Roger Clarke | Nurole board-level recruitment
"IPSX is the world’s first regulated securities exchange for commercial real estate. We are an FCA-regulated Recognised Investment Exchange whose aim is to democratize access to the commercial real estate market for retail and small institutional investors, thus creating an alternative capital markets solution that enables direct fractional investment into commercial property. In doing so, we want to offer investors greater transparency, liquidity, flexibility to trade and access to yield information on the assets quoted on the exchange. For the first time, the growing tide of investors seeking out property has direct and cost-effective access to real estate.
By concentrating solely on property through a dedicated exchange, IPSX also ensures that an investor’s assets are protected from market movements that have nothing to do with the underlying value of the real estate asset.
Time and again, we see listed property companies’ share prices rise or fall simply from their inclusion in, or correlation with, the FTSE 100 or 250 indices. Their values are skewed by forces unrelated to the performance of the property assets they hold. Investing through IPSX means access to assets valued solely on their own merit."
"IPSX launched onto the scene last year with its maiden admission, the emblematic Mailbox building in Birmingham, which has just celebrated its first year of trading, accomplishing something that the industry had tried to do for decades, fundamentally transforming the way investors can access institutional grade assets, unlocking access to a far greater universe of capital, and providing much needed choice in the way that property is owned and crucially, traded. Ever since, IPSX has been gaining traction as a compelling marketplace for trading shares in single institutional grade commercial real estate assets with commonality. The Mailbox was shortly followed by the M7 E-Warehouse REIT in December of last year, and the momentum has continued to build. The number of listings is set to triple across the next 3 months, with a potential pipeline of between 10-12 admissions hitting the exchange by the end of 2022. The admissions are widely varied, across sectors, locations, and size. The growing pipeline of potential new IPOs currently comprises in excess of £5 billion of gross asset value."
"All types of investors have the opportunity to invest in securities admitted to trading on IPSX, from the man in the street to a large institution. Any investor owning shares on the London Stock Exchange or other broad based stock markets will be able to own shares in securities admitted to trading on IPSX. We also hope to appeal to a lot of investors who have traditionally been less active in conventional stock markets. Investors like family offices, private banks, fixed income investors and direct real estate investors are all attracted to IPSX because of the low correlation to other markets and the lack of volatile share prices that this results in. These investors rarely buy real estate companies which are traded on the London Stock Exchange but are already active on IPSX. "
"IPSX companies are going to be, predominantly, UK plc’s just as on other exchanges. And in the same way, they will be subject to the UK Companies Act, securities laws, and the Takeover Code. The experience needed, and the role itself, is therefore very similar to that for an investment trust which is admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange."
IPSX Wholesale is a market exclusively for institutional and professional investors.