The Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management team give us an update on the latest capital raise in the Westbrooke Yield Plus fund and take our listeners through a case study of how some of these deals are structured. After an extraordinary pace of rate hikes by the Bank of England, the base rate in UK now offers genuinely appealing yield and this presents opportunities for the fund and for investors.
In Episode 121 of Magic Markets, we reflect on some of the recent insights uncovered in our research for Magic Markets Premium. These include how the poor use of share buybacks by US companies, the divergence in performance between national and regional banks in the US, why we look for optionality in a business model, how to view cylical companies in a portfolio and the recent popularity of the luxury sector, why investors are buying these companies and the risk of chasing the hype.
In Episode 118, we brought the sunshine to Magic Markets. Saul Maserow and Dino Zuccollo of Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management joined us to talk about Westbrooke’s response to the solar financing opportunity that has been thrust into the limelight (or sunlight?) by the failure of South Africa’s national power utility. Westbrooke’s approach is a little different, focusing on the equity layer in the capital stack. Equity can be difficult to raise, particularly as most funding in the market seems to focus on debt for these opportunities. Although Westbrooke’s activities in this space are not open to the public for investment, there [...]
Regular listeners of Magic Markets have learnt a great deal about alternative investments and private deals, thanks to the various professionals at Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management who have joined us on the show. Richard Asherson and James Lightbody join us this week to update us on the UK market and the conditions under which the Westbrooke Yield Plus fund operates. The focus of the fund is capital preservation, and with it now turning 5 years old and having consistently delivered in the target return band of cash plus 5% to 7% in GBP, we wanted to go deeper into the success [...]
For founders and executives, raising capital is always a hot topic. Cash is the lifeblood of any organisation and the “capital stack” is an important and complicated area of finance that far too many entrepreneurs don’t have a proper understanding of. After several podcasts with the Westbrooke team members, in which we have learnt about the different investment mandates in the group and how they operate, we welcomed Jonti Osher back to the show alongside Brent Blankfield, both of whom focus on flexible capital solutions. If you ever wanted to know how to make your business more attractive to an investor [...]
Ever wanted to know what wealth managers think about alternative investments and how they are using them in clients' portfolios? Regular Magic Markets listeners have become familiar with the Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management team and the types of investments that they specialise in. This week, we look beyond the team to find out what independent wealth managers think about alternative assets. Based on the results of a survey of wealth managers that was arranged by Dino Zuccollo of Westbrooke, we were able to discuss points like: • What types of alternative assets are popular? • What is the priority for investors – [...]
In the latest episode with the team from Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management, Richard Asherson joined us from the UK to talk about market conditions on the ground. The UK has been extremely topical this year and macroeconomic challenges are felt in private and public markets. Apart from asking whether his money was on Liz or the lettuce, we touched on a number of fascinating topics: • What does it mean to look for asymmetrical returns in a debt-led structure? • How do current rates in the UK compare to long-term averages? • What are the impacts of inflation on dealmaking and [...]
Alternative assets have been a key discussion point for us this year, as a means to diversify the portfolio as well as hedge against listed assets through achieving uncorrelated exposure. We’ve had a fantastic time learning about the various alternative asset strategies with Westbrooke. We've welcomed the team over several episodes since the first appearance on Episode 59. We’ve covered a great deal of ground since that show, so we thought it would be useful to our listeners to take a more holistic view and wrap this into a recap of some concepts while probing developments in the market so far [...]
In the investment equivalent of chasing the sun, we meet the team at Westbrooke responsible for the solar investment strategy. Clearly, this is an asset class that resonates with South Africans who are used to being in the dark. Ryan Rittoff and Saul Maserow are passionate about what they are doing. In typical Westbrooke fashion, the group is investing and gaining real-world experience in this space before opening it up to external investors. In the meantime, Westbrooke would love to chat to you if you have commercial or industrial solar projects that need funding. For more information on Westbrooke’s alternative asset [...]
Investing in mobile home parks is a wonderful example of how far the definition of an alternative asset can be stretched. It sounds odd, yet when you dig into this asset, you’ll find that it is simply a different way of getting exposure to residential property. Westbrooke’s investments in this asset class have delivered strong USD-based returns. As we learnt on this show, some of the biggest names in the investment industry have exposure to this market, including Warren Buffett! Get any thoughts of Jerry Springer out of your mind and prepare yourself for a great learning experience with Jonathan Loeb [...]