Justin Blaess Principal & Portfolio Manager
Justin has a broad and extensive background in investment management, investment banking and equities research. Prior to co-founding Quay, Justin was part of Deutsche Bank's real estate investment banking team in Australia. His corporate finance experience, including a prior role at Merrill Lynch, extends to equity and equity-linked capital markets transactions, M&A and debt arrangement, including involvement in international real estate transactions.
Prior to Deutsche Bank, Justin was employed at ING Investment Management in Sydney where he was responsible for the portfolio management of all INGIM's listed real estate strategies, with more than $2bn of assets under management. During this period, Justin delivered a track record of peer-leading returns recognised by various industry awards.
He also spent six years in equities research until 2003 where, together with Chris, he established and managed the top-rated real estate research team within the equities division of Deutsche Bank.
Chris Bedingfield Principal & Portfolio Manager
Chris has nearly 30 years of experience working as a real estate specialist with a background in investment banking, equities research and investment management. Prior to co-founding Quay, Chris was a senior member in the Real Estate Investment Banking group at Credit Suisse in Sydney and previously Head of Real Estate Investment Banking Asia at Deutsche Bank.
In prior roles, Chris led real estate equities research teams at Deutsche Bank, HSBC James Capel and ANZ McCaughan where he was a consistently ranked top 3 research analyst for listed property.
He is experienced in equity and equity-linked capital markets transactions, M&A and debt issuance, with direct involvement in numerous cross border real estate transactions between Australia and the USA, Europe, Japan, UK, Brazil and Singapore.
Since 2013, Chris has co-founded Quay and launched the Quay Global Property Fund, and is currently the Fund’s co-portfolio manager. The Fund won the Global Property Securities category at the Money Management/Lonsec Fund Manager of the Year Awards in 2018 and 2019.
Chris has been a regular contributor and commentator on TV business news programs (including Sky Business/Your Money). He regularly writes articles for national publications, and is frequently quoted in the media.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Business degree from UTS, with majors in Accounting, Finance and Economics. He was awarded the Securities Institute Diploma in 1994.
Ninus Kanna Senior Investment Analyst
Ninus has 10 years’ experience including investment management and stock broking as an equity research analyst. Most recently, he was employed by NSW Ministry of Health as Principal Financial Analyst, where he provided financial advice and analysis on a range of issues impacting the NSW health sector.
Previous to that, he worked as an Investment Analyst at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets covering listed real estate. Ninus has also worked alongside Quay Principal and Portfolio Manager, Justin Blaess, as Assistant Portfolio Manager at ING Investment Management within the real estate securities team. Prior to this, he worked at Merrill Lynch and Morningstar.
Ninus has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University.
Gavin Truong Investment Analyst
BCom, Grad Dip CA
Gavin joined Quay Global Investors in 2018. He has five years of financial services experience, including in direct real estate funds management and as an equity research analyst.
Most recently Gavin was a financial analyst at Lendlease, where he provided financial modelling, research and tax analysis for a new opportunistic global real estate fund. Prior to that he worked as an Equity Research Analyst at UBS Australia, where he covered emerging companies including listed real estate (and was heavily involved in preparing investor education reports for two proposed IPOs). He has also worked at CPRAM Investments, where he was involved in the management of a portfolio of retail assets as well as acquisition and divestment analysis.
Gavin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW) and a graduate diploma in Chartered Accounting, and is currently studying the CFA.
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Quay defines investment success as achieving a real increase in an investor's purchasing power over time. Benchmarking to an index or the cash rate does not guarantee or focus on this outcome; benchmarking to a margin over inflation can achieve this outcome.
The team believes real estate is well positioned to deliver attractive after inflation returns to investors. Rental growth is often anchored to inflation; moreover, the underlying value of real estate is often referenced to 'replacement cost' which increases in line with construction costs over time.
Fundamentally, real estate values are driven by 'real' interest rates, changes in replacement costs and capital required to maintain or enhance an asset's competitive position. In the short term, however, real estate prices often move due to 'noise'.
Real estate pricing is inherently pro-cyclical. This is because the valuation process, which generally drives purchasing outcomes, often refers to comparable transactions meaning ever higher pricing can be justified in a rising market and lower pricing in a falling market. This accentuates the peaks and troughs of the real estate cycle.
Quay believes that in order to add value, the investment process should focus on total returns, not relative returns, and therefore invest through the cycle with the addition of select counter-cyclical opportunities as they arise.
The Quay Global Real Estate Fund (the Fund) invests in a number of global listed real estate companies, groups and funds. The investment strategy is to invest in real estate securities at a price that will deliver a real, after inflation, total return of 5% p.a. or greater (before costs and fees), inclusive of distributions through the cycle.
The investment strategy is indifferent to the constraints of any index benchmarks and is relatively concentrated in its number of investments. However, it is sufficiently diversified to ensure the portfolio is not overly correlated to a single entity, specific sector, industry or macro economic risk.
Quay believes the best investment propositions over time come from specialised entities with sustainable and growing incomes, and seek to avoid companies that supplement significant amounts of income from development and sales activities, and/or have unattractive capital structures.
Their investment process employs quantitative, qualitative and fundamental research and analysis methodologies, as well as drawing on the team’s considerable experiences to identify those investment opportunities in the global universe best placed to satisfy the investment strategy of the Fund.
Importantly, this process is also iterative and opportunities selected for investment are continually reassessed and compared to new opportunities that arise. A focus on risk management is embedded in each stage of the investment process and care is also taken to understand the inter-relationships of stocks within the portfolio.
Strong and disciplined risk management is a key attribute of Quay's investment management process and is embedded into each stage of the process. Portfolio decisions are the responsibility of both portfolio managers and the preservation of capital over time is a central focus.
Quay principally seeks to manage risk by finding the best value investment opportunities with robust balance sheets, strong management, sustainable business models operating in markets with demographic and/or economic tailwinds. Investment positions will vary in size according to the level of conviction of portfolio managers, implied portfolio risk and hard risk limits. Portfolio stress testing and optimisation is conducted on a regular basis, and in the absence of compelling opportunities the Fund may increase its cash holding.