Forward Looking Statements
Various statements contained in our communication, including those that express a belief, expectation or intention, as well as those that are not statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may include projections and estimates concerning the timing and success of strategies, plans or intentions. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and assumptions about future events. These assumptions include, among others, our projections and expectations regarding: market trends in the airport parking rental industry and in the local holiday markets where we operate, our business strengths, our ideal tenant profile, the quality and location of our properties in attractive neighbourhoods, our ability to create a cash flow opportunity with attractive current yields and upside from increasing rents and cost efficiencies and our understanding of our competition and general economic, demographic and real estate conditions that may impact our business. While we consider these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to conform to actual results or changes in our expectations, unless required by applicable law.
Risks Related to the Real Estate Industry
An investor’s performance and the value of their properties are subject to general economic conditions and risks associated with our real estate assets.
There are significant expenditures associated with an investment in real estate (such as debt service, real estate taxes, and insurance maintenance costs) that generally do not decline when circumstances reduce the income from the property. Income from and the value of the properties acquired may be adversely affected by the following factors:
- downturns in international, national, regional and local economic conditions (particularly increases in unemployment);
- the attractiveness of the properties acquired to potential tenants and competition from other properties;
- increases in the supply of or decreases in the demand for similar or competing properties in our target markets;
- bankruptcies, financial difficulties or lease defaults by tenants;
- changes in interest rates, availability and terms of debt financing;
- changes in operating costs and expenses;
- changes in, or increased costs of compliance with, governmental laws, rules, regulations and fiscal policies, including changes in tax, real estate, environmental and zoning laws, and our potential liability thereunder;
- our ability to provide adequate maintenance;
- changes in the cost or availability of insurance, including coverage for mold or asbestos;
- environmental conditions or retained liabilities for such conditions;
- tenant turnover;
- the illiquidity of real estate investments generally;
- residents’ perceptions of the safety, convenience and attractiveness of our properties and the neighbourhoods where they are acquired;
- the ongoing need for capital improvements, particularly in older properties;
- the ability or unwillingness of residents to pay rent increases;
- civil unrest, acts of God, including earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters, which may result in uninsured losses, and acts of war or terrorism;
- rent control or rent stabilisation or other housing laws, which could prevent us from raising rents; and
- increases in property-level maintenance and operating expenses.
- For these and other reasons, SIPA Group SA cannot and does not make any guarantees to investor performance.
- SIPA Group SA faces significant competition in the market for quality tenants, which may limit our ability to rent our units on favourable terms or at all.
We face competition for tenants from other lessors of single-family properties, apartment buildings and condominium units, airport parking spaces, and the continuing development of apartment buildings and condominium units in many of our target markets increases the supply of units and exacerbates competition for tenants. Many of these competitors may successfully attract tenants with better incentives and amenities, which could adversely affect our ability to obtain quality tenants and lease our properties on favourable terms or at all. Additionally, some competing housing options may qualify for government subsidies that may make such options more affordable and therefore more attractive than our properties.
Although SIPA Group SA has considerable operating history, we believe that our business and related operating results will be impacted by seasonal factors throughout the year. In particular, we have experienced higher levels of tenant move-outs during the summer months, which impacts both our rental revenues and related turnover costs. Further, our property operating costs are seasonally impacted in certain markets for expenses such as snow removal and heating during the winter season, repairs and expenses during the summer season.
Improving economic conditions, combined with historically low residential mortgage rates, may cause some potential renters to seek to purchase residences rather than lease and, as a result, cause a decline in the number and quality of potential tenants.
Improving economic conditions, along with the availability of historically low residential mortgage interest rates and government sponsored programs to promote home ownership, has made home ownership more affordable and more accessible for potential renters who have strong credit. These factors may encourage potential renters to purchase residences rather than lease them, thereby causing a decline in the number and quality of potential tenants available to us.
SIPA Group SA investors may have difficulty selling real estate investment properties after initial purchase.
Real estate investments are relatively illiquid and, as a result, there may be a limited ability to sell investment properties. When an investor sells any property, they may recognise a loss on such sale. Market conditions, seasonality, property conditions and repairs, vacancy, days on market, commissions, and closings costs should be accounted for as part of the selling transaction. SIPA Group SA makes no guarantees as to the price, timing, costs or our participation and assistance of selling an investor’s properties. Investment in the real estate sector – notably in regions far from your home location – can involve greater risk than is generally associated with investment in larger, more established markets that can result in significant capital losses that may have a detrimental effect on the value of the asset.