Simon Thompson 

A trio of small-cap value plays

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson

In yesterday’s column I noted that student accommodation construction company Watkin Jones Group (WJG:203p) has just secured planning permission for a 322-unit residential build-to-rent scheme on a site in Leicester, increasing its pipeline in this niche market to six schemes which will be delivered between 2019 and 2021. It’s not the only company on my watchlist targeting the growing institutional appetite for private rental sector housing as Alpha Real Trust (ARTL:122.75p),an investor in high-yielding property and asset-backed debt and equity investments in western Europe, is investing in two large schemes in the UK.

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