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This under-the-radar firm is using its decades-long legacy to profit from the PropTech boom…

07 Jul 2021 | by: Patricia Miller

Universal PropTech – Making major returns by solving the urgent need for healthy, efficient, and Covid-free buildings…

UNIVERSAL PROPTECH INC. TSXV:UPI | OTC:UPIPF | FSE:8LH

Making buildings ‘healthier’ is big business.

In fact, there’s a rush right now to develop more and more technologically-advanced ways to improve each and every aspect of a building’s ‘health’.

From making traditional elements such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning more sustainable, effective, and efficient….

To making buildings themselves ‘smarter’, so they can automatically turn off lights on certain floors, isolate and control the temperature in specific areas, and even monitor the well-being of the people inside…

It’s all part of what has become known as the property technology, or ‘PropTech’, industry.

And the fact is: this industry is booming.

Indeed, estimates already suggest it’s worth an extraordinary $7 billion.

But that’s before we even consider the Covid-19 issue.

You see, as a result of the pandemic, efforts to make buildings clean and safe are accelerating at pace as owners and developers search for means to manage access and testing in the most cost-and-time-efficient way possible.

Against this backdrop, PropTech’s growth potential has effectively becomes limitless.

One company in particular that’s leading the way in this soaring space is Universal PropTech.

READ OUR EXCLUSIVE DEEP DIVE into the Universal PropTech and the innovative healthy building technology it is bringing to market

You see, this group is not only helping to develop new technologies by making super-smart deals with innovative tech players developing state-of-the-art solutions…

But—unlike much of the competition—it already has a decades-long legacy in the industry that’s second to none.

Not only that, but Universal PropTech has just signed an exclusive deal with a company that has developed a new type of Covid test that takes seconds and is as simple as taking a fingerprint.

The potential all points to an exciting future.

And, with the company continuing to sit under-the-radar compared to its peers….

It also points to an extremely compelling addition to any smart investor’s portfolio today.

A forward-facing company building on rock solid foundations

Despite its forward-facing name, it may surprise you to learn that Universal PropTech has been operating for nearly 40 years and has already established itself as a trusted partner in the industry.

Indeed, for many major businesses and government organizations in Canada, its subsidiary VCI Controls has become the go-to solution when it comes to making buildings healthy.

At its simplest, VCI offers what are known as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning—or HVAC—services to buildings.

But it takes these services to another level by using smart technology to monitor and make sense of the automated data they provide and fine-tune how those buildings are run.

The result?

Energy consumption can be cut by as much as 30% with minimal capital expenditure.

It’s why Universal PropTech—through VCI—already counts Toronto City Airport, the University of Toronto, the Ottawa Catholic School Board, the National Gallery of Canada, Morguard, the Government of Canada, Brookfield Global Integrated Systems, Manulife, and Canada Post among its big, marquee clients.

These names provide a rare and reassuring footing in the healthy building market from which the company’s management team is now aggressively expanding.

How?

Well, last year, Universal PropTech noticed two things.

One, Covid-19 was driving a huge spike in demand for building purification technology among property owners.

And two, this was helping to further accelerate years of rapid growth in the wider PropTech market driven by state-of-the-art technology.

The opportunity was clear.

Universal PropTech could take VCI’s existing brand, legacy and customer base…

And use it to offer innovative companies in the space with a route to market for their PropTech products, creating multiple new revenue streams for its own bottom line.

Specifically, Universal PropTech has been focusing on investing in, partnering with, or acquiring firms developing new technologies in two key areas:

-Renewable energy solutions, which have been growing in the PropTech space for years thanks to increasing environmental consciousness the world over; and

-Indoor air quality monitoring and air purification equipment, a market on track to be worth $10.7 billion by 2028 thanks to a post-Covid-19 boom in demand.

Quite frankly, it has already very much delivered on its word, having already established VCI distribution partnerships with the likes of…

  • Delta-XTM Global, who’ve developed technology to detect heightened temperature readings of people who could be ill in a building.
  • Fresh-Aire UV and Air Sniper, who’s separate technological breakthroughs both use UV light to fight bacteria and viruses, including Covid.
  • AtmosAir Solution, who have invented a way to continuously disinfect buildings.
  • SensorSuite, who’s technology uses AI to monitor, control, and optimize electricity, gas, and water to eliminate wastage and increase operational efficiency.
  • And LuminUltra Technologies, whose tests can confirm the absence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a building.

All of these deals clearly have the potential to increase the value of Universal PropTech’s service to both existing and new VCI customers in a post-Covid-19 world.

However, when you also consider that plenty more deals are right now being finalized…

It becomes obvious that Universal PropTech’s revenues could very rapidly soar to multiples of the $9-10 million-a-year at which they already sit.

Bottom line is, a direction of travel has been established that could thrust the company into the spotlight and onto the radar of mainstream investors.

Early backers stand to be the biggest beneficiaries if this happens.

But still, there’s more.

Indeed, perhaps the biggest opportunity of all in Universal PropTech’s portfolio lies in another area of the PropTech market entirely…

A breakthrough new Covid-19 test that could help unlock the global economy

UNIVERSAL PROPTECH INC. TSXV:UPI | OTC:UPIPF | FSE:8LH

Though the PropTech market itself is huge, as you can imagine, the market for Covid-19 diagnostics is astronomical right now.

Estimated to be worth over $80 billion already, it’s expected to continue to grow over 3% each year until at least 2027.

It’s one of the key reasons why Universal PropTech has invested a significant chunk into an AI company developing technology that stands to revolutionize the space.

For more on Universal PropTech’s aggressive expansion plans, DOWNLOAD OUR SPECIAL DEEP DIVE

In the simplest terms, its platform can scan a person’s finger to detect whether or not Covid-19 is present.

It’s non-invasive.

It takes seconds.

And it’s estimated it’ll cost roughly a dollar per test.

It’s clearly superior to the “invasive” products currently dominating the Covid-19 testing market, which require bodily fluids, take up to 20 minutes to deliver a result, and can cost up to $20 a time.

If approved for use, this technology could provide buildings not just in Canada and North America with a cost-effective and time-efficient way to get people back into buildings, but its reach could very well be global.

A clinical trial is already underway, and funding grants have even been given to the company by the National Research Council of Canada—all to help it progress at speed.

And the great news is that, as well as having equity exposure to the company developing this technology, Universal PropTech will act as its exclusive sales agent to Canada’s government and education sectors.

This will enable Universal PropTech to not only push the in-demand tech out to many of its own established clients, but also reach a whole new audience.

What’s more, it’ll receive a commission for each new customer license and each individual test in the process.

As far as growth catalysts go, approval of this Covid-19 testing technology could not be bigger for Universal PropTech in the current climate.

Put it alongside everything else we have already seen that the group offers…

And it is a clear reason for smart investors to claim their stake today.

An established group increasing its share of an exciting growth market

Frankly, even without this potential breakthrough in Covid testing—and the knock-on effect its launch could have on Universal PropTech’s profile—the fact is that this businessalready looks undervalued compared to its peers.

Indeed, with a broad range of marquee clients held onto for decades and years of multi-million-dollar turnover, Universal PropTech is clearly a group with extremely strong foundations.

Now, with an aggressive new PropTech expansion strategy led by CEO Chris Hazelton (who himself has over 20 years’ experience in the industry), the company has shown how prepared it is to step up and become an even more serious force.

So, when you consider the new partnerships that it’s been entering into recently, not to mention the other deals it has in the pipeline as we speak, all the pieces of the puzzle appear to be coming together at just the right time.

Smart investors will see here a chance to get a foot in an industry that is only set to grow over the coming months and years…

And this is a chance to do so by backing a firm that has a rare combination of both experience and enterprise.

If and when the Covid-19 testing technology is approved, this story will no doubt play out at speed.

Now is the time to act before it does.

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