Tokenization of
Alternative Assets

Blog Article Series
Written by: Agata Blichewicz

When we think about tokenization of assets the first thing that comes to our mind is the real estate sector. Indeed the biggest interest we are experiencing at DigiShares comes from this field. Till recently investors in this sector had to invest big amounts, especially when they wanted to get an attractive ROI. Nowadays, thanks to the blockchain technology and our security tokens' issuance platform, investing in real estate becomes more and more accesible to retail investors allowing them to buy even for a little amount of money a fraction of e.g. a big development project.

However, there are many other alternative kinds of investments we're exploring and working on. The real estate model can be easily transferred to the energy sector. Our tokenization platform can facilitate funding not only of a solar or a wind farm but also e.g. of a biogas or a biomass plant. The holders of such digital shares will be receiving a dividend that reflects the share in the revenue of the energy company which is generated thanks to the tokenized investment project.

When you think big you can also use tokenization to fund big state or public infrastructure projects like e.g. a clinic, a school, a bridge, a highway, heating or telecomunication facilities, pipelines, railways, IT or water infrastructure. The token holders will earn dividends either on the revenue a project gets from end users or on the lease paid by the (local) authorities. Infrastructure long term tends to be less volatile than e.g. equities and provides higher yields.

There's been also a growing interest in the mining industry. Our solution can help collect funds to open a new mine or tokenize already mined precious metals or diamonds. The investors of such projects will be holding tokens backed by the value of the mined minerals and will be able to trade them accordingly to their value changes.

One of the alternative investments that has been recently booming is fine art. On daily basis we hear about a new auction record and the highest price ever paid for different pieces of art. Thanks to our tokenization platform fine art investors will not have to go out of the house and spend lots of money on a complete piece of art. They will have the opportunity to own fractions of many of them. It will spare them the necessity and costs of keeping it safe, putting all their money in one asset vs. diversification and will give them the access to the most known and valuable pieces of art.
Another great example is the marine shipping sector which carries out most of the world trade flows. In order to buy new vessels and expand their fleets, shippers borrow huge amounts of money. Investors who are not afraid of volatility may be rewarded with attractive dividends if they go for companies that lease their ships to customers at the going market rate, the spot market. Those who prefer lower but more stable and predictable ROI may choose to invest in shipping companies that offer their clients long-term agreements with a fixed price. Tokenization will help shipping companies fund their new vessels in a cheaper, quicker, and more efficient way and will bring them a new stream of retail investors.

If you find these alternative assets relevant to you, or you thought of others that could be tokenized, contact us to arrange an introductory call.