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Half Yearly Report

Released 07:00 29-Jul-2013
Number 3056K07

RNS Number : 3056K
Hammerson PLC
29 July 2013
 



 Embargoed until 7:00 a.m. on Monday 29 July 2013

 

 

 

Hammerson plc - UNAudited Results for the SIX MONTHS ended 30 june 2013

Six months ended:

30 June 

2013 

30 June 

2012 

Increase 

Like-for-like  increase 






Net rental income

(continuing operations)

£140.4m 

£127.8m 

9.9% 

2.5% 

Profit before tax (1)

(continuing operations)

£80.8m 

£13.9m 

n/a 


EPRA earnings per share (2)

11.1p 

10.2p 

8.8% 


Interim dividend per share

8.3p 

7.7p 

7.8% 




 

 



As at:

30 June 

2013 

31 December 

2012 








EPRA net asset value per share (2)

£5.51 

£5.42 

1.7% 


LTV

38% 

36% 



 

OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

 

·     

Like-for-like net rental income increased 2.5%, reflecting strong performance across our portfolio

·     

Group occupancy of 97.4% (31 March 2013: 96.6%), ahead of our target of 97%

·     

Long-term retail leases signed 1% above ERV (UK +5%, France 0%), demonstrating continued demand from successful retailers for space in our winning locations

 

PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS

 

·     

New £78 million investment in Value Retail's European Villages including, for the first time, an investment in La Vallée Village (Paris), enhancing our relationship with VR business and management. Overall our net interest in VR at 30 June 2013 totals £578 million

·     

Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille 89% let and construction on programme. The first unit will be handed over to Printemps in August, starting the countdown to opening in May 2014

·     

£154 million additional investment in Bullring, increasing our ownership of this iconic retail destination to 50%

·     

Significant milestones reached on our three core UK strategic developments. Detailed planning application submitted for Victoria Gate, Leeds and outline planning registered for Croydon regeneration. Public consultation held for new plans at Brent Cross ahead of planning submission by year end

·     

Primark signed for extension at O'Parinor, one of their first stores in Paris. Extensions completed at Manor Walks, Cramlington, and on site at Silverburn, Glasgow and Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tydfil

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

·     

Strong financial position with liquidity of around £690 million, gearing and LTV of 57% and 38% respectively

·     

EPS growth of 8.8% in line with previous guidance

·     

Dividend increased by 7.8%, reflecting confidence in sustained income growth

 

David Atkins, Chief Executive of Hammerson, said: "While household budgets in the UK and France remain under pressure, there are encouraging signs of improvement in macro-economic conditions in the UK. Our winning venues remain in demand from consumers and retailers. This combined with our management actions allows us to maintain high occupancy, secure new tenants on attractive terms and consistently grow rental income. We therefore have confidence in our continued ability to secure strong growth in earnings and dividends over the medium term."

 

(1)      Includes revaluation gains and losses relating to property and financial instruments.

(2)      Calculations for EPRA figures are shown in note 8 on p. 49.

 

Enquires:

David Atkins, Chief Executive

Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 1000

Timon Drakesmith, Chief Financial Officer


Morgan Bone, Director of Corporate Communications

Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 1009

morgan.bone@hammerson.com

www.hammerson.com

 

Results presentation today:

Time:

9.30 a.m.

Venue:

Deutsche Bank

1, Great Winchester Street

London EC2N 2DB

 

Webcast:

A live webcast of Hammerson's results presentation will be broadcast today at 9.30 a.m. via the Company's website: www.hammerson.com. At the end of the presentation you will be able to participate in a question and answer session by dialling +44 (0)20 3147 4971. Please quote confirmation code 153678.

 

Financial calendar:

Ex-dividend date

21 August  2013

Record date

23 August 2013

Interim dividend payable

3 October 2013

 

Contents:

Overview

3

Independent Review Report

33

Key Performance Indicators

5

Responsibility Statement

33

Business Review

7

Condensed Financial Statements

34

Financial Review

20

Notes to the Accounts

41

Property Portfolio Information

27

Other Information

58

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

31

Glossary of Terms

59

 

Index to key data


30 June 2013

Page

Operational



Occupancy

97.4%

5

Leasing activity

£10.2m

17

Area of new lettings

70,600 m2

17

Leasing v ERV

+1%

17

Leasing v previous passing rent

+12%

17

Non-rental income

UK

France

 

£9.2m

£0.7m

 

17

17

14 Day rent collection rates

UK

France

 

99%

92%

 

29

29




Financial



Adjusted earnings per share

11.1p

6

Cost ratio

25.3%

22

Interim dividend per share

8.3p

24

Equity shareholders' funds

£3.9bn

24

EPRA net asset value per share

£5.51

24

Net debt

£2.2bn

24

Gearing

57%

26

Loan to value

38%

26

Liquidity

£686m

24

Weighted average cost of finance

5.0%

23

Interest cover

2.7 times

26

Net debt / EBITDA

7.9 times

26

Fixed rate debt

72%

24

Portfolio currency hedge

80%

24




Portfolio



Portfolio total returns (six months ended 30 June 2013)

2.4%

6

Like-for-like NRI

+2.5%

5

Portfolio value

£5.7bn

18

Portfolio capital return

-0.2%

19

 

Overview

 

STRATEGY

Hammerson focuses on winning retail locations which benefit from structural consumer trends for experience, convenience and luxury: prime regional shopping centres, convenient retail parks and, through our partner Value Retail ('VR'), premium designer outlet villages. Our strategy is to deliver industry-leading shareholder returns by: creating high-quality property through development, extension, refurbishment and acquisition; maximising income via high occupancy, tenant engineering and creative marketing; and operating within a prudent and flexible financial structure which provides security whilst allowing us to act decisively and swiftly.

 

Our top three stated priorities for 2013 are to: prepare Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille, for opening in spring 2014; deliver extensions and refurbishments in our existing portfolio; and confirm plans for major developments in Leeds and London. We have performed well in all three areas over the first six months.

 

CREATING HIGH-QUALITY RETAIL PROPERTY

 

Experience - Prime Shopping Centres

Les Terrasses du Port, our retail and leisure development overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Marseille, is now 89% let, with just under a year until opening. Our scheme is benefiting from the Euromediterranée rejuvenation, with new museums, hotels and theatres already opened in the surrounding area. We will hand over the first unit to department store Printemps this summer, starting the countdown to opening in May 2014.  

 

We have also made significant advances with our three major UK developments. In Leeds, we submitted a detailed planning application for our £130 million John Lewis-anchored retail development which adjoins Victoria Quarter. At Brent Cross, in London, we held thorough community consultation events in June, ahead of submitting a revised planning application in the autumn. In Croydon, the joint venture with Westfield to deliver a £1 billion retail-led scheme to transform the heart of the town is progressing well, with planning approval expected in the autumn.

 

Bullring, Birmingham, has been a consistently strong performer since we opened it in 2003, demonstrating compound annual rental growth of 5.5%. In May we acquired an additional stake, and now own 50% of this iconic retail destination, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year. We have several options to further extend and redevelop the centre, to ensure that it continues to outperform over the coming years.

 

Convenience - Retail Parks

Reflecting the increased demand for leisure facilities in retail parks, we opened a 9-screen Vue cinema at Manor Walks, Cramlington, earlier this month. The cinema is their first in the UK to feature Dolby 'Atmos' 3D sound. We have also brought Prezzo (the first in the north of England) and Frankie & Benny's (the first in Northumberland) to the scheme.

 

We are extending and reconfiguring a number of our retail parks to generate additional income from specific retail demand. For example at Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tydfil, we have pre-lets agreed with B&Q and Marks & Spencer, and started enabling works on site last month. At Elliott's Field, Rugby, we received planning approval in May, have secured Debenhams as an anchor, and will start on site in early 2014. The extension will include a new retail terrace to accommodate 15 new fashion and homeware brands.

 

Luxury - Premium Designer Outlets

In June and July, Hammerson invested a further £78 million into VR, through whom we invest in the premium designer outlet market. We acquired, for the first time, an investment in La Vallée Village (Paris) and increased our stakes in Las Rozas (Madrid) and La Roca (Barcelona) Villages. Our total investment in VR accounts for 15% of the Group's EPRA net asset value at the end of June 2013.

 

VR has continued to trade well and in line with expectations during the first half of 2013. Brand sales grew at a double-digit rate compared to the same period last year. The 5,800m2  extension project at La Roca Village is progressing well.

 

MAXIMISING INCOME FROM OUR PORTFOLIO

 

We are introducing new brands and formats to our portfolio to capitalise on the structural demand for modern dining and leisure facilities. For example, at Silverburn, Glasgow, we have started on site with a leisure-led extension to include cinema, catering and bingo facilities. In Southampton, following the success of the relaunched 'Dining at WestQuay' concept, our proposals for a leisure-led Watermark scheme adjacent to WestQuay have recently been approved by the council.

 

We continue to enhance our multi-channel offer to retailers and customers. Having already implemented free wifi throughout our UK shopping centres and launched new mobile-enabled websites, we are able to progress to the next stage of digital engagement with our consumers. In September we are launching a mobile-enabled loyalty app, which will offer product updates, dedicated services to customers and rewards for shoppers.

 

By creating destination venues and constantly refreshing the tenant mix to reflect consumer demand, we create winning locations for retailers and consumers. Despite the challenging backdrop, we have maintained occupancy above our target, and grown like-for-like income from the portfolio by 2.5%.

 

CAPITAL STRENGTH

 

We have maintained our strong financial position over the period, with gearing and LTV remaining low at 57% and 38% respectively. We maintained our average interest cost at 5.0%, and finished the period with substantial liquidity of around £690 million.

 

 

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS (KPIs)

 

We monitor the performance of our business by comparing four principal measures with appropriate benchmarks: occupancy; growth in like-for-like net rental income; growth in adjusted earnings per share; and portfolio total returns. These KPIs illustrate how successful the implementation of our strategic priorities has been. Management reporting systems and IPD are the sources of the information used to calculate KPIs.

 

http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/3056K_-2013-7-26.pdf

 

 The continuing portfolio was 97.4% occupied at 30 June 2013, remaining ahead of our target of 97.0%. For the Group as a whole, the impact of tenant administrations was largely offset by a strong letting performance. As noted in Security and Quality of Income on page 29, tenants in administration represent a small proportion of the Group's total income. Occupancy is analysed further in the Business Review on page 15.

 

http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/3056K_1-2013-7-26.pdf 

 

Like-for-like net rental income growth is the percentage change in net rental income for completed investment properties owned throughout both current and prior periods, after taking account of exchange translation movements. We target growth in excess of 2% per annum. For the six months ended 30 June 2013, net rental income for the continuing portfolio grew by 2.5% compared with 2.1% for the year ended 31 December 2012. Shopping centre income grew by 3.2%, comprising 2.8% in the UK and 3.9% in France. For the UK retail park portfolio, income increased by 2.8% on a like-for-like basis.

 

http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/3056K_2-2013-7-26.pdf 

 

Adjusted EPS is derived from earnings reported in the financial statements under IFRS, adjusted to exclude certain items, mainly those relating to valuation changes. The relevant calculations are shown in note 8A on page 49. For the first half of 2013, adjusted EPS was 11.1 pence, an increase of 0.9 pence, or 8.8% compared with the comparative period. The growth principally resulted from higher net rental income and an increased contribution from our investment in Value Retail. EPS growth is benchmarked against the Retail Prices Index (RPI) and our target is to grow adjusted EPS by more than RPI plus 3%. We significantly outperformed the target in the first half of 2013. A commentary on profit, earnings, and earnings per share is provided in the Financial Review on page 20.

 

http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/3056K_3-2013-7-26.pdf 

 

For the six months to 30 June 2013, the portfolio total return of 2.4% outperformed the IPD benchmark of 2.2%. The prime nature of our portfolio is evident from the income return of 2.6% which is low relative to the benchmark of 3.3%. However the portfolio capital return of -0.2% outperformed the benchmark of -1.1% by 90 basis points, demonstrating the underlying quality of the portfolio. We aim to outperform IPD by 100 basis points.

 

 

BUSINESS REVIEW

 

OVERVIEW OF FOCUS AND STRATEGY

 

We focus on winning locations that cater to consumer preference for:

 

·     Experience - prime shopping centres which offer exciting brands, full-line stores, high-quality catering and leisure facilities in a safe, digital-enabled environment

 

·     Convenience - convenient, well-managed retail parks in out-of-town locations are securing an increasing number of fashion and catering tenants, due to their accessibility

 

·     Luxury - affinity to high-quality brands and increased tourism have driven impressive sales growth at premium designer outlets in major cities throughout Europe

 

We have three strategic priorities which guide our capital deployment, operating model and financial management:

 

·     creating high-quality properties

·     maximising income from the portfolio

·     utilising the Group's capital strength, whilst maintaining a prudent capital structure

 

CREATING HIGH-QUALITY PROPERTIES

 

Our strategy is underpinned by high-quality real estate. We create compelling retail venues in successful locations with services and experiences tailored to the local consumer demographic. The quality of our portfolio is enhanced through:

 

·     development - creating vibrant, modern retail destinations, often involving urban regeneration

·     refurbishment - refreshing or repositioning existing assets to increase their appeal to tenants and consumers

·     extensions - meeting the increased demand from tenants and consumers at successful retail locations

·     investment activity - recycling capital from mature assets into properties offering the potential to generate higher returns

 

Development, refurbishment and extensions

 

Our experience in managing complex urban regeneration schemes such as: Bullring, Birmingham; WestQuay, Southampton; and Les Terrasses du Port in Marseille has earned Hammerson a reputation as a leading retail real estate developer. Our substantial pipeline of future developments has the potential to provide Hammerson's shareholders with good returns and we have forged strong relationships with the local authorities and major retail groups who have interests in these schemes.

 

Going forward, we must ensure that our capital and human resources are appropriately focused on completion of schemes which offer the most attractive returns over the medium to long term. The main focus of Hammerson's strategic UK development projects will be on its major retail schemes in Leeds and London, including Croydon and Brent Cross, which in total will deliver circa 327,000m² of new retail space over the coming years. This is in addition to the refurbishment programme of existing centres and retail park extensions. Consequently, Hammerson has reached mutual agreement with Sheffield City Council not to progress Sevenstone, the proposed new retail quarter for Sheffield city centre.

 

Recent progress on our major projects includes the submission of detailed planning applications for Victoria Gate in Leeds, and consultation on improvements to the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration scheme ahead of submitting a revised planning application. Planning determination on the outline application for the redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre in Croydon is expected this autumn.

 

During the first half of 2013, we have achieved several milestones in advancing development projects, as noted in the table below.

 

Overview of recent progress

Site assembly

Planning

Letting

Construction

·      Acquired the site at Le Jeu de Paume, Beauvais

 

·      Acquired a 25% leasehold interest in Whitgift, Croydon

 

·      Entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Westfield for the redevelopment of central Croydon

 

·      Achieved planning approval for:

-       Silverburn extension, Glasgow

-       Cyfarthfa Retail Park, Merthyr Tydfil

-       Elliott's Field Retail Park, Rugby

-       Watermark WestQuay, Southampton

 

·      Submitted planning applications for:

-       Whitgift, Croydon

-       Victoria Gate, Leeds

 

·      Signed lettings for:

-       Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille

-       Manor Walks shopping centre and retail park, Cramlington

-       Monument Mall, Newcastle

-       Cyfarthfa Retail Park, Merthyr Tydfil

-       Silverburn extension, Glasgow

 

·      Progressed construction at:

-       Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille

-       Monument Mall, Newcastle

 

·      Completed the extension of Manor Walks shopping centre, Cramlington

 

·      Started on site at:

-       The retail park at Manor Walks, Cramlington

-       Silverburn extension, Glasgow

-       Cyfarthfa Retail Park, Merthyr Tydfil 

 

 

Note: Further information on these schemes is set out on pages 9 to 12.

 

The table on page 9 summarises the developments for which we are on site, or which we expect to start over the next few years. Our development programme comprises:

 

·     On site projects: 110,400m2 of lettable space at a cost to complete of £206 million and generate an estimated £35 million of income per annum

·     Major developments > 30,000m2: annual income estimated at £71 million, involving the development, refurbishment or extension of 327,000m2 at a cost of £970 million

·     Extensions/developments < 30,000m2: creating 71,100m2 of accommodation, generating income of £16 million per annum and costing £194 million

·     Pipeline: our development pipeline provides longer term opportunities for large retail and leisure developments in the UK and France involving the creation of 159,150m2 of new space, at a total development cost of £784 million and estimated income of £55 million per annum when fully let.

 

 Developments

 

Scheme

Lettable area

Earliest start

Potential completion

Value at  30/06/13 


Estimated  cost to  complete1

Estimated  annual  income2


Let3


m2



£m 


£m 

£m 


ON SITE










Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille

61,000

Commenced

Q2 2014

300 


150 

29 


89 

Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tydfil

14,500

Commenced

Q4 2014

n/a 


26 


46 

Monument Mall, Newcastle

11,400

Commenced

Q3 2013

41 



77 

Silverburn extension, Glasgow 4

10,900

Commenced

Q1 2015

n/a 


12 


75 

O'Parinor, Aulnay-sous-bois, Paris5

7,200

Commenced

Q4 2014

n/a 



100 

Manor Walks, Cramlington

5,400

Commenced

Q4 2013

n/a 



66 


110,400





206 

35 













MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS (>30,000m2)








Victoria Gate, Leeds (Phase 1)

37,000

2014

2016



120 

10 


18 

Croydon town centre 4

200,000

2015

2018



500 

35 


Brent Cross Extension, London6

90,000

2016

2019



350 

26 



327,000





970 

71 













EXTENSIONS/REDEVELOPMENTS (<30,000m2)








Abbotsinch, Paisley

5,000

2013

 2014




60 

Le Jeu de Paume, Beauvais

23,400

 2013

 2015



60 


34 

Elliott's Field, Rugby

16,000

 2014

2015



35 


13 

Watermark WestQuay, Southampton

17,700

2014

2016



70 


Brent Cross Leisure, London6

9,000

2015

2016



20 



71,100





194 

16 













PIPELINE








Halle en Ville, Mantes

32,000

2014

2016



120 


30 

SQY Ouest, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines 4

31,700

2014

2015



16 


Italie 2, Paris 13ème

5,700

2015

2017



28 


Orchard Centre, Didcot

11,000

2015

2016



40 


The Goodsyard, London E1 4, 7

5,750

2015

Phased



100 


Victoria Gate, Leeds (Phase 2)

73,000

2018

2021



480 

40 



159,150





784 

55 













Total

667,650





2,154 

177 













 

Notes

 

(1) Incremental capital cost including capitalised interest.

(5) 25% ownership.

(2) Incremental income net of head rents and after expiry of rent-free periods. 

(6) 41% ownership.

(3) Let or in solicitors' hands by income at 24 July 2013.

(7) Area reflects phase 1 of retail space only.

(4) 50% ownership.

(8) € converted at £1 = €1.167. Costs and income represent Hammerson share for joint ventures.

 

On site developments

 

Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille, the 61,000m2 shopping and leisure destination currently under development, is on budget and scheduled to complete in May 2014. Featuring 194 shops and 2,600 car parking spaces, the development was valued at £300 million at the end of June 2013, some £50 million above cost. Printemps will anchor the scheme with a 8,700m2 department store carrying high-end fashion and accessories from designer ranges. Michael Kors and Gant are opening their first shops in France's second city with Bose and G-Star taking flagship stores. French fashion brand Sandro has also secured space, with Groupe SMCP (Sandro, Maje and Claudine Pierlot) now opening three stores within the scheme. The new retailers joining the centre have taken space on the top floor, which is dedicated to high-end and designer brands and has stunning views over the Mediterranean. Monoprix, Zara, Levi's, Agatha and Fossil are also in the tenant line-up. Vinci Park will operate the car park, and the scheme as a whole is now 89% let or in solicitors' hands. We are selectively targeting a number of well-known international retailers to lease the remaining space.  Les Terrasses du Port is just part of the impressive regeneration of the wider port area of Marseille. Several new important buildings have opened in the vicinity of the shopping centre, including: MUCEM, a new museum which was opened in June by Francois Hollande; Le Silo, a new theatre; and the Euromed centre which includes a new 4 star hotel and 48,000m2 of office space for which works have started. Marseille is the European Capital of Culture in 2013, and as such is hosting a number of festivals to celebrate urban art, film, dance and cuisine. Tourist numbers are expected to reach 12 million this year, up from 4 million in 2011.

 

In March, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council approved our planning application to extend Cyfarthfa Retail Park and bring Marks & Spencer to the town. Marks & Spencer will anchor the 14,500m² extension with a 4,600m² full-line store offering clothing, homeware and a food hall. The scheme will also provide 9,900m² of additional retail space, to which B&Q will be relocated and which will accommodate up to six new brands. The scheme will provide approximately 200 jobs during the construction phase and create the equivalent of up to 230 full time jobs when complete. Work has started on the extension with some stores, including the new B&Q, trading early in 2014 and the remainder open by Christmas 2014.

 

The redevelopment of Monument Mall in Newcastle is expected to be completed in August and some 77% of the anticipated rental income from the £20 million scheme has been secured. TK Maxx will occupy a 3,300m² flagship store over the first and second floors with a glazed triple-height entrance onto Northumberland Street. We have also signed Jack Wills, Reiss and Rox to the scheme.

 

Our leisure-led expansion of Silverburn, Glasgow has commenced. We have signed Cineworld to operate the cinema and Gala Bingo and to date 75% of the anticipated rental income of £1 million has been secured. We expect the 10,900m2 extension to be open for business in early 2015 at an estimated cost of £12 million.

 

We have recently signed Primark to the 7,200m2 extension at O'Parinor, which will be one of the retailer's first stores in Paris. The scheme is now fully pre-let or in solicitors' hands and scheduled for completion towards the end of 2014.

 

The 5,400m² shopping centre extension at Manor Walks, Cramlington opened in July. Vue Cinema is now welcoming customers to its 2,600m² nine-screen cinema with Dolby 'Atmos' 3D sound, VIP seating and super-sized screens. Restaurant brands Prezzo and Frankie & Benny's have signed as part of the family restaurant line-up at the scheme.

 

Major developments (> 30,000m2)

 

In June, a detailed planning application was submitted for Victoria Gate, the 37,000m2 first phase of our development in Leeds. The scheme will introduce two new retail streets drawing on Leeds' thriving arcade heritage and create a direct route from Victoria Quarter which we acquired in 2012. John Lewis will anchor the centre with a 24,000m² flagship store and the project will also provide up to 30 additional retail units for aspirational brands, six restaurants, new leisure space and a 800 space multi-storey car park. The estimated annual income from the scheme is £10 million, and we expect work to commence in spring 2014 with an autumn 2016 opening.

 

In January, we formed a 50:50 joint venture with Westfield to regenerate the retail heart of Croydon, South London and restore the town as one of the UK's leading shopping destinations. Hammerson contributed Centrale shopping centre to the joint venture at a valuation of £115 million, and now shares ownership with Westfield. In March, the joint venture also acquired for £65 million the 155-year headlease of the Whitgift Centre, representing a 25% interest. Together with Westfield, we intend to redevelop and combine the Whitgift Centre and Centrale. The 200,000m2 mixed-use scheme will include retail, leisure and residential space, with the potential for hotels and offices, and will create over 5,000 new jobs. A planning application was registered in February and is expected to be determined in the autumn. Subject to consent, construction on the £1 billion scheme could start in 2015.

 

Together with our partner Standard Life Investments we released in June updated details of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration in north-west London. The plans have been shown to local stakeholders before being finalised and submitted to Barnet Council later this year as an amendment to the outline planning permission granted in 2010. The updated scheme includes a new network of covered streets and spaces in and around Brent Cross as part of a 90,000m2 extension costing £350 million. It will deliver a world class retail, dining and leisure environment and some of the proposed transport improvements will be accelerated. The regeneration will support 27,000 full-time jobs, with retail and leisure accounting for 5,500 of these. Local residents will also benefit from new parks and community facilities as well as much improved transport connections.

 

We anticipate work on the 9,000m2 leisure and catering extension at Brent Cross will start on site in 2015. The cost of the project is estimated at £20 million.

 

Extensions/redevelopments (< 30,000m2)

 

Abbotsinch Retail Park, Paisley was acquired as part of The Junction Fund portfolio in October 2012 and work is due to start imminently to develop a 5,000m2 terrace comprising five new units. Of the anticipated income, 60% has been secured.

 

In January we acquired the land for our proposed development of Le Jeu de Paume, Beauvais and leases signed or in solicitors' hands already represent 34% of the expected income. Carrefour Market will anchor the centre with a 3,000m2 store and a further 83 retail units and 37 residential apartments will complete the 23,400m2 city centre scheme, 60 km to the north of Paris. The line-up includes H&M as the fashion anchor and Furet du Nord as the culture and leisure anchor. Discussions continue with retailers interested in the remaining larger units and we are planning to start construction before the end of this year.

 

Plans for the redevelopment of Elliott's Field Retail Park in Rugby were approved by Rugby Borough Council in May. Debenhams will anchor the scheme operating from a 5,600m2 full-line store with cosmetics, clothing and homeware departments and a cafe/restaurant. The £35 million extension will include a new retail terrace to accommodate 15 new fashion and homeware brands. New catering space, improved car parking facilities and major improvements to the external environment also feature in the scheme. We have secured 13% of the estimated annual income from the project for which work is due to start in early 2014 with expected completion by spring 2015.

 

Proposals for the leisure-led development at Watermark WestQuay were approved by Southampton City Council in July. The four hectare brownfield site in the centre of Southampton is immediately adjacent to Hammerson's jointly owned 76,800m² WestQuay Shopping Centre. The mixed-use scheme will be delivered in two phases with the first phase of 17,700m2 comprising a landmark cinema building, up to 15 restaurants and additional retail space, alongside newly created public space in front of the city's historic walls. The second phase has the potential to include a residential tower, a hotel, flexible office space, restaurants and additional public space. Estimated development costs for the first phase of £70 million would provide £5 million of income per annum.

 

ENHANCING QUALITY THROUGH PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

 

We have completed our rebalancing of the portfolio to focus exclusively on the retail sector, recycling the proceeds from mature properties and reinvesting in acquisitions and developments with prospects for income and capital growth. We completed the sales of our remaining office properties and acquired further interests in two of our chosen retail sub-sectors of 'experience', in the form of Bullring, Birmingham, and 'luxury', represented by Value Retail.

 

Acquisition - Experience

 

We acquired in May an additional 16.7% stake in Bullring, and the Group's ownership now stands at 50%. A new 50:50 joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ("CPPIB") acquired Future Fund's 33.3% stake for £307 million, with Hammerson's share being £153.5 million. This acquisition underlines our commitment to prime retail destinations and generating income growth through investment in winning sectors of the retail property market. Bullring is one of Europe's leading shopping centres, attracting 40 million visitors per annum, and is 99% occupied. Since opening, passing rents at the centre have grown at a compound rate of 5.5% per annum. Following the successful Spiceal Street restaurant extension in 2011, there are a number of asset management and development opportunities to drive future growth at the centre including the introduction of a cinema and additional catering. Passing rents for Bullring as a whole are £53 million per annum and after taking into account purchase costs the net initial yield on the purchase was 5.7%. Hammerson will continue to have responsibility for asset management and development of the centre.

 

Disposals

 

In June the sales to Brookfield of the Group's 50% interest in 125 Old Broad Street, London EC2 and 1 Leadenhall Court, London EC3 were completed for aggregate proceeds of £189 million. Net rental income generated by the properties in the year to the date of disposal was £6.4 million.

 

LUXURY - PREMIUM DESIGNER OUTLETS

 

Hammerson's exposure to the luxury retail sector is predominantly through Value Retail ('VR'), the developer and operator of luxury retail outlet Villages in the UK and Western Europe, achieved through our 22% interest in the VR holding companies and through investments in the Villages themselves. VR's portfolio includes Bicester Village, Oxfordshire and La Vallée Village near Paris.

 

In June we acquired for the first time an investment in La Vallée Village and increased our investment in Las Rozas and La Roca, VR's Spanish Villages located close to Madrid and Barcelona respectively. The aggregate cost of these transactions was £56 million. In July we also took a €25 million (£22 million) participation in a refinancing of the senior loan facility at Fidenza Village, near Milan.

 

At 30 June 2013, VR's nine European Villages were valued for Hammerson at a total of €2.9 billion, an underlying increase of 5.7% since the end of 2012. There was encouraging double digit growth in the portfolio's brand sales in the first half of 2013. At €51.5 million EBITDA, as prepared under IFRS, increased by 15.2% from €44.7 million in the first half of 2012, whilst gross profit margin, before administration costs, grew from 59.9% to 64.4%.

 

So far in 2013, an average of 9.4% of the selling space in the Villages was remerchandised, of which around a third related to the introduction of new brands, with the balance reflecting unit refitting or the relocation of existing brands. At La Roca Village construction work has started on an extension which will increase the gross lettable area of the Village by around a third. The extension will be open for trading in the first half of 2014.

 

During the period VR refinanced senior debt facilities at Bicester and Maasmechelen Villages and repaid a working capital facility. As a result of these and other initiatives, total external debt increased by 7.2% to €1.25 billion or 43% of the June 2013 property portfolio value. Page 22 of the Financial Review provides further information on how our investment in VR has impacted Hammerson's financial performance.

 

MAXIMISING INCOME

 

Against a background of challenging trading environments in the UK and France, retailers continue to focus their space requirements on high-quality, prime shopping centres and conveniently located retail parks of the types operated by Hammerson. We aim to maximise income growth from the portfolio by optimising occupancy and footfall at our properties. The characteristics of each of the markets in which we operate dictates our approach to meeting these objectives, but there are some common themes:

 

·     foster close, long-standing relationships with existing and prospective retailers

·     predict, monitor and respond to local market trends

·     offer attractive commercial solutions to tenants' occupational requirements

·     tailor marketing campaigns to maximise footfall at each destination

·     innovate new formats for our tenants to facilitate multi-channel sales

·     provide an enhanced customer experience at our properties

 

Our responses to emerging consumer trends are set out in the following paragraphs.

 

Brand loyalty

 

The globalisation of brands, combined with the ability to research product availability and provenance online, means that shoppers increasingly know what they want before arriving in a centre. This is evidenced by our own consumer research which shows that consumers are spending more time researching products before committing to a purchase. Consequently, retailers use flagship stores as brand support. We continually refresh the tenant mix by bringing new, relevant, exciting brands to an area. This not only helps support tenants' sales, but enhances vibrancy and footfall, adding to the overall experience. We have introduced more than 200 premium retailers into our shopping centres since 2009.

 

Catering and leisure

 

The desire to use shopping centres as an experience is evidenced by the increasing demand for catering and leisure facilities; 10% of our retail floorspace is now dedicated to leisure and catering, and a third of all our shoppers visit our cinemas or restaurants. We have leisure extensions completed in Cramlington and underway at O'Parinor and Silverburn to capitalise on this trend, and have further similar extensions scheduled to start on site next year.

 

Multi-channel

 

Last year Hammerson introduced free wifi to all UK centres and provided mobile-enabled websites. This was in addition to the bespoke social media promotional activity already being undertaken by the individual centres. This has proved highly successful with website visitors and social media followers growing strongly, the latter by 38% year-on-year. Our strategy is to use multi-channel initiatives to support our core rental business. We use digital technologies to drive footfall, improve the customer experience and increase dwell time, all of which support retail sales. Our next initiative is an integrated mobile app which will enable product search, customer loyalty, centre services and promotions. We will launch the first iteration of this app at some centres in September this year.

 

Operational performance

 

Given the economic backdrop, the operating performance of the retail portfolio has been strong in the first six months of 2013 as shown in the table below. The sales and footfall figures for the French centres reflect the weakness in the French economy relative to that in the UK and also the impact of the shopping centre refurbishment programme.

 

Operational performance - continuing operations

H1 2013 

H1 2012 

Occupancy (%)

97.4 

97.5 

Net rental income growth - like-for-like (%)

2.5 

2.4 

Leasing activity - new rent from units leased (£m)

10.2 

7.4 

Area of new lettings ('000m2)

70.6 

45.5 

Leasing v ERV (% above 31 December 2012/2011 ERV)

Retail sales change (%)



UK shopping centres

(0.4)

0.4 

France shopping centres

(3.8)

(3.9)

Footfall change (%)



UK shopping centres

(1.5)

(2.0)

France shopping centres

(5.8)

(3.3)

Non-rental income (£m)



UK

9.2 

8.3 

France

0.7 

1.0 

 

Occupancy

 

At the end of June 2013 occupancy was 97.4% for the continuing portfolio, remaining ahead of our target of 97.0%. For the Group as a whole, the impact of tenant administrations was largely offset by a strong letting performance. As noted in Security and Quality of Income on page 29, tenants in administration represent a small proportion of the Group's total income. The components of portfolio occupancy are analysed in the table below.

 

Occupancy (%)

 

UK shopping centres

 

France

retail

 

UK retail parks

 

 

Other UK

Total continuing portfolio

30 June 2013

97.5

97.3

98.6

90.6

97.4

31 December 2012

98.1

97.5

98.2

90.9

97.7

30 June 2012

97.4

97.6

98.7

91.6

97.5

 

Like-for-like net rental income

 

Compared with the first half of 2012, like-for-like net rental income for the continuing portfolio was 2.5% higher in the period to 30 June 2013. Income from shopping centres increased by 3.2%. In the UK, a 2.8% uplift was driven by strong growth in turnover rents and car park and commercial income, notably at Union Square, WestQuay and Brent Cross. Indexation was the primary factor in French shopping centre net rental income growth of 3.9%. UK retail parks like-for-like income grew by 2.8% largely as a result of leasing activity.

 

Like-for-like net rental income for the six months ended 30 June 2013




Increase/ 







(Decrease) 






Properties 

for properties 




Total 


owned 

owned 




 net 


throughout 

throughout 




rental 


2012/13 

2012/13 

Acquisitions 

Disposals 

Developments 

income 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

United Kingdom







Shopping centres

55.4 

2.8 

4.9 

0.1 

60.4 

Retail parks

32.1 

2.8 

9.3 

0.2 

41.6 

Other UK

3.3 

(14.5)

0.4 

2.1 

0.6 

6.4 

Total United Kingdom

90.8 

2.1 

14.6 

2.3 

0.7 

108.4 








Continental Europe







France retail

32.4 

3.9 

0.5 

(0.9)

32.0 








Group







Retail

119.9 

3.1 

14.7 

0.2 

(0.8)

134.0 

Other UK

3.3 

(14.5)

0.4 

2.1 

0.6 

6.4 

Total continuing operations

123.2 

2.5 

15.1 

2.3 

(0.2)

140.4 

Discontinued operations

0.7 

29.7 

6.6 

7.3 

Total

123.9 

2.7 

15.1 

8.9 

(0.2)

147.7 


 

 

Like-for-like net rental income for the six months ended 30 June 2012



Properties 





Total 


owned 





 net 


throughout 





rental 


2012/13 

Exchange 

Acquisitions 

Disposals 

Developments 

income 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

United Kingdom







Shopping centres

53.9 

(0.2)

53.7 

Retail parks

31.2 

31.2 

Other UK

3.9 

6.6 

0.9 

11.4 

Total United Kingdom

89.0 

(0.2)

6.6 

0.9 

96.3 








Continental Europe







France retail

31.2 

(1.1)

2.0 

(0.6)

31.5 








Group







Retail

116.3 

(1.1)

(0.2)

2.0 

(0.6)

116.4 

Other UK

3.9 

6.6 

0.9 

11.4 

Total continuing operations

120.2 

(1.1)

(0.2)

8.6 

0.3 

127.8 

Discontinued operations

0.5 

13.3 

13.8 

Total

120.7 

(1.1)

(0.2)

21.9 

0.3 

141.6 

 

For the purposes of this analysis Centrale, Croydon, has been reclassified from 'Shopping centres' to 'Other UK' to reflect the intention to redevelop this property as part of the regeneration of Croydon town centre.

 

Leasing activity

 

We signed 147 leases representing 70,600m2 of space and annual rental income of £10.2 million in the six months to 30 June. For the Group as a whole, rents secured were around 1% greater than December 2012 ERVs and 12% greater than the previous passing rents.

 

Average ERVs were broadly unchanged over the first half of the year.

 

Retailer sales and footfall

 

In the UK sales from our centres were broadly flat, despite the impact of poor weather at the start of the year. The electricals and media sector was once again weak, compensated by a strong performance from department stores. In France, sales fell 3.8% partly due to the impact of our €100 million refurbishment programme, and the additional two days trading in the prior year. We estimate that these factors account for approximately 2.5% of the decline.

 

Non-rental income

 

Rental income from our portfolio is supplemented by revenue from car parks and from the sale of advertising and merchandising opportunities at our centres. This is included within 'net rental income' and makes a growing contribution to the Group's earnings.  Increased car park income, particularly at Bullring, Union Square and WestQuay were the principal factors behind the increase of £0.6 million in total non-rental income to £9.9 million.

 

CAPITAL STRENGTH

 

We operate within a prudent and flexible financial structure which provides financial security whilst allowing us to act swiftly and decisively.

 

Portfolio overview

 

In this overview, 'the portfolio' refers to the continuing portfolio and excludes the office properties sold during the first half of 2013. The portfolio was valued at £5.7 billion at the end of June 2013, provided 1.7 million m2 of space and included 20 prime shopping centres in the UK and France and 22 conveniently located retail parks.

 

At 30 June 2013, 73% of the portfolio by value was located in the UK, with the balance in France, whilst developments comprised 7%. Approximately 43% of the portfolio was held in joint ventures and included eight major shopping centres in the UK and two in France. Our ten most valuable properties represented 50% of the portfolio value whereas the average lot size for the portfolio as a whole was £86 million. A reconciliation of the movement in portfolio value over the first six months of the year is shown in the table below.

 

Movement in portfolio value to 30 June 2013

£m 

Portfolio value at 1 January

5,458 

Valuation decrease

(23)

Capital expenditure



Developments

55 


Expenditure on existing portfolio

25 


Acquisitions

192 

Capitalised interest

Disposals

(61)

Exchange

81 

Portfolio value at 30 June - continuing operations*

5,733 

*Includes developments

 

The prime nature of the portfolio is reflected in income yields which are low relative to other property classes. The table below sets out net and gross valuations, income and yields for the investment portfolio.

 

At 30 June 2013 the net initial yield of the continuing portfolio, based on the gross portfolio value, was 5.3%, unchanged since the beginning of the year. The components of the portfolio valuation are analysed in more detail in 'Capital returns' on page 19.

 

Continuing investment portfolio at 30 June 2013


Gross 

Net book 


Income 

value 

value 


£m 

£m 

£m 

Portfolio value (net of cost to complete)


5,627 

5,627 

Purchasers' costs(1)



(296)

Net investment portfolio valuation as reported in the financial statements



5,331 

Income and yields




Rent for valuers' initial yield (equivalent to EPRA Net Initial Yield)

296.5 

5.3%

5.6%

Rent-free periods (including pre-lets)

7.1 

0.1%

0.1%

Rent for 'topped-up' initial yield(2)

303.6 

5.4%

5.7%

Non-recoverable costs (net of outstanding rent reviews)

11.6 

0.2%

0.2%

Passing rents

315.2 

5.6%

5.9%

ERV of vacant space

8.0 

0.2%

0.2%

Reversions

6.5 

0.1%

0.1%

Total ERV/Reversionary yield

329.7 

5.9%

6.2%

True equivalent yield


6.0%


Nominal equivalent yield


5.8%


Notes


(1)

Purchasers' costs equate to 5.6% of the net portfolio value.

(2)

The yield of 5.4% based on passing rents and the gross portfolio value is equivalent to EPRA 'topped-up' Net Initial Yield.

 

Capital returns

 

The total return of the whole portfolio for the six months ended 30 June 2013, was 2.4%, comprising capital and income returns of -0.2% and 2.6% respectively. Returns for the continuing portfolio were 2.2%, -0.3% and 2.5% respectively. The valuation data table on page 29 analyses total and capital returns by segment and the components of the changes in valuation for the continuing portfolio for the first six months of 2013 are analysed in the chart below.

 

Over the first half of the year, investment yields reduced slightly in the UK shopping centre portfolio, contributing positively to valuations, but rose marginally for UK retail parks and French retail properties. Valuations benefited from rising rental values at shopping centres in the UK and France whilst at the UK retail park assets rental values fell marginally. The net effect of yields and rents on the valuation of the continuing portfolio is positive on the whole. However the impact has been more than offset by capital expenditure incurred to reposition the French shopping centres and on advancing the development pipeline.

 

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FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Discontinued operations

 

In compliance with IFRS, the income and expenditure directly attributable to discontinued operations has been disclosed separately in the consolidated income statement. The assets and liabilities related to discontinued operations are described as 'held for sale' in the consolidated balance sheet. Note 6B on page 47 analyses the components of the net profit related to discontinued operations. With the exception of Hammerson's former share of the secured loan on 125 Old Broad Street, assets held for sale are funded from the Group's unsecured debt, and so no finance costs have been attributed to these assets within the profit related to discontinued operations.

 

Profit before tax

 

For the six months ended 30 June 2013, the Group's total profit before tax was £95.8 million compared with £48.8 million in the prior year. The recognition under equity accounting of the Group's share of the net revaluation gains for our investment in Value Retail and a strong operational performance were the main reasons for the year-on-year increase. The positive impact of lower bond redemption costs was more than offset by the losses on revaluation of derivatives. The table below reconciles profit before tax on adjusted and unadjusted bases.

 



Six months  ended 

Six months  ended 

Analysis of profit before tax


30 June  2013 

30 June  2012 


Notes

£m 

£m 

Adjusted profit before tax

2,6B

81.3 

74.0 

Adjustments:




Gain on the sale of investment properties

2,6B

7.0 

7.3 

Net revaluation losses on property portfolio

2,6B

(20.0)

(22.0)

Net revaluation gains in associate - Value Retail

2

39.3 

Premium and costs on redemption of bond 

4

(3.9)

(13.8)

Change in fair value of derivatives

4,6B

(7.9)

3.3 

Profit before tax - continuing and discontinued operations

2,6B

95.8 

48.8 

 

Adjusted profit before tax at £81.3 million was £7.3 million, or 9.9% up on 2012. A year-on-year reconciliation is shown in the table below. The impact of acquisitions, growth in income from the like-for-like portfolio and an improved operating performance at Value Retail were the key components of the increase in profit.

 

Reconciliation of adjusted profit before tax

Adjusted profit  before tax 

EPRA EPS 


£m 

pence 

Adjusted profit before tax for H1 2012

74.0 

10.2 

Net financing expense

(3.7)

(0.5)

Administration expenses increase

(2.8)

(0.4)

Net investment activity

7.0 

1.0 

Like-for-like net rental income increase

3.2 

0.4 

Additional income from Value Retail

4.2 

0.6 

Exchange and other

(0.6)

(0.2)

Adjusted profit before tax for H1 2013

81.3 

11.1 

 

EPRA earnings per share were 11.1 pence for the period, an increase of 0.9 pence, or 8.8%, over the equivalent figure for 2012. Calculations for earnings per share are set out in note 8A to the accounts on page 49.

 

Net rental income

 

For the portfolio as a whole, net rental income for the period ended 30 June 2013 was £147.7 million. For continuing operations only the figure was £140.4 million for 2013 and £127.8 million for the comparative period. Growth of 2.5% in income from the like-for-like portfolio and income from acquisitions more than offset the income lost from disposals. The tables on page 16 provide more information on like-for-like net rental income.

 

Administration expenses

 

Administration costs are analysed in the table below.

Administration expenses


Six months  ended   
30 June 2013 

Six months  ended 
 30 June 2012 


Notes 

£m 

£m 

Continuing operations



Cost of property activities


17.5 

15.5 

Corporate expenses


9.2 

7.5 



26.7 

23.0 

Management fees receivable


(3.5)

(2.8)



23.2 

20.2 

Discontinued operations

6B 



Cost of property activities


0.3 

0.7 

Management fees receivable


(0.2)

(0.4)



0.1 

0.3 





Total administration expenses


23.3 

20.5 

 

In the period to 30 June 2013 administration expenses for continuing operations, at £23.2 million, were £3.0 million higher than in the previous year. The increase principally reflected a higher level of variable remuneration, particularly in relation to share plans which vested this year.

 

Administration expenses for discontinued operations represent the costs of staff made redundant as a result of the sale of the office portfolio. Management fees receivable are in respect of the joint ventures for 125 Old Broad Street and 10 Gresham Street.

 

Cost ratio

 

EPRA has published standard calculations for cost ratios as part of its best practice recommendations and the table below follows this guidance. The ratios are not necessarily comparable between different companies as business models and expense accounting and classification practices vary. For continuing operations the ratio including the cost of vacancy has fallen by 30 bp from 25.6% for the first half of 2012 to 25.3% in 2013. The table shows that our total operating costs increased from £37.1 million in 2012 to £39.7 million in 2013 due to higher net service charge and administration expenses. We continue to focus on cost management and together with a growing income stream from the completion of refurbishments, extensions and developments, we anticipate that the ratio will fall further over time.

 

Cost ratio - continuing operations


Six months  ended   
30 June 2013 

Six months  ended 
 30 June 2012 


Notes 

£m 

£m 





Net service charge expenses - non-vacancy


1.1 

0.8 

Net service charge expenses - vacancy


3.7 

2.9 

Net service charge expenses - total

4.8 

3.7 

Other property outgoings

11.7 

13.2 

Cost of property activities

17.5 

15.5 

Corporate expenses

9.2 

7.5 

Management fees receivable

(3.5)

(2.8)

Total operating costs


39.7 

37.1 





Gross rental income (after rents payable)

156.9 

144.7 





Cost ratio including net service charge expenses - vacancy(%)


25.3 

25.6 

Cost ratio excluding net service charge expenses - vacancy (%)


22.9 

23.6 

 

Staff costs amounting to £0.7 million (2012: £0.4 million) have been capitalised as development costs and are excluded from the table above. Our business model for developments is to use a combination of in-house staff and external advisers. The cost of external advisers is capitalised to the cost of developments. The cost of staff working on developments is generally expensed, but may be capitalised subject to meeting certain criteria related to the degree of time spent on and the stage of progress of specific projects.

 

Share of results and net assets of associate - Value Retail (VR)

 

We have equity accounted for the Group's investment in VR since August 2012. Page 13 of the Business Review describes the operating performance of VR over the period.

 

Prior to August 2012, our interests were treated as investments and income was recognised as distributions were received. The table below compares how our investment in VR has impacted the Group's income statement and balance sheet. On an EPRA basis, net income from our investment for the six months ended 30 June 2013 was £8.1 million, or 1.1 pence per share, as compared with £3.9 million, equivalent to 0.5 pence per share, for the same period in 2012. Including the Group's loan to VR our net interest at 30 June 2013 was valued at £578.3 million on an EPRA basis, equivalent to 81 pence per share. The changes reflect the revised accounting basis as well as the acquisition of additional interests in VR over the last year. Excluding our share of VR's income for the period, our investment contributed £39 million, or 6 pence per share, to the increase in the Group's equity shareholders' funds in the first half of 2013, principally as a result of property valuation increases.

 

Value Retail


Six months  ended 
30 June 2013 

Six months  ended 
 30 June 2012 


Notes 

£m 

£m 

Income statement




Distributions received

Within net rental income 

2.6 

Share of results of associate

10A 

44.8 

Interest receivable

Within net finance costs 

2.6 

 1.3 

Less: EPRA adjustments

10A 

(39.3)

Total impact of VR on income statement - EPRA basis


8.1 

3.9 







30 June 

2013 

31 December  2012 



£m 

£m 

Balance sheet




Investment in associate

10B 

503.4 

428.4 

Add: EPRA adjustments

10B 

25.2 

16.2 

EPRA adjusted investment in associate


528.6 

444.6 

Loan to VR

12 

49.7 

47.0 

Total impact of VR on balance sheet - EPRA basis


578.3 

491.6 





 

Finance costs

 

During the first half of 2013, we have maintained the average cost of the Group's borrowings at 5.0% and remain alert to the capital markets for further opportunities for savings.

 

Note 4 to the accounts analyses net finance costs and shows that underlying finance costs, comprising gross interest costs less finance income, were £53.2 million for the first six months of 2013 compared with £48.8 million for the equivalent period in 2012. The increase principally resulted from a higher level of net debt, commitment fees on new borrowing facilities and the adverse impact of exchange.

 

Interest capitalised of £6.4 million in the first six months of the year related almost exclusively to the development of Les Terrasses du Port. The finance costs for discontinued activities shown in note 6B are in respect of the Group's share of the secured debt and related derivatives of the 125 Old Broad Street joint venture, for which the sale was completed in June 2013. No finance charges have been allocated to discontinued operations as the other office properties which had been held for sale were financed from the Group's pooled unsecured borrowings.

 

Tax

 

The Group is a UK REIT and French SIIC for tax purposes.

 

Dividend

 

An interim dividend of 8.3 pence per share has been declared by the Directors, an increase of 7.8% compared with the 2012 interim dividend of 7.7 pence. The interim dividend is payable on 3 October 2013 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 23 August 2013 and will be paid entirely as a PID, net of withholding tax where appropriate. Consistent with the case in recent years, there will be no scrip alternative although the dividend reinvestment plan remains available to shareholders.

 

Balance sheet

 

During the period to 30 June 2013, equity shareholders' funds increased by £39 million to £3.9 billion. EPRA net assets rose by £62 million in the half-year as shown in the table below and this was reflected in a 1.7% increase in EPRA net asset value per share which stood at £5.51 at the end of the period. A modest valuation deficit on the investment property portfolio, principally in respect of UK retail parks, was more than offset by positive contributions from our investment in Value Retail, developments and retained earnings.

 

Movement in net asset value

Equity shareholders' funds*

EPRA NAV*


£m 

£ per share 

31 December 2012

3,860 

5.42 

Revaluation - continuing investment portfolio

(29)

(0.04)

Revaluation - continuing developments

0.01 

Revaluation - investments in Value Retail

39 

0.06 

Profit on disposals

0.01 

Premium and costs on redemption of bonds

(4)

(0.01)

Adjusted profit for the period

79 

0.11 

Dividends

(71)

(0.10)

Exchange 

20 

0.03 

Other

15 

0.02 

30 June 2013

3,922 

5.51 

*

Excluding deferred tax and the fair value of derivatives, calculated in accordance with EPRA best practice as shown in note 8B.

 

Financing and cashflow

 

Borrowings of £2.3 billion and cash and deposits of £70 million meant that net debt was £2.2 billion at 30 June 2013. The increase of £170 million over the figure of £2.0 billion at the beginning of the year principally resulted from expenditure on acquisitions and developments, which exceeded proceeds from disposals, and dividends and exchange. The £39 million cash inflow from operating activities during the period, together with £331 million of capital expenditure and acquisition outflows, disposal proceeds of £239 million, £37 million of distributions received from Value Retail and a £19 million inflow in respect of financing activities led to an increase in cash and deposits of £3 million. Liquidity at 30 June 2013 was £686 million and comprised cash and undrawn committed facilities.

 

We have a policy of maintaining a minimum of 50% of fixed rate debt, although this may be increased at higher gearing levels. At the end of 2012, 80% of debt was at fixed rates of interest but the proportion has fallen to 72% at 30 June 2013 as floating rate bank facilities have been used to fund capital expenditure. Increased exposure to floating rate debt enables us to benefit from the continuing low interest rate environment whilst maintaining the security offered by fixed rates of interest on the majority of debt. Recent market pricing indicates that interest rates may increase in the medium to long terms and our fixed/floating profile will partly mitigate that risk.

 

We use a combination of euro borrowings and derivatives to hedge our exposure to exchange translation differences on euro denominated assets. At 30 June 2013, 80% of the value of euro-denominated assets was hedged, in line with our policy. Interest on euro debt also acts as a hedge against exchange differences arising on rental income from our French portfolio and all of the relevant income was hedged in this way in the first half of the year.

 

The chart below sets out the maturity profile of the Group's bank facilities and bonds. The average maturity of the Group's debt at 30 June 2013 was more than six years and we monitor the capital markets with a view to managing short-term maturities. We completed in May a tender offer for £28 million of the Group's £300 million 5.25% unsecured bonds due in 2016. An exceptional charge of £3.9 million represented the premium and costs paid on the repurchased bonds. As the interest cost of the bond was at 5.25% and the debt was refinanced at an incremental finance cost of 1.4%, a lower running cost of debt was secured. We expect this to result in a saving of approximately £1.0 million per annum.

 

In the first half of 2013 two new credit facilities became available: in April a £175 million syndicated five-year revolving credit facility, carrying a margin of 150 basis points over LIBOR which matures in 2018 and which was used to refinance an existing £150 million facility maturing at the same time; and a £150 million loan became effective in June for a term of one year which increased our access to low floating rates of interest. In addition, an existing £125 million facility maturing in 2017 increased to £150 million in April. We believe that the sterling, euro and private placement bond markets will be available to Hammerson in the medium term to replace existing bank borrowings and bonds as they mature. We will continue to monitor these markets and consider accessing them as appropriate.

 

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The Group's financial condition is robust, as illustrated in the table of key financing metrics below. The guidelines referred to in the table are approved by the Board and used to monitor the Group's financial structure.

 

The financial covenants of the Group's unsecured bank facilities are that the Group's gearing, defined as the ratio of net debt to shareholders' equity, should not exceed 150% and that interest cover, defined as net rental income divided by net interest payable, should be not less than 1.25 times. The same gearing covenant applies to three of the Company's unsecured bonds, whilst the remaining bonds contain a covenant that gearing should not exceed 175%. The bonds have no covenant for interest cover. Hammerson's financial ratios are comfortably within these covenants. Financing risk is discussed further within Principal Risks and Uncertainties on pages 31 and 32.

 

Fitch and Moody's rate Hammerson's unsecured credit as A- and Baa2 respectively.

 

 

Key Financing Metrics

Guideline

30 June 2013

31 December 2012

Net debt (£m)

 


2,207

2,036

Gearing (%)

maximum 85% for an extended period

57

53

Loan to value (%)

 

up to 40%

38

36

Liquidity (£m)

 


686

696

Weighted average cost of finance (%)

 


5.0

5.0

Interest cover (times)

 

at least 2.0

2.7

2.8

Net debt/EBITDA (times)

 

less than 10.0

7.9

7.9

Debt fixed / floating (%)


72

80

 

 

PROPERTY PORTFOLIO INFORMATION

 

SECURITY AND QUALITY OF INCOME

 

Our retail portfolio has a weighted average unexpired lease term of eight years, providing a secure income stream with opportunities for growth. At 30 June 2013 the continuing portfolio was 2.0% reversionary, unchanged since the end of 2012. The UK and French portfolios were respectively 1.0% and 5.4% reversionary. On the assumption that leases are renewed or re-let and rent reviews are agreed at current ERVs we estimate that £16.2 million of additional income per annum could be secured from the portfolio by 2015.

 

Lease expiries and breaks

 

Over the period from 2013 to 2015, leases with current rents passing of £77.1 million will expire or are subject to tenants' break clauses, as shown in the table below. Additional rental income of £7.0 million per annum could be secured in respect of expiries. We have assumed renewals take place at current rental value levels and have excluded tenant break options from this estimate, as we consider the probability that they will be exercised to be low. This is not a forecast and takes no account of void periods, lease incentives or potential changes to rental values.

 

Lease expiries and breaks

as at 30 June 2013








Weighted 








average 


Rents passing that 

ERV of leases that

unexpired 


expire/break in 

expire/break in

lease term 








to 

to 


2013 

2014 

2015 

2013 

2014 

2015 

break 

expiry 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

years 

years 

Notes



United Kingdom









Retail:

Shopping centres

12.6 

9.1 

12.3 

15.1 

9.9 

12.4 

6.8 

8.3 


Retail parks

5.8 

2.1 

4.9 

9.1 

2.3 

4.7 

9.2 

10.1 


18.4 

11.2 

17.2 

24.2 

12.2 

17.1 

7.8 

9.1 

Other UK

2.7 

1.3 

2.7 

2.8 

1.4 

3.0 

7.0 

8.8 

Total United Kingdom

21.1 

12.5 

19.9 

27.0 

13.6 

20.1 

7.8 

9.0 










France: Retail

14.9 

4.9 

3.8 

15.7 

5.1 

3.8 

1.2 

4.9 










Group









Retail

33.3 

16.1 

21.0 

39.9 

17.3 

20.9 

6.1 

8.0 

Other UK

2.7 

1.3 

2.7 

2.8 

1.4 

3.0 

7.0 

8.8 

Total Group

36.0 

17.4 

23.7 

42.7 

18.7 

23.9 

6.2 

8.0 

 

Notes

1

The amount by which rental income, based on rents passing at 30 June 2013, could fall in the event that occupational leases due to expire are not renewed or replaced by new leases. For the UK, it includes tenants' break options. For France, it is based on the date of lease expiry.

2

The ERV at 30 June 2013 for leases that expire or break in each year and ignoring the impact of rental growth and any rent-free periods.

 

 

Rent reviews

 

Rent reviews









as at 30 June 2013















Projected rents at current ERV of 


Rents passing subject to review in 


leases subject to review in 


Outstanding 

2013 

2014 

2015 

Outstanding 

2013 

2014 

2015 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Notes

United Kingdom









Retail:

Shopping centres

44.7 

4.3 

15.5 

9.4 

47.5 

5.3 

17.2 

10.5 


Retail parks

22.1 

4.7 

9.3 

24.9 

22.6 

5.1 

9.7 

25.5 


66.8 

9.0 

24.8 

34.3 

70.1 

10.4 

26.9 

36.0 

Other UK

4.0 

1.2 

2.0 

3.3 

4.2 

1.3 

2.1 

3.6 

Total United Kingdom

70.8 

10.2 

26.8 

37.6 

74.3 

11.7 

29.0 

39.6 

 

Notes

1

Rents passing at 30 June 2013, after deducting head and equity rents, which are subject to review in each year.

2

Projected rents for space that are subject to review in each year, based on the higher of the current rental income and the ERV as at 30 June 2013 and ignoring the impact of changes in rental values before the review date.

 

Additional annual rental income amounting to £3.5 million could be secured from the UK portfolio, assuming that outstanding rent review negotiations are concluded at rental values prevailing at the time of review. Over the period to 2015, leases with rents passing of £74.6 million are subject to review and if reviewed to current rental values, rents estimated at £80.3 million per annum would be secured, generating additional rents of £5.7 million per annum. This is not a forecast and takes no account of potential changes in rental values before the relevant review dates.

 

Rents from the majority of leases in our French portfolio increase annually by indexation, which was 3.1% for 2013.

 

Tenant covenant strength

 

The top ten retail occupiers in the portfolio accounted for £63.2 million, or 20.0%, of rents passing from the continuing portfolio as at the end of June 2013.

 




% of total

Tenant

passing rent

B&Q

3.9

H&M

2.2

Home Retail Group

2.1

Arcadia

2.0

DSG Retail

2.0

Next

1.9

Boots

1.7

New Look

1.5

Inditex

1.4

TK Maxx

1.3

Total

20.0

 

We monitor the credit standing of our key retailers and assess the covenant strength of prospective tenants using a credit rating agency. The agency's five-point risk indicator scale runs from one ('low') to five ('high') risk. All of the top ten retail tenants were rated at 'low' or 'lower than average' risk at the end of June 2013. For the portfolio as a whole, tenants rated within these lowest risk categories represented 82% of the passing rents of the UK retail portfolio and the average score was 1.6.

 

The proportion of tenants in the French portfolio with equivalent lower risk scores was 82% and the average score was also 1.6.

 

In the UK at 24 July 2013, 38 retail units were let to tenants in administration, and 13 of those continued to trade. All of the 25 units in our French portfolio let to tenants in administration continued to trade. Income from tenants in administration for the portfolio as a whole represented 1.6% of the Group's total passing rents. The figure for tenants in administration and no longer trading, however, was just 0.6%. At the end of December 2012, the comparative data was 1.2% and 0.5% respectively.

 

Collection rates

 

Our rent collection rates remain strong despite the challenging economic backdrop and demonstrate the underlying strength of the Group's income stream. In the UK and France 99% and 92% of the respective rents were collected within 14 days of the June 2013 due date.

 

Investment portfolio

 

Valuation data for investment property

for the six months ended 30 June 2013







True 


Properties 

Revaluation 

Capital 

Total 

Initial 

equivalent 


at valuation 

in the period 

return 

return 

yield 

yield 


£m 

£m 

Notes





United Kingdom







Retail:

Shopping centres

2,475.9 

16.4 

0.7 

3.3 

5.3 

5.9 


Retail parks

1,409.9 

(21.3)

(1.5)

1.5 

5.4 

6.3 


3,885.8 

(4.9)

(0.1)

2.6 

5.3 

6.0 

Other UK


193.8 

(11.4)

(5.0)

(2.1)

6.1 

7.5 

Total United Kingdom

4,079.6 

(16.3)

(0.4)

2.3 

5.4 

6.1 

Continental Europe







France: Retail

1,251.0 

(12.5)

(1.1)

1.5 

5.1 

5.6 

Group







Retail

5,136.8 

(17.4)

(0.3)

2.4 

5.3 

6.0 

Other UK

193.8 

(11.4)

(5.0)

(2.1)

6.1 

7.5 

Total investment portfolio

5,330.6 

(28.8)

(0.6)

2.1 

5.3 

6.0 

Developments

402.3 

5.8 

3.4 

3.4 



Total continuing operations

5,732.9 

(23.0)

(0.3)

2.2 



Discontinued operations

15.9 

3.0 

5.0 

9.8 



Total Group

5,748.8 

(20.0)

(0.2)

2.4 



Notes

1

Annual cash rents receivable, net of head and equity rents and the cost of vacancy, as a percentage of gross property value, as provided by the Group's external valuers. Rents receivable following the expiry of rent-free periods are not included. Rent reviews are assumed to have been settled at the contractual review date at ERV.

2

The capitalisation rate applied to future cash flows to calculate the gross property value. The cash flows reflect the timing of future rents resulting from lettings, lease renewals and rent reviews based on current ERVs and assuming rents are received quarterly in advance. The property true equivalent yields are determined by the Group's external valuers.

3

Further analysis of development properties by segment is provided in note 3B on page 44.

4

The weighted average remaining rent-free period is 0.4 years.

 

Rental data for investment portfolio

for the six months ended 30 June 2013

 


Gross 

Net 


Average 


Estimated 

Reversion/ 


rental 

rental 

Vacancy 

rents 

Rents 

rental 

(over- 


income 

income 

rate 

passing 

passing 

value 

rented) 


£m 

£m 

£/m² 

£m 

£m 

Notes



United Kingdom








Retail:

Shopping centres

70.1 

60.3 

2.5 

500 

144.7 

149.4 

1.0 


Retail parks

43.6 

41.6 

1.4 

185 

85.1 

87.6 

1.3 


113.7 

101.9 

2.1 

340 

229.8 

237.0 

1.1 

Other UK


7.1 

5.9 

9.4 

210 

14.2 

15.4 

(1.2)

Total United Kingdom

120.8 

107.8 

2.5 

325 

244.0 

252.4 

1.0 

Continental Europe








France: Retail

36.2 

32.4 

2.7 

345 

71.2 

77.3 

5.4 

Group








Retail

149.9 

134.3 

2.2 

340 

301.0 

314.3 

2.1 

Other UK

7.1 

5.9 

9.4 

210 

14.2 

15.4 

(1.2)

Total continuing investment portfolio

157.0 

140.2 

2.6 

325 

315.2 

329.7 

2.0 

Income from developments and other sources not analysed above

0.9 

0.2 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

Total continuing operations

157.9 

140.4 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

Discontinued operations

7.4 

7.3 

0.0 

320 

0.6 

0.7 

10.4 

Total Group - as disclosed in note 3A to the accounts

165.3 

147.7 














Selected data for the year ended 31 December 2012














Group








Retail

281.2 

245.1 

2.0 

340 

300.6 

312.5 

1.9 

Other UK

16.2 

13.9 

9.1 

175 

11.1 

12.6 

2.7 

Total continuing investment portfolio

297.4 

259.0 

2.3 

325 

311.7 

325.1 

2.0 

 

Notes

1

The ERV of the area in a property, or portfolio, excluding developments, which is currently available for letting, expressed as a percentage of the ERV of that property or portfolio.

2

Average rent passing at 30 June 2013 before deducting head and equity rents and excluding rents passing from anchor units and car parks.

3

The annual rental income receivable from an investment property at 30 June 2013, after any rent-free periods and after deducting head and equity rents.

4

The estimated market rental value of the total lettable space in a property at 30 June 2013, after deducting head and equity rents, calculated by the Group's valuers.

5

The percentage by which the ERV exceeds, or falls short of, rents passing together with the estimated rental value of vacant space, all at 30 June 2013.

 

 

PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

 

Property and financial markets

 

Financial markets are currently relatively stable, but remain subject to shocks arising from, for example, uncertainty in the eurozone, governments' austerity measures, the withdrawal of quantitative easing and slowing growth in major global economies. Lenders continue to be cautious and economic growth in the UK and eurozone is constrained. A full or partial break-up of the euro-community remains a risk and if realised could lead to a prolonged global recession. We are exposed to the euro and the specifics of the French economy through our shopping centre investments in France.

 

Our business model has been stress-tested against a severe downside economic scenario and the results of those tests confirmed that the financial condition of the Group is robust. This  reflected low gearing, long-term secure income streams from our leases, the currency hedging of the value of our French portfolio, a favourable spread of debt maturities and the flexibility to phase or halt our development programme should it be appropriate to do so.

 

Property valuations

 

The value of Hammerson's property portfolio reflects prevailing conditions in the general economic environment and, more specifically, in the property investment market. The Group's net asset value may therefore rise or fall due to external factors beyond management's control. Global financial markets have stabilised since the peak of the financial crisis, and investors have become more active in the real estate investment market, resulting in a rise in values for prime property over the last few years. However, as noted above, changing macroeconomic conditions could cause significant volatility in financial markets in the short to medium terms.

 

The property portfolio is the most significant component of the value of the Hammerson Group. Deterioration of financial markets may put downward pressure on property values which would increase gearing and could ultimately result in the breach of borrowing covenants.

 

The Group's property portfolio is of high quality, geographically diversified and let to a large number of tenants. These factors should help mitigate negative impacts which may arise from changes in the financial and property markets. At 30 June 2013, gearing was 57%, significantly lower than the Group's most stringent borrowing covenant that gearing should not exceed 150%. We estimate that values could fall by 42% from their June 2013 levels before covenants would be endangered.

 

Tenant default

 

Retailers in the UK and France are facing a challenging operating environment, and this increases the risk that they may be unable to pay their rents or could enter into administration. The impact of individual tenant default for Hammerson is low reflecting the Group's geographical diversity and its large number of tenants. Our occupational leases are also long-term contracts in general, making our income stream relatively secure.

 

Development and letting

 

We have a substantial development pipeline but have the flexibility to progress developments only when the relevant markets are sufficiently robust, when we have the right level of interest from retailers and on the basis that sound financial analysis demonstrates appropriate returns.

 

Potential occupiers remain cautious about committing to lease space, although demand is strong for the right product. We have only one major development under way, Les Terrasses du Port in Marseille, for which 89% of the income has been contracted or is in solicitors' hands. We will progress other significant developments only when substantial pre-lets are secured.

 

Liquidity risk

 

Companies with short-term financing requirements may continue to find it difficult to secure sufficient funding, in particular from banks, at costs comparable with their existing facilities. Consequently our recent focus has been to address near-term maturities early. In June 2013 a new £150 million one-year term loan became effective which increased our available bank facilities. Excluding this facility, the nearest debt maturity is £411 million in respect of the 4.875% 2015 euro bonds. Our funding strategy includes the potential to access the sterling, euro and private placement bond markets if appropriate.

 

Interest rate and exchange risk

 

Interest charged on borrowings is the most significant item of cost for the Group. The short-term outlook for interest rates is that they will remain low, but recent market pricing indicates that they will rise in the medium to long term. To manage the risk of changes in interest rates, we set guidelines for our exposure to fixed and floating interest rates, using interest rate and currency swaps as appropriate. At 30 June 2013, 72% of the Group's gross debt was at fixed rates of interest.

 

The Group is exposed to movements in the sterling/euro exchange rate through its investment in France. Exchange risk is managed principally by matching foreign currency assets with foreign currency borrowings or derivatives. At 30 June 2013, 80% of the value of the Group's French portfolio was hedged in this way.

 

Tax and regulatory

 

Governments are seeking to reduce fiscal deficits and regulators are examining mechanisms which would make financial markets more resilient. Increased taxation may be a risk for the broader business sector, but an asset-based industry such as real estate which currently benefits from tax efficient regimes throughout Europe could become a specific target.

 

The real estate sector is sometimes perceived by regulators to be part of the financial services sector rather than as operating businesses and the industry could be adversely affected by misdirected regulation designed to stabilise financial markets.

 

We monitor closely developments in the fields of tax and regulation and contribute to the debate through trade bodies such as EPRA and BPF which lobby on behalf of their members.

 

 

Independent review report to Hammerson plc

 

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2013 which comprises the consolidated income statement, the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the consolidated balance sheet, the consolidated statement of changes in equity, the consolidated cash flow statement, the analysis of movement in net debt and related notes 1 to 20. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board.  Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

 

Directors' responsibilities

 

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the Directors.  The Directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

As disclosed in note 1, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.  The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting," as adopted by the European Union.

 

Our responsibility

 

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

 

Scope of Review

 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

 

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2013 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

 

 

Deloitte LLP

Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditor

London, UK

26 July 2013

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Responsibility statement

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

 

·              the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting;

·              the Interim Management Report, comprising pages 3 to 32 of this Half-year Report, includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R; and

·              a fair review of related party transactions, as required by DTR 4.2.8R, is disclosed in note 1 to the accounts.

 

Signed on behalf of the Board on 26 July 2013

 

 

 

 

David Atkins

Timon Drakesmith

Director

Director

 

Consolidated income statement

 





 Six months 


Six months 

Year ended 




ended 


ended 

31 December 




30 June 


30 June 

2012 




2013 


2012 

Audited 




Unaudited 


Unaudited 

£m 


CONTINUING OPERATIONS

Notes

£m 


£m 








297.6 


Gross rental income

2

157.9 


145.7 

215.9 


Operating profit before other net losses and share of results of associate

2

117.2 


107.6 

(36.3)


Other net losses

2

(22.2)


(38.3)

47.5 


Share of results of associate

10A

44.8 


227.1 


Operating profit

2

139.8 


69.3 








(94.0)


Finance costs


(49.7)


(47.8)

(13.8)


Bond redemption - premium and costs


(3.9)


(13.8)

(41.7)


Floating rate reset bonds redemption - premium and costs



9.4 


Change in fair value of derivatives


(8.3)


3.5 

6.5 


Finance income


2.9 


2.7 

(133.6)


Net finance costs

4

(59.0)


(55.4)

93.5 


Profit before tax


80.8 


13.9 








(0.4)


Tax charge

5A

(0.2)









93.1 


Profit from continuing operations


80.6 


13.9 








48.7 


Profit from discontinued operations

6B

15.0 


34.9 








141.8 


Profit for the period


95.6 


48.8 










Attributable to:





138.4 


Equity shareholders


93.4 


47.2 

3.4 


Non-controlling interests*


2.2 


1.6 

141.8 


Profit for the period


95.6 


48.8 










Basic and diluted earnings per share





12.6p


Continuing operations


11.0p


1.7p

6.8p


Discontinued operations


2.1p


4.9p

19.4p


Total

8A

13.1p


6.6p

 

20.9p


EPRA earnings per share

8A

11.1p


10.2p

 

 

*

Non-controlling interests relate to continuing operations.

 

Consolidated statement of COMPREHENSIVE income  

 




 Six months 


Six months 

Year ended 



ended 


ended 

31 December 



30 June 


30 June 

2012 



2013 


2012 

Audited 



Unaudited 


Unaudited 

£m 


Continuing and discontinued operations

£m 


£m 







(43.6)


Foreign exchange translation differences

83.8 


(45.9)

27.3 


Net (loss)/gain on hedging activities

(63.2)


33.5 

0.1 


Revaluation gains on owner-occupied property

3.2 


0.5 


Revaluation gains on investment in associate

0.2 


74.4 


Revaluation gains on other investments


61.2 

(0.7)


Actuarial losses on pension schemes

(1.1)


(1.3)

57.5 


Net gain recognised directly in equity

22.9 


48.0 







93.1 


Profit for the period from continuing operations

80.6 


13.9 

48.7 


Profit for the period from discontinued operations

15.0 


34.9 

141.8 


Profit for the period

95.6 


48.8 







199.3 


Total comprehensive income for the period

118.5 


96.8 









Attributable to:




198.1 


Equity shareholders

112.2 


97.6 

1.2 


Non-controlling interests

6.3 


(0.8)

199.3 


Total comprehensive income for the period

118.5 


96.8 







 

Consolidated balance sheet

 

31 December 




30 June 


30 June 

2012 




2013 


2012 

Audited 




Unaudited 


Unaudited 

£m 



Notes

£m 


£m 










Non-current assets





5,458.4 


Investment and development properties*

9

5,732.9 


4,978.2 

42.3 


Interests in leasehold properties*


45.1 


10.0 

36.7 


Plant, equipment and owner-occupied property


39.6 


36.2 

428.4 


Investment in associate

10B

503.4 


1.4 


Other investments

11

1.4 


290.4 

66.6 


Receivables

12

50.7 


28.8 

6,033.8 




6,373.1 


5,343.6 



Current assets





212.6 


Assets held for sale

6D

16.0 


634.7 

102.7 


Receivables*

13

128.3 


115.8 

57.1 


Cash and deposits*

14

70.0 


79.6 

372.4 




214.3 


830.1 








6,406.2 


Total assets


6,587.4 


6,173.7 










Current liabilities





90.4 


Liabilities associated with assets held for sale

6D

2.2 


87.9 

243.7 


Payables*

15

219.7 


206.0 

1.4 


Tax

5B

0.8 


0.6 

158.0 


Borrowings*

16A

151.4 


251.7 

493.5 




374.1 


546.2 



Non-current liabilities





1,880.1 


Borrowings*

16A

2,125.1 


1,671.1 

0.5 


Deferred tax

5B

0.5 


0.5 


Tax



0.3 

42.3 


Obligations under finance leases*


44.9 


9.8 

64.1 


Payables*

18

74.2 


67.2 

1,987.0 




2,244.7 


1,748.9 








2,480.5 


Total liabilities


2,618.8 


2,295.1 








3,925.7 


Net assets


3,968.6 


3,878.6 










Equity





178.2 


Share capital

19

178.2 


178.2 

1,222.3 


Share premium


1,222.4 


1,222.2 

339.7 


Translation reserve


419.4 


337.6 

(279.4)


Hedging reserve


(342.6)


(273.2)

7.2 


Capital redemption reserve


7.2 


7.2 

10.9 


Other reserves


9.1 


9.5 

18.0 


Revaluation reserve


21.2 


223.4 

2,360.3 


Retained earnings


2,380.9 


2,104.5 

(6.0)


Investment in own shares


(5.2)


(3.3)

3,851.2 


Equity shareholders' funds


3,890.6 


3,806.1 








74.5 


Non-controlling interests**


78.0 


72.5 

3,925.7 


Total equity


3,968.6 


3,878.6 








£5.41 


Diluted net asset value per share

8B

£5.47 


£5.35 

£5.42 


EPRA net asset value per share

8B

£5.51 


£5.35 








*

Assets and liabilities relating to discontinued operations have been reclassified as held for sale. See note 6.

**

Non-controlling interests relate to continuing operations.

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

Six months ended 30 June 2013






Capital 




Investment 

Equity 

Non- 



Share 

Share 

Translation 

Hedging 

redemption 

Other 

Revaluation 

Retained 

in own 

shareholders' 

controlling 

Total 


capital 

premium 

reserve 

reserve 

reserve 

reserves 

reserve 

earnings 

shares 

funds 

interests 

equity 

Unaudited

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 














Balance at 1 January 2013

178.2 

1,222.3 

339.7 

(279.4)

7.2 

10.9 

18.0 

2,360.3 

(6.0)

3,851.2 

74.5 

3,925.7 

Issue of shares

0.1 

0.1 

0.1 

Share-based employee remuneration

3.0 

3.0 

3.0 

Cost of shares awarded to employees

(5.7)

5.7 

Transfer on award of own shares to employees

0.9 

(0.9)

Proceeds on award of own shares to employees

0.1 

0.1 

0.1 

Purchase of own shares

(4.9)

(4.9)

(4.9)

Dividends

(71.1)

(71.1)

(2.8)

(73.9)

Foreign exchange translation differences

79.7 

79.7 

4.1 

83.8 

Net loss on hedging activities

(63.2)

(63.2)

(63.2)

Revaluation gains on owner-occupied property

3.2 

3.2 

3.2 

Revaluation gains on investment in associate

0.2 

0.2 

0.2 

Actuarial losses on pension schemes

(1.1)

(1.1)

(1.1)

Profit for the period attributable to equity shareholders

93.4 

93.4 

2.2 

95.6 

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period

79.7 

(63.2)

3.2 

92.5 

112.2 

6.3 

118.5 

Balance at 30 June 2013

178.2 

1,222.4 

419.4 

(342.6)

7.2 

9.1 

21.2 

2,380.9 

(5.2)

3,890.6 

78.0 

3,968.6 

                                                                                                                         

Investment in own shares are stated at cost.                                                   

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUIty

Year ended 31 December 2012                              

 






Capital 




Investment 


Equity 

Non- 



Share 

Share 

Translation 

Hedging 

redemption 

Other 

Revaluation 

Retained 

in own 

Treasury 

shareholders' 

controlling 

Total 


capital 

premium 

reserve 

reserve 

reserve 

reserves 

reserve 

earnings 

shares 

shares 

funds 

interests 

equity 

Audited

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 















Balance at 1 January 2012

178.2 

1,221.9 

381.1 

(306.7)

7.2 

9.3 

161.7 

2,125.7 

(1.8)

(4.7)

3,771.9 

76.5 

3,848.4 

Issue of shares

0.4 

 0.4 

0.4 

Share-based employee remuneration

4.9 

 4.9 

 4.9 

Cost of shares awarded to employees

(3.9)

3.9 

Transfer on award of own shares to employees

0.6 

(0.6)

Proceeds on award of own shares to employees

 0.2 

 0.2 

0.2 

Transfer from treasury shares

(4.7)

4.7 

Purchase of own shares

(3.4)

(3.4)

(3.4)

Dividends

(120.9)

(120.9)

(3.2)

(124.1)

Foreign exchange translation differences

(41.4)

(41.4)

(2.2)

(43.6)

Net gain on hedging activities

27.3 

27.3 

27.3 

Revaluation gains  on owner-occupied property

0.1 

0.1 

0.1 

Revaluation gains on other investments

74.4 

74.4 

74.4 

Actuarial losses on pension schemes

(0.7)

(0.7)

(0.7)

Transfer on recognition of investment in associate

(218.2)

218.2 

Profit for the year attributable to equity shareholders

138.4 

138.4 

3.4 

141.8 

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the year

(41.4)

27.3 

(143.7)

355.9 

198.1 

1.2 

199.3 

Balance at 31 December 2012

178.2 

1,222.3 

339.7 

(279.4)

7.2 

10.9 

18.0 

2,360.3 

(6.0)

3,851.2 

74.5 

3,925.7 

 

Investment in own shares and treasury shares are stated at cost.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

Six months ended 30 June 2012






Capital 




Investment 


Equity 

Non- 



Share 

Share 

Translation 

Hedging 

redemption 

Other 

Revaluation 

Retained 

in own 

Treasury 

shareholders' 

controlling 

Total 


capital 

premium 

reserve 

reserve 

reserve 

reserves 

reserve 

earnings 

shares 

shares 

funds 

interests 

equity 

Unaudited

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 















Balance at 1 January 2012

178.2 

1,221.9 

381.1 

(306.7)

7.2 

9.3 

161.7 

2,125.7 

(1.8)

(4.7)

3,771.9 

76.5 

3,848.4 

Issue of shares

0.3 

0.3 

0.3 

Share-based employee remuneration

2.3 

2.3 

2.3 

Cost of shares awarded to employees

(3.2)

3.2 

Proceeds on award of own shares to employees

0.1 

0.1 

0.1 

Transfer from treasury shares

(4.7)

4.7 

Transfer on award of own shares to employees

1.1 

(1.1)

Dividends

(66.1)

(66.1)

(3.2)

(69.3)

Foreign exchange translation differences

(43.5)

(43.5)

(2.4)

(45.9)

Net gain on hedging activities

33.5 

33.5 

33.5 

Revaluation gains on owner-occupied property

0.5 

0.5 

0.5 

Revaluation gains on other investments

61.2 

61.2 

61.2 

Actuarial losses on pension schemes

(1.3)

(1.3)

(1.3)

Profit for the period attributable to equity shareholders

47.2 

47.2 

1.6 

48.8 

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period

(43.5)

33.5 

61.7 

45.9 

97.6 

(0.8)

96.8 

Balance at 30 June 2012

178.2 

1,222.2 

337.6 

(273.2)

7.2 

9.5 

223.4 

2,104.5 

(3.3)

3,806.1 

72.5 

3,878.6 

                                                                                                                         

Investment in own shares and treasury shares are stated at cost.             

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

 





 Six months 


Six months 

Year ended 




ended 


ended 

31 December 




30 June 


30 June 

2012 




2013 


2012 

Audited 




Unaudited 


Unaudited 

£m 



Notes

£m 


£m 



Operating activities







Operating profit before other net (losses)/gains and share of results of associate





215.9 


- continuing operations

2

117.2 


107.6 

23.7 


- discontinued operations

6B

7.2 


13.5 

239.6 




124.4 


121.1 

(14.5)


(Increase)/Decrease in receivables


(6.7)


0.8 

13.5 


(Decrease)/Increase in payables


(19.5)


(9.0)

14.0 


Adjustment for non-cash items

20

8.5 


7.1 

252.6 


Cash generated from operations


106.7 


120.0 








(117.6)


Interest paid


(70.5)


(84.4)

5.7 


Interest received


2.8 


1.8 

(0.8)


Tax paid

5B

(0.5)


(0.4)

139.9 


Cash flows from operating activities


38.5 


37.0 










Investing activities





(397.3)


Property acquisitions


(189.2)


(122.9)


Development and major refurbishments


(73.3)


(67.0)

(48.0)


Other capital expenditure


(12.2)


(9.9)

585.0 


Sale of properties


239.1 


152.4 

(80.0)


Acquisition of interest in associate


(56.3)



Purchase of other investments



(0.4)

2.4 


Distribution received from associate


36.7 


5.2 


Decrease in non-current receivables


0.1 


0.2 

(55.6)


Cash flows from investing activities


(55.1)


75.3 










Financing activities





0.5 


Issue of shares


0.1 


0.3 

0.2 


Proceeds from award of own shares


0.1 


0.1 

(3.4)


Purchase of own shares


(4.9)


(5.2)


Interest rate swap cancellation costs paid


- 


(5.2)

(13.8)


Bond redemption premium and costs paid

(3.9)


(13.8)

(41.7)


Floating rate reset bonds redemption premium and costs paid


(20.0)


Increase/(Decrease) in non-current borrowings


116.7 


(224.5)

87.1 


(Decrease)/Increase in current borrowings


(10.6)


183.0 

(3.2)


Dividends paid to non-controlling interests


(2.8)


(3.2)

(118.4)


Equity dividends paid

(75.2)


(64.3)

(117.9)


Cash flows from financing activities


19.5 


(127.6)








(33.6)


Net increase/(decrease) in cash and deposits


2.9 


(15.3)

100.7 


Opening cash and deposits


66.4 


100.7 

(0.7)


Exchange translation movement


0.7 


(0.7)

66.4 


Closing cash and deposits


70.0 


84.7 

(9.3)


Cash and deposits classified as assets held for sale

6D

- 


(5.1)

57.1 


Cash and deposits as stated on balance sheet

14

70.0 


79.6 

 

The cash flows above relate to continuing and discontinued operations.  See note 6 for information on discontinued operations.

 

Analysis of movement in net debt




 Current borrowings 




Short-term 

Cash at 

including 

Non-current 



deposits 

bank 

currency swaps 

borrowings 

Net debt 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

As stated on balance sheet at 1 January 2013

12.0 

45.1 

(158.0)

(1,880.1)

(1,981.0)

Cash and deposits and borrowings classified as held for sale (note 6D)

9.3 

(1.3)

(63.3)

(55.3)

Balance at 1 January 2013

12.0 

54.4 

(159.3)

(1,943.4)

(2,036.3)

Cash flow

(4.0)

6.9 

10.6 

(116.7)

(103.2)

Exchange

0.7 

(2.7)

(65.0)

(67.0)

Balance at 30 June 2013

8.0 

62.0 

(151.4)

(2,125.1)

(2,206.5)

 

Notes to the accounts

 

1.     FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

The information for the year ended 31 December 2012 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  A copy of the statutory accounts for that year has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The auditor's report on those accounts was not qualified, did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying the report and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.  The annual financial statements of Hammerson plc are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this Half-year Report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting, as adopted by the European Union.

 

The same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation are followed in the condensed set of financial statements as applied in Hammerson's latest annual audited financial statements.

 

The Group's financial performance is not seasonal. There have been no changes in estimates of amounts reported in prior periods which have a material impact on the current half-year period. There have been no material changes in contingent liabilities since 31 December 2012.

 

The management fees receivable in notes 2 and 6B include fees paid to Hammerson in respect of joint ventures for investment and development management services.  All other related party transactions, with the exception of Directors' remuneration, are eliminated on consolidation.

 

The principal exchange rates used to translate foreign currency denominated amounts are:

Balance sheet: £1 = €1.167 (30 June 2012: £1 = €1.236; 31 December 2012: £1 = €1.233)

Income statement: £1 = €1.176 (30 June 2012: £1 = €1.216; 31 December 2012: £1 = €1.233).

 

The Half-year Report was approved by the Board on 26 July 2013.

 

GOING CONCERN

 

The current economic conditions have created a number of uncertainties. The Group's business activities, together with factors likely to affect its future development, performance, and position are set out in the 'Introduction', the 'Business and financial review' and 'Principal risks and uncertainties'. The financial position of the Group, its liquidity position and borrowing facilities are described in the 'Business and financial review' and in the notes to the accounts.

 

The Directors have reviewed the current and projected financial position of the Group, making reasonable assumptions about future trading performance. As part of the review, the Directors considered the Group's cash balances, its debt maturity profile, including undrawn facilities, and the long-term nature of tenant leases. After making enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Half-year Report.

 

 

2.       RESULT FOR THE PERIOD












 

Year ended 31 December 2012 



Six months ended 30 June 2013 


Six months ended 30 June 2012 


Capital 





Capital 




Capital 


Adjusted 

and other 

Total 



Adjusted 

and other 

Total 


Adjusted 

and other 

Total 

£m 

£m 

£m 


Notes

£m 

£m 

£m 


£m 

£m 

£m 

297.6 

297.6 

Gross rental income

3A

157.9 

157.9 


145.7 

145.7 

(1.9)

(1.9)

Ground and equity rents payable


(1.0)

(1.0)


(1.0)

(1.0)

295.7 

295.7 

Gross rental income, after rents payable


156.9 

156.9 


144.7 

144.7 













54.5 

54.5 

Service charge income


29.7 

29.7 


26.7 

26.7 

(62.7)

‑ 

(62.7)

Service charge expenses


(34.5)

‑ 

(34.5)


(30.4)

‑ 

(30.4)

(8.2)

(8.2)

Net service charge expenses


(4.8)

(4.8)


(3.7)

(3.7)

(28.7)

(28.7)

Other property outgoings


(11.7)

(11.7)


(13.2)

(13.2)

(36.9)

(36.9)

Property outgoings


(16.5)

(16.5)


(16.9)

(16.9)













258.8 

258.8 

Net rental income

3A

140.4 

140.4 


127.8 

127.8 













5.9 

5.9 

Management fees receivable


3.5 

3.5 


2.8 

2.8 

(31.4)

(31.4)

Cost of property activities


(17.5)

(17.5)


(15.5)

(15.5)

(17.4)

(17.4)

Corporate expenses


(9.2)

(9.2)


(7.5)

(7.5)

(42.9)

(42.9)

Administration expenses


(23.2)

(23.2)


(20.2)

(20.2)

215.9 

215.9 

Operating profit before other net losses and share of results of associate


117.2 

117.2 


107.6 

107.6 

12.2 

12.2 

Gain on the sale of investment properties


0.8 

0.8 


8.3 

8.3 

(68.3)

(68.3)

Revaluation losses on investment properties


(28.8)

(28.8)


(55.8)

(55.8)

19.8 

19.8 

Revaluation gains on development properties


5.8 

5.8 


9.2 

9.2 

(36.3)

(36.3)

Other net losses


(22.2)

(22.2)


(38.3)

(38.3)













4.3 

43.2 

47.5 

Share of results of associate

10A

5.5 

39.3 

44.8 


- 

- 

- 

220.2 

6.9 

227.1 

Operating profit


122.7 

17.1 

139.8 


107.6 

(38.3)

69.3 













(87.5)

(46.1)

(133.6)

Net finance costs

4

(46.8)

(12.2)

(59.0)


(45.1)

(10.3)

(55.4)

132.7 

(39.2)

93.5 

Profit before tax


75.9 

4.9 

80.8 


62.5 

(48.6)

13.9 

(0.4)

(0.4)

Current tax charge

5A

(0.2)

(0.2)


132.3 

(39.2)

93.1 

Profit/(Loss) from continuing operations


75.7 

4.9 

80.6 


62.5 

(48.6)

13.9 

19.8 

28.9 

48.7 

Profit from discontinued operations

6B

5.4 

9.6 

15.0 


11.5 

23.4 

34.9 

152.1 

(10.3)

141.8 

Profit/(Loss) for the period


81.1 

14.5 

95.6 


74.0 

(25.2)

48.8 

(3.3)

(0.1)

(3.4)

Non-controlling interests - continuing operations


(2.0)

(0.2)

(2.2)


(1.7)

0.1 

(1.6)

148.8 

(10.4)

138.4 

Profit/(Loss) for the period attributable to equity shareholders

8A

79.1 

14.3 

93.4 


72.3 

(25.1)

47.2 




Profit/(Loss) for the period attributable to equity shareholders









129.0 

(39.3)

89.7 

- continuing operations

8A

73.7 

4.7 

78.4 


60.8 

(48.5)

12.3 

19.8 

28.9 

48.7 

- discontinued operations

8A

5.4 

9.6 

15.0 


11.5 

23.4 

34.9 

148.8 

(10.4)

138.4 



79.1 

14.3 

93.4 


72.3 

(25.1)

47.2 

 

3.     SEGMENTAL ANALYSIS

The factors used to determine the Group's reportable segments are the geographic locations (UK and Continental Europe) and sectors in which it operates, which are generally managed by separate teams and are the basis on which performance is assessed and resources allocated.  Gross rental income represents the Group's revenue from its 'customers', or tenants. Net rental income is the principal profit measure used to determine the performance of each sector. Total assets are not monitored by segment and resource allocation is based on the distribution of property assets between segments.

 

A.    REVENUE AND PROFIT BY SEGMENT

 

Year ended 31 December 2012


Six months ended 30 June 2013


Six months ended 30 June 2012



Non-cash items




Non-cash items




Non-cash items




Revaluation 





Revaluation 





Revaluation 

Gross 

Net 

Within net 

gains/ 


Gross 

Net 

Within net 

gains/ 


Gross 

Net 

Within net 

gains/ 

rental 

rental 

rental 

(losses) on 


rental 

rental 

rental 

(losses) on 


rental 

rental 

 rental 

(losses) on 

income 

income 

income 

properties 


income 

income 

income 

properties 


income 

income 

income 

properties 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 





United Kingdom










141.2 

117.0 

(7.2)

(21.2)

Retail:

Shopping centres

70.1 

60.3 

(4.2)

16.4 


68.5 

57.8 

(3.4)

(13.0)

70.9 

66.8 

(0.9)

(30.6)


Retail parks

43.6 

41.6 

(0.4)

(21.3)


33.2 

31.1 

(0.5)

(29.4)

212.1 

183.8 

(8.1)

(51.8)


113.7 

101.9 

(4.6)

(4.9)


101.7 

88.9 

(3.9)

(42.4)

16.2 

13.9 

(0.2)

(17.3)

Other UK

7.1 

5.9 

(0.1)

(11.4)


8.3 

7.3 

(0.1)

(9.3)

228.3 

197.7 

(8.3)

(69.1)

Total United Kingdom