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Preliminary Results

Released 07:00 24-Mar-2017

RNS Number : 3910A
Highcroft Investments PLC
24 March 2017
 

Highcroft Investments PLC

 

Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2016

 

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

 

·      Final property income distribution up 6.1% to 26.0p per share (2015 24.5p per share)

·      Total property income distribution up 5.7% to 41.0p per share (2015 38.8p per share)

·      Net asset value per share up 4.4% to 1071p (2015 1026p)

·      Gross property income increased by 13.7% to £3,906,000 (2015 £3,435,000)

·      Total earnings per share down 40% to 84p (2015 140p)

·      Medium term debt £14,900,000 (2015 £11,500,000)

·      Property acquisitions of £9,325,000 (net of costs) and disposal proceeds of £3,011,000

·      Investment property valuation up 13.9% to £65,997,000 (2015 £57,964,000)

·      Cash and liquid equity investments £5,838,000 (2015 £8,007,000)

 

 

Dear Shareholder,

 

I am pleased to announce our preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2016 and to invite you to our Annual General Meeting on 12 May 2017 which will be held at Thomas House, Langford Locks, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 1HR at 12 noon.

                     

Results for the year

I am delighted to report that, following a successful year in 2015, we have continued to make progress in delivering our strategy.  We have recorded growth in our four key performance indicators; increasing the value of our property assets, our gross property income, our net assets per share and our dividends payable to shareholders.  We have completed two property acquisitions, focused on larger lot sizes, and used a limited amount of additional gearing to achieve our objectives. The valuation of our property portfolio on a like-for-like basis has outperformed the market. 

 

Property:  Gross property rental income rose 13.7% to £3,906,000 (2015 £3,435,000), with all of this increase arising from our commercial properties.  This growth includes the effect of a full year's income from the Wisbech property purchased in May 2015.  It also includes a partial year of income from our new acquisitions in Grantham and Coventry, and allows for reduced income from properties which we sold in the year.  All our properties are currently let and there were no bad debts in the period. Operating expenses decreased by £131,000 to £198,000; primarily due to the 2015 figure including one-off costs at two properties where we undertook programmes of repair and removal of asbestos.  We made two acquisitions; firstly two retail warehouses in Grantham let to B&Q PLC and Marks & Spencer P.L.C., and secondly a multi-let leisure unit in Coventry let to three food outlets.  We have been very pleased with the performance of our assets, with the combination of two rent reviews in 2016, and a full year of rent reviews and new leases completed in 2015, helping to increase gross rental income and capital values. 

The sale of our Kingston and Warwick properties, together with two residential units, yielded gross proceeds of £3,011,000 - 6.1% in excess of the December 2015 valuations.  These proceeds are being re-invested in line with our strategy.  We have experienced difficulty in identifying suitable property investments at attractive yields, with the appropriate property fundamentals, as the market is challenging with competition from overseas investors taking advantage of sterling weakness and also from local authorities. We intend to continue to capitalise on our strong financial position and ability to move rapidly to exploit opportunities in order to continue to develop our property portfolio.  The availability of reasonably priced debt, combined with the company's strong financial position, allows us to increase the return on our investments through a prudent use of gearing.  Our properties showed a net valuation gain of £973,000 for the year, a 2.7% gain on a like-for-like basis, well in excess of the market reduction of 0.8%.  The most significant gain related to our retail property in Staines where we obtained planning permission for a residential development above the retail units and where we exchanged contracts for sale prior to the year end. We have subsequently completed the sale in 2017.

We have performed well against our specific property objectives.  Our average commercial property lot size has increased to £3.3m from £2.9m in 2015 and £1.5m in 2012.  We now have only one pure residential property in the portfolio, reduced from 3 in 2015, and our property sector split has changed as we have spread risk over more sectors of the property market as illustrated below.

 


2016

2015

2014

2013

2012


%

%

%

%

%

Retail

18

20

23

29

41

Warehouse

29

34

38

33

39

Retail warehouse

39

33

20

15

-

Office

10

12

14

17

13

Leisure

3

-

2

2

3

Residential

1

1

3

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

Equities: A fall in income to £144,000 (2015 £182,000) and a realised net gain of £18,000, are a result of the reduction in the level of our holdings. Unrealised net gains in 2016 amounted to £470,000 (2015 revaluation loss £346,000).  We released £1,174,000 of cash from equities during the year and have released a further £477,000 since the year end.

 

Administrative expenses: Ongoing administrative expenses increased by £118,000 in 2016, due to a combination of step-changes in certain costs, as the complexity of the business and the regulatory burden continued to increase. Finance costs increased by £141,000 due to the effect of increased bank borrowings in the year.

 

Financial summary:  Total profit for the year fell by 40% due primarily to the lower unrealised property valuation gains in 2016.  Excluding the realised gains on investment property, the underlying profit on revenue activities increased by 1% to £2,912,000 (2015 £2,871,000). The year-end net asset value per share increased to 1071p (2015 1026p) and our year-end cash position was £3,369,000 (2015 £4,852,000). Readily realisable equity investments totalled £2,469,000 (2015 £3,155,000).  Our year end bank loans totalled £14,900,000 (2015 £11,500,000).

 

Dividend

We are recommending a final property income distribution of 26.0p per share (2015 24.5p), an increase of 6.1%, to be paid on 2 June 2017 to shareholders registered at 5 May 2017 (with an ex-dividend date of 4 May 2017) making a total of 41.0p for the year (2015 38.8p).  This increase of 5.7% for the year continues the recent record of increases well in excess of inflation.

 

Outlook

We are very pleased with the results for the year and remain optimistic that we start 2017 from a position of strength which will help us to secure further attractive acquisitions.  We will continue to reduce our investment in equities in line with our medium term strategy and to re-invest the proceeds in commercial property. We have set ourselves challenging objectives for 2017, and we look forward to improving shareholder value through increased dividends and net asset value.

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purpose of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Hewitt

Chairman                                                                                                                       

 

                                                                                   

 

 

23 March 2017

 

Enquiries:

 

Highcroft Investments PLC

John Hewitt  / Roberta Miles

01865 840023

 

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Karri Vuori / Fabien Holler

0207 886 2500

 



 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the year ended 31 December 2016

 

 

 


Note


2016



2015




Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total



£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000









Gross rental revenue


3,906

-

3,906

3,435

-

3,435

Property operating expenses


(198)

-

(198)

(329)

-

(329)

Net rental income


3,708

-

3,708

3,106

-

3,106









Realised gains on investment property


134

-

134

418

-

418

Realised losses on investment property


-

-

-

-

-

-

Net gains on investment property


134

-

134

418

-

418









Valuation gains on investment property


-

2,509

2,509

-

4,840

4,840

Valuation losses on investment property


-

(1,536)

(1,536)

-

(75)

(75)

Net valuation gains on investment property


-

973

973

-

4,765

4,765









Dividend revenue


144

-

144

182

-

182

Gains on equity  investments


-

546

546

-

87

87

Losses on equity investments


-

(58)

(58)

-

(502)

(502)

Net investment income/(expense)


144

488

632

182

(415)

(233)









Administration expenses


(651)

-

(651)

(533)

-

(533)

Net operating profit before net finance income


3,335

1,461

4,796

3,173

4,350

7,523









Finance income


11

-

11

7

-

7

Finance expense


(506)

-

(506)

(365)

-

(365)

Net finance expense


(495)

-

(495)

(358)

-

(358)









Profit before tax


2,840

 

1,461

4,301

2,815

 

4,350

7,165









Income tax credit

1

72

(30)

42

56

14

70









Total profit and comprehensive income for the year attributable to the owners of the parent


2,912

1,431

4,343

2,871

4,364

7,235

























Basic and diluted earnings per share


55.7p

28.3p

84.0p

55.6p

84.4p

140.0p

 

 



Consolidated statement of financial position

at 31 December 2016

 


Note

2016

2015



£'000

£'000

Assets




Non-current assets




Investment property

4

65,997

57,964

Equity investments

5

2,469

3,155

Total non-current assets


68,466

61,119





Current assets




Trade and other receivables


631

641

Cash and cash equivalents


3,369

4,852

Total current assets


4,000

5,493





Total assets


72,466

66,612





Liabilities




Current liabilities




Trade and other payables


1,866

1,664

Total current liabilities


1,866

1,664





Non-current liabilities




Interest bearing loan

6

14,900

11,500

Deferred tax liabilities


375

425

Total non-current liabilities


15,275

11,925





Total liabilities


17,141

13,589





Net assets


55,325

53,023





Equity




Issued share capital


1,292

1,292

Revaluation reserve - property


14,276

14,764

                             - other


659

667

Capital redemption reserve


95

95

Realised capital reserve


27,020

25,586

Retained earnings


11,983

10,619

Total equity attributable to the owners of the parent


55,325

53,023







Consolidated statement of changes in equity

 

 

 

 

2016

Issued

Revaluation reserves

Capital

Realised

Retained



share

Property

Other

redemption

capital

earnings

Total


capital



reserve

reserve




£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2016

1,292

14,764

667

95

25,586

10,619

53,023

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(2,041)

(2,041)

Reserve transfers:








Non-distributable items recognised in statement of

comprehensive income:








Revaluation gains

-

973

467

-

-

(1,440)

-

Tax on revaluation gains/(losses)

-

-

(26)

-

-

26

-

Realised gains

-

-

-

-

149

(149)

-

Surplus attributable to assets sold in the year

-

(836)

(449)

-

1,285

-

-

Excess of cost over revalued amount taken to retained earnings

-

(625)

-

-

-

625

-

Transactions with owners

-

(488)

(8)

-

1,434

(2,979)

(2,041)

Profit and total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

4,343

4,343

At 31 December 2016

1,292

14,276

659

95

27,020

11,983

55,325

 

2015

Issued

Revaluation reserves

Capital

Realised

Retained



share

Property

Other

redemption

capital

earnings

Total


capital



reserve

reserve




£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2015

1,292

11,332

1,335

95

24,785

8,863

47,702

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(1,914)

(1,914)

Reserve transfers:








Non-distributable items recognised in statement of

comprehensive income:








Revaluation losses

-

4,765

(278)

-

-

(4,487)

-

Tax on revaluation gains/(losses)

-

-

14

-

-

(14)

-

Realised gains

-

-

-

-

364

(364)

-

Surplus attributable to assets sold in the year

-

(33)

(404)

-

437

-

-

Excess of cost over revalued amount taken to retained earnings

-

(1,300)

-

-

-

1,300

-

Transactions with owners

-

3,432

(668)

-

801

(5,479)

(1,914)

Profit and total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

7,235

7,235

At 31 December 2015

1,292

14,764

667

95

25,586

10,619

53,023



Consolidated statement of cash flows

 

for the year ended 31 December 2016

 


2016


2015


£'000


£'000





Operating activities




Profit before tax on ordinary activities

4,301


7,165

Adjustments for:




Net valuation gains on investment property

(973)


(4,765)

Net gain on disposal of investment property

(134)


(418)

Net loss on investments

(488)


415

Finance income

(11)


(7)

Finance expense

506


365

Operating cash flow before changes in working capital and provisions

 

3,201


 

2,755





Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

10


(226)

Increase in trade and other payables

193


352

Cash generated from operations

3,404


2,881





Finance income

11


7

Finance expense

(506)


(365)

Net cash flows from operating activities

2,909


2,523





Investing activities




Purchase of non-current assets - investment property

(9,896)


(8,590)

                                              - equity investments

(3)


(7)

Sale of non-current assets        - investment property

2,972


2,332

                                              - equity investments

1,176


969

Net cash flows from investing activities

(5,751)


(5,296)





Financing activities




Dividends paid

(2,041)


(1,914)

New bank borrowings

3,400


7,500

Net cash flows from financing activities

1,359


5,586





Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

1,483


2,813

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January 2016

4,852


2,039

Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December 2016

3,369


4,852

 



Notes

for the year ended 31 December 2016

 

1 Income tax credit

 


2016

2015


£'000

£'000

Current tax:



On revenue profits

12

(13)

On capital profits

(80)

(43)


(68)

(56)

Deferred tax

26

(14)

Income tax credit

(42)

(70)

 

The tax assessed for the year differs from the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 20% (2015 21.5%). 

The differences are explained as follows:


2016

2015


£'000

£'000

Profit before tax

4,301

7,165

Profit before tax multiplied by the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 20% (2015 20%) 

860

1,433

Effect of:



Tax exempt revenues

(123)

33

Profit not taxable as a result of REIT status

(963)

(1,635)

Chargeable gains less than accounting profit

59

56

Use of management expenses

125

57

Effect of change in tax rate on deferred tax liability

-

(14)

Income tax credit

(42)

(70)

 

 

2 Dividends

 

In 2016 the following dividends have been paid by the company:

 

 

2016

2015

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

2015 Final: 24.50p per ordinary share (2014 22.75p)

1,266

1,175

2016 Interim: 15.0p per ordinary share (2015 14.30p)

775

739

 

2,041

1,914

 

The directors recommend a property income distribution of £1,343,000, 26.00p per share (2015 £1,266,000, 24.50p per share) payable on 2 June 2017 to shareholders registered at 5 May 2017.

 

 



3 Earnings per share

 

The calculation of earnings per share is based on the total profit for the year of £4,343,000 (2015 £7,235,000) and on 5,167,240 shares (2015 5,167,240) which is the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year ended 31 December 2016 and throughout the period since 1 January 2015.  There are no dilutive instruments.

 

In order to draw attention to the impact of valuation gains and losses which are included in the statement of comprehensive income but not available for distribution under the company's articles of association, an adjusted earnings per share based on the profit available for distribution of £2,877,000 (2015 £2,871,000) has been calculated.

 

 

2016

2015

 

£'000

£'000

Earnings:

 

 

Basic profit for the year

4,343

7,235

Adjustments for:

 

 

Net valuation gains on investment property

(974)

(4,765)

Gains/(losses) on investments

(488)

415

Income tax on losses

(4)

(14)

Adjusted earnings

2,877

2,871

Per share amount:

 

 

Earnings per share (unadjusted)

         84.0p

140.0p

Adjustments for:

 

 

Net valuation gains on investment property

(18.9p)

(92.2p)

Gains/(losses) on investments

(9.4p)

8.0p

Income tax on losses

-

(0.2p)

Adjusted earnings per share

55.7p

55.6p

 

4 Investment property

 

2016

2015

 

£'000

£'000

Valuation at 1 January

57,964

46,523

Additions

9,896

8,590

Disposals

(2,836)

(1,914)

Revaluation gains/(losses)

973

4,765

Valuation at 31 December

65,997

57,964

 

In accordance with IAS 40 the carrying value of investment properties is their fair value as determined by external valuers.  This valuation has been conducted by Knight Frank LLP, as external valuers, and has been prepared as at 31 December 2016, in accordance with the Appraisal & Valuation Standards of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, on the basis of market value.  This value has been incorporated into the financial statements.

 

The independent valuation of all property assets uses market evidence and also includes assumptions regarding income expectations and yields that investors would expect to achieve on those assets over time. Many external economic and market factors, such as interest rate expectations, bond yields, the availability and cost of finance and the relative attraction of property against other asset classes, could lead to a reappraisal of the assumptions used to arrive at current valuations. In adverse conditions, this reappraisal can lead to a reduction in property values and a loss in net asset value.

 

5   Equity investments


2016

2015


£'000

£'000

Valuation at 1 January

3,155

4,532

Additions

3

7

Disposals

(1,159)

(1,038)

Surplus/(deficit) on revaluation in excess of cost

467

(277)

Revaluation decrease below cost

(11)

(71)

Revaluation increase still less than cost

14

2

Valuation at 31 December

2,469

3,155

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6   Interest bearing loans

 


2016

2015


£'000

£'000

Medium term bank loans

14,900

11,500

The medium term bank loans comprise amounts falling due as follows:



Between one and two years

-

-

Between two and five years

4,000

4,000

Over five years

10,900

7,500


14,900

11,500

 

7   Basis of preparation

 

The preliminary announcement has been prepared in accordance with applicable accounting standards as stated in the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015. The accounting policies remain unchanged.

 

 

8   Annual General Meeting

 

The Annual General Meeting will be held on 12 May 2017.

 

9   Publication of non-statutory accounts

    

     The above does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of the Companies Act 2006.  It is an extract from the full accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 on which the auditor has expressed an unmodified opinion and does not include any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.  The accounts will be posted to shareholders on or before 18 April 2017 and subsequently filed at Companies House.


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