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2017 Half-Year Results

Released 07:00 04-Aug-2017

RNS Number : 0879N
Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate
04 August 2017
 

 

4 August 2017

 

KENNEDY WILSON EUROPE REAL ESTATE PLC

("KWE", the "Company" or the "Group")

 

HALF-YEAR RESULTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2017

 

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc (LSE: KWE), an LSE listed property company that invests in real estate across the UK, Ireland, Spain and Italy, today announces its unaudited half-year results for the period ended 30 June 2017 (the "Period").

 

 

30 June
2017

30 June
2016


Change (%)

Net operating income (NOI) (£m)

79.7

78.7

1.3

Net profit after taxation (£m)

54.9

78.7

-30.2

Adjusted earnings (£m)

38.9

36.2

7.5

Adjusted earnings per share (p)

30.8

26.8

14.9

DPS paid (p)

24.0

24.0

-

Quarterly DPS announced (p)

12.0

12.0

-

 

30 June
20171

31 December
2016


Change (%)

Adjusted NAV (£m)2

1,565.8

1,533.7

2.1

IFRS NAV (£m)

1,567.9

1,535.9

2.1

Adjusted NAV per share (p)

1,241.4

1,215.9

2.1

IFRS NAV per share (p)

1,243.0

1,217.6

2.1

Valuation movement (£m)

16.6

-55.93

Na

Net debt (£m)

1,234.0

1,234.8

-

Loan to value (LTV) (%)

42.4

42.8

-0.4pp

Operational highlights in the Period:

·     Portfolio value at £2,910.4million, generating annualised topped-up NOI4 of £160.0 million across 207 properties

·     Strong asset management momentum continues, completing 76 commercial lease transactions (1.1 million sq ft), delivering an uplift over previous passing rent of 13.1% and outperforming valuers' ERVs by 5.2%  

·     Secure income underpinned by long WAULTs of 7.4 years (9.3 years to expiry) and solid portfolio occupancy of 93.6%

·     Non-core disposal programme has gained further traction, delivering £57.6 million of sales across 15 properties at a spread of 219bps over entry yield on cost; achieving a premium to book value of 6.1% and generating a return on cost of 29.5%

·     Practical completion at Pioneer Point, Ilford, saw the launch of KWE's professionally managed PRS operation in London with 135 brand new units to let in the South tower and a best-in-class amenity offering

·     73,000 sq ft agreement for lease with global online fashion retailer, ASOS, for a new 10-year lease; the largest letting of the year in the South East office market

 

Financial highlights in the Period:

·     2.1% increase in Adjusted NAV per share to 1,241.4 pence (Dec-16: 1,215.9 pence)

·     Dividends paid of 24.0 pence per share or £30.2 million

·     Low weighted average cost of debt of 3.0%, with 93% of debt fixed or hedged

·     Debt term to maturity at 5.6 years; LTV of 42.4%, within target range of 40-45%

·     On 24 April 2017 and 13 June 2017 KWE and Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. announced the terms of a recommended merger - details can be found on KWE's website www.kennedywilson.eu/investors/kwhi-and-kwe-proposed-merger/  The Scheme Document will be published in due course and will contain further details about the merger transaction

 

Post Period end achievements:

·     A further £75.0 million of non-core disposals delivered across three properties generating a premium to preceding valuation of 11.6% and a return on cost of 44.3%; bringing total disposals in H1-17 to £132.6 million across 18 properties

·     In Milan, preliminary zoning was approved for the regeneration of the Farini railway yard, which includes our Via Valtellina site as a key gateway to a significant mixed-use commercial and residential development

 

Charlotte Valeur, Chair of Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc, commented:

"KWE has delivered another strong set of results over the past six months, having carefully navigated the market with solid leasing progress and capitalised on opportunistic disposals. The performance is once again underpinned by smart asset management to generate stable cash flows. As such, the Board is pleased to announce a further quarterly interim dividend of 12.0 pence per share to be paid in Q3-17."

Mary Ricks, President and CEO of Kennedy Wilson Europe, added:

"The portfolio has benefitted from big leasing wins in the first half of the year, with the team delivering £4.1 million of incremental annualised income, already beating all of 2016. We continue to deploy accretive capital expenditure through a combination of value-enhancing refurbishments and more material redevelopment opportunities to provide a pipeline of value-add initiatives to grow NOI.

"Liquidity levels remain high across the investment market for the right product. This has further enhanced our non-core disposal programme. Including post Period-end sales exchanged, we are firmly on track to meet our £150 million disposal target announced in February. I am particularly pleased with the team's discipline in assessing disposal opportunities to ensure we meet our target returns - with a notable £636.7 million of sales since 2015, generating an average premium to book value of 7.0% and a return on cost of c. 30%."

 

Footnotes:

1.     Third party valuations (RICS Red Book) have been undertaken by CBRE on direct property assets (other than the Italian office portfolio which has been valued by Colliers); loan portfolios have been fair valued by Duff & Phelps, in each case at 30 June 2017   

2.     KWE's Adjusted NAV per share referred to above is based on third party valuations as at 30 June 2017. The Scheme Document will contain either updated valuations reported on in accordance with Rule 29 of the Code or confirmations that the valuations referred to above continue to apply

3.     Valuation movement for H2-16

4.     Topped-up NOI includes expiration of rent-free periods and contracted rent steps over the next two years

 

Dividend

The directors of the Company have resolved to pay an interim quarterly dividend of 12.0 pence per share.

 

Dividend event

Declared

Ex-dividend

Record

Payment

Date

4-Aug-17

17-Aug-17

18-Aug-17

31-Aug-17

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Investors

Juliana Weiss Dalton, CFA

+44 (0) 20 7123 5577

JWeissDalton@kennedywilson.eu

Press

Dido Laurimore/Tom Gough

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

kennedywilson@fticonsulting.com

 

Results presentation, audio webcast and conference call today

A results presentation and audio webcast/conference call for investors and analysts is being held today at 12:00pm BST at:

FTI Consulting

200 Aldersgate

Aldersgate Street

London EC1A 4HD

 

In addition, the presentation will be available to download from the Company's website www.kennedywilson.eu

 

To participate in the call, please dial:

 

From United Kingdom / International: +44 (0) 330 336 9412

From Ireland: +353 (0) 1 2465621

From US: +1 719 325 2213

Participant Password: 3639721

Event title: Kennedy Wilson Europe Half Year Results

The live audio webcast will be available on the Company's website www.kennedywilson.eu

 

About Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc is an LSE listed property company that invests in real estate across the UK, Ireland, Spain and Italy. It aims to generate superior shareholder returns by unlocking value of under-resourced real estate across its target geographies. Its existing portfolio is primarily invested across office and retail in the UK and Ireland, weighted towards London, the South East and Dublin. For further information on Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc, please visit www.kennedywilson.eu

 

About Kennedy Wilson (Investment Manager)

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc is externally managed by a wholly-owned Jersey incorporated subsidiary of Kennedy Wilson.

Kennedy Wilson (NYSE:KW) is a global real estate investment company.  KW owns, operates, and invests in real estate both on its own and through its investment management platform.  KW focuses on multifamily and commercial properties located in the Western U.S., UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Japan. To complement its investment business, KW also provides real estate services primarily to financial services clients. For further information on Kennedy Wilson, please visit www.kennedywilson.com

 

Cautionary Statement and Forward Looking Statements

This announcement has been prepared for, and only for the members of the Company, as a body, and no other persons.  The Company, its directors, employees, agents or advisers do not accept or assume responsibility to any other person to whom this document is shown or into whose hands it may come and any such responsibility or liability is expressly disclaimed.  By their nature, the statements concerning the risks and uncertainties facing the Company and/ or the Group in this announcement involve uncertainty since future events and circumstances can cause results and developments to differ materially from those anticipated. This announcement may contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the Company and its subsidiaries (together, the "Group"), and the Group's financial condition, results of operations, business, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends, and similar matters, that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results of operations, performance or achievements of the Group or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions or updates to these forward-looking statements to reflect future events, circumstances, unanticipated events, new information or otherwise except as required by law or any appropriate regulatory authority. Past performance is no guide to future performance and persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser. Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast.

 

Chair's introduction

On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to present our results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2017 where the investment management team continues to deliver solid operational and financial performance.

On 24 April 2017 and 13 June 2017, the independent Board of KWE and the Board of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. announced the terms of a recommended merger with an expected closing of Q4-17. The Scheme Document will be published in due course and will contain further details about the merger transaction.  

Results

The Group delivered Adjusted NAV per share of 1,241.4 pence, up 2.1% over the six months to June 2017. Adjusted earnings per share were 30.8 pence per share (£38.9 million) and basic earnings per share were 43.5 pence per share (£54.9 million).

Dividends

Today the Board is pleased to announce a quarterly interim dividend of 12.0 pence per share.

The quarterly interim dividend will be paid on 31 August 2017 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 18 August 2017. Over the Period, dividends of 24.0 pence per share, or £30.2 million were paid, reflecting a cover from adjusted earnings of 1.3 times. Compared to the previous half-year, dividend per share remains stable but the quantum paid has fallen compared to the £32.6 million paid in the first half of 2016. This is owing to the share buy-back completed in the second half of 2016.

The Board continues to be comfortable that the business is operating at a sustainable dividend level at £60.5 million or 48 pence per share annually.

Outlook

KWE benefits from a diversified portfolio of 470 tenants, low capital commitments and ample liquidity. With £636.7 million of disposals completed and exchanged since 2015 across 139 assets, delivering attractive returns and a further pipeline of non-core disposals, the quality of the portfolio continues to improve and provide stable underlying cash flows with opportunities for further income growth.

Performance review

Our progress

On behalf of the Investment Manager, we are pleased to present our review report for the half-year ended 30 June 2017.

The £2,910.4 million property portfolio comprises 207 directly owned assets with a total area in excess 11.4 million sq ft (excluding loans, hotels and development assets). This consists of a direct real estate and hotel portfolio of £2,838.2 million and a further two loan portfolios secured by 10 assets, with a value of £72.2 million.

The portfolio benefited from improved average lease terms as a result of successful new leasing and re-gear activity in the Period, with maturities extended to 7.4 years (9.3 years to expiry), generating annualised topped-up NOI of £160.0 million at 30 June 2017, with c. 19% of our rent roll benefiting from fixed or inflation-linked uplifts. It is noteworthy to consider the NOI figure in the context of £4.2 million of lost annual NOI, owing to successful disposal activity.

Leasing momentum has continued in the Period with 76 commercial lease transactions completed, generating £4.1 million of incremental income over the six months, an improvement on the level generated for all of 2016.

Disposals

At Period-end, disposals totalled £57.6 million across 15 properties. Proceeds exceeded business plans and achieved premiums to book value of 6.1%, a return on cost of 29.5% and a spread between entry yield on cost and exit yield of 219bps.

After the Period-end, we exchanged on a further £75.0 million of disposals, executed at attractive pricing. These include Postigo in Madrid (completed on 20 July 2017), Gardner House in Dublin (to complete in November 2017) and a Park Inn hotel in Northampton (to complete in August 2017); all three were sold to special purchasers. Including post Period-end disposals, total disposals since 2015 total £636.7 million across 139 assets. These sales were achieved at a premium to book value of 7.0%, a return on cost of 30.5% and at a spread between entry yield on cost and exit yield of 212bps.

 

 

Table 1: 2017 disposals



 


Area
(000 sq ft)


No. of assets

Sale proceeds
(£m)

Premium to BV
(%)


ROC
(%)

Yield spread1 (bps)

Hold period (months)

Office

149

2

31.0

8.9

40

234

21

Retail

87

11

24.3

1.6

17

222

29

Industrial

22

1

0.6

38.6

63

106

28

Leisure

4

1

0.3

25.0

39

135

28

Development

-

-

1.4

12.6

28

-

28

H1-2017 disposals

262

15

57.6

6.1

30

219

25

Exchanged/completed PPE

75

3

75.0

11.6

44

205

31

2017 to date disposals

337

18

132.6

9.1

37

222

29

1.     Yield spread between acquisition yield on cost and disposal yield

Table 2: Portfolio statistics at 30 June 2017



Sector


Area
(m sq ft)

 

No. of assets

Portfolio
value
1
(£m)

Annual'd
TU NOI
(£m)

EPRA
TU NIY
(%)

YOC
(%)


WAULT
(years)


Occup'y
(%)

Office

4.5

51

1,519.4

84.0

5.3

6.5

6.2

94.2

Retail

3.1

108

704.9

41.2

6.2

6.7

9.1

95.2

Industrial

2.8

25

182.0

11.6

6.0

7.4

7.3

99.3

Leisure

0.4

7

92.9

5.3

5.4

6.6

13.0

89.4

Residential (PRS)

0.6

3

252.3

8.6

3.2

3.5

-

86.02

Property total

11.4

194

2,751.5

150.7

5.3

6.4

7.4

93.6

Hotels

-

3

86.7

2.7

3.3

5.6

-

-

Loans

-

10

72.2

6.6

8.6

8.2

-

-

Total/average

11.4

207

2,910.4

160.0

5.4

6.4

7.4

93.6

                   

1.     Third party valuations (RICS Red Book) have been undertaken by CBRE on direct property assets (other than the Italian office portfolio which has been valued by Colliers); loan portfolios have been fair valued by Duff & Phelps, in each case at 30 June 2017

2.     Excludes commercial units at Vantage, Central Park, Dublin

Portfolio Management

We have contracted on £21.4 million of rent and delivered incremental annualised income of £4.1 million or 13.1% ahead of previous passing rent and 5.2% ahead of valuers' ERVs. Our like-for-like ERVs across the portfolio have increased by 0.9% in the six months, primarily driven by Irish and Spanish retail. This has contributed to a like-for-like valuation movement of 0.6% or £16.6 million.

Like-for-like annualised NOI was down 0.7% in the Period, primarily driven by lease rollover in the UK portfolio - at Marathon House (Aberdeen) and Eurocentral (Glasgow), where we are having productive discussions with potential occupiers, and Pioneer Point (Ilford), where we have completed the South tower and recently launched a new leasing campaign. Excluding Aberdeen, which continues to be affected by the oil market, the like-for-like annualised topped-up NOI growth was +0.9% in the Period.

Table 3: H1-17 asset management transactions

 


No. of lease transactions


Commercial area
(sq ft)

Incremental annual income
(£m)

Lease length /term ext'n to break

Lease length /term ext'n to expiry

 

GBP

49

1,011,700

3.5

7.1

7.7

IRL

14

116,400

0.2

10.6

15.8

ESP

13

19,900

0.4

3.7

6.9

Total

76

1,148,000

4.1

7.6

9.2

                     

 

 


No. of lease transactions


Commercial area
(sq ft)

Incremental annual income
(£m)


% ahead of prev. rent


% ahead of valuers' ERV

Lettings

27

81,400

1.8

Na

20.0

Re-gears

37

767,900

0.7

8.6

8.2

Rent reviews

12

298,700

1.6

17.2

0.6

Total

76

1,148,000

4.1

13.1

5.2

 

 

A significant level of PRS renewal and letting activity was undertaken over the Period, with 319 lease transactions completed across our three properties at Pioneer Point in the UK and Vantage and Liffey Trust in Ireland.

Pioneer Point lost income in the Period as it transitions from short-term contract lets to traditional 12 month leases or Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) to maximise value. With the launch of the South tower and tenant amenity space at the end of the Period, we expect income growth to begin as we let up the units and operating efficiencies are achieved. Despite a year-on-year rental decline of 2.6% for Greater London, according to Home Let, we believe in the long-term fundamentals, with continued population growth, estimated at 10.6% to 2026, according to GLA.

Both Vantage (following the lease-up of Phase II (Block K)) and Liffey Trust (523 PRS units) continue to benefit from strong rental growth and delivered significant income growth, bringing current NOI to €7.3 million. Similar to London, Dublin continues to show positive population growth projections, estimated at 9.9% to 2026, according to Central Statistics Office (CSO). We remain confident in the strength of our PRS model and with our portfolio 7.8% under-rented at H1-17 we expect to benefit from rental growth in future periods in this sector.

Table 4: Notable lease transactions on stabilised properties

Scheme

 

Lease transaction

 

Acq'n
port.


Property, city


Sector

Area
(sq ft)


 


Type


Tenant

Area
(sq ft)

Term
(years)

% over prev.

GBP

BPR

Buckingham Pal. Road, London

Office

224,100

 

Rent
review

Telegraph Media Group

125,100

Na

+21

GBP

Gatsby

Norfolk House, Croydon

Leisure

156,900

 

Rent
review

Travelodge

60,000

Na

+11

GBP

BPR

Buckingham Palace Road, London

Office

224,100

 

Rent
review

Regus

30,900

Na

+9

GBP

Gatsby

Norfolk House, Croydon

Leisure

156,900

 

Rent
review

Croydon Churches Housing Association

5,200

Na

+96

GBP

SEO

Leavesden Park, Watford

Office

196,300

 

Re-letting

ASOS plc

73,000

10

+7

GBP

BPR

Buckingham Pal. Road, London

Office

224,100

 

Re-letting

Metalogix

6,400

5

+78

GBP

Gatsby

Southam Road, Leamington Spa

Industrial

82,700

 

Letting

Ricardo Plc

14,200

15

Na

GBP

Artemis

Exchange Tower, Edinburgh

Office

64,200

 

Renewal

Montagu Evans

5,000

51

+14

GBP

Artemis

Exchange Tower, Edinburgh

Office

64,200

 

Renewal

China Bridge

2,200

51

+129

GBP

Tiger

Units 1-3, McConnell Drive, Wolverton

Industrial

295,800

 

Re-gear

Electrolux

295,800

5

-

GBP

Gatsby

Southampton Road, Fareham

Retail

40,900

 

Re-gear

B&Q Plc

40,900

10

-

GBP

SEO

Discovery Place, Farnborough

Office

141,900

 

Re-gear

Hilson Moran

21,400

9

+8

GBP

Artemis

Staines Road Retail Park, Hounslow

Retail

24,400

 

Re-gear

Halfords

12,200

10

+2

GBP

Jupiter

Friars Bridge
Court, London

Office

98,200

 

Re-gear

The Brooke

10,900

2

+9

GBP

Jupiter

Friars Bridge
Court, London

Office

98,200

 

Re-gear

Reevoo
Limited

8,900

2

+57

IRL

Opera

Stillorgan S.C.,
Co. Dublin

Retail

142,300

 

Re-gear

Tesco

33,400

152

+10

IRL

Blackrock

Blackrock Business Park

Office

50,500

 

Rent review

Medfit Wellness

4,100

Na

+29

1.     10-year lease with tenant break option at year 5

2.     25-year lease with tenant break option at year 15

 

Key asset management achievements

 

UK

·      At 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1 (224,100 sq ft office), completion of the extension and refurbishment of the reception and Sky Lobby in November 2016 enabled us to deliver on strong rental growth in the Period with the completion of rent reviews with the Telegraph Media Group and Regus and a new five-year lease to Metalogix, which saw the average rent improve by 20% over previous passing. In June 2017, we completed the refurbishment of the third floor, and relaunched the marketing of the building in line with this delivery. Feedback has been very positive and we aim to crystallise further reversion through this re-letting and the agreement of the outstanding rent review with Scripps.

·      At Leavesden Park, Watford (SEO portfolio, 196,300 sq ft office), we have successfully completed a surrender with BT simultaneously with an agreement for lease with ASOS, the global online fashion retailer, on 73,000 sq ft of space at an improved rent, making this the largest letting of the year in the South East office market. Fit-out works have been completed and a phased occupation started at the end of July 2017, with final works completing in November 2017.

·      At Friars Bridge Court, London, SE1 (Jupiter portfolio, 98,200 sq ft office), we have agreed two-year extensions on almost all of the space in the building as part of our near-term strategy, maintaining our optionality on our existing planning consent for a redevelopment of the building, whilst growing rents in excess of 30% on average. Tenants have vacated three units and, in line with our redevelopment strategy, we have been able to agree short-term lettings in line with the expiries on the remaining leases in 2019. These lettings, once completed, are expected to bring the building's occupancy back to 100%.

·      At Fairmont, St Andrews (209 room 5-star hotel), with £10.2 million in total investment and the remaining common area refurbishments completed in Q4 2016, the hotel is benefiting from less disruption to its operation and is starting to see improved Average Daily Rates (ADRs). In June 2017, we completed our bedroom refurbishment programme, on time and on budget, therefore completing the transformation of this luxury brand.  Year-on-year improvements to H1-17 for Revenue Per Available Room (RevPar) have come in 11% ahead of budget and are up 20% on last year. We expect to see further improvement in rate and occupancy in 2017 and 2018 now that we have substantially completed the renovation of the hotel.

·      At Pioneer Point, Ilford, IG1 (294 PRS units), we have completed the capital expenditure programme on the 135-unit South tower, and the conversion of the void commercial space into tenant amenity space, formally launching these to the market in June 2017 to support rental values and our leasing programme, with valuers' ERV at £5.4 million at Period-end.  We have continued transitioning the existing units from short term lets to ASTs in the North tower.  We expect NOI growth in 2017 and 2018 as we stabilise both towers and offer a professionally managed PRS product.

·      At The Horizon Centre, Epsom (Tiger portfolio, 29,500 sq ft office), we completed the refurbishment in June 2017 and the building was relaunched in early July 2017.  Initial feedback from the market has been positive and we are already in early negotiations on part of the refurbished space.

 

Ireland

·      At Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Co. Dublin (135 room 4-star hotel), we have completed the extensive renovation of all common areas and bedrooms, investing £8.6 million (€9.8 million). An enhanced marketing and PR plan is being rolled out to take advantage of the completed upgrade with strong early results. Our weddings bookings for 2017 are up 88% compared to all of 2016. In the year-to-June 2017 we have seen ADR grow by 14%, occupancy by 12% RevPAR by 28% and NOI by 33%, compared to the same period last year. We expect a significant increase in NOI over the next three years.

·      At Blackrock Business Park, Co. Dublin (50,500 sq ft portfolio of offices), in April 2017 we achieved a positive outcome to our planning application to develop a penthouse floor at Block 4. The construction of the additional floor will add c. 4,600 sq ft of net lettable space and provides an excellent opportunity to add to the income stream of the asset, which is already 100% occupied. Since acquisition, in March 2016, we have completed four leasing transactions (mainly rent reviews), which were 20% ahead of previous passing rent and 3.0% above valuers' ERVs. This strong evidence bodes well for the asset and penthouse extension.

·      At School House Lane, Dublin 2 (16,000 sq ft office redevelopment), we have made significant progress with works in the Period and are on budget and on time for practical completion at the end of August 2017. The upper floor extension is now complete, with the landlord fit-out well underway. There has been an increase in occupier interest now that the building is closer to completion and we aim to take advantage of this positive momentum with a market launch of the finished product planned for September 2017.

·      At The Chase in Dublin 18 (174,200 sq ft office), the extension and refurbishment of the reception space and common areas completed in June 2017 and has dramatically improved the arrival experience to the building, with positive feedback received from both existing tenants and prospective occupiers. As we anticipated, occupier activity in the South Dublin suburbs is building with a good pipeline of enquiries for the 53,800 sq ft of vacant space at the asset.  New rental evidence underpins our view that the asset was significantly under-rented and we remain confident in our ability to significantly grow NOI at the asset over time through letting vacant space and rent reviews.

·      At Vantage Phase II (Block K), Central Park, Dublin 18 (166 new build PRS units), lease-up has stabilised ahead of business plan with NOI delivered 8% ahead of target. The focus on the remainder of the year is to lease up the 15,650 sq ft of commercial units which were finished to landlord specification in April 2017. KWE's total ownership at Vantage (including Phase II) is now 442 PRS units, 33,500 sq ft of commercial space and 559 basement car parking spaces. The development is one of the largest professionally managed PRS schemes in Dublin.

·      At Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Co. Dublin (Opera portfolio, 156,000 sq ft retail), we are continuing our plans to upgrade the centre and are on site on phase one of a two-year refurbishment programme. Construction works to the 11,000 sq ft Tesco extension are progressing and are on target to complete by the end of the year. The extension will create a new restaurant opportunity and the lease re-gear with Tesco will also create new retail units from the space to be surrendered. Renewals over the last year with existing tenants have delivered 13.2% rental uplifts ahead of previous passing, which bodes well for these new units, which will be available at the end of the year. Marketing efforts are ongoing and it is expected that they will further improve the tenant mix while increasing the rent roll. Adjacent to the centre, at our Leisureplex site (acquired 2016), we are at design stage of an exciting new mixed-use scheme which could add a further 200,000 sq ft, subject to planning.

 

Spain

·      At Puerta del Sol 9, Madrid (37,000 sq ft commercial/residential conversion to retail redevelopment), which is located on one of Madrid's busiest squares, we re-submitted a planning application in April 2017 to convert the asset to retail use as a flagship store with valuers' ERV at €3.0 million at Period-end. We anticipate starting active marketing of the property with potential retailers in Q4 2017.

·      At Moraleja Green Shopping Centre, Madrid (324,800 sq ft retail), in the affluent north Madrid suburbs, we are carrying out significant enhancement works to update and upgrade the centre. We commenced our capex works in Q1 2017 and phased completions are being targeted throughout 2017 and 2018 as we undertake a rolling refurbishment. With valuers' ERV of €8.6 million at Period-end we have a significant opportunity to improve occupancy and grow income. The first phase of the refurbishment works is now complete with a new garden area adjacent to the South building open to the public, which will help drive footfall to the centre and will significantly enhance the aesthetic of the property.   

 

Italy

·      At Via Valtellina, Milan (FIP portfolio, 283,400 sq ft office), preliminary zoning was approved in July for the major urban regeneration of the site, together with the wider Farini railway yard in Milan, as a key gateway to a significant mixed-use commercial and residential development. This provides excellent optionality as the existing offices are let to the Italian government's Customs and Finance ministries, with a term to expiry of 5.5 years. Plans for the regeneration of this gateway site include a target gross buildable area of c. 527,400 sq ft of mixed-use residential and commercial space, subject to planning permission.

 

Our markets

UK

Economic growth in the UK picked up slightly for Q2-17 at 0.3%, according to the ONS, compared with 0.2% for Q1-17, with the IMF expecting the economy to grow by 1.7% for 2017 which is slightly below the UK's long-run average and weaker than expected prior to the referendum vote to leave the EU. Meanwhile, unemployment has fallen again, to 4.5% according to the ONS, its lowest rate in more than 40 years, and inflation stood at 2.6% in June, primarily due to the fall in the value of sterling. The Office for Budget Responsibility is forecasting inflation to have peaked and to have a more moderate impact on real incomes going forward.

Despite the uncertain political outlook following the UK general election and the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the UK property market remains attractive to a wide range of investors, both domestic and overseas. Preliminary H1-17 investment volumes reached £39.2 billion, according to CBRE, an 11% increase over the same period last year. Overall, UK investment demand remains strong for prime core assets and long-dated leases, which we have seen across our own portfolio.

UK property capital values rose by 2.5% in H1-17, according to CBRE, an improvement on H1-16's 0.6% increase but still shy of the 4.1% recorded in H1-15. Notably, valuations rose across all sectors with industrial being the best performing sector, recording a capital value increase of 5.8% over H1-17. CBRE also reports that rental values for UK commercial property increased by 0.8% in H1-17 as a whole, with growth across all sectors.

Central London occupational markets rallied in Q2-17, with take-up increasing 30% on the previous quarter to 3.3 million sq ft, according to CBRE, 6% above the 10-year average. This took the total for H1-17 to 5.8 million sq ft, 5% higher year-on-year. Total take-up for last year was 12.5 million sq ft - illustrating confidence in London's advantages as a global business centre. H1-17 investment volume was £8.2 billion, 13% ahead of the same period last year, with overseas buyers, attracted by weaker sterling, dominating the market. Over the last 12 months, foreign capital was particularly active in Central London, investing £10.4 billion in this market and representing 74% of total investment. Asian investors remain the most active. 

In the Victoria submarket, take-up hit 224,000 sq ft for H1-17, ahead of the 5-year average, with prime rents holding firm at £80.00 psf, according to Cushman & Wakefield, and still offering value compared to Central London prime rents of £105.00 psf, as reported by CBRE. Victoria has benefitted from significant development activity over the last few years with new schemes transforming the area and enhancing the retail and restaurant offer; these transformed amenity spaces continue to improve the overall tenant experience and the attractiveness of the submarket. Our own asset at 111 Buckingham Palace Road is benefitting from the significant upgrade and repositioning works carried out in the building's reception and Sky Lobby in 2016.

For South East offices, take-up for H1-17 reached 1.6 million sq ft, 4% above the long-term average for an H1 period, according to Knight Frank, and 3.3 million sq ft over the last year. The TMT sector was the most active business group in Q2, representing 30% of take-up: TMT occupiers now account for 25% of total space let in 2017, equal to the much larger Financial and Business Services sector, demonstrating the continuing appeal of South East offices to this business group. Total availability inside the M25 remains 19% below the long-term average with levels in the M3 submarket 3% below trend. The lack of availability in several submarkets continues to drive rental growth in areas to which we have exposure:  prime rents in Watford increased 14% over the last 12 months to £32.00 psf and prime rents in Maidenhead increased 4% over the same period to £39.00 psf, according to Knight Frank. These compare favourably to our average rent of £19.50 psf across our South East office portfolio of 12 assets across 825,000 sq ft. It remains an active market for us, having leased 278,000 sq ft from acquisition to Period-end.

The industrial sector continues to perform strongly with increasing take-up, as it benefits from ongoing structural shifts to online retail. Industrial property remains the strongest performing sector across the UK as a whole, with rental growth of 2.6% over the last six months, and 3.6% on an annualised basis, according to CBRE. Our own portfolio continues to provide many opportunities for value-enhancing asset management initiatives, where we have captured 5.4% rental uplifts over previous passing rents on deals completed in H1-17.

Rental growth has returned to the high street, with 3.1% year-on-year rental growth, according to CBRE and the ONS continues to show positive annual retail sales growth at 2.9%. This has been driven by the growing trend to convenience-based shopping. The retail investment market has seen ongoing strong demand for high street retail assets. We have also witnessed this in our own portfolio which is well located and benefits from long leases with national retailers. This is largely being driven by demand from high net worth investors who are primarily focused on those same attributes coupled with an attractive in-place yield. Given the ongoing low yield environment alongside tax changes to stamp duty and buy-to-let, implemented in 2016, high street retail investments remain more attractive to this buyer group than traditional residential assets. This asset-level liquidity has seen our original UK retail portfolio evolve from 144 properties to 87 properties through sales of £123.9 million across 57 assets, delivering an attractive return on cost of 26.7%. We are targeting a core long-term holding of the best located assets with longer lease lengths and attractive cash flows.

Ireland

Irish economic growth remains robust, with unemployment down further to 6.3% at H1-17, reflecting an annual fall of 23%, according to CSO. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) reported strong consumer sentiment index results for June-17, describing sentiment as "surprisingly strong", likely owing to reduced fears of a 'hard Brexit' following the UK election result.

Property investment volumes reached €755 million for H1-17, according to JLL, in line with the 15-year average but down year-on-year as 2016 was the second strongest year ever recorded. 2017 volume expectations are c. €2 billion and yields are expected to remain steady, with select further compression for specific prime assets.

Dublin leasing for H1-17 was "exceptionally high", according to CBRE, with a year-on-year increase of 68% across 121 deals. Dublin office take-up was 1.6 million sq ft in H1-17 and 3.3 million sq ft over the last year, up 42%, driven by both domestic and international occupiers, particularly TMT and financial services. The Dublin city centre (D2/4) vacancy rate remains low at just over 5.0% with grade A vacancy at 2.0% which is putting further pressure on rents. Prime rents of €62.50 psf are up 8.7% year-on-year to Q2-17, according to CBRE, with prime office yields at 4.65%. Our 'core' Dublin office portfolio is represented by properties such as Mespil Road and Baggot Plaza - where almost three-quarters by portfolio value is let to single tenants on long leases. This portfolio is well placed, benefiting from long WAULTs of 13.3 years and remains 13.9% under-rented.

The South Dublin suburban occupational market is gaining momentum, contributing a quarter of the overall Dublin take-up, according to CBRE, and where we expect to benefit from our exposure to the Chase, Blackrock Business Park, Beaver House and Dundrum. Prime rents are now €27.50 psf, significantly in excess of our average South Dublin suburban office passing rents. Our suburban portfolio is 6.6% under-rented based on valuers' ERVs.

The market has benefited from an additional layer of demand from Brexit-related enquiries and we expect to see further Dublin relocation announcements over the rest of the year. This bodes well for our 'value-add' office portfolio, which has budgeted capex of €7.9 million and, with occupancy at 56%, it has ample room for income growth.

The Irish retail market continues to build momentum with high street retail investment yields stronger at 3.25% and prime shopping centre yields stable at 4.0%, according to CBRE. Similarly, prime retail rental growth is strong, at 10.5%, driven by Grafton Street, with Zone A rents of €585 psf. Strong Irish economic indicators coupled with solid consumer spending has resulted in healthy retail sales, up 4.1% year-on-year to June-17, according to the CSO, driven by a strong recovery in the labour market. We are starting to see the benefits of rental growth in our own portfolio with lease transactions at both Marshes and Stillorgan showing good growth previous passing rents.

The Dublin PRS market remains a strong performer, despite the Irish Government's imposed 4% rental cap in December 2016. The rental cap relates to 'rent pressure zones' for a period of three years. Notwithstanding this, the Dublin residential sector saw year-on-year rental growth of 8.4% to Q1-17 to average monthly rent of €1,404, according to the Residential Tenancy Board. Our own PRS portfolio benefited from continued growth at both Vantage (including Block K) and Liffey Trust. Our recently developed Vantage Phase II units are exempt from this rental cap, as will be any existing unit which has undergone substantial refurbishment.

Across the hotel market, ADR and RevPAR metrics continue to grow, with Dublin RevPAR up 5.2% year-on-year to May-17, according to CBRE. A decline in sterling has resulted in reduced UK visitors but this was more than offset by a double-digit increase in US visitors. We have seen the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links benefiting from the complete renovation of the rooms and common areas, with NOI growing in line with business plans and ADRs ahead of budget.

Spain

Spain's economy continues its growth trajectory with year-on-year GDP growth to Q2-17 reaching 3.1%, according to preliminary estimates from the Bank of Spain, and growth expectations for the whole of 2017 are to follow the same path, according to the IMF.  Spain is set to be the fastest growing Eurozone member state this year, according to the IMF, on the back of continued recovery in employment, increasing levels of disposable income and rising exports, alongside ongoing consolidation of the real estate sector.

Investor appetite for Spanish real estate continues to rise, with investment volumes set to break 2016's levels, according to CBRE, which also reports that H1-17 total investment volume stood at €7.4 billion, up 68% year-on-year, with 65% of total volume coming from foreign capital. Yields remain at historic lows owing to strong levels of institutional demand together with a lack of prime product coming to market: prime yields for the Madrid office market reached 3.75% at Q2-17 versus 4.25% at Q2-16.

Retail accounted for almost one-third of total investment in H1-17, boosted by a recovery in consumption. Year-on-year footfall figures are also rising in tandem with macroeconomic indicators - the consumer confidence index reached 105.8 in June 2017, up from 96.3 in the previous year, and year-on year retail sales rose 2.5% to June 2017, according to the Institute of Spanish Statistics.  This strong retail activity continues to fuel our retail portfolio, where we are seeing positive signs across high street retail occupational and investment markets in central Madrid. Against this backdrop, current rents continue to sit significantly below prior cycles, with prime Madrid retail rental growth of 11.6% year-on-year, according to CBRE, and we expect a healthy level of rental increases across the retail sector as a whole in the near- to medium-term.

Italy

The Italian economy is forecast to grow 1.3% this year, according to the IMF, its strongest performance for a decade. Business survey sentiment year-to-date reflects positive economic momentum: April saw the fastest growth in manufacturing output for six years, according to ISTAT, reflecting rising order intakes from home and abroad. Employment growth is starting to materialise, albeit at a slow rate, with year-on-year growth to May 2017 up 0.6%, according to ISTAT. The banking sector has also started to show signs of improvement in the first half of 2017, triggered by the state bailout of Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank (MPS) and the successful private recapitalisation of Unicredit. Against this backdrop, political uncertainty remains, with elections likely to take place at the start of 2018.

The Italian commercial real estate market continues to witness robust levels of investment activity, particularly in Milan. Whilst primarily dominated by international investors, long-term and domestic investors have also returned to the market along with the more speculative funds, a sign that Italy has entered a period of macroeconomic stability. Total H1-17 transaction volumes were €5.8 billion, up 58% year-on-year, according to CBRE, with the expectation that 2017 volumes will be in line with 2016. Average deal lot sizes have increased and the NPL market is witnessing opportunistic buyers competing for bank NPL portfolios with large buyers increasingly buying NPL servicers. We expect to see opportunities to pick assets out of these pools via the acquiring funds. The luxury hospitality sector in prime markets is showing a notable level of transaction levels and interest in secondary markets is starting to grow, according to CBRE.

Investor focus continues to be on the office market, particularly Milan, where CBRE reports prime office yields of 3.5% for Q2-17, a 50bps decrease over the prior year. Milan office take-up was in excess of 2.2 million sq ft in H1-17, the highest first half ever recorded, and 3.8 million sq ft over the last year, 20% ahead of the 10-year average. The improved momentum is underpinned by a fall in vacancy to 12.1% at Q2-17, while increasing occupier demand in the CBD has driven prime rents to €49.25 psf, an increase of 8.2% year-on-year and a level not seen since 2009, according to CBRE.

 

Half-year statement on principal risks and uncertainties

Oversight of the Group's risk management process is provided by the Investment Manager, the Audit Committee and, ultimately, the Board.  Day-to-day management of the risks is embedded in everything we do and is integral to all of the Investment Manager's transactional, operating and financial activity, for the Company and its business.

The Group's approach to risk management and the principal risks of the business are set out on pages 35 to 40 of the 2016 Annual Report and Accounts along with mitigating factors or controls. These continue to be:

-       General economic conditions

-       Availability of finance

-       Failure to implement and poor execution of the investment strategy

-       Development and construction

-       Leverage and treasury

-       Occupier demand, tenant defaults and income sustainability

-       Dependence on the Investment Manager

-       Regulatory and environmental

-       Taxation

-       Political risks

 

The Board believes that since the publication of the 2016 Annual Report and Accounts there has been no material change to the Group's principal risks and the existing mitigation activities remain appropriate to manage them.

 

Financial review

Table 5: Financial key performance indicators (KPIs)

 

30 June 2017

30 June 2016

Total accounting return (%)

4.1

7.1

Adjusted NAV per share (p)

1,241.4

1,233.8

Adjusted earnings per share (p)

30.8

26.8

Dividends paid (p)

24.0

24.0

LTV (%)

42.4

41.8

Weighted average cost of debt (%)

3.0

2.9

Overview

The financial results for the Period continue to reflect positive profits and NAV growth as the portfolio benefits from favourable momentum across leasing and new income from asset management initiatives more than offsetting NOI lost from significant disposal activity in prior periods.

NOI grew to £79.7 million (2016: £78.7 million). This increase in NOI coupled with cost reduction has delivered good growth in adjusted earnings to £38.9 million, an increase of 7.5% year-on-year. Furthermore, the share buy-back programme completed in the second half of 2016 has added to that return, resulting in an earnings per share increase of 14.9%.

Dividends paid during the Period totalled 24.0 pence per share (£30.2 million) and cover from adjusted earnings was a healthy 1.3 times. 

The total accounting return for the Period was 4.1%, (8.2% annualised), which was the combination of NAV growth of 2.1% driven by valuation gains, retained earnings and some foreign exchange movement plus dividends paid which contributed 2.0% to the total return.

In July 2017, the £225 million multi-currency revolving credit facility was extended from its maturity date of 29 August 2017 to 28 February 2018 or the effective date of the proposed merger transaction with Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc.  The facility remains undrawn.

At 30 June 2017, our average debt term to maturity was 5.6 years (31 December 2016: 6.1 years). The weighted average cost of debt remains 3.0% with a high level of future certainty given that 93% of borrowings are fixed rate or hedged by way of interest rate caps.

Net operating income

Net operating income of £79.7 million consists of net rental income, the hotel earnings and loan portfolio interest income.  This is up 1.3% year-on-year, which is a notable achievement in light of the significant disposal activity during 2016. The NOI on disposed assets has largely been replaced by a contribution from assets such as Baggot Plaza and Block K at Vantage, both in Dublin, which were not income producing in the comparative period.

Administrative expenses

Total administrative expenses (excluding hotel operations, which are included in NOI) were £5.1 million for the Period (2016: £6.0 million). This 15% reduction on prior period reflects the benefit of scale and a concentration of efficiencies during 2017. On an annualised basis the 30 June 2017 cost to portfolio value ratio of 35bps also compares favourably to 40bps for the same period in 2016.

Investment Management fees

Investment Manager fee

The Investment Manager is entitled to receive a management fee at an annual rate of 1.0% of the Group's EPRA NAV, payable quarterly (50% in cash and 50% in shares).  The total investment management fee for the Period is £7.7 million (2016: £8.1 million). The fee is lower year-on-year due to the reduction in NAV as a result of the share buy-back in 2016. In accordance with the terms of the investment management agreement, and having regard to the proposed merger transaction, the Board has resolved that it is appropriate to pay the entirety of the investment management fee for the quarter ended 30 June 2017 (£3.9 million) in cash (rather than by a market purchase of shares).

Performance fee

As at 30 June 2017 the performance fee threshold, being 10% above the 31 December 2016 EPRA NAV of 1,217.4 pence per share, has not been met and a charge is not therefore recognised in the income statement.

Finance costs

The Group's net finance costs were £24.8 million (2015: £28.9 million).

Within finance costs there is included a net £1.1 million credit in relation to the time value element of foreign exchange option valuations (which cannot be designated for hedge accounting under IAS39) and the fair value movement on interest rate caps. In 2016 the equivalent amount was a £3.3 million charge. These items are allocated to EPRA adjustment in arriving at the adjusted earnings - the underlying increase in finance costs year-on-year after these adjustments is £0.3 million which is primarily due to the level of drawn debt after financing activity in 2016. The average cost of debt has been maintained at 3.0%.

Tax

The Company is tax resident in Jersey but liable to any foreign tax on activities in its overseas subsidiaries.  Outside Jersey the Group has subsidiaries in Luxembourg, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom and investment and development property located in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Italy and Spain.

The Group tax charge for the Period was £2.9 million (2016: £2.9 million). 

The tax charge represents an effective rate of tax of 6.9% (2016: 7.4%) on adjusted earnings before taxation.

Adjusted earnings

Adjusted earnings represent revenue income excluding capital items such as valuation movements and gains on sale.

The only adjustments to the standard EPRA earnings definition is the addback of the performance fee expense (although nil in this period) and the accrued costs relating to the proposed merger transaction (£3.3 million).

Adjusted earnings per share were 30.8 pence in the Period (June 2016: 26.8 pence per share). 7.4% of the 14.9% improvement on a per share basis is a benefit derived from the share buy-back completed in the second half of 2016.

Group adjustments have been allocated against Administrative expenses in the following table to improve comparability.  Refer to Note 8 of the consolidated financial statements for a detailed breakdown of EPRA and Group adjustments.

Table 6: Adjusted earnings statement

 

30 June 2017

(£m)

30 June 2016
(£m)

NOI

79.7

78.7

Investment Manager fee

(7.7)

(8.1)

Administrative expenses

(5.1)

(6.0)

Net finance cost

(24.8)

(28.9)

Tax

(2.9)

(2.9)

EPRA adjustments

(0.3)

3.4

Adjusted earnings

38.9

36.2

Adjusted earnings per share (p)

30.8

26.8

 

Dividends

Dividends paid during the Period total £30.2 million, comprising:

-       the 12 pence per share interim dividend paid on 31 March 2017, in the amount of £15.1 million; and

-       the 12 pence per share interim dividend paid on 31 May 2017, in the amount of £15.1 million.

The Company intends to pay an interim dividend of 12.0 pence per share on 31 August, to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 18 August 2017. 

Balance sheet

Table 7: Balance sheet

 

30 June 2017
(£m)

31 December 2016
(£m)

Total portfolio

2,910.4

2,882.2

Cash

454.8

456.5

Gross debt

(1,688.8)

(1,691.3)

Other assets and liabilities

(108.5)

(111.5)

IFRS net assets

1,567.9

1,535.9

Adjusted for:

 

 

Mark-to-market of derivative financial assets

(0.1)

(0.3)

EPRA net assets

1,567.8

1,535.6

Adjust for share based payment reserve:

 

 

Performance fee:

-

-

Investment management fee

(2.0)

(1.9)

Adjusted net assets

1,565.8

1,533.7

Adjusted NAV per share (p)

1,241.4

1,215.9

 

Portfolio valuation

As at 30 June 2017, the Group's investment portfolio was valued at £2,910.4 million, the movement in the Period reflecting disposals as offset by capital expenditure, valuation uplift and foreign exchange gain on translation of the Euro portfolio to our reporting currency.

Table 8: Portfolio valuation movements since 31 December 2016

 

(£m)

31 December 2016 portfolio valuation

2,882.2

Additions

-

Disposals

(54.4)

Capital expenditure

28.7

Foreign exchange / other

37.3

Valuation movement

16.6

30 June 2017 portfolio valuation

2,910.4

 

Adjusted NAV

We report an Adjusted NAV to illustrate EPRA NAV after the impact of the fees recognised in the share based payment reserve. The 2.1% Adjusted NAV growth reflects a combination of valuation surplus, some foreign exchange gain as well as retained earnings.

During the Period, the Euro strengthened further against Sterling by 5.2% but, as has always been the case, a significant proportion of this volatility was eliminated in our NAV through the use of natural hedging and derivative instruments. At 30 June 2017 87% of our Euro assets were hedged through these methods (December 2016: 87%).

Table 9: Adjusted NAV movements

 

(£m)

(p per share)

31 December 2016 adjusted NAV

1,533.7

1,215.9

Valuation surplus

16.6

 

Gains on sale

2.2

 

Adjusted earnings

38.9

 

Dividends

(30.2)

 

Foreign exchange/other

4.6

 

30 June 2017 adjusted NAV

1,565.8

1,241.4

 

Cash flow and treasury management

Liquidity, comprising cash and undrawn facilities, totals £679.8 million at 30 June 2017 (31 December 2016: £681.5 million).

KWE maintains a £225.0 million multi-currency revolving credit facility. At 30 June 2017, the facility remained entirely undrawn.  After an extension was secured with the existing syndicate of lenders the facility now expires on the earlier of 28 February 2018 and the effective date of the proposed merger transaction with Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. 

The Group's interest rate hedging policy is to eliminate substantially the risk associated with interest rate volatility, through a combination of fixed rate borrowings and, in respect of floating rate debt, the use of interest rate caps.  The proportion of fixed rate or hedged debt stands at 93.0% in the Period.

Financing activity

Table 10: Key debt measures

 

30 June

2017

31 December 2016

Gross debt (£m)

1,688.8

1,691.3

Cash (£m)

454.8

456.5

Undrawn facilities (£m)

225.0

225.0

LTV (%)

42.4

42.8

Cost of debt (%)

3.0

3.0

Fixed rate or hedged debt proportion (%)

93

92

Fixed charge cover (x)

2.4

2.4

During the Period, we repaid £23 million of secured debt which was a combination of release on disposal of secured assets, scheduled amortisation and voluntary repayments.

As at 30 June 2017, the weighted average term to maturity was 5.6 years, and cost of debt was maintained at 3.0%.

LTV stood at 42.4% at Period-end (31 December 2016: 42.8%); the decrease was driven by transactional activity and valuation movement. The fixed charge cover (the ratio of adjusted earnings before finance costs to finance costs) was a comfortable 2.4 times.

Throughout the Period, as at 30 June 2017, the Group was in compliance with its debt covenants.

Exchange rate:
Where balance sheet amounts in this announcement are presented in both £ and €, the £ amount has been calculated based on an exchange rate of €1:£0.8771, which was the rate on 30 June 2017.  Income Statement amounts were translated at the average rate for the Period.

 

Statement of Directors' responsibilities

Each of the Directors (whose names and functions appear in the Annual Report and Accounts 2016) confirm to the best of his/her knowledge:

1.     That the condensed consolidated interim financial statements comprising the condensed consolidated income statement, condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated balance sheet, the condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity, the condensed consolidated cash flow statement and related notes 1 to 21 have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU.

2.     That the interim management report herein includes a fair review of the information required by:

·               DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of interim financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

·               DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the entity during that period and any changes in the related party transactions described in the Annual Report and Accounts 2016 that could do so.

Signed on behalf of the Board

 

 

Simon Radford                        Mark McNicholas

Director                                   Director

 

Independent auditors' report on review of condensed consolidated interim financial statements

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed consolidated financial statements (the "interim financial statements") in the half-year financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2017, which comprise the condensed consolidated income statement, condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated balance sheet, the condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity, the condensed consolidated cash flow statement, and the related explanatory notes.

Our review was conducted in accordance with the Financial Reporting Council's International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' ("ISRE 2410").

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim financial statements in the half-year report for the six months ended 30 June 2017 are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union (the "EU") and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules (the "DTR") of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority (the "UK FCA").

Basis of our report, responsibilities and restriction on use

The half-year financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the Directors. The Directors are responsible for preparing the half-year report in accordance the DTR of the UK FCA.

As disclosed in note 2, the interim financial statements of the Company are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the EU. The directors are responsible for ensuring that the interim financial statements included in this half-year financial report have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting, as adopted by the EU. Our responsibility is to express to the company a conclusion on the interim financial statements presented in the half-year financial report based on our review.

We conducted our review in accordance with ISRE 2410.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, 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. 

We read the other information contained in the half-year financial report and consider whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information contained in the interim financial statements. If we become aware of any apparent material misstatements or inconsistencies we consider the implications for our report.

This report is made solely to the company in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the company in meeting the requirements of the DTR of the UK FCA. Our review has been undertaken so that we might state to the company those matters we are required to state to it in this 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 reached.

KPMG
Chartered Accountants
1 Stokes Place, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

3 August 2017

 

Condensed consolidated income statement 

 

 

Six month period ended
30 June
2017

Six month period ended
30 June
2016

Year
ended
31 December 2016

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Notes

£m

£m

£m

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Rental income

 

96.5

93.6

191.5

Hotel revenue

 

10.2

8.7

19.4

Interest income from loans secured by real estate

 

4.7

3.5

6.3

 

 

111.4

105.8

217.2

Property related expenses

 

(20.4)

(17.1)

(35.8)

Hotel cost of sales

 

(8.8)

(7.7)

(16.3)

 

 

(29.2)

(24.8)

(52.1)

Gross profit

 

82.2

81.0

165.1

 

 

 

 

 

Gain on sale of investment and development property and loan collateral

17

2.2

0.2

8.5

Net change in fair value of investment and development property

9, 20

12.9

45.1

(10.8)

Net change in fair value of loans secured by real estate

10

4.0

0.6

0.3

 

 

101.3

126.9

163.1

Expenses

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(11.0)

(8.3)

(16.4)

Investment management fee

18A(i)

(7.7)

(8.1)

(16.3)

 

 

(18.7)

(16.4)

(32.7)

Results from operating activities before financing income and costs

 

82.6

110.5

130.4

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income from cash and cash equivalents

 

0.4

0.4

0.6

Finance costs

 

(25.2)

(29.3)

(57.7)

Net finance expense

 

(24.8)

(28.9)

(57.1)

Profit before taxation

 

57.8

81.6

73.3

Taxation

7

(2.9)

(2.9)

(7.3)

Profit for the period after taxation

 

54.9

78.7

66.0

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share (basic & diluted)

8A

43.5p

57.9p

49.1p

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

 

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 

 

Six month period ended
30 June
2017

Six month period ended
30 June
2016

Year
ended
31 December
2016

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Notes

£m

£m

£m

Profit for the period after taxation

 

54.9

78.7

66.0

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

Foreign operations - foreign currency translation differences

 

28.9

104.8

126.2

Hedge of net investment in foreign operations

 

(21.4)

(72.5)

(93.0)

 

 

7.5

32.3

33.2

Items that will never be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

Net change in fair value of property, plant and equipment

11

(0.3)

1.6

1.9

Other comprehensive income for the period

 

7.2

33.9

35.1

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period, net of tax

 

62.1

112.6

101.1

 

 

 

 

 

Profit attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

Owners of the Company

 

54.8

78.7

65.9

Non-controlling interests

 

0.1

-

0.1

 

 

54.9

78.7

66.0

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Owners of the Company

 

62.0

112.6

101.0

Non-controlling interests

 

0.1

-

0.1

 

 

62.1

112.6

101.1

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

 

Condensed consolidated balance sheet

 

 

30 June
2017

 

30 June
2016

 

31 December
2016

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Notes

 £m

 £m

 £m

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Investment and development property

9

2,662.7

2,761.0

2,675.3

Loans secured by real estate

10

72.2

81.9

67.6

Property, plant and equipment

11

75.6

69.0

73.0

Derivative financial assets

13

0.1

0.5

0.3

Deferred tax asset

7

6.2

1.9

2.9

 

 

2,816.8

2,914.3

2,819.1

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

0.4

0.3

0.3

Rent and other receivables

 

44.1

33.3

32.5

Assets held-for-sale

9, 20

88.9

147.0

59.4

Cash and cash equivalents

 

454.8

459.0

456.5

 

 

588.2

639.6

548.7

Total assets

 

3,405.0

3,553.9

3,367.8

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(56.9)

(66.2)

(58.2)

Deferred income

 

(34.0)

(40.5)

(36.7)

Borrowings

12

(35.3)

(76.2)

(0.6)

 

 

(126.2)

(182.9)

(95.5)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(3.4)

(3.3)

(3.1)

Deferred tax liability

7

(5.5)

(1.1)

 

(2.4)

Borrowings

12

(1,640.7)

(1,642.8)

(1,676.6)

Derivative financial liabilities

13

(61.3)

(44.2)

(54.3)

 

 

(1,710.9)

(1,691.4)

(1,736.4)

Total liabilities

 

(1,837.1)

(1,874.3)

(1,831.9)

Net assets

 

1,567.9

1,679.6

1,535.9

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Stated capital

 15

1,222.1

1,322.2

1,222.1

Foreign currency translation reserve

 

32.0

23.6

24.5

Revaluation reserve

 

2.9

2.9

3.2

Share-based payments reserve

 

2.0

2.2

1.9

Retained earnings

 

308.3

328.7

283.7

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

 

1,567.3

1,679.6

1,535.4

Non-controlling interests

 

0.6

-

0.5

Total equity

 

1,567.9

1,679.6

1,535.9

Net asset value per share - basic and diluted (Pence)

8B

1,243.0p

1,235.6p

1,217.6p

EPRA net asset value per share - basic and diluted (Pence)

8B

1,242.9p

1,235.4p

1,217.4p

Adjusted net asset value per share - basic and diluted (Pence)

8B

1,241.4p

1,233.8p

1,215.9p

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

 

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six month period ended 30 June 2017

 

 

Attributable to owners of the Company

Non- controlling interests

 

Total equity

 

Stated capital

Foreign currency translation reserve

Revaluation reserve

Share- based payments reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

 

Unaudited

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Balance as at 1 January 2017

1,222.1

24.5

3.2

1.9

283.7

1,535.4

0.5

1,535.9

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

54.8

54.8

0.1

54.9

Other comprehensive income

-

7.5

(0.3)

-

-

7.2

-

7.2

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

7.5

(0.3)

-

54.8

62.0

0.1

62.1

Transactions with owners of the Company recognised directly in equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions and distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based settlement of investment management fee (see Note 18A(i))1

-

-

-

0.1

-

0.1

-

0.1

Dividends (see Note 16)

-

-

-

-

(30.2)

(30.2)

-

(30.2)

 

-

-

-

0.1

(30.2)

(30.1)

-

(30.1)

Total equity at 30 June 2017

1,222.1

32.0

2.9

2.0

308.3

1,567.3

0.6

1,567.9

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Footnote:

1.     Net movement in share-based payment reserve representing reversal of £1.9 million opening reserve and recording of period end reserve for the investment management fee in the amount of £2.0 million.

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity (continued)

For the six month period ended 30 June 2016

 

 

Attributable to owners of the Company

Non- controlling interests1

 

Total equity

 

Stated capital

Foreign currency translation reserve

Revaluation reserve

Share- based payments reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

 

Unaudited

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Balance as at 1 January 2016

1,322.2

(8.7)

1.3

31.8

282.6

1,629.2

-

1,629.2

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

78.7

78.7

-

78.7

Other comprehensive income

-

32.3

1.6

-

-

33.9

-

33.9

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

32.3

1.6

-

78.7

112.6

-

112.6

Transactions with owners of the Company recognised directly in equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions and distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based settlement of investment management fee (see Note 18A(i))2

-

-

-

0.1

-

0.1

-

0.1

Performance fee expense (see Note 18A(ii))

-

-

-

(29.7)

-

(29.7)

-

(29.7)

Dividends (see Note 16)

-

-

-

-

(32.6)

(32.6)

-

(32.6)

 

-

-

-

(29.6)

(32.6)

(62.2)

-

(62.2)

Total equity at 30 June 2016

1,322.2

23.6

2.9

2.2

328.7

1,679.6

-

1,679.6

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Footnotes:

1.     Non-controlling interests relate to certain development properties in Spain. During the period presented, such amounts are not material.

2.     Net movement in share-based payment reserve representing reversal of £2.1 million opening reserve and recording of period end reserve for the investment management fee in the amount of £2.2 million.

 

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity (continued)

For the year ended 31 December 2016

 

 

Attributable to owners of the Company

Non- controlling interests

 

Total equity

 

 

Stated capital

Foreign currency translation reserve

Revaluation reserve

Share- based payments reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

 

Audited

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Balance as at 1 January 2016

1,322.2

(8.7)

1.3

31.8

282.6

1,629.2

-

1,629.2

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

65.9

65.9

0.1

66.0

Other comprehensive income

-

33.2

1.9

-

-

35.1

-

35.1

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

33.2

1.9

-

65.9

101.0

0.1

101.1

Transactions with owners of the Company recognised directly in equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions and distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based settlement of investment management fee1

-

-

-

(0.2)

-

(0.2)

-

(0.2)

Settlement of performance fee

-

-

-

(29.7)

-

(29.7)

-

(29.7)

Share buyback

(100.1)

-

-

-

-

(100.1)

-

(100.1)

Reclassification of non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

(0.4)

(0.4)

0.4

-

Dividends

-

-

-

-

(64.4)

(64.4)

-

(64.4)

 

(100.1)

-

-

(29.9)

(64.8)

(194.8)

0.4

(194.4)

Total equity at 31 December 2016

1,222.1

24.5

3.2

1.9

283.7

1,535.4

0.5

1,535.9

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Footnote:

1.     Net movement in share-based payment reserve representing payment of investment management fee for the year ended 31 December 2015 in the amount of £2.1 million and recording of the reserve for the investment management fee payable for the year ended 31 December 2016 in the amount of £1.9 million.

 

 

Condensed consolidated cash flow statement

 

 

 

Six month period ended
30 June
2017

Six month period ended
30 June
2016

Year
ended
31 December 2016

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

 Notes

£m

£m

£m 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

54.9

78.7

66.0

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Net change in fair value of investment and development property

 

(12.9)

(45.1)

10.8

Net change in fair value of loans secured by real estate

10

(4.0)

(0.6)

(0.3)

Gain on sale of loan collateral

17

-

(0.4)

(0.4)

(Gain)/loss on sale of investment property and loan collateral

17

(2.2)

0.2

(8.1)

Write-off of property, plant and equipment

 

-

0.2

(1.3)

Net finance cost

 

21.0

19.9

43.3

Amortisation of loan fees

12

1.2

1.8

5.5

Amortisation of bond discount, net of amortisation of bond premia

12

0.1

0.4

0.7

Amortisation of lease incentive

 

(4.2)

(1.2)

(3.8)

Taxation

7

2.9

2.9

7.3

Depreciation

11

2.0

1.3

3.2

Reversal of impairment of accounts receivable

 

0.1

0.7

0.7

Investment management fee

 

0.1

-

(0.2)

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

 

59.0

58.8

123.4

Decrease/(increase) in rent and other receivables

 

1.4

(6.1)

(3.0)

Increase in inventories

 

(0.1)

-

-

(Decrease)/increase in deferred rental income

 

(2.7)

9.1

5.3

(Increase) in trade and other payables

 

(2.0)

(3.8)

(21.0)

Cash generated from operations before interest and taxation

 

55.6

58.0

104.7

Interest received

 

4.3

3.9

7.4

Interest paid

 

(27.7)

(21.0)

(44.6)

Derivative instruments

 

(1.7)

(0.2)

(1.0)

Performance fee paid

18A(ii)

-

(29.7)

(29.7)

Tax paid

 

(6.8)

(5.4)

(7.1)

Cash flows (used by)/generated from operating activities

 

23.7

5.6

29.7

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Acquisition/improvement of investment and development property

 

(20.6)

(241.9)

(282.2)

Disposal of investment and development property

17

48.4

62.0

256.0

Capital expenditure on property, plant and equipment

11

(3.9)

(6.4)

(10.2)

Disposal of loans secured by real estate

 

-

101.1

115.6

Cash flows from/(used in) investing activities

 

23.9

(85.2)

79.2

           

 

 

Condensed consolidated cash flow statement (continued)

 

 

Six month period ended
30 June

2017

Six month period ended
30 June

2016

Year

ended
31 December 2016

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

 Notes

£m

£m

£m 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from borrowings

 

-

260.7

385.7

Bond interest received in advance

 

-

1.7

3.4

Repayments of secured borrowings

12

(23.0)

(38.0)

(230.0)

Draw down of revolving credit facility

 

-

-

75.0

Repayment of revolving credit facility

 

-

-

(75.0)

Transaction costs related to loans and borrowings

 

-

(1.6)

(3.5)

Bond premia received

 

-

2.0

5.9

Share buyback programme, inclusive of costs

 

-

-

(100.1)

Dividends paid

16

(30.2)

(32.6)

(64.4)

Cash flows (used in)/from financing activities

 

(53.2)

192.2

(3.0)

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(5.6)

112.6

105.9

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

456.5

326.5

326.5

Foreign exchange movements

 

3.9

19.9

24.1

Cash and cash equivalents at the reporting date

 

454.8

459.0

456.5

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

 

Notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements

For the six month period ended 30 June 2017

1. General information

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc (the 'Company') is a company domiciled in Jersey.  These unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements (the 'interim financial statements') as at and for the six month period ended 30 June 2017 have been prepared and are presented in respect of the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the 'Group'). 

The registered office of the Company is 47 Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 0BD, Channel Islands. The Company invests in investment and development property, hotel businesses and loans secured by real estate in Europe with the objective of generating and growing long-term cash flows to pay dividends and to enhance capital values through focused asset management and strategic acquisitions.

The interim financial statements were approved and authorised for issue on 3 August 2017 and signed by Simon Radford and Mark McNicholas on behalf of the Board.

2. Basis of preparation

A. Statement of compliance

These interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the European Union, and should be read in conjunction with the Group's last annual consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2016. They do not include all the information required for a complete set of IFRS financial statements. However, selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in the Group's financial position and performance since the last annual consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2016. 

The results are unaudited but were reviewed by the auditors of the Group.

B. Basis of measurement

The interim financial statements have been prepared on the going concern basis, applying the historical cost convention except for investment and development property, loans secured by real estate, property, plant and equipment and derivative financial instruments which are stated at their fair value using the accounting policies on the basis set out in Note 3 Significant accounting policies.

C. Functional and presentational currency

The interim financial statements are presented in Pound Sterling as this is the Company's functional currency.  All financial information presented in Pound Sterling has been rounded to the nearest million and presented to one decimal place, except where otherwise stated.

D. Use of estimates and judgements

The preparation of the interim financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of the Group's accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

Estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimates are revised if the revision affects only that period or in the period of revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods.

Critical judgements in applying accounting policies that have the most significant effect on amounts recognised in the financial statements in the period ending 30 June 2017 include management's estimates of the fair value of investment and development property (Note 9), loans secured by real estate (Note 10) and land and buildings within property, plant and equipment (Note 11).

 

3. Significant accounting policies

The accounting policies and methods of computation and presentation adopted in the preparation of the interim financial statements are consistent with those applied in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 and are described in those financial statements on pages 92 to 98. 

The Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 is available at www.kennedywilson.eu.

There are no new standards or amendments which are effective for the Group for the first time for the financial year beginning 1 January 2017.

4. New standards and interpretations not yet adopted

A number of new standards, amendments to standards and interpretations are effective for future annual reporting periods of the Group, and have not been applied in preparing the interim financial statements. The upcoming standards are set out below and the Group is currently assessing their potential impact. The Group does not plan to early-adopt these standards.

A. New/Revised International Financial Reporting Standards

 

 

 

Effective date1

 

 

 

 

IFRS 14: Regulatory Deferral Accounts2

 

 

1 January 2016

Amendments to IAS 7: Disclosure Initiative2

 

 

1 January 2017

Amendments to IAS 12: Recognition of Deferred Tax Assets for Unrealised Losses2

 

 

1 January 2017

IFRS 15: Revenue from Contracts with Customers (and certain subsequent amendments and clarifications)

 

 

1 January 2018

IFRS 9: Financial Instruments (2009, and subsequent amendments in 2010, 2013 and 2014)

 

 

1 January 2018

IFRS 16: Leases2

 

 

1 January 2019

Amendments to IFRS 2: Classification and measurement of share-based payment transactions2

 

 

1 January 2018

Amendments to IFRS 4: Applying IFRS 9 Financial Instruments with IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts2

 

 

1 January 2018

Annual improvements to IFRS 2014-2016 Cycle2

 

 

1 January 2017/1 January 2018

IFRIC Interpretation 22: Foreign Currency Transactions and Advance Consideration2

 

 

1 January 2018

Amendment to IAS 40:  Transfers of Investment Property2

 

 

1 January 2018

IFRIC 23: Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments2

 

 

1 January 2019

Amendments to IFRS 10 and IAS 28: Sale or contribution of assets between an investor and its associate or joint venture2

 

 

Deferred indefinitely

IFRS 17: Insurance Contracts2

 

 

1 January 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Footnotes:

1. The effective dates are those applying to European Union endorsed IFRS if endorsement has been received and if later than the IASB effective dates and relate to periods beginning on or after those dates detailed above.

2. Not European Union endorsed at the time of approval of the interim financial statements.

 

5. Determination of fair values

A number of the Group's accounting policies and disclosures require the determination of fair value, for both financial and non-financial assets and liabilities.  Fair value is defined in IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Fair values have been determined for measurement and/or disclosure purposes based on the methods described below.  Where applicable, further information about the assumptions made in determining fair values is disclosed in the notes specific to that asset or liability.

The Group uses valuation techniques that are appropriate in the circumstances and for which sufficient data are available to measure fair value, maximising the use of relevant observable inputs and minimising the use of unobservable inputs significant to the fair value measurement as a whole:

·              Level 1 - Quoted (unadjusted) market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

·              Level 2 - Valuation techniques for which the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement is directly or indirectly observable.

·              Level 3 - Valuation techniques for which the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement is unobservable.

For assets and liabilities that are recognised in the financial statements at fair value on a recurring basis, the Group determines whether transfers have occurred between levels in the hierarchy by re-assessing categorisation (based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement as a whole) at the end of each reporting period.  

There were no transfers between Levels 1 and 2 during the period.  There were no transfers between Levels 2 and 3 during the period.

There were no changes in valuation techniques during the period.

A. Investment and development property

The fair value of investment and development property was determined by external, independent property valuers, having appropriate recognised professional qualifications and recent experience in the location and category of the property being valued. Such a valuation takes into account a market participant's ability to generate economic benefits by using the asset in its highest and best use or by selling it to another market participant that would use the asset in its highest and best use. Independent valuers assess the fair value of the Group's investment and development property portfolio every six months.

Further information about fair value assumptions applicable to investment and development property is set out in Note 9.

B. Loans secured by real estate

The fair value of loans secured by real estate was determined by independent valuers having appropriate and recent experience in the valuation of loans and real estate. Such independent valuers assess the fair value of the Group's portfolio of loans secured by real estate every six months.

Further information about fair value assumptions applicable to loans secured by real estate is set out in Note 10.

C. Land and buildings

The fair value of these own-use assets was determined by external, independent valuers, having appropriate recognised professional qualifications and recent experience in the location and category of the asset being valued. Such a valuation takes into account a market participant's ability to generate economic benefits by using the asset in its highest and best use or by selling it to another market participant that would use the asset in its highest and best use. Independent valuers assess the fair value of the Group's land and buildings every six months.

Further information about fair value assumptions applicable to land and buildings is set out in Note 11.

 

D. Borrowings

The valuation technique used in the disclosures for borrowings and other debt is a comparison of debt stock to the marginal cost of debt (from main funding markets) in addition to discounting using the zero coupon discount curve of the relevant currency.

Further information about borrowings is set out in Note 12.

E. Derivative financial instruments

The fair value of forward foreign currency contracts is based on independent third party valuations.

Fair value is estimated by discounting the difference between the contractual forward price and the current forward price for the residual maturity of the contract using a risk-free interest rate (based on government bonds), adjusting for credit risk where appropriate.

The fair value of interest rate caps is based on independent third party valuations. Fair value is estimated using Black's model to calculate the net present value of expected future cash flows based on observable market volatility and interest rates, adjusting for credit risk, where appropriate.

The fair value of foreign currency options is based on independent third party valuations. Fair value is estimated using a variant of the Black-Scholes model tailored for currency derivatives. The net present value of expected future cash flows is calculated based on observable market foreign exchange volatility, foreign exchange rates and interest rates, adjusting for credit risk, where appropriate.

Further information about fair value assumptions applicable to derivative financial instruments is set out in Note 13.

6. Operating segments

A. Basis of segmentation

The Group is organised into six business segments, against which the Group reports its segmental information, being office real estate, retail real estate, industrial real estate, residential real estate, loans secured by real estate and hotels.  These segments are reported separately because they offer different products or services and are managed separately because they require different strategies.

Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision makers which is updated as required by the business, who has been identified as the board of directors of the Company (the 'Board').

The following summary describes the operations of each reportable segment:

Segment

Description

Office real estate

Property which is primarily used by commercial tenants

Retail real estate

Property comprising primarily high street retail or shopping centres, together with leisure assets

Industrial real estate

Property used by tenants primarily for the purposes of manufacturing and distribution, or mixed use

Residential real estate

Tenanted residential property, in the private rented sector

Loans secured by real estate

A loan that is in default or close to being in default, receivership or liquidation, where the borrower is typically not making full payments and the loan to value ('LTV') is greater than 100%

Hotels

Ownership and management of hotels, namely Fairmont St Andrews Hotel (United Kingdom) and Portmarnock Hotel (Ireland)

There are varying levels of integration between the office real estate, retail real estate, industrial real estate, residential real estate and hotel segments. This integration consists primarily of shared asset management resources.

Corporate income and expenses, and assets and liabilities are items incurred centrally which are neither directly attributable nor reasonably allocable to individual segments. 

The Group's key measure of underlying performance of the office real estate, retail real estate, industrial real estate and residential real estate segments is rental income as this measure illustrates and emphasises those segments' contribution to the reported profits of the Group and the input of those segments to earnings per share.  By focusing the prime performance measurement on rental income, other statistical data such as valuation movements are separately highlighted for analysis and attention.

The Group's key measure of underlying performance of the loans secured by real estate segment is fair value gain as this measure illustrates and emphasises that segment's contribution to the reported profits of the Group and the input of that segment to earnings per share.

The Group's key performance measure of underlying performance of the hotel sector is hotel revenue as this measure illustrates and emphasises that segment's contribution to the reported profits of the Group and the input of that segment to earnings per share.

Information related to each reportable segment is set out below. Segment profit/(loss) before tax is used to measure performance because management believes that this information is the most relevant in evaluating the results of the respective segments relative to other entities that operate in similar sectors.

B. Information about reportable segments

I. Profit before tax for the six month period ended 30 June 2017

 

 

Office
real estate
1

 

Retail
real
estate
1

 

Industrial
real
estate
1

 

Residential
real
estate
1

 

Loans secured by real estate

 

Hotels

 

Segment total

 

Corporate

 

Total

Unaudited

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental income

55.3

28.9

6.2

6.1

-

-

96.5

-

96.5

Hotel revenue

-

-

-

-

-

10.2

10.2

-

10.2

Interest income from loans secured by real estate

-

-

-

-

4.7

-

4.7

-

4.7

 

55.3

28.9

6.2

6.1

4.7

10.2

111.4

-

111.4

Property related expenses

(11.1)

(6.5)

(0.4)

(2.3)

(0.1)

-

(20.4)

-

(20.4)

Hotel cost of sales

-

-

-

-

-

(8.8)

(8.8)

-

(8.8)

Administrative costs

-

-

-

-

-

(2.5)

(2.5)

-

(2.5)

Net operating income

44.2

22.4

5.8

3.8

4.6

(1.1)

79.7

-

79.7

Net change in fair value of investment and development property

(8.7)

10.0

5.2

6.4

-

-

12.9

-

12.9

Net change in fair value of loans secured by real estate

-

-

-

-

4.0

-

4.0

-

4.0

Gain/(loss) on sale

2.2

(0.1)

0.1

-

-

-

2.2

-

2.2

 

37.7

32.3

11.1

10.2

8.6

(1.1)

98.8

-

98.8

Overhead costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

(1.0)

(0.5)

(0.1)

(0.2)

(0.1)

-

(1.9)

(6.6)

(8.5)

Investment management fee

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(7.7)

(7.7)

 

(1.0)

(0.5)

(0.1)

(0.2)

(0.1)

-

(1.9)

(14.3)

(16.2)

Results from operating activities before financing income and costs

36.7

31.8

11.0

10.0

8.5

(1.1)

96.9

(14.3)

82.6

Interest income from cash and cash equivalents

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0.4

0.4

Finance costs

(6.4)

(7.0)

(1.2)

-

-

-

(14.6)

(10.6)

(25.2)

 

(6.4)

(7.0)

(1.2)

-

-

-

(14.6)

(10.2)

(24.8)

Segment profit/(loss)
before tax

30.3

24.8

9.8

10.0

8.5

(1.1)

82.3

(24.5)

57.8

 

Footnote:

1.     Investment property under development, as identified in Note 9B(ii) is allocated into a segment based on the current expected future use.

 

 

II. Profit before tax for the six month period ended 30 June 2016

 

 

Office
real estate
1

 

Retail
real
estate
1

 

Industrial
real
estate
1

 

Residential
real
estate
1

 

Loans secured by real estate

 

Hotels

 

Segment total

 

Corporate

 

Total

Unaudited

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental income

48.6

33.0

7.2

4.8

-

-

93.6

-

93.6

Hotel revenue

-

-

-

-

-

8.7

8.7

-

8.7

Interest income from loans secured by real estate

-

-

-

-

3.5

-

3.5

-

3.5

 

48.6

33.0

7.2

4.8

3.5

8.7

105.8

-

105.8

Property related expenses

(9.0)

(5.5)

(0.6)

(2.0)

-

-

(17.1)

-

(17.1)

Hotel cost of sales

-

-

-

-

-

(7.7)

(7.7)

-

(7.7)

Administrative costs

-

-

-

-

-

(2.3)

(2.3)

-

(2.3)

Net operating income

39.6

27.5

6.6

2.8

3.5

(1.3)

78.7

-

78.7

Net change in fair value of investment and development property

20.8

13.4

(1.3)

12.2

-

-

45.1

-

45.1

Net change in fair value of loans secured by real estate

-

-

-

-

0.6

-

0.6

-

0.6

(Loss)/gain on sale and other gains

(0.5)

0.3

-

-

0.4

-

0.2

-

0.2

 

59.9

41.2

5.3

15.0

4.5

(1.3)

124.6

-

124.6

Overhead costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

(1.1)

(1.0)

(0.2)

(0.3)

(0.2)

-

(2.8)

(3.2)

(6.0)

Performance fee

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Investment management fee

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(8.1)

(8.1)

 

(1.1)

(1.0)

(0.2)

(0.3)

(0.2)

-

(2.8)

(11.3)

(14.1)

Results from operating activities before financing income and costs

58.8

40.2

5.1

14.7

4.3

(1.3)

121.8

(11.3)

110.5

Interest income from cash and cash equivalents

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0.4

0.4

Finance costs

(7.2)

(9.7)

(1.6)

(0.8)

-

-

(19.3)

(10.0)

(29.3)

 

(7.2)

(9.7)

(1.6)

(0.8)

-

-

(19.3)

(9.6)

(28.9)

Segment profit/(loss)
before tax

51.6

30.5

3.5

13.9

4.3

(1.3)

102.5

(20.9)

81.6

 

Footnote:

1.     Investment property under development, as identified in Note 9B(ii) is allocated into a segment based on the current expected future use.

 

III. Profit before tax for the year ended 31 December 2016

 

 

Office
real estate
1

 

Retail
real
estate
1

 

Industrial
real
estate
1

 

Residential
real
estate
1

 

Loans secured by real estate

 

Hotels

 

Segment total

 

Corporate

 

Total

Audited

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental income

103.6

64.9

13.9

9.1

-

-

191.5

-

191.5

Hotel revenue

-

-

-

-

-

19.4

19.4

-

19.4

Interest income from loans secured by real estate

-

-

-

-

6.3

-

6.3

-

6.3

 

103.6

64.9

13.9

9.1

6.3

19.4

217.2

-

217.2

Property related expenses

(18.9)

(11.5)

(1.0)

(4.1)

(0.3)

-

(35.8)

-

(35.8)

Hotel cost of sales

-

-

-

-

-

(16.3)

(16.3)

-

(16.3)

Administrative costs

-

-

-

-

-

(4.8)

(4.8)

-

(4.8)

Net operating income

84.7

53.4

12.9

5.0

6.0

(1.7)

160.3

-

160.3

Net change in fair value of investment and development property

(29.6)

7.4

(5.0)

16.4

-

-

(10.8)

-

(10.8)