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Interim Report for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019

Released 07:00 22-Jul-2019

RNS Number : 1820G
Highcroft Investments PLC
22 July 2019
 

22 July 2019

Highcroft Investments PLC

Interim Report for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

Key Highlights:

*Gross rental income increased 11.6% to £2,726,000 (2018 £2,442,000)

*Net rental income increased 13.2% to £2,678,000 (2018 £2,365,000)

*No voids in the property portfolio (2018 none)

*Adjusted earnings per share increased 14.4% to 37.2p (2018 32.5p)

*Total earnings per share reduced 60.8% to 21.9p (2018 55.8p)

*Net investment into property £11,897,000 (2018 net divestment £2,473,000)

*Property valuation increased by 14.3% to £88,805,000 (December 2018 £77,700,000)

*Net assets per share decreased 1.0% to 1195p (December 2018 1207p, June 2018 1187p)

*Loan to value 29.5% (December 2018 25.0%, June 2018 25.6%)

*Interim property income distribution up 12.0% to 21.00p (2018 18.75p)

 

Dear Shareholder

I am pleased to report continued good trading results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019.  The board is happy with the progress of its ongoing strategy of developing a high-quality income-producing property portfolio, based on carefully sourced quality assets and tenants producing stable, secure income. This strategy has resulted in property income growth of 11.6% and an increase in adjusted earnings per share of 14.4% to 37.2p. Whilst our total property valuation increased by 14.3% after the acquisition of two new properties, our like-for-like property valuation fell slightly, by 0.35%, in the period (2018 1.6% uplift). This was due to the current market sentiment, particularly in our retail assets, but also the costs associated with our two acquisitions in the period. This led to a reduction in total earnings per share to 21.9p (2018 55.8p). Our net asset value per share fell by 1.0% in the period.

Our ongoing confidence in the group's prospects is reflected in an interim property income distribution of 21.00p per share - an increase of 12.0% on 2018. 

Property portfolio

During the period we acquired two new assets. Firstly, on 26 March 2019, an industrial unit in Llantrisant, South Wales let to British Airways Avionics Engineering, for £6.5m (net of costs) with a net yield of 11.52%. Secondly, on 1 May 2019, a gym and retail warehouse investment in Ipswich for £4.6m (net of costs) with a net yield of 7.04%.  We funded these acquisitions from existing cash resources, the sale of our remaining listed equity portfolio and additional loans of £6.8m. Our portfolio remained fully let at the period end. 

The external independent valuation of the property portfolio at 30 June 2019 showed a small decrease of 0.35% on a like-for-like basis for the period. This result was better than the All Property IPD performance, which showed a decrease of 1.43% for the period. The total loss on valuation on our portfolio of £792,000 arose in part from write-downs in respect of the total costs of acquisition on our two new assets of £747,000, an underlying uplift in one of these assets of £225,000, and losses on four of our high street retail assets, one retail warehouse and one industrial unit totalling £270,000, representing 1.5% of their combined value. No other assets changed in value in the period.

Gross rental income increased by 11.6%. This increase reflects the benefit of a full period's income from the Rubery property bought in July 2018 and the income from our Llantrisant and Ipswich acquisitions this year. These increases are offset by the reduction in income from the disposal of our Cirencester and Southampton assets in 2018, and the effect of the CVA entered into by Carpetright, effective June 2018. Property expenses for the six-month period decreased to £48,000 (2018 £77,000) due to the previous period including significant professional fees associated with rent reviews.

We sold the remainder of our listed equity portfolio, realising £0.7m, in January 2019 fulfilling this element of our stated long-term strategy. These proceeds have been reinvested into our property portfolio.

Financial

Earnings per share decreased to 21.9p (2018 55.8p) due primarily to the combination of a negative movement in the property revaluation of £792,000 (2018 positive £1,165,000), offset by increased net rental income of £313,000.

At 30 June 2019 the cash position was £610,000 (2018 £5,057,000) while our medium-term loans totalled £26,200,000 (2018 £19,400,000), resulting in a net gearing level of 41% (2018 23%).  Our loan to value was 29.5% (2018 25.6%). The medium-term loans are at fixed rates with a weighted average of 3.5%.

Dividend

I am pleased to report an interim property income distribution of 21.00p (2018 18.75p) per share, payable on 11 October 2019 to shareholders on the register at 13 September 2019 (with an ex-dividend date of 12 September 2019).

Outlook

Whilst the ongoing property investment environment, in particular the retail sector, is likely to remain challenging for the remainder of the year, we believe that our asset selection criteria have helped to ensure that our current portfolio and tenant mix create a strong base from which to continue to develop our business and generate further shareholder value.

 

Charles Butler

Chairman

19 July 2019

 

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

 

 

For further information, contact:

Highcroft Investments PLC

Charles Butler/Roberta Miles  +44 (0)1865 840023

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Fabien Holler   +44 (0)20 7886 2500

 


Condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income (unaudited) 

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



First half 2019

First half 2018

Full year 2018


Note

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Continuing operations











Gross rental income


2,726

-

2,726

2,442

-

2,442

5,043

-

5,043

Property operating expenses


(48)

-

(48)

(77)

-

(77)

(184)

-

(184)

Net rental income


2,678

-

2,678

2,365

-

2,365

4,859

-

4,859

Net (loss)/gain on disposal of investment property


-

-

-

(42)

-

(42)

967

-

967

Valuation gains on investment property


-

-

-

-

1,865

1,865

-

2,600

2,600

Valuation losses on investment property


-

(792)

(792)

-

(700)

(700)

-

(2,116)

(2,116)

Net valuation (losses)/gains on investment property


-

(792)

(792)

-

1,165

1,165

-

484

484

Dividend income


3

-

3

27

-

27

54

-

54

Gains on investments


53

-

53

6

85

91

-

48

48

Losses on investments


-

-

-

(12)

(46)

(58)

-

(166)

(166)

Net investment income/ (loss)


56

-

56

21

39

60

54

(118)

(64)

Administrative expenses


(411)

-

(411)

(368)

-

(368)

(736)

-

(736)

Operating profit before net financing costs


2,323

(792)

1,531

1,976

1,204

3,180

5,144

366

5,510

Finance income


5

-

5

3

-

3

6

-

6

Finance expenses


(396)

-

(396)

(350)

-

(350)

(705)

-

(705)

Net finance costs


(391)

-

(391)

(347)

-

(347)

(699)

-

(699)

Profit before tax


1,932

(792)

1,140

1,629

1,204

2,833

4,445

366

4,811

Income tax (charge)/credit

4

(11)

-

(11)

52

-

52

67

48

115

Total profit and comprehensive income for the financial period


1,921

(792)

1,129

1,681

1,204

2,885

4,512

414

4,926

Basic and diluted earnings
per share

6



21.9p



55.8p



95.3p



 

Condensed consolidated interim statement of financial position (unaudited) 

 

as at 30 June 2019

 

 


Note

Unaudited

30 June

2019

£'000

Unaudited

30 June

2018

£'000

Audited

31 December

2018

£'000

Assets





Investment property

7

88,805

75,805

77,700

Equity investments

8

9

1,651

679

Total non-current assets


88,814

77,456

78,379

Current assets





Trade and other receivables


668

441

471

Cash at bank and in hand


610

5,057

5,202

Total current assets


1,278

5,498

5,673

Total assets


90,092

82,954

84,052

Liabilities





Current liabilities





Trade and other payables


2,123

2,055

2,235

Total current liabilities


2,123

2,055

2,235

Non-current liabilities





Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

9

26,200

19,400

19,400

Deferred tax liabilities


-

187

33

Total non-current liabilities


26,200

19,587

19,433

Total liabilities


28,323

21,642

21,668

Net assets


61,769

61,312

62,384

Equity





Issued share capital


1,292

1,292

1,292

Revaluation reserve - property


17,456

19,690

18,770

Revaluation reserve - other


5

209

574

Capital redemption reserve


95

95

95

Realised capital reserve


28,990

26,188

28,378

Retained earnings


13,931

13,838

13,275

Total equity


61,769

61,312

62,384



 

Condensed consolidated interim statement of changes in equity

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

First half 2019

Unaudited

Equity

£'000

Revaluation reserves

Capital redemption

£'000

Realised capital

£'000

Retained

earnings

£'000

Total

£'000

Property

£'000

Other

£'000

At 1 January 2019

1,292

18,770

574

95

28,378

13,275

62,384

Transactions with owners:

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(1,744)

(1,744)

Reserve transfers:








Non-distributable items recognised in income statement:








Revaluation losses

-

(792)

-

-

-

792

-

Tax on revaluation gains/(losses)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Realised gains

-

-

-

-

43

(43)

-

Movement in deferred tax on realisation of equities

-

-

34

-

(34)

-

-

Surplus attributable to assets sold

-

-

(603)

-

603

-

-

Excess of cost over revalued amount taken to retained earnings

-

(522)

-

-

-

522

-


-

(1,314)

(569)

-

612

1,271

-

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

1,129

1,129

At 30 June 2019

1,292

17,456

5

95

28,990

13,931

61,769

 

 

 

First half 2018

Unaudited

 

Equity

£'000

Revaluation

reserves

Capital

redemption

£'000

Realised

capital

£'000

Retained

earnings

£'000

Total

£'000

Property

£'000

Other

£'000

At 1 January 2018

1,292

18,015

538

95

26,611

13,426

59,977

Transactions with owners:

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(1,550)

(1,550)

Reserve transfers:








Non-distributable items recognised in income statement:








Revaluation gains

-

1,165

39

-

-

(1,204)

-

Tax on revaluation gains

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Realised losses

-

-

-

-

(46)

46

-

Surplus attributable to assets sold

-

745

(368)

-

(377)

-

-

Excess of cost over revalued amount taken to retained earnings

-

(235)

-

-

-

235

-


-

1,675

(329)

-

(423)

(923)

-

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

2,885

2,885

At 30 June 2018

1,292

19,690

209

95

26,188

13,838

61,312



 

Condensed consolidated interim statement of changes in equity (continued)

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

Full year 2018

Audited

 

Equity

£'000

Revaluation reserves

Capital

redemption

£'000

Realised

capital

£'000

Retained

earnings

£'000

Total

£'000

Property

£'000

Other

£'000

At 1 January 2018

1,292

18,015

538

95

26,611

13,426

59,977

Transactions with owners:

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(2,519)

(2,519)

Reserve transfers:








Non-distributable items recognised in income statement:








Revaluation gains/(losses)

-

484

(121)

-

-

(363)

-

Tax on revaluation gains

-

-

48

-

-

(48)

-

Realised gains

-

-

-

-

969

(969)

-

Movement in deferred tax on realisation of equities

-

-

1,161

-

(1,161)

-

-

Surplus attributable to assets sold

-

(907)

(1,052)

-

1,959

-

-

Excess of cost over revalued amount taken to retained earnings

-

1,178

-

-

-

(1,178)

-


-

755

36

-

1,767

(2,558)

-

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

4,926

4,926

At 31 December 2018

1,292

18,770

574

95

28,378

13,275

62,384



 

Condensed consolidated interim statement of cashflows

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 


Unaudited

First half

2019

£'000

Unaudited

First half

2018

£'000

Audited

Full year

2018

£'000

Operating activities




Profit before tax for the period

1,140

2,833

4,811

Adjustments for:




Net valuation losses/(gains) on investment property

792

(1,165)

(484)

Net loss/(gain) on disposal of investment property

-

42

(967)

Net gains on investments

(53)

(33)

118

Finance income

(5)

(3)

(6)

Finance expense

396

350

705

Operating cash flow before changes in working capital and provisions

2,270

2,024

4,177

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

(197)

96

66

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

(156)

(14)

89

Cash generated from operations

1,917

2,106

4,332

Finance income

5

3

6

Finance expense

(396)

(350)

(705)

Income tax paid

-

-

(13)

Net cash flows from operating activities

1,526

1,759

3,620

Investing activities




Purchase of fixed assets - investment property

(11,897)

-

(5,226)

Sale of fixed assets   - investment property

-

2,431

6,090

                           - equity investments

723

513

1,333

Net cash flows from investing activities

(11,174)

2,944

2,197

Financing activities




Dividends paid

(1,744)

(1,550)

(2,519)

New bank borrowings

6,800

-

-

Net cash flows from financing activities

5,056

(1,550)

(2,519)

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(4,592)

3,153

3,298

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January

5,202

1,904

1,904

Cash and cash equivalents at period end

610

5,057

5,202



 

Notes (Unaudited)

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

1. Nature of operations and general information

Highcroft Investments PLC ('Highcroft' or 'company') and its subsidiaries' (together 'the group') principal activity is investment in property. It is incorporated and domiciled in Great Britain. The address of Highcroft's registered office, which is also its principal place of business, is Thomas House, Langford Locks, Kidlington, OX5 1HR. Highcroft's condensed consolidated interim financial statements are presented in Pounds Sterling (£), which is also the functional currency of the group. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been approved for issue by the directors on 19 July 2019. The financial information for the period ended 30 June 2019 set out in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 404 of the Companies Act 2006. The group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain statements under Section 498(2) or Section 498(5) of the Companies Act 2006.

2. Basis of preparation

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements are for the six months ended 30 June 2019. They have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting. They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the group for the year ended 31 December 2018.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, as modified by the revaluation of investment properties and the measurement of equity investments at fair value. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies adopted in the last annual financial statements for the year to 31 December 2018.

The accounting policies have been applied consistently throughout the group for the purposes of preparation of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

The financial statements are drawn up on a going concern basis.  The directors have a reasonable expectation that the group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and consider that there are no material uncertainties that lead to significant doubt upon the group's ability to continue as a going concern.  Cash flow forecasts are prepared annually as part of the planning and budgeting process and are monitored and reworked regularly.  The group has fixed-term non-amortising borrowing and has additional headroom available. 

3. Segment reporting

The group has one main business segment - property.

In 2019 the largest tenant represented 9% (2018 10%) and the second largest tenant represented 7% (2018 8%) of gross commercial property income for the period.

 

4. Income tax (charge)/credit


First half

2019

£'000

First half

2018

£'000

Full year

2018

£'000

Current tax:




On revenue profits

-

52

67

On capital profits

(11)

-

-


(11)

52

67

Deferred tax

-

-

48

Total tax

(11)

52

115

 

The taxation charge has been based on the estimated effective tax rate for the full year. As a Real Estate Investment Trust the group does not pay corporation tax on its profits and gains from its property activities.



 

Notes (Unaudited) (continued)

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

5. Dividends

On 19 July 2019, the directors declared a property income distribution of 21.00p per share (2018 18.75p per share) payable on 11 October 2019 to shareholders registered at 13 September 2019.

The following property income distributions have been paid by the company:


First half

2019

£'000

First half

2018

£'000

Full year

2018

£'000

2018 final: 33.75 per ordinary share (2017 final 30.0p)

1,744

1,550

1,550

2018 interim: 18.75p per ordinary share

-

-

969


1,744

1,550

2,519

 

6. Earnings per share

The calculation of earnings per share is based on the profit for the period of £1,129,000 (2018 £2,885,000) and on 5,167,240 shares (2018 5,167,240) which is the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period ended 30 June 2019 and throughout the period since 1 January 2018.

In order to draw attention to the impact of valuation gains and losses which are included in the income statement but not available for distribution under the company's articles of association, an adjusted earnings per share based on the profit available for distribution of £1,921,000 (2018 £1,681,000) has been calculated.


First half

2019

£'000

First half

2018

£'000

Full year

2018

£'000

Earnings:




Basic earnings

1,129

2,885

4,926

Adjustments for:




Net valuation losses/(gains) on investment property

792

(1,165)

(484)

Gains/(losses) on investments

-

(39)

118

Income tax on gains and losses

-

-

(48)

Adjusted earnings

1,921

1,681

4,512

Per share amount:




Basic earnings per share

21.9p

55.8p

95.3p

Adjustments for:




Net valuation gains on investment property

15.3p

(22.5p)

(9.4p)

Gains and losses on investments

-

(0.8p)

2.3p

Income tax on gains and losses

-

-

(0.9p)

Adjusted earnings per share

37.2p

32.5p

87.3p



 

Notes (Unaudited) (continued)

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

7. Investment property


First half

2019

£'000

First half

2018

£'000

Full year

2018

£'000

Valuation at 1 January

77,700

77,113

77,113

Additions

11,897

-

5,226

Disposals

-

(2,473)

(5,123)

(Loss)/gain on revaluation

(792)

1,165

484

Valuation at period end

88,805

75,805

77,700

 

The directors have used an external independent valuation of properties at 30 June 2019 which has been carried out consistently with the annual valuation.

 

8. Equity investments


First half

2019

£'000

First half

2018

£'000

Full year

2018

£'000

Valuation at 1 January

679

2,131

2,131

Additions

-

-

-

Disposals

(670)

(519)

(1,331)

Surplus on revaluation in excess of cost

-

39

(121)

Valuation at period end

9

1,651

679

 

9. Interest bearing loans


First half

2019

£'000

First half

2018

£'000

Full year

2018

£'000

Medium-term loans

26,200

19,400

19,400

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




Between one and two years

4,000

-

4,000

Between two and five years

7,500

11,500

7,500

Over five years

14,700

7,900

7,900

 

The debt is secured on certain assets within the group's property portfolio.



 

Notes (Unaudited) (continued)

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

10.       Related party transactions

Kingerlee Holdings Limited owns, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, 27.2% (2018 27.2%) of the company's shares and D H Kingerlee is a director of both the company and Kingerlee Holdings Limited.

During the period, the group made purchases from Kingerlee Limited, a subsidiary of Kingerlee Holdings Limited, being a service charge in relation to services at Thomas House, Kidlington of £7,000 (2018 £7,000) and a recharge of computer and courier costs totalling £530 (2018 £nil). The amount owed at 30 June 2019 was £nil (2018 £nil). All transactions were undertaken on an arm's length basis.

 

11.       Net assets per share


First half

2019

First half

2018

Full year

2018

Net assets

£61,769,000

£61,312,000

£62,384,000

Ordinary shares in issue

5,167,240

5,167,240

5,167,240

Basic net assets per share

1195p

1187p

1207p

 

12. Events after the balance sheet date

On 15 July 2019 the company completed on a lease renewal at its Cardiff office property, valued at £3,200,000 at 30 June 2019. 

 

Statement of directors' responsibilities

The directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, this condensed consolidated set of half-year financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34. The half-year management report includes a fair review of the information required by 4.2.7 and 4.2.8 of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority, namely:

·    an indication of the important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year ending 31 December 2019 and their impact on the condensed consolidated set of half-year financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

·    disclosure of material related party transactions in the first six months of the financial year, and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report.

 A list of current directors is maintained on the Highcroft Investments PLC website: www.highcroftplc.com.

By order of the board.

 

 

 

Charles Butler

Chairman
19 July 2019


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Interim Report for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019 - RNS