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Sirius Real Estate Limited   -  SRE   

Half-year Report

Released 07:00 25-Nov-2019

RNS Number : 4935U
Sirius Real Estate Limited
25 November 2019
 

25 November 2019

 

Sirius Real Estate Limited

("Sirius Real Estate", "Sirius" or, the "Company")

 

Interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2019

 

Sirius Real Estate (LSE: SRE, JSE: SRE), the leading operator of branded business parks providing conventional space and flexible workspace in Germany, announces its interim results for the six months to 30 September 2019.

 

Highlights

 

·   Profit before tax of €79.7 million for the six month period (H1 2018: €78.2 million)

·   Funds from operations¹ grew by 16.3% to €27.1 million (H1 2018: €23.3 million)

·   Interim dividend per share increased by 8.6%² to 1.77c (H1 2018: 1.63c)

·   NAV per share increased by 7.3% to 76.18c (31 March 2019: 71.01c) - adjusted NAV³ per share up 6.7% to 80.20c (31 March 2019: 75.17c)

·   Completed the sale of 65% of five assets⁴ to AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets at significant premium to previously reported book value generating around €70.0 million of funds to re-invest

·   Finalised €115.4 million increase in Berlin Hyp Amber bank facility for four years with all-in fixed interest rate of 0.9% per annum⁵ generating around €90.0 million of funds to re-invest

·   Completed the acquisition of three sites for €21.9 million, additional two assets notarised for acquisition for €64.6 million and three assets in exclusivity for €57.7 million 

·   Mature asset located in Weilimdorf notarised for disposal for €10.1 million, due to complete in April 2020

·   Further funds of around €80.0 million available for investment into further acquisitions or other ventures

·   Entered FTSE 250 Index

 

Andrew Coombs, Chief Executive Officer of Sirius Real Estate, said: "Despite political uncertainty and economic headwinds, Sirius' value-add business model continues to flourish due to the diversity that comes from intensive asset management and our wide range of products. Occupier demand for both conventional and flexible space remains strong while investor appetite for exposure to the German light industrial market continues to drive yields down. Part of this is fuelled by the low rates of financing available, of which we are strongly positioned to take advantage. 

"With significant vacancy in our value-add portfolio and a defensive portfolio gross yield of 7.4%, there remains considerable potential to increase rent roll and capital values. Following the completion of the acquisitions that were notarised in the period, we have around €80 million of financial resources to fund future acquisitions on our own balance sheet or within the joint venture with AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets. As such, we are well positioned for a busy and progressive second half of the financial year."

 

Presentation for Analysts

 

A presentation to analysts (with dial-in facilities and WebEx) will take place today at 09:00 at Panmure Gordon, One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF, United Kingdom.

 

The dial-in details are:

 

United Kingdom Toll-Free: 0800 3589473

United Kingdom Toll: +44 333 3000804

PIN: 61492283#

 

Audience URl (for access to the webcast): https://www.anywhereconference.com?Conference=301304789&PIN=61492283&UserAudioMode=DATA

 

URL for International Dial in Numbers: http://events.arkadin.com/ev/docs/NE_W2_TF_Events_International_Access_List.pdf

 

 

For further information:

Sirius Real Estate

Andrew Coombs, CEO

Alistair Marks, CFO

+49 (0)30 285010110

Tavistock (financial PR)

Jeremy Carey/James Verstringhe

+44 (0)20 7920 3150

siriusrealestate@tavistock.co.uk

 

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Sirius Real Estate Limited

Sirius is a property company listed on the main market and premium segment of the London Stock Exchange and the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  It is a leading operator of branded business parks providing conventional space and flexible workspace in Germany. The Company's core strategy is the acquisition of business parks at attractive yields, the integration of these business parks into its network of sites under the Company's own name as well as offering a range of branded products within those sites, and the reconfiguration and upgrade of existing and vacant space to appeal to the local market, through intensive asset management and investment. The Company's strategy aims to deliver attractive returns for shareholders by increasing rental income and improving cost recoveries and capital values, as well as by enhancing those returns through financing its assets on favourable terms. Once sites are mature and net income and values have been optimised, the Company may take the opportunity to refinance the sites to release capital for investment in new sites or consider the disposal of sites in order to recycle equity into assets which present greater opportunity for the asset management skills of the Company's team.

In July 2019, the Company completed the formation of its Titanium real estate investment joint venture with clients represented by AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets. Titanium was formed through the acquisition by AXA IM - Real Assets, on behalf of its clients, from Sirius, of a 65% stake in five business parks across Germany. Sirius will retain the remaining 35% and will act as operator of the assets, on a fee basis. Subject to suitable investment opportunities, AXA IM - Real Assets and Sirius may consider opportunities to grow the JV's portfolio primarily through the acquisition of larger stabilised business park assets and portfolios of assets with strong tenant profiles and occupancy. Sirius will continue to grow its wholly owned portfolio through acquisitions of more opportunistic assets, where it can capitalise on its asset management expertise to maximise utilisation of the space, grow occupancy and improve quality of the tenants. The strategies have been clearly defined so that the JV does not conflict with Sirius's existing business.

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Business update

 

Overview

Sirius had another busy and encouraging six month period to 30 September 2019 in which it underlined its position as a leading operator of branded business parks in Germany. The period was highlighted by further valuation gains on its portfolio, supported by the sale of 65% of five properties to AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets, as part of the new Titanium Venture with AXA, which was significantly above book value.

The Company took advantage of favourable lending market conditions to finance the business, drawing down the final €33.9 million of the Deutsche Pfandbriefbank facility that was signed last financial year as well as agreeing a new four year €115.4 million increase to the existing Berlin Hyp AG facility at an all-in fixed interest rate of 0.9% that was drawn down in October 2019. The Berlin Hyp AG deal included the injection of the Nabern asset into the security pool, which previously acted as security on the K-Bonds facility that was repaid in the period.

While some of the new financing proceeds were used to repay debt and related costs, the Titanium Venture and banking deals have together provided Sirius with around €170 million of funds to invest which, when fully deployed, will be accretive to earnings and shareholder returns. Excellent progress has been made to date in re-investing these proceeds and the pipeline of further opportunities is strong.

Despite the loss of income from the sale of assets to the Titanium Venture and the impact of the expected move-outs of the anchor tenants in two newly acquired sites occupying over 30,000 sqm, the Company was able to record an increase in profit before tax for the six months to €79.7 million (2018: €78.2 million). This was underpinned by the valuation increases mentioned above and a 16.3% increase in funds from operations ("FFO") to €27.1million (2018: €23.3 million). Notwithstanding the impact of the expected move-outs referred to above, the Company achieved a like-for-like annualised rent roll increase of 0.9%.

Financial performance

The Group's profit before tax for the six month period to 30 September 2019 represented an increase in the same period in the prior year despite the impact of the expected large move-outs and the completion of the Titanium Venture as mentioned above, as well as the significant refinancing expenses set out below. The benefits of these initiatives in terms of providing funding for investment and asset management opportunities, as well as lower financing costs, are expected to drive a significant improvement in the Group's FFO in future periods.

The contribution from acquisitions in the period was slightly lower than anticipated due to a combination of the Company continuing to be highly selective in the assets it acquires and the assets acquired containing substantial levels of vacancy which the Company sees as representing significant opportunity to add value. The contribution to earnings from acquisitions in the second half of the financial year is expected to be more significant with €64.6 million of income producing assets notarised for completion and €57.8 million that are currently in exclusivity. 

Revenue amounted to €72.2 million (2018: €67.8 million) with profit before tax increasing to €79.7 million (2018: €78.2 million), including €58.2 million (2018: €56.2 million) of net gains from property revaluations. Gain on disposal of investment subsidiaries of €6.3 million (2018: €nil) relates to the sale of 65% of its interest in five subsidiary companies into the Titanium Venture whilst share of profit in associates relating to the Group's remaining 35% interest amounted to €0.3 million (2018: €nil). Within finance expenses of €13.9 million are costs associated with refinancing activity amounting to €9.1 million, of which €6.0 million relate to the repayment of debt and related costs on assets sold into the Titanium Venture.

Funds from operations* ("FFO") for the six months of €27.1 million (2.65c per share) compared to €23.3 million (2.33c per share) for the same period in the prior year represents an increase of 16.3% on a per share basis. Profit and total comprehensive income for the period net of tax of €70.2 million (6.86c per share) compared to €70.4 million (7.04c per share). Basic EPRA earnings** of €24.9 million (2.44c per share) were 13.5% higher than the €21.5 million (2.15c per share) recorded for the six months to 30 September 2018 whilst adjusted earnings, which adjusts for the impact of breakage costs as well as other exceptional items, increased by 14.5% to €25.8 million (2.51c per share) compared to €22.0 million (2.20c per share) for the six months to 30 September 2018.

*     See note 24 of the Interim Report.

**    See note 10 of the Interim Report.

Table 1: Earnings per share

 

30 Sept 2019

Earnings

€000

30 Sept 2019

No. of shares

30 Sept 2019

Cents

per share

30 Sept 2018

Earnings

€000

30 Sept 2018

No. of shares

30 Sept 2018

Cents

per share

Change %

Basic EPS

70,216

1,023,014,308

6.86

70,409

999,625,521

7.04

-2.6%

Diluted EPS

70,216

1,035,104,308

6.78

70,409

1,005,446,521

7.00

-3.1%

Adjusted EPS

25,757

1,023,014,308

2.51

21,968

999,625,521

2.20

+14.1%

Basic EPRA EPS

24,921

1,023,014,308

2.44

21,496

999,625,521

2.15

+13.5%

Diluted EPRA EPS

24,921

1,035,104,308

2.41

21,496

1,005,446,521

2.14

+12.6%

 

Net asset value per share ("NAV") increased by 7.3% to 76.18c (31 March 2019: 71.01c) in the period whilst EPRA net asset value ("EPRA NAV") per share increased by 6.0% to 79.29c from 74.82c and adjusted net asset value ("adjusted NAV") per share increased by 6.7% to 80.20c from 75.17c. The main driver of the NAV increases was the valuation uplift as much of the recurring profit before tax was offset by the dividend payment in the period. The valuation metrics are described in more detail below and the movement in net asset value in the period can be seen in the following table:

Table 2: Net assets per share

 

cents per share

NAV as at 31 March 2019

71.01

Recurring profit before tax

2.51

Surplus on revaluation

5.65

Current and deferred tax charge

(0.92)

Scrip and cash dividend paid

(1.72)

Share awards and exceptional items

(0.35)

NAV per share as at 30 September 2019

76.18

Deferred tax and adjustments to financial derivatives

4.02

Adjusted NAV per share as at 30 September 2019

80.20

EPRA adjustments*

(0.91)

EPRA NAV per share as at 30 September 2019

79.29

 

*     See note 11 of the Interim Report.

Total shareholder accounting return ("TSR") based on the movement in adjusted NAV plus the 1.73c per share final dividend paid in August 2019 was 9.0% for the six month period (30 September 2018: 9.8%). The Company is currently well on track to exceed the 15% TSR level for the full year for the fifth consecutive year.

Lettings and rental growth

The increase in revenue of 6.5% to €72.2 million (2018: €67.8 million) was driven primarily by organic increases in rent roll and improvements in service charge whilst the contribution of new acquisitions broadly offset the impact of the Titanium Venture. Total annualised rent roll of €78.5 million as at the period end represents a reduction from €87.8 million at 31 March 2019 and €82.0 million at 30 September 2018 due to the effect of the completion of the Titanium Venture which resulted in a decrease in annualised rent roll of €11.3 million. Like-for-like annualised rent roll increased 0.9% to €77.2 million (31 March 2019: €76.5 million) in the period despite the impact of the large expected move-outs on recently acquired sites amounting to more than 25,000 sqm of space that generated annualised rent roll of around €1.0 million. These large move outs contributed to total move outs in the first half of 94,339 sqm that were generating €6.2 million of annualised rent roll at an average rate of €5.47 per sqm. Move outs were offset by move ins of 85,713 sqm generating €6.0 million annualised rental income at an average rate of €5.86 per sqm as well as contracted rental increase and uplifts on renewals which added €0.9 million to the annualised rent roll. Additionally, acquisitions contributed €1.3 million to the total annualised rent roll bringing the total at period end to €78.5 million. Like-for-like average rental rates increased by 1.6% to €5.92 from €5.83 whilst like-for-like occupancy remained broadly flat at 85%. On a total portfolio basis the average rental rate increased by 2.1% to €5.90 from €5.78 with occupancy decreasing from 86.1% to 83.0% due to the sale of highly occupied sites into the Titanium Venture being replaced by sites with large amounts of vacancy in the period. 

The high number of new lettings achieved by the Company in the period reflects continued strong occupier demand combined with the capabilities of Sirius' operating platform which, during the period, delivered a new lettings conversion rate of 14% on the 7,399 enquiries received compared to a conversion rate of 15% of the 6,800 total enquiries received for the same period last year. This consistency in performance highlights how demand continues despite some negative economic indicators on the German economy being reported over the last year.   

The new lettings in the period comprise a mixture of large long-term and smaller flexible lettings being signed in the period which illustrates the versatility of Sirius' sales and marketing platform in filling up vacancy and replacing exiting tenants. The sales and marketing platform provides the Company with a strategic advantage and confidence in developing space by assessing micro market demand and generating the requisite numbers of leads to let the space and thereby meet targeted returns. 

The new acquisitions in the period have added to the potential of the Company's capex investment programmes with 85,866 sqm of the total 226,961 sqm of vacant space either currently being developed into high-quality space or earmarked for transformation. The returns from these programmes are described in more detail later in this report. Of the remaining 141,095 sqm of vacancy, only 22,387 sqm (1.7% of the total lettable space) is considered structural vacancy, which is very low for industrial assets in Germany that have been converted into multi-tenant assets and reflects how the Company can extract value and income from space other landlords might consider as structural void.

Portfolio valuation

Strong demand for industrial and office business parks in Germany continues to drive yields lower with both domestic and foreign capital being attracted by the still relatively high yields and growth potential of the asset class. Whilst yield movement has impacted valuations in the period, the upgrading and repositioning of assets through capital investment and the resulting organic rental growth have also been major drivers of value. 

The portfolio, including assets held for sale, was independently valued by Cushman & Wakefield LLP at €1,068.2 million (31 March 2019: €1,136.2 million), which converts to a book value of €1,064.8 million after allowing for the provision for lease incentives.

Table 3: Reconciliation of market value to book value

 

30 September

2019

€m

31 March

2019

€m

Investment properties at market value*

1,068.2

1,136.2

Adjustment in respect of lease incentives

(3.4)

(3.7)

Book value as at period end*

1,064.8

1,132.5

 

*     Including assets held for sale.

The valuation uplift for the period was €69.9 million, which was made up of a €70.7 million increase in the like-for-like portfolio offset by the valuation of acquisitions completing in the period of €0.8 million being below total acquisition costs. This has resulted in a net valuation gain of €58.4 million after taking into account €11.5 million of capital expenditure and adjustments for broker fees. The gain on revaluation on investment properties recorded in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income which adjusts for lease incentives was €58.2 million. The like-for-like valuation increase was made up of 47bps of yield compression in addition to the 0.9% increase in annualised rent roll while the gross yield of the entire portfolio at 30 September 2019 was 7.4% (31 March 2019: 7.9%).

The portfolio of owned properties, which excludes managed properties including those within the Titanium Venture, comprised 53 assets as at 30 September 2019 and the movement in book value for the period can be reconciled as follows:

Table 4: Movement in book value in the period

 

30 September

2019

€m

Total investment properties at book value as at 1 April*

1,132.5

Additions

22.3

Disposals

(159.7)

Capital expenditure

11.5

Surplus on revaluation above capex

58.4

Adjustment in respect of lease incentives

(0.2)

Total investment properties at book value as at 30 September*

1,064.8

 

*     Including assets held for sale.

As can be seen from the table above, the decrease in the total portfolio book value of €67.7 million reflects the impact of the disposal of property to the Titanium Venture, far outweighing €22.3 million of additions made in the period to the portfolio. This was somewhat offset by the 7.2% valuation gain in the period and the Company now has significant funds available for further acquisitions in the second half of this financial year. 

Table 5: Book value valuation metrics

 

Annualised

rent roll 

€m

Book value

 €m

NOI

€m

Capital

value/sqm

Gross yield

Net yield

Vacant

space sqm

Rate psm

Occupancy

%

Value-add assets

37.6

485.5

31.4

662

7.8%

6.5%

193,738

6.08

72.7%

Mature assets

40.9

579.3

37.3

890

7.1%

6.4%

33,222

5.75

94.7%

Other

-

-

(1.3)

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total

78.5

1,064.8

67.4

769

7.4%

6.3%

226,960

5.90

83.0%

 

As can be seen from the table above the percentage of value-add assets within the total portfolio is 46% and the occupancy of the mature assets has increased to almost 95%. This is important when determining where most of the value uplift potential remains within the portfolio as the value-add assets have a blended occupancy of 72.7% and are valued at a gross yield of 7.8% equating to a capital value of €662 per sqm. A significant part of the income and value creation going forward will come from the 193,738 sqm of vacant space within these assets, 80,357 sqm of which is already included in ongoing capex investment programmes described in more detail in the capex section of this report.   

When the assets reach maturity the income and value creation potential has not been maximised. Evidence in recent disposals and within the market suggests there may be further yield movement to come on these assets if market conditions continue to be strong. 

Asset recycling, acquisitions and disposals

The Company has made significant progress in deploying the funds it has generated from disposals, including the proceeds from the Titanium Venture and new lending which in aggregate amounted to approximately €170.0 million. Three acquisitions totalling €21.9 million completed in the period, another two acquisitions totalling €64.6 million have been notarised and are scheduled to complete in the second half and €57.8 million of acquisitions are in exclusivity. Furthermore, the pipeline for future acquisitions both on balance sheet and within the Titanium Venture is promising.

The assets that completed in the period include two assets located in Teningen and Bochum II that provide stable income and a third asset in Buxtehude which has substantial value-add potential.

·    The Teningen acquisition was an opportunity to acquire a high-yielding, stable asset at an attractive price in a good location with some vacancy that provides a mix of income and value-add potential.

·    The Bochum II acquisition provided the Company with a fully occupied and stabilised two-tenanted site directly adjacent to our existing Bochum I site which itself has already benefited from the acquisition by providing 1,396 sqm of space to the major tenant in Bochum II.

·    The Buxtehude acquisition is a fully vacant manufacturing plant with significant value-add potential and is located within close proximity to Hamburg where the Company already owns two assets.

The €64.6 million of assets notarised for completion in the second half also provide an attractive blend of income and opportunity.

·    The Alzenau asset, located near Frankfurt, is currently 94% occupied generating stable cash flow, much of which comes from the two long-term anchor tenants. The vacancy on this site exists within the office buildings, which fits well with the expertise within the Sirius operating platform.

·    The other asset is an office property located in Hallbergmoos near Munich Airport which has many tenants paying lower than market rents and 8,652 sqm of vacant space, providing excellent value-add opportunity that also fits in well with the Sirius strategy. 

Together these five assets provide a blended EPRA net initial yield of 5.3% and excellent value-add opportunity within the 43,567 sqm of vacant space, much of which will be upgraded through the Company's capex investment programmes.

The key details of these acquisitions can be seen within the table below:

Table 6: Acquisitions

 

Acquisitions

Total

 investment

 (incl.

 acquisition

costs)

€000

Total

 acquisition

 sqm

Acquisition

occupancy

Acquisition

vacant

sqm

Annualised

 acquisition

 rent roll

 €000

Acquisition

non-

recoverable

service

charge costs

€000

Acquisition

maintenance

 costs

€000

Annualised

 acquisition

NOI 

EPRA net

initial yield

Completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teningen

6,497

20,062

88%

 2,486

806

(244)

(20)

542

8.3%

Buxtehude

8,690

28,532

0%

28,532

-

(428)

(51)

(479)

(5.5)%

Bochum II

6,686

4,231

100%

 -

428

(55)

(4)

369

5.5%

Subtotal

21,873

52,825

41%

 31,018

1,234

(727)

(75)

432

2.0%

Notarised

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alzenau

44,458

59,925

94%

3,897

4,072

(552)

(65)

3,455

7.8%

Hallbergmoos

20,173

19,582

56%

8,652

957

(254)

(18)

686

3.4%

Subtotal

64,631

79,507

84%

12,549

5,029

(806)

(83)

4,141

6.4%

In exclusivity

57,774

115,340

96%

4,400

5,048

(469)

(100)

4,462

7.7%

Total

144,277

247,672

81%

47,967

11,311

(2.002)

(258)

9,035

6.3%

 

In addition to the acquisitions detailed above the Company notarised for sale a fully occupied 6,766 sqm office building located in Weilimdorf, near Stuttgart, for €10.1 million, representing a gross yield of 6.9%. The asset is 100% let to a well-known German sports car manufacturer and, at the time of notarisation, generated €690k of annualised net operating income on a weighted average lease expiry ("WALE") of four years. The transaction is expected to complete in April 2020 with proceeds of the sale expected to be reinvested in more opportunistic assets.

Capex investment programmes

The Group's capex investment programmes continue to be one of the key drivers of rental income and valuation growth. The original capex investment programme is substantially complete with an additional 4,089 sqm of space completed in the period and only 5,497 sqm of the 205,001 sqm still undergoing investment. To date a total investment of €24.4 million has been made on this space which now generates €12.3 million of annualised rent roll based on 79% occupancy. This represents a rental income return on investment of over 50% with the potential for this to increase by letting up the remaining 21% vacancy. This investment has also created significant improvements to service charge cost recovery as well as contributing significantly to valuation increases over the last few years.

More detail on the original capex investment programme is set out in the table below:

Table 7: Original capex investment programme

Original capex investment programme progress

Sqm

Investment

 budgeted

€m

Actual

spend

€m

Annualised

rent roll

increase

budgeted

€m

Annualised

rent roll

increase

achieved to

September

2019

€m

Occupancy

 budgeted

Occupancy

achieved to

September

2019

Rate

per sqm

budgeted

Rate

per sqm

achieved to

September

2019

Completed

199,504

25.5

23.9

11.1

12.2

81%

79%

5.69

6.43

In progress

3,608

0.8

0.5

0.2

0.1

85%

-

4.60

-

To commence in next financial year

1,889

0.8

-

0.1

-

86%

-

5.19

-

Total

205,001

27.1

24.4

11.4

12.3

81%

-

5.67

-

 

Whilst the original capex investment programme was based on all assets acquired prior to April 2016 the new acquisition capex investment programme applies to all assets acquired since April 2016. The programme now includes 23 sites and a total of 149,480 sqm of sub-optimal vacant space. The budgeted investment of €33.4 million on this space is expected to generate annualised rent roll of €10.4 million when let to 85% and, due to the extent of transformation and upgrading work within this programme, the impact on valuation is expected to be even greater than within the original capex investment programme. 

As at 30 September 2019 a total of 73,241 sqm of space had been fully converted with an investment of €12.4 million generating annualised rent roll of €4.1 million on occupancy of 62%. As such, there is 27,831 sqm of this space which remains vacant and is being marketed for letting. When budgeted occupancy and rental rate is achieved a further €1.5 million of annualised rental income as well as further increases in valuation are expected.

In addition to this, a total of 76,239 sqm of space within this capex investment programme is either in progress or awaiting approval to commence. A further €17.4 million is expected to be invested into this space, on top of the €1.6 million already spent, and, based on achieving budgeted occupancy, incremental annualised rent roll in the region of €4.8 million is expected to be generated.

Further details on the new capex investment programme are set out in the table below:

Table 8: New acquisition capex investment programme

New capex

investment

programme

progress

Sqm

Investment

budgeted

€m

Actual

spend

€m

Annualised

rent roll *

increase

budgeted

€m

Annualised

rent roll

increase

achieved to

September

2019

€m

Occupancy

budgeted

Occupancy

achieved to

September

2019

Rate

per sqm

budgeted

Rate

per sqm

achieved to

September

2019

Completed

73,241

14.3

12.4

5.6

4.1

86%

62%

7.43

7.53

In progress

28,802

13.5

1.6

2.5

-

89%

-

8.25

-

To commence in next financial year

47,437

5.5

-

2.3

-

80%

-

4.99

-

Total

149,480

33.3

14.0

10.4

4.1

85%

-

6.86

-

 

Sirius continues to acquire assets with sub-optimal vacancy which facilitates the refuelling of these highly accretive programmes. In the six month period to 30 September 2019 a total of 27,519 sqm of space within sites acquired was identified as suitable for investment within this capex investment programme.

Smartspace

The Smartspace range of products continues to provide Sirius with the ability to create income and significant value from challenging space within the portfolio that other operators often regard as structural vacancy. The Smartspace products are designed with flexibility in mind as well as a fixed cost which has proven to be desirable in all market conditions. Rather than leaving the cheaply acquired sub-optimal space vacant like most other operators running a multi-tenant strategy, Sirius converts such space into high-quality Smartspace products which are typically let at much higher rents than the rest of the business park and, as such, they are highly accretive to value. As a result, Smartspace conversion has been a large focus of the capex investment programmes.

Following the sale of assets into the Titanium Venture the total amount of Smartspace in the Sirius-owned portfolio now stands at 77,294 sqm and generates €5.1 million of annualised rent roll which equates to 6.5% of the Company's total annualised rent roll. Like-for-like average rate increased by 3.2% to €7.73 and reflects the popularity of the product and the Company's ability to achieve positive rate movement organically.

While the average rate per sqm continues to increase it is particularly pleasing to report good progress within our five-star premium First Choice Business Centre ("FCBC") product where occupancy has increased to 62% from 49% at the beginning of the period. The first FCBC centre is located in an office asset in Wiesbaden and, following its success, a second location has now been added to the recently acquired Neuss property.

The table below shows our Smartspace products and how they contribute to the portfolio as a whole:

Table 9: Smartspace

Smartspace product type

Total

sqm

Occupied

sqm

Occupancy

%

Annualised

rent roll

(excl. service

charge)

% of total

Smartspace

annualised

rent roll

Rate per sqm (excl. service charge €

First Choice Office

2,677

1,649

62%

396,000

8%

20.00

SMSP Office

28,364

21,539

76%

2,217,000

43%

8.58

SMSP Workbox

5,866

5,332

91%

344,000

7%

5.38

SMSP Storage

33,388

23,959

72%

1,957,000

38%

6.81

SMSP subtotal

70,295

52,479

75%

4,914,000

96%

7.80

SMSP Flexilager

6,999

2,868

41%

222,000

4%

6.45

SMSP total

77,294

55,347

72%

5,136,000

100%

7.73

 

Financing and loan to value

While the Company remains committed to maintaining a net loan-to-value ratio ("net LTV") of 40% or below it continues to search for ways to improve the financing of its portfolio. This includes looking towards unsecured corporate level debt as well as optimising the debt that it already has in place. In October 2019 the Company agreed a €115.4 million increase to an existing facility with Berlin Hyp which will see the facility increase from €64.8 million to €180.2 million. As part of the agreement the Nabern asset, that was part of the security for the K-Bonds loan that was fully repaid in the period, will be added to the security pool of the loan which expires on 31 October 2023. Net of fees and the €24.6 million required to repay the K-Bonds loan on the Nabern asset, the facility will create around €90 million which can be invested into acquisitions, capex and new ventures. The facility has an all-in fixed interest rate of 0.9% and requires amortisation of 1.25% per annum. Following the expected drawdown of this facility the Group's net LTV is expected to remain below 40%. 

As part of the Titanium transaction two facilities were fully repaid, the K-Bonds facility mentioned above and a facility with Deutsche Genossenschafts-Hypothekenbank , and a partial repayment was made on the Berlin Hyp AG / Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG  facility. In addition, the Group drew down the remaining tranches of the PBB loan that was agreed in January 2019 amounting to €33.9 million, as well as €2.0 million relating to the SEB 2 capex facility.

Total debt at 30 September 2019 amounted to €339.6 million (31 March 2019: €386.1 million), resulting in a Group gross LTV of 31.9% (31 March 2019: 34.1%) while net LTV, which includes unrestricted cash balances, was 30.6% (31 March 2019: 32.4%). The movements in total debt during the period are summarised in the table below:

 

 

€000

Total debt as at 31 March 2019

386,096

Drawdown of Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG facility

33,886

Drawdown of SEB 2 capex facility

2,000

Full repayment of K-Bonds facility

(46,000)

Full repayment of Deutsche Genossenschafts-Hypothekenbank AG facility

(13,960)

Partial repayment of Berlin Hyp AG/Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG facility

(16,750)

Scheduled amortisation

(5,707)

Total debt as at 30 September 2019

339,565

 

As a result of the activity described above the weighted average interest rate at 30 September was 1.7% (31 March 2019: 2.0%) and, when the new Berlin Hyp AG facility is fully drawn, this is expected to reduce further to around 1.5%.

Dividend

The Board has considered the FFO pay-out ratio for the financial year ending 31 March 2020 in the context of recent asset recycling and in particular the loss of income while the proceeds from the Titanium Venture are re-invested. Accordingly, the Board has declared an interim dividend of 1.77c per share for the six month period ended 30 September 2019, representing a pay-out ratio of 67% of FFO, and an increase of 8.6% on the 1.63c dividend that represented 70% of FFO relating to the same period last year. Notwithstanding the impact of additional asset recycling, the Board remains committed to reverting to its stated pay-out ratio target of 65% in due course. 

The ex-dividend date will be 18 December 2019 for shareholders on the South African register and 19 December 2019 for shareholders on the UK register. The record date will be 20 December 2019 for shareholders on the South African and UK registers and the dividend will be paid on 17 January 2020 for shareholders on both registers. A detailed dividend announcement will be made in due course, including details of a scrip dividend alternative.

Principal risks and uncertainties

The key risks that affect the Group's medium-term performance and the factors that mitigate these risks have not materially changed from those set out in the Group's Annual Report and Accounts 2019. For further information on principal risks and uncertainties please see note 2(f) of the Interim Report.

Related Parties

On 31 July 2019 the Group completed the sale of 65% of its interest in five subsidiary entities. The Group`s remaining interest in those entities is considered an investment in associates. See note 26 of the Interim Report for further details. 

 

Board

During the period the Company welcomed Mark Cherry to the Board as independent Non-executive Director and as a member of the Remuneration Committee. Mark is a Chartered Surveyor and brings a wealth of real estate knowledge having previously held positions with Green Property plc and Teesland plc, and as head of asset management for Lloyds Banking Group.

Outlook

During the first half of the current financial year Sirius achieved a significant milestone in being included in the FTSE 250 index for the first time. Inclusion in the FTSE 250 is testament to the growth and quality of Sirius which has consistently delivered on its stated goal of providing shareholders with attractive risk adjusted returns. While inclusion in the FTSE 250 provides multiple benefits to shareholders the management team is focused on identifying ways in which the Company can take advantage of its new standing and remain committed to growing the business organically and through acquisitions.

While political uncertainty and economic headwinds continue to make headlines, Sirius' value-add business model continues to flourish due to the diversity that comes from intensive asset management and the Company's wide range of products. Occupier demand for both conventional and flexible space remains strong while investor appetite for exposure to the German light industrial market continues to drive yields down. Part of this is fuelled by the low rates of financing available which Sirius is strongly positioned to take advantage of. 

With significant vacancy in our value-add portfolio and a defensive portfolio gross yield of 7.4%, there remains considerable potential to increase rent roll and capital values. Following the completion of the acquisitions that were notarised in the period, the Company has in the region of €80.0 million of funding available for future acquisitions on its own balance sheet or within the Titanium Venture. As such, the Company is well positioned for a busy and progressive second half of the financial year and is trading in line with the Board's expectations.

 

Andrew Coombs

Chief Executive Officer

               

Alistair Marks

Chief Financial Officer

 

22 November 2019

 

 

 

Statement of Directors' responsibilities

 

Each of the Directors, whose names and functions appear below, confirm to the best of their knowledge that the condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting", as issued by the IASB, and the interim management report herein includes a fair review of the information required by the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules ("DTR"), namely:

•     DTR 4.2.7 (R): 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 consolidated interim financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

•     DTR 4.2.8 (R): any related party transactions that have taken place in the six month period ended 30 September 2019 that have materially affected, and any changes in the related party transactions described in the 2019 Annual Report that could materially affect, the financial position or performance of Sirius Real Estate Limited during the period.

The Directors of Sirius Real Estate Limited as at the date of this announcement are set out below:

•     Danny Kitchen, Chairman*

•     James Peggie, Senior Independent Director*

•     Andrew Coombs, Chief Executive Officer

•     Alistair Marks, Chief Financial Officer

•     Mark Cherry*^

•     Justin Atkinson*

•     Jill May*

*     Non-executive Directors.

^     Appointed 14 June 2019.

A list of the current Directors is maintained on the Sirius Real Estate Limited website: www.sirius-real-estate.com.

The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the Company's website. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial information differs from legislation in other jurisdictions.

By order of the Board

James Peggie

Non-Executive Director

22 November 2019

 

 

 

Independent review report to Sirius Real Estate Limited

 

Introduction

 

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the interim financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2019 which comprises the unaudited consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the unaudited consolidated statement of financial position, the unaudited consolidated statement of changes in equity, the Unaudited consolidated statement of cash flow and the related notes 1 to 27. We have read the other information contained in the interim financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with guidance contained in International Standard on Review Engagements 2410 (UK and Ireland) "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company, for our work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

 

Directors' Responsibilities

 

The interim financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the interim financial report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority, the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides, as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee and Financial Pronouncements as issued by the Financial Reporting Standards Council.

 

As disclosed in note 2(d), the annual financial statements are prepared in accordance with IFRS. The condensed set of financial statements included in this interim financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting".

 

Our Responsibility

 

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

 

Scope of Review

 

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

 

Conclusion

 

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the interim financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2019 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting", the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority, the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides, as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee and Financial Pronouncements as issued by the Financial Reporting Standards Council.

 

 

 

 

Ernst & Young LLP

London

22 November 2019

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 September 2019

 

 

Notes

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

 

Year ended

31 March 2019

€000

Revenue

4

72,190

67,759

140,063

Direct costs

5

(32,647)

(31,664)

(64,299)

Net operating income

 

39,543

36,095

75,764

Gain on revaluation of investment properties

12

58,178

56,161

99,887

Gain on disposal of properties

5

33

99

611

Gain on loss of control of subsidiaries

5

6,323

-

-

Administrative expenses

5

(10,024)

(9,571)

(20,931)

Share of profit of associates

15

343

-

-

Operating profit

 

94,396

82,784

155,331

Finance income

8

216

39

75

Finance expense

8

(13,862)

(4,536)

(9,199)

Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments

8

(1,067)

(67)

(1,495)

Net finance costs

 

(14,713)

(4,564)

(10,619)

Profit before tax

 

79,683

78,220

144,712

Taxation

9

(9,473)

(7,787)

(15,990)

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period net of tax

 

70,210

70,433

128,722

Profit and total comprehensive income attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Owners of the Company

 

70,216

70,409

128,657

Non-controlling interest

 

(6)

24

65

Total comprehensive income for the period net of tax

 

70,210

70,433

128,722

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

10

6.86c

7.04c

12.78c

Diluted earnings per share

10

6.78c

7.00c

12.72c

 

 

 

 

 

All operations of the Group have been classified as continuing.

 

 

 

 

 

Other earning figures

 

 

 

 

Basic EPRA earnings per share

10

2.44c

2.15c

4.47c

Diluted EPRA earnings per share

10

2.41c

2.14c

4.45c

Headline earnings per share

10

1.45c

2.14c

4.33c

Diluted headline earnings per share

10

1.43c

2.13c

4.31c

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of financial position

as at 30 September 2019

 

 

Notes

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

31 March

2019

€000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Investment properties

12

1,054,711

1,044,953

972,868

Plant and equipment

 

4,052

2,892

3,438

Goodwill

 

3,738

3,738

3,738

Right of use assets

14

21,138

-

-

Other non-current assets

16

17,577

1,750

1,813

Investment in associates

15

10,521

-

-

Deferred tax assets

9

-

402

-

Total non-current assets

 

1,111,737

1,053,735

981,857

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

17

18,126

20,419

10,828

Derivative financial instruments

 

57

853

250

Cash and cash equivalents

18

80,988

39,424

36,342

Total current assets

 

99,171

60,696

47,420

Assets held for sale

13

10,100

3,800

164,635

Total assets

 

1,221,008

1,118,231

1,193,912

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

19

(37,781)

(39,600)

(40,755)

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

20

(8,327)

(7,998)

(7,408)

Lease liabilities

14

(5,554)

-

-

Current tax liabilities

 

(796)

(3,197)

(579)

Derivative financial instruments

 

(615)

(7)

(346)

Total current liabilities

 

(53,073)

(50,802)

(49,088)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

20

(326,984)

(354,143)

(324,053)

Lease liabilities

14

(15,694)

-

-

Derivative financial instruments

 

(1,410)

(320)

(806)

Deferred tax liabilities

9

(39,458)

(33,571)

(30,878)

Total non-current liabilities

 

(383,546)

(388,034)

(355,737)

Liabilities directly associated with assets held for sale

 

-

-

(63,042)

Total liabilities

 

(436,619)

(438,836)

(467,867)

Net assets

 

784,389

679,395

726,045

Equity

 

 

 

 

Issued share capital

22

-

-

-

Other distributable reserve

23

480,253

502,649

491,010

Own shares held

23

(1,109)

-

-

Retained earnings

 

305,014

176,550

234,798

Total equity attributable to the owners of the Company

 

784,158

679,199

725,808

Non-controlling interest

 

231

196

237

Total equity

 

784,389

679,395

726,045

 

The financial statements on pages 11 to 30 were approved by the Board of Directors on 22 November 2019 and were signed on its behalf by:

James Peggie

Non-Executive Director
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 September 2019

 

 

Notes

Issued

share

capital

€000

Other

distributable

reserve

€000

Own shares held

€000

Retained

earnings

€000

Total equity

attributable

to the equity

holders of

the Company

€000

Non-

controlling

interest

€000

Total

equity

€000

As at 31 March 2018

 

-

519,320

-

106,141

625,461

172

625,633

Shares issued

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Transaction costs relating to share issues

 

-

(30)

-

-

(30)

-

(30)

Share-based payment transactions

7

-

(3,062)

-

-

(3,062)

-

(3,062)

Dividends paid

 

-

(13,579)

-

-

(13,579)

-

(13,579)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

-

70,409

70,409

24

70,433

As at 30 September 2018 (unaudited)

 

-

502,649

-

176,550

679,199

196

679,395

Share-based payment transactions

 

-

(1,454)

-

-

(1,454)

-

(1,454)

Dividends paid

 

-

(10,185)

-

-

(10,185)

-

(10,185)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

-

58,248

58,248

41

58,289

As at 31 March 2019

 

-

491,010

-

234,798

725,808

237

726,045

Share-based payment transactions

7

-

746

-

-

746

-

746

Own shares consolidated

 

-

-

(1,284)

-

(1,284)

-

(1,284)

Own shares allocated

 

-

-

175

-

175

-

175

Dividends paid

24

-

(11,503)

-

-

(11,503)

-

(11,503)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

-

70,216

70,216

(6)

70,210

As at 30 September 2019 (unaudited)

 

-

480,253

(1,109)

305,014

784,158

231

784,389

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of cash flow

for the six months ended 30 September 2019

 

 

Notes

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

31 March 2019

€000

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year after tax

 

70,210

70,433

128,722

Taxation

9

9,473

7,787

15,990

Gain on disposal of properties

5

(33)

(99)

(611)

Gain on loss of control of subsidiaries

5

(6,323)

-

-

Share-based payments

7

746

-

232

Gain on revaluation of investment properties

12

(58,178)

(56,161)

(99,887)

Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments

8

1,067

67

1,495

Depreciation and impairment of property, plant and equipment

5

739

696

1,373

Depreciation and impairment of right of use assets

14

2,872

-

-

Share of profit of associates

15

(343)

-

-

Finance income

8

(216)

(39)

(75)

Finance expense

8

4,755

4,536

9,199

Exit fees/prepayment of financing penalties

8

9,107

-

-

Changes in working capital

 

 

 

 

Increase in trade and other receivables

 

(2,609)

(2,396)

(3,791)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 

553

(5,301)

2,260

Taxation paid

 

(929)

(168)

(1,806)

Cash flows from operating activities

 

30,891

19,355

53,101

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of investment properties

 

(22,252)

(31,109)

(67,078)

Prepayments relating to new property acquisitions

 

(2,297)

(9,568)

(410)

Proceeds from loss on control of subsidiaries (net of cash disposed)

 

10,823

-

-

Proceeds from sale of loans to associates

 

29,280

-

-

Capital expenditure

 

(11,870)

(11,789)

(26,130)

Purchase of plant and equipment

 

(1,353)

(462)

(1,690)

Proceeds on disposal of properties (including held for sale)

 

-

16,801

27,425

Interest received

 

32

39

75

Cash flows from/(used in) investing activities

 

2,363

(36,088)

(67,808)

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Issue of shares net of costs

 

-

(30)

(30)

Payment relating to exercise of share options

 

-

(3,062)

(4,748)

Dividends paid

 

(11,503)

(13,579)

(23,764)

Payment of principal portion of lease liabilities

 

(2,762)

 

 

Proceeds from loans

 

35,886

-

22,114

Repayment of loans

 

(9,708)

(3,980)

(9,062)

Exit fees/prepayment of financing penalties

 

(525)

-

-

Finance charges paid

 

(3,936)

(2,797)

(9,126)

Cash flows from/(used in) financing activities

 

7,452

(23,448)

(24,616)

Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

40,706

(40,181)

(39,323)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

 

40,282

79,605

79,605

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

18

80,988

39,424

40,282

 

 

 

Notes forming part of the financial statements

for the six months ended 30 September 2019

 

1. General information

Sirius Real Estate Limited (the "Company") is a company incorporated in Guernsey and resident in the United Kingdom, whose shares are publicly traded on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange ("LSE") (primary listing) and the Main Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange ("JSE").

The consolidated financial information of the Company comprises that of the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group") for the six month period to 30 September 2019.

The principal activity of the Group is the investment in, and development of, commercial and industrial property to provide conventional and flexible workspace in Germany.

2. Significant accounting policies

(a) Basis of preparation

The unaudited interim condensed set of consolidated financial statements has been prepared on a historical cost basis, except for investment properties, investment properties held for sale and derivative financial instruments, which have been measured at fair value. The unaudited interim condensed set of consolidated financial statements is presented in euros and all values are rounded to the nearest thousand (€000), except where otherwise indicated.

The financial information in these condensed consolidated half year financial statements do not comprise statutory accounts. These condensed consolidated half year financial statements have been reviewed, not audited, by the Group's auditor, Ernst & Young LLP which issued an unmodified review opinion. The financial information presented for the year ended 31 March 2019 is derived from the statutory accounts for that year. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 were approved by the Board on 31 May 2019. The report of the auditors on those accounts was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under Sections 263 (2) or (3) of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008.

As at 30 September 2019 the Group's consolidated interim financial statements reflect changes in the application of accounting policies as described in note 2(b).

(b) Changes in accounting policies

For the period beginning on 1 April 2019 the Group had to adopt IFRS 16 "Leases". IFRS 16 replaces existing leases guidance, including IAS 17 "Leases", IFRIC 4 "Determining Whether an Arrangement Contains a Lease", SIC-15 "Operating Leases - Incentives" and SIC-27 "Evaluating the Substance of Transactions Involving the Legal Form of a Lease". Lessor accounting under IFRS 16 is substantially unchanged from IAS 17. Lessors will continue to classify leases as either operating or finance leases using similar principles as in IAS 17. Therefore, IFRS 16 does not have an impact for leases where the Group is the lessor.

IFRS 16 introduces a single, on-balance sheet lease accounting model for lessees. A lessee recognises a right of use asset representing its right to use the underlying asset and a lease liability representing its obligation to make lease payments. The first-time application resulted in the recognition of right of use assets of €24,010,112 and lease liabilities of €24,010,112 using the incremental borrowing rate. The Group has used the modified retrospective approach. Comparative figures for prior periods have not been adjusted. The Group utilises the recognition exemptions provided by IFRS 16 and does not apply IFRS 16 to leases with a contractual term of twelve months or less and to leases in which the underlying asset is of low value (on a case-by-case basis). In accordance with IAS 12.15 and IAS 12.24 the Group applied the initial recognition exception on the Group`s lease liabilities and right of use assets. As a result, corresponding deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities have not been recorded. The treatment of deferred taxes in relation to IFRS 16 is currently under discussion by the IASB. The Group will reassess its policy when further guidance has been issued. Please refer to note 14 for more details.

Several other amendments and interpretations apply for the first time in the current period, but do not have an impact on the interim financial statements of the Group.

(c) Non-IFRS measures

The Directors have chosen to disclose EPRA earnings, which are widely used alternative metrics to their IFRS equivalents (further details on EPRA best practice recommendations can be found at www.epra.com). Note 10 to the interim financial statements includes a reconciliation of basic and diluted earnings to EPRA earnings.

The Directors are required, as part of the JSE Listing Requirements, to disclose headline earnings; accordingly, the headline earnings calculation is prepared using the Headline Earnings Circular issued by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, resulting in adjustments for the revaluation surplus net of tax and gain/loss on sale of properties/investment in subsidiaries net of related tax. Note 10 to the interim financial statements includes a reconciliation between IFRS and headline earnings.

The Directors have chosen to disclose adjusted earnings in order to provide an alternative indication of the Group's underlying business performance; accordingly, it excludes the effect of adjusting items net of related tax. Note 10 to the interim financial statements includes a reconciliation of adjusting items included within adjusted earnings, with those adjusting items stated within administrative expenses in note 5.

The Directors have chosen to disclose adjusted profit before tax and funds from operations in order to provide an alternative indication of the Group's underlying business performance and to facilitate the calculation of its dividend pool; a reconciliation between profit before tax and funds from operations is included within note 24 to the interim financial statements. Within adjusted profit before tax are adjusting items as described above gross of related tax.

Further details on non-IFRS measures can be found in the business analysis section of this document.

(d) Statement of compliance

The condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee, Financial Reporting Pronouncements as issued by the Financial Reporting Standards Council, the listing requirements of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, JSE Limited, and IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting". They do not include all of the information required for the full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Group as at and for the year ended 31 March 2019. The condensed interim financial statements have been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies set out in the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 except for the changes in accounting policies as shown in note 2(b). The financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") issued by the IASB.

(e) Going concern

Having reviewed the Group's current trading and cash flow forecasts, together with sensitivities and mitigating factors and the available facilities, the Board has a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least twelve months from the date these financial statements are approved. Accordingly, the Board continued to adopt the going concern basis in preparing these financial statements.

(f) Principal risks and uncertainties

The key risks that could affect the Group's medium-term performance and the factors which mitigate these risks have not materially changed from those set out on pages 37 to 42 of the Group's Annual Report and Accounts 2019 and have been assessed in line with the requirements of the 2016 UK Corporate Governance Code. The risks are reproduced below. The Board is satisfied that the Company continues to operate within its risk profile for the remaining six months of the financial year.

Principal risks summary

Risk category

Principal risk(s)

1. Financing

- Availability and pricing of debt

 

- Compliance with facility covenants

- Availability and pricing of equity capital

- Increased reputational risk

2. Valuation

- Property inherently difficult to value

 

- Susceptibility of property market to change in value

3. Market

- Reliance on Germany and the German economy

 

- Reliance on specific industries and the SME market

4. Acquisitive growth

- Decrease in number of acquisition opportunities coming to market

- Failure to acquire suitable properties with desired returns

5. Organic growth

- Failure to deliver capex investment programmes

 

- Failure to refuel capex investment programmes

- Failure to achieve targeted returns from investments

6. Customer

- Decline in demand for space

 

- Significant tenant move-outs or insolvencies

 

- Exposure to tenants' inability to meet rental and other lease commitments

7. Regulatory and tax

- Non-compliance with tax or regulatory obligations

- Potential changes to existing tax or regulatory frameworks 

8. People

- Inability to recruit and retain people with the appropriate skillset to deliver the Group strategy

9. Systems and data

- System failures and loss of data

 

- Security breaches

 

- Data protection

 

3. Operating segments

The Directors are of the opinion that the Group is engaged in a single segment of business, being property investment, and in one geographical area, Germany. All rental and other income is derived from operations in Germany. There is no one tenant that represents more than 10% of Group revenues. The chief operating decision maker is considered to be the Senior Management Team, which is provided with consolidated IFRS information on a monthly basis.

4. Revenue

 

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

 

Year ended

31 March

2019

€000

Rental and other income from investment properties

43,877

40,778

84,414

Service charge income from investment properties

22,562

21,665

44,216

Rental and other income from managed properties

3,429

3,410

6,218

Service charge income from managed properties

2,322

1,906

5,215

Total revenue

72,190

67,759

140,063

 

Other income relates primarily to income associated with conferencing and catering of €918,000 (30 September 2018: €811,000; 31 March 2019: €1,730,000) and fee income from managed properties of €268,000 (30 September 2018: €nil; 31 March 2019: €nil).

5. Operating profit

The following items have been charged in arriving at operating profit:

Direct costs

 

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

 31 March

2019

€000

Service charge costs

26,283

25,727

51,250

Costs relating to managed properties*

5,291

5,143

10,779

Non-recoverable maintenance

1,073

794

2,270

Direct costs

32,647

31,664

64,299

 

* Includes depreciation expense of €2,530,000 relating to right of use assets in accordance with IFRS 16 "Leases". See note 2 (b) for details.

Gain on disposal of properties

The gain on disposal of properties of €33,000 (30 September 2018: €99,000 gain) relates to the release of an accrual from disposal of the Bremen HAG site which completed in November 2018.

Gain on loss of control of subsidiaries

On 31 July 2019 the Company completed the Titanium Venture with AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets which included the sale of 65% of the Company's interest in five subsidiary companies holding business park assets located in Berlin, Nurnberg, Mainz and Bayreuth. As a result a gain on loss of control of subsidiaries amounting to €6,323,000 was recognised in the statement of comprehensive income for the six month period to 30 September 2019.

Total

€000

Total consideration

 

 

18,101

Recognition of investment in associates

 

 

10,177

Derecognition of net assets as of 31 July 2019

 

 

(21,955)

Total gain on loss of control of subsidiaries

 

 

6,323

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

31 March

2019

€000

Audit fee

185

185

389

Legal and professional fees

1,166

1,595

3,373

Other administration costs

391

381

1,881

LTIP and SIP

746

-

232

Employee costs

5,372

5,524

11,167

Director fees and expenses

180

267

447

Depreciation of plant and equipment

739

696

1,373

Depreciation of right of use assets (see note 14)

342

-

-

Marketing

813

853

1,860

Selling costs relating to assets held for sale

65

97

-

Exceptional items

25

(27)

209

Administrative expenses

10,024

9,571

20,931

 

Exceptional items relate to a legal claim accrual adjustment (30 September 2018: legal claim accrual adjustment).

6. Employee costs and numbers

 

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

31 March

2019

€000

Wages and salaries

7,504

6,647

13,986

Social security costs

1,280

1,240

2,543

Pension

103

115

234

Other employment costs

12

19

51

 

8,899

8,021

16,814

 

The costs for the period ended 30 September 2019 includes expenses of €746,000 (30 September 2018: €nil; 31 March 2019: €232,000) relating to the granting or award of shares under LTIPs and SIPs (see note 7). The costs for all periods include those relating to Executive Directors.

All employees are employed directly by one of the following Group subsidiary companies: Sirius Facilities GmbH, Sirius Facilities (UK) Limited, Curris Facilities & Utilities Management GmbH, SFG NOVA GmbH, Sirius Finance (Guernsey) Limited and Sirius Corporate Services B.V. The average number of people employed by the Group during the period was 241 (30 September 2018: 243; 31 March 2019: 241) expressed in full-time equivalents. In addition, the Board of Directors consists of five Non-executive Directors and two Executive Directors as at 30 September 2019.

7. Employee schemes

Equity-settled share-based payments

2018 LTIP

The LTIP for the benefit of the Executive Directors and the Senior Management Team was approved in 2018. Awards granted under the LTIP are made in the form of nil-cost options which vest after the three year performance period with vested awards being subject to a further holding period of two years. Awards are split between ordinary and outperformance awards. Ordinary awards carry both adjusted net asset value per share ("TNR") (two-thirds of award) and relative total shareholder return ("TSR") (one-third of award) performance conditions and outperformance awards carry a sole TNR performance condition.

 

June 2019 grant

3,760,000 ordinary share awards and 690,000 outperformance share awards were granted under the scheme on 16 June 2019 with a total charge for the awards of €2,277,000 over three years. Charges for the awards are based on fair values calculated at the grant date and expensed on a straight-line basis over the period that individuals are providing service to the Company in respect of the awards. For the 16 June 2019 LTIP grant an expense of €243,000 was recognised in the half year consolidated statement of comprehensive income to 30 September 2019.

 

The fair value per share for the TNR and TSR elements of the award was determined using Black-Scholes and Monte-Carlo models respectively with the following assumptions used in the calculation:

 

TNR

TSR

Valuation methodology

Black-Scholes

Monte-Carlo

Calculation for

2/3 ordinary award/

outperformance award

1/3 ordinary award

Share price at grant date - €

0.73

0.73

Exercise price - €

nil

nil

Expected volatility - %

23.8

23.8

Performance projection period - years

2.80

2.67

Expected dividend yield - %

4.56

4.56

Risk-free rate based on European treasury bonds rate of return - %

(0.695) p.a.

(0.695) p.a.

Expected outcome of performance conditions - %

100/24.5

46.6

Fair value per share - €

0.643

0.340

       

 

The weighted average fair value of a share granted under the ordinary award in the year is €0.54.

 

Assumptions considered in this model include: expected volatility of the Company's share price, as determined by calculating the historical volatility of the Company's share price over the period immediately prior to the date of grant and commensurate with the expected life of the awards; dividend yield based on the actual dividend yield as a percentage of the share price at the date of grant; performance projection period; risk-free rate; and correlation between comparators.

January 2019 grant

In addition, as disclosed in the 2019 Annual Report, 4,000,000 ordinary share awards and 700,000 outperformance share awards were previously granted under the scheme on 15 January 2019. The portion of the accounting charge recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income to 30 September 2019 is based on the following adjustments to the fair value of the awards linked to the TNR performance condition:

1)      the fair value was discounted at the rate of the dividend yield over the projection period in order to ensure consistent treatment for the awards linked to TSR and TNR performance condition; and

 

2)      the level of expected vesting of the TNR outperformance award has been adjusted in accordance with the Company's best estimate.

 

As a result, the adjusted total charge for the awards granted on 15 January 2019 is €2,111,000. For the half year period ending on 30 September 2019 the proportion of charge recognised in the statement of comprehensive income for the January 2019 LTIP award was €446,000.

2019 SIP

A share incentive plan ("SIP") for the benefit of senior employees of the Company was approved in August 2019. The fair value was based on the Company's estimate of the shares that will eventually vest. Under the SIP, the awards were granted in the form of whole shares at no cost to the participants. Shares will vest after a three year performance period followed by a holding period of twelve months. The performance conditions used to determine the vesting of the award were based on the adjusted net asset value including dividends paid. As a result, under the scheme in August 2019 a maximum of 2,690,000 shares were granted, subject to performance criteria, and an expense including related costs of €57,000 was recognised in the half year consolidated statement of comprehensive income to 30 September 2019.

Movements in the number of awards outstanding are as follows:

 

Unaudited

six months ended
30 September 2019

 

Year ended
31 March 2019

 

Number of

share awards

Weighted

average

exercise

price

 €000

 

Number of

share awards

Weighted

average

exercise

price

 €000

 

Balance outstanding as at the beginning of the period
(nil exercisable)

4,700,000

-

 

-

-

 

Maximum granted during the period

7,140,000

-

 

4,700,000

-

 

Forfeited during the period

-

-

 

-

-

 

Exercised during the period

-

-

 

-

-

 

Balance outstanding as at the end of the period

11,840,000

-

 

4,700,000

-

 

 

Employee benefit schemes

A reconciliation of share-based payments and employee benefit schemes and their impact on the consolidated statement of changes in equity is as follows:

 

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

31 March

2019

€000

Charge relating to 2018 LTIP - January 2019 grant

446

-

232

Charge relating to 2019 LTIP - June 2019 grant

243

-

-

Charge relating to SIP - August 2019 grant

57

-

-

Value of shares withheld to settle employee tax obligations

-

(3,062)

(4,748)

Share-based payment transactions as per consolidated
statement of changes in equity

746

(3,062)

(4,516)

 

8. Finance income, finance expense and change in fair value of derivative financial instruments

 

 

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

31 March

2019

€000

Finance income

216

39

75

Bank loan interest expense

(3,726)

(3,779)

(7,643)

Interest expense related to lease liabilities (see note 14)

(220)

-

-

Bank charges

(100)

(100)

(185)

Amortisation of capitalised finance costs

(709)

(657)

(1,371)

Refinancing costs, exit fees and early prepayment penalties

(9,107)

-

-

Finance expense

(13,862)

(4,536)

(9,199)

Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments

(1,067)

(67)

(1,495)

Net finance expense

(14,713)

(4,564)

(10,619)

 

Included within refinancing costs, exit fees and early prepayment penalties of €9,107,000 are costs amounting to €6,025,000 that directly relate to the repayment of loan facilities secured by assets included within the Titanium Venture with AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets that completed on 31 July 2019. The residual amount of €3,082,000 are costs relating to the repayment of loan facilities secured by assets not included within the Titanium Venture.

9. Taxation

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

31 March

2019

€000

Current income tax

 

 

 

Current income tax charge

(479)

(105)

(523)

Current income tax charge relating to disposals of investment properties

-

(170)

(170)

Accrual relating to tax treatment of swap break

-

(17)

151

Adjustment in respect of prior periods

-

-

501

Total current income tax

(479)

(292)

(41)

Deferred tax

 

 

 

Relating to origination and reversal of temporary differences

(8,994)

(7,086)

(15,138)

Relating to LTIP charge for the period

-

(409)

(811)

Total deferred tax

(8,994)

(7,495)

(15,949)

Income tax charge reported in the statement of comprehensive income

(9,473)

(7,787)

(15,990)

 

Deferred income tax liability

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Opening balance

(30,878)

(26,485)

(26,485)

Release due to disposals

414

150

261

Taxes on the revaluation of investment properties

(9,091)

(7,236)

(15,399)

Transferred to liabilities directly associated with assets held for sale

97

-

10,745

Balance as at period end

(39,458)

(33,571)

(30,878)

 

Deferred income tax asset

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Opening balance

-

811

811

Relating to LTIP charge for the period

-

(409)

(811)

Balance as at period end

-

402

-

 

The Group is mainly subject to taxation in Germany with the income from the Germany-located rental business with a tax rate of 15.825%. It has tax losses of €328,262,000 (31 March 2019: €333,078,000) that are available for offset against future profits of its subsidiaries in which the losses arose under the restrictions of the minimum taxation rule. Deferred tax assets have not been recognised in respect of the revaluation losses on investment properties, the valuation of the Company LTIP and interest rate swaps as they may not be used to offset taxable profits elsewhere in the Group as realisation is not assured.

10. Earnings per share

The calculation of the basic, diluted, EPRA, headline and adjusted earnings per share is based on the following data:

 

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

31 March

2019

€000

Earnings attributable to the owners of the Company

 

 

 

Basic earnings

70,216

70,409

128,657

Diluted earnings

70,216

70,409

128,657

EPRA earnings

24,921

21,496

44,995

Diluted EPRA earnings

24,921

21,496

44,995

Headline earnings

14,817

21,412

43,554

Diluted headline earnings

14,817

21,412

43,554

Adjusted

 

 

 

Basic earnings

70,216

70,409

128,657

Deduct revaluation gain

(58,178)

(56,161)

(99,887)

Deduct gain on sale of properties

(33)

(99)

(611)

Deduct gain on loss of control of subsidiaries

(6,323)

-

-

Tax in relation to the above

9,064

7,263

15,362

NCI relating to revaluation, net of related tax

29

-

32

NCI relating to gain on sale of properties, net of related tax

-

-

1

Deduct revaluation gain on investment property relating to associates

(22)

-

-

Tax in relation to the above

64

-

-

Headline earnings after tax

14,817

21,412

43,554

Add change in fair value of derivative financial instrument,
net of related tax and NCI

997

60

1,441

Add adjusting items, net of related tax and NCI*

9,943

496

1,101

Adjusted earnings after tax

25,757

21,968

46,096

Number of shares

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic, headline, adjusted and basic EPRA earnings per share

1,023,014,308

999,625,521

1,006,966,788

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of diluted earnings, diluted headline earnings, diluted adjusted earnings and diluted EPRA earnings per share

1,034,854,308

1,005,446,521

1,011,666,788

Basic earnings per share

6.86c

7.04c

12.78c

Diluted earnings per share

6.78c

7.00c

12.72c

Basic EPRA earnings per share

2.44c

2.15c

4.47c

Diluted EPRA earnings per share

2.41c

2.14c

4.45c

Headline earnings per share

1.45c

2.14c

4.33c

Diluted headline earnings per share

1.43c

2.13c

4.31c

Adjusted earnings per share

2.51c

2.20c

4.58c

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

2.48c

2.18c

4.56c

 

*     See reconciliation between adjusting items as stated within earnings per share and those stated within administrative expenses in note 5 below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

31 March

2019

€000

Exceptional items

5

25

(27)

209

Finance restructuring costs

8

9,107

-

-

Selling costs relating to assets held for sale

5

65

97

-

LTIP and SIP

6

746

-

232

Change in deferred tax assets

9

-

409

811

Accrual relating to tax treatment of swap break

9

-

17

(151)

Adjusting items as per note 10

 

9,943

496

1,101

 

The Directors have chosen to disclose adjusted earnings per share in order to provide an alternative indication of the Group's underlying business performance; accordingly, it excludes the effect of adjusting items net of related tax, gains/losses on sale of properties and investments in subsidiaries net of related tax, the revaluation deficits/surpluses on the investment properties net of related tax and derivative financial instruments net of related tax.

In addition, the Directors have chosen to disclose EPRA earnings in order to assist in comparisons with similar businesses. The reconciliation between basic and diluted earnings and EPRA earnings is as follows:

EPRA earnings

 

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

six months

ended

30 September

2018

€000

Year ended

31 March

2019

€000

Basic and diluted earnings attributable to owners of the Company

70,216

70,409

128,657

Gain on revaluation of investment properties

(58,178)

(56,161)

(99,887)

(Gain)/loss on disposal of properties (including tax)

(33)

72

(441)

Deduct gain on loss of control of subsidiaries

(6,323)

-

-

Refinancing costs, exit fees and early prepayment penalties

9,107

 

 

Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments

1,067

67

1,495

Deferred tax in respect of EPRA adjustments

8,994

7,086

15,138

NCI in respect of the above

29

24

33

Deduct revaluation gain on investment property relating to associates

(22)

-

-

Tax in relation to the above

64

-

-

EPRA earnings

24,921

21,496

44,995

 

For the calculation of basic, EPRA, headline, adjusted and diluted earnings per share the number of shares has been reduced by nil shares (30 September 2018: 574,892 shares; 31 March 2019: nil shares), which are held by the Company as Treasury Shares at 30 September 2019 and by 1,500,000 own shares held (30 September 2018: nil; 31 March 2019: nil), which are held by an Employee Benefit Trust on behalf of the Group.

The weighted average number of shares for the purpose of diluted, EPRA diluted, headline diluted and adjusted diluted earnings per share is calculated as follows:

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

Number of shares

Unaudited

30 September

2018

Number of shares

31 March

2019

Number of shares

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic,
basic EPRA, headline and adjusted earnings per share

1,023,014,308

999,625,521

1,006,966,788

Effect of grant of SIP shares

2,690,000

1,065,000

-

Effect of grant of LTIP shares

9,150,000

4,756,000

4,700,000

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose
of diluted, diluted EPRA, diluted headline and adjusted diluted earnings per share

1,034,854,308

1,005,446,521

1,011,666,788

 

The Company has chosen to report EPRA earnings per share ("EPRA EPS"). EPRA EPS is a definition of earnings as set out by the European Public Real Estate Association. EPRA earnings represents earnings after adjusting for property revaluation, changes in fair value of derivative financial instruments, profits and losses on disposals and deferred tax in respect of EPRA adjustments.

11. Net asset value per share

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Net asset value

 

 

 

Net asset value for the purpose of assets per share
(assets attributable to the equity holders of the Company)

784,158

679,199

725,808

Deferred tax arising on revaluation gain, derivative financial instruments

and LTIP valuation

39,458

33,169

41,623

Derivative financial instruments

1,968

(526)

902

Adjusted net asset value attributable to the owners of the Company

825,584

711,842

768,333

Number of shares

 

 

 

Number of ordinary shares for the purpose of net asset value per share

1,029,415,243

1,009,421,826

1,022,140,875

Number of ordinary shares for the purpose of EPRA net asset value
per share

1,041,255,243

1,015,242,826

1,026,840,875

Net assets per share

76.18c

67.29c

71.01c

Adjusted net asset value per share

80.20c

70.52c

75.17c

EPRA net asset value per share

79.29c

70.16c

74.82c

Net asset value at the end of the period (basic)

784,158

679,199

725,808

Derivative financial instruments at fair value

1,968

(526)

902

Deferred tax in respect of EPRA adjustments

39,458

33,571

41,623

EPRA net asset value

825,584

712,244

768,333

 

The number of ordinary shares for the purpose of EPRA net asset value per share is calculated as follows: 

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

Number of shares

Unaudited

30 September

2018

Number of shares

31 March

2019

Number of shares

Number of ordinary shares for the purpose of net asset value per share

1,029,415,243

1,009,421,826

1,022,140,875

Effect of grant of SIP shares

2,690,000

1,065,000

-

Effect of grant of LTIP shares

9,150,000

4,756,000

4,700,000

Number of ordinary shares for the purpose of EPRA net asset value per share

1,041,255,243

1,015,242,826

1,026,840,875

 

The number of shares has been reduced by 1,500,000 own shares held (March 2019: nil shares), which are held by an Employee Benefit Trust on behalf of the Group.

12. Investment properties

The movement in the book value of investment properties is as follows:

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Total investment properties at book value as at the beginning of the period*

972,868

913,843

913,843

Additions

22,252

65,694

101,663

Capital expenditure

11,513

13,055

27,127

Disposals

-

-

(10,032)

Reclassified as investment properties held for sale

(10,100)

(3,800)

(159,620)

Gain on revaluation

58,405

56,310

100,092

Adjustment in respect of lease incentives

(227)

(149)

(205)

Total investment properties at book value as at the end of the period*

1,054,711

1,044,953

972,868

 

*     Excluding assets held for sale.

The reconciliation of the valuation carried out by the external valuer to the carrying values shown in the statement of financial position is as follows:

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Investment properties at market value per valuer's report*

1,058,060

1,048,600

975,991

Adjustment in respect of lease incentives

(3,349)

(3,647)

(3,122)

Total investment properties at book value as at period end*

1,054,711

1,044,953

972,868

 

*     Excluding assets held for sale.

The fair value (market value) of the Group's investment properties at 30 September 2019 has been arrived at on the basis of a valuation carried out at that date by Cushman & Wakefield LLP (2018: Cushman & Wakefield LLP), an independent valuer accredited in terms of the RICS.

The value of each of the properties has been assessed in accordance with the RICS valuation standards on the basis of market value.

The weighted average lease expiry remaining across the whole portfolio at 30 September 2019 was 2.6 years (31 March 2019: 2.8 years).

As a result of the level of judgement and estimations used in arriving at the market valuations, the amounts that may ultimately be realised in respect of any given property may differ from the valuations shown in the statement of financial position.

The reconciliation of surplus on revaluation above capex as per the statement of comprehensive income is as follows:

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Gain on revaluation above capex and broker fees

58,405

56,310

100,092

Adjustment in respect of lease incentives

(227)

(149)

(205)

Gain on revaluation of investment properties reported in the statement

of comprehensive income

58,178

56,161

99,887

 

Included in the surplus on revaluation of investment properties reported in the statement of comprehensive income are gross gains of €62.0 million and gross losses of €3.8 million (31 March 2019: gross gains of €105.0 million and gross losses of €5.1 million).

Other than the capital commitments disclosed in note 25 the Group is under no contractual obligation to purchase, construct or develop any investment property. The Group is responsible for routine maintenance to the investment properties.

All investment properties are categorised as Level 3 fair values as they use significant unobservable inputs. There have not been any transfers between levels during the year. Investment properties have been classed according to their real estate sector. Information on these significant unobservable inputs per class of investment property is disclosed below:

As at 30 September 2019* 

Sector

Market value (€)

Technique

Significant assumption

Range

Traditional business park

653,580,000

Discounted cash flow

Current rental income

€0k-€6,491k

 

 

 

Market rental income

€424k-€6,710k

 

 

 

Gross initial yield

0.0%-11.8%

 

 

 

Discount factor

5.0%-8.1%

 

 

 

Void period (months)

12-24

 

 

 

Estimated capital value per sqm

€292-€1,212

Modern business park

232,550,000

Discounted cash flow

Current rental income

€467k-€3,343k

 

 

 

Market rental income

€479k-€3,689k

 

 

 

Gross initial yield

5.3%-8.5%

 

 

 

Discount factor

5.4%-6.3%

 

 

 

Void period (months)

12-24

 

 

 

Estimated capital value per sqm

€633-€1,613

Office

182,030,000

Discounted cash flow

Current rental income

€130k-€3,106k

 

 

 

Market rental income

€445k-€3,509k

 

 

 

Gross initial yield

2.6%-7.8%

 

 

 

Discount factor

5.8%-7.8%

 

 

 

Void period (months)

12-24

 

 

 

Estimated capital value per sqm

€587-€1,493

*Including assets held for sale.

As at 31 March 2019

Sector

Market value (€)

Technique

Significant assumption

Range

Traditional business park

593,620,000

Discounted cash flow

Current rental income

€315k-€6,197k

 

 

 

Market rental income

€424k-€6,094k

 

 

 

Gross initial yield

4.7%-10.0%

 

 

 

Discount factor

4.4%-8.0%

 

 

 

Void period (months)

12-24

 

 

 

Estimated capital value per sqm

€301-€1,141

Modern business park

217,790,000

Discounted cash flow

Current rental income

€463k-€3,169k

 

 

 

Market rental income

€478k-€3,574k

 

 

 

Gross initial yield

5.4%-8.3%

 

 

 

Discount factor

4.4%-7.3%

 

 

 

Void period (months)

12-24

 

 

 

Estimated capital value per sqm

€588-€1,568

Office

164,580,000

Discounted cash flow

Current rental income

€69k-€3,149k

 

 

 

Market rental income

€512k-€3,509k

 

 

 

Gross initial yield

0.8%-9.0%

 

 

 

Discount factor

5.0%-7.8%

 

 

 

Void period (months)

12-24

 

 

 

Estimated capital value per sqm

€581-€1,349

 

The valuation is performed on a lease-by-lease basis due to the mixed-use nature of the sites. This gives rise to large ranges in the inputs.

As a result of the level of judgement and estimates used in arriving at the market valuations, the amounts which may ultimately be realised in respect of any given property may differ from the valuations shown in the statement of financial position. For example, an increase in market rental values of 5% would lead to an increase in the fair value of the investment properties of €54,520,000 and a decrease in market rental values of 5% would lead to a decrease in the fair value of the investment properties of €54,360,000. Similarly, an increase in the discount rates of 0.25% would lead to a decrease in the fair value of the investment properties of €21,400,000 and a decrease in the discount rates of 0.25% would lead to an increase in the fair value of the investment properties of €22,250,000.

The highest and best use of properties do not differ from their current use.

13. Investment properties held for sale

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

(Unaudited)

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Weilimdorf

10,100

-

-

Bremen HAG

-

3,800

-

Balance as at period end

10,100

3,800

-

 

14. Right of use assets and lease liabilities

The effects on the opening balances as of the first-time recognition of operating leases in which the Group is lessee are shown below:

 

 

 

Unaudited

1 April 2019

€000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Right of use assets - parking space

 

 

142

Right of use assets - office and land

 

 

8,189

Right of use assets - buildings relating to managed properties

 

 

15,679

Total

 

 

24,010

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Lease liabilities

 

 

5,554

Non-current lease liabilities

 

 

 

Lease liabilities

 

 

18,456

Total

 

 

24,010

 

Set out below are the carrying amounts of right of use assets recognised and the movements during the period:

 

Parking space

€000

 

Office and land

€000

Buildings relating to managed properties

€000

Total

€000

As at 1 April 2019

142

8,189

15,679

24,010

Depreciation expense

(17)

(342)

(2,513)

(2,872)

As at 30 September 2019

125

7,847

13,166

21,138

 

Set out below are the carrying amounts of lease liabilities and the movements during the period:

Total

€000

As at 1 April 2019

 

 

24,010

Accretion of interest

 

 

220

Payments

 

 

(2,982)

As at 30 September 2019

 

 

21,248

 

Lease liabilities were discounted to 1 April 2019 using the incremental borrowing rate. The weighted average discount rate was 1.9%. The costs for the period ended 30 September 2019 includes interest expenses of €220,000 and depreciation of €2,872,000 in regard to lease liabilities and right of use assets respectively.

15. Investment in associates

On 31 July 2019 the Group completed the sale of 65% of its interest in five subsidiaries holding business park assets located in Berlin, Nurnberg, Mainz and Bayreuth. The principal activity of those five companies is the investment in, and development of, commercial property to provide conventional and flexible workspace. The Group's remaining interest in those companies is accounted for using the equity method in the consolidated financial statements. Due to the fact that the associates are individually immaterial the Group is disclosing aggregated information of the associates.

The following table illustrates the summarised financial information of the Group's investment in the five companies:

 

 

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Current assets

 

 

8,296

Non-current assets

 

 

167,966

Current liabilities

 

 

(6,733)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

(139,801)

Equity

 

 

29,728

Group's share in equity - 35%

 

 

10,405

Unrecognised share of losses

 

 

116

Group's carrying amount of the investment

 

 

10,521

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Net operating income

 

 

1,725

Gain on revaluation of investment properties

 

 

62

Administrative expense

 

 

(203)

Operating profit

 

 

1,584

Net finance costs

 

 

(751)

Profit before tax

 

 

833

Taxation

 

 

(182)

Total comprehensive income for the period after tax

 

 

651

Group's share of profit for the period - 35%

 

 

227

Unrecognised share of losses

 

 

116

Total Group's share of profit for the period

 

 

343

 

Included within the non-current liabilities are shareholder loans amounting to €45,046,000.

16. Other non-current assets

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Guarantees and deposits

1,811

1,750

1,813

Loans to associates

15,766

-

-

Balance as at period end

17,577

1,750

1,813

 

Loans to associates relate to shareholder loans granted to associates by the Group. The loans terminate on 31 December 2024, are fully subordinated and are charged at a fixed interest rate.

17. Trade and other receivables

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Trade receivables

2,939

1,822

4,747

Other receivables

10,827

7,305

4,678

Prepayments

4,360

11,292

1,403

Balance as at period end

18,126

20,419

10,828

 

Other receivables include lease incentives of €3,349,000 (31 March 2019: €3,122,000).

Prepayments include costs totalling €2,297,000 (31 March 2019: €410,000) relating to the acquisition of a new site that was notarised in July 2019 and is expected to complete in the second half of the financial year.

18. Cash and cash equivalents

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Cash at bank

43,331

24,932

15,954

Restricted cash

37,657

14,492

20,388

Balance as at period end

80,988

39,424

36,342

 

Cash at bank earns interest at floating rates based on daily bank deposit rates. The fair value of cash as at 30 September 2019 is €80,988,000 (31 March 2019: €36,342,000).

As at 30 September 2019, €37,657,000 (31 March 2019: €20,388,000) of cash is held in restricted accounts. €9,761,000 (31 March 2019: €9,227,000) relates to deposits received from tenants. An amount of €131,000 (31 March 2019: €131,000) is held in restricted accounts for office rent deposits. An amount of €678,000 (31 March 2019: €2,227,000) relates to amounts reserved for future bank loan interest and amortisation payments, pursuant to certain of the Group's banking facilities and an amount of €871,000 (31 March 2019: €1,520,000) relates to amounts reserved for future capital expenditure. €3,600,000 (31 March 2019: €6,300,000) relates to disposal proceeds retained as security and €22,616,000 (31 March 2019: €nil) relates to tranche 3 of the Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG loan facility which will be used to fund the Alzenau acquisition that is expected to complete in the second half of the financial year.

19. Trade and other payables

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Trade payables

3,470

5,489

4,903

Accrued expenses

16,819

15,011

15,510

Interest and amortisation payable

209

3,164

1,913

Tenant deposits

9,761

9,240

9,227

Unearned revenue

4,307

3,982

3,682

Other payables

3,215

2,714

5,520

Balance as at period end

37,781

39,600

40,755

 

Accrued expenses include costs totalling €7,292,000 (31 March 2019: €5,465,000) relating to service charge costs that have not been invoiced.

Unearned revenue includes service charge amounts. All unearned revenue of the prior period was recognised as revenue in the current period.

20. Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

 

Interest rate

%

Loan maturity date

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Current

 

 

 

 

 

Deutsche Genossenschafts-Hypothekenbank AG

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

1.59

31 March 2021

-

320

-

Bayerische Landesbank

 

 

 

 

 

- hedged floating rate facility

Hedged*

19 October 2020

507

508

508

SEB AG

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

1.84

1 September 2022

1,179

1,180

1,180

- hedged floating rate facility

Hedged**

30 October 2024

459

459

459

- capped floating rate facility

Capped ***

25 March 2025

760

760

760

Berlin Hyp AG/Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

1.66

27 April 2023

2,896

2,572

2,278

Berlin Hyp AG

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

1.48

29 October 2023

1,840

1,813

1,826

K-Bonds I

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

6.00

31 July 2020

-

1,000

460

Saarbrücken Sparkasse

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

1.53

28 February 2025

743

731

737

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

 

 

 

 

 

- hedged floating rate facility

Hedged****

31 December 2023

1,110

-

432

- fixed rate facility

1.20

31 December 2023

10

-

10

Capitalised finance charges on all loans

 

 

(1,177)

(1,345)

(1,242)

 

 

 

8,327

7,998

7,408

Non-current

 

 

 

 

 

Deutsche Genossenschafts-Hypothekenbank AG

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

1.59

31 March 2021

-

13,880

-

Bayerische Landesbank

 

 

 

 

 

- hedged floating rate facility

Hedged*

19 October 2020

22,844

23,352

23,098

SEB AG

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

1.84

1 September 2022

53,100

54,280

53,690

- hedged floating rate facility

Hedged**

30 October 2024

22,013

22,471

22,242

- fixed rate facility (capex)

1.88

30 October 2024

2,000

-

-

- capped floating rate facility

Capped***

25 March 2025

36,100

36,860

36,480

Berlin Hyp AG/Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

1.66

27 April 2023

60,571

80,263

69,149

Berlin Hyp AG

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

1.48

29 October 2023

62,948

64,787

63,871

K-Bonds I

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

4.00

31 July 2023

-

45,000

20,685

- fixed rate facility

6.00

31 July 2020

-

1,000

460

Saarbrücken Sparkasse

 

 

 

 

 

- fixed rate facility

1.53

28 February 2025

16,165

16,907

16,537

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

 

 

 

 

 

- hedged floating rate facility

Hedged****

31 December 2023

53,831

-

21,178

- fixed rate facility

1.20

31 December 2023

489

-

494

Capitalised finance charges on all loans

 

 

(3,077)

(4,657)

(3,831)

 

 

 

326,984

354,143

324,053

Total

 

 

335,311

362,141

331,461

 

 

The Group has pledged 42 (31 March 2019: 48) investment properties to secure several separate interest-bearing debt facilities granted to the Group. The 42 (31 March 2019: 48) properties had a combined valuation of €927,655,000 as at 30 September 2019 (31 March 2019: €1,080,819,000).

Deutsche Genossenschafts-Hypothekenbank AG

On 24 March 2016, the Group agreed to a facility agreement with Deutsche Genossenschafts-Hypothekenbank AG for €16.0 million. As at 31 March 2017 tranche 1 had been drawn down in full totalling €15.0 million. The loan terminates on 31 March 2021. Amortisation is 2% per annum with the remainder of the loan due in the fifth year. The facility is charged at a fixed interest rate of 1.59%. The facility is secured over one property asset and is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied. No changes have occurred during the six month period ended 30 September 2018.

On 1 August 2019 the Group repaid the facility in full following the disposal of asset acting as security for the loan into the Titanium Venture with AXA IM - Real Assets.

Bayerische Landesbank

On 20 October 2015, the Group agreed to a facility agreement with Bayerische Landesbank for €25.4 million. The loan terminates on 19 October 2020. Amortisation is 2% per annum with the remainder due in the fourth year. The full facility has been hedged at a rate of 1.66% until 19 October 2020 by way of an interest rate swap. The facility is secured over four property assets and is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied. No changes have occurred during the six month period ended 30 September 2019.

SEB AG

On 2 September 2015, the Group agreed to a facility agreement with SEB AG for €59.0 million to refinance the two existing Macquarie loan facilities. The loan terminates on 1 September 2022. Amortisation is 2% per annum with the remainder due in the seventh year. The loan facility is charged at a fixed interest rate of 1.84%. This facility is secured over eleven property assets that were previously financed through the Macquarie loan facilities. The facility is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied. No changes have occurred during the six month period ended 30 September 2019.

On 30 October 2017, the Group agreed to a second facility agreement with SEB AG for €22.9 million. Tranche 1, totalling €20.0 million, has been hedged at a rate of 2.58% until 30 October 2024 by way of an interest rate swap. Tranche 2, totalling €2.9 million, has been hedged at a rate of 2.56% until 30 October 2024 by way of an interest rate swap. The loan terminates on 30 October 2024. Amortisation is 2.0% per annum across the full facility with the remainder due in one instalment on the final maturity date. The facility is secured over three property assets and is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied. No changes have occurred during the six month period ended 30 September 2019. In addition, the Group agreed a capex facility for €7.0 million until 30 October 2024. The capex facility is not subject to amortisation and is charged at an interest rate of 1.88%. As at 30 September 2019 a total of €2.0 million had been drawn down. 

On 26 March 2018, the Group agreed to a third facility agreement with SEB AG for €38.0 million. The loan terminates on 25 March 2025. Amortisation is 2% per annum with the remainder due in one instalment on the final maturity date. The loan facility is charged with a floating rate of 1.58% over six month EURIBOR (not less than 0%) for the full term of the loan. In accordance with the requirements of the loan facility the Group hedged its exposure to floating interest rates by purchasing a cap in June 2018 which limits the Group's interest rate exposure on the facility to 2.33%. The facility is secured over six property assets and is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied. No changes have occurred during the six month period ended 30 September 2019. In addition, the Group agreed a capex facility for €8.0 million until 25 March 2025. The capex facility is not subject to amortisation and is charged at an interest rate of 1.58%. As at 30 September 2019 nothing had been drawn down. 

Berlin Hyp AG/Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

On 31 March 2014, the Group agreed to a facility agreement with Berlin Hyp AG and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG for €115.0 million. The loan terminates on 31 March 2019. Amortisation is 2% p.a. for the first two years, 2.5% for the third year and 3.0% thereafter, with the remainder due in the fifth year. Half of the facility (€55.2 million) is charged interest at 3% plus three months' EURIBOR and is capped at 4.5%, and the other half (€55.2 million) has been hedged at a rate of 4.265% until 31 March 2019. This facility is secured over nine property assets and is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied. On 28 April 2016, the Group agreed to refinance this facility which had an outstanding balance of €110.4 million at 31 March 2016. The new facility is split in two tranches totalling €137.0 million and terminates on 27 April 2023. Tranche 1, totalling €94.5 million, is charged at a fixed interest rate of 1.66% for the full term of the loan. Tranche 2, totalling €42.5 million, is charged with a floating rate of 1.57% over three month EURIBOR (not less than 0%) for the full term of the loan. Amortisation is set at 2.5% across the full facility with the remainder due in one instalment on the final maturity date. The facility is secured over eleven property assets and is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied.

On 30 June 2017, the Group repaid a total of €5.8 million following the disposal of the Düsseldorf asset. On 30 September 2017, the Group repaid tranche 2 of the loan in full amounting to €40.9 million following the disposal of the Munich Rupert Mayer Strasse asset. The facility is now secured over nine property assets.

On 1 August 2019 the Group repaid a total of €16.8 million including €10.1 million recorded within liabilities directly associated with assets held for sale as of 31 March 2019, following the disposal of two assets that acted as security for the loan into the Titanium Venture with AXA IM - Real Assets. The remaining facility is now secured over seven property assets.

Berlin Hyp AG

On 15 December 2014, the Group agreed to a facility agreement with Berlin Hyp AG for €36.0 million. The loan terminated on 31 December 2019. Amortisation is 2% per annum for the first two years, 2.4% for the third year and 2.8% thereafter, with the remainder due in the fifth year. The facility is charged at a fixed interest rate of 2.85%. This facility was secured over three property assets and was subject to various covenants with which the Group complied. On 28 April 2016, the Group agreed to add an additional tranche to this facility which had an outstanding balance of €35.1 million at 31 March 2016. The additional tranche of €4.5 million brings the total loan to €39.6 million. The maturity of the additional loan tranche is coterminous with the existing loan at 31 December 2019. Amortisation is 2.5% per annum, with the remainder due at maturity. The additional loan tranche is charged with a fixed interest rate of 1.32% for the full term of the loan. The original facility agreement was amended to include one previously unencumbered property asset located in Würselen. The terms of the original loan are unchanged and the loan continues to be subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied. No changes have occurred during the six month period ended 30 September 2019.

On 20 October 2016, the Group concluded an agreement with Berlin Hyp AG to refinance and extend this facility which had an outstanding balance of €39.2 million at 30 September 2016. The new facility totals €70.0 million and terminates on 29 October 2023. Amortisation is 2.5% per annum with the remainder due at maturity. The facility is charged with an all-in fixed interest rate of 1.48% for the full term of the loan. The facility is secured over six property assets which include the recent acquisitions in Dresden and Wiesbaden which were added to the security pool in order to increase the facility. The loan is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied. No changes have occurred during the six month period ended 30 September 2019.

K-Bonds

On 1 August 2013, the Group agreed to a facility agreement with K-Bonds for €52.0 million. The loan consists of a senior tranche of €45.0 million and a junior tranche of €7.0 million. The senior tranche has a fixed interest rate of 4% per annum and is due in one sum on 31 July 2023. The junior tranche has a fixed interest rate of 6% and terminates on 31 July 2020. The junior tranche is amortised at €1.0 million per annum over a seven year period. This facility is secured over four properties and is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied.

On 1 August 2019 the Group repaid the facility in full following the disposal of the assets that acted as security for the loan into the Titanium Venture with AXA IM - Real Assets.

Saarbrücken Sparkasse

On 28 March 2018, the Group agreed to a facility agreement with Saarbrücken Sparkasse for €18.0 million. The loan terminates on 28 February 2025. Amortisation is 4.0% per annum with the remainder due in one instalment on the final maturity date. The facility is charged with an all-in fixed interest rate of 1.53% for the full term of the loan. The facility is secured over one property asset that completed immediately after period end and is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied. No changes have occurred during the six month period ended 30 September 2019.

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

On 19 January 2019, the Group agreed to a facility agreement with Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG for €56.0 million. Tranche 1, totalling €21.6 million, has been hedged at a rate of 1.40% until 31 December 2023 by way of an interest rate swap. A first drawdown of tranche 3 totalling €0.5 million is charged at a fixed interest rate of 1.20%. On 3 April 2019 tranche 2 has been drawn down, totalling €14.8 million, and has been hedged at a rate of 1.25% until 31 December 2023 by way of an interest rate swap. On 28 June 2019 tranche 3 has been drawn down, totalling €19.1 million. Tranche 3 has been hedged at a rate of 0.91% until 31 December 2023 by way of an interest rate swap and is held on a restricted bank account pending the completion of the asset located in Alzenau which was notarised in the six month period to 30 September 2019. The loan terminates on 31 December 2023. Amortisation is 2% per annum with the remainder due in one instalment on the final maturity dates. The facility is currently secured over four property assets and is subject to various covenants with which the Group has complied.

21. Financial instruments

Fair values

Set out below is a comparison by category of carrying amounts and fair values of all of the Group's financial instruments that are carried in the financial statements:

 

Fair value hierarchy level

 

Unaudited

30 September 2019

 

Unaudited

30 September 2018

 

31 March 2019

 

 

 

Carrying

amount

€000

Fair

value

€000

 

Carrying

amount

€000

Fair

value

€000

 

Carrying

amount

€000

Fair

value

€000

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

1

 

80,988

80,988

 

39,424

39,424

 

36,342

36,342

Trade and other receivables

2

 

12,228

12,228

 

7,230

7,230

 

8,115

8,115

Loans to associates

2

 

15,766

15,766

 

-

-

 

-

-

Derivative financial instruments

2

 

57

57

 

853

853

 

250

250

Financial liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

2

 

16,446

16,446

 

17,443

17,443

 

19,241

19,241

Derivative financial instruments

2

 

2,025

2,025

 

327

327

 

1,152

1,152

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings*:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floating rate borrowings

2

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

504

504

Floating rate borrowings - hedged**

2

 

100,764

100,764

 

46,790 

46,790

 

67,917

67,917

Floating rate borrowings - capped**

2

 

36,860

36,860

 

37,620 

37,620

 

37,240

37,240

Fixed rate borrowings

2

 

201,941 

205,211

 

283,733 

288,343

 

230,873

232,515

 

*     Excludes loan issue costs.

**    The Group holds interest rate swap contracts designed to manage the interest rate and liquidity risks of expected cash flows of its borrowings with the variable rate facilities with Bayerische Landesbank, SEB and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG. Please refer to note 20 for details of swap and cap contracts.

22. Issued share capital

Authorised

Number

of shares

Share

capital

Ordinary shares of no par value

Unlimited

-

As at 30 September 2019

Unlimited

-

 

The number of ordinary shares of no par value as at 30 September 2018 and as at 31 March 2019 was unlimited.

Issued and fully paid

Number

of shares

Share

capital

As at 31 March 2018

991,329,614

-

Issued ordinary shares

18,092,212

-

Issued Treasury Shares

-

-

As at 30 September 2018

1,009,421,826

-

Issued ordinary shares

12,144,157

-

Issued Treasury Shares

574,892

-

As at 31 March 2019

1,022,140,875

-

Issued ordinary shares

8,774,368

-

Issued Treasury Shares

-

-

Shares issued to Employee Benefit Trust

(1,500,000)

-

As at 30 September 2019

1,029,415,243

-

 

Holders of the ordinary shares are entitled to receive dividends and other distributions and to attend and vote at any general meeting. Shares held in treasury are not entitled to receive dividends or to vote at general meetings.

Pursuant to a scrip offering on 3 June 2019, the Company issued 8,774,368 ordinary shares at an issue price of £0.6317 resulting in the Company's overall issued share capital being 1,030,915,243, of which 1,500,000 at a share price of €0.74 are held by an Employee Benefit Trust. The total number of ordinary shares with voting rights in the Company at this date was 1,030,915,243.

No shares were bought back in the period.

23. Other reserves

Other distributable reserve

The other distributable reserve was created for the payment of dividends, share-based payment transactions and the buyback of shares and is €480,253,000 in total at 30 September 2019 (31 March 2019: €491,010,000).

24. Dividends

On 3 June 2019, the Company announced a dividend of 1.73c per share, with a record date of 12 July 2019 for UK and South African shareholders and payable on 22 August 2019. On the record date, 1,022,140,875 shares were in issue with none held in treasury and 1,022,140,875 were entitled to participate in the dividend. Holders of 355,791,416 shares elected to receive the dividend in ordinary shares under the scrip dividend alternative, representing a dividend of €6,147,000, while holders of 666,349,459 shares opted for a cash dividend with a value of €11,528,000. The Company's Employee Benefit Trust waived its rights to the dividend, reducing the cash payable to €11,503,000. The total dividend was €17,650,000.

The Group's profit attributable to the equity holders of the Company for the six months to 30 September 2019 was €70.2 million (30 September 2018: €70.4 million). The Board has declared an interim dividend of 1.77c per share for the period ended 30 September 2019, representing 67% of FFO*. The dividend will be paid on 17 January 2020, with the ex-dividend dates being 18 December 2019 for shareholders on the South African register and 19 December 2019 for shareholders on the UK register. It is intended that dividends will continue to be paid on a semi-annual basis and offered to shareholders in cash or scrip form; the dividend paid per the statement of changes in equity is the value of the cash dividend.

*     Adjusted profit before tax adjusted for funds from operations from associates, depreciation, amortisation of financing fees, current tax receivable/incurred and tax relating to disposals.

The dividend per share was calculated as follows:

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€m

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€m

31 March

2019

€m

Reported profit before tax

79.7

78.2

144.7

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Gain on revaluation of investment properties

(58.2)

(56.2)

(99.9)

Gain of disposals of properties

-

(0.1)

(0.6)

Gain on loss of control of subsidiaries

(6.3)

-

-

Share of profit of an associate

(0.3)

-

-

Other adjusting items*

9.9

0.1

0.4

Change in fair value of financial derivatives

1.1

0.1

1.5

Adjusted profit before tax

25.8

22.1

46.1

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Funds from operation of investment in associates

0.3

-

-

Depreciation

0.7

0.7

1.4

Amortisation of financing fees

0.7

0.6

1.4

Current taxes incurred (see note 9)

(0.5)

(0.3)

-

Add back current tax relating to disposals and prior year adjustments

-

0.2

(0.5)

Funds from operations, year ended 31 March

n/a

n/a

48.4

Funds from operations, 6 months ended 30 September

27.1

23.3

23.3

Funds from operations, 6 months ended 31 March

n/a

n/a

25.1

Dividend pool, 6 months ended 30 September**

18.2

16.5

16.5

Dividend pool, 6 months ended 31 March

n/a

n/a

17.7

Dividend per share, 6 months ended 30 September

1.77c

1.63c

1.63c

Dividend per share, 6 months ended 31 March

n/a

n/a

1.73c

 

Calculations contained in this table are subject to rounding differences.

25. Capital and other commitments

As at 30 September 2019, the Group had contracted capital expenditure for development and enhancements on existing properties of €10,192,000 (31 March 2019: €8,041,000).

These commitments have not yet been provided for in the financial statements.

 

26. Related parties

Related parties are defined as those persons and companies that control the Group, or that are controlled, jointly managed, or subject to significant influence by the Group. On 31 July 2019 the Group completed the sale of 65% of its interest in five subsidiary entities. The Group's remaining interest in those entities is considered an investment in associates. As part of the transaction, receivables from associates amounting to €28,619,000 were settled by way of a non-cash transaction in lieu of repayment of loan facilities including related breakage costs.

The following balances and transactions with associates exist as at the reporting date:

Consolidated statement of financial position

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Loans to associates

15,766

Trade and other receivables

318

Total

16,084

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Goods and services supplied

268

Interest income

184

Total

452

 

Goods and services provided to related parties primarily relate to the provision of property and asset management services. 

27. Post balance sheet events

In October 2019, the Group agreed a €115.4 million increase in its existing facility with Berlin Hyp AG. This will increase the facility from €64.8 million as at 30 September 2019 to €180.2 million after the extension. As part of the extension agreement, the Company's Nabern asset, which was previously part of the K-Bonds facility, has been added to the security portfolio. The new Berlin Hyp AG facility is co-terminus with the existing facility and expires on 31 October 2023. The facility has an all-in fixed interest rate of 0.9% and requires amortisation payments of 1.25% per year.
 

Business analysis

 

Non-IFRS measures

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to the owners of the Company

70,216

70,433

128,657

Gain on revaluation of investment properties

(58,178)

(56,161)

(99,887)

(Gain)/loss on disposal of properties (net of related tax)

(33)

72

(441)

Gain on loss of control of subsidiaries (net of related tax)

(6,323)

-

-

Add finance restructuring costs

9,107

-

-

Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments

1,067

67

1,495

Deferred tax in respect of EPRA adjustments

8,994

7,086

15,138

NCI in respect of the above

29

24

33

Deduct revaluation surplus relating to investment in associates

(22)

-

-

Tax in relation to the above

64

-

-

EPRA earnings

24,921

21,496

44,995

Add change in deferred tax relating to derivative financial instruments

70

6

54

Add change in fair value of derivative financial instruments

(1,067)

(67)

(1,495)

Deduct finance restructuring costs

(9,107)

 

 

NCI in respect of the above

-

(24)

-

Headline earnings after tax

14,817

21,242

43,554

Add/(deduct) change in fair value of derivative financial instruments net of related tax

997

60

1,441

Add adjusting items[*], net of related tax

9,943

496

1,101

Adjusted earnings after tax

25,757

21,968

46,096

 

*     See note 10 of the Interim Report.

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

EPRA earnings

24,921

21,496

44,995

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

1,023,014,308

999,625,521

1,006,966,788

EPRA earnings per share (cents)

2.44

2.15

4.47

Headline earnings after tax

14,817

21,412

43,554

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

1,023,014,308

999,625,521

1,006,966,788

Headline earnings per share (cents)

1.45

2.14

4.33

Adjusted earnings after tax

25,757

21,968

46,096

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

1,023,014,308

999,625,521

1,006,966,788

Adjusted earnings per share (cents)

2.51

2.20

4.58

 

 

 

Annex 1 - non-IFRS measures

Basis of preparation

The Directors of Sirius Real Estate Limited ("Sirius") have chosen to disclose additional non-IFRS measures; these include EPRA earnings, adjusted net asset value, EPRA net asset value, adjusted profit before tax and funds from operations (collectively "Non-IFRS Financial Information").

The Directors have chosen to disclose:

-       EPRA earnings in order to assist in comparisons with similar businesses in the real estate sector. EPRA earnings is a definition of earnings as set out by the European Public Real Estate Association. EPRA earnings represents earnings after adjusting for property revaluation, changes in fair value of derivative financial instruments, finance restructuring costs, profits and losses on disposals (collectively the "EPRA earnings adjustments") and deferred tax in respect of these EPRA earnings adjustments. The reconciliation between basic and diluted earnings and EPRA earnings is detailed in table A below.

-       Adjusted net asset value in order to assist in comparisons with similar businesses.  Adjusted net asset value represents net asset value after adjusting for derivative financial instruments and deferred tax relating to valuation movements and derivatives. The reconciliation for adjusted net asset value is detailed in table B below.

-       EPRA net asset value in order to assist in comparisons with similar businesses in the real estate sector. EPRA net asset value is a definition of net asset value as set out by the European Public Real Estate Association. EPRA net asset value represents net asset value after adjusting for derivative financial instruments and deferred tax relating to valuation movements and derivatives (collectively the "EPRA net asset value adjustments"). The reconciliation for EPRA net asset value is detailed in table C below.

-       Adjusted profit before tax in order to provide an alternative indication of Sirius Real Estate Limited and its subsidiaries' (the "Group") underlying business performance. Accordingly, it excludes the effect of the surplus on revaluation, adjusting items, share of profit of investment in associates, gains/losses on sale of properties and interest in subsidiaries and change in fair value of financial derivatives. The reconciliation for adjusted profit before tax is detailed in table D below.

-       Funds from operations in order to assist in comparisons with similar businesses and to facilitate the Group's dividend policy which is derived from funds from operations. Accordingly, it excludes depreciation, amortisation of financing fees and current tax excluding prior year adjustments and tax on disposals. The reconciliation for funds from operations is detailed in table D below.

The Non-IFRS Financial Information has not been prepared using the accounting policies of Sirius and does not comply with IFRS. The Non-IFRS Financial Information is presented in accordance with the JSE Listing Requirements and the guide on pro forma financial information issued by SAICA. The Non-IFRS Financial Information has not been reviewed by the Company's auditor and is the responsibility of the Directors. The Non-IFRS Information has been presented for illustrative purposes and, due to its nature, may not fairly present the Group's financial position or, result of operations. 

The Non-IFRS Measures included in the Interim Report 2019 have not been reviewed nor reported on by the independent reporting accountants.

Table A - EPRA earnings

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Basic and diluted earnings attributable to owners of the Company¹

70,216

70,409

128,657

Gain on revaluation of investment properties ²

(58,178)

(56,161)

(99,887)

(Gain)/loss on disposal of properties (including tax)³

(33)

72

(441)

Gain on loss of control of subsidiaries (net of related tax)4

(6,323)

-

-

Add finance restructuring costs5

9,107

-

-

Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments6

1,067

67

1,495

Deferred tax in respect of EPRA earnings adjustments7

8,994

7,086

15,138

NCI in respect of the above8

29

24

33

Deduct revaluation surplus relating to investment in associates9

(22)

-

-

Tax in relation to the above10

64

-

-

EPRA earnings11

24,921

21,496

44,995

 

Notes:

1.     Row 1 presents the profit and total comprehensive income attributable to owners of the Company which has been extracted from the consolidated statement of comprehensive income within the consolidated financial statements.

2.     Row 2 presents the gain on revaluation of investment properties reported in the statement of comprehensive income which has been extracted from note 12 within the consolidated financial statements.

3.     Row 3 presents the gain or loss on disposal of properties (including tax) which has been extracted from note 5 of the consolidated financial statements.

4.     Row 4 presents the gain on loss on disposal of investment in subsidiaries (including tax) reported in the statement of comprehensive income which has been extracted from note 5 within the consolidated financial statements.

5.     Row 5 presents the finance restructuring costs which has been extracted from note 8 within the consolidated financial statements.

6.     Row 6 presents the change in fair value of derivative financial instruments which has been extracted from the consolidated statement of comprehensive income within the consolidated financial statements.

7.     Row 7 presents deferred tax relating to origination and reversal of temporary differences which has been extracted from note 9 of the consolidated financial statements.

8.     Row 8 presents the non-controlling interest relating to gain on revaluation and gain on sale of properties net of related tax which has been extracted from note 10 of the consolidated financial statements.

9.     Row 9 presents the gain on revaluation of investment properties relating to investment in associates.

10.  Row 10 presents deferred tax relating to origination and reversal of temporary differences relating to investment in associates.

11.  Row 11 presents the EPRA earnings for the year ended 30 September 2019.

 

Table B - Adjusted net asset value

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Net asset value

 

 

 

Net asset value for the purpose of assets per share
(assets attributable to the owners of the Company)¹

784,158

679,199

725,808

Deferred tax arising on revaluation gain, derivative financial instruments and LTIP valuation²

39,458

33,169

41,623

Derivative financial instruments³

1,968

(526)

902

Adjusted net asset value attributable to owners of the Company⁴

825,584

711,842

768,333

 

Notes:

1.     Row 1 presents net asset value for the purpose of assets per share (assets attributable to the owners of the Company) which has been extracted from the consolidated financial statements.

2.     Row 2 presents deferred tax expense arising on revaluation gains of €39,555,000 and a credit of €97,000 arising on derivative financial instruments which has been extracted from note 11 of the consolidated financial statements.

3.     Row 3 presents current derivative financial instrument assets of €57,000 less current derivative financial instrument liabilities of €615,000 less non-current derivative financial instrument liabilities of €1,410,000 as extracted from the consolidated statement of financial position from the consolidated financial statements. 

4.     Row 4 presents the adjusted net asset value as at 30 September 2019.

 

Table C - EPRA net asset value

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€000

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€000

31 March

2019

€000

Net asset value at the end of the year (basic)¹

784,158

679,199

725,808

Derivative financial instruments at fair value²

1,968

(526)

902

Deferred tax in respect of EPRA net asset value adjustments³

39,458

33,571

41,623

EPRA net asset value⁴

825,584

712,244

768,333

 

Notes:

1.     Row 1 presents net asset value extracted from note 11 of the consolidated financial statements.

2.     Row 2 presents current derivative financial instrument assets of €57,000 less current derivative financial instrument liabilities of €615,000 less non-current derivative financial instrument liabilities of €1,410,000 as extracted from the consolidated statement of financial position from the consolidated financial statements. 

3.     Row 3 presents deferred tax expense arising on revaluation gains of €39,555,000 and a credit of €97,000 arising on derivative financial instruments which has been extracted from note 11 of the consolidated financial statements.

4.     Row 4 presents the EPRA net asset value as at 30 September 2019.

 

Table D - Adjusted profit before tax and funds from operations

 

Unaudited

30 September

2019

€m

Unaudited

30 September

2018

€m

31 March

2019

€m

Reported profit before tax¹

79.7

78.2

144.7

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Gain on revaluation of investment properties²

(58.2)

(56.2)

(99.9)

Gain of disposals of properties³

-

(0.1)

(0.6)

Gain on loss of control of subsidiaries4

(6.3)

-

-

Share of profit of investment in associates5

(0.3)

-

-

Other adjusting items6

9.9

0.1

0.4

Change in fair value of financial derivatives7

1.1

0.1

1.5

Adjusted profit before tax8

25.8

22.1

46.1

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Funds from operations of investment in associates9

0.3

-

-

Depreciation10

0.7

0.7

1.4

Amortisation of financing fees11

0.7

0.6

1.4

Current taxes incurred (see note 9)12

(0.5)

(0.3)

-

Add back current tax relating to disposals and prior year adjustments13

-

0.2

(0.5)

Funds from operations14

27.1

23.3

48.4

 

Notes:

1.     Row 1 presents profit before tax which has been extracted from the consolidated financial statements.

2.     Row 2 presents the gain on revaluation of investment properties reported in the statement of comprehensive income which has been extracted from note 12 within the consolidated financial statements.

3.     Row 3 presents the gain or loss on disposal of properties which has been extracted from note 5 of the consolidated financial statements.

4.     Row 4 presents the gain on loss of control of subsidiaries (including tax) reported in the statement of comprehensive income which has been extracted from note 5 within the consolidated financial statements.

5.     Row 5 presents the share of profit of investment in associates which has been extracted from note 15 within the consolidated financial statements.

6.     Row 6 presents other adjusting items of €0.7 million relating to the LTIP and SIP expense, €9.1 million refinancing costs extracted from note 8 and €0.1 million selling costs relating to assets held for sale extracted from note 5.

7.     Row 7 presents the change in fair value of derivative financial instruments which has been extracted from the consolidated statement of comprehensive income within the consolidated financial statements.

8.     Row 8 presents the adjusted profit before tax for the period ended 30 September 2019, the period ended 30 September 2018 and the year ended 31 March 2019.

9.     Row 9 presents the share of funds from operations of investment in associates which is the total profit for the period of the associates adjusted for revaluation gains and the related tax, finance fees and depreciation.  

10.  Row 10 presents depreciation as extracted from note 5 of the consolidated financial statements.

11.  Row 11 presents amortisation of capitalised finance costs which has been extracted from note 8 of the consolidated financial statements.

12.  Row 12 presents the total current income tax which has been extracted from note 9 of the consolidated financial statements.

13.  Row 13 presents the add-back of current tax relating to disposals and prior year adjustments extracted from note 9 of the consolidated financial statements.

14.  Row 14 presents the funds from operations for the period ended 30 September 2019.

 

 

 

Glossary of terms

 

Adjusted earnings

is the earnings attributable to the owners of the Company excluding the effect of adjusting items including breakage costs net of related tax, gains/losses on sale of properties and interest in subsidiaries net of related tax, the revaluation deficits/surpluses on the investment properties net of related tax and derivative financial instruments net of related tax

Adjusted net asset value

is the assets attributable to the equity owners of the Company adjusted for deferred tax and derivative financial instruments

Adjusted profit before tax

is the reported profit before tax adjusted for property revaluation, changes in fair value of derivative financial instruments, gain on sale of interest in subsidiaries, share of profit from associates and other adjusting items including breakage costs

Annualised acquisition net operating income

is the income generated by a property less directly attributable costs at the date of acquisition expressed in annual terms. Please see "annualised rent roll" definition below for further explanatory information

Annualised acquisition rent roll

is the contracted rental income of a property at the date of acquisition expressed in annual terms. Please see "annualised rent roll" definition below for further explanatory information

Annualised rent roll

is the contracted rental income of a property at a specific reporting date expressed in annual terms. Unless stated otherwise the reporting date is 30 September 2019. Annualised rent roll should not be interpreted or used as a forecast or estimate. Annualised rent roll differs from rental income described in note 4 of the Annual Report and reported within revenue in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income for reasons including:

·      Annualised rent roll represents contracted rental income at a specific point in time expressed in annual terms

·      Rental income as reported within revenue represents rental income recognised in the period under review

·      Rental income as reported within revenue includes accounting adjustments including those relating to lease incentives

 

Capital value

is the market value of a property divided by the total sqm of a property

Cumulative total return

is the return calculated by combining the movement in investment property value net of capex with the total net operating income less bank interest over a specified period of time

EPRA earnings

is earnings after adjusting for property revaluation, changes in fair value of derivative financial instruments, finance restructuring costs, profits and losses on disposals and deferred tax in respect of these items

EPRA net asset value

is the net asset value after adjusting for derivative financial instruments and deferred tax relating to valuation movements and derivatives

EPRA net initial yield

is the annualised rent roll based on the cash rents passing at the balance sheet date, less non-recoverable property operating expenses, divided by the market value of the property, increased with (estimated) purchasers' costs

EPRA net yield

is the net operating income generated by a property expressed as a percentage of its value plus purchase costs

Funds from operations

is reported profit before tax adjusted for property revaluation, gain/loss on disposals, change in the fair value of derivative financial instruments, share of profit of investment in associates, adjusting items, funds from operation from associates, depreciation, amortisation of financing fees and current tax receivable/incurred

Geared IRR

is an estimate of the rate of return taking into consideration debt

Gross loan to value ratio

is the ratio of principal value of total debt to the aggregated value of investment property

Gross yield

is the annualised rent roll generated by a property expressed as a percentage of its value

Like for like

refers to the manner in which metrics are subject to adjustment in order to make them directly comparable. Like-for-like adjustments are made in relation to annualised rent roll, rate and occupancy and eliminate the effect of asset acquisitions and disposals that occur in the reporting period

Net loan to value ratio

is the ratio of principal value of total debt less cash, excluding that which is restricted, to the aggregate value of investment property

Net operating income

is the rental and other income from investment properties generated by a property less directly attributable costs

Net yield

is the net operating income generated by a property expressed as a percentage of its value

Occupancy

is the percentage of total lettable space occupied as at reporting date

Operating cash flow on investment (geared)

is an estimate of the rate of return based on operating cash flows and taking into consideration debt

Operating cash flow on investment (ungeared)

is an estimate of the rate of return based on operating cash flows

Rate

is rental income per sqm expressed on a monthly basis as at a specific reporting date

Total debt

is the aggregate amount of the Company's interest-bearing loans and borrowings

Total shareholder accounting return

is the return obtained by a shareholder calculated by combining both movements in adjusted NAV per share plus dividends paid

Total return

is the return for a set period of time combining valuation movement and income generated

Ungeared IRR

is an estimate of the rate of return

Weighted average cost of debt

is the weighted effective rate of interest of loan facilities expressed as a percentage

Weighted average debt expiry

is the weighted average time of repayment of loan facilities expressed in years

 

 

 

 

Corporate directory

 

SIRIUS REAL ESTATE LIMITED

(Incorporated in Guernsey)

Company Number: 46442

JSE Share Code: SRE

LSE (EUR) Share Code: ESRE

LSE (GBP) Share Code: SRE

ISIN Code: ISIN GG00B1W3VF54

 

Registered office

Trafalgar Court

2nd Floor

East Wing

Admiral Park

St Peter Port

Guernsey GY1 3EL

Channel Islands

Registered number

Incorporated in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, as amended, under number 46442

Company Secretary

N J A Tsappis*

Sirius Real Estate Limited

Trafalgar Court

2nd Floor

East Wing

Admiral Park

St Peter Port

Guernsey GY1 3EL

Channel Islands

UK solicitors

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

3 More London Riverside

London SE1 2AQ

Financial PR

Tavistock Communications Limited

1 Cornhill

London EC3V 3ND

JSE sponsor

PSG Capital Proprietary Limited

1st Floor, Ou Kollege

35 Kerk Street

Stellenbosch

7600

South Africa

Joint broker

Peel Hunt LLP

120 London Wall

London EC2Y 5ET

Joint broker

Berenberg

60 Threadneedle Street

London EC2R 8HP

Property valuer

Cushman & Wakefield LLP

Rathenauplatz 1

60313 Frankfurt am Main

Germany

 

*Appointment of Neil Tsappis as Company Secretary with effect on 23 October 2019 and resignation of Aoife Bennett as Company Secretary with effect on 31 October 2019.

 

 

Independent auditors

Ernst & Young LLP

1 More London Place

London SE1 2AF

United Kingdom

Guernsey solicitors

Carey Olsen

PO Box 98

7 New Street

St Peter Port

Guernsey GY1 4BZ

Channel Islands

 


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