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Half-year Report

Released 07:00 22-Nov-2019

RNS Number : 2905U
Stenprop Limited
22 November 2019
 

STENPROP

Interim Report 2019

Stenprop Limited^ presents its interim report for the six months ended 30 September 2019.

Stenprop is a UK REIT listed on the Specialist Fund Segment of the London Stock Exchange ('LSE') and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange ('JSE').

Stenprop at a Glance

On track to becoming the leading UK multi-let industrial ('MLI') business

Portfolio Highlights

30 September 2019

MLI
£291.6m
44.6% of total portfolio

MLI estates
68
over 4.3 million sq ft

Portfolio value
£654.5m

Total debt
£270.2m

Loan-to-value
41.3%
(38.2% loan-to-value including unrestricted cash)

Non-MLI
£362.9m
55.4% of total portfolio

Number of properties
89

Financial Highlights

30 September 2019

£1.39
Diluted IFRS NAV per share

4.59 pence
Diluted IFRS earnings per share

4.43 pence
Property-related diluted IFRS earnings per share (excl. management fee income of 0.16 pence)

£1.44
Diluted EPRA NAV per share

3.41 pence

Diluted adjusted EPRA earnings per share

3.25 pence
Property-related diluted adjusted EPRA earnings per share (excl. management fee income of 0.16 pence)

3.375 pence
Interim dividend per share declared

^Stenprop Limited ('Stenprop' or the 'Company' and together with its subsidiaries the 'Group')
Incorporated in Guernsey

Registration number: 64865

LSE share code: STP; JSE share code: STP;

ISIN: GG00BFWMR296

 

Highlights


Six months ended

30 September 2019

Six months ended

30 September 2018

Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

Dividend per share

3.375p

 3.375p

Diluted IFRS earnings per share

4.59p

4.63p

Diluted adjusted EPRA earnings per share1

3.41p

5.28p

Management fee income per share

0.16p

1.88p

Property-related diluted adjusted EPRA earnings per share (excl. management fee income)

3.25p

3.40p

 


As at

30 September 2019

As at

31 March

2019

Statement of Financial Position

 

 

Portfolio valuation (incl. JV)

£654.5m

£612.9m

Like-for-like2 portfolio valuation increase

+3.5%

+0.8%

MLI portfolio percentage

44.6%

42.7%

Diluted IFRS NAV per share

£1.39

£1.36

Diluted EPRA NAV per share3

£1.44

£1.41

Loan-to-value ratio4

41.3%

44.2%

Loan-to-value including unrestricted cash

38.2%

36%

 

1.   See note 5 for reconciliation to IFRS earnings per share (and for all future references in this report to IFRS/EPRA earnings). Diluted adjusted EPRA earnings per share includes company specific adjustments in the comparative period.

2.   Adjusted for sales and acquisitions in period.

3.   See note 6 for reconciliation to IFRS NAV per share (and for all future references in this report to IFRS/EPRA NAV).

4.   Loan-to-value (LTV) ratio means total borrowings to gross property valuation

Operational Highlights

•     Like-for-like growth in the total portfolio valuation was 3.5% for the six-month period, of which the MLI portfolio was 2.5%.

•     Completed 90 new lettings/lease renewals in the MLI portfolio for an average 4.36 years at an average rent which was 19.7% above the passing rent previously payable on those units.

•     52% of net rental Income was derived from the MLI portfolio compared to 32% in the same period last year.

•     Eight MLI estates acquired for an aggregate purchase price of £23.9 million.

•     Strategic decision taken to accelerate the sale of German assets to capitalise on strong valuations and an active German investment market.

•     Steady progress on developing our MLI operating platform.

Financial Highlights

•     Declaration of an interim dividend on 21 November 2019 of 3.375 pence per share for the six months ended 30 September 2019 (2018: 3.375 pence), covered by earnings and payable on 14 February 2020. A scrip alternative will be offered, which the directors intend to match through the buyback of shares in the market.

•     Diluted IFRS net asset value per share was £1.39 (31 March 2019: £1.36). Diluted EPRA net asset value per share of £1.44 (31 March 2019: £1.41).

•     Diluted IFRS EPS was 4.59 pence (2018: 4.63 pence). Diluted adjusted EPRA EPS of 3.41 pence (2018: 5.28 pence) for the period ended 30 September 2019. The variance in EPRA EPS was driven by a £5.0 million reduction in net management fee income as the Group has exited its management activities. The property-related diluted adjusted EPRA EPS was 3.25 pence (2018: 3.40 pence).

FX rates in period

Average foreign exchange rates in the period: £1.00:€1.1263; £1.00:CHF1.2517 (2018: £1.00:€1.1308; £1.00:CHF1.3111)

Period end foreign exchange rates: £1.00:€1.1265; £1.00:CHF1.2236 (31 March 2019: £1.00:€1.1617; £1.00:CHF1.2970)

'EPRA' means European Public Real Estate Association. 'EPS' means earnings per share. 'NAV' means net asset value.

 

Operating and financial review

Stenprop is pleased to report its consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 September 2019.

Transition plan update

Stenprop continues its transition into a focused UK MLI company, with the aim of becoming the UK's leading MLI business. Stenprop has set out its plan which involves transitioning the portfolio to at least 60% MLI and reducing overall leverage to a loan-to-value ratio of no more than 40% by March 2020, with the plan to transition to 100% MLI over a 12 to 24 month period thereafter.

No new acquisitions were made in the first quarter of the year. During the second quarter Stenprop acquired eight MLI estates for an aggregate price of £23.9 million. Ordinarily we would have liked to have acquired approximately £50 million of MLI estates in the period, with a further £50 million in the following six months, but were not willing to compromise our purchase criteria to achieve this. As a result we held more cash in the first quarter which resulted in a small cash drag on earnings compared to the cash having been invested in MLI assets.

As at 30 September 2019, MLI assets comprised 44.6% of Stenprop's total portfolio (up from 42.7% at 31 March 2019 and 27.0% at 30 September 2018) and overall loan to value was 41.3% (31 March 2019: 44.2%).

MLI portfolio performance

The MLI occupational market remains strong with demand outstripping supply. Over the six months to 30 September 2019 we completed the following:

−    55 new lettings and 35 lease renewals generating £1.9m of contractual income over 312,628 sq ft. The average rental uplift on the previous passing rent was 22% on new lettings and 17% on renewals. The average rental incentive given across all new lettings and renewals was 2.1 months on a 4.36 year average term.

−    The average rent of the MLI portfolio is £5.14/sq ft, reflecting a 1.6% increase on the passing rent of £5.06/sq ft as at 31 March 2019. The current passing rent is 7.8% below the average estimated rental value of the portfolio of £5.57/sq ft.

−    The vacancy rate stands at 6.1% (excluding the space currently under refurbishment at Coningsby Park, Peterborough), down from 6.2% as at 31 March 2019.

−    The most significant transactions completed were a letting of 27,000 sq ft at Compass Industrial Park in Liverpool on a five-year term with three months rent free and a letting of 21,000 sq ft at Eurolink 31 in Wakefield for a ten-year term with three months rent free.

As stated above, acquisitions over the period have been lower than projected due to a significant fall in investment volumes in the UK market. CBRE estimate that MLI transactions in the quarter ending September 2019 were down 42% year on year, with industrial portfolio transactions down 51% over the same period. Pricing remains steady as a result of the limited supply on the market, with none of the distress visible amongst sellers that has been seen in the UK retail and shopping centre markets. We remain disciplined in our investment criteria of only acquiring purpose-built MLI estates in densely populated areas which are accretive to returns. While we continue to see value where sellers are keen to dispose of assets, we do not foresee a significant change in investment market conditions this side of the General Election.

The eight MLI estates acquired in the period were purchased for an aggregate purchase price of £23.9 million, reflecting an average capital value of £75/sq ft. The eight estates comprise 317,923 sq ft with an average occupancy rate of 92% and 89 tenants and provide Stenprop with an additional £1.6 million of annual rental income, averaging £5.54/sq ft. We also acquired the freehold interest in a 3,000 sq ft unit on our existing Holbrook Enterprise Park in Sheffield, further consolidating our ownership of the estate.

Industrials Operating Platform

We continue to make steady progress in the development of our Industrials operating platform. The overarching aim is to build an MLI operating platform in the market which delivers scale efficiencies and the ability to offer multiple products and services to our customers, beyond simply space to rent. This will be achieved through a combination of cutting-edge technology, on-the-ground expertise, class leading customer service and efficient process management techniques. We believe Stenprop, with its internalised management platform and permanent capital structure, is uniquely placed to invest in such a platform to deliver significant medium to long-term value to investors.

Over the last six months we have made significant progress in several areas towards this goal:

1.   Website - We have made further enhancements to Industrials.co.uk, our customer-facing website. Prospective customers can now search online for available units, view high quality detailed information, photographs and plans on our properties, find helpful tips on leasing industrial premises and get in touch with us via email, phone or live chat. The website is currently generating over 150,000 page-views per annum for our vacant units. Combined with other digital marketing strategies and on-site advertising, this has resulted in over 200 direct leasing enquiries per month. These are enquiries that are in addition to those generated through the more traditional means by our letting agency partners.

2.   Enquiries - We have also set up a call centre function to manage all enquiries (from new prospects and from existing customers) either through email, online chat or telephone. In addition to handling c. 1,500 leasing enquiries per annum, our call centre function is also handling a further c. 2,500 management calls per annum from existing customers, ensuring that every caller quickly gets through to the right person to help them. This initiative is designed to both improve letting conversion rates and customer satisfaction, and we are closely monitoring the effect of this with surveys and analytics.

3.   Customer Service - We have recruited two Customer Engagement Managers (CEMs) to cover the North-West and Midlands regions. The CEM's role is to engage directly with our customers with a view to increasing customer satisfaction (and hence the propensity to renew at expiry), and also to conduct viewings with prospective leads which we are generating as well as new lease or lease renewal negotiations. Early successes have convinced us to continue the roll-out across the UK so that all of our properties across the country are covered by a local presence. We are currently recruiting two further CEMs in Scotland and the North-East, with a view to rolling out the position across the UK by early 2020.

4.   Smart lease - We have extensively rolled out our Smart Lease across all assets in England and Wales. This three-page lease, which is offered on small units in conjunction with simple, transparent pricing, has been used on 45% of the applicable lettings in England and Wales over the last three months. In addition to reducing the time taken to agree lease terms and move to completion, all Smart leases are completed in-house, significantly reducing recurrent legal expenditure and time spent in negotiations.

5.   PropTech - We continue to use technology to manage our letting process, and specifically to help us digitise leasing activity across all our agency partners around the UK. This is critical as it enables us to analyse trends and develop insight into what marketing methods and techniques will generate the highest quality and volume of leads in different regions, unit sizes and customer types. By developing deep expertise in these areas, we will be able to optimise our expenditure to deliver the most efficient leasing process for UK MLI.

6.   Operating system - We have embarked upon a significant upgrade to our underlying finance, operating and customer relationship management systems. Delivery is scheduled in several phases during 2020, with the system designed to provide the foundations and flexibility to deliver our serviced industrial concept across our platform. As part of the upgrade we have conducted an extensive and detailed review of all our work and processes, resulting in a new Target Operating Model for Stenprop which will be implemented and enforced by the new system.

Having laid the foundations the intention is to continue to develop and enhance the Industrials platform as we transition into a focused MLI operating company.

The non-MLI portfolio

Over the period we completed 13 lettings totalling 51,857 sq ft, which will provide total annual rent of £0.8 million. The average term on the new lettings was 6.4 years and the vacancy rate stands at 1.0%.

We also sold two small retail properties in the UK at Walsall and Hemel Hempstead for a combined sale price of £3.6 million and broadly in line with the combined valuation at 31 March 2019 of £3.7 million.

Strategic acceleration of sales

Up to now, Stenprop has endeavoured to match sales of non-MLI assets as closely as possible with purchases of MLI assets, with the intention of minimising the holding of uninvested cash and associated reduced returns. This strategy proved effective up to the end of March 2019, as there was a reasonably steady pipeline of suitable MLI purchase opportunities. Since then, the volume of transaction opportunities in the UK has significantly decreased as sellers choose to adopt a 'wait and see' approach to both buying and selling.

We have sold most of our UK non-MLI assets and are left primarily with our German assets to sell. Given that transactional volumes and valuations in Germany are strong, we believe it is a good time to be disposing of our remaining German assets. Consequently, the board of Stenprop has taken a strategic decision to accelerate the sale of all of its German assets and not to wait until the sale proceeds can be matched with suitable UK MLI purchases. This may mean that Stenprop could hold large cash balances while waiting for opportunities to acquire suitable MLI assets, which would result in a temporary period of reduced earnings as a result of holding uninvested cash. However, it will give Stenprop significant purchasing power to buy when suitable MLI opportunities arise.

In line with this strategy the Bleichenhof property in Hamburg is at an advanced stage in a sales process. Furthermore, it is intended to bring to market in January our three Berlin retail centres and our portfolio of five retail warehouses. The combined sterling valuation of all of these properties at 30 September 2019 was £229.6 million.

Following the sale of all of these properties, and in the unlikely event of no further MLI acquisitions before then, our portfolio will comprise approximately 55.2% MLI, 19.6% cash and 25.2% non-MLI property still to be sold.

Transition of shareholder base

Over the 15 months since Stenprop listed on the London Stock Exchange we have undertaken a large number of investor presentations to introduce Stenprop to UK-based fund managers. This has resulted in the purchase of approximately 45 million shares by those in the UK seeking to gain exposure to our transition into a focused MLI business. This demand from UK investors coincided with a high level of sales from holders on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and has resulted in the proportion of shares held on the JSE falling from 32.8% to 16.7% since June 2018. We understand that the selling on the JSE was motivated primarily by uncertainty over UK investment as a result of Brexit as well as particular investment issues impacting the general listed property sector in South Africa.

We believe that as we accelerate our progress towards becoming a 100% focused UK MLI business, we will appeal to a greater range of investors wishing to invest in the MLI asset class.

 

Financial Review

Earnings

For the six months to 30 September 2019, basic earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders were £13.2 million (2018:  £13.2 million). This equates to a diluted IFRS EPS of 4.59 pence (2018: 4.63 pence).

Net rental income was £15.8 million (2018: £16.0 million), of which £8.2 million, being 52% of the total, was derived from the growing MLI portfolio. MLI net rental income in the comparative period contributed £5.1 million representing 32% of net rental income.

Net management fee income totalled £0.4 million for the period (2018: £5.4 million). The prior period net fee income of £5.4 million included performance and management fees of £4.0 million relating to a managed property in Frankfurt which was sold in August 2018. As previously reported, Stenprop has withdrawn from its historic fund management activities and future management fee income will be insignificant.

Operating expenses were £4.6 million (2018: £5.3 million). The prior period included approximately £0.9 million of one-off costs associated with REIT conversion in May 2018 and listing on the LSE the following month.

In accordance with reporting standards widely adopted across the real estate industry in Europe, the directors feel it is appropriate and useful, in addition to providing the IFRS disclosed earnings, to also disclose EPRA1 earnings. Adjusted EPRA earnings attributable to shareholders were £9.8 million (2018: £15.1 million). The variance to the comparative period was driven by the £5.0 million reduction in non-recurring management fee income. The diluted adjusted EPRA EPS was 3.41 pence (2018: 5.28 pence).

The diluted adjusted EPRA EPS attributable to the property rental business amounted to 3.25 pence per share (2018: 3.40 pence), with the remaining amount of 0.16 pence per share being attributable to the net management fee income (£0.4 million shown on the condensed consolidated income statement, divided by the average number of shares in the period as per note 5).

Dividends

On 21 November 2019, the directors declared an interim dividend of 3.375 pence per share (2018: 3.375 pence per share). The directors intend to offer shareholders the option to receive all or part of their dividend entitlement by way of a scrip issue of Stenprop treasury shares or in cash. An announcement containing details of the dividend, the timetable and the scrip dividend terms is anticipated to be made on 19 December 2019. It is expected that shares will commence trading ex-dividend on 22 January 2020 on the JSE and on 23 January 2020 on the LSE. The record date for the dividend is expected to be 24 January 2020 and the dividend payment date 14 February 2020.

In respect of this dividend, given the Company's share price which stands at a discount relative to net asset value, the directors intend to match any scrip scheme take up through the buyback of shares to mitigate the dilutive effect that would otherwise occur from the issuance of Stenprop treasury shares.

As one of the conditions of being a UK REIT, Stenprop must distribute 90% of its aggregate UK property rental business profits as calculated for tax purposes arising in the accounting year by way of dividend within 12 months of the accounting year end. There is no requirement to distribute non-UK property rental business profits, profits from third party management fees or capital gains. Notwithstanding this, Stenprop intends to distribute at least 90% of its UK and non-UK property-related EPRA earnings. In respect of the interim dividend, Stenprop has taken the decision to distribute non-property-related earnings to maintain the half year dividend at 3.375 pence per share, of which 3.25 pence per share related to property related earnings. The dividend remains fully covered by earnings.

1    The European Public Real Estate Association ("EPRA") issued Best Practices Policy Recommendations in November 2016, which provide guidelines for performance measures relevant to real estate companies. Their recommended reporting standards are widely applied across this market, aiming to bring consistency and transparency to the sector. The EPRA earnings measure is intended to show the level of recurring earnings from core operational activities with the purpose of highlighting the Group's underlying operating results from its property rental business and an indication of the extent to which current dividend payments are supported by earnings. The measure excludes unrealised changes in the value of investment properties, gains or losses on the disposal of properties and other items that do not provide an accurate picture of the Group's underlying operational performance. The measure is considered to accurately capture the long-term strategy of the Group, and is an indication of the sustainability of dividend payments. See Note 5 for reconciliation to IFRS EPS.

Cash balances

At the start of the financial year, Stenprop held unrestricted cash of £50.5 million, of which approximately £35 million was available for MLI acquisitions. Investment market conditions and our strict purchase criteria resulted in £23.9 million of acquisitions completing towards the end of the period. Holding the cash surplus for longer than anticipated inevitably had an impact on earnings and the challenge of minimising this 'cash drag' remains a focus for management.

Net asset value

The IFRS basic and diluted net asset value per share at 30 September 2019 were £1.41 and £1.39 respectively (31 March 2019: £1.38 and £1.36 respectively).

With regard to the disclosure of EPRA earnings, the directors feel that it is appropriate and useful, in addition to IFRS NAV, to also disclose EPRA NAV2. The diluted EPRA NAV per share at 30 September 2019 was £1.44. This represented a 2.1% increase on the diluted EPRA NAV per share of £1.41 at 31 March 2019. This increase was largely driven by an increase in the like-for-like portfolio valuation and by weaker sterling exchange rates at the period end (£1.00:€1.1265) when compared with the rate at 31 March 2019 (£1.00:€1.1617).

Portfolio valuation

Including the Group's share of joint ventures, its investment properties were valued at £654.5 million at 30 September 2019 (31 March 2019: £612.9 million), of which £152.8 million were classified as assets held for sale (31 March 2019: £16.2 million). As at the period end, assets held for sale consisted of our Hamburg property, known as Bleichenhof, the remaining Swiss property in Lugano and the Davemount property at Grimsby. On a like-for-like basis, excluding the impact of additions and disposals in the period, the valuation of the portfolio since year end increased by 3.5%, of which 1.4% resulted from currency movements. The German and Swiss properties have been translated to GBP at exchange rates of £1.00:€1.1265 and £1.00:CHF1.2236 respectively. This compares with exchange rates of £1.00:€1.1617 and £1.00:CHF1.2970 at 31 March 2019.

Combined Portfolio

(including share of jointly controlled entities)

Market value

30 September

2019

(£ million)

Portfolio

by market

value

(%)

Properties

(number)

Area

(sq m)

Annualised

gross rental

income

(£ million)

Net initial

yield

(weighted

average)

(%)

Voids by

area

(%)

Investment properties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK multi-let industrial

291.6

44.6

68

401,403

21.2

6.4

8.6

UK non multi-let industrial

79.4

12.1

6

32,399

6.0

7.2

0.1

Germany

94.9

14.5

8

53,117

5.8

5.3

0.9

Sub-total 

465.9

71.2

82

486,919

33.0

6.3

7.2

Assets held for sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK non multi-let industrial

1.0

0.1

1

2,668

0.2

18.9

-

Switzerland

17.1

2.6

1

5,974

1.2

5.7

-

Germany

134.7

20.6

1

19,397

6.2

3.1

4.0

Sub-total Assets held for sale

152.8

23.3

3

28,039

7.6

3.5

2.8

Total - wholly owned

618.7

94.5

85

514,958

 40.6

5.6

 7.0

Share of joint ventures

35.8

5.5

4

19,330

2.5

5.9

-

Total

654.5

100.0

 89

534,288

 43.1

 5.6

6.7

 

1    The objective of the EPRA NAV measure is to highlight the fair value of net assets on an ongoing, long-term basis. EPRA NAV is used as a reporting measure to better reflect underlying net asset value attributable to shareholders. Assets and liabilities that are not expected to crystallise in normal circumstances such as the fair value of financial derivatives and deferred taxes on property valuation surpluses are therefore excluded. The EPRA measure thus takes into account the fair value of assets and liabilities as at the balance sheet date, other than fair value adjustments to financial instruments, deferred tax and goodwill. As the Group has adopted fair value accounting for investment property per IAS 40, adjustments to reflect the EPRA NAV include only those relating to the revaluation of financial instruments and deferred tax. See note 6 for reconciliation to IFRS NAV.

United Kingdom

The UK portfolio was independently valued at £372.0 million. On a like-for-like basis, after excluding the sales of the Walsall and Hemel Hempstead properties and the eight MLI estates acquired in the six-month period to 30 September 2019, the valuation of the UK portfolio increased by £6.7 million, or 2.0%, over the valuation at 31 March 2019. The MLI portfolio accounted for £6.5 million of this variance, of which £3.8 million related to Coningsby Park in Peterborough where the refurbishment is targeted for completion at the end of November. The non-MLI portfolio valuation remained broadly static with the valuation of the Trafalgar Court property in Guernsey unchanged at £57.8 million.

Germany

The German portfolio (excluding joint ventures) was independently valued at €258.6 million. There were no sales in the period, and this represented a like-for-like increase of 2.4% on the year-end valuation of €252.6 million. The increase of €6.0 million was driven by a €4.3 million uplift at Stenprop's Bleichenhof property in central Hamburg which is now valued at €151.7 million. If the sale were to conclude at this level, deferred tax of approximately €7.0 million would become payable. Elsewhere, a combined increase of €1.9 million was seen at our three Berlin retail centres.

Switzerland

The valuation of the final Swiss property, Lugano, was determined by the directors at 30 September 2019, and held at CHF21.0 million.

Joint ventures

The care homes portfolio in Germany was independently valued at €40.4 million, an increase of 2.5% on the31 March 2019 valuation of €39.4 million.

Debt

During the six-month period, no new debt was drawn and the two small UK disposals (Walsall and Hemel Hempstead) resulted in a reduction of associated debt of £4.7 million.

As previously mentioned, the Group is targeting to reduce its level of total borrowings to approximately 40% of its gross asset value by 31 March 2020. Thereafter, the directors will employ a level of borrowing that they consider to be prudent for the asset class, taking into account prevailing market conditions.

The value of the property portfolio as at 30 September 2019, including the Group's share of joint venture properties and assets held for sale, was £654.5 million. Senior bank debt at the same date was £270.2 million, resulting in an average loan-to-value ratio of 41.3% (31 March 2019: 44.2%). Cash reserves at 30 September 2019 totalled £24.9 million, including restricted cash of £4.9 million. When unrestricted cash is added to this measure lowering net debt, our overall LTV was 38.2%.

The rolling credit facility provided by Investec Bank Plc to bridge the potential funding gap between property acquisitions and sales was refinanced in September 2019. The new £30 million facility is for an 18-month period and matures in April 2021. The facility was not utilised in the six-month period and was undrawn as at 30 September 2019. There are no non utilisation fees payable on the facility.

The weighted average debt maturity stood at 2.5 years at 30 September 2019 compared with 3.0 years at 31 March 2019. Excluding the Swiss property at Lugano which is designated as held for sale, annual amortisation payments are £0.7 million (31 March 2019: £0.7 million) and the all-in contracted weighted average cost of debt was 2.43% at the period end, compared with 2.46% at 31 March 2019.

The Group mitigates interest rate risk through the use of derivative instruments such as interest rate swaps or interest rate caps in respect of at least 75% of its interest rate exposure. The Group utilises derivative instruments solely for the purposes of efficient portfolio management.

Net management fee income from assets managed for third parties

Stenprop has actively withdrawn from involvement in its historic fund management arm and, accordingly, management fees in the half year to 30 September 2019 totalled £0.4 million against £5.4 million in the prior period. Significant one-off performance and exit fees were earned in the prior period from the realisation of third party owned assets and as a result of crystallised returns exceeding performance hurdles. As previously reported, future fee income is expected to decline to insignificant levels.

Foreign exchange

At 30 September 2019, approximately 34.7% of Stenprop's net asset value and 32.3% of its net rental income are denominated in euros. Consequently the GBP:EUR exchange rate has a material impact on reported GBP earnings and net asset values. At the start of April 2019, the GBP:EUR rate was £1.00:€1.1617 and the euro strengthened over the six-month period by 3.0% to £1.00:€1.1265 as at 30 September 2019.

Stenprop matches the currency of borrowings to the underlying asset. Where the timing and amount of a liability has been determined, and where it will be met from the proceeds of a sale which is also known in terms of timing and amount, the currency risk is managed through hedging instruments.

Stenprop's diversification across the UK, Germany and Switzerland (until the final Swiss property is sold) continues to provide a natural spread of currencies and it remains our policy not to hedge this natural spread, thereby maintaining a multi-currency exposure.

Confirmation of Chief Financial Officer

On 20 November 2019 the Board confirmed the appointment of James Beaumont as Chief Financial Officer.

Subsequent events

On 14 October 2019, Stenprop acquired an industrial estate known as Western Campus in Glasgow for £4.6 million.

On 21 November 2019, the directors declared an interim dividend of 3.375 pence per share (2018: 3.375 pence per share). The directors intend to offer shareholders the option to receive all or part of their dividend entitlement by way of a scrip issue of Stenprop treasury shares or in cash. An announcement containing details of the dividend, the timetable and the scrip dividend terms is anticipated to be made on 19 December 2019. It is expected that shares will commence trading ex-dividend on 22 January 2020 on the JSE and on 23 January 2020 on the LSE. The record date for the dividend is expected to be 24 January 2020 and the dividend payment date 14 February 2020.

Prospects

Our conviction regarding the growth prospects of the UK MLI asset class grows stronger as we gain more exposure to the sector. The increasing occupational demand, coupled with the restricted supply, continues to produce significant rental growth each time we renew or re-let any MLI units. This is generally the case across the whole MLI portfolio. We see no signs of this slowing in the near future as new types of occupiers, which have never previously occupied MLI units, enabled by technology and communication advancements, compete with traditional occupiers for MLI space. Supply continues to be constrained as it is still uneconomic to build new MLI estates at current rental levels. This is borne out by the growth in values shown by the MLI portfolio driven by growth in rents rather than changes in yields.

We have also committed to building out a market leading, technology-enabled management platform for the MLI asset class. We believe this sector is ripe for a platform approach in the same way as student accommodation, self-storage, hotels and serviced offices have evolved technology-enabled operating and marketing platforms to generate margin efficiencies and the ability to offer a wider range of services and products to their tenant base.

In the period under review, Stenprop has delivered solid results and is progressing well with its goals to transition the portfolio to at least 60% MLI and to reduce its overall loan-to-value ratio to no more than 40% by March 2020.

We are committed to our accelerated sales strategy outlined in this report and focused on continuing our MLI acquisitions.

Stenprop's objective remains to deliver sustainable and growing income to its shareholders over the medium to long term and we remain confident that the MLI asset class will deliver this.

 

Statement of Directors' responsibilities

Statement of principal risks and uncertainties

Stenprop is a listed property investment company with a diversified portfolio of commercial property currently located in the United Kingdom, Germany and with one property in Switzerland. Its principal risks are therefore related to the commercial property market in general and its investment properties. Other risks faced by the Group include strategy and performance, financial, operational and regulatory risks.

The Audit and Risk Committee assists the Board with its responsibilities for managing risk. The principal risks currently facing the business are described in more detail under the heading 'Risk Management' within the Company's Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2019. The Group's principal risks and uncertainties have not changed materially since the date of the Annual Report.

Statement of going concern

Having reviewed the Group's current financial position and cash flow forecasts, the directors are satisfied that the Company and the Group have access to adequate resources to meet its obligations as they fall due for a period of at least twelve months from the date of these interim financial statements. Therefore, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

Statement of Directors' responsibilities in respect of the interim report

The directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

i.    the condensed set of consolidated financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting';

ii.   the Operating and Financial Review together with the Statement of Principal Risks and Uncertainties above include a fair review of the information required by the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules ('DTR') 4.2.7R, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year, a description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year, and their impact on the condensed set of consolidated interim financial statements; and

iii.  the Operating and Financial Review together with the condensed set of consolidated interim financial statements include a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Group during that period, and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last Annual Report that could do so.

The financial statements are published on the Company's website, www.stenprop.com. A list of the current directors of Stenprop can be found on the Company's website. Legislation in Guernsey governing the preparation and dissemination of the interim financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

Approved by the Board on 21 November 2019 and signed on its behalf:

Paul Arenson

Chief Executive Officer

James Beaumont

Chief Financial Officer

 

Independent review report to Stenprop Limited

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the interim report for the six months ended 30 September 2019 which comprises the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated statement of financial position, the condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity, the condensed consolidated cash flow statement and related notes 1 to 16. We have read the other information contained in the interim report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

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

Directors' responsibilities

The interim report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the interim report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and the Listings Requirements of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

As disclosed in note 1, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this interim report have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 'Interim Financial Reporting', as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.

Our responsibility

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

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Financial Reporting Council for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and 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 report for the six months ended 30 September 2019 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Deloitte LLP

St Peter Port

Guernsey

21 November 2019

 

JSE accredited independent auditor's review report on interim financial statements

to the shareholders of Stenprop Limited

We have reviewed the condensed consolidated financial statements of Stenprop Limited, contained in the accompanying interim report, which comprise the condensed consolidated statement of financial position as at 30 September 2019 and the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, changes in equity and cash flows for the six-months period then ended, and selected explanatory notes.

Directors' Responsibility for the Interim Financial Statements

The directors are responsible for the preparation and presentation of these interim financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standard (IAS) 34, Interim Financial Reporting, and the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides, as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee and for such internal control as the directors determine is necessary to enable the preparation of interim financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Auditor's Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on these interim financial statements. We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (ISRE) 2410, Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity. ISRE 2410 requires us to conclude whether anything has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim financial statements are not prepared in all material respects in accordance with the applicable financial reporting framework. This standard also requires us to comply with relevant ethical requirements.

A review of interim financial statements in accordance with ISRE 2410 is a limited assurance engagement. We perform procedures, primarily consisting of making inquiries of management and other within the entity, as appropriate, and applying analytical procedures, and evaluate the evidence obtained. The procedures performed in a review are substantially less than and differ in nature from those performed in an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion on these financial statements.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements of Stenprop Limited for the six months ended 30 September 2019 are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting, and the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee.

Deloitte & Touche

Registered Auditor

Deloitte Place

20 Woodlands Drive

Woodmead

Johannesburg

2052

Per: Leon Taljaard

Partner

21 November 2019

 

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 September 2019


Note

Reviewed

30 September

2019

£'000

Reviewed

30 September

2018

£'000

Continuing operations

 

 

 

Net rental income

3

15,806

16,012

 Revenue

 

21,065

21,092

 Property expenses

 

(5,259)

(5,080)

Net management fee income

2

 440

5,357

 Management fee income

 

440

9,052

 Adjustment to deferred consideration

 

 -

(3,695)

Operating costs

4

 (4,557)

(5,301)

Net operating income

 

11,689

16,068

Fair value gain on investment properties

 

4,804

4,031

Income from associates

 

 -

100

Income from joint ventures

 

1,320

960

Profit from operations

 

 17,813

21,159

Net (loss)/gain from fair value of derivative financial instruments

 

(953)

18

Interest receivable

 

223

164

Finance costs

 

(3,471)

(3,870)

Net foreign exchange loss

 

(68)

(93)

Loss on disposal of property

 

(119)

 -

Profit for the period before taxation

 

13,425

17,378

Current tax

 

125

(416)

Deferred tax

 

(560)

(2,124)

Profit for the period from continuing operations

 

12,990

14,838

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

Loss for the period from discontinued operations

10

(49)

(1,541)

Profit for the period

 

 12,941

13,297

Profit attributable to:

 

 

 

Equity holders

 

 13,157

13,209

Non-controlling interest derived from continuing operations

 

(216)

88

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation reserve

 

 4,860

3,402

Total comprehensive profit for the period

 

 17,801

16,699

Total comprehensive profit attributable to:

 

 

 

Equity holders

 

 18,017

16,611

Non-controlling interest

 

 (216)

88

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 



From continuing operations

 

Pence

Pence

IFRS EPS

5

4.67

5.22

Diluted IFRS EPS

5

4.61

5.17

From continuing and discontinued operations

 

 

 

IFRS EPS

5

4.65

4.68

Diluted IFRS EPS

5

4.59

4.63

 

Condensed consolidated statement of financial position

as at 30 September 2019


Note

Reviewed

30 September

2019

£'000

Audited

31 March

2019

£'000

ASSETS

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Investment properties

8

465,917

562,815

Investment in joint ventures

9

15,709

14,542

Other debtors

12

13,895

13,365

Right of use asset

 

573

 -

 

 

496,094

590,722

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

21,012

57,425

Trade and other receivables

12

7,138

6,699

Assets classified as held for sale

10

160,430

21,423

 

 

188,580

85,547

Total assets

 

684,674

676,269

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Bank loans

11

 47,235

29,805

Taxes payable

 

1,342

1,625

Derivative financial instruments

 

 128

176

Accounts payable and accruals

 

13,930

16,862

Lease obligations

 

274

-

Liabilities directly associated with assets classified as held for sale

10

93,955

9,326

 

 

156,864

57,794

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Bank loans

11

121,232

215,285

Derivative financial instruments

 

1,593

554

Lease obligations

 

425

 -

Deferred tax

 

3,153

10,416

 

 

126,403

226,255

Total liabilities

 

283,267

284,049

Net assets

 

401,407

392,220

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

Share capital and share premium

 

322,993

322,993

Equity reserve

 

(14,974)

(15,708)

Retained earnings

 

64,674

60,952

Foreign currency translation reserve

 

25,874

21,014

Total equity attributable to equity shareholders

 

398,567

389,251

Non-controlling interest

 

2,840

2,969

Total equity

 

401,407

392,220

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 September 2019


Share capital and share premium

£'000

Equity

reserve

£'000

Retained earnings

 £'000

Foreign currency translation reserve

 £'000

Attributable to equity shareholders £'000

Non-controlling interest

£'000

Total

equity £'000

Balance at 1 April 2019

322,993

(15,708)

60,952

21,014

389,251

2,969

392,220

Exercised share bonus plan

 -

 (220)

 -

 -

 (220)

 -

 (220)

Utilisation of treasury shares

 -

220

 -

 -

 220

 -

 220

Credit to equity for equity-settled share-based payments

 -

 630

 -

 -

 630

 -

 630

Repurchase of own shares

 -

(2,715)

 -

 -

(2,715)

 -

(2,715)

Total comprehensive profit for the period

 -

 -

13,157

 4,860

18,017

(129)

17,888

Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions

 -

 -

43

 -

 43

 -

43

Ordinary dividends

 -

 -

 (9,478)

 -

(9,478)

 -

(9,478)

Scrip dividends

 -

2,819

 -

 -

2,819

 -

2,819

Balance at 30 September 2019

322,993

(14,974)

64,674

25,874

398,567

2,840

401,407

 

 







Balance at 1 April 2018

315,551

(8,453)

57,947

22,286

387,331

2,939

390,270

Issue of share capital

2,987

 -

 -

 -

2,987

 -

2,987

Exercised share bonus plan

65

(65)

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

Credit to equity for equity-settled share-based payments

 -

421

 -

 -

421

 -

421

Repurchase of own shares

 -

(3,020)

 -

 -

(3,020)

 -

(3,020)

Total comprehensive profit for the period

 -

 -

13,209

3,402

16,611

52

16,663

Ordinary dividends

 -

 -

(11,281)

 -

(11,281)

 -

(11,281)

Balance at 30 September 2018

318,603

(11,117)

59,875

25,688

393,049

2,991

396,040

 

Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

for the six months ended 30 September 2019


Note

Reviewed

30 September

2019

£'000

Reviewed

30 September

2018

£'000

Operating activities

 

 

 

Profit from operations from continuing operations

 

17,813

21,159

Profit/(Loss) from operations from discontinued operations

 

32

(2,442)

 

 

17,845

18,717

Adjustment for depreciation and amortisation

 

114

 -

Share of profit from associates

 

 -

(100)

Increase in fair value of investment property

 

(4,883)

(3,170)

Dividends received from joint ventures

 

 -

1,068

Share of profit in joint ventures

 

(1,319)

(960)

Loss on disposal of subsidiaries

 

 -

2,207

Exchange rate losses

 

(68)

(92)

Increase in trade and other receivables

 

(656)

(1,361)

(Decrease)/Increase in trade and other payables

 

(1,231)

779

Interest paid

 

(2,988)

(3,644)

Interest received

 

870

576

Net tax paid

 

(509)

(709)

Net cash from operating activities

 

 7,175

13,311

Contributed by:     Continuing operations

 

6,891

15,592

                                 Discontinued operations

 

284

(2,281)

Investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of investment property

8

 (25,644)

(26,481)

Capital expenditure

8

 (5,389)

(5,091)

Proceeds on disposal of assets held for sale - investment property

 

3,531

51,015

Proceeds on disposal of joint venture

 

 -

22,726

Disposal of subsidiary

13

 -

9,875

Net cash disposed of in subsidiary

 

 -

(67)

Net cash (used in)/from investing activities

 

 (27,502)

51,977

Financing activities

 

 

 

New bank loans raised

 

 -

10,211

Dividends paid

 

(6,431)

(8,294)

Repayment of borrowings

 

 (4,740)

(29,205)

Principal elements of lease payments

 

(145)

 -

Repurchase of shares

 

(2,715)

(3,020)

Financing fees paid

 

(229)

(380)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 (14,260)

(30,688)

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(34,587)

34,600

Effect of foreign exchange gains

 

290

31

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

 

59,219

25,287

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

 

24,922

59,918

Contributed by:     Continuing operations

 

21,012

55,541

                                 Discontinued operations and assets held for sale

 

3,910

4,377

 

Funds totalling £4.9 million were restricted at 30 September 2019 (31 March 2019: £8.7 million).

 

Notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements

1. Basis of preparation

The annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ('IASB'). These reviewed condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 September 2019 have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting', the JSE Listings Requirements, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the UK's FCA and applicable Guernsey law.

These financial statements have been prepared by, and are the responsibility of, the directors of Stenprop.

The accounting policies and methods of computation are consistent with those applied in the preparation of the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 which were audited and reported on by the Group's external auditor, except for the new standards adopted during the period. The consolidated annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 are available on the Company's website: stenprop.com.

The consolidated financial statements are presented in GBP (Pounds Sterling).

Going concern

At the date of signing these condensed consolidated financial statements, the Group has positive operating cash flow forecasts and positive net assets. Management has reviewed the Group's cash flow forecasts for the 18 months to 31 March 2021 and, in light of this review and the current financial position, they are satisfied that the Company and the Group have access to adequate resources to meet the obligations and continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future, and specifically the 12 months subsequent to the signing of these financial statements.

The directors believe that it is therefore appropriate to prepare the accounts on a going concern basis.

Adoption of new and revised standards

In the current period, the following effective new and revised Standards and Interpretations have been adopted. Their adoption has not had a material impact on the disclosures or the amounts reported in these interim financial statements.

•     IFRS 16 Leases (effective 1 January 2019)

No other standards or interpretations not yet effective are expected to have a material impact on the financial statements of the Group.

Impact assessment of adopting new accounting standards

IFRS 16: Leases. This standard does not impact the Group's financial position as a lessor or the Group's rental income from its investment properties. The standard requires lessees to recognise a right-of-use asset and related lease liability representing the obligation to make lease payments. Having reviewed the Group's operating leases, the most significant is the lease of office space at 180 Great Portland Street, London. The Group's new right-of-use assets and corresponding lease liabilities recognised, leads to a £126,000 net liability on the statement of financial position with an immaterial impact on the statement of comprehensive income.

The lease terms of leasehold investment properties were reviewed and determined that the present value of future minimum lease payments of ground rent is de minimis.

Critical Accounting Judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

The preparation of condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise judgement in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies. Although the estimates are based on management's best knowledge of the amount, events or actions, actual results may ultimately differ from those estimates.

The key assumptions concerning the future, and other key sources of estimation uncertainty at the end of the reporting period that have a risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year, are discussed below.

Significant estimates

Investment properties

The Group's investment properties are stated at estimated fair value, determined by directors, based on an independent external appraisal. The valuation of the Group's property portfolio is inherently subjective due to a number of factors including the individual nature of each property, its location and the expectation of future rentals. As a result, the valuations placed on the property portfolio are subject to a degree of uncertainty and are made on the basis of assumptions that may not prove to be accurate particularly in years of volatility or low transaction flow in the market. The estimated market value may differ from the price at which the Group's assets could be sold at a particular time, since actual selling prices are negotiated between willing buyers and sellers. As a result, if the assumptions prove to be false, actual results of operations and realisation of net assets could differ from the estimates set forth in these financial statements, and the difference could be significant.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities

Tax liabilities are recognised when it is considered probable that there will be a future outflow of funds to a taxing authority. In such cases, provision is made for the amount that is expected to be settled, where this can be reasonably estimated. This requires the application of judgement as to the ultimate outcome, which can change over time depending on facts and circumstances. A change in estimate of the likelihood of a future outflow and/or in the expected amount to be settled would be recognised in income in the period in which the change occurs. Deferred tax assets are recognised only to the extent it is considered probable that those assets will be recoverable. This involves an assessment of when those assets are likely to reverse, and a judgement as to whether or not there will be sufficient taxable profits available to offset the assets when they do reverse. This requires assumptions regarding future profitability and is therefore inherently uncertain. To the extent assumptions regarding future profitability change, there can be an increase or decrease in the amounts recognised in respect of deferred tax assets as well as in the amounts recognised in income in the period in which the change occurs.

Significant judgements

Assets held for sale

The directors consider only three of the Group's properties (Lugano in the Swiss portfolio, Bleichenhof in the German portfolio and Grimsby in the non-MLI UK portfolio) to meet the criteria defined in IFRS 5: Assets held for sale and discontinued operations. In the case of the one remaining Swiss property at Lugano, the directors consider the exceptions permitted by IFRS 5:9 to apply in respect to the one-year requirement within which a sale should complete and Stenprop is committed to the disposal of the asset in line with its strategy to exit the Swiss market. Accordingly, Stenprop has disclosed the asset as held for sale. The fair value of these properties has been determined by the directors, based on an independent external appraisal.

2. Operating segments

The Group is focused on real estate investment in well-developed, large economies with established real estate markets. The investment portfolio is geographically diversified across the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland, with a further sub-division within the UK between multi-let industrial ('MLI') and non-MLI. Each segment derives its revenue from the rental of investment properties in the respective geographical regions.

Relevant financial information is set out below:

i) Information about reportable segments


Continuing operations

Discontinued operations

Total

£'000


UK MLI

£'000

UK non-MLI

£'000

Germany

£'000

Switzerland

£'000

Reviewed for the period
ended 30 September 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Net rental income

 8,179

 3,281

 4,309

 -

 15,769

Fair value movement of investment properties

 2,834

 210

 1,760

 -

 4,804

Net (loss)/gain from fair value of financial liabilities

 (983)

 57

 (27)

 -

 (953)

Income from joint ventures

 -

 -

 1,315

 -

 1,315

Net finance costs

(1,710)

 (777)

 (772)

 -

(3,259)

Operating costs

 (240)

 93

 (408)

 -

 (555)

Net foreign exchange loss

 -

 -

 (60)

 -

 (60)

Loss on disposal of investment properties

 -

 (102)

 (17)

 -

 (119)

Loss for the period from discontinued operations (see note 10)

 -

 -

 -

 (49)

 (49)

Taxation

 (9)

 58

 (598)

 -

 (549)

Total profit/(loss) per reportable segment

8,071

 2,820

 5,502

 (49)

 16,344

Reviewed 30 September 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Investment properties

 291,625

 79,415

 94,877

 -

 465,917

Investment in joint ventures

 -

-

 15,684

 -

 15,684

Cash

 10,129

 1,766

 1,848

 -

 13,743

Other

 5,535

2

 14,890

 -

 20,427

Assets classified as held for sale
(see note 10)

 -

 1,073

 137,994

 21,363

 160,430

Total assets

 307,289

 82,256

 265,293

 21,363

 676,201

Borrowings - bank loans

 97,512

 34,362

 36,593

 -

 168,467

Other

 11,212

 1,628

 5,114

 -

 17,954

Liabilities directly associated with assets classified as held for sale (see note 10)

-

 (5)

 84,195

 9,765

 93,955

Total liabilities

108,724

 35,985

 125,902

 9,765

 280,376

 


Continuing operations



Discontinued operations

Total

£'000


UK MLI

£'000

UK non-MLI

£'000

Germany

£'000

Switzerland

£'000


Reviewed for the period ended 30 September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Net rental income

5,095

5,173

5,744

 -

16,012

Fair value movement of investment properties

928

1,180

1,923

 -

4,031

Net (loss)/gain from fair value of financial liabilities

(44)

47

15

 -

18

Income from associates

 -

 -

100

 -

100

Income from joint ventures

 -

231

715

 -

946

Interest receivable

 -

1

163

 -

164

Finance costs

(1,318)

(1,488)

(1,064)

 -

(3,870)

Operating costs

(258)

(157)

(311)

 -

(726)

Net foreign exchange loss

 -

 -

(26)

 -

(26)

Loss for the period from discontinued operations (see note 10)

 -

 -

 -

(1,541)

(1,541)

Taxation

(147)

(98)

(2,431)

 -

(2,676)

Total profit/(loss) per reportable segment

4,256

4,889

4,828

(1,541)

12,432

Audited 31 March 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Investment properties

261,530

83,855

217,429

 -

562,814

Investment in joint ventures

 -

 -

14,485

 -

14,485

Cash

8,701

36,612

10,524

 -

55,837

Other

4,401

517

14,762

 -

19,680

Assets classified as held for sale (see note 10)

 -

 -

 -

21,423

21,423

Total assets

274,632

120,984

257,200

21,423

674,239

Borrowings - bank loans

97,601

38,910

108,579

 -

245,090

Other

9,417

3,711

14,813

 -

27,941

Liabilities directly associated with assets classified as held for sale (see note 10)

 -

 -

 -

9,326

9,326

Total liabilities

107,018

42,621

123,392

9,326

282,357

 

ii) Reconciliation of reportable segment profit or loss


30 September

2019

£'000

30 September

2018

£'000

Rental income

 

 

Net rental income for reported segments

15,769

16,012

Profit or loss

 

 

Fair value movement of investment properties

4,804

4,031

Net (loss)/gain from fair value of financial liabilities

(953)

18

Income from associates

 -

100

Income from joint ventures

1,315

946

Net finance costs

(3,259)

(3,706)

Operating costs

(555)

(726)

Net foreign exchange loss

(60)

(26)

Loss on disposal of investment properties

(119)

 -

Loss for the period from discontinued operations (see note 10)

(49)

(1,541)

Taxation

(549)

(2,676)

Total profit per reportable segments

16,344

12,432

Other profit or loss - unallocated amounts

 

 

Other income

38

 -

Net management fee income

440

5,357

Income from joint ventures

6

14

Net finance costs

11

 -

Tax, legal and professional fees

(400)

(1,217)

Audit fees

(142)

(134)

Administration fees

(79)

(58)

Non-executive directors' costs

(112)

(94)

Staff remuneration costs

(2,379)

(2,205)

Other operating costs

(892)

(866)

Net foreign exchange loss

(8)

(68)

Taxation

114

136

Consolidated profit before taxation

 12,941

13,297

Unallocated profit or loss amounts relate to management fee income and central costs incurred by the Group.

iii) Reconciliation of reportable segment financial position   


30 September

2019

£'000

31 March

2019

£'000

ASSETS

 

 

Investment properties

465,917

562,814

Investment in joint venture

15,684

14,485

Cash

13,743

55,837

Other

20,427

19,680

Assets classified as held for sale (see note 10)

160,430

21,423

Total assets per reportable segments

 676,201

674,239

Other assets - unallocated amounts

 

 

Investment in joint ventures

24

57

Right of use asset

573

 -

Cash

7,270

1,588

Other

606

385

Total assets per consolidated statement of financial position

 684,674

676,269

LIABILITIES

 

 

Borrowings - bank loans

168,467

245,090

Other

17,954

27,941

Liabilities directly associated with assets classified as held for sale (see note 10)

93,955

9,326

Total liabilities per reportable segments

 280,376

282,357

Other liabilities - unallocated amounts

 

 

Lease obligations

700

 -

Other

2,191

1,692

Total liabilities per consolidated statement of financial position

 283,267

284,049

 

3. Net rental income


30 September

2019

£'000

30 September

2018

£'000

Rental income

18,884

18,404

Other income - tenant recharges

2,444

3,783

Other income

224

191

Discontinued Operations Adjustment (note 10)

(487)

(1,286)

Total rental income

21,065

21,092

Direct property costs

(5,600)

(5,644)

Discontinued Operations Adjustment (note 10)

341

564

Total property expenses

 (5,259)

(5,080)

Net rental income

 15,806

16,012

 

4. Operating costs            


30 September

2019

£'000

30 September

2018

£'000

Tax, legal and professional fees

624

1,654

Audit fees

109

123

Interim review fees

 30

30

Administration fees

267

194

Investment advisory fees

161

172

Non-executive directors' costs

112

94

Staff remuneration costs

1,749

1,784

Share-based payments

 630

421

Other operating costs

989

925

Discontinued operations adjustment (note 10)

(114)

(96)

 

 4,557

5,301

 

Share-based payments of £630,000 (2018: £421,000) relate to the equity-settled incentive schemes operated by the Group. As at 30 September 2019 the Group's equity reserve held £2.2 million (31 March 2019: £1.8 million) in relation to the schemes after the exercise of options at fair value of £224,000 (2018: £65,000) during the period.

5. Earnings per ordinary share      


30 September

2019

£'000

30 September

2018

£'000

Reconciliation of profit for the period to adjusted EPRA1 earnings

 

 

Earnings per IFRS statement of comprehensive income attributable to shareholders

13,157

13,209

Adjustment to exclude loss from discontinued operations

 49

1,541

Earnings per IFRS statement of comprehensive income from continuing operations
attributable to shareholders

13,206

14,750

Earnings per IFRS statement of comprehensive income attributable to shareholders

 13,157

13,209

Adjustments to calculate EPRA earnings, exclude:

 

 

Changes in fair value of investment properties

 (4,799)

(3,170)

Changes in fair value of financial instruments and close-out costs

 1,001

(18)

Deferred tax in respect of EPRA adjustments

 759

624

Loss on disposal of properties

 119

1,163

Loss on disposal of subsidiaries

 -

2,207

Adjustments above in respect of joint ventures and associates

 

 

Changes in fair value

 (618)

41

Deferred tax in respect of EPRA adjustments

 144

72

EPRA earnings attributable to shareholders

 9,763

14,128

Further adjustments to arrive at adjusted EPRA earnings

 

 

Straight-line unwind of purchased swaps

 -

40

Cost associated with group listing and REIT conversion

 -

902

Adjusted EPRA earnings attributable to shareholders

9,763

15,070

Weighted average number of shares in issue (excluding treasury shares)

 282,798,778

282,430,456

Share-based payment award

 3,869,130

3,115,355

Diluted weighted average number of shares in issue

 286,667,908

285,545,811

 

 

 

Earnings per share from continuing operations

pence

pence

IFRS EPS

4.67

5.22

Diluted IFRS EPS

4.61

5.17

Earnings per share

pence

pence

IFRS EPS

4.65

4.68

Diluted IFRS EPS

4.59

4.63

EPRA EPS

3.45

5.00

Diluted EPRA EPS

3.41

4.95

Adjusted EPRA EPS

3.45

5.34

Diluted adjusted EPRA EPS

3.41

5.28

As at 30 September 2019, the Company held 15,830,040 treasury shares (2018: 11,662,469 and 31 March 2019: 16,028,050).

1    The European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) issued Best Practices Policy Recommendations in November 2016, which provide guidelines for performance measures relevant to real estate companies. Their recommended reporting standards are widely applied across this market, aiming to bring consistency and transparency to the sector. The EPRA earnings measure is intended to show the level of recurring earnings from core operational activities with the purpose of highlighting the Group's underlying operating results from its property rental business and an indication of the extent to which current dividend payments are supported by earnings. The measure excludes unrealised changes in the value of investment properties, gains or losses on the disposal of properties and other items that do not provide an accurate picture of the Group's underlying operational performance. The measure is considered to accurately capture the long-term strategy of the Group, and is an indication of the sustainability of dividend payments.

Straight-line unwind of purchased swaps

An adjustment was made to the EPRA earnings attributable to shareholders relating to the straight-line unwind of the value as at 1 April 2014 of the swap contracts in the property companies acquired. When the property companies were acquired by Stenprop with effect from 1 April 2014, it also acquired the bank loans and swap contracts which were in place within these property companies. As a result, Stenprop took over loans with higher swap interest rates than would have been the case had new loans and swaps been put in place at 1 April 2014. To compensate for this, the value of the swap break costs was calculated at 1 April 2014 and the purchase consideration for the property companies was reduced accordingly to reflect this liability.

Costs associated with Group Listing and REIT conversion

A further adjustment was made to the EPRA earnings attributable to shareholders relating to the costs associated with converting to REIT status and the listing on the Special Funds Segment of the London Stock Exchange. Both costs are specific to non-recurring activities and are not relevant to the underlying net income performance of the Group.

Reconciliation of profit for the period to headline earnings


30 September

2019

£'000

30 September

2018

£'000

Earnings per IFRS statement of comprehensive income from continuing operations attributable to shareholders

 13,157

13,209

Adjustments to calculate headline earnings exclude:

 

 

Changes in fair value of investment properties

 (4,799)

(3,170)

Deferred tax in respect of headline earnings adjustments

778

624

Loss on disposal of properties

 119

1,163

Loss on disposal of subsidiaries

-

2,207

Adjustments above in respect of joint ventures and associates:

 

 

Changes in fair value of investment properties

(884)

(107)

Deferred tax

182

71

Headline earnings attributable to shareholders

 8,553

13,997

Earnings per share

pence

pence

Headline EPS

3.02

4.96

Diluted headline EPS

2.98

4.90

 

6. Net asset value per ordinary share


30 September

2019

£'000

31 March

2019

£'000

Net assets attributable to equity shareholders

398,567

389,251

Adjustments to arrive at EPRA net asset value:

 

 

Derivative financial instruments

1,721

730

Deferred tax

10,856

10,416

Adjustments above in respect of joint ventures

2,088

1,649

EPRA net assets attributable to shareholders

413,232

402,046

Number of shares in issue (excluding treasury shares)

282,945,135

282,747,125

Share-based payment award

3,869,130

2,852,255

Diluted number of shares in issue

 286,814,265

285,599,380

Net asset value per share (basic and diluted)

£

£

IFRS net asset value per share

1.41

1.38

Diluted IFRS net asset value per share

1.39

1.36

EPRA net asset value per share

1.46

1.42

Diluted EPRA net asset value per share

1.44

1.41

 

As at 30 September 2019, the Company held 15,830,040 treasury shares (31 March 2019: 16,028,050). Refer to note 7.

7. Share capital

Authorised

1,000,000,000 ordinary shares with a par value of €0.000001258 each

Issued share capital

30 September

2019

(no. shares)

31 March

2019

(no. shares)

Opening balance

298,775,175

291,718,476

Issue of new shares

 -

7,056,699

Closing number of shares issued

298,775,175

298,775,175

 

 

 

Authorised share capital

£'000

£'000

Share capital

1

1

Share premium

 325,223

325,223

Less: Acquisition/transaction costs

 (2,231)

(2,231)

Total share capital and share premium

322,993

322,993

 

There were no changes made to the number of authorised shares of the Company during the period under review. Stenprop Limited has one class of share. All shares rank equally and are fully paid.

The Company has 298,775,175 (31 March 2019: 298,775,175) ordinary shares in issue at the balance sheet date.

On 5 June 2019, the Company announced a final dividend of 3.375 pence per share in respect of the six months to 31 March 2019. On 15 August 2019, the Company announced a take-up of the scrip dividend representing 0.83% of the issued share capital and 2,491,772 shares were subsequently issued from treasury shares on 16 August 2019.

As at 30 September 2019, the Company held 15,830,040 treasury shares (31 March 2019: 16,028,050). In the period the shareholders were offered the option to receive either a scrip dividend by way of an issue of Stenprop treasury shares, or a cash dividend. Given the Company's share price, which is at a discount relative to NAV, the directors matched the scrip alternative through share purchases to mitigate the dilutive effect that would otherwise have occurred through the issuance of new ordinary shares. During the period 17 July 2019 to 8 August 2019 the Company repurchased 2,491,772 shares at an average price of £1.089 per share. In the period to 30 September 2019, a total of 198,010 shares were issued from Treasury shares in respect of the Deferred Share Bonus Plan.

8. Investment property

The consolidated fair value of investment properties at 30 September 2019 was £465.9 million (31 March 2019: £562.8 million). This excludes an amount of £152.8 million (31 March 2019: £16.2 million) for properties which have been classified as assets held for sale, including the remaining Swiss asset at Lugano, the German Bleichenhof asset and the UK non-MLI Davemount property at Grimsby. The carrying amount of investment property is the fair value of the property as determined by registered independent appraisers having an appropriate recognised professional qualification and recent experience in the location and category of the properties being valued ('valuers').

Other than the valuation of the remaining Swiss property, for which a directors' valuation has been adopted, the fair value of each of the properties as at 30 September 2019 was assessed by the valuers in accordance with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors ('RICS') standards and IFRS 13. Valuers are qualified for purposes of providing valuations in accordance with the 'Appraisal and Valuation Manual' published by RICS. Where a sale and purchase agreement has been signed as at the Statement of Financial Position date, the fair value is taken as the sales price less expected associated disposal costs.

The valuations performed by the independent external valuers are reviewed internally by senior management. This includes discussions of the assumptions used by the external valuers, as well as a review of the resulting valuations.

Discussions regarding the valuation process and results are held between senior management and the external valuers on a bi-annual basis. The audit committee reviews the valuation results and, provided the committee is satisfied with the results, recommends them to the board for approval.

The valuation techniques used are consistent with IFRS 13 and use significant 'unobservable' inputs. Investment properties are all at level 3 in the fair value hierarchy and valuations represent the highest and best use of the properties. There have been no changes in valuation techniques since year end.              

There are interrelationships between all these unobservable inputs as they are determined by market conditions. An increase in more than one unobservable input would magnify the impact on the valuation. The impact on the valuation would be mitigated by the interrelationship of two unobservable inputs moving in the opposite directions, e.g. an increase in rent may be offset by an increase in yield, resulting in no net impact on the valuation. Expected vacancy rates may impact the yield with higher vacancy rates resulting in higher yield. All revenue is derived from the underlying tenancies given on the investment properties.

With the exception of 13 recently acquired MLI properties, all investment properties are mortgaged, details of which can be seen in note 11. As at the date of signing this report, there are no restrictions on the realisability of any of the underlying investment properties, nor on the remittance of income and disposal proceeds.      

The key unobservable inputs used in the valuation of the Group's investment properties at 30 September 2019 are detailed in the table below:

Combined Portfolio (including share of jointly controlled entities)

Market value

30 September

2019

(£ million)

Portfolio

by market

value

(%)

Properties

(number)

Area

(sq m)

Annualised

gross rental

income

(£ million)

Net initial yield

(Weighted average)

(%)

Voids

by area

(%)

Investment properties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK MLI

291.6

44.6

68

401,403

21.2

6.4

8.6

UK non-MLI

79.4

12.1

6

32,399

6.0

7.2

0.1

Germany

94.9

14.5

8

53,117

5.8

5.3

0.9

Sub-total

465.9

71.2

82

486,919

33.0

6.3

7.2

Assets held for sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK non-MLI

1.0

0.1

1

2,668

0.2

18.9

 -

Switzerland

17.1

2.6

1

5,974

1.2

5.7

 -

Germany

134.7

20.6

1

19,397

6.2

3.1

4.0

Sub-total Assets Held for Sale

152.8

23.3

3

28,039

7.6

3.5

2.8

Total - wholly owned

618.7

94.5

85

514,958

40.6

5.6

7.0

Share of joint ventures

35.8

5.5

4

19,330

2.5

5.9

 -

Total

654.5

100.0

89

534,288

43.1

5.6

6.7

 


30 September

2019

£'000

31 March

2019

£'000

Opening balance

562,815

535,509

Properties acquired

25,644

110,188

Adjustment to purchase price (escrow release)

(212)

 -

Capitalised expenditure

5,389

9,996

Foreign exchange movement in foreign operations

7,683

(757)

Net fair value gain/(loss) on investment property

4,883

(3,404)

Assets held for sale

(140,285)

(88,717)

Closing balance

465,917

562,815

9. Investment in joint ventures

Details of the Group's joint ventures at the end of the reporting period are as follows:

Name

 Place of incorporation

  Principal

activity

 % equity owned by

subsidiary

Luxembourg

 

 

 

Elysion S.A.

Luxembourg

Holding company

50.00

Elysion Braunschweig S.a.r.l

Luxembourg

Property company

50.00

Elysion Dessau S.a.r.l

Luxembourg

Property company

50.00

Elysion Kappeln S.a.r.l

Luxembourg

Property company

50.00

Elysion Winzlar S.a.r.l

Luxembourg

Property company

50.00

 

 

 

 

Guernsey

 

 

 

Stenpark Management Limited

Guernsey

Management company

50.00

 

 

 

 

Republic of Ireland

 

 

 

Ardale Industrials Limited

Republic of Ireland

Management company

50.00

 

Elysion S.A

Stenprop owns 100% of the shares and shareholder loans in Bernina Property Holdings Limited ('Bernina'). Bernina in turn owns 50% of the issued share capital and 100% of the shareholder loans issued to Elysion S.A., a company incorporated in Luxembourg which is the beneficial owner of the care home portfolio. The remaining 50% of Elysion S.A. is owned by a joint venture partner which manages the portfolio. It has previously been determined that the Group does not have control of Elysion S.A. and does not consolidate its results or net assets. However, the shareholder loans have attracted a 10% compounded interest rate since inception in 2007. The outstanding shareholder loan, which is wholly owned by Stenprop, has been valued at the recoverable balance which is deemed equal to the net assets of the joint venture excluding the shareholder loan thereby representing 100% of the economic interest in the structure.

Summarised consolidated financial information in respect of the Group's joint ventures is set out below. Where applicable, this represents the consolidated results of the respective holding companies.


Elysion

S.A.

£'000

Stenpark Management Limited

£'000

Ardale Industrials Limited

£'000

Total

£'000

30 September 2019

 

 

 

 

Investment property

 36,085

 -

-

 36,085

Current assets

552

 79

 48

 679

Assets

 36,637

 79

 48

 36,764

Bank loans

 (18,678)

 -

 -

 (18,678)

Intergroup shareholder loan

 (14,237)

 -

 -

 (14,237)

Deferred tax

 (1,280)

 -

 -

 (1,280)

Financial liability

 (808)

 -

 -

 (808)

Current liabilities

 (186)

 (79)

 -

 (265)

Liabilities

 (35,189)

 (79)

 -

 (35,268)

Net assets of joint ventures

 1,448

 -

 48

 1,496

Net assets of joint ventures excluding
shareholder loans

 15,685

 -

 48

 15,733

Group share of joint ventures' net assets

 15,685

 -

 24

 15,709

Revenue

 1,255

 -

 15

 1,270

Interest payable

 (875)

 -

 -

 (875)

Tax expense

 (132)

 -

 -

 (132)

Profit/(loss) from continuing operations and total comprehensive income/(loss) excluding interest due to the Group

 1,316

 (6)

 14

 1,324

Share of joint ventures' profit/(loss) due to the Group

 1,316

 (3)

 7

 1,320

 


Elysion

S.A.

£'000

Stenpark Management Limited

 £'000

Stenprop

Argyll

Limited

£'000

Ardale  Industrials Limited

£'000

Total

£'000

31 March 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Investment property

34,151

 -

 -

 -

34,151

Current assets

570

96

 -

121

787

Assets

34,721

96

 -

121

34,938

Bank loans

(18,442)

 -

 -

 -

(18,442)

Shareholder loan

(13,666)

 -

 -

 -

(13,666)

Deferred tax

(1,124)

 -

 -

 -

(1,124)

Financial liability

(524)

 -

 -

 -

(524)

Current liabilities

(145)

(15)

 -

(88)

(248)

Liabilities

(33,901)

(15)

 -

(88)

(34,004)

Net assets of joint ventures

820

81

 -

33

934

Net assets of joint ventures excluding shareholder loans

14,486

81

 -

33

14,600

Group share of net assets

14,486

40

 -

17

14,542

Revenue

2,489

38

876

753

4,156

Interest payable

(1,755)

 -

(199)

 -

(1,954)

Tax expense

(110)

 -

 -

(95)

(205)

Profit from continuing operations and total comprehensive income excluding interest due to the Group

1,044

14

462

651

2,171

Share of joint ventures' profit due
to the Group

1,044

7

23

325

1,607

 

On 4 June 2018, Stenprop completed the sale of its joint venture interest in Argyll Street in the West End of London by way of sale of shares.


Elysion

S.A.

£'000

Stenpark Management Limited

 £'000

Stenprop

Argyll

Limited

£'000

Ardale  Industrials Limited

£'000

Total

£'000

30 September 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Opening balance

14,486

40

 -

16

14,542

Share of joint venture profit

 1,316

 (3)

 -

 7

 1,320

Distribution received from joint venture

 (557)

 (38)

 -

 -

 (595)

Foreign exchange movement in foreign operations

 440

 1

 -

 1

 442

Closing balance

15,685

-

 -

24

15,709

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 March 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Opening balance

14,618

34

 -

8

14,660

Share of joint venture profit

1,044

7

231

325

1,607

Distribution received from joint venture

(852)

 -

 -

(317)

(1,169)

Foreign exchange movement in foreign operations

(324)

(1)

 -

 -

(325)

Disposal of joint ventures

 -

 -

(231)

 -

(231)

Closing balance

14,486

40

 -

16

14,542

10. Assets held for sale and discontinued operations

At 30 September 2019, management consider just three properties (Lugano in the Swiss portfolio, Bleichenhof in the German portfolio and the Davemount property at Grimsby in the non-MLI UK portfolio) to meet the conditions relating to assets held for sale, as per IFRS 5: Non-current Assets Held for Sale. The properties are expected to be disposed of during the next 12 months. The sale of Lugano, which is valued at 30 September 2019 at CHF21 million (£17.1 million) may not complete within 12 months. However, Stenprop is committed to the disposal of the asset in line with its strategy to exit the Swiss market. Accordingly, Stenprop has disclosed the asset as held for sale. Other than the valuation of Lugano, for which a directors' valuation has been adopted, the fair value of all assets held for sale have been determined by an external valuer, Jones Lang LaSalle. Where a sale and purchase agreement has been signed as at the Statement of Financial Position date, the fair value is taken as the sales price less expected associated disposal costs.

The fair value of these properties, and their comparatives are shown in the table below:


30 September

2019

£'000

31 March

2019

£'000

Investment properties

152,797

16,160

Cash and cash equivalents

3,910

1,795

Trade and other receivables

3,723

3,468

Total assets classified as held for sale

160,430

21,423

 

 

 

Bank loans

81,806

6,106

Deferred tax

8,117

 -

Accounts payable and accruals

4,032

3,220

Liabilities directly associated with assets classified as held for sale

93,955

9,326

The Swiss property, Lugano is the only asset that has been recognised as a discontinued operation in accordance with IFRS 5.32 during the six months to 30 September 2019. In the comparative period, eight Swiss properties were recognised as discontinued operations.                


30 September

2019

£'000

30 September

2018

£'000

Net rental income

146

722

  Rental income

 487

1,286

  Property expenses

 (341)

(564)

Operating costs

 (114)

(96)

Net operating income

 32

626

Fair value movement of investment properties

 -

(861)

Loss on disposal of subsidiaries

 -

(2,207)

Profit/(Loss) from operations

 32

(2,442)

Loss on disposal of property

 -

747

Net finance costs

 (36)

(222)

Loss for the period before taxation

 (4)

(1,917)

Current tax

(45)

(1,742)

Deferred tax

 -

2,118

Loss for the period from discontinued operations

 (49)

(1,541)

 

Disposals

On 21 June 2019, the Group disposed of its Hemel Hempstead property in Davemount Properties Limited for £1.9 million. On 19 August 2019, the Group disposed of its Walsall property in Davemount Properties Limited for £1.7 million.

Prior year disposals

On 19 July 2018, the Group disposed of seven properties in Switzerland, two of which were disposed of as subsidiaries, with the remaining five disposed of as assets. Of the five assets sold, three were located in Baar, Vevey and Montreux and were owned by Kantone Holdings Limited while Chiasso and Sissach were owned by Bruce Properties Sarl and Clint Properties Sarl respectively. The gross purchase consideration of CHF103.65 million (£81.6 million) compared with the valuation of these seven properties at 31 March 2018 of CHF103.23 million (£77.2 million).

As part of the agreements entered into for the sale of the seven Swiss properties, all of which were sold to the same buyer, Stenprop provided a guarantee for obligations and liabilities of each of the selling entities. The maximum amount of the guarantee is CHF6.0 million, which lasts until all obligations under the sale agreements have been fulfilled, with a backstop date of 31 July 2028. As at the date of signing these accounts, there had not been any claim under the guarantee.

11. Borrowings  


30 September

2019

£'000

31 March

2019

£'000

Opening balance

245,090

259,497

Loan repayments

(4,675)

 -

New loans

 -

37,051

Amortisation of loans

(65)

(3,593)

Capitalised borrowing costs

(180)

(873)

Amortisation of transaction fees

237

436

Foreign exchange movement in foreign operations

3,760

(1,264)

Adjustment for liabilities directly associated with assets classified as held for sale adjustment

(75,700)

(46,164)

Total borrowings

168,467

245,090

Amount due for settlement within 12 months

47,235

29,805

Amount due for settlement between one to three years

73,707

106,943

Amount due for settlement between three to five years

47,525

108,342

Total borrowings

 168,467

245,090

Non-current liabilities

 

 

Bank loans

 121,232

215,285

Total non-current loans and borrowings

 121,232

215,285

Current liabilities

 

 

Bank loans

 47,235

29,805

Total current loans and borrowings

 47,235

29,805

Total loans and borrowings

 168,467

245,090

The facilities are secured by legal charges over the properties to which they correspond. There is no cross-collaterisation of the facilities. The terms and conditions of outstanding loans are as follows:





Nominal value

Carrying value*


 Amortising

Loan

interest

rate

Maturity 

date

 30 September 2019

£'000

31 March

2019

£'000

 30 September 2019

£'000

31 March

2019

£'000

United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Davemount Properties Limited

 No

LIBOR +2.25% GBP

26/05/2021

 -

4,000

 -

3,983

LPE Limited

 Yes

LIBOR +2.5% GBP

31/03/2020

30,000

30,000

 29,902

29,805

GGP1 Limited

 No

LIBOR +2.25% GBP

26/05/2021

4,500

5,175

4,460

5,123

Industrials UK LP

 No

LIBOR +2.25% GBP

02/06/2022

61,484

61,484

 61,258

61,215

Stenprop Industrials 4 Limited

 No

LIBOR +2.25% GBP

01/06/2023

10,211

10,211

 10,063

10,043

Stenprop Industrials 6 Limited

 No

LIBOR +2.0% GBP

01/02/2024

26,840

26,840

 26,369

26,343

Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kantone Holdings Limited

 Yes

LIBOR +1.15% CHF

3 month

rolling facility

6,408

6,106

6,408

6,106

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Century BV

 Yes

Euribor +1.55% EUR

31/12/2022

7,358

7,135

 7,300

7,070

Century 2 BV

 Yes

Euribor +1.55% EUR

31/12/2022

3,827

3,711

 3,793

3,673

Isabel Properties BV

 No

Euribor +2.32% EUR

30/12/2021

7,989

7,747

 7,989

7,747

Bleichenhof GmbH & Co. KG

 No

Fixed 1.58% EUR

28/02/2022

75,399

73,114

 75,399

73,114

Stenprop Hermann Ltd

 No

Euribor +1.13% EUR

30/06/2020

8,371

8,117

 8,367

8,109

Stenprop Victoria Ltd

 No

Euribor +1.28% EUR

31/08/2020

9,143

8,866

 9,143

8,866

 

 

 

 

251,530

252,506

250,451

251,197

 

*     The difference between the nominal and the carrying value represents unamortised facility costs.

12. Trade and other receivables


30 September

2019

£'000

31 March

2019

£'000

Non-current receivables

 

 

Other debtors

13,897

13,365

Transfer to assets held for sale

(2)

 -

 

 13,895

13,365

 

Non-current other debtors includes £12.85 million (31 March 2019: £12.27 million) of loans advanced under the Share Purchase Plan and £1.0 million (31 March 2019: £1.1 million) advanced on 30 March 2017 to purchase one million Stenprop shares in the market by Ferryman Capital Partners Limited, a company in which Warren Lawlor, a non-executive director, has a one-third beneficial interest. Part of the loans are denominated in EUR and are therefore subject to foreign exchange movements.


30 September

2019

£'000

31 March

2019

£'000

Current receivables

 

 

Accounts receivable

6,263

6,173

Loss allowance

(1,276)

(1,120)

Other debtors

4,791

4,490

Prepayments

1,083

624

Transfer to assets held for sale

(3,723)

(3,468)

 

7,138

6,699

 

13. Disposal of subsidiaries

In the prior year, on 17 July 2018, the Group disposed of its 100% shareholding in Polo Property GmbH for a consideration of CHF12.7 million. Polo Property GmbH owned the properties known as Altendorf and Arlesheim in Switzerland.

On 12 March 2019, the Group disposed of its 100% shareholding in Euston PropCo Limited for a consideration of £66.6 million. Euston PropCo Limited owned the property known as Euston House, London.

The impact of these disposals on the Group is shown below:


30 September

2019

£'000

31 March

2019

£'000

Carrying value of net assets at disposal date

 

 

Investment property

 -

110,419

Trade and other receivables

 -

627

Cash and cash equivalents

 -

2,132

Borrowings

 -

(45,334)

Trade and other payables

 -

(2,871)

Net assets disposed

 -

64,973

Net disposal proceeds

 -

74,094

Foreign exchange movement in foreign operations

 -

(231)

Profit on disposal of subsidiaries (including discontinued operations)

 -

8,890

Net assets disposed

 -

64,973

Discontinued Operations - Loss on disposal of subsidiary

 -

(2,236)

Continuing Operations - Profit on disposal of subsidiary

 -

11,126

Profit on disposal of subsidiaries (including discontinued operations)

 -

8,890

 

14. Financial risk management

The fair value measurement for the Group's financial assets and financial liabilities are categorised into different levels in the fair value hierarchy. The different levels have been defined as follows:

Level 1: quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Group can access at the measurement date.

Level 2: inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices). The fair values of the Group's secured loan facilities and derivative financial instruments are included in Level 2.

Level 3: unobservable inputs for the asset or liability. The fair value of the Group's investment properties is included in Level 3. Valuations represent the highest and best use of the properties.

The Group recognises transfers between levels of the fair value hierarchy as of the end of the reporting period during which the transfer has occurred. There were no transfers between levels for the period ended 30 September 2019.

The fair value of all other financial assets and liabilities is not materially different from their carrying value in the financial statements.

The Group's financial risk management objectives and policies are consistent with those disclosed in the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019.

15. Related party transactions

Parties are considered related if one party has control, joint control or significant influence over the other party in making financial and operating decisions. Transactions with related parties are made on terms equivalent to those that prevail in an arm's length transaction.

There have been no material changes in the related party transactions described in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2019. Transactions with key management personnel are materially consistent with those described in note 8 of the 2019 Annual Report, including details of the bonuses approved on 5 June 2019 in respect of the year ended 31 March 2019.

16. Events after the reporting period

On 14 October 2019, Stenprop acquired an industrial estate known as Western Campus in Glasgow for £4.6 million.

On 21 November 2019, the directors declared an interim dividend of 3.375 pence per share (2018: 3.375 pence per share). The directors intend to offer shareholders the option to receive all or part of their dividend entitlement by way of a scrip issue of Stenprop treasury shares or in cash. An announcement containing details of the dividend, the timetable and the scrip dividend terms is anticipated to be made on 19 December 2019. It is expected that shares will commence trading ex-dividend on 22 January 2020 on the JSE and on 23 January 2020 on the LSE. The record date for the dividend is expected to be 24 January 2020 and the dividend payment date 14 February 2020.

 

Corporate information

STENPROP LIMITED

Registered in Guernsey

Registration number 64865

LSE share code: STP

JSE share code: STP

ISIN: GG00BFWMR296

Registered office of the Company

Stenprop Limited

(Registration number 64845)

Kingsway House

Havilland Street

St Peter Port

GY1 2QE

Guernsey

Postal address of the Company

180 Great Portland Street

London

W1W 5QZ

United Kingdom

Company secretary

Sarah Bellilchi

Legal advisers

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Adelaide House

London Bridge

London

EC4R 9HA

United Kingdom

Broker and financial adviser

Numis Securities Limited

The London Stock Exchange Building

10 Paternoster Square

London

EC4M 7LT

United Kingdom

JSE sponsor

Java Capital Trustees and Sponsors

Proprietary Limited

(Registration number 2006/005780/07)

6A Sandown Valley Crescent,

Sandown

Sandton, 2196

South Africa

(PO Box 522606, Saxonwold, 2132)

South African corporate adviser

Java Capital Proprietary Limited

(Registration number 2012/089864/07)

6A Sandown Valley Crescent

Sandown

Sandton, 2196

South Africa

(PO Box 522606, Saxonwold, 2132)

SA transfer secretaries

Computershare Investor Services Proprietary Limited

(Registration number 2004/003647/07) Rosebank Towers

15 Biermann Avenue

Rosebank

Johannesburg, 2196

South Africa

(PO Box 61051, Marshalltown, 2107)

Guernsey registrars

Computershare Investor Services (Guernsey) Limited

1st Floor

Tudor House

Le Bordage
St Peter Port

GY1 1DB

Guernsey

Correspondence address

2nd Floor

Queensway House

Hilgrove Street

St. Helier

JE1 1ES

Jersey

Channel Islands

 

Independent Auditor

Deloitte LLP

Regency Court

Glategny Esplanade
St Peter Port

GY1 3HW

Guernsey

Channel Islands

JSE Accredited Auditor

Deloitte SA

Deloitte Place

The Woodlands
20 Woodland Drive

Woodmead, 2157

Johannesburg

South Africa

 

 

 

 

Released on 22 November 2019.


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