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Regional REIT Limited
17 September 2020
 

17 September 2020

Regional REIT Limited

("Regional REIT", the "Group" or the "Company") 

 

Half Year Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2020

 

Resilient performance, strong rent collection and continued dividends

 

Regional REIT Limited (LSE: RGL), the regional real estate investment specialist, focused on building a diverse portfolio of income producing regional UK core and core plus office and industrial property assets, today announces its half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

 

Financial highlights:

· EPRA total return of 37.3% since listing on 6 November 2015 to 30 June 2020; representing 7% annualised returns for shareholders;

· Resilient rental and property income in the period of £29.4m, excluding recoverable service charge income and other similar items (six months to 30 June 2019: £29.9m), with total rent roll of £62.9m (30 June 2019: £57.8m);

· EPRA adjusted EPS of 2.6p per share ("pps") (30 June 2019: 3.8pps) lower as expected, in part reflecting the increased costs and associated impact on the current income from the £30.7m drawdown of debt in the period;

· EPRA NRV* per share of 102.6pps (30 June 2019: 114.3pps per share); EPRA NTA of 102.5pps (30 June 2019:114.1pps); the decrease can largely be attributed to the unrealised change in the fair value of the portfolio on a like-for-like basis of 4.3% due to COVID-19 uncertainty;

· Cash and cash equivalent balances amounted to £67.9m as at 30 June 2020 (30 June 2019: £53.8m);

· Net LTV maintained within 40% target, at 39.7% (30 June 2019: 39.9%);

· Group weighted average cost of debt decreased to 3.4% (30 June 2019: 3.5%);

· Weighted average debt duration 6.8 years (30 June 2019: 7.8 years); and

· H1 dividend for the period of 3.4pps (30 June 2019: 3.8pps) - targeting an expected full year dividend of 6.4pps. 

* Under the prior methodology, EPRA NAV of 102.6pps (30 June 2019: 114.3pps).

Operational highlights - Asset Management initiatives continue to drive income

· Rent collection remained strong with 97.6% of the rent invoiced for the period to 30 June 2020 being collected as at 11 September 2020. This comprises 94.1% of occupiers which have paid rent, 0.4% which have agreed to pay monthly and collection plans agreed with occupiers amounting to a further 3.1%; the Company remains in discussions with occupiers regarding the remainder of the outstanding rent and expects to collect the vast majority of this;

 

· Completed 21 new lettings in the first six months of 2020, totalling 155,636 sq. ft., which when fully occupied, will provide a gross rental income of c. £1.1m;

· Undertaken 30 renewals during the period, totalling 198,185 sq.ft., producing a rental income of c.£992,000, an average uplift of 3.2% from the previous passing rent;

· Group portfolio totalled 151 properties (30 June 2019: 149); comprising 1,249 units (30 June 2019: 1,178) and servicing 876 tenants (30 June 2019: 828);

· Attractive regional office and industrial property assets represent 94.2% of the Group portfolio by value; 79.9% in office (30 June 2019: 78.2%) and 14.3% in industrial (30 June 2019: 14.3%); by income: 79.8% from offices (30 June 2019: 77.7%) and 12.3% from industrial property (30 June 2019: 12.8%);

· The WAULT on the portfolio has marginally decreased to 5.3 years (30 June 2019: 5.5 years);

· EPRA Occupancy rate remained stable at 89.0% (30 June 2019: 87.5%); and on an EPRA like for like basis at 88.3% (30 June 2019: 87.7%); and

· 51% of rental income being secured against tenants designated by the Government as essential services.

Post period Operational Highlights:

· Disposals of non-core properties since 30 June 2020 amounted to £2,015,000 (before costs):

Marston Moor Business Park, Tockwith, York: Disposal of part of the business park to the occupier by way of a very long lease for £980,000;

Royal Burgh House, 380 King Street, Rutherglen, Glasgow: A contract has been completed for the sale of the vacant office building for £665,000; and

Unit 12, Miller Court, Tewkesbury: A contract has been signed for the sale of this vacant office for owner occupation for £370,000. 

· Since 30 June 2020, the Company has made a number of new successful lettings and lease renewals:

Miller Court, Tewkesbury: A new lease has been signed for 10,070 sq. ft. at a rent of £151,050 (£15.00/sq. ft.). The lease is for five years until August 2025 with a break option in August 2023;

Telford Court Dunkirk Lea, Chester: A lease renewal has been signed with the occupier for 5,083 sq. ft.. The lease is for 10 years until August 2030 at a rent of £75,000 (£14.76/sq. ft.) with a rent review and break option in 2025;

The Courtyard, Catherine Street, Macclesfield: A lease renewal has been signed with East Cheshire Housing Consortium for 1,770 sq. ft. at a rent of £29,000 (£16.38/sq. ft.). The lease is for two years until July 2022 with a break option in 2021; and

Elmbridge Court, Gloucester: A new tenancy agreement has been signed with Buyline Ltd for 1,610 sq. ft. at a rent of £29,785 (£18.50/sq. ft.). The lease is for five years until July 2025.

Stephen Inglis, CEO of London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited, the Asset Manager of Regional REIT Limited commented:  "I am very pleased with the robust performance and resilience of the Group in what has been, and remains, very difficult times with the full implications of Covid-19 and Brexit still unknown. The robust performance announced today is a result of the Company's highly diversified portfolio and active asset management initiatives, which are integral parts of the Company's long-term risk mitigation strategy. I can report that rent collection has remained strong throughout the period and as a result the Company has subsequently been able to maintain an uninterrupted attractive quarterly dividend. Whilst earnings were impacted as expected during the period, in part by the additional debt drawdown and by the Company holding a larger cash balance which would normally be invested in income producing assets, the Company continues to perform in line with our expectations.

We have constructed a resilient business, with high quality assets in excellent locations, financially strong occupiers and a robust balance sheet, making us well placed to weather any ongoing economic disruption from Covid-19 and Brexit. Our close relationships with all our occupiers and the ongoing asset management opportunities embedded within the portfolio should underpin continued income performance for our shareholders."

Analysts' Briefing

A meeting for analysts will be held via conference call at 09.30am (London time, BST) on Thursday, 17 September 2020 via Arkadin. If you would like to attend the meeting please contact the Buchanan team on +44 (0) 207 466 5000 or  [email protected]  

 

The presentation slides for the meeting will shortly be available to download from the Investors section of the Group's website at  www.regionalreit.com .

- ENDS - 

 

Enquiries:

Regional REIT Limited

 

 

Toscafund Asset Management

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7845 6100

Investment Manager to the Group

 

Adam Dickinson, Investor Relations, Regional REIT Limited

 

 

 

London & Scottish Property Investment Management

Tel: +44 (0) 141 248 4155

Asset Manager to the Group

 

Stephen Inglis

 

 

 

Buchanan Communications

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000

Financial PR

[email protected]

Charles Ryland / Henry Wilson / George Beale

 

 

About Regional REIT  

Regional REIT Limited ("Regional REIT" or the "Company") and its subsidiaries (the "Group") is a United Kingdom ("UK") based real estate investment trust that launched in November 2015. It is managed by London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited, the Asset Manager, and Toscafund Asset Management LLP, the Investment Manager.

 

Regional REIT's commercial property portfolio is comprised wholly of income producing UK assets and comprises, predominantly, offices and industrial units located in the regional centres outside of the M25 motorway. The portfolio is highly diversified, with 151 properties as at 30 June 2020, with a valuation of 742.3m.

 

Regional REIT pursues its investment objective by investing in, actively managing and disposing of regional core and core plus property assets. It aims to deliver an attractive total return to its Shareholders, targeting greater than 10% per annum, with a strong focus on income supported by additional capital growth prospects.

 

The Company's shares were admitted to the Official List of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the London Stock Exchange on 6 November 2015. For more information, please visit the Group's website at  www.regionalreit.com .  

 

Cautionary Statement

This document has been prepared solely to provide additional information to Shareholders to assess the Group's performance in relation to its operations and growth potential. The document should not be relied upon by any other party or for any other reason. Any forward looking statements made in this document are done so by the Directors in good faith based on the information available to them up to the time of their approval of this document. However, such statements should be treated with caution due to the inherent uncertainties, including both economic and business risk factors, underlying any such forward-looking information.

 

ESMA Legal Entity Identifier ("LEI"): 549300D8G4NKLRIKBX73

 

Regional REIT Limited

Regional REIT Limited1 (the "Company") and its subsidiaries (together the "Group") is a UK-listed real estate investment trust ("REIT"), which pursues its investment objective by investing in, actively managing and disposing of regional Core Property and Core Plus Property assets. The commercial property portfolio is comprised wholly of UK assets and comprises, predominantly, offices and industrial units located in the regional centres outside of the M25 motorway.

 

1 Regional REIT Limited is the parent Company of a number of subsidiaries which together comprise a group within the definition of The Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008, as amended (the "Law") and the International Financial Reporting Standard ("IFRS") 10, 'Consolidated Financial Statements', as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") and as adopted by the European Union ("EU"). Unless otherwise stated, the text of this Half-Yearly Report does not distinguish between the activities of the Company and those of its subsidiaries.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

For the six months to 30 June 2020

 

Financial Highlights

Income focused - opportunistic buying and strategic selling, coupled with intensive asset management, continues to secure long-term income

 

IFRS NAV per share

101.4p

Dividend per share

3.4p

Weighted Average Cost of Debt*

3.4%

Portfolio Valuation

£742.3m

EPRA NAV per share

102.6p

Net to Loan to Value Ratio*

39.7%

Weighted Average Debt Duration*

6.8 years

 

Operational Highlights

Deliberately diversified portfolio by location and tenant - regions remain strong

 

Portfolio by region and sector (by value)

Units

1,249

Rent Roll

£62.9m

Office & Industrial

94.2%

EPRA Occupancy Rate*

89.0%

WAULT to expiry

5.3 years

Properties

151

Tenants

876

England & Wales

82.3%

Properties disposed

Property disposal proceeds (net of costs)

£15.1m

WAULT to first break

3.4 years

 

* Alternative Performance Measures. Details are provided in the Glossary of Terms within the full Half Year Report.

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

The Chairman's Statement covers the period ended 30 June 2020.

 

I am pleased to report that the Group performed relatively well despite the challenging economic backdrop caused by COVID-19. Our strategy of having a large number of occupiers, currently 876, proactively managed by the Asset Manager across a diverse range of 151 properties throughout the UK and outside of the M25, has contributed to our resilient performance through the period. This performance is further strengthened by having over 51% of occupiers that were classified as Government designated essential services and were able to continue operations during the lock-down period with minimal disruption. Overall, we have maintained robust rental collections, being one of our primary objectives, and thus ensured the payment of an uninterrupted quarterly dividend to our shareholders throughout the period, albeit at a reduced level in the interest of prudence.


The Asset Manager's specialist model, which is underpinned by 61 personnel who are proactively involved with asset and property management, research, legal, corporate finance, finance and credit control, continued to operate successfully and at full capacity throughout this turbulent period, ensuring close contact with our occupiers. As testament to these close relationships and successful strategy, rent collection remained strong with 97.6% of the rent invoiced2 being collected as at 11 September 2020. This comprised 94.1% of tenants which have paid rent, 0.4% which have agreed to pay monthly and collection plans agreed with occupiers amounting to a further 3.1%. This is an encouraging achievement.


Notwithstanding this strong performance (particularly relative to our peers), the value of the investment properties under management inevitably suffered a decline as the valuers try to make sense of the emerging economic landscape. Our portfolio value has decreased by £45.6m (5.8%) to £742.3m, from £787.9m as at 31 December 2019. This is due to disposals of £15.1m (net of costs), the loss of £2.0m on the disposals, capital expenditure of £4.5m, which is still to be fully captured in the valuations, and a decrease in the change in fair value of the portfolio amounting to £33.2m. It is valid to note the £33.2m decrease is an as yet 'unrealised' valuation decline and was ostensibly attributable to COVID uncertainty. This represents a like-for-like valuation reduction of 4.3%. As described further below, transactional activity has been somewhat limited during the period, as a result of which the valuation of the property portfolio was subject to an industry wide material uncertainty clause. It is the view of our Asset Manager that certain investment property types are currently being valued lower based broadly on sentiment rather than transactional evidence. I believe it is important to distinguish that despite the valuation change in the fair value of the portfolio which is accounted for as a 'loss', the rental income that supports our ability to pay dividends remains in sound health and its collection is being well managed by the Asset Manager. Though we must treat the coming period with some necessary caution, I am confident the diversity of our rental income will prove its resilience and underpin our valuation as we emerge from this difficult period. 

 

During the period, the Group generated EPRA earnings of £11.0m (six months to 30 June 2019: £14.2m), or 2.6 pence per share ("pps") (six months to 30 June 2019: 3.8pps). The decrease was in part due to increased costs associated with the drawdown of the available borrowing facility headroom. Given the challenging environment, the Board has adopted a conservative approach and continues to hold more cash than it would normally, which together with vacant space, impacts on current income.

 

Net borrowings were maintained in line with our target level of 40% and as at 30 June 2020 were 39.7% of gross investment in properties (31 December 2019: 38.9%). During the period, the Group drew down £30.7m of available borrowing headroom to further strengthen the balance sheet. The Company's cash balance as at 30 June 2020 was £67.9m (31 December 2019: £37.2m.). The weighted average cost of debt reduced from 3.5% at 31 December 2019 to 3.4% as at 30 June 2020, with a weighted average debt to maturity of 6.8 years. Currently, c.69% of the Group's debt is fixed and the balance hedged.

 

We are confident that the actions taken by the Asset Manager over the preceding years have resulted in a highly diversified and resilient portfolio as well as ensuring an in-depth understanding of our occupiers' needs. The strong balance sheet leaves us well positioned to navigate risks as future events unfold, whilst sufficiently flexible to unlock the value in our portfolio by continuing to execute our proven business model.

 

2 Quarterly rental invoices included contractual rent for the proceeding quarter.


Dividends

The Board declared a dividend of 1.50pps for the period 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 (1 April 2019 to 30 June 2019: 1.90pps), reflecting the resilient tenant base. A total dividend of 3.40pps (six months to 30 June 2019: 3.80pps) has been declared for the period. For the remainder of the financial year, the Board is aiming to maintain the dividend at the level declared for the period 1 April to 30 June 2020.

 

Performance

The EPRA Total Accounting Return since Listing in 2015 has amounted to 37.3% and an annualised EPRA Total Accounting Return of 7.0%.

 

Since Listing and to the end of the period, the Total Shareholder Return was (0.1%), compared to the FTSE EPRA NAREIT UK Index, which has generated a return of (14.6%) over the same period.  Over the reporting period, the Company's Total Shareholder Return was (34.3%), versus the return of (24.1%) for the FTSE EPRA NAREIT UK Index over the same period.

 

Subsequent Events

There have been no subsequent events since 30 June 2020.

 

Outlook

The last six months have proved the underlying strength and resilience of the business model, encompassing a highly diversified portfolio of both properties and occupiers managed by an experienced and fully integrated Asset Manager, focused upon delivering vibrant spaces with terms occupiers require in both the short and long term.

 

We remain mindful of the challenges the remainder of 2020 will bring, including the economic impact of the pandemic, which are likely to be exacerbated by BREXIT uncertainty. However, the Group's focus remains the same: to concentrate on our occupiers' needs and execute the individual property asset management plans, to deliver both income and capital returns for our shareholders in the long term, and take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

 

Kevin McGrath

Chairman

 

16 September 2020

 

ASSET AND INVESTMENT MANAGERS' REPORT

 

"In very difficult circumstances, the Company has performed well during the first half of the year, delivering high levels of rent collection, stable earnings and uninterrupted quarterly dividends to shareholders despite Covid-19 creating a challenging backdrop for UK commercial property.

 

I am very pleased to add that notwithstanding the current economic uncertainty, the Company's rent collection remained strong with 97.6% of the rent invoiced for the period ended 30 June 2020 having been collected as at 11 September 2020. This comprised 94.1% of occupiers which have paid rent, 0.4% which have agreed to pay monthly and collection plans agreed with occupiers amounting to a further 3.1%. This is encouraging, especially in view of the current Government restrictions on landlord remedies to enforce rent collection. Our rent collection remained strong, particularly in comparison with our peer group, mainly due to the quality of our occupiers across the portfolio and the effectiveness of the integrated management platform that we, the Asset Manager, provide within a single organisation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues at London & Scottish for their efforts over the lockdown period.

 

The Company has taken a prudent approach to cash management and is accordingly maintaining a higher cash position, which usually would have been invested in income producing assets. Thus, as previously stated, total income is down but we continue to believe that this is the appropriate approach. The Company continues to manage the LTV to a level around 40%.

 

During the first half of 2020, the Company completed 21 new lettings, totalling 155,636 sq. ft.. When fully occupied, these will provide an additional gross rental income of c. £1.1m. Clearly, given social distancing rules and the lockdown, viewings and therefore potential lettings of vacant space has slowed considerably and we anticipate a pick-up in activity over the coming months as more and more companies return to the office. However, the immediate future remains an unknown entity and our view is that companies may well take a 'wait and see' stance before making any major decisions on occupational requirements.

 

Whilst our performance during the first half of the year provides reassurance, with the UK experiencing the sharpest reduction in GDP since the 1970s, we believe it is appropriate to continue to maintain a cautious approach in the long-term interest of shareholders, while delivering the highest possible level of quarterly income."

 

Stephen Inglis

Chief Executive Officer

London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited

Asset Manager

 

Asset Management Update

 

Investment Activity in the UK Commercial Property Market

Investment in the UK commercial property reached £49.3bn in 2019, according to research from Lambert Smith Hampton ("LSH"). This has been followed by a progressive slowdown in the general level of investment activity during the first half of 2020, which can largely be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent data from LSH shows that investment in UK commercial property slowed to the lowest quarterly figure over the last twenty years at £3.6bn in Q2 2020, 72% below the £12.9bn recorded in Q1 2020 and 73% below the five-year average. Consequently, this resulted in weak overall investment in the first half of 2020 relative to trend. At £16.5bn, volumes in the first half of 2020 were 18% below the same period in 20193. Colliers International estimates that £2.0bn was invested in UK commercial property in July 2020. Although this is in line with June 2020 figures, it is 60% below the corresponding volume for June 2019 (£5.6bn)4. The £2.0bn transacted in July brings total investment in 2020 to £20.2bn, down from £25.8bn during the same period in 2019. Savills latest research highlights that COVID-19 has led to a delay in vendors bringing assets to market but suggests that there is still considerable demand from investors. As a result, Savills anticipate that competitive pricing and a strong buyer pool will result in increased activity in Q3 as assets are brought to market5.

 

Although overseas investors remain the largest buyers of UK real estate in Q2 2020, overseas investment in the UK property markets fell to £1.5bn in Q2 2020, 77% below the five-year average, according to data from LSH6. The lower level of capital inflows from international investors is in line with the overall reduction in UK commercial property investment. Far East investment accounted for the largest proportion of overseas investment at £347m. This was followed by North American investors, with £342m.

 

Research from CBRE indicates that regional offices have outperformed in comparison to central London offices, delivering superior returns of 3.0% in the 12 months ended June 2020, in comparison to central London office total returns of 2.7% - a trend that has been witnessed over the last four years.

 

3 Lambert Smith Hampton, UKIT, Q2 2020

4 Colliers International, Property Snapshot, August 2020

5 Savills, Market in Minutes, August 2020

6 Lambert Smith Hampton, UKIT, Q2 2020

 

Occupational Demand in the UK Regional Office Market

Avison Young estimates that take-up of office space across the Big Nine regional office markets7 in Q2 2020 reached 0.8m sq. ft., bringing the half year total to 2.7bn sq. ft. - 38% below the same period in 20198. Despite the fall in take-up, CBRE research suggests that Q2 is likely to be a low point in 2020 and anticipate that Q3 will mark the beginning of a gradual recovery9. Similarly, take-up has declined year-on-year in the London office market in the first half of 2020, with take-up also down 38% from 5.7m sq. ft. in the first half 2019 to 3.5m sq. ft. during the same period in 2020.

 

According to Cushman & Wakefield, strong occupational demand came from the public sector, accounting for the highest proportion of take-up of all regional offices at 37% in Q2 2020. Following the public sector, IT & technology and banking & finance accounted for the second and third largest proportion of take-up in the regional cities, accounting for 14% and 13% respectively.

 

According to Savills, demand for regional office stock led to a decline in availability, with total available office supply in the UK regional markets falling by 17% to 11.3m sq. ft.. Furthermore, it is estimated that approximately 5m sq. ft. of office space is currently under construction in the Big Nine regional markets, with Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow accounting for 36%, 23% and 12%, respectively. However, over half of office buildings currently under construction are already pre-let. Therefore, the supply pipeline is likely to remain constrained, which in turn will help the regional office market absorb increases in grey space returning to the market.

 

7 Nine regional office markets mentioned by Avison Young include: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle.

8 Avison Young, Q2 2020, The Big Nine.

9 CBRE, UK Office Snapshot, Q2 2020

 

Rental Growth in the UK Regional Office Market

The CBRE Monthly Index shows that rental value growth for the rest of UK office markets in the 12 months ended June 2020 was 1.5%, marginally higher than growth of 1.4% recorded for the same period in 2019. Colliers International expects regional central business districts (CBDs) to experience rental growth beyond the COVID-19 impact10.

 

Although research suggests that some grey space has returned to the office market, the supply pipeline remains constrained. Avison Young estimate that net effective rents have increased by 3.4% year-on-year to £26.41 per sq. ft. in Q2 2020 despite an increase in rent free incentives to compensate for delayed decision making by occupiers as a result of COVID-19 uncertainty.

 

10 Colliers International, August 2020, United Kingdom Property Snapshot.


Regional REIT's Office Assets

EPRA occupancy of the Group's regional offices increased to 88.4% (30 June 2019: 85.8%). A like-for-like comparison of the Group's regional offices' EPRA occupancy, 30 June 2020 versus 30 June 2019, shows that occupancy increased to 87.6% (30 June 2019: 86.1%). WAULT to first break was 2.8 years (30 June 2019: 3.0 years; 31 December 2019: 3.0 years); like-for-like WAULT to first break was 2.8 years (30 June 2019: 2.8 years; 31 December 2019: 3.0 years).

 

Occupier Demand in the UK Industrial Market

Cushman & Wakefield estimate that take-up in the first half of 2020 totalled 18.9m sq. ft., 19% higher than the same period in 2019 and 12.9% higher than the 10-year average of 16.7m sq. ft.11. Take-up in Q1 2020 was 23% lower than the same quarter in 2019 at 5.4m sq. ft. However, demand increased in Q2 2020, reaching 13.4m sq. ft., more than double the level of take-up Q1 2020 and 52.3% higher than the same period in 2019. In addition to the 13.4m sq. ft. recorded in Q2 2020, there was a further 3.5m sq. ft. of short-term deals.

 

Occupier demand within the industrial market continues to be highly driven by e-commerce as consumers rely on online platforms for non-essential purchases during lockdown. As a result, online sales now account for 33% of total retail sales, a substantial increase from 21% at the beginning of 2020. The importance of supply chains has been even more prevalent during the pandemic, not only to feed the nation during lockdown but also providing essential services such as allocating and delivering PPE as well as establishing temporary hospitals12. BNP Paribas Real Estate predicts that although online sales will fall as shops re-open, lockdown has resulted in a lasting change with regards to e-commerce, particularly with regards to online grocery shopping which was low prior to lockdown13.

 

11 Cushman & Wakefield, Q2 2020, United Kingdom Industrial Market Snapshot.

12 Savills, UK Big Shed Briefing, July 2020

13 BNP Paribas Real Estate, Industrial and Logistics Insider, Q2 2020

 

Industrial Rental Growth Continues

Research by Colliers illustrates that rents are holding in the first half of 2020, reflecting continued demand coupled with stable supply. BNP Paribas indicates that occupiers are increasing space requirements as online sales increase and the COVID-19 crisis highlights the importance of supply chains.

 

Data from CBRE Monthly Index shows rental growth of 2.5% in the 12 months to the end of June 2020, indicating that rental growth slowed from 3.5% for the 12 months to the end of June 2019.

 

Regional REIT's Industrial Assets

EPRA occupancy of the Group's industrial sites decreased to 91.5% (30 June 2019: 96.0%). A like-for-like comparison of the Group's regional industrial EPRA occupancy, 30 June 2020 versus 30 June 2019, shows that occupancy decreased to 91.2% (30 June 2019: 96.8%). This reduction in occupancy can largely be attributed to space at Mayne House, Juniper Park, Basildon becoming vacant. As expected, the tenant vacated in February 2020 after exercising a valid break notice. Mayne House presents well, and we are currently exploring the opportunity to convert part of the space (following refurbishment) and re-let as smaller suites to fit the local demand profile.

 

WAULT to first break was 5.7 years (30 June 2019: 5.9 years; 31 December 2019: 5.8 years); like-for-like WAULT to first break was 5.7 years (30 June 2019: 5.9 years; 31 December 2019: 5.7 years).

 

Property Portfolio

As at 30 June 2020, the Group's property portfolio was valued at £742.3 (30 June 2019: £721.7m; 31 December 2019: £787.9m), with rent roll of £62.9m (30 June 2019: £57.8m; 31 December 2019: £64.3m), and an EPRA occupancy rate of 89.0% (30 June 2019: 87.5%; 31 December 2019: 89.4%). On a like-for-like basis, 30 June 2020 versus 30 June 2019 EPRA occupancy was 88.3% (30 June 2019: 87.7%).

 

There were 151 properties (30 June 2019: 149; 31 December 2019: 160), in the portfolio, with 1,249 units (30 June 2019: 1,178; 31 December 2019: 1,251) and 876 tenants (30 June 2019: 828; 31 December 2019: 904). If the portfolio was fully occupied at Cushman & Wakefield's view of market rents, the rental income would be £75.2m per annum (30 June 2019: £71.4m; 31 December 2019: £77.2m).

 

As at 30 June 2020, the net initial yield on the portfolio was 6.4% (30 June 2019: 6.1%; 31 December 2019: 6.2%), the equivalent yield was 8.7% (30 June 2019: 8.3%; 31 December 2019: 8.3%) and the reversionary yield was 9.2% (30 June 2019: 9.0%; 31 December 2019: 9.1%).

Property Portfolio by Sector

 

 

Properties

Valuation

% by valuation

Sq. ft.

Occupancy (EPRA)

WAULT to first break

Gross rental income

Average rent

ERV

Capital rate

Yield (%)

 

(£m)

(%)

(mil)

(%)

(yrs)

(£m)

(£psf)

(£m)

(£psf)

Net initial

Equivalent

Reversionary

Office

112

593.4

79.9

4.5

88.4

2.8

50.2

13.24

6.19

131.35

6.3

8.8

9.4

Industrial

17

105.8

14.3

2.2

91.5

5.7

7.7

4.02

8.6

49.18

5.1

7.4

7.5

Retail

20

32.2

4.3

0.4

92.6

4.2

4.1

10.21

3.9

72.22

10.6

10.6

10.6

Other

2

10.9

1.5

0.1

89.0

15.2

0.9

12.82

0.8

126.70

7.1

8.2

6.7

Total

151

742.3

100.0

7.2

89.0

3.4

62.9

10.18

75.2

103.08

6.4

8.7

9.2

 

 

Property  Portfolio by Region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Properties

Valuation

% by valuation

Sq. ft.

Occupancy (EPRA)

WAULT to first break

Gross rental income

Average rent

ERV

Capital rate

Yield (%)

 

(£m)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(yrs)

(£m)

(£psf)

(£m)

(£psf)

Net initial

Equivalent

Reversionary

Scotland

40

131.6

17.7

1.6

86.7

3.7

13.0

9.59

14.8

82.37

7.8

10.0

10.6

South East

32

224.1

30.2

1.6

87.1

2.9

17.1

12.32

20.9

139.24

5.7

7.8

8.4

North East

20

78.6

10.6

0.9

87.5

2.6

7.0

8.74

8.4

84.48

6.0

9.6

10.1

Midlands

27

124.1

16.7

1.3

93.3

3.4

10.9

8.91

12.0

94.85

7.0

8.3

8.7

North West

16

89.3

12.0

1.0

89.3

4.8

6.7

8.36

9.7

88.31

5.1

9.0

9.2

South West

13

76.3

10.3

0.5

93.4

2.8

6.4

15.69

7.6

159.23

6.5

8.4

9.0

Wales

3

18.3

2.5

0.3

87.6

6.1

1.9

8.78

1.9

69.08

8.4

9.4

9.3

Total

151

742.3

100.0

7.2

89.0

3.4

62.9

10.18

75.2

103.08

6.4

8.7

9.2

 

 

Tables may not sum due to rounding.

Top 15 Investments (by market value) as at 30 June 2020

 

Property

Sector

Anchor tenants

Market value

% of portfolio

Lettable area

EPRA occupancy

Annualised gross rent

% of gross rental income

WAULT to first break

 
 

(£m)

(%)

(Sq. Ft.)

(%)

(£m)

(yrs)

 

Juniper Park,

Basildon

Industrial

Schenker Ltd, A Share & Sons Ltd, Vanguard Logistics Services Ltd

31.5

4.2

2,77,760

85.3

2.0

3.1

2.8

 

Tay House,

Glasgow

Office

Barclays Execution Services Ltd, University of Glasgow

30.2

4.1

156,853

94.2

2.7

4.3

1.9

 

Genesis Business Park, Woking

Office

Nuvias (UK & Ireland) Ltd, Fernox Ltd, McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd

25.6

3.4

98,359

82.7

1.5

2.4

3.2

 

Buildings 2 & 3 HBOS Campus, Aylesbury

Office

Bank of Scotland Plc, The Equitable Life Assurance Society, Agria Pet Insurance Ltd

24.3

3.3

140,791

95.7

2.3

3.6

2.9

 

Hampshire Corporate Park, Eastleigh

 

Office

Aviva Health UK Ltd, National Westminster Bank Plc,

19.8

2.7

85,422

99.8

1.5

2.4

3.1

 

Norfolk House, Birmingham

Office

Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Spark44 Ltd

19.5

2.6

114,982

97.4

1.6

2.6

2.1

 

800 Aztec West, Bristol

Office

Edvance SAS, The Secretary of State for Defence

18.9

2.5

73,292

100

1.5

2.5

3.1

 

One & Two Newstead Court, Annesley

 

Office

E.ON UK Plc

16.2

2.2

146,262

100.0

1.4

2.3

3.4

 

Road 4 Winsford Industrial Estate, Winsford

 

Industrial

Jiffy Packaging Ltd

15.7

2.1

246,209

100

1.0

1.6

14.2

 

Portland Street, Manchester

Office

New College Manchester Ltd, Mott MacDonald Ltd, Darwin Loan Solutions Ltd

15.0

2.0

54,959

97.6

0.8

1.3

2.5

 

Ashby Park, Ashby De La Zouch

Office

Ceva Logistics Ltd, Brush Electrical Machines Ltd, Hill Rom UK Ltd

 

12.9

1.7

91,034

100.0

1.1

1.7

3.2

 

Columbus House, Coventry

Office

TUI Northern Europe Ltd

12.1

1.6

53,253

100.0

1.4

2.2

3.5

 

Templeton On The Green, Glasgow

Office

The Scottish Ministers, The Scottish Sports Council, Heidi Beers Ltd,

11.3

1.5

142,512

89.7

1.2

1.9

3.8

 

Oakland House, Manchester

Office

HSS Hire Service Group Ltd, Please Hold (UK) Ltd, CVS (Commercial Valuers & Surveyors) Ltd,

10.8

1.4

160,975

89.9

1.1

1.8

3.4

 

Kingscourt Leisure Conplex,Dundee

Other

Odeon Cimemas Lltd , Jag Leisure (Scotland) Ltd

10.5

1.4

83,780

88.8

0.9

1.4

15.4

 

Total

 

 

274.0

36.9

1,922,443

94.2

22.1

35.1

3.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 15 Tenants (by share of rental income) as at 30 June 2020

 

Tenant

Property

Sector

WAULT to first break

Lettable area

Annualised gross rent

% of Gross rental income

 

 

 

 

(yrs)

 

(Sq. Ft)

 

(£m)

Barclays Execution Services Ltd

Tay House, Glasgow

Waterfront Business Park, Fleet

 

Administrative and support service activities

1.4

108,386

2.2

3.6

Bank of Scotland Plc

Buildings 3 HBOS Campus, Aylesbury

Banking

2.0

92,978

1.5

2.3

High Street, Dumfries

Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government

Bennett House, Hanley

Public sector

1.7

115,753

1.4

2.3

Cromwell House, Lincoln

Norfolk House, Birmingham

Oakland House, Manchester

E.ON UK Plc

One & Two Newstead Court, Annesley

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

3.4

146,262

1.4

2.3

TUI Northern Europe Ltd

Columbus House, Coventry

Professional, scientific and technical activities

3.5

53,253

1.4

2.2

The Scottish Ministers

Calton House, Edinburgh

Public sector

2.1

111,076

1.3

2.1

Quadrant House, Dundee

Templeton On The Green, Glasgow

The Courtyard, Falkirk

Jiffy Packaging Ltd

Road 4 Winsford Industrial Estate, Winsford

Manufacturing

14.2

246,209

1.0

1.6

Edvance SAS

800 Aztec West, Bristol

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

2.9

41,285

0.9

1.4

John Menzies Plc

2 Lochside Avenue, Edinburgh

Professional, scientific and technical activities

3.1

43,780

0.9

1.4

The Royal Bank Of Scotland Plc

Cyan Building, Rotherham

Banking

1.0

67,458

0.9

1.4

SPD Development Co Ltd

Clearblue Innovation Centre, Bedford

Professional, scientific and technical activities

5.3

58,167

0.8

1.3

Aviva Central Services UK Limited

Hampshire Corporate Park, Chilworth House, Eastleigh

Other services activities

4.4

42,612

0.8

1.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odeon Cinemas Ltd

Kingscourt Leisure Complex

information and communication

15.3

41,542

0.7

1.2

Dundee

A Share & Sons Ltd

1-4 Llansamlet Retail Park,  Nantyffin Rd,Swansea

Wholesale and retail trade

3.9

75,791

0.7

1.1

Juniper Park, Basildon

Schenker Ltd

Juniper Park, Basildon

Transportation and storage

2.6

87,040

0.6

1.0

Total

 

 

3.9

1,331,592

16.6

26.4

 

Property Portfolio Sector and Region by Valuation and Income

 

By Valuation

Sector

Office

79.9%

Industrial

14.3%

Retail

  4.3%

Other

  1.5%

 

UK Region

South East

30.2%

Scotland

17.7%

Midlands

16.7%

North West

12.0%

North East

10.6%

South West

10.3%

Wales

  2.5%

 

By Income

Sector

Office

79.8%

Industrial

12.3%

Retail

  6.6%

Other

  1.4%

 

UK Region

South East

27.2%

Scotland

20.6%

Midlands

17.3%

North West

11.1%

North East

10.7%

South West

10.2%

Wales

  3.0%

 

Lease Expiry Profile

0-1 year

  6.3%

1-2 years

14.9%

2-5 years

34.5%

5+ years

44.3%

 

Tenants by Standard Industrial Classification

As at 30 June 2020:

Professional, scientific and technical activities

13.0%

Administrative and support service activities

12.8%

Manufacturing

  8.9%

Wholesale and retail trade

  8.4%

Information and communication

  8.3%

Public sector

  8.1%

Financial and insurance activities

  7.1%

Banking

  5.4%

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

  4.3%

Transportation and storage

  3.5%

Other*

20.3%

 

*Other service activities: Not specified, Human Health and Social Work Activities, Real Estate Activities, Education, Construction, Accommodation and Food Service Activities, Arts, Entertainment and Recreation, Water Supply, Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities, Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security, Charity, Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies, Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles, Mining and Quarrying and Residential.

 

Tables may not sum due to rounding.


No tenant represents more than 4% of the Group's gross rent roll as at 30 June 2020, the largest being 3.6%.

 

Stephen Inglis

London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited

Asset Manager

 

16 September 2020

 

Net Asset Value

During the period to 30 June 2020, the EPRA NAV* of the Group decreased to £442.6m (IFRS: £437.6m) from £486.3m (IFRS: £483.7m) as at 31 December 2019, equating to a decrease in the diluted EPRA NAV of 10.1pps to 102.6pps (30 June 2019: 114.3pps; 31 December 2019: 112.7pps). This includes dividends declared in the period amounting to 4.45pps.

 

The EPRA NAV decrease of circa £43.6m since 31 December 2019 was predominately due to a £33.2m revaluation of the property portfolio held at 30 June 2020, after capital expenditure amounting to £4.5m, the amount of which is yet to be fully captured in the valuation, and a realised loss of £2.0m on the disposal of investment properties.

 

As at 30 June 2020, the property portfolio was valued at a total of £742.3m (30 June 2019: £721.7m; 31 December 2019: £787.9m). The decrease over the period is a reflection of the aforementioned unrealised downward revaluation from the year end, unrecognised capital expenditure and realised disposal losses. Overall, on a like-for-like basis, the portfolio decreased by 4.3% over the six months.

 

* EPRA Net Reinstatement Value (EPRA NRV): 30 June 2020: 102.6p (30 June 2019: 114.3p; 31 December 2019: 112.7p). EPRA Net Tangible Asset (EPRA NTA): 30 June 2020:102.5p (30 June 2019: 114.1p; 31 December 2019: 112.6p).

 

The below table sets out the acquisitions, disposals and capital expenditure for the respective periods:

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2020

Six months to June 2019

Year ended

31 December 2019

 

 

£m

£m

£m

Acquisitions

 

 

 

 

Net (after costs)

0.1

20.4

89.9

 

Gross (before costs)

-

20.0

87.1

 

 

 

 

 

Disposals

 

 

 

 

Net (after costs)

15.1

19.7

24.3

 

Gross (before costs)

15.5

20.3

24.9

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Expenditure

 

 

 

 

Net (after dilapidations)

4.5

3.9

5.8

 

Gross (before dilapidations)

5.5

5.3

8.0

 

The diluted EPRA NAV per share decreased to 102.6pps (31 December 2019: 112.7pps) over the period. The EPRA NAV is reconciled in the table below:

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2020

 

Six months to 30 June 2020

 

£m

 

pence per share

 

 

 

 

Opening EPRA NAV (31 December 2019)

486.3

 

  112.7

Net rental and property income

24.1

 

5.6

Administration and other expenses

(5.9)

 

(1.4)

Loss on the disposal of investment properties

(2.0)

 

 (0.5)

Change in the fair value of investment properties

(33.2)

 

(7.7)

Change in value of right of use

(0.1)

 

EPRA NAV after operating profit

469.1

 

108.7

Net finance expense

(7.0)

 

(1.6)

Impairment of goodwill

(0.3)

 

(0.1)

Taxation

 

EPRA NAV before dividends paid

461.8

 

107.0

Dividends paid

(19.2)

 

(4.4)

Closing EPRA NAV (30 June 2020)

442.6

 

102.6

 

 

 

 

 Tables may not sum due to rounding.

 

 

 

 

INCOME STATEMENT

Operating profit before gains and losses on property assets and other investments for the period amounted to £18.1m (six months to 30 June 2019: £20.6m). The Company incurred a loss of £27.0m (six months to 30 June 2019: gain £10.7m) after finance items and before taxation. This reduction is predominately the result of two factors: firstly, a loss on the disposal of investment properties; and secondly, a loss in the fair value of investment properties over the period as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on the property market. The six months to 30 June 2020 included a full rent roll for properties held as at 31 December 2019, plus the partial rent roll for properties disposed of during the period.

 

Rental and property income amounted to £29.4m, excluding recoverable service charge income and other similar items (six months to 30 June 2019: £29.9m). The decrease was primarily the result of the decrease in the rent roll being held over the six-month period to 30 June 2020.

 

Currently more than 80% of the rental income is collected within 28 days of the due date and bad debts in the period were 0.6m (six months to 30 June 2019: 0.4m).
 

Non-recoverable property costs, excluding recoverable service charge income and other similar costs, amounted to £5.4m (six months to 30 June 2019: £3.9m), and the rent roll increased to £62.9m (six months to 30 June 2019: £57.8m).

The Company incurred a realised loss on disposal of investment properties of £2.0m (six months to 30 June 2019: gain £1.7m) during the period. These losses were incurred on smaller lot-size vacant properties so to mitigate future on-going operating costs. The change in the fair value of investment properties amounted to a loss of £33.2m (six months to 30 June 2019: loss of £2.9m). The change in value of right of use asset amounted to a charge of £0.1m (six months to 30 June 2019: £0.1m).

 

Finance expenses amount to £7.2m (six months to 30 June 2019: £6.9m). The increase is primarily due to the drawdown of the available borrowing headroom. On 26 March 2020, the Group drew down £30.7m of headroom from the Santander and Royal Bank of Scotland facilities, ensuring ample liquidity.
 

The EPRA cost ratio, including direct vacancy costs, was 38.4% (six months to 30 June 2019: 31.3%). The increase in the cost ratio is ostensibly a reflection of the increase in non-recoverable property costs. The EPRA cost ratio, excluding direct vacancy costs was 21.4% (six months to 30 June 2019: 20.1%).

 

The ongoing charges for the period ended 30 June 2020 were 4.9% (30 June 2019: 4.4%).

 

The EPRA Total Return since Listing to 30 June 2020 was 37.3% (30 June 2019: 40.8%), an annualised rate of 7.0% pa (30 June 2019: 9.8% pa).

 

Dividend

During the period to 30 June 2020, the Company declared dividends totalling 4.45pps (2019: 4.40pps). Since the period end, the Company has declared a dividend for the second quarter of 2020 of 1.50pps.

 

Period   covered

Announcement date

Ex-date

 

Payment  date

Pence per share

1 Jan 2020 to 31 Mar 2020

21 May 2020

4 Jun 2020

17 Jul 2020

1.90

1 Apr 2020 to 30 Jun 2020

26 Aug 2020

3 Sep 2020

16 Oct 2020

1.50

1 Jan 2019 to 31 Mar 2019

23 May 2019

6 Jun 2019

12 Jul 2019

1.90

1 Apr 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

29 Aug 2019

5 Sep 2019

15 Oct 2019

1.90

1 Jul 2019 to 30 Sep 2019

 14 Nov 2019

21 Nov 2019

19 Dec 2019

1.90

1 Oct 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

27 Feb 2020

5 Mar 2020

9 Apr 2020

2.55

1 Jan 2018 to 31 Mar 2018

17 May 2018

24 May 2018

13 Jul 2018

1.85

1 Apr 2018 to 30 Jun 2018

31 Aug 2018

13 Sep 2018

15 Oct 2018

1.85

1 Jul 2018 to 30 Sep 2018

 15 Nov 2018

22 Nov 2018

21 Dec 2018

1.85

1 Oct 2018 to 31 Dec 2018

21 Feb 2019

28 Feb 2019

11 Apr 2019

2.50

 

DEBT FINANCING AND GEARING

Borrowings comprise third-party bank debt, which is secured over properties owned by the Group, and repayable over the next four to nine years, with a weighted average maturity of 6.8 years (six months to 30 June 2019: 7.8 years; 31 December 2019 7.3 years).

 

The Group's borrowing facilities are with the Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows Limited & Aviva Investors Real Estate Finance, Scottish Widows Limited and Santander UK. Total bank borrowing facilities at 30 June 2020 amounted to £312.7m (31 December 2019: £294.0m) (before unamortised debt issuance costs), with £9.1m available to be drawn upon. In addition to the bank borrowings, the Group has a £50m 4.5% retail eligible bond which is due for repayment in August 2024. In aggregate, the total debt available at 30 June 2020 amounted to £371.9m (31 December 2019: £371.9m).

 

During the period, the available borrowing headroom of £30.7m was drawn down on 26 March 2020 from the Santander UK and Royal Bank of Scotland facilities. This was to ensure ample liquidity following the implementation of the Government COVID-19 regulations.

 

At 30 June 2020, the Group's cash and cash equivalent balances amounted to £67.9m (30 June 2019: £53.8m; 31 December 2019: £37.2m).

 

The Group's net LTV ratio stands at 39.7% (31 December 2019: 38.9%) before unamortised costs. The Board continues to target a net LTV ratio of 40%, with a maximum limit of 50%.

 

Debt Profile and Loan-to-Value Ratios as at 30 June 2020

 

Lender

Original facility

Outstanding debt*

Maturity date

Gross  Loan-to-Value**

Annual Interest Rate

 

 

£'000

£'000

 

 %

%

 

The Royal Bank of Scotland

55,000

53,328

Jun-2024

45.2

 

2.15 over 3 months

£ LIBOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Widows Ltd & Aviva Investors Real Estate Finance

165,000

165,000

Dec-2027

46.9

 

3.28 Fixed

 

Scottish Widows Ltd

36,000

36,000

Dec-2028

41.1

 

3.37 Fixed

 

Santander UK

65,870

58,403

Jun-2029

37.0

 

2.20 over 3 months  

£ LIBOR

 

 

 
321,870

312,731

 

 

 

 

 

Retail Bond

50,000

50,000

Aug-2024

N/A

 

4.50 Fixed

 

Total

 371,870

 362,731

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Before unamortised debt issue costs

** Based on Cushman & Wakefield property valuation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table may not sum due to rounding.

 

The Managers continue to monitor the borrowing requirements of the Group. As at 30 June 2020, the Group had substantial headroom against its applicable borrowing covenants.

 

The net gearing ratio, net debt to ordinary Shareholders' equity (diluted), of the Group was 67.4% as at 30 June 2020 (30 June 2019: 67.9%; 31 December 2019: 63.4%).

 

Interest cover, excluding amortised costs and finance lease interest, stands at 2.9 times (30 June 2019: 3.5 times; 31 December 2019: 3.6 times) and including amortised and finance lease interest costs stands at 2.5 times (30 June 2019: 3.0 times; 31 December 2019: 3.2 times).

 

Hedging

The Group applies an interest rate hedging strategy that is aligned to the property management strategy and aims to mitigate interest rate volatility on at least 90% of the debt exposure.

 

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended

 

 30 Jun 2020

30 Jun 2019*

31 Dec 2019*

 

(%)

(%)

(%)

Borrowings interest rate hedged

102.5

 

108.9

108.1

Thereof :

 

 

 

  Fixed

69.2

73.5

73.0

  Swap

16.7

17.7

17.6

  Cap

16.7

17.7

17.6

 

 

 

 

WACD*

3.4

3.5

3.5

WACD - Excluding the ZDPs**

3.4

3.5

3.5

 

 

 

 

Table may not sum due to rounding.

 

 

 

 

The over hedged position has arisen due to the entire Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander UK facilities, including any undrawn balances, being hedged by interest rate cap derivatives which have no ongoing cost to the Group.

 

* Weighted Average Cost of Debt - Weighted Average Effective Interest Rate including the cost of hedging

** Zero Dividend Preference Shares, which were assumed on 24 March 2017 and were fully repaid on 9 January 2019


Tax

The Group entered the UK REIT regime on 7 November 2015 and all of the Group's UK rental operations became exempt from UK corporation tax from that date. The exemption remains subject to the Group's continuing compliance with the UK REIT rules.

 

At 30 June 2020, the Group recognised a tax credit of £0.1m, which comprised tax provisions for the year offset by the release of tax previously provided for in prior years, which are now concluded and not payable.

 

Toscafund Asset Management LLP

Investment Manager

 

16 September 2020 

 

DIRECTORS' STATEMENT OF PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

 

Effective risk management is a cornerstone in the delivery of the Company's strategy and integral to the achievement of its objective of delivering long term value through active asset management across a highly diversified portfolio. The principal risks and uncertainties that the Group faces are summarised below and described in detail on pages 50 to 55 of the 2020 Annual Report, which is available on the Group's website at www.regionalreit.com - Annual Report 2020. The Audit Committee, which assists the Board with its responsibility for managing risk, considers that there have been no substantial changes to these principal risks. However, several principal risks are currently elevated (as set out in the 2020 Annual Report & Accounts), as a result of Covid-19 restrictions and potential economic uncertainty associated with the UK's departure from the EU.

 

A summary of the Group's principal risks for the second half of the year is provided below.

 

Strategic

Investment decisions could result in lower dividend income and capital returns to our Shareholders.

 

COVID-19

The economic disruption resulting from Covid-19 could further impact rental incomes, the valuation of the Group's property portfolio, the ability to access funding at competitive rates, the Company's ability to maintain a dividend and adherence to the HMRC REIT regime requirements, especially if restrictions remain in place for a prolonged period of time. In particular, Government restrictions on the use of landlord remedies may impact the Company's ability to operate as effectively as usual.

 

Valuation

The valuation of the Group's portfolio, undertaken by the external valuer, Cushman & Wakefield, could impact the Group's profitability and net assets.

 

Economic and political

The macro-health of the UK economy could impact on borrowing and hedging costs, demand by tenants for suitable properties and the quality of the tenants. The run-up to the Brexit transition period at the end of 2020 and the subsequent period is likely to see increased disruptionin the UK economy.  

 

Funding

The Group may not be able to secure further debt on acceptable terms, which could impinge upon investment opportunities and the ability to grow the Group. Bank interest reference rates maybe set to rise accompanying higher inflation.

 

Tenant

Type and concentration of tenants could result in a lower rental income.  A higher concentration of lease term maturity and/or break options, could result in a more volatile rental income.

 

Financial and tax change

Changes to UK financial legislation and the tax regime could result in lower rental income.

 

Operational

Business disruption could result in lower rental income.

 

Accounting, legal and regulatory

Changes to accounting, legal and regulatory requirements could affect current operating processes and the Board's ability to achieve the investment objective and provide favourable returns to our Shareholders.

 

Environmental and energy efficiency standards

Changes in the regulatory environment could impact upon the Group's cost base, operations and legal requirements which need to be adhered too. All of these risks could impinge upon the profitability of the Group.

 

INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT AND DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

 

Interim Management Report

The important events that have occurred during the period under review, the principal risks and uncertainties and the key factors influencing the financial statements for the remaining six months of the year are set out in the Chairman's Statement and the Asset and Investment Managers' Report.

 

The principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Group are substantially unchanged since the date of the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 and are summarised above.

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements for the period from 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020 are unaudited and do not constitute annual statutory accounts for the purposes of the Law.

 

Going Concern

The financial statements continue to be prepared on a going concern basis. The Directors have reviewed areas of potential financial risk and cash flow forecasts. No material uncertainties have been detected which would influence the Group's ability to continue as a going concern for a period of not less than 12 months. Accordingly, the Board of Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Further detail on the assessment of going concern can be found in note 2.3.

 

Responsibility Statement of the Directors in respect of the Half-Yearly Report

 

In accordance with Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rule 4.2.10R we, the Directors of the Company (whose names are listed in full below), confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

 

a)  the condensed set of consolidated financial statements has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard (IAS) 34, "Interim Financial Reporting", as adopted by the European Union, as required by Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rule DTR 4.2.4R, and gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and loss of the Group;

 

b)  this Half-Yearly Report includes a fair review, required under DTR 4.2.7R, of the important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year, their impact on the condensed set of consolidated financial statements and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

 

c)  this Half-Yearly Report includes a fair review, required under DTR 4.2.8R, of 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 and or performance of the Group during that period; and any changes in the related party transaction described in the last Annual Report that could do so.

 

This Half-Yearly Report was approved and authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 16 September 2020 and the above responsibility statement was signed on its behalf by:

 

Kevin McGrath

Chairman.

 

16 September 2020

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2019

 (unaudited)

£'000 

 

Year

ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000 

Continuing Operations

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Rental and property income

5

36,964

35,411

75,645

Property costs

6

(12,886)

(9,399)

(20,681)

 

 

 

 

 

Net rental and property income

 

24,078

26,012

54,964

Administrative and other expenses

7

(5,945)

(5,430)

(10,904)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit before gains and losses on property assets and other investments

 

18,133

 

20,582

 

44,060

(Loss)/gain on disposal of investment properties

13

(1,965)

1,653

1,662

Change in fair value of investment properties

13

(33,218)

(2,883)

(3,513)

Change in fair value of right of use assets

 

(98)

(105)

(194)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating (loss)/profit

 

(17,148)

19,247

42,015

Finance income

8

80

65

155

Finance expense

9

(7,117)

(6,860)

(13,880)

Impairment of goodwill

14

(279)

(279)

(557)

Net movement in fair value of derivative financial instruments

 

17

(2,562)

 

(1,436)

 

(1,479)

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit before tax

 

(27,026)

10,737

26,254

Taxation

10

65

(49)

257

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive (loss)/income for the period (attributable to owners of the parent Company)

(26,961)

10,688

 

26,511

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income arises from continuing operations.

 

(Losses)/earnings per share - basic and diluted

11

(6.2p)

2.9p

 

6.6p

 

The notes below are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000 

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000 

31 December

 2019

(audited)

£'000 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Investment properties

13

742,300 

721,695 

787,915 

Right of use assets

 

16,253 

15,989 

16,351 

Goodwill

14

279 

836 

558 

Non-current receivables on tenant loan

 

1,108 

1,274 

1,156 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

759,940 

739,794 

805,980 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

35,973 

27,571 

32,158 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

67,913 

53,834 

37,248 

 

 

103,886 

81,405 

69,406 

Total assets

 

863,826 

821,199 

875,386 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(36,071)

(34,143)

(22,153)

Deferred income

 

(12,408)

(9,601)

(13,301)

Taxation liabilities

 

(633)

(968)

(736)

 

 

(49,112)

(44,712)

(36,190)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Bank and loan borrowings

15

(306,917)

(285,633)

(287,856)

Retail eligible bonds

16

(49,363)

(49,214)

(49,286)

Derivative financial instruments

17

(4,378)

(1,773)

(1,816)

Lease liabilities

 

(16,491)

(16,068)

(16,510)

 

 

(377,149)

(352,688)

(355,468)

Total liabilities

 

(426,261)

(397,400)

(391,658)

Net assets

 

437,565 

423,799 

483,728 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Stated capital

18

430,819 

370,316 

430,819 

Retained earnings

 

6,746 

53,483 

52,909 

Total equity attributable to owners of the parent Company

 

437,565 

 

423,799 

483,728 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per share - basic and diluted

 

19

 

101.4p

 

113.7p

 112.1p

 

The notes below are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

Attributable to owners of the parent company

 

 

 

Notes

Stated

capital

£'000

Retained 

earnings 

£'000 

 

Total 

£'000 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2020

 

430,819

52,909 

483,728 

Total comprehensive loss

 

-

(26,961)

(26,961)

Dividends paid

12

-

(19,202)

(19,202)

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2020

 

430,819

6,746 

437,565 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

Attributable to owners of the parent company

 

 

 

Notes

Stated

capital

£'000

Retained 

earnings 

£'000 

 

Total 

£'000 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2019

 

370,316

59,199 

429,515 

Total comprehensive income

 

-

10,688 

10,688 

Dividends paid

12

-

(16,404)

(16,404)

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2019

 

370,316

53,483 

423,799 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

Attributable to owners of the parent company

 

 

 

Notes

Stated

capital

£'000

Retained

earnings

£'000

 

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2019

 

370,316

59,199

429,515

Total comprehensive income

 

-

26,511

26,511

Issue of share capital

18

62,500

-

62,500

Share issue costs

18

(1,997)

-

(1,997)

Dividends paid

12

-

(32,801)

(32,801)

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2019

 

430,819

52,909

483,728

 

 

 

 

 

 

The notes below are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months 

ended 

30 June 

2020 

(unaudited)

£'000 

Six months 

ended 

30 June 

2019 

(unaudited)

£'000 

Year 

ended 

31 December 

2019

(audited)

£'000 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the period before taxation

(27,026)

10,737

26,254 

- Change in fair value of investment properties

33,218

2,883

3,513 

- Change in fair value of financial derivative instruments

2,562

1,436

1,479 

- Loss/(gain) on disposal of investment properties

1,965

(1,653)

(1,662)

- Change in fair value of right of use assets

97

105

194 

Impairment of goodwill

279

279 

557 

Finance income

(80)

(65)

(155)

Finance expenses

7,117

6,860

13,880 

Increase in trade and other receivables

(5,244)

(4,898)

(7,881)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables and deferred income

6,754

 

(5,233)

 

(10,157)

Cash generated from operations

 

19,642

10,451

26,022 

Finance costs

(6,325)

(6,236)

(12,165)

Payment for the interest portion of the lease liability

(290)

-

(583)

Taxation received/(paid)

 

32

(844)

(839)

Net cash flow generated from operating activities

13,059

3,371 

12,435

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of investment properties and subsequent expenditure

(4,625)

(4,273)

(49,917)

Sale of investment properties

 

15,057

19,703

24,294

Interest received

 

73

76

163

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

(19,769)

(43,943)

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flow generated from/(used in) investing activities

10,505 

(4,263)

(69,403)

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from the issue of shares

 

62,500

Share issue costs

 

(1,997)

Dividends paid

 

(11,516)

(9,741)

(32,534)

Zero Dividend Preference Shareholders repaid

(39,879)

(39,879)

Bank borrowings advanced

 

30,698

20,246 

22,911

Bank borrowings repaid

 

(11,967)

(19,103)

(19,398)

Bank borrowing costs paid

 

(95)

(1,620)

(2,168)

Bond issue costs paid

 

-

-

  (7)

Lease repayments

 

(19)

-

(35)

Net cash flow generated from/(used in) financing activities

7,101

(50,097)

(10,607)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents for

the period

30,665

(50,989)

(67,575)

Cash and cash equivalents at the start of the period

37,248

104,823

104,823

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

67,913

53,834

37,248

 

 

 

 

 

The notes below are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

1. Corporate information

The condensed consolidated financial statements of the Group for the six months ended 30 June 2020 comprise the results of the Company and its subsidiaries (together constituting the "Group") and were approved by the Board and authorised for issue on 16 September 2020.

 

The Company is a company limited by shares incorporated in Guernsey under The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, as amended (the "Law"). The Company's Ordinary Shares are admitted to, and, traded on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange ("LSE").

 

The Company was incorporated on 22 June 2015 and is registered with the Guernsey Financial Services Commission as a Registered Closed-Ended Collective Investment Scheme pursuant to The Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1987, as amended, and the Registered Collective Investment Schemes Rules 2015.

 

The Company did not begin trading until 6 November 2015 when the shares were admitted to trading on the LSE.

 

The nature of the Group's operations and its principal activities are set out in the Chairman's Statement.

 

The address of the registered office is: Mont Crevelt House, Bulwer Avenue, St. Sampson, Guernsey, GY2 4LH.

 

2. Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2020 have been prepared on a going concern basis in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the FCA and with IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting, as adopted by the EU.

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a historical cost basis, as modified for the Group's investment properties and certain financial assets and financial liabilities (including derivative instruments) at fair value through profit or loss.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial information should be read in conjunction with the Group's audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the EU.

 

2.1. Comparative period

The comparative financial information presented herein for the six months ended 30 June 2019 and year ended 31 December 2019 do not constitute full statutory accounts within the meaning of the Law. The Group's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 were delivered to the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. The Group's independent Auditor's report on those Accounts was unqualified and did not include references to any matters to which the Auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report.

 

2.2.  Functional and presentation currency

The consolidated financial information is presented in Pounds Sterling which is also the Group's functional currency, and all values are rounded to the nearest thousand (£'000s) pounds, except where otherwise indicated.

 

2.3. Going concern

The Directors have made an assessment of the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. This assessment included consideration of the current uncertainties created by COVID-19, coupled with the Group's cash resources, borrowing facilities, rental income, acquisition and disposals of investment properties, elective and committed capital expenditure and dividend distributions.

 

The Group ended the period under review with £67.9m of cash and cash equivalents, of which £50.8m was unrestricted cash. In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19 and to ensure ample liquidity, the Directors decided to draw down available borrowing headroom. On 26 March 2020, the Group drew down £30.7m of available borrowing headroom from the Santander UK and the Royal Bank of Scotland facilities. As a result of the drawdown and combined with repayments, the borrowing facilities increased from £344.0m at 31 December 2019 to £362.7m as at 30 June 2020, with an LTV of 39.7%, based upon the value of Company's investment properties as at 30 June 2020. In respect of the Company's borrowings, the first of its facilities to mature is for £55.0m in June 2024, which is held with the Royal Bank of Scotland.

 

As at 11 September 2020, the first half 2020 rent collected was 97.6%, only 180bps reduced from the position as at the same date in the first half 2019.

 

Given the substantial amount of unrestricted cash currently held by the Group and the limited level of committed capital expenditure in the forthcoming 12 months, the Directors are satisfied that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence, for a period no less than 12 months from the date of these Financial Statements.

 

Furthermore, the Directors are not aware of any material uncertainties that may cast significant doubt upon the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. Accordingly, the Directors consider that it is appropriate to prepare the Financial Statements on a going concern basis.

 

2.4. Business combinations

At the time of acquisition, the Group considers whether each acquisition represents the acquisition of a business or the acquisition of an asset. For an acquisition of a business where an integrated set of activities are acquired in addition to the property, the Group accounts for the acquisition as a business combination under IFRS 3 Business Combinations.

 

Where such acquisitions are not judged to be the acquisition of a business, they are not treated as business combinations. Rather, the cost to acquire the corporate entity is allocated between the identifiable assets and liabilities of the entity based upon their relative fair values at the acquisition date. Accordingly, no goodwill or additional deferred tax arises.

 

2.5. Leases

IFRS 16, is effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019. Under IFRS 16, most leased assets are capitalised as "right of use assets" by recognising the present value of the lease payments as an asset and a financial liability representing the obligation to make future lease payments.

 

The Group has a number of leases concerning the long-term lease of land associated with its long leasehold investment properties. At 30 June 2020, there was £26,407,000 of ground rent committed under these leases (30 June 2019: £25,272,000; 31 December 2019: £50,054,000) and the charge for ground rent for the period ended 30 June 2020 was £309,000 (30 June 2019: £309,000 and for the year 31 December 2018: £618,000).

 

Under IFRS 16, the Group recognises the right of use asset in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position and this is valued at fair value as the underlying asset is an Investment Property. The change in fair value is recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income. In addition, a financial liability is recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position which is valued at the present value of future lease payments using the Group's incremental borrowing rate. Lease payments (also known as ground rent) which were previously recognised within non-recoverable property costs, now upon payment, reduce the financial liability. The financial liability is recalculated at each reporting date, lease payments reduce the financial liability and interest on the financial liability is recognised in finance costs. IFRS 16 has been applied from 1 January 2019 and the modified retrospective approach to measure the right of use asset at the same value as the financial liability has been taken and comparatives have not been restated. At 1 January 2019, a right of use asset and the financial liability of £16,545,000 and £16,545,000 respectively were recognised.

 

The right of use asset and the financial liability were measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments, discounted using the Group's incremental borrowing rate as of 1 January 2019. The incremental borrowing rate used to determine the right of use asset has been determined with consideration to the rate at which the Group would pay on its borrowings to acquire an asset of similar value to the right of use asset. The Group considers this to be equivalent to the Group's weighted average cost of debt, being 3.5%. This single discount rate has been applied across the whole portfolio of leases.

 

At 30 June 2020, the financial liability was adjusted for the interest as the lease liability is carried at fair value, with amounts recognised within finance costs for movements on the finance liability. The right of use asset was calculated at fair value with the change in fair value charged to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income. Under the modified retrospective approach in IFRS 16, comparative information is not required to be restated

 

3. Significant accounting judgements, estimates and assumptions

The preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent liabilities at the reporting date. However, uncertainty about these assumptions and estimates could result in outcomes that require a material adjustment to the carrying amount of the asset or liability affected in future periods.

 

3.1. Critical accounting estimates and assumptions

The principal estimates that may be material to the carrying amount of assets and liabilities are as follows:

 

3.1.1. Valuation of investment property

The fair value of investment property, which has a carrying value at the reporting date of £742,300,000 (30 June 2019: £721,695,000; 31 December 2019: £787,915,000) is determined, by independent property valuation experts, to be the estimated amount for which a property should exchange on the date of the valuation in an arm's length transaction. Properties have been valued on an individual basis. The valuation experts use recognised valuation techniques applying the principles of both IAS 40 Investment Property and IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement.

 

The valuations have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the RICS Valuation - Global Standards which incorporate the International Valuation Standards ("IVS") and the RICS Valuation UK National Supplement (the "RICS Red Book") edition current at the Valuation Date. It follows that the valuations are compliant with "IVS". Factors reflected include current market conditions, annual rentals, lease lengths and location. The significant methods and assumptions used by valuers in estimating the fair value of investment property are set out in note 13.

 

The valuations have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the RICS Valuation - Global Standards which incorporate the International Valuation Standards ("IVS") and the RICS Valuation UK National Supplement (the "RICS Red Book") edition current at the Valuation Date. It follows that the valuations are compliant with "IVS". Factors reflected include current market conditions, annual rentals, lease lengths and location. The significant methods and assumptions used by valuers in estimating the fair value of investment property are set out in note 13.

 

In relation to Brexit, the ongoing negotiations with regards to the terms of the UK's exit from the EU has meant that property market remains uncertain, however there is further uncertainty concerning the impact of COVID 19.

 

Included within the valuation report is the following COVID 19 Material Valuation Uncertainty clause:

 

"The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), declared by the World Health Organisation as a 'Global Pandemic' on the 11 March 2020, has impacted many aspects of daily life and the global economy - with some real estate markets experiencing significantly lower levels of transactional activity and liquidity.

 

As at the valuation date, in the case of those properties expressly highlighted in an Appendix of this report there is a shortage of market evidence for comparison purposes, to inform opinions of value. Our valuation of these properties is therefore reported as being subject to 'material valuation uncertainty' as set out in VPS 3 and VPGA 10 of the RICS Valuation - Global Standards. Consequently, less certainty - and a higher degree of caution - should be attached to our valuation than would normally be the case.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, the inclusion of the 'material valuation uncertainty' declaration above does not mean that the valuation cannot be relied upon. Rather, the declaration has been included to ensure transparency of the fact that - in the current extraordinary circumstances - less certainty can be attached to the valuation than would otherwise be the case. The material uncertainty clause is to serve as a precaution and does not invalidate the valuation. Given the unknown future impact that COVID-19 might have on the real estate market and the difficulty in differentiating between short term impacts and long-term structural changes, we recommend that you keep the valuations contained within this report under frequent review."

 

3.1.2. Fair valuation of interest rate derivatives

In accordance with IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, the Group values its interest rate derivatives at fair value. The fair values are estimated by the loan counterparty with a revaluation occurring on a quarterly basis. The counterparties will use a number of assumptions in determining the fair values including estimates of future interest rates and therefore future cash flows. The fair value represents the net present value of the difference between the cash flows produced by the contracted rate and the valuation rate. The carrying value of the derivatives at the reporting date was £4,378,000 (30 June 2019: £1,773,000; 31 December 2019: £1,816,000).

 

3.1.3. Estimated impairment of goodwill

The Group tests annually whether goodwill has suffered any impairment. The recoverable amounts of cash generating units have been determined based on value-in-use calculations. These calculations require the use of estimates. The carrying value of the goodwill at the reporting date was £279,000 (30 June 2019; £836,000; 31 December 2019: £558,000).

 

3.1.4. Dilapidation income

The Group recognises dilapidation income in the Group's Statement of Comprehensive Income when the right to receive the income arises. In determining accrued dilapidations, the Group has considered historic recovery rates, while also factoring in expected costs associated with recovery.

 

3.1.5. Operating lease contracts - the group as lessee

The Group holds a number of leases concerning the long-term lease of land. Under IFRS 16, most leased assets are capitalised as "right of use assets" by recognising the present value of the lease payments as an asset and a financial liability representing the obligation to make future lease payments. Assumptions and estimates for the calculation of the value of the right of use asset and financial liability are outlined in note 2.5.

 

3.2. Critical judgements in applying the Group's accounting policies

In the process of applying the Group's accounting policies, management has made the following judgements, which have the most significant effect on the amounts recognised in the condensed consolidated financial statements:

 

3.2.1. Operating lease contracts - the Group as lessor

The Group has acquired investment properties that are subject to commercial property leases with tenants. The Group has determined, based on an evaluation of the terms and conditions of the arrangements, particularly the duration of the lease terms and minimum lease payments, that it retains all of the significant risks and rewards of ownership of these properties and so accounts for the leases as operating leases.

 

3.2.2. Performance fee

The Asset Manager and the Investment Manager are each entitled to 50% of the performance fee. The fee is calculated at a rate of 15% of the total shareholder return in excess of the hurdle rate of 8% per annum for the relevant performance period. Total shareholder return for any performance period consists of the sum of any increase or decrease in EPRA NAV per Ordinary Share and the total dividends per Ordinary Share declared in the performance period.

 

A performance fee is only payable in respect of a performance period where the EPRA NAV per Ordinary Share exceeds the highwater mark which is equal to the greater of the highest year-end EPRA NAV per Ordinary Share in any previous performance period or the placing price (100p per Ordinary Share). The performance fee was calculated initially on 31 December 2018 and will be calculated annually thereafter.

 

In the period to date, the Group has not met the criteria for a performance fee. However, future circumstances may dictate that a performance fee is ultimately due. Further details are disclosed in note 21.

 

3.2.3. Recognition of income

Service charges and other similar receipts are included in net rental and property income gross of the related costs as the Directors consider the Group acts as principal in this respect.

 

3.3. Consolidation of entities in which the Group holds less than 50%

Management considered that up until 9 November 2018, the Group had de facto control of View Castle Limited (previously known as Credential Investment Holdings Limited) and its 27 subsidiaries (the "Credential Sub Group") by virtue of the amended and restated Call Option Agreement dated 3 November 2015. Following a restructure of the Credential Sub Group, the majority of properties held within the Credential Sub Group were transferred into two new SPVs with two additional properties to be transferred into these SPVs at a later date. A new call option was entered into dated 9 November 2018 with View Castle Limited and five of its subsidiaries (the "View Castle Group"). As per the previous amended and restated Call Option Agreement, under this new option the Group may acquire any of the properties held by the View Castle Group for a fixed nominal consideration. Despite having no equity holding, the Group controls the View Castle Group as the Option Agreement means that the Group is exposed to, and has rights to, variable returns from its involvement with the View Castle Group, through its power to control.

 

4. Summary of significant accounting policies

With the exception of new accounting standards listed below the accounting policies adopted in this report are consistent with those applied in the Group's statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 and are expected to be consistently applied for the current year ending 31 December 2020. The changes to the condensed consolidated financial statements arising from accounting standards effective for the first time are noted below:

 

Amendments to IFRS 3 'Business Combinations' (effective where the acquisition date is on or after the beginning of the first annual reporting period beginning on or after 1 January 2020) - makes amendments to clarify the definition of a business to help companies determine whether an acquisition is of a business or a group of assets. The amendments are expected to result in more acquisitions being accounted for as asset acquisitions.

 

As detailed in note 2.4, careful consideration is given to the accounting treatment for each acquisition. Most acquisitions made by the Group are treated as the acquisition of a group of assets, so the amendments to this standard have not had any impact on the financial statements.

 

Amendments to IAS 1 'Presentation of Financial Statements' and IAS 8 'Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors' (effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2020) - make amendments to clarify the definition of 'material'. The amendments make IFRSs more consistent but are not expected to have a significant impact on the preparation of the financial statements.

 

5. Rental and property income

 

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

Six months

 ended

30 June

2019

 (unaudited)

£'000

 

Year

 ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Rental income - freehold property

26,407

25,272

53,404

Rental income - long leasehold property

3,033

4,668

10,989

Recoverable service charge income and other similar items

7,524

 

5,471

 

11,252

 

 

 

 

 

Total

36,964

35,411

75,645

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Property costs

 

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

Six months

 ended

30 June

2019

 (unaudited)

£'000

 

Year

 ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Other property expenses and irrecoverable costs

5,362

 

3,928

 

9,429

Recoverable service charge income and other similar costs

7,524

 

5,471

 

11,252

 

 

 

 

Total

12,886

9,399

20,681

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-recoverable property costs represent direct operating expenses which arise on investment properties generating rental income.

 

Operating lease expenses are now accounted for under IFRS 16 as detailed in note 2.5

 

7. Administrative and other expenses

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

Six months

 ended

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

Year

 ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Investment management fees

1,413

1,180

2,356

Property management fees

1,127

1,122

2,280

Asset management fees

1,430

1,180

2,356

Directors' remuneration

125

125

255

Administration fees

296

320

746

Legal and professional fees

823

930

2,107

Marketing and promotion

30

50

96

Other administrative costs (including bad debts)
Bank charges

690

11

485


38

657

 
51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

5,945

5,430

10,904

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Finance income

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

Six months

 ended

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

Year

 ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Interest income

80

65

155

Total

80

65

155

 

 

 

 

 

9. Finance expenses

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

Six months

 ended

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

Year

 ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Interest payable on bank borrowings

5,208

4,820

9,904

Accrued capital entitlement on ZDP shares

-

60

60

Amortisation of loan arrangement fees

425

510

912

Amortisation of ZDP share acquisition costs

-

3

3

Bond interest

1,113

1,106

2,250

Bond issue costs amortised

77

78

157

Bond expenses

4

-

11

Lease interest

290

283

583

Total

7,117

6,860

13,880

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Taxation

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

Six months

 ended

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

Year

 ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Corporation tax (credit)/charge

(26)

10

(359)

(Decrease)/increase in deferred tax creditor

(39)

39

102 

Total

(65)

49

(257)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Group elected to be treated as a UK REIT with effect from 7 November 2015. The UK REIT rules exempt the profits of the Group's UK property rental business from corporation tax. Gains on UK properties are also exempt from tax, provided that they are not held for trading or sold in the three years after completion of development. The Group is otherwise subject to UK corporation tax.

 

Income tax and deferred tax above arise on entities which form part of the Group's condensed consolidated accounts but do not form part of the REIT group.

 

Due to the Group's REIT status and its intention to continue meeting the conditions required to obtain approval in the foreseeable future, no provision has been made for deferred tax on any capital gains or losses arising on the revaluation or disposal of investments held by entities within the REIT group. No deferred tax asset has been recognised in respect of losses carried forward due to unpredictability of future taxable profits.

 

11. Earnings per share

Earnings per share ("EPS") amounts are calculated by dividing profits for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders of the Company by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue during the period

 

The calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share is based on the following:

 

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

Six months

ended

  30 June

2019

(unaudited)

  £'000

Year

ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000

Calculation of earnings per share

 

 

 

Net (loss)/profit attributable to Ordinary Shareholders

(26,961)

10,688

26,511

Adjustments to remove:

 

 

 

Changes in value of investment properties

33,218

2,883

3,513

Changes in fair value of interest rate derivatives

and financial assets

2,562

 

1,436

 

1,479

(Loss)/gain on disposal of investment property

1,965

(1,653)

(1,662)

Impairment of goodwill

279

279

557

Deferred tax (credit)/charge

(39)

102

Income tax charged on disposal profits

39

Close out costs on borrowings and derivatives

487

487

 

 

 

 

 

EPRA net profit attributable to Ordinary Shareholders

11,024

 

14,159

 30,987

Add performance fee

- 

- 

- 

 

 

 

 

 

Company specific adjusted earnings

 

11,024

14,159

30,987

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares

431,506,583

327,821,136

398,867,828

 

 

 

 

 

(Losses)/earnings per share - basic and diluted

(6.2p)

2.9p

6.6p

EPRA Earnings per share - basic and diluted

2.6p 

3.8p

7.8p

Company specific adjusted earnings per share:

 

 

 

- basic and diluted

 

2.6p 

3.8p

7.8p

 

 

 

 

 

The Company specific adjusted earnings per share excludes the performance fee.

 

12. Dividends

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June 

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

Six months

ended

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

Year

ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000

Dividends

 

 

 

Dividend of 2.55 (2019: 2.50) pence per Ordinary share for the period 1 October - 31 December

11,004 

 

9,320

 

                   9,231 

Dividend of 1.90 (2019: 1.90) pence per Ordinary share for the period 1 January - 31 March


8,198

 

7,084

 

                  7,084 

Dividend of nil (2019: 1.90 pence per Ordinary share

for the period 1 April - 30 June


-

 

-

 

8,198

Dividend of nil (2019: 1.90) per Ordinary share

for the period 1 July - 30 September


-

 

-

 

8,198

Total

 

19,202

16,404

32,801

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 27 February 2020, the Company announced a dividend of 2.55 pence per share in respect of the period 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019. The dividend payment was made on 9 April 2020 to Shareholders on the register as at 6 March 2020.

 

On 21 May 2020, the Company announced a dividend of 1.90 pence per share in respect of the period 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020. The dividend payment was made on 17 July 2020 to Shareholders on the register as at 5 June 2020.

 

On 26 August 2020, the Company announced a dividend in respect of the period 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 of 1.50 pence per share, which will be paid on 16 October 2020 to Shareholders on the register as at 4 September 2020. These condensed consolidated financial statements do not reflect this dividend.

 

13. Investment properties

In accordance with International Accounting Standard, IAS 40, 'Investment Property', investment property has been independently valued at fair value by Cushman & Wakefield, a Chartered Surveyor who is an accredited independent valuer with recognised and relevant professional qualifications and with recent experience in the locations and categories of the investment properties being valued. The valuation has been prepared in accordance with the Red Book and incorporates the recommendations of the International Valuation Standards Committee which are consistent with the principles set out in IFRS 13.

 

The valuers have included a materiality uncertainty clause in their valuation report concerning the impact of COVID 19. Please refer to note 3.1.1 for full details.

 

The valuation is the ultimate responsibility of the Directors. Accordingly, the critical assumptions used in establishing the independent valuation are reviewed by the Board.

 

All corporate acquisitions during the period have been treated as properties purchased rather than business combinations.

 

 

 

Movement in investment properties for the

six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

Freehold 

 property 

£'000 

Long Leasehold 

 property 

£'000 

 

 

Total

£'000 

 

 

 

 

 

Valuation at 1 January 2020

 

697,908

90,007

787,915

Property additions - acquisitions

 

83

83

Property additions - subsequent expenditure

 

4,519

23

4,542

Property disposals

 

(14,793)

(264)

(15,057)

Loss on the disposal of investment properties

 

(1,714)

(251)

(1,965)

Change in fair value during the period

 

(26,223)

(6,995)

(33,218)

 

 

 

 

 

Valuation at 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

 

659,780 

82,520 

742,300 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movement in investment properties for the

six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

Freehold 

property 

£'000 

Long Leasehold

property

£'000

 

 

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Valuation at 1 January 2019

 

625,020

93,355

718,375

Property additions - acquisitions

 

20,389

-

20,389

Property additions - subsequent expenditure

 

3,660

204

3,864

Property disposals

 

(19,703)

-

(19,703)

Gain on the disposal of investment properties

 

1,653

-

1,653

Change in fair value during the period

 

(3,582)

699

(2,883)

 

 

 

 

 

Valuation at 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

 

627,437

94,258

721,695

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movement in investment properties for the

year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

Freehold 

property 

£'000 

 

Long Leasehold 

property 

£'000 

 

 

 

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Valuation at 1 January 2019

 

625,020

93,355

718,375

Property additions - acquisitions

 

89,920

89,920

Property additions - subsequent expenditure

 

5,527

238

5,765

Property disposals

 

(24,003)

(291)

(24,294)

Gain/(Loss) on the disposal of investment properties

 

1,679

(17)

1,662

Change in fair value during the year

 

(235)

(3,278)

(3,513)

 

 

 

 

 

Valuation at 31 December 2019 (audited)

 

697,908

90,007

787,915

 

 

 

 

 

The historic cost of the properties was £739,576,000 (30 June 2019: £682,011,000; 31 December 2019: £751,638,000).

 

The following table provides the fair value measurement hierarchy for investment properties:

 

 

 

 

Date of valuation:

 

 

 

Total

£'000

 

Quoted

active prices

(level 1)

£'000

Significant observable inputs

(level 2)

£'000

Significant unobservable inputs

 (level 3)

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

30 June 2020

742,300

-

-

742,300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 June 2019

721,695

-

-

721,695

 

 

 

 

 

31 December 2019

787,915

-

-

787,915

 

 

 

 

 

The hierarchy levels are defined in note 17.

 

It has been determined that the entire investment properties portfolio should be classified under the level 3 category.

 

There have been no transfers between levels during the period.

 

The determination of the fair value of the investment properties held by each consolidated subsidiary requires the use of estimates such as future cash flows from investment properties, which take into consideration lettings, tenants' profiles, future revenue streams, capital values of fixtures and fittings, any environmental matters and the overall repair and condition of the property, and discount rates applicable to those assets. Future revenue streams comprise contracted rent (passing rent) and estimated rental value after the contract period. In calculating ERV, the potential impact of future lease incentives to be granted to secure new contracts is taken into consideration. All these estimates are based on local market conditions existing at the reporting date.

 

The current volatility in the global financial system is reflected in commercial real estate markets. In arriving at their estimates of fair values as at 30 June 2019, the valuers used their market knowledge and professional judgement and did not rely solely on historical transactional comparables. With greater volatility in the global financial system, there was a greater degree of uncertainty in estimating the fair values of investments than would exist in a more stable market.

 

Techniques used for valuing investment properties

The following descriptions and definitions relate to valuation techniques and key unobservable inputs made in determining the fair values:

 

Valuation technique: market comparable method

Under the market comparable method (or market approach), a property fair value is estimated based on comparable transactions in the market.

 

Observable input: market rental

The rent at which space could be let in the market conditions prevailing at the date of valuation (range: £9,000 - £3,092,291 per annum (30 June 2019: £6,000- £3,100,291 per annum; 31 December 2019: £6,000 - £3,092,291 per annum)).

 

Observable input: rental growth

The estimated average increase in rent is based on both market estimations and contractual agreements.

 

Observable Input: net initial yield

The initial net income from a property at the accounting date, expressed as a percentage of the gross purchase price including the costs of purchase (range: 0% - 23.90%; (30 June 2019: 0% - 26.91%; 31 December 2019: 0% to 28.70%)).

 

As set out within the significant accounting estimates and judgements above, the Group's property portfolio valuation is open to judgement and is inherently subjective by nature, and actual values can only be determined in a sales transaction.

 

14. Goodwill

 

 

 

30 June 

2020 

(unaudited)

£'000 

30 June 

2019 

(unaudited)

£'000 

31 December 

 2019 

(audited)

£'000 

 

 

 

 

At start of period

558 

1,115 

1,115 

Impairment

(279)

(279)

(557)

 

 

 

 

At end of period

279 

836 

558 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill arises on the acquisition of subsidiaries and represents the excess of the consideration transferred, the amount of any non-controlling interest in the acquiree and the acquisition-date fair value of any previous equity interest in the acquiree over the fair value of the identifiable net assets acquired. If the total of consideration is transferred, non-controlling interest recognised and previously held interest measured at fair value is less than the fair value of the net assets of the subsidiary acquired in the case of a bargain purchase, the difference is recognised directly in the Group's  Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.

 

Goodwill impairment reviews are undertaken annually, or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate a potential impairment. The goodwill is compared to the recoverable amount, which is the higher of value in use and the fair value less costs of disposal. Any impairment is recognised immediately as an expense and is not subsequently reversed.

 

15. Bank and loan borrowings

Bank borrowings are secured by charges over individual investment properties held by certain asset-holding subsidiaries. The banks also hold charges over the shares of certain subsidiaries and any intermediary holding companies of those subsidiaries. Any associated fees in arranging the bank borrowings unamortised as at the period end are offset against amounts drawn on the facilities as shown in the table below:

 

 

 

 

30 June 

2020 

(unaudited)

£'000 

30 June 

2019 

(unaudited)

£'000 

31 December 

 2019 

(audited)

£'000 

 

 

 

 

Bank borrowings drawn at start of period

294,000

290,487

290,487

Bank borrowings drawn

30,698

20,246

22,911

Bank borrowings repaid

(11,967)

(19,103)

(19,398)

 

 

 

 

Bank borrowings drawn at end of period

312,731

291,630

294,000 

 

 

 

 

Less: unamortised costs at start of period

(6,144)

(4,888)

(4,888)

Less: loan issue costs incurred in the period

(95)

(1,620)

(2,168)

Add: loan issue costs amortised in the period

425

511

912

 

 

 

 

At end of period

306,917

285,633 

287,856

 

 

 

 

Maturity of bank borrowings

 

 

 

Repayable within 1 year

Repayable between 1 to 2 years

Repayable between 2 to 5 years

53,328

45,919

48,584

Repayable after more than 5 years

259,403

245,711

245,416

Amortised loan issue costs

(5,814)

(5,997)

(6,144)

 

 

 

 

 

306,917

285,633

287,856

 

 

 

 

 

The table below lists the Group's borrowings.

 

Lender

 

Original

facility

 

Outstanding debt*

 

Maturity

date

Gross

Loan to Value**

 

Annual interest rate

 

Amortisation

 

£'000

£'000

 

%

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Bank of Scotland

55,000

53,328

Jun 2024

45.2

2.15 over 3 months £ LIBOR

Mandatory prepayment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Widows Ltd. & Aviva Investors Real Estate Finance

 

 

165,000

 

 

165,000

 

 

Dec 2027

 

 

46.9

 

 

  3.28 Fixed

 

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Widows Ltd

36,000

36,000

Dec 2028

41.1

3.37 Fixed

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santander UK

58,403

Jun 2029

37.0

2.20 over 3

mth £ LIBOR

Mandatory prepayment

 

Total bank borrowings

 

312,731

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail eligible bond

50,000

Aug 2024

n/a

4.50 Fixed

none

Total

362,731

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIBOR = London Interbank Offered Rate (Sterling)

* Before unamortised debt issue costs.

** Based upon the Cushman & Wakefield property valuation.

 

The weighted average term to maturity of the Group's debt at the period end was 6.8 years (30 June 2019: 7.8 years; 31 December 2019: 7.3 years). The weighted average interest rate payable by the Group on its debt portfolio, excluding hedging costs, as at the period end was 3.2% per annum (30 June 2019: 3.4% per annum; 31 December 2019: 3.4% per annum).

 

The Group has been in compliance with all of the financial covenants of the above facilities as applicable throughout the period covered by these condensed consolidated financial statements. Each facility has distinct covenants which generally include: historic interest cover, projected interest cover, loan-to-value cover and debt service cover. A breach of agreed covenant levels would typically result in an event of default of the respective facility, giving the lender the right, but not the obligation, to declare the loan immediately due and payable. Where a loan is repaid in these circumstances, early repayment fees will apply, which are generally based on percentage of the loan repaid or calculated with reference to the interest income foregone by the lenders as a result of the repayment.

 

As shown in note 17, the Group uses a combination of interest rate swaps and fixed rate bearing loans to hedge against interest rate risks. The Group's exposure to interest rate volatility is minimal.

 

16. Retail eligible bonds

The Company launched £50,000,000 of 4.5% retail eligible bonds with a maturity date of 6 August 2024. The bonds are listed on the LSE ORB platform.

 

 

 

30 June 

2020 

(unaudited)

£'000 

30 June 

2019 

(unaudited)

£'000 

31 December 

 2019 

(audited)

£'000 

 

 

 

 

Principal at start of period

50,000

50,000

50,000

Unamortised issue costs at start of period

(714)

(864)

(864)

Issue costs

(7)  

Amortisation of issue costs

77 

78 

157

 

 

 

 

Fair value at end of period

49,363

49,214

49,286

 

17. Derivative financial instruments

Interest rate caps and swaps are in place to mitigate the interest rate risk that arises as a result of entering into variable rate borrowings.

 

 

 

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

31 December

 2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Fair value at start of period

(1,816)

(337)

(337)

Revaluation in the period

(2,562)

(1,436)

(1,479)

 

 

 

 

Fair value at end of period

(4,378)

(1,773)

(1,816)

 

 

 

 

 

The calculation of fair value of interest rate caps and swaps is based on the following calculation: the notional amount multiplied by the difference between the swap rate and the current market rate and then multiplied by the number of years remaining on the contract and discounted

 

The fair value of interest rate caps and swaps represents the net present value of the difference between the cash flows produced by the contracted rate and the current market rate over the life of the instrument

 

The table below details the hedging and swap notional amounts and rates against the details of the Group's loan facilities.

 

 

Lender

Original facility

 

Outstanding debt

 

Maturity

date

 

 

Annual interest rate

 

Notional amount

 

 

Rate

 

£'000

£'000

 

%

£'000

%

Royal Bank of Scotland

55,000

53,328

Jun 2024

 

2.15 over 3mth £ LIBOR

Swap £27,500

Cap £27,500

1.26

1.26

Scottish Widows Ltd. & Aviva Investors Real Estate Finance

165,000

 

 

165,000

 

 

Dec 2027

 

 

   3.28 Fixed

 

 

n/a

 

 

n/a

Scottish Widows Ltd

36,000

36,000

Dec 2028

 

3.37 Fixed

n/a

n/a

Santander UK

65,870

58,403

Jun 2029

 

2.20 over 3mth £ LIBOR

Swap £32,935

Cap £32,935

1.80

1.80

Total bank borrowings

321,870

 

312,731

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIBOR = London Interbank Offered Rate (Sterling)

 

As at 30 June 2020, the swap notional arrangements were £60.4m (30 June 2019: £60.5m; 31 December 2019: £60.5m).

 

The Group weighted average cost of debt rate of 3.4%, (30 June 2019: 3.5%; 31 December 2019: 3.5%) is inclusive of hedging costs.

 

The maximum exposure to credit risk at the reporting date is the fair value of the derivative liabilities.

 

It is the Group's target to hedge at least 90% of the total loan portfolio using fixed-rate facilities or interest rate derivatives. As at the period end date, the total proportion of hedged debt equated to 102.9% (30 June 2019: 110.4%; 31 December 2019: 109.5%), as shown below.

 

 

 

30 June 

2020 

(unaudited) 

£'000 

30 June 

2019 

(unaudited) 

£'000 

31 December 

 2019 

(audited) 

£'000 

 

 

 

 

Total bank borrowings

312,731 

291,630 

294,000 

Notional value of interest rate caps and swaps

120,870 

121,000 

121,000 

Value of fixed rate debts

201,000 

201,000 

201,000 

 

321,870 

322,000 

322,000 

 

 

 

 

Proportion of hedged debt

102.9% 

110.4% 

109.5% 

 

Fair value hierarchy

The following table provides the fair value measurement hierarchy for interest rate derivatives.

 

The different levels are defined as follows.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For assets and liabilities that are recognised in the condensed consolidated financial statements on a recurring basis, the Group determines whether transfers have occurred between levels in the hierarchy by reassessing categorisation at the end of each reporting period.

 

 

 

 

 

Interest rate derivatives

 

 

 

Total

£'000

 

Quoted active prices

(level 1)

£'000

Significant observable inputs

(level 2)

£'000

Significant unobservable inputs

 (level 3)

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

30 June 2020

(4,378)

-

(4,378)

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 June 2019

(1,773)

-

(1,773)

-

 

 

 

 

 

31 December 2019

(1,816)

-

(1,816)

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fair values of these contracts are recorded in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position and are determined by forming an expectation that interest rates will exceed strike rates and by discounting these future cash flows at the prevailing market rates as at the period end.

 

There have been no transfers between levels during the period.

 

The Group has not adopted hedge accounting.

 

18. Stated capital

Stated capital represents the consideration received by the Company for the issue of Ordinary shares.

 

 

 

 

 

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

31 December 

 2019 

(audited)

£'000 

Issued and fully paid shares at no par value

 

 

 

At start of the period

430,819

370,316

370,316 

Shares issued 23 July 2019

-

-

62,500 

Share issue costs

-

-

(1,997)

 

 

 

 

At end of the period

430,819

370,316

430,819 

 

 

 

 

Number of shares in issue

 

 

 

At start of the period

431,506,583

372,821,136

372,821,136 

Shares issued 23 July 2019

-

-

58,685,447 

At end of the period

431,506,583

372,821,136

431,506,583 

 

 

 

 

 

19. Net asset value per share (NAV)

Basic NAV per share is calculated by dividing the net assets in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the number of Ordinary Shares in issue at the end of the period.

 

EPRA NAV is a key performance measure used in the real estate industry which highlights the fair value of net assets on an ongoing long-term basis. Assets and liabilities that are not expected to crystallise in normal circumstances such as the fair value of derivatives and deferred taxes on property valuation surpluses are therefore excluded.

 

Net asset values have been calculated as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

30 June 

  2020 

  (unaudited) 

£'000 

30 June 

2019 

(unaudited)

£'000 

31 December 

2019 

(audited) 

£'000 

 

Net asset value per Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

437,565 

 

423,799 

 

483,728 

 

Adjustment for calculating EPRA net replacement value

 

 

 

 

Derivative financial instruments

4,378 

1,773 

1,816 

 

Deferred tax liability

698 

673 

736 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPRA net asset value

442,641 

426,245 

486,280 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Ordinary Shares in issue

431,506,583 

372,821,136 

431,506,583 

 

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per share - basic and diluted

101.4p 

113.7p 

112.1p 

EPRA net asset value per share - basic and diluted

102.6p 

114.3p 

112.7p 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New EPRA NAV performance metrics have recently been introduced. These are disclosed in the table of EPRA performance measures in appendix below. The table above refers to the old EPRA NAV measure which is used in the calculation of fees as disclosed in note 21.

 

20. Segmental information

After a review of the information provided for management purposes, it was determined that the Group had one operating segment and therefore segmental information is not disclosed in these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

21. Transactions with related parties

Transactions with the Asset Manager, London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited and the Property Manager, London & Scottish Property Asset Management Limited

Stephen Inglis is a non-executive Director of the Company, as well as being the Chief Executive Officer of London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited ("LSPIM") and a director of London & Scottish Property Asset Management Limited. The former company has been contracted to act as the Asset Manager of the Group and the latter as the Property Manager.

 

In consideration for the provision of services provided, the Asset Manager is entitled in each financial year (or part thereof) to 50% of an annual management fee on a scaled rate of 1.1% of the EPRA NAV, reducing to 0.9% on net assets over £500,000,000. The fee shall be payable in cash quarterly in arrears.

 

In respect of each portfolio property the Asset Manager has procured and shall, with the Company in future, procure that LSPAM is appointed as the Property Manager. A property management fee of 4% per annum is charged by the Property Manager on a quarterly basis: 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December, based upon the gross rental yield. Gross rental yield means the rents due under the property's lease for the peaceful enjoyment of the property, including any value paid in respect of rental renunciations, but excluding any sums paid in connection with service charges or insurance costs.

 

The Asset Manager is also entitled to a performance fee. Details of the performance fee are given below.

 

The following tables show the fees charged in the period and the amount outstanding at the end of the period:

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

Six months

 ended

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

Year

 ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Asset management fees charged*

1,430

1,180

2,356

Property management fees charged*

1,127

1,122

2,280

Performance fee

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

Total

2,557

2,302

4,636

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

31 December

 2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Total fees outstanding*

1,347

870

1,275

 

 

 

 

 

* Including irrecoverable VAT charged where appropriate

 

Transactions with the Investment Manager, Toscafund Asset Management LLP

Tim Bee is a non-executive Director of the Company, as well as being Chief Legal Counsel of the Investment Manager.

 

In consideration for the provision of services provided, the Investment Manager is entitled in each financial year (or part thereof) to 50% of an annual management fee on a scaled rate of 1.1% of the EPRA NAV reducing to 0.9% on net assets over £500,000,000. The fee is payable in cash quarterly in arrears.

 

The Investment Manager is also entitled to a performance fee. Details of the performance fee are given below.

 

The following tables show the fees charged in the period and the amount outstanding at the end of the period:

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

Six months

ended

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

Year

ended

31 December

2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Investment management fees charged

1,413

1,180

2,356

Performance fee

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

Total

1,413

1,180

2,356

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 June

2020

(unaudited)

£'000

30 June

2019

(unaudited)

£'000

31 December

 2019

(audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Total fees outstanding

665

590

591

 

 

 

 

 

Performance fee

The Asset Manager and the Investment Manager are each entitled to 50% of a performance fee. The fee is calculated at a rate of 15% of the total shareholder return in excess of the hurdle rate of 8% per annum for the relevant performance period. Total shareholder return for any financial year consists of the sum of any increase or decrease in EPRA NAV per Ordinary Share and the total dividends per Ordinary Share declared in the financial year. A performance fee is only payable in respect of a performance period where the EPRA NAV per Ordinary Share exceeds the high water mark which is equal to the greater of the highest year-end EPRA NAV Ordinary Share in any previous performance period. The performance fee was calculated initially on 31 December 2018 and annually thereafter.

 

The performance fees are now payable 34% in cash and 66% in Ordinary Shares, at the prevailing price per share, with 50% of the shares locked-in for one year and 50% of the shares locked-in for two years.

 

Based on the EPRA NAV of the Group as at 30 June 2020 and assuming the annual hurdle rate of return is exceeded on average over the remainder of the period to 31 December 2020, the performance fee liability for the period from 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020 was estimated at £nil (1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019: £nil; 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019: £nil).

 

22. Subsequent events

There have been no subsequent events between the period year and the release of this report.

 

EPRA PERFORMANCE MEASURES

The Group is a member of the European Public Real Estate Association ("EPRA").

 

EPRA has developed and defined the following performance measures to give transparency, comparability and relevance of financial reporting across entities which may use different accounting standards. The Group is pleased to disclose the following measures which are calculated in accordance with EPRA guidance:

 

EPRA Performance Measure

Definition

EPRA Performance Measure

30 June

2020

31 December

2019

EPRA EARNINGS

Earnings from operational activities.

 

 

EPRA Earnings

 

 

 

 

£11,024,000

 

 

 

 

£30,987,000

 

 

EPRA Earnings per share (basic and diluted)

 

2.6p

 

7.8p

 

 

Company Adjusted Earnings

Company Specific Earnings Measure which adds back the performance fee charged in the accounts

 

 

Adjusted Earnings

 

 

 

 

£11,024,000

 

 

 

 

£30,987,000

 

 

EPRA Earnings per share (basic and diluted)

 

2.6p

 

7.8p

 

 

EPRA Net

Reinstatement Value

 

This EPRA Net Asset Value Measure

assumes that entities never sell

assets and aims to represent the

value required to rebuild the entity.

 

EPRA Net Reinstatement

Value

 

 

£442,641,000

 

 

£486,280,000

 

EPRA NRV per share

(diluted)

 

 

102.6p

 

112.7p

 

EPRA Net Tangible Assets

 

This EPRA Net Asset Value Measure assumes that entities buy and sell assets, thereby crystallising certain levels of unavoidable deferred tax.

 

 

 

EPRA Net Tangible Assets

 

 

 

 

£442,362,000

 

 

 

£485,722,000

 

EPRA NTA per share (diluted)

 

102.5p

 

112.6p

 

EPRA Net Disposal Value

This EPRA Net Asset Value Measure represents the shareholders' value under a disposal scenario, where deferred tax, financial instruments and certain other adjustments are calculated to the full extent of their liability, net of any resulting tax.

 

 

EPRA Net Disposal Value 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£425,504,000

 

 

 


 

£475,135,000 

 

 

EPRA NDV per share (diluted)

 

 

98.6p 

 

109.7p

 

EPRA Net Initial Yield

Annualised rental income based on the cash rents passing at the balance sheet date, less non-recoverable property operating expenses, divided by the market value of the property with (estimated) purchasers' costs.


EPRA Net Initial Yield

 

 

 

 

 


6.4%

 

6.2%

EPRA 'Topped-up' NIY

This measure incorporates an adjustment to the ERA NIY in respect of the expiration of rent-free periods (or other unexpired lease incentives such as discounted rent periods and stepped rents)

EPRA 'Topped-up' Net Initial Yield

 

 

 

 

 

7.0%

6.9%

EPRA Vacancy Rate

Estimated Market Rental Value (ERV) of vacancy space divided by ERV of the whole portfolio

EPRA Vacancy Rate

 

 

 11.0%

 

10.6%

EPRA Costs Ratio

Administrative and operating costs (including and excluding costs of direct vacancy divided by gross rental income)

 

EPRA Costs Ratio

 

 

 

36.3%

 

 

 

31.6%

 

 

EPRA Costs Ratio

(excluding direct vacancy costs)

 


21.4%

 


18.7%

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE CALCULATION OF THE EPRA PERFORMANCE MEASURES

 

1.  EPRA earnings

For calculations, please refer to note 11 to the financial statements.

 

2.  EPRA Net Reinstatement Value

 

 

 

30 June 

2020 

£'000 

 

31 December 

2019 

£'000 

 

 

 

 

NAV per the financial statements

437,565 

 

483,728 

Fair value of derivative financial instruments

4,378 

 

1,816 

Deferred tax liability

698 

 

736 

EPRA NRV

442,641

 

486,280 

 

 

 

 

Dilutive number of shares

431,506,583 

 

431,506,583 

 

EPRA NRV per share

102.6p

 

 

112.7p

 

 

 

 

 

3.  EPRA Net Tangible Assets

 

 

 

30 June 

2020 

£'000 

 

31 December 

2019 

£'000 

 

 

 

 

NAV per the financial statements

437,565 

 

483,728 

 

 

 

 

Fair value of derivative financial instruments

4,378 

 

1,816 

Deferred tax liability

698 

 

736 

Goodwill

(279)

 

(558)

EPRA NTA

442,362

 

485,722

 

 

 

 

Dilutive number of shares

431,506,583

 

431,506,583

 

EPRA NTA per share

 

102.5p

 

 

112.6p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  EPRA Net Disposal Value

 

 

 

30 June 

2020 

£'000 

 

31 December 

2019 

£'000 

 

 

 

 

NAV per the financial statements

437,565

 

483,728

Fair value of bank borrowings

(16,432)

 

(7,019)

Fair value of retail eligible bonds

4,650

 

(2,574)

Goodwill

(279)

 

(558)

EPRA NDV

425,504 

 

473,577

 

 

 

 

Dilutive number of shares

431,506,583

 

431,506,583

EPRA NDV per share

98.6p

 

109.7p

 

5.  EPRA Net Initial Yield

Calculated as the value of investment properties divided by annualised net rents:

 

 

 

30 June 

2020 

£'000 

 

31 December 

2019 

£'000 

 

 

 

 

Investment properties

742,300 

 

787,915 

Annualised cash passing rental income

56,531 

 

57,067 

Property outgoings

4,537 

 

5,104 

Annualised net rents

51,994 

 

51,962 

Add notional rent expiration of rent free periods or other lease incentives

5,526 

 

6,157 

Topped-up net annualised rent

57,520 

 

58,119 

EPRA NIY

6.4% 

 

6.2% 

 

 

 

 

EPRA topped up NIY

7.0% 

 

6.9% 

 

6.  EPRA Vacancy Rate

 

 

 

30 June 

2020 

£'000 

 

31 December 

2019 

£'000 

 

 

 

 

Estimated Market Rental Value (ERV) of vacant space

7,915 

 

7,853 

 

 

 

 

Estimated Market Rental value (ERV) of whole portfolio

71,692 

 

73,897 

 

 

 

 

EPRA Vacancy Rate

11.0% 

 

10.6% 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  EPRA Cost Ratios

 

 

 

30 June 

2020 

£'000 

 

31 December 

2019 

£'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property costs

12,886 

 

20,681 

Less recoverable service charge income and other similar costs

(7,524) 

 

(11,252) 

Add administrative and other expenses

5,945 

 

10,904 

 

 

 

 

EPRA costs (including direct vacancy costs)

11,307 

 

20,333 

Direct vacancy costs

(5,006) 

 

(8,312) 

 

 

 

 

EPRA costs (excluding direct vacancy costs)

6,301 

 

12,021 

 

 

 

 

Gross rental income

36,964 

 

75,645 

Less recoverable service charge income and other similar items

(7,524) 

 

(11,252) 

Gross rental income less ground rents

29,440 

 

64,393 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPRA Cost Ratio (including direct vacancy costs)

38.4% 

 

31.6% 

 

 

 

 

EPRA Cost Ratio (excluding direct vacancy costs)

21.4% 

 

18.7% 

 

 

 

 

The Group has not capitalised any overhead or operating expenses in the accounting years disclosed above.

 

PROPERTY RELATED CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ANALYSIS

 

 

 

30 June

2020

£'000

 

31 December

2019

£'000

 

 

 

 

Acquisitions

83

 

89,920

Subsequent capital expenditure

4,542

 

5,765

Total capital expenditure

4,625

 

95,685

 

 

 

 

Acquisitions - this represents the purchase cost of investment properties and associated incidental purchase expenses such as stamp duty land tax, legal fees, agents' fees, valuations and surveys.

 

Subsequent capital expenditure - this represents capital expenditure which has taken place post the initial acquisition of an investment property.

 

SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION

 

Investing in the Company

 

The Company's shares are listed on the LSE and can be bought or sold through a stockbroker or other financial intermediary. The ticker for the Company is RGL.

 

Shares are available through saving plans, including Investment Dealing Accounts, ISAs, Junior ISAs and SIPPs, which facilitate both regular monthly investments and lump sum investments in the Company's shares. The Company's shares are also available on various investment platforms.  

 

Share register enquiries

 

The Company's share register is maintained by Link Group.

 

In the event of queries regarding your holding, please contact the Registrar on 0871 664 0330 or on +44 (0) 371 664 0300 from outside the UK (calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge; calls outside the UK will be charged at the applicable international rate). Lines are open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays in England and Wales. You can also email [email protected].

 

Changes of names and/or address must be notified in writing to the Registrar:

 

Link Group, Shareholder Services, The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4TU.

 

Forthcoming events

October 2020

Payment of Q2 2020 Dividend

November 2020 

Q3 2020 Trading Update and Dividend Declaration Announcement

March 2021

Full year 2020 Preliminary Results Announcement

 

Q4 2020 Dividend Declaration Announcement and Portfolio Valuation

May 2021

Q1 2020 Trading Update and Dividend Declaration Announcement

 

Annual General Meeting

 

Note: all future dates are provisional and subject to change. 

 

Website

 

www.regionalreit.com

 

Other Information

Listing (ticker)                                           LSE Main Market (RGL)

Date of listing    6 November 2015

Shares in issue    431.5m

Joint Broker     Peel Hunt LLP and Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Financial PR   Buchanan Communications

Incorporated     Guernsey

ISIN:                                                         GG00BYV2ZQ34

SEDOL:  BYV2ZQ3

Legal Entity Identifier:                              549300D8G4NKLRIKBX73

 

Electronic Communications from the Company

Shareholders now have the opportunity to be notified by email when the Company's annual reports, interim reports and other formal communications are available on the Company's website, instead of receiving printed copies by post. This has environmental benefits in the reduction of paper, printing, energy and water usage, as well as reducing costs to the Company. If you have not already elected to receive electronic communications from the Company and wish to do so, visit www.signalshares.com. To register, you will need your investor

code, which can be found on your share certificate.

 

Alternatively, you can contact Link's Customer Support Centre, which is available to answer any queries you have in relation to your shareholding:

 

By phone: call +44 (0)371 664 0300. Calls from outside the UK will be charged at the applicable international rate. Lines are open between 09:00 and 17:30, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays in England and Wales).

 

By email: [email protected]

By post: Link Group, The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road,

Beckenham, Kent BR3 4TU, UK

 

COMPANY INFORMATION

 

Directors

Kevin McGrath (Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director)

William Eason (Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Management, Engagement and Remuneration Committee Chairman)

Frances Daley (Independent Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman)

Daniel Taylor (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Tim Bee (Non-Executive Director)

Stephen Inglis (Non-Executive Director)

 

 

Administrator

Jupiter Fund Services Limited

Mont Crevelt House

Bulwer Avenue

St. Sampson

Guernsey GY2 4LH

 

Independent Auditor

RSM UK Audit LLP

25 Farringdon Street

London EC4A 4AB

 

Registrar

Link Market Services (Guernsey)

Limited

The Registry

34 Beckenham Road

Beckenham

Kent BR3 4TU

 

 

 

 

Asset Manager

London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited

Venlaw

349 Bath Street

Glasgow

G2 4AA

 

Investment Manager

Toscafund Asset Management LLP

7 Floor

90 Long Acre

London

WC2E 9RA

 

Sub-Administrator

Link Alternative Fund Administrators Limited

Beaufort House

51 New North Road

Exeter

Devon EX4 4EP

 

 

 

 

Company Secretary

Link Company Matters Limited

Beaufort House

51 New North Road

Exeter

Devon

EX4 4EP

 

Legal Adviser to the Company

Macfarlanes LLP

20 Cursitor Street

London EC4A 1LT

 

Tax Adviser

Grant Thornton UK LLP

110 Queen Street

Glasgow GI 3BX

 

 

 

 

Depositary

Ocorian Depositary (UK) Limited

(previously Estera Depositary

(UK) Limited)

27-28 Eastcastle Street

London W1W 8DH

 

Public Relations

Buchanan Communications Limited

107 Cheapside

London EC2V 6DN

 

Registered office

Regional REIT Limited

Mont Crevelt House

Bulwer Avenue

St. Sampson

Guernsey

GY2 4LH

 

 

 

 

Financial Adviser and Joint Broker

Peel Hunt LLP

Moor House

120 London Wall

London EC2Y 5ET

 

Property Valuers

Cushman & Wakefield Debenham

Tie Leung Limited (trading as Cushman & Wakefield)

125 Old Broad Street

London EC2N 2BQ

 

 

 

 

 

Joint Broker

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

One New Change

London EC4M 9AF

 

Public Relations

Buchanan Communications Limited

107 Cheapside

London EC2V 6DN

 

 

 

Neither the contents of the Company's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of this announcement.

 

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