CPI PROPERTY GROUP

  • WKN: A0JL4D
  • ISIN: LU0251710041
  • Land: Großherzogtum Luxemburg

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CPI PROPERTY GROUP - Financial Results for 2019

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31.03.2020 / 23:26
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Press Release

Luxembourg, 31 March 2020

CPI PROPERTY GROUP - Financial Results for 2019

CPI PROPERTY GROUP (hereinafter "CPIPG" the "Company" or together with its subsidiaries the "Group"), the largest owner of income-generating real estate in the Czech Republic, Berlin and the CEE region, hereby publishes results for the financial year ended 31 December 2019.

"2019 was a year of many achievements for CPIPG. We grew our office portfolio, tightened our financial policy and strengthened our liquidity," said Martin Nemecek, CEO of CPIPG. "The Group is resilient, diversified, flexible and fully committed to the regions where we operate."

Key highlights for the 2019 financial year include:

̶ Property portfolio increased to €9.1 billion (up €1.6 billion versus year-end 2018), driven by a combination of acquisitions, primarily offices in Warsaw, and positive revaluations reflecting the strong performance of our core markets.

̶ Total assets increased to €10.7 billion (up €2.4 billion versus year-end 2018), driven by increases to the property portfolio as well as a €0.7 billion increase in cash and cash equivalents following significant capital markets activity in 2019.

̶ Net rental income of €294 million (up 8.3% versus 2018), reflecting the combined effects of 4.4% like-for-like growth in gross rental income and acquisitions since the prior period.

̶ Occupancy of 94.3% at the end of 2019.

̶ Total revenues of €672 million (up 11% versus 2018).

̶ Net business income of €345 million and consolidated adjusted EBITDA of €292 million (both up 8% versus 2018).

̶ Funds from operations (FFO) of €220 million (up 34% versus 2018).

̶ EPRA NAV rose by 14% to €5.1 billion.

̶ Net Loan to Value (LTV) reached a record year-end low of 36.2%.

̶ Record 70% of unencumbered assets (up 5 p.p. versus year-end 2018).

̶ Significant improvement of Net ICR to 7.2x in 2019, relative to 4.2x in 2018, reflecting the combination of higher EBITDA generation as well as reduction of interest costs following significant refinancing activity in 2018 and 2019.

̶ In October 2019, the Group announced a plan to acquire more than €800 million of office properties in Warsaw between the fourth quarter of 2019 and first quarter of 2020. In Q4
2019, CPIPG acquired three properties for more than €560 million, with a total GLA exceeding
156,000 sqm and increasing the level of green certification in our property portfolio to 14% in terms of GLA and 20% by value.

̶ CPIPG signed a new €510 million 3-year revolving credit facility in March 2019, significantly enhancing the Group's financial flexibility and liquidity.

̶ The Group further expanded its presence on the international capital markets and diversified its sources of funding in 2019. We issued over €1.2 billion equivalent of senior unsecured bonds under our EMTN programme across Euros (including our inaugural green bond of €750 million), Hong Kong Dollars and US Dollars. In March 2019, we also issued Schuldschein loans for €170 million, followed by the issuance of a further €550 million of subordinated "hybrid" notes in April. All foreign currency denominated bonds were swapped into Euros using cross- currency swaps.

̶ Together with the new revolving credit facility, CPIPG's total available liquidity stood at €1.3 billion at the end of December 2019.

̶ CPIPG tightened our financial policies, in line with our aim to achieve high "BBB" ratings in future. CPIPG now targets a Net LTV below 40% and a Net ICR of 4x or above. We also clarified our future distribution policy: no dividends and the intention to retain and reinvest between 50% to 100% of annual FFO going forward.

̶ After the year-end, CPIPG gained access to new markets and investors by issuing a GBP 350 million senior unsecured green bond in Sterling (€411 million equivalent) and SGD 150 million additional hybrid capital in Singapore Dollars (€99 million equivalent). Proceeds were primarily used to acquire four more offices in the Warsaw acquisition pipeline, as well as repay a small tranche of Schuldschein. During the first quarter of 2020, CPIPG also became the largest shareholder in Globalworth, a leading owner of offices in Poland and Bucharest, through the acquisition of a 29.4% stake.

"All of the steps taken by CPIPG during 2019 prepared the Group well for the challenges and opportunities of 2020," said David Greenbaum, CFO of CPIPG. "Our long-term horizon and focus on financial policy, credit ratings and ESG are uwavering."

Update on the Outbreak of COVID-19

On 23 March 2020, the Group prepared an update on our response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which is available on CPIPG's website. CPIPG will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide further information and data proactively when available.

https://www.cpipg.com/uploads/e6baa777bf69150fe92c1120148afee04a665ec8.pdf

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Performance Year ended
31 Dec 2019

Year ended
31 Dec 2018


Change

Gross rental income € million 319 302 6%
Total revenues € million 672 604 11%
Net business income € million 345 320 8%
Consolidated adjusted EBITDA € million 292 270 8%
Funds from operations (FFO) € million 220 164 34%
Profit before tax € million 765 649 18%
Interest expense € million (54) (78) (31%)
Net profit for the period € million 685 631 9%
 
Assets   31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2018 Change
Total assets € million 10,673 8,259 29%
Property portfolio € million 9,111 7,555 21%
Gross leasable area sqm 3,465,000 3,318,000 4%
Occupancy % 94.3 94.5 (0.2 p.p.)
Like-for-like gross rental growth % 4.4 4.9 (0.5 p.p.)
Total number of properties* No. 332 375 (11%)
Total number of residential units No. 11,919 11,917 0%
Total number of hotel beds** No. 12,416 11,300 10%
* Excluding residential properties in the Czech Republic

** Including hotels operated, but not owned by the Group
       
Financing structure   31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2018 Change
Total equity € million 5,469 4,362 25%
EPRA NAV € million 5,100 4,480 14%
Net debt € million 3,300 2,775 19%
Loan to value ratio (Net LTV) % 36.2 36.7 (0.5 p.p.)
Secured consolidated leverage ratio % 9.6 12.9 (3.3 p.p.)
Secured debt to total debt % 24.8 36.7 (11.9 p.p.)
Unencumbered assets to total assets % 69.7 65.1 4.6 p.p.
Net ICR   7.2x 4.2x 3.0x
 

STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

INCOME STATEMENT (€ million) Year ended
31 Dec 2019
Year ended
31 Dec 2018
Gross rental income 319.1 301.7
Service charge and other income 123.1 111.2
Cost of service and other charges (88.0) (85.0)
Property operating expenses (59.8) (56.0)
Net rental income 294.4 271.9
Development sales 50.1 30.3
Development operating expenses (46.3) (30.7)
Net development income 3.8 (0.4)
Hotel revenue 133.8 122.1
Hotel operating expenses (93.8) (82.1)
Net hotel income 40.0 40.0
Other business revenue 45.7 38.4
Other business operating expenses (39.0) (30.4)
Net other business income 6.7 8.0
Total revenues 671.8 603.7
Total direct business operating expenses (326.9) (284.2)
Net business income 344.9 319.5
Net valuation gain 550.0 578.9
Net gain on disposal of investment property and subsidiaries 2.0 0.5
Amortization, depreciation and impairment (41.5) (64.4)
Administrative expenses (53.2) (49.2)
Other operating income 10.2 6.7
Other operating expenses (7.3) (6.5)
Operating result 805.1 785.5
Interest income 13.5 14.3
Interest expense (54.2) (78.4)
Other net financial result 0.4 (72.0)
Net finance costs (40.3) (136.1)
Share of profit of equity-accounted investees (net of tax) (0.2) (0.7)
Profit before income tax 764.6 648.7
Income tax expense (80.0) (17.9)
Net profit from continuing operations 684.6 630.8
 

Net rental income

Net rental income increased by 8% to €294 million in 2019 compared to €272 million in 2018. The growth of net rental income was driven primarily by robust performance in CPIPG's portfolios in Berlin and Budapest and due to the impact of acquisitions in 2018 and 2019. Increases in net rental income were also broad-based across the overall portfolio, reflecting robust conditions in our core markets.

Net development income

Development sales in 2019 primarily relate to sales of apartments in Nice, France (€20.9 million) and sales of family homes from an ongoing development project in Prague, the Czech Republic (€20.3 million).

Net hotel income

Hotel revenue in 2019 increased primarily due to the acquisition of the Holiday Inn hotel in Rome in mid-way through 2018, two hotels acquired in the Czech Republic in the first half of 2019, as well as the opening of a new hotel in Hvar in the second half of the year. Like-for-like performance of the hotels business was also strong.

Net valuation gain

In 2019, the most significant valuation gains related to the Berlin office portfolio (€382.8 million), and to a lesser extent the Prague office portfolio (€36.1 million), Czech residential portfolio (€20.1 million), two significant retail and office projects in Prague (€17.5 million and €14.2 million, respectively), other retail assets portfolio (€45.0 million) and land bank (€17.2 million).

Amortization, depreciation and impairments

The decrease in amortization, depreciation and impairments in 2019 was driven by the impairment of property, plant and equipment of €15.8 million related to the Crans-Montana mountain resort in Switzerland and our agricultural properties in 2018.

Interest expense

Interest expense was €54.2 million in 2019 compared to €78.4 million in 2018. Interest expenses decreased due to the substantial change in the Group's capital structure as a result of refinancing activity in 2018 and 2019. As a result, the interest expense from bank loans decreased by €15.7 million and interest expense from bonds decreased by €8.6 million.

Other net financial result

In 2018, the other net financial result primarily related to early repayment of bank loans and bonds issued (€43 million).

BALANCE SHEET

BALANCE SHEET (€ million) 31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2018
NON-CURRENT ASSETS 107.0 110.3

8,156.8 6,687.1

885.7 736.2

168.1 195.2

246.2 90.6
Intangible assets and goodwill
Investment property
Property, plant and equipment
Deferred tax assets
Other non-current assets
Total non-current assets 9,563.8 7,819.4
CURRENT ASSETS 51.2 71.5

80.9 68.4

804.5 99.2

21.5 66.7

150.9 133.8
Inventories
Trade receivables
Cash and cash equivalents
Assets linked to assets held for sale
Other current assets
Total current assets 1,109.0 439.6
TOTAL ASSETS 10,672.8 8,259.0
EQUITY 4,334.2 3,775.6

1,085.5 542.5

49.8 44.2
Equity attributable to owners of the Company
Perpetual notes
Non-controlling interests
Total equity 5,469.5 4,362.3
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 2,870.9 1,648.4

1,165.3 1,061.6

805.9 761.6

73.9 52.9
Bonds issued
Financial debts
Deferred tax liabilities
Other non-current liabilities
Total non-current liabilities 4,916.0 3,524.5
CURRENT LIABILITIES 20.8 6.7

47.7 157.6

86.0 97.5

132.8 110.4
Bonds issued
Financial debts
Trade payables
Other current liabilities
Total current liabilities 287.3 372.2
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 10,672.8 8,259.0
 

Total assets

Total assets increased by €2,414 million (29%) to €10,672.8 million as at 31 December 2019 compared to 31 December 2018. The increase was driven by an increase in investment property by €1,470 million and cash and cash equivalents by €706 million.

The increase in investment property reflects the increases in valuations (primarily in Berlin, but also broadly across the Group) plus several notable acquisitions in 2019: three offices in Warsaw acquired in the fourth quarter, two hotels in the Czech Republic acquired in the first half of the year, two properties in London and also land bank in the Czech Republic.

Total liabilities

Non-current and current liabilities increased by €1,306.6 million (33.5%) to €5,203.3 million as at 31 December 2019 compared to 31 December 2018. During 2019, the Group issued senior unsecured bonds of €1,234 million and also completed Schuldschein loans for €170 million.

NAV AND EPRA NAV

Total equity increased from €4,362.3 million as at 31 December 2018 to €5,469.5 million as at 31 December 2019. The movements of equity components were as follows:

▪ Increase of retained earnings due to 2019 profit of €684.6 million;

▪ Increase of perpetual bonds by €499.6 million;

▪ Decrease of share capital and share premium due to share repurchases of €108.8 million;

▪ Change in revaluation reserve of €24.7 million, and;

▪ Other changes of €7.1 million.

EPRA NAV was €5,100 million as at 31 December 2019, representing an increase of 13.8% compared to 31 December 2018. An increase of EPRA NAV was primarily related to the above changes in the Group's equity.

EPRA NAV (€ million) 31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2018
 
Equity per the financial statements (NAV) 4,334 3,776
Effect of exercise of options, convertibles and other equity interests - -
Diluted NAV, after the exercise of options, convertibles and other equity interests 4,334 3,776
Revaluation of trading property and PPE Fair value of financial instruments Deferred tax on revaluations
Goodwill as a result of deferred tax
2 7

0 (5)

807 745

(43) (43)
Total 5,100 4,480
 

Alternative Performance Measures

For disclosures regarding Alternative Performance Measures used in this press release please refer to our Annual Management Report 2019, chapters Glossary and EPRA Performance; accessible at http://cpipg.com/reports-presentations-en.

Availability of Audited Financial Information

Audited documents will be available tonight at the following link:

http://www.cpipg.com/reports-presentations-en

2019 Results Webcast

CPIPG will host a webcast in relation to its financial results for 2019. The webcast will be held on

Thursday 2 April 2020 at 10:00am CET / 09:00am UK.

Please register for the webcast via the link below:

https://globalmeet.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1292032&tp_key=29818912f7


Investor Contacts:

David Greenbaum Chief Financial Officer CPI Property Group
d.greenbaum@cpipg.com

Joe Weaver
Director of Capital Markets CPI Property Group j.weaver@cpipg.com

Media / PR Contact:

Kirchhoff Consult AG
Andreas Friedemann
Borselstr. 20
22765 Hamburg
T +49 40 60 91 86 50
F +49 40 60 91 86 60
E andreas.friedemann@kirchhoff.de



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