Grand City Properties
Grand City Properties S.A. (IRSH)
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- Rental and operating income increased to EUR495 million from EUR436 million in 2016
- Adjusted EBITDA increased to EUR248 million, up 10% from EUR225 million YOY
- FFO I grew by 11% to EUR178 million from EUR160 million
- FFO I per share of EUR1.12, increased 7% year-over-year
- Dividend per share of EUR0.73 based on a payout ratio of 65% (subject to AGM approval)
- Net profit amounted to EUR639 million; basic earnings per share of EUR3.35
- EPRA NAV incl. perpetual notes increased by 24% from year-end 2016 to EUR4 billion; EUR24.2 per share, up from EUR20.7 per share
- EPRA NAV of EUR3.3 billion, increased 31% from EUR2.5 billion at year-end 2016; EUR20.2 per share, up from EUR16.4 per share
- Investment property value at EUR6.4 billion, growth of EUR1.6 bn (+33%) since year-end 2016
- Equity increased to EUR3.85 billion, up 26% since year-end 2016; equity ratio up to 51%
- Low leverage maintained with LTV of 36% at year-end 2017, Strong financial position highlighted by increased average debt maturity of 8.5 years and maintained low average cost of debt of 1.6%, ICR of 6.2x and 64% unencumbered ratio
- Continued strong organic growth with total like-for-like net rental income increase of 3.5% in 2017, with 2.3% from in-place rents growth and 1.2% from occupancy growth
Luxembourg, March 19, 2018 - Grand City Properties S.A. (the 'Company', 'GCP') is pleased to report a successful year, which saw the Company generate increasing operational profits while experiencing continued growth across the board. Through demonstrated management expertise and its strong operational platform, GCP was able to deliver double-digit growth in operational results. The FFO I per share of EUR1.12 represents a yield of 5.8%, demonstrating the Company's proven ability to generate shareholder value through its successful business model and accretive growth, which is also reflected in the growth in the EPRA NAV per share incl. perpetual notes to EUR24.2. Based on a dividend payout policy of 65%, the Board of Directors dividend proposal for the AGM will be EUR0.73 per share, which reflects a yield of 3.8%. The consistently high profitability is supported by the Company's best in class financial position and credit profile with two high investment-grade credit ratings; GCP received a further credit rating upgrade to Baa1 by Moody's in September 2017 complementing the S&P rating of BBB+.
2017 saw GCP continue its strong activity and achieved progress on the capital markets front, with EUR1.8 billion issued since the beginning of 2017 until year-to-date mainly targeted at proactive debt redemption management resulting in long average maturities of 8.5 years while maintaining a low cost of debt of 1.6%. Notably, GCP established its first EMTN program, facilitating the ability to issue debt in a variety of currencies and maturities, further expanding the financial flexibility at the Company's requirements. As a result, GCP has since issued its first foreign currency issues in Hong Kong dollars (HKD) and Swiss Francs (CHF) with currency swapped to Euro until maturity, marking another milestone in capital markets and increasing the investor base globally.
The Company also made strides in its ambitions to be an active and responsible corporate player, with a strengthened focus on ESG initiatives undertaken during the year and reflected through several distinctions, including a Sustainalytics ranking of 91st percentile and Outperformer among over 300 real estate companies globally. The Company's high governance and ESG standards were also recognized by EPRA with the EPRA BPR Gold and Most Improved Company awards, sBPR Gold and Most Improved Company awards, and 1st place for Outstanding Contribution to Society, making GCP the most awarded company at the EPRA conference.
Christian Windfuhr, CEO of Grand City Properties: '2017 was a highly successful year for us in which we accomplished several notable achievements. Our portfolio of high quality assets with strong embedded potential allows us to enjoy the benefits of a growing and secure cash flow stream while also creating sustainable value by continuously materializing on the upside potential of our assets, such as further reducing vacancies and bringing rents closer to market levels as we have done in 2017. Going into 2018, we will continue to focus on internal value generation within our portfolio while continuing to realize on attractive acquisition opportunities as they arise. I would like to thank the entire GCP family for their great contribution to the successful year we had and look forward to another great year in 2018.'
The full year 2017 annual report is available on the Company's website:
Grand City Properties (ISIN: LU0775917882) is a public limited liability company (société anonyme) incorporated under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, having its registered office at 1, Avenue du Bois, L 1251 Luxembourg and being registered with the Luxembourg trade and companies register (Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés Luxembourg) under number B 165 560. Since May 2012, Grand City Properties is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Grand City Properties S.A.
1, Avenue du Bois
T: +352 28 77 87 86
Grand City Properties S.A.
T: +49 (30) 374-381 5218
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|ISIN:||LU0775917882, XS1130507053, XS1191320297, XS1220083551, XS1491364953, XS1373990834, XS1654229373|
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