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Picton Property Income Limited
23 November 2012
 



23 November 2012

Picton Property Income Limited

 

Half Year Results

 

("Picton" or the "Company")

 

Picton (LSE: PCTN), the investment company with an income focused approach to the UK commercial property market, announces its half year results for the six month period to 30 September 2012.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 


6 months to

30 September 2012

6 months to

30 June 2011

15 months to

31 March 2012

Property assets

£394.9m

£425.8m

£411.7m

Net assets

£180.2m

£208.9m

£196.1m

Rental income

£16.2m

£15.6m

£40.6m

Income profit after tax

£6.9m

£5.3m

£14.2m

(Loss)/Profit after tax

£(9.0)m

£8.9m

£6.5m

Net asset value per share

52p

61p

57p

EPRA earnings per share

2.0p

1.6p

4.1p

Earnings per share

(2.6)p

2.6p

1.9p

Total dividends paid per share

2.0p

2.0p

5.0p

 

·    Income profit for the period of £6.9 million (30 June 2011: £5.3 million);

·    Benefits of internalisation evident through significant reduction in management expenses;

·    Movement in net asset value per share to 52 pence (31 March 2012: 57 pence) driven by 4.0% decline in property portfolio valuation;

·    Dividends paid of 2 pence per share (30 June 2011: 2 pence);

·    Dividend cover of 100% for the period (30 June 2011: 76%, 31 March 2012: 82%);

·    New loan facilities drawn down for £209.0 million, with simultaneous repayment of existing facilities;

·    Successful rollover and placing of zero dividend preference shares following period end;

·    Significant reduction in refinancing risk with staggered debt maturity profile achieved of 4, 10, 15 and 20 years;

·    Annual cost savings from lower average interest rate on borrowings at 4.5% (31 March 2012: 4.8%).

 

OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

·    Additional rental income of £0.4 million per annum generated through 13 lettings;

·    Six active management transactions, extending and securing over £0.4 million per annum;

·    Three lease renewals completed securing income of £0.7 million per annum;

·    Longevity of income increased to 6.9 years from 6.8 years;

·    Occupancy rate of 89% at 30 September 2012, down from 91% at 31 March 2012;

·    Portfolio initial yield of 7.3% at 30 September 2012, ahead of the IPD Quarterly Index of 6.1%.


 

Picton Chairman, Nicholas Thompson commented: "In the last six months, we have established strong foundations for Picton. We have completed a favourable and comprehensive refinancing in some of the toughest property lending conditions on record. We have grown income and reduced costs over the period, allowing us to operate with a fully covered dividend. Our new long-term debt facilities combined with a more conservative distribution policy enables us to operate with confidence despite wider economic conditions."

 

Chief Executive Michael Morris commented: "With the refinancing behind us, we can be more portfolio focused.  Our dividend policy enables us to operate with increased flexibility, which is crucial in these markets. We can also continue to reduce debt and simultaneously invest into assets which should enhance occupancy and drive value."

 

For further information:

 

Tavistock Communications

Jeremy Carey/James Verstringhe, 020 7920 3150, jverstringhe@tavistock.co.uk

 

Picton Capital Limited

Michael Morris, 020 7011 9978, michael.morris@pictoncapital.co.uk 

 

Company Secretary

David Sauvarin

Northern Trust International Fund Administration Services (Guernsey) Limited

Trafalgar Court

Les Banques

St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 3QL

Tel:       01481 745529

Fax:      01481 745085

 

Note to Editors:

Picton Property Income Limited ('Picton') is an income focused, internally managed Investment Company listed on the London and Channel Islands Stock Exchanges.  It was established in 2005 to invest both directly and indirectly in commercial property across the United Kingdom.

 

With Net Assets of £180.2 million at 30 September 2012 and approximately 850 investors, the Company's objective is to provide shareholders with an attractive level of income, together with the potential for capital growth by investing in the principal commercial property sectors.

 

www.pictonproperty.co.uk

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

At the time of our last Annual Report, we identified three principal areas of focus for Picton, and I would like to update you on progress since then.

 

The first has been a successful outcome of the refinancing process, which I am pleased to report is now concluded, through three separate transactions. This has been achieved in particularly challenging lending conditions and against a backdrop of further weakness in the commercial property market. In a sector where net lending has shrunk significantly, we have achieved new facilities with new institutions at a lower cost than previously.

 

Secondly, this is our first reporting period in which we have operated solely under our internalised model. I am pleased to report that this is working well and, in particular, as is evident from the financial results, the enhancement in income profitability has been driven through the cost savings arising from internalisation.

 

Finally, our third area of focus was the effective management of the Group's assets in what remains a difficult market for both investors and occupiers alike. With a weak UK economy and continued pressure on capital values and rental growth, the portfolio has been subject to downward revaluations over the period, contributing to the overall loss reported.  Over the period we saw a small reduction in occupancy, but equally an increase in the longevity of income in the portfolio. With the balanced nature of the portfolio, the positive returns from the London assets have been offset by wider negative movements elsewhere in the portfolio. This is discussed further in the Investment Manager's report.

 

Debt facilities

In respect of our new debt facilities, I wish to highlight a number of features which we believe provide benefits looking forward.

 

We have received the support of two major insurance lenders, experienced in operating in the UK market, and have taken advantage of fixing the interest rates at a time when UK gilt yields were close to record lows.   As a result, Picton now has some of the longest and lowest cost debt facilities in the listed UK real estate sector, providing a stable platform from which to operate for the long term. Our debt now has a diversified maturity profile of 4, 10, 15 and 20 years; an average of 15 years. 

 

The interest rates are fixed without the requirement for swap contracts, thus removing the fair value accounting for such instruments and the associated volatility in reported earnings. Our new borrowings also include an element of amortisation, providing regular repayment of debt on a scheduled basis and, whilst this has a cashflow impact, it is a more prudent approach to managing the Group's borrowings.

 

Dividend policy

During the period, the Company paid dividends totalling £6.9 million, against an income profit that was also £6.9 million, giving a cover of 100%. Despite this success, and with our new financing arrangements in place, the Board has concluded that it is appropriate to have a more conservative distribution policy in future, providing more headroom in terms of dividend cover. With the IPD Monthly Index recording negative capital value movements for eleven consecutive months and in light of the Group's new financing arrangements, we have undertaken a detailed dividend policy review.  A lower level of distribution will strengthen the balance sheet and enable the Group to both invest further into the underlying portfolio, and reduce its debt through regular amortisation. Despite remaining income focused, it was considered appropriate to provide further dividend cover and we announced on 24 October that the dividend would be rebased to 0.75 pence per quarter.

 

Board

On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Tjeerd Borstlap for his contribution to the Company over the last five years, following his resignation due to increased employer commitments. Looking forwards we intend to strengthen the Board with a suitable replacement and a further update will be provided when an appointment has been made.

 

The Board would also like to thank the Picton team and its wider advisors for their efforts over the last six months. As a newly formed internalised company, there have been a number of crucial targets to meet and I think the team can be proud of what they have achieved in such a short period of time.  They have demonstrated the commitment to the Company that we hoped internalisation would deliver.

 

Outlook

Like many UK listed property companies, the shares continue to trade at a discount to net asset value. The uncertainty over the refinancing process and dividend review has clearly impacted sentiment, but these are now past issues. Looking forward we will continue to seek improvements in both profitability and net asset value to deliver a reduction in this discount.

 

The UK commercial property market has experienced one of the most prolonged downturns on record and continues to suffer from the wider effects of the financial crisis. Despite this, the property market tends to be cyclical in nature and a rebasing of both rents and capital values will undoubtedly take effect as soon as sustainable economic growth returns to the UK economy. We are confident that we now have the appropriate framework in place and the necessary skills to take the business forward and create value for shareholders.

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Thompson

Chairman

22 November 2012



 

ECONOMIC BACKDROP

 

In the six months to September 2012, uncertainty over the global economy and its future growth continued to weigh on markets.   

 

Actual recorded figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed that the UK economy contracted in the final quarter of 2011 and the first half of 2012. The latest preliminary estimates from the ONS, however, show a 1% increase in the third quarter of 2012.

 

In contrast, the labour market has been resilient against weakening output growth. Employment statistics in the third quarter of 2012 recorded an employment rate of 71.2%, the highest level recorded since March 2009 and up from 70.2% for the same period in 2011. 

 

The on going restriction in lending has been a significant drag on the recovery.  Lending to UK businesses on a 12 month basis fell from -2.9% in the first quarter of 2012 to -3.1% in September, compared to 16.8% in 2007.  The restriction in lending led to the Government implementing the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) in July 2012, providing banks with a cheaper source of funding.

 

Over the period, the Consumer Price Index showed inflation fell from 3.5% in March 2012 to 2.2% in September 2012. Any increase in the value of household income from a reduction in inflation and the stimulus from the FLS scheme may help the economy recover at a gradual pace.

 

Over the period, the Bank of England base rate has remained unchanged at 0.5% and ten year gilt rates have fallen from 2.2% at the beginning of March 2012 to 1.7% in September 2012. Five year swap rates have also edged lower from 1.7% in March 2012 to 1.0% in September 2012.

 

PROPERTY MARKET

 

Over the last six months, UK property market performance has been weakened by the issues in the global economy and increased uncertainty over the strength of any UK economic recovery. 

 

Overseas purchasing activity remains dominant with strong investor demand in particular for prime London assets.  Therefore, values in the rest of the UK remain subdued.  The low growth environment has seen occupier demand outside of London weaken, pushing down overall returns.

 

Commercial property lending remains constrained and fell for its fifth consecutive quarter in September 2012.  For the year to date net property lending stood at -£8.6 billion, lower than the previous recorded low of -£7.9 billion in 2010. 

 

According to IPD (Investment Property Databank) Monthly Index, whilst total returns remained positive at 0.9% over the last six months, this was significantly reduced compared with the preceding six months, with a -2.4% fall in capital values. The income return remained relatively unchanged from March at 3.3%.

 

Overall, positive property performance was skewed towards London.  Average total returns for offices, industrial and retail in central London for the six months to September were approximately 3.6% compared to the rest of the market where average total returns fell by approximately 0.2%.

 

Negative rental growth of -0.2% was recorded in the six months to the end of September. Office rents grew by 0.4%, retail -0.6% and industrial -0.3%. Positive rental growth was recorded for central London offices, central London retail and South Eastern industrial.  All other IPD segments recorded falls.

 

Office market

Offices were the best performing sector over the period, but driven entirely by central London which continues to deliver positive capital growth.  In the six months to September, offices outperformed both retail and industrial by delivering 1.8% total returns. Total returns comprised 3.3% income return and -1.4% capital growth.

 

Office sector capital growth by geographic region varied dramatically, ranging from 2.2% for Mid-town and West End to -5.1% for Outer South East. All office rental growth was 0.4% over the period. City and West End offices grew by 1.8% and 1.9% respectively, both outperforming the average, with the weakest rental growth recorded in the Rest of UK at -1.2%.

 

Occupancy rates for the office market in September were 83.9%, down from 85.0% in March.

 

Industrial market

Over the period industrial total returns grew by 1.6%, driven by an income return of 3.8% and capital growth of -2.2%. Capital growth was worst for Outer South East which fell by -2.9%. Central London performed better than all other industrial regions by falling -0.9% over the period.

 

Rental growth remained positive for London at 0.2% but was weakest for the Rest of UK, which fell by -0.9% over the period.

 

Occupancy rates for the industrial market at the end of September were 88.1% compared to 88.2% in March.

 

Retail market

Total returns for retail were 0.1% over the period, driven by an income return of 3.2% and -3.1% capital growth. Returns were strongest for central London at 6.4% and weakest for Rest of UK shopping centres at -3.4%.

 

Retail rents in the six months to September fell by -0.6%, making them the weakest performing sector. Retail returns were dragged down by weak occupier markets and only London retail and retail warehouses recorded positive returns in the period.

 

Occupancy rates for the retail market at the end of September were 94.8%, compared to 94.9% in March.

 

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

 

Despite more challenging occupier markets, there has been considerable activity across all sectors within the portfolio.  Equally, against the backdrop of such a significant refinancing event, there has not been any trading activity, with the focus being on managing existing occupier relationships and securing income through lettings and lease restructuring.

 

Through 13 lettings we secured additional rental income of £0.4 million per annum.  In six active management transactions we have extended and secured over £0.4 million per annum of rental income and have completed a further three lease renewals securing income of £0.7 million per annum.

 

In most markets, uplifts through rent reviews are the exception, leading to limited income growth.  Equally, in the case of lease restructuring and lease renewals, incentive packages are required, with occupiers increasingly aware of the value created through longer term commitments.

 

As a result of rent free periods within these transactions, headline income reduced marginally from £30.6 million per annum to £30.5 million per annum.

 

For an income biased vehicle such as Picton, there is clearly a balance between income generation and value creation. There is always a balance between these two strategies, and at present a significant valuation premium is attributed to secure income streams.  The recently announced dividend policy will provide further flexibility in this regard, and in particular will allow us to undertake transactions that hitherto, with income constraints, have been difficult to justify.  Whilst we remain income focused, through achieving income longevity and security, this can provide significant valuation upside which we are now better able to create.

 

In some instances we have taken a more proactive approach and surrendered accommodation from existing occupiers, where they have paid to be released from liabilities under their lease.  This has contributed to the reduced occupancy rate over the period and that has been further exacerbated by the relative strength of the rental value of central London voids compared to the rest of the portfolio.

 

The Group has not been immune to the wider effects of the pressures within the occupier market and we have seen three tenants go through administration, liquidation or company voluntary arrangements.  This has led to units with a rental value of approximately £0.2 million per annum being returned, together with the associated void holding costs; these are now being marketed.

 

The valuation movements over the period have been heavily skewed towards growth in the central London markets, but with more apparent weakness elsewhere in the portfolio.  Overall the underlying property portfolio reduced in value by 4%.  The retail portfolio reduced by 3.4%, the office sector by just under 3.8%, the industrial sector by 4.3% and the leisure sector by 6.1%.  The movements in the office sector were marked, with the London market providing gains of 1.3%, offset by declines of over 5.5% in the regional office portfolio.

 

As a result of these valuation movements the portfolio delivered a total return of -1.0% for the period compared to the IPD Quarterly Benchmark return of 1.1%.  However, consistent with the Company's long term strategy the portfolio delivered an income return of 7.1% per annum over five years, ahead of the IPD Benchmark return of 6.0%, and a total return of -1.3% per annum over five years, which is in line with the IPD Benchmark.

 

Office portfolio

In the office sector, we have completed a range of leasing transactions across our wider office portfolio. In total we have secured new occupiers with a rent roll of over £250,000 per annum and a further £625,000 per annum of income has been secured or extended through lease renewals or restructurings.

 

In particular, at 1 Chancery Lane, WC2, we regeared with a chamber of barristers securing £305,000 per annum on a new 15 year lease with a break option on the expiry of the tenth year; the incentive being three months' rent free. As part of the transaction the property is being refurbished.  We have two further suites to let and expect strong interest due to the quality of the refurbishment and location of the property. At Atlas House in Marlow we let over 8,000 sq ft of space to STMicroelectronics Limited, who took a ten year lease without a break at £140,000 per annum after incentives, which was considerably ahead of the estimated rental value.

 

Industrial portfolio

In the industrial sector, units in Belfast and Wokingham were let securing £47,000 per annum. We removed FedEx's break clause in Harlow in return for three months' rent free, securing £168,000 per annum for an additional five years. In other transactions we relocated a tenant in Warrington to a larger unit and in Wokingham renewed Oxford & Cherwell Valley College's lease. The largest voids, which account for over 30% of the industrial vacancy rate by estimated rental value, are the three vacant units at Datapoint, London E16, which are currently being refurbished following tenant defaults. By virtue of their age and location we expect these units to attract occupiers in the near future.

 

Retail portfolio

Our retail portfolio has remained reasonably robust and currently there are only three vacant retail units across the portfolio, in Cardiff, Carlisle and Swansea, which are being marketed. During the period, for example, we regeared McColl's lease in Bath for 15 years, extended Stan James' lease of a unit in Sutton for ten years and removed Phones 4 U's break clause in Bristol, meaning the lease continues until December 2019 at £144,000 per annum.

 

Leisure portfolio

At Regency Wharf in central Birmingham, Jimmy Spices expanded into a new unit earlier in the year and the vacant restaurant was let to Laitwood Entertainment Limited at £93,000 per annum, which was ahead of our estimated rental value. During the period we received a restaurant unit back from La Tasca following their company voluntary arrangement, and this is currently being marketed. A scheme to rebrand and reposition the property is being implemented.

 

 

 

 

OUTLOOK

 

Whilst short term economic growth prospects continue to look subdued, it is likely that markets will remain risk averse and there is likely to be limited forward momentum for capital values within the property market.

 

According to Capital Economics the forecast returns for the period 2012 - 2016 are expected to average 6.6% per annum. Across the UK as a whole, property yields are close to their highest levels relative to long term gilts and the pricing differential between long term secure income and shorter term, occupational market risk opportunities is also uncharacteristically wide. This is a reflection of weak short term confidence and has led to valuations in many instances close to, or below, the cost of construction, in particular outside central London. This is prohibiting new development and in some markets leading to shortages of quality supply. Recognising the cyclical nature of property, this is unlikely to continue in the medium term.

 

We therefore see short term value creation opportunities where income can be secured, maintained and extended ahead of valuation assumptions and that remains our immediate focus. We continue to work with our occupiers, helping them to meet operational requirements. We have already implemented initiatives to become more occupier facing, and this will help us to manage the forthcoming lease expiry profile within the portfolio.


We have a number of key voids that are currently being refurbished ahead of re-letting. Approximately 44% of the existing void by rental value is located within the M25 and this provides short term scope to enhance the existing income position.   These assets have a rental value in excess of £1.6 million per annum and, whilst this is unlikely to have a positive impact on cashflow in the short term, there is income and capital growth expected following re-letting and expiry of rent free periods.

 

Finally, having completed our refinancing, we can start to refocus on the portfolio, looking to maximise both income and capital growth.  We are able to react quickly to opportunities and are motivated to generate results.  As we move forward, transitioning away from a more institutional approach, this will become increasingly apparent.

 

 

 

 

Picton Capital Limited

22 November 2012

PORTFOLIO STATISTICS

 

Geographical

As at 30 September 2012 the regional weightings of the property portfolio, as a percentage of current portfolio value, are summarised as follows:

 


Portfolio %

IPD Quarterly Index %

Central and Greater London

25.0

34.6

South East

29.4

26.6

South West

3.9

6.3

Midlands

16.7

10.3

North

16.7

13.8

Scotland

2.3

6.0

Wales

5.5

2.0

Northern Ireland

0.5

0.4

Total

100.0

100.0

(Source: Picton Capital & IPD as at 30 September 2012)

 

Sector

As at 30 September 2012 the sector weightings of the property portfolio, as a percentage of current portfolio value, are summarised as follows:

 


Portfolio %

IPD Quarterly Index %

Offices

35.1

28.7

Industrial

34.6

16.9

Retail

19.4

28.5

Retail Warehouse

6.8

18.9

Leisure

4.1

2.6

Other

0.0

4.4

Total

100.0

100.0

(Source: Picton Capital & IPD as at 30 September 2012)

 

Longevity of Income

As at 30 September 2012, based as a percentage of current net annual rent, the average length of the leases to the first termination was 6.9 years.  A further breakdown is summarised as follows:

 

Years

%

Up to 5

58.8

5 to 10

27.4

10 to 15

5.2

15 to 25

6.0

25 and over

2.6

Total

100.0

(Source: Picton Capital as at 30 September 2012)

 

Covenant Strength

Covenant strength, based as a percentage of current passing rent by risk rating, as at 30 September 2012 is summarised as follows:

 

Covenant Strength

%

Maximum

7.0

High

6.3

Med - High

2.3

Low - Med

8.4

Low

21.9

Negligible

50.8

Unscored

3.3

(Source: IPD IRIS Report 30 September 2012)

 

Property Portfolio as at 30 September 2012

 

Properties valued in excess of £20 million

Units A-G2, River Way Industrial Estate, Harlow, Essex

Unit 5320, Magna Park, Lutterworth, Leics.

Stanford House, 12-14 Long Acre, London WC2


Properties valued between £15 million and £20 million

Parc Tawe, Phase II, Link Road, Swansea

50 Farringdon Road, London EC1


Properties valued between £10 million and £15 million

Angel Gate Office Village, City Road, London EC1

Boundary House, Jewry Street, London EC3

Colchester Business Park, The Crescent, Colchester, Essex

1-3 Chancery Lane, London WC2

Angouleme Way Retail Park, Bury, Greater Manchester

Vigo 250, Birtley Road, Washington, Tyne and Wear


Properties valued between £5 million and £10 million

56 Castle Street, 2/12 English Street and 12-21 St Cuthberts Lane, Carlisle, Cumbria

401 Grafton Gate East, Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Unit 3220, Magna Park, Lutterworth, Leics.

17/19 Fishergate, Preston

Regency Wharf, Broad Street, Birmingham

The Business Centre, Molly Millars Lane, Wokingham, Berks.

City Link House & Tolley House, Addiscombe Road, Croydon

L'Avenir, Opladen Way, Westwick, Bracknell, Berks.

Units 1-13 Dencora Way, Sundon Park, Luton, Beds.

Nonsuch Industrial Estate, 1-25 Kiln Lane, Epsom, Surrey

Datapoint Business Centre, Cody Road, London E16

53/55/57 Broadmead, Bristol

Strathmore Hotel, Arndale Centre, Luton, Beds.

Lawson Mardon Buildings, Kettlestring Lane, York

Northampton Business Park, 800 Pavilion Drive, Northampton

Scots Corner, High Street/Institute Road, Birmingham

Queens House, 19/29 St Vincent Place, Glasgow

Westlea Campus, Chelmsford Road, Swindon, Wilts.

Longcross Court, Newport Road, Cardiff

Haynes Way, Swift Valley Industrial Estate, Rugby, Warwickshire

78-80 Briggate, Leeds

Waterside Park, Longshot Lane, Bracknell, Berks.


Properties valued under £5 million

Zenith, Downmill Road, Bracknell, Berks.

Easter Court, Gemini Park, Warrington

Trident House, 42/48 Victoria Street, St Albans, Herts.

28 Austin Friars, London EC2

72/78 Murraygate, Dundee

123 High Street, Guildford, Surrey

Sentinel House, Ancells Business Park, Fleet, Hants.

Units 1-3, 18/28 Victoria Lane, Huddersfield, West Yorks.

Atlas House, Third Avenue, Globe Park, Marlow, Bucks.

6/12 Parliament Row, Hanley, Worcs.

Waterside House, Kirkstall Road, Leeds

Heron Industrial Estate, Spencers Wood, Reading

7 & 9 Warren Street, Stockport

Merchants House, Crook Street, Chester

2/2a George Street, Richmond

2 Bath Street, Bath

Magnet Trade Centre, Winnersh, Reading

Middleton Trade Park, Oldham Road, Manchester

Abbey Business Park, Mill Road, Newtownabbey, Belfast

Highgrove Industrial Estate, Quatremaine Road, Portsmouth

Thistle Hotel, Unit 1 & Le Pavilion, Brighton

113 High Street, Sutton

8-9 College Place, Southampton

Manchester Road/Drury Lane, Oldham, Lancs.

Marshall Building,122-124 Donegall Street, Belfast

6 Argyle Street, Bath

The Cloisters, Orchard Street, Dartford

3 Lower Borough Walls, Bath

Winston Business Centre, Lancing, Sussex

 



 

Picton Property Income Limited - Directors' Responsibilities

 

Statement of Principal Risks and Uncertainties

The Company's assets comprise direct investments in UK commercial property.  Its principal risks are therefore related to the commercial property market in general and its investment properties.  Other risks faced by the Company include economic, investment and strategic, regulatory, management and control, operational, and financial risks.  These risks, and the way in which they are managed, are described in more detail under the heading 'Risk Management' within the Directors' Report in the Company's Annual Report for the period ended 31 March 2012.  The Company's principal risks and uncertainties have not changed materially since the date of that report, with the exception of interest rate risk which is set out in note 15.

 

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities in Respect of the Interim Report

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

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

b)   the Chairman's Statement and Investment Manager's Report (together constituting the Interim Management Report) together with the Statement of Principal Risks and Uncertainties above include a fair review of the information required by the Disclosure and Transparency Rules ('DTR') 4.2.7R, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of consolidated financial statements; and

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

 

By Order of the Board

 

 

 

 

Robert Sinclair

22 November 2012




 

Picton Property Income Limited - Financial Statements

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME





1 April 2012 to 30 September 2012

unaudited

 

1 January 2011 to

30 June 2011

unaudited

1 January 2011  to

31 March 2012

audited

 


Note

Income

Capital

Total

Total

Total



£000

£000

£000

£000

£000






Income





Revenue from properties

3

Property expenses

4

Net property income


14,625

-

14,625

14,014

36,181



Expenses


Management expenses                           

6

Other operating expenses

7

Internalisation costs


Total operating expenses


(1,553)

-

(1,553)

(2,695)

(7,655)



Operating profit before investment property disposals and valuation movements

13,072

-

13,072

11,319

28,526



Gains and (losses) on investments


Loss on disposal of investment properties

10

Investment property valuation movements

10

Total gains and (losses) on investments


-

(17,509)

(17,509)

1,805

(13,976)



Operating profit/(loss)


13,072

(17,509)

(4,437)

13,124

14,550



Financing


Interest receivable


Interest payable


Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments


Realised gains on disposal of derivative financial instruments


Total finance costs


(6,020)

1,617

(4,403)

(3,918)

(8,341)




Profit/(loss) before tax


7,052

(15,892)

(8,840)

9,206

6,209



Tax




Total comprehensive income/(loss)


6,929

(15,892)

(8,963)

8,932

6,489



Earnings/(loss) per share





Basic and diluted

9

 

The total column of this statement represents the Group's Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.  The supplementary income return and capital return columns are both prepared under guidance published by the Association of Investment Companies.  All items in the above statement derive from continuing operations. 

 

All income is attributable to the equity holders of the Company.  There are no minority interests. Notes 1 to 17 form part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 



 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

For the period from 1 April 2012 to 30 September 2012

 



Share Capital

Retained Earnings

Total


Note

£000

£000

£000






Balance as at 31 December 2010


 

39,149

 

167,738

 

206,887






Profit for the period


Dividends paid

8






Balance as at 30

June 2011


39,149

169,763

208,912






Loss for the period


Dividends paid

8






Balance as at 31

March 2012


 

39,149

 

156,961

 

196,110






Loss for the period


Dividends paid

8






Balance as at 30 September 2012


39,149

141,091

180,240






 

Notes 1 to 17 form part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

 

As at 30 September 2012








30 September 2012

30 June

2011

31 March

2012


Note

£000

unaudited

£000

unaudited

£000

audited






Non-current assets

Investment properties

10

Tangible assets


Total non-current assets


395,003

425,778

411,863



Current assets


Accounts receivable


Cash and cash equivalents


Total current assets


44,208

43,059

37,739



Total assets


439,211

468,837

449,602



Current liabilities


Accounts payable and accruals


Loans and borrowings

11

Obligations under finance leases


Derivative financial instruments


Total current liabilities


(49,095)

(17,406)

(251,765)



Non-current liabilities


Loans and borrowings

11

Obligations under finance leases


Derivative financial instruments


Total non-current liabilities


(209,876)

(242,519)

(1,727)



Total liabilities


(258,971)

(259,925)

(253,492)



Net assets


180,240

208,912

196,110



Equity


Share capital

12

Retained earnings




Total equity


180,240

208,912

196,110



Net asset value per share

14

£0.52

£0.61

£0.57

 

 

These condensed consolidated financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 22 November 2012 and signed on its behalf by:

 

 

 

 

Robert Sinclair  

Director

 

 

Notes 1 to 17 form part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 



 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 

For the period from 1 April 2012 to 30 September 2012

 



1 April

2012 to 30 September 2012

unaudited

1 January 2011

 to 30 June 2011

unaudited

1 January 2011

 to 31 March 2012

audited

 


Note

£000

£000

£000






Operating activities


Operating (loss)/profit


Adjustments for non-cash items

13

Interest received


Interest paid


Tax expense


Cash inflows from operating activities


5,926

9,224

19,012



Investing activities


Capital expenditure on investment properties

10

Disposal of investment properties


Purchase of tangible assets


Cash (outflows)/inflows from investing activities


(663)

287

(1,585)



Financing activities


Borrowings repaid


Borrowings drawn


Financing costs


Termination of derivatives


Dividends paid

8

Cash outflows from financing activities


(4,418)

(7,541)

(21,151)



Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


845

1,970

(3,724)



Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period/year




Cash and cash equivalents at end of period/year


31,960

36,809

31,115

 

 

Notes 1 to 17 form part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.



 


Picton Property Income Limited - Financial Statements

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE PERIOD FROM 1 APRIL 2012 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2012

 

1.      General information

Picton Property Income Limited (the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries the "Group") was registered on 15 September 2005 as a closed ended Guernsey investment company.

 

These half yearly financial statements are prepared for the period from 1 April to 30 September 2012, with unaudited comparatives for the period from 1 January to 30 June 2011.  Comparatives are also provided from the audited financial statements for the period ended 31 March 2012.

 

The financial information for the period ended 31 March 2012 is derived from the financial statements delivered to the UK Listing Authority and does not constitute statutory accounts.

 

2.      Significant accounting policies

These half yearly financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting'. They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the financial statements of the Company as at and for the period ended 31 March 2012.

 

The accounting policies applied by the Company in these half yearly financial statementsare the same as those applied by the Company in its financial statements as at and for the period ended 31 March 2012.

 

The annual financial statements of the Company are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS').

 

3.       Revenue from properties


1 April 2012

 to 30 September 2012

1 January 2011 to 30 June

2011

1 January 2011 to 31 March

2012


£000

£000

£000

Rents receivable (adjusted for lease incentives)

16,199

15,589

40,565

Surrender premium

82

33

277

Dilapidation receipts

225

450

653

Other income

3

69

197

Service charge income

2,180

2,962

6,939


18,689

19,103

48,631

 

Rents receivable includes lease incentives recognised of £0.3 million (30 June 2011: £0.1 million, 31 March 2012: £0.9 million).

 

4.       Property expenses


1 April 2012

 to 30 September 2012

1 January 2011 to 30 June

2011

1 January

2011 to 31 March

2012


£000

£000

£000

Property operating expenses

753

1,145

2,960

Property void costs

1,131

982

2,551

Recoverable service charge costs

2,180

2,962

6,939


4,064

5,089

12,450

 

 

 

5.      Operating segments

The Directors are of the opinion that the Group, through its subsidiary undertakings, operates in one reportable industry segment, namely real estate investment, and across one primary geographical area, namely the United Kingdom, and therefore no segmental reporting is required. The portfolio consists of 62 commercial properties, which are in the office, retail, retail warehouse, industrial and leisure sectors. A more detailed breakdown is included within the Investment Manager's Report.

 

6.       Management expenses


1 April 2012

 to 30 September 2012

1 January 2011 to 30 June

2011

1 January

2011 to 31

March

2012


£000

£000

£000

Staff costs

485

-

383

Other management costs

202

-

147

External investment manager's fees

-

1,647

3,308


687

1,647

3,838

 

Up to 31 December 2011 the Group's external investment manager was CBRE Global Investors UK Limited (formerly ING Real Estate Investment Management (UK) Limited). The fees payable to the external investment manager were for property management and administrative services.

 

From 1 January 2012 Picton Capital Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary company, became the Group's Investment Manager. The above staff and other management costs are those of Picton Capital Limited.

 

7.       Other operating expenses


1 April 2012

 to 30 September 2012

1 January

2011 to 30 June

2011

1 January

2011 to 31 March

2012


£000

£000

£000

Valuation expenses

93

115

257

Administrator fees

105

104

255

Auditor's remuneration

63

57

117

Directors' fees

101

63

195

Other expenses

504

536

1,167

Merger costs

-

-

763


866

875

2,754



 

 

8.       Dividends


1 April 2012

 to 30 September 2012

1 January 2011 to 30 June

2011

1 January

2011 to 31 March

2012

Declared and paid:

£000

£000

£000

Interim dividend for the period ended 31 December 2010: 1 pence

-

3,454

3,453

Interim dividend for the period ended 31 March 2011: 1 pence

-

3,453

3,453

Interim dividend for the period ended 30 June 2011: 1 pence

-

-

3,453

Interim dividend for the period ended 30 September 2011: 1 pence

-

-

3,453

Interim dividend for the period ended 31 December 2011: 1 pence

-

-

3,454

Interim dividend for the period ended 31 March 2012: 1 pence

3,454

-

-

Interim dividend for the period ended 30 June 2012: 1 pence

3,453

-

-


6,907

6,907

17,266

 

The interim dividend of 0.75 pence per ordinary share in respect of the period ended 30 September 2012 has not been recognised as a liability as it was declared after the period end.  A dividend of £2,590,000 will be paid on 30 November 2012.

 

9.       Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the net profit for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period. The following reflects the profit and share data used in the basic and diluted profit per share calculation: 

 


1 April

2012  to 30 September 2012

1 January

2011 to 30 June

2011

1 January

 2011 to 31 March

2012





Net (loss)/profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company from continuing operations (£000)

(8,963)

8,932

6,489





Weighted average number of ordinary shares for basic and diluted profit/(loss) per share

345,336,118

345,336,118

345,336,118

 



 

10.     Investment properties


1 April

2012 to 30

September 2012

1 January 2011 to 30 June 2011

1 January

2011 to 31 March 2012


£000

£000

£000

Carrying value at start of period

411,744

424,260

424,260

Acquisitions

-

-

2,732

Capital expenditure on investment properties

656

2,556

4,316

Disposals

-

(2,843)

(5,588)

Realised losses on disposal

-

(67)

(637)

Change in fair value

(17,509)

1,872

(13,339)

Carrying value at the end of the period

394,891

425,778

411,744





Historic cost at the end of the period

547,901

546,193

547,245

 

The carrying value of investment properties reconciles to the Appraised Value as follows:

 


30 September 2012

30 June 2011

31 March 2012


£000

£000

£000

Appraised value

398,005

427,004

414,470

Valuation of assets held under finance leases

1,293

1,700

1,389

Lease incentives held as debtors

(4,407)

(2,926)

(4,115)

Carrying value at the end of the period

394,891

425,778

411,744

 

The investment properties were valued by Jones Lang LaSalle Limited and CBRE Limited, Chartered Surveyors, as at 30 September 2012, on the basis of Market Value in accordance with RICS Valuation Standards.

 

The Group's borrowings (note 11) are secured by a first ranking fixed charge over the majority of investment properties held.

 

Rental income and property expenses arise from the properties shown above.

 

11.     Loans and borrowings  


Maturity

30 September 2012

30 June

2011

31 March

2012

Current


£000

£000

  £000

Secured loan facility

24 July 2032

898

-

-

Unsecured loan stock

-

2,092

-

2,218

Floating rate notes       

31 January 2013

-

-

171,600

Liquidity facility

31 January 2013

-

-

10,677

Bank loan

30 January 2013

-

1,840

16,911

Zero dividend preference shares

31 October 2012

30,969

-

29,954



33,959

1,840

231,360

Non-current





Secured loan facility

20 July 2022

33,718

-

-

Secured loan facility

24 July 2027

80,000

-

-

Secured loan facility

24 July 2032

94,431

-

-

Floating rate notes       

31 January 2013

-

171,600

-

Liquidity facility

31 January 2013

-

10,677

-

Bank loan

30 January 2013

-

18,216

-

Unsecured loan stock

-

-

2,327

-

Zero dividend preference shares

31 October 2012

-

28,490

-



208,149

231,310

-








242,108

233,150

231,360

 



 

 

11.     Loans and borrowings (continued)

On 27 June 2012 the Group entered into conditional agreements for two separate secured loan facilities. These new facilities were drawn down on 24 July 2012 and were used to repay the Group's floating rate notes and bank loan, totalling £188.5 million.  The liquidity facility was also repaid on the same date.  The loan arrangement costs for the new debt facilities were £4.5 million.  These costs have been capitalised and will be amortised over the duration of the loans.

 

In order to achieve bilateral agreements and distinct security pools with the new lenders, a re-organisation of the Group's corporate structure took place to coincide with the drawdown under the new facilities, such that the Group's investment properties are now held in a number of new subsidiary entities.

 

As at 30 September 2012 the Group has a loan with Canada Life Limited for £113.7 million, which is fully drawn. The loan is for a term of 15 years, with £33.7 million repayable on the tenth anniversary of drawdown. Interest is fixed at 4.08% over the life of the loan. The loan agreement has a loan to value covenant of 65% and an interest cover test of 1.75. The loan is secured over the Group's properties held by Picton No 2 Limited Partnership and Picton UK Real Estate Trust (Property) No 2 Limited.

 

Additionally the Group has a term loan facility agreement with Aviva Commercial Finance Limited for £95.3 million, which is fully drawn. The loan is for a term of 20 years, with approximately one third repayable over the life of the loan in accordance with a scheduled amortisation profile. Interest on the loan is fixed at 4.38% over the life of the loan. The facility has a loan to value covenant of 65% and a debt service cover ratio of 1.4. The facility is secured over the Group's properties held by Picton No 3 Limited Partnership and Picton Property No 3 Limited.

 

On 14 May 2010 the Group issued 46,556,800 zero dividend preference shares ('ZDPs') at 65 pence per share, with a final maturity date of 31 October 2012. On 6 September 2012 the Group announced a rollover offer of these 2012 ZDPs into new 2016 ZDPs, and a placing of new 2016 ZDPs. On 15 October 2012 the Group issued 22,000,000 new ZDPs at a price of 100 pence per share and with a maturity date of 15 October 2016.  The 2016 ZDPs accrue additional capital at a rate of 7.25% per annum, resulting in a final capital entitlement at maturity of 132.3 pence per share. The ZDPs do not receive any dividends or income distributions, and are listed on the London Stock Exchange. The 2016 ZDPs have been issued by Picton ZDP Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary company.

 

The holders of the 2012 ZDPs that opted not to rollover into new 2016 ZDPs received their final capital entitlement totalling £21.0 million on 14 November 2012 following IRET Securities Limited, the issuer of the 2012 ZDPs, entering liquidation on 31 October 2012.

 

The Group's unsecured loan stock pays interest at 0.5% above six month LIBOR. The loan stock is repayable at the request of the holders at 31 March and 30 September each year. The Group has the option to repay the loan stock at any time by giving four months notice.

 

The weighted average interest rate on the Group's borrowings as at 30 September was 4.53% (30 June 2011: 4.75%, 31 March 2012: 4.80%).

 

12.     Ordinary share capital

 

The Company has 345,336,118 ordinary shares in issue of no par value (30 June 2011 and 31 March 2012: 345,336,118).

 

The balance on the Company's share premium account as at 30 September 2012 was £39,149,000 (30 June 2011 and 31 March 2012: £39,149,000).

 



 

 

13.     Adjustment for non-cash movements in the cash flow statement


1 April

2012 to 30 September 2012

1 January

2011 to 30

June

2011

1 January

2011 to 31

March

2012


£000

£000

£000

Loss on disposal of investment properties

-

67

637

Investment property valuation movements

17,509

(1,872)

13,339

Depreciation of tangible assets

14

-

6

(Increase)/ decrease in receivables

(1,643)

947

(32)

Increase / (decrease) in payables

(1,067)

1,250

1,706


14,813

392

15,656

 

14.     Net asset value

The net asset value per ordinary share is based on net assets at the period end and 345,336,118 (30 June 2011 and 31 March 2012: 345,336,118) ordinary shares, being the number of ordinary shares in issue at the period end.

 

At 30 September 2012, the Company had a net asset value per ordinary share of £0.52 (30 June 2011: £0.61, 31 March 2012: £0.57).  

 

15.     Risk management

The Group is no longer exposed to the risk of fluctuations in interest rates on its borrowings.  As described in note 11, its new secured loan facilities are at fixed rates of interest throughout the duration of the loans.  As a result of this change, the Group no longer uses interest rate swap contracts to mitigate against interest rate movements and so are not exposed to changes in the fair value of derivative instruments caused by movements in swap rates.

 

16.     Related party transactions

The total fees earned during the period by the five Directors of the Company were £101,000 (30 June 2011: £61,000 and 31 March 2012: £195,000). As at 30 September 2012 the Group owed £nil to the Directors (30 June 2011 and 31 March 2012: £nil).

 

The previous investment manager, CBRE Global Investors UK Limited (see note 6), was not paid any fees during the period in respect of property management and administration services (30 June 2011: £1,647,000 and 31 March 2012: £3,308,000).

 

Picton Property Income Limited has no controlling parties.

 

17.     Events after the balance sheet date

A dividend of £2,590,000 (0.75 pence per share) was approved by the Board on 23 October 2012 and payable on 30 November 2012. 

 

As set out in note 11, the Group issued 22,000,000 new zero dividend preference shares on 15 October 2012 at 100 pence per share.

 


 

 



 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO PICTON PROPERTY INCOME LIMITED

(The "Company")

 

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the Half Yearly Financial Report for the six months ended 30 September 2012 which comprises the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity, the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet, the Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement and the related explanatory notes. We have read the other information contained in the Half Yearly Financial Report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting the requirements of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules ("the DTR") of the UK's Financial Services Authority ("the UK FSA"). Our review has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in this report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have reached.

 

Directors' responsibilities

The Half Yearly Financial Report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the Half Yearly Financial Report in accordance with the DTR of the UK FSA.

 

As disclosed in note 2, the Annual Financial Statements of the Company are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. The condensed set of financial statements included in this Half Yearly Financial Report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting'.

 

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the Half Yearly Financial Report based on our review.

 

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the UK. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the Half Yearly Financial Report for the six months ended 30 September 2012 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34 and the DTR of the UK FSA.

 

 

 

 

Neale D Jehan

For and on behalf of KPMG Channel Islands Limited

Chartered Accountants and Recognised Auditors

Guernsey

22 November 2012



 

Picton Property Income Limited - Other Information

 

SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION

 

Shareholder enquiries

All enquiries relating to holdings in Picton Property Income Limited, including notification of change of address, queries regarding dividend/interest payments or the loss of a certificate, should be addressed to the Company's registrars.

 

Directors

Nicholas Thompson (Chairman)

Trevor Ash

Tjeerd Borstlap (resigned 30 September 2012)

Roger Lewis

Robert Sinclair

 

Registered Office

Trafalgar Court

Les Banques

St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 3QL

 

Registered Number: 43673

 

Website

Picton has a corporate website which has further information about the Group and the property portfolio at: www.pictonproperty.co.uk

 

Administrator, Registrar and Secretary

Northern Trust International Fund Administration  

Services (Guernsey) Limited      

PO Box 255

Trafalgar Court  

Les Banques    

St Peter Port    

Guernsey

GY1 3QL

 

Contact: David Sauvarin

T: 01481 745 529 

E: dts6@ntrs.com

 

Investment Manager

Picton Capital Limited

28 Austin Friars

London

EC2N 2QQ

 

Media

Tavistock Communications

131 Finsbury Pavement

London

EC2A 1NT

 

Contact: James Verstringhe

T:020 7920 3150E: jverstringhe@tavistock.co.uk

 

 



 

Auditor

KPMG Channel Islands Limited
20 New Street
St Peter Port
Guernsey
GY1 4AN

 

Property Valuers

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

22 Hanover Square

London

W1S 1JA

 

CBRE Limited

Henrietta House

Henrietta Place

London

W1G 0NB

 

Corporate Brokers

JP Morgan Securities Limited

25 Bank Street

Canary Wharf

London

E14 5JP

 

Oriel Securities Limited

150 Cheapside

London

EC2V 6ET

 

Tax Adviser

Deloitte LLP

Hill House

1 Little New Street

London

EC4A 3TR

 

Crest Service Provider

Computershare Investor Services (Jersey) Limited

Queensway House

Hilgrove Street

St Helier           

Jersey

JE1 1ES

 

Solicitors to the Group:

 

As to English Law

Norton Rose LLP

3 More London Riverside
London

SE1 2AQ

 

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

65 Fleet Street 

London

EC4Y 1HS

 

As to Guernsey Law

Carey Olsen

PO Box 98
Carey House
Les Banques
St Peter Port
Guernsey
GY1 4B

 

 


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