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Picton Property Income Limited
22 October 2013
 



22 October 2013

PICTON PROPERTY INCOME LIMITED

("Picton" or the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Net Asset Value as at 30 September 2013

and Interim Dividend

 

Picton (LSE: PCTN) announces its Net Asset Value for the quarter ended 30 September 2013 and Interim Dividend.

 

The highlights over the quarter include:-

 

Financial

·     Net Assets increased to £180.3 million (30 June 2013: £169.6 million).

·     NAV/EPRA NAV per share rose 2.7% to 50.4 pence (30 June 2013: 49.1 pence).

·     Increase in underlying property portfolio valuation of 1.4% (30 June 2013: 0.1%).

·     Average debt maturity of 13.9 years, with a fixed weighted average interest rate maintained at 4.5% per annum.

·     Raised £6.3 million through the issue of 12.3 million shares on 5 September 2013 at 51.5 pence, a 4.9% premium to June NAV.

 

Dividend

·     Dividend of 0.75 pence declared (30 June 2013: 0.75 pence).

·     Post-tax dividend cover over the quarter of 126% (30 June 2013: 119%).

·     Dividend yield of 5.9%, based on share price of 51.25 pence as at 30 September 2013.

 

Portfolio Activity

·     Improvement in occupancy to 90% (June 2013: 89% / March 2013: 88%).

·     Purchase of Greater London multi-let industrial estate Lyon Business Park, Barking for £9.48 million increasing the Company's exposure to the London market to 29.8% of the total portfolio.

·     Further progress made on specific leasing initiatives with 12 lettings completed during the period contributing £0.48 million per annum.

·     Key lettings achieved in Stanford House, WC2 (fully let), Atlas House, Marlow (fully let) and Heron Industrial Estate, Reading (fully let).

 

Post Quarter Portfolio Activity

·     Secured residential planning permission for upper levels of Stanford House, London WC2

·     Acquired a further unit for £0.98 million at Angel Gate, London EC1.

·     Strong pipeline of over £0.75 million per annum of leasing transactions under offer.

 

 

Commenting, Nick Thompson, Chairman of Picton said:

 

"Our dividend cover and gearing have contributed to strong NAV growth this quarter. In addition we have taken advantage of Picton's recent share price performance to raise equity at a premium to NAV and invested this effectively into income producing assets with active management potential."

 

Michael Morris, Chief Executive of Picton Capital said:

 

"This has been a very active quarter during which we have improved occupancy and created a strong pipeline of occupational transactions. As such we have been able to focus on both income and value enhancement opportunities across sectors."

 

 

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 

 

 

David Sauvarin

The Company Secretary

Northern Trust International Fund Administration Services (Guernsey) Limited

Trafalgar Court

Les Banques

St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 3QL

 

Tel:     01481 745001

Email: team_picton@ntrs.com

 

 

 

Note to Editors

Picton Property Income Limited ('Picton') is an income focused, property investment company listed on the London and Channel Islands Stock Exchanges. Picton can invest both directly and indirectly in commercial property across the United Kingdom.

 

With Net Assets of £180.3 million at 30 September 2013 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

 

 

NET ASSET VALUE

 

The unaudited Net Asset Value ('NAV') of Picton, as at 30 September 2013, was £180.3 million, reflecting approximately 50.4 pence per share, an increase of 2.7% over the quarter. 

 

The NAV attributable to the ordinary shares is calculated under International Financial Reporting Standards and incorporates the external portfolio valuation as at 30 September 2013, including income for the quarter, but does not include a provision for the quarterly dividend announced herein, which will be paid in November 2013.

 

The property portfolio will next be subject to an independent valuation during December 2013 and the NAV per share, as at 31 December 2013, will be issued in January 2014.

 

A detailed breakdown of the NAV is included within the Appendix.

 

 

DIVIDEND

 

An interim dividend of 0.75 pence per share is declared in respect of the period 1 July 2013 to 30 September 2013 (1 April 2013 to 30 June 2013: 0.75 pence).

 

The dividend will be paid on 29 November 2013 to shareholders on the register on 15 November 2013. The ex-dividend date will be 13 November 2013.

 

 

DEBT

 

The Company has a weighted average interest rate of 4.5%, of which 99% is fixed with a weighted average debt maturity profile of approximately 13.9 years.

 

As at 30 September 2013, net gearing, calculated as total debt including ZDPs less cash, as a proportion of gross property value, was 53.5% (June 2013: 54.1%). 

 

 

MARKET BACKGROUND

 

The IPD Monthly Index recorded stronger returns in September compared to June. Total returns in the three months to September 2013 were 2.9% (June 2013: 1.9%). The income return was unchanged over the quarter at 1.7%. Capital growth at 1.2% was the strongest since July 2010 and has now grown for four consecutive quarters.

 

Across the principal IPD sectors, office values rose by 2.2% (June 2013: 0.8%), industrial by 1.7% (June 2013: 0.4%) and retail by 0.4% (June 2013: -0.3%). Over the quarter 28 of the 37 IPD segments recorded positive movements compared to 17 in June and 4 in March.

 

The occupancy rate on the Index was 90% in September up from 89% in June 2013.

 

 

PORTFOLIO UPDATE

 

Over the quarter we have completed 12 lettings adding £483,000 per annum to the rent roll after incentives, and renewed five leases with a combined rent of £249,000 per annum. Two rent reviews were completed at a nil increase. The occupancy rate rose to 90% as a result of the leasing activity referred to below (June 2013: 89%).

 

Overall, the letting transactions were slightly ahead of ERV. In addition, terms were agreed on a further 11 vacant properties with a combined annual rent of over £750,000 per annum.

 

A selection of activity over the quarter included:

 

Offices

 

·      Let the third floor of Stanford House in Covent Garden at £173,000 per annum, 3% above the June ERV.

·      At Waterside House, Leeds secured £248,000 per annum of Government income until 2019 by removing the 2014 break clause in lieu of six months rental incentive.

·      In Marlow, let the remaining suite at Atlas House at £78,000 per annum in line with ERV.

·      At Boundary House, London EC3, retained £93,000 per annum for a minimum of 3 years, in line with ERV, though a lease renewal.  Completed the comprehensive refurbishment of the reception and first floor common areas to facilitate the letting of the one vacant suite which has an ERV of £62,500 per annum.

·      Let smaller suites at our properties in Cardiff, Colchester, Glasgow and St. Albans at a combined rent of £67,000 per annum after incentives.

 

Industrial

 

·      Purchased Lyon Business Park in Barking for £9.48 million on 24 September, providing additional income of £0.65 million per annum.

·      Completed the letting of units 1 and 3 at Heron Industrial Estate, Reading ahead of ERV at a combined rent of £82,000 per annum. The estate is now fully let.

·      Surrendered two small units at Nonsuch Industrial Estate in Epsom for consideration of £60,000, in order to meet demand from trade counter operators.

 

Retail

 

·      At Scots Corner in Birmingham extended income of £75,000 per annum for a further 10 years, in lieu of 12 months rental incentive.

·      In Huddersfield, a unit was returned as a result of a retailer failure resulting in a loss of £80,000 per annum of income.  Agents have been appointed and the unit is now being marketed.

 

As at 30 September 2013, the portfolio had a net initial yield of 6.7% and a net reversionary yield of 8.0%. The weighted average unexpired term (to first termination) was 6.7 years.

 

Post Quarter Update

 

Following this period end, planning permission was achieved in respect of Stanford House, London WC2 and a further unit was acquired at Angel Gate, London EC1. Further details will be included in the Interim Results, which are expected to be announced in the week commencing 11 November 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix

 

NET ASSETS SUMMARY

 

The unaudited NAV is as follows:

 

                                               

30 Sept 2013 £million

30 June 2013 £million

31 March 2013 £million





Investment properties *

396.7

382.3

382.7

Other assets

13.8

12.3

12.3

Cash

19.2

24.7

22.9

Other liabilities     

(15.7)

(16.1)

(15.1)

Borrowings: Loan facilities

 

                    Loan stock

 

                    ZDP's

(208.1)

 

(2.1)

 

(23.5)

 

(208.4)

 

(2.1)

 

(23.1)

(208.6)

 

(2.1)

 

(22.7)

 

Net Assets

180.3

169.6

169.4

Net Asset Value per share

50.4p

49.1p

49.0p

 

* The underlying property valuation is stated net of lease incentives.

 

The movements in Net Asset Value can be summarised as follows;

 


Total

Movement

Per share


£million

 

%

Pence

NAV at 30 June 2013

169.6


49.1





Movement in property values

3.7

2.1

1.0





Share issue

6.0

-

-





Share premium

0.3

0.2

0.1

 

Net income after tax for the period

 

3.3

 

1.9

 

0.9

 

Dividends paid

 

(2.6)

 

(1.5)

 

(0.7)





NAV at 30 September 2013

180.3

2.7

50.4

 



 

PORTFOLIO COMPOSITION

 

The Company's current portfolio is structured as follows:-

 

 

Sector

Weighting

30 September 2013

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Valuation Change




Industrial

37.1%

1.2%

Retail   

18.8%

2.3%

Office - Central/Greater London

18.6%

3.1%

Office - Rest of UK

14.4%

-0.9%

Retail Warehouse

6.7%

1.5%

Leisure

4.4%

0.0%

Total

100%

1.4%

 

 

GEOGRAPHICAL WEIGHTINGS

 

Geography

Weighting

30 September 2013



Central & Greater London

29.8%

South East

28.2%

Midlands

16.3%

North

14.9%

Wales

5.3%

South West

3.2%

Scotland

1.8%

Northern Ireland

0.5%

Total

100%







 

TOP TEN ASSETS

 

The top ten assets, which represent 46.1% of the portfolio by capital value, are detailed below.

 

Asset

Sector



River Way Industrial Estate, Harlow

Industrial

Unit 5320 Magna Park, Lutterworth

Industrial

Stanford House, Long Acre, WC2

Retail

50 Farringdon Road, EC1

Office

Angel Gate Office Village, City Road, EC1

Office

Phase II Parc Tawe, Swansea

Retail Warehouse

Boundary House, Jewry Street, EC3

Office

1 Chancery Lane, WC2

Office

Colchester Business Park, Colchester

Office

Angouleme Way, Bury

Retail Warehouse

 

 


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