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Picton Property Income Limited
18 November 2014
 



18 November 2014                                                                              

 

Picton Property Income Limited

Half Year Results

("Picton" or the "Company")

 

Picton (LSE: PCTN) announces its half year results for the six month period to 30 September 2014.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 


Six months to

30 September

2014

Six months to

30 September 2013

Year ended

31 March

2014

Property assets*

£487.1m

£396.7m

£417.6m

Net assets

£273.7m

£180.3m

£214.1m

Profit after tax

£31.8m

£9.7m

£37.3m

Rental income

£16.2m

£15.6m

£31.0m

Income profit after tax

£7.0m

£6.3m

£13.3m

Total return

13.3%

5.9%

21.6%

Total shareholder return

15.5%

32.1%

50.2%

Dividend cover

114%

122%

124%

Total dividend per share

1.5p

1.5p

3.0p

EPRA earnings per share

1.6p

1.8p

3.7p

Earnings per share

7.5p

2.8p

10.4p

EPRA net asset value per share

62p

50p

56p

 

* net of lease incentives, see note 9.

 

Financial

·    Total return of 13.3% for the period

·    28% increase in net assets to £273.7 million (31 March 2014: £214.1 million)

·    Increase in EPRA net asset value of 10.5% over the period to 62.3 pence per share (31 March 2014: 56.4 pence )

·    Profit after tax of £31.8 million for the period (30 September 2013: £9.7 million)

·    Gains on investment properties of £24.8 million

·    Dividend cover of 114% for the period (30 September 2013: 122%)

·    EPRA earnings per share of 1.6 pence (30 September 2013: 1.8 pence)

·    £6.1 million paid in dividends, equivalent to 1.5 pence per share (30 September 2013: £5.2 million)

·    Raised £35 million of new equity in May 2014 as part of a £100 million placing programme

·    Reduction in loan to value ratio to 43.2% (31 March 2014: 47.7%)

 

Operational

·      Occupancy rate increased to 94% (31 March 2014: 91%)

·      Like-for-like growth in property portfolio valuation of 6.8% over the period

·      36 lettings completed during the period, totalling £1.9 million of annual income before incentives

·      10 lease renewals and re-gears retaining £0.4 million per annum

·      £2.3 million invested in asset management projects across the portfolio

·      Acquisition of three new assets for £42.7 million, generating £3.2 million of additional income per annum

·      Disposal of small office building for proceeds of £0.4 million

·      Increase in portfolio average lot size to £8.4 million (31 March 2014: £7.4 million)

 

Picton Chairman, Nicholas Thompson, commented: "These strong financial statements reflect the Company's achievements during the period and the positive results achieved for shareholders.  As we look to continue this momentum, the Company is considering a second phase of equity fundraising, utilising its Placing Programme to finance further attractive investment opportunities that we have identified."

Michael Morris, Chief Executive of Picton Capital, added:

"At a portfolio level, we have had considerable success and this has driven both occupancy and underlying valuation growth. Set against a backdrop of improving occupational markets, we are well positioned and have an attractive pipeline of asset management opportunities to build on successes over the period."

 

For further information:

 

Tavistock Communications

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

 

Picton Capital Limited

Michael Morris, 020 7011 9980, michael.morris@pictoncapital.co.uk  

 

Company Secretary

Northern Trust International Fund Administration Services (Guernsey) Limited

David Sauvarin, 01481 745001, team_picton@ntrs.com

 

 

Note to Editors:

Picton Property Income Limited is an income focused, internally managed investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

 

The Company's investment objective is to provide shareholders with an attractive level of income, together with the potential for capital growth, by investing in the principal UK commercial property sectors.

 

Picton has a portfolio of UK commercial property valued at £493.3 million, comprising 59 assets with around 390 occupiers. The sector and geographic weightings are set out below.


 

Sector

%


Geographic

%

Industrial

42.2


London

28.6

Offices

31.5


South East

33.1

Retail

23.4


Rest of UK

38.3

Leisure

2.9



100.0


100.0




 

www.pictonproperty.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

I am pleased to present our interim results for the six months to 30 September 2014, which I believe demonstrate the success that Picton has achieved in the context of an improving commercial property market. There has been considerable portfolio activity, as detailed further within this report, which demonstrates that our occupier focused, opportunity led approach has continued to deliver positive results for shareholders.

 

Financial Results

The Company's total profit for the six month period was £31.8 million, comprising capital gains of £24.8 million and an income profit of £7.0 million. The income profit was 11% ahead of the equivalent result for last year. This was achieved through significant active management of the portfolio, with increased occupancy and the investment of the proceeds from the placing programme into good quality income producing assets. Dividend cover was 114% for the period which, together with the valuation gains, helped deliver a 10.5% increase in net asset value to 62 pence per share.

 

The Group's total return for the six months to 30 September was 13.3%. This resulted from the strong valuation gains across the portfolio, enhanced by the gearing in place.

 

The Company paid two dividends during the period, each of 0.75 pence per share, totalling £6.1 million. The dividend yield, based on the closing share price at 30 September, was 4.7%.

 

The Company's shares continue to trade at a modest premium to net asset value. As a result, the shareholder total return, based on the movement in the share price plus dividends paid, was 15.5% for the period.

 

Portfolio

The strong valuation gains contributed to a total property return of 8.9% in the six months to 30 September, as calculated by IPD, comprising 5.7% capital gain and 3.1% of income return.

 

We have continued to improve occupancy within the portfolio, which was 94% at 30 September compared with 91% at 31 March. Rental income totalled £16.2 million, 3.8% ahead of the equivalent period in 2013. The asset management team has also completed a significant number of lettings, adding nearly £2 million of additional annual income. Subsequent to the period end the majority of the available space at Citylink in Croydon, the largest vacancy in the portfolio, has been let. This vacancy accounted for 22% of the total void at 30 September. The asset management activity is discussed in more detail in the Investment Manager's Report.

 

During the period we have invested nearly £43 million into the property market, acquiring two industrial assets in the East Midlands and a retail unit in Peterborough. One small disposal has been completed, continuing our strategy of re-shaping the portfolio. As a result the average lot size of the portfolio has increased by 13% to £8.4 million.

 

The portfolio valuation, before adjustments for lease incentives, has risen from £423 million to £493 million at 30 September. On a like-for-like basis (excluding acquisitions and disposals) this represents an increase of 6.8%, in part reflecting the asset management activity, lettings successes and tenant retention, as well as positive movements in the market.

 

Financing

The Company raised £35 million in a placing and open offer in May, which was oversubscribed and  supported by both existing and new shareholders. The proceeds raised have now been fully invested, in the assets mentioned above, as well as in refurbishment projects across the existing portfolio, such as at Citylink in Croydon, in order to provide high quality space that will be attractive to occupiers.

 

It is the intention of the Board to continue with the placing programme as market conditions allow and as attractive real estate opportunities are identified in the coming months.

 

Over the period, net assets have grown by 28% to £274 million, while the Group's market capitalisation has risen to over £280 million at 30 September, providing greater liquidity in the Company's shares for investors. As net assets grow, the benefits of the internalised structure are increasingly apparent, with a reduction in the relative cost of running the business.

The Group's borrowings have remained in place throughout the period, and the low fixed interest rates have contributed to the strong positive total return. The overall loan to value ratio, based on net gearing, reduced to 43% from 48% at 31 March, as a result of the increase in the portfolio valuation and the new equity invested.

 

Corporate Governance

We have undertaken an external evaluation of the Board over the summer, using Trust Associates who have carried out previous such evaluations for us, and will be implementing any relevant recommendations in the coming months.

 

I would also like to thank shareholders on behalf of the Board for passing all the resolutions at the annual general meeting held on 12 November.

 

Outlook

Picton is operating in better and more stable markets than we have experienced for some time and this, we believe, is set to continue as the UK economic recovery maintains momentum. We are increasingly seeing property transactions completing ahead of both capital and rental values and believe on balance that valuation risks to the portfolio remain on the upside.

 

Notwithstanding this positive outlook, we are not complacent. As we approach an election year and with a less certain global outlook, both the Board and the wider Picton team remain committed to ensuring we build on the continued success of this period.

 

 

 

Nicholas Thompson

Chairman

17 November 2014


INVESTMENT MANAGER'S REPORT  

At 30 September 2014, the portfolio comprised 59 assets valued at £493.3 million, reflecting a net initial yield, based on contracted income, of 6.4%. The estimated rental value of the portfolio was £37.7 million, with a net reversionary yield of 7.3%.

 

Sector

Value

£m

%

Annual Income

£m

Occupancy

%

No. of Assets

Industrial

208.3

42

15.2

98

19

Office

155.2

32

10.4

86

21

Retail and leisure

129.8

26

8.3

98

19

Total Portfolio

493.3

100

33.9

94

59

 

Annual income above represents the contracted rent passing at the Balance Sheet date and therefore excludes leases in rent free periods. At 30 September 2014, £1.1 million of annual income was in rent free periods.

 

As at 30 September 2014, based as a percentage of current annual income, the weighted average lease length to first termination was 6.4 years.

 

Top Ten Assets

The largest assets in the portfolio as at 30 September 2014, ranked by capital value, represent just under 50% of the total portfolio valuation and are detailed below.

 

Asset

Sector

Location

Parkbury Industrial Estate, Radlett, Herts.

Industrial

South East

River Way Industrial Estate, Harlow, Essex

Industrial

South East

Stanford House, Long Acre, London WC2

Retail

London

Angel Gate Office Village, City Road, London EC1

Office

London

50 Farringdon Road, London EC1

Office

London

Boundary House, Jewry Street, London EC3

Office

London

Shipton Way, Rushden, Northants.

Industrial

East Midlands

Phase II Parc Tawe, Swansea

Retail Warehouse

Wales

Colchester Business Park, Colchester, Essex

Office

South East

1-3 Chancery Lane, London WC2

Office

London

 

A full portfolio listing is available on the Company's website, www.pictonproperty.co.uk.

 

Top Ten Occupiers

The top ten occupiers, based as a percentage of annualised contracted rental income, after lease incentives, as at 30 September 2014, is summarised as follows:

 

Occupier

%

Belkin Limited

4.5

DHL Supply Chain Limited

3.7

Snorkel Europe Limited

2.8

The Random House Group Limited

2.7

Cadence Design Systems Limited

2.7

Trainline.com Limited

2.3

Edward Stanford Limited

1.8

Ricoh UK Limited

1.8

Viglen Limited

1.7

Asda Stores Limited

1.6

Total

25.6

 

Review of half year to September 2014

In the six months to September, we have improved the occupancy rate from 91% to 94% and have concluded 36 lettings, adding £1.9 million per annum following incentives, on average 4.7% above estimated rental value. Ten leases were renewed securing more than £430,000 per annum, on average 3% above estimated rental value. One occupier break option was removed securing £42,000 per annum and seven leases were surrendered to facilitate asset management initiatives.

 

Our core focus remains enhancing both income and value within the property portfolio. This is achieved through maintaining and growing income, reducing costs and completing business plans to add value through active management.

 

In the six months to September 2014, the property portfolio delivered a total return of 8.9%, as calculated by IPD. This was driven by an income return of 3.1%, reflecting the income bias of the portfolio and was ahead of the IPD Quarterly Benchmark of 2.6%. Capital growth was 6.8% on a like-for-like basis, or 5.7% including capital expenditure incurred during the period. This compares with the IPD Benchmark of 6.6% and reflects lower capital growth in the retail and industrial sectors. Overall the IPD Quarterly Benchmark delivered a total return of 9.3%.

 

The strongest uplift in capital growth was in the office sector at 12%, driven by central London assets, followed by industrial at 6.8%, retail warehouse at 3.4%, leisure at 1.1% and retail at 0.5%. The portfolio also recorded 1.8% like-for-like rental growth as further detailed in the table below, which is above the 1.5% recorded in the IPD Quarterly Digest for the six months to September.

 


Capital Value Growth

%

Rental Value Growth

%

Capital Value

£psf

Industrial:

6.8

2.3

75

    Greater London

4.9

5.8

125

    South East

6.7

1.5

102

    Rest of UK

7.8

2.9

50

Offices:

11.7

3.5

185

    Central London

14.7

7.8

449

    Rest of UK

7.7

0.0

102

Retail

0.5

-3.2

N/A

Retail Warehouse

3.4

0.0

173

Leisure

1.1

-0.2

203

Total

6.8

1.8

N/A

Source - Based on CBRE Valuation, prior to capital expenditure.

 

One small non-core property was sold and three properties were acquired, including two distribution units in the East Midlands for £31.5 million and a prime retail block in Peterborough for £9.1 million, before costs. The purchases reflect our strategy of buying larger lot sizes where we see added value opportunities and these transactions are detailed further below. 

 

Office portfolio

The central London assets have continued to perform strongly and we have quickly let those properties which have been refurbished.

 

24 Angel Gate, London EC1 was comprehensively refurbished creating light flexible office space and was let, prior to the refurbishment completing, at a rent of £216,200 per annum, some 50% ahead of the previous estimated rental value and setting a new rental tone of £36 per sq ft on the estate. Six further lettings have taken place at the property, generating additional annual income of £264,200 per annum. The property is now fully let, with the exception of 28 Angel Gate, which is being refurbished in a similar style to number 24, with the works due to complete by the end of this year.

 

A suite at Boundary House, London EC3 was previously surrendered where the occupier was paying a rent of £23 per sq ft. This suite was lightly refurbished and re-let at £36.50 per sq ft, over 50% ahead of the previous agreed rent and 12% ahead of the estimated rental value in March. Two further vacant suites were refurbished and let at a combined rent of £252,220 per annum, 4% above estimated rental value. A new rental tone for the property has been set and it is now fully let.

 

Elsewhere, at Queens House in Glasgow there has been an upturn in demand for the office suites, allowing us to complete five lettings at a combined rent of £71,400 per annum. A comprehensive refurbishment of the common areas has just completed and we have further interest in the vacant suites. We have re-geared the lease of an office building at Colchester Business Park let to an international law firm, extending it to 2024 at an initial rent of £151,500 per annum, with a minimum increase at review in 2019 to £202,000 per annum.

 

Following the period end, we obtained a resolution to grant planning permission for a foodstore and outline planning for a 70 unit residential scheme at Westlea Campus in Swindon. Once the process is completed, Aldi will purchase the land for the foodstore for £1.65 million under an agreement entered into in March 2014. The remaining 4.4 acre site will be marketed to specialist residential developers.

 

As at 30 September, the largest void within the portfolio was at Citylink in Croydon, which has undergone a substantial refurbishment this year, providing Grade A space opposite East Croydon station.  Again, following the end of the period we have concluded the letting of the majority of the space, to BPP, at a rent of £521,000, which is in line with the estimated rental value.

 

The Group's small office property at Dartford was sold during the period for £0.4 million, in line with valuation and following our strategy of disposing of smaller assets.

 

Industrial portfolio

The Group acquired a 335,000 sq ft distribution warehouse in Grantham, Lincolnshire for £11.5 million. This property has good access to the UK road network, located immediately adjacent to the A1 arterial route. The property is let to The Random House Group Limited for just under nine years and currently produces an annual rent of £1 million, equivalent to just under £3 per sq ft. The purchase price represents a net initial yield of 8.2% and capital value of £34 per sq ft.

 

In addition, we acquired a 312,000 sq ft modern warehouse building in Rushden, Northamptonshire for £20 million, again with good transport links. The property is let to Belkin Limited until 2020 and currently produces an annual rent of £1.6 million, equivalent to £5.21 per sq ft. The purchase price represents a net initial yield of 7.7% and a capital value of £64 per sq ft.

 

At Parkbury Industrial Estate, Radlett, which was acquired in March 2014 and is the Group's largest asset, we have completed both the re-branding of the estate and the improvement works to the common areas. Two units at the property, which had been vacant since construction in 2009, have now been let for a combined rent of £218,000 per annum. A further unit, which became vacant in April, was subsequently re-let in July for £107,000 per annum. There is now only one vacant unit on the estate, which came back in June, and terms have been agreed, subject to contract, to let it to a national retailer. Overall the lettings have been 6% ahead of the estimated rental value on purchase.

 

During the period we completed a letting to Toolstation at Nonsuch Industrial Estate, Epsom following a surrender and subsequent combination of two units to fulfil their space requirements, in line with our objective of creating a trade park at this property. There is strong demand for space at the estate with the one remaining vacant unit under offer to an existing occupier.

Other notable lettings were completed during the quarter at Luton, Middleton, Warrington and Wokingham, all ahead of estimated rental value.

 

Retail and Leisure portfolio

In September, the Group acquired a freehold city centre retail property in Peterborough for £9.1 million, reflecting a net initial yield of 6.5%. The property, which totals 89,000 sq ft, comprises two prime high street retail units with significant frontage to pedestrianised Bridge Street, and is let to TK Maxx and New Look until 2020 and 2021 respectively. It produces an annual rent of £625,000, reflecting a low average overall rent of £7.00 per sq ft, which is subject to review in 2015 and 2016.

 

During the period we received planning permission to combine four vacant retail units into one in Carlisle. Following this we completed a letting to toy shop chain The Entertainer for 12 years at £65,000 per annum. Also at this property we agreed the June 2013 rent review on the Crown and Mitre Hotel, which increased the rent by £25,500 to £137,500 per annum, representing a 23% increase.

 

In respect of the Luton hotel property, we are pursuing the guarantor to the occupational lease through legal action which we expect to be resolved in 2015. In the interim this has had an adverse effect on both valuation and income.

 

In September Phones 4u at Broadmead, Bristol went into administration and vacated the unit, which is now being marketed. This, along with two restaurants at Regency Wharf in Birmingham and a ground floor unit in Southampton, forming part of a small office building, are the only available units within this part of the portfolio.

 

Elsewhere in the portfolio, we have surrendered a temporary occupational lease and re-let a unit in Huddersfield at a rent of £42,500 per annum, 6% ahead of estimated rental value. This has improved the occupier line up, with Savers Health & Beauty joining Peacocks and Argos at the property. In Stockport, a unit which became vacant in March this year is now let to British Heart Foundation on a five year lease at £75,000 per annum, slightly below estimated rental value. The property is fully let, the other occupier being The Entertainer.

 

 

 

 

 

Picton Capital Limited

17 November 2014


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 Strategic Report in the Company's Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2014. The Company's principal risks and uncertainties have not changed materially since the date of that report.

 

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, a description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the 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

Director

17 November 2014




 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the period from 1 April 2014 to 30 September 2014





6 months

ended 30

September

2014

unaudited

6 months ended  30 September 2013

unaudited

 

Year ended

31 March 2014

audited

 


Note

Income

Capital

Total

Total

Total



£000

£000

£000

£000

£000








Income







Revenue from properties

3

18,662

-

18,662

18,309

36,749

Property expenses

4

(4,135)

-

(4,135)

(4,747)

(8,992)

Net property income


14,527

-

14,527

13,562

27,757








Expenses







Management expenses                          


(1,246)

-

(1,246)

(1,015)

(2,127)

Other operating expenses


(622)

-

(622)

(530)

(1,139)

Total operating expenses


(1,868)

-

(1,868)

(1,545)

(3,266)








Operating profit before movement on investments


 

12,659

 

-

 

12,659

12,017

24,491








Gains and (losses) on investments







(Loss)/profit on disposal of investment properties

9

 

-

 

(11)

 

(11)

(4)

5,660

Investment property valuation movements

9

 

-

 

24,854

 

24,854

3,413

18,422

Total gains and (losses) on investments


 

-

 

24,843

 

24,843

3,409

24,082








Operating profit


12,659

24,843

37,502

15,426

48,573








Financing







Interest receivable


105

-

105

69

164

Interest payable


(5,597)

-

(5,597)

(5,557)

(11,032)

Total finance costs


(5,492)

-

(5,492)

(5,488)

(10,868)








Profit before tax


7,167

24,843

32,010

9,938

37,705








Tax


(176)

-

(176)

(194)

(357)








Total comprehensive income


6,991

24,843

31,834

9,744

37,348








Earnings per share







Basic and diluted

7

1.6p

5.9p

7.5p

2.8p

10.4p

 

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 15 form part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 



 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

For the period from 1 April 2014 to 30 September 2014

 


 

Note

Share Capital

Retained Earnings

Total

 



£000

£000

£000

 






 

Balance as at 31

March 2013


39,149

130,267

169,416








Issue of ordinary shares


6,324

-

6,324


Profit for the period


-

9,744

9,744


Dividends paid

6

-

(5,180)

(5,180)








Balance as at 30

September 2013


45,473

134,831

180,304








Issue of ordinary shares


11,719

-

11,719


Profit for the period


-

27,604

27,604


Dividends paid

6

-

(5,531)

(5,531)








Balance as at 31

March 2014


 

57,192

 

156,904

 

214,096








Issue of ordinary shares


35,000

-

35,000


Issue costs of shares


(1,114)

-

(1,114)


Profit for the period


-

31,834

31,834


Dividends paid

6

-

(6,143)

(6,143)








Balance as at 30

September 2014


91,078

182,595

273,673


 

Notes 1 to 15 form part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

As at 30 September 2014

 







30 September 2014

30 September 2013

31 March

2014


Note

unaudited

£000

unaudited

£000

audited

£000

Non-current assets





Investment properties

9

487,057

396,708

417,207

Tangible assets


122

162

140

Accounts receivable


3,809

4,281

4,046

Total non-current assets


490,988

401,151

421,393






Current assets





Investment properties held for sale

9

-

-

425

Accounts receivable


12,425

9,749

10,102

Cash and cash equivalents


20,954

19,210

32,352

Total current assets


33,379

28,959

42,879






Total assets


524,367

430,110

464,272






Current liabilities





Accounts payable and accruals


(14,648)

(14,232)

(14,330)

Loans and borrowings

10

(2,766)

(3,010)

(2,935)

Obligations under finance leases


(104)

(107)

(104)

Total current liabilities


(17,518)

(17,349)

(17,369)






Non-current liabilities





Loans and borrowings

10

(231,450)

(230,733)

(231,081)

Obligations under finance leases


(1,726)

(1,724)

(1,726)

Total non-current liabilities


(233,176)

(232,457)

(232,807)






Total liabilities


(250,694)

(249,806)

(250,176)






Net assets


273,673

180,304

214,096






Equity





Share capital

11

91,078

45,473

57,192

Retained earnings


182,595

134,831

156,904






Total equity


273,673

180,304

214,096






Net asset value per share

13

£0.62

£0.50

£0.56

 

 

These condensed consolidated financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 17 November 2014 and signed on its behalf by:

 

 

 

 

Robert Sinclair

Director

 

 

Notes 1 to 15 form part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 







 

 

 

 

Note

6 months ended  30 September 2014

unaudited

6 months ended  30 September 2013

unaudited

Year

ended

31 March

2014

audited



£000

£000

£000






Operating activities





Operating profit


37,502

15,426

48,573

Adjustments for non-cash items

12

(26,915)

(4,795)

(25,428)

Interest received


105

69

164

Interest paid


(4,444)

(4,479)

(8,932)

Tax paid


(130)

(7)

(394)

Cash inflows from operating activities


6,118

6,214

13,983






Investing activities





Purchase of investment properties

9

(42,661)

(10,002)

(19,611)

Capital expenditure on investment properties

9

(2,335)

(960)

(2,060)

Disposal of investment properties


414

392

10,850

Purchase of tangible assets


(7)

(15)

(17)

Cash outflows from investing activities


(44,589)

(10,585)

(10,838)






Financing activities





Borrowings repaid


(670)

(469)

(1,031)

Issue of equity

11

35,000

6,337

18,229

Equity issue costs

11

(1,114)

(13)

(186)

Dividends paid

6

(6,143)

(5,180)

(10,711)

Cash inflows from financing activities


27,073

675

6,301






Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents


(11,398)

(3,696)

9,446






Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period/year


32,352

22,906

22,906






Cash and cash equivalents at end of period/year


20,954

19,210

32,352

 

 

Notes 1 to 15 form part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.


 

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.

 

The financial statements are prepared for the period from 1 April to 30 September 2014, with unaudited comparatives for the period from 1 April to 30 September 2013.  Comparatives are also provided from the audited financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2014.

 

The financial information for the year ended 31 March 2014 is derived from the financial statements delivered to the UK Listing Authority and does not constitute statutory accounts.

 

2.      Significant accounting policies

These 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 year ended 31 March 2014.

 

The accounting policies applied by the Company in these financial statements are the same as those applied by the Company in its financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 March 2014, with the exception of the following which have had no material effect on the financial statements:

 

·    In October 2012, the IASB issued amendments to IFRS 10 'Consolidated financial statements', IFRS 12 'Disclosure of interests in other entities' and IAS 27 'Separate financial statements - Investment entities'. The amendments define an investment entity and introduce an exception to consolidating particular subsidiaries for investment entities. These amendments require an investment entity to measure those subsidiaries at fair value through profit or loss in accordance with IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments' in its consolidated and separate financial statements. The amendments also introduce new disclosure requirements in the Annual Report for investment entities in IFRS 12 and IAS 27. The adoption of these amendments does not have any material impact on the consolidated financial statements as presented.

 

·    IFRIC 21 Levies, effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014. IFRIC 21, an Interpretation on the accounting for levies imposed by governments, clarifies that the obligating event that gives rise to a liability to pay a levy is the activity described in the relevant legislation that triggers the payment of the levy. The adoption of this Interpretation may result in changes in the accounting treatment of certain property taxes paid by the Group in future periods but does not have any material impact on the consolidated financial statements as presented for the current reporting period.

 

The annual financial statements of the Company are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') as adopted by the IASB. There have been no significant changes to management judgement and estimates.

 

3.       Revenue from properties


6 months ended 30 September 2014

6 months ended 30 September 2013

Year

ended

31 March

2014


£000

£000

£000

Rents receivable (adjusted for lease incentives)

16,241

15,553

 

31,036

Surrender premiums

58

60

157

Dilapidation receipts

297

195

677

Other income

67

59

97

Service charge income

1,999

2,442

4,782


18,662

18,309

36,749

 

 

3.       Revenue from properties (continued)

Rents receivable includes lease incentives recognised of £0.3 million (30 September 2013: £0.7 million, 31 March 2014: £1.0 million).

 

4.       Property expenses


6 months ended 30 September 2014

6 months ended 30 September 2013

Year

ended

31 March

2014


£000

£000

£000

Property operating expenses

747

1,190

2,527

Property void costs

1,389

1,115

1,683

Recoverable service charge costs

1,999

2,442

4,782


4,135

4,747

8,992

 

5.      Operating segments

The Board is charged with setting the Company's investment policy and strategy in accordance with the Company's investment restrictions and overall objectives. The key measure of performance used by the Board to assess the Group's performance is the total return on the Group's net asset value. As the total return on the Group's net asset value is calculated based on the net asset value per share calculated under IFRS as shown at the foot of the Balance Sheet, assuming dividends are re-invested, the key performance measure is that prepared under IFRS. Therefore no reconciliation is required between the measure of profit or loss used by the Board and that contained in the financial statements.

 

The Board has considered the requirements of IFRS 8 'Operating Segments'. The Board is 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 59 commercial properties, which are in the industrial, office, retail, retail warehouse, and leisure sectors.

 

6.       Dividends


6 months ended 30 September 2014

6 months ended 30 September 2013

Year

ended

31 March

2014

Declared and paid:

£000

£000

£000

Interim dividend for the period ended 31 March 2013: 0.75 pence

-

2,590

2,590

Interim dividend for the period ended 30 June 2013: 0.75 pence

 

-

2,590

2,590

Interim dividend for the period ended 30 September 2013: 0.75 pence

 

-

-

2,682

Interim dividend for the period ended 31 December 2013: 0.75 pence

 

-

-

2,849

Interim dividend for the period ended 31 March 2014: 0.75 pence

 

2,849

-

-

Interim dividend for the period ended 30 June 2014: 0.75 pence

 

3,294

-

-


6,143

5,180

10,711

 

The interim dividend of 0.75 pence per ordinary share in respect of the period ended 30 September 2014 has not been recognised as a liability as it was declared after the period end.  A dividend of £3,294,000 will be paid on 28 November 2014.

 



 

 

7.       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: 


6 months ended 30 September 2014

6 months ended 30 September 2013

Year

ended

31 March

2014

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

31,834

9,744

37,348





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

422,335,229

347,084,396

359,866,250

 

8.       Fair value measurements

The fair value measurement for the financial assets and financial liabilities are categorised into different levels in the fair value hierarchy based on the inputs to valuation techniques used. The different levels have been defined as follows:

 

Level 1: quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Group can access at the measurement date. The fair value of the zero dividend preference shares issued by the Group is included in level 1.

 

Level 2: inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. The fair value of the Group's secured loan facilities, as disclosed in note 10, are included in level 2.

 

Level 3: unobservable inputs for the asset or liability. The fair value of the Group's investment properties is included in level 3.

 

The Group recognises transfers between levels of the fair value hierarchy as of the end of the reporting period during which the transfer has occurred. There were no transfers between levels for the period ended 30 September 2014.

 

The fair value of all other financial assets and liabilities is not materially different from their carrying value in the financial statements.

 

The Group's financial risk management objectives and policies are consistent with those disclosed in the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2014.

 

 

 

 

9.       Investment properties


6 months

ended 30

September

2014

6 months

ended 30

September

2013

Year

ended

31 March

2014


£000

£000

£000

Fair value at start of period/year

417,632

382,729

382,729

Acquisitions

42,661

10,002

53,611

Capital expenditure on investment properties

2,335

960

2,060

Disposals

(414)

(392)

(44,850)

Realised (losses)/gains on disposal

(11)

(4)

5,660

Change in fair value

24,854

3,413

18,422

Fair value at the end of the period/year

487,057

396,708

417,632





Historic cost at the end of the period/year

611,490

559,720

566,494

           

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

 


30 September

2014

30 September

2013

31 March

 2014


£000

£000

£000

Appraised value

493,300

401,140

423,020

Valuation of assets held under finance leases

1,185

1,406

1,166

Lease incentives held as debtors

(7,428)

(5,838)

(6,554)

Fair value at the end of the period/year

487,057

396,708

417,632

 

As at 30 September 2014, all of the Group's properties are level 3 in the fair value hierarchy as it involves the use of significant inputs and there were no transfers between levels during the period. Level 3 inputs used in valuing the properties are those which are unobservable, as opposed to level 1 (inputs from quoted prices) and level 2 (observable inputs either directly, i.e. as prices, or indirectly, i.e. derived from prices).

 

The investment properties were valued by CBRE Limited, Chartered Surveyors, as at 30 September 2014 on the basis of fair value in accordance with the RICS Valuation - Professional Standards (2014). There were no significant changes to the valuation process, assumptions and techniques used during the period, further details on which were included in note 14 of the consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 March 2014.

 

The Group's borrowings (note 10) are secured by a first ranking fixed charge over the majority of investment properties held.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.     Loans and borrowings  


Maturity

30 September 2014

30 September 2013

31 March

2014

Current


£000

£000

  £000

Secured loan facility

-

990

948

968

Unsecured loan stock

-

1,776

2,062

1,967



2,766

3,010

2,935

Non-current





Secured loan facility

20 July 2022

33,718

33,718

33,718

Secured loan facility

24 July 2027

80,000

80,000

80,000

Secured loan facility

24 July 2032

92,494

93,483

92,995

Zero dividend preference shares

15 October 2016

25,238

23,532

24,368



231,450

230,733

231,081








234,216

233,743

234,016

 

The Group has loan facilities with Canada Life Limited and Aviva Commercial Finance Limited for £113.7 million and £95.3 million respectively. The facility with Canada Life has a term of 15 years, with £33.7 million repayable on the tenth anniversary of drawdown. The Aviva facility has a term of 20 years with approximately one third repayable over the life of the loan in accordance with a scheduled amortisation profile.

 

The fair value of the secured loan facilities at 30 September 2014, estimated as the present value of future cash flows discounted at the market rate of interest at that date, was £197.7 million (31 March 2014: £188.3 million). The fair value of the secured loan facilities is classified as level 2 under the hierarchy of fair value measurements.

 

The Group has 22,000,000 zero dividend preference shares (ZDPs) in issue. These 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 fair value of the ZDPs at 30 September 2014, based on the quoted market price at that date, was £27.2 million (31 March 2014: £25.9 million). The fair value of the ZDPs is classified as level 1 under the hierarchy of fair value measurements.

 

The weighted average interest rate on the Group's borrowings as at 30 September 2014 was 4.52% (30 September 2013: 4.49%, 31 March 2014: 4.51%).

 

11.    Share capital

The Company has 439,191,763 ordinary shares in issue of no par value (30 September 2013: 357,641,303, 31 March 2014: 379,869,729).

 

During the period the Company issued 59,322,034 new ordinary shares of no par value at 59 pence per share for cash. The consideration received net of expenses has been credited to the share premium account.

 

The balance on the Company's share premium account as at 30 September 2014 was £91,078,000 (30 September 2013: £45,473,000, 31 March 2014: £57,192,000).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 


6 months

ended 30

September

2014

6 months

ended 30

September

2013

Year

ended

31 March

2014


£000

£000

£000

Loss/(profit) on disposal of investment properties

11

4

(5,660)

Investment property valuation movements

(24,854)

(3,413)

(18,422)

Depreciation of tangible assets

25

24

47

Increase in receivables

(2,323)

(1,804)

(2,158)

Increase in payables

226

394

765


(26,915)

(4,795)

(25,428)

 

13.     Net asset value

The net asset value per ordinary share is based on net assets at the period end and 439,191,763 (30 September 2013: 357,641,303, 31 March 2014: 379,869,729) ordinary shares, being the number of ordinary shares in issue at the period end.

 

At 30 September 2014, the Company had a net asset value per ordinary share of £0.62 (30 September 2013: £0.50, 31 March 2014: £0.56). 

 

14.     Related party transactions

The total fees earned during the period by the five Directors of the Company were £101,000 (30 September 2013: £101,000 and 31 March 2014: £202,000). As at 30 September 2014 the Group owed £nil to the Directors (30 September 2013 and 31 March 2014: £nil).

 

Picton Property Income Limited has no controlling parties.

 

15.     Events after the balance sheet date

A dividend of £3,294,000 (0.75 pence per share) was approved by the Board on 23 October 2014 and payable on 28 November 2014.

 

The Group has exchanged contracts for the disposal of two properties since 30 September 2014 for proceeds of £3.3 million.

 

 


 

 

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 Interim Report for the six months ended 30 September 2014 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 Statement of Cash Flows and the related explanatory notes. We have read the other information contained in the Interim 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 Conduct Authority ("the UK FCA"). 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 Interim Report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the Interim Report in accordance with the DTR of the UK FCA.

 

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 Interim 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 Interim 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 Interim Report for the six months ended 30 September 2014 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34 and the DTR of the UK FCA.

 

 

 

Neale D Jehan

For and on behalf of KPMG Channel Islands Limited

Chartered Accountants and Recognised Auditors

Guernsey

17 November 2014


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 registrar.

 

Website

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

 

Directors

Nicholas Thompson (Chairman)

Trevor Ash

Vic Holmes

Roger Lewis

Robert Sinclair

 

Registered Office

Trafalgar Court

Les Banques

St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 3QL 

 

Registered Number: 43673

 

Registrar

Computershare Investor Services (Guernsey) Limited

NatWest House

Le Truchot

St Peter Port    

Guernsey

GY1 1WD

 

Corporate Brokers

JP Morgan Securities Limited

25 Bank Street

London

E14 5JP

 

Oriel Securities Limited

150 Cheapside

London

EC2V 6ET

 

Auditor

KPMG Channel Islands Limited

Glategny Court

Glategny Esplanade

St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 1WR

 

 

 

 

 

Administrator 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 745 001 

E: team_picton@ntrs.com

 

Investment Manager

Picton Capital Limited

28 Austin Friars

London

EC2N 2QQ

 

E: enquiries@pictoncapital.co.uk

 

Media

Tavistock Communications

131 Finsbury Pavement

London

EC2A 1NT

 

Contact: James Verstringhe

T:020 7920 3150

E: jverstringhe@tavistock.co.uk

 

Solicitors to the Group:

 

As to English Law

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

3 More London Riverside
London

SE1 2AQ

 

As to Guernsey Law

Carey Olsen

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

 

 


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