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Capital & Regional plc
11 January 2017
 

 

11 January 2017

Capital & Regional plc

("Capital & Regional" or the "Company" or "Group")

 

Trading Update

 

Capital & Regional plc (LSE: CAL), the UK focused specialist property REIT, announces a trading update for the second half of 2016, prior to its year end results announcement on 9 March 2017. 

Operating performance (wholly-owned portfolio)

·    Our schemes enjoyed a good Christmas with like-for-like footfall over the last two weeks of the year up 2.2% on the prior year.  Footfall improved in the second half of 2016 and for the whole of 2016 the portfolio once again outperformed the industry benchmark, by 1.9%.

·    There has been continued good momentum in leasing activity in the second half of 2016 with 34 new lettings and 15 lease renewals totalling £2.8 million1 in annual rental income, at a combined 6.1% premium to ERV2.  Key lettings in the period include Burger King, Footasylum and Wilko at Blackburn; Card Factory and an upsized JD Sports at Luton; The Gym at Walthamstow; Foot Locker at Wood Green; and upsized Holland & Barrett stores at both Luton and Maidstone.   

·  Contracted rent was £57.5 million as at 31 December 2016.  Following the sale of The Mall, Camberley in October 2016, this represents a like-for-like increase of £0.3 million on 30 June 2016 or £0.9 million on 31 December 20153

·     Occupancy remains strong at 95.4% for the portfolio at 31 December 2016.

Property valuations

·    The valuation of the wholly-owned portfolio at 31 December 2016 was £794.1 million at a net initial yield of 6.01%, an increase of £0.5 million on the valuation of £793.6 million at 30 June 2016 (adjusted for the disposal of The Mall, Camberley), which represented a net initial yield of 6.00%. The capital expenditure spent on the wholly-owned portfolio during the second half of the year was £7.7 million.

Refinancing

·   As announced on 4 January 2017 the Group has completed the refinancing of the debt on its five wholly-owned Mall properties by entering into new debt facilities totalling £372.5 million.  Interest on the three new facilities has been fixed resulting in an overall blended rate of 3.27%.  The weighted average maturity is 7.8 years, rising to 8.8 years if extension options are assumed to be exercised.

 

Hugh Scott-Barrett, Chief Executive, commented:

"The operating performance has been very encouraging reflecting stronger consumer confidence in the second half‎ of the year than had been anticipated following the result of the EU referendum.  Footfall is up and, as has become the trend for our schemes, is well ahead of the national benchmark, while letting momentum has been maintained as the mix of town centre locations and affordable rents continues to attract new retailers and leisure operators.

"Activity in the investment markets continues to highlight the attractiveness of assets which have the potential for leisure and residential development, and this evidence, alongside our geographical focus on London and the south east, has helped to underpin the valuations for our wholly owned portfolio.

"Having disposed of The Mall, Camberley and refinanced our core banking facility on very attractive terms, Capital & Regional is ‎well placed to maintain the momentum behind the execution and delivery of our asset management programme.  We also expect to be able to take advantage of opportunities to recycle capital into higher yielding investments with greater growth potential. 

"Reflecting the positive operating performance and our confidence in our ability to continue to grow income we expect the increase in the final dividend for 2016 to be at the top end of the 5% to 8% per annum targeted range."

1 New letting and renewal activity excludes The Mall, Camberley

2 For lettings and renewals with a term of five years or longer and which did not include a turnover element

3 Using Contracted Rent for Hemel Hempstead at date of acquisition

Certain information contained in this announcement would have constituted inside information (as defined by Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014) prior to its release as part of this announcement.

 

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For further information:

Capital & Regional:

Tel:  020 7932 8000

Hugh Scott-Barrett, Chief Executive

 

Charles Staveley, Group Finance Director

 

 

 

FTI Consulting:

Tel: 020 3727 1000

Richard Sunderland

Claire Turvey

capreg@fticonsulting.com

 

 

About Capital & Regional

 

Capital & Regional is a UK focused specialist property REIT with a strong track record of delivering value enhancing retail and leisure asset management opportunities across a c. £1 billion portfolio of in-town dominant community shopping centres.  Capital & Regional is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange and has a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.   

 

Capital & Regional owns six shopping centres in Blackburn, Hemel Hempstead, Luton, Maidstone, Walthamstow and Wood Green. It also has a 20% joint venture interest in the Kingfisher Centre in Redditch and a 50% joint venture in the Buttermarket Centre, Ipswich.  Capital & Regional manages these assets, which comprise over 830 retail units and attract c. 1.6 million shopping visits each week, through its in-house expert property and asset management platform.

 

For further information see www.capreg.com.

 

Forward Looking Statements

This document contains certain statements that are neither reported financial results nor other historical information.  These statements are forward-looking in nature and are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Actual future results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by these statements.  Many of these risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond Capital & Regional's ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market conditions, currency fluctuations, the behaviour of other market participants, the actions of governmental regulators and other risk factors such as the Group's ability to continue to obtain financing to meet its liquidity needs, changes in the political, social and regulatory framework in which the Group operates or in economic or technological trends or conditions, including inflation and consumer confidence, on a global, regional or national basis.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this document.  Capital & Regional does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.  Information contained in this document relating to the Group should not be relied upon as a guide to future performance.

 


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