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Urban Logistics REIT PLC
12 November 2020
 

 

 

 

Urban Logistics REIT plc

 

("Urban Logistics", the "Company" or the "Group")

 

 

Interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2020

 

Significant growth in urban logistics portfolio with strong underlying results

 

Unique position in dynamic sub-sector

 

 

Urban Logistics, (AIM: SHED) the specialist UK logistics REIT, issues its interim financial results for the half year ended 30 September 2020.

 

Highlights

30 Sep 20

 

30 Sep 19

 

Change (%)

Income Statement

 

 

 

Net rental income (£m)

9.4

5.8

+62.0

Operating profit before revaluation gain (£m)

7.6

4.7

+60.9

EPRA earnings per share (p)1

3.19

3.92

-18.6

Interim dividend (p)2

3.25

3.75

-13.3

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheet

 

 

 

EPRA NTA per share (p)3

141.57

145.17

-2.5

Gross borrowings (£m)

122.4

75.7

+61.7

LTV (%)

19.7

34.1

 

Total Accounting Return (%) (NTA + dividends)

5.5

8.2

 

 

1Decrease in earnings primarily due to equity issuance and ongoing investment programme.

2Paid on 23 October 2020.

3EPRA has introduced new best practice recommendations for the reporting of net asset value. The Group considers EPRA Net Tangible Assets (NTA) to be the most relevant measure for its operating activities and this has been adopted as the Group's primary measure of net asset value.

 

Financial Highlights

§ Total Shareholder Return of 21.8% (H1 2020: 12.1%)

§ Total Property Return of 8.0% (H1 2020: 6.6%)

§ £345.9 million portfolio valuation with a 5.0% like-for-like increase since 31 March 2020

§ EPRA net tangible assets ("NTA") of 141.57 pence per share (+2.7% since 31 March 2020)

§ Debt refinancing with new £151 million facility

 

Operational Highlights

§ More than 99% of rent demanded has been collected on time in 2020

§ Eighteen logistics properties and two development sites acquired for £140.2 million at a 6.0% NIY

§ EPRA vacancy rate 3.0% (of which 0.9% is undergoing refurbishment)

§ Gross to net rental income ratio 98.4%

§ WAULT of 5.5 years

§ EPC rating of A-C across 73% portfolio (H1 2020: 70%)

 

Post period end

§ £92 million equity capital raised in October (£228 million raised in total in 2020)

§ £67 million of logistics properties purchased (67% in South East of UK)

§ Approximately £115 million of identified acquisitions to be made in coming months

§ Tenants continue to trade well and all remain operational

 

Richard Moffitt, CEO, summarises the results:

"A rapid increase in e-commerce has tested supply chains this year due to the unexpected surge in demand. As a result, the logistics market continues to break all records, with the quarter to June 2020 seeing the largest take-up ever recorded.

 

"We expect that behavioural changes formed during lockdown are here to stay. At the same time, the supply of mid-sized logistics assets close to cities remains severely constrained.

 

"Urban Logistics is extremely well placed to benefit from this market backdrop. We have a unique investment strategy based on management's considerable industrial and logistics experience. Over 90% of our assets are purchased off-market and we take a stringent approach to tenant selection. We have collected over 99% of rent demanded for the March, June and September quarters in 2020.

"Urban Logistics is now focussed on the deployment of the capital we have raised this year to continue to drive strong growth and deliver attractive returns to our shareholders."

 

For further information contact:

 

Urban Logistics REIT plc

Richard Moffitt

 

+44 (0)20 7591 1600

Buchanan - Financial PR

Helen Tarbet

Henry Wilson

George Beale

 

 

+44 (0)7872 604453

+44 (0)7788 528143

+44 (0)7450 295099

N+1 Singer - Nominated Adviser and Broker

James Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)

Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales)

 

+44 (0)20 7496 3000

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited - Joint Broker

Chloe Ponsonby (Corporate Broking)

Emma Earl (Corporate Finance)

 

+44 (0)20 7886 2500

 

About Urban Logistics REIT

 

Urban Logistics REIT plc is a property investment company, delivering income and capital growth by focussing on the selective acquisition and active management of mid-sized, single-let, 'last touch' logistics properties (AIM: SHED; mkt cap c £360m).

 

The Company has been established to invest in UK-based logistics properties with the objective of generating attractive dividends and capital returns for its shareholders. Its investment strategy focuses on strategically located smaller single-let properties servicing high-quality tenants. Investment returns are generated by an experienced management team focusing on quality stock selection and active asset management.

 

A number of structural and commercial factors currently support the attractive opportunity in the last mile/logistics real estate sub-sector targeted by the Company, including: strong occupier demand, (driven by the growth of e-commerce and investment by retailers in their associated supply chain) and a decline in the supply of quality smaller sized available space in logistics real estate across the UK.

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

The long-term effect of Covid-19 on our society and way of living is hard to determine but one has to believe solutions, whether vaccines or remedial medicines, will be fully rolled out in the foreseeable future.

 

Despite Covid-19, Urban Logistics has made significant progress over the last six months. The equity capital from the successful March fundraising, and associated leverage, has now been invested into £213 million of new assets since that raise at an average net initial yield of 6.0%. Progress has also been made in managing the existing assets to improve rents resulting in a valuation increase on the historical portfolio of 5.0%. Vacancies have been minimal, 3.0% at period end, and 99% or more of rents demanded have been collected on time in 2020. This reflects the Company's strategy of purchasing well located properties near city centres with tenants focussed on the distribution of domestic UK products.

 

Our Manager continues to look for new assets to acquire and by August had built up an extensive pipeline of acquisitions. We decided to once again go to the equity market to fund these purchases and on 15 October 2020 we announced a successful raise of £92 million. This, together with banking facilities, will enable the purchase of approximately a further £115 million of identified properties over the next few months.

 

Financial results

 

Turning to our results for the interim period ended 30 September 2020, our property portfolio increased in value from £207 million to £346 million. On a like-for-like basis, properties held throughout the period increased in value by 5.0% (3.8% to September 2019). The capitalisation rates for industrial properties within our sub-sector have remained flat in 2020 and the increase in value is therefore due principally to the Manager's active asset management initiatives.

 

Revenue increased from £5.9 million to £9.8 million, reflecting rent received from new properties acquired earlier in the year. EPRA earnings per share decreased from 3.92 pence to 3.19 pence due to the issue of new shares and the timing of the ongoing investment programme. At the period end, the Company had £54 million of cash which together with the proceeds from our recent equity issue will be used to fund the purchase of further properties in line with our strategy.

 

In August, the Company entered into a new £151 million loan facility with Barclays, Santander and Lloyds, to replace the existing loan facility totalling £76 million, which was due to expire in 2022. This new facility provides a three-year term and includes an option to extend for a further two years. At the period end, the portfolio LTV was 19.7% reflecting cash held and will initially fall further following receipt of proceeds from the new issue but will rise again once the current investment programme has been completed. We continue to target an LTV range of between 30 and 40%.

 

Dividend

 

On 25 September 2020, the Company declared an interim dividend for the first half of the financial year ended 31 March 2021 of 3.25 pence per share prior to the closing of the October capital raise, payable to existing shareholders. This was paid on 23 October 2020. The Company intends to declare the next dividend following the release of its final results for the financial year ending 31 March 2021.

 

On 8 August 2020, the Company, by way of a Special Resolution, cancelled the then value of its share premium, by an Order of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division. As a result, £228.8 million has been transferred from the share premium reserve to the capital reduction reserve. The capital reduction reserve is classified as a distributable reserve.

 

At 30 September 2020, the Company had distributable reserves of £230.5 million providing substantial cover for future dividend payments.

 

Outlook

 

With England now under lockdown until at least early December, many parts of the economy, especially the retail and hospitality sector, will be badly affected as will many people's livelihoods, finances and wellbeing.

Despite this, the last eight months have been eventful for Urban Logistics. We have raised over £228 million of new equity, refinanced our debt and acquired over £213 million of new properties. With the proceeds of the recent equity issue and the funds available from banking facilities, we will be able to acquire approximately a further £115 million of identified properties over the next few months.

 

We continue to believe in our investment strategy, which remains resilient in the current environment, and will seek further assets to acquire in key regions of the country with proximity to cities with tenants supplying essential needs to consumers. Active asset management of the assets acquired will be essential in delivering future returns to our shareholders.

 

Nigel Rich CBE, Chairman

 

 

Manager's Report

 

Overview

 

"Same day" delivery to households and "just in time" delivery to manufacturing processes were deemed to be the ultimate goal for logistics operators historically. Having broadly reached that seemingly unattainable position, supply chains were tested severely during the Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year.

 

The shortage of essential items such as food, pharmaceuticals and PPE, was common. This also amplified some weaknesses as global supply chains were found to be lacking in sufficient levels of stock in the event of unexpected demand. The rapid increase in e-commerce further compounded the problem.

 

In January, e-commerce accounted for 19% of all retail sales in the UK; by June this had reached 31% (previous ONS estimates had suggested the UK would reach 25% by the end of 2023). Throughout all of this, the central thesis behind our investment strategy has proven itself to be robust. Our commitment is to acquire well located warehouses with the correct specification for occupiers. Our focus on tenant covenants, in sectors which have been less volatile historically, has served us well.

 

We are pleased to report that despite our investment strategy being tested in the most unwelcome and unexpected circumstances, we have collected over 99% of rent demanded for the March, June and September quarters in 2020. We immediately implemented a management strategy back in March that, despite our team working remotely, kept us in regular contact with occupiers; we knew that 61 of our 64 buildings were open and operational during lockdown and this quickly increased back to the entire 64 buildings by late April.

 

We remain focused on building our business through working closely with our tenants, acquiring assets that provide solid medium-term income from strong covenants and which are aided by asset management initiatives to enhance our total return. More than two thirds of our financial performance since IPO has come from asset management, not market movement.

 

The longer-term strategy of having tenants focused on the distribution of domestic UK products, such as food and pharmaceuticals, and avoiding the fashion sector, has provided resilience at a challenging time. Our tenants are typically third-party logistics companies and UK businesses who move staple domestic products around the country to homes and businesses requiring last mile or e-fulfilment services, such as Boots, NHS, Travis Perkins, Booker, DHL, XPO and Sainsbury's.

 

Environment

 

Our increasing focus on the environment, as part of our ESG agenda, is proving to be extremely important in terms of investor relations and with our tenant relationships. This issue is high on the agenda of our occupiers, some of whom are the largest logistics operators globally, and our focus in this area is helping our landlord / tenant relationship providing another reason for constructive dialogue and investment into buildings. I am pleased to report that our EPCs are 73% A-C at period end and our investment process involves, amongst other considerations, assessment of energy efficiency ratings to ensure properties are sustainable in the long-term. We aim to improve sustainability in conjunction with our tenants.

 

Another key focus is to modernise and alter built space as opposed to developing new facilities in the UK greenbelt; this has been a silent part of our strategy but now it has increasing significance.

 

The Market

 

Covid-19 has accelerated the e-commerce revolution, but expansion of the industrial and logistics sector is not a new concept. The share of the UK real estate portfolio accounted for by retail has plummeted from approximately 50% to 30% in a decade (source: CBRE); in the same period industrial's share has almost doubled, to 23%.

 

Over a 40-year history, capital value growth has been slightly higher for industrial versus retail. Due to the positive re-rating of industrial since the 2008/09 global financial crisis trough, we have seen 82% capital growth in 10 years for industrial versus 2% for retail. Retail rents increased more than fourfold from 1980-2007 but have fallen by 10% from their 2008 peak; industrial rents meanwhile have risen 28% from their 2012 low point (source: CBRE).

 

For about six weeks in Q2 2020, at the start of lockdown, the investment market adopted a 'wait and see' approach. As measures eased over the summer, investors shifted their focus towards the resilient logistics sector, with H1 2020 volumes to June ending down just 7.2% on H1 2019 (source: CBRE). Fierce competition emerged for all sales with institutions looking to increase their exposure to this sector. September also saw the sales launch of some larger portfolios from established logistics investors, looking to cash-in on private equity and sovereign wealth fund interest, and reminding us of the premiums available for specialist platforms.

 

We still remain able to acquire assets in "off market" trades where vendors sometimes prefer the certainty that we bring through a strong equity position. The vast majority of our acquisitions since IPO have been "off market" which is testament to our connections within the logistics sector and our reputation for swift deal execution.

 

Warehouse Supply at Low Levels

 

Since the start of 2020, supply has risen very slightly and now stands at 36.2m sq ft according to CBRE, reflecting a vacancy rate of 6.6%. We have seen a fall in the level of 'Grade A' supply, from 20.4m sq ft to 18.8m sq ft, now accounting for 52% of total supply in this space. It is likely that supply will continue to decline as just 0.9m sq ft of speculative build was announced in Q2, the lowest level since the first quarter of 2017.

 

This lack of supply is compounded by a variety of factors:

 

•           High barriers to entry as a result of a high percentage of warehouse development land being taken for Big Box units (those above 300,000 sq ft); plus a time lag of 3-5 years for sites to obtain planning and then be built.

•           Costs of construction rising (100,000 sq ft building at £30-35 per sq ft in 2015 and now at £60-65 per sq ft in the Midlands).

•           Development land costs doubling in 5 years (Northampton for example; £400,000 an acre in 2015 and now at more than £900,000 an acre).

•           35% of all industrial land in the South East of the UK has been lost to higher value uses in last 10 years.

 

Source: Savills, CBRE, Management information

 

Supply is already responding to a surge in demand; however, most of the incoming logistics schemes will not help ease market pressure in the urban logistics space in the short term. Also, approximately 82% of space under construction at the end of Q2 2020 was committed through pre-lettings. This trend, which is shared across Europe, follows a shift in occupier preferences; who tend to plan their expansion strategies and secure units that suit their needs. However, this planning process requires years of anticipation and, when supply adapts and focuses on providing sites for build to suit opportunities rather than building speculatively, it diminishes the ability of the market to absorb surges in demand for ready-to-occupy space.

 

Demand at record levels

 

Despite the ongoing turmoil, and in some cases because of it, Q2 2020 broke all records for quarterly logistics take-up. Lack of new, ready-to-occupy units has also pushed occupiers towards the second-hand market, which saw its busiest quarter since 2012. The supply side has responded to such overwhelming demand by pressing on with projects that were put on hold during lockdown, trying to get them back on schedule. Third quarter demand in 2020 is expected to show a continuation of this strong take-up.

 

Total retail sales recovered over the summer as high street stores reopened. However, some behavioural changes formed during lockdown will have a lasting effect. Online retail penetration increased markedly. The unstoppable growth of e-commerce has concentrated five years of growth into just six months. Similarly, online penetration for food stores remains above 10% according to ONS, almost doubling the pre-pandemic share and steering investment from all UK supermarkets to improving their online channels. The majority of retailers are exploring ways to adapt their platforms to provide greater online sales capability.

 

Investment Activity

 

In March, the Group successfully raised £136.2 million of equity capital against a pipeline of properties. In the six-months to 30 September 2020, the Company has been very focused on the investment front and deployed £140.2 million, excluding purchaser costs, into logistics assets across the UK, consisting of two portfolios (14 properties at a total £79.1 million), four single let properties (£35.7 million) and two development sites (£25.4 million). Aside from the development sites, these properties have a WAULT of 6.7 years as at 30 September 2020.

 

Paloma Portfolio

 

On 7 April 2020, the Company acquired a portfolio of seven single-let regional distribution warehouses, the Paloma Portfolio, for a total consideration of £31.9 million, representing a 6.8% NIY. The portfolio comprises 482,012 sq ft of warehousing with a low capital value of £66 per sq ft, low average passing rent of £4.86 per sq ft and presents opportunities for asset management. The sites are all in close proximity to established regional transport networks, have good labour availability and are located in well-populated areas where there is strong occupier demand.

 

Crown Portfolio

 

On 29 April 2020, the Company acquired the Crown Portfolio as part of a corporate acquisition, which comprises seven properties, for a total consideration of £47.2 million, a 7.0% NIY. Tenants include Giant Booker (three sites), Anglian Water, Hermes Parcelnet and Pegler plc. Included within the portfolio is a site in Aberdeen which is multi-let and subject to a 12-month rental guarantee on its two vacant units. Average warehouse size is 84,105 sq ft and the portfolio has a low passing rent of £4.96 per sq ft. With a weighted average unexpired lease term of eight years the portfolio offers asset management opportunities as well as secure income from high-quality tenants.

 

Single let assets

 

In the financial period the Company also acquired four single let properties which are let to a variety of tenants, providing the distribution of essential products around the UK, including; Unipart (who operate an NHS contract), Iron Mountain and Health Stores. These were purchased off market at an average net initial yield of 5.4%. They are well located near main arterial routes and are well suited to local distribution requirements.

 

 

Paloma

Portfolio

Crown

Portfolio

Single

assets

Purchase price

Net initial yield

6.8%

7.0%

5.4%

Area (sq ft)

482,013

567,271

452,487

Contracted rent

£2.3m

£3.3m

£2.0m

Rent per sq ft

£4.81

£4.96

£4.53

Capital value per sq ft

£66.18

£83.16

£78.67

 

Development sites

 

Peterborough: a commitment was made to acquire a three-acre land site and forward fund a 46,500 sq ft facility on the well-established Peterborough Gateway Logistics Park at a total development cost to the Company of £5.8 million. The project is part pre-let to DPD.

 

Exeter: a commitment was made to acquire a 6-acre development site at Exeter Gateway near junction 29 of the M5 motorway. The development is pre-let to Amazon at completion and is an expansion to the tenant's existing parcel distribution facility. The Company will fund the project to a total cost of £8.5 million.

 

The Company has also acquired an adjoining site, also of 6 acres, which is conditionally pre-let to DHL and will be its local parcel sorting centre with a low site cover and dual service yards. This £11.2 million development site is due for practical completion by February 2022. It is envisaged DHL will sign a 15-year lease with five-yearly upward only rent reviews.  This opportunity came about as a result of the developer losing a Local Authority funding partner due to Covid-19. The forward funding represents a discounted entry point at a 5.3% NIY in a location known for its constrained supply of logistics facilities. It will create a prime urban logistics park with the potential to own further warehouses developed on the remaining adjacent land.

 

Pipeline

 

The management team have been living and breathing logistics for over 25 years, building strong relationships with the vendors, developers and occupiers of Urban Logistics assets. In short, we are uniquely placed to hear of opportunities, which is why over 90% of our acquisitions have been acquired off market since our IPO in April 2016. Our pipeline is constantly evolving through daily interaction with our market contacts.

 

We can provide a "funding source" to developers which, in turn gives them an exit, similarly we can provide a sale and leaseback option to an occupier or a guaranteed sale execution to an investor. Urban Logistics prides itself on deal execution; doing what it says it will do with expedience.

 

Off the back of developing a pipeline of opportunities, we initiated a fundraising in September 2020 and succeeded in raising £92 million. Together with banking facilities, this will enable the purchase of approximately a further £115 million of identified logistics properties.

 

Financial Review

 

Net rental income

 

In the interim period, the portfolio generated net rental income of £9.4 million, an increase of £3.6 million or 62% compared to the prior period. The increase was driven largely from acquisitions made in the period following the March 2020 equity raise. On a like-for-like basis, net rental income remained broadly flat. However, there are a number of asset management initiatives ongoing which we expect to crystallise in the second half of the year.

 

Property costs have increased by £0.3 million, but our gross to net rental income ratio remains high at 98.4% (Sep 19: 99.2%), illustrating the strength of our business model.

 

Administrative costs

 

Administrative costs, which include all operational costs of running the business increased by £0.8 million to £1.8 million. This is primarily due to the growth in the investment management fee following the March 2020 equity raise, and the corresponding increase in EPRA Net Tangible Assets.

 

The Investment Management Agreement was reviewed and amended by the Board in conjunction with the March 2020 equity raise. The incentive terms were adjusted such that there is now a ratchet in place for the management fee;

 

-           0.95 per cent. per annum of the Group's EPRA NTA up to, and including, £250 million;

-           0.90 per cent. per annum of the Group's EPRA NTA in excess of £250 million and up to and including £500 million; and

-           0.85 per cent. per annum of the Group's EPRA NTA in excess of £500 million.

 

EPRA cost ratio

 

We continue to monitor the operational efficiency of the Group through the EPRA cost ratio, which increased to 20.7% from 18.6% in the prior period. This increase is short-term in nature and as we undertake our investment programme is expected to reduce in future periods which will benefit from the full effect of rental income from acquisitions made in the period.

 

Net finance costs

 

On 7 August 2020, the Company entered into a new £151 million loan facility with Barclays, Santander and Lloyds, to replace the existing loan facility, totalling £76 million, which was due to expire in 2022. This new facility provides a three-year term and includes an option to extend for a further two years.

 

The weighted average cost of debt for the period was 20 bps lower than the previous period at 2.9% and the Group reported an interest cover ratio of 5.7x.

 

The net finance costs for the interim period were £1.5 million, an increase of £0.3 million from the prior period. This is explained by gross drawn debt increasing by £46.7 million to £122.4 million in August 2020 following the completion of the new loan facility.

 

IFRS profit and EPRA earnings

 

IFRS profit after tax for the interim period was £9.8 million (Sep 19: £9.0 million), representing a basic and diluted earnings per share of 5.20 pence, compared with 10.31 pence for the prior period. This is primarily due to the level of investment activity in the period, where the Group acquired £120.8 million of industrial and logistics properties (excluding funds advanced on our forward funding sites). In aggregate, the Group incurred £6.1 million of purchaser costs with respect to these property acquisitions, which due to the short ownership period, had only been partially recovered in the half year portfolio valuation. This revaluation deficit in properties acquired in the period was offset by a £9.8 million surplus across our existing portfolio, resulting in an overall surplus reported for the interim period of £4.3 million compared with £5.6 million in the prior period.

 

EPRA earnings for the interim period increased by £2.6 million to £6.0 million, however, on a per share basis this reduced by 0.73 pence to 3.19 pence per share. This is primarily due to the pace of investment being affected by the impact of Covid-19 and consequent lockdown. EPRA earnings in the second half of this year will benefit from the full effect of the acquisitions made during this interim period.

 

A full reconciliation between IFRS profit and EPRA earnings can be found in note 7 of the Notes.

 

Statement of Financial Position

 

At 30 September 2020, IFRS net assets attributable to ordinary shareholders were £265.2 million (Sep 19: £126.1 million), representing a basic and diluted net asset value per share of 140.60 pence (Sep 19: 143.71 pence).

 

The Group considers EPRA Net Tangible Assets ("EPRA NTA") a key measure of overall performance. At 30 September 2020, EPRA NTA were £267.0 million (Sep 19: £127.4 million), representing an EPRA NTA per share of 141.57 pence (Sep 19: 145.17 pence).

 

On a per share basis both IFRS and EPRA net assets decreased in the twelve-months from 30 September 2019. The decrease is primarily due to the acquisition, and associated costs, of investment properties over this interim period. The value created through our asset management initiatives is expected to come through in future financial periods.

 

A full reconciliation between IFRS and EPRA net assets can be found in note 18 of the Notes.

 

Cash and net debt

 

At 30 September 2020, the Group's cash balance was £54.4 million, of which £52.9 million was readily available. A significant proportion of the cash available to the Group at the period end will be deployed partly into new acquisitions and also to finance the remaining capital commitments of our development properties.

 

Over the interim period, net debt increased by £1.4 million, to £68.0 million, representing a loan to value ("LTV") of 19.7%, which is below our medium-term target of 30-40%. As we continue to deploy capital into new assets, we expect our LTV to increase to the lower end of our medium-term target.

 

Portfolio valuation

 

The value of the portfolio, which includes forward funded developments, was £345.9 million. In the period, the Group invested £120.8 million in industrial and logistics properties and advanced £13.6 million of funding across five forward funded developments.

 

The Group recognised a valuation surplus of £4.3 million upon revaluation of the portfolio. On a like-for-like basis, the portfolio generated a valuation surplus of £9.8 million, or 5.0% (Sep 19: 3.8%).

 

The portfolio delivered a total property return ("TPR") of 8.0% for the interim period (Sep 19: 6.6%).

 

Outlook

 

The logistics market remains in focus with property investors due to its resilience at the current time and the forecast for the next few years shows a continuation of its outperformance. We remain committed to our strategy, based on our experience of the sector and believe we can continue to acquire assets that meet our criteria and allow our assets to outperform.

 

The UK continues to be one of the fastest growing adopters of online retail sales and there is a requirement for all tenants to develop their e-fulfilment capability accordingly. As such, key geographic regions across the UK are seeing buoyant leasing activity. Alongside our investment programme, we will also focus on maintaining and building existing tenant relationships with a view to securing the Group's reputation as the leader in the smaller size urban logistics market.

 

The £115 million of assets we expect to acquire in the coming months will continue to add to the income and returns of the company.

 

 

Richard Moffitt

 

 

 

Independent Review Report to Urban Logistics REIT plc

 

1.         Introduction

 

We have been engaged by Urban Logistics REIT plc (the "Company") to review the condensed set of financial statements in the interim report for the six months ended 30 September 2020 which comprise the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, the Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement and the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity and notes to the interim financial statements.

 

We have read the other information contained in the interim report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the financial information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

2.         Directors' responsibility

 

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 AIM Rule 18.

 

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union. It is the responsibility of the Directors to ensure that the condensed set of financial statements included in this interim report have been prepared on a basis consistent with that which will be adopted in the Group's annual financial statements.

 

3.         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.

 

4.         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 Financial Reporting Council for use in the United Kingdom.

 

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 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.

 

5.         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 2020 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the requirements of the AIM rules.

 

6.   Use of our report

 

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 AIM Rule 18. 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 the conclusions we have reached.

 

Nexia Smith & Williamson

Statutory Auditor

Chartered Accountants

 

25 Moorgate

London

EC2R 6AY

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year ended

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

5

9,795

5,853

12,601

Property operating expenses

 

(385)

(46)

(437)

Net rental income

 

9,410

5,807

12,164

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative and other expenses

 

(1,835)

(1,045)

(2,142)

Long-term incentive plan charge

8

(11)

(60)

(3,557)

Operating profit before changes in fair value of

 

 

 

 

investment properties and interest rate derivatives

 

7,564

4,702

6,465

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in fair value of investment property

10

4,289

5,636

5,691

Profit on disposal of investment property

 

-

582

575

Operating profit

 

11,853

10,920

12,731

Finance income

 

62

7

7

Finance expense

6

(1,605)

(1,272)

(2,721)

Changes in fair value of interest rate derivatives

13

(510)

(612)

(657)

Profit before taxation

 

9,800

9,043

9,360

Tax credit/(charge) for the period

 

-

-

-

Profit and total comprehensive income (attributable to the shareholders)

 

9,800

9,043

9,360

Earnings per share - basic

7

5.20p

10.31p

9.95p

Earnings per share - diluted

7

5.20p

10.31p

9.95p

EPRA earnings per share - diluted

7

3.19p

3.92p

3.99p

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Investment property

10

348,610

196,900

209,179

Intangible assets

 

15

20

17

Total non-current assets

 

348,625

196,920

209,196

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

3,171

4,189

1,816

Cash and cash equivalents

 

54,409

9,103

132,280

Total current assets

 

57,580

13,292

134,096

Total assets

 

406,205

210,212

343,292

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(8,559)

(2,762)

(2,956)

Deferred rental income

 

(4,219)

(2,698)

(2,728)

Total current liabilities

 

(12,778)

(5,460)

(5,684)

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Long term rental deposits

 

(1,486)

(953)

(1,029)

Lease liability

4

(1,977)

(1,865)

(1,774)

Interest rate derivatives

13

(1,857)

(1,302)

(1,347)

Other borrowings

 

(2,797)

-

-

Bank borrowings

12

(120,119)

(74,522)

(74,696)

Total non-current liabilities

 

(128,236)

(78,642)

(78,846)

Total liabilities

 

(141,014)

(84,102)

(84,530)

Total net assets

 

265,191

126,110

258,762

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Share capital

14

1,886

878

1,886

Share premium

15

-

93,937

228,764

Capital reduction reserve

16

228,760

-

-

Other reserves

 

67

254

56

Retained earnings

 

34,478

31,041

28,056

Total equity

 

265,191

126,110

258,762

Net Asset Value per share basic

18

140.60p

143.71p

137.19p

Net Asset Value per share diluted

18

140.60p

143.71p

137.19p

EPRA NTA per share

18

141.57p

145.17p

137.89p

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year ended

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period (attributable to equity shareholders)

 

9,800

9,043

9,360

Add: amortisation and depreciation

 

10

3

13

Less: changes in fair value of investment property

10

(4,289)

(5,636)

(5,691)

Add: changes in fair value of interest rate derivatives

13

510

612

657

Less: profit on disposal of investment property

 

-

(582)

(575)

Less: finance income

 

(62)

(7)

(7)

Add: finance expense

6

1,605

1,272

2,721

Long-term investment plan

8

11

60

2,454

Increase in trade and other receivables

 

(1,856)

(2,658)

(625)

Increase in trade and other payables

 

7,557

1,265

1,454

Cash generated from operations

 

13,286

3,372

9,761

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flow generated from operating activities

 

13,286

3,372

9,761

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of investment properties

10

(85,591)

(20,488)

(32,378)

Disposal of investment properties

 

-

18,091

18,085

Acquisition of a subsidiary, net of cash acquired

11

(48,861)

-

-

Net cash flow used in investing activities

 

(134,452)

(2,397)

(14,293)

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of ordinary share capital

 

-

-

136,200

Proceeds from issue of warrant shares

 

-

59

59

Cost of share issue

 

(4)

-

(2,951)

Bank borrowings drawn

12

122,389

10,771

10,775

Bank borrowings repaid

12

(75,702)

(7,667)

(7,667)

Loan arrangement fees paid

12

(1,474)

(165)

(179)

Other borrowings drawn

 

2,797

-

-

Interest paid

6

(1,395)

(1,109)

(2,374)

Interest received

 

62

7

7

Dividends paid to equity holders

9

(3,378)

(3,528)

(6,818)

Net cash flow generated from financing activities

 

43,295

(1,632)

127,052

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents for the period

 

(77,871)

(657)

122,520

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

 

132,280

9,760

9,760

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

54,409

9,103

132,280

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

 

Share

Share

Share warrant

Capital

reduction

Other

Retained

 

 

capital

premium

reserves

reserve

reserves

earnings

Total

 Six months ended 30 September 2020 (unaudited)

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 1 April 2020

1,886

228,764

-

-

56

28,056

258,762

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

9,800

9,800

 Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

9,800

9,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dividends to shareholders

-

-

-

-

-

(3,378)

(3,378)

 Long-term incentive plan

-

-

-

-

11

-

11

 Issue of Ordinary Shares

-

(4)

-

-

-

-

(4)

 Transfer to capital reduction reserve

-

(228,760)

-

228,760

-

-

-

 30 September 2020

1,886

-

-

228,760

67

34,478

265,191

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Six months ended 30 September 2019 (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1 April 2019

877

93,877

14

-

194

25,514

120,476

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

9,043

9,043

 Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

9,043

9,043

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dividends to shareholders

-

-

-

-

-

(3,528)

(3,528)

 Long-term incentive plan

-

-

-

-

60

-

60

 Exercise of warrant shares

1

60

(2)

-

-

-

59

 Expiry of warrant shares

-

-

(12)

-

-

12

-

 30 September 2019

878

93,937

-

-

254

31,041

126,110

                 

 

 

Share

Share

Share warrant

Capital

reduction

Other

Retained

 

 

capital

premium

reserves

reserve

reserves

earnings

Total

Year ended 31 March 2020 (audited)

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 1 April 2019

877

93,877

14

-

194

25,514

120,476

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

9,360

9,360

 Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

9,360

9,360

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dividends to shareholders

-

-

-

-

-

(6,818)

(6,818)

 Long-term incentive plan

-

-

-

-

2,436

-

2,436

 Crystallisation of long-term incentive plan

18

2,556

-

-

(2,574)

-

-

 Issue of Ordinary Shares

990

132,259

-

-

-

-

133,249

 Redemption of Warrant Shares

1

60

(2)

-

-

-

59

Warrant Shares expired

-

12

(12)

-

-

-

-

31 March 2020

1,886

228,764

-

-

56

28,056

258,762

 

Notes to the Interim Financial Statements

 

1.   Corporate information

 

Urban Logistics REIT plc (the "Company") and its subsidiaries (the "Group") carry on the business of property lettings throughout the United Kingdom. The Company is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales and listed on AIM, part of the London Stock Exchange. The registered office address is 124 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9BW.

 

2.   Basis of preparation

 

The interim financial information in this report has been prepared using accounting policies consistent with IFRS as adopted by the European Union. IFRS is subject to amendment and interpretation by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the IFRS Interpretations Committee and there is an ongoing process of review and endorsement by the European Commission. The financial information has been prepared on the basis of IFRS that the Directors expect to be adopted by the European Union and applicable as at 31 March 2021. The Group has chosen not to adopt IAS 34 "Interim Financial Statements" in preparing the interim financial information.

 

The Group's financial information has been prepared on a historical cost basis, except for investment property and derivative interest rate caps which have been measured at fair value.

 

The functional currency of the Group is considered to be pounds sterling as this is the currency of the primary environment in which the Group operates.

 

Non-statutory financial statements

Financial information contained in this document does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The statutory accounts for the year ending 31 March 2020 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The audit report was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006 however it did include references to two emphasis of matter, which comprised to the following points:

 

•           Valuation of investment properties

We draw your attention to CBRE Limited's 31 March 2020 independent valuer's report which included a material valuation uncertainty as per VPS 3 and VPGA 10 of the RICS Red Book in relation to the valuation of investment properties. Our opinion is not modified in this respect.

 

•           Impact of COVID-19

We draw your attention to the going concern statement in the notes to the financial statements, which describes the impact of COVID-19 on the Group. Our opinion is not modified in respect of this matter.

 

Going concern

 

The Directors have reviewed the current and projected financial position of the Group, making reasonable assumptions about future trading performance. As part of the review, the Group has considered its cash balances, its debt maturity profile, including undrawn facilities, and the long-term nature of the tenant leases.

 

On the basis of this review, and after making due enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Interim Report and financial statements.

 

3.   Significant accounting judgements, estimates and assumptions

 

The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with the generally accepted accounting practices requires management to make estimates and judgements that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities as well as the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the statement of financial position date and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period.

 

Business combinations

The Group has acquired companies that own real estate. At the time of acquisition, the Group considers whether each acquisition represents the acquisition of a business or the acquisition of an asset. The Group accounts for an acquisition as a business combination where an integrated set of activities is acquired in addition to the property.

 

Where such acquisitions are not judged to be the acquisition of a business, they are not treated as business combinations. Rather the cost to acquire the corporate entity is allocated between identifiable assets and liabilities of the entity based upon their relative fair values at the acquisition date. Accordingly, no goodwill or additional deferred tax arises.

 

Fair value of investment property

The fair value of investment property is market value as determined on a half-yearly basis, to be the estimated amount for which a property should exchange on the date of the valuation in an arm's length transaction. Each property has been valued on an individual basis. The valuers use recognised valuation techniques and the principles of IFRS 13. The valuations have been prepared in accordance with RICS Valuation - Global Standards January 2020 (the "Red Book"). Factors reflected include current market conditions, annual rentals, lease lengths and location. The significant methods and assumptions used by the valuers in estimating the fair value of investment property are set out in note 10.

 

4.   Principal accounting policies

 

The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of these financial statements are consistent with those applied within the Company's Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2020.

 

Leases

At inception, the Group assesses whether a contract is or contains a lease. This assessment involves the exercise of judgement about whether the Group obtains substantially all the economic benefits from the use of that asset, and whether the Group has the right to direct the use of the asset.

 

The Group recognises a right-of-use ("ROU") asset and a corresponding lease liability at the commencement date of the lease. The ROU asset is initially measured based on the present value of lease payments, plus initial direct costs and the cost of obligations to refurbish the asset, less any incentives received.

 

Lease payments generally include fixed payments and variable payments that depend on an index (such as an inflation index). When the lease contains an extension or purchase option that the Group considers reasonably certain to be exercised, the cost of the option is included in the lease payments.

 

Each lease payment is allocated between the liability and finance cost. The lease payments are discounted using the interest rate implicit in the lease if that rate can be readily determined or if not, the incremental borrowing rate is used. The finance cost is charged to profit or loss over the lease period so as to produce a constant rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability for each period.

 

As the head leases meet the definition of investment property, it is initially recognised in accordance with IFRS 16, and then subsequently accounted for as investment property in accordance the Group's accounting policy. After initial recognition the ROU head lease asset is subsequently carried at fair value and the valuation gains and losses recognised within 'Changes in fair value of investment property' in the Statement of Comprehensive Income.

 

ROU assets are included in the heading Non-current assets, and the lease liability included in the heading Non-current liabilities on the Statement of Financial Position.

 

Where the ROU asset relates to land or property that meets the definition of investment property under IAS 40, the ROU assets are included in the heading Investment properties, and the lease liability in the heading Non-current liabilities on the Statement of Financial Position.

 

Revenue recognition

Rental income and service charge income from operating leases on properties owned by the Group is accounted for on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease. Rental income excludes service charges and other costs directly recoverable from tenants.

 

Lease incentives are amortised on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease.

 

Dividends

Dividends on equity shares are recognised when they become legally payable. In the case of interim dividends, this is when paid. In the event of a final dividend this will need approval by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting.

 

5. Revenue

 

The Group is involved in UK property ownership and letting and is considered to operate in a single geographical and business segment. The total revenue of the Group for the year was derived from its principal activity, being that of property lettings. No single tenant accounted for more than 10% of the Group's gross rental income.

 

 

 

 

 

 30 Sep 20

 30 Sep 19

 31 Mar 20

 

 

 

 

 (unaudited)

 (unaudited)

 (audited)

 

 

 

 

 £'000

 £'000

 £'000

Rental income

 

 

 

                9,257

                5,853

              12,158

Service charge income

 

 

 

                   235

                      -  

                   238

Licence fee

 

 

 

                   303

                      -  

                   205

Total revenue

 

 

 

                9,795

                5,853

              12,601

 

6. Finance Expense

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Interest on bank borrowings

 

1,096

1,004

2,101

Swap interest paid

 

229

105

242

Amortisation of loan arrangement fees

 

210

163

347

Other interest payable

 

38

-

-

Interest on lease liabilities

 

32

-

31

Total

 

1,605

1,272

2,721

 

7. Earnings per share

 

The calculation of the basic earnings per share ("EPS") was based on the profit attributable to Ordinary Shareholders divided by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares outstanding during the period, in accordance with IAS 33.

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year ended

 

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit attributable to Ordinary Shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income (£'000)

 

 

 

9,800

9,043

9,360

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue

 

 

 

188,616,023

87,738,937

94,083,745

Basic earnings per share (pence)

 

 

 

5.20p

10.31p

9.95p

Number of diluted shares under option/warrant

 

 

 

-

-

-

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares for the purpose of dilutive earnings per share

 

 

 

188,616,023

87,738,937

94,083,745

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

 

 

 

5.20p

10.31p

9.95p

Adjustments to remove:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in fair value of investment property

 

 

 

(4,289)

(5,636)

(5,691)

Changes in fair value of interest rate derivatives

 

 

 

510

612

657

(Loss)/profit on disposal of investment properties

 

 

 

-

(582)

(575)

EPRA earnings (£'000)

 

 

 

6,021

3,437

3,751

EPRA diluted earnings per share

 

 

 

3.19p

3.92p

3.99p

Adjustments to add back:

 

 

 

 

 

 

LTIP crystallisation

 

 

 

-

-

3,452

Adjusted earnings (£'000)

 

 

 

6,021

3,437

7,203

Adjusted earnings per share

 

 

 

3.19p

3.92p

7.66p

 

8. Long-term incentive plan

 

The Company has a LTIP, accounted for as an equity settled share-based payment. At 30 September 2020, Pacific Industrial LLP, an affiliate of Pacific Capital Partners Limited, held 1,000 C Ordinary Shares of £0.01 each issued in Urban Logistics Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value at grant

Charge for the period

Date granted

 

 

Class of share

£'000

£'000

August 2017

 

 

C Ordinary

131

11

 

An independent valuation of the fair value of these shares was carried out at the grant date. The valuation was prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standard 2 ("IFRS 2") - Share Based Payments. These shares were subsequently revalued at the modification date, in March 2020, with no material change.

 

Following the completion of the equity issue, in March 2020, the Company and the Manager agreed to amend how the LTIP is assessed for the period from the Revised First Calculation Date to 30 September 2023 (the "Second Calculation Date").

 

 

As a result of the changes:

 

•           The EPRA NAV element will be 5 per cent. of the amount by which the Company's EPRA NAV at the Second Calculation Date exceeds the Company's EPRA NAV as at the Revised First Calculation Date and an annualised 10 per cent. hurdle thereon (adjusted for any new issue of shares; all distributions including inter alia dividends, and any returns of capital).

 

•           The share price element will be 5 per cent. of the amount by which the market capitalisation of the Company at the Second Calculation Date exceeds the market capitalisation of the Company as at the Revised First Calculation Date and an annualised 10 per cent. hurdle thereon (adjusted for any new issue of shares, all distribution including inter alia dividends, and any returns of capital).

 

The LTIP payment shall be capped at three times the average annual management fees paid from 7 February 2020 to the Second Calculation Date.

 

If there is a change of control, the LTIP will continue to be assessed by applying the relevant offer price of the EPRA NAV element and the share price element calculations at the date of the change of control.

 

The LTIP will be paid in shares of Urban Logistics REIT plc or, at the Board's discretion, in cash.

 

9. Dividends

 

 

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Ordinary dividends paid

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019: Second interim dividend: 4.02p per share

 

 

 

-

3,528

3,528

2020: First interim dividend: 3.75p per share

 

 

 

-

-

3,290

2020: Interim dividend: 3.85p per share

 

 

 

3,378

-

-

Total dividends paid in the period (£000's)

 

 

 

3,378

3,528

6,818

Total dividends paid in the period

 

 

 

3.85p

4.02p

7.77p

 

On 14 February 2020, the Company declared an interim dividend of 3.85 pence per Ordinary Share in respect of the financial year ended 31 March 2020. The dividend was paid as a property income distribution ("PID") on 21 April 2020, taking total dividends paid with respect to the financial year ended 31 March 2020 to 7.60 pence per share.

 

On 25 September 2020, the Company declared an interim dividend for the first half of the financial year ended 31 March 2021 of 3.25 pence per Ordinary Share. The dividend was paid as a property income distribution on 23 October 2020 to Shareholders on the register on 9 October 2020.

 

10. Investment properties

 

In accordance with IAS 40 "Investment Property", investment property is carried at its fair value as determined by an external valuer. This valuation has been conducted by CBRE and has been prepared as at 30 September 2020, in accordance with the RICS valuation - Professional Standards UK January 2020 (the "Red Book").

 

The valuations have been prepared in accordance with those recommended by the International Valuation Standards Committee and are consistent with the principles in IFRS 13.

 

 

Investment

Investment

 

 

 

properties

properties

Development

 

 

freehold

leasehold

Properties

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 April 2020

151,560

46,020

9,400

206,980

Property additions through acquisitions

102,403

18,362

13,639

134,404

Capital expenditure

72

196

-

268

Transfer from development properties

15,240

-

(15,240)

-

Revaluation surplus in year

3,136

3,522

(2,369)

4,289

At 30 September 2020

272,411

68,100

5,430

345,941

Add: tenant lease incentives

367

236

-

603

Investment properties excluding head lease ROU assets at 30 September 2020

272,778

68,336

5,430

346,544

Add: right of use asset

-

2,066

-

2,066

Total investment properties at 30 September 2020

272,778

70,402

5,430

348,610

 

Total rental income for the interim period recognised in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income amounted to £9.8 million (Sep 19: £5.9 million).

 

Upon application of IFRS 16, tenant lease incentives have been reclassified from Other debtors to Investment properties. Tenant lease incentives at 30 September 2020 totalled £0.60 million (Sep 19: £0.74 million). The financial information relating to the six-months ended 30 September 2019 has not been restated given the immaterial amounts involved.

 

11. Acquisition of subsidiaries

 

On 29 April 2020, the Group obtained sole control of EOS Property Unit Trust, a property investment company incorporated in Jersey, through the acquisition of the entire units in the Trust.

 

This acquisition was not judged to be the acquisition of a business and, therefore, is not treated as a business combination. Rather, the cost to acquire the Trust is allocated between identifiable assets and liabilities of the Trust based upon its relative fair value at the acquisition date. Accordingly, no goodwill or additional deferred tax arises.

 

The table below sets out the initial fair values to the Group in respect of this acquisition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book

Redemption

Fair Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value

of Liabilities

Adjustments

Total

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 Investment properties

 

 

 

 

47,174

-

1,913

49,087

 Cash

 

 

 

 

695

-

-

695

 Other receivables

 

 

 

 

1

-

(3)

(2)

 Finance liabilities

 

 

 

 

(28,141)

28,115

-

(26)

 Other liabilities

 

 

 

 

(870)

-

(23)

(894)

 Total

 

 

 

 

18,859

28,115

1,887

48,861

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Net cash outflow arising on acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Total consideration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

49,556

 Cash and cash equivalents acquired

 

 

 

 

 

 

695

 Cash consideration net of cash acquired

 

 

 

 

 

 

48,861

 

12. Bank borrowings and reconciliation of liabilities to cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Bank Borrowings

 

 

£'000

Balance at 1 April 2020

 

74,696

Bank borrowings drawn in the year

 

122,389

Bank borrowings repaid in the year

 

(75,702)

Loan arrangement fees paid

 

(1,474)

 

 

 

Non-cash movements:

 

 

Amortisation of loan arrangement fees

 

210

Total bank borrowings per the Condensed Consolidated

Statement of Financial Position

 

120,119

 

 

 

Being:

 

 

Drawn debt

 

122,389

Unamortised loan arrangement fees

 

(2,270)

Total bank borrowings per the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

120,119

 

On 7 August, the Group entered into a new £151 million loan facility with Barclays, Santander and Lloyds, to replace the existing loan facility totalling £76 million. This new facility provides a three-year term and includes an option to extend for a further two-years. At 30 September 2020, £28.6 million of this new facility was undrawn.

 

13. Interest rate derivatives

 

The Group has used interest rate swaps to mitigate exposure to interest rate risk. The total fair value of these contracts is recorded in the Statement of Financial Position. The interest rate derivatives are marked to market by the relevant counterparty banks on a quarterly basis in accordance with IFRS 9. Any movement in the fair value of the interest rate derivatives are taken to finance costs in the Statement of Comprehensive Income.

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year ended

 

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-current liabilities: derivative interest rate swaps:

 

 

 

 

 

 

At beginning of period

 

 

 

(1,347)

(690)

(690)

Change in fair value in the period

 

 

 

(510)

(612)

(657)

Total

 

 

 

(1,857)

(1,302)

(1,347)

 

14. Share capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 30 Sep 20

 30 Sep 20

 

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 Number

 £'000

Issued and fully paid up at 1p each

 

 

 

 

     188,616,023

                1,886

At beginning of period

 

 

 

 

     188,616,023

                1,886

At 30 September 2020

 

 

 

 

     188,616,023

                1,886

 

15. Share premium

 

Share premium relates to amounts subscribed for share capital in excess of nominal value less any associated issue costs that have been capitalised.

 

 

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Balance brought forward

 

 

 

228,764

93,877

93,877

Share premium on the issue of ordinary shares

 

 

 

-

60

135,270

Expiry of warrant shares

 

 

 

-

-

12

Share issue costs

 

 

 

(4)

-

(2,951)

Crystallisation of LTIP

 

 

 

-

-

2,556

Transfer to capital reduction reserve

 

 

 

(228,760)

-

-

At 30 September 2020

 

 

 

-

93,937

228,764

 

16. Capital reduction reserve

 

 

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Balance brought forward

 

 

 

-

-

-

Transfer from share premium

 

 

 

228,760

-

-

 At 30 September 2020

 

 

 

228,760

-

-

 

On 8 August 2020, the Company, by way of a Special Resolution, cancelled the then value of its share premium, by an Order of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division. As a result, £228.8 million has been transferred from the share premium reserve. The capital reduction reserve is classified as a distributable reserve.

 

17. Related party transactions

 

The terms and conditions of the Investment Management Agreement are described in the Management Engagement Committee Report. During the interim period, the amount paid for services provided by Pacific Capital Partners Limited (the "Manager") totalled £1,246,722 (Sep 19: £587,568).

 

Long-term incentive plan

Under the terms of the Company's long-term incentive plan, at 30 September 2020 Pacific Industrial LLP, an affiliate of Pacific Capital Partners Limited, has subscribed for shares in Urban Logistics Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Urban Logistics REIT plc. Further details have been provided in note 8.

 

Acquisition of investment properties

During the interim period, the Group incurred fees totalling £542,795 (Sep 19: £315,570) from M1 Agency LLP, a partnership in which Richard Moffitt is a member. These fees were incurred in the acquisition and sale of investment properties.

 

For the transactions listed above, Richard Moffitt's benefit is derived from the profit allocation he receives from M1 Agency LLP as a member and not from the transaction.

 

The Board, with the assistance of the Manager, and excluding Richard Moffitt, reviews and approves each fee payable to M1 Agency LLP, and ensures the fees are in line with market rates and on standard commercial property terms.

 

18. Net asset value per share

 

Basic NAV per share is calculated by dividing net assets in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position attributable to Ordinary Shareholders by the number of Ordinary shares at the end of the period.

 

Net assets have been calculated as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

Net assets per Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position (£'000)

265,191

126,110

258,762

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Fair value of intertest rate derivatives (£'000)

1,857

1,302

1,347

Intangible assets (£'000)

(15)

(20)

(17)

EPRA Net Tangible Assets (£'000)

267,033

127,392

260,092

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares in issue at period end (basic and diluted)

188,616,023

87,751,604

188,616,023

IFRS NAV per share (basic and diluted)

140.60p

143.71p

137.19p

EPRA NTA per share

141.57p

145.17p

137.89p

           

 

In October 2019, the European Public Real Estate Association ("EPRA") published new best practice recommendations (BPR) for financial disclosures by public real estate companies. The BPR introduced three new measures for reporting net asset value: EPRA net reinstatement value (NRV), EPRA net tangible assets (NTA) and EPRA net disposal value (NDV). These new measures being effective for accounting periods starting on 1 January 2020 and have been adopted by the Group in reporting the financial position as at 30 September 2020.

 

The Group considers EPRA NTA to be the most relevant measure for its operating activities, therefore, will be adopted as the Group's primary measure of net asset value, replacing previously reported EPRA NAV.

 

A reconciliation of the three new net asset value measurements is provided in Supplementary Information.

 

19. Post balance sheet events

 

On 5 October 2020, the Group acquired a 43,881 sq ft distribution unit for £2.9 million, representing a NIY of 6.25%.

 

On 19 October 2020, the Company raised £92.3 million through the issue of 66,429,798 Ordinary Shares at an issue price of 139.0 pence per share.

 

On 30 October 2020, the Group acquired a distribution warehouse in Braintree for £11.2 million, representing a NIY of 5.25%.

 

On 4 November 2020, the Group acquired a 71,384 sq ft distribution warehouse for £9.1 million, representing a NIY of 6.6%.

 

On 6 November 2020, the Group acquired a site in Exeter for a total consideration of £5.1 million, representing a NIY of 8.0%.

 

On 6 November 2020, the Group acquired a warehouse in Warrington for a total consideration of £4.8 million, representing a NIY of 7.4%.

 

On 9 November 2020, the Group completed the acquisition of a logistics site in Hoddesdon for a total consideration of £34.3 million, representing a NIY of 5.4%.

 

Supplementary Information

 

i.          EPRA performance measures summary

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year ended

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

EPRA EPS (diluted)

 

3.19p

3.92p

3.99p

EPRA net tangible asset value

 

141.57p

145.17p

137.89p

EPRA net reinstatement value

 

153.87p

160.09p

145.26p

EPRA net disposal value

140.60p

143.71p

137.19p

EPRA net initial yield

 

5.5%

6.2%

5.6%

EPRA "topped up" net initial yield

 

5.8%

6.2%

5.6%

EPRA vacancy rate

 

3.0%

0.0%

2.4%

EPRA cost ratio (including vacant property costs)

20.7%

18.6%

46.9%

EPRA cost ratio (excluding vacant property costs)

20.4%

18.5%

46.8%

 

ii.          Income statement

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year ended

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Gross rental income

 

9,795

5,853

12,601

Property operating costs

 

(385)

(46)

(437)

Net rental income

 

9,410

5,807

12,164

Administrative expenses

 

(1,835)

(1,045)

(2,142)

Long-term incentive plan charge

 

(11)

(60)

(3,557)

Operating profit before interest and tax

 

7,564

4,702

6,465

Net finance costs

 

(1,543)

(1,265)

(2,714)

Profit before tax

 

6,021

3,437

3,751

Tax on EPRA earnings

 

-

-

-

EPRA earnings

 

6,021

3,437

3,751

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares

 

188,616,023

87,738,937

94,083,745

EPRA earnings per share

 

3.19p

3.92p

3.99p

 

iii.         Balance sheet

 

 

 

 

 Six months to

 Six months to

 Year ended

 

 

 

 30 Sep 20

 30 Sep 19

 31 Mar 20

 

 

 

 £'000

 £'000

 £'000

Investment properties

 

 

348,610

196,900

209,179

Other net assets

 

 

36,700

3,732

124,279

Net borrowings

 

 

(120,119)

(74,522)

(74,696)

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

265,191

126,110

258,762

Adjustments to calculate EPRA NTA:

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value of interest rate derivative

 

 

1,857

1,302

1,347

Intangible assets

 

 

(15)

(20)

(17)

EPRA net assets

 

 

267,033

127,392

260,092

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary Shares in issue at year end

(basic and diluted)

 

 

188,616,023

87,751,604

188,616,023

EPRA NTA per share

 

 

141.57p

145.17p

137.89p

 

In October 2019, the European Public Real Estate Association ("EPRA") published new best practice recommendations (BPR) for financial disclosures by public real estate companies. The BPR introduced three new measures for reporting net asset value: EPRA net reinstatement value (NRV), EPRA net tangible assets (NTA) and EPRA net disposal value (NDV). These new measures being effective for accounting periods starting on 1 January 2020 and have been adopted by the Group in reporting the financial position as at 30 September 2020.

 

The Group considers EPRA NTA to be the most relevant measure for its operating activities, therefore, will be adopted as the Group's primary measure of net asset value, replacing previously reported EPRA NAV.

 

A reconciliation of the three new net asset value measurements is provided in the table below.

 

 

Current Measures

 

 

 

 

EPRA NTA

EPRA NRV

EPRA NDV

 

EPRA NAV

EPRA NNNAV

30 September 2020

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

IFRS equity attributable to shareholders

265,191

265,191

265,191

 

265,191

265,191

Fair value of interest rate derivatives

1,857

1,857

-

 

1,857

-

Intangible assets

(15)

-

-

 

-

-

Real estate transfer tax

-

23,178

-

 

-

-

EPRA net asset value

267,033

290,226

265,191

 

267,048

265,191

Diluted shares (number)

188,616,023

188,616,023

188,616,023

 

188,616,023

188,616,023

EPRA net asset value per share

141.57p

153.87p

140.60p

 

141.58p

140.60p

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Measures

 

 

 

 

EPRA NTA

EPRA NRV

EPRA NDV

 

EPRA NAV

EPRA NNNAV

30 September 2019

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

IFRS equity attributable to shareholders

126,110

126,110

126,110

 

126,110

126,110

Fair value of interest rate derivatives

1,302

1,302

-

 

1,302

-

Intangible assets

(20)

-

-

 

-

-

Real estate transfer tax

-

13,067

-

 

-

-

EPRA net asset value

127,392

140,479

126,110

 

127,412

126,110

Diluted shares (number)

87,751,604

87,751,604

87,751,604

 

87,751,604

87,751,604

EPRA net asset value per share

145.17p

160.09p

143.71p

 

145.20p

143.71p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Measures

 

 

 

 

EPRA NTA

EPRA NRV

EPRA NDV

 

EPRA NAV

EPRA NNNAV

31 March 2020

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

IFRS equity attributable to shareholders

258,762

258,762

258,762

 

258,762

258,762

Fair value of interest rate derivatives

1,347

1,347

-

 

1,347

-

Intangible assets

(17)

-

-

 

-

-

Real estate transfer tax

-

13,868

-

 

-

-

EPRA net asset value

260,092

273,977

258,762

 

260,109

258,762

Diluted shares (number)

188,616,023

188,616,023

188,616,023

 

188,616,023

188,616,023

EPRA net asset value per share

137.89p

145.26p

137.19p

 

137.90p

137.19p

                   

 

iv.         EPRA net initial yield and 'topped up' net initial yield

 

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Total properties per financial statements

 

 

348,610

196,900

209,179

Less head lease right of use asset

 

 

(2,066)

(1,865)

(1,858)

Less development properties

 

 

(5,430)

(4,300)

(9,400)

Completed property portfolio

 

 

341,114

190,735

197,921

Add notional purchasers' costs

 

 

22,514

12,919

13,342

Gross up completed property portfolio valuation (A)

 

 

363,628

203,654

211,263

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annualised passing rent

 

 

20,319

12,737

11,989

Less irrecoverable property outgoings

 

 

(182)

(63)

(63)

Annualised net rents (B)

 

 

20,137

12,674

11,926

Contractual rental increases for rent free period

 

 

1,019

-

-

'Topped up' annualised net rent ('C)

 

 

21,156

12,674

11,926

EPRA net initial yield (B/A)

 

 

5.5%

6.2%

5.6%

EPRA 'topped up' net initial yield (C/A)

 

 

5.8%

6.2%

5.6%

 

 

v.         EPRA vacancy rate

 

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Annualised potential rental value of vacant properties

 

 

666

-

317

Annualised potential rental value for the completed property portfolio

 

 

22,159

12,942

13,286

EPRA vacancy rate

 

 

3.0%

0.0%

2.4%

 

vi.         EPRA cost ratio

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year ended

 

 

 

30 Sep 20

30 Sep 19

31 Mar 20

Total cost ratio

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Costs

 

 

 

 

 

Property operating expenses1

 

 

385

46

437

Administrative expenses

 

 

1,835

1,045

2,142

Less: service charge income

 

 

(68)

-

(116)

Less: service charge costs recovered through rents but not separately invoiced

 

 

(167)

-

(122)

Less: ground rents

 

 

(8)

(1)

(8)

Total costs including vacant property costs (A)

 

 

1,977

1,090

2,333

Group vacant property costs

 

 

(32)

(9)

(8)

Total costs excluding vacant property costs (B)

 

 

1,945

1,081

2,325

Gross rental income

 

 

 

 

 

Gross rental income

 

 

9,795

5,853

12,601

Less: ground rents paid

 

 

(32)

(1)

(31)

Less: service charge income

 

 

(68)

-

(116)

Less: service charge costs recovered through rents but not separately invoiced

 

 

(167)

-

(122)

Total gross rental income (C)

 

 

9,528

5,852

12,332

Total cost including vacant property costs (A/C)

 

 

20.7%

18.6%

18.9%

Total cost excluding vacant property costs (B/C)

 

 

20.4%

18.5%

18.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPRA cost ratio

 

 

 

 

 

Total costs (A)

 

 

1,977

1,090

2,333

Long-term incentive plan crystallisation

 

 

-

-

3,452

EPRA total costs including vacant property costs (D)

 

 

1,977

1,090

5,785

Vacant property costs

 

 

(32)

(9)

(8)

EPRA total costs excluding vacant property costs (E)

 

 

1,945

1,081

5,777

EPRA cost ratio (including vacant property costs (D/C)

 

 

20.7%

18.6%

46.9%

EPRA cost ratio (excluding vacant property costs (E/C)

 

 

20.4%

18.5%

46.8%

 

(1)        Property operating expenses are cost of sales. These typically include Utilities, Business rates, Letting fees, and other direct costs.

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