Equitativa, the largest REIT manager in the GCC and manager of Emirates REIT (CEIC) Limited, reports the unaudited first-half financial results for Emirates REIT, the world's largest Shari'a compliant REIT, for the period ending 30 June 2018.

Emirates REIT's half-year results recorded a 27% EBITDA growth to USD 17.8 million for the period.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

§  Total annualised return of 11%

§  Property income grew by 20%

§  Reduction of like-for-like property expenses by 20%

§  The higher income and lower expenses led to a record EBITDA which increased by 27%

§  Total annual dividend paid of USD 0.08 per share

§  The acquisition of the Lycée Français Jean Mermoz

EQUITATIVA ANNOUNCES SOLID FIRST HALF RESULTS FOR EMIRATES REIT

The property income grew by 20% to a total of USD 33.8 million for the six months period (H1 2017: USD 28.3 million). Property expenses, like for like, were reduced by 20%. The robust property operating income conversion to bottom line led to a 27% growth in EBITDA to USD 17.8 million (H1 2017: USD 14.0m) reflecting the highest level on record for a quarter in Q2 at USD 9.3 million (Q1 2018: USD 8.5m).

In Q2, the Funds from Operations (FFO) recovered from Q1 with 20% growth quarter-on-quarter to USD 4.2 million (Q1 2018: USD 3.5m) reducing the H1 2018 variance to 7% (H1 2018: USD 7.7m versus H1 2017: USD 8.3m).

The property income growth was primarily driven by the acquisition of the Lycée Français Jean Mermoz, and of the European Business Centre, along with the increase in the leasing of office units at Index Tower and retail outlets at Trident Grande Mall.

The Net Asset Value at the end of the period was at USD 1.76 per share, or USD 526.5 million, with a total year-on-year return of 12.8%, including the two dividend distributions totalling 8 cents per share (USD 24.0 million), which were paid in January and June 2018. This is compared to USD 1.63 per share or USD 487.8 million in the first half of 2017.

The gearing ratio stood at 42%.

The value of the REIT portfolio also increased to USD 913.6 million, marking an increase of 18.3% compared to USD 772.1 million at the same time last year.

Equitativa has expanded the education portfolio of the REIT by acquiring the Lycée Français Jean Mermoz in May for USD 20.5 million (AED 75 million). The school operating a French curriculum has been leased back immediately for a period of 27 years, and the transaction is set to generate an estimated Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of over 12%.

Index Mall is reaching completion and is set to open ahead of the Gate Avenue. Tenants have started the fit-out process for the retail and F&B outlets ahead of the upcoming opening.

Equitativa continues to ensure the consistent investment in enhancing its assets to optimise its market position and value.

Equitativa and Emirates REIT received the awards for the "Best REIT in GCC" by Arabian Business Magazine, "Best Real Estate Deal of the Year" by IFN, and "Best REIT Manager MENA" and "Sukuk of the Year MENA 2018" by Banker Middle East/CPI Financial.

Sylvain Vieujot, Group Chairman of Equitativa, commented: "These results reflect the highest quarterly EBITDA growth on record to date for Emirates REIT. It is the result of robust property income and continuous optimisation of our operating costs. We are confident that Emirates REIT’s portfolio is well-placed to continue to deliver strong, sustainable long-term returns, and we are looking forward to new upcoming investment opportunities."

 

Source: Borouj Consulting