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Hammerson : 2021 Half Year Results

08/05/2021 | 02:36am

HAMMERSON plc - UNAUDITED HALF-YEAR 2021 RESULTS

Update on strategy: focus on value creation potential and core urban estates

Rita-Rose Gagné, Chief Executive of Hammerson, said:

'We have continued to respond to the changing landscape during the first half of 2021, which again was impacted by Covid-19. As we emerge from a unique moment in time, I see a pathway to create sustainable value as we transform the business to become more agile and able to anticipate and respond to this change. We own flagship destinations around which we can curate and reshape entire neighbourhoods and city centre spaces for generations to come.

'To realise this opportunity we are focused on continuing to de-lever the balance sheet through disposals of non-core assets, creating a leaner and more agile organisation, driving value in our destinations and accelerating our longer term developments.'

Summary Financial and Operating Performance:
• Like-for-like NRI flat YoY, adjusted NRI down 8%
• Adjusted earnings up 14% to £20.1m (2020:£17.7m) benefitting from recovery in Value Retail and lower net finance costs
• IFRS loss: £376m (2020: £1,088m loss) due to £361m Group portfolio deficit
• Group portfolio value of £5.5bn, total capital return -6.4% (FY 2020 -20.9%) - Managed portfolio value of £3.6bn; capital return -9.0% - Value Retail portfolio £1.9bn; capital return -0.4%
• EPRA net tangible assets (NTA) per share reduced 16%, or 13p, to 69p; of which 3p was due to enhanced scrip dividend

Strengthened balance sheet and capital structure
• Net debt reduced by 16% to £1.9bn with ample liquidity of £1.5bn1 in undrawn committed facilities and cash
• £403m gross proceeds from disposals including exit of UK retail parks sector
• Refinanced near term debt maturities with the issuance of €700m 1.75% sustainability-linked bond - repaid €500m 2022, and 53% of €500m 2023 bonds, and £297m of private placement notes
• No significant unsecured refinancing required until 2025

Encouraging re-opening and operational performance
• Footfall across our cities is currently averaging 80% of 2019 level
• Group rent collection for FY20 now at 90%, H1 2021 71% and Q3 at 65%
• Flagship leasing: recovery in volume to £9.8m, up 123% on H1 2020; up 17% on H1 2019
• Occupancy: Group occupancy of 93% (FY20 94%)
• ERV: managed portfolio -4.1% on a like-for-like basis

Sustainability
• Issued €700m sustainability-linked bond, the first in the European real estate sector
• Connected Les Terrasses du Port to the Thassalia geothermal system to further reduce carbon emissions
• Committed to Net Positive targets for carbon, water, resource use and socio-economic impacts by 2030

Board and leadership team changes
• CFO, Himanshu Raja joined in April and Chief Development and Asset Re-positioning Officer, Harry Badham joined in June
• Non-Executive Director changes: Mike Butterworth succeeds Pierre Bouchut, who stepped down from the Board in May, as Chair of Audit Committee and Habib Annous joined the Board in May

Dividend
• The Board remains committed to meeting its UK REIT and French SIIC obligations. As previously announced, until December 2022, we expect to satisfy these by way of an enhanced scrip dividend alternative. The Board has declared a cash dividend of 0.2 pence per share. Subject to shareholder approval the Board intends to pay an enhanced scrip dividend alternative of 2 pence per share as a normal (non PID) dividend

Strategy update

The future of Hammerson is as an owner, operator, and developer of focused, prime, urban estates. Execution will be based on four key building blocks:

Delivering a sustainable capital structure:
• A disciplined disposals programme, focusing the Group on a core portfolio of urban estates, reducing indebtedness and generating capital for redeployment into core assets and adjacent developments
• The Board see maintaining an investment grade credit rating as an important element of our strategy

Creating an agile platform:
• Transform the organisation to a flatter, more asset and customer-centric structure, with centralised core functions
• Increased digitalisation and automation to improve efficiency
• Build skill sets and consider strategic partnerships for a mixed-use future with a customer first culture
• Target net admin cost reduction of 15-20% by FY23

Reinvigorating our assets:
• Maximise income through optimising use of space including the repurposing of department stores and redeveloping underutilised space to alternative uses where appropriate
• Attracting new brands and services and curating new and engaging spaces

Accelerating our development pipeline
• Disciplined recycling of capital to scale and accelerate development opportunities across a range of uses

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