EQS-News: Deutsche Konsum REIT-AG / Key word(s): 9 Month figures
Deutsche Konsum REIT-AG with robust business development in the first nine months of the 2022/2023 financial year
Potsdam, 14 August 2023 - Deutsche Konsum REIT-AG ("DKR") (ISIN DE000A14KRD3) has recorded a robust business performance in the first nine months of the financial year 2022/2023 ("9M").
Growth in rental income / cost-related decline of FFO
Due to the further growth in the property portfolio compared to the previous year and in particular due to rent increases, rental income increased by 6.0% from EUR 55.4 million to EUR 58.7 million compared to the same period of the previous year. In the first nine months of the current financial year, DKR was thus able to achieve annualised rent increases of around 3.7% (l-f-l) or EUR 2.1 million from rent indexations. The annualised rent of the real estate portfolio thus rose to EUR 78.9 million.
Rental income rose from EUR 36.5 million to EUR 38.2 million (adjusted for one-off effects). At 4.6%, this increase was slightly lower than the rise in rental income, which is primarily due to price increases in operating and maintenance costs.
Funds from operations ("FFO"), on the other hand, fell by around 15% or EUR 4.6 million to EUR 27.0 million (EUR 0.77 per share). This decline is mainly due to the increase in borrowing costs of around EUR 3.4 million and the higher operating costs of the portfolio.
In addition, aFFO (FFO after deduction of capitalised modernisation measures) fell by 38.5% to EUR 12.7m due to a higher investment volume for modernisation measures.
Real estate valuation cycle changed to 30 September
Due to the volatile interest rate and inflation environment, the Company has now changed the regular valuation of the real estate portfolio by an external and independent real estate appraiser from 30 June to 30 September of each year, in contrast to previous years, and will continue to do so in the future. In this respect, no current property valuation is available as of the reporting date.
Balance sheet value of the real estate portfolio at EUR 1.1 billion with annual rents of EUR 78.9 million
DKR's real estate portfolio recognised on 30 June 2023 comprises of 184 retail properties with a balance sheet value of around EUR 1,112.5 million (30 September 2022: EUR 1,050.7 million) and a rental area of around 1,085,000 sqm. As of the balance sheet date, the annualised rent amounts to EUR 78.9 million (30 September 2022: EUR 73.2 million).
The average acquisition yield of the total portfolio is currently around 10.0%.
Apart from the acquisition of a food discounter in Suhl (Thuringia) with an initial yield of around 10%, no further acquisitions have been made so far. In the coming months, DKR expects an improving price equilibrium on the transaction market, which will result in attractive acquisition opportunities.
In contrast, a DIY store in Chemnitz was sold in 9M 2022/2023 for a sales price of around 17.5 times the annual rent (or 5.7% initial yield), and two vacant properties in Bavaria (Scheyern and Salzweg) were sold for around EUR 2.3 million. In addition, DKR notarised the sale of the former Real hypermarket in Trier-Kenn in June. The transfer of benefits and encumbrances is expected to take place in the course of 2024 after the conditions for maturity have been met.
EPRA NTA rises to EUR 11.37 per share / Net LTV at 51.2%
EPRA NTA per share increased to EUR 11.37 as at the balance sheet date of 30 June 2023 (30 September 2022: EUR 10.98 per share) due to the positive result for the period.
Net LTV as of the balance sheet date is 51.2%, which is slightly above the target level of around 50%.
Brandenburg Fiscal Court denied appeals against tax payments
By notification dated 17 July 2023, DKR reported that the Brandenburg Fiscal Court has for the time being denied DKRs appeals against tax payments in the legal dispute over the recognition of DKR's REIT status with the Potsdam tax office. Accordingly, DKR now has to pay corporation and trade taxes in the amount of EUR 16.2 million, which are to be paid from existing funds. In the main case, the Company is still in internal discussions about the further procedural possibilities and prospects of success.
FFO forecast confirmed
For the current financial year, the Management Board confirms an FFO of between EUR 36 million and EUR 39 million on the basis of current conditions.
Webcast and Conference Call
Deutsche Konsum REIT-AG will hold an analyst conference (webcast and conference call) on the results of the first nine months of 2022/2023 financial year today, 14 August 2023, at 10:00 a.m. CEST/SAST. The corresponding results presentation as well as further information on the webcast and the conference call can be found at https://www.deutsche-konsum.de/en/investor-relations. The quarterly statement on the first nine months of the 2022/2023 financial year is available for download at https://www.deutsche-konsum.de/en/investor-relations/financial-reports.
About Deutsche Konsum
Deutsche Konsum REIT-AG, Broderstorf, is a listed real estate company focusing on German retail properties for everyday goods in established micro-locations. The focus of the Company's activities is on the acquisition, management and development of local retail properties with the aim of achieving a steady increase in value and the lifting of hidden reserves.
The shares of the Company are listed on the Prime Standard of Deutsche Börse (ISIN: DE000A14KRD3) and on the JSE (JSE Limited) (South Africa) by way of a secondary listing.
Deutsche Konsum REIT-AG
Phone: +49 (0) 331 74 00 76 – 517
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