EQS-News: Aroundtown SA
/ Key word(s): Half Year Report/Real Estate
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AROUNDTOWN ANNOUNCES H1 2023 RESULTS WITH CONTINUED MEASURES TO STRENGTHEN THE BALANCE SHEET
30 August 2023.
Aroundtown (‘the Company’ or ‘AT’) announces results for the first six months of 2023, with recurring long-term net rental income of €589 million, lower compared to €602 million in H1 2022 and Adjusted EBITDA of €498 million, lower compared to the €511 million of respective period of 2022. The decrease in both items was mainly driven by the high volume of disposals, which offset solid operational growth reflected in a like-for-like rental growth of 3.4%. Year-to-date Aroundtown signed disposals of approx. €545 million at slightly below book values, of which ca. €455 million in H1 2023, showing the Company’s ability to sell during challenging market conditions. FFO I amounted to €175 million in H1 2023, or €0.16 per share, decreasing from €186 million or €0.17 compared to the same period of 2022 as a result of the disposals, higher interest rates and higher coupons on perpetual notes. Due to the current market uncertainty and the impact on property valuations, Aroundtown externally revalued its full portfolio in H1 2023 and recorded a like-for-like value decline of 6% or 5.4% after adding back the capex invested in the portfolio. The revaluation loss of €1.7 billion is due to the higher discount and cap rates, impacting all portfolio locations and asset types.
Due to the solid operational performance reflected in a like-for-like increase of 3.4%, and the proactive liability management measures taken by the Company, the FFO I guidance was slightly updated to the range of €310 million to €340 million, from €300 million to €330 million.
ACTIVE LIABILITY MANAGEMENT MEASURES SUPPORTING DELEVERAGING
Aroundtown maintained its strong liquidity position as of June 2023, covering its debt maturities until mid-2026, with €2.5 billion in cash and liquid assets, and an additional ca. €1 billion from signed but not closed disposals and vendor loans. Year-to-date AT repurchased approx. €1.3 billion (of which approx. €1.2 billion in H1 2023) in nominal value of bonds at an average discount of 20%, using its strong liquidity position helping to further support deleveraging. Utilizing its strong banking relationship, Aroundtown signed €790 million of new secured bank debt year-to-date (of which €430 million drawn in H1 2023), with an average margin of 1.4% plus Euribor and an average maturity of 7 years, providing additional liquidity to the Company and extending the time to refinance. The Company’s sizable pool of unencumbered assets of €20 billion provides financial flexibility and additional liquidity potential. High volume of disposals, bond buybacks at a discount, solid operational profitability, and the suspension of the 2022 dividend have allowed AT to maintain its LTV relatively stable at 41% as compared to 40% at year-end 2022, despite material negative revaluation impacts.
GREEN CERTIFICATION OF OFFICE PORTFOLIO WELL ON TRACK
Utilizing the knowledge of the initial pilot project in the Netherlands, which was started in 2021, Aroundtown expanded the scope to Germany and has been able to further increase the number of green certified office properties in its portfolio. In 2023 year-to-date, 22% of the office portfolio has been green certified, from 2% in 2020. Currently the remaining office properties in the Netherlands that have not yet been certified are in the certification process, which is expected to be finalized in the coming periods. At the same time, Aroundtown is continuing the process of certifying its German office properties. The Company is aiming to gradually increase the share of certified properties within its portfolio.
The Interim Consolidated Report for H1 2023 is available on the Company’s website:
For definitions and reconciliations of the Alternative Performance Measures, please see the relevant sections in the pages 46-51 of the Interim Consolidated Report for H1 2023. You can find the Interim Consolidated Report for H1 2023 on AT’s website under Investor Relations > Publications > Financial Reports or under this link:
About the Company
Aroundtown SA (symbol: AT1), trading on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, is the largest listed and highest rated (BBB+ by S&P) German commercial real estate company. Aroundtown invests in income generating quality properties with value-add potential in central locations in top tier European cities mainly in Germany/NL.
Aroundtown SA (ISIN: LU1673108939) is a public limited liability company (société anonyme) established under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, registered with the Luxembourg Trade and Companies Register (Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés, Luxembourg) under number B217868, having its registered office at 37, Boulevard Joseph II, L-1840 Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
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|37, Boulevard Joseph II|
|Phone:||+352 288 313|
|ISIN:||LU1673108939, LU1673108939, XS2114459550, XS1508392625, XS1634523754, XS1752984440, XS2017788592, XS2027946610, XS2055106210, XS2287744721, XS1586386739, XS1639847760, XS1649193403, XS1700429308, XS1715306012, XS1753814141, CH0398677689, XS1761721262, XS1815135352, AU3CB0252955, CA04269KAA12, XS1879567144, XS1877353786, XS1901137106, XS1905592546, CH0460054437, XS1961042915, XS1964701822, XS1966277748, XS1980255779, XS1999746370, XS2023872174, XS2023873149, XS2198981263, XS1843435501, XS2273810510, XS2421195848,|
|WKN:||A2DW8Z, A1Z07A, A18V71, A180VY, A1839S, A1899S, A19LQR, A19QUX, A19Q3W, A19VK9, A19Z76, A19U7Q|
|Indices:||SDAX, FTSE EPRA/NAREIT, GPR 250|
|Listed:||Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Stuttgart, Tradegate Exchange; Dublin, Luxembourg Stock Exchange, SIX|
|EQS News ID:||1714359|
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