DGAP-News: Aroundtown SA / Key word(s): Real Estate/Final Results
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AROUNDTOWN ANNOUNCES ITS FY 2017 RESULTS WITH RECORD PROFITABILITY AND OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE
- Rental and operating income of EUR527 million, increased from EUR274m in 2016
- Adjusted EBITDA up 60% to EUR429 million from EUR268 million
- FFO I of EUR293 million, increasing 77% from EUR166 million
- FFO I per share growth of 44% to EUR0.36 from EUR0.25 in 2016
- 2017 dividend distribution of EUR0.23 (subject to AGM approval), up 44% YOY
- Net profit recorded of over EUR1.5 billion, increased 71% from EUR0.9 billion for 2016; Basic earnings per share up to EUR1.56, Diluted EPS up to EUR1.35
- EPRA NAV incl. perpetual notes of EUR7.7 billion and EUR7.6 per share (up 41%); further increased to EUR8.7 billion incl. Q1 2018 equity and perpetual issuances
- EPRA NAV of EUR6.5 billion and EUR6.5 per share (up 33%)
- Equity increased 84% to EUR7.2 bn, strong equity ratio of 53%; further increased to EUR8.3 billion pro forma for March 2018 equity increase
- Investment property almost doubled to EUR9.8 billion from EUR5 bn at year-end 2016
- LTV further decreased to 36% as of year-end 2017; 33% assuming conversion
- Conservative financial and credit position demonstrated with an ICR of 5.4x, long average debt maturity of almost 8 years and low average cost of debt of 1.6%
- High investment-grade credit rating from S&P further upgraded to BBB+, making Aroundtown the highest-rated company in German commercial real estate
- Strong organic growth maintained with total net rent like-for-like of 5.1%, with 3.3% from in-place rent growth and 1.8% from occupancy increase
28 March 2018.
Quality portfolio supports record profitability and accretive growth
Aroundtown's successful year, as well as accretive growth on a per share basis, positioned the Company as a top performer in the market, outperforming all benchmarks and key market indices and resulting in a market cap of currently EUR6.4 billion, making Aroundtown the largest listed German commercial real estate company. These achievements are topped by the latest inclusions into major indices - the MDAX, FTSE/EPRA Index Series, Stoxx Europe 600, GPR 250 and DIMAX.
Conservative financial structure and rating upgrade to BBB+
Aroundtown's growth was supported along a conservative capital structure. The Loan-to-Value as of end of 2017 decreased to 36% from 39% in year-end 2016, providing significant headroom to the board's limit of 45%. In December 2017, S&P further increased Aroundtown's credit rating to BBB+ based on a stronger asset profile. AT enjoys the best-in-class ICR of 5.4x, the highest unencumbered ratio among German commercial real estate peers of 71% (EUR7.1 billion), and longest debt duration of almost 8 years.
Significant ESG improvement
In 2017, AT achieved important milestones on the ESG front as it was ranked in the 88th percentile and Outperformer for its ESG efforts by Sustainalytics among almost 300 peers worldwide and received the EPRA BPR Gold award from EPRA for the highest reporting standards. Additionally, after the re-domiciliation to Luxembourg, the Board of Directors has been strengthened to 7 members of which 3 are independent.
Strong momentum maintained in 2018
Aroundtown continues in 2018 with its strong growth path, bringing the portfolio size to EUR10.2 billion which generates an FFO I on an annualized basis as of April 2018 of EUR369 million. The Company issued since January 2018 a total of EUR2.1bn in equity, perpetual notes and straight bonds, supporting additional growth as well as further optimizing the debt structure.
The full year 2017 annual report is available on the Company's website:
T: +352 285 7741
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|1, Avenue du Bois|
|Grand Duchy of Luxembourg|
|Phone:||+357 2420 1312|
|ISIN:||LU1673108939, XS1508392625, XS1227093611, XS1336607715, XS1403685636, XS1449707055, XS1532877757, XS1540071724, XS1586386739, XS1649193403, XS1634523754|
|WKN:||A2DW8Z, A1871P, A1Z07A, A18V71, A180VY, A1839S, A1899S, A19A2V|
|Listed:||Regulated Market in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Regulated Unofficial Market in Berlin, Stuttgart; Luxemburg|
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