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LIBERTY TWO DEGREES LIMITED - Unaudited summarised group interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020

Release Date: 27/07/2020 07:30
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Unaudited summarised group interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020

(Registration number: 2018/388906/06)
JSE share code: L2D
ISIN: ZAE000260576
(L2D or the Company)

Unaudited summarised group interim results
for the six months ended 30 June 2020

Key messages

-   55.0% of comparative footcount returned at 30 June 2020
-   Strong balance sheet and liquidity
-   Rental relief and ongoing tenant support
-   Providing Safe Spaces remains a priority
-   People wellbeing and new ways of working prioritised
-   Interim distribution deferred due to uncertain outlook

Financial results
                                                           Unaudited       Unaudited           Change
R'000                                                   30 June 2020    30 June 2019                %
Revenue                                                      400 263         475 626           (15.85)
Net property income                                          201 797         338 772           (40.43)
Profit from operations                                       182 120         329 336           (44.70)
Net interest expense                                         (78 430)        (70 598)           11.09
Profit before fair value adjustments                         103 690         258 738           (59.92)
Profit/(loss) before tax                                  (1 405 811)        244 211    more than 100
Headline earnings                                            103 690         258 681           (59.92)
Basic and diluted earnings per share (cents)                 (155.27)          26.88    more than 100
Headline earnings per share (cents)                            11.45           28.48           (59.80)
Distribution per share (cents)                                     -           29.31          (100.00)
Net asset value per share (Rand)                                7.72            9.59           (19.53)

L2D's reported revenue and net property income (NPI) decreased by 15.9% and 40.4% respectively in
comparison to the prior period. The NPI of R201.8 million for the six months ended 30 June 2020
(30 June 2019: R338.8 million) was significantly impacted by decreases in footfall as shopper
behaviour changed with the advent of Covid-19 and subsequently the national lockdown and restricted
trading periods. In line with our philosophy to respond with humanity and empathy in dealing with
tenant requests for relief whilst balancing the need to protect the sustainability of our business
in the interest of all stakeholders, rental relief and support has been provided on a pragmatic basis.
Relief offered was structured with weightings in favour of the level of anticipated impact on tenants
during the lockdown period and the anticipated further impact of restrictions on trade as lockdown has
been eased. Rental relief negotiations are ongoing but difficult as many of the Covid-19 implications
for tenants are evolving. As at 30 June 25.2% of negotiations have been concluded. Among these are the
listed clothing retailers, major national and international retailers. L2D is working with our
restaurant tenants as a severely impacted sector that requires additional support in stepping forward
together. Currently 85.4% of retail GLA* is trading and only gyms and certain restaurants remain
closed. The closure of hotels in the Sandton City precinct, in line with the level 5 lockdown
restrictions, has resulted in a net loss from hotel operations of R0.8 million compared to a net
profit of R6.4 million for the six months ended 30 June 2019. The Sandton Sun hotel has recently
re-opened and is currently experiencing low occupancies and we expect the remaining hotels to start
trading once conditions have improved.

Interest expense has increased by 11.1% from 30 June 2019 as a result of additional term debt that was
drawn down in November 2019 and March 2020. Including negative fair value adjustments of R1.5 billion,
a loss before tax of R1.4 billion was recorded compared to a profit of R244.2 million for the six
months ended 30 June 2019. The fair value adjustment comprises the devaluation of the property
portfolio of R1.5 billion.

Given the losses suffered as result of Covid-19 and the uncertainty around forecasting at the current
time, our independent property valuers have decreased the portfolio value by 14.7% compared to
30 June 2019 (14.3% compared to December 2019). Valuations have been negatively impacted by inter alia,
the negative effect of Covid-19 on current year rentals and growth assumptions for the forecasted
period, higher vacancies, the potential for negative reversions and the time required to re-let
vacant space.

At 30 June 2020, L2D's 100% South African property portfolio was valued at R8.7 billion
(30 June 2019: R10.2 billion) and the net asset value per share has decreased by 19.5%. This excludes
Century City offices which were pending transfer as at 30 June 2020 and has been subsequently
transferred in July 2020.

Edcon Limited commenced with business rescue proceedings during April 2020. The business rescue plan
has been adopted and interest has been shown from external parties to acquire certain parts of the
business. The Board has elected to write down the fair value of the investment in Edcon to zero as
at 30 June 2020.

Declaration of cash distribution
Due to the distributable earnings decline and the prevailing uncertainty resulting from the Covid-19
impact, the Board has decided not to pay an interim distribution.
We expect the pandemic to negatively effect our performance for the remainder of the 2020 financial
year as levels of uncertainty continue to influence economic conditions and consumer confidence.
The crisis has, however, allowed us to reaffirm our precinct centred, retail focused strategy as well
as accelerate the work that has already been done in merging online retail with our physical
environments and using technology to improve our operations. Management's focus for the remainder of
2020 will be on the business's recovery and rebuilding it by working together with our tenants in
creating environments that support the resumption of safe trading in the short term and positioning
the business for sustainable growth thereafter.

L2D has a strong balance sheet and management is satisfied that there are sufficient cash reserves
and unutilised debt facilities to cover our business commitments as they fall due.

Looking ahead, the Board of L2D will consider the payment of a final distribution for the 2020
financial year after the full year results and in accordance with regulatory requirements. Given
current uncertainty the Board has resolved not to provide earnings and distribution guidance for the
remainder of the 2020 year at this stage.

The forecast or any forward looking statements have not been reviewed or audited by L2D's
external auditors.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Angus Band     Amelia Beattie         Jose Snyders
Chairman       Chief Executive        Financial Director

27 July 2020

The full long-form announcement is available at:

The contents of this short-form announcement are the responsibility of the Board of Directors of L2D.
This short-form announcement is only a summary of the information in the full announcement and does
not contain full or complete details. Any investment decisions made by investors and/or shareholders
should be based on consideration of the full announcement as a whole. Shareholders are encouraged to
review the full announcement which is available on SENS and on L2D's website. The full announcement
is also available on request at: or from the sponsor at: from Monday, 27 July 2020.

* Excluding Melrose Arch

The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

Investor Relations
Gareth Rees
Contact number: 011 448 6804

Date: 27-07-2020 07:30:00
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