Summarised consolidated results for the year ended 31 March 2021
Vukile Property Fund Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 2002/027194/06)
JSE share code: VKE
Debt company code: VKEI
NSX share code: VKN
(granted REIT status with the JSE)
(Vukile or the group or the company)
SUMMARISED CONSOLIDATED RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021
- SUSTAINED PERFORMANCE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA WITH IMPROVEMENTS IN KEY OPERATING METRICS
- Footfall trending towards pre-COVID-19 levels
- Like-for-like trading density growth up 1.7%
- Rent collection rate improved to 98%
- Retail vacancies well contained at 3.2%
- Retail retention rate at 90% with reversions contained at -3.3%.
- SPANISH PORTFOLIO CONTINUES TO DELIVER STRONG OPERATING PERFORMANCE
- Vacancies contained at 1.7%
- Rent collection rate more than95%
- Sales at 98% vs Mar 2020, 80% vs Mar 2019
- Completed redevelopment projects with 91% of GLA let; 95% of projected MGR
- Portfolio WALE of 13.4 years.
- STRONG BALANCE SHEET WITH WELL DIVERSIFIED FUNDING BASE
- Debt reduced by R3.1 billion
- LTV reduced to 42.8% (FY20 46.1%)
- 76% of FY22 maturing debt repaid or extended (44% was concluded after year-end)
- Undrawn debt facilities increased to R1.9 billion (increased by a further R1.6 billion to R3.5 billion
- To date, 90% of Vukile EUR debt has been converted to ZAR
- Interest cover ratio (ICR) of 3.3 times.
- FURTHER SIMPLIFIED BUSINESS MODEL
- Exited Atlantic Leaf in August 2020, sales proceeds of R1.1 billion
- Sale of R231 million of non-core assets, a further R48.8 million in sales transferred after year-end
- Awaiting transfer of assets totalling R513 million subject only to Competition Commission approval
- Supportive of proposed Fairvest/Arrowhead transaction
- Good progress in building capacity for customer-centric strategy.
- CASH DIVIDEND OF 101.04 CENTS PER SHARE TO BE PAID IN JULY 2021
- Payout ratio of 79% of total group FFO.
Revenue and operating profit reduced relative to the prior period, largely due to COVID-19 rent concessions granted
to tenants, both in Southern Africa and Spain. Gross property revenue for the period decreased from R3.4 billion for
the year ended 31 March 2020 to R3.1 billion for the year ended 31 March 2021. Operating profit before finance costs
decreased to R1 796 million (31 March 2020: R2 628 million), while the profit for the year attributable to owners of
the parent amounted to R584 million (31 March 2020: R103.23 million loss) resulting in basic earnings per share
increasing to 61.04 cents per share (31 March 2020: 10.81 cents loss per share). Headline earnings increased to
137.26 cents per share (31 March 2020: 116.92 cents per share).
The group's net asset value per share at 31 March 2021 was 18.16 cents per share, down from 18.34 cents per share at
31 March 2020. A 1.6% reduction in the fair valuation of investment property in the Spanish portfolio contributed to
the marginal reduction in net asset value per share.
The group's direct property investments amounts to R32.8 billion at 31 March 2021 (31 March 2020: R35.7 billion),
located in South Africa, Namibia and Spain.
Total indirect property holdings (listed property investments) reduced to R0.8 billion at 31 March 2021 (31 March 2020:
R2.1 billion), following the sale of Vukile's interest in Atlantic Leaf for R1.1 billion. Listed investments comprise
investments in Fairvest Properties Limited and Arrowhead Properties Limited.
A gross dividend amounting to 101.04391 cents per share has been declared for the year ended 31 March 2021
(31 March 2020: 129.02282 cents per share). A separate announcement in this regard will be released on SENS.
PROSPECTS FOR THE GROUP
Vukile remains in very good shape operationally and financially, and with a clear strategic focus, the group is well
positioned for long-term growth. The macro-economic benefits of diversification will continue to be advantageous for
our South African investors. The clearly focused retail specialisation strategy, in Southern Africa and Spain, is
providing benefits in each of these markets, as seen by the strong operational results delivered in the worst of the
Management's decision making is geared to making the right decisions for the long-term sustainability of the business
and ensuring that we are not caught up in short-termism. We will continue to invest so that we make the transition to a
customer-led organisation, with the right skills for a changing retail environment. We remain focused on balance sheet
strength, risk management and the effective deployment of retained cash to ensure long-term growth and strategic
We are very pleased with the operational performance of the business and how we have navigated the COVID-19 crisis so
far, and believe we have the right platform and approach to restore profitability to pre-pandemic levels over the next
few years. Given the ongoing uncertainty in the operating environment, the possibility of further COVID-19 waves and
uncertainty regarding the pace and extent of vaccine roll-outs, we believe it is prudent not to provide dividend
guidance for FY22. The dividend payout ratio going forward will approximate 60% - 70% of total group FFO (while still
maintaining the minimum 75% of JSE defined distributable income requirement), thus lower than the current year's 79%.
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The annual financial statements have been audited by the company's auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., who expressed
an unqualified audit opinion thereon. As is normal for a REIT, where investment property comprises a material component
of total assets , the auditor's opinion identifies valuation of investment property as a key audit matter. A copy of
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On behalf of the board
NG Payne LG Rapp
Chairman Chief executive officer
9 June 2021
Executive directors: LG Rapp (chief executive), LR Cohen (chief financial officer), IU Mothibeli (managing director:
Non-executive directors: NG Payne* (chairman), PS Moyanga*, SF Booysen*, RD Mokate*, H Ntene*, HM Serebro*, B Ngonyama*,
GS Moseneke * Independent
Registered office: 4th Floor, 11 Ninth Street, Houghton Estate, 2198
Company secretary: J Neethling
JSE sponsor: Java Capital
NSX sponsor: IJG Group, Windhoek, Namibia
Transfer secretaries Link Market Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Investor relations: Instinctif Partners, The Firs, 3rd Floor, Corner Craddock Avenue and Biermann Road, Rosebank,
Johannesburg, South Africa, Tel: +27 11 447 3030
Media relations: Marketing Concepts, 10th Floor, Fredman Towers, 13 Fredman Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa,
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Date: 09-06-2021 07:30:00
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