- SEGRO on track for a strong year of rent roll growth due to active asset management and demand for our high-quality product.
- Good progress with disposals, over £250 million completed or exchanged year to date, above book value.
- Prioritising profitable development opportunities with £77 million of potential rent from projects currently on site or expected to commence shortly at an anticipated yield on cost of 7.3 per cent.
David Sleath, Chief Executive, said:
“SEGRO’s prime portfolio and market-leading operating platform generated £58 million of new contracted rent so far in 2023, keeping us on track for a strong year of rent roll growth. Occupier market conditions remain supportive with demand in line with longer-term trends and supply constrained in our chosen sub-markets. This is resulting in continued rental growth, further increasing the reversionary potential in our existing portfolio, which we are capturing through our asset management and leasing activity.
“We have made good progress with disposals in recent months, although the overall volume of investment market transactions remains subdued due to the evolving macro-economic environment. Reassuringly, investors continue to hold conviction over the attractiveness of the sector, with market evidence from indices and recent transactions pointing to relatively stable asset values in the third quarter.
“In the current environment it is important to remain disciplined in our use of capital. We are prioritising attractive development opportunities on the land we already own, increasingly funding such investment from the proceeds of selective disposals, alongside driving performance and income growth from our existing portfolio of high-quality assets.”
Operating summary & key metrics
|9M 2023||9M 2022|
|ACTIVE ASSET MANAGEMENT CAPTURING RENTAL GROWTH AND INCREASING THE RENT ROLL (see Appendix 1):
Standing portfolio continues to contribute significantly to rent roll growth as we make good progress capturing reversion, benefit from indexation and sign leases with both new and existing customers. Customer retention remains high and occupancy is within our target range of 94 to 96 per cent.
|Total new headline rent2 signed (£m)||58||76|
|Pre-lets signed (£m)||23||36|
|Uplift on rent reviews and renewals (%)|
|Occupancy rate (%)||95.3||96.7|
|Customer retention (%)||81||76|
INVESTMENT ACTIVITY REMAINS DISCIPLINED AND FOCUSED ON SECURING PROFITABLE GROWTH:
Capital investment continues to focus on our development programme through capex and the acquisition of some rare land opportunities, funded increasingly by disposals. The £251 million of sales completed or exchanged so far in 2023 had attributable rental income of £8 million (annualised).
Development capex for 2023, including infrastructure, now expected to be in excess of £500 million (previously c.£600 million) with the residual capex expected to be incurred in 2024.
|Development capex (£m)||381||532|
EXECUTING AND GROWING OUR DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE:
Our active and largely pre-let development programme remains a key driver of rent roll growth and attractive returns on capital.
|– Space completed (sq m, at 100%)||432,800||419,100|
|– Potential rent (£m, at share) (Rent secured)||41 (85%)||20 (92%)|
|Current development pipeline potential rent (£m) (Rent secured)||68 (64%)||86 (64%)|
|Near-term development pipeline potential rent (£m)||9||32|
|30 SEP 2023||30 JUNE 2023|
|LONG-TERM, DIVERSIFIED DEBT PROFILE PROVIDES CERTAINTY AND FLEXIBILITY|
We retain substantial liquidity, leverage remains stable and 89 per cent of our debt is fixed or capped. We have no material near-term refinancing requirements and a 7.2 year average debt maturity.
|Net debt (£m)||6,200||6,078|
|Cost of debt (%)||3.0||2.9|
|Cash and available facilities (£m)||1,583||1,687|
1 In this statement, space is stated at 100 per cent, whilst financial figures are stated reflecting SEGRO’s share of joint ventures. Financial figures are stated for the period to, or at, 30 September unless otherwise indicated. The exchange rate applied is €1.15:£1 as at 30 September 2023.
2 Headline rent is annualised gross passing rent receivable once incentives such as rent-free periods have expired.
3 Based on values as at 30 June 2023, adjusted for acquisitions, disposals and other capital expenditure during the third quarter..
Full Year 2023 results will be published on Friday 16 February 2024.
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SEGRO is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), listed on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, and is a leading owner, manager and developer of modern warehouses and industrial property. It owns or manages 10.3 million square metres of space (110 million square feet) valued at £21.0 billion as at 30 June 2023, serving customers from a wide range of industry sectors. Its properties are located in and around major cities and at key transportation hubs in the UK and in seven other European countries.
For over 100 years SEGRO has been creating the space that enables extraordinary things to happen. From modern big box warehouses, used primarily for regional, national and international distribution hubs, to urban warehousing located close to major population centres and business districts, it provides high-quality assets that allow its customers to thrive.
A commitment to be a force for societal and environmental good is integral to SEGRO’s purpose and strategy. Its Responsible SEGRO framework focuses on three long-term priorities where the company believes it can make the greatest impact: Championing Low-Carbon Growth, Investing in Local Communities and Environments and Nurturing Talent.
Striving for the highest standards of innovation, sustainable business practices and enabling economic and societal prosperity underpins SEGRO’s ambition to be the best property company.
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