Vicinity reports strong Emporium Melbourne sales growth

Vicinity reports strong Emporium Melbourne sales growth
Vicinity reports strong Emporium Melbourne sales growth

Vicinity Centres today reported a statutory net profit of $424.6 million for the six months ended 31 December 20151.

Underlying earnings were up 10.1% to $377.6 million with underlying earnings per security (EPS) up 9.3% to 9.5 cents, compared to the six months to 31 December 2014 on an aggregate basis.

"This reflects solid portfolio performance and the delivery of significant merger benefits," Angus McNaughton, CEO and managing director, said.

“We are pleased with the performance of the Group in the first six months post merger.

“Key operating metrics have improved across the board.

"Portfolio occupancy strengthened in the half by 30 basis points (bps) to 99.2%.

"We have seen comparable specialty store moving annual turnover (MAT) growth improve to 3.4% and specialty occupancy costs remain largely unchanged.

"Comparable net property income (NPI) growth6 of 3.7% is up from 2.5% at June 2015, supported by fixed rental increases, strong growth in ancillary income and flat expenses.

“The improvement in our sales performance is pleasing considering that two of our prime assets, Chadstone and Emporium Melbourne, are not in the comparable reporting basket.

"At Chadstone, which is in the midst of a significant development, same-store MAT growth for specialties was 5 per cent.

"At Emporium Melbourne, monthly same-store specialty sales growth has been averaging 18% compared to the previous year.

“We have enhanced the quality of our portfolio in the period with the acquisition of two high quality centres and the sale of five non-core assets.

“Following the completion of a comprehensive review of our portfolio, we reiterated our strategic focus to create value and drive sustainable growth from a quality portfolio of Australian assets across the retail spectrum.

"We also announced the Group’s through the cycle financial targets of a total return of greater than 9 per cent per annum and underlying earnings growth of greater than 3 per cent per annum.

“We have set clear investment criteria for benchmarking our existing assets and potential acquisitions.

"As a result, $750 million to $1 billion of asset disposal opportunities have been identified, with asset sale proceeds to be reinvested into value accretive development and acquisition opportunities over time."

Three current projects at Colonnades, Halls Head Central and Warriewood Square remain on track to open by June 2016. There are also a further two minor projects (DFO South Wharf and Rockingham) totalling $21 million, which are forecast to have a blended year one yield exceeding 12% and an IRR exceeding 19%, that will complete later in this calendar year.

Development plans are well advanced at Mandurah Forum, with the project expected to commence in mid-2016, while planning for major redevelopments at Roselands and Galleria remains on program. 

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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