Dexus first half profit falls 10 percent, hurt by lower revaluations

Dexus first half profit falls 10 percent, hurt by lower revaluations
Dexus first half profit falls 10 percent, hurt by lower revaluations

DEXUS Property Group’s statutory net profit fell more than 10 percent for the half-year ended December 2016 from the previous corresponding period, though the company raised its market outlook for the 2017 financial year.

The group, which invests directly in Australian office and industrial properties, said its development and leasing activities offset the impact of asset sales.

DEXUS’s underlying business (excluding trading profits) delivered FFO (funds from operations) per security of 29.7 cents, up 10.6% on the previous corresponding period. 

Statutory net profit after tax of $716.0 million was hurt by lower revaluations and lower trading profits which also drove down FFO, Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO) and distribution compared to the previous corresponding period, it said in an ASX release.

Dexus first half profit falls 10 percent, hurt by lower revaluations

The group said it settled on $688 million of asset sales, including the sale of 39 Martin Place, Sydney.

“We have significantly reduced our gearing as a result of the settlement of asset sales over the past six months,” said Alison Harrop, the chief financial officer. 

 Dexus first half profit falls 10 percent, hurt by lower revaluations

Chief executive Darren Steinberg said: “Income growth from leasing activity and development completions during FY16 helped to offset the impact of recent asset sales, driving a solid underlying result.”

“We’ve progressed priority projects in our trading pipeline as well as opportunities to restock the future pipeline and we’re confident that the remaining forecast trading profits will be realised in the coming months, delivering on our FY17 target.” 

Dexus said it delivered “a strong” one-year total return of 13.9% across its office portfolio, helped by strong leasing deals in Sydney and gains from the sale of investment properties.  

It started construction of the core of 100 Mount Street, North Sydney and added new projects to the uncommitted development pipeline including 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

Dexus has $22.7 billion of assets under management. The group manages an office portfolio of 1.7 million sqm primarily across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. 

“While property fundamentals continue to improve in Sydney and Melbourne, we expect to see underlying valuation assumptions improving and further capitalisation rate compression for Prime properties over the next 12 months which will continue to support values in our key markets over 2017,” Steinberg said.

In summary, Steinberg was optimistic, saying Dexus has raised its market outlook for growth in underlying FFO per security from 3.0-3.5% to circa 4%, growth in FFO per security to circa 1% and distributions will be paid in line with free cash flow, delivering distribution per security growth of 3.5-4.5% for the 12 months ending 30 June 2017.

Dexus first half profit falls 10 percent, hurt by lower revaluations

 

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