CIVITAS SOCIAL HOUSING PLC

(“Civitas” or the “Company”)

The Board of Civitas Social Housing PLC (“Board”), the first London listed Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) dedicated to investing into regulated social housing in England and Wales, is pleased to announce its quarterly net asset value (“Net Asset Value” or “NAV”) as at 31 December 2018.

Highlights:

  • IFRS NAV per share up 0.4% to 106.5p during the quarter (30 Sept 106.1p), including recognition of two dividends in the quarter.
  • 36 additional properties acquired during the period.
  • A number of existing leases have seen rental increases from indexation. Annualised rent roll £40.5 million at 31 December 2018.

Net Asset Values:

IFRS NAV

The unaudited IFRS NAV, disclosed below, reflects an independent RICS “Red Book” valuation prepared on an individual asset basis by Jones Lang LaSalle Ltd. During the quarter ended 31 December 2018 the C Shares of the Company converted to Ordinary Shares as announced on 20 December 2018 and are represented within the Ordinary NAV as at 31 December 2018.

IFRS NAV 31 December 2018 30 September 2018
Ordinary NAV (£’000) 663,091 371,209
Ordinary NAV per share (pence) 106.5 106.1

 

In the period to 31 December 2018 a C Share dividend of 0.75p per share was declared and paid amounting to £2.3 million, and an Ordinary Share dividend of 1.25p per share was declared and paid amounting to £4.4 million.

In addition to the dividends noted above and exceptionally for this quarter (as a result of the conversion of the C Shares), a further Ordinary dividend of 1.11p per share worth £3.9 million and a C Share dividend of 0.67p per share worth £2.0 million were announced, accrued and reflected in the Ordinary NAV figure above for the quarter to 31 December 2018.

Portfolio NAV

The unaudited Portfolio NAV, disclosed below, reflects an independent RICS “Red Book” valuation prepared on a portfolio basis by Jones Lang LaSalle Ltd.

PORTFOLIO NAV 31 December 2018 30 September 2018
Ordinary NAV (£’000) 716,567 403,245
Ordinary NAV per share (pence) 115.1 115.2

 

As noted above the additional dividends accrued in the quarter have reduced the NAV.

The Portfolio valuation incorporates two additional assumptions when considering the Red Book valuation. First that the portfolio is sold rather than individual properties making it better suited to a wider group of institutional buyers and so attracting more competitive prices (5.01% cap rate as opposed to 5.21% under IFRS) which is supported by transactional evidence.

Secondly the assumed sale costs (from Civitas to a subsequent buyer) are reduced as the portfolio is assumed to be sold (with all properties within SPVs) with stamp duty being charged at 0.5% on the sale of shares in SPVs as opposed to 5.0% for the sale of each underlying property.

These two assumptions have broadly the same postive financial impact each representing approximately 50% of the difference between the IFRS NAV and the Portfolio NAV.

Investment Update

During the period, 36 additional properties were acquired and a number of the existing leases entered into by the Company have seen their rental income increase as a result of annual indexation, which taken together has resulted in a run-rate of rental income at 31 December 2018 of £40.5 million. This is expected to grow further as the Company moves to towards target leverage levels of 35% over the coming months, enhancing shareholder return and supporting the Company’s target dividends.

In the period since IPO, the Company has made the following investments and created a quality, nationally-based, diversified portfolio of regulated social housing in England and Wales as well as partnering with new housing associations and care providers in new local authorities:

Period 31-Mar

2017

30-Jun

2017

30-Sept

2017

31-Dec

2017

31-Mar

2018

30-Jun

2018

30-Sept 2018 31-Dec 2018
Investment* (£m) 106 206 284 431 472 508 619 674
Properties 82 167 282 384 414 440 521 557
Tenancies 487 1,130 1,820 2,405 2,621 2,845 3,440 3,746
Local Authorities 32 68 82 99 109 123 140 144
Housing Associations 5 7 10 10 11 12 15 15
Care Providers 25 42 50 59 64 71 93 98

*excluding purchase costs

The Company is targeting 35% leverage, which would provide approximately £170 million of further funds in addition to the £100 million HSBC facility announced last year, giving the company available resource to invest of approximately £270 million.

Market Update

The UK Housing market continues to feature prominently on the national agenda, with all major political parties indicating the provision of housing, particularly affordable housing, is a priority. There is broad consensus that the UK requires a significant number of new homes each year, accounting for new households and an existing backlog of need.

The government has continued to take steps to provide funding certainty to the social housing sector in its September 2018 green paper titled ‘A New Deal for Social Housing’. Through Homes England it announced its intention to enter into strategic partnerships with housing associations and others aimed at accelerating the delivery of affordable housing.

In December 2018, the Regulator of Social Housing (“RSH”) published the 2017/18 global accounts for the sector’s larger providers which included The Value for Money annex outlining compliance with the new Value for Money (VfM) Standard. The RSH’s new VfM Standard came into effect from 1st April 2018 and  aims to drive improvements in providing value for money in the sector. At the heart of the revised Standard are expectations about the quality of governance, the development of organisational strategies and their translation into strategic objectives that can be measured.

The RSH also continues to discuss with the estimated 30+ lease-based providers of Specialist Supported Living their compliance with the Governance and Viability Standards an exercise that has been underway since May 2018 and this may lead to the announcement of further grading under review notices.

As part of this process where improvements are required, a regulatory grading will be issued and a narrative judgment will be provided outlining the concerns the regulator has and the improvements it wishes to see made. Civitas will, on a timely basis, respond to such notices and provide an update to Shareholders.

The regulator also commented on the growth of housing associations who are entering into contracted lease arrangements for property. The RSH acknowledges lease arrangements and index linked finance are not new to the sector, it reminds Boards of the need to maintain a long-term perspective on managing risks in this context.

Dividend

The Board has declared a fifth dividend in respect of the Ordinary Shares for the period from 21 December 2018 to 31 December 2018 of 0.14p per Ordinary Share (being the balance of the 31 December 2018 quarterly dividend of 1.25p). The dividend will be paid on or around 28 February 2019 to holders as at 8 February 2019 (the record date) and the corresponding ex-dividend date being 7 February 2019. The dividend will be paid as a REIT property income distribution (“PID”).

In due course, the Board intends to recommend a dividend in respect of the quarter to 31 March 2019 that is expected to benefit from an upward adjustment to reflect the effects of inflation.

Quarterly Fact Sheet

The Company has today published its Fact Sheet for the quarter to 31 December 2018 and this is available to view on the Company’s website.

For further information, please contact:

Civitas Housing Advisors Limited

Paul Bridge                             Tel: +44 (0)20 3058 4844

Andrew Dawber                     Tel: +44 (0)20 3058 4846

Cenkos Securities PLC

Sapna Shah                             Tel: +44 (0)20 7397 1922

Tom Scrivens                          Tel: +44 (0)20 7397 1915

Pagefield

Laurence Jones                        Tel: +44 (0)7966 926 747

David Leslie                            Tel: +44 (0)7584 070 274

Notes:

Civitas Social Housing PLC is the first Real Estate Investment Trust offering pure play exposure to social housing in England and Wales. The Company is advised by Civitas Housing Advisors Limited, who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under Firms Reference Number 815699. The Company’s Ordinary Shares are listed on the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and were admitted to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange in November 2016. The company is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index.

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