PRESS RELEASE
Regulated Information

10 May 2019, Antwerp (Berchem), Belgium: VGP NV (‘VGP’ or ‘the Group’), a leading European provider of high-quality logistics and semi-industrial real estate, today published a trading update for the first four months of 2019:

  • Strong operating performance
    • Record €18.1 million signed and renewed lease agreements, bringing total annualized rental income to €121.0 million (+16% year-to-date) and increasing the average lease term of the portfolio to 8.2 years (vs. 7.8 at Dec-18)
    • A total of 547,000 m2 under construction and 62,000 m2 delivered in 2019 year-to-date.  The portfolio under construction represents €28.2 million in additional annual rent once fully built and let
  • Continued expansion of land bank to secure future growth
    • Extended pipeline through 940,000 m2 of new land bought and a further 2.6 million m2 committed subject to permits
    • Total land bank acquired and secured has grown to 5.8 million m2 which supports 2.6 million m2 of future lettable area
  • Successful fifth closing with VGP European Logistics joint venture allowed recycling of €130 million of net cash proceeds
  • Anticipate first closing for new Joint Venture with Allianz Real Estate in Q2 2019

VGP’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan van Geet, said: “We have started the year on a strong footing as we see continued momentum across the markets in which we operate. Market fundamentals are strong, with remaining robust demand, disciplined supply and continued land scarcity.” 

Jan van Geet added: “We have a record €18.1 million of signed and renewed lease agreements in the first four months and we currently have 547,000 m2 under construction, representing €28.2 million in additional annual rent once fully built and let.  We have several projects expected for delivery in the coming months and we expect to initiate construction activities for several large pre-let projects, putting us at pace for another very strong year.”

Jan van Geet concluded:  “Our land bank remains one of our strongest assets and we are pleased that we have been able to replenish and add attractive positions right across Europe so that we can continue to use our growing land bank, capital, people and expertise to drive great outcomes for the communities in which we operate.”

 

OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

Record new leases

  • Record signed and renewed rental income of € 18.1 million driven by €17.0 million of new leases and €1.1 million of renewals
  • New and renewed leases signed in Germany represent over €13 million or over 70% of the total new and renewed leases signed
  • Annualized committed leases increased to €121.0 million compared to €104.1 million for year-end 2018
  • The signed new leases have a weighted average lease term of 13.0 years which has increased the average term of the portfolio to 8.2 years1 (7.8 years at Dec-18)

Healthly level of construction activity

  • Development of 30 projects under construction totaling 547,000 m2 of future lettable area and expected to generate € 28.2 million of new rent when fully built and leased (currently 60% pre-let)
  • Delivery of 4 projects during the first four months of in total 62,000 m2 of lettable area representing € 3.2 million of annualized committed leases; these buildings are fully let
  • Several projects anticipated for delivery in the coming months

Land bank continues to expand

  • Year-to-date 940,000 m2 of land acquired which has brought total owned and secured land bank to 5.8 million m2 which supports 2.6 million m2 of future lettable area
  • A further 1.5 million m2 of new land plots identified which are under exclusive negotiation and have a development potential of 780,000 m2 of future lettable area

Fifth closing with VGP European Logistics

  • On the 1st of April, the fifth closing with VGP European Logistics, the 50/50 joint venture with Allianz Real Estate, was successfully completed for a transaction value of €203 million
  • The transaction comprised of 9 logistic buildings (5 in Germany and 4 in Czech Republic), including 3 buildings each in a new VGP park and another 6 newly completed logistic buildings which were developed in parks previously transferred to the joint venture
  • The net proceeds from this transaction (including disposed cash) amounted to circa € 130 million and are being used for financing of existing projects under construction and for the acquisition of new development land

             
Expected launch of new joint venture with Allianz Real Estate

  • Preparations for the setup of a new joint venture with Allianz Real Estate are well advanced, anticipated to launch in June 2019
  • The terms and structure will be mostly similar to the existing joint venture, apart from the geographic remit
  • The new joint venture is anticipated to cover the markets of Spain, Benelux, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Romania.  These markets are not covered by the existing joint venture2
  • Once in operation the two joint ventures together will provide additional financial means to support the ongoing development activities

 

CONTACT DETAILS FOR INVESTORS AND MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Martijn Vlutters
(VP – Business Development & Investor Relations)
Tel: +32 (0)3 289 1433
Petra Vanclova
(External Communications)
Tel: +42 0 602 262 107
Anette Nachbar
Brunswick Group
Tel: +49 152 288 10363

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of management regarding future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. VGP is providing the information in this press release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release in light of new information, future events or otherwise. The information in this announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or an invitation to buy securities in VGP or an invitation or inducement to engage in any other investment activities.  VGP disclaims any liability for statements made or published by third parties and does not undertake any obligation to correct inaccurate data, information, conclusions or opinions published by third parties in relation to this or any other press release issued by VGP.

ABOUT VGP

VGP is a leading pan-European developer, manager and owner of high-quality logistics and semi-industrial real estate. VGP operates a fully integrated business model with capabilities and longstanding expertise across the value chain. The company has a well-advanced development land bank of 7.3 million m² and the strategic focus is on the development of business parks. Founded in 1998 as a family-owned real estate developer in the Czech Republic, VGP with a staff of 180 employees today owns and operates assets in 12 European countries directly and through VGP European Logistics, a joint venture with Allianz Real Estate. As of December 2018, the Gross Asset Value of VGP, including the joint venture at 100%, amounted to €1.94 billion and the company had a Net Asset Value (EPRA NAV) of €575 million. VGP is listed on Euronext Brussels and on the Prague Stock Exchange (ISIN: BE0003878957).

For more information, please visit: http://www.vgpparks.eu  




1 The weighted average lease term until first break is 7.7 years. The weighted average lease term of our own portfolio stands at 9.3 years (9.0 years until first break) and for the joint venture portfolio at 7.6 years (7.0 years until first break)

2 The existing joint venture covers Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary

 

 

 

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