Reporting Season: Investa fiscal 2018 result in line with expectations

By Trevor Hoey. Published at Aug 8, 2018, in Features

Name: Investa Office Fund (ASX:IOF)

Market Capitalisation: $3.1 billion

Last Closing Price: $5.17

Investa Office Fund (ASX:IOF) generated funds from operations (FFO) of $184 million in fiscal 2018, representing earnings per unit of 30.6 cents.

FFO was circa 6% ahead of consensus forecasts.

The full-year distribution of 20.3 cents per unit was in line with Ord Minnett’s projections, and management’s fiscal 2019 guidance indicates that this will be maintained.

However, FFO guidance for fiscal 2019 is 4.6% lower at 29.2 cents per unit.

Valuation gains were the primary contributor to the Fund’s uplift in Net Tangible Assets (NTA) per unit of 14.2% to $5.47, implying upside to the last closing price.

While management expects to achieve fixed rental increases and positive leasing fundamentals in Sydney, it has indicated that the impact of sales, vacancies and refurbishments across other properties is likely to offset the benefits of these developments.

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Balance sheet in good shape

IOF’s gearing of 23% at 30 June 2018 is below the target range of 25% to 35%, providing capacity to fund anticipated development and refurbishment expenditure.

At the end of fiscal 2018, the weighted average debt expiry was 4.4 years with the weighted average cost of debt of 4%.

The Fund’s weighted average debt hedged over the financial year increased to 77.9% and is anticipated to remain at the upper end of the Fund’s 50% to 80% target range for the short to medium term.

Australian dollar denominated Medium Term Notes with a value of $125 million were repaid on expiry and an additional $300 million of new bank debt facilities were installed with terms of four and five years.

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