Vonovia SE: 2016 Fiscal Year Launch of Investment Program Running into the Billion-Euro Range - Successful Operating Business to Form the Basis for Further Dynamic Growth (news with additional features)
DGAP-News: Vonovia SE / Key word(s): Final Results/Real Estate
2016 Fiscal Year
Portfolio Strategy and Services Open Up Additional Growth Prospects
- Better-quality customer service; satisfaction levels up for the third year running
- Series construction new builds create affordable apartments
- Presence expanded in dynamic growth regions
- Takeover of conwert Immobilien Invest SE successful
Organic Growth Drives the Successful 2016 Fiscal Year
- Vacancy rate reduced further to 2.4 % (2015: 2.7 %)
- FFO 1 increased to EUR 760.8 million
- Dividend proposal reflects solid dividend yield of 3.6 %.
- Growth in EPRA NAV per share to EUR 36.58 (2015: EUR 30.02)
- FFO 1 to rise to around EUR 830 million to EUR 850 million. Around EUR 60 million in FFO 1 contribution expected from acquisition of conwert.
- In the years ahead, record investments of EUR 1 billion per year are planned for new properties and portfolio improvements.
Bochum, March 7, 2017 - Vonovia SE ("Vonovia") continued to show dynamic growth in the 2016 fiscal year. Based on its exceptionally successful development, the company is planning investments running into the billion-euro range for new construction, neighborhood development and portfolio improvements in 2017. CEO Rolf Buch: "In the last year, we managed to make our property management processes even more efficient. At the same time, our investments in modernization and new construction and our active portfolio management approach are bearing fruit. Today, our properties are located almost exclusively in regions with very positive development prospects."
Organic Growth Drives the 2016 Fiscal Year
FFO 1 - the operating result - rose in 2016 to EUR 760.8 million (previous year: EUR 608.0 million). This works out at an FFO 1 per share of EUR 1.63. The company increased its EPRA NAV - real estate assets without liabilities - to more than EUR 17 billion, pushing the EPRA NAV per share up to EUR 36.58. At EUR 30.75, the adjusted NAV per share - excluding goodwill from acquisitions - was up by EUR 6.56 on the prior-year value. The increase in EPRA NAV was due primarily to the effect of adjusted property values in the amount of around EUR 3.2 billion (2015: EUR 1.3 billion).
The vacancy rate fell by 0.3 percentage points in comparison with the reporting date for the prior period and was at a very low level of 2.4 % on December 31, 2016. Due to market rent performance, there was a moderate increase in rents of 1.5 %. An additional increase of 1.8 % in rental income came from property value improvements. Adjusted EBITDA Rental rose from EUR 924.4 million in the 2015 fiscal year to EUR 1,046.2 million in 2016.
Portfolio Strategy and Services Open Up Additional Growth Prospects
The takeover of conwert Immobilien Invest SE will see the property portfolio increase by approximately 24,500 apartments, the majority of which are located in prosperous locations such as Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig and Dresden. The full integration of the company will be a swift process that should be completed by July 2017.
At the same time, Vonovia sold around 24,000 apartments in other areas that are expected to show below-average development in the medium and long term in 2016. As a result, adjusted EBITDA Sales rose by 30.1 % to EUR 92.5 million in 2016.
Vonovia to Invest in New Construction and Continue with Targeted Neighborhood Development Measures
The housing policy environment in Germany is still being defined by the debate on how to resolve the shortage of housing. Vonovia is working intensively on densification and new construction measures and has launched ambitious projects to create new, and most importantly affordable, apartments. The first lot of new buildings and measures to add extra stories to existing buildings using modular construction methods were completed in 2016. In Bochum, the first series-built residential unit with a modular construction has already been rented out. Turnkey apartments with construction costs of around EUR 1,800/sqm were completed in only three months.
Vonovia has already invested more than EUR 1 billion in its neighborhoods since it went public. During the reporting period, Vonovia invested a total of EUR 472.3 million (2015: EUR 355.6 million) in modernization measures and new construction. Rolf Buch: "In the Eltingviertel area in Essen, we have demonstrated that we can work together with the city authorities to make entire neighborhoods attractive and livable again. We integrate economic, ecological and social considerations into our business decisions. Similar neighborhood development projects have been initiated in other regions, for example Hamburg, Dortmund, Bielefeld, Berlin, Dresden, Munich and Frankfurt."
Vonovia Increases Quality of Customer Service
Customer satisfaction levels, which Vonovia assesses on a regular basis, improved considerably in 2016. The relevant parameter, the CSI, climbed by 8 %. This is largely the result of good on-site support and the expansion of the central customer service team and service hours. In 2016, the number of employees working for Vonovia overall increased by around 17 % to total 7,437 employees. Around 1,000 employees working for the customer service team in Duisburg and Dresden now resolve around 85 % of all incoming telephone inquiries directly.
Vonovia is expanding its core business to include housing-related services. At the end of 2016, around 75 % of Vonovia's own properties were already being supplied with cable TV signals. Vonovia was also recording and billing heating costs for around 30,000 apartments with the help of state-of-the-art technologies. With earnings of EUR 57.0 million, these and many other services are making a contribution to Vonovia's overall success.
Stable Financing Strategy and Positive Share Price Performance
Thanks to its BBB+ rating, Vonovia is able to cover even more considerable liquidity needs at any time. With a debt-equity ratio of only 41.6 %, an average maturity of around seven years and average financing costs that currently come to 2.1 % (2015: 2.6 %), Vonovia's financing situation is solid in the long term.
The capital market was characterized by low interest rates in 2016. The company's shares fared well in a political and economic environment that was marred by turbulence across the globe. Over the course of the year, the share price rose by 8.2 %, outperforming the DAX by 1.3 percentage points. This confirms that, with its stable business model, Vonovia is seen as a reliable player by stock market investors.
Positive Forecast for 2017 Confirmed
Rolf Buch: "Our excellent operating business will form the basis for further dynamic growth and the expansion of our services. We will also be increasing the amount we reinvest in the sustainable management of our portfolio and the development of our neighborhoods even further."
At the beginning of the year, the company launched its investment program in the billion-euro range. Vonovia will be spending a record amount of around EUR 730 million in 2017. The focus will remain on energy-efficient modernizations, the refurbishment of apartments to improve the standard of comfort, and on senior-friendly conversions. The company will also be making increasing investments in the construction of new apartments, the addition of stories to existing properties and in programs such as modernization in response to tenant requests and the development of residential districts. In the following years as well, Vonovia is planning record investments of EUR 1 billion per year for new properties and portfolio improvements.
FFO 1 is expected to increase to EUR 830 million to EUR 850 million. Around
** Based on the shares carrying dividend rights on the reporting date Dec. 31, 2016: 466,000,624; Dec. 31, 2015: 466,000,624
*** Value as of Dec. 31, 2015, adjusted: full disclosure of outstanding purchase price payments from sales and separate disclosure of investments in the adjusted fair value
****Incl. GAGFAH, Franconia, SÜDEWO
2017 Financial Calendar
May 16, 2017: Annual General Meeting
The company, which is based in Bochum, has been listed on the stock exchange since 2013 and on the DAX 30 since September 2015. Vonovia SE is also listed on the international indices STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Germany, MSCI Germany, GPR 250 and EPRA/NAREIT Europe. Vonovia has a workforce of approximately 7,400 employees.
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