Vonovia SE: Vonovia shows stable development and is raising its annual targets for 2021
/ Key word(s): Half Year Report
Results as of 30 June 2021
- Further improvements in customer satisfaction
- Increased earnings forecast for the full year 2021
- Segment revenues in H1 2021 grew by around 10% to € 2.3 billion, the Adjusted EBITDA total improved by around 8% to € 1.0 billion, and the Group FFO increased by around 13% to € 765 million
- Property portfolios in Germany, Sweden and Austria have increased by around € 4.2 billion; strong development in large cities in western Germany and Saxony and in the urban conglomerations of Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden
Bochum, 6 August 2021 - Vonovia SE ("Vonovia") can look back to a successful first half of 2021. All key performance indicators are showing a positive development, coupled with yet another rise in customer satisfaction. Building on this stable economic development, the Bochum-based housing company is now raising its forecast for 2021.
"We're still on track - both economically and in the satisfaction of our tenants. It's very much to the credit of our workforce that we're getting so much positive feedback - despite the coronavirus pandemic," says CEO Rolf Buch. "And another area that's paid off is our endeavours to build a climate-neutral building portfolio, as we've made further progress in reducing CO2 emissions in our buildings. We are progressing even faster than planned."
The rise in customer satisfaction is reflected in Vonovia's Sustainability Performance Index (SPI), a non-financial indicator that measures its sustainability strategy. Vonovia is expecting to see an SPI of around 105% for 2021 as a whole, a value which is significantly above the original target of around 100%. In addition to customer satisfaction, this SPI value is due, in particular, to Vonovia's reduction of CO2 emissions in its building portfolio.
Earlier this month, the rating agency Sustainalytics ranked Vonovia as number 18 among more than 13,500 rated companies in a global sustainability ranking (3rd place in the ranking of 1,001 rated real estate companies). This represents yet again an improvement over the excellent results of the previous year, confirming Vonovia's secure position in the German DAX 50 ESG index.
The segment revenue total rose by 10.0%, from € 2,101.9 million in the first half of 2020 to € 2,312.3 million in the first half of 2021. This was largely due to the sale of 1,865 single residential units (Recurring Sales), the sale of properties in the Development segment as well as organic growth and efficiency increases in core business operations.
Adjusted EBITDA Total improved by 8.4% to € 1,021.8 million (H1 2020: € 942.2 million). Adjusted EBITDA in the Rental business was € 823.8 million (H1 2020: € 781.4 million). Earnings from residential services (Value-add) also increased, growing by 17.2% to € 79.2 million (H1 2020: € 67.6 million). Recurring Sales EBITDA rose by 73.6% to € 83.5 million (H1 2020: € 48.1 million).
Net Asset Value (EPRA NTA) was € 39.4 billion and thus 10.9% higher than at the end of 2020 when it had been € 35.5 billion. Because of market dynamics, Vonovia has revalued three quarters of its portfolio. The € 4.2 billion increase in property values during H1 2021 (including investments) can be attributed to a high demand for housing in Germany, though also in Sweden and Austria. This dynamic can be observed almost everywhere in Germany, such as the Rhine-Main region, in Dresden and Leipzig as well as the Ruhr area. In Sweden, dynamic developments are particularly in evidence in the conurbations around Stockholm and Gothenburg. Another factor that has contributed to the increase in value is Vonovia's investment programme for modernisation and new construction. The company is expecting to see a further increase in value from valuation effects and investments during the second half of 2021.
The vacancy rate in its residential stock at the end of June 2021 was 2.7%, slightly below the corresponding figure for 2020, which was 2.8%. The market-driven increase in rents was 0.9% (H1 2020: 1.0%). Investments in modernisation with a view to higher energy efficiency led to a 2.0% increase (H1 2020: 2.3%), while investments in new construction and additional floors created a further 0.5% (H1 2020: 0.6%). The effective average monthly rent at the end of June 2021 was € 7.29 per square metre in the group and € 7.09 per square metre in Germany.
Faced with major challenges in the housing market - climate protection, affordable housing and new construction - the two companies agree that such issues can be addressed far more effectively by pooling their resources and that a merger will be of benefit to shareholders, tenants and the housing market alike.
In total, Vonovia invested € 868.0 million in maintenance, modernisation and new construction between January and June 2021 (H1 2020: € 859.1 million). At € 291.0 million, maintenance work during the first six months of 2021 was up 17.4% compared with the previous year (€ 247.9 million). In the first half of the year, Vonovia upgraded more than 5,268 apartments to make them senior-friendly and renovated 6,651 apartments to make them more energy-efficient. New construction also increased, reaching € 227.2 million (up 30.5%). In total, Vonovia completed 841 new residential units (H1 2020: 617). The modernisation volume, on the other hand, declined, mainly due to the - now discontinued - rent freeze in Berlin and the restrictions imposed under the coronavirus pandemic.
In cases where tenants run into financial difficulties, Vonovia finds specially tailored solutions, thanks to its own hardship management scheme, launched in 2018. On this basis, Vonovia worked with other housing companies in the second quarter of 2021 in defining a set of standard rules for mitigating cases of hardship in modernisation projects. The new rules are also supported by the German Tenants' Association (Deutscher Mieterbund). "These guidelines put the main focus on the actual tenants. They provide greater reassurance than ever before that we will find solutions for every customer who faces economic difficulties. This is important for the people who live in our properties, it empowers their neighbourhoods, and it preserves the tenant structures that have grown within them," says Arnd Fittkau, CRO of Vonovia.
In June, Vonovia issued a total of five unsecured fixed-interest bonds, worth € 4 billion in all. The bonds have an average coupon of 0.6875% and terms between 3.25 and 20 years (average: 9.5 years). Vonovia issued its first green bond for € 600 million in the first quarter. This green bond, which has a ten-year term and an interest rate of 0.625%, is a further step in the company's sustainability strategy.
4 November 2021: Interim Statement for the first nine months of 2021
* Based on the shares carrying dividend rights on the reporting date June 30, 2020: 542,273,611, June 30, 2021: 575,257,327 and Dec. 31, 2020: 565,887,299.
The company, which is based in Bochum, has been listed on the stock exchange since 2013. Since September 2015 Vonovia has been a constituent in the DAX 30 and since September 2020 in the EURO STOXX 50. Vonovia SE is also a constituent of additional national and international indices, including DAX 50 ESG, Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe, STOXX Global ESG Leaders, EURO STOXX ESG Leaders 50, STOXX Europe ESG Leaders 50, FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Europe, and GPR 250 World. Vonovia has a workforce of more than 10,000 employees.
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