Circle Property PLC on track as contracted revenue at Concorde Park takes off

Rental income at the office park in Maidenhead has increased by 76% since the company acquired Concorde Park in August.

Regional offices owner () said it is well-positioned to deliver full-year expectations of strong growth in net asset value (NAV).

In its interim results statement covering the six months to the end of September, Circle said the estimated NAV per share on 30 September stood at 278p, up from 275p a year earlier and 277p at the end of March.

The company noted that NAV per share has risen by 87% since Circle floated in February 2016. Since floating, Circle has delivered a NAV compound average growth rate of 23% a year and a total return compound average growth rate of 26%, making it one of the top-performing public property companies.

The property portfolio valuation increased to £135.6mln from £124.6mln at the end of March, largely due to the £14.6mln purchase of Concorde Park, Maidenhead, which was the company’s largest acquisition to date,

Net rental income in the six-month period eased to £3.38mln from £3.52mln the year before.

The company saw a 7.2% increase in annualised contracted rental income to £8.2mln with a further £598,478 of contracted rent added since the period end.

The weighted average unexpired lease term (WAULT) is 8.41 years to the break period, compared to 10.15 years at the end of September 2018.

This time round, the company made a paper-based loss of £390,279 on the revaluation of investment properties whereas last year it benefited from an £11.7mln uplift, which mostly accounts for why profit before tax fell to £1.1mln from £13.8mln last year.

Occupancy levels across the portfolio stood at 87.70% at the end of September and has since improved to 91.25% even when including the additional vacant accommodation at Concorde Park.

The interim dividend was bumped up by 10% to 3.3p from 3p last year.

“Circle’s portfolio now comprises 99% (by value) regional offices, which is highly reversionary and has no exposure to retail property. Our focus on ‘added value’ rather than initial yield continues to reap rewards with income generation arising from judicious capital expenditure,” said John Arnold, the chief executive officer of Circle.

“In the six months ended 30 September and post period end, we have been investing in the pipeline, increasing our rental growth and we are on track to deliver expectations for the full year. In the first half, the pace of lettings has increased, with over £950,000 of newly-contracted rents being completed to date since the start of the year. This bodes well for an uplift in valuation at the year-end and we look forward to continuing our positive momentum,” he added.

Shares in Circle were unchanged in early deals.

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