- Group core earnings1 up 7%
- Operations: Same-property net operating income up 7.9%
- Development: US$65 million development profit; 32% of FY17 target
- Fund management: Fund fees up 17%
- China operations expected to remain stable
Singapore, 12 August 2016 – GLP, the leading global provider of modern logistics facilities, reported 7% core earnings1 growth for the three months ended 30 June 2016 (“1Q FY17”).
Mr. Ming Z. Mei, Chief Executive Officer of GLP, said: “GLP’s well-located facilities are benefitting from long-term structural trends in domestic consumption. We will maintain strong investment discipline and focus on markets with high customer demand and limited supply. Demand from institutional investors to partner with GLP remains strong, and we will continue leveraging our fund management platform for strategic expansion.”
1Q FY17 earnings (PATMI) were US$203 million, 24% lower year-on-year largely due to FX losses and lower revaluation gains compared to a year earlier. On a core basis (adjusted for non-recurring items), earnings were up 7% year-on-year, driven by growth in China operations and continued expansion of GLP’s fund management platform in Japan and the US.
Group same-property net operating income was up 7.9% in 1Q FY17. Leasing demand remained stable globally, with 2.5 million sqm (27 million square feet) of new and renewal leases signed in 1Q FY17, up 17% year-on-year. Rent growth on renewed leases was up 9.6% globally, led by US and China. Customer retention remained stable at 71% but slower leasing of development projects in China and Brazil led to a 1% drop in GLP’s average lease ratio, which stood at 91% as of 30 June 2016.
GLP’s lease ratio in China was 86%, down from 87% last quarter. China operations are expected to remain stable in the near term, supported by strong secular drivers such as e-commerce and organized retail. The mid to long term outlook for China remains positive, with excess supply in the weaker sub-markets expected to be absorbed over the next 12 to 18 months.
GLP has continued to see robust leasing and rent growth in its Japan and US portfolios, driven by ongoing strong customer demand and limited supply of modern logistics facilities. In Japan, leasing of development projects remained strong while the US saw high effective rent growth of 20.7% on renewal leases. Same-property net operating income was up 2.1% and 7.2% in Japan and US respectively.
GLP generated US$65 million of development profit (pre-tax) in 1Q FY17, which reflects a 30% profit margin on development completions. This included GLP Atsugi II (total investment cost: US$153 million), a Greater Tokyo facility completed in June 2016 which is fully leased.
GLP started US$404 million of developments in 1Q FY17, mainly in China. The Company maintains strong investment discipline with a focus on locations that are seeing solid demand and limited supply. The new developments GLP started in China in 1Q FY17 were located in markets that had an average lease ratio of 87%.
GLP expects to meet its global development targets for FY17 and generate approximately US$200 million2 of development profit for the full year.
Fund Management Highlights
GLP’s fund management business represents a very valuable recurring source of income that is growing consistently every year. 1Q FY17 fund management fees were US$42 million, up 17% year-on-year. This comprised asset and property management fees of US$28 million and development fees of US$14 million, generated from approximately US$25 billion of invested capital. GLP’s fund management platform has US$12 billion of uncalled capital, which will generate additional fund management fees.
GLP has announced the sale of its 50% share of GLP-MFLP Ichikawa Shiohama to GLP J-REIT for approximately US$151 million or a 4.5% cap rate. This transaction, expected to be completed in September 2016, crystallizes US$48 million of development profit for GLP, representing a 46% development profit margin. The fund management business provides GLP with a platform to monetize development profit and recycle capital.
GLP’s US$37 billion AUM platform comprises 15 private capital partners, up from 11 a year earlier.
Capital Management Highlights
GLP held US$1.3 billion of cash as of June 2016 and expects to receive a further US$500 million this quarter upon final syndication closing of its second US portfolio. The Group’s pro-forma net debt to assets stands at 28% on a look through basis.
GLP China issued RMB1.5 billion (US$224 million) of RMB-denominated bonds at an average weighted coupon rate of 3.27% in July 2016. The Group expects to continue growing its natural hedge policy of financing operations in local currency including issuing more RMB-denominated bonds in the near future.
Including the 52 million shares repurchased in 1Q FY17, GLP has bought back a total of 169 million shares (3.5% of outstanding shares) since 4 August 2015 at an average of SGD2.05/share. The price represents a P/B of 0.8x over SFRS book value. SFRS book value does not include the full value of GLP’s fund management platform and future value creation from development.
Earnings Call/Webcast Information
A briefing for investors and analysts is scheduled for Friday, 12 August 2016 at 9.00 am Singapore time. Please visit our website (ir.glprop.com) to access our webcast for the event. Questions may be submitted during the live webcast and a replay of the briefing will also be available on our website.
1 Core earnings includes revaluation changes related to development profit (recurring part of GLP's earnings stream) and NOI growth. To enable comparability, core earnings adjusts for non-recurring items such as revaluation changes related to cap rate and discount rate adjustments, foreign exchange gains/losses and gains/losses from dispositions. Please refer to page 11 of the 1Q FY17 supplemental for further information
2 Based on expected completions of US$800 million (GLP share) and 25% target development profit margin
About GLP (www.glprop.com)
GLP is a fund manager, developer and owner-operator of modern logistics facilities. As of 30 June 2016, GLP owns and operates a global portfolio of 52 million square meters (560 million square feet) that caters primarily to domestic consumption. GLP’s 4,000 customers include some of the world’s most dynamic manufacturers, retailers and third party logistics companies. GLP’s US$37 billion fund management platform is a key area of growth going forward.
GLP is listed on the Mainboard of Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX stock code: MC0.SI; Reuters ticker: GLPL.SI; Bloomberg ticker: GLP SP).
GLP Investor Relations & Media Contact:
Ambika Goel, CFA
SVP- Capital Markets and Investor Relations
Tel: +65 6643 6372
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