Net Asset Value & Corporate Update - Jan 2021
Residential Secure Income plc ("ReSI") (LSE: RESI), which invests in affordable shared ownership, retirement and local authority housing, is pleased to announce its unaudited first quarter net asset value ("Net Asset Value" or "NAV") as at 31 December 2020 and to update on recent corporate activity.
Resilient Quarter 1 2021 financial performance
IFRS NAV per share of 105.0 pence[i] (30 September 2020: 105.0 pence)
Total property portfolio value of £304.6 million - up 0.6% or £1.0 million on a like-for-like fair value basis - driven by the shared ownership portfolio as it moves towards full income generation
Earnings per share remain on track to grow to at least 4.0 pence[ii] for the year to 30 September 2021 and meet October 2021 run-rate dividend cover target, with incremental income driven by: - the full impact of recently occupied homes and more reserved homes becoming occupied - ongoing deployment into ReSI’s strong pipeline, including the remainder of our £32m investment target noting that over half will be met by December’s Brick By Brick acquisitions
Rent collection robust, and rising
Net annual rent roll on completed shared ownership homes increased to £1.5 million (0.9 pence per share) reflecting the growing size of the portfolio as well as further progress on occupancy over the quarter
Retirement occupancy continued to improve through the quarter, with voids now at 8.5%, down from high of 10.5% in July 2020, 9.8% in September 2020 and closing in on pre-COVID average of c.7%
Total portfolio rent collection continues to be secure, with 99% of rent collected in the quarter, unchanged throughout the COVID-19 crisis and in line with normal performance, demonstrating the secure nature of ReSI’s cash flows
Dividend in line with target
Interim dividend maintained at 1.25 pence per Ordinary Share for the quarter ended 31December 2020, in line with the target of 5.0 pence per Ordinary Share for the current financial year[ii]
Further investment progress in shared ownership portfolio
Contracts exchanged for the £29 million acquisition of 85 newly completed shared ownership homes from Brick By Brick, the London Borough of Croydon’s housing development company, on 24 December 2020.The committed acquisition of the 85 shared ownership homes will be acquired on a staggered basis as each home is occupied
Drawdown of a further £10m from ReSI’s ultra long-term secured Universities Superannuation Scheme debt facility to fund the above acquisition, along with existing cash
ReSI’s shared ownership portfolio comprises 290 homes (including 85 committed acquisitions), of which 141 homes were occupied, 42 were reserved and in sales progression and 22 remained available for shared owners; since 1 October 2020 29 homes have been occupied
The movement in NAV since 30 September 2020 is as follows:
ReSI's defensive portfolio is positioned to weather economic stress such as the COVID-19 lockdowns with rentals underpinned by pensions, housing welfare, below market rents and shared owner stakes;
No impact from Stamp Duty changes, with typical shared ownership buyers below thresholds, or potential ground rent reforms, with ReSI receiving no ground rent income from occupiers
Significant shortfall in UK affordable housing remains, regardless of COVID-19
ReSI continues to focus on the three drivers to fully cover its dividend on a forward looking annualised basis from October 2021: - Deploying a further £32m into shared ownership (over half of which is already committed) - Continuing to reduce the number of void properties in the retirement portfolio - Progressing all shared ownership homes to full occupation
Ben Fry, investment manager of ReSI Capital Management and Head of Housing Investment at Gresham House, commented:
"While the ongoing pandemic continues to present unique circumstances, the underlying portfolio continues to trade well with strong rent collection and increased occupancy in our shared ownership homes, as well as further progress reducing retirement voids over the quarter. Our latest acquisition, from Brick By Brick, alongside additional investment opportunities which we expect to complete over the next 6 months will ensure the Company is fully deployed and well placed to meet our earnings and dividend targets for this year and beyond.”
[i] Reflecting an independent valuation of the property portfolio prepared on an IFRS basis
[ii] This is a target only and not a profit forecast. There can be no assurance that this target will be met.
For further information, please contact:
ReSI Capital Management Limited / Gresham House Housing
+44 (0) 20 7382 0900
Jefferies International Limited
+44 (0) 20 7029 8000
+44 (0) 20 7029 8000
Notes to Editors
About Residential Secure Income plc
Residential Secure Income plc (LSE: RESI) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) listed on the premium segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange with the objective of delivering secure inflation linked returns by investing in affordable shared ownership, retirement and local authority housing throughout the UK.
ReSI targets a secure, long-dated, inflation-linked dividend of 5.0 pence per share p.a. (paid quarterly) and a total return in excess of 8.0% per annum. ReSI’s portfolio comprises 2,708 properties, with an IFRS fair value as at 30 September 2020 of £302m.
ReSI aims to make a meaningful contribution to alleviating the UK housing shortage by meeting demand from housing developers (Housing Associations, Local Authorities and private developers) for long-term investment partners to accelerate the development of socially and economically beneficial new affordable housing. ReSI's subsidiary, ReSI Housing Limited, is registered as a for-profit Registered Provider of Social Housing, and so provides a unique proposition to its housing developer partners, being a long-term private sector landlord within the social housing regulatory environment. As a Registered Provider, ReSI Housing can acquire affordable housing subject to s106 planning restrictions and housing funded by government grant.
Acquisitions by ReSI are limited to homes with sufficient cashflows, counterparty credit quality and property security to be capable of supporting long‑term investment grade equivalent debt. ReSI does not manage or operate stock and uses experienced and credit-worthy third-party managers.
ReSI is managed by ReSI Capital Management Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TradeRisks Limited which has a 19-year track record of executing transactions within the UK social housing sector and, to date, has arranged funding of over £11 billion in the social housing, care and other specialist residential property sectors.
TradeRisks Limited and ReSI Capital Management Limited were acquired on 4 March 2020 by Gresham House.
About Gresham House plc
Gresham House is a specialist alternative asset management group, dedicated to sustainable investments across a range of strategies, with expertise across forestry, housing, infrastructure, renewable energy and battery storage, public and private equity.
Our origins stretch back to 1857, while our focus is on the future and the long term. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange (GHE:LN) we actively manage c.£3.3bn of assets on behalf of institutions, family offices, charities and endowments, private individuals and their advisers. We act responsibly within a culture of empowerment that encourages individual flair and entrepreneurial thinking.
As a signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), our vision is to always make a positive social or environmental impact, while delivering on our commitments to shareholders, employees and investors.