Immofinanz Group delivered very good operating performance in 2022 in spite of the challenging environment. Sustainable FFO 1 from the standing investment business rose by 21.7%. Rental income increased by 5.4% to €300.2 million and the results of asset management by 7.2% to €226.1 million. The Group also has a very solid capital base with an equity ratio of 47.9% and conservative debt with a net LTV of 40.7%.
This strong operating performance was, however, contrasted by the negative effect on valuation results caused by current market trends. Results from the valuation of standing investments, therefore, amounted to €-110.5 million. This was contrasted by a positive net effect of €55.6 million from the initial full consolidation of S Immo following an increase in the investment to 50% plus one share. In total, Immofinanz generated a net profit of €142.0 million, or earnings per share of €1.04, in the 2022 financial year.
“The quality of our properties and steady rental income again proved to be stable pillars in a volatile environment. All in all, we performed very well and demonstrated the strength of our business model. Like-for-like rental income improved by more than 8% and sustainable FFO 1 by roughly 22%. We took further important steps to grow our business during the past year and substantially strengthened our position as an international provider of resilient retail properties and innovative office solutions. Our portfolio volume increased by more than 60% to nearly €8.4 billion as a result of acquisitions and completions, especially in the retail sector, as well as an increase in our S Immo investment to 50% plus one share at year-end and the resulting full consolidation“, explained Radka Doehring, Executive Chairwoman of Immofinanz. “We made very good progress on our programme to sell properties with a total value of approximately €1 billion and closed profitable sales of nearly €166 million during the past year. Further transactions are also in preparation.“
Like-for-like rental income (adjusted for acquisitions, sales and completions) rose by a sound 12.9% in the fourth quarter of 2022 (versus Q4 2021) and by 8.1% in year-on-year comparison. Sustainable FFO 1 from the standing investment business improved substantially by 21.7% to €146.1 million, above all due to an increase in rental income and a decline in financing costs. That represents FFO 1 per share of €1.07.
Strong portfolio growth
The Immofinanz portfolio grew by 61.8% to €8.4 billion and to 627 properties in 2022. This growth was supported, above all, by the full consolidation of S Immo and by the acquisition and completion of retail properties. Of this total, €7.9 billion represent standing investments with 3.5 million sqm of rentable space. The overall occupancy rate for the portfolio (incl. S Immo) equalled 92.9%. The gross return on the Immofinanz standing investment portfolio (excl. S Immo) equalled 6.5% based on IFRS rental income and 6.7% based on invoiced rents.
Outlook and annual general meeting
Immofinanz’s portfolio strategy remains focused on resilient and cost-efficient retail properties and innovative office solutions. Plans include the expansion of this offering in the core countries over the medium term. The sale pipeline, which is an integral part of the company's active portfolio management, includes the successful transactions completed in 2022 as well as an additional roughly €830 million. Further closings are expected in the coming months despite the volatile market environment. The proceeds will be used to repay debt or for reinvestment in real estate.
In line with this strategy, the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of Immofinanz will ask the annual general meeting to waive the dividend for the 2022 financial year and use the funds to strengthen the balance sheet. The annual general meeting of Immofinanz is scheduled to take place on 3rd May 2023 as a virtual meeting in accordance with the Covid-19 Company Law Directive.
Further synergies and opportunities for improvement will be identified together with S Immo and with the support of CPIPG in 2023 to increase transparency and profitability for all stakeholders.
As central banks’ interest rate hikes have not yet peaked and geopolitical uncertainty continues, the resulting effects – among others on the development of financing costs and the market prices of real estate – cannot be reliably estimated. Immofinanz – with its flexible and resilient real estate products – believes it is well positioned for the future, also in an environment that is characterised by greater uncertainty.
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