SOURCE: Land Securities Group PLC

May 19, 2015 02:00 ET

Land Securities Group PLC Announces Annual Results for the Year Ended 31 March 2015

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - May 19, 2015) - Land Securities Group PLC (LSE: LAND) (OTC PINK: LSGOF)

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Annual results for the year ended 31 March 2015
"With record leasing levels across our London development programme, combined with a reshaped retail portfolio and continued financial discipline, we have delivered very strong results with a profit before tax of £2,416.5m and a total business return of 30.7%," said Chief Executive Robert Noel.

"In London, we reached the peak of construction activity in our development programme during the year. Our programme has been sized and timed to deliver highly efficient and technically resilient office space into a supply-constrained market. The success of the programme is increasingly evident. At 20 Fenchurch Street, the amazing Sky Garden opened to the public, and the development is now 92% let. In March, we pre-let 1 New Street Square in its entirety to Deloitte on a 20 year lease and 1 & 2 New Ludgate is already 84% let or in solicitors' hands.

"With a further 1.1m sq ft to let in our development programme, we are well positioned to benefit from the continuing supply-constrained conditions in the year ahead.

"In Retail, we took decisive action and have transformed our shopping centre portfolio, focusing our capital and expertise on those assets that fit in with our strategic themes of dominance, experience and convenience, and by selling those that do not. In line with our strategy, we acquired a 30% interest in the Bluewater shopping centre and took full ownership of Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow where we are working up our extension plans. We also committed to the redevelopment of Westgate, Oxford to provide a much-anticipated retail and leisure destination for the city. Our focus will remain on creating, owning and managing great destinations.

"We are determined to maintain our financial strength during this programme of significant investment and continued to implement our net debt neutral approach, with our development programme and acquisitions broadly matched with disposals. We are also investing to build a pipeline of future opportunities. In addition to our development plans at Westgate and Buchanan Galleries, we took advantage of a rare opportunity to acquire an important City site at an attractive price with the purchase of 21 Moorfields in February.

"Our strategy is delivering for our customers, our communities and our shareholders. Crucially, it is a strategy which recognises the cyclicality of the markets we operate in, ensuring we build a sustainable business for the long term. Looking ahead, we have a robust balance sheet and are confident our portfolios are well matched to customer demand."

 
 
Results summary
             
    31 March 2015   31 March 2014   Change
Valuation surplus (1)   £2,036.9m   £763.8m   Up 17.3% (2)
Basic NAV per share   1,343p   1,069p   Up 25.6%
Adjusted diluted NAV per share (3)   1,293p   1,013p   Up 27.6%
Group LTV ratio (1)   28.5%   32.5%    
Profit before tax   £2,416.5m   £1,108.9m    
Revenue profit (1)   £329.1m   £319.6m   Up 3.0%
Basic EPS   306.1p   142.3p    
Adjusted diluted EPS   41.5p   40.5p   Up 2.5%
Dividend   31.85p   30.7p   Up 3.7%
 
1. Including our proportionate share of subsidiaries and joint ventures, as explained in the notes to the financial statements included within the Annual Report.
2. The% change for the valuation surplus represents the increase in value of the Combined Portfolio over the year, adjusted for net investment.
3. Our key valuation measure.
 
 

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