Negative rental reversions, rental failures impact almost 10% on corporate shares
Its property portfolio of industrial, retail and residential buildings comprises 193 properties valued at R17.4bn, and a 50percent joint venture in three Zambian properties valued at R930.6m. Total property revenue amounted to R2.28bn (R2.31bn), with the like-for-like portfolio amounting to R1.54bn (R1.52bn). In the traditional portfolio, tenant retention of 74percent was achieved at a weighted average negative reversion of 3percent and overall vacancies increased by 2.1percent.
Afhco portfolio residential rentals increased by 3.9percent (4percent) and Afhco retail rentals escalated by 8.5percent (8.9percent). A 10.4 percent increase in total property expenses to R919.2m was largely due to increased municipal expenses. The ratio of property expenses to revenue increased to 40.2percent from 36percent.
Retail like-for-like net property income (NPI) increased by 1.4percent due to increased administered costs, lease renewal rental reversions of negative 5.4percent, vacancies increasing to 4.4percent (4.1percent) and increased arrears. Industrial like-for-like NPI retracted 4percent due to negative reversions relating to historical long leases, and vacancies rising to 3.2percent from 0.6percent. Net asset value per share fell by 6.1percent to 477c from 508c.
Eight properties, four in the industrial sector, three in the commercial sector and one in the residential sector were sold for a profit to book value of R19.8m.
The company is divesting from non-logistics, poorer quality industrial properties and exiting the commercial sector.