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Charter Hall Group (ASX:CHC) today announces its FY21 results for the period ending 30 June 2021. Key financial and operational highlights for the period are:
Charter Hall’s Managing Director and Group CEO, David Harrison said: “FY21 is Charter Hall’s 30th anniversary year and its 16th as an ASX listed Group. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we are proud to have created an Australian Funds management business of scale by global standards, but most importantly we have generated record fund inflows, gross transactions and FUM growth of $11.7 billion in FY21, whilst generating sector leading returns for our investor customers and shareholders. Since our formation, we have always been a custodian of other people’s capital. Fund management is in our DNA. Our success as a business is built upon partnering with our tenant and investor customers to drive mutually beneficial outcomes with a razor-sharp focus on being customer centric.”
“This partnership approach generated $5.3 billion of gross equity inflows, with all equity sources recording strong inflows. FUM grew 29% as our strategy of securing long-leases with best-in-class tenants continued to drive returns for investors. We transacted on a record $10.1 billion of assets, successfully deploying our investment strategies both on and off-market. Sale and leaseback transactions represented over 40% of our transaction activity as we continue to partner with tenants and investors to unlock investment opportunities. Our develop-to-core strategy also saw us deliver over $1 billion in development completions. As we begin FY22, we are well positioned with $6.7 billion of investment capacity to deploy into our $8.8 billion development pipeline, which will be further advanced with continuing equity inflows. We remain excited about partnering with our tenants and investors to ensure on-going mutual success.”
During the year, the Property Investment portfolio increased by 18.8% to $2.4 billion and generated a 15.0% Total Property Investment Return1.
The earnings resilience and diversification of the Property Investment portfolio continues to remain a key strength. No single asset represents more than 5% of portfolio investments, Government covenants are the largest tenant exposure, whilst we have grown the portfolio weighting to East Coast markets to 83% of our investment portfolio.
Portfolio occupancy remained strong at 97.4% and the Weighted Average Lease Expiry (WALE) increased from 8.7 years to 9.1 years.
Property Funds Management
The Group’s managed funds grew by $11.7 billion to $52.3 billion, or 29% growth in FY21, driven by $5.9 billion of net acquisitions, positive revaluations of $4.1 billion and capex spend predominantly on developments of $1.8 billion.
The Group’s $5.3 billion of gross equity inflows deployed continues the momentum of recent years, comprising inflows of $2.1 billion in Wholesale Pooled Funds, $1.4 billion in Wholesale Partnerships, $659 million in Listed Funds and $1.1 billion in Direct managed funds.
Development activity and pipeline
Development activity continues to drive asset creation and attract capital. Development completions totalled $1.1 billion in the last 12 months. Notwithstanding completions, the pipeline continues to be re-stocked and has grown to $8.8 billion.
The Group continues to use its cross-sector tenant relationships and the scale of its portfolio to create development opportunities. This reach and development capability generates significant value through enhancing both income yield and total returns for our funds. Development activity is predominantly undertaken by funds/partnerships with the majority of committed projects being de-risked through pre-leases and fixed price building contracts. 94% of Industrial and Logistics and 66% of Office development WIP is pre-leased as at 30 June 2021.
Capital management remains a key focus. During the year, the Group completed $9 billion of financings in managing the more than $20 billion of debt across the fund portfolio and was an active issuer in the domestic and foreign capital markets. In April 2021, the Group issued $250 million Australian dollar medium term notes with a ten-year maturity, securing additional funding capacity, extending the Group’s weighted average debt maturity and diversifying debt sources. The Group maintains financial flexibility and substantial funding capacity across the fund’s platform with $6.7 billion of available investment capacity2 and in excess of $500 million at the Group’s balance sheet.
Strategy and Outlook
Based on no material adverse change in current market conditions, FY22 earnings guidance is for post-tax operating earnings per security of no less than 75.0cps. FY22 distribution per security guidance is for 6% growth over FY21.
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