Half Year Results

Frasers Property Limited reports S$158 million attributable profit in 1H FY22
  •      Excluding the impact of the gain on the change in use recorded in the previous corresponding period, attributable profit would have increased from S$23 million2 to S$158 million 
  •      Earnings supported by investment properties portfolio 
  •      Continue to leverage the Group’s solid foundation to take advantage of opportunities and deliver earnings amid business challenges 

 

SINGAPORE, 12 MAY 2022

 

Frasers Property Limited (“Frasers Property”, and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) today announced its financial results for its first half year ended 31 March 2022 (“1H FY22”).

 

Financial highlights

1H FY22

(S$ ‘mil)

1H FY21

(S$ ‘mil)

Inc/(Dec)

(%)

Revenue

1,683.6

1,566.1

7.5

PBIT1

526.1

478.9

(37.1)

PBIT (adjusted)2

526.1

478.9

9.9

Attributable Profit

158.2

275.8

(42.6)

Attributable Profit

158.2

22.5

603.1

 

Mr Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Property, commented, “We are heartened that the path to normalcy has become clearer in recent months as we transition to an endemic environment. Around the world, there are pockets of recovery, paving the way for economies to grow out of the effects of the pandemic. Rising business costs and a volatile global environment will continue to test our agility and resilience as an organisation.”

 

“We have been able to leverage our solid foundation to continue delivering earnings even as we navigated business challenges. This is a result of years of work to strengthen our core – prioritising portfolio resilience through exposure in sectors, such as industrial and logistics, and geographies supported by steady fundamentals, building upon our organisational structure and investing in our people and processes. We are confident that Frasers Property is ready to take advantage of the gradual recovery and pursue growth opportunities arising from structural changes accelerated by the pandemic to deliver value.”

 

In the last financial year, a portfolio of industrial and logistics properties in Australia and Europe was reclassified from properties held for sale3 to investment properties4 , which is in line with the Group’s strategy to grow its industrial and logistics asset base. A gain on the change in use was recognised as a result of the transfer, which boosted the Group’s financial results in the preceding financial year. Excluding the impact of the gain on change in use, PBIT for 1H FY22 would have increased 9.9% year-on-year from S$478.9 million2 , while attributable profit would have jumped from S$22.5 million2 to S$158.2 million yearon-year. 

 

Key highlights and looking ahead

 

Supported by its solid foundation that provides clear earnings visibility, the Group is ready to take advantage of the next wave of opportunities. Leveraging the Group’s multi-asset class capabilities and portfolio with S$42.8 billion5 of assets under management, the Group is well-placed to deliver real estate offerings and services that meet evolving customer demands amid structural changes as well as the entrenchment of ESG6 values in decision making among multiple stakeholders.

 

Over 80% of the Group’s property assets are in recurring-income based asset classes, which provides a firm earnings foundation. Adopting a rigorous and disciplined approach to drive investment portfolio income, the Group achieved approximately 724,000 square metres of renewals and new leases in total in 1H FY22 across its investment properties portfolio.

 

Fuelled by the proceeds from the rights issue concluded in April 2021, the Group has been steadily growing its industrial and logistics development pipeline. As at 19 April 2022, the Group has utilised more than S$500 million out of the allocated S$700 million. The Group has 15 development pipeline projects across Australia and Europe with a total gross development value of S$1.2 billion to be delivered over the next 18 months. The Group has also been growing its pipeline of industrial and logistics development projects in Thailand and Vietnam, and recently completed the acquisition of the second tranche of land at the Group’s first industrial development project in Vietnam - Binh Duong Industrial Park.

 

The Group’s development capabilities enable Frasers Property to deliver innovative, value-adding properties. Beyond the built-to-suit industrial and logistics developments tailored to the specifications of customers that Frasers Property is known for, under the premium estates concept launched in November 2021, new industrial and logistics estates will be developed to industry-leading building design standards and guidelines that prioritise efficiency, sustainability, health and wellbeing. The first premium estates project will be delivered in Australia from FY23. In anticipation of growing customer demand for flexible workspaces, the Group has also introduced core and flex commercial space solutions as part of its focus on real estate as a service. To be completed by end FY22, Silom Edge is a mixed-use ~21,000 sqm NLA7 commercial development that is designed from the onset to offer core and flex commercial space. The Group’s first commercial development in central London, The Rowe, will also be completed within FY22.

 

Meanwhile the Singapore suburban retail portfolio, which has demonstrated sector resilience over the course of the pandemic, is well-positioned to benefit from Singapore’s decisive move towards an endemic environment. In particular, the resumption of atrium sales and lifting of safe management restrictions are expected to boost tenant sales and shopper traffic.

 

The pause in global travel gave the Group the opportunity to finish the work on enhancing Frasers Hospitality’s organisational structure. With geographical clustering and improved cost structures, the Group’s hospitality business can now be more responsive to changing market dynamics as the world progressively re-opens.

 

Through selective residential pipeline replenishment and a strong focus on markets with deep underlying demand, the Group was able to maintain steady progress in terms of project development sales and settlements of its residential projects in Australia, China, Singapore and Thailand. As at 31 March 2022, the Group’s residential pipeline is in excess of 18,000 units. Pre-sales from its projects, which reached S$2.4 billion8 at the end of 1H FY22, support the Group’s earnings visibility.

 

The Group is cognisant that, against a backdrop of rising geopolitical tensions as well as increasing inflation and interest rates, there remains significant headwinds ahead. The Group will maintain financial discipline and strengthen its capital structure, with a focus on green and sustainable financing, such as the Group’s first sustainability-linked loan and first green development loan secured in the UK in January and March 2022, respectively. In addition, the Group will build upon its foundation, recently strengthened with the addition of Soon Su Lin, as Chief Executive Officer for Frasers Property Singapore, to the leadership team, to enable Frasers Property to remain relevant and deliver value for years to come. 

 

 

Profit before interest, fair value change, taxation and exceptional items

2 Excluding the impact of the gain on the change in use arising from the reclassification of a portfolio of industrial properties in Australia and Europe from properties held for sale to investment properties

3 Properties held for sale are held at lower of cost and net realisable value

4 Investment properties are stated at fair value based on independent external valuations

5 Comprises property assets in which the Group has an interest, including assets held by its REITs, joint ventures and associates

6 Environmental, Social and Governance

Net leasable area

8 Includes the Group’s effective interest of joint operations, joint ventures, associates and project development agreements

 

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