Annual Financial Press Release For the period from 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018

01. 03. 2019

Transformation into truly Pan-European platform results in record profit and creates solid base for future growth

VGP NV (‘VGP’ or ‘the Group’), a leading European provider of high-quality logistics and semi-industrial real estate, today announces the results for year ended 31 December 2018:

  • Broadened European footprint, having entered Italy, the Netherlands and Austria in 2018
  • Strong operating performance resulting in record profit of € 121.1 million (+26% YoY)
     - Signed and renewed lease agreements corresponding to € 38.7 million of annualised rent income bringing the total annualised rental income to € 104.1 million (+38% YoY)[1]
     - VGP delivered 505.000 m2 of lettable area in 2018 (+44% YoY)
  • Strengthened platform for future growth
     - VGP invested in its future pipeline with 1.7 million m2 of new land bought
     - A further 1.6 million m2 committed subject to permits
     - Joint commitment with Allianz Real Estate to expand JV structure beyond existing countries[2]
  • Proposal to increase dividend by 15.8% to € 2.20 per share representing a gross dividend yield of 3.2%[3]

VGP’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan van Geet, said: “Delivering record profits, 2018 was another intensive year for VGP. We managed to successfully transform VGP towards a truly Pan-European platform as we expanded into new key markets. We put significant effort in introducing a new matrix organisation to stay close to our clients across Europe and to allow for VGP’s further geographic expansion. The significant increase of our land bank in 2018 laid the foundation for growth over the coming years.”

Jan Van Geet added: “We successfully continued our growth path in early 2019 with the expansion into Portugal and several landmark projects in Germany. We expect our development activities to continue to grow in 2019 supported by solid client demand driven by e-commerce and changing business needs. Through our integrated business model, VGP is uniquely positioned to capture the growth opportunities across Europe.”

[1] Year-over-year inclusive of Joint Venture at 100% and when excluding the sale of Mango. The Mango building located in Barcelona (Spain) sold during 2018, represented € 7.6 million in annualised rent income. [2] Of the twelve countries in which the group is active, the JV currently covers Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary   [3] Based on the closing share price of € 69.60 as at 28 February 2019

KEY FINANCIAL METRICS

Operations and results 2018 2017 Change (%)
Committed annualised rental income (€mm) 104.1 82.8 25.7%
IFRS Operating Profit before tax (€mm) 151.1 127.7 18.3%
IFRS net profit (€mm) 121.1 96.0 26.1%
IFRS earnings per share (€ per share) 6.52 5.17 26.1%
Dividend per share (€ per share) 2.20 1.90 15.8%

 

Portfolio and balance sheet 2018 2017 Change (%)
Portfolio value, including joint venture at 100% (€mm) 1,936 1,563 23.9%
Portfolio value, including joint venture at share (€mm) 1,355 1,206 12.4%
EPRA NAV per share (€ per share) 30.94 27.06 14.3%
IFRS NAV per share (€ per share) 29.25 25.09 16.6%
Net financial debt (€mm) 419.3 436.6 (4.0)%
Gearing[1] (%) 34.6 42.3 -

 

CONFERENCE CALL FOR INVESTORS AND ANALYSTS

VGP will host a conference call at 10:30 (CET) on 1 March 2019
The conference call will be available on:

  • Belgium: 0800 58228 (toll free) / +32 (0)2 404 0659
  • UK: 0800 358 6377 (toll free) / +44 (0)330 336 9105
  • US: 800-239-9838 (toll free) / +1 323-794-2551
  • Confirmation Code: 9976957

A presentation is available on VGP website: http://www.vgpparks.eu/investors/en/reports-and-presentations/presentations

FINANCIAL CALENDAR

  Annual Report 2018 9 April 2019
First quarter 2019 trading update 10 May 2019
General meeting of shareholders 10 May 2019
Dividend ex-date 20 May 2019
Dividend payment date 22 May 2019
Half year results 2019 23 August 2019
Third quarter 2019 trading update 22 November 2019


Contact details for investors and Media enquiries

Martijn Vlutters
Tel: +32 (0)3 289 1433
(VP – Business Development & Investor Relations)

Petra Vanclova
Tel: +42 0 602 262 107
(External Communications)

Anette Nachbar
Brunswick Groupe
Tel.: +49 152 288 10363

 

Annual Report 2018 9 April 2019
First quarter 2019 trading update 10 May 2019
General meeting of shareholders 10 May 2019
Dividend ex-date 20 May 2019
Dividend payment date 22 May 2019
Half year results 2019 23 August 2019
Third quarter 2019 trading update 22 November 2019

Press

Petra Vanclová

VGP - industriální stavby s.r.o.


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