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GCP Student Living PLC Half-year Report

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GCP Student Living PLC

06 March 2020

GCP STUDENT LIVING PLC

Half-yearly report and condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 31 December 2019

(the "Company", or together with its subsidiaries, the "Group")

LEI: 2138004J4ID66FK38H25

GCP Student, which was the first student accommodation REIT in the UK, today announces its results for the six months ended 31 December 2019.

The full half-yearly report and condensed consolidated financial statements can be accessed via the Company's website at www.gcpstudent.com or by contacting the Company Secretary by telephone on 01392 477500.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

GCP Student is a FTSE 250 constituent and was the first REIT in the UK to focus on student residential assets.

The Company seeks to provide shareholders with attractive total returns in the longer term through the potential for modest capital appreciation and regular, sustainable, long--term dividends with inflation--linked income characteristics.

It invests in properties located primarily in and around London where the Investment Manager believes the Company is likely to benefit from supply and demand imbalances for student residential accommodation and a growing number of international students.

The Company has a premium listing on the Official List of the FCA and trades on the Premium Segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. The Company had a market capitalisation of c.GBP901 million at 31 December 2019.

AT A GLANCE

 
                                HY17    HY18      HY19 
----------------------------  ------  ------  -------- 
Value of property portfolio 
 GBPm                          739.6   841.5  987.3(4) 
----------------------------  ------  ------  -------- 
Market capitalisation 
 GBPm                            555     609       901 
----------------------------  ------  ------  -------- 
Dividends per share 
 p                              2.96    3.06      3.15 
----------------------------  ------  ------  -------- 
EPRA NAV(2,3) per share 
 p                            146.31  157.93    174.71 
----------------------------  ------  ------  -------- 
Loan-to-value(3) 
  %                               23      26        19 
----------------------------  ------  ------  -------- 
                                AY17    AY18      AY19 
----------------------------  ------  ------  -------- 
Student rental growth(3) 
  %                              4.1     3.5       4.4 
----------------------------  ------  ------  -------- 
 

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE PERIOD(3)

-- Total shareholder return(3) of 24.3% for the period. Annualised total shareholder return(3) since IPO of 15.6%, compared to the Company's long-term target return of 8-10%.

   --     Dividends of 3.15 pence per share in respect of the period. 

-- EPRA NAV(2,3) (cum-income) per ordinary share of 174.71 pence and EPRA NAV (ex-income) per ordinary share of 173.13 pence at 31 December 2019.

   --     Total rental income for the period of GBP24.6 million. 

-- Successful equity raise of c.GBP77 million through a substantially oversubscribed placing of new ordinary shares.

   --     Inclusion in the FTSE 250 Index from 18 September 2019. 

-- High-quality portfolio of eleven assets with c.4,100 beds located primarily in and around London, with a valuation of GBP987.3 million at 31 December 2019.

   --     Fully occupied portfolio and rental growth of 4.4% for the 2019/20 academic year. 
   --     Net initial yield for the operational portfolio of 4.42%. 
   1.   Includes lease incentives held as receivables. 

2. EPRA NAV is equivalent to the NAV calculated under IFRS for the year, adjusted to the fair value of derivatives; refer to note 4.

3. Alternative performance measure ("APM") - see glossary for definitions and calculation methodology.

4. The Company's financial statements are prepared in accordance with IFRS. The financial highlights above include performance measures based on EPRA best practice recommendations, which are designed to enhance transparency and comparability across the European real estate sector. See glossary for definitions.

Robert Peto, Chairman, commented:

"The Company's focus on assets in and around London has delivered another interim period of strong NAV performance. This performance can be attributed to strong year-on-year student rental growth in excess of both inflation and the national average for student accommodation across a fully occupied portfolio of assets. The Company's annualised total shareholder return since its IPO in 2013 of 15.6% has substantially exceeded the 8-10% target at launch and is more than double the return of the FTSE All-Share Index over that period.

The Company provides shareholders with access to a portfolio of private student accommodation assets in locations which continue to benefit from strong supply and demand imbalances resulting in full occupancy, rental growth and yield compression. The attraction of the UK, and London in particular, for domestic and global students alike remains evident. The UK has some of the highest-ranking universities in the world, with three of the top ten institutions in 2020. Furthermore, education remains a core sector for the UK economy, contributing GBP95 billion and supporting nearly one million jobs.

The Board of GCP Student and the Investment Manager continue to monitor global events as they relate to student numbers, including relations between the US, the UK and China and are monitoring the potential impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak both in terms of the ability of students to attend their universities, and therefore occupy student rooms, and in terms of the wellbeing of the residents in the Company's buildings. The Board notes that, at the date of publication, bookings for the forthcoming academic year are in line with 2019/20 and residents for the current academic year continue to occupy their rooms. Student applications for full time higher education for the 2020/21 academic year have increased by 1.2% year-on-year."

For further information please contact:

   Gravis Capital Management Limited                  +44 020 3405 8500 

Nick Barker

Dion Di Miceli

   Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited                           +44 020 7710 7600 

Mark Bloomfield

Mark Young

Alex Miller

   Buchanan / Quill                                                    +44 020 7466 5000 

Helen Tarbet

Henry Wilson

Investment Objectives and KPI s

The Company invests in UK student accommodation to meet the following key objectives:

 
TOTAL RETURN                      PORTFOLIO QUALITY           DIVERSIFICATION 
--------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------------- 
To provide shareholders           To focus on high-quality,   To invest and manage 
 with attractive total             modern, private student     assets with the objective 
 returns in the longer             residential accommodation   of spreading risk. 
 term.                             primarily in and around 
                                   London. 
--------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------------- 
Key Performance indicators 
--------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------------- 
The Company has generated         The Company's investment    At 31 December 2019, 
 an annualised total shareholder   portfolio has been fully    the Company's property 
 return(1) since IPO of            occupied since IPO, with    portfolio comprised eleven 
 15.6%.                            average annual student      high-quality, modern 
                                   rental growth(1) of 3.9%.   student accommodation 
                                                               assets. 
3.15p                             FULL                        4,116 
 Dividends paid or                 Occupancy(1) for the        Number of beds 
 declared for the period           2019/20 academic year 
 
24.3%                             4.4%                        11 
 Total shareholder return          Student rental growth(1)    Number of assets 
 for the period(1)                 for the academic year 
                                   2019/20 
 
 

Further information on Company performance can be found below.

1. Alternative performance measure ("APM") - see glossary for definitions and calculation methodology.

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to report a period of excellent performance.

Introduction

The focus on assets in and around London has delivered another interim period of strong NAV performance, with the NAV per share rising by 5.6% to 174.71 pence since year end. This performance can be attributed to strong year-on-year student rental growth in excess of both inflation and the national average for student accommodation across a fully occupied portfolio of assets. Accordingly, the Company has been able to increase its dividend for the period under review, to a total of 3.15 pence per share.

The Company has delivered a positive total shareholder return(1) for the six-month period to 31 December 2019 of 24.3%, with an annualised total shareholder return(1) since IPO of 15.6%, substantially exceeding the 8-10% long--term target at launch and is more than double the return of the FTSE All-Share Index over that period.

In September 2019, the Company was admitted to the FTSE 250 Index. This has resulted in investment in the Company and a broadening of its investor base. Further to this, the Company successfully raised new equity capital in December 2019 through a substantially oversubscribed placing of ordinary shares supported by existing and new shareholders alike, with a material cornerstone investment from pension funds managed by APG Asset Management N.V., a pleasing endorsement of the Company's investment strategy and long--term performance.

Investment activity

The Company benefits from a conditional forward purchase agreement to acquire Scape Guildford 2, a high specification, purpose-built, private student accommodation residence in the same location as its Scape Guildford asset. The property is expected to be completed for the 2020/21 academic year, providing 403 beds. If acquired, this property will form part of an enlarged Scape Guildford asset, providing 544 beds in the same locality as the University of Surrey and offering the potential for the Group to benefit from operational economies of scale. The Company's Scape Guildford asset has been fully occupied each year since its acquisition and has generated annual rental growth in excess of the portfolio average.

Financial results

The Company has generated a strong set of results in both absolute and relative terms. The Company's investment portfolio delivered rental income of GBP24.6 million over the six--month period to 31 December 2019. Its EPRA NAV(1) per share increased from 165.52 pence at the financial year end, 30 June 2019, to 174.71 pence at 31 December 2019, representing growth over the period of 5.6%.

Dividends

The Company has paid or declared dividends in respect of the six-month period ended 31 December 2019 of 3.15 pence per share. The dividends were paid as 2.91 pence per share as PID and 0.24 pence per share as non-PID.

Scape Bloomsbury opened to students in September 2018 and has therefore been operational for the entirety of the interim period under review. Accordingly, the Company's dividend cover ratio(1) on an adjusted earnings basis (refer to note 3) has improved from 81% in the comparable six month period to 31 December 2018 to 92% for the six months to 31 December 2019.

Financing

On 27 December 2019, the Company raised gross proceeds of approximately GBP77 million by way of a substantially oversubscribed non pre-emptive placing of new ordinary shares. The placing was NAV-accretive for existing shareholders, with the new shares issued at a premium of 10.4% to the then prevailing NAV (ex-income), representing an uplift of 1.3 pence per share.

At 31 December 2019, the Group's available banking facilities totalled GBP335 million, of which GBP248.8 million was drawn. At that date, the Group's current blended cost of borrowing on its drawn debt was 3.01% with an average weighted maturity of six years. The loan--to--value of the Group at the period end was 19%.

Further details of the Group's borrowing facilities are set out in note 10 to the financial statements.

Sustainability

The Company aims to operate a sustainable business model with a low carbon footprint for all its stakeholders. The Company has been awarded an 'A' rating in the MSCI ESG ratings and was listed in the LSE's 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2019 publication.

The Company is in the process of obtaining a GRESB assessment on its approach to sustainability, which will be published in H2 2020. The Investment Manager is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment ("UNPRI") and has established a dedicated sustainability committee to assess ESG issues and integrate sustainability across its business.

Outlook

The Company provides shareholders with access to a portfolio of private student accommodation assets in locations which continue to benefit from strong supply and demand imbalances resulting in full occupancy, rental growth and yield compression.

The period under review has seen the UK elect a majority government and, post period end, the UK departed the EU on 31 January 2020. Whilst the wheels have been set in motion for the implementation of Brexit, its potential impact on the Company remains unknown and difficult to quantify. Notwithstanding this, the attraction of the UK, and London in particular, for domestic and global students alike remains evident. The UK has some of the highest-ranking universities in the world, with three of the top ten institutions in 2020.(2) Furthermore, education remains a core sector for the UK economy, contributing GBP95 billion and supporting nearly one million jobs.(3)

The Board and the Investment Manager continue to monitor global events as they relate to student numbers, including relations between the US, the UK and China which may impact the global mobility of Chinese students as well as their choice of destination.

Further, the Board and the Investment Manager are monitoring the potential impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak both in terms of the ability of students to attend their universities, and therefore occupy student rooms, and in terms of the wellbeing of the residents in the Company's buildings. The Board notes that, at the date of publication, bookings for the forthcoming year are in line with 2019/20 and residents for the current academic year continue to occupy their rooms. Student applications for full time higher education for the 2020/21 academic year have increased by 1.2%(4) year-on-year.

The Board is mindful of the benefits that scale can bring to shareholders, including through operational efficiencies, portfolio diversification, reduced cost ratios and enhanced secondary market liquidity in the Company's shares.

To date, the Company has built its portfolio through the acquisition of individual assets, often by means of future contractual arrangements. As the Company has grown, so too have the opportunities for it to participate in bids for large-scale portfolios of assets and opportunistic individual acquisitions, which the Company reviews on an ad hoc basis. The Company further benefits from a future contractual arrangement in respect of Scape Guildford 2, as noted on page 4.

1. Alternative Performance Measure ("APM") - see glossary for definitions and calculation methodology.

   2.   The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. 
   3.   The Economic Impact of Universities in 2014-15, October 2017. 
   4.   UCAS 

Robert Peto

Chairman

5 March 2020

INVESTMENT MANAGER'S REPORT

The Investment Manager remains positive regarding the outlook for the student accommodation sector.

Acceptance rates for full-time courses in the UK are at record levels.

The UK student accommodation market

The Investment Manager believes that the location of assets is fundamental to their ability to support long--term returns to shareholders. It remains positive regarding the outlook for the student accommodation sector in the Company's 'core' markets which continue to benefit from attractive demand characteristics supported by constrained supply.

Student numbers supportive of occupancy and growth

The UK remains a global leader in the provision of higher education, with some of the highest-ranking universities in the world, including three in the top ten in 2020(1) , making it attractive to both domestic and international students.

UCAS data for the 2019/20 academic year showed a record level of almost 550,000 students accepted onto full-time courses in the UK, with year-on-year growth from domestic (1.1%) and non-EU international students (6.9%) and a reduction in EU students (-0.3%). Non-EU student acceptances are at record levels, with acceptances from EU students remaining above those seen prior to the EU referendum. Further, the total number of acceptances for domestic 18 year-olds increased by 1.3% year--on-year, notwithstanding the decline in the wider UK population of this age.

Whilst total acceptances continue to rise, a combination of the cost of tuition and the removal of student number controls continues to benefit the top-ranked universities most (as shown in the graph on page 8), illustrating a flight to quality as students assess their choice of university in terms of potential future earnings and other value indicators.

   1.   The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. 

Demand for full-time higher education courses in London remains strong relative to the rest of the UK. London is home to 23 universities, with more universities (four) ranked in the top 40 by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings than any other city in the world. Approximately 30% of the 2.4 million students in the UK study in London and the South East.(1) International students in particular favour London as a destination for higher education given its continued reputation as a global centre of academic excellence; a quarter of all international students in the UK choose to study in London.

Approximately 85% of the Company's portfolio is located in and around London, with 82% of the occupants, being international students (EU and non-EU).

Strong supply-side barriers

There remains significant divergence of returns from student accommodation between cities in the UK with an undersupply of student housing and those with less restrictive planning regulations, with the Investment Manager targeting markets and micro--locations which it believes demonstrate a structural undersupply of private student accommodation. London and Brighton both remain severely undersupplied as a result of a combination of high land values and challenging planning restrictions. Further, modern student accommodation is in short supply, as illustrated by existing university stock in London, of which an estimated two--thirds is almost 20 years old.(2)

The beneficial impact of these supply--side barriers on the Company's portfolio, coupled with continued strong demand for accommodation in its assets, is reflected by the valuation increases and rental growth achieved both during the interim period and since its IPO in 2013.

   1.   HESA. 
   2.   JLL Student Housing 2017 Report 

Transactional activity

Investment volumes of student assets exceeded GBP5.2 billion in 2019, the highest level of transactional activity in the UK since 2015. Post period end, Blackstone Group agreed to buy the iQ student portfolio from Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust for GBP4.7 billion. The portfolio of 67 assets comprises c.28,000 beds in 27 UK cities and represents the UK's largest ever private real estate transaction.

Another transaction of note during the period was the acquisition by Unite plc of the Liberty Living Group plc, which constituted a portfolio of purpose--built student accommodation comprising c.24,000 beds located across the UK for a total consideration of c.GBP1.4 billion.

Such investment activity, combined with the above--average rental growth, continues to drive yield compression across the London market. This is reflected in the increased valuation on a like-for-like basis of the Company's portfolio during the period under review.

Portfolio performance update

The Company's portfolio continues to perform in line with the Investment Manager's expectations. The operational properties are fully occupied with respect to the 2019/20 academic year.

The portfolio generated rental income of GBP24.6 million for the six-month period to 31 December 2019 and average rental growth of 4.4% year-on-year, exceeding both RPI growth of 2.9% and the national average net rental(1) growth for student accommodation of 2.6%(1) . The Company is able to achieve strong rental growth through its focus on markets benefiting from strong supply and demand imbalances and the location of its assets, all of which are within a ten minute walk of an HEI or major transport links.

In the period under review, the Company has achieved strong NAV growth driven by a like-for-like portfolio valuation uplift of 4.4%. The external market valuation of the portfolio was GBP987.3 million at 31 December 2019. The valuation uplift has been driven by rental growth, full occupancy and yield compression across its portfolio, with notable valuation uplifts on Scape Mile End of GBP10.7 million, Scape Wembley of GBP9.7 million and Scape Bloomsbury of GBP6.9 million.

The net initial yield of the Company's operational portfolio at 31 December 2019 was 4.42%.

During the period under review, the forward--funded construction of the student building at Circus Street, Brighton, was completed on time and in line with the Investment Manager's expectations. Circus Street provides 450 beds in addition to c.29,000 sq ft of commercial office space which is expected to complete in summer 2020. The student accommodation is contracted on a 21-year lease, with annual uplifts of RPI plus 50 basis points, capped at 5% and floored at 2%, to a subsidiary of Kaplan Inc, a global education provider. Scape Brighton, the Company's second asset in the city, remains on track to complete construction for the 2020/21 academic year. The Company benefits from licensing fees which provide a 5.5% p.a. coupon through the construction phase. Scape Brighton will provide 555 beds once operational.

1. CBRE Student Accommodation Index 2019

Outlook

The Company provides shareholders with a property portfolio which continues to benefit from supply and demand imbalances for student residential accommodation in its core markets, as evidenced by the occupancy levels, rental growth and yield compression seen across the Company's portfolio in the period under review.

Private student residential accommodation assets in and around London and in super prime regional locations such as Brighton continue to benefit from a substantial yield differential when compared to those located in other regional locations. This is underpinned by a growing demand for student accommodation and high barriers to entry for further development.

It is the Investment Manager's belief that this trend is likely to continue, particularly in London where local government policy may further limit the development in the future of private student accommodation and where demand from students for access to London's universities continues to grow. The combination of increasing demand for higher education in the locations in which the Group's assets are located and ongoing supply constraints should continue to support occupancy, rental growth and property valuations across the Company's portfolio.

Portfolio at a glance

 
 PROPERTY                   VALUATION     NIY   NUMBER OF BEDS   % OF PORTFOLIO 
------------------------  -----------  ------  ---------------  --------------- 
 1. Scape Shoreditch        GBP213.3m   4.24%              541              22% 
    2. Scape Bloomsbury     GBP196.5m   4.00%              432              20% 
    3. Scape Mile 
     End                    GBP165.2m   4.45%              588              17% 
    4. Scape Wembley        GBP107.0m   4.65%              578              11% 
 5. Circus Street, 
  Brighton                   GBP74.2m   3.94%              450               8% 
 6. Scape Greenwich          GBP60.8m   4.55%              280               6% 
 7. Scape Brighton           GBP52.7m     N/A              555               5% 
 8. The Pad, Egham           GBP34.4m   5.80%              220               3% 
 9. Podium, Egham            GBP31.8m   5.65%              178               3% 
 10. Scape Guildford         GBP28.7m   5.15%              141               3% 
 11. Water Lane 
  Apartments, Bristol        GBP22.7m   5.25%              153               2% 
------------------------  -----------  ------  ---------------  --------------- 
 TOTAL                      GBP987.3m   4.42%            4,116             100% 
 

FINANCIAL REVIEW OF THE PERIOD

The Company generated rental income of GBP24.6 million, paid or declared dividends of 3.15 pence per share and generated a total shareholder return(2) for the period of 24.3%.

Financial results

The Group has delivered strong results for the six-month period to 31 December 2019, with average rental growth of 4.4% across the portfolio for the 2019/20 academic year and generating total rental income for the period of GBP24.6 million. Profit before tax and fair value gains on investment properties and financial assets of GBP9.8 million was generated in the period up from GBP9.0 million in the prior period.

The Company's profit before tax year--on--year has decreased due to the lower fair value gains recognised in the current period and an increase in finance costs associated with amounts drawn and repaid on the Company's redrawable credit facility and development loan. Administration expenses have increased in line with NAV.

Operating expenses

The Company's net operating margin has remained stable at c.79% for the period ,with the continued efficient management of costs by the Company's Asset and Facilities Managers. Operating expenditure of GBP5.2 million was incurred during the period, which is in line with expectations.

Administration expenditure

Total administration expenses of GBP4.7 million in the period comprise fund running costs, including the Investment Manager's fee and other third party service provider costs, in line with the Company's service provider contracts.

Dividends and earnings

The Company increased its dividend, paying or declaring dividends in respect of the period of 3.15 pence per share. The dividends will be paid as 2.91 pence per ordinary share as PID in respect of the Group's tax exempt property rental business and 0.24 pence per ordinary share as ordinary dividends.

The dividend was 92% covered by adjusted EPS(1) of 2.90 pence (refer to note 3). The Board is pleased to report the substantial improvement to the Company's dividend cover, which has been driven predominantly by Scape Bloomsbury opening to students in September 2018.

The Company targets a fully covered dividend over the longer term, noting that where assets in its portfolio are being refurbished or are under development, or where cash is held pending investment, there may be periods where cover is adversely affected over the short term.

Ongoing charges percentage

The Company's ongoing charges ratio(1) for the twelve months to 31 December 2019, based on the AIC's methodology, excluding direct property costs, was 1.32%.

Financial performance

 
Condensed profit or loss                                                               Six months   Six months 
                                                                                         ended 31     ended 31 
                                                                                         December     December 
                                                                                             2019         2018 
                                                                                          GBP'000      GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------- 
Rental income                                                                              24,587       20,868 
Property operating expenses                                                               (5,236)      (4,517) 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------- 
Gross profit (net operating income)                                                        19,351       16,351 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------- 
Net operating margin(1)                                                                       79%          78% 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------- 
Administration expenses                                                                   (4,738)      (3,959) 
Net finance costs                                                                         (4,856)      (3,430) 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------- 
Profit before tax and fair value gains on investment properties and financial assets        9,757        8,962 
Fair value gains on investment properties                                                  37,987       39,898 
Fair value gains on financial assets                                                           22            - 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------- 
Profit before tax for the period                                                           47,766       48,860 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------- 
 

1. Alternative performance measure ("APM") - see glossary for definitions and calculation methodology.

Valuation

The valuation of the Company's property portfolio has increased to GBP987.3 million. Total gains on investment properties through revaluation of the Company's investment portfolio were GBP38.0 million for the period ended 31 December 2019. The portfolio is fully occupied for the 2019/20 academic year.

Debt financing

The Company has continued to utilise its debt facilities during the period. The four facilities amount to GBP335 million, including two fixed interest rate term facilities for an aggregate amount of GBP235 million which are secured against certain of the Group's operational assets. In addition, the Group has GBP100 million of floating rate borrowing facilities with Wells Fargo comprising a GBP55 million (GBP13.8 million drawn at 31 December 2019) development facility and a GBP45 million redrawable credit facility of which GBP28.2 million was drawn and repaid during the period.

The Group's blended cost of borrowing on its drawn debt at the period end is 3.01% with an average weighted maturity of six years. The loan-to-value(3) of the Group at that date was 19%.

Lifecycle reserves

The Company's lifecycle cash reserves were GBP2.0 million at the period end. The reserves are held for future expenditure to ensure the properties are maintained at the level needed to sustain the current rents and any assumed future rental growth.

EPRA NAV(1)

Net assets attributable to equity holders at 31 December 2019 were GBP795.0 million, up from GBP648.4 million at 31 December 2018. The EPRA NAV has increased from 165.52 pence at the year end to 174.71 pence per ordinary share, a 5.6% increase for the six--month period to 31 December 2019, primarily driven by increases in portfolio valuation due to strong rental growth and yield compression.

Cash flow generation

The Company held cash and cash equivalents of GBP59.3 million at the end of the period under review. Operating cash flows of GBP12.7 million were generated by the Company's student accommodation portfolio. Total equity capital raised in the period amounted to GBP76.9 million, which was used in part to repay the Company's redrawable credit facility. The remaining cash outflows relate to the cost of servicing the Company's debt facilities in addition to the payment of dividends, resulting in a net increase in cash and cash equivalents at the period end.

Financial performance

 
Condensed balance sheet                            As at        As at 
                                             31 December  31 December 
                                                    2019         2018 
                                                 GBP'000      GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Investment property(2)                           996,283      838,964 
Trade and other receivables                       26,694       47,011 
Cash and cash equivalents                         59,277       19,781 
-------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Total assets                                   1,082,254      905,756 
-------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Liabilities 
Trade and other payables                         (9,747)      (7,068) 
Deferred income                                 (19,777)     (18,574) 
Lease liability                                 (11,610)            - 
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings          (246,135)    (231,679) 
-------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Total liabilities                              (287,269)    (257,321) 
-------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Net assets                                       794,985      648,435 
-------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Number of shares                             455,019,030  410,576,707 
EPRA NAV(1,3) per share (cum-income) (pps)        174.71       157.93 
EPRA NAV(1,3) per share (ex-income) (pps)         173.13       156.40 
-------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
 

1. EPRA NAV is equivalent to the NAV calculated under IFRS for the period less an adjustment for derivatives, refer to note 4. See glossary for definitions.

   2.   Includes lease incentives held as receivables. 

3. Alternative performance measure ("APM") - see glossary for definitions and calculation methodology.

COMPANY PERFORMANCE

The Company continues to deliver strong performance.

Annualised total shareholder return(1) since IPO

15.6%: HY 2019

11.9%: HY 2018

Relevance to strategy: Total shareholder return measures the delivery of the Company's strategy, to provide shareholders with attractive total returns in the longer term.

Adjusted earnings(1) per share

2.9p: HY 2019

2.49p: HY 2018

Relevance to strategy: Adjusted earnings per share reflects the Company's ability to generate earnings from its portfolio.

Dividends per share for the period

3.15p: HY 2019

3.06p: HY 2018

Relevance to strategy: The total dividend reflects the Company's ability to deliver regular, sustainable, long-term dividends and is a key element of total return.

Occupancy(1)

FULL: HY 2019

FULL: HY 2018

Relevance to strategy: Occupancy is a key measure of portfolio quality and ability to drive rental growth.

Loan-to-value(1)

19%: HY 2019

26%: HY 2018

Relevance to strategy: The LTV ratio measures the level of gearing and the Company's cost of debt.

Student rental growth(1) (like-for-like)

4.4%: AY19

3.5%: AY18

Relevance to strategy: Student rental growth is a key measure of the quality of the portfolio.

EPRA performance measures(2)

The data below includes performance measures based on EPRA 'Best Practice Recommendations Guidelines', which are designed to enhance transparency and comparability across the European real estate sector.

EPRA earnings(1)

GBP9.8m: HY 2019

GBP9.0m: HY 2018

Purpose: A key measure of the Company's underlying operating results and an indication of the extent to which the current dividend payments are supported by earnings.

EPRA NAV(1)

174.71p: HY 2019

157.93p: HY 2018

Purpose: Makes adjustments to the IFRS NAV to provide stakeholders with the most relevant information on the fair value of the assets and liabilities within a real estate investment company.

EPRA net initial yield(1)

4.42%: HY 2019

4.74%: HY 2018

Purpose: A comparable measure for portfolio valuations. This measure increases the comparability of two portfolios.

1. Alternative performance measure ("APM") - see glossary for definitions and calculation methodology.

2. In respect of the operational portfolio in line with EPRA 'Best Practices Recommendations Guidelines'.

INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT AND STATEMENT OF DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITIES

Interim management report

The important events that have occurred during the period under review, the key factors influencing the condensed consolidated financial statements and the principal factors that could impact the remaining six months of the financial year are set out in the Chairman's statement and the Investment Manager's report above.

With the exception of broader uncertainties around coronavirus (Covid-19) as set out in the outlook section of the Chaiman's statement above, the Directors consider that the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company are substantially unchanged since the date of the annual report for the year ended 30 June 2019 and continue to be as set out in that report.

Risks faced by the Group include, but are not limited to:

Operational risk:

   --     reliance on the Investment Manager and third party service providers; 
   --     due diligence; 
   --     concentration risk; 
   --     net income and capital values; 
   --     property valuation and liquidity; and 
   --     compliance with laws and regulations. 

Market risk:

   --     UK property market conditions; and 
   --     government policy and Brexit. 

Financial risk:

   --     breach of loan covenants and gearing limits. 

Responsibility statement

The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

-- the half--yearly report and condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting issued by the IASB;

-- the half--yearly report and condensed consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and return of the Group; and

-- the half--yearly report and condensed consolidated financial statements include a fair review of the information required by:

a) 4.2.7R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed consolidated financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

b) 4.2.8R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Group during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

The half--yearly report and condensed consolidated financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors and the above responsibility statement was signed on its behalf by:

Robert Peto

Chairman

5 March 2020

INDEPENT REVIEW REPORT

To the members of GCP Student Living plc

Introduction

We have been engaged by GCP Student Living plc (the "Company") to review the condensed consolidated set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 31 December 2019, which comprises the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, condensed consolidated statement of financial position, condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity and condensed consolidated statement of cash flows, basis of preparation and accounting policies and all related notes (together the ("condensed set of financial statements"). We have read the other information contained in the half--yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed consolidated set of financial statements.

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with guidance contained in International Standard on Review Engagements 2410 (UK and Ireland) 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the Directors. The Directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in the basis of preparation and accounting policies, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half--yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, Interim Financial Reporting, as adopted by the European Union.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 31 December 2019 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Ernst & Young LLP

London, United Kingdom

5 March 2020

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the six months ended 31 December 2019

 
                                                                                      Six months   Six months 
                                                                                           ended        Ended 
                                                                                     31 December  31 December 
                                                                                            2019         2018 
Continuing operations                                                         Notes      GBP'000      GBP'000 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Rental income                                                                             24,587       20,868 
Property operating expenses                                                              (5,236)      (4,517) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Gross profit                                                                              19,351       16,351 
Administration expenses                                                                  (4,738)      (3,959) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Operating profit before gains on investment properties and financial assets               14,613       12,392 
Fair value gains on investment properties                                         7       37,987       39,898 
Fair value gains on financial assets                                                          22            - 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Operating profit                                                                          52,622       52,290 
Finance income                                                                                21          531 
Finance expenses                                                                  9      (4,877)      (3,961) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Profit before tax                                                                         47,766       48,860 
Tax charge on residual income                                                     5            -            - 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Total comprehensive income for the period                                                 47,766       48,860 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
EPS (basic and diluted) (pps)                                                     3        11.52        12.26 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
 

The accompanying notes 1 to 12 form an integral part of these financial statements.

condensed Consolidated statement of Financial Position

As at 31 December 2019

 
                                               31 December      30 June 
                                                      2019         2019 
                                        Notes      GBP'000      GBP'000 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Assets 
Non-current assets 
Investment property                         7      996,283      919,203 
Retention account                                      308          308 
Other financial assets                                  22            - 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Total non-current assets                           996,613      919,511 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Current assets 
Cash and cash equivalents                           59,277       15,509 
Deposit for investment property                      2,648        2,648 
Trade and other receivables                         23,716       14,594 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Total current assets                                85,641       32,751 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Total assets                                     1,082,254      952,262 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Liabilities 
Non-current liabilities 
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings      10    (246,135)    (249,111) 
Retention account                                    (308)        (308) 
Lease liability                                   (11,266)            - 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Total non-current liabilities                    (257,709)    (249,419) 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Current liabilities 
Trade and other payables                           (9,439)      (5,887) 
Deferred income                                   (19,777)     (12,293) 
Lease liability                                      (344)            - 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Total current liabilities                         (29,560)     (18,180) 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Total liabilities                                (287,269)    (267,599) 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Net assets                                         794,985      684,663 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Equity 
Share capital                              11        4,550        4,137 
Share premium                                      525,748      450,658 
Special reserve                                     35,569       38,759 
Retained earnings                                  229,118      191,109 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Total equity                                       794,985      684,663 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Number of shares in issue                      455,019,030  413,653,630 
EPRA NAV per share (pps)                    4       174.71       165.52 
--------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
 

The accompanying notes 1 to 12 form an integral part of these financial statements.

condensed Consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 31 December 2019

 
                                                      Share     Share   Special   Retained 
                                                    capital   premium   reserve   Earnings     Total 
                                                    GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000    GBP'000   GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Balance at 1 July 2019                                4,137   450,658    38,759    191,109   684,663 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Total comprehensive income                                -         -         -     47,766    47,766 
Ordinary shares issued                                  413    76,526         -          -    76,939 
Share issue costs                                         -   (1,436)         -          -   (1,436) 
Dividends paid in respect of the previous period          -         -   (2,344)    (4,109)   (6,453) 
Dividends paid in respect of the current period           -         -     (846)    (5,648)   (6,494) 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Balance at 31 December 2019                           4,550   525,748    35,569    229,118   794,985 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
 

condensed Consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 31 December 2018

 
                                                      Share     Share   Special   Retained 
                                                    capital   premium   reserve   Earnings     Total 
                                                    GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000    GBP'000   GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Balance at 1 July 2018                                3,851   408,617    44,497    117,245   574,210 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Total comprehensive income                                -         -         -     48,860    48,860 
Ordinary shares issued                                  255    37,886         -          -    38,141 
Share issue costs                                         -     (679)         -          -     (679) 
Dividends paid in respect of the previous period          -         -   (2,509)    (3,306)   (5,815) 
Dividends paid in respect of the current period           -         -     (626)    (5,656)   (6,282) 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
Balance at 31 December 2018                           4,106   445,824    41,362    157,143   648,435 
-------------------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  -------- 
 

condensed Consolidated statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 31 December 2019

 
                                                                                      Six months   Six months 
                                                                                           ended        ended 
                                                                                     31 December  31 December 
                                                                                            2019         2018 
                                                                              Notes      GBP'000      GBP'000 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Cash flows from operating activities 
Operating profit                                                                          52,622       52,290 
Adjustments to reconcile profit for the period to net operating cash flows: 
  Gains from change in fair value of investment properties                        7     (37,987)     (39,898) 
  Gains from change in fair value of financial assets                                       (22)            - 
  (Increase)/decrease in other receivables and prepayments                               (9,546)        8,338 
  Increase/(decrease) in other payables and accrued expenses                               7,665     (10,252) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Net cash flow generated from operating activities                                         12,732       10,478 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Cash flows from investing activities 
Land and development expenditure on properties under construction                       (24,064)            - 
Capital expenditure on investment properties                                               (141)     (16,010) 
Increase in loans receivable                                                                   -     (24,178) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Net cash used in investing activities                                                   (24,205)     (40,188) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Cash flows from financing activities 
Proceeds from issue of ordinary shares                                                    76,939       38,141 
Share issue costs                                                                        (1,180)        (679) 
Proceeds from interest-bearing loans and borrowings                                       24,655       17,470 
Repayment of interest-bearing loans and borrowings                               10     (28,220)     (17,470) 
Loan arrangement fees                                                                       (42)      (1,429) 
Finance income                                                                                13           20 
Finance expenses                                                                         (4,186)      (3,767) 
Dividends paid in the period                                                            (12,738)     (12,008) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Net cash flow generated from financing activities                                         55,241       20,278 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                                      43,768      (9,432) 
Cash and cash equivalents at start of the period                                          15,509       29,213 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period                                            59,277       19,781 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -----------  ----------- 
 

The accompanying notes 1 to 12 form an integral part of these financial statements.

Notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements

For the six months ended 31 December 2019

Part 1. Basis of preparation

This section includes the Company's accounting policies applied to the financial statements in accordance with IFRS.

1. General information

GCP Student Living plc is a REIT incorporated in England and Wales on 26 February 2013. The registered office of the Company is located at 51 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EP. The Company has a premium listing on the Official List of the FCA and trades on the Premium Segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. The Company had a market capitalisation of c.GBP901 million at 31 December 2019.

2. Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 31 December 2019 have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. They do not include all financial information required for full annual financial statements and have been prepared using the accounting policies adopted in the audited financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2019, with the exception of IFRS 16 Leases which has been adopted for the first time and is detailed in note 2.2. The audited financial statements were prepared in accordance with IFRS issued by the IASB as adopted by the European Union.

The financial information contained within this half-yearly report does not constitute full statutory accounts as defined in the Companies Act 2006. The financial information for the six months ended 31 December 2019 has been reviewed by the Company's Auditor, Ernst & Young LLP, in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements 2410 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' and was approved for issue on 5 March 2020. The latest published audited financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2019 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies; the report of the independent Auditor thereon was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial information for the year ended 30 June 2019 is an extract from those financial statements.

The condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, except for investment property and derivative financial assets, which have been measured at fair value. The financial statements are presented in Pound Sterling and all values are rounded to the nearest thousand pounds (GBP'000), except when otherwise indicated.

The Group has chosen to adopt the EPRA best practice guidelines for calculating key metrics such as NAV and earnings, which are presented alongside the IFRS measures where applicable.

The condensed consolidated interim financial information includes the financial statements of the Company and its wholly--owned subsidiaries for the six months ended 31 December 2019.

2.1 Significant accounting policies

Accounting policies are consistent with those of the annual report for the year ended 30 June 2019 with the exception of IFRS 16 Leases explained below.

2.2 New accounting standard - IFRS 16

IFRS 16 Leases was introduced for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019. The Group incurs ground rent in relation to one of its investment properties that has previously been treated as an operating lease and now falls within the scope of IFRS 16. As a result, the Group has recognised a right-of-use asset of GBP11,610,000 and a lease liability of GBP11,610,000 at 1 July 2019. The Company has taken a modified retrospective approach. There were no adjustments to opening reserves at 1 July 2019 as a right-of-use asset and a lease liability were recognised at the same amount. The lease liability is calculated at the net present value of the future lease payments, discounted using the Group's incremental borrowing rate of 3.01%. The right-of use asset is included within investment property in the condensed consolidated statement of financial position at fair value.

There is no impact to the consolidated statement of comprehensive income as a result of implementing IFRS 16.

2.3 Segmental reporting

The Directors are of the opinion that the Group is engaged in a single segment of business, being the investment and provision of student accommodation facilities (including ancillary retail, commercial and teaching facilities) in the UK.

2.4 Significant accounting judgements and estimates

The preparation of these financial statements in accordance with IFRS requires the Directors of the Company to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts recognised in the financial statements.

However, uncertainty about these assumptions and estimates could result in outcomes that require a material adjustment to the carrying amount of the asset or liability in the future.

Judgements

In the process of applying the Group's accounting policies, management has made the following judgements which have the most significant effect on the amounts recognised in the condensed consolidated financial statements:

Operating lease commitments - Group as lessor

The Group has entered into commercial property leases on its investment property portfolio. The Group has determined, based on evaluation of the terms and conditions of the arrangements, such as the lease term not constituting a substantial portion of the economic life of the commercial property, that it retains all the significant risks and rewards of ownership of these properties and recognises the contracts as operating leases.

Going concern

The Directors have made an assessment of the Group's ability to continue as a going concern and are satisfied that the Group has the resources to continue in business for the foreseeable future, for a period of not less than twelve months from the date of this report. Furthermore, the Directors are not aware of any material uncertainties that may cast significant doubt upon the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. Therefore, the financial statements have been prepared on the going concern basis.

Estimates

Valuation of property

The Group's investment properties are valued at fair value as determined by the external valuer in accordance with the RICS Valuation Global Standards 2017 and IFRS 13. Refer to note 8 for further details of the judgements and estimates made in determining the valuation of property.

Part 2. Review of the financial PERIOD

This section includes information on the performance of the Company, EPRA metrics, NAV and information on dividends for the period. The EPRA metrics have been reconciled to the IFRS measures where appropriate and are included to enhance comparability across the real estate sector.

3. EPRA Earnings(1)

Basic EPS is calculated by dividing profit for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares during the period. As there are no dilutive instruments in issue, basic and diluted EPS are identical. The following reflects the earnings and share data used in the basic and diluted share computations and EPRA EPS(1) and Group-specific adjusted EPS(1) computations.

 
                                                          Six months   Six months 
                                                               ended        ended 
                                                         31 December  31 December 
                                                                2019         2018 
                                                             GBP'000      GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Group earnings for EPS and diluted EPS                        47,766       48,860 
Fair value gains on investment properties                   (37,987)     (39,898) 
Fair value gains on financial assets                            (22)            - 
-------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Group earnings for basic and diluted EPRA EPS(1)               9,757        8,962 
-------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Group-specific adjustments: 
Licence fees receivable on forward-funded developments         2,281          976 
-------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Group-specific adjusted earnings(1)                           12,038        9,938 
-------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
 
 
                                      Six months       Six months 
                                           ended            ended 
                                     31 December      31 December 
                                            2019             2018 
                                 Pence per share  Pence per share 
-------------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Basic Group EPS                            11.52            12.26 
-------------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Basic Group EPRA EPS(1)                     2.35             2.25 
-------------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Diluted Group EPS                          11.52            12.26 
-------------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Diluted Group EPRA EPS(1)                   2.35             2.25 
-------------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Group-specific adjusted EPS(1)              2.90             2.49 
-------------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 Total dividends                            3.15             3.06 
-------------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
Dividend cover ratio(1)                      92%              81% 
-------------------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 
 
                                             31 December  31 December 
                                                    2019         2018 
                                               Number of    Number of 
                                                  shares       shares 
-------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Weighted average number of shares in issue   414,777,690  398,652,549 
-------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
 

1. Alternative performance measure ("APM")- see glossary for definitions and calculation methodology.

A Group-specific adjusted EPS(1) has been calculated on page 22 to show EPRA earnings(1) adding licence fees on forward-funding agreements which are treated as capital items in the financial statements. The capital items have arisen from the following:

   1.   For the period ended 31 December 2019: 

i. licence fees of GBP787,000 from the developer of Circus Street, Brighton in respect of a forward-funding agreement; and

ii. licence fees of GBP1,494,000 from the developer of Scape Brighton in respect of a forward-funding agreement.

   2.   For the period ended 31 December 2018: 

i. licence fees of GBP976,000 from the developer of Circus Street, Brighton in respect of a forward-funding agreement.

4. EPRA NAV

Basic NAV per share amounts are calculated by dividing net assets in the statement of financial position attributable to ordinary equity holders of the Company by the number of ordinary shares outstanding at the end of the period. As there are no dilutive instruments in issue, basic and diluted NAV per share are identical. The following reflects the net asset and share data used in the basic and diluted NAV per share and EPRA NAV(1) per share computations:

 
                        31 December          30 June 
                               2019             2019 
                    Pence per share  Pence per share 
------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
EPRA NAV(1) (pps)            174.71           165.52 
------------------  ---------------  --------------- 
 

The EPRA NAV may be calculated as:

 
                                                   31 December      30 June 
                                                          2019         2019 
                                                       GBP'000      GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Net assets attributable to ordinary shareholders       794,985      684,663 
Fair value of financial assets                            (22)            - 
-------------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Net assets for calculation of EPRA NAV(1)              794,963      684,663 
-------------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Number of ordinary shares in issue                 455,019,030  413,653,630 
-------------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
 

1. Alternative performance measure ("APM") - see glossary for definitions and calculation methodology.

5. Taxation

As a REIT, the Group is exempt from corporation tax on the profits and gains from its property rental business, provided it continues to meet certain conditions as per the REIT regulations. Non-qualifying profits and gains of the Group (residual income) continue to be subject to corporation tax.

Corporation tax has arisen as follows:

 
                                     Six months   Six months 
                                          ended        ended 
                                    31 December  31 December 
                                           2019         2018 
                                        GBP'000      GBP'000 
----------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Corporation tax on residual income            -            - 
----------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Total                                         -            - 
----------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
 

6. Dividends

 
                                                   Six months ended                        Six months ended 
                                                   31 December 2019                        31 December 2018 
                                        --------------------------------------  -------------------------------------- 
                                           Total             Ordinary              Total             Ordinary 
                              Dividend  pence(2)  PID(2)  dividend(2)  GBP'000  pence(2)  PID(2)  dividend(2)  GBP'000 
------------------  ------------------  --------  ------  -----------  -------  --------  ------  -----------  ------- 
Current period 
dividends 
31 December 
 2019/2018           Second interim(1)      1.58    1.42         0.16        -      1.53    1.22         0.31        - 
30 September 
 2019/2018               First interim      1.57    1.49         0.08    6,494      1.53    1.13         0.40    6,282 
------------------  ------------------  --------  ------  -----------  -------  --------  ------  -----------  ------- 
Total                                       3.15    2.91         0.24    6,494      3.06    2.35         0.71    6,282 
--------------------------------------  --------  ------  -----------  -------  --------  ------  -----------  ------- 
Prior period 
dividends 
30 June 2019/2018       Fourth interim      1.56    1.08         0.48    6,453      1.51    0.94         0.57    5,815 
------------------  ------------------  --------  ------  -----------  -------  --------  ------  -----------  ------- 
Total                                       1.56    1.08         0.48    6,453      1.51    0.94         0.57    5,815 
--------------------------------------  --------  ------  -----------  -------  --------  ------  -----------  ------- 
Dividends in statement of changes in 
 equity                                                                 12,947                                  12,097 
Movement in withholding tax accrual                                      (209)                                    (89) 
--------------------------------------  --------  ------  -----------  -------  --------  ------  -----------  ------- 
Dividends in statement of cash flows                                    12,738                                  12,008 
--------------------------------------  --------  ------  -----------  -------  --------  ------  -----------  ------- 
 

1. The second interim dividend was declared after the period ended and therefore not accrued for as a provision in the financial statements.

   2.   Amounts are shown as pence per share. 

On 4 February 2020, the Company declared a second interim dividend of 1.58 pence per ordinary share amounting to GBP7.2 million. The dividend will be paid on 9 March 2020 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 14 February 2020.

As a REIT, the Company is required to pay PIDs equal to at least 90% of the property rental business profits of the Group.

Part 3. Asset management

This section includes information on the Company's investment portfolio, valuation methodology and its performance over the period. The Group's investment properties are valued at fair value as determined by the external valuer in accordance with the RICS Valuation Global Standards 2017 and IFRS 13.

7. UK investment property

 
                                                                          Properties 
                                                                               under 
                                                                         development  Leasehold  Freehold     Total 
                                                                             GBP'000    GBP'000   GBP'000   GBP'000 
----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------  ---------  --------  -------- 
Carrying value at 1 July 2019                                                 97,540    264,651   557,012   919,203 
Capital expenditure on properties                                                  -         24      (12)        12 
Land and development expenditure on 
 properties under construction                                                27,471          -         -    27,471 
Movement between properties under development 
 and leasehold                                                              (67,350)     67,350         -         - 
Fair value gains on investment property                                        1,567      7,172    29,248    37,987 
Adjustment in respect of right-of-use 
 asset recognised on first application 
 of IFRS 16(1)                                                                     -     11,610         -    11,610 
----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------  ---------  --------  -------- 
Carrying value at 31 December 2019                                            59,228    350,807   586,248   996,283 
----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------  ---------  --------  -------- 
Right-of-use asset(1)                                                              -   (11,610)         -  (11,610) 
Lease incentives                                                                   -      2,625         -     2,625 
----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------  ---------  --------  -------- 
Fair value at 31 December 2019                                                59,228    341,822   586,248   987,298 
----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------  ---------  --------  -------- 
 
Carrying value at 1 July 2018                                                 30,490    248,460   505,474   784,424 
Capital expenditure on properties                                                  -         27     4,962     4,989 
Land and development expenditure on 
 properties under construction                                                 9,653          -         -     9,653 
Fair value gains on investment property                                        6,327      5,987    27,584    39,898 
Carrying value at 31 December 2018                                            46,470    254,474   538,020   838,964 
Lease incentives                                                                   -      2,506         -     2,506 
Fair value at the 31 December 2018                                            46,470    256,980   538,020   841,470 
----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------  ---------  --------  -------- 
 
Carrying value at 1 July 2018                                                 30,490    248,460   505,474   784,424 
Capital expenditure on properties                                                  -         55     4,895     4,950 
Land and development expenditure on 
 properties under construction                                                55,964          -         -    55,964 
Fair value gains on investment property                                       11,086     16,136    46,643    73,865 
----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------  ---------  --------  -------- 
Carrying value at 30 June 2019                                                97,540    264,651   557,012   919,203 
----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------  ---------  --------  -------- 
Lease incentives                                                                   -      2,399         -     2,399 
----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------  ---------  --------  -------- 
Fair value at 30 June 2019                                                   108,626    267,050   603,655   921,602 
----------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------  ---------  --------  -------- 
 

During the year, the Group continued construction of Scape Brighton and completed construction of the student accommodation element of Circus Street, Brighton.

1. IFRS 16 has been adopted for the first time this year, for further information refer to note 2.2.

8. Fair value

IFRS 13 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The following methods and assumptions were used to estimate the fair values.

The fair value of cash and short-term deposits, trade receivables, trade payables and other current liabilities approximate to their carrying amounts due to the short--term maturities of these instruments.

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings are disclosed at amortised cost. The carrying value of the loans and borrowings approximate their fair value due to the contractual terms and conditions of the loan.

Quarterly valuations of investment property are performed by Knight Frank LLP, an accredited external valuer with recognised and relevant professional qualifications and recent experience of the location and category of the investment property being valued; however, the valuations are the ultimate responsibility of the Directors, who appraise these quarterly.

The Group's investment properties are held at fair value as determined by the external valuer in accordance with the RICS Valuation Global Standards 2017 and IFRS 13.

The determination of the fair value of investment property requires the use of estimates such as future cash flows from assets (such as lettings, tenants' profiles, future revenue streams), the capital values of fixtures and fittings, plant and machinery, any environmental matters and the overall repair and condition of the property and discount rates applicable to those assets.

The following tables show an analysis of the fair values of assets recognised in the statement of financial position by level of the fair value hierarchy(1) :

 
                                         31 December 2019 
                                ---------------------------------- 
                                Level 1  Level 2  Level 3    Total 
Assets measured at fair value   GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000 
------------------------------  -------  -------  -------  ------- 
Investment properties                 -        -  987,298  987,298 
Financial assets                      -       22        -       22 
------------------------------  -------  -------  -------  ------- 
Total                                 -       22  987,298  987,320 
------------------------------  -------  -------  -------  ------- 
 
 
                                           30 June 2019 
                                ---------------------------------- 
                                Level 1  Level 2  Level 3    Total 
Assets measured at fair value   GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000 
------------------------------  -------  -------  -------  ------- 
Investment properties                 -        -  921,602  921,602 
------------------------------  -------  -------  -------  ------- 
Total                                 -        -  921,602  921,602 
------------------------------  -------  -------  -------  ------- 
 
   1.   Explanation of the fair value hierarchy: 

-- Level 1 - quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the entity can access at the measurement date;

-- Level 2 - use of a model with inputs (other than quoted prices included in Level 1) that are directly or indirectly observable market data; and

   --     Level 3 - use of a model with inputs that are not based on observable market data. 

There have been no transfers between levels during the period.

Valuation techniques and significant inputs within the valuation of investment properties

The following table analyses:

   --     the fair value measurements at the end of the reporting period; 
   --     a description of the valuation techniques applied; 

-- the inputs used in the fair value measurement, including the ranges of rent charged to different units within the same building; and

-- for Level 3 fair value measurements, quantitative information about significant unobservable inputs used in the fair value measurement.

 
Class              Fair value      Valuation technique         Key unobservable inputs      Range 
-----------------  --------------  --------------------------  ---------------------------  -------------------------- 
Operational        GBP928,070,000  Income capitalisation       ERV - 2019/20                GBP180 - GBP651 per bed 
 student property                                               Rental growth               per week 
 31 December 2019                                               Tenancy period              2.0% - 2.5% 
                                                                Sundry income               17 - 51 weeks 
                                                                Facilities management cost  GBP50 - GBP100 per bed per 
                                                                Portfolio initial yield     annum 
                                                                                            GBP2,150 - GBP2,450 per 
                                                                                            bed per annum 
                                                                                            4.00% - 5.80% blended 
                                                                                            (4.00% - 7.50%) 
-----------------  --------------  --------------------------  ---------------------------  -------------------------- 
Development        GBP59,228,000   Income capitalisation/      RLV                          GBP7,590,000 - 
 student property                  RLV (plus cost spend to      Build cost spend to date    GBP34,710,000 
 31 December 2019                  date)                                                    GBP6,984,326 - 
                                                                                            GBP17,379,247 
-----------------  --------------  --------------------------  ---------------------------  -------------------------- 
Operational        GBP824,062,000  Income capitalisation       ERV - 2018/19                GBP165 - GBP651 per bed 
 student property                                               Rental growth               per week 
 30 June 2019                                                   Tenancy period              2.0% - 3.0% 
                                                                Sundry income               40/51 weeks 
                                                                Facilities management cost  GBP50 - GBP100 per bed per 
                                                                Portfolio initial yield     annum 
                                                                                            GBP2,100 - GBP2,350 per 
                                                                                            bed per annum 
                                                                                            4.10% - 5.80% blended 
                                                                                            (4.10% - 7.50%) 
-----------------  --------------  --------------------------  ---------------------------  -------------------------- 
Development        GBP97,540,000   Income capitalisation/      RLV                          GBP19,480,000 - 
 student property                  RLV (plus cost spend to      Build cost spend to date    GBP34,690,000 
 30 June 2019                      date)                                                    GBP6,722,199 - 
                                                                                            GBP36,001,755 
-----------------  --------------  --------------------------  ---------------------------  -------------------------- 
 

Sensitivity analysis to significant changes in unobservable inputs within the valuation of investment properties

Significant increases/decreases in the ERV (per sq ft p.a.) and rental growth p.a. in isolation would result in a significantly higher/lower fair value measurement. Significant increases/decreases in the long-term vacancy rate and discount rate (and exit yield) in isolation would result in a significantly lower/higher fair value measurement.

Generally, a change in the assumption made for the ERV (per sq ft p.a.) is accompanied by:

-- a discretionary similar change in the rent growth p.a. and discount rate (and exit yield); and

   --     an opposite change in the long-term vacancy rate. 

Gains and losses recorded in profit or loss for recurring fair value measurements categorised within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy amount to GBP37,987,000 (31 December 2018: GBP39,898,000) and are presented in the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income in line item 'fair value gains on investment properties'.

All gains and losses recorded in profit or loss for recurring fair value measurements categorised within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy are attributable to changes in unrealised gains or losses relating to investment property held at the end of the reporting period.

The carrying amount of the Company's other assets and liabilities is considered to be the same as their fair value.

Part 4. Borrowings and equity

This section includes information on the Company's interest-bearing loans and borrowings and capital position. The Group manages its capital requirements through a combination of debt and equity.

9. Finance expenses

 
                                   Six months   Six months 
                                        ended        ended 
                                  31 December  31 December 
                                         2019         2018 
                                      GBP'000      GBP'000 
--------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Bank charges                                6            4 
Loan interest                           3,913        3,588 
Loan arrangement fees amortised           418          219 
Commitment and other fees(1)              540          150 
--------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
Total                                   4,877        3,961 
--------------------------------  -----------  ----------- 
 

1. The Group has entered into an interest rate swap and cap in order to seek to mitigate the risk of interest rate increases as part of the Group's efficient portfolio management.

10. Interest--bearing loans and borrowings

 
                                                               31 December   30 June 
                                                                      2019      2019 
                                                                   GBP'000   GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  -------- 
Borrowings at the start of the period                              252,150   235,000 
Borrowings drawn down in the period                                 24,868    34,620 
Borrowings repaid in the period                                   (28,220)  (17,470) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  -------- 
Borrowings at the end of the period                                248,798   252,150 
-------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  -------- 
Unamortised loan arrangement fees at the start of the period       (3,039)   (2,229) 
Amortised during the period                                            418       619 
Loan arrangement fees incurred during the period                      (42)   (1,429) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  -------- 
Unamortised loan arrangement fees at the end of the period         (2,663)   (3,039) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  -------- 
Borrowings less unamortised loan arrangement fees                  246,135   249,111 
-------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  -------- 
 

As 31 December 2019, the Group had debt facilities of GBP335 million, comprising the following:

Fixed-rate secured credit facilities totalling GBP235 million with PGIM:

 
Amount           Facility  Interest rate %        Maturity           Drawn 
---------------  --------  ---------------  --------------  -------------- 
GBP130,000,000          1             3.07  September 2024  GBP130,000,000 
GBP40,000,000           1             2.83  September 2024   GBP40,000,000 
GBP65,000,000           2             2.82      April 2029   GBP65,000,000 
---------------  --------  ---------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

Secured credit facilities totalling GBP100 million with Wells Fargo:

 
Amount                           Facility  Interest rate %                Maturity          Drawn 
-------------  --------------------------  ---------------  ----------------------  ------------- 
GBP45,000,000  Redrawable credit facility      LIBOR +1.85               July 2021              - 
GBP55,000,000            Development loan      LIBOR +3.10  December 2021 + 1 year  GBP13,798,000 
-------------  --------------------------  ---------------  ----------------------  ------------- 
 

The Group uses gearing to seek to enhance returns over the long term and for the purpose of funding acquisitions in line with the Company's investment policy. The level of gearing is governed by careful consideration of the cost of borrowing.

The debt facilities include gearing and interest cover covenants that are measured in accordance with the respective facility agreement. The Group has maintained significant headroom against all measures throughout the financial period and is in full compliance with all loan covenants at 31 December 2019.

11. Share capital

 
                              Number 
                                  of  Issue price 
                              shares    per share  GBP'000 
-----------------------  -----------  -----------  ------- 
Issued and fully 
 paid: 
Balance at 1 July 
 2018                    385,064,556            -    3,851 
Shares issued on 
 25 September 2018        25,512,151      149.50p      255 
Shares issued on 
 4 June 2019               3,076,923      162.50p       31 
-----------------------  -----------  -----------  ------- 
Balance at 30 June 
 2019                    413,653,630            -    4,137 
Shares issued on 
 27 December 2019         41,365,400      186.00p      413 
-----------------------  -----------  -----------  ------- 
Balance at 31 December 
 2019                    455,019,030            -    4,550 
-----------------------  -----------  -----------  ------- 
 

The share capital comprises one class of ordinary shares. At general meetings of the Company, ordinary shareholders are entitled to one vote on a show of hands and on a poll for every share held. There are no restrictions on the size of a shareholding or the transfer of shares, except for the UK REIT restrictions.

Part 5. Staff and key management

This section includes information on the Group's employees and related parties transactions, including information pertaining to the Directors and Investment Manager.

12. Related party transactions

Directors

The Directors (all non-executive) of the Company and subsidiaries, are considered to be the key management personnel of the Group. Directors' remuneration for the six months totalled GBP106,000 (six months ended 31 December 2018: GBP97,000) and at 31 December 2019, a balance of GBPnil (2018: GBPnil) was outstanding. The Directors are also the directors of all subsidiaries apart from GCP Operations Limited, where the directors are representatives from the Investment Manager and the Asset and Facilities Manager, Scape.

Investment Manager

The Company is party to an investment management agreement with the Investment Manager, pursuant to which the Company has appointed the Investment Manager to provide investment management services relating to the respective assets on a day-to-day basis in accordance with the Company's investment objective and policy, subject to the overall supervision and direction of the Board of Directors. For its services to the Company, the Investment Manager receives an annual fee at the rate of 1% of the NAV of the Company calculated and paid quarterly in arrears (or such lesser amount as may be demanded by the Investment Manager at its own absolute discretion).

From its investment management fee the Investment Manager is responsible for the payment of annual asset and facilities management fees to Scape. Under the terms of the asset and facilities management agreement, Scape is entitled to a fee which is calculated and paid quarterly in arrears and is one-quarter of the Investment Manager's fee attributable to those assets in the Group's portfolio for which it provides asset and facilities management services. The Investment Manager's fee is further reduced by an amount equal to the asset and facilities management fees payable by the Group to Collegiate in relation to Water Lane Apartments.

The Investment Manager is also appointed as the Company's AIFM and receives an annual fee of GBP25,000, subject to an annual RPI increase.

The Investment Manager also receives a fee of 0.25% of the aggregate gross proceeds from any issue of new shares in consideration for the provision of marketing and investor introduction services. The Investment Manager has appointed Highland Capital Partners Limited to assist it with the provision of such services and pays all fees due to Highland Capital Partners Limited out of the fees it receives from the Company.

During the six-month period, the Group incurred GBP3,668,000 (31 December 2018: GBP3,258,000) in respect of investment management fees, the AIFM fee, and marketing and investor introduction services. A total of GBP3,607,000 (31 December 2018: GBP3,144,000) is included within administration expenses in the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income and GBP81,000 (31 December 2018: GBP114,000) is included within the share issue costs relating to shares issued during the year; at 31 December 2019, GBP1,842,000 (30 June 2019: GBP1,707,000) was outstanding.

Transactions with persons connected to the Investment Manager

The following transactions are disclosed for the purpose of transparency and are not required to be disclosed as related party transactions under IAS 24.

The Group is party to a contract with Scaperfield Limited to acquire and forward-fund the construction of Scape Brighton, which has been ongoing during the period. The directors of the Investment Manager and their family members, directly or indirectly, own in aggregate approximately 80% of Scaperfield Limited.

The Company benefits from a future contractual arrangement to acquire Scape Canalside. The directors of the Investment Manager and their family members, directly or indirectly, owned in aggregate, approximately 45% of Leopard Guernsey Westway Limited, the vendor of Scape Canalside.

The Company benefits from a conditional forward purchase agreement with Kernal Court Limited to acquire a high specification, purpose-built, private student accommodation residence in the same locality as its Scape Surrey asset in Guildford. The directors of the Investment Manager and their family members, directly or indirectly, own in aggregate approximately 40% of Kernel Court Limited.

Each of the above assets has been or will be acquired, as appropriate, on the basis of an independent valuation and approval by the independent Board of Directors.

Glossary of key terms

Adjusted EPS /adjusted earnings

EPS adjusted for exceptional items and licence fees receivable on forward-funded developments (refer to note 3)

AIC

Association of Investment Companies

AIFM

Alternative Investment Fund Manager

APM

Alternative performance measure

Company or GCP Student

GCP Student Living plc

Cost of borrowing

Cost of borrowing expressed as a percentage weighted according to amount drawn down

Dividend cover ratio

Total dividends per share divided by adjusted EPS expressed as a percentage (refer to note 3)

EPRA

European Public Real Estate Association

EPRA Earnings

Recurring earnings from core operational activities excluding movements relating to revaluation of investment properties and financial assets and the related tax effects.

EPRA EPS

Recurring earnings from core operational activities excluding movements relating to revaluation of investment properties and financial assets and the related tax effects, divided by the number of shares in issue (refer to note 3)

EPRA NAV

Net assets divided by number of shares. Includes all property at market value but excludes the mark--to--market of financial assets (refer to note 4)

EPRA NAV (cum-income)

Net asset value before deduction of proposed dividend (refer to note 12)

EPRA NAV (ex-income)

Net asset value after deduction of proposed dividend (see above)

EPRA NIY

Annualised rental income based on the cash rents passing at the balance sheet date, less non--recoverable property operating expenses, divided by the market value of the property, increased with (estimated) purchasers' costs

EPS

Earnings per share (refer to note 3)

ERV

Estimated rental value (see above)

EU

European Union

FCA

Financial Conduct Authority

Group

GCP Student Living plc and its subsidiaries

HEI

Higher education institution

HESA

Higher Education Statistics Agency

IASB

International Accounting Standards Board

IFRS

International Financial Reporting Standards

IPO

Initial public offering

LIBOR

London interbank offered rate

Loan-to-value or LTV

A measure of borrowings used by property investment companies calculated as borrowings, net of cash, as a proportion of property value (see above)

LSE

London Stock Exchange

NAV

Net asset value

Net operating margin

Rental income less property margin operating expenses shown as a percentage of rental income (see above)

Ongoing charges ratio

Annual percentage reduction in shareholder returns as a result of recurring operational expenses (see above)

p.a.

Per annum

PGIM

PGIM Real Estate Finance

PID

Property income distribution

pps

Pence per share

QMUL

Queen Mary University of London

REIT

Real estate investment trust

Rental growth

Percentage increase in student rents measured on a like--for--like basis

RICS

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

RLV

Residual land value

RPI

Retail price index

Scape

Scape Student Living Limited - Asset and Facilities Manager for Scape Shoreditch, Scape Mile End, Scape East, Scape Greenwich, Scape Surrey, Scape Wembley, Scape Bloomsbury, Podium and The Pad

Total shareholder return

Share price growth with dividend deemed to be reinvested on the ex-dividend date

UCAS

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Corporate information

Directors

Robert Peto (Chairman)

Gillian Day

David Hunter

Malcolm Naish (Senior Independent Director)

Marlene Wood

Administrator

Link Alternative Fund Administrators Limited

Beaufort House

51 New North Road

Exeter EX4 4EP

Auditor

Ernst & Young LLP

25 Churchill Place

Canary Wharf

London E14 5EY

Contact

gcpstudentliving@linkgroup.com

Corporate website

www.gcpstudent.com

Depositary

Langham Hall UK Depositary LLP

8th Floor, 1 Fleet Place

London EC4M 7RA

Investment Manager and AIFM

Gravis Capital Management Limited

24 Savile Row

London W15 2ES

Tel: 020 3405 8500

Principal banker

Barclays Bank plc

1 Churchill Place

London E14 5HP

Secretary and registered office

Link Company Matters Limited

Beaufort House

51 New North Road

Exeter EX4 4EP

Tel: 01392 477500

Solicitor

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

4 More London Riverside

London SE1 2AU

Stockbroker

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

4th Floor, 150 Cheapside

London EC2V 6ET

Tel: 020 7710 7600

Valuer

Knight Frank LLP

55 Baker Street

London W1U 8AN

National Storage Mechanism

A copy of the Half-Yearly Report and Financial Statements will be submitted shortly to the National Storage Mechanism ("NSM") and will be available for inspection at the NSM, which is situated at: www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM

Neither the contents of GCP Student Living plc's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the website (or any website) is incorporated into, or forms part of this announcement.

ENDS

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