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PRS REIT PLC (The) Interim Results

23/03/2022 7:00am

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PRS REIT PLC (The)

23 March 2022

23 March 2022

PRSR.L

The PRS REIT plc

("PRS REIT" or "the REIT" or "the Company" or "the Group")

Interim Results

for the six months ended 31 December 2021

Strong asset performance and portfolio now at over 4,560 completed homes

KEY POINTS

Financial

 
                                                 Six months ended 
                              Six months ended        31 December 
                              31 December 2021               2020   Change 
--------------------------  ------------------  -----------------  ------- 
 
 Revenue                              GBP19.9m           GBP10.7m     +86% 
 Net rental income                    GBP16.4m            GBP8.4m     +95% 
 Operating profit                     GBP44.0m           GBP24.7m     +78% 
 Profit after tax                     GBP38.6m           GBP20.3m     +90% 
 Basic earnings per share                 7.4p               4.1p     +80% 
 
 
                                          At             At 
                            31 December 2021    30 Jun 2021   Change 
------------------------  ------------------  -------------  ------- 
 
 Net assets*                       GBP572.9m      GBP490.3m     +17% 
 IFRS and EPRA NTA* per 
  share                               104.3p          99.0p      +5% 
------------------------  ------------------  -------------  ------- 
 

*after dividend payments

Operational

 
 Portfolio delivery                           At             At             At 
                                     31 Dec 2021    30 Jun 2021    31 Dec 2020 
---------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 No. of completed homes                    4,489          3,984          3,163 
 Estimated rental value ("ERV")         GBP43.5m       GBP37.5m       GBP29.4m 
  per annum 
---------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 No. of contracted homes                     949          1,071          1,963 
 ERV per annum                           GBP8.2m       GBP10.6m       GBP19.4m 
 Completed and contracted 
  sites                                       67             64             65 
 ERV per annum                          GBP51.7m       GBP48.1m       GBP48.8m 
---------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 No. of completed and contracted 
  homes                                    5,438          5,055          5,126 
---------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 
 Portfolio performance                                       At             At 
                                                    31 Dec 2021    31 Dec 2020 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Average gross yields on cost of completed 
  assets                                                   6.4%           6.2% 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Average capital uplift on cost of completed 
  assets to investment value                              15.1%           9.7% 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Average capital uplift on cost of completed 
  assets to vacant possession value                       21.8%          17.4% 
 Cost management of Gross to Net                          17.6%          21.3% 
 Rent collection (rent collected in H1 relative 
  to rent invoiced in H1)                                   99%           100% 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Like-for-like rental growth (based on average 
  rent per unit for stabilised sites)                      3.2%           0.5% 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Average yield on assets in the portfolio                  4.2%           4.3% 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
   --      Strong performance from completed assets 
   -       continued high demand for homes, with 99% of homes occupied or reserved 

- extremely strong rent collection relative to rent invoiced at 99%, with arrears remaining at c. 1% of annualised ERV despite a significant increase in rent roll

   -       net rental income up 95% to GBP16.4m (2020: GBP8.4m) 
   -       like-for-like rental growth for H1 was 2.4% 
   --      Bloomberg cumulative total return from IPO to 31 December 2021 of 27.7p 

-- Portfolio target has increased to c.5,700 homes with an ERV of c.GBP55m per annum following a c.GBP55.6m equity placing in September 2021

   -       proceeds of placing fully committed by December 2021 

-- Continued progress in delivery, against challenges of coronavirus and supply chain disruption

- 505 new homes added in H1, taking portfolio to 4,489 completed homes, with an ERV of GBP43.5m p.a., and a further 949 homes under way

   -       three development sites and one fully-completed and let site acquired in H1 
   -       two additional development sites expected to be acquired in H2 
   --      Total dividends per share declared in H1, 2.0p (2020: 2.0p) 
   -       minimum dividend target of 4.0p* per share for the financial year 

Outlook

-- As at 11 March 2022, an additional 72 homes have been added to the portfolio, taking it to 4,561 completed homes, with an ERV of GBP44.8m p.a, and a further 877 were under way

-- Rental demand remains very strong, underpinned by nationwide undersupply of quality rental housing for families, and will support prospects for further rental growth

-- As the portfolio approaches stabilisation and the benefits of scale are realised, the outlook for the PRS REIT remains very positive as a first mover in an attractive market segment

Steve Smith, Non-Executive Chairman of The PRS REIT plc, said:

"The PRS REIT's portfolio of built-to-rent family homes is the largest of its kind in the UK and continues to perform extremely well. Demand for our high-quality homes has remained strong, evidenced in our occupancy levels and reservations.

"We are delivering our target gross yield on completed assets and seeing very good capital appreciation on both completed assets and newly-constructed vacant assets.

"We remain focused on completing the delivery of our portfolio of contracted homes. Our target has risen to around 5,700 built-to-rent homes, generating an estimated rental income approaching GBP55m a year, following a fundraising in September.

"We are confident that the Company is on track to achieve market expectations for the year, and continue to see significant opportunity in this highly attractive market segment. The PRS REIT's first mover status means it is well-positioned for further progress."

*These are targets only and not a forecast. There can be no assurance that these targets will be met and they should not be taken as an indication of the Company's expected future results .

For further information, please contact:

 
The PRS REIT plc                                          Tel: 020 3178 6378 
  Steve Smith, Non-executive Chairman               (c/o KTZ Communications) 
Sigma PRS Management Limited                              Tel: 0333 999 9926 
 Graham Barnet, Mike McGill 
Singer Capital Markets Securities Limited                 Tel: 020 7496 3000 
 James Maxwell, Asha Chotai (Investment Banking) 
 Alan Geeves, James Waterlow, Sam Greatrex 
 (Markets) 
Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited                               Tel: 020 7886 2500 
 Chloe Ponsonby (Corporate Broking), Alex Collins 
 (Corporate Finance) 
 David Hawkins, Tom Scrivens (Sales) 
G10 Capital Limited (part of the IQEQ Group               Tel: 020 7397 5450 
 as AIFM) 
 Paul Cowland 
KTZ Communications                                        Tel: 020 3178 6378 
 Katie Tzouliadis, Dan Mahoney 
 

NOTES TO EDITORS

About The PRS REIT plc

www.theprsreit.com

The PRS REIT plc is a closed-ended real estate investment trust established to invest in the Private Rented Sector ("PRS") and to provide shareholders with an attractive level of income together with the potential for capital and income growth. The Company is investing over GBP1bn in a portfolio of high quality homes for private rental across the regions, having raised a total of GBP0.56bn (gross) through its Initial Public Offering, on 31 May 2017 and subsequent fundraisings in February 2018 and September 2021. The UK Government's Homes England has supported the Company with direct investments. In March 2021, the Company transferred its entire issued share capital to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to the London Stock Exchange's premium segment of the Main Market. The Company has over 4,500 new rental homes in its portfolio, which the Company believes is the largest build-to-rent single family rental portfolio in the UK.

LEI: 21380037Q91HU97WZX58

About Sigma PRS Management Limited

Sigma PRS Management Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sigma Capital Group Limited and is Investment Adviser to The PRS REIT plc. It sources investments and operationally manages the assets of The PRS REIT plc and advises the Alternative Investment Fund Manager ("AIFM") and The PRS REIT plc on a day-to-day basis in accordance with The PRS REIT plc's Investment Policy. The AIFM is G10 Capital Limited. Sigma PRS Management Ltd is an appointed representative of G10 Capital Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN:648953).

About Sigma Capital Group Limited (formerly Sigma Capital Group plc)

www.sigmacapital.co.uk

Sigma Capital Group Limited ("Sigma") is a PRS, residential development, and urban regeneration specialist, with offices in Edinburgh, Manchester and London, and is part of PineBridge Investments, a private, global asset manager with $150bn in assets under management as at December 2021.

Sigma's principal focus is on the delivery of large scale housing schemes for the private rented sector. Sigma has a well-established track record in assisting with property related regeneration projects in the public sector, acting as a bridge between the public and private sectors.

Sigma has created an unrivalled property platform, which sources sites and brings together construction resource to develop them, enabling Sigma to deliver an integrated solution to partners. As well as sourcing sites and managing all stages of the planning and development process, Sigma also manages the rental of completed homes through its award winning rental brand 'Simple Life'. Sigma's subsidiary, Sigma PRS Management Limited, is Investment Adviser to The PRS REIT plc.

Chairman's Statement

Overview

I am pleased to present The PRS REIT plc's (the "Company" or "PRS REIT") financial results and progress for the six months ended 31 December 2021.

Our portfolio of build-to-rent ("BTR") family homes continued to increase. We believe that it is the largest of its kind in the UK, with a delivery and management platform that remains unrivalled. Our portfolio spans the major regions of England and central Scotland, and at the period end, stood at 4,489 completed homes with an additional 949 homes under way at that point. This is an increase of 42% against the same point last year (31 December 2020: 3,163 completed homes) and a 13% increase since 30 June 2021 (30 June 2021: 3,984 completed homes). The value of our net assets at 31 December 2021 was GBP572.9 million, up by 20% year-on-year and by 17% since 30 June 2021 (31 December 2020: GBP476.3 million and 30 June 2021: GBP490.3 million). This equates to a net asset value ("NAV") per share of 104.3p. The Bloomberg cumulative total return from IPO to 31 December 2021 is 27.7p.

The most recent data at 11 March 2022 shows the portfolio at 4,561 completed homes, with a further 877 homes under way, at varying stages of the construction process.

This is a significant achievement, and progress should be seen against the background of the ongoing challenges arising out of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused labour and supply chain disruption. Following our fundraising in September 2021, we raised our target number of homes to 5,700. Once all these homes are completed, the portfolio will provide an estimated annual rental income approaching GBP55.0 million, and we expect to reach the landmark of 5,000 completed homes towards the end of calendar 2022.

Our properties continued to rent very well. Occupancy at 31 December 2021 was at 98% (31 December 2020: 96%), and rent collection (which is rent collected relative to rent invoiced in the period) was very strong at 99% (2020: 99%). Total arrears remained low, at GBP0.5 million at 31 December 2021, which is c.1% of annualised ERV on completed units (H1 2021: GBP0.2 million on 3,163 completed units).

We also achieved rental growth with new tenant lettings. These realised average like-for-like rental growth per unit on stabilised sites of 3.2% over the year to 31 December 2021. Average like-for-like rental growth per unit on stabilised sites over the six months to 31 December 2021 was 2.4%. This reflects a period prior to 31 December 2020 when rental increases were frozen for existing tenants during the initial months of the pandemic. These are strong performance figures.

Reflecting the growth of the portfolio, net rental income for the six months to 31 December 2021 increased by 95% to GBP16.4 million compared with the same period in 2020 (H1 2020: GBP8.4 million). The ERV of the 4,489 homes in our portfolio at the period end was GBP43.5 million per annum, up 48% (31 December 2020: GBP29.4 million per annum). As at 11 March 2022 on 4,561 homes, ERV increased to GBP44.8 million per annum.

The September equity placing raised gross proceeds of approximately GBP55.6 million, which was used to acquire three sites with planning permission for 383 new homes, with an ERV of GBP3.6 million per annum. The aggregate gross development cost ("GDC") is GBP60.3 million. We plan to acquire two further sites by the end of June 2022 using debt funding. These additional sites should deliver approximately 160 new homes, with an ERV of c.GBP1.5 million per annum.

The Board continues to target a minimum total dividend of 4.0p per ordinary share for the current financial year.

The Investment Adviser's report provides further commentary on housing delivery, asset performance and our ESG activity over the year.

Financial results

Revenue, which is derived entirely from rental income, increased by 86% to GBP19.9 million against the same period last year (H1 2021: GBP10.7 million). This reflected growth in completed and let homes. After non-recoverable property costs, the net rental income for the period was GBP16.4 million, a 95% rise on the first half of 2020 (H1 2020: GBP8.4 million) ahead of the overall growth in rental income.

Profit from operations rose by 78% to GBP44.0 million (H1 2021: GBP24.7 million) after gains of GBP31.1 million from fair value adjustments on investment property (H1 2021: GBP19.4 million) and total expenses of GBP3.8 million (H1 2021: GBP3.1 million).

Profit before tax increased by 90% to GBP38.6 million (H1 2021: GBP20.3 million), and basic earnings per share rose by 80% to 7.4p (H1 2021: 4.1p). Of this, 1.4p represented recurring earnings per share in line with the EPRA definition compared to 2.0p of dividends, reflecting 70% dividend cover in the period.

Net assets stood at GBP572.9 million as at 31 December 2021, a rise of 20% against the same point in 2020 (31 December 2020: GBP476.3 million and 30 June 2021: GBP490.3 million). This equates to a net asset value ("NAV") of 104.3p per share, on an International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") basis and the European Public Real Estate Association ("EPRA") Net Tangible Asset ("NTA") basis (30 June 2021: IFRS and EPRA NTA both 99.0p).

 
                                Six months     Six months       Year 
                                     ended          ended      ended 
                               31 December    31 December    30 June 
 NAV movement:                        2021           2020       2021 
 Opening NAV                         99.0p          95.1p      95.1p 
                             -------------  -------------  --------- 
 Valuation and development            5.9p           4.1p       8.8p 
                             -------------  -------------  --------- 
 Earnings                             1.4p           0.0p       0.1p 
                             -------------  -------------  --------- 
 Dividends paid                     (2.0)p         (3.0)p     (5.0)p 
                             -------------  -------------  --------- 
 Closing NAV                        104.3p          96.2p      99.0p 
                             -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

The movement in the NAV position, from 99.0p to 104.3p between 30 June 2021 and 31 December 2021, is after total dividend payments of 2.0p per share (GBP10.3 million). These dividend payments related to the fourth quarter of the 2021 financial year and the first quarter of 2022 financial year, and were paid in September and December 2021, respectively.

Operating cash inflows continued to exceed operating outflows and covered the Company's cost base.

 
                                      Six months          Six months              Year 
                                           ended               ended             ended 
                                     31 December         31 December           30 June 
                                2021 (unaudited)    2020 (unaudited)    2021 (audited) 
 IFRS EPS (pence per share)                  7.4                 4.1               8.9 
                              ------------------  ------------------  ---------------- 
 EPRA EPS (pence per share)                  1.4                 0.2               1.0 
                              ------------------  ------------------  ---------------- 
 
 
                                           As at               As at             As at 
                                     31 December         31 December           30 June 
                                2021 (unaudited)    2020 (unaudited)    2021 (audited) 
 IFRS NAV (pence per share)                104.3                96.2              99.0 
                              ------------------  ------------------  ---------------- 
 EPRA NTA (pence per share)                104.3                96.2              99.0 
                              ------------------  ------------------  ---------------- 
 

Dividends

Two dividend payments, each of 1.0p per ordinary share, were made in the period, on 3 September and 3 December 2021. These payments related to the last quarter of the 2020 financial year ended 30 June and the first quarter of the current financial year. A dividend of 1.0p per ordinary share relating to the second quarter of the current financial year was paid on 11 February 2022 to shareholders on the register as at 28 January 2022. This brought the total of dividends paid to date since the Company's inception in May 2017 to 20.0p per share.

The Board expects to announce the payment of an interim dividend for the third quarter of the current financial year in April.

The Board continues to target a minimum total dividend of 4.0p per ordinary share for the current financial year. This minimum target is expected to be almost fully covered by earnings on an annualised run-rate basis by the end of the financial year, with coverage continuing to grow during the financial year ending 30 June 2023 as construction, completions and lettings advance.

Debt Facilities

As at 31 December 2021, the Company had GBP450 million of committed debt facilities available for utilisation. This comprises GBP400 million of investment debt facilities and GBP50 million of development debt facilities although a portion of the investment debt facilities can also be utilised as development debt facilities. Our lending partners are: Scottish Widows (GBP250 million); The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (GBP100 million); Lloyds Banking Group plc (GBP50 million); and Barclays Bank PLC (GBP50 million). GBP25 million of the Lloyds Banking Group/ RBS facility and the GBP50 million Barclays Bank PLC debt facility are available to be drawn as development debt facilities, which enables a number of sites to be developed simultaneously.

The debt facilities are subject to the maximum gearing ratio of 45% of gross asset value. Approximately GBP330 million of these facilities have been drawn to date, with the remainder presently forecast to be utilised over the next 12 months as we finish the current phase of construction, completion and letting activity. The long-term investment debt facilities of GBP400 million have an average term of 11.7 years and an average weighted cost of 2.8% once fully drawn.

Environmental, Social and Governance ( "ESG") Practices

The PRS REIT is a member of the UK Association of Investment Companies and applies its Code of Corporate Governance to ensure best practice in governance.

The Board is responsible for determining the Company's investment objectives and policy, and has overall responsibility for the Company's activities including the review of investment activity and performance. The Board consists of five independent non-executive directors, who together bring significant and complementary experience in the management of listed funds, equity capital markets, public policy, operations and finance in the property and investment funds sectors.

The Board delegates the day-to-day management of the business, including the management of ESG matters, to the Investment Adviser, Sigma PRS Management Ltd ("Sigma PRS"), which is a subsidiary of Sigma Capital Group Limited ("Sigma"), and a signatory and participant of the United Nations Global Compact. Sigma Capital Group Limited is part of PineBridge Investments, a private, global asset manager with $150bn in assets under management as at December 2021.

Details of ESG policies and activities are contained separately in the Investment Adviser's Report.

Outlook

The need for high-quality rental homes for families in the UK remains acute while the supply of new homes continues to fall short of both Government aspirations and aggregate and increasing demand. The buy-to-let sector, which traditionally provided the bulk of the rental stock in the UK is continuing to see private landlords leave the market, and there have been 180,000 buy-to-let redemptions since 2017. These factors are continuing to create upward pressure on rental demand.

While we are mindful of the current inflationary environment, which is creating a rise in the cost of living for the population, demand for the Company's high-quality family rental homes remains strong and we expect our assets continue to perform well. This is in part a reflection of the affordable nature of our properties and the fact that rising interest rates typically drive an expansion in renting versus home ownership. It also reflects the rental management model, created by Sigma PRS, which aims both to set a higher standard of customer care in the private rented sector than hitherto and to create communities that are attractive to renters generally and families in particular.

These factors are driving performance, and the combination of growing income, rental appreciation and asset value growth are beginning to enhance returns to shareholders. As the Built-to-Rent sector becomes more established and institutionally attractive, we expect to make significant progress.

We continue to see significant opportunity in the market, and as a first mover in an attractive market segment we believe that the PRS REIT is well-positioned for further progress.

The Board is confident that the Company is on track to meet market expectations for the financial year and to progress towards covering the current annual dividend of 4.0p per share on an annualised basis by the end of the 2022 financial year.

Finally, I would like to thank our investors, who have supported us through our formative period, our customers, Sigma, our housebuilder partners and all of our stakeholders who have helped to create what is fast becoming an exciting investment opportunity and the preeminent PRS investment vehicle for family homes.

Steve Smith

Chairman

22 March 2022

Investment adviser's report

Sigma PRS Management Ltd ("Sigma PRS"), the Investment Adviser to the PRS REIT is pleased to report on the Company's progress for the six months to 31 December 2021. Sigma PRS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sigma Capital Group Limited ("Sigma"), which is part of PineBridge Investments, a private global asset manager with over $150bn in assets under management.

Investment objective and strategy

The Company is taking advantage of the substantial opportunity in the private rented sector, and aims to provide investors with an attractive level of income, together with the prospect of income and capital growth. It is doing so by creating a large portfolio of newly-constructed rental stock that meets existing demand in the UK for well-located, high-quality, professionally -managed rental homes.

The PRS REIT has delivered a large number of private rented sector housing schemes, which are let under the 'Simple Life' brand. It has created a geographically diverse portfolio of properties that have easy access to the main road and rail infrastructure and are close to large employment centres and local amenities. Proximity to good quality primary education is of particular importance, being a major attraction for families with children. While the Company is focused on family houses, it has also invested in some low-rise flats in appropriate locations where a greater diversity of rental levels is required.

The PRS REIT has built and continues to build its portfolios in two ways:

-- by acquiring undeveloped sites sourced by Sigma PRS. The delivery is managed by Sigma PRS (or another member of the Sigma Group as development manager), and the completed units are let under the 'Simple Life' brand.

The PRS REIT aims to fund a minimum of two-thirds of the new properties in this way. Pre-development risks are identified and underwritten by Sigma and its partners, and sites will have an appropriate certificate of title, detailed planning consent and a fixed-price design and build contract with one of Sigma's housebuilding partners prior to acquisition by the Company. During the construction phase, many of the properties are pre-let and subsequently occupied as they complete.

-- by acquiring completed PRS sites from the Sigma Group, or from third parties. A pre-requisite is that these completed and stabilised developments must accord with the PRS REIT's investment objectives and satisfy both return and occupancy hurdles. The Company may fund up to a maximum of one third of new properties in this manner. To date, this route represents 17% of the Company's portfolio.

Sigma has a well-established PRS delivery platform, which sources and develops investment opportunities. The PRS REIT has first right of refusal over sites within Sigma's platform assuming they meet its investment criteria and it has available capital to fund the opportunities.

The platform benefits from well-established relationships with construction partners, including Countryside Partnerships PLC, previously known as Countryside Properties PLC ("Countryside"), Engie Regeneration Limited, Seddon Construction Limited, Springfield Properties plc and Vistry Partnerships Limited, as well as with local authorities and letting agencies. These relationships enable Sigma to identify and source land, and deliver and manage properties on behalf of the Company in the target geographies. Homes England, an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, has been extremely supportive of Sigma, with both parties sharing the common goal of accelerating new housing delivery in England.

Delivery and pipeline

A total of 505 new homes were added to the PRS REIT's portfolio in the first half of the current financial year. This took the total number of completed homes in the Company's portfolio at 31 December 2021 to 4,489, a 42% increase year-on-year (31 December 2020: 3,163 homes). The homes have an estimated rental value ("ERV") of GBP43.5 million per annum (31 December 2020: GBP29.4 million per annum), a rise of 48%.

Purchases of investment property over the first half to 31 December 2021 totalled GBP48.0 million (H1 2020: GBP104.1 million). The year-on-year reduction reflects the maturity of the portfolio and the normal cycle of property development expenditure, where expenditure is typically higher during the earlier months of acquiring and developing a site, and reduces as homes complete across a site.

The Company completed an equity placing in September 2021, raising GBP55.6 million, which took its Company's gross funding to GBP956 million (including debt), the major part of which has been fully allocated.

During October 2021, part of the placing proceeds were used to acquire a completed and let 16-unit site in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and three development sites, in Derbyshire, Lancashire and Perthshire. When completed, these sites will add 383 homes to the portfolio.

The table below provides a summary of development activity, and shows the cumulative number of PRS units that have been completed since the launch of the Company on 31 May 2017 and the ERV of homes under construction or completed.

 
                                                         At 30 
                                     At 31 December       June   At 31 December 
                                               2021       2021             2020 
 No. of completed PRS units                   4,489      3,984            3,163 
                                    ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Rental income per annum                   GBP43.5m   GBP37.5m         GBP29.4m 
                                    ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 No. of contracted homes                        949      1,071            1,963 
                                    ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 ERV per annum                              GBP8.2m   GBP10.6m         GBP19.4m 
                                    ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Total number of sites (completed 
  and contracted)                                67         64               65 
                                    ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 No. of completed and contracted 
  units                                       5,438      5,055            5,126 
                                    ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 ERV per annum                             GBP51.7m   GBP48.1m         GBP48.8m 
                                    ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 

Geographic diversification

The number of sites in the Company's portfolio increased to 67 sites at 31 December 2021 (31 December 2020: 65). They span the major regions of England and central Scotland.

Approximately 58% of homes in the portfolio, both completed and under development, are located in the North West of England, with the Midlands accounting for approximately 19%, and Yorkshire and the North East together representing around 14%. Homes in the South of England account for 7% of the portfolio, and the remaining 2% of homes are situated in central Scotland, the Company having acquired its first development site here in the period. The wide geographical spread of homes has created a diverse customer base, which helps to balance risk - particularly important given current geopolitical and economic uncertainties.

As at 31 December 2021, 52 sites were completed and income producing, with the remaining 15 sites still part-way through development. Many of the partially-completed sites are already producing rental income. This is because sites are developed in such a way that tranches of completed homes can be released for letting while construction continues, subject to health and safety reviews. The approach enables development sites to become income-generating relatively quickly.

Rental performance and key performance measures

The PRS REIT's homes remain in demand, and the portfolio continues to perform very strongly as it grows.

Increased rental income and rental growth

Reflecting the increasing number of assets in the portfolio and buoyant demand, annualised gross rental income as at 31 December 2021 was 48% higher at GBP43.5 million than a year ago, and 16% higher than at 30 June 2021 (31 December 2020: GBP29.4 million and 30 June 2021: GBP37.5 million). Acquisitions of completed assets during the period accelerated this rental income growth.

It is worth noting that rental growth was to some extent restrained by our decision in March 2020, during the first national lockdown, to freeze increases on existing tenancy renewals. Like-for-like growth in the 12 month period was 3.2% on stabilised sites, with just over 2% of this increase arising in the first half of the current financial year.

High occupancy levels

Occupancy levels were at 98% in December 2021, and including those prospective tenants who had passed referencing and paid their deposits, this figure increases to 99%. An average of 45 new applications were received each week over the period.

Strong rent collection

Rent collection remained strong at 99%; this ratio is measured as rent invoiced in the period relative to rent received in the same period (2021: 99%). Rent arrears continued to be low, at GBP0.5m, which is approximately 1% of annualised ERV (2021: less than 1%).

Cost base covered

The Company's cost base is covered, and operating cash inflows have increased in the period as rental income from completed and let homes has grown.

As previously advised, legislative change in the form of the Tenant Fees Act 2020, which came into force on 1 June 2020, added almost 1.5% of additional cost to the lettings process, and contributed to an increase in overall running costs in the prior year. However, this cost has reduced with the growth in the portfolio triggering a revised letting agent fee structure that has lowered total lettings costs by over 1.0%. Currently, non-recoverable property costs are 17.6% of gross rent, reflecting the lower lettings costs. All other costs are in line with management's targets.

Bloomberg total return

The Bloomberg cumulative total return from IPO to 31 December 2021 is 27.7p.

Key performance measures and investment valuation of completed assets

The table below summarises key performance measures on completed assets:

 
                                                       31 Dec   31 Dec 
                                                        2021     2020 
 Average gross yields on cost of completed assets       6.4%     6.2% 
                                                      -------  ------- 
 Average capital uplift on cost of completed assets 
  to Investment Value                                  15.1%     9.7% 
                                                      -------  ------- 
 Average capital uplift on cost of completed assets 
  to Vacant Possession Value                           21.8%    17.4% 
                                                      -------  ------- 
 Average yield on assets in the portfolio               4.2%     4.3% 
                                                      -------  ------- 
 Cost management of Gross to Net                       17.6%    21.3% 
                                                      -------  ------- 
 Like-for-like rental growth                            3.2%     0.5% 
                                                      -------  ------- 
 

Significant uplift in value of completed assets

The Investment Valuation completed in December 2021 showed an average uplift in the value of completed assets over the costs of delivery of 15.1%.

The average uplift in the value of completed assets on a vacant possession basis against the cost of delivery was 21.8%.

Both of these uplifts provide significant headroom between cost and value, underlining the benefits of the Investment Adviser's PRS model.

Latest data on delivery and asset performance

Between 1 January and 11 March 2022, we delivered a further 72 rental homes with an ERV of approximately GBP0.83 million per annum. This has taken the Company's portfolio of completed homes at 11 March 2022 to 4,561 homes, with an ERV of around GBP44.8 million per annum. A further 877 homes were under way at that point.

Out of 4,561 completed homes, 4,477 homes were let as at 11 March 2022, which provides an annualised rental income of GBP43.9 million, and a further 42 homes were reserved to qualified applicants with rent deposits paid at that date.

ESG Approach

The PRS REIT recognises that it is a long-term stakeholder in the communities and neighbourhoods it creates, and takes this role very seriously. It has delegated the day-to-day management of ESG strategy to the Investment Adviser, Sigma PRS. Sigma PRS has also assumed responsibility for how the Company's ESG priorities are managed at both Company and asset level, and funds the PRS REIT's social and charitable activities. Sigma PRS reports to the PRS REIT's Board on ESG on a quarterly basis.

The Investment Adviser is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact ("UN Global Compact"), which is a voluntary initiative designed to encourage business leaders to implement universal sustainability principles and in particular the UN Global Compact's Ten Principles. These are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organisation's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nationals Convention Against Corruption.

The Company's 2021 ESG Report can be found on the Company's website at, www.prsreit.com.

Processes and strategies

As an industry leader in the provision of private rental homes, the PRS REIT is aware of its increased ESG responsibilities. Sigma PRS therefore aims to work alongside forward-looking partners who share the Company's goals and aspirations for reduced carbon emissions. The Investment Adviser also recognises the need for action in priority areas such as energy and water consumption, non-fossil fuel heating provision, and biodiversity.

As Sigma PRS continues to develop the Company's ESG agenda and strategy, the focus is on embedding best practice, monitoring supply chain activity, and ensuring policies and activities comply with the PRS REIT's commitment to the UN Global Compact.

Partnerships

Sigma PRS engages closely with all partners to deliver the PRS REIT's ESG commitments. Shared priorities include, reducing carbon emissions, measuring impact and gathering data, 'future-proofing' assets, and supporting biodiversity. Sigma PRS is pleased to report good progress in construction data gathering with Countryside and its Sustainability Team, and carbon reduction planning with Vistry Group and its Sustainability Team. Initiatives to reduce traffic flow and site waste, and to recycle and to divert waste from landfill remain areas of focus for all partners.

Maintenance Support

The Investment Adviser's repair and management app, FixFlo, continues to provide both a highly convenient way for Simple Life customers to report repair and maintenance problems and for maintenance services to be provided efficiently, with the minimum of physical contractor visits, which typically incur carbon emissions.

Over the first half of the financial year:

   --      Of 11,000 issues raised: 
   -       48% were resolved through system advice and self-fix, and 
   -       52% continued to maintenance to fix/ contractor instructed 

Energy Performance data

The energy performance of the homes in the portfolio is well above the Government's targeted levels for rental properties, with 84% of homes achieving an EPC rating in band B, 1% in band A and 15% rated in band C. The minimum rating band is E for rentals.

Charities

Sigma PRS continued to support chosen partner charities, and in addition has broadened the number of charities with which it has links. In particular, Sigma PRS has increased its focus on local charities, consulting with residents and colleagues over where to direct support.

An example of resident collaboration during the first half was the '12 Days of Christmas' campaign. The campaign received over 70 charity nominations from residents, and 12 charities each received GBP1,000.

Projects

In the first half, Sigma PRS organised a Wellbeing Roadshow in conjunction with Clever Cogz Learning, which took mobile Escape Rooms to eight schools and 26 communities across the country. The idea was to promote wellness and well-being to children, as well as teamwork, at a time when children's mental health has been the subject of considerable debate arising out of pandemic-related restrictions.

In December 2021, Sigma PRS launched an outward-bound course, 'Building for my Future', in partnership with The Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity that aims to help young people to defy limitations through learning and outdoor adventures. Sigma PRS will be providing places for 12 young people, aged between 16 and 18, to develop life and leadership skills, confidence and resilience.

Residents social events

As lockdown restrictions lifted, Sigma PRS was able to resume 'resident events' for the PRS REIT's communities. Over the summer, these events include ice-cream vans visits to 47 sites, with over 3,000 ice creams consumed. In the autumn, evening pizza events were organised for a number of locations and an extended entertainment evening held at our Empyrean development, providing over 1,300 pizzas in total. At Christmas, Sigma PRS arranged for Father Christmas, his elves and accompanying band, to visit 54 sites. The Investment Adviser continues to place great importance on the value of these events and other opportunities for residents to come together and socialise.

In August 2021, Sigma PRS launched the 'My Simple Life' mobile app. While the app provides an easily accessible hub for home documents, manuals, statements, it is also designed to provide residents with social and neighbourhood news as well as information on special offers. Over 1,600 residents have currently registered to use the app.

The activities of the Company in all aspects of Environment, Social and Governance are set out in the ESG Report 2021, which can be obtained from the Company's website at, www.prsreit.com.

Human Rights

The obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the 'Act') are not applicable to the Company given its size. However, to the best of the Investment Adviser's and Company's knowledge, principal suppliers and advisors comply with the provisions of the Act. The Company operates a zero-tolerance approach to bribery, corruption and fraud.

Health and Safety

In order to maintain high standards of health and safety for those working on sites, monthly checks by independent project monitoring surveyors are commissioned to ensure that all potential risks have been identified and mitigated. These checks supplement those undertaken by development partners. The data is reported to the Board on a quarterly basis in the event of a nil return, and immediately in the event of an incident. There were no reportable incidents over the year.

Gender diversity

The PRS REIT plc has five Board Directors. The male-to-female ratio of Directors in 2021 was 80: 20 (2020: 100: 0).

Governance

Appropriate and proportionate governance is essential to ensure that risks are identified and managed, and that accountability, responsibility, fairness and transparency are maintained at all times.

The Group is subject to statutory reporting requirements and to rules and responsibilities prescribed by the London Stock Exchange and the Financial Conduct Authority. The Board has a balanced range of complementary skills and experience, with independent Non-executive Directors who provide oversight, and challenge decisions and policies as appropriate. The Board believe in robust and effective corporate governance and is committed to maintaining high standards and applying the principles of best practice.

Summary

With the balance of the PRS REIT's gross funding effectively fully committed, Sigma PRS remains wholly focused on the delivery of homes currently under development. Based on current schedules, we expect to deliver the portfolio's 5,000th home towards the end of calendar 2022. Fixed price design and build contracts provide protection against raw material price inflation on current contracted development, and therefore we expect the portfolio to lag current inflation impacts.

Since January 2022, the start of the third financial quarter, a further 72 new homes have been completed, taking the portfolio to 4,561 completed homes as at 11 March 2022, with a further 877 homes under way. The ERV of the portfolio at that date is expected to be GBP44.8m per annum.

Demand remains strong, and occupancy and reservation levels are high. Between 1 January and 11 March 2022, the percentage of occupied homes stood at 98%. Including applicants who have paid deposits and passed our qualification process, the let portfolio increases to 99%. Rent collection in the period was very strong at 99%, with arrears low. These figures continue to demonstrate not only the attraction of our homes and our high standards of customer care but the ongoing structural undersupply of quality family rental homes. We expect rising interest rates to boost demand for rental homes as mortgage affordability pressures increase, especially for first-time buyers.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the financial year and beyond, we remain confident that the PRS REIT is in a strong position to achieve market expectations.

The Board will consider the payment of an interim dividend in respect of the three months to 31 March 2022 in the fourth quarter of the current financial year. It continues to target* a minimum total dividend for the current financial year of 4p per ordinary share.

The 4p dividend is expected to be almost fully covered by earnings on an annualised basis by the end of the 2022 financial year, with coverage continuing to grow thereafter as construction, completions, lettings and asset management advance.

The global backdrop since the inception of PRS REIT has been extraordinarily turbulent, so let us hope that the remainder of 2022 and beyond will bring greater stability.

Sigma PRS Management Ltd

22 March 2022

*These are targets only and not forecasts. There can be no assurance that these targets will be met and they should not be taken as an indication of the Company's expected future results .

DEFINITIONS

The following terms shall have the meanings specified below:

"Average capital uplift on completed assets to investment value" means the difference between investment value and gross development cost divided by gross development cost.

"Average capital uplift on completed assets to vacant possession value" means the difference between vacant possession value and gross development cost divided by gross development cost.

"Average gross yields on cost of completed assets" means current expected rental value divided by gross development cost.

"Committed" means development sites that have been approved or are under formal appraisal by the Investment Adviser, and where planning consent is being sought, and/or are in the process of being acquired.

"Contracted" means sites under construction (under a design and build contract), which have been purchased by the PRS REIT or the PRS REIT's Investment Adviser (forward sold to the PRS REIT).

"EPRA NTA" means net asset value adjusted to include properties and other investment interests at fair value and to exclude certain items not expected to crystallise in a long term property business model.

"EPS" means unadjusted earnings per share.

"EPRA EPS" means earnings per share excluding investment property revaluations, gains and losses on disposals, changes in the fair value of financial instruments and associated close out costs and their related taxation.

"IFRS NAV" means unadjusted net asset value.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED Statement of COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the six months ended 31 December 2021

 
                                                      Six months     Six months   Year ended 
                                                           ended          ended      30 June 
                                                     31 December    31 December 
                                                            2021           2020         2021 
                                                     (unaudited)    (unaudited)    (audited) 
                                            Notes        GBP'000        GBP'000      GBP'000 
 
 Rental income                                            19,865         10,676       26,636 
 Non-recoverable property costs                          (3,493)        (2,278)      (5,186) 
                                                   -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Net rental income                                        16,372          8,398       21,450 
 
 Other income                                                295              -          353 
 
 Administrative expenses 
 Directors' remuneration                                    (83)           (70)        (148) 
 Investment advisory fee                                 (2,485)        (2,143)      (4,362) 
 Other administrative expenses                           (1,235)          (891)      (2,028) 
 Migration to Main Market expenses                             -              -        (543) 
                                                   -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Total expenses                                          (3,803)        (3,104)      (7,081) 
 
 Gain from fair value adjustment 
  on investment property                     4            31,100         19,371       38,983 
                                                   -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Operating profit                                         43,964         24,665       53,705 
 
 Finance costs                                           (5,414)        (4,411)      (9,592) 
                                                   -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Profit before taxation                                   38,550         20,254       44,113 
 
 Taxation                                                      -              -            - 
                                                   -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Total comprehensive income for the 
  period / year attributable to the 
  equity holders of the Company                           38,550         20,254       44,113 
                                                   =============  =============  =========== 
 
 Earnings per share attributable 
  to the equity holders of the Company: 
  Basic earnings per share                    7             7.4P           4.1p         8.9p 
 EPRA earnings per share                     7              1.4P           0.2p         1.0p 
 

All of the Group activities are classed as continuing and there were no comprehensive gains or losses in the period other than those included in the statement of comprehensive income.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED Statement of financial position

As at 31 December 2021

 
                                           Notes                                      As at 
                                                                         As at      30 June 
                                                       As at 31 
                                                       December    31 December 
                                                           2021           2020         2021 
                                                    (unaudited)    (unaudited)    (audited) 
                                                        GBP'000        GBP'000      GBP'000 
 ASSETS 
 Non-current assets 
 Investment property                        4           859,485        700,591      780,366 
                                                  -------------  -------------  ----------- 
                                                        859,485        700,591      780,366 
                                                  -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Current assets 
 Trade receivables                                          513            189          457 
 Other receivables                                        8,592          5,095        6,132 
 Cash and cash equivalents                               48,633        128,897       86,414 
                                                  -------------  -------------  ----------- 
                                                         57,738        134,181       93,003 
                                                  -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Total assets                                           917,223        834,772      873,369 
                                                  -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 LIABILITIES 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Accruals and deferred income                             3,501          7,291        4,732 
 Interest bearing loans and borrowings                  278,214        331,197      245,860 
                                                  -------------  ------------- 
                                                        281,715        338,488      250,592 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                                18,741         19,967       22,477 
 Interest bearing loans and borrowings                   43,884              -      110,030 
                                                  -------------  -------------  ----------- 
                                                         62,625         19,967      132,507 
 
 Total liabilities                                      344,340        358,455      383,099 
                                                  -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Net assets                                             572,883        476,317      490,270 
                                                  =============  =============  =========== 
 
 
 EQUITY 
 Called up share capital                    5             5,493          4,953        4,953 
 Share premium reserve                      6           298,974        245,005      245,005 
 Capital reduction reserve                              151,539        171,890      161,984 
 Retained earnings                                      116,877         54,469       78,328 
                                                  -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Total equity attributable to 
  the equity holders of the Company                     572,883        476,317      490,270 
                                                  =============  =============  =========== 
 
 Net asset value per share                  8            104.3p          96.2p        99.0p 
 
 

As at 31 December 2021, there was no difference between NAV per share and EPRA NTA per share.

condensed Consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 31 December 2021

 
                                                   Share      Capital 
                                        Share    premium    reduction    Retained      Total 
                                      capital    reserve      reserve    earnings     equity 
                             Notes    GBP'000    GBP'000      GBP'000     GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
 At 1 July 2020                         4,953    245,005      186,748      34,215    470,921 
 Transactions with owners 
 Dividends paid               11            -          -     (14,858)           -   (14,858) 
 Comprehensive income 
 Profit for the period                      -          -            -      20,254     20,254 
 At 31 December 2020                    4,953    245,005      171,890      54,469    476,317 
                                    ---------  ---------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 
 
 Transactions with owners 
 Dividends paid                             -          -      (9,906)           -    (9,906) 
 Comprehensive income 
 Profit for the period                      -          -            -      23,859     23,859 
 At 30 June 2021                        4,953    245,005      161,984      78,328    490,270 
                                    ---------  ---------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 
 
 Transactions with owners 
 Issue of ordinary shares                 540     53,969            -           -     54,509 
 Dividends paid               11            -          -     (10,446)           -   (10,446) 
 Comprehensive income 
 Profit for the period                      -          -            -      38,550     38,550 
                                    ---------  ---------  -----------  ----------  --------- 
 At 31 December 2021                    5,493    298,974      151,539     116,877    572,883 
                                    =========  =========  ===========  ==========  ========= 
 

condensed CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF Cash Flows

For the six months ended 31 December 2021

 
                                                                                      Year 
                                                                                     ended 
                                                    Six months     Six months 
                                                         ended          ended      30 June 
                                                   31 December    31 December 
                                                          2021           2020         2021 
                                                   (unaudited)    (unaudited)    (audited) 
                                          Notes        GBP'000        GBP'000      GBP'000 
 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Profit before tax                                      38,550         20,254       44,113 
 Finance costs                                           5,414          4,411        9,592 
 Fair value adjustment on investment 
  property                                  4         (31,100)       (19,371)     (38,983) 
                                                                               ----------- 
 Cash generated from operations                         12,864          5,294       14,722 
 
 Increase in trade and other 
  receivables                                          (1,884)        (1,630)      (1,805) 
 (Decrease) / Increase in trade 
  and other payables                                   (4,966)          3,259        3,295 
 
 Net cash generated from operating 
  activities                                             6,014          6,923       16,212 
                                                 -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Purchase of investment property            4         (48,020)      (104,101)    (164,264) 
 Net cash used in investing activities                (48,020)      (104,101)    (164,264) 
                                                 -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Proceeds from issue of Ordinary                                            -            - 
  Shares                                                55,593 
 Cost of share issue                                   (1,084)              -            - 
 Bank and other loans advanced                          48,271        187,107      233,119 
 Bank and other loans repaid                          (82,789)              -     (22,134) 
 Finance costs                                         (5,321)        (5,478)     (11,059) 
 Dividends paid                                       (10,445)       (14,858)     (24,764) 
                                                 -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Net cash generated from financing 
  activities                                             4,225        166,771      175,162 
                                                 -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 
 Net (decrease) / increase in 
  cash and cash equivalents                           (37,780)         69,593       27,110 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 
  beginning of period                                   86,414         59,304       59,304 
                                                 -------------  -------------  ----------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 
  end of period                                         48,633        128,897       86,414 
                                                 =============  =============  =========== 
 

Notes to the Financial Statements

   1.   General Information 

The PRS REIT plc (the "Company") is a public limited company incorporated on 24 February 2017 in England and having its registered office at Floor 3, 1 St. Ann Street, Manchester, M2 7LR with company number 10638461.

The Company is quoted on the Premium Segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

This interim condensed consolidated financial information was approved and authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 22 March 2022 .

   2.   Basis of Preparation and changes to the Group's accounting policies 

Basis of preparation

The financial information for the period ended 31 December 2021, does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. A copy of the statutory accounts for the year ended 30 June 2021, has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors' report on those accounts was not qualified, did not include a reference to matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying the report, and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The condensed consolidated interim financial report for the half-year reporting period ended 31 December 2021, has been prepared on a going concern basis using accounting policies consistent with UK-adopted International Accounting Standards, in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. On 31 December 2020, EU-adopted IFRS was brought into UK law and became UK-adopted international accounting standards, with future changes to IFRS being subject to endorsement by the UK Endorsement Board. The Group transitioned to UK-adopted International Accounting Standards in its consolidated financial statements on 1 July 2021. This change constitutes a change in accounting framework however, there is no impact on recognition, measurement or disclosure. The current period financial information presented in this document has not been reviewed or audited.

The interim report does not include all of the notes of the type normally included in an annual financial report. Accordingly, this report is to be read in conjunction with the annual report for the year ended 30 June 2021, which has been prepared in accordance with both International Accounting Standards, in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006, and IFRSs adopted pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 as it applies in the European Union, and any public announcements made by the Group during the interim reporting period. The Group's annual consolidated financial statements are available on the Company's' website, www.theprsreit.com.

Adoption of new and revised standards

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the interim condensed consolidated financial statements are consistent with those followed in the preparation of the Group's annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2021, except for the adoption of new standards effective as of 1 July 2021.

The Group has considered amendments to standards endorsed by the UK Endorsement Board effective for the current accounting period and determined that these do not have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements of the Group in the period ended 31 December 2021. These amendments are as follows: References to Conceptual Framework in IFRSs (amended); IFRS 16 (amended) - Covid-19 related Rent Concessions; IFRS 9, IAS 39, IFRS 7, IFRS 4 and IFRS 16 (amended) - Interest Rate Benchmark Reform - Phase 2.

A number of new standards and amendments to standards and interpretations have been issued but are not yet effective for the current accounting period. None of these are expected to have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements of the Group.

The new standards and amendments are as follows:

IFRS 17 - Insurance Contracts; IAS 1 (amended) - Classification of liabilities as current or non-current; IAS 1 and IFRS Practice Statement 2 (amended) - Disclosure of Accounting Policy; IAS 8 (amended) - Definition of Accounting Estimate; and

IAS 12 (amended) - exception to the Initial Recognition Exemption.

Critical judgements in applying the Group's accounting policies

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

   i.    Fair value of investment property 

The fair value of any property, including investment property under construction is determined by an independent property valuation expert to be the estimated amount for which a property should exchange on the date of the valuation in an arm's length transaction. The valuation experts use recognised valuation techniques applying principles of both IAS40 and IFRS13.

The key assumptions that are used in the fair value assessment of completed assets are estimated rental value, net investment yield and gross to net deductions. The key assumptions that are used in the fair value assessment of assets under construction are investment value on completion and, gross development costs, taking into account construction costs spent and forecast costs to completion.

The valuations are prepared in accordance with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors ("RICS") Valuation - Global Standards (incorporating the IVSC International Valuation Standards) effective from 31 January 2020 together, where applicable, with the UK National Supplement effective 14 January 2019, together the "Red Book".

   ii.   Acquisition of subsidiaries - as a group of assets and liabilities 

During the period, the Group acquired three property-owning special purpose vehicles. The Directors considered whether these acquisitions meet the definition of the acquisition of a business or the acquisition of a group of assets and liabilities. Applying the Concentration test, it was concluded that the acquisitions did not meet the criteria for the acquisition of a business as outlined in IFRS 3 as substantially all of the fair value of the gross asset acquired was concentrated in a single identifiable asset.

The Directors have reviewed the fair value of the assets and liabilities as at the date of the acquisitions which were as follows:

 
                                            Sigma PRS 
                                          Investments      Sigma PRS        Sigma PRS 
                                             (Bury St    Investments         Northern 
                                           Edmunds D)     (Drakelow)          (Bertha 
                                              Limited        Limited    Park) Limited 
                                              GBP'000        GBP'000          GBP'000 
       Investment properties acquired           4,565          6,751            4,775 
       Other receivables                           12          1,276                - 
       Other payables                            (35)              -                - 
       Total consideration paid                 4,542          8,027            4,775 
                                        =============  =============  =============== 
 

-- Investment property is measured at fair value as at the date of the acquisition of the subsidiary by an independent valuation expert.

-- Other receivables are taken as being the value recorded in the accounts of the Company acquired, being the best estimate of the amounts actually recoverable.

   --     Other payable balances are measured at the amounts actually payable. 
   3.   Going concern 

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis. The Group's cash balances at 31 December 2021, were GBP49 million of which GBP37 million was readily available. The Group had debt borrowing as at 31 December 2021, of GBP326 million (gross of unamortised arrangement fees), and has secured further facilities of GBP124 million. Capital commitments outstanding as at 31 December 2021, were GBP63 million. The Group's ERV as at 31 December 2021, was GBP43.5 million from 4,489 homes and has increased to GBP44.8 million from 4,561 homes as at 11 March 2022. This has increased the Company's recurring income and at this level is more than sufficient to cover monthly cash costs and to support dividend payments, thereby maintaining the Company's REIT status. The Company has monitored and performed stress tests throughout the period since the Government imposed the first national lockdown almost two years ago, and these have shown the Group to be in a strong position throughout.

Therefore, the Directors believe the Group is well placed to manage its business risks successfully. After making enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group will have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and for a period of at least 12 months from the date of the approval of the Group's interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 31 December 2021. The Board is therefore of the opinion that the going concern basis adopted in the preparation of the interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 31 December 2021, is appropriate.

   4.   Investment property 

In accordance with International Accounting Standard, IAS 40 Investment Property, investment property has been independently valued at fair value by Savills (UK) Limited, an accredited external valuer with a recognised relevant professional qualification and with recent experience in the locations and categories of the investment properties being valued. The valuation basis conforms to International Valuation Standards and is based on market evidence of investment yields, expected gross to net income rates and actual and expected rental values.

The valuations are the ultimate responsibility of the Directors. Accordingly, the critical assumption used in establishing the independent valuations are reviewed by the Board.

 
                                    Completed    Assets under 
                                       assets    construction     Total 
                                      GBP'000         GBP'000   GBP'000 
 
 As at 1 July 2020                    231,302         345,817   577,119 
 Completed properties acquired 
  on acquisition of subsidiaries       31,606               -    31,606 
 Property additions - subsequent 
  expenditure                               -          72,495    72,495 
 Change in fair value                   6,761          12,610    19,371 
 Transfers to completed assets        102,850       (102,850)         - 
                                   ----------  --------------  -------- 
 As at 31 December 2020               372,519         328,072   700,591 
 
 Completed properties acquired 
  on acquisition of subsidiaries       10,669               -    10,669 
 Property additions - subsequent 
  expenditure                               -          49,494    49,494 
 Change in fair value                   6,647          12,965    19,612 
 Transfers to completed assets        143,939       (143,939)         - 
                                   ----------  --------------  -------- 
 As at 30 June 2021                   533,774         246,592   780,366 
 
 Completed properties acquired 
  on acquisition of subsidiaries        4,565               -     4,565 
 Property additions - subsequent 
  expenditure                               -          43,454    43,454 
 Change in fair value                  17,349          13,751    31,100 
 Transfers to completed assets        111,935       (111,935)         - 
                                   ----------  --------------  -------- 
 As at 31 December 2021               667,623         191,862   859,485 
                                   ==========  ==============  ======== 
 
 

The historic cost of completed assets and assets under construction as at 31 December 2021 was GBP751.2 million (30 June 2021: GBP704.2 million).

Fair values

IFRS 13 sets out a three-tier hierarchy for financial assets and liabilities valued at fair value. These are as follows:

   Level 1   quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets and liabilities; 

Level 2 inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly; and

   Level 3   unobservable inputs for the asset or liability. 

Investment property falls within Level 3. The investment valuations provided by the external valuation expert are based on RICS Professional Valuation Standards, but include a number of unobservable inputs and other valuation assumptions. The significant unobservable inputs and the range of values used are:

Completed assets:

 
          Type                  Range 
 Investment yield           4.00% - 4.50% 
  (net) 
 Gross to net assumption   22.50% - 25.00% 
 
   5.   Share capital 
 
                                   No. of Shares   Share Capital 
                                                         GBP'000 
 
 Balance as at 31 December 2020      495,277,294           4,953 
                                  ==============  ============== 
 
 Balance as at 30 June 2021          495,277,294           4,953 
                                  ==============  ============== 
 
 Issue of shares                      53,974,164             540 
 
 Balance as at 31 December 2021      549,251,458           5,493 
                                  ==============  ============== 
 

In September 2021 the Company undertook an equity raise. On 4 October 2021,a total of 53,974,164 shares were issued at an issue price of 103.0p.

   6.   Share premium reserve 

The share premium relates to amounts subscribed for share capital in excess of nominal value.

 
                                                2020 
                                             GBP'000 
 
 Balance as at 31 December 2020              245,005 
                                            ======== 
 
 Balance as at 30 June 2021                  245,005 
                                            ======== 
 
 Share premium on the issue of Ordinary 
  Shares                                      55,053 
 
 Share issue costs                           (1,084) 
 
 Balance as at 31 December 2021              298,974 
                                            ======== 
 
   7.   Earnings per share 

Earnings per share ("EPS") amounts are calculated by dividing profit for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders of the Company by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue during the period. As there are no dilutive instruments, only basic earnings per share is quoted below.

The calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share is based on the following:

 
                                        31 December    31 December       30 June 
                                               2021           2020          2021 
                                            GBP'000        GBP'000       GBP'000 
 
 Earnings per IFRS income statement          38,550         20,254        44,113 
 
 Adjustments to calculate EPRA 
  Earnings: 
 Changes in value of investment 
  properties                               (31,100)       (19,371)      (38,983) 
                                       ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 EPRA Earnings:                               7,450            883         5,130 
                                       ============  =============  ============ 
 Company specific adjustments: 
  Non-recurring costs incurred 
  by the Company as part of the 
  Migration to the Premium Segment 
  of the Main Market                              -              -           543 
                                       ------------  -------------  ------------ 
 Company Adjusted Earnings                    7,450            883         5,673 
                                       ============  =============  ============ 
 
 Weighted average number of ordinary 
  shares                                521,374,692    495,277,294   495,277,294 
 IFRS EPS (pence)                               7.4            4.1           8.9 
 EPRA EPS (pence)                               1.4            0.2           1.0 
 Company specific Adjusted EPS 
  (pence)                                         -              -           1.2 
 
 
   8.   Net Asset Value per share 

The Group adopted the EPRA issued new best practice guidelines in the year ending 30 June 2021. EPRA Net Tangible Assets ("NTA"), is considered to be the most relevant measure for the Group and replaces the previously reported EPRA NAV. The underlying assumption behind the EPRA NTA calculation assumes entities buy and sell assets, thereby crystallising certain levels of deferred tax liability. Due to the PRS REIT's tax status, deferred tax is not applicable and therefore there is no difference between IFRS NAV and EPRA NTA.

Basic IFRS NAV per share is calculated by dividing net assets in the Statement of Financial Position attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding at the end of the period. As there are no dilutive instruments, only basic NAV per share is quoted below.

Net asset values have been calculated as follows:

 
                                             As at          As at         As at 
                                       31 December    31 December       30 June 
                                              2021           2020          2021 
 
 IFRS Net assets (GBP'000)                 572,883        476,317       490,270 
 EPRA adjustments to NTA (GBP'000)               -              -             - 
                                     -------------  -------------  ------------ 
 EPRA NTA (GBP'000)                        572,883        476,317       490,270 
                                     -------------  -------------  ------------ 
 
 Shares in issue at end of period      549,251,458    495,277,294   495,277,294 
 
 Basic IFRS NAV per share (pence)            104.3           96.2          99.0 
                                     =============  =============  ============ 
 EPRA NTA per share (pence)                  104.3           96.2          99.0 
                                     =============  =============  ============ 
 
 
 

The NTA per share calculated on an EPRA basis is the same as the IFRS NAV per share all periods shown.

   9.   Capital commitments 

The Group has entered into contracts with unrelated parties for the construction of residential housing with a total value of GBP671.4 million (30 June 2021: GBP663.8 million). As at 31 December 2021, GBP54.8 million (30 June 2021: GBP89.2 million) of such commitments remained outstanding. The PRS REIT is also committed to acquiring one completed and fully let development from Sigma within the next 12 months for c.GBP9 million.

10. Transactions with Investment Adviser

On 31 March 2017, Sigma PRS Management Ltd ("Sigma PRS") was appointed as the Investment Adviser ("IA") of the Company.

For the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021, fees of GBP2.5 million (1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020: GBP2.1 million) were incurred and payable to Sigma PRS in respect of investment advisory services. At 31 December 2021, GBP0.5 million remained unpaid (30 June 2021: GBP1.5 million).

For the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021, development fees of GBP1.6 million (1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020: GBP2.8 million) were incurred and payable to Sigma PRS. At 31 December 2021, GBP0.2 million (30 June 2021: GBP0.3 million) remained unpaid.

During the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021, the Group acquired the following subsidiaries from Sigma Capital Group Limited, the ultimate holding company of the IA:

 
                         Name of Entity                           Consideration 
            Sigma PRS Investments (Bury St Edmunds                GBP4.5 million 
             D) Limited 
                                                      -------------------------- 
            Sigma PRS Northern (Bertha Park) Limited              GBP4.8 million 
                                                      -------------------------- 
            Sigma PRS Northern (Drakelow) Limited                 GBP8.0 million 
                                                      -------------------------- 
 

11. Dividends paid and proposed

 
                                                 Six months                    Six months                         Year 
                                                      ended                         ended                        ended 
                                                31 December                   31 December                      30 June 
                                           2021 (unaudited)              2020 (unaudited)               2021 (audited) 
                                                    GBP'000                       GBP'000                      GBP'000 
            Dividends on 
            ordinary shares 
            declared 
            and paid: 
            3 months to 31 
             March 2020: 1.0p 
             per share                                    -                         4,952                        4,952 
            3 months to 30 
             June 2020: 1.0p 
             per share                                    -                         4,953                        4,953 
            3 months to 30 
             September 2020: 
             1.0p per share                               -                         4,953                        4,953 
            3 months to 31 
             December 2020: 
             1.0p 
             per share                                    -                             -                        4,953 
            3 months to 31 
             March 2021: 1.0p 
             per share                                                                  -                        4,953 
            3 months to 30                            4,953                             -                            - 
            June 2021: 1.0p 
            per share 
            3 months to 30                            5,493                             -                            - 
            September 2021: 
            1.0p per share 
                                                     10,446                        14,858                       24,764 
                               ============================  ============================  =========================== 
 
            Proposed 
            dividends on 
            ordinary 
            shares: 
            3 months to 31                                -                         4,953                            - 
            December 2020: 
            1.0p 
            per share 
            3 months to 30 
             June 2021: 2.0p 
             per share                                    -                             -                        4,953 
            3 months to 31                            5,493                             -                            - 
            December 2021: 
            1.0p 
            per share 
                                                      5,493                         4,953                        4,953 
                               ============================  ============================  =========================== 
 

The proposed dividend was paid on 11 February 2022, to shareholders on the register at 28 January 2022.

   12.        Post balance sheet events 

Dividends

On 18 January 2022, the Company declared a dividend of 1.0p per ordinary share in respect of the second quarter of the current financial year. The dividend was paid on 11 February 2022, to shareholders on the register as at 28 January 2022.

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