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  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 106.50p 103.00p 110.00p 106.50p 106.50p 106.50p 1,721 08:00:00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Nonequity Investment Instruments 4.4 4.1 4.2 25.7 95.20

Sigma Capital Group PLC Trading Update

08/01/2019 7:00am

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Sigma Capital Group PLC

08 January 2019

8 January 2019

AIM: SGM

Sigma Capital Group plc

("Sigma" or "the Company" or "the Group")

The Private Rented Sector ("PRS") and urban regeneration specialist

Trading Update

Sigma, the PRS, residential development and urban regeneration specialist, is pleased to provide a trading update for the financial year ended 31 December 2018.

Trading in the second half of the financial year, especially in the last quarter, was very strong, and the Board expects the Company's full year results to show a significant uplift in revenue and profitability over the prior year, with pre-tax profit slightly ahead of current market forecasts. Profit before tax is expected to be approximately GBP12.4m (a year-on-year increase of 205%) on revenue of approximately GBP12.5m.

These encouraging results partly reflect the strong macro-economic drivers underpinning the continuing successful growth of The PRS REIT plc ("PRS REIT"), the launch of which in May 2017 marked a significant milestone in the development of Sigma's business model. Sigma's subsidiary, Sigma PRS Management Limited ("Sigma PRS"), is Investment Adviser to the PRS REIT and the PRS REIT retains 'first access' rights to Sigma's PRS Platform.

Over the course of the second half, the Company made very good progress in driving the PRS REIT's expansion, including into new geographic regions. Together with its main PRS partner, Countryside Properties, Sigma secured 20 additional development sites for the PRS REIT in this period. Sigma also completed two self-financed PRS sites in the second half that were subsequently purchased by the PRS REIT for a total consideration of GBP22m. The Company has a further five self-financed sites under construction that are under contract to be purchased by the PRS REIT when completed and let. The sites are expected to deliver c. 280 PRS units for a GDC of c. GBP46.3m, and have estimated rental value ("ERV") of GBP2.85m p.a. Completion is expected over the course of 2019 and first half of 2020.

As at 31 December 2018, the total number of sites that are completed or Contracted* for the PRS REIT stood at 43 across six regions. These sites have a gross development cost of GBP530m and will deliver 3,575 new homes, with 798 homes completed at the year end, including homes under direct development by Sigma. The ERV of these homes is GBP33.2m.

By the year end, Sigma PRS had c. GBP900m of the PRS REIT's funding either deployed or Committed to deployment, including the GBP530m of completed or Contracted development referred to above. The Pipeline of development opportunity continues to grow, and now stands at around GBP1bn, all sourced through Sigma's PRS Platform.

Rental demand for family homes remains strong, helping to underpin yield targets, and management remains positive about growth prospects in 2019 and beyond. It is also investing to support the Company's ongoing growth over the coming year.

Results for the full year to 31 December 2018 are expected to be announced towards the end of April. It is also the Company's intention to propose a final dividend for the year, marking the start of a progressive dividend policy.

*DEFINITIONS

 
Contracted  refers to sites under construction (under a design 
             & build contract), which have been purchased by the 
             PRS REIT or the PRS REIT's Investment Adviser (forward 
             sold to the PRS REIT). 
Committed   refers to 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. 
Pipeline    refers to sites that have been identified as being 
             suitable for appraisal. These sites are typically 
             sourced from Sigma's PRS Platform, and are typically 
             under a Framework Agreement or Collaboration Agreement 
             with a construction partner. 
 

Enquiries:

 
Sigma Capital Group    Graham Barnet, Chief Executive    T: 020 3178 6378 
 plc                                                      (today) 
                       Malcolm Briselden, Finance        T: 0333 999 9926 
                        Director 
 
KTZ Communications     Katie Tzouliadis, Dan Mahoney     T: 020 3178 6378 
 
N+1 Singer             James Maxwell, James Moat,        T: 020 7496 3000 
 (NOMAD and Broker)     Ben Farrow 
 

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Sigma Capital Group plc

(www.sigmacapital.co.uk)

Sigma Capital Group plc is a private rented sector, residential development, and urban regeneration specialist, with offices in Edinburgh, Manchester and London. Sigma's principal focus is on the delivery of large scale housing schemes for the private rented sector. It 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. Its subsidiary, Sigma PRS Management Limited, is Investment Adviser to The PRS REIT plc.

About Sigma PRS Management Limited

Sigma PRS Management Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIM-quoted Sigma Capital Group plc and is the Company's Investment Adviser. It sources investments and manages the assets of The PRS REIT plc and advises the Alternative Investment Fund Manager ("AIFM") and the PRS REIT on a day-to-day basis in accordance with the PRS REIT's Investment Policy. The Investment Adviser is an appointed representative (reference number: 776293) of the AIFM.

About The PRS REIT plc

(www.theprsreit.com)

The PRS REIT is a closed-ended real estate investment trust established to invest in the Private Rented Sector and to provide shareholders with an attractive level of income together with the potential for capital and income growth. In its Initial Public Offering, on 31 May 2017, the Company raised GBP250m (gross) of equity capital, and, on 20 February 2018, raised a further GBP250m (gross) through an additional Placing. Both fundraisings were supported by the UK Government's Homes England, with direct investments totaling c. GBP30 million.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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