Vienna, 30 August 2018 - UBM Development remained on record course during the first half of 2018: at EUR 20.8m, UBM generated the highest half-year net profit in the company's history. Earnings before tax (EBT) rose by 24.2% year-on-year to EUR 28.1m, which means more than half the guidance of EUR 50m for 2018 was recorded in the first six months. On top, UBM had an equity ratio of 37% and net debt of only EUR 311m at the end of June 2018, and cash reserves exceeded EUR 200m.
"We are financially stronger than ever. This opens up an entire range of new opportunities for UBM", explained Thomas G. Winkler, CEO of UBM Development.
The demand for properties in UBM's core markets is unabated, contrasted by a visible supply shortage. Especially in the Top-7 cities in Germany, experts see a higher potential for investments than anywhere else in Europe. This is why UBM focuses strongly on this market: "50% of our investments are directed to Germany. We are developing projects in 6 out of the top 7 cities", indicated Thomas G. Winkler. In Germany, UBM recently completed one of its showcase projects - the large-scale Leuchtenbergring office and hotel project in Munich, which was sold for EUR 190m just under a year ago and had a significantly positive effect on Q2 2018. The company's pipeline is well-filled despite numerous completions in the first half-year: over 3,200 hotel rooms and over 130,000m2 of office space are currently under development. A total of 3,750 apartments with a volume of EUR 1 bn are also in the sale and development pipeline. Especially the hotel business set a new record with 12 projects, which underscore UBM's market position as the leading hotel developer in Europe.
Significant increase in Total Output
Total Output rose by 31.0% to EUR 552.8m in the first half of 2018, above all due to a sound increase in revenue from property sales. The reporting period highlights not only included the Leuchtenbergring project in Munich, but also the Twarda hotel project in Warsaw and "Der Rosenhügel" and Quartier Belvedere Central (QBC) 6.1 residential construction projects in Vienna. Earnings before tax (EBT) rose by 24.2% year-on-year to EUR 28.1m. Net profit increased by 28.0% to EUR 20.8m and represents an improvement in earnings per share from EUR 2.09 in the previous year to of EUR 2.53. These record results were supported by successful sales activities as well as the ongoing implementation of the "Next Level" efficiency programme.
Successful optimisation of financial indicators
Net debt amounted to only EUR 311.2m as of 30 June 2018 and declined by a substantial EUR 166.6m, or nearly 35%, during the first half-year. This reduction was based on sound sales performance as well as the issue of a hybrid bond which is attributed to equity (net effect of EUR 50m after the repayment of EUR 50m of mezzanine capital to PORR). Equity totalled EUR 412.4m as of 30 June 2018, and the equity ratio reached 36.5%. With cash and cash equivalents of EUR 206.7m, UBM has a comfortable cash position - despite the payment of a record dividend in the second quarter - which creates increased flexibility for the future.
Outlook 2018: record year
In view of the positive market environment and the high earnings visibility, UBM expects Total Output and earnings will exceed 2015, the previous record year in the company's history. The Management Board confirms the guidance communicated for 2018 with Total Output of over EUR 750m and profit before tax (EBT) of over EUR 50m. Earnings per share should top the five euro-mark in 2018.
|Key earnings figures (in EUR m)||H1 2018||H1 2017||Change|
|Key asset and financial figures (in EUR m)||30.6.2018||31.12.2017||Change|
|Equity ratio (in %)||36.5%||31.4%||5.1 PP|
|Key share data and staff||30.6.2018||30.6.2017||Change|
|Earnings per share (in EUR )||2.53||2.09||21.0%|
|Market capitalisation (in EUR m)||304.9||279.2||9.2%|
* Total Output corresponds to the revenue generated by fully consolidated companies and companies consolidated at equity as well as the sale
proceeds from share deals in proportion to the stake held by UBM.
** Distribution: Development 305 and Hotel 455 (30.6.2018); Development 305 and Hotel 440 (30.6.2017)
UBM Development is the leading hotel developer in Europe. Its strategic focus is on the three clearly defined asset classes Hotel, Office and Residential and the three core markets Germany, Austria and Poland. With 145 years of experience, UBM focuses on its core competency, the development of real estate. The Group acts as a one-stop provider for the entire value chain from initial planning all the way to marketing the property. UBM's shares are listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange. (end)
|emitter:||UBM Development AG|
|contact person:||Mag. (FH) Anna Vay|
|phone:||+43 664 626 1314|
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|ISIN(s):||AT0000815402, AT0000A185Y1, AT0000A1XBU6, DE000A18UQM6, XS1785474294|