Embassy REIT Announces First Quarter FY2022 Results, Gears up for Demand Rebound
- Leases 545k sf across 9 deals, achieves 13% leasing spreads
- Grows Net Operating Income by 36% YoY, to distribute ₹5,346 million with 80% being tax-free
- Sees new growth opportunities given global technology mega trends, REIT’s ‘total business ecosystem’ to cater to tech occupier demand
Bangalore, India, July 28, 2021
Embassy Office Parks REIT (NSE: EMBASSY / BSE: 542602) (‘Embassy REIT’), India’s first listed REIT and the largest in Asia by area, reported results today for the first quarter ended June 30, 2021.
Michael Holland, Chief Executive Officer of Embassy REIT said,
“Having delivered to guidance in FY21, Embassy REIT continued its strong performance through Q1 despite the challenges of the recent lockdown. Notwithstanding that, the global mega trends towards technology growth will benefit us as we see record hiring and investments in technology and captives housed in India. With effective vaccine rollouts and a clear desire from business leaders to get their employees back to our high quality workplaces, we are optimistic for the future. Our strong balance sheet allows us to pursue growth opportunities for our unitholders.”
The Board of Directors of Embassy Office Parks Management Services Private Limited (‘EOPMSPL’), Manager to Embassy REIT, at its Board Meeting held earlier today, declared a distribution of ₹5,346 million or ₹5.64 per unit for 1Q FY2022. Of this, ₹4.51 per unit or 80% of distributions is tax-free for Unitholders. The record date for the 1Q FY2022 distribution is August 5, 2021 and the distribution will be paid on or before August 12, 2021.
- Total lease-up of 545k sf across 9 deals, achieved 13% leasing spreads
- Achieved stable portfolio occupancy of 89% with successful rent increases of 13% on 2.2 msf leases
- Ongoing construction on 5.7 msf development projects, with 1.1 msf JP Morgan campus targeted for handover by year-end
- Net Operating Income grew year-on-year by 36%, with operating margins of 84%
- Raised ₹12 billion debt at 7.4% interest cost, refinanced ₹5.2 billion leading to 80 bps savings
- Maintained fortress balance sheet with liquidity of ₹15 billion and low leverage of 23%; ₹121 billion debt headroom to finance growth opportunities
- Collected over 99% of office rents on 32.3 msf operating portfolio
- 23% increase in employees operating from our parks in Jul’21 (vs. Jun’21), labour at construction sites now back to full strength
- Vaccinated over 10,000 frontline workers and set-up 49 fully fitted ICU beds in collaboration with civic agencies and occupiers
Investor Materials and Quarterly Investor Call Details
Embassy REIT has released a package of information on the quarterly results and performance, that includes (i) reviewed condensed consolidated financial statements for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, (ii) an earnings presentation covering 1Q FY2022 results, and (iii) supplemental operating and financial data book that is in-line with leading reporting practices across global REITs. All these materials are available on our website at www.embassyofficeparks.com under the “Investors” section.
Embassy REIT will host a conference call on July 28, 2021 at 18:30 hours Indian Standard Time to discuss the 1Q FY2022 results. A replay of the call will be available till August 11, 2021 on our website at www.embassyofficeparks.com under the “Investors” section.
This press release is prepared for general information purposes only. The information contained herein is based on management information and estimates. It is only current as of its date, has not been independently verified and may be subject to change without notice. Embassy Office Parks Management Services Private Limited (“the Manager”) in its capacity as the Manager of Embassy REIT, and Embassy REIT make no representation or warranty, express or implied, as to, and do not accept any responsibility or liability with respect to, the fairness and completeness of the content hereof. Each recipient will be solely responsible for its own investigation, assessment and analysis of the market and the market position of Embassy REIT. Embassy REIT does not provide any guarantee or assurance with respect to any distribution or the trading price of its units.
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About Embassy REIT
Embassy REIT is India’s first publicly listed Real Estate Investment Trust. Embassy REIT owns and operates a 42.4 million square feet (“msf”) portfolio of eight infrastructure-like office parks and four city‑centre office buildings in India’s best-performing office markets of Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, and the National Capital Region (“NCR”). Embassy REIT’s portfolio comprises 32.3 msf completed operating area and is home to 190 of the world’s leading companies. The portfolio also comprises strategic amenities, including two operational business hotels, four under‑construction hotels, and a 100MW solar park supplying renewable energy to tenants.