Derwent London (DLN)

Sector:

Property Investment Trusts

Index:

FTSE 250

2,256.00p
   
  • Change Today:
      44.00p
  • 52 Week High: 2,726.00
  • 52 Week Low: 1,779.00
  • Currency: UK Pounds
  • Shares Issued: 112.29m
  • Volume: 173,838
  • Market Cap: 2,533.28m
  • RiskGrade: 145
  • Beta: 1.44

Derwent adds to strong second half with Southwark acquisition

By Josh White

Date: Thursday 04 Nov 2021

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Derwent London said in a trading update on Thursday that £5.5m of new lettings had been achieved to-date in the second half, at an average 2.4% above last December's estimated rental value (ERV).

In a separate announcement, the FTSE 250 company said it had exchanged contracts to acquire the 100-year leasehold interest in Conoco House and Quadrant House at 230 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, for £55m before costs.

Year-to-date lettings totalled £9.4m at an average 0.7% above ERV, with a further £3.3m under offer, while the firm's EPRA vacancy rate remained "low" at 1.9%, down from 3.3% at the end of the first half.

Derwent said 97% of total September quarter day rents had been collected, up from the 94% it reported on 12 October.

On the investment front, Derwent noted the October completion of the acquisition of two properties and the formation of a 50-50 joint venture with future redevelopment potential from Lazari Investments for £279m after costs.

The company also noted the previously-announced disposal of Angel Square EC1, adding that the acquisition of the outstanding head lease at Bush House, South West Wing WC2 completed in August.

Looking at the acquisitions on Blackfriars Road, Derwent said the ground rent was a fixed £5,000 per annum.

It described Conoco House as a 1970s office building comprising 60,300 square feet, which was multi-let at a passing rent of £2.1m, with all leases expiring in 2025 and tenant breaks in 2023.

The net initial yield was 3.5%, which would rise to about 4.2% on letting the 9,400 square feet of vacant space.

Derwent said the acquisition cost, excluding Quadrant House, equated to £880 per square foot on the existing space.

The adjoining Quadrant House is a 36-unit residential building let to 2074 at a nominal rent, and together the properties occupied a 0.8 acre site, which included 30 car parking spaces, with "medium-term" potential for a "substantial" office-led development.

On developments, Derwent said construction of Soho Place W1 and the Featherstone Building EC1, together totalling 410,000 square feet, remained on time and on budget for completion in the first half of 2022, with 61% pre-let or pre-sold.

Works had started at 19-35 Baker Street W1, the firm's latest development, totalling 298,000 square feet.

Financially, the board said the company was in a "strong" financial position, with a loan-to-value ratio of 16.6%, rising to 21% on a proforma basis allowing for fourth quarter acquisitions completed to date.

Undrawn facilities and cash totalled £555.2m as at 30 September.

"Improved market sentiment and higher levels of business activity have led to increased leasing demand and given us the confidence to commence the group's next net zero carbon development at 19-35 Baker Street," said chief executive officer Paul Williams.

"Our strong relationships and financial position have enabled us to secure off-market investment opportunities, such as 230 Blackfriars Road and the acquisitions from Lazari Investments, enhancing our medium-term development pipeline."

At 0857 GMT, shares in Derwent London were up 1.61% at 3,416p.

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Derwent London Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Share Price 2,256.00p
Change Today 44.00p
% Change 1.99 %
52 Week High 2,726.00
52 Week Low 1,779.00
Volume 173,838
Shares Issued 112.29m
Market Cap 2,533.28m
Beta 1.44
RiskGrade 145

Derwent London Star Ratings

Compare performance with the sector and the market.
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Key: vs Market vs Sector
Value
42.54% above the market average42.54% above the market average42.54% above the market average42.54% above the market average42.54% above the market average
55.56% below the sector average55.56% below the sector average55.56% below the sector average55.56% below the sector average55.56% below the sector average
Price Trend
5.25% above the market average5.25% above the market average5.25% above the market average5.25% above the market average5.25% above the market average
Sector averageSector averageSector averageSector averageSector average
Income
18.8% below the market average18.8% below the market average18.8% below the market average18.8% below the market average18.8% below the market average
76% below the sector average76% below the sector average76% below the sector average76% below the sector average76% below the sector average
Growth
66.22% below the market average66.22% below the market average66.22% below the market average66.22% below the market average66.22% below the market average
40% below the sector average40% below the sector average40% below the sector average40% below the sector average40% below the sector average

What The Brokers Say

Strong Buy 5
Buy 6
Neutral 5
Sell 1
Strong Sell 1
Total 18
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Derwent London Dividends

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  Interim Final
Ex-Div 07-Sep-23 27-Apr-23
Paid 13-Oct-23 02-Jun-23
Amount 24.50p 54.50p

Trades for 06-Dec-2023

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16:35 106,258 @ 2,256.00p
16:35 1 @ 2,256.00p
16:35 190 @ 2,256.00p

Derwent London Key Personnel

CEO Paul M. Williams
CFO Damian Wisniewski

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