Texton Property Fund Reports Decrease in Revenue and Earnings for the Six Months Ending December 2023

  • Texton Property Fund Limited saw a decline in revenue and distributable earnings for the six months ending December 31, 2023.
  • The company opted not to pay an interim dividend, reflecting challenges in the current market environment.
  • Despite these challenges, Texton maintained a strong balance sheet with low loan-to-value ratio and significant cash reserves.

Texton Property Fund Limited, a real estate investment trust (REIT) listed on the JSE Limited, has released its condensed consolidated unaudited interim results for the six months ending December 31, 2023. The company reported a decline in property revenue, distributable earnings, and earnings per share compared to the same period in the previous year. Despite facing challenges, Texton remains committed to its strategic initiatives and maintaining a strong balance sheet.

Revenue Decline and Financial Performance

In the interim results, Texton reported a decrease in property revenue from R163,791,000 in December 2022 to R136,429,000 in December 2023, marking a significant drop of 16.71%. Distributable earnings also experienced a decline, falling from R44,466,000 to R36,870,000, representing a decrease of 17.08%. The company’s headline earnings per share (EPS) and earnings per share (EPS) showed even steeper declines, with headline EPS dropping from 11.05 cents to -9.49 cents and EPS decreasing from 6.69 cents to -10.31 cents. However, there was a positive note in the increase of net asset value (NAV) per share, rising from 609.51 cents to 711.99 cents, indicating a growth of 16.81%.

Operational Highlights

Despite the challenging financial performance, Texton achieved several operational milestones during the reporting period. The company allocated R30.4 million towards property investments in South Africa and expanded its Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) strategy by introducing a storage offering at two office parks, 30 Wellington Road and 151 Katherine Street. Furthermore, Texton managed to reduce vacancies within its core portfolio from 17.7% to 15.7% and completed twenty-one new leases, covering a combined gross lettable area of 4,339m². Additionally, the company deployed R3.4 million to its indirect international property investments, demonstrating its commitment to diversification.

Dividend Decision: The Board of directors of Texton has decided not to pay an interim dividend for the six months ending December 2023. While this decision may disappoint some investors, it reflects the company’s focus on maintaining financial stability and strengthening its balance sheet amid challenging market conditions.

Outlook and Future Plans

Looking ahead, Texton remains committed to its strategic objectives and enhancing shareholder value. Despite the current economic challenges and uncertainties, the company is optimistic about its prospects and will continue to explore opportunities for growth and value creation. With a strong balance sheet, low loan-to-value ratio, and significant cash reserves, Texton is well-positioned to navigate the evolving real estate landscape.

Conclusion

Texton Property Fund Limited’s interim results for the six months ending December 2023 reflect a challenging operating environment characterized by a decline in revenue and earnings. However, the company remains resilient, with a focus on strategic initiatives, operational efficiency, and maintaining financial strength. Investors are encouraged to review the full announcement for a comprehensive understanding of Texton’s performance and outlook.

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