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Friday 27 November, 2020

Alpha Real Tst Ltd

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 7398G
Alpha Real Trust Limited
27 November 2020
 

27 November 2020

 

 

ALPHA REAL TRUST LIMITED ("ART" OR THE "COMPANY" OR THE "GROUP")

 

ART ANNOUNCES ITS HALF YEAR RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

 

· NAV per ordinary share 211.1p as at 30 September 2020 (31 March 2020: 213.7p).

 

· Adjusted earnings for the six months ended 30 September 2020 of 1.6p per ordinary share (31 March 2020: 6.4p per ordinary share)*.

 

· Basic losses for the six months ended 30 September 2020 of 1.3p per ordinary share (31 March 2020: earnings of 5.8p per ordinary share).

 

· Declaration of a quarterly dividend of 1.0p per ordinary share expected to be paid on 8 January 2021.

 

· Robust financial position: a cautious approach to new investment is being taken and cash conserved as the Covid-19 situation unfolds.

 

· Diversified portfolio of secured senior and secured mezzanine loan investments; as at 30 September 2020, the size of ART's secured loan portfolio was £37.5 million, representing 29.5% of the investment portfolio. The portfolio has an average LTV of 58.8% based on loan commitments (with mezzanine loans having a LTV range of between 54.8% and 76.0% whilst the highest approved senior loan LTV is 73.1%).

 

· Capital recycling: the sale of the Unity and Armouries development site in Birmingham completed at the £4.5 million book value.

 

· Capital recycling: the sale of the final asset in the UK industrial portfolio completed for £3.8 million, a price marginally ahead of book value.

 

· Galaxia update: during the period ART recovered the total amounts deposited by Logix in the Supreme Court of India of INR 292m (£3.0m). ART has now successfully recovered the full amount of its capital originally invested into the Galaxia joint venture.

* The basis of the adjusted earnings per share is provided in note 9

 

David Jeffreys, Chairman of Alpha Real Trust, commented:

"Covid-19 and the unprecedented and continuing actions of Governments to lock-down their citizens and shut-down their economies has severely affected the economic backdrop in which the Company operates. ART's investment portfolio benefits from diversification across geographies, sectors and asset types.

Prior to the emergence of Covid-19, the Company had been focussing on recycling capital into asset backed lending while reducing exposure to development risk. In this time of heightened uncertainty, the Company is benefiting from that strategy and it has placed the Company on a robust financial footing.

ART is committed to its disciplined strategy and investment principles which focus on opportunities that can deliver high risk adjusted returns, while seeking to manage risk through a combination of operational controls, diversification and defensive return structures. We are taking a cautious approach to new investment, including new lending, as we see how Covid-19 unfolds. This cautious approach, while conserving cash, is likely to significantly reduce earnings in the current year ."

The Investment Manager of Alpha Real Trust is Alpha Real Capital LLP.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Alpha Real Trust Limited  

David Jeffreys, Chairman, Alpha Real Trust +44 (0)1481 742 742

Gordon Smith, Joint Fund Manager, Alpha Real Trust +44 (0)207 391 4700

Brad Bauman, Joint Fund Manager, Alpha Real Trust +44 (0)207 391 4700

 

Panmure Gordon, Broker to the Company  

Atholl Tweedie / Joanna Langley +44 (0)20 7886 2500

 

Notes to editors:

 

About Alpha Real Trust  

Alpha Real Trust Limited targets investment, development, financing and other opportunities in real estate, real estate operating companies and securities, real estate services, infrastructure, infrastructure services, other asset-backed businesses and related operations and services businesses that offer attractive risk-adjusted total returns.

Further information on the Company can be found on the Company's website: www.alpharealtrustlimited.com .

 

About Alpha Real Capital LLP

Alpha Real Capital is a value-adding international property fund management group. Alpha Real Capital is the Investment Manager to ART. Brad Bauman and Gordon Smith of Alpha Real Capital are joint Fund Managers to ART. Both have experience in the real estate and finance industries throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. 

For more information on Alpha Real Capital please visit www.alpharealcapital.com .

 



Company's summary and objective

 

Strategy

ART targets investment, development, financing and other opportunities in real estate, real estate operating companies and securities, real estate services, infrastructure, infrastructure services, other asset-backed businesses and related operations and services businesses that offer attractive risk-adjusted total returns.

ART currently focusses on asset-backed lending, debt investments and high return property investments in Western Europe that are capable of delivering strong risk adjusted cash flows. The portfolio mix at 30 September 2020, excluding sundry assets/liabilities, was as follows:


30 September 2020

31 March 2020


High return debt:

29.4%

31.9%


High return equity in property investments:

21.0%

26.1%


Other investments:

0.6%

6.2%


Cash:

49.0%

35.8%


The Company currently plans to invest the majority of its cash into secured senior or secured mezzanine debt and subject to how the Covid-19 situation unfolds.

Dividends

The current intention of the Directors is to pay a dividend and offer a scrip dividend alternative quarterly to all shareholders.

Listing

The Company's shares are traded on the Specialist Fund Segment ("SFS") of the London Stock Exchange ("LSE"), ticker ARTL: LSE.

Management

The Company's Investment Manager is Alpha Real Capital LLP ("ARC"), whose team of investment and asset management professionals focus on the potential to enhance earnings in addition to adding value to the underlying assets, and also focus on the risk profile of each investment within the capital structure to best deliver attractive risk adjusted returns.

Control of the Company rests with the non-executive Guernsey based Board of Directors.

Financial highlights


6 months ended

30 September

2020

12 months ended

31 March

2020

6 months ended

30 September 2019

Net asset value (£'000)

127,055

127,627

126,440

Net asset value per ordinary share

211.1p

213.7p

213.5p

Earnings per ordinary share (basic and diluted) (adjusted)*

1.6p

6.4p

3.0p

(Losses)/earnings per ordinary share (basic and diluted)

(1.3)p

5.8p

2.7p

Dividend per ordinary share (paid during the period)

2.0p

3.6p

1.6p

* The adjusted earnings per share includes adjustments for the effect of the fair value revaluation of investment property and indirect property investments, capital element on Investment Manager's fees, the fair value movements on financial assets and deferred tax provisions: full analysis is provided in note 9 to the accounts.

 



 

Chairman's statement

I am pleased to present the Company's annual report and accounts for the six months ended 30 September 2020.

The economic and social impact of Covid-19 continues to severely affect the economic backdrop in which the Company operates. In the period prior to the emergence of Covid-19, the Company had focused on recycling capital into asset backed lending while reducing exposure to development risk. During the reporting period the result of these efforts continue to yield successes, with noteworthy capital recycling successes being secured from the sale of two assets and recovery of part of the court award from the historic investment in India,

ART's investment portfolio benefits from diversification across geographies, sectors and asset types. In this time of heightened uncertainty, the Company continues to operate on a robust financial footing but continues to take a cautious approach to new investment, including new lending, as we see how Covid-19 unfolds.

Diversified secured lending investment

The Company has a diversified portfolio of secured senior and mezzanine loan investments. The loans are typically secured on real estate investment and development assets with attractive risk adjusted income returns. As at 30 September 2020, ART had committed £42.3 million across thirty four loans, of which £37.5 million was drawn.

During the six months period to 30 September 2020, seven loans totalling £4.5 million (including accrued interest and exit fees) were fully repaid and a further £2.9 million (including accrued interest) was received as part repayments. Post period end, additional drawdowns of £0.9 million were made on existing loans, four loans were fully repaid for £2.0 million and part payments for other loans were received amounting to £0.4 million (including accrued interest).

The largest individual loan in the portfolio as at 30 September 2020 is a mezzanine loan of £3.4 million which represents 8.0% of loan portfolio (including commitments) and 2.7% of the Company's NAV.

Portfolio loans are underwritten against value for investment loans or gross development value for development loans as relevant and collectively referred to as LTV in this report. As at 30 September 2020, 48.6% of the Company's loan investments were senior loans and 51.4% were mezzanine loans. The portfolio has an average LTV of 58.8% based on commitments, i.e. including amounts available for drawing. Mezzanine loans have a LTV range of between 54.8% and 76.0% whilst the highest approved senior loan LTV is 73.1%.

The underlying assets in the loan portfolio as at 30 September 2020 had geographic diversification with a London and South East focus. The South of England (including London) accounted for 63%, of which London accounted for 32%, of the committed capital within the loan investment portfolio.

To date, the Company has experienced no defaults but the underlying loan portfolio continues to be closely monitored especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Where it is considered appropriate, on a case by case basis, underlying loan terms may be extended.

Capital recycling

During the period the Company's capital recycling programme continued with total proceed of £8.3 million being received from investment sales.

In June 2020, the sale of the Unity and Armouries development site in Birmingham completed in line with book value. This was followed in September 2020 by the sale of the final asset in the Alpha UK Property Fund Asset Company (No. 2) Limited portfolio of UK industrial assets at a price marginally ahead of book value.

H2O, Madrid

ART has a 30% stake in joint venture with CBRE Global Investors in the H2O shopping centre in Madrid. The government of Spain issued a "stay-at-home" directive to the whole of Spain from 14 March 2020 in response to Covid-19. In line with other shopping centres in Madrid, H2O was able to fully reopen on 8 June 2020, with some stores permitted to open earlier based on their size and activity. During the entire period, the H2O supermarket and the pharmacy were the only shops that remained operational, being considered essential services.

Since reopening to 30 September 2020, visitor numbers have reduced by approximately 33%, although some stores have noted an increased spend per head from the reduced number of customers.

A practical approach is being taken with tenants to manage any rent arrears whilst seeking to protect the long-term value of the centre. A rent-free period was offered to tenants with trading distress in return for lease extensions and/or an increase in turnover rent to capture any future increase in trading. With the recent resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result of tenant trading difficulties, where warranted, additional support/terms are being provided to selective tenants. Six tenants, occupying 2,941 square metres (sqm) and representing 5.4% of the centre's total leasable area, have entered into insolvency proceedings or have either not reopened their stores as a result of Covid-19 or pre-existing trading difficulties. Some of these tenants were non-performing and had already been paying reduced rents prior to Covid-19. Active tenant negotiations continue. Limited new leasing activity was recorded during the period with a 414sqm restaurant being re-let from a nonperforming tenant to international restaurant brand 'Tony Romas'. A 236 sqm large terrace area of a further restaurant unit, where a lease contract was terminated, has been leased to a newly launched brand by one of Spain's larger restaurant franchise groups.

Covid-19 will have a significant impact on the earnings of H2O for the current year. The centre's valuation reduced by 6.2% over the six month reporting period.

Galaxia, India  

As announced in February 2020, the Supreme Court of India ruled in favour of ART's dispute regarding its Galaxia investment, a 50:50 joint venture with Logix Group ("Logix") that owns an 11.2 acre development site located in NOIDA, the National Capital Region, India.

In upholding the arbitration award in favour of ART and dismissing Logix's appeal, the Supreme Court ordered Logix to pay ART a total of INR 860 million (£9.1 million at the period end exchange rate).

During the period ART recovered a total of INR 292 million (£3.0 million) which Logix had deposited with the court in line with the court ruling. ART has now successfully recovered in excess of the full amount of its capital originally invested into the Galaxia joint venture: this has been recognised as a gain in the current period.

The court permitted Logix to sell the Galaxia site, which was previously charged in favour of ART, in order to raise capital. A purchaser for the site has been identified who, on 20 November 2020, deposited INR 568 million with the Supreme Court towards the INR 990 million sale price. The purchaser is seeking amendment of development consents in relation to the land. The release of the funds deposited with the Supreme court to ART is dependent on how the sale process advances. Failure to recover the proceeds from a sale would mean that Logix would be required to pay the remainder of the liability due to ART under the court award of INR 568 million (£6.1 million) plus a higher interest rate applicable under the arbitration award.

ART continues to actively pursue its claim to collect the balance of the arbitration award. Given the uncertainty about the quantum and timing of any future recovery, the Company carried the joint venture in arbitration in its accounts as at 30 September 2020 at nil value.

Results and dividends

Results

Adjusted earnings for the six months ended 30 September 2020 are £1.0 million (1.6 pence per ordinary share, see note 9 of the financial statements). This compares with adjusted earnings per ordinary share of 3.0 pence in the same period last year. As noted, the Company continues to take a cautious approach to new investment, including lending commitments. This, combined with the current cost of tenant support measures at the H2O shopping centre joint venture, has impacted reported earnings in the period.

The net asset value per ordinary share at 30 September 2020 is 211.1 pence per share (31 March 2020: 213.7 pence per ordinary share) (see note 10 of the financial statements). This reduction is primarily due to the impact of the reduced valuation of the H2O shopping centre joint venture in Madrid.

Dividends

The Board announces a dividend of 1.0 pence per ordinary share which is expected to be paid on 8 January 2021 (ex-dividend date 10 December 2020 and record date 11 December 2020).

The dividends paid and declared in respect of the twelve month period ended 30 September 2020 totalled 4.0 pence per ordinary share representing an annual dividend yield of 2.3% p.a. by reference to the average closing share price over the twelve months to 30 September 2020.

During the period, £413,831 dividends were paid in cash and £782,371 settled by scrip issue of shares.

Scrip dividend alternative

Shareholders of the Company have the option to receive shares in the Company in lieu of a cash dividend, at the absolute discretion of the Directors, from time to time.

The number of ordinary shares that an Ordinary Shareholder will receive under the Scrip Dividend Alternative will be calculated using the average of the closing middle market quotations of an ordinary share for five consecutive dealing days after the day on which the ordinary shares are first quoted "ex" the relevant dividend.

The Board has elected to offer the scrip dividend alternative to Shareholders for the dividend for the quarter ended 30 September 2020. Shareholders who returned the Scrip Mandate Form and elected to receive the scrip dividend alternative will receive shares in lieu of the next dividend. Shareholders who have not previously elected to receive scrip may complete a Scrip Mandate Form (this can be obtained from the registrar: contact Computershare (details below)), which must be returned by 18 December 2020 to benefit from the scrip dividend alternative for the next dividend.

Financing

As at 30 September 2020 the Group has one direct bank loan of €9.5 million (£8.6 million), a non-recourse facility, with no financial covenant tests, to an SPV used to finance the acquisition of the Hamburg property.

Further details of individual asset financing can be found under the individual investment review sections later in this report.

Share buybacks

At the Extraordinary General Meeting on 9 June 2020, Shareholders approved a resolution giving the Company a general authority to buy back Ordinary Shares. No shares have been purchased under this authority.

As at the date of this announcement, the ordinary share capital of the Company is 62,425,772 (including 1,940,797 ordinary shares held in treasury) and the total voting rights in the Company are 60,484,975.

Foreign currency

The Company monitors foreign exchange exposures and considers hedging where appropriate. Foreign currency balances have been translated at the period end rates of £1:€1.100 or £1:INR94.865, as appropriate.

Brexit

In January 2020, the UK formally left the European Union ('EU') and has now entered a transition period until the end of 2020 and must negotiate its future trading relationship with the EU. Whilst these developments have provided some clarity, there remains significant uncertainty over the future impact of Brexit. The absolute impact will be dependent on the terms of the UK's relationship with the EU.

While the UK Parliament has demonstrated its wish to avoid a 'no-deal Brexit', there appears little consensus about what form any future arrangement with the EU should take. No material adverse impacts have been noted within the Company's portfolio to date and risks are mitigated by the Company's investments held in Europe. However, the Board continues to monitor the situation for potential risks to the Company's investments. The economic backdrop is highly dynamic, and the spread of possible outcomes is wide. In this context, ART is well placed to both weather market volatility and take advantage of any dislocation should it arise.

Covid-19 pandemic and going concern

The Company is not isolated from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global economies. The Company's long term strategy remains resilient and its short term move to cash conservation and maintaining a cautious approach in commitments to new investments at this time, while potentially reducing income returns, is supporting a robust balance sheet position during these uncertain times. As noted above the Company holds approximately 49.0% of its assets currently in cash with £4.8 million of capital commitments for undrawn secured senior loan facilities. While there is external financing in the Group's investment interests, this is limited and non-recourse to the Company; the borrowings in these special purpose vehicles are compliant with their banking covenants. While the Board's dividend policy intention is unchanged the Company continues to actively monitor its investments and the impact of these unusual economic circumstances on earnings and dividends. See the investment review section for more details on the pandemic's impact on relevant investments.

Bearing in mind the nature of the Group's business and assets, after making enquiries and considering the above, the Directors consider that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

Strategy and outlook

Covid-19 and the unprecedented and continuing actions of Governments to lock-down their citizens and shut-down their economies has severely affected the economic backdrop in which the Company operates. ART's investment portfolio benefits from diversification across geographies, sectors and asset types.

Prior to the emergence of Covid-19, the Company had been focussing on recycling capital into asset backed lending while reducing exposure to development risk. In this time of heightened uncertainty, the Company is benefiting from that strategy and it has placed the Company on a robust financial footing.

ART is committed to its disciplined strategy and investment principles which focus on opportunities that can deliver high risk adjusted returns, while seeking to manage risk through a combination of operational controls, diversification and defensive return structures. We are taking a cautious approach to new investment, including new lending, as we see how Covid-19 unfolds. This cautious approach, while conserving cash, is likely to significantly reduce earnings in the current year.

 

David Jeffreys
Chairman

26 November 2020

Investment review

Portfolio overview   as at 30 September 2020

 

Investment name



 

Investment type

Carrying value

Income return p.a.

Investment location

Property type / underlying security

Investment notes

% of portfolio1

Notes*

 

High return debt (29.4%)






 

Secured senior finance








 

Senior secured loans (excluding committed but undrawn facilities of £4.8 million)

 

£17.9m 2

9.4% 3

UK

Diversified loan portfolio focussed on real estate investments and developments

Senior secured debt

(during the period the average senior facilities commitments were £22.8m )

14.0%

16

 

Secured mezzanine finance






Second charge mezzanine loans

£19.6m 2

14.6% 3

UK

Diversified loan portfolio focussed on real estate investments and developments

Secured mezzanine debt and subordinated debt

(during the period the average mezzanine facilities commitments were £19.7m )

15.4%

16

 

High return equity in property investments (21.0%)






 

H2O shopping centre






 

Indirect property

£17.9m

(€19.7m)

1.2% 4

Spain

 

Dominant Madrid shopping centre and separate development site

30% shareholding; medium term moderately geared bank finance facility

14.0%

15

 

Long leased industrial facility, Hamburg




 

Direct property

£7.2m 5

(€7.9m)

7.3% 4

Germany

Long leased industrial complex in major  European industrial and logistics hub

Long term moderately geared bank finance facility

5.7%

11

 

Cambourne Business Park




 

Indirect property

£1.7m

10.1% 4

UK

High-yield business park located in Cambridge

Medium term moderately geared bank finance facility

1.3%

15

 

 Other investments (0.6%)






 

Realhousingco








 

Residential Investment

£0.6 m

n/a

UK

High-yield residential UK portfolio

100% shareholding; no external gearing

0.5%

11

 

Healthcare & Leisure Property Limited




 

Indirect property

£0.1 m

n/a

UK

Leisure property fund

No external gearing

0.1%

14

 

Cash and short-term investments (49.0%)




 

Cash 6

£62.4 m

0.1% 7

UK

'On call' and current accounts


49.0%


 

 

* See notes to the financial statements

 

1 Percentage share shown based on NAV excluding the company's sundry assets/liabilities

2 Including accrued interest/coupon at the balance sheet date

3 The income returns for high return debt are the annualised actual finance income return over the period shown as a percentage of the average committed

  capital over the period

4 Yield on equity over 12 months to 30 September 2020

5 Property value including sundry assets/liabilities and cash, net of associated debt

6 Group cash of £62.8m excluding cash held with the Hamburg holding company of £0.4m

7 Weighted average interest earned on call accounts



 

High return debt

Overview

ART has a portfolio of secured loan investments which contribute a diversified return to the Company's earnings position. The portfolio comprises high return senior (first charge) loans and mezzanine (second charge) loans secured on real estate assets and developments. ART loan underwriting is supported by the Investment Manager's asset-backed lending experience and knowledge of the underlying assets and sectors, in addition to the Group's partnerships with specialist debt providers.

Secured Finance

Investment

Investment type

Carrying value

Income return p.a.

Property type / underlying security

Investment notes

Secured senior finance

First charge secured loans

£17.9m *

9.4%**

Diversified loan portfolio focussed on real estate investments and developments

Secured debt

Secured mezzanine finance

Second charge secured loans

£19.6m *

14.6%**

Diversified loan portfolio focussed on real estate investments and developments

Second charge secured debt and subordinated debt

*   Including accrued interest/coupon at the balance sheet date

**   The income returns for high return debt are the annualised actual finance income return over the period shown as a percentage of the average committed capital over the period

 

ART's portfolio of secured senior and mezzanine loan investments have increased in scale and diversity over the past year. These loans are typically secured on real estate investment and development assets with attractive risk-adjusted income returns from either current or capitalised interest or coupon.

As at 30 September 2020, ART had invested a total amount of £37.5 million across thirty four loans. Over the past twelve months the loan portfolio has decreased by 21.1%.

During the six months period to 30 September 2020, seven loans totalling £4.5 million (including accrued interest and exit fees) were fully repaid and a further £2.9 million (including accrued interest) was received as part repayments. Post period end, additional drawdowns of £0.9 million were made on existing loans, four loans were fully repaid for £2.0 million and part payments for other loans were received amounting to £0.4 million (including accrued interest).

Each loan will typically have a term of up to two years, a maximum 75% loan to gross development value ratio and be targeted to generate attractive risk-adjusted income returns. As at 30 September 2020, the portfolio had an average LTV of 58.8% (with average approved LTV between 54.8% and 76.0% for mezzanine while the highest approved LTV for senior is 73.1%).

Considering the Covid-19 impact on the current economic environment, the Group has carried out a stress test of its total Expected Credit Loss ('ECL') analysis and, in consideration of the main qualities of its secured loan portfolio, the underlying loans' LTVs, the number of loans where development is advanced and the number of seasoned facilities, the resulting total ECL was immaterial.



 

High return equity in property investments

Overview

ART continues to remain focused on investments that offer the potential to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns by way of value enhancement through active asset management, improvement of income, selective deployment of capital expenditure and the ability to undertake strategic sales when the achievable price is accretive to returns.

H2O Shopping Centre, Madrid

Investment

Investment type

Carrying value

Income return p.a.

Property type / underlying security

Investment notes

H2O

Indirect property

£17.9m

(€19.7m)

 

1.2%*

High-yield, dominant Madrid shopping centre and separate development site

30% shareholding; 6-year term bank finance facility

*   Yield on equity over twelve months to 30 September 2020

H2O shopping centre was opened in 2007 and built to a high standard providing shopping, restaurants and leisure around a central theme of landscaped gardens and an artificial lake. H2O has a gross lettable area of approximately 53,250 square metres comprising 123 retail units. In addition to a multiplex cinema, supermarket (let to leading Spanish supermarket operator Mercadona) and restaurants, it has a large fashion retailer base, including some of the strongest international fashion brands, such as Nike, Zara, Mango, Cortefiel, H&M, C&A and Massimo Dutti.

ART has a 30% stake in a joint venture with CBRE Global Investors. The continued equity interest allows ART to participate in the future growth of the centre. ARC, the investment manager of ART, continues to manage the shopping centre.

The joint venture has a €64.8 million bank loan which matures in 2024, secured on the shopping centre. As at 30 September 2020, the borrowings were compliant with the loan's covenant terms and are secured on the underlying asset and are non-recourse to the Group's other investments.

A practical approach is being taken with tenants to manage any rent arrears whilst seeking to protect the long-term value of the centre. A rent-free period was offered to tenants with trading distress in return for lease extensions and/or an increase in turnover rent to capture any future increase in trading. With the recent resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result of tenant trading difficulties, where warranted, additional support/terms are being provided to selective tenants. Six tenants, occupying 2,941 square metres (sqm) and representing 5.4% of the centre's total leasable area, have entered into insolvency proceedings or have either not reopened their stores as a result of Covid-19 or pre-existing trading difficulties. Some of these tenants were non-performing and had already been paying reduced rents prior to Covid-19. Active tenant negotiations continue. Limited new leasing activity was recorded during the period with a 414sqm restaurant being re-let from a nonperforming tenant to international restaurant brand 'Tony Romas'. A 236 sqm large terrace area of a further restaurant unit, where a lease contract was terminated, has been leased to a newly launched brand by one of Spain's larger restaurant franchise groups.

The asset management highlights are as follows:

· Valuation: 30 September 2020: €122.05 million (£111.0 million) (31 March 2020: €130.6 million (£115.5 million)). The valuation report received from the independent valuers included a 'Material Valuation Uncertainty' paragraph in relation to the market risks linked to the Covid-19 pandemic (see note 2).

· Centre occupancy: 92.7% by area as at 30 September 2020.

· Weighted average lease length to next break of 2.3 years and 8.4 years to expiry (30 September 2020).

· Footfall: year to date footfall figures to 30 September 2020 are -39.1% versus the same period in 2019, since centre fully reopened in June 2020 the footfall is c-32.9% down.

· Building rights: the H2O investment includes a small vacant site located in the same planning zone as H2O from which 9,000 square metres of building have been transferred to the H2O plot which, subject to obtaining building licences, creates potential for the future expansion of the shopping centre.

· New leasable area: a new 1,100 square metre retail park unit has recently been completed. The unit is located on part of the centre's surface car park area, as envisaged within a recently completed masterplan design for the shopping centre.

UK industrial portfolio

In September 2020 Alpha UK Property Fund Asset Company (No. 2) Limited disposed of its final UK industrial asset, located in Wolverhampton, UK, for £3.8 million, a price marginally ahead of book value. Post period end, Alpha UK Property Fund Asset Company (No. 2) has been placed in voluntary liquidation.



 

Long leased industrial facility, Hamburg

Investment

Investment type

Carrying value

Income return p.a.

Property type /

underlying security

Investment notes

Industrial facility, Werner-Siemens-Straße Hamburg, Germany

Direct property

£7.2 m*

(€7.9m)

 

7.3% **

High return industrial facility in Hamburg Germany

Long leased investment with moderately geared, long term, bank finance facility

*   Property value including sundry assets/liabilities and cash, net of associated debt

**   Yield on equity over twelve months to 30 September 2020

ART has an investment of €7.9 million (£7.2 million) in an industrial facility leased to a leading international group.

The property is held freehold and occupies a site of 11.8 acres in Billbrook, a well-established and well-connected industrial area located approximately 8 kilometres south-east of Hamburg centre. Hamburg is one of the main industrial and logistics markets in Germany.

The property is leased to Veolia Umweltservice Nord GmbH, part of the Veolia group, an international industrial specialist in water, waste and energy management, with a 23-year unexpired lease term. Under the operating lease, the tenant is responsible for building maintenance and the rent has periodic inflation linked adjustments.

The Hamburg asset is funded by way of a €9.5 million (£8.6 million) non-recourse, fixed rate, bank debt facility which matures in 2028. The facility carries no financial covenant tests.

This investment offers the potential to benefit from a long term secure and predictable inflation-linked income stream which is forecast to generate stable high single digit income returns. In addition, the investment offers the potential for associated capital growth from an industrial location in a major German logistics and infrastructure hub.

Cambourne Business Park, Phase 1000, Cambridge

Investment

Investment type

Carrying value

Income return p.a.

Property type /

underlying security

Investment notes

Cambourne Business Park

Indirect property

£1.7 m

10.1% *

High-yield business park located in Cambridge

Medium term moderately geared bank finance facility

*  Yield on equity over twelve months to 30 September 2020

The Company has an investment of £1.7 million in a joint venture that owns Phase 1000 of Cambourne Business Park. The property consists of three Grade A specification modern office buildings constructed in 1999 and located in the town of Cambourne, approximately 8 miles west of Cambridge city centre. The property comprises 9,767 square metres of lettable area, is self-contained and has 475 car parking spaces. Phase 1000 is situated at the front of the business park with good access and visibility.

Phase 1000 is a high-quality asset, fully let to Netcracker Technology EMEA Ltd, Cambridge Cambourne Centre Ltd (previously called 'Regus (Cambridge Cambourne) Ltd') and Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd & Carl Zeiss Ltd. The property has open B1 Business user planning permission and has potential value-add opportunities.

Phase 1000 was purchased in a joint venture partnership with a major overseas investor. ART's equity interest is 10.0% of the total equity invested into a joint venture entity, a subsidiary of which holds the property.

The Cambourne asset is funded by way of a £12.9 million (as at 30 September 2020) non-recourse bank debt facility which matures in 2023.

ARC is the investment manager to the joint venture owning the Cambourne property and continues to pursue opportunities to add value to the investment.

Cash balances

Investment

Investment type

Carrying value

Income return p.a.

Property type / underlying security

Investment notes

Cash balance *

Cash

£62.4m

0.1% **

'On call' and current accounts

n/a

*   Group cash of £62.8m excluding cash held with the Hamburg holding company of £0.4m

**   weighted average interest earned on call accounts

As at 30 September 2020, the Group had cash balances of £62.8 million, excluding cash held with the Hamburg holding company of £0.4 million.

The Group's cash is held with established banks with strong credit ratings.



 

Galaxia, National Capital Region, NOIDA, India

As announced in February 2020, the Supreme Court of India ruled in favour of ART's dispute regarding its Galaxia investment, a 50:50 joint venture with Logix Group ("Logix") that owns an 11.2 acre development site located in NOIDA, the National Capital Region, India.

In upholding the arbitration award in favour of ART and dismissing Logix's appeal, the Supreme Court ordered Logix to pay ART a total of INR 860 million (£9.1 million at the period end exchange rate).

During the period ART has successfully recovered a total of INR 292 million (£3.0 million) which Logix had deposited with the court in line with the court ruling. ART has now successfully recovered the full amount of its capital originally invested into the Galaxia joint venture.

The court permitted Logix to sell the Galaxia site, which was previously charged in favour of ART, in order to raise capital. A purchaser for the site has been identified who, on 20 November 2020, deposited INR 568 million with the Supreme Court towards the INR 990 million sale price. The purchaser is seeking amendment of development consents in relation to the land. The release of the funds deposited with the Supreme court to ART is dependent on how the sale process advances. Failure to recover the proceeds from a sale would mean that Logix would be required to pay the remainder of the liability due to ART under the court award of INR 568 million (£6.1 million) plus a higher interest rate applicable under the arbitration award.

ART continues to actively pursue its claim to collect the balance of the arbitration award. Given the uncertainty about the quantum and timing of any future recovery, the Company carried the joint venture in arbitration in its accounts as at 30 September 2020 at nil value.

 

Summary

ART has a diversified portfolio focussed on asset-backed lending and high return property investments in Western Europe that are capable of delivering strong risk adjusted returns.

Over the past year, the Company has focused on recycling capital into asset backed lending while reducing exposure to development risk. In this time of heightened uncertainty, the Company is benefiting from that strategy and it has placed the Company on a robust financial footing.

Brad Bauman and Gordon Smith

For and on behalf of the Inv estment Manager

26 November 2020



 

Independent review report

To Alpha Real Trust Limited

 

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed consolidated set of financial statements in the half year report for the six months ended 30 September 2020 which comprises the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, condensed consolidated balance sheet, condensed consolidated cash flow statement, condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity and related notes. We have read the other information contained in the half year financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

Directors' responsibilities

The half year report is the responsibility of and has been approved by the Directors.  The Directors are responsible for preparing the half year report in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union. 

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.  The condensed consolidated set of financial statements included in this half year report have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed consolidated set of financial statements in the half year report based on our review. 

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.  A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed consolidated set of financial statements in the half year report for the six months to 30 September 2020 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Emphasis of Matter - property valuations

We draw attention to Note 2 of the financial statements, which details that as a result of Covid-19 the Company's independent property valuers have advised that less certainty, and a higher degree of caution, should be attached to their valuations than would normally be the case. Our conclusion is not modified in respect of this matter.

Use of our report

Our report has been prepared in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting its responsibilities in respect of half year reporting in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose. No person is entitled to rely on this report unless such a person is a person entitled to rely upon this report by virtue of and for the purpose of our terms of engagement or has been expressly authorised to do so by our prior written consent. Save as above, we do not accept responsibility for this report to any other person or for any other purpose and we hereby expressly disclaim any and all such liability.

 

BDO Limited

Chartered Accountants

Place du Pré

Rue du Pré

St Peter Port

Guernsey

 

26 November 2020

 

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 

For the six months ended

30 September 2020 (unaudited)

For the six months ended

30 September 2019 (unaudited)



Notes

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Revenue

£'000

Capital

£'000

Total

£'000

Income








Revenue

3

2,775

-

2,775

2,729

-

2,729

Change in the revaluation of investment properties and assets held for sale

11-12

-

84

84

-

697

697

Gains/(losses) on financial assets and liabilities held at fair value through profit or loss

6

36

(256)

(220)

207

(348)

(141)

Total income/(expense)


2,811

(172)

2,639

2,936

349

3,285



 



 


Profit on investment properties' disposals


-

110

110

-

-

-



 

 

 

 

 

Expenses


 

 

 

 

 

 

Property operating expenses


(57)

-

(57)

(77)

-

(77)

Investment Manager's fee

23

(1,159)

-

(1,159)

(1,183)

-

(1,183)

Other administration costs


(644)

-

(644)

(646)

-

(646)

Total operating expenses


(1,860)

-

(1,860)

(1,906)

-

(1,906)








Operating profit/(loss)


951

(62)

889

1,030

349

1,379

 







Share of profit of joint ventures and associates

15

164

(2,315)

(2,151)

843

(473)

370

Gain on joint venture in arbitration

13

-

513

513

-

-

-

Finance income

4

2

80

82

94

-

94

Finance costs

5

(104)

-

(104)

(104)

(42)

(146)



 



 


Profit/(loss) before taxation


1,013

(1,784)

(771)

1,863

(166)

1,697








Taxation

7

(29)

-

(29)

(23)

-

(23)

 


 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) after taxation


984

(1,784)

(800)

1,840

(166)

1,674








Other comprehensive income/(expense) for the period








Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:








Exchange differences arising on translation of foreign operations


-

6 69

6 69

-

930

930

Other comprehensive income for the period


-

6 69

6 69

-

930

930

Total comprehensive income/(expense) for the period


984

(1,115)

(131)

1,840

764

2,604








(Losses)/earnings per ordinary share (basic & diluted)

9

 

 

(1.3)p

 

 

2.7p

Adjusted earnings per ordinary share and A share (basic & diluted)

9

 

 

1.6p

 

 

3.0p

The total column of this statement represents the Group's statement of comprehensive income, prepared in accordance with IFRS. The revenue and capital columns are supplied as supplementary information permitted under IFRS. All items in the above statement derive from continuing operations. The accompanying notes form an integral part of these financial statements.

Condensed consolidated balance sheet

 

Notes

30 September 2020

(unaudited)

£'000

31 March 2020

(audited)

£'000



 

 

Non-current assets


 

 

Investment property

11

15,878

15,389

Joint venture in arbitration

13

-

2,510

Investments held at fair value

14

139

139

Investment in joint ventures and associates

15

19,557

21,227

Loans advanced

16

4,922

8,631


 

40,496

47,896


 

 

 

Current assets

 



Assets held for sale

12

-

8,065

Derivatives held at fair value through profit or loss

 

-

203

Loans advanced

16

32,563

31,253

Collateral deposit

17

1,366

1,364

Trade and other receivables

18

53

2,427

Cash and cash equivalents

 

62,820

46,068


 

96,802

89,380


 



Total assets

 

137,298

137,276


 



Current liabilities

 



Trade and other payables

19

(1,568)

(1,291)

Derivatives held at fair value through profit or loss

 

(53)

-

Corporation tax

 

(80)

(51)

Bank borrowings

20

(33)

(32)

Total current liabilities

 

(1,734)

(1,374)


 



Total assets less current liabilities

 

135,564

135,902


 



Non-current liabilities

 



Bank borrowings

20

(8,509)

(8,275)


 



Total liabilities

 

(10,243)

(9,649)


 



Net assets

 

127,055

127,627


 



Equity

 



Share capital

21

-

-

Special reserve


65,873

65,118

Translation reserve


697

28

Capital reserve


38,566

40,350

Revenue reserve


21,919

22,131

 


 

 

Total equity


127,055

127,627





Net asset value per ordinary share

10

211.1p

213.7p

 

The financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 26 November 2020. They were signed on its behalf by Melanie Torode.

Melanie Torode 

Director

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these financial statements.

Condensed consolidated cash flow statement

 

For the six months ended

30 September 2020

(unaudited) £'000

For the six months ended

30 September 2019

(unaudited) £'000

Operating activities

 

 

  (Loss)/profit for the period after taxation

(800)

1,674

Adjustments for:

 

 

Change in revaluation of investment property and assets held for sale

(84)

(697)

Net losses on financial assets and liabilities held at fair value through profit or loss

220

141

Profit on investment properties' disposals

(110)

-

Taxation

29

23

Share of loss/(profit) of joint ventures and associates

2,151

(370)

Gain on joint venture in arbitration

(513)

-

Interest receivable on loans to third parties

(2,190)

(2,263)

Finance income

(82)

(94)

Finance cost

104

146

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

(1,275)

(1,440)

Movements in working capital:

 

 

Movement in trade and other receivables

2,371

(2,685)

Movement in trade and other payables

281

929

Cash flows generated from/(used in) operations

1,377

(3,196)

 

 

 

  Interest received

2

94

  Interest paid

(96)

(95)

  Tax paid

(2)

(2,690)

Cash flows generated from/(used in) operating activities

1,281

(5,887)


 

 

Investing activities

 

 

  Disposal of investment properties

8,175

-

  Redemption on preference shares' investments

-

193

  Cash recognised on Alpha2 transaction

-

5,787

  Capital return from joint venture in arbitration

2,981

-

  Loans granted to third parties

(2,802)

(18,396)

  Loans repayment from third parties

6,799

8,741

  Loan interest received

628

721

  Dividend income from joint ventures and associates

20

2,776

  Collateral deposit account increase/(decrease)

-

16

Cash flows generated from/(used in) investing activities

15,801

(162)


 

 

Financing activities

 

 

  Share issue costs

(27)

(68)

  Share buyback

-

(22,960)

  Share buyback costs

-

(72)

  Ordinary dividends paid

(414)

(371)

Cash flows used in financing activities

(441)

(23,471)


 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

16,641

(29,520)


 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

46,068

58,181

Exchange translation movement

111

87

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

62,820

28,748

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these financial statements.

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 30 September 2020

(unaudited)

 

Notes

Special reserve

£'000

Translation reserve

£'000

Capital

reserve

£'000

Revenue

reserve

£'000

Total equity

£'000








At 1 April 2020

 


65,118

28

40,350

22,131

127,627








Total comprehensive income/(expense) for the period







Profit/(loss) for the period


-

-

(1,784)

984

(800)

Other comprehensive income for the period


-

669

-

-

669

Total comprehensive income/(expense) for the period


-

669

(1,784)

984

(131)








Transactions with owners







Cash dividends

8

-

-

-

(414)

(414)

Scrip dividends

8

782

-

-

(782)

-

Share issue costs

21

(27)

-

-

-

(27)

Total transactions with owners


755

-

-

(1,196)

(441)








At 30 September 2020


65,873

697

38,566

21,919

127,055

 

For the six months ended 30 September 2019

(unaudited)

 

Notes

Special reserve

£'000

Translation reserve

£'000

Capital

reserve

£'000

Revenue

reserve

£'000

Total equity

£'000








At 1 April 2019

 


76,032

(582)

40,689

20,534

136,673








Total comprehensive income for the period







Profit/(loss) for the period


-

-

(166)

1,840

1,674

Other comprehensive income for the period


-

930

-

-

930

Total comprehensive income for the period


-

930

(166)

1,840

2,604








Transactions with owners







Cash dividends

8

-

-

-

(371)

(371)

Scrip dividends

8

701

-

-

(701)

-

Share issue for acquisition

21

10,634

-

-

-

10,634

Share issue costs

21

(68)

-

-

-

(68)

Share buyback

21

(22,960)

-

-

-

(22,960)

Share buyback costs

21

(72)

-

-

-

(72)

Total transactions with owners


(11,765)

-

-

(1,072)

(12,837)








At 30 September 2019


64,267

348

40,523

21,302

126,440

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 


Notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements for the period ended 30 September 2020

 

1. General information

The Company is a limited liability, closed-ended investment company incorporated in Guernsey. The Group comprises the Company and its subsidiaries. The condensed consolidated financial statements are presented in pounds Sterling as this is the currency in which the funds are raised and in which investors are seeking a return. The Company's functional currency is Sterling and the subsidiaries' currencies are Euro, Indian Rupees and Sterling. The presentation currency of the Group is Sterling. The period end exchange rate used is £1:INR94.865 (31 March 2020: £1:INR93.539) and the average rate for the period used is £1:INR95.117 (30 September 2019: £1:INR88.086). For Euro based transactions the period end exchange rate used is £1:€1.100 (31 March 2020: £1:€1.130) and the average rate for the period used is £1:€1.116 (30 September 2019: £1:€1.126).

The address of the registered office is given below. The nature of the Group's operations and its principal activities are set out in the Chairman's Statement. The half year report was approved and authorised for issue on 26 November 2020 and signed by Melanie Torode on behalf of the Board.

2. Significant accounting policies

Basis of preparation

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in the half year report for the six months ended 30 September 2020 have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard (IAS) 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union. This half year report and condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual report and consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2020, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union and are available at the Company's website ( www.alpharealtrustlimited.com ).

The accounting policies adopted and methods of computation followed in the condensed consolidated financial statements are consistent with those applied in the preparation of the Group's annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2020 and are expected to be applied to the Group's annual consolidated financial statements for the year ending 31 March 2021.

The valuation reports received from the independent valuers of the H2O shopping centre (asset held in joint venture) and the Liverpool investment property included a 'Material Valuation Uncertainty' paragraph in relation to the market risks linked to the Covid-19 pandemic: this paragraph explains that valuers have attached less weight to previous market evidence for comparison purposes to achieve an informed opinion on value. Valuers therefore recommend that a higher degree of caution should be attached to these valuations compared to valuations carried out under normal circumstances. The fair value of the Cambourne property (asset held in joint venture) was arrived at on the basis of a Directors' valuation: considering the market uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and as noted by external valuers above, at the present time, a higher degree of caution should be attached to this valuation.

3. Revenue

 

For the six months ended

30 September 2020

£'000

For the six months ended

30 September 2019

£'000

Rental income

558

445

Service charges

27

19

Rental revenue

585

464

 

 

 

Interest receivable on loans to third parties

2,190

2,263

Interest revenue

2,190

2,263

 

 

 

Other income

-

2

Other revenue

-

2

 

 

 

Total

2,775

2,729

 



 

4. Finance income

 

For the six months ended

30 September 2020

£'000

For the six months ended

30 September 2019

£'000

Bank interest received

2

94

Foreign exchange gain

80

-

Total

82

94

5. Finance costs

 

For the six months ended

30 September 2020

£'000

For the six months ended

30 September 2019

£'000

Interest on bank borrowings

104

104

Foreign exchange loss

-

42

Total

104

146

6. Net gains and losses on financial assets and liabilities held at fair value through profit or loss

 

For the six months ended

30 September 2020

£'000

For the six months ended

30 September 2019

£'000

Unrealised gains and losses on financial assets and liabilities held at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

Movement in fair value of investments

-

1

Movement in fair value of foreign exchange forward contract

(256)

(349)

 

 

 

Realised gains and losses on financial assets and liabilities held at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

Movement in fair value of loans

36

207

Net losses on financial assets and liabilities held at fair value through profit or loss

(220)

(141)

7. Taxation

 

For the six months ended

30 September 2020

£'000

For the six months ended

30 September 2019

£'000

Current tax

29

23

Deferred tax

-

-

Tax expense

29

23

 

The Company is exempt from Guernsey taxation on income derived outside of Guernsey and bank interest earned in Guernsey. A fixed annual fee of £1,200 is payable to the States of Guernsey in respect of this exemption. No charge to Guernsey taxation arises on capital gains. The Group is liable to foreign tax arising on activities in the overseas subsidiaries. The Company has investments, subsidiaries and joint venture operations in Luxembourg, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Cyprus, Jersey and India.

The current tax charge is due in Cyprus, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Unused tax losses in Luxembourg, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom can be carried forward indefinitely. Unused tax losses in the Netherlands can be carried forward for nine years. Unused tax losses in Cyprus can be carried forward for five years.

Due to the unpredictability of future taxable profits, the Directors believe it is not prudent to recognise a deferred tax asset for the Group's unused tax losses.



 

8. Dividends

Dividend reference period

Shares

Dividend

Paid

Date of payment

'000

per share

£


Quarter ended 31 December 2019

29,741

1.0p

297,417

9 April 2020

Quarter ended 31 March 2020

11,641

1.0p

116,414

17 July 2020

Total paid in the period



413,831


Quarter ended 30 June 2020

11,096

1.0p

110,963

23 October 2020

Total



524,794


 

The Company will pay a dividend of 1.0p per share for the quarter ended 30 September 2020 on 8 January 2021.

In accordance with IAS 10, the dividends for quarters ended 30 June 2020 and 30 September 2020 have not been included in these financial statements as the dividends were declared or paid after the period end. The current intention of the Directors is to pay a dividend quarterly.

Dividends paid and payable after the balance sheet date have not been included as a liability in the half year report.

Scrip dividend alternative

In the circular published on 18 December 2018, the Company sought shareholders' approval to enable a scrip dividend alternative to be offered to ordinary shareholders whereby they could elect to receive additional ordinary shares in lieu of a cash dividend, at the absolute discretion of the Directors, from time to time. This was approved by shareholders at the extraordinary general meeting on 8 January 2019.

The number of ordinary shares that an ordinary shareholder will receive under the scrip dividend alternative will be the average of the closing middle market quotations of an ordinary share for five consecutive dealing days after the day on which the ordinary shares are first quoted "ex" the relevant dividend.

The Board elected to offer the scrip dividend alternative to shareholders for all quarterly dividends from the quarter ended 31 December 2018 onwards. These issued shares are ranked pari passu in all respects with the Company's existing issued ordinary shares: during the six month period ended 30 September 2020, the Company issued 471,844 ordinary shares.

9. Earnings per share

The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share is based on the following data:

 

For the

six months ended 30 September 2020

Year

ended

31 March

2020

For the

six months ended 30 September 2019

 

Ordinary share

Ordinary share

Ordinary share

(Losses)/earnings per statement of comprehensive income (£'000)

(800)

3,517

1,674

Basic and diluted earnings pence per share

(1.3)p

5.8

2.7

 

 

 

 

(Losses)/earnings per statement of comprehensive income (£'000)

(800)

3,517

1,674

Net change in the revaluation of investment properties and assets held for sale

(84)

(1,194)

(697)

(Profit)/loss on investment property disposal

(110)

167

-

Gain on joint venture in arbitration

(513)

-

-

Movement in fair value of investments

-

58

(1)

Movement in fair value of foreign exchange forward contract

256

146

349

Net change in the revaluation of the joint ventures' and associates' investment property and interest rate swaption

2,315

1,107

473

Foreign exchange (gain)/loss

(80)

55

42

Adjusted earnings

984

3,856

1,840

Adjusted earnings (pence per share)

1.6p

6.4

3.0

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares ('000s)

60,009

60,381

61,219

The adjusted earnings are presented to provide what the Board believes is a more appropriate assessment of the operational income accruing to the Group's activities. Hence, the Group adjusts basic earnings for income and costs which are not of a recurrent nature or which may be more of a capital nature.



 

10. Net asset value per share

 

At 30 September 2020

£'000

At 31 March 2020

£'000

At 30 September 2019

£'000

Net asset value (£'000)

127,055

127,627

126,440

Net asset value per ordinary share

211.1p

213.7p

213.5p

 

 

 

 

Number of ordinary shares ('000s)

60,185

59,713

59,225

11. Investment property

 

30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

Fair value of investment property at 1 April

15,389

13,764

Additions

-

610

Fair value adjustment in the period/year

84

629

Foreign exchange movements

405

386

Fair value of investment property at 30 September / 31 March

15,878

15,389

 

Investment property is represented by a property located in Hamburg (Werner-Siemens-Straße), Germany and a property located in Liverpool, UK.

The fair value of the Hamburg property of €16.8 million (£15.3 million) (31 March 2020: €16.7 million (£14.8 million)) has been arrived at on the basis of an independent valuation carried out at the balance sheet date by Cushman & Wakefield ('C&W').

The fair value of the Liverpool property of £0.6 million (31 March 2020: £0.6 million; Directors' valuation) has been arrived at on the basis of an independent valuation carried out at the balance sheet date by ASL Chartered Surveyors & Valuers ('ASL'). The ASL's valuation included a Material Uncertainty clause due to significant market risks linked to the Covid-19 pandemic (see note 2 for more details).

C&W and ASL are independent valuers and are not connected to the Group.

The valuation basis used is fair value as defined by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Appraisal and Valuations Standards ("RICS"). The approved RICS definition of fair value is "the price that would be received to sell an asset, or paid to transfer a liability, in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date".

Foreign exchange movement is recognised in other comprehensive income.

12. Assets held for sale

 

30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

Fair value at 1 April

8,065

4,500

Additions

-

8,225

Disposals

(8,065)

(5,225)

Fair value adjustment in the year

-

565

Fair value of investment property at 30 September / 31 March

-

8,065

 

On 11 June 2020, the Group disposed of the Unity and Armouries property in Birmingham (UK) for £4.5 million; no gain or loss was generated on the sale. On 11 September 2020, the Group disposed of its industrial property located in Wolverhampton (UK) for £3.8 million; the sale generated a gain of £0.1 million.

13. Joint venture in arbitration

 

30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

As at 1 April

2,510

3,882

Capital return

(2,468)

(1,232)

Effect of foreign exchange

(42)

(140)

As at 30 September / 31 March

-

2,510

During the period ended 30 September 2020, the original investment in the Galaxia joint venture was fully recovered.

Following a breach of the terms of the shareholders agreement by its joint venture partner, Logix Group ("Logix"), ART initiated arbitration proceedings which were awarded in the Company's favour. ART subsequently successfully defended appeals by Logix at the Delhi High Court. Logix latterly appealed to the Supreme Court of India, which eventually upheld the award to ART in February 2020. As a result of this process, the Supreme Court ordered Logix to pay ART a total of INR 860 million (£9.1 million at the period end exchange rate).

During the period ended 30 September 2020, INR 292.0 million (£3.0 million) was paid by the Supreme Court to ART.

The court permitted Logix to sell the Galaxia site, which was previously charged in favour of ART, in order to raise capital. A purchaser for the site has been identified who, on 20 November 2020, deposited INR 568 million with the Supreme Court towards the INR 990 million sale price. The purchaser is seeking amendment of development consents in relation to the land. The release of the funds deposited with the Supreme court to ART is dependent on how the sale process advances. Failure to recover the proceeds from a sale would mean that Logix would be required to pay the remainder of the liability due to ART under the court award of INR 568 million (£6.1 million) plus a higher interest rate applicable under the arbitration award.

ART continues to actively pursue its claim to collect the arbitration award. Given the uncertainty about the quantum and timing of any future recovery, the Company has only recognised physical cash received under the award and has not recognised any future entitlements. Accordingly, the Company carried the joint venture in arbitration in its accounts as at 30 September 2020 at nil value.

Foreign exchange movement is recognised in other comprehensive income.

14. Investments held at fair value

 

Non-current

30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

As at 1 April

139

390

Redemptions

-

(193)

Movement in fair value of investments

-

(58)

As at 30 September / 31 March

139

139

The investments, which are disclosed as non-current investments held at fair value, are as follows:

· Europip (participating redeemable preference shares): Europip is currently in the process of being voluntarily wound up; ART's residual value of the investment as at 30 September 2020 was approximately £30,000 (31 March 2020: £30,000).

· HLP (participating redeemable preference shares): HLP provides quarterly valuations of the net asset value of its shares; the net asset value of the investment as at 30 September 2020 was £0.1 million (31 March 2020: £0.1 million).

The Board considers that the investments in Europip and HLP will be held for the long term and has therefore disclosed them as non-current assets.

15. Investment in joint ventures and associates

The movement in the Group's share of net assets of the joint ventures and associates can be summarised as follows:

 

H2O

SPHL

Total

Alpha2

H2O

SPHL

Total

 

30 Sep

2020

£'000

30 Sep

2020

£'000

30 Sep

2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

As at 1 April

19,486

1,741

21,227

7,403

19,434

1,698

28,535

Group's share of joint venture and associate profits before fair value movements and dividends

91

73

164

117

1,318

144

1,579

Fair value adjustment for interest rate swaption

-

-

-

-

(3)

-

(3)

Fair value adjustment for investment property

(2,222)

(93)

(2,315)

(421)

(650)

(33)

(1,104)

Dividends paid by joint venture and associate to the Group

-

(20)

(20)

(1,597)

(1,141)

(68)

(2,806)

Foreign exchange movements

501

-

501

-

528

-

528

Transfer of the associate's assets and liabilities for consolidation

-

-

-

(5,502)

-

-

(5,502)

As at 30 September / 31 March

17,856

1,701

19,557

-

19,486

1,741

21,227

The Group's investments in joint ventures and associates can be summarised as follows:

· Joint venture investment in the H2O shopping centre in Madrid, Spain: the Group holds a 30% equity investment in CBRE H2O Rivas Holding NV ('CBRE H2O'), a company based in the Netherlands, which in turn owns 100% of the Spanish entities that are owners of H2O. CBRE H2O is a Euro denominated company hence the Group translates its share of this investment at the relevant year end exchange rate with movements in the period translated at the average rate for the period. As at 30 September 2020, the carrying value of ART's investment in CBRE H2O was £17.9 million (€19.7 million) (31 March 2020: £19.5 million (€22.0 million)).

· Joint venture investment in the Phase 1000 of Cambourne Business Park, Cambridge, UK: the Group holds a 10% equity investment in the Scholar Property Holdings Limited ('SPHL') group, owner of the property. As at 30 September 2020, the carrying value of ART's investment in Scholar Property Holdings Limited was £1.7 million (31 March 2020: £1.7 million).

Foreign exchange movement is recognised in other comprehensive income.

The fair value of the H2O property in Madrid (Spain) of €122.1 million (£111.0 million) (31 March 2020: €130.6 million (£115.5 million)) has been arrived at on the basis of an independent valuation carried out at the balance sheet date by Aguirre Newman Valoraciones y Tasaciones S.A. ("Aguirre"), an independent valuer not connected to the Group. The Aguirre's valuation included a Material Uncertainty clause due to significant market risks linked to the Covid-19 pandemic (see note 2 for more details).

The fair value of Phase 1000 of Cambourne Business Park, Cambridge (UK) is £29.6 million (31 March 2020: £30.5 million), which has been arrived at on the basis of a Directors' valuation.

The valuation basis used is fair value as defined by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Appraisal and Valuations Standards ("RICS"). The approved RICS definition of fair value is "the price that would be received to sell an asset, or paid to transfer a liability, in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date".

16. Loans advanced

 

30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

Non-current



Loans granted to third parties

4,922

8,523

Interest receivable from loans granted to third parties

-

108

Total loans at amortised cost

4,922

8,631

Loans at fair value through profit or loss

-

-

Total non-current loans

4,922

8,631

 

 

 

Current

 

 

Loans granted to third parties

29,864

28,569

Interest receivable from loans granted to third parties

2,196

1,421

Total loans at amortised cost

32,060

29,990

Loans at fair value through profit or loss

503

1,263

Total current loans

32,563

31,253

 

As at 30 September 2020, the Group had granted a total of £37.5 million (31 March 2020: £38.4 million) of secured senior and secured mezzanine loans to third parties. These comprised thirty four loans to UK entities, which assisted with the purchase of property developments, predominantly residential, in the UK. These facilities typically range from a 6 to 36 month term and entitle the Group to a weighted average overall return on the investment of 14.6% for mezzanine loans and 9.4% for senior loans.

All senior and mezzanine loans granted by the Group are secured asset backed real estate loans. Senior loans have a first charge security and mezzanine loans have a second charge security on the property developments.

Loans at fair value through profit or loss represents loans that failed the 'solely payment of principal and interest' criteria of IFRS 9 to be measured at amortised cost: this is due to a loan facility agreement's clause that links those loans to a return other than interest. 

Loans maturity of the total £37.5 million loans granted by the Group at year end, can be analysed as follows:

 

Less than 6 months

£'m

Between 6 to 12 months

£'m

Between 12 to 24 months £'m

Over 24 months

£'m

Total

£'m

Non-current

-

-

4,922

-

4,922

Current

25,673

4,694

-

-

30,367

As at 30 September 2020, no loans are overdue for payment.

Post period end, additional drawdowns of £0.9 million were made on existing loans, four loans were fully repaid for £2.0 million and part payments for other loans were received amounting to £0.4 million (including accrued interest).

Despite all of the loans having a set repayment term all but one of the loans have a repayable on demand feature so the Group may call for an early repayment of their principal, interest and applicable fees at any time.

Considering the 'on demand' clause, the Group concluded that the loans are in stage 3 of the IFRS 9 model as should the loans be called on demand the borrowers would technically be in default as repayment would only be possible on demand if the property had already been sold. The loan without a repayable on demand clause amounts to £3.4 million, has repayment term of 4 July 2022 and remains in stage 1 of the IFRS 9 model.

The Group has calculated the lifetime ECLs of the loans advanced: based on this process the Directors have concluded that ECLs on loans advanced are immaterial to the financial statements.

17. Collateral deposit

 

30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

Collateral deposit

1,366

1,364

The collateral deposit of £1.4 million (31 March 2020: £1.4 million) is a cash deposit with Barclays Bank PLC ('Barclays') in Guernsey in relation to the foreign exchange forward contract entered into by the Group at period end: this cash has been placed on deposit.

18. Trade and other receivables

 

30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

Current

 

 

Trade debtors

6

189

VAT

-

4

Other debtors

47

2,234

Total

53

2,427

In August 2020, the Group collected the final completion payment in relation to the prior year sale of the Frankfurt data centre, amounting to £2.0 million (€2.2 million). The Directors consider that the carrying amount of trade and other receivables approximates to their fair value.

19. Trade and other payables


30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

Trade creditors

49

205

Deferred revenue

-

143

Investment Manager's fee payable

560

561

Accruals

283

342

VAT

672

-

Other creditors

4

40

Total

1,568

1,291

Trade and other payables primarily comprise amounts outstanding for trade purchases and ongoing costs. The Group has financial risk management policies in place to ensure that all payables are paid within the credit time frame. The Directors consider that the carrying amount of trade and other payables approximates their fair value.

20. Bank borrowings

 

30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

Current liabilities: interest payable

33

32

Total current liabilities

33

32

Non-current liabilities: bank borrowings

8,509

8,275

Total liabilities

8,542

8,307

 

 

 

The borrowings are repayable as follows:

 

 

Interest payable

33

32

On demand or within one year

-

-

In the second to fifth years inclusive

-

-

After five years

8,509

8,275

Total

8,542

8,307

Movements in the Group's non-current bank borrowings are analysed as follows:

 

30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

As at 1 April

8,275

8,039

Amortisation of deferred finance costs

8

16

Exchange differences on translation of foreign currencies

226

220

As at 30 September / 31 March

8,509

8,275

As at 30 September 2020, bank borrowings represent the Nord LB (a German bank) loan for €9.5 million (£8.6 million), which was used to partly fund the acquisition of the investment property in Hamburg (Werner-Siemens-Straße), Germany. This loan is composed of two tranches of €4.9 million and €4.6 million, which bear a 1.85% and 2.7% fixed rate respectively and that are due to mature in August 2028.

The borrowings are non-recourse to ART and the facility carries no financial covenant tests.

The table below sets out an analysis of net debt and the movements in net debt for the period ended 30 September 2020.

 

Derivatives

Liabilities from

financing activities

 

 

Foreign exchange forward

  £'000

Interest payable

£'000

Borrowings

£'000

Total

£'000

Net asset/(debt) as at 1 April 2020

203

(32)

(8,275)

(8,104)

Cash movements

-

96

-

96

Non cash movements





Foreign exchange adjustments

-

7

(226)

(219)

Unrealised loss on foreign exchange forward contract

(256)

-

-

(256)

Loan fee amortisation and other costs

-

-

(8)

(8)

Interest charge

-

(104)

-

(104)

Net debt as at 30 September 2020

(53)

(33)

(8,509)

(8,595)

 

 

Derivatives

Liabilities from

financing activities

 

 

Foreign exchange forward

  £'000

Interest payable

£'000

Borrowings

£'000

Total

£'000

Net asset/(debt) as at 1 April 2019

514

(30)

(8,039)

(7,555)

Cash movements

-

95

-

95

Non cash movements





Foreign exchange adjustments

-

7

(235)

(228)

Unrealised loss on foreign exchange forward contract

(349)

-

-

(349)

Loan fee amortisation and other costs

-

-

(8)

(8)

Interest charge

-

(104)

-

(104)

Net asset/(debt) as at 30 September 2019

165

(32)

(8,282)

(8,149)

21. Share capital

 

 

 

Number of shares

Authorised

 

 

 

Ordinary shares of no par value

 

 

Unlimited

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary

Ordinary

Ordinary

Issued and fully paid

treasury

external

total

At 1 April 2020

1,940,797

59,713,445

61,654,242

Share issue for scrip dividend

-

471,844

471,844

Shares bought back

-

-

-

Shares cancelled following buyback

-

-

-

1,940,797

60,185,289

62,126,086

 

The Company has one class of ordinary shares. The Company has the right to reissue or cancel the remaining treasury shares at a later date.

During the period, the Company made no share buybacks.

As at 30 September 2020, the ordinary share capital of the Company was 60,185,289 (including 1,940,797 ordinary shares held in treasury) and the total voting rights in the Company is 62,126,086.

Scrip dividend alternative

In the circular published on 18 December 2018, the Company sought shareholders' approval to enable a scrip dividend alternative to be offered to ordinary shareholders whereby they could elect to receive additional ordinary shares in lieu of a cash dividend, at the absolute discretion of the Directors, from time to time. This was approved by shareholders at the extraordinary general meeting on 8 January 2019.

The number of ordinary shares that an ordinary shareholder will receive under the scrip dividend alternative will be the average of the closing middle market quotations of an ordinary share for five consecutive dealing days after the day on which the ordinary shares are first quoted "ex" the relevant dividend.

The Board elected to offer the scrip dividend alternative to shareholders for all quarterly dividends from the quarter ended 31 December 2018 onwards. These issued shares are ranked pari passu in all respects with the Company's existing issued ordinary shares. During the six month period ended 30 September 2020, the Company issued 471,844 ordinary shares: on 9 April 2020, 186,628 were issued at the price of £1.606 and, on 17 July 2020, 285,216 were issued at the price of £1.692.

Post period end, the Company made no share buybacks. On 23 October 2020, as a result of the scrip dividend elections related to the dividend of the quarter ended 30 June 2020, the Company issued 299,686 ordinary shares at the price of £1.638. At the date of signing these financial statements the ordinary share capital of the Company is 60,484,975 (including 1,940,797 ordinary shares held in treasury) and the total voting rights in the Company is 62,425,772.

22. Events after the balance sheet date

Post period end, additional drawdowns of £0.9 million were made on existing loans, four loans were fully repaid for £2.0 million and part payments for other loans were received amounting to £0.4 million (including accrued interest).

On 23 October 2020, as a result of the scrip dividend elections related to the dividend of the quarter ended 30 June 2020, the Company issued 299,686 ordinary shares at the price of £1.638 (note 21).

23. Related party transactions

Parties are considered to be related if one party has the ability to control the other party or exercise significant influence over the other party in making financial or operational decisions. ARC is the Investment Manager to the Company under the terms of the Management Agreement and is thus considered a related party of the Company.

The Investment Manager is entitled to receive a fee from the Company at an annual rate of 2% of the net assets of the Group, payable quarterly in arrears. The Investment Manager is also entitled to receive an annual performance fee calculated with reference to total shareholder return ("TSR"), whereby the fee is 20% of any excess over an annualised TSR of 15% subject to a rolling three year high water mark.

Prior to the 70% disposal of the H2O property, ARC had a management agreement directly with the H2O property company, Alpha Tiger Spain 1, SLU ('ATS1') under which it earned a fee of 0.9% per annum based upon the gross assets of ATS1. In order to avoid double counting of fees, ARC provided a rebate to the Company of a proportion of its fee equivalent to the value of the Group's net asset value attributable to the H2O investment. Subsequent to the sale of ATS1 to CBRE H2O Rivas Holding NV ('CBRE H2O'), ARC has been appointed as Asset Manager to ATS1 and Investment Manager to CBRE H2O. ARC has agreed to rebate to ART all of the fees charged by ARC directly to CBRE H2O and ATS1 that relate to the Company's 30% share in CBRE H2O.

The Company invests in Alpha2, where ARC is the Investment Manager. ARC rebates fees earned in relation to the Company's investment in Alpha2.

The Company has invested in Europip, where ARPIA, a subsidiary of ARC, is the Investment Adviser. ARC rebates fees earned in relation to the Company's investment in Europip.

The Company has invested in Phase 1000, Cambourne Business Park, Cambridge, and ARC was appointed as Asset and Property Manager of the joint venture entity. ARC rebates to ART the relevant proportion of fees earned by ARC, which apply to the Company's investment.

Details of the Investment Manager's fees for the current period are disclosed on the face of the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income and the balance payable at 30 September 2020 is provided in note 19.



 

The Directors of the Company received total fees as follows:


For the six months ended

30 September 2020

For the six months ended

30 September 2019

David Jeffreys

18,000

18,000

Phillip Rose

12,500

12,500

Jeff Chowdhry

12,500

12,500

Melanie Torode

3 2,835

23,750

William Simpson

12,500

12,500

Total

8 8,335

79,250

The Directors' interests in the shares of the Company are detailed below:


30 September 2020

Number of ordinary shares held

31 March 2020

Number of ordinary shares held

David Jeffreys

1 5,171

15,082

Phillip Rose

9 23,536

908,691

Jeff Chowdhry

5 ,000

5,000

Melanie Torode

-

-

William Simpson

1 8,000

18,000

Alpha Global Property Securities Fund Pte. Ltd, a company registered in Singapore, owned directly by the partners of ARC, held 23,299,073 shares in the Company at 31 March 2020 (31 March 2020: 23,018,851).

ARC did not hold any shares in the Company at 30 September 2020 (31 March 2020: nil). The following, being partners of the Investment Manager, hold direct interests in the following shares of the Company: 


30 September 2020

Number of ordinary shares held

31 March 2020

Number of ordinary shares held

Rockmount Ventures Limited

2,332,567

2,304,512

Brian Frith

1,162,370

1,148,390

Phillip Rose

9 23,536

908,691

Brad Bauman

56,287

55,613

 

Karl Devon-Lowe, a partner of ARC, received fees of £2,844 (31 March 2020: £7,200) in relation to directorial responsibilities on a number of the Company's subsidiary companies.

Melanie Torode is the Operations Director of Estera Administration (Guernsey) Limited ('Estera'), the Company's administrator and secretary. During the period the Company paid Estera fees of £51,350 (31 March 2020: £95,600) and no amount was outstanding at period end.

24. Financial assets and liabilities held at fair value through profit or loss

 


Financial assets and liabilities carrying value

 


30 September 2020

£'000

31 March 2020

£'000

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

Investments held at fair value

 

139

139

Foreign exchange forward contract

 

-

203

Loans advanced

 

503

1,263

Total financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

642

1,605

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

Foreign exchange forward contract

 

(53)

-

 

Fair value measurement

The Group discloses fair value measurements by level of the following fair value measurement hierarchy:

· Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (level 1)

· Inputs other than quoted prices included within level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (that is, as prices) or indirectly (that is, derived from prices) (level 2)

· Inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (that is, unobservable inputs) (level 3).

The level in the fair value hierarchy within which the financial asset or financial liability is categorised is determined on the basis of the lowest input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Financial instruments are classified in their entirety into one of the three levels.

The following methods and assumptions are used to estimate fair values:

Level 1

· As at 30 September 2020, the Group does not hold any investment which can be categorised as Level 1.

Level 2

· The fair value of the foreign exchange forward contract is determined by reference to the quarter end applicable forward market rate provided by the contractual counter party.

Level 3

· The fair value of the HLP investment is based upon the price provided by the issuer for the relevant share class owned: this is calculated by reference to the net asset value of the investment and principally driven by the fair value of HLP's underlying property investments. This net asset value is therefore mainly based on unobservable inputs and is deemed to be a level 3 financial asset. HLP's accounts are audited annually. HLP's underlying investment properties are fair valued as per RICS definition and the ART Board considers that any reasonable possible movement in the valuation of HLP's individual properties would not be material to the value of ART's investment.

· The fair value of the Europip investment is based upon the price provided by the issuer for the relevant share class owned: this is calculated by reference to the net asset value of the investment and principally driven by the fair value of Europip's underlying property investments. This net asset value is therefore mainly based on unobservable inputs and is deemed to be a level 3 financial asset. Europip's accounts are audited annually. As at 30 September 2020, Europip has sold its remaining property and has partly distributed the related proceeds to shareholders; Europip is currently preparing to distribute the final proceeds to shareholders.

Financial assets and liabilities held at fair value are valued on a recurring basis as indicated above. There have been no changes to the valuation methods applied from the Group's annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020.

The Board determines whether transfers have occurred between levels in the hierarchy by re-assessing categorisation (based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement as a whole) at the end of each reporting period.

The following table shows an analysis of the fair values of financial instruments recognised in the balance sheet by level of the fair value hierarchy described above:

 

 

30 September 2020

Assets and liabilities measured at fair value

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets measured at fair value





Non-current





Investment property

-

-

15,878

15,878

Investments held at fair value

-

-

139

139

Current





Loans advanced

-

-

503

503

Liabilities measured at fair value





Foreign exchange forward contract

-

(53)

-

(53)

 

 

31 March 2020

Assets and liabilities measured at fair value

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets measured at fair value





Non-current





Investment property

-

-

15,389

15,389

Investments held at fair value

-

-

139

139

Loans advanced

-

-

1,263

1,263

Current





Foreign exchange forward contract

-

203

-

203

 

There were no transfers between level 1 and level 2 fair value measurements and no transfers into or out of level 3 fair value measurements during the six month period ended 30 September 2020.


Directors and Company information

Directors

David Jeffreys (Chairman)
Jeff Chowdhry
William Simpson
Phillip Rose
Melanie Torode

 

Independent valuers in India

Colliers International (Hong Kong) Limited

Suite 5701 Central Plaza

18 Harbour Road

Wanchai, Hong Kong

Legal advisors in Guernsey

Carey Olsen

PO Box 98, Carey House

Les Banques

St Peter Port

Guernsey GY1 4BZ

Registered office

Floor 2, Trafalgar Court

Les Banques

St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 4LY

 

Independent valuers in Spain

Savills Aguirre Newman

Paseo de la Castellana, 81

Madrid, 28046

Spain

Legal advisors in the UK

Norton Rose

3 More London Riverside

London SE1 2AQ

Investment Manager

Alpha Real Capital LLP
Level 6, 338 Euston Road

London NW1 3BG

 

Independent valuers in Germany

Cushman & Wakefield

Rathenauplatz, 1

Frankfurt, 60313

Germany

 

Legal advisors in India

AZB & Partners

Plot A-8 Sector 4

NOIDA 201 301

India

Administrator and secretary

Ocorian Administration (Guernsey) Limited

Floor 2, Trafalgar Court

Les Banques, St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 4LY

 

Independent Auditor

BDO Limited
Place du Pré, Rue du Pré
St Peter Port
Guernsey GY1 3LL

Legal advisors in Spain

Ashurst LLP

Alcalá, 44

Madrid, 28014

Spain

Broker

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

One New Change

London

EC4M 9AF

 

Tax advisors in Europe

KPMG LLP
15 Canada Square

London E14 5GL

 

Grant Thornton UK LLP
30 Finsbury Square

London EC2A 1AG

Registrar

Computershare Investor Services (Jersey) Limited

13 Castle Street
St Helier
Jersey JE1 1ES

Independent valuers in the UK

GVA

3 Brindley place

Birmingham B1 2JB

 

Savills

Ground Floor, City Point

12 King Street

Leeds LS1 2HL

 

CBRE Limited

Henrietta House

Henrietta Place

London W1G 0NB

 




Shareholder information

 

Further information on the Company can be found at the Company's website:

www.alpharealtrustlimited.com

 

Dividends

Ordinary dividends are declared and paid quarterly. Shareholders who wish to have dividends paid directly into a bank account rather than by cheque to their registered address can complete a mandate form for this purpose. Mandates may be obtained from the Company's Registrar. Where dividends are paid directly to shareholders' bank accounts, dividend vouchers are sent directly to shareholders' registered addresses.

Share price

The Company's Ordinary Shares are listed on the SFS of the LSE.

Change of address

Communications with shareholders are mailed to the addresses held on the share register. In the event of a change of address or other amendment, please notify the Company's Registrar under the signature of the registered holder.

Investment Manager

The Company is advised by Alpha Real Capital LLP, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom.

Financial calendar

Financial reporting

Reporting/

Meeting dates

Dividend period

Ex-dividend date

Record date

Last date for election to scrip dividend

(if applicable)

Share certificates posted

(if applicable)

Payment date

Half year report and dividend announcement

27

November

2020

Quarter ending

30 September 2020

10 December 2020

11 December 2020

18

December 2020

7

January

2021

8

January

2021

Trading update

(Qtr 3)

26

February

2021

Quarter ending 31 December 2020

11

March

2021

12

March

2021

19

March

2021

1

April

2021

9

April

2021

Annual report and dividend announcement

11

June

2021

Quarter ending 31 March

2021

24

June

2021

25

June

2021

2

July

2021

15

July

2021

16

July

2021

Annual report published

25

June

2021







Annual General Meeting

6

August

2021







 

 

 

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