Champion REIT Announces 2021 Annual Results

  • Overall operating environment continued to be impacted by the pandemic
  • Adopted flexible leasing strategy to maintain high occupancy rate
  • Secured the Trust’s first sustainability-linked loan and swap

Champion Real Estate Investment Trust (HKG: 2778), the owner of Three Garden Road and Langham Place, announces its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2021.

Summary of financial results

FY 2021 FY 2020 Change
Total Rental Income (HK$ mil) 2,495 2,633 -5.2%
Net Property Income (HK$ mil) 2,197 2,347 -6.4%
Distributable Income (HK$ mil) 1,503 1,554 -3.3%
Distribution per unit (HK$) 0.2279 0.2496 -8.7%

31 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2020 Change
Gross Value of Portfolio (HK$ mil) 65,296 67,318 -3.0%
Net Asset Value per unit (HK$) 8.25 8.61 -4.2%
Gearing Ratio 22.9% 23.0% -0.1pp

Overview
The persistent COVID-19 pandemic continued to pose challenges to the operating environment for our business in 2021. Amid the gloomy market conditions, Champion REIT recorded a drop in distributable income by 3.3% to HK$1,503 million and distribution per unit (“DPU”) declined 8.7% to HK$0.2279.

Three Garden Road
Three Garden Road recorded a shrank of the rental income by 3.8% to HK$1,460 million in 2021 (2020: HK$1,518 million). Average passing rent decreased to HK$108.3 per sq. ft. (based on lettable area) as at 31 December 2021. Demand from new and existing tenants gradually materialized in the second half, boosting the occupancy of the property to 89.0% as of 31 December 2021.

Langham Place Office Tower
The impact of negative rental reversion drove down the rental income of Langham Place Office Tower to HK$365 million in 2021 (2020: HK$378 million), and passing rents of the property declined to HK$47.1 per sq. ft. (based on gross floor area) as at 31 December 2021. Occupancy of the property increased to 96.3% as of 31 December 2021, given the rebound in leasing momentum for beauty and healthcare tenants.

Langham Place Mall
Amid the challenging environment for retail leasing, the total rental income of the property went down 9.1% to HK$670 million (2020: HK$738 million). The average passing rents dropped to HK$165.9 per sq. ft. (based on lettable area) as of 31 December 2021. The mall remained fully occupied as of 31 December 2021, attributed to the spearhead of the Langham Beauty concept at our premises which upgraded the tenant mix and strengthened the strategic positioning of the mall.

Distribution
Distributable income of the Trust dropped 3.3% to HK$1,503 million (2020: HK$1,554 million) and DPU dropped 8.7% to HK$0.2279 (2020: HK$0.2496). Based on the closing unit price of HK$3.99 recorded on 31 December 2021, the total DPU represented a distribution yield of 5.7%.

Asset Value
The appraised value of the Trust’s property portfolio was HK$65.3 billion as of 31 December 2021, declining 3.0% from HK$67.3 billion as of 31 December 2020.

Sustainability
We forged ahead to embrace change with resilience and agility to manage business continuity and put people at the heart of what we do. In addition to the BEAM Plus Existing Building Platinum certification, Langham Place Mall was awarded the international EDGE green building certification, making it the first shopping mall in Hong Kong to receive recognition. The Trust also secured its first sustainability-linked loan and sustainability-linked swap, befitting our sustainability objectives.

Outlook
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the outlook of the Hong Kong office and retail property market remains uncertain and difficult. The tightening of social distancing measures would continue to affect the business of our tenants. Relaxation of cross-border controls and quarantine requirements locally would be crucial for economic recovery.

Looking forward, we will continue to adopt a flexible leasing strategy to retain tenants and maintain high occupancy rates. Despite the unfavorable conditions, we strive to inject impetus to growth through asset enhancement and trade mix rebranding initiatives. We will take a prudent approach in balance sheet management in a rising rate environment. Equipped with a sufficient reserve, the Trust stands ready to pursue acquisition opportunities globally with a goal to generate long-term returns.

About Champion REIT (HKG: 2778)
Champion Real Estate Investment Trust is a trust formed to own and invest in income-producing office and retail properties. The Trust focuses on Grade-A commercial properties in prime locations. It currently offers investors direct exposure to nearly 3 million sq. ft. of prime office and retail floor area. These include two Hong Kong landmark properties, Three Garden Road and Langham Place, as well as a joint venture stake in 66 Shoe Lane in Central London. Since 2015, the Trust has been included in the Constituent of Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Benchmark Index of Hang Seng Indexes.
Website: https://www.championreit.com/

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