Embassy REIT Announces Full Year FY 2021 Results, Delivers a Resilient Performance
Michael Holland, Chief Executive Officer of Embassy REIT said,
“Despite the significant challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Embassy REIT has again performed strongly and delivered on its financial guidance. We continue to provide safe work environments for our occupiers and we are working with local authorities to support the response to the second wave of the pandemic, including initiating vaccination programmes at our parks. Despite second wave headwinds, our global occupiers continue to report strong earnings and hiring growth which we believe will translate into demand for quality offices in due course. With our leading presence in India’s highest absorption markets, our low leverage levels and our access to capital markets, we are well positioned to capitalize on the fundamental global demand for Indian office space that will long outlast this pandemic.”
The Board of Directors of Embassy Office Parks Management Services Private Limited (‘EOPMSPL’), Manager to Embassy REIT, at its Board Meeting held earlier today, declared a distribution of Rs 5,308 million or Rs 5.6 per unit for 4Q FY2021. The cumulative distribution for FY2021 totals Rs 18,364 million or Rs 21.48 per unit, which is on target with the guidance issued earlier by management. The record date for the 4Q FY2021 distribution is May 7, 2021 and the distribution will be paid on or before May 14, 2021.
Financial Highlights – Full Year FY2021
- Net Operating Income (‘NOI’) grew year-on-year by 12%, with operating margins of 86%
- Simplified the holding structure of Embassy Manyata, thereby increasing the tax-free component of distributions to 78% for 4Q FY2021
- Raised Rs 52 billion debt at attractive 6.9% coupon, refinanced Rs 32.8 billion leading to 336 bps interest savings
- Fortress balance sheet with liquidity of Rs 15.5 billion and low leverage of 22%; ample headroom to finance on-campus development and new acquisitions
Business Highlights – Full Year FY2021
- Stable occupancy of 88.9% with strong rent collections at 99.8% on 32.3 msf operating portfolio
- Achieved rent increases of 13% on 8.4 msf across 90+ leases
- Leased 1.2 msf across 40+ deals, achieved 15% re-leasing / renewal spread
- Achieved top-out of 1.1 msf JP Morgan campus in Mar’21, on track for Sep’21 delivery
- Continued construction on additional 4.6 msf new build, targeted completion in 2 to 3 years
- Our parks remain open with focus on ensuring safe workspaces and business continuity for our occupiers
- Set up vaccine centers at Embassy Manyata and Embassy TechVillage with vaccination roll out for 4,900 frontline staff underway
- Subscribed to WELL Portfolio™ program to create healthier office buildings and thriving business ecosystems
- Built a second government school in February 2021 in partnership with ANZ, school to benefit 1,200 students
Investor Materials and Quarterly Investor Call Details
Embassy REIT has released a package of information on the quarterly and full year results and performance, that includes (i) audited standalone and audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2021, (ii) audited condensed standalone and audited condensed consolidated financial statements for the quarter and year ended March 31, 2021, (iii) an earnings presentation covering 4Q FY2021 and FY2021 results, and (iv) supplemental operating and financial data book that is in line with leading reporting practices across global REITs. All these materials are available on our website at www.embassyofficeparks.com
under the “Investors” section.
Embassy REIT will host a conference call on April 29, 2021 at 18:30 hours Indian Standard Time to discuss the 4Q FY2021 and full year FY2021 results. A replay of the call will be available till May 14, 2021 on our website at www.embassyofficeparks.com under the “Investors” section.
This press release is prepared for general information purposes only. The information contained herein is based on management information and estimates. It is only current as of its date, has not been independently verified and may be subject to change without notice. Embassy Office Parks Management Services Private Limited (“the Manager”) in its capacity as the Manager of Embassy REIT, and Embassy REIT make no representation or warranty, express or implied, as to, and do not accept any responsibility or liability with respect to, the fairness and completeness of the content hereof. Each recipient will be solely responsible for its own investigation, assessment and analysis of the market and the market position of Embassy REIT. Embassy REIT does not provide any guarantee or assurance with respect to any distribution or the trading price of its units.
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About Embassy REIT
Embassy REIT is India’s first publicly listed Real Estate Investment Trust. Embassy REIT owns and operates a 42.4 million square feet (“msf”) portfolio of eight infrastructure-like office parks and four city‑centre office buildings in India’s best-performing office markets of Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, and the National Capital Region (“NCR”). Embassy REIT’s portfolio comprises 32.3 msf completed operating area and is home to over 190 of the world’s leading companies. The portfolio also comprises strategic amenities, including two operational business hotels, four under‑construction hotels, and a 100MW solar park supplying renewable energy to tenants.