- Shareholders to be rewarded with 2nd consecutive annual increase in dividends
- Operating income guidance for 2020 of EUR 120.0m to 140.0m implies further growth in recurring management fees
- Solid balance sheet with cash on hand allows bigger strategic and financial flexibility
- Share buy-back programme with a volume of up to EUR 50.0m
- Despite the volatile environment due to Covid-19, PATRIZIA is well positioned strategically and operationally - business continuity is ensured
Augsburg, 19 March 2020. PATRIZIA AG, the global partner for pan-European real estate investment, posted an operating income of EUR 134.5m in 2019, exceeding its FY 2019 guidance of EUR 120.0m to 130.0m. Based on the solid increase in management fees by 8.8% to EUR 190.9m, and continued growth in AUM to EUR 44.5bn, the Management Board is offering shareholders a dividend of EUR 0.29 per share for FY 2019 – the second increase in dividends in a row and implies 7.4% growth y-o-y.
Karim Bohn, CFO of PATRIZIA AG, says: “PATRIZIA has a strong and resilient business model with a rock-solid balance sheet and predictable earnings. The strong cash generation in 2019 increased PATRIZIA’s financial flexibility to over EUR 600m. Accompanied by a net equity ratio of 75.7%, we are well prepared for the changed economic environment and will use this strength to add further value to our clients and shareholders.”
Wolfgang Egger, CEO of PATRIZIA AG, says: “Over the last 35 years we have built up a leading position in the European investment management market. Our diversified and long-term committed AUM base gives us a solid and resilient position in these times of uncertainty. Real assets investment management is more than ever a structural growth market. Leading our clients through long-term structural changes such as digitalisation and technology, but also through the extraordinary situation that we are currently experiencing is at the heart of our corporate strategy.”
Outlook for 2020 confirmed
A final assessment of the effects of a further spreading of the Covid-19 virus on the economy in general and the relevant markets for PATRIZIA is not possible at this stage. However, at the moment the continued demand and activity of our clients and the continued investment allocations to real assets in a lower for longer yield environment make us confident to achieve our 2020 operating income guidance in the range of EUR 120.0m to 140.0m.
Business achievements in 2019: Strong position in European transaction market
PATRIZIA confirmed its success in the European real estate transaction market with signed transactions across real estate sectors for its numerous thematic investment strategies totalling EUR 9.0bn, an increase of 32.6% compared to 2018 (EUR 6.8bn). PATRIZIA executed (closed) transactions of EUR 7.6bn during 2019 (compared to EUR 5.2bn in 2018). The increased volume of signed transactions confirms PATRIZIA’s strong deal-sourcing capabilities from which its global client base benefits.
In total, PATRIZIA signed EUR 5.5bn of acquisitions in 2019, an increase of 60.5% on the prior year (2018: EUR 3.4bn) and EUR 3.5bn of disposals, up 4.1% (2018: EUR 3.3bn). Total transaction volume in Europe declined slightly by 2.4% y-o-y from EUR 315.2bn in 2018 to EUR 307.7bn in 2019, confirming market share gains for PATRIZIA.
Equity entrusted to PATRIZIA and number of institutional clients increased
PATRIZIA raised around EUR 3.2bn of equity (up 24.6% y-o-y) from existing and new institutional, (semi-)professional and private investors which have been deployed into investment opportunities in strong, established markets across Europe. International capital accounted for 54.1% of all raised institutional capital during 2019, as international institutional organisations increasingly rely on PATRIZIA to invest on their behalf across Europe.
PATRIZIA added more than 20 new institutional domestic and international investors to its client base during 2019, bringing the total to over 400. At the same time 73.1% of equity entrusted to PATRIZIA during 2019 came from investors with multiple fund investments on PATRIZIA’s platform.
Share buy-back programme:
PATRIZIA has decided to implement a share buy-back programme. The Company will acquire treasury shares via the stock exchange in the period from March 19, 2020 to December 31, 2020 at the latest up to a total purchase price (excluding incidental costs) of EUR 50 million. Based on the current share price (EUR 17.12, XETRA closing price on March 17, 2020), this is equivalent to up to 2,920,561 shares or up to 3.16 % of the share capital. The share buyback program will be carried out under the leadership of a bank, which will make its decisions on the time of acquisition of the shares independently of and uninfluenced by PATRIZIA AG.
The treasury shares to be acquired as a result of the share buyback programme may be used for all legally permitted purposes, in particular also as (partial) consideration within the scope of business combinations or for the acquisition of companies, interests in companies or parts of companies.
The share buyback programme is financed from available liquidity, which has again increased significantly compared to the previous year (EUR 506.9m) to EUR 607.0m as of December 31, 2019
PATRIZIA AG has been active as an investment manager in the real estate market across Europe for more than 35 years. PATRIZIA’s activities include the acquisition, management, repositioning and disposal of residential and commercial real estate through its best-in-class local network in all key markets. As a global partner for pan-European real estate investment, PATRIZIA operates as a trusted and independent business partner of large institutional, (semi-)professional and private investors in all major European countries. PATRIZIA manages more than EUR 44 billion of real estate and infrastructure assets, primarily as an investment manager for insurance companies, pension fund institutions, sovereign funds, savings and cooperative banks. PATRIZIA is committed to responsible investments and positive social impact. The PATRIZIA Children Foundation has helped over 200,000 children in need worldwide for over 20 years, giving them access to education and greater opportunities to lead better lives. For further information, please visit: www.patrizia.ag.
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