Custodian REIT


£454.8m market cap

114.2p last close

CREI is a London Main Market-listed REIT focused on commercial property in the UK outside London. It is income-focused, with a commitment to pay a high but sustainable and covered dividend. It targets a balanced portfolio, with a focus on lot sizes of under £10m.

Investment summary

A 1.0% NAV total return for the three months to December 2018 (Q319) took the 9-month total to 5.3%. We estimate that the Q319 DPS paid of 1.6375p was well covered by income earnings (c 1.11x), and barring unforeseen circumstances the company targets a fully covered aggregate DPS of 6.55p for the year with the objective of further sustainable growth through accretive acquisitions and active management of the existing portfolio. The portfolio value increased to £576.2m from £547.0m in September, including £29.5m of acquisitions (before costs), primarily debt funded, taking LTV to a still conservative 24.7%. NAV was slightly lower, by £0.9m to £426.6m (108.1p per share), with the positive benefits of asset management outweighed by acquisition costs and other negative valuation movements, including some further impact from Q2 CVAs. Continuing share issuance in Q419, together with an increase in the revolving credit facility, provides additional flexibility to exploit opportunities that may arise from Brexit uncertainty.

Y/E Mar
Revenue (£m)
PBT (£m)
EPS (p)
P/E (x)
P/CF (x)
2017A 27.6 N/A 24.2 6.59 17.3 14.8
2018A 34.8 N/A 32.4 6.94 16.5 14.6
2019E 39.6 N/A 29.1 7.20 15.9 13.0
2020E 41.2 N/A 32.1 7.33 15.6 14.1
Last updated on 19/03/2019
Industry outlook

The supply demand balance for regional office and industrial property remains generally firm, and a positive yield spread between the regions and London offers potential for further narrowing. Parts of the retail sector are displaying clear signs of stress.

Last updated on 19/03/2019
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Balance sheet
Forecast net debt (£m) N/A
Forecast gearing ratio (%) N/A
Price performance
Actual (0.4) (1.6) 0.2
Relative* (2.4) (9.4) (2.7)
52-week high/low 122.6p/112.6p
*% relative to local index
Key management
David Hunter Chairman
Richard Shepherd-Cross MD
Ed Moore Finance manager

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