Primary Health Properties

LSE: PHP

Market Cap£1,488m

Last Close 111.3p

Primary Health Properties is a long-term investor in primary healthcare property in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Assets are mainly long-let to GPs and the NHS or the HSE, organisations backed by the UK and Irish governments respectively.

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Investment summary

Primary Health Properties’ (PHP’s) H122 adjusted EPS increased 9.7% y-o-y, adjusted NTA per share by 3.5% to 120.8p and the adjusted NTA total return was 6.3%. PHP is on track to achieve its 6.5p annual target, its 26th year of unbroken DPS growth. Higher earnings were driven by growth in rental income and refinancing measures that lowered average debt cost. Costs were affected by inflation and investment in the operating platform, but the EPRA cost ratio remains the lowest in the REIT sector. In part due to inflation, rents are rising at an accelerating pace while 95% of debt costs are fixed/hedged. LTV of 43.1% remained well within PHP’s 40–50% target, above the mainstream commercial sector reflecting the security and visibility of cash flows. Despite ample liquidity and a strong investment pipeline, given financial market uncertainties, PHP is being prudent and selective about which projects to pursue. We forecast continued earnings and dividend growth.

Y/E Dec
Revenue (£m)
EBITDA (£m)
PBT (£m)
EPS (fd) (p)
P/E (x)
P/CF (x)
2020A 131.2 118.0 112.4 5.7 19.5 11.9
2021A 136.7 126.2 141.6 6.1 18.2 10.5
2022E 141.3 130.0 164.3 6.3 17.7 13.0
2023E 146.9 134.8 119.5 6.5 17.1 11.0
Industry outlook

Income visibility is strong, with long leases and upwards-only rents, 89% backed directly or indirectly by government bodies, little exposed to the economic cycle, or occupancy fluctuation. Health and social care planning suggests strong underlying demand for modern healthcare properties in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Last updated on 30/11/2022
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Balance sheet
Forecast net cash (£m) 1221.8
Forecast gearing ratio (%) N/A
Price performance
%
1m
3m
12m
Actual 0.2 (18.6) (25.8)
Relative* (6.2) (21.2) (27.8)
52-week high/low 153.1p/98.7p
*% relative to local index
Key management
Steven Owen Chairman
Harry Hyman CEO
Richard Howell CFO