Management Board of Northern Horizon Capital AS (the Management Company) has approved the unaudited consolidated interim financial statements of Baltic Horizon Fund (the Fund) for the twelve months of 2021.
G4S office building disposal
On 8 November 2021, Baltic Horizon Fund signed a real right agreement with HITS Investments OÜ to sell the land plot located at Paldiski mnt 80, Tallinn together with the G4S Headquarters office building. The sales price was EUR 15.35 million (excluding value added tax) matching approximately the latest valuation. The IRR for the holding period of more than 5 years was around 11.2%, while equity multiple was 1.7. The decision to dispose of the asset was made to avoid high re-leasing risk and potential capital expenditure of bringing the asset to a high energy efficiency standard. The proceeds of the transaction will be used for new and more energy efficient investments for the Fund’s portfolio in the Baltics.
Baltic Horizon Fund Meraki SPV bonds
On 15 November 2021, bonds issued by BH Meraki UAB were admitted to the Nasdaq Baltic First North Market by Nasdaq Vilnius. The size of the bond issue is EUR 4 million. The bonds have a nominal value of EUR 100 and an annual interest rate of 5% with interest paid semi-annually.
Six buildings received BREEAM certification
Baltic Horizon aimed to certify all currently operational office assets by the end of 2021 using the BREEAM In-Use environmental assessment method. During 2021, the Fund’s North Star, Domus Pro Office, Upmalas Biroji BC, LNK Centre and Vainodes I properties were awarded the BREEAM In-Use “Very Good” and Lincona was awarded the BREEAM In-Use “Good” environmental certification. All office properties are now BREEAM certified.
Impact of COVID-19 pandemic
At the beginning of 2020, a new coronavirus (COVID-19) started spreading all over the world, which has had a strong impact on businesses and economies, including in the Baltics. The virus outbreak has caused significant shifts in the Fund’s operating environment, which has had a negative overall impact on the Fund’s performance in 2020 and 2021.
At the end of 2020, the Baltic countries entered the second round of lockdowns and heavy government restrictions for residents and businesses to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Shopping centres were forced to close for a limited period except for essential retail shops (groceries, pharmacies). In summer 2021, all three Baltics countries eased COVID-19 restrictions as new virus cases dropped and the situation stabilised. However, COVID-19 cases in all three countries started to spike in late 2021 and early 2022 once the omicron variant became the dominant COVID variant. As a result of spiking cases, Latvian government decided to reimpose the lockdown for a period from 21 October to 15 November. Other Baltic countries also took restrictive actions, but without full lockdowns. While the omicron variant led to a drastically increased number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalization and death rates did not follow the same drastic trend due to the lower disease severity of the omicron variant. At the date of this report, Lithuania has already started lifting restrictions related to COVID-19 with other countries expected to follow.
BHF’s operating results of Q4 2021 continued to be affected by the pandemic through the support measures for weakened retail tenants, especially during the latest Latvian lockdown in November. It is expected that broad diversification of the portfolio should allow the Fund to limit the COVID-19 impacts and maintain healthy consolidated operational performance throughout the next year as the central retail sector is set to recover. The Fund’s operational performance has largely recovered every time heavy restrictions were lifted in all Baltic countries.
Distributions to unitholders for Q3 and Q4 2021 Fund results
On 28 October 2021, the Fund declared a cash distribution of EUR 2,034 thousand (EUR 0.017 per unit) to the Fund unitholders for Q3 2021 results. This represents a 1.63% return on the weighted average Q3 2021 net asset value to its unitholders.
On 3 February 2022, the Fund declared a cash distribution of EUR 2,273 thousand (EUR 0.019 per unit) to the Fund unitholders for Q4 2021 results. This represents a 1.79% return on the weighted average Q4 2021 net asset value to its unitholders.
With reduced payouts over 2020 and 2021 in the light of prevailing market uncertainty, the Fund has opted to retain EUR 6.1 million of distributable cash flow. During 2021, the Fund declared for distribution EUR 6.9 million out of total generated distributable cash flow of EUR 8.7 million.
Dividend capacity calculation
|EUR ’000||Q4 2020||Q1 2021||Q2 2021||Q3 2021||Q4 2021|
|(+) Net rental income||4,745||4,173||4,357||4,676||3,798|
|(-) Fund administrative expenses||(713)||(745)||(756)||(735)||(633)|
|(-) External interest expenses||(1,362)||(1,346)||(1,311)||(1,407)||(1,408)|
|(-) CAPEX expenditure1||(131)||(79)||(92)||(38)||(222)|
|(+) Extraordinary income related to investment properties2||–||–||–||–||440|
|(+) Added back listing related expenses||85||–||–||–||–|
|(+) Added back acquisition related expenses||26||31||5||9||32|
|Generated net cash flow (GNCF)||2,650||2,034||2,203||2,505||2,007|
|GNCF per weighted unit (EUR)||0.022||0.017||0.018||0.021||0.017|
|12-months rolling GNCF yield3 (%)||8.6%||7.4%||7.0%||7.0%||6.8%|
|Dividends declared for the period||1,316||1,316||1,316||2,034||2,273|
|Dividends declared per unit4 (EUR)||0.011||0.011||0.011||0.017||0.019|
|12-months rolling dividend yield3 (%)||5.8%||5.4%||5.0%||4.5%||5.4%|
- The table provides actual capital expenditures for the quarter. Future dividend distributions to unitholders are aimed to be based on the annual budgeted capital expenditure plans equalised for each quarter. This will reduce the quarterly volatility of cash distributions to unitholders.
- Latvian government COVID-19 grant related to decrease of net rental income in Galerija Centrs due to discounts to tenants. The grant is used to off-set property operating expenses.
- 12-month rolling GNCF and dividend yields are based on the closing market price of the unit as at the end of the quarter (Q4 2021: closing market price of the unit as of 31 December 2021).
- Based on the number of units entitled to dividends.
Net profit and net rental income
In 2021, the Group earned net rental income of EUR 17.0 million, a decrease of 14.7% compared to the net rental income of EUR 19.9 million for 2020. Net rental income decreased due to increased vacancies across portfolio, relief measures granted to tenants during the pandemic and disposal of G4S Headquarters in November 2021.
Portfolio properties in the office segment contributed 63.0% (2020: 55.8%) of net rental income in 2021 followed by the retail segment with 32.4% (2020: 40.1%) and the leisure segment with 4.6% (2020: 4.1%). Retail assets located in the central business districts (Postimaja, Europa and Galerija Centrs) accounted for 20.5% of total portfolio net rental income in 2021. Total net rental income attributable to neighbourhood shopping centres was 11.9% in 2021.
During 2021, investment properties in Lithuania and Latvia contributed 38.1% (2020: 36.4%) and 36.0% (2020: 38.3%) of net rental income, respectively, while investment properties in Estonia contributed 25.9% (2020: 25.3%).
In 2021, the Group recorded a net profit of EUR 1.4 million as compared to a net loss of EUR 13.5 million in 2020. Even with hard COVID-19 restrictions in 2021, the Fund managed to maintain the positive operational performance of its investment properties. Year-end valuations showed recovery as the Fund brought down overall yearly valuation losses by recognizing a valuation gain of EUR 7.1 million in Q4 2021. Excluding the valuation impact on the net result, net profit for 2021 would have amounted to EUR 8.6 million (2020: EUR 11.7 million). Earnings per unit for 2021 were positive at EUR 0.01 (2020: negative at EUR 0.12). Earnings per unit excluding valuation losses on investment properties amounted to EUR 0.07 (2020: EUR 0.10).
Gross Asset Value (GAV)
At the end of December 2021, the Fund’s GAV was EUR 346.3 million (31 December 2020: EUR 355.6 million), which was a drop of 2.6% over the period. The decrease is mainly related to the negative property revaluation of EUR 7.2 million and the disposal of G4S Headquarters. The Group made capital investments (EUR 7.0 million) in the Meraki office building development project during 2021. The Fund aims to carry on with the construction of the Meraki office building throughout 2022/2023. An additional EUR 2.1 million was invested in other (re)development projects.
Net Asset Value (NAV)
At the end of December 2021, the Fund’s NAV slightly decreased to EUR 132.6 million (31 December 2020: EUR 136.3 million) due to the results of overall investment property revaluation for the financial year. As at 31 December 2021, IFRS NAV per unit stood at EUR 1.1082 (31 December 2020: EUR 1.1395), while EPRA net tangible assets and EPRA net reinstatement value were EUR 1.1884 per unit (31 December 2020: EUR 1.2219). EPRA net disposal value was EUR 1.1086 per unit (31 December 2020: EUR 1.1435).
The Baltic Horizon Fund portfolio consists of 14 cash flow generating investment properties in the Baltic capitals and an investment property under construction on the Meraki land plot. At the end of Q4 2021, the fair value of the Fund’s portfolio was EUR 327.4 million (31 December 2020: EUR 340.0 million) and incorporated a total net leasable area of 144,081 sq. m. During Q4 2021, the Group sold G4S Headquarters for EUR 15.4 million, invested EUR 0.2 million in the existing property portfolio, EUR 1.5 million in the reconstruction projects and an additional EUR 3.0 million in the Meraki development project.
Interest bearing loans and bonds
During 2021, the Fund completed a private placement of 18 months secured bonds of EUR 4.0 million. The bonds bear a fixed-rate coupon of 5.0% payable semi-annually. The net proceeds from the issuance of the bonds were used for financing the construction of the Meraki office building. Outstanding bank loans also decreased slightly due to regular bank loan amortisation. Annual loan amortisation accounts for 0.2% of total debt outstanding. After the bond subscription and loan repayments interest-bearing loans and bonds decreased to EUR 198.6 million (31 December 2020: EUR 205.6 million).
Cash inflow from core operating activities for 2021 amounted to EUR 14.7 million (2020: cash inflow of EUR 16.1 million). Cash inflow from investing activities was EUR 6.9 million (2020: cash outflow of EUR 4.3 million) due to disposal of G4S Headquarters building in Q4 2021. Net proceeds from the sale were partially used to finance subsequent capital expenditure on existing portfolio properties and investments in the Meraki, Postimaja and CC Plaza complex and Europa development projects. Cash outflow from financing activities was EUR 18.7 million (2020: cash outflow of EUR 8.3 million). During 2021, the Fund made a cash distribution of EUR 6.0 million, paid regular interest on debt and fully repaid G4S Headquarters bank loan. In December 2021, the Fund also repaid early EUR 3.0 million of Europa SC bank loan. At the end of 2021, the Fund’s consolidated cash and cash equivalents amounted to EUR 16.1 million (31 December 2020: EUR 13.3 million) which demonstrates sufficient liquidity and financial flexibility. Available cash will be used to finance new acquisitions and continue with development projects.
Key earnings figures
|EUR ‘000||Q4 2021||Q4 2020||Change (%)|
|Net rental income||3,798||4,745||(20.0%)|
|Other operating income||440||18||2,344.4%|
|Losses on disposal of investment properties||(71)||–||–|
|Valuation gains (losses) on investment properties||7,103||(9,488)||174.9%|
|Operating profit (loss)||10,637||(5,438)||295.6%|
|Net financing costs||(1,484)||(1,406)||5.5%|
|Profit (loss) before tax||9,153||(6,844)||233.7%|
|Net profit (loss) for the period||8,292||(6,678)||224.2%|
|Weighted average number of units outstanding (units)||119,635,429||118,124,947||1.3%|
|Earnings per unit (EUR)||0.07||(0.06)||216.7%|
Key financial position figures
|EUR ‘000||31.12.2021||31.12.2020||Change (%)|
|Investment properties in use||315,959||334,518||(5.5%)|
|Investment property under construction||11,400||5,474||108.3%|
|Gross asset value (GAV)||346,338||355,602||(2.6%)|
|Interest-bearing loans and bonds||198,571||205,604||(3.4%)|
|IFRS Net asset value (IFRS NAV)||132,584||136,321||(2.7%)|
|EPRA Net Reinstatement Value (EPRA NRV)||142,176||146,180||(2.7%)|
|Number of units outstanding (units)||119,635,429||119,635,429||–|
|IFRS Net asset value (IFRS NAV) per unit (EUR)||1.1082||1.1395||(2.7%)|
|EPRA Net Reinstatement Value (EPRA NRV) per unit (EUR)||1.1884||1.2219||(2.7%)|
|Loan-to-Value ratio (%)||60.7%||60.5%||–|
|Average effective interest rate (%)||2.7%||2.6%||–|
During Q4 2021, the average actual occupancy of the portfolio was 92.4% (Q3 2021: 93.1%). The occupancy rate as of 31 December 2021 was 92.1% (30 September 2021: 92.9%). Occupancy rates in the retail segment dipped, mostly due to the Europa SC reconstruction as part of the premises were temporarily vacated to be reconstructed in upcoming months. Occupancy rates in the office segment remained strong, but slightly decreased resulting from a temporary vacancy in Lincona Office. Domus PRO Office building occupancy increased compared with the previous quarter, and the building was once again fully occupied starting from November as a new tenant moved to the vacant premises. The average direct property yield during Q4 2021 was 4.5% (Q3 2021: 5.4%). The net initial yield for the whole portfolio for Q4 2021 was 4.8% (Q3 2021: 5.8%). Property yields decreased compared to Q3 2021 due to vacancies and relief measures for mostly leisure/retail tenants with restricted activities. The average rental rate for the whole portfolio for Q4 2021 was EUR 11.1 per sq. m (Q3 2021: EUR 12.2 per sq. m).
Overview of the Fund’s investment properties as of 31 December 2021
|Property name||Sector||Fair value1
|Direct property yield
|Net initial yield
|Domus Pro Retail Park||Retail||16,255||11,226||7.6%||7.4%||99.4%|
|Domus Pro Office||Office||7,820||4,831||8.5%||7.1%||100.0%|
|Upmalas Biroji BC||Office||21,944||10,459||7.2%||8.0%||100.0%|
|Postimaja & CC Plaza complex||Retail||29,772||9,145||3.0%||3.5%||93.9%|
|Postimaja & CC Plaza complex||Leisure||14,442||8,664||5.8%||4.8%||100.0%|
- Based on the latest valuation as at 31 December 2021 and recognised right-of-use assets.
- Direct property yield (DPY) is calculated by dividing annualized NOI by the acquisition value and subsequent capital expenditure of the property.
- The net initial yield (NIY) is calculated by dividing annualized NOI by the market value of the property.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
|EUR ‘000||01.10.2021- 31.12.2021||01.10.2020- 31.12.2020||01.01.2021-
|Service charge income||1,204||1,241||4,901||4,990|
|Cost of rental activities||(2,057)||(1,644)||(7,392)||(6,753)|
|Net rental income||3,798||4,745||17,004||19,934|
|Other operating income||440||18||444||204|
|Losses on disposal of investment properties||(71)||–||(71)||–|
|Valuation gains (losses) on investment properties||7,103||(9,488)||(7,161)||(25,245)|
|Operating profit (loss)||10,637||(5,438)||7,347||(8,025)|
|Net financing costs||(1,484)||(1,406)||(5,705)||(5,521)|
|Profit (loss) before tax||9,153||(6,844)||1,642||(13,546)|
|Income tax charge||(861)||166||(229)||5|
|Profit (loss) for the period||8,292||(6,678)||1,413||(13,541)|
|Other comprehensive income that is or may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods|
|Net gain (loss) on cash flow hedges||279||119||898||(108)|
|Income tax relating to net (loss) gain on cash flow hedges||(32)||(10)||(66)||3|
|Other comprehensive income (expense), net of tax, that is or may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods||247||109||832||(105)|
|Total comprehensive income (expense) for the period, net of tax||8,539||(6,569)||2,245||(13,646)|
|Basic and diluted earnings per unit (EUR)||0.07||(0.06)||0.01||(0.12)|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
|Investment property under construction||11,400||5,474|
|Property, plant and equipment||2||2|
|Other non-current assets||23||22|
|Total non-current assets||327,393||340,016|
|Trade and other receivables||2,708||1,901|
|Cash and cash equivalents||16,100||13,333|
|Total current assets||18,945||15,586|
|Paid in capital||145,200||145,200|
|Cash flow hedge reserve||(829)||(1,661)|
|Interest-bearing loans and borrowings||157,471||195,670|
|Deferred tax liabilities||6,297||6,009|
|Derivative financial instruments||756||1,736|
|Other non-current liabilities||1,103||1,026|
|Total non-current liabilities||165,627||204,441|
|Interest-bearing loans and borrowings||41,676||10,222|
|Trade and other payables||5,223||3,640|
|Income tax payable||5||1|
|Derivative financial instruments||109||27|
|Other current liabilities||1,114||950|
|Total current liabilities||48,127||14,840|
|Total equity and liabilities||346,338||355,602|
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The Fund is a registered contractual public closed-end real estate fund that is managed by Alternative Investment Fund Manager license holder Northern Horizon Capital AS. Both the Fund and the Management Company are supervised by the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority.
This announcement contains information that the Management Company is obliged to disclose pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the above distributors, at 23:00 EET on 15 February 2022.