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Building on a new strategy  
29 November 2019  
 
Asset Plus Limited today announced its interim financial results for the six  
month period ended 30 September 2019, reporting profit and total  
comprehensive income after tax of $2.01 million, down from $3.20 million in  
the prior corresponding period (pcp).  
 
Adjusted funds from operations (1) reduced by $0.76 million to $2.02 million  
as a result of due diligence costs incurred. Operating performance over the  
period was steady on a like for like basis for the three existing assets.  
The partial impact of the Graham Street acquisition offset the AA Centre  
divestment in the pcp which resulted in an increase in total operating income  
to $3.56 million from $3.15 million.  
 
Asset Plus Chairman, Bruce Cotterill said "The last six months has been a  
period of active due diligence with a focus to secure acquisitions with  
future value-add potential. The 35 Graham St acquisition was the first step,  
but other opportunities continue to be sought."  
 
Other key points from the period are:  
o An interim net dividend of 0.9 cents per share has been declared  
o Portfolio occupancy is 98.0% which increased from 96.7% over the six months  
due to the Graham Street acquisition  
o The WALE (2) is 4.2 years which is decreased from 5.5 years at 31 March  
2019 due to the acquisition of 35 Graham Street (3).  
o Loan to value ratio is 38.2% (8.5% at 31 March 2019).  
o Net tangible assets (NTA) of 69 cents per share was maintained over the  
period.  
o $59.2 million of debt was drawn to fund the 35 Graham Street acquisition.  
 
Strategic update  
 
The Board is committed to growing the portfolio in a disciplined manner, with  
a primary focus to close the gap between the share price and NTA.  
 
The 35 Graham Street acquisition fits within the Asset Plus "value-add"  
investment strategy as not only does the purchase price represent a strong  
initial yield of 6.85% in the near term, the property has considerable  
potential for a re-positioning at the end of the two-year lease term. The  
future development feasibility and scope of works is well underway, and a  
leasing agent has been appointed to pursue pre-leasing opportunities.  
 
The divestment of the Heinz warehouse in Hastings settles on 17 December 2019  
and will provide debt headroom to facilitate further acquisitions. This asset  
was identified as non-core as it no longer fits the company strategy.  
 
During the period management undertook significant due diligence on material  
opportunities.  
 
Bruce Cotterill says "Value-add opportunities require significant due  
diligence. The size and complexity of these transactions require a thorough  
and robust programme of diligence. To date no transaction has been secured  
but the management team remain focused on potential opportunities."  
 
Portfolio update  
 
Steady progress has been made at Eastgate in Christchurch and Stoddard Road  
in Mt Roskill. Both assets provide a running yield in the near to medium  
term. Occupancy has been maintained at 100% at Stoddard Rd.  
 
The search for a further anchor tenant at Eastgate remains a focus and in  
recent times there have been some promising leads in attracting prospective  
tenants.  
 
Financial result  
 
Profit and total comprehensive income after tax for the period ended 30  
September is $2.01 million ($3.21 million in the prior corresponding period  
(pcp)).  
 
Adjusted funds from operations of $2.02 million were recorded ($2.78 million  
in the pcp). The current period was impacted by $0.83 million of due  
diligence and transaction related costs.  
 
Net rental revenue from the property portfolio was up $0.21 million to $5.03  
million. Higher net rental income was due primarily to the acquisition of 35  
Graham Street in June 2019, was offset by the sale of the AA Centre in June  
2018.  
 
The reported tax expense is $1.08 million higher as in the pcp there was a  
release of the deferred tax liability of $1.0 million relating to AA Centre.  
 
Balance Sheet  
 
$69.7 million of debt is currently drawn which represents an LVR of 38%  
(March 2019 8.5%).  
 
NTA is 69 cents per share which is unchanged during the period.  
 
No independent revaluations were completed during the period as the Directors  
determined there was no material movement over the 6 months.  
 
Dividend  
 
A quarterly dividend of 0.9 cents per share has been declared, with the  
record date set for 11 December 2019 and payment on 18 December 2019.  
 
The dividend is maintained at the current level but is subject to quarterly  
review and ongoing assessment considering potential future transactions.  
 
While this equates to a pay-out ratio of 144% of AFFO, the dividend level was  
retained as the Board considers the due diligence costs incurred to be part  
of the Company's growth ambitions. The pay-out ratio is reduced to 102% if  
these costs were not incurred during the period.  
 
The dividend is expected to be maintained at the current level but is subject  
to quarterly review and ongoing assessment considering potential future  
acquisitions.  
 
Outlook  
 
Mark Francis, Managing Director of Augusta commented "Augusta is now focused  
on the 35 Graham Street redevelopment opportunity. Pre-leasing is a critical  
element to this process."  
 
"The search for new opportunities continues and Augusta is confident in being  
able to secure these in the near term as the Company requires scale to set a  
stronger platform for growth."  
 
The Board is pleased with Augusta's performance as manager and the progress  
they have made on formulating and executing a new strategy for the Company  
which it hopes to provide for sustainable growth over the longer term.  
 
(1) Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) is non-GAAP financial information  
and is a common investor metric, calculated based on guidance issued by the  
Property Council of Australia. Asset Plus considers that AFFO is a useful  
measure for shareholders and management because it assists in assessing the  
Company's underlying operating performance. This non-GAAP financial  
information does not have a standardised meaning prescribed by GAAP and  
therefore may not be comparable to similar financial information prescribed  
by other entities. A reconciliation of the net profit after tax to AFFO is  
included in the interim results presentation on slide 14 which has not been  
independently reviewed by the auditors.  
(2) Weighted average lease expiry  
(3) On the divestment of the Heinz Watties distribution warehouse in December  
2019 WALE will reduce to ~3.5 years  
 
ENDS  
 
For further information please contact:  
 
Bruce Cotterill  
Chairman, Asset Plus Limited  
021 668 881  
 
Mark Francis  
Managing Director  
Augusta Funds Management Limited, manager of Asset Plus Limited  
(09) 300 6161  
 
Simon Woollams  
Chief Financial Officer  
Augusta Funds Management Limited, manager of Asset Plus Limited  
(09) 300 6161  
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