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Occupancy right sales lift Ryman

Ryman Healthcare Ltd said on Friday strong gains from the resale of occupancy rights drove its rising profits, as the company invested $525 million to meet demand.

Its underlying profit rose 13% to $178 million in the year to March, while valuation gains lifted audited reported profit after tax by 17% to $357 million. Total assets grew 24% to $4.9 billion.

The 9.3c/share final dividend lifts the total for the year by 13% to 17.8c/share, in line with the increase in underlying profit.

Ryman received consent during the year for 3 new villages with a combined value over $1 billion – Brandon Park in Melbourne, and Devonport & Tropicana in Auckland.

Ryman’s established villages ended the year with care centre occupancy at 97%, and only 32 of the 6000 units in its portfolio of townhouses, apartments & serviced apartments were available.

The company has increased its land bank by over 30% and now has 13 new villages in the pipeline in Australia & New Zealand.

Chair Dr David Kerr said the annual result was satisfactory given that 4 new villages were in the establishment phase during the year, and there was no development contribution from Melbourne.

“We are confident demand for our villages will continue to grow,” he said. “Our villages meet a real & growing need in the community, and remain affordable for residents to move in and free up capital.

“Our target is to open 5 villages in Melbourne by 2020. In the medium-term our goal is to be opening 4 new villages/year – 2 in New Zealand & 2 in Melbourne.”

Ryman has delivered 15 consecutive years of underlying profit & dividend growth. Dr Kerr said Ryman’s medium-term target remained to grow underlying profits & dividends by 15%/year, which means the company doubles profits & dividends every 5 years.

Annual result figures:

  • Underlying profit up 13% to $178.3 million ($157.7 million last year)
  • Total operating revenue up 10.8% to $289.2 million ($261.1 million)
  • Fair value movement of investment properties up 18.3% to $325 million ($274.6 million)
  • Total income up 14.6% to $614.2 million ($535.7 million)
  • Pretax net profit up 17.3% to $363 million ($309.3 million)
  • Net profit attributable to shareholders up 16.8% to $356.7 million ($305.4 million)
  • Earnings/share (basic & diluted) up 16.8% to 71.3c (61.1c)
  • Total portfolio 9249 units (8468)
  • New builds 781 units (869)
  • New sales, gross development margin (24% (28%)
  • Resales, gross margin 25% (22%)

Illness forces Challies to stand down

Simon Challies.

Managing director Simon Challies announced that he would stand down on 30 June for health reasons, but will continue as an advisor to the board until December 2018. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011.

Deputy chief executive & chief financial officer Gordon MacLeod will take over as chief executive, and David Bennett, who joined Ryman 4 years ago as financial controller, will move up to chief financial officer.

Mr Challies joined the company as chief financial officer in 1999 and took over as chief executive in 2006 from Ryman cofounder Kevin Hickman. During his tenure, the portfolio of villages has grown from 12 to 31.

Mr MacLeod joined Ryman as chief financial officer 10 years ago and was promoted to deputy chief executive in 2014.

Mr Challies said of his illness on Friday: “I first noticed the symptoms about a decade ago, but it was still a huge shock to get my diagnosis in 2011. I’ve been determined not to let it beat me. This is a demanding job, and I’ve realised this year that my health was deteriorating and it was taking too great a toll on me personally, and on my family.

“I’m a great optimist and I think having Parkinson’s has made me a better MD of a healthcare company than I otherwise might have been. It has certainly me a degree of empathy & insight into the challenges our residents face, and it has taught me to make every day count. I’m sad to be leaving Ryman, but I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and being able to contribute to the community in other ways.”

Attribution: Company release, accounts.

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Ryman unveils plan for 6th Australian village

Ryman Healthcare Ltd announced its intention on Monday to build its 6th Australian retirement village, an $A100 million development in Geelong, 75km down toward the mouth of Port Phillip Bay from central Melbourne.

The 3.2ha village on South Valley Rd in the Geelong suburb of Highton will offer a range of retirement living options as well as aged & specialist dementia care.

Development manager Andrew Mitchell said Geelong, Victoria’s second biggest city, had been on the company’s radar for some time. He said Ryman would consult locals before submitting plans for the village.

Attribution: Company release.

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Mediation agreement signed for Ryman’s Devonport village

Ryman Healthcare Ltd said on Friday its new Devonport village was set to proceed following mediation talks with objectors.

The Devonport Peninsula Precincts Society appealed against the development to the Environment Court after Auckland Council planning commissioners granted resource consent in January for the village on Ngataringa Rd.

Ryman, the society, the NZ Institute of Architects & Urban Auckland have since been in mediation over the retirement village plans for the 4.2ha site owned by Ngati Whatua Orakei.

Ryman development manager Andrew Mitchell said differences were resolved amicably and all parties had signed an agreement. The resolution requires final approval from the Environment Court.

The 6 buildings of the proposed village were up to 6 storeys high, and Devonport residents opposed bulk & height. The parties haven’t disclosed changes to height or design, or how the increased traffic on Lake Rd will be dealt with.

It’s the first largescale consent on the North Shore considered under Auckland’s new unitary plan, and the society said on its website the factors opponents raised would remain relevant for the other largescale development sites (see map above).

Link: Devonport Peninsula Precincts Society

Attribution: Company release, society website.

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Ryman starts work on second Melbourne village, 3 more in pipeline

Ryman Healthcare Ltd was given the all-clear this week to start work on its second retirement village in Melbourne.

The City of Monash approved the New Zealand listed company’s plan to build a village at Brandon Park.

Ryman managing director Simon Challies said the company’s construction team would start preliminary work on the village after Monash councillors approved plans on Tuesday to build on a vacant 5.6ha site next to the Brandon Park shopping centre.

The village will include 199 aged-care rooms, 94 serviced apartments & 328 independent 2- & 3-bedroomed apartments. Other amenities include an indoor swimming pool, movie theatre, café, hair & beauty salons & a bowling green. First residents are expected to move into their new apartments in 2018, and the village will eventually be home to more than 700 retirees.

Ryman’s first Melbourne village, opened in 2014, was named after Sir Edward Weary Dunlop, the surgeon who worked to keep prisoners of war alive on the Burma Railway during the Second World War. The company doesn’t have a name yet for the second village.

It has 3 other sites in Melbourne designated for retirement villages:

  • Burwood East:5ha on Middleborough Rd, part of a large $A500 million Frasers Property Australia redevelopment of the wider 20.5ha site. Design work is well under way for the village, which Mr Challies said would be a cornerstone of one of Melbourne’s largest urban redevelopment projects
  • Coburg:2ha, 10km from Melbourne’s cbd, was a school and had been approved for an 11-storey residential development
  • Moondah Estate, Mt Eliza:9ha, 45 minutes from Melbourne’s cbd, built as a country estate in 1888 and most recently used as a Melbourne Business School campus.

Ryman owns & operates 31 retirement villages in New Zealand & Australia.

Attribution: Company release.

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Ryman buys site for 5th Melbourne retirement village

Ryman Healthcare Ltd has bought its fifth site in Melbourne for a $200 million retirement village.

The New Zealand company said it would consult locals before applying for consent to build a village on the 1.2ha in Coburg, 10km from Melbourne’s cbd.

Managing director Simon Challies said the site, formerly a school, was previously approved for a large residential development.

Attribution: Company release.

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Ryman buys waterfront Melbourne site

NZX-listed retirement village company Ryman Healthcare Ltd has continued its Melbourne expansion, buying an 8.9ha waterfront site on the Mornington Peninsula for an undisclosed price.

The Moondah Estate site at Mt Eliza, overlooking Port Phillip Bay, is 45 minutes from Melbourne’s cbd and was built as a country estate by James Grice in 1888. It was later owned by airline founder Sir Reg Ansett, who turned it into a luxury hotel, but its last use was as a campus for the Melbourne Business School.

Ryman opened its first retirement village in Melbourne in 2014 and Moondah Estate is its fourth site in Australia.

Ryman managing director Simon Challies said yesterday the company would preserve its historic features: “This is an outstanding site in terms of its natural beauty and it is going to make an absolutely stunning place to live for retirees who love the peninsula. We think it has great potential and we are also conscious that ownership of such an historic site is also a privilege. It will be great to see Moondah Estate get a new lease on life as a beautiful home for retirees.’’

Ryman’s integrated care model differs from most Australian retirement villages and the Mt Eliza village will include independent living apartments & aged care, including specialist dementia care.

Mr Challies said: “We think our first village was a great success because Melburnians like the way our integrated model works. We don’t think it is good enough to sell someone a home and then ask them to move on when their health changes. It is early days, but we believe this market acceptance, and the ageing population, provides us with a great opportunity to provide homes & care as well as sustainable jobs.’’

Attribution: Company release.

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Propbd on Q F5Aug16 – Wiri site for Turners, Ryman at Hobsonville, Metlifecare unconditional at Red Beach, port alliance, Stride buy OK

Turners buys Wiri property for anticipated business growth
Ryman buys at Hobsonville
Metlifecare unconditional on Red Beach site
New alliance between Auckland & Napier ports
Stride acquisition of 2 Westfield malls gets OK

Turners buys Wiri property for anticipated business growth

Turners Ltd has bought a 1ha site on the corner of Roscommon Rd & Vogler Drive in Wiri for $4.8 million. Chief executive Todd Hunter said on Wednesday the company bought the property to extend its footprint into South Auckland and to allow for the expansion of Turners’ fast-growing truck & machinery business.

“Acquisitions of strategic property sites are becoming an increasingly important part of the growth strategy for Turners Group NZ (ex-Turners Auctions) to allow for further footprint expansion as the business grows, and to achieve stronger control over property overheads. As part of this strategy Turners have previously purchased properties in South Auckland & Christchurch.”

This property is a highly visible corner site with easy access to motorways & arterial roads.

Ryman buys at Hobsonville

Ryman Healthcare Ltd will invest over $200 million developing a new 4ha retirement village site on Scott Rd, Hobsonville.

Ryman chair David Kerr told the annual meeting in Whangarei on 27 July the village would offer independent living & care options for over 400 residents.

The company also expects to have work underway on its second site at Brandon Park in Melbourne this year. In February, Ryman announced it had bought a third site at Burwood East and was on target to have 5 villages open in Melbourne by 2020.

Metlifecare unconditional on Red Beach site

Metlifecare Ltd said on 29 July it had gone unconditional on acquisition of a site on the former Peninsula golfcourse at Red Beach for its 16th Auckland retirement village. Settlement is due on 19 August and a resource consent hearing is scheduled for 30 August.

Chief executive Glen Sowry said the village would become home to over 500 residents and was planned to provide a full range of living options, including a 68-bed care home & a retail precinct.

Work to re-contour the golfcourse is intended to start soon, so development of the village can start in October 2017. Construction of the first stage is planned to be completed and the first residents welcomed in 2019.

Earlier story:
13 January 2015: Metlifecare buys 5ha of Red Beach golfcourse for new retirement village

New alliance between Auckland & Napier ports

Ports of Auckland Ltd & Napier Port announced a strategic alliance on Wednesday to provide operational, economic, sustainability & community benefits.

Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson said the partnership would allow the 2 ports to work together to find ways to optimise services for freight customers and achieve further scale & efficiencies in the supply chain: “It will prompt even greater competitive contestability & resilience in New Zealand’s supply chain to help lower costs to exporters & importers.

“There is a natural fit between Ports of Auckland & Napier Port. We share a similar way of working, common customers & supply chain opportunities and have similar ownership structures, so that’s a great base to work from.”

Stride acquisition of 2 Westfield malls gets OK

The Overseas Investment Office has approved Stride Property Group’s acquisition of the Westfield Queensgate shopping centre in Lower Hutt and the Westfield Chartwell shopping centre in Hamilton, through its wholesale investment vehicle, the Diversified NZ Property Trust.

Stride announced last November that Diversified had entered into an agreement with Scentre Group to acquire the shopping centres for $445 million.

Stride Investment Management Ltd, part of the Stride Property Group, manages Diversified’s property portfolio under a 10-year contract.

Stride chief executive Peter Alexander said new-look branding would be unveiled at each centre on settlement day. Stride expects to complete the deal by 22 August.

Earlier story:
27 November 2015: Scentre sells 3 malls to locals, one to go

Attribution: Company releases.

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Ryman sets another profit record and talks of new growth era

Ryman Healthcare Ltd grew its underlying profit for the March year by 16% to a record $158 million, and said it was entering a new era of growth.

Reported profit after tax rose 26% to $305 million (the NZ IFRS measure), as new stock & the strong housing market led to valuation gains.

Operating cashflows grew 34% to $312 million, driving a record level of investment in new villages & innovations.

Dividends have been increased by 16%. The final dividend is 8.5c/share.

Ryman chair David Kerr said on the release of the annual results on Friday: “Good profits & cashflows mean we have been able to invest $369 million back into the business.’’

One innovation was the first phase of Ryman’s new homegrown tablet-based nursing app, which will eliminate paperwork and allow nursing staff to spend more time with residents. Dr Kerr said ‘myRyman’ had already won a Microsoft award and was seen as a gamechanger for clinical staff & residents.

The company owns & operates 27 retirement villages in New Zealand & Australia, has 3 more where the first residents have started moving in and 9 under construction or at the consent or design stage.

Dr Kerr said Ryman was working on securing its fourth & fifth sites in Melbourne, putting the company on track to have 5 villages open in Victoria by 2020.

The first Melbourne village was completed & sold out during the year, and construction of the second village at Brandon Park is expected to start within 6 months.

“Returns from our first investment in Melbourne have been better than we expected. Looking out past 2020, our long-term plan is to match our New Zealand build rate in Australia.’’

Ryman ended the year with 98% occupancy in its care centres, which Dr Kerr said was well above the industry average.

Total assets grew 20% to almost $4 billion.

“We’ve achieved most of our targets for the year and we have invested heavily in innovation to make sure we are getting better as well as getting bigger. We will continue to invest heavily in tomorrow’s Ryman, creating a brighter future for residents, staff & shareholders.’’

5 villages under construction:
Petone, first residents moved in, construction continuing
Pukekohe, first residents moved in, construction continuing
Rangiora, first residents moved in, construction continuing
Birkenhead, construction continuing, first residents due mid-2016
Greenlane, demolition complete, groundworks underway.

3 villages awaiting consent: Devonport; Brandon Park, Melbourne; Tropicana, Auckland.

4 villages planned, all in the design phase: Burwood East, Melbourne; Newtown, Wellington; River Rd, Hamilton, an unnamed ‘site A, NZ’.

Financial results:

  • Underlying profit up 15.7% to $157.7 million ($136.3 million last year)
  • Operating revenue up 15% to $261.1 million ($227.1 million)
  • Fair value movement of investment properties up 26.2% to $274.6 million ($217.6 million)
  • Total income up 20.5% to $535.7 million ($444.7 million)
  • Pretax net profit up 27.8% to $309.3 million ($242 million)
  • Tax on operating profit up 3358% to $3.9 million ($113,000)
    Net profit attributable to shareholders up 26.3% to $305.4 million ($241.9 million)
  • Earnings/share, basic & diluted, up 26.3% to 61.1c/share (48.4c)
  • Final dividend up 16.4% to 8.5c/share (7.3c), no imputation credit.

Attribution: Company release.

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Propbd on Q T2Feb16 – DJ’s settles, third Melbourne Ryman, Fletcher sells Rocla assets, Warehouse opens at Atrium, ethics consultation

David Jones settles Kirkcaldie’s deal
Ryman buys third Melbourne retirement village site
Fletcher nets $85 million from Rocla divestment
Warehouse moves to Atrium on Elliott
Ethics standards for property sector out to global consultation

11.25am:
David Jones settles Kirkcaldie’s deal

David Jones Pty Ltd has settled its agreement to take assignment of Kirkcaldie & Stains Ltd’s main store lease on Lambton Quay in Wellington and to pay $A400,000 cash for the name ‘Kirkcaldie & Stains’.

Kirkcaldie & Stains is still awaiting High Court approval of a scheme of arrangement to return $19.4 million of capital to its shareholders. The company is seeking court approval to cancel 4 in 5 of its shares and return $2.3602/share cancelled. It also wants to wind up the employee share scheme.

The David Jones store would be the first for the brand outside Australia, but brand owner Woolworths Holdings Ltd’s 36th store in New Zealand. South African retailer Woolworths Holdings acquired David Jones in August 2014 for $A2.1 billion. Its other brands here are Country Road, Witchery, Trenery & Mimco.

Ryman buys third Melbourne retirement village site

Ryman Healthcare Ltd said yesterday it had bought its third retirement village site in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

The New Zealand company will redevelop the 2.5ha site in Burwood East into a $200 million ($A183 million) retirement village for over 400 residents, with independent living apartments & an aged-care centre which will include specialist dementia care. The new village will also have a swimming pool, café, gym, beauty salon, library, movie theatre & bowling green.

Ryman has entered into an unconditional contract to buy the site, which is part of a Frasers Property Australia redevelopment of the 20.5ha former Burwood East brickworks.

Frasers Property Australia has plans for a $A500 million-plus redevelopment of the site, which will include 900 homes and a large retail centre.

Ryman opened its first Australian village at Wheeler’s Hill in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs in 2014 and is developing a second village at Brandon Park. Managing director Simon Challies said Ryman’s in-house team would design the new Burwood East village, and the company intended to apply for planning permission in late 2016.

Mr Challies said the Burwood East purchase put Ryman on track to fulfil its ambition of opening 5 villages in Melbourne by 2020.

Fletcher nets $85 million from Rocla divestment

Fletcher Building Ltd said on Friday it had completed the $A150 million divestment of Rocla Quarry Products assets to Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd, following clearance from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and Foreign Investment Review Board.

In addition, Fletcher said it had sold Rocla assets excluded from this transaction to other parties for an extra $A44 million.

Fletcher said it would make an $A77 million ($NZ85 million) after-tax profit from the Rocla sales, less transaction costs & adjustments to asset carrying values.

This transaction doesn’t affect the ownership of Fletcher Building’s Rocla Pipes & Concrete Products or GBCWinstone businesses, which remained core elements of its portfolio.

Warehouse moves to Atrium on Elliott

The Warehouse Group Ltd has secured a long lease in the Atrium on Elliott for an 1800m² store to replace its second-floor premises in the Downtown Shopping Centre, which Precinct Properties Ltd will demolish to make way for its new Commercial Bay development.

The Atrium on Elliott shop opened last week and the Downtown shop will close in May.

The Atrium on Elliott is a 14,000m² 4-level enclosed shopping centre & food court at the base of the Crowne Plaza Hotel & BDO Tower.

Alison Laity, director of Atrium owner Colwall Property Ltd, said: “Having the Warehouse opening alongside existing large-format retailers Rebel Sport & No 1 Shoe Warehouse has greatly boosted our leasing inquiry. We just wish we had more space to lease. Currently we have limited opportunities available within the centre, and we expect these to be snapped up quickly – especially with the impending closure of Downtown shopping centre.”

Ethics standards for property sector out to global consultation

FIABCI (the International Real Estate Federation) has won the support of 63 land, property & construction professional bodies & standard-setting organisations for a global consultation on ethics principles.

The international ethics standards coalition launched its consultation document this week and will close the consultation on 30 April.

Link:
Consultation document

Earlier story:
19 August 2015: International ethics standards coming for real estate professionals

Attribution: Company releases, FIABCI.

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Ryman underlying profit up 6% as 4 more villages near completion

Ryman Healthcare Ltd’s underlying profit rose 6% to $70.3 million in the first half, and valuation gains lifted the reported profit after tax by 23% to $132.6 million.

Ryman chair David Kerr said on Friday the retirement village developer & operator’s operating cashflows reached a record $157 million for the half-year.

Residents will move into 4 new villages over the next 6 months, and the company confirmed it was on track to achieve 15% underlying profit growth for the full year.

2 of those villages, Petone & Pukekohe, are due to open by Christmas. Birkenhead & Rangiora will open next year. Ryman has another 4 villages awaiting consent – Greenlane, Devonport & Tropicana in Auckland and Brandon Park in Melbourne – and 4 more planned. 3 of those are in the design phase, for Newtown in Wellington, River Rd in Hamilton and an undisclosed New Zealand site. The fourth, in the due diligence phase, is for an undisclosed Melbourne site. Brandon Park & Tropicana will both host over 600 residents.

Dr Kerr said: “We’ve got more building activity going on than ever before, which gives us great confidence about the second half.”

Just over 160 units were completed in the first half and 950 units & beds should be completed for the year: “Our new villages are selling off the plans faster than ever before because we are building in areas where there is a real need.”

Dr Kerr said a contract had been signed to buy a third site in Melbourne and confirmation was imminent.

The company expects to have 5 villages in Melbourne by 2020 and to lift total resident numbers by 70% to 15,500 in the same year.

Ryman shareholders will receive an interim dividend of 7.3c/share (up 16% from 6.3c, no imputation credit) payable on 11 December.

Result highlights:

  • Underlying profit up 6% to $70.3 million ($66.3 million)
  • Operating revenue up 16% to $126.8 million ($109.2 million)
  • Fair value movement of investment properties up 28% to $119.3 million ($93.6 million)
  • Total income up 21% to $246.1 million ($202.7 million)
  • Pretax net profit up 28% to $135.4 million ($106.1 million)
  • Net profit attributable to shareholders up 23% to $132.6 million ($107.9 million)
  • Earnings/share (basic & diluted) up 23% to 26.5c/share (21.6c)

Attribution: Company release.

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