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Property groups deliver profit

25/02/2021 - 16:03

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Land developer Peet and apartment developer Finbar have both posted profits for the first half of the 2021 financial year.

Property groups deliver profit
Darren Pateman said market positivity had led Finbar to bring forward construction work on its upcoming projects. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Land developer Peet and apartment developer Finbar have both posted profits for the first half of the 2021 financial year.

Peet delivered a $9.9 million profit for the half year ended December 31 2020 – more than double the profit the group achieved in the previous corresponding period ($4.9 million).

Revenue was also up year-on-year; Peet recorded 1H FY21 of $94 million, up from $87 million in 1H FY20.

During the period, Peet sold 1,522 lots – up 50 per cent on the first half of the 2020 financial year, and 16 per cent on the second half of FY20.

The group settled 1,254 lots, with 2,054 contracts on hand as at December 31 2020, which represented an uplift of 15 per cent since June 30 last year.

Peet said its performance resulted in earnings per share increasing 100 per cent to 2.1 cents, compared with the previous corresponding period.

“Our performance during 1H FY21 was achieved on the back of improved market conditions and accommodative government stimulus in response to COVID-19,” Peet managing director and chief executive Brendan Gore said.

“The margin increase represents a combination of a significantly improved performance across the Funds Management and Joint Venture businesses and a reduction in expenses as the Group progresses its cost-outs.”

The group said it was entering the second half of FY21 with cash and debt facility headroom of approximately $122.2 million (as of December 31 2020) and a weighted average debt maturity of close to two years.

Part of Peet’s strategy for the year ahead included selectively acquiring residential land holdings to restock its project pipeline with a focus on securing low-cost projects.

Meanwhile, property group Finbar posted a half year net profit of $4 million for the six months to December 31 2020, down 39 per cent on the half year ending December 2019.

Revenue was down 23 per cent, at $40.9 million for 1H FY21 compared with the $53.4 million the company delivered in 1H FY20.

Finbar managing director Darren Pateman said the results largely reflected the sell down on stock from previous reporting periods.

The group said its largest financial contributions for the period included sales at its Sabina (Applecross), Palmyra and recently completed Riverena (Rivervale) projects, finishing the reporting period with $31.5 million in cash.

“Finbar was pleased to see market positivity and confidence growing into 2021 following the initial impact of the pandemic on financial markets,” Mr Pateman said.

“$34.6 million in sales occurred in January alone, historically a quiet sales month for the industry, and is the highest level recorded since 2006.”

Mr Pateman said the positive sales conditions had pulled construction dates forward at the company’s key projects, helping draw investors back into the market, albeit cautiously.

Finbar has since commenced construction at its Civic Heart project in South Perth, with construction at its AT238 project brought forward to commence in March 2021.

“We are seeing the gradual return of investors to the market, buoyed by the ongoing low interest rate environment and the record low vacancy rates currently being experienced across Perth and the Pilbara, which is helping to strengthen yields,” he said.

“These same rental pressures are also resulting in many tenants leaving the rental market to transition to ownership.”

Finbar’s rental assets – Pelago in the Pilbara and Fairlanes on Adelaide Terrace – contributed 7 per cent of earnings for 1H FY21.

Finbar said it had projects with an end value of about $469 million under construction, with a further $544 million worth of projects having received development approval, and an additional $335 million worth of projects unapproved in its pipeline.

At the close of trade, Peet’s shares were down 0.41 per cent at $1.20 per share and Finbar’s shares were down 3.7 per cent at 89 cents per share.  

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