- Revenue up 40.6% to US$357.4 million
balance sheet with US$884.2 million of cash and net debt / total assets of
- AUM grew
by 38.7% to US$22.1 billion, further cementing ESR’s position as APAC’s largest
logistics real estate platform
- GFA increased
by 42.8% to 17.2 million sqm
HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 23 March 2020 – ESR Cayman Limited (“ESR” or the “Company”,
together with its subsidiaries as the “Group”; SEHK Stock Code: 1821), the
largest APAC focused logistics real estate platform, today announced its
results for the financial year ended 31 December 2019 (“FY2019”).
The Group recorded strong revenue of US$357.4 million in FY2019, up 40.6%
from US$254.1 million in FY2018. Net Profiti was US$245.2 million,
representing 20.8% growth from US$203.0 million in FY2018. Core PATMI was
US$226.7 million, representing a 53.6% increase from US$147.6 million in
FY2018. EBITDA achieved a record US$549.1 million, up 42.9% from US$384.2
million in FY2018. Adjusted EBITDA
increased by 49.8% to US$358.9 million in FY2019, compared with US$239.6
million in FY2018.
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i. Profit After Tax
and Minority Interest (PATMI)
ii. Excludes fair
value on completed investment properties, equity-settled share option expense, listing
expenses and tax effects of adjustments
iii. Adjusted EBITDA
is calculated as profit before tax, adding back depreciation and amortisation,
exchange loss/(gain), finance costs, equity-settled share option expense,
write-off related to loss of property, plant and equipment and the listing
expenses, and eliminating the effect of interest income, one-off insurance
compensation and fair value gains on completed investment properties and
investment properties under construction
Jeffrey Perlman, Non-executive Chairman of ESR, said, “2019 was a transformational year for ESR. The Group successfully completed a US$1.8 billion IPO, delivered record EBITDA and Net Profit and further cemented its market leading position with over US$22.1 billion of AUM in Asia Pacific. Despite a challenging geopolitical environment, the Group was able to deliver strong growth across its three key pillars — investments, fund management and development while also expanding deeper into its six markets. ESR is well-positioned to capitalise on the strongest secular trends in Asia including the continued growth of e-commerce, the significant shift in capital flows to the region and the superior risk/reward proposition for logistics which is leading to higher capital values. Our asset-light, client-centric and e-commerce focused approach is and will continue to be the core competitive advantage of the Group and we look forward to continuing to deliver sustainable growth and results for our shareholders, capital partners and customers.”
In November 2019, ESR successfully listed on
the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and raised new capital of US$0.6 billion from a
US$1.8 billion IPO, which was cornerstoned by OMERS Administration Corporation
and anchored by other leading global investors.
Rapid growth across all business segments
The Group’s investment segment result increased by 9.6% to US$256.1 million, which was primarily attributable to the increases in rental income, changes in fair value of financial assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss as well as dividend income.
The fund management segment result grew by 20.3% to US$131.8 million, which was mainly attributable to the increase in fund management revenues driven by the strong recurring income base from the Group’s funds under management.
The development segment result soared more than 100% to US$244.8 million.
Robust platform expansion
expansion has been fueled by the strong momentum for both organic growth and
2019, ESR completed the privatisation of Propertylink. The Propertylink
acquisition both strengthened the Group’s local fund management capabilities,
and instantly scaled up its platform to make ESR a major player in Australia.
also continued to make further investments into the Singapore industrial REIT
market with investments into Sabana REIT and AIMS APAC REIT.
Integrated funds management platform
The Group made an impressive leap in asset under management (“AUM”), which grew 38.7% to US$22.1 billion. Its strong capital raising capability has been demonstrated in the closings of a range of funds and vehicles, including its second core fund in China with a portfolio of seven assets with an aggregate gross asset value of approximately US$276.7 million in partnership with New China Life Insurance, its third development fund in Japan, RJLF3, with equity commitments of up to US$1.8 billion and two funds in Australia: the AUD175 million ESR Australia Logistics Trust (EALT) and the AUD138 million ESR Office Partnership IV (EOP IV).
Industry leading portfolio and development pipeline
The Group’s portfolio of best-in-class modern facilities produced strong rental growth and maintained a high portfolio occupancy of 93% for stabilised assets on its balance sheet (with strong leasing momentum of 2 million sqm leased across the portfolio). Leasing activities continued to be strong, especially from e-commerce and 3PL customers who make up approximately 60% of its tenants.
As of 31 December 2019, the Group’s gross floor area (“GFA”) grew by 42.8% to 17.2 million sqm, mainly in its three core markets of China, Japan and South Korea where ESR has the largest development pipelines.
Building a sustainable future
As a leading player in the industry, ESR is
committed to building environmentally friendly facilities, integrating
sustainability elements into its facilities’ operations, and creating a
human-centric environment for its tenants and employees.
In South Korea, for example, ESR’s flagship
Bucheon Logistics Park won APAC’s first WELL Gold Certification for its
outstanding achievement in creating a work environment based on promoting
health and wellness. A growing number of other ESR developments have also won
recognition by global standards such as the Comprehensive Assessment System for
Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) and the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED).
The Group has been closely monitoring the
COVID-19 situation. The well-being and safety of its stakeholders including ESR
employees, tenants and capital partners are of utmost importance to the Group.
As such, appropriate measures have been undertaken across the Group.
To date, there has been minimal disruption
caused by COVID-19 to the Group’s development and operating projects. Of the 43
construction projects (in both balance sheet and funds), only 2 are waiting for
the local government’s permission to resume work. The rest of the construction
projects remain on schedule. For the operating projects, only 2 out of 157
operating projects (in both balance sheet and funds) are temporarily shut. The
rest of the operating projects are unaffected and remain open.
Despite the uncertain global environment, the
Group’s balance sheet and liquidity continue to be strong. ESR’s balance sheet remains well-capitalised
and the Group had US$884.2 million of cash and a net debt to total assets ratio
of 26.6% as of 31 December 2019.
Additionally, recent financing activities have also demonstrated the
Group’s ability to materially reduce its cost of borrowing post IPO with the strong
support from international banks and investors.
The Group remains mindful of the evolving
environment and continues to monitor current global events and potential
further market disruptions. It will remain prudent in its approach in
managing its balance sheet over the rest of the year. In the near term, the
Group does not expect significant impact from COVID-19 on its
operations. The Group will continue to evaluate attractive investment
opportunities during this period of dislocation with the opportunity to tap
into its strong balance sheet in a capital constrained environment for many of
Outlook — 2020 and beyond
Asia Pacific’s logistics sector is expected to continue to be supported by
urbanisation and population growth, accelerating trends towards online
retailing and scarcity of existing investment grade warehousing stock. The rise
of Asia’s middle class is expected to be a dominant economic theme in the
upcoming decade while private consumption in ESR’s six markets is forecast to
grow at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2019 to 2023. The structural shift to e-commerce
will continue to be the main tailwind propelling the logistics sector in 2020
as penetration rates across Asia continue to grow. The total cross-border
e-commerce sales in Asia Pacific are expected to rise from US$181.4 billion in
2018 to US$389.5 billion in 2023,
representing a CAGR of 16.5%.
Looking ahead, the Group will continue to maintain its leadership position
in its six markets with a development pipeline of over 14 million sqm across
its portfolio as at 31 December 2019. The Group will continue to leverage on
third party capital to fund development starts and exercise a disciplined
approach to meet its targeted development completions slated for 2020 and
ESR aims to further expand its fund management platform across geographies and
risk/return products to attract new capital partners while at the same time
enhancing collaboration with existing partners in new geographies. Leveraging its
scale and geographic presence, it will also identify and develop opportunities
in new growth markets while improving regional connectivity.
Jeffrey Shen and Stuart Gibson, ESR
Co-founders and Co-CEOs, said, “ESR’s APAC focused strategy will continue to
deliver what may be the global industry’s best opportunities for growth. Our
platform scale, business model, expertise and insights across Asia position us
well to ride numerous favourable trends over the long term. We will remain
focused on the Group’s growth in sustainable AUM and we are committed to
providing Space and Solutions for the Future. We will also prudently
monitor current global events, continue to explore growth opportunities in
different geographies and consolidate our leading position while offering long
term sustainable value to our stakeholders.”
 Including overallotment option
ESR has the largest pipeline in China’s
Greater Shanghai, Greater Beijing and Greater Guangzhou from 2020 to 2021; in
Japan’s Greater Tokyo and Greater Osaka regions from 2019 to 2020; in South
Korea’s Seoul Metropolitan Area from 2019 to 2020
 CBRE Research, Asia Pacific, Real Estate Market
 Forrester Analytics: Online Cross-Border Retail
Forecast, 2018 to 2023 (Global), April 2019
ESR is the largest APAC focused logistics real estate platform by gross floor area (GFA) and by value of the assets owned directly and by the funds and investment vehicles it manages. Co-founded by its senior management team and Warburg Pincus, ESR and the funds and investment vehicles it manages are backed by some of the world’s preeminent investors including APG, SK Holdings, JD.com, Goldman Sachs, CPPIB, OMERS, PGGM, Ping An and Allianz Real Estate. The ESR platform spans across the People’s Republic of China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and India. As of 31 December 2019, the fair value of the properties directly held by ESR and the assets under management with respect to the funds and investment vehicles managed by ESR recorded approximately US$22.1 billion, and GFA of properties completed and under development as well as GFA to be built on land held for future development comprised over 17.2 million sqm in total. ESR has been listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since 1 November 2019.
For more information on ESR, please visit www.esr.com.