Adjusted earnings per share (EPS)
Earnings per share based on revenue profit plus profits on trading properties and long-term development contracts all after tax.
Adjusted net asset value (NAV) per share
NAV per share adjusted to add back deferred tax associated with investment properties and capitalised interest, the adjustment arising from the de-recognition of the bond exchange, together with cumulative mark-to-market adjustment arising on interest swaps and similar instruments used for hedging purposes. After REIT conversion, the adding back of deferred tax is no longer relevant.
Average unexpired lease term
Excludes short-term lettings such as car parks and advertising hoardings, residential leases and long ground leases.Back to top
An approach to strategic management developed in the early 1990s by Drs. Robert Kaplan and David Norton to translate an organisation's vision into a set of performance indicators distributed among four perspectives: Financial, Customer, Internal Business Processes, and Learning and Growth.
The amount at which assets and liabilities are reported in the financial statements.
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, world's most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings which assesses environmental impact against a set of objective criteria.Back to top
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).
The combined portfolio is our wholly-owned investment property portfolio combined with our share of the value of properties held in joint ventures, but excludes any investment properties owned by Trillium. Unless stated these are the pro forma numbers we use when discussing the investment property business.Back to top
The Group's development programme together with any proposed schemes that are not yet included in the development programme but which are more likely to proceed than not.
The Group's development programme comprises projects which are completed but less than 95% let; developments on site; committed developments (being projects which are approved and the building contract let); and authorised developments (those projects approved by the Board for which the building contract has not yet been let). For reporting purposes we retain properties in the programme until they are 95% let.
Excess of latest valuation over the total development cost (TDC).
Reported amount adjusted to include the effects of potential shares issuable under employee share schemes.Back to top
Earnings per share (EPS)
Profit after taxation attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year.
European Public Real Estate Association.
The internal rate of return from an investment property, based on the gross outlays for the purchase of a property (including purchase costs), reflecting reversions to current market rent, and such items as voids and expenditures but disregarding potential changes in market rents and reflecting the actual cashflow rents.
Estimated rental value (ERV)
The estimated market rental value of lettable space as determined biannually by the Group's valuers. This will normally be different to the rent being paid.
An item of income or expense that is deemed to be sufficiently material, either by its size or nature, to require separate disclosure.Back to top
A lease that transfers substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership from the lessor to the lessee.Back to top
Total borrowings, including bank overdrafts, less short-term deposits, corporate bonds and cash, at book value, plus cumulative mark-to-market adjustment on financial derivatives as a percentage of total equity.
Gross income yield
The annual cash net rent on investment properties (including those tenants in administration) expressed as a percentage of the valuation ignoring costs of purchase or sale.Back to top
A lease under which the Group holds an investment property.Back to top
Annualised net rents on investment properties expressed as a percentage of the acquisition cost.
Interest Cover Ratio (ICR)
A calculation of a company’s ability to meet its interest payments on outstanding debt.
Interest rate swap
A financial instrument where two parties agree to exchange an interest rate obligation for a predetermined amount of time. These are used by the Group to convert floating rate debt to fixed rates.
The investment portfolio comprises the Group’s wholly-owned investment properties together with the properties held for development.Back to top
Joint venture (JV)
An entity in which the Group holds an interest on a long-term basis and is jointly controlled by the Group and one or more venturers under a contractual arrangement whereby decisions on financial and operating policies essential to the operation, performance and financial position of the venture require each venturer’s consent.Back to top
Any incentive offered to occupiers to enter into a lease. Typically the incentive will be an initial rent-free period, or a cash contribution to fit-out or similar costs. For accounting purposes, under IFRS, the value of the rent-free period is spread over the non-cancellable life of the lease.
The London Interbank Offered Rate, the interest rate charged by one bank to another for lending money.
Properties that have been in the investment or combined portfolio for the whole of the current and previous financial year.
Group LTV is the ratio of the sum of investment properties, net investment in finance leases and trading properties of both the Group and joint ventures to net debt, including joint ventures, expressed as a percentage. For the Security Group, LTV is the ratio of debt lent to the Security Group divided by the value of secured assets.
This business includes all London offices and Central London retail, but excludes those assets held in the Metro Shopping Fund LP.Back to top
An accounting adjustment to change the book value of an asset or liability to its market value.Back to top
Net asset value (NAV) per share
Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company divided by the number of ordinary shares in issue at the period end.Back to top
Open A1 planning consent
Planning permission for the retail sale of any goods.
Open market value
Open market value is an opinion of the best price at which the sale of an interest in the property would complete unconditionally for cash consideration on the date of valuation (as determined by the Group’s external valuers). In accordance with usual practice, the Group’s external valuer’s report valuations net, after the deduction of the prospective purchaser’s costs, including stamp duty, agent and legal fees.
Outline planning consent
This gives consent in principle for a development, and covers matters such as use and building mass. Full details of the development scheme must be provided in an application for full planning consent, including detailed design, external appearance and landscaping before a project can proceed. An outline planning permission will lapse if full planning permission is not granted within three years.
Space that is let at a rent above its ERV.Back to top
The annual rental income receivable which may be more or less than the ERV (see over-rented and reversionary).
Property Income Distribution (PID)
A PID is a distribution by a REIT to its shareholders paid out of qualifying profits. A REIT is required to distribute at least 90% of its qualifying profits as a PID to its shareholders.
Schemes that are not yet included in the development programme but which are more likely to proceed than not.
A lease signed with an occupier prior to completion of a development.Back to top
Qualifying activities/Qualifying assets
The ownership (activity) of property (assets) which is held to earn rental income and qualifies for tax-exempt treatment (income and capital gains) under UK REIT legislation.Back to top
Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)
A REIT must be a publicly quoted company with at least three quarters of its profits and assets derived from a qualifying property rental business. Income and capital gains from the property rental business are exempt from tax but the REIT is required to distribute at least 90% of those profits to shareholders. Corporation tax is payable on non-qualifying activities in the normal way.
Rental value growth
Increase in the current rental value, as determined by the Company’s valuers, over the 12 month period on a like-for-like basis.
This business includes our shopping centres, shops, retail warehouse properties, Accor hotel portfolio and assets held in retail joint ventures but not Central London retail.
A scheme of three or more retail warehouse units aggregating over 4,650m2 with shared parking.
Retail Price Index (RPI)
An indicator of inflation in the UK. It measures the average change from month to month in the prices of goods and services in the UK.
Return on average capital employed
Group profit before interest, plus joint venture profit before tax, divided by the average capital employed (defined as shareholders’ funds plus net debt).
Return on average equity
Group profit before tax plus joint venture tax divided by the average equity shareholders’ funds.
Profit before tax, excluding profits on the sale of non-current asset and trading properties, profits on long-term development contracts, revaluation surpluses, mark-to-market adjustments on interest rate swaps and similar instruments used for hedging purposes, the adjustment to interest payable resulting from the amortisation of the bond exchange de-recognition, debt and other restructuring charges and any exceptional items.
Reversionary or under-rented
Space where the passing rent is below the ERV.
The anticipated yield to which the initial yield will rise once the rent reaches the ERV.Back to top
Total business return
Dividend per share, plus the increase in adjusted diluted net asset value per share, divided by the adjusted diluted net asset value per share at the beginning of the year.
Total development cost (TDC)
All capital expenditure on a project including the opening book value of the property on commencement of development, together with all finance costs less residential costs.
Total property return (TPR)
Valuation surplus, profit/(loss) on property sales and net rental income in respect of investment properties expressed as a percentage of opening book value, together with the time weighted value for capital expenditure incurred during the current year, on the investment property portfolio.
Total shareholder return
The growth in value of a shareholding over a specified period, assuming that dividends are reinvested to purchase additional units of the stock.
Properties held for trading purposes and shown as current assets in the balance sheet.
Rental income which is related to an occupier’s turnover.Back to top
Underlying operating profit
Operating profit before profit on disposal of non-current properties, revaluation of investment properties, and exceptional items stated within operating profit.Back to top
The area in a property or portfolio, excluding developments, which is currently available for letting.Back to top
Weighted average cost of capital (WACC)
Weighted average cost of debt and notional cost of equity, used as a benchmark to assess investment returns.Back to top
A movement (negative or positive) in the equivalent yield of a property asset.Back to top
A means of analysing and comparing the rental value of retail space by dividing it into zones parallel with the main frontage. The most valuable zone, Zone A, is at the front of the unit. Each successive zone is valued at half the rate of the zone in front of it.Back to top