Hammerson shares climb on stronger profits despite £122m valuation hit

 
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Shares in commercial property giant Hammerson climbed today after it said its adjusted profit had risen - but added it had been hit as its properties' capital values deteriorated.

The figures

When adjusted for the revaluation of its commercial properties, Hammerson profits fell 56 per cent from £727.8m for 2015 to £317.3m last year.

But adjusted profits rose 9.4 per cent from £210.9m to £230.7m. Its share price was up 4.5 per cent at 590p at the time of writing.

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Hammerson increased its final dividend from 12.8p to 13.9p, a growth of 8.6 per cent. Net rental income rose 8.8 per cent for the year, up from £318.6m to £346.5m.

Why it's interesting

Non-adjusted profits at Hammerson slipped due to a fall in the capital values of its shopping centres and retail parks. The company made a revaluation loss of £118.3m on its retail parks and £5.8m on its shopping centres. Taking into account a revaluation gain of £2.2m on Hammerson's other commercial property assets, the company made a net revaluation loss of £121.9m.

What Hammerson said

David Atkins, Hammerson chief executive, said:

I am pleased to report another set of strong financial results, with sector-leading earnings and dividend growth reflecting robust operational performance across all parts of the portfolio.

Looking ahead, despite some UK retail headwinds and geopolitical uncertainty, I am confident that we have a resilient and adaptable business with multiple opportunities to drive similar levels of growth and therefore continue to deliver sector-leading income-focused returns.

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