Tower income payout surprises on the upside

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Tower CEO Marc Edwards said the results for the six months brought the annualised income return earned by investors to an attractive 9.6%. Tower CEO Marc Edwards said the results for the six months brought the annualised income return earned by investors to an attractive 9.6%.

Tower Property Fund (TWR)‚ one of four real estate companies that made their debut on the JSE last year‚ exceeded its pre-listing forecast with a maiden distribution of 33c per share for the six months to November 30‚ compared with its pre-listing forecast of 31.4c per share.

The new listing owns a portfolio of 27 properties valued at R1.64bn and spread mostly between the Western Cape and Gauteng. Mixed-use precinct Cape Quarter in Cape Town’s Green Point is Tower’s flagship property.

Tower CEO Marc Edwards said the results for the six months brought the annualised income return earned by investors to an attractive 9.6%.

He ascribed the fund’s pleasing performance to a strong focus on property asset management‚ with significant savings being made by rationalising service agreements and letting vacant space.

“We have reduced operating costs across the portfolio and made good progress with the greening strategy that underpins the fund‚” he said.

Edwards said Tower’s greening strategy should increase the competitiveness and values of the buildings in its portfolio; result in reduced occupancy costs for tenants and fewer vacancies over time as a result of the lower occupation costs; and make properties more marketable to prospective tenants.

One of Tower’s Sandton office blocks is expected to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council South Africa.

Edwards plans to bulk up Tower’s portfolio with strategic property acquisitions over the coming year. Management is negotiating to buy commercial properties worth R300m and evaluating a pipeline of acquisitions valued at a further R500m.

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