Nexity : 2019 full-year results

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  • NEXITY EXCEEDS ITS TARGETS IN 2019
  • 16% OF 2019 REVENUE GENERATED BY INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT / SERVICES SOLUTIONS (€725 MILLION)
  • EBITDA EXPECTED TO GROW BY 10% IN 2020 AND 2021
 
Paris, Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 5:45 p.m. CET 

FINANCIAL RESULTS1 AHEAD OF TARGETS

  • Revenue: €4,499 million (up 9%)
  • EBITDA: €573 million (up 10%), equating to an EBITDA margin of 12.7%
  • Group share of net profit before non-recurring items:2 €163 million (down 18%)
  • Net financial debt (before lease liabilities):3 €918 million (i.e. 2.3x EBITDA)4

VERY BRISK BUSINESS ACTIVITY

  • New home reservations in France:1 21,837 units worth €4,362 million (up 11% by volume and by value), with an increased market share estimated at 14.2% (up 1.8 points relative to 2018)
  • 21 openings in serviced residences
  • Commercial Real Estate order intake: €521 million
  • Development backlog: €5.1 billion (up 14%)
  • Nexity wins many high-profile calls for proposals, including the athletes’ village in Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis)
  • Nexity ranked as France’s number-one low-carbon developer by BBCA in 2019

OUTLOOK FOR 2020

  • Revenue expected to grow by over 10%
  • EBITDA and current operating profit expected to grow by 10%
  • Proposed dividend5 per share of €2.70 in respect of 2019

2021 TARGETS CONFIRMED

  • Revenue of at least €5.3 billion (up 10% on average since 2017) 
  • EBITDA of at least €680 million (up 10% on average since 2017), around 45% of which to be generated by services businesses
  • Dividend at least equal to the current level


Alain Dinin, Nexity’s Chairman, commented:

“As expected, Nexity has published very good annual results, and for the first time we can quantify the benefits of integrated solutions between development and services, which totalled 16% of our revenue and margins.

Our Service platform, combined with our leadership positions in nearly all our businesses, have placed our Company ahead of schedule with respect to our 2017–2021 strategic plan.

With 26% revenue growth and 24% EBITDA growth over the past two years, Nexity expects some 10% growth in its revenue, its EBITDA and its current operating profit for each of the next two years, while maintaining a dividend of at least €2.70 per share and a shareholder return of more than 6%, based on the current share price.

In addition to these strong financial results, Nexity is clearly positioned:

        • In low-carbon construction, ranked as France’s number-one low-carbon developer by BBCA in 2019;
        • As one of the 12 French companies selected by Bloomberg as the most committed to gender equality;
        • As a key provider of housing in family shelters for highly underprivileged individuals, with the goal of securing around 1,000 units in 2020.

Decisively focused on the future and on all our drivers of growth, profitability and sharing, the Executive Management team will continue to build our client-oriented Service Platform.”

Jean-Philippe Ruggieri, Nexity’s Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“Nexity delivered yet another year of very solid performance, beating its targets. This performance was particularly impressive in our development business lines:

  • Residential Real Estate, where our diversification strategy has paid off, with nearly 22,000 new home reservations and 3 points of market share gained since 2017. We expect the market to pick up again starting in H2 2020. On a less high-profile note, the Group recorded 2,100 reservations for subdivisions and 640 reservations outside France; while maintaining our prudent approach, we expect to see growth in this business and expansion in Germany;
  • Commercial Real Estate, where the Group recorded more than €500 million in orders, in the lead-up to what will probably be a record-breaking year in 2020, with the selling of the Engie eco-business park in La Garenne-Colombes.

The Group’s performance also stood out in Real Estate Services, where Nexity’s business model combines recurring activities (like Property Management for Individuals) with high-growth segments (like senior residences and coworking).

Our financial results were also very good, with revenue and EBITDA growth of about 10%. The Group saw a slight dip in its operating margin, mainly due to investments in our services businesses and our digital tools, as well as an undeniable – but currently controlled – increase in construction costs.

In addition to our financial targets for 2020, which reflect our growing synergies, we also want to step up the pace of our CSR initiatives – in particular the ambitious carbon trajectory target we have set for ourselves, but we also want to focus our efforts on the quality of the services we offer our Clients to meet and exceed their expectations.

I would like to thank all of the Group’s employees, who have worked hard to achieve these good results.”

 

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At its meeting on Tuesday, 25 February 2020, chaired by Alain Dinin, Nexity’s Board of Directors reviewed and approved the Group’s consolidated financial statements for the financial year ended 31 December 2019, which can be found in the annexes to this press release. Audit procedures have been performed. The audit report will be issued after the verification of the information presented in the Management Report.


NEXITY EXCEEDS ITS TARGETS IN 20196

    2019 (Actual)   2019 (Guidance)  
Nexity’s Residential Real Estate market share growth   14.2%   Growth
(12.4% in 2018)
P
Commercial Real Estate order intake   €521m   €350m P
New serviced residences opened   21   20 P
Revenue growth   9%   >7% P
EBITDA growth   10%   >7% P

P: Target exceeded  O: Target not met

2019 BUSINESS ACTIVITY

INDIVIDUAL CLIENTS 

Residential Real Estate

The French market for new homes7 is expected to total 154,000 reservations in 2019 (down around 2% year‑on-year). Growth was mainly held back by a one-off supply issue linked to the approaching spring 2020 local elections in France, which should subside thereafter.

Financial conditions in the residential mortgage market8 – where interest rates were historically low (averaging 1.13% in December 2019) – fuelled very strong demand. In addition, sales price growth offset the inflationary trend in construction costs, which should ease in 2020.

With double-digit growth in its reservations, Nexity once again substantially outperformed the market. The Group’s market share7 is expected to increase by 1.8 points to 14.2% (compared with 12.4% at end-2018). For full-year 2020, Nexity expects the market to pick up again starting in the second half, and anticipates that the Group will continue to gain market share.

Nexity’s strong outperformance relative to the French market reflected the success of its multi-product, multi-service and multi-brand strategy; its geographical positioning, which is concentrated in Greater Paris and major cities, where underlying demand is very buoyant; and its unrivalled offering of products and services, which enables the Group to meet demand throughout the entire country.

At end-2019, net new home reservations in France totalled 21,837 units for €4,362 million including VAT, up 11% by volume and by value with respect to 2018 (see table in annexes). Excluding changes in scope (acquisition of a controlling stake in the Ægide-Domitys group in June 2018), they totalled at end-December 2019, 21,195 units for €4,231 million including VAT, up 8% by volume and by value relative to 2018. This growth was well balanced across the entire country, up 14% in the Paris region and up 10% elsewhere in France, and 86% of reservations were generated in supply-constrained areas.

In the fourth quarter of 2019 alone, net new home reservations in France were up 18% by volume and 15% by value at 7,794 units, corresponding to €1,529 million, reflecting very brisk business activity in the last few months of the financial year.

This increase in reservations was mainly concentrated among individual investors (up 19% relative to 2018) and professional landlords (up 11% relative to 2018), driven in particular by strong growth in reservations in serviced residences (up 53%), which made up 29% of total reservations. Reservations by homebuyers remained nearly stable in volume even though their percentage as a proportion of the total decreased.

The average price including VAT of new homes reserved by Nexity’s individual clients at end-December 2019 totalled €231 thousand, up 3% compared with 2018. Nexity, whose strategy is to offer affordable housing, does not rely on assumed steady inflation in selling prices.

The average level of pre-selling booked at the start of construction work remained high at 73% at end-2019, compared with 69% at end-2018.

The supply of homes for sale dropped back 2% from its end-2018 level to stand at 8,859 units at end-2019, due to a particularly swift absorption rate of 4.9 months9 (compared with 5.5 months in 2018). Unsold completed stock (104 units) as a proportion of the total supply for sale remained very low.

At end-2019, the business potential for new homes10 rose 3% from end-2018 to 55,354 units, i.e. 2.5 years of development operations. This represented potential revenue of €10.6 billion excluding VAT. This high potential, which ensures that future supply will be replenished, was accompanied by a high level of vigilance with regard to land prices amidst an inflationary trend in construction costs.

At end-2019, including subdivisions (2,088 plots) and international sales (641 reservations, 1.8 times higher than in 2018), Residential Real Estate’s business activity (24,566 units reserved, for €4,639 million including VAT) was up 11% by volume and 13% by value (on a like-for-like basis: up 9% by volume and 10% by value).

Real Estate Services to Individuals

Property Management for Individuals

In Property Management for Individuals, excluding Franchises (condominium management, rental management, lettings and brokerage), the portfolio of units under management totalled over 880,000 units at 31 December 2019, down 1.4% at current scope11. In a brokerage market that hit record highs (with more than one million sales of existing homes), Nexity’s brokerage business and the Century 21 franchise network delivered a very strong performance.

Serviced residences

Nexity Studéa had 124 student residences under management at 31 December 2019, totalling more than 15,000 units. The rolling 12-month occupancy rate increased to 94.7% at end-2019 (versus 92.9% at end-2018).

The Domitys-branded senior independent living facilities business posted strong growth. 17 new residences have been opened since the beginning of the year, increasing its portfolio of serviced residences to 100, corresponding to over 10,000 residential units. At end-2019, the 58 residences that were opened more than two years ago had an average occupancy rate of 95%.

Distribution activities

iSelection and PERL recorded 4,670 reservations in 2019 (up 9% compared with 2018). This reflects the continuing strong appeal of buy-to-let investment products among clients as well as the very good commercial performance of Nexity’s networks. Around half of these reservations were homes distributed on behalf of third-party developers or through the division of ownership of existing property, with the rest made up of homes produced by the Group.

COMMERCIAL CLIENTS – NEXITY ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS12 

Commercial Real Estate

In a French commercial real estate investment market that remained buoyant (with nearly €36 billion invested in 2019, higher than in 2018), the Group recorded €521 million excluding VAT in order intake for 2019, versus €349 million in 2018, which broke down as follows:

  • €305 million in orders in the Paris region (59% of total new orders), including the Évidence development in Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis), the Deloitte business park in Bailly-Romainvilliers (Seine-et-Marne), and three turnkey development contracts (CPI) in central Paris; and
  • €216 million in orders outside the Paris region (41% of total new orders), including the Lyon Vaise development (Rhône) and the 45ème Parallèle development at Bordeaux Mérignac (Gironde).

Business potential in Commercial Real Estate13 totalled nearly €3 billion at end-2019 (up 6% relative to end-2018).

A purchase contract subject to conditions precedent was signed with Swiss Life Asset Managers in the fourth quarter of 2019 for the eco business park in La Garenne-Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine), developed in partnership with Engie (135,000 sq.m). In 2020, subject to planning permissions, the VEFA off-plan agreement to be signed for the project (Nexity’s share of which is just under €1 billion) will have a significant impact on the Group’s revenue.

Real Estate Services to Companies

Floor area under management – after including 1 million sq.m in respect of Accessite, a retail space management firm acquired in January 2019 – totalled 19 million sq.m at end-2019.

Morning Coworking – a leading player in the Paris coworking space market – continued to grow and at end-2019 operated 22 coworking spaces totalling more than 60,000 sq.m (up 35% from end-December 2018) and corresponding to around 6,700 workstations.

LOCAL AUTHORITY CLIENTS

With its broad range of expertise, Nexity is able to win complex calls for proposals with strong commitments to social and environmental responsibility:

  • “Inventer Bruneseau”, as part of a consortium, for a development linking Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne) with central Paris;
  • “Dessine-moi Toulouse”, as a member of two different consortia, for the Jolimont and Halle Amouroux projects;
  • Transforming the Porte de Montreuil district of central Paris as part of a consortium; winner of a competition held by the C40 (a network of the world’s biggest cities); and
  • Building part of the athletes’ village in Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis) as part of a consortium.

CSR

Nexity’s most valuable asset is its people. The Group has become one of the 325 companies around the world (including 12 in France) that have been selected for the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), recognising Nexity’s initiatives in this area, such as its “Being Inclusive Together” Charter, signed by the Strategy Committee and approved by 400 managers in September 2019, based on the fundamental principles of gender equality and diversity.

Nexity is a pioneer in timber-frame developments, with 120,000 sq.m delivered since 2011 and 19% of commercial space delivered in 2019 featuring a timber-frame design, and was ranked the number-one low-carbon developer by BBCA in 2019.

Nexity issued a green bond in December 2019. The issuance of this green bond complies with the eligibility criteria set out in the Group’s Green Bond Framework. The proceeds of the issuance will be used to finance and/or refinance the development and construction of residential real estate projects in France that meet several criteria, including the alignment with European NZEB (“Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings”) standards. The allocation of funds to projects will be subject to a specific traceability process and annual reporting that will be audited and published on the Group’s website.


2019 CONSOLIDATED RESULTS – OPERATIONAL REPORTING14

(in millions of euros)   2019   2018   Change in €m
Consolidated revenue   4,498.8   4,135.0   363.8
             
EBITDA   572.9   523.0   49.8
% of revenue   12.7%   12.6%    
Current operating profit   353.2   372.7   (19.5)
Remeasurement of Ægide-Domitys following acquisition of control   -   79.2   (79.2)
Operating profit   353.2   451.9   (98.8)
Net financial income/(expense)   (80.2)   (51.7)   (28.6)
Income tax   (103.6)   (113.1)   9.6
Share of profit/(loss) from equity-accounted investments   -   (4.7)   4.7
Net profit   169.4   282.4   (113.0)
Non-controlling interests   (8.7)   (5.5)   (3.1)
Net profit/(loss) attributable to equity holders of the parent company   160.7   276.9   (116.2)
Net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent company before non-recurring items   162.7   197.7   (35.0)

(in euros)
           
Net earnings per share   2.90   4.95   (2.05)
Net earnings per share before non-recurring items   2.92   3.53   (0.61)

In 2019, non-recurring items included the fair value adjustment of the ORNANE bond issue for a negative impact of €2 million. In 2018, they included the remeasurement of the investment in Ægide previously accounted for using the equity method following the acquisition of a controlling interest in the company for €79.2 million.


REVENUE

Nexity posted revenue of €4,499 million for 2019, a €364 million increase, up 9% at current scope relative to end-2018, and up 4% on a like-for-like basis, including a €220 million scope effect (due in particular to the consolidation of Ægide-Domitys over an additional half-year period). Revenue growth in Residential Real Estate (up €323 million) substantially exceeded the decrease in revenue for Commercial Real Estate (down €128 million), in line with the Group’s forecasts.

(in millions of euros)   2019
Actual
  2019
LFL
  2018
Reported
  % Change
Actual
% Change
LFL**
 
Individual Clients   4,014.2   3,837.1   3,550.1   +13.1% +8.4% **
Residential Real Estate*   3,049.0   2,971.7   2,648.4   +15.1% +12.2%  
Real Estate Services to Individuals   965.2   865.4   901.6   +7.1% -3.0% **
Property Management for Individuals (including franchises)   358.8   358.8   359.8   -0.3% +2.5% **
Serviced residences   316.3   216.4   182.8   +73.0% +18.4%  
Distribution activities   290.1   290.1   359.0   -19.2% -19.2%  
Commercial Clients   483.7   440.9   580.7   -16.7% -21.6% **
Commercial Real Estate*   384.4   384.4   512.0   -24.9% -24.9%  
Real Estate Services to Companies   99.3   56.4   68.7   +44.6% +12.2% **
Other Activities   0.9   0.8   4.3   -79.7% -80.3%  
Revenue   4,498.8   4,278.8   4,135.0   +8.8% +4.2% **

* Revenue generated by Residential Real Estate and Commercial Real Estate from VEFA off-plan sales and CPI development contracts is recognised using the percentage-of-completion method, i.e. on the basis of notarised sales and pro-rated to reflect the progress of all inventoriable costs.
** See glossary on page 25. 2018 data used to calculate the like-for-like (LFL) change in revenue have been adjusted to reflect the disposal of Guy Hoquet l’Immobilier at 31 March 2019, in the amount of €9.6 million (in the “Property Management for Individuals (including franchises)” segment), and the disposal of Nexity Conseil et Transaction at 1 January 2019, in the amount of €18.3 million (in the “Real Estate Services to Companies” segment).

Revenue growth in Residential Real Estate – which for the first time ever recorded over €3 billion euros in revenue (€3,049 million, up 15.1%) – reflected the increase in the backlog observed over previous quarters, buoyant business at Edouard Denis, and the consolidation of Ægide’s development business over an additional half-year period.

Revenue growth in Real Estate Services to Individuals (€965 million, up 7%) was made up of several elements:

  • Revenue growth on a like-for-like basis in the Property Management for Individuals and franchises business;
  • Robust growth in the contribution of the Domitys serviced residence business (up €130 million) due to its consolidation over an additional half-year period (€100 million) and organic growth over the year (€30 million);
  • Revenue growth in the Studéa serviced residence business; and
  • A marked (but largely one-off) decline in revenue from distribution activities (with fewer notarial deeds of sale signed).

The decrease in revenue in Commercial Real Estate (down 25%) arose, as expected, from a low backlog at 31 December 2018, the inherent volatility of this business arising from the phasing of developments, and lastly a major project (regional council premises located in Saint-Ouen) that was very close to delivery at end-2019 and should be completed in 2020, as an exception to Nexity’s standard development model.

Revenue from Real Estate Services to Companies increased €31 million due to external growth (primarily Morning Coworking and Accessite) and its own organic growth over the year (€6 million).

Revenue by business line

To offer an additional tool for analysing its operational performance, the Group also provides a breakdown of its revenue by business line, separating its Real Estate Development activities from its Services businesses.

In 2019, both business lines saw revenue growth: 9% for development activities and 10% for services with respect to 2018.

The main financial aggregates under this segmentation are presented in Annex 2 (revenue, EBITDA, current operating profit and capital employed).

Revenue arising from integrated solutions between the development and services business lines came to €725 million in 2019 (€680 million for the serviced residence business and €45 million for Property Management for Individuals and sales activities directly generated by development), representing 16% of the Group’s total revenue. This revenue should continue to grow given the increasing level of collaboration across business lines, and make an even greater contribution to the Group’s revenue growth.

Revenue under IFRS

In IFRS terms, revenue in 2019 totalled €4,201 million, up 7% relative to 2018. On a like-for-like basis, revenue totalled €3,981 million, up 1% from 2018. This figure excludes revenue from joint ventures, in accordance with IFRS 11, which requires joint ventures – proportionately consolidated in the Group’s operational reporting – to be accounted for using the equity method.

EBITDA15

Nexity generated EBITDA of €573 million in the period to end-December 2019 (compared with €523 million in 2018), representing growth of 10% and an EBITDA margin of 12.7% (up 0.1 points from 2018). Like-for-like EBITDA came in at €525 million, giving an EBITDA margin of 12.3%. This increase reflected robust growth in EBITDA from Individual Clients (up 13%), while EBITDA from Commercial Clients fell 14%.

    2019   2018
In millions of euros   EBITDA   Margin rate
in % of revenue
  EBITDA   Margin rate
in % of revenue
Individual Clients   539.7   13.4%   477.4   13.4%
Residential Real Estate   303.6   10.0%   283.6   10.7%
Real Estate Services to Individuals   236.1   24.5%   193.8   21.5%
Property Management for Individuals (incl. franchises)   84.8   23.6%   67.4   18.7%
Serviced residences   119.9   37.9%   70.0   38.3%
Distribution activities   31.4   10.8%   56.3   15.7%
Commercial Clients   61.8   12.8%   71.7   12.3%
Commercial Real Estate   42.8   11.1%   64.8   12.7%
Real Estate Services to Companies   18.9   19.1%   6.9   10.0%
Other activities   -28.6   na   -26.0   na
TOTAL Group   572.9   12.7%   523.0   12.6%

The increase in EBITDA for Residential Real Estate (up €20 million) reflected tight control over operating budgets despite pressure on construction costs, explaining the relative drop in the margin (down 0.7 points in 2019 compared to 2018), which nevertheless, at 10%, outperformed the market.

EBITDA growth in Real Estate Services to Individuals (up €42 million) was driven by the serviced residence business (up €50 million, €34 million of which was due to a scope effect), offset by a €25 million decrease in EBITDA from distribution activities, caused by a temporarily lower number of notarial deeds of sale. Growth in EBITDA from Property Management for Individuals included the capital gains on the disposal of the Guy Hoquet l’Immobilier franchise network.

EBITDA from Commercial Real Estate was down €22 million due to lower revenue and a slightly lower margin (11.1%). As expected, this margin gradually approached its normal margin of 9% to 10%. This change notably reflected higher construction costs.

EBITDA from Real Estate Services to Companies rose €12 million, including a €9 million scope effect (Accessite, Morning Coworking).

More generally, the increase in Real Estate Services confirmed these businesses’ potential for growth and profitability, generating 45% of the Group’s EBITDA in 2019.

OPERATING PROFIT

Current operating profit16 came to €353 million at 31 December 2019, compared with €373 million at 31 December 2018 (down 5%). On a like-for-like basis, current operating profit was €360 million, equating to a margin of 8.4%.

The difference between EBITDA and current operating profit (a negative impact of €220 million) mainly resulted from the depreciation of right-of-use assets (under IFRS 16) in the amount of €154 million (compared with €94 million in 2018), which increased to a greater extent than EBITDA.

The change in current operating profit (down €20 million compared with 2018) contrasted with the growth in EBITDA in 2019, and mainly reflected:

  • The temporarily negative contribution made by Domitys in the amount of €8 million, attributable to losses reported by residences opened less than two years ago; and
  • The amortisation of the client relationship (PPA), and the smoothing of a portion of development margins over the term of leases (leasebacks under IFRS 16) for €16 million.

Ægide-Domitys – which has a similar business model to Studéa – is expected to generate a medium-term operating margin of around 7%.

OTHER INCOME STATEMENT ITEMS

The net financial expense was €80 million, versus €52 million in 2018; it included interest expenses on lease liabilities under IFRS 16 for €25 million in 2019 (versus €16 million in 2018). Restated for this item, the €19 million decline in net financial expense with respect to 2018 arose from:

  • A moderate increase in net financial debt (up €2 million) resulting from the increase in average net debt, partly offset by a lower average cost of borrowing (2.3% compared with 2.6% in 2018);
  • An increase in “Other financial income/(expenses)” including in particular a discount expense on non-current trade payables for €7 million and non-inventoriable borrowing costs for €6 million (IFRS IC regarding IAS 23); and
  • A €2 million expense in respect of the change in fair value of the ORNANE bond issue.

The effective corporate income tax rate (excluding the CVAE17) was 33.7% in 2019, compared with 31.7% in 2018. The tax expense (including the CVAE), which was €104 million at 31 December 2019 (versus €113 million in 2018), reflected a lower tax base.

Restated to exclude non-recurring items (change in fair value of the ORNANE bond issue), the Group share of net profit before non-recurring items was €163 million, compared with €198 million at end-2018 (down 18%). This change mainly resulted from the decrease in operating profit and the increase in “Other financial income/(expenses)”, which were significantly higher than in 2018, as well as a higher effective tax rate and an increase in non-controlling interests.

CASH FLOWS AND WORKING CAPITAL REQUIREMENT (WCR)

(in millions of euros)   2019   2018
Cash flow from operating activities before interest and tax expenses   544.5   507.8
         
Cash flow from operating activities after interest and tax expenses   376.6   350.0
Change in operating working capital (excluding tax)   (98.2)   (102.3)
Changes in tax-related working capital, dividends from equity-accounted investments and other   10.9   22.3
Net cash from/(used in) operating activities   289.3   270.0
Net cash from/(used in) operating investments   (59.6)   (47.9)
Free cash flow   229.7   222.1
Net cash from/(used in) financial investments   5.8   (73.4)
Repayment of lease liabilities   (169.9)   (103.9)
Dividends paid by Nexity SA   (138.2)   (140.3)
Net cash from/(used in) financing activities, excluding dividends   413.8   45.7
Change in cash and cash equivalents   341.2   (49.8)

Cash flow from operating activities before interest and tax expenses totalled €544 million at end-2019, up €37 million relative to 2018, mainly as a result of the increase in EBITDA over the financial year.

Operating investments rose to €60 million (versus €48 million in 2018), with most of this increase due to the integration of Ægide-Domitys and Morning Coworking, whose business requires investments in refitting and maintenance of the premises managed.

Nexity’s free cash flow18 at end-2019 was a net inflow of €230 million, compared with a net inflow of €222 million at end-2018, substantially exceeding the dividend paid in 2019 (€138 million).

Net cash from financial investments (€6 million) arose from the disposals of Guy Hoquet l’Immobilier and Nexity Conseil et Transaction, net of the acquisition of Accessite.

Net cash from financing activities (€414 million) comprised new borrowings (primarily a green bond for €240 million and the arrangement of a Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU CP) programme for €120 million) less the cost of share buybacks (€20 million) and minority buyouts (€27 million over the period).

(in millions of euros)   31 December 2019   31 December 2018   Change in €m
Individual Clients   875   762   113
Residential Real Estate   862   747    
Real Estate Services to Individuals   12   15    
Commercial Clients   90   87   3
Commercial Real Estate   84   86    
Real Estate Services to Companies   6   1    
Other Activities   24   51   (28)
Total WCR excluding tax   989   900   89
Corporate income tax   30   -4   34
WCR   1,019   896   123

Operating WCR at 31 December 2019 was €989 million, up €89 million from its level in December 2018.

For Individual Clients, the rise in WCR reflects the expansion of the Group’s business in Residential Real Estate (WCR up €116 million), in line with this segment’s strong activity levels and the increase in the backlog, which points to higher revenue in the upcoming quarters. The WCR to backlog ratio is stable compared to its historical levels.

For Commercial Clients, the overall WCR remained virtually stable, with changes in WCR for Commercial Real Estate (down €1 million) offset by WCR for Real Estate Services to Companies (up €5 million).

For Other Activities, WCR was down €28 million, mainly due to a high level of sales of development rights by the urban regeneration business (Villes & Projets).

As part of the Group’s controlled land banking strategy, the amount of land positions secured totalled €120 million at 31 December 2019. In addition, in order to boost its land sourcing capacity, in July 2019 Nexity took part in launching the Terrae Optimae 1 alternative investment fund for land with strong redevelopment potential, in which it holds a minority stake. At end-2019, the fund had already acquired its first parcel of land.

Tax-related WCR saw a one-off increase at 31 December 2019 (up €34 million) due to an adverse effect of tax instalments that were higher than the effective tax expense due for 2019.

RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS

Right-of-use assets amounted to €828 million at 31 December 2019 (up €71 million compared with end-2018). This increase arose from new leases for €246 million, including €170 million in the Domitys senior independent living facilities business, which were higher than depreciation, amortisation and impairment for the financial year, reflecting growth in the portfolio of serviced residences.

FINANCIAL STRUCTURE

Nexity’s consolidated equity (attributable to equity holders of the parent company) was €1,747 million at end‑December 2019, stable with respect to end-December 2018 (€1,755 million).

(in millions of euros)   31 December 2019   31 December 2018   Change in €m
Bond issues (incl. accrued interest and arrangement fees)   1,018   806   211
Loans and borrowings   1,002   723   280
Net cash and cash equivalents   (1,102)   (772)   (330)
Net financial debt before lease liabilities   918   757   161
             
Lease liabilities   908   810   98
Total net debt   1,826   1,567   259

The increase in net financial debt before lease liabilities (IFRS 16) mainly resulted from the increase in WCR (up €98 million).

In the fourth quarter of 2019, Nexity set up a Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU CP) programme with a maximum amount of €300 million, the balance of which was €120 million at 31 December 2019. The amount of this programme is covered by available cash and the Group’s undrawn authorised bank borrowing facilities.

In December 2019, Nexity issued its first green bond for €240 million, including an €84 million tranche maturing in 7 years (December 2026) with an annual coupon rate of 2.257%, and a €156 million tranche maturing in 8 years (December 2027) with an annual coupon rate of 2.464%.

Lease liabilities (IFRS 16) amounted to €908 million (versus €810 million at 31 December 2018) and increased due to growth in the portfolio of serviced residences.

Net debt amounted to €1,826 million at 31 December 2019, compared with €1,567 million at 31 December 2018 (up €259 million). It equated to 3.2x EBITDA for the past 12 months.

The Group’s net debt before lease liabilities totalled €918 million, compared with €757 million at 31 December 2018, i.e. 2.3x EBITDA after leases (€403 million at 31 December 2019), below the average target level of 2.5x EBITDA that the Group has set for itself, which may be temporarily exceeded in 2020 due to rapid business growth, particularly in Residential Real Estate.

At 31 December 2019, the average maturity of the Group’s debt was 3.7 years and the average cost of borrowing was 2.3%, compared with 2.6% in 2018. At 31 December 2019, Nexity was in compliance with the financial covenants attached to its borrowings. At 31 December 2019, Nexity had €555 million in authorised and undrawn corporate credit lines.

BACKLOG AND BUSINESS POTENTIAL AT 31 DECEMBER 2019

The Group’s backlog at end-December 2019 stood at €5,095 million (€4,640 million for Residential Real Estate and €456 million for Commercial Real Estate), equivalent to 18 months’ revenue from Nexity’s development activities (revenue on a rolling 12-month basis), and increasing 14% relative to 31 December 2018.

Furthermore, the development business potential at end-December 2019 totalled more than €15 billion in potential revenue (€12 billion for Residential Real Estate and €3 billion for Commercial Real Estate), providing the Group with high visibility on its future business levels. This business potential, which amounts to more than 4 years of revenue from Nexity’s development activities (revenue on a rolling 12-month basis), increased by 7% year-on-year.

OUTLOOK FOR 2020

  • Revenue expected to grow by over 10%
  • EBITDA and current operating profit expected to grow by 10%
  • Proposed dividend19 per share of €2.70 in respect of 2019

2021 TARGETS CONFIRMED

  • Revenue of at least €5.3 billion (up 10% on average since 2017) 
  • EBITDA of at least €680 million (up 10% on average since 2017), around 45% of which to be generated by services businesses
  • Dividend of at least €2.70 per share in respect of financial years 2020 and 2021


FINANCIAL CALENDAR & PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Q1 2020 revenue and business activity (after market close) Tuesday, 28 April 2020
2020 Shareholders’ Meeting Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Dividend payment Wednesday, 27 May 2020
2020 interim results (after market close) Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Q3 2020 revenue and business activity (after market close) Wednesday, 28 October 2020

A conference call on full-year 2019 revenue and business activity will be held in English today at 6:30 p.m. CET, which may be joined using access code 3058736 by calling one of the following numbers:

  • Calling from France
+33 (0)1 70 72 25 50
  • Calling from elsewhere in Europe
+44 (0)330 336 91 25
  • Calling from the United States
+1 720 543 0214

The presentation accompanying this conference will be available on the Group’s website from 6:15 p.m. CET and may be viewed at the following address:
 https://orange.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1282165&tp_key=0687d1ea50

The conference call will be available on replay at https://www.nexity.fr/en/group/finance from the following day.

Disclaimer

 

AT NEXITY, WE AIM TO SERVE ALL OUR CLIENTS AS THEIR REAL ESTATE NEEDS EVOLVE
Nexity offers the widest range of advice and expertise, products, services and solutions for individuals, companies and local authorities, so as to best meet the needs of our clients and respond to their concerns.
Our business lines – real estate brokerage, management, design, development, planning, advisory and related services – are now optimally organised to serve and support our clients. As the benchmark operator in our sector, we are resolutely committed to all our clients, as well as to the environment and society as a whole.

 

Nexity is listed on the SRD and on Euronext’s Compartment A
Nexity is included in the following indices: SBF 80, SBF 120, CAC Mid 60, CAC Mid & Small and CAC All Tradable
Ticker symbol: NXI – Reuters: NXI.PA – Bloomberg: NXI:FP
ISIN code: FR0010112524
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CONTACT
Domitille Vielle – Head of Investor Relations / +33 (0)1 85 55 19 34 – investorrelations@nexity.fr
Géraldine Bop – Deputy Head of Investor Relations / +33 (0)1 85 55 18 43 – investorrelations@nexity.fr

The information, assumptions and estimates that the Company could reasonably use to determine its targets are subject to change or modification, notably due to economic, financial and competitive uncertainties. Furthermore, it is possible that some of the risks described in Section 2 of the Registration Document filed with the AMF under number D.19-0272 on 4 April 2019 could have an impact on the Group’s operations and the Company’s ability to achieve its targets. Accordingly, the Company cannot give any assurance as to whether it will achieve its stated targets, and makes no commitment or undertaking to update or otherwise revise this information.


ANNEX 1: OPERATIONAL REPORTING

Reservations: Residential Real Estate

Reservations (units and €m)   2019   2018   % Change
New homes (France)   21,837   19,609   +11.4%
o/w Ægide (excluding co-developments with Nexity)*   1,486   549   -
Subdivisions   2,088   2,063   +1.2%
International   641   365   x1.8
Total reservations (number of units)   24,566   22,037   +11.5%
New homes (France)   4,362   3,915   +11.4%
o/w Ægide (excluding co-developments with Nexity)*   330   116   -
Subdivisions   177   169   +4.8%
International   100   32   x3.1
Total reservations (€m incl. VAT)   4,639   4,116   +12.7%
* Development projects undertaken without Nexity’s involvement. Co-development projects undertaken with Nexity are included in the Group’s “Residential Real Estate” reporting.


Breakdown of new home reservations by client – France   2019 2018
Homebuyers   4,248   19% 4,312   22%
o/w:   - First-time buyers   3,654   17% 3,492   18%
  - Other homebuyers   594   3% 820   4%
Individual investors   9,719   45% 8,191   42%
Professional landlords   7,870   36% 7,106   36%
o/w:  - Institutional investors   2,833     2,500    
   - Social housing operators   5,037     4,606    
Total   21,837   100% 19,609   100%

Real Estate Services to Individuals

Property Management for Individuals –  Portfolio of units under management   December 2019   December 2018   Change
- Condominium management   709,000     721,000    -1.7%
- Rental management   175,000     175,000    +0.4%
Franchise networks – Century 21            
- Number of agencies   898     867    +3.6%
Serviced residences – Students – Studéa            
- Number of residences in operation   124     122    +2
- Rolling 12-month occupancy rate   94.7%   92.9%   +1.8 pts
Serviced residences – Seniors – Domitys            
- Total number of residences in operation   100     83    +17
o/w: Number of residences opened more than 2 years ago (France)   58     51    +7
- Rolling 12-month occupancy rate   84.2%   82.5%   +1.7 pts
Distribution activities – iSelection and PERL            
- Total reservations   4,670     4,293    +8.8%
- Reservations on behalf of third parties   2,528     2,301    +9.9%


QUARTERLY FIGURES*

Reservations: Residential Real Estate

    2019   2018   2017
Number of units   Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1   Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1   Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1
New homes (France)   7,794 4,557 5,603 3,883   6,600 4,757 4,634 3,618   5,736 4,821 4,288 3,506
o/w Ægide (excluding co-developments with Nexity)   450 394 357 285   172 377  -  -    -  -  -  -
Subdivisions   836 435 559 258   812 336 576 339   920 522 680 479
International   307 161 137 36   170 80 75 40   208 69 106 37
Total (number of units)   8,937 5,153 6,299 4,177   7,582 5,173 5,285 3,997   6,864 5,412 5,074 4,022
Value (€m incl. VAT)                              
New homes (France)   1,529 909 1,150 773   1,327 922 951 715   1,135 915 858 655
o/w Ægide (excluding co-developments with Nexity)   87 113 72 59   46 70  -  -    -  -  -  -
Subdivisions   76 35 46 20   63 28 51 28   72 42 53 35
International   47 37 13 3   15 7 6 4   22 6 14 9
Total (€m incl. VAT)   1,652 981 1,209 797   1,405 956 1,008 747   1,229 964 925 699

Revenue

    2019   2018   2017 (restated)*
(in millions of euros)   Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1   Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1   Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1
Individual Clients   1,562.0 840.8 849.4 761.6   1,470.3 764.3 712.3 603.1   1,173.9 733.9 689.3 563.3
Residential Real Estate   1,251.9 615.2 629.4 552.5   1,133.8 545.3 524.2 445.1   915.7 548.0 498.4 387.9
Real Estate Services to Individuals   310.1 225.6 219.9 209.1   336.5 219.0 188.1 158.0   258.2 185.9 190.9 175.4
Property Management for Individuals (incl. franchises)   90.2 90.0 91.7 86.9   91.5 91.6 91.8 84.9   89.8 90.1 88.5 84.5
Serviced residences   92.5 78.5 73.3 71.9   68.9 70.1 21.3 22.5   23.8 22.1 20.1 22.2
Distribution activities   127.3 57.1 54.9 50.3   176.1 57.3 75.0 50.6   144.6 73.6 82.4 68.7
Commercial Clients   132.0 123.2 109.6 118.9   167.3 174.2 154.4 84.7   165.5 84.0 60.4 96.7
Commercial Real Estate   102.0 96.1 88.0 98.3   146.1 157.6 138.7 69.6   145.6 69.5 45.2 82.8
Real Estate Services to Companies   30.0 27.1 21.6 20.6   21.2 16.6 15.8 15.1   19.8 14.5 15.2 13.9
Other Activities   0.0 (0.0) 0.4 0.5   0.9 1.5 1.4 0.5   0.8 0.7 1.7 1.1
GROUP   1,694.0 964.0 959.4 881.1   1,638.5 940.1 868.1 688.3   1,340.2 818.6 751.4 661.1

Backlog

    2019   2018   2017 (restated)*
(in millions of euros, excluding VAT)   12M 9M H1 Q1   12M 9M H1 Q1   12M 9M H1 Q1
Residential Real Estate – New homes   4,455 4,328 4,321 4,109   3,979 4,065 3,724 3,451   3,335 3,236 3,042 2,918
Residential Real Estate – Subdivisions   185 182 172 160   182 188 201 182   191 188 200 185
Residential Real Estate backlog   4,640 4,510 4,493 4,269   4,161 4,253 3,924 3,634   3,526 3,425 3,243 3,103
Commercial Real Estate backlog   456 401 269 222   308 379 332 409   465 349 345 313
Total Group backlog   5,095 4,911 4,762 4,491   4,469 4,632 4,256 4,042   3,991 3,774 3,588 3,416

* 2017 restated under IFRS 15


HALF-YEAR / FULL-YEAR FIGURES

EBITDA

    2019   2018   2017 (restated)*
(in millions of euros)   12M H2 H1   12M H2 H1   12M H2 H1
Individual Clients   539.7 330.8 208.9   477.4 326.2 151.2   416.5 263.8 152.7
Residential Real Estate   303.6 205.8 97.8   283.6 194.7 88.9   239.2 161.0 78.2
Real Estate Services to Individuals   236.1 125.0 111.1   193.8 131.5 62.3   177.2 102.8 74.5
Property Management for Individuals (including franchises)   84.8 36.6 48.1   67.4 38.5 28.9   74.8 40.5 34.3
Serviced residences   119.9 63.9 56.0   70.0 51.9 18.1   45.6 21.9 23.7
Distribution activities   31.4 24.4 7.0   56.3 41.1 15.2   56.9 40.4 16.5
Commercial Clients   61.8 34.8 27.0   71.7 33.8 37.9   67.2 40.6 26.6
Commercial Real Estate   42.8 21.5 21.3   64.8 27.4 37.4   62.2 35.3 27.0
Real Estate Services to Companies   18.9 13.2 5.7   6.9 6.4 0.5   4.9 5.3 (0.4)
Other Activities   (28.6) (19.1) (9.5)   (26.0) (23.1) (2.9)   (23.1) (18.4) (4.7)
GROUP   572.9 346.5 226.4   523.0 336.8 186.2   460.5 286.0 174.6

Current operating profit

    2019   2018   2017 (restated)*
(in millions of euros)   12M H2 H1   12M H2 H1   12M H2 H1
Individual Clients   357.8 232.8 124.9   353.4 241.4 112.0   320.6 212.0 108.6
Residential Real Estate   264.6 184.4 80.1   246.4 171.5 74.8   214.8 145.4 69.4
Real Estate Services to Individuals   93.2 48.4 44.8   107.0 69.9 37.1   105.8 66.5 39.2
Property Management for Individuals (including franchises)   54.3 19.6 34.7   44.8 25.6 19.2   45.4 24.2 21.2
Serviced residences   4.1 (0.3) 4.4   8.9 4.4 4.4   10.3 5.7 4.5
Distribution activities   34.8 29.1 5.7   53.4 39.9 13.5   50.2 36.9 13.3
Commercial Clients   42.2 25.2 16.9   64.0 28.5 35.5   60.5 37.0 23.5
Commercial Real Estate   40.5 20.5 20.0   62.9 25.5 37.5   61.0 34.8 26.1
Real Estate Services to Companies   1.6 4.7 (3.1)   1.1 3.0 (2.0)   (0.4) 2.2 (2.6)
Other Activities   (46.7) (30.2) (16.5)   (44.7) (33.0) (11.6)   (43.2) (31.9) (11.3)
GROUP   353.2 227.8 125.4   372.7 236.9 135.8   337.9 217.1 120.8

* 2017 restated under IFRS 15 and IFRS 16
Capital employed

In millions of euros       2019
    Total   Non-current assets   Right-of-use assets   WCR   Goodwill
Individual Clients   1,822   199   748   875   -
Commercial Clients   153   18   45   90   -
Other activities and not attributable 1,759   71   36   54   1,598
GROUP   3,734   288   828   1,019   1,598
                     
In millions of euros       2018
    Total   Non-current assets   Right-of-use assets   WCR   Goodwill
Individual Clients   1,617   198   657   762   -
Commercial Clients   153   15   51   87   -
Other activities and not attributable 1,724   48   49   48   1,579
GROUP   3,494   261   757   896   1,579



CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT – 31 DECEMBER 2019

(in millions of euros) 31/12/2019
IFRS
Restate-ment of joint ventures 31/12/2019
Operational reporting
Restate-ment of non-recurring items 31/12/2019
Operational reporting before non-recurring items
31/12/2018
Operational reporting before non-recurring items
Revenue 4,200.7 298.1 4,498.8 - 4,498.8 4,135.0
Operating expenses (3,665.4) (260.6) (3,926.0) - (3,926.0) (3,612.0)
Dividends received from equity-accounted investments 19.9 (19.9) - - - -
EBITDA 555.3 17.6 572.9 - 572.9  523.0
Leases (169.9) - (169.9) - (169.9) (105.2)
EBITDA after leases 385.4 17.6 402.9   402.9  417.8
Restatement of leases  169.9 -  169.9 -  169.9  105.2
Depreciation of right-of-use assets (166.4) - (166.4) - (166.4) (103.3)
Depreciation, amortisation and impairment of non-current assets (45.2) - (45.2) - (45.2) (31.6)
Net change in provisions  8.0 (0.1)  8.0 -  8.0  5.4
Share-based payments (16.1) - (16.1) - (16.1) (14.3)
Borrowing costs directly attributable to property developments, transferred from inventory - - - - - (6.5)
Dividends received from equity-accounted investments (19.9)  19.9   - - -
Current operating profit 315.8 37.4 353.2 - 353.2  372.7
Remeasurement of equity-accounted investments following acquisition of control - - - - -  
Operating profit 315.8 37.4 353.2 - 353.2  372.7
Share of net profit from equity-accounted investments  25.0 (25.0)     - -
Operating profit after share of net profit from equity-accounted investments 340.8 12.4 353.2 - 353.2  372.7
Cost of net financial debt (39.7) (1.9) (41.6) - (41.6) (39.6)
Other financial income/(expenses) (9.8) (3.9) (13.7)  2.0 (11.7)  3.6
Interest expense on lease liabilities (24.9) - (24.9) - (24.9) (15.6)
Net financial income/(expense) (74.4) (5.8) (80.2) 2.0 (78.2) (51.7)
Pre-tax recurring profit 266.4 6.6 272.9 2.0 274.9  321.1
Income tax (97.0) (6.6) (103.6) - (103.6) (113.1)
Share of profit/(loss) from other equity-accounted investments  0.0 -  0.0 -  0.0 (4.7)
Consolidated net profit 169.4 0.0 169.4 2.0 171.4  203.2
Attributable to non-controlling interests  8.7  0.0  8.7 -  8.7  5.5
Attributable to equity holders of the parent company 160.7 0.0 160.7 2.0 162.7  197.7
(in euros)            
Net earnings per share 2.90   2.90   2.93 3.53

In 2019, non-recurring items included the fair value adjustment of the ORNANE bond issue for a negative impact of €2 million. In 2018, they included the remeasurement of the investment in Ægide previously accounted for under the equity method following the acquisition of a controlling interest in this company for €79.2 million.
SIMPLIFIED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AT
31 DECEMBER 2019

ASSETS
(in millions of euros)
  31/12/2019
IFRS
  Restatement
of joint ventures
  31/12/2019
Operational reporting
  31/12/2018
Operational reporting
Goodwill   1,598.0   -   1,598.0   1,579.1
Other non-current assets   1,114.3   0.3   1,114.6   1,016.1
Equity-accounted investments   39.9   (38.4)   1.5   2.0
Total non-current assets   2,752.3   (38.1)   2,714.2   2,597.2
Net WCR   842.8   176.6   1,019.4   896.4
Total assets   3,595.0   138.6   3,733.6   3,493.6
                 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
(in millions of euros)
  31/12/2019
IFRS
  Restatement
of joint ventures
  31/12/2019
Operational reporting
  31/12/2018
Operational reporting
Share capital and reserves   1,586.0   0.0   1,586.0   1,478.0
Net profit for the period   160.7   0.0   160.7   276.9
Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent company   1,746.7   0.0   1,746.7   1,754.9
Non-controlling interests   10.6   (0.0)   10.6   8.9
Total equity   1,757.3   0.0   1,757.3   1,763.8
Net debt   1,700.4   125.5   1,825.9   1,566.7
Provisions   100.0   2.1   102.2   112.1
Net deferred tax   37.3   11.0   48.3   51.0
Total liabilities and equity   3,595.0   138.6   3,733.6   3,493.6

NET DEBT AT 31 DECEMBER 2019


(in millions of euros)
  31/12/2019
IFRS
  Restatement
 of joint ventures
  31/12/2019
 Operational
reporting
  31/12/2018
 Operational
reporting
Bond issues (incl. accrued interest and arrangement fees)   1,017.8   -   1,017.8    770.2
Loans and borrowings   941.5   60.8   1,002.3    758.8
Loans and borrowings   1,959.3   60.8   2,020.1   1,529.0
                 
Other financial receivables and payables   (120.4)   126.9   6.5   (5.1)
                 
Cash and cash equivalents   (1,116.7)   (86.5)   (1,203.2)   (797.0)
Bank overdraft facilities   70.4   24.3   94.6    29.6
Net cash and cash equivalents   (1,046.3)   (62.2)   (1,108.6)   (767.4)
                 
Total net financial debt before lease liabilities   792.5   125.5   918.0    756.5
                 
Lease liabilities   907.9   -   907.9   810.2
                 
Total net debt   1,700.4   125.5   1,825.9   1,566.7



SIMPLIFIED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS AT 31 DECEMBER 2019

(in millions of euros) 31/12/2019
IFRS
Restatement
 of joint ventures
31/12/2019
Operational
reporting
  31/12/2018
Operational
reporting
Consolidated net profit  169.4  0.0  169.4    282.4
Elimination of non-cash income and expenses  182.2  25.1  207.2    67.6
Cash flow from operating activities after interest and tax expenses  351.5  25.1  376.6    350.0
Elimination of net interest expense/(income)  64.6  1.9  66.5    55.2
Elimination of tax expense, including deferred tax  94.8  6.6  101.4    102.6
Cash flow from operating activities before interest and tax expenses  510.9  33.6  544.5    507.8
Change in operating working capital (34.8) (63.5) (98.2)   (102.3)
Dividends received from equity-accounted investments  19.9 (19.9) -   (0.0)
Interest paid (23.2) (1.9) (25.1)   (25.5)
Tax paid (124.6) (7.3) (131.9)   (110.0)
Net cash from/(used in) operating activities  348.3 (59.0)  289.3    270.0
Net cash from/(used in) net operating investments (59.6) - (59.6)   (47.9)
Free cash flow  288.7 (59.0)  229.7    222.1
Acquisitions of subsidiaries and other changes in scope  14.9  0.5  15.3   (71.3)
Other net financial investments (9.5) (0.0) (9.5)   (7.0)
Net cash from/(used in) investing activities  5.3  0.5  5.8   (78.4)
Capital increase  0.0 (0.0) (0.0)   (0.0)
Dividends paid to equity holders of the parent company (138.2) - (138.2)   (140.3)
Other payments to/(from) minority shareholders (33.6) - (33.6)   (35.4)
Net disposal/(acquisition) of treasury shares (19.1) - (19.1)   (19.8)
Repayment of lease liabilities (169.9) - (169.9)   (103.9)
Change in financial receivables and payables (net)  410.1  56.1  466.2    105.9
Net cash from/(used in) financing activities  49.3  56.1  105.4   (193.4)
Impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates  0.2 (0.0)  0.2   (0.1)
Change in cash and cash equivalents  343.6 (2.5)  341.2   (49.8)



ANNEX 2: BREAKDOWN INTO DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICES

To offer an additional tool for analysing its operational performance, the Group also provides a breakdown of its revenue by business line, separating its Real Estate Development activities (Residential and Commercial Real Estate) from its Services businesses (Proprerty management for individuals including franchises, serviced residences, distribution activities and Real Estate services to companies), detailed below.

Revenue

(in millions of euros)   2019   2018   % Change
Development*   3,433.4   3,160.4   +8.6%
Residential Real Estate   3,049.0   2,648.4   +15.1%
Commercial Real Estate   384.4   512.0   -24.9%
Services   1,064.5   970.3   +9.7%
Property Management for Individuals, Franchises,
Commercial Property Management
  426.4   428.5   -0.5%
Serviced Residences, Shared Office Space   348.0   182.8   +90.4%
Distribution   290.1   359.0   -19.2%
Other Activities   0.9   4.3   -79.1%
GROUP   4,498.8   4,135.0   +8.8%

* Revenue generated by Residential Real Estate and Commercial Real Estate from VEFA off-plan sales and CPI development contracts is recognised using the percentage-of-completion method, i.e. on the basis of notarised sales and pro-rated to reflect the progress of all inventoriable costs.

EBITDA

    2019   2018
En millions d'euros   EBITDA   Margin rate
in % of revenue
  EBITDA    Taux de marge
en % du CA
Development   346.4   10.1%   348.4   11.0%
Residential Real Estate   303.6   10.0%   283.6   10.7%
Commercial Real Estate   42.8   11.1%   64.8   12.7%
Services   255.0   24.0%   200.7   20.7%
Property Management for Individuals, Franchises,
Commercial Property Management
  91.8   21.5%   74.3   17.3%
Serviced Residences, Shared Office Space   131.8   37.9%   70.0   38.3%
Distribution   31.4   10.8%   56.3   15.7%
Other Activities   (28.6)   na   (26.0)   na
GROUP   572.9   12.7%   523.0   12.6%



Current operating profit

(in millions of euros)   2019   2018   % Change
Development   305.1   309.3   -1.3%
% of revenue   8.9%   9.8%    
Residential Real Estate   264.6   246.4    
% of revenue   8.7%   9.3%    
Commercial Real Estate   40.5   62.9    
% of revenue   10.5%   12.3%    
Services   94.8   108.1   -12.3%
% of revenue   8.9%   11.1%    
Property Management for Individuals, Franchises,
Commercial Property Management
  56.6   45.8    
% of revenue   13.3%   10.7%    
Serviced Residences, Shared Office Space   3.4   8.9    
% of revenue   1.0%   4.8%    
Distribution   34.8   53.4    
% of revenue   12.0%   14.9%    
Other Activities   (46.7)   (44.7)   N/A
Current operating profit   353.2   372.7   -5.2%
% of revenue   7.9%   9.0%    
Remeasurement of Ægide-Domitys following acquisition of control   -   79.2    
Operating profit   353.2   451.9   -21.9%
% of revenue   7.9%   10.9%    

Capital employed

In millions of euros       2019
    Total   Non-current assets   Right-of-use assets   WCR   Goodwill
Developement   1,071   34   45   992   -
Services   949   183   748   19   -
Other activities and not attributable 1,714   71   36   9   1,598
GROUP   3,734   288   828   1,019   1,598
                     
In millions of euros       2018
    Total   Non-current assets   Right-of-use assets   WCR   Goodwill
Developement   973   39   43   891   -
Services   855   174   665   16   -
Other activities and not attributable 1.666   48   49   (10)   1,579
GROUP   3,494   261   757   896   1,579
                                     


ANNEX 3: IFRS

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT – 31 DECEMBER 2019

(in millions of euros)   31/12/2019
IFRS
  31/12/2018
IFRS
Revenue   4,200.7   3,939.6
Operating expenses   (3,665.4)   (3,442.8)
Dividends received from equity-accounted investments    19.9    11.8
EBITDA    555.3    508.6
Leases   (169.9)   (105.2)
EBITDA after leases    385.4    403.4
Restatement of leases   169.9    105.2
Net change in provisions    8.0    6.7
Share-based payments   (16.1)   (14.3)
Borrowing costs directly attributable to property developments, transferred from inventory   -   (6.5)
Dividends received from equity-accounted investments   (19.9)   (11.8)
Current operating profit    315.8    347.8
Remeasurement of equity-accounted investments following acquisition of control   -    79.2
Operating profit    315.8    427.0
Share of net profit from equity-accounted investments    25.0    17.9
Operating profit after share of net profit from equity-accounted investments    340.8    444.9
Cost of net financial debt   (39.7)   (38.7)
Other financial income/(expenses)   (9.8)    5.0
Interest expense on lease liabilities   (24.9)   (15.6)
Net financial income/(expense)   (74.4)   (49.4)
Pre-tax recurring profit    266.4    395.5
Income tax   (97.0)   (108.4)
Share of profit/(loss) from other equity-accounted investments    0.0   (4.7)
Consolidated net profit    169.4    282.4
Attributable to non-controlling interests    8.7    5.5
         
Attributable to equity holders of the parent company    160.7    276.9
(in euros)        
Net earnings per share   2.90   4.95



SIMPLIFIED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AT
31 DECEMBER 2019

ASSETS
(in millions of euros)
  31/12/2019
IFRS
  31/12/2018
IFRS
Goodwill   1,598.0   1,579.1
Other non-current assets   1,114.3   1,015.8
Equity-accounted investments    39.9    35.3
Total non-current assets   2,752.3   2,630.2
Net WCR    842.8    799.9
Total assets   3,595.0   3,430.1
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
(in millions of euros)
  31/12/2019
IFRS
  31/12/2018
IFRS
Share capital and reserves   1,586.0   1,478.0
Net profit for the period    160.7    276.9
Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent company   1,746.7   1,754.9
Non-controlling interests    10.6    8.9
Total equity   1,757.3   1,763.8
Net debt   1,700.4   1,511.0
Provisions    100.0    110.1
Net deferred tax    37.3    45.2
Total liabilities and equity   3,595.0   3,430.1

CONSOLIDATED NET DEBT AT 31 DECEMBER 2019


(in millions of euros)
  31/12/2019
IFRS
  31/12/2018
IFRS
Bond issues (incl. accrued interest and arrangement fees)   1,017.8    770.2
Loans and borrowings   941.5    713.7
Loans and borrowings   1,959.3   1,483.9
         
Other financial receivables and payables   (120.4)   (80.3)
         
Cash and cash equivalents   (1,116.7)   (720.8)
Bank overdraft facilities   70.4    18.1
Net cash and cash equivalents   (1,046.3)   (702.7)
         
Total net financial debt before lease liabilities   792.5    700.9
         
Lease liabilities   907.9   810.2
         
Total net debt   1,700.4   1,511.0



SIMPLIFIED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS AT 31 DECEMBER 2019

(in millions of euros) 31/12/2019
IFRS
  31/12/2018
IFRS
Consolidated net profit 169.4    282.4
Elimination of non-cash income and expenses 182.2    48.5
Cash flow from operating activities after interest and tax expenses 351.5    330.9
Elimination of net interest expense/(income) 64.6    54.3
Elimination of tax expense, including deferred tax 94.8    97.8
Cash flow from operating activities before interest and tax expenses 510.9    483.1
Change in operating working capital (34.8)   (79.0)
Dividends received from equity-accounted investments 19.9    11.8
Interest paid (23.2)   (24.6)
Tax paid (124.6)   (109.0)
Net cash from/(used in) operating activities 348.3    282.2
Net cash from/(used in) net operating investments (59.6)   (47.8)
Free cash flow 288.7    234.4
Acquisitions of subsidiaries and other changes in scope 14.9   (71.3)
Other net financial investments (9.5)   (5.5)
Net cash from/(used in) investing activities 5.3   (76.8)
Dividends paid to equity holders of the parent company (138.2)   (140.3)
Other payments to/(from) minority shareholders (33.6)   (35.4)
Net disposal/(acquisition) of treasury shares (19.1)   (19.8)
Repayment of lease liabilities (169.9)   (103.9)
Change in financial receivables and payables (net) 410.1    78.4
Net cash from/(used in) financing activities 49.3   (221.0)
Impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates 0.2   (0.1)
Change in cash and cash equivalents 343.6   (63.5)


GLOSSARY

Business potential: The total volume of potential business at any given moment, expressed as a number of units and/or revenue excluding VAT, within future projects in Residential Real Estate (New homes, Subdivisions and International) as well as Commercial Real Estate, validated by the Group’s Committee, in all structuring phases, including the programmes of the Group’s urban regeneration business (Villes & Projets); this business potential includes the Group’s current supply for sale, its future supply corresponding to project phases not yet marketed on purchased land, and projects not yet launched associated with land secured under options

Current operating profit: Includes all operating profit items with the exception of items resulting from unusual, abnormal and infrequently occurring transactions. In particular, impairment of goodwill is not included in current operating profit

Development backlog: The Group’s already secured future revenue, expressed in euros, for its Residential Real Estate and Commercial Real Estate businesses. The backlog includes reservations for which notarial deeds of sale have not yet been signed and the portion of revenue remaining to be generated on units for which notarial deeds of sale have already been signed (portion remaining to be built)

EBITDA: Defined by Nexity as equal to current operating profit before depreciation, amortisation and impairment of non-current assets, net changes in provisions, share-based payment expenses and the transfer from inventory of borrowing costs directly attributable to property developments, plus dividends received from equity-accounted investees whose operations are an extension of the Group’s business. Depreciation and amortisation includes right-of-use assets calculated in accordance with IFRS 16, together with the impact of neutralising internal margins on disposal of an asset by development companies, followed by take-up of a lease by a Group company

EBITDA after leases: EBITDA minus leases recognition and restated under the application of IFRS 16 Leases

Free cash flow: Cash generated by operating activities after taking into account tax paid, financial expenses, changes in WCR, dividends received from companies accounted for under the equity method and net investments in operating assets, and before repayment of lease liabilities

Gearing: Net debt divided by consolidated equity 

Joint ventures: Entities over whose activities the Group has joint control, established by contractual agreement. Most joint ventures are Residential or Commercial Real Estate developments undertaken with another developer (co-developments)

Land bank: The amount of projects in France for which the Group has acquired development rights, before obtaining a building permit and in some cases other planning permissions, expressed as an amount recognised within the working capital requirement

Like-for-like basis: Restatement of information without equivalent during the comparative period (for acquisitions, deduction from the current period; for disposals, deduction from the comparative period)

MALONE (Marché du Logement Neuf): New home market in France, calculated by adding together the number of retail sales (source: French Commissioner-General for Sustainable Development – CGDD) and bulk sales (source: French Federation of Real Estate Developers – FPI).

Net profit before non-recurring items: Group share of net profit restated for non-recurring items such as change in fair value adjustments in respect of the ORNANE bond issue and items included in non-current operating profit (any goodwill impairment losses, remeasurement of equity-accounted investments following the assumption of control)

Order intake – Commercial Real Estate: The total of selling prices excluding VAT as stated in definitive agreements for Commercial Real Estate programmes, expressed in euros for a given period (notarial deeds of sale or development contracts)

Operational reporting: According to IFRS but with joint ventures proportionately consolidated. This presentation is used by management as it better reflects the economic reality of the Group’s business activities

Property Management for Individuals (PMI): Management of rented properties on behalf of individual clients (management for the owner of all relations with the tenant, management of the sale of the property if applicable) as well as the management of the common areas of apartment buildings (as a managing agent) on behalf of condominium owners

Reservations by value (or expected revenue from reservations) – Residential Real Estate: The net total of selling prices including VAT as stated in reservation agreements for development programmes, expressed in euros for a given period, after deducting all reservations cancelled during the period




The financial data and indicators used in this press release – including forward-looking information – are based on Nexity’s operational reporting, with joint ventures proportionately consolidated, and take into account the impact of two new reporting standards, IFRS 15 and IFRS 16, which the Group has applied from 1 January 2018.

[1] Like-for-like figures (i.e. based on a constant scope of consolidation – see glossary on page 26) are indicated in this press release

2 Non-recurring items were negative for €2 million, giving Group share of net profit of €161 million

3 Net debt totalled €1,826 million, including €908 million in lease liabilities (IFRS 16)

4 EBITDA after leases

5 Subject to approval by Nexity’s Board of Directors and at its Shareholders’ Meeting, and compared to a dividend of €2.50 per share paid in 2019

6 Guidance issued on 19 February 2019 and partially revised upward on 23 July 2019 and 24 October 2019

7 See glossary on page 26

8 Source: Observatoire Crédit Logement, December 2019

9 Absorption rate: Available market supply / Reservations for the last 12 months, expressed in months

10 See glossary on page 26

11 On a like-for-like basis, the churn rate was 1.5% in 2019

12 Source of market data: CBRE MarketView: France Investment – Q4 2019

13 See glossary on page 26

14 See glossary on page 26

15 See glossary on page 26

16 See glossary on page 26

17  Cotisation sur la Valeur Ajoutée des Entreprises (French business value-added tax)

18 See glossary on page 26

19 Subject to approval by Nexity’s Board of Directors and at its Shareholders’ Meeting, and compared to a dividend of €2.50 per share paid in 2019


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