Baltic Horizon Fund Consolidated Audited Results for 2018

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Management Board of Northern Horizon Capital AS has approved the audited financial results of Baltic Horizon Fund (the Fund) for the year 2018. The financial results remained unchanged compared to the preliminary disclosure on 15 February 2019.

In 2018, the GAV increased from EUR 215.8 million to EUR 260.9 million compared to the end of 2017. The increase is mainly related to new acquisitions during the year and the cash received from a subsequent bond issue in December. The Fund completed the acquisitions of the Postimaja Shopping Centre, LNK Centre and Meraki land plot and thus deployed most of the new capital raised in 2018.

In 2018, the Fund NAV increased from EUR 107 million to EUR 109.8 million compared to the end of 2017. The increase is related to new equity raised and the Group’s operational performance over the year. The Fund raised EUR 2.4 million net equity during the February private placement and generated almost EUR 10.0 million in net profit. The Fund NAV increase was offset by a EUR 7.7 million dividend distribution to its unitholders and a EUR 0.9 million buy-back of own units.

In 2018, the net profit of the Group increased from EUR 9.4 million to EUR 10.0 million as compared to 2017. During the year, the Group recorded a EUR 2.0 million fair value gain (EUR 3.7 million during 2017).

Net rental income for 2018 rose 37.5% to EUR 14.8 million, as compared to EUR 10.8 million in 2017. The increase is related to new acquisitions (Vainodes I office building, Postimaja shopping centre and LNK Centre) that were made following the capital raisings at the end of 2017 and at the start of 2018 and bond subscriptions.

During 2018, the average actual occupancy of the portfolio was 97.6% (2017: 96.6%). When all rental guarantees are considered, the effective occupancy rate is 98.0% (2017: 97.8%). Average direct property yield during 2018 was 6.8% (2017: 7.2%). The net initial yield for the whole portfolio for 2018 was 6.5% (2017: 6.8%). The decrease is related to the acquisition of new properties with lower yields.  

*In 2018, the Group adopted IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers, effective from 1 January 2018. As a result, the comparative figures for “service charge income” and “cost of rental activities” were adjusted. The adjustment did not have an impact on the Group’s equity.

Tarmo Karotam Baltic Horizon Fund manager E-mail

Baltic Horizon Fund is a registered contractual public closed-end real estate fund managed by Alternative Investment Fund Manager license holder Northern Horizon Capital AS. Distribution: Nasdaq Tallinn, Nasdaq Stockholm, GlobeNewswire,

This announcement contains information that the Management Company is obliged to disclose pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the above distributors, at 19:50 EET on 15 March 2019.

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