SOLID OPERATIONAL RESULTS OFFSET BY VALUATION LOSSES
AFI Development, a leading real estate company focused on developing property in Russia, has today announced its preliminary audited financial results for the year ended 31 December 2014.
- Despite a severe rouble depreciation against the dollar, rental income and income from hotel operations decreased marginally by 2% year-on-year to US$141.4 million (compared to US$144.5 million for 2013):
- AFIMALL City contribution amounted to US$107.0 million (compared to US$103.9 million for 2013), a 3% increase year-on-year despite a difficult macroeconomic environment
- In 2014 AFI Development incurred a net loss of US$287.3 million, compared to a net profit of US$103.9 in 2013, mainly due to valuation losses of US$220.7 million in Q4 2014;
- Gross profit for 2014 was US$49.9 million, compared to US$76.3 million in 2013 (the 2013 results were largely affected by the completion of a disposal transaction of parking spaces at AFIMALL City to VTB Bank JSC)
- Cash position remains strong at US$93.3 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as at 31 December 2014, compared to US$203.3 million as at 31 December 2013
- Gross Asset Value reduced to US$2.0 billion as at 31 December 2014 (compared to US$2.4 billion as at 31 December 2013), due to sharp valuation decreases across the portfolio owing to deteriorating macroeconomic conditions
- AFIMALL City operations continued to demonstrate positive dynamics with revenues rising 3% year-on-year to US$107.0 million
- NOI was US$83.0 million for the year, representing growth of 20% year-on-year
- Occupancy levels at 85% of total leasable area
- Sales of apartments continue at Odinburg with 594 sale contracts signed (as of 16 March 2015)
Commenting on today's announcement, Lev Leviev, Executive Chairman of AFI Development, said:
“There is no doubt that 2014 has been a challenging year for AFI Development and the Russian market as a whole. Macroeconomic headwinds and difficult geopolitical situation have inevitably affected demand for real estate assets across the country, including our core market of Moscow. Our results reflect the negative adjustments to the valuation of our portfolio caused by macroeconomic trends and the deteriorating risk profile of the country as a whole. Operationally, however, our results remain solid driven by our unwavering commitment to the highest standards of design, construction and quality of customer service. Although we remain confident in the long-term opportunities in our market, we expect operating conditions to remain challenging throughout 2015”.