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STARWOOD EUROPEAN REAL ESTATE FINANCE LTD (FRA:GG00B79W) SWEF: Half Yearly Report 30 June 2019

Directive transparence : information réglementée

10/09/2019 08:00

Starwood European Real Estate Finance Ltd (SWEF)
SWEF: Half Yearly Report 30 June 2019

10-Sep-2019 / 07:00 GMT/BST
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Starwood European Real Estate Finance Limited

Interim Financial Report and Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the six-month period from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019

Overview

Corporate Summary

PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES AND INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

The investment objective of Starwood European Real Estate Finance Limited (the "Company"), together with its wholly owned subsidiaries Starfin Public Holdco 1 Limited, Starfin Public Holdco 2 Limited, Starfin Lux S.à.r.l, Starfin Lux 3 S.à.r.l and Starfin Lux 4 S.à.r.l (collectively the "Group") is to provide its shareholders with regular dividends and an attractive total return while limiting downside risk, through the origination, execution, acquisition and servicing of a diversified portfolio of real estate debt investments (including debt instruments) in the UK and the wider European Union's internal market, focusing on Northern and Southern Europe. Whilst investment opportunities in the secondary market are considered, the Group's main focus is to originate direct primary real estate debt investments.

The Group seeks to limit downside risk by focusing on secured debt with both quality collateral and contractual protection. The typical loan term is between three and seven years.

The Group aims to be appropriately diversified by geography, real estate sector, loan type and counterparty. The Group pursues investments across the commercial real estate debt asset class through senior loans, subordinated loans and mezzanine loans, bridge loans, selected loan-on-loan financings and other debt instruments.

STRUCTURE

The Company was incorporated with limited liability in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, as amended, on 9 November 2012 with registered number 55836, and has been authorised by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission ("GFSC") as a registered closed-ended investment company. The Company's ordinary shares were first admitted to the premium segment of the UK Listing Authority's Official List and to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange as part of its initial public offering which completed on 17 December 2012. Further issues took place in March 2013, April 2013, July 2015, September 2015, August 2016 and May 2019. The issued capital during the period comprises the Company's Ordinary Shares denominated in Sterling.

The Company makes its investments through Starfin Lux S.à.r.l (indirectly wholly-owned via a 100% shareholding in Starfin Public Holdco 1 Limited), Starfin Lux 3 S.à.r.l and Starfin Lux 4 S.à.r.l (both indirectly wholly-owned via a 100% shareholding in Starfin Public Holdco 2 Limited).

The Investment Manager is Starwood European Finance Partners Limited (the "Investment Manager"), a company incorporated in Guernsey with registered number 55819 and regulated by the GFSC. The Investment Manager has appointed Starwood Capital Europe Advisers, LLP (the "Investment Adviser"), an English limited liability partnership authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, to provide investment advice, pursuant to an Investment Advisory Agreement.

Chairman's Statement

Dear Shareholder,

I am delighted to present the Interim Financial Report and Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of Starwood European Real Estate Finance Limited (the "Group") for the period from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019.

INVESTMENT MOMENTUM

The table below summarises the new commitments made and repayments received in the first six months of 2015 to 2019.

 

New

Repayments &

Net Increase in

 

Commitments

Amortisation

Commitments

H1 2015

£31.3m

(£21.9m)

£9.4m

H1 2016

£98.9m

(£92.1m)

£6.8m

H1 2017

£115.5m

(£85.2m)

£30.3m

H1 2018

£147.5m

(£74.1m)

£73.4m

H1 2019

£49.9m

(£45.9m)

£4.0m

 

The net increase in commitments during the first half of 2019, whilst still positive, has been significantly lower than the last two years. The reason for this is seen to be one of timing of transactions rather than an overall reduction in activity for the reasons explained below.

 As we have reported in previous years, the first quarter is frequently quiet in the real estate market and we have only tended to see high levels of activity in the first quarter when deals which were in execution during the previous year were then delayed. This year, no deals rolled over from 2018 and the first quarter was relatively subdued as a result.

 The Group has a number of transactions under review and two transactions in execution which it hopes to close in the third quarter. If both transactions close, this would mean that the level of commitments made would be similar to the first half of 2018.

 The Group also received a relatively low amount of repayments in the first half of 2019. However, since the end of the second quarter, the following repayments have been received:

 Mixed Use Development, UK - £8.8 million amortisation following the sale of one of the properties in line with the business plan.

 Industrial Europe - EUR26.3 million amortisation following the sale of one of the properties.

 Hotel, Barcelona, Spain - full repayment of EUR46 million following the sale of the hotel.

With these repayments factored in, the repayment percentage for the first seven months of the year is approximately 27 per cent of the loan book at the beginning of the year. In a normal year, we expect 30-40 per cent of the portfolio to repay on average but some years may be materially higher or lower than the average. It is difficult to accurately predict the repayment intention of borrowers as they execute their business plans, but we will continue to closely monitor this throughout the second half in order to try to minimise any potential cash drag from repayments.

NAV AND SHARE PRICE PERFORMANCE

The Group's performance has been stable. The Company's shares have generally traded at a premium to its Net Asset Value, which averaged 2.6 per cent over the past six months. Over the first half of this financial year, and after the payment of dividends of 3.25 pence per share, the Company's Net Asset Value per share has increased modestly from 102.66 pence to 102.82 pence per share.

Towards the end of the first half, the Company's shares traded for a short period of time at a small discount but, subsequent to that period, the shares returned to trade at a small premium to NAV. The Board will continue to monitor the price rating of the Company's shares to NAV.

OUTLOOK

The Investment Adviser has a number of opportunities currently under review and the Company will continue to update Shareholders by way of the quarterly fact sheets and investment updates when deals are completed.

The Company continues to target a dividend at an annualised rate of 6.5 pence per Ordinary Share and has declared a dividend of 1.625 pence per Ordinary Share (6.5 pence annualised) for each of the first two quarters of 2019.

The United Kingdom's imminent departure from the European Union, with or without an agreement may represent a potential threat to the UK economy as well as wider Europe. On a cyclical view, national economies across Europe appear to be heading at best towards lower growth and in some cases towards recession. The potential impact of Brexit could have a further destabilising effect.

To some extent the impact of an unsatisfactory UK exit from the EU has already been priced into markets and forecasts, but significant headwinds could arise should there be an unstructured settlement. It is extremely difficult in the circumstances to anticipate the potential impact on markets, so your Board is keeping a particularly watchful eye on the macro position.

GOING CONCERN

Under the UK Corporate Governance Code and applicable regulations, the Directors are required to satisfy themselves that it is reasonable to assume that the Group is a going concern.

The Directors have undertaken a rigorous review of the Group's ability to continue as a going concern including a review of the ongoing cash flows and the level of cash balances as of the reporting date as well as forecasts of future cash flows. After making enquiries of the Investment Manager and the Administrator and having reassessed the principal risks, the Directors considered it appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the Interim Financial Report and Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

BOARD COMPOSITION AND DIVERSITY

The Board previously mentioned in the 2018 annual report that it is mindful of the need to plan for succession and to implement it in a constructive fashion that supports and builds on a cohesive Board. In view of the approaching 9th year anniversary of the Company's IPO, the retirement process for the existing Directors continues to be on track and as currently envisaged, is anticipated to commence at the AGM of the Company in May 2020.

The Board will keep this succession plan under review and monitor its progress with a particular focus on ensuring over time that each new Director is equipped with the necessary skills, experience and knowledge. The Board believes in the value and importance of diversity in the boardroom and it continues to consider the recommendations of the Davies Report which will be a key factor in its succession planning.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to close by thanking my fellow Shareholders for their commitment and I look forward to updating you on the Group's progress early next year.

Stephen Smith

Chairman

9 September 2019

Investment Manager's Report

CONTINUED INVESTMENT DEPLOYMENT

As at 30 June 2019, the Group had investments and commitments of £478.9 million as follows:

 

Sterling equivalent
balance(1)

Sterling equivalent
unfunded
commitment(1)

Hospitals, UK

£25.0m

-

Mixed Use Development, South East UK

£11.1m

£1.2m

Regional Hotel Portfolio, UK

£45.9m

-

Credit Linked Notes, UK Real Estate

£21.8m

-

Hotel & Residential, UK

£39.9m

-

Office, Scotland

£4.3m

£0.7m

Total Sterling Loans

£148.0m

£1.9m

Logistics, Dublin, Ireland

£13.0m

-

Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

£41.3m

-

Industrial Portfolio, Central and Eastern Europe

£37.0m

-

Three Shopping Centres, Spain

£33.0m

£6.7m

Shopping Centre, Spain

£15.2m

-

Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

£53.8m

-

Residential, Dublin, Ireland

£2.0m

-

Office, Paris, France

£14.3m

-

Hotel, Spain

£26.2m

£22.4m

Office & Hotel, Madrid

£16.6m

£0.9m

Mixed Portfolio, Central and Northern Europe

£46.6m

-

Total Euro Loans

£299.0m

£30.0m

Total Portfolio

£447.0m

£31.9m

(1) Euro balances translated to sterling at period-end exchange rates.

Between 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019, the following significant investment activity occurred (included in the table above):

NEW LOAN: OFFICE, SCOTLAND:

On 24 April 2019 the Group committed to provide a £5 million whole loan on an office in Scotland of which £4.3 million has been funded to date.

NEW LOAN: MIXED PORTFOLIO, CENTRAL AND NORTHERN EUROPE:

On 10 May 2019 the Group committed to participate in the funding of a EUR104 million mezzanine loan secured by a diversified portfolio of assets located in the Netherlands, Germany and Finland. Starwood Property Trust, Inc (through a wholly owned subsidiary) is participating in 50 per cent of the mezzanine loan amount, with the Group funding the balance amounting to a net commitment of EUR52 million. The portfolio is comprised of 165 assets and provides strong diversification in terms of tenant base, location and asset class. The loan has a term of 3 years with two, 1-year extension options and the Group expects to earn an attractive risk-adjusted return in line with its stated investment strategy.

REPAYMENT: VARDE PARTNERS MIXED PORTFOLIO, UK:

The remaining balance of £1.0 million was repaid at the January 2019 interest payment date following completion of the borrower's business plan.

REPAYMENT: STUDENT ACCOMMODATION, DUBLIN, IRELAND:

The loan of EUR10.6 million was repaid on 1 March 2019 following successful completion of the borrower's business plan.

FINAL REPAYMENT: SCHOOL, DUBLIN, IRELAND:

On 8 May 2019 the Group received full repayment of EUR18.85 million on the loan to an Irish School following completion of the borrower's business plan.

During the period the Group continued to receive unscheduled amortisation on other loans as borrowers continue to execute their business plans, in particular on the following loans:

 Mixed Use Development, South East UK - £3.1 million

 Industrial Portfolio, Central and Eastern Europe - EUR9.4 million

 Residential, Dublin, Ireland - EUR7.5 million

 Hotel & Residential, UK - £1.3 million

The Group also advanced £14.6 million to borrowers to which it has outstanding commitments.

PORTFOLIO STATISTICS

As at 30 June 2019, the portfolio was invested in line with the Group's investment policy. The key portfolio statistics are as summarised below.

Number of investments

17

Percentage of portfolio currently invested in floating rate loans

81.8%

Invested Loan Portfolio unlevered annualised total return(1)

7.2%

Invested Loan Portfolio levered annualised total return(2)

7.4%

Weighted average portfolio LTV - to Group first £(3)

23.0%

Weighted average portfolio LTV - to Group last £(3)

64.7%

Average loan term (stated maturity at inception)

4.0 years

Average remaining loan term

2.8 years

Net Asset Value

£424.9m

Amount drawn under Revolving Credit Facilities (excluding accrued interest)

(£45.9m)

Loans advanced (including accrued income)

£428.6m

Financial assets held at fair value through profit or loss (including associated accrued income)

£21.9m

Cash

£28.0m

Other net assets/ (liabilities) (including hedges)

(£7.7m)

Origination Fees - first 6 months

£0.4m

Origination Fees - last 12 months

£0.8m

Management Fees - first 6 months

£1.4m

Management Fees - last 12 months

£2.9m

 

(1) The unlevered annualised total return is calculated on amounts outstanding at the reporting date, excluding undrawn commitments, and assuming all drawn loans are outstanding for the full contractual term. 14 of the loans are floating rate (partially or in whole and some with floors) and returns are based on an assumed profile for future interbank rates, but the actual rate received may be higher or lower. Calculated only on amounts funded at the reporting date and excluding committed amounts (but including commitment fees) and excluding uninvested cash. The calculation is stated after deducting the origination fee payable to the Investment Manager.

(2) The levered annualised total return is calculated as per the unlevered return but takes into account the amount of net leverage in the Group and the cost of that leverage at current LIBOR/EURIBOR.

(3) LTV to Group last £ means the percentage which the total loan drawn less any amortisation received to date (when aggregated with any other indebtedness ranking alongside and/or senior to it) bears to the market value determined by the last formal lender valuation received by the reporting date. LTV to first Group £ means the starting point of the loan to value range of the loans drawn (when aggregated with any other indebtedness ranking senior to it). For development projects the calculation includes the total facility available and is calculated against the assumed market value on completion of the relevant project.

Reported returns have fallen from the year end from 7.4 per cent to 7.2 per cent unlevered, and from 8.0 per cent to 7.4 per cent levered. We would expect the levered returns to increase as the loans in execution are funded and further leverage is used for the loan portfolio.

In addition to this, the simplified way in which the annual return is presented does lead to the returns being an estimate at any point in time. The following items enhance the actual returns achieved:

 In the quoted return, we amortise all one-off fees (such as arrangement and exit fees) over the contractual life of the loan which is currently an average of four years for the portfolio. However, it has been our experience that loans tend to repay after approximately 2.5 years and as such these fees are actually amortised over a shorter period.

 Many loans benefit from prepayment provisions which mean that if they are repaid before the end of the protected period, additional interest or fees become due. As we quote the return based on the contractual life of the loan, these returns cannot be forecast in the return.

 The quoted return excludes the impact of any foreign exchange gains / losses on Euro loans. We do not forecast this as the loans are often repaid early and the gain / loss may be different than this once hedge positions are settled.

The above three upsides to quoted returns are not incorporated in the gross levered yield of 7.4 per cent as they are not guaranteed to occur, are difficult to forecast accurately and to incorporate them could overstate the expected return. However, these have and we expect these to continue to provide an enhancement to the quoted levels of return going forward although the levels of this enhancement may vary depending on when the loans repay versus contractual maturity, the level of prepayment protection and the shape of the Sterling-Euro forward curve. Over the life of the Company to date, we have experienced, on average, an enhancement of 0.63 percentage points from prepayments and one-off fees when loans repay, and we expect the pick up on foreign exchange to be in excess of 1 percentage point.

Finally, the Group maintains a dividend reserve to ensure that it can maintain a stable dividend during periods where modest leverage or cash drag can temporarily lower returns due to the timing of new loans and repayments.

The maturity profile of investments as at 30 June 2019 is shown below.

Remaining years to contractual maturity(1)

Principal value
of loans

% of invested
portfolio

0 to 1 years

£50.1m

11.2%

1 to 2 years

£116.7m

26.1%

2 to 3 years

£111.0m

24.8%

3 to 5 years

£144.2m

32.3%

5 to 10 years

£25.0m

5.6%

(1) Excludes any permitted extensions. Note that borrowers may elect to repay loans before contractual maturity.

The Board considers that the Group is engaged in a single segment of business, being the provision of a diversified portfolio of real estate backed loans. The analysis presented in this report is presented to demonstrate the level of diversification achieved within that single segment. The Board does not believe that the Group's investments constitute separate operating segments.

HEDGING POLICY

The Group has the majority of its investments currently denominated in Euros (although this can change over time) and is a Sterling denominated group. The Group is therefore subject to the risk that exchange rates move unfavourably and that a) foreign exchange losses on the loan principal are incurred and b) that interest payments received are lower than anticipated when converted back to Sterling and therefore returns are lower than the underwritten returns.

The Group manages this risk by entering into forward contracts to hedge the currency risk. All non-Sterling loan principal is hedged back to Sterling to the maturity date of the loan (unless it was funded using the revolving credit facilities in which case it will have a natural hedge). Interest payments are generally hedged for the period for which prepayment protection is in place. However, the risk remains that loans are repaid earlier than anticipated and forward contracts need to be broken early. In these circumstances the forward curve may have moved since the forward contracts were placed which can impact the rate received. In addition, if the loan repays after the prepayment protection, interest after the prepayment protected period may be received at a lower rate than anticipated leading to lower returns for that period. Conversely the rate could have improved and returns may increase.

MARKET SUMMARY AND INVESTMENT OUTLOOK

2019 has seen slower volumes in the commercial real estate market in Europe. According to BNP Real Estate total investment volumes for the first half of 2019 were EUR101.7billion which is 13 per cent lower than in the same period in 2018. The average hides different situations across the different cities. In London, Brexit uncertainties have brought volumes down by more than the average at 39 per cent lower than last year with less stock being brought to market. Germany's big markets outside of Berlin were down significantly with Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg down 46 per cent, 34 per cent and 49 per cent respectively. Hot markets included Milan, Berlin and Madrid, where investors are anticipating tight markets and strong rental growth potential, were up 56 per cent, 104 per cent and 67 per cent respectively.

Increased expectations of further rate cuts and quantitative easing has driven asset pricing across the board. Investors were already expecting the ECB to supply fresh monetary stimulus to help alleviate the ongoing economic stress within the region and the nomination of the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde to be the next ECB president has raised expectations of continued loosening monetary policy. The EUR interest rate curve has significantly flattened so now the 5-year swap is lower than 3-month EURIBOR at -63 basis points in the middle of August. Government bond yields have continued to push down with all European 2-year sovereign debt now yielding negative returns and with German 10-year bonds having yielded as low as -0.7 per cent in August. Even peripheral European debt such as Portugal and Greece is trading at significantly lower yields than in recent years. Greek 10-year bonds have priced almost as tight as at 2 per cent having been almost 20 per cent in 2016 and Portugal has traded at 0.1 per cent at points during August versus over 4.4 per cent just 18 months ago.

With low asset yields we have seen increased formation of lower priced debt funds and direct investing by insurance companies and pension funds in more vanilla senior commercial real estate debt as an alternative for sovereign and corporate bonds. Insurance companies such as Axa and Allianz have been expanding their senior commercial real estate lending strategies and we are seeing some new players with similar mandates emerging. We have also seen good pricing on the two recent CMBS issuances with Morgan Stanley's Eos (European Loan Conduit No. 35) pricing at a blended 137 bps over EURIBOR for a 58.7 per cent Note to Value ("NTV") and Goldman and CA-CIB's cold storage securitisation pricing at 184 bps over LIBOR for a 65.2 per cent NTV.

For other types of alternate lenders there have been a mixed bag of results. Lendy, a peer to peer lender making small property loans was put into administration in May after issues on its loan book including a reported 66 per cent of loans past due as of late 2018. Funding Circle, which makes small business loans, recently reported the tougher lending criteria it was imposing would halve its expected revenue growth for 2019. The FCA has increased regulation in the space with investors no longer be able to put more than 10 per cent of their investable assets into peer to peer lending and another part of the new rules is the introduction of an appropriateness test for investors that considers a client's knowledge and experience of peer to peer lending. In better news, Lendinvest which provides a variety of property finance has successfully completed its first securitisation. We have also seen varied fortunes for the challenger banks. Oaknorth appears to be doing well having grown its total loan book 160 per cent in a year to £2.2 billion and with new commercial development loans as large as £60 million reported. Meanwhile fellow challenger bank Metro has had issues with its loan book having announced it had been miscategorising the risk-weightings for a large number of its loans when working out how much capital it needed to protect against losses, which has led to reports of weakened investor and customer confidence and to a new capital raise in May.

On the UK residential side, London peaked in 2014 and according to Savills as a whole the prime central London market has fallen 19.4 per cent in sterling terms between June 2014 and the end of the first quarter of 2019. The second quarter saw a return to positive house price appreciation in London with the Nationwide reporting a 0.6 per cent quarter on quarter growth. Across the UK market as a whole, the RICs residential survey is reporting a more stable picture. In July the survey reported the second consecutive month of increased new buyer enquiries, however, sales volumes are down slightly in July, having been up slightly in June. For the parts of the market that attract high proportions of international buyers the continued devaluation of sterling means that foreign buyers denominated in USD, EUR and RMB currencies are viewing the all-in discount from peak as especially attractive in their domestic currency.

As we have commented in recent factsheets, the market for UK retail debt is yet to settle. The refinancing of the £750 million Westfield Stratford CMBS has gone well given the quality of the asset and a low LTV and high debt yield. The new bonds were issued in July and priced at Gilts+100bps. According to Debtwire the market may be tested again soon with Intu reported to be looking at a refinancing of £1 billion of debt secured by the Trafford Centre and a potential CMBS of a £150 million Deutsche bank loan secured by the intu Derby shopping centre. It will be an interesting test of sentiment to the sector to follow the progress of the refinancing of these very high profile assets over the coming months.

The UK continues to suffer from Brexit uncertainties with a clear message from Boris Johnson around his intention to come out of Europe on the 31st October 2019 with or without a deal which raises the probability of an intentional or unintentional no deal Brexit. This outcome would no doubt create increased challenges and uncertainties around many aspects of the UK market including real estate and real estate debt. In a down market for real estate, real estate credit will benefit from the equity cushion between starting values of the underlying collateral and the lending basis. Uncertainties or shocks may also create openings for the Company to opportunistically make new investments on a good risk / return basis.

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Related party disclosures are given in note 13 to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this interim report are forward-looking. Although the Group believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. Because these statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

The Group undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Starwood European Finance Partners Limited

Investment Manager

9 September 2019

Principal Risks

PRINCIPAL RISKS FOR THE REMAINING SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR TO 31 DECEMBER 2019

The Directors note the introduction of the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code (the "2018 Code") which applies to the Group for its financial year beginning 1 January 2019. As part of the 2018 Code, the Board is required to consider the Group's impact on environmental, social and governance (the "ESG") factors. The Board will report on its compliance with the 2018 Code in the 2019 Annual Report.

The principal risks assessed by the Board relating to the Group were disclosed in the Annual Report and Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the period to 31 December 2018. The Board and Investment Manager have reassessed the principal risks and do not consider these risks to have changed. Therefore, the following are the principal risks assessed by the Board and the Investment Manager as relating to the Group for the remaining six months of the year to 31 December 2019:

 The Group's targeted returns are based on estimates and assumptions that are inherently subject to significant business and economic uncertainties and contingencies, and the actual rate of return may be materially lower than the targeted returns. In addition, the pace of investment has in the past and may in the future be slower than expected, or principal may be repaid earlier than anticipated, causing the return on affected investments to be less than expected. In addition, if repayments are not promptly re-invested this may result in cash drag which may lower portfolio returns. As a result, the level of dividends to be paid by the Company may fluctuate and there is no guarantee that any such dividends will be paid. As a consequence, the shares may trade at a discount to NAV per share and Shareholders may be unable to realise their investments through the secondary market at NAV per share;

 The Group is subject to the risk that the loan income and income from the cash and cash equivalents will fluctuate due to movements in interbank rates;

 The Group has the majority of its investments currently denominated in Euros and is subject to the risk that the exchange rates move unfavourably and that a) foreign exchange losses on the loan principal are incurred and b) that interest payments received are lower than anticipated when converted back to Sterling and therefore returns are lower than the underwritten returns. All non-Sterling loan principal is hedged back to Sterling to the maturity date of the loan (except where drawn in Euros on the revolving credit facilities). Interest payments are hedged for the period for which prepayment protection is in place. However, the risk remains that loans are repaid earlier than anticipated and forward contracts need to be broken early. In these circumstances the forward curve may have moved since the forward contracts were placed which can impact the rate received. In addition, if the loan repays after the prepayment protection, interest after the prepayment protected period may be received at a lower rate than anticipated leading to lower returns for that period. Conversely the rate could have improved, and returns may increase. As a consequence of the hedging strategy employed as outlined above, the Group is subject to the risk that it will need to post cash collateral against the mark to market on foreign exchange hedges which could lead to liquidity issues or leave the Group unable to hedge new non-Sterling investments;

 The Group's investments are comprised principally of debt investments in the UK, and the wider European Union's internal market and it is therefore exposed to economic movements and changes in these markets. Any deterioration in the global, UK or European economy could have a significant adverse effect on the activities of the Group and may result in significant loan defaults or impairments. In the event of a default the Group is generally entitled to enforce security, but the process may be expensive and lengthy, and the outcome is dependent on sufficient capital being available to meet the borrower's obligations. Some of the investments made would rank behind senior debt tranches for repayment in the event that a borrower defaults, with the consequence of greater risk of partial or total loss. In addition, repayment of loans could be subject to the available of refinancing options, including the availability of senior and subordinated debt and is also subject to the underlying value of the real estate collateral at the date of maturity;

 The United Kingdom's imminent departure from the European Union, with or without an agreement, represents a potential threat to the UK economy as well as wider Europe. On a cyclical view, national economies across Europe appear to be heading at best towards lower growth and in some cases towards recession. The potential impact of Brexit could have a further destabilising eect. To some extent the potential impact of an unsatisfactory UK exit from the EU has already been priced into markets and forecasts, but significant headwinds could arise should there be an unstructured settlement; and

 The Group is subject to the risk that a borrower could be unable or unwilling to meet a commitment that it has entered into with the Group as outlined above. As a consequence of this, the Group could breach the covenants of its revolving credit facilities and fall into default.

Governance

Board of Directors

STEPHEN SMITH | Non-executive Chairman - Chairman of the Board

Stephen is Chairman of the The PRS REIT which currently trades on the SFS of the London Stock Exchange. He is also Chairman of AEW UK Long Lease REIT plc which trades on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Previously, he was the Chief Investment Officer of British Land Company PLC, the FTSE 100 real estate investment trust from January 2010 to March 2013 with responsibility for the group's property and investment strategy. He was formerly Global Head of Asset Management and Transactions at AXA Real Estate Investment Managers, where he was responsible for the asset management of a portfolio of more than EUR40 billion on behalf of life funds, listed property vehicles, unit linked and closed end funds. Prior to joining AXA in 1999 he was Managing Director at Sun Life Properties for five years. Stephen is a UK resident.

JONATHAN BRIDEL | Non-executive Director - Management Engagement Committee Chairman

Jonathan is currently a non-executive Chairman or director of listed and unlisted companies comprised mainly of investment funds and investment managers. These include The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (FTSE 250), Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund Limited (FTSE 250) and SME Credit Realisation Fund Limited (formerly Funding Circle SME Income Fund Limited) which are listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, DP Aircraft I Limited and Fair Oaks Income Fund Limited. He was previously Managing Director of Royal Bank of Canada's investment business in the Channel Islands. Prior to this, after working at Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance in London, Jonathan served in senior management positions in the British Isles and Australia in banking, specialising in credit and in private businesses as Chief Financial Officer. Graduating from the University of Durham with a degree of Master of Business Administration in 1988, Jonathan also holds qualifications from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales where he is a Fellow, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jonathan is a Chartered Marketer and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Jonathan is a resident of Guernsey.

JOHN WHITTLE | Non-executive Director - Audit Committee Chairman

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds the Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction. He is a non-executive Director of International Public Partnerships Limited (FTSE 250), India Capital Growth Fund Limited (listed on main market LSE), Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited, GLI Finance Ltd and Aberdeen Frontier Markets Investment Company Limited (all listed on AIM), Chenavari Toro Income Fund Limited (listed on SFS), and also acts as non-executive Director to several other Guernsey investment funds. He was previously Finance Director of Close Fund Services, a large independent fund administrator, where he successfully initiated a restructuring of client financial reporting services and was a key member of the business transition team. Prior to moving to Guernsey he was at PriceWaterhouse in London before embarking on a career in business services, predominantly telecoms. He co-led the business turnaround of Talkland International (which became Vodafone Retail) and was directly responsible for the strategic shift into retail distribution and its subsequent implementation; he subsequently worked on the private equity acquisition of Ora Telecom. John is also a resident of Guernsey.

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

To the best of their knowledge, the Directors of Starwood European Real Estate Finance Limited confirm that:

1. The Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union as required by DTR 4.2.4 R; and

2. The Interim Financial Report, comprising of the Chairman's Statement and the Investment Manager's Report, meets the requirements of an interim management report and includes a fair review of information required by:

(i) DTR 4.2.7R of the UK Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

(ii) DTR 4.2.8R of the UK Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Company during that period, and any material changes in the related party transactions disclosed in the last Annual Report.

By order of the Board

For Starwood European Real Estate Finance Limited

 

Stephen Smith

John Whittle

Chairman

Director

9 September 2019

9 September 2019

 

Financial Statements

Independent Review Report to Starwood European Real Estate Finance Limited

OUR CONCLUSION

We have reviewed the accompanying condensed consolidated interim financial information of Starwood European Real Estate Finance Limited (the "Company") and its subsidiaries (together the "Group") as of 30 June 2019. Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the accompanying condensed consolidated interim financial information is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

WHAT WE HAVE REVIEWED

The accompanying condensed consolidated interim financial information comprise:

 The unaudited condensed consolidated statement of financial position as of 30 June 2019;

 the unaudited condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the six-month period then ended;

 the unaudited condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity for the six-month period then ended;

 the unaudited condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the six-month period then ended; and

 the notes, comprising a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

The condensed consolidated interim financial information has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND THOSE OF THE DIRECTORS

The Directors are responsible for the preparation and presentation of this condensed consolidated interim financial information in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on this condensed consolidated interim financial information based on our review. This report, including the conclusion, has been prepared for and only for the Company for the purpose of complying with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose. We do not, in giving this conclusion, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.

SCOPE OF REVIEW

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements 2410, 'Review of interim financial information performed by the independent auditor of the entity' issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

We have read the other information contained in the Interim Financial Report and Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the interim financial statements.

PricewaterhouseCoopers CI LLP

Chartered Accountants,

Guernsey, Channel Islands

9 September 2019

(a) The maintenance and integrity of the Starwood European Real Estate Finance Limited website is the responsibility of the directors; the work carried out by the auditors does not involve consideration of these matters and, accordingly, the auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the financial statements since they were initially presented on the website.

(b) Legislation in Guernsey governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the period ended 30 June 2019

 

Notes

1 January 2019 to
30 June 2019
£

1 January 2018 to
30 June 2018
£

1 January 2018 to
31 December 2018
£

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Income

 

 

 

 

Income from loans advanced

5

13,687,862

14,363,129

30,137,174

Net changes in fair value of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

11

1,164,657

850,117

2,018,771

Income from cash and cash equivalents

 

1

21,204

21,205

 

 

 

 

 

Total income from investments

 

14,852,520

15,234,450

32,177,150

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

Investment management fees

13

1,476,340

1,415,286

2,858,556

Credit facility interest

 

544,084

489,960

1,074,308

Credit facility amortisation of fees

 

196,689

240,143

439,950

Credit facility commitment fees

 

229,821

232,228

470,700

Administration fees

 

169,147

179,047

356,409

Audit and non-audit fees

 

125,156

160,034

249,500

Other expenses

 

77,393

114,384

287,663

Legal and professional fees

 

127,005

88,895

196,806

Directors' fees and expenses

13

70,167

71,541

141,821

Broker's fees and expenses

 

167

50,749

75,749

Agency fees

 

10,936

5,446

16,506

Net foreign exchange (gains) / losses

 

(1,003,676)

676,718

(234,453)

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

2,023,229

3,724,431

5,933,515

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit for the period / year before tax

 

12,829,291

11,510,019

26,243,635

Taxation

12

23,939

1,901

68,068

Operating profit for the period / year

 

12,805,352

11,508,118

26,175,567

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 

(3,142)

54,644

54,740

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income for the period / year

 

(3,142)

54,644

54,740

Total comprehensive income for the period / year

 

12,802,210

11,562,762

26,230,307

Weighted average number of shares in issue

3

384,938,735

375,019,398

375,019,398

Basic and diluted earnings per Ordinary Share (pence)

3

3.33

3.07

6.98

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

as at 30 June 2019

 

Notes

As at
30 June 2019
£

As at
30 June 2018
£

As at
31 December 2018
£

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

4

27,959,950

8,730,655

28,248,515

Other receivables and prepayments

 

12,198

13,411

28,935

Credit facilities capitalised cost

8

1,015,582

1,224,205

1,212,271

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

6

21,879,086

21,878,430

21,886,335

Loans advanced

5

428,636,053

412,109,232

413,444,410

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

479,502,869

443,955,933

464,820,466

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

6

7,216,743

6,010,773

8,781,432

Credit facilities

8

46,012,226

54,098,366

68,977,214

Trade and other payables

7

1,391,059

1,332,626

2,068,238

Total liabilities

 

54,620,028

61,441,765

79,826,884

Net assets

 

424,882,841

382,514,168

384,993,582

 

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

411,205,161

371,929,982

371,929,982

Retained earnings

 

13,623,598

10,527,058

13,006,376

Translation reserves

 

54,082

57,128

57,224

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

424,882,841

382,514,168

384,993,582

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Ordinary Shares in issue

 

413,219,398

375,019,398

375,019,398

Net asset value per Ordinary Share (pence)

 

102.82

102.00

102.66

These Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements were approved and authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 9 September 2019, and signed on its behalf by:

Stephen Smith

John Whittle

Chairman

Director

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the period ended 30 June 2019

Period ended 30 June 2019

Share
capital
£

Retained
earnings
£

Translation
reserve
£

Total

equity

£

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Balance at 1 January 2019

371,929,982

13,006,376

57,224

384,993,582

Issue of share capital

40,014,500

-

-

40,014,500

Cost of issues

(739,321)

-

-

(739,321)

Dividends paid

-

(12,188,130)

-

(12,188,130)

Operating profit for the period

-

12,805,352

-

12,805,352

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income for the period

-

-

(3,142)

(3,142)

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2019

411,205,161

13,623,598

54,082

424,882,841

 

 

 

 

 

Period ended 30 June 2018

Share
capital
£

Retained
earnings
£

Translation
reserve
£

Total
equity
£

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Balance at 1 January 2018

371,929,982

11,207,070

2,484

383,139,536

Dividends paid

-

(12,188,130)

-

(12,188,130)

Operating profit and total comprehensive income

-

11,508,118

-

11,508,118

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income for the period

-

-

54,644

54,644

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2018

371,929,982

10,527,058

57,128

382,514,168

 

Year ended 31 December 2018

Share
capital
£

Retained
earnings
£

Translation
reserve
£

Total
equity
£

 

(audited)

(audited)

(audited)

(audited)

Balance at 1 January 2018

371,929,982

11,207,070

2,484

383,139,536

Dividends paid

-

(24,376,261)

-

(24,376,261)

Operating profit for the year

-

26,175,567

-

26,175,567

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income for the year

-

-

54,740

54,740

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2018

371,929,982

13,006,376

57,224

384,993,582

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

for the period ended 30 June 2019

 

1 January 2019 to

1 January 2018 to

1 January 2018 to

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

£

£

£

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Operating activities:

 

 

 

Operating profit for the period / year

12,805,352

11,508,118

26,175,567

 

 

 

 

Adjustments

 

 

 

Income from loans advanced

(13,687,862)

(14,363,129)

(30,137,174)

Net changes in fair value of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

(1,164,657)

(850,117)

(2,018,771)

Income on cash and cash equivalents

(1)

(21,204)

(21,205)

Decrease / (increase) in prepayments and receivables and capitalised costs

16,737

(12,787)

(152,366)

Decrease in trade and other payables

58,459

68,638

50,302

Net unrealised (gains) / losses on foreign exchange derivatives

(1,564,689)

(715,495)

2,055,164

Net foreign exchange losses / (gains)

1,229,975

402,449

(4,750,126)

Other non-cash items

(81,044)

-

-

Credit facility interest

544,084

489,960

1,074,308

Credit facility amortisation of fees

196,689

240,143

439,950

Credit facility commitment fees

229,821

232,228

470,700

Corporate taxes paid

(45,624)

-

(4,217)

 

(1,462,760)

(3,021,196)

(6,817,868)

 

 

 

 

Loans advanced1

(62,553,702)

(114,786,936)

(172,359,770)

Loan repayments and amortisation

45,895,750

74,091,183

137,158,115

Arrangement fees received (not withheld from proceeds)

-

347,490

347,490

Origination fees paid2

(683,328)

(1,382,544)

(1,509,923)

Interest, commitment and exit fee income from loans advanced

13,998,212

13,420,672

29,398,155

Interest received on Credit Linked Notes

1,171,906

1,084,507

2,245,256

 

 

 

 

Net cash outflow from operating activities

(3,633,922)

(30,246,824)

(11,538,545)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Interest income from cash and cash equivalents

1

21,204

21,205

 

 

 

 

Net cash inflow from investing activities

1

21,204

21,205

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Share issue proceeds received

40,014,500

-

-

Cost of share issues

(739,321)

-

-

Credit facility arrangement fees and expenses paid

-

(420,567)

(420,567)

Proceeds under credit facility

37,075,890

64,862,862

129,546,670

Repayments under credit facility

(60,213,500)

(24,278,000)

(75,603,281)

Credit facility interest paid

(566,047)

(372,806)

(924,480)

Credit facility commitment fees paid

(216,232)

(259,914)

(494,779)

Dividends paid

(12,188,130)

(12,188,130)

(24,376,261)

 

 

 

 

Net cash inflow from financing activities

3,167,160

27,343,445

27,727,302

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents

(466,761)

(2,882,175)

16,209,962

Cash and cash equivalents at the start of the period / year

28,248,515

11,750,356

11,750,356

Net foreign exchange gains / (losses) on cash and cash equivalents

178,196

(137,526)

288,197

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period / year

27,959,950

8,730,655

28,248,515

1 Net of arrangement fees of £335,994 (30 June 2018: £1,771,375; 31 December 2018: £2,396,173) withheld.

2 Including CLNs origination fees of £nil (30 June 2018: £288,150; 31 December 2018: £288,150).

Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the period ended 30 June 2019

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

The Company is a close-ended investment company incorporated in Guernsey. The Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements comprise the Financial Statements of the Company, Starfin Public Holdco 1 Limited (the "Holdco 1"), Starfin Public Holdco 2 Limited (the "Holdco 2"), Starfin Lux S.à.r.l ("Luxco"), Starfin Lux 3 S.à.r.l ("Luxco 3") and Starfin Lux 4 S.à.r.l ("Luxco 4") (together the "Group") as at 30 June 2019.

2. BASIS OF PREPARATION AND PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The Company has prepared these Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements on a going concern basis in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting", as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority. This Interim Financial Report does not comprise statutory Financial Statements within the meaning of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008, and should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group as at and for the year ended 31 December 2018, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union. The statutory Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 were approved by the Board of Directors on 25 March 2019. The opinion of the Auditor on those Financial Statements was unqualified and did not contain an emphasis of matter. This Interim Financial Report and Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the period ended 30 June 2019 has been reviewed by the Auditor but not audited.

There are a number of new and amended accounting standards and interpretations that became applicable for annual reporting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2019.

These amendments have not had a significant impact on these Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and therefore the additional disclosures associated with first time adoption have not been made.

The preparation of the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

In preparing these Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the Annual Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018.

3. EARNINGS PER SHARE AND NET ASSET VALUE PER SHARE

The calculation of basic earnings per Ordinary Share is based on the operating profit of £12,805,352 (30 June 2018: £11,508,118 and 31 December 2018: £26,175,567) and on the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue at 30 June 2019 of 384,938,735 (30 June 2018: 375,019,398 and 31 December 2018: 375,019,398).

The calculation of NAV per Ordinary Share is based on a NAV of £424,882,841 (30 June 2018: £382,514,168 and 31 December 2018: £384,993,582) and the actual number of Ordinary Shares in issue at 30 June 2019 of 413,219,398 (30 June 2018: 375,019,398 and 31 December 2018: 375,019,398).

4. CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

Cash and cash equivalents comprise the following:

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

£

£

£

Cash at bank

27,959,950

8,730,655

28,248,515

 

27,959,950

8,730,655

28,248,515

 

Cash and cash equivalents comprises cash and short-term deposits held with various banking institutions with original maturities of three months or less. The carrying amount of these assets approximates their fair value.

5. LOANS ADVANCED

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

£

£

£

UK

 

 

 

Regional Hotel Portfolio, UK

46,690,942

46,747,493

46,752,485

Hotel and Residential, UK

39,863,705

34,532,132

Hospitals, UK

25,341,644

25,351,156

25,346,479

Industrial Portfolio, UK

19,070,180

-

Mixed Use Development, South East UK

12,282,913

12,932,216

14,927,500

Varde Partners Mixed Portfolio, UK

-

3,058,045

981,502

Office, Scotland

4,305,664

-

Ireland

 

 

 

Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

54,173,151

53,372,166

54,458,838

School, Dublin

-

16,967,038

17,319,861

Logistics, Dublin

13,035,099

12,970,152

13,168,789

Student Accommodation, Dublin

-

9,402,404

9,667,282

Residential Portfolio, Dublin

-

6,869,245

-

Residential, Dublin

2,147,252

4,029,496

6,931,790

Spain

 

 

 

Hotel, Barcelona

41,483,446

40,887,310

41,697,630

Three Shopping Centres, Spain

32,602,374

31,045,447

31,527,080

Hotel, Spain

25,604,236

24,210,649

23,394,315

Office and Hotel, Madrid

16,624,145

-

16,712,680

Shopping Centre, Spain

15,374,244

11,162,015

15,357,522

France

 

 

 

Office, Paris

14,512,426

23,232,265

14,653,866

Industrial Portfolio, Paris

-

13,146,683

-

Rest of Europe

 

 

 

Mixed Portfolio, Central and Northern Europe

47,194,411

-

-

Industrial Portfolio, Central and East Europe

37,400,401

57,655,272

46,014,659

 

428,636,053

412,109,232

413,444,410

No element of loans advanced are past due or impaired. For further information and the associated risks see the Investment Manager's Report.

The table below reconciles the movement of the carrying value of loans advanced in the period / year:

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

£

£

£

Loans advanced at the start of the period / year

413,444,410

369,955,983

369,955,983

Loans advanced

62,495,181

116,558,311

175,161,798

Loans repaid

(45,895,750)

(74,091,183)

(137,158,115)

Arrangement fees earned

(335,994)

(1,771,375)

(2,396,173)

Commitment fees earned

(327,239)

(135,670)

(575,559)

Exit fees earned

(602,557)

(1,071,217)

(2,730,382)

Origination fees paid

373,953

1,106,714

1,543,468

Effective interest income earned

13,687,862

14,363,129

30,137,174

Interest payments received / accrued

(13,055,677)

(12,213,785)

(26,092,214)

Foreign exchange (losses) / gains

(1,148,136)

(591,675)

5,598,430

Loans advanced at the end of the period / year

428,636,053

412,109,232

413,444,410

 

 

 

 

Loans advanced at fair value

439,874,981

425,785,582

426,379,370

 

For further information on the fair value of loans advanced, refer to note 11.

6. FINANCIAL ASSETS AND FINANCIAL LIABILITIES AT FAIR VALUE THROUGH PROFIT OR LOSS

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss comprise currency forward contracts which represent contractual obligations to purchase one currency and sell another currency on a future date at a specified price and financial instruments designated at fair value through profit or loss which are debt securities that are managed by the Group and their performance is evaluated on a fair value basis.

The underlying instruments of currency forwards become favourable (assets) or unfavourable (liabilities) as a result of fluctuations of foreign exchange rates relative to their terms. The aggregate contractual or notional amount of derivative financial instruments, the extent to which instruments are favourable or unfavourable, and thus the aggregate fair values of derivative financial assets and liabilities, can fluctuate significantly from time to time. The foreign exchange derivatives are subject to offsetting, enforceable master netting agreements for per each counterparty.

The fair value of financial assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss are set out below:

 

Notional contract amount1

Fair values

Total

30 June 2019

Assets

Liabilities

 

£

£

£

£

Investments at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Credit Linked Notes, UK Real Estate

N/A

21,879,086

-

21,879,086

Total

-

21,879,086

-

21,879,086

Foreign exchange derivatives

 

 

 

 

Currency forwards:

 

 

 

 

Lloyds Bank plc

296,802,700

351,983

(7,552,757)

(7,200,774)

Goldman Sachs

953,750

-

(15,969)

(15,969)

Total

297,756,450

351,983

(7,568,726)

(7,216,743)

 

 

Notional contract amount1

Fair values

Total

30 June 2018

Assets

Liabilities

 

£

£

£

£

Investments at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Credit Linked Notes, UK Real Estate

N/A

21,878,430

-

21,878,430

Total

-

21,878,430

-

21,878,430

Foreign exchange derivatives

 

 

 

 

Currency forwards:

 

 

 

 

Lloyds Bank plc

265,658,802

67,297

(6,061,845)

(5,994,548)

Goldman Sachs

940,988

-

(16,225)

(16,225)

Total

266,599,790

67,297

(6,078,070)

(6,010,773)

 

 

Notional contract amount1

Fair values

Total

£

31 December 2018

Assets

Liabilities

 

£

£

£

Investments at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Credit Linked Notes, UK Real Estate

N/A

21,886,335

-

21,886,335

Total

-

21,886,335

-

21,886,335

Foreign exchange derivatives

 

 

 

 

Currency forwards:

 

 

 

 

Lloyds Bank plc

263,815,899

50,055

(8,803,266)

(8,753,211)

Goldman Sachs

959,174

-

(28,221)

(28,221)

Total

264,775,073

50,055

(8,831,487)

(8,781,432)

1 Euro amounts are translated at the period / year end exchange rate

7. TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

£

£

£

Investment management fees payable

767,529

712,064

723,652

Refinancing and restructuring fees payable

231,605

300,166

239,081

Audit fees payable

156,779

180,729

95,943

Commitment fees payable

95,162

79,293

82,900

Administration fees payable

85,816

60,374

74,360

Tax provision

41,429

-

64,401

Prepaid interest received

12,739

-

-

Accrued expenses

-

-

60,196

Legal and professional fees payable

-

-

12,475

Loan amounts payable

-

-

405,855

Origination fees payable

-

-

309,375

 

1,391,059

1,332,626

2,068,238

8. CREDIT FACILITIES

The Group utilises revolving credit facilities (EUR and GBP). Under its investment policy, the Group is limited to borrowing an amount equivalent to a maximum of 30 per cent of its NAV at the time of drawdown, of which a maximum of 20 per cent can be longer term borrowings. In calculating the Group's borrowings for this purpose, any liabilities incurred under the Group's foreign exchange hedging arrangements shall be disregarded.

As at 30 June 2019 an amount of £45,878,046 (30 June 2018: £53,972,800 and 31 December 2018: £68,818,554) was drawn and interest of £134,180 (30 June 2018: £125,566 and 31 December 2018: £158,660) was payable.

The revolving credit facilities capitalised costs are directly attributable costs incurred in relation to the establishment of the credit loan facilities.

The changes in liabilities arising from financing activities are shown in the table below.

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

£

£

£

Borrowings at the start of the period /year

68,977,214

13,338,329

13,338,329

Proceeds during the period/year

37,075,890

65,295,600

129,979,408

Repayment during the period/year

(60,213,500)

(24,278,000)

(75,603,281)

Arrangement fees payable

-

432,738

432,738

Arrangement fees retained

-

(432,738)

(432,738)

Interest expense recognised for the period/year

544,084

489,960

1,074,308

Interest paid during the period/year

(566,047)

(372,806)

(924,480)

Foreign exchange and translation movements

194,585

(374,717)

1,112,930

Borrowings at the end of the period/year

46,012,226

54,098,366

68,977,214

9. DIVIDENDS

Dividends will be declared by the Directors and paid in compliance with the solvency test prescribed by Guernsey law. Under Guernsey law, companies can pay dividends in excess of accounting profit provided they satisfy the solvency test prescribed by the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008. The solvency test considers whether a company is able to pay its debts when they fall due, and whether the value of a company's assets is greater than its liabilities. The Company passed the solvency test for each dividend paid.

Subject to market conditions, the financial position of the Company and the investment outlook, it is the Directors' intention to continue to pay quarterly dividends to Shareholders (for more information see Chairman's Statement).

The Company paid the following dividends in respect of the period to 30 June 2019:

 

Dividend rate per Share (pence)

Net dividend paid (£)

Payment date

Period to:

 

 

 

31 March 2019

1.625

6,094,065

24 May 2019

After the end of the period, the Directors declared a dividend in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2019 of 1.625 pence per share which was paid on 30 August 2019 to Shareholders on the register on 2 August 2019.

The Company paid the following dividends in respect of the year to 31 December 2018:

 

Dividend rate per Share (pence)

Net dividend paid (£)

Payment date

Period to:

 

 

 

31 March 2018

1.625

6,094,065

17 May 2018

30 June 2018

1.625

6,094,065

31 August 2018

30 September 2018

1.625

6,094,065

16 November 2018

31 December 2018

1.625

6,094,065

22 February 2019

10. RISK MANAGEMENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The Group through its investment in whole loans, subordinated loans, mezzanine loans, bridge loans, loan-on-loan financings and other debt instruments is exposed to a variety of financial risks, including market risk (including currency risk and interest rate risk), credit risk and liquidity risk. The Group's overall risk management programme focuses on the unpredictability of financial markets and seeks to minimise potential adverse effects on the Group's financial performance.

The Directors monitor and measure the overall risk bearing capacity in relation to the aggregate risk exposure across all risk types and activities. Even though the risks detailed in the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 still remain appropriate, further information regarding these risk policies are outlined below:

(i) Market risk

Market risk includes market price risk, currency risk and interest rate risk. If a borrower defaults on a loan and the real estate market enters a downturn it could materially and adversely affect the value of the collateral over which loans are secured. However, this risk is considered by the Board to constitute credit risk as it relates to the borrower defaulting on the loan and not directly to any movements in the real estate market. The Group's exposure to market price risk arises from Credit Linked Notes held by the Group and classified as assets at fair value through profit or loss. The Investment Manager regularly monitors the fair value of Credit Linked Notes and no specific hedging activities are undertaken in relation to this investment.

The Investment Manager moderates market risk through a careful selection of loans within specified limits. The Group's overall market position is monitored by the Investment Manager and is reviewed by the Board of Directors on an ongoing basis.

a) Currency risk

The Group, via the subsidiaries, operates across Europe and invests in loans that are denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of the Company. Consequently, the Group is exposed to risks arising from foreign exchange rate fluctuations in respect of these loans and other assets and liabilities which relate to currency flows from revenues and expenses. Exposure to foreign currency risk is hedged and monitored by the Investment Manager on an ongoing basis and is reported to the Board accordingly.

b) Interest rate risk

Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of financial instruments and related income from loans advanced and cash and cash equivalents will fluctuate due to changes in market interest rates.

The majority of the Group's financial assets are loans advanced at amortised cost, credit linked notes, receivables and cash and cash equivalents. The Group's investments have some exposure to interest rate risk which is limited to interest earned on cash deposits, credit linked notes and floating interbank rate exposure for investments designated as loans advanced. Loans advanced have been structured to include a combination of fixed and floating interest rates to reduce the overall impact of interest rate movements. Further protection is provided by including interbank rate floors and preventing interest rates from falling below certain levels.

(ii) Credit risk

Credit risk is the risk that a counterparty will be unable to pay amounts in full when due. The Group's main credit risk exposure is in the investment portfolio, shown as loans advanced at amortised cost and credit linked notes designated at fair value through profit or loss, where the Group invests in whole loans and also subordinated and mezzanine debt which rank behind senior debt for repayment in the event that a borrower defaults. There is a spread concentration of risk as at 30 June 2019 due to several loans being advanced since inception. There is also credit risk in respect of other financial assets as a portion of the Group's assets are cash and cash equivalents or accrued interest. The banks used to hold cash and cash equivalents have been diversified to spread the credit risk to which the Group is exposed. The Group also has credit risk exposure in its derivative financial instruments which is diversified between hedge providers in order to spread credit risk to which the Group is exposed.

With respect to the credit linked notes designated at fair value through profit or loss, the Group holds junior notes linked to the performance of a portfolio of high-quality UK real estate loans owned by a major commercial bank. The transaction is structured as a synthetic securitisation with risk transfer from the bank to the Group achieved via the purchase of credit protection by the bank on the most junior tranches. The credit risk to the Group is the risk that one of the underlying borrowers defaults on their loan and the Group is required to make a payment under the credit protection agreement. Despite the different way in which the transaction has been structured the Group considers the risks to be fundamentally the same as any other junior loan in the portfolio and monitors and manages this risk in the same way as the other loans advanced by the Group.

The total exposure to credit risk arises from default of the counterparty and the carrying amounts of financial assets best represent the maximum credit risk exposure at the end of the reporting period. As at 30 June 2019, the maximum credit risk exposure was £478,475,089 (30 June 2018: £442,718,317 and 31 December 2018: £463,579,260).

The Investment Manager has adopted procedures to reduce credit risk exposure by conducting credit analysis of the counterparties, their business and reputation which is monitored on an ongoing basis. After the advancing of a loan a dedicated debt asset manager employed by the Investment Adviser monitors ongoing credit risk and reports to the Investment Manager, with quarterly updates also provided to the Board. The debt asset manager routinely stresses and analyses the profile of the Group's underlying risk in terms of exposure to significant tenants, performance of asset management teams and property managers against specific milestones that are typically agreed at the time of the original loan underwriting, forecasting headroom against covenants, reviewing market data and forecast economic trends to benchmark borrower performance and to assist in identifying potential future stress points. Periodic physical inspections of assets that form part of the Group's security are also completed in addition to monitoring the identified capital expenditure requirements against actual borrower investment.

The Group measures credit risk and expected credit losses using probability of default, exposure at default and loss given default. The Directors consider both historical analysis and forward looking information in determining any expected credit loss. The Directors consider the loss given default to be close to zero as all loans are the subject of very detailed underwriting, including the testing of resilience to aggressive downside scenarios with respect to the loan specifics, the market and general macro changes. In addition to this, all loans have very robust covenants in place, strong security packages and significant loan-to-value headroom. As a result, no loss allowance has been recognised based on 12-month expected credit losses as any such impairment would be wholly insignificant to the Group. All loans advanced are in Stage 1 as there has not been a significant change in counterparty credit risk since 31 December 2018 or inception.

(iii) Liquidity risk

Liquidity risk is the risk that the Group will not have sufficient resources available to meet its liabilities as they fall due. The Group's loans advanced are illiquid and may be difficult or impossible to realise for cash at short notice.

The Group manages its liquidity risk through short term and long-term cash flow forecasts to ensure it is able to meet its obligations. In addition, the Company is permitted to borrow up to 30 per cent of NAV and has entered into revolving credit facilities totalling £114,000,000 of which £46,012,226 (including accrued interest) was drawn on 30 June 2019 (30 June 2018: £54,098,366 and 31 December 2018: £68,977,214).

As at 30 June 2019, the Group had £27,959,950 (30 June 2018: £8,730,655 and 31 December 2018: £28,248,515) available in cash and £1,391,059 (30 June 2018: £1,332,626 and 31 December 2018: £2,068,238) trade payables. The Directors considered this to be sufficient cash available, together with the undrawn facilities on the credit facilities, to meet the Group's liabilities and unfunded commitments.

11. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENT

IFRS 13 requires the Company to classify fair value measurements using a fair value hierarchy that reflects the significance of the inputs used in making the measurements. The fair value hierarchy has the following levels:

(i) Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (level 1);

(ii) Inputs other than quoted prices included within level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (that is, as prices) or indirectly (that is, derived from prices including interest rates, yield curves, volatilities, prepayment rates, credit risks and default rates) or other market corroborated inputs (level 2); and

(iii) Inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (that is, unobservable inputs) (level 3).

The following table analyses within the fair value hierarchy the Group's financial assets and liabilities (by class) measured at fair value:

30 June 2019

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£

£

£

£

Assets

 

 

 

 

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

-

-

21,879,086

21,879,086

Total

-

-

21,879,086

21,879,086

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Derivative liabilities

-

(7,216,743)

-

(7,216,743)

Total

-

(7,216,743)

-

(7,216,743)

 

 

 

 

 

30 June 2018

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£

£

£

£

Assets

 

 

 

 

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

-

-

21,878,430

21,878,430

Total

-

-

21,878,430

21,878,430

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Derivative liabilities

-

(6,010,773)

-

(6,010,773)

Total

-

(6,010,773)

-

(6,010,773)

           

 

31 December 2018

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£

£

£

£

Assets

 

 

 

 

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

-

-

21,886,335

21,886,335

Total

-

-

21,886,335

21,886,335

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Derivative liabilities

-

(8,781,432)

-

(8,781,432)

Total

-

(8,781,432)

-

(8,781,432)

There have been no transfers between levels for the period ended 30 June 2019 (30 June 2018: £nil and 31 December 2018: £nil).

Investments classified within Level 3 consist of Credit Linked Notes ("CLNs"). The fair value of the CLNs is determined by the Investment Adviser using a discounted cash flow valuation model. The main inputs into the valuation model for the CLNs are discount rates, market risk factors, probabilities of default, expected credit loss levels and cash flow forecasts. The Investment Adviser also considers the original transaction price and recent transactions of comparable instruments (where available), the credit quality on the underlying reference portfolios and adjusts the valuation model as deemed necessary.

The Directors are responsible for considering the methodology and assumptions used by the Investment Adviser and for approving the fair values reported at the financial period end.

The movement in level 3 instruments are presented in the table below.

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

£

£

£

Balance at the start of the period / year

21,886,335

22,112,820

22,112,820

Disposals

-

-

-

Acquisitions

-

-

-

Cash interest received

(1,171,906)

(1,084,507)

(2,245,256)

Net gains / (losses) recognised in profit or loss(1)

1,164,657

850,117

2,018,771

Balance at the end of the period / year

21,879,086

21,878,430

21,886,335

Changes in unrealised gains or losses for Level 3 assets held at period/ year end and included in other net changes in fair value of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

-

-

-

1 The net gains for the period ended 30 June 2019 comprise of £1,164,657 interest income on CLNs (30 June 2018: £1,138,267 of interest income on CLNs net of £288,150 origination fees and 31 December 2018: £2,306,921 of interest income on CLNs net of £288,150 origination fees subsequently expensed).

The following table summarises within the fair value hierarchy the Group's assets and liabilities (by class) not measured at fair value at 30 June 2019 but for which fair value is disclosed:

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total
fair values

Total carrying amount

 

£

£

£

£

£

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

-

27,959,950

-

27,959,950

27,959,950

Other receivables and prepayments

-

12,198

-

12,198

12,198

Loans advanced

-

-

439,874,981

439,874,981

428,636,053

Total

-

27,972,148

439,874,981

467,847,129

456,608,201

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

-

1,391,059

-

1,391,059

1,391,059

Credit facilities

-

46,012,226

-

46,012,226

46,012,226

Total

-

47,403,285

-

47,403,285

47,403,285

The following table summarises within the fair value hierarchy the Group's assets and liabilities (by class) not measured at fair value at 30 June 2018 but for which fair value is disclosed:

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total
fair values

Total carrying amount

 

£

£

£

£

£

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

-

8,730,655

-

8,730,655

8,730,655

Other receivables and prepayments

-

13,411

-

13,411

13,411

Loans advanced

-

-

425,785,582

425,785,582

412,109,232

Total

-

8,744,066

425,785,582

434,529,648

420,853,298

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

-

1,332,626

-

1,332,626

1,332,626

Credit facilities

-

54,098,366

-

54,098,366

54,098,366

Total

-

55,430,992

-

55,430,992

55,430,992

The following table summarises within the fair value hierarchy the Group's assets and liabilities (by class) not measured at fair value at 31 December 2018 but for which fair value is disclosed:

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3


Total
fair values

Total carrying amount

 

£

£

£

£

£

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

-

28,248,515

-

28,248,515

28,248,515

Other receivables and prepayments

-

28,935

-

28,935

28,935

Loans advanced

-

-

426,379,370

426,379,370

413,444,410

Total

-

28,277,450

426,379,370

454,656,820

441,721,860

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

-

2,068,238

-

2,068,238

2,068,238

Credit facilities

-

68,977,214

-

68,977,214

68,977,214

Total

-

71,045,452

-

71,045,452

71,045,452

The carrying values of the assets and liabilities included in the above table are considered to approximate their fair values, except for loans advanced. The fair value of loans advanced has been determined by discounting the expected cash flows using a discounted cash flow model. For the avoidance of doubt, the Group carries its loans advanced at amortised cost in the Financial Statements.

Cash and cash equivalents include cash at hand and fixed deposits held with banks. Other receivables and prepayments include the contractual amounts and obligations due to the Group and consideration for advance payments made by the Group. Credit facilities and trade and other payables represent the contractual amounts and obligations due by the Group for contractual payments.

12. TAXATION

The Company is exempt from Guernsey taxation under the Income Tax (Exempt Bodies) (Guernsey) Ordinance 1989 for which it pays an annual fee of £1,200. The Luxembourg indirect subsidiaries of the Company are subject to the applicable tax regulations in Luxembourg.

The Luxco had no operating gains on ordinary activities before taxation and is therefore subject to the Luxembourg minimum corporate income taxation at EUR4,815 (2018: EUR3,810). The Luxco 3 and Luxco 4 are subject to Corporate Income Tax and Municipal Business Tax based on a margin calculated on an arm's- length principle. The effective tax rate in Luxembourg during the reporting period was 26.01% (2018: 26.01%).

13. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Parties are considered to be related if one party has the ability to control the other party or exercise significant influence over the other party in making financial or operational decisions.

The tables below summarise the outstanding balances and transactions which occurred with related parties

 

Outstanding at 30

Outstanding at 30

Outstanding at 31

 

June 2019

June 2018

December 2018

 

£

£

£

Investment Manager

 

 

 

Investment management fees payable

767,529

712,064

723,652

Origination fees payable

-

-

309,375

Expenses

-

-

60,196

 

 

For the period ended

For the period ended

For the year ended

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

£

£

£

Directors' fees and expenses paid

 

 

 

Stephen Smith

25,000

25,000

50,000

John Whittle

22,500

22,500

45,000

Jonathan Bridel

21,250

21,250

42,500

Expenses paid

1,417

2,791

4,321

 

 

 

 

Investment Manager

 

 

 

Investment management fees earned

1,476,340

1,415,286

2,858,556

Origination fees

373,953

1,106,714

1,543,468

Expenses

91,912

49,717

175,531

The tables below summarise the dividends paid to and number of Company's shares held by related parties.

 

Dividends paid for

Dividends paid for

Dividends paid for

 

the period ended

the period ended

the year ended

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

£

£

£

Starwood Property Trust Inc.

297,050

297,050

594,100

SCG Starfin Investor LP

74,262

74,262

148,525

Stephen Smith

2,565

2,565

5,130

John Whittle

386

386

771

Jonathan Bridel

386

386

771

 

 

As at

As at

As at

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

Number of shares

Number of shares

Number of shares

Starwood Property Trust Inc.

9,140,000

9,140,000

9,140,000

SCG Starfin Investor LP

2,285,000

2,285,000

2,285,000

Stephen Smith

78,929

78,929

78,929

John Whittle

11,866

11,866

11,866

Jonathan Bridel

11,866

11,866

11,866

 

Other

The Group continues to participate in a number of loans in which Starwood Property Trust, Inc. ("STWD") acted as a co-lender, as summarised in the table below.

Loan

Mixed Use Development, South East UK

Hotel and Residential, UK

Credit Linked Notes, UK Real Estate

Hotel, Spain

Mixed Portfolio, Central and Northern Europe

14. EVENTS AFTER THE REPORTING PERIOD

The following significant cash amounts have been funded since the period end, up to the date of publication of this report:

 

Local Currency

Three Shopping Centres, Spain

EUR1,048,878

The following significant loan amortisation (both scheduled and unscheduled) has been received since the period end, up to the date of publication of this report:

 

Local Currency

Industrial Portfolio, Central and Eastern Europe

EUR26,282,936

Mixed Use Development, South East UK

£8,789,620

The following new commitments have been made since the period end, up to the date of publication of this report:

 

Local Currency

Office Building, London

£12,450,000

 

 

The following loans have been repaid in full since the period end, up to the date of publication of this report:

 

Local Currency

Hotel, Barcelona

EUR46,000,000

Subsequently to reporting date, the Group repaid EUR6 million under Morgan Stanley credit facility and EUR17 million under Lloyds credit facility. At the date of publication of this report the amount drawn under each facility are:

Lloyds Facility:

EURnil million

Morgan Stanley Facility:

EUR28 million

 

On 24 July 2019 the Company declared a dividend of 1.625 pence per Ordinary share payable to shareholders on the register on 2 August 2019.

 

 

Further Information

Corporate Information

 

Directors

Stephen Smith (Non-executive Chairman)

Jonathan Bridel (Non-executive Director)

John Whittle (Non-executive Director)

(all care of the registered office)

Investment Manager
Starwood European Finance
Partners Limited
1 Royal Plaza
Royal Avenue
St Peter Port
Guernsey
GY1 2HL

Solicitors to the Company
(as to English law and U.S. securities law)

Norton Rose LLP

3 More London Riverside
London

SE1 2AQ
United Kingdom

Registrar

Computershare Investor Services (Guernsey) Limited

3rd Floor
Natwest House
Le Truchot

St Peter Port
Guernsey
GY1 1WD

Sole Broker

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited trading as Stifel

150 Cheapside
London

EC2V 6ET
United Kingdom

Administrator, Designated Manager and Company Secretary

Apex Fund and Corporate Services

(Guernsey) (formerly Ipes (Guernsey) Limited)

1 Royal Plaza

Royal Avenue

St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 2HL

Registered Office

1 Royal Plaza

Royal Avenue

St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 2HL


Investment Adviser

Starwood Capital Europe Advisers, LLP
2nd Floor

One Eagle Place
St. James's
London

SW1Y 6AF
United Kingdom

Advocates to the Company (as to Guernsey law)

Carey Olsen

PO Box 98

Carey House, Les Banques St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 4HP

Independent Auditor

PricewaterhouseCoopers CI LLP

Royal Bank Place

1 Glategny Esplanade

St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 4ND

Principal Bankers

Barclays Private Clients International Limited

PO Box 41

Le Marchant House

St Peter Port

Guernsey

GY1 3BE

Website:

www.starwoodeuropeanfinance.com

 



ISIN: GG00B79WC100
Category Code: IR
TIDM: SWEF
LEI Code: 5493004YMVUQ9Z7JGZ50
Sequence No.: 19488
EQS News ID: 870861

 
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