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Land Securities Group PLC- March 2021 Quarter Day Rent Collection

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We continue to take a proactive approach to addressing the challenges the pandemic presents to our people, our customers and our business. Our marketing and operations teams have been working with our brand partners to prepare for yesterday's re-opening of non-essential shops in England and Wales and the expected re-opening in Scotland on 26 April.

 

In early April 2020, we established a customer support fund of £80m for occupiers who most need our help to survive. To date, £39m of rent concessions has been allocated to customers. We expect this figure to increase as some of our customers, who have not yet paid their rent, enter into discussions with us following the Government's announcement about re-opening non-essential retail and the lifting of the rent moratorium at the end of June. We will update on this at our annual results on 18 May.

 

£110m of rent was due on the 25 March payment date. The table below shows the amount and percentage of this rent collected within five working days after adjusting for the impact of customers having entered CVAs and administrations, concessions agreed out of the fund and agreed monthly and deferred payment terms. 67% of this net rent was paid within five working days, compared with 65% for the equivalent period last year.

 

25 March 2021 quarter(1)(2)

 

 

 

Agreed changes in payment terms

 

 

 

 

 

Gross amounts due 25 March

£m

Impact of CVAs and admins

£m

Concessions

£m

Monthly payment terms

£m

Deferred payments

£m

Net

 amounts

due 25 March

£m

Day 5 amount received

£m

Day 5 amount received

%

Day 5 amount received

Mar 20

%

Offices

63

-

-

(2)

-

61

53

87

86

Rest of Central London

9

-

-

(2)

-

7

2

29

47

Regional retail

16

-

(1)

(2)

-

13

5

38

36

Urban opportunities

5

-

-

-

-

5

2

40

35

Subscale sectors

17

(1)

-

(2)

-

14

5

36

30

 

110

(1)

(1)

(8)

-

100

67

67

65

 

1.  Including our proportionate share of subsidiaries and joint ventures.

2.  All amounts are shown gross of VAT. Where an amount billed remains uncollected and is subsequently written off, the VAT component will be recovered by the Group.

 

Of the £33m of rent outstanding, £10m relates to customers who have withheld payment pending documentation of agreed concessions. Assuming all agreed concessions are completed and the £10m of withheld rent is received, the rent collection rate for the quarter would increase from 67% to approximately 77%.

 

For the period from 25 March 2020 to 24 March 2021, 84% of the net amounts due for this period has been received.

 

The reported collection rates for the net amounts due at each quarter day during the 2020/21 financial year are as follows (all as at day five):

 

Day 5 collection rates during the 2020/21 financial year

 

24 June 2020

29 Sept 2020

25 Dec 2020

25 Mar 2021

 

Day 5 amount received

%

Day 5 amount received

%

Day 5 amount received

%

Day 5 amount received

%

Offices

81

82

87

87

Rest of Central London

29

33

29

29

Regional retail

29

28

36

38

Urban opportunities

29

36

40

40

Subscale sectors

24

20

33

36

 

60

62

65

67